Jim Matuga

Jim Matuga, President of InnerAction Media

Positively West Virginia Podcast celebrates first year of highlighting positive business stories in the state

By Jim Matuga, Host of Positively West Virginia

Each week for the past 52 weeks, I’ve interview West Virginia business leaders and shared their success stories with listeners all across America on our podcast.

In 2018, we reached tens of thousands of listeners and readers through our podcast, and print stories. Our analytics indicate that our audience was more than 1.8 million, including, social media, website viewers, iTunes and Google Play and print through NCWV Media.

This initiative of “Positively West Virginia” started as a passion project of mine. I, like many people, get tired of seeing West Virginia at the bottom of the “good lists” and at the top of the “bad lists” year in and year out.

I want to help change the perception about West Virginia and highlight positive things happening in business in our state.

I’d like to briefly recap 2018 and all of the amazing people and companies who agreed to be on the podcast last year:

  • Britney Hervey Farris – Family Roots Farm
  • Jeannette King – Strategic Resolution Experts
  • Ray Sickles – Gurkees Rope Sandals
  • Beau Robinson – Catch Cam Nets
  • Lisa Allen – Zeigenfelder Company
  • Brandon Dennison – Coalfield Development
  • Dan Curtis and Jim Hopkins – Parkersburg Brewing
  • Stephen Woerner – 3WM Software
  • Zeb and Steve Helmick – Zeb’s Barky Bites
  • Elizabeth Yeager Cross – Yeager Design and Interiors
  • Matthew Knott – River Riders Resort
  • Nancy Bruns – J.Q. Dickinson Sale Works
  • Marten Jenkins – Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Leah Heimbach – Healthcare Management Solutions
  • Kim Landis – Landis Realty
  • Meredith Young – Mountaineer Brand
  • Allegheny Genesis – Jordon Masters
  • Dee and Angie Cowger – The Custard Stand
  • Chad Drainer – Express Employment
  • Travis Olson – Mountain Rides
  • Doug Kreinik – Kreinik Manufacturing
  • Zach Abraham – ALIGNHR
  • Ed DeCosta – Catalyst Associates
  • Luke Diserio – American Muscle Docks and Fabrication
  • Aaron Weikle – Mountain State Software
  • Becky Tichenal – WV Fruit and Berry
  • Doug Leech – Ascension Recovery Services
  • Mike Whalen – Escapeworks
  • John Hyre – Preston County Workshop
  • Mike Mckechnie – MTV Solar
  • John Lichter – Sunbelt Business Brokers
  • Chris Stansbury – WV Eye Consultants
  • Jon Hammock – KEYLOGIC
  • Margie Carson – Happiness is a State of Mine
  • Frank Vitale – Forge Business Solutions
  • John Deskins – West Virginia University
  • Arria Hines – Allegheny Science and Technology
  • Drs. Lucas and Amy Watterson – Mountain State Wellness
  • Chad Daniel – Daniel Vineyards
  • Logan Hartle – Warwood Tool Company
  • Chad Remp – Wheeling Truck Center
  • Brian Joseph – Touchstone Research Laboratory
  • James Estep – WV High Technology Foundation
  • Ruston Seaman – Glo Games Basketball
  • Sierra Cox – Wonder Valley Farm
  • Tony Figaretti – Figaretti’s Spaghetti Sauce
  • Danny Fink – Premier Tax Consulting
  • Heather Cyphert – Progressive Industries
  • Dwayne Freemen – Appalachian Distillery
  • Ryan Lemley – Ridge Roasters Coffee
  • Mike Green – Mountain State Capital

As we continue on our journey to help share positive stories of companies and people doing amazing thing all across the Mountain State, our hope is that we in some way inspire and motivate our audience by sharing these success stories in West Virginia. Thanks for listening and thank you for reading Positively West Virginia!