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Author: Elyce Billany

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Join Elyce Billany; a bank and finance marketer with a side hustle small business that was featured on ABC's Shark Tank; talk to "The Best of the Midwest" entrepreneurs, innovators and finance experts. Each episode you'll hear interviews with business owners as well as masters in fortifying your finances. You'll hear the real life stories of Midwestern leaders and entrepreneurs and how they turned their goals into achievements. This podcast was brought to you by Fortress Bank. Providing banking expertise with a business owners perspective is what makes Fortress the business bank of choice. Find out more about their love of growing businesses at you for joining me today, now let's learn from the best on how to #Fortifyyourfinances!
8 Episodes
We will be chatting with Drew Allen, President and CEO of Grace Technologies. Grace makes maintenance safer, smarter, and more productive with innovative electrical safety products and predictive maintenance solutions. In addition to his role at Grace, Drew led a technology acquisition that developed and expanded into new markets and applications. Now let's find out how Drew powers his company. 
We will be chatting with Kevin Nolan, founder and owner of Ecogistics, an eco-friendly logistics company. Kevin and his wife Wendi have grown their business to a network of more than 17,000 carriers and was recognized as Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the US. Now let's find out how Kevin provides an experience that carries excellence. 
Katie Castillo- Wilson is the Founder and CEO of TapOnIt, a technology company most commonly known for TapOnIt Deals. In 2014, she left her career to launch her company, with a goal of helping brands connect with consumers in the most direct way possible, a text message. Katie has raised over $5M since inception and now TapOnIt's technology is used all over the country to connect brands with consumers.  Now let's find out how she put the tech into text messages. 
Join us in learning how Tiphanie took Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie from a small town cupcake shop to a nationally recognized bakery by getting featured on Food Network's - The Christmas Cookie Challenge! Her marketing and creative flair is evident not only with her baking but with her business acumen. Now let's find out how Tiphanie bakes success into every bite. 
In this special edition of Chairmen Magic Moments I will be chatting with Lee Garlach, Brian Kardell and Sean McGuire, who all have at least two things in common - they work at Fortress Bank and have all been the Chairman for The John Deere Classic. The John Deere Classic is a professional golf tournament in the PGA Tour that is hosted in the Quad Cities and has raised over 133 million dollars for over 500 local charities. Come with me as we take a deep dive into what it is really like to be the JDC Chairman. We will go behind the scenes to hear their stories about the fundraising that is done for our community, meeting the golfers and working with the people who make it all happen! Now let's find out how golf can inspire a little bit of magic!
Eric Langan, owner of Carpetland, started working in the family business the day after he graduated from college in 2001. In 2004 he bought the business from his father, opened new locations and now owns 9 franchises across Iowa and Illinois. Now let's find out how Eric took his competitive drive and applied it to flooring. 
Kent Pilcher, owner of Estes Construction, has grown his company to nearly 300 employees, including a location in Des Moines as well as its home office in downtown Davenport. In addition to Estes, Kent has ownership in multiple affiliate companies across Iowa. Now let's find out how Kent took his challenges and built not only buildings, but opportunities. 
Lee Garlach, who was a former CPA and bank examiner for the Federal Reserve and an owner of a national beer distributing company, brought together his financial background and entrepreneurial experience when he purchased what is now known as Fortress Bank.  Now let's find out more about how Lee when from beer to banking. 
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