Trendsetter to Know: Brock J. Barnhart of GCI

Name: Brock J Barnhart





City you live in: Scottsdale

Current job/Employer: Principal/Chief Executive Officer, GCI

A typical day in my life includes… My typical day includes catching up on emails and ensuring our client’s needs are being met as well as being a resource to my team on both sides of our business (public outreach and public relations). Additionally, you will find me making connections with potential clients and sustaining long-term relationships within my network.

I was born… in Whitefish, Montana, a small resort town in the Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana.

My favorite thing about my city… I love the City of Phoenix and the surrounding region (towns and cities). The area has seen some substantial growth and that growth has included many trendy restaurants along with an up-and-coming beer scene. You cannot get bored in Phoenix and surrounding areas as there is something unique and exciting taking place.

I’m currently listening to… I typically turn to the latest top hits on Pandora but can be guilty of station hopping to some 90s alternative and other trending stations.

My family… My family is mostly still back in Montana and some reside here in Arizona. The family has always been the foundation in my life and I truly enjoy being around them all but for many, it has been long overdue in getting everyone together to create new memories.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… I would absolutely love a dinner with Bob Parsons, he has been instrumental in the industry and a crafty entrepreneur. I would love to pick his brain.

One thing I cannot live without is… My phone, unfortunately but it is my lifeline to all things work and social.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… A professional baseball player. Although I nearly got there, sports and especially baseball was a love and passion of mine.

I’m inspired by… Creative and passionate people who look for innovative ways to better themselves, their companies, their trade, or their team. I do not settle for anything less than being the best version of myself and like-minded people truly inspire me.

The one person who motivates me is… My fiancé motivates me every day and challenges me to think and be beyond. Additionally, several other people motivate me as mentioned in the inspired questions. Energy thrives off other good energy.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… I certainly respect and support our nation and our democracy and freedoms and would like to see the beliefs and politics come together for the greater good of our country.

The perfect day would be… I love traveling with my fiancé and have so much fun on our adventures. Any day adventuring with her is a great and perfect day.

My first job was… I worked at a sod and landscape company during the summers while in college. It was a great experience that taught me a hard work ethic at a young age and truly inspired me to be successful as I worked on a lot of celebrity’s homes in Montana.

My favorite escape… My favorite escape is Sedona. Love all the special spots there to hike, eat and stay.

My life… has been extremely blessed. I could not have gotten to where I am without my family, friends, and professional network. I have no complaints and I strive to continue to be as successful as I can be both personally and professionally.

I’m currently working on… I am currently, along with running my firm, I am working on a company rename and rebrand as well as making sure our services are providing unparalleled results for our clients.

Always… Be thankful for life’s gifts and never take advantage of any element of your life. Be humble and kind.

Never… Take life for granted.

Favorite quote: “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”

My biggest dream is… To build a successful PR/Marketing Agency to provide a fun and fulfilling environment for my staff so they and their families can live comfortably and be fulfilled and happy in both life and career.

My pet peeve(s)… Negativity in general and complainers.

More About Brock Barnhart:
Brock Barnhart has been in the communications and public relations industry for over 15 years. He started his career in several sales, project management positions in the private sector and later spent approximately 12 years in the Communications Division within the Arizona Department of Transportation, serving as the Assistant Communication Director, and other mid-level positions.

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