Alpha Mode: Episode 1: Randy Dobbs


Upstate Business Journal is pleased to present a new, digital feature that will appear monthly at, in partnership with QLI International LLC ( and Alex LaCasse (MTN llc): Alpha Mode, Conversations with Next-Level Leaders.

“Having local business leaders interview other business leaders on the topic of leadership is relevant and practical,” said Upstate Business Journal publisher Ryan Johnston.

“The opportunity to get strategies from seasoned professionals who have ‘been there, done that’ is unique and promises to provide great insight for people at the beginning of their careers or those seeking new opportunities,” Johnston said. “We already know that Upstate business professionals turn to UBJ so they can stay in-the-know. We’re excited to bring more dimension and depth to our coverage moving into 2018.”

The first episode of Alpha Mode features Randy Dobbs of Dobbs Leadership Consulting. Dobbs served as a senior operating executive for a private equity firm in New York, where he led two portfolio companies to successful operating performance and financially strong exits. Dobbs also notched a 27-year career with General Electric, earning GE’s Turnaround Business of the Year award. Dobbs authored “Transformational Leadership: A Blueprint for Real Organizational Change,” a guide for proven strategic business tools and transformational leadership ideas.

Alpha Mode host Manfred Gollent is an executive business coach with QLI International LLC. “Building a foundation for a successful, sustainable business often means investing time and resources that are not always in great supply, especially for busy executives,” Gollent said. “Making this resource available and accessible via UBJ online, a website that businesspeople already seek out for insight and information, will pay dividends for our business community far into the future.”

Future episodes will feature small-business owners, restaurateurs, retailers, and a diverse group of business professionals.