Good Company: The Podcast
When you live in Grand Rapids, you’re in good company.
The Grand Rapids area is home to an array of colorful individuals – creatives, professionals, people looking to make a difference, social influencers, and even the newbies in town with a cool backstory. Tune in as we explore these stories one guest at a time… while drinking Michigan-made craft beer!
S2 Episode 26: The Chamber Government Affairs Team Discusses Recent Survey Results and Gives Their 2020 ForecastJan 15, 2020
S2 Episode 25: Nothing Bundt Cakes on Charitable Giving and their Connection to Cooper’s Hawk WineryDec 4, 2019
S2 Episode 4: Jeff Cranson on the Polar Vortex, Plowing, Potholes and PolicyMar 4, 2019
On another American Spirit edition of Good Company, we sat down with Jeff Cranson, Director of Communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation. We talked about the polar vortex, plowing, potholes and policy, all while enjoying Long Road Distillers Dry Gin from Bridge Street Market. Check out the project video Jeff refers to here: youtu.be/r-XtvC9lPd4
S2 Episode 3: Bob Roth of RoMan Manufacturing on Finding and Attracting TalentMar 1, 2019
On this week’s episode of Good Company, we sat down with Bob Roth, President & CEO of RoMan Manufacturing, to drink Founders Solid Gold and discuss talent in the workplace. When employees understand the why of a company, and are given the opportunity to have a voice in the why, it can make all […]
S2 Episode 2: Erik Lauchiè of Carbon Stories on Being a Young Entrepreneur and Why Grand Rapids is GreatFeb 13, 2019
We sat down with Erik Lauchiè, Founder and Creative Director of Carbon Stories, where he shared his experiences as a young entrepreneur and his ambitions for the future. We enjoyed Dang! That’s Good soda from Martha’s Vineyard.
S2 Episode 1: Bryan Harrison and Mandy Bolter Discuss Their Passion for Local PoliticsJan 27, 2019
Bryan Harrison and Mandy Bolter Discuss their Passion for Local Politics This is the first episode of the American Spirit edition of Good Company, where Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Johnston chats with local policymakers while enjoying a locally made spirit. In this episode, Bryan Harrison and Mandy Bolter share their tips for […]
Episode 17: Jennifer Maxson on What It Means to Lead & the Importance of MentorshipNov 16, 2018
Jennifer Maxson was awarded the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award for good reason. She is passionate about her community, and even more passionate about building great leaders. Listen to her share everything from what movie boss she thinks is just the worst, to tips on business card etiquette, all while sipping on Michigan Kviek from Mitten […]
Episode 16: These Twin Brothers Went from Poverty and Fieldwork to Founding a Successful Real Estate GroupBy: Good Company: The Podcast / Nov 1, 2018
Identical twins Manny and Leo Barajas grew up in poverty working in Michigan’s blueberry and cherry fields. Today, they are the successful founders of MI Home Group, where they bring the most real estate transactions under their parent company, Coldwell Banker. How did they beat the odds and get from point A to point B? […]
Episode 15: Judge Christina Elmore on Running for Circuit Court & Her Craziest Courtroom StoriesBy: Good Company: The Podcast / Sep 27, 2018
Despite what people might think because of all the courtroom dramas on television, being a judge isn’t all about yelling at people and swinging a gavel around. Christina Elmore describes it more as “being a referee.” Find out about her journey into judgeship, why she’s running for Circuit Court, and how she deals with people […]
Episode 14: James Sofranko of the Grand Rapids Ballet Discusses the Misconceptions of Being a Man in BalletBy: Good Company: The Podcast / Sep 11, 2018
People may assume that men in ballet are “not masculine” or “not real athletes” – but that couldn’t be further from the truth! From the demanding physical requirements like lifting women to performing amazing feats in front of a live audience… and in tights! One could argue that you have to be even more secure […]