Presenting inspirational stories of people who made "it" happen through their own determination, talent and leadership. This conversational and casual format illuminates how successful people think, what challenges they faced and the tools they employed to overcome tremendous adversity.
James W. Inglis
Success, Failure and Reality Checks: Listen as Jim talks with our hosts about how he developed his success because of his failures. And Jim Inglis has been working at success a long time, overcoming failures and struggling to survive as the son of a small church minister in Compton, Louisiana. He says that he grew up "not wealthy," sometimes hungry and struggled to achieve a good education. After meeting his wife and finally achieving a college education, Jim joined Home Depot in 1983 when there were only 8 stores across the United States. As Executive Vice President, Jim helped grow that company to the largest in the United States. However, he didn't get there without some bumpy roads and failures. Now 71, he continues to ply his trade as a consultant in international retailing.
Rebecca DeLorenzo - Flagler Co. Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca DeLorenzo, now President of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, had humble beginnings, experienced common challenges yet doesn't quite consider herself successful. For her success is an end-goal that is achieved through striving to do something different and overcoming and moving beyond the day-to-day challenges. Rebecca says that without getting a "hands up" by the people around her, gaining insight from those around her, she wouldn't be where she is today. She suggests that to stay on the road to success, you should trust your gut, ask for help and find a mentor. These will keep you on track for the end goal; success.
Jimmy Day - Flagler Spirits
Jimmy Day, Vice President Operations and Founder of Flagler Spirits refers to himself as a "normal" guy; a "good" guy, not a great one. The son of a government employee born in Washington, DC. he settled in Florida in 2003. He comes from generations of family who have been in "whiskey" for about 150 years. But his career took him in a different direction. Jimmy was an undertaker who owned three funeral homes and a monument company; a flower shop and he even parked cars. But he decided that he had enough of emotionally draining and serious businesses and wanted to do something fun. So 2010, he returned to his roots with Flagler Spirits, a craft distilling enterprise that was the result of having an unsatisfying drink. It was "gosh awful;" he says. He knew he could do better. It took 14 months and 14 days to go from that awful drink to being licensed, but he made it happen. In this episode, he talks about his product being like a backyard grilled burger - there is more to it and it's better than one that is mass produced. He had a dream. He had challenges.
Listen as Jimmy entertains hosts and listeners alike with his humorous approach to life, adversity and success.
Sara Hale - Coastal Cloud
Sara Hale is managing partner of Coastal Cloud which delivers superior client service through a unique delivery model that combines leading edge cloud (SaaS) solutions with a team of US-based, highly skilled, certified and cost effective professionals. In this episode, she speaks about how defining and measuring one's success is always changing; going from being very competitive to happy the baby slept through the night. Listen as she shares her perspective of success.
Sheila Johnson- CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Sheila C. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur, impassioned philanthropist and an accomplished violinist. In her interview with Howard and Kristen, Sheila remarks that she is currently in the third act of her life. The first was as a violinist, the second as co-founder as Black Entertainment Television and now a a luxury hotel owner. It has taken more than 11 years to make her latest chapter thrive. But she says, "When you are faced with adversity, find a new road;" the way to success and fulfillment doesn't always have to be direct.
Charlie Freeman - Orlando Magic EVP/Chief Revenue Officer
Pure Magic - Charlie Freeman, a suburban Chicago native, has worked in nearly every area of the Orlando Magic organization since he began working for them in 1996 as an unpaid intern, he was able to stick with it while living with friends. He says he didn’t know what was in store for his future, but “I had a passion for sports and believed that if you work hard and add value to whatever you do, you will be successful.” Upon reflecting on his journey thus far, Charlie's advises: Dream Big. Anything is possible. During this episode, Freeman shares the 5 pillars within his organization’s new "Pure Magic" campaign (excellence, experience, creating memories, excitement, and giving back). He also explains the importance of adding value to organizations and the necessity to go above and beyond in everything you do.