76 episodes

This podcast is for those looking to be better leaders for themselves, their families and their communities. Join Cliff Duvernois every Monday and Friday as he interviews business leaders and thought leaders in Michigan to listen to their stories, get their advice on leadership, and share that advice with you.

The Call of Leadership Cliff Duvernois

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

This podcast is for those looking to be better leaders for themselves, their families and their communities. Join Cliff Duvernois every Monday and Friday as he interviews business leaders and thought leaders in Michigan to listen to their stories, get their advice on leadership, and share that advice with you.

    Drift in Bay City with Dave Dittenber

    Drift in Bay City with Dave Dittenber

    Dave Dittenber is back! He and his investors have opened Drift in Bay City. A great place to hang out and take in the waterfront views. In this episode, he shares how the idea of Drift came about and what you can expect when you go.
    Links Mentioned In This Episode:
    https://www.driftbaycity.com/ (Drift in Bay City)
    http://tavern101restaurant.com/ (Tavern101 in Bay City)
    https://oldcityhallrestaurant.com/ (Old City Hall in Bay City)
    https://molassesbbq.com/ (Mollasses in Midland)

    • 37 min
    Helping Michigan Family Business with the Stevens Center

    Helping Michigan Family Business with the Stevens Center

    Family business accounts for 60% of US businesses. With nearly 80% responsible for new job creation. And the Stevens Center for Family Business is designed to help family businesses survive and thrive. Today, Casey Stevens shares with us the mission behind the Steven Center and how the Center is helping keep this important Michigan economic engine firing on all cylinders.
    Links:
    https://www.svsu.edu/stevenscenterforfamilybusiness/ (Stevens Center for Family Business )

    Sponsorship Link:
    https://www.svsu.edu/stevenscenterforfamilybusiness/ (Stevens Center for Family Business )

    • 33 min
    Celebrating Customer Loyalty at the Bavarian Inn Lodge with Jim Engel

    Celebrating Customer Loyalty at the Bavarian Inn Lodge with Jim Engel

    How can a family-owned hotel compete against the big chains? Simple. Play the game better! Jim Engel shares with us the history of this beloved and beautiful hotel and also the effort it takes to build a relationship with their loyal customers. Their affordable rewards program is simply second to none and has allowed them to blow their competition away by leveraging their ability to provide a superior experience to their customers.
    Links from this episode:
    https://www.bavarianperks.com/ (BavarianPerks.com)
    https://www.bavarianinn.com/ (Bavarian Inn Lodge Website)
    https://www.facebook.com/FrankenmuthBavarianInnLodge (Bavarian Inn Lodge Facebook Page)

    • 45 min
    Hot Air Ballooning with West Michigan Balloon Association

    Hot Air Ballooning with West Michigan Balloon Association

    Hot Air Ballooning is very much alive in Michigan! And the West Michigan Balloon Association works hard to make sure that people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of this beautiful sport. Derrick Jones, Director of the West Michigan Balloon Association shares with us about the history of his organization, what their mission and goals are, and how this sport has inspired so many people to enjoy hot air ballooning.
    Links Mentioned In the Show:
    Balloons over Bay Harbor https://www.facebook.com/bayharbormi (Facebook Page)
    Kalamazoo Balloon Fest https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooBalloonFest (Facebook Page)
    Hudsonville Balloon Days https://www.facebook.com/hudsonvilleballoondays (Facebook Page)

    • 26 min
    74: From Schoolteacher to CEO with Kathie Fuce-Hobohm from Space, Inc.

    74: From Schoolteacher to CEO with Kathie Fuce-Hobohm from Space, Inc.

    Going from school teacher to CEO of one of Michigan’s top 50 businesses to watch. Kathie Fuce-Hobohm stepped into the CEO role because she loved what she was doing. In this episode, we cover the history of her company Space Inc, the succession of her family business to the next generation, and causes she strongly believes in.
    Links from this podcast:
    Space Inc.’s Website (Click here)
    Space Inc.’s Facebook (Click here)
    Space Inc.’s Phone: 1-877-77-SPACE

    Sponsor:
    https://www.svsu.edu/stevenscenterforfamilybusiness/ (Stevens Center for Family Business)

    • 41 min
    73: Doing a Property Wine Tasting with Andy Jacobson, Mari Vineyards

    73: Doing a Property Wine Tasting with Andy Jacobson, Mari Vineyards

    In this episode, Andy Jacobson, Tasting Room Manager for Mari Vineyards, shares with us not only some of their great wines but also how to do a proper tasting at a wine room. We talk about how to properly clean your pallet, what to focus on with aromas, and how to take the stress off of tasting wine.
    Links from This Episode
    Mari Vineyard https://www.marivineyards.com/ (Website)
    Mari Vineyard https://www.facebook.com/marivineyards (Facebook Page)
    Wine We Tried: Grüner Veltliner (White)
    Wine We Tried: Row 7 (Red)

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Josh-Smith ,

Building Michigan Leaders!

This a great show promoting and inspiring leaders in Michigan. I love the interviews but also like the recent book review as well.

Dkny78 ,

Ready to go to Michigan!

I found this podcast through a friend of a friend who wants me to visit Michigan. I live in Florida, and have never had any desire to go to Michigan. But I must admit, after listening to a few of Cliff’s interviews, I’m ready to go to Michigan! He has such a calming presence and great way of helping his guests tell their stories. He really made me feel connected to these people, and like I could visit Michigan without feeling like an outsider trying to find the cool spots. Love this podcast and am looking forward to hearing more!

Pilar S. ,

Facebook live tips

Loving learning practical tips to grow a business. Listened to an episode on how someone reinvented their work life using Facebook live. Very informative!