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Inspiring Youth Through Soccer and Character Development

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Inspiring Youth Through Soccer and Character Development
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Justin Bredeman & Jason Webb / CEO & VP of Soccer Shots Franchising

Soccer Shot’s founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1997 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.

Central PA Special Edition #4 – In the Crosshairs of Corona with John Petrie

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Central PA Special Edition #4 - In the Crosshairs of Corona with John Petrie
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John Petrie / Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen Cabinetry

I have designed hundreds of kitchens and bathrooms and I hope that the next one is yours!

Born into a family business long known for enhancing people’s homes and lifestyles, John’s heritage and DNA clearly programmed him for outstanding contributions in the kitchen, bath and remodeling industry … and he hasn’t disappointed! Having earned his CKD, CBD and CMKBD credentials from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) by the age of 27, John has over 28 years’ experience in designing award-winning custom kitchens, baths, home offices, wine cellars and home theaters. read more…

Central PA Special Edition #3 – In the Crosshairs of Corona with Brent Smith

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Central PA Special Edition #3 - In the Crosshairs of Corona with Brent Smith
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Brent Smith / LinkBank

Mr. Smith most recently served as Sunshine Bank’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Development since 2014. At Sunshine, Mr. Smith lead his team in growth initiatives that grew the bank from five branches to 18 branches, all while over quadrupling the asset size of Sunshine Bank. Examples of the growth initiatives lead by Mr. Smith include two transformational acquisitions, a private placement offering, subordinated debt issuance and a branch purchase. read more…

Central PA Special Edition #2 – In the Crosshairs of Corona with George Book Jr.

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Central PA Special Edition #2 - In the Crosshairs of Corona with George Book Jr.
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George Book Jr. / West Shore Chamber of Commerce

George grew up in South Central PA just outside of Chambersburg.  He attended Messiah College and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  Following graduation, he went to work for a financial institution and was there for 15 years before becoming the President and CEO for the West Shore Chamber of Commerce in 2012.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Messiah College. read more…

Central PA Episode #37 – Special Edition – In the Crosshairs of Corona with John Gilliland

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Central PA Episode #37 - Special Edition - In the Crosshairs of Corona with John Gilliland
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John Gilliland / The Investment Real Estate Group

John H. Gilliland is president and founder of The Investment Real Estate Group of Companies including, Investment Real Estate, LLC, Investment Real Estate Management, LLC, Investment Real Estate Construction, LLC and Moove In Self Storage.

Mr. Gilliland is a Pennsylvania native with roots in the State College area. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. During his tenure in California with The Hanes Company and Sperry Van Ness, he specialized in selling multi-family and investment real estate properties. Mr. Gilliland returned to his home state to work in the commercial real estate field for Bennett Williams in York, PA and High Associates in Lancaster, PA. read more…

Central PA Episode 36 – Peter Sobotta – Founder & CEO of ReturnLogic

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Central PA Episode 36 - Peter Sobotta - Founder & CEO of ReturnLogic
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Peter Sobotta / ReturnLogic

Peter Sobotta is the Founder and CEO of ReturnLogic, a software and analytics company that helps retailers optimize their product returns strategy.

Before starting ReturnLogic, Peter served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corps Officer providing logistics and operational support to forward deployed forces. After a successful naval career in logistics and later software development, Peter turned these skills to co-found and launch recoupIT, an Information Technology Asset Disposal business that he successfully grew and led for 10 years. read more…

Central PA Episode 35 – Dr. Jeffrey McCausland – Founder & CEO of Diamond6

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Central PA Episode 35 - Dr. Jeffrey McCausland - Founder & CEO of Diamond6
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Dr. Jeffrey McCausland / Diamond6

Since 2000, both domestic and internationally, Dr. McCausland has conducted numerous executive leadership development workshops and consulted for leaders in public education, US government institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

Dr. McCausland is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army and former Dean of Academics at the U.S. Army War College.  He is a Visiting Professor of National Security at Dickinson College. read more…

Central PA Episode 34 – Jack Oyler – President of Faulkner Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT of Mechanicsburg

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Central PA Episode 34 - Jack Oyler - President of Faulkner Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT of Mechanicsburg
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Jack Oyler / President of Faulkner Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT of Mechanicsburg, Faulkner Collision Center of Carlisle and Faulkner Collision Center of Mechanicsburg

Jack Oyler’s career with the Faulkner Organization began in 1998 when a meeting with Hank Faulkner (the third generation leader of the Faulkner organization) turned into a summer job writing service at the Pontiac, GMC, Isuzu, Suzuki store in Harrisburg. Hank believed that general manager’s should spend time in all departments to truly understand the business.  Three summers later, with additional stints in the body shop and accounting office, Hank asked Jack to start selling cars at Mazda in Philadelphia.  After a successful year in sales at Mazda, Jack was promoted to F&I manager at the Pontiac, Buick, GMC store in Trevose.  This promotion, into one of the highest performing F&I departments at the time, was the catalyst for Jack’s career in management with the organization. read more…

Central PA Episode 33 – David Cordier – Follow Your Intuition

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Central PA Episode 33 - David Cordier - Follow Your Intuition
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David Cordier / Cordier Auctions & Appraisals

David Cordier is founder of Cordier Auctions & Appraisals. Mr. Cordier has been in the antiques business since 1980, and an appraiser since 1990. He is a graduate of Winterthur Museum’s Winter Institute and has attended classes in the Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University, New York. read more…

Central PA Episode 32 – John Gilliland – Never Give Up

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Central PA Episode 32 - John Gilliland - Never Give Up
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John Gilliland / The Investment Real Estate Group

John H. Gilliland is president and founder of The Investment Real Estate Group of Companies including, Investment Real Estate, LLC, Investment Real Estate Management, LLC, Investment Real Estate Construction, LLC and Moove In Self Storage.

Mr. Gilliland is a Pennsylvania native with roots in the State College area. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. During his tenure in California with The Hanes Company and Sperry Van Ness, he specialized in selling multi-family and investment real estate properties. Mr. Gilliland returned to his home state to work in the commercial real estate field for Bennett Williams in York, PA and High Associates in Lancaster, PA. read more…

Central PA Episode 31 – Jim Czupil – The Three C’s; Care, Community & Consistency

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Central PA Episode 31 - Jim Czupil - The Three C’s; Care, Community & Consistency
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Jim Czupil / Gold’s Gym Linglestown and Camp Hill

Leadership and strategy consultant with 35 years of experience in all areas of organization effectiveness, including executive and leadership development, executive coaching, diversity, strategic staffing, executive compensation and performance management. Has driven change and transformation at global organizations with experience in China, India, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. read more…