Equity Bank Series: Rodney Horton – Entrepreneur & VP of Sales at ConvergeOne

An IT Executive and Entrepreneur, Rodney has spent the last 20 years working on his IT management career and real estate business.  Rodney hails from a working-class family in southeast Kansas and moved to Wichita in 1993. Knowing no one, living in a one-bedroom apartment and working at a fast-food restaurant, Rodney attended Wichita State, where he got involved in …

Margie Warrell on Gender (Facts, Myths, & Biases) in Leadership

Margie Warrell is back on the show for the fourth time!  Margie is one of my favorite guests and we always have impactful and significant conversations. In this visit, Margie and I tackle the topic of gender and how it affects leadership.  We tackle some of the myths, facts, and limiting beliefs when it comes to women in the workplace, …

Equity Bank Series: B.J. Hunt – Co-Owner/Founder of Walnut River Brewing Company

An experienced business owner and manager with an Executive MBA, B.J. has spent the last 18 years as the Director and ultimately President of a family-owned company. Entrepreneurship runs in his blood. B.J. enjoys the challenges and has the skills to conduct business with the regulatory agencies overseeing the brewing industry. He also brings extensive marketing and customer relations experience …

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Equity Bank Series: Clint Whitney – CEO & President of Superior Tool Services

Clint Whitney is CEO and President of Superior Tool Service (STS) headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. STS began operations in 1987 and, today, serves more than 400 machine shops worldwide utilizing state-of-the-art CNC tool grinding machines to manufacture precision quality cutting tools. Clint, from Clearwater, Kansas, began grinding tools for STS in 1998 and owns the company with his wife, Christie, …

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Equity Bank Series: Scott Schwindaman – President & CEO of Lubrication Engineers

Scott Schwindaman has been president and CEO at Lubrication Engineers since 2007, having started as a laboratory technician in 1981 while he was still in college and working his way up through the ranks. Today, he oversees a company that has more than 100 employees in the U.S. and a large network of independent consultants and distributors who sell LE …

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Equity Bank Series: Steve Werner – CEO & Founder of Lawn Buddy, LLC

Download Episode Here Steve Werner is the CEO & Founder of Lawn Buddy, an on-demand lawn care service, that connects lawn care providers, “lawntrepreneurs”, to homeowners, via a user-friendly app and website Werner says the technology has evolved into an operating system for lawn and snow-removal services, and it’s starting to be used in other industries. Werner describes his company …

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Solo Episode: Putting the Pin Back in the Grenade

Download Episode Here Business is chaotic.  Even in organizations that fully embrace decentralized decision making, the figurative “grenade” is thrown by good intentioned leaders. How we respond to these perceived “grenades” being thrown is worthy of intentional focus. What do you do when these figurative grenades are thrown? Do you run for your life? Do you deflect and give it to …

Equity Bank Series – Dr. Sheree Utash: President of WSU Tech

Dr. Sheree Utash has served as president of Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) since 2015 and has overseen the transition of the college to the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech). Prior to that she served eight years at the college as vice president of academic affairs. With 6,500 students, WSU Tech is the largest technical college …

Equity Bank Series – Allen Fee: President, Fee Insurance Group

Allen Fee serves as President of Fee Insurance Group. Mr. Fee also serves as Director at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Inc. He has served as chairman for several organizations including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, United Way, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. He began his career with the family business upon graduating from KU in 1984. Fee Insurance …

Patty McCord: Former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix

Patty McCord brings the Silicon Valley concepts of fresh ideas and innovation and applies them to rethink the way we work. She challenges norms and invites us to reconsider the idea of “best practices.” From her many years working with companies that range from very large global tech companies to small very small innovative start-ups, Patty saw first-hand how companies …

Equity Bank Series – Michelle Becker: Founder & CEO of Profit Builders Inc.

Michelle Becker is the Founder & CEO of Profit Builders Inc.  Founded in 1994, Profit Builders is an industry leader in Outsource Accounting specializing in a full platform of accounting services. Profit Builders is proud to support leading Small to Mid-Size businesses across 40 states. Their areas of specialty include Restaurant, Health Care, Construction and Agriculture. Profit Builders is known for working closing with business …

Equity Bank Series – Trevor Crotts: President & Founder of Buddy Brands

Trevor is a proven, results-oriented entrepreneur with a passion for innovation & empowering others. His extensive background in sales and marketing provideshim with the experience to develop products and implement his strategic vision in innovative ways. Trevor is currently President of Buddy Brands, a vertically integrated pet products company he founded in 2011.  Buddy Brands makes solution based products under …

Equity Bank Series – Karyn Page: President & CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services

Karyn Page is recognized at the local, state, and national level for her expertise on export promotion and export ecosystem development in both private and public sectors. She consults small businesses and communities across multiple industries on trade strategy, advocacy, compliance, market entry, and identifying global opportunities. Ms. Page currently serves as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, …