Each month, The Classy Libertarian will be naming a ‘Man of the Month,’ to shed some light on the classy gentlemen who keep their looks sharp and their ideas sharper. For this month, we have chosen Stephen Rowe. Stephen was kind enough to lend us some of his time to answer a few questions about himself; so, without further ado, here’s what Stephen had to say.
What does it mean to be classy?
“I’d have to say it’s all about the first impressions. Nonverbal communication is what will determine how well any interaction begins and ends. If you don’t have yourself together –either physically or otherwise– it’ll be noticed right off the bat and change the tide of everything.”
“The 4 Disciplines of Execution” by Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, and Sean Covey
“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
What is your current career?
“I’m currently Deputy Director of Digital Training for the Leadership Institute. I train thousands of people on digital and political technology on campus while also being a Campus Reform contributor.”
What did you do before becoming apart of the Leadership Institute?
“Before working with LI I worked as Turning Point Editor-in-Chief and website designer, where we achieved over 12.8 million views in a single calendar year, which was a huge success for me and my team. Additionally, I was involved with the Montana Republican Party where I helped get Steve Daines elected as a senator of Montana and Ryan Zinke” (current United States Secretary of the Interior since 2017, in the Cabinet of Donald Trump).
Where are you from?
“Montana, the Treasure State.”
Would you consider yourself a conservative or libertarian?
“I’m definitely in agreement on the economic ideas of libertarianism and free-market principles, but I would call myself more of a conservatarian.”
If you had to choose one or the other what would it be?
“I would consider myself conservative, if I had to pinpoint my specific position. Libertarianism to me personally lacks unity and a solid social grounding for being a truly effective movement, which is where the conservative aspect of my outlook leads me to be.”
Any fun facts about yourself?
“I’m a big fan of all things outdoors. From fishing to hiking trails, anything in nature is my go to. Besides physical activity, I love a good whiskey! I’m also a huge Taylor Swift fan, which may not be too much of a surprise to those who know me. In the words of my friend Cabot Phillips, she’s the Michelangelo of our generation.”
Who would you say are your top three influences?
“Greg Gainforte. He is the current congressman of Montana who took me under his wing and allowed me to work side by side on an initiative called “Better Montana Jobs,” which gave me invaluable experience that I will always be grateful for.
Morton Blackwell. I was initially exposed to him and the Leadership Institute at a youth leadership school speaking arrangement. After my previous experience, I was able to make the connections which lead me to the position I’m in today.
Martin Luther King Jr. The amount of work he did for advancing social progress in America speaks at a volume still heard today, which is why he is in my top three for sure.”
What social media outlets can people find you on?
“You can follow me @Rowebotz on Twitter.”