When Hurricane Harvey tore through the southern U.S. in 2017, employees at The Friedkin Group (TFG) were among the millions displaced. TFG, founded in 1969 as Gulf State Toyota, is now a consortium of businesses and investments spanning entertainment to hospitality, while still maintaining its automotive roots. In fact, its automotive business is one of the largest in the country. When Harvey hit, the category four storm flooded the company’s corporate HQ in Houston, TX—forcing employees to work remotely for six months while they waited for damages to be repaired.
TFG’s ability to persevere was due, in large part, to its