CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 September 19, 2019 – UD Men’s Basketball Coach Anthony Grant – JD Legends

Guests and Members in Attendance

Katie Boeckman
Bob Burckle
Abby Davis
Donnie Evege
Anthony Grant
Christina Grant
Andy Higgins
Sarah Johnston
Ed Long
Lily McAlpine
Robert Moore
Ray Snedegar
Jill Tinnerman
Carol Weiland
Jack Anderson
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Tim Bemis
Paul Boeckman
Bob Collins
Shelby DiPasquale
Jeff Dundon
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Mark Karns
Don Kelley
Scott Langer
Nancy Lehren
Chris McAlpine
Jay McAlpine
Kathy McAlpine
Jim Mogan
Denise O’Neil
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Vince Reidy
Wasfi Samman
Jerry Stahley
Bill Stone
Kelly Stone
Ron Tinnerman
Bob Foster
Cherie Gentry
Cheryl Probst
Brent Richburg

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

Tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was hosted by CNO member Wasfi Samaan at his establishment, JD Legends Entertainment complex, located 65 Millard Drive, Franklin OH. Thank you to the team at JD Legends for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Stan Fronzaglia.

There were 49 people at the meeting (35 members and 14 guests).

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, thanked everyone for attending tonight. He also thanked CNO member Bill Stone for arranging tonight’s speaker, Anthony Grant.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay said that CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. We are a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created nearly 3 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Future meetings will be at Old Scratch Pizza in October or November and at Zink’s again soon.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s day in the park in August
  • Easter Egg hunt

Upcoming Community Events

Denise O’Neil, chair of the Haunted trail event, said that the Haunted Trail event will be at Forest Field Park on 10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides. There are also other volunteers needed to help with parking, refreshments and many other activities to pull this event off.

UD Flyers Coach Anthony Grant

Bill Stone introduced the 20th head coach of the University of Dayton’s Men’s Basketball team, Anthony Grant. Christina Grant, his wife, accompanied him to our meeting tonight.

Coach Grant thanked us for having him here to speak today. He said he was asked to talk about the path his life took to get to where he is now as head coach of UD’s Basketball team since 2017.

Anthony graduated from Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida in 1983. At the age of 17, Anthony somehow convinced his parents he would be well taken care of in Dayton while attending the University of Dayton. This was not simple because they valued education way more than sports. He was a business major at UD. Don Donoher was his coach at UD and Anthony knows coach Donoher has been there for him.

Coach Grant tells his players that education is the most important thing. He said, “Eventually the ball stops bouncing.”

After graduating from UD, he played semi-pro basketball for a while. Soon, he got a call from a friend to be an assistant coach for JV at his former H.S., Miami Senior High School.

He liked the opportunity to coach because it was a way to still stay involved in basketball and see kids benefit from playing. For a lot of kids their best chance to succeed in school was to learn structure and discipline and to dream. His aim is to show them what a difference college can make to their future. He enjoys making a difference in their lives.

He coached at his high school until he was 26. He left when he was offered a head coach at another local high school. He credits numerous relationships for creating the paths he has taken to get coaching opportunities.

He was assistant coach at Marshall from 1994 to 1996.

He was assistant to Billy Donovan at the University of Florida for 10 years. The Gators won the 2006 NCAA title.

His first college head coach opportunity was a at VCU for 3 years. Then he was head coach at Alabama for 6 years. After that ended, he and his family had resolved to move back to Gainesville. Before they moved though, he got an opportunity to be assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After hearing that Archie Miller left UD in 2017, he had not thought at all about being the new coach. However, he got a phone call from Neil Sullivan, the UD Director of Athletics, to discuss the possibility. After a couple more days he was offered the job. Anthony had concerns that too much of the reason he was being offered the job was for being a UD Alumni. He asked Neil to be sure they were basing their decision on what is best for the Flyers, not what is best for himself. Neil assured Anthony that he is the best choice.

Anthony said he has seen many areas of our country. He says what we have here in Dayton is truly special. The Dayton fans are the difference he said.

He discussed sporting events. He said at the end of the day, winning matters. He said, “Everyone wants to win.” Beyond winning though sports are important for the community. It is something that gets people to come together. There is joy in watching a kid see a game for the first time.

Sporting events can be a great escape. Watching a game can distract you for a few hours from having to deal with issues you might be having. He tells his players that they are making a difference in people’s lives.

At UD this coming season, Anthony said that there are 11 players who are on scholarship at UD. He thinks they now have some depth. They have the option to have 13 scholarship players, but they made a conscience choice to only have 11. He said it is hard to play more than 11 guys and it is also difficult to keep 11 guys happy, let alone 13.

Practice will start on October 1, 2019. Before October 1st, players are limited to 8 hours per week. They spend an hour a day for 4 days a week in the weight room and they also spend 2 hours for 2 days a week on the court.

Anthony and Christina’s two oldest children are currently students at UD. His family is happy here and he plans to stay with UD for quite a while.

He said that team culture is very important. If you have a great game plan it won’t work if the culture is not right. There must be integrity, commitment, and teamwork for a team to succeed.

Anthony’s goal is to have championship caliber teams. It is important to get into the NCAA tournament as often as possible. The more times you are in it, the better the chance of winning it. You just might get the right matchups and the right games and win it.

He was asked who the team captains will be this year. He said the guys get to vote on this.

Anthony said the players know what the standards are and what we want to achieve. All the players must sacrifice and realize they are better when working together. Good teams become great teams when the players do what the coach requests which can mean giving up court time.

He noted that this year is the only year he will have this team. Every year the team needs dynamic changes, so adjustments are made every season.

Jack Anderson asked coach Grant which players were the most difficult to deal with as their coach. Anthony said some players came to mind, but he declined to share those thoughts.

After Anthony was done, Bill Stone spoke again and thanked Anthony for the great talk and for taking the time. Bill also said that after 3 years of construction, the newly remodeled University of Dayton Stadium will be rededicated on November 9, 2019. It is the 50th anniversary of the UD Stadium.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 August 15, 2019 – Nick Tarkany – Heavier Than Air Brewing Co.

Guests and Members in Attendance

Peter DeMott
Gary Poeppelman
Frank Weikel
Marcia Tarkany
Nancy Anderson
Pat Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Tim Clemmer
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Cindy Gaboury
Jesse Gaither
Jerry Gerhards
Karin Gilstrap
Cindy Harris
Kevin Jackson
Martha Jackson
Bryan Miller
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jack Quinlan
Ruth Quinlan
Ashley Simeone
Chris Smith
Michelle Tagliamonte
Nick Tarkany
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel
Jon Werts

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO Member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Stan Fronzaglia.

We had 28 members and 4 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay said that CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. We are a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created nearly 3 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about help youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Future meetings will be at Old Scratch pizza in October or November and at Zinks again soon.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s day in the park in August
  • Easter Egg hunt

Announcements

Tom Novak, chair of the Avenue of Flags, said that we now have over 2300 flags to deliver. They are broken up into 62 routes.

Greg Fay announced that CNO 2.0 will be providing the food for the Centerville Quarterback club at the first CHS home game on 9/13/2019. All members and their guests are welcome to attend.

Greg Fay said that Wasfi Saaman, the owner of J.D. Legends, will again be providing a special link for tickets to a concert for CNO members. The “Prince Experience” will be on September 14, 2019. Proceeds from the tickets will be donated back to the CNO club.

 

Nick Tarkany – Owner, Heavier than Air Brewing Company

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Nick Tarkany, the owner of Heavier than Air Brewing Company.

Nick told us the story of his journey to open his beer brewing company and tap room.

Opening a brewery is not for the faint of heart. He got into it by accident when his college age son wanted to brew beer. The process made a complete mess of the household stove, but they kept trying. Friends and local business owners like Doubledays wanted him to brew larger quantities and sell it.

About five years ago, he took his stout to a wedding. They told him the only the gift they wanted from him was beer. Most of the female guests at the reception were drinking wine. A couple tried the stout beer he brought, and the word spread until everyone was drinking beer instead of wine. He started thinking people really do like his beer.

His background is in the machine tool and die industry, but Nick has an affinity for aviation history. He is also a pilot and an aviation geek. The theme for the endeavor was easy to come by living in Dayton with all the Wright Brothers history. The Wright Brothers claim to fame is that they created a “Heavier than Air” flying machine.

The first step he took was to scope out locations for the company. He looked at about 16 different locations. There were several location candidates considered along the way, but they were taken before he chose to go with the candidate. The ultimate location is where they still are today, at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd in Centerville Ohio.

During his presentation, he had a slide show of before and after pictures of the construction of the space.

He had no idea how much effort and different companies and government inspections were involved in starting a brewing company. It took a year to do the build out in the existing location. It involved planning and construction of electric systems, drains, gas lines, audio/video systems and more. The numerous inspection processes were especially grueling. There were 24 permits and over 35 inspections. He found out the hard way that you have to schedule the first and second rough inspections before the inspector will sign off on the final inspection even if the system is already complete.

Getting a final approval to sell beer never came with any guarantees. You must go through all the effort and expense and you might not get approved. He described the process as a real leap of faith.

After leasing and remodeling the space for a year, Ohio finally gave him his license and he could finally start making beer and open the tap room. Then other struggles occurred like getting the point of sale system set up.

Until their license was approved, they were not allowed to use or even fully setup the large-scale brewing systems. Once their license was approved, they then had to figure out how to scale from brewing 5 gallons to 65 gallons. The ingredients are not proportional. This was another adventure in and of itself.

His brother and two sons are involved. One son lives in Portland and the other in New York. They handle the marketing and product development.

Today was his 38th wedding anniversary. He thanked his wife Marcia for all her support and patience. They both still remember the first words he said to her when they met 39 years ago. They were at a party and he said to her, “Throw me a beer.”

He thanked Centerville Noon Optimist member Tom Novak for being an inspiration. He was his history teacher and track coach. At tonight’s meeting, he still called Tom, “Mr. Novak”.

He said that service is paramount. He knows for customers it is about the experience and quality of the beer that keep them coming back.

He thanked us for coming and listening to his story.

After Nick’s presentation, CNO member Cindy Gaboury thanked him for all the other nonprofit work Nick does. He hosts numerous events and gives back to the community.

Thank you, Nick, for sharing your story and tap room.

Beer Competition Awards

  • Gold Medal at the 2019 US Open Beer Championship in the English Ales category for their “Balloon Factory ESB”. This is one of the largest international beer competitions.
  • Gold Medals at the 2018 Ohio Craft Brewers Cup for their “McCook Bound American Stout” and “Balloon Factory ESB”.

Next CNO 2.0 Meeting

The next meeting will be September 19, 2019 at JD Legends in Franklin, OH. The speaker will be University of Dayton Men’s Basketball coach Anthony Grant. Remember, CNO 2.0 meetings are always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

 

 

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 18, 2019 – Jenell Ross – President, Bob Ross Auto Group

Guests and Members in Attendance

Renee Arana
Denise Christie
Beth Fowler
Kayleigh Jackson
Gary McDowell
Jack Quinlin
Ruthy Quinlin
Sham Reddy
Jenell Ross
Angie Tilinghast
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Wayne Christie
Brendan Cunningham
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Christy Gariety
Jerry Gebhards
Renee Glenn
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Donna Huss
Martha Jackson
Nancy Lehren
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Deb Saunders
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Kelly Stone
Ron Tinnerman
Frank Weikel
Jayne Weikel
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Kayleigh Jackson.

There were 45 people at the meeting (35 members and 10 guests).

Jesse Gaither, member of CNO 2.0 committee, thanked everyone for attending tonight. Jesse also mentioned our 3 fundraisers. We just finished our golf outing this week. We raise money from the Avenue of Flags program. We also sell Christmas Trees each year behind the Centerville Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Jenell Ross from Bob Ross Auto Group

Jesse Gaither introduced Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group. Jenell is a graduate of Emory University and a trustee at U.D. She is a chairperson for the Federal Reserve in Cincinnati. After her mother’s death from breast cancer, she and her daughters started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation funding programs that raise breast cancer awareness, provide patient aid and research, and support local youth education.  The slogan “Pink Ribbon Driven” is also the name of their website. https://pinkribbondriven.org/

Jenell’s father, Bob Ross, purchased his first dealership in Richmond, Indiana 45 years ago. In 1979, he purchased the Mercedes and Buick dealership on Loop Road in Centerville, Ohio. Bob Ross was the first African American to own a Mercedes dealership.

Jenell attended Centerville schools and graduated from the Miami Valley School.

She has always loved automobiles. She would hang around the dealership and would work in various areas. After graduating from Emory University, she became an official employee and was able to work with her father for 5 years before his early passing at the age of 62 in 1997.

Jenell explained that when the owner of a dealership passes it is typically a nervous time at a dealership. There is normally a mass exodus of good employees when the owner passes. This was not the case at Bob Ross. The employees were always treated well and there was a smooth transition. Her mother, Norma J. Ross, became president, and Jenell became the chief operating officer of the company. They have fun sometimes. They dress up for Halloween, Celebrate Christmas and do other fun group outings with employees and their families.

 

While president, Norma added the Hummer Franchise. Then the recession hit and made it very difficult to keep the dealerships running well in Dayton. The loss of NCR and DHL reduced the pool of customers. They spent a lot of energy trying to keep people motivated during this time. Some of their decisions were not perfect. They added dealerships for Alpha Romeo and Fiat, but they didn’t work out and they dropped the brands after about 1.5 years.

They survived the recession and currently have close to 100 employees. Even with the loss of GM manufacturing jobs in Dayton, they continue to be staunch supporters of GMC and Buick.

Dealer ownership statistics

  • There are 18,000 new car dealers in the US
  • 1000 are owned by females
  • 60 are owned by minority females
  • 4 are owned by African American females

Jenell took over day to day operations at the age of 27. She also became the representative of the company at various conventions and meetings held throughout the year. Her first few meetings were a bit interesting. She is not the typical face of the owner of a dealership. Still, 22 years later some attendees make some bad assumptions about who she is. She has a little fun with assumptions and tries to use it for education.

She is proud of the Norma J. Ross Foundation. It has become her side job. Part of the foundation’s purpose is to help pay for mammograms that many women cannot afford. They have trademarked the slogan “Pink Ribbon Drive”.

Jenell shared her view of Keys to Success in any Business

  • Have good people helping you; you need to rely on the fact that someone else can help when you need it
  • No one person can do everything, it is a Team effort
  • Have respect for your fellow workers
  • She doesn’t ask someone to do something she wouldn’t be willing to do herself
  • Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you are always right; everyone makes mistakes, so learn from them and try not to repeat them
  • Have self-confidence because not everyone you meet will want you to succeed
  • Be willing to learn more about you’re your area of expertise
  • Always be prepared (something her mother Norma always said)

In her closing she gave some thoughts about her success and her company’s success. No manufacturer is making a bad vehicle anymore. Success is about helping people get a vehicle that they want. There are a lot of choices in the automotive world. Business owners should be ethical and moral in everything they do.  The Centerville community has been great for them and she appreciates her customers and gives back to the community.

She didn’t start her company, however, for many years, she went to many seminars and was constantly learning about the industry and was therefore well prepared to take over at the age of 27.

To be an entrepreneur you need to be a risk taker. Only 13% of the workforce are entrepreneurs. That means 13% of the workforce is doing something the other 87% don’t want to do.

No matter what your career path, continue to challenge yourself to reach new levels of success. The most important thing is to have fun at whatever you choose to do. Remember that only you can make yourself happy.

Thank you, Jenell, for taking the time to come and speak to us today! After her presentation, Tom Novak thanked Jenell for generously donating loaner vehicles to help with Avenue of Flags and the Christmas Tree Lot.

 

 

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 June 20, 2019 – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Denise Christie
Amelia Cordonnier
Colton Dickerson
Gwen Dickerson
Nora Dickerson
Jerry Gehards
Sharon Kennedy
Joe Poelking
Courtney Taylor
Miles Taylor
Frank Weikel
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Harry Bossey
Alan Brown
Jeff Brown
Wayne Christie
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Brendan Cunningham
Andy Dickerson
Erin Dickerson
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Mark Karns
Scott Langer
Vida McDowell
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Gary Smiga
Jayne Weikel
Jerry Stahley

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for obtaining and introducing tonight’s speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Greg Fay who donated it back to the Optimist International Foundation.

There were 41 people at the meeting (29 members and 12 guests).

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, thanked everyone for attending tonight. He introduced and thanked tonight’s host, Joe Poelking.

New Member Induction

President-elect Greg Griffin inducted CNO 2.0’s newest member, Alan Brown.

Speaker tonight was Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy

Tonight’s venue host Joe Poelking introduced our speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy. Prior to serving on the Ohio Supreme Court she served as a Judge at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division since 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012 she served as the administrative judge of the Division.

Judge Kennedy came to speak to us tonight about The Ohio Judicial System and how it impacts your life. She handed out her booklet “The Ohio Judicial System & You”.

Part of the checks and balances of power in the U.S. and Ohio is the judicial system.

There are several types of courts with varying purposes in Ohio.

Mayor’s courts handle things like traffic tickets and misdemeanors. They don’t have trials. The cases they can’t hear are transferred to other courts.

Municipal courts are the worker bees, hearing as many as 3 million cases per year in Ohio.

The Court of Claims hears cases of civil actions filed against the state.

The Court of Common Pleas includes the Probate court. She called the Probate Court the Happy and Sad court. They handle adoptions as well as handling estates.

There are 12 Appeals Courts. There are as many as 3 million cases heard in the Ohio courts system. Only about 7000 to 9000 are appealed. The court system is nowhere near perfect. The number of appeals cases should be higher. The number is as low as it is because it is very expensive to appeal a case.

The Ohio Supreme Court hears about 2200 cases per year.

A detailed description and chart of the Ohio Judicial Structure can be read here.

Elected Judges in Ohio

Ohio in 1851 was unstable and essentially bankrupt. Until 1851, Ohio judges could be fired, and they were every time new leadership was elected. Judge Kennedy said we should read about the great debates of 1851. She found these debates to be very exciting. The debates led to 6-year terms for Ohio Supreme Court judges and helped stabilize Ohio.

Judge Kennedy told us that as citizens of Ohio, we are the judicial system since we choose the judges. She said we should know our judges. Judges now are more accessible than ever. She said we should know who all of our government representatives are. You should have them on your speed dial and call them when you want them to do something or to do something different.

There are no term limits for a judge, but you cannot run for judge if you will be 70 or older before your term begins.

Thank you, Judge Kennedy, for taking the time to come and speak to us today.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 May 16, 2019 – Dan Apolito – Co-Owner Archer’s (and Club Member)

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Abbe Devore
Logan Fay
Karin Gilstrap
Gary Poeppelman
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Katie Calloway
Bob Crawford
Brendan Cunningham
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
John Kalaman
Mark Karns
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Nick Tarkany
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by CNO member Judy DeMarco. With the raffle, $45 was raised for Optimist International.

We had 27 members and 5 guests in attendance.

Awards

President Donna Huss presented award pins for sponsoring new members to CNO 2.0 members Cindy Harris, Emily Duke and Nick Tarkany.

New Member Inductions

Donna Huss inducted Mark Karns and Bob Crawford as the two newest members of CNO 2.0. That makes them part of CNO with all the same rights and privileges. Regardless of which CNO club you are in, you are welcome to volunteer for all fundraisers, community events and to participate on any committee.

CNO 2.0 Introduction and Announcements

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 committee chair, gave us a summary about the club. He thanked everyone for coming tonight. He said it is great to be part of a club with some members who have over 30 years of service experience with the club.

Beth Duncan, co-chair of the Social Committee, said the Social Committee is looking for new members. Remember that CNO 2.0 members can join any committee that a standard CNO member can.

Dan Apolito Co-Owner of Archer’s Tavern Restaurants

Greg Fay introduced Dan Apolito, the co-owner of 2 Archer’s Tavern Restaurants (Centerville and Kettering) and The Stone House Tavern in Waynesville. Dan is a member of CNO 2.0.

Dan told us about the path that led him to owning three popular restaurants.

Dan was born in Bellbrook where his father was a police officer. At age 6 he moved to Centerville. His father taught at CHS and UD and had the Optimist Creed hanging in his home office. Dan attended CHS and worked at J.Alexander’s to help pay for his Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Dayton.

Dan was involved from the beginning of the restaurant at Yankee Trace golf course.

He interned at Disney World and learned a lot about great customer service from that experience.

Years after leaving J.Alexander’s, they invited him back to be involved in the management of their restaurants. The company moved him to Memphis, Louisville, Cleveland and finally back to Centerville where he and his wife Michelle wanted to raise their family. It was going pretty well except the manager of the Centerville J.Alexander’s had no plans to retire any time soon and he wanted that job.

Applebee’s reached out to him. He spent 8.5 years with the Applebee’s, the first 2 years at the Springfield restaurant and the last 6.5 years as the area director over several restaurants.

After Applebee’s he tried being a financial advisor, but he loved the service industry. He and Mike Fullenkamp (Dan’s partner in the restaurants) had discussions while he was a financial advisor about opening a restaurant together. They thought Centerville could support another restaurant. The idea was to blend the menu of Applebee’s with the same focus on great customer service that J.Alexander’s had.

Dan said he is often asked where they got the name Archer’s Tavern. They were about to open the first restaurant and they still didn’t have a name. They started with around 100 names and narrowed to 15 and still couldn’t decide. Dan decided to go to the Centerville Library and read a book written by the Centerville Historical Society titled, “Sense of Place”. There was a restaurant a long time ago in Centerville called, “Sign of the Cross King’s Tavern”. The owner of the restaurant’s last name was Archer. The restaurant was better known as “Archer’s Place”.

Dan and Mike always try to support the community. If you come in and say you live in the area and need a donation, they almost always help with gift cards or some other way.

Another question Dan is often asked is about the origin of the hamburger with peanut butter called, “Sticky Burger”. Dan is the food guy of the partnership, his partner heads up other areas. However, Mike suggested why don’t we put something weird on the menu. Let’s put peanut butter on a burger and see what happens. They sell tons of “Sticky Burgers”.

Dan credits great customer service for their success. They train their servers to help each other. Someone will greet you within 15-20 seconds of being seated. The goal is to keep customers coming back. If ever there is a problem with food or service, any employee has the authority to make it right without having to go and get approval.

Thanks Dan Apolito for sharing your story with us today!

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 April 18, 2019 – Cindy Gaboury – Audio Etc. (and Club Member)

Guests and Members in Attendance

Katie Boeckman
Megan Boeckman
Butch Brown
Karin Gilstrap
Mark Karns
Baby Abram (infant)
Jack Anderson
Pat Arehart
Denise Christie
Wayne Christie
Judy DeMarco
Shelby DiPasquale
Beth Duncan
Cindy Gaboury
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Fred Polizzi
Cheryl Probst
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

We had 22 members and 6 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Jack Anderson, CNO 2.0 committee, welcomed everyone to tonight’s gathering. He introduced Cindy Harris, Kate Boeckman, Megan Boeckman, and tonight’s speaker, Cindy Gaboury.

Cindy Harris announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Remember that CNO 2.0 members participate in all the same volunteer opportunities and fundraising events as CNO members. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Katie Boeckman and Megan Boeckman, the daughters of long time CNO member and Safety on Wheels committee chair Paul Boeckman, told us about the Safety on Wheels event (AKA Bike Rodeo). They have volunteered for many years for this event and before that they participated in it many times. It will be held on Saturday May 18th 2019, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun.

Tonight’s Speaker: Cindy Gaboury

Jack Anderson introduced CNO member, local business leader and entrepreneur Cindy Gaboury. She and her husband Kirby own Audio Etc at 551 Congress Park Dr, Dayton OH 45459. They provide commercial and home A/V, home automation, entertainment systems and more. They service all areas surrounding Dayton and have customers within a few hours of Centerville including Kentucky and Indiana. They have been in business for 35 years. Their current facility is 17,000 square feet and has several rooms setup as working models of the work they can do for business and consumers.

Cindy said, “I was an Air Force brat. I lived in 16 places before I was 18 years old.”

In 1984, Kirby and Cindy got married and launched Audio Etc in its first location, which was only 1000 square feet.

She switched subjects from talking about her business success to how you can be a successful person and help others, by being an Optimist club member and learning and living the promises in the Optimist Creed.

She asked us, “Think about who has influenced you the most.”

She asked us to recite the creed with her and we did. She highly recommended that we all take the time to memorize the creed. It will inevitably help you or someone else one day. It has helped her and people she has helped several times.

She focused on the second promise which is, “Promise yourself to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.” She said, “Doesn’t that sound like mentoring to you? I do a lot of mentoring through the organizations I belong to.”

She had a great mentor in her life, Jeanne Porter, and she asked Cindy a few years ago to be the chairperson of Women in Business (WiBN), which is part of the Dayton BBB organization. She was very bashful and was uncomfortable speaking in front of groups. With Jeanne Porter’s mentoring help, she was able to overcome her fears and be a productive chairperson for WiBN.

Cindy pointed out that Jean Pummill (a CNO member in attendance tonight and dear friend) is a great example of a person who helps many people through mentoring.

Cindy explained, “This is the first time in the history of humanity that four generations of people are working together. This is a perfect opportunity to mentor and to be mentored.” People are retiring at a much older age. There is often more than 50+ years difference in age. The young and the older need to mentor each other so they can communicate better and learn how each views the past, present and future. Be available for people.

She said, “Mentoring is important. You will see things in people that they don’t see in themselves. Impacting even one person can change the direction of their entire life. Character and identity can be completely transformed. Every conversation is an opportunity to elevate someone.”

She then said, “You may be thinking, ‘Ok Cindy, how do I do that?’ ”

She answered by saying, “Have you considered helping others that are going through what you’ve overcome?”

She gave some examples:

  • Have you suffered a significant loss? You can volunteer at Hospice.
  • Have you or a close family member or friend had an addiction? You can help others going through an addiction related issue. Volunteers of America might be a fit.
  • Have you had issues involving the criminal justice system? You can check out the Victory Project in Dayton.
  • Have you adopted a child or been adopted? Are you interested in fostering a child or have experience? Volunteer to help the Agape for Youth organization that helps Southwest Ohio.

She asked us, “Think about that person that made a difference in your life. How can you emulate and honor them for mentoring you? If they are still with us, thank them.”

Cindy closed with the second line of the creed, encouraging all of us to “Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet!”

Thank you, Cindy Gaboury, for your inspiring presentation tonight!

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. The next meeting will be on May 16, 2019 at Heavier Than Air Brewinc Co. in Centerville – Dan Apolito – Owner of Archers Tavern will be our Speaker.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 March 21, 2019 – Wasfi Samaan – JD Legends Entertainment Complex

Guests and Members in Attendance

Cindy Bowman
Marcie Breese
Steven Brink
Brad Combs
Benita Dorn
Julie Faustman
Christie Garrett
Karin Gilstrap
Jeff Heil
Adam Hess
Nicole Hess
Anne Manning
Mary Mariscalco
Kate Mathay
Alecia McDowell
Jason McDowell
Meg McFarland
Brian Miller
William Pace
Wasfi Samaan
Ashley Simeone
Amy Smith
Amy Smith
Pam Splawinski
Blake Stamm
Melissa Stamm
Lillie Walsh
Anita Yoder
Brenda Young
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Pat Arehart
Pat Behn
Katie Calloway
Steve Campbell
Melissa Deeter
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Melissa DeShurko
Cheryl Dowd
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Clint Freese
Jesse Gaither
Cherie Gentry
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
Tom Kendo
Nancy Lehren
Chris McAlpine
Brian Nolan
Laurie Poeppelman
Bill Powell
Jean Pummill
Myron Rheaume
Brent Richburg
Candace Rinke
Deb Saunders
Gary Smiga
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel
Sue Zammit

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO Member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Melissa Stamm, a guest and one of the teachers we recognized tonight.

We had 36 members and 29 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay, the chair of the CNO 2.0 committee, gave a brief presentation before the speaker. The following may not all be realized by guests, new members or perspective members at the meeting tonight:  CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fund raising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created about 2 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Easter Egg hunt

Pat Behn gave everyone more information about the Easter Egg hunt. We need volunteers to help stuff 6000 plastic eggs with candy on April 13, 2019 at 9 AM at St. Leonards. It sounds like a lot of eggs, but the work is spread out and takes a little over an hour. Please sign up or show up. There will be coffee and donuts for volunteers!

The Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, also at St. Leonards. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!

Quarterly Teacher Recognition Awards

This quarter CNO 2.0 focused on Centerville Middle Schools. Brian Miller from Watts introduced Lillie Walsh and Marcie Breese. These two amazing teachers helped a struggling student by offering extra support. This child should now go on to a successful high school career starting next year. Each were given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

Clint Freese, the principal at Tower Heights, introduced Nicole Hess. Nicole is a great teacher and she shared a story about a visually impaired student. This student won a raffle to join the teacher’s basketball team for a teacher versus student game held last week. The student came dressed and ready to play just like any other student would. The student team still won the game, as usual. Nicole was given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

From Magsig Cindy Bowman introduced Melissa Stamm. Melissa is fantastic and brings the power of positivity to her students. The kids love and want to be involved in theater. She was given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

Wasfi Samaan, Tonight’s local business success speaker

Greg Fay introduced entrepreneur Wasfi Samaan, owner of JD Legends Media (a social media company) and CEO of JD Legends Entertainment Complex in Franklin Ohio. You can also reach them on Facebook.

Wasfi started off with, “Tonight I will tell you a story about how I reduced my yearly marketing budget by $100,000 while increasing sales by 30% by using social media and Facebook Live.”

At 8 years old he immigrated to the U.S and lived in Kentucky. He spoke no English and was very shy. He credits his participation in high school wrestling and mixed martial arts for giving him great confidence and for finally ending the endless bullying he received as a young boy.

He asked if any of us have hosted Facebook Live. He was in LA at a social media conference when he first learned about Facebook Live. He decided to immediately promote concerts and it was amazing how many people instantly started watching. He said anyone in business can do Facebook live and would benefit from it. Your Facebook page is your own media company and if you want to be successful you need to treat it that way. To be successful in social media the content you create needs to be entertaining, educational and inform your audience and future customers about you or your products.

To promote his businesses on Facebook Live, he uses multiple types of shows. He creates shows about mixed martial arts, cooking, and has had a show about a Bourbon tasting event. He uses social media by first creating a podcast or live show to promote one of his concerts or activities. The information given becomes the ad. It is important to produce content. The content becomes the ad. The old ways of marketing don’t work anymore. He explained that TV, radio and newspapers are all switching to social media.

You don’t have to have thousands of facebook friends for this to work. Your Facebook live creation will get indexed by Google and Facebook and it could get found by anyone. After you create content with your video, copy it to YouTube and Instagram. The description you put is important so give it some thought, because it is used for the indexing.

During his presentation he decided to do a Facebook live video on the spot. He got out a tripod and mounted his smartphone to the tripod sideways (landscape) which he said is important. His video was an interview with Nick Tarkany, the owner of Heavier than Air where tonight’s meeting was held. Wasfi started by asking Nick about his one-and-a-half-year-old company. Nick mentioned that the most popular beer is their New England IPA and their “Golden”. Wasfi asked about the origin of Nick’s company name. The name is based on the Wright Brothers goal of creating a flying machine that was heavier than air. During the interview, Wasfi could instantly see Facebook users were viewing the video. He offered two free tickets to a concert to the third person that said they were watching, which will help with the ranking of the video.

Wasfi took questions from the audience. He was asked how he came to be in the bowling alley business. He and his brother had been buying businesses, improving them and then selling them. A bank that knew the brothers in Kentucky asked if they would run a local bowling alley that was in immediate danger of going bankrupt until a buyer could be found. This benefitted the bank financially and by reputation because there would have been significant fall out from bowlers if it shut down during the middle of league season. After running it for a while they decided to purchase it. His company was on a list of bowling alley owners. He found out about JD Legends bowling alley in Franklin because he was sent an offer to purchase it from the previous owners.

Then he was asked about how he became the owner of a social media marketing company. He said that after purchasing JD Legends he invested 1.5 million and started hosting live music concerts. He figured out he was spending way too much on marketing originally, so he studied social media and compared the ROI. Over time he got better and better at it. He is passionate about his social marketing and decided to offer his services to others.

He said we should try out different things and give things a shot. You never know when you might get a positive response. Go ahead and send that email requesting someone to become a customer, they might just say yes. He was recently offered a trade of products for his services for a new cupcake company. He said yes to them.

Next Meeting

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. CNO member Cindy Gaboury will be the speaker at the next meeting on April 18, 2019. She and her husband Kirby own Audio Etc, which has provided home entertainment systems in Centerville for over 30 years.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 February 21, 2019 – Bill DeFries – Author of Beyond the Bounds – Explosive Success for Atypical People

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Welcome NEW Club Members!

We inducted four new members at tonight’s meeting and we are so happy to have these folks step up to help us help kids!  Welcome to the largest Optimist Club in the world!

Name Sponsor
Katie Calloway Gary Hansen
Cheryl Dowd Joan Cordonnier
Ashley Simeone Emily Duke
Jordan Feldkamp Cindy Harris

Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Jendaya Herbert Guest
Josh Panczyk Guest
David Stone Guest
Jim Ehrensberger Guest
Walt Harrison Guest
Mark Karns Guest
Joe Poelking Guest
Rafael Santillan Guest
Nan Zanawick Guest
Nicole Zanawick Guest
Paul Zanawick Guest
Nancy Anderson Member
Pat Arehart Member
Pat Behn Member
Katie Calloway Member
Wayne Christie Member
Bob Collins Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Bill DeFries Member
Judy DeMarco Member
Cheryl Dowd Member
Jordan Feldkamp Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Rachel Goetz Member
Cindy Harris Member
Brian Miller Member
Valorie Murray Member
Laurie Poeppelman Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Pete Rife Member
Candace Rinke Member
Ashley Simeone Member
Nick Tarkany Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jon Werts Member
Laurie Westheimer Member
Bill Williams Member
Sue Zammit Member
Diane Arehart Member
Gary DeMarco Member
Emily Duke Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Donna Huss Member
Jean Pummill Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia in downtown Centerville.. Thank you to the owner of Nelly’s, Rafael Santillan and his fine team for the great food and the space.

We had 39 members and 11 guests in attendance.

Tonight’s Presentation

Jesse Gaither introduced tonight’s guest speaker, Bill DeFries. Bill recently published his book Impacts Beyond the Bounds – Explosive Success for Atypical People. Bill is a Marine Corp Veteran and has been a member of Centerville Noon Optimist club since November, 2004. He is also the CEO of Copp Integrated Systems, a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author.

Bill started with some of his history. He was born on the South side of Chicago 58 years ago. He was a kid that didn’t like school and was in trouble a lot. He credits doing well to his parents staying together, high school sports and The U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1978, right after high school he had to get his own apartment. He obtained a job with the teamsters loading freight during the Jimmy Hoffa era. He quickly realized manual labor was not for him. He reconsidered college and was amazed he was accepted into Southern Illinois University. It didn’t take long for the university to reconsider and they kicked him out. He decided to enlist into the U.S. Marine Corp. That 4-year experience during the Cold War and the Beirut Embassy bombing crisis formed the basis for the rest of his life.

The book contains 10 simple things that helped him get where is here today, split into “Grenades” or chapters. His favorite is “Your Eighth Grenade: Give, Don’t Give Back.” Being a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club truly helped him understand the concept of giving to the community. The picture on the cover of book is of him about to throw a live grenade.

He discussed his restaurants. He originally planned to open his first Beef O’Bradys in Chicago, but he fell in love with Dayton and Centerville. His first restaurant opened September 24, 2004. Soon after it was opened Judy DeMarco and Dave Kaye recruited him into the CNO.

He noted that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. He recommends having friends around you for support. In 2007, he opened a second restaurant and right after in 2008 one of the worst economies in our history started. He thanks the Centerville and Beavercreek communities who helped sustain his restaurants when thousands of restaurants were closing every day during the recession.

He is glad to have been part of Dayton and provide employment. He is especially happy to have provided entry level jobs for youth at his restaurants.

Thank you, Bill DeFries, for sharing your story with us this evening.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 15, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Co. – Anthony Rocco – Dayton Freight Company

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Shamus Baker Guest
Jonathon Barrett Guest
Emily Duke Guest
Brett Houseman Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Anthony Rocco Guest
Ashley Simeone Guest
Jim Voudris Guest
Adam Westendorf Guest
TR Wise Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Jeff Busch Member
Brendan Cunningham Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Martha Jackson Member
Becky Keegan Member
Nancy Lehren Member
Pam Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Fred Polizzi Member
Myron Rheaume Member
Brent Richburg Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Carolyn Taylor Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Laura Franklin.

We had 29 members and 10 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

Greg Fay introduced a few members to discuss programs and fundraisers. The Centerville Noon Optimist club has raised well over a million dollars in the past 50 years. Greg also asked us to get on Facebook and to “like” the CNO and CNO 2.0 Facebook pages.

https://www.facebook.com/CentervilleNoon/

https://www.facebook.com/CentervilleOptimist2.0/

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship committee discussed the program. This committee reviews the applications of kids nominated by school counselors. The committee then chooses four to seven of them to give a scholarship for them to attend Sinclair. Often, they are the first person in their family to ever go to college. We provide up to $750 for up to six semesters for the student to obtain an associate’s degree. $750 per semester. Additionally, we provide the students with two mentors to help them navigate college and the financial aid process.

Myron Rheaume discussed the Professional Development Program (PDP) and the Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) programs of Optimist International. These programs help you be a better club member and to have more success in life. He also noted that for each member added to an Optimist club, the club can help 35 additional children.

Greg Griffin discussed the Christmas Tree lot and showed us the video showcasing the lot. The full details are in this article.

Greg Griffin discussed the “Outstanding Organization” Award received earlier today by CNO presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region. The full details are in this article.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Anthony Rocco, the Vice-President of Operations of the Dayton Freight Company founded in 1981 by Thomas L. Cronin, Jr.

Anthony Rocco grew up in Centerville and graduated from Alter High School and Xavier University. He first started working at Dayton Freight during college on the loading dock. After college, he went back and has been there for 26 years.

There are two major types of truck shipments. Full truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL). TL shipments account for 400 billion of the 700 billion shipping business each year. Dayton Freight is in the LTL business. Dayton Freight is a regional carrier in the Midwest with sales of about 60 billion annually. The goal of the company is to be the best regional LTL carrier in the Midwest.

Rocco attributes the success and expansion to the technology they have implemented in the company and the trucks. Items such as laser braking automation have greatly reduced their accident rate. Other technology helps reduce the chance of a trailer tipping during a loss of control. Without their technology Rocco said they would be about 25% of their current size. Dayton Freight currently handles 19,100 jobs per day.

Numerous facts about Dayton Freight can be viewed here.

There is a shortage of over 300,000 truck drivers. Dayton Freight trains any dock workers interested in how to drive a truck. The dock workers make about $18/hour and a truck driver makes about $28/hour. He said he believes the chances of automated drivers happening soon is very low. He believes it will be a minimum of 10-15 years and probably longer. Drivers are paid by the mile and they have 19 drivers that made over $100,000 last year. Truck drivers are typically male, but they do have 22 female drivers.

Thank you Anthony Rocco for taking the time to discuss your journey and for the information about a great company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio!

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 October 18, 2018 – Ollie’s Craft Beer and Whiskey – Ryan Hawk – The Learning Leader Podcast

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Guests and Members in Attendance

Ann Blackburn Guest
Jeff Bonsteel Guest
Alan Brown Guest
Casey Clark Guest
Jennifer Clark Guest
Courtney Csizma Guest
Mat Dickert Guest
Jennifer Elleman Guest
Sean Evans Guest
Jon Friedl Guest
Branden Geyer Guest
Judy Hawk Guest
Keith Hawk Guest
Ryan Hawk Guest
Kayleigh Jackson Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Michelle Kersey Guest
Donna Milam Guest
Dick Newlin Guest
Doris Newlin Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Melissa Deeter Member
Shelby DiPasquale Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Stacey Fay Member
Clint Feeese Member
Jane Fiehrer Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Cindy Harris Member
Shawna Hatton Member
Martha Jackson Member
Robby Johnson Member
Jeff Kujawa Member
Jay McAlpine Member
Kathy McAlpine Member
Pam Miller Member
Tom Novak Member
Gary Poeppelman Member
Lauire Poeppelman Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Jean Pummill Member
Mandy Ransdell Member
Brent Richburg Member
Pete Rife Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Bill Stone Member
Kelly Stone Member
Ron Tinnerman Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Ollie’s Place”. Thank you to Mike Schwartz, the owner, and the rest of the team at Ollie’s. http://www.olliesplacedayton.com/

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. The next meeting will be on November 15, 2018 at Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia.

We had 42 members and 20 guests in attendance.

Describing Centerville Noon Optimist Club to our Guests

Greg Fay gave an overview of the fundraisers we have to raise money to give away to youth-based organizations and individuals.

Greg Griffin discussed the tree lot fundraiser.

Tom Novak and Bob Burkman discussed the Avenue of Flags fundraiser. Tom explained to our visitors that you have the opportunity to volunteer to help deliver flags even if you are not a member.

It was announced that the next Build-a-Bear for kids with cancer and their siblings is October 25, 2018 at Children’s Hospital. Volunteers setting up should arrive at 4:30 PM others should show up at 5:30 PM. The event starts at 6:00 PM.

Teacher of the Quarter Award

Greg Fay discussed that CNO 2.0 wanted to find a way to recognize teachers. The committee came up with the Teacher of the Quarter Award. For this quarter we are recognizing a teacher from Centerville High School. The Centerville High School principals chose this teacher for us. For this quarter, teacher Casey Clark’s name kept coming up. Clark spoke briefly about how great it is to be recognized by groups like the Centerville Noon Optimist.  Next quarter CNO 2.0 will recognize a teacher from one of the Centerville Middle Schools.

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker. Ryan Hawk creates podcasts and is a keynote speaker. His company is The Learning Leading Show. Ryan is a graduate of Centerville High School. He played football at both Miami University of Ohio and Ohio University. He had a successful run in sales at Lexis/Nexis. He is closing in on 300 podcast interviews of leaders and his podcasts are heard globally.

Ryan Hawk runs the Leadership Advisory team at the accounting firm of Brixey & Meyer.

Tonight, Ryan first said, “How about a round of applause to Greg Fay for emailing him every month until I said yes. Greg has to be most persistent person that has gotten him to speak at their club.”

Greg asked if Ryan could tell his story from the beginning. Ryan said, “As a high school freshman, I was fortunate to be the Centerville High School starting quarterback.”

During high school Ryan said, “I was recruited by Miami University out of High School. This was at the same time that a certain student named Ben Roethlisberger was also recruited by Miami” Ryan was very driven to succeed at Miami U. He moved to Miami U early, right after the end of high school. The year was 2001 and it was not common for players to do this. He moved in early so he could go around and meet players and coaches and at the very least learn everyone’s name. He wanted to be the best.

During his and Ben’s Freshman year at Miami University, there was a senior who was the starting quarterback. For their Sophomore year, the coaches waited until the last minute to inform Ryan and Ben that they would be rotating the position as QB. Ryan said, “Sometimes you can outwork your competition, but still not win. This is an important lesson to learn early in life. The experience of playing with Ben though was still worth it and it has helped propel him through my successes after football.” After a few games Sophomore year, it became clear that Ben was the better quarterback. Ryan was offered other positions on the team, but he decided to transfer to Ohio University and became their starting quarterback. In order to earn the starting QB job, he used the same technique of moving in early to learn everyone’s name and earn their respect. This was not simple because Ohio University considers Miami University to be its biggest rival.

Ryan had a successful run at Ohio U, but he did not make it into the NFL. He did play for the arena football league for a brief time.

After college, Ryan became a phone sales rep at Lexis/Nexis. As he started this position he asked to be introduced to the best sales rep Lexis/Nexis had and he asked if he could shadow him. This worked and it helped him soon become a manager, then a director, and eventually V.P. of sales at Lexis/Nexis. He earned his MBA along the way. Surrounding yourself with the best people is very important to a person’s success. Ryan said, “Figuring out who you are going to hang out with is more important than what you are going to do; be very intentional about who you spend time with.”

During his success in the sales world he got to meet business leaders like Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban who founded Broadcast.com. Broadcast.com is an internet radio company that was sold to Yahoo! On April 1, 1999 for $5.7 Billion.

Ryan started listening to a lot of Podcasts and figured out he could do podcasts himself. He based his new idea on the idea of sustaining excellence over long periods of time. He sought out to interview business leaders who have long term success. He also noted that many of these leaders he interviews are voracious readers. The best of the best keep learning and improving even when it appears they have reached the top. Ryan said, “We are all climbing this mountain. Enjoy the journey, but you will never reach the top.”

Ryan then held a question and answer period.

Greg Fay asked for interviews that stand out?

#1. Kat Cole, the group president of Focus Brands (think Cinnabon). She started working at a Hooter’s restaurant in Florida. She got experience at every job from waitress to cook to manager. She became indispensable at that restaurant and earned her MBA. She was invited to run the first restaurant in Australia and other countries finally becoming executive vice president of Hooters. Ryan thinks she could one day become president of the U.S.

#2. Poker players are Interesting because they win by using their brains, not because of physical attributes. Most are great communicators and great listeners.

What are characteristics of Productive Achievers?

They are Courageous and Confident. They also have Curiosity and Humility.

How did you get going in the podcast business?

He landed a job as Leadership Advisor at Brixey and Meyer. He started doing podcasts and lost money for the first year. After 60 podcasts he was finally asked to make a paid speech. He now gets paid to do what he loves to do.

Since your brother A.J. Hawk got a lot of attention, did that cause any issues between you?

Ryan replied that he and A.J. both won the parent lottery and they both won the brother lottery. They truly are each other’s biggest fans. Being part of a wonderful family has helped his success.

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!