Interview with Anthony Petitte, Co-founder of TruckPark Inc.Brent Cavanar
The founder series explores the minds of business owners and their journey to make a difference in their industry. We interview these business founders to understand the life lessons that mold them into who they are today. We also learn more about their company, their products or services, how they are different from their competitors, and the problems that they are trying to solve for their customers. The information that these business owners provide to us helps inform other entrepreneurs who are looking to make an impact in the business world. We all can take these lessons and apply them to our entrepreneurial journey. We want to thank every business owner who volunteered their time to participate in these interviews and share their knowledge with the community.
Great to meet you. Thank you for doing the interview. We want to know more about your journey, early struggles, success, and some wisdom that we can pass on to others who are interested in walking your footsteps toward becoming an entrepreneur. We know that being an entrepreneur is not all glory and fame, but there are hard times too. We believe that others who are interested in being a business owner can gain insight from other business founders like yourself. Again, we want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. Let’s get this interview started!
Let us start off with some basic questions to learn more about who you are as a person.
Can you tell everyone your name, please?
Tell me about your education?
I received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kaplan University.
Can you give an example of an early lesson in life that helped shaped who you are today?
My Uncle Sammy always told me to not worry about what people think of you, it’s no one’s business. The only person who can stop you is you.
We all have entrepreneurs whom we look up to in our industry. These business leaders help influence, shape, and drive our ambition to succeed. These entrepreneurs could be someone that we have worked with on a project or could be someone that we look up too from a distance. For example, Bill Gates is a big inspiration to me not only because of his work in Microsoft but his outstanding contributions to society.
Who would you consider to be a significant influence on you professionally and can you explain why?
Walt Disney: He changed the world by creating an unmatched experience. Business is all about experience and empowering your customers/users.
Thank you for providing background on who you are as a person. I always find it fascinating to learn who a person is and their early life lessons. Let us move forward with the interview and discuss what you are doing now and how you are making a difference in your industry.
What is the name of your company?
Where is your company located?
What services or products does your organization provide?
Safe Truck parking nationwide.
What problem is your business trying to solve?
The need for safe truck parking and an app that centralizes everything a truck driver needs. We also are empowering truck drivers to feel more engaged and create an unmatched experience for them on and off the road.
How is your business unique against your competitors?
- We empower our driver community.
- Our reservation system.
How did the idea for your business come to fruition?
2 years ago my Uncle Sammy had an idea to park trucks locally in Chicago. I collaborated on that vision and scaled it to park trucks nationally targeting all 3.5 million drivers.
Where can people go on the web to learn more about your business?
Final question. We want to thank you for the interview. We have one last question to ask you about imparting some wisdom to future entrepreneurs.
What three tips would you give to other entrepreneurs who are starting out on their journey?
- Work Hard.
- Never Give Up.
- Be a champion of change.