Tony Bereny, President of Berenyi Engineering, interviews leaders, select persons of interest and influencers to talk about leadership and life.
Nancy Mace – Candidate for U.S. Congress
Nancy Mace won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district. Nancy and Tony discuss her background, why she is running for Congress, and her loyalty to the Lowcountry. Some highlights from the podcast are below.
* As a local from Goose Creek, SC she intimately knows the community.* Hard lessons in failure are important, but can often lead to success.* Accepted to The Citadel in 1996, Nancy became the first woman to graduate from its Corp of Cadets in 1999.* Nancy Mace understands the hard-working people of the middle class in the Lowcountry.* Commitment to the Lowcountry over party politics is forefront and of utmost importance to Nancy.
James I. Newsome, III – President & CEO of SC Ports Authority
Mr. Newsome and Tony discuss the expansion of the manufacturing and shipping industries in South Carolina, the keys to the SC Ports Authority’s growth, and important leadership techniques.
* Optimism about the future despite the COVID-19 pandemic.* Boom of manufacturing in South Carolina has been highly beneficial for SC Ports Authority including the new Walmart Distribution Center new Ridgeville, SC.* SC Port Authority has invested $2 Billion dollars in their existing terminals to prepare for future.* Packaging and shipping for export in the Charleston area are forecasted to continue to grow.* Having a motivated team is key and allowing people to do their jobs.* A collective vision of every member of the team is very important to the overall mission.* Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal is scheduled to be complete in 2021 and was a long-term vision and culmination of years of hard work.
Joe Wilson – U.S. Congressman, Second District of S.C.
Tony and U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson discuss the importance of community involvement, positive attitude, and cultural awareness. Some highlights of the podcast are below:
* Involved in the emergence and rise to prominence of the Republican party in South Carolina.* 19 years of total service as a U.S. Congressperson since 2001.* Positive attitude is of utmost importance when it comes to service back to the community.* Grew up in Charleston and the Lowcountry.* Early supporter of former Governor Nikki Haley and US Senator Tim Scott.* Associate yourself with a good, honest, and dedicated team.* International cultural exposure is important to expand your world view.* There is reason to be optimistic for the future.
Mayor John Tecklenburg – City of Charleston
Tony and Mayor Tecklenburg discuss many of Charleston’s accomplishments over the past few years, key components of effective leadership, and importance of service.
* Mayor Tecklenburg answered the call to serve after being in public life for 30 years.* Leaders are people who are good listeners.* “Compromise is not a dirty word.”* Getting control of the hotel growth and development was a point of emphasis.* Charleston is working to get a handle on the storm water and drainage for the future.* Mobility and affordable housing are also core issues for the long-term success of the city.* Central responsibility of government is to keep citizens safe.* Housing and assistance programs were developed to end “tent cities” in the Charleston area.* “Be Yourself, Follow Your Faith”* Different perspectives all bring unique experience to the discussion and it needs to be respected.
Alan Wilson – South Carolina Attorney General
Tony and Mr. Alan Wilson discuss how the military helps to shape leadership, the importance of good habits, and finding your special talent. Some highlights from the interview are as follows:
* In second term as South Carolina’s Attorney General. Elected in 2010 as the youngest SC AG.
* 20-year National Guard veteran and currently providing legal support as a Lt. Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps.
* Leadership is not about perks or privileges, it is about service.
* Young leaders make the mistake by surrounding themselves with people who are not as smart or as motivated as them. You need to shed your ego and surround yourself with the very best people.
* The most important thing for a leader is to recognize your job is not to be better than your subordinates, but put them in the best possible position to achieve the goals of your office or company.
* It is hard to unlearn bad habits, so you want to learn under a mentor who will instill good habits.
* A great mentor has the potential to change the trajectory of your life and career.
* You can learn from anyone. You can always learn what not to do from someone, as well as, what to do.
* “Success is a good teacher, failure is a greater teacher.”
* Don’t be afraid to add people to your team who have failed before because they have a greater sense of urgency to succeed as oppose to someone who has never failed.
* Leaders should have high emotional intelligence – being self-aware. Everyone has a special talent: find it and utilize it.
* Every human being has a weakness, knowing what that weakness is makes you strong.
* “Toxic leadership is not leadership because leadership is not toxic.” If you believe there is something toxic in an organization, it is imperative that it is addressed with a positive attitude.
* As a leader, you need to be able to accept constructive criticism, if not, maybe you’re the problem.
* Live your life without regrets. Ask yourself the question: if I do not do what I am thinking about doing now, in 20 years will I regret it? If yes, change your thinking to not if, but how to do it.
Van D. Hipp, Jr. – Chairman of American Defense International, Inc.
Tony and Mr. Van Hipp discuss the importance of listening to learn, small business, and using history as a tool for lifelong learning. Some highlights from the interview are as follows:
* Van discusses what American Defense International is involved in to help protect the American people.
* Van is from a small business background, and he believes that that is where the innovativeness and ingenuity comes from.
* We should be teaching children more about American history and about what it means to be an American.
* A real leader can learn a lot by listening to others.
* Paying attention to history, including personal history, to continue to learn from past mistakes is key to long term success.
* Let people know you care by listening to your employees. Do not be isolated.
* Exponential technological growth is happening and we all need to pay attention in order to keep up.
* Learning is a lifelong experience.