Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, LLC, Owner & CEO, Junior Bridgeman | #26

Following his professional basketball career, Junior Bridgeman was the owner and chief executive officer of various companies operating over 450 restaurants in 20 states. Most recently Mr. Bridgeman acquired the Heartland manufacturing and bottling territories from Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, LLC in late February 2017, becoming one of the Coca-Cola systems newest independent bottlers.

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When he joined the basketball team at the University of Louisville, Junior’s coach, Denny Crum, gave a pep talk about motivation.
Coach Crum told the team they had to find their motivation from within, and if they
couldn’t learn to play hard for themselves, they would never be the best. Junior says it’s important to figure out what drives and motivates you. You shouldn’t depend on anyone else for that.
(10:21-11:31)

Think of someone who has coached you. What did that person teach you
about success?
What drives and motivates you?

According to Junior, the key to success lies in your team. If you take care of your people, they will take care of you.
(26:47-28:35)

Have you ever worked for a boss who didn’t seem to care about you? How did it affect your performance?

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