Mike Wells – River City Six
Meet Mike Wells, director of relationship development at Outlook Business Solutions (outlookbusinesssolutions.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Outlook Business Solutions, a sister company to Outlook Nebraska, provides marketing and customer care services to businesses while creating knowledge-based jobs for people with vision loss who face an unemployment rate of 70%. The company’s goal is to have 50% of its billable hours fulfilled by visually impaired professionals with skills in customer service, graphic design, copywriting, and videography. Businesses can be successful and socially responsible by outsourcing marketing and customer care projects to Outlook Business Solutions.
How did you get started in the business?
I joined Outlook Nebraska in 2016 as a member of the sales team. I worked with various customers on the purchase of their tissue and towel products. Additionally, I promoted Outlook’s employment of the visually impaired to businesses and distributors. Now, I look forward to applying my 20+ years of experience to promoting the skill sets of blind professionals who can help local businesses see their own success.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am happily married to Mendy Mumby Wells. Together, we have two grown sons, Nick and Alex.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
As a sophomore in high school, I had a terrible tobogganing accident, breaking both tibia and fibula and tearing ankle ligaments. This disabled me from playing sports for almost a year. So instead, I assisted coaching my younger brother’s soccer team, which lead to me receiving my State Licensure as a coach and eventually a position on the Olympic Development Staff for Nebraska State Soccer. I trained players to represent the State and coaches during their licensing. Forty-two years later, I still hear “coach” occasionally.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I like taking a bike ride on many of our wonderful local trails, watching high-level soccer, and cooking/preparing meals for family and friends.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Music. I love to listen to music, but I am only capable of playing the radio.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Dog training. Even when things do not go as planned, a dog will still be happy and excited to be active and that’s contagious.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I have been involved with training and coaching “the beautiful game” of soccer. I do this for the love of the game, and I have also had the satisfaction of training many in the art of coaching.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Mama’s Pizza for pizza, Stella’s Bar & Grill for a burger, and all the Cajun and Creole places around town, with Acadian Grille being my favorite.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Thomas Jefferson. John F. Kennedy once said, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered at the White House…with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
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