- Posted by Jordan Bolch
- On April 16, 2021
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- Entrepreneur, Executive Apprentice, Griffin Brothers Companies, ZoomUp
For over 60 years, Griffin Brothers Companies has been a withstanding business in the Charlotte Metro region. Many know Griffin Brothers Companies for their legacy divisions in waste solutions, real estate and hospitality, but others know GBC for its ZoomUp investments and home services businesses. But no matter how much you think you know about GBC, there’s always more underneath the surface.
It is the people at GBC that make it what it is. From our shared services team, to the entrepreneurs who lead the ZoomUp businesses to the customer service representatives who are the voice of our brands, everyone has a part to play.
As evident through the ZoomUp Investments, Mike Griffin, managing partner of Griffin Brothers Companies, makes it a priority to invest in young leaders and entrepreneurs who have a passion, drive and knowledge base to take their career to the next level.
One way he achieves this is with Executive Apprentices. As an executive apprentice, each one will work alongside Mike for three years to fine-tune their entrepreneurial skills. “My hope is that an apprentice transitions into a Zoomer, and operates and eventually owns a ZoomUp acquisition,” says Griffin.
As an executive apprentice, Jordan is always on the go, learning something new. “I’ve yet to have a typical day,” he said. But whether he is in the office learning the business side of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, or at the landfill learning about the day-to-day operations that take place, each day presents its own rewards and challenges.
During his time at GBC, Jordan has been a major player in the Material Recovery Facility projects. The MRF will divert 70-80% of incoming trash from being buried in the landfill which will help the environment and extend the site’s lifespan. Jordan has been able to use his previous construction experience and also what he’s learned as an executive apprentice to help bring the MRF project to completion successfully.
“I’ve learned that entrepreneurship is more than a full-time job,” he said. “You always have to be ready to deal with issues that you weren’t expecting.”
As a young entrepreneur studying under the leadership of a seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Jordan is able to explore different fields and find what it is that he is passionate about. The knowledge he gained from his education at Appalachian State and the real-life experiences he is gaining at GBC will propel him into whatever field he chooses.
With a short-term goal to find exactly what it is that he’s passionate about, this will give him the foundation to achieve his long-term goal—to become a business owner by his 25th birthday in a field that he is passionate about.