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Q&A with Ben Abell and Michelle Shepston

August 13, 2021

Ben Abell is the Co-Founder of Goodr, a sunglass company that, in just six years, has expanded to 1,500+ stores in 30+ countries. Michelle Shepston is the Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of DMC Global.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Ben: At this point, I'm mostly just our de facto general counsel though I do still have a bit of responsibility on the finance side of things. I would love to say that I plan out my days in advance and methodically check off items on my to-do list. In actuality, I'm usually running (digitally speaking) from one issue to another, trying to put out fires and keep our teams moving while also protecting the business. It's organized chaos at its finest.

How has the coronavirus pandemic/return to work impacted your business?

Ben: It's certainly been interesting. We only required people to come into work two days a week pre-pandemic, so we were pretty well set-up for the remote working situation. That said, we do run our own distribution center, so keeping all the folks there safe became our top priority. We've slowly been asking people to start coming back to work and are hoping to have a relatively normal work week by September or so.

What is your favorite memory of working at the firm?

Ben: From a professional standpoint, it was closing the first acquisition I worked on. It was so satisfying to have all that work pay off and to see how pleased our client was. I also really enjoyed the Christmas parties.

Who are some of the people at DGS that had the greatest impact on you?

Ben: I have so many people that I owe a debt of gratitude to for teaching and mentoring me in my years at DGS. I’d like to give a special shout out to the tech team of Trent Martinet, Matt Perkins, Zach Detra, and fellow DGS alum Ryan Arney. Pantea Garroussi and Peter Schwartz were also amazing and generous with their time and expertise.

What do you like to do for fun?

Ben: When it's possible, traveling (especially internationally) is at the top of my list. While at home, it's mostly just the basic Colorado stuff (hiking, snowboarding, etc.) with a healthy dose of reading and movie watching thrown in.

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