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Latest Episodes

Paul Schueller, CEO, Energizing Sustainability for Utility Companies – Episode 70

Paul Schuelleris the founder and CEO of FranklinEnergy,and the author of “The Squeeze”his debut novel, which Mike highly recommends.From a young age, Paul became interested in power generation and that interest led him to become amechanical engineer and get a job at the local gas & utility company, where he worked for 7 yearsbefore deciding it wasn’t the best place for him. Along the way, he met some folks with whom hebecame partners and started a few businesses that ultimately did not work out. He learnedfrom thoseexperiences and started Franklin Energy on his own with a mission to help utilities communicate betterwith their customers about energy saving programs.From that humble beginning, Paul has led thecompany’s growth to more than 1000 employees with 60 offices in 35 states. Mike and Paul cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including his brief stint as an insurance agent,howhe’s adapted to having 4 different private equity partners in his business, why change is good forhim, how he’s continued to hone his company’s services to complement its customer’s needs, andwhyhe has a passion for sustainability. And now here’s Paul Schueller. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. Also, podcast reviews are important to iTunes and the more reviews we receive, the more likely we’ll be able to get this podcast and message in front of more people (something about iTunes algorithms?).I’d be extremely grateful if you took less than 30 seconds and 5 clicks to rate the podcast and leave a quick review.Here’s how to do it in less than 30 seconds: Click on This Link –https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/howd-it-happen-podcast/id1441722417 Click on the “Listen on Apple Podcast” Box Click on “Open iTunes” – You will go directly to the iTunes page for the Podcast Click on “Ratings and Reviews” Click on the 5thStar (or whatever one makes the most sense to you Special thanks to Hammerstone Marketing for website design, podcastproduction, and blog collaboration.

67 MIN1 d ago
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Paul Schueller, CEO, Energizing Sustainability for Utility Companies – Episode 70

Jim Lindenberg, CEO, Wiring Guaranteed Success with 25 Core Values – Episode 69

Jim Lindenberg is a serial entrepreneur andthe CEO of Lindy Enterprise, a consulting practice that helps business owners develop and executestrategies that improve results. Prior to founding Lindy Enterprises, Jim founded World Class Wire &Cable, an electrical distribution company that he grewrapidly before selling to a strategic buyer in2008.Since then, Jim has owned and sold a number of additional businesses including the MilwaukeeWave a championship winning professional indoor soccer team, NX Level, and Master Z’s. He’s also been recognized by the Biz Times with a Lifetime AchievementAward for his impacton business and the community. Jim became an entrepreneur accidentally. After being passed over forthe role of President at acompany where he was leading the sales efforts and thought he’d be for life, Jim was approached by avendor who encouragedhim to start his own business, which would become World ClassWire &Cable,and provided the funding as well. His initial strategy and goals were modest. He saw an opportunity tobe more responsive and faster than the competition and was determined to build a company thatlistened a little better and delivered a little faster than everyone else. Asking himself and his team thequestion,“How can we be different?” became the core of the mindset that led the company to grow from ateam of 1 to more than 60 and sales from zero to $60M in 15 years. Mike and Jim cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how Jim has used what he’s learned asa youth sports coach to motivate people and keep them happy, his belief intheKISS (keep it simple)philosophy,the importance of information, why the CEO’s job is to keep the train rolling and how heuses his 25 Core Values to besuccessful– and how you can use them as well. And now here’s Jim Lindenberg. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen.

68 MIN6 d ago
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Jim Lindenberg, CEO, Wiring Guaranteed Success with 25 Core Values – Episode 69

Scott Welsh, CEO, Constructing Dramatic Growth in Commercial Real Estate – Episode 68

Scott Welsh is the CEO ofInland Companies. Inland is a global partner with Colliers International and one of Wisconsin’s largestcommercial real estate brokers. Scott purchased the business from his father in 1996 when he returnedto Milwaukee after cutting his teeth as a commercial real estate broker in Minneapolis.The businesshas grown dramatically under Scott’s leadership and is now also active in Property Management,Construction and Real Estate Development.He’s significantly involved in the community, is a BoardMember of the Downtown Business Improvement District and the occasional host of theMKE Forward podcast, which is worth checking out. Scott describes himself ashaving not had much vision in college, although his father had instilled in hima strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial curiosity at a young age, dangling carrots of work andopportunity at him that led to Scott starting a landscape business.Upon graduating the University ofWisconsin–Whitewater, he and a buddy packed their supplies and an interview suit into a VW andbegan a three-month tour around the countrylookingfor a job where he could have a lot of fun andmake a lot of money. He talks about that adventure and the bummer of having his Grateful Deadtapes stolen long the way. Mike and Scottcover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including howbeneficial his businesspartnership with Mike Fardy, whom he’s known since high school, has been, why he thrives onovercoming obstacles, how he’s managedthe growth of Inland froma company withless than 10employees toone that now hasmore than 200 and how he’s preparing the company for thefuture withthe development of his next generation team. And now here’s Scott Welsh. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen.

69 MIN1 w ago
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Scott Welsh, CEO, Constructing Dramatic Growth in Commercial Real Estate – Episode 68

Ian Abston, How to Attract and Retain Top Performing Millennial Talent – Episode 67

Ian Abston is the Founder and CEO of Millenian, LLC where he helps large corporate clients attract, engage and retain top-performing millennials.He also serves as the Director of the Hoan Group, a group comprised of more than 100 of Milwaukee’s future civic leaders committed to developing the leadership necessary to create change within Milwaukee and the surrounding region.In 2009, Ian also founded Newaukee, an organization focused on connecting and empowering young professionals through engaging events, programming and volunteer activities.A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a degree in Marketing and Social Collaboration, Ian is also a highly sought-after presenter on millennial trends, attitudes and tendencies and a TEDx speaker. Ian describes himself as one of the wealthiest people in Milwaukee because of the relationships he’s cultivated since moving to the city in 2009.A natural people person, Ian grew up in a small town and first used his connection tal...

69 MIN1 w ago
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Ian Abston, How to Attract and Retain Top Performing Millennial Talent – Episode 67

Dr. Sean O’Mara, Optimizing Health and Turning Back the Aging Clock – Episode 66

Dr. Sean O’Mara is the lead partner at Lantu Solutions, a Minneapolis based medical startup that optimizes patient health by leveraging health and disease biomarkers.Prior to Lantu, Dr. O’Mara founded Guardian 24/7, an innovative medical service company providing elite concierge medical care to ultra-high net worth individuals and royalty.The company designed and developed clandestine, satellite controlled Intensive Care Units, unmarked private ambulances, ultra-luxury motor coaches and specialized, underground mini hospitals with the world’s most advanced surgical suites. In addition, Dr. O’Mara has been an undercover narcotics officer focused on organized crime, a criminal prosecutor, and physician in the US Army where he provided medical support to President Clinton, Vice President Cheney, 2 Secretaries of State, senior government officials and high-level foreign dignitaries.He graduated from the Penn State University with a degree in Education, Villanova University Law Schoo...

79 MIN2 w ago
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Dr. Sean O’Mara, Optimizing Health and Turning Back the Aging Clock – Episode 66

Matt Parry, CEO, Sprouting Healthy Food Ideas in a Processed Food World – Episode 65

Matt Parry is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Good Crisp Company, the creator of the gluten-free canister potato chips that you feel good eating.Matt started the company in his home country of Australia.As the brand took off in the US, he made the decision in early 2019 to open a US headquarters and moved with his family to Colorado.Matt earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Southern Australia and his MBA from the University of Adelaide. Matt began his career in the marketing and distribution of consumer-packaged goods, also known as CPG.Having had entrepreneurial tendencies from a young age – for example he opened and ran a snack shop in high school – Matt became convinced that he could leverage what he was doing to help other brands grow, into creating and leveraging his own brand.He was also becoming more concerned about his health and decided he wanted to clean up his diet and focus on gluten-free and more natural foods.The convergence of those two ...

62 MIN2 w ago
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Matt Parry, CEO, Sprouting Healthy Food Ideas in a Processed Food World – Episode 65

Chris Widmayer, CEO,Programming Culture for Hyper Focused Growth – Episode 64

Chris Widmayer is the Co-Founder & CEO of Penrod, a consulting company that delivers innovative solutions to clients using Salesforce software.Chris and his co-founder started Penrod working together on Skype while watching shows like Friday Night Lights and the Jersey Shore.The business has grown dramatically and now employs more than 60 people in 3 states.Recently, Chris bought out his co-founder and is now Penrod’s sole owner. Chris became interested in computer programming and in the social aspects of the internet at a young age.He also became an entrepreneur early as well, developing a highly rated professional wrestling website while in high school.He worked as well at a restaurant run by his friend’s family and credits that experience with giving him a great work ethic and the understanding that the best jobs are fun jobs.He describes college as the time he used for networking and growing up.As a resident hall advisor, Chris learned the responsibility that comes with keeping 70 fellow students safe.After college, Chris was involved in several startups, became an adjunct professor and worked in the corporate world as a systems analyst and software developer for Kohl’s Corporation before starting Penrod. Mike and Chris cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how he and his company have a culture that is 100% unapologetic about who they are, why he likes to dabble on Twitter, his thinking about accountability, rather than control, what it’s like to have a business that is partnered with a single client and how he is hyper focused on different verticals to grow his business.You’re in for a treat with Mike’s conversation with Chris, a dynamic, open and driving force of an entrepreneur. This episode is brought to you by hellowater. hellowater is fiber infused with 0 sugar, 5 grams of fiber with 5 inspiring flavors. A fun and fresh delivery system to help curb appetite and promote gut health. SMILE, LAUGH, LIVE, LOVE, and DANCE your way to a healthy lifestyle. Visit hellowater.com to find a retailer near you. And now, here’s Chris Widmayer. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on

69 MIN3 w ago
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Chris Widmayer, CEO,Programming Culture for Hyper Focused Growth – Episode 64

Gina Peter, Executive, Breaking Bias for Leaders in Commercial Banking – Episode 63

Gina Peter is the North Division Executive for Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo.She has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MBA from the University of Chicago that she earned while working full time. Gina developed a love for sports, travel and business at a young age that was encouraged by her parents. She decided that she wanted a career that would blend business with social interaction and thought that getting into Investment Banking would fill that need.While in college, her advisor, Bob Cramer, encouraged her to look at commercial banking.She changed direction and eventually became the first woman commercial banker in the State of Wisconsin. But it wasn’t a linear path for Gina.While she was offered positions after graduation at each of the Milwaukee based banks, none would offer her the commercial banking opportunity that she wanted.As a result, Gina accepted a position in a training program with the First National Bank of Chicago and ended up managing relationships and securing new business with companies in the communication and chemical industry across a several state region.She was later recruited back to Milwaukee with many offers and choose M&I Bank (now BMO Harris Bank), where she spent more than 30 years. Mike and Gina cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how an early interview that seemed disheartening instead turned into a blessing, how she was asked to resign when she informed her superior that she was pregnant, why she’s an Olympics junkie, what’s unique about her attitude, the value of her non-profit Board work, how she challenges herself physically and much more. This episode is brought to you by hellowater. hellowater is fiber infused with 0 sugar, 5 grams of fiber with 5 inspiring flavors. A fun and fresh delivery system to help curb appetite and promote gut health. SMILE, LAUGH, LIVE, LOVE, and DANCE your way to a healthy lifestyle. Visit hellowater.com to find a retailer near you. Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. Please enjoy Gina Peter. Special thanks to Hammerstone Marketing for website design, podcastproduction, and blog collaboration.

65 MIN3 w ago
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Gina Peter, Executive, Breaking Bias for Leaders in Commercial Banking – Episode 63

Greg Marshall, Chief Story Teller, Sacrificially Adding Value to People – Episode 62

Greg Marshall is the Chief Storyteller at CI Design, a creative marketing agency that provides strategic planning, brand, app and video creation and more.He’s an entrepreneur, having merged his creative business with CI Design, a 2 time Emmy winner and the producer of a video series with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and attorney David Gruber called It’s Aaron that creates awareness about organizations and people who are changing the world.Greg graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with an English degree.He also studied at Trinity International University.In addition to his work at CI Design, Greg is an in demand public speaker and a member of Figureheads, Inc.,a family of musicians inspiring kids and teens with award-winning hip-hop music. While growing up, Greg felt “other” much of the time.School wasn’t exciting for him and, as a result, he ended up gravitating to things that felt right to him, which led him to pursue hip-hop music as a perfor...

70 MINNOV 13
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Greg Marshall, Chief Story Teller, Sacrificially Adding Value to People – Episode 62

Taking a Chance on New Meetings – Episode 61.5

In this story, I share what goes on in my introverted head when I’m ‘forced” to meet new people in networking type situations and how I’ve learned to deal with it. I know it’s not my “fault” that I’m an introvert but being so has made it difficult for me to enthusiastically seek out and meet new people. Truth is that I’m embarrassed and anxious about the need I feel to be interesting to the people I meet, especially when I convince myself that there’s a good chance I won’t be. I sometimes get red in the face, like a tomato and begin to sweat, as if the temperature in the room is quickly climbing, but it’s not. I put myself in the shoes of the person I’m “meeting” and all my flaws are on display – wide out there in the open – and I can’t imagine how the other person can stand such a pathetic and sad sight. They must want to get away, because I would if I were them. That’s only part of it. The other part is that I dislike small talk. I don’t like being asked what I do because the business that I’m in is unknown to most and hard to explain to the rest. I also don’t like to be asked about how my business is going. It seems like such a waste. Am I going to tell you that it’s cratering like a collapsing mine? Of course not. I’m going to tell you that it’s going great and you are going to tell me the same thing. And after that, what do we really have to talk about. I feel like I’m coming across as a pathetic and cynical sour puss, and I’d love to tell you that I’m joking about all this – so I will, but I’m not. Despite the feelings Mike has described so far, find out what happened during these chance meetings and how it helped Mike and his company… by listening to the rest of this “.5 project” on the How’d It Happen Podcast, where every Tuesday Mike shares a story that relates to his entrepreneur experience starting a business in 1992 and growing it to a $50 million company over 22 years. Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. Special thanks to Hammerstone Marketing for website design, podcastproduction, and blog collaboration.

4 MINNOV 12
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Taking a Chance on New Meetings – Episode 61.5

Latest Episodes

Paul Schueller, CEO, Energizing Sustainability for Utility Companies – Episode 70

Paul Schuelleris the founder and CEO of FranklinEnergy,and the author of “The Squeeze”his debut novel, which Mike highly recommends.From a young age, Paul became interested in power generation and that interest led him to become amechanical engineer and get a job at the local gas & utility company, where he worked for 7 yearsbefore deciding it wasn’t the best place for him. Along the way, he met some folks with whom hebecame partners and started a few businesses that ultimately did not work out. He learnedfrom thoseexperiences and started Franklin Energy on his own with a mission to help utilities communicate betterwith their customers about energy saving programs.From that humble beginning, Paul has led thecompany’s growth to more than 1000 employees with 60 offices in 35 states. Mike and Paul cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including his brief stint as an insurance agent,howhe’s adapted to having 4 different private equity partners in his business, why change is good forhim, how he’s continued to hone his company’s services to complement its customer’s needs, andwhyhe has a passion for sustainability. And now here’s Paul Schueller. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. Also, podcast reviews are important to iTunes and the more reviews we receive, the more likely we’ll be able to get this podcast and message in front of more people (something about iTunes algorithms?).I’d be extremely grateful if you took less than 30 seconds and 5 clicks to rate the podcast and leave a quick review.Here’s how to do it in less than 30 seconds: Click on This Link –https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/howd-it-happen-podcast/id1441722417 Click on the “Listen on Apple Podcast” Box Click on “Open iTunes” – You will go directly to the iTunes page for the Podcast Click on “Ratings and Reviews” Click on the 5thStar (or whatever one makes the most sense to you Special thanks to Hammerstone Marketing for website design, podcastproduction, and blog collaboration.

67 MIN1 d ago
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Paul Schueller, CEO, Energizing Sustainability for Utility Companies – Episode 70

Jim Lindenberg, CEO, Wiring Guaranteed Success with 25 Core Values – Episode 69

Jim Lindenberg is a serial entrepreneur andthe CEO of Lindy Enterprise, a consulting practice that helps business owners develop and executestrategies that improve results. Prior to founding Lindy Enterprises, Jim founded World Class Wire &Cable, an electrical distribution company that he grewrapidly before selling to a strategic buyer in2008.Since then, Jim has owned and sold a number of additional businesses including the MilwaukeeWave a championship winning professional indoor soccer team, NX Level, and Master Z’s. He’s also been recognized by the Biz Times with a Lifetime AchievementAward for his impacton business and the community. Jim became an entrepreneur accidentally. After being passed over forthe role of President at acompany where he was leading the sales efforts and thought he’d be for life, Jim was approached by avendor who encouragedhim to start his own business, which would become World ClassWire &Cable,and provided the funding as well. His initial strategy and goals were modest. He saw an opportunity tobe more responsive and faster than the competition and was determined to build a company thatlistened a little better and delivered a little faster than everyone else. Asking himself and his team thequestion,“How can we be different?” became the core of the mindset that led the company to grow from ateam of 1 to more than 60 and sales from zero to $60M in 15 years. Mike and Jim cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how Jim has used what he’s learned asa youth sports coach to motivate people and keep them happy, his belief intheKISS (keep it simple)philosophy,the importance of information, why the CEO’s job is to keep the train rolling and how heuses his 25 Core Values to besuccessful– and how you can use them as well. And now here’s Jim Lindenberg. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen.

68 MIN6 d ago
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Jim Lindenberg, CEO, Wiring Guaranteed Success with 25 Core Values – Episode 69

Scott Welsh, CEO, Constructing Dramatic Growth in Commercial Real Estate – Episode 68

Scott Welsh is the CEO ofInland Companies. Inland is a global partner with Colliers International and one of Wisconsin’s largestcommercial real estate brokers. Scott purchased the business from his father in 1996 when he returnedto Milwaukee after cutting his teeth as a commercial real estate broker in Minneapolis.The businesshas grown dramatically under Scott’s leadership and is now also active in Property Management,Construction and Real Estate Development.He’s significantly involved in the community, is a BoardMember of the Downtown Business Improvement District and the occasional host of theMKE Forward podcast, which is worth checking out. Scott describes himself ashaving not had much vision in college, although his father had instilled in hima strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial curiosity at a young age, dangling carrots of work andopportunity at him that led to Scott starting a landscape business.Upon graduating the University ofWisconsin–Whitewater, he and a buddy packed their supplies and an interview suit into a VW andbegan a three-month tour around the countrylookingfor a job where he could have a lot of fun andmake a lot of money. He talks about that adventure and the bummer of having his Grateful Deadtapes stolen long the way. Mike and Scottcover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including howbeneficial his businesspartnership with Mike Fardy, whom he’s known since high school, has been, why he thrives onovercoming obstacles, how he’s managedthe growth of Inland froma company withless than 10employees toone that now hasmore than 200 and how he’s preparing the company for thefuture withthe development of his next generation team. And now here’s Scott Welsh. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen.

69 MIN1 w ago
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Scott Welsh, CEO, Constructing Dramatic Growth in Commercial Real Estate – Episode 68

Ian Abston, How to Attract and Retain Top Performing Millennial Talent – Episode 67

Ian Abston is the Founder and CEO of Millenian, LLC where he helps large corporate clients attract, engage and retain top-performing millennials.He also serves as the Director of the Hoan Group, a group comprised of more than 100 of Milwaukee’s future civic leaders committed to developing the leadership necessary to create change within Milwaukee and the surrounding region.In 2009, Ian also founded Newaukee, an organization focused on connecting and empowering young professionals through engaging events, programming and volunteer activities.A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a degree in Marketing and Social Collaboration, Ian is also a highly sought-after presenter on millennial trends, attitudes and tendencies and a TEDx speaker. Ian describes himself as one of the wealthiest people in Milwaukee because of the relationships he’s cultivated since moving to the city in 2009.A natural people person, Ian grew up in a small town and first used his connection tal...

69 MIN1 w ago
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Ian Abston, How to Attract and Retain Top Performing Millennial Talent – Episode 67

Dr. Sean O’Mara, Optimizing Health and Turning Back the Aging Clock – Episode 66

Dr. Sean O’Mara is the lead partner at Lantu Solutions, a Minneapolis based medical startup that optimizes patient health by leveraging health and disease biomarkers.Prior to Lantu, Dr. O’Mara founded Guardian 24/7, an innovative medical service company providing elite concierge medical care to ultra-high net worth individuals and royalty.The company designed and developed clandestine, satellite controlled Intensive Care Units, unmarked private ambulances, ultra-luxury motor coaches and specialized, underground mini hospitals with the world’s most advanced surgical suites. In addition, Dr. O’Mara has been an undercover narcotics officer focused on organized crime, a criminal prosecutor, and physician in the US Army where he provided medical support to President Clinton, Vice President Cheney, 2 Secretaries of State, senior government officials and high-level foreign dignitaries.He graduated from the Penn State University with a degree in Education, Villanova University Law Schoo...

79 MIN2 w ago
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Dr. Sean O’Mara, Optimizing Health and Turning Back the Aging Clock – Episode 66

Matt Parry, CEO, Sprouting Healthy Food Ideas in a Processed Food World – Episode 65

Matt Parry is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Good Crisp Company, the creator of the gluten-free canister potato chips that you feel good eating.Matt started the company in his home country of Australia.As the brand took off in the US, he made the decision in early 2019 to open a US headquarters and moved with his family to Colorado.Matt earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Southern Australia and his MBA from the University of Adelaide. Matt began his career in the marketing and distribution of consumer-packaged goods, also known as CPG.Having had entrepreneurial tendencies from a young age – for example he opened and ran a snack shop in high school – Matt became convinced that he could leverage what he was doing to help other brands grow, into creating and leveraging his own brand.He was also becoming more concerned about his health and decided he wanted to clean up his diet and focus on gluten-free and more natural foods.The convergence of those two ...

62 MIN2 w ago
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Matt Parry, CEO, Sprouting Healthy Food Ideas in a Processed Food World – Episode 65

Chris Widmayer, CEO,Programming Culture for Hyper Focused Growth – Episode 64

Chris Widmayer is the Co-Founder & CEO of Penrod, a consulting company that delivers innovative solutions to clients using Salesforce software.Chris and his co-founder started Penrod working together on Skype while watching shows like Friday Night Lights and the Jersey Shore.The business has grown dramatically and now employs more than 60 people in 3 states.Recently, Chris bought out his co-founder and is now Penrod’s sole owner. Chris became interested in computer programming and in the social aspects of the internet at a young age.He also became an entrepreneur early as well, developing a highly rated professional wrestling website while in high school.He worked as well at a restaurant run by his friend’s family and credits that experience with giving him a great work ethic and the understanding that the best jobs are fun jobs.He describes college as the time he used for networking and growing up.As a resident hall advisor, Chris learned the responsibility that comes with keeping 70 fellow students safe.After college, Chris was involved in several startups, became an adjunct professor and worked in the corporate world as a systems analyst and software developer for Kohl’s Corporation before starting Penrod. Mike and Chris cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how he and his company have a culture that is 100% unapologetic about who they are, why he likes to dabble on Twitter, his thinking about accountability, rather than control, what it’s like to have a business that is partnered with a single client and how he is hyper focused on different verticals to grow his business.You’re in for a treat with Mike’s conversation with Chris, a dynamic, open and driving force of an entrepreneur. This episode is brought to you by hellowater. hellowater is fiber infused with 0 sugar, 5 grams of fiber with 5 inspiring flavors. A fun and fresh delivery system to help curb appetite and promote gut health. SMILE, LAUGH, LIVE, LOVE, and DANCE your way to a healthy lifestyle. Visit hellowater.com to find a retailer near you. And now, here’s Chris Widmayer. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released?Click here to subscribe Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on

69 MIN3 w ago
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Chris Widmayer, CEO,Programming Culture for Hyper Focused Growth – Episode 64

Gina Peter, Executive, Breaking Bias for Leaders in Commercial Banking – Episode 63

Gina Peter is the North Division Executive for Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo.She has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MBA from the University of Chicago that she earned while working full time. Gina developed a love for sports, travel and business at a young age that was encouraged by her parents. She decided that she wanted a career that would blend business with social interaction and thought that getting into Investment Banking would fill that need.While in college, her advisor, Bob Cramer, encouraged her to look at commercial banking.She changed direction and eventually became the first woman commercial banker in the State of Wisconsin. But it wasn’t a linear path for Gina.While she was offered positions after graduation at each of the Milwaukee based banks, none would offer her the commercial banking opportunity that she wanted.As a result, Gina accepted a position in a training program with the First National Bank of Chicago and ended up managing relationships and securing new business with companies in the communication and chemical industry across a several state region.She was later recruited back to Milwaukee with many offers and choose M&I Bank (now BMO Harris Bank), where she spent more than 30 years. Mike and Gina cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how an early interview that seemed disheartening instead turned into a blessing, how she was asked to resign when she informed her superior that she was pregnant, why she’s an Olympics junkie, what’s unique about her attitude, the value of her non-profit Board work, how she challenges herself physically and much more. This episode is brought to you by hellowater. hellowater is fiber infused with 0 sugar, 5 grams of fiber with 5 inspiring flavors. A fun and fresh delivery system to help curb appetite and promote gut health. SMILE, LAUGH, LIVE, LOVE, and DANCE your way to a healthy lifestyle. Visit hellowater.com to find a retailer near you. Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. Please enjoy Gina Peter. Special thanks to Hammerstone Marketing for website design, podcastproduction, and blog collaboration.

65 MIN3 w ago
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Gina Peter, Executive, Breaking Bias for Leaders in Commercial Banking – Episode 63

Greg Marshall, Chief Story Teller, Sacrificially Adding Value to People – Episode 62

Greg Marshall is the Chief Storyteller at CI Design, a creative marketing agency that provides strategic planning, brand, app and video creation and more.He’s an entrepreneur, having merged his creative business with CI Design, a 2 time Emmy winner and the producer of a video series with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and attorney David Gruber called It’s Aaron that creates awareness about organizations and people who are changing the world.Greg graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with an English degree.He also studied at Trinity International University.In addition to his work at CI Design, Greg is an in demand public speaker and a member of Figureheads, Inc.,a family of musicians inspiring kids and teens with award-winning hip-hop music. While growing up, Greg felt “other” much of the time.School wasn’t exciting for him and, as a result, he ended up gravitating to things that felt right to him, which led him to pursue hip-hop music as a perfor...

70 MINNOV 13
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Greg Marshall, Chief Story Teller, Sacrificially Adding Value to People – Episode 62

Taking a Chance on New Meetings – Episode 61.5

In this story, I share what goes on in my introverted head when I’m ‘forced” to meet new people in networking type situations and how I’ve learned to deal with it. I know it’s not my “fault” that I’m an introvert but being so has made it difficult for me to enthusiastically seek out and meet new people. Truth is that I’m embarrassed and anxious about the need I feel to be interesting to the people I meet, especially when I convince myself that there’s a good chance I won’t be. I sometimes get red in the face, like a tomato and begin to sweat, as if the temperature in the room is quickly climbing, but it’s not. I put myself in the shoes of the person I’m “meeting” and all my flaws are on display – wide out there in the open – and I can’t imagine how the other person can stand such a pathetic and sad sight. They must want to get away, because I would if I were them. That’s only part of it. The other part is that I dislike small talk. I don’t like being asked what I do because the business that I’m in is unknown to most and hard to explain to the rest. I also don’t like to be asked about how my business is going. It seems like such a waste. Am I going to tell you that it’s cratering like a collapsing mine? Of course not. I’m going to tell you that it’s going great and you are going to tell me the same thing. And after that, what do we really have to talk about. I feel like I’m coming across as a pathetic and cynical sour puss, and I’d love to tell you that I’m joking about all this – so I will, but I’m not. Despite the feelings Mike has described so far, find out what happened during these chance meetings and how it helped Mike and his company… by listening to the rest of this “.5 project” on the How’d It Happen Podcast, where every Tuesday Mike shares a story that relates to his entrepreneur experience starting a business in 1992 and growing it to a $50 million company over 22 years. Thank you for being a How’d it Happen listener. Please enter your email address below to subscribe, or subscribe on Apple Podcast,Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. Special thanks to Hammerstone Marketing for website design, podcastproduction, and blog collaboration.

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Taking a Chance on New Meetings – Episode 61.5
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