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From Mattel Toys to Kids Meals

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 Continue reading


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Three Mentors, One Studio

If you don’t know much about the three mentors who host THE MENTORS radio show, then you don’t want to miss this episode! You’ll hear each of The Mentors—Ric Brutocao, John Phillips and Tom Loarie—reveal their inner motivations and learnings in life and business.  What changed them for the good? What mistakes did they make?  What advice would they give a young professional as he finds his way in life and career? The only way to find out these answers to these questions and more is to listen to the show. Enjoy!


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One Deal from a National Real Estate Firm – #TM019

Rand Sperry

Host and mentor Ric Brutocao interviews Rand Sperry, CEO of Sperry Equities and Sperry Commercial in Irvine, California. The two long-time friends dig deep into Sperry’s fascinating career, starting with just one real estate deal at age 20 and along the way Continue reading


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The Art and Heart of Business -#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 business professor and former Nevada state legislator Valerie Weber, Ph.D. on “The Art and Heart of Business.”… Continue reading


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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 Continue reading


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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 Continue reading