Monday Morning Radio

Bert and Tracy Gervis are two successful California entrepreneurs and philanthropic superheroes who own and operate one of the nation’s fastest growing pet food companies.

Their proprietary Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Foods is helping canines to live twice, even three times longer than average, with many dogs behaving like puppies well into their twenties.

No wonder their wholesome dog food is flying off the shelves of Walmart Supercenters and hundreds of major supermarket outlets nationwide, not to mention on Chewy.com and Petsmart.com.

Bert and Tracy not only don’t take a salary, since 1994, they’ve personally cared for more than 15,000 rescue dogs in their home.

If that’s not impressive enough, this week, on a special “What’s My Small Business Secret” edition of Monday Morning Radio, both Bert and Tracy reveal to host Dean Rotbart their separate background stories that make their accomplishments all the more extraordinary. 

[Spoiler Alert: If you just can’t wait to know Bert and Tracy’s secret, skip ahead in the podcast to 35 minutes and 50 seconds, and all will be revealed.]

 

Photo: Bert John Gervis, Jr. - Gentle Giants Dog & Puppy Foods
Posted: October 28, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour 8 Minutes

 

Direct download: Burt_and_Tracy.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:51pm MST

On paper, at least, Creature Coffee looks like a bad idea.

Founded two years back by Michael Craig, a barista, it is aiming to carve a niche for itself in the crowded and competitive coffee marketplace. To make the task all the more difficult, Creature Coffee is spreading itself between three sales channels: walk-in retailing, online sales, and pop-up coffee bars.

But Michael – like the best entrepreneurs – believes in himself, believes in his concept, and does not believe all the naysayers.

When he launched Creature Coffee, Michael began with a budget of $1,000 – all that he could scrape together at the time.

Today, the success of Creature Coffee is evident, from the non-stop flow of fans into his retail outlet – located in a gentrifying neighborhood of Austin, to the corporate clients he’s attracting, including IBM, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Hitachi, Deloitte, and Dell.

Earlier this month, Monday Morning Radio host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart paid a visit to Creature Coffee and shares both good conversation, and a satisfying cup of Columbian expresso, with Michael Craig. 

You can purchase up to 200 varieties of coffee from Creature Coffee online at www.CreatureCoffee.co.  As always, the plug for this week’s guest comes gratis. Monday Morning Radio never charges its guests to be on the podcasts or accepts payments in kind.

Photo: Michael Craig, Creature Coffee
Posted: October 21, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 40 seconds

Direct download: Creature_Coffee.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:37pm MST

Last week, more than 45 international companies competed in the annual Global Bottled Water Awards competition, presented in Dubai.

Water is big business, with more people in the U.S. drinking bottled water than soft drinks, and new packaged-water entrants continuing to flood the market.

Duane Stanford, executive editor of Beverage Digest, was one of the judges for this year’s water competition, and he joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart to talk about the innovators and entrepreneurs who are making a big splash in the water industry, and the rip currents they face.

Photo: Duane Stanford, Beverage Digest
Posted: October 14, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes and 57 seconds

Direct download: Business_of_Water.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 11:09am MST

On a special edition of Monday Morning Radio, Alan Murray, president and CEO of FORTUNE magazine, shares the business and journalism insights that he’s gleaned during the course of his 40-plus year career.

In particular, Alan talks about how FORTUNE, under his leadership and new ownership, is positioning itself to be the preeminent global business media brand. Take notes. Because the strategy that Alan describes can just as effectively be utilized by any business – large or small – that seeks to propel itself to the forefront of its industry or business niche.

“Business success today has much more to do with inspiration, with being able to give people a purpose and direction, not so much direct orders,” Alan tells host Dean Rotbart, himself an award-winning journalist. “Business leaders have to be able to see into the future and see around corners in ways that it just wasn't nearly as necessary ten years ago.

Today’s FORTUNE, Alan explains, is no longer merely a chronicler of the world’s top companies and executives. Rather, Alan and his team are dedicated to providing their readers and attendees the content and connections they need “to help them drive toward business success.”

“What can we do to make business better?” is the question that Alan says guides FORTUNE’s content and event strategy under his leadership. I want people to look at FORTUNE and say this magazine is going to help me navigate the future.”

Photo: Alan Murray, FORTUNE
Posted: October 7, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 52 seconds

Direct download: alan_murray.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 1:30pm MST

In this one-minute preview of next week's podcast, featuring Fortune Magazine CEO Alan Murray, he explains how Fortune selects it covers and who get to grace them.

Alan is interviewed by host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

You can stream of download the full interview on Monday, October 7, 2019 from MondayMorningRadio.com.

You can also subscribe to every episode of Monday Morning Radio for free from the iTunes store: http://tinyurl.com/mmr-iTunes.

Direct download: 100219-ALAN_MURRAY_1MIN_6.mp3
Category:One-Minute Clips -- posted at: 10:23am MST

In this one-minute preview of next week's podcast, featuring Fortune Magazine CEO Alan Murray, he describes the ingredients of building a preeminent brand.

Alan is interviewed by host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

You can stream of download the full interview on Monday, October 7, 2019 from MondayMorningRadio.com.

You can also subscribe to every episode of Monday Morning Radio for free from the iTunes store: http://tinyurl.com/mmr-iTunes.

 

 

Direct download: 100219-ALAN_MURRAY_1MIN_4.mp3
Category:One-Minute Clips -- posted at: 1:07pm MST

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