Some 210 people turned out this morning for Springfield Business Journal’s third-annual 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
During the event at AMC Springfield 11 IMAX Theater, nine executives delivered business and life advice on a variety of topics and industries. The executives each had seven minutes to talk, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Below are samples of advice from the nine executives, in alphabetical order. The full list of the their 90 business ideas is slated to be published in SBJ’s Dec. 10 edition.
Nathan Adams, CEO of Epic Strategies LLC
Idea: If you want A+ talent, be an A+ employer.
“Know your weaknesses and surround yourself with those who can fill the gap.”
Becky Borthwick, associate circuit judge in Missouri’s 31st Circuit Court
Idea: Don’t be negative.
“They shoot the nag,” she said, referencing horses in poor condition at farms. “Don’t be the nag.”
Dr. Jose Dominguez, surgeon with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic at CoxHealth
Idea: Keep hope alive.
“When you deal with tough situations, you have to have the right leadership attitude.”
Julie Higgins, CEO of I Pour Life
Idea: Focus on the good in people. There’s already enough negativity.
“Water the good seeds. It will naturally choke out the weeds.”
Rick Meewes, managing partner of Reliable Superstore
Idea: Surround yourself with good people.
“Everyone in life needs a board of directors. We can’t go through life alone.”
Jennifer Rothschild, speaker and author
Idea: Work to grow as a leader.
“You could get the wood chopped with a dull blade, but it’s going to be a lot harder.”
Brad Schrock, owner of Kitchenland USA Inc.
Idea: Evaluate what’s most important.
“Money isn’t the most valuable. It’s time.”
Kurt Theobold, CEO/chief strategist of Classy Llama
Idea: Explore and discover yourself as a person and leader.
“What the world really needs is for you to be who you are.”
Glenna Wallace, chief, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Idea: Recognize your uniqueness.
“Find out how you are unique and claim it.”
Cape Girardeau-based carGo Technologies LLC launched its ride-hailing and delivery services in the Springfield market; the 90-bed, $8.7 million Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility began operating; and First Home Bank officially changed its name to Stockmens Bank.
“In the restaurant industry, the profit margins are very thin. Your two prime costs which is your food and labor are very high, and then you’ve got your rent and all your other expenses on top …
Carter, Marketing Officer for Central Trust Company, says he didn’t realize how important it is to listen until he started working with groups of people. “You can’t move the process forward …
“I let that negativity spread to me like a cancer, and that’s what it is in your organizations,” says Becky Borthwick, Associate Circuit Judge at 31st Circuit, State of Missouri. Borthwick says …
Ömer Önder showed a talent for writing at an early age, winning awards in his native Turkey. He later studied journalism and became a reporter, covering the Middle East, Turkey, and the …
“Branson’s brought in international folks for many decades to work in the show industry and other segments of our economy and they’re a vital part of our community whether they’re here …
“Sometimes you have mentors that are very informal — they don’t even know that they’re your mentor, just people that you admire and, I think, want to emulate,” says Crista Hogan, Executive …
Michael Doss, creator of Emerson Park, started making his own coffee soap as a hobby. Seeing a demand, he started selling products online and to retail stores across the country. Doss says they …
“When Millenials first entered the workplace, the expectation they brought with them was that the workplace needed to be designed for them. They were not coming to fit in, they were coming to …
Alisa Lawler, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development with Multipli Credit Union, says many employees ask their human resources director about borrowing money from their 401(k) plan. …
“I have days where I am on top of the world. I got more online orders today than I ever have and I’ve gotten an email from someone saying how good it is. And then I’ll have a week where I …