“I learned that the lack of loyalty I experienced with previous business dealings with other companies has made me take aggressive steps to make loyalty a core value in my company. This has been extremely rewarding and the main reason why we have been in business for over 50 years.”
Jewell Creigh • President / CEO, Ute Construction Inc.
“Life changes fast. If not managed all the time, everything can be lost. Nothing and no one should be depended on. No trust fund or family member should be used as a retirement plan. Depend on yourself, save and work hard toward your goals”
Jonathan Fine • CEO, Sting Alarm/Sting Surveillance
“While things may appear one way on the outside, they can turn out to be entirely different on the inside. I had a very busy restaurant, and was so focused on the exciting aspects of it, that I lost sight of how important the basic systems, bottom line and inner-workings of running a business are. If I had paid more attention to the whole picture in the beginning I would have set myself up for success later on.”
Mark Estee • Owner and Chef, CAMPO Restaurant
“Lessons from my grandfather: He asked me to fly fish with him and wanted me to learn to play golf, but I never made time. He understood that fly fishing is the Zen of outdoor sports. He knew that golf built friendships, fostered business and is a sport you can play for life. He was wise beyond my years. I did not take time to learn from him.”
Bruce Rowe • Senior Vice President of Strategy & Customer Consulting, Bally Technologies, Inc.
“Surround yourself with good people and empower them to do their job! My first promotion changed my responsibilities dramatically. I focused on what I knew best, operations, and almost failed at what was expected of me in my new position. It was hard to give up what I knew best but my success depended on having the confidence to do just that.”
Dennis McGovern • General Manager, The Legends at Sparks Marina
“Learning from others’ mistakes. And similarly, there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel if the wheel is working just fine.”
Lucy Flores • Attorney, Maddox, Isaacson & Cisneros LLP