July EO Chicago SAP Spotlight: Gagan Bhambra
EO Member: Gagan Bhambra
Company: Quest Management and Consulting LLC
Years in Business: 4 years
How long have you been a member of EO Chicago and why did you join the organization?
I joined EO Chicago this June! I joined because I wanted to build personal connections with other entrepreneurs and grow as a person. Before I joined, I met many other members who told me how much EO Chicago has changed their lives. EO Chicago embodies being open minded and having a strong desire for learning. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of an organization that actually delivers on strongly impacting its members.
What was your first job?
My first real job was working as an intern at a spine surgeon’s office in Park Ridge.
Can you describe your entrepreneurial journey? Where did you start and where do you hope to go in the future?
I’ve been around entrepreneurship my entire life. My father and my brother are both successful entrepreneurs and have always been my role models. I started my company Quest in 2018 overseeing operations for Video Gaming Terminal Operators. We have grown from managing 3 locations to 25 today. I hope to keep growing in the future and expanding my skill set as an entrepreneur.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love the excitement of never having the same exact work day. Each day presents new challenges and opportunities so I never get bored!
What daily challenges do you face at work?
My biggest daily challenge is dealing with getting overwhelmed by problems that occur when things don’t go the way they are supposed to. Sometimes it’s hard for me to take a step back and focus on what is in my control rather than worrying about what is not.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Don’t get caught up in losses or failures, instead focus on what you can do today.
What are your goals for the future of your business?
I want to keep growing my business so I can be in a position to give back to my community and support other people’s dreams.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
I am working on opening a bar/restaurant concept with one of my childhood best friends.
Who or what inspires you?
I want to get to a position where I can help people overcome obstacles that are in the way of pursuing their dreams.
If you could go back in time five years and share advice with your past self, what advice would you share?
Trust your instincts and be yourself. Whatever is meant to be will be.
What is the greatest challenge you have overcome?
The greatest challenge I overcame was running my business while getting my Juris Doctor degree part time. This was definitely the most stressful period in my life because I was balancing a young business while attending school. I graduated last December, and now I feel like there isn’t anything that I can’t do if I set my mind to it.
What brought you to Chicago?
I grew up in the Chicagoland area and have been here my entire life.
How do you find work-life balance?
My wonderful girlfriend Mounika always reminds me to be in the moment and set boundaries between my personal and work life. This helped me learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of work.
When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an NBA player. It didn’t pan out the way I hoped, though.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Travel, exercise, and spend time with loved ones and friends.
What’s one thing still left on your bucket list?
I want to learn how to fly a plane.
What are you currently reading?
How to be a Great Boss by Gino Wickman and René Boer.
If you could recommend one podcast, what would it be?
Today, Explained by Vox.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
It technically isn’t the city of Chicago, but Bob Chinn’s in Wheeling has always been one of my favorite places to eat.
What is your favorite part about working in the Chicagoland area?
My network—I have spent half of my life here.
What is your top Chicago activity?
I love walking around the city and exploring the different neighborhoods and food Chicago has to offer. Each neighborhood has its own culture and vibe.
Where’s your favorite place in the world to visit?
I would have to say it’s the Greek Islands because I love the Mediterranean sea and the food there.
Thank you to Gagan for sharing his story for our July member spotlight. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global business network of more than 14,000 entrepreneurs in 198 chapters and 61 countries. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. If you’re interested in becoming an EO Chicago member, check our membership requirements and submit an application to join today.