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How That Happened

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"How That Happened," is a business and innovation success podcast hosted by HoganTaylor LLP business advisors Robert Wagner and Aaron Ackerman. On each episode of the show, our hosts sit down with the business and community leaders behind thriving organizations to learn how business and innovation … read more

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73. Stan Clark - Eskimo Joe’s - Secrets Behind Oklahoma’s Most Recognized Brand

June 27th, 2022


Stan Clark is the Founder and CEO of Eskimo Joe’s, one of Oklahoma’s most recognized tourist attractions. As an entrepreneur, Stan has created …

72. Liam Martin – Time Doctor - Transitioning to an Asynchronous, Remote Workforce

June 13th, 2022


Liam Martin is the co-founder and CMO of Time Doctor and, one of the most popular time tracking and productivity software platforms for …

71. Sherri Coale - Creating a Hall of Fame Career and Team

May 30th, 2022


Sherri Coale is a retired Hall of Fame basketball coach, writer, speaker, believer, and master motivator. For the past 25 years, Coale has served as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma where …

70. Bart Milligan – Chick-fil-A – The Power of Branding

May 16th, 2022


Bart Milligan is the operator of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. He holds a degree in accounting from Georgia State …

69. Mike Dillard – Century Martial Arts – A Fighter’s Guide to Thriving in Business

May 2nd, 2022


Mike Dillard is the CEO of Century Martial Arts (Century), which was founded in 1976. Since then, Century has grown to be a worldwide leader of martial arts equipment and today conducts business in all 50 states and …

68. Keith Glover – Producers Rice Mill – Leading a Farmer-Owned Cooperative

April 18th, 2022


Keith Glover is President and CEO of the farmer-owned cooperative Producers Rice Mill in Stuttgart, Arkansas, a position he has held for over 30 years. He is a CPA who earned his accounting degree from Arkansas State …

67. Chris Young – Oklahoma State University – Lessons in Leadership from a Tennis Coach

April 4th, 2022


Chris Young is the Director of Tennis and the Head Coach of Women's Tennis at Oklahoma State University. He has been at the helm of the OSU tennis program for more than 12 years compiling a record of 204 wins against …

66. John Hickey – Hall Estill – Cannabis Law in Oklahoma

March 21st, 2022


John Hickey is a shareholder at Hall Estill, an Oklahoma-based law firm. He handles a wide variety of litigation matters such as commercial and …

65. Jeff Wilkie – HoganTaylor – Managing Remote Teams

March 7th, 2022


Jeff Wilkie is a Principal at HoganTaylor and leads the Firm’s Human Capital Strategies (HCS) services—a role he’s held for seven years.

This week we …

64. Errin Stanger – Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub – Inspiring Innovation and Expanding Opportunities

February 21st, 2022


Errin Stanger is Director of Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans by inspiring innovation and expanding opportunities.

The Hub’s state-of-the-art …

63. Nathaniel Harding – Cortado Ventures – Investing in Oklahoma’s Pioneering Spirit

February 4th, 2022


Nathaniel Harding is a Managing Partner at Cortado Ventures, which launched in May of 2020 and is an Oklahoma-based venture fund focusing on …

Tara Lynn Thompson – How Powerful, Well-Placed Words Spur Action

January 10th, 2022


Tara Lynn Thompson is the author of the three-volume romantic action-adventure Another series. She also does a wide variety of work around marketing …

Tiffany Hatcher – CrossFirst Bank Tulsa – Private Banking in the New Normal

December 13th, 2021


Tiffany Hatcher is the President of CrossFirst Bank Tulsa. Her banking career spans over 30 years and includes roles in private client services, …

40. Brendan Quirk - Allied Cycle Works - Turning Your Passion Into a Career

November 29th, 2021


Brendan Quirk is the CEO of Allied Cycle Works in Bentonville, Arkansas. Allied’s stated mission is “to make the best bicycles and components in the world, right here in America.” Brendan is also the Cycling Program …

59. Susan Lindberg – GableGotwals – What Businesses Should Know About Cyber Security in 2021

November 15th, 2021


Susan Lindberg is an attorney and shareholder in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals. She has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney working in …

58. Robert Wagner – 55 Questions to Ask Before You Sell Your Business

November 1st, 2021


Aaron is joined by his co-host Robert Wagner, who leads the Advisory practice at HoganTaylor. Robert published the book 55 Questions to Ask Before You Sell Your Business on March 23, 2021.

Robert shares the inspiration …

57. Ande Burchfield – Burchfield Law – A Primer on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology

October 18th, 2021


Ande Burchfield is an attorney with a focus on Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and blockchain technology. She has a particular interest in the …

32. Preston Ackerman - FBI Special Agent - Navigating Through Cyber Threats

October 1st, 2021


Preston Ackerman is a Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was assigned to FBI Headquarters on two separate occasions, supporting IT projects now in use throughout the FBI. Ackerman is …

8. Tim O'Toole - Oklahoma State Fair

September 20th, 2021


Tim O'Toole is the current President and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. and a long-standing fixture in Oklahoma City's entertainment landscape.

56. Dan Hays - Oklahoma Christian University - From Coach to Community Leader

September 7th, 2021


Dan Hays is the former head men’s basketball coach for Oklahoma Christian University (OC) in Edmond, Oklahoma. He spent 33 seasons as head coach at …

55. Jill Wagar – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Leading a New Era of Community

August 23rd, 2021


Jill Wagar is currently the Deputy Director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum, a nonprofit public charity founded by Alice Walton, opened its doors in November of 2011. Jill …

54. Heather Nelson – Seal Solar – The Future of the Solar Industry in the New Normal

August 2nd, 2021


Heather Nelson is Co-founder and President at Seal Solar, a solar energy construction company which designs and installs solar energy systems for …

53. Misti Staley – Staley House LLC / FreeArm Tube Feeding Assistant – How a Personal Tragedy Led to Innovation in the Health Industry

July 19th, 2021


Misti Staley is an artist by education and training and is also an inventor, having provided health industry aid and at-home medical equipment through the FreeArm Tube Feeding Assistant and the FreeArm Muscle. She is …

52. Dr. Terry Neese – The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women – Get Involved in Politics or Go Out of Business

July 6th, 2021


Dr. Terry Neese is a serial entrepreneur who has founded numerous for-profit and nonprofit organizations, two of the most successful today being

51. Rick Lazio and Tyler Noesser – alliantgroup – Does Your Business Qualify for Tax Incentives?

June 21st, 2021


Rick Lazio and Tyler Noesser sit down for an in-depth discussion of alliantgroup, a leading tax specialty services provider working with CPA firms …

50. Tim Thornton – Tactical Electronics – Assisting the Armed Forces

June 7th, 2021


Tim Thornton is the founder and owner of Tactical Electronics, which provides EOD tools, CIED Training, and Tactical Inspection Cameras for military …

49. John Vuong – Local SEO Search – The Basics of SEO

May 24th, 2021


John Vuong is the founder of Local SEO Search, a full-service Search Engine Optimization company based in Toronto.

The fourth child of Vietnamese …

48. George McGehrin – The McGehrin Group – The Future of Talent Acquisition

May 10th, 2021


George McGehrin is the Founder and President of The McGehrin Group, an executive search and personal branding firm based in the New York City …

47. Carmen Portillo - Cocoa Belle Chocolates - Turning Your Passions Into Profit

April 26th, 2021


Carmen Portillo is the founder of Cocoa Belle Chocolates, an ethically sourced chocolate store in Little Rock, Arkansas. She initially pursued a …

46. Steve Harrison – Natural State Laboratories – Bringing Customer Service to the Forefront of the Lab Industry

April 12th, 2021


Steve Harrison is the CEO of Natural State Laboratories, which was founded in 2018 to be a state-of-the-art molecular genetics and toxicology …

45. Jeff Moore - OKPOP - Living History

March 29th, 2021


Jeff Moore is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, or OKPOP, a forthcoming museum that that will honor the state’s …

44. Michael Blundetto - USA Dragon Boat Racing – All About Dragon Boat Racing

March 15th, 2021


Michael Blundetto has been a competitor in the United States Dragon Boat Team since 2001 and, since 2018, has served as a coach. He has been involved …

43. Randy Hopper - Vexus Boats - Spearheading Industry Innovation

March 1st, 2021


Randy Hopper is the CEO of Vexus Boats, which manufactures premium fiberglass and aluminum bass boats in Flippin, Arkansas. Vexus opened the doors to its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in August 2017. Less than …

42. Gordon Deal - Radio Personality - The Business of Selling Air

February 15th, 2021


Gordon Deal is a radio personality who hosts the nationally syndicated radio program This Morning, America’s First News, previously called The Wall Street Journal This Morning. He has also worked as a writer and …

41. Toby Rowland - Voice of OU Athletics - Landing Your Dream Job

February 1st, 2021


Toby Rowland is a two-time, Emmy-winning sportscaster, the author of a best-selling children's book Unhitch the Wagon, and currently the Sooners' voice. In addition, Toby hosts a morning sports talk show in Oklahoma …

40. Brendan Quirk - Allied Cycle Works - Turning Your Passion Into a Career

January 18th, 2021


Brendan Quirk is the CEO of Allied Cycle Works in Bentonville, Arkansas. Allied’s stated mission is “to make the best bicycles and components in the world, right here in America.” Brendan is also the Cycling Program …

39. David Griffin - Griffin Communications - Communicating With a Focus on Community

January 4th, 2021


David Griffin is the President of Griffin Communications, a broad media company with assets in TV, radio, internet, and outdoor advertising. Griffin Communications is a family business that has been in existence since …

38. Jeff Williams - America's Car-Mart - Catering to Your Customer

December 21st, 2020


Jeff Williams is the CEO of America’s Car-Mart, a publicly-held company based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Car-Mart is focused exclusively on the integrated auto-sales and finance segment of the used car market. He started …

37. David Woods - Magellan Executive Partners - Expanding Your Network

December 7th, 2020


David Woods is the CEO of Magellan Executive Partners, a management consulting firm based in Edmond, Oklahoma. Previously, David served as CEO of …

36. Tom Gordon - Slim Chickens - Creating a Successful and Scalable Business

November 23rd, 2020


Tom Gordon is the founder and CEO of Slim Chickens, a fast-casual chicken restaurant chain based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The chain has over 100 locations in 19 states, plus restaurants in Kuwait and the U.K. Slim …

35. Lee Cockerell - Creating Disney Magic in Your Organization

November 9th, 2020


Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. Over the span of ten years, Lee and a team of over 40,000 cast members were responsible for the operations of 20 …

34. Philip Huff - Computer Science Professor - Cyber Security Within Your Organization

October 26th, 2020


Philip Huff is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has spent nearly 20 years in the cybersecurity …

33. Tina Parkhill - Remaining Adaptable in Business

October 12th, 2020


Tina Parkhill is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (OSU) and started her career in 1994, working for Ernest & Julio Gallo winery. After …

32. Preston Ackerman - FBI Special Agent - Navigating Through Cyber Threats

September 28th, 2020


Preston Ackerman is a Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was assigned to FBI Headquarters on two separate occasions, supporting IT projects now in use throughout the FBI. Ackerman is …

31. Daniel Burrus - Futurist Speaker, Business Strategist, Best-Selling Author

September 14th, 2020


Daniel Burrus is a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 companies, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, keynote speaker, and is widely considered one of the World’s Leading Futurist Speakers on …

30. Amy Stipe - GableGotwals

August 31st, 2020


Amy Stipe is a Director and President of GableGotwals, a full-service, nationwide law firm with more than 100 attorneys. She is a graduate of the …

29. Dean Wegner - Authentically American Apparel

August 17th, 2020


Dean Wegner is the Founder & CEO of Authentically American, a Veteran owned and American made premium apparel brand. He has a diverse background starting with being a West Point graduate, then a helicopter pilot and …

28. Sam Allred - Upstream Academy

August 3rd, 2020


Sam Allred is founder and director of Upstream Academy, a consultancy of passionate advisors who design processes, tools, and programs to help firms …

27. Richard Zahn - RLZ Consulting

July 20th, 2020


Richard Zahn is the owner of RLZ Consulting, an agency that works to develop, implement, and fund growth strategies for small to medium-sized …

26. Jody Maberry - Maberica, Inc.

July 6th, 2020


Jody Maberry has many roles including marketing consultant, copywriter, customer experience strategist, and podcast host and producer. He is the …

25. Dr. Richard Kopke - Hough Ear Institute

June 22nd, 2020


Dr. Richard Kopke is CEO of Hough Ear Institute, Director of the INTEGRIS Cochlear Implant Clinic, and a Legion of Merit award-winning Army veteran. After spending 26 years in the Army, Dr. Kopke started at Hough Ear …

24. Scott Lambert - Travertine Elevator Interiors

June 8th, 2020


Scott Lambert is the founder and owner of Travertine Elevator Interiors, a company that designs, manufactures, and installs elevator interiors. Along with his wife, Scott is a serial entrepreneur, having started a …

23. Ken Miller - Former Oklahoma State Senator and Treasurer

May 26th, 2020


Ken Miller is an educator and former Oklahoma senator and treasurer. Before his political career, Ken was an economics professor at Oklahoma …

22. Tim Wackel - Tim Wackel, Inc.

May 11th, 2020


Tim Wackel is the Founder and CEO of Tim Wackel, Inc., an on-demand or in-person tailored sales training platform for businesses. Prior to creating his business, Tim spent many years at Hewlett Packard (HP) and other …

21. Bryan Clifton - Myriad Insight

April 27th, 2020


Bryan Clifton is the Founder and CEO of Myriad Insight, an advisory and strategic services company focused on assisting companies through transitional phases. Outside of Myriad Insight, Bryan is the Founder of Council …

20. Shelley Brander - Loops Productions

April 13th, 2020


Shelley Brander is the Founder and CEO of Loops Productions, a luxury yarn boutique that offers a brick and mortar storefront and produces online, instructional classes that are consumed around the world. Loops …

19. Jennifer Wilson - ConvergenceCoaching, LLC.

March 30th, 2020


The novel Coronavirus has affected everyone’s day-to-day lives. Businesses and people alike are having to adapt to the new normal and have shifted how they go about working. Companies, some for the first time, have …

18. Whitney and Ryan Huffman - Beyond Theory

March 16th, 2020


Whitney and Ryan Huffman are the co-owners and founders of the full-service advertising and consultancy agency, Beyond Theory. After gaining years of …

17. Merritt Dake - Rock Dental Brands

March 2nd, 2020


Merritt Dake is the CEO of Rock Dental Brands, a dental partnership company striving to provide affordable and quality dental care in the northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri regions. Prior to joining the dental …

16. Sam Walker - Green Tree Project

February 17th, 2020


Sam Walker is the owner of Green Tree Project, an eco-friendly, direct to you Christmas tree delivery company. Apart from working on her company, Sam runs the front office of Project 3810, a small business incubator.

15. Bob East - East Harding, Inc.

February 3rd, 2020


Bob East is the co-founder and former owner of East Harding, Inc. and former CEO and owner of Advanced Cabling Systems. He founded East Harding, Inc. in 1974 and quickly grew it to primarily encompass commercial …

14. Tom Morgan - HoganTaylor Technology

January 20th, 2020


Tom Morgan is a Consulting Executive at HoganTaylor Technology, a newly formed subsidiary of HoganTaylor LLP. He has more than 30 years of diverse IT …

13. Cody Brumley - Immanuel Baptist Church

January 6th, 2020


Cody Brumley is the newly appointed Pastor of Ministries and Missions at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Prior to his current position, Cody served as Executive Pastor and second chair to the Senior …

12. Phil Lancaster - Mammoth Energy Services

December 16th, 2019


Phil Lancaster is Vice President of Corporate Development for Mammoth Energy Services. He also serves as interim President of Cobra Energy Co. Prior …

11. Ron Siegenthaler - Xeta Communications

December 2nd, 2019


Ron Siegenthaler is chairman of Xeta Communications and LLC. He also serves as President of Myriad Technologies and a Consultant for Rolled …

10. Dr. Valerie Thompson - Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City

November 18th, 2019


Dr. Valerie Thompson is the current President and CEO of Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City and a professor of Strategic Planning & Program Development for Nonprofits at Oklahoma City University.

For more than 25 …

9. Gina Wilson - Oklahoma Central Credit Union

November 4th, 2019


Gina Wilson is the current President and CEO of Oklahoma Central Credit Union, and has been a longstanding fixture in Tulsa’s financial industry.

8. Tim O'Toole - Oklahoma State Fair

October 21st, 2019


Tim O'Toole is the current President and CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. and a long-standing fixture in Oklahoma City's entertainment landscape.

7. Matthew Swaggart - HoldFast Gear

October 7th, 2019


Matthew Swaggart is a photographer, designer, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HoldFast Gear. HoldFast Gear is a high-quality leather goods …

6. Kenneth Knoll - Goose & Gander

September 23rd, 2019


Kenneth Knoll is an investor, serial entrepreneur, Partner and Board Member of WeGoLook, and the CEO and Co-Founder of Goose & Gander, a …

5. Matt Crafton - Crafton Tull

September 9th, 2019


Matt Crafton is a retired Air Force engineer and current President and Chief Executive Officer of Crafton Tull, a professional design firm with …

4. Erika and Chris Lucas - StitchCrew

August 26th, 2019


Erika and Chris Lucas are the founders and owners of StitchCrew, a business accelerator that links entrepreneurs and new companies to capital, resources, and social networks to assist in the development of Oklahoma’s …

3. Dixie Agostino - Switchgear Search and Recruiting

August 12th, 2019


Dixie Agostino is the owner and founder of the award-winning, Tulsa-based staffing agency, SwitchGear Search and Recruiting.

Dixie started SwitchGear …

2. John Allgood - Temple University

July 29th, 2019


John Allgood is the Academic Director, Executive Master of Science Sport Business and Assistant Professor of Sport Business at Temple University.

John began working in sport management in 1995 and quickly became an …

1. Geoff Hager - Big Elk Energy Systems

July 15th, 2019


Geoff Hager is CEO of Big Elk Energy Systems, a manufacturing company he founded with the goal of bringing the best possible talent and service to the energy industry.

Join Geoff as he sits down with the “How That …

Introducing "How That Happened" with Robert Wagner and Aaron Ackerman

May 31st, 2019


“How That Happened,” is a business and innovation success podcast hosted by HoganTaylor business advisors Robert Wagner and Aaron Ackerman.

In this introductory episode, Robert and Aaron discuss the show's format …

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