EPISODE 42 • 6/23/2020 • 1 hr 42 min
He’s now a captain in the Navy Reserve. He holds a JD and is barred in Illinois and Texas. He practiced corporate law, but transitioned to financial services, where he worked on transactions and acquisitions, including real estate. This teed him up for success as the CEO of Windy City Real Estate Group and the eventual acquisition of 10 Harley Davidson dealerships. He founded WC-F with his wife, Jill, in 2000 and they now have 18 locations and employ over 400 people.
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3:35 - Ozzie’s family values: hard work and education
13:30 - The value of maturity and doing things on your own schedule
16:50 - What you learn as an intrepid entrepreneur without a safety net
20:00 - What you learn in the military: leadership, discipline, and the commitment to team
35:30 - Leadership lessons from the military
37:30 - Starting a business after 9/11
49:50 - Developing a network to defeat a network
54:30 - Why growth matters to you, your employees, and your customers
56:40 - How to create a sense of ownership among your employees
1:02:35 - What it’s like to build a family later in life
1:12:10 - How the COVID crisis is driving innovation
1:24:00 - There’s no place like the U.S.A.
1:32:30 - Rob’s takeaways