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In addition to helping grow his family’s company that experienced 43 straight profitable years, Alan Petsche built his own portfolio of companies, starting when he was a junior in high school! Entrepreneurial spirit instilled in him by his father at a young age ensured that Alan would not only seek success on a business front, but it would also lead to a legacy of helping others. From comic books, to music, to real estate, Alan pursued his passions and used that success to give back to his city and communities. Listen as Alan shares how his family history shaped his passions and his future, and why recognizing skill and talent in others leads to happiness and success.

The Petsche family is an ardent supporter of the City of Arlington, Texas. A.E. Petsche Company, an aerospace distribution firm, was founded by Alan’s father Arnold in the city in 1966. Alan received his BBA from UTA in 1980 and worked for the family business until it was sold in 2009. Not content to retire, Alan and his wife Bonnie (UTA BBA ’86), in addition to raising their four children, have subsequently reinvested in the Arlington area economy by opening two restaurants, establishing a commercial cabinet shop, starting real estate investment/development companies for both commercial and residential properties, founding two independent record labels and building two recording studios. Alan is a music fan, a hi-fidelity enthusiast, and an accomplished guitarist. He can be found onstage locally and across the United States and Europe with The Pengwins, a legendary Texas rock and roll band. Despite Alan’s involvement in so many areas, his primary passion in life is for his family.

Bigger Than Business is the show where you’ll discover real-world stories of business owners living their purpose. You’ll encounter men and women all over the world who draw strength from understanding why they do what they do and how they remain true to that purpose through the ups and downs every business owner will face.

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