The Seattle Business Builders Podcast tells the stories of growth behind the successful businesses that build the Seattle community. Each episode features an interview with a Seattle business owner, unpacking their journey and uncovering insights from their experiences. If you're invested in the Seattle business community or are building a business yourself, this podcast is for you. Host Will Hicks has been recognized as a Wall Street Journal All Star Analyst and is the founder of Sapling Wealth Management (a financial advisory firm specializing in small business benefit planning and high-net worth investment strategies) where he focuses on enriching the lives of his clients.
Episode 12: Jenefeness Tucker, Washington Small Business Development Center
Jenefeness Tucker is a business advisor at the Washington Small Business Development Center. She has been coaching, educating, and training entrepreneurs for more than 18 years.
She teaches Economics at Seattle Central College and is the author of several books, including “Finesse My Business: From Launching to Levitating,” “21 Day FI$CAL Bootcamp Workbook” and “Finesse My Time Management System.”
She joined the Seattle Business Builders podcast to talk about how local business owners can access free (but high quality) business coaching and what Washington business owners should focus on as we move forward in the wake of a pandemic.
You can learn more about Jenefeness at her website, and you can learn more about services offered by the Washington Small Business Development Center right here.
Episode 11: Dan Adams, McMillen Jacobs Associates | Seattle Business Builders
Dan Adams is the CEO of McMillen Jacobs Associates, a mid-sized heavy civil engineering firm specializing in tunnel and dam projects and featuring design-build capabilities.
Dan sat down with Will to talk about his long history as a field and design engineer and, now, as a C-suite executive managing the challenges of leading 500+ employees at a global firm in the midst of a pandemic.
He has a unique perspective that's been shaped through work on many notable projects – like the UW Link Extension, the SR 99 Tunnel, the West Seattle Bridge, and Boston’s “Big Dig” – and it results in valuable insight; in the interview, he shares how Seattle is coping with its infrastructure needs in comparison to the methods of other cities around the nation and globe.
The discussion included topics like: Crisis management, maintaining a dynamic corporate culture with a remote workforce, the challenges of managing a sales pipeline in the COVID-19 era, and employee communication.
Listen in to find out Dan’s perspective on how things will likely change – both for the worse, and, potentially, for the better – in the wake of the pandemic.
Learn more about Dan and McMillen Jacobs Associates at the company's website.
Episode 10: Ken Graff, Realtor
Ken Graff has a background working in the hospitality industry. He spent years working downtown coordinating operations for venues, and even had a 10-year stint at the Space Needle. Today, Ken is a REALTOR® specializing in the greater Seattle area, who offers offers his clients superior skills in negotiation, up to date market knowledge, excellent customer service, and a relentless work ethic.
Will sat down with Ken to talk about how he got into real estate, how his business moved to adapt in the wake of COVID-19, and what Seattle's housing market looks like now.
Learn more about Ken at his website.
Special Episode: The Market Impact of COVID-19
In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak - and amidst a developing outbreak in the Seattle area - Will and Laura sat down to discuss how citizens and investors should approach the situation. From clinical data to market analysis and from China to the US, this conversation covers a breadth of information on what impacts to watch for.
This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not interpreted as medical or financial advice. Nothing in this podcast should be viewed as a substitute for talking to a qualified professional about any personal financial or healthcare issue.
Here are some helpful links (referenced in the podcast).
World Health Organization Advice: who.int/emergencies
Center for Disease Control Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Episode 9: Dr. Brant Carroll From Eye Associates Northwest, PC
Dr. Brant Carroll is the owner of Eye Associates Northwest PC, a healthcare practice with a team comprised of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians.
Will sat down with Brant to talk about how technology and government regulation are impacting the practice, how Brant got started 25 years ago, and what's coming next in the world of specialized healthcare.
Learn more about Eye Associates at their website.
Episode 8: Terri Morgan from TCM Models | Seattle Business Builders
Terri Morgan is owner of TCM Models, a modeling and talent agency that provides a boutique approach, a personalized atmosphere, and hands-on coaching.
Will sat down with Terri to talk about how she came to own the business 40 years ago, how she scouts talent, and how TCM Models has adapted to the industries many changes over the years.
Learn more about TCM Models at their website.