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Robert “Charlie” Van Luvanee Named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2022

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Name

Robert C. Van Luvanee

Company/Organization

Iron Shoe Distillery

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What Does Your Company/Organization Do?

Restaurant/Distillery

Age

25

Accomplishments

Army Firefighter/Head Distiller at Iron Shoe Distillery

What else do you hope to accomplish by the age of 40?

Have a successful Military career and have my own business.

Education

High School

Residence

Niles, MI

Where were you born?

California

What was your first job?

Maintenance at Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home

Best advice you ever got?

Hard work pays off.

Who inspires you most?

Anyone who works hard and carries their own weight.

That one thing about you we’d be most surprised to learn.

I’m a Firefighter in the Army

What do you love to do in your downtime?

Go to the gym.

What book are you reading now?

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Volunteer activity you love the most.

Firefighting

What motivates you to give back to your community?

The hope that it carries forward.

What Superpower would you most love to have? (for example, the ability to fly or to be invisible, or incredible strength, etc)

Flying

What would you like to leave behind as your legacy once you are gone?

To motivate others to be the best “you” that they could be.

What does the honor of being named to the 40 Under 40 most mean to you?

I’ll have something to show for all the hard work and effort I put forward paying off.