Monday, October 19, 2015

The Family Values Behind the Business of Hardcore Pawn

Les Gold never imagined that life would change so drastically at 59 years old. He's the author of a New York Times bestseller "For What It's Worth," and television star of an international hit show, "Hardcore Pawn." He runs a family business, American Jewelry and Loan, with his two children, Seth Gold and Ashley Broad (Gold). The Gold family are the stars of the reality series, and are changing the way viewers think about the pawn industry.

The pawn business is multi-generational.

Monday, October 12, 2015

This Third-Generation Family Business Thrives on Service

Greg and Joshua Owen, a father and son team, lead their third generation family business, Tri-Modal Distribution Services. The company is based in Southern California and provides global logistics. warehousing and distribution services to retail shippers. Greg, the dad, is the head coach and sets the vision, while his son, Joshua, oversees the day-to-day affairs of the company.
Bill Owen, Greg's dad, started City Transfer, Inc. in 1947, later City Freight Lines, which he sold to his employees in 1984. Bill started with one truck servicing the Port of Long Beach. He picked up luggage from families returning from vacations and transported it to their houses. Greg remembers sitting in his dad's truck when he was 3 years old. He became president at age 27, making him one of the youngest owners of a major trucking company. He left in 1982 to start Tri-Modal.

I met Greg at the Rotary International District 5400 Conference, where he was a special representative to Rotary International's president. He has an extensive history of service with the organization, and uses his family business to help improve the lives of others around the world. Here are some key lessons from Greg, a coach/dad, running a business with his son.

A coach may be better.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Aging in Idaho: Help for Those Living with Pain

Senior adults facing a terminal illness often endure pain, shortness of breath and nausea. Watching a loved one experience these symptoms hurts.

The Palliative Care Program at St. Luke’s Magic Valley is designed to meet the physical (ex: pain management), emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families when dealing with a life-limiting illness. Dr. Daniel Preucil is the Medical Director of the Program. In-patient services began on March 16th, and out-patient services will begin in the next few months.