Podcast Episode

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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

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 028: Margaret O’Riley | Duke Energy
Episode 028: Margaret O’Riley | Duke Energy 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Margarety O’Riley, business recruiter for Duke Energy, joins Nick Riashi on today’s show. Margaret shares insight on why tariffs are challenging economic development right now. She talks about why the ability to collaborate alongside people with competing interests is crucial to leadership, as well as why she tries to never rest on her laurels.

Margaret is part of Duke Energy’s economic development team as a business recruiter; she is responsible for recruiting her target industries of automotive, chemicals and plastics to the six-state region which Duke Energy serves. Prior to this role, Margaret served the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for over 12 years in various capacities. She’s a deep well of insight, and we are so excited to share this interview with you!

Episode 027: Gray Swoope | VisionFirst Advisors
Episode 027: Gray Swoope | VisionFirst Advisors 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Gray Swoope, president and CEO at VisionFirst Advisors, talks shop with Carla Sones. Gray talks why he sees today’s constant bombardment of noise as an obstacle to trust, and how curiosity can be a double-edged sword. He dives into the danger of complacency and how often he thinks reinvention should be thought about.

Gray launched VisionFirst Advisors in 2015, whic offers location advisory services, economic development strategy, organization design and much more. He is passionate about economic development, having served at all levels representing both urban and rural regions. A constant student of the profession, he never stops the pursuit of learning and applying this knowledge for success in today’s fast-paced economy, and that is evident in today’s interview!