96: Gabe Cooley | Optimism and Perseverance: Keys to Success

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Gabe Cooley, President of Rayco Exteriors. Gabe has established multi-million dollar construction companies over the past 14 years and will continue to do so in the future. He is dedicated to changing the way consumers view the service industry by providing exceptional customer service, quality products and ingenuity.


Gabe will kick off with his high school experience, including why switching schools was a defining moment for him. He will also talk about his experience at College Works, including breaking the record, dealing with imposter syndrome, and the lessons he learned that impacted his life and business. At College Works, he was able to build long-term friendships and will share how some evolved into a business partnership. You’ll learn how he operates as an entrepreneur on a day-to-day basis and how that differs from when he started. He will talk about Rayco’s founding, expansion, company culture and restructuring of the company into sole ownership.

Gabe will also reveal what aspects of being CEO he enjoys the most. Hint: part of it is taking luxury vacations with his team. You’ll learn about the challenges he’s overcome in his company. On a more personal level, Gabe will talk about his love for fishing.

Join Matt and Gabe for a fascinating conversation about the path of positivity, productivity and perseverance.


What You Will Learn In This Show:

  • Gabe’s definition of excellence
  • How to find the right kind of friends
  • The “no politics” policy Gabe adopted in his business
  • The story of Rayco’s founding and its motto
  • The power of resilience
  • And so much more…


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