The Personalities Behind Payoff — Meet Founder and CEO Scott Saunders

I have been at Payoff since …  
2009

The best thing about my job is …
Leading a team of the most talented and passionate people to be the change in the world that we want to see.

When I’m not working, I am …
With my lovely wife and two amazing kids.

When it comes to dogs or cats, I prefer …
I like the idea of a dog, but we don’t have one. It’s less work. I send my wife pictures of cute dogs from Instagram and tell her that’s better than actually having a dog. I’m likely missing out and may someday lose this battle with the rest of my family.

My favorite book is …
The Bible.

My favorite TV show is …
Either 60 Minutes or Shark Tank.

My favorite movie is …
For a long time, it’s been Dead Poet’s Society, but the recently released The Big Short is very good and closely chronicles what I did in my last business venture.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Whatever is fast and easy, which is sometimes nothing at all.

My favorite vacation was to …
France and Italy with my wife before we had kids.

A website I check all the time is …
Payoff.com.

The song I never get tired of hearing is …
I really like listening to Frank Sinatra. Yes, I am a very old guy stuck in a middle-aged guy’s body.

When I was a kid, my dream job was …
Fighter pilot like my dad.

What was your first job?
Washing dishes at the cafe in the American embassy in Paris, France.

What’s the appeal of a road less traveled?
Avoiding the herd.

What was the best date you’ve ever been on?
I do a date night every Friday with my wife and look forward to it all week!

What do you do when you’re stuck in horrible LA traffic?
Podcasts.

If I could paradox-free time travel to any day in history, I would …
Go back to the beginning …

What matters most to me is …
Faith, family, friends and making the world a better place.

Happiness is …
Family dinner out!

On a Saturday/Sunday, I love to …
Take naps.

Money is …
A means to an end.

Money is not …
Happiness.

My money personality is …
The Contrarian.

Last week’s Payoff Personality, Dr. Galen Buckwalter, asked you:
What is your most effective way to de-stress?

A glass of wine with my wife. Early morning walks in the hills or along the ocean.

And you get to ask next week’s Payoff Personality a question. What’s your question and how would you answer it?
Where were you born and how did that impact you?

I was born in Las Vegas (just off The Strip). Though, I only lived there for a few months before moving to England and didn’t go back for the first time until my late 20s. I’m definitely a calculated risk taker, but I never gamble.

Payoff Personality — Scott Saunders

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