To be a great man, it is necessary to turn to account all opportunities

To be a great man, it is necessary to turn to account all opportunities
Francois La Rochefoucauld

Last blog I ended with the statement ‘just making the most of every opportunity.’ and I thought I would take up the statement of opportunities in this blog.  I am latching onto each and every opportunity like a tick on the back of an east Texas dog.

I was thinking about the first part of the statement, To be a great man.  Is that something that is important?  Not really.  For me whether or not I am great will be determined after I am long gone and only if the foundation that I am laying for my professional and personal life is well planned and well executed.  I will let the CEO of the Lake Group at its 100th anniversary in August of 2049 make that determination.  I will be busy taking a dirt nap.

I jumped at the opportunity to get the property in Odessa.  Many thanks to Richard Atwell and the fine staff at Coastal Transport for their assistance in this.  We are about 85 percent complete and should fully operational in two weeks.  Six acres, nice shop, nice offices, 90 seconds from I-20, about 10 minutes from Halliburton, what’s not to like?

I jumped at the opportunity to be interviewed for the ‘Critical Mass for Business’ radio show hosted by Ric Franzi.  The show has about 200,000 listeners and can be found on the internet at  My interview will be replayed on September 4th and also be available as a pod cast (whatever that means) and in the archives.  My wife and daughter thought my Texas drawl and humor were a touch over the top, but those of you who know me understand that’s where I am at my best…over the top.

Took possession of the first aluminum pneumatic trailer ever built by Gallegos.  I have decided to take this opportunity to take it on a road show over the first couple of weeks and show it off to clients.  We are working on an 8 stop 6 day trip to show it to potential clients.  We are expecting it to be one of our biggest sellers.

What will be the opportunities of the next quarter…the next year?  I suspect that Lake Truck Lines will grow to 85 units by the end of the year and 150 within the next 15 months.  Moving to a company truck platform is on the horizon. I predict that Lake Oilfield Services will grow to 10 pieces of equipment and sales of $10,000,000 over the next 15 months.  Jess Stephens is doing a fantastic job and my partner Bernard Rojano is planning this out step by step.  Hell, I’m just along for the ride.

Our deal with Gallegos?  Well, I said on the radio program, that I envision a dozen Gallegos trailer dealerships within the next 5 years in the Southwestern United States.  I still see that happening……all I have to do
is take advantage of the opportunity.