BOB WEARS G-HAWK
1. Think Big: Share your dream in 50 words or less.
I want to do it all! I want to be a chef, an athlete,
write a book, coach football, live in Italy, speak Japanese,
be an entrepreneur, become an artist, serve in government,
run a nonprofit, land a backroll off the heal-side wake…
yes, the list goes on and on. But most of all, I
want to be a loving father and husband, loyal friend,
insightful mentor and a helpful stranger.
2. What did your mom think you would be?
I had a great love of sports growing up, and was less
interested in academics. She was always supportive of my
athletic interests, but I think she worried, and hoped
I would be able to find something in the sporting arena that
would pay the bills, or that I would hit the books. I think I
surprised her quite a bit the day I told her I was
going into finance. In fact, I think we were
both surprised that day.
3. When people say “you can’t do that”, how do you respond?
I think a person can accomplish whatever they
want. They just need real desire, a thoughtful plan, some
motivational support (positive or negative), a relentless
work ethic, and the right attitude. They also need to
leave their fears at the door.
4. Why do you do what you do?
I like to understand how things work (from the bottom up),
and I like to problem solve. I have found that being
in finance I have access to tools and intelligence that can
offer clear insights regarding the true levers of any business
(how it makes money), helping you not only identify risks or
problems, but also solve them.
5. What has been the best moment and the worst moment so far?
Besides marrying my wife and the birth of our three kids,
earning Pacific-10 All-Conference rowing
honors in college was a big deal, because it
represented a symbol of discipline and dedication among
a peer group for which I have great respect. It also repre-
sented the accomplishment of a dream sought after since
I am also proud of being the 13th employee of
drugstore.com, and being a critical part of the
executive management team that grew the business
to over $400M in sales over 9 years.
The toughest moment for me was the passing of my father.
Loosing a parent can be a very lonely and
humbling experience as you suddenly find that
anchor in your family missing, and you must now press on
and become that anchor yourself.
6. Planes, Trains or Automobiles - what’s your favorite
mode of transportation?
My favorite mode of transportation would be flying by
cape, but I have not developed those super powers… yet.
Until then, my preference is automobile, and ideally via the
Audi R8 (I think I like it because it was featured in the Iron
Man movie, and I like anything that has to do
with super heroes:).