Running Your Own Race feat. Brian Mininger

Business Builder Way Ft. Brian Mininger

Today’s episode of The Business Builder Way features a conversation with Co-Founder/Vice President Brian Mininger of Bear Creek Outdoor Living in Waynesboro, Virginia. In this episode, we talk about Brian’s business and his ultra-running journey. As he shares his racing experiences, we talk about running our own races through the struggles and triumphs in business. He and his wife, Victoria Founder of Bear Creek Outdoor Living have climbed mountains to get to where they are. If are facing hardship, this episode is for you.

In this episode, our host Wayne Herring sits down with entrepreneur and ultra runner Brian Mininger to discuss his remarkable journey of overcoming personal and business challenges. Brian shares his experiences tackling the Grindstone 100 race, delving into the mental and physical challenges he faced during the intense 100-mile trail run. With candor and vulnerability, Brian recounts his entrepreneurial journey from bankruptcy to establishing a successful outdoor living space company with his wife. As he unpacks lessons learned from his running and business experiences, he provides valuable insights into perseverance, building a support system, and the significance of being present in the moment. Join us as we explore the parallels between endurance running and entrepreneurship, and discover how Brian’s journey can inspire and resonate with business builders facing their own trials and triumphs.

For more information about Brian Mininger and Bear Creek Outdoor Living please visit Victoria’s book Daring to Fight: When Grit, Grace, & Faith Take Depression available here.

Business Builder Way Podcast image featuring Brian Mininger VP of Bear Creek Outdoor Living.

Brian Mininger

Brian Mininger joined his wife, Victoria (Founder/President of Bear Creek), in the Fall of 2016 as the Co-founder and Vice President of Bear Creek. He is the visionary for our team and helps move us forward. When he joined the company, Victoria and Brian were looking to expand the construction services that the company was offering. He has 25 + years of experience in the construction industry. Day-to-day, he runs the sales and meets with clients, and visits job sites, but still gets out in the field to work alongside the rest of the team and train young carpenters.

Brian is originally from Waynesboro, VA, and currently resides here with his wife and four daughters: Michaela, Anna, Rachel, and Kaitlyn. In his downtime, he really enjoys participating in activities for his daughters and the events that are going on at their schools. He also really loves being outdoors. Specifically, hiking in Shenandoah National Park and trail running. He has competed in a few ultra-events and looks forward to running more races in the future.




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To say that I get it is an understatement. I have lived and worked through the good times and bad as a business owner, husband, parent and provider.

I grew up with strong role models who had entrepreneurship running through their blood. I learned from them - the good and the bad. But all of that didn’t stop me from making my own set of mistakes. I still had to make and learn from my own, sometimes catastrophic, errors of judgement.

Now, I am building a business just like you. I am proud of the growth I’ve accomplished within myself and my business. I also know that my growth is a journey, not a destination and that I need mentors, team members, coaches, and trusted friends to help me stay the course.

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