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A podcast about the good, the bad and the ugly of launching and growing a business. Each week, Alex Gertsburg gets into it with CEOs and founders about the experiences that transformed them as leaders and the business “do-overs” they wish they could have and why. Listen and learn about the many issues unique to the CEO experience—all the disasters and the delights—from the founders who lived it. Alex Gertsburg is the co-managing partner of Gertsburg Licata, a Cleveland-based business law and ...
 
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When a personal life event negatively affects your business you can choose to let it defeat you or bounce back stronger than ever before. Traci Miller, a woman of resilience and empathy, shares a story of loss and how it affected both her personal life and professional career. We discuss new life mantras, the importance of your mental health, and h…
 
Growing your network and surrounding yourself with other entrepreneurs can help you get through the highs and the lows of starting your own business. Over time, Chas realized that creating a constructive and prosperous business culture starts from hiring the correct people that can work together effectively. He started using the Culture Index to id…
 
“One big family!” There are benefits to pulling from a pool of people you know when you’re first starting a new business venture. There’s also a lot of risks! What happens when you hire a sibling or a friend of a friend, and your expectations of their capabilities don’t line up? Mark Schneiders has accomplished the almost unimaginable - owning and …
 
Alex talks to Christian Klein, owner of the digital marketing firm Company 119. As one of the first in their field, they experienced explosive growth and learned some hard lessons in the years that followed. Learn about CAP (communication, anticipation, preparation), the core elements of a successful emergency situation, and how it can help you eva…
 
Bridget Thibeault went from working for an ad agency to going to culinary school full-time; baking and selling goods out of her small kitchen to opening Luna Bakery and Cafe in Cleveland Heights. With her marketing background and passion for baking, there were lines out the doors--but she wanted to become a better leader and create a company that w…
 
Hiring the right people for your organization is key to a successful company and its culture. This weeks’ special guest, Terry Walkerly, joins us to discuss the importance of establishing a company’s core values, personal values, and how to best implement them. Takeaways Avoid holding onto toxic employees longer than you should. If there is an issu…
 
Running a business may seem straightforward to some, but any seasoned veteran understands that the world around us is ever-changing. Changes in our social climate, economic climate, or a new disease can wreak havoc on a new company. In this week’s episode, special guest Dan Charney takes us on his company’s journey of weathering the storm and how m…
 
Host, Alex Gertsburg, is interviewed by fellow podcaster, Casey Cheshire of Ringmaster Conversational Marketing and shares an important story of ego and how to not let it affect your personal and professional life. Alex dives into his personal growth on handling insecurities, staying vulnerable, and creating a successful work environment. Takeaways…
 
Trust in your partners is essential to promote a healthy and productive work environment. Michael Cantor, Managing Director of Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors, shares how the cultural fit for his company was failing due to conflicting core values between his partners. In this episode, Michael discusses the transition into a team-oriented bus…
 
As a business owner, it takes practice to put your ego aside and trust your employees to accomplish the tasks you delegate. Randy Carver, CEO of Carver Financial Services, discusses how he transitioned from a CEO focused business to a team business in three phases. Learn how to hire the best employees and develop them as leaders for the success of …
 
John DiJulius, a successful entrepreneur of John Robert’s Spa and The Di-Julius Group, joins host Alex G to discuss creating a unique customer service revolution. After his workforce walked out on him due to substandard employees, John shifted his company’s vision. Instead of compromising his business culture for sales, he established a strict hiri…
 
It can be difficult to manage working both in the business and on the business. Bob Coppedge, CEO at Symplex IT, walks us through how he transitioned to working entirely within his business and its operations, to working on the business by developing a system to plan for the future. He discusses the importance of failure as a learning lesson, and o…
 
Learning how to become aligned within a partnership is difficult. Louis Licata, Co-Manager of Gertsberg Licata, discusses how he developed as a partner and an individual after being betrayed by his co-founders in their start-up law firm. Louis reminds us that when working with other partners, make sure you share the same core business values, and k…
 
The habits instilled by over 20 years of wrestling training have prepared Aaron Grossman, CEO of TalentLaunch and Alliance Solutions Group, for the physical and mental challenges of entrepreneurship. Starting and growing a business isn’t for the faint of heart, and knowing how and when to take a risk can pay off with big rewards. Aaron shares his u…
 
What does it mean to be a humble leader? Adam Kaufman, Founder of Up2 Foundation, shares his story of how he leaned on his support network and began his journey to becoming a more empathetic and humble leader. Takeaways Having a support network, whether you are a CEO or not, is invaluable. Seek out and lean on peers, mentors, and family if you are …
 
When the pandemic hit, the world went into disarray. Phil Rankin, President of Even Mix™ & Special Metal Stamping, shares his story of how he seized an opportunity that changed his company. Even Mix™ is a patented 3D mixing technology. They have used aerospace engineering techniques to design pump technology into their variable pitch blades, bringi…
 
We all are faced with stressful situations at one point or another. It is our reactions and next steps that help mold the future of our company and yourself. Ben Bebenroth, Chef/Owner of Spice Kitchen + Bar, Spice Catering Co., and Spice Acres Farm, shares his story of how to pivot a highly stressful situation into an opportunity for personal and c…
 
Sticking to your company values is crucial to building a brand and protecting the integrity of your product or service. Leslie Zinn, Owner of Arden’s Garden, shares her story on owning her values through the thick and thin of it. Arden’s Garden is Atlanta’s premier fresh juice manufacturer. Over the last 26 years, it has grown from bringing wellnes…
 
Looking to hire your next employee? How do you deal with picking the WAY wrong employee? Better yet, how do you pick the right candidate? Lee Stacey, CEO & President at McGowan Allied Specialty Insurance has some insight and a story you do not want to miss on this episode of CEO Confidential. Takeaways Do your due diligence! Create a candidate chec…
 
Alex sits down with nationally acclaimed speaker, financial planner, author, coach, entrepreneur and CEO, Jason Smith, to discuss how a diagnosis of a complex heart condition at the age of 29 opened Jason’s eyes and led him from a revenue-generator to the creator and CEO of multiple, self-managing companies. Notes: Jason’s many hats How one company…
 
In this freewheeling episode, Alex goes toe-to-toe with CEO of Witz Education, Greg Witz and together they solve all of our political problems, teach us how to be our best selves in business and in life, help us have better romantic relationships, and so much more. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one! Notes A South African Canadian’s …
 
In this edition of My Colossal Failure, Alex sits down with Gary Klaben, president of Coyle Financial to discuss how determination and perseverance led Gary to go from a failing insurance agent to the owner and president of a highly successful wealth/asset management and financial counsel company. Links: Coyle Financial: https://www.coylefinancial.…
 
On this edition of the My Colossal Failure mini-series, Alex and Mike Ferrante, associate broker for Century 21 HomeStar and team leader of the 21 Mike Team, discuss how Mike’s youthful stubbornness kept him in a failing painting business for 15 years before he realized it was finally time to throw in the towel. Mike’s Page on 21 Century HomeStar21…
 
On this episode of the “My Colossal Failure” mini-series, Alex talks with Traci Miller, president of Color 3 Embroidery, a wholesale embroidery and screen-print business about the importance of resilience, and how she rebuilt her life and her business after experiencing considerable tragedy. Links: Color 3 Embroidery Traci’s LinkedIn Simon Sinek Ot…
 
On this episode of a new mini-series called, “My Colossal Failure” Alex sits down with Andrew Spott, CEO of VividFront, a strategic Digital Marketing, Web Design & Web Development Agency to discuss not only how his colossal failure forced him to fire people and give away his shares in his business, but also how that failure led to VividFront. Links…
 
In the first episode of a new mini-series called, “My Colossal Failure” Alex sits down with Aaron Grossman, CEO of TalentLaunch, a $130 million staffing and talent company to discuss how his ego led to not one but two colossal failures and how he had to learn to put his ego aside to become a better businessman and entrepreneur. LinksEp 122 – Talent…
 
Alex has a chat with CEO of emaginit Daniel Moneypenny, aka the guy who knows a guy, about branding, marketing, networking, and business development. Daniel also shares a bit of his journey which includes serving in the Army, becoming a male model, attempting to steal something from Phil Knight, and more. As Alex says, “to know Danny is to be in aw…
 
Alex and returning co-host Molly Gebler welcome back superintendents Nancy Santilli and Bob Hunt of Kenston and Chagrin Falls, who update us on this challenging semester and what’s in store for the next one (so far) in light of the pandemic. Notes Introductions and personal updates Current virtual learning status in each district Managing staff in …
 
Alex welcomes the COO of North Coast Auto Mall, Oleg Kislyansky onto the show to talk about vision, failure, growth, going from a non-data driven organization to a data-driven one, and much more. Buckle up and get ready for one inspiring and entertaining ride! Notes: Crazy ways to say hello and epiphanies of a new father Oleg’s curiosity, hyperfocu…
 
Alex and Chas mow through what led him to go from rebellious teenager to owner of one of the largest landscaping businesses in Northeast Ohio, how to build the right team, learning to properly communicate with your employees, and much more. Notes Alex’s childhood landscaping experiences and Chas’s journey Crises he has faced while running the same …
 
Alex invites Tom Jackson, current candidate for the Ohio State Senate to come on the show and explain to us why we should vote for him. They discuss what made him decide to run, the problem of government corruption, and how his plans to challenge the status quo will change the lives of Ohio’s residents for the better. Notes: Kids keeping you up all…
 
Alex interrogates criminal defense attorney Ashley Jones and together they examine the ins and outs of criminal law, starting your own law firm, the challenges facing small business owners, cults, and much more. Notes: Turning phones on silent, newbie court fails, and getting chastised by judges The case Ashley is the most proud of and the one that…
 
In this freewheeling conversation, Alex and Paul tackle the world’s problems, from pandemics to elections to media bias. They discuss how different businesses, sectors and industries have reacted and adapted to COVID, and how local government helps or hurts the process, and they both make predictions on how it will all play out. Notes: · Paul’s rec…
 
Join Alex and Traction Lab founder, Gene Roberts as they dive deeply into the entrepreneurial mindset to explore how to go from incremental to exponential. They also discuss learning how to let go and delegate, the common frustrations of entrepreneurs and how to get rid of them, accountability hacks, and so much more. Notes Gene’s journey from entr…
 
Alex catches up with returning guest John DiJulius, five-time author, customer service ninja, head of The DiJulius Group, John Robert’s Spa and Believe In Dreams, and modern day renaissance man. They discuss the importance of empathy, understanding both customer and employee needs, inspiration and effective communication with your team, positive en…
 
Alex gets moving with certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, nutritional and wellness consultant, founder, and co-founder of multiple businesses including Kijia and the Brain Ops Group, Ali Hively. They discuss how achieving small wins through having the right mentality, building a strong foundation, and proper stress management tech…
 
After an introduction about protests, riots and police brutality, Alex grills Brandon Chrostowski, President and Founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, to find out how he managed to achieve 52% revenue growth during these trying times. They also discuss all the new things happening at EDWINS, how COVID-19 has disproportionately affect…
 
After taking part in the protests in Chagrin Falls, Alex sits down with attorney and president of the Cleveland Bar Association, Ian Friedman to discuss the George Floyd murder, the resulting protests, riots, and the changes that need to happen within the criminal justice system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsoJDsoR_X8 https://www.youtube.com/w…
 
What do swimming with horses, making fresh pasta, and recycling computers have in common? Tune in as Alex chats with entrepreneur and life coach Mellissa Hathaway and find out! They cover escaping from difficult relationships, imposter syndrome, the power of being an underdog, learning how to quiet negative inner voices, and so much more. Notes Per…
 
Alex and returning co-host, Molly Gebler welcome back superintendents Nancy Santilli and Bob Hunt of Kenston Schools and Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, who take questions submitted on social media regarding schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic; including application of snow days, what next year will look like, how end-of-year traditions …
 
Alex has a wide-ranging conversation with CTO and Chief Data Scientist of Chmura Economics & Analytics and Co-Founder of H-Bomb Ties, John Chmura which covers topics such as data science and collection in light of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Tiger King and the Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, how John’s son Harrison inspired th…
 
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re about to WATCH the best podcast ever recorded. On BPE’s first-ever video podcast, Alex chats with CEO of TalentLaunch Aaron Grossman. They discuss his journey of going from a paperboy to running a $130 million staffing and talent company, the importance of company culture, neverending gratitude, and Aaron’s side project…
 
What’s the difference between a well-run car dealership and a failing one? Alex chats with Wendy Rinehart, Executive Director of the Ohio Independent Automobile Dealers Association about what makes car dealerships successful, industry changes, being a woman in a male-dominated industry, industry challenges moving forward, and much more. You’re goin…
 
Overspending runs rampant in businesses. Not if Jeff Moore can help it though. In this episode, Alex chats with the Founder and CEO of Value Based Solutions LLC about the importance of mismanaging corporate spend to increase profits. They also discuss Jeff's early successes as an entrepreneur, what led him to start VBS, joining Entrepreneurs Organi…
 
Alex heads to Boston and catches up with former BPE guest Vice President of Customer Success at LeasePilot, Nadine Ezzie. They explore the idea of staying true to yourself while discussing Nadine’s journey going from a successful attorney in Cleveland to dropping everything and joining the startup, LeasePilot in Boston. Then, Co-Founder and CEO of …
 
Alex talks with psychotherapist and social worker Jessica Horvat and they delve into the minds of entrepreneurs and other humans. Tune in as they discuss Jessica’s definition of success, how visualization exercises can be beneficial, what Imposter Syndrome is and if all entrepreneurs have it, how to figure out what the “little guy” needs, where fea…
 
Fellow podcaster and chairman of Apple Growth Partners, Mr. Chuck Mullen, joins Alex to talk about how entrepreneurs can benefit from working with a CPA, with great information on succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, valuation, and more. Connect with Chuck on LinkedIn or at Applegrowth.com, where you can also explore Chuck’s podcast, Sliced…
 
Get familiar with the ins and outs of proprietary trading, and how TJ Gliha went from the stock exchange floor to become Vice President of Private Client Services at Sequoia Financial Group. What are traders doing with their hands? What has QUANTS meant for Wall Street? How does TJ help business owners think through succession, financial independen…
 
The best business coaches are the ones with business experience, and some of the best ones we know are Adam Sonnhalter and Jack Mencini. Adam and Jack join Alex this week to share some keys for business success that they’ve learned from inside corporate America. They can be reached via the website for Maximum Value Partners at maximumvp.com, on Fac…
 
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