Some 19 years ago, when I was 31 years old and my landscaping company was doing about $1.5 million in annual sales, I naively thought I had this whole running-a-business thing figured out. I had ten gleaming trucks on the road, a hard-working team, and an expanding client list. We were growing year over year and racking up awards, with seemingly nowhere to go but up.
In short, I was pretty proud of myself. So when the news broke that Clay Mathile, a Dayton-area resident who had bought the pet food company Iams for $1.2 million in 1982, had now sold his business for $2.3 billion(!), I knew I had to see him.