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JohnBoydLastShow001.jpgThis podcast represents our last radio aired program as we provide our personal reflections and recap our past 120 guests.

Valued listeners of the Pursuit of Success Radio Show, after 2 1/2 years of interviewing 120 great guests who passionately shared their personal success, we have decided to take this project in a new direction.  We are going to take some time to recharge our batteries.   Pursuit of Success will continue to be used as a community service project and share news in a positive manner.    Watch for future blogs and occasional interviews on-line.  All things must evolve over time, and this project is no different.

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PatWilliamsWeb.jpgPat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, began his career as a minor league catcher before moving into the front office of the Spartanburg Phillies at age 24. Then as general manager, he transformed the Chicago Bulls from a team near extinction to a playoff contender in the early 1970s. After a stint with the Atlanta Hawks, he helped lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a world championship in 1983 and then co-founded the Orlando Magic in the late 1980s where he now serves as senior vice president. As GM, Williams drafted a number of NBA stars over the years including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins, and this year was awarded the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The author of more than 70 books on success in sports, leadership, marriage, business and many areas of life, Williams also features the insights of many successful people in books such as Bear Bryant On Leadership: Life Lessons from a Six-Time National Championship Coach; and How To Be Like Mike: Life Lessons from Basketball’s Best. His latest book, Tom Osborne on Leadership, will be available later this year.

Raised in Wilmington, Del., Williams earned a bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University and a master’s from Indiana University. “As a kid I was so blessed to have a dad who loved sports and who inspired me to love sports, too,” he said in an interview with Interview Angel. “Sports offers the best training field for life I can think of and if it’s a job you’re looking for, sports involvement offers a great way to make connections that lead to satisfying careers.”

Williams and his wife parent 19 children, 14 of whom are adopted and come from four different nations. “I can say that the challenges of raising 19 children, many of them from international cultures, and helping them find their way in the professional world, has often been daunting,” he said.

Website: http://www.nba.com/magic/

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ReneeSjulin001web.jpgOctober 27, 2012 - Renee Sjulin, Runza

Renee Sjulin, Vice President of Runza® National Renee began learning the important aspects of Runza® store operations while still in high school. In 1986, Sjulin graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Business Administration.  After graduation, Renee assumed accounting responsibilities at Runza® National. She also worked as the Director of Human Resources until 1991.

As Vice President, Sjulin is the Chairperson of the Runza® Stakeholders Advisory Council. She serves as the Board of Operations liaison to the Accounting, Human Resources, and Marketing departments and oversees the company’s strategic planning work. Renee is involved as a member of the Board of Directors for the Bryan LGH Foundation.

Information about Runza® National: The Runza® National umbrella encompasses 80 Runza® Restaurant locations in four states, three Braeda® Fresh Express Cafés in Lincoln, NE, and Café on the Square in Seward, NE.

Website: www.Runza.com

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SharonWherryPOSweb.jpgOctober 20, 2012: Sharon Wherry, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

Sharon Wherry has worked in marketing/fundraising/sales for more than 40 years and currently serves as the President of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools.  She is responsible for around $1 million a year in enriched programming and projects that is donated each year to the needs of LPS students.

Prior to the Foundation for LPS, Sharon sold media advertising for Time Warner Cable and Three Eagles Communications, designed and managed Women's HealthLinc for Lincoln General Hospital,started  the Public Information Office at the NE Dept of Environmental Control and worked at the Public Affairs Dept. of the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

In the Lincoln community, she's served as chair of the Pershing Center Advisory Board and served as Rotary International District Governor for eastern NE and SW Iowa. Sharon and her husband Dan traveled to Bangladesh to immunize children against polio and worked in Africa and visited India on behalf of Rotary.  They have a son Chris who lives in Chicago and a daughter Beth who lives in Kalamazoo.

Website: http://foundationforlps.org/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/sharon-wherry/3/4b4/12

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RichHerinkPOSweb.jpgOctober 13,  2012: Rich Herink, First National Bank

For a century and a half, First National Bank, a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, has set the standard for outstanding customer service coupled with some of the most innovative financial products in the industry.

When it opened in 1857, First National was a local bank that served only Omaha and the surrounding communities. Today, First National is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States, with locations in seven states and more than 6.6 million customers across the country. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have $17 billion in managed assets and over 5,000 employee associates.

Website: www.FirstNational.com

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AliceDittman.jpgOctober 6,  2012: Alice Dittman, Cornhusker Bank

The first woman chair of othe Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the first woman chair of the Bryan Hospital Board of Directors, the first female chair of the State of Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the first woman president of the Nebraska Bankers Association, and the first wonam chair of the Community Bankers Association (a division of the American Bankers Association).  Alice Dittman has been a pioneer in business in Nebraska.

Dittman had a postgraduate year at Radcliffe before finishing her masters at Nebraska.  Dittman met and married Mark Dittman following her return to Nebraska from Radcliffe, when  they were bother working at her father's bank, Farmer's State Bank.  After opening a bank elsewhere in the state and two banks in Missouri, Mark was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 1975.  Alice Dittman returned to Lincoln with three children and was offered the position of president of the family bank.

When Dittman took over as president and CEO of Cornhusker Bank in 1975, the value of the bank was $8 million.  Today it is closer to $236 million.  Although not an entrepreneur in the pure sense of the word, she took the reins of a small rural bank and made it into an innovative regional bank.

Website: www.CornhuskerBank.com

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AnnRinglein.jpgSeptember 29,  2012: Ann Ringlein, Lincoln Running Co.

Ann Ringlein has been a competitive runner for 30+ years.  She has served as the Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University and has managed the Lincoln Running Company for 26 years.


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DougsBarryPfeifferWeb.jpgSeptember 22, 2012: Doug Pfeifer & Doug Barry, VictoryQuest

Doug Pfeifer is a husband, father, and successful business man with over 25 years of business experience.  Married to Lisa, his wife of 23 years, they are the parents of four sons and seven daughters.  Doug is an active member of the community, serving in the past and present on several non-profit boards.  He was a founding member of Kolbe Media which helped bring Catholic Radio to the Lincoln community.  He is active in the Chamber of Commerce, LIBA and recently helped lead a church youth group to Chicago to work with the poor and homeless of that community. Doug loves outdoor and family activities and is passionate about helping people live healthy, active lifestyles - especially our youth.

Doug Barry is a devoted husband of over 20 years and a father of five children.  Since 1992 he has traveled throughout the country as well as internationally as a public speaker in both faith-based and secular scenarios.  He has presented to many different groups including students, married couples and businesses, with the primary focus of topic being the individual value and worth of the each person and the importance of relationship.  With a dynamic and explosive style Doug has spoken to thousands, young and old alike, through television, radio and live appearances.  He also currently co-hosts for EWTN’s television show “Life on the Rock”.

Website: http://victoryquest.com/


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JoAnnEmersonWeb.jpgSeptember 15, 2012: Jo Ann Emerson, Lux Center for the Arts

Jo Ann Emerson was raised in Dubuque, Iowa and traversed Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado until settling in Lincoln ten years ago.  Her education and personal interests are non-profit organization administration and providing learning and growing opportunities for the community.  Jo Ann is married, owns two naughty dogs, and has two daughters and five brilliant grandchildren.

Website: http://luxcenter.org/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jo-ann-emerson/4/768/9a

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JimBarbBallardWeb.jpgJim Ballard is a native of Grand Island, NE. He has both his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After a short career in broadcasting, where Jim was a reporter for KOLN-TV in Lincoln, and KKAR Radio in Omaha, he spent over eight years in the Public Relations Office at UNL, and was also as an adjunct professor in the UNL Journalism College. However, a little over 18 years ago he had a hunch. Jim thought his father-in-law's farmland, situated northwest of Lincoln was fertile ground for growing grapes. With his father-in-laws blessing, Jim planted several grapevines with hopes his hobby would someday produce fine homemade wine..something to share with family and friends. It did, and Jim's hobby took a new twist.  James Arthur Vineyards opened in September of 1997. Now part-owner and winemaker of James Arthur Vineyards, his goal is to produce award winning Nebraska wine while providing guests to the winery with an experience that is educational, exciting and interesting.While serving as winemaker, James Arthur Vineyards has earned a number of accolades in wine competitions around the country for many of their wines. Including, numerous Best of Class Awards, as well as a Jefferson Cup Award and the Best White Wine of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition for their Edelweiss, and Best of Show White Wine for Vignoles at both the Florida International Wine Competition and the Monterey International Wine Competition in California, and recently Best of Show Blush Wine at the Colorado State Fair Wine Competition.

Jim is currently serving as a board member of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association, where he also serves as chair of the legislative committee and is a past-president. He also serves on the Board and is past chair of Wine America, which is the only National Association of American Wineries, and is also a Board Member for the National Wine and Grape Initiative. Closer to home he  serves as president of the School Board For Parkview Christian School in Lincoln and is a member of Senator Mike Johann's Agricultural Advisory Committee. Jim is also a graduate of Leadership Lincoln, and the Nebraska LEAD Program. He attends Calvary Community Church in Lincoln.  Jim and his wife Barb have been married for 25 years, and live in Raymond, with their three children, Benjamin, 20, Beau, 18 and Edyn 14.

Although she considers herself "retired," Barb Ballard stays plenty busy.Top priority has been raising the couple's three children, Benjamin, Beau and Edyn. Next comes managing the day-to-day operations of JAV as well as the winery's gift shop. She also coordinates the many special events JAV holds throughout the year and coordinates the tasting room. Not bad for being retired! Barb graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in broadcast journalism. She first worked as a producer for a Lincoln television station then as a talent and casting agent in Omaha. Later, she worked as office manager for her father's meat packing plant. Barb stopped working full-time when the Ballard's were expecting their second child (who they just sent off to College last week). She came out of "retirement" when her family started the winery. Her focus now -- as it always has been -- is family, friends and working with people. It's the perfect combination.


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