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A show about industry leaders and the stories behind how faith plays into life at work

Faith Collides Lux Mundi

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A show about industry leaders and the stories behind how faith plays into life at work

    Anne Beiler – Auntie Anne’s Founder

    Anne Beiler – Auntie Anne’s Founder

    Anne Beiler was 40 years old when she came up with the Auntie Anne’s brand for her famous soft pretzels. The company, now owned by private equity firm Roark Capital Group, has over 1,800 stores worldwide and annual sales of $800 million.



     



    Growing up in an Amish community, Anne Beiler did not think about pursuing a career. She wanted to get married and raise a family. In her 20s, Anne married Jonas who was a mechanic and they were both lived happily on a farm. But on September 8, 1975, Anne was 26 years old when her second daughter Angie was killed in a tractor accident. Anne eventually sought counsel from a well-respected pastor in their community, but this would soon turn into seven years of sexual and religious abuse from him. When Anne finally had the courage to “confess” to her husband, Anne and Jonas got help through counseling. Out of that experience, Jonas wanted to change his career to become a counselor to help others in the community. Anne soon realized that she may need to find a job to support Jonas. So, in her late 30s, Anne started working at a farmer’s market making pretzels.



     



    Starting her own franchising business had a set of challenges Anne never imagined. But she took it one day at a time. Anne shares how she borrowed $6,000 to buy the first store, how they came up with the secret recipe for Auntie Anne’s pretzels, and how she relied on her faith to get through the challenges of franchising the business and expanding the business nationwide. Anne also shares nuggets of wisdom on how she overcame the insecurity of having an 8th grade education as the CEO of Auntie Anne’s. She also gives insight on how and when she came to terms with selling the business. And most importantly, she opens up on how Jonas’ commitment to love her during their toughest days has made her into the women she is today.



     



    Anne Beiler is now 71 years old, living each day with hope and freedom from her past. She wants the world to not just be inspired by the story of her starting Auntie Anne’s, but to also be encouraged by how she was able to break free from the most confusing, dark and depressing time of her life. Her latest book “Secret Lies Within” shares the details behind her abusive past, and more importantly, it provides an outlet for anyone who can relate.



     



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    Get a digital or paper copy of Anne Beiler’s books from the links below (to support Faith Collides):



    Secret Lies Within: https://amzn.to/39TlhUY



    Twist of Faith: https://amzn.to/38XOkoS



    Special thanks for this episode: Anne Beiler, Gentry Lusby, Jennifer Phelps and Patricia Robson



     



    Love Anne’s story and want to know more? Feel free to connect with her.



    Anne Beiler’s website: https://auntieannebeiler.com/ (access free resources)



    Anne Beiler’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/auntieanneb



     



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    Faith Collides podcast is hosted by Grace Huang from Lux Mundi.  More information: www.lxmundi.com

    • 38 min
    Horst Schulze – Ritz-Carlton CoFounder – Part 2

    Horst Schulze – Ritz-Carlton CoFounder – Part 2

    Horst Schulze is the creative force behind The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain we know today. As President and COO, Horst grew The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain to approx. 50 hotels by his retirement in 2000. But Horst wasn’t finished, he says for fun he started an ultra-luxury hotel chain called Capella Hotel Group. Capella is also known as the hotel where President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un shook hands for the first time at their 2018 historic summit. While Horst is widely known as the legendary luxury hotelier and for his contributions of excellence to the hotel industry – there is so much more to who he is.



    In Part 2 of this special episode on Horst Schulze, we find out how he became a founding member of building The Ritz-Carlton brand we know today. We also hear what it was like when Marriott bought a stake in the company, and what Horst did after he retired.  More interestingly, we find out what happened when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – primary leiomyosarcoma of the colon – and how that bought perspective to his faith, work and life in 1992. Since then, Horst has continued to pursue work with excellence, but he does so with gratitude and eternity in mind.



     



    Special thanks for this episode: Horst Schulze, Kathy Wiggins, Alexis Schulze, Arnold Chang, Patricia Robson



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    • 37 min
    Horst Schulze – Ritz-Carlton CoFounder – Part 1

    Horst Schulze – Ritz-Carlton CoFounder – Part 1

    Horst Schulze is the creative force behind The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain we know today. As President and COO, Horst grew The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain to approx. 50 hotels by his retirement in 2000. And shortly after, Horst founded an ultra-luxury hotel chain called Capella Hotel Group. Capella is also known as the hotel where President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un shook hands for the first time at their 2018 historic summit. While Horst is widely known as the legendary luxury hotelier and for his contributions of excellence to the hotel industry – there is so much more to who he is.



    One way to get to know Horst is to listen to his incredible career story that involves faith, hard work and business sense. This first episode of a two-part special on Horst Schulze covers the stories and work highlights that he navigated through in the early part of his career. On Faith Collides, Horst shares some interesting highlights:



    Born in Germany when World War II started, Horst grew up in a small village yet knew he wanted to work at a hotel at 11 years old.

    At 14 years old, Horst was trained by the head waiter, the maître d', who taught and modeled excellence in whatever work he did, even as a bus boy.

    At 16 years old, Horst was inspired to write an essay at the trade school on defining himself at work.

    At 19 years old, Horst visited America for the first time. He worked as a waiter for the Holland America cruise ship. And visited the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan to check off a top destination from his bucket list.

    In his early twenties, Horst moved from job to job in order to gain experience in the hospitality industry. He worked in the finest hotels in Europe such as The Savoy in London and the Bellevue Palace in Switzerland.

    At 25 years old and with $40 in his pocket, Horst took a one-way cruise to America to work at a new hotel in Texas. He quit after a few days and moved to work at a French restaurant in San Francisco.

    By 27 years old, Horst did not receive a highly coveted promotion to be room service waiter.

    From his late twenties to early thirties, Horst used vacation dates to enroll in hotel management courses at Cornell University for seven consecutive summers.

    In his mid-30s, Horst turned down an offer to be General Manager at Hyatt Hotels Corporation because he believed he needed one year of work experience in rooms management.

    In his late 30s, Horst was the General Manager for the most challenging Hyatt (former Howard Johnson hotel) in Pittsburg. It was also when he met his wife Sheri, who would impact him to apply faith into his life at work.

    At 45 years old, Horst became a founding member of The Ritz-Carlton Hotels.



     



    This episode is packed with how Horst navigated through the early part of his career. We hope it will encourage you to remember how the path to achieving career success took a lot of hard word for even the most celebrated industry leaders and outspoken Christians like Horst Schulze.



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    Special thanks for this episode: Horst Schulze, Kathy Wiggins, Patricia Robson, Jaime Roque



     



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    • 37 min
    Caroline Tautz – CNN Executive

    Caroline Tautz – CNN Executive

    Caroline Tautz has played a pivotal role in bringing Arabic news and media content on a digital platform to the Middle East.



    In 2001, Caroline was asked to set up the first Arabic news service for CNN in the Gulf. Fluent in both Arabic and English, she was in charge of overseeing the launch of the CNN Arabic site and for covering news stories during a time of great regional upheaval. Caroline was the editor-in-chief for CNN Arabic services during a period of the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Arab spring, and the rise of the Islamist militant group ISIS.   In 2015, CNN appointed Caroline as Vice President of Arabic Services, and Rani R. Raad Chief Commercial Officer for CNN International stated, “Our continued investment under Caroline’s leadership in CNN Arabic reflects the strength of our aspirations for this region.” Today as the Dubai Chief Operations Director, Caroline continues to grow the CNN Arabic brand and build its operation in the region.



    In this episode, Caroline opens up for the very first time about how her career ambition became a reality. Caroline grew up in Jordan at a time when her community favored men over women. But fortunately for Caroline, her grandfather gave her the opportunities to sit in high ranking tribal meetings, ask questions, and join a children’s TV station.  When it was time for college, he paved the way for her to pursue journalism. Upon receiving a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Yarmouk University in Jordan, Caroline started working as a political reporter for Al Ra’i – the leading Arabic daily newspaper in Jordan.



    In 1990, Caroline represented the Jordanian delegation in Washington D.C. to cover the Arab-Israeli peace process, and as a journalist, found herself in the middle of a political situation beyond her control; she was viewed as a traitor to her country under the leadership of King Hussein. Caroline’s brother encouraged her to turn to her faith; and for the first time, Caroline realized there was a King who was above all kings in this world. And when the dust settled, Caroline was not only cleared from the situation, but continued to thrive in her role as a journalist and in her relationship with the Jordanian Royal Palace.



    Caroline shares how she got the opportunity to work for CNN, and how her faith has shaped the way she now looks at her work.



     



    Follow Caroline on her social media.



    Twitter: @cfaraj



    LinkedIn: Caroline Faraj



     



    Special thanks: Caroline and Carsten Tautz, Chris Benderev, Hannah Shinoda, Patricia Robson



     



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    • 36 min
    James Chia – Pico Executive

    James Chia – Pico Executive

    James Chia grew up in Singapore post WW2, at a time when the country was recovering after the Japanese occupation. The Chia family were village farmers, raising chicken, pigs and ducks to make ends meet.  James was the fifth son out of the 10 brothers, so he was somewhat shielded from farm chores and got to go to school and enter the National Military Service. But his second eldest brother S.L., started working odd jobs in high school to help out the family; and in 1969, S.L. got the opportunity to start his own art studio. This art studio was called Pico. Fifty years later, Pico is now a publicly listed company in Hong Kong, with a market capitalization of $400 million, over 30 offices worldwide and 3,000 employees.



    In this episode, James shares how his family grew up with humble beginnings, and his journey to join Pico and get into sales for the company. James also opens up about his faith journey, and how a phone call from his brother Henry got James to say a prayer for the first time at 40 years old. James went on to become the Group President of Pico, in charge of growing the business through an IPO and building relationships with employees to expand worldwide. Now close to retirement, James focuses his sharing on the grander scheme of things – like how he ties success to succession for his family to continue the business, and how he has finally found peace about life after his career ends.



    Read more on James Chia's story on Salt and Light



     



    Special thanks for this episode: James and Woon Yeow Chia, John and Rosanne Chia, Carol Por and Michael Landry



     



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    • 36 min
    Robert Dail – US Military General

    Robert Dail – US Military General

    Robert Dail never imagined he would have a career in the army. At a young age, he wanted to become a lawyer and enter politics. But it was also then when he committed his life to the Lord.



    Robert’s father was a blue-collar worker at a navy base in Virginia, and that was what prompted Robert to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), a military preparatory program in college. Other than the fact that his father was a military man, Robert needed financial assistance. So, he joined the program half-hearted. It also didn’t help when the instructor told him that he would need to work in logistics. This meant Robert had to learn how to plan, procure and transport things like weapons, food and shelter. It wasn’t the manliest area in the program, but that was where Robert realized he was a natural at logistics.



    By the time Robert graduated from college, he had found out that he didn’t get into law school. He didn’t have a backup plan. But soon realized that since he had received a college degree and completed ROTC, he could join the US Army as an officer. So, he decided to try it out for two years.



    What was supposed to be two years turned into 33 years. Robert retired as a Lieutenant General, ranking 15 out of 1.5 million soldiers. Robert shares how a series of events happened that opened the doors for him to pursue an incredible career in the military. But also, how the ultimate door closed when he didn’t get four stars, and how he had to voluntarily retire from the US Army at 55 years old. Robert opens up about how he and his family were devastated, and how he picked himself up to see the breadth of opportunities for him in business.



    Since his retirement in 2008, Robert became the President of the US subsidiary of Supreme Group and eventually the Chief Commercial Officer of Supreme Group. He has also served and continues to serve on the Boards of several prestigious military and government-focused entities: ADS, Inc., LMI Government Consulting, iDirect Government Inc., Institute for Defense Business at University of North Carolina, National Technologies Associates and Flag Officer Advisory Council at Arizona State University.



    When Robert looks back at his career, he believes God’s plans have had precedence over his own plans. Even through the highs and lows of his career, Robert says he couldn’t have planned it better.



    Special thanks on this episode: Robert and Anne Dail, Hunter and Betsy Rawley, and Joel Arias



     



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    • 38 min

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