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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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The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

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United States

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The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

Language:

English


Episodes

Peter Cazzola, CEO, PMC Advisors

4/20/2021
PMC Advisors is driven by the vision and leadership of Peter Cazzolla. Upon retiring, after 21 years as Chairman, President, and CEO of Capital Insurance Group and 42 years in various leadership positions in the insurance industry, Peter has decided to share his knowledge and experience with company boards and C-Suite executives. He is passionate about entrepreneurialism and helping businesses achieve their potential. Upon graduation from the University of Miami, Peter began his career as an...

Duration:00:49:39

Chris Ford, CEO, Capco Canada

4/13/2021
Chris Ford is the Managing Partner and CEO for the Canadian region at Capco. Chris has been focused on strategy and implementation of technology transformation services in the Canadian market for almost 20 years. Chris is a senior professional with experience leading architecture, business delivery, development, functional and non-functional and infrastructure work streams. Chris’ engagement experience spans customer-facing online channels, business process management (BPM), content...

Duration:00:59:04

Jean-Christophe Bédos, CEO, Birks Group Inc.

4/4/2021
Jean-Christophe Bédos is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Birks Group Inc., formerly Henry Birks & Sons, a leading manufacturer and retailer of luxury jewelery and watchmaking since 1879 in Canada. Before joining Birks, Mr. Bédos was formerly with the high-end jeweller, Boucheron International (Kering), in Paris, France, where he served as President and CEO after a distinguished career with the Richemont Group in Paris and London and at Cartier’s iconic Maison. In July...

Duration:00:51:57

Peter Levangie, CEO, Bay State Milling Company

3/30/2021
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Bay State Milling Company, Peter F. Levangie is responsible for all functional areas of the Company and its daily operating activities. Mr. Levangie joined Bay State Milling in 2004 as the Vice President of Strategic Planning. Since that time, he held the titles of Executive Vice President of Revenue & Strategic Planning and then Chief Operating Officer. In January of 2009, the Board elected Mr. Levangie President and Chief Operating Officer. He...

Duration:00:51:45

Steve Swinney, CEO, Kodiak Building Partners

3/23/2021
Steve is the CEO & Co-Founder of Kodiak Building Partners, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado. As Chief Executive Officer, he serves on Kodiak’s Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Kodiak’s business strategy. Since its creation in July 2011, Kodiak has grown to nearly $1.8 Billion in revenue through a series of twenty-seven acquisitions and three business launches, along with extensive organic growth of its operating companies. With a decentralized and...

Duration:00:43:36

Walter Lamothe, CEO, Bentley & Co

3/16/2021
Walter Lamothe is President & CEO of Bentley & Co and Founder of Full Range Strategy. Walter has over 40 years of rich retail experience and a network that can get businesses to another level and get the deals done. An entrepreneurial change agent and visionary, Walter is performance driven and a leader that translates strategic missions into defined outcomes. During his career, he has grown, transformed and created new retail businesses and business models whether it be traditional retail,...

Duration:00:43:38

Talman Pizzey, CEO, Acuren

3/9/2021
Talman Pizzey is the chief executive officer for Rockwood and affiliated companies including Acuren where he leads a staff of 5000 employees in the provision of materials engineering, inspection, and rope access industrial services through 90 offices across the United States, Canada, and the UK. Talman has been with Acuren (including predecessor companies Canspec and Hanson) since 1981. He has broad experience in materials engineering, nondestructive testing, and visual inspection. His...

Duration:00:41:22

Howdy Holmes, CEO, Chelsea Milling Company

3/2/2021
Howdy started working at Chelsea Milling Company in 1963 as a sophomore in high school. He worked in many departments, learning the company from the ground up during his high school and college summer breaks. He left the company in 1968 saying he would return later, but first, he was going to pursue a boyhood dream. He wanted to be a race car driver. He spent 20 years in motorsports winning regional races, the Formula Atlantic Championship, and Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500 in...

Duration:00:52:12

Ross Wainwright, CEO, Alida

2/23/2021
Ross Wainwright is a seasoned software executive with a proven 30-year record of fast-tracking ideas that will disrupt existing markets. As Alida’s leader, Wainwright firmly believes in a world where the best business decisions are those made ​with​ customers, not ​for​ them. He has aligned his global team to help companies uncover and action their customers’ truths to improve experiences and create meaningful relationships. Wainwright has set Alida on course to realize an aggressive growth...

Duration:00:51:22

Dave Hataj, President, Edgerton Gear

2/16/2021
DAVE HATAJ is the second-generation president and owner of Edgerton Gear, Inc., a Wisconsin-based custom gear manufacturer, where has worked for over 30 years. As a journeyman machinist by age twenty-one, he then earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California-Irvine. He completed his master’s thesis of Systems Theory and Family Business from Regent College in Vancouver, BC. In 2014 he earned a Doctorate of Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University, developing a...

Duration:00:44:53

Lewis Gelmon, President & CEO, Johnny Rockets Canada

2/9/2021
JR Canada Restaurant Group Ltd. (JRC) was founded in 2015 by Canadian business entrepreneur Lewis Gelmon, better known as the original master developer for Domino’s Pizza in Canada. In 2015, JRC purchased the Canadian Master Development rights (“Master License Agreement”) for Johnny Rockets, an iconic world renowned “Americana” restaurant brand. Gelmon raised and contributed to the initial equity seed capital of $8.8 million with plans to expand JRC across Canada via acquisition and...

Duration:00:49:15

Re-Release: April Foster, Founder & CEO, Inked Brands

2/2/2021
April Foster is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inked Brands, where she's obsessed with starting & scaling microbrands, many of which are founded by influencers or media companies. Prior to founding Inked, April co-founded Studio Calico, a leader in the direct-to-consumer paper-crafting category, where she pioneered subscription services and organically scaled from a $4k initial investment to multiple 7-figures in a few years. April has been named an Entrepreneur of the Year in...

Duration:00:55:36

Matt Coughlin, Founder & CEO, XSELL Technologies

1/26/2021
Matt is a leader with a contagious passion for great customer engagement, and the economic and business impacts created when customers are engaged in exactly the right way. Prior to founding XSELL, Matt had the opportunity to work with many quintessential brands including Disney, Apple, Carnival, AT&T, GE, Walgreens helping them to bring their customer experience to life. His experience in these environments led to his observation of a power law in sales, regardless of the brand, wherein top...

Duration:00:45:00

Re-Release: Tom Dickson, Executive Chairman & Founder, Blendtec

1/19/2021
Tom Dickson is from San Francisco. He graduated from BYU in 1971 and moved back home with the intentions of signing up for the National Guard. His degree was in manufacturing engineering and he landed a job with Alza, one of the inventors of the birth control pill. Tom had always had an interest in bread making and that hobby led him to start a business called Harvest House Food & Grains. He specialized in creating safer packaging for wheat. One day he spilled some grain and found that when...

Duration:01:16:57

Josh Singer, Founder & CEO, Kognitive Marketing

1/12/2021
Josh Singer is founder & CEO of Kognitive Marketing. Since its inception in 2006, the company has grown to over 800 full and part-time staff located in almost every major market across Canada. Currently, Kognitive is the #1 rated sales & marketing agency in Canada on Glassdoor. The company has also been awarded the #1 Canada’s fastest growing marketing company in Canada and the 6th fastest overall growing company in Canada on Canadian Business Magazine’s Profit 500 list. Due to the company’s...

Duration:00:48:48

Re-Release: Gilbert Hernandez, President/CEO, San Antonio Youth for Christ

1/5/2021
Gilbert was born in San Antonio, Texas to an alcoholic mother and a drug-addicted father, but God had a plan. Through a journey of hope and miracles God made a way. He graduated from South San West Campus. He then attended International Bible College where he graduated in 1996 and completed his Master’s in Theology. Gilbert has been in ministry since the age of fourteen and became a Youth Pastor at the age of eighteen. Gilbert always had a passion to impact young people with the life...

Duration:00:41:00

Travis Penfield, Founder & CEO, 49 Financial

12/22/2020
Travis Penfield is the Founder and CEO of 49 Financial. Travis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a degree in Finance from Mays Business School. Upon graduating from A&M, he worked at Deloitte Consulting until November of 2012 when he started his career as a financial advisor at AXA Advisors. While at AXA, early on in his career, Travis started building a team of advisors. Under Travis’ leadership, his group broke all the records in hiring, retention, and...

Duration:00:44:43

Thomas Foster, Founder & CEO, Strapworks

12/15/2020
My name is Thomas Foster and my wife Donna, my son Douglas, and I own Strapworks.com. Sewing straps began with a love for rafting. I founded the rafting program as a sophomore at UC Davis California in 1974. In 1975 Donna and I started Sierra Whitewater Expeditions Rafting Company, taking guests on river trips all over California, Oregon, and Washington. In 1976 we started Strapworks as our rafting supply company, specializing in straps. We were the first company to truly offer any length...

Duration:00:43:07

Tom Gardner, Founder & CEO, Hay Creek Companies

12/9/2020
About Tom: Tom Gardner and his wife Janeen of 26 years and their 4 sons live in Pittsville, WI, the central Wisconsin town where Tom grew up. Tom is the Chief Stewarding Officer of Hay Creek Companies. Tom launched Hay Creek as a trucking company as a one-truck owner/operator in 1985, then grew to a multi-truck trucking company in 1993, and eventually evolved into a pallet company in 2000. Hay Creek Companies manufactures new pallets and recycles broken pallets and waste wood into colored...

Duration:00:44:44

Re-release: Bill Dwyer, President & CEO, Helping Hand Center

12/1/2020
On each #GivingTuesday, we like to highlight our guests from the nonprofit sector and the amazing work they are doing. Bill Dwyer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Helping Hand Center. Helping Hand Center serves the Chicago land area and was started in the early 1950s to provide education, independence, and vocational training to people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bill offers over 20 years of experience with children and adult nonprofit...

Duration:00:37:33