Interview with Jack Wight, CEO, Buyback Boss
Interviewed by John Leach, Business Communications Major, Alumni Career Services Peer, Marketing and Events
Each year, the ASU Alumni Association selects 100 leading Sun Devils who own or lead successful, innovative businesses across the globe and demonstrate innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Today, we're highlighting Jack Wight, CEO of Buyback Boss, who graduated from ASU in 2015 with a BS in Marketing. Make sure to check out his website at buybackboss.com/!
Tell me about yourself: Name, major, grad year, what were you involved in, etc!
Jack, Marketing, 2015, I was not too involved with ASU as I was running my business full-time while going to school.
Everyone starts their journey with a plan for the future. How much did your path change from your initial idea of where you’d end up?
I started with $5 in my pocket and not much of a plan. The biggest turning point in the path to growing the company is when I switched the business from a local strategy to an online strategy with buybackboss.com.
If you could go back and do it all again to get where you are now, what would you change?
I would have spent more time reading management and leadership books earlier on to jumpstart my ability to lead a team and scale the company.
If a Sun Devil came up to you asking for advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would you tell them?
Get some coaching from the resources at ASU to make a dynamite resume. We have so many potential job candidates that don't make it beyond the first phase of the hiring process just because they don't have a well made resume.
What were some unexpected lessons you learned on the way to your current position?
Strategies to deal with stress. Meditation is a lifesaver, download the Headspace app!
Who do you look up to, and who/what inspired you to do what you do?
Both of my parents, who instilled an entrepreneurial mindset in me growing up. From a young age, my parents had me negotiate my allowance with them, set up a bank account when I was younger, and encouraged me to start my first business when I was 12.
Some people read 2 books a week, some people wake up at 4:00am. What’s your secret to success?
Never giving up.
What ASU resources did you use during/after your time as a Sun Devil, and how did they help you? What resources did you WISH you used?
I wish I had been more proactive in working with the entrepreneurship department to get funding for my business and guidance on how to grow a company effectively from my professors and other people that work for ASU.
What’s the secret to advance yourself in your work (in terms of personal/professional development)?
Work your butt off and seek ways to better yourself.
What’s the most important part to inspire people to advance themselves at work?
Truly caring about lives, both professionally and personally, of the people you work with.
If you were to give a 1 minute elevator pitch about how to never stop learning, what would you say?
There are too [few] opportunities in life to waste it by not spending time learning how you can help impact people's lives in a positive way.
Learn more about Jack and the other Sun Devil 100 here.