Violinist Frank Almond’s career began in one of the first U.S. Suzuki studios, in San Diego California. From quitting the violin in his teens, to acceptance into the Juilliard School in only a few short years, his career took him to Moscow, a violin competition memorialized in an ’80’s documentary, to concertmaster positions in New York City Ballet, Texas, London, Holland, and Milwaukee-where his career took maybe the strangest turn of all, all due to an email from out of the blue. Listen to this 4th of July episode that will tie together the worlds of America, Soviet Moscow, and the Italian Baroque.
As told by Julien’s first business partner, Mike Solomon, hear how young Julien and his family escape the Nazi blitzkrieg across Europe, and make their way to New York. Hear how this enterprising teenager, without a formal high school education, builds a career and company from a walk up small apartment into the Studley juggernaut that, after his retirement, sold to a publicly traded company for a quarter billion dollars. Replete with fascinating details along the way, enjoy the story of a titan of commercial real estate, Julien J. Studley.
Episode 6 of “Stages to Success” is an interview with Susan Slaughter, retired principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony and Gail Williams, retired Associate Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Through the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Gail and Susan reigned imperiously in the brass sections of their respective orchestras. Susan recorded extensively as principal trumpet in St. Louis, and Gail’s Chicago Symphony brass section was generally regarded as the finest in the world. Gail and Susan are pioneers among women in brass sections, and title chairs. Listen to their tales of skyrocketing to the pinnacle of their careers, which each started in rural America.
Episode 5 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Jonathan Zimmerman, Managing Broker of Willard Jones Real Estate in Chicago. Jonathan dominates the niche of Class C landlord representation in Chicago. He’s a life-long Chicagoan who started his own company, after decades listing properties for Rubloff. Jonathan’s humble, consistent, and honest brokerage, working with the lowest lease rate buildings in the city are a benchmark for fair dealing. Listen to Jonathan’s tale, from his inauspicious start, representing an unoccupied office building, to his prominence in this sector today.
Episode 4 of “Stages to Success” is an interview with Doug Prosser, principal trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic and Chris Wu, from the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Doug and Chris both stared down the barrel of a career-ending injury very early in their promising careers. Their returns to the symphony orchestra are remarkable and inspiring. Hear how Doug had to rebuild from the very beginnings of his studies, and how Chris cheated death and came back to his career that has taken him to concerts around the world.
Episode 3 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Goldie Wolfe-Miller of Millbrook Properties. Follow Goldie’s amazing biographical arc, starting as a refugee to the United States, success in her first career after college, a switch to commercial real estate, and her meteoric rise to prominence in the commercial real estate industry. Hear how she’s now established a vehicle for other young women in the industry that will carve paths for them, far into the future.
Episode 2 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Don Harry, Principal Tuba of the Buffalo Philharmonic for 44 seasons. Don is one of very few American Indian musicians to ever work in the world’s great orchestras. Hear the story of Don’s career climb, from true outsider in a small Oklahoma town, to the dizzying heights of his orchestral career, playing concerts internationally with great orchestras, and teaching at the Juilliard and Eastman schools. Don is a much of an iconoclast as an icon. Listen to his unvarnished look back at his career, and the individuals he’s encountered along the way.
Episode 1 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Vern Schultz of Colliers International in Chicago. Vern is a top producer in industrial and office real estate, over a span of 5 decades. He’s a life-long Chicagoan who has led commercial real estate groups for many of the greatest brand brokerages. He’s been developer, landlord representative, tenant representative and revered expert in all aspects of commercial real estate brokerage and finance. Listen as Vern’s story takes you on a journey of his business life from school days working in the family business to transacting in staggering volume and dollar amounts.