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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.

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 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

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: 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.

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

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 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
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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.

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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


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

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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.


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.

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

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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.


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

jones

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:

 


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.


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