1828 Spotlight: Joe Hamgeri

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in IndyHub | No Comments

The 1828 Project is one of our signature programs at IndyHub and each year it’s full of incredible leaders between the ages of 18 and 28. Joe is a part of 1828’s Class VI. We sent him some questions. He responded. Keep reading to learn more about Joe!

How do you spend your days?

Every day is a little different, but typically I’m working on accounting, taxes, or CFO services for my clients and helping them to do business better as a result of it. Usually, I’m either working from home, the Thirsty Scholar, or The Hatch. Outside of work, I’m usually connecting people, working on personal projects, checking out a new restaurant, at a concert, working on my own music, or grabbing drinks with friends.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Chicago. And yes, the city, because people always want to know.

What are some of your favorite spots in Indy?

For restaurants, at the moment (because I always keep a top 5): Bluebeard, Rook, Milktooth, Festiva, and Open Society. The Libertine is where I go to wind down. Outdoors — the Cultural Trail, the Canal, and Holliday Park.

How do you typically travel around the city? 

I usually bike, walk, or drive — it’s fairly equal between those three these days. Living just a few blocks from Mass Ave, I can walk and bike to a lot of places since I can usually be found there or in Fountain Square.

If you could have coffee with anyone, living or not, who would it be and why? (Bonus points for which Indy coffee joint you’d take them to)

Probably Benjamin Zander (conductor of the Boston Philharmonic). He has an unyielding energy even though he’s 78 and incredible perspectives on so many things. And I would definitely take him to the Thirsty Scholar.

Thinking forward to the next 5 years in Indy, what are you most excited about for the future?

I’m really excited about the expansion of transit and the related opportunities folks will have better access to as a result of it. Other than that, I’m just really excited about how much Indy will have to offer as a city in the coming years.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be and why?

Some form of moisturizer because I would die without it. My acoustic guitar, Genevieve, because I need to create music. A chef’s knife so I could prepare food. My laptop so I could write and communicate. (I think I would only keep 4 things.)

If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings?

Make sure my parents and siblings are taken care of, give to others who could use it, invest a portion, support causes I care about, fund personal projects, and potentially start a company or two.

Would you rather visit the world 100 years in the past or 100 in the future and why?

100 years in the future. I’m all about progress, so I’m curious to where humans will take things 100 years from now!

Do you have a hidden talent?

I’m a fairly impressive pantomime. [Editor’s Note: Not gonna lie, we had to look that one up!]

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