So Much More, A Mall of America® Podcast

So Much More, A Mall of America® Podcast

Welcome to SO MUCH MORE, A Mall of America® Podcast. From personal development and entrepreneurship to leadership and learning; we are excited to delve into a wide range of topics and share inspiring stories from a diverse group of guests.

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Ep. 32: Nur-D. Comic Book Nerd to Hip Hop Sensation
February 21, 2024
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Ep. 32: Nur-D. Comic Book Nerd to Hip Hop Sensation

It’s our pleasure to sit down with Matt “Nur-D” Allen, a fresh new Hip Hop artist and one of the fastest rising stars in Minnesota’s music scene. Nur-D has been sharing his energy infused musical performances at Mall of America® and beyond. Want to know how he turned his love for comic books and pro...

Ep. 31: Nothing Bundt Amazing
February 14, 2024
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Ep. 31: Nothing Bundt Amazing

Our guests are Kim Cassens and Joe Cassens, the mother and son team who brought the delicious flavors of Nothing Bundt Cakes to Mall of America and other locations. Want to know how a party gift can turn into a career? How a family can work together and enjoy it? How a bundt cake became a national o...

Ep. 30: Slice Brothers Pizza: Creating Community One NY Slice at a Time
February 07, 2024
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Ep. 30: Slice Brothers Pizza: Creating Community One NY Slice at a Time

Our guests are Adam Kado and Hosie Thurmond, creators of Slice Brothers Pizza, a new Mall of America fan favorite! They brought the classic NY slice of pizza to Minnesota– and people are loving it! Kado and Thurmond are longtime friends whose individual journeys reshaped their initial dreams as busi...

Ep. 29: Business + Journalism: Open to Opportunities
January 30, 2024
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Ep. 29: Business + Journalism: Open to Opportunities

Guests at Mall of America often see news stories on shopping, attractions, holidays and even celebrity events. The public gets to experience the Mall through these stories, but rarely gets to see behind the curtain and experience the story from the reporter's point of view. Today, we are honored to ...

Ep. 28: L.L. Bean an Outdoor Tradition
January 24, 2024
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Ep. 28: L.L. Bean an Outdoor Tradition

L.L. Bean is the epitome of an American success story. This family owned and operated business began in 1912 and has built a multi-generational and very loyal fan base. And its iconic store has been at Mall of America for ten years. Steve Smith, President and CEO at L.L. Bean is joined by Guy Booth,...

Ep. 27: Operations by the Numbers
January 17, 2024
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Ep. 27: Operations by the Numbers

This episode is all about the numbers—in a fun way. If you’ve ever been curious about how many parking spaces there are, how many rolls of toilet paper are used, or how many rides are taken at Mall of America in a year—this one is for you. Between our two guests, Rich Hoge and Brian Spielman, both l...

Ep. 26: The Heart of Hospitality
January 10, 2024
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Ep. 26: The Heart of Hospitality

Celebrating the unsung heroes of the hospitality industry. That’s the focus of this discussion—and the stories shared during the conversation are memorable. Guests Bonnie Carlson and Jim Cunningham—both long time hosts and visionaries behind the nationally industry leading Diamond Service Awards—sha...

Ep. 25: The Future of the Mall
January 03, 2024
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Ep. 25: The Future of the Mall

Who better to share the story–and the future vision–of Mall of America than someone who has been connected from the first days of construction, John Ghermezian. As President of Mall of America, and a member of the family who owns and operates the Mall, Ghermezian brings keen insights and learnings a...

Ep. 24: Women in Leadership
December 27, 2023
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Ep. 24: Women in Leadership

This episode features three of the most accomplished female leaders in the Twin Cities. Wendy Blackshaw of MN Sports and Events and Tanya Dreesen of the Minnesota Vikings who are joined by host Jill Renslow of Mall of America. Dreesen began her career in newspapers in Canada, then in Denver and fina...

Ep. 23: Theme Park Rides: Part Art. Part Science.
December 20, 2023
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Ep. 23: Theme Park Rides: Part Art. Part Science.

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America is the premier indoor theme park in the nation. With millions of visitors and rides every year, Nick U delivers smiles and screams (the good kind) all year round. To stay fresh, it’s important to add new rides and attractions so guests continue to return. Ron ...