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CEOs share how they’re leading through challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting great talent during candid ‘one take,’ unedited discussions with award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner. These interviews are independently produced with no funding from, or other financial affiliation with, the companies that are interviewed. Programming relies upon sponsorships. To inquire about sponsoring, write to dale.kurschner@theplatinumgrp.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dale-kurschner/support

One Take CEO Interviews Dale Kurschner

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CEOs share how they’re leading through challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting great talent during candid ‘one take,’ unedited discussions with award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner. These interviews are independently produced with no funding from, or other financial affiliation with, the companies that are interviewed. Programming relies upon sponsorships. To inquire about sponsoring, write to dale.kurschner@theplatinumgrp.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dale-kurschner/support

    Doug Jaeger on Buying a Canadian Company During a Pandemic, Employing Talent Where it Lives, Using Mixed-Reality Smartglasses for Site Visits & More

    Doug Jaeger on Buying a Canadian Company During a Pandemic, Employing Talent Where it Lives, Using Mixed-Reality Smartglasses for Site Visits & More

    Jaeger's company Ulteig recently acquired a Canadian business without visiting it due to Covide-19 travel restrictions. This after Ulteig grew 20 percent a year for five consecutive years and expanded from 300 to 700 employees. 

    One of several fascinating takeaways from this One Take CEO Interview is how Jaeger maintains a healthy corporate culture regardless of where employees may now be working. He also plans to locate collaboration centers or small offices where the best talent can be found, rather than requiring talent to move to an existing Ulteig office. And he says, what his company achieved during the last 12 months proves, “you don’t need to set your strategy aside when the world around you changes dramatically.” 

    Ulteig provides engineering services primarily in the life line sectors of power, renewables, transportation and water. It recently acquired NLS Engineering, a firm widely recognized as one of the most experienced integrators in the North American energy and water sectors.



    About One Take CEO Interviews: In each episode, one CEO shares his or her take on leading through myriad challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting and retaining great talent. Each interview is recorded in one take with no edits. The interviews are produced by multi award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner, who today serves as strategic consultant at Platinum Group, Minnesota's most experienced firm helping business owners and leaders with extreme challenges ranging from rapid growth and acquisitions, to turnarounds and divestitures.


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    • 23 min
    CEO Christine Lantinen on how Maud Borup Grew Sales 50 percent While Fighting a Pandemic

    CEO Christine Lantinen on how Maud Borup Grew Sales 50 percent While Fighting a Pandemic

    One year after her first One Take interview, Christine Lantinen returns to discuss how Maud Borup weathered the pandemic; how its attracting and retaining talent both in the Twin Cities and Le Center, Minn.; why it's looking to expand capacity yet again after just adding 70,000 square feet last year; whether employees are required to work at the corporate office; and more.

    Lantinen is owner and CEO of Maud Borup, a candy and gourmet foods maker with nearly 40 million dollars in annual sales, which is up almost 50 percent from a year ago, and more than 200 employees, double from a year ago. The company sells to specialty and mass retailers such as Walmart and Target, and has licensing agreements to make food items for large global brands such as Hell's Kitchen. Maud Borup develops more than 150 products each year and each item can be customized to fit what each client would like. During 2020, the company cornered the U.S. market for hot cocoa bombs.

    You can watch this interview on YouTube here.

    About One Take CEO Interviews: In each episode, one CEO shares his or her take on leading through myriad challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting and retaining great talent. Each interview is recorded in one take with no edits. The interviews are produced by award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner, who today serves as consultant at Platinum Group, Minnesota's most experienced firm helping business owners and leaders with extreme challenges ranging from rapid growth and acquisitions, to turnarounds and divestitures.


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    • 29 min
    CEO Chuck Runyon on How Self Esteem Brands Made its Largest Acquisition in History While Fighting a Pandemic

    CEO Chuck Runyon on How Self Esteem Brands Made its Largest Acquisition in History While Fighting a Pandemic

    Self Esteem Brands (SEB) recently completed its largest acquisition in history despite all the challenges and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. One year after his first One Take interview, co-founder and CEO Chuck Runyon returns for a “Take Two” to share how and why the acquisition was able to happen. He also discusses how his company helped franchisees since the pandemic began (and looming cost increases once rent abatements or deferrals end); the introduction of a bill to provide financial relief to the gym and fitness industry (the Gyms Act); whether employees will be coming back to work full time at the company’s headquarters; and why the nation needs to focus more on physical and mental health. 

    SEB is a global collection of health improvement and fitness-related companies including Anytime Fitness, The Bar Method, Base Camp, Wax the City and as of this June, Stronger U, a digital, personalized nutrition-based health coaching services brand. SEB was founded in 2002 and for several consecutive years ranked as the world’s fastest growing franchise. Today it serves millions of people in 40 countries.

    About One Take CEO Interviews: In each episode, one CEO shares his or her take on leading through myriad challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting and retaining great talent. Each interview is recorded in one take with no edits, and runs 10 to 20 minutes in duration. They are produced by Dale Kurschner at the executive consulting firm Platinum Group.


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    • 23 min
    CEO Nick Elders on how his startup facilitated $7 billion in loans within two weeks

    CEO Nick Elders on how his startup facilitated $7 billion in loans within two weeks

    Nick is CEO of Ignify Technologies, an early stage fintech company whose SPARK loan origination platform facilitated 50,000 SBA loans worth $7 billion in two weeks last year. Those loans in turn helped save 500,000 jobs. During this One Take CEO Interview presented by Platinum Group, he explains how the company quickly scaled up to meet demand, how it plans to grow and how it does so well attracting and retaining talent—something its top three leaders spend 30-40 percent of their time doing. Ignify is a public benefit corporation, spun out from Minneapolis-based Community Reinvestment Fund USA in 2020.

    About One Take CEO Interviews: In each episode, one CEO shares his or her take on leading through myriad challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting and retaining great talent. Each interview is recorded in one take with no edits, and runs 10 to 20 minutes in duration.  


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    • 29 min
    Pinnacle Performance Group CEO Leslie Holman on the Importance of Front Line Employees, and More

    Pinnacle Performance Group CEO Leslie Holman on the Importance of Front Line Employees, and More

    In this One Take CEO Interview presented by Platinum Group, Leslie Holman, owner and CEO of Pinnacle Performance Group, discusses how her firm helps fill the gap that can often exist between front line employees and senior leadership, and how COVID-19 has helped narrow this gap.

    In companies of all sizes, she says, “there is that common thread that success is bred through employees at all levels, and it's often that front line employee who has not been heard or listened to, or often sadly, not respected enough when it comes to how critically important they are in the success of the organization.”

    Holman explains ways to identify such gaps and more importantly, how to translate or explain those findings to senior leadership. She also addresses other topics including how the healthy work/life balance and culture at her company helped it weather all of the challenges that have come up since the COVID-19 first flared up in March 2020.

    About One Take CEO Interviews: These are frank, unedited, unscripted "one-take" discussions facing business owners and CEOs today from business leaders, for business leaders. In Season 1 (May 2020 to April 2021), 26 Minnesota CEOs shared their take on how best to lead during the Covid-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact on their operations, and the economy. In Season 2 (April 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021), CEOs share how they're leading as the pandemic winds down, and how they plan to operate thereafter.  

    One Take CEO Interviews are produced by award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner, who today serves as a strategic communication, crisis response and reputation management consultant with Platinum Group, Minnesota's most experienced firm helping business owners and leaders with extreme challenges ranging from rapid growth and acquisitions, to turnarounds and divestitures.

    Guests are interviewed solely on the merit of the content they may provide; no funding or financial consideration is provided by the individuals and organizations featured on One Take CEO Interviews.


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    • 16 min
    Bushel Boy President Chuck Tryon on Growing Beyond Tomatoes

    Bushel Boy President Chuck Tryon on Growing Beyond Tomatoes

    Owatonna, Minn.-based Bushel Boy is well known in Minnesota for first perfecting indoor grown, vine-ripened tomatoes available in local grocery stores year-round 41 years ago. Competition has increased rapidly in recent years, leading the company to both expand production and explore other crops to produce indoors, beginning with strawberries.

    Chuck Tryon was hired as Bushel Boy’s president last October to expand upon these efforts. In this One Take CEO Interview (watch here), he explains how he plans to do this, and how he addressed COVID-19-related challenges including potential delays on the company’s $35 million, 50-acre expansion project in Mason City, Iowa. Key to Bushel Boy’s future success, he says, will be doing better at finding and retaining talent. (Tryon’s interview is also available as a podcast on seven audio platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.)

    Bushel Boy employs about 100 people in Owatonna and 50 in Mason City, where the recent expansion is expected to increase production by 50 percent and allow the company to maintain a more consistent crop of tomatoes during the year. Bushel Boy also recently completed a 4.5-acre research and development greenhouse in Owatonna. While strawberries are being tested today, other crops to be experimented with for possible indoor growing include cucumbers and peppers.

    Innovation is a must and includes a vigilant focus on producing the best quality product, Tryon says. While Bushel Boy was a leader in this niche 41 years ago, the square footage of indoor agriculture for tomatoes nationwide increased 45 percent between 2007 and 2017. Just within the last five years in Minnesota, indoor tomato square footage increased 43 percent, according to the Star Tribune.

    Bushel Boy was acquired in 2018 by Shakopee, Minn.-based Rahr Corp., which is best known for its malting business.

    ABOUT ONE TAKE CEO INTERVIEWS: CEOs share how they’re leading during the Covid-19 pandemic and other unprecedented challenges during these unscripted, unedited one-take interviews. Each is produced by award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner, who today serves as an executive consultant with Platinum Group, Minnesota’s most experienced firm at helping business owners with financial turnarounds, acquisitions or divestitures, family business issues and other complex challenges. No funding or other financial consideration is provided by companies interviewed, and interviews are selected solely upon the relevance of what may be discussed during an interview.


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