From Military Lawyer to Energy Entrepreneur: What a Ride!
February 18, 2015
Hosted by Marcia Zidle
After completing his assignment as General Counsel to the Dallas-based Military Exchange Service in 1999, Colonel Dave Shutler faced a life changing decision. Should he continue his military career or take on a new challenge in business? He was looking to do something new and decided to test his mettle in business. Now, fifteen years later he is the owner of Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. an energy savings company with 25 employees, a LEED Gold certified headquarters in Dallas and a track record of saving over $27 million for Federal agencies. Through his business, Mr. Shutler has continued his service to the government with the execution of over 150 energy saving projects for Federal agencies. Learn what it takes to make a big career change, the kinds of adjustment necessary to make this transition, the challenges and lessons learned that will help others who are contemplating such a change or who are already business owners wanting to get to that next level.
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Your entrepreneurial vision has taken hold. Your business is growing. It's everything you hoped for and more. Or is it? With growth come bigger headaches: more hiring, more capital, more customers to satisfy, more employees to deal with, more plates to juggle and more demands on your time. Whether you realize it or not, you are experiencing Growing Pains!
On The Business Edge, with host Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, you will hear how to make the leap from running a stressful business that is always putting out fires to leading a successful company that operates like a finely tuned management machine. You will meet savvy, street smart entrepreneurs and business leaders who’ll share their stories of success and even missteps as well as practical solutions to the unique challenges faced by growing companies.
Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, works with entrepreneurial ventures and small to medium size companies to build and leverage their leadership foundation to move from Start-Up to Scale-Up to Successful Enterprise. In other words, she helps them take the growing pains out of growth.
Coming from a unique entrepreneurial and corporate background, she’s both street smart and strategic as she guides CEO’s and their management teams to focus on the right priorities - the right talent - the right alignment - the right performance to get the right results that will satisfy their investors, customers and other stakeholders.
With 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience, she brings an expertise in executive and team leadership; employee engagement and performance; personal and organization change; emotional and social intelligence. Her clients range from privately owned businesses to mid-market professional firms to divisions of global companies in the following industries: healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, high-tech, hospitality as well as governments and nonprofit agencies.
Marcia's "claim to fame" is as a global citizen, living as an expatriate with her family in Scandinavia and Australia. In fact, one of her children is an "Aussie.” She’s traveled in over 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Far East and South Pacific.