Nathan Pearce Feature
Nathan Pearce pictured right.
Hometown: Alabaster, Alabama
Education: Attended Kingwood Christian School. Earned business degree from Millsaps College.
Current Job: Co-founder & CEO of Fraternity Collection
Nathan Pearce has been selling for as long as he can remember. At 12 years old, he was hawking equipment and estates to large crowds working as an auctioneer for his dad’s auction company. In middle school, he scored a locker in a great spot and then rented it to some fellow students. Today, he’s using his entrepreneurial spirit to run the clothing company he co-founded, The Fraternity Collection, and to help others who want to do the same through his apparel manufacturing consulting business. He shared some of the advice he’s gotten (good and bad), mistakes he’s made and where he’s headed next.
Job Perk: “I love the sales and creative side of my job. I love coming out with new,
innovative products and seeing our fans’ reactions once we release them. “
Out of the Office: Turning off his business brain isn’t easy, but Nathan enjoys quiet time hunting and fishing in the great outdoors. His most recent read: “The Goal” by Eli Goldratt.
Parental Guidance: My dad has always harped on reputation. One quote that has stuck with me is, “It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, and one second to ruin it.” It’s always been a reminder for me to try to make good decisions in everything I do.
Making Tough Calls: For both my college and career choice, it was a gut feeling I had; I wanted to go to a school where I would feel comfortable, and I wanted a career where I didn’t have to answer to anyone. I wouldn’t have been happy in a cubicle, and life is too short to work day-in and day-out on something you don’t love to do.
Rookie Mistake: I wish I had listened more in class. I never imagined some of the things I learned would be beneficial in the real world, and every once in awhile, I find myself having to relearn things.
Advice for Parents: Support your kids’ dreams. They can do anything they put their mind to, and I am living proof of that.
A Pleasant Surprise: How much fun my job is. I had always heard, “Enjoy college; they are the best years of your life. I guess the people who say that made the wrong career choices.”
Advice Fail: “Focus on what you know.” If I followed this advice, I would not be where I am today in the apparel industry. You can do anything you want in life, as long as you are willing to learn.