ARIZONA GOOD BUSINESS Podcast Show with Matthew Clyde and Joel Eberhart with Ideas Collide


Local First Arizona is proud to launch the Arizona Good Business podcast show! Each episode, we dive into the questions concerning our business community and ask, “What is good business? What are local businesses doing to build a better Arizona?”

Join Arizona Good Business Radio to hear from local companies who are:

  • Centering purpose at the forefront of business

  • Creating social well-being for the community

  • Prioritizing sustainability and positive environmental practices

  • Growing strong company cultures through building authentic teams

  • Ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion are involved in all business decisions

Arizona Good Business Radio features local business leaders that are redefining what it means to do good business.

Meet this week’s Arizona Good Business Radio guests, Ideas Collide:


Over his diverse career Matthew Clyde has worked in Fortune 500 organizations, small start-ups and New York agencies. He worked for Franklin Covey in their Marketing Innovation group taking the 7-Habits of Highly-Successful People and First Things First training to organizations like Starbucks, Ritz-Carlton and PetCo. His entrepreneurial ambition led him to create many of the first online training programs and launch some of the first websites in the travel industry.

In 2005, Matthew launched his own firm, Ideas Collide, with offices in Phoenix and Portland. Ideas Collide serves clients worldwide including international brands in hospitality, technology, consumer goods, health care and education. Matthew’s passion for life is demonstrated in his extensive travels, dedicated community involvement, and generous care to his family and friends. Matthew currently serves on the executive committee for the Greater Phoenix Chamber and on the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Foundation Board.


Joel Eberhart is the Vice President of Marketing and Community Development at Ideas Collide with experience in digital marketing, advertising, social media and marketing strategy. He has been with Ideas Collide since 2010 and focuses on creating long-lasting and strong ties with community organizations along with developing marketing plans, proposals and content strategies for a variety of clients.

Joel is proud to be a 4th generation Arizona native and works closely with Arizona businesses, non-profits and other organizations in building relationships between the agency and the local community working with important organizations like the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, Heritage Square and Local First Arizona. Along with the responsibility of community development, Joel represents Ideas Collide at numerous conventions, conferences and leadership forums across the United States.

Joel is an avid reader and film buff, with a perfect record over nearly a decade of lunchtime Trivial Pursuit. Prior to Ideas Collide, Joel worked for a Public Relations Firm where he led media relations for the internationally renowned Project Artemis program and client Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Ideas Collide (est. 2005) is a strategic marketing communications firm that develops custom marketing solutions that drive action and results. Focused on delivering innovation with business and data intelligence has established Ideas Collide as a highly-sought out and unique strategic marketing partner. Bring your business challenge to the table and the IC team will invent and integrate marketing solutions to meet the challenge with impact. The team is comprised of a strong, diverse group of marketing and design professionals that operate with business acumen, an absence of ego and a collaborative, growth mindset.  Follow Ideas Collide on LinkedInFacebookTwitter and Instagram.


About Your Host

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Thomas Barr is the Executive Director for Local First Arizona, the largest coalition of local businesses in North America. He advocates for a strong local business community that contributes to building vibrancy, equity, and prosperity across the state. A proud Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University,Thomas leads the business coalition of Local First Arizona by advocating for the economic and cultural benefits provided by building strong local economies.

Thomas steers the strategic direction of LFA’s major programs and initiatives as well as the engagement of over 3000 businesses across Arizona. As Executive Director, Thomas guides a team of statewide senior directors overseeing the execution of LFA’s communication strategy, major initiatives and key partnerships, as well as the collaboration of over 30 staff implementing work in entrepreneurship programs, small business advocacy, local food initiatives, sustainability, urban development and community building. He frequently speaks to groups locally and nationally, presenting the impact of Local First Arizona and the importance of local economy work in building prosperity.

Outside of Local First Arizona, Thomas has participated in volunteering his time to many causes and organizations throughout the Valley including Young Nonprofit Professionals – Phoenix, Equality Arizona, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Heritage Square Foundation and Phoenix Legal Action Network. Additionally, Thomas is a 2018 Phoenix Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree, alumni of Arizona Leading for Change, and current participant in Valley Leadership Institute’s 40th cohort.

Connect with Thomas & Local First AZ on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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