Missouri Loves Company

OUTdrive Episode 179 with Janelle Higgins

OUTdrive Episode 179 with Janelle Higgins Today, we’re excited to premier a two part series about economic development in Missouri. We begin with our guest, Janelle Higgins, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Missouri Partnership, a public-private economic development organization that helps attract new businesses to Missouri. If you’ve listened to some of…

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Leaders Are Made, Not Born

OUTdrive episode 178 with Whitney Kinne

OUTdrive Episode 178 with Whitney Kinne All of us leading businesses and organizations today need someone we can talk to; someone to share challenges and opportunities, to question things we’re doing, to inspire us from time to time and to serve as a mentor. Many of us might benefit from having several advisors. But whether…

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Serious Business That’s Fun

OUTdrive Episode 177 with JR Hartenstein

OUTdrive Episode 177 with JR Hartenstein Business is a serious business, but it can also be fun, and it should be. Life’s too short to not have a good time doing what you do to earn a living. For Jonathan Hartenstein that means having fun building relationships that turn into friendships that translate to sales.…

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

OUTdrive episode 176 with Megan Hartman

OUTdrive Episode 176 with Megan Hartman The digital marketing and advertising agency industry, like many others, is changing. Nearly every day, new technologies, tools, ideas and best practices are introduced to the professionals who work in it. Callis is no different. Our goals as an agency are to always keep up with the changes, vet…

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It’s All About Connections

OUTdrive episode 175 with David Pearce

OUTdrive Episode 175 with David Pearce Whether you make them in person or through the media you utilize, good marketing is all about making connections. In this episode with David Pearce, former banker, statesman and now head of governmental affairs at the University of Central Missouri, we discuss how connections made today can impact you…

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Investing in Entrepreneurs

OUTdrive episode 174 with Neenah Jain

OUTdrive Episode 174 with Neenah Jain Out here in the country, there are a lot of exciting things happening. Every day, entrepreneurs, both young and old, are coming up with innovative ideas and turning them into some of the new products and services we experience in our lives. Many times, those folks need a little…

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Growing Through Faith

OUTdrive episode 173 with Chris Guffey

OUTdrive Episode 173 with Chris Guffey Out here in rural America, as well as in cities, many churches are struggling to stay relevant and meet the needs of its members and society. For most churches, bouncing back from the effects of the pandemic has been challenging, as people have gotten out of the habit, lost…

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Real-Time Data Visualization

OUTdrive Episode 172 with Jim Barker

OUTdrive Episode 172 with Jim Barker Over the past few years, it has become faster, better and easier to collect data on practically anything. Technology tools like artificial intelligence and predictive analytics are driving this capability and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. But as more and more data is collected, the question…

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Connecting the Ag Community

OUTdrive episode 170 with Kate Lambert

OUTdrive Episode 171 with Kate Lambert There are many opportunities for young men and women to work in the world of agriculture, whether that’s on the farm, marketing or selling products or serving the ag community in some way. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of challenges that can sometimes get in the way but…

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Making Sense Out of Insurance

OUTdrive episode 170 with Sonny Broyles

OUTdrive Episode 170 with Sonny Broyles Insurance is one of those things you need, but you hope you never need to use. I really think most people don’t really understand insurance. Think about it. When have you ever read an insurance policy from start to finish? There is always fine print in your policy. There…

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Thanking America’s Labor

OUTdrive Episode 169 | SOLOCAST

OUTdrive Episode 169 | Solocast Today’s short solocast is about labor, and I’m proud to say I work with some of the best labor talent you’ll find anywhere. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great people – great associates, great clients, and great partners, many of whom have become…

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Strategy Drives Everything

OUTdrive episode 168 with Steve Dust

OUTdrive Episode 168 with Steve Dust In our advertising agency and with our clients, strategy is at the forefront of everything we do. Solid strategy built on good data can be the difference between success and failure, and I’ve found over the years that some people are really good at it. One of those people…

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Inspiring Others

OUTdrive episode 167 with Kelsey Miller

OUTdrive Episode 167 with Kelsey Miller For some people, inspiration comes from music, nature or animals. Others are inspired by the words and actions of people, like Kelsey Miller, an incoming freshman at Mizzou and the 2023 Missouri State Fair Queen. Kelsey grew up on her family farm in Jonesburg, Missouri and for years, has…

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Busy People Get Things Done

OUTdrive episode 166 with Chris Chinn

OUTdrive Episode 166 with Chris Chinn Busy people know how to get things done and our guest today is one busy woman working in agriculture. As a wife, mother, farmer and director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Chris Chinn is leading the way in the state’s largest industry. Most people would be amazed at…

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Advocating for Agriculture

OUTdrive episode 165 with Elsie Kigar

OUTdrive Episode 165 with Elsie Kigar The opportunities for women working in agriculture are tremendous and the Missouri State Fair has opened the door for many over the years. This year’s fair theme is Where Traditions Grow, and one of the traditions the fair opens with each year is its queen contest. Today’s guest is…

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Growing the Missouri Wine Industry

OUTdrive episode 164 with Annette Alden

OUTdrive Episode 164 with Annette Alden Missouri has a rich history of winemaking and in fact has been credited with helping to save the French wine industry. Today, there are nearly 130 wineries, hundreds of grape growers and thousands of jobs in this growing industry, right here in our state. To help make it grow,…

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Where Traditions Grow

OUTdrive Episode 163 with Kari Mergen | Women in Agriculture series

OUTdrive Episode 163 with Kari Mergen Every year at this time, our advertising agency is busy putting the finishing touches on the marketing campaign for the Missouri State Fair, one of our oldest clients. We love the fair and all the traditions that make the fair what it is, which is what inspired the theme…

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The Story Tells Itself

OUTdrive episode 162 with Aaron Oelger

OUTdrive Episode 162 with Aaron Oelger It’s almost a perfect scenario in marketing when you’re at a place where the story practically tells itself. Great brand with history and reputation. Great people with a real passion for what they do. Great products that you just can’t get enough of. Our guest today is proud to…

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Create and Compete with Robotics

OUTdrive episode 161 with Michael Wright

OUTdrive Episode 161 with Michael Wright There are a lot of cool things going on in our schools today that many people might be surprised to hear about, like robotics. Innovation is driving technology and our local high school is leading the way with a nationally recognized robotics program that gives students the opportunity to…

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Sharing a Legacy

OUTdrive episode 160 with Justin Hubbs

OUTdrive Episode 160 with Justin Hubbs It’s always interesting when business models change to meet our changing world. A great example is real estate where the online auction platform has transformed the industry. Listen in to my conversation with Justin Hubbs, a Real Estate District Manager with BigIron Realty. BigIron burst on the scene in…

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