Our guest is Pete Ochs, founder of Capital III, an impact investing enterprise focused on creating economic, social, and spiritual capital in private companies.
In this episode, Pete describes how his views on poverty, wealth, capital, and stewardship have evolved over four decades into a portfolio of companies operated by redemptive principles.
One of Capital III’s companies, Seat King, operates inside two Kansas prisons. Pete traces the arc of how this workforce approach developed from its tentative early stages into a scalable, purposeful model that “transformed” Pete as much as it changed the lives of his employees.
His story reflects the deepening surrender of his will, the generous stewardship of his capital, and the pursuit of his relationship with God.
Pete and his team’s work at Capital III are beautifully profiled in the first episode of the Dealmakers film series.
About The Guest
Pete Ochs is the founder of Capital III, an impact investing enterprise focused on creating economic, social, and spiritual capital in private companies. Located in Wichita, Kansas, Capital III provides a triple bottom line approach to investments in manufacturing, real estate, energy, and education with a geographical focus on the US and Latin America. Economic capital is created through investments in manufacturing, energy, and real estate. Social and Spiritual capital are created by leveraging the economic platform into venues (private education, prisons, third world countries) that all work in concert to achieve a virtuous, values-driven enterprise (a Stewardship Enterprise). Prior to founding Capital III, Pete spent 8 years in the commercial banking industry after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in business and finance. He currently serves on the boards of UTG, Inc., the American Independence Funds, and Trinity Academy. Pete is married to Deborah, and they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
The Redemptive Edge is hosted by Andy Crouch and features active members of the Praxis community. Produced by Mary Elizabeth Goodell and Scott Kauffmann of Praxis, with Mike Cosper, Mark Owens, Scott Slucher, and the team at Narrativo. Music by Eric Kinny.