Joe Whitten, 30, Manchester
Joe Whitten, 30, of Manchester is chief executive officer of Apparel Impact.
What advice would you give to your 22-year-old self?
Be consistent and steady in your endeavors. It takes time for anything in life to work, grow and succeed, and anything worth doing in life is worth waiting for. Patience is a virtue, not just a proverbial phrase.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Understand your weaknesses as an entrepreneur and business owner and hire people who have strengths in those areas. Hiring and creating a team that is smarter and better developed than you is an absolute necessity in business and in life.
Volunteer activities: I’ve never really considered any time spent helping others as “volunteering” because I think to win in life and in business, serving people needs to be intertwined on a daily basis. Quite honestly, if it’s not part of your business model as a whole, you’re making a mistake. My company’s missions are three-fold; which is to reduce landfill waste by recycling textiles, shoes and other waste, create local jobs that people enjoy and provide support to local people within our communities. We organize events and clothe 3,000-plus people within New England each year. I also serve with Vision International Missions, my father’s nonprofit, to support our Haiti orphanage in La Gonave, Haiti, which houses and supports 30 Haitian children.