June 6, 2018 11:29am
AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT: Greg A. Pestinger
Name: Greg A. Pestinger
Company: FocalPoint Coaching and Training Excellence of Kentucky
How long have you been a GLI Ambassador?
2 very active years
What is your favorite part about being a GLI Ambassador?
What I like most about GLI is the incredible people that I get to meet and work with; Louisville’s top business performers and civic leaders who have chosen to give back, to share their talents and treasure to make Louisville a great place to work and play.
What value does your company derive from investing in GLI?
First and foremost, I believe that every one of us has the capacity to achieve our greatest dreams . . . to realize our full potential. GLI allows me to live out my purpose “to help businesses, help themselves realize their full potential so that they in turn can impact the world in a positive way.”
GLI allows me to work with very, very good businesses, high performing owners who know that they can be great. High performers that utilize outside help to realize their goals faster than they could on their own. The really awesome thing is that when businesses go from very good to great, those around them — their families, their employees and their communities — all grow as well.
By participating in GLI networking events, providing workshops, sponsoring the Inc.Credible Small Business Award and acting as an Ambassador, I get the privilege to live out my purpose every day. That is an awesome thing, being able to make a living, doing what you love and helping people have better lives along the way.
What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
I have been somewhat fortunate in my financial life, but I would have to say, starting my own Business Coaching and Training business has been the best one yet. It is way more than an investment in my family’s financial future, it has also been an investment in my own self development. Through my investments in GLI, certifications, training, reading a book a week in my field and employing my own personal coaches I have grown exponentially. I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning. If you can grow yourself while growing your clients that’s a home run.
Outside the office, what do you like to do for fun?
First of all, I love what I do and breaking away from what never really feels like “work” can be difficult for me. I also get to work with my wife and business partner, Donna, everyday which has been amazing.
When I do break away, my greatest joy comes from volunteer roles with mentoring organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the SigEp Education Foundation, two organizations that really improve the lives of young people. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for BBBS and as a Chapter Counselor for SigEp at the University of Louisville. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a young person navigate the challenges of early adult life, helping them discover inside themselves their own amazing talents and putting those talents to work through setting and achieving goals. Programs that utilize the 90 percent of time they are out of the classroom to build the leadership skills that will prepare them for a productive and happy life after college.
When I do need to simply get away and think, you can probably find me going “sports car fast” somewhere, occasionally shooting trap at Jefferson Gun Club, dabbling in real-estate or occasionally heading to the mountains of Colorado to recharge.
Cats or Cards?
No simple answer here given I am a Wildcat myself, a Kansas State Wildcat, and that I married into a Card’s family. So, the answer is both. I love it when both the Cards and the Cats are representing our state with wins and as long as they aren’t playing each other, or my K-State Wildcats, I support both. When they do come together, Cards all the way. (Twenty-four years of marriage taught me that)
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose?
Fortunately, I do get to have dinner every now and then with the person I would choose, my father. He is by far the best businessman I have ever met and my introduction to family business. He taught me that you can build something from scratch with little resources and a big idea. He taught me to take care of the customer, to get involved and give back to my community, to protect my name and my credit, to set high expectations of myself and that anything was possible if I was willing to work for it. He required that I get an education and work for someone else before I could return to the family business.
Well, I never made it home to run those now third-generation businesses, but it did provide me with a strong foundation that eventually led to 30-plus years of working for great American companies like GE, Anheuser-Busch and Brown Forman. Companies that provided me with a couple of master’s degrees, a wealth of experience and a perspective on business that combined with cutting edge FocalPoint research, I use every day to help improve the lives of business owners.
What he really gave me was confidence and a sense of responsibility to use my talents in service to others. The confidence to start my own company. The confidence that I in turn provide to my clients and those I mentor. The confidence to know that inside of each of us is the capacity to achieve our greatest dreams. That “anything is possible if we are willing to work for it.”