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Learning from a Recovering Banker (WSG Anthony LaVerde) – EP 159

Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment, joins host Gregg Garrett to explore the concept of cross-industrial careers. Anthony shares his “Top 3”: Emagine Entertainment CFO Dirk Kjolhede and Chairman Paul Glantz, who, together with Anthony, make up a three-member strategic investment approval committee; and a former boss who taught Anthony that he must not be afraid to surround himself with people who are better than him. And you have to hear what he says about “supporting the team”.


During this episode:

(00:00) Introduction

(01:04) Considering non-traditional connections between industries

(05:15) Meet Anthony

The “Top Three”:

(08:14) Dirk Kjolhede, CFO of Emagine Entertainment, and Paul Glantz, Chairman of Emagine Entertainment: Two-thirds of a three-member strategic investment approval committee

(23:13) Former boss: Taught Anthony that he must not be afraid to surround himself with people who are better than him

(29:19) Anthony’s family: Offers immense patience and showcases resilience

Other Points of Interest:

(33:04) Emagine’s industry and “the communal experience”

(42:22) The role data plays

You Have to Hear This:

(50:37) Supporting the team


Anthony LaVerde: LinkedIn

Emagine Entertainment: Website

Gregg Garrett: LinkedIn | Twitter | About

CGS Advisors: Website | LinkedIn


Anthony LaVerde has spent the last two decades in finance working in New York, Stamford,  Chicago and now Detroit. In 2017, LaVerde became Chief of Staff for Paul Glantz’s family of companies, which include household names such as Emagine Entertainment, Inc., TreeRunner Adventure Parks, 303 Management, Inc. and many more.  In December 2017, LaVerde was named CEO of Emagine Entertainment, Inc. headquartered in Troy, Michigan as the chain began to ramp up its long-term expansion plans.  In August 2018, LaVerde was named to the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 list of business leaders shaping metro Detroit’s future by building the structures that will define Detroit’s skyline for decades to come.

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