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.
Name: Nick Chini.
Company: Bainbridge Inc.
Title: Managing principal.
Education: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in finance, Lehigh University.
Birthplace: Rockville, Md.
Current residence: Del Mar.
Family: Married with one daughter and one son.
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.
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.
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.
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.