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Inspired by the feeling of catching up with an old friend at a pub, No Coaster Needed features chats about people's journeys through life and is meant to be informational, positive and casual.

No Coaster Needed with Jacob McCourt Jacob McCourt

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Inspired by the feeling of catching up with an old friend at a pub, No Coaster Needed features chats about people's journeys through life and is meant to be informational, positive and casual.

    Episode 7: Jarrett McCourt (Principal Tuba, New World Symphony)

    Episode 7: Jarrett McCourt (Principal Tuba, New World Symphony)

    On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with my brother, Jarrett McCourt. He is the Principal Tuba at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.


    Jarrett’s playing was recently called “warm, romantic and seamless” by the South Florida Classical Review. He has performed with a number of different high-level ensembles, can be heard on several recently released CDs and has either won or advanced at ten competitions in the past five years. Most notably, he won the top prize in the brass category of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s prestigious Standard Life Competition in 2014, becoming the first tubist to do so in the competition’s 75-year history. Jarrett is also currently on faculty at New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College.


    On the show, we talk about how Jarrett got into music, what he took away from his time working at a crisis hotline, his TSA struggles, being an Canadian in Miami Beach and all of the anecdotes in between.


    Jarrett plays with the New World Symphony. To follow their work, check out NWS.edu. If you want to follow the work that Jarrett does, you can check out his website at JarrettMcCourt.com or follow him on Instagram @JarrettMcCourt. He’s also a photographer and posts his photos on Instagram @jmccourtphotography.


    Interview Notes:
    1:55 First exposure to music
    4:25 The first person to say: “...you can make it in music.”
    6:05 How did you choose Western University...
    8:00 ...and how did you choose performance?
    11:50 Going to the University of Michigan and how “rankings” affected his mindset
    15:20 Student Life at Western University
    17:45 Jarrett’s best tip for mentorship
    20:15 An experience from Jarrett’s time working a crisis hotline
    29:50 Being told “no” while applying for Doctoral programs and applying for jobs
    35:30 Travelling with two Tubas (aka TSA nightmares)
    43:55 Moving to Miami to play with the New World Symphony
    48:25 Living in South Beach
    52:40 Advice about facing adversity


    Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.


    To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.

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    Episode 6: Maureen Lucas (Past President/CEO of LucasWorks)

    Episode 6: Maureen Lucas (Past President/CEO of LucasWorks)

    On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Maureen Lucas. She is both Past President & CEO of LucasWorks and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with the University of Windsor’s EPICentre.


    Maureen has been recognized for many years on the Profit W100 List for Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs and the company she founded, LucasWorks has been on the Profit 500 List for the last 7 years consecutively. Maureen is also a proud Rotarian and a founder of 100 Women Who Care Windsor-Essex, a group dedicated to giving large contributions to local community causes and who are committed to community service.


    On the show, we talk about Maureen’s start in the hospitality industry, founding, growing and selling a business, adjusting to changes in the market and her own company, her work outside of work and all of the anecdotes in between.


    If you want to follow the work that Maureen does, check out these organizations and causes:
    The University of Windsor EPICentre: epicentreuwindsor.ca
    The Windsor Rotary Club: rotary1918.com.
    100 Women Who Care Windsor-Essex: 100WomenWindsor.com


    Finally, if you wanted information about the company that she founded, LucasWorks, you can check that out at LucasWorks.ca.


    Interview Notes:
    1:40 Growing up in the Windsor area and working in hospitality
    2:45 Making the transition from hospitality to recruitment
    4:35 What is a Recruitment Agency and what does the day-to day look like?
    5:55 Starting in industry as a receptionist & working with unique customers
    8:40 Starting her own company: LucasWorks
    13:00 Hurdles, early milestones and the 2008 recession
    15:40 Opening an office in London
    17:45 Maureen’s support system and business growth
    20:10 When should you let go of certain functions of the business to other people?
    21:30 Expanding into Professional Search
    23:50 Selling LucasWorks and how people reacted to selling the business
    28:05 One piece of advice for a former self
    29:30 Transitioning to work with the University of Windsor EPICentre
    33:25 Working with the Rotary Club
    35:05 The importance of a mentor
    37:10 Biggest piece of advice for entrepreneurs
    39:30 A note about employee recognition
    40:25 What’s next (i.e.: 100 Women Who Care Windsor-Essex)


    Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.


    To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.

    • 42 min
    Episode 5: Irek Kusmierczyk (Director of Partnerships, WEtech Alliance & Windsor City Councillor)

    Episode 5: Irek Kusmierczyk (Director of Partnerships, WEtech Alliance & Windsor City Councillor)

    On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Irek Kusmierczyk. Irek is both the Director of Partnerships with WEtech Alliance and a Windsor City Councillor For Ward 7.


    Irek has a PhD from Vanderbilt University in the United States and a Master Degree in Government from the London School of Economics. Irek sits on multiple boards including Essex Regional Conservation Authority, Transit Windsor and Windsor Public Library. He is also a proud Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.


    On the show, we talk about Irek’s move to Canada from Poland, returning to Europe to study, interviewing for a Rotary International scholarship halfway across the planet in the early 2000s, being in Nashville during the 2008 election, snakes and all of the anecdotes in between.


    If you want to follow Irek or see his full Windsor City Council voting record, you can visit his website at irek.ca. You can also follow him on Twitter @Irek_K.


    Interview Notes:


    1:40 Being born in Poland, becoming political refugees and a one-way ticket to Toronto
    4:50 Moving from Toronto to Windsor (and almost ending up in Winnipeg)
    7:55 Being embraced the Polish community in Windsor
    10:05 Moving to Ottawa for a journalism degree and looking up to Anna Maria Tremonti
    11:50 Getting more international experience at the London School of Economics
    13:22 Studying Eastern European politics in Poland and the unbelievable tale that got him there
    21:50 Hiking across Poland
    24:35 Lessons learned from all of that walking
    28:25 Vanderbilt University, Nashville and the election of Barack Obama
    32:00 Returning to the Windsor area in 2010 and snakes
    38:00 Working with FIRST Robotics at WEtech Alliance
    41:10 Hacking Health
    43:50 Running for Windsor City Council
    48:50 Time Management and Wrap-Up


    Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.


    To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.

    • 51 min
    Episode 4: Zain Ismail (Senior Consultant, Henry Ford Health System)

    Episode 4: Zain Ismail (Senior Consultant, Henry Ford Health System)

    On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Zain Ismail. Zain is a Senior Consultant, Strategic Support Services at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.


    Zain was named the Positive Professional Of The Year by the Leamington Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and was recently named one of Leadership Windsor/Essex (LWE) 40 Leaders Under 40 for 2018.


    On the show, we talk about Zain’s first hope to be in hospitality, his "ah-ha" moment, adding impact as an intern at Leamington District Memorial Hospital, his role with the Henry Ford, the various initiatives that he works on in his downtime and all of the anecdotes in between.


    If you want to follow Zain’s blog, you can do so at ZainIsmail.com. He also shares a lot of great stuff on his Twitter @IsmailZain.


    Interview Notes:


    1:40 Hope in hospitality
    5:05 “He told you to Europe, right?”
    7:19 Going to the University of Guelph, leaving...
    10:37 ...and finding the Healthcare industry and the “Oprah Moment”
    13:37 Interning at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital
    15:42 A story that impacted Zain’s life forever
    20:14 A funny story about epidurals
    22:00 “I’m going back to where I was born”
    25:05 Zain’s current role
    25:45 What do you feel the biggest changes in health care are?
    27:05 Attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas
    30:05 Bringing Rise Asset Development to Windsor
    38:15 Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit
    40:00 What is your advice for people that are trying to figure out their purpose?


    Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.


    To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.

    • 42 min
    Episode 3: Nuha Elalem (Photographer & Filmmaker)

    Episode 3: Nuha Elalem (Photographer & Filmmaker)

    On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Nuha Elalem. She is a Windsor-based filmmaker and photographer who at 24 already has credits for The Card, The Tiger Hunter and others under her belt.


    On today’s show, we talk about her move from Libya to Canada at a young age, working as a Producer for the first time on The Card, going to Los Angeles, moving on to bigger projects like The Tiger Hunter and all of the anecdotes in between.


    If you want to follow Nuha's work, you can go to NuhaElalem.com or follow her on Instagram @PhotosbyNuha. The Card, a film where she was the Producer and Assistant Director, is available for viewing on YouTube or at TheCardShortFilm.com.


    Interview Notes:


    1:40 Nuha’s move from Libya to Canada
    4:20 Wanting to be a filmmaker
    6:20 Working with Asil Moussa on “Muslims of Windsor”
    7:42 Working with Kim Nelson on “On Girls”
    12:12 Being a Producer & Assistant Director on her first short film “The Card”
    16:10 Casting for “The Card” and finding their main actress
    19:15 Going to Los Angeles
    20:40 Interning on Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter”
    23:00 The clothing, the colour and the car from “The Tiger Hunter”
    27:30 Her work on a Sexual Assault PDA for Windsor Police
    32:22 Her involvement with the Windsor International Film Festival
    34:25 What comes next, advice for other young filmmakers and the person she wants to work with most


    Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.


    To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.

    • 41 min
    Episode 2: Emilie Cushman (Co-Founder & CEO at Kira Talent)

    Episode 2: Emilie Cushman (Co-Founder & CEO at Kira Talent)

    On this episode of No Coaster Needed, we spoke to Emilie Cushman. Emilie is the Co-Founder & CEO of Kira Talent. Kira Talent is a Toronto-based company building software to make it easier on Universities and Colleges to assess their applicants.


    Emilie is a past recipient of the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012.


    On the show, we talk about her first dream of being an astronaut, getting into the Next 36, co-founding Kira Talent, how her role evolved and changed over time and all of the anecdotes in between (like how she gave up coffee).


    To see updates about Kira Talent, you can visit KiraTalent.com and @KiraTalent on all major social media platforms.


    Interview Notes:


    1:35 Emilie's Upbringing
    2:00 Wanting to work for NASA
    2:40 How she chose Business School over the Sciences
    4:23 How did you discover Enactus (Emilie was a past president of the Windsor chapter)
    6:20 The spectacle of an Enactus presentation
    9:40 What is the Next 36?
    11:25 The Next 36 National Selection Weekend
    14:16 How did you come up with the idea for Kira Talent?
    16:05 Winning the Next 36
    16:50 22 Years Old and $2.3M in Funding
    20:10 "Step Aside..."
    22:30 Would you change anything knowing what you know now?
    24:01 Her sales experience
    24:45 How did Kira Talent change while you were on Special Projects
    27:00 Something happened... again.
    30:55 How Emilie managed herself when she became the CEO again
    32:45 What does Kira Talent look like now?
    35:50 Winning the Odyssey Award at the University of Windsor and coming home
    36:45 How do you give back?
    38:50 Top tips for managing workload
    40:20 What's next for Emilie and wrap-up


    Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.


    To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.

    • 44 min

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Great discussions & high quality podcast.

Jacob is well-spoken and a great interviewer. The conversations move seamlessly which often isn't easy. A fantastic listen.

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This guy is so good with people!

Jacob is so good at disarming people and getting the good stuff out of them. I have loved everything I heard so far and I will be keeping up with this!

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