We had the good fortune of connecting with ron worley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ron, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was unemployable at the time of my first business. I didnt like working for someone else, and I hated being on their clock, under their control. I also struggled with being limited to the number of hours I could work in a week to make my checks. I knew at a young age I was going to run my own business and command my own freedoms within. I was motivated to open my second business by shear fear. Fear of homelessness, fear of being trapped in a job, and fear of losing everything in my life again. I wanted to be diverse in my companies, so I opened a retail store to go a long with my bail business. Which soon turned to 4 retail stores.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a few companies currently. I will talk about bail and Real Estate. I started in Bail Bonds in 1997, when my mother hired me to work for her. I found it very challenging to work with my mother and it did not go well at first. Eventually I cleaned up my life and we changed up our business relationship. I became a partner and took on more responsibility. We grew quickly after. In 2013 I bought out my mother and she retired to Florida. I sold our retail stores in 2015 and 2017 to make room for a new Real Estate brokerage. I am currently a real estate agent and am part owner/partner in a development business and a home building business. All ancillary to each other and feed each other well. I learned that business isnt education as much as it is relationships. I have worked on being a part of our communities as much as possible, and tried to solidify relationships along the way. I would say the second most learned lesson was working hard. I make sure that I am out working everyone, because I lack the talent that most may have. At the end of the day I have street smarts and very little book smarts, but learned to lean on my strengths, and quit trying to be something I am not. I do not have a college education and I am proud of that. 🙂 In 2012 I came up with the Worley Way. A list of 10 values that I use to run my life, and my businesses. This is a mantra that I use to motivate others, and even raise my children. Today they have their own Worley way. I believe our businesses are an extension of ourselves. Therefore require us to use the same values at work as we would at home. Our employees appreciate having the guide for their own decision making on the job! I have written a book called Ditches To Riches that goes through all 10 values and teaches people how to implement them in their own lives and businesses.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to all the main fishing spots that I go to. This is after all my friend and he would love to go fishing. I would take him to all the Water Valley private ponds, to Longhagler, and Buena Vista. Then I would drop him down through Estes Park on our way home. That’s 3 days of the 7 that he is here for. I would then take him golfing in Northern Colorado where we have many many many beautiful courses. Lets call that 2 more days. And for the last two days we would travel south to try some culinary treats, like Texas De Brazil, Casa Bonita, and the Spaghetti Factory. We would hit the Top golf in Westminster, and on the last day we would go get a vitamin iv at the newly opened Drip Bar in Fort Collins, followed by Axe throwing and Escape rooms.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife Erin. We have been a team since 2005. We think opposite which makes for great business decisions and arguments, but we are very competitive, and both executers. Also great for business.
My mother, Showed me a path to sobriety, and layed the foundation of my company, Ron’s Bonds. She is the original pioneer of bail bonds in Greeley.