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You’ll love hearing and watching the stories of America’s entrepreneurs, industry experts, and other high achievers! Listen or watch on your favorite platform.

LATEST EPISODES

#117: Strategic and thoughtful communication with Joe Plenzler

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#114 – Mike DeSa

Mike DeSa joins the show to talk about his very unique entrepreneurial journey in agriculture. We discuss the back story, his international travels and pursuits in Latin America, and the corner of the market he and his team have focused on. It's a fun and interesting...

#113 – Taylor Gillig

https://www.youtube.com/embed/KrLdOEbVr4s Taylor Gillig (https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylorgillig) is the CEO of The Cookery, an interactive cooking class concept with guided instruction on preparing meals in a small group setting. The Cookery has locations in Dallas...

#112 – Bob Ellithorpe

Bob Ellithorpe joined the show and we had an amazing conversation about leadership and its associated challenges and joys. We cover broad-level topics related to business growth and contraction and went pretty micro-level into how lay offs and firings can be handled...

#111 – Gerald Kong

Gerald Kong is the founder, principal, and senior advisor with Trinity Transaction Advisory, LLC (trinitytransactions.com). The firm performs sell-side representation, exit plans, business valuation, tax analysis, negotiations, deal structuring and many other things...

#110 – Michael Gorton

Michael Gorton is a serial entrepreneur, author, and most-recognized as the co-founder of TelaDoc. Michael founded Internet Global in 1993, selling in 2000 in an interesting story told in this episode. From the success of iGlobal, he co-founded TelaDoc with Dr. G....

#109 – Russell B. Hill

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0oPjOjYb0dQ A fun discussion with FixedOps Marketing Co-Founder Russell Hill. We discussed the changes that have taken place in the automotive space, specifically how dealerships manage their service department and how customers can have...

#108 – April Shprintz

https://www.youtube.com/embed/yrkyxPsOa2Q Friend of the show and incredibly impactful person, April Shprintz and I catch up on her career and her exciting and impactful new book, Magic Blue Rocks, link here (https://amzn.to/3wDT3tc). We discussed a variety of topics...

#107: How to take ownership of your future with Bob Ellithorpe

https://www.youtube.com/embed/QOaxkBtkgKY Bob Ellithorpe, President and CEO of Tribus Aerospace Corporation. We had a very fun and fascinating discussion about leadership, management, professional development, and a lot of DFW-focused items related to skilled trades....

#106 – Chuck Wright

Had the pleasure to speak with Chuck Wright, founder of Lone Star Wealth Strategies. Chuck is also the Executive Director of the Texas Veteran Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Texas Veterans Commission and USO. We speak about a variety of topics related to...

#105 – Matt Louis

Fun conversation with Matt Louis of Deloitte. Matt has a variety of experience in business and has had both a successful military and Deloitte consulting career. We cover a wide range of topics and spend a considerable amount of time discussing his book, Mission...

#104 – Fareed Kaisani

Fareed Kaisani joined the show and discussed a wide array of topics related to business legal challenges, the overall DFW environment, and other things such as bankruptcies. We discussed the impact COVID has had on the local and national markets, and the challenges...

#103 – Chuck Winslow

Terrific and raw discussion with Chuck Winslow of G2G Trailers on two main topics: 1) the journey of the entrepreneur, and, 2) mental health for veterans. You will absolutely love Chuck's honest approach towards business and also his ability to be open about the...

#102 – Tarra Sharp

Tarra Sharp joined the show today and we had an incredible discussion around a lot of the things she's experienced in her career so far. We discuss the impact great leaders can have on a young career and how those impacts are remembered for years on end. She shares...

#101 – Susie Robb

Susie Robb joins the show and shares about her background and journey into From Susie. We talk about a variety of topics, from maximizing opportunities, exploring how vulnerability is a strength, and how every element of the journey has been used to where she is...

#100 – John Tebeau

Such a fun, dynamic, and multi-faceted discussion with Johnathan Tebeau of TebeauGroup. John and I discuss a number of very fun and interesting topics, ranging from starting his first business at an early age and growing that business successfully. We then pivoted...

#99 – Peter Gudmundsson

Incredibly fun and dynamic conversation with Peter Gudmundsson about business leadership from the military and applying it practically to company and organizational leadership. Internalize leadership traits and principles. Take care of your people and accomplish your...

#98 – Liz Morris

An absolutely fun discussion with Liz Morris, CEO of The Personality Doctor and PowerTalk Productions, as well as her newest organization as President and Founder of The Dallas Dream Team. Liz shares a bit of her business journey from understanding sales to meeting...

#97 – Steve Demetriou

Steve Demetriou III joins the show to discuss his journey into the uBreakiFix franchise space and all the associated  opportunities and challenges. You will understand a bit of his thought process going into it, some of the big lessons learned, and ways he plans on...

#96 – Gilbert Saguid

A fun conversation with Veterans Franchise Group CEO and Founder Gilbert Saguid. We discuss his interesting journey of military service and the family culture he comes from while pursuing opportunities in this great country. We discuss his career in recruiting but...

#95 – Craig Hill

A sincere pleasure to sit down with The Transition Group's Craig Hill, as he discusses his journey in entrepreneurship and sales. Craig covers a bit of his earlier career journey, how he grew and led the sales teams of organizations and found success in those...

#94 – Brandon Emerson

Brandon Emerson, Managing Principal at Capco, shares about the journey he has been on through consulting. You'll hear a bit of his journey into the details of how he built his own skillset to add value to an organization, and then found himself in situations where he...

#93 – Chris Hoffmann

Chris Hoffmann joins the show and shares with us the story of his background, his upbringing, and ultimately his journey of self-discovery. In a raw and authentic interview, Chris shares about the challenges in his early childhood, obstacles he overcame while in the...

#92 – Scott Airitam

Fantastic conversation with Scott Airitam of Scott Airitam's Leadership Systems. We spoke about a variety of topics, from how he got his first job at a radio station and the wild ride that experience was, to his incredible experience at Southwest Airlines where he...

#91 – Matt Frye

Really fascinating chat with Matt Frye on the evolution of the payment processing industry and how your dollars move from Point A to Point Z in our seamless and often-taken-for-granted world of convenience. If you've ever wanted a little bit of a behind the scenes...

#90 – David Malicoat

David Malicoat shares about the journey from UNIX systems to leading his MSSP, BAMCIS Cybersecurity (https://bamciscyber.com). He covers a bit of his military background in Marine Corps Security Forces and his transition into technology. Great discussion about some of...

#89 – Joe Garza

Joe Garza joins the show to discuss his career in law. From his time as a firm attorney to his transition in-house with various companies to his current role as a fractional general counsel to businesses, we discuss in general terms some things businesses should...

#88 – Steve Jamieson

Steve Jamieson of Working Social joins the show! We talk about a ton of different concepts, including how artificial intelligence will impact sales efforts. We discuss direct marketing companies, value proposition, pricing model, how companies differentiate. We...

#87 – Chris Nadeau

This will be an impactful interview to you. We cover a wide variety of some pretty emotional topics related to the military and to business. Chris, a retired Army Brigade CSM, shares both the journey of civilian life coupled with the journey of being a business leader...

#86 – Mark Dittenber: Information technology challenges

Mark Dittenber joins the show and talks about his journey through the information technology world from the 90s and into today, the amazing transformations that have taken place, and how others can get plugged into a career in IT. We discuss the challenges of 90s...

#85 – Peter Gudmundsson: Turnarounds, growth, and strategy

Peter Gudmundsson joined the show and shared with us his journey of business, from startups to new ventures, to the dot com bubble and the evolution of business over the last couple decades. He shares a bit of his strategy for selecting companies to work on, how to...

#84 – Darvin Schmidt: From dot com to financial crisis and more

https://www.youtube.com/embed/pNtwj7nGrog Darvin shares his remarkable story of having a front-row seat to several key moments in our nation's economy. From the dot com bubble burst to launching an e-commerce company to the financial crisis and many other things,...

#83 – Brian Bosche: Discovering your purpose

Brian Bosche, the CEO and Co-founder of The Purpose Company, as well as the co-author of the book, "The Purpose Factor", unpacks the elements of discovering and articulating your purpose. We discuss his early career, his entrepreneurial ventures, and the journey of...

#82 – Michael Bass: Private equity behind the scenes

Such a fun discussion with Michael Bass regarding private equity, the way the business operates, and how people can get started. Beyond that we also talked a bit about transition and some of the things he's noticed with transitioning service members. He shared a lot...

#81 – David O’Hara: Tech advancing, leadership, culture

A very diverse conversation. We talk about some tech geekery, from Atari to AI, machine learning, and robotic dogs, before transitioning into leadership and culture topics. We discussed at length about the bad reputation technology leaders often get due to misplaced...

#80 – Brisa Renteria: A sales journey and hiring the best

Brisa shares her story of coming to the United States and to DFW, followed by her experience selling vehicles at a dealership before gaining an internship that paved the way for her future in sales. You'll enjoy learning about her journey, the things she enjoyed and...

#79 – Luke Morrow: The adventure of a family-owned business

We were joined by WindowCraft owner and CEO Luke Morrow as we discussed the unique challenges of growing up in a family business. We talked about what it was like to grow up in the business, the journey of education and working for someone else, and the journey of...

#77 – Courtney Greeley: Cyber, leadership, and empathy

A dynamic, fun, and interesting conversation, you will enjoy hearing from Courtney as she shares about her time as a crypto linguist with the Air Force and her subsequent work in the national defense / national security industry. We talk about leadership vs...

#76 – Devan Peplow: A Sounde startup story

A fun conversation with Sounde co-founder Devan Peplow. We talk about the journey of the company's co-founders, Devan Peplow, Mavis Tang, and Maddie Kingsbury as they took an idea and ran with it. We discuss the journey of refining an idea and the opportunities they...

#73 – January Recap

A quick tour of the first month of The DFW Business Podcast! What a fun month it's been! I give you a quick preview of some of the guests that have appeared on the show. Check them out, share them out, and let me know what YOU are most enjoying about the show! Thanks...

#71 – Robert Bacon: Bridging cultural and organizational divides

Robert Bacon has an incredibly unique story, from his youngest years all the way to his very non-standard career in the military and government work. You'll get to hear firsthand about the experiences he's had regarding business, work, and family in a rapidly evolving...

#70 – Tyler Word: Ins and outs of the HVAC business

Tyler Word, owner and President of 1st Response AC & Heating, Inc., joined the show to discuss how the HVAC industry has changed over the years and where it's headed, as well as some stories and tips for homeowners and some of the big problems they've helped...

#69 – Leanna Sellars: DFW real estate things you need to know

Leanna Sellars joined the show and spoke about her journey from Alaska to Texas and her career in real estate. We cover a variety of topics, from tips for buyers and sellers, to why the demand imbalance, the impact of COVID on the business, and looking down the road...

#68 – Sam Smith: Mergers, acquisitions, roll-ups

Sam Smith is a mergers and acquisitions industry veteran with an affinity for roll-ups. We talk about the journey into the M&A world, some common pitfalls, and advice for others wanting to follow into the industry. Towards the end we discuss items like valuation,...

#67 – Charlie Quinn: Recruiting and staffing for DFW

Charlie Quinn of HumCap joined the show and spoke with me about the challenges of the COVID environment and how recruiting companies can differentiate themselves. We took time talking about the challenges for both job seekers and companies looking for talent and the...

#66 – Roy Rucker Sr: Demolition room, gov’t contracts, and cyber

You're in for a fun discussion! Roy Rucker Sr had a very successful 30-year career in the Army, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 5. The entrepreneurial drive within him was unlocked after his first real estate deal and when he was nearing retirement, started a...

#65 – Joe Lafko: Veterans have more options than they realize

We talked at length about the journey Joe took through his upbringing and his time in the military, with all its twists and turns, and specifically how he was able to crack into the denim and apparel industry. A lot of great wisdom regarding being able to realize that...

#64 – Justin Berkenstock: How to get out of a sales slump

Terrific conversation with Justin Berkenstock and his journey in business and into the world of sales. Justin shares a raw story about how COVID-19 affected his employment and how he continually works on himself and encourages others in their sales professional...

#63 – Tom Connally: Understanding leadership and culture

A fun conversation with Tom Connally on a myriad of topics, including organizational leadership, moving during a pandemic, writing a book, and articulating company culture. Check out Tom's book, "Becoming a Leader: A Road Map for My Daughter and the Aspiring Leader"...

#62 – Urshel Metcalf: Understanding your why

Passionate and powerful discussion with Urshel Metcalf where we discussed some of the challenges of entrepreneurship related to sales and selling.. very very high impact segment! Reach out to Urshel for help with your company. Later in the discussion we also discussed...

#59 – Jeremy Spann: Adapting businesses to change

Incredible and fascinating discussion with Jeremy Spann! We talk about his journey into highly valuable real estate, how he's stood out, and how businesses can help themselves by solving unique business problems. We cover a variety of items that you are sure to...

#53 – Steven Walsh: Running international businesses

Steven Walsh shares unique perspective on the challenges of growing international business, whether it's in South America, the Middle East, Europe, and other parts throughout the globe. I really appreciated his perspective and insight. Aaron  00:00Today, this week, we...

#48 – Tony Perez: Veterans helping veterans

You'll enjoy this discussion with Warrior Rescue's Tony Perez. Tony is an accomplished businessman with a tremendous heart to engage with veterans. We cover a variety of topics!

#47 – Tom Daly: Trust is earned

Incredibly grateful to Tom in sharing his story with me about his military experience, both in the Air Force and Marine Corps, and how he has developed his skills in his post-military pursuits. One of the many things we spent time discussing was the importance of...

#46 – Scott Jensen: From military career to new ventures

#46 - Scott Jensen: From career military to new ventures and possibilities. Scott Jensen shares with me his perspective on the massive transition that takes place for veterans, whether initial term or career-length service, and how veterans are better positioned for...

#45 – Greg Coleman: Startup, pivot, and building the bridge

#45 - Greg Coleman: Startup, pivot, and building the bridge.Spoke with Greg Coleman, co-founder and CEO of Sworkit, about the startup journey, identifying common sense pivots, and his specific rejection of the "all-in" concept. I appreciated his incredibly honest and...

#44 – Chip Neidigh: The challenges of consulting

#44 - Chip Neidigh: The challenges of consulting.Had an incredibly insightful conversation with U.S. Marine veteran Chip Neidigh about the challenges of setting up a consulting business. From sales to operations, to wasting time or opportunities, to all the lessons...

#42 – Don Brown: Navy JAG to private practice and author

#42 - Don Brown: Navy JAG to private practice and author. Had an awesome conversation with former Navy JAG and now private practice attorney and author, Don Brown. Don shares his incredible experiences both in the military and as an attorney, joining part of the legal...

#41 – Ian Sephton: Patience and humility

#41 - Ian Sephton: Patience and humility. Had a tremendous time talking with Ian Sephton! We covered his background and the story and journey of Hangar202 and Funnel9.

#40 – Christopher Strom: From NYPD to Iraq

#40 - Christopher Strom: From NYPD to Iraq. Christopher Strom shares with us his story of fighting terrorism, both as a NYPD intelligence cop to a contractor in Iraq. You will enjoy and appreciate the perspective he shares! His book, Brooklyn to Baghdad, is available...

#39 – Jake Wood: Thrive in chaos

#39 - Jake Wood: Thrive in chaos. Team Rubicon CEO Jake Wood joins the show to discuss the story of Team Rubicon, his personal and professional development, and the release of his new book, Once A Warrior. Links to his books: Once A Warrior https://amzn.to/39XRzAPTake...

#38 – Bob Burg: How to give and win endless referrals

#38 - Bob Burg: How to give and win endless referrals. Best-selling author and renowned speaker Bob Burg joins the podcast this week. We go into detail about topics like sales quotas, value proposition, and how to propel your business forward. This was such a treat...

#37 – Season 2 Finale: Five tremendous high-impact takeaways

S2E20 - Season 2 Finale: Five tremendous high-impact takeaways. The season finale of season 2! I pulled five high-impact segments across the episodes to bring you some very impactful, thought-provoking, and challenging content. This episode featured Bill Militello of...

#36 – Alexander Kunz: From the SEALs to addressing pride and ego

S2E19 - Alexander Kunz: From the SEALs to addressing pride and ego. This episode will make an impact on you! Alex discusses his past, his time as a SEAL, and the corporate and entrepreneurial journey and CHALLENGES that not many other people are willing to discuss. A...

#35 – Amy Palmer: How to start and run a non-profit

S2E18 - Amy Palmer: How to start and run a non-profit. A fascinating discussion about the non-profit world! We also get into some specifics regarding attaining non-profit status and partnering with other organizations for that same purpose. You will thoroughly enjoy...

#34 – Claude Shires: How to laugh in the face of challenge

S2E17 - Claude Shires: How to laugh in the face of challenge. In this incredibly HILARIOUS and very insightful interview, Claude shares with us the struggles he's endured to get where he is today. Comedy is part of who he is, and the struggle has been real also....

#33 – Jaime Chapman: Adapting business to change

S2E16 - Jaime Chapman: Adapting business to change. Had a blast speaking with Jaime! I really appreciated her sharing some of the difficulties and hardships she's had to overcome, and really appreciated her insight on adapting and changing business model with new...

#32 – Brandon Shelton: Grit, persistence, and perseverance

S2E15 - Brandon Shelton: Grit, persistence, and perseverance. In this incredibly powerful, raw, and motivating interview, we hear Brandon's story of persistence, belief, and perseverance. He is the product of hard work and determination, and I was incredibly grateful...

#31 – Jeremy Stalnecker: A non-profit solving a massive problem

S2E14 - Jeremy Stalnecker: A non-profit solving a massive problem. Had an absolute joy recording this edition of The Veterans Business Podcast LIVE. Jeremy shared his story of entering the military, his experience in Iraq, and the issues he himself dealt with when...

#30 – Dave Sisk: What a venture-backed startup looks like

S2E13 - Dave Sisk: What a venture-backed startup looks like. Had an incredibly insightful conversation with Dave Sisk. Dave shares a lot of inside knowledge on what being a part of a venture-backed startup looks like, answering a lot of questions and sharing unique...

#28 – Recap of first five episodes

S2E11 - A recap of the first five episodes of Season 2. We take a quick tour through a few select highlights from the first five episodes of Season 2! Be sure to go back and watch/listen to these episodes if you haven't already! E1 - Joe Scanlin; E2 - Ted...

#27 – Ted Gutierrez: Entrepreneur or business owner

S2E10 - Ted Gutierrez: Discussing the difference between entrepreneur and business owner. We welcomed Marine founder and CEO of Contra Group, Jeremy "JB" Soles to the show. JB shared a ton of perspective related to special warfare-related training and the application...

#26 – Jay Rogers: The journey of a 20-year overnight success

S2E9 - Jay Rogers: The journey of a 20-year overnight success. In this fascinating and captivating interview, I sit down with veteran Marine officer and Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers, and gain tremendous insight into the entrepreneurial mind. We discuss vision,...

#23 – Gene Blanton: How to grow and scale a business

S2E6 - Gene Blanton: How to grow and scale a business. Gene Blanton, USMC veteran and entrepreneur, shares with us how he has led, sold, and invested in many companies and the hints of success they all have in common.

#22 – Elana Duffy: From IEDs to non-profit and data startup

S2E5 - Elana Duffy: From IEDs to non-profit and data startup. Had a lot of fun speaking with Elana Duffy. She's an Army veteran and shares her story of getting college degrees, enlisting, working in the intel field, getting blown up in Iraq, and her eventual...

#21 – Shane Foss: Starting, buying, and selling companies

S2E4 - Shane Foss: Starting, buying, and selling companies - bankruptcy, turnarounds, and more. We welcomed Shane Foss to the show. Shane shared some incredible insight on business transactions and solving business problems. You will absolutely love this episode....

#18 – Joe Scanlin: Tech startup and solving business problems

S2E1 - Joe Scanlin: Launching a tech startup and solving business problems. The premiere episode of Season 2! We welcomed Marine veteran, entrepreneur, and founder/CEO Joe Scanlin to the show to discuss the entrepreneurial journey. Joe Scanlin profile Scanalytics...

#17 – Season 1 Recap Part 2

S1E17. The FINAL episode of Season ! We take a look at the remaining episodes from this season and examine some the biggest highlights and best moments. Season 2 airs NEXT week and will be in both audio AND video, housed primarily on YouTube for the video format. Go...

#16 – Season 1 Recap Part 1

S1E16. As we close out Season 1 we take a look at the first half of the season's episodes and pull pearls of wisdom and insights from our amazing guests.

#13 – Chaunte Hall: Investing in your education

S1E13. I had the pleasure this week to speak with Chaunte Hall, an Air Force veteran and accomplished businesswoman making a tremendous impact in the military community. Chaunte opens up about her personal life while also sharing some key insights regarding...

#12 – Shawn Rhodes: Defying authority

S1E12. This week we speak with Marine veteran and keynote speaker Shawn Rhodes. Shawn spent a few years in the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent before jumping out and ultimately making his way into the business of public speaking. Shawn shares with us some...

#10 – Scott Huesing: What are you worth? Don’t give it all away!

S1E10. I had the distinct honor to welcome Marine veteran and best-selling author, Scott Huesing, to The Veterans Business Podcast. Scott is well-known in the Marine and veterans communities for his tenacity and leadership, as well for authoring the book, Echo in...

#7 – Herb Thompson: You are not alone in your struggles and successes

S1E7. This week we speak with Army Special Forces veteran Herb Thompson. Herb retired from the Army and has wasted no time getting active in helping others through their transition process. He shares with us his journey on how he was able to get selected into Special...

#6 – Shaggy: The path to the Grammy’s

S1E6. We welcome two-time Grammy Award-winning reggae, artist, Shaggy. Shaggy is a veteran U.S. Marine and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide in a career that has spanned decades. More information about Shaggy.

#3 – Karl Monger: Jobs, careers, mindset, and perspective

S1E3. We speak with Karl Monger, a veteran Army officer and Ranger, as he shares with us about finding your purpose and staying functionally fit in all areas of your life. Karl's book, Common Sense Transition: A Call to Action and a Blueprint for Change. The Simon...

#1 – Rico Miller: Faith, purpose, and perspective

S1E1. We speak with Rico Miller, an entrepreneur, business leader, and pastor as he shares about pivotal moments in his life that has led him to where he is today. Rico’s book, Undo Ordinary: Keys to Unlocking Your Purpose. More information about Rico...

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