Meet Tee Faircloth
We recently asked Tee a few questions so you can get to know one of our CTRL + ALT + DEL speakers. Check it out…
What is your passion?
My passion is finding solutions within otherwise unseen opportunities. I started my career working with distressed industries and companies, which honed my passion for finding the thing no one else was looking for, and turning that thing into an opportunity. That passion led me to create a high-end luxury brand in a space no one else was playing in at the time. And most recently, it has led me to one of the more complex health care challenges our country faces, and to see an opportunity that takes on that challenge and in doing so, improves care for millions of Americans.
How did you decide to pursue your current career?
A doctor friend from college was practicing in rural Georgia and knew my background working with distressed and bankrupt companies. He called me up and said, “You like really (screwed) up industries. Take a look at rural healthcare, I’ve never seen anything as (screwed) up as this.” (He didn’t use the word screwed.) I found people who knew a lot more about health care than I did and we began looking at the rural health crisis from the ground up, examining every element of the system with a new eye. We built a strong team and learned from people working on the front lines every day. We kept going down the rabbit hole until we found a kernel of an idea that can begin to turn rural health care around.
What did you learn about yourself during the process of preparing your talk?
That when I step out of the trees and look at the forest, I actually have learned a good deal about health care. Because, like almost every person working in health care, in the trenches, I’m reminded daily of how little I actually know.
What drives you in challenging times?
Wanting to make the world a better place and stepping back and realizing how fortunate I’ve been and how much help I’ve received from other people. That, and knowing grit is something which no one can ever take away.