Greg Celestan is a former military officer who left the military and went on to build a very successful company that landed on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies. Well before Greg founded Celestar, he was my team commander when I was stationed in Tampa and we were both in the U.S. Army. You’ll hear Greg talk about how he recovered from a big company investment mistake and how he overcomes his business building blindspot. I am so grateful he agreed to come on the podcast so that you can hear what I have personally experienced about Greg – He is a great example of the fact that you can be a humble, gracious and successful leader, all in one.
Name: Gregory Celestan, Co-founder & CEO
Company: Celestar Corporation
Powerful Promise of Value: Celestar Corporation provides support to the U.S. Government, including overseas contingency operations. Their personnel bring subject matter expertise as well as recent experience in intelligence, operations, planning, program management, biometrics, full motion video (FMV), and Information Technology. Drawing from their experience in the Government sector, Celestar Corporation provides data analytics and knowledge management solutions to small-mid level companies.
Headquartered In: Tampa, Florida
Significant Difference Between (Co) Founder & CEO: “…you have to use different skill sets of managing he company…in this role I had to be more persuasive…I actually spend as much time selling to my staff and my employees, team members, as I do to my clients…”
Blind Spot: “My biggest blind spot is I am extremely trusting. I have a tendency to assume that all people I deal with have my best interests and company’s best interests at heart.”
Favorite Resource for Productivity: iPad for Project Management
Favorite Resource that helps with the Founder to CEO role shift: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t (Jim Collins)
Favorite Founder: Tony Hsieh (Zappos)