Chas Woodyer and Jesse Regimbal: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneurs

Chas Woodyer and Jesse Regimbal have combined their backgrounds in finance and video production, respectively, to launch Altamont Productions, a company with expertise ranging from creative to graphics and music. What advice do they have for other young professionals? Find out in today’s profile…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your business in a nutshell.
We are a turnkey production company that handles everything from creative to production, post-production, graphics, gear rentals, and scoring (music). We also own and operate an RC heli, so we are also uniquely able to take some pretty spectacular aerial shots for residential or commercial real estate, golf courses, sports, and film… to name a few.

Why did you start your business, what was the inspiration?
Jesse’s industry knowledge and experience, combined with my business and finance background, contributes to our “ying & yang” working relationship. It allows us both to do what we do best and in an industry that we love. And even though we both bring a different skill set to the table, we both are focused on building a career around following our passion vs. a pay cheque.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best has to be the fact that we get to fly an RC heli! We get to be outside, leverage our creative side and watch people enjoy our work! 

The most challenging isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even though we love to have fun, at the end of the day we still have to run a business. There are a lot of things that we have to do in order to keep the business running, so although we would love to be filming all the time, it can be hard to tame our ADD.

Where do you see your business going in five years?
“Bigger and better!” Which to us means owning our own studio, being both a leader in the film community, and giving back by transferring our knowledge and educating new graduates.

What does success look like to you?
The little boy in us says: having a big enough heli that we can both get inside of… for our daily commute.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
I think we can both agree that starting the company and committing to making it a success. No matter what happens, we will always be able to look back at the time when we decided to take the chance and focus on a goal.  

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Just because “busy” is the new “fine” doesn’t mean you should fall victim. Try to find a happy balance.  Take time to enjoy a beer with friends or family and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Both Chas and I think it is important to use some of the things we are fortunate to have and give back, so we do a video a year to help support a charity. We also support the Vancouver Aquariums conservation, education and research programs by both donating money and attending their annual fundraisers.

What is Notable to you?
Chas: People spend most of their life working, so why not spend it doing things you want to actually be doing?
Jesse: Not compromising yourself.

Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
iPhone… yes, we have IOS7 already.

How do you keep active, energetic, and vibrant?
It comes down to lots of laughing.