Is there anything that Nate Garvis can’t do, or anyone he doesn’t know? With a his track record of success and scope of impact on people, the answer would appear to be No. From a big corporate career and board involvement to published author and his current role as Co-Founder of Studio/E, we ask how can he be all of that and at the same time be so approachable, kind and fun to be around? Scouts was curious to learn more…

Q: If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?

A: Play guitar in a band and perform at concerts – The Grateful Dead would be my top choice.

Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?

A: Be curious. Find energy to do what you’re doing because you know why it’s so important to your life. Know your purpose.

Q: What is your mantra?

A: No one does well in a bad neighborhood.

My purpose is to build civic health. I build stronger communities and give energy to others to create a better tomorrow.

Q: How do you get yourself out of a slump?

A: Check in with friends that nourish me, talk to or look at photos of my daughters, put on some music, play guitar.

Q: What companies or leaders do you admire? 

A: Patagonia – what they do and who they do it for.

Kaywin Feldman – Executive Director at the Minnesota Institute of Art. She’s an incredibly courageous, innovative leader in a sector not known for embracing change.

Q: What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?

A: The biggest change I’ve seen in society and the leaders we work with is the acknowledgment to think and operate differently than we used to.

Q: Who has been most instrumental in your career?

A: My business partner Tom Weise.

Q: What is your go-to celebration meal, drink or tradition?

A: A really good whiskey – life is too short for bad alcohol.