In Episode 45 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Gary Findley. Gary grew up with country roots and now operates as the CEO of Restoration 1 and bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, two fast-growing home service brands for which he has served in both the franchisor and franchisee roles. "The Redneck CEO," Gary shares his thoughts on how hard work and relationship building rather than professional credentials or education can lead to terrific success. Before their conversation, Austin recaps a recent "Brand Builders" panel hosted by WacoWork, interviews Chris Nunn of the app TownTrotter, and shares development news of two popular food trucks moving into permanent locations downtown.
Inside the Episode:
0:45 - "Brand Builders" recap with Yasmine Salem Hamden
3:51 - Chris Nunn with the TownTrotter app
7:57 - Food truckers expanding into permanent locations
10:05 - Gary Findley's Waco history
11:21 - Working as a franchisor and franchisee
13:25 - Using different parts of the brain
14:35 - Rapid expansion with the Restoration 1 brand
15:45 - Expanding into different brands - like the Dwyer Group
16:47 - Why is diversity so important?
19:03 - Extreme weather events shaping the industry
21:45 - "The Redneck CEO"
24:57 - One of his greatest learning experiences
26:44 - Why Waco is the best launching ground for his franchises