I write about the challenges of trying to rebuild a distressed company. I am president of CCS, one of the largest action sports e-commerce companies in the US. In a past life, I was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and a private equity guy. In between these experiences, I received my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and became a lawyer (but never practiced). None of these experiences made me particularly qualified to run a «real» business and make a payroll. Looking to build and operate a company, I managed to convince a couple of partners to help me buy Daddies Board Shop, a longboard, skateboard, and snowboard reseller. We did this in late 2011. In 2014, we purchased the much larger CCS from Foot Locker who was planning to shut it down after hitting a rough patch. Our businesses are located in Portland, Oregon where today we have over forty coworkers working hard but still making time for those all-important skate breaks.