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Beautiful homes in friendly neighborhoods. Access to premier shopping, dining and services. These are all part of what makes Rochester Hills the pre-eminent place to live, work and raise your family. Dave Walker (Realtor with Brookview Realty), Corey Roediger (Mortgage Consultant with Hancock Mortgage) and Margaux Keusch (Senior Leasing Director for the Village of Rochester Hills) discuss the housing market, property values, the retail leasing climate, and why residents and businesses continue to invest in Rochester Hills.
Zena and Mena Nasiri

Zena and Mena Nasiri

2022-05-2424:28

Zena and Mena Nasiri share a passion for improving the world around them. Through their nonprofit organization, Girls of the Crescent, the Nasiri sisters collect books with female Muslim main characters and donate them to schools and libraries, supporting representation of our diverse population. Their initial desire to help other young girls in their community has transformed into a mission with a global reach. Zena and Mena have gained international attention for their extraordinary work and yet in many ways they are still ordinary siblings who live …right down the street.
Take a peek behind the courtroom curtain during this exclusive interview with the Honorable Julie Nicholson and the Honorable Nancy Carniak, both judges at the 52nd District Court - Division 3. Together they have 75 years of experience and insight into the criminal justice system. Judges Nicholson and Carniak discuss with Mayor Barnett their paths to the bench, unbelievable stories from COVID Zoom hearings, the infamous Crumbley case, and the power of community.
Mike Titus

Mike Titus

2022-04-1331:30

Can you guess what is the oldest continually running business inRochester Hills? If the iconic red barn with lines out the door allseason long came to mind, you correctly guessed Yates Cider Mill.Proud owner, Mike Titus, shares the history and speculates on thefuture of Rochester Hills’ beloved Yates Cider Mill.
“Celebrate Differences” is the theme of Autism Acceptance Month and also the driving force behind Right Down the Street. In this episode, Mayor Barnett is joined by two strong autism community advocates. Ron Sandison is a life-long Rochester Hills resident who was diagnosed with autism as a child and is now a published author and sought-after speaker on the topic. Kristin Rohrbeck is the Director of the Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES). Kristin shares from her research and Ron from his experience as they explore everything from diagnosis indicators to career readiness and the importance of family.This conversation was recorded on March 25, 2022 and released on April 1, 2022 in recognition of Autism Acceptance Month.
Jon Schneck

Jon Schneck

2022-03-1830:35

Not all athletes lift weights and run laps. Rochester Hills resident, Jon Schneck, has made a name for himself as a college esports athlete, drafted for his proven skill as a League of Legends competitor. Out of the 180 million League of Legends players worldwide, Jon (itsjon) is currently ranked in the top 0.01%. Jon unpacks for us the structure, scope and potential of online competitive gaming. With a growing market currently valued at just over one billion dollars and an audience of 557 million people, esports proves the future has arrived. This conversation was recorded on March 18, 2022.
Businesses of all types are choosing Rochester Hills. Mayor Barnett sits down with three entrepreneurs to hear their unique stories and perspectives. Jeff Jermyn, CEO of BlueBrier, LLC, Lee Padgett, owner of Busted Bra Shop, and Tej Yale, owner of ThinkImpact, Inc all weigh in on what it takes to be your own boss and why they brought their business to Rochester Hills.  
Peter Vanderkaay

Peter Vanderkaay

2022-02-1533:07

Winning an Olympic gold medal is an unreachable dream for all but the most elite athletes. Mayor Barnett talks with four-time Olympic medalist swimmer and Rochester Hills native, Peter Vanderkaay, about the Olympics and life beyond the Olympic spotlight.This conversation was recorded on February 15, 2022 during the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
Mayor Tim Greimel

Mayor Tim Greimel

2022-01-2536:03

Problem-solving, making local government easier to navigate and improving the day-to-day lives of residents are three of the many subjects covered in Mayor Barnett's conversation with the newly elected Mayor of the City of Pontiac (MI), Tim Greimel. Mayor Greimel, who enters his position with an impressive track record of public service, speaks about his goals of standing up a youth recreation and enrichment program, investing in workforce development for Pontiac residents and building strong relationships with the business community. The Mayors even spent a moment discussing the current and future prospects of our local sports teams.This conversation was recorded on January 24, 2022.
We're entering a new year amidst ongoing change. What's ahead for businesses in 2022?  New Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Maggie Bobitz and Economic Development Manager for the City of Rochester Hills and Chamber Board Member, Pamela Valentik, join Mayor Barnett to discuss what to expect and how they can help. Strategies, partnerships, resources, and reasons why the Rochester Area remains so attractive -- and business-friendly -- are all discussed. This conversation was recorded on January 11, 2022.
The tragic event at nearby Oxford High School in Oxford, MI led to Mayor Barnett's discussion about grief with funeral director and local community leader John Modetz. Modetz offers advice on how to respond to death -- and particularly the death of a young person -- and how best to support their families and loved ones. Modetz indicated that at a time like this, priorities change. "Everything we thought was so important is so unimportant." Jo Allen, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, joined the conversation, discussing ways in which the greater community can help. She speaks about how that help often comes in the form of financial gifts to reputable sources - gifts that can live on and on. This conversation was recorded on December 3, 2021, three days following the shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, 2021.
Dave Coulter

Dave Coulter

2021-09-2028:18

Mayor Barnett talks with Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter about the unconventional path that led him to his current role and the common passion the two have for serving as mayor. County Executive Coulter shares an approach to leadership that includes hiring the best and allowing employees to make occasional mistakes, as long as they learn from them. The Mayor asks Dave to describe the dinner he hosted at his home for Mayor Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and the two discuss the importance of relationships and the benefits of finding common ground. We also learn about the County Executive's passion for Michigan State University sports and enjoying an occasional round of golf. This conversation was recorded on September 20, 2021.
Mayor Barnett and Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, President of Oakland University, discuss the school year ahead, the efforts made to keep students, faculty and the administration safe, and Oakland's four strategic priorities: Student success; research and scholarship; community engagement; and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Pescovitz shares the importance of family and faith, the values instilled in her growing up and the civil discourse modeled by her parents. Philanthropy, leadership and her passion for OU are also discussed. This conversation was recorded on August 30, 2021.
Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

2021-08-2024:47

NASCAR great and Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski talks to Mayor Barnett about growing up in the Brooklands neighborhood of the City, his favorite subject in high school (auto shop), and the high value he places on community and philanthropy. Despite Brad's remarkable motorsports career, it's clear that Michigan and Rochester Hills continue to be incredibly important to him and his family. Hear about the current season, his plans for 2022 and, through it all, his desire to live a life of truth and grace. This episode was recorded on August 18, 2021.
Chris Palazzolo

Chris Palazzolo

2021-06-1833:56

Healthcare executive Chris Palazzolo, President & CEO of Ascension Genesys Hospital and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, talks with Mayor Barnett about operating a hospital during a pandemic - addressing constant change - and the importance of collaboration, even amongst competitors. The pair also speak about the future of healthcare, discussing inevitable industry consolidation and dispelling myths; the significance of leaders in our lives; and why Chris makes Rochester Hills his home.  Mayor Barnett offers thanks to the team at Ascension Providence Rochester for all they have done over the past 15 months and expresses gratitude to the organization for its recent $500,000 commitment to Innovation Hills Park.     This conversation was recorded on June 17, 2021.
Fiona Turett

Fiona Turett

2021-04-2632:38

From Meadowbrook Elementary, West Middle School and Rochester High to the Mission Control Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Mayor Barnett sits down with Fiona Turett, a member of NASA's latest class of Flight Directors. Imagine being at the forefront of everything that humans do in space: That's what Fiona does. No pressure at all. Hear her remarkable story and the importance of training, preparation, teamwork - and even Yates Cider Mill donuts.  
New Day Foundation for Families co-Founder and President Gina Kell Spehn and her son, Sam Kell, share their unspeakable, unimaginable and unbelievable story -- and how they continue to turn tragedy into triumph. Their family's narrative is profiled in the NY Times bestselling book "The Color of Rain" and a Hallmark Channel movie by the same name. Hope, inspiration, faith, helping others through health and financial crises, and a community and school district that knows how to "show up" are all part of the conversation. 
Aly Lela

Aly Lela

2021-04-1231:33

Oakland University instructor of Islamic Studies, Aly Lela, talks with Mayor Barnett about the prayer, fasting and meditation that occurs during the month of Ramadan, dispels some of the misconceptions about Islam and the Muslim religion and why he chose Rochester Hills to be home for he and his family. This podcast was recorded on the first day of Ramadan, April 12, 2021.
Frank Beckmann

Frank Beckmann

2021-03-2925:09

Detroit broadcasting legend Frank Beckmann joins Mayor Barnett to talk about how he realized his childhood dream, the people that guided his career, breaking the news of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance, his passion for UofM football, his philosophy on giving back, and the things that make our community so special. 
Pastor Chris Brooks

Pastor Chris Brooks

2021-03-1530:11

Mayor Barnett sits down with Chris Brooks, Senior Pastor at Woodside Bible Church, to discuss Pastor Brooks' journey, what and who inspires him, the importance of leadership and hope, and his love for the church, his family, his community -- and his Michigan State Spartans.
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