Today's guest is Denise Resnik - the founder and CEO of DRA Collective, co-founder of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), and founder and president/CEO of First Place AZ. The mother of an adult son on the autism spectrum, Denise has not only run her marketing and communications business, but she has dedicated herself to giving back to her community, including making Arizona a leader when it comes to supporting those affected by autism.
In our conversation, Denise covers a host of topics ranging from mentoring, the importance of pouring back into the community, why investors are attracted to vision and collaboration, and so much more.
Our guest this week is Tran Tran, founder and CEO of Axis Employment Services located in Phoenix, Arizona. Axis has been recognized time and time again as a top minority owned business and a top staffing agency in Arizona.
In our conversation, Tran shares her story about growing up in Saigon and how her family fled Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Within just a few months, her family settled in Arizona after a local dentist sponsored them. In addition to telling the stories surrounding her family's escape from Vietnam, Tran shares her insights on family, culture, leadership, delegation, building a team, and so much more.
This week, we're joined by Jim Scussel, co-founder of Four Peaks Brewing Company. A Phoenix native, Jim tells the story of how he moved around the country with his family and, ultimately, moved back to Arizona after one of his bosses did not give him a raise. His story proves you never know what events will set your life on a different trajectory.
Jim discusses many issues related to entrepreneurship, team building, the art and science of brewing beer, and much more.
This week's podcast features Jim Adkins - lead singer and lead guitarist for Jimmy Eat World. The band has been together since 1993 and has released nine albums, and they have always been based in Arizona.
Jim covers a wide range of topics:
CB Dollaway is a mixed martial artist currently fighting in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). CB came to Arizona when Arizona State University recruited him into their wresting program from Colby Community College (in Colby, Kansas) where he was an NJCAA Division I All-American Champion. In our conversation, CB talks about his unexpected journey from college, to corporate life, and ultimately to the UFC.
Today, in addition to being a professional athlete, CB has just opened his own training gym, DMA Life Club, and in the planning stages of starting a non-profit focused on veterans.
In our conversation, CB talks about life as both a wrestler and a mixed martial artist. He discusses how mental preparedness, attitude, strategy, and resilience have helped make him a world class fighter.
Jim Click, Jr. moved to Tucson in 1971 to turn around a struggling Ford dealership. Fast forward 45 years, and Jim Click has become one of Arizona's premiere car dealers and philanthropists. Jim has dealerships for Ford, Lincoln, Dodge, RAM, Chrysler, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Kia, and Hyundai in Tucson, Green Valley, and also in Orange County, CA.
In our conversation, Jim shares the story of how he ultimately began in the car business after growing up in Oklahoma and earning a business degree from Oklahoma State University (where he was a Scholastic All-American football player, captain of the football team, and made the Dean's Honor Roll every semester). Among other topics, he recounts the stories of how two men, Holmes Tuttle and Jim Click, Sr., influenced him at various stages of his life and taught him valuable lessons which serve him today.
This week our podcast features retired United States Air Force Brigadier General Ron Shoopman. In 2004, Ron assumed the role of president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and continues to serve in the capacity as CEO of that organization. His diverse career accomplishments include serving as the wing commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing where he commanded the International F-16 Training Wing for the USAF. On the civilian side, Ron has worked for Gates Learjet Corporation, flew for Continental Airlines, and served as an instructor pilot and manager for Flight Safety International.
During our conversation, Ron shares his story and the lessons he has learned about leadership, accountability, collaboration, and how to encourage growth within organizations. He also shares his thoughts about how organizations can focus their efforts and not dilute their effectiveness by asking "what not to do." Throughout, Ron shares his lessons learned from both the private sector and military, and you will benefit from his insights.
This week, Lee Benson joins us on Arizona Originals. Lee is the CEO of Able Aerospace Services and also the CEO of Execute to Win. Able Aerospace Services is a leading maintenance, repair and operations provider of FAA-approved replacement parts, repairs, overhauls, and exchanges for aircraft. Execute to Win specializes in helping CEOs create an intentional culture within an organization to measurably and intentionally execute their strategy.
Lee talks about many issues including his approach to leadership, the importance of emotional energy, moving corporate values from words on office walls to behaviors your team lives out in an intentional culture, and so much more.
Our guest this week is Eileen Klein, the president of the Arizona Board of Regents. The Board of Regents provides leadership and guidance to Arizona’s three public universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. In her role as president, Eileen oversees the entire $4 billion public university enterprise and gives leadership and guidance to the Board of Regents. Additionally, she heads the Enterprise Executive Committee which is made of of her and the three presidents of our public universities.
Prior to joining the Board, Eileen held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. These include her service as chief of staff to Governor Janice K. Brewer and chief operating officer for Arizona Physicians IPA for UnitedHealthcare.
In our conversation, Eileen shares her story which took her from Alaska to Florida to Arizona. She discusses lessons she has learned about getting an education, building respect within organizations, managing and leading through tension, and becoming resilient. She also shares some important lessons she learned from former-Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Jake Flake when she served on his staff…and much, much more.
This week our conversation is with Craig Weiss, the Founder and CEO of Aladdin Dreamer - a technology company designing consumer technology allowing people to control their dreams (also known as "lucid dreaming"). Prior to founding Aladdin, Craig was the CEO of NJOY, the world's largest independent electronic cigarette and vaping company which is headquartered in Arizona.
Additionally, Craig is a patent attorney, a published author, an inventor with seven patents, an entrepreneur, and a frequent lecturer at ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business. He discusses the roles creativity, risk, and the value in getting comfortable with the inevitable failures and setbacks in business. He discusses the lessons learned while writing "I Am My Brother's Keeper" about the origins of the Israeli Air Force, and tells his story about transitioning from patent attorney, to hedge fund manager, to CEO, to entrepreneur.
Today's guest is Pam Slim - an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant who has a passion for career and organizational development. She spent the first 10 years in business as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers, and employees.
In the last 11 years, she helped hundreds of people to start and grow successful businesses. Through her online presence at Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pam developed and taught business building courses for thousands of entrepreneurs. In August, 2016, Pam opened K'é, a place to grow small business in downtown Mesa, Arizona.
Pam has written two books, Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together. When you pick up Body of Work, you immediately notice the endorsements from some of the leading thinkers in business today: Brené Brown, Daniel Pink, Nancy Duarte and Seth Godin.
In our conversation, Pam covers a wide range of topics, including the value of being uncomfortable, the power of fear, the importance of thinking about your legacy, and how developing connectional intelligence can benefit both you and your business.
Today's conversation is with Courtney Klein, co-founder and CEO of SEED SPOT. This year, Arizona State University honored Courtney as the “Young Alumni of the Year” and Arizona Economic News named her “One of Arizona’s most Influential Millennials.” In 2015, the Phoenix Business Journal named Courtney as one of the “Top 10 Business People of the Year” and in 2013 as one of the “25 Most Dynamic Women in Business.” She has also been recognized by media outlets as one of the nation’s “Top 30 Civic Leaders Under the Age of 30,” one of Arizona’s “35 Entrepreneurs Under 35,” one of “20 Women to Change Arizona by 2020,” and one of “Arizona’s Most Intriguing Chief Executives.”
In the podcast, Courtney shares her passion for people, entrepreneurship, mentoring, and dreaming. Among other topics, she tells the story of how she discovered her passion, how she chose to cultivate relationships instead of going for the quick dollar, and how having a mentor and being a mentor to others has shaped her professionally and personally.
In today's podcast, we talk to Clate Mask - co-founder and CEO of Infusionsoft. Clate was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends, one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 by Goldman Sachs, and Business Leader of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council.
In our conversation, Clate talks about the early years at Infusionsoft and how they developed their focus and clear vision to help small businesses. He discusses how he approaches personal and professional growth, and how he studies the characteristics of the CEOs of billion dollar companies and uses determined discipline to grow as a leader and grow his company. These topics, among others, will provide you with inspiration and motivation.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Gary Bender, who began his network sportscasting career in 1975 for the NFL on CBS doing play-by-play, shares his thoughts on hard work, the power of listening, the value of preparation, and explores the similarities between the qualities leaders share with sportscasters. Plus, he tells some amazing stories from his years covering some of the greatest athletes in the world.
Gary had an amazing career covering the NFL, college basketball, Major League Baseball, the Olympics, the NBA, and nearly 25 more sports on network television. Over the years, he worked alongside other notable sportscasters such as Johnny Unitas, Hank Stram, John Madden, Lynn Swann, Al Michaels, Bill Russell, and Bob Costas.
Dr. Michael Berens from TGen shares his story and provides insight into leading a world-class genetics research team. He speaks of the importance of mentoring, the value of family, the latest cutting edge genetics research going on at TGen, and much more.
Glenn Hamer is President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Here he discusses the mission of the Arizona Originals podcast and shares his story taking him from the Bronx to Arizona. He also shares his thoughts about leadership, management, building an organization, the value of internships and letting good people go from your organization.