Gainesville High School graduate Quentin Ortega was recently featured on a popular podcast, “Entrepreneurially thinking,” hosted by St. Louis executives and experienced entrepreneurs Christy Maxfield and Cheryl Watkins-Moore. In the 40-minute, laughter-filled interview (listen to it at EntrepreneuriallyThinking.com), Quentin says his entrepreneurial tendencies were evident by age 5, when he asked for a briefcase for his birthday. “I kept some colored paper in there,” he said, laughing.
Quentin told the podcast hosts he graduated “from a really great small school” where his business teacher (the late Patsy Hambelton), found a state grant program that helped provide funds for a student start-up business. A 2007 story in the Times described the DJ business, Equipt for Sound, that business students Taler Nash and Shane Treat launched with Quentin serving as the DJ, providing the music for school and other local dances.
Quentin also noted, in the interview, that his hometown “was also the hometown of Roy Clark’s sound guy” (Sid Pierce, who traveled and worked with country music star Roy Clark for 20 years before returning to Gainesville to teach. He now lives at Reeds Spring and works at Branson music shows). “I was willing to learn, and he taught me a lot of stuff,” Quentin said.
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