Mickey Redwine Q&A
YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY?
First and foremost my kids are my greatest accomplishment! After that it would be my business accomplishments and the reputation that I had in the Telecom industry. My biggest year was in 2001 when my three Telecom related companies collectively grossed in excess of 72mm. The Dynamic companies specialized in very tough and unusual jobs that most contractors shied away from. Many articles in trade magazines were written about the jobs that we took on and completed. Equally important in my accomplishments is the contributions that I have made to keep drugs off of the streets and out of the hands of children.
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU?
I learned humility and I was humbled by the WorldCom debacle and the Telecom Crash of 2002 that brought me to the brink of bankruptcy. It was a turning point in my career as well as in my outlook on life. As it turned out it was a good life’s lesson for me that was much needed. Before I lost everything I was obsessed with making more and more money. God got my attention and taught me what was important and it wasn’t making money. I went through some very trying and rough times but I have come back stronger, wiser and more appreciative than ever!
DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX?
My best spent private time now days is with my 18 year old daughter. I’ve been a single parent and have raised her since she was eight, she is my princess and has made me slow down and appreciate and enjoy life. There’s not much me time on my calendar? In my spare time I enjoy doing high level police work, working the U.S. / Mexican border for Cartel narcotics and contraband and kicking in doors and putting drug dealers in jail. When I do that I am in my element; I should have been born in the days of the wild west and been a Marshall or a Texas Ranger.
WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?
Within my mind. When I’m alone and undisturbed and can think and reflect.
DOES PHILANTHROPY PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE, TO WHAT EXTENT AND HOW?
Yes… I give back substantially in two ways; I give monetarily to many charities and worthy causes and I give of my personal time. I am a Texas Master Peace Officer and I have been a sworn police officer for over 27 years and I have never taken a salary and I pay for my own vehicle, travel and equipment. I have had two Gubernatorial appointments by a Texas Governor for a combined total of 10 years of service with no pay and I have served on numerous humanitarian type board of directors with no compensation.
Additionally, I have mentored many young business men and women throughout the years.
WHO IS ON THE GUEST LIST FOR YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY?
I keep my circle small and my wall high and I let few people into my circle of truly indubitable friends; These are the few time proven friends that you would trust with your children, your wife and all treasures of life, and you trust them to honor their word. I would trust them with my life!
There are many awesome acquaintances in my life from every walk of life that I am friendly with but they are not all necessarily what I deem indubitable friends. They are from members of the Royal Family of Kuwait, corporate owners and executives worth many millions of dollars, and there are also those who are very poor, those who have done prison time, and a few homeless people. I associate with a very diverse crowd, to be successful in both business and in life it’s important to have friendly and amicable relationships with people from all walks of life.
Now to answer the question…. The quests at my ideal dinner party would be my family and all of indubitable friends!
CAN YOU OFFER ANY WORDS OF WISDOM TO YOUR FELLOW THROOMERS?
- In life and in all things… You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate!
- Forward think everything because we are not a product of our circumstances, we are a product of our decisions.