Montana Public Radio

Arnie Sherman

Host, "Can Do" podcast

Arnie Sherman's experiences as an entrepreneur, trade negotiator, strategic advisor, college professor and as the host of podcast, radio and television programs give him a singular perspective on life and the business world.

He worked extensively in Russia, launching the first private representational firm in the Soviet Union, and later negotiating the U.S. – Russian Trans-Siberian Express Rail Service joint venture. Arnie has helped finance infrastructure projects around the world. To date, the list of countries he has visited either for work or for pleasure totals more than 100.

Arnie has founded six companies, and has provided strategic advice to senior management at Marriot, CSX, Ferrari S.p.A. and Maersk/Sealand Shipping, among others. He's lectured and spoken widely, providing a dynamic, authentic voice on current affairs. Arnie's "Can Do" podcast on MTPR poses thought-provoking questions about how and where entrepreneurship intersects our daily lives.

Ways to Connect

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our country and vaccine relief is slow in coming, sound advice is as good as gold. Montana businesses experienced an exhausting 2020, and the new year promises to be just as unpredictable. Joining me today are two guests experiencing the economic impact from two very different perspectives.

The American restaurant industry is in freefall. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 110,000 restaurants have closed nationwide. That’s one out of every six, and there are likely more to come. Those restaurants that remain open are struggling with financial sustainability, as they face an industry-wide loss of $240 billion in sales for 2020. Listen now on Can Do as we will explore this subject with two industry pros in two very different positions.

According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, more than 100,000 American businesses that have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will never reopen. What about the millions of family-run companies? Is their plight as sobering? The situation is less clear for this sector, which accounts for more than 57 percent of the US GNP. 

What are the biggest challenges facing family business? What pitfalls and opportunities are unique to them? And how do family businesses weather the storm of the pandemic? Learn more now on Can Do.

Tim Pollard is an author, speaker and Founder/CEO of Oratium.
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Most of what we know about communicating is wrong, says Tim Pollard, author, speaker and Founder/CEO of Oratium. In his books, “The Compelling Communicator” and “Mastering the Moment,” He outlines how the brain communicates information. More importantly, he details how to successfully design and execute communication in ways that people will understand.

In November 2020, for most workers in the U.S., "business as usual" feels like a fairy tale. Working remotely, many parents are scrambling to handle their kids' education alongside their own jobs - or they've left the workplace altogether. Millions of others cope with unemployment, while "essential" on-site workers struggle to protect themselves and their families from workplace spread of COVID-19.

When the wild ride of the pandemic coasts to a stop, what will "normal" look like? This time on Can Do, Arnie Sherman talks with Stacy Maloney and Beth Humberd about the future of work.

Even in the best of times figuring out the right formula for managing your personal or business finances is a challenge. Now with the dual whammy of  COVID-19 and an associated economic recession, it is even more complicated. What mistakes are crucial to avoid? When is the right time to really hunker down?  Where can you cut spending and where should you invest?

Learn more now on this episode of Can Do.

Maureen Lonergan, Director of Global Training and Certification for Amazon Web Services, or AWS.
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What are the skills major tech companies are looking for in their workforce? What do businesses get for their investment in employee training? What type of workforce are we imagining for our economy a decade from now?

Learn more now with Can Do.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic recession are casting differently-sized shadows across the United States. In Montana, unemployment has been high but never above the national average. Until early October 2020, the COVID infection rate remained comparatively low. 

One surprising effect has been the growing migration to the state, in particular to Missoula and Bozeman, from other parts of the U.S.

Dr. Michael Horowitz is the founding president of TCS Education System.
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What has been the real impact of COVID-19 on higher education? How will education adapt to the pandemic and the related recession? And can U.S. colleges and universities produce the skilled workforce that industries require? Learn more now with Can Do.

Allie Malis, American Airlines Flight Attendant and Government Relations Representative for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
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We are now more than 7 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and perhaps no industry has been more disrupted than transportation. Global air travel is down 85% from this time last year. Air carriers are set to lose more than $84B this fiscal year. NYC subway traffic is down 75% and more than 4,000 transport workers have contracted COVID-19 with more than 130 deaths reported.

The thoughts on everyone’s mind are, “when will it be safe to travel again?” and “will business travel ever be the same?”