Justin Stoddart, Founder & cEO
Here, Justin tells his story:
While in college, I found and married a tall, beautiful blonde from North Dakota. She has proven to have near-superhero qualities as we raise our six children together. Those kids are our BIG WHY, and the most important people in our lives. In addition to providing them with a comfortable and loving home, we aspire to teach and model the power of being “Big Thinkers”. We are teaching them to live, give and serve abundantly by filling our minds with truth, our hearts with love and our lives with service.
Even amidst my massive ambitions outside of the home, I believe that loving, leading and modeling within the home is my life’s most important purpose and work.
I was raised by entrepreneurial parents and as a result, was involved in business conversations as early as age five. This opened the door to business ventures and opportunities that funded many of my youth activities and college education.
In addition to an early entrepreneurial spirit, I cultivated an ability to lead and inspire others through work ethic and motivational talk as a high school State Champion and collegiate athlete. Although I enjoyed playing on some great teams, some of his greatest growth came from my adversity. I endured a broken leg, a broken shoulder blade and my family relocating to a new city midway through my Junior year in high school. Despite not being the biggest or the most talented player on my team, my coaches and teammates would award me the ‘Most Inspirational’ player award after every season in football, basketball and track. It was then I realized that inspiring and growing people would be an important part of my life.
Serving the communities of Brazil for two years in my early 20’s shaped the next phase of my life and business. The experience taught me that growth, purpose, peace and true happiness come from serving and helping other people. From this experience overseas, I enjoyed various communication and leadership opportunities that continue to shape my life and career. Born of these was a desire to help as many as I can reach to recognize and pursue the potential that is within them.
Upon my return from Brazil, I finished his Bachelor’s degree in construction management and business. I self-funded my college education by partnering with investors to flip homes, owning and operating a home services business and then working for a high-end home builder, which later led me to form my own high-end home building company. In 2007 his company built the featured home of the area’s Parade of Homes.
Despite rapid growth and success in the early to mid 2000’s in luxury home building, the market crash forced deep introspection and I realized that my passion wasn’t developing land, but developing people, not building homes, but rather building businesses.
Over the past two decades, I have owned, ran and grown small businesses, becoming an expert and thought leader in marketing, branding and business strategy.
Now, my day-to-day entails being knee-to-knee with professionals through individual or team coaching, trainings and masterminds. In these settings, I am positioned on the front lines to help identify the biggest challenges facing professional industries and the subsequent opportunities that always follow.
I recognize the urgent need to help inspire industry professionals to Think Bigger. As an industry challenger, educator and leader, I am determined to help to reshape the value proposition of well-paid professionals so that they can have a life of success and significance, income and impact.
I am the host of the Think Bigger Real Estate Show where I interview the biggest thinkers and highest achievers in the real estate industry. I am also an author and a nationally recognized, award-winning producer and speaker/trainer.
I am also the International Best-Selling Author of The Upstream Model- Hidden Secrets to Building a Massive Referral Business While Crushing Big Tech Competitors. You can get access to a free copy and audio package HERE.
I am the founder of the Think Bigger movement and the developer of Coaching+ in which professionals receive the proven models and strategies PLUS the leverage (people, systems and tools) to implement those models and strategies.
Hana Bridge, Director of Client Success
Here, Hana tells her story…
Before jetting off to pursue a college degree, I met the man who would refresh my mind and change my world. How? He taught me to Think Bigger. I married that man for his free mind and joyful spirit.
We grew up in West Linn, Oregon – the biggest small town you’ve ever seen. Despite sharing friends and attending the same school events, he never caught my eye. We started down a path to discover our passion and choose a career. Young and in love, desperate to find time together, everything we chose seemed to drive us apart.
My husband served dutifully in the US Air Force for the first 8 years of our being together. I became a school teacher, passionate about learning and fostering that in others. These harried early years laid a foundation of our true values. We searched for a path that would allow us to live our days together, grow a family and build a life we love.
Because of those seeds my husband planted for me, my mind was open when I met Justin Stoddart five years later. He became the hinge pin in three career changes down the road in the Real Estate industry. You learn to be a jack-of-all trades in this line of work!
I was a Transaction Coordinator on a small team, running operations while I learned the ropes. I moved up to Title Sales, working side-by-side with Justin at a Fortune 500 company out of Portland. When we had our son in 2020, Justin offered me the opportunity to serve as his assistant. This allowed me to be home with my boy, whom I had been dreaming of and planning for over several years. I couldn’t bear the idea of leaving him behind, watching someone else raise him in his first phases of life. Justin has afforded me this opportunity!
Over the years I had seen the seeds of the Think Bigger vision take root, and bloom into the garden of life it has become for those who volunteer to follow him as Coach. When the golden hour came to take the leap into getting it off the ground, I jumped at the chance.
I’ve never looked back. The decisions we’ve made as a family since knowing Justin have given us the time we lacked in the early years. I am honored to have a prized front-row seat to serve the Stoddart Family and the Think Bigger company.