“One Take” CEO Interviews

Platinum Group’s Dale Kurschner has launched a weekly CEO interview program called “One Take” – a continuous, unscripted dialogue with no edits, recorded from each CEO’s home via Zoom. In each 10- to 20-minute interview, Dale asks one CEO to provide his or her take on how best to deal with the most pressing business and economic issues of the day.

Paul Grangaard

Exclusive “One Take” straight-from-the-CEO talks, sponsored by Platinum Group, on surviving the Coronavirus economy and moving forward in uncertain times. Watch or Listen to MN CEO Paul Grangaard of Faribault Woolen Mill.

Jeff Kiesel

In this episode, learn how a business prepared for and then adjusted to a drop in business due to Covid-19 shutdowns. Mendota Heights, MN-based company is the nation's most efficient fry-oil business, providing everything from fresh oil appropriate for what's being fried, to equipment in the kitchen that dispenses new oil and then collects used oil. Watch or Listen to Restaurant Technologies Chief Jeff Kiesel.

Christine Lantinen

In this week’s unedited One Take interview, Christine Lantinen talks about leading through the Covid-19 economy, how she and her team have changed marketing tactics, production processes and more, plus their need to hire more than 100 hourly employees and her thoughts on how business leaders can best deal with the stress created by these unsettling times. Watch or Listen to Maud Borup's Christine Lantinen.

Chuck Runyon

Chuck Runyon discusses what his team has done to help 5,000 franchise owners deal with everything from negotiating rent deferrals and abatements to reopening safely. He talks about the value of culture and decentralized decision making. And he talks about the future for the world’s all time fastest growing franchise company, as ranked by Inc. magazine. Watch or Listen to Chuck Runyon, co-founder and CEO of Self Esteem Brands.

Mark Stutrud

Summit Brewing Founder and President shares how his company is coping with a Covid-19-related drop in sales and is still launching a new brand this summer during this One Take CEO Interview sponsored by Platinum Group. Watch or Listen to Summit Brewing’s Mark Stutrud.

Penny Wheeler

During this week’s One Take CEO Interview, Allina Health President and CEO discusses how she’s leading the $4.4 billion health care provider during Covid-19 as well as how it survived fires and looting that damaged or destroyed most neighboring properties. Watch or Listen to Allina Health's Penny Wheeler.

Stacy Demskie

Despite losing a significant amount of revenue from Covid-19 related restaurant closures, Mainstreet Bakery is doing relatively well financially. A key reason for this is its COO’s perspective on how to lead during these incredibly uncertain and surprising times. Watch or Listen to Mainstreet Bakery’s Stacy Demskie.

Manny Villafana
In this week’s episode, medtech serial entrepreneur Manny Villafana discusses the challenges of fundraising and leading during the Coronavirus recession, and shares how he’s moving ahead with his latest venture, Medical 21. Watch or Listen to Villafana’s interview. Also, see this “after the interview” two-minute demonstration of how he and his colleagues created the modern pacemaker.
Eric Gibson
In this week’s episode, Indigo Signworks CEO shares how his company plans not just to survive, but grow in coming months by targeting a different type of client.He also discusses how he’s keeping 145 employees at seven locations in two states motivated despite the pressures and uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and recession. Watch or Listen to Eric Gibson’s interview.