Featured Entrepreneur: Mary Romolino // Featured Member // Mar 26 2017
Acme Nerd Games, LLC
DG: What is your role/title within the business?
DG: What is the goal/mission of your business?
Create games that do good, games that help people thrive while having fun!
DG: What is your background? What got you to where you are now?
I have 20+ years in marketing, both on the corporate side and the ad agency side. When I was introduced to game based learning I immediately recognized the power of games to engage people in a company’s brand and thought businesses, especially those with complicated products or customers who don’t always act in their own best interest should add games to their marketing mix. Games can educate and change behaviors.
DG: What made you decide to start your business?
I believe that games can motivate, educate, and encourage behavior changes while players are having fun. We started Acme Nerd Games to do just that — do good and improve lives.
DG: What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life and why?
In Life? That’s a big question! My biggest personal accomplishment has to be my two brilliant, artistic children — but honestly all I did was birth them then get out of their way. So maybe I should just say learning to get out of the way!
DG: What is your biggest accomplishment in your business and why?
Professionally I’ve had many, many proud moments of helping others build or sustain strong businesses. However, creating Acme Nerd Games with my husband and living a life filled with creativity and flexibility is the ultimate joy.
DG: What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced while in business? What has been your biggest failure in being an entrepreneur?
For me, all obstacles and failures are self imposed and based on fear — that I don’t know enough about X (insert fear here), that I don’t have experience doing X, that everyone else in the room knows all about X and I’m the only one that doesn’t get it. Not trusting in myself. Not seeing in myself what others see and know they can rely on is a speed bump slowing down my progress.
DG: If you could give one quote to live by, what would it be?
Admit to yourself what you’re passionate about and apply that passion to what you’re good at.
What are three things that people may not know about you?
I’m a second degree black belt — and that’s really only helpful if we get into a bar fight 🙂
I’m from the Detroit area
I’m a cheese-aholic
DG: What words of advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
My words of advice are pretty simple and not limited to entrepreneurs: Make the leap.
What’s the worst that can happen? Trust yourself and you won’t regret it.
What does Madison need to encourage entrepreneurs to stay and grow their businesses?
Hmmmm…. my perception is that the entrepreneur scene parallels what is true of Madison in general and that is there’s support to be found if you’re a well connected white male. I’d like to see more corporations and investors stretch beyond their norm and support someone that doesn’t look like them or a business that doesn’t feel so cozy. Madison needs Doyenne.
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