Tom Lane – One Team Leadership

If you watch the corporate world, you wonder, ‘Why does one company succeed and another one fail? What does it mean to do things right, or where did the failing company go wrong?’ We hear a lot about Google and Microsoft and the fun corporate campuses providing interesting perks– but is that what it takes?

Our next guest specializes in “what it takes” to find success as a company. Tom Lane is with OneTeam Leadership, which helps companies find that key to success with what’s called a “One Team Performance Pyramid.”

Jake Fehling – Movement Mortgage

We could talk about mortgage lenders on the BrandBuilders Podcast, and a lot of the questions would sound the same no matter which company we talked to. But not this one – mostly because today’s guest, who is the VP of Marketing at Movement Mortgage, is a kind of celebrity on his own.

Now his bosses might not want us to say that, because he may or may not be visiting us on company time, but Jake Fehling is pretty well-known around town as a podcast host, instagrammer, and celebrity husband of “Good Day Charlotte” host Page Fehling on Fox 46.

Terry Fritch – Swim MAC

Every four years, we love to yell and cheer and jump out of our seats watching the Olympics — and this is one of those years, and swimming is one of those sports that gets us most excited.

Turns out, we have an amazing Olympic swimming tradition right here in Charlotte — SwimMAC Carolina. The team celebrated its 40th year in 2017, and daily, trains swimmers from the youngest  beginners to the national-level champions. Terry Fritch is their head coach, and joins us on the BrandBuilders Podcast to talk about a brand that is, undisputedly, synonymous with swimming locally and nationwide.

Kirby Hasseman

If you google Kirby Hasseman, the first words that stand out on his website are, “I am a Fan of Happy!” Well, I think we ALL are, Kirby – but the question is HOW. Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing, and good thing he’s joined us on the BrandBuilders Podcast to discuss what he calls, “Marketing Joy,” and his new book, “The Give First Economy” so we can find out more about Happy too. Welcome Kirby! We’re glad you’re here to ‘spread the joy’!

Ground 40

Breaking old bad habits, or worse, is never easy to do. When your habit is drugs and you are addicted… most times, you’ll need some help. Ground 40 is an organization that helps men transition back into their communities after being in the grip of addiction and even the crime, prison, or family separation that comes with it — by providing practical and spiritual guidance through discipleship. Wesley Keziah knows those problems firsthand, as a former 10-year heroin addict who is now Ground 40’s Executive Director. He’s joined by Matthew Davis, Ground 40’s Administration Director.

Charity Parrish – The Elopement Co

If you love weddings — and cry every time — but the thought of planning something for 200 people with a dress and a church and flowers and a sit-down dinner, while working full-time and everything else ALSO makes you want to cry — this next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast is someone you want to meet.

Charity Parrish specializes in “micro-weddings” — tiny but beautiful weddings in gorgeous venues for only a handful of your closest family and friends. And they are really catching on! Welcome Charity Parrish from The Elopement Co.

Jamie Decker – Experience Anatomy

We can absolutely guarantee we have never had a guest like our next one on the BrandBuilders Podcast. She specializes in body parts. Yes, you heard that right. Jamie Decker offers specimen kits of organs and other body parts that are portable, dry, odorless, and non-toxic — and real. In fact, if you ever went to the Body Worlds exhibit at Discovery Place the two times it was in Charlotte, you know what we’re talking about: plastinated human tissues and organs. It’s fascinating and a little creepy — but also a valuable tool for teaching biological sciences.

Carolina Farm Trust

As our metropolitan areas grow, they gobble up the farmland that used to feed them. Our next guests are trying to keep the food you eat local, by supporting the agriculture that can keep farmers growing when cities expand. Zack Wyatt and Tia Wackerhagen work with Carolina Farm Trust, whose goal is to help small, local farmers stay in the business of bringing food to your table.

Dr. Sharon Jones – Dottie Rose Foundation

We all know teaching technology is essential to the future but there is still a tendency for men to way outnumber women in tech careers. How do we change that? Our next guest on the BrandBuilders podcast not only helps implement technology curriculum in our local schools, but created a foundation for girls to learn tech careers. Welcome Dr. Sharon Jones of The Dot Consulting and the Dottie Rose Foundation.

Michael DeVaul – YMCA

As a new year rolls around, and we think about getting in shape and all of our new year’s resolutions, our next guest is working on ways to make personal betterment a global process. Michael DeVaul is a Senior Vice President at YMCA of Greater Charlotte, but also its Chief Social Responsibility Officer.