"There is one thing I try to do well: Identify great people and great opportunities, then create a vehicle to bring them together."
- Scott Sohr
ABOUT SCOTT SOHR
By keeping his focus on building strong teams, Scott has contributed to the conception, development, and management of more than 7 successful businesses spanning the healthcare, real estate, and finance technology industries through his company STS Ventures. He contributed to the formation of these dynamic companies, which went on to produce a collective revenue of more than $2.4 billion, while also creating upwards of 8,000 new jobs throughout the southeastern United States.
It was during his sophomore year at Auburn University that Scott started his first business, selling highly engineered thermoplastics to a wide variety of companies manufacturing molded plastic components.
After graduating from Auburn with a degree in Materials Engineering, Scott went on to earn an MBA from the acclaimed Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Scott and his family are also actively involved with several local and national charitable organizations including Gilda’s Club, an affiliate of the cancer support community, and Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to establishing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Scott Sohr lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Lyn and their four children.
Company name: STS Ventures
First job: Scott started his career as an entrepreneur while a sophomore at Auburn University.
Current playing field: FinTech
Currently reading: Zero to One, by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel
Must-read book recommendation: The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Home life: Scott is married to Lyn, his high school sweetheart, and is the proud father of four children and a daughter-in-law. His two sons are also entrepreneurs.
Can usually be found: With his family and/or doing something active.
Best tip for success: "Invest in people, not businesses."
Biggest lesson learned: "Bad deals and bad partners can be hard to spot. The secret is learning to recognize them before it’s too late."
Biggest start-up challenge: "Finding the right bus driver, who’s going to keep the business running smoothly. And, of course, figuring out how to get to positive cash flow in a hurry."