WTVP - Interesting People
Interesting People - a WTVP series hosted by Ed Sutkowski—features half-hour conversations of thoughtful dialogue with ordinary individuals who have achieved extraordinary measures of success in the arts, business, communications, education, science and sports.

"Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
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Ed Sutkowski, Host of "Interesting People"
Episode #1301 -
J. William Maloney & Robert W. Schlutz
Robert W. Schlutz, Iowa Entrepreneur/Farmer
Robert W. Schlutz, Iowa Entrepreneur/Farmer
J. William Maloney, Illinois Entrepreneur/Farmer
J. William Maloney, Illinois Entrepreneur/Farmer
Robert W. Schlutz, J. William Maloney, and Ed Sutkowski
Robert W. Schlutz, J. William Maloney, and Ed Sutkowski
Robert W. Schlutz, J. William Maloney, and Ed Sutkowski
Robert W. Schlutz, J. William Maloney, and Ed Sutkowski
Host Ed Sutkowski talks with J. William Maloney and Robert W. Schlutz., Entrepreneurs / Farmers in Iowa and Illinois.

Both Bill and Bob discussed the current state of farming - the number of acres required to make a living, the investment in equipment and the increase in the value of farm land with its impact on the 'family farm.' Specifically, in Iowa, assuming a year 2013 per acre value of $8,716 (vs. $88 in 1940), total Iowa farm value is $267,581,200,000; 78% is free of debt; 30% owned by someone over the age of 75; 56% by someone over 65; 21% non-resident; and 62% non-farmers. The Illinois statistics are comparable.
Original Air Date(s): 8/29/2014
Biographical Information
J. William Maloney, Illinois Entrepreneur / Farmer
photo of J. William Maloney Bill is from Murrayville, Illinois, population 664 at year 2000, near Jacksonville, and with his spouse, Lois, are the parents of 5 children. He began his entrepreneur career at Neff Co., Inc., a John Deere ag equipment dealer, in Stronghurst, Illinois, first as a salesman, then its manager and in 1973, he purchased Neff Co. Bill and Lois, own and farm a significant number of acres located in Fulton, Knox, McDonough and Warren counties. Bill discussed his entrepreneurial and farming experiences, the cost of capital and related matters.
Robert W. Schlutz, Iowa Entrepreneur / Farmer
photo of Robert W. Schlutz Bob is from Columbus Junction, Iowa, population 1,899 at year 2000, and with his spouse, Marillyn, are the parents of 2 children. He began his career as and continues to farm and raise cattle on a significant number of Iowa acres. At the suggestion of local Peoria businessman icon, Robert Weaver, Bob purchased his first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise located in Galesburg, Illinois. He continued his KFC acquisition process and ultimately owned 18 additional KFC stores located in both Illinois and Iowa. Bob discussed the pros and cons of owning business organizations.
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