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213: The Eye of the Beholder | Monty Montoya, CEO, CorneaGen

Join us when Monty Montoya recalls how an MBA degree and part-time job led him to secure a leadership role at a Seattle eye bank that would over time evolve into  CorneaGen—a middle-market company that is generating more than $50 million annually in cornea transplant and related services. "Even today, there are over 10 million…
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212: The Entrepreneur’s Obstacle | Tony Drockton, Hammitt

Tony Drockton helped turn a designer handbag into a business by forging partnerships that would propel the handbag into a luxury brand and advance the company into the ranks of middle-market firms. However, the seasoned entrepreneur soon faced a business obstacle that forced him to recalculate his trusted leadership formula, while adding a new CEO to…
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211: Serving the Legal Eagles | Neil Zola, Executive Co-Chairman, JND Legal Administration

Join us when Neil Zola explains how a growing administration services opportunity inside the legal realm is fueling the expansion of JND Legal Administration. "When we started, we heard: 'JND—who's that?' Now that's changed to where our name is getting recognized more and more, and we're starting to hear a lot more anecdotal stories where…
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210: Growing Along the Rails | Larry Jordan, President, Wi-Tronix

Join us when Larry Jordan explains how applying new technologies to the business challenges of the rail industries has allowed Wi-Tronix to open a new chapter of growth as it connects railway companies in real time with critical information and insights about their trains, using smart remote monitoring and video intelligence technologies. "Double Double" "Over…
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209: Small Actions, Big Growth | Jack Welde, CEO, Smartling

Join us when Jack Welde explains how renewable growth is often the result of many small actions across an organization rather than one big idea or strategic initiative. "My priorities for growth are really the daily drivers. What are the things that we can do today in each department to move a little bit forward?…
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208: Once Private, Now Public: Protecting Your Workforce Culture | Matt Calkins, CEO, Appian

When software firm Appian went public last May, its cofounders put an end to 17 years of private ownership. CEO Matt Calkins discusses the company’s post-IPO life and explains how Appian plans to preserve the company’s unique workforce culture and continue to fuel the serial reinvention of its offerings. How do you make a great…
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207: The Reinvention Generation | Matthew Gonnering, CEO, Widen

Join us when Matthew Gonnering explains how Widen Enterprises faced a “Do or Die” decision in the late ’90s and early 2000s when it left the analog world behind and transitioned to a digital business. Established in 1948 as a print and prepress provider, the family-owned business entered the new century as a pioneer in […]

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206: The Future Uber of Home Services | Steve Upshaw, CEO, CCHS

Join us when CEO Steve Upshaw explains how the connected world is opening the door to new products and services for home owners, allowing the traditional home warranty and maintenance services industry to open a new chapter of growth where imaginative new offerings are soon expected to serve the realm of home ownership. Growth &…
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205: Anchor Brewing: Legacy of a Small Giant | John Dannerbeck, Former President

  When Japan’s Sapporo acquired craft-beer pioneer Anchor Brewing last year, many craft brewers characterized the transaction as the end of an era. It's one on which John Dannerbeck now looks back fondly, having worked alongside the brewery's legendary owner, Fritz Maytag, and the eclectic mix of seasoned managers that stubbornly rejected the notion of…
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204: A One-of-a-Kind Advantage | Sam Santhosh, CEO, MedGenome

  Fifteen years ago, when the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, Sam Santhosh decided that it was time to study up and find all of what was required to compete inside the world of DNA sequencing. The way that Santhosh saw it, sequencing was really…
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