You Must First Learn To Follow Before You Can Lead Featuring Kaitlyn Sussex, Fred Tucker, Nico Hohman, and Ken Wrede

Attention business owners – get involved with Tampa Bay Business Owners today.  Request a meeting on how TBBO can assist you in your business and how the radio show can help differentiate you from your competition.  Many events lined up this month for TBBO including our double header workshop on August 16th from 2:30 to 5:00 at iHeart Radio.  This workshop will focus on the 7 Steps to Sales Success and how to Work From the Outside In.  Want to learn more?  Head over to to see a preview of the workshops and the speakers and be sure to register or pick up a ticket.

Today in the 7am hour, we welcomed Kaitlyn Sussex and Fred Tucker from the St. Petersburg College Workforce Institute.  The SPC’s Workforce Institute is the non-degree seeking department of the college and focuses on professional training and certifications.  They offer training in 85 industry recognized certifications in high-demand business sectors such as Information and Innovative Technologies, Manufacturing, Business and Finance, Health Care, Supply Chain, and Public Safety.  The department works with new students first on an assessment to help them identify a career path for those unsure.  Once enrolled, students can take advantage of a variety of benefits including Job Preparation and Placement, Resume Assistance, Interview Preparation, LinkedIn profile development, Job Search Strategies and more.  Available funding sources for students that were discussed were WIOA, Youth Connect, and the Pinellas Opportunity Council.  The department also offers corporate training for companies who want to train groups of employees.  This is customizable and available at SPC or at the company.   SPC is also part of the Global Corporate College, a network of 50 colleges and universities across the United States committed to delivering consistent high-quality training.  Think of it as a one-stop training solution for companies with multiple locations.  The college also has collaborative labs which function as your business team’s idea incubator, creative studio, business laboratory and planning factory.  You can map hundreds of activities and then see the whole plan at once.  It is web-based and real-time records capture team solutions and deliverables.  A team of facilitators is available to employ a systematic approach to orienting your team to the situation — exploring new options, studying relevant trends and data, building models for addressing the challenge, testing these models, and facilitating the implementation for the most robust ideas.  Other benefits include a cartoonist (yes a cartoonist),  Interactive smart boards, video conferencing, LCD projectors/screens, plasma display, Wi-Fi, internet phone, color printers, music system, RF voting devices, digital video recorders, digital cameras, and groupware.  The Workforce Institute is holding a career Expo, and Free Training event- August 18th. Learn more at!

At 8am, we welcomed Nico Hohman, Real Estate agent and soon to be Broker-Owner specializing in the sale of new construction homes.  Nico has a construction background and is actively involved in bettering the standards of the real estate industry and the greater Tampa Bay community by serving on committees and boards within the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, Florida Realtors, Toastmasters International, Emerge Tampa Bay, Nativity Catholic School, the University of Florida School of Construction Management, and the All Children’s Hospital Guild.

He is a contributing author to REALTOR Magazine and to Inman News, an innovative news source for the real estate industry. He is also an adjunct professor of real estate at Hillsborough Community College and serves as the Head Golf Coach at Jesuit High School in Tampa, which has won 10 consecutive district titles.  Nico and Jamie share some good insight on how a Realtor can help you as a buyer when purchasing a new home and why to avoid just walking into a sales office un-represented in a new home community.  Currently with Next Home Discovery, Nico sits for his broker exam in a week and will begin the life of a broker owner on top of new home sales specialist.  Learn more about Nico at or give him a call today for new home sales assistance at 813-638-4971!

Our 8:30 guest was one of TBBO’s newest members Ken Wrede.  Ken is the Author of “The 6 Rabbit Holes of Leadership” and recently returned to the United States after a prolonged tour overseas both in the Military and business abroad.  Ken is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur with an international, wide-ranging background in overseas business, consulting, and startup companies. He has 27 years of cross-cultural experience in the US, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, and France and was a founder and principle executive in four European startup companies and as a principle executive two additional startup companies. His first startup was a small boutique consulting company in the Netherlands, followed by two telecom companies in the emerging, liberalized markets of The Netherlands and Spain, and finally, he cofounded one of the earliest private incubators in Spain.  Ken writes extensively on leadership and leadership modeling as well as a blog on issues concerning leadership, business, and critical thinking which can be found at  Jamie and Ken share an excellent discussion on what it takes to be a leader as well as some of the pitfalls of leadership in this segment.  If you missed the #MorningDiscussion, head over to to see it On Demand or online at!!  Ken can be reached for consult at!!

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