Author Archives: Matt Fulks, Director

C-10 Podcast: Carl Jemison, Ep. 36

  As you may know, when we have a guest speaker for our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program students, we oftentimes like to use part of that conversation for this podcast. And that’s what we’re doing this week.  With the holiday this month celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our students heard recently from a Kansas City area resident who knew Dr. King. His name is Carl Jemison. He grew up in a single-parent … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Brian Diddle, Ep. 35

  This week we’re chatting with Brian Diddle, a long-time CYITML supporter and the owner of Precision Printing. Shortly after graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene in 1980, Brian went to work for a local bank for two years. About two years later, though, a friend started talking to Brian about opening a printing firm. And the rest, as they say, is history.  In this episode we talk to Brian about why he started Precision, how much … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matt Tidwell, Ep. 34

  This week we’re chatting with someone who has a special place in our hearts (learn why during the episode), Dr. Matt Tidwell, who is the assistant dean at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. Dr. Tidwell also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Business Communicators – one of the world’s largest communications associations with more than 9,000 members on five … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Eli Medina, Ep. 33

  On this week’s episode we chat with one of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program mentors, Eli Medina. Eli grew up in the Kansas City area before attending Truman State on a volleyball scholarship. She went on to earn her MBA at Rockhurst. It was during this time that Eli became a licensed realtor. She now is part of the Medina Team for ReeceNichols, working for her dad George Medina. In this episode, Eli … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Larry Holley, Ep. 32

  The two names became synonymous with each other: Larry Holley and William Jewell College. After all, Holley was the school’s basketball coach for 40 years, compiling 916 career wins, which made him the ninth-winningest coach in college basketball history at any level when he retired in 2019. He is the winningest coach in the state of Missouri. He earned 15 Coach of the Year awards, including the NAIA national coach of the year in … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Bryan Busby, Ep. 31

  We’ve mentioned before how a year ago, when we first started talking about this podcast, the idea was to release a new episode every two weeks. One week would be a conversation with one of our mentors, like we had last week with long-time L.A. sportscaster Todd Donoho. The other episode each month would feature the conversation with that month’s guest speaker for the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program.  Obviously COVID changed a lot … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Todd Donoho, Ep. 30

  One of our original goals with this podcast was to introduce you to the mentors and committee members that are so important to the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. So, this week, you’ll hear from one of those mentors, Todd Donoho.  Todd was a television sports anchor in markets including Cincinnati and Los Angeles before joining the Mizzou Tiger Sports Network as a pregame and postgame host. In this conversation, Todd takes a swing … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dubill, Myers and Moore, Ep. 29

  As you may remember or have have seen — or you might’ve been on the original call — in October we ended the month-long Crown Town Challenge campaign with a celebration webinar on leadership featuring Christa Dubill, the Chief Communications Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Retired General Richard Myers, who is a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current President of Kansas State University, and “C” … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Steve Minnis, Ep. 28

  This is a special episode for a couple of different reasons. One, our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program Committee Chair Max Utsler is co-hosting and two, because our guest is Steve Minnis, the president of one of our C-10 Leaders Scholarship partner schools. Minnis became the president of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in October 2004. Before that, he had a long legal career in the Johnson County prosecutor’s office and with Sprint.  This … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Mark Garrett, Ep. 27

  Mark Garrett has been the Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Blue KC since July 2019. Before that, he had distinguished careers in leadership with Smithfield-Farmland Foods, Kansas City Public Schools, Hallmark Cards, and he’s on the board for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. This week we talk about Mark’s leadership background, a time when he struck out and when he hit a home run as a leader, what you can do … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Al Wallace, Ep. 26

  Al Wallace shouldn’t be new to anyone who’s lived in Kansas City during the past 35 years. After all, you invited him into your home countless times. He retired from WDAF-TV (Fox 4) in December 2018, but since then he’s written a book, “One for the Coyotes,” he’s taught classes in the journalism department at the University of Kansas, he’s led tours at historic Allen Fieldhouse, he’s co-hosted an episode or two of this … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Diane O’Byrne, Ep. 25

  This week’s episode features Diane O’Byrne, one of our C-10 Curriculum Committee members and the founder and Managing Partner of Competitive Resources, a Kansas City based sales coaching company. Although her background is in media and advertising, Diane’s client list is varied from international companies such as Black and Veatch to a local automotive dealer. The sales skillset she coaches can be applied across any industry. In addition to sales coaching, Diane has served … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Darwin Pennye, Ep. 24

  We have been looking forward to interviewing this week’s guest for a few months. In fact, as you may recall from an episode in June, we told his “brother from another mother” that we needed to get him on the C-10 Podcast. So it’s a huge honor to introduce you to this week’s guest, the Executive Director of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy Darwin Pennye.  The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Pennye, and he spent … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dayton Moore, Ep. 23

  We have a unique episode for you this week. As you may have seen — or you might’ve been on the original call — this week we began closing down the Crown Town Challenge campaign with a celebration webinar on leadership with three tremendous leaders. One of those was Dayton Moore. After the first hour of the webinar with the three leaders, Dayton Moore and Matt Fulks spent the last 30 minutes answering viewer … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matt Marasco, Ep. 22

  After recording the initial episode of the C-10 Podcast with CYITML founder Dayton Moore, he said, “Marasco is someone you need to get on this podcast.” As you’ll hear in this episode, Dayton was right. Marasco, the Royals’ Director of Leadership Development, shares a lot of wisdom about the overall subject of leadership and the differences in leadership styles between players such as Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield…and how that can apply to anyone … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ron Fredman, Ep. 21

  The beauty of this podcast focusing on leadership and mentoring is that when a company sponsors the podcast, it’s not a shameless plug to interview one of that company’s leaders. As we kick off October, this month’s presenting sponsor is Stepp & Rothwell, Inc., and we’re chatting with the company’s Director of Client Relations, Ron Fredman. Ron joined Stepp & Rothwell earlier this year, after a varied career in leadership and fundraising. He’s been … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ed Enyeart, Ep. 20

  Today’s guest is somewhat of a unicorn in today’s business world — someone who has been with the same company for more than 25 years…basically since college. We’re excited to be joined by one of our Crown Town Challenge committee members and someone who’s active with various nonprofits around Kansas City, the Senior Vice President of Finance at Cerner, Ed Enyeart.   After opening with “7 Questions,” we talk with Ed about his leadership journey, … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Mark Collins, Ep. 19

  Mark Collins, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, who played in the mid-1990s with the Chiefs, chats about Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer, and reminisces about his team’s biggest championship of all — the Collins’ Crushers of the 2019 Crown Town Wiffle Weekend.   LINKS: For more info about the Crown Town Challenge, visit CrownTownChallenge.com. For more information about the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program, visit our website. For all … Read more