Episode 49: The Pivotal Leader with Justin Zastrow, CEO, Smart Armor

In this episode of The Pivotal Leader, Gina Trimarco interviewed Justin Zastrow, CEO of Smart Armor. Smart Armor started last year and didn’t officially launch until September. Since then they’ve generated more than $1M in sales and counting. He’s also been offered at least $20M to sell his company! Justin has an extremely diverse business development background that highlights his strengths within concept creation, software integration and corporate execution. He has built, sold, and licensed several companies throughout his career, and his entrepreneurial and business management education has helped his ventures to build platforms, engage partnerships, and forge syndication.

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Podcast Topics Include:

  • Building a company based on a basic life need
  • Becoming an overnight success in four years
  • Creating a culture of treating others well
  • Hiring “friends” instead of “hiring blindly”
  • Staffing a company with existing entrepreneurs
  • Giving away equity to get skin in the game – “Bring on the talent and give them a piece”

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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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