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23 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
Ep. 006 - Kathy King - Join the 40
Kathy King Kathy King joined Crain's Detroit Business 20 in their 20s in 2013 at the age of 27. She is the founder/director of the Brighton Dance Festival, a summer training program for dance students that has grown to the national scale. Kathy also founded and ran the Michigan Dance Project, a professional contemporary dance company, for eight full seasons, closing the doors in 2014 to focus on the growth of BDF. Interview Notes 0:57 - The Brighton Dance Festival is her current focus - it's a summer event but takes an entire year of planning. She's teamed up with Cleary University for the festival. Kathy teaches full time, to ages 7+ at a studio called Michelle's Academy of Dance and at EMU. Most recently was hired as the head dance coach at Cleary University. Dance, Dance, Dance! 2:32 - Kathy was honored in 2013 by Crain's Detroit Business Magazine. She was nominated by her friends. Kathy has been teaching dance since she was 16, so to be recognized in the business world for the arts was extremely validating for her. 3:59 - Why did Kathy's friends nominate her? She says she's the world's most stubborn person, a trait that has helped her efforts. Rather than throwing in the towel when things aren't going her way, Kathy finds creative strategies to solve the problems she's facing. That quality has helped her as she's been running her own business. 5:41 - Some of the best business advice Kathy has received: Her Dad is constantly reminding her to "Never give up and go after what you want to go after." Kathy's always heard "What's your backup plan?" or "What's going to be your real career?" Ignore the people who try and keep you from what you want. 7:27 - One of Kathy's biggest successes has been creating the Brighton Dance Festival. Seeing it grow year after year has been amazing! 7:58 - The Brighton Dance Festival started in 2010 and was intended to be regional originally. Over the years, it has grown from 5 days to 2 weeks, including housing and students coming from across the country. There are many summer events where the faculty isn't paid, but Kathy has been able to pay and significantly incre
28 minutes | Dec 5, 2016
Ep. 005 - Ryan Poelman - Join the 40
Ryan Poelman Ryan Poelman was recognized by Utah Business Magazine and Utah Valley Magazine as one of Utah's 40 Under 40. Ryan has an infectious personality, as such he has had the opportunity to work with thousands of individuals across the globe in a host of different business ventures and industries. He is currently the Founder of Nudge, a real estate organization that prides itself on having close relationships for its clients Interview Notes 0:58 - A little more about Ryan. Ryan has 5 kids and is married. He started his business ventures in 1994 with his Father selling websites. His dad was an entrepreneur and Ryan felt privileged to be able to learn from him. Now, Ryan owns Nudge, a company focused on commercial real estate. 7:00 - Ryan was on the Utah Business 40 under 40. Mostly a result of what he had accomplished at BuyPD. 8:00 - Reasons Ryan made the 40 Under 40 list: Ryan's an amiable person. He's very easy to work with. He mentions the conflict that comes with business. Ryan learned from an early age (from his father) to be easy to work with and create good relationships. 9:08 - Best business advice Ryan has received. "The number one thing to success in life is to feed the people." He talks about the barriers that are broken down as you serve and feed people. 15:06 - One of Ryan's biggest professional successes: Ryan loves when a person who has worked for him for years breaks off and finds success on his own. He feels pride in the lessons he is able to teach people and for them to find success on their own. 17:05 - What does Ryan hope to accomplish still? He would love to stay in the commercial real estate game, specifically in Utah. He's focused on getting passive income so he can spend time with his family. 18:11 - Outside of the office Ryan enjoys spending time outside with his family. Lightning Round 19:15 - Do you feel you deserved to be on the 40 under 40? It's nice to be recognized but didn't necessarily feel he deserved it. 19:34 - A book that's had a significant impact on Ryan:
29 minutes | Nov 28, 2016
Ep. 004 - Todd Connor - Join the 40
Todd Connor Todd Connor is the Founder and CEO of Bunker Labs, a national organization in 14 cities that helps military veterans start and grow businesses. After serving in the military, he earned his MBA, went into management consulting, started two of his own businesses and then launched Bunker Labs which supports approximately 310 entrepreneurs across the country. He was on the 2015 Crain's Chicago 40 Under 40 list. Interview Notes 0:34 - A little more about Todd. Todd's career began when he joined the navy while in college. He wanted to do something bigger than himself and serve his country. Later, Todd wanted to start his own business, and hasn't looked back. In 2014 he started Bunker Labs to give back to military veterans. 9:47 - Todd was on Chicago Crane's 40 Under 40 in 2015. Both a function of what he was doing with Bunker Labs as well as his business. 10:42 - Reasons Todd made the 40 Under 40 list: If you ask for money, you get advice. If you ask for advice, you get money. The same concept exists with these 40 under 40 lists. If you pursue trying to get on these lists, you probably won't. If you focus on being you, doing work that matters to you, having the impact you want to have, recognition follows. 15:20 - One of Todd's biggest professional successes: He is very proud of everything he has accomplished. He mentions getting off on the right foot by working full time while getting his MBA. Sometimes you make hard decisions that pay off. He put in many hours and years doing something he didn't necessarily want to be doing but were important stepping stones. 17:40 - What does Todd hope to accomplish still? He would love to continue to solve problems that matter to him personally. He loves entrepreneurialism with public impact. That being said, no agenda for what's next. 21:00 - Outside of the office Todd enjoys staying physically fit. He tries to pay attention to things outside his sphere. He's an avid reader. Lightning Round 22:20 - Short answer. No. 22:37 - A book that's had a significant impact on Todd: Man's Sear
24 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
Ep. 003 - Chanda Mofu - Join the 40
Give Us a 5-Star Rating & Review Chanda Mofu Chanda Mofu joined Fayetteville's 40 Under 40 in 2014 at the age of 38. At the time he was nominated he was currently Chief of Operations of a Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This was Chanda's second time living in Fayetteville and wanted to find ways to give back to a community that gave so much to his family of three. He is currently a Battalion Commander in the United States Army. Interview Notes :50 Chanda was a collegiate lacrosse player, loves lacrosse and ice hockey. He has two daughters and is a single parent to both girls. 1:36 He joined the army ROTC while in college and had no idea what he was getting himself into. 2:00 His original plan was to go to medical school and take over his father’s practice. Today he’s a battalion commander. 2:52 Today he’s a battalion commander. Every year the army takes it’s cohort of 5,000 officers. the top 5% of the officers gets selected to command a battalion. Chanda is the chief of training for these company commanders. 8:10 Chanda came back to Fayetteville in 2012 to get custody of his two daughters. In the transition he received help from many people in the community. “You have this family that surrounds you” he says, speaking of the community outside the military. 9:00 Recognizing the help that had been given to him from so many, he started thinking how he could give back to the community who had helped him so much. He started helping in the school district, city council and other opportunities. 11:41 He loves that his daughters were able to be a part of the 40 under 40 celebration. They recognized service is a great thing. 15:26 One of the most rewarding parts of his job is when a soldier says “thanks Sir”. 16:35 When not working, Chanda loves to play hockey, lacrosse, and spend time wit
22 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Ep. 002 - Michelle McCullough - Join the 40
Give Us a 5-Star Rating & Review Michelle McCullough joined the 40 under 40 list in 2013 at the age of 33. Michelle started her first business at 19 and has been the Managing Director for Startup Princess since 2009. Her greatest passion is speaking on leadership and peak performance and she loves working with one-on-one clients in marketing and personal development. Interview Notes :58 – A little more about Michelle, loves sugar cereals! #savethegluten. Married with two kids and grateful for the technology that allows her to do so much from home. 2:09 – Her current professional efforts include: Running two podcasts – “Make It Happen” (Marketing and Motivation) that has been running for 3.5 years. The other is “The Living Room“, a faith based podcast. Traveling and speaking a significant part of her business. 3:32 – How does she balance all of her competing priorities? She is religious about time management. She plans weekly and Michelle “batches time”…if she’s doing podcasts, she does 4 or 5 at once. If she’s doing videos, she does multiple at the same time. She views her time as a pie and divides out her time based on what the various needs require. Still finds time for play, fun and family. 5:04 – Michelle was on Utah Valley Business Q’s 40 Under 40 in 2012 5:56 – Reasons Michelle made the 40 Under 40 list: Didn’t know the process was happening, but she was very active helping business owners across the country via Startup Princess and assumes that played a big part. 7:02 – The best business advice Michelle has ever received: She learned the hard way to fail faster. She has made 100 mistakes and knows all of the ways not to build a business. Your mistake is an event, not a person. Failure in one part of your busines
27 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Ep. 001 - Miranda Barnard - Join the 40
Give Us a 5-Star Rating & Review Miranda Barnard is a Vice President at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals where she works on initiatives with senior staff at Fortune 500 companies, national media outlets, the White House and top hospitals to help raise awareness and $400 million a year for children’s hospitals throughout North America. Miranda was named a Utah Business Magazine 40 Under 40 Business Leader. Interview Notes 1:14 – A little more about Miranda, her family and her work at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 2:49 – Miranda was on Utah Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 when she was 35 3:22 – Reasons Miranda made the 40 Under 40 list: Interesting/various work experience including building an aggressive plan for increasing revenues. Nominated by a former colleague from 10 years prior. Miranda felt like being a good co-worker had an impact. 6:49 – The best business advice Miranda has ever received: Her current boss told her to “think of your time as a finite resource.”Instead of finding balance, think of your time as a pie chart. Your time and priorities are divided up into slices and sometimes your work will require a bigger slice, other times your family will require more focus but it isn’t permanent. It’s not forever…you can always reallocate those slices. Your situation isn’t permanent. 8:44 – More practical business advice: Volunteer for hard projects. You’ll grow as a person, employee, manager and that’s helped shaped Miranda’s career and personal life. 10:53 – One of Miranda’s biggest professional successes: Without previous experience or much insight, Miranda planned and managed one of CMN’s largest events…a trip for 50 special children and their families to Washington D.C. where they met with the President of the United States. Hear about her experience in the White House.
3 minutes | Nov 10, 2016
Ep. 000 - Join the 40 Podcast Introduction
Give Us a 5-Star Rating & Review Every year, a new group of the most influential young people in business is inducted as members of the "40 Under 40" in cities across the country. These professionals, all under the age of 40, break molds, innovate, and stand out (drastically) from their peers. According to Fortune, "the 40 Under 40 is a measure of power and influence." So what would it take for YOU to be a part of such an elite group? What are these disruptors doing that you can learn from and implement in your own career? How do they network? What are they reading? What do they attribute their success to? Maybe most importantly, what would they have done differently to make them stand out? Guaranteed, you can be a "40 Under 40" too. On Join the 40, we interview some of today's most successful young professionals and we get their best business advice. Then we put it in a podcast so you know exactly what it will take for you to Join the 40!
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