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James Mauler, Cadnetics — The Open Boardroom Podcast, Ep. 11

September 2, 2016 • By

The use of CADD software has perhaps become so ubiquitous that we underestimate its potential for innovation. James Mauler of Cadnetics has spent decades working with the software, and he predicts a new future for the industry. The potential for AutoCad to influence the design of a new building or space is well known, but James and his team are using it for new things as well, tapping into the beginning of a new trend that architects, engineers, and facility managers alike should be thinking about for their businesses.

On a broader business front, James’ own story is a compelling roller coaster of challenges and triumphs. He talks about taking risks, dealing with hard times, and growing his business from a one man shop to a Pittsburgh staple, busting at the seams with growth and new hires. I learned a lot from talking with James, and I think you will too.

Blog, Marketing, Podcast

Blake Harris, Console Wars — The Open Boardroom, Ep. 9

July 7, 2016 • By

Important: This is the first episode of my new partnership with the Observer Reporter Newspaper, and it’s also the first time I did a Skype interview for the show, so please excuse the shift in quality while we sort out the learning curve.

This episode was an act of selfishness on my part. I read the book Console Wars, a detailed recounting of the battle for the video game industry waged between Nintendo and Sega in the 90s, and I just had to talk with the author. This book, despite being about video games, is more like an enormous case study on guerrilla marketing and how to succeed as the underdog.

Blake Harris, the author, is interesting in his own right. His career has spanned screen writing, book writing, and podcasting, and that diverse skill set coupled with a willingness to grind and grind until he finds a breakthrough has opened some interesting doors. In this episode, Blake talks about everything from his research process for the book to how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have played (and may continue to play) a role in his career.

To learn more about Blake Harris and his work:


Music credits: Song Title: Droplet — Artist: Jeremy L

Blog, Marketing, Podcast

Jack Fullen, WPIAL President — The Open Boardroom Ep. 8

June 23, 2016 • By

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.

Blog, Marketing, Podcast

Mayor Rhome, Canonsburg, PA — The Open Boardroom, Ep. 7

June 9, 2016 • By

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.

Blog, Marketing, Podcast

Mitch Dugan, Dugan & Associates — The Open Boardroom Ep. 6

May 19, 2016 • By

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.