All shows can be found online at Audacy.com. Additionally, all shows are available on Podcast via Apple Podcasts , Spotify , Google Podcasts and Sticher Radio. Watch full shows, as well as one question with each guest segments on the Grill Nation Show with Jason Grill YouTube Page.
(May 15th, 2021) – Midland Industries has a history of outstanding customer-driven solutions, smart technology and deep product selection – built on strong family values and traditions. Billy Hodes, CMO at Midland Industries joins the show alongside Senior VP of Landmark National Bank, Jeff Phillips. We discuss how Midland Industries has grown a family business into a thriving success story, how it happened, what is next, the pluses and minuses of working with family and the best ways to connect with customers and build relationships. Plus, we get to know Billy Hodes and catchup with Jeff Phillips on what he is doing to help entrepreneurs and business owners grow and connect.
(May 8th, 2021) – NetStandard is a leading provider of strategic technology solutions for small and mid-sized businesses. Two of its leaders, Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Simpson and VP of Sales & Marketing, Kristen O’Connell join Grill Nation. They talk about what NetStandard does, how they help businesses, success stories, the importance of branding, and what it is like to be female leaders in the IT and tech space. Additionally, we learn how businesses are planning and preparing for a crisis, things to consider with IT, we hear some of their best advice, what excites them most about their industry, favorite person in tech space and what the future holds for NetStandard and IT now and moving forward. Action packed show with some great information from two leaders in the IT and tech space. (netstandard.com)
(May 1st, 2021) – WyCo Vintage (wycovintage.com) is the world’s largest, finest and most trusted seller of authentic vintage t-shirts and clothing goods. Globally, over 15,000 pieces from the WyCo Vintage collection have been worn by Celebrities, Rock Stars, Athletes, Fans, Collectors, Fashionistas and people of great taste. On this show, we talk to the CEO and Founder of WyCo Vintage, Patrick Klima about the journey, growth, favorite items, how he sources, why he operates e-commerce and retail store front operations, what’s next for the business and why vintage gear isn’t going away. Also on the show is Jonathan Cole, Owner at Pendulum (pendulumKC.com), a renown architect and designer to tell us how he has worked with WyCo Vintage and Patrick to develop his storefront and retail design operations and we learn about his favorite items of all-time. Awesome show this week full of all of this and much more!
(April 24th, 2021) – On this show, Logan Freeman, Co-Founder and Principal at FTW Investments, discusses building generational wealth and passive income to leave a legacy. The show discusses 2021 focus and energy, big steps taken over the last 12 months in both assets and company growth, challenges of 2020 and what lessons were learned, what investors need to look at and think about moving through 2021 including inflation, spending and interest rates, why it’s is important not to bank on sentiment (George Brett example) and Logan answers the question of how many sides there really are to a coin. Logan Freeman is an industry expert and this episode really puts in to perspective some useful insight for investors, but also for entrepreneurs and business leaders in general. Awesome show this week! Free, comprehensive investor and strategy guide at ftwinvestmentsllc.com/grillnation.
(April 17th, 2021) – Garmin is a worldwide leader in developing innovative, high-quality, state-of-the-art products that inspire individuals in their adventures. On this show we talk with Jessica Zlab, Garmin University Relations Recruiting Team Lead and Jen Larson, Garmin University Relations Recruiter about the workforce, talent and recruitment efforts that make that happen. We learn more about the day to day of working at Garmin, what verticals and sectors they are concentrating on, why Forbes has named it one of America’s Best Large Employers, what passions shine through in Garmin team members, what the company recruiting efforts look like now and moving forward in 2021, plus so much more valuable information on how Garmin plans to grow its team and the why behind it. Some great takeaways with Garmin’s University Recruiting Team this week on Grill Nation!
(April 10th, 2021) – The show discusses Dave’s impressive background, why he started InnovaPrep and became an entrepreneur, what he learned from MRIGlobal, how his experience at Pipeline and other accelerators impacted him, why he enjoys his job, how he connects with customers, what he did to innovate and accelerate growth during Covid-19, and much more in our Best For Last Segment including proudest moment, best advice, one word to describe, what failures have taught him, who would play him in a movie and who he wants to take to dinner. Dave Alburty has an interesting story and shares it and plus key insights this week! Thank you to Sayard Parrish, VP at Landmark National Bank for joining us on the show too and for making the introduction to Dave and his growing company!
(April 3rd, 2021) – Anita Davis has worked in the fields of community, economic and workforce development for nearly 20 years. She empowers people through work each and every day. This show discusses Anita’s impressive background, why Goodwill, how the Denver and Kansas City markets are different, what does a Chief Mission Officer do, what is the key mission of MoKan Goodwill, how working in the private and public sector impacted her today, what workforce development and economic sustainability really means in practice, how Goodwill is using innovation and technology to support quality job training and education, and we finish the show with best for last segment discussing best advice, transformational memory and the best restaurants in KC. Anita Davis is a terrific guest and this show will truly move you to get engaged with Goodwill’s vision and mission.
(March 27th, 2021) Super interesting show this week featuring an innovative and experienced wealth management advisor. Chad Esslinger, Esslinger Financial / Northwestern Mutual, joins the show and shares his story, background, how he engages and helps others, process he uses, shares what factors are important when deciding to start financial planning, his overall philosophy and lets us know what three human issues people have with financial planning. Chad understands the financial complexities of life and how they can affect goals. On this week’s show he shares the knowledge and best philosophy for overall long term success, plus so much more! Awesome episode.
(March 20th, 2021) Fascinating show detailing the story of an entrepreneur and business owner who spent 15 years as a leader in the public sector that now has grown a leading energy, LED and and UVC innovation company in the private sector. Guests include Inayat Noormohmad, President & Founder of Sarin Energy and Alan Farris, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank. Inayat shares the story of his journey, company and the many ways how Sarin Energy has worked and innovated over 360 projects to help companies and individuals wide and far. Great to be joined this week by Inayat and Alan!
(March 13th, 2021) The show focuses on what the future of work looks like, office spaces moving forward and commercial real estate updates and trends. Guests include an all-star lineup of Jill McCarthy, Senior Executive of Corporate Attraction at Kansas City Area Development Council, Peter Sloan, Director of Interior Design at HOK, Leah FitzGerald, Managing Director and Market Leader at CBRE Kansas City and Stacy Roth, VP of Strategy and Engagement at Scott Rice Office Works. Fantastic show full of great insights this week!
(March 6th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Founder of Bash & Co. Sotheby International Realty. Andrew updates us on the growth of Bash & Co. with Sotheby International Realty and how this helps clients in KC and across the country, what the current real estate market looks like, what buyers should be doing, what sellers should be doing, trends we are seeing going into Spring 2021, how mortgage rates are affecting the market, unique ways you can make your house stand out, how the book Four Agreements has impacted him and we learn more about Andrew. He lets us know some of his best advice, who would play him in a movie, one word to describe him and his company and a very proud recent real estate moment. Another great show this week with the one and only, Andrew Bash, a leader and true innovator in the world of real estate.
(February 27th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Logan Freeman, Co-Founder / Principal at FTW Investments (www.ftwinvestmentsllc.com/grillnation). We discuss everything commercial and multi-family real estate investing and why it is an interesting and approachable investment. Additionally, we learn what the process and parameters are to do it, how private placements are growing, what the market looks like in KC region, why investors are coming to Kansas City from around the country and what trends we should expect to see soon in this area. We also learn much more about Logan’s background, philosophies and FTW Investments in general. Logan brings some great sports analogies and quotes this week to the show, as well as some incredibly valuable information on real estate investing and life in general!
(February 20th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Saad Syed, a pain managment specialist who practices in acute and chronic pain managment. We discuss what chronic pain is, why the opioid epidemic has grown, why traditional treatments aren’t effective and cause long term harm, what spinal cord stiulation is, how it works and why it has been so effective. Additionally, Jason is joined by James Clark, a patient who has gone through spinal cord stimulation to ease his chronic back pain. Three months into the treatment and he has never felt better saying he feels “wonderful” Hear his incredible story and so much more on the advancements of this life-changing chronic pain treatment, fascinating technology and the implementation behind it on this week’s show.
(February 13th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Jim Carr, CEO – NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and Jeff Phillips, Senior VP – Landmark National Bank. We learn all about the NAIA and how it has grown as an organization, what leadership traits Jim believes lead to its continued success, the impact it has each and every day, new competitive collegiate sports and Champions of Character endeavors and discuss the opportunities and challenges realized throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for NAIA, student athletes and member organizations. We also hear some great stories from Jim about USA Basketball (he is on the Board) and about his time at the Olympics with the Dream Team. We finish the show with our Best for Last segment and learn some super impactful things from Jim and hear some more moving and fun stories. Awesome show this week!
(February 6th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Christina Livers, Restaurant Operations Consultant at US Foods. We talk about ghost kitchens, examples of them, success stories, initial development and the reason they are resonating in the restaurant and consumer community, initial investment costs, revenue growth, digital integration and branding of them for existing restaurants or new restauranteurs/entrepreneurs. We also talk about how restauranteurs have dealt with dining restrictions, been innovative and resilient, why ghost kitchens have been such a success and how US Foods have worked with operators and restaurants on these endeavors. We finish the show with One Word, Best Advice, Life Lessons and what a person with a career in food like Christina will be eating for the Big Game. Fascinating food and restaurant trend that is not going anywhere now or post pandemic this week on the show.
(January 30th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Jonathan Cole, Pendulum Studio, and Tim Bowman, Compass Smart, to discuss the exciting 31st and Troost Development Project and the upcoming Troost Village. This is a one of kind development that will transform a historic site, area and neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo. We talk about how this project came together, why they are doing it, why it matters, lessons learned throughout the journey, what each of the 7 plus buildings and assets on site entail, how the Troost Village will be a unique gathering space, what’s next for the development, MBE/WBE components, how art deco will play a part, when each phase will launch and open, current and upcoming tenants, and so much more insight from these two leaders on an incredible story and project. Super show this week and some great news for KCMO.
(January 23rd, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Bennett, Founder, The Intentional Day. We discuss what the Intentional Day is, why it matters and what it entails including Ryan’s book and training programs for individuals, teams and businesses. We breakdown why typical goal setting doesn’t work 92% of the time, the 4 elements of proven growth that include dreaming, goal setting, daily disciplines and growth partners, where leadership typically fails and why great people make great leaders, how the 5 people you spend the most time with shape your future and trajectory, and Ryan’s favorite quote, best advice, proudest moment, biggest accomplishment and failure, his future goals and so much more! Perfect show and guest to start 2021.
(January 16th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Amy Patel, Medical Director, Liberty Hospital Women’s Imaging and a well-recognized national expert in the medical profession. We discuss important updates on Covid-19 and vaccine that leads to an incredible dialogue with Dr. Patel. Additionally, we discuss screening awareness and recommendations, Amy’s new website, engagement and speaking, fact v. fiction on breast cancer myths, importance to her of an Eleanor Roosevelt quote, proudest moment as leader at Liberty Hospital, one word to describe her work, best advice ever received and what the future holds for her and Liberty Hospital plus some exciting breaking news about Women’s Imaging Center. Dr. Patel is engaging and provides so much valuable information this week.
(January 9th, 2021) Guests – Jason is joined by Megan Sturges Stanfield, President/CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City. The two discuss Megan’s career journey, Junior Achievement’s background and innovative economic education programs for students, why financial literacy and entrepreneurship is so important for K-12 students, the new Junior Achievement Youth Learning Lab in KC which includes a reincarnation of the famous Exchange City now known and innovated as JA BizTown, corporate partners in the project, how it will function and how to get involved. Megan finishes the show sharing her proudest moment at Junior Achievement, one word to describe her and JAGKC, best advice ever received, biggest accomplishment and so much more. If you enjoyed Exchange City as a kid and have fond memories you will love this show!
(December 26th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Ed Lada, President/CEO of Goodwill of Western Kansas and Eastern Missouri. The two discuss Ed’s career and life journey from New Orleans to Kansas City, what Goodwill does each day (hint its much more than just stores) to empower people to discover their potential and adapt for the future through the power of work, the Artemis Initiative (innovation, robotics, future of work) and how they adapted and survived during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ed finishes the show sharing his proudest moment as a leader, one word to describe him and Goodwill, best advice ever received, biggest accomplishment and failure in life and so much more! Incredible show with a true leader giving back to the community each and every day.
(December 19th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by David Hall, Executive Vice Chairman at Hallmark and KCADC Senior Co-Chair, Tim Cowden, President/CEO at KCADC and Jill McCarthy, Senior Executive, Corporate Attraction at KCADC. The group discusses what 2020 looked like for the Kansas City Area Development Council and KC, success stories of attracting new companies, people and jobs to the market during the challenges of a global pandemic, 3700 new jobs, $150M in new payroll and $1B in new investment in 2020 for the region and how it all happened, best lessons learned, proudest moments from 2020 and we look forward to 2021 and what is next for KC and KCADC! All-Star crew this week and very informative, worthwhile dialogue.
(December 12th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Rodney Smith, Vice President for Access and Engagement at William Jewell College. Dr. Smith shares his incredible story/experience and information about William Jewell’s Opportunities Without Barriers initiatives (tuition recast plans, expanded grant programs and a holistic admission process eliminating standardized testing as a requirement for admission). Additionally, he talks about diversity, equity and inclusion work and all that it entails as William Jewell welcomes in the most diverse class in its history in fall 2020. To finish the show, Dr. Smith shares his proudest moment as a leader (incredible story), one word to describe him and William Jewell, the best advice he’s ever received and what the future holds for him and William Jewell. Fantastic show, important topics and an awesome guest this week!
(December 5th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jon Schram, CEO of The Purple Guys, a tech company that has grown since 2001 to become the Midwest’s premier provider of IT support services. Jon talks about his entrepreneurial journey, why and how the color purple became his branding jackpot, challenges that the business has overcome and how it made it stronger, marketing successes and failures, how the company has grown and adapted, when is the right time for a company to hire an IT company, how Covid changed their business, what security challenges the pandemic created and how cloud based services effect IT support. Plus so much more about The Purple Guys important services, structure and Jon’s business lessons/advice!
(November 28th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Lee Mudd, President and Owner of RLM Underground, a fast growing telecom construction company operating throughout the United States. Lee talks about how he came to KC from Kentucky less than 5 years ago, the why behind starting his own company, what motivates him and his overall business / company values, how rurul broadband business is booming, trends in the industry, how he has grown to over $8M in revenue with over 30 current projects, the word that describes him and his business best, opportunities in his sector, proudest moment in business, how failure has made him stronger and what he learned for it, best advice for success in business and how what he envisions growth looking like for the future. This show checks all of the boxes!
(November 21st, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Phillips, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank and Joe Hirleman, Partner at Midwest Glass & Glazing. Jeff and Jason start the show discussing how and why access to people and resources are becoming more important in 2020. Joe then joins the discussion and shares valuable business lessons and growth strategies that have led him at Midwest Glass & Glazing. He talks about coming from an entrepreneurial family, how the business has evolved, construction trends, why culture is important, how accountability and processes have helped implement changes to better the business, shares the best advice that his father taught him and so much more. Great conversation this week with some awesome takeaways.
(November 14th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Justin Watkins, CEO/Founder – Native Digital and Jake Jacobson, VP of Growth & Partnerships – Native Digital. The group discusses backgrounds, how Native Digital has grown, why Jake left larger business and healthcare world to join Justin, some great mentor advice, what Native Digital offers in digital marketing services including breakdowns of Crossroads Hotel and City of San Jose case studies, key tenants of full visibility/transparency in Native Digital agency life with clients, how KC base plays a part in coastal pitches, best advice ever received in business and one word we need to focus on as we look forward to 2021. Incredibly valuable and entertaining hour for you!
(November 7th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Melissa Vincent, Executive Director of the Pipeline Entrepreneurship Program. Melissa shares her impressive entrepreneurial journey, successes, failures, best business advice every received, her startup investment thoughts, information about the Pipeline Entrepreneurship Program including its large successes, major partners, members, important updates and the impact on the region now and into the future. Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and country wide entrepreneurial and business experience that you will enjoy!
(October 31st, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jarrett Sutton, NBA Scout (New Orleans Pelicans) / ESPN Color Commentator (SEC Network). The two discuss Jarrett’s time at Mizzou, how games guarding Coach Mike Anderson at the rec center played a role on how he ended up on the basketball team as a scholarship player, and how a timely, unexpected meeting at the Big 12 tourney as a player led to him becoming an NBA consultant and scout. We also break into how Jarrett got into broadcasting, favorite Mizzou memories as a fan and a player, the potential of the NBA coming to Kansas City in the short term with the Toronto Raptors and in the long term with an expansion team, biggest career accomplishment, how he has built a career managing to stay based in KC, best advice ever received and favorite places in KC to eat. Awesome and entertaining hour with Jarrett!
(October 24th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Michelle Altrich, President at Viracor Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics. The two discuss Michelle’s career work and focus on how Viracor, based in the KC region, has become a worldwide leader in lab testing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Michelle’s company just launched and gained FDA authorization for its At-Home Covid-19 testing kit and is innovating daily to meet the needs of medical professionals, hospitals and individuals worldwide. The two also discuss how decision making processes have changed during the pandemic, how a diverse workforce and employment opportunities are growing in the healthcare and lab industry, what the next Covid-19 wave and testing technology looks like, when a vaccine will arrive and how Viracor has adapted and thrived amidst long hours for its team. Incredible visionary and healthcare leader on this week’s show!
(October 17th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Phillips, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank and Dan Walsh, Managing Partner / Founder of Spokes (Coffee, Cafe, Cyclery) in Kansas City. Jeff and Jason start the show and discuss the uptick in growth of companies throughout the KC region and the Excellence Wins book. Dan then joins and discusses his journey from the corporate world (Hallmark) to starting a successful company (Spokes), how he did it, what he learned, secrets of obtaining data in person to help when he started, how having a corporate job before helped him and hurt him at times, how opening a second location was different than the first, the advantages and disadvantages of having investors, why to shift business based on market conditions, how downtown KC has changed and how it could improve and so much more. This show has it all!
(October 10th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Tory Schwope, Founder and Owner of DCA Outdoor and Colonial Gardens. Fascinating show discussing DCA Outdoor’s business and the 12 brands under it, how Colonial Gardens is becoming an agritourism destination, Tory’s background and passion for plants, trees, ecology, what the future holds, top tips for planting season, favorite tree of all time and best business advice. Awesome show with a true leader in the nursery and tree production, landscape distribution, retail and agritourism space.
(October 3rd, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Sayard Parrish, VP at Landmark National Bank and Diana Holt, CEO & President at Wilkerson Crane Rental. Jason and Sayard discuss what she is seeing with business clients finishing 2020 and looking forward to 2021. They then talk with Diana about Wilkerson Crane, acquiring the company, growth of the business, project experience, services, why they kept the company name and motivation behind slogan “Raised Right”, new headquarters, vision for the future, being a female leader in a male dominated industry and best lessons learned in the industry and throughout her leadership of the company. Join us!
(September 26th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by KCADC leaders and team of Tim Cowden, Jonathan Knecht, Jessica Palm and Jennifer Lyon to discuss the KC Heartland Campaign / KC.org. The group talks about the why behind it, how it has progressed in year one, how it is leveraging uncertainty in 2020, flexibility in platform, different activations locally and nationally, metrics behind its early success and how it will look towards the future in areas such as remote location work (already #1 place in US to work remote), talent and B2C recruitment. Great information and energy this week!
(September 19th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Mark Grimes, Founder of 31 Startups in 31 Days and 90 Days to Cash Flow Positive, from Portland, OR. The two discuss Mark’s impressive entrepreneurial journey from starting a Top 20 interactive ad agency according to Adweek Magazine, to getting into the business coworking space early on, to his diverse and inclusive Startup Podcast Network to his latest endevour, starting 31 companies in 31 days in August 2020 and making them all cash flow positive in 90 days by the end of November 2020 (2% of gross revenue from dollar 1 for all 31 startups goes to women founders in developing countries). Mark also offers up some strong entrepreneurial and business advice for those thinking of starting a company. Exceptional show this week with some very interesting topics and perspectives.
(September 12th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Stacie Prosser, Market President and Publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal. The two discuss Stacie’s background and role, KCBJ growth, vision and strategy, the topics, stories and engagement they cover, trends moving forward, how things changed for area businesses post COVID-19, how someone grows in this industry/best advice, what one word describes the Kansas City Business Journal and why plus so much more! Fascinating show this week!
(September 5th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Pat Contreras, Director of Project Development at McCownGordon Construction. The two discuss Pat’s impressive background and journey from the Westside of KC to Saint Louis University to Columbia University to US Diplomat in Pakistan and Mexico City to Candidate for Statewide Office in Missouri to McCownGordon. Pat shares some great stories and advice from along the way. The two also talk about trends in construction, where the region and kc is going, why board service is important to him, restaurant recs and so much more. This show has a little bit of everything for the listener with an insighful guest. Join us!
(August 29th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Phillips, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank. They talk with Bill Kimmel, President of RJ Kool, and Darren Harding, VP of RJ Kool, a premiere commercial laundry equipment company with mutiple areas of service throughout the Midwest. The group really takes a deep dive into what makes a partnership work, how you grow and acquire with a focus on closing integrated, strategic purchases, what entering new markets is like and best advice on doing well in new geographic areas, how to grow recurring revenue with your clients and how their has touched so many verticals and industries over the last 60 years. Valuable insight this week!
(August 22nd, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Pete Mundo, Morning Talk Radio Show Host and Program Director in Kansas City who hails from NYC area and has hosted / produced at CBS Radio, Fox News Radio and Sports Illustrated. Pete is also the Owner of Hearthland College Sports, a Big 12 Sports Website / Podcasts. We discuss Pete’s background out east and here in midwest now, how he grew in the industry, how he made it to KC from the national level, best practices and trends in the media world, Election 2020, favorite interview and who he wants to interview and why, most famous twitter follower, best advice for those getting into journalism / sports and political broadcasting and so much more this week. Awesome hour with Pete Mundo!
(August 15th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Victor Hwang, economic growth expert and Founder/CEO of Right to Start. The two discuss Victor’s impressive background, reasoning behind his latest endeavour Right to Start, what Right to Start is all about, why changing minds, changing policies and changing communities is so important, incredible data and misconceptions about startup and new companies being formed in US as related to job creation, what the future holds for Right to Start around the US and best advice for those with an idea or wanting to start their own company. Great insight from a true leader and expert in the worldwide entrepreneur and startup world this week!
(August 8th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Joel Goldberg, Kansas City Royals Live Host, In-Game Reporter for Fox Sports Kansas City, Public Speaker and Rounding the Bases Live Host. The two discuss how major league baseball, broadcasts, interaction with teams/players and how life in general has changed for Joel and his work/businesses. Joel shares some great takeaways on broadcast and business adaption during Covid-19 and gives a peak behind the curtains on how everything is working right now with baseball broadcasts. Always an informative hour and show with Joel Goldberg!
(August 1st, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Marilyn Richardson, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare who provides a spectrum of advanced health solutions with an integrative, holistic focus. Dr. Richardson provides these services for men and women at the KC Wellness Center and the Hormone Hair & Vein Center, which include hormone replacement therapy, iv vitamin therapy, regenerative medicine, peptide therapy and medical weight loss solutions. She truly shares a wealth of knowledge and advice on this week’s show targeting health, wellness, vitality, sleep and energy. Her passion, expertise and deep joy of helping others be their best comes out in this week’s show. Join us!
(July 25th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Lindsey McDonald, Director at ScriptPro, Alison Troutwine, Project Manager at Truman Medical Centers, Andre Davis, Business Development Executive at Built and Franci Erdmann, Consultant and Strategic Partnerships Advisor in the Customer, Patient and Employee Experience space. The group of leaders discusses how they met through the KCT program with the Civic Council of KC, how they have adapted in their personal and professional lives since COVID-19, best advice received throughout their professional and civic journeys, what excites them about KC’s future, what they are passionate about improving in KC and so much more. Informative show with some KC leaders this week!
(July 18th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Tim Barron, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank. They talk with Whitney VinZant, Restaurateur and Owner of Louie’s Wine Dive, BRGR and Taco Republic. We discuss VinZant’s philopshy and how he has been successful with his many ventures, his team and his commerical landlords, we also discuss growth in recent years, what changes and what he learned during Covid-19 pandemic specific to his industry, product distribution updates, advice for those wanting to get into the restaurant industry or expand in it, what the future holds for him and so much more! An incredible and fun show this week.
(July 11th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jonathan Cole, Owner at Pendulum Studio, a sports architecture and design firm. The two discuss Jonathan’s career starting in California, how he made it to KC, how he grew such a unique sports architecture firm with a strong culture and core values, how Covid-19 will impact sports architecture, stadiums and revenue models with tickets, concessions and sponsors, innovations and trends in sports stadiums, what he would like to see in a potential new downtown KC ballpark (drew up a model), most exciting projects he has worked on both sports wise and in general and we talk best life lessons and advice. Awesome show this week!
(July 4th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Sullivan, Managing Director of Berkadia. The two discuss the multifamily and apartment development, investment, lending and real estate space. Additionally they discuss Berkadia’s work, Michael’s background and growth in the industry, why the midwest and midsouth are thriving right now, if Covid-19 has affected the industry for property owners or tenants, investment and market trends and advice for those looking to get started in the industry or grow their real estate portfolios. Exceptional and informative show this week!
(June 27th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Chris Gutierrez, President of KC Smartport, Grant Harrison, Director of Development at VanTrust Real Estate, and Eric McDonald, Executive VP (Sales and Business Strategy) at Storage Solutions. The group discusses the importance and success of the Kansas City region in logisitics, industrial space and ecommerce transport, storage and automation. In addition, the group highlights recent wins for the region in this area, its growth as a hub for food logistics, as well as best advice for someone wanting to grow a career in logistics, real estate development and industrial space/transportation. Kansas City is 2 days or less from 85% of the country and continues to grow as a hub for ecommerce and logisitcs transportation. Join us for this facisnating look at the industry and market!
(June 20th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Amy Patel, Breast Radiologist / Medical Director of Women’s Imaging Center at Liberty Hospital / Assistant Professor of Radiology at UMKC School of Medicine. The two catchup and discuss the Liberty Hospital’s important Ready For You campaign, crucial legislation waiting to be signed by the Governor of Missouri, Dr. Patel’s recent election to a new national chair position in radiology, lessons from Covid-19 and stay-at-home, best ways to handle stress and pressure, best advice for those wanting to get into medical fields, what she wishes she would have known at start of medical journey that she knows now, and we even break into what she is not good at. Jason and her share this in common! Plus so much more on this week’s show. Join us!
(June 13th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Sayard Parrish, VP at Landmark National Bank. We start the show talking about recent updates made to PPP loans and new rules/extensions. We then talk with Shauna Huntington, CEO/President at Fortiviti. We discuss her entrepreneurial journey, how her business is helping so many small-mid size businesses by providing accounting and back office solutions so companies don’t have to and can focus on their business growth, core values, adapting business to changing times, unique payment model and so much more. Get to know this innovative entrepreneur and growing company!
(June 6th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The two discuss Bob’s incredible story from volunteer to President of NLBM, what he learned throughout the journey both professionally and personally, how an amazing string of events led to the museum’s growth, success and national awareness, the museum’s Centennial in 2020, the relationship with Major League Baseball and players, what’s next for the museum and how it has adapted during COVID-19, what are the great Buck O’Neil’s chances of getting into the Hall of Fame in December 2020 and some of Bob’s best advice and life lessons. This is one of our favorite shows and a must listen!
(May 30th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Kipp Van Camp, Founding Physician of Midwest Radiology Institute and Midwest Regenerative Health & Pain Clinic. We discuss Dr. Van Camp’s extensive medical background and training, why he started his own business, how his father’s bout with Alzheimers and innovative treatment truly affected his practice and has helped him grow regenerative medical techniques and why his clinic is unique and different. We also talk about his new book and how new research is leading to better solutions to chronic pain. Very interesting conversation this week with so many informative parts for the listener!
(May 23rd, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Alan Farris, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank. We start the show talking about PPP loans and where things are at now and moving forward. We then talk with Scott Rosemann, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner of Rosemann and Associates. Rosemann is a full service architecture, interior design, engineering and planning firm in Kansas City with additional offices and projects in St. Louis, Denver and Atlanta. We talk about the company’s growth, innovative and most memorable projects, covid-19 effects on business and the market, what running a family business is like, how are the cities they work in different in this arena and what does the future of KC look like. Awesome show this week. Thanks for listening!
(May 16th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Dunn, DO / MBA, Doctor and CEO/Founder of Redivus Health. Redivus mission is to reduce medical errors and save patient lives. Jeff takes us through his background as a doctor and leader at large scale hospitals and why he left medicine to start a tech company to improve patient outcomes and clinical decisions. We discuss how Redivus and its Code Blue App helps hospitals, patients, providers and mitigates risks, while at the same time saving lives. We break into why Jeff launched back into clinical practice in addition to his full time job as Covid-19 took hold, as well how he believes medicine will change moving forward and what innovations we should expect once the pandemic is over. Fascinating show this week with an entrepreneur, doctor and healthcare thought leader.
(May 9th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jessica Hembree, Owner – Platform Civic Strategies and Board Member – Shawnee Mission School District. Jessica has a fascinating story and history in the non-profit, foundation and public policy participation / planning / advocacy world. The two discuss why Jessica started her own business, her time in DC, why she decided to run for office, what she has enjoyed, disliked and been surprised by in office, why and how she appeared in the New York Times, the future of education, what she misses during stay at home and so much more. Join us!
(May 2nd, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Phillips, Senior VP at Landmark Bank. They discuss the Landmark Library Program at the top of the show and then the two talk with Laura Laiben, Owner / “The Main Dish” of the Culinary Center of Kansas City. The group discusses Laura’s career decision to leave life as an attorney and start the premiere culinary arts center in the region nearly 22 years ago. They also discuss the unique business model dedicated to education, cultivation and appreciation of food, wine and culinary tradition and the over 600 cooking classes each year, 200 interactive cooking parties and private events per year at the space. Lastly, they discuss how a fearless spirit has led to success and to changing offerings during COVID-19 and how they has been successful. Laura is an awesome entrepreneur and one that shares her incredible perspective on a unique business. Join us!
(April 25th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Owner – Bash & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty, Danny Pfeifer, Founder – Catalyst Group (Government Relations) and John Kennyhertz, Partner – Kennyhertz Perry Law. The group catches everyone up on their respective industry and how it has been affected and adjusted by Covid-19 pandemic, we discuss silver linings of this experience, how their lives have changed, what they have learned about themselves and some of their favorite go-to’s during stay at home order on the food, entertainment, lifestyle and mental / physical health front. Always a good time with this group!
(April 18th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jessica Palm, VP at KCADC and Lead Executive at TeamKC, and Anthony Fasl, VP of Operational Growth at SelectQuote. We discuss KCADC recently listing over 5,000 full time jobs from more than 40 employers on its KC Career Network including jobs up to 165k a year. The resource is free for both companies and job seekers. These measures are to help those displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the website has seen a 3,600 percent spike in traffic recently. We also discuss SelectQuote announcing it will hire more than 1,000 new employees and how they are adapting to the pandemic. Lastly, we gain intelligence from the small and large business community on how they’re adapting during these tough times and how the region is coming together during COVID-19. A must listen this week!
(April 11th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by leaders from KVC Health Systems and KVC Hospitals. In the first two segments, Jason talks to KVC’s Jenny Kutz, VP of Marketing and Communications and Chad Anderson, Chief Clinical Officer, about what KVC is doing to help children and families during Covid-19 pandemic and about the informational new blog / vlog series that is offering many unique resources for families. In the final two segments, Jason talks to Sara Schlagel, Dir. Program and Staff Dev. at KVC Hospitals about their unique residence and curriculum programs, addition of beds in the region and about their new blog series that includes many ways to combat mental stress and talk to your children and grandchildren about Covid-19. All of this and so much more this week. Informative show for you and your family!
(April 4th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Phillips, Senior VP at Landmark National Bank. We start the show talking about relief options and resources for businesses during COVID-19. We then talk with leaders from Brush Creek Partners, Travis Holt (Co-Founder, Stephen Bowen (Partner), and Nathan Kurtz (COO). They talk about their business channels and services, how it all came together, how they managed to grow smart with different strategic changes with a board, new hires and investors and what their clients are experiencing given today’s economic realities. They also offer entrepreneurial advice and talk us through some of the things that they are seeing in the risk and insurance assessment world across the country in both the technology and bricks/ mortar space during COVID-19. Experts all across the board on this week’s show.
(March 28th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Danielle Lehman, Creator of Open Belly Podcast and CurbsideKC.com, she talks about what Open Belly is and the recent website she built to aggregate all KC area restaurants, breweries, distilleries, etc. offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Incredible resource and story. I’m also joined by George Guastello, President/CEO of Union Station. We discuss changes that have been made there, offerings currently for children and families through Science City, what is still open and operational, how Union Station has survived numerous worldwide issues throughout its over 100 plus year history, what the future holds and much more. Great show this week with two amazing guests.
(March 21st, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Maria Perez, Ranked Choice Voting expert and Consultant with FairVote (a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans). The two discuss Maria’s background, why Ranked Choice Voting is the best voting solution on all levels of voting on municipal, state and federal level, how the state of Kansas is implementing Ranked Choice Voting in 2020 Dem Presidential Primary and all details, why the combination of early voting / ranked choice voting / mail in voting is a good combination, how millions of votes have been wasted on candidates withdrawn in 2020 Dem Presidential Primary because Ranked Choice Voting was not utilized in those states, the future of Ranked Choice Voting and much more on benefits and practicality. Incredibly valuable and information show this week!
(March 14th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Zach Lawless, CEO and Founder of Fresh Bowl, a fresh and healthy vending machine that is environmentally friendly and tastebud friendly. Zach is a Kansas City native and now has one of the most successful young startups in New York City. He has raised over $2.7M of capital and his company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and BuzzFeed. We break down how Zach came up with this idea, how he got it funded, how he built a protype, how he crates the food and how he is scheduled to have 100 locations all throughout NYC in next 18th months. Fresh Bowl is taking New York City by storm with tasty sustainable solution at an affordable price. You might see it throughout the country sooner rather than later. Awesome guest and KC success story. Join us!
(February 1st, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Phillips, Senior Vice President at Landmark National Bank. We talk with Jim Warford, David Davis and Jake Schopp, Owners of iCON Architecture + Fabrication. iCON is an innovative, forward thinking commercial and residential architecture and fabrication company that has done some very high profile projects throughout the region. Fascinating conversation with them on their work, backgrounds, growth, the world of architecture and fabrication, dream projects and so much more. Awesome show this week!
(January 25th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined Toby Cook, VP of Publicity for the Kansas City Royals. The two discuss Toby’s background in journalism and TV broadcasting, the how and why he transitioned to the Royals, upcoming FanFest, what going to Spring Training in Arizona is like, Opening Day 2020, ballpark food, new manager, working with similar colleagues on other teams, fun social media collaborations with Chiefs and so much more. Entertaining show this week!
(January 18th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Amy Patel, Breast Radiologist / Medical Director of Women’s Imaging Center at Liberty Hospital / Assistant Professor of Radiology at UMKC School of Medicine. The two discuss a recent USA Today article about Google AI potentially identifying cancers more accurately and how her hospital is adapting to advancements with best in class technology, they break down where trends are headed regarding AI and medical imaging, what are the myths and truths about specific medical tests and breast cancer testing guidelines, public policy changes, what the My Generation Campaign is all about and much more. Join us. Informative hour!
(January 11th, 2020) Guests – Jason is joined by Darcy Howe, Founder / Managing Director – KCRise Fund. The two discuss everything KCRise Fund, investment portfolio, why the fund exists, how it came to be, how it has succeeded, how KC has evolved in venture capital world, who is taking notice throughout US / World, major success stories, what kind of companies make sense to grow quickest in KC region (MO / KS) and what 2020 looks like for KCRise Fund. Fascinating and fun hour with one of KC’s finest leaders in the VC and Investment community, Darcy Howe.
(December 21st, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Jon Stephens, President and CEO of Port KC. The two discuss KC becoming the fastest growing port in the midwest, barge transportation in KC, Richards-Gebaur manufacturing and industrial growth, the Blue River Corridor development and what it means to the East Side of KC, impact of the Missouri River Terminal, USDA and Aim Zone, Google data center’s potential impact on the KC market, Bannister project / jobs, 2020 state government initiatives impacting KC on trade, jobs and development, plus so much more. Fascinating hour on all the great things happening to make KC a more equitable and desirable community for all Kansas Citians, as well as more globally connected and competitive.
(December 7th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Katie Dunn Fitzgerald, Principal – Mariner Wealth Advisors, Rachel Sexton – COO – VPR Companies and VP – VPR Patient Outreach Program and Brian Stewart – Director, Business Development – Dickson-Diveley. The group discusses backgrounds and businesses, how they all met, Kansas City Business Journal NextGen Leaders, organizations in KC that have helped their development both professionally and civically, ways to build a network, favorite places in KC to eat and go to, what they are excited about in upcoming year, how families have affected work and increased productivity and so much more. Fun show this week with 3 of the most involved people in KC.
(November 23rd, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Tim Cowden, President/CEO of Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), Chase McAnulty, Owner of Charlie Hustle and Ashlie Hand, VP Communications at KCADC. They discuss the KC Heart logo becoming the new global brand for Kansas City region, what it means for KC’s B2C around the world, how this all happened between a civic group and private company, why the collaboration worked, what’s next for kc.org and KC heart, how is Charlie Hustle evolving as a company and what do things look like for them as we end 2019, some advice from Chase on growing a company and lessons learned, recap of 2019 wins for KCADC and KC including the USDA relocation, the presentation process for it and so much more looking into 2020. Great show this week about KC’s new global brand and KCADC with awesome guests!
(November 16th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, BOK Financial, represented by Mark Fitzpatrick. They talk with the Owner of Lauren’s Hope (Medical ID Bracelets and Jewelry), LeAnn Carlson. Lauren’s Hope is the innovator of the world’s first interchangeable medical ID bracelet, which is now the industry standard. We discuss with LeAnn how and why the company started, how national press and an endorsment from Halle Berry fueled the company, how they have grown the business and scaled up, why ecommerce over wholesale or retail, and we break down some really good entrepreneuial advice from LeAnn. LeAnn is an awesome entrepreneur and interview. Join us to learn more about this industry leader based right here in the KC region.
(November 10th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Steve Stava and Jarrod Eyler, Partners at Twisted Pair Labs with a combined 50 years of experience in the technology leadership space on the corporate, startup and entrepreneurial world. We talk about how Big Data and Data Science are all the rage in today’s business world, yet companies repeatedly making the same mistake by hiring Data Scientists without having the Big Data Engineering in place to support them. Following this we hear about solutions that fix this issue and provide / support Big Data movement, quality, governance and scalability. We also talk about AI and pull out crystal balls to look forward to the future of Big Data and Data Science. Fascinating hour with two thought leaders in the technology space.
(November 2nd, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Owner of Bash & Co. | Sotheby’s International Realty. The two discuss Bash & Co.’s recent partnership with Sotheby, the how, why, when and what it means to real estate in KC, how Bash built a transformational, disruptive brand that reached the eyes of an international heavyweight, why a house is more just a piece of real estate and how this exciting partnership affects prospects, clients and agents in the region. We also catch up on the Awake Your State program, get some real estate market updates and a little real estate advice from Andrew. Fun and informative hour!
(October 26th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Hyleme George, Director of Cleantech Accelerator and IgniteX program at Black & Veatch powered by LaunchKC. They discuss Black & Veatch’s approach to innovation with the growth accelerator, how they grew it from the inside and with outside companies from all over the US, investment rationale for the selection of companies, programming, verticals of companies, highlights of the seven companies that are in the cohort with LaunchKC, upcoming Demo Days and so much more. Join us!
(October 19th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Joe Perry, VP of Development at Port KC. They start the show talking with Donna Mandelbaum, Communications Director at the KC Streetcar, about the first three years of the KC Streetcar, updates on extension to the Berkley Riverfront to the north and to the south to UMKC/Plaza, why this is important to greater future connectivity and transportation services across the metro and so much more. After Donna, Kelley Hrabe – Founder of Prairie Fire Development Group joins the show to talk about Affordable Housing in general and his new project, Bridge Side Lofts on the Berkley Riverfont. They also discuss how cities are evolving in the affordable housing space and why/how projects are taking shape. Kelley has an economic development and urban planning background so this conversation really looks at the affordable housing issue from many angles. Join us for this awesome show this week!
(October 12th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by the new KC Market CEO of BOK Financial – Kevin Kramer and VP, Regional Community Relations Manager – Noel Fallon. Kevin Kramer discusses his deep banking history in KC and most recently in Iowa, why he came back to KC to take on this role, the brand consolidation of MoBank completely into BOK Financial this month, BOK Financial’s offerings and assets, his leadership style, what he learned from time away from the city he and his family call home, BOK Financial continuing the MoBank / BOK Financial community involvement and culture and what’s next for the bank. Awesome show with the new leader of BOK Financial in Kansas City.
(October 5th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Dr. Amy Patel, Breast Radiologist / Medical Director of Women’s Imaging Center at Liberty Hospital / Assistant Professor of Radiology at UMKC School of Medicine, to kickoff Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We discuss when women should start getting mammograms, how 3D mammography benefits women, recent public policy advancements in mammogram coverage in Missouri, how breast cancer can affect men, innovations in the industry and rural services and we hear from Dr. Patel about being a leader in her industry at a young age and why she came back from Harvard to Kansas City. Plus so much more. Join us as we break down a vital topic affecting 1 and 8 women in the USA.
(September 28th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by the leaders and companies involved in the Launch Health Accelerator powered by Nueterra Capital brought to you by Launch KC. The show starts with Entrepreneur In Residence, Don Peterson and CEO of Nueterra Capital, Jeremy Tasset talking about the program and relationship. We then learn about all the companies going through the Launch Health Accelerator with their leadership coming on air. This includes TheraWe, Wellbrain, Sickweather, Spoke Health, medZero and Healium by StoryUp. Fascinating show with some of the hottest health related startups in the country.
(September 22nd, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by show contributor – Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), represented by Jill McCarthy, Senior Executive / Corporate Attraction, Jennifer Lyon, VP of Investor Relations, and Ashlie Hand, VP of Communications. This show focuses on everything that goes into recruiting new businesses and developments to KC re: site selection and jobs, what do investors look for from KCADC and KC, how KCADC has marketed KC very well B2B with a new B2C focus, we learn some exciting news about KCADC annual meeting coming up in November, upcoming national media KC pub and we dissect KC’s assets and what the future holds. Awesome show with some great guests this week!
(September 7th, 2019) Guests – Jason starts the show with new Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Quinton Lucas. The two discuss the Mayor’s 1st month on the job, new KC gun ordinances, affordable housing updates, the Mayor’s KCSTAR Op-Ed on the keys to his term, how excited he is for the KC Chiefs season, some of the best mentor advice he ever received, what he likes to do with any free time he has and much more. Following the Mayor, Jason is joined by Grill Nation Show contributor Port KC, represented by President & CEO Jon Stephens. The two discuss the Blue River development project, quality jobs, manufacturing, affordable housing on the Riverfront, streetcar expansion updates to the Riverfront and they welcome back September AGAIN with an early Mizzou football loss. Exciting show this week you won’t want to miss!
(September 1st, 2019) Guests – Jason starts out the show with the Founder of Bungii, Ben Jackson. They discuss the growth of Bungii and its recent unsubscribed $9.4M Series A round with 95% of it coming from Kansas City. Jason continues the show with Andrew Cameron, Founder of Donutology. They discuss his new podcast Ingredients to Happiness, current and future growth of Donutology and what it means to be happy. Jason finishes the show with Matt DeCoursey, Co-Founder of Full Scale, Author of Million Dollar Bedroom and Co-Host of Startup Hustle Podcast. They talk all things entrepreneurship and best advice for those in business. Fast paced show with many successful business owners this week!
(August 24th, 2019) Guests – Jason starts the show with Steven Spector, Program Director at 610 Sports. The two discuss how Steven made it from growing up in DC, to Syracuse for college, to many radio jobs across country, to a home in Kansas City. They break down local market, what a program director does and is in charge of for a radio station, talk some sports gambling legalization and preview expectations for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019-20. Jason is also joined by Joel Goldberg, Kansas City Royals Pre/Post game Host and In Game Reporter. They catch up about the Royals season, young talent on the team, the growth of Joel’s keynote speaking business and how he brands it and what’s in store for Joel’s offseason. Awesome show with two talented individuals!
(August 17th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Kalinda Caulkins (SVP, Treasury Services / Incoming Board Chair – The Children’s Place) and Noel Fallon (VP, Regional Comms Manager). We talk with Ann Thomas, President and CEO at The Children’s Place and Polly Howard, VP of Development and Communications at The Children’s Place. Amazing hour talking about the incredible services and history of The Children’s Place (TCP). The Children’s Place is KC’s leading trauma-informed early childhood education program and counseling center. Learn how TCP walks hand-in-hand with children and their families as they heal from life’s deepest hurts. Fascinating conversation about changing mental health perspectives as well. Learn how to get involved with this incredible organization and how they change lives each day. Impactful hour!
(August 10th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by City Councilman (6th District) and Mayor Pro Tem of Kansas City, Missouri, Kevin McManus. Jason talks to Kevin about his background and path to politics, time as a Missouri State Representative, 1st term on the City Council and what was accomplished, what is to come in 2nd term on City Council, hot issues/topics in Kansas City, Mo. currently and moving forward, his new role as Mayor Pro Tem and what that entails, and what the future holds for him and KC. Join us!
(August 3rd, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Charles Hunter and Noel Fallon. We talk with Dr. Dred Scott, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Incredible hour talking with Dr. Scott about his background that has come completely full circle, the diverse amount of programs and current opportunities for children ages 5-18 at Boys and Girls Clubs, the Boys and Girls Clubs exciting integration of education, technology, youth sports and public speaking / character / leadership training, how to get engaged and exciting upcoming milestones/events for the organization. Fascinating and informative show!
(July 27th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by show contributor – Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), represented by Emily McVey, Director of Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, Jessica Palm, VP / Lead Executive, Team KC, and Elli Bowen, VP / Business Development at KC SmartPort. This show’s focus is on workforce development, talent recruitment and workforce retention in Kansas City. We take a deep dive to define these areas, access how KC is doing, break down what companies are doing to compete, what efforts could KC improve on, how academia can play a part in workforce development and so much more. Informative show this week you won’t want miss. Great guests!
(July 20th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation Show Contributor, Port KC, represented by Joe Perry, VP of Development, Krishan Purvis, Real Estate Development Manager and Mariah Shields, Communications Specialist. On the show we discuss the history of the KC riverfront, exciting current developments, what’s next, how it has evolved, the size of acres left to development, what other cities are doing on their similar riverfronts, upcoming fun events there, the Missouri Riverfront Terminal and its evolution, future and potential for new jobs, expansion of the Missouri Riverfront trail and so much more. Get your KC Riverfront fix from the great people at Port KC this week!
(July 6th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Drew Solomon, Chair of LaunchKC and Senior VP at the EDC of KC, and Don Peterson, Tech Pioneer and EIR of Health Accelerator at LaunchKC. The group discusses the LaunchKC Health Accelerator powered by Nueterra Capital designed for early-stage businesses that are working to disrupt the current healthcare system. They talk about the growth of the LaunchKC program and its new structure, where its going, why a vertical that is health focused, application process, metrics of success of entrepreneurs in the program, benefits of LaunchKC and where Kansas City is going moving forward in the investment in entrepreneurs and technology as a form of economic development. Exciting new developments at LaunchKC. Join us!
(June 29th, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation Show Contributor, Jon Stephens, President & CEO of Port KC for an exciting local, state and national current events and updates show. They discuss updates on development at Port KC, all things Quinton Lucas’ victory in the KCMO Mayors Race and what happens next with him and new City Council members, Mayor Sly James legacy, things KC needs to do moving forward, USDA to KC, downtown KCMO park over the south loop highways, MO Governor Parson’s first year, potential for Nicole Galloway running for Governor of MO for the Democrats in 2020, low income tax credit update, which 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate would fair best in Missouri, upcoming Democratic debates and the complete field update and so much more! Don’t miss this week’s show. Incredible dialogue with the knowledgable Jon Stephens!
(June 22nd, 2019) Guests – Jason is joined by Jon Copaken, Principal at Copaken Brooks, and Ryan Biery, Senior VP at Copaken Brooks. The group talks about Copaken Brooks exciting assets, work and development projects in KC, they discuss real estate and development trends in the region and nation both on the residential and commercial side, break into what KC does well and what they would like to see us do better and highlight some incredible ideas for downtown. This show is a must listen!
(June 8th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, President of True Wealth and Company. Due to a last second unforeseen conflict, Jason is around for the beginning of Segment 1, but then turns the show over to Bryan to interview Jeff Sullivan, Head of Retail Banking at Academy Bank and Tim Kay, Senior VP of Residential Mortgage Lending. Thanks for listening!
(June 1st, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jason Fulvi, President and CEO of Visit KC, and Derek Klaus, Director of Communications of Visit KC. We learn about Jason’s background and experience from hotel dishwasher to CEO, what brought him to KC from Pittsburgh, initial thoughts on KC, what does Visit KC do, what is the ROI of conventions and tourism, what major sporting events like the NFL Draft and World Cup will mean to KC, we breakdown a recent JLL hotel market study on KC and discuss and correct misconceptions, talk about KC’s key selling points, what Visit KC is excited about and what does KC need to do to better to compete with its peer cities. Awesome show this week!
(May 25th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Dennis Strait, Principal at Gould Evans a well-known architecture, design and planning firm. The two discuss the concept of performance-based cities, why measuring value by acre is more important that measuring by value of property, incremental development, small scale development, what Kansas City and other cities are doing or should be doing to utilize a performance-based city strategy, how our poorer neighborhoods subsidize our more affluent neighborhoods, affordable housing and so much more. If you want to know what cities should be investing in and how they will get real results and ROI this is a must listen.
(May 18th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Linda Laurence, Noel Fallon, Lindsey Bruns and Aaron Israelite. We talk with Andy Rieger, President and Co-Founder of J.Rieger & Co. Fascinating hour with Andy talking about his background, the growth of J.Rieger & Co., decisions made at the beginning versus now, the incredible expansion and new facility about to open in East Bottoms, all of its bells, whistles and offerings and we break down what is next for J.Rieger & Co. and the East Bottoms of KC. Don’t miss this exciting hour!
(May 11th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, President of True Wealth and Company. The two interview Vince O’Halloran, Owner of O’Halloran & Associates. They discuss Vince’s KC background, growth and ownership in the insurance sales industry. Vince has a unique story and is an inspiration to many because of his determination, business growth and building the right company culture. Vince shares some really good life and professional advice on this week’s Grill Nation Show.
(May 4th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Annie Presley: Author, Publisher, Fundraiser & Political Strategist for a local, state and national current events show. The two start the show talking about Annie’s new picture book, Sam Gets Adopted, about her beloved adopted dog Sam. Check it out at SamSeries.com. They then discuss local KC issues including the KC Mayors Race, Streetcar Expansion and Henry Bloch and Morton Sosland’s legacies. They continue with Hyperloop coming to Missouri, Economic Border War passage in MO Senate, Film Tax Credits coming back to Missouri and CBD in the Show Me State. They finish the show talking Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, President Trump’s poll numbers and about the Mueller Report. Action packed show. Join us!
(April 27th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Sheri Gonzales, Vice President of the Civic Council and Director of KC Rising, Lesley Elwell, Chief People Officer at JE Dunn Construction, and John Murphy, Partner and Former Global Chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon Law Firm and Co-Chair of KC Rising. The Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) set up this show with Jason to talk about KC Rising and how Kansas City is currently competing with its peer cities. In its 5th year, KC Rising’s goal is for KC to be in the Top 10 of peer metros in quality jobs, gross metropolitan product and median household income. A fascinating dialogue and show this week on KC Rising and how its creating a sustainable 20-year+ vision to accelerate the Kansas City region’s economic growth!
(April 20th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Rob Magee, Owner/Executive Chef of Q39. They discuss Q39’s rise to BBQ fame in KC, new menu items, Rob’s background and decision to start a BBQ business, what’s on tap next for Q39 and favorite dishes. Jason is also joined by David Ficklin, Executive Director – KC 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid. The two discuss KC’s bid to bring the World Cup to KC in 2026, the economic impact, where things stand today on progress, what cities are in the mix, numbers of eyeballs and visitors, when decisions will be made, flyover on facilities and how you can get involved. All star show even with Jason’s raspy voice this week!
(April 13th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Margaret Langford and Noel Fallon. They talk with Kevin Childress, CEO of MyFreightWorld and Founder of Port TMS, and Wayne Auer, Chairman / Founder of Port TMS and Director of MyFreightWorld. The group discusses the business of freight logistics, how it has evolved, how their technology will revolutnize the industry, why Kansas City, growth of the company and what is next. Fascinating discussion about a multi billion dollar industry that effects each and every one of us.
(April 6th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, President of True Wealth and Company. The two interview Mike Savage, Owner of Sav Art. They discuss Mike’s art that stems from a contemporary and impressionistic style. His art has captivated Kansas City and others around the world through each piece creating a composition that is strong and keeps the viewers eye moving, never allowing them to focus on just one spot. His love of color jumps from the canvas to create a look that brings a feeling of happiness. We learn all about Mike, what motivates him, his background, his business models, the ups and downs and most importantly about his art. This is an awesome hour!
(March 30th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Annie Presley – Author, Publisher, Fundraiser and Political Strategist. They discuss local, state and national current events and issues. These include: KCMO Mayors Race, KCI Groundbreaking, Pre-K measure in KC, Real ID in Missouri, Flooding issues, Kansas Tax Issues, new potential Kansas Toll Roads, Muller Report, what to do with the Electoral College and much more. Another fast paced and fun show with Annie Presley talking trending topics!! Join us.
(March 23rd, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation Show Contributor, PortKC, represented by Joe Perry, VP of Development. The two discuss the history of the KC riverfront, exciting current development, what’s next, the KCMO GDAP implementation plan, and compare it to the development of the Country Club Plaza and Crown Center, which are the same exact amount of acres…85. Jason is also joined by Jerad Foster, Owner of StudioBuild. The two discuss StudioBuild’s incredible residential, commercial and fabrication work, as well as the companies cool Crossroads offices and their growing practice of mid-century, modern builds and remodels. Their design and builds are featured locally and nationally. This is a fascinating show you won’t want to miss.
(March 10th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, President of True Wealth and Company. The two interview Dr. Troy Burns, Physician, President and Medical Director of Pro Partners Healthcare. They discuss direct primary care and its benefits, how direct primary care helps business owners save money with greater access for employees, why Dr. Burns got into medicine, how he started his practice as a men’s health clinic, expansion throughout the KC metro, and Dr. Burns explains why there is a shortage of primary care practitioners and what can be done as baby boomers retire. This show will highlight the benefits of a direct primary care model of healthcare.
(March 3rd, 2019) – Guests – Jason and Annie Presley are joined by Grill Nation Show Contributor, Jon Stephens, CEO & President of PortKC for current events show. The group discusses local, state and federal current events/topics including downtown baseball in KCMO, streetcar extension, KC mayors race, Amazon pulling out of NYC, Class A office space and corporations in downtown KC, changes in economic development at the Mo. state level, Governor Mike Parson’s work so far, corporate taxes going down in Mo., 2020 Democratic Presidential Race, will Joe Biden get in the race for President and so much more. Fast paced show you won’t want to miss this week!
(February 24th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, President of True Wealth & Company. The two interview Tom Sullivan, Owner of Sullivan Estate Law. They discuss estate planning, why its so important to have a plan and why you do or don’t need a trust. They also break down how to protect your heirs or beneficiaries from life’s curveballs including remarriage protection and divorce protection. They conclude the show by talking about business succession plans, avoiding probate and what documents you must have in order. You will learn a lot this week and leave the show with a greater understanding of the principles of estate planning.
(February 17th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Cody Bezanson. They talk with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. David explains what KC Hospice does, community programs they provide, dispells many myths about end of life care, how this non-profit impacts everyone from children to adults to veterans and takes us through funding, volunteer mechanisms and costs for services. KC Hospice has served the KC area since 1980 and is the leader of supportive care at all stages of illness in the region. Join us to learn more about this and David Wiley’s journey and vision.
(February 10th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Lauren Conaway, Director of Operations – KC Startup Foundation, and Matthew Marcus, Director of Engagement – KC Startup Foundation for 1st two segments. They discuss the KC ecosystem and development, what the KC Startup FDN does with storytelling (Startland News), educational redesign, and events and experience, as well as the overall mission in KC and progress. Jason is also joined by Brad Porter, longtime KC sports anchor and broadcaster. Brad gives advice to aspiring broadcasters, tells us some of his favorite KC athletes he has encountered, shares his career journey and the two break down sports gambling coming to Kansas and Missouri, as well as the NCAA and Mizzou and KU.
(February 2nd, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by Annie Presley – Author, Publisher, Fundraiser and Political Strategist. They discuss local, state and national current events and issues. These include: KCMO Mayors Race, UMKC Conservatory, Paseo name change to MLK Blvd., Howard Schultz (Ex Starbucks CEO) running for President in 2020 as Independent, 2020 Presidential Race on DEM and GOP side, government shutdown, border wall, Missouri tax issues, potential Kansas tax increases, Daylight Savings changes in Kansas and marijuana legalization. Fast pace and fun show talking trending topics!!
(January 27th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by show partner, Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), represented by Tim Cowden, President/CEO of KCADC and Maria Maffry, Principal/Chief Business Development Officer of BNIM Architects. We discuss new companies coming to town in 2018 including Chow Now from LA, lessons learned from loss of big Starbucks job opportunities, exciting news for Class A office space in KC, a new image refresh for KC in 2019, what makes them excited about the future of KC and 2019, workforce development and job talent development, and what are their favorite places to take new company prospects when they come to KC and the strategy around it. This is an impactful and exciting dialogue this week on Grill Nation with two awesome guests!
(January 20th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Melissa Valenciano and Mark Fitzpatrick. They talk with Steve Holle, Founder and Managing Partner of KC Bier Co. Steve discusses how he produced german lagers and brought his bier house to Kansas City. He highlights the why, his background, how the craft beer industry has changed, future plans, the brand, the beers, his favorite all-time beer, best places to go in Germany and so much more! Awesome show this week!
(January 12th, 2019) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder and CEO of True Wealth & Company. The two discuss how to reach a life where work is optional, investing strategies, why percentages are more important than numbers, retirement, growing your nest egg, how to make difficult financial decisions, the stock market ups and downs and so much more. If you want to start 2019 off right, you will love this show!
(January 5th, 2019) – Guests – To start off 2019, we put together a Best of Grill Nation Show to begin your New Year! We start the show with Joe Zwillenberg, Owner of the Westport Flea Market. Mike Shanin, legendary broadcaster and Host of Ruckus (KCPT-PBS), stops by for segment two. We continue the show with Jeff Hutsell, Kansas City Chair of Vistage International and Harvard MBA, in segment three and finish off strong with Lamar Hunt Jr., Owner of the Kansas City Mavericks Hockey Team, in the final segment. Happy New Year!
(December 29th, 2018) – Guests – To finish off 2018, we put together a Best of Grill Nation Show. We start the show with Andrew Cameron, Founder of Donutology. Jasper Mirabile, Owner of Jaspers Restaurant stops by for segment two. We continue the show with Chase and Holly McAnulty, Owners of Charlie Hustle in segment three and finish off strong with Andrew Miller, CFO of Spanish Gardens Foods and President of Guys Snacks in the final segment. Enjoy!
(December 22nd, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ross and Ashley Judy, Co-Owners of Give and Partake. The three discuss the awesome new dining concept that helps out Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and the KC Pet Project. Current editions involve a brunch and mac & cheese book. A $50 purchase gets you free brunch and free mac & cheese to try at many amazing KC restaurants. A must listen. Jason also re-airs a segment with Jon Stephens, CEO at Port KC and finishes the show giving thanks around the holiday season to those who support the Grill Nation Show and also takes the microphone to himself to update listeners on his current day to day work. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
(December 8th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder & CEO of True Wealth and Company. They interview Gregg Amos, President and Owner of Amos Family Funeral Home. The three discuss Gregg’s mult-generation business, how he manages to deal with grief of families each and every day and be successful, what is the craziest request he has ever received from an individual re: services, how his son has become part of the business and pluses of working with family, how he defines success and so much more. Interesting show this week that will surprise you!
(December 1st, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jeff Shafer, Development Director – City Year KC, Ty Manor, AmeriCorps Member – City Year KC, and Lisa Ginter, CEO – CommunityAmerica / Board of Directors – City Year KC. The group talks all about City Year and its impact in Kansas City and in the nation. They break down its mission, how it increases student achievement, ways the local business community and people in general are getting involved, what an AmeriCorps member does and all about the iconic red jackets. City Year is an organization you definitely will want to hear about and check out!
(November 24th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Chase McAnulty, Owner/CEO – Charlie Hustle and Holly McAnulty, Owner/Communications – Charlie Hustle. The group talk about the concept behind Charlie Hustle, its growth, the highs and lows, licensing work, bricks and mortar stores, biggest flops, biggest successes and what’s next for the brand and for Chase and Holly. Join us to hear about this incredible journey and starting an apparel brand.
(November 17th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by John Lovell, Owner – Lovell Sagebrush Insurance Group. The two talk about John’s love of economic development, his journey from assistant golf pro to entrepreneur to business owner, the recent amazon news of move of second HQ to NYC and Northern Virginia, KC and Lees Summit economic growth news, recent 2018 election results and looking towards 2020 and even break down some golf fashion. This is a fun hour.
(November 10th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder & CEO of True Wealth and Company. They interview Lamar Hunt Jr., Owner of the KC Mavericks Hockey Team. The three discuss Lamar’s background, how the Hunt family and his innovative and iconic father, Lamar Hunt, impacted him growing up, how he is growing hockey in Kansas City and why he is passionate about it, who were his biggest mentors that impacted him most in life, and so much more about business, community, charity, giving back and growth as an individual. An honor to have Lamar Hunt Jr. join the show this week.
(November 3rd, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jon Stephens, President and CEO of PortKC. The two talk about Jon’s extensive background, such as his time with the Power and Light District, VisitKC and the Unified Government of KCK, helping publicize KC and help it grow economically. The two also discuss the KC Riverfront and its future, Jon’s new job leading PortKC, how KC compares with its peer cities, what it needs to do to maintain and improve upon where it is from an economic development and population growth perspective and so much more. Great show this week. One you won’t want to miss.
(October 27th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Stuart Ludlow, President and Co-Founder – RFP365. The two talk about how RFP365 has changed the RFP process for applicant and company, how the company has grown, its partners and users, and about Stuart’s background and successful exits. Jason is also joined by Jeff Mazur, Executive Director – LaunchCode. The two discuss how LaunchCode matches individuals with world class learning resources and job opportunities to help people (for free) launch their career in technology. Founded by Square Co-Founder, Jim McKelvey, LaunchCode is providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship and career job placement for individuals all over the US. Great show this week with two awesome guests!
(October 20th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by show partner, Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), represented by Kimberly Young, President of KC Animal Health Corridor. Also in studio is Scott Bormann, VP – US Commercial Services, Merck Animal Health, and Kent Luther, VP – Commercial Operations, Bayer Animal Health. The group discusses the KC Animal Health Corridor, why what it does is unique and why its an important asset for the region representing over 56% of total worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales. We also talk about the strategic priorities of the KC Animal Health Corridor including workforce development, public policy, innovation and industry engagement. We finish the show talking about exciting changes in the market and incredible growth in the animal health industry. We bring the experts this week to highlight the incredible KC Animal Health Corridor and the animal industry.
(October 13th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Andrew Black – Treasury Manager. This week’s guest is Andrew Miller, CFO of Spanish Gardens Foods and President of Guys Snacks. Andrew talks about joining and growing the historic family business of Spanish Gardens Foods, known for their unique taco sauce. He details the “why” behind his distribution company and “how” he become the President of Guys Snacks, an iconic KC Brand. Little know fact, Guys created the first BBQ potato chip in history. Fun show this week with a tasty product and branding twist.
(October 6th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder & CEO of True Wealth and Company. They interview Pascale Henn, Principal, Attorney and Entrepreneur at PH Business Law Advisors. Pascale talks about her career path and how being a general in-house counsel influenced the firm she started and the unique services offered. Pascale breaks down why you take on the rules you set when running a business and why its important to build out a business that allows you to do what you want. Very interesting hour with a true business and legal thought leader.
(September 30th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Kansas City Chair of Vistage International and Harvard MBA, Jeff Hutsell. Jeff talks about his early career at Hallmark, scaling his own successful business in Chicago and what he does each and every day in KC to mentor and coach CEO’s, Presidents and Business owners who want to outperform their competition. We also talk about Jeff’s new book – “I Really Meant to Tell You…” The book explores why it is so challenging to have important conversations, create moments of meaning, and deliver GREAT words to the people we care about at the office, at home, and in all areas of life. Awesome show this week!
(September 23rd, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Mick Scully aka Mr. Steak (MrSteak.com). They talk about Mick’s journey to becoming Mr. Steak and discuss Mick’s partnership with Bass Pro Shops. We talk about his stationary and portable infrared grills and how they can go up to 1000 degrees in 1-2 minutes creating the perfect steak whether in your backyard, tailgating or on a camping trip. After we talk to Mr. Steak himself we talk to Aaron Borgmann, Former NFL Trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, who now owns Borgmann Rehab Solutions. We talk about his journey, growing business and even break down some of his favorite players to work with in the NFL. Really fun show this week! Join us.
(September 16th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Ryan Humphrey – VP at BOK Financial. They interview, Clark Morris, VP of Advancement at William Jewell College, and Dr. Gary Armstrong, Associate Dean of Core Curriculum at William Jewell College. They discuss how William Jewell became “The Critical Thinking College” and why this makes a difference. We also discuss how ideas and powerful discussions take place on campus, what Generation Z students are looking for in an education and how William Jewell’s work leads to a 99.6% placement rate in the job market or graduate school 6 month’s following graduation for its student. Plus so much more. Join us!
(September 8th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder & CEOof True Wealth & Company. They interview Jasper Mirabile, Owner of Jaspers Restaurant. Jaspers is a highly acclaimed national and international award winning Italian Restaurant. We talk with Jasper about how and why he became a chef, what makes Jasper’s so successful, what initial struggles and ups and downs he faced, his favorite Italian dish, some memorable celebrity visits, up and coming chefs and what Jasper and family enjoys eating and doing when they aren’t cooking up Italian dishes. This show will fire you up for family feasts and fun while showcasing a remarkable journey.
(September 1st, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by show partner, Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), represented by Chris Gutierrez, President of KCSmartPort. Also in studio is Mark Long, Executive Managing Director of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, and Jake Sorenson, Director of Business Operations at Aerotek. The group discusses KCSmartPort, real estate trends in the manufacturing, warehouse and industrial space, recent company wins in supply chain and logistics vertical, how KC became the largest rail center in the US and the group takes out their crystal balls to forecast how KC will continue to grow as a leader in supply chain, logistics, manufacturing and intermodel jobs. We bring the experts this week to discuss some interesting and forward thinking topics re: economic development, real estate, infrastructure and transportation.
(August 25th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryley Iverson and Davie Lee, Co-Founders of Townfolio an emerging GovTech start-up changing the way local economies think impacting how decisions are made. We discuss how Ryley and Davie came to KC from Canada, how Townfolio leads to data-driven business decisions from trusted data that uncovers new opportunties, why they joined the Techstars program, and we even talk about Canadian Potato Chips and Shania Twain’s museum in their hometown. Join us for this fun, interesting and entertaining hour and learn more about townfolio.com and these two great founders!
(August 18th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Joel Goldberg, Fox Sports KC Broadcaster and Pre / Post game host for Kansas City Royals. The two spend this show talking about Joel’s other business as a Keynote Speaker and Emcee. The ups and downs of growing a business, the tactics, the why, how it all happens, what Joel brings to the table for businesses, how leadership plays a key role to success and we even have some fun with Joel’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” moment with George Brett around the sandwich named after him at Broadway Deli. Get to know the other side of Joel and take away some keen business insight and laughs with you!
(August 11th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder & CEO of True Wealth & Company. They interview Gene Cullinane, Owner – House of Diamonds, and Karen Cullinane, Jeweler / CAD Designer – House of Diamonds. We discuss Gene’s career in the NFL and how he got into diamonds, how he met Karen and we explore her extensive background in the industry, receive some sage business advice re: ups and downs and best practices, trends in the marketplace and even have a few laughs. Join us!
(August 4th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by David Bayer (DavidBayer.com), successful entrepreneur, speaker, writer, seminar leader and certified personal development coach. David is the author of MindHack – “The 4 Mental Habits of the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs” – How To Have More Success, More Money and More Time. We discuss David’s journey and entrepreneurial successes, the why as to how they worked, his advice to build success and break down walls with professional and personal life, and how we can each reach our goals while enjoying life. This show is simply mind-blowing. Don’t miss it!
(July 21st, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Bryan Sarff, Founder & CEO of True Wealth & Company. They interview Mark Comfort, Owner – Cruise Holidays of KC / Comfort Tours & Travel. The group discusses Mark’s unique journey with his wife Mimi starting a cruise travel company, which is now recognized as one of the best in class. They also break down Mark’s business ups and downs, what places are the best to visit, traveling on cruises for work, different offerings and growing trends, the importance of faith and charity in Mark’s life and much more. Join us for this lively show!
(July 14th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Ryan Humphrey – VP at BOK Financial. They interview, Chad Harris, Chief Development Officer at Cornerstones of Care, and Stephanie Sheldon, Sr. Marketing Manager at Cornerstones of Care. They discuss what Cornerstones of Care does, exciting training programs offered to fathers, teachers and the community, how important foster parents are right now and the exciting news about the Kansas City Chiefs Charity Game and Cornerstones of Care being this year’s beneficiary. Thank you for joining us this week for an important hour!
(July 7th, 2018) – Guests – Jason is joined by Deputy Director of Aviation at the Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD, Justin Meyer. Jason talks to Justin about his background and why he got into aviation, what exactly KCAD does, trends in the flying world, best airport innovations, favorite terminals and airport amenities in the US and abroad, Iceland non-stops and importance, future growth of KCI and much more. Take flight with us and join the show!
(June 30th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, MoBank and BOK Financial, represented by Linda Laurence – SR. VP and Relationship Manager. They interview, Robin Knight, Founder – Emily Kate’s Bakery. They discuss the why behind Robin starting a gluten-free bakery, why she chose custom orders and wholesale relationships to start her company instead of her own retail location, growth of the company and exciting new partnerships with groups like Whole Foods. Oh and she brings a bunch of treats and stories into the studio! 🙂 Thanks for joining us.
(June 23rd, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Peter Engelman, Chief Investment Officer – KC Venture Group. The two talk about what KC Venture Group does, but spends the majority of the time talking about real estate investment, trends in the multi-family market space, which cities are doing well with growth, what are factors to consider and how does the future look. Interesting show with a great historic and current perspective.
(June 9th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by show partner, Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), represented by Jessica Palm, Manager Director – TeamKC. Also in studio is Sasha Maslanka, College Recruiter – Burns & McDonnell, and Sara Slocum, University Relations Recruiting Team Leader – Garmin. The group discusses how KCADC (TeamKC) works close with businesses in the KC region and their interns and young employees to promote Kansas City. Fascinating data is shared re: Kansas City market, as well as ways Burns & McDonnell and Garmin are attracting young talent from all over the country and world. This is an informative hour that entertains and also educates!
(June 2nd, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Ryan Maybee, Owner – The Rieger / J.Rieger and Co. They start the show breaking down a recent NY Times article Ryan was featured in regarding tax cuts for craft distillers and what J.Rieger and Co. is doing with the extra money. They talk about new Crossroads Hotel and 21C Hotel, break down the streetcar and recent comments made regarding the streetcar expansion and westport, talk about the diversity of new restaurant openings downtown and throughout urban KC, discuss the potential of YJ’s and Birdie’s moving, preview Negroni Week and talk about the upcoming Visit KC trip to take KC to NYC. Lastly they break down some exciting new partnerships for J.Rieger and Co. with Whole Foods, Hyvee and United Airlines, as well as talking about the California growth of the brand. This show is action packed and full of great takeaways!
(May 26th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Miguel Gamino, Executive VP at MasterCard and Head of Global Cities. Miguel is the former Chief Technology Officer of the City of New York, NY and former Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Department of Technology of the City of San Francisco, CA. He also served as the Chief Information and Innovation Officer of the City of El Paso, TX. He founded and started a few successful startups as well in his career. He takes us through an entrepreneurial journey both in the private and public sector and breaks down what cities across the US and world are doing well re: smart cities, technology and serving their residents. Big show!
(May 19th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Crane, President and Co-Founder of Crane Brewing. They discuss Michael’s road as an entrepreneur, how a Mr. Beer Kit on a sales rack at Target changed his life and the how and why he started Crane Brewing. He didn’t really drink before he started company and still doesn’t. Michael also shares some stories about the brewing community and about the growth of Crane Brewing. Join us for this interesting story of a entrepreneur turned brewery owner.
(May 12th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Kansas City Businessman Joe Zwillenberg, Owner of the Westport Flea Market. They discuss Joe’s journey through the entrepreneurhsip and the restaurant world. They break down how Joe saved the Westport Flea Market, his work with supplying food to many area schools, how the Hamburger mobile came to fruition, how flea market burgers became some of America’s best, and they discuss some ups, downs, bright spots, real estate endeavours and advice Joe has gained along the way. This is a fun show and one you will not want to miss!
(May 5th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by legendary broadcaster, Mike Shanin, Host of Ruckus (KCPT-PBS). The two discuss Mike’s entry into reporting and broadcasting, his journey through radio and tv, how the tv show Ruckus came to be and its evolution, Mike shares some fun White House stories and a few in regard to President Ronald Reagan and Walter Cronkite encounters, he talks about his favorite Kansas Citians over the years that he has interviewed, and Mike even shares some advice re: people wanting to get into broadcasting. An exciting hour with one of Kansas City’s finest.
(April 28th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by two of his all-time favorite guests. He starts the show with Joel Goldberg, Kansas City Royals Pre/Post Game Host – Fox Sports Kansas City. They talk about the Royals early season struggles, how the weather has affected Major League Baseball thus far and the Royals, answer the question if doubleheaders are a good thing and get Joel’s prospective on the hit show Brockmire. Jason is also joined by Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 Movie Critic and Filmmaker. Shawn breaks down the best movies that we should have already seen in 2018 and gives a full preview of summer movies we should check out. Better weather is upon us, enjoy Grill Nation!
(April 21st, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by two awesome guests this week. He starts the show talking with Andrew Cameron – Founder of Donutology. They discuss how Andrew became an entrepreneur right out of Creighton in the donut industry, the how and why behind Donutology, future plans and they discuss an exciting competition Andrew took part in judged by Daymond John “Shark Tank”, CEO of Edible Arrangements, and CEO of Anytime Fitness. Jason also sits down with Matt Druten – CoFounder and Managing Director of Edison Spaces. They discuss Matt’s journey, time spent as President and CFO of Freightquote, what makes Edison Spaces unique and disruptive and about growth and amenities offered to Edison Spaces office dwellers. Amazing hour with two great business leaders.
(April 14th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO of MoBank and EVP of BOK Financial. They interview and talk with Deborah Sandler, General Director & CEO of Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The group discusses the amazing Lyric Opera in KC, Deborah’s journey to running it, upcoming performances, what you can expect from Lyric Opera, Crossroads headquarters and great Kauffman Center setup, how to get the next generation into music / opera, and we even learn if Jason has any musical talents. Join us!
(April 7th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, Ryan Rink – President of Two West Companies. They interview and talk with Jim Carr – CEO of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). The group discusses what the NAIA is and does, Jim’s pathway to Kansas City, experiences with the UNLV running rebs in their heyday, upcoming event with Jay Bilas, exciting new innovative partnership with Two West, and some fun stories about USA Basketball and the Olympics. A show you won’t want to miss!
(March 31st, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO of MoBank and EVP of BOK Financial. They talk with Jeff Oddo, President / Owner of Citywide Maintenance and Citywide Franchise. The three discuss Citywide and its growth, the ups and downs, the complexity of a family business, the strategy behind starting and growing franchises to as many as 56 markets currently, entrepreneurial advice and leadership, and even talk about Jeff’s book “The 10 Kidmandments” and his writing for national publications on business and entrepreneurship. Join us for this informative and interesting hour!
(March 24th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Philip Gaskin, Director of Entrepreneurial Communities and Chief of Staff to the VP of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. They discuss Philip’s journey to the Kauffman Foundation and exciting prior work, what Philip and the Kauffman Foundation do each and every day with entrepreneurs and communities, updates on the ESHIP Summit and Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, current trends in entrepreneurship and about a new survey just released on how entrepreneurs and startups feel, want and need currently in their day to day work. This show is informative and very interesting. Exciting things happening at the Kauffman Foundation.
(March 10th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation Show contributor, Clifton Alexander, Owner Reactor Design Studios. The two talk SXSW and interview Dr. Ken Vehec, Owner of KC’s arena football team – Kansas City Phantoms. They talk Ken’s background, journey to owning an arena league team in KC, sports psychology, upcoming season and even get into Dr. Vehec’s past life as a comedy writer for a well-known national talk show. Join us!
(March 3rd, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Ryan Maybee, Owner – The Rieger / J.Rieger and Co. They talk with Evita Robinson, Founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe and a TED resident from New York City. They discuss Evita’s first trip to KC to keynote the Visit KC annual event, her background in travel, what it takes to become a TED resident and best places to visit in the world. Jason and Ryan also discuss Manifesto being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award, J Rieger and Co. expansion into California market, streetcar expansion and why Ryan is brining a Miracle Bar to Kansas City. Join us!
(February 24th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Sean Stormes, CEO & Chief Demand Creator of The Third Door. Sean consults with c-suite leaders and business owners on creating demand and purpose driven operations to create profitable revenue growth. The two discuss why demand creation should be a company’s main focus not a sales / marketing organization. Sean tells us why if you have to advertise your product or service its not good enough or offering real unprecedented value. This show will really challenge conventional business thoughts and practices. A thought-provoking hour.
(February 17th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation partner, Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO of MoBank and EVP of Bank of Kansas City. They talk with Danny O’Neill, Founder of The Roasterie (The Bean Baron). The group discusses Danny’s coffee beginnings, growth of The Roasterie both through wholesale and cafes, what is exciting about the future and about the Kansas City market. We also find out what is Danny O’Neills go to coffee drink if he had to pick one. Grab a cup of joe and enjoy the show!
(February 10th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation Show contributor, Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. They interview and talk with Craig Feigan, award winning creator of many Super Bowl commercials including the famous Budweiser Clydesdale spots. They discuss this years hits and misses, themes and trends, what goes into a successful commercial from a process standpoint and how the heck some ads get approved. Craig is an all-star advertising mind and we are excited to have him on from Chicago to share big game commercial stories including one about George “Jason Alexander” from Seinfeld.
(February 3rd, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Steve Shrawder, President of The National Golf Club of Kansas City. The two discuss Steve’s background in playing golf and golf management throughout the US and how he arrived in KC. They also discuss a few golf tips, talk about some of the best courses Steve has played in the US, what The National Golf Club and The Deuce are all about including discussions on all the unique member services, potential for a PGA event in KC, and about the golf community in general in KC. Steve has an interesting background and some great stories to share. Fun show!
(January 27th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation Show contributor, Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. They catchup on the holidays, define what a brand really is, what makes an epic brand, why at the end of the day you’re creating a promise for your customers, examples of amazing brands and why they have been successful, and brand fads from the pet rock to raw water. This is a show that brings some real thought leadership on branding.
(January 20th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Tim Cowden, President and CEO of Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). Jason talks with Tim about his background and journey to where he is today, what he is watching for in 2018, how important workforce development and talent are to a city’s development, KC’s Amazon H2 bid, a Better KCI, what the region needs to improve on to continue the momentum and what the KCADC does each and every day. All-star guest and episode this week.
(January 13th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation parter, Jeff Phillips – Sr. VP of MoBank. They talk with Mike Stradinger, CEO of Holland 1916 (Over 100 years old). The group discusses Mike’s interesting background including his move from being a lawyer to running a small manufacturing company and growing both financially and into a leader in the industry. They also discuss Mike’s ideas for improving education in Missouri and Kansas through the business community, while hilighting work at the Alliance for Childhood Education. Mike is a true thought leader. This is a show you won’t want to miss!
(January 6th, 2018) Guests – Jason is joined by Stephanie Carey, Owner and Publisher of The Pitch, to talk about Carey Media’s recent acquistion of The Pitch and what readers can look forward to in the future. Jason is also joined by Dave Borchardt, Director of Events at Kansas City Sports Commission. They talk all about the Kansas City Sports Commission, Dave’s background in media and sports, what big events are coming to KC, annual Kansas City Marathon, as well as share some stories from the past. Fun show this week to start off 2018!
(December 30th, 2017) – Guests – To finish off 2017, we put together a Best of Grill Nation Show. We start the show with Alan Gaylin, Founder/CEO of Bread & Butter Concepts. Jim Wagy, Owner/Operator of 8 McDonalds in the Kansas City area stops by for segment two. We continue the show with Tucker Trotter, President/CEO of Dimensional Innovations in segment three and finish off strong with Devin Henderson, a well-known magician, humorist, keynote speaker and corporate comedian. Happy New Year!
(December 23rd, 2017) – Guests – This week we put together a Best of Grill Nation Show. We start the show with Barry Grissom, Partner at Polsinelli and Former US Attorney. Tom Pigott, CFO of MGP Ingredients stops by for segment two. We continue on with Tori Fugate, Director of Marketing at KC Pet Project in segment three and we finish the show with Neal Sharma, CEO of DEG. Happy Holidays!
(December 16th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation parter, Jeff Phillips – Sr. VP of MoBank. They talk with Matthew Hufft, Co-Founder/President of Hufft. Hufft has been recognized as a Top 50 Design Firm by Architecture Magazine. We discuss Hufft services, growth, success and projects including work with Baldwin, 21C Hotel (Moving into Savoy Grill space), Corvino and on varous initiatives in Bentonville, Arkansas. We also discuss renovation of the Roanoke Neighborhood/Park and Matthew’s innovative work thoughout KC and the country. Matthew has an awesome story to tell and you will be excited about Hufft’s projects and architecture/design in general after listening to this show!
(December 9th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by by guest co-host, Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. They interview, Devin Henderson a well-known magician, humorist, keynote speaker and corporate comedian. They talk about with Devin about how he got into this world and how he has managed to grow his business with a wife and five kids making it a full-time gig. Devin is a riot and will surely entertain you with his stories from the road having done work in 48 of the 50 states. For more information on Devin go to DevinHenderson.com. Thanks for listening!
(December 2nd, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Alan Gaylin, CEO & Owner of Bread and Butter Concepts. They talk about Alan’s entrepreneurial journey and career path, the Bread & Butter Concepts – Stock Hill, BRGR, The Oliver, Taco Republic, Urban Table, Gram & Dun, Cherry Hall, trends in restaurant and food service, the Kansas City and metro area food and restaurant scene, and future news and expansion opportunities for Bread & Butter Concepts. Alan has an interesting story to share and I think you will be hungry after this week’s show!
(November 25th, 2017) Guests – This week we put together a best of the Grill Nation Show. Segments with Chad Troutwine, successful entrepreneur and renaissance man, Jon Niemuth, Director – AECOM Sports – Americas, Colby Garrelts, Owner of Bluestem and Rye KC, and Tyler Nottberg Chairman/CEO of U.S. Engingeering. Special guest hosts and Grill Nation Show contributors Clifton Alexander, Owner of REACTOR Design Studio, and Ryan Maybee, Owner of The Rieger KC / J. Rieger and Co, also join Jason this week. Happy Thanksgiving!
(November 18th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation parter, Jeff Phillips – Sr. VP of MoBank. They talk with Tucker Trotter, President/CEO of Dimensional Innovations, and Tom Collins, COO of Dimensional Innovations. DI is an innovative KC company that has worked on everything from the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium to Minnesota Vikings Stadium to Charlotte Hornets Arena to AMC Theatres to Kansas, Mizzou, Kstate facilities to KC Streetcar. We talk to them about their innovative company whose mission is to be the greatest design, fabrication, technology team liberating people from mediocre experiences. DI are an experience design firm with over 250 employees that creates and builds immersvie and interactive experiences that captivate, surprise and engage. Tucker and Tom have a great story to tell about exciting work around the world from right here in Kansas City. Tune in!
(November 11th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host, Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. The two take a deep dive into apps and which ones are favorites for personal and business use, as well as for lifestyle/travel. Clifton shares his favorties and explains why they’re so incredible in day-to-day life. Clifton also shares his tips for buying sports tickets and hotel rooms. Different type of show for us this week!
(November 4th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Chris Harris, Founder – Harris Park Midtown Sports & Activity Center. They talk about Chris Harris’ new urban golf course he is spearheading in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood of Kansas City. The PGA is now involved as is world renown sports architects HOK Sports for design. They talk all about the why and reasoning behind a golf course in an urban area, as well as Chris’ incredible story and journey to move this from an idea to fruition in 2018. This is a show you will be inspired by!
(October 28th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Ryan Maybee, Owner – The Rieger / J.Rieger and Co. They talk with Colby Garrelts, Owner – Bluestem and Rye KC, and discuss the new Rye opening up on the Plaza. They also talk about the KC restaurant scene, talent, Colby’s new BBQ and Hot sauce and the process behind opening new restaurant. Colby and Ryan answer the question if you could have anything for KC restaurant scene, if you could wave a magic wand, what would it be? Fun show this week!
(October 21st, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Mary Jean Eisenhower, grandaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower and President and CEO of People to People International. They discuss Mary Jean’s interesting background and story and the work around the globe People to People International does on a daily basis. Very interesting history here. Jason is also joined by Joel Goldberg, Royals Pre/Post Game Host – Fox Sports Kansas City, they discuss the 2017 Royals Season and look forward to 2018. They also discuss some of Joel’s new ventures and Joel picks his World Series favorite. All-Star Lineup!
(October 14th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation parter, Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO of MoBank/Bok Financial. They talk with Tyler Nottberg, Chairman/CEO of U.S. Engingeering. Tyler talks about his diverse background outside of KC and in KC, US Engineering and its nearly 125 year history and work, importance of sound company culture, the Alliance for Childhood Education which he helped found and Kansas City’s movement and growth in recent years. Tyler has a great story to tell and shares some good business tidbits with the listeners. Tune in!
(October 7th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host, Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. The two discuss a recent trip by Clifton to Silver Dollar City and how leaving town with his family helps his business, a innovative way to use direct mail for marketing to grow a business that involves a pool noodle, hot topic and business talk about Toys R US, Starbucks and IKEA recent newsmaking stories, and they discuss the new iPhone 8 and X, was well as AR capabilities. This is an action packed show loaded with deep insight and thought leadership from Clifton.
(September 30th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Eric Willey, Concierge Director OneLightKC / TwoLightK, they discuss happenings in Downtown KC, updates on OneLightKC and TwoLightKC and the exciting events happening that are truly first-class. Jason is also joined by Dustin Sollars, Professional Services Facilitator – Park Hill School District, they discuss Jason’s recent speech to students, innovating professional studies for students, success stories in the area and much more. Thanks for listenting!
(September 23rd, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Greg Owsley, STEAM Director – Rockhurst High School, and Millie Brown, Rockhurst Board of Directors and Philanthropist. We discuss the $2.1m donation made by Michael and Millie Brown to Rockhurst High School to jump start the award winning STEAM program. They discuss the AdvanceED accreditation (only program in Kansas and Missouri to earn), entrepreneurship for others program, coding offerings, and why they believe school world and real world shouldn’t be separate. Rockhurst is doing its part on STEAM and we discuss why its important to KC and the community at large.
(September 17th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation parter, Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO of MoBank / Bok Financial. They talk with Joe Reardon, President/CEO of Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Joe talks about his background, regionalism, a deep dive on why Kansas City needs a Better KCI, Kansas City region business and job growth, Chamber programs and public policy efforts and what things the region does well and what the things the region has to work on. Fascinating hour with the former Mayor of KCK and the voice of businesses throughout the region.
(September 9th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host, Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. They talk with Jon Niemuth, Director – AECOM Sports – Americas. Jon is one of the top sports stadium architects, designers and dealmakers in the world. Fascinating discussion about stadium finance, innovation, projects that Jon has spearheaded, ones he wish would have happened or worked on, the future of KC sports stadiums and why KC is such a big hub for sports architecture. Jon knows so much about sports stadiums and deals. If you are a economic development, stadium or sports junkie you won’t want to miss this show.
(September 3rd, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Jim Wagy, Owner/Operator of eight McDonalds in the Kansas City area. Jim is the President of the McDonalds Heart of America Co-op and President of the Ronald McDonald House, KC Board of Directors. We talk all about opening and running a McDonalds, meeting Ray Kroc, Jim’s work on innovative partnerships with KC Chiefs and Royals, the future of McDonalds and much more. We even discuss new menu options, what has worked, what hasn’t worked and does an owner of eight McDonalds stores eat it everyday. Plus talk about Ronald McDonald House, the work it does and insight into the creation of the Happy Meal and the Extra Value Menu. Both were created in KC. Join the show for a look behind the curtains of McDonalds. I’m lovin it.
(August 26th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Chad Troutwine, successful entrepreneur and renaissance man. Chad is the Co-Founer and CEO of Veritas Prep, CodeSmith, Torn Label Brewery and an influencial film producer in Hollywood. We talk all about entrepreneurship, education, real estate, sports…You name it we discuss it. Interesting stories around Boulevard Beer and Kansas City growth and development. Chad is based in LA but grew up in KC and travels back and forth regularly. He scored a perfect score on his SAT and has some innovative insights on many topics. One of our favorite shows in a long time!
(August 19th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by McClain Bryant, Director of Policy for Mayor Sly James Office, discussed Digital Inclusion and the steps being taken in Kansas City, Mo to bridge that divide. She shares stats and solutions. Jason is also joined by Mandi Sonneberg and David Reid who are the Co-Founder of STEAM Studio. They discuss the need for STEAM education and why it is so important for today’s youth and teachers to fully understand and utilize. Nice show this week!
(August 12th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by Matt Armstrong, Senior Marketing Director – Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council, and Gregg Riess, VP of Membership / Board of Directors – Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council. The three discuss if scouting is still relevant today, share interesting metrics and studies on scouting, outline some exciting upcoming events and talk about what is going on with scouting both locally and nationally. One of the largest Boy Scout councils is in KC’s back yard. Very interesting hour from both a high level and in the weeds perspective.
(August 5th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Clifton Alexander, Owner – Reactor Design Studios. They talk with Chase Wilson, Creative Direcor – Reactor Design Studios and Julie Walter, Visual Virtuosa – Reactor Design Studio. They discuss the meaning of design and branding in a world that has been flipping from impersonal to personal, how do you reach the unreachable, how you can cut through clutter when building a brand, best processes and practices, successful case studies to really showcase why good design and marketing is so important and about the KC design and advertising scene. If you own a business or want to expand or launch a brand, this is a show you won’t want to miss!
(July 29th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Ryan Maybee, Owner – The Rieger / J.Rieger and Co. They talk with Brock Schulte, Bar Director / Partner of The Monarch. They discuss the exciting new Monarch Bar and Lounge on the Plaza, why its unique for KC, the different design implements led by a world class stadium designer, grand opening, menu options, unique cocktail serving settings and options, how KC has evolved cocktail and bar wise, plus much more. Ryan Maybee also breaks down some thoughts on the streetcar extension and main street development. Exciting show and exciting new venue in KC!
(July 22nd, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and Grill Nation Show partner Michael Viazzoli, President and CEO of mobank / bok financial. The two talk with Keith Harman, National Commander of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). They discuss the VFW overall, programs to support veterans and families, scholarship programs, government funding, legislative issues, issues of future growth and sustainability, relevance to future generations, honoring those from the past, suicide prevention, corporate involvement and sponsorship and much more. This show will enlighten and educate!
(July 15th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios. They talk with Marissa Cleaver Wamble, Vice President of Corporate Communications at PortKC. They discuss the history of PortKC, the exciting new developments at Berkley Riverfront, new mixed-use spaces, exciting events and the vision for the future and development of this great space in downtown KC. If you want to learn more about what the future holds for KC’s main riverfront tune in! Lots of new information for the public.
(July 1st, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Shanley Cox, Founder of Out to Eat (outtoeat.co). The two discuss Shanley’s journey and business growth, why food, photography and travel, great patio spots in KC and much more. Jason is also joined by Joel Goldberg, Host at Fox Sports Kansas City. They talk about the current state of the Kansas City Royals and whether they will be buyers or sellers at the midway point of the 2017 season. Two awesome guests this week who bring some interesting and engaging conversation to Grill Nation!
(June 24th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Barry Grissom, Former United States Attorney. They talk about cannabis prohibition and legalization in the US. Jason is also joined by Todd Mackin, VP of Sales at the Kansas City Mavericks. They discuss the Mavericks new NHL affiliation, new brand, hockey growth in KC, experience at a Mavericks game and much more. Very interesting show this week. Great guests!
(June 17, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Mark Fitzpatrick, Sr. VP of mobank, and Sean Khurana, President and COO of Cavern Technologies. The three engage in an interesting discussion about why we are seeing tech and data center growth in the KC area in Missouri and Kansas. They also discuss the role mobank played in Cavern Technologies growth, why Cavern Technologies is unique and how data centers help businesses of all sizes. Lastly, they discuss job and tech talent in KC.
(June 10, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation contributor Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios. The two discuss with two Reactor interns, one 21 and one 29, why the intern program is effective and important. Clifton and Jason also discuss what it means to be a foodie, what taco and burger joint are the best in KC, little thing restaurants can do to grow their customer base and revenue and where is the best place to take a business client or new prospect for lunch. This show has many surprises and great info!
(June 3, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation partner and supporter, Ryan Maybee, Owner at J. Rieger and Co. and the Rieger KC. The talk about what makes “Kansas City Whiskey” unique, the growth of the East Bottoms area and its history, summer drinks, JRieger and Co. and Ryan’s upcoming travels, Visit KC media tour in NYC, KC Downtown development, KCI airport updates and how J.Rieger and Co. became the first KC distillery in 95 years. Entertaining hour!
(May 27th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Kansas City, Missouri City Councilman Quinton Lucas. The two discuss the new plan for a new terminal at KCI airport, Streetcar expansion, Downtown convention hotel, development incentives, crime and education in KCMO. This show is action packed. You won’t want to miss the updates and deep dialouge on Kansas City from Councilman Quinton Lucas.
(May 20, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Eric Willey, Mr. KC on what is goign on in town, from One Light Luxury Apartments. They discuss upcoming events, what he does each day, great restaurants and bars downtown and ways to escape the urban grind. Jason is also joined by Megh Knappenberger, an artist and entrepreneur. They discuss her journey from branding and design executive in Chicago to an artist and painter in KC. Interesting story as well as some creative conversation and art from MeghMakesArt.
(May 13th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation guest co-host and supporter Michael Viazzoli, President and CEO of mobank / bok financial. They talk with John Hoffman, Owner of UC-B Properties, who is helping drive urban development in Kansas City. They discuss John’s projects in Beacon Hill, Longfellow neighborhood, Hyde Park / Gillham area, East Brookside and throughout KC. Also included are discussion about micro housing, modern and contemporary builds and working with the city. John was just featured in the Wall Street Journal. If you like economic development, home architecture and have pride in Kansas City and what individuals like John are doing to maintain, grow, modernize and restore neighborhoods you won’t want to miss this show.
(May 6th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nation guest co-host and contributor Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios. The two discuss three effective ways to break a creative rut in your life or at the office. They also discuss a recent Fast Company article on brainstorming and new techniques to increase productivity. Lastly, they talk about a recent Inc. Magazine piece that touches on the life of Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese) and what his life can teach entreprenurs about surviving failure and related business success. This week’s show will open your mind.
(April 29th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Stefan White, President of Friends of the River and Battle4KC. They talk about what the organization does, the upcoming Guinness Book of World Records Record Setting LightSaber battle in Berkely Riverfront Park on May 6th and all the activities around it on May 4th and 5th in KC. Jason is also joined by George Brooks, Founder of Crema. They discuss Crema and how to grow a company, KC’s enterpreneurship world, the pluses and minuses of owning a company and what KC needs to do better and what it excels at in terms of startup businesses. If you like Star Wars and Entrepreneurship you won’t want to miss this episode.
(April 22nd, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Owner of Bash Real Estate and Founder of Awake Your State. They join each other for a cup of coffee and catch up on Bash Real Estate rebrand, the current buying and selling market in Kansas City, Andrew’s new endeavour Awake Your State and how it is changing mindsets throughout the region and they catch up on a host of fun issues and stories.
(April 15th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guests Emily Brewer, Co-Founder of localE and Fashion Column Twins, and Ewa Zadrzynska, Director of Poetry Unites. Jason talks first with Emily about her and her twin sister’s ecommerce brand and company localE (shopthelocale.com). They also discuss why they started company and its growth, wholesale world, manufacturing and biggest suprises and challegnes of running an apparel brand. Next Jason talks with Ewa who joins him on the phone from Poland. They disucss the Poetry Unites Kansas essay contest and how to get involved. They also talk about why poetry is important and how it affects people’s lives. Join us!
(April 8th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios, they catch up and talk with Jason Cupp, Kolbe Certified Growth Consultant. They group breaks down the Kolbe Index, what it acutally is and what it measures and why its important both personally and professionally. In addition, our host Jason Grill completed the index in advance and his results are released live on air without him knowing. The results will surprise you. Lot of great information and fun this week!
(April 1st, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Ryan Maybee, Co-Owner of The Rieger KC and J. Rieger and Co., they talk with Michael Corvino, Owner of Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room. They discuss Michael’s background in the restaurant industry, move to KC from the Pacific Northwest, time spent at the American, new restaurant he is opening in Corrigan Station in Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri development and restaurant scene news, J. Rieger’s new Monogram Whiskey, growth of J. Rieger and Co. across the country and J. Rieger and Co.’s collaboration with Joes KC. 100th Show is one you won’t want to miss.
(March 25th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Michael Viazzoli, President and CEO of MoBank, they talk with Tom Pigott, CFO of MGP Ingredients. They discuss Tom’s background, move to KC from Chicago, MGP’s growth and long history in the Kansas City region and community, how they touch many of the foods you eat and drinks you consume, and how they are now not only manufacturing but also branding their own spirit and alcohol products. Great company story!
(March 18th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest Joel Goldberg, Host/Reporter at Fox Sports Kansas City, they talk about the World Baseball Classic, Missouri Mavericks and the upcoming Kansas City Royals 2017 season. Jason is also joined by Tori Fugate, Director of Marketing & Development at KC Pet Project, they talk about all the different services KC Pet Project takes on for the KCMO pet population, Go Bond campaign for a new animal shelter in Swope Park, pet adoption and all our four legged friends.
(March 11th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest cohost Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios, they interview Michael Amigoni, Owner of Amigony Urban Winery. They discuss how Michael got started, how he makes California dry wine right here in Missouri, what his tastings are all about, why the West Bottoms, how the West Bottoms is changing and about innovative partnerships and products in addition to wine he produces including Vino Ketchup now on the shelves of Whole Foods. Raise a glass and cheers this week!
(March 4th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Drew Solomon from the KCEDC and LaunchKC. They discuss the 2017 grants competition, prizes and grand prizes, how previous year winners are doing and how to get involved this year. Jason is also joined by Jenny Vergara, Contributing Editor – Feast Magazine. They discuss new restaurant and bar openings so far in 2017 in KC and what is to come that is really exciting in 2017.
(February 25th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by guest cohost Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios, they interview Clay Alexander, CEO of Ember Technologies and Radiance Lightworks located in California. They discuss the rapid success of the innovative Ember Mug as it flys off the shelves of Starbucks throughout the US. They also discuss the celebrity and influencer supporters importance, how entrepreneurs should look at funding and partnerships, as well as future Ember products such as plates, wine glasses and baby bottles. This is a show you won’t want miss. Amazing business success story.
(February 18th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Viazzoli, CEO/President of Bank of Kansas City, and Neal Sharma CEO of DEG. They discuss finalizing the Bank of Kansas City and Missouri Bank merger, all about DEG’s growth as a company and facsinating background of Neal, the state of KC entrepreneurship and KC mojo, civic involvement and the next generation of KC leaders. They also break down some sage entrepreneurial and business advice. Engaging hour!
(February 11th, 2017) Guests – Jason is joined by Shawn Kinkade, Owner of Aspire Business Development. They talk about two business books (Simplicity and How to Be a Great Boss). Both books offer great insight for those starting a business or those that are many years old. In addition, they talk about three keys to scalability of a business. Jason is also joined by Kenzi Hoyle, Marketing Coordinator of Kansas City Power and Light District. They discuss upcoming events in Power and Light District, as well as cool things happening around downtown. Lot of great info this week!
(February 4th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by Quinton Lucas, KCMO City Councilman and Law Professor at the University of Kansas. They discuss trending KC topics such as economic development and downtown, KCI airport and streetcar, as well as break down Councilman Lucas background and work balance. Jason is also joined by John Holt, Anchor and Broadcaster at Fox 4. John breaks down being a tv anchor in 2017, looks back at the past and offers some sound advice for those looking at a career in journalism. Top notch show this week!
(January 28th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by John Maslowski, Vice President of Market Development at Renovate America, thye discuss PACE and HERO Program and how Missourians can increase their home value and fix needs through clean energy public / private partnership programs. Jason is also joined by Paul Singh from DC, who talks about his history in venture capital and the entrepreneurship world thorugh his time at 500 Startups and onward. We break down his airstream trip throughout america to talk to startups and busiensses in small to midsize cities.
(January 21st, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios, they talk with Matt Seithel, Coordinator of Membership Programs at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. The group talks about the Nelson Atkins Museum overall, exciting new programs and events, and about the 25th Anniversary of Party Arty. Jason and Clifton also break down Book by Cadillac and look back to 10 years ago when the first iPhone was released.
(January 14th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by John Mikos, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and Ryan Humphrey, Vice President at Bank of Kansas City and Board Member of YMCA of Greater Kansas City. They discuss all the different things YMCA does in the region with youth, health and wellness, leadership development and seniors. They also break some news regarding new innovations and projects and talk about the upcoming 10th Annual Challenger Fashion Show with professional athletes from across the area. A show that will inspire and educate this week!
(January 7th, 2017) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Maybee, Co-Founder of J.Rieger and Co and Owner of Rieger KC, they discuss both companies 2016 growth and update on what is to come in 2017. They also talk about some things they are excited about in KC in 2017. They are then joined by Doug Frost, Wine Consultant and Writer. Doug is one of only four people in the world with title of Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. We talk wine with Doug and break down some things to look for when choosing wine. He also gives us some local and regional recommendations. Raise your glass…This is a fun show.
(December 31st, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Steve Nicholson, CEO of Truss, and Erica Brune, President of Lever1, to start off the show. They discuss Truss and Lever1 new relationship and why Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) are so innovative and important for businesses small to large in today’s evolving world. Later in the show, Jason is joined by Clifton Alexander, Creative Chuck Norris and Owner of Reactor Design Studios, they discuss ways to retain your employees, Reactor’s new fitness flex program and why doing a matching 401k is smart for small businesses. Lot of business and employer tips to make your life easier and more effiicent on this week’s show!
(December 24th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Weber, President of KC Tech Council, Kara Lowe, Vice President of KC Tech Council, and Doug Dresslaer, Manager of Sprint Accelerator. They talk about the Top 3 KC Tech stories of 2016. These involve the Sprint Accerator, BATS and EyeVerify. They also break down some exciting upcoming events for the KC Tech Council and how the council advocates for the KC Tech community through workforce development, access and policy. Fun show loaded with info. Join us as we recap 2016 and look forward to 2017 in the world of Technology and Kansas City.
(December 17th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Viazzoli, President and CEO of Bank of Kansas City, they welcome Matt Condon, CEO of ARC Physical Therapy and CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations to the show. We talk about mobank and Bank of Kansas City merger then we talk with Matt about growing his company to an exit of over $36 million, ups and downs along the way, how data became important to ARC growth, entrepreneurial tips, KC growth and entrepreneurial pluses and advantages, how Bardavon Health Innovations has worked to succeed all around country, and about Matt’s involvment as Vice Chair of the Greater KC Chamber Commerce and leader of Big 5 Inititative on Entrepreneurship.
(December 10th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 Movie Critic, they talk what movies to see this Holiday Season and what movies you can’t miss. Fun segment with Shawn. Theresa O’Leary, Movie Trip, then joins the show with Shawn to talk about what Movie Trip is and involves and Shawn touches on the 2017 Oscars. Lastly, Joel Goldberg, Host/Reporter – Fox Sports Kansas City, joins Jason to talk Hot Stove and what is to come for the Royals this offseason and going into 2017. He also talks about his new play-by-play gig with the Missouri Mavs Hockey team and his color commentary role with the UMKC Roos Basketball team. Great hour.
(December 3rd, 2016) Guests – Jason is joined by Stefany Williams, President and CEO of Goodwill Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas to talk about all of the different things Goodwill does throughout the community with education, innovation and job support. Jason is also joined by Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studios, they talk about holiday branding, the state of Christmas sales and preview the new Ember mug at Starbucks. Lastly, Jason is joined by Victor Hwang, VP of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, they talk about Victor’s Eship City Tour, the Eship Summit in 2017 and the state of entrepreneurship.
(November 26th, 2016) Guests – Jason is joined by Steve Nicholson, CEO of Truss, they talk about exciting updates at Truss, one year anniversary of rebrand of 43 year old company, new partnerships and how the company is helping companies throughout the region. Jason is also joined by Alicia Banister, Leasing Manager at Two Light, they talk about success of One Light and what Two Light has to offer from amentiies to units to common areas to activities. Great update on the progress of Two Light in Downtown KC.
(November 19th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Annie Presley, Publisher and Author of the Read This Book Series and Founder of Ace Publishing. She is also a former National Finance Director for the Bush 2000 campaign and a politcal veteran and entrepreneur. Jason and Annie discuss the 2016 election resuls, share some fun stories about Annie’s encounters with past Presidents, talk about Annie’s background and how she ended up working in fundraising, campaigns and with the top leaders of the US while never actually working in government. Finally, they talk about Annie’s books in the Read This Book Series. Truly a fun episode full of interesting dialogue.
(November 12th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and contributor Ryan Weber, President of KC Tech Council, they talk with Kara Lowe, Vice President of KC Tech Council about her new role and what KC Tech Council does throughout the region. They also talk about Ryan’s latest trip with KC CEO’s to Silicon Valley and Apple Headquarters. Lastly, they talk about why strong tech policy, education and jobs are important in our region and our nation.
(November 5, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Maybee, Co-Founder of J.Rieger and Co and Owner of Rieger KC, they discuss J.Rieger’s growth and updates on some new partnerships. They are joined by Danny Pfeifer, Principal at Catalyst, who discusses upcoming elections in Missouri and Kansas, as well as those on the national level including Presidential and Congressional. Lastly, Andrew Olsen, Bar Manager at Bluestem, joins the show to discuss Bluestem, the bartending profession/opportunities wordwide and spirits in general. Raise your glass, this is a spirited and enjoyable episode!
(October 29, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano, one of United States all-time most accomplished figure skaters. Many younger people know him from South Park, but Brian has competed in 3 Olympics, hosted his own national TV show on the Food Network and has written a best selling cookbook – “What Would Brian Boitano Make.” Awesome conversation with Brian about his lifelong story and about the upcoming US Figure Skating Championship in Kansas City and his visit to KC for the American Royal BBQ. Jason is also joined by Priscilla McInnes, Regional Director of Youth Entrepreneurs, and Kelly Scanlon, Owner of Thinking Bigger Business, to talk about Youth Entrepreneurs organization and upcoming Business Breakfast with Darcy Howe, Managing Partner of KC Rise.
(October 22nd, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Owner of Bash Real Estate, they talk about Andrew’s new compnay brand look, the reasons behind it and about his brand new airstream. Then Andrew and Jason are joined by Lore Erne, the Earl of Erne, from Northern Ireland. Lord Erne discusses his royal family’s lineage and background. They discuss his family’s castle, Crom Castle, and the all the different incredible things available for visitors and attendees. Lastly, they discuss Lord Erne’s trip to American and Kansas City. This is an epidode full of charm as we go over the pond and learn more about Lord Erne and the Crom Castle.
(October 15th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Viazzoli, President and CEO of Bank of Kansas City, they talk with John Mitchell, CEO of Company Kitchen and Chairman of Board of Governors of the American Royal, and Lynn Parman, President and CEO of the American Royal. They discuss Company Kitchen’s innovations and growth, the American Royal’s importance to the region overall and about this years American Royal BBQ festivities. Your taste buds will be watering after listening to this episode.
(October 8th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and contributor Ryan Weber, President of KC Tech Council, they talk to Alexi Madon, Director of State Government Affairs at CompTIA. Alexi talks tech policy in the Midwest and what Kansas City, as well as what Missouri and Kansas are doing well. She also breaks down some policy in Iowa that has worked out well for tech companies. Ryan and Jason are also joined by Greg Kratofil, Shareholder at Polsinelli. They discuss the Kansas City tech world, break down the EveVerify sale, venture capital and financing, what each startup should know from a legal perspective, and highlight the upcoming American Royal Barbecue Tech party.
(October 1st, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host and contributor Andrew Bash, Owner of Bash Real Estate, and they talk to Michael Wilson, Founder and CEO of Niall. Mike talks about building an American made luxury watch, how the journey has gone, why he became an entrepreneur and about the brand’s new flagship store location on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Fascinating and fun hour.
(September 24th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor, they talk about recent First Friday event and how it adds to employee retention. They also spend time talking about the latest Kickstarter sensation, Fidget Cube, and its implications. Jason is also joined by John Teasdale, Executive Director – Happy Bottoms, to talk about how important the services they provide are to people throughout the metro, as well as showcasing upcoming Diaper Needs Awareness Week. An interesting show that highlights some very important topics.
(September 17th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Sean McIntosh, Executive Director of Bunker Labs KC, they talk about Midwest Muster event with the City of KCMO for Military Veterans who are entrepreneurs or want to become entrepreneurs. They also talk about Bunker Labs KC and how it has assisted more than 400 military veterans and spouses through access to guest speakers, seminars, workshops, entrepreneurs and mentors. Jason is also joined by Drew Solomon, Senior Vice President of KC EDC and Leader of Launch KC, they talk about Launch KC, update on 2015 grant winners, 2016 grants competition and finalists, Techweek 2016 and future of the event in KC.
(September 10th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Ryan Rink, President of Two West Advisors. They talk with Dr. Greg Gunderson, President of Park University, about Park University’s success, growth, innovation, expansion and Park’s Year of Incusion. Ryan and Jason are also joined by Andrew Hsu, Managing Partner of Spotlight Analyst Relations. They talk with Andrew about the uniqueness and growth of Spotlight AR, company culuture, entrepreneurship and Kansas City.
(September 3rd, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor, they talk about how to balance work and family as a business owner, how real relationships are more important to busienss than digital and social media contacts and about First Fridays in Crossroads. They also talk about a recent contest Clifton won. Jason is also joined by Jess Hagen, Managing Partner of Experience Events Group. They talk about upcoming events in KC and an interesting international client Jess just signed. Castle and Ireland are key parts to this exciting story.
(August 20th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Viazzoli, President and CEO of Bank of Kansas City, they talk with George Guastello, President and CEO of Union Station, about Union Station’s long history, revival, bistate votes importance, current state of Union Station and downtown KC and future developments at Union Station. This is a fascinating and lively show you won’t want to miss.
(August 13th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Owner of The Bash Group. They talk with Mike Lundgren, Partner at VML, about upcoming TedxKC event at the Kauffman Center. They are also joined by Sarah Weltner Chaffee, Owner of Mint Design. They discuss interior design and concepts, Jefferson Bungalows on the Plaza, recent Prairie Village tear-downs and the current development market.
(August 6th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Clifton Alexander, Owner of Reactor Design Studio, they talk about Stride sponsorship and branding of the skydiving jump without a parachute that aired on the Fox Network. They also discuss the merits of a recent Fast Co. article entitled “Brainstorming is Dumb.” Also joining Jason is Melissa Ingber, Vice President of Aspen Institute, they talk about the Aspen Institute, everything it does, its mission and events. They also talk about the recent Socrates Program that Jason attended in Aspen, Colorado.
(July 30th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Evan Absher, Program Officer at the Kauffman Foundation, they discuss how cities and states should approach entrepreneurship and young companies, what policies work and which do not, the Kauffman Foundation Mayors Summits and the Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship. A fascinating hour that will entertain, educate and inform.
(July 23rd, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Maybee, Owner of The Rieger KC/J.Rieger & Co., they discuss The American closing later this year, J.Rieger & Co. growth in 11 states in 1 1/2 years and the hot debate on the liquor license ordinance in the Crossroads. Leib Dodell, C0-Managing Partner – Bar K, also joins the show to talk about his new dog park/bar/restaurant concept that will be opening on Downtown KC Riverfront. A show you won’t want to miss.
(July 16th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Weber, President of KC Tech Council, they talk Uber in KC and regulations, about the KC Tech Council and the three pillars of the organization: workforce development, policy advocacy and investor access, how KC has more tech jobs than most think, and they address the question is KC the tech hub of the midwest or should it be. Insightful hour.
(July 9th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Clifton Alexander, Owner of REACTOR Design Studio, they talk about REACTOR, building a business, state of the branding and design world and about working in the Crossroads. Eric Willey, Concierge – One Light, joins Jason as well and they talk about amazing upcoming offerings and events at One Light, living downtown, new fave restaurants, Jason’s golf game and they even discuss wine in a can. Fun show.
(July 2nd, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Geoff Miles, Founder of The Kansas City Clothing Company, they talk all about the success of the brand and ups and downs of starting your own business. Joel Goldberg, Fox Sports Kansas City – Royals Live Host, joins Jason as well and they breakdown Joel’s recent trip to NY / DC, story about Jimmy Fallon, upcoming road trips and cities to visit – Philly / Toronto and the state of Royals heading into the All-Star Break and midpoint of season.
(June 25th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by the Traci Moon, Sr. VP of Marketing and Communications for Visit KC, they talk all about the new #HowWeDoKC campaign and KC showing off in Chicago recently. Brad Sandt, President of k12itc, also joins the show and talks to Jason about receiving the Mr. K Award from the KC Chamber as the Small Business of Year and how his company is one of the fasting growing businesses in the region.
(June 11th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Robin Krause, Owner of the Unbakery and Juicery / Partner of The Filing Station, and Staci Cross, Founder of Enjoy pure food + drink, as well as guest co-host Andrew Bash, Owner of The Bash Group. Robin and Staci talk about starting their own companies, nutrition as a whole and what works and what doesn’t work, juicing diets, cleansing, and on how they got to where they are today both personally and professionally. This show will energize and educate you.
(June 4th,2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Maybee, Owner – The Rieger KC / J. Rieger & Co, they talk about KCMO Crossroads new restaurant/bar ordinance and J. Rieger’s collaboration with Boulevard Beer. Andrew Ganahl, Managing Partner – Linden Street Partners, joins show to talk about his Modern Apartment Developments in KCMO – Crossroads. Lastly Eddie Crane, Entrepreneur/Restauranteur – Owner of Ollie’s Local and former Owner of The Drop and Blanc Burgers, joins to talk about KC restaurant industry and Ollie’s Local.
(May 28th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Joel Goldberg, Fox Sports Kansas City Royals Live Host. They talk about Joel’s trip to the barbershop with Royals catcher Drew Butera and the current state of the KC Royals. Jason is also joined by Lyndon Wade, Founder – RW2 Productions, The Guild, and The Wade Brothers. They talk about Lyndon’s worldwide work with brands such as Reebok, Wendy’s, Hotels.com, Oakley, Puma and celebrities and athletes, as well as how he and his brother built a worldwide business in KC.
(May 21st, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash, Founder of The Bash Group. This is one of the most moving and enlightening shows we have ever done. We talk about bullying, his story and what he is doing now around the topic. A truly eye-opening hour.
(May 14th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jessica Nelson, Managing Director of TeamKC, they talk about how KC is keeping and recruiting top talent and jobs to the region. He also talks with Shawn Kinkade, President of Aspire Business Development, about the company Life is Good and the lessons learned from their best selling book.
(May 7th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by entrepreneurial thought leader Jeff Slobotski, Founder of Router Ventures. He also talks with Lisa Tulp and Stephen Hilliard from Catholic Charities to talk about the organization and Outpace Poverty event.
(April 30th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jimmy Conrad, Major League Soccer (MLS) Legend and former United States Men’s National Team World Cup Member. In-depth interview with Jimmy on life as a professional athlete, the journey and post career media, digital media and branding success.
(April 23rd, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jess Hagen, President and Managing Partner of Experience Events Group and Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer – City and County of San Francisco, California. This is a show you won’t want to miss!
(April 16th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Joel Goldberg, Fox Sports Kansas City – Kansas City Royals Pre and Post Game Host / In-Game Reporter. Joel calls in from Houston road trip and they talk the new 2016 Royals season and have some fun. Jason is also joined by Eric Flanagan, GM of Leinenkugels KC in Power and Light District. They talk new restaurant and beer garden offerings.
(April 9th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Michel Scuvuzzo, United Doc, Jennifer Sterns, Community Manager – The Grid Collaborative Work Space, and Veronica Elliot Loncar, Executive Director – KC Film Fest.
(April 2nd, 2016) – Guests – This show’s focus is on Historic Westport in Kansas City and its changes and growth. Jason is joined by Conor Kelly, Principal – ETF Store and part of Kelly’s family, Colleen Kelly, Co-Owner – Kellys, James Westphal, Owner – Mccoys/Beer Kitchen/The Foundry/Char Bar, Kim Kimbrough, Executive Director – Westport Regional Business League. This show will entertain and educate. Show you won’t want to miss.
(March 26th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Drew Coleman, GM – No Other Pub, they talk about early success, exciting offerings of the restaurant/bar/setup and SportingKC/Power and Light partnership. Jason is also joined by Andrew Bash, Founder – The Bash Group, and John Kennyhertz, Attorney – Kennyhertz Perry, to discuss trending topics.
(March 19th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Luke Norris, Head of Local Government Solutions – PayIt, they talk GovTech, SXSW and transforming the government customer experience and making government more modern, convenient and mobile. Ethan Whitehill, Founder of Wicket & Peg, talks his new Missouri Made bourbon brand and why its a bourbon of a different stripe.
(March 5th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Melissa Roberts, Enterprise Center Johnson County, they talk angel tax credits and startup funding. Rich Smith, President/CEO – Henderson Engineers, and Melissa Read, Communications Manager – Henderson Engineers, join Jason to talk about amazing worldwide projects they have completed and are working on including the Los Angeles Rams new stadium and entertainment district.
(February 27th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-hosts Andrew Bash and John Kennyhertz. They are joined by Andrea Joseph, Owner of Plate (Modern Italian) and Season + Squared. They talk all about owning a business with a spouse, Andrea’s new restaurant, Brookside and have some fun talking about Kansas City in general.
(February 20th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest c0-host Ryan Rink. They talk with Michael Lawrence, CEO – Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC, and Shawn Edwards, Movie Critic – WDAF Fox 4 to talk new movies and the 2016 Oscars.
(February 13th, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jenny Vergara, Contributing Editor – Feast Magazine, to talk food trends and new restaurants in KC, and Carla McCabe, VP – Kansas City PBS and Re:Dream, to talk about changes at KCPT and new series Re:Dream.
(January 23rd, 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Shawn Kincaid, Founder – Aspire Business Coaching, to talk setting business goals for 2016 and Jason McAnich, Founder – JTEK, to talk about new tech products, helpful tips and insight.
(January 2nd 2016) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan O’Connell, National Sales Manager – YEC, Blake Miller, Partner – Think Big Partners, and Matt McGraw, President and CEO – DSI to discuss the first US Delegation Trip by US entrepreneurs / technology leaders to Havana, Cuba.
(December 26th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ryan Maybee, Owner – The Rieger and J. Rieger & Co., and Wit Solberg, Founder – Mission Peak Capital. Topic’s include Wit’s new land/development in Crossroads and updates on The Rieger and J.Rieger & Co.
(November 28th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Andrew Bash of The Bash Group, Danny Pfeifer of Catalyst Government Affairs and John Kennyhertz of KennyHertz Perry Attorneys at Law to discuss current events and hot topics throughout the country and Kansas City, as well as business topics. Thanksgiving week show.
(November 21st, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ben Rendo, Founder of Mighty Handle, Thad Langford, Founding General Partner of Flyover Capital and Steph Scupham, KC Film Commissioner and Film + Media Manager at VisitKC.
(November 14th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Joel Goldberg, Fox Sports Kansas City Royals Live Pre and Post Game Host and In-Game Reporter. They discuss the 2015 playoff run, World Series, the Championship parade and rally, stories from the inside of clubhouse and look forward to 2016 season and player moves.
(October 31st, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by guest co-host Andrew Bash of The Bash Group. This show is made up of a conversation with two exceptional entrepreneurs: Bo Fishback, CEO of Zaarly and former Head of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, and Jerry Reece, Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO of Reece & Nichols, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. This is a show you don’t want to miss.
(October 24th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nationals John Kennyhertz, Kennyhertz Perry, and Danny Pfeifer, Catalyst Group, to discuss current trending topics including the Presidential Race, what is next for the Plaza with Highwoods selling and did they do a good job, newest KC metro job numbers, and talk about what is the most important thing to a businesses success. Plus much more. Jason is also joined by Miro Cernetig, Co-Founder of CityAge, from Vancouver to discuss the upcoming CityAge conference, as well as urban migration, economy and society.
(October 17th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Gelphman, Founder of Compute Midwest, to talk about the upcoming event in Kansas City, as well as his coding program. Greg Bergen, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Mavericks, joins Jason to talk about the Missouri Mavericks growth, success, brand, new partnerships, the upcoming season and how hockey is moving forward in Kansas City.
(October 10th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by the founders of Acre Designs, Andrew Dickson and Jennifer Dickson, to talk about new Acre homes and building the first NetZero home in Kansas City. Joel Goldberg, Host at Fox Sports Kansas City, joins Jason to talk and recap the Kansas City Royals regular season and look forward towards the MLB postseason and playoffs.
(October 3rd, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Grill Nationals – Andrew Bash and John Kennyhertz to discuss trending topics in Kansas City and throughout the USA. Jason also talks with Kim Palmer, Event Director – World Series of Barbecue at the American Royal.
(September 26th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by John Teasdale, Executive Director of Happy Bottoms, Aaron Ogilvie, Managing Partner & Brewer – Double Shift Brewing Company, and Heidi Schmidt, Leasing and Hospitality Specialist at One Light Luxury Apartments.
(September 19th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Guest Co-Host and Grill Nation Contributor Ryan Maybee from J.Rieger & Co. and the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. They talk with Howard Hanna, Chef and Owner of Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Dave Pickerell, Former Master Distiller at Makers Mark (1994-2008).
(September 12th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Jonathan Badeen, Co-Founder of Tinder and Creator of #SwipeRight, Drew Solomon, VP at KC EDC and Chair of LaunchKC, and Katy Lynch, CEO of Techweek. This is an episode you won’t want to miss.
(September 5th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Ruben Alonso, President of AltCap (Alternative Capital for Community Impact), they talk what AltCap does and its upcoming business grant competition. Jason is also joined by Gloria Rudd, mother of Paul Rudd and VP of Chat Series, they talk all about the new Chat Series she is involved with, which will bring Amy Poehler, Liz Murray and Geena Davis to Kansas City soon, as well as about her family.
(August 29th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Grill National Andrew Bash, CEO of The Bash Group, to talk about some exciting new partnerships, llya Tabakh, CEO of Edge Up Sports, to talk about the companies national exposure and partnership with IBM Watson, and Joel Goldberg, On-Air Fox Sports Kansas City (Royals Live), to talk Kansas City Royals chances of reaching 100 wins, Royals fans on the road, upcoming road trips, Alex Gordon and what happens if Royals don’t reach World Series.
(August 22nd, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Katy Lynch, CEO of Techweek, to discuss the first Techweek KC coming up in September. Jason is also joined by Grill Nationals John Kennyhertz of Kennyhertz Perry law firm and Danny Pfeifer of Catalyst Group. They discuss current events, whether to start a business with a friend or family member, Donald Trump, whether you should go on a reality show for your business and more hot topics.
(August 15th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Michael Viazzoli, CEO of Bank of Kansas City, Marie Dispenza, Director – Royals Charities – Diamond of Dreams, and Jake Zimmerman, St. Louis County Assessor and Former Missouri Representative.
(August 8th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Daniel Edwards, Founder of the KC Jazz Legacy Project and owner of the Castle on 20th and Vine, Ryan Noonan, Director Corporate Communications – AMC Theatres, and Jason Harper, Aaron Deacon and IIya Tabakh from KC Digital Drive.
(August 1st, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Guest Co-Host and Contributor Ryan Maybee, Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and J.Rieger & Co., who talks updates on two companies and travels throughout country, Andy Rieger, Operator – J. Rieger & Co., who talks about whiskey brand, important partnerships and growth into vodka and gin in 2015 and Chris O’Connor, Partner – Liquid9, who talks building his national entertainment services business and work with clients from Tech 9 to Gatorade. Chris O’Connor also talks Crossroads KC and what he would have liked to see out of streetcar designs in Kansas City.
(July 25th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Marnie Sauls, Community Manager – One Light Luxury Apartments, who talks the opening of new development and pool in KC Power and Light District and Jim Heeter, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, who talks all things business and Kansas City.
(July 18th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker who talks US business and entrepreneurship, NY Times featured fashion designer and owner of www.AnnaRuna.com – Anna Gudmundsson, and the guys from 30in30for30.com who went to games at all 30 major league baseball stadiums in 30 days for 30th birthdays.
(July 11th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Guest Contributors and Grill Nationals Andrew Bash, John Kennyhertz and Danny Pfeifer. They talk KC streetcar and downtown convention hotel, business advice and how they grow their companies and handle day-to-day ups and downs, current events and hot topics form around the country, HBO hit show True Detective and the season premiere of Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
(July 4th, 2015) – Guests – Annual Fitness Show – Kyle Smith, Crossfit Trainer – CrossFit Memormial Hill, JP Price – World Class Powerlifter, Amy Morrison -Yoga Instructor and Founder of Namastamy, and Sharon Prothe – “The Fit Guru” and Owner of Fit Formula. Grill National John Kennyhertz joins the show as well as guest co-host.
(June 25th, 2015) – Guests – Joel Goldberg, Fox Sports Kansas City and Host of Royals Live, joins the show to talk about visiting Seattle and upcoming trip to the Bay Area with the Royals. Rachel Waller, Director of Marketing – Kansas City Power and Light District, and Brian Barnes, Managing Partner – Bristol Seafood Grill, join the show to talk about Urbana KC. Ethan Whitehill, CEO of Two West, talks Two West, culture, entrepreneurship, and growth worldwide.
(June 18th, 2015) – Guests – Ronnie Burt, CEO of Visit KC, joins the show to talk KC tourism and convention business as well as highlight major coups in first year since coming from DC and things moving forward. Hunter McGrath, VP of Tivol, and Mike Wilson, CEO of Niall, talk about new exciting watch partnership. Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 Movie Critic, talks summer movies and what to see and what to skip.
(June 11th, 2015) – Guests – Jason is joined by Guest Contributors and Grill Nationals Andrew Bash, John Kennyhertz and Danny Pfeiffer. They talk about why they choose to start their own businesses and work for themselves. They also discuss some hot topics and current events. Jason is also joined by Erik Wullschleger, Director of LiveKC and Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs from The Real Modern Show.
(June 4th, 2015) – Guests – Mike Burke – KC Downtown Convention Hotel Mastermind and Attorney, Mark O’Renick – Salva O’Renick and Slavic Fest, Bobby Burch – Editor in Chief – Startland News, Matthew Marcus – Kansas City Startup Village – Kansas City Startup Weekend Winner and CEO 1 Minute Candidate.
(May 21st, 2015) – Guests – Owners and National Acclaimed Chefs from Bluestem and Rye – Colby and Megan Garrelts, CEO and Founder of Fan Duel, the largest daily sports fantasy company in the world, Nigel Eccles.
(May 14th, 2015) – Guests – Lisa Mizell, CEO – Child Protection Center, talks about Big Cook for Courage Event, Chris Culbertson from Creative Risk Planning Services talks entrepreneurship and risks, Danny Pfeifer, Grill Nation Contributor and CEO – Catalyst, talks Missouri and Kansas politics, and Cary Silverman, CEO – Waldo General, Inc., talks financing, entrepreneurship and student debts on the rise
(April 30th, 2015) – Andrew Bash – Guest Co-Host, Mike Lundgren – Director of Innovation Strategy – VML, Steve Apkon – Executive Producer – Planetary, Matt Condon – CEO – Bardavon Health Innovations/ARC Physical Therapy+
(April 9, 2015) – John Kennyhertz – Guest Co-Host, Andy Hung – GM – Uber, Danny Pfeifer – Political Contributor, Kelly Cole – CEO/President – Halls, Nick Benjamin – Executive Director – Kansas City Power and Light District
(March 12, 2015) – Andrew Bash – Guest Co-Host, Rick Usher – Asst City Manager KCMO / GEC 2015, Allison Konkel – TechWeek, Curt McMillan – Inventors Center of Kansas City, Mindy Hart – Make48, Jonathan Robinson – Kauffman Foundation
(March 5, 2015) – John Kennyhertz – Guest Co-Host, Jeff Covitz – Owner – Houndstooth, Aaron Prater and Ryan Wing – Owners – The Sundry, Conner Teahan – Merrill Lynch, KC Pulse, National Champion Kansas University Basketball
(September 30, 2014) – Matthew Dahlberg – 111th Street Investments, Fred Bauters & Caleb Ulffers – Silicon Prairie News, Josh Dykstra – Entrepreneur, Adam Arredondo & Abby Zwier – Affinity Enterprise Group