Interview with Tanner Lee Bechtel, new VP of Business Development

Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE:
"My role with XPLANE is to drive new topline revenue. Learn about the customer, understand their needs and focus and pursue a relationship that builds trust, creates an opportunity for guidance and provides XPLANE the opportunity to provide our expertise in exchange for a handsome monetary reward."
 
Provide a brief overview of your background and experience"
"I am, by trade, a software engineer. I spent several years developing software and web interfaces for defense, construction, education, and manufacturing; eventually leading me to start my own development group called Quad Communications. I’ve always been incredibly comfortable in front of people, performing in theatre and musical groups from a young age. As I matured, that became my most valuable asset. Over the last decade of my career, I have focused on learning the intricacies of human interactions, body language, the lexicon of the executive suite for large, global organizations and have become a better performer, leader, and trusted confidant to many. Because of that and my prevalent curiosity to understand how everything works, I’ve had great success in building executive relationships and driving business development."
 
Spotlight Questions:
 
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Every year I take my children to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Me, my sons Noah (17) and Eli (13) and my daughter Odie (8) plan our next day, each evening with absolutely no rules. Everything is possible. They pick their day, learn to work with each other, enjoy the Caribbean and challenge themselves and me in all that we do. We come home a stronger family with an amazing story each year. I spend the rest of the year waiting for our next trip.
 
What is your favorite slogan?
“Everything is amazing in the end; if its not amazing, it’s not the end.”
 
Tell us something interesting that people may not know about you?
I was cut from the final group, on the final day, during “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” auditions in St. Louis for answering too many questions correctly on the final quiz.
 
If your house was on fire and you could only grab 3 things, what would they be?
My three children, notwithstanding; I would grab my ’68 Fender Vintage Deluxe Reverb, my D’Angelico EXL-1 Archtop and my Martin DCX-1KE.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? 
I was certain that I was going to the US Naval Academy, go through BUD/S training and become a Navy Seal.
 
What is your best talent or skill outside of work?
I am a songwriter, working with a Nashville publishing house and a recording artist for a country music record label.


Opening for Randy Houser at the Blue Note Summerfest 2014

Are you a morning or evening person?
Definitely a night person, I find it impossible to nap or to go to bed early. Ever.
 
Current book you are reading and your review of it?
Triumphs of Experience: a book that was written about the longest running study of men and happiness ever conducted by Harvard University. It profiles all the influencing factors, situations, economic conditions, loves, etc. of men and how it affected their true measure of happiness over the course of their lives—a nearly 60 year study that illuminates things about happiness I never understood or took into consideration.
 
Who is your doppelganger?
When 16 Candles came out, Anthony Michael Hall and I looked so much alike that people would ask me if I was he. I’ve also been mistaken for Justin Timberlake, twice, both on flights, both by flight attendants. Once, I was given free drinks for a couple hours on a flight to LA before they came and asked me for an autograph.
 
What is your greatest fear?
I fear not being as good as I could be. I spend a great deal of time constantly refining who I am and what I know and how I apply it. I’ve been blessed to be able to do what I do and I want to be the very, very best version of that I can be.
 
What is one of your greatest accomplishments?
I have three of them, Noah, Elijah, and Odessa. I am more proud of my brood than anything else I’ve ever done. It gives me purpose, direction, and they show me every day what true love really looks like.