In addition to his work as Athletic Director of Blackhawk High School, Jack Fullen also serves as the president for WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League). Over the course of his career, Fullen has seen the business of high school sports evolve alongside a changing landscape in education. In this interview, Fullen talks about the growth of his own career, how his early professional opportunities came about and how he grew a career around a cause he was passionate about.
In telling this story, Fullen touches upon current challenges in running sports programs and managing the moving parts of an organization as large as WPIAL. At the same time, he talks about his work in fundraising and where he sees high school sports going–for better or for worse. While Fullen might not be a business leader in the traditional sense, he is charged with managing multiple communities with a range of stakeholders. If your business has a community-driven component–and most businesses do–you should listen to this podcast.
In the world of politics, the tendency on the general public’s part is to focus on high-profile presidential elections, and every facet of government below that fades into the background. Local government, even though it might not receive the same level of attention, can have a profound impact on communities and the businesses within them.
And that’s why I reached out to Mayor Rhome of Canonsburg, PA. In this episode of the Open Boardroom, we cover a wide range of topics, from the challenge of bringing local businesses back into a small town to the challenge of dealing with the local impact of a nationwide drug problem. Rhome has dedicated the majority of his life to civil service in some form, and his insights into what helps a community thrive is likely to uncover some facets of government and business that you overlooked.
Finishing law school is not easy, but it turns out that learning law is only one piece of the puzzle in becoming a successful lawyer. In Mitch Dugan’s case, establishing a lasting practice meant learning to become a business owner, taking on everything from hiring staff, managing personnel, and directing a complex mix of marketing initiatives in an extremely competitive landscape.