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Episode 30: Terry Hubbard (Peak Environmental)

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Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our visionary founder Derek Foster interviews Terry Hubbard, the founder, CEO and Sales Manager at Peak Environmental: Landscape Construction & Management Services! Terry's been working in his field since he was only 16 years old, and has grown his business to a multi-team unit with 25 employees, and room for more! How did he do it? What practices have led to his success? Derek learns the answers here, in this stellar episode!

00:15 - Introduction: Old Mike Nelson’s On the Farm!

00:46 - A Brief History of Terry Hubbard: Starting His Business at… 16?!

03:03 - The Next Step: Straight Out of School

04:34 - When it All Clicks

08:48 - Building a Solid Footing

10:20 - Overcoming Challenges

13:21 - Six Distinct Crews, 25 Employees!

15:52 - Shoutout to Luke Michaels and the Michaels Group!

16:19 - Training the New Blood: New Tools and New Tricks

19:42 - The Value of Proper Onboarding

21:46 - If You’re Not Training Your Employees… You’re Still Paying For It!

23:01 - Making Business a Game… Makes Profits Consistent, and Employees Dedicated!

28:17 - Where’s the Work Ethic?.. It’s Right There! Respect Your Team, and They’ll Work Hard For You!

30:53 - The Value of College… It’s Right for Some, But Not All!

32:00 - You ARE Good Enough!

33:08 - A Day in the Life of Terry Hubbard

35:14 - Meditation and Cryotherapy

36:01 - Terry’s Key Piece of Advice: Hire People Who Are Better Than You!

39:21 - Admitting You’re Not the Right Person for the Job

41:18 - Terry’s Day-to-Day Role: Sales Manager… For Now

43:13 - The Traction Model

45:31 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewer

    Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Terry Hubbard

  • Runtime

    46 Minutes, 48 Seconds

  • Air Date

    May 22nd, 2023