Making Waves at C-Level
Episode 574 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is the last episode of the podcast under that name. Beginning with the next show, the podcast will become "Making Waves at C-Level".  To learn more about the change, check out episode 573.  Thanks for being part of the show community for almost 6 years, and we look forward to you staying on the ride of this podcast under the new name. 
Ian Kane is the Founder and COO of Ternio, a global fin-tech platform built on blockchain. Ternio’s platform connects traditional enterprise fin-tech banking systems with blockchain infrastructure giving real world utility to digital assets. Their products enable instant remittance and the transfer of value on blockchain rails in a compliant and regulated environment. Ternio solved the issues related to blockchain scalability and payment utility of cryptocurrency to demonstrate how enterprise can use this tech to become better, faster, and more efficient.

Ian has worked in technology & digital media for over 10 years with a heavy focus on business development, sales, and strategy. His career started as the 1st employee in a media startup which grew into a $50mm a year business during his tenure. He had the opportunity to work in both early stage and mature organizations, be a part of acquisitions on the buy and sell side, and drive go-to-market strategy for various data and media products.

As an advisor and investor in other tech companies, Ian always looks to create value and continually broaden his knowledge of the ever changing landscape. His background enables him to bring unique insight and experience to the next set of challenges he faces. 
About Ternio
Ternio is a global fin-tech platform built on blockchain. Ternio’s platform connects traditional enterprise, fin-tech, banking, systems with blockchain infrastructure giving real world utility to digital assets. Our products enable instant remittance and the transfer of value on blockchain rails in a compliant and regulated environment.
Ternio’s crypto debit card (BlockCard) gives cryptocurrency real world spending power. BlockCard empowers you to buy whatever you want with your cryptocurrency. Start spending crypto in minutes! Signup, deposit crypto, and make purchases anywhere VISA is accepted.
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This is one of the last episodes on the show soon to be formerly known as "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do".  As of July 1, 2020 the podcast is rebranding to "Making Waves at C-Level".  (that date is probably approximate, as there will be delays in the different podcast platforms picking up the new title and logo.  A podcast rebrand is not an easy thing, but Thom is thrilled to be making this pivot. 
For almost 6 years Thom Singer has hosted the CTED podcast and has had over 500 interviews with amazing entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders, and others.  And that will not change with this podcast rebrand.  But the focus of Thom's life and career has changed to larger organizations and C-Level executives. 
Making Waves at C-Level will still be a mostly interview based show.  Thom has enjoyed having indepth conversations with people who are leading, and that will become even more profound in the future.
In June Thom Singer joined an the executive recruiting firm of Stanton Chase, so in addition to his work as a speaker / trainer, he is now helping companies make strategic hires for VPs, Directors, and in the C-Suite.  To keep all areas of his life and career congruent, some tweaks to the show were necessary.
Plus, six years and over 570 episodes is huge for any podcast.  Too many shows (most shows) do not make it to 20 episodes, much less over 500.  But the "Cool Kids Table" can only last so long, and to keep things fresh, Thom felt this was the right time to tackle this podcast rebrand and get fresh excitement into this podcast.  He loves doing the show and it has directly impacted the bottom line of his business.
A big "thank you" to all those who have come along on the ride so far, and welcome to all the new people who will join the "Making Waves Community" going forward. 
To be successful, business leaders need to shake things up - to "Make Waves".  We cannot keep growing if the water is stagnate. Ripples and waves are the only way to grow, and that is where this podcast  rebrand will focus.
Thom is looking for your help.  How can we get the word out about the new name and who are the guests you want to hear from?
Direct download: CTED_573.mp3
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Episode 572 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is an in-depth chat with Stuart Ruff-Lyon.  He is the VP of Events adn Exhibits for RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society) and the current chair of PCMA (the Professional Convention Management Association).  In both these roles he is seeing all that things that are happening in the world of live meetings, conventions, and other events.  There is a lot going on in this industry (the impact on the global GDP from live meetings is bigger than most people think).
About Stuart Ruff Lyons
Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES is the Vice President of Events and Exhibitions at RIMS – the risk management society, where he oversees his association’s event portfolio and event sales initiatives. Stuart is passionate about the events industry, and he’s passionate about being a business event strategist. Currently, he is leading his team into the digital event world, and is excited about the new opportunities and challenges this endeavor will bring. Stuart is the chairman of the board for PCMA (Professional Convention Management Society), and is active on customer advisory boards for the cities of Chicago, Denver and San Francisco, as well as on the advisory board for Marriott.
About RIMS
As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries.
About PCMA
PCMA is the world’s largest, most respected and most recognized network of business events strategists. The business events industry is about more than business events. Because of professional experiences and personal connections, PCMA is in a unique position to transform the world economically and socially.  PCMA has 7,000 members and an audience of 50,000 across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With 17 chapters and activities in 30 countries, they are the global leader in business events.
PCMA was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Professional Convention Management Association and previously operated from Birmingham, Alabama. PCMA's annual signature event, CONVENING LEADERS, was first held in 1956, and PCMA formally incorporated as a non-profit in 1958. 
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While the world has been in flux for the past four months, that does not mean that companies have not been looking for strategic hires.  Also, many individuals have been laid off or are looking for new opportunities.  But how do companies and people find the right match in a virtual world?  Can you find a job and interview via Zoom?  Can you start a new job from your kitchen?  This episode is a conversation with David Harap from Stanton Chase.
About David Harap
David is a Managing Director at Stanton Chase’s Austin office. Widely recognized as a strategic partner on all of his client engagements, he has been involved in over 425 successful searches spanning all senior level executive and functional leadership positions.
David has more than 25 years of experience serving a broad client base as a senior-level executive search consultant. Prior to joining Stanton Chase, he was a partner with a boutique search firm and a Principal with Korn/Ferry International, where he was a founding member of the Global Healthcare Products Practice and a core member of the Global Technology Practice, with a focus on emerging technologies within both global practices. During his nine-year tenure with the firm, David was a critical contributor in establishing their Austin, TX, and Princeton, NJ, offices. His career in executive search began with a boutique executive search firm with offices in Palo Alto, New York City, and London for whom he was the Global Research Director based in New York City.
David lectures at the University of Texas at Austin and is President Emeritus of the Austin chapter of the Cornell Alumni Association. He received a B.Sc. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University as a Father Kelly Scholar.
David is also a certified Ambassador for Hofstede Insights, the global leader in organizational culture and intercultural management assessment.
About Stanton Chase
Established in 1990, Stanton Chase is one of the leading global executive search firms. We operate through focused practice groups, each led by a global practice team leader. We are everywhere in the world our clients need us to be, so we can offer both global perspective and local insight.
Direct download: CTED_571.mp3
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Check out episode 570 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Thom talks to Russ Agrusa, the founder and CEO of ICONICS.  Don't miss the announcement up front about the soon to be new name of this podcast!
Russ Agrusa is the Founder, President and CEO of ICONICS, Inc. (, a world-leading software developer of open-connectivity and standards-based visualization software, HMI SCADA, and MES solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial, and building automation. With more than 375,000 installations worldwide, ICONICS counts 70 percent of Global 500 companies as its customers.
Agrusa has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. His career began in Pittsburgh, PA, at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he developed real-time software for fossil and nuclear power plants. He next joined the Foxboro Company in Massachusetts, leading human machine interface (HMI) product development for the Foxboro Intelligent Architecture series distributed control system, before starting ICONICS in 1986.
Wanting to take advantage of the emerging PC-based automation market, and to create off-the-shelf HMI and SCADA software for factory automation, Agrusa recognized that OPC was central to the future of automation and led ICONICS to produce the first commercially available HMI/SCADA, "OPC-to-the-Core"-based product. ICONICS has greatly contributed to the success of the OPC Foundation (, with Agrusa himself serving as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as its marketing chairman.
ICONICS, a group company of Mitsubishi Electric and a six-time winner of the Microsoft Partner of the Year award, is global software solution provider of web-enabled IoT, OPC UA, and BACnet-certified SCADA visualization, analytics, and mobile software solutions.
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Karen Wright has coached top business leaders and helped individuals and teams from Fortune 500 companies manage change, increase productivity, integrate their personal and professional lives and achieve their own definitions of success.
A nationally published columnist (Chatelaine magazine, “Ask a Job Expert” and “Ask a Balance Coach”) and sought-after speaker, Karen founded Parachute Executive Coaching in 1996. Prior to becoming a coach Karen enjoyed a successful corporate career in consumer packaged goods marketing and advertising. Karen has been featured many times in the media including CTV News, CBC Radio One’s Workology, The Globe & Mail, CFRA Radio Ottawa, TalkRadio (U.K.), the Toronto Star, Kiplinger’s and Computer World Magazine.
Karen has an MBA in Marketing from the Ivey School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Western University. She graduated from two of the world’s most established coach training programs and has been a teacher for both organizations. She was one of the first coaches to study the integration of Positive Psychology into coaching via Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness coach training program, and recently graduated as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. A Master Certified Coach (MCC), a past Board member and founder of the Toronto Chapter for the International Coaching Federation, Karen is a leader in the field of corporate coaching.
Karen’s first book, “The Complete Executive – the 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performance” was released in September, 2012.
Most recently, Karen was acknowledged as the inaugural recipient, in 2020, of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Coaching Federation, based on her contributions to and leadership within the field of coaching.
About Parachute Executive Coaching
Founded in 1996, Parachute Executive Coaching is a full service executive coaching, assessment and talent management consulting firm based in Toronto, Canada. Their proprietary, consistent, measurable process supports our professional coaching work with both individuals and organizations in pursuit of personal change and growth, career advancement, leadership capacity-building, talent development and organizational performance improvement.
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Dinah Lin is now living her latest dream, being an inspirational speaker and best selling author of “Daring to Dream Once Again - “It’s Never Too Late!”
Now 78, Dinah’s life exemplifies her message: beginning her career at 36 (after being a full time mom for 15 years), getting her MBA from Columbia Business School at 40, climbing the corporate ladder and finally “breaking the glass ceiling” to become Vice President at a Fortune 500, before moving to Beijing at 58 to study Chinese and reconnect with her roots. A year turned into a decade, as she witnessed the unprecedented transformation of China.
Dinah and her family escaped on the last boat out of Shanghai in 1949. She grew up in a small town in Ohio where they were the only Asian family. Early marriage and motherhood dashed her dream of becoming a diplomat working to improve relations between the U.S. and China. From an early age she has always felt a deep sense of gratitude for being both Chinese and American. A favorite speech was titled, “The Best of Both Worlds”.
Prior to moving to Beijing at age 58, Ms. Lin was an international executive and entrepreneur with two decades of experience ranging from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise include marketing, corporate communications, international business development and investor relations. Dinah also served as a senior official in Washington, D.C. from 1989-1992.
Her memoir, “Daring to Dream Once Again - It’s Never Too Late!” reached #4 on Amazon in Women & Business.
Direct download: CTED_568.mp3
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Jessica Thiefels helps people leverage the power of intention in marketing, business, career, and life.

When she was telling friends and family that she and her husband would be traveling the world for 8 months while running a business, nearly every single person said the same thing: "I wish I could do that!" Her response: "You can!" She realized that far too many people don't understand a simple truth that's been a guiding principle in her life—with intention, we can do anything, from write a blog post that drives SEO value to traveling the world while running a business and writing book.

So, how does that translate to her work?

⇨ 1. She runs an organic content marketing agency, where she helps mid-market B2B companies bring intention to their content marketing efforts, creating engaging, educational and SEO-optimized content and building thought leadership with high-value guest posting, SEO and social media marketing.

⇨ 2. She writes for 100's of sites about business, marketing, leadership, mindset and management using an intentional, date-data driven approach to creating the highest-quality content. Her work can be seen on Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, Glassdoor and many more.

⇨ 3. She an upcoming author, guiding readers from dreaming to doing. With practical advice, personal stories, and straight-forward tips, you learn how to use the power of intention to get wherever it is you want to go.

⇨ 4. She's a speaker, podcaster and teacher. Her approach is hands-on, honest and real as she talks about bringing intention to marketing, career, business or life.

If you want to leverage the power of intention with Jessica, connect on TwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or contact her through her website,
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