Tell us about Stone and Compass and why you started it. I started Stone and Compass 13 years ago with $9.00, a dart, a map and a dream to impact people’s lives globally while also staying true to my roots in Marblehead. The company runs adult tours and then reinvests the profit to lower the costs for kids (high school and college students) to travel abroad. While the kids are traveling, they also create and build sustainable projects for local communities and people who are in need. Supported by the Stone & Compass volunteer adult staff, the kids build confidence and capacity to become global-minded change agents inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. This summer we sent over 100 Marblehead youth abroad to 5 different countries. 

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best business advice I ever got was to believe in myself and push through adversity. 

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? Without a doubt, my favorite spot in Marblehead is Browns (Crowninshield) Island. It harkens back to my youth and is still an incredible place to let go and take in the beauty of the area. 

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? That I logged over 1,000,000 miles in the air over the last 21 months. Basically the equivalent of going around the world 40 times. It’s been quite a crazy two years!

Stone & Compass
Founder/President: Robert Goodwin
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