We had the good fortune of connecting with Brock Barnhart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brock, how do you think about risk?
Risk on the surface sounds extremely scary, uncertain and not secure, but there is something about the word that also lures you in and makes you think adventure and thrill. My whole life, I have taken risks. I have tried hard not to think of those extremely scary things about it, instead, I look for the end result and reward after taking it. It all started for me growing up in Montana. I made a decision, against my late father’s advice, to move away from a place that has great people, beauty and comfort to pursue my dreams playing baseball. Taking that risk, although difficult to leave family and friends behind, I still to this day, feeling that I betrayed my father. The risk thank goodness has paid its dividends. Not all risks I have taken have paid off but they have been valuable to me in a different sense. They have taught me life lessons. Throughout my career, I have always believed that unless you take risks, you will never know what could be. As I have moved on in my career, my risk taking hasn’t changed or lessened. I made an extremely large move from the government position I held to becoming the Chief Operating Officer for a private sector PR/Marketing agency. As much as that move scared me and left me with some uncertainty, I haven’t looked back and couldn’t be more happy about the move and tackling the new challenges that have come with it. Talking about dividends, that move has now provided the opportunity for me to take ownership of the agency and complete that story. I feel very fortunate to be a small fish in a big pond. What I have realized early on is that opportunity does not come gift wrapped, you must take risks to see what’s wrapped up in that gift and as an old friend from Montana said while we were in high school, “there’s no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”. Those are words I live by and every day feel blessed that I have had enough strength and courage to take risks in life and in my career. Bring on the next one…this small fish can’t wait to swim in even bigger ponds.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business has gone through some transition as of late. I previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for our agency and now have been blessed to take ownership of the agency. Our agency has been around for 24 years providing public outreach and community relations services for both public and private sector clients. This has been our agency’s primary foundation but we have been working to diversify our services and have added public relations, marketing, creative and event planning to our menu of services. I take great pride in what we have been able to accomplish over the past three years since I joined the firm. I look forward to our growth in the future and we are embarking on an agency rebrand as a part of our continued growth plan. No matter how our firm adapts and grows, we will always remain a trailblazer in the community relations aspect of our services and we will continue to grow our new service lines. We are excited about our path forward and cannot wait to serve a bigger mix of clientele. If you want to work with an agency that has tremendous talent and a proven history of successful results, give us a shout, we can’t wait to meet you!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona is a golf hotspot, so golf would definitely be on our week long itinerary. The Phoenix area is growing at rapid pace and is adding so many cool and unique hotspots to eat, drink and visit. Because my friends have similar interests as me, we would be booking a daily golf outing at some favorite courses in the Valley, such as Talking Stick, Verrado, Troon North, TPC Scottsdale, Wekopa, Ocotillo and Southern Dunes. Craft beer experiences would also be on the itinerary, nearly daily. You would likely see us at Angel’s Trumpet, Wilderness, Wren House or Wandering Tortoise. We can’t leave out cigars and bourbon. There is nothing better than a cigar and a bourbon after a day on the golf course, you’d find us at Churchills or Fox enjoying a cigar and a Blanton’s or Wellers. Baseball…baseball would definitely be on our itinerary as most of my friends were teammates from college. Spring Training is a definite spot we would be visiting. Food, can’t leave out food. for eating hotspots we would be visiting The Henry, Steak 44, Persepshen, Slanted Rice, Buck and Rider, Maple and Ash and the list goes on. Sounds like a pretty good time right and a complete week of fun!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe success comes from within as an individual, you have to act and be the one to make it happen BUT I also believe that you can’t have that drive, determination, strength, knowledge and ambition, unless somewhere along the line it was taught to you. For all of my success, I want to first thank my family. My mother and late father always showered me with love and support while at the same time, they taught me that life isn’t easy and success doesn’t come without hard work. Along with my family, I want to thank the community in Montana that I called home as a child. The people in this town are amazing and they take care of one another. I am extremely thankful for them and their friendships. To my teachers and coaches, you built that drive, determination and knowledge within me and I owe you a tremendous amount of gratitude for your passion to teach and coach and for your patience. To my professional network that keeps growing, thank you for your support, collegiality and friendships. To my team, success doesn’t happen without you, I appreciate you all and your hard work beyond words and it truly is an honor to work alongside of you. To my future wife, thank you for being my compass and support system, you give me inspiration everyday!