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Columbus Entrepreneurs' Podcast is primarily for members of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO). Our members include business owners with a majority ownership in companies with at least $1 million in revenue. The stories are inspiring and focus on core principles of EO, including speaking from experience instead of advice giving, building peer learning experiences, and focusing on the top and bottom 5% of our lives. EO is a global organization that offers many benefits and learning opportunities. If you would like to learn more about EO, please visit www.eonetwork.org.

Apr 4, 2017

Kevin has two guests join the show today. Jeff and Mark are in the same forum group at EO, and they come on the show to talk about their different entrepreneurial ventures. Both Mark and Jeff have their own companies, and they share the twists and turns of how they got started, what their goals moving forward are, as well the ways in which EO has influenced and inspired them. Tune in for a fun show!

 

Key Takeaways:

[:52] Jeff shares his lifeline — after going to school and studying photography, he moved to California to either be an actor or figure something else out. From ending up at the wrong place for an interview, to landing a job with that company, and eventually deciding to pursue photography, Jeff now owns his own company (built from the ground up), EclipseCorp.

[6:39] Although Jeff and his wife met in California, they moved back to Columbus to buy a house and start a family. Turned about to be a good decision, as the market in Columbus had a lot of potential. Look where they are now!

[8:25] Mark shares his lifeline — he also grew up in Cincinnati and received his degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University. After deciding he wanted to be a developer who hired landscape architects, he got a Master’s degree from Florida, and gained professional experience working for several different firms. From a huge opportunity in Pittsburgh, he and his business partners started their own company called Stanbery Development.

[14:00] The progress and growth of Stanbery was quite successful in the years leading up to the crash. The crash was a really tough time for the company, but they were able to work with the banks to stabilize their properties, and were able to keep four of their original properties.

[15:16] After the crash, members of the company took a break from real estate for a few years. Mark got into World of Beer — this venture taught him a lot about operating businesses, and now they are working to reposition their Stanbery business into the mixed-use arena.

[19:46] How did Jeff and Mark become involved with EO? Mark’s business partner “forced him into it kicking and screaming,” but since joining, he has gotten involved with forum, the board, and is currently involved with a GSEA regional position. Jeff was inspired during a lunch to see if he wanted to be part of a forum, and has enjoyed peer-to-peer learning, and has also been involved with the board on a regional level.

[25:17] Jeff is now a strategic coach, which encourages stepping away and letting other people run your business, while you work on your business. The tools and tips have been a tremendous help in growing not only his business, but himself as well.

[27:35] Mark’s company has spent several sessions with Scott Fritz, and now they are working to get everyone on the same page, so they can decide on a laser focus for moving forward.

[29:50] Top 5/Bottom 5 — both Mark and Jeff share some of their bottom five moments. Not all are specifically business related, but this shows how personal struggles can affect business struggles. They talk about the strength of forum as a place to share some of these struggles (and joys) and find support.

[36:12] What are the next steps for these guys? Jeff is looking to expand their physical location as well as expand their market. Mark is really hoping to get their big mixed-use project off the ground within the next 12 months.

[39:27] Mark and Jeff share how people can help them in their business, as well as other ways to get involved in EO. Mark talks about GSEA, which really helps students entrepreneurs.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Columbus Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization

EclipseCorp

Stanbery Development

World of Beer

The 40 Hour Work Year