Member Spotlight on Mike Olinde


Member Spotlight on MICHAEL E. OLINDE
President, Olinde Financial Group


Interview conducted by Winnie Hart, Communications Director


Please tell us briefly about your company.

We are an Independent Employee Benefit Management firm.

Why did you join EO and how long have you been a member?  

I joined EO about four months ago and went through the training in New Orleans.

How did you come up with an original idea for your business?
I wanted to be self-employed with a product that everyone needed with no inventory cost.

What do you like best about your business?
The freedom it provides, while helping others to achieve their goals.

How much money did you have to invest to start your business?
Zero

Why do you think you have been successful?
Faith, hard work, long hours and self-discipline.

What is something you hope will be written about you in your obituary?
That I was a righteous person.

On a lighter note, what do you do for fun these days? 
I love to go boating and travel with my family.

Who has the biggest influence on your life?
My father.

What are the most influential books that you have read?
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

If you could spend an entire day with one person who would it be?
The Pope
 
What advice would you give to young entrepreneurs?
Do what the others won't do.

How long has your company been in operation?
11 years

What has been the best thing about being a member of EO New Orleans?  
The forums!

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