Chase Koch credits strong mentors for modeling the way

November 15, 2018

Greats mentors can shape a person’s career trajectory. That’s true for Chase Koch, president of Koch Disruptive Technologies, who credits the mentorship of others for helping him along the way.

Speaking at a recent Startup Grind event in Wichita, Kansas, Koch reflected on his own father, Charles Koch, who gave him his first lesson on work ethic while still in high school – a sun-up-to-sun-down summer job working at a feedlot.

The experience taught him the value of hard work, citing it as “the first time I really felt good about myself.”

He also credited a number of other individuals whose guidance has influenced many of his career decisions over the years.

A post-college dinner with businessman and family friend Leslie Rudd convinced him to return to Wichita to continue the family business. Back home, Koch Industries CFO Steve Feilmeier crafted an intensive work plan to get him up to speed on all company business.

And Koch Industries President Dave Robertson gave him sound leadership advice on setting a clear vision, getting the right leaders in the right roles and continually focusing on supporting his team.