Who do strong leaders surround themselves with? Today on, the True North Leader podcast, my guest John Esparza shares how he learned so much by being in a company of other strong leaders, including two governors. Surprisingly, John overcame obstacles in his life, including losing his father while still a teenager, but was able to rise to very high-ranking positions in and around the government.
About the guest: John D. Esparza, a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a sixth-generation native of West Texas, serves as president and CEO of Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) and Executive Director of Southwest Movers Association (SMA). TXTA, one of the largest trucking associations in the nation, was established in 1932 in Austin, while SMA got its start in 1917. Prior to becoming TXTA president, Esparza worked for both the Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. George W. Bush administrations. He held both policy and political management and advisory positions. John and his wife Leah, a private school administrator, reside in Southwest Austin and have three sons; Jake Pecos, a junior and Josh Brazos, a sophomore, both at Texas Tech University. Jack Sabine is a high school senior attending St. Michaels Catholic Academy in west Austin.
About the host: Following a successful career as CEO, Bobby sold his business to a publicly-traded company. In his “second half of life”, Bobby seeks to pour Biblically-based principles into growth-minded business leaders.
Through Values-Driven Leadership, Bobby serves as an Executive Coach and Training Consultant for organizations. He shares many of his principles and practices through a weekly blog, the True North Leader podcast, and through three books he has authored:
Find out more at ValuesDrivenCulture.com