It’s been almost six months since I started my business. After 12 amazing years with Dave Ramsey, countless hours leading, teaching and coaching leaders and entrepreneurs, I felt God calling me to leave. It was the most difficult decision I’ve ever made but over the past few months, I’ve built my own business to do what I love – coach business and entrepreneurs and develop leaders.
Along the way, I talked to someone very special about naming my business. She gave me the word “Poimen.” Which, if I’m being serious, sounded lame. But then she sent me the definition.
Poimen (pronounced poy-mane’) is the Greek word in the Bible for:
A herdsman, especially a shepherd. The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were – to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep – to defend the sheep from attackers – to heal the wounded and sick sheep – to find and save lost or trapped sheep – to love them, sharing their lives, and so earning their trust.
It was so powerful and a word that many have since told me is me. I sat on it awhile, and even asked some of the #CLoTribe if they had any ideas. And as God does it, a couple of people said that I remind them of the word “Poimen.” Yes Virginia, God really does care about the little things.
I shared it with the folks helping me build the business and they were all excited. Therefore, let me introduce you to the company name –
The Poimen Group
My heart is to grow leaders, entrepreneurs, team members and businesses to be better than they have ever been. I want to change the popular opinion that leadership is about the leader. Instead, real leadership is about serving others.
If you’ve been with me awhile you know one of my sayings:
As a leader, it’s your job to make your team successful, not the other way around.
And with that, I want to introduce some of the incredible people who have come onboard to help me get this thing going. First off, I need to recognize two guys who really helped me get started and headed in the right direction and continue to help push this machine along:
Lance Osborne worked with me for many years and was the Director of our Simulcast Department. On top of having been a great leader for me, he’s also been an incredible friend. While he has a full-time job, and an amazing family, he’s found the time to help me get The Poimen Group off of the ground. Even going so far as to travel across the country to produce a video shoot that I’ll be featuring on the blog soon.
Keith Cook has been a friend for almost 20 years. Keith, who also has a full-time job, and a family almost as big as Lance’s, has found personal time to come along side me to help get my online presence moving in the right direction (which is pretty much like speaking Chinese to me.) He’s been instrumental in getting the pieces together needed to make the change.
Melissa Czech worked with me in my marketing department and was known as my “commander”. Not only is she very talented at marketing, but she also knows how to get things done! She has come on board to focus on marketing, content, social media, and pretty much everything else to make this business all it can be. Melissa is helping me to give direction to The Poimen Group.
Brian Alex has been a personal friend for many years and he just happens to be the father of my beautiful god-daughters. Even though he is days away from moving his family to Sicily to be missionaries, he has been helping me to get administrative systems in place, and will continue to help from across the seas.
Joel Fortner is not only a friend, father to my godson, and contributor to ChrisLoCurto.com, he’s also married to one of my favorite people on the planet, my former personal assistant, Marybeth. Not only did he steal her away from me (I’m still bitter), but he’s also come on board to help with the sales side of the business. I’m excited to have his years of expertise.
Brock Fuller is a young entrepreneur at heart with a passion for business. We have named him “Brock the Intern.” He’s come on board to learn about building businesses and helping leaders and entrepreneurs succeed. Along with having the entrepreneurial fire, Brock brings a TON of great ideas and talent to the table.
The final team member is you, the #CLoTribe. You have been instrumental in me focusing on the talents that God has given me to help His children succeed. If it wasn’t for you, there wouldn’t be a ChrisLoCurto.com. You make it an absolute joy to do what I do.
Well, there you have it folks. I wish I had the space to write everything I would like to about these amazing people. If you made it this far in the post, I’m honored!
Now, I want to hear from YOU! What do you think of the new name, team, and all that’s going on at ChrisLoCurto.com?