How to Build a Team and Create a Strong Company Culture with Zach Lawless


In this episode How To Build a Team and Create a Strong Company Culture, we cover: 

  • The story behind Hyer Boots.
  • The importance of continuing your family’s story.
  • Building a business.
  • Bringing a business back to life.
  • Hiring strategies for building a successful team.
  • Creating a strong company culture.
  • Building a career in a new industry.

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Zach Lawless is the CEO of Hyer Boots. He is a driven entrepreneur on a mission to reignite the legacy of Hyer Boots, a legendary footwear brand known for inventing the cowboy boot in 1875. After rediscovering the history of Hyer Boots in 2018 while exploring his grandparents’ basement, Zach embarked on a two-year quest to reclaim the trademark and relaunch the business.

With a background in finance and an entrepreneurial spirit, Zach’s determination and resilience have been instrumental in his pursuit to revive this storied brand. Through this journey, he developed an unwavering passion for the Western industry and its way of life, despite coming from outside the industry.

Zach is dedicated to bringing Hyer Boots back to life and serving the individuals and communities who share a love for the Western way of life. His commitment to quality craftsmanship and authentic Western traditions drives his vision for the brand’s future.


Leaders Of The West is a podcast for innovators and change-makers in the ag and western industries. Hosted by Jessie Jarvis, the Founder of Of The West, our mission with Leaders Of The West is to foster a community of pioneers, innovators, and leaders who want to be at the forefront of what’s next. 

Whether it’s a guest episode where we’re digging into the blueprints behind our favorite industry businesses, discussing the innovation and strategies that have allowed family farming and ranching operations to continue on for another generation, to episodes with honest conversations from entrepreneurs who have risked it all on their dreams, or leaders detailing how to create a company culture so strong that you couldn’t pay your employees to leave. 

These conversations are meant to encourage the leaders of today and inspire the next generation of trailblazers. 

In addition to bringing in guests, you’ll also find some solo episodes, where Jessie shares the lessons she’s learned throughout her journey as a rancher, entrepreneur, wife, and mother. 

Whether you’re a farmer, a rancher, an equine lover, someone headed up the leadership ladder, an ag business owner, a western sports athlete, an entrepreneur, or someone who just loves the western way of life—this is the place for you. 

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