We had the good fortune of connecting with Arin Finger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have been running an i9 Sports Franchise for the past 7 years. My business came to a screeching halt once COVID-19 hit. For the first time in a very long time, I had no money coming in. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills nor support my family. I had to make a pivot and thus started Dough Riders!
What should our readers know about your business?
Dough Riders is a mobile wood fired pizza company that brings fresh, hand stretched Neapolitan style pizza to you! Our 800 degree oven will roll up to your business, home, private event or neighborhood and serve you fresh fired pies in under 2 minutes! We are different from other companies as we create an experience right in front of you. You can watch our team create your pizza right before your eyes and then watch us put it straight in the oven. We are excited and proud of our brand and culture. Most importantly, we are thrilled that our customers love our Pizza! Dough Riders is a business and brand that has emerged out of COVID-19. We are able to serve communities without them leaving their house or neighborhood. We have only been around for 2 1/2 months but are very excited for the future of the business!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wanted to give a special shout out to my father, Ed Finger. My dad has been my #1 role model since I was a kid. He taught me many life lessons growing up but most of all, showed me what it was like to run a successful business and how to be able to provide for his family. My dad was a hard worker and taught me how to be disciplined and to never give up. He built and ran a very successful landscape company for 35 years. My dad was diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) two years ago and unfortunately passed away right before COVID-19 on March 9th. We were very fortunate that he passed right before COVID hit as we were able to take him home with hospice care and be by his bedside. 1 week later, we wouldn’t have even been able to see him in the hospital. I would also like to give credit to my wife, Ena Finger. My wife has been a huge supporter in all of my career journeys ever since we met in Santa Monica in September of 2009. Not only has she supported me, she has played an active role in both of my businesses by providing amazing graphic design work. She is a veteran graphic designer with over 20 years experience in the field. I am blessed to have her as my partner and my wife!
Photo Credit: Ena Choe