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Catalytic Conversations

36 EpisodesProduced by Wendy Dickinson AscendWebsite

We explore the volatility business owners face every day. During this time of economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, everyone is looking for answers. We hope to give you ideas for your recovery plan. Catalytic Conversation offers you, the listener, the opportunity to gain insight from the experienc… read more

36 Episodes | 2017 - 2021

Consciously Profitable: Psychological Safety is a MUST

April 7th, 2021


Recently I was a guest on Lauren LeMunyan's Spitfire Podcast.  Lauren and I are both coaches who work with executives to become consciously profitable.  The question is, how?

Leaders who are executives and business …

Goldilocks & The 3 Buyers: Interview with Dan Scherotter, Filament Business Advisors

April 2nd, 2021


Picture this - you’ve worked for years to build your business.  You hope to retire in the next five or six years.  You will use the money from that sale to buy the family a relaxing cruise, invest some for retirement …

The Wolf On Main Street: Interview with Michael Mitchell

March 30th, 2021


Today we look at the process of selling your business.  You may hear of this process referred to as The Deal or the Transaction.  Your deal, or …

Prepping your Business To Sell: Interview with Mike Metzger, Murphy Business Sales

March 30th, 2021


A lot of you plan to sell your business one day.  However, the odds of successfully selling your business are against you.

Did you know that there …

Profitability: Savings on Fixed Costs with Mick Wienholt

March 15th, 2021


COVID19, racial reckoning, economic uncertainty, the upcoming election….

Each is a complex, impactful occurrence.  Together - the challenges keep …

Franchising: An Expert's View with Gus Iurillo

March 12th, 2021


Any business owner will tell you that owning your own business is a lot of work.  If you listen to stories of the how and why of different businesses, it will amaze you to hear the twists and turns that a lot of people …

Next Gen Prep: Curriculum for Family Businesses

February 22nd, 2021


This episode is from the Catalytic Conversations aired on IBGR.Network every Friday at 2 pm Eastern.  This was the Season 4 opener.  Let me know if you liked it, have questions, or suggestions for other topics you'd …

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Mavis Tang, Co-Founder of Soundé

February 19th, 2021


Have you forgotten what it felt like to start your business?  I’ve lost count of the number of business owners who have said, “If I had had any idea …

Vince Burruano: Thinking Outside of the Box

February 18th, 2021


This was a special episode from my weekly radio show, Catalytic Conversations, on IBGR.Network radio on Fridays at 2 pm Eastern.  Vince Burruano, VP of Sales for the Commercial Division of JK Moving, is a leader to …

Michelle Seiler Tucker: Selling The Business Guide

February 17th, 2021


Many family businesses come to a place and time where the decision is made to sell the family business.  While many families would prefer to pass the …

Culture Essentials: The WHY Institute with Guest Dan Dominguez

February 16th, 2021


This is interview was a part of my weekly radio show at IBGR.Network.  Catch Catalytic Conversations every Friday at 2 pm EST.

Building Culture and …

Handley Watches: Innovation & Durability

February 15th, 2021


This show gives you, the Owner/Founder Executive the chance to see how somebody else did it - innovate within an established market.  Jay Carpenter and his co-founder, Alexis Carpenter, had a need, which led to an idea …

The Right Wire For Hire – Seven Hills On How To Stay Current

July 28th, 2020


Seven Hills Electric has seen a few economic meltdowns. This is a family owned business with master networkers. In this episode, Greg and Kyle Harvey connect the dots for us – we can see how networking in the right way …

Capabilities + Capacity = Strategic Responses Worth Doing

June 18th, 2020

Capacity+Capability= Strategic Responses Worth Doing

This episode of Catalytic Conversations gives you a chance to weigh the value of a strategic response versus a knee jerk reaction.

No judgment here.  This group of …

Protocols & Perceptions: Norman Company Inc. Delivers Best Practices

May 22nd, 2020


Norman Company Inc is an amazing commercial construction company in central Virginia…. the model for family business at its best!

This family-owned commercial construction company provides clients in Greater Richmond …

People & Profits Suffer in Pandemics

April 30th, 2020


Catalytic Conversations is back!  Wendy Dickinson, Founder of Ascend Coaching Solutions is a business coach who works with owners at the intersection …

“Third Generation Hire to Wire”

November 15th, 2019


Seven Hills Electric is a third generation electrical services company.  Seven Hills has evolved from a 4 partner business started in the 70’s, to a …

All In: Family In Business, Part Two

October 30th, 2019


If you thought family business was all unicorns and rainbows, think again.  The family business is a source of income, professional growth, AND a major source of identity.  This is part two of an in depth interview …

All In: Family In Business, Part One

October 29th, 2019


If you thought family business was all unicorns and rainbows, think again.  The family business is a source of income, professional growth, AND a …

No Love is Greater Than That of a Father For His Son...

October 3rd, 2019


You’ve been told to take the emotion out of your business decisions.  It makes sense.  If only it actually worked.  We know that making a decision in …

SBA Tools for Family Businesses

October 3rd, 2019


Listen to Dennis Wagner, SBA Lender for Atlantic Capital Bank, to discover financial tools for family businesses.

We know that many family businesses …

BB Hamilton- An Extraordinary Leader of Men

March 14th, 2019


This interview took place at BB’s place of business, The Executive Grooming Lounge.  That night was rainy, cold and yet- the shop was packed, the …

Big Business in a Small Town

November 19th, 2018


Meet Tommy Howard, former President and CEO of Sqwincher, based in Columbus, Mississippi. Tommy shares his experiences of assuming leadership of his …

Transparency In Action - Leadership at It's Best

September 14th, 2018


Phil Pietrandrea, Sales Director- Infrastructure at UNITRAC Railroad Materials, Inc. / Wabtec is my guest for this interview. Phil is a veteran of mergers & acquisitions. He shares key leadership strategies for …

Failure Leads to Peace & Profit: How did Todd White Do It???

August 10th, 2018


How many of you are willing to put peace of mind ahead of profit? My guest, Dry Farm Wines founder, Todd White, is one of the few. In this interview we learn about clean wine, fear based leadership, and the rewards of …

Wall Street Exit Led to Grand Cayman's Beaches

July 25th, 2018


Rhonda and Jim Leavitt candidly share their conversations. They start with the one they had when Jim wanted to leave his Wall Street career to start their business. The money in savings, division of labor with a family …

How Does a Climatologist Spot an Acquisition?

June 1st, 2018


This episode focuses on creating value through climate optimization. Anne Waple, Vice President & Co-founder of Climate Optimize shares strategies for acquisitions.

Climate Optimize, Inc “CO”, was founded on the …

Reflections On Their Sale of A Lifetime: Mike & Patricia Pauly

May 7th, 2018


Today's guests look back on the sale of their business. This partnership weathered each transition life had to offer. Marriage, a growing family and what became a large, profitable, organization- Mike and Patricia …

Connor Gillivan: An Entrepreneur's Journey From Amazon to FreeeUp

May 7th, 2018


As an Amazon seller veteran, eCommerce expert, and outsourcing guru, Connor Gillivan is passionate about building profitable businesses that address specific customer needs within the eCommerce world.

Starting out of …

Libby Dishner, MLHR, ACC- An Authority on Acquisition Integration

April 13th, 2018


Libby Dishner, MLHR, ACC, is a Founding Partner of Cresco Coaching and Consulting. As a sought-after leadership coach, human resources strategist, …

Startup sold in 24 Months: Courtney McBean

April 6th, 2018


Many owners plan to either grow through an acquisition or, sell their company one day. But, are they ready? Have owners prepared for future disruptions? My guest, Courtney McBean and her partner, had two unexpected …

Ellen McIlhenny, B2B CFO is speaker, author and the CFO who brings a wealth of M&A experience to every client she serves.

February 28th, 2018


Ellen is a B2B CFO Partner, with an interest in helping the owners of privately-held businesses reach their goals, both personal and business. For almost twenty years as a CFO in the private sector, Ellen helped to add …

Martha Moore Shares Her Success At Navigating Pivot Points

February 24th, 2018


Martha Moore, Business Development Manager at LiveWire LLC, shares her experiences as a former business owner whose lessons learned provide valuable insight on turning obstacles into successes. Martha has developed her …

Kevin McCarthy

January 17th, 2018


Kevin is a former Navy Seal and business owner who shares his experiences all of which led to his current position as a financial advisor and …

Interview Christin Bonomonte

December 19th, 2017


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