We had the good fortune of connecting with Joel Mckibben and we’ve shared our conversation below. Hi Joel, how do you think about risk? I look at risk as an opportunity. Taking risk is one way to better yourself and your situation. If you succeed, then you have gained. If you fail, you still have gained. You’ve gained the opportunity to learn from your failures, to become a better “you”. I took the risk of starting my own clothing line. You pour your hard earned money, a lot of time and effort into your brand not knowing the outcome. “Are others going to like it?” “Will I make a profit or will it be a loss?” I asked myself these questions over and over. You have to have confidence and just really enjoy the journey. It’s a learning experience no matter the outcome. It’s a win-win in my eyes. Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more? Cordova Jeans Company was started by simply just wanting to design clothes for myself to wear. I never had intentions on selling any products. The feedback I got from my family and peers encouraged me to offer my clothing line to others. I always had an eye for fashion. I’ve always wanted to be different. I would wear anything and make it look appealing. I take pride in the designs and materials I offer. I’m excited to see where the brand goes in the future. I drive trucks for a living. That’s where my brand get its funding. It’s a lot of discipline and hard work behind starting a business. Stand up and stand out. With the right mind set and support system the sky is the limit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Atlanta. I have several favorite spots but my top favorite is Edgewood. The autmosphere is always exciting with plenty places to eat and drink.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my wife. She’s my biggest supporter and my critic. She knows the potential I have and push me to be the best in everything I do. Always there to encourage me and to point out any mistakes or areas I could improve. A lot of credit goes to her.