True Grit with Craig Kautsch
True Grit with Craig Kautsch
Craig Kautsch
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur struggling to find timeless principles to apply to build your business, the True Grit Podcast will help. Building a company and life with meaning takes True Grit. Every week it’s Craig’s job to tease out the effective strategies top performers employ to build their businesses and live a balanced life. Craig Kautsch is an entrepreneur in the real estate space. He’s the owner of a portfolio investment company that has bought, restored, and financed almost 1,000 homes. He also founded two mortgage companies and a real estate brokerage with over 100 agents. At 47 he keeps himself busy with his wife of 25 years, two twenty-something children, yoga, 4 motorcycles, mountain bikes, and an electric skateboard (25 mph.) Learn more at:
Bill Kraftson
My next guest is Bill Kraftson.  Bill is a well-known apologist and has spent the past several decades helping people discover the meaning of life.  He uses the open forum platform to give room for the questioners of God’s existence.  For over 45 years Bill has enjoyed the privilege of facilitating hundreds of large and small group discussions as well as interacting with countless individuals on the ‘life and God’ issues that matter most to all of us – questions like if there’s a loving God, why would He let bad things happen to good people?  What about the intolerance and hypocrisy of religion?  How well does one have to be to get to heaven?”  He loves the close, personal relationships that frequently emerge from these vigorous, but respectful, intellectual exchanges.  Useful Links and Book Mentions:"Meaning of Marriage" by Tim KellerThe Search For
Sep 13, 2021
1 hr 5 min
Jeff Crawford
How did the car business get whacked by Covid?  My next guest is Jeff Crawford. He cut his teeth in the car business with Hilliard Ford back in 1990 and went from a salesman to the training director, used car manager, new car sales manager for Ford, Buick, and Mazda for a 7yr period.  Then he was the sales manager for 5 Star Ford a year before opening the Camp Bowie Location for RLB in ‘98. He’s sold over 5,000 cars over the past 3 decades and I can only imagine what kind of scar tissue that can cause.  He’s been our “car guy” for over 20 years and has become a great friend.We have a super great discussion about how “real salesmanship” isn’t selling at all.  Enjoy our fun discussion and learn from one of the best salesmen in town.Jeff Crawford Cell: 817-994-5333
Jul 7, 2021
1 hr 9 min
Dr. Phillip Shero
Ever make a deal with God? Listen to this wide ranging conversation with Dr. Philip Shero.  He’s the president of Mastermind Leadership, a cutting-edge executive coaching, team development, and strategic planning consultancy.Dr. Shero holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, as well as a Masters from TCUHelping others grow as leaders is Dr. Shero’s driving force. He brings two decades of leadership development and strategic planning expertise to some of the most well-known medium-sized finance, non-profit, and construction companies in Texas. With a long track record of success in coaching existing and emerging leaders at the CEO, partner, and senior management levels, he has become known as one of the most dynamic and engaged leadership and strategic planning coaches in DFW. His national reputation is growing through his expert leadership training seminars; senior leadership retreat facilitation; strategic planning services; and a full line of job benchmarking products. Over the years he’s created a dynamic duo with his wife Laura who is working on her doctorate in Quantitative Behavior from Baylor...Philip has dedicated his life to developing leaders and is firing on all cylinders right here in Cowtown.I hope you enjoy this episode!Useful Links and Book Mentions:"The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick LencioniMasterminds Leadership
Jun 7, 2021
1 hr 5 min
Todd Tarver
Ever wonder how to turn your hobby into a passion? My next guest is Todd Tarver.  A motorcycle racer slash mechanic turned entrepreneur.  Todd owns Straight Line Motorsports which he founded almost 20 years ago. Over the years he has grown his company into one of the top 3 largest KTM dealers in the country. He was a professional racer in the 90s and won the famed enduro race from Vegas to Reno in 1998.His friends describe him as a teenager caught in a 40yr old body.  Enjoy our fun conversation about the adventure of owning an extremely successful motorcycle store!Useful Links:Straight Line MotorsportsKTM
May 3, 2021
59 min
Darrell Bevelhymer
Want to hear what the founder of a 9 billion dollar company thinks about?ScalingCultureMarketingBuying and selling companies (he’s lost count)C.S. LewisMy next guest is Darrell Bevelhymer who is a private investor and considered a Founder of Tenaska, Inc., one of the top 25 largest privately-held companies in the United States at over 9 Billion dollars in revenue; and one of the largest private, independent, energy companies in the United States. Tune in while we have a really cool discussion about faith, business, and giving.  Darrell oozes wisdom and you don’t want to miss this episode of the True Grit Podcast!Useful Links:Thoughts From the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter HenrichsenTenaskaColtala Holdings
Mar 15, 2021
1 hr 12 min
Brian Byrd
My next guest is Dr. Brian Byrd a true entrepreneur who has decided to run for Mayor!  He comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and earned a degree at UT in Marketing and International Business.  His life changed forever because of a knee injury in college. He was introduced to the medical field through having surgery. The lightbulb went off and he immediately started shadowing physicians while he was still in college.He followed through and opened Texas Family Medicine right out of medical school.  Then he launched Texas Hospice in 2007 and sold it in 2013. What Next??He successfully ran for City Council and served for 4 years and is now running for Mayor of Cowtown!Useful Links and Book Mentions:Brian Byrd"Surprised by Oxford" by Carolyn  Weber
Mar 8, 2021
1 hr 9 min
Jeff Sanders
Ever wonder what your real purpose is? Do you struggle with getting off track and at times move away from what really matters?My next guest is Jeff Sanders. Described as a leader of leaders.  He has the unique combination of business acumen and the ability to impact the trajectory of careers of those he leads.  Jeff Sanders is the President of Leader Xchange: a nonprofit right here in Fort Worth, that gathers and trains faith-based business leaders to use their profession as a conduit for ministry.  Jeff also served as the President of Tarrant NET for 17 years.  Tarrant NET is a nonprofit ministry dedicated to unifying churches across all races and denominations in Tarrant County.   Jeff is also a start-up expert in the Church world.  If you thought building a business was hard...try planting a church with a volunteer army that has limited time and split focus.Listen in while we discuss the real makeup of a successful leader!Useful Links:Leader Xchange"Spiritual Leadership" by Oswald Sanders
Mar 1, 2021
1 hr 11 min
Emily Stroud
Ever wonder how people write and publish a book?My next guest is Emily Stroud who wears a lot of hats as a mom of two kids, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. She graduated from Texas A&M University and got her MBA from TCU.   She’s Fully licensed with FINRA, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)  a Member of the Association of Investment Management and Cambridge Investment Research.Emily is a published author and wrote a book called “Faithful Finance” and followed that up with a TV show on Pure Flix Streaming called Faithful Finance Live.  She has two decades of experience with helping people make smart choices about money. She knows that money can be one of the great causes of stress in life—but that it doesn’t have to be that way. Finances, in fact, can be a great source of joy, security, and hope.  She launched Stroud Financial Management to be the vehicle to change financial lives!Listen in while I deconstruct her incredible journey and pull out useful strategies applicable to us all!Useful Links:Faithful Finance"Faithful Finance" by Emily Stroud
Feb 22, 2021
1 hr 9 min
Lee Hargrave
Want to know how to build a tribe?My next guest is Lee Hargrave. A Former Rocket Scientist and founder and owner of Fort Worth's premier health and fitness facility, EnduraLAB. Through experience, multiple degrees, and certifications, Lee has taken an analytical approach to take the guesswork out of better health and fitness. Lee created EnduraLAB in 2011 and has taken it from a community running group to a world-class 7,000 square-foot training facility. Lee’s unwavering commitment to growth and development has led to an extensive educational background with degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University. He has taken his analytical and inquisitive nature and applied it to the programming, biomechanical analysis, and coaching of athletes. Today, Lee continues to push his fitness to the limits and surrounds himself with leaders in all facets of fitness. This has allowed him to do what he loves: guiding athletes to understand and increase the top end of their genetic potential. He is a hardworking visionary that will stop at nothing to make EnduraLAB the best of the best.Listen in while we discuss tribe building, fitness, diet, and good sleep hygiene.  Lee is a mad scientist!Useful Links:EnduraLAB
Feb 15, 2021
1 hr 10 min
Tony Ford
“I lost 4 million dollars last week” A jaw dropping answer to one of my questions!  Tony Ford was an awesome interview.  A true leader of leaders! He has been described as a personal Warren Buffet, Dalai Lama, Bobby Fischer and Vince Lombardi all wrapped into one guy.One of his clients said “He is the single greatest human asset we have in our corner.”Tony Ford’s passion for over 30yrs has been helping Fort Worth businesses succeed and this has inspired him to create one-of-a-kind solutions to accelerate their growth.  Success Fort Worth is the most recent addition to this long list of “Fort Worth Focused” initiatives.  He’s owned a wide variety of companies over the past 40 years.Tune in to hear me tease out some of the lessons learned along the way!Useful Links:Success Fort Worth
Feb 8, 2021
1 hr 2 min
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