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 base camp for climbers coming to town. That idea expanded to be for all outdoor enthusiasts and eventually went from a camp ground idea to a hostel downtown. Our bar/restaurant came because we wanted to serve liquor to our guests at the end of a day climbing, but 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.