C-Suite: Ross Cully

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Class of 2018 C Suite Ross Cully Founder & CEO The Harvest Group

Achievements: Cully leads a Rogers-based omnichannel growth agency providing services to consumer packaged goods companies. The Harvest Group also has offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tunisia, North Africa. He is an investor and mentor for several early-stage companies and previously worked at Procter & Gamble in category management and sales positions. He’s board chairman for 99 Balloons and serves on the advisory board for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

What has been the most fulfilling moment of your career thus far? In September, Entrepreneur magazine ranked the Top 150 Company Cultures in America among companies surveyed, and Harvest Group was ranked No. 19. It was fulfilling to see our team, past and present, that has built and stewarded our culture be recognized.

What’s your favorite quote? All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. — “Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien

What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? The biggest risk I’ve taken is being a bootstrap entrepreneur for the past 12 years. By not taking outside capital, we’ve navigated the various stages of a company’s lifecycle — startup, morphing, growth and now scaling — with all the risk. I’ve experienced not taking a salary, getting down to our last $5,000 in our personal checking account, deciding to reinvest company profits over and over again, hustling to work more than a full-time job, and personally risking all that I have to secure debt financing.