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Each week, we feature in-depth, positive stories of companies that are doing great things for the communities they serve in West Virginia, are leading West Virginia in a positive direction and are committed to making our state a powerful force in America.

Positively West Virginia Jim Matuga, Host

    • Business
    • 5.0, 19 Ratings

Each week, we feature in-depth, positive stories of companies that are doing great things for the communities they serve in West Virginia, are leading West Virginia in a positive direction and are committed to making our state a powerful force in America.

    Episode 128 – Tony Watson – Destiny Consultants

    Episode 128 – Tony Watson – Destiny Consultants

     


     
    Tony Watson is an accomplished multifaceted sales leader with a proven track record in the field of Medical Equipment and supplies. Tony is the VP of Sales at Destiny Consultants, which is Woman Owned and a 100% Service Disabled Veteran Small Business that provides Medical equipment and services to the Federal Government. Their mission is simple – to build a best in class distribution and service company that allows their customers to fully benefit from their products and services, all while delivering overwhelming service and spreading the power of optimism.
     
     
     
     
     
    SHOW NOTES:

    2:42 Tony take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
    5:33 What is your 30 sec. pitch for Destiny Consultants?
    7:26 Can you explain to our listeners what a HUBZone is?
    8:43 What is the thing you’re most excited about for your business right now?
    11:04 What geographic market does your company serve?
    13:09 How many employees do you have?
    13:32 What year did you start Destiny Consultants?
    14:12 What is the best business moment that you’ve have within the last year?
    17:10 Are there opportunities in the medical supply industry for West Virginians?
    22:11 PWV Commercial Break
    22:45 What is the long term vision you have for Destiny Consultants?
    23:25 How do you attract new customers?
    24:59 What is one of the biggest challenges your business is facing right now?
    27:15 What is one piece of advice that you would give to young business owners/ entrepreneurs in WV?
    30:17 What is one book or podcast that you’d recommend to our listeners?
    31:46 Is there anything else you would like our listeners to know about Destiny Consultants or your story?
    33:30 How can our listeners learn more about Destiny Consultants or get in contact with you?
    34:59 Outro

    http://destinyconsultantswv.com

    • 36 min
    Episode 127 – Leah Heimbach – HMS

    Episode 127 – Leah Heimbach – HMS

     


    Leah Heimbach, is President and Owner of H M S, LLC in Fairmont, West Virginia.  
    HMS protects vulnerable populations and veterans.  HMS blends their unique healthcare and technology expertise to create bold yet cost-effective solutions that federal and state agencies and their private-sector partners need to make sure your loved ones get the best possible care in nursing homes and other healthcare settings, no matter where in America they live.
    Leah Heimbach’s career path has included— lawyer, registered nurse, EMT-paramedic, flight paramedic, administrator of a federally funded injury control training and demonstration center, and executive director of a statewide emergency-physician nonprofit — all of that vast experience converged when she co-founded Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) in 2002. 
    Leah distilled a lifetime of high-impact roles into a business model designed to protect vulnerable people, which became her life’s focus and daily passion. She has developed and implemented compliance and risk management programs, reduced organizational costs by millions of dollars, and improved overall profitability for a variety of healthcare organizations.
    Leah was one of our early guests on the podcast  –  Episode 14: Back on April 19th –  2018!  

    3:31 Leah take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
    4:39 How did you get started in the healthcare management business?
    5:44 What is your 30 sec. pitch for HMS?
    6:17 What is the thing you’re most excited about for your business right now?
    7:19 What geographic market does your business serve?
    7:47 How many employees do you have?
    8:19 What are things like for your business right now?
    10:28 How did you adapt and prepare your business to serve more people during these changing times?
    12:23 Why did you rebrand your company and what exciting things are you doing?
    13:40 What is the long term vision you have for HMS?
    14:36 How do you get the word out at the VA about what you’re doing?
    16:28 PWV Commercial Break
    17:10 What is a leadership lesson you’ve learned through dealing with the pandemic?
    18:30 Can you give us some insight into some tactics you employed due to Covid-19?
    20:43 What is one piece of advice that you would give to young business owners/ entrepreneurs in WV?
    23:10 What is one thing you do everyday that you think contributes to your success?
    24:54 How important is it that we maintain the personal aspect of small businesses right now?
    26:37 What is one book or podcast that you’d recommend to our listeners?
    28:43 Is there anything else you would like our listeners to know about HMS or your story?
    29:32 How can our listeners learn more about HMS and get in contact with you?
    30:27 Outro

    https://hcmsllc.com/

    • 32 min
    Episode 126 – Traci and Justin Phillips – Fun Fitness Kids Club

    Episode 126 – Traci and Justin Phillips – Fun Fitness Kids Club

     


    Traci Phillips is the CEO and Owner of Fun Fitness Kids Club. 
    Traci’s spouse Justin Phillips is COO.
    Fun Fitness Kids Club was recently named Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year by the West Virginia Small Business Administration.  
    Fun Fitness Kids Club provides rental fitness equipment for ages Birth to 5 years old. They are focused on fitness and bring the fun to their customers in the Charleston, Huntington and Beckley areas.
     
    SHOW NOTES:

    2:53 Traci take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
    5:02 This is a mobile business, correct? How does that work?
    5:46 What is your 30 sec. pitch for Fun Fitness Kids Club?
    7:38 Is this the first business you’ve owned?
    8:17 What geographic market does your business serve and where are you looking to expand?
    9:17 Do you have any employees?
    9:49 Traci, when did you start your business?
    10:42 What has been your best business moment so far?
    12:30 How did you feel when you learned your business was named the minority owned small business of the year by the WVSBA?
    14:09 Can you expand on how the WVSBA has helped your business?
    15:09 What has been your worst business experience?
    17:21 PWV Commercial Break
    17:53 What is your long term vision for Fun Fitness Kids Club?
    20:12 How do you attract new customers?
    21:16 Outside of Covid-19, what is one of the biggest challenges you’re facing right now?
    22:17 What is one piece of advice that you would give to young business owners/ entrepreneurs in WV?
    24:02 What is one thing you do everyday that you think contributes to your success?
    27:57 Is there anything else you would like our listeners to know about Fun Fitness Kids Club or your story?
    29:46 Outro

    • 30 min
    Episode 125 – Mike Emerson – Huntington Steel

    Episode 125 – Mike Emerson – Huntington Steel

    Mike Emerson was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1978 and sold life insurance for Northwestern Mutual for two years before going to work for IBM in 1980. Emerson was a marketing representative and systems engineer with IBM for seven years before moving back to Huntington, WV in 1986 to learn about his wife’s family business, Huntington Steel. Emerson succeeded his father-in-law in 1992, becoming President and then CEO. He helped start and run additional successful companies and one spectacularly failed company. Additionally, he also bought and sold a few businesses.  
    Emerson has been married to his wife, Christine, for 41 years and they have four children who are all married and have five grandchildren so far. He has been involved with and chaired the Tri-State Community Foundation, the MountWest Community College Foundation, Covenant School (a private Christian school in Huntington), and leadership in their local church.
    Huntington Steel and Supply Co. started back in 1904 as a boiler repair and manufacturing shop by James A Diddle and his brother. He passed the business down to his son, Sterling Diddle, who ran and grew the company. Diddle had three daughters, so he ended up hiring two of his sons-in-law to run the business and ultimately, it was passed to his grandson, R. Sterling Hall, where the company did its most significant growth by adding the service center distribution business and the structural fabrication business. Hall passed the business to Emerson, who is in the late stages of passing the business on to the new wave of family leadership, the sixth generation. Along the way he helped start a detailing company in Tennessee, another steel fabrication company in Charleston, West Virginia, a galvanizing company in Virginia, a self-storage business in Huntington, WV and a Tower Logistics company in Huntington, WV that sold windmill parts domestically and internationally all while adding additional locations to the parent company.

    3:01  Mike take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
    4:22 What is the thing you are most excited about right now for Huntington Steel?
    7:00 What is your 30 sec. pitch for Huntington Steel?
    9:20 There is a fabrication side to your business, too, right? 
    10:22 How many employees do you have?
    10:59 What is the geographic market that you serve?
    12:03 How long have you been the CEO at Huntington Steel?
    12:30 What has been your best business moment so far?
    14:46 What has been your worst business moment so far?
    18:19 PWV Commercial Break
    18:52 What is your long term vision for Huntington Steel?
    23:00 How do you attract new customers? 
    24:15 Outside of Covid-19, what is one of the biggest challenges you’re facing right now?
    25:15 What is one piece of advice that you would give to young business owners/ entrepreneurs in WV?
    27:34 What is one thing you do every day that you think contributes to your success?
    29:27 What is one book that you would recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs? 
    31:30 What is the “Huntington Hold Down,” and what does it do?
    33:51 Is there anything else you would like our listeners to know about Huntington Steel or your story?
    34:59 How can our listeners learn more about Huntington Steel and maybe even get in touch with you?
    35:49 Outro 

     

    • 37 min
    Episode 124 – Tony Alonso – The Alonso Group

    Episode 124 – Tony Alonso – The Alonso Group

     


    Robert A. Alonso II (Tony) served in the United States Air Force from Jan. 85-Apr 98.  After he separated from the USAF he relocated back home to WV.  He began working with his father (Bob), his brother (Todd), and his sister (Tish) in the construction business as a Project Manager and Estimator. Robert received his service connected disability from the Veteran’s Administration in 2009.  In September of 2010 Robert, Todd and Tish formed The Alonso Group. A general construction company that at the time wanted to work closely with Veteran Affairs Medical Centers in the state of WV.  With Robert having a strong connection with his fellow veterans, he thought this would be a way to give back to his fellow brothers and sisters in uniform.  Having a strong family history and experience in the construction industry, and being aware of multiple opportunities for general contractors, Robert thought this would be a win/win for his company.  In April of 2011 The Alonso Group obtained its Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Verification from CVE.  In February of 2015 The Alonso Group became certified as an SBA (8a) Minority Owned Small Business.  In March of 2020 The Alonso Group was selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 West Virginia Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.
     
    SHOW NOTES:

    3:06 Tony take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
    4:45 What does it mean to you to have your company recognized by the WV SBA?
    5:32 What is your 30 sec. pitch for The Alonso Group?
    6:18 How did you get started in the construction business?
    7:11 What is the thing you are most excited about right now for The Alonso Group?
    8:11 How many employees do you have?
    8:37  What is the geographic market that you serve?
    9:29 What type of projects excite you the most? 
    10:38 What has been your best business moment so far?
    12:13 What has been the worst experience you’ve had in business so far?
    13:35 What’s one takeaway that you learned from that experience?
    14:38 PWV Commercial Break
    15:05 What is your long term vision for The Alonso Group?
    15:44 How do you attract new customers?
    16:54 Outside of Covid-19, what has been your biggest challenge you face as a small business that’s trying to grow?
    19:13 What is one piece of advice that you would give to young business owners/ entrepreneurs in WV?
    21:17 What is one thing you do everyday that you think contributes to your success?
    22:27 What is one resource that you use in your business that you just can’t live without?
    23:30 What is it like working with family members?
    24:22 What is one book or podcast that you would recommend to our listeners?
    25:50 Is there anything else you would like our listeners to know about The Alonso Group or your story?
    26:52 How can our listeners learn more about The Alonso Group and maybe even get in touch with you?
    27:49 Outro

    • 29 min

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Love spreading word WV businesses!

I love what he’s doing and getting news out about all of these great companies.

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Great Listen!!!!!

Keep up the good work! This program brings notice to local contractors and business in West Virginia doing big things. Thanks Jim.

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Great positive stories about West Virginia

Jim has done a great job at finding and promoting people in West Virginia that are doing good things. This series has introduced me to several companies here that are creating products and services and are unique and uplifting. Good to hear West Virginians making a positive impact.

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