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179: Gale Bonnell & Jason Brannon – Adams Outdoors
Hitting the road this weekend? Along the way, you will see some of the most creative advertising work around…. on billboards. Adams Outdoors is one of the largest billboard advertising companies in the country and they have an office right here in Charlotte. Gale Bonnell and Jason Brannon from Adams are joining us today on the BrandBuilders Podcast.
178: Robert Hackney – Charlotte Business Group
A lot of us already belong to a business networking group, which means we’ve attended some happy hours, met people, collected business cards, and…. moved on. One professional networking group, though, wants you to put your time and talents to work for a good cause NOT necessarily related to your business – to help you grow personally and professionally.
The Charlotte Business Group calls itself the largest business networking group in the Greater Charlotte area, founded in 2017 on 3 basic principles—and first among them, is PHILANTHROPY. Their founder, Robert Hackney, is a volunteer at Loaves & Fishes food bank, a boys basketball coach at church, and a crew leader for Habitat for Humanity… and he serves in the National Guard Reserves. When does he sleep? We don’t know, but we’re happy to welcome him to the BrandBuilders Podcast.
177: Matt Uher & Mike Stiner – Soccer Shots
When you have kids, you work hard to keep them active. In addition to “go play outside,” you also want them involved in some sort of coached sport so they learn good fundamentals of hard work and fair play. How do you do that, especially when they’re young?
Well first, you emphasize the fun, because kids learn best through play. Our next guests on the BrandBuilders Podcast know that too, because the organization they own has become a household name for anyone with kids who want to learn soccer. Soccer Shots has become a Charlotte youth institution, offered at dozens and dozens of schools, parks, and preschools around the region. If you ever played soccer or have kids, please welcome Matt Uher and Mike Stiner from Soccer Shots.
176: Paul Hosage – Tread Connection
Getting new tires is probably not high on everyone’s list of ‘fun things to do.’ And you know who else noticed that? The manager of a tire store. Paul Hosage became an area manager of a tire chain, but he noticed along the way that customers, while happy to have new tires, almost universally did NOT enjoy sitting in the waiting rooms of tire stores. So he and his brother Alex came up with an idea: Let people sit at work or at home, or doing what they need to do, while we install new tires on their cars with a mobile tire installation van.
175: Chris Meade – CROSSNET
If you’ve ever been to summer camp – or even recess at school – you’ve probably grabbed a ball and dashed towards the pavement with the big painted square divided into four parts. Yes, foursquare. And as you grew up, you progressed to friendly games of volleyball at your company picnic or the beach. But what if you could combine the two? Seems like a no-brainer, right? Well, someone did. Three childhood friends, in fact, created a quick set-up game of volleyball four-square called CROSSNET.
174: Cindy Anderson – Thinc Strategy
Finding the right strategy for business is like standing at a 5-point intersection and wondering which turn will take you where you want to go. The smartest thing to do is ask someone who’s been there before, and follow their directions. Thinc Strategy is that partner who will guide you down the path to make your business successful. Their Founder and CEO, Cindy Anderson followed her own path of building and selling companies, to get where she is today. She’s here with us on the BrandBuilders Podcast to talk about the steps she took to get where she is now.