Trendsetter to Know: Skylar Bennett

Skylar Bennett (right) and business partner, Kevin Shoemaker (left)

Name: Skylar Bennett

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Age: 31

Title: Co-Founder of Tough Apparel, aka The Numbers Guy

Married/Single: Very Married

Kids: 3 crazy little boys

City you live in: Mesa

A typical day in my life includes…

waking up to being knee’d in the back by one of my boys. Pounding a bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch and then heading to either the store or the warehouse. Working furiously for 10 hours straight to figure out how to take our company to the next level. Probably eating some Little Caesars sometime during the day. Heading home. Walking in the front door and immediately squeezing my little dudes and picking up my 8 month old. Giving my wife a big kiss and then eating dinner together as a family. After which we wrestle our kids into bed and then my wife and I talk about the things we want to accomplish in life.

I was born…

in Murray, Utah even though we lived in Chandler, AZ at the time. My mom liked the hospital up there.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the diversity of people.

I’m listening to…

Think and Grow Rich & Harry Potter ambient noise (lowers my stress).

My family…

is my purpose in life. Everything I do at work is with the goal of being able to spend more time with my family, not less.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my wife. After her, it would probably be Henry Ford.

One thing I cannot live without…

chips and salsa.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

Hulk Hogan. I thought for sure I was going to be in the WWE. Still working on that. Hoping these Little Caesar’s Hot n’ Ready’s will help me bulk enough to get there.

I’m inspired by….

ambitious people who relentlessly pursue their dreams.

The one person who motivates me is…

come on… one person? I’m motivated by a ton of people! But If I had to choose one it would be me. I’m intrinsically motivated. I don’t mean that in a prideful way either but I motivate myself to get out there and dominate my life. No one else will do it for me.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

people’s lack of confidence in themselves. People are freaking awesome. You, the person reading this right now is freaking awesome. Own that. Know that you’re an awesome person capable of doing seriously incredible things! Now get out there and be the best version of yourself!

The perfect day would be…

a road trip with my family hauling a camper.

My first job was…

mowing lawns for people when I was 13.

My favorite escape…

the wilderness. I’m most at peace in the mountains.

My life…

is my own and it’s incredible. I have an incredible, smart, beautiful, insanely hard-working wife and life partner. I have 3 crazy little dudes that keep me on my toes. I have a company that I LOVE going to every single day. Don’t get me wrong my life is ridiculously hard!!! Just like yours. And every single day presents new challenges. Many of which could put my company out of business if not figured out. But I live my life very intentionally and I absolutely love it.

I’m currently working on…

taking Tough Apparel to the next level so that it can provide even more people with confidence-boosting apparel.

Always…

believe in yourself.

Never…

give up on your dreams. And don’t think that there’s one path to your dreams either.

Favorite Quote…

“Don’t fear failure, fear not having the chance.” – Cars 3

Biggest Dream…

speaking on a huge stage in front of thousands of people.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

inefficiency. And stepping on Legos. Man, that hurts.



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