Q&A with Joshua Davis, Forty Under 40 Winner 2020; Founder, JL Davis Enterprises; co-founder and CEO, Speedee Transport; co-founder, Stark TMS Software, Age 37
Who or what is responsible for your work ethic?
My grandfathers: both self-made, hard working entrepreneurs.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Playing the “NBA 2K” video game.
What is the best book you would recommend?
Leadership by the Good Book – about servant leadership and making an eternal impact through your business.
Now that you’re entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself?
Be a dedicated husband and father, build exceptional companies that have impact, and help kids at risk around the world.
Choose one of these five childhood career dreams: rock star, star athlete, prime minister, astronaut, detective.
Star athlete, like Michael Jordan.
Name your happiest place.
With my beautiful wife and children – at home, travelling or boating.
What was your toughest business or professional decision?
Making the decision to sell a company that we built from the ground up.
Advice you would give your 20-year-old self?
Seek mentors early in life! Wise counsel is invaluable.
What is your best habit?
Morning routine: up early, exercise, prayer and devotional, coffee, breakfast. Set the tone for a productive, energized and fruitful day.
Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.
Took my grandfather on one last sailing adventure which was cut short by 60-foot waves that almost sank the boat.
Best piece of advice ever received?
Write an annual plan that defines your purpose for your life, family and business for each year.
What career highlight are you most proud of?
Building one of the fastest growing logistics companies with my wife Loretta, business partner Daryl and our incredible team.