Charlie was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, and has lived there his entire life. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1984 with a BS Degree in Marketing, Charlie started his sales career selling office equipment in the Knoxville metro area. In 1989 he moved to the family Industrial Tools business selling precision tools and accessories throughout the Southeastern US. In 1995 he became the VP of Sales and Marketing of that company and led a team of up 15 salesmen. In October 2015, Charlie left the family business to become the founding CEO/President for Hoffmann Quality Tools USA, Inc. with a 5-year contract. This company is the US subsidiary of the $1.5 billion Hoffmann Group SE, based in Munich, Germany. While at Hoffmann, Charlie and his team grew the business from $1 million to $11 million in revenue in just five years while leading a team of 8 inside and 20 outside salespeople selling cutting tools, hand tools, and industrial cabinets to mainly German manufacturing companies in the US. Charlie left the Hoffmann Group in October 2019, and in 2020 he became the COO of a local residential home construction company. Although running this company was a real challenge and an exciting opportunity, Charlie found that his real passion was Coaching and Mentoring Salespeople, Sales Teams, and Leadership Teams and fighting for their highest good. Running Operations for a $50 million construction company was not feeding that passion, so in August of 2021, Charlie retired and left that company to start CharlieSlagle.com.