CEO, Tennessee Center for Family Business
Mentor Areas of Expertise
Concept, startups, supply chain and distribution, product development and manufacturing, international business, nonprofit and social enterprise
Q. What excites you most about the Wondr’y?
A. The Wondr’y is focused on raising up the next generation of great leaders for business, community sand education. Allowing creativity to be a core value of the organization where “It has always been done that way” is not part of the vocabulary.
Q. What do you feel are the most important skills you have to offer in your role as a mentor?
A. Experience in starting and building companies in various stages of development from startup, expansion and International presence. I use my experiences to help others validate their ideas for sustainability and model it against what the market needs not what they think it should have.
Q. What has been your proudest moment in your career?
A. The recent launch of The Tennessee Center for Family Business. I am able to combine my personal family business experiences with leadership principles I have learned from great thought leaders I have worked with including Ken Blanchard, Dave Ramsey and Larry Burkett to support and help family business and entrepreneurs succeed.
Q. What has surprised you most about your job?
A. As an entrepreneur, I have the choice of going it alone or surrounding myself with people who are much more intelligent in their areas of expertise than I have to help me succeed. I have chosen the second way.
Q. If you could do everything over again, would you make the same career choices?
Q. In your opinion, what is the most important quality for success?
A. Integrity. Say what you will do and then do it.
Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I wanted to be a lot of things….a Doctor, President of the United States, Roy Rodgers.