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Episode 031: Ron Kitchens | Southwest Michigan First
Episode 031: Ron Kitchens | Southwest Michigan First 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Ron Kitchens, ceo and senior partner at Southwest Michigan First joins Carla Sones. Ron shares his insights on the need for learning faster than ever before, and why fearful leadership can quickly derail a career. Ron also has great advice relating to the distinction between coveting vs. calling.

Ron is the senior partner and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First. He also leads Consultant Connect and is a trustee of Western Michigan University. Ron is author/co-author of three books, including his most recent release Uniquely You, and he speaks globally on leadership, creating thriving, engaged, multi-generational teams and entrepreneurial cultures. Ron blogs and podcasts at ronkitchens.com and can be found on Twitter @ronkitchens.

Episode 030: Justin Bickle | Columbus 2020
Episode 030: Justin Bickle | Columbus 2020 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Justin Bickle, managing director of client services and project management at Columbus 2020, talks leadership with Nick Riashi. Justin dives into why empathy and awareness are key skills in his leadership style. He also talks about how being unaccepting to change is a hindrance to good leadership, though he also makes the distinguishment of needing to make sure the change is for the right reasons.

Justin leads the activities of the project management team and the active pipeline of Columbus 2020 expansion projects, placing an emphasis on the strategic qualification of growth opportunities. He consults clients through the site location process to help them take advantage of the Columbus Region’s business advantages, and works with the project management team to provide best-in-class client service including real estate assistance, market validation and analysis, public and private partner connections, and state and local incentive negotiations.

Episode 029: Josh Bays | Site Selection Group
Episode 029: Josh Bays | Site Selection Group 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Josh Bays, partner at Site Selection Group, joins Carla Sones on today’s show. Josh and Carla talk about the effect of the intense divisiveness in today’s society, and why Josh believes having a heightened sense of self-awareness is a pivotal quality for people in a leadership position.

Josh leads the industrial practice at Site Selection Group. He is a critical part of the executive team as well, where he helps provide and implement strategic direction. Josh has completed more than 750 projects for global clients, some of which include Adidas, Amazon, Boeing and many more. His candor and to-the-point honestly in today’s interview is refreshing and provides a ton of insight!

Episode 024: Chris Strayer | Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Episode 024: Chris Strayer | Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Chris Strayer, senior vice president at Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, talks with Nick Riashi about his insights on the importance of building the right team, as well as always being open to guidance and mentorship. Chris shares his thoughts on why having a plan is one of the most important things, not just in your career, but also life in general.

Chris joined the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce as the senior vice president of business attraction, retention and expansion in February of 2018, where he leads one of the four pillars of their 4-year strategic plan Fortify. Prior to joining Fort Worth, Chris was part of the team at Columbus 2020, where he oversaw more than 180 projects to success. 

Episode 021: Vivian Howard | A Chef’s Life
Episode 021: Vivian Howard | A Chef’s Life 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Ron Kitchens had the chance to do an interview with Vivian Howard of the TV show “A Chef’s Life.”  Vivian’s determination to make the community where she grew up a better place to live is incredible. In today’s interview, she shares how she went from wanting nothing more than to leave her eastern North Carolina hometown to coming home to open a restaurant and helping to grow the community. 

On June 20, Vivian is coming to speak at Catalyst University in Kalamazoo, MI! If you are interested in attending, you can register here. You can follow Vivian’s journey on Twitter @chefsouth and on Instagram @chefanthef.

Episode 020: Ashley Cagle | Wake County Economic Development
Episode 020: Ashley Cagle | Wake County Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Ashley Cagle from Wake County Economic Development joins Nick Riashi to talk about her journey in economic development and leadership thus far. Ashley shares her advice on how to continue finding the thrill in your job, as well as how she sets boundaries that allow her to be her best self both at work and at home.

Ashley is the Assistant Executive Director at Wake County Economic Development, where she leads their talent strategy and the business expansion, recruitment and relocation efforts. She was named to DCI’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2019.

Episode 017: Heidi Smith | Tennessee Valley Authority
Episode 017: Heidi Smith | Tennessee Valley Authority 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Heidi Smith joins Carla Sones for an interview exploring Heidi’s leadership journey. Heidi shares some great advice about leading by example, especially with regards to having a “do whatever it takes to get it done” attitude. She talks about why it’s crucial to own your mistakes and why she sees continued development as a crucial part of her role.

Heidi is the General Manager of Global Business at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). There, she is responsible for business attraction and community development. Heidi works closely with TVA’s customers and community partners to recruit businesses and projects to the area.

Episode 016: Brian Hilson | Economic Development Association of Alabama
Episode 016: Brian Hilson | Economic Development Association of Alabama 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Brian HilsonThis Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Brian Hilson, Rural Development Specialist at the Economic Development Association of Alabama and former CEO at the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), shares his insights on leadership. His passion for leading with goodwill and integrity is clear. Brian talks about the importance of being an open communicator and having a can-do, nothing-is-too-small-for-me attitude. In February 2019 Brian announced he would be stepping down as CEO of BBA.

Brian served as CEO at BBA for 8 years, and he has over 39 years of experience in economic development. Having spent his entire career in the economic development profession, Brian is a strong believer that employment opportunities are the best way to make communities better. His current role as Rural Development Strategist for the Economic Development Association of Alabama is focused on supporting rural communities around the state with their economic development needs.

Episode 013: Ann Miller | Buda EDC
Episode 013: Ann Miller | Buda EDC 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Ann Miller, Executive Director at Buda Economic Development Corporation, talks with Carla Sones about her leadership journey. She talks about why having the courage to inspire others is so pivotal to her leadership style, and she shares how her mom’s fight with cancer inspired a passion for positivity in her. Ann also talks about her passion for challenging herself and how she continuously strives to be better in all she does. She has so much great advice for leaders at any level in today’s episode.

Ann has 14 years’ experience in economic development and is the Executive Director of the Buda Economic Development Corporation in Buda, TX. She is one of the youngest people to have received the CEcD designation. In 2015, Ann was recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 by DCI.

Episode 011: Jeff Pappas | ESRP
Episode 011: Jeff Pappas | ESRP 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Jeff Pappas, Executive Vice President of Site Selection and Brokerage at ESRP Real Estate Services, shares thoughts on generational differences and how he sees those playing out in the workplace, as wells as the 3 Hs that keep him growing and developing. Jeff talks about the importance of a mentor and what he thinks it means to be an American. 

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the site selection business. At ESRP, Jeff represents corporate clients on a local and national basis and his skills include identifying favorable demographics and negotiating economic incentives for a wide range of clients, particularly in the teleservices, telecom and high-tech industries. He specializes in negotiating multiple leases across the country for various clients in the office, industrial, medical, and retail space. If you want to hear more from Jeff, you can follow him on Twitter @BPOJeffPappas.

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