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The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

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The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

    Bill Walshe, CEO, Viceroy Hotel Group

    Bill Walshe, CEO, Viceroy Hotel Group

    Bill Walshe is a 20+ year seasoned expert and leader in the luxury hospitality industry. Walshe provides Viceroy Hotel Group with a truly global perspective as he brings extensive senior management experience with leading international luxury hospitality brands, including Dubai’s Jumeirah Group, and luxury European hotel groups Kempinski Hotels & Resorts and The Doyle Collection. His passion is in creating hospitality brands that deliver a contemporary interpretation of luxury, built on the solid fundamentals of good old fashioned hotel-keeping. Since taking the helm at Viceroy, he has added seven new properties across Chicago, Dubai, Los Cabos, San Francisco and Washington D.C. and is preparing for the opening of new Viceroy branded hotels in Cartagena, Portugal, Panama and Serbia for a total of 22 hotels under management by the group worldwide.

    • 42 min
    Cheryl Bachelder, Respected CEO & Author

    Cheryl Bachelder, Respected CEO & Author

    Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

    Director at Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

    Director at US Foods Holding Corp.

    Director at Chick-Fil-A, Inc.

    Author, Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others

    Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader -- the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, a franchisee-focused approach, and superior financial performance.  Guided by the servant leadership thinking of Robert Greenleaf, she believes highly caring, collaborative leaders with big ambitions for the enterprise, not themselves, generate the conditions for people to perform their best work.

    Cheryl served as CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company with over 2,600 restaurants in 26 countries, from 2007 to 2017. The story of Popeyes success is chronicled in her book, Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. During her tenure, Popeyes’ stock price grew from $11 to $61, at which time the board sold the company to Restaurant Brands International Inc. for $1.8 billion dollars or $79 per share in March, 2017.

    Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble.  

    Cheryl serves as a director on the boards of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (PIR), US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD), and Chick-Fil-A, Inc. She sits on the advisory board of Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is a board member of CEO Forum, an organization that encourages and develops leadership capability in CEOs and senior executives.

    Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 38 years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, and four handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia and attend Buckhead Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

    Website: Serving Performs at www.cherylbachelder.com

    • 48 min
    Aaron Garry, President & CEO, Bizerba North America

    Aaron Garry, President & CEO, Bizerba North America

    Mr. Garry joined Bizerba in May of 2008 as Director of Sales for the Labels and Consumables division in the United States. As the division grew through acquisition and increased revenue, Mr. Garry was promoted to Vice President of Industry for the United States in 2011, where the group enjoyed unprecedented success for several years under his leadership. In March 2014, Mr. Garry took a brief leave from Bizerba for family reasons, but returned in late 2016 to his role of Vice President of US Industry, and once again propelled the group to new heights. In February 2018, Mr. Garry was promoted to President and CEO of Bizerba USA where he oversaw the division’s Industrial, Retail, Consumable, Parts, and Service businesses, as well as management of the group’s 200 employees. Effective January 1st, 2020 Aaron Garry was named President and CEO of Bizerba’s North American region where he will oversee all Bizerba businesses in the United States, Canada, and Mexico as well as the 400 employees in the region. This position is the culmination of 22 successful years, in and around the food processing industry for Mr. Garry.

    Mr. Garry began his career as the 2nd of 220 employees at Chicago-based startup Ethnicgrocer.com, as a Supply Chain Analyst. He then spent several years as a Project and Procurement Manager at a boxed chocolate company called Archibald Candy Corporation, which owned such brands as Fannie May, Fanny Farmer, and Laura Secord Chocolates. After leaving Archibald, Mr. Garry joined CSC Management Consulting in their Supply Chain practice, where he worked on Procurement based engagements with a Cincinnati based energy company (now Duke Energy), and a Texas based poultry producer (Pilgrim’s Pride). Mr. Garry then joined Henkel’s North American Adhesives group as a Territory Manager in the Midwest with a focus on food and beverage processing, and was quickly escalated to North American Key Account Manager.

    After departing Henkel, Mr. Garry began his career at Bizerba, a 5th generation family-owned company that recently turned 153 years old, and for which Mr. Garry has great affection. Bizerba is a global leader in the areas of weighing, labeling, slicing, and inspection and their solutions can be found in a wide ranging array of retail, industrial, and logistics customers.

    Mr. Garry was born in raised in Kansas City and graduated from Ohio University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He currently resides in New Albany, Ohio with his wife Shawna and their two sons, Evan and Ethan. In his free time, Mr. Garry enjoys watching his sons play sports, exercising, and playing basketball and golf.

    • 32 min
    Tom Schmitt, CEO, Forward Air

    Tom Schmitt, CEO, Forward Air

    Tom Schmitt took on the role of President, CEO and Director at Tennessee-based Forward Air Corporation in September of 2018. He was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2019. Forward Air is a market leader in expedited pallet and truckload transportation across the U.S. It is Nasdaq-listed and has a strong track record of profitable growth.

    Prior to joining Forward Air, Tom served as a Management Board member for Schenker, a Freight Forwarding, Transportation, and Logistics company, operating in 140 countries with $20 billion in global revenues. He headed up a team of 22,000 in the Global Contract Logistics business, where his strong emphasis on continued and accelerated profitable growth paid off for the company. In his first two years, the division reached record revenue and profit levels and was awarded the “best Logistics brand in Germany,” as well as the prestigious parent company’s DB Award for Customer and Quality. In addition, as Chief Commercial Officer, Tom led Schenker AG’s global sales and marketing activities. In his first full year in this role, the company grew by more than 1 bn € – as much as in Schenker’s previous 10 years combined.

    Before joining Schenker, Tom led Aqua Terra, reporting directly to the Board as one of the company’s owners. Aqua Terra is Canada’s leading provider of natural spring water and Tom’s leadership transformed the company into a Canada-wide Nourishment company with an export business of its premium water.

    Tom served as CEO and director on the Board for Purolator, Canada’s top parcel and freight transportation company, and under his leadership, the company saw growth in the same year for both market share and profitability for the first time in more than 10 years. During Tom’s tenure, Purolator doubled its presence in the U.S. market and enhanced its penetration in small and medium business- es and retail segments with double-digit revenue growth. He also transformed the company into an industry leader in environmental stewardship with more hybrid vehicles than any other transportation company in the world. Purolator is a $1.6 billion company with 12,000 employees.

    Tom came to Canada with a proven track record in place after 12 years at FedEx in Memphis, where he served as CEO of FedEx Supply Chain, a FedEx operating company. He also led FedEx Solutions, a FedEx Services division that developed and executed specific and integrated turnkey supply chain customer solutions. Tom built the organization from a team of fewer than 50 employees in the late 1990s to more than 800 people in 2008.

    Tom holds an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; as well as a Bachelor of Arts in European Business Administra- tion, First Class Honours, from Middlesex University. He was named one of the 100 most Influential Tennesseans by the BusinessTN Power 100. He is also the co-author of Simple Solutions, a successful management and leadership book that lays out simple and pragmatic tools to draw on both the analytical more creative sides. Now in its second printing, it was published by Wiley & Sons, the premier business publisher.

    • 42 min
    Jake Elgin, Owner, Rainbow International of Greater Charlotte

    Jake Elgin, Owner, Rainbow International of Greater Charlotte

    Jake Elgin is currently owner of Rainbow International of Greater Charlotte. Prior to Rainbow, he spent three years working in Catawba Nuclear Station in York, SC, and five years at the US Department of Energy Hanford Site in Washington State. He holds numerous IICRC Certifications, and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Industrial Hygiene. You can rely on Rainbow International® to provide emergency response and quick professional service 24 hours a day for home restoration, because we understand how important it is to react quickly in the unfortunate event of water, smoke, or fire damage. We also have the expertise and experience necessary to provide you with a comprehensive scope of the job, while immediately beginning to minimize losses. Our training and equipment is top notch, and we use the latest technologies available to the restoration industry. Whether you need fire damage restoration, water restoration, or smoke restoration, you can rest assured, once Rainbow International is on the job, mitigation of property services will proceed smoothly. Whether a residential or commercial customer, all of Rainbow International's professional restoration franchise resources work together to ensure quality results as well as totally satisfied customers.

    • 35 min
    Mike Capone, CEO, Qlik

    Mike Capone, CEO, Qlik

    Capone leads Qlik’s mission to create a data-literate world, one where people, businesses, organizations and governments tackle their most complex challenges with data. Mike has first-hand experience in leveraging the power of data through analytics to transform businesses and entire industries. In addition to his extensive experience in high-growth SaaS companies, Mike was the COO of Medidata Solutions, a publicly-traded provider of SaaS analytics solutions to the Healthcare, Life Sciences and Pharma markets. There he played a significant role in the company’s product development, data science, professional services and go-to-market operations, accelerating its strategy to provide a comprehensive cloud platform that leverages data and analytics to transform clinical trials.

    Prior to Medidata, Mike held senior leadership positions at ADP including Corporate Vice President of Product Development, CIO, and SVP & General Manager of ADP’s global outsourcing business. He was also head of product development and technology operations for ADP, one of the world’s largest B2B cloud services providers, delivering critical services to over 600,000 companies and 39 million of their staff members worldwide.

    Capone holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Dickinson College and a master of business administration degree in finance from Pace University.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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Inside the Mind of the CEO

This is a great show for people interested in understanding the backgrounds, journeys, and challenges of CEOs. If you are selling or marketing to the mid-market CEO, this is a must listen.

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Great insight

Listening to each person’s growth and journey adds to my leadership skills. The interviews are easy to listen to and show ceos in a genuine light.

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Career Superfood!

Brandt and his incredible guests dive deeper into the CEO jouney than any other podcast out there! Even if you aren't striving to be a CEO, you’ll get tons of actionable advice and heaps of inspiration from truly engaging individuals that worked hard to get where they are. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show Brandt - keep up the great work!

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