What do Coca-Cola and the Lord have in common? If you are the largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products in the country, they have everything in common. In this episode, Mark Whitacre, Executive Director of Coca-Cola Consolidated talks about their faith-based business including the many Bible studies, the chaplains that visit every location, wise decision making, and much more. Hear how a large public company is successfully integrating their faith into their workplace on True North Business.
Mark made mention of the initiative he works on: The t-factor. You can go to the t-factor website at: https://t-factor.com/ .
If anyone is interested in attending one of t-factor virtual meetings, they are from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (EST); at no cost (free of charge) and virtual. To access, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request to receive an invitation to the t-factor you wish to attend. Registration is critical and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis because we max out each event at 250 senior leaders in order to optimize the Q&A and discussion.
These events are by invitation only and your invitation is non-transferrable.
About my guest: Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and is considered the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in U.S. history, and was responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990s.Mark wore a wire for 3 years for the FBI in the early 1990s.
Mark Whitacre is Executive Director of the t-factor initiative at Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. since December of 2019. Mark had served as COO of Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC) from 2013 to 2019. Mark was the COO and Chief Science Officer from 2006 to 2013 at Cypress Systems, Inc., a California biotechnology company where Mark still serves on their advisory board today.
After completing his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Ohio State University, Mark earned his Ph.D. degree at Cornell University in biochemistry. He worked as an executive for multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Ralston Purina, Degussa (Evonik), and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). He was recruited at ADM when he was 32 as the President of the Biotech Division. Mark has extensive international business experience, having lived in Germany for four years working for Evonik at their world headquarters in Frankfurt.
Mark and his wife Ginger have been married for over 42 years and have three adult children.
About the host: Following a successful career as CEO, Bobby sold his business to a publicly-traded company. In what he calls his “second half of life”, Bobby seeks to pour Biblically-based principles into growth-minded business leaders.
Through Values-Driven Leadership, Bobby serves as an Executive Coach and Training Consultant for organizations. He shares many of his principles and practices through a weekly blog, the True North Business podcast, and through three books he has authored: