Nov 8, 2022
In today's episode of the "The Runway Decade Podcast", hosts
Bill Bush and Pete Bush, advisors at Horizon Financial Group are
talking with Pat Cuntz, a successful business leader in Baton
Rouge. He was baseball player at LSU before he became a successful
- 30: Pat met Pete somewhere between 1985-1986. Pete was a
freshman the year after Pat had finished playing baseball. Pat was
hanging around, finishing school and the two got to be friends… and
ended up living together for a little bit.
- 18: Pat's first year in baseball at LSU was around 1981-82, and
he played for a couple of years, but things were a lot different
under his first coach. LSU baseball certainly wasn't anywhere near
what it is now, but he was there to see the change when Skip
Bertman took over the program. Pat was on Skip’s first team at
- 43: Pat has been the luckiest guy on the planet because when he
talked to coach Bertman about graduating and going into business,
Coach said “you are going to do great”, and it gave him a different
level of confidence.
- 11: Pete says he wasn't a great player either. It made him work
harder at taking in all other things that Bertman tried to talk
about to us.
- 14: Pat left LSU not only with a degree, but he meets his wife,
- 08: Pat dated Cecelia for 10 years before they got married. He
and his wife were friends who kind of hung around each other a
little bit more, and then next thing you do…go on a date.
- 05: Pat dated for 10 years and then he got married, and then 10
years later, Christopher Cuntz their only child came along.
- 30: Once, a successful real estate businessperson said to Pat
that, work for Motorola and get to know that corporate world and
learn from it. Learn the good, learn the bad and then eventually go
work for yourself.
- 52: The goal was always to go acquire some other companies in
South Louisiana and we are going to build this business from New
Orleans through the 10-12 corridor, all the way through Beaumont,
into Houston and Pat really enjoys it.
- 04: Pat says that he and his family have been lucky enough to
communicate the gifts that we have been given. There are things
they want to do, and he doesn't know what that means today, but we
talk about how we will help some people out.
- 50: If you are a person of faith, life is about helping people.
It is about helping the less fortunate, says Pat.
Three Key Points
- Pat went to Houston for training period of about 3 months after
getting offer from Motorola and had a funny story about when you
talk about confidence and how things play out.
- The atmosphere for the world of baseball or football or
basketball or any type of sports across country is so different.
The parents, the kids, even the opposing people, everybody cheers
for everybody, and everybody is rooting for everybody.
- You can make a bunch of money, you can have all the plans, but
at the end of the day, it's all about what do you want to do and
what do you want to do with it, says Pat.
- "The whole early era of Skip’s teams is kind of a big
fraternity of guys that did spend a lot of time together off the
field as well." – Bill
- "When I was getting out, I was in business marketing, and I
wanted to go into some type of sales where you didn't have those
aptitude tests." - Pat
- "When I came to work for EMCO, my really good friend ended up
being my business partner. I was running the communication side and
Todd ran the information technology side and there was always an
intention of buying the company." – Pat
- "COVID showed me I can't work from my house. I'm way too easily
distracted. I have got to get up and go somewhere." – Pat
- "I have to say I’ll never really retire. I got to do something
and as long as I enjoy what I'm doing and they allow me to do this,
I'll continue to do this." - Pat