Christos Meli

Company: The Art of Vape
Position: Founder/CEO
Age: 29

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Athens, Greece

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

2009

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I hate questions like this, as I never know what to put. So lets see, I have a beautiful Fiancé named Crystal who is my rock, together we have 3 dogs who are our children (spoiled ones lol). I don’t have much of a social life as I’m consumed by work. I have an extremely strong work ethic, which I believe comes from my years in The Navy. I believe the universe has all the answers, if we are quiet enough to hear them. Giving up is never an option and I guess that is it.

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

There was this time when I was stationed in Gulfport, MS we were told by our CO that we would be volunteering our weekend to an organization named Kaboom. At first I was young and naive and was not happy about this. The work was to build a park for underprivileged kids. Once we did the work and got to see the smiles on the faces of the children it was at that moment that I effectively realized I had taken part of something greater, something real, something that had left an everlasting effect on who I have become today.

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

I am a firm believer in that you receive the gifts the universe intends based on the gifts you project. So everyday I do my part and try to leave a positive impact whether it be to give money to a homeless person in passing, food for a hungry person outside a restaurant, or just a “simple how is your day?’ can leave an impressionable mark on a person that can transform a community. Kindness is motivation and it has a ripple effect that can reach far and wide.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

I enjoy spending time with my Fiancé. Work believe it or not, architecture, cars, food, travel, and I’m a huge nerd for movies and the occasional video games.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don't embrace the status quo. Find new ways to see. Never expect a silver bullet. Get your hands dirty. Listen with empathy and over communicate with transparency. Tell your story, refusing to let others define you. Use authentic experiences to inspire. Stick to your values, they are your foundation. Hold people accountable, but give them the tools to succeed. Make the tough choices; it's how you execute that counts. Be decisive in times of crisis. Be nimble. Find truth in trials and lessons in mistakes. Be responsible for what you see, hear, and do. Believe
-Howard Schultz

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

It’s a funny thing to look into the future. I see myself continuing to grow my business as well as myself. I’ve always wanted to be a life coach or something along those lines, a lot of people tell me that I give good advice. I hope to expand my brand by introducing another concept I have in the works to go alongside The Art Of Vape and continue to just be a leader in the Vaping Industry.

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

I would love to wake up in a ocean hut in Fiji or Bora Bora. You know the one with the glass bottom floor.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

Too long ago

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

Well I was born with 6 fingers on each hand though they were removed at birth so all I have a small scars to show.

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

7 Spiritual Laws Of Success by Deepak Chopra

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

The Boss

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Alt-J