Episode 115 – Featuring Jim Shorkey (Shorkey Auto Group/ Results From Thinking)

Driven To Succeed:  How Jim Shorkey Built and Grew His Automotive Industry Empire, And Why Veering Off Course Was All Part of His Master Plan

In just over a decade, Jim Shorkey expanded his Western Pennsylvania automotive dealership, a company that had been in his family for decades, into a six-dealership conglomerate that is consistently among the top performing companies in any industry in the region.

Then he exited the business, ceding control of the company to yet another generation in his family.

What seemed by many to be a curious decision at the time was for Jim a choice that was in the cards.

Or, technically, a journal.

In his personal journal, he made a special notation in December of 2007 as to what his next step would be: to help other business owners and leaders achieve the same level of success, if not higher, that he had.

He knew the road to get there wouldn’t be easy.  After all, he was STILL the head of a growing business himself, in an industry that was months away from being brought to its knees by the severe impact of the economic recession, a downturn that sent many of Jim’s competitors packing.

But Jim’s resilience helped him get through it, as it had many times prior.   When others were crafting “recession plans”, he was devising a “prosperity plan”, a 15-page manifesto designed to get all of his people on the same page, and to step up their games so that the company can not only “get through” the recession, but actually be in a better position to succeed on the back end.

And succeed they did.

The company’s subsequent success not only enabled Jim to be in a position to walk away, but also afforded him the credibility and the gravitas to be successful in the next step of his life’s work.

Enter Jim’s newest venture, Results From Thinking (or “ReThink” for short), a platform upon which Jim and his team can work with entrepreneurs and professionals from throughout the region in order to help them become more successful in their professional and personal endeavors.

Cars may be in his blood, but giving back is in his heart, and with his new venture, Jim Shorkey gets to do just that.  On this edition of “The Raja Show”, Jim and Raja talk one-on-one about Jim’s path to success, and his mission to give back through his experience to guide others onto their own paths.