Chris and Stephanie Lofton are the people behind Edens Touch Diversified, a landscaping company that serves municipal and commercial entities in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. The company provides complete landscaping services and uses cutting-edge technology to take clients on 3D walk-throughs of their dream projects. What separates Chris and Stephanie from other business owners is how they were both incarcerated and had to work their way up with an X on their backs. Because of the challenges of finding new life after prison, they prioritize hiring employees who are seeking a second chance at everyday life.
Chris and Stephanie join me today to describe what it’s like to get back into society after spending time behind bars. They share the challenges of discrimination, especially when looking for work. They explain how they eventually found their way up and started their own companies. They also discuss the people who helped them get back on their feet and why hiring ex-convicts isn't as bad as people think.
"People are never going to be perfect, but teach them to choose—and choose right." - Stephanie Lofton
This week on Priorities Lifestyle:
The story of how Chris and Stephanie started from less than zero
How they met in prison and what life was like after being released
The challenges of living everyday life as ex-prisoners
How Chris managed to buy a minivan by selling candy bars
How Chris became a manager despite having an "X" on his back
Who Judy is and how she helped Chris and Stephanie in their business
Addressing the stigma around ex-prisoners in the workplace
What managers and employers don't understand about ex-prisoners
The challenges involved with hiring ex-convicts
Teaching people to choose the correct answer all the time
Our Favorite Quotes:
"What I realized about our business was, when it was more about people and how we could help them be better, the business took off." - Chris Lofton
"We can't raise our kids exactly to be what we imagine them to be." - Rob Schulz
"You take care of your people, your people will take care of you." - Rob Schulz
Connect with Chris and Stephanie Lofton
- Edens Touch Diversified
- Regional Railroad
- Chris Lofton on LinkedIn
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