Moved to Chattanooga for a job in life insurance and corporate retirement plans that supported my climbing and sushi habits. After a few years it became obvious that this place needed a community hub and basecamp for climbers coming to town. That idea expanded to attracting all outdoor enthusiasts and eventually went from a campground idea to a hostel downtown. Our idea of creating a bar/restaurant was the result of wanting to serve liquor to our guests at the end of a day of climbing. We didn't have the seating or kitchen capacity to get a liquor license, so Flying Squirrel grew to be its own beast.
Max is married to his beautiful wife, Katie, and they have two children, Hattie and Parker.