Coolest Entrepreneurs: Nico Niccoli, 53 Catering

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Nico Niccoli | Age 27 | 53 Catering

Nico Niccoli didn’t choose the food life. The food life chose him.

He is the son of a restaurateur and the youngest of five boys. He grew up in a kitchen, and his family life revolved around good food. (See also: His strong Italian heritage.)

“I love that food always brings people together,” Niccoli says.

Today, he is bringing together family, friends and flavor. Niccoli is a partner in 53 Catering, a company that owns and operates a full-service catering company, four different brands, and seven restaurants including Good Thyme Eatery, Roll With It Creamery, Marley’s Gourmet Sliders, and La Jolla Groves in the Shops at Riverwoods.

His restaurants, by the by, are cooking up serious growth: In BusinessQ’s 2019 UV50, 53 Catering ranked No. 18 among the valley’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Even more delicious? Entrepreneurism runs in the family. Niccoli is married to Kortni Jeane, founder of Kortni Jeane Swimwear, and they have a 1-year-old son, Vinni, who will surely grow up with a promising palate of his own.

After all … like father, like son.

First Things First

FIRST WORD Dada.

FIRST JOB I delivered fliers to apartment buildings in Provo to advertise Seven Peak dances. (I was 12, lol!)

FIRST EMAIL ADDRESS Soccerdude7@hotmail.com

FIRST OBSESSION Designer Jeans. LOL!! They were all the rage at the time.

FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH Sandra Bullock.

FIRST WHEELS 1990s White Toyota Pickup.

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO WORK Check the bank accounts and make sure we are getting our deposits and hitting our numbers.

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET HOME Kiss my wife.

FIRST BIG BREAK Delegating. Working on my business and not in it.

FIRST FAILURE I fail everyday. The goal is to not repeat the same failure.

FIRST RULE OF SUCCESS Invest in your employees.

FIRST RULE OF COOL Block out the haters.

Last Things Last

LAST SHOW YOU WATCHED “The Office.”

LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO “Take What You Want” by Post Malone.

LAST PODCAST YOU LISTENED TO Joe Rogan.

LAST BOOK YOU READ “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS Nobody cares. Work harder!

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