31 episodes

The Executives Exchange is the podcast of the Executives' Club of Chicago, the city's premier membership organization and business forum. Each episode unlocks the keys to success from distinguished executives in the Chicago region through real stories of triumphs and failures, meaning connections and lessons learned in their leadership journeys.

Sponsored by Shure Incorporated

The Executives' Exchange The Executives' Club of Chicago, hosted by Margaret Mueller

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    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

The Executives Exchange is the podcast of the Executives' Club of Chicago, the city's premier membership organization and business forum. Each episode unlocks the keys to success from distinguished executives in the Chicago region through real stories of triumphs and failures, meaning connections and lessons learned in their leadership journeys.

Sponsored by Shure Incorporated

    Episode 030 – Patrick O’Rahilly, Founder and CEO, FactoryFix

    Episode 030 – Patrick O’Rahilly, Founder and CEO, FactoryFix

    On this episode of the Executives' Exchange, guest host, MxD’s Chandra Brown sits down with Patrick O’Rahilly, founder and CEO of Factory Fix. They discuss the opportunities and challenges of reshoring manufacturing and supply chain operations, in the US, and Chicagoland in particular. From attracting and retaining talent to the pipeline for professional growth, these two explore ways we can all be thinking about solving some of the supply chain backlogs by bringing opportunities stateside.
     
    01:15 – Patrick discusses the founding and ideas behind Factory Fix
    06:30 – How Patrick’s business ran pre-pandemic and how he survived during Covid-19
    13:22 – Patrick discuses business and manufacturing strategy specifically in the Chicagoland area
    15:45 – Patrick’s thoughts on the current labor market & the opportunities and challenges it will bring
    21:32 - Patrick discusses the business market in neighboring countries
    23:21 – Patrick discusses diversity in the workplace in today’s market
    25:20 – Technological and automation industry advancements & the opportunities they will create
    31:26 – Patrick discusses Supplier diversity to support local manufacturing
    33:43 – The innovative technologies Patrick uses at Factory Fix
    38:50 – Patrick discusses the one step for success in the Midwest for manufactures
     
    Episode link: FactoryFix | MxD
    Guest Host: Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD
    Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
     
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    Thank you to our podcast sponsor, Shure Incorporated.
    For nearly 100 years, Shure Incorporated has developed best-in-class audio products that provide high-quality performance, reliability and value. Headquartered in Niles, Illinois, our history of innovation and expertise in acoustics, wireless technology, and more enables us to deliver seamless, transparent audio experiences to a global audience. Our diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, networked audio systems and signal processors, conferencing and discussion systems, software, a loudspeaker, and award-winning earphones and headphones.
    Find Shure on: Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram

    • 41 min
    Episode 029 – Daniel Polotsky and Ben Weiss of CoinFlip

    Episode 029 – Daniel Polotsky and Ben Weiss of CoinFlip

    On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, Daniel Polotsky and Ben Weiss of CoinFlip, join guest host, Kristi Ross Co-CEO and President of tastytrade, Inc., to discuss the creation and development of CoinFlip. Tune in to learn more about how CoinFlip became one of the fastest growing companies, the competition in the cryptocurrency world, and advice they have for entrepreneurs in today’s day and age.  
    1:00 – Daniel and Ben discuss how they met in high school and their ideas behind the company 
    6:24 – Ben shares his thoughts on having Co Founders in his company  
    7:50 – Daniel discusses the inception of the company and how it took off 
    11:30 – CoinFlip’s biggest hurdles 
    12:55 – Ben shares the ideas behind Trade Desk  
    17:37 – Ben discusses how CoinFlip stands out from the competition 
    21:36 – The future of crypto 
    25:50 – CoinFlip’s commitment to sustainability  
    29:15 – CoinFlip’s “secret sauce”  
    31:52 – Daniel discusses opportunities in Chicago  
    34:30 – Ben and Daniel share their proudest accomplishment 
    38:56 – The biggest takeaways from building this company  
    41:27 – Daniel shares his advice he would give to college students 
    49:04 – How Daniel and Ben would describe each other in 3 words 
    50:23 – Coinflip’s plans for international business  
    Episode link: CoinFlip
    Guest Host: Kristi Ross, Co-CEO and President, tastytrade, Inc.
    Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
    Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.
     
    Thank you to our podcast sponsor, Shure Incorporated.
    For nearly 100 years, Shure Incorporated has developed best-in-class audio products that provide high-quality performance, reliability and value. Headquartered in Niles, Illinois, our history of innovation and expertise in acoustics, wireless technology, and more enables us to deliver seamless, transparent audio experiences to a global audience. Our diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, networked audio systems and signal processors, conferencing and discussion systems, software, a loudspeaker, and award-winning earphones and headphones.
    Find Shure on: Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram

    • 54 min
    Episode 028 – Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman & Former CEO, Merck & Co.

    Episode 028 – Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman & Former CEO, Merck & Co.

    Episode 028 – Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman & Former CEO, Merck & Co.
    On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Merck is joined by Margaret Mueller, the Executives’ Club of Chicago’s President & CEO. Frazier discusses his experiences working as a lawyer and activist and how it defined him as a leader. Tune in to hear how his values play out in his successful career. 
     
    01:17 – Kenneth discusses his upbringing in Philadelphia and how it has defined him as a leader
    02:52 – Kenneth describes his first job & segregation 
    04:52 – How powerful advocacy work at the start of his career shaped Kenneth’s leadership as a CEO
    10:17 – Kenneth discusses his ambition to become CEO as a general counsel & what people saw in him that he did not see in himself
    14:43 – How one can embody their employee’s values, goals and ambitions. 
    15:50 – A company’s “soul” & how Kenneth found Merck’s soul as CEO
    18:00 – Kenneth discusses Covid-19, Merck’s development of a new oral drug, and the global impact it may have
    24:32 – How Kenneth’s values translated to his company’s work and vision
    28:01 – Kenneth discusses his position on the President’s business council 
    31:48 – Kenneth discusses company’s positions and progress on racial and social justice in this country 
    36:17 – Kenneth discusses his transition to chairman at Merck & and what he brings to the table 
     
    Episode Link: Merck 
     
    Host: Margaret Mueller, CEO & President, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
    Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
     
    Thank you to our podcast sponsor, Shure Incorporated. 
    For nearly 100 years, Shure Incorporated has developed best-in-class audio products that provide high-quality performance, reliability and value. Headquartered in Niles, Illinois, our history of innovation and expertise in acoustics, wireless technology, and more enables us to deliver seamless, transparent audio experiences to a global audience. Our diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, networked audio systems and signal processors, conferencing and discussion systems, software, a loudspeaker, and award-winning earphones and headphones. 
    Find Shure on: 
    Facebook 
    LinkedIn 
    Instagram 

    • 39 min
    Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt Hotels & Robert Isom, American Airlines

    Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt Hotels & Robert Isom, American Airlines

    On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, Mark Hoplamazian, President & CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Robert Isom, CEO of American Airlines sit down with guest host, Phil LeBeau of CNBC. Tune in to hear about the ramifications of inflation on the travel industry, the return of both business and leisure travel, and the importance of human connection in the workplace. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience on May 11, 2022.
     
    02:00 – Mark and Robert discuss the current rate of inflation & macro-economics 
    05:30 – Fuel, airline tickets, and business travel
    10:16 – Mark and Robert discuss the state of the return to office movement in corporate America  
    15:10 – How has the pandemic changed how you define your customer?
    18:30 – Mark weighs in on Chicago’s importance to American Airlines and Hyatt 
    22:40 – How will our current economic situation compare to previous times?
    28:20 – The future of loyalty programs & sustainable businesses
     
    Episode links: American Airlines | Hyatt Hotels
     
    Host: Phil LeBeau, Auto and Airline Industry Reporter, CNBC
    Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

    • 36 min
    Episode 26 - Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD

    Episode 26 - Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD

    On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, Chandra Brown, CEO of MxD, joins Margaret Mueller, The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s President & CEO to discuss her experiences as a female who has been a leader and transformer in the supply chain and manufacturing sectors. Tune in to hear about Chandra’s lessons learned moving through her career, including during her tenure as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing, reshoring opportunities for those in manufacturing, and increasing diversity in the field.
     
    0:45 - Introductions
    1:40 – Chandra shares about her early life and growing up in a family of tradespeople

    4:58 – Chandra discusses a potential shift of focus to trades and the concept of continuous learning

    7:01 – Chandra discusses the best advice her parents gave her

    7:44 – Chandra discusses her impactful post-college move to Oregon and the impacts it had on her life and leadership style

    10:46 – Chandra describes the two companies that helped define her and set her on her path in manufacturing: Oregon Iron Works and United Streetcar

    14:10 – Lessons learned from and experience of being appointed by President Obama to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing

    25:20 – Chandra describes the creation of MxD

    27:17 – How MxD is impacting American manufacturing

    29:13 – The inevitablity of reshoring

    32:16 – Discussing “Made in America”

    34:15 – The biggest challenges for reshoring

    36:15 – Chandra discusses environmental concerns

    37:28 – Comparing being a woman in tech then and now

    39:04 – Questions to ask about diversity in tech

    40:30 – Diversity in tech: you can’t fix it unless you measure it

    42:28 – Chandra discusses wanting to see more women in positions of power

    44:10 – How other people can learn the lessons Chandra has

    45:22 -- “The kitchen cabinet” -- surrounding yourself with a diverse group of people

    47:35 – Chandra discusses her love of fantasy novels

    48:27 – Discussing Chandra’s retirement from role with MxD

    49:00 – Knowing when it is time to move on

    51:55 – Discussing empathy and new leaders

    53:45 – Chandra’s plan for life after stepping down

    56:35 – Parting words for the Chicago business community
     
    Episode Link: https://www.mxdusa.org/
     
    Host: Margaret Mueller, CEO & President, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
    Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
     
    Thank you to our podcast sponsor, Shure Incorporated.
    For nearly 100 years, Shure Incorporated has developed best-in-class audio products that provide high-quality performance, reliability and value. Headquartered in Niles, Illinois, our history of innovation and expertise in acoustics, wireless technology, and more enables us to deliver seamless, transparent audio experiences to a global audience. Our diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, networked audio systems and signal processors, conferencing and discussion systems, software, a loudspeaker, and award-winning earphones and headphones.
    Find Shure on:
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
     

    • 57 min
    Episode 025 – Garry Cooper Jr., PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Rheaply

    Episode 025 – Garry Cooper Jr., PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Rheaply

    On this episode of the Executives' Exchange, Garry Cooper, Rheaply's Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, joins Amanda Lannert, Chief Executive Officer of Jellyvision. Tune in to hear Garry and Amanda discuss innovation, the transformation of Chicago’s tech sector, and how Rheaply thinks about bottom-line spending and waste in their day-to-day operations.
    00:55 – Introductions
    2:02—Garry shares career path and guides North Star
    4:09—Garry describes the influential person in his life and the role of education in his upbringing
    6:45—Rheaply helping companies attain net-zero through technology
    9:00—Garry discusses Rheaply’s evolutionary and revolutionary sell approach  to businesses
    11:03—The key to success for pitching for funding
    13:30—Amanda and Garry discuss measuring Rheaply’s impact and goal
    15:55—Garry discusses Rheaply’s vision and goals and business structure
    18:30—Holding companies accountable publicly on a green scale and the future repercussions of not scaling a circular economy
    22:34—Garry discusses systems change needed for more cities to have a circular economy
    27:00—The key to keeping customers engaged is being human
    30:33—Garry provides tips for organizations to reduce waste
    33:25—One concept to take away from this discussion & advice for influencers, not the leadership that wants to change within their company
    35:18—Saying yes more to Chicago’s technology companies working to improve the world and being intentional in creating diverse boards in Chicago
    37:14— The balance of work productivity, giving back, and personal time
    38:41—Garry provides advice for younger self, recommended books, and ways to get involved with Rheaply
     
    Guest Host: Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision
    Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
    Recommended Book: Speed & Scale by John Doerr
    rheaply.com
    Thank you to our podcast sponsor, Shure Incorporated.
    For nearly 100 years, Shure Incorporated has developed best-in-class audio products that provide high-quality performance, reliability and value. Headquartered in Niles, Illinois, our history of innovation and expertise in acoustics, wireless technology, and more enables us to deliver seamless, transparent audio experiences to a global audience. Our diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, networked audio systems and signal processors, conferencing and discussion systems, software, a loudspeaker, and award-winning earphones and headphones.
    Find Shure on:
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
     
     

    • 42 min

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