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Entrepreneurial Leadership Stan Silverman Show 033


Entrepreneurial Leadership

PQ Corporation, Stan Silverman

On today’s show 033 


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Stan Silverman has spent decades serving in leadership roles and as a CEO as well as a board member of successful global corporations which provided our listeners with a unique perspective on leadership. As founder and CEO of Silverman Leadership and as a speaker, advisor and nationally syndicated writer on leadership, entrepreneurship and corporate governance for the Philadelphia Business Journal and 42 sister publications across the U.S., he shares his unique insights and techniques helping people and organizations to be more effective.

He is the former president and CEO of PQ Corporation, a chemicals and engineered glass materials company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Currently he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University and the former chairman of the board of Drexel University College of Medicine as well as the former chairman of the board of the Soap and Detergent Association. Stan has served on several boards of public company, private company, private equity company and non-profit boards.

He has been a speaker on leadership and governance issues at Private Company Governance Summits and at numerous other events. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer on leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. Further, Stan has served as a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

His experience and education are vast which has formed the basis of his successful career. His Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA degree was earned from Drexel University. As well, he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Stan can be reached at:

Google: Stan Silverman / Stanley W. Silverman
Twitter: @StanSilverman

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Graphic Design Photo Editor Software Canva Competitor Show 028

Graphic Design Photo Editor Software

Canva Competitors, Free graphics software, online companies, design companies established in 2012, media companies established in 2012, technology companies established in 2012, Internet companies of Australia, 500 Startups Companies


Create marketing graphics on a Canva.


In this episode, you’ll learn about Canva and their competitors:


1) The goal of Canva and their competitors

2) Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in January 2012 in Australia. The website rapidly became popular, with more than 750,000 users in its first year. Social-media and technology expert Guy Kawasaki joined the company as chief evangelist in April 2014

It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics

3) Distribution Channels

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Productivity apps used by our guest: Calendly, Trello
See Canva and their competitors back at

Check out the book recommended by our guest via “Made in America” by Sam Walton (affiliate link)

Lean Customer Development by Cindy Alvarez. (affiliate link)


Graphic Design Photo Editor Software Canva Competitor

Graphic Designer Bootstrapper Canva Competitor tells us about:

1) The goal of his Canva competitor
2) How he went from finance and the Federal government to run his own graphic design startup
3) How he surveyed his customers of his stock image site
This helped our guest startup find out just how much graphic design was a pain point in content creation
4) How his stock photos work together to generate leads and create content
5) Content Marketing & Lead Generation web site
6) Distribution Channels
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As a Graphic Design user, you’ll review all the photo editor software companies so you can become a happy customer!
Here’s why
Our Canva competitor reviews are the fastest way for you to create good graphics. You want it to be incredibly easy to whip up graphics for your social media, blogs, ads, and more without the need of Photoshop or the help of having to hire your own graphic designer.
Here are just a few highlights of what a Canva competitor should offer you my trusted friends and loyal listeners:
1) A fully-featured graphic editor that’s incredibly easy to use
2) A stunning library of HD photos, graphics, and fonts
3) Professional quality templates already created for you by the Snappa team you are fully taking advantage of their own in-house designers
4) now this next one is huge – Magically resize your best graphics in just 2 clicks
5) Save and organize your designs into folders
6) Schedule and share graphics instantly on social media


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Entrepreneurial spouses Bonnie Harvey & Michael Houlihan, Founders of Barefoot Wine Show 010

Entrepreneurial spouses
Bonnie Harvey & Michael Houlihan, Founders of Barefoot Wine

In this show of Listenup the Mitchell Chadrow Podcast, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to interview Bonnie Harvey & Michael Houlihan, Founders of Barefoot Wine.   Bonnie & Michael sold Barefoot wine to EJ Gallo Winery.

With next to no money and no wine industry experience. Facing bankruptcy the first years in business, they couple bootstrapped it.

How they came up with the label concept logo - competing with Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley.

How talking to everybody along the way made the difference. Customer engagement -- Get out start asking questions from bottom up.  Naturally, engage not only end users but suppliers vendors - Tell us your practical way you did this throughout the life cycle of your product

Thomas Edison as a hero and influencer.  Find the success in each failure and mistake that you make.

Practical lessons that can be implemented even if you don't have a lot of money or initially don't want to spend a lot until you try that idea -

Lessons take aways
Survive when your small
Turn debts into assets
How to grow into a national brand
How to make your values part of your success
Start small in a small territory
Spend less and monetize faster.

Not having experience in wine became an asset
They speak to a lot of people including entrepreneurial students throughout the country.  Teaching entrepreneurship to make their expertise more accessible to students, startups and growth-phase businesses based on their Spend Less-Monetize Faster with the Entrepreneur’s Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) TM.
School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
World Conference on Entrepreneurship; Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum
Inspiration and encouragement for all those contemplating starting a brand or wanting to improve their existing brand.
Whats on your mind: Success defined; Quote - Thomas Edison.

They co-authored the New York Times Bestselling Business The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand.  An entrepreneurial guidebook and lessons learned for building a popular national brand.  From their start up to taking the business to the next level their book chronicles the journey plus it's very entertaining.  It's become reading at several universities that teach entrepreneurship.


Read the LinkedIn Article on this story.

Book:  The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand -Their other book The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People, (is a companion to The Barefoot Spirit).

Career Expert Guru Harvey Mackay, Founder Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company Show 008

Career Expert Guru

Harvey Mackay, Founder Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company




Career expert guru, Harvey Mackay, Founder of Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company

MackayMitchell Envelope Company has become one of the nation’s largest envelope manufacturing corporations, now creating five billion envelopes per year in three facilities. We’re in the business of providing timely and economical solutions, and our Sales Representatives and Customer Service staff are highly experienced direct mail professionals. We take pride in taking very good care of our clients.
Founded in 1959, Harvey Mackay purchased a small, existing company with twelve employees and a few folding machines. In the ensuing years, the direct mail business flourished, and in 1993, Scott Mitchell joined the company as President and became Harvey’s business partner and CEO in 2001.

Our main facility and corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, with additional manufacturing plants in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and Portland, Oregon. As the fifth largest envelope manufacturer in the country, we have over 440 employees and make up to 25 million envelopes per day.

Who is MackayMitchell Envelope Company?

Harvey Mackay founded our company in 1959 when he purchased an insolvent company with twelve employees and a few ancient folding machines.
Harvey is currently the Chairman of the board, as well as a NY Times best selling author.
Now CEO, Scott Mitchell was hired more than a decade ago by Harvey as President and later invested in the company becoming Harvey’s business partner.
The company now has three manufacturing locations and more than 400 employees making up to 25 million envelopes a day.
Harvey Mackay

Harvey founded Mackay Envelope in 1959.
New York Times #1 bestselling author of Swim With the Sharks
His first two books have been named among the top 15 inspirational books of all time.
His books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages and distributed in 80 countries
Nationally syndicated columnist
One of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers
Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world.
MackayMitchell Envelope

Scott Mitchell joined Harvey Mackay as President of Mackay Envelope in 1993
In 2000, Scott bought Mackay Envelope from Harvey
Harvey bought a 50% stake in 2007, and together they changed the name to MackayMitchell Envelope to reflect the partnership
Throughout all of these changes, the original mission has endured: To be in business forever.



We look forward to interviewing @harveymackay at the end of July 2016.

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Mobile Bank Moven Customers Bank Smarter Show 007

Bank Mobile

Moven Founder Mr. King


How customers bank smarter CEO & Bank Mobile competitor cofounder, he is a self proclaimed bank technology guru, author of a new book and also a Radio Talk Show Host and Bank technology News called him Innovator of the year 2012.

Our guest says, “In financial technology you have thousands of startups coming in and disrupting the distribution and the experience, and it’s just not possible for banks to survive this transition. The company motto “spend, save & live smarter”. Another guru in the credit and payments technology industry is Alex ‘Pete’ Hart that I interviewed in an earlier show.  Read my article with Pete here on LinkedIn.

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Next show career expert, businessman, leader, entrepreneur and one of the best New York Times Best Authors, Harvey Mackay.

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Payment Systems Leader Alex Pete Hart Verifone, Chairman, former MasterCard International President Show 002


Alex 'Pete' Hart, Chairman of Verifone

In this show of Listenup the Mitchell Chadrow Podcast, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to interview Alex 'Pete' Hart, Chairman VeriFone Systems, Inc.

Pete is a true business leader and a who's who in the payments industry.

I first came into contact with Pete back in 1995 after I had graduated from law school, passed the bar I was looking to become counsel to credit card bank Advanta.  Pete was President and CEO at credit card company.  President of Silicon Valley Bank, former Chairman of the Board HNC software (financial services technology company) now Fair Issac FICO (he was a board member, global payments board), Mitek Systems (on Board of Directors), (mobile capture deposits company).On the Board of Directors at Eharmony and Lending Club, he was also captain of the Harvard football team of 1961 so we are talking to a true leader.

His career spans 50 years in the financial services industry, tremendous longevity on the payments side of the business.

Pete says, when it comes to success it is a matter of "being able to do the things I like to do with the people I like doing them with and feeling as if I am being paid acceptable beyond that there is not a whole lot to it"

You can learn more about Pete and what he does on his company's website at and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Happy listening!


  Alex 'Pete' Hart

It is my pleasure to introduce a true business leader Alex 'Pete' Hart, a finance guru with over 50 years of experience and with all his success remains humble and down to earth.






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