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039: Brian Anderson | Wabash Valley Power Alliance
039: Brian Anderson | Wabash Valley Power Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Brian Anderson from Wabash Valley Power Alliance joins Nick Riashi for an interview. Brian talks about the importance of letting people shine in their lane, and throughout the interview it’s clear that Brian has a passion for helping others become better leaders. He talks about the 3 Ds of progress and growth in leadership, as well as his advice to newly promoted leaders.

Brian is the director of economic development and public relations at Wabash Valley Power Alliance, where he has been leading the initiatives that support economic vitality through the Wabash Power Valley service territory for 5 years. Brian has 15 years of experience in economic development, and was previously the CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation.

038: Gregg Simon | Metro Atlanta Chamber
038: Gregg Simon | Metro Atlanta Chamber 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Today, Gregg Simon joins Nick Riashi on the podcast. The two of them dive deep on Gregg’s insights on the dangers of information inaccuracy and poor judgment on social media. Gregg also shares why honesty is always the best policy and why passion for your cause and mission is so important.

Gregg is the vice president of economic development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where he builds and manages relationships with the economic development partners across the 29-county metro Atlanta region. He has over 20 years of experience in economic development experience, having worked in Massachusetts and New York previously as well.

Episode 037: Dan Breen | Jones Lang LaSalle
Episode 037: Dan Breen | Jones Lang LaSalle 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Dan Breen, managing director of location economics at Jones Lang LaSalle, joins Carla Sones to talk leadership. The two of them dive deep on why Dan believes it’s so important to be adaptable and agile in today’s world, as well as the importance of diplomacy. Dan talks about what role podcasts and his drive for being a constant learner have played in his life journey, as well as why coming from a family of immigrants has solidified his love for the United States.

Dan specializes in helping clients identify, negotiate and implement tax and financial credits and incentives.  Dan has successfully secured a variety of significant incentives for projects throughout the U.S. and Caribbean, including major manufacturing facilities, distribution, disaster recovery and call centers, and headquarters, administrative and retail locations.  Dan has served clients in multiple industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, information technology, health care and pharmaceutical businesses.

Episode 036: Philip Marschall | Navigator Consulting
Episode 036: Philip Marschall | Navigator Consulting 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Philip Marschall (partner, Navigator Consulting) talks leadership with Carla Sones. Together, they dive deep on today’s information overload, the challenge of adapting marketing to different international markets, and whose leadership style Philip admires. Philip also shares his insights on arrogance and selfishness, and why staying open to new ideas is so important.

Philip is partner at Blair & Partner in Düsseldorf, working chiefly in projects and GIS-based location analytics for Navigator Consulting’s European client base. He was working at the German-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta from 2013-2014 before joining forces with Navigator Consulting. Philip has since managed eight international site selection projects. With an academic background in Geography and Economics, he possesses critical expertise in the fields of cluster theory and localized drivers for business growth.

Episode 035: Steve Johnson | Alliance STL
Episode 035: Steve Johnson | Alliance STL 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Steve Johnson, president and CEO at Alliance STL, talks leadership with Nick Riashi. Steve shares why alignment within a team can be such a challenge, and how unquestionable integrity is a leader’s strongest asset. His authentic take on leadership development and advice for emerging leaders are both must-hear insights.

Steve Johnson heads up the newly established Alliance STL as president and CEO. He has led business recruitment efforts in local, regional and statewide organizations for more than three decades. As the leader of Alliance STL, he loves seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they begin to realize what makes the St. Louis region special. Prior to his current role, Steve served as the CEO of the Missouri Partnership.

Episode 034: Mike Bennett | Avenue Advisory Group
Episode 034: Mike Bennett | Avenue Advisory Group 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Mike Bennett, founding partner at Avenue Advisory Group, joins Nick Riashi. Mike dives deep on the importance of empowering others, as well as how the New Zealand All Blacks have taught him powerful lessons about humility and staying grounded. He also shares why he’s adamant about owning his mistakes and what his strategy is to gain new perspective.

Mike has helped hundreds of companies evaluate thousands of locations as they decided where to invest, expand or relocate.  He has worked tirelessly both as an economic developer and a site consultant to develop lasting partnerships across the country and is a strong advocate for his corporate clients, guiding them through critical and complex decisions. His diverse portfolio of successful work includes projects in over 40 U.S. States and covers a wide range of industries.

Episode 033: Tracye McDaniel | TIP Strategies
Episode 033: Tracye McDaniel | TIP Strategies 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Tracye McDaniel, president at TIP Strategies, joins Nick Riashi. They dive deep into the impact of technology and AI on today’s workforce, as well as why Tracye believes a 100-day plan is so important. She also shares her insights on mentors and why resilience and hope are defining qualities in her leadership.

Tracye is a recognized trailblazer in the economic development and travel marketing industry. She has been a trusted advisor to CEOs, nonprofits, public organizations and private enterprises for more than three decades. As a widely recognized strategist with C-Suite level experience in all facets of the industry, Tracye has earned a reputation of creating mutually beneficial strategic partnerships across a broad spectrum of industries.

Episode 032: Kathy Mussio | Atlas Insight
Episode 032: Kathy Mussio | Atlas Insight 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Kathy Mussio of Atlas Insight talks with Carla Sones about her journey from the music industry to site selection. Kathy dives deep on the importance of culture and hiring the right people, as well as why listening is such an important skill to have as a leader and much more.

Kathy is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Atlas Insight. With over 25 years of combined experience as a management, incentive and site selection consultant, she is widely considered an industry expert in the site selection and incentive negotiation business. Kathy provides location strategy for both industrial and commercial clients, with a focus on Atlas’ manufacturing clients.

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

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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.