The Entrepreneur Option: Career Talk With Entrepreneur Pete Gilfillan

This episode of ExecuNet Master Class is a live Q&A with renowned entrepreneur, author, and consultant, Pete Gilfillan

entrepreneurIf you’re like most corporate executives, you’ve probably had the inkling, or even outright conviction, that you could be more — successful, fulfilled, and satisfied — if you could just ditch your boss and work for yourself.

During this special Career Talk session of ExecuNet Master Class, Pete Gilfillan, author of the international bestseller, Hire Yourself, took questions from executives on a range of topics, including how to:

  • Leverage your expertise to build a bridge out of the corporate world and into entrepreneurship
  • Capitalize investment
  • Minimize risks
  • Avoid common mistakes and traps

Pete also shared valuable lessons learned during his personal journey to entrepreneurship from his career as a senior executive with Ford Motor Company.


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Here’s what some attendees of the live event had to say:

  • “Very useful for first-time entrepreneurs.”
  • “Opens up your mind to possibilities.”
  • “Pete obviously has lots of experience helping folks like me find the right opportunity.”
  • “I would recommend the class to someone who is uncertain about his/her next career steps.”

Pete Gilfillan Pete Gilfillan is the president of Winning Franchise Solutions, a nationally-recognized franchise consultant and the international best-selling author of HIRE YOURSELF.

Pete is a passionate business leader who is driven to help people achieve their dreams of career independence through franchise ownership. With more than 20 years’ experience as a corporate executive across multiple industries and a history of small business ownership, Pete brings a wide breadth of experience to his work as a franchise consultant. His unique knowledge of franchising, energetic outlook, and determination to find the right franchise for each candidate’s lifestyle and goals set Pete apart in his field.

Pete was raised in an entrepreneurial family. He spent seventeen years working at Ford Motor Company, rapidly advancing through a variety of regional and national positions to reach the role of general manager—where he guided up to six hundred franchise dealerships generating $5 billion in revenue. In his executive capacity, Pete was able to gain an in-depth knowledge of the mechanics, strengths, and benefits of franchising from the corporate side of the table. Pete became a franchise owner himself in 2010 when he purchased a multi-state master license to a junk removal franchise. His investment gave him the opportunity to better understand the benefits and challenges of being a franchisee and the importance of choosing the right franchise for one’s strengths, talents, and business objectives. Since 2011, Pete has been working as an independent franchise consultant with FranChoice to help potential franchisees gather information, evaluate opportunities, and make smart selections in franchise ownership. In his role of helping each candidate find his or her optimum investment and lifestyle choice, Pete has found his most fulfilling and rewarding professional calling.

ExecuNet Master Class transforms the world’s community of the brightest minds — A-list CEOs, top B-school professors, trusted career and business advisers, and renowned wellbeing experts — into your personal network of instructors who teach you how to find and do great work, lead and be at your level-best.

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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