We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabina Gault and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I never thought of myself as a business owner. I was raised in a totally different culture (and country) and the idea of entrepreneurship was entirely missing from my upbringing. However, I am quite a terrible employee – and found myself without a job- but with clients that wanted to work with me. So before I knew it – I had a business (and no clue what to do).
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The road of owning a business is quite a challenge in itself. From hiring the right team, to acquiring the right clients, to making countless mistakes that need to be sorted out- no day is like the other and no situation can be solved with the same answer. Each day you are put to test – how much are you willing to fight for what you believe ion, how hard are you willing to work, how far can yo push your limits to try new things and how often can you fail and pick yourself back up again -and start all over? Some of the important lessons I’ve learned over time: 1. Team is everything. The better the team the more successful the output – the happier the client. Without my team I would not have a company! 2. Surround yourself with really smart people – from other business owners, to CEOs, leaders, artists, people that do something incredibly well – everyone can teach you something that will help you be a better leader and understand the world through different eyes. 3. Work harder than everybody else- no one wants to work for a company where the leader isn’t leading by example. No client wants to be represented by a company that does not have hard work, grit and determination in their values.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a bit of a creature of habit – so the places that I go to tend to stay the same over the years. Our office is downtown LA so I spend a lot of time at the NOMAD for drinks (rooftop is lovely in the summer). I could probably eat at Bavel every single night – and would be totally fine with that. But since that’s silly – I’ll sprinkle in Otium and Redbird. For sushi – Sushi Gen take the cake. But that’s a bit of a commitment in terms of time. So Sugarfish works better for lunch on a weekday. I wouldn’t actually spend the night downtown – but if you did – NOMAD or the ACE would be my go tos. I live on the Westside and I’m a total sucker for Cassia (great food and amazing atmosphere). Can’t go wrong with the view at Elephante or Water Grill (for a chain they still have amazing seafood). I could simply live on pasta for the rest of my life – if calories wouldn’t add up 🙂 so Eataly and Terra restaurant are massive go tos for me. I love the Loews Santa Monica (always better priced than Shutters) – the walk on the beach is still the same 🙂 But the recently opened Proper is also lovely and has a great rooftop pool made for lounging away. A visit on the west side isn’t complete without The Getty (both museum and villa) – or a drive through Malibu and a stop at Geoffrey’s. Venice is not my cup of tea (even though I could eat at Gjelina daily) but for an out of towner it’s an interesting sight.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am without my unbelievable team. Over 70% of our leadership has been with the company for over 5 years and we’ve become family. We share life (and work) together and it’s great to know that I have such a phenomenal support system. My family has been extremely forgiving to me being on the road, growing the business, meeting clients. I belong to both Entrepreneur’s Organization and YPO and I truly don’t know where I’d be without the help of fellow business leaders that go through the same challenges and are able to give advice and help – when needed. Most of our clients end up becoming very close friends and are always there to help along the way – as well. I try to surround myself with highly intelligent, skilled business owners that can lend their expertise and knowledge to how I run my business.
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