Podcast Episode

Episode 015: David Rumbarger | Community Development Foundation (Tupelo, MS)
Episode 015: David Rumbarger | Community Development Foundation (Tupelo, MS) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

David RumbargerThis Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

David Rumbarger joins Carla Sones to share his leadership journey and insights. David talks about how constant change is a challenge for today’s leaders and his advice for emerging leaders of “we did this, not me did this” is so simple yet so powerful. David shares who in his life brings him reality, who inspires him and who keeps him grounded.

Davis has over 30 years of economic development experience and has been at the helm of the Community Development Foundation of Tupelo, MS since 2000. He played a pivotal role in locating Toyota’s Corolla plant to North Mississippi, which today employs 2200 people with over 1.2 billion dollars of investment. Under David’s leadership, Tupelo has been ranked in the Top 10 of Site Selection magazine 10 times since 2006.

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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 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 012: Kurt Foreman | Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Episode 012: Kurt Foreman | Delaware Prosperity Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Kurt Foreman, CEO at Delaware Prosperity Partnership, joins Carla Sones to talk about his leadership journey. Kurt shares his insights on the challenge of jadedness in the civic arena, as well as the danger of thinking we are indispensable. He talks about the importance of creating energy for people to rally behind an end goal and the beauty of the inherent optimism that represents America.

Kurt is the President and CEO of Delaware Prosperity Partnership, which is the state’s first public-private economic development organization created to promote the state of Delaware as a premier business location. Kurt’s extensive experience in economic development includes serving in various senior economic development roles in both chamber-based and independent economic development groups throughout the U.S., including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the Washington DC metro area.

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.

Episode 010: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX
Episode 010: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Alex Philips, economic development manager at City of Burleson, Texas, joins us on the podcast. Carla and Alex share a dynamic conversation that dives into how Alex’s father inspired enthusiasm for his work in him, as well as why Alex finds humility to be such an important trait. He talks about what keeps him sharp as a leader and what he is doing to help grow and retain talent in Burleson, TX.

Alex has been with the City of Burleson for 11 years and in his current role as the economic development manager for over 3 years. Alex and his team lead the recruitment and retention efforts for the industrial and commercial growth of the community.

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

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

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 008: Ben Jones (City Utilities of Springfield, MO)
Episode 008: Ben Jones (City Utilities of Springfield, MO) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Nick Riashi and Ben Jones share a conversation. Ben is the Manager of Economic Development for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. During today’s podcast, he shares how his time in the armed forces, and particularly the impact of an amazing captain, has shaped his leadership style. Ben also talks about the challenge presented by the speed of change in today’s world, and what the three E’s of leadership—ego, empathy, and energy—mean to him.

Ben has served in his role at City Utilities for seven years, but his career in economic development spans over two decades. In addition to his time at City Utilities, Ben worked in Lebanon and Montgomery City, both in Missouri. Prior to entering economic development, he served a tour with the United States Army and the Missouri Army National Guard.

Episode 007: Misti Martin (Cherokee Office of Economic Development)
Episode 007: Misti Martin (Cherokee Office of Economic Development) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Carla Sones talks with Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. Misti shares her insights on why appreciation is so important to her and how today’s pace-of-work can be a challenge. Misti shares thoughts on wisdom she gleaned from mentors over the years, why she thinks it’s beyond important to find a mentor who will challenge you, and how she knows it’s time for someone to move on from their current role.

Misti Martin is a native of Georgia and has over 25 years of experience in the economic development field. She has served as the president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development since 2004. Misti has been featured as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and as a “Notable Georgian.” Tune in now to hear more from Misti!

Episode 006 | Beth Doughty (Roanoke Regional Partnership)
Episode 006 | Beth Doughty (Roanoke Regional Partnership) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Ron Kitchens interviews Beth Doughty, executive director at the Roanoke Regional Partnership, about her leadership journey and the knowledge she has gained over the years. Beth shares her insights on the importance of creativity and how her art history major has been an asset over the years. She talks about how exposure to diversity and new ideas makes her a better, more collaborative leader. Beth shares a multitude of golden wisdom nuggets on today’s episode, tune in now to hear more!

Beth has twice been executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership from 1991 to 1999 and since March 2008. She also serves as executive of the Roanoke Outside Foundation and executive director of the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority. After a start in advertising, she has spent more than 25 years in economic development, helping to create more than 14,000 jobs and $1 billion of investment for the Roanoke Region of Virginia.