Tom First

Tom First

Founder


Nantucket Nectars

Boston, MA USA


There's a million different paths to get there, but everyone thinks there's just one when they're giving you advice.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
People have approached him to write a book about the history of his business, but he'd always wanted to talk about finding himself.
After graduating from Brown University, he decided to defer any career plans and move to the island of Nantucket.
He got his commercial fishing license, because that was how you made money on the island.
At night, he'd have to wash the fish guts off the boat and out of the buckets.
One Christmas Eve, he slipped on the dock; he laid there in the freezing cold and thought, "What the hell am I doing?"
After that, he started buying clams from local fisherman and reselling them to local markets.
Now that he had a feel for the local markets and their distribution, he was able to start Nantucket Nectars with a foot already in the door.
Says no one could have ever predicted his path, so you can't limit yourself to thinking there's only one "right" way to succeed.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
American History (United States)
Brown University

Career

Founder

I started a juice company while working as a fisherman on Nantucket.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Food
Accomplishing Goals