My wife and I manage and own Zihmer Law Firm. She's the legal brains and vision, I figure out how to get there, bring in more clients, and become more profitable. This started as an idea ($150k annual revenue) and has grown to a million dollar business ($1.2MM) in 5 years.
But before all of this, I was an engineer and manager at Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce, and Bechtel. I had...for lack of better words...what a lot of people *think* that they want. I solved unique problems, worked at large companies that had a great mission and vision, nice pay, awesome benefits, and 5 weeks of PTO.
There was a problem: I hated everything about it.
It is HARD to leave a job for the unknown whether it is a career change, to become an entrepreneur, or to go back to school. I would know!
On the personal front - I work with my wife and we have two wonderful children (ages 3 and 6). We love RV-ing and make between 10 and 15 trips per year...we work hard AND play hard! I really enjoy the outdoors, so camping, hiking, and fishing gets a lot of my attention. I don't hunt as much anymore as I would like, but hoping to get back into it in the coming years.
I have two dogs, Charlie (a rescue) and Maverick (a German Shepherd). In Maverick's more active days, we competed in Schutzhund / IPO - so I know a few things about training dogs. The sport was everything from obedience (heeling off leash, agility/obstacles, retrieving), tracking (he can track a person that walked through a field and find what you dropped!), and protection (his favorite thing to do is chase "bad guys").
I enjoy craft beer, whiskey, and red wine. Most evenings and weekend mornings have meals cooked on my Blackstone. When I have true "down time" with no agenda, I'm either relaxing with a movie or on my PC playing Microsoft Flight Simulator.
My passion is around helping others determine what they want to do, and then how to be wildly successful at it. For a podcast, I love to share what I've learned, to help motivate listeners to take the next steps on their adventure, and to give ideas on scaling and growing businesses. On the flip side, I can talk about the most impactful books that I've read, my favorite meals to cook, and the ins and outs of towing a 14,000lb camper. If that feels like a fit then I would love the opportunity to be a guest on your podcast!
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