44 episodes

Host Craig Pratt is on a mission to highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help others live on the next level.

Next Level Leader Craig Pratt

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 68 Ratings

Host Craig Pratt is on a mission to highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help others live on the next level.

    When life sends you a message that leads to your calling….

    When life sends you a message that leads to your calling….

    Matt Buresh is a fourth generation funeral director in a family business that began in Detroit, MI in 1897. He currently owns and operates six locations in Northeast Michigan as one of the oldest family owned funeral homes at 127 years.  This is his story about facing adversity at a young age and how it helped him to find his calling, define his character and build a foundation for how to care for others. A former athlete and medical student found that God would lead him to the family profession he now treats as a ministry.  The path evolved into foster care to continue his mission to give a life, share a life, change a life and save a life.

    • 43 min
    The Power of Love

    The Power of Love

    When you are dealt with the extraordinary in life, the people in your corner truly do matter. 
    Nick Oprish tells his story from growing up in Bloomington, MN to a degree at the University of St Thomas, meeting his wife Melissa and being blessed with 3 beautiful kids and a career in corporate America.  
    In 2019 his journey took an unexpected turn that made him double down on his determination and resilience not only to survive but to make the most out of the next chapter of his life.  
    This is his story of life, love, gratefulness, hope and resilience of the mind and body.  


    • 46 min
    Two Hands on the Broom

    Two Hands on the Broom

    From bricklayer to the CEO of a thriving National IT Consulting firm, Richard shares his lessons learned through his Forbes published book, “Relationship Equity.” His no nonsense, common sense approach to life will undoubtedly inspire you to challenge the way you think.

    • 55 min
    Chandler Withington: Stand and Deliver

    Chandler Withington: Stand and Deliver

    In 2021, Chandler Withington had a life many would envy. He had achieved his dream of becoming a PGA Head Professional at Hazeltine National, had hosted a victorious Ryder Cup in 2016 and had another Ryder Cup scheduled to return to Hazeltine in 2029. When Chandler suddenly resigned from his position in the fall of 2021, many wondered why. Chandler visits with us to share his perspective on life, family and pursuing a career, along with what he is doing now. 

    • 51 min
    Miracles happen on Mondays

    Miracles happen on Mondays

    Ryan French, better known as Monday Q Info on Twitter, is a golf writer and journalist who pride himself on telling the stories of players chasing the top tours in the world and the dedication and sacrifice it takes to get there. French became particularly well-known for his coverage of “Monday qualifiers,” which are events held on the Monday prior to a professional golf tournament where golfers who are not otherwise exempt can try to earn a spot in the field. He started a Twitter account, Monday Q Info, which quickly gained a following among golf fans and professionals alike for its timely and accurate information about these qualifying events. Ryan currently hosts several podcasts and runs the Monday Q Info website.

    • 53 min
    Grace, Gratitude and Giving

    Grace, Gratitude and Giving

    In this episode, host Craig Pratt talks with Jeff Mader about his life, career, and motivations. 
    Jeff Mader retired at the beginning of 2023 from the CIO position at Sun Country Airlines. Jeff started working in IT in 1980. Most significant was his nearly twenty-
    four years at Target where he progressed to a senior level VP reporting to the CIO.
    Jeff also served as the first CIO of Imagine Companies prior to joining Sun Country
    Airlines. He has significant background in retail, transportation, and manufacturing.
    Jeff received his BS degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in
    Computer Science, Finance, and Business Management. He received his MBA from
    University of St Thomas and completed a Mini-Master of Information Technology also
    at the University of St Thomas.
    Jeff’s signature strengths are developing IT leaders, improving IT performance, IT cost
    rationalization, and business and IT strategy development. Jeff is widely regarded as
    a top IT leader that has helped to develop many of the people who are currently in
    executive level IT positions today.

    Jeff is a very active volunteer leader in the battle against cancer. He chairs the MN
    Chapter of the American Cancer Society and is co-founder and chair of CIOs Against
    Cancer. CIOs Against Cancer mission is to fund early stage cancer researchers who
    have been vetted by the American Cancer Society.

    Jeff formerly served on the board of United Through Reading, a non-profit
    organization that supports deployed military families by helping deployed Moms and
    Dads read bedtime stories to their children at home. He was the board chair for a
    term. His 12 year tenure on the board concluded at the end of 2021.

    Jeff lives in Prior Lake, MN with his wife Judy and enjoys boating, hiking, hunting, and
    anything outdoors. They have one son, Sam who is a medical device engineer working
    at Boston Scientific.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

andyberg ,

Engaging, Inspiring

One of my favorite things Craig does is capture the personal background of the people he interviews. Hearing their stories and how their journey evolved into Next Level Leadership adds so much to each conversation. It’s truly inspiring because when you hear that story, you realize the impact you can be making also. Love it!

gsugarchicago ,


Craig has a diverse network for sure, but all of his guests live interesting lives who add insight into what leadership looks like in spaces like education and tech. Always refreshing, thought provoking and practical.

MikeBinNC ,

Great inspirational podcast

Just listened to the interview with ReBecca Koenig Roloff. So many inspirational and courageous nuggets to take away from it. And it culminates with some great words of wisdom you don’t want to miss. Thanks @CraigPratt for doing what you do!

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