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The podcast for people interested in the latest technology, business strategy and most importantly, for those of you who want to progress in your career. Every week we discuss with the smartest people in tech their career journeys, their best and worst business decisions, and their valuable lessons learned, which we pass onto you.
 
Successful executives cannot always play it safe. They make waves. This podcast explores the gap between potential and results in business. This is a show for people who seek career success. If you desire motivation, ideas, inspiration, and the chance to learn from people who are living their dreams, then “Making Waves at C-Level” (Formerly “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do”) should be added to your subscribed “must hear” podcasts. This show was designed to help people get “unstuck” in their car ...
 
Lead: It's been said that everything rises and falls on leadership, EVERYTHING! The world needs great leaders and that's why they're always in such high demand. Leaders who love their people and are able to communicate, build teams, and help their people grow, personally and professionally, will change lives and inspire the next generation of great leaders. If you're passionate about developing as a leader, this podcast will give you some great ideas and equip you with tools to quickly grow ...
 
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This week we wrap up our mini-tour of Latin America with Paul's conversation with Joubert Flores, Chairman of ANTPTRILHOS in Brazil. Joubert has been an integral part of the transit industry for over 45 years and his insights into where the transportation system in Brazil has been, and where it's going in the future, are essential listening for all…
 
Eric goes into detail about the conversations he had with his life coach, Julie. How he began to journal and the benefits of it, his life changing morning routine, and how he was able to get unstuck and breakthrough his invisible boundaries. Be sure to connect with us in our Lead Sell Grow – The Human Experience Tribe Facebook group: https://www.fa…
 
I Survived Cancer, Woke Up From a Coma, and Beat Death with Matt Ode is quite the story. Are you ready for some inspiration? This is a story of a relentless pursuit to stay alive and overcome the invisible enemy of cancer. At the age of 25, Matt was hospitalized in the Cleveland Clinic ICU for 53 days, forcing him into a 2 week coma. He suffered co…
 
Episode 667 is a great conversation with one of the authors of the book "Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues" (by David Bradford and Carole Robin). This is a topic that is near and dear to host Thom Singer, as he has been talking to audiences for years about how to connect better with people in this gadg…
 
This week on the first episode of Transit Unplugged News and Views (what we use to call Comfort's Corner) Paul chats with Andrew Bata of UITP, North America. Paul and Andrew talk about Andrew's former role as Chief Innovator at New York MTA. He and Paul continue with his vision of the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for transit agencies…
 
Are you tired of the negativity in the world and on social media? You may be actually asking for what you see. If you show you are interested in the negativity, the algorithms will play more of the same for you. So how can you stay positive through the biggest challenges? Chris Wirth shares what he has learned over the years. He admits that he has …
 
Episode 666 is not the mark of the devil. This is a solo episode where Thom Singer will rant about success. Some listeners of the "Making Waves at C-Level" podcast pointed out it had been too long since Thom did episodes that were just him sharing ideas and his story, so he is working to re-instate these with weekly thoughts being shared. Thom is a…
 
The bustling city of Fortaleza could be a model for how operators, transit agencies, and cities can work together to deliver sustainable, technology-enabled public transit. This week Paul chats with Dimas Barreira is the president of SINDIONIBUS, a group of 17 transit operators serving the city of Fortaleza and the surrounding area. What's unique i…
 
Coach Phil McGeoghan-NFL Wide Receivers Coach Consistency, burning desire to compete. Sacrifice. Up early in the morning. As a football player, Phil like all players are under intense scrutiny. Their games and practices are filmed and coaches are approaching players to improve. Phil was the oldest of 7 kids. His dad was a prison dentist and a disci…
 
Episode 665 is a conversation with Max Warren. Max is an expert in sales enablement, business systems, and process innovation. He sits down with Thom Singer to talk ways to be more successful in business. About Rising Phoenix Consulting Rising Phoenix consulting is a Real-world consulting firm. The firm was founded on a few key ideas. People before…
 
What do you do when you're given the reins of one of the biggest rail projects in history that's three years late and well over budget? How do you take something that has gone decidedly off the rails, back on track? For Mark Wild of Crossrail UK, it meant going back to the fundamentals of project management. He focused on grappling with the enormou…
 
Bryan Kelly helps busy leaders and their teams unlock and implement one or more business books a month. He does this through a program called "Stroke of Genius". In this episode he shares his journey and his ways to get more from reading great books. About Bryan Kelly Bryan Kelly is an entrepreneur and executive who has built, sold, and acquired mu…
 
Eric and I have the opportunity to speak with a rabbi who is now helping businesses to build trust with their teams and customers. How to Connect and Build Trust by Using Ethics - With Yonason Goldson we discuss the value of ethics and purpose in business. Success in business is ultimately about relationships and trust. Businesses sometimes lose si…
 
Paul's on vacation this week so our producer Tris Hussey is in the host's chair for this episode. News in this episode: Proterra goes public on the NASDAQ US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg highlights and thanks the transit industry for its work getting people vaccinated. Robert Yu was tapped as President and General Manager for Oahu Tra…
 
What does one learn from playing a sport such as football? This is what we discuss in Business Lessons Learned From Football - With Aswand Cruickshank. Aswand grew up playing football and learned about wins and losses. When one gets knocked down, we learn from it and get back up and try again. Aswand is a 2x author, who is unafraid to take risks. H…
 
Dr Ivan Misner returns to "Making Waves at C-Level" to talk about networking after the pandemic. So much has happened in the last year, but the need for human connections does not change in the business world. About Ivan Misner Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. Fou…
 
As we get back to live in-person meetings, you company cannot leave the human experience to chance. We have proven over the last year that we can do a good job delivering content via virtual platforms, but when people come to in-person events they are expecting more than they did before. The engagement and networking part of meetings is going to be…
 
This week Paul chats with Naif Bin Hwail of Saudi Arabia's Transport General Authority (TGA) on how his agency built a structure to serve millions of people--including the millions visiting Mecca and Medina for the Haj--using bus, rail, and taxis. In his conversation with Paul, Naif Bin Hwail talks about developing bus rapid transit (BRT) in severa…
 
Diana Alt helps people take charge of their career in a strategic way and find ideal work where they are valued and get paid. The key to a successful career transition is in how you get clear on what you want, what you value, and how you network. Diana is a connector who uses her experience in corporate roles and as a business owner to help people …
 
Despite massive spend on lead gen, sales effort, tools and gifting, outbound generates too few meetings. It is more challenging than ever to book meetings. So what do we do? More of the same? Here is a fresh approach. Scott Milener joins us to share A Unique Way to Book More Meetings. Scott has been involved with SaaS sales and knows that everyone …
 
Check out this episode of "Making Waves at C-Level" as host Thom Singer sits down with Certified High Performance Coach James Williams to talk about how driven leaders can perform at their best and find success in their professional and personal lives. About James Williams Success driven visionaries don't want their goals to be held back by physica…
 
This week on Comfort's Corner we have two newsmaker interviews for you. First, we talk with Candace Moore of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority about how she's used asset management data to improve maintenance in her fleet of nearly 200 vehicles. Then we travel to Saskatoon, SK, and hear an excerpt from Cory Shrigley's ThinkTransit session…
 
Eric Konovalov and Harry Spaight are joined by a true networking champion champion joins us on this podcast, How to Network and Create Long-Lasting Relationships - with John Carr. John has been networking successfully many years and shares his insight. Networking in Chambers of Commerce and networking groups needs to be strategic and intentional. I…
 
Wellbeing is not one size fits all, and if you manage a team, their wellbeing matters to your bottom line. Some companies have even created the position of Chief Wellness Officer. On ep 659 Thom Singer talks to Dr. Brad Bongiovanni to talk about why all this matters. About Brad Bongiovanni Dr. Brad Bongiovanni is Head of Strategy at Med-IQ and Chie…
 
On this episode Thom sits down with Kerri Leslie and talks about how her company is changing packaging in the beauty and personal care space. Kerri was a finalist in the San Diego Angel Conference, and was completed her Angel round with the approx $100,000 she received. About Verity Verity is obsessed with creating truly sustainable packaging solut…
 
"We want to promote caring commuting culture here, a gracious one, ... working together with everyday commuters to try and improve each other's commute." This week Paul talks with Jeremy Yap, Deputy Chief Executive for Public Transport, Policy and Planning for the Land Transport Authority, Singapore. In this wide-ranging interview, we learn how Sin…
 
In this podcast, Creating the person you're meant to be with Nick Connor, Nick shares his story about being a pro baseball player that reached his peak and had to make a change. What would that transition look like? In Nick's case, he ended up taking a job in door to door sales selling security systems in residential neighborhoods. Nick talks about…
 
Show notes: Welcome to Comfort's Corner for May 26th, 2021. This week on Comfort's Corner we have a special newsmaker segment with board members of the North American Transit Alliance (NATA) and the International Association of Public Transit (UITP) discussing the results of a new study on private contracting in public transit agencies. UITP comple…
 
Episode 657 is all about now and the future. Much has changed in business in the past two years, but what are the trends for 2021 and beyond? Joel Block from Bullseye Capital talks about what he sees happening now and into the future. Bullseye Capital is the nation’s preeminent real estate syndication training provider, helping real estate brokers,…
 
Chernobyl Through the Eyes of a First Medical Responder with Dr. Alla Shapiro is a fascinating story of the time period of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Dr. Alla Shapiro was a first physician-responder to the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. Information about …
 
Episode 656 is a conversation with Bob Liscouski. He has had a very interesting career from being a cop, to an early employee at the Department of Homeland Security, to the CEO of a company in the quantum computing space. We talk about his journey, the power of surrounding yourself with good people, and how to get things done. This is a great conve…
 
This week Paul chats with Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi of the RAK Transport Authority in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost of the seven Emirates in the UAE and home to over 60 km of beaches, the world's longest zip line, and... A really innovative and integrated transit system. From buses to taxis, e-scooters and …
 
Ep 655 is a conversation with LinkedIn expert Sandra Long. In this interview Thom Singer and Sandra share their experiences with using LinkedIn, and why it is an important tool for everyone in business. About Sandra Long Sandra Long is a global LinkedIn expert, consultant, author, and speaker. She is known for her book, speaking, and TEDx talk. Her…
 
How to Take on Life and Be Relelentless, with Evelien Van Es we hear her story about becoming her true genuine self. Questions like Do we want to know who we are at the core? What we really want and what it takes to make conscious and heartfelt choices? In Be Relentlessly Yourself, Evelien van Es describes, with great candor, what life is really al…
 
Earlier this year, "Making Waves at C-Level" host Thom Singer was the host for the San Diego Angel Conference. This angel funding competition featured several amazing companies (many of which have now been guests on this podcast). This interview (Episode 654) is with the founder of Advocat Technologies, Pradnya Desh. Advocat won the $200,000 prize …
 
This week is a special Comfort's Corner with a focus on access and equality in the transit system. After this week's transit news, we hear from Julie Timm of the Greater Richmond Transit Company on how she is looking at how the fare system, might not be fair to the people who need and depend on it most. Julie's segment was taken from her Virtual Th…
 
Ep 653 is another visit to the cannabis industry and the world of packaging. In this case, beautiful wooden boxes for the display of different flavor profiles. Terps Perps' company mission is to optimize the cannabis shopper experience by simplifying the consumer education process. With six more states legalizing cannabis for commercial use since 4…
 
Jennifer Ramirez' story is difficult to fathom. As a 7-year old, she was the victim of abuse by her own father. Her mother didn't want to believe what happened and this event had a large impact on Jennifer as a young girl, through her teens and early adult life. At 21 she was a single mom, living in a gang war zone, in abusive relationships and was…
 
Episode 652 of “Making Waves at C-Level” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members through insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with Patrick Emmons, founder and CEO of D…
 
"...it was really that project that showed me how much transportation can add to the economic development of a region, can hurt, or help, neighborhoods. can really impact people at their business levels ... in the communities they choose to raise their families..." This week Paul is joined by Leslie Richards General Manager of SEPTA (Southeast Penn…
 
In the third of our special Transit Unplugged episodes from Virtual ThinkTransit, we have the final keynote from Day Three. Our final keynote of the conference had Geoff Gray step into Paul Comfort's shoes to moderate this amazing panel of Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx; Erinn Pinkerton, President and CEO, BC Transit; and Alex Wiggins, …
 
This is the second of three special Transit Unplugged episodes from Virtual ThinkTransit. Our Day Two keynote was by Lauren Skiver, CEO of SunLine Transit Agency. challenged us to find our power and purpose to innovate. Lauren hit head-on the challenge of innovating in a regulated business like transit. We have a great responsibility to our staff, …
 
In the first of three special Transit Unplugged episodes, we bring you the keynote from Day One of Virtual ThinkTransit (VTT). Robbie Makinen's (CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority) keynote was an inspiration to the entire audience. Robbie is well known as an inspiring speaker and he did not disappoint today. He lost his sight abou…
 
“This industry is absolutely crucial for people to live their lives in the way that they are used to doing.” On this episode of Comfort's Corner, part of the Transit Unplugged podcast, Luke Antoniou, Editor of Intelligent Transport, joins Paul Comfort to discuss new transit trends in Europe and his thoughts on Mobility-as-a-Service. Paul also share…
 
Episode 651 is a chat with Tamsen Webster. On this podcast Thom Singer interviews her about her new book "Find Your Red Thread". This is very important for anyone who has a message they need to be understood by others (ummmm, that is all of us). About Tamsen Webster Tamsen Webster has spent the last twenty years helping experts drive action from th…
 
The story of Mike Shoreman, how a debilitating illness that stemmed from the Chicken Pox he had as a child took him from his career as a professional paddleboarder and surfer to a person who needed a cane to maintain his balance on dry land. Mike explains what happened in depth. How the illness took him out of the life he knew and how it came to a …
 
Mindset and overcoming the things that are blocking you is key to success and fulfillment. In this episode Thom talks to mindset coach Malorie Nicole about ways to find your own path to health consciousness. About Malorie Nicole Malorie Nicole helps entrepreneurs and executives create mental clarity, fulfillment and growth in their lives. She is th…
 
How are you doing during the past year of the pandemic when it comes to mental health? How are your employees? Do you really know? Just asking may not get you real answers. Episode 649 is a conversation with Shannon Andress, who shares her story about the struggles she faced over the last year and her journey to recovery. This episode matters, as m…
 
In episode 648 of "Making Waves at C-Level" Thom chats with a repeat guest on the show, Mike Smerklo. Together they discuss trends before and after the pandemic and how business leaders can "Make Waves" in the new environment. They also talk about Mike's new book, "Mr. Monkey and Me". About Mike Smerklo Mike Smerklo is an experienced entrepreneur, …
 
“I have always said that crisis breeds innovation.” Joining the Transit Unplugged podcast for this episode is Clinton Forbes, Executive Director at Palm Tran. Clinton chats with Paul Comfort about Palm Tran’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, their new flex routes for remote areas, and shares his thoughts on the future of electric vehicles. Clinto…
 
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