Taking the Lead

Apr 7, 2021
Traditions are a terrific thing, and you’re holding perhaps Ingram’s most valued annual recognition program. It’s hard to believe this is the 23rd year of 40 Under Forty and The Leadership Edition. I vividly remember in 1998 when we selected… more

Cold Calls in 2021 . . . Really?

Apr 2, 2021
I make my living with words, so full disclosure: I’m not a salesman. And neither, it seems, are the legions of people, purportedly in sales roles, who interrupt my day with phone calls asking if I’m the IT guy at… more

Putting the Edge on Small-Town Living

Apr 2, 2021
Everyone who has ever met the aptly named Loy Edge—and that is just about everyone in Kansas City—will agree on one word to describe him: Edge is a character. For all its virtues, our beloved town is rather short on… more

A tribute to Kansans and our great state

Mar 17, 2021
Last year on Friday, March 13 Ingram’s team sat down to what clearly was one of the oddest meetings of my career. I felt at that time like a military leader addressing troops going into battle and sensing the probability… more

Fighting the Elements

Feb 18, 2021
I don’t have to elaborate much to convey the extraordinary challenges associated with navigating the past year. If one steps out of the picture and looks back in, they would see a year of challenge on nearly every front. Particularly… more

Here’s Hoping Time Wounds All Heels…

Jan 20, 2021
OK, new year. Great. I had plenty of the one we just finished. The holidays create an opportunity to gather the family for some reflections on what has transpired during a given year, what counts as a personal, academic or… more

Execs Should Heed Jason Whitlock’s War with the NBA

Jan 20, 2021
A one-time offensive lineman at Ball State University, Jason Whitlock today looks pretty much like what you’d think an offensive lineman would look like roughly 30 hard-living years after hanging up his cleats. My wife swears she used to see… more

When and If…

Jan 19, 2021
We love history, and Michelle and I greatly enjoy exploring regions during those rare opportunities for leisurely travel. Operating a small hands-on business with always-ambitious plans and live-or-die deadlines makes it difficult to get away. Ingram’s readers can certainly relate… more

The Trump Temper Tantrum and Americans Attacking Democracy

Jan 7, 2021
Jan. 6, 2021, has already been recorded among the most frustrating, disappointing and maddening days in the lives of many Americans. I’d like to say that I’m in disbelief with the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday. Yet I’m not… more

Here’s to a Healthy New Year

Dec 15, 2020
On Friday, the 13th of March, our Ingram’s team sat down for a lengthy discussion about the coronavirus and the decision to close our offices at the end of that day. I felt like a coach consoling a team after… more