Isaiah Navarrete '01
Isaiah Navarrete ’01 purchased Cobra Coating in 2005 when the Odessa, Texas company had less than 10 employees. Almost ten years later, the company, that applies coatings to oilfield pipes and fittings, has locations in Odessa and Cleburne, Texas with more than 60 employees. The McMurry graduate was the 2013 Odessa Hispanic Businessman of the Year and credits his business courses and athletic involvement at McMurry for much of his success.
“Playing football at McMurry provided me with teamwork skills and taught me perseverance that carried over to help me run a business. You’re going to have hard times, but you have to keep going and support each other. The camaraderie of playing football taught me that,” said Navarrete.
According to Navarrete, Dr. Patricia Lapoint and Mr. George Starbuck, two of his favorite business professors, taught him valuable skills about running a business that he didn’t fully understand until being a business owner himself. Through his business courses, and his time studying abroad, Navarrete became a more capable entrepreneur.