GRC Business Consulting, Inc. is owned and operated by W. Alan Rickertsen. Alan and his wife Gay, moved to the Corpus Christi area from Nebraska, in March of 2017. Alan has close to 50 years of business experience and has a desire to share this experience with businesses (large or small) in the local area.
After graduating from high school in 1967, spending two years in the army, and a couple years in college, Alan joined his father and brother in their farming operation. Between the years of 1972 and 1984, this farming operation (Skyview Farms, Inc.) grew from 1,500 acres to 13,000 irrigated acres, spanning 200 miles north to south and 100 miles east to west. In 1984, Skyview Farms, Inc. was one of the three or four largest farming operations in Nebraska. Due to a heavy debt load, several years of depressed commodity prices and a major hail storm, by 1988, the farming operation was reduced in size to 4,500 acres, but was for the most part debt free.
In 1991, we decided to end our three-way business arrangement and go our separate ways. We sat down one day and went through our equipment list and put a value on each piece. One week later we again sat down and split-up the equipment. If two or more of us wanted the same piece we flipped a coin. We gave the three-revised equipment lists to our accountant and lawyer and one week later, we signed the legal papers. Both our lawyer and accountant said they had never seen any family operation split up so quickly and easily and still remain friends.
Out of the split in 1991, Alan and Gay got three semi tractors and 4 hopper (grain) trailers. By 2010 we had grown to a fleet of 75 trucks and trailers. 50 hoppers and 20 refrigerated, operating in 49 states and Canada. In addition to the trucks, we also did some farming, had a bookkeeping business, a debt purchasing company and a truckload brokerage division. In 2009 we employed close to 100 people.
In 2010 we did another generational succession. We transferred some of our business to our two sons. We had them pay for ½ of each business, gave them the other ½ and we “retired”. In Gothenburg, Nebraska the rule of thumb is when you retire, you sell the ranch and the cows and you move to town. We did the opposite, we bought a ranch and moved to the hills. Our first year we had 23 cows and one bull (Oscar). When we moved into the ranch house, I wrote on the wall, 300 cows and 2,000 acres by 2015. On January 1st, 2016, we had 400+ cows and 3,500+ acres.
Having reached the goal, and getting to old to get bucked off a horse many more times, we joined forces with a local young couple that really wanted to be ranchers and to make a long story short, over a three-year period we did another generational secession. Now they are ranchers and we are 1,150 miles away on Padre Island.
GRC Business Consulting, Inc. is a been there-done that, consulting company with close to 50 years of experience, that is now available to help other businesses (large or small). From basic goal setting for a new business startup, to implementing a succession plan for when a business owner is ready to move on and pretty much anything in between.