We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriel Nunez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriel, how do you think about risk?
I’m not exactly sure when it started but, for as long as I can remember, risk taking has always just looked like opportunity to me. I’d hate to lean into the cliché of “no risk no reward”, so instead I’d put it like this: Risk offers a level of reward unseen along the safe route. I personally need a heavy amount of risk to face in order for my motivation to evolve into dedication. Over the years I’ve realized that without that level of challenge, and some doubt from my peers, I seem to become uninspired to press on. The successes are much more fulfilling and the failures become strong lessons that help guide future endeavors. On a simpler note risking something is just a lot more fun for the kid in me!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
TMPST is an Action Sports brand specializing in Parkour apparel/shoes, training facilities, live & online competitions and the production of high quality branded content. Since 2007 Tempest Freerunning has established itself as a pioneer in the action sports world and continues to help push the development of the industry around Parkour and Freerunning. Going from a few friends with a dream to a company that has 4 locations and over 50 employees we’ve seen a decent mix of ups & downs. I’d say that our biggest obstacle has been growing while still maintaining the vibe and culture that TMPST is known for. Growth comes with many difficulties and most tend to be due to a lack of attention being paid to the minor details that were once of the utmost importance—It’s been trying to learn how to stay on brand while bringing new people and new ideas into the fold. I’ve learned to be very clear about brand identity and my goals with our team and to stop and listen to ideas thoroughly. If the ideas are not in line with our direction I’ve learned to offer an opportunity to build or challenge those ideas in order to sharpen them up to become an effective weapon in our arsenal. I’ve also learned to let go of the control once I have seen a team member show enough care and thought for the brand. This allows them to make heavier decisions and take ownership of outcomes beyond just doing what they’ve been asked. I hope that I’m able to look back at the company we’ve built with gratitude and pride about the opportunities for growth that we’ve provided to the individuals in our family and the greater community as a whole.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’re definitely hitting up the Tempest Freerunning Academy! Follow that with a trip to the beach to hang out, swim, and toss a fishing line in. They’re all dope but I’m a big fan of Dockweiler or any of the Malibu beaches. End the night with either some birria tacos from San Marcos or stop by MacLeod’s Brewery for some amazing pizza and a Van Ice. A nightcap with friends is always on the menu! That’s a pretty perfect day but LA has so much to offer that you can make every day perfect if you try. Beaches, mountains, snow, surf, sunny days and plenty of nightlife make it such a unique place to be!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
BIG LOVE to the TMPST Media House, Athletes & Academy staff who’ve kept the passion alive, even during a global pandemic and forced shutdowns. I’m beyond grateful to have a team that is inspired enough to keep pushing both themselves and our brand even when the future looked most grim and fear has put many people into the passenger seat of life.
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