Richard Stephens

I was Florida born and Michigan raised. My wife and I got married in North Carolina in 2011 and she quickly convinced me to move back to Florida to College Park (where she had previously lived and fell in love with) in 2012. I enjoy reading a good book around Lake Ivanhoe, heading to Daytona Beach with my family, brainstorming new business ideas at Industrious downtown, and mountain biking in Mount Dora. We’re most likely to meet when I’m at one of our community parks chasing my four kids around— please say hi!
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.

My wife, Ashley, and I have been married for 9 years and we have 4 children– Clara (6), twin boys Henry & Jack (4), and James (1).

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
Ashley and I own Madewell Creative– a digital marketing agency that specializes in sales and lead generation for luxury retail brands and jewelers. We work with several College Park businesses

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
We love Infusion Tea and Jeremiah’s

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
8 years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Jorge Rivera (Classic Man Cuts owner)

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I’d like to visit Rome to experience the history that is still standing today. If I were looking to simply relax, I’d choose Necker Island or Bora Bora.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Most probably wouldn’t know or guess that my favorite movie is The Greatest Showman. Favorite TV show would be Schitt’s Creek (current) or Breaking Bad (all time fav).

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Never lower your target– increase your action.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Donate $1M dollars (at one time) to my church or charitable organization.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Dave Matthews Band

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
I’d want to have lunch with Grant Cardone to thank him. We would likely meet on the tarmac of Orlando Executive Airport in his plane– I’d want to maximize my time, while honoring the integrity of his.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
The ability to walk in literally any direction and run into someone you know.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Managing a team of 20 employees for Madewell Creative and operating 3 to 5 successful ecommerce stores– all from our beachfront home in South Florida.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I used to live in North Carolina and play in a blues/metal band with my dad.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Estes Park, CO

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
Favorite Month is February (in Florida, at least), favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and best single day on the calendar is January 1st.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Any day spent on the beach with my family.

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My wife and my uncle Matt

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
The pages of a new book.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Cool, comfortable, and peaceful.