Name: Chris Arnold
Company: Smaller Earth Group (includes Camp Leaders, Smaller Earth, Project Ink, Smaller Earth Tech)
First job: Waterfront director on a beautiful lake in Minnesota in the summer of 1995. Meeting lots of staff from around the world and realising not only that I had a passion for travel and cultural exchange, but also that I had competitive ability against people from more wealthy backgrounds.
Dream job: I don’t need to dream, thanks… but if I had to, I’d want to be a) president of a foundation to provide people with merit based access to huge opportunity or b) a writer. It will happen in the coming years.
Car: Honda Legend, I like the name.
Economy, business or first class: I fly lots so it has to be business as I need to be productive. However, I admit it is really a great smug feeling to turn left on a plane and not right.
Most extravagant purchase: A BMW6 series that I didn’t really need and that my family outgrew by adding two baby boys, and a £600 birdcage for someone who didn’t really like me (when I had an unrequited infatuation but zero money).
Most played song on iPod: Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over.
Best business book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Worst business moment: Enforcing the exit of someone from the company whom had been best man at my wedding a few years earlier.
Proudest business moment: Getting told directly (more or less daily) that our business has “changed someone’s life”. Also having our staff coming up with our company vision, “to positively impact 20 million people by 2020”.
Business mentor: Tom Areton, founder and president of CHI (Californian based global company).
Next big thing: A conference for the worlds 1000 most ambitious and driven young internationals.
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