Alex Smereczniak

Company: 2ULaundry
Position: CEO
Age: 25

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Red Wing, Minnesota.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE?

May of 2014.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I’ve always been curious about how things work, uncomfortable with the status quo, and hungry to make an impact on the people and communities around me. I naturally gravitated towards entrepreneurship for those reasons.

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?

Growing up, I was incredibly close with my grandparents and was fortunate enough to have them live right down the street. My grandpa became very ill and required dozens of blood transfusions. As I matured and realized just how many units of blood he went through before he passed, I decided I wanted to donate the 50+ units of blood back to the American Red Cross over the course of my life. I first started donating when I was 15 years old, chipping away one unit at a time.

When I transferred to a different high school my junior year, I quickly learned there was no relationship with the Red Cross and no blood drives held on campus. By the time I graduated my high school held tri-annual blood drives and we had collected over 1,000 units of blood. I’ll never forget the moment we held our first multi-day drive and collected 60 units on the first day, surpassing the 50 I pledged I would donate back in my grandfather’s memory.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?

One of my favorite things about entrepreneurship is that it creates value. When we first started 16 months ago it was just Dan and I. Now we have 35 employees. That’s 35 individuals that now have steady jobs and money to feed their families, go on dates, and enjoy what Charlotte has to offer.

I’m also amazed by the over 500,000 hours we’ve given back to our customers. That’s a half a million hours our customers are now spending with their families, learning a new hobby, or simply relaxing and enjoying life.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

I enjoy backpacking, watching movies, and building things.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

“You don’t ask, you don’t get.” It amazes me how much you can accomplish just by trying, asking, or simply showing up.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

Launching our 50th city. 2ULaundry is a household name. We’ve created 1,000s of jobs and have created tens of millions of hours of free time.

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I want to see the Northern Lights.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

October 2015. I was on a safari in Africa.

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

I once panhandled in NYC when I was 7 years old.

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

My parents, no question. My dad has instilled hard work and a “front load the job” type of mentality, while my mom has taught me compassion and a love for life.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Hard Thing About Hard Things.

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

Split....but the last good movie I saw was The Founder (Sorry M. Night Shyamalan).

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Dave Matthews Band.