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Central Illinois Business Leaders Podcast

Central Illinois Business Leaders Podcast

By Derek Hayden
This is the Central Illinois Business Leaders Podcast. The CIBL podcast is a place where business owners, thought leaders, and community champions from Central IL share their story. Are you ready to become CIBLized!?
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Central Illinois Business Leaders Podcast

Run The World (Girls) with Francie Hinrichsen
Tune in as Francie Hinrichsen brings the heat on the CIBL Podcast!   Francie is the Founder of Simply Integrated and Founding Females.  She is an incredible supporter of women in business and has become a resource for females all over Central Illinois.   In this episode Francie teaches us about the recent Founding Females event held in Peoria.  We also learn about her new book, Dream, Build, Grow: A Female's Step-by-Step Guide for How to Start a Business.    Make sure you go to Francie's website to get access to her free business resources:  This episode is a MUST LISTEN!!!
April 01, 2022
IL Makers' Mark with Mark Denzler
Mark Denzler joins the CIBL podcast to talk about the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.   As the President and CEO of IMA, Mark has a lot to do with the success of Central Illinois makers.  In this episode he shares how he and his team were involved with helping the manufacturing world through the pandemic.  He also touches on how diverse the manufacturing world really is.   Perhaps the most intriguing piece that we discussed was the IMA Makers Madness competition.  In this competition, people can nominate their favorite Illinois-made product to be selected for the March Madness-style challenge.  64 products will be selected and will battle through the bracket to become Illinois' Coolest Product.  The results are based off of public votes.  Learn more at
March 18, 2022
The Project People with Project Management Institute - Central Illinois
Florence Rene, Pamela Clapp, and Dusty Jenkins from the Project Management Institute - Central Illinois Chapter join the CIBL Podcast to talk about all things project management.   In this episode you'll learn what project management is and how PMI-CIC supports local Project Managers.  We also talked about the events, education, and opportunities that are offered by the PMI group.  You won't believe some of the projects that these individuals have been involved in!   If you are interested in becoming involved with PMI-CIC you can find them at  Make sure you tune in to learn at thing or two from a great group of professionals!
March 11, 2022
Be Transformed with Josh Butler
Josh Butler joined the CIBL Podcast to teach us about he and his wife's business, Renew Life Coaching.   Josh is a business professional, pastor, husband and dad of two.  As a life coach and pastor, he takes a faith based approach to equip Christian men with tools they need to overcome stress and overwhelm in their lives.  In this episode, Josh shares some incredible tools that our listeners can use to start every day with positivity and gratefulness.  He also talks about building a strong foundation around God's Word to help us become the best we can be.   We promise you will leave this episode with a refreshed and rejuvenated mindset.  What an incredible story and interview!   Learn more about Josh & Renew Life Coaching here👇👇👇
March 04, 2022
IPA's in Bora Bora with Andy Laws
Andy Laws joined us on the CIBL Podcast and proceeded to drop value bombs during his entire interview!  Andy is a Sales and Leadership Coach with Southwestern Consulting.   In this episode, Andy discusses some fresh techniques to help increase personal production.  From time management to activity maximization, you'll learn how Andy's coaching takes sales leaders to the next level.   This is a must-listen for any sales professional or business leader!  Tune in to become #CIBLized
February 25, 2022
Small Biz Marketing Wiz with Cassie Yoder
Cassie Yoder joined the CIBL Podcast to talk all things small business marketing.     Cassie is the owner of Cass Concepts Marketing and Event Planning.  Cassie has a true passion for helping small businesses!  In this episode, she talks about how she ended up in marketing and why she focuses on small businesses.  She also talks about how businesses who accept change will thrive in 2022 and beyond! Cassie was an awesome guest and her passion was evident throughout the entire interview.  Make sure you check out this great episode with an awesome business leader!
January 21, 2022
The Nut House with Andy Shirk
Andy Shirk, President of BEER NUTS Brand Snacks, drops by the #CIBLpodcast to share his nutty story!   Andy talks about the history of BEER NUTS and shares how this family-owned business has evolved through the years.  Andy also talks about his involvement with the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.  He also makes Derek and Garrett jealous as he relives his opportunity to talk about marketing and branding with Gary Vaynerchuk!     Central Illinois is proud to have such a cool business in our backyard!
January 14, 2022
Banking On Education with Lisa Wilson
Tune in as Lisa Wilson drops by the #CIBLpodcast to record an incredible episode! Lisa is a Mortgage Loan Officer at Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Effingham, IL. In this interview, she shares her experience and expertise in residential mortgages. Lisa also talks about her professional journey and how her experiences have helped her develop a knack for customer service in her current role.
December 28, 2021
Business Is Blooming(ton) with Patrick Hoban
Listen in as Patrick Hoban joins the CIBL podcast to drop some fire! Patrick shares his experiences as the CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council. He also shares some awesome info on personal branding, social media hacks, and his journey from being a bartender to becoming a CEO. If you don't learn something from this podcast, its your own fault!
December 17, 2021
Developing Decatur with Nicole Bateman
Nicole Bateman joins the CIBL podcast to talk about everything Decatur.  She is the President of the Decatur EDC and is a huge part of the success of Central IL. In this episode, Nicole shares a ton of info on the Midwest Inland Port, Manufacturing Week, and the process and timeframe of economic development projects in our community.  Decatur is lucky to have such a driven individual leading the economic charge! Tune in to hear how our leaders are working behind the scenes to build our businesses and economy!
November 22, 2021
Country Rhodes, Take Me Home with Lee Althoff
Lee Althoff came to rock the mic on the CIBL Podcast!  Lee and his wife, Kelly, are the owner of Country Rhodes Catering in Effingham, IL. Lee shares an incredible story of how he and his wife left their teaching careers to follow their entrepreneurial dreams.  With very little cooking skills or knowledge of the catering industry, Lee & Kelly purchased Country Rhodes Catering and hit the ground running.  After years of hard work, they now work with companies like Amazon, Walmart, and many other huge businesses! You won't want to miss this cool story from an awesome Central IL business leader.  Come get CIBLized and let Lee take you to school! Links:  YouTube Video Country Rhodes Catering Website Derek Hayden Garrett Ulmer
November 14, 2021
Hot-Dogging the Real Estate Market with Zane Peterson
Zane Peterson joins the CIBL Podcast to talk about real estate, business strategies, and Chicago-style hot dogs.  Zane is the Managing Broker at Main Place Real Estate in Decatur, IL. In this interview, Zane shares how he started in the real estate industry.  He also talks about his experience as the co-founder of University Dogs, Central Illinois' favorite Chicago-style hotdog restaurant! You won't want to miss this cool story from an impressive Central IL entrepreneur! 
October 29, 2021
Ignorantly Optimistic with Jared McClain
Jared McClain graced the #CIBLpodcast with his presence to share the story of his business creation, ZAMBU.   In this interview Jared talks about where the idea for Zambu originated and how he turned an idea into a business.  From creating the product, to finding a distiller, and ultimately partnering with distributors, Jared's journey has been unique.  This is super interesting interview that all entrepreneurs will find entertaining.  TASTE THE TINGLE!!
August 16, 2021
Horses & Divorces with Cari Rincker
Cari Rincker, Principal Attorney at Rincker Law, joined the CIBL Podcast to share her unique story.   As a new mom, Cari shares how she manages her time to accomplish her tasks.  She also talks about her professional niches and how she coined her phrase "Horses & Divorces".
August 09, 2021
Full of Vim & Vigor with Kass Fogle
Kass Fogle joins the CIBL Podcast to share her expertise on eliminating inefficiencies within businesses.   As the owner of Vim & Vigor Business Operations Consulting, Kass shows a passion for helping business leaders succeed.   Using her FAST Track concept, you will learn how to build a Foundation, Accountability, Strategy, and Thrive!  Tune in to learn more AND listen until the end to get her FREE WORKBOOK!
August 02, 2021
BIZ TIPS.4 | Purple Cow Experiences
Does your customer experience stand out in the crowd?  Listen in as Derek and Garrett explain what a "Purple Cow" experience is.  They also describe some businesses that are considered purple cows and have delivered a unique experience.  MOOO!
July 28, 2021
Newton Watermelon Crawl with Josh Kuhl
Josh Kuhl joins the CIBL Podcast to talk about his entrepreneurial adventures.  From raising turkeys and starting a retail ag business, to becoming the Mayor of Newton, IL, Josh has built a great story! Josh is one of the most motivated guests we've have on the show.  You don't want to miss this awesome small town Illinois success story!!
July 26, 2021
BIZ TIPS.3 | Books for Better Business
In BIZ TIPS #3, Garrett & Derek talk about books that have made an impact on their business.  They also share books that they recommend to others to help enhance or support your business growth.
July 21, 2021
The Science of Leadership with Ellen Hite
Ellen Hite joined the CIBL Podcast to talk about sales leadership, culture building, time management, and executive coaching.    Ellen is the owner of Insider Coaching and Consulting in Decatur, IL.  If you are a business leader interested in spending more focused time on your team and your business, Ellen has the solutions!
July 19, 2021
BIZ TIPS.2 | Free Tools
In BIZ TIPS #1 we talked about using video for business.  In this episode, we talk about the free or inexpensive tools that we use to produce and edit our videos.   Tune in to hear what tools Garrett and Derek are using to stand out in their marketplace!
July 14, 2021
Here's Your Sign with Andrew & Laren Dial
Andrew & Laren Dial join us on the CIBL Podcast.  Andrew and Laren are the owners of Peace Lily Metal Works in Effingham, IL.   In this episode they share how they started their metal works business from scratch out of their garage.  This is a great story about 2 true entrepreneurs who ran with an idea and made it a reality.  Hustle til your haters ask if you're hiring!!
July 12, 2021
BIZ TIPS.1 | Using Video for Business
In episode #1 of CIBL BIZ TIPS we talk about using video in business.  Statistically speaking, if you are not using video in your business you are behind the curve!   Garrett and Derek talk about why and how they use video.  From reaching out to prospects to presenting video proposals, video is a huge part of D&G's business strategy.  Tune in to snag a few video tips!
July 07, 2021
Google It with Steve Cox
Steve Cox, Senior Account Manager with HIBU, joins the CIBL podcast.  Steve shares tons of tidbits about marketing in this episode.  Google listings, customer reviews, websites, SEO, voice technology- we cover it all. If you are a business owner that wants to make your business stand out online, this is the show to listen to.  You'll catch tons of gold nuggets that will help you outrun your competition. Steve Cox | | 217-259-2288
July 05, 2021
Paint the Town with Casey Dragovan
Casey Dragovan joins the CIBL podcast to share her business and community successes.  We learn how her creativity and out-of-the-box thinking helped her build her clientele base. Casey is a true entrepreneur and shares a number of tips and topics that you can use within your own business.  She also talks about a cool new project that will help spotlight her community's downtown area.
June 28, 2021
TikTokin' with Katie Koester
Katie Koester joins the CIBL Podcast to share her marketing and event planning expertise.  We talk about everything from podcasting to marketing with Tik Tok.   If you are interested in taking your business marketing game to the next level, you don't want to miss this one!!
June 21, 2021
Making the Cut with Brandon Lockhart
Brandon Lockhart joins the CIBL Podcast to share his inspiring story.  After battling some challenges early in life, Brandon has persevered to become one of Central Illinois' most accomplished entrepreneurs.   His award-winning barber shop and barber college set the tone for his next venture in life.  You won't want to miss this incredible story from Brandon. You can find Brandon at: You can follow the CIBL Podcast at:
June 14, 2021
Riches in the Niches with Josh Rohrscheib
Garrett and Derek are joined by Josh Rohrscheib, Attorney at BRE Law.  In this episode, Josh shares his story and explains why Central IL is so important to him.  He also explains how finding a niche in injury law has catapulted his business to the next level.   You can find Josh at:   You can find the CIBL podcast at:
June 07, 2021
D&G Show #8, Mayor Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson, Mayor of Shelbyville, joins us on the show!  Mayor Johnson shares some information on the streetscape construction, city hall projects, and phase 3 of the reopen Illinois plan.
May 28, 2020
D&G Show #7: Shelby County CEO
Listen in as we interview several representatives from Shelby County CEO.  The CEO program offers an incredible opportunity to our future business leaders.  This show will give listeners insight on what CEO is and what the students think of the program.  
May 12, 2020
D&G Show #6: Renee Tucker, Spruce Street Studios
Listen in as we talk with Renee Tucker, owner of Spruce Street Studios.  Renee runs a premiere wedding & event venue in Shelbyville, IL.  She discussed the history of her business, services she offers, and tips for anyone who is planning a wedding.  
May 05, 2020
D&G Show #5, SHS Principal Kyle Ladd
Listen in as we talk with Kyle Ladd, Principal of Shelbyville High School.  Mr. Ladd discusses how the school will handle year-end events during the COVID-19 issue.  
May 05, 2020