Each year, the Lion's Den features an outstanding entrepreneur who is making an impact in business as mission. This part of the event will take place during lunch on March 22 from 12 to 1. This year's keynote luncheon features Nathan Sheets, CEO of Nature Nate's Honey, and a panel consisting of C12 business owners.
Failure and success as an entrepreneur
A wise leader once said, “Every Failure is One Step Closer to Success.” Some have taken that to mean that if you are not failing, you are not taking enough risks. Others market leaders say, "The goal of failure is ultimately to discover how to succeed." One thing for certain is that if you are in business many years you will have some experience with failure, and how you respond to it determines your future. How do we and how should we as Kingdom minded entrepreneurs and investors respond to failure? Is embracing failure as a good thing? Can you fail in a calculated way? These questions and others will guide our keynote panel of business leaders who discuss the earthly perception of failure, and how we as believers in business, face the challenge of discerning how God is intersecting our business life through failure and success.
Nathan Sheets, CEO, Nature Nate's Honey
Nathan Sheets is the President and CEO of Nature Nate’s Honey Company, the #1 branded honey company in the U.S. After graduating from college and owning his own ad agency, Nathan began serving in ministry where he led over 100 mission trips around the globe. Nathan was also one of the driving forces behind the global ‘I Am Second’ media campaign that highlights stories of hundreds of lives transformed through the grace of Jesus Christ. In 2010, Nathan decided to make honey his full-time endeavor. And life has never been sweeter. Nathan is passionate about developing a company that is driven by more than the bottom line — measuring success not just by what he achieves, but also by what he contributes to others. As Nathan likes to say, “The Lord has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others.” Nathan and his wife Patty live in Frisco and have four children.
Tyler Reeves, President, Interstate Battery
Everyone who knows Tyler can tell you about his knack for understanding consumer behavior. That, combined with his understanding of business fundamentals, made Tyler the perfect person to lead Interstate’s fastest-growing business unit, where he oversees business development, account service and channel penetration efforts. Before joining Interstate in 2010, Tyler led marketing efforts at the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, where he was awarded PepsiCo’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, more than once for championing ideas that continue to deliver billions of dollars in annual sales today.
Travis Lewis, CEO, Rug Doctor
Travis is a highly experienced and accomplished C-level executive with an extensive track record in growth acceleration and operating improvement. Currently as CEO of a global $125m+ Revenue, $25m+ EBITDA business, he has additional experience as C-level leader at both large and mid-sized entrepreneurial private-equity and public equity backed companies, driving significant financial growth and shareholder value creation. In the last 5 years, Travis has led three investments through top and bottom line growth which ultimately led to successful sales in the $500m+ valuation range. He has extensive experience successfully working with private equity.
Rob Peabody, CEO, VOMO
Co-Founder & CEO of VOMO, a web-based platform and App that leverages technology to power a global volunteer movement. He is an entrepreneurial visionary who recently moved back to the U.S. after living for six years in London, England. He founded and led a non-profit called Awaken, and started a national conference in the U.K. for millennials. Rob previously served as the Global City Leader for London for the International Mission Board. He’s also served as a mega-church pastor in the United States. Rob consults for various organizations and has written multiple books and small group studies. He and his wife, Medea, have three children.
Moderator, Kerby Anderson, Host, Point of View Radio Talk Show
Host of Point of View Radio Talk Show and also serves as the President of Probe Ministries. He holds masters degrees from Yale University (science) and Georgetown University (government). He serves as a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and has spoken on dozens of university campuses including University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado and University of Texas.