Welcome to the Business Boot-Up Edition of The Dreamers and Doers Podcast! We believe you are never too young to start a business. We’re bringing you a special live interview from the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, OK at the Norman Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting. This episode features an experienced business leader who will inspire, educate and give you an action step to help your leadership and business.
Brian Ruttman: Superintendent at Moore Norman Technology Center
Brian Ruttman joined Moore Norman Technology Center as superintendent/CEO on July 1, 2019. During his first 90 days, he has focused on taking Moore Norman from “great to greater” by building relationships inside and outside of the organization and by exploring new areas of opportunity like aerospace. Brian joined Metro Technology Center in 2003, where he held numerous positions including Chief Officer, Executive Officer, and Associate Superintendent. Brian is described by his peers as an innovator and a team builder. Brian has a strong desire to see CareerTech as a leader in workforce development and as a driving force behind economic growth. Additionally, he is active with several community organizations, education foundations, and youth sport organizations. He credits his involvement with these organizations for allowing him to connect individuals and businesses with programs and services available through the technology centers.
Brian encourages listeners to follow their passion and the money will come. Find a career that you have an interest in and build your skills in that area. If you enjoy what you do it’s less about having a job and more about getting up every morning and doing what you enjoy.
As a doer turned dreamer, Brian understands that it takes more than an idea to make a dream come true. It takes drive to get out and sell the idea, to network with people that can help move it forward, to find funding mechanism that will provide the necessary start up, and most importantly a mentor to connect you to these resources.
To the middle school listeners out there Brian advices that when you say you’re going to do something, do it. Set realistic expectations for yourself and manageable expectations with others. Exceeding expectations is always better than missing them, even just by a little bit.