Will Funderburg

Company: Jabian Consulting
Position: Director
Age: 29

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Atlanta, GA

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

2 1⁄2 years

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I grew up in Buford, GA about 40 min north of Atlanta. As a kid I loved the teenage mutant ninja turtles and often wore swords down the back of my shirt. I was involved in sports from an early age with baseball, football and later track. I attended Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and captained the Varsity Football and Track teams. After Davidson, I joined a global consulting firm and travelled every week for nearly 3 years. In 2012, I joined Jabian Consulting a local model firm (no travel) and helped them start their Charlotte office. I’m married to my best friend and yoga teacher, Eleanor (she teaches kids yoga at YogaOne). We have 2 Brittany Spaniels and live in Plaza-Midwood.

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

My work with the Davidson College Football Team through the “Gridiron Connection” program has probably provided the most memorable moments. Every time a player lands an internship or a job from an introduction the Gridiron Connection facilitated it gives everyone involved a feeling that they have truly made a difference in a young man’s development and transition in to the working world. The right start can mean huge dividends throughout a career.

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

Whether it’s working out with the Charlotte Rescue Mission men on Saturday mornings or delivering a pro-bono project for a non-profit organization, I contribute to the community by finding opportunities to put my personal passions and professional experience to work.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

Running, reading, networking, golf, investing, live music, musical theater, weekend trips, collegiate sports.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

In Charlotte with a kid or two, serving on a non-profit board and a small private company board. Leading a few large client accounts for Jabian’s charlotte office with at least one Davidson student interning.

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

Run in the “Hood to Coast” relay from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

Eh, an embarrassingly long time ago. College spring break.

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

I can solve a Rubik’s Cube.

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

My parents

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

Race (Jesse Owens story)

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Brandi Carlile