Summer may be officially over but it’s not time to put away the grill just yet. Between nice weather days and tailgating it is still barbecue season! Meet three Black men changing the game in the sauce industry. Rodney Robinson, Lathay Pegues, and Terrell Cooper started John Tom’s barbecue in their hometown in Indiana but it has grown and is enjoyed by those all over the country.
We had the honor of speaking with the founders to learn more about their growth and knowledge.
What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new entrepreneurs?
-Learn to embrace your failures.
-Identify your motivators beyond money and monetary gain.
-Understand that competition is a good thing. Most early-stage entrepreneurs often shy away from the competition, but you need competitors to drive innovation and fuel growth.
-Know your industry.
-Celebrate your wins and successes.
-Don’t forget why you started.
Who is your business role model? Why?
Magic Johnson. His approach and finesse on the basketball court were always admirable, but to see where he’s at now as a successful business mogul is really inspiring. I recall him talking about attention to detail and being competitive, both of which are transferable skills from being an athlete to being a business executive
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