Lucas Payne is the co-founder and president of Force Energy Group LLC and the CEO of Force Medical Supply. He has been highly driven and passionate about the reality of green energy. Force Medical Supply was created out of the need for for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Payne, a husband and father of three, advocates for social justice and works closely with his community. Rolling out spoke to Payne about his success in business, his challenges and why collaboration is so important.
What inspired you to start your business?
The thought of working for other people and not controlling my own destiny became unbearable and intolerable. I want to break generational curses of poverty and addiction. You can’t do that on a salary. I always found myself making considerable amounts of money for others. It was time to do it for myself.
What were some of the main challenges that you encountered when starting?
My first concern was for my family. I needed to assure my wife that our lifestyle wouldn’t change and we would be able to maintain paying bills. Raising capital is always a challenge. I overcame that by having a solid business plan, a proven track record, mastery of my craft, and being blessed to have a former customer to help me fund my new venture.
Talk about the importance of green energy and how it helps our world.
We take the energy we spend for granted. We assume we just have to pay the light and gas bill, but one day’s worth of sunlight has enough energy to power every home and business for months. If we could just tap into energy efficiency, we could reduce poverty [and] improve the quality of life for millions of people.
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