FORT WORTH, TX, January 10, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Ron Sturgeon's first job was stocking produce at $1.40 an hour. When Ron was 17, his father died and the teen inherited a half-interest in a rusty VW bug and $1500. He also became homeless.
These humble beginnings gave Ron Sturgeon an extraordinary hunger to achieve success. His inheritance started him on the path to becoming a blue-collar millionaire. While still in high school, Ron taught himself enough to keep the VW running and started his first venture: an auto-repair business. When he noticed that he was making more money from selling parts than from turning a wrench, his auto repair business morphed into an auto salvage yard.
Ron grew his yard from a single employee to 5 locations and 150 employees before selling it to Ford Motor Company in the 1990s. A few years later, Ron and a pair of partners purchased Ford's salvage division with 1,000+ employees and 30+ locations in 17 states, GreenLeaf, then returned it to profitability and sold it to a publically traded company.
"I actually got to sell my yard twice," says Sturgeon. Tune in learn Ron's secrets to thriving in an industry not known for producing 7-figure success. The program will air on CNBC following Shark Tank, on Wednesday, January 11, at 10. p.m. across the U.S.
"I am a strong proponent for blue collar careers because of the incredible opportunities they give for people to achieve success," said Sturgeon, who has written 7 books to guide aspiring entrepreneurs
, including "Salvaging Millions: How to Salvage Millions from Your Small Business," and is a sought-after business consultant, and developer of Fort Worth commercial real estate
Sturgeon is hosting a watch party for 150 friends at The Smoke Pit Bar-B-Q
, a Fort Worth restaurant where a fun part of Ron's segment was shot. The restaurant, located at 2401 East Belknap in Fort Worth, is well known for its delicious ribs, superb catering, and cold beer.About Blue Collar Millionaires
In its second season, the series includes 10 thirty-minute episodes, each profiling 3 hard-working blue-collar millionaires, from chimney sweeps to gator trappers to salvage-yard magnates. From Sally Ann Salsano & 495 Productions, the series airs on CNBC following Shark Tank at 10 p.m. ET / PT. See past episodes on the Blue-Collar-Millionaires
' show page.
About Ron Sturgeon
Ron Sturgeon parlayed a modest inheritance into a junkyard empire. He has sold businesses to Fortune 500 companies three times in a business career spanning more than three decades. He is an author, keynote speaker
, and business consultant
based in Fort Worth, Texas. Learn more about Ron at RonSturgeon.com