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Meet Brent Grunander: The Fast Interview

Brent Grunander, Account Executive - Enterprise at Fast

Brent Grunander

Role: Account Executive - Enterprise

Team: Enterprise Sales

Why did you join Fast?

My professional mentor and former boss at my last company told me someone in his neighborhood was building a sales team at this new, exciting tech company and I should speak with him. I wasn't looking to leave my position at my former company, but from the very first conversation I had with Brig (Graff, Senior Vice President of Sales at Fast), I thought, “Oh, something special is going on here.”

What were you doing before Fast?

I've been in sales and business development pretty much my whole professional career. I was an enterprise sales representative at a startup company called Chargeback (acquired by Sift). When I started, I was one of the first sales representatives there helping to bring Chargeback’s technology to the market.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

Salt Lake City, Utah. I was the youngest of two brothers and a sister. And my two brothers liked to beat up and bully me a lot, but I credit them for making me competitive and tough. I played soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and golf. Some of my favorite moments were playing golf with my dad, grandpa, and brothers.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Outside of marrying my wife and helping raise our two daughters, I'd say getting a master's degree. I wasn't excited about my bachelor's degree. Something just felt incomplete, so just six months after getting married, my wife and I moved to Southern California. I got my master's from San Diego State University in organizational communication. I finally felt accomplished.

What is your productivity hack?

I've enabled limits on certain time-wasting apps, so when I need to get down to work, I have my apps and notifications turned off. I also usually put headphones in and listen to music, too.

When did someone's kindness toward you made a big difference in your life?

In 2018, my wife, my then two-year-old daughter, and I were on vacation in Baltimore. I had lived there for a few years a while back. We were driving into the city, and suddenly a hammer flipped up from under the car in front of us and went directly into our windshield. I pulled over on the side of the freeway. We were in a rough part of town, middle of the summer, and stranded. I went through my contact list and found the one person I was still connected with in the city and called him. He dropped everything he was doing that day to help. There was no hesitation from him. Nothing but complete kindness.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?

My grandpa. He was someone that I always looked up to. He passed away in 2009, but I wish that I could just have a few more conversations with him now that I'm a little more grown up. I'd love to pick his brain and learn more about his life experiences. He served in World War II.

Who is your celebrity doppelgänger?

I haven't heard it much now that I'm a little bit older, but I got Justin Timberlake a lot growing up. And it’s funny because my wife got Britney Spears once in a while.

What's your top travel destination?

San Diego. Now that we don't live there anymore, we've made it a point to visit at least once a year. Now that we have kids that are a little older, we also sneak in a trip to Disneyland.

A dream destination for me would be the Greek Isles.

Where do you see yourself in a year from now?

Hopefully still where I am today, helping Fast grow. I want to help Fast become the standard and be on every website on the internet.

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