Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Baby Gates and Craig Heiser


Continuing the series of successful entrepreneurs sharing their thoughts on personal questions about how they build the person that builds their business.    Next up is an investment banker turned entrepreneur.

craig-heiserCraig Heiser is the CEO of Cardinal Gates. When I first visited Craig’s facility, I was so amazed. I’ve never seen so many baby gates in one place! Awesome products, beautiful facility and a great team. I consider Craig a brilliant and inspirational entrepreneur and as with all others in the series, I enjoy learning how he operates at a personal level.

 What do you do as an entrepreneur to balance your most important personal relationships (spouse, kids, family)?

I don’t look at email on my iPhone after 6:00 and on weekends. If anything is that urgent I can be called.

 What is your exercise routine?

As little as possible. I thank my parents for a high metabolism.

 What do you avoid because it drains your personal energy?

Getting dragged down in the minutia of legal documents. Gossip.

Are you involved in a church or other religious organization? How do you think spirituality is important to your entrepreneurial success?

Yes, active in church. It’s a great reminder to be humble and understand that you aren’t ultimately in charge. Things happen for a reason.

How do you find ways to help others and give back?

Mission work through church and community organizations that focus on construction. I enjoy building and working on houses and it where my talents can be best used.

What hobbies are important to you and why do they give you energy?

Woodworking – It’s quiet, methodical, and creative. Nothing better than seeing a project through from start to finish, great sense of satisfaction and completion.

 Do you have a personal mastermind group? Can you describe how they give you energy?

EO Atlanta. Being in a room and sharing experiences with six other business owners gives me a kick start after our meetings every month.



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