It started over one of our favorite activities, smoking cigars. Judge and I fired up the Davidoff “pigs” at our local cigar shop and started talking business, (our second favorite activity), and we came to the same conclusion within minutes.

We were sick and tired of fake gurus on social media telling everyone to become an entrepreneur to find their freedom.

We have built and sold 9-figure companies and lived the “entrepreneur” life. It was hard as hell. It was worth it, but it was hard. Freedom took a long time for us to find after countless hours away from our families, and struggling to scale revenues and profits. We started at the bottom and have finished close to the top.

We both shared the opinion that 99% of business gurus on social media are full of shit. They have not made their money building real businesses. We have.
It became clear to us, entrepreneurs need a crystal clear business roadmap. Through the Davidoff aroma, we outlined the step by step process of how we built our companies and created our mission. To help business owners everywhere learn our roadmap, regain their lives and fall in love with their business again. We call it Burn The Ships.

Burn The Ships, to us, means removing plan B. You no longer have an option, your business MUST BE SUCCESSFUL. But you need to take one more step. You need a proven roadmap to follow. You have the grit and hustle, and we have the proven roadmap.

Burn The Ships roadmap is broken into three phases. Phase one is GROW. Phase two is PROFIT. Phase three is WIN.

We offer you three programs. A weekly LIVE mentorship program. A unique online video curriculum and lastly our bi-monthly business bootcamps. Each program addresses the unique needs of business owners in various stages of their businesses. We teach the language of business in a way that only we can do it. Honest, passionate and proven.

Welcome to the Burn The Ships Eco-system.

Meet The Founders

Matt Manero

Matt launched his first company, Commercial Fleet Financing, Inc. (CFF), in 1995 with a phone, a folding table and the unyielding confidence of a single client, a trucker.

Fast forward 24 years and CFF, has funded over $1 billion in transportation equipment with annual business of $150,000,000+. CFF has served more than 10,000 clients and has become one of the largest independently owned transportation finance companies in America. CFF is a 4-time winner of Inc. Magazine’s Top 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America and a 3-time winner of The SMU Cox School of Business 100 Fastest Growing Companies.

His companies have been featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, Forbes, Dallas Business Journal, Fleet Owner and Overdrive Magazine just to name a few.

Matt has been a featured TEDx speaker and is the author of two books, “The Grit,” and his most recent, “You Need More Money,” published by Penguin/Random House. He has hosted the nationally syndicated weekly radio show called “The Grit” and currently hosts his weekly podcast cast called, “You Need More Money”.

Matt and his wife Rokki have been married for 20 years and have 3 wonderful boys, John 17, Jack 15 and Julian 13. They reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of the GREAT STATE OF TEXAS!

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Judge Graham

Judge Graham is a hard-hitting, action-oriented entrepreneur with a successful track record of growing companies and selling them for hundreds of millions of dollars.

His companies have won numerous high-profile business accolades, including Inc. 5000 and multiple best places to work awards. He has also been featured in media outlets like AdWeek, Ad Age, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, Money and many more.

He currently hosts the top-rated Scale & Exit podcast and is an acclaimed author. Judge is the go-to expert on helping businesses identify and capitalize on opportunities to improve revenue and corner markets through integration of cutting-edge positioning, culture, technology, marketing and sales.

Judge lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife Jordan and their two boys Jake and Jett.

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Core Values We Live & Die By


All day, every day.


We believe money is a GREAT thing.


We play chess, not checkers.


Success serves us all.

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