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The Call of Leadership

The Call of Leadership

Author: Cliff Duvernois

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This podcast is for those looking to be better leaders for themselves, their families and their communities. Join Cliff Duvernois every Monday and Friday as he interviews business leaders and thought leaders in Michigan to listen to their stories, get their advice on leadership, and share that advice with you.
66 Episodes
Jim Holton's Family has been running Mountain Town Station Restaurant & Brew Pub for many moons. Hear the incredible story behind this institution. And their plans for coming back Post Covid-19. Show Notes Mountain Town Station Restaurant & Brew Pub Website Mountain Town Station Restaurant & Brew Pub Facebook Page
American Museum of Magic.  Board member and Magician Jeffrey Alan takes us through the history behind this great little gem as well as the amazing links between the history of Michigan and the history of magic. Show Notes: American Museum of Magic Website American Museum of Magic Facebook Page
St Julian Wines is now celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2021!  Nancie Oxley, the Vice President in Charge of Wine Making (which is the coolest title ever!) shares with us the rich history of St Julian Winery, what it takes to put together a great tasting bottle of vino, and some recommendations to try this year. Enjoy this episode! St Julian Website St Julian's Facebook Page
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is located in one of the most northern tips of Michigan. And it can't wait to go! This place boasts cabins and open space to appeal to anyone who really wants to "get away". Mariah Summers shares with us the history and the goodness that awaits visitors to this great place.  Enjoy! Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Website  Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Instagram Address: 14252 US Hwy 41 Copper Harbor, Michigan 49918 Phone: 906-289-4403 Email:
Dog Sledding in Michigan is alive and well!  At least while there's snow on the ground.  This bit of a "lost art" is kept alive by Liza Dietzen from Team Evergreen Kennel.  Hear how she took over this kennel of energetic dogs and turned it into a fun event everyone can enjoy! Show Notes: Team Evergreen Kennel Website Team Evergreen Facebook Page
Snowmobiling is a favorite sport to many. In some parts of Michigan, it's the only way to get around! John Newman, President of the Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association, shares with us the history behind this great organization and what they are doing to bring more awareness to this great sport! Show Notes: Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association Website (Click here) Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association Facebook (Click here)
Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of those Michigan "right of passages".  Every parent takes their kid there to have them run the dunes to simply wear them out.  I know.  I experienced this first hand.  But that doesn't detract from the beauty of this wonderful park.  In the winter and the summer.  Join us as Scott Tucker walks us through the history, the beauty and how they are working to keep us safe in Covid-19. Show Notes: Sleeping Bear Dunes Facebook Page Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Website Sleeping Bear Dunes Website Address: Visitor's Center: 12 Wood Ridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
This interview was fun!  Sherri Fenton, the managing owner of Black Star Farms, sits down with us and shares Black Star's rich history, their philosophy in creating great customer experiences, and some great wines for you to try. We also talk about snow-shoeing around their farm, winter events that are happening ... and how they are doing wine tasting safely. So grab a glass of your favorite vino and enjoy this great episode! Resources: Black Star Farms Website Black Star Farms Facebook Page Address: 10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay, Michigan
Zehnders Snowfest for 2021 is on! John Shelton, VP of Sales and Marketing for Zehnders, shares with us the history of this great Michigan tradition, the impact it has had on the community, and what Frankenmuths Snowfest will look like in 2021. Show Notes: Zehnder's Snowfest Website Zehnder's Snowfest Facebook Page
Michigan is definitely a top stopping point for people to enjoy all of the great snow sports that are out there.  The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association promotes skiing and snowboarding in Michigan.  Mickey Macwilliams shares with us how this great organization is getting Michiganders out and bringing tourists in to help drive Michigan's Winter Economy. Show Notes: Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (Website) Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (Facebook)
The Detroit Public Library.  One of the beautiful crown jewels in Detroit.  This building is so much more than a collection of books.  It also contains exhibits, collections of some of the most prolific writers in history.  Joanne Mondowney takes us through the history of this gorgeous building.  And how this institution is staying relevant not only in the 21st century but during times of Covid. Show Notes: Detroit Public Library Website Detroit Public Library Facebook Address: Detroit Main Library  5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Amy Grossi, the third generation of the Bavarian Inn Zehnders, shares with us her journey and growth within her family's business.  It's daunting to think of running one of Michigan's top travel destinations but Amy handles it with grace and style.  With her incredible team, she continues the time-honored tradition started by her grandfather and expanded by her father. Show Notes: Bavarian Inn Website Bavarian Inn Facebook Page Address: 713 S Main St Frankenmuth, MI 48734 Phone: 800-228-2742 Interview with Dorothy Zehnder (Listen) Interview with Bill Zehnder (Listen)
Imagine my surprise to discover that Michigan has an Aerospace Museum.  And it is awesome!  Troy Thrash and his staff worked incredibly hard to elevate this museum into a family experience.  It piques curiosity and tickles the imagination.  Located over by Kalamazoo, this museum is definitely worth the trek. Show Notes: AirZoo Website AirZoo Facebook Page Address: 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002 Phone: (269) 382-6555
Winter is here!  This means snow and outdoor fun!  And Nubs Nob is one of the premier ski locations in Michigan.  Ben shares with us not only his love of skiing but also how this is a family favorite of snow-bound Michiganders. Show Notes: Nubs Nob Ski Area Website Nubs Nob Facebook Location: 500 Nub’s Nob Rd. Harbor Springs, MI 49740
For Kevin, being in the restaurant business was his first and only professional love.  With this drive, he spearheads the Main Street Restaurant group which includes great restaurants such as Real Seafood Company. Show Notes: Real Seafood Company Website Recommended Dishes: Parmesan Crusted Flounder Miso Glaze Seabass Paella Locations: 199 Uptown Dr, Bay City, MI 48708 341 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 *** Click here to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter ***
Over the last 20 years, Detroit has experienced a real renaissance. It is the cultural hub of Michigan.  Elana Rugh, President of the Detroit Historical Society, shares how this remarkable journey happened with the support not only of local government but businesses as well as a supportive community. Show Notes: Detroit Historical Society Website Detroit Historical Museum Facebook *** Click here to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter ***
Relationships are an area all of us can improve one.  Josh Wesolek decided to take his ideas and turn them into a book.  Quick and easy to read, this book gives men 30 different ways to show up for the women who they love. Show Notes: By buying this book, you are accomplishing three things You will have supported this author You will have supported this podcast You'll have another 30 different ways to elevate your relationship Josh's Book Website Josh's Book (Paperback) Josh's Book (Audible) *** Click here to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter ***
It takes a special kind of racer to brave frigid cold temperatures, exposed to the elements for hours.  The Midwest International Racing Association (MIRA) brings this awesome sport all over Michigan and into Wisconsin.  Karl Schwartz walks us through the history and the new 2021 schedule.  Let the races begin! Show Notes MIRA Website MIRA Facebook  *** Click here to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter ***
America has a car culture.  At the center is Michigan.  We are forever cemented into car history.  And there's no better place to see this than at the Gilmore Car Museum.  What started as a hobby soon turned into a mission.  A mission now shared by hundreds of people.  Ken Fischang shares that mission with us. Show Notes: Gilmore Car Museum Website Gilmore Car Museum Facebook Gilmore Car Museum Instagram *** Click here to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter ***
This week, I talk about one of my favorite autobiographies: "Losing My Virginity".  The true story of the rock-star billionaire Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, and the entire Virgin Group. Show Notes: Key Take-Aways Always Create Options Empathy is a Superpower Keep It Simple Link to the Book: Losing My Virginity *** Click here to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter ***
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