Troy Bravenboer: Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom.

Troy Bravenboer of Brave Freight, AriMax Logistics, Trem Systems, Dawn TMS.

Tell us about yourself?

Father of 3, Husband of 1. Director of Business Ministry at Mercy Culture. Entrepreneur in the logistics space. SAAS company, Brokerage, Carrier, and Dispatch Service Provider.

What lessons has being an entrepreneur taught you? 

Creativity, perseverance, faith, compassion, stewardship.

If you could go back in time to when you first started your business, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Steward cashflow wisely. Keep clean books. Always be taking ground. Surround yourself by big winners. Buy bitcoin.

A lot of entrepreneurs find it difficult to balance their work and personal lives. How have you found that?

Yes and no. Entrepreneurs don’t have a separation of work/personal lives. Our brains are alway solving problems, connecting resources, creatively reviewing solutions.

Prioritize one date night a week with your spouse, and prioritize time with your children weekly. You can’t hire out a “dad” or a “husband”

Give us a bit of an insight into the influences behind the company?

Creating a platform to allow people to become the best version of themselves. I like to keep things simple.

What do you think is your magic sauce? What sets you apart from the competitors?

Understanding that my companies are not for me. While i may be founder/ceo – my life exists for other people.

How have you found sales so far? Do you have any lessons you could pass on to other founders in the same market as you just starting out?

I came from a door to door and phone sales background. People need to work harder and prospect more than they are. Make more calls, talk to more people, fail fast. Get someone who knows sales to push you

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far in your business, and how did you overcome it?

I’m not sure i’ve overcome it – but the biggest challenge is always staying developing. Markets and customers are changing and if you’re not focused on growing you’ll eventually lose ground.

What do you consider are the main strengths of operating your business in Texas over other states in the US?

Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom.

Are there any disadvantages of operating our business in Texas?

I see none as long as we continue to keep taxes low and incentivize companies to move here

Texas has a pretty diverse population. How have you found the quickly changing demographics have impacted your business? Have you got new opportunities? Managed to expand your business into new areas?

This isn’t relevant to my business at this time.

It is often reported that, in Texas, politics and business are intertwined. Have you noticed this? Has it impacted your business?

100%. This is true internationally not just in Texas. Every law and regulation can hinder or help a business. In the transportation space we are pelted with regulations. This is a long list.

With rising prices across Texas (and the US as a whole) have you been impacted? Do you have a plan for dealing with inflation going forward?

People just have to stay competitive. How to automate tasks that are being done manually, how to use data to make stronger decisions.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years with your business?

We are partnering with The Justice Reform to help build long term care facilities for women rescued out of sex trafficking and rehabilitate those women into the work force. We want to employ/contract 250+ full time agents.

And finally, if people want to get involved and learn more about your business, how should they do that?

Send me an email [email protected]. and reference where they heard/discovered our businesses. Thanks

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