- Posted by Jordan Bolch
- On April 9, 2021
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- Entrepreneurship, Executive Apprentice, Griffin Brothers Companies, Team
Griffin Brothers Companies has been a withstanding business in the Charlotte Metro region and beyond for 60 years. And while some may know Griffin Brothers Companies for their original tire store, for the landfill operations they manage or for the home services business that are a part of the ZoomUp investments, what many may not know is all that goes on behind the scenes.
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.
Nicolas Gomez is currently an Executive Apprentice at Griffin Brothers Companies and strives to one day enter the Foundation and Crawl Space industry.
After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in May of 2020, Nico came to work at GBC and now assists with leading the company acquisitions and the Zoomer’s Market Leader Program.
“Everyday is about making the Zoomers grow, grow, grow,” he said. “Before I leave to ZoomUp the Foundation and Crawl Space industry, we will get Zoomer Thomas Goforth to 15 stores, Zoomers Austin Helms and Jimmy Giler to truly saturate the Charlotte area, and grow the Griffin Brothers Property Services brand across the Charlotte metropolitan area.”
As an executive apprentice, he is not only learning entrepreneurial skills but also life skills that he will carry with him wherever he goes. He says one of the most surprising things that he has learned is that “if you do all of the right stuff and forget then team—you are better off not doing anything at all.”
Nico has been an integral part of the MEP Pros Plan and has helped our Zoomers excel in their individual markets. He’s seen the value of different perspectives, learned the importance of teamwork and found business models to aspire to (hello, Chick-fil-A).
Not only will his education from UNC’s business school and years of learning under Mike Griffin help him to succeed as an entrepreneur in the foundation and crawl space world, but also his life experiences will help launch him toward success.
As a self-starter, Nico taught himself how to sail and within five weeks officially passed the test. Ahoy, Captain Nico. Additionally, Nico understands the value of doing hard things and knows the sacrifices one must make. At seven years old, he moved from Colombia, South America and had to start over. Later in life he backpacked alone through Ecuador. During these three months in Ecuador, he was chased by a pack of wild dogs, worked at a fruit farm and also fasted for 72 hours.