How I Work: Justin Garton, consultant and entrepreneur

How I Work: Justin Garton, consultant and entrepreneur
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Job Title

Consultant; Entrepreneur

What do you actually do?

As a risk advisory professional for Dixon Hughes Goodman, I work to service our clients with project management expertise on time and cost-saving initiatives. There’s a 100,000 foot, big picture job description for you. I am also working diligently as an investor in Joe’s Doughs.


Drive 10 minutes from South End to Uptown. Suits don’t mix well with spring rain and summer heat on the walk to the light rail. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

What do you do during your commute?

Zone out until I wake up in my parking spot.

Phone Type



Desk photo

As a consultant you sit at the client site when needed. So my desk tends to move around and therefore only ever has my laptop on it.




One MacBook Air and two Dell Lattitudes

Gadgets you can’t live without

Unfortunately, my phone. Siri and I have had a nice courtship. Apple headphones for talking and driving.

Do you listen to music while you work?

Sometimes if I am working through mindless tasks I’ll turn on Spotify. (If you don’t pay for premium to avoid the ads, I don’t want to know you.) Otherwise this University of South Carolina educated brain needs full silence.

What’s your favorite spot for a business lunch? Your order?

I tend to have more breakfast meetings, and Original Pancake House opens at 6:30 a.m. Two eggs over hard, fruit, and their thick cut bacon. 46 cups of coffee. For a quick lunch meeting, I’ll grab some lunch off Tryon and head to the tables out front of Hearst Tower.


@livinlife_at40 via Instagram

Social media habits

The only social media I have is Snapchat — and I have a habit of spending Sunday morning looking at all of the debauchery of my friends from Saturday evening.


To-do list manager

I use Tasks on my iPhone to quickly jot things down; however I live out of my Moleskine.

What everyday thing are you really good at?

Parallel parking. Welcome to South End.

Best time-saving shortcut or Charlotte life hack

Time-saving shortcut: TSA Pre-check. It’s a life changer and you can go from curb to gate in under 5 minutes.

Charlotte life hack: How about a shameless plug for Joe’s Doughs – best way to earn the respect of your colleagues is bringing the office two dozen of our donuts.

Sleep routine

I use the Sleep Cycle App and it usually tells me I stink at sleeping. Normally 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Where do you go around Charlotte to get away from the office?

Driving range at Revolution.

revolution park driving range charlotte

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Two eggs and coffee.

If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing?

I’d like to be one of those entertainers at the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Maybe just a full time resident there instead.

Best job advice you’ve received

Still waiting for it.

Last book you read (grade it on a A-F scale):

Book: The Last Mile by David Baldacci.”B”

Last movie you watched (grade it on a A-F scale):

Movie: Hateful Eight. “A”

What’s one thing people don’t know about Charlotte that they should?

Charlotte has an abundance of nonprofit and charitable organizations working to advance our city – more than many people know. From the Foundation to the Carolina’s to Samaritan’s Feet and Social Venture Parters who hosted Seed20 – there are many ways to get involved beyond monetary giving. We often cite stats such as 50 out of 50 for upward mobility but we neglect to get and involved and propel the organizations working to change this. All it takes is one email.

Is there anything else that we didn’t ask that you’d like to tell our readers?

I was born and spent much of my childhood in Honolulu and somehow Charlotte has allowed for a knock around nomad kid like myself to call someplace home.

What other Charlottean would you like to answer these questions?

Caleb Musser from Musser and Company

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