Growing People While Growing A Region
Steve spent most his career working in the car and truck business, first as a salesman, then reaching his ultimate dream, buying a new car dealership selling several car brands. Although, the dealership was losing money when Steve and his partner bought it, within a year, they started to turn a profit. Steve enjoyed challenge of taking a business and turning it into a profit center. And what he is most proud of; he didn't have to lay anyone off while bringing life back to the business.
"We told our people that we believed in them and their ability to do their jobs well. Then we empowered them to make decisions that would get them better results. No big surprise, it worked."
Steve was successful in the car business for many reasons. He's very good with people, money and keeping on track with his goals. But after 17 years of working long hours, he felt it was time for a career change. He wanted a career with flexibility. He wanted to work with people. And he wanted his personal life back.
He began his research on the internet. A home-based business was the model he was seeking. He had already been familiar with the franchise concept, and understood the benefits of being a franchise owner. His search led him to a franchise regional developer opportunity. The challenge intrigued him. As a results-oriented person, taking a region and growing it into a profitable investment was a great use of his skills. Another aspect of being a Regional Developer he liked was the ability to grow his people as well. The more successful they were, the more successful he'd become as well.
"There's nothing more gratifying to me than helping someone achieve the success that they've always dreamed about while becoming better at the same time. First you learn it, and then you do it. But when you teach it is when you really have to know it."