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Watching and waiting for winter to end

This is the final weekend of January, and that means that pretty much anything goes when it comes to the weather we will experience over the next few weeks. As I sit writing this column, the wind is whipping outside my window. There are snowflakes in the air, and the temperature out there is ...

Leading by example, encouragement, vision

Last week I was interviewed on the America’s Talking podcast with a national following. The focus was on energy and manufacturing. Austin, the host, knew I coached high school soccer said, “This is my last question. Can you tell me the single most important leadership lesson you have ...

Finding your own sources of inspiration

Everyone needs some sources of inspiration. I have a few different ones, in a few different places. In my office at home, I have a handful of old, if not antique, items that I like to turn to when I need to think about the bigger picture. Two of them make up a set — a little, round ...

Tech, talent, education and the Cloud: Keys to prosperity

Like many midwestern states, Ohio is fighting against a brain drain as many talented young people leave for the coasts or the sunbelt. Though it’s been a challenge for employers, things could be starting to look up in Ohio, with part of the solution in the clouds — or The Cloud more ...

Lessons learned about meeting our needs

During our recent trip, Lynnda and I were returning from a business meeting in Tampa and stopped to see some old friends from Elkview who now live in Plant City, Florida. Our kids grew up and were in scouts together in Elkview. Al is struggling with some health issues since we last saw them two ...

The wonderful people of our region

No matter how tough the going gets, I have found that there are countless people here in our region who find a way to persevere and make the best of things. On Wednesday night, I received word that a structure fire had broken out in a remote part of Belmont County, not far from Jacobsburg and ...