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Dreamers, Drivers, Doers
Dreamers, Drivers, Doers
Greater Akron Chamber

Want to discover the personalities, leaders, and voices who are making things happen and making a difference in our region? Welcome to... more

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Ep. 76 - Mark Greer on the 2025 Akron Bicentennial

Akronites know that our city has a deep and colorful history that's shaped the fabric of our region. In July... more

18 Jun 2024 · 35 minutes
Ep. 75 – Dr. Cliff Deveny Discusses Summa Health’s Acquisition by HATCo

Dr. Cliff Deveny is the President and CEO of Summa Health, a healthcare delivery system in Northeast Ohio thatserves around... more

11 Jun 2024 · 39 minutes
Ep. 74 - Connecting a Franchisee to the Community

Rick Small is the Chief Marketing Officer at Grube Inc., a franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings with 68 total locations,including... more

28 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Ep. 73 - Small Business Growth – Collaboration Over Competition

Amy Mucha can be found at many Greater Akron Chamber events, but there's a chance you've heard of her referredto... more

21 May 2024 · 32 minutes
Ep. 72 – Apple Growth Partners Merger: More Resources, Happier Clients

Headquartered in Akron, Apple Growth Partners (AGP) is an accounting and business advisory firm thatoffers a fullrange of services, primarily... more

07 May 2024 · 29 minutes
Ep. 71 - Small Roots, Large Growth – Expanding a Small Business Outside of our Region

Expanding a Small Business Outside of our RegionLeppo Rents was started nearly 80 years ago by Roy and Stella Leppo... more

24 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Ep. 70 - The People and Work Behind the Polymer Industry Cluster

If you follow the Greater Akron Chamber or the Akron business community in general, you may have heardof the Polymer... more

23 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
Ep. 69 - Crisis Intervention through the Victim Assistance Program

Each year, thousands of Summit County individuals are victims of crisis, violence, and tragedy, and manyare unprepared and unequipped to... more

16 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Ep. 67 - The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse and its Impact on Greater Akron

Northeast Ohio is on the verge of a historic event-the first total solar eclipse since 1806 is happening onApril 8,... more

27 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
Ep. 68 - Managing Risk in Business

Nothing is certain in life and in business. In this episode of the Dreamers, Drivers, Doers podcast, SteveMillard sits down... more

27 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Ep. 66 - Commercial Real Estate Trends in Relation to Economic Development

Since the pandemic, businesses have been struggling to figure out the hybrid work environment and how it relates to their... more

27 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Ep. 65 - Preserving and Renovating a Historic Piece of Greater Akron

Offering a unique historic experience does numbers in attaching citizens to their community andencouraging outsiders to visit. Greater Akron is... more

27 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Ep. 64 - Fighting the Stigma and Managing a Wide Range of Services at Planned Parenthood

There's often more to an organization than initially meets the eye. Many of them offer services and products that the... more

27 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Ep. 63 - Evolving Business to Attract New Markets

Malleability is an important quality for any business to display-it's not often that you'll find a successfulbusiness that says no... more

27 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Ep. 62 - The Importance of Exit Strategies in Business

Interested in buying a business but unsure where to start? Or, are you a business owner without a clear exit... more

27 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Ep. 61 - How Digital Solutions are Empowering Employees and Improving Efficiency in Business

Investing in new business processes, especially those using technology, is intimidating to many business owners and leaders, especially in the... more

27 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Ep. 60 - Shopping Small and Supporting Local Artists in Greater Akron

There’s never a wrong time to shop small, as said by Justin Lepley, Director of Northside Marketplace,Founder of Lepley &... more

27 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Ep. 59 - A Glimpse at the 2024 Economic Forecast

The 2024 economic forecast is “cautiously optimistic” as told by panelists Brian Pietrangelo, ManagingDirector of Investment Strategy at Key Private... more

27 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Ep. 58 - Reimagining Public Transit in Summit County

Did you know that every $1 invested in public transportation generates $5 in economic returns? On thisweek’s episode, Steve Millard... more

27 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Ep. 55 - Law and Leadership with Amanda Leffler

Thinking through a problem and coming up with a solution is second nature to Amanda Leffler, ManagingPartner of Shumaker's recently-established... more

27 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Ep. 56 - A Conversation on Fractional HR Services with Chrissy Myers

Becoming a leader was always in the cards for Chrissy Myers, but after a run of undesirable jobs as ayoung... more

27 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Ep. 57 - Exploring the Evolution of Retail with Celeste Brown

Celeste Brown is a go-getter–when she sees a problem, she comes up with a solution from the lenseofan entrepreneur. On... more

27 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Ep. 54 - Developing Talent at a Young Age Through College & Career Academies

Exposing students to experiences beyond the classroom in their early years is crucial–not only for personal development but also to... more

27 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
Ep. 53 - Navigating the Venture Capital Landscape with Bill Manby

While venture capital is historically concentrated in the West Coast, experts have witnessed a gradual shift in investments in the... more

27 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Ep. 52 - Impacting the Community Beyond Fundraising

United Way's evolution from a traditional fundraising organization to a community impact-driven entity reflects the changing landscape in the nonprofit... more

27 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
Ep. 51 - Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with CHC Addiction Services

On August 8, 2023, Summit County Public Health issued a public health alert following seven suspected overdose deaths in one... more

27 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Ep. 50 - Revitalizing Kenmore with Tina Boyes

Did you know that Kenmore is the largest business neighborhood district and the second-largest neighborhood in Akron? For the past... more

27 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Ep. 49 - How You Can Help ‘Keep Akron Beautiful’

A clean and beautiful community instills a sense of pride and ownership among its residents, and when residents have that... more

27 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Ep. 48 - Trading Guitar Strings for Food Bank Leadership

If you were to ask college Dan Flowers, who was strumming his guitar at local gigs and teaching guitar lessons,... more

27 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
Ep. 47 - Protecting Your Data and Recycling Old Electronics

What really happens when your old computer is recycled and how is your data protected? Jeff Detkuliak,Director of Operations for... more

27 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Ep. 46 - What is Heart to Heart Leadership? with Jeremy Lile

Jeremy Lile grew up with entrepreneurial parents who started a fundraising business in their basement. His path took a turn... more

27 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
Ep. 45 - Ground-Up Construction Services with Julie Brandle

As the President and co-founder of Metis Construction Services, Julie Brandle did not set out to become a part of... more

27 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Ep. 44 - A Deep Dive into Stark State College’s Mission with Dr. Para Jones

In this episode of Dreamers, Drivers, and Doers, Steve Millard engages in a conversation with Dr. Para Jones, the President... more

27 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
Ep. 43 - Inspiring Community Philanthropy with John Petures

John Petures, serving as the President and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation, is fortunate to witness the remarkable endeavors... more

27 Mar 2024 · 38 minutes
Ep. 42 - Leading the University of Akron with Dr. Gary Miller

As the President of the University of Akron, Gary Miller came on board just at a very challenging time in... more

27 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Ep. 40 - Energy Advice and Support with John Verdile

Today Steve Millard chats with John Verdile, Founder and President of XpenseSolutions, an energy advisory firm. John talks about his history... more

27 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Ep. 41 - Signal Ohio: Reporting Live from Akron with Rita McNeil Danish

Rita McNeal Danish is spearheading a new way to deliver news across the State as the CEO of Signal Ohio.... more

27 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Ep. 39 - Navigating the New Workplace Culture with Jon Clifton

This podcast was recording on the morning of the Greater Akron Chamber’s 2023 Annual Meeting (March 15th) with the event’s... more

27 Mar 2024 · 38 minutes
Ep. 38 - Selling Akron as a Destination Spot with Gregg Mervis

Gregg has had two jobs in his life. Both of them have involved welcoming people to Akron. Steve Millard has... more

27 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Ep. 37 - Reinventing the Urban Environment with Tony Troppe

It's hard to sum up what Tony Troppe brings to the community as a developer, business leader, architectural preservationist, and... more

27 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
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Today Steve Millard chats with John Verdile, Founder and President of XpenseSolutions, an energy advisory firm. John talks about his history in the... more