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Episode #141

Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs

Inspiring Growth-Minded
Business Leaders

Middle Market Thought Leader is about inspiring business leaders to take a leadership leap by opening a new chapter of growth for their middle-market companies. We know that by learning from the failures, Ah-ha! moments, and successes of other middle-market business leaders,
you can take inspired action.

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Realizing the Benefits of Faster Payments | Laura Listwan & Adam Kruis of U.S. Bank

When it comes to faster payments most middle market executives express an enthusiasm for the growing number of payment options, but many freely admit they remain uncertain which solutions best suit their business.  What's more, executives from midsize firms say they require some guidance as far as how to prioritize the different payment options and…
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160: The Power of Meetings | Shaun Ritchie, CEO, Teem

  Join us when Shaun Ritchie, CEO, Teem, explains how a growing need for collaborative workplace environments is opening the door to new tools and technologies that can help companies better manage as well as empower their people.  Prior to Teem, Shaun co-founded Neutron Interactive, an Internet marketing and online lead generation company. Quick Hits: 60…
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159: One Integrated Culture | Nancy Contillo, Chief People Officer, Carousel Industries

Fast-growing IT services firm Carousel Industries completed its acquisition of IT rival Atrion last fall, aiming to become a $1 billion company. However, for Carousel's Chief People Officer, Nancy Contillo, the deal-making was only the merger's kickoff, and the creation of a single integrated workforce would take place over the months ahead. Join us when…
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158: The Elements of a Performance Culture: Collaborate, Innovate, Drive

It's no secret that the IT infrastructure and applications business is experiencing hypergrowth these days. And few technology business leaders are more focused on making the appropriate investments to scale their businesses than those who compete inside the managed services realm. Join us when AHEAD CEO Dan Adamany explains how "cultural fit" is now top-of-mind…
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157: Follow the Talent | Mike Christian, CEO, Risk Strategies Company

  Having grown to 38 offices and more than 900 employees, Risk Strategies Company has entered the ranks of leading national insurance brokers with a strut that signals an appetite for M&A. Join us when the firm's founder and CEO, Mike Christian, explains how acquiring companies in key markets, with key business practice areas, has…
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156: Setting Down American Roots | Glenn Nott, President, simPRO Software, N.A.

What are your priorities for growing this middle-market business over the next 12 months? Glenn: "Our priorities are to look at those areas of the business that we may need to tweak and adjust them as we start to really open up the doors and explore the local market here in Colorado. And then, as…
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155: Building a Digital Leader | Tony Zito, CEO, Rakuten Marketing

In 1995, Tony Zito started his first business, Precision DataLink, which was acquired in 2001. He then went on to found MediaForge, which was acquired by Rakuten Marketing in 2012. Today, he oversees Rakuten Marketing in the Americas, Europe, and Australia, spearheading acquisitions and integrating offerings into an expanded platform of performance marketing offerings. When it…
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154: Flying Beneath the Data Buzz | Chris Astle, CEO, QSR International

In the flash and splash world of data technologies, few companies have their technology more deeply entrenched inside the academic institutions that pollinate and energize the world's research communities than QSR International. Join us when QSR CEO Chris Astle explains why a three-decade-old midsize firm is enjoying some new luster among the data tech world's up-and-comers.…
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153: Cybersecurity: How Sweet It Is | Tom Kemp, CEO, Centrify

Join us when Tom Kemp, CEO, Centrify, exposes the burgeoning cybersecurity opportunity that has propelled his firm beyond $100 million in annual sales and into a realm of organic growth that few industries can match. Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities when it comes to growing Centrify? Tom Kemp: "Our priorities are to clearly…
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152: An Appetite for Infrastructure | Jeff Spalding, COO, Peak 10, Inc.

Join us when Jeff reveals the expansion path down which Peak 10 advanced to springboard itself from a super regional upstart to national player inside the IT infrastructure realm.  Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities when it comes to growing Peak 10? "Well, number one is what we just talked about, people.…
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