How Billy Prim Grew Blue Rhino and Primo Water to Over $300M Using His Five Principles of Leadership

How Billy Prim Grew Blue Rhino and Primo Water to Over $300M Using His Five Principles of Leadership


Billy Prim Blue Rhino

In This Episode We Discuss:  

  • Billy’s entrepreneurial lessons growing two companies over $300M in market value.
  • Five key life and leadership principles Billy has relied on to achieve success.
  • How Billy is impacting more people through his experience.

About Billy Prim:

Billy D. Prim is the founder and executive chairman of Primo Water Corporation. Primo is a rapidly growing provider of multi-gallon purified bottled water, self-serve filtered drinking water and water dispensers sold through major retailers throughout the United States and Canada. The Company’s products provide an environmentally friendly, economical, convenient and healthy solution for consuming purified water. Primo is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol PRMW.

Prior to Primo, Mr. Prim was founder and chief executive officer of Blue Rhino Corp., the nation’s leading provider of branded propane cylinder exchange and complementary propane-fueled appliances. In 2004 Mr. Prim sold Blue Rhino to Ferrellgas, New York Stock Exchange FGP.

Prior to founding Blue Rhino in 1994, Mr. Prim was chairman and chief executive officer of American Oil and Gas Company, a regional petroleum marketer.

Mr. Prim is chairman of the Dean Prim Foundation. This foundation provides scholarships for students to attend four-year colleges and universities, as well as the opportunity to participate in a China travel and study program. The Foundation was created in memory of Mr. Prim’s father, who was an active member of the Yadkin County Board of Education.

Mr. Prim is president and owner of the Winston-Salem Dash, a Minor League baseball team and Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

In 2003 Mr. Prim was named a recipient of The Carolinas’ 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This program honors entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business Ventures.

Mr. Prim is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Wake Forest Business School, and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Mr. Prim and his wife Deborah reside in Winston-Salem, NC.

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