We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Gombert Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In 2020 I had to make a decision, which was to use the money I had to finish college or start my own business. I did not have the resources or time to do both. The degree I was pursuing was sports business. The average pay for this degree was $36,000 a year. I remember sitting in my bedroom looking at my computer and saying “I would rather wake up every morning knowing I took the chance than to regret it years later”. That moment was probably the most crucial decision I have ever made. If I decided to stay in school, I would have not met my best friend and business partner. I would have not been able to work with some of the top companies in the world and be able to speak and help others succeed.
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?
I have my hands in a few different things. However, my main business is FleekSleek. It is a new-age digital marketing agency taking businesses and completely transforming them into the digital revolution, starting with website development, social presences, direct ads and content creation. We oversee 400+ websites and have grown substantially over the past 2 years. Really streamlining our focus and setting goals, has gotten us to develop a creative and star player team.
At the beginning of FleekSleek, it was a lot of trial and error. Marketing is dynamic because it changes every 3 months and being able to adapt to the changes of Meta (Facebook/Instagram) and Google is crucial. We pride ourselves on having been able to stay at the forefront of every new algorithm change.
The key factor that I had to learn was, to be humble and become a stronger leader. The past few months I have been observing some of the industry’s top founders and executives to learn how they operate on a day-to-day basis. Learning how to overcome both internal and external challenges. Implementing some of their tactics has enabled us to triple productivity and efficiency.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, they would not be coming in the summer months. If I had to show someone a good time, I would stay close to home in Scottsdale. I believe we have some of the best food and views the state has to offer. I would show them around Old Town and Scottsdale Quarter. Some food spots would consist of Culinary Dropout, Maple and Ash, and of course my favorite since I moved here, Big Earls (Cave Creek, AZ). For activities, I’m more of a stay-at-home guy but Sedona is always a spot I suggest people experiencing at least once.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The first person that came to mind is my business partner Chris Reggie. Chris and I own a half dozen of companies, and we do investments together. I met Chris early in my business adventure, he actually pitched me on a company I started. A few years later, we now run multiple companies together. Our relationship is a perfect mix, which is what I tell people to look for when they are looking for a partnership. Chris and I cover each other’s weaknesses. He needs me as much as I need him. We have our roles, and we stick to them. Chris has taught me a lot about managing a team and how to look at investments. I can’t thank him enough for helping me get where I am today!
First Picture: Tripod Second Picture: Eric Stahl