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

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

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S2E4 – Colleen Jennings-Roggensack – ASU Gammage (Part II)

This week, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack returns for the second installment of our conversation.  When she last joined us in Season One, we left her in Colorado, and today we hear the rest of the story.

In addition to her journey, Colleen addresses topics each of us can learn from.  Those range from mentoring, to life-long learning, to taking risks, and finding balance in life.  You will also want to hear her story about one particular cast of the show “Evita” and the lessons we can learn about excellence and accountability.


ASU Gammage

Stadium 365

Noorderzon – Performing Arts Festival – Groningen

Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

Game of Thrones

Being Mary Jane

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

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S2E3 – Jason Pistillo – University of Advancing Technology

Jason Pistillo is the president of the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.  Our conversation takes us from Jason building his first computer game at the age of eight, to becoming a network engineer at 21, to his 23-year career at UAT.  He has been recognized as a leader in business and was most recently given the East Valley Institute Technology’s “Sam and Olga Bender Award” for being a strong community partner over the past decade.

We cover a wide range of topics ranging from building a “fast, fun, friendly and smart” culture, instituting rigorous hiring practices, maintaining motivation and focus, investing in the community, and empowering staff.  Jason also discusses why their culture of vulnerability among staff has made their team stronger, and so much more.


University of Advancing Technology

Contact Jason via email

Ballet Arizona YouTube video

Valley Leadership


Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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S2E2 – Greg Head – Gregslist and Greg Head Consulting


Greg Head has spent most of his professional life in the world of software, including being part of the startup and growth stages of two major Arizona companies and as the chief marketing officer for Chandler-based Infusionsoft.  Today, Greg consults founders and CEOs, curates Gregslist (an active list of Arizona-based software companies…over 300 strong), and has more projects and initiatives on the way.

In our conversation, Greg shares thoughts on not only marketing, but focus, intensity, scaling your business, Arizona’s technology mindset, and what it means to transition your business from being ADD to OCD.  You will want to take notes!


Greg Head – LinkedIn

Greg Head Consulting


Clate Mask podcast interview

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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S2E1 – Brian Mueller – Grand Canyon University

Welcome to Season 2 of the Arizona Originals podcast!

Our first guest of the new season is Brian Mueller – Chairman, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University.  Our conversation begins in Milwaukee, WI where Brian grew up along with his parents and seven siblings.  We then look at his years as a teacher and basketball coach and ultimately to his move into leading two major higher education institutions.

President Mueller discusses everything from finding purpose and passion to the importance of focusing on planning and preparation.  He talks about the time in his life he received the best training for leading businesses, and discusses his decision checklist when it comes to running a publicly traded company.  We also talk about partnerships, team building, and so much more.


Grand Canyon University


Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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