13 episodes

The Upper Midwest's most seasoned experts at solving complex business challenges take turns talking about what's most important to focus on in the Covid-economy, while sharing a few examples of how current and recent clients turned their greatest challenges into successes. Minnetonka-based Platinum Group has helped more than 2,000 business owners and leaders save their businesses since its founding 40 years ago.

Platinum Group Interview Series Dale Kurschner

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The Upper Midwest's most seasoned experts at solving complex business challenges take turns talking about what's most important to focus on in the Covid-economy, while sharing a few examples of how current and recent clients turned their greatest challenges into successes. Minnetonka-based Platinum Group has helped more than 2,000 business owners and leaders save their businesses since its founding 40 years ago.

    How to Avoid Bankruptcy

    How to Avoid Bankruptcy

    An informative discussion on how to avoid bankruptcy—from how to avoid this from becoming an issue, to how to proceed if inevitable. These three experts have been there/done this dozens of times. 

    The insights and advice they provide are timelier today than when first shared during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020, when government stimulus placed the economy on economic life support longer than any of us anticipated. That support is now gone, and the threats to one’s business more varied and intense.  

    Panelists:  

    Pat Brennan, a partner at Platinum Group and a seasoned business executive with a strong track record of success working in a diversity of environments, including distribution, manufacturing, service and banking. He leads financial restructurings and excels in rapidly transitioning environments where cash insufficiency is the key issue that must be overcome. 

    Cameron Lallier, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Foley & Mansfield. Cam practices in the firm’s Banking & Finance and Creditor’s Rights groups and represents banks and other financial institutions in matters involving Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies, and the enforcement of security interests. 

    Thomas Lallier, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Foley & Mansfield. Tom has more than 25 years of experience working nationwide in the insolvency arena representing asset-based lenders, equipment and real property lessors, commercial debtors, consignment vendors and creditor committees in Chapter 11 cases, and workouts. He also represents buyers and sellers of companies in merger and acquisitions in many industries, including banks, manufacturing, retail, real estate companies, the industrial industries and technology companies. 

    The discussion is moderated by Dale Kurschner, also with Platinum Group.

    • 38 min
    How to Attract and Retain Great Talent

    How to Attract and Retain Great Talent

    Three business leaders discuss how their organizations and clients are attracting and retaining great talent while others find it in short supply. Along the way, they lay out the blueprint for what any of us should think about when looking for our next best hire -- or our next career opportunity. 

    Recorded in front of a live audience on May 4, 2021, this panel discussion taps the collective insights of panelists...


    Bill English, president and CEO, Accurate Home Care, Otsego, Minn.; 
    David Magy, principal and co-founder, Abeln, Magy, Underberg & Associates, Wayzata, Minn.; and 
    Rick Trontvet, SVP of Human Resources, Marvin, Warroad, Minn. (and previously, Digi-Key, Thief River Falls, Minn.)  

    This discussion was unrehearsed and unscripted, produced and moderated by Dale Kurschner, and presented by Platinum Group, Minnesota's most trusted business advisory helping business owners buy, sell or fix mid-sized, Midwest companies.

    • 1 hr
    How to Avoid Bankruptcy, and If Too Late, How Best to Proceed

    How to Avoid Bankruptcy, and If Too Late, How Best to Proceed

    Perspectives and advice from three experts who collectively have been there/done this 100+times.

    This panel discussion with three veterans of business workouts and bankruptcies delves into how best to avoid having to file, and if unavoidable, what to do to come out of the process as well as possible. Our panelists are:

    Pat Brennan, a partner at Platinum Group in Minnetonka, MN. Pat is a seasoned business executive with a strong track record of success working in a diversity of environments, including distribution, manufacturing, service and banking. He leads financial restructurings and excels in rapidly transitioning environments where cash insufficiency is the key issue that must be overcome.

    Cameron Lallier, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Foley & Mansfield, where he practices in the firm's Banking & Finance and Creditor's Rights groups. Cam represents banks and other financial institutions in matters involving Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies and the enforcement of security interests.

    Thomas Lallier, is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Foley & Mansfield. Tom has more than 25 years of experience working nationwide in the insolvency arena representing asset-based lenders, equipment and real property lessors, commercial debtors, consignment vendors and creditor committees in Chapter 11 cases, and workouts. He also represents buyers and sellers of companies in merger and acquisitions in many industries, including banks, manufacturing, retail, real estate companies, the industrial industries and technology companies.

    This panel discussion was produced by Platinum Group and moderated by Dale Kurschner.

    • 43 min
    Platinum Group's Founder Dean Bachelor on Why 'Meaningful Capitalism' is More Pertinent Than Ever

    Platinum Group's Founder Dean Bachelor on Why 'Meaningful Capitalism' is More Pertinent Than Ever

    Platinum Group Founder and Chairman Dean Bachelor not only coined this phrase many years ago, he wrote a mission statement that received trademark protection. His firm has lived by it ever since, and as a result has saved more than 100 businesses and several thousands jobs. In this short video and podcast interview, Bachelor explains what it is and why business owners and leaders should be even more mindful of it in the months ahead. 

    • 17 min
    Platinum Group's Tom Hubler on the importance of planning and communicating, especially for family businesses

    Platinum Group's Tom Hubler on the importance of planning and communicating, especially for family businesses

    This series of interviews with key members of Platinum Group – Minnesota’s most experienced advisory group helping business owners and leaders with extreme challenges including financial setbacks, lender and landlord re-negotiations, turnarounds and bankruptcies – is produced by one of its consultants and former multi-award winning editor, writer and interviewer Dale Kurschner.

    • 26 min
    Platinum Group's Greg Coward on Why Change Needs to Happen Now, and Plans Need to be Weekly

    Platinum Group's Greg Coward on Why Change Needs to Happen Now, and Plans Need to be Weekly

    Greg Coward is a former product marketing executive who’s gone on to serve as CEO of a dozen industrial B2B manufacturing and consumer goods companies. He also has owned two businesses and led through many turnaround and other rapid-change situations.

    In this Platinum Group interview (also available to watch on YouTube), Coward says the greatest risk for any business today is waiting. He also talks about how he's quickly assessed situations as an interim CEO brought into companies that needed turning around, and how he's ignored lawyers' advice at times when it's been at odds with being an effective leader—including how and what he's communicated with employees.

    This is one of a series of interviews with the expert consultants who work at Minnetonka, MN-based Platinum Group, which for nearly 40 years has specialized in helping business owners and CEOs navigate through turnarounds, divestitures, acquisitions, family business transitions and other extremely challenging situations.

    • 19 min

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