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Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs

  • Hosted by Arnie Sherman

"Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" is a podcast all about why Montana leads the nation in entrepreneurship and business startups. Host Arnie Sherman picks the brains of successful Montana entrepreneurs and shares their lessons with you. From cricket farms to romance novels, "Can Do" shares the secrets to business success in Montana. Tune in for lessons every other Friday at mtpr.org or wherever you get your podcasts.

Host Arnie Sherman is a featured media contributor. His guest editorial articles appear in newspapers across the nation and in China, Russia and Europe. Continuing to balance work with creativity, his life portfolio includes written poetry, song writing, appearances in community theater, TV commercials and a published article in the Journal of Psychology. A frequent lecturer and speaker on three continents, Sherman offers a dynamic and authentic voices on current events and daily life.

Can Do: Rebranding A Company In the Fintech Market

Nov 16, 2018
Eric Hathaway, vice president of marketing at Zoot Enterprises. LinkedIn headshot Nov. 16, 2018.
LinkedIn profile

When Zoot Enterprises hired Eric Hathaway three years ago, it didn’t realize that in order to grow, the financial services technology provider would need to refresh its entire brand. But Hathaway thrives on change. “I love to help businesses move to the next level – it drives me,” says Hathaway, Zoot’s vice president of marketing.

Hathaway, who has a global business leadership resume including Credit Suisse, Standard & Poor's, Microsoft and T-Mobile, helped Zoot reposition itself in the “fintech” – financial technology – market and change the way it sold itself, communicated and found new clients.

Today on “Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs,” host Arnie Sherman and Hathaway discuss what it takes to rebrand a 25-year-old organization and turn it into the leader in its industry.

Dave Glaser, president and CEO of MoFi. Linked-In headshot. Nov. 1, 2018
LinkedIn profile

“Captain Dave” is a licensed river guide and environmental scientist who’s sailed across the Atlantic and picked bananas on a kibbutz in Israel. But his alter ego, Dave Glaser, is the president and CEO of MoFi, a Missoula-headquartered non-bank lender that has provided more than $500 million to entrepreneurs and organizations across the Northern Rockies region.

John Connors is a managing partner at Ignition Partners, a business software venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs thrive.
Courtesy Ignition Partners.

“You can take on new assignments in areas you don’t really know, and if you recruit the right people, set the right goals and everybody works very, very hard, you can accomplish amazing things.”

That’s John Connors, a managing partner at Ignition Partners, a leading enterprise software investment company with more than $1.5 billion under management. Listen to this episode of "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" to learn about how Connors, who grew up among the ranches and oil rigs of eastern Montana, rose through the ranks of Microsoft's financial positions to become that company's Chief Financial Officer, and then a managing partner at Ignition.

Can Do: KOA, The Future Of Camping

Oct 5, 2018
Kampgrounds of America president Toby O’Rourke
Courtesy KOA

On this week’s episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, host Arnie Sherman talks with Kampgrounds of America President Toby O’Rourke, the first woman president in the company’s 56-year history.

Can Do: Storytelling Your Way to Success

Sep 21, 2018

On this week’s episode of "Can Do," Jennifer Sheets, a writer and English professor at the University of Montana, talks about her success in winning the 2018 John Ruffato Business Startup Challenge, along with $22,000 in start-up funding.

Sheets entered the competition with no business background or training. But her idea to create StorySquares won over the contest judges. It's a web-based writing platform for individuals, schools, and businesses that would let users complete a writing task from beginning to end using digital storyboarding methods.

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