2022 AMP Influencer: Travis Hester
Founder, Eat My Catfish
Who or what has been a source of inspiration for you?
I grew up on a small farm in East End, Arkansas, with my Pawpaw and Mawmaw. Eat My Catfish began with their family recipes. However, years into running the business, I learned that the biggest thing they taught me was how to treat others — with respect and empathy no matter their gender, skin color, financial status or beliefs. Through my involvement in the Workmatters Institute, I have learned how much stronger of a leader I can be by using my faith in my leadership.
What’s your “go-to” first thing in the morning?
Exercise, then straight to coffee. My wife, Jessica, likes to make fun of my homemade “bougie” coffee. First inspired by Fayetteville’s own Arsaga Coffee, I like to use my $10 Amazon frother, then pour in some extra dark roast, top it with whip cream and sprinkle it with some high quality cinnamon. The morning just isn’t the same without it.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet” — Gandhi
What’s an alternate path you might have taken if things had played out differently?
Chief Data Geek — if I could have my way, I would dig through stats and financials all day, every day.
Have you ever been mentored or mentored someone else?
I decided three years ago to surround myself with people who were more intelligent and successful than me. Having a unique group of peer mentors from various backgrounds has been a game changer, not only in my business, but also with my faith and my personal life. In my younger days, I was a teenage punk, unable to realize my full potential. I am forever grateful for my cousins, Michael and Ashley, for helping me realize I was capable of so much more.