This Alabama Entrepreneur is Creating a Leadership Movement Across the Country

America’s new leadership series is taking the U.S. by storm, and not just because its panel includes best selling authors, NFL Hall-of-Famers, and CEOs.

Story by Kristine Alford

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Scott Tindle, an Alabama entrepreneur and the founder of G.R.I.T. Leadership, has a mission – to create a world full of excellent leaders. Tindle graduated from Auburn University in 2003 and then obtained a law degree from the University of Alabama in 2009. After realizing his passion for starting new businesses, he began his career in entrepreneurship. In 2012, he and a business partner appeared on Shark Tank before selling their company to an outside investor. He then founded several businesses including Gulf Coast Ducks, Sylvia’s Bisuits and Poboys, and The Fort of Colonial Mobile. Scott’s first leadership event was held in Mobile, AL, in January 2019. The Senior Bowl Leadership Summit featured several accomplished speakers that educated, inspired, and entertained 1,000 people.

The four cornerstones of G.R.I.T. Leadership are Gratitude, Relationships, Innovation, and Teamwork. Using this foundation, Tindle hopes to equip current and future leaders with skills, strategies, and the mindset necessary to be successful in today’s culture. He carefully and intentionally chooses speakers with unique skillsets and backgrounds that all have one important thing in common: they are excellent leaders. Scott stresses the importance of this- “I can’t learn to be a hall of fame athlete, but I can learn to be a hall of fame leader and teammate. Our speakers have a tremendous depth of knowledge and we are grateful to get to learn from them.”

Scott not only aims to deliver the best possible content, but also strives to create both an entertaining and affordable experience. “We know that it is extremely hard for organizations to get access to world class leadership experts without spending thousands of dollars per ticket. Our goal is to create events that become more accessible so that small business owners, and other institutions that are budget conscious, can send as many team members as possible. By bringing your entire team to the event you gain practical and actionable ideas that can immediately be implemented to improve your workplace. We also know that most professional development opportunities are extremely boring. We have created the most entertaining leadership event in America, that is always full of surprises.”

G.R.I.T.’s next event will be held in Atlanta on September 25th. Co-hosted by The Yellow Tux Man, Jesse Cole, of the Savannah Bananas, and Greer Howard of the Atlanta Braves, the show will be FUN from start to finish. “This is not your grand daddy’s conference. We are bringing the show to Atlanta and we are going to challenge the way leaders think and most importantly what they do,” says Jesse Cole.

The event also features speakers such as Auburn University legend and wealth management expert, Ronnie Brown, as well as former Tiger gymnast, Samantha Cerio. Cerio, now an aerospace engineer with Boeing, was recently featured nationally for her ability to return from a serious injury in a gymnastics meet to walking down the aisle at her wedding just weeks later. University of Georgia alumni will certainly recognize Hall of Famer Champ Bailey, the legendary Rennie Curran, and Garrett Graveson of the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy. When asked one practical item that he hoped the attendees would learn Champ said, “Don’t worry about the next play or the last play. Will you handle the task at hand and do your best right now?”

 The Atlanta Braves participation runs deep, featuring Senior Vice President, DeRetta Rhodes, Director of Minor League Development, AJ Scola, and fan favorites, Andruw Jones and Brian Jordan. “I’m excited to be a part of G.R.I.T. Leadership and hope the people of Atlanta will join us for a day of fun!” says Greer Howard, official in-house reporter for the Atlanta Braves. Matt Shirah, founder of Scofflaw Brewing, will bring tremendous energy to the event while also hosting the networking pre-party that will feature speakers, special guests, and VIP ticket holders.

Following the Atlanta event, you can catch G.R.I.T. in Denver, Houston, San Diego, and Moble during the upcoming months.

G.R.I.T. Leadership Series is part of G.R.I.T. Leadership, which focuses on training and professional development for corporations, educational institutions, municipalities, and small businesses. G.R.I.T. Leadership Series is produced by Experiential Design Group, LLC.If you would like more information about this topic, please call Scott Tindle at 251-610-7263 or email

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