Christopher Linton is a successful business professional and the CEO of Lonestar Labor Management – an employment agency based out of Houston, Texas.
Born and raised in South Alabama, Linton excelled in academics and was praised for his athletic ability. After graduating High school, Linton went on to obtain a bachelor of science and Juris doctorate before entering the business landscape. Since then he has established several successful companies and is always searching for new professional opportunities. When he is not working he enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends and family.
What do you currently do at your company?
I oversee the different components, which may be the actual plant locations where the employees are working to manufacture the product or overseeing the corporate office or the recruiting division. Lonestar Labor Management provides a wide range of employment opportunities and also takes the time to ensure that individuals receive proper benefits. We also go the extra mile by ensuring job-site transportation, medical insurance, and discounted housing.
What was the inspiration behind your business?
There’s a big need in the poultry and meat industry for reputable companies to provide loyal, hard working employees that can get the job done. However, it’s also important that employees receive the necessary work benefits and compensation that they deserve. Most jobs are physical in nature, so it’s my job to ensure the employees have what they need to be successful in their position. I love what I do and my role is very rewarding.
What defines your way of doing business?
I think it all boils down to doing it the right way and not cutting corners. We care about our employees and we want to see them succeed in their roles. We ensure they have access to transportation, healthcare, and more. While we operate at a gold standard we are also always working to improve our services. We take constructive criticism very seriously and we want to remain industry leaders.
What keys to being productive can you share?
Don’t leave things for later that you can get done and off your plate now. Procrastination is the enemy of success and won’t get you anywhere in the business world. Take the time to get the job done properly and all of your hard work will eventually pay off. Additionally, it’s also important to take well deserved breaks. Over working can also lead to burnout which decreases productivity. So take vacations and mental breaks throughout the day.
What advice would you give to others aspiring to succeed in your field?
Be first. If you can’t be first, be better. When it comes to business it’s essential that you’re always learning and striving to improve. You can always be better. Take the time to self-assess and strategize new and innovative solutions. It’s also important to stay ahead of the competition by constantly looking at the market.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
Cooking, traveling, spending time with my family, and Auburn University sports. I am a very family-oriented individual so I do my best to balance my personal and professional obligations.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues would describe me as resilient, driven, and direct. I don’t like to sugar coat and I think it’s important to be honest with both colleagues and employees. I take the time to openly communicate to ensure that everyone remains on the same page. I have the utmost respect for those that I work with so I take their opinion seriously.
How do you maintain a solid work life balance?
In the last couple of years, I’ve really tried to force myself to take time with my family and be away from the phone. Make sure that there are those breaks because if you don’t intentionally do it, there will be so many things going on that will take precedence. The next thing you know, you’re in a six-month run and you haven’t taken any time for yourself. I think the key is just forcing yourself to take the time.
What is one piece of technology that helps you the most in your daily routine?
An iPhone. It’s the most powerful tool we have in our pocket, and everyone has one, but it allows me to spend a lot more time working and responding to things that need a response, no matter where I am.
What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?
An older man that I looked up to when I was younger told me that someone showing off big rolls of cash is almost always showing you all that they have. You don’t want to be like that.