Author Archives: Matt Fulks, Director

C-10 Podcast: Ed Bethea, Ep. 48

  Our goal each week with this podcast is to bring you guests who have great stories and have been successful leaders or mentors in various fields. Although we’ve had some well-known guests, there are so many outstanding leaders out there who have stories and principles that you and I can apply to our everyday lives.  That’s the case this week. We’re joined by longtime college golf coach Ed Bethea, who actually joined us for … Read more

C-10 Podcast: George Norton, Ep. 47

  If you’re a long-time listener of this podcast you know that one of our initial goals was to highlight some of the outstanding mentors in our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. We also use this podcast to highlight the guest speakers we have for our students and mentors during the weekly sessions.  Well, in this week’s episode, we’re combining both of those. On Wednesday, March 31st, we did relatively short interviews with three of … Read more

C-10 Podcast: J.R. Buckner, Ep. 46

    We wrote this last week, but if you want to know what it looks like to be a leader in business and in the community, you don’t have to look any further than our guest this week. J.R. Buckner has been the President and CEO of First Federal Bank of Kansas City since April 2014. After receiving his degree in accounting and management from Park University, Buckner went into banking through a management … Read more

C-10 Podcast, Ep. 45: Carolyn Watley, CBIZ Exec. & Community Leader

  If you want to know what it looks like to be a leader in business and in the community, you don’t have to look any further than our guest this week. Carolyn Watley has been with CBiz since 1977, during which time she has gone from office manager to President, and is now the Vice President of Community Engagement. Oh, and speaking of community engagement, she’s the Chair for the Kansas City Chamber of … Read more

C-10 Podcast, Ep. 44: Jim Carr, Pres./CEO, NAIA

It’s perhaps the toughest basketball tournament in the country: the national tournament for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), which starts on March 18 in historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. We’re joined this week by the President and CEO of the NAIA, Jim Carr. We talk hoops, leadership, the relationship between the NAIA and the NCAA, and Jim takes a swing at our “Pregame Batting Practice” questions. Jim Carr joined the NAIA … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Chad Gerlt, Ep. 43

  If you’re a long-time Kansas City resident — “long time” as in you were here in the 1980s and even ‘90s — you likely remember a movie theater inside Crown Center. It wasn’t huge inside…in fact, the theaters could be called cozy. But in 2007, after the movie theater closed and Crown Center renovated the space, they approached Musical Theater Heritage, which had been producing shows since 2003 on a loading dock, about moving … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Bill Hancock, Ep. 42

  If you’re into college sports at all, you’ve likely heard the name Bill Hancock. He was the long-time director of the NCAA Final Four, the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series and the first executive director of the College Football Playoff. Shoot, you may have even seen him TV helping to present the championship trophy to the game’s winning coach. Or, if you’ve ever had to deal with the unimaginable grief of … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Randy Flagler, Ep. 41

  Something must’ve been in the water at Shawnee Mission South High School in the late 1980s because in a two-year span, 1987-88, it produced Michael Brandt, a successful writer/executive producer of movies and a hit TV series — not just a single show, but a series of shows — and two Hollywood actors: Rob Riggle, who was on this podcast last spring, and this week’s guest. He can be seen pretty much every Wednesday … Read more

  Something must’ve been in the water at Shawnee Mission South High School in the late 1980s because in a two-year span, 1987-88, it produced Michael Brandt, a successful writer/executive producer of movies and a hit TV series — not just a single show, but a series of shows — and two Hollywood actors: Rob Riggle, who was on this podcast last spring, and this week’s guest.  He can be seen pretty much every Wednesday … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Bill Kurtis, Ep. 40

  There’s a good chance, regardless of your age, you know Bill Kurtis. If you’re a little older, you may remember him from WIBW-TV in Topeka, or as the anchor of the CBS Morning News, or as the host of various shows on PBS and A&E. If you’re a little younger, you may just know his voice from the movie “Anchorman,” or from hearing him each weekend on NPR’s awesome show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matthew West, Ep. 39

  Stories are a powerful tool in leadership and mentoring. One of the best storytellers today is this week’s guest: Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Matthew West.  West has had 10 No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart, including “More,” “Hello, My Name Is,” “The Motions,” and his latest hit, “Truth Be Told.” He is also a fantastic writer, and if you follow him on social media or seen him in concert, you know … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ray Jarrett, Ep. 38

  There is a relatively new movement in Kansas City that you may not be familiar with. It’s called Unite KC. In essence it’s the idea that through faith and our churches in Kansas City, along with a diverse group of folks from every sector across the board, we can bring about racial harmony and justice to this community. In full disclosure, one of the people who helped start Unite KC is the founder of … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ron Slepitza, Ep. 37

  One of the most exciting aspects of our C-10 program is how our graduating seniors will be able to receive a C-10 Leaders scholarship. On top of that, though, we have partner schools in the region that are willing to go above and beyond that to help the students realize their dreams even more.  One of those schools is Avila University here in Kansas City. We are pleased and honored to be joined this … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Carl Jemison, Ep. 36

  As you may know, when we have a guest speaker for our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program students, we oftentimes like to use part of that conversation for this podcast. And that’s what we’re doing this week.  With the holiday this month celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our students heard recently from a Kansas City area resident who knew Dr. King. His name is Carl Jemison. He grew up in a single-parent … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Brian Diddle, Ep. 35

  This week we’re chatting with Brian Diddle, a long-time CYITML supporter and the owner of Precision Printing. Shortly after graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene in 1980, Brian went to work for a local bank for two years. About two years later, though, a friend started talking to Brian about opening a printing firm. And the rest, as they say, is history.  In this episode we talk to Brian about why he started Precision, how much … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matt Tidwell, Ep. 34

  This week we’re chatting with someone who has a special place in our hearts (learn why during the episode), Dr. Matt Tidwell, who is the assistant dean at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. Dr. Tidwell also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Business Communicators – one of the world’s largest communications associations with more than 9,000 members on five … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Eli Medina, Ep. 33

  On this week’s episode we chat with one of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program mentors, Eli Medina. Eli grew up in the Kansas City area before attending Truman State on a volleyball scholarship. She went on to earn her MBA at Rockhurst. It was during this time that Eli became a licensed realtor. She now is part of the Medina Team for ReeceNichols, working for her dad George Medina. In this episode, Eli … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Larry Holley, Ep. 32

  The two names became synonymous with each other: Larry Holley and William Jewell College. After all, Holley was the school’s basketball coach for 40 years, compiling 916 career wins, which made him the ninth-winningest coach in college basketball history at any level when he retired in 2019. He is the winningest coach in the state of Missouri. He earned 15 Coach of the Year awards, including the NAIA national coach of the year in … Read more