EPISODE #43 – Laura Ries, President of Ries & Ries
Generation Excellence Podcast
by Jamie Michelson
2M ago
Laura Ries is a marketing strategist, bestselling author and media personality. In 1994, she founded Ries & Ries, a consulting firm with her father and partner Al Ries, the legendary positioning pioneer. I was fortunate to get this sought-after-speaker to speak with me about building a global, generational business. It’s clear that Laura lives by the fundamental and immutable laws of branding that she and her father have taught around the world. Gather ‘round and enjoy this episode of GENeration EXcellence with Laura Ries. Ries & Ries: https://www.ries.com/ Laura's Books on Amazon: htt ..read more
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EPISODE #42 – Jason Eddleston, VP Operations, Sterling Oil and Sterling Services
Generation Excellence Podcast
by Jamie Michelson
2M ago
Jason Eddleston is the second-generation leader of Sterling Oil and Sterling Services located in Hamtramck near Detroit. Jason has humbly evolved a unique lubricant and petrochemical business started by his parents in the 1970’s into a diversified, international operation today. Leading a growing business, you’ll learn how Jason is deeply committed to serving multiple communities, celebrating art and artists, and somehow squeezing in becoming the newest owner of a beloved ice-cream shop. This episode wasn’t sterling ... it was gold. I trust you will learn from and enjoy this episode of GENerat ..read more
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EPISODE #41 – Ellie Frey Zagel, Founder and President, Successful Generations
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by Jamie Michelson
6M ago
Ellie Frey Zagel is a leadership coach specializing in multi-generational family businesses. She helps next generation leaders thrive in times of uncertainty and crisis. Ellie’s coaching includes management of time and stress. In fact, she provided a Six Step approach right in our conversation. We also talked about “The Ideal Week” and Ellie’s unique journey to now as she did something for herself that led to her doing so much for others. Please breathe in and take in this episode of GENeration EXcellence with Ellie Frey Zagel ..read more
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EPISODE #40: David Libertson
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by Jamie Michelson
8M ago
It began with his father’s enchantment with Japan and Japanese art. Today, David Libertson leads NYC’s Ronin Gallery into its second generation, curating major exhibits and reimaging the gallery’s digital presence as it showcases these fascinating art forms ..read more
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EPISODE #39: Jody B. Lipton, Partner, Lipton Law
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by Jamie Michelson
10M ago
Jody Lipton of Lipton Law leads, along with her brother Marc a personal injury law firm started by their father William Lipton in suburban Detroit. Jody has an incredible way of tackling what’s in front of her and dropping the baggage of the past. She refers to it as “Over. Done with Gone.” Learn more about that philosophy of management and leadership along with how Jody has embraced the law, her clients and a unique team approach to this second-generation law firm. I greatly respect Jody’s fight and fire. Get ready for a taste of law school on this episode of GENeration EXcellence ..read more
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EPISODE #38: Brian Yessian, Partner & Chief Creative Officer of Yessian Music
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by Jamie Michelson
11M ago
Brian Yessian, Partner & Chief Creative Officer of Yessian Music leads, along with his brother Michael a business started by their father Dan in suburban Detroit. Today’s Yessian is doing music and sound design work in advertising, film, gaming, and attractions ... all over the world. In our conversation we get into the founding of the business and how it has so smartly “traveled” to NY, LA and Hamburg. I love Brian’s passion mixed with a quiet intensity and really had a good time doing this episode of GENeration EXcellence. Please enjoy ..read more
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EPISODE #37: Marc Schechter, CEO of Schechter
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by Jamie Michelson
1y ago
Marc Schechter’s entrepreneurial talents have led him to become CEO of a third generation firm that advises clients around the country on financial matters including investment advisory services, life insurance planning, income and estate taxes, business succession, and charitable planning. Marc started, built and grew numerous businesses after college. You’ll hear about one venture that didn’t quite pan out and that led him to join his family’s business, Schechter Wealth. I really enjoyed this conversation with Marc as he outlines the evolution of his firm and humbly explains the moves they’v ..read more
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EPISODE #36: Michael Simmons, Simmons & Clark Jewelers
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by Jamie Michelson
1y ago
Michael Simmons of Simmons & Clark Jewelers added some sparkle and bling to the podcast. As a third-generation owner, operator and an attorney Michael brings a refreshing perspective to GENeration EXcellence. This is a special episode in that our agency, when known as Simons-Michelson Co. did advertising work for Simmons & Clark Jewelers. Some of that work from over 60 years ago graces the store today. So much has changed in the world of omni-channel retail. Michael proudly and humbly shares how his family has navigated that change and are prepared to keep evolving Simmons & Clark ..read more
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Episode #35: Joe Kinville, Guernsey Farms Dairy
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by Jamie Michelson
1y ago
Joe Kinville of Guernsey Farms Dairy joins the podcast to outline how a third-generation business doesn’t automatically mean maturing or declining. Guernsey is growing by investing in facilities, logistics, and people. In that way their high-quality premium dairy products (e.g. killer coffee ice cream) can be enjoyed by more families. And you can enjoy learning about how a legacy business celebrates it is roots (and rocks) while preparing for the 4th generation. Hint: there are NO shortcuts. It takes a positive attitude and effort ..read more
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Episode #34: John Carter, Founder of Absolute Succession
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by Jamie Michelson
1y ago
John Carter is an attorney and experienced M&A advisor. He turned to counseling businesses on succession so that they avoid the drama that is the hit show “Succession” on HBO. He named his firm Absolute Succession. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with John Carter on this episode of GENeration EXcellence. John explains how leaving a business via a sale, transfer, gift or any form of exit is a process, not an event and requires planning. I appreciate business owner/operators taking the time to prepare their business and prepare their teams through the objective guidance of John Carter ..read more
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