RICK BELL

Founder of the Cincinnati Watch Company

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Your age?

43

Where were you born? 

Cincinnati

What are you passionate about? 

Watches... They are an obsession for me. I spent most of my career in technology, but mechanical watches fascinate me more than anything modern technology has to offer. The idea that a machine made of springs and gears organized perfectly can tell time, amazes me.

Knowing that this is a project designed to tell your story, are there any moments that stand out as life-changing? 

Partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center and developing the first Union Terminal Watch was definitely a defining moment for me. It gave my passion for watches a greater purpose. Watches are surplus to requirement, nobody needs a mechanical watch. The success we had selling that product and also raising funds for an important local institution created a laser focus on how my passion project was going to continue. That is making these unnecessary objects also benefit the world at large.

If you knew then what you know now... What advise or wisdom would you pass on to the younger generations so that they may focus on what you found to be really important as they grow older? 

Be brave enough to follow your passion, you will never work again a day in your life.

What is one of the things you like most about living in the Cincinnati area? 

I've come to love all the traditions of Cincinnati: Oktoberfest, Opening Day, The Crosstown Shootout, The Taste of Cincinnati.

What would you do to help make Cincinnati a better place? *

I would love to help other entrepreneurs start new businesses and create new industries here.