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Positive Enterprise Value
69 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Food Is Life, Art, & Love… the Hearth Food Garden
Today’s interviewee on this episode of the Positive Enterprise Value Podcast is Heidi Feinstein. Heidi is the CEO of Hearth Food Garden, a startup business in formation which will open its European style food market on the street level of 60 Penhallow Street in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire sometime in late 2022. Heidi, whose warmth and charisma oozes through in this podcast, previously was a super successful restaurateur as the Founder and CEO of Life Alive Cafes, which she called the Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafes, which she built into a very significant and successful business in the Boston area over 10 to 12 years. Heidi and I talk about her background, some of her hopes and dreams for the Hearth Food Garden, as well as some of the things that she's learned along the way with Life Alive and other places. You'll hear her laugh about some of her learnings, some unlearnings, and some of her plans for how the Hearth Food Garden will actually be different than what she created with Life Alive. I hope you'll enjoy this interview with Heidi as much as I did.
64 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Private, Not-For-Profit Leadership
On today’s episode of the Positive Enterprise Value podcast I am interviewing, Jennifer A. Grossman who goes by the nickname JAG. JAG is the President and CEO of The Atlas Society. JAG lives in Malibu and travels so extensively, I'm not sure that she would say they have a headquarters every- anywhere. As you might have guessed from the name, The Atlas Society, which is, drawn from the book Atlas Shrugged, the fantastic novel by Ayn Rand. The Atlas Society celebrates the remarkable potential and power of the individual and promotes learning about the capitalist system juxtaposed against the other kinds of systems in the world, so that young people in particular can make informed choices about which is the kind of system they want to live in and whether they're willing to make the decisions that allow them to be successful in a capitalist society. JAG is a fabulously interesting person who, after an Ivy League education at Harvard, spent time at the White House as a speech writer. She also spent time in the private sector. She has also advised other for profit and non-for-profit entities. I think she's been with Atlas about six or seven years. She's made enormous transformable- transformative changes there moving their curriculum to focus a lot of resources on young people and is very open and candid about her challenges in doing so over the last few years. And I think you'll really enjoy hearing her so without further delay, here's my interview with Jennifer A. Grossman, JAG.
78 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Living Longer, Healthier, Happier
My guest today on the Positive Enterprise Value podcast is Dr. George Shapiro. George is the Chief Medical Innovation Officer of Fountain Life. Fountain was formed about three years ago, with the mission to revolutionize the current healthcare system (actually I would call it the sick care system), by switching the primary focus from a sick care reactive system to a pro-active and preventative healthcare system. All the advancements that have been made in technology and AI, now allow us to detect illnesses earlier than ever before, so that we could have the possibility of living much longer, healthier lives—really interesting, but it takes a long time to find its way to your general practitioner. George Shapiro, M.D. had a traditional education and background in medicine. He went to New York Medical College where he received his M.D. He had his undergraduate degree from the Albert Einstein College at Yeshiva University, and he then became a fellow at Columbia University in the cardiology center. George, in my view, has kind of seen it all. He's seen people practice by focusing on the symptoms, which it seems like is what our mass popular culture and the sick care system especially is focused on. I mean, I'm sure you have the same stories that I do when you go to see a practitioner and really all they address is what symptoms you're having and I think George would say, "Wow, the technology we have allows you to look at your health care pre-symptom. Why would you wait until the engine in your car seizes up until you go get it fixed? Why wouldn't you have a low oil indicator go off before, and actually go get that fixed before it seized up?" George is very, very skilled in this area and has a lot of scar tissue from the traditional medical system. I hope you'll have fun listening to him. So, without further delay please join me in listening to George Shapiro, M.D. from Fountain Life.
80 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
Don Oakes & Fran Philip of Sea Bags
Today, my guests are Don Oakes and Fran Philip, who came to be entrepreneurs in the second chapter of their professional lives. Both Don and Fran were very successful senior executives with L.L. Bean. Fran, ultimately, was the chief merchandising officer, and Don worked in senior positions in creative and brand. Fran has a great deal of professional governance experience not only with private companies where she's very active, but also with public companies with firms including Vista Outdoor, Vera Bradley, and PacSun. About 10 years ago, they departed L.L. Bean for different reasons, and you'll hear them talk about how Fran called Don one day and said, "I've got this interesting business. I think we could make an investment in it or maybe even acquire most of and we could run it and it's called Maine's Sea Bags." And I think Don probably heard that discussion with a teensy bit of professional skepticism after being a senior executive of a more than a billion-dollar company and said, "Well, Fran, how many stores do they have at Sea Bags?" And she said, "Three." He said, "What do they do?" And she said, "They make tote bags out of used sails from sailboats." So, I think what you're going to hear we have a double-barrel interview today because we'll hear both Don and Fran talk about their individual experiences, some of their insights and ideas that they shared with each other, some of the ways that they work in different seasons of the year (believe it or not), and some of their hopes and dreams for Sea Bags. Sea Bags now, by the way, is a very widely known national consumer brand with more than just bags, and I think probably as of this recording, 50 retail stores, in addition to a very robust online presence. So, listen and learn. I hope you enjoy listening to Don and Fran. I sure enjoyed having them on the podcast.
64 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Literacy For All - Barbara & Ed Wilson of Wilson Language Training
In the Positive Enterprise Value Podcast, we have the fun of interviewing and listening to some of the most seasoned, successful Entrepreneur Owner-Managers on the planet. The journey through their lives and through their enterprises, through their communities, through their families, and in their successes they leave behind breadcrumbs for us to see and to examine. This week, I have the fun of interviewing my friends Barbara and Ed Wilson, the founders of Wilson Language Training. Wilson Language Training is the most widely known firm to provide curriculum or pedagogy for teaching students, dyslexic students, how to read. And, perhaps even more importantly, how to teach teachers how to teach dyslexic students how to read. You'll hear from Barbara and Ed how they began their business, basically as a coaching or tutoring operation teaching a few dozen kids at a time, and realized the massive scale of demand of the millions of students who needed their help to learn how to read across the country and around the world. They generously and candidly share with us stories from their 38 years of marriage and their 35 years of running this business, including trying to attract and retain great talent; some of the foibles of trying to work with school systems across the country; their very clever, almost intuitive, sense of setting the company up to really scale; and a bit about a recent event where Bigelow helped them to architect a recapitalization with Alpine Equity Partners, which specializes, among other things, in education businesses. I hope you enjoy this session with Ed and Barbara as much as I do. I think you'll hear their authentic kindness come out in the podcast, as well as their perspicacity, their attention to detail, and their mastery of their domain.
64 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
The Amazing Case
Today, I had the fun of interviewing Jason and Amy Case. Founded by Jason Case in 2009 and headquartered in southern Massachusetts, Case Facilities Management Solutions has grown rapidly to become a leading tech-enabled service provider for snow and ice management, landscaping, sweeping, and janitorial services for over 10,000 customer sites. Case FMS utilizes a proprietary technology platform and a hybrid service delivery model to provide services for the healthcare, financial services, supermarket chain, convenience store, transportation and retail industries. This podcast was recorded on February 8th, 2022, in the home of Jason and Amy Case. I had the fun of interviewing them together as we talked about the founding of their company, and the founding of their relationship and their family, all of which was widely watched since together they were the winners of the 23rd season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” So, let's listen and learn from these real-life stories of Jason and Amy Case. Maybe we'll even see a little of ourselves in this interview. Hope you enjoy it.
6 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Tip Of The Iceberg
Today we have done something different, and to make it easy for Positive Enterprise Value podcast listeners, we are recording this blog post as an audio only. Hope you enjoy it. This week I am speaking to you about the private transaction market. We are in a time of abundance Superabundance of capital. Private company enterprise values are approaching all-time highs. And with good reason. Entrepreneur Owner-Managers create the most pro-social and pro-economic enterprises on the planet, and their superior financial performance coupled with increased capital gain value, result in the highest return on investment. Privately-owned companies have been undervalued all our professional lives. We are simply in a period of catch up. Think private company values are high? It’s only the tip of the iceberg.
104 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Is This What You Mean? Transitioning To Private Equity Ownership
Today, my guest is Chet Jordan. Chet is one of the co-founders and co-owners of Digital Architecture, a business that he and his partner Ken Blais began. I think it's accurate to say they began it in Maine before they moved it to Florida. Their mission was to digitize and make it easy to use college and university course catalogs. They've expanded into way more than that, but that was the initial opportunity for them. And they began to digitize course catalogs so the students and professors in the universities and colleges they work with would be able to access the course catalogs quickly - see what was available, and what wasn't. If you've been a student in higher education you know that getting a course into your curriculum related to your major is often a challenging undertaking, and they digitized that and made it infinitely easier. I hope you enjoy.
36 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Bigelow Connectors 2021 - Are You Practicing Essentialism?
Last month we held our first Bigelow Connectors event live at The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth, NH. We gathered 80 of the best expert advisors to Entrepreneur Owner-Managers to focus on unlocking our collaborative energy, build relationships, engage in scholarly discussion, and hear from our keynote speaker, Greg McKeown, the New York Times Best Selling Author of Essentialism (2018) and Effortless (2021). During our evening together I had the fun of interviewing Greg after his incredible keynote. During this brief half hour interview Greg shares deeper insights into his concepts of Essentialism and Effortless, some personal stories and life lessons, and what his focus is for the future. Sprinkled throughout you will also hear some very poignant questions from the other expert advisor attendees as well.
54 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
M&A = Mood Altering
On this latest episode of the Positive Enterprise Value podcast our guest is Ken Johnson from MAS Medical Staffing. Ken, and his partner Jay Hamel, owned and ran MAS Medical for the last 20 years, building it into a very well-known and respected medical staffing business, serving the Northeast and the middle Atlantic states. Jay and Ken built the business basically from scratch. Twenty years later or so, they engaged Bigelow and we helped them with architecting, the recapitalization of MAS Medical by Periscope Equity. And Jay Hamel was able to transition quickly out of the business while Ken stayed on as a principal stockholder. Ken relates to us very candidly and very humorously, a lot of the opening chapters of MAS Medical, some of the challenges that they had with the market, their products, and their services, along with some of the ways they stubbed their toes along the way.
73 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
From Intern to President
On the latest episode of the Positive Enterprise Podcast my guest is Adeline Druart. Adeline is the president and CEO of Vermont Creamery, which is a part of the Land O'Lakes group of companies. Adeline has a fascinating story! After graduating from university in France, she came to Vermont Creamery as an intern, met the love of her life—both in her personal life and, actually I would say, in her professional life as well—and over time went from an employee at Vermont Creamery in the plant, to head of Operations, and ultimately President and Chief Executive Officer. What a story!
53 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Does Planning For The Next Chapter Bring A Smile?
Do Entrepreneur Owner-Managers fundamentally operate at the level of data and analysis, or do EOMs fundamentally operate at the level of feelings and emotions? That’s the question that Jim Collins famously posed to Brené Brown and I loved it so much I posed it to Lisa Allen, the Principal Stockholder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the third generation family business Ziegenfelder Corporation. Ziegenfelder, headquartered in the hills of Wheeling, West Virginia, is one of the leading makers of frozen ice pops (what most of us think of as popsicle treats). What could inspire a more positive emotion than a popsicle treat in the heat of the July summer? (Hell, if more popsicles were available to more high performing entrepreneurs, we’d probably save a lot of money on therapy, who knows?)
54 minutes | May 5, 2021
Against All Odds
Growing up with her family in Bolivia, do you think Jan Herschkowitz ever dreamed she’d become a successful entrepreneur business owner in America? I don’t. Having already gotten her professional start, Jan got the call from her Dad that he needed temporary help in the business that he acquired called PRL. She left a promising career with an electronics manufacturer in Chicago and traveled home for a short-term assignment to help her Dad. Tragically, his sudden death soon after her arrival, set the stage for Jan investing 32+ years leading the business from a small non destructive testing business into a high-tech, vertically integrated defense contractor making mission-critical nuclear components for the Navy. Jan generously shares candid comments with us on what it was like to lead the most successful company in a male-dominated industry, how she kept her perspective between professional and personal roles, and how she’s coping with being a passive investor in a business she ran for multiple decades.
46 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
When the Second Generation Hits It Out of the Park
In this hour-long podcast, Cary and I talk about family businesses and the different roles that you play in them, the challenge of following big footsteps, the crisis that turned into a positive transformation, keeping his feet on the ground all the way. Lots of insightful learnings and unlearnings from this unpretentious entrepreneur.
65 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Insights About “The Next Chapter”: From One Who Transacted 10+ Years Ago
In this candid, fast-paced, fun and funny interview, Ford Reiche and I visit how things have gone in his latest chapter. Ford divested Safe Handling, Inc. 10+ years ago, and exited the day to day management of it immediately.
44 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Quarantine Learnings with Maxx Bricklin of BOLD Capital Partners
Today’s Quarantine Learnings podcast is with Maxx Bricklin, Principal at BOLD Capital Partners based in Los Angeles, California. BOLD Capital Partners manages a family of funds targeting investments in early stage and growth technology companies. They have a particular interest in entrepreneurial leaders who leverage exponential technologies to transform the world and create innovative solutions to humanity’s grand challenges. Listen here as Maxx describes some of his learnings, both personal and professional, during the quarantine.
36 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Quarantine Learnings with Cam Brensinger of NEMO Equipment
Today’s Quarantine Learnings podcast is with Cam Brensinger, Founder of NEMO Equipment based in Dover, New Hampshire. NEMO is an award-wining designer of innovative outdoor gear, including tents, sleeping bags, camp showers, and shelters. NEMO is founded on a commitment to adventure – to the fearless pursuit of uncharted paths, in everything from the equipment they build to the way they run the business. Listen here as Cam describes some of his learnings, both personal and professional, during the quarantine.
33 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Quarantine Learnings with Pete Hopkins of Planet Fitness Michigan
Today’s Quarantine Learnings podcast is with Pete Hopkins, Co-Owner / Founder of Planet Fitness Michigan Group. Planet Fitness Michigan is one of the largest franchise groups in the Planet Fitness chain with over 50 gyms. Planet Fitness is one of the fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the US with a mission to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment. Listen here as Pete describes some of his learnings, both personal and professional, during the quarantine.
19 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Quarantine Learnings with Jim Lampman of Lake Champlain Chocolates
Today’s Quarantine Learnings podcast is with Jim Lampman, Founder of Lake Champlain Chocolates based in Burlington, Vermont. Lake Champlain Chocolates makes gourmet chocolate truffles, bars, gift baskets, wedding favors, hot chocolate and more. They ship nationwide from their headquarters in Vermont. Listen here as Jim describes some of his learnings, both personal and professional, during the quarantine.
29 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Quarantine Learnings with Jen Borislow of Borislow Insurance
Today’s Quarantine Learnings podcast is with Jen Borislow, Founding Principal and President of Borislow Insurance based in Methuen, Massachusetts. Borislow Insurance is a benefits solutions firm building employee benefits strategies that save time and money. They provide world-class benefits that attract and retain employees while taking advantage of innovations in the marketplace. Listen here as Jen describes some of her learnings, both personal and professional, during the quarantine.
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