HGBA Member Read & Greet: Greg Manzer

Greg Manzer
The Entrepreneur’s Source

12105 Sandown Ct. Bristow

When and why did you decide to start your own company?
I started my company in December, 2017. I understand the difficulty associated with looking for a better way to provide for one’s family, without having to work for a corporation and without someone to guide you. Having come from 27 years in the franchise industry, I have a good understanding of the industry.  So, I found the opportunity to help people through the role of being a career coach to be in line with my experiences, knowledge and desire. The franchise field is different than the corporate world, so I put the word alternative in front of career coach, so as to not mislead folks.

How does your business serve the local community?
I help people in transition consider business ownership.  Having another option to corporate America helps close the gap of unemployment quicker.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
I had the pleasure of helping an individual, who had been unemployed for eight months, find a business that he found to be interesting.  As the person went through the process of learning about what the business would entail, his decision included not taking a corporate job that had been offered to him. He realized that a corporate job wouldn’t have meant anything really different for him.  So this was all about a truly new endeavor, which was very exciting.

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
HGBA has been wonderful at providing opportunities to meet and connect with many other business folks that are all trying to find ways to grow their business.

What are the best business tips you can offer other professionals?
Get out and network with as many other business people as your time will allow.
When in the conversation, listen twice as often as you speak.

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
I enjoy the fall probably the most.  I love heading out to visit the wineries.  All of the trees leaves are changing, and it makes for a very enjoyable time.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?
I enjoy running and playing golf.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Firebirds is our favorite restaurant.  They have really good food and we love the service.

What is your favorite local high school sports team?
My sons have both played in the Osbourne Park Marching Band.  So we get to see a lot of HS football games and we enjoy that.  

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
While with ExxonMobil, I had a position to develop part of a brand within their portfolio called “On the Run.” I enjoyed that a lot, as I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of interesting people and traveling all over the western part of the United States.

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