The Build And Design Businessman: Scott Fisher Of T2theS

Scott Fisher isn’t your typical tradesman. To look at him, you’d swear he was a rock musician or a tattoo artist. On paper though, he fits the bill. While he may not specialize in ink artistry, he most certainly is an artist. Scott is the owner and operator of T2theS, a full-service design and build firm that specializes in award-winning homes, boutique and large-scale commercial projects, and everything in-between. With his amazing concepts and unique designs, he and his team are a strange (and welcomed) breath of fresh air. To Scott Fisher, building and creating is not his job, it is his life.

Born in 1977 in Greenwich, Connecticut, to a business-oriented/savvy NY investment banker, Scott Fisher thrived artistically with a persevering mentality that can only come from growing up amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. At fourteen Scott began studying under Nancy Angell-Rickenbacker, a well-known American painter, before  gaining early acceptance to the  Rhode Island School of Design (RISD for those of you more familiar with the A&D field). RISD is known for producing many skilled and revered artists, including Brodie Neill (whose work has been featured in Vogue, GQ, Design Week, Esquire, Financial Times, BravaCasa, Time Magazine’s Design 100, and many others); Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and David Byrne (of the band Talking Heads); and Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy).

After earning a bachelors degree in furniture design from RISD in 2000, Scott worked professionally for a furniture company in NY for a couple of years. It was this job that led him to south Florida, completing what should have been a 2-year research and development furniture project in only 6 months. Rather than move on to Chicago for the production leg of this project, it was time to ‘kick rocks’, as Scott puts it, and use his honed skills and invaluable work experience to make his own way in the world of design; and if anything, he always had his fallback plan: to publish a book with 101 ways to prepare ramen noodles.

From the beginning,

“There was a lot of family support and encouragement,” says Scott.

The small level of disconnect between he and his father that stemmed from their differing natures, was squashed when Scott jumped into the entrepreneurial world.

“He helped me with my business plan and strategy. He was even up on networking before social networking (internet-wise) was anything. I’m talking straight analog networking.”

Armed with his business plan, and a $50,000 private investment from a USF professor who had been itching to invest in something creative, T2theS was set to take on the Design and Build world, using, as Scott says, “old-school craft and pride, while embracing the new-school technologies,” to deliver unique and quality work.

Running with the Challenge

With a very active, and amazing, crew of artisans (wood fabricators, metal smiths, finishers), everyone is easily able to cross promote and expand their own skill sets,

states an enthused boss.

“I don’t ever want my crew to feel like they’re ‘coming to work’. We all love what we do. While its hard for me to be an asshole, or ‘be-the-boss’, when I need to, because everyone I work with is like family; and promoting that creative work environment can sometimes make me feel like I’ve tied my own hands, I’d rather work with friends. For sure.”

On running his business, Scott shares that,

“RISD breeds you with a strong sense of organization and time management- so I have to-do lists, and to-do lists for my to-do lists. However, my number one strategy is, and has always been: to remain flexible; to be able to stick and move.”

To the Future…

With a 10,000 sq. feet metal and wood workshop, a showroom in St. Petersburg, a full-on attack through social networking sites Twitter, Facebook, and Google, a website, and a soon-to-be online store; T2theS is on a roll.

“We’re heading to ICFF (The International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NY) in May, to promote the launch of our new furniture line, LAMP: LAID BACK LUXURY, which we launch in February and are very excited about. We have our game-plan together and we’re attacking shows, and getting magazine exposure. We’re also hitting the internet with our online store and really pushing it with the social networking. With a steady growth of 20-25% each year since we’ve started, and clients as big as Aveda (who put us on the map 5 years ago), we’re right where we want to be.”

Scott offers this one last piece of advice to our readers:

Keep it as lean and organic as possible. If you have a good idea, don’t give up. Do what it takes and get creative.

For more information on Scott Fisher and T2theS, please visit:

About the Author: Daniel Ballard

Daniel is a Writer and Entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder/Main Author/Editor of BossStart and Co-Editor/Featured Author for BossStart's sister site, PauseStart, launching early 2012

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  • When someone follows their dreams no matter what obstacles or challenges that come their way and keeps on pushin through is an inspiration to me. That’s exactly what Scott Fisher is to the creative world. I’ve met tons of creative dudes but some times you meet those gems who just pour out fresh insight and creativity to were you know it’s a gift and not just a degree, ha. That is Scott to the T!!! Whatever has been done will be done better and much fresher by T2THES due to the fact of the team and leaders behind this inspirational company. Bungin’ in 2011 is the only option!!!

    • I agree. Scott has talent and passion and it shows.. It was pouring out of his voice as I interviewed him.

  • I enjoyed reading his story

  • Awesome article. Well written.

  • This was a good read. Well written as well as an interesting
    entreprenuer to follow. Very cool!

    • Thanks Allison. Glad you liked it. I agree with you completely. Great guy; passionate to say the least.

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