Humans have told stories since the beginning of time as a medium to connect and pass knowledge from one generation to the next. Robert and Michael aim to explore these stories with today’s leaders with real and raw conversation - getting rid of all the noise in today’s data driven, twitter-fed society. The art of storytelling has taken a back seat to 24 hour news, politicking and diminished attention spans. As we began to contemplate this shift, we developed The Climb – Cross Roads and Defining Moments – to capture the stories of today’s leaders. Each of our esteemed guests will bring their own unique set of circumstances they faced in their life to our podcast so that our listeners can hear the raw and unfiltered truth. The climb is never easy – the cross roads and defining moments shape us.
A tale of determination to discover the truth of your past - Philip Goldsborough
Philip is a Partner in the Corporate team at Knights PLC.
Experienced in a wide range of corporate transactions, Philip specializes in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and has advised on many high-value and complex corporate transactions.
Philip’s experience covers UK and international transactions across a wide range of sectors, including building products, house building, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare, sport, and technology. Philip also has strong experience in equity capital markets and private equity transactions, group reorganizations, shareholder and joint venture agreements, and general strategic corporate matters.
Additionally, Philip has a strong international practice and experience, with a particular focus on the US market and supporting US and European corporates, individuals, and law firms.
In this episode, Michael and Philp engage in a deeply vulnerable conversation centered around Philip discovering the truth behind his family's past.
00:00:00 - Intro
00:03:24 - Philp’s background and career
00:11:34 - How a Brit perceives the state of affairs in the USA
00:17:38 - Philip’s journey to discover his birth parents
01:12:26 - What do you want people to know about you?
Links:Michael on LinkedInPhilip on LinkedIn
Anna Alvarado - The American Dream
Anna M. Alvarado is a business-oriented, operationally focused executive who is bilingual (fluent in Spanish) and bicultural. In her role as Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Texas Capital Bank and its parent company, Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ®: TCBI), she is responsible for supervising and coordinating all legal services for the company, serving as key legal advisor to the Board of Directors, ensuring legal compliance with all securities laws and banking regulations, serving as the lead legal advisor on all the firm’s strategic initiatives and commercial and transactional matters, advising the bank on litigation risks, and serving as primary liaison with regulators.
On this episode, Michael and Anna discuss:- Anna's upbringing in an immigrant family and the American Dream- Developing her sense of adventure and risk-taking- Her career with Texas Capital Bank
Links:Upward BoundTexas Capital BankAnna on LinkedIn
Topics:(00:01:00) Introducing Anna
(00:02:24) Anna’s upbringing
(00:17:40) Thoughts on the immigration crisis
(00:23:48) College and Law School
(00:38:10) Anna’s early law career
(00:45:51) What’s something nobody knows about you?
(00:53:51) Anna’s career with Texas Capital Bank
(00:58:20) What do you want people to know about you?
Nancy Gale - Founder of Jamah - The Power behind Grief and Loss
Business owner, designer, mentor, and passionate activist, Nancy Gale is an inspiring individual with a fascinating story of overcoming hardship and turning it into something beautiful.
A strong force not only in the entrepreneurial world but also in shaping future generations, Nancy is the founder and creative vision behind JAMAH, an American luxury, Made in the USA bespoke handbag brand, featuring the finest customized Italian lambskin and exotic handbags, men’s bags and accessories.
She also founded AMBITION, a nonprofit entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth. Its mission is to reframe their potential and to provide students with the support, access, and resources necessary to reach their goals.
Nancy on LinkedIn
(00:00:31) Introducing Nancy
(00:03:39) Southfield, Michigan
(00:05:43) Solving a murder, and dealing with the aftermath of loss
(00:36:02) Nancy’s Foundation & the non-profit world
(00:54:52) Nancy’s handbag business
(00:59:06) What do you want people to know about you?
CT Charlton - President of Charlton Group|Building a Multi-Generational Business
CT Charlton currently serves as the President of the Charlton Group. Leaving a career in finance to officially join the Charlton team in 2011, CT was responsible for starting the industrial division which has been an area of steady growth and diversification across all business units. Over the following 10 years, CT has held roles in Chicago and Seattle before moving to Detroit in 2020. Under CT’s leadership, the company has grown significantly expanding heavily into connected vehicles, ADAS, and autonomy. He has put extensive effort into growing his outstanding teams in Europe and North America, enjoying record profits each year driven by thoughtful partnerships and investing back into the businesses Charlton believes in.
On this episode, Michael and CT discuss:
The familial dynamic between generations of Charlton leadership
Teaching love and empathy within the business
CT's passion for flying and how that's translated to becoming a better leader
Links:The Charlton GroupCT on LinkedInMichael on LinkedIn
Timestamps(00:01:29) Colorado, Coach Prime, Family, the Armed Forces
(00:07:19) The Founding of Charlton & growing the business
(00:19:39) The Charlton family dynamic between generations
(00:27:49) Pivoting during the Pandemic and over the next 20 years
(00:33:00) Teaching love and empathy
(00:36:59) As your company becomes more global, what excites you and what worries you?
(00:40:23) CT’s flying hobby
(00:43:51) How does learning to be a pilot translate to your leadership at work?
(00:46:37) What is your true north when you feel lost?
(00:49:24) What do you want people to konw about you?
Tony Iannessa - Founder of BIG Construction - From Cog in the Machine to the Driver's Seat
Tony Iannessa is the Founder and CEO of BIG Construction. Born in Chicago, Tony Iannessa is driven by the work ethic he inherited from his family, who immigrated from Italy in the early 1950s. Having built a foundation working in the trades, Tony’s roots in construction trace back to his youth, when he spent summers as a concrete laborer and interning with an electrical contractor.
On this episode, we discuss Tony's upbringing as the 2nd of four brothers and how that impacted his career today. We also spend a lot of time discussing how Tony has dealt with the hard times we face in life, specifically with his wife having to overcome breast cancer shortly after the birth of their child. We also reflect on why we get fired from jobs, the challenges of running a business and how to implement company values. Enjoy the Climb!
Tony on LinkedIn
Bob Kinnan: The History of King Ranch - 825,000 Acres of uncompromising quality, stewardship, and authenticity
Bob Kinnan is the resident historian of the legendary King Ranch, which now covers 825,000 acres—more land than the state of Rhode Island. Over 160 years, King Ranch led some of the first cattle drives, developed the Santa Gertrudis and Santa Cruz cattle breeds, bred the finest Quarter Horses, and produced champion Thoroughbreds—all under its iconic Running W® brand.
Bob dives deep into the history of the Ranch, from the beginning in 1853, when Captain Richard King purchased a creek-fed oasis in the Wild Horse Desert of South Texas, to the current day where the ranch is still owned by the 8th generation of the King family. We also discuss life in Austin back in the 50s and 60s, Bob's career, and more. Enjoy the Climb!
King Ranch: A Legacy in Art
(1:56) - Bob’s background, career, and family
(12:20) - How Austin has changed since the ’50s
(16:50) - The legacy and history of the King Ranch
(54:31) - The introduction of King Ranch Inc. and taking the Ranch global
(1:09:05) - What were some of the challenges that the family has gone through?
(1:16:00) - What does the King Ranch look like 100 years from now?
(1:20:58) - Summer in the 1950s and 1960s in Austin
(1:26:25) - What do you want people to know about you?
Wonderful Podcast, Fantastic Storytellers
This is a wonderful podcast with some great guests who are fantastic storytellers. I specifically enjoyed the episode on the history of the King Ranch with Bob Kinnan, Building a Multi-Generational Business with CT Charlton, and The Power Behind Grief and Loss with Nancy Gale.
Michael does a great job bringing the story alive with key questions along the way as he guides the conversation. Highly recommend for a business leader or anyone who enjoys listening to a great storyteller in their element.
Podcast are best (IMO) when the interviewer(s) is genuinely interested in the guest and the subject matter. This show fits that bill. The host(s) are engaged, curious, and passionate about what they are doing.
Michael & Robert elicit a genuine vulnerability from all their guests. A must for anyone looking to be transported, even momentarily, into an intimate conversation.