Our Members: Manny Panther
Pro footballer, entrepreneur and Habitas member Manny Panther can do anything he sets his mind to. This Glasgowegian most notably played professional football for the Scottish premier league. Determined to make a difference in the world, he hung up his cleats to start his own company, Panther Tax Back, which helps individuals claim tax relief for expenses incurred in their employment. Of course, his interest in helping others didn’t stop there.
Recently, a chance encounter at our New Year’s Eve celebration changed the course of Manny’s life. Manny connected with Habitas member Troy Swanson, who lead several workshops on human connection. In no time, Manny was on a flight to Bangalore, India on a service mission for Troy’s non-profit, Alphabet Club. The initiative focuses on placing children without access to education into schools, teaching them how to read, write and speak English. Alphabet Club also helps build new schools, provide free meals to students, and install libraries into new and existing schools.
With his abundant energy, goodwill, and infectious zest for life, we simply had to ask Manny what inspires him to keep going. We can’t wait to see where his inspiration takes him next.
What inspires you to wake up every morning?
The odds of being alive!!
Describe your current state of mind.
It’s only February and 2019 has been great; long may it continue.
What qualities do you admire most in a person?
Authentic and a good B.S. radar.
You’re hosting a dinner party. Which 3 people will you invite and what’s on the menu?
Joe Rogan, Theresa May & Joe Rogan. On the menu will be lots of mushrooms.
What life event has had the most profound impact on who you are today?
My second Habitas NYE event in 2016. My current social life and love life was cultivated through the friendships started there.
You’ve booked a one way ticket. Where are you going?
Anywhere in South America, I’ll work it out.
If you could pursue any profession outside your own, what would it be?
Name three items in your fridge right now.
I just got back from India so it’s empty...as per usual.
What is your life’s motto?
The Unknown is the Divine - Seth Miller
What advice would you give to your younger self if you could travel back in time?
Embrace all good times to the fullest.