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Episode 1: Using Adversity as Motivation

A Conversation with (Chad Lauer)

This is summary of a episode with Chad Lauer. LMC Episode no.1

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Episode 2: Making the Jump

A Conversation with (Chad Evan)

This is summary of a episode with Chad Lauer. LMC Episode no.2

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Episode 3: Finding Your Voice

A Conversation with (Frank Marcinek's)

This is summary of a episode with Frank Marcinek’s. LMC Episode no.3

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Episode 1: Using Adversity as Motivation

A Conversation with (Chad Lauer)

In this episode, Lauer Media Company President Chad Lauer and Chad Evans introduce you to the Lauer Power Podcast. Chad Lauer tells his personal story of dealing with a rare cancer 

disorder called Von Hippel Lindau, losing a friend and a father, and how he used that pain as fuel to do good in the world. Chad sets the stage for the podcast which will include interviews with inspirational guests, improving leadership together, and stories of entrepreneurship.

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Episode 2: Making the Jump

A Conversation with (Chad Evan)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic of setting a clear agenda in business. Chad Evans tells his personal story of making the jump into entrepreneurship

after nearly 20 years in broadcasting. How he built a career from his passion of entertaining others and how much he loves the coal region.

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Episode 3: Finding Your Voice

A Conversation with (Frank Marcinek's)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic of the importance of being able to have difficult conversations. Our guest is Susquehanna University men’s 

basketball coach, Frank Marcinek. Frank tells his inspiring story of battling stage 4 throat cancer, not being able to speak for seven weeks, finding his voice in times of need, along with sharing his perspectives on leadership from 36 years of coaching and being 10th all-time for wins in NCAA division III men’s basketball history.

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Episode 4 : From Empathy to Oasis

A Conversation with (Danielle Houtz)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss Leading with Empathy. Our guest is Oasis Community Recovery Club President, Danielle Houtz. Danielle tells her inspiring story of

channeling adversity in her life into service to a population in desperate need. She discusses the impact that addiction can have on family and community, as well as the importance of providing a sober safe place for those struggling with addiction. She is a true inspiration, as she takes a small town drug epidemic head on while battling her own health challenges. We encourage you to listen, get inspired, and harness her passion to serve your own community.

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Episode 5: Leadership in the Arts

A Conversation with (Paul Smith)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic of ensuring team members are on the right seat of the bus. Our guest is Paul Smith, a member of the band The 

Badlees and owner of Eight Days A Week Studio, where we are so fortunate to produce this podcast. Paul shares his entrepreneurial story, as well as his journey with a famous band signed by a record label. He discusses the specific nuances of leadership in the arts. We can all learn so much from his unique perspective and wisdom garnered on the bus and beyond.

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Episode 6 : Dancing Through the Storm

A Conversation with (Hide Horikoshi)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘getting out of your comfort zone.’ Our guest is the owner of Resurrection Movement Studio, Hide Horikoshi.

 Hide tells his inspiring story of channeling adversity in his life into giving back to his community. He discusses his story of moving from Japan to New York at the age of 12 and being thrust into public middle school with no grasp of the English language. He persevered through illegal immigration status struggles, mental health challenges, and a recent significant medical illness that has renewed his vigor for life, entrepreneurship and tirelessly striving to serve and improve his community. This episode will keep you on the edge of your seat and we can’t wait for you to listen!

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Episode 7 : Major Preparation

A Conversation with (Bryan Majors)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘Leading in Crisis.’ Our guest is Bryan Majors. Evan is a nurse practitioner and the former ECMO coordinator at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. 

including a cultural clothing brand that spreads motivational messaging across communities. Bryan stands as a retired professional basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters Organization, having embraced his entrepreneurial journey wholeheartedly. He is known as the Modern Day Hope Dealer, an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author, Black Enterprise Recognized Author, College Adjunct Professor, Professional Basketball Trainer, and a Transformational Leadership & Character Development Coach. His impact has reached thousands of lives, leaving an indelible mark on the world. Grab your pencil and start working on your Major goals today! “Stay Focused, Remain Humble, and Keep Working”.

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Episode 8 : Courage in Crisis

A Conversation with (Evan Gajkowski)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘Leading in Crisis.’ Our guest is Evan Gajkowski. Evan is a nurse practitioner and the former ECMO coordinator at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.

He boasts numerous medical journal publications as first author, as well as many conference presentations, but most importantly, he brings us the practicable experience of leading critical care teams for the sickest patients during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. His harrowing recounting of compartmentalizing personal emotions to continue to offer calm leadership and compassionate care in the storm offers us insight into the frontlines of an unprecedented challenge to our country, as well as essential lessons in leading during a crisis. As he and our country have emerged from the storm perseverant, Evan continues to be a stalwart in healthcare and his community, leading beyond the hospital as a youth wrestling coach and inspiring young students to pursue careers in medicine. Join us in this emotional episode that inspires us to continue to support and build our community and learn to lead together, even in the toughest of times.

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Episode 9 : Curiosity Fuels Innovation

A Conversation with (Kelly McCarthy)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘Curiosity Fuels Innovation.’ Our guest is Kelly McCarthy, Chad Lauer’s cousin and fellow Coal Region kid turned NASA Program Specialist.

Kelly is the current lead on NASA’s Artemis I Moon Trees Education Activity. She is a National Science Foundation Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator, as well as a NASA/NOAA/NSF: PolarTREC Educator, serving as an educator-researcher on a month-long expedition to Greenland mapping Arctic ice. She is a TEDxEd speaker, National Geographic Fellow, member of American Geophysical Union, former Teach for America educator in Philadelphia School District, and former physics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School. In this episode, we get an inside peek at current innovations and experimentation at NASA and how that culture has inspired Kelly in her pursuit of professional and personal fulfillment. She offers practicable insight into persevering through rejection to reach and exceed goals. Bring your curiosity as we delve into manifesting your dreams in business, education, and life!In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘Leading in Crisis.’ Our guest is Evan Gajkowski. Evan is a nurse practitioner and the former ECMO coordinator at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.

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Episode 10 : Thinking Big

A Conversation with (Bill Hauser)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘Thinking Big.’ Our guest is Bill Hauser, Chad Lauer’s former colleague. Bill is the founder and CEO of THE SMB Team.

He opens up about harnessing control of his mental health, discussing the impact of his diagnoses of anxiety disorder and hypomania on his trajectory as an entrepreneur. He is the author of the books Worry 180 and Law Firm Growth Accelerator and leads a team of over 100 employees that earns nearly 30 million dollars in annual revenue. Bill brings his unique and proven perspective on personal and business development, including mastermind groups and how to Think Big when setting goals.

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Episode 11 : Leading and Learning

A Conversation with (Harry Mathias)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic of lifelong learning. Our guest is Harry Mathias, former Superintendent of Central Columbia School.  

District in central Pennsylvania, owner of Mathias Educational Leadership Consulting, LLC, consultant to Danville Area Community Center, former head football coach at Central Columbia High School, former assistant football coach at Bloomsburg University, and Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2023. Harry brings invaluable insight on the nuances and challenges involved in educational leadership. During his nineteen years at the helm, Central Columbia was a top-ranked school district in PA, as well as highly ranked nationally. Harry discusses creating a culture of accountability on all levels, as well as the benefits in fostering the willingness to compete in education. We all should be invested in the future of our youth, and Harry offers a fascinating perspective on what it takes to win in educational leadership!

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Episode 12 : Be The Refuge

A Conversation with (Eric and Kari Boyer)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans discuss the leadership topic, ‘Servant Leadership.’ Our guests are Eric and Kari Boyer. Eric and Kari own IV coffee in Sunbury, PA, Underdog Electric in Mifflinburg,

PA, and imminently-opening Refuge Church in Shamokin, PA. They are truly inspirational, as they open up about their adversity in an raw and inspirational podcast. Eric has battled through significant childhood trauma, years of addiction, and a life-altering work injury that impacted his vision. Kari is a warrior who survived childhood physical and sexual abuse. She frankly discusses the lifelong impact that rape has had, and how she has transformed her trauma into motivation. Eric is an assistant pastor at Calvary Bible, and Kari is also a leader in the church. They will soon be making an impact in the heart of the Coal Region at Refuge Church, as they daily pour themselves into others as true servant leaders.

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Episode 13 : Why Not Shamokin?

A Conversation with (Dave Tamkus)

In this episode, Chad Lauer and Chad Evans change the pace of the Lauer Power Podcast with a fun episode highlighting the past, present, and future of Shamokin, PA

A coal town that was once thriving and is now considered the poorest town in the state of Pennsylvania. Our guest is Dave Tamkus, a Shamokin native and historian of sorts. He is a talented graphic designer with deep pride of the town of Shamokin. We highlight the major need for innovation and improvement in the region, as we brainstorm business opportunities that can shape the future of not only the coal town of Shamokin but other struggling coal towns across our country. Join us to take a seat in our meeting of three entrepreneurs hoping to fuel momentum and inspire our community!

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Episode 14 : Power To The People

A Conversation with (Kurt Masser)

In this episode, Chad Lauer, Dave Tamkus, and Chad Evans follow up the Why Not Shamokin episode by interviewing Kurt Masser. Kurt has had great entrepreneurial success and political success right here in our region.

From growing up on a farm in Pitman PA to owning The Wayside Inn his family is well known on route 61. Kurt also used his business experience to become Northumberland County Commissioner and followed that up by becoming a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 107th district. Kurt now owns KAM Strategies Consulting where he uses his lengthy experience in office to help with all state and local issues you may face, from lobbying, to business development and procurement. Kurt has had a major impact on our area and shares his insights on how we continue to have a positive impact on our region. He also shares great insights from his experience in Harrisburg and helps provide a roadmap on how to have the coal region thrive once again.

Meet Your Hosts

Chad Lauer

Lauer Media Company President Chad Lauer tells his personal story of dealing with a rare cancer disorder called Von Hippel Lindau, losing a friend and a father, and how he used that pain as fuel to do good in the world. Chad sets the stage for the podcast which will include interviews with inspirational guests, improving leadership together, and stories of entrepreneurship. Chad spent a decade working at AT&T and launching the yp.com brand in a sales role. In 2018, he launched Lauer Media Company and has since grown it to be a market leader in digital marketing and sales as a service. He is married with 4 children and resides in central Pennsylvania. 

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Chad Evans

Chad has 25 years of broadcasting experience under his belt. Through his time spent on Radio and some TV.

In 2017, Chad launched his own Production company called Stone State Entertainment. There, he dedicates his time on creating high quality Video Content Strategies for small businesses in and around Central Pennsylvania.

Along side his wife and his 3 beautiful kids….Chad’s journey through life as an entrepreneur is an exciting one.