Moderated by Cameron Nagle, Host of Starting Small
On his podcast, Nagle interviews CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs, discussing how their organizations and businesses were created from the ground up.
Joseph William Foster (Joe) was born in 1935 in Bolton, England. He shared his name and a birthday with his grandfather, who had died 18 months earlier. Joe’s grandfather was the founder of J W Foster & Sons (athletic shoes) Ltd and the inventor of the Spiked Running Shoe and the Trainer (sneaker).
In 1955, after two years away from home on National Service, Joe and his late brother, Jeff, returned to the family business. Seeing it still rooted in the 1930s, they began asking questions.
Their father and uncle, who operated the business very much like another sports shoe company, spent more time feuding than collaborating. This led to Joe and Jeff leaving to set up a new company in 1958.
The brothers founded Mercury Sports Footwear, which after 18 months was renamed and the name REEBOK was registered. Today, Reebok International Limited, is owned by Adidas, and produces clothing and footwear.
By 1965, Joe attended the National Sporting Goods of America show in Chicago, which was the start of many global adventures and experiences, such as meeting stars of film and television. Fifteen years later, Joe met Paul Fireman, who led the company as CEO for 26 years.
As the surviving founder of Reebok, Joe still welcomes the opportunity to travel and recount those early stories from start-up to taking the company to a $4 billion business, overtaking Adidas & Nike to become the world’s No. 1 sports brand.
Stacy Madison is the founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips which sold to Pepsi in 2006. Her latest venture is BeBOLDTM bars, a nutbutter bar with high end nuts, oats, chia, chocolate chips, maple and wildflower honey – nothing processed and no powders, just simple ingredients that they Mix, Press and Pack. They are delicious!
After selling Stacy’s she traveled Europe and Asia with her twin daughters and returned to launch her own Juicebar where the bars were a top seller. With the help of her brother, they figured out how to produce them in larger quantity and how to start distribution to stores; however, a month after launching, the pandemic hit. She believes that experience and being no stranger to tragedy, equips entrepreneurs with problem-solving skills, and that the pandemic is unfortunately, a true test of survivors in the food business.
She lives in Massachusetts, is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations and loves to ski, hike, travel, exercise, cook and EAT!
Dr. Jonathan B. Levine is committed to advances in the field of dentistry as he is also committed to his patients at 923 Fifth Avenue, New York City. A world-renowned oral health expert and specialist in aesthetic and functional dentistry in practice for 35+ years, Dr. Levine offers a comprehensive approach to dentistry, intersecting beauty, function and health. Delivering comprehensive patient care using the latest digital smile design technology, he leads his teams to be on the cutting-edge of oral health.
Dr. Levine is a visionary inventor, entrepreneur, clinical researcher, educator and author. He is dedicated to revolutionizing the oral care and dental aesthetics industries through innovation and expertise. With 27 patents to date, Dr. Levine continues to up the ante with new innovations in esthetics, therapeutics and medical devices technologies.
A national key opinion leader in oral health, and chairman and founder of his current company, GLO Science, Dr. Levine is also an advisor to several new start-ups in dentistry as he strongly believes that science and business are inextricably linked together. As a mentor to the next generation of dentists, he is the former program director of the Advanced Aesthetics Program in Dentistry and Associate Professor at the NYU School of Dentistry. Dr. Levine has set up two scholarships, the Levine Scholarship at Cornell University for biology majors to have a minor in business to prepare them for the real world, and a scholarship at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine for students to understand the oral health needs not just in our own backyard. As Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory board for three years and a member of the board today, Dr. Levine was the keynote speaker at the Goldman School Graduation in 2017, highlighting his core belief that “dentistry is an exciting platform for the graduates and the sky is the limit, dream big...”.
Dedicated to extending his professional services to humanitarian efforts, along with his wife, Stacey, and his two sons, Julian and Cody, Dr. Levine has established the GLO Good Foundation, which supports oral health initiatives in underserved populations around the world. GLO Good has partnered with Help USA, Foundation Rwanda, Health Corps, Harlem Children’s Zone, LA Cares and Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundations, to provide access to medical and dental care and oral health education.
As a noted authority on the latest in oral care and aesthetics, Dr. Levine is frequently consulted by media and beauty industry outlets to provide oral care tips, dental advice and aesthetic insight. He has appeared on several national television networks and shows, including CNN, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show as a regular expert, The View and more. As an authoritative source in smile health and beauty, he is frequently quoted in top national print publications, including InStyle, Marie Claire, Men's Health, People Stylewatch, Self, The New York Times and USA Today.
Dr. Levine is a member of the American Academy of Prosthodontics. In addition, he serves on the Board of Advisors for Boston University’s Goldman School of Dentistry. Dr. Levine is also the author of, “Smile Design Integrating Aesthetics and Function and Smile!” and for the consumer, “The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty” and has contributed to several prominent publications.
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- The entrepreneurial journey
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- Accelerating growth through delegation
- Owning your niche
- Innovation in a moving society