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If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur struggling to find timeless principles to apply to build your business, the True Grit Podcast will help. Building a company and life with meaning takes True Grit. Every week it’s Craig’s job to tease out the effective strategies top performers employ to build their businesses and live a balanced life. Craig Kautsch is an entrepreneur in the real estate space. He’s the owner of a portfolio investment company that has bought, restored, and financed almost 1,0 ...
 
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My next guest is Bill Kraftson. Bill is a well-known apologist and has spent the past several decades helping people discover the meaning of life. He uses the open forum platform to give room for the questioners of God’s existence. For over 45 years Bill has enjoyed the privilege of facilitating hundreds of large and small group discussions as well…
 
How did the car business get whacked by Covid? My next guest is Jeff Crawford. He cut his teeth in the car business with Hilliard Ford back in 1990 and went from a salesman to the training director, used car manager, new car sales manager for Ford, Buick, and Mazda for a 7yr period. Then he was the sales manager for 5 Star Ford a year before openin…
 
Ever make a deal with God? Listen to this wide ranging conversation with Dr. Philip Shero. He’s the president of Mastermind Leadership, a cutting-edge executive coaching, team development, and strategic planning consultancy. Dr. Shero holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, as well as a Masters from TCU Helping others gro…
 
Ever wonder how to turn your hobby into a passion? My next guest is Todd Tarver. A motorcycle racer slash mechanic turned entrepreneur. Todd owns Straight Line Motorsports which he founded almost 20 years ago. Over the years he has grown his company into one of the top 3 largest KTM dealers in the country. He was a professional racer in the 90s and…
 
Want to hear what the founder of a 9 billion dollar company thinks about? Scaling Culture Marketing Buying and selling companies (he’s lost count) C.S. Lewis My next guest is Darrell Bevelhymer who is a private investor and considered a Founder of Tenaska, Inc., one of the top 25 largest privately-held companies in the United States at over 9 Billi…
 
My next guest is Dr. Brian Byrd a true entrepreneur who has decided to run for Mayor! He comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and earned a degree at UT in Marketing and International Business. His life changed forever because of a knee injury in college. He was introduced to the medical field through having surgery. The lightbulb went off and he…
 
Ever wonder what your real purpose is? Do you struggle with getting off track and at times move away from what really matters? My next guest is Jeff Sanders. Described as a leader of leaders. He has the unique combination of business acumen and the ability to impact the trajectory of careers of those he leads. Jeff Sanders is the President of Leade…
 
Ever wonder how people write and publish a book? My next guest is Emily Stroud who wears a lot of hats as a mom of two kids, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. She graduated from Texas A&M University and got her MBA from TCU. She’s Fully licensed with FINRA, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) a Member of the Association of Investment Management and …
 
Want to know how to build a tribe? My next guest is Lee Hargrave. A Former Rocket Scientist and founder and owner of Fort Worth's premier health and fitness facility, EnduraLAB. Through experience, multiple degrees, and certifications, Lee has taken an analytical approach to take the guesswork out of better health and fitness. Lee created EnduraLAB…
 
“I lost 4 million dollars last week” A jaw dropping answer to one of my questions! Tony Ford was an awesome interview. A true leader of leaders! He has been described as a personal Warren Buffet, Dalai Lama, Bobby Fischer and Vince Lombardi all wrapped into one guy. One of his clients said “He is the single greatest human asset we have in our corne…
 
My next guest is John Askew, one of my hero’s! He’s built over 600 custom homes and knows what it’s like to take some punches along the way. I’ve never seen such fortitude in a businessman...He’s battled cancer (his wife had it at the same time), going broke, heart attacks, and more. He’s in the arena like no other. Tune in to this episode. This ma…
 
We are all aging...want to stay a supple leopard? My next guest is Dr. Brian Mulhall. Owner and founder of Active Spine and Sport Therapy. A clinic centered on the rapid treatment of musculoskeletal aches/pains while teaching patients about their condition and how to treat themselves to reduce their need for future care. Pretty much every local eli…
 
My next guest is a local entrepreneurial enigma...no one is quite sure what he does and he kinda likes it that way. I’ve been friends with Walt Lawrence for 20 years and have always been amazed and slightly mystified by his approach to business. He graduated from the University of Texas in 92 with an English Literature Degree. He spent seven years …
 
Ever wonder what the meaning of emotional intelligence really is? My next guest is Dr. John Townsend has written over 30 books on the topic. He has sold over 10 million copies, including the New York Times bestselling Boundaries series. John is a nationally-known leadership consultant, author, and psychologist. John founded and operates the Townsen…
 
Imagine being newly married, strapped with school debt in a new town where you know less than 5 people. This week’s guest is Dr. John Kelley. Owner and founder of Kelley Orthodontics. Dr. Kelley attended Baylor University and received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He and his wife Allisi…
 
Thank you so much for listening to the True Grit Podcast and reading these posts this year! The feedback has been great and it’s been a neat way to keep in touch in 2020. Please keep the emails/texts/calls coming! I love hearing from each of you :) If you’re like me, you are super relieved 2020 is over. It has launched some businesses into the stra…
 
How do you weather the storm? When things move up and down and are volatile what steps do you take to recover? How do you pivot? How do you thrive? My next guest is Andrew Sage, founder of Broad Wing Aviation. A local company that buys and sells airplane parts all over the world. Broadwing Aviation was formed in 2002 and produces around 40mm in ann…
 
Curious about how to market to your customers? Want to know the strategies to build a great culture in your company? My next guest is the head honcho and namesake of Schaefer Advertising, Ken leads client relationships and manages strategic planning and brand development. His over two decades of marketing experience began at Procter and Gamble, and…
 
If the faith doesn’t work on Monday morning the faith doesn’t work at all. My next guest, Dr. Ted Kitchens, who has been my spiritual director for over 20 years. He’s taken the complicated and mysterious Bible and given it life by distilling the useful elements and giving them handles for me to hold onto. He led the church from a handful of members…
 
Do you have a strong personality that is often misunderstood? Do you want to understand how to be more present in your work and home life? This week’s guest is Lori Atkins, MD an OBGYN. She was one of those little girls that always wanted to be a doctor. She left home at 15 and went to college on a wing and a prayer. She earned her undergraduate de…
 
Do you ever avoid conflict? The truth is, there is a price to pay! This week’s guest is Matthew McDonald who is a conflict expert...more specifically a guy that knows how to keep the peace! Prior to founding Peacekeeper Works LLC, Matthew practiced law for 25+ years handling litigation of all kinds including employment, insurance, and business-rela…
 
Want to know why entrepreneurs get stuck? Get some useful pearls of wisdom from this week’s guest, Randy Gideon! Randy is the founding principal of Gideon Toal. For the past 30 years, he’s had a broad-ranging mission to provide project oversight for architecture, management, master planning, and interior design projects. His cluster of companies ha…
 
She was fired from her job and promptly started a female-led biotech company that was launched by winning 50k in a pitch contest. My next guest is Elyse Dickerson who is CEO and Co-Founder of Eosera, a biotech company committed to developing innovative products that address underserved healthcare needs. Among Eosera’s numerous industry awards, Elys…
 
Ever heard of a businesstry? Me neither...Imagine creating a not-for-profit that doesn’t depend on donations! This episode will teach you some very useful ideas that will open your eyes to new ways of making a difference in the world. This week’s guest is Stan Dobbs who has a rare combination of an entrepreneurial spirit and a heart to advance the …
 
Attention all Wonder Women! You’re gonna love this interview! My next guest is Penny Johnson who is the CEO of Hugeley Hospital and the SW region of Advent Health. She oversees a 500mm budget and 3,000 employees which includes over 300 doctors. WOAH! The Adventist Health System is comprised of 44 hospital campuses including the 234k/sf 6 story camp…
 
Listen in while I tease out some useful strategies to live your best life and scale your business. This week’s guest is John Pergande. John has quite a resume starting out delivering papers in Green Bay to Graduating from Yale in 1985 where he was on the rowing team. He moved on to get his MBA from Northwestern University in ‘91 (the year I graduat…
 
Do you hate procrastination as much as I do? Self-hypnosis is the quickest way to get out of your own way. Thanks to Chris Thompson I’m getting amazing results by folding hypnosis techniques into my daily meditation practice. Chris is an entrepreneur, professional hypnotist, and hypnosis trainer. Although formally educated in engineering and financ…
 
As a well-off middle-aged white guy, I often find myself at a loss. A little stuck as it relates to the racial tension in the world. In this week’s episode, I get to ask some awkward questions to an expert on the subject. Dante Williams is the Founder of CommUnity Frontline a non-profit who serves the black community and brings awareness to many of…
 
We all need a therapist... If you don’t have one you’ll probably be fine...but you will be slower. Slower to grow, slower to understand, slower to succeed. This week’s guest is Lee Long. He’s been the main catalyst to my growth in the past 5 years. I’ve spent hundreds of hours with this man and it has changed my life. We touch on a wide variety of …
 
GSD stands for “Get Shit Done”. It’s one of my favorite aspects about my next guest. He recently ran over 400 5k’s in a row and lost 50 lbs. He’s a cyclist, real estate investor, aircraft mechanic, prior military, race car builder and overall community builder! Eric Daniels has reinvented himself before my very eyes. I’ve become great friends with …
 
Ever wonder what it takes to pull off an event like the Cowtown Marathon? An event that has 25k participants, 4500 volunteers, and unpredictable weather (with only 4 full-time staff) Check out this week’s episode of the True Grit Podcast and find out how the Cowtown has become one of America’s Favorite Marathon events. I had a super enlightening in…
 
This week’s guest is Robert Pollock. Robert is a personality expert and is a consultant to over 70 CEOs across the country. Robert’s client mix ranges from real estate moguls, oil tycoons, and the biggest tech brands in the world. This means he has a super unique perspective of what goes on behind the curtains in a wide variety of companies and ind…
 
Ever wonder how the brain works? It can be so confusing because it’s usually described by a brain scientist...not a teacher. This week’s guest is Staci Danford. Staci is an educational neuroscientist with a master’s degree in Mind Brain Education. She has spread her knowledge on the TEDx Talk stage and has 25 years of teaching and communication exp…
 
Get some timeless wisdom from a man who has seen behind the financial curtain of a wide variety of companies. This episode is loaded with nuggets to help you grow your business and be a better leader. Joe Taylor founded the largest privately held CPA and financial services firms in Tarrant County. Joe grew up in a household with 6 brothers and sist…
 
If you think commercial real estate seems complicated you’ll enjoy learning how simple it actually is. Bruce Conti is the quintessential old school industrial real estate pro who owns over 2million sqft of warehouse space! He brought his first building in 1996. He started out at TCU thinking he wanted to be a social worker but promptly pivoted when…
 
Learn some of the key elements and principles on how to grow a company from virtually bankrupt to 16 Billion. 16,000,000,000… That’s NINE zeros, boys and girls. John Pinkerton is one of the wealthiest guys I know and he’s actually “normal.” Get some practical Monday morning perspective on how to grow your own business on this week’s episode of True…
 
Everybody’s always interested in the business that grows overnight… This is a story of a long string of good decisions and fortitude. Learn how to make a difference and some money at the same time. My next guest is Scott Dennett. Scott founded Dennett Construction almost 25 years ago… He started out with $300, a pregnant wife, mortgage, and two car…
 
If you’ve ever wondered how to build your business and stay married you’ll thoroughly enjoy this conversation. Beau Glenn has an interesting story. A story of transition from hard-driving real estate environment to marriage counselor and then to teaching fathers and sons how to connect. Graduated from Texas Tech in 80 with a finance degree. He’s be…
 
Victoria Wise is an energetic entrepreneur, and the first “Power Woman” I’ve had the opportunity to interview. She was named one of the “400 Most Influential People” in Fort Worth (2 years in a row!) and received the Legacy of Women Award by SafeHaven in 2018. She’s built and sold a multi-million dollar online jewelry auction site, and is now the f…
 
Isaac Manning got his masters from MIT in Architecture and joined forces with Ross Perot Jr. and Mike Berry (Hillwood.) Isaac was involved in the birth of Alliance Airport, the nation's fastest-growing industrial complex. Alliance Airport is the world’s first industrial-only airport that has produced $84 billion in total direct investment for Allia…
 
This week’s True Grit Podcast is with Tom Brown, an avid member of Indigo Yoga and owner of Town Talk Foods. With around 100 employees, he gives some incredible insights on how to maintain a “can-do” culture. Listen as we cover all sorts of interesting facets of what makes him a successful leader, and find out why Town Talk has a cult-like followin…
 
Meet Fort Worth Chef Jon Bonnell (Founder of Bonnell's Restaurant Group)... He’s had 3 invitations to cook at the James Beard house, been on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, and the Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay. Bonnell has also been featured on ESPN’s College Gameday, and just received the Walter Kaufman Lifetime Achieve…
 
Travis Chambers is the founder of Chamber Media — an agency that creates scalable social videos. They’re responsible for some of the biggest viral videos on YouTube. In this episode, you’ll learn... Travis’s best tips for writing great content on Linkedin and why he prefers it to any other social network. How Travis went from having no personal bra…
 
Philip Rykwalder is one of the top cavers in the United States. He’s also the owner of Southern States Properties. In less than 2 years, Philip has gone from knowing nothing about real estate to owning over 30 rental houses and buying a new rental house each week. In this episode, you’ll learn... How Philip trains his team in 5 minutes a week Exact…
 
Dennis Yu is one most influential people in digital marketing and facebook advertising. He used to run analytics at Yahoo, he’s held leadership positions at American Airlines, and now he runs a digital marketing agency called Blitzmetrics that partners with schools to train young adults marketing. Their clients include everyone from Rosetta Stone, …
 
Stu Grimson knows a thing or two about career diversity. He’s experienced success at every end of the spectrum — from becoming one of the greatest NHL enforcers of all time to a successful lawyer, broadcaster, business developer, and more. Here are a few things you’ll learn in this episode: How Stu dealt with drastic change over his career, always …
 
Craig Kautsch, a lifelong entrepreneur, founded Avocet Ventures, a portfolio real estate company that has cracked the code in providing homeownership to low-income families in DFW. His company has made a huge impact in the lives of families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to own a home. He has purchased, restored, and sold more than 600 houses in D…
 
Marshall Morris is the COO of Homelife Media, a media company that went from owning a single site about dogs to one of the biggest brands in the pet industry in three years with over 17 million followers online. This episode explores how listening to their audience has (literally) changed how they do business. Marshall shares practical strategies t…
 
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