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An incredible ensemble of guests combined with a fun and authentic style, “The Local: By Fairhaven” might just make you think differently. This is not your typical “financial advisor-speak” focused on budgeting and Bitcoin. Fairhaven founder, Marc Horner, his guests and regularly recurring co-hosts discuss personal stories on a wide range of relatable topics. Through these candid conversations you will learn smart strategies to improve the college selection process, the connection between motorcycle riding and goal setting, navigating the fear of starting your own business, the challenges of running a world-renowned zoo and much more. Real people from around the Fairhaven neighborhood share how they have made and are making decisions to benefit their families, their careers and their communities. The good, the bad and the ugly.

 

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Episodes

Episodes



Episode #

51

Ryan Castline of The Gentleman’s Barber Shop

EPISODE SUMMARY Marc and Mark co-host this fun and lighthearted interview with The Barber of Wheaton. Topics range from raving about the recent barbershop remodel to the joys of a straight razor shave to warnings about abusing the Barbershop Bat phone. Tune in to discover the secret behind perfect fades, the woes of stubborn cowlicks and the business of barbering. Sometimes even barbers can have bad hair days—just not on purpose! EPISODE NOTES Marc and Mark co-host this fun and lighthearted interview with The Barber of Wheaton. Topics range from raving about the recent barbershop remodel to the joys of a straight razor shave to warnings about abusing the Barbershop Bat phone. Tune in to discover the secret behind perfect fades, the woes of stubborn cowlicks and the business of barbering. Sometimes even barbers can have bad hair days—just not on purpose! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://www.fairhavenwealth.com/contact


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50

Jimmy Walker, Co-Owner of Midwest Strength Performance in Wheaton

Throughout the episode, Jimmy’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious, leaving you feeling inspired and motivated to pursue your own dreams. Whether you're a boxing fan, an aspiring entrepreneur, or simply someone looking for a dose of inspiration, this episode is for you. EPISODE NOTES Throughout the episode, Jimmy’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious, leaving you feeling inspired and motivated to pursue your own dreams. Whether you're a boxing fan, an aspiring entrepreneur, or simply someone looking for a dose of inspiration, this episode is for you. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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49

Amber Broderick, DuPage Symphony Orchestra

Calling all music enthusiasts! Join us as we dive into the world of farting bed posts to who’s the circus act in the band. This enchanting podcast delves into the history and the affects music has on our souls. You won’t be able to deny Amber’s passion for the DuPage Symphony and the significance of the wide range of instruments. This episode will make you want to attend a concert for sure! EPISODE NOTES Calling all music enthusiasts! Join us as we dive into the world of farting bed posts to who’s the circus act in the band. This enchanting podcast delves into the history and the affects music has on our souls. You won’t be able to deny Amber’s passion for the DuPage Symphony and the significance of the wide range of instruments. This episode will make you want to attend a concert for sure! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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48

Robert Brill, Wheaton Fire Chief

Curious about the life of a firefighter? Join us on The Local podcast as we dive into the world of firefighting with Chief Robert Brill. From the adrenaline-pumping moments to the impact of the pandemic to the unexpected overlap between firefighting and dodgeball, this episode will leave you with a newfound appreciation for these “local” heroes. EPISODE NOTES Curious about the life of a firefighter? Join us on The Local podcast as we dive into the world of firefighting with Chief Robert Brill. From the adrenaline-pumping moments to the impact of the pandemic to the unexpected overlap between firefighting and dodgeball, this episode will leave you with a newfound appreciation for these “local” heroes. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://www.fairhavenwealth.com/contact


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47

Lisa Weier, First Trust Cares

EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode of The Local, host Marc Horner with co-host Vickie Austin sit down with Lisa Weier of First Trust Cares Foundation. Join this wide-ranging discussion touching on the world of charitable partnerships, competitive water basketball and how Wheaton, Illinois may be second only to Wall Street as a powerhouse of the financial services industry. EPISODE NOTES In this episode of The Local, host Marc Horner with co-host Vickie Austin sit down with Lisa Weier of First Trust Cares Foundation. Join this wide-ranging discussion touching on the world of charitable partnerships, competitive water basketball and how Wheaton, Illinois may be second only to Wall Street as a powerhouse of the financial services industry. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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46

Will Fraser, Founder at 100 and First

EPISODE SUMMARY Redefining the definition of “Local”, our podcast went international when Will Fraser jetted across the pond to visit us from merry old England. As a professional rugby player, Will and his teams won the equivalent of five Super Bowls. Post-rugby, he now shares his insights on high performance and how to create a successful team dynamic as the founder of 100 & First, a people, performance and culture consultancy. Join host Marc Horner and Will as they discuss the roles of communication, clarity and teamwork in creating environments of sustained success. EPISODE NOTES Redefining the definition of “Local”, our podcast went international when Will Fraser jetted across the pond to visit us from merry old England. As a professional rugby player, Will and his teams won the equivalent of five Super Bowls. Post-rugby, he now shares his insights on high performance and how to create a successful team dynamic as the founder of 100 & First, a people, performance and culture consultancy. Join host Marc Horner and Will as they discuss the roles of communication, clarity and teamwork in creating environments of sustained success. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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45

Adam Pratt, Owner of Chaos to Memories

EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode of The Local, host Marc Horner is joined by Allison Orr of the Downtown Wheaton Association with special guest Adam Pratt of Chaos to Memories. Before making the jump to entrepreneurship, Adam was a technology industry veteran (and superstar). A strong believer in sharing knowledge and experience, you will hear great tips for taking better photos, how to make the most of the technology in your pocket and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at all of the work (and responsibility) that goes into capturing and organizing family histories. EPISODE NOTES In this episode of The Local, host Marc Horner is joined by Allison Orr of the Downtown Wheaton Association with special guest Adam Pratt of Chaos to Memories. Before making the jump to entrepreneurship, Adam was a technology industry veteran (and superstar). A strong believer in sharing knowledge and experience, you will hear great tips for taking better photos, how to make the most of the technology in your pocket and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at all of the work (and responsibility) that goes into capturing and organizing family histories. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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44

Shannon Gutierrez, Owner of Wyckwood House

EPISODE SUMMARY In this inspirational episode, hosts Marc Horner and Allison Orr learn from Shannon about her hyper-focus on delivering a unique client experience. A big believer in testing, learning and changing, join her story starting as a home-based business growing to pop-up and on to brick and mortar…two locations…during the pandemic! An impressive story demonstrating the power of trusting your gut, following your heart and leaning on your team. EPISODE NOTES In this inspirational episode, hosts Marc Horner and Allison Orr learn from Shannon about her hyper-focus on delivering a unique client experience. A big believer in testing, learning and changing, join her story starting as a home-based business growing to pop-up and on to brick and mortar…two locations…during the pandemic! An impressive story demonstrating the power of trusting your gut, following your heart and leaning on your team. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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43

Dan Facchini, Managing Director at Innovation DuPage

EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode Marc Horner and co-host Allison Orr speak with Dan Facchini of Innovation DuPage and their business incubation and acceleration program. Dan shares the importance of collaboration and mentorship in jump-starting the entrepreneurial experience. From start-ups led by college students to more experienced businesspeople who took the leap in a mid-career change, join the conversation to learn about the powerful entrepreneurial experience right here in our own community. EPISODE NOTES In this episode Marc Horner and co-host Allison Orr speak with Dan Facchini of Innovation DuPage and their business incubation and acceleration program. Dan shares the importance of collaboration and mentorship in jump-starting the entrepreneurial experience. From start-ups led by college students to more experienced businesspeople who took the leap in a mid-career change, join the conversation to learn about the powerful entrepreneurial experience right here in our own community. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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42

Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner

EPISODE SUMMARY Dr. Jorgensen discusses his unexpected journey that took him from surgeon to coroner. He shares historical perspective on the creation of the coroner's office going all the way back to medieval times. He also provides perspective on the Fentanyl crisis and how his office is leading the fight against it. EPISODE NOTES Dr. Jorgensen discusses his unexpected journey that took him from surgeon to coroner. He shares historical perspective on the creation of the coroner's office going all the way back to medieval times. He also provides perspective on the Fentanyl crisis and how his office is leading the fight against it. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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41

Jim Carr, Former Mayor of Wheaton

EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode of The Local, host Marc Horner and his distinguished guest, former Mayor of Wheaton Jim Carr, dive into the intersection of religion, ethics, and business. The podcast delves into Carr's experiences growing up in Missouri, studying at Yale University and then teaching business ethics at Wheaton College. Join him as they explore the gray areas of society and discuss the importance of trust in the business world. This thought-provoking episode is sure to spark meaningful conversations. EPISODE NOTES In this episode of The Local, host Marc Horner and his distinguished guest, former Mayor of Wheaton Jim Carr, dive into the intersection of religion, ethics, and business. The podcast delves into Carr's experiences growing up in Missouri, studying at Yale University and then teaching business ethics at Wheaton College. Join him as they explore the gray areas of society and discuss the importance of trust in the business world. This thought-provoking episode is sure to spark meaningful conversations. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management


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40

Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of CUSD 200

EPISODE SUMMARY Dr. Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of District 200, talks about the role of schools as assets in the community, and shares his experience transitioning from being a teacher to an administrator. They also discuss the importance of positive interactions between adults and students in the school system. EPISODE NOTES Dr. Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of District 200, talks about the role of schools as assets in the community, and shares his experience transitioning from being a teacher to an administrator. They also discuss the importance of positive interactions between adults and students in the school system. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Fairhaven Wealth Management Flint Rock, LLC


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39

Meg Goodman and Mark Long, Flint Rock

EPISODE SUMMARY In this behind-the-scenes episode of The Local, host Marc Horner is joined by Vickie Austin from the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, as well as Meg Goodman and Mark Long from Flint Rock LLC. They teach us how the sausage is made when it comes to creating and producing a podcast! Listen to this fun, lighthearted and informative session where Meg & Mark share their journey from radio to podcasts and how it's become the evolution of audio entertainment. Thank you for your continued support and for being part of our podcasting journey! EPISODE NOTES In this behind-the-scenes episode of The Local, host Marc Horner is joined by Vickie Austin from the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, as well as Meg Goodman and Mark Long from Flint Rock LLC. They teach us how the sausage is made when it comes to creating and producing a podcast! Listen to this fun, lighthearted and informative session where Meg & Mark share their journey from radio to podcasts and how it's become the evolution of audio entertainment. Thank you for your continued support and for being part of our podcasting journey! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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38

Don Westlake, Wheaton Legend

EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode of The Local, we visited with Don Westlake, a Wheatonite who retired in his mid-fifties! Born during the Great Depression and lived through multiple world wars, Don shares his wisdom and insights on investing, finding the right fit, and staying mentally and physically active in retirement. Join us as we delve into Don's incredible story and learn valuable lessons that can be applied to our own lives. Don't miss out on this inspiring episode of The Local! EPISODE NOTES In this episode of The Local, we visited with Don Westlake, a Wheatonite who retired in his mid-fifties! Born during the Great Depression and lived through multiple world wars, Don shares his wisdom and insights on investing, finding the right fit, and staying mentally and physically active in retirement. Join us as we delve into Don's incredible story and learn valuable lessons that can be applied to our own lives. Don't miss out on this inspiring episode of The Local! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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37

Dave Otto, Former MLB Pitcher and Chicago Cub

EPISODE SUMMARY It's not every day you get to sit down with a former Chicago Cub and pro baseball player who shares the same town as you. On this episode of The Local, Marc & Vickie hear fun-filled stories from Dave Otto about what it was like to be drafted to the major leagues alongside notable names like Bo Jackson and Barry Larkin, and how opting for college instead of the pros the first time around paid dividends down the road. If you're a baseball fan, you'll be hooked hearing a behind the scenes account of the Major Leagues, but even for those unfamiliar with the sport, all the wisdom, intrigue, and life lessons that Dave shares make this episode a must listen. Plus he has a GREAT sense of humor! EPISODE NOTES It's not every day you get to sit down with a former Chicago Cub and pro baseball player who shares the same town as you. On this episode of The Local, Marc & Vickie hear fun-filled stories from Dave Otto about what it was like to be drafted to the major leagues alongside notable names like Bo Jackson and Barry Larkin, and how opting for college instead of the pros the first time around paid dividends down the road. If you're a baseball fan, you'll be hooked hearing a behind the scenes account of the Major Leagues, but even for those unfamiliar with the sport, all the wisdom, intrigue, and life lessons that Dave shares make this episode a must listen. Plus he has a GREAT sense of humor! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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36

John Monino, Supervisor with Milton Township

EPISODE SUMMARY John Monino, a supervisor with Milton Township, joins Marc Horner and co-host Vickie Austin to explain the relationship between Milton Township and the surrounding municipalities, including Glen Ellyn and Wheaton. John also shares his personal journey of getting involved in local government and discusses the experience and emotional intelligence that's needed to do the right thing when challenged with bureaucracy and other trials that occur in politics. EPISODE NOTES John Monino, a supervisor with Milton Township, joins Marc Horner and co-host Vickie Austin to explain the relationship between Milton Township and the surrounding municipalities, including Glen Ellyn and Wheaton. John also shares his personal journey of getting involved in local government and discusses the experience and emotional intelligence that's needed to do the right thing when challenged with bureaucracy and other trials that occur in politics. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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35

Bob Jacobsen, Author Historian Wheaton Legend Part 3

EPISODE SUMMARY In this final part of the series, Bob Jacobson discusses the origins of golf in Wheaton, Illinois. He explains how Charles Blair MacDonald, who was educated in Scotland, brought the idea of golf back to the suburbs of Chicago in the late 1800s. MacDonald's passion for the sport and his association with Tom Morris at St. Andrews (yes, that Tom Morris) inspired him to introduce golf to the local community. MacDonald's determination eventually led to the establishment of golf courses in Wheaton. FORE! EPISODE NOTES In this final part of the series, Bob Jacobson discusses the origins of golf in Wheaton, Illinois. He explains how Charles Blair MacDonald, who was educated in Scotland, brought the idea of golf back to the suburbs of Chicago in the late 1800s. MacDonald's passion for the sport and his association with Tom Morris at St. Andrews (yes, that Tom Morris) inspired him to introduce golf to the local community. MacDonald's determination eventually led to the establishment of golf courses in Wheaton. FORE! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management Bob Jacobsen


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34

PJ Youker, Chief of Police for Wheaton Police Department

EPISODE SUMMARY Chief of Wheaton Police (formerly Deputy Chief) PJ Youker shares his roundabout way of joining the police force, the inner workings of a police department, and why he loves being in Wheaton! EPISODE NOTES Chief of Wheaton Police PJ Youker shares his roundabout way of joining the police force, the inner workings of a police department, and why he loves being in Wheaton! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Wheaton Police Department Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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33

Bob Jacobsen, Author Historian Wheaton Legend Part 2

EPISODE SUMMARY Rejoin the adventure as "Bob Goes To Brown"...Brown University, that is, where he continues his personal development resulting in his decision to enlist, launch his professional career and allow his passion for golf to bloom. EPISODE NOTES Rejoin the adventure as "Bob Goes To Brown"...Brown University, that is, where he continues his personal development resulting in his decision to enlist, launch his professional career and allow his passion for golf to bloom. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Bob Jacobsen Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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32

Muriel Dee, Independent Owner at Salon Lofts

EPISODE SUMMARY As if being a small business owner wasn't tough enough, tune in to hear stories from the trenches of the cold-bloodedly competitive business of beauty! Plus, some old-fashioned Northside Wheaton vs. Southside Wheaton banter keeps this episode rolling! EPISODE NOTES As if being a small business owner wasn't tough enough, tune in to hear stories from the trenches of the cold-bloodedly competitive business of beauty! Plus, some old-fashioned Northside Wheaton vs. Southside Wheaton banter keeps this episode rolling! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us by going to https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Muriel Dee Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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31

Mark Salisbury, Tuition Fit

EPISODE SUMMARY This myth-buster podcast about college tuition is chock-full of references and facts no one will tell you! Get your questions answered from FAFSA, early decisions, and alumni network. These two experts will put your mind at ease with one of life's biggest challenges and a few laughs along the way. EPISODE NOTES This myth-buster podcast about college tuition is chock-full of references and facts no one will tell you! Get your questions answered from FAFSA, early decisions, and alumni network. These two experts will put your mind at ease with one of life's biggest challenges and a few laughs along the way. Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us at https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS TuitionFit Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management


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30

Bob Jacobsen, Author Historian Wheaton Legend Part 1

EPISODE SUMMARY Presenting the 1st of 3 episodes of our special podcast guest Bob Jacobsen! Bob's a charming, old-fashioned storyteller who will leave you captivated and wanting more through each episode. This episode takes us back to Bob's childhood in Staten Island and how his family survived and thrived during the Depression era. His memories retold as if it was yesterday. You'll find yourself smiling by the end! EPISODE NOTES Presenting the 1st of 3 episodes of our special podcast guest Bob Jacobsen! Bob's a charming, old-fashioned storyteller who will leave you captivated and wanting more through each episode. This episode takes us back to Bob's childhood in Staten Island and how his family survived and thrived during the Depression era. His memories retold as if it was yesterday. You'll find yourself smiling by the end! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us by going to https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Flint Rock LLC Fairhaven Wealth Management Wheaton Chamber of Commerce


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29

Matt Larson, Wheaton Sanitary District

EPISODE SUMMARY Matt explains the contribution the sanitation district provides for its residents and local environment. He discusses some of their ongoing projects and even touches on how serious safety is from bad actors. Our host even had an experience on this topic! It's something we all take for granted but were very glad to have! EPISODE NOTES Matt explains the contribution the sanitation district provides for its residents and local environment. He discusses some of their ongoing projects and even touches on how serious our water safety is from bad actors. Our host even had an experience on this topic! It's something we all take for granted but very glad to have! Do you have a guest idea for The Local? Reach out to us by going here: https://fairhavenwealth.com/contact SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Wheaton Sanitary District Flint Rock Fairhaven Wealth Management Wheaton Chamber of Commerce


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28

Kevin Walker, Owner of Extract Juicery and El Famous Burrito

EPISODE SUMMARY He may have started selling Kirby vacuums in college, but he's in the juice and burrito business now! Kevin explains his passion for faith and a work-life balance. A touching story about how one phone call changed his future and how it taught him to pay it forward. SHOW CONTRIBUTORS Extract Juicery El Famous Burrito Flint Rock Fairhaven Wealth Management Wheaton Chamber of Commerce


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27

Glennette Tilley Turner, Biographer Educator Historical Researcher

EPISODE SUMMARY In 1978, Glennette Tilley Turner published her first book, The Underground Railroad in DuPage County, Illinois. A walking Wheaton treasure, she is sure to open your eyes with stories and perspectives that contributed to being honored with the Studs Terkel Humanities Award, the Alice Browning Award from the International Black Writers Conference, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society. While we believe all of our episodes to be "share-worthy", this is one you will definitely want to send to your friends and family!


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26

Matt Biscan, Assistant Superintendent of CUSD 200

EPISODE SUMMARY An inspirational listen as Matt takes you through his jobs as a young man and how the experiences and connections led him to climb the education systems ladder of success. Get his views on the state of the current education system and how computer labs are out and the wood shop is back!


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25

Marc Horner, Fairhaven Wealth Management

EPISODE SUMMARY The podcast tables were recently turned on the co-host of The Local when our own Marc Horner appeared as a guest with Mindy and Louis Diamond of Diamond Consultants. Listen in on the story of Fairhaven, how Marc regularly steps out of his comfort zone and the award-winning commercials he created that parody and poke fun at the tightly-wound world of Wall Street.


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24

Mike Gresk, Former Wheaton Mayor Part 2

EPISODE SUMMARY Mike continues his stories and his love for helping and being part of a solution. He was an integral part of Wheaton's history when voting out the prohibition of alcohol. In the spirit of giving back, he tries to find different commissions in town that may benefit from his diverse background. Mike's fun, lighthearted larger-than-life persona will have you laughing along the entire time!


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23

Mike Gresk, Former Wheaton Mayor Part 1

EPISODE SUMMARY A fascinating listen, this renaissance man regales us with stories of living overseas to becoming Mayor of Wheaton. An admitted Anglophile, he fondly discusses belonging to the Samuel Pepys club. A club dating back to 1903, as well as a well-kept secret club right here in Wheaton.


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22

Matt LaFond and Terry Hanley, Cantigny

EPISODE SUMMARY Enjoy hearing about a one stop treasure trove of rich history and unparalleled culture at Cantigny Park and Golf. Find out which cartoon character has a sand trap dedicated to them! After listening, it's very likely you'll plan a day to enjoy their famous renowned gardens, tour their military artifacts or perhaps a round of golf.


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21

Gwen Henry, DuPage County Treasurer

EPISODE SUMMARY Meet this no-nonsense, crack-whipping cancer survivor who we love overseeing our county's budget! Enjoy a fascinating listen of how collecting our taxes is just the beginning of the process. Gwen gives insight into how you can get involved and learn how to fight back against the machine!


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20

Dale Showalter, Owner of Showalter Roofing

EPISODE SUMMARY He's so much more than a roofer! Dale shares one of his favorite quotes from Winston Churchill when asked to summarize his success: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Dale said he has probably learned more from his failures than his strengths. It takes courage – a lot of courage – and faith, as well as surrounding yourself with an empowered team that has different strengths than yourself.


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19

Sarah Bowers, Radon Testers Incorporated

EPISODE SUMMARY Sarah began her career as an elementary school teacher which she credits as pivotal to becoming the CEO of her own company. Learn about Radon testing and how it is a 24/7 job! Sarah shares her secret to success from the courage it takes to be a woman in a predominately male-run industry to where she got her strong work ethic.


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18

Bob Greene, DuPage Framing Center

EPISODE SUMMARY As seen on Shark Tank? Bob's invention, although years in the making, put children's art front and center – from the fridge to the walls! A Family-owned business through generational growth and mentoring, Bob is a firm believer that good old-fashioned customer service is the key to his success. Framing isn't just putting a picture in a frame, it's the art of carpentry and mechanical skills to bring your projects together. Bring in your treasures and he'll help finish the story through his team's artistic vision.


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17

Evelyn Sanguinetti, Former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

EPISODE SUMMARY From the first Latina Lieutenant Governor of IL to changing laws for fair housing, Evelyn Sanguinetti proudly shares her journey from growing up in poverty to living in Springfield. A refreshing story of failure, humility, and hard work that made her famously known as The Sidewalk Lady, and how she uses her experiences to make Wheaton a desirable place for businesses to thrive!


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16

Mike Lewis and Chris Weed, Destra Capital

EPISODE SUMMARY Mike and Chris both discuss the importance of their respective coaching jobs and how it correlates with success in business. They talk about ow failing is an important cornerstone in the journey to success, the power of networking and how it works from sports, business, and even a music career. They also discuss staying relevant and active to contribute to each other's success.


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Cream of Wheaton, 2023

EPISODE SUMMARY The Local goes on the road again - this time at the Cream of Wheaton! Among the fantastic live music, great food and drinks, and business expo, there's a lot of fun to enjoy! We get a behind-the-scenes peek into the work that goes into putting on such a huge event, as well as what the Cream of Wheaton means to residents, business owners, and community leaders.


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14

Bonnie Wheaton, Eighteenth Circuit of Illinois Judge

EPISODE SUMMARY Diversity of experience throughout her life started growing up moving homes 26 times and has continued through her years on the bench. Hear how her family tree crossed paths with the original founders of our fine city. Try not to feel too badly for yourself (we certainly did) when you learn Your Honor likes to relax by reading books in foreign languages when she isn't winning ribbons for her sewing skills. Not only does this Emperor have clothes...she made 'em!


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Steve Nache, Vice President of Advancement at St. Francis High School

EPISODE SUMMARY The formula resulting in Steve's passion for the mission of St. Francis High School comes from an odd list of ingredients: Arizona + English literature + Seminary + European bike trips + Peddling wine = Go Spartans!


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12

Sue Wahlgren, Cosley Zoo Director

EPISODE SUMMARY Sue began her ambassadorship at Cosley Zoo 39 years ago, when there were just two employees. Today, the team is over 30, and they're proudly accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Only 10% of United States zoos enjoy this honor! Find out about their Junior Zoo Keeper program for kids ages 12-17, the buzz about their UnCorked wine event, their annual golf outing, and all the other ways the zoo has a positive impact on our community. This year they're celebrating 40 years!


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11

Eric Schlickman, 302 Wheaton

EPISODE SUMMARY Learn how Eric started out as a young foreman with Legos on the playground, then became an architect by trade. He has a truly fascinating story of how networking and past experiences helped him take the leap of faith into the restaurant business. Eric shares how his faith, work ethic, and family are all part of reshaping the social landscape of Wheaton. He also dishes on some of his exciting new projects. His recent exploits are even mentioned in the Daily Herald! By the time you're done listening, you're going to want to open your own business!


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10

Ron Austin, Managing Partner at Mathieson Moyski Austin and Co LLP

EPISODE SUMMARY Ron started his career at the former Big Eight firm Arthur Andersen & Co, and decided if he had to work this hard – he'd rather work for himself! With unwavering support from his wife, it was a leap of faith that paid off with a lot of hard work. What a badge of honor it was to cold call clients and develop a relationship that comes to fruition. In keeping with the changing times, from cold calling to having staff work remotely, Ron talks about how culture is pivotal to success. Including the challenges of keeping the younger workforce engaged and happy. Including support for working remotely yet trying to impart the importance of the hands-on experience of being in the office, where everyday conversations are some of the best learning experiences.


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9

Pam Sharar-Stoppel, Wintrust Bank

EPISODE SUMMARY Pam shares her story of being a woman in business back in the day, when you had to basically ignore the fact that you had a family to become the Executive Vice President and Regional Market Head at Wintrust. The slogan "you've come a long way baby" rings true! Pam gives great advice about the satisfaction of mentoring, taking risks and constantly continuing to learn from everyone and everything. How technology is affecting our traditional way of banking and how she keeps her employees satisfied and engaged.


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8

Tony Payne, Wheaton College

EPISODE SUMMARY A longtime resident of Wheaton, Tony Payne is the director of the Wheaton Artist Series, bringing world-class musicians to Wheaton College. An accomplished pianist, organist and singer in his own right, Tony shares about his passion for music, the opening of the new Armerding Center for Music and the Arts and the connection between the arts and business. Find out who Yo-Yo Ma winked at and the possibility of Bag Pipes playing at Edman Memorial Chapel? Tony discusses the massive pivot from pre-pandemic in-person music entertainment to the new wave of live streaming and how they're trying to bring back live performances. He shares his excitement for all things music and the new Armerding Center becoming the art center for the community.


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7

Karen Mills, Member of Aronberg Goldgehn

EPISODE SUMMARY Karen advises her kids and young attorneys to be kind to themselves and be patient when chasing their aspirations. Growing up visiting family in Wisconsin, Karen is a big Packer fan and admires Eleanor Roosevelt. Although the Aronberg Goldgehn firm is 130 years old, they are new to the DuPage county area. Through investing in the community, with quarterly events giving back, they are hoping to expand their footprint. Karen also talks about the benefits of associations in your field, and how they become a family within a family.


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Bob Hutchinson, President of Wheaton Bank and Trust

EPISODE SUMMARY Bob has been a lifelong resident of Wheaton and knows where the bodies are buried – literally! As a matter of fact, as a young lad, he golfed amongst them. He reminisces of the good old days and is just as excited to see where Wheaton is headed. This story-rich interview goes from dunking to cocktail parties, and ping-pong balls! Also, more seriously Bob talks about how banking has affected customers during these turbulent times and how they're faring the rate wars. How participating in community events is a way of giving back and teaching the younger generation the significance of this waning pastime.


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Betsy Adamowski, Director of the Wheaton Public Library

EPISODE SUMMARY Betsy explains how the Dewey Decimal system got a bad rap - it's really a science! Did you know that you have a business in Wheaton you could get a library card – even though you don't live here? Not to mention the resources, shelter, and sanctuary Wheaton Library offers for anyone in the public. With future plans to rebuild the West Side Plaza - free concerts are just one of the social services the Wheaton Library presents to our town.


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4

Casino Night, DuPage County Historical Museum

EPISODE SUMMARY Casino Night is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Wheaton Park District that benefits the DuPage County Historical Museum. Join us for an intimate, behind the scenes experience as we visit with the people that make it all happen. There are several "I never knew" moments where you'll learn little known facts about the museum and the city of Wheaton. To name a few, you'll find out where Al Capone lived in town to who coached "Bobby" DeNiro of Good Fellas in his movie Casino. Find out which are the best paying games, and which are heart breakers. Learn how this event got started, how it benefits the museum and how the museum serves the people of DuPage County. Settle in and enjoy this exclusive episode that will provide intriguing facts, revealing peeks behind the scenes and a few surprises thrown in during a night for the museum.


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Phil Suess, Mayor of Wheaton

EPISODE SUMMARY Mayor Suess clears up the myth that his position is political – it's purely service. His experience in finance as a Chartered Financial Analyst has helped the City of Wheaton make savvy financial moves including receiving a AAA credit rating! You'll hear it first as the Mayor shares some of the exciting things on the horizon for Wheaton.


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Mark Bridges, Grandpa Frank's Candy

EPISODE SUMMARY From corporate guy to entrepreneur, Mark Bridges, founder of Grandpa Frank's Candy, turned his grandfather's family recipe into a business that has taken Wheaton by storm. Hear how Mark made his transition from consulting into business ownership, what inspires him, and how he inspires us – and a little bit about his custom candy for Fairhaven Wealth Management!

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The Gentleman’s Barber Shop
Co-Owner of Midwest Strength Performance in Wheaton
DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Wheaton Fire Chief
First Trust Cares
Founder at 100 and First
Owner of Chaos to Memories
Owner of Wyckwood House
Managing Director at Innovation DuPage
DuPage County Coroner
Former Mayor of Wheaton
Superintendent of CUSD 200
Flint Rock
Wheaton Legend
Former MLB Pitcher and Chicago Cub
Supervisor with Milton Township
Author Historian Wheaton Legend Part 3
Chief of Police for Wheaton Police Department
Author Historian Wheaton Legend Part 2