Thought Leadership

Zero Excuses: There is time for listening

August 27, 2020

There is time for listening | Kristen Wild and Ryan McClure This episode we’re doing something a bit different featuring two guests, who have a passion for others, a passion for pouring into St. Louis, and who have made careers out of giving back.  Kristen Wild, Executive Director at Operation Food Search and Ryan McClure, Executive Director at Gateway Arch Park Foundation, highlights the opportunity to use our gifts for good. How do they do it? They know their values and seek the [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time for others

August 13, 2020

There is time for others | Mike Reynolds Leaving a stable job at a reputable company with a one-house income of five kids to launch your venture is not something many would have the courage to do. Mike Reynolds, father, husband, and digital product agency owner, took a leap of faith when launching Innovatemap seven years ago.  How did he decide to do something that inevitably takes up more mental and physical bandwidth? He made Zero Excuses. And by pursuing passions vigorously with a [...]

Selecting a Chromebook

August 12, 2020

It’s August, and more schools are heading back into session with every passing week. For many children, “in session” means actively working online at least some portion of every week. If you are a parent of a 1:1 school system, you’re likely receiving directions from your child’s school about the device your child will use, and there’s a 60% chance that device will be a Chromebook.  If your school isn’t providing a device, or you’re interested to purchase a Chromebo [...]

Three Leaders’ “Zero Excuses” Reaction to the Pandemic

August 4, 2020

Since the onset of the global pandemic, the host of Zero Excuses podcast, Nick Smarrelli, has had the chance to chat with over 15 business leaders in both St. Louis and Indianapolis. These remote conversations were enlightening, humbling, and often emotional. These small business leaders chose to take this uncertain time, this time of many unknowns, and forge ahead the best way they knew how.  Here are three of our favorite perspectives.  1. Marcia Barnes: “I choose not to par [...]