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E201: Trading Treadmills for Acquisitions: Reid Tileston's Journey to Entrepreneurial Success

E201: Trading Treadmills for Acquisitions: Reid Tileston's Journey to Entrepreneurial Success
3 de abr. de 2024 · 56m 4s

Today's Primary Sponsor is Snowball - www.Snowballclub.com - A private community of entrepreneurial investors helping each other. Watch Here: https://youtu.be/L4aiz8cZQCU About the Guest(s): Reid Tileston, a seasoned professional with a...

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Today's Primary Sponsor is Snowball - www.Snowballclub.com - A private community of entrepreneurial investors helping each other.

Watch Here: https://youtu.be/L4aiz8cZQCU

About the Guest(s): Reid Tileston, a seasoned professional with a fascinating background in finance and a passion for fitness, shared his journey on the How2Exit podcast. Born to two Northern California hippie runners, Reid's entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured from an early age. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley and previously worked at Industry Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm. Reid took a bold leap by opening a fitness club in Sacramento during the Great Recession and has since become a multi-unit Anytime Fitness club owner-operator. In addition to his fitness endeavors, Reid has acquired and sold businesses across various industries, including industrial services. He also authored a book, "Grid It Done," and is committed to helping others achieve their American dream of business ownership. Beyond business, Reid is an adjunct professor and is working on his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University.

Episode Summary: Ronald Skelton invites Reid Tileston to explore the realm of mergers and acquisitions. They start with a funny origin tale, sparking an interesting talk on entrepreneurship's challenges and successes. Reid talks about his journey, from starting a gym during the Great Recession to managing several Anytime Fitness branches and venturing into industrial services.

Further into the episode, Reid emphasizes the importance of diligence, the human aspect of business ownership, and the power of fostering relationships within your business and peer networks. Drawing from his personal journey, he offers invaluable insights into what it takes to navigate the challenging landscape of buying and selling businesses and underscores the impact of business ownership on personal failure and civic engagement. The episode serves as a guide for anyone interested in the entrepreneurial journey, offering strategies for risk mitigation and success.

Key Takeaways:
  • Reid Tileston's unique entrepreneurial journey demonstrates that dedication and innovative approaches, such as becoming deeply involved in the community and embracing franchise opportunities, can lead to achieving the American dream of business ownership.
  • Effective transition management and building strong relationships with both clients and employees are critical to the success of any entrepreneurial endeavor.
  • The experience of selling a business can be deeply complex and emotional, often involving considerations beyond financial gain, such as seller satisfaction and the role of competent intermediaries.
  • The decision to become an entrepreneurial business owner requires full commitment, and it's essential to be prepared and understand the personal and professional implications of such a path.
  • Reid has authored "Grid It Done," a valuable resource for prospective business owners to understand and navigate the world of entrepreneurship through acquisition.

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Contact Reid on
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reidtileston/
Website: https://reidtileston.com/dashboard/login.php
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