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active CEO Podcast #120 Ron Coury Tenacious Las Vegas Entrepreneur

active CEO Podcast Ron Coury Tenacity Craig Johns

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Ron Coury, a Tenacious Las Vegas Entrepreneur, about navigating the Las Vegas business and political world, being an approachable leader who greets clients by their first name, becoming a niche finder, and rising above corruption, bribery and death threats.

We also delve into why John Wayne and his dad were his greatest influences, Creating a learning tool with Andre Agassi Square Panda, human connection as the most effective marketing asset, and overcoming cancer.

Ron Coury – Tenacious Las Vegas Entrepreneur

Ron Coury is a tenacious Las Vegas serial entrepreneur, US Marine and business visionary, who has enjoyed riding the rollercoaster of business and life. He is a cancer survivor, wonderful storyteller and tenacious grandparent of five grandchildren.

Ron is the author of the recently released book Tenacity and began his career in the US Marine Corps before becoming a casino dealer, entrepreneur, realtor and board member across Las Vegas and California. His life has been action-packed from the days of growing up in Brooklyn to coping with a barrage of constraints including political and police corruption, bribery, coercion and even death threats. 

Ron talks about:

  • Shining shoes for 10 cents a shine at a Brooklyn subway, before joining the US Marine Corp.
  • Owning a tavern like Cheers, the Tropicana hotel, on Las Vegas strip.
  • The secrets to being a successful casino dealer.
  • Making people feel like they were at their home away from home.
  • Falsely framed by a City councilman with an commercial agenda.
  • Sometimes even fighting City Hall is necessary.
  • Overcoming oesophageal cancer at age 53.
  • Raising the stakes with a limousine company and facing bullet holes.
  • Tenacious approach will allow you to more often prevail when challenges come your way.
  • What kind of job am I doing as an owner?
  • When things get difficult brainstorm and have discussions.
  • Building a reputation in Las Vegas for being a loyal, honest and reliable person.
  • Making a point to be home for dinner with the family every night.
  • Motivate and inspire people through his story in Tenacity.
  • Michael Madson (Reservoir Dogs and Donny Brasco) being the voice over of his audio book.
  • How can you leave something better than you found it every day.


“There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.” Ron Coury’s advise for graduates, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Have to work hard to make time for everything that is important to you.” Spending time on the important things with Ron Coury, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Ron Coury
Ron Coury LinkedIn
Ron Coury Facebook 
Ron Coury Twitter
Ron Coury Instagram
Craig Johns
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

Tenacity Ron Coury Book

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Mike DeNoma (KBZ Bank) Part #1 – Your Strengths are What Energise You

active CEO Podcast #8 Mike DeNoma Your Strengths Are What Energise You

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Mike DeNoma – CEO KBZ Bank

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns and Ben Gathercole speak with Mike DeNoma, getting a fascinating insight into a driven leader, someone with a huge amount of resilience who is inspired to take on the world’s toughest endurance challenges to raise funds for very important charities. We delve into ambition, flying a plane through clouds, the difference between a written and a presentation culture, leading in different cultures, creating a higher purpose, understanding that your strengths are what energise you, and what drives Mike DeNoma to get out of bed every day.

Mike DeNoma

We have the pleasure of bringing you a highly motivated, exceptionally organised and a passionate leader. Mike DeNoma has held senior executive roles across the globe, including managing multinational teams across North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Over the past 20 years he has led large teams in the emerging markets banking sector with CEO and Leadership roles in CitiBank Singapore, Taiwan’s Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Singapore, and his current role at KBZ Bank in Myanmar. Awarded Global Retail Banker of the Year in 2008, he has also held senior roles in well-respected companies such as GLH Hotels, PepsiCo, Proctor and Gamble, and Asia Foods Limited. It is a highly entertaining, thought-provoking and insightful chat. Enjoy listening to the show.

Mike talks about:

  • Writing a letter that led to working in the Amazon jungle with Billionaire Daniel Ludwig
  • Having three careers at Proctor & Gamble
  • Taking a leave of absence from the Wharton Business School
  • Ambition – “the spark that makes you challenge your destiny at any point in your life”
  • Why he thought business world was like altitude when he first started
  • The differences between the working cultures at Proctor & Gamble and Pepsi Co.
  • The pro’s and con’s of a written versus a presentation culture.
  • A brilliant concept during a performance review at Pepsi Co.
  • Most employees are much tougher on their own performance than you are as a CEO
  • Cultures are more similar, than different, across the world
  • The need to work for a company that has a heart, that I believe in and generally has good intentions.
  • Making Grandma dance at Standard Chartered bank
  • The dynamics of transformation when working with wealthy family owned businesses.
  • Once the organisation has transformed, then you need to realise that the family is the CEO.
  • Why Mike likes to mobilise thousands of people
  • Why sponsoring the Singapore Marathon and Ironman events was important
  • Your strengths are what energise you
  • The power of the Gallup Cliftonstrengths finder to mobilise your team, understand what each others strengths are, and how they compliment each other and determine where the gaps are.
  • Powerful way to use it, is to take the team and you do the profile of all the strengths and then figure out where are the gaps
  • What Mike’s strengths are and how he uses them to lead every day
  • Why Mike likes challenges that require 10,000 people to step to the left and create an earthquake


“I like challenges that require 10,000 people to step to the left and create an earthquake.” with Mike DeNoma. You can listen here

“Ambition, the spark that makes you challenge your destiny at any point in your life”. Listen to Mike DeNoma on the active CEO Podcast

“Your strengths are what energise you”. Leadership by strengths, with Mike DeNoma on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Mike DeNoma LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

Better Than Winning – Ben’s best selling book

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#4 – Rene Zondag (PBI) – People Are Our Greatest Asset link
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