Allen Gilmer was recently a finalist to be Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In an article written as a result of the award, Gilmer gave some very sound advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is a harsh, albeit much better teacher than success. Pick partners and employees who bring different skill sets and outlooks to the table. Partnering with another you is a one-plus-one-equals-one problem and very common. Be self-aware. Know your weaknesses so you don’t play to them. Have fun”.
Gilmer’s dedication to Drillinginfo is undeniable. When asked when he felt like his worldwide, $40 million company would no longer feel like a start up, Gilmer replied, “Maybe when I quit waking up at 3 a.m. thinking of things we need to be doing to be viable tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and 5 years down the road.”
Our unique culture here at Drillinginfo is also touched on in the article. When asked what he was most proud of when it came to that aspect, Gilmer first mentioned the teamwork and character shown how every employee we have. The respectful competition between the sales people is just one example of how we know how to compete but still go out on a limb for each other when the company needs it.
Allen Gilmer has built a company based around taking the high road and closely identifying with our clients.
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