I’ve read somewhere that the hardest year an Entrepreneur has is their 3rd year. Maybe “they” are right.
This Christmas, I had a chance to reflect on the failures and successes of this year. I also thought about the wild moments and the hard ones. I would have to say that this year was the “learning” year for me. It was also the “wear the big boy pants.”
Below is a list of events or things that have happened to Finish Line:
- Secured an agreement with Hudson Boatworks to be their Official Repair Facility in the USA.
- Original founder Dan Reardon sells his shares to Dan Schenk.
- Joe Ledvina, long time shop manager, moves on to a new job in Atlanta.
- Hire a new full time painter, Mike.
- Invest in the Scherwin Williams paint matching system – big investment.
- Purchase new ventilation system for the roof.
- Hire CJ Bown.
- Sued by Vespoli – largest US manufacturer of racing shells.
- Sold more than 10 used racing shells.
- Traveled more than 40,000 miles.
- Had more than 15 tires slashed/ruined on our trailer and truck.
- Had more than 3 employees leave.
- Surpassed Year 2 revenue before July 2015.
- Created the new company Rep Racing Shells.
It was a wild ride. We now created a system and a team that I feel confident about. We are growing and continue to adapt to the changing environment. If 2015 was my learning year – I hope 2016 is my GROWTH year.