Editors Note: The following is the first of many Q&A’s with employees of Grace Limousine to find out who they are and what keeps them motivated as members of a leading limousine company serving New Hampshire, the Merrimack Valley and Boston North. First up is the founder himself.
As the president and CEO of Grace Limousine, Michael Campbell has to wear many hats. Here’s everything you need to know—silly and serious—about Michael’s role both inside and outside of Grace.
1) What is your role at Grace?
I’m the owner here, and in my world that means a lot of strategic planning, working with our clients, working within our industry (I serve on the National Limousine Association Board of Directors), and being copied on many, many, many emails each and every day.
2) What town do you live in?
Currently Manchester, but moving to Goffstown next month. So excited!
3) What was the strangest thing you've ever seen in your entire life?
The floor of the Caribbean ocean while getting scuba certified in 2013. Everything from the plants to the rock formations to the animal life were all so otherworldly. It was literally like setting foot on another planet. I was so excited and terrified that I hyperventilated and failed my first certification attempt. True story.
4) Who are your heroes? Richard Branson is a guy I admire a whole lot, because his success seems rich and full. He’s built his brands from the ground up with a lot of hard work and savvy, but his success is also tied to a great deal of charisma. He’s not just successful financially, but he’s successful financially in large part because he is well liked, even revered. And he owns Necker Island; who doesn’t want to own their own resort island?
5) What is your favorite aspect of running the show at Grace Limousine?
I love working with our customers. Whether it’s a first meeting, or negotiating a contract, or even dealing with an issue, opportunities to hear from our customers and to exchange thoughts and perspectives is always enriching and fulfilling.
6) In your opinion, what is the most beautiful part of New England?
This past summer I stood at the top of Mount Washington with my wife, Mary, and my two boys (ages 6 and 7), and as I looked around I said to Mary: “People travel all over the world to go to spots that aren’t even half this beautiful, and we got to drive and walk here. How cool is that??” I would say that view on a clear day can’t be beat in New England or beyond.
7) If paid handsomely, would you wrestle an adult moose?
I would do it for free. It’s all about unique experiences, baby.
8) What is your favorite sport to participate in?
I have been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions for a couple years now, and I really enjoy not just the competitions, but the training that takes place in the lead up. It’s a tough martial art to learn, but the process is rewarding.
9) Least favorite food?
Oysters. I’ve tried and tried to jump on the bandwagon, and have finally simply concluded that people who say they enjoy those slimy mollusks are either insane or lying.
10) Where would you like to travel to?
I have always been in love with Santorini, Greece. The look of the white and blue homes sitting on top of an ancient volcano cap, surrounded by that beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea has always captivated me. I hope to get there soon, maybe for a 15th anniversary in 2017.
11) Which cartoon character would you most like to switch lives with?
Tough question to answer, but I’ll say this: I would love to be inside the mind of Stewie Griffin from Family Guy. That football-headed baby boy has aspirations and a thought process that really fascinates me for some reason. Please don’t read too much into this!
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Grace Gets a Makeover
Grace headquarters has a brand new employee break room. The major remodel means our employees not only ride in style, but also enjoy some downtime in a state of the art break room. Attributes of the new employee space include: hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, cherry wood cabinets, high top seating, a comfortable couch, workspace, artwork and a flat screen television.
Employees also now have access to a brand new bathroom with marble countertop and vessel sink, among other great amenities.