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How Forward 48 is connecting the next generation of Milwaukee leaders to inspire community-wide progress

How Forward 48 is connecting the next generation of Milwaukee leaders to inspire community-wide progress

Learning from your own mistakes is a tough but necessary part of personal growth. Whether it’s in business or your personal life, recognizing when you've…

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Learning from your own mistakes is a tough but necessary part of personal growth. Whether it’s in business or your personal life, recognizing when you've made a mistake and course-correcting for next time a situation arises is a critical part of continuous improvement.

But how do we apply that principle broadly to learn as a community? How can we apply this at the leadership level to make sure the next generation doesn’t make the same mistakes as the previous one? Forward 48 is here to help us do just that.

On this episode, Richie sits down with Ian Abston, Thelma Sias, and Fiesha Lynn Bell to talk all things Forward 48.

​​In addition to telling the story of how Forward 48 came about, they’ll cover how Milwaukee can better retain top talent, develop its young leaders, and grow as a city from a social, cultural, and economic standpoint.

They also discuss the importance of inclusion when it comes to leadership, and how Forward 48 is cultivating the next generation of leaders from a variety of ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds, and perspectives.

Culture Shift: Affecting positive change in an unexpected industry through diversity and inclusion

Culture Shift: Affecting positive change in an unexpected industry through diversity and inclusion

On this episode of The GoGedders, our host Richie was joined by Rich Ballenger (President) and Richaad Reed (National Account Manager) of Lucas Millhapt.  When…

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On this episode of The GoGedders, our host Richie was joined by Rich Ballenger (President) and Richaad Reed (National Account Manager) of Lucas Millhapt. 

When the George Floyd tragedy happened and BLM kicked into gear, businesses everywhere were quick to make posts to support the movement, condemn racial injustice, and inspire change. 

​​As the leader of the company, Rich wanted to do what was right, but wanted to do so in a way that was genuine. He didn’t just want to just put out a statement to go along with what everyone else was doing. 

So, he did something that’s arguably harder than going with the flow. He reached out to his employees during an all-employee communications meeting and said, “What should I do? What should we do? I’m all ears, and here to support however you need me to.”

Rishaad responded, and the result was an Employee Resource Group that sparked a paradigm shift in the company’s culture. Tune into this week’s episode to hear the story – we promise, no matter what industry you’re in or what role you play, there’s something you can take away from this one.

Building Summerfest: How the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater is changing 2021’s fan experience

Building Summerfest: How the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater is changing 2021’s fan experience

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave Chappelle, Dave Matthews, Run the Jewels, Kesha, Ludacris, ZZ…

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Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave Chappelle, Dave Matthews, Run the Jewels, Kesha, Ludacris, ZZ Top, Fitz and the Tantrums, Rise Against, DJ Diesel (Shaq) — AH! 

Despite all the weirdness this year (and last), Summerfest 2021 is set to be a BANGER. The World’s Largest Music Festival has been pulling big talent to our rad venue on the lake for quite some time now, but it hasn’t always been a cake walk, with the facilities being a limiting factor because of the festival’s growth and popularity.

On this episode of The GoGedders Podcast, host Richie Burke sits down with Summerfest royalty Bob Babisch (Entertainment Director) and Jason Stuewe (Vice President of Planning and Development) to talk all about the Big Gig’s latest passion project, The American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

The venue has a massive $51.3M in upgrades (what?!) that will improve just about every single part of the guest experience.

Richie and our guests will also cover what folks can expect from other upgrades around the venue, what planning during a pandemic was like for their team, Summerfest’s economic impact on Milwaukee, and much more.

Success from scratch: The inspiring story of Egg and Flour’s Adam Pawlak

Success from scratch: The inspiring story of Egg and Flour’s Adam Pawlak

If you’re a fan of Milwaukee food, you might’ve heard the name Adam Pawlak once or twice as of late, and not without good reason….

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If you’re a fan of Milwaukee food, you might’ve heard the name Adam Pawlak once or twice as of late, and not without good reason.

This Bay View-born bearded wonder has been all over the city after his first solo concept, Egg and Flour Pasta Bar, was a hit in North Avenue’s Crossroads Collective. 

Today, we’re joined by Adam Pawlak himself, Alex Anderson, and the legendary David Caruso to talk about Adam’s journey, and what it takes to succeed when setting out to chase your passion. We also talk about the Bucks, because like — how are we supposed to not talk about the Bucks?

Tune into this week’s episode, and you’ll also hear how much Adam, Alex, and David truly love our dear city of Milwaukee, and how much it means to them to be doing their thing and chasing their passion in the city they’ve always called home. 

Bucks in Six: Lessons in marketing, leadership and life from the championship run

Bucks in Six: Lessons in marketing, leadership and life from the championship run

I’m still in shock that the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA title. The odds are stacked so far against a small market team from the…

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I’m still in shock that the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA title. The odds are stacked so far against a small market team from the Midwest to win a title, especially in the era of superteams and star player mobility. 

As a lifelong fan, I’m so happy for the city and the Bucks organization — that was amazing to watch from a basketball standpoint. But what about from a life and business perspective? 

Chris Luecke (Host of the Manufacturing Happy Hour podcast) and I decided to come together and talk about the top leadership, marketing, and life lessons we took away from the Bucks championship run. Listen in as we take a deep dive and unpack what we've learned.

MKE Entrepreneur Exits Brand For $20.6M During Covid: Josh Delaney’s Road Back To Milwaukee

MKE Entrepreneur Exits Brand For $20.6M During Covid: Josh Delaney’s Road Back To Milwaukee

Josh Delaney has made local and national news lately by selling 80% of his company, FAB Nutrition to High Tide Inc for $20.6M. Josh started…

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Josh Delaney has made local and national news lately by selling 80% of his company, FAB Nutrition to High Tide Inc for $20.6M. Josh started FAB Nutrition only three years ago and the fact that he just cashed out for over $20M at age 35 is rare. It’s the largest exit I personally know of by a young(ish) Milwaukee entrepreneur. That said it is far from an overnight success story. 

The Story of Pete’s Pops: From serving pops in his kitchen to one of MKE’s favorite brands

The Story of Pete’s Pops: From serving pops in his kitchen to one of MKE’s favorite brands

Pete’s Pops has been all over the news (and streets of the Milwaukee area) this year. With the announcement of “Sneaky Pete’s” recently opening at…

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Pete’s Pops has been all over the news (and streets of the Milwaukee area) this year. With the announcement of “Sneaky Pete’s” recently opening at the Milwaukee Public Market, their four brick-and-mortar locations, fifteen pop carts roaming around the area, and their expansion last year to St. Louis (Pete’s hometown) last year, it’s clear that business has never been hotter – erm — chillier — for this Milwaukee-favorite pop shop. All that said, Pete’s Pops is far from an overnight success story. 

Believe it or not, I was one of the first to try these legendary pops. Pete Cooney served me one of the original Pete’s Pops out of a dixie cup in the kitchen of his East Side apartment about eight years ago, back when he was a full-time corporate accountant. Pete’s Pops was a side hustle for Pete until the start of 2021, his last job being the Controller for the Pabst Group.  

Although Pete’s Pops has grown significantly since Pete started making Pops, his passion and excitement for the business haven’t gone away: 

“Something about this concept resonated with me; it made me excited, it made me happy… Our business is happiness and positivity, it’s just a really great business, and I’m thankful it’s what I chose,” Pete said fondly on this episode of The GoGedders.

For the company’s future, Pete predicts an expansion of the current business model and a potential consumer packaged goods (CPG) play down the road.

For more on Pete’s story and what it took to get the business to where it is today, listen in to the full episode.

How I made my Double Eagle (albatross), Work/Life Balance, Marketing as a Startup

How I made my Double Eagle (albatross), Work/Life Balance, Marketing as a Startup

In this Q&A episode I cover work/life balance (can it actually exist?), how to market when starting out and tell the story of my illustrious…

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In this Q&A episode I cover work/life balance (can it actually exist?), how to market when starting out and tell the story of my illustrious and rare double eagle in the Ray Fischer tournament last weekend. 

Currently battling cancer, EUA President, Rich Tennessen stays positive and makes progress (An update with Rich and Dr Hari)

Currently battling cancer, EUA President, Rich Tennessen stays positive and makes progress (An update with Rich and Dr Hari)

Like clockwork every Wednesday morning through chemo and during his three-week hospital stay where he underwent CAR T Cell therapy, he fired off a group…

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Like clockwork every Wednesday morning through chemo and during his three-week hospital stay where he underwent CAR T Cell therapy, he fired off a group text that I was fortunate enough to be a part of. It featured a message from Rich as well as a song of the day. On April 14th at 6:37am, on his 13th day in the hospital, he sent off the following message: 

“I look out my window and see Children’s Hospital and two flight for life helipads. I wonder about everyone’s stories and the randomness of it all. We all have a clock, but it’s not until you experience a life changing event that you become more acutely aware of how you spend your time. My hope for everyone is that we all take time to appreciate that each day is a gift and we make the most of life, because none of us truly know how much time is left on our clock.” 

On the podcast, I asked him to elaborate on this message and how he has chosen to remain positive through his journey with cancer, while the rest of us continue to get stressed out and anxious about minute details and events of day-to-day life that really have no meaningful impact. He responded to my question by saying, “I’m thankful. Not that I got the disease, but that I’ve got time. It changes the way you react to certain things. Something changes where you appreciate everything, and you appreciate the little things more. I feel fortunate, I don’t know how much time I have, but I do have time. Some people get (life) taken away from them in an instant or in a few months. None of us know when it’s going to be over, so we should really all have that attitude. Sometimes you look at life, and you’re like ‘where did that time go’ most of the time, we just go through the day and don’t appreciate the day.”

Luckily for Rich, along with his positive attitude, he is in great hands with Dr. Parmeswarn Hari at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hari is rated one of the top doctors in America and started the Celgene bb2121 Car T Cell Clinical Trial right here in Milwaukee. Rich is only the sixth person in the world to get it. Essentially the treatment takes patient’s T cells that are ineffective to treat myeloma and reprograms them genetically to convert the cells into supercharged, highly efficient T cells that can target and destroy every last myeloma cell. Approximately 450M cells were pumped into Rich’s body. It’s living cell therapy, and Dr. Hari is optimistic that many cancers will be cured this way in the next 20-25 years; right now, only three cancers can get treated like this. 

Dr. Hari and Rich both advise that if you think something is wrong with you, see a doctor as soon as possible as many of us procrastinate and wait until later stages to get looked at, and our health is the most important thing we have. 

How Katherine Gehl is disrupting the “Politics Industry” for the better through ranked choice voting

How Katherine Gehl is disrupting the “Politics Industry” for the better through ranked choice voting

The majority of us desire a viable third party and aren’t satisfied with the candidates we have to choose from in election cycles. Why is…

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The majority of us desire a viable third party and aren’t satisfied with the candidates we have to choose from in election cycles. Why is this and what can be done about it? 
Katherine Gehl breaks down how the “Politics Industry” really works behind the scenes and how she is working hard and making incredible progress to change our country for the better! 
This episode is live from the Milwaukee Rotary Club! 

Hot 10 (Lightning Round) with Greg Marcus, CEO of Marcus Corp

Hot 10 (Lightning Round) with Greg Marcus, CEO of Marcus Corp

Is the Pfister really haunted? What's the best seat to watch a movie in all of Milwaukee? The Hilarious story of how Greg met his…

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Is the Pfister really haunted? What's the best seat to watch a movie in all of Milwaukee? The Hilarious story of how Greg met his wife, how to deal with hair loss,  has Chris Stegman been kicked out of Mason Street Grill? What is Greg's best single piece of advice to young professionals? 
Greg answers all of these as well as several more hard hitting questions in our lightning round. 

Greg Marcus, CEO of the Marcus Corporation and Milwaukee Legend

Greg Marcus, CEO of the Marcus Corporation and Milwaukee Legend

Milwaukee as a city got hit hard by the pandemic and arguably no one knows this better than Marcus Corporation's third generation CEO, Greg Marcus,…

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Milwaukee as a city got hit hard by the pandemic and arguably no one knows this better than Marcus Corporation's third generation CEO, Greg Marcus, who has recently been helping the city get vaccinated as well as bringing the city and his businesses back to life. 
Marcus Corporation was founded in Ripon, WI in 1935 with a single movie theater and now operates 91 theaters and 18 hotels across 17 states.  
Make sure to tune into today's episode to learn more about Greg's unconventional path to become the CEO of Marcus Corp, the importance of community, how he is helping the city get vaccinated and what it's been like running a hospitality business during the pandemic and how he sees the future of the company. 

Crypto Entrepreneurs break down the crazy market and answer your questions

Crypto Entrepreneurs break down the crazy market and answer your questions

Should you invest in Crypto? Does it have any real value? Why has it taken off? What is blockchain? NFTs? etc….. Erin Magennis, Christopher Perceptions and…

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Should you invest in Crypto? Does it have any real value? Why has it taken off? What is blockchain? NFTs? etc….. 
Erin Magennis, Christopher Perceptions and Alec Shaw join the podcast to discuss the current state of block chain, cryptocurrency and how to navigate the space. 
We also answer a lot of user submitted questions. 

Milwaukee vs. Silicon Valley with David Reeves and Glenn Reid

Milwaukee vs. Silicon Valley with David Reeves and Glenn Reid

Two Silicon Valley leaders have recently made the move to Milwaukee and are bringing startup jobs with them. David Reeves and Glenn Reid joined the…

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Two Silicon Valley leaders have recently made the move to Milwaukee and are bringing startup jobs with them. David Reeves and Glenn Reid joined the podcast to discuss topics like what made them move (and move jobs) to Milwaukee, what the city can do to create a better tech culture, the risk tolerance and mentality differences between Silicon Valley and Milwaukee, how the city can better play to it's strengths to recruit talent and more! 

David Reeves is the President of OpenGov, a technology company that is the leader in providing state and local governments with modern cloud based software and serves more than 1,000 governments in the US.  David grew up in Milwaukee, went to UWM then had a number of roles in the tech industry between Chicago, Boston and Silicon Valley including Senior VP of Sales at both PTC and Zora where revenue grew from $16M to $100M during his tenure. He then joined OpenGov where he has been the President since 2018 and recently moved back to Milwaukee and opened an OpenGov office here and has already hired 17 employees and anticipates having over 100 in the Milwaukee office within three years.

Glenn Reid is the Founder and CEO of Marathon Machines, a company disrupting the laundry space with essentially and all in one washer/dryer with modern technology that was named “The Tesla of appliances” – by Wired Magazine. Glenn has an amazing background in Silicon Valley. He created iMovie 1.0 and spent hundreds of hours working directly with Steve Jobs. He was employee 25 at Adobe Systems and solid his startup Five Across was acquired by Cisco in 2007. 

Glenn Reid’s Crazy Journey Through Silicon Valley’s Golden Age…and now Milwaukee

Glenn Reid’s Crazy Journey Through Silicon Valley’s Golden Age…and now Milwaukee

He created iMovie 1.0, has spent hundreds of hours designing products with Steve Jobs, sold his startup to Cisco, was employee 25 at Adobe… and…

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He created iMovie 1.0, has spent hundreds of hours designing products with Steve Jobs, sold his startup to Cisco, was employee 25 at Adobe… and is now in Milwaukee on a new mission. Current CEO/Founder of Marathon Machines joins the podcast and this is not one you'll want to miss. 

Everything you need to know about Biden’s new tax plan with Joe Maier, Johnson Financial

Everything you need to know about Biden’s new tax plan with Joe Maier, Johnson Financial

How will the new tax laws affect you? Here in the US, we have a tax code that is thousands of pages long and can…

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How will the new tax laws affect you? Here in the US, we have a tax code that is thousands of pages long and can be very overwhelming. Right now, with Biden’s new pending tax plan, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding corporate tax rates, capital gains tax, gift, income, and estate tax. How will this affect different income brackets of the population?

Today, to help break this down we have Joe Maier from Johnson Financial, so you’re going to want to tune into this because there could be some major implications for you as someone who works in a corporation, as a small business owner, if you are part of a family estate, or just as a general citizen of the United States.

Joe is the Senior VP, Director of Wealth Strategy at Johnson Financial, an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School, and a former Succession Planning Attorney at Foley and Lardner.

ESPN’s Jesse Washington: What was it like writing the biography for legendary Hall of Fame Georgetown Coach John Thompson

ESPN’s Jesse Washington: What was it like writing the biography for legendary Hall of Fame Georgetown Coach John Thompson

What was it like writing the biography of a trailblazing Hall of Fame basketball coach?Jesse Washington shares his experiences working with John Thompson writing his…

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What was it like writing the biography of a trailblazing Hall of Fame basketball coach?
Jesse Washington shares his experiences working with John Thompson writing his biography “I Came as a Shadow” and shares amazing stories from the life of John Thompson.
John Thompson arguably did more for race relations than any other coach in the history of the game and was the first black coach to win the NCAA title in 1984 with the Georgetown Hoyas. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

AAPI Community Leaders Speak Out with Alexa Alfaro, Erik Kennedy and Shary Tran

AAPI Community Leaders Speak Out with Alexa Alfaro, Erik Kennedy and Shary Tran

There has always been a problem with racism and othering towards the AAPI community here in the United States, but there has been a ginormous…

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There has always been a problem with racism and othering towards the AAPI community here in the United States, but there has been a ginormous uptick in the number of incidents involving hate crimes and attacks since the beginning of COVID. Many of these individuals being targeted are Americans, born and raised in this country. How did we get to this point of having so much hate towards our brothers and sisters in our communities? And why are people pointing the COVID-finger at them?

On this episode of The GoGedders Podcast, Richie is joined by three Milwaukee community members to have a candid conversation about the Anti-Asian movement that has swept the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are joined by: Erik Kennedy, a returning GoGedder who is a community leader at Advocate Aurora; Alexa Alfaro, co-founder of Meat on the Street; and Shary Tran, who works for Amazon as the Executive Program Manager Diversity and Inclusion. Erik, Alexa, and Shary are all also members of the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) Coalition of Wisconsin and have been named among Wisconsin’s most influential Asians. Together, we dig into and expose these issues. Listen to the full podcast to find out how you can help be an ally to the AAPI community.

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