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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:

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 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:

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.

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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

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: 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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.


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