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Ford The Rock

Ford The Rock

By Edward McCullough

Ford The Rock Podcast is brought to you by The Element of Rockford. Join us as we talk to Community Leaders, Artists, Entrepreneurs, and people in the know about what it takes to develop a thriving community.
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Kyle Saunders, Director of Public Works
Kyle Saunders, Director of Public Works
Snow removal, water from your faucets, potholes in your street, and sidewalks—whose responsibility are they? How about major street projects such as Charles St., Harrison Avenue, 9th St., and the Whitman St. interchange? Who handles these large-scale projects? Sit back and listen to the man responsible for leading all these efforts daily, Mr. Kyle Saunders, Director of Public Works for the city of Rockford. This episode has a lot of great information, so listen and learn from Kyle. I did. We welcome Kyle Saunders, a Rockford native, to this episode of Ford the Rock.
01:10:26
January 26, 2023
Lynn Stainbrook, Executive Director, Rockford Public Library
Lynn Stainbrook, Executive Director, Rockford Public Library
Lynn Stainbrook is the Executive Director of the Rockford Public Library, one of our city’s most challenging roles. Lynn came to Rockford from Brown County, Wisconsin, where she was the library’s executive director. In this episode, we discuss the opportunities facing the Rockford Public Library as the world of information changes around us. Lynn discusses the library’s increasing role in education and outreach to the Rockford community. We also spend some time talking about the new library being built on the river in downtown Rockford. Please sit back and enjoy listening to one of Rockford’s outstanding leaders.
56:55
October 14, 2022
Miles Nielsen
Miles Nielsen
Singer/songwriter Miles Nielsen is a bandleader, father, husband, and Rockford native. He established his band, The Rusted Hearts, 10 years ago. He and the band have toured America and Europe and produced numerous recordings. Miles brought along his guitar, so you’ll also hear some original songs today. We’re talking to Miles because he lives in Rockford and is a great example of an independent spirit creating original music in the Midwest. He named his Rockford studio Midwest Sound. Please listen to some behind-the-scenes stories from Miles and some of his music.
01:07:06
September 21, 2022
Mike Schablaske
Mike Schablaske
If you looked in the dictionary for the definition of a community leader, you might find Mike Schablaske’s picture. Mike’s professional background is in corporate business. At his last suit and tie job, he worked in finance at Woodward, an aerospace corporation founded in the Rockford region. After leaving Woodward, he helped to establish the not-for-profit group, Transform Rockford, created to make Rockford a top-25 city. Today we’ll be talking with Mike about a wide range of issues that concern many of the Rockford region’s residents.
52:30
September 07, 2022
Amy Chatfield of Ad Vice Marketing
Amy Chatfield of Ad Vice Marketing
We’re talking with Amy Chatfield, Vice President of Ad Vice Marketing. Amy is a businesswoman, mom, and community activist. Ad Vice Marketing is a boutique marketing agency serving the Rockford market and beyond. We’ll talk about marketing in this world of seemingly infinite communication platforms, with a special focus on storytelling and the toll ineffective marketing can take. Please join us as we learn how to cut through the noise to deliver an impactful message to your audience.
44:47
August 31, 2022
Dr. Carlson-Dexter
Dr. Carlson-Dexter
Dr. Carlson-Dexter has been practicing family medicine in Rockford for five years.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, which is just one of the reasons we’re talking with him today. A primary care physician, Dr. Carlson-Dexter is working on becoming board-certified in addiction treatment. We are interested in talking to Dr. Carlson-Dexter about how best to relate to your own doctor.  He’ll also share some tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle today and into the future. Dr. Carlson-Dexter is affiliated with UW Health/SwedishAmerican here in Rockford, IL.
48:01
August 18, 2022
Greg Watt, Rockford Business owner and Downtown Resident
Greg Watt, Rockford Business owner and Downtown Resident
In this episode, you’ll be introduced to Greg Watt, one of the founders of The Element of Rockford. He is president of WATT Global Media. Although an international company, WATT Global Media operates a results-only work environment that allows its employees to work remotely at all times. Greg is a strong advocate for Rockford’s downtown, choosing to locate here several years ago. We invite you to learn how you can successfully run an international business right here in Rockford.
43:00
July 29, 2022