Special Edition: Get to Know the SDR Team

This week, to continue our blog series “Get to Know the SDR Team,” we met up with SDR Managing Director, Scott Mitchell, to learn more about his background, his professional life and some random fun facts.

Scott’s Background

What’s your earliest memory?
The Big Bird birthday cake at my third birthday party.

What was your most formative moment growing up?
When I got my first bowl haircut. It was the shedding of some of my shyness and wanting to be a bit bolder with my appearance.

Scott Mitchell - Bowl Cut and Northwestern

What is the proudest moment in your life so far?
Getting my wife to marry me! I proposed to her in Chicago next to the river after a lobster dinner. A tour boat went past and took pictures of us getting engaged.

What advice would you give your past self?
I would say don’t get bogged down with the medium-term outlook; instead focus on the present and the long-term.

How did you decide what to study in college?
I decided to study Industrial Engineering because it was the closest thing to business that Northwestern University offered.

What were the best and worst parts about living in Chicago?
Best part: I really loved the culture and diversity there.
Worst part: The length of the winters and just the general grayness.

Career Focus

How did you become involved with SDR?
I knew Andy [Limes] personally through church and had a lot of exposure to investment banking in the past. It seemed like it could be a great fit for me.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?
When you hit milestones in the deal process, that’s exciting. Ultimately, closing deals is the best.

What is your favorite moment at SDR so far?
When I got promoted, it showed me that my career was on the right track.

What has been the most challenging moment in your professional career?
When I left my job I had before SDR and went back to finish grad school at the University of Colorado Denver.

Scott Mitchell - Hiking and Biking

Free Time

What hobbies do you have outside of work?
My hobbies outside of work are mostly family stuff; having two kids really keeps me busy. I do a lot of hiking and go on bike rides with the family.

What’s your favorite trip you’ve taken?
In high school I took a three-week trip to Australia and New Zealand through an ambassador program. It was incredible!

Which series is better, Harry Potter or Star Wars?
Harry Potter, because I was born after Star Wars came out and I never really latched on to it. Ironically, my son is way more into Star Wars than I ever was.

What’s your favorite kind of music? Favorite band?
I’m an indie rock guy. As far as a band goes, probably The National.

What was your first concert you attended?
It was Everclear. They played with Marcy Playground and Fastball in 1996.

Queue the Random Facts…

Do you like coffee? If yes, how do you take it?
Yes I do, but I need some French Vanilla creamer in there.

You can have dinner with anyone, dead or alive. Who would you choose?
I’d say King David. I would want to hear about his life and its challenges.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would have the power my kids use when I wrestle them: “Flatness.” They get to lay on the ground and become invisible and I can’t get them.

Scott Mitchell - Hiking and Halloween

If you could have any question answered, what would it be?
Why are you asking me this question?

What is the most embarrassing moment in your life?
Let’s just say I need to be very careful making assumptions about pregnancy…

If your house caught on fire, what one item would you grab?
All of our family photos are digital, so probably my backup hard drive.

What’s Up Next?

What are your goals for the future at SDR?
In the short term, to close some of the engagements I’m working on. In the long term, to develop an investment thesis in the technology sector.

Scott Mitchell - Camping and Adoption

What are your goals for the future in your personal life?
At the moment, my wife and I are in the process of adopting a child. It has been our plan since even before we got married. We have always wanted to have two “bio-kids” and then adopt one.

Update: Scott and his wife welcomed their adopted son to their family in November 2017!