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Royal Services: Close Out Becomes a Buyout That’s Lasted 25 Years

When Thomas Shyver was asked to close out a fledgling company in 1993, he answered the call. But after assessing the situation, he and his wife Charlene decided to buy the company—then called Royal Mechanical Services—rather than close it.

Brad Shyver, the couple’s son and current co-owner and CEO of the company—now called Royal Services—joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how his parents grew a turnaround company that sold home warranties into a company that provides project and facility manageent—including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, life safety, signage, IT, security and a host of other services.

The company, now under the leadership of the couple’s three sons, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Under the leadership of Brad and his brothers, the company has won several large corporate accounts and government contracts nationwide.

Tune in to learn from Brad’s experiences growing the company, including how to:
Successfully survive ownership transitionsWork peacefully and productively with other family membersCreate a workplace that lives its core valuesPartner with customers and form long-term relationships with themInnovate to develop creative, cost-effective solutionsBe a committed community citizen
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How Meridian Business Services Achieved Explosive Growth, with Amy Goode

Amy Goode, co-founder of Meridian Business Services, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey.

Amy founded the consulting company in 2003 with Heather Wright, in Louisburg, Kansas, the community outside of Kansas City where she grew up.  She knew that tax and accounting services were lacking in Louisburg and the surrounding area, so providing those services seemed like a good business idea and a way to give back to the community. Fast forward 15 years, and Meridian is now a full-service consulting firm. As the company grew over the years, its original vision expanded into the business solutions arena where the Meridian team helps companies with operational inefficiencies.

Tune in to learn how to:
Expand your services by gaining the trust of customers and adding services to address their other business needs.Live your company’s vision.Build a strong company culture, even when employees are not on site every day.Exhibit growth or sustainability..Develop a strong record of giving back to the community.
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