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Three remarkable CEOs challenge your thinking about life and work

From Mattel Toys to Kids Meals

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Ken Strottman

In this episode host Ric Brutocao talks with Ken Strottman, founder of Strottman International, a unique design and marketing firm that creates toys—from concept and design to final product—as part of powerful, unique, brand-experience marketing campaigns. His clients include firms such as Wendy’s, Lowe’s, and many more. Prior to launching his own firm, Ken was VP of Mattel Toys, but before Mattel, as he puts it, he literally started his career journey in the toilet! Quite funny. His journey—even his unexpected exit from Mattel and segue to creating his own company—is one of persistence and internal growth along the way, following what he does best. His fabulously interesting (and, at the time, sometimes devastating) failures served as some of his best learning experiences along the way.  There’s so much in this show, you just have to listen and enjoy!!

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