Work life of Dustin Adams, owner and founder of Cruise Carts

Work life of Dustin Adams, owner and founder of Cruise Carts
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Office location

Cruise Carts Headquarters (1500 N. Graham Street)


Job title

Founder/Owner of Cruise Carts


What do you actually do?

Alongside an awesome team, I make the Cruise Carts vehicle move. We provide a platform for local and national sponsors to use our “billboard with an experience” to leverage human interaction (our riders) to get their message out.

This question may better be asked, “What don’t I actually do”… Like many entrepreneurs I have become a jack of different trades. My job details include, but are not limited to: sales, business development, community involvement, logistical/operations planning, employee and event management and vehicle maintenance.



About 20 minutes from the Lake Wylie area, back roads down West Boulevard to miss the 77 morning rush.

What do you do during your commute?

Morning Devotional (iPhone app), pray (eyes open), and call family!

Phone type

iPhone 6



Dustin Adams Desk


Mac Book Pro

Gadgets I can’t live without

iPhone headphones for music and calls.

Do you listen to music while you work?

Yes… hype hip-hop mixtapes or electronic. Source:

What’s your favorite spot for a business lunch? Your order?

NoDa Bodega. Ham and cheese on sourdough, pressed with all their amazing special veggies and spreads.

Social media habits

Way too much!!! (Distraction). Facebook then Instagram followed by a little Snapchat and Twitter.

To-do list manager:

#thesavageway, my marketing, sales and keep-Dustin-on-task team.

What everyday thing are you really good at?

Well… They tell me I dress well, so getting dressed!


Best time-saving shortcut or Charlotte life hack

Park at the deck at 7th Street Public Market, they validate parking.

Sleep routine

Ha… Sleep when the rest is done!

Where do you go around Charlotte to get away from the office?

Highland Mills, NoDa, Lake Wylie (my escape from life), Amelie’s NoDa

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Amelie’s cinnamon twist, apple turnover and “4 shots over ice with a shot of caramel.”

If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing?

Who knows? Some other crazy entrepreneurial journey.

Best business advice you’ve received this month?

Discounting your product is devaluing your brand and yourself. Provide an exceptional product and charge what it is worth and both parties will be happy.

Last movie you watched (grade it on a A-F scale)

25th Hour (A-)

What’s one thing people don’t know about Charlotte that they should?

There is a FREE ride service around Charlotte called Cruise Carts. When you see it wave it down, catch a free ride and learn about our advertisers.


Is there anything else that we didn’t ask that you’d like to tell our readers?

What I love about our city is, Charlotte is full of amazing people. We often find ourselves standing in bubbles full of the same people we network, work and play with. Pop that bubble. Head over to West Charlotte or University and step into a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally find in your “area.” Our city is doing amazing things to promote social change but stepping out, being real and not closing your bubble can show you so much about this city. We are surrounded by awesome people every day, connect with them and change the world.

What other Charlottean would you like to answer these questions?

Paula Bartlett

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