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In 1910, brothers David and Jonathan Evans opened the doors of a steel manufacturing company in Ellwood City, PA.
That company’s name? The Ellwood Group.
Its name is as simple and straightforward as their approach to business: maximizing their profits to reinvest in their business, their operations, and their people, to ensure they have the best tools, the best equipment, and the best materials and metals to achieve their goal.
It’s a leadership that truly reflects a family business, starting with the Evans Brothers, and continuing through five generations to present day with Chairman David Barensfeld, and one that remains on the forefront of entrepreneurship and business innovation, despite company tendencies that one might not typically associate with “cutting edge”.
Case in point 1: When the steel and manufacturing industries were dying off in Western Pennsylvania in the 1970′s and 1980′s, the Ellwood Group doubled down, increasing their footprint by investing in new facilities.
Case in point 2: While other firms in manufacturing and other industries were selling out to private equity in order to thrive (and, in some cases, survive), or even going public, the Ellwood Group eschewed these approaches, keeping the entirety of their common stock in the family (literally….35 family members hold all of the common stock), enabling all decision making to truly serve the best interest of the company, its customers, its people, and the communities in which they do business, in lieu of being beholden to those outside of the company.
It’s an approach that has served the company well the entire way, and it is an approach that David Barensfeld is proud to continue to adhere as he has taken the company to unforeseen heights in over 30 years at the helm, growing the company from $25 million to $1 billion in that time. He believes that, while, yes, “eds and meds” have taken over as the bellwether industries in Western Pennsylvania, there is still room for heavy manufacturing’s seat at the table.
On this edition of “The Raja Show”, Dave joins Raja to tell his story, that of the company, and discuss why heavy manufacturing can and should be every bit as relevant as it was during the heyday of the “Steel City”.
Technology and Marketing History Personified: A Conversation With the Man Who Helped Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Countless Others Bring Their Products To Market
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When the Hard Work of One Becomes the Opportunity For Many: The Story of Lance Shaner and Shaner Hotels
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Social Responsibility: How Waynesburg University and Chevron Are Redefining the Relationship Between College and “The Real World” For The Greater Good
For generations, it seemed the role of colleges … Read the rest>
The Day When “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” Was Actually Useful
It is said that many of the best business ideas are often derived from a simple need.… Read the rest>
When you read the headlines in 2018 about significant mergers (and potential mergers) in the world of business, you’re … Read the rest>
Episode 146 (9/15/18) – Featuring Dave Wilke (WIlke and Associates CPA) and David Taylor (Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association)
What Do President Trump’s Tax Cuts Mean For The Manufacturing Industry, And For You?
When President Trump signed off on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, it … Read the rest>
Rolling Stone Magazine Said He Is Changing America….But Dr. Alan Russell Is Just Doing His Job: What Is He Doing To Reshape Our Views On Medicine?
This week, “The … Read the rest>
Innovation and Medicine: An Inside Look At Pittsburgh’s OTHER Confluence
For decades, the City of Pittsburgh has long been recognized as one of the American bastions of medicine and … Read the rest>
What Does It Take To Drive the Economy of an Entire County to “Victory”? Bob Hurley Has the Answers!
Mention the name “Bob Hurley” to anybody outside of Allegheny … Read the rest>
Honoring the Best in Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Looking Back at the Carnegie Science Awards
For decades, the Western Pennsylvania region has been known as a hub for scientific … Read the rest>
Episode 138 – Featuring Rebecca Harris (Chatham University) and Silicon Valley Marketing Guru Regis McKenna
Examining the State of Women-Owned Business in Western Pennsylvania, Plus One Silicon Valley Icon With Pittsburgh Roots Remembers Another
As entrepreneurship continues to lead the way in revivifying the … Read the rest>
The Future Is Now: An Inside Look At the Award Winning Young Business Minds of Propel Schools
So what were YOU doing for fun in middle school?
Maybe you … Read the rest>
Battle Lines Drawn: What the Furor Over the San Bernardino Shooter’s IPhone Means For You
At first glance, the headlines read like the card from a boxing pay-per-view event, … Read the rest>
Making Taxes Less Taxing: How Listening to Dave Wilke’s Advice Will Help You Get Ready For April 18th
(Yes. April 18th….the official deadline to file last year’s federal … Read the rest>
Anatomy Of A Budget: Why Business Should Be the Benchmark For Government To Attain When It Comes To Laying Out the Fiscal Playbook
Few, if any, of us, … Read the rest>
Investing in a Cure: How the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Business Approach Has (Literally) Helped Save Lives
Over the past few decades, medical charities supporting everything from cancer research to … Read the rest>
Want Your Company To Return To Its Entrepreneurial Roots? Columbia University Professor Rita McGrath Says It’s All Mental!
We all know the names … Read the rest>
For Techies Throughout the U.S., The Future Is NOW!: An Inside Look At the Consumer Electronics Show, and What the Neat New Gadgetry Actually Means For the Companies That Release … Read the rest>
Paul Mitchell Hair Products. Patron Spirits. With Two Billion Dollar Startups Under His Belt, What Is John Paul DeJoria Doing To Go For the Hat Trick?
“You’ll never succeed … Read the rest>
He Was I.T. When I.T. Wasn’t Cool: How IGATE Founder Sunil Wadhwani’s Gamble of a Lifetime Paid Off, and What’s He’s Doing To Foster Entrepreneurship and Innovation In Western Pennsylvania … Read the rest>
Take A Bow For the New Revolution: If Peter Marsh Had His Way, Manufacturing (And the “Three C’s”) Will Lead the U.S. and the “Old Economies” Back to Global Economic … Read the rest>
A Cut Above: How Sport Clips Founder Gordon Logan’s Attention To An Overlooked Market Share Spurred One of the Country’s Top Franchises
It stands to reason that when you … Read the rest>
For Terry Jones, The Man Who Revolutionized the Travel Industry, The Road To Success For YOUR Business Lies In Just One Word: Innovate!
If you’re old enough to remember … Read the rest>
You Say You Want A Revolution: An Inside Look At What It Takes To Prepare a City For the Future, and the Enterprising High School Student Making It Happen
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Ryan’s Rules: What Impact Will the New Speaker of the House Have on The Future of American Business and the Economy? Congressman Keith Rothfus Joins Us For An Inside Look … Read the rest>
Given the Tumult With Our Present and Future Leadership in Our Nation’s Capital, What Are Our Current Leaders Doing To Keep Individuals and Businesses Afloat in the U.S.? Raja Goes … Read the rest>
As Trump and Fiorina Continue To Dominate the Headlines, It’s Time To Ask: Can Business Success REALLY Translate To the Political Arena? We Talk To A Leader Who Has Made … Read the rest>
Character Counts: How Timothy Thyreen Has Redefined the Purpose of a College Education Beyond the Mere Byproduct of a “Diploma Mill”
When considering what a college education means in … Read the rest>
Driven To Succeed: How Jim Shorkey Built and Grew His Automotive Industry Empire, And Why Veering Off Course Was All Part of His Master Plan
In just over a … Read the rest>
With “Christmas For Geeks” In the Rear View Mirror, How Does America’s Largest Tech Giant Measure Up With Its Newest Rollout? Silicon Valley Marketing Guru Regis McKenna Was at Apple … Read the rest>
Time To Play The “Game”: When Jack Stack Opened His Books, He Bridged the Gap Between Employee and Manager, Changed the Way Businesses Operate, and Established Himself As a National … Read the rest>
Eats, Treats, and Sweets on the Street?……Neat! – A Look At the Burgeoning Mobile Food Industry, and What it Means For the “Traditional” Restaurant Business
“What’s for dinner?”
It’s … Read the rest>
11,000 Passing Yards…..60 Touchdowns……..2 Super Bowl Rings……1 Successful Entrepreneurial Venture: A Look At the Evolution of Charlie Batch, From Locker Room To Boardroom
Performance Enhancing Drugs
“Deflategate”… Read the rest>
Is the World Getting Flatter? Raja Shares Observations From His Trip Overseas, And What It Means For the U.S.
Many business and leadership experts point to Thomas Friedman’s landmark 2005 … Read the rest>
Entrepreneurship is Its Own Reward….But Sometimes, It’s Nice To Be Recognized: Inside The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
“To Follow My Passion”
“To Create Jobs and Make a Difference … Read the rest>
From Greece to Grads: How Debt Impacts the World in Which We Live
Taking a look at the international headlines is not something on the forefront of the minds of … Read the rest>
High Cost…..High Reward? Are American Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?
On this week’s edition of “The Raja Show”, Raja examines the true value of a college education. With tuition … Read the rest>
Customer Service With a “Zing”: Maximizing the Effectiveness of One of the Most Important Elements of Your Business
1. What was the worst customer service you have ever … Read the rest>
From Barriers Broken to “Characters Welcome”: How USA Network Founder Kay Koplovitz Raised the Bar For Cable Television
Next time you turn on the TV (or your laptop or mobile … Read the rest>
For many successful entrepreneurs, the path to their success lies in the fundamental … Read the rest>
Finding Growth in Your Business, and Yourself: Previewing The Premier Annual Event For Western Pennsylvania Entrepreneurs
For the entrepreneurs behind businesses of any size, be it a one-person sole proprietorship … Read the rest>
When assessing the current landscape of entrepreneurship in the United States, one thing … Read the rest>
Gamechanger: How Netflix Co-Founder Mitch Lowe’s Idea That Just Wouldn’t Die Changed the Way We Watch Television and Movies
What does the name “Video Droid” mean to you?
If you’re … Read the rest>
Looking Ahead: A Special Event To Remember A Special Business Leader
(Original Air Date – 3/15/15)
A Show of Inspiration: Saluting Our Heroes (….and Those Who Look Up To Us as Heroes)
No matter if it’s financial advice, business advice, career … Read the rest>
Plan The Change and Change The Plan: The Importance of Being Agile
“Life Is What Happens To You When You’re Busy Making Other Plans.”
This famous quote, immortalized in the … Read the rest>
Time To Get An Early Jump On Spring Cleaning (…For Your Investment Portfolio)
Maybe it’s because you got a raise last year….
Maybe it’s because you hit it big … Read the rest>
Money. Where Is It? Who Has It? How Do You Get Some For Your Business?
Taking an objective look into pretty much ANY business you can fathom, it’s pretty tough … Read the rest>
This Week We Return To the Open Talk Format….So Step Up, Dial In and Be Heard!!!
What drives you?
Those three words would seem to form a simple question on … Read the rest>
We’ve Talked About Running a Business, But How About Running A City? A Conversation With the Man Who Makes Pittsburgh Go
Picture in your mind the look and feel of … Read the rest>
Last Week, We Put the Show in Your Hands…..This Week, We KEEP It There!
We weren’t sure how well it was going to work.
Sure, up until last week’s show, … Read the rest>
This Week, We Put the Show In YOUR Hands…So It’s YOUR Turn To Sound Off!
Being the shrewd entrepreneur that he is, one critical thing that Raja has learned about … Read the rest>
“Famous” Was His Middle Name…..Until It Wasn’t: How Wally Amos Gained, Lost, and Regained His Business Mojo
As Wally Amos grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and then Manhattan, he had … Read the rest>
Taking Flight By Taking Chances: How Bob Crandall Turned American Airlines, and the Airline Industry, on Its Ear
If you haven’t gathered by now, thanks to the bevy of retail … Read the rest>
Start Me Up: Bob Herbold’s Front Row Seat For the Ascension of Microsoft To the Top of the Computer Industry
In 1995, Bill Gates knew that the idea of “personal … Read the rest>
How Well Did You Or Your Company Do This Year Financially? You Won’t REALLY Know the Answer Until You Listen to Bennett Stewart
It doesn’t take more than a cursory … Read the rest>
Sith Lords……Zombie Apocalypses….Overseeing a Billion Dollar, Publicly Traded Company…..All In a Day’s Work For Overstock.com Founder/CEO Patrick Byrne
It’s been said that a typical entrepreneur tends to live by his … Read the rest>
Why Do We Buy What We Buy? (…And Why Does Britt Beemer Know What That Is Before WE Do?)
If you’re looking for a telltale indicator of how things have … Read the rest>
The One Behind the Ones Who Made Silicon Valley What It Is Today: Inside the Mind of Regis McKenna
Apple. Microsoft. Electronic Arts. AOL. Compaq.
Over the past 40 years, … Read the rest>
To help Raja discuss ways in which you can improve your chances for financial success, Raja welcomes a pair of the savviest experts around when it comes to finance and … Read the rest>
When Life Tried To Throw Him Some Curves, He Built His Own Instead – The Journey of Gary Heavin
As a child growing up in Texas in the 1960′s, Gary … Read the rest>
From Fast Lane to Fast Lane: How Howdy Holmes Transitioned From Racing Stardom to Running One of “America’s Last Great Businesses”
Imagine you go to a store to buy some … Read the rest>
From Texas to Turner to Western Pennsylvania’s First “ACE” (And Beyond): The American Business Life of Jim Roddey
On this Sunday’s edition of Your American Story Radio, Raja welcomes one … Read the rest>
When Investing Money Isn’t Enough: How Entrepreneur Saul Garlick Made a True Impact
When Saul Garlick was in elementary school, he took a trip to South Africa, and what he … Read the rest>
First It Was Your Kids….Now, Your Business is Going “Back to School”
On this week’s edition of “Your American Story” Radio, we feature a pair of guests who will help … Read the rest>
How do you evaluate the performance of a city?
For some people, they listen to what the city’s leaders are saying, from their campaign promises through to their inaugural address, … Read the rest>
So it’s time for you to implement your plan to market to your target audience. Nowadays, of course, the top weapon in your arsenal to do this is more than … Read the rest>
Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?
Of the many areas of study available to college business students, entrepreneurship may be the most intriguing, given that the traits of a typical successful entrepreneur … Read the rest>
“Lost in Translation” No More: How Juergen Fritsch Has Reinvented the Process of Medical Dictation
Anybody who has spent time receiving treatment in a hospital, no matter the reason or … Read the rest>
Today, we wrap up six weeks of our groundbreaking “Running With the Bulls” feature, as Raja reveals which of our entrepreneurs will receive investment capital from our three judges, James … Read the rest>
Running With the Bulls: Let’s Take a Look Back
We’re almost there!!!
We’ve heard from all three judges.
We’ve heard from all six entrepreneurs.
Voting for the audience participation prize … Read the rest>
Two More Presenters to Go!!!!
You’ve heard from four of our entrepreneur contestants. This week, it’s time to hear from the last two!
Last week, as part of our groundbreaking … Read the rest>
Things are heating up now!
Last week, as part of our groundbreaking “Running With the Bulls” feature on Your American Story Radio, listeners heard the pitches from two remarkable local … Read the rest>
-A New Run of Running With the Bulls
This Sunday, we begin our second iteration of our groundbreaking radio feature, “Running With the Bulls”, as we welcome six NEW entrepreneurs, … Read the rest>
Profiling a Leading Entrepreneur Of Tomorrow, and Assessing Why “Obamacare” Matters
Like many entrepreneurs throughout the country, Dan Mathews spends considerable time every day making sure that the business he … Read the rest>
“The Queen of Beers” No More: The Rise and Fall of Rhonda Kallman in the Beer Industry, and Why Her Next Round Is Something Stronger
“It’s beer. It’s supposed to … Read the rest>
Revisiting the Legacy of Ron Morris, And Tracking Down One Of His Signature Companies
Regular, longtime listeners to Your American Story Radio….namely, folks who have been with us since we … Read the rest>
Back to the Basics of Business: The Importance of Effective Management and Value Creation
-On this edition of Your American Story Radio, Raja, himself a successful entrepreneur, tips his cap … Read the rest>
One Entrepreneur. Three Businesses. How Does Harry Geyer Keep It Together?
One of the defining traits of any entrepreneur is the ability to seek and accept new challenges as they … Read the rest>
From Shipping To Healthcare To Film: Mike Critelli’s Journey Along the Road Less Traveled
On this edition of Your American Story, Raja goes one-on-one with one of the foremost business … Read the rest>
The 2011 Allegheny County Executive race was one of the most heated campaigns in the history of Western Pennsylvania politics (if not THE most heated).
Words were exchanged, … Read the rest>
The Western Pennsylvania region, in addition to being known for its “Ed’s and Med’s”, has also been a bastion of entrepreneurial and economic development in recent years. On this edition … Read the rest>
Looking Out For You….From Our Nation’s Capital
This week, Raja talks with one of Western Pennsylvania’s foremost political leaders, Congressman Keith Rothfus, as we examine Keith’s life story, including his … Read the rest>
It’s a common question facing successful entrepreneurs who “cash out”, or otherwise enjoy startup success beyond their wildest imagination. Some entrepreneurs prefer to lay low and settle in … Read the rest>
Taking Their Companies To the Next Level: How Did They Do It?
For many entrepreneurial ventures, the leadership and guidance of the startup’s founder is more than enough to propel … Read the rest>
On this edition of Your American Story radio, Raja welcomes a pair of local business leaders onto the show to discuss the contributions they’re making to improving the overall climate … Read the rest>
Women in Business
On this edition of Your American Story radio, Raja returns live to the airwaves, in order to take a special look at the impact that women have … Read the rest>
On this week’s show, we examine the role that our elected leadership plays in overseeing the effectiveness of our transportation system, as well as the importance of networking, referrals, and … Read the rest>
-In Western Pennsylvania, just as in the rest of the United States, entrepreneurship is a driving force that continually propels our culture forward every day. (Don’t think so? Think about … Read the rest>
On this edition of Your American Story Radio, we bring 2013 to a close, as Raja talks with a pair of local leaders, one from the business realm, and one … Read the rest>
Happy holidays from Raja and the staff of Your American Story Radio!
On this Sunday’s edition of Your American Story Radio, we feature an unprecedented FOUR never-before-heard interviews with business … Read the rest>
On this Sunday’s edition of Your American Story Radio, Raja profiles a Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur whose company is making an impact in one of the areas that matters most in business: … Read the rest>
As we enjoy Thanksgiving weekend full of family, football, and food, two more “f’s” should be in the back of your mind once the meal has settled, the games are … Read the rest>
“The Times They Are a Changin’”
When Bob Dylan wrote that lyric some 50 years ago, he meant it as a communal anthem to describe the sweeping transformation that was … Read the rest>
Raja returns live to the Your American Story studio, and while he’ll spend some time discussing what he learned during his recent visit back home to India, the main focus … Read the rest>
On this edition of Your American Story, Raja recaps the groundbreaking “Running With the Bulls” feature, as we revisit each of the six entrepreneur contestant pitches, as well as the … Read the rest>
We talk with one of the most prolific entrepreneurs in the history of Western Pennsylvania’s tech sector, Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, the CEO of Compunetics (now Compunetix and Chorus Call), about … Read the rest>
And the winner is….
(Actually, it’s more like….”And the winners ARE”)
On this edition of “Your American Story”, we wrap up our coverage of the inaugural “Running With The Bulls” … Read the rest>
On the third week of entrepreneur presentations as part of the “Running With the Bulls” feature on Your American Story Radio, Raja, along with his panel of judges, welcome the … Read the rest>
It’s a radio feature like never before, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake! Raja, along with Mike Matesic and his team at IdeaFoundry, a Pittsburgh-based business development and … Read the rest>
THE BULLS ARE LOOSE!!!
After weeks of buildup and last Sunday’s preview show, it’s time for the first two contestants in our groundbreaking “Running With the Bulls” feature to show … Read the rest>
For weeks, you’ve heard Raja talk about a feature that we’re very excited about here at “Your American Story”. “Running With the Bulls” is a first-of-its-kind radio feature … Read the rest>
Raja shares the remarkable story of Bobby Zappala, a Pittsburgh-based attorney who gave up a position with one of the highest-profile firms in the region in order to start ThrillMill, … Read the rest>
On today’s edition of “Your American Story”, Raja examines the role that our political leaders can play in shaping the climate in which we do business, and in which we … Read the rest>
Reinvention is one of the most oft-used words when it comes to business, as a means through which a struggling company can turn itself around, or a successful company can … Read the rest>
The road to business success can often be a long, arduous one, with many challenges along the way. On today’s edition of “The Raja Show”, Raja interviews two successful business … Read the rest>
What role does lifelong learning play in our everyday lives, as well as our professional lives? Raja tackles this question on today’s edition of “The Raja Show”, as he talks … Read the rest>
Recently, Raja spoke with Ilana Diamond, the Director of AlphaLab Gear, the robotic-intensive spinoff of AlphaLab, one of the premier tech incubators in the United States. During the conversation, Ilana … Read the rest>
Raja discusses his recent experience running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain on today’s edition of “The Raja Show”, and relates the lessons he learned about competition and adaptation to … Read the rest>
This Sunday, we will focus on one of the rising stars in the Western Pennsylvania sports management scene, as Raja talks with Pittsburgh Power CEO Matt Shaner. Matt discusses the … Read the rest>
We continue our discussions with award-winning entrepreneurs, as we talk with John Lacarte, the President of Model Cleaners and recent winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year … Read the rest>
Ask most entrepreneurs why they start and grow businesses, and they’ll likely tell you that “awards/recognition” is pretty far down the list. But sometimes, it’s nice to be honored for … Read the rest>
As many listeners know, Ron Morris was a good friend of Raja’s, and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the recent history of this region. And as any good … Read the rest>
We examine what it means to run a social enterprise, as we talk with former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Eric Ravotti about his latest venture, Generoasta, and what … Read the rest>
Raja talks about competitive value and sustainability in a business, as well as discusses the five steps of early-stage business success with Alex Thomson, an attorney with the firm of … Read the rest>
Raja talks with Harish Saluja, an Indian filmmaker now living in Pittsburgh, about his role as Founder and Executive Director of the Silk Screen Asian Arts and Cultural Organization, and … Read the rest>
As part of Memorial Day Weekend, we feature two special veteran guests who will join us to discuss both their military service, and their best-selling military-themed books. Former Army Ranger … Read the rest>
We examine what it takes to become an effective leader when it comes to the political arena. We talk with a pair of candidates for the Republican nomination for Allegheny … Read the rest>
Raja takes a look at the role that business support organizations can play in helping businesses grow and develop as he talks with Rich Lunak of Pittsburgh-based InnovationWorks. Plus, Henry … Read the rest>
We preview one of the hottest networking events in Western Pennsylvania, the Entrepreneurs Growth Conference, presented by the Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University. The all-day event takes place … Read the rest>
Raja talks with former Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey about the leadership roles that women can play in our region. Plus, Jason Kutney, CEO (and player) for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds … Read the rest>
Raja talks with Karen Morris, the wife of The American Entrepreneur, the late Ron Morris, about who Ron was as a person, and what she is doing to preserve Ron’s … Read the rest>
Raja discusses the importance of collegiate education when it comes to developing the mindset and skillset of an entrepreneur with Ann Dugan, the Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence … Read the rest>
Raja discusses some of the economic issues making headlines on a domestic and global level, and assesses the impact these headlines have on the world of business, as he talks … Read the rest>
Raja welcomes Regis McKenna, one of the most significant figures to emerge from the tech boom that produced Apple, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and a host of other tech titans. Regis … Read the rest>
Original Air Date: March 17, 2013
Can an entrepreneur be successful in America if he or she is not from America? Raja has some answers to that question, including stories … Read the rest>
Original Air Date: March 10, 2013
What are the most effective ways in which entrepreneurs can differentiate themselves in the marketplace? Raja has a few ideas, and he talks with … Read the rest>
Original Air Date: March 3, 2013
Raja talks with Jake Haulk of the Allegheny Institute, who discusses an upcoming event honoring The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris. Plus, Varol Ablak, the … Read the rest>
Original Air Date: February 24, 2013
It’s the debut episode of “The Raja Show”, and host Raja kicks off the show by discussing the show’s mission, as well as the … Read the rest>