Leading Enterpreneur is a Union Contractor

KeyMarket_redwoodmaplrg2After leaving the tech industry in 2000, I decide to work for a local family-owned grocery store. Becoming the unpaided union shop steward a few years later, taught me alot about the valuable work provide by good union workers.

On Thursday of last week, I ran into this great story at the Peet’s in Castro Valley. Someone had left a print copy of the IBEW Union Member trade sheet. To me it pointed out that knowing-the-work-done is the backbone to the 5 levels of Leadership. It this case, it is central to the business.IBEW_newsPrint

IBEW’s Solar Power in California

http://ibew.org/articles/14daily/1404/140422_solar.htm

With only $2,500, an old Ford Ranger pickup and some power tools, Sullivan put out his shingle. Twelve years later, Sullivan Solar is the largest solar-only contractor in southern California and the 10th fastest growing energy company in the country in 2013, according to Inc. Magazine.

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The skill of his workforce has been central to his marketing strategy as well.

 

“Too many contractors think price is all that matters, but not everyone is a Wal-Mart shopper. Really, most aren’t, but I knew that I would still need the most compelling presentation customers had ever seen to teach them what quality meant and why it was important,” Sullivan said. “I was using my knowledge as a journeyman inside wireman as a sign of quality.”

Sullivan Solar House Example

Sullivan Solar Power installed a 10,841W #solar power system at the Lombroso residence which saves them $540 a month!

 

 

CNBC CEO Interviews

Corrections made June 17, 2014 12:50am

CNBC has a cache of on-air interviews you can find on YouTube. Among the playlists you’ll find CEO Interviews. As of this date, there are over one hundred videos on this list. They vary in length from five (5) to (10) minutes.CNBC_MM_ExecutiveDecision

What is great about these videos is you can hear & see the leadership involved in the execution of these corporations. Often they are great insights into the directions of the individual company. And often the CEO will unknowingly let on to the truth – body language can be train, but seldom lies. Of course, because they are on Jim Crammer’s show the light will shine brightly – so salt your entries.

Below you’ll find the first batch of videos I have reviewed. The titles links to the show. The company name and (stock symbol) is included, when available, the CEO name, and the time when the interview starts. It also includes the bold Watched, which says I’ve watched it from beginning to end. I’ve also included a few interesting notes in the bullet points – some being more personal than informative.

POSTED June 16, 2014

Published on Dec 20, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed) – Watched?

  1. Mad Money: Navigator Gas CEO on American energy – Navigator Gas (NVGS) – CEO David Butters – (~1:10-end) –

Published on Dec 13, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Briggs & Stratton CEO on Extreme Weather – Briggs & Stratton (BGG) – CEO Todd Teske – (~1:20-5:47) – Watched
    • Analyze business model

Published on Dec 12, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Marathon Oil CEO on the future of American energy – Marathon Oil (MRO) – CEO Lee Tilman – (~1:25-6:15) –
  2. Home Depot CEO on the strength of housing – Home Depot (HD) – CEO Frank Blake – (~1:15-7:52) – Watched
    • Analyze business philosopy
    • Demo’d Kevo Lock, Nest Smoke Detector

Published on Dec 11, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Mad Money: NJOY CEO on the rise of e-cigarettes – NJoy (private) – CEO Craig Weise – (~2:05-7:00) – Watched
    • Billion $$ market, $3B worldwide.
    • 100% growth per year for e-cigarettes
    • Company mission – “obsolete cigarettes”.

Published on Dec 10, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Alliance Data CEO on the rise of credit cards – Alliance Data System (ADS) – CEO Ed Heffernan – (~1:00-) – Watched
    • “We’re comfortable that we can organically grow our top line 3x GDP” (~4:50)

Published on Dec 5, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Avión Tequila founder on holiday liquor sales – Avión Tequila (private) – CEO Ken Austin – (~1:10-6:40) – Watched
    Suck up to the press by naming a drink after them 2oz Avion Silver Tequila 1oz fresh lime juice 1/2oz Agave nectar 1/2oz Orange Liqueur Dash of secret loco ingredient

    Suck up to the press by naming a drink after them2oz Avion Silver Tequila
    1oz fresh lime juice
    1/2oz Agave nectar
    1/2oz Orange Liqueur
    Dash of secret loco ingredient 

    • Sales up 103% over previous year
    • El Cramer Loco
    • Entrepreneur
    • “There was no clear #2”
    • My comment, “A real marketing genius. Watch the end.”

Published on Dec 4, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Mad Money: Chart Industries CEO on Natural Gas revolution – Chart Industries (GTLS) – CEO Sam Thomas – (~1:10-5:45) –
    • Expecting a shift to Natural Gas for large vehicles in China – There is a pause now.

Published on Dec 3, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Mad Money: Zoetis CEO on pets and animal health – Zoetis (ZTS) – CEO Juan Ramón Alaix – (~1:15-5:22) – Watched
    • Not a great communicator, shallow message.

Published on Nov 26, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Mad Money: Hain CEO on organic foods – Hain Celestial (HAIN) – CEO Irwin Simon – (~1:25-end) – Watched
    • Aired Nov 25, 2013
    • 1.5 Million Organic Turkeys sold this year.
    • “Soup in cans are going away.”
    • “Organic growth company, paying down debt.”

Published on Nov 25, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Mad Money: Jarden CEO on holiday shopping season – Jardin (JAH) – CEO Jim Lillie – (~1:20-5:45) – Watched
    • Aired Nov 19, 2013
    • WallJar
    • Pet water purifier
    • 140+k SKUs
  2. Invest in America: Salesforce CEO on tech-tonic shift – Salesforce (CRM) – CEO Marc Benioff – (~0:30-end) – Watched
    • Aired Nov 18, 2013
  3. Mad Money: Exelis – Exelis (XLS) – CEO Dave Melcher – (~1:40-end) – Watched
    • Aired Nov 11, 2013
  4. Mad Money: B&G Foods CEO – B&G Foods (BGS) – CEO David Wenner – (~1:25-) – Watched
    • Aired Oct 30, 2013
    • Notes, “Center of Store not doing well.”
    • Significant growth in snacks.
    • Historical, has intergrated more than 26 brands since 1996
  5. Mad Money: Sensus CEO – Sensus (private) – CEO Lou D’Ambrosio – (~1:10) – Watched
  6. Mad Money: Cimarex CEO – Cimarex Energy (XEC) – CEO Tom Jorden – (~1:40-end) – Watched
    • Aired Oct 7, 2013
    • CEO does not have facts to communicate with (tell stories about).
  7. Mad Money: Avnet CEO – Avnet (AVT) – CEO Rick Hamada – (~1:00-5:29) – Watched
    • Aired Oct 24, 2013

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Mad Money: Kenandy CEO – Kenandy (private) – CEO Sandra Kurtzig – (~0:54-end) – Watched
    • Aired Nov 22, 2013
    • Interviewed at Dreamforce 2013
    • Founder of Ask Computer System
    • “I’m hoping in the near future you have to go to a History Museum to see Oracle and SAP software”

Published on Nov 21, 2013

Show title – Company (stock symbol) – CEO – (time CEO interviewed)

  1. Good view of Warby – Warby Parker (private) – Co-Founder & Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal – (~1:20-4:45) – Watched
  2. Veeva supports life sciences – Veeva Systems (VEEV) – Co-Founder & Co-CEO Peter Gassner – (~1:10-8:15) –
  3. Mad Money: AMN Healthcare CEO – AMN Healthcare Services (AHS) – CEO Susan Salka – (~1:15) –