Business & Beyond with Gerry Dick

Business & Beyond with Gerry Dick

Business and Beyond with Gerry Dick is a weekly conversation with Indiana leaders in business, politics, sports, entertainment…and beyond. The 30-minute podcast explores the successes, failures and memorable moments that have shaped the lives of high profile, high-performing individuals with a Hoosier connection. Inspirational, informative and sometimes emotional, Business and Beyond is an intimate conversation with well-known guests who share their personal, unfiltered stories and what motivates them in their daily pursuit of success and happiness, personally and professionally.

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July 22, 2024 40 mins

The broadcasting bug bit Betsy Ross in sixth grade while growing up in her hometown of Connersville, Indiana. Her dreams of a career in journalism led her to anchoring at ESPN, becoming one of the first women to emerge on the national TV sports scene. Betsy Ross talks about being a pioneer for women in journalism, the NIL, her time on the anchor desk in Indianapolis and what she’s up to now.

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In a city known for hosting big events, 2024 just might be its busiest year ever. From the NBA All-Star Weekend to the historic U.S. Olympic Team Trials inside Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis is once again adding to its sports capital reputation. In this episode, Indiana Sports Corporation President Patrick Talty talks about how Indy continues to land the biggest events in sport in an increasingly compe...

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Mark Tarner has always been a dreamer. And a builder. In this episode, the South Bend Chocolate Company founder talks about his entrepreneurial journey, his passion for paleontology and why his latest venture may be his biggest yet.

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Indiana State University’s 13th president is a first-generation college graduate whose leadership style is defined by life experiences. In this episode, Dr. Mike Godard talks about growing up in Vermont, his path to Tere Haute and why making connections will be a priority, both on campus and in the community.

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She was elected as Lawrence County Recorder in 1977, at the age of 25. It was a moment that would propel the Bedford native to a career in local and state politics, culminating with her election as Indiana’s 49th Lt. Governor.  In this episode, Becky Skillman talks about her inspiration to enter the public square, the importance of giving back and much more.

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He was working the overnight shift at a train depot in Mendota, Illinois when an ad in Sport magazine caught Don Fischer’s eye.  “How would you like to be a sports broadcaster?” It was a moment that would change his life and lead to a Hall of Fame career. In this episode, the legendary voice of IU athletics talks about his “absolutely horrible” first play-by-play experience, his introduction to Bob Knig...

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June 10, 2024 30 mins

As we wrap up season three of the podcast, we are taking a pause to gear up for a fantastic season four. You can look forward to a big name headlining our season-opener next week. In the meantime, enjoy this revisit with Pacers Sports and Entertainment CEO Rick Fuson, who is retiring this month after more than four decades with the organization.  

 

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As we wrap up season three of the podcast, we are taking a pause to gear up for a fantastic season four. You can look forward to a big name headlining our season-opener in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this revisit with outgoing University of Southern Indiana President Ron Rochon, the dynamic educator who recently announced his departure to lead Cal State Fullerton.

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He’s bullish on Indiana’s future, but Bret Swanson says the state needs to think big to create the workforce and economy it wants. The president of Zionsville-based Entropy Economics talks AI disruption, a manufacturing renaissance and why he believes entrepreneurship can be Indiana’s ticket to success.

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She grew up in Fort Wayne and dreamed of one day breaking barriers and leading her hometown.  And while it didn’t happen in the way in which she would have liked, Sharon Tucker is relishing her new role. The city’s first Black female mayor talks about her inspiration to lead, the importance of neighborhoods and what’s next for Indiana’s second-largest city.

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Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce is leading an economic development strategy that represents a sea change for the state. Aggressively going after the investment and jobs the state wants rather than waiting for the phone to ring. It is an approach that is yielding record results. In this episode, David Rosenberg talks opportunities and critical challenges for the state and how his Hoosier roots serve as m...

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From her days as an All-America student-athlete to leading enforcement at the NCAA to now leading a Division I athletic conference, Julie Roe Lach has never shied away from a challenge. In this episode, the commissioner of the Horizon League talks about challenges and opportunities for mid-major conferences, the chaotic landscape of collegiate sports, and playing pick-up basketball in Pinckneyville, Ill...

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He didn’t grow up on a farm, but his small-town upbringing has helped shape his leadership style and vision for Indiana’s agbioscience sector. Meet Agrinovus Indiana CEO Mitch Frazier: military veteran, tech entrepreneur and a firm believer in what could be Indiana’s next big thing.

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As a child growing up in Evansville, Stephanie Terry dreamed of one day being a doctor. But instead of serving patients, she is now serving the residents of Evansville as the city’s first woman and first African American mayor. In this episode, she talks about priorities, her call to service and what makes Evansville and southwest Indiana special.  

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She began her career as a management consultant in Boston, but a summer internship would launch a difference-making career in Indianapolis.  Fairbanks Foundation CEO Claire Fiddian-Green has led the Indianapolis-based organization since 2015 and is embarking on ambitious initiative to help redefine the workforce in Indiana. In this episode, she talks about the potential of apprenticeships and how they c...

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The Mira Awards, the annual celebration of technology and innovation in Indiana,  is turning 25 this year and marking the occasion with some big changes. Techpoint’s “Oscars of Tech” is moving to Old National Centre in downtown Indy. CEO Ting Gootee explains the reasons for the move, the importance of the event and offers her take on Indiana’s tech community.

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“We are very, very clear about it. We are going to be the best urban public research university in the country. Bar none.” Indiana University President Pam Whitten does not hold back when asked about expectations for the new IU Indianapolis. In this episode, she talks about the idea behind the breakup of IUPUI, the important role of the business community and the ambitious vision for IU 2030.

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Paul Okeson grew up around the construction business, but never thought he’d make a career of it. But today, the Fort Wayne native is leading Garmong Construction, a 100-year-old Indiana firm with an expanding footprint. In this episode, he talks construction, politics and why community service is part of his DNA.

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Don Lamb is winding up his first year as director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture with a renewed optimism about the state’s role in the global ag space. The second-generation Boone County farmer talks about his passion for the family farm, the critical role of precision agriculture and an eye-opening trip to Cuba.

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March 11, 2024 29 mins

He spent more than three decades as an executive at Eli Lilly and Company and served as Indiana’s secretary of commerce. Now Dan Hasler is taking on another big job:  playing a key role in the launch of Purdue University in Indianapolis. He talks about the vision for the Indy campus, the critical role of the business community and why it is being called one of the most important moves in the university’...

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