I am the CEO of the most valuable business in the world – My Family. I am also the President and CEO of the company I co-founded 15 years ago, Cottage Garden, Inc.
For years I have been experimenting with innovative ways to leverage my business success to win at home. It all fell into place a few years ago when I incorporated my family into a business and began thinking of my family as the most valuable business in the world.
Since that point the results have been nothing less than staggering for me and for my family.
However, it is important to know that this has not always been the case for us. I spent years challenged by integrating my business life and family life.
There were days that I would make more than 100 decisions in my business with confidence and clarity but I would struggle to make the first three decisions that hit me as I walked into the door of my own home.
I also struggled with my leadership role at home. At work there was a clear structure and chain of command, but at home the structure was fuzzy and the chain of command was anything but clear.
Thankfully, that chaos ended for my wife and me when I discovered a way to bring these two worlds together.
I have been the CEO of Cottage Garden for fifteen years. We are the #1 supplier of musical gift products in North America.
In 2009, Cottage Garden was named runner-up as the National Small Business of the Year. Now we have over 200 sales representatives in ten countries and our products are found in tens of thousands of retailers worldwide.
I have spoken professionally for over twenty-five years, giving thousands of speeches to over one million people in forty-eight states. I have introduced the President of the United States and the First Lady on National television.
I’ve worked for the White House, Kellogg’s, the National FFA and USA Today. I attended Purdue University and the University of Maryland and I hold degrees in agricultural sales and marketing. . I served as the National Future Farmers of America president as a young man, and more recently as the 2013 National Chairman of Board FFA. I also own a successful real estate management company, Timm Investments, LLC.
I am active in my local church and love to coach my kids’ sports teams.
I am passionate about the development of young leaders. I served on the National FFA Foundation board for seven years, the Board of Trustees for five years, and as the Chairman in 2013.
I am currently Chairman of the local FFA advisory board where all six of my kids are members.
I enjoy being connected with nature in some way, dating my wife, and spending time with my family — even if that means we get a little crazy sometimes.
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