Travis Justin Sneed is a clinical forensic neuroscientist certified in peer support and rational behavior therapy interventions. As an industry leader in his field, Travis also holds membership credentials with the American Psychological Association, Association of Transpersonal Psychology, California Psychological Association, and the Santa Clara County Psychological Association. Travis’s current research focuses primarily on cardiovascular disease as it relates to anger and resentment in underserved populations.
Alongside his career in medicine, Travis is also the founder and owner of Silicon Valley Goldendoodles – a premier dog breeding business based out of San Jose, California. Recognizing the positive impact that particular breeds can have on one’s emotional well-being, Travis offers a wide range of programs where individuals of all ages can experience therapeutic relationships between humans and animals.
How have you achieved success?
When I first started my business, there was no one else breeding goldendoodles in Silicon Valley, so I knew it was an untapped market. I have experienced a great deal of success thus far, and I am excited to see where else I can go with my business. I think my background in mental health has also helped me expand my efforts. Relationships between humans and animals offer a wide range of cognitive benefits. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I am helping individuals improve their emotional well-being while reducing stress and anxiety.
What obstacles have you overcome in the process?
Establishing Silicon Valley Goldendoodles is like nothing I have ever done before, so it took me a while to adjust to running my own business. Entrepreneurship is trial and error. You learn a lot about yourself, and success is a gradual process. I took the time to learn the landscape, and then eventually everything came together.
What drives you to succeed?
Both my professions allow me to help others. At Silicon Valley Goldendoodles, we offer a wide range of dog-related services and pride ourselves on offering family-friendly dogs that make the best companions. We also visit hospitals, schools, and those dealing with mental health issues. I am a proud working member of my local community, and I am always looking for ways to further expand our operations.
How has your definition of success changed over the years?
When I first founded Silicon Valley Goldendoodles, my primary goal was to breed service dogs. Now, we are so much more than just a breeder. People rely on us, and we are constantly recommended by members of our community. I get so much joy from my line of work, and I want to continue helping individuals of all ages.
What has success meant to you?
Success is being able to bring my ideas to life. I have two different career paths, but my role as a small business owner allows me a certain amount of creative freedom. I get to make the decisions that I feel are best for my business. I am also not limited when it comes to where I want to take my business in the future.
Do you have advice for others on how to be successful?
If you are going into business for the first time then the best advice I can give is to hire the right people. Take the time to get to know your staff and set expectations from the start. Success is a team effort. Everyone must be working towards the same goal.