By Kelly Potts
Photo by Mark Morgan
Longtime Arcadia businessman, youth sports coach and civic leader Jim Edwards has now taken on a new title: chief wordsmith.
Edwards’ latest venture Daily Dose Sports (www.dailydsports.com) is an online magazine that delivers one new article each day to readers, centered on Edwards’ passion – sports.
“When I was in elementary school, I would buy sports biopics and was always interested in the history of the legends or historic sports site,” Edwards says. “I’m not one to write about last night’s score, or who won what championship, but more of the history of the championship game.”
His ultimate goal? To remind die-hard fans of incredible athletes and moments that shaped their lives through sports.
The stories began as a simple daily email to Edwards’ close friends. With a passion for writing, Edwards knew this would be his next venture and could grow into something more. And that it did. With now over 2,500 subscribers (and growing), Edwards says his hope is to be the best way his readers start their day – with sports and a cup of coffee.
When you are not writing, what are you doing? When I am not writing, I am spending time outdoors with my black lab, gardening, or exercising. What is your favorite thing about living in the Valley? My favorite part about living in the Valley is its beauty, climate and opportunity to do so much outdoors. If you had to pick one place to vacation, where would that be? My favorite vacation spot is Coronado, California. Favorite place to dine or play in the Valley: [My] favorite restaurants are Craft 64 for thin crust pizza, Tarbell’s Tavern for a relaxing meal and good bottle of wine, and Daily Dose Grill in Old Town Scottsdale for an amazing breakfast.
By Brooke Goldstein
Photo by Mark Morgan
Millennials often get a bad reputation for their supposed lack of drive or laziness in the workplace. James Goodnow – attorney and millennial himself – is set out on a mission to defy stereotypes and change the way his generation is looked at.
Through his practice at Fennemore Craig, P.C. law, Goodnow – a Harvard Law School graduate – is one of the youngest leaders ever selected for the company’s management team. Through his experience in the field, Goodnow realized that generations communicate differently, often talking past one another or using different methods to achieve the same goals.
“Seeing this misunderstanding play out time and again motivated me to flag some of the easy techniques I’ve seen that can be effective in bridging the divide,” he says.
Goodnow and co-author Ryan Avery saw an opportunity to present solutions to this widespread issue with their recently released book, Motivating Millennials.
“I hope people walk away with concrete tips on how to better understand, recruit, retain and motivate millennial workers – which will hopefully help the bottom line and build an enduring, thriving business,” Goodnow says.
How does it feel being the youngest member of your firm’s senior leadership team? Humbling. The night I was asked to be on the firm’s management committee, I literally didn’t sleep. What are your hopes for your book, Motivating Millenials? I hope the book can help business leaders get into the head of millennials and understand that, contrary to popular belief, we can work with all generations to help strengthen and grow businesses. What advice do you have for recent graduates looking for a job? Forge your own path and be creative. What’s great about today’s digital world is that if the job you want doesn’t exist, you can create it.