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Category: Business

Welcome to the Opportunity Coalition Podcast where our Founder and CEO, Brian Watson, interviews some of the most accomplished and well respected influencers from around the world.

December 1, 2014

John Brackney, Director of Strategic Community & Public Policy Engagement at Webolutions interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition

John Brackney is the Director of Strategic Community & Public Policy Engagement at Webolutions and past President & CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber. In this episode of the Opportunity Coalition podcast, John and Brian discuss “micro communities”, John’s contrarian view of current culture, and the immense personal satisfaction of serving others.

John Brackney is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners. To learn more about John and Webolutions please visit: http://www.webolutions.com

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November 26, 2014

George Michel, CEO and “The Big Chicken” of Boston Market interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

George Michel is the CEO and “Big Chicken” of Boston Market restaurants. In this episode of the Opportunity Coalition Podcast, you’ll hear the challenging history of Boston Market and learn about it’s new focus on customer service and high quality, great tasting food.


George is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners.

To learn more about Boston Market’s story, it’s food, & catering service, please visit: http://www.bostonmarket.com


Editor's note: At the height of Boston Market's growth, there were 1228 restaurants open and operating. When George Michel took over as CEO, in October 2010, there were 492 restaurants open and operating, and by January 1st, 2011, 515 restaurants were in their system.
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November 18, 2014

Michael Hidalgo, Lead Pastor of Denver Community Church and author of the book, “Unlost”, is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

Michael Hidalgo is the Lead Pastor of Denver Community Church and author of the book, “Unlost”. Michael shares his story about growing up in the church, talks about what “Ministry” really means, and provides advice on how to explore your life’s purpose. In addition, he discusses his new book, how to have an overall spiritual view of success, and has some fantastic life advice.

Michael is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners.

For more information about Michael’s book and Denver Community Church please visit:

http://michael-hidalgo.com/unlost/

and

http://www.denverchurch.org/about/

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November 13, 2014

Cobina Lartson, PhD and CEO of Afrikmall is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

Cobina Lartson is the CEO of Afrikmall in Aurora, Colorado. His vision is to create a place for all to enjoy African food and culture. Afrikmall will also provide a business incubation center, a movie theater featuring film-makers from around the world, a cultural center for guests to learn more about African culture, and an event center for weddings and other occasions.

Cobina is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners

To learn more about the Afrikmall visit:

http://www.afrikmall.com/

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November 11, 2014

John Andrews, Director of the Centennial Institute and former Colorado Senate President interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

John Andrews is the Director of the Centennial Institute, the former Colorado Senate President, and author of “Responsibility Reborn.” In this episode of the Opportunity Coalition podcast, John and Brian talk about the Centennial Institute, how Colorado Christian University prepares future generations for civic engagement, and the Western Conservative Summit. Additionally, they discuss the role of faith in politics and government.

John is interviewed by Brian Watson Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners. Learn more about Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University, and John’s book, “Responsibility Reborn” by visiting:

http://www.CentennialCCU.org
http://www.ccu.edu/
http://www.responsibilityreborn.com

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November 7, 2014

Eric Chester, Award-Winning Speaker and Bestselling Author is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

Eric Chester is an Award-Winning Speaker and Bestselling Author. He’s spent the last 15 years training and educating managers and employers on the emerging workforce, and helping the millennial generation transition from school to work. In this episode of the Opportunity Coalition podcast, Eric discusses a workplace culture that inspires the emerging workforce to perform at its best level. In addition, he explores what “work ethic” means and shares some incredible life lessons.
Eric is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners. For more information about Eric, his speaking, and books, please visit: http://www.ericchester.com.
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October 31, 2014

Derrick Wilburn, Founder and President of both Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and the American Conservatives of Color. Interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

Derrick Wilburn is the Founder and President Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and of American Conservatives of Color. A descendant of the slave trade, Derrick details the modern forms of economic slavery that ethnic-minorities in America face today. He explains how to get across the chasm between ethnic-minorities and conservative causes. More than just identifying the problems, Derrick and his organizations are focused on implementing real solutions to address these issues.

Derrick is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners. Learn more about American Conservatives of Colorado at www.blackandconservative.com or by emailing info@acofc.com.

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October 29, 2014

Nick Ault, President and Founder of The Duffeyroll Café. Interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition

Nick Ault is the President and Founder of The Duffeyroll Café, which is famous in Colorado for their cinnamon rolls. He discusses how he started the company and what it was like to raise his prices, even when he was very worried to do so. Nick also explains the importance of providing top quality service along with a premium product.

Nick is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners.

Learn more about The Duffeyroll Café at http://www.duffeyrolls.com/.

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October 24, 2014

Shari Williams, President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition.

Shari Williams is the President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR). She discusses the important role LPR plays in providing the tools, ideas, and networks for community leaders to be successful with their projects. She also recounts the time she helped Bob Beauprez win his Congressional race by only 121 votes. She believes that one of our biggest challenges is that too many citizens are passive. We need to be passionate, learn, and take a stand. Discover more about Leadership Program of the Rockies at http://www.leadershipprogram.org/.

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October 23, 2014

Todd Harper, President of Generous Giving. Interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition

Todd is the President of Generous Giving whose mission is to share the joy of giving. Todd discuss the paradox that we live in the most prosperous time in world history yet we are not more generous - giving away only about 2-3% of our national income. He explores how giving is a learned skill and his desire to spark a generosity revival, that will radically reorder the problems we face. Todd is interviewed by Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of the Opportunity Coalition and Northstar Commercial Partners. Learn more about Generous Giving at http://www.generousgiving.org/.

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