October 4, 2011
Panel Discussion: Regi Campbell, Ron Dunn and Bill Marrin (moderator)
Lessons Learned – Session Summary
PANELIST: REGI CAMPBELL
Regi is an experienced investor and entrepreneur who has intentionally sought to make a difference for God’s kingdom in the marketplace since becoming a Christian in 1983. As president and CEO of Async Corporation, he was recognized as Georgia’s high technology Entrepreneur of the Year. Regi then founded InterServ Services Corporation in 1993, growing revenues to $50 million in four years. Since 1997, Campbell has helped launch eight more start-up companies through his Seedsower Investments. Regi is the founder of Radical Mentoring, an online app that empowers men to mentor other men and he is the author of Mentor Like Jesus and About My Father’s Business. He has twice served as an elder at North Point Community Church.
Regi and his wife, Miriam, have been married 42 years, have two children and five grandchildren.
PANELIST: RON DUNN
Ron is an accomplished business leader, teacher and mentor to men. He began his career at Armstrong Industries, then went on to launch CarpetsPlus in 1997. CarpetsPlus grew from its original 10 stores to more than 400. In 2002, they acquired Color Tile and changed their name to CarpetsPlus Color Tile. By 2007, they became a billion-dollar business, the nation’s fourth-largest floor covering retail company. Ron remains actively involved as co-president and CEO.
In addition to serving on several boards, he has founded and heads up IRON and One Thing, both Atlanta-based ministries for men. He is author of the book Unfinished Business. Ron graduated with a BA from Trinity University in Deerfield, Illinois and in 2010 was named their Alumnus of the Year. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 35 years. They have two married children, two grandsons and reside in Alpharetta, Georgia.
MODERATOR: BILL MARRIN
Bill Marrin is a Managing Director at World 50, Inc. responsible for enhancing the member experience through programming, networking and facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices on relevant business and career issues. At World 50, Bill manages the Supply Chain 50 and Enterprise 50 executive peer groups of supply chain and CIOs respectively at top, global organizations.
Bill has been married for 28 years and has three daughters. He and his wife reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Around the room exercise: One word that describes what you’re working on right now? Attendees mentioned areas such as balance, faith, expectations, focus, radical, priorities, gratitude, time, margin and contentment.
Below is a summary of what our mentors discussed and shared with us:
Maintaining work/life balance
- Make dinner with family a priority
- Respect and enjoy the Sabbath – be deliberate for a 24 hour period
- Use the Sabbath to study the scripture and “fill-up” and setup for the week ahead
- Block out specific time in your calendar to spend with your wife
How to approach making wise decisions
- Don’t make major financial decision without discussing with your wife
- All important decisions should be made in 3’s (you + wife + God)
- Wives are given uncanny amounts of wisdom regarding key decisions for husbands. God often speaks to us through our wives.
- Find and seek advice from mentors and Christian counsel
- Build your own personal Board of Directors
Specific things they would have done differently in their 20s and 30s
- Identify early in your career what drives you
- Develop a personal life mission statement (start with a life bible verse)
- Have intentional and meaningful conversation with your wife and family – above all, be present
- Learn how to fight and resolve conflict with your wife – it’s not about being right, it’s about being kind
- Put God first: “God is not a priority in my life…God is my life”
- Model biblical Christian marriage for your kid
- Woo your wife and work daily to build her self-esteem – not so much for what she does, but for who she is
- Destroy all “hidden drawers” in your life; sooner or later, everyone knows everything
- Read your bible – look for “IMAX moments” versus speed reading
- Uninterrupted time is vital with your kids
- Do the unexpected with your kids – pick them up from school as a surprise… change the rhythms as a surprise.
Books from our panel
Opportunities to connect with others