May represents the beginning of WildLife Partners’ third year in business. As Brian and I were doing some business planning over the last few months, we reflected back on our journey to date. What started as a hobby has indeed become a substantial and very rewarding business that in some ways may have grown faster than we anticipated despite having and living into some very lofty goals that we had set. As with any business in their first 2 years, there have been ups and downs, expensive lessons learned, hurdles cleared, nay-sayers proved wrong, numerous changes and a lot of hard work. All of these things in total have helped to not only form who we are today but we are headed in the future.
Speaking of the future, we have some very exciting announcements to make. Brian and I recognized late last year that we needed help. Help with financial systems, inventory controls, operations, etc, etc. We both realized we didn’t know what we didn’t know. Well, after months of trying to figure out exactly what and who we needed, God landed that person in our laps on a fateful flight from San Antonio to San Diego.
We are pleased to announce that Joe Gullion is now our new President and COO. Joe’s background is both broad and deep. He’s a former Navy Pilot who spent the vast majority of his years in the Aerospace industry mostly in the role of President, CEO or COO. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Joe was the President of Boeing Airplane Services. He took that division of Boeing from $265MM in annual revenues to more than $3.2B in just 3 years. After his career with Boeing, he went on to multiple other companies with similar results helping all of them implement organizational structure, processes and leadership. To quote Joe, “I’ve retired twice, but I’m not very good at it.” Joe started with WildLife Partners in April and has already made huge strides in identifying the most important items that need to be addressed. We believe his experience with identifying problems and creating long term solutions will be a great benefit to all us.
Along with Joe, we have finalized a long term relationship with Dr. Kevin Robertson aka Doctari. Kevin is a Veterinarian at the South African Wildlife College based in Kruger National Park in South Africa. His children are already here in America and he and his wife will soon be moving to our Pettus Breeding facility. During his visits here, it’s very clear he brings an invaluable knowledge base that we have not been able to find in Texas.
Brian and I are very pleased to have Joe and Kevin in the WildLife Partner’s family.