Quick, how many counties does Missouri have? No Wikipedia cheating.
Maybe you’re not from Missouri, but rest assured it’s not just the home of great baseball teams (the Royals and the Cardinals), but the Show Me State ranks in the top 5 by number of counties–114, and that’s not counting St. Louis, which does not belong to a county (it’s considered an independent city).
No, not at all. This was the first conversation I had during lunch with Trevor Monnig, the CFO of Missouri-based Pro Food Systems and his step-son Zach Mason, an MBA student enrolled at the University of Missouri.
Trevor’s first financial role was in internal auditing and later M&A for the hospitality and hotel management organization owned by John Q. Hammons.
On Trevor’s first day on the job, John Q. himself did not ask Trevor what the average room rate or occupancy level was for his hotels. Instead, it was, “How many counties are there in Missouri?”
I wish he would have asked me. My answer would have been, “Way too many.”
Enough of Missouri counties. On to the good stuff.