Arizona Originals

Arizona Originals, hosted by Jason Isaak, is brought to you by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Here we share with you the stories, leadership lessons, and life lessons of the people who make Arizona a great place to live and work.
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Oct 25, 2016

Today's podcast features Chris Callahan, the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  He also serves as the vice provost of ASU's Downtown Phoenix Campus, and is the CEO of Arizona PBS.  

In our conversation, Chris shares from his experiences growing up the son of a New York City cop, studying journalism and working for the Associated Press, and then transitioning into higher education.  Among other topics, he discusses the value of internships, the discipline of critical thinking, the critical impact a clear vision has on an organization, and how to clearly define and carry out culture in an organization.  

Oct 17, 2016

This week we talk with John Solheim - the Chairman and CEO of PING.  For over five decades, this family-owned manufacturing company has called Arizona home, and John recounts both their history and his path to leading the company.  

In this podcast, John discusses many subjects, including:

  • lessons learned in their Phoenix garage building the first Anser putters,
  • how he balances his passion for engineering with his responsibilities as CEO,
  • how technology and creativity influence design,
  • his approach to succession in a family-owned business,
  • his favorite life lesson from the game of golf,
  • the importance of investing in the community and the military,
  • and much, much more.
Oct 11, 2016

This week's podcast features Win Holden who has been the publisher of Arizona Highways magazine since 2000.  Win has an extensive background in advertising, communications and publishing and had a distinguished career at a variety of firms including Moses Anshell (now Moses Inc.), MAC America Communications, Phillips-Ramsey Advertising and Public Relations, and Tatham-Laird and Kudner Advertising.

While we did not have the opportunity to discuss it on the podcast, Win has a passion for giving back to the community and has served in over 30 volunteer organizations in various capacities.  These include, the Phoenix Pride Commission, the Fiesta Bowl, the Phoenix Citizens Transit Commission, and the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor's Bureau, just to name a few.

In our conversation, Win discusses his journey from advertising to publishing, building a multi-generational team at Arizona Highways to meet the demands of its subscribers and readers of all ages from around the world while staying true to the decades-old mission and vision of this iconic magazine.  We also get a great story and lessons learned from Win's involvement in developing the original concept for "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" with Linda Cobb, and much more.

Oct 5, 2016

This week's podcast features the Chairman and CEO of AMERCO, Joe Shoen.  While AMERCO may not be a household name, it is the parent company to one of the most familiar brands in America - U-Haul.  For the past 30 years, Joe has served as CEO and remains one of the most hands-on chief executives anywhere.

In our conversation, Joe discusses how his leadership style differs from the stereotypical Harvard MBA graduate, how he engages with customers to meet their needs, how owning a small business and working closely with small business has contributed to U-Haul's success, how he leverages his exhaustive travel schedule to improve internal and external relationships, and much more.