It’s tough to not be immediately drawn towards a person named Gator (especially when you then learn his brothers are named Moose and Griffin)! We became fast friends as we started grad school together, and immediately realized we had a share passion for problem-solving around big environmental challenges. Gator’s spent most of his life trying to figure out ways to better bring about harmony between people and nature. He entered our program on more of an academic track, while my background was more focused on policy and non-profits. What we both realized though was that many of the most pressing threats to the environment weren’t being solved at the scale or urgency required through traditional methods. And that perhaps creating a mission-driven business was the way to break through the roadblocks preventing large-scale and financially sustainable global reef restoration.