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Your Business is Being Robbed and You Don’t Even Know it. The Business of Corporate Security

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,280 originally aired on June 29, 2011

As the American economy digs its way out of the recession, the stark reality for businesses remains, as crime is still at an all time high for business.  From identity and insurance frauds to outright theft, businesses are on heightened alert against these crimes, and are struggling to stay a step ahead.  John Lee is an entrepreneur who has noticed these trends throughout his career in law enforcement, and as Founder and President of International Investigative Solutions, he is in a position to do something about it.  John talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the most prevalent forms of crime a business owner may face within a company, and the steps he or she should take to prevent this crime.

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Keeping the Beat Alive: Drum Pioneer Remo Belli

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,253 originally aired on May 23, 2011

Remo Belli’s career started during World War II, when the domestic depletion in manpower enabled him to launch his career as a professional drummer at age 16. It continued in 1957, as Remo launched his Hollywood drum store, making the backbeat of the rock’n’roll explosion more accessible to everyone. And it continues to this day, as the 83-year old entrepreneur remains on the cutting edge of drumhead technology, supplying the skins and the parts for drummers the world over. Remo talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about how the simple love of drumming spurred an iconic brand in the music industry. Also on the Show: Will Water Be the Root of the Next Energy Crisis? with Radisav Vidic Water and energy - it’s a co-dependency that some experts fear may be headed for disaster. Energy is needed to make water, just as water is required to create energy. But what will happen as the energy needs of the United States continue to rise and the water supply starts to decline? What mechanisms are in place to make sure that energy and water are being used as efficiently as possible? Radisav Vidic is a professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and he talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the intersection between water and energy, and what it means for business.

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From Shoe Shine Boy to the Boardroom of Boston Market: George Naddaff

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,218 originally aired on May 12, 2011

“Problems are the opportunities for solutions!”  That is the mantra by which George Naddaff has lived his entrepreneurial career. It’s a career that spanned from working odd jobs as a pre-teen, to having to explain to his parents the idea of “commission”, to enjoying a lengthy career as a master franchiser for Kentucky Fried Chicken, to starting a new chicken restaurant called “Boston Chicken” (now Boston Market), to his current health-food restaurant chain, UFood.  George discusses his story, and how salesmanship runs through his veins, with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris.

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: How Can Entrepreneurs Benefit From Marcellus?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,209 originally aired on March 25, 2011

So here you are.  You hear about the Marcellus Shale, but you don’t own any property atop this largest deposit of natural gas in the world. Nor are you a driller with contracts to get into this resource. Can you still become an entrepreneur and benefit from the Marcellus Shale? This is the question we'll ask as part of American Entrepreneur Radio's ongoing series, "The Truth About Marcellus Shale", as "The American Entrepreneur" Ron Morris moderates a panel discussion which covers the entrepreneurial opportunities that have developed as a result of Marcellus Shale activity.  Joining Ron for the discussion are Mike Mackin of Range Resources, Pat McCune of the Washington County Energy Partners, Jason Fink of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and Scott Rotruck of Chesapeake Energy. 

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What is Pooling, and How Does It Affect Landowners?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,204 originally aired on March 18, 2011

If you take a look at a Marcellus Shale development map sometime, one thing may become apparent, especially if you find that you sit atop Marcellus property:  Chances are, your neighbor does as well.  And now the question is posed:  to pool or not to pool?  Pooling is one of the most popular options when it comes to leasing tracts of land in a concentrated area, yet also one that has come under a great deal of fire, specifically as a result of what happens when one or two landowners in a pool do NOT want to pool, in which case the hairy process of forced pooling takes effect.  As part of American Entrepreneur Radio's ongoing series, "The Truth About Marcellus Shale", "The American Entrepreneur" Ron Morris examines the processes of pooling and forced pooling, as he talks with a panel of experts, including Mark Laskow of Greycourt, Don Dulac of the Asset Protection Group, Carl Carlson of Range Resources, and Bradlee Tebbs and Guy Trulli of Duncan Land and Energy.

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: Land Leasing/Acquisition: How Do Both Parties Get a Fair Deal?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,199 originally aired on March 11, 2011

On paper, it sounds simple enough:  You have land sitting atop the Marcellus Shale development…..the drilling companies want it.  But that’s where the simplicity ends.  As drillers are looking to acquire as much land as they can, they have to contend not only with the fellow drillers that may be interested in that land as well, but also with those who currently have the rights to that land, the landowners themselves.  As part of American Entrepreneur Radio's ongoing series, "The Truth About Marcellus Shale", "The American Entrepreneur," Ron Morris, looks at the challenges and opportunities involved when it comes to leasing land that is used for Marcellus Shale activity, from the perspective of both sides of the negotiating table.  Ron hosts a panel discussion featuring Bradlee Tebbs and Guy Trulli of Duncan Land and Energy, Jackie Root from the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, Doug Clark of the Clark Law Firm, and our go-to guy for all things oil and gas, Mark Laskow of Greycourt.

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Turning Dead-End Kids into Productive Labor: Social Entrepreneurship Icon Bill Strickland

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,173 originally aired on March 10, 2011

Like many of his college-aged peers in the late 1960’s, University of Pittsburgh student Bill Strickland had a front row seat to the social and cultural upheaval that was taking over not only Pittsburgh, but the rest of the country as well.  Unlike many of those peers, Bill Strickland decided to do something about it…for the better.  Tapping into his own experiences in using his talents in crafts and ceramics to turn his life around, Bill started the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Pittsburgh’s North Side as a place for neighborhood children to go to learn the same skills as Bill had while growing up.  Since that time, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and the Bidwell Training Center, which Bill took over three years later, have served as agents of change for Pittsburgh area youths to turn their lives around.  The programs have earned Bill national acclaim, from the development of “franchise” models in other cities to honors from the White House.  Bill joins “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris to tell his remarkable story, and how ANYBODY can make a difference…..all it takes is just one idea.

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: How Many New Jobs Will Marcellus Create For the Region?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,193 originally aired on March 4, 2011

It has been reported that on the whole, Marcellus Shale development will be responsible for the creation of over 100,000 jobs for the Marcellus region.  An impressive number, to be sure, but the question remains: where will these jobs come from?  How will these workers be trained?  As part of American Entrepreneur Radio's ongoing "Truth About Marcellus Shale" series, "The American Entrepreneur" Ron Morris, looks at the impact Marcellus has on employment.  He moderates a panel discussion on the topic, and joining him on that panel will be Pat McCune of the Washington County Energy Partners, Kai Schafft of Penn State University, Danielle Boston of PIOGA, and Jim Hayes, the Director of the Westmoreland County Roustabout Training Program.  

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What Are the Financial Estimates For Marcellus Shale Development?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,188 originally aired on February 25, 2011

The Marcellus Shale development is being hailed by many as one of the most signficant economic developments to ever impact the State of Pennsylvania.  But exactly HOW much will Marcellus benefit the Pennsylvania economy?  And what are the costs involved for those who drill into Marcellus?  As part of our ongoing series, "The Truth About Marcellus Shale," "The American Entrepreneur", Ron Morris examines the finances of the Marcellus Shale play as he talks with a panel of experts, including Michael Jacobson of Penn State University, Pat McCune of the Washington County Energy Partners, Dr. John Felmy, Chief Economist of the American Petroleum Institute, and Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group, a Texas-based energy consulting firm.  

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What Will Happen To Our Water Table?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,184 originally aired on February 18, 2011

One of the signature scenes of Josh Fox's anti-fracking documentary, "Gasland," depicted flames shooting out of a kitchen faucet, purportedly the result of fracking chemicals integrating with the water table underneath shale deposits.  But as powerful as that scene was, how much of that scene was grounded in the reality of the chemical effect of the fracking process? As part of American Entrepreneur Radio's groundbreaking series, "The Truth About Marcellus Shale," "The American Entrepreneur", Ron Morris takes a look at the Marcellus Shale's impact on the water table, as he talks with a panel of experts, including David Yoxtheimer at Penn State University, Scott Roberts of L.R Kimball, John Hanger, the former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Deptartment of Environmental Protection, and our go-to guy for all things oil and gas, Mark Laskow of Greycourt. 

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What Will Happen To Our Farms and Roads?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,179 originally aired on February 11, 2011

While the Marcellus Shale development stands to be a boon to everyone from landowners to drillers, the activity of drilling into the Shale comes with it a critical question:  When all is said and done, what will happen to some of the critical aspects of our infrastructure?  Will our roads and bridges be able to withstand the loads of drilling machinery, as well as the trucks and rigs needed for the process?  Can our farms survive the horizontal drilling activity?  We’ll answer these questions and many more as part of the sixth installment of American Entrepreneur Radio’s twelve-part “Truth About Marcellus Shale”, devoted to the long-term impact of Marcellus Shale activity to our infrastructure.  Joining “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris for this discussion will be our panel of experts, including our go-to-guy when it comes to oil and gas, Mark Laskow of Greycourt, as well as Barry Scheetz, the Director of the Center of Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State University, as well as Gary Swan of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Elizabeth Maclin of Trout Unlimited.

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The Remarkable Turnaround Story of dck worldwide, as Told By the Man Who Engineered It

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,177 originally aired on February 9, 2011

One of the most successful construction entrepreneurs in Western Pennsylvania visits the American Entrepreneur studios, as Stephen D’Angelo, the CEO of dck worldwide talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the challenges and opportunities facing dck as they work with companies that may be a little gun-shy about construction projects in a turbulent economy.  Plus, Stephen talks about how he was able to orchestrate the remarkable turnaround of dck upon taking over the company’s operations in 2003.

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What Happens To the Waste Water?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,174 originally aired on February 4, 2011

While the State of Pennsylvania looks to reap the benefits of the Marcellus Shale development going forward, one lingering, critical question remains:  What is the plan of the co- and by-product produced by this development, including the wastewater?  The answers may surprise you.  Joining Ron to discuss the water remediation and other processes are American Entrepreneur Radio’s go-to guy for all things oil and gas, Mark Laskow of Greycourt, as well as Daryl Heiser of the Weavertown Environmental Group, John Veil of Veil Environmental (and a Former Official With Argonne National Labs),  and Brian Oram of Wilkes University.

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What IS Horizontal Drilling?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,169 originally aired on January 28, 2011

As part of the 12-part series on the Marcellus Shale on American Entrepreneur Radio, “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris moderates a panel discussion on the process of horizontal drilling and the Marcellus Shale. Among those joining Ron for the panel discussion are American Entrepreneur Radio’s resident expert on oil and gas, Mark Laskow of Greycourt, as well as Bob Garland of Universal Well Services, Arthur Yost of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Technology Labs, and Zane Shuck, a retired well driller with over 50 years of experience.

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The Truth About Marcellus Shale: What IS Fracking?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,161 originally aired on January 21, 2011

As part of American Entrepreneur Radio’s 12-part look at the Marcellus Shale development, “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris moderates a panel discussion with industry experts about the process of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) as a way to access the vast natural energy resources of the development. Joining Ron for the discussion are TAE’s in-house oil and gas expert, Mark Laskow of Greycourt, Dan Arthur of ALL-LLC in Tulsa, OK, Tom Hampton of Core Laboratories in Houston, TX and longtime oil industry consultant David Keefe of Petro Consulting.