Thursday Morning Thing Core Values
- Conduct Business With Honesty & Integrity
- Have a Clear Definition of Your Purpose in Life & Business
- Commit to Personal Growth and Education
- Embrace the Opportunity to Take Chances
- Make Having Fun a Priority
- Pass Your Knowledge On to Enhance the Lives of Others
- Take a Moment to Celebrate Your Successes
- Be a Good Steward to Your Friends, Family, Customers & Community
- Respect Your Customers for Their Decision to Do Business With You
- Choose to Be Extraordinary Everyday
What is the Thursday Morning Thing?
My name is Kevin Kowalke and I think networking events are the biggest waste of time known to a business professional.
After years of trying to make typical networking events a profitable use of my time I gave up. I completely stop going. I erased all future events off my calendar. It was at that moment I decided to do something about it.
On September 14th, 2006 I officially launched my own event, which is known today as The Thursday Morning Thing. It was time to create the perfect place for business professionals who were committed to being the best and brightest in their industry’s to come together.
Today the Thursday Morning Thing is now “The Right Place, with the Right People, together for all the Right Reasons.” Here we are helping America thrive one business professional at a time.
This is not your typical “networking event.” In fact, I don’t even want people to associate the Thursday Morning Thing with networking. Every month we dedicate 2 hours sharing real ideas and strategies that are working in TODAY’S economic environment.
We come together to do more business, make more profits and spend time with the Best Entrepreneurs and Most Interesting People in America. We are a collection of true Capitalists and we are PROUD OF IT!…no apologies here.
At the same time, every member of the Thursday Morning Thing is committed to being good stewards to their friends, family, customers and community. We are focused on creating real wealth and abundance so we can have a profound impact on America and the communities in which we live.
Our mission is to create prosperity and abundance, while restoring America’s Entrepreneurial Soul.
If you are looking for a place where you can be inspired and motivated for excellence, a place to enhance your business and profits, a place to be with extraordinary people on a similar journey then you should check out the Thursday Morning Thing.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Check out what members have to say about their involvement with the group that is helping business professionals be more successful while on their journey towards significance.
I am confident you will walk away from one of my events with a renewed sense of energy while leaving with a list of practical ideas and strategies you could implement in your business immediately and get REAL results that show up in your bank account.
Are you ready to put me to the challenge of delivering what I promise? Send me an email – Kevin@TheKowalkeGroup.com – to RSVP as my personal guest at the next upcoming Thursday Morning Thing event.
All I ask is you show up ready to meet the Best Entrepreneurs and Most Interesting People in America.
I guarantee this will be an experience like none other. You have nothing to lose and much to gain.
Be sure to introduce yourself to me when you stop by to check us out!
Today, Choose to be Extraordinary!
My Journey in the World of Business (Bio)
It all started in 1988, when at the age of 15.5 years old I was hired for my first job as a sub sandwich maker. Little did I know at that time, that it would be the start of a lifelong passion to have a “people first” focus while being a leader in the business world.
After focusing on making peoples’ day by creating delicious lunch and dinner options, I set out into one of the greatest learning lessons life can offer. I decided to work in the retail world selling athletic shoes and apparel at the local malls. This environment taught me everything I needed to know about making real connections with people and understanding how to truly help them in the buying process. My goal was to have the customer walk away and believe they had a great experience.
Working in the “retail therapy” world helped me make my way through college earning my Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1996. I was fortunate to play collegiate baseball, which taught me many lessons that would carry with me into my entrepreneurial endeavors.
After realizing the world of retail would only take me so far in life, I made the decision to take a massive pay cut and enter the world of banking as an entry level employee focusing on collecting money from customers who were delinquent on their accounts. This experience opened my eyes to the importance of establishing trust and focusing on relationship building with each and every person I called on a month-to-month basis. Figuring out how to get people to hand you money when they owe it to more than just you has been the most challenging task I have done to date. I believe anyone who will get into business should have to start here.
After a short 9-month stint in banking back in 1997, I decided to take a position as a residential mortgage lender and accepted my first 100% commission job. This launched me into the mindset of knowing that I must “control my own destiny.” After 3 years of trying to figure out how to be successful, it all finally clicked in January 2001 and from there I haven’t looked back. To date, I am still active in my mortgage practice helping homeowners navigate the confusing world obtaining financing for their homes.
Even with the rush of being a successful entrepreneur inside of me, I found myself tired & frustrated of the same old networking events I was attending. So I took it upon myself to start my own group of the “Best Entrepreneurs and Most Interesting People in Wisconsin” called the Thursday Morning Thing. Every month over 100 business leaders show up to be part of the most exclusive & largest privately run monthly group of entrepreneurs in the state of WI. These individuals have a common goal and that is to be the best and brightest business owners with a focus on stewardship in their community. Since 2006 I have consulted one on one with over 500 business professionals from commissioned sales people, business startups and owners of businesses with over $300 million dollars in annual production. The success stories are endless.
After experiencing continued success consulting with business professionals, the opportunity presented itself in February 2013 to become the Executive Director of the Lite Effect. The Lite Effect helps Independent Physicians across America stay independent, add specialty lines of medicine to an existing practice to create more revenue, jobs and freedom in pursuit of creating a true legacy in the medical field. This opportunity is giving me the platform I desired to change the way medicine is practiced in America. Having a “patient first” approach has allowed me to be part of one of the most successful medical practices when it comes to treating the whole patient by creating an environment of total patient wellness.
I am grateful that the blessings and talents that God has given me allow me to be successful and impact fellow entrepreneurs. My faith is what drives my pursuits in life. Along with my passion of creating successful businesses, I find time to be a passionate Boston Red Sox fan, snowboard all across the Western states of America and travel with my partner in life, Julie.
With all the success I have achieved, I am in the process of launching a non-profit organization in the honor of my Grandfather, Morris Freeze, which will have a focus on developing America’s youth to become tomorrow’s business leaders. I desire to have an impact on those who will follow in my footsteps as an entrepreneur, which is similar to the passion behind the Lite Effect and the impact it has on how medicine is practiced in America today. I believe America has lost it soul and I am on a relentless mission to bring it back!