Back in 2008, I decided I missed academia, and needed to expand my brain a bit. After researching some options, I entered the Belmont University Scarlett Leadership Institute’s “Mini” MBA Program, named after business leadership visionary Joe Scarlett. Joe spent nearly thirty years in leadership roles with Tractor Supply Company most of it as President and Chairman. Today he is engaged in teaching and writing about leadership, working in the family foundation and striving to improve Tennessee. (

I enjoyed the process immensely. During the class we were given a card outlining Joe’s philosophy of life and business. The Mission Statement may be geared more specifically toward a tractor supply company, but at its core, is applicable to almost any business. The Values not only apply to business, but to life. This card hangs in my office and I refer back to it regularly.


To work hard, have fun and make money by providing legendary service and great products at everyday low prices.

We are committed to be the most dependable supplier of basic maintenance products to farm, ranch and rural customers.

We value honesty, integrity, mutual respect and teamwork above all else.
We are an open company where everyone has the information and tools to grow and excel.
We encourage risk taking, celebrate initiative and reward success.

We are a growth company.
We consistently grow sales and profits by continuous improvement throughout the company.


Do the “right thing” and always encourage others to do the right, honest and ethical things.

Treat others with the same personal and professional consideration we expect for ourselves.

Manage your time for both business and personal success.

Have a “can-do” attitude. Be positive, upbeat and focused. We are winners!

Share information, ask questions, listen effectively, speak thoughtfully and let ideas live.

Learn from each other. Teach, coach and listen. create an environment where everyone can be a “star.”

Value different viewpoints. Execute the agreed-upon plans. Together everyone achieves more!

Accept it. Embrace it. Initiate it. Do everything better, faster and cheaper.

Seek opportunities. Use good judgement. Take intelligent risks. Champion ideas.

Know your responsibilities. Live up to your commitments.

PLA’s team embodies many of these same values every day. CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR WORK to see how this translates into the work we do! And always feel free to contact us at (615) 327-0100 or