SCV Means Business

SCV Means Business Podcast

Welcome to SCV Means Business, the official podcast of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. Stay tuned as President & CEO Holly Schroeder interviews business leaders and explores the many ways that companies connect and contribute to their community.

E20: Six Flags Magic Mountain- The Largest Employer in Santa Clarita
This episode features an interview with Tim Burkhart and Neal Thurman from Six Flags Theme Parks, as they discuss some of the highlights and history of the theme park. They reveal a new coaster and new section of the park that is coming soon, and some of the global projects currently in development....

E19:Behind The Golden Arches- The Evolution of McDonalds
In this episode, you'll hear from an owner of several McDonald's stores in Santa Clarita, as he discusses the evolution of the franchise. Discover industry trends and innovations, and how McDonald's is using technology to better serve their customers....

E18: Gerard Cosmetics- Using the Power of Social Media To Grow Their Brand
This episode features an interview with Jennifer Gerard, President and CEO of Gerard Cosmetics, as she discusses the evolution of her company and why she decided to start her own business. Discover the range of products that the company offers, and how Jennifer uses social media influencers to get the word out about the brand. Jennifer shares her thoughts about the current state of social media, and reveals future collaborations....


E17: Lief Labs- A Leading Innovator in the Dietary Supplement Market
This episode features an interview with Adel Villalobos, President of Lief Labs, as he discusses how being based in Santa Clarita has helped his company to grow. He gives an overview of the dietary supplement market and how it has evolved, and shares takeaways for how to run a successful organization. Discover the importance of culture, values and vision for any business....

E16: King Henry's Inc.- Producing Premium Snacks in Valencia
Trina Davidian, President and CEO of King Henry's Inc, joins the program to discuss the history behind the company, and the products they produce, including premium candy, nuts, trail mixes, and assorted sweets. She reveals how the packaging has evolved over time, and some of the specialty items they produce. She also discusses how automation has changed the production process and why she sought a designation as a woman-owned business....

E15: ITT- A Global Aerospace Controls Leader in the Santa Clarita Valley
Robert Gleason, Executive Director, Product Engineering & PMO for ITT, Inc, joins the program to discuss the work that the company does for both the civilian and military aerospace industries. He reveals some of the recent trends, challenges, and  disruptive forces in aerospace, and how ITT is helping contribute to the future of space exploration....


E15: ITT- A Global Aerospace Controls Leader in the Santa Clarita Valley
Robert Gleason, Executive Director, Product Engineering & PMO for ITT, Inc, joins the program to discuss the work that the company does for both the civilian and military aerospace industries. He reveals some of the recent trends, challenges, and  disruptive forces in aerospace, and how ITT is helping contribute to the future of space exploration....

E14: Simplify Optics- Making High Quality Lenses in Santa Clarita
Keith Grossman and Javan Diaz, owners of Simplify Optics, discuss the process of making high quality lenses and how they have carved out a unique niche in their industry. They reveal their philosophy of keeping things simple even in a complex manufacturing process, and what they look for when hiring new employees. They also share their vision for the company moving forward....

E13: Thriving After The Recession- With Landscape Development, Inc.
Gary Horton, CEO of Landscape Development, Inc, joins the program to discuss the growth of his company since the last recession, and the lessons that he learned that have contributed to that growth.  Discover the impact that technology is having on the industry, and the creative ways that Landscape Development, Inc. instills and reinforces their company values for both front-line staff and executives....


E12: CalArts- Helping Artists Reach Their Creative Potential
Ravi Rajan, President of the California Institute of the Arts, joins the program to discuss the history and mission of CalArts, and the unique approach that the school takes towards arts education. He reveals some of the technological changes that have created more opportunities for animators and artists, the benefits of being located in Santa Clarita, and the role of the arts in community and economic development....

E11: Film and TV Location Management in Santa Clarita- A Behind-The-Scenes Look
Have you ever wondered how film and television companies find interesting and unique locations for their productions? Karen Bryden, owner of SCV Locations, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the industry, and why Santa Clarita is a highly sought after area for filming. Karen also reveals the strangest location request she has ever received!...

E10: Successfully Handling a Leadership Transition
This episode features an interview with Logix Federal Credit Union's new President and CEO Ana Fonseca, and outgoing President and CEO Dave Styler, as they share the practices that contribute to their success and how they get involved with and give back to the community. They share how they have effectively handled the leadership transition at Logix, and key areas of focus for the future. They also reveal the amenities that they will have in their new state-of-the-art headquarters that will make their workf...


E09: From Theme Parks to Firefighter Training- How Technifex Creates World Class Effects
In this episode, you'll learn about Technifex, a world leader in concept design and engineering and fabrication of show and entertaining systems, as well as simulation training environments. Discover how technology has changed the industry, and how Technifex services assist with everything from live shows to training for firefighters....

E08: Neotech- Making a Difference in the NICU and Beyond
Craig McCrary, President of Neotech, discusses his company's journey into the neonatal space and the evolution of their product line. He shares how they sort through new product ideas and reveals some exciting new products that the company is developing....

E07: Mission Valley Bank- A Trusted Advisor and Business Partner
Tamara Gurney, President & Chief Executive Officer of Mission Valley Bank, joins the program to discuss why she decided to start a bank and how banks differentiate themselves. She shares what Mission Valley Bank does to act as a business partner and the various services that they provide. She also reveals the most common financial considerations for start-up, mid-level and larger companies....


E06: Innovate Santa Clarita
In recognition of the 4th annual Innovate Santa Clarita campaign this November, SCVEDC President & CEO Holly Schroeder interviews multiple entreprenuers who are growing their business in Santa Clarita. Discover the range of innovative work being done right here in Santa Clarita. This special episode features interviews with Robert Bruza, CEO of ADVRTAS, James Deck, CEO of Med Tech Solutions, Eric Solis, founder and CEO of MovoCash and Rengarajan Sudharsanan, founder of Acqubit....

E05: Princess Cruises- Creating Exceptional Guest Experiences
In this episode Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises, gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the innovative world of the cruise industry and discusses how it has evolved over the years to bring exceptional experiences to guests. Swartz shared how their trademarked wearable technology, the Ocean Medallion, is helping revolutionize and personalize guest experiences on a whole new level, and reveals what she thinks is the best cruise destination in the world....

E04: AMS Fulfillment- Investing in Employees For Long Term Success
Ken Wiseman, CEO of AMS Fulfillment, discusses some of the innovative strategies that they are using to develop their workforce. Ken shares how AMS is using the power of partnership to meet logistical challenges, and why the company decided to become a certified B Corporation. He also reveals the long term benefits of investing in employees and why turnover can sometimes be a good thing....


E03: Remo Drums- The World's Largest Drumhead Company
Brock Kaericher, the President of REMO Inc., joins the program to discuss the rich history of the company, which includes perfecting and marketing the first successful synthetic drumhead. Brock reveals some of the famous artists who have used Remo drumheads, and how Remo is expanding into additional markets, including the use of drums for health and healing....

E02: Scorpion- A Full Service Digital Marketing and Technology Company
This episode features an interview with Jamie Adams, Chief Revenue Officer, and Julia Cook, Executive Vice President of Internet Marketing, at Scorpion, a full-service digital marketing and technology company. They share how they have evolved their services to match what consumers are doing and what businesses need to do to be in front of consumers. They also discuss  what makes Scorpion a great place to work, the unique culture of their organization, and reveal an exciting new upcoming project....

E01: Boston Scientific
Tune in as Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation CEO Holly Schroeder interviews Allen Meacham, VP of neuromodulation at Boston Scientific. Discover the work that Boston Scientific is doing using neuromodulation to help relieve pain without medication, and some of the other potential uses for this innovative technology. Allen also discusses what makes Boston Scientific a great place to work....