Collin Hathaway – What You Learn Acquiring 12 Home Service Companies – Ep.90

My guest in this episode is Collin Hathaway. You might remember Collin from Episode 32 back in October 2020, which quickly became and has remained the most popular episode of Think Like An Owner. Collin joins me again to more deeply discuss lessons learned through his career of buying and building HVAC and plumbing businesses across the country. 

Just like last time, this episode is filled with great stories, all centered around learning how to understand and work with people. Over the course of our conversation, we discussed Collin’s first business acquisition in Utah that went south fast, the current market for HVAC and plumbing businesses, consequences of higher prices for those companies both to investors and those operating, governance searchers should expect from investors, and how to build companies that enable talented team members to advance their careers. Enjoy. 
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Links Mentioned:

  1. Collin Hathaway on LinkedIn
  2. Collin Hathaway on Twitter
  3. Skylight Capital
  4. Think LIke An Owner Episode 32 (Collin Hathaway – Investing and Operating in Home Services)

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