Nicholas Curran, Class of 2011
IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Nicholas Curran, CEO, Numbers 4 Nonprofits Inc.
What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?
Seeing an opportunity to help support the missions of nonprofits, I started Numbers 4 Nonprofits in 2013. Our firm’s revenue growth was 40% from 2018 to 2019 and our team has grown from five employees in July 2017 to 17 employees at the end of 2019.
What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?
My wife and I have added two more children to our family and built a home in Verona surrounded by a supportive village of neighbors and friends. I acknowledged the importance of this support system when I survived two heart attacks in 2017. While genetics played a hand in this, work stress and poor eating habits did not help. The heart attacks were my wake-up call to make my health a priority for the overall well-being of my family, my business, and myself. I now block out time to exercise multiple times per week and have completed two marathons and a half Ironman since.
If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?
I would put in better systems to manage fast growth. I would implement time blocking from the start to help prioritize my family and business commitments. Earlier in my career, I would have learned to tackle conflict head on instead of pushing it aside, which only leads to it becoming all-consuming or even a missed opportunity.
How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?
The 40 Under 40 selection is a well-known award in the community and I am proud to note it in my list of accomplishments. I am pleased to see IB’s continued efforts to connect alumni. Award recipients are tied together by their success and civic like-mindedness and it is important to retain those ties to enhance the community we live in.
I have solidified my passion for running and its positive effects on my health following my heart attacks. I discovered an interest in bicycling through my triathlon training. I am working on my skills as a distance swimmer partly to enhance my triathlon training but mostly to keep up with my children in the water.
Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?
Be who you are. Work hard and show up on time. Under-promise and over-deliver. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Know what you don’t know and never stop learning and growing.
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