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Luke Schneider

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

Luke Schneider. I am a Navy veteran, Firefighter and founder of Fire Dept. Coffee.

What exactly does your company do?

We are an online company that roasts, sells and ships freshly roasted high-quality coffee. Our mission is giving back to the hard-working men and women who serve. We do this by giving a portion of every order to military and firefighter related charities. We are also in the works of forming our own foundation to help injured firefighters.

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges for me is time. Working a full-time job and running a business full time definitely makes it difficult to manage my time. Thankfully I have been able to hire people that are great at what they do and are better than I am in many ways, in different areas. It makes a huge difference to be able to work together as a team.

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

For us, coffee is a passion and we love making and serving it to people. Because of that, I wish someone would have told me something like this early on: “Do something that you love doing. You’re going to face challenges along the way but if it’s something you love doing, you will find joy in problem-solving and overcoming those challenges.

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

My parents are some of my biggest influences because they brought me up in a way of teaching me to work hard and to be my best at whatever I am working on. I also admire the company Chic-Fil-A. Here is a quote that I have taken to heart from the founder and CEO, Truett Cathy: “We hear of businesses succeeding or failing, but it is not the business… it is the people who succeed or fail.”

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

Definitely, my wife, Kate, who has been patient with me, has listened to my crazy ideas and has been there to support me along the way.

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

Marrying my wife for sure. I really feel like a lot of things that have happened in my life have been blessings by God and I am thankful for the success and opportunities we have had. I am also grateful for the people that have been placed in my life and those surrounding me.  If it wasn’t for all of these things, I would not be where I am.

How can people contact you?

facebook.com/firedeptcoffee
instagram.com/firedeptcoffee
linkedin.com/company/fire-dept.-coffee/

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