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S2E14 – John Phelps – State Bar of Arizona

John Phelps is the CEO and executive director of the State Bar of Arizona, an organization focused on improving the administration of justice and the competency, ethics, and professionalism of lawyers in Arizona.

John’s introduction to Arizona came when his father was stationed at Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Ultimately, John became a second generation career Army officer where he also became an intelligence officer before pursuing a law degree from the University of Arizona and joining the US Army’s JAG corps.  Following his 25-year career in the Army, John served in the Arizona Office of Homeland Security, the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as the chief of staff at the US General Services Administration.

John discusses topics ranging from the challenges of leading in a “zero-defect” environment, balancing “gut feelings” with data, leading in non-profits and government organizations, surrounding yourself with trusted advisers, and so much more.


Arizona Chamber of Commerce

S2E13 – Bill, Glenn and Branden Hickman – Hickman’s Family Farms

We’re joined by three generations of leaders from Hickman’s Family Farms – Bill Hickman, Sr., Glenn Hickman, and Branden Hickman. Each one shares stories and insights I know you will enjoy and learn from.

Gertie and Bill Hickman, Sr., Glenn Hickman, and Branden Hickman

They share some unique insights to being part of a family business, engaging with community, the importance of education, and how they approach changing production requirements in response to customer demands for products such as cage-free eggs.


Arizona’s Future of Education Vision event on 12/12/17 (Glenn mentioned in the podcast)

Dirty Jobs w/ Mike Rowe at Hickman’s Family Farms (Season 4, Episode 25)

Arizona Chamber of Commerce


S2E12 – David Kolbe – Kolbe Corp

David Kolbe – the CEO of Kolbe Corp – shares insights into how they help individuals and companies thrive, how leveraging technology can grow your audience and simultaneously reduce costs, and how seeking feedback from users can lead to new product offerings.

Additionally, David shares his story which takes him from Brophy College Prep to the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.  After a brief stop on Capitol Hill, he returned to Arizona to attend law school at Arizona State University, practice law, and ultimately join Kolbe Corp.

David’s mother, Kathy Kolbe, founded Kolbe Corp in Phoenix in 1975.  Kolbe Corp helps businesses and individuals identify, understand, apply, and leverage their unique instinctive strengths so they can be more productive and more fulfilled.


Wonderlic Personnel Test

Michael Hyatt podcast where he discusses the Kolbe A Index

Takes Two

5 Love Languages assessment

Elvis Costello

Rex Orange County

S2E11 – Zach Ferres – Coplex

This week we talk with Zach Ferres – the CEO of Coplex, a startup accelerator focused on founders who are not coders.  Zach grew up in Ohio and we talk about everything from leadership lessons he has learned from Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, to lessons he learned from his parents who instilled a strong, customer-centric work ethic.


Zach shares his thoughts on coders being founders, lessons from sports, risk management, whether startups need business plans, the essentials of culture and emotional intelligence, and his love of gluten-free pancakes and Family Guy.


Family Guy

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

S2E10 – Max Hansen – Y Scouts

This week we talk with Max Hansen, the CEO of Y Scouts, a purpose-based executive recruiting firm.  Max grew up in Glendale, Arizona and went to Northern Arizona University thinking football would be his future.  He discusses that change in plan and what ultimately led him to the field of recruiting.  
Max covers a wide range of topics, including how to align purpose, values, leadership and culture within an organization and within your hiring process.  He discusses being disruptive in the marketplace, connecting people and purpose, having an attitude of abundance, and winning the Gumball 3000.
Also, be sure to check out Y Scouts co-founder Brian Mohr’s own podcast – Built On Purpose – which takes a look at leaders in Arizona and beyond.


Y Scouts Leadership Community worksheet

Human Elements

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

S2E9 – Justin Gray – LeadMD

This week we talk with Justin Gray, the CEO and founder of LeadMD, co-founder of PaidSuite,  co-owner of Greyson Organics (an organic farm in rural Missouri), and co-founder of Six Bricks.

Justin, who grew up in Fountain Hills and attended the University of Arizona, talks with us about his passion for entrepreneurship and modern-day marketing – topics he has written and spoken about extensively.  Justin has been published over 300 times in industry publications and holds his own column, Tribal Knowledge in Inc., as well as featured contributor statuses with Entrepreneur and others.

We cover a wide range of topics including how he approaches writing (and why it is important for marketers to hone this skill), when should founders get out of the way, the importance of culture and values governing behavior, his views on unicorns and hiring, empathy, and the concept of 1+1=4.

Also, check out Justin’s podcast – Driven & Co. – which examines guests’ “unconventional roads to leadership.”  Great stuff!


Connect with Justin: Email, Twitter, LinkedIn


Ear Hustle


Arizona Chamber of Commerce

S2E8 – Todd Belfer – Canal Partners

Todd Belfer is the managing partner of the venture capital firm Canal Partners.  Todd shares his early entrepreneurial days when he bused fraternity and sorority students to Laughlin and later found himself founding software companies, restaurants (Ra Sushi Bar), and supplement and herbal tea companies.  Today, he and his partners focus on helping entrepreneurs and founders, in a defined stage of their growth, flourish.

Todd touches on a number of topics of interest to founders, entrepreneurs, college students, and each one of us who have a passion for what we do.  In fact, he really dissects the subject of “passion” and gives some great insights we can all learn from on that and many other topics.


DeMello Spirituality Center

New Way Academy

Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Official Site

Arizona Chamber of Commerce


S2E7 – Ambassador Barbara Barrett – Aerospace Corporation and Triple Creek Ranch

Ambassador Barbara Barrett joins us for this week’s conversation.  She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Aerospace Corporation and as the CEO of Triple Creek Ranch.  Ambassador Barrett has served as the US Ambassador to Finland, the Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration, the President of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the CEO of the American Management Association, just to mention a few.

Our conversation covers not only her story, but her passion for education, lifelong learning, problem solving, and leading through significant change and rebuilding of an organization.  Ambassador Barrett discusses her passion for supporting the military, advocating for space exploration and aerospace, and giving back to the community.  She also shares some poignant thoughts on legacy, influence and why she does not embrace the concept of a “bucket list” (and what she and her husband, Craig, use instead).  Undoubtedly, you will benefit personally and professionally from what she has to say.


Fighter Country Foundation


S2E6 – Heidi Jannenga – WebPT

Heidi Jannenga is the president and co-founder of WebPT, a SaaS company providing support to physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

WebPT has been on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for five years straight and is one of Arizona’s fastest growing companies.

Our conversation takes us from Heidi’s days playing basketball to finding her passion in the profession of physical therapy. She then explains how seeing a huge problem led to the creation of WebPT. We talk about corporate culture, engaging your customers, the fear of failure, generational issues, and so much more.



WebPT careers

WebPT’s values

Conscious Capitalism

Special Episode with Michael Lorsch – Vision v. Behavior

Special Episode with Michael Lorsch – Overcoming Failure


Arizona Chamber of Commerce

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S2E5 – Jeffrey Pruitt – Tallwave

This week Jeffrey Pruitt, founder and CEO of Tallwave, joins us for a fascinating conversation about his journey from accountancy to entrepreneurship and from “running through walls” to leading smarter.

An Arizona native, Jeffrey explores taking ideas to market, finding capitol for those ideas, and building a strong organization based on values and strategy.  You will want to have your notebook ready for this conversation, especially as he talks practically about how Tallwave strives to be a friction-less workplace.


Jeffrey Pruitt on LinkedIn


Tallwave Capital


Camelback Mountain

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