You might think that attaining jobs with two different governors would make you feel you are a leader, but my guest John Esparza shares how he learned so much at every step of his career by being in the company of other strong leaders. John overcame obstacles in his life, including losing his father while still a teenager, but was able to rise to very high-ranking positions in and around government.
About my guest: John D. Esparza, a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a sixth-generation native of West Texas, serves as president and CEO of Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) and Executive Director of Southwest Movers Association (SMA). TXTA, one of the largest trucking associations in the nation, was established in 1932 in Austin, while SMA got its start in 1917. Prior to becoming TXTA president, Esparza worked for both the Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. George W. Bush administrations holding both policy and political management and advisory positions. He has served on the Texas Energy Task Force, the Texas Panama Canal Stakeholder Work Group and the Texas Proposition 1 Special Committee on Transportation Funding. Esparza continues to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission’s State Freight Advisory Committee and the Texas Border Infrastructure Planning Committee. Esparza serves on the executive committee as the immediate past chairman of the PrePass Safety Alliance, an Arizona-based premier non-for-profit, public-private partnership whose mission is to improve highway safety and efficiency through technology. He was appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to the Household Goods Advisory Group. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Tech University Research Park (TTRP) in Lubbock where he is the manager of the TTRP Venture LLC fund. He is a former member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2012. John and his wife Leah, a private school administrator, reside in Southwest Austin and have three sons; Jake Pecos, a junior and Josh Brazos, a sophomore, both at Texas Tech University. Jack Sabine is a high school senior attending St. Michaels Catholic Academy in west Austin.
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:
Find out more at BobbyAlbert.com