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Talent Top-of-Mind: Lance Ruttenberg, CEO, American Textile Company

Lance Ruttenberg, CEO, American Textile Company Industry: Textiles Headquarters: Duquesne, PA Family-Owned “Finding talent has been one area where we’ve enjoyed success. The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and other educational institutions have provided this area with a great pool of young talent to bring in and develop. Hopefully, when a newly graduated person comes […]

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Jim VanSteenhouse: Attracting Talent and Enforcing Culture at InterLinc Mortgage

Thought Leader Debrief Jim VanSteenhouse is the CEO of InterLinc Mortgage, one of the fastest-growing mortgage companies in the Southeast. At InterLinc, VanSteenhouse says that being “compliance-bulletproof” and recruiting the best talent are top priorities when it comes to driving business growth. In 2004, VanSteenhouse was in a partnership that wasn’t going well. When the […]

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How “One-on-One” Physician Access Became Advance Medical’s Growth Trigger

Thought Leader Debrief Michael Hough is the founder and executive vice president of Advance Medical, a company specializing in human resource services that provides client companies with one-on-one access to physician case managers via a digital portal and phone service. The service is designed to offer the employees of client companies a second opinion on their primary physician’s […]

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Phil Rooke: Growth Equals Simplicity and Employee Empowerment at Spreadshirt

Thought Leader Debrief Phil Rooke is the CEO of Spreadshirt, a multinational, German-based middle-market company that designs self-expression t-shirts and captures more than $100 million in annual income. Rooke joined the company in 2009 and became CEO in 2011. Since 2009, the company has tripled in size. Rooke recently told our middle-market listening audience that […]

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My 12-Month Growth Priorities | Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs

Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities when it comes to growing this middle-market firm? “We’ve been undercapitalized recently. So that has been a very interesting journey for us. I think that if you think about how our story correlates to those of other middle-market businesses that perhaps haven’t taken on investment—you know, have organically grown—I think […]

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My 12-Month Growth Priorities | Lance Ruttenberg, CEO, American Textile Company

Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities when it comes to growing this middle-market firm? “We are really going to be building out our brand portfolio. We’ve been very successful over the years when it comes to building our private label business, which we’re proud of. We are going to continue to grow […]

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Staying True to Our Space | Gregg Parise, CEO, Vroozi

Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities when it comes to growing this middle-market firm? “We are supremely focused on defining our product market fit, and that means really defining our customer. And I think it’s very easy, especially when you first start a company, a lot of people, and ours included … […]

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Maintaining a Healthy and Repeatable Core Business | Andy Marsh, CEO, Plug Power

Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities when it comes to growing this middle-market firm? “Well, I think there are two priorities. One is that we have a nice core business. And we have a good number of dependable, repeatable customers. And that core business, we shipped products that are valued at over $150 […]

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People, Capital, & Continuous Monitoring | Ray Rothrock, CEO, RedSeal

MME: What are your priorities when it comes to growing this middle-market business over the next 12 months? “My job is to resource the company, people, and capital, and maybe technology if that’s needed, but it’s mostly people, because my priority is to grow this business globally as fast as I can, point one. Point […]

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My Growth Priorities: Ken Makovsky, CEO, Makovsky Integrated Communications

Over the next 12 months, what are your priorities for this middle-market firm? Ken: I would say that our digital growth is a priority, making digital a part of almost everything that we do. We started something called Skylabs, which is an innovation laboratory. That is supposed to help clients develop new, innovative thinking about […]

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