Nick Riashi

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 025: Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati
Episode 025: Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO at REDI Cincinnati, talks with Nick Riashi about leadership. Kimm talks about how you’ll know it’s time to move on, and she shares some amazing insight about the importance of determination and compassion. Kimm candidly talks about the struggles in today’s work environment, as well as the delicate balancing act of having the confidence to lead without letting ego take over.

A founding member of the REDI Cincinnati leadership team, Kimm engineers practices and strategies that stregthen the three-state, 15-county Greater Cincinnati region to compete globally. Kimm to the helm of REDI Cincinnati in September 2018, following five successful years as Vice President of Business Development and Project Management for the organization.

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

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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 014: Carol Henderson | Cushman & Wakefield
Episode 014: Carol Henderson | Cushman & Wakefield 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Carol Henderson talks about why keeping people engaged is such a challenge in today’s workplace climate. She shares her insights on vulnerability and gives some amazing advice for emerging leaders. Carol’s authenticity shines through the whole interview, especially when she talks about her focus to stay inquisitive and to always improve.

Carol is a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield. She has over 17 years of experience in the site selection industry and incentives negotiation. Her responsibilities include evaluating, negotiating, implementing and administering business incentives.

Episode 009: Dennis Fraise | Lee County Economic Development
Episode 009: Dennis Fraise | Lee County Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Dennis Fraise (Chief Operating Officer at Lee County Economic Development) and Nick Riashi talk all things leadership. Dennis shares advice about building your own brand with integrity, how to continue challenging the status quo and why having joy in your job is so important.

Dennis is the chief operating officer and senior economic developer at Lee County Economic Development Group in Iowa. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the organization’s comprehensive marketing and communications strategy. Dennis has a background in providing mobile website solutions, creative services, and results-driven marketing. He is also the host of Develop This!, a podcast that explores economic and community development.

Episode 005 | Tim Cowden (Kansas City Area Development Council)
Episode 005 | Tim Cowden (Kansas City Area Development Council) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Nick Riashi talks with Tim Cowden about all things leadership. Tim shares wisdom about staying relevant in today’s fast-paced world, and how ego and selfishness can wreck a career. Tim firmly believes that he is only as strong as the team he leads. Today’s podcast is jam-packed with great leadership advice! You can follow Tim’s insights on Twitter @TimCowden

Tim Cowden is the president and CEO at Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). He’s been with KCADC for over 20 years, with a total of 30 years of economic development experience. Tim leads the strategic vision and direction for the KCADC team which serves the bi-state, 18-county region surrounding Kansas City.

Episode 003 | Ann Petersen (Cushman & Wakefield)
Episode 003 | Ann Petersen (Cushman & Wakefield) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Nick Riashi and Ann Petersen discuss Ann’s leadership journey through the years. Ann is a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield, where her primary responsibilities include negotiation with state and local economic development officials and implementation of incentives. Ann also provides complex financial analysis to her clients which include 10-year P&L cash flow modeling of each project, and she utilizes her legal background to provide creative savings solutions to her clients through legal analysis, tax legislation and letter rulings.

On today’s episode, Ann shares insight on why ego is dangerous and how keeping an open mind to learning is crucial to successful leadership. Tune in now to hear Ann’s advice on when it’s time to move on and find out which language she’s learning to speak!