Interview with Frank Holmes, CEO & CIO US Global Investors
Q1 What is the most
valuable career advice you can give to people just starting out?
Always stay curious to learn and improve. Be
sure to read a lot and network with other like-minded individuals and high
Q2 What is the
biggest challenge facing leaders today?
One of the biggest challenges is innovation that
comes in and has the potential to “Uber-ize” your business model. That’s why I
mentioned the importance of being curious to learn and improve, and always
remaining aware of how your industry is evolving. Excessive regulations are
also a challenge – they stagnate and strangulate growth.
Q3 How do you ensure
your organization and its activities are aligned with your “core values”?
When you observe someone following the company’s
core values, use them as an example for others to follow.
Q4Where do the great
ideas come from in your organization? Do you encourage junior members to be
creative and share business ideas with senior management?
I’ve witnessed many great ideas come from the
young members of an organization. These individuals have high activity, curious
mindsets and are incredibly ambitious.
Q5Can you name a
person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who
has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
Gene McBurney has had a big impact on me as a
leader. He was my lawyer and has been very successful in the investment
Q6 Tell me about a
time you struggled with work-life balance. How did you solve the problem?
There is no “perfect solution” to work-life
balance; however, I have found that self-awareness, mindfulness and gratitude
Q7 Have you made
unpopular decisions like firing employees and reducing compensation levels?
What do you do to keep employee motivation enact after such actions?
In difficult situations I like to remind
employees of our core values and well articulate goals moving forward.
Q8As leaders do you
create work environments that are more competitive or collaborative in nature?
Our work environment is collaborative, yet we
always remain aware of external competitors.
Q9 How do you get buy
in from senior management and board on your business ideas?
I always come back to the company values and
explain how these tie in with our goals and strategies.
Q10 How to increase
employee productivity? Do you invest in their wellbeing?
I do strive to invest in employee well-being;
this includes things like healthcare benefits, educational opportunities,
compensation for remaining curious to learn, and encouraging the attendance of
conferences and industry events.
Connect Investors with Deal Flow, Introduce Co Investors to Family Offices, Review Investor Presentations, Raise Capital for Oil& Gas, Hedge Funds, PE/VC direct deals, Invite investors to conferences, Facilitate cross border investments & businesses, enjoy superconnecting people/investors/businesses! Has 2T worth of projects, partners raise 10s of billions of dollars for hedge funds!
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