30 Aug Money Matters TV Interviews Navigate’s Rob Kathol
On a recent episode of Money Matters TV, Michael Verrill of The Sharp Financial Group interviewed Rob Kathol, Founder and Managing Partner of Navigate. If you’re not familiar with the program, it features a series of interviews with local entrepreneurs and advisors who share insight and advice on what business owners need to know to grow.
As a guest on the show, Rob delved into his experience growing up in Omaha and how that helped shape his future as a leader in the business world. Omaha’s diverse economy allowed Rob to be surrounded by a thriving business culture, with companies in technology, insurance, healthcare, and financial industries. Coupled with parents who were committed to their children’s educations, Rob learned early on to pave his own road and to take advantage of the opportunities he was provided.
After attending boarding school in the Midwest and graduating from Boston College, he eventually took a risk, moved to Philadelphia, and partnered with a friend to start a business selling hardware/software to AT&T. The company was successful, teaching Rob about the responsibility of owning a business and the commitment you have to your employees.
Ultimately, he realized he wanted to become more involved with operations, people, and strategy, so he sold his company ownership. His early professional experiences showed him the importance of making decisions with conviction and confidence, so he took a short period of time off, and then started Navigate. The firm has grown steadily and is focused on strengthening the collaboration between executive management, human capital, business operations, and technology, providing strategic advice and creative decision-making.
Some of the key entrepreneurial lessons he covers in the interview include:
– Finding a mentor to provide constructive feedback and continually challenge your perspective.
– Staying focused on what you’re good at.
– Never taking on too much debt.
– Understanding the importance of brand recognition and the role that customer service plays in that.
– Being committed to your clients and your employees.
– Learning from every experience, even those that aren’t successful or enjoyable.
For more insight into Rob’s career path and lessons learned, watch the full video below.
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