In 1971, Larry had a wealth of technical education and a desire to own his own business, but very little else. Like so many entrepreneurs, he had an idea, a product, and a service he had a passion for, so he did the most logical thing he could think of and opened his own business. He continued to take technical classes and became a Certified Master Locksmith. His business grew up around him until, with the explosion of personal computers and eventually the Internet, it became apparent he needed to know more about business skills than he had learned from trial and error.
As a lifelong learner, Larry sought out a business education he could learn while he continued to run his business. That’s when he discovered Whizbang Training, an interesting name for a very serious business. After using their information on inventory control, he learned you could actually take a complete inventory of a business that had thousands of item numbers in just one night. This was exciting for Larry and Nancy, his wife, so he continued to take the rest of the courses that were available. Then, he started his employees on the “Retail Sales Academy.” The results were so promising that in 2019, Larry became a Whizbang Certified Retail Coach.
One of the things Larry struggled with was understanding he was actually in a retail business, not just the service industry. Whizbang helped him get over that obstacle, and with their help, he and Nancy have been able to grow the company into a 1.5 million dollar business while becoming nationally known in the industry working with multiple third-party maintenance groups. They have also received many years of recognition as the “Best of Lubbock” and “Best of the West” as well as being recognized twice by the Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Month.
Larry is excited to help other businesses that may have had similar challenges in building a passion into a profitable retail & service business. Through his new entity Keyed Up Coaching, he is now Coaching It Forward and helping others to unlock potential benefits.
- Event Speaking
- Business Coaching
- Continuing Education Instructor
- Mastermind Group Facilitator