Music, Marketing and Mannheim Steamroller: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Chip Davis

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Guests: Arthur Davidson, Chip Davis, Rich Fitzgerald, Tony Iannacchione

Like countless musicians and songwriters in the 1970’s, Chip Davis was looking for his big break.  Though he had a novelty hit to his songwriting credit (C.W. McCall’s “Convoy”), the tune he became most familiar with was the sound of major record label doors slamming in his face.  So he turned entrepreneurial, starting his own label (American Gramaphone), his own group (Mannheim Steamroller), and dominating the market to become the top selling holiday music act ever - a list that includes Elvis himself.  Chip details his journey, as well as his current non-holiday project, with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris.

Also on the Show:

What Your Technical Staff Needs to Know About Your Overall Business Strategy: Arthur Davidson

When it comes to the execution of your product or service, there may not be a more critical component of your team than your technical staff.  Your engineers possess the proprietary knowledge that gives your company a true differentiator from the competition.  But, as Carnegie Mellon University Professor Arthur Davidson points out, the tech staff is frequently left in the dark when it comes to knowing the overall business strategy of the company.  Arthur talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the importance of ensuring that your technical people understand the connection between their work and your company’s strategy.

Mining Education: Are Today’s Students Prepared for the Future of the Industry?

With the continued rapid progression of the Marcellus Shale Development, as well as other energy sources in Pennsylvania, there is a renewed focus on the American mining industry.  Many experts are raising a critical question: Is the American educational system doing its part to keep mining students up to speed on the latest technologies and trends?  To help answer that question, “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris talks with Tony Iannacchione, the Director of the Mining Engineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, and Al Alioa, the Senior Vice President Coal Operations Support at Consol Energy.

 

Show Segments

Ron’s Rant:  Congratulations to Raja on His Election Victory
Ron’s Rant: Congratulations to Raja on His Election Victory

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris opens the show by welcoming Republican candidate for Allegheny County Executive, D. Raja. Raja joins Ron to talk about his campaign.

Are Today’s College Students Prepared For the Future of the Mining Industry?
Are Today’s College Students Prepared For the Future of the Mining Industry?

Guests: Tony Iannacchione

With the continued rapid progression of the Marcellus Shale Development, as well as other energy sources in Pennsylvania, there is a renewed focus on the American mining industry. Many experts are raising a critical question: Is the American educational system doing its part to keep mining students up to speed on the latest technologies and trends? To help answer that question, “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris talks with Tony Iannacchione, the Director of the Mining Engineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, and Al Alioa, the Senior Vice President Coal Operations Support at Consol Energy.

What Your Technical Staff Needs To Know About Your Business Strategy: Arthur Davidson
What Your Technical Staff Needs To Know About Your Business Strategy: Arthur Davidson

Guests: Arthur Davidson

When it comes to the execution of your product or service, there may not be a more critical component of your team than your technical staff. Your engineers possess the proprietary knowledge that gives your company a true differentiator from the competition. But, as Carnegie Mellon University Professor Arthur Davidson points out, the tech staff is frequently left in the dark when it comes to knowing the overall business strategy of the company. Arthur talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the importance of ensuring that your technical people understand the connection between their work and your company’s strategy.

Music, Marketing and Mannheim Steamroller: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Chip Davis
Music, Marketing and Mannheim Steamroller: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Chip Davis

Guests: Chip Davis

Like countless musicians and songwriters in the 1970’s, Chip Davis was looking for his big break. Though he had a novelty hit to his songwriting credit (C.W. McCall’s “Convoy”), the tune he became most familiar with was the sound of major record label doors slamming in his face. So he turned entrepreneurial, starting his own label (American Gramaphone), his own group (Mannheim Steamroller), and dominating the market to become the top selling holiday music act ever - a list that includes Elvis himself. Chip details his journey, as well as his current non-holiday project, with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris.

Congratulations to Rich Fitzgerald on His Primary Election Victory
Congratulations to Rich Fitzgerald on His Primary Election Victory

Guests: Rich Fitzgerald

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris closes the show by welcoming Democratic candidate for Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald joins Ron to talk about his campaign.

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