Name: Russ Ortiz
Title: Founder/CEO of 2GG Apparel
Married/Single: Married to Stacy (Oct. 4, 1997)
Kids: 3 kids – Grace 14, Lily 12, Hudson 7
City you live in: Mesa, AZ
My day is like… a never ending game of Catchphrase. When the day says “GO”, sometimes I’m able to get on a project and quickly move to the next. Other times, I found myself working on one big project or initiative all day. Then I have to wait until the next time when it’s time to “GO” again. But hey, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I was born… in a hospital in a room that included doctors, nurses, and my parents.
My favorite thing about Arizona… everything is 25 minutes away. Mall? 25 min. Fancy restaurant? 25 min. Friends house? 25 min. Airport? 25 min. Golf Club? 25 min
I’m listening to… my fingers hit the keyboard while Shawshank Redemption is on in the background.
My family… is amazing. I have an incredibly sweet, loving, and unbelievably beautiful wife, two gorgeous daughters who are smart, funny and somehow have perfect pitch and can read music, play piano, guitar, harp and saxophone. They can also bring the drama with the best of them (but don’t tell them I said so). Additionally, I have a son, who adores his momma, loves his sisters, and is a great to his friends. He is a great listener, super funny, is a great reader and Lego builder.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… the owner(s) of Morton’s Steakhouse at a Morton’s, so I can thank them for creating the best restaurant ever.
One thing I cannot live without… a heartbeat.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… a Major League Baseball player.
I’m inspired by… Jesus.
The one person who motivates me is… Jesus.
If I could change anything in the world, it would be… for more donation money to actually go to the causes people are donating to.
The perfect day would be… wake up and go on vacation with my family and friends…golf included.
My first job was… as a sandwich artist at Subway.
My favorite escape… the golf course.
My life… is BLESSED.
I’m currently working on… our 2017 apparel collections for 2GG Apparel with Sarah, our women’s designer.
Always… think of others before yourself.
Never… quit because things get too hard.
Favorite Quote… “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
Biggest Dream… To see our children excel in what they choose to do in life, all while positively influencing others.
My Pet Peeve(s)… when people don’t say please, thank you, or excuse me.
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