By Alison Bailin Batz / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
The radio business is in Dr. Adrian McIntyre’s blood.
“I grew up in the nonprofit radio station my dad founded in Southern California, called KSGN – Keep Sharing the Good News,” McIntyre says.
It was there that McIntyre got his start in broadcasting.
“When I was 5 years old, we launched a children’s storytelling show called The Happy Day Express,” he recalls. “It was recorded in our home studio and featured my entire family.”
The show was taped every week for three years, but was so popular, it aired in reruns for more than 20 years, making it the longest running children’s radio program in California history.
But McIntyre did not jump directly into the radio business in his adulthood, instead whetting his teeth in journalism and communications first.
“I reported for Newsweek during the invasion of Iraq in 2003,” McIntyre says. “Then, in 2004, I moved to the Sudan for 14 months to serve as the media spokesperson for global nonprofit Oxfam International, bringing awareness to the genocide in Darfur.”
He also earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he remained as an adjunct professor until 2012.
“We moved to the Valley in 2013, and I began consulting with business leaders on how to tap into the power of storytelling to grow their brands and transform their corporate culture,” McIntyre says. “Along the way, I began compiling some impressive stories.”
By 2018, as he was itching to develop a platform to broadly share the positive business stories that traditional media ignores. He learned about Business RadioX.
“This digital radio network was founded in Atlanta more than 10 years ago and has since grown to Florida and Arizona,” says McIntyre, who launched Valley Business RadioX in January.
Currently, McIntyre hosts two shows on the network – Valley Business Radio and Tech of the Town.
“The house show, Valley Business Radio, is taped at our studio in Arcadia and shines a light on the Fortune 500,000, not just the Fortune 500,” he says.
Tech of the Town is a traveling show, where McIntyre and a revolving co-host interview guest experts and share entrepreneurial stories and lessons from the Valley’s most inspiring technology leaders.
By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Jewelry designers Kendall Beas and Mackenzie Riley are bringing their creative craftsmanship to the social media savvy generation.
Friends since they were teenagers, the former sorority sisters went separate ways after college to pursue careers out of state. By chance, they found themselves relocating back to Phoenix at the same time for new opportunities and rediscovered their shared passion for all things statement jewelry. It wasn’t long before the pair’s hobby of handcrafting earrings turned into a successful business venture and RileyBea was born.
From bold earrings to everyday staples, the RileyBea collection is filled with pieces to make women feel on trend for every occasion and the duo believes that there’s something special about wearing or gifting handmade earrings that are only produced in small quantities. Every product used is personally sourced by Beas and Riley.
“Through this process, we always consider weight as we want every pair to be light enough to wear all day. Because we self-source from various places, we create a limited supply making them more exclusive and distinctive,” Riley says.
In addition to comfort, affordability is a top priority for the women. They are conscious to keep the materials they use reasonable and attainable while offering their customers a guilt-free price point.
“The creative process is probably the best part of what we do,” Beas says. Sometimes spending months traveling to collect beads then conceptualizing the designs is what they thrive on.
“We come up with a handful of concepts that we both love, show them to friends and family, have them rank their favorites, then decide what to move forward with. It’s a blast,” Beas shares.
The most rewarding part is seeing their designs come to life on RileyBea customers.
“We love to see how everyone styles them,” says Riley, who appreciates when she gets a notification that another happy RileyBea customer has tagged the growing brand on social media (@shoprileybea).
Next up? Custom designs for brides and bridal parties. “We work with the bride on her vision and come up with a concept she loves. It’s so much fun and adds a sweet, ‘something new’ flare to her special day,” Beas says.