"Timeless tips on business success. A must-read for entrepreneurial-minded executives."
—Howard Behar, President of Starbucks (retired)
“Kim’s book illustrates through real life anecdotes three fundamentals of life success: seek and seize opportunities for advancement, do not cheat and work ‘Tirelessly’ hard. It adds an essential element for business success: make sure the opportunities are defined by genuine customer needs.”
—Marc Onetto, Senior Vice-President of Operations and Customer Service, Amazon.com (Retired)
"This book is thought-provoking & insightful and full of engaging stories and real world examples. It contains intuitive practical value - and should be mandatory reading for entrepreneurs and midlevel managers desiring to innovate, plus anyone looking to improve their personal lives."
—Doug Lindal, President Lindal Cedar Homes (former)
"One of my former bosses used to say, ‘Good ideas are a dime a dozen. But give me the person who can take a good idea and make it a reality and we can change the world.’ Almost everyone has good ideas that they never act upon. Kim Lorenz’s book, Tireless, will help you become one of those people who change the world - because Kim is one of those people."
—Rich Stearns, President Emeritus of World Vision US
"During my life I have met a lot of people who were very talented and also very smart who did not take advantage of the talents God had given them. I have also met a lot of ordinary people who showed up every day and let God use them in extra ordinary ways. My friend, Kim, was blessed with lots of talent but also was tireless in his effort to make himself and those around him better every day. That combination is very rare. He was and continues to be an inspiration for me. His life stories are an example of God’s faithfulness and a man who never gave up even during some very difficult times."
—Edward Vander, Pol. Chairman, Oak Harbor Freight lines
"Great book for anyone in management of a business or thinking of starting a business. The real life stories illustrate ways to manage the obstacles you are sure to encounter. A great guide for business and life."
—George Bagley, Airline President and CEO (former)
“Tireless embodies two very important truths in business; ‘good enough is never good enough’ and ‘luck is when preparation meets opportunity’. Tireless is a testimony to those who strive to seek opportunity.”
—James Flaherty, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP (former)
“Through our mutual involvement with Rotary International, I’ve witnessed Kim’s ‘Tireless’ efforts to make the world better…one community at a time. This book models how to combine innovation and hard work to achieve success, both in business and in giving.”
—John T. Osterlund, Former GM, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
"I have good news and bad news about the inspiring and compelling book, Tireless. The bad news is that early in the book, you will want to quit your job and start a business like Kim Lorenz did. The good news is that by the time you finish, you’ll have found much of the wisdom you’ll need to give it a try. What a pleasure to read!"
—Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D. President, Northwest University
“Anyone can succeed if they try hard enough; easier said than done. Tireless gives some very practical and common-sense advice about how to drive towards your goals with vision, focus and unwavering commitment. A good read for anyone that has goals in life.”
—Tom Captain, Vice Chairman, Deloitte LLP (former)
“One consistent theme, underlying success stories of individuals who are driven to succeed, is ‘grit’. Whether you are a professional athlete or the average person with a dream, the special element of ‘grit’ is a critical component of success. Kim’s story of innovation, customer focus and, finally, the grit to overcome the obstacles is a story played out every day, in every industry. As a co-founder of three national menswear brands, Tireless is a must read for individuals who believe they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.”
—Dean A Holly, Co-Founder, Good Man Brand
“This book is where the "rubber meets the road". What sets it apart from so many "how to succeed" books is that Kim not only provides a pathway for achieving success, he has lived the story. The strategies Kim provides are born from his personal journey through the labyrinth of the business world. Supplemented by his research and commitment to life-long-learning. Kim's story is one all students of business should study."
— Jim Shuman, Author and Faculty Emeritus, Bellevue College
A veteran business owner presents insights and anecdotes from his decades-long career.
In this debut book, Lorenz recounts stories of starting, building, and selling various companies. Readers who are unfamiliar with the tire business will learn many details about it here, as well as generally applicable insights into establishing and leading any type of company. Although the book covers a variety of topics, the central thesis is that anyone can develop a successful business by noticing unsolved problems; for instance, Lorenz says that he found profitable ways to save his tire customers money by taking note of inefficiencies: "I saw an opportunity, and could visualize it, but more importantly, I had the self-discipline to actually follow up, do the research, and start another large corporation." The book also explores more familiar topics, such as the difference between profit and cash flow, the importance of building business relationships, and the value of long-term persistence, particularly in sales. It's strongest when Lorenz shares details that are unique to his professional experience; he's from the Seattle area, so he includes intriguing anecdotes about nearby entrepreneurs, including Microsoft's Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos. There are a few distracting errors, including multiple misspellings of Starbucks founder Howard Schultz's name, and the author sometimes repeats anecdotes, such as how Harland Sanders launched Kentucky Fried Chicken, which adds unnecessary length to the work. The exclamation point-heavy prose may also not be to all readers' taste. However, for those readers who find Lorenz's enthusiasm engaging, the book will be informative and generally useful.
An upbeat business memoir with practical, if familiar, advice.