Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation
Welcome to SCV Means Business, the official podcast of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. Stay tuned as President & CEO Holly Schroeder interviews business leaders and explores the many ways that companies connect and contribute to their community.
This episode was recorded live at the Fall 2021 Economic Outlook Conference. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and associated business disruptions brought unprecedented challenges for companies in the Santa Clarita Valley and across the globe. It's more important than ever for business leaders to arm themselves with vital information and data to make decisions that will impact growth and success in 2021 and beyond. In part four of this series, you'll hear from a panel of business leaders about how they are dealing with supply chain issues and key lessons learned from the pandemic.
15 min 29 sec
This episode was recorded live at the Fall 2021 Economic Outlook Conference. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and associated business disruptions brought unprecedented challenges for companies in the Santa Clarita Valley and across the globe. It's more important than ever for business leaders to arm themselves with vital information and data to make decisions that will impact growth and success in 2021 and beyond. In part three of this series you'll hear from a panel of business leaders as they discuss how they are navigating the ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines and vaccine mandates.
12 min 32 sec
This episode was recorded live at the Fall 2021 Economic Outlook Conference. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and associated business disruptions brought unprecedented challenges for companies in the Santa Clarita Valley and across the globe. It's more important than ever for business leaders to arm themselves with vital information and data to make decisions that will impact growth and success in 2021 and beyond. In part two of this series you'll hear from a panel of business leaders as they discuss how workforce and technology issues impacted their business during the pandemic.
18 min 5 sec
This episode was recorded live at the Fall 2021 Economic Outlook Conference. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and associated business disruptions brought unprecedented challenges for companies in the Santa Clarita Valley and across the globe. It's more important than ever for business leaders to arm themselves with vital information and data to make decisions that will impact growth and success in 2021 and beyond. In part one of this series you'll hear from a panel of business leaders as they discuss talent and hiring issues during the pandemic.
17 min 38 sec
Dr. Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast, returns to the program to discuss where Santa Clarita Valley is in terms of its recovery from the pandemic induced recession. Discover the state of various industries in Santa Clarita and the impact of trends in the national economy on the region.
29 min 14 sec
Tim and Sarah Hudson, founders of Hudson Spider, share the challenges and opportunities that they faced along the way as they built their company. Tim discusses how while working as a lighting cameraman, he found the need for a light that was soft, directional and mobile, and how he and Sarah then created a parabolic 36” fixture, known as the Redback, which has quickly made its way on to movies, tv shows, commercials and stills shoots.
24 min 50 sec
Dr. Mark Liker, world-renowned neurosurgeon and Founder, Owner and President of BrainStim Centers, Inc. joins the program to discuss the work that BrianStim is doing to provide transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, to patients to help improve their brain function. Dr. Liker explains the process of TMS, some of the conditions that TMS can help treat, and how TMS can help patients achieve optimal brain functioning.
25 min 55 sec
Billy Russell, Vice President and CTO for Alliance Integrated Technology, joins the program to discuss the work that his company does providing high performance storage and computing for the media and entertainment space, as well as other markets. Discover how Alliance Integrated Technology supports film and tv production, and the innovative ways that they met the unique challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 min 37 sec
Tony Shepard, CFO of AMS Fulfillment and Craig McCrary, President and COO of NeoTech Products return to the program to discuss what it means to be a B Corporation (B Corp). Tony and Craig discuss why they decided to have their companies be certified B Corporations, reveal the core principles of a B Corp, and discuss the impact of those principles on the culture of their organizations.
29 min 9 sec
Jeremy Stepan, Founder and Owner of Resurgence IT, joins the program to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid adoption of new technologies for businesses and provides an overview of the services that Resurgence IT provides. Discover the IT needs that were created by a shift to remote work, what you need to consider when it comes to cybersecurity, and how to balance security needs with accessibility and ease of access.
23 min 9 sec
Michelle Ross, CEO of Vision Media, joins the program to discuss how she came to her current position, and the digital and physical distribution solutions that her company provides. Discover the evolving nature of content creation and consumption and the differing perspectives on the pros and cons of physical DVD's versus digital streaming.
24 min 13 sec
John Prabhu, one of the co-owners of LA North Studios, joins the program to discuss the evolution of his career and LA North Studios, as well as the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on his business. Discover trends in production space and the impact of new streaming services on the film and television industry.
Dr. Michael Perry, CEO of AVITA Medical, joins the program to discuss the work that his company does to harness the skin's regenerative capacity to create spray-on skin comprised of the patient's own skin cells. Discover the patients and conditions most likely to need this kind of therapy, and why AVITA Medical decided to move the company from Australia to the Santa Clarita Valley.
20 min 7 sec
Dan Jones, President of UV Resources, joins the program to provide an overview of his company, and the various applications of UV light to improve indoor air quality. Discover the crucial role that ultraviolet light can play in helping to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the technology can be implemented in a safe and efficient manner.
24 min 24 sec
Jeff Forrest, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development at College of the Canyons, joins the program to discuss how his organization is helping to prepare the workforce of today and the future. Discover the various affordable options for quality education and training available through College of the Canyons.
8 min 26 sec
Richard Hayes, President of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. or UVDI, joins the program to discuss the various applications of ultraviolet technology, including disinfecting drinking water and air disinfection. Discover the important role that ultraviolet technology can play in mitigating COVID-19.
21 min 47 sec
Joe Klinger, Vice President for Applied Companies, joins the program to discuss some of the solutions that they are designing for the military, the application of their technologies for combating the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as addressing indoor air quality.
25 min 21 sec
In this Santa Clarita Business Brief, you'll hear from Mayor Cameron Smyth as he discusses some of the exciting developments in Santa Clarita. He also reveals why Santa Clarita has been able to thrive during the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic and why it is important for a city to be business-friendly.
11 min 48 sec
Preston Geeting, co-founder and director of Packform, joins the program to discuss how his company creates an environment for manufacturers to sell their products to a large network of customers and give customers global access to manufacturers of all types of packaging – custom and commodity – without the need for high overhead distributors that control the market today. Preston reveals the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on his business, and the applications of Packform's technology for other industries.
22 min 2 sec
Dr. Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast, joins the program to discuss the current state of the regional and statewide economy, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on various industries.
23 min 17 sec
In this Santa Clarita Business Brief, you'll learn about Vista Canyon, Southern California’s most innovative new live, work, walk and ride community.
8 min 3 sec
In this Santa Clarita Business Brief, you'll learn about The Center at Needham Ranch, including the highlights and benefits, and economic drivers of development.
12 min 16 sec
In this Santa Clarita Business Brief, you'll hear about the IAC Commerce Center, and how they support e-commerce businesses.
7 min 41 sec
Brian Williams, CEO of Shimtech Industries, joins the program to discuss Lamsco West, Inc., one of Shimtech's business units and the largest single manufacturer of shims and laminated shim stock in the world. You'll learn about the importance of shims in the airplane manufacturing process, and what Shimtech looks for when acquiring a new company. Discover the state-of-the-art composites that are being used to replace metal parts and some of the challenges and opportunities involved.
24 min 43 sec
Voldi Way, Founder of WayForward Technologies, joins the program to discuss the evolution of the video game industry, and the history of his company. Voldi also discusses the challenges and opportunities that come with scaling a business, and how WayForward manages large teams. He also reveals how they recruit in a tight labor market, and how they create a positive work culture.
22 min 59 sec
Stratasys Direct CEO Kent Firestone joins the program to discuss the unique history of 3D printing in Santa Clarita, and the rise of 3D printing for production. Discover the benefits of 3D printing over traditional manufacturing, and how Stratasys develops unique solutions for customers.
23 min 17 sec
John Petrovich, CEO of the Alfred Mann Foundation, and Robert Greenberg, Executive Chairman of the Alfred Mann Foundation, join the program to discuss the history and purpose of their organization. Discover how the foundation has helped bring new technology to market for some of the most challenging medical problems, and how they partner with outside companies to maximize their efforts.
25 min 19 sec
This episode features an interview with Tim Burkhart and Neal Thurman from Six Flags Theme Parks, as they discuss some of the highlights and history of the theme park. They reveal a new coaster and new section of the park that is coming soon, and some of the global projects currently in development.
25 min 34 sec
In this episode, you'll hear from an owner of several McDonald's stores in Santa Clarita, as he discusses the evolution of the franchise. Discover industry trends and innovations, and how McDonald's is using technology to better serve their customers.
23 min 57 sec
This episode features an interview with Jennifer Gerard, President and CEO of Gerard Cosmetics, as she discusses the evolution of her company and why she decided to start her own business. Discover the range of products that the company offers, and how Jennifer uses social media influencers to get the word out about the brand. Jennifer shares her thoughts about the current state of social media, and reveals future collaborations.
23 min 35 sec
This episode features an interview with Adel Villalobos, President of Lief Labs, as he discusses how being based in Santa Clarita has helped his company to grow. He gives an overview of the dietary supplement market and how it has evolved, and shares takeaways for how to run a successful organization. Discover the importance of culture, values and vision for any business.
27 min 41 sec
Trina Davidian, President and CEO of King Henry's Inc, joins the program to discuss the history behind the company, and the products they produce, including premium candy, nuts, trail mixes, and assorted sweets. She reveals how the packaging has evolved over time, and some of the specialty items they produce. She also discusses how automation has changed the production process and why she sought a designation as a woman-owned business.
29 min 17 sec
Robert Gleason, Executive Director, Product Engineering & PMO for ITT, Inc, joins the program to discuss the work that the company does for both the civilian and military aerospace industries. He reveals some of the recent trends, challenges, and disruptive forces in aerospace, and how ITT is helping contribute to the future of space exploration.
28 min 42 sec
Keith Grossman and Javan Diaz, owners of Simplify Optics, discuss the process of making high quality lenses and how they have carved out a unique niche in their industry. They reveal their philosophy of keeping things simple even in a complex manufacturing process, and what they look for when hiring new employees. They also share their vision for the company moving forward.
22 min 32 sec
Gary Horton, CEO of Landscape Development, Inc, joins the program to discuss the growth of his company since the last recession, and the lessons that he learned that have contributed to that growth. Discover the impact that technology is having on the industry, and the creative ways that Landscape Development, Inc. instills and reinforces their company values for both front-line staff and executives.
26 min 37 sec
Ravi Rajan, President of the California Institute of the Arts, joins the program to discuss the history and mission of CalArts, and the unique approach that the school takes towards arts education. He reveals some of the technological changes that have created more opportunities for animators and artists, the benefits of being located in Santa Clarita, and the role of the arts in community and economic development.
27 min 2 sec
Have you ever wondered how film and television companies find interesting and unique locations for their productions? Karen Bryden, owner of SCV Locations, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the industry, and why Santa Clarita is a highly sought after area for filming. Karen also reveals the strangest location request she has ever received!
20 min 36 sec
This episode features an interview with Logix Federal Credit Union's new President and CEO Ana Fonseca, and outgoing President and CEO Dave Styler, as they share the practices that contribute to their success and how they get involved with and give back to the community. They share how they have effectively handled the leadership transition at Logix, and key areas of focus for the future. They also reveal the amenities that they will have in their new state-of-the-art headquarters that will make their workforce even more efficient and effective.
20 min 31 sec
In this episode, you'll learn about Technifex, a world leader in concept design and engineering and fabrication of show and entertaining systems, as well as simulation training environments. Discover how technology has changed the industry, and how Technifex services assist with everything from live shows to training for firefighters.
21 min 26 sec
Craig McCrary, President of Neotech, discusses his company's journey into the neonatal space and the evolution of their product line. He shares how they sort through new product ideas and reveals some exciting new products that the company is developing.
22 min 7 sec
Tamara Gurney, President & Chief Executive Officer of Mission Valley Bank, joins the program to discuss why she decided to start a bank and how banks differentiate themselves. She shares what Mission Valley Bank does to act as a business partner and the various services that they provide. She also reveals the most common financial considerations for start-up, mid-level and larger companies.
22 min 18 sec
In recognition of the 4th annual Innovate Santa Clarita campaign this November, SCVEDC President & CEO Holly Schroeder interviews multiple entreprenuers who are growing their business in Santa Clarita. Discover the range of innovative work being done right here in Santa Clarita. This special episode features interviews with Robert Bruza, CEO of ADVRTAS, James Deck, CEO of Med Tech Solutions, Eric Solis, founder and CEO of MovoCash and Rengarajan Sudharsanan, founder of Acqubit.
38 min 4 sec
In this episode Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises, gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the innovative world of the cruise industry and discusses how it has evolved over the years to bring exceptional experiences to guests. Swartz shared how their trademarked wearable technology, the Ocean Medallion, is helping revolutionize and personalize guest experiences on a whole new level, and reveals what she thinks is the best cruise destination in the world.
21 min 53 sec
Ken Wiseman, CEO of AMS Fulfillment, discusses some of the innovative strategies that they are using to develop their workforce. Ken shares how AMS is using the power of partnership to meet logistical challenges, and why the company decided to become a certified B Corporation. He also reveals the long term benefits of investing in employees and why turnover can sometimes be a good thing.
18 min 6 sec
Brock Kaericher, the President of REMO Inc., joins the program to discuss the rich history of the company, which includes perfecting and marketing the first successful synthetic drumhead. Brock reveals some of the famous artists who have used Remo drumheads, and how Remo is expanding into additional markets, including the use of drums for health and healing.
22 min 36 sec
This episode features an interview with Jamie Adams, Chief Revenue Officer, and Julia Cook, Executive Vice President of Internet Marketing, at Scorpion, a full-service digital marketing and technology company. They share how they have evolved their services to match what consumers are doing and what businesses need to do to be in front of consumers. They also discuss what makes Scorpion a great place to work, the unique culture of their organization, and reveal an exciting new upcoming project.
20 min 32 sec
Tune in as Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation CEO Holly Schroeder interviews Allen Meacham, VP of neuromodulation at Boston Scientific. Discover the work that Boston Scientific is doing using neuromodulation to help relieve pain without medication, and some of the other potential uses for this innovative technology. Allen also discusses what makes Boston Scientific a great place to work.
20 min 36 sec