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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. 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

28 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Ep. 61 - How Digital Solutions are Empowering Employees and Increasing Efficiency in Business

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

21 Nov 2023 · 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

14 Nov 2023 · 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

07 Nov 2023 · 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

31 Oct 2023 · 31 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

24 Oct 2023 · 27 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

17 Oct 2023 · 29 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

03 Oct 2023 · 25 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

26 Sep 2023 · 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

19 Sep 2023 · 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

05 Sep 2023 · 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

29 Aug 2023 · 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

22 Aug 2023 · 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

16 Aug 2023 · 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

08 Aug 2023 · 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

01 Aug 2023 · 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

25 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
Ep. 45 - 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 Jun 2023 · 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

22 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Ep. 43 - John Petures

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

16 May 2023 · 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

09 May 2023 · 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

02 May 2023 · 28 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

25 Apr 2023 · 22 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

18 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
Ep. 38 - Gregg Mervis

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

09 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Ep. 37 - Tony Troppe

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

15 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Ep. 36 - Dan Joy and Sandee Reid from Davey Tree

If you are an Akron-area resident, you know Davey Tree. You have seen the trucks and THINK you know everything... more

07 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Ep. 35 - Marcella Granick

This week, Steve sits down with Marcella Granick, the Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner at Synthomer, supporting North American business... more

22 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
Ep. 34 - February is Heart Health Month

In honor of National Wear Red Day on February 3rd, we have two guests this week to help bring greater... more

24 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Ep. 33 - Bernette Williams

Bernett Williams is a go-to leader in the Akron region through the roles she has played at organizations such as The Urban... more

17 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
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Ep. 40 - Energy Advice and Support with John Verdile
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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