In this episode, we talk with Brenda Conville and Lee Holland of Freedom Real Estate & Capital, a sister company to Torch Technologies. We discuss their backgrounds before joining Freedom, the exponential growth Freedom has had in a few years, the ESOP structure that connects Freedom with Torch, and the future goals they both have for Freedom moving into 2024 and beyond.
We had the opportunity to talk with John Watson, who has been at Torch Technologies since 2009 and was promoted to CEO in 2018. We discuss his educational background, how he met Bill Roark while at Nichols Research, the initial decision to join Torch, and his future goals for Torch moving into 2024 and beyond.
In this episode, we sit down with the current Board Chair of Torch Helps, Samantha Blumkin and the last two previous Board Chairs, Maureen Eversmeyer and LaJoy Johns. We discuss their backgrounds at Torch, the mission of Torch Helps, and the future impact they hope Torch Helps has in the community.
This week, we sit down to talk with Bill Roark Co-Founder of Torch Technologies to discuss the the Internal Stock Exchange. We discuss the employee benefit, the importance of having it, and the impact it will have on employee-owners for years to come.
This week, we sit down to talk with Brad Walker who has been at Torch Technologies since 2006 and who recently got promoted to President of the company in January 2023. We discuss his educational background, how he met Bill Roark while at Nichols Research, the initial decision to join Torch in 2006, and how his day-to-day life has changed since becoming President.
In this episode, we talk with Jim Moore, who has been at Torch for almost 20 years. He currently works in the Shalimar, Florida office at Eglin Air Force Base. We discussed his knowledge of ESOPs before joining Torch, his decision to move to Shalimar, Florida, and how the company culture ultimately led his wife to join Torch too!
We had the opportunity to talk with the lead program control analyst Samantha Blumkin. She helps lead all the program control analysts that support our ACE group here at Torch. During this episode, we discuss what it was like joining Torch back in 2013, her decision to leave Torch for a few months back in 2020 and her passion to educate the younger employees about things she wishes she would've known when she first started.
In this episode, we sit down to talk with Jim Diehl, who recently retired but was the corporate chief of staff working directly for the president and the program manager for the MDA programs here at Torch Technologies. During this episode, we discuss what it was like joining Torch back in 2009 after almost 30 years of working at another company. We also discuss how the culture at Torch differed from his previous work experiences. and the value that the ESOP was to him as an employee, and now as a recent retiree.
In this episode, we sit down to talk with Adam Sampley who helps lead the aircraft survivability team under the tactical systems business unit here at Torch Technologies. During this episode we discuss what it was like to join Torch 19 years ago directly out of college, the value of the ESOP program to him, what advice he would give to someone first beginning their career here, and what he believes separates Torch from other companies. Click here to listen to his story!
We had the privilege of talking to Clayton Newkirk, Senior Director here at Torch Technologies. During this episode, we discuss what it was like joining Torch 20 years ago, the value of the ESOP program to him, and what advice he would give to someone first beginning their career here. Click here to find out what achievements he would love to see Torch receive in the near future!
Bill Roark speaks about the Tugboat Institute and their Principle of Pragmatic Innovation. We discuss the mindset he has had over the last 20 years with calculated risk. What was the biggest calculated risk that Bill Roark ever took? Click here to listen!
Bill Roark, Co-Founder of Torch Technologies, talks about the Tugboat Institute and their Principle of Profit. We discuss the importance of profit to the survival of Torch specifically in the early years, how Bill was able to balance the desire to increase profits without making it the purpose of Torch, and how the true value of profit is what you deliver to the customer and how Torch has been able to deliver exceptional value over the last 20 years.
Bill Roark discusses the Tugboat Institute and their Principle of Paced Growth along with long term strategies put in place for Torch back in 2002, how Bill was able to balance short-term performance with Torch's long-term goals, how Torch has been so consistent year-to-year over the last 20 years, and how we hope to continue this momentum moving forward.
Bill Roark, Co-founder of Torch Technologies, talks about 2022 and some of the goals and milestones that Torch, Freedom Real Estate, and SIMVANA have been able to achieve across this year, as well as some goals we have for the podcast moving forward into 2023. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen.
Bill Roark reminisces over the last 20 years. We discuss the history of Torch, lessons heas learned along the way, and what the future look like for Torch.
Bill Roark discusses the Tugboat Institute and their Principle of Private which they define as taking advantage of the ability of closely-held private companies to have a longer-term view, greater confidentiality around strategies, and more operating...
Bill Roark and Brady Porter discuss the general structuring of the Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), the impact that ESOP has had on Brady's life over his 18 years of service at Torch, and how the overall atmosphere of Torch has been impacted based on the employee ownership model.
In this episode of The Keeping the Dream Alive Podcast Bill Roark continues the conversations about The Tugboat Institute and their Third P of People First.
Bill Roark continues our conversation and we discuss The Tugboat Institute's second P for Principle of Perseverance.
In this episode, we sit down with Bill Roark Co-founder of Torch Technologies to learn more about their history and one of their newest accomplishments of being recognized as a Certified Evergreen Company. We discuss what it means to be an evergreen company, the principle of purpose within the Tugboat Group, and how it applies to Torch. The Tugboat Group defines purpose as having a compelling reason for existing--a North Star above all else. You can learn more about the Tugboat Group by visiting their website. https://www.tugboatinstitute.com/