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36 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
22: 22: Jerry Barber, Freefall Ride to Wind Turbines
Hosts Joseph and Laura step inside the home of the inventor of the freefall ride, Jerry Barber. Jerry is a renaissance man — a master sailor, a photographer, a racecar driver — and his storied career in the amusement industry has led to travels across the globe and countless professional highlights. And, as you might imagine, his home reflects that, with artifacts from around the world, photos with great business leaders, carnival nostalgia, and wall-to-wall patents that span from floor to ceiling. It’s Jerry’s journey that drove our conversation, from amusement park inventions to his most recent innovation, the technology inside of wind turbines. In 2008, Jerry created and became Chairman of the Board for Barber Wind Turbines. He invented and developed a transformative concept for wind energy — one that makes renewable energy accessible and affordable for people all over the world. He systematically re-engineered every problematic element of current wind technology to create a simpler, more efficient solution, which now delivers the lowest cost of energy in the wind industry and reduces carbon emissions. Using world-class innovation, he improved resilience, disaster preparedness, and recovery for areas prone to extreme weather.
40 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
21: Morgan Brady, Autosports Competitions and Aerospace Composites
Hosts Joseph Nother and Laura Corder join Morgan Brady, Managing Partner of Composite Resources, at his Rock Hill, SC office to talk about the ever-changing and highly-adaptable world of composites. Composite Resources is supporting and supplying the aerospace and defense industries with forward-thinking and wholly unique composite components. The company can jump in anywhere during the development process, whether in early-stage prototyping or event applying a layer of coating to the final product. Composites demand a mind that can help people to easily see their needs, role, and potential. And, in Composite Resource's case, that's Morgan Brady. As a leader, Morgan has fine-tuned his formula for scaling and growing niche businesses in addition to, on the Composite Resources front, how he and his team approach the field and collectively move the industry forward within the state through curiosity, teamwork, and building relationships.
35 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
20: Mary Mason, Making Magic Happen at Milliken
When you hear the name Milliken, what comes to mind? Perhaps it's carpets, rugs, and flooring, or maybe its dedicated commitment to sustainability and responsibility? Regardless, as a global, multi-market company, magic is happening behind the scenes—and Principal Scientist, Mary Mason, is the master magician and silent innovator behind it. Spearheading Milliken's chemical division, Mary specializes in polymeric non-settling colorants that enhance the products we use every day. Not only does Mary work with colorants, but she develops innovative processes to test experiments. Mary shares what led her to a career in chemical research and how her passions developed as a young child still live in her today.
39 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
19: Ramy Harik, Combating Corruption Through Manufacturing
Ramy Harik has lived, studied, and traveled worldwide, teaching students from France to Lebanon. As the Director of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, and researcher at McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research — Ramy's work focuses on mechanical, industrial, and automated manufacturing engineering. His work at the McNair Center prepares engineering students for opportunities within South Carolina's aerospace industry — the second largest industry in the state. In this episode, Ramy shares the importance of education and industry, pushing the aerospace industry forward through smart manufacturing. And through smart manufacturing, Ramy notes its role in combating corruption within institutions and shares his unique perspective on life.
36 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
18: Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, Journey From the Books to Bots
Dr. Laura Boccanfuso never imagined she would become a full-time entrepreneur. Before she founded Van Robotics, she spent ten years as a stay at home mom with her three kids. During that time, she uncovered a deep love and passion for education and desired to elevate all students' learning. After heading back to school to get her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Robotics at the University of South Carolina, she spent her time as a research scientist at Yale. There, she discovered the impact robots have in education, and especially on young learners. After many years of studying, learning, and researching, Laura jumped headfirst into entrepreneurship and founded Van Robotics. From there, she not only created ABii - the smart robot tutor, but she's taken her ideas to the entrepreneurial mainstage — Shark Tank. In this episode, Laura discusses her journey from the books to the bots with hosts Joseph Nother and Laura Corder. And they're joined by Laura's long-time mentor, Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director of Techstars Austin.
30 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
17: Stella Mercado, Innovating Cybersecurity for National Defense
When it comes to working with large clients, the President and CEO of Mercom, Stella Mercado, is doing just that. Mercom Corporation is a federal contractor serving the world's largest customer — the Federal Government. It has provided solutions sets for the U.S. Navy and even Air Force One. It's certified as an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business and a HUBZone business and focuses on mission-based technology solutions within Defense, Intelligence, Healthcare, and Civilian markets. While many might be intimidated by working with government entities, Stella and her team never back down from a challenge. She and her team provide solutions that have transformed technology and increased protection within government cybersecurity infrastructure. Stella received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia, then returned to the university in 2014 to attend a program in the School of Business. After establishing Mercom in 2000, Stella and her team continue to showcase the importance of trust, accountability, and building strong relationships to succeed within government contracting. Stella shares what she’s learned throughout the years in government contracting, leadership, entrepreneurship, and even lessons she’s learned from being a mother. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
32 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
16: Shawn Valenta, Changing the Way We Approach Healthcare
"The one thing that I can predict in healthcare is that it's going to continue to change." After being introduced to the healthcare industry in high school, Shawn Valenta began working towards transforming healthcare delivery — especially to minority and vulnerable populations. His journey began in the Greenville Memorial Emergency Department as a respiratory therapist. There, he discovered his appetite for learning, and soon after, he uncovered his passion for healthcare administration. Now, Shawn and his team provide services that serve the different healthcare needs for communities across South Carolina. Shawn supports the operations for all of MUSC’s telehealth programs that range from the ICU to the home, oversees the nearly $50 million budget of state-invested telehealth funds for South Carolina, and is responsible for the contract execution for their network of over 100 sites. The MUSC Center for Telehealth's mission is "telehealth for efficient, effective care," and not just replicating healthcare over a distance. South Carolina has faced many healthcare disparities over the years. Shawn discusses his evolving journey working to overcome these disparities, how to lead by example, and how he and his team are breaking the traditional healthcare mold to deliver care in new and innovative ways. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
15: Ed Currie, The Inventor of the World's Hottest Pepper
A “chile head” in the truest sense of the word, Ed Currie – the man behind the Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest pepper – knows hot enough is never hot enough. His journey began in the 80s when he started growing peppers at his house in South Carolina. By the 90s, his 800+ plants covered every inch of his home, as well as the homes of his friends, family, and neighbors. There was a growing demand for his peppers, and by the early 2000s, he and his wife Linda realized it was time to start a real farm. Now, their farm grows over 100,000 pepper plants and is one of the largest on the east coast. With the creation of the Carolina Reaper, Ed pushed the limits of the chile pepper — his love for spice helping him to light a spark across an entire industry. And the whole world took notice. Ed discusses how his life brought him to growing peppers, how he’s grown his business, and his personal philosophy to innovation and pushing boundaries. In this episode, our hosts Joseph Nother and Laura Corder are joined by Vic Clinco, the owner of the world's largest collection of hot sauces to talk Ed, PuckerButt, and the Carolina Reaper. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
22 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Power of Vulnerability: Juan Caicedo
In a special mini-series from the “Of Note” crew, we’re turning back to our innovators from season one to see how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their personal, professional, and business lives and uncovering the insights they’ve learned from making major business changes across the board. Juan Caicedo, Department Chair and Professor in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, talks with “Of Note” co-host Joseph Nother about the current state of the education system during a pandemic, as well as how (in a world with fully online classes) what the value of a physical learning environment is. This episode was recorded on March 30, 2020.
16 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Power of Vulnerability: Philippe Herndon
In a special mini-series from the “Of Note” crew, we’re turning back to our innovators from season one to see how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their personal, professional, and business lives and uncovering the insights they’ve learned from making major business changes across the board. Philippe Herndon, the founder of boutique guitar pedal manufacturer Caroline Guitar Company, talks with “Of Note” co-host Joseph Nother about how the small business owner and entrepreneur has been impacted by the pandemic. From managing his manufacturing small team in a work from home environment to evaluating his dependency on retail stores and overseas manufacturers, Philippe underscores just how much life has changed as a small business owner. This episode was recorded on March 30, 2020.
20 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
The Power of Vulnerability: Mary Beth Westmoreland
In a special mini-series from the “Of Note” crew, we’re turning back to our innovators from season one to see how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their personal, professional, and business lives and uncovering the insights they’ve learned from making major business changes across the board. Mary Beth Westmoreland, CTO of Blackbaud, has been named one of the most innovative women in America. And now, more so than ever, it's time for her to leverage her ability to innovate. Blackbaud is the world's leading provider of cloud computing solutions for the social good community — that means non-profits, churches, schools — some of those organizations hit hardest by the pandemic, and those most in need of quick, large, full-scale pivots. Mary Beth talks about the need for understanding during times like these and how empathy can make or break your position as a leader. This episode was recorded on March 30, 2020. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
23 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
The Power of Vulnerability: Jon-Michial Carter
In a special mini-series from the "Of Note" crew, we're turning back to our innovators from season one to see how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their personal, professional, and business lives and uncovering the insights they've learned from making major business changes across the board. Jon-Michial Carter, co-founder and CEO of ChartSpan, reconnects with "Of Note" co-host Joseph Nother to discuss how he and his telemedicine company quickly and efficiently transitioned to remote work, how telemedicine directly impacts those on the frontlines of the crisis, and how you – as a leader – can maintain the trust and confidence of your staff. This episode was recorded on March 30, 2020. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
34 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
14: Juan Caicedo
Many people have dreams of shaping the future, and for Dr. Juan Caicedo, those dreams are a reality. A professor and department chair of the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing, Juan specializes in Structural Dynamics to make our world safer and more efficient. From floors that sense the vibrations of your footsteps to walls that stand strong against storms, he and his department utilize their one-of-a-kind equipment to run experiments and come up with new solutions to everyday problems. Juan moved to the United States from Colombia, South America to achieve his goals, proving to all the dreamers out there that nothing is impossible. In this interview, Juan talks about his roles and goals as a professor, and he dives into the different experiments going on in his department and how they can shape the world for the better. He also discusses how innovation can be fostered in schools, and the different ways he and his students and colleagues maintain that innovation throughout their education and careers. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
30 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
13: George Wicks
Innovation can oftentimes be slow. Ideas and projects can't always be completed by the team that starts them — especially in the world of science. Even in retirement, George Wicks, CTO of Applied Research Center (ARC) in Aiken, South Carolina and adjunct professor at several universities, is helping to continue to breathe life into his innovations. One of George's most groundbreaking projects is the research and development of microspheres. These tiny glass spheres have potential applications in the medical, automotive, and security fields, among many others. Join hosts Laura Corder and Joseph Nother as they talk with George about his work, approach to innovation and how he prepares the next generation of scientists. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
46 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
12: Boyd and Nicole Johnson
Craft. Passion. Family. These are the virtues that define Boyd Cycling, the creator of one of the world's fastest bike wheels. Started by competitive cyclists Boyd and Nicole Johnson, the Greenville-based husband and wife team got their footing in the industry as one of the first manufacturers to sell directly to consumers online, disrupting deep-pocketed established brands. Ten years later, the company focuses on creating handbuilt, well-engineered wheels and aims to be one of the best wheel companies in the world. Join hosts Laura Corder and Joseph Nother as they talk with Boyd and Nicole about the process of building a team, how to be successful in business with family, how they were able to obtain grant and seed funding, and the valuable lessons they’ve learned over the years. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
38 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
11: Nancey Tsai
We all like to think that innovation and creativity come as a spark, an epiphany, as the "light bulb" moment. But that isn't always the case. Dr. Nancey Tsai had a number of experiences during her time as a student and practicing doctor where she simply took note of something – a fact, a challenge, a need – and "filed it away." After more than a decade, she'd eventually bring all of this back together to create a potentially game-changing device. As a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, Nancey invented a device that uses gentle puffs of air and videography to detect subtle differences in the way a patient blinks. As Nancey put it, “it’s all in the eyes” when it comes to examining neurological functions. Today, the Blink Reflexometer is a portable device that can be used to test an athlete for concussion right on the sidelines, and in the future has the potential to detect other neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s, stroke, and Parkinson’s. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
38 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
10: Greg Higgs
Many enthusiasts dream of starting a business around their obsessions. Greg Higgs is one of those entrepreneurs that actually did it. After a wild ride in Jakarta, Indonesia fresh out of college, Greg had laid the groundwork for Fab Fours, an auto customization company specializing in bumpers for outdoor enthusiasts. Year after year, Greg has fully delivered on innovative ideas and designs that have shaken up his industry. With a strong track record and plenty of gas left in the tank, Greg wants to keep growing his business. Joseph and Laura talk with Greg about the challenges behind scaling a company from a cultural standpoint — detailing hiring from within vs. outside the company, how to maintain culture as you grow, and the effects culture can have on day-to-day operations. Greg also dives into his philosophy on product design, managing competition, and advice for enthusiasts looking to start their own company. "Of Note" is an original production by Scribble and Designsensory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.
27 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
9: Sherine Chan
Sherine Chan and her business partner are developing compounds that could potentially treat severe neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and Parkinson's. As a lifelong scientist, she's now entered the unfamiliar world of business pitches, grant writing, and fundraising. Playing two roles — researcher and entrepreneur — is no easy task. See how she aims to bring her innovative ideas to the big stage and what you can learn from her journey. This is Of Note.
27 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
8: Srikanth Pilla
Electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles — we're all familiar with the innovations currently happening in the automotive space. However, in the future world that Dr. Srikanth Pilla dreams of, cars will be fully recyclable with all of their parts being totally reusable. Through his background in biocomposites, or new materials created from both natural and synthetic sources, Srikanth aims to bring the circular economy concept to the automotive industry.
34 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
7: Jack Peck
How do you translate a lifetime in academia to the world of entrepreneurship? Jack Peck, CEO of FastFetch Corporation, has spent nearly five decades in the world of computer science—even starting the department for it at Clemson University. And now, he's leveraging his background to solve some of the biggest problems in the evolving world of order fulfillment.
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