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Association Executives and Entrepreneurial Spirit with Scott Grayson

Making Waves at C-Level

Release Date: 11/21/2019

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Making Waves at C-Level

On this episode Thom Singer sits down with Lance Spracklen of Schooley Mitchell to talk about ways to save a company money. Things like credit card processing, telecommunications, waste disposal, etc... are filled with secret fees and charges.  Schooley Mitchell specializes in discovering ways to keep more money.  And they do it via 40 years of experience, and no cost to the company. 

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On this episode of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast), Thom Singer sits down with Jake Dunlap from Skaled to talk about business, sales, and the future.  Has sales gotten lazy?  Jake thinks at many companies they have drifted into the easy path.  Sales takes work and you cannot scale without systems and the right strategies.

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Thom Singer sat down for a chat with LinkedIn consultant D Matt Scherer to discuss the ins and outs of setting up a profile and using posts, likes, comments and shares as a way to get noticed in your industry and stand out as a thought leader.

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Episode 582 was originally recorded as part of the "Webinar Talk Show" that is hosted by Thom Singer and Eliz Greene.  This interview with Mike Ciannilli was so engaging, that Thom knew it had to be shared with the "Making Waves at C-Level" audience.  

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For this episode, Thom turned to his friend Marny Lifshen.  Together they co-authored "Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Women", and have been friends for over 25 years.  Marny has consulted with hundreds of companies and law firms and brings hands on research to the topics of networking and personal branding.

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In episode 580 of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast) we talk sales with Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter.  Mark has just released a new book "A Mind for Sales" (which you can buy on Amazon).

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Making Waves at C-Level

In this episode Thom Singer talks about the best tips he has for anyone in business to make waves and succeed.  There is a lot of crazy things happening in the world, everyone can use a little motivation to make sure they are leading their team (or themselves) toward more success.

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What if you competitors are doing a great job of keeping in touch with clients and prospects during this crazy time of work from home, quarantine, and no in-person meetings (remember, their prospects are YOUR customers).  If they do this well, and your team is waiting for the phone to ring, then they will have the advantage for short term and long term sales.

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In this episode of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do") Thom Singer sits down for a chat with his friend Bill Leake from Apogee Results.  In this interview Bill shares his journey from consulting, to software, to being the CEO of a firm that helps clients get found.  Along the way they talk about why executives should be engaged in their communities, and how to network up and down and across career levels.

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Episode 576 of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do") is a interview with Bobby Marhamat.  He is the CEO of Radiant and an experienced business leader.  He shares his journey in business and leadership.  The tag line in the banner of his LinkedIn profile reads "If you are not making waves, you are not kicking hard enough".... so that alone makes him the perfect guest for the show.

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Episode 513 focuses on the Association Business.  Thom Singer interviews Scott Grayson, Executive Director and CEO for both the American Public Works Association and the Canadian Public Works Association.  Thom has known Scott for several years, as he has worked as a speaker and master of ceremonies for the association's PWX Expo for the past three years. They often talk about how the most successful association executives have the entrepreneurial spirit, and how associations that are growing take risks, get out of comfort zones, and empower employees and members.  
 
This episode is a "must hear" conversation for everyone who works in and around the world of associations.  
 
About Scott Grayson
 
Scott Grayson serves as Executive Director/CEO for both the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). In this role, he leads the organizations’ operations to provide strategic leadership and ensure that the vision and core values of APWA and CPWA are communicated and implemented at all levels of the organization. Grayson serves as the spokesperson, along with the APWA and CPWA Presidents, on behalf of APWA’s 30,000 members. He collaborates with key stakeholders in the public works sector including: the U.S. Congress, Canadian Parliament, federal, and provincial/state branches of government and agencies.
 
Before joining APWA as Executive Director, Scott served as the Associate Managing Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) located in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for programs related to employment, career and professional development, licensure and registration, and provided support for the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. Grayson worked in the areas of communications, public relations, chapter relations, membership development, strategic planning, conference management, fundraising, research, and most recently worked with student and young professional member engagement. He was with IEEE-USA since 1990 and had been responsible for grassroots, state and federal legislative programs including being a staff liaison to numerous scientific engineering and legal organizations to build coalitions.
 
Grayson also served on the Golden Valley, Minn. City Council and was Chair of the Golden Valley Housing Redevelopment Authority  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from New York University, specializing in international relations and economic development. He is also an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), from which he holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).
 
About APWA
 
The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works—a fact that sets it apart from other organizations and makes it an effective voice of public works throughout North America. With a worldwide membership more than 30,000 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals.
 
Membership in APWA is open to any individual, agency, or corporation with an interest in public works and infrastructure issues. Titles common to the membership include public works directors; city engineers; city managers; fleet managers; property and equipment superintendents; utilities managers; community development directors; transportation managers; park directors; county officials; and representatives from engineering and other consulting firms, manufacturers, construction companies, and a multitude of other service providers. 
 
Although originally chartered in the United States in 1937, APWA has roots in two predecessor groups that reach back to 1894, and has 63 chapters in North America, which includes eight chapters in Canada. A 17-member Board of Directors, all of whom are elected by Association members, governs APWA as a whole.
 
CPWA logoThe Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of APWA to the Canadian public works community. All members of a CPWA chapter are members of APWA.
 
 
As a comprehensive public works resource, APWA continues in its rich tradition of making a difference both on an individual and professional level. APWA is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that prides itself on its ability to provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel to grow in their professionalism and directly impact the quality of life in all the communities they serve.