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The Head of Change: An Entrepreneur's Journey with Matt Blaylock

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In this episode of the podcast, hosts Matt and Joy interview Matt Blaylock, the founder and CEO of Cold Penny Marketing. Blaylock, who previously had a successful career at John Deere for over 20 years, shares his decision to leave the corporate world and start his own business. He explains that he wanted to take a risk and build something new as an entrepreneur, and he emphasizes the importance of not wanting to regret not taking that chance.

Blaylock talks about the emotions that came with leaving the stability of a large company and venturing out on his own. He also shares the importance of finding mentors and seeking advice and guidance from people in your community. He encourages young people to network and build relationships with both aspirational mentors and peers in similar life stages.

The podcast also discusses Blalock's target audience for his business, which includes brands involved in sports, cause marketing, agriculture, and construction. He provides an example of a successful partnership he facilitated between John Deere and Anheuser-Busch to benefit the Farm Rescue organization.

When asked about the challenges he faced as an entrepreneur, Blalock talks about the difficulty of shifting from a corporate role to an entrepreneur and how giving back and helping others can help overcome these challenges.

In closing, Blalock provides valuable advice for young people, including asking yourself what you would regret not doing, recognizing the value of your own opinion, and being prepared for opportunities when they arise.

Joy Dodson, Vice President of Community Relations at JA of the Heartland, is a Quad Cities native who graduated from United Township High School and Western Illinois University QC campus. Her career journey allowed her to expand her wings in North Carolina and Kansas before moving back to Bettendorf, IA where she has called home for the past 10 years. Joy embraced 10 years of growth and experiences in various roles under the Human Resources and Leadership Development umbrellas spanning multiple industries. She will forever be passionate about elevating and inspiring leaders through a people first proactive mindset!
As a Vice President with Russell, a construction and development firm based in Davenport, IA, Matt Rebro brings 20+ years of industry experience and relationships to the team. He is a key contributing member to Russell’s Business Development outreach efforts. Matt’s focus is to help grow the Russell brand with targeted individuals and firms and to support his Russell team members to ensure existing client relationships are maximized to their fullest potential. As a native eastern-Iowan, Matt has demonstrated a commitment to supporting communities over the last two decades via personal and firm support of organizations such as Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Iowa Association of Business & Industry and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Workforce Coalition.