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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 69, I had the pleasure of speaking with Serena Miller, a well-known author.

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Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • Growing up near Portsmouth, Ohio on the Scioto River, how she was raised, and the influence of her parents, siblings, and family.
  • Her freedom to roam around her farm, make work fun, and fostering her love of reading, stories, and making books.
  • The lessons she learned, and how her dad empowered her.
  • How she met her husband, and raising her sons.
  • Her big break into book publishing by writing about the Amish.
  • Her partnership with Paul Stutzman (guest on Episode 64).
  • What are some traits that make the Amish communities thrive wherever they go.
  • The process (quilting) that Serena uses to write her books.
  • How two of her books have been made into Movies.  
  • Background on all of her books (16 published)
  • Here's how to connect with Serena

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 68, I had the pleasure of speaking with Women's Assistant Basketball Coach John Leonzo of Cedarville University.

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Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • Growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • when he wanted to be a basketball coach
  • how he started as a college student volunteer, became a basketball trainer & travel coach, and then returned to his alma mater
  • what does being an Assistant Coach in Division II entail
  • philosophy of recruiting student-athletes to Cedarville University
  • does he like to coach offense or defense more
  • how he processes information and puts into his system
  • the value of small-sided games and putting decisions in 1 on 0 skill development sessions
  • how to create decisions in 1 on 0 settings
  • read, plan, doing
  • Block practice vs. Random practice
  • the value of asking questions and 1-2 word cues vs. direction
  • ball screen play
  • offensive and defensive strategies

 

 

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Direct download: Leonzo_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 67, I had the pleasure of speaking with Co-Owners Amy Vollmer and Audra Drake of Hillside Farm Pediatric Therapy in Oxford, Ohio.

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Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • Amy and Audra's professional background
  • How they got the idea for the business, and what niche in health care they can serve outside of "traditional" settings
  • What are some conditions they can do therapy on, and the process for getting sessions.
  • What type of facilities and activities are available for their outpatient clients
  • Information on their Open House on May 4 and their June 3rd Grand Opening
  • What is Hippotherapy?
  • How Margie Benge from Triangle Therapy in Eaton, Ohio served as a mentor and helped navigate them through the start up process.
  • Here's how to connect with Hillside Farm Pediatric Therapy

 

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I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

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Direct download: Hillside_Farm_Pediatric_Therapy.mp3
Category:business, life, culture -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 66, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Perz, Addict & Business Owner.  Jason has a very moving life story with all too common theme, drug addiction that begins with PRESCRIPTION drug use.  

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

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Category:addict, entrepreneur, bmx, politics -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 65, I had the pleasure of speaking with Travis Irvine, the Libertarian Candidate for Ohio Governor.  Travis is a journalist, film maker, and media entrepreneur who has been involved in politics in many different ways.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

If you do not like candidates from the two major parties, it is important to vote for 3rd party candidates to increase future voting options.

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I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 64, I had the pleasure of talking with Adventurer/Author Paul Stutzman.  Paul has had an incredibly interesting journey that has led him on his current path.  

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Here are the talking points of our conversation:

  • what it was like growing up as a Conservation Mennonite, how he felt as a child/teen vs. how he felt as an adult 
  • the number #1 tourist destination in Ohio
  • the role of faith in his life
  • how he met his wife and how he raised his family
  • the tragic event of his wife's passing, the life lesson he learned, and his motivation for hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • how God directed him to write the book Hiking Through, and the impact his work has had on others
  • the adventures he has had after the through hike and the books he has written, including his travels in Israel and Spain
  • what legacy does he want to leave behind
  • what's his next big adventure
  • You can learn more about Paul and connect with him at his website http://paulstutzman.com/
  • memorable quote "Enjoy the journey, don't wait for the destination"
  • Previous Outstanding Ohioans episode mentioned:  Episode 9 about Lehman's Hardware

 

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I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 63, I had the pleasure of conducting a second conversation with Dr. Duke Pesta, an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Freedom Project Academy.  Dr. Duke speaks often on the drawbacks of Common Core in the United States educational system.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our second conversation:

  • What helped him become an very interesting, engaging public speaker?  Check out this video talking about Common Core.
  • Hear about the "contract" he has his college students sign on the first day of class to promote freedom of speech and discussion of multiple viewpoints
  • Hear about his on-line primary school Freedom Project Academy.  He discusses the type of curriculum, the methodology, and Socratic teaching approach.
  • Check out Dr. Duke's podcast here.  This weekly show discusses issues/topics at all levels of eductation.

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I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

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Direct download: Duke_Pesta_2.mp3
Category:education, life, culture -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 62, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Duke Pesta, an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Freedom Project Academy.  Dr. Duke speaks often on the drawbacks of Common Core in the United States educational system.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • growing up in West Park (Cleveland, Ohio), going to Lakewood St. Edwards High School, and then his academic career
  • New London video Common Core presentation from April 2018
  • History of Federal Government takeover in the United States
  • Motivation(s) to nationalize education
  • collectivist vs. individual education
  • Specific Common Core examples within the following topics:
    • confidentiality/secrecy of the testing practice between the feds and students...teachers can't see the questions or the results
    • Sexualized content
    • Reading/Cursive Writing/English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies

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I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

To help support the show, please shop on Amazon with this link.  I receive a small commission for any sales with no added expense to you.  Thank you for your support!

Thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.  Please leave a review on ITunes or Stitcher, or email me at ronsiliko@gmail.com. Please refer any recommended future guests to my email.

Direct download: duke_pesta_interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 61, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Milkovich Jr, owner of Local History Productions.  Mike believes that by looking through the lens of local history through the power of coaching at pride of place and economic development, the heads and hearts of people can be won to create and take advantage of opportunities where they are.  

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

Tired of always trying to keep your phone charged, check out this great on-the-go battery charger.

To help support the show, please shop on Amazon with this link.  I receive a small commission for any sales with no added expense to you.  Thank you for your support!

Thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.  Please leave a review on ITunes or Stitcher, or email me at ronsiliko@gmail.com. Please refer any recommended future guests to my email.


This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 60, I had the pleasure of speaking with Satolli Glassmeyer, President of History In Your Own Backyard. Satolli has produced 325 videos (and counting) documenting local history in five states in various communities.  These videos are archived into state collections to preserve the documentation. 

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • growing up on the west side of Cincinnati
  • how taking up to 100 mile bike trips sparked an interest in learning about the stories behind the sights he saw on these trips
  • The three reasons he created this business:
    • Educate younger generations so there is a desire to maintain local history
    • Educate the general public
    • Create archives that will be preserved in State History Libraries
  • how watching the TV show On The Road with Charles Kuralt influenced Satolli
  • his process of selecting the topic, production, and distribution
  • the experience of climbing a bell tower during a courthouse video shoot
  • upcoming projects
  • how to connect and contact Satolli History In Your Own Backyard

I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

 To help support the show, please shop on Amazon with this link.  I receive a small commission for any sales with no added expense to you.  Thank you for your support!

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 59, I had the pleasure of speaking with David Kelley, a highly regarded Philosophy Teacher/Writer and Founder of The Atlas Society. David has spent his life studying, teaching, and promoting Objectivism associated with Ayn Rand.  To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • Growing up in Cleveland and Shaker Heights
  • reading Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
  • concept of Individualism vs. Collectivism
  • Definition of Objectivism, under these four pillars:
    • Reason
    • Achievement
    • Individualism
    • Freedom
  • his teaching career and process of deciding to form The Atlas Society
  • speculation on universities and intellectuals becoming more collectivist in the United States, and what in Ayn Rand's background led her to oppose this movement
  • his role in the creation of The Atlas Shrugged Trilogy
  • The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children

To contact David, please go here.

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 58, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nick Petro, Life Coach/Speaker/Author and Owner of The Nick Petro Company. To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • Growing up in Northeast Ohio
  • The role of his Dad and Mom in shaping his life
  • His journey on working with youth, his move to Encinitas, CA, and his current path
  • The inspirational story of his hero, his brother Corey
  • His other influences in life, such as Tony Robbins
  • Two pieces of advice working with youth-Earn the right to be heard, and Meet them where they are.
  • How he came up with the Seven Pillars as a framework and his process for writing the book
  • the importance of Legacy

Nick can be reached at his website nickpetrocompany.com

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Direct download: Nick_Petro_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, leadership, movement, giving back -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 57, I had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Schulte, CRNA with the Crystal Clinic. To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

I reached out to Scott by invoking Siliko Rule #6, which is to have a conversation if more than 4 texts/tweets are exchanged.  We were discussing Net Neutrality, and had some differing viewpoints.  Our conversation discussed a few political issues, and we agreed to have future conversations as well.  I enjoyed our back and forth and believe hearing multiple viewpoints makes me more well-rounded.

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • where Scott grew up, his parents, and coming to Ohio 
  • consolidation of power
  • health care
  • government oversight and the free market
  • cost of college
  • Lake Erie pollution
  • Regulation, De-regulation, and the Non-Aggression Principle

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 56, I had the pleasure of speaking with Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK to Go UP the Slide… Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids It’s OK NOT to Share… and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids

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The two books that Heather Shumaker has written provide great insights and ideas on how to raise children to be responsible, creative human beings with the ability to communicate.  Many of her thoughts counter the current culture of overprotective parents & practices within the school system.  

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • the background of her mother and father, who both recently retired as educators
  • attending the School for Young Children, founded in 1969 in Columbus
  • why she structured specific tools & ideas in her books that parents could use
  • her two central parenting themes
  • street smarts and stranger danger
  • sharing
  • calendars & clocks
  • homework
  • recess
  • reading
  • conflict resolution
  • reading for pleasure vs. forced reading
  • technology temptation
  • kid evaluation/resolution vs. adult intervention
  • fairness & justice
  • establishing boundaries

Listeners can connect with Heather in the following ways:

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 55, I had the pleasure of speaking with Seth Cramer, Co-Owner/General Manager of Phoenix Bats Company in Plain City, Ohio.  Phoenix Bats specializes in manufacturing WOOD baseball bats for baseball and softball players of all ages and abilities.

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Baseball has a following from what are commonly called "purists".  These purists love the tradition of baseball, the history of baseball, and the intricacies of baseball.  The resurgence in the use of wood bats at all levels is something the purists enjoy seeing.  

Seth joined the Phoenix Bat team in 2007 representing a venture capital firm in Columbus, Ohio.  Here were some highlights of our conversation:

  • his journey from Connecticut to Ohio
  • his personal and business influences
  • how Seth got involved with Phoenix Bats
  • what role does venture capitalists play in business
  • the difference between venture capital and angel investors
  • the history of Phoenix Bats Company
  • the differentiation that makes Phoenix Bats special
  • the importance of customer service
  • how Phoenix Bats gets involved with tournaments to promote their product
  • how wood bats have come back into vogue at all levels, the rule changes to metal bats, the expected future trends, and the benefits to the player that uses wood
  • why Division I college baseball has been resistant to using wood bats
  • how Phoenix Bats entered a market dominated by Louisville Slugger, what has happened to Louisville Slugger, and new growth opportunities for Phoenix Bats
  • how different types of wood serve different styles of hitters
  • selection process for wood supplier
  • Adam Eaton is a prominent major leaguer using Phoenix Bats
  • in-roads being made in foreign markets
  • economic impact in the local community and using local suppliers
  • Seth's best business advice-sell to the right person, at the right time, at the right amount

To contact Seth and/or Phoenix Bats, here are some ways to do so:

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

 

Yes indeed, I am now using the word bureaucrat as a verb.  In this conversation with Angus Macleod, we talked about several topics.  These topics included:

  • Leadership philosophies
  • Delegation
  • what makes working in sports, recreation, and wellness so compelling and fulfilling
  • In customer service, strive not to have staff bureaucrat customer requests as much as possible.
  • Ownership
  • Connection
  • Apathy

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Direct download: ron.angus_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, leadership, movement, giving back -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

For Episode 53 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the privilege of interviewing author Katelin Sullivan, who just had her first book published Once Upon a Stormy Night.  Katelin took the time to meet with me to discuss the process and her background.

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Here were some of the highlights of our conversation:

  • growing up on a farm in a large family
  • the impact of being homeschooled and the differences she has seen between herself and her peers
  • the importance she attaches to faith and family
  • the influence of author Stephen Bly
  • how she developed her passion for reading and writing
  • where she got the ideas for the storyline and setting for her book
  • how she got the book published
  • what will readers take away from the book?
  • is this book going to part of a series?
  • her future writing plans
  • Purchase the book from Tate Publishing or Amazon

Katelin will be doing a couple of book signing events soon.  Here is the information for the June 4, 2016 and June 18, 2016 events.  You can contact Katelin via email at kmsullivan@arczip.com

Thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.  Please leave a review on ITunes or Stitcher, or email me at ronsiliko@gmail.com.  Please refer any recommended future guests to my email. 

 


For many of us involved in athletics, we dream of one day coming back to coach at our alma mater.  For Gary Adams, not only did he achieve this dream, he got to be mentored by none other than John Wooden.  His book, Conversations with Coach Wooden:  On Baseball, Heroes, and Life, is a great book talking about his relationship with Coach Wooden and their mutual love of the game of baseball.

Through this book, Coach Adams has written a great legacy piece about Coach Wooden, as well as his outstanding baseball program.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were some highlights of our conversation:

  • Coach Adams grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, where he lived to the age of 14 before moving to California.  
  • how him and his twin brother got interested in baseball from their Uncle, who played in the minors
  • idolizing future Major Leaguer Joe Nuxhall, who was seven years older, and remains the youngest player to play a major league game ever
  • listening to Waite Hoyt broadcast Cincinnati Reds games and becoming an Ohio State fan
  • playing baseball at UCLA, and observing John Wooden on campus
  • getting hired to coach at UCLA, and how Coach Wooden came to share his office
  • specific things he learned from Coach Wooden
  • Coach Adams "Sphere of Commitment", based on character, team, academics, career built around family & faith
  • what was more important to Coach Wooden than winning?
  • Coach Adams and Coach Wooden strongly believed in leading by example
  • Coach Wooden's sense of humor and the pigeon story
  • what kind of baseball player was John Wooden?
  • John Wooden's "unique" baseball job offer
  • challenge of writing this book
  • Wooden's reaction to a "bean ball" war between UCLA and Arizona State, when ASU was targeting Troy Glaus
  • how both coaches became authors upon retiring from coaching
  • the kinds of books Gary and his wife Sandra have written
  • Gary wants his legacy to be "a normal person who was considerate of others"

Thank you to Gary for sharing his great stories.  I highly recommend his book for anyone who is a baseball and/or John Wooden fan.


For episode 50, I had the pleasure of interview Ryan Hawk, who hosts an incredible, highly rated podcast called "The Learning Leader Show".  Ryan is an amazing business leader who shares his message in many ways.

To connect with the show, here are a few ways:

Here were some highlights of our conversation:

  • growing up in Centerville, Ohio with two amazing parents and two brothers...he was given space to grow and learn
  • the impact of his football coaches
  • his thoughts on youth sport specialization vs. year-round competition
  • why he attended Miami University to play football, and why he transferred to Ohio University
  • what he learned about himself competing against Ben Roethlisberger
  • his professional football experience, and challenging transition from professional athlete into the business world
  • In his current work, why he embraces nervousness, anticipation, and competition
  • "Don't follow your passion, have your passion follow you"
  • why the podcast medium is gaining in popularity, and the profile of podcast listeners
  • Developing his avatar for his podcasting platform
  • how he prepares for a conversation
  • how prospecting is important in sales and podcasting
  • developing your platform and leveraging it 
  • his personal philosophy of leadership
  • People who "Kiss Up" & "Kick Down"
  • the importance of routine and 5-minute journaling
  • "My success only follows the success of my customers", and why referrals are so valuable

Connect with Ryan at http://learningleader.com/ and https://twitter.com/RyanHawk12

Here were some of the resources mentioned during this interview:


For episode 49 of the show, I wanted to reflect on where we are as a show and where we are going.  I am so thankful for the great guests I have had the privilege of having a conversation with.  

To connect with the show, here are a few ways:

For starters, we have a new logo for the show, designed by Miami University graduate David Allen Burns ('16).  I knew David from working with him at the Miami University Rec Center, where he did an outstanding job helping to run our aquatic operations.  Thank you David!

As intended, the purpose of this show is to share the great success stories of Ohioans doing remarkable things in their communities of varying sizes.  Through the wide range of guests, the common traits I have heard are the following:

  • great personal values and great role models
  • high belief & hope
  • monster impact and love of serving others
  • humble with great self-esteem
  • commitment to quality
  • leaders in their community
  • desire to leave a great legacy
  • pride of place

Moving forward, here are my goals in the future development of the show:

  • keep talking to unique, interesting people, giving them another platform to share their remarkable stories
  • develop a set schedule for show releases
  • involve the audience more
  • improve the production quality of the podcast
  • grow the audience
  • partner with great sponsors with high value and purpose

Thank you for your continued listening & support!  

 

Direct download: Ron_talk_ep.49.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, leadership, movement, giving back -- posted at: 6:46am EDT

For episode 48 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interviewing Larry Slocum, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, whose personal mission is to provide guidance for parents & teachers on how to stay calm in the middle of chaos.  

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are the highlights of our conversation:

  • growing up in Fremont, Michigan as one of 7 children
  • how he found role models in Boy Scouts and Young Life
  • how he developed a passion for helping youngsters by helping raise his younger brother Jeff
  • meeting his wife at Western Michigan University, in a very unique setting
  • getting into teaching and not being able to find a stable position
  • his career pivot into the insurance business, and the keys to success that Larry learned
  • after 25 years, he sold the insurance business and had another career pivot to Conscious Discipline, based on his three desires to teach, music, and work with children
  • new research on the heart, such as from heartmath.com and the importance of breathing
  • when you have chaos, use pictures
  • the problems with spanking
  • his role with the Oxford Farmer's Market
  • giving children choices with your directives
  • Larry's daily routine is focused on:  healthy diet; exercise; prayer & meditation
  • "decisions are power"
  • On his tombstone, Larry wants it to say "He was calm", because his calmness manifests itself onto others
  • Larry can be reached at 513.505.5238, or you can subscribe to his weekly newsletter by emailing him at larry@myschoolfamily.com

Thank you for listening, have a great day!


For episode 47 of The Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the great pleasure to interview Dan Robinette, Sales Manager for Umbra Sunglasses and an aspiring chemistry teacher.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

During our conversation, here were some of the topics we discussed:

  • Growing up in Dayton, Ohio and how he developed a fondness for the outdoors
  • the influential people who shaped his life
  • how he came to grow in his religious faith
  • why he is drawn to being outside facing the "challenge" of nature
  • what he got out of his time at Miami University
  • the story of how he met his wife in 2009
  • his occupations post-Miami and decision to visit Turkey
  • how his work in Turkey connected him to his current role with Umbra Sunglasses via Marvin Wilson
  • what makes the Umbra product so unique, including the name itself
  • his alternative pathway Ohio offers to becoming a teacher
  • His legacy challenge:  Raise his children to have a greater impact on the world than he has had
  • how to contact Umbra Sunglasses
Direct download: Dan_Robinette.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

For Episode 46, I had the good fortune to interview Ryan Borgman, President of Borgman Athletics.  Borgman Athletics' motto is "We Make Sports Happen".  Check out the photo gallery of the type of work Borgman Athletics does.

So many of us participate or spectate sports indoors and outdoors.  The demand and expectations of the users is extremely high.  Facility space is often at a premium, and Borgman Athletics specializes in creative solutions to maximize and optimize the safety of these facilities.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  • Ryan's career path, and the valuable lessons of customer service, hard work, creativity, and attention to detail that he learned along the way.
  • Who served as Ryan's mentors
  • the importance of relationships
  • giving back to the community
  • the necessity of a leader staying positive and solving problems
  • the type of work Borgman Athletics started with, who they partner with, and how their business is growing and diversifying
  • the adversity Ryan faced in his business, and how he moved his organization and team forward
  • the ways Ryan works to recruit, develop, and retain his team
  • desire to brand the Borgman name to build upon the legacy created by his predecessors

To reach Ryan and Borgman Athletics, you may do the following:

Thank you for listening, have a great Easter!

Ron

 

 


For episode 45 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the privilege of re-interviewing "the Barn Artist", Scott Hagan from Jerusalem, Ohio (Belmont County).

Click here to listen to episode 20

If you have driven anywhere in the state, you have come across Scott's work.  Enjoy his story, and I reckon you will pay more attention on your future driving trips around Ohio.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some highlights from the interview with Scott:

  • new projects in Ohio that Scott is working on
  • how Scott was interested in art throughout his life, and preferred to find a "larger" canvas
  • when he was 19 years old, he painted his first barn (his dad's barn) and the ramifications of this work that led to being commissioned to paint bicentennial barns in Ohio
  • finding a mentor just down the road, legendary "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco" barn painter Harley Warrick
  • Scott's keys to success:  
    • work ethic (he paints each barn with an old-fashioned brush)
    • respect for the process and details, such as painting crisp lines
    • gratitude
    • faith
    • ability to interact and share his ideas with others
  • the joy of his children accompanying him on some of the projects
  • in addition to barns, other "canvases" that Scott uses
  • Connect with Scott

Thank you for tuning into the show.  Please help spread the word about the show and rate the show on Itunes or Stitcher.

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to like on Facebook.

 

Direct download: The_barn_artist.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, leadership, movement, giving back -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

In Episodes 43 & 44, I had the privilege of interviewing Lois Wolfe (Director) & Board of Trustee members Robert Wheeler, John Blakeman & Don Gfell, who help operate the Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace Museum in Milan, Ohio of the Edison Birthplace Association, Inc., a private, non-profit organization.

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After the death of Thomas A. Edison from complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931, opening his birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum became the private project of his wife, Mina Miller Edison, and their daughter, Mrs. John Eyre Sloane. The Edison Birthplace Museum opened on the centennial of the inventor's birth in 1947.

 

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • the history of the Edison family in this house
  • what brought the Edison family to Milan, Ohio, "the Silicon Valley of the Midwest" during its heyday
  • how Thomas Edison was shaped by the environment of the town and diversity of the people present
  • background on Edison's "formal" and "informal" educations, and the influence of his mother and sister in his development
  • some of the mischief Edison got into as a child
  • how Thomas Edison is the personification of the American Dream, and why learning about his achievements is so needed in America today
  • how Thomas Edison considered the greatest invention to be "the mind of a child" and how he used his "child-like" curiosity to solve problems and connect the dots through invention and improvements
  • how Edison combined an inventive spirit with the sense of the marketplace, and how he learned this lesson
  • his greatest invention should be considered creating the first Research and Development Company to serve mankind.
  • his leadership ability with his team and ability to mastermind with other prominent businessmen/inventors
  • how adults and children alike can promote an environment and mindset of innovation 

Some resources to learn more about Thomas Edison or mentioned in the interview:

To contact the Edison Birthplace Museum, you may do the following:

Thank you for listening.


In Episodes 43 & 44, I had the privilege of interviewing Lois Wolfe (Director) & Board of Trustee members Robert Wheeler, John Blakeman & Don Gfell, who help operate the Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace Museum in Milan, Ohio of the Edison Birthplace Association, Inc., a private, non-profit organization.

Connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show on Facebook, Itunes, or Stitcher

After the death of Thomas A. Edison from complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931, opening his birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum became the private project of his wife, Mina Miller Edison, and their daughter, Mrs. John Eyre Sloane. The Edison Birthplace Museum opened on the centennial of the inventor's birth in 1947.

 

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • the history of the Edison family in this house
  • what brought the Edison family to Milan, Ohio, "the Silicon Valley of the Midwest" during its heyday
  • how Thomas Edison was shaped by the environment of the town and diversity of the people present
  • background on Edison's "formal" and "informal" educations, and the influence of his mother and sister in his development
  • some of the mischief Edison got into as a child
  • how Thomas Edison is the personification of the American Dream, and why learning about his achievements is so needed in America today
  • how Thomas Edison considered the greatest invention to be "the mind of a child" and how he used his "child-like" curiosity to solve problems and connect the dots through invention and improvements
  • how Edison combined an inventive spirit with the sense of the marketplace, and how he learned this lesson
  • his greatest invention should be considered creating the first Research and Development Company to serve mankind.
  • his leadership ability with his team and ability to mastermind with other prominent businessmen/inventors
  • how adults and children alike can promote an environment and mindset of innovation 

Some resources to learn more about Thomas Edison or mentioned in the interview:

To contact the Edison Birthplace Museum, you may do the following:

Thank you for listening.


In Episode 42, I had the privilege of interviewing Marc Biales, Owner of Wild Berry, a world renowned incense manufacturer, in Oxford, Ohio.

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The Wild Berry was established circa 1971 in Oxford, Ohio.  From humble beginnings, we've now spread our peace, love, and incense all over the world.  With over 90 premium quality fragrances we're sure you'll enjoy America's Best Incense (from Wild Berry website)

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • Marc talked about his childhood growing up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
  • how he knew his path would involve being an entrepreneur
  • why he enrolled at Miami University
  • Opening his first "store", working with leather, and eventually learning about incense
  • how Wild Berry grew their business and opening of a large manufacturing facility
  • how important core values are to an organization and allowing employees to work with autonomy to be successful
  • the importance of customer service, finding a niche, and being irreverant
  • the negative impact of regulations
  • Marc's hope for a return of more "independence" in America
  • what does the future hold for Wild Berry

To connect with Wild Berry, go to the website, facebook, email at store@wild-berry.com, or call (800)542-3779

Direct download: Marc_Biales.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, leadership, movement, giving back -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

In Episode 41, I had the privilege of interviewing Anastasia Congdon & Margaret Lewis, Founders of Kokosing Valley School in Gambier, Ohio (Knox County).

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The Kokosing Valley School is based on the Sudbury School Model founded in 1968.  It is a model based on freedom, self-paced learning, mixed peer ages, play, interest exploration, and democratic processes.

It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail.

-Albert Einstein

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • Anastasia and Margaret's backgrounds prior to founding the school in 2015
  • How each person came across the Sudbury model
  • The tipping point for taking action for their children, and why they felt the Sudbury model was the best fit
  • The inspirational, massive action they took to create the school within 7 months
  • are they impacted by the school establishment of the state
  • how the beautiful property contributes to the experience of the students
  • the what a day looks like for the school children
  • the parental support needed to make it successful
  • the benefits the children receive from the Sudbury model, including the value of mixed ages all together
  • historical outcomes of students that have gone through this model
  • their vision for the future and legacy they hope to leave behind

Some resources to learn more about the Sudbury school model or mentioned in the interview:

To contact the school, you may do the following:

Thank you for listening.


In this episode, I am privileged to talk with Dr. Jim Burson for the third time.  Here is the link to the two previous interviews.

Dr. Burson is the Owner of Solution-Based Basketball, Author of The Golden Whistle & The Daily Nugget, retired collegiate basketball coach, and consultant to Nike Basketball and 94Fifty.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

 Here were some highlights from our discussion:

 

Direct download: Jim_Burson_interview_3.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

For Episode 40, I had the privilege of interview Lynne Sturtevant.  Lynne is a local history buff, published author, and entrepreneur.  Listen to my previous Interview with her brother James Sturtevant.

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Lynne is the owner of Hidden Marietta and The History Biz.  She has authored Haunted Marietta:  History and Mystery in Ohio's Oldest City and A Guide to Historic Marietta, Ohio.

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • how her father stoked her interest in history
  • her career path from State of Ohio employee to travel agent to marketing director to Marietta businesses
  • how she has leveraged three H's (history, haunted, and heritage) into her businesses
  • the ghost ladies, indian mounds, and why Marietta is the most haunted city in Ohio
  • an example creating a history program through the Cambridge Victorian Village funeral celebration
  • her writing process with the Charleston Press
  • the importance of creating a memorable, immersive experience to get people interested in local history programs
  • core values of being a successful businessperson, make a return for all involved, and the customer experience
  • Marietta is a tourist attraction because of its recreation opportunities, museums, attractions, Revolutionary War cemetery, and nearby former slave plantation across the river in West Virginia
  • Consumes content from the Fizzle PodcastPat FlynnSide Hustle PodcastDaniel Pink, & Seth Godin

 Click here to contact Lynne.  Thank you for listening.


For episode 38, I had the pleasure of interviewing James Sturtevant, a 31-Year Teacher extraordinaire at Big Walnut High School and Author of the book You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement.  Mr. Sturtevant was referred to me by previous guest Jim Burson (Jim Burson Interview 1 & Interview 2.  You will love his energy and commitment to serve his student.

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James has been around great teachers his whole life.  His father was a history teacher at Muskingum College (now Muskingum University).  He graduated from Muskingum with his bachelor's degree and then Ohio State with his master's degree.  He is married to Penny, the principal at Big Walnut Middle School.

Here were some of our discussion points:

  • his tipping point were he made up his mind the teaching profession was his path
  • how to connect and to engage all types of students
  • The influence of Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind and TedTalk, as well as John Hattie's Visible Learning for Teachers:  Maximizing Impact on Learning
  • why it is important to move beyond "nostalgia" and embrace the present and future
  • the classroom value of acceptance, communication, non-verbal communication, safety, enjoyment, & advocacy
  • sharing stories
  • the impact he hopes he has made and thoughts on serving others in his future

Connect with James Sturtevant on his website or contact form.

Thank you for listening.

 

Direct download: James_Sturtevant_Interview.mp3
Category:education, life, culture -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

For Episodes 36 & 37 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Mayer, President of Opportunity Ohio.  Opportunity Ohio (O2) is dedicated to enhancing prosperity for Ohioans through educating policymakers and citizens. We pay particular attention to the impact of state and local government decisions and how they foster or hinder job creation and economic growth. Our strategic aim is to provide our leaders with sound policies for a better tomorrow.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Matt A. Mayer serves as President of Opportunity Ohio. Previously, Mayer wrote and spoke on national security and federalism issues as a Visiting Fellow with The Heritage Foundation. His Heritage federalism work earned the runner-up prize in the 2012 Better Government Competition. Mayer has been a national policy leader for more than a decade.

Mayer is the author of three books.  Mayer’s first book, Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway (with Foreward by the Honorable Edwin Meese III), argued for reversing the nationalization of homeland security by returning power to states and localities. His second book, Taxpayers Don’t Stand a Chance: Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (And What To Do About It), exposes systemic problems that have made Ohio fall from a national leader to a laggard. His third book, The Founding Debate: Where Should the Power Over Our Lives Reside?, highlights to top five arguments from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist, as well as excerpts from ten key Supreme Court cases, to help readers decide where they think the power should be.

Prior to his public policy work, Mayer was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the leadership of Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff where he provided DHS leaders with policy and operational advice as the Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and where he headed the $3.5 billion terrorism preparedness office charged with developing initiatives to transform America to meet the demands of a post-9/11 environment.

Mayer came to DHS from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Mayer co-developed Colorado’s Regulatory Notice system that utilizes electronic mail to notify stakeholders of all proposed regulations before those regulations become final. The Regulatory Notice system earned the Denver Business Journal’s 2003 “Innovative Product/Service Award” for making government more transparent and accountable.

Prior to joining Governor Owens’ team, Mayer served as a deputy in Colorado Senator Wayne Allard’s reelection effort in 2002, and ran a widely hailed congressional campaign for a first-time candidate. As a result of his campaign work, the Colorado Statesman selected Mayer for its 2002 “Rising Star Award.”

Mayer was a 2007 Lincoln Fellow with The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In September 2005, The Ohio State University Alumni Association awarded Mayer the William Thompson Oxley Award for early career achievement. At the age of 29, the Denver Business Journal recognized Mayer as one of Colorado’s young leaders by naming him to its “Forty Under 40” list. In 1997, Mayer was the recipient of the ABA-BNA Excellence in Labor & Employment Law Award and was recognized as a Public Service Fellow.

Mayer graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology and received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law where he was the Editor in Chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Here were the topics we discussed:

  • what it is like being on the John Stossel show
  • thoughts on the job Governor John Kasich has done
  • thoughts on freedom and competitiveness
  • job creation and entrepreneurship
  • ideas to reduce the size of government and reform
  • right to work debate
  • what are some best practices other states are using
  • what are some benefits Ohio has to offer to bring in new opportunities
  • one of his favorite books by Charles Murray By The People:  Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
  • Matt wants to leave behind a legacy of:  a principled life; determination; hard work; and belief that he is making a difference

I am inspired by the action Matt has taken to make a positive difference in Ohio.

The audience can connect with Matt in the following ways:


For Episodes 36 & 37 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Mayer, President of Opportunity Ohio.  Opportunity Ohio (O2) is dedicated to enhancing prosperity for Ohioans through educating policymakers and citizens. We pay particular attention to the impact of state and local government decisions and how they foster or hinder job creation and economic growth. Our strategic aim is to provide our leaders with sound policies for a better tomorrow.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Matt A. Mayer serves as President of Opportunity Ohio. Previously, Mayer wrote and spoke on national security and federalism issues as a Visiting Fellow with The Heritage Foundation. His Heritage federalism work earned the runner-up prize in the 2012 Better Government Competition. Mayer has been a national policy leader for more than a decade.

Mayer is the author of three books.  Mayer’s first book, Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway (with Foreward by the Honorable Edwin Meese III), argued for reversing the nationalization of homeland security by returning power to states and localities. His second book, Taxpayers Don’t Stand a Chance: Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (And What To Do About It), exposes systemic problems that have made Ohio fall from a national leader to a laggard. His third book, The Founding Debate: Where Should the Power Over Our Lives Reside?, highlights to top five arguments from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist, as well as excerpts from ten key Supreme Court cases, to help readers decide where they think the power should be.

Prior to his public policy work, Mayer was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the leadership of Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff where he provided DHS leaders with policy and operational advice as the Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and where he headed the $3.5 billion terrorism preparedness office charged with developing initiatives to transform America to meet the demands of a post-9/11 environment.

Mayer came to DHS from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Mayer co-developed Colorado’s Regulatory Notice system that utilizes electronic mail to notify stakeholders of all proposed regulations before those regulations become final. The Regulatory Notice system earned the Denver Business Journal’s 2003 “Innovative Product/Service Award” for making government more transparent and accountable.

Prior to joining Governor Owens’ team, Mayer served as a deputy in Colorado Senator Wayne Allard’s reelection effort in 2002, and ran a widely hailed congressional campaign for a first-time candidate. As a result of his campaign work, the Colorado Statesman selected Mayer for its 2002 “Rising Star Award.”

Mayer was a 2007 Lincoln Fellow with The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In September 2005, The Ohio State University Alumni Association awarded Mayer the William Thompson Oxley Award for early career achievement. At the age of 29, the Denver Business Journal recognized Mayer as one of Colorado’s young leaders by naming him to its “Forty Under 40” list. In 1997, Mayer was the recipient of the ABA-BNA Excellence in Labor & Employment Law Award and was recognized as a Public Service Fellow.

Mayer graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology and received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law where he was the Editor in Chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Here were the topics we discussed:

  • what it is like being on the John Stossel show
  • thoughts on the job Governor John Kasich has done
  • thoughts on freedom and competitiveness
  • job creation and entrepreneurship
  • ideas to reduce the size of government and reform
  • right to work debate
  • what are some best practices other states are using
  • what are some benefits Ohio has to offer to bring in new opportunities
  • one of his favorite books by Charles Murray By The People:  Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
  • Matt wants to leave behind a legacy of:  a principled life; determination; hard work; and belief that he is making a difference

I am inspired by the action Matt has taken to make a positive difference in Ohio.

The audience can connect with Matt in the following ways:


For the Episode 35, I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Harris, the Deputy Communications Director/Central Committee Member/Spokesman for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Aaron became involved in the Libertarian Party when he felt the Republican Party was not representing his views on liberty and fiscal management.  Here were the topics we discussed:

  • growing up in Fairborn, Ohio
  • his professional background as a teacher, journalist, and writer
  • what is a libertarian?
  • how he got involved with libertarian party?
  • issues with ballot access for candidates outside the two major parties, including the current lawsuit between the Libertarian Party of Ohio and Husted
  • Documentary Of the People, By the People, For the People
  • what's his take on Governor Kasich's performance
  • what changes are needed in the tax code and entitlement programs
  • the current ballot issue about the legalization of marijuana
  • how supporting property rights and the free market is a better way to protect the environment and individuals than regulations
  • how Murray Rothbard influenced his thinking

I admire Aaron because he believes strongly in his cause, and he takes massive action to move his cause forward.  I believe the "silent majority" supports most libertarian viewpoints, and it is my hope that more support goes toward 

To connect with Aaron, you can call him at 937.825.0204 or email at aaron.harris@lpo.org.  

Here are my previous podcasts talking about libertarian viewpoints:

Interview #1 with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie

Interview #2 with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie


For the Episode 34, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tiffany Young, the owner of the Young Leaders Learning Center in Ross, Ohio.  Tiffany is passionate and strongly committed to serving youngsters and providing a strong educational foundation to last a lifetime.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were the topics we discussed:

  • Tiffany's background, role models & mentors, and how she developed her passion for educating others
  • her background working at a charter school prior to opening the center
  • how her philosophy of education has changed over the course of her career
  • what burning issue drove and committed her to opening the center in October 2014
  • how she developed the business plan and curriculum focus
  • the myriad of regulations based on the business and services she offers
  • the core values of her business
  • how she structures a day of activities based on age & individual ability levels for a well-rounded child
  • the continuous evolution of the learning environment (classroom)
  • the Festival the Center is having on Saturday, July 18 from 12p-4p
  • the process for hiring her staff
  • two recommended books for parents interested in enhancing their children's education
  • the legacy she wants to leave with her work
  • To connect with Tiffany and the Young Leaders Learning Center, you can do the following:
  • website
  • phone number is 513.760.6222
  • email

Thank you for tuning into the show, have a great day!

Ron


Back from our summer break....thank you to tuning into Episode 33. I had the pleasure of Sheila Fox.  I sought out the interview because of her role as the Executive Director of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.  During the interview, I also learned that Sheila owns a successful event planning business called Event In Site.  

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were some of the topics we discussed:

Direct download: OHBBALLHOF.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 6:36am EDT

wright way

For episodes 31 & 32, I had the privilege of interviewing Mark Eppler of Mark Eppler International.  Mark works as a speaker, seminar leader, and author.  He also provides leadership ministry for the Cincinnati City Gospel.  Mark's work focuses on leadership, change, management, customer service, or personal effectiveness.

Mark is the author of two books with a third one coming out soon.  His books are:

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some highlights from his interview:

  • why his parents were his role models growing up in Kentucky
  • Abraham Lincoln was one of his early heroes
  • working professionally in electronic manufacturing and teaching at Indiana University
  • how writing his books enhanced his business
  • why the Wright Brothers book is for parents as well as business leaders
  • Mark's morning routine
  • how he transitioned into self-employment
  • three topics he is working with organizations are:  working in gray areas, communication, and adaptive thinking
  • the environment the Wright brothers grew up in
  • the family emphasis on learning, tinkering, and conflict resolution
  • Mark's Seven Principles that make up the Wright Brothers' problem-solving model
    1. Forging
    2. Tackle the Tyrant
    3. Fiddling
    4. Mind Warping
    5. Relentless Preparation
    6. Measure Twice
    7. Force Multiplications

Books mentioned by Mark during the interview:

To connect with Mark, visit his website at http://www.markeppler.com/markeppler2.com/home/ or email mark@markeppler.com

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

 

Direct download: mark_eppler_interview_part_2.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, u.s. history -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

wright way

For episodes 31 & 32, I had the privilege of interviewing Mark Eppler of Mark Eppler International.  Mark works as a speaker, seminar leader, and author.  He also provides leadership ministry for the Cincinnati City Gospel.  Mark's work focuses on leadership, change, management, customer service, or personal effectiveness.

Mark is the author of two books with a third one coming out soon.  His books are:

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some highlights from his interview:

  • why his parents were his role models growing up in Kentucky
  • Abraham Lincoln was one of his early heroes
  • working professionally in electronic manufacturing and teaching at Indiana University
  • how writing his books enhanced his business
  • why the Wright Brothers book is for parents as well as business leaders
  • Mark's morning routine
  • how he transitioned into self-employment
  • three topics he is working with organizations are:  working in gray areas, communication, and adaptive thinking
  • the environment the Wright brothers grew up in
  • the family emphasis on learning, tinkering, and conflict resolution
  • Mark's Seven Principles that make up the Wright Brothers' problem-solving model
    1. Forging
    2. Tackle the Tyrant
    3. Fiddling
    4. Mind Warping
    5. Relentless Preparation
    6. Measure Twice
    7. Force Multiplications

Books mentioned by Mark during the interview:

To connect with Mark, visit his website at http://www.markeppler.com/markeppler2.com/home/ or email mark@markeppler.com

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

 

Direct download: mark_eppler_interview.mp3
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For Episode 30, I had the privilege of interviewing Laura DeYoung, Executive Director of Urban Shepherds, Co-Owner of Spicy Lamb Farm, and Environmental Planner for NEFCO.

I came across Laura's work while reading Episode 7 guest Gene Logsdon's weekly blog post.  In this post, Mr. Logsdon referenced an event discussing an upcoming Urban Shepherd program.  I spoke to Laura a few days before this event.

Laura's purpose is the result of two of her interests, the environment and sheep.  One mission is to have homeowners use their yards as pasture, rather than using lawn mowers, as part of a neighborhood grazing program.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were some highlights from the show:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.


cafe o play

playground

For episode 29, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cafe O Play Co-Owners John and Carolyn Green from Stow, Ohio.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were some highlights from our conversation:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me onTwitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.


sisler cover

 

As today is Opening Day, it is fitting that this podcast interview is about baseball.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Huhn, Baseball Biographer, regarding his book The Sizzler:  George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great, about native Ohioan and Baseball Hall of Famer George Sisler.

In a legendary career as an amateur player, professional player, and professional baseball management, George Sisler set many records and was regarded by his peers as one of the all-time greats.  After his playing career ended, Sisler faded from the limelight and many fans' memories.  Rick Huhn took a look at why this happened at the behest of Sisler's son George Sisler Jr.  Rick has compiled an outstanding biography with great detail that any baseball fan will love.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were some highlights from our conversation:

  • growing up in Marion, Ohio, his involvement with writing in high school, and then going to Ohio University and Law School at Ohio State
  • how Rick got involved in writing while wrapping up his law career
  • his connection with Ohio University History Professor and fellow baseball author Charles Alexander, who has written great books on Rogers Hornsbythe Miracle BravesTy CobbDepression-Era Baseball, and John McGraw
  • A meeting with George Sisler Jr. which led to discussions about writing the book
  • George's family background growing up and climb through the amateur and not-so amateur baseball leagues around Akron, which led to some controversy about which Major League team owned his rights
  • Sisler leading the University of Michigan to the mythical national championship 
  • Sisler's long-lasting friendship and connection with fellow Ohioan Branch Rickey and the effect on his career, including the opportunity to work with Jackie Robinson 
  • Sisler's career, predominantly with the St. Louis Browns before going to the Washington Senators, Boston Braves, and wrapping his career in the minors
    • Sisler's career statistics, including multiple seasons batting over .400
    • his career highlights and the after effect of a serious eye injury
  • what Sisler's peers said about him as a ballplayer
  • Huhn's speculation why Sisler is largely forgotten today in discussions of all-time greats
  • The other books Huhn has written on the 1910 Batting Race and Eddie Collins
  • The 1954 Cleveland Indians book Rick mentioned at the end of the interview.
  • Listeners can connect with Rick at http://www.rickhuhn.com/

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me onTwitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

Direct download: Rick_Huhn_interview.mp3
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kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_Interview_Part_3.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_part_2.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_Part_1.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

For episode 23 & 24 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interviewing sports On-Air Radio Personality/Producer Dave DeNatale from ESPN Cleveland radio.

I first met Dave as fellow students at Bowling Green State University.  Like Dave, I initially started out interesting in sports broadcasting, but then I chose a different path.  I did have the pleasure of meeting Joe Tait with Dave when Mr. Tait came to campus.  

A couple of years ago, I was visiting family in Northeast Ohio.  I tuned into 850 AM to hear some Cleveland sports talk.  I heard Dave talking, and I got such a kick listening to him and his enthusiasm.    

In his fantastic book The Greatest Salesman In The World, Og Mandino listed ten commandments for success.  The third commandment was "I Will Persist Until I Succeed".  As you will hear in the podcast, Dave embodies this virtue as well as any person I have ever known.  He will share some personal stories about his health and his dedication to his craft that has led to some unique, valuable experiences in his profession.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • His parents and grandparents were outstanding role models growing up in Northeast Ohio.  They taught Dave the value of belief, humor, being genuine, supportive, importance of education, and hard-working.
  • Being "Pen-Pals" with Doug Dieken, and how he got to meet Nev Chandler when he was 15 years old, a relationship that developed into Nev mentoring Dave.
  • His "many" options of going to college, ultimately choosing Bowling Green State University.
  • Involvement in BSGU student-run radio station, and the experiences he acquired.
  • His journey working at radio stations in Defiance, Ohio; Carroll, Michigan; and Oberlin.
  • Why the Browns continue to get more support than the Indians?
  • How radio has changed and is continuing to change
  • Difference in criticizing in amateur vs. professional sports
  • his "Bull Durham"-like summer working as the play-by-play voice of the Lake Erie Crushers
  • His advice to people wanting to enter this profession:
    • learn how to write
    • acquire versatile skills in multiple roles
    • acquire some TV production background
    • become credible through honesty and being genuine
    • have a fall back plan
  • His aspirations are to host his own show and be the play-by-play voice of a college or professional team.
  • Dave desires to leave behind a legacy of:  passion, doing things the right way, serving the best interests of people around me, being genuine & credible, treating people the right way
  • To connect with Dave, follow him on Twitter

Thank you for tuning into the show.  Please help spread the word about the show and rate the show on Itunes or Stitcher.

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.


susan's book

For episode 22 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interviewing author Susan Guy.  Susan has spent her professional career in law enforcement and wrote a book called Mobsters, Madams, & Murders in Steubenville, Ohio, the story of Little Chicago.

This time period, while traditionally romanticized, was an era of violence and fear.  Listen to Susan explain what the environment was like during this time.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were some highlights of the interview:

  • Susan's father was a police officer and her hero
  • Susan and her mother read & watched The Untouchables and Nancy Drew
  • why she was fascinated by this time and topic in history
  • the rapid progression of her book being published
  • focus on the Prohibition Officers who lost their lives enforcing the law
  • learn about the Tri-State Writer's Society
  • Connect with Susan

Thank you for tuning into the show.  Please help spread the word about the show and rate the show on Itunes or Stitcher.

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

 

Direct download: Susan_Guy_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, u.s. history -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

The cover of the book Nick Gillespie co-authored with Matt Welch
The cover of the book Nick Gillespie co-authored with Matt Welch

In this episode, I had the pleasure of conducting a second interview with Reason's Nick Gillespie.  Nick is a nationally-recognized journalist as Editor-In-Chief of Reason and Reason Magazine.  He frequently interviews public figures and appears on a variety of shows discussing political issues.   The Reason Foundation’s motto is “Free Minds & Free Markets”.  Check out the first interview here.

If you feel the government needs to be smaller and less intrusive, balance their budget, trust people to make their own choices, protect civil liberties, and support strong defense, not intervention, Reason researches these issues and we talk about some of these in the interview.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Some highlights from Part Two of the Interview:

 Thank you for listening.  Have a great day!

-Ron

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.


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barn artist 1

For episode 20 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the privilege of interviewing "the Barn Artist", Scott Hagan from Jerusalem, Ohio (Belmont County).

If you have driven anywhere in the state, you have come across Scott's work.  Enjoy his story, and I reckon you will pay more attention on your future driving trips around Ohio.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some highlights from the interview with Scott:

  • how Scott was interested in art throughout his life, and preferred to find a "larger" canvas
  • when he was 19 years old, he painted his first barn (his dad's barn) and the ramifications of this work that led to being commissioned to paint bicentennial barns in Ohio

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  • finding a mentor just down the road, legendary "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco" barn painter Harley Warrick
  • Scott's keys to success:  
    • work ethic (he paints each barn with an old-fashioned brush)
    • respect for the process and details, such as painting crisp lines
    • gratitude
    • faith
    • ability to interact and share his ideas with others
  • the joy of his children accompanying him on some of the projects
  • how he has expanded into other projects
  • Connect with Scott

Thank you for tuning into the show.  Please help spread the word about the show and rate the show on Itunes or Stitcher.

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.


 

I have two black labs, who do respect individual choice.
I have two black labs, who do respect individual choice.

Nick Gillespie is a nationally-recognized journalist as Editor-In-Chief of Reason and Reason Magazine.  He frequently interviews public figures and appears on a variety of shows discussing political issues.   The Reason Foundation's motto is "Free Minds & Free Markets".

If you feel the government needs to be smaller and less intrusive, balance their budget, trust people to make their own choices, protect civil liberties, and support strong defense, not intervention, Reason researches these issues and we talk about some of these in the interview.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Some highlights from Part One of the Interview:

Thank you for listening, have a great day!

-Ron

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

 

 

 

 

 


For Episode 18 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interviewing Johnna McEntee, the Executive Director of the Ohio Museums Association.

As indicated on their website, Founded in 1976 by members of the Ohio’s museum community, the Ohio Museums Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. OMA works with a variety of museums, museum professionals and providers of museum services to strengthen the state’s museum, foster excellence in the field and support the museum community.

Johnna has a great enthusiasm and dedication to serving the 1,200 sites in Ohio.  Here are some highlights from the show:

 

    • Johnna grew up in Kenton, Ohio, named after the famous frontiersman Simon Kenton.  A great biography on Simon Kenton is The Frontiersman by legendary author and Ohio native Allan Eckert
    • She credits her parents with instilling in her the following values:
      • being a lifelong learner
      • exploring your world around you
      • appreciate history and culture
      • faith and family
      • integrity, respect, hard work, and being dedicated to a cause
    • the value of her internship at the Ohio Historical Society, now known as Ohio History Connections.
    • the benefits of a professional association serving its Johnna has a great enthusiasm and dedication to serving the 1,200 sites in Ohio.  Here are some highlights from the show:
      • Johnna grew up in Kenton, Ohio, named after the famous frontiersman Simon Kenton.  A great biography on Simon Kenton is The Frontiersman by legendary author and Ohio native Allan Eckert
      • She credits her parents with instilling in her the following values:
        • being a lifelong learner
        • exploring your world around you
        • appreciate history and culture
        • faith and family
        • integrity, respect, hard work, and being dedicated to a cause
      • the value of her internship at the Ohio Historical Society, now known as Ohio History Connections.
      • the benefits of a professional association serving its constituents with advocacy and educational programs
      • The American Alliance of Museums is the national association for museums
      • the upcoming annual conference for the Ohio Museums Association in Cleveland, Ohio
      • Ohio has 10.4 museums per 100,000 residents, well above the national average
      • the economic impact of museum visits
      • how schools and museums partner to bring local history to the classroom
      • how someone can develop a new museum

      I really appreciated Johnna's commitment to serving our museum treasures in the great state of Ohio.

      Here are three other local history/museum interviews I have done:

    • Stephen Gordon, Curator of the William McGuffey museum at Miami University
    • Mike Milkovich, Owner of Local History Productions
    • Laura Bullock, Volunteer Director of the Sherman House & Museum

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Thank you for listening, have a great day!

-Ron

Direct download: Johnna_McEntee_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, u.s. history -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

For Episode 17 of the Outstanding Ohioans show, I had the pleasure of interview Don and Tracy Popp, a father-daughter combination who own and operate Don Popp Honey in Hamilton, Ohio.

Don began keeping bees in 1995 and the business has shown spectacular growth.  Last year, Don Popp honey produced 95,000 pounds of honey from 500 hives.  The product is known for its high quality and does not last long on the shelves in stores like Jungle Jim's and Krogers.

Here are some of the highlights from the show:

  • Learn about the importance of bees to mankind, and why there is cause for concern with the declining populations.
  • Varroa Mites...the deadly killers of honeybees
  • What the average homeowner can do to protect the bee population.
  • "If something eliminated bees from our planet, mankind would soon perish." -Albert Einstein
  • Open House event every August on the farm.
  • Why it is beneficial for his farm partners to keep hives on their property.
  • How they use the "honor system" to sell their product directly from their farm.
  • Beekeeping start ups
  • Don and Tracy's purpose of working to sustain the bee population for future generations.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Some of the bee resources mentioned:

Thank you for listening, have a great day!

-Ron

Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: don_popp_interview.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, leadership, movement, giving back -- posted at: 7:21am EDT

1+1=3?  This is one of Tom Price's principles.  Hear him explain this and tell his story about his farm business, Price Farm Organics.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here are some of the highlights from the show:

    • The history of their 6th generation Pork Q Pine Farm
    • Rock-solid belief in the Golden Rule
    • his role models and background
    • Importance of adaptation
    • 5 years ahead of conventional thinking
    • Importance of your word and finishing the job
    • how to build a Bank Account of Goodwill
    • getting starting in the composting and recycling business
    • backyard composters should have three bins:  fresh, turning, aging and other tips
    • striving for Enhance-ability (the next higher level of Sustainability)
    • the concept of "Closing the Circle"
    • being a participant and leader by serving on civic organizations, such as Healthy Water Ohio and Ohio State Fair Boards
    • his daily routine
    • Exploring Internet sales as the business's next opportunity
    • trying to transfer his legacy of the family farm, the business, and his thinking
    • the process of becoming an EPA-licensed Composting Facility

Our Ohio show episodes that have featured Price Farm Organics

To connect with Tom, you can visit his website or email pfo@pricefarms.org

Thank you for listening, have a great day!

-Ron


In this episode, I am privileged to conduct a second interview with Dr. Jim Burson.  Click here to hear the previous interview with Dr. Burson.

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In our first interview, we shared Dr. Burson's incredible journey and discussed his recently published an extraordinary book The Golden Whistle:  Going Beyond:  The Journey To Coaching Success.  His career included teaching academic classes, playing and coaching a variety of sports at the collegiate level, assisting fellow Ohioan Bob Knight with the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, being featured in Sports Illustrated as the "Great Disseminator" of the famed Princeton Offense, serving as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and serving as a consultant and business owner continuing to serve the game. 

Dr. Burson has a book coming out soon called "Daily Nuggets", which is a way readers can engage the ten golden nuggets on a daily basis.  Dr. Burson talked about how The Golden Whistle has increased his connections and opportunities to speak and coach.

We went into extensive detail about how important it is to be a continuous learner and some strategies on how to apply what a reader learns.


In this interview, I had the pleasure of talking with Larry Huggins, the owner of Eastern Ohio Sports complex and a partner with Three Leaf Productions.

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The Huggins family is well-known in Ohio for excellence in basketball.  Larry's father Charlie Huggins is a legendary Ohio high school Hall of Fame coach.  Brother Bob Huggins is the current head coach at West Virginia University with an incredible record as a college basketball coach after playing at Ohio University and West Virginia.  Brother Harry played at Rice University, and Larry excelled on the court for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

During Charlie Huggins' coaching career, he developed the Eastern Ohio Sports Complex in Sherrodsville, Ohio with reknowned Pennsylvania high school basketball coach Ed McKluskey.  In 2000, Larry bought this business from his father and talks about the history and development of the complex.

Larry Huggins has had remarkable success as a person, family man, athlete, and businessman.

During this interview, Larry will talk about these highlights:

    • core values of hard work, compassion, being humble
    • his daily routine
    • understanding that our purpose is to serve God and others
    • 3 keys to business success
    • playing for his father in high school and at The Ohio State University
    • "The Ritual" that his father used in practice every day
    • the importance of trying to be the best
    • some of the keys to brother Bob Huggins' coaching success

Larry Huggins can be connected with in the following ways:

For interested basketball fans/coaches:

Bob Huggins has shared his basketball knowledge in a wide variety of books and DVD's.  I can share from experience that these materials are very well-done and help any basketball coach improve their teaching of the game.  Here is a list of some of the materials he 

has authored:

Bob Huggins autobiography

Bob Huggins Open Post Motion Offense book

Bob Huggins Open Post Motion Offense DVD

Bob Huggins Zone Offense book

Bob Huggins Man-to-Man Defense book

Bob Huggins Match-Up Zone Defense book

Bob Huggins Match-Up Press Defense book

Bob Huggins Press Breakers book

Bob Huggins Special Situations book

Bob Huggins Set Plays to Score book

Bob Huggins Fast Break and Secondary Offense book

 

Direct download: larry_huggins_interview.mp3
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Can you imagine being the author of a book that has sold 122 million copies?  No American author can, except for educator William McGuffey (1800-1873), who spent most of his life in Ohio.  This podcast episode will bring you the interesting tale of Mr. McGuffey's remarkable life and accomplishments.

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McGuffey's Eclectic Reader, were the standard reading, english, and grammar textbook in elementary schools and one-room schoolhouses across the country from 1836-1920's and are still is used by some groups, particularly homeschooled students today.

Professor McGuffey was a famous educator who worked at Washington College, Miami University, Ohio University, and the University of Virginia during his famous career.  He was also an ordained minister active and served his communities in this capacity.

In this interview with Stephen Gordon, my friend and colleague at Miami University, the listener will hear about the life and accomplishments of the "Teacher of the Nation".  Stephen is the curator of the McGuffey Museum at Miami University and a renowned historian of Mr. McGuffey.  

To connect with Mr. Gordon to learn more about the McGuffey museum, send him an email at gordonsc@miamioh.edu.

 

Direct download: Stephen_Gordon_interview_about_William_McGuffey.mp3
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In this interview, I had the opportunity to interview Peter Lawson Jones, a prominent Cleveland-Shaker Heights figure as a lawyer, public official, and actor.  I met Mr. Jones last week at our annual ORSA Conference at Cleveland State University after his keynote address.

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Mr. Jones shares riveting stories about his parents, his professional journey, being a proud husband and father, and the responsibility of citizens to be involved in the political process.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • his parents being involved in significant civil rights activities, such as Tuskegee Airmen, the Negro Baseball League, and pioneers in several other regards
  • appreciating the sacrifices others have made and building on that
  • the concept of read with expression, which has been a foundation for many things in his life
  • Values of service, integrity, hard work, selflessness, and education
  • how his experience at Harvard and Harvard Law continues to serve him to this day
  • managing his energy levels and time
  • encouraging involvement in the political process, starting with educated voting, a fundamental tenet of our system
  • important legislation he helped craft that he is proud of, such as the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
  • Matthew 25:36 passage

Mr. Jones can be reached at peterlawsonjones@gmail.com or peterlawsonjones.com

Go here to read my blog Siliko's Splendid Shorts


In this outstanding interview with Tim Hutzel, business owner, consultant, motorcycle rider, and author, the listeners will hear about his journey and his personal mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States.

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Besides both living in Oxford, Ohio, Tim and I are both proud graduates of Bowling Green State University's Master's of Organization Development.  After 21 years of working at General Electric, Tim developed his own consulting practice and partnered with Mainstream Consulting delivering services such as LEAN and programs for organizational effectiveness.

Tim has published two books on the steps needed to bring manufacturing back from overseas and speaks frequently to business owners,  politicians, educators, and the general public on the steps that can help make this happen.

Tim mentioned the following books in the interview:

 


In this incredibly interesting interview with Karen Starr, Co-Owner of Hazel Tree Interiors, listeners will hear how she built a business with her husband Jon Haidet, wrote a book, and became an ambassador for Akron.  Here is her story.

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Karen and Jon opened Hazel Tree Interiors in 2010, with a focus on interior designs and framing.  They have a wide array of services and products, with an emphasis on using local resources and creations. Most of their work is residential.

Hazel Tree Interiors is based on a purpose of "Wanting Others to Have Work", which explains the emphasis on local artisans and craftsmen.  Their business values kindness, knowing and honoring where you came from, and clarity on where you want to go.  They focus on goals from an action perspective to create a desired vision.

Karen's work was featured in Chris Guillebeau's great book The $100 Startup:  Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future has numerous case studies on why and how successful "microbusinesses" were created and sustained. This book takes a look at common themes and techniques that were used to develop these microbusinesses.

Karen believes strongly in building up the Akron community and surrounding areas.  This past March, she co-authored A is for Akron book, an A to Z List of Akron's Places and Things That Make Us Smile.

In addition to her business, Karen is an accomplished singer, here is how to connect with her band Roxxymoron.

In less than a month, Cafe O Play will be opening its doors in Stow, Ohio.  Karen is playing a significant role in developing the interior of this unique business offering.

Karen is very active on social media, you can connect in these ways:

Thank you for listening, please take the time to rate the show on Itunes or Sticher.

 


Integrity....Fairness....Relationships....Helping Others....Self-Reliance

These are the core values the Lehman (pronounced Layman) family has operated with since 1955 when Jay Lehman opened the store in Kidron, Ohio.  Here is their story.

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Lehman's has been a tremendous success selling mainly non-electrical products, beginning with serving the Amish community.  Inevitably, when there is a disaster or fuel crisis in Ohio, regionally, or nationally, Lehman's makes the news because of overwhelming demand for products to help in the emergency situations.

During this interview with Jay's son, President and Co-Owner Galen Lehman. listeners will hear:

  • why Jay Lehman created this business
  • how the business specialized in hard-to-find products
  • that the family spent several years living in Kenya, Africa, and how that helped them with their business when they returned to Ohio
  • expanding into the catalog, and then internet sales
  • how they expanded into manufacturing their own products
  • the different sections of the store, and how they serve different interests
  • full service of products, how-to books, and knowledgeable team members
  • leaving a legacy of preserving a self-reliant way of life

To learn more about this unique store go to Lehman's website.

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Direct download: Lehmans_Hardware.mp3
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This episode will inspire and give great ideas for you to think about for your life and career!  Jim Paluch of JP Horizons is our guest for this show.

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Jim grew up in LaGrange, Ohio, attended Ohio State where he met John Joseph from Episode 5, and then embarked on a landscape architecture career.  He then moved forward to become a coach, speaker, and author of three high-volume selling books to help businesses and professionals move forward toward their goals.

Jim shared 5 principles which he drives his work from.  These are:

  • continuous learning
  • appreciate people
  • positive attitude
  • setting goals
  • don't quit

Jim calls himself a "motivational listener" and feels he excels at pulling dreams and passions from people.

One of Jim's missions is to combat physical inactivity in people's lives.  He has launched the Come Alive Outside movement for people to be involved in.  Click here for more information.  This webpage is a great read if you are concerned about people, especially children, spending so much time playing indoors.

To connect with Jim, you can email him at jim@jphorizons.com or through their JP Horizons website.

To sign up for Jim's weekly newsletter, click here.

Jim referenced Dale Carnegie's legendary book How To Win Friends and Influence People.  Click here to learn more.

As always, thank you for tuning into the show.


For episode 7 of The Outstanding Ohioians show, I had the privilege of interviewing Gene Logsdon, the well-known "Contrary Farmer".  Gene has authored 30 books, written for many farming journals, and his popular blog "The Contrary Farmer".

During the interview that will stir your soul, Mr. Logsdon will reminisce about growing up and returning to Upper Sandusky, being raised in a charming rural lifestyle, giving the Seminary a try, becoming a writer, raising a family, and recently fighting a battle with cancer that made him look at life through a different lens.

Mr. Logsdon is best recognized through his writing as an advocate for garden and small-scale farming, along with sharing pieces of farming history.  His writing is often the result from his own small farming operations or talking to others.

I really enjoyed my conversation prior to the interview, and I trust you will enjoy listening to the podcast.   Here is how you can learn more about Mr. Logsdon:

Thank you for listening.  Please rate the show on Itunes or Sticher.


In episode 6, the show took a different approach, in that we interviewed an expert about a historical figure in Ohio history.  I interviewed Laura Bullock, Volunteer Director at the Sherman House and Museum in Lancaster, Ohio.  The Sherman House and Museum is part of the Fairfield County Heritage Society.  This historical house was home for the prestigious Sherman family.

Of the 11 children who lived in this house, General William Tecumseh Sherman and Senator John Sherman were the two most well-known historical figures.

Some of the most well-known events in their lives:

Some resources to learn more about the Sherman brothers:

For information on the Civil War Symposium referenced by Laura in the interview, click here.  Please note this event takes place September 27 and September 28.

To contact the museum, call 740-687-5891.

As always, thank you for listening to the show.  Please take the time to rate the show on Itunes or Sticher and leave comments.


Show notes from Episode 5-Interview with John Joseph, owner of the Shoot-A-Way



The purpose of The Outstanding Ohioians show


This show brings the audience great things Ohioians are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

  1. I am a lifelong Ohioian who has always been fascinated with the rich history of Ohio and the great things going on

  2. where I grew up, where I went to school, what I have done professionally, now venturing into writing, speaking, and consulting

  3. An abundance of famous figures in all walks of life-business leaders, farmers, military, politics, actors, sports, inventors, education

  4. Diverse population and diverse occupations

  5. On the same soil….

  6. Education resource for my two sons.  Learn about the great and unique things about Ohio and help them connect their dreams as part of the next generation of Ohioians.

  7. I am striving to interview a wide variety of guests.  Because of my personal interests, there will be a strong focus on entrepreneurship, agriculture, recreation, sports, and leadership.  I don’t limit myself to these areas and I will strive to bring a wide variety of shows to the audience.  

  8. This show is intended for Ohioians first and foremost because this is where they live.  However, the messages are far-reaching beyond the Buckeye State.

  9. I hope you enjoy the show, please rate the show to help share the message with others.  If you are so inclined, I would ask you to share the show with your family and friends who may get so much from the message.  You can always reach me at ronsiliko@gmail.com or the outstandingohioians.net website

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SHOW NOTES

 

In this episode, listeners will listen how Tom and Bev Theobald transformed their family farm into a very successful agri-tourism enterprise.  Agri-tourism is a movement based on getting customers to visit the farm for a variety of activities. This book is an excellent resource to learn about agri-tourism.

 

 

Tom and Bev were very generous in sharing the successes and learning opportunities from unsuccessful ventures.  They walked through each development phase from ideation to infrastructure to execution, and then evaluation.  They shared their philosophies of listening to customers, offering a quality product, working as a family, and giving back generously to the community.

 

 

To find out more about Barn N Bunk, you can visit their website Barnnbunk.com, find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barn-N-Bunk-Farm-Market/160498207340101, email at barnnbunk@sbcglobal.net, or call at 513.988.9211.

 

 

I was inspired by listening to the Theobald’s story and admire how they have created an incredible family business.  I believe you will feel the same way.  Thank you for listening.

 

 

 










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This show brings the audience great things Ohioians are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

 

 

 

Dr. Jim Burson show notes

 

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