Here is an archive of past shows. Thanks for listening.
(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, President 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, President 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 2015) – 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