October 24, 2021
Leading 350 People in 21 Locations Through Covid-19 & Everything Else
COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Leadership, Transportation

Leading 350 People in 21 Locations Through Covid-19 & Everything Else

In this episode of One Take CEO Interviews presented by Platinum Group, Kari Rihm, owner, president and CEO of South St. Paul-based Rihm Family Companies (RFC), discusses what it’s been like this year leading her fourth-generation family-owned business that employs more than 350 people in 21 locations. Challenges ranged from ‘fixing leaking pipes’ and quickly adjusting to extreme changes […]

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Refinance if Your Rates Are Still High, and Keep Thinking Outside the Box
Banking and Finance, Commercial Real Estate, COVID-19 leadership, Economy, Family Business, Leadership

Refinance if Your Rates Are Still High, and Keep Thinking Outside the Box

During this One Take CEO Interview presented by Platinum Group, Aleesha Webb, vice chair and president of Blaine, MN-based Village Bank, advises business owners to take advantage of low interest rates if they haven’t done so already, and to be strategic while thinking outside the box. Her second-generation family owned community bank has 69 employees, about […]

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Communication, COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Insurance, Jobs, Law, Leadership, Marketing, Sales, Talent Management

5 CEOs on How to Thrive in 2021

We soon end the strangest year most of us have experienced, one in which uncertainty as individuals, families, organizations, communities, states and a nation reached its highest point since World War II. Some did well, some remain in limbo, some were severely affected. We all face continued uncertainty for at least the next six months, […]

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What’s Working Best in Marketing Now, and How to Stay Sane During Such Uncertain Times
Communication, COVID-19 leadership, Economy, Marketing

What’s Working Best in Marketing Now, and How to Stay Sane During Such Uncertain Times

Liz Diedrich, founder and CEO of Diedrich RPM (research propelled marketing), provides a variety of helpful perspectives in this One Take CEO Interview. One pertains to what’s working best in marketing today. “We’re seeing very dramatic shifts in terms of what is working digitally: Retargeting—the ads that follow you around— has produced huge conversions in […]

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CEO Kyle Kottke on Running a Trucking Company During Covid-19, and Why 2021 Should be Good
COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Leadership, Logistics, Transportation

CEO Kyle Kottke on Running a Trucking Company During Covid-19, and Why 2021 Should be Good

Kottke Trucking Co. Co-Owner and CEO Kyle Kottke shares during this on-site video interview how his Buffalo Lake, MN-based trucking business has adapted in many ways since Covid-19 began to affect the economy back in March. This includes helping truckers find places to stop for gas and to stay overnight, when most locations shut down […]

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Tastefully Simple’s Jill Blashak Strahan on Lessons from Quick Success, 7 Years of Losses & Return to Profit
COVID-19 leadership, Food, Leadership

Tastefully Simple’s Jill Blashak Strahan on Lessons from Quick Success, 7 Years of Losses & Return to Profit

Tastefully Simple Founder and CEO Jill Blashak Strahan shares during in a brief interview what it was like to grow her 1995 startup into a $143 million-a-year business, and then lead through seven consecutive years of losses before Covid-19 hit. Ironically those recent tough times forced her organization to return to being scrappy like it […]

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Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership

Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits

Founder and CEO Bob Schafer created a highly successful bakery supply business from scratch all from operating cash flow; no debt. Mixing and/or distributing 150 million pounds a year of ingredients to food manufacturers, this Minnesota Family Business Award-winning company has weathered three recessions since its founding in 1991. Thus far it is handing the […]

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Minnesota’s Economic Conditions Are Improving
Economy

Minnesota’s Economic Conditions Are Improving

U.S. commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings through September outpaced the number filed in all of 2019. And the 747 filings made that month represented a 77 percent increase from the same period a year earlier, according to AACER court data. Yet Minnesota’s economy appears to be rebounding quite well from the depths of the Covid-19 […]

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Leading When People Are Stressed, Plus How Best to Bring Employees Back to the Office
Commercial Real Estate, COVID-19 leadership, Economy, Law, Leadership, Talent Management

Leading When People Are Stressed, Plus How Best to Bring Employees Back to the Office

These issues and more are explored in this week’s One Take CEO Interview with Jim Snoxell, CEO and chair of the business law and nonprofits department at the law firm Henningson & Snoxell. “It took me a while to realize this but there’s no question the ongoing Covid-19 [pandemic] and all the social unrest and political discomfort going […]

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3 Tips on How to Avoid Passing Cost Increases to Customers
Education, Entrepreneurism, Leadership

3 Tips on How to Avoid Passing Cost Increases to Customers

In this brief interview, Bobby Tarnowski shares how he’s trying to avoid raising prices due to increasing costs and other challenges. His approach includes packaging service offerings and providing financing options. Such constructive problem solving makes sense given Tarnowski’s a math enthusiast who owns a 10-location, 65-employee Mathnasium franchise serving about 600 students in the […]

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