Episode 122: Jeremy Lott with SanMar, A Family Business

A picture on SanMar's very first catalog cover with a two-year-old peddling a big wheel proves it — Jeremy Lott has worked at SanMar for nearly his entire life.

Today, Jeremy is an owner and President of the family-owned business, he works in partnership with his father, Marty, and his brother, Jordan. Over the years he learned the business from the inside out, from pulling orders to purchasing.

SanMar is one of the most respected names in the industry and they’ve earned respect through a careful and conscientious focus on the customer. In today’s episode, Mark Graham, commonsku’s cofounder and chief platform officer, chats with Jeremy about the ins and outs of running a successful family business.

From succession planning to creating a board, it’s a wide ranging discussion, and even if you are not in a family owned business, you’ll appreciate Jeremy’s insight on topics from private equity to how to manage your time as you scale, plus, how a non-family business can influence their culture with family values. 

In the conversation, Mark references this video from SanMar (Business is Personal) and the website, Canvas for Good.


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