We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Thomas Moosbrugger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter Thomas, what do you attribute your success to?
The single most important life principle I have is my active pursuit of getting uncomfortable. I learned at an early age that if I was willing to get more uncomfortable in whatever I was doing or whomever I was competing against I would usually do well even if I wasn’t the smartest or fastest or strongest, etc. Being willing to push into being as uncomfortable as I can tolerate has been a great tool in the successes I’ve had in my life thus far.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Peter Thomas Designs is the 8th company I’ve started in the last 32 years. At first my goal was to just make money so I started and ran several companies that made money but left me creatively dead. It took 20 years for me to realize I could combine my love of design and furniture with business. The core of my business and still my “bread and butter” is building custom one-offs for interior designers, hotel lobbies, resort club houses, and commercial projects. With that end of the business running smoothly I’m finally able to design and build original furniture pieces. I sketch and design almost everyday and I love the process of coming up with an original piece that’s never been seen before and building it into a reality. My ultimate goal for Peter Thomas Designs is that we are known as one of the premier custom furniture manufacturers in the world. That we build exceptional furniture that makes a statement, is completely unique and is a positive reflection of the people who own it! A compliment I never get tired of hearing is “you built us a table 10 years ago and it’s still our favorite piece of furniture”. That’s what PTD is all about!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start by driving up to Woods Canyon Lake on the rim just above Payson and spend the morning fishing for trout. After catching our dinner we’d jump in the 33 degree water ’cause there’s nothing like ice water to jolt your body into overdrive! Lunch at Fargos in Payson and then onto the Dancing Bear Lodge in Pine, AZ. Cook the trout and have a king’s meal complete with red wine. Next day onto Grand Canyon just because everyone should see it once. Stop outside Flagstaff at the Flagstaff Extreme adventure ropes course for our afternoon activity. Onto Phoenix for a quick stop to check in and change at the Montelucia then onto dinner at the Elements restaurant at The Sanctuary on Lincoln Dr. in Scottsdale. Third day is relax and have a spa day at the Montelucia. Evening is cigars and single malt scotch. Fourth day rent motorcycles and ride to Saguaro Lake and ski all day. Last day take a creative writing course in the morning and journal our week in the afternoon. A week to remember!
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?
I owe much of my success to my wife who doesn’t let me get away with anything! She’s the first to praise me for my accomplishments and the first to call bullshit on me if I’m not being honest with myself!
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