24 episodes

Of Note is a podcast on innovation. We’re opening up the notebooks of some of the most interesting business minds in the South. They’re hands-on, they’re driven and they’re sharing the notes they’ve taken on invention, funding, entrepreneurship, growth, and so much more. Created by South Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation.

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Of Note is a podcast on innovation. We’re opening up the notebooks of some of the most interesting business minds in the South. They’re hands-on, they’re driven and they’re sharing the notes they’ve taken on invention, funding, entrepreneurship, growth, and so much more. Created by South Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation.

    20: Mary Mason, Making Magic Happen at Milliken

    20: Mary Mason, Making Magic Happen at Milliken

    When you hear the name Milliken, what comes to mind? Perhaps it's carpets, rugs, and flooring, or maybe its dedicated commitment to sustainability and responsibility? Regardless, as a global, multi-market company, magic is happening behind the scenes—and Principal Scientist, Mary Mason, is the master magician and silent innovator behind it.


    Spearheading Milliken's chemical division, Mary specializes in polymeric non-settling colorants that enhance the products we use every day. Not only does Mary work with colorants, but she develops innovative processes to test experiments. Mary shares what led her to a career in chemical research and how her passions developed as a young child still live in her today.

    • 35 min
    19: Ramy Harik, Combating Corruption Through Manufacturing

    19: Ramy Harik, Combating Corruption Through Manufacturing

    Ramy Harik has lived, studied, and traveled worldwide, teaching students from France to Lebanon. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, and researcher at McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research — Ramy's work focuses on mechanical, industrial, and automated manufacturing engineering. His work at the McNair Center prepares engineering students for opportunities within South Carolina's aerospace industry — the second largest industry in the state.


    In this episode, Ramy shares the importance of education and industry, pushing the aerospace industry forward through smart manufacturing. And through smart manufacturing, Ramy notes its role in combating corruption within institutions and shares his unique perspective on life.

    • 38 min
    18: Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, Journey From the Books to Bots

    18: Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, Journey From the Books to Bots

    Dr. Laura Boccanfuso never imagined she would become a full-time entrepreneur. Before she founded Van Robotics, she spent ten years as a stay at home mom with her three kids. During that time, she uncovered a deep love and passion for education and desired to elevate all students' learning.


    After heading back to school to get her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Robotics at the University of South Carolina, she spent her time as a research scientist at Yale. There, she discovered the impact robots have in education, and especially on young learners. After many years of studying, learning, and researching, Laura jumped headfirst into entrepreneurship and founded Van Robotics. From there, she not only created ABii - the smart robot tutor, but she's taken her ideas to the entrepreneurial mainstage — Shark Tank.


    In this episode, Laura discusses her journey from the books to the bots with hosts Joseph Nother and Laura Corder. And they're joined by Laura's long-time mentor, Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director of Techstars Austin.

    • 36 min
    17: Stella Mercado, Innovating Cybersecurity for National Defense

    17: Stella Mercado, Innovating Cybersecurity for National Defense

    When it comes to working with large clients, the President and CEO of Mercom, Stella Mercado, is doing just that. Mercom Corporation is a federal contractor serving the world's largest customer — the Federal Government. It has provided solutions sets for the U.S. Navy and even Air Force One. It's certified as an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business and a HUBZone business and focuses on mission-based technology solutions within Defense, Intelligence, Healthcare, and Civilian markets.


    While many might be intimidated by working with government entities, Stella and her team never back down from a challenge. She and her team provide solutions that have transformed technology and increased protection within government cybersecurity infrastructure.


    Stella received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia, then returned to the university in 2014 to attend a program in the School of Business. After establishing Mercom in 2000, Stella and her team continue to showcase the importance of trust, accountability, and building strong relationships to succeed within government contracting. Stella shares what she’s learned throughout the years in government contracting, leadership, entrepreneurship, and even lessons she’s learned from being a mother.


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    • 30 min
    16: Shawn Valenta, Changing the Way We Approach Healthcare

    16: Shawn Valenta, Changing the Way We Approach Healthcare

    "The one thing that I can predict in healthcare is that it's going to continue to change." After being introduced to the healthcare industry in high school, Shawn Valenta began working towards transforming healthcare delivery — especially to minority and vulnerable populations. His journey began in the Greenville Memorial Emergency Department as a respiratory therapist. There, he discovered his appetite for learning, and soon after, he uncovered his passion for healthcare administration.


    Now, Shawn and his team provide services that serve the different healthcare needs for communities across South Carolina. Shawn supports the operations for all of MUSC’s telehealth programs that range from the ICU to the home, oversees the nearly $50 million budget of state-invested telehealth funds for South Carolina, and is responsible for the contract execution for their network of over 100 sites.


    The MUSC Center for Telehealth's mission is "telehealth for efficient, effective care," and not just replicating healthcare over a distance. South Carolina has faced many healthcare disparities over the years. Shawn discusses his evolving journey working to overcome these disparities, how to lead by example, and how he and his team are breaking the traditional healthcare mold to deliver care in new and innovative ways.


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    • 32 min
    15: Ed Currie, The Inventor of the World's Hottest Pepper

    15: Ed Currie, The Inventor of the World's Hottest Pepper

    A “chile head” in the truest sense of the word, Ed Currie – the man behind the Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest pepper – knows hot enough is never hot enough. His journey began in the 80s when he started growing peppers at his house in South Carolina. By the 90s, his 800+ plants covered every inch of his home, as well as the homes of his friends, family, and neighbors. There was a growing demand for his peppers, and by the early 2000s, he and his wife Linda realized it was time to start a real farm. Now, their farm grows over 100,000 pepper plants and is one of the largest on the east coast.


    With the creation of the Carolina Reaper, Ed pushed the limits of the chile pepper — his love for spice helping him to light a spark across an entire industry. And the whole world took notice. Ed discusses how his life brought him to growing peppers, how he’s grown his business, and his personal philosophy to innovation and pushing boundaries. In this episode, our hosts Joseph Nother and Laura Corder are joined by Vic Clinco, the owner of the world's largest collection of hot sauces to talk Ed, PuckerButt, and the Carolina Reaper.


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    • 37 min

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