Matt Rinka, Partner, Rendering Hidden Opportunities into Modern Designs – Episode 99

Matt Rinka is a partner and architect at Rinka, an innovative architectural practice that connects inspiring designs with practical and functional solutions. The firm has over 65 awards, many from the highest levels of professional recognition including American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the Milwaukee Business Journal. If you've…

Jim Zaiser, CEO, Engineering Double Digit Growth by Wandering Around – Episode 82

Jim Zaiser is the President & CEO of Hydro-Thermal Corporation, a third-generation manufacturer of direct steam injection technology systems. Jim spent a decade working outside of the family business for companies like Robert Bosch and Strattec Security Corp. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and MBA from Keller Graduate School. Jim…

Mark Burish, Law Partner, Investing in Senior Living, Restaurants, and People – Episode 80

Mark Burish is a partner at the law firm, Hurley Burish. Mark graduated from Marquette University and the UW Madison Law School. In addition to his law practice, Mark is a real estate investor, an entrepreneur – he’s owned and sold two assisted living community companies –a philanthropist – he is one of the founding…

Giacomo Fallucca, CEO, Stretching Family Dough into a Pizza Empire – Episode 74

Giacomo Falluca is the CEO of Palermo’s, one of the largest independent frozen pizza brands and contract pizza manufacturer in the US with more than 650 employees and revenue of several hundred million dollars annually. Palermo’s brands include Palermo’s, Screamin’ Sicilian, Urban Pie and Connie’s. Giacomo is a member of Vistage and one of a few select members of Dr. Tom Hill’s, Hill’s…

Paul Schueller, CEO, Energizing Sustainability for Utility Companies – Episode 70

Paul Schueller is the founder and CEO of Franklin Energy, and the author of “The Squeeze” his debut novel, which Mike highly recommends. From a young age, Paul became interested in power generation and that interest led him to become a mechanical engineer and get a job at the local gas & utility company, where he worked for 7 years before deciding…

Scott Welsh, CEO, Constructing Dramatic Growth in Commercial Real Estate – Episode 68

Scott Welsh is the CEO of Inland Companies. Inland is a global partner with Colliers International and one of Wisconsin’s largest commercial real estate brokers. Scott purchased the business from his father in 1996 when he returned to Milwaukee after cutting his teeth as a commercial real estate broker in Minneapolis. The business has grown dramatically under Scott’s leadership and…

Ian Abston, How to Attract and Retain Top Performing Millennial Talent – Episode 67

Ian Abston is the Founder and CEO of Millenian, LLC where he helps large corporate clients attract, engage and retain top-performing millennials.   He also serves as the Director of the Hoan Group, a group comprised of more than 100 of Milwaukee’s future civic leaders committed to developing the leadership necessary to create change within Milwaukee and…

Gina Peter, Executive, Breaking Bias for Leaders in Commercial Banking – Episode 63

Gina Peter is the North Division Executive for Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo.  She has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MBA from the University of Chicago that she earned while working full time. Gina developed a love for sports, travel and business at a young age that…

Brad Zepecki, CEO, Unlocking the Code on Best Places to Work – Episode 57

Brad Zepecki is the Founder and CEO of Octavian Technology Group, a Milwaukee based technology consulting firm that provides strength to its clients with fractional CIO and AI Datascience expertise. He’s a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a Management Information Systems and Marketing degree.  Brad began his career as a software engineer and…

The Power of Idea Discipline – Episode 55.5

A business needs discipline to be successful. There's no question about that. Without the discipline to stick to a plan, identify and replicate the things that work and stay on task in a world that seems to be designed to blow you off course, a business can seem like a tail wagging the dog, kind…