Despite the promise of his vision, every bank Tom approached turned him down.
With five kids, a pregnant wife, and nothing that provided nearly enough collateral to fund his start-up, his options were limited. That’s when Tom remembered his boys had been mowing the lawn for a quiet neighbor down the road who he’d heard had interests in the oil and banking industries.
Tom’s neighbor was named, George Kaiser.
“I’m a little fish in a big pond.”
When Mr. Kaiser opened his door to the virtual stranger standing on his front porch, Tom simply said, “I’m a little fish in a big pond.” Fortunately, Kaiser appreciated the confidence and bravery it took to show up at his door and share his vision.
So he gave Tom the loan he needed to launch the T.H. Russell Co. and revolutionize the entire gas processing industry.
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