Would you like to share Dave Ramsey’s inspirational and motivational message from the April 29 Breakfast With the Mayors with someone?
The video from the event, courtesy of Franklin TV, is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLCKHzQjZdg&feature=youtu.be
Full of short quips, jokes and business management advice, radio personality and Williamson County resident Dave Ramsey spoke to more than 200 people April 29 in the latest edition of Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors, the Franklin Homepage reported.
From the Franklin Homepage:
Ramsey, who built The Lampo Group Inc. from the ground up, spoke of simple practices that helped grow his business from a card table in his living room to more than 350 team members, not to mention a place voted one of the best places to work in the Nashville area.
“I still get scared when I look at that payroll,” Ramsey joked, adding that it also scares him how he’s in control of it, too. “I’m the problem, but that also means I’m the solution … As long as I’m not growing, the organization is going to be limited.
Ramsey’s multi-million dollar company is located in Cool Springs. He’s had four New York Times best-selling books and his radio show, The Dave Ramsey Show, is heard by more than six million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Locally, it airs on 102.5 FM, The Game from 1-4 p.m. on weekdays.
Ramsey, proclaimed as a personal money management expert, explained that he has a “symbiotic relationship” with Williamson County, the place where he’s raised three children with his wife, Sharon, and launched his company in 1992.
“It’s a good, solid community,” he said, saying he felt like a “weiner in a steakhouse” among the crowd in attendence. “It pleases me to visit other countries like California and tell them we have places like this.”
Ramsey said recruiting for his company is much easier given the location, a county with quality schools and low taxes, he said. He went on to explain that landing the right people and hiring them to work for his company quickly became a focus. Because “people matter,” Ramsey said he wanted employees that recognized that and steered away from common company drama.
“Every time crazy gets in the building, we figure out what door they used,” he said, adding that The Lampo Group has a stringent hiring process. “We treat other people how they want to be treated. As it turns out, people matter.”
Ramsey founded his company after “going broke,” he said, winning and losing in real estate.
He wanted a place where he could counsel people hurting from financial stresses. He said he was a “baby Christian” at the time and went on a quest to expand his understanding of finance. His background was in real estate, meaning he “loves debt automatically.”
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore opened and introduced Ramsey. The pair often scripts poking fun at one another.
Mayor Anderson joked that “not all of the (road) projects are Ken’s fault if you can’t get around,” referring to the consistent traffic on Franklin roads as the city continues to grow. Anderson added that residents can pick on former Franklin Mayor John Schroer for some of the traffic problems.
Mayor Moore said he was just happy he didn’t have to field any questions about Mack Hatcher Parkway.
The next Breakfast with the Mayors will include Rep. Marsha Blackburn in July. For more information about the program and others, go to franklintomorrow.org.Charles Pulliam is a reporter for Franklin Home Page. Email him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @cspulliam.