Building a Winning Program and Team

Zach Thomas, Veteran on the Move

About this Episode

Today we are joined by Zach Thomas on the show. Zach is an ex-military who became a Chick-fil-A franchisee. He tells us how different experiences have shaped his leadership style to the point of becoming a leader who can build a winning team. He also shares with us what it takes to become a Chick-fil-A franchisee.

Key Points of Discussion

  • Getting to know Zach
  • Zach’s journey in the military
  • How Zach transitioned from the military to the chaplain program and owning a coffee shop
  • How Zach Became a Chick-fil-A franchisee
  • How can you become a Chick-fil-A franchisee like Zach?
  • Zach turning point in leadership
  • Building a winning team

Key Milestones of this Episode

[01:01] Getting to know Zach

[01:56]  Zach’s journey in the military

[02:52]  Transitioning into the chaplain program

[03:48]  Getting into the coffee business

[05:16]  Becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee

[15:47]  What it takes to become a Chick-fil-A franchisee

[18:56]  Zach’s turning point in his leadership journey

[24:00]  Leader Farming

[26:30]  Building a winning team

[33:15]  Connect with Zach

Key Quotes by Zach Thomas

  1. “If you are actually producing talent for the major leagues, you create a self-perpetuating talent magnet that people actually want to be a part of your program.”
  2. “If you don’t create a sustainable program for your team, then you’re not going to be able to create a sustainable, a winning program.”
  3. “If you think you’re going to get to keep your players for more than four years, you’re disillusioned.”
  4. “We don’t necessarily want to be that jerk of a leader. We want to be somebody that motivates and inspires people to do the right thing.”

About Our Guest Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas is an entrepreneur, published author, coach and speaker. He was named Eagle Scout of the Nation in 1995, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served his country as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer. He has started multiple companies and been featured in Newsweek Magazine and on Good Morning America. He married his high school sweetheart, Christi, and they homeschool their seven children on their family farm where he grew up.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @theleaderfarmer


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