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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

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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
Category:business, life, culture, u.s. history -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

 

 

 

 

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
Category:baseball, sports, player, manager, scout, coach -- posted at: 7:55pm 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_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:

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Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_Part_1.mp3
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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.

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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.

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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
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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

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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.

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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
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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
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