Next Generation Visionaries podcast focuses on family businesses. We will be talking to visionaries from all career paths finding out why they decided to either following in their families foot steps and carry on the business or if they decided to create their own path for their next generations.
Tune in as we talk to the father and son team of Visual Marking Systems Dolf and Eric Kahle. VMS is a print provider that supplies high quality product Identification solutions for equipment manufacturers and public transit authorities as well as fleet vehicle wraps, nameplates and Decals for use on products in industrial, medical, agricultural, retail and consumable applications just to name a few.
VMS was started by Dolf Kahle and his father, it is now ran by Dolf and his son Eric Kahle. On this episode they are sharing some very insightful information including how they built a business that has continued to thrive for close to 40 years. As well as tips on how to successfully scale a business, how Eric grew his passion in the family business and so much more. You do not want to miss this great conversation.
Elizabeth is a 3rd Generation Visionary who branched out and started her own uber successful wallpaper company called Chasing Paper. Tune in as we discuss being a 3rd Generation Visionary, what methods have been most effective in builder her business, favorite motivational quotes and how to maintain a good work life balance. Shop Chasing Papers beautiful removable wallpaper designs online at www.chasingpaper.com
Elizabeth Rees is the founder of Chasing Paper, a stylish, removable wallpaper company. As third generation in her family’s printing company, she grew up learning the ins and outs of ink, paper and patterns. With the belief that printing is not only a family tradition, but also a craft, Elizabeth carved out her own path in paper by developing a line of innovative, design-conscious removable wallpaper.
Elizabeth cultivated her entrepreneurial spirit over the past ten years of work, study and travel. Moving several times during this period also created an excitement to decorate and make each new space she lived in her own. After countless conversations with serial-movers, stylish mamas, renters who feel like anything but, DIYers and, of course, commitment-phobes, the idea for Chasing Paper began to take form and Elizabeth formally launched the company in March 2013.
With the philosophy that design is for everyone, Chasing Paper offers customers an affordable, fun way to transform spaces of all sizes. Wallpaper is an extraordinary way to transform an environment, and removable wallpaper removes that fear of commitment many people have. Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, Chasing Paper’s easy “peel-and-stick” application makes it the perfect solution for any interior project. Manufactured in the United States (Milwaukee, WI), Chasing Paper is printed on a high-quality removable fabric, backed with a low tack adhesive and sold in panels measuring 2 feet by 4 feet. The brand also offers wall stickers and growth charts for a youthful, fun décor for your wall.
In late 2017, the brand launched a collection of thoughtfully curated and affordable oversized grand format prints called Print Shop. Partnering with a select group of artists, such as Elizabeth Olwen and Emma Darvick among others, Chasing Paper created a cool and effortless collection of prints that will feel perfectly at home in any space you choose. From a dose of inspiration above your desk to a greeting at your entryway, these prints will inspire the everyday emotions – from calm to joy – and style of your life.
Today, Chasing Paper has collaborated with numerous designers, artists and brands, including ban.do, Lisa Congdon, Molly Hatch, Rebecca Atwood, Soludos, Ashley Goldberg, Nickelodeon and many more. The brand is sold at retailers including West Elm and Urban Outfitters.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University and a Master of Arts from the American University of Paris. Prior to launching Chasing Paper, Elizabeth worked at the National Geographic Society. The company is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Elizabeth resides with her husband, daughter Uma and golden doodle Lucy.
Linkedin: Scott Snider
Scott Snider is the Vice President of the Exit Planning Institute (EPI) and the Operating Partner of Snider Premier Growth, a small family investment company. At EPI, Scott is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization along with overseeing the company’s operations and chapter development. Since joining EPI, Scott has expanded the organization regionally, nationally, and globally, providing a transformational educational experience to advisors from all specialties across the globe. He leads his EPI Global team from the Cleveland headquarters office.
Scott Snider is a nationally recognized industry leader, growth specialist, and lifetime entrepreneur. Two of Snider’s biggest talents: market penetration and rapid growth strategies. In fact, Snider launched his first business at the age of 17, which he grew exponentially, winning accounts from larger competition, and establishing notoriety in his local marketplace. At 24, he sold to a strategic buyer (his first “exit”) and joined forces with Chris Snider’s private exit planning and M&A firm, Aspire Management, who at the time, was looking to dominate Northeast Ohio’s exit planning space. Within one year, Scott took Aspire from an unknown start up to one of the most influential boutique advisory firms in Cleveland, citing over 13 publication pickups, a full client book, and a COI network that included every specialty from across the exit planning ecosystem. With their passion for business strategy and serving owners and advisors alike, Snider and Snider purchased the Exit Planning Institute (EPI), introduced the Value Acceleration Methodology, wrote an award-winning book, and effectively increased the business size by 10x. Scott Snider thrives on helping advisors learn how to educate clients, achieve market distinction, and deliver real results.
In 2018, Snider released his first book, Fishing for Value: A Short Story of Succession Planning, Business Growth, and Exit, which is a case study eBook that helps owners and advisors tackle the common problems that arise when an entrepreneur recognizes that transition is approaching on the horizon. This book was released and utilized at the 2018 Exit Planning Summit in Nashville and is now available on Amazon Kindle.
Do you own or are you thinking about starting a family business? Then tune in as we talk to Linda Bluso the founder of Adaptive Knowledge Institue. Linda shares tips on how to successfully work together with siblings/family. As well as how to approach conversations about succession planning with the current generation.
Linda's career experience and transitions bring a unique
skill set to enterprises seeking transformative change.
She is a leader well-recognized as being innovative and
strategic. With vision, creativity and problem-solving
skills, Linda has led change in law firms and in higher
education. She integrates her expertise to support client
transformational change initiatives, leadership transition
planning for family businesses, leadership development,
strategic management and collaborations, and corporate
Linda founded Adaptive Knowledge Institute (AKI) to
assist family businesses with leadership transition
planning and leadership development. AKI’s mission is to be a catalyst providing
individuals and companies relevant knowledge to achieve personal, professional and
From 2011-2014 she served as the Chair (Dean) of Baldwin Wallace University’s School
of Business in Berea, Ohio where she oversaw the undergraduate, MBA and
Professional Development programs and all administrative aspects of the School.
For over twenty years, Linda had a successful legal career as a business and real estate
transactional lawyer representing private and public companies, and entrepreneurs.
Shortly after beginning her legal career at a large Cleveland law firm, she formed a law
firm then known as Buckley, King & Bluso which grew to become one of the largest law
firms in Ohio. Noted to be the first woman attorney in Ohio to be a named and
founding partner of a large law firm in Ohio, she served in various leadership roles
including serving as an Executive Committee member and as the firm’s Administrative
In 2002, she became a partner at Brouse, McDowell, Co., an Akron, Ohio headquartered
law firm, and in 2005, she became the firm’s first woman to be named Partner-In-
Charge of its Cleveland, Ohio office.
Active in the broader community, she is a past chair and board member of In Counsel
With Women, an organization of Northeast Ohio executive women who have achieved
success at the highest levels in their respective industries. Linda has served in many
board and community leadership roles in the Greater Cleveland civic and philanthropic
communities. She has received many awards and recognized for her contributions to
For more information on AKI you can go to www.adaptiveknowledgeinstitute.com
Traci Goldstine, President and Founder of TAG.UR.IT Events, has the expertise, connections and vision to lead her team to produce events that are memorable and exceed expectations. In January 2013, Traci decided to quit her full-time corporate job, pack up her belongings and head to sunny Los Angeles from Chicago, to follow her dreams and passion of event production.
Successful entrepreneurs love the work they do, and that is evident when you watch Traci in action with a bright smile across her face. In 2012, she started her business from scratch and TAG.UR.IT Events continues to grow with her leadership, passion, honesty, creativity, integrity, kindness and inspiration. Traci attentively listens to her clients wants and desires and digests the information. Then her creative ideas are always brewing, giving new energy to every event her team plans. Traci credits her success as an event planner from providing her clients with thorough yet precise, expert knowledge and using her ingenuity to quickly identify and solve problems. She maintains a big picture philosophy with a focus on the goals and critical eye on the details.
Through the years, Traci has established connections with an extensive network of trusted professionals to customize the best team for each event. Her experience includes managing events of all sizes from weddings to fundraising golf tournaments and celebrations. Developing a theme and selecting the venue, menu, decor and entertainment to support it is one of Traci's greatest creative talents. By working closely with diverse teams, Traci executes exceptional meetings and events that achieve business objectives and exceed expectations—all with seeming ease and efficiency. One of her favorite quotes inspires her to always take it to the next level. "There's always another level up. There's always another ascension. More grace, more light, more generosity, more compassion, more to shed, more to grow." - Elizabeth Gilbert
Terrill Vidale was born in Charlotte, NC on August 25, 1987 to two parents from Trinidad and Tobago. For the first 12 years of his life he lived in Trinidad. After his parents divorced, him and his siblings all came to live with their mother, Michelle Vidale, who was enrolled at Youngstown State University. Since his mother was a full time college student and wasn’t American she was unable to seek employment so they were forced to move into the Beatitude House. The Beatitude House is a homeless shelter for mothers and their children. While at the Beatitude House, he met the Simon family that helped raise him. Pastor Kenneth and Wendy Simon stood in as parents for him while he was growing up. He is a graduate of Ursuline Hight School and did some college, but he was fascinated by business. He read tons of personal development books and focused on being the best person he can be.
Terrill, came from very humble beginnings. Terrill cut grass, shoveled driveways, raked leaves, washed cars, and was a referee at the local YMCA. He learned to be a hard worker at a very young age. After working at National City Bank where he was in the top 20 sales associates he went to work for American International Group, where he went all the way to number one in the entire company. Terrill knew he wanted more and wanted to do more for the community and that is when the birth of 2Deep Entertainment manifested itself.
Terrill went on to start 2Deep Entertainment on August 22, 2013, in Youngstown Ohio. Since starting 2Deep Entertainment, Vidale has worked with several universities and artists. Vidale has worked with world recognized artists such as Gucci Mane, Matt and Kim, Meek Mill, St. Lucia, Young Thug, and B.O.B just to name a few. Outside of musical entertainment 2Deep also specializes in fashion shows, magic shows, and guest speakers. In 2018 2Deep Entertainment was honored to have the opportunity to oversee the events for the city that he loves, the City of Youngstown where he currently holds that position. 2Deep is also the managing agency for NFL Legend Michael Vick and the booking agency for National Recording artist Luke Nasty.
During his work endeavors Vidale has created close relationships with noteworthy companies such as B.E.T, Reebok, McDonald’s, Edible Arrangements, and T-Mobile/ Metro PCS again, just to name a few. 2Deep provides safe, fun, and positive entertainment experiences from inception to execution. 2Deep works closely with staff and students of the universities to facilitate any event larger or small.
Since starting 2Deep Entertainment, Vidale has started 2Deep Estates, Kadi Concierges, Focus and GAI Capital Group. In 2018 Vidale married the woman of his dreams, Ashley Vidale.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
To encourage positivity and prosperity through live entertainment.
2Deep Entertainment is the #1 source for artist booking, events and social affairs. Enjoy great music and great people. We strive to bring you nothing but the best and guarantee a quality experience each and every time
Lauren McCay is a 5-time Emmy Award winning Journalist, Producer and TV Host. She’s worked for networks like NPR, PBS and ABC telling the stories of unspoken voices in the community.
She was born in Shaker Heights, and raised in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from the performing arts program at Firestone High School, she went on to study Broadcast Journalism at Bowling Green State University. During her time there, she interned at WBGU/PBS in Bowling Green, Ohio, WTOL/CBS in Toledo, Ohio and E! Entertainment in Los Angeles, California. Before graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism in 2009, she also was the General Manager of BG24 New, the news station on campus.
She loves connecting with people and telling their stories and has been finding creative ways to do so for the past 10 years.
Lauren now owns her own media company Satis Media Group www.satismediagroup.com
On todays episode of Next Generation Visionaries Podcast we talk to Rahzel As the oldest son of the legendary beatboxer Rahzel formerly of The Roots, Rahzel Jr proves to be well-deserving of his name, but there’s no doubt he’s more than capable of shining on his own. It’s easy to see that the talent genes in this family haven’t skipped a beat. Rahzel Jr.’s music is hip hop for hip hop fans, by a hip hop fan who has grown up with the culture--and those who’ve shaped it--firsthand. By incorporating the elements of authentic hip hop culture, while simultaneously bringing a fresh sound that effortlessly appeals to both the old heads and proponents of new school sounds, Rahzel Jr.’s records will appease even the most critical of hip hop purists. Much like his golden era predecessors, Rahzel Jr. manages to thoughtfully address the struggles of his generation in a relatable way. Rahzel Jr.’s flawless flow and clever wordplay makes listening a captivating experience. Check out Rahzel Jrs on instagram twitter @RahzelJr Download his music on all platforms Spotify-RahzelJr Tidal-RahzelJr apple music- RahzelJr www.Brittanibobaker.com
On this episode of Next Generation Visionaries Podcast we talk to the 3rd Generation Visionaries of Crabby Bills in Indian Rocks Beach Florida. Mia and Alecia. Find out how this family successfully owns and operates more than 6 seafood restaurants in the Clearwater, and Indian Rocks Fl area. In addition to having the successful seafood restaurants Mia and Alecia also own a yogurt shop called Ready Set Yo and a coffee shop and these amazing ladies still find time to make and sell all-natural candles shop their website at lulabellecandleco.com. Tune into find out what this amazing family is doing to help their staff out during the coronavirus pandemic. Be sure to check out all of their delicious restaurants. Crabby Bills, Jake’s Cantina, LuLu’s Oyster Bar and Tap House, Seabreeze Island Grill, Ready Set Yo!, Clearwater Oyster Company, Tropix Beach Bar, & Crabby Bill’s Fish Camp. https://crabbybills.com/our-story
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In our first episode of Next Generation Visionaries we talk to my amazing parents who made me a 2nd generation Visionary Al Bubba Baker and Sabrina Baker. The creators of Bubba's-Q, My co inventors of our Patented Product Bubbas Boneless Ribs and the people behind the brand. My dad talks about what it took for him to thrive 13 years in the National Football League (NFL) and how and why the decided to create the Brands Bubba's-Q and Bubbas Boneless Ribs as seen on Shark Tank.