Giving back- Maxine Clark

Maxine Clark is the Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience.  In 1996, Maxine left her long and successful career in retail with the May Dept Stores and her role as then President of Payless ShoeSource, to start her own business focused on engaging children though the idea of “what”  was not yet specific. After an unsuccessful trip to a local toy store with her 10-year-old best friend Katie to buy a Beanie Baby, the idea for Build-A-Bear was born.  “We could make these,” declared Katie and 9 months later the first store opened in St. Louis, MO and a generation of makers began. Today there are over 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, nearly 200 million stuffed animals have been sold world-wide.   Maxine stepped down from her CEB (Chief Executive Bear) position in 2013 to start her next act– to help unleash the potential of women and minority entrepreneurs and to use her entrepreneurial skills create platforms and places that give access to more St. Louis families. Her latest venture is the Delmar DivINe™—the transformation of a neighborhood eyesore, the historic St. Luke’s Hospital, into a multi-use real estate development to open in late 2021.    In 2017 Maxine was named to the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame and in 2015 was named Women of the Year by the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.   Maxine is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Louis University and an Honorary Doctor in Human Letters from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an Honorary Associates degree from St. Louis Community College. In 2006, she published her first book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart.”       Maxine Clark is the Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience.  In 1996, Maxine left her long and successful career in retail with the May Dept Stores and her role as then President of Payless ShoeSource, to start her own business focused on engaging children though the idea of “what”  was not yet specific. After an unsuccessful trip to a local toy store with her 10-year-old best friend Katie to buy a Beanie Baby, the idea for Build-A-Bear was born.  “We could make these,” declared Katie and 9 months later the first store opened in St. Louis, MO and a generation of makers began. Today there are over 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, nearly 200 million stuffed animals have been sold world-wide.   Maxine stepped down from her CEB (Chief Executive Bear) position in 2013 to start her next act– to help unleash the potential of women and minority entrepreneurs and to use her entrepreneurial skills create platforms and places that give access to more St. Louis families. Her latest venture is the Delmar DivINe™—the transformation of a neighborhood eyesore, the historic St. Luke’s Hospital, into a multi-use real estate development to open in late 2021.    In 2017 Maxine was named to the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame and in 2015 was named Women of the Year by the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.   Maxine is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Louis University and an Honorary Doctor in Human Letters from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an Honorary Associates degree from St. Louis Community College. In 2006, she published her first book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart.”      

Don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones…thinking of selling or buying?

Spring, summer 2021- are you having a tough decision deciding whether to sell, whether to buy? Weighing on on options.  Spring, summer 2021- are you having a tough decision deciding whether to sell, whether to buy? Weighing on on options. 

Thinking of moving to Ocean City, Md.?

Alex Piela is a family man who is a Realtor licensed with Berkshire Hathawy. He began his career in broadcasting in 1980. Started working as a traffic reporter in 1996 in the Ocean City area. People still say they remember “Alexander Piela in the TRAFFAX Command Center!” In 1997, He purchased a beach property and began renting it in the summer months. He gained a ton of experience in the ways of housing and real estate in the Ocean City area. In 2000 his radio career took hom to Washington, DC. Alex has done traffic on the major stations, including WTOP and WUSA-TV Channel 9.  In a helicopter!!!  Married in 2003, he eventually moved back to Ocean City. Very familiar with managing and renting property as well, he knows what it is like to maintain your investment from afar.   If you are planning on living in the area full time, Alex is the man to go to. Alex says “If you’re a seller, my 36 years in broadcasting have served me well. It’s not a far stretch at all to go from marketing in broadcasting to marketing your property. Add to that, I am still in the broadcasting business as a traffic reporter. I’m your “Realtor on the Radio”. He is also proprietor of MisterOceanCity.Com, LLC, a company that runs a website of the same name. A rather popular site with so many things about Ocean City. Event calendars, traffic cameras, city ordinances. Hey, we’ve even got a Boardwalk Elvis section! Whether it’s radio advertising, knowing how to get the word out, or internet marketing, Alex has covered all of the bases for all client and customer real estate needs in Ocean CIty or surrounding areas. Today we will share some interesting information as well relating to loans, Covid 19 and more!! Alex Piela is a family man who is a Realtor licensed with Berkshire Hathawy. He began his career in broadcasting in 1980. Started working as a traffic reporter in 1996 in the Ocean City area. People still say they remember “Alexander Piela in the TRAFFAX Command Center!” In 1997, He purchased a beach property and began renting it in the summer months. He gained a ton of experience in the ways of housing and real estate in the Ocean City area. In 2000 his radio career took hom to Washington, DC. Alex has done traffic on the major stations, including WTOP and WUSA-TV Channel 9.  In a helicopter!!!  Married in 2003, he eventually moved back to Ocean City. Very familiar with managing and renting property as well, he knows what it is like to maintain your investment from afar.   If you are planning on living in the area full time, Alex is the man to go to. Alex says “If you’re a seller, my 36 years in broadcasting have served me well. It’s not a far stretch at all to go from marketing in broadcasting to marketing your property. Add to that, I am still in the broadcasting business as a traffic reporter. I’m your “Realtor on the Radio”. He is also proprietor of MisterOceanCity.Com, LLC, a company that runs a website of the same name. A rather popular site with so many things about Ocean City. Event calendars, traffic cameras, city ordinances. Hey, we’ve even got a Boardwalk Elvis section! Whether it’s radio advertising, knowing how to get the word out, or internet marketing, Alex has covered all of the bases for all client and customer real estate needs in Ocean CIty or surrounding areas. Today we will share some interesting information as well relating to loans, Covid 19 and more!!

7 Affordable small towns in the USA- working virtually since Covid…

Many changes have taken place since Covid. Those of us who have been able to work virtually  know the benefits it brings. Nowadays with more and more companies allowing people to work virtually, first not by choice, but due to Covid are now seeing the benefits. Many are finding out what is most important and very affordable. Many changes have taken place since Covid. Those of us who have been able to work virtually  know the benefits it brings. Nowadays with more and more companies allowing people to work virtually, first not by choice, but due to Covid are now seeing the benefits. Many are finding out what is most important and very affordable.

Belief can be limiting- Don’t quit, believe in yourself- negativity breads…

Rafael Badziag is a Germany based global entrepreneur, top TED speaker with over 3 million views, best-selling author and angel investor. He is a valued expert in psychology of entrepreneurship, specializing in self-made billionaires and has been featured in over 30 countries and on NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC and FOX networks as well as in Forbes, CNBC, USA Today, Wall Street Journal. In the late 90’s he built his first multi-million dollar business, a online bike shop in Germany. Raddiscount.de pioneering e-commerce in Europe.  He then expanded his ventures into several countries. Rafael is founder of the NoLimits project, where he fights against the limitations of body, mind and soul. You may find him sprinting on a mountain trail, running a race across the Sahara Desert, or dancing a tango at a Milonga.Rafaels blog nolimits.co is on mission to inspire the readers to live their lives fully with passion and zeal. Recently, Rafael has been traveling the world and meeting the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, all of them self-made billionaires, from various regions, industries, cultures, religions and age groups. By conducting face-to-face interviews he was able to obtain first hand information. He reveals their success secrets in his book “The Billion Dollar Secret” and the corresponding YouTube channel.    Rafael Badziag is a Germany based global entrepreneur, top TED speaker with over 3 million views, best-selling author and angel investor. He is a valued expert in psychology of entrepreneurship, specializing in self-made billionaires and has been featured in over 30 countries and on NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC and FOX networks as well as in Forbes, CNBC, USA Today, Wall Street Journal. In the late 90’s he built his first multi-million dollar business, a online bike shop in Germany. Raddiscount.de pioneering e-commerce in Europe.  He then expanded his ventures into several countries. Rafael is founder of the NoLimits project, where he fights against the limitations of body, mind and soul. You may find him sprinting on a mountain trail, running a race across the Sahara Desert, or dancing a tango at a Milonga.Rafaels blog nolimits.co is on mission to inspire the readers to live their lives fully with passion and zeal. Recently, Rafael has been traveling the world and meeting the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, all of them self-made billionaires, from various regions, industries, cultures, religions and age groups. By conducting face-to-face interviews he was able to obtain first hand information. He reveals their success secrets in his book “The Billion Dollar Secret” and the corresponding YouTube channel.   

Markets are still going strong!!! Anxiety is up everywhere.

The real estate markets are still going strong in the US. A lot of foreign investors, including companies are buying

US properties. Anxiety is high with so many unknowns in everyone’s lives. So important to stay

as calm as possible, cherish our structures and take one day at a time, which isn’t always easy. Due to such

a seller’s market with low inventories and interest rates still low. (rates have inched up some, but are

still historically low) many buyers are losing out.  Buyers do not fear, there are so many ways to find

the right home and still negotiate;  ways to find properties before they go on the market.  Post on FB

Marketplace, post on local neighborhood FB sites and others.  Run an ad, let everyone know you are

looking. ( Always put safety first when contacted) Agents and brokers know about properties prior to

being listed as well.

Having a hard time buying a home in this market? Getting beat out?

There is way too much anxiety everywhere…seeing it a lot, especially dealing in different markets.  So much information thrown at us, decisions to make, and not all are in our control. This is where faith, diligence, living in the present really makes a huge difference. Nathalie will talk story today and  give us some tips on how to win in this sellers market, if you are a buyer. There is way too much anxiety everywhere…seeing it a lot, especially dealing in different markets.  So much information thrown at us, decisions to make, and not all are in our control. This is where faith, diligence, living in the present really makes a huge difference. Nathalie will talk story today and  give us some tips on how to win in this sellers market, if you are a buyer.

3D Printer Homes are here. Listen in on how you can save, what to be aware of…

Today we are focusing on 3D homes- did you ever think this could work? Did you know how 3D printing is  being used in many industries already. Listen in, call in, weigh in. Pretty fascinating, as well as a way to save lots of money building your starter or dream home!!! Today we are focusing on 3D homes- did you ever think this could work? Did you know how 3D printing is  being used in many industries already. Listen in, call in, weigh in. Pretty fascinating, as well as a way to save lots of money building your starter or dream home!!!

Chuck Mills- and Leadership- American football coach for over 47 years…

Memorial to Chuck Mills, American football coach for over 47 years, wears the Superbowl ring from 1967, first Superbowl, where he was an assistant coach at for the Kansas City Chiefs, Head coach  Pomona College, Indiana University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Utah State University, Wake Forest University, Southern Oregon University and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Chuck Mills took the first American collegiate football team to Japan. The Japanese equivalent of the Heisman Award, known as the “Mills Trophy” is presented to the top collegiate football player in Japan each year. Memorial to Chuck Mills, American football coach for over 47 years, wears the Superbowl ring from 1967, first Superbowl, where he was an assistant coach at for the Kansas City Chiefs, Head coach  Pomona College, Indiana University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Utah State University, Wake Forest University, Southern Oregon University and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Chuck Mills took the first American collegiate football team to Japan. The Japanese equivalent of the Heisman Award, known as the “Mills Trophy” is presented to the top collegiate football player in Japan each year.

Mary Ann Faremouth, discusses how to pivot and thrive in the workplace…

We have all experienced changes since February 2020 in the workplace, at home and with so much more. Joining us today is well known Mary Ann Faremouth, Executive Recruiter, Speaker & Author of Revolutionary Recruiting and Revolutionary Reinvention Workbook. Mary Ann founded her company Faremouth & Company in 1982, specializing in recruiting for Professional, Clerical and Temporary placements, with the pipe, tube, metals, coating, oilfield service, and industrial supply having a particularly strong focus. The utmost attention is given to every applicant and position. Mary has her Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) credential  which requires years of experience in the industry. Mary Ann achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Marygrove University and graduated with honors.  Today we are going to discuss, how to do a self-inventory, how to take advantage and see these changes as a plus to revolutionize your role in the workplace and at home. We have all experienced changes since February 2020 in the workplace, at home and with so much more. Joining us today is well known Mary Ann Faremouth, Executive Recruiter, Speaker & Author of Revolutionary Recruiting and Revolutionary Reinvention Workbook. Mary Ann founded her company Faremouth & Company in 1982, specializing in recruiting for Professional, Clerical and Temporary placements, with the pipe, tube, metals, coating, oilfield service, and industrial supply having a particularly strong focus. The utmost attention is given to every applicant and position. Mary has her Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) credential  which requires years of experience in the industry. Mary Ann achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Marygrove University and graduated with honors.  Today we are going to discuss, how to do a self-inventory, how to take advantage and see these changes as a plus to revolutionize your role in the workplace and at home.