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From working as a paperboy to earn enough to purchase his first car, to a multi-medal winner in martial arts, to a successful serial entrepreneur, Adam Marburger is not only driven to succeed but to help others do so in the process. As a direct result of his committed path to personal growth as well as his extraordinary work ethic, the 41-year-old powerhouse has already accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. He is the author of an upcoming book, YOU’RE THE FU*KING PROBLEM, and the owner of four thriving businesses: a real estate company, a brokerage firm, an investment company, and a martial arts studio. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Automotive News included him in their Top 40 Under 40 in 2018 or that the International Transportation and Automotive Summit selected him as one of their top business leaders in 2021.
Still, as if those accolades were not impressive enough, Adam recently launched a flourishing speaking career. In 2019, he served as a keynote speaker at the Ethical F&I Managers Conference, and he has continued doing speaking engagements throughout the country. Adam is also a regular on CBT News, and his passion for writing, speaking, and coaching recently led him to establish an exciting new platform: AdamMarburger.com, which will offer online services such as workshops, speaking opportunities, and book releases—all with the mission to help others achieve their greatest potential.
Adam recently spoke with The Top 100 Magazine to tell us more about his incredible work history, which started at the age of 13, as well as his upcoming book and online business venture.
While many kids take up a paper route for a few months to earn “fun money,” few can point to that job as the beginning of an illustrious career. Tell us about this.
Yes, my story is definitely a bit different from most in that regard. I started as the typical local paperboy, like many others, but when I saw my father often stressed about finances, I wanted to help, and tripled my route. Once I’d made up my mind to do whatever it took to make as much money as possible, that’s exactly what I did. By the time I was a senior in high school, I had enough credits to attend classes during the first half of the day and work during the second half. My determination definitely paid off because I was able to buy my first house at the age of 20, and I still own it today, as it serves as one of my rental properties.
When did you transition into the automotive industry?
Shortly after I’d enrolled in college, a friend talked me into selling cars while going to school full time. Even though it was a challenge, within a few years, I was making more money than I’d ever imagined. I was consistently one of the top salespeople, and that eventually led to a management opportunity. I became a finance manager at age 22 and remained in that role for the next 15 years.
What made you decide to start your own company?
At that point, I was 37 years old, and I was ready to branch out on my own. I started Ascent Dealer Services, which is a brokerage firm that provides insurance products to auto, RV, power-sports, and marine dealerships. We also coach and mentor those dealerships on how to sell those products at the highest levels. That’s one of my favorite parts of the job because I enjoy writing, speaking, and giving back to the industry. I consider it a privilege to have spent time with a lot of different types of people.. I had to learn personality types and best practices to adapt quickly and serve them. This is the biggest takeaway that I’ve maintained throughout both my personal and business lives.
So, how does real estate play into all of this?
I had a mentor who wanted to show me how to retire by flipping houses, so I started buying and holding onto houses, and then renting them. After hitting a few homeruns, I never looked back. In 2005, I founded The Marburger Investment Group in the St. Louis Metro Area, and we specialize in single-family rentals and flips. I also co-own a company called A2 Investments that does multifamily houses in the same area.
With all your success, why did you choose to launch a coaching/mentoring venture?
My purpose on earth is to speak to as many people as possible and inspire them to do more because together we can change the world. “Speak, Inspire, Change,” that is my mantra. So, I’ve developed my group and personal mentoring program to help as many people level-up in this life as possible. For example, one of our workshops is called, Unf*ck Yourself in 6 Weeks. I will also be doing a lot of one-on-one coaching and mentoring in small groups, which will include the real estate, automotive, and personal growth markets. Essentially, AdamMarburger.com will be a one-stop shop.
Tell us about your upcoming book.
In 2017, I was going through the absolute worst time of my life, so I decided to go soul searching in the Sedona, Arizona, desert. When I returned home from that trip, I had more clarity than ever before, and my life was forever changed. Because I’ve lived a very colorful life with lots of ups and downs, I wanted to share my stories in hope of inspiring people. The book is for those who feel stuck, hopeless, and as if they are sleepwalking through life. I write about my failures—along with some of my wins—and I believe it will be a great read for those who want to grow in their personal and professional lives. This book is intended for my readers to become more self-aware and to realize that we MUST get out of our own way.
I’ll also add that the book was a long time coming. I’ve been so overwhelmed that I put it on the back burner, but I’ve been working extremely hard over the past year. The book is scheduled to launch in May, 2022. I believe God gave me the gift of communication so that I could help others maximize their existence, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I live every single day of my life with purpose, and on purpose. We get one shot at this life, and if we do it right, that's all we will need.
Chief Executive Officer
The Marburger Investment Group
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