The NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France spoke to high school and college students at the Detroit Economic Club during a luncheon on March 20. The tell-all speech by the top businessman answered some tough questions for his audience, but in the end was able to show how resilience is the key to true success. France was very open about his many successes and failures during his 12 year career as the CEO of NASCAR, and readily explained how even the most popular and famous of companies experience hardships from time to time. In addition to that, he touched on a array of topics for the students during his talk such as NASCAR’s diversity initiatives, the company’s growth, safety standards, and the retirement of big time racer Jeff Gordon who is racing for his last season this year.
In 2003 France took the position as the head of NASCAR after his father, Bill France Jr., stepped down from the job. It was noted in Time Magazine that Brian France was in their list of “100 Most Influential of the Century” in recognition of his involvement in one of the most recognized sports brands around the world. He has already accomplished a lot during his time in the position such as allowing Toyota vehicles to race in the NASCAR circuit and creating the Chase for the Sprint Cup which he got a $4.5 billion deal with NBC for a 10 season contract.
Students who listened to France’s speech were given a great opportunity to learn about being in charge of a company that big, and were informed that everyone in the world makes huge mistakes over the course of time but having resilience can always be a great asset to getting out of trouble.
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