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Jamie Charlton, president, Saxon Financial

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

The most challenging aspect of being a leader is the ability to say no. As a leader you want to take that extra step and go that extra mile for folks to help them out, but time is our most valuable commodity. With a family at home and coaching and also of course running the business, being able to say no at times is very challenging. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received came from a football coach in high school, and he gave all of us the winner’s creed. The last line is: Don’t ever say ‘can’t’ because ‘can’t’ doesn’t exist. So I live my life by never saying ‘can’t’. Everything can be done. Now you might not be able to do it by yourself, you may need help. But the word ‘can’t’ has stuck with me as a word that just isn’t in my vocabulary. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

There are a couple. I’ve been blessed to have grown up in a military family, so moving around quite frequently you learn to adapt to several types of cultures and personalities. I find myself being able to adapt well to situations and to adapt well to others and to see others’ points of views. I’ve lived in all parts of the country and I’ve lived in other countries as well, and you learn very quickly that when you have a short period of time in one place you get to know people very well and you learn how to get along. So adaptation and the ability to make friends quickly have contributed to my success. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

It depends on the day. Most days I would say that they’d say I am passionate about what I do. We are a service industry and they know that our clients come above everything. Without our client we have no business. So I am very passionate and driven to make sure that we are always providing top notch service for those clients. 

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I’ve done a lot of crazy things and some of them I can’t share, but one that always gets folks at a cocktail party is that I used the urinal next to John Elway. We were skiing in Colorado and we walked into the lodge after a day of skiing and Mr. Elway was at the bar and coincidentally he and I walked into the bathroom at the same time. 

 

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