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You Are Just A Number is a podcast where we create conversations and share stories with individuals in leadership and built successful teams.

You Are Just A Number Jim Zelem

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You Are Just A Number is a podcast where we create conversations and share stories with individuals in leadership and built successful teams.

    Improving Elderly Care

    Improving Elderly Care

    Eliseo Tajanlangit RN CCM is currently on assignment as a travel nurse case manager.  He and his wife celebrated being nurses for 30 years as of May 2023.  His late mother was a nurse.  One daughter is a labor and delivery nurse, the youngest daughter is a critical care nurse and a daughter-in-law is in nursing school. Eliseo is unique in that he is a board-certified case manager, and hospital discharge planner, has an insurance license to dive deeper into Medicare issues, and is actively working in various hospitals to truly understand what choices people should consider in their Medicare insurance. Eliseo has the ability to review your medical records to anticipate any care gaps that you may miss. He also assists with long-term care insurance claims.  Eliseo's Medicare knowledge also complements your financial planner's longevity risk planning and fiduciary duties.

    Eliseo can be reached on his website mainlinemedicarenursenavigator.com or by calling 610-646-1946.  All Medicare inquiries are free of charge. 

    • 36 min
    Understanding the Value of Senior Centers

    Understanding the Value of Senior Centers

    Stephanie Ehle is the Director of the Senior Center in Verona, Wisconsin. She will discuss the value of the Senior Center and all the assistance they provide to not only seniors themselves but to the children of the seniors and caregivers.

    • 34 min
    You are Your Best Healthcare Advocate!

    You are Your Best Healthcare Advocate!

    John was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. He attended the University of Notre Dame on a hockey scholarship and graduated with a degree in American

    Studies/Communications. After deciding not to attend law school, he started his business career as a local salesperson with WCCO-TV (CBS) in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In addition to serving the station’s existing clients, he developed a passion for successfully creating new customers and watching their business grow.

    After seven years and moved to Atlanta, GA for a similar position with WSB-TV (ABC). After three years he was promoted to sales manager and served as a

    National Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager. In those roles, he managed 13 national rep offices and a team of local salespeople. He also managed the station’s political advertising. During his time at WSB-TV, the station consistently overachieved its annual budgets and delivered unprecedented market revenue shares.

    In 2020, at age 62, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and retired after a 40-year career. But wait, there’s more! There are three intangibles he saw in

    himself and always looked for when hiring salespeople. Those are grit, tenacity, and a little bit of junkyard dog. Choosing not to participate in spending the

    remainder of his life dealing with Parkinson’s, he leaned on those three attributes which led him to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Where, after three days of testing, he learned he did not have Parkinson’s.

    He is currently writing a book about his life-changing experience at the Mayo Clinic and his 40-year business career. His purpose is to create awareness about a treatable condition often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia. He will also share his insights on hiring successful salespeople and creating a winning culture.

    John and his wife JoAnn have been married for 39 years and reside in Atlanta. They have two children and one granddaughter.

    • 40 min
    Hey, I Just Turned 65, Now What Do I Do for Insurance?

    Hey, I Just Turned 65, Now What Do I Do for Insurance?

    Cheri will provide valuable information regarding what a person needs to do and know at least 3 months before they turn 65. 

    Account Executive | Personal Lines Benefits Specialist

    Over 35 years of insurance experience. Call me for individual or group health, Medicare Supplements, Long Term Care, Life insurance or Annuities


    Doing more than the customer expects. When they go to bed at night, I want to have been the bright spot of their day!


    I remind clients that they have worked hard to get where they are and that I would like to help them protect what they have and take care of themselves and their family.


    Health insurance because it’s not about planning way into the future. Everyone needs it now and no one should be without it.


    I treat everyone like family. I am a straight shooter who will supply facts so you can make an informed decision that is best for you and your family.

    (715) 478 2215

    • 33 min
    Everybody Knows a Salesman Can’t Write a Book

    Everybody Knows a Salesman Can’t Write a Book

    Bill Whiteside, who is the oldest of six kids, grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs,


    After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Management, he spent 14 years in food marketing – first with Mrs. Paul’s, which most people know for their fish sticks and onion rings – and then for a small family-owned dairy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


    While working at the dairy, he purchased a software package to help forecast and plan sales and production of the company’s  ice cream products. He was so impressed with the software, he quit that job to start his own business to sell the software. During the course of his thirty-years selling software, he worked with customers as diverse as Under Armour, Maidenform, Lindt Chocolate, and Bob’s Discount Furniture.


    He made another drastic career switch three years ago when he shut down his business to devote his time to writing a book about Winston Churchill and a  little-known event from World War II. In late 2022, he took a slight detour to publish a book titled “Everybody Knows a Salesman Can’t Write a Book.”

    • 31 min
    Thoughts from a 2nd Generation Supply Chain Geek

    Thoughts from a 2nd Generation Supply Chain Geek

    Gary Smith is a 2nd generation supply chain geek, who followed in his father’s footsteps. He has experience in both the private and public sectors. He was responsible for the supply chain for all the repair parts for New York City’s Transit system. Additionally, Gary is also a consultant, and as an author has written many articles and white papers on the topic.


    Gary A. Smith, CPIM-F, CSCP-F, CLTD-F is an Independent Supply Chain Consultant, Author, Speaker, and Mentor. His forty-plus-year career includes leadership positions in warehouse operations and management consulting in a variety of industries and in both private and public sectors. Gary recently retired as Chief, EAM / SCM for New York City Transit, where he identified and implemented supply chain concepts, tools, equipment, systems, and best practices as New York City Transit implemented its Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) program, to reduce costs and throughput while improving overall processes. He also served as its Vice President of Supply Logistics for six years.

    Gary currently writes the “For What It’s Worth” column for the Supply Chain Mavens monthly newsletter (www.supplychainmavens.net). He recently wrote a white paper, “Developing and Agile China Procurement Strategy for a Post-COVID World” that was also published by Supply Chain Mavens.

    Gary is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds Fellow-level status in all three APICS Certifications; Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), and Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD). He Chairs of the CLTD Certification Committee for ASCM and is an ASCM Recognized Instructor. Gary and his wife Liz make their home in St. Simons Island, GA.

    • 34 min

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