Business ain't all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes things go wrong, terribly wrong – and the way you choose to respond to those challenges as a COPreneur sets the path for your success or demise. In this episode, Mark Warren of Strategos International shares with us some significant challenges that he and his business partner faced in the earlier days of their post-LEO company and how they navigated them successfully. This episode may help keep you from making some of the same mistakes.

We also share some valuable resources you can tap into today to start preparing for or dialing in your post-LEO business. Mark's willingness to share his stories of struggle and perseverance shows that cops definitely have the resiliency and know-how to succeed in business.

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Mark Warren is the Executive Vice President and Co-owner of Strategos International and began his 27-year law enforcement career in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.

He has experience as an undercover operative, a tactical team member, and an instructor. He has been involved in the planning, implementation, and execution of hundreds of high-risk arrests, and spent five years with a large multi-agency task force working as an undercover operative and team leader. Warren was the Firearms/Use-of-Force Program Manager for his department prior to retiring.

Mr. Warren is currently a Retired Sergeant for a local agency and was the 2000 Missouri P.O.S.T. Part-time Instructor of the Year.

Mark volunteers as a security member for his church and also provides security for several mission groups in countries such as Haiti, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Honduras, and other areas several times a year.

Since starting Strategos International in 2002, they have trained over 160,000 people in 15 countries.

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  • [00:49] Welcome to Episode 53!
  • [01:32] Mark shares his unique journey into copreneurship.
  • [03:40] Mark never envisioned himself as a business owner.
  • [05:17] Mistakes on the business management side of things have presented some painful learning opportunities.
  • [07:31] Mark shares the story of their first embezzlement.
  • [09:37] Embezzlement strikes again! Have your checks and balances in place.
  • [11:23] Resiliency and putting processes in place have helped Mark and his company continue to grow.
  • [12:43] Honesty is definitely the best policy.
  • [14:05] Trust but verify.
  • [19:47] Business Brief 20: Avoid Selling Features – Sell Opportunity Instead
  • [21:58] It is one thing to be good at what you do, but it is the backside where you might end up in trouble.
  • [23:19] The challenges pushed Strategos into new areas and success.
  • [27:45] Plan your business and build processes that make it easy to hand off or sell.
  • [28:53] Implementing the Profit First system has been a game-changer for Mark and Adam both.
  • [35:33] How to connect with Mark Warren and Strategos International.
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