Paul Ferrier

Co-founder, Mindscape, at Hanon McKendry in Grand Rapids. Mindscape creates web marketing and online presence development, along with search engine marketing and managed web-marketing services. Ferrier started his first web-development company at 19 while still in college. After graduation, he expanded from two to 12 employees in two years. He then formed Mindscape with business partner Pete Brand, and after a successful growth in business, they eventually sold an interest to Hanon McKendry. Reporting a three-year revenue growth of 127 percent, Mindscape placed No. 2,075 on the 2012 Inc. 5,000. Recently, Mindscape announced an expansion with the opening of a new office in Detroit. Under Ferrier's leadership, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry was named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year and listed among Grand Rapids Business Journal's Top 10 Software Developers. Ferrier also was chosen as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal's Top 40 Business Leaders under Forty. Mindscape also received accolades as Corp! magazine's Michigan Economic Bright Spot winner for 2011 and one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2011 and 2012. Ferrier received his associate's degree in applied science with a concentration in web design, summa cum laude, from Baker College.

WHERE BORN: “Muskegon.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My grandpa Ken DeLora taught me patience. My parents, Lonn and Linda Ferrier, taught me to work hard and have integrity in all I do. Cheryl Borchert, my high school art teacher, showed me the pleasure of art and helped drive my love for design. Current influencers include Pete Brand, my business partner, who is always pushing me to go outside my comfort zone. The mentorship of my other business partners, Bob Blanchard and Bill McKendry, has also been very influential. And then there's my wife, Bethann, my brains at home, literally. And my daughter, Kristine, whose optimistic view of the world keeps pushing me forward.”

LAST BOOK READ:EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. I listen to him every day on the long drive home from work. He talked me into it. He's a good salesman.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Father, husband, son, grandson. Happy, driven, caring, polite, honest, generous, optimistic. Tigers fan.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Toward fun. I love this industry. It's changing every day, which is exactly what I signed up for. As technology advances, we are able to do more and more with web browsers and devices and code that give our clients and audience the best experiences possible. The next big thing already here is responsive design – coordinating the best user experience based on the device.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My iPhone. I love how many things it's replaced in my life. It's my phone, camera, entertainment, teacher.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Anywhere with family and friends: that's home, our cabin, at Comerica Park, in Cancun, or at our local bar, the 46.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Art projects with my daughter. Other than that, it's being outdoors either riding our Harley, riding our snowmobiles, our UTV, camping, or boating on the Muskegon River.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Chinese food. Mongolian beef with broccoli. I went on a 90-day diet earlier this year and if I answered at that time, I would have told you everything that appeared on TV.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I can fly. Like Superman. What? No, I can't show you. Then it wouldn't be hidden. Just believe me on this one.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “What a great time to be asked this question. We just returned from Phoenix, where we were honored to be named to Inc. magazine's 5,000 fastest-growing small businesses in the United States. While there, we listened to many amazing speakers, but two who inspired me the most were Bert Jacobs, co-founder and chief executive optimist of Life is good and Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water. Both are making a significant impact in the lives of others. Bert didn't need to impress us with his looks or how he dressed, he impressed us with what he does, and that's help children in need. Scott was a self-described addict of alcohol, drugs, and pornography living a party life in NYC. He left it all to turn his life around by serving others. So, how do I want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as exactly who I am, which is not necessarily who I am today.”