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Executive Profile , Nick Chini

BY ANDREW SCHWEIZER

With more than 17 years of experience in the industry, Nick Chini, managing partner of Bainbridge Inc., a management, consulting and advisory firm, has taken his experience and focused it on providing his clients with quality, in-depth analysis of their markets and business models which have been huge assets to the Fortune 500 companies, startups and private equity groups Bainbridge works with.


RESUME

Name: Nick Chini.

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Company: Bainbridge Inc.

Title: Managing principal.

Education: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in finance, Lehigh University.

Birthplace: Rockville, Md.

Age: 39.

Current residence: Del Mar.

Family: Married with one daughter and one son.


BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

Essential business philosophy: Set high goals and standards then execute, execute, execute.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Research your market, listen to your customers and go fast.

Guiding principles: Service, excellence, perspective.

Yardsticks of success: Motivated employees, satisfied clients, time with family.

Goals yet to be achieved: $3 billion in done deals, par golf game, learn to play the piano.


JUDGMENT CALLS

Best business decision: Moving to San Diego.

Worst business decision: The ones I didn’t learn from.

Toughest business decision: Moving to San Diego.

Biggest missed opportunity: Buying oil at $30 a barrel.

Mentor: Bolton Bainbridge Miller.

Word that describes you: Think.


TRUE CONFESSIONS

What you like best about your job: The caliber of the professionals.

What you like least about your job: Endless need for more professionals.

Pet peeves: Platitudes.

Most important lesson learned: W = FD. (Work achieved equals force times distance.)

Person most interested in meeting: Whoever the discoverer of cold fusion will be, we’ve got private equity for them.

Three greatest passions: Golf, learning, running.

First choice for a new career: Writer.


PREDILECTIONS

Favorite quote: “There are two things in this world, good things and bad, everything else is a compromise .,” Joe Chini.

Most influential book: “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment,” by Eckhart Tolle.

Favorite status symbol: Leisure time.

Favorite restaurant: Bijan’s Persian Grill near our office in Houston.

Favorite place for business meetings: The Clubhouse Grill at The Grand Del Mar.

Favorite vacation spot: It’s an incredible beach town that is a world away, but closer than you think. (I’m not telling where it is.)

Favorite way to spend time: With the kids.

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