Sharing the wealth

Dave Ramsey tells community strategy of leadership

Dave Ramsey shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship with those gathered at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Photo by Rachel Stafford

Dave Ramsey shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship with those gathered at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Dave Ramsey takes time to greet fans, including, from left, Valerie Best, Heather Crowder and Brenda Self.

Photo by Rachel Stafford

Dave Ramsey takes time to greet fans, including, from left, Valerie Best, Heather Crowder and Brenda Self.

Financial expert and Blount County native Dave Ramsey, left, poses for a picture with fan Vickie Overholt.

Photo by Rachel Stafford

Financial expert and Blount County native Dave Ramsey, left, poses for a picture with fan Vickie Overholt.

Steve West, cousin to Dave Ramsey, introduces the financial guru during a talk at Fairview United Methodist Church. The event was sponsored by the Blount County Chamber Partnership.

Photo by Rachel Stafford

Steve West, cousin to Dave Ramsey, introduces the financial guru during a talk at Fairview United Methodist Church. The event was sponsored by the Blount County Chamber Partnership.

About 150 folks with a desire to live within their means and lead their businesses down a wise path turned out Friday evening, Sept. 24, to listen to radio host and author Dave Ramsey. Ramsey, a Blount County native, was the guest of the Blount County Chamber Partnership.

Personal Care Choices sponsored Ramsey’s visit.

Tammi Ford, vice president of the Blount Chamber Partnership, said about 150 people came, and the crowd was pretty evenly split between folks who are members of the Chamber and those who are not, she said.

Ford said Ramsey has a definite following of fans. “ Even though it started at 7:30 p.m., folks were coming at 6. He met with individuals beforehand and signed books and talked one-on-one with people and had his picture taken with them,” she said. “He was personable and charismatic. He is one dynamic speaker.”

Personal Care Choices owner Brian Tuggle was happy with turnout. “Considering there were five other events going on in Maryville that evening, I think it was a good turnout,” he said.

When asked why his company sponsored the hour-long talk, Tuggle said it was just the right thing to do, in part because he graduated from Ramsey’s financial management course called Financial Peace University.

“I learned that the debt-free lifestyle is much better than being slave to the lender. When you are (in debt), you can’t move forward in life personally and financially because you constantly have to struggle,” Tuggle said. “Dave has touched many lives with that concept. It frees you up mentally, which is a great ministry to others. He talked about the status of the economy and things you can do as a business owner and entrepreneur to not only keep business successful and grow, but grow in the proper way.”

Tuggle said the concept he felt was most important that Ramsey spoke on was the idea of taking care of people in business. “We take care of people here at Personal Care Choices for living, and people do matter,” he said. “I hope we all take that concept and put it into play.”

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