Episode 31: The Pivotal Leader with Drew Sementa, CEO, Tidal Commerce

“You’re thinking about hiring people and they’re going to give you the better years of their lives and I feel if I’m asking that of my employees, in turn their lives should be better because of my company.” – Drew Sementa

In this episode of The Pivotal Leader, Gina Trimarco spoke to Drew Sementa, CEO of Tidal Commerce.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Drew Sementa was always an entrepreneur at heart. Even at 14 years old and working during the summers for his grandfather’s construction business, he was hungry to make his mark. And then there was that time selling candy on the school bus (that his mom bought in bulk for him).

Drew tells Gina about how he grew business after becoming a college drop-out during the early 2000s when many start-ups were going under, including the one he dropped out of college for! After the third company went under, he decided he could do it better in the unregulated industry of credit processing, starting with being honest in business!

In 2003, from the basement of his home, Drew started what is today’s Tidal Commerce, an established player in the Merchant Processing Services Industry. Drew has been Tidal’s driving force and CEO ever since its beginning.

Pivot10 Results is not only a client for many years, but is also a partner of Tidal Commerce, offering training and tools to their clients, starting in June 2017!

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Podcast Topics Include:

  • Being fearless in an unregulated industry that is often criticized
  • Rebranding and reinventing an existing business
  • Strategies for acquisition and culture immersion
  • The mindset of expecting employees to stay a lifetime
  • Attracting clients through honesty and transparency
  • Working with a partner who’s also your spouse
  • Scaling culture BEFORE scaling growth
  • How to sell to CEOs

More About Drew Sementa & Tidal Commerce

Tidal Commerce, based in the Chicago area, offers merchant services to power commerce for businesses of all sizes. Their diverse portfolio consists of 1000s of businesses, processing in excess of $2 billion annually. Tidal’s​ vision has enabled them to form partnerships with the most well respected financial institutions in the world …. And NOW Pivot10. We’re excited to announce our partnership with Tidal Commerce in offering strategic planning and training solutions to their clients.

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The Pivotal Leader is a production of Pivot10 Results, a strategy and training company that helps businesses shift from people problems to performance results.

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About the author

Gina Trimarco is a native of Chicago and CEO/Founder of Pivot10 Results and Carolina Improv Company. She has 25+ years of experience in marketing, sales, operations and people training. Gina combines street smarts and improv comedy skills with her experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, which sets her apart from her competition.

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