Why did you want to serve on the Board of Directors?
Making a difference is the responsibility of every person, and I see the Chamber as a great way to make a difference. As a pastor in our community, I am often aware of the issues people face in everyday life, and the majority of them revolve around their ability to provide for their families. I have found that entrepreneurs have the unique call to not only provide for their own family and follow their dreams, but are able to make those dreams possible for others. Through a strong local economy, families have the means to pursue their dreams and provide for their families. The Chamber is a vehicle to help people reach their dreams.
What is your business philosophy?
My business philosophy flows from my life philosophy concerning service: the greatest among you shall be the servant of all. While customer service is an integral part of business, serving our customers is the key to successful business. People, product, profit, in that order, is not only a great model to follow for a positive cash flow, but it provides for a positive environment. When you love what you do, others will love it too, and serving others is a key to happiness.
What is your proudest achievement?
My family would have to top the list of accomplishments. Together with my wife, I have raised four wonderful children and we are pleased to now work side by side with them in our ministry. Next I would say is our church family. Founded in 1995 with literally a hand full of people, we have grown to a vibrant and involved congregation making a difference in our city. We have built a successful daycare, K-12 christian school, and a Bible school, all with over 25 employees. On the personal side, I must say that getting my instrument rating as a pilot was a satisfying achievement. God’s creation is amazing, especially from a bird’s-eye view.
What have you found most valuable about your involvement with the Chamber?
The most valuable part of being involved in the Chamber has definitely been the relationships made, and the opportunity to be more involved in our community as a whole. The Chamber is really like a fabric woven together to form a great tapestry that we know as Apopka. Truly a great place to raise a family.
What do you think makes the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce different from other business organizations?
Our difference as a Chamber I believe is our philosophy. We are here to help businesses to prosper and succeed. Many organizations have as a goal their own success, but when your goal is the success of others, you can’t help but succeed.
What book (or author) has influenced you most in your business career?
No brainer for me on this…the Bible. Many don’t realize the maxims of wisdom, principles of good business, and examples that are found within its pages. Of course, what will it profit a man if he gains the world, but loses his soul (ok, shameless preacher plug, but think about it.) One of my favorites has always been the book of Proverbs, chock full of truths to build a business, and a life upon. Beyond that, John Maxwell has many books on leadership the educate and inspire. From his direct involvement in many Fortune 500 companies, he has a proven track record for bringing out the best in leaders and those they lead.