The Art and Heart of Business, Tom Loarie interviews Valerie Weber, Ph.D. – TM014

Valerie Weber
Valerie Weber, PhD

Most people don’t think of “heart” when discussing business, but that’s changing. On this episode of “The Mentors” radio show, host Tom Loarie talks with Valerie Weber, Ph.D. on “The Art and Heart of Business.” Listeners will learn what this phrase means, and why embracing it sets business owners and their businesses apart from the competition.  You’ll also learn about Dr. Weber’s varied career path, her experience serving as an elected Nevada state legislator, and her passion to teach and coach current and burgeoning leaders in the art and heart of business.

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Finances Matter: Build a strong financial foundation – TM013

James Tecca

The Mentors host Ric Brutocao talks with James Tecca, former president, now vice chairman, of Western Financial Bank about fundamental principles necessary to establish and ensure a solid financial foundation in life and in building a business.  Mr. Tecca brings a wealth of banking and financial expertise, and a banking insider perspective, to the discussion, which results in learning invaluable resources for developing your own successful financial strategy.

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How to Attract and Keep the Best Employees – TM011

John Phillips

The Mentors radio host John Phillips talks about solutions to common human resource problems with Don Alix, a seasoned district manager with Insperity, Inc., a company that provides full service human resources services to complement small and medium business resources.  In this episode of The Mentors, business owners and entrepreneurs will learn how the right third-party human resource company can offer your employees attractive benefits that you alone could not have afforded, thus giving them yet another reason to stay and grow with you.

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Bean Counting and When to Hire a CPA – TM010

David Doran CPA
David Doran, CPA

“Let’s face it,” says “The Mentors” business radio host Ric Brutocao, “financial management and control is the key to a successful business and a family life that is not constantly in debt.” That’s why Brutocao’s guest today is David Doran, CPA, a managing partner and audit partner with the certified public accountants and consultants firm White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP.  Recognized as a “Distinguished Business Leader” (2009), among other awards, Doran has extensive experience serving privately held, entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses. His expertise spans several industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, business and professional services and healthcare. Doran also directs the firm’s nonprofit practice and he has worked with numerous nonprofit service organizations and foundations. Listeners to today’s show will learn valuable insider perspectives about financial management in business, how a CPA can help fuel company growth and when is the right time, and best way, to work with a CPA.

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What Makes The Mentors Tick? – TM008

Want a behind-the-scenes look at the superb CEO Mentors you hear each week as hosts of “The Mentors” show?  Now’s your chance!  Listen as producer Karen Walker interviews “The Mentors” CEO hosts Ric Brutocao, John Phillips and Tom Loarie in a way that reveals their inner motivations and principles in business and their personal reasons for reaching out to YOU by hosting the show. You’ll also enjoy some fun exchanges, and hear guest JW, a 26-year-old young professional, get mentored about career growth and life balance.

Harness the Power of Your Story to Increase Sales – TM007

Chris Smith, The Campfire Effect

On April 22, 2017, CEO Mentor Host John Phillips talks with Chris Smith, founder of The Campfire Effect, on effective branding and brand story-telling.  In a fun, dynamic back-and-forth, this episode delivers practical, down-to-earth, immediately applicable perspective for your business, division, or your career growth.  You’ll learn why it’s critical that any business owner or division head not only understands every aspect—features and benefits—of his company’s services and products, but also be able to effectively communicate this knowledge to the users and prospective users of these products and services.  Without effective communication, especially through excellent branding and story-telling, prospective clients won’t know to choose your company instead of the competition.  During this episode, John and his guest exemplify The Campfire Effect’s proven successful strategy by leading—live on the show—a new, young business owner through the process of clarifying her brand and story. 


  • The Campfire Effect
  • Chris Smith talks about “The Three Cs”: Clarity, Confidence, Connection
  • Chris Smith talks about “The Five Forces” (you’ll have to listen to the show, above)

Investment banking, China, Shortcut to IPO – TM006

Dan McClory, president and head of China, Boustead Securities

Did you know there’s a creative new shortcut to IPO? Have you ever wondered how someone gets into equity investing, or what’s going on behind-the-scenes with business in China?  Host Ric Brutocao gets Dan McClory, president and head of China equity investments for Boustead Securities, to tell all.  Listeners will not only enjoy the high energy and back-and-forth of good business colleagues and friends, but also learn how one man started and built a phenomenal foreign investment business—and what he learned a long the way that we can “take to the bank” in our own work and career.  You’ll gain insights on doing business in China, and you’ll learn about an exciting new opportunity for smaller companies to attain IPO.


Think Bigger, Solve HR challenges – TM004

John_Phillips*Today “The Mentors” host John Phillips busts through commonly held, self-imposed, growth-limiting perceptions of business owners and talks about how to leverage third party resources to increase growth and employee satisfaction.  His guest is Don Alix, a seasoned district manager with Insperity, Inc. In this episode of “The Mentors,” business owners and entrepreneurs will learn how they don’t need to be a Fortune 100 company to offer employee benefits and human resource solutions that rival those of major corporations. Listeners will learn how to expand their thinking—and recognize they do not have to do it alone—in order to achieve a robust team and stability to achieve break-through results.