We had the good fortune of connecting with Irsan Tisnabudi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Irsan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk seems to become more of a spiritual experience to me, as I continue my journey both in life and/or career. Usually, these elements will hold true: a crossroad or a narrow path, somewhat like a hanging wooden bridge across two cliffs where it feels life threatening; a path or a decision, even with plenty of support, that I have to take on my own; a huge unknown, where the result is always not quite as expected that can either be very good, so-so or very bad. One thing holds true, is when I feel the most vulnerable during the process of taking such risk is when I feel the most spiritual.
What should our readers know about your business?
I certainly started the business, Aria Services, Inc. on my own but I couldn’t get to where I am here today without plenty of help from great people around me. Entrepreneurship for me is not a solo endeavor, although there are times it would feel as if. The ups and downs are real, and it does directly impact my life as a whole. Our recent, big win was to continue to employ everyone through the pandemic. Ultimately, having great people and great professional & personal networks is the key for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ouisie’s Table is still my most favorite place to take folks while visiting Houston, since it has a great southern flare, quaint yet still on the mid to upscale side. Otherwise, Mia’s Table is also a great option for southern food but more on the casual side. It is very hard to build a week’s itinerary, since it also depends on who I’m hosting. The nice thing about Houston is that there are so many options in entertainment and shopping.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to my Dad, whose job assignment got me to the USA; Fr. Paul, who changed my view of the Catholic church for the better; Dean Dr. Bernard McIntyre, who believed in me first while I was in college before I even believed in myself; Todd McCombs, who shaped up my career and mentored me along the way; Van Tran, who brought me into recovery from my addiction; Paul Beasley with ForeSite, for believing in us by being our first major client; Jason Rausch, for being there when I needed help the most; my team at Aria Services, and my Courage Investment, LLC broker/property manager Taro Chellaram with TC Global Commercial; my dear friends along the way, and my loving wife, life and dance partner Cami who is with me through thick and thin as we’re growing spiritually together.