We had the good fortune of connecting with Clint Regehr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clint, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In order to achieve more in life from a career perspective, I believe you have to be willing to step out and take a few risks along the way. I also believe that the risks you take need to be well thought out and planned for before you take them, with some kind of back up plan in place. In my experience, before I began my video production company in 2012, I spent many years in the enterprise software industry. During that time, I took a variety of risks working for a variety of start-up software companies. It’s exciting to be part of something new. Success isn’t always guaranteed, but the rewards of personal growth through the process are huge. Some of the start-ups I was part of were a great success. Others were not, but in the end, the takeaways were always something I could use in my next endeavor. Leaving the software industry and starting my video production company was also a risk. However, the lessons learned, and experience gained over the years in my software industry have helped me build my company. One of the key takeaways was how to run a business. It helps me in selling my video services, which in many ways is very similar to selling software products and services. At the end of the day it’s all about helping companies increase revenue, lower costs and help them be more competitive and further establish their brand. So, when I look back at the many successes I have had, the risks I took to get there are well worth it in the end. I learned a lot about life, about myself and it has allowed me to encourage others.
What should our readers know about your business?
I run a boutique video production company called CERVIDEO, focused on corporate and industrial videos. I also provide custom editing services working with clients footage they have filmed themselves. My custom video editing service is called editURvideo.com. I was recently hired to be a camera operator in a soon to be released feature film called Hot Water. I also did all the color grading and quality control of the video for online streaming. In addition, I also produced a Behind the Scenes video for the film. My clients hire me for the high quality of my videos, the quick turnaround and my competitive rates. But one of the key benefits of my work that sets me apart from many others is that I understand the business needs of my clients and work with them in designing high impact videos that better communicate their message and story. I have gotten to where I am today in through the many years I spent in enterprise software sales. I have held many positions, from individual contributor to VP of World Wide Sales. With that experience I learned the fundamentals of running a business and understanding the key factors for success. I worked with some of the best professional sales people in the world. I have taken that experience and applied it to my video business. Starting a brand new business in a brand new market space was not easy. I was able to overcome some of the challenges by using the same principles that I applied in my previous life in software sales. One model that has worked for me, which I learned during many of the software startup companies, is the 1 – 3 – 10 – 50 model. In this model, the first objective is to get that first client. Once the first client is achieved, then the next three can be achieved by repeating the success of the first client opportunity. Then the momentum of the first four clients helps you find your first ten clients and then it grows from there. One example where this has worked well for me is working with Sign Companies across the US, from NYC to San Diego and everyplace in between. What I would really like the world to know about me and my brand is that I produce high impact professional quality videos. I work with integrity and provide a custom solution that is designed specifically for my clients needs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is a great city to host friends and family. We spend a lot of time at Del Mar beach. Some favorite restaurants include the Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar on the water front patio. We also enjoy Il Fornaio and the Pacific Coast Grill. As you can see, they all have ocean views. For a quick breakfast or lunch you can’t beat the Stratford Court Cafe or the Americana in Del Mar. We also enjoy the Crust restaurant in Carmel Valley for Happy Hour. We also love Little Italy in downtown San Diego. The old Coronado Hotel is also a popular stop for us as well, including the Coronado Beach, where we often bring our fire pit for a great s’mores time on the beach. Another one of our favorite activities is hanging out in Balboa Park, there’s lots to see and do there. Torrey Pines park is also a great place to enjoy with friends and family, which begins with a hike and then a long walk on the beach. Temecula is also a popular destination for us as well to get away and have a great wine tasting day and fun in wine country. We often start our day by having lunch on the patio at Robert Renzoni Vineyards with it’s fantastic views of the surrounding vineyards. After lunch we head over to Weins Family Cellars for more wine tasting and then finish the day at Ponte Winery and Hotel just next door. We love San Diego and all it has to offer!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person who deserves the biggest shoutout is my wife Carol. She has been with me every step of the way, and is always very supportive. Others who deserve a shoutout are all the incredible people I have worked with over the years in my many sales positions. Also, my great clients also need to receive a shoutout, because without their continued support, I could have not survived in today’s competitive industry. There is nothing better than repeat business and continued projects over time.