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ROI’s Into the Corner Office Podcast: Powerhouse Middle Market CEOs Telling it Real—Unexpected Career Conversations

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Darryl Lyons, CEO, PAX Financial Group

Darryl Lyons, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA), is considered an expert in the area of personal finance and author of several books; his latest was endorsed by Dave Ramsey. Darryl’s company PAX Financial Group has made the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in the country. Author, entrepreneur, community leader, and family man, Darryl wears many hats and understands what it takes to plan for financial freedom. Among his many accolades, Darryl is...


Mark O'Brien, Former CEO, Mizuno USA

Mark most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mizuno USA as well as the Chairman and Officer of Mizuno Canada. He has extensive experience and expertise in leading, transforming and or revitalizing mature, rapid growth and new businesses across a variety of industries and well known brands including Mizuno, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, HoneyBaked Ham, Johnsonville Sausage, Miller Lite, Icehouse, GMR Marketing, the Houston Rockets of the NBA and a few minor...


Ed Eiland, CEO, Vital Care Inc.

Ed Eiland, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, FASHP serves as Vital Care Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer. He leads the company with the vision of caring about every patient with an understanding that what we do is truly vital. He manages with the mission for Vital Care to be the premier national network of individually owned infusion providers by offering comprehensive business solutions, clinical tools, revenue cycle management, franchise support, and total resource access. This holistic approach results...


Kristen Knox, VP Global Marketing, ACIST Medical Systems

Kristen is an accomplished executive with vast experience in marketing, sales, business development, board management, strategic planning, and M& A. Kristen’s personal motto in life is to “Be Kind, Work Hard and Have Fun!” Building and leading great teams is her favorite part of the job. Kristen was the President & CEO Data Sciences International (DSI) and led a successful exit for its investors in January of 2018. In her 20-year career, she has delivered results for Mayo Clinic, Otto Bock...


Simon Lee, CEO, Buy On Purpose

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker, and author, Simon Lee is a graduate of the University of Texas Austin (1997), Dallas Theological Seminary (2007), Harvard Business School (2015). Simon founded Buy On Purpose ( in August 2004 with one specific goal: to donate 50% of the company’s profit to support Christian organizations focused on fighting human trafficking, providing clean water and adoption/foster care. Today, Buy On Purpose, a multi-million company with...


David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf Company

David Abeles, Chief Executive Officer of TaylorMade Golf Company, a global leading manufacturer of golf equipment, golf balls, and golf accessory products; oversees all business units for the TaylorMade, Adams, and Ashworth brands. A 15-year veteran of the TaylorMade Golf Company, Abeles rejoined the organization in February 2015 as Chief Executive Officer and President. In October 2017, Abeles completed the sale of TaylorMade Golf from Adidas AG to Private Equity, KPS Capital Partners....


Ron Rocca, CEO, Exagen Diagnostics

A natural at sales and marketing, Ron Rocca grew up within the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sales sector and his numerous awards, accolades, and opportunities to participate in some of the most successful and unique campaigns, are all a testament to his sales and leadership capabilities. Ron started his career at Johnson and Johnson, learning the basics of healthcare sales, before moving on to lead some very interesting directives – partnering with the Lupus Foundation of America,...


Mike Sharrow, CEO, The C12 Group

Mike serves as the President & CEO for The C12 Group as well as serving on the Board of Directors. Mike originally joined The C12 Group as a member in 2010 when he owned a healthcare management consulting practice and was serving as a pastor at Grace Point Church (San Antonio, TX). In 2011 he joined the local franchise as a full-time associate chairman serving dozens of CEOs across the local market. In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas franchise and grew it to a team...


Ritt Carrano, CEO, Purchasing Power

Richard (“Ritt”) Carrano is Chief Executive Officer of Purchasing Power, LLC. He joined the company in 2001 within its first six months of operation. Ritt was promoted from Chief Financial Officer to President in 2007, and in 2011 became the CEO. Within his tenure, he has guided the company to achieve consistent, annual double-digit revenue growth, 95% client retention and more than $2.5 billion in processed orders. Initial results for Carrano’s leadership underscore the remarkable corporate...


Buzz Bradley, CEO, Zpacks Corporation

A natural at sales, marketing, and helping clients maximize product and service offerings, Buzz Bradley has an extensive career helping grow and lead middle market manufacturing organizations. From Account Manager to Sales leadership roles and up through the executive suite, Buzz’s strong customer service focus, eye for details, and innovative, entrepreneurial spirit have allowed him to adroitly manage production, people, and profits. Buzz has been the CEO of Zpacks Corporation, an...


Jason Christensen, CEO, NorthStar

Jason Christensen founded NorthStar in 2000 and has overseen its growth to become one of the top 15 largest residential security and home automation providers in the nation. A passionate leader who is committed to doing things the right way, Jason leads by example in living the core values of Integrity, Accountability, and Service. Prior to NorthStar, Jason worked for SalesNet Marketing and Eclipse Marketing doing pest control sales while completing his undergrad at Brigham Young University...


Jeff Clapper, CEO, 8th & Walton

Jeff Clapper has been owner and CEO of 8th & Walton since 2013. 8th & Walton located across the street from Walmart's Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, helps consumer product companies succeed at Walmart and Sam's Club by providing expert-led services and education. Jeff's retail career began in magazine publishing, as the Newsstand Sales Director for Pack-O-Fun, Inc, a 55-year-old publisher of 6 consumer crafting magazines, calling on key national retail accounts including Walmart. He...


Peter Strahm, CEO, Drink King Distributing Co.

Peter Strahm is a purely entrepreneurial business executive with more than thirty years of leadership experience in the food and beverage industry. He has a proven track record including several major beverage industry success stories with Peter influencing and impacting every step along the way from the launch to maturity. Peter has worked for some great names in the industry including PepsiCo, Snapple, Jones Soda, and Red Bull before becoming the CEO and Founder of Drink King Distributing...


Brett Beveridge, CEO, The Revenue Optimization Companies

Brett Beveridge is a serial entrepreneur who thrives on building businesses from the ground up and prides himself on being at the forefront of technology. Since founding the Revenue Optimization Companies (T-ROC), the CEO has helped propel the parent company of four brands and an international division to become a leader in the wireless, electronics, software and retail industries, assisting many big-box retailers and Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Sprint, AT&T, Walmart, Comcast and...


Matt DiLorenzo, CEO, TYR Sport

Named as one of the ten most influential people in swimming by Swimming World Magazine, TYR Sport Chief Executive Officer Matt DiLorenzo has proven to drive his industry in both innovation and design. As a leading manufacturer of swim and triathlon gear, DiLorenzo’s brand has outfitted some of the greatest names in sports including 12x Olympic Medalist Ryan Lochte. Today, his company boasts an impressive roster of over thirty professional athletes and has expanded global distribution to...


Robert Hall, CEO, Ole Smokey Distillery

Robert Hall has always had a passion for the consumer goods industry. After graduating from Oxford University in England with a BA in Physics and Mathematics and receiving his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined Nestle, where he gained marketing, sales and general management experience. Robert has also worked at other leading consumer goods companies including Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Nabisco (where he was he was the President of...


Rohit Tibrewala, CEO, Roha USA

A highly motivated and entrepreneurial leader, Rohit Tibrewala brings to Roha, a fast-growing manufacturer of specialty food ingredients for various food and beverage industries, an intense focus on creating a customer-centric and employee-friendly organization while maximizing shareholder value. Rohit has been responsible for Roha’s USA operations since 2001 and has gained remarkable market share in less than ten years, under highly competitive market conditions. He’s set up all operations,...


Stephen Wakeling, CEO, Phobio, LLC

Stephen Wakeling is a wireless industry entrepreneur with a 10-year track record of developing disruptive, technology-powered services. He is the co-founder and CEO of Phobio, LLC -- a software development company that builds optimized software services to support wireless carriers and retailers. Phobio provides outstanding service and support to wireless retailers around the world and to technology companies, such as Apple, Verizon and Samsung. Phobio’s flagship product is Safetrade, a...


Bob Baird, CEO, A.T. Cross

Robert P. Baird, Jr. joined A.T. Cross, based in Providence, Rhode Island in August 2015 as CEO. Founded in 1846, Cross products are sold in 89 countries through fine department and specialty stores as well as through the corporate gift channel. Prior to A.T. Cross, for four years he was Group President and CEO of Dorel Sports, the world’s leading bike portfolio company with such brands as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Iron Horse, and SUGOI sold in more than 100 countries around the...


Daryn Fillis, CEO, Distroller USA

Daryn Fillis became the CEO of Distroller USA in 2008, following a 20+ year track record of launching profitable businesses and business units. Distroller USA is a retail entertainment company bringing to life experience-based concepts, with art and design at its core, and spreading good vibes for ages 0 to 102. Daryn came on board at a time when the organization had an informal business model, and he has successfully laid out the roadmap and executed the processes of transforming Distroller...