Month: January 2018

Ep. 8 – Bobby Rutter, nightlife entrepreneur and attorney

Bobby Rutter is a nightlife entrepreneur who owns FWD Day + Nightclub and Magnolia Cleveland.  He also practices as a full-time insurance attorney at the law firm, Rutter & Russin.

In this episode, we hear about Bobby’s path from practicing lawyer to nightlife entrepreneur.  We hear about how hospitality has always been a major part of his life and how he was able to employ his unique management style to successfully create some of Cleveland’s premier clubs.  We talk about how he has been able to attract celebrities and well-known DJ’s to perform at his venues, and end with his plans for future growth within the industry.

FWD Day + Nightclub | Magnolia Cleveland

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Ep. 7 Recap – Ryan Young

Real estate is by far one of the most exciting and opportunistic industries there is, especially for young people looking for more of a high risk-high reward career.  Ryan Young, principal of Young Team Realtors, proves that hard work, dedication and a persistent commitment toward positivity can yield some astounding results.  Five years ago, he founded his team within the Keller Williams brokerage.  It consisted of him, his parents, and an entry level assistant fresh out of college.  Five years later, it consists of 21 employees who were responsible for closing 260 Northeast Ohio residential real estate transactions in 2017!

Ryan’s passion for real estate can be easily felt during our hour-long conversation.  Listening to him dictate the course of his career, you can see why he has been able to rise to the top of this industry very quickly.  Key characteristics of successful agents are not necessarily test scores or educational background, but instead the ability to connect with people, form real/lasting relationships, and the motivation to provide unparalleled service regardless of the transaction size.  It seems like Ryan’s recipe for grooming his employees is one that should be provided on every menu across America.

I look forward to continuing to watch Ryan’s growth, both professionally and personally.  I believe that as he continues to focus his efforts on a macro level (i.e. building teams, creating far-reaching systems, etc.), he will also find more of the balance in his life that he says he has struggled with for quite some time.  Hell, it ain’t easy growing a business and still find time for your significant other, family, friends, exercise and nutrition.  That’s why Ryan will undoubtedly make time, instead.

Ep. 7 – Ryan Young, residential real estate agent and principal

Ryan Young is the principal of Young Team Realtors, a residential real estate agency/team within the Keller Williams family.  In the past five years, the Young Team has grown from just four employees to over 20 due to their ‘positive and persistent’ approach in handling both large and small transactions for their clients.

In this episode, we talk about Ryan’s path from culinary school to residential real estate.  We dig into the characteristics required to be successful in this industry and the reasons for Ryan’s meteoric rise within.  We hear some personal agent-client stories, some of which include the tough situations agents often find themselves in when dealing with unrealistic clients.  We end with Ryan’s growth plans for his company’s future and the ways in which he has shifted his focus from a micro to a macro level. 

Contact Ryan:

www.youngteamrealtors.com

www.itrustryan.com

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Ep. 6 Recap – Greg Gentile

Need a DUI attorney or know someone who does?  Then look no further than one of Ohio’s brightest and aggressive attorneys, Greg Gentile.  Greg specializes in OVI and drug-related criminal defense matters.  He has been working with clients in this arena for over 12 years and continues to make a name for himself in Northeast Ohio.

I am fascinated by Greg’s professional experiences and found our conversation to be insightful and informative.  There are many scenarios one may be faced with when being pulled over, especially after having consumed alcohol.  How you handle yourself in those situations may be the difference between a severe punishment or a mere slap-on-the-wrist.  What I learned from Greg is that each situation is different and that you must use your best judgment to not incriminate yourself under the circumstances.  If in doubt, always remember that the only thing you need to provide is your name/identity and also must remove yourself from your vehicle if the officer demands that you do.  Everything else from there on out allows you to practice your fifth amendment right and simply remain silent to avoid self-incrimination.

For more on Greg and his practice, visit www.gregorygentile.com.

Ep. 5 Recap – Larry Grant

Was really great getting a chance to reconnect with my former client, LG.  LG was a big part of my transition into the NFL agent business and I will forever be grateful that he gave me a chance to represent him as he clearly had many options to choose from.  It was a thrill watching him get drafted by his hometown team in San Francisco and an even bigger thrill to watch him play on Sundays.

Listening to Larry, you can see how much time and dedication is required by these players in order to have any sort of chance at making it in the League.  “Cutthroat” is exactly what the League embodies, and “NFL” often stands for “Not For Long” in many sports circles (the average NFL career last three years or less).

LG beat the odds and played for six seasons.  He showed that hard work and persistence, coupled with doing the dirty work that many players shy away from – i.e. special teams – is what allowed him to stick around and even gain a starting role for several games as a veteran.  It is often not the type of natural talent that you have when you are at the top of any major team, business or organization, but instead the mentality, mindset and attitude that you bring to your craft.

Hard work and a “can do” attitude trumps talent every day of the week… including Sundays.

Ep. 6 – Greg Gentile, criminal defense attorney specializing in OVI (DUI/DWI)

Greg Gentile is an Ohio-based criminal defense attorney specializing in OVI (DUI/DWI) and drug-related cases.  In 2016 and 2017, Greg was named as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor reserved for the top 2.5% of legal practitioners under the age of 40.

In this episode, we discuss how to best handle a situation when getting pulled over by police and the choices one must make when confronted with field sobriety tests.  We talk about the penalties associated with OVI’s and ways in which these situations are mitigated.  Finally, we hear some of Greg’s personal legal representation stories, one of which included representing a person falsely accused of rape.

Contact Greg: www.gregorygentile.com

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Ep. 5 – Larry Grant, former NFL player (and former client) turned high school football coach

Larry Grant is a former NFL player who played six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.  In college, he played in four straight national championship games, which included two at City College of San Francisco (junior college) and two at Ohio State.

In this episode, we talk about how our agent-athlete relationship initially formed; share stories about college football and recruiting; hear about the grueling life of an NFL player; the mentality required to make it in the NFL as a late round draft pick; post NFL life and even share thoughts on MMA and the UFC.

Follow Larry:

IG: @l.grant54  |  Twitter: @larrygrant95

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Marathon & Half Marathon – 2018 Calendar

Thanks to the lovely folks at Runners World Magazine, you can find a complete list of all major Marathons and Half Marathons in 2018!  Happy running….

https://www.runnersworld.com/marathon/marathon-calendar/slide/3

Ep. 4 Recap – Megan Kohler

So you think you can dance?  Then listen to Ep. 4 of The Optimal Life Podcast with Megan Kohler.  Megan went from high school cheerleader to college cheerleader to college dancer to NBA dancer.  A lifelong Clevelander, she knows what it takes to make it at the professional dance level.  She also knows what it takes to stay in shape so that an optimized body translates to an optimized mind.  5 A.M. workouts are not just a novelty – they are part of her everyday routine.

I want to thank Megan again for coming on the show.  She peeled back the curtain to life as an NBA dancer :: providing insight into its intense tryout process, practice schedule, and the mental focus required to handle “audibles” during live NBA games.  She also had a cool story about LeBron and Kobe.

Check her out @missmeganvk on Instagram and be inspired by her intense fitness and nutrition regimen & journey.

Ep. 4 – Megan Kohler, former NBA dancer turned fitness influencer

Megan Kohler is a former NBA dancer who is now focusing her career on sales and marketing, in addition to inspiring people through her fitness and nutrition regimen.

In this episode, we discuss Megan’s path from high school cheerleader to NBA dancer.  We talk about the personal dedication required toward achieving one’s goals and hear about the process to becoming part of one of the NBA’s elite, high pressured dance teams.  We finish with a discussion on Megan’s current fitness endeavors through use of her social media and what her aspirations are for both her short and long term futures.

Follow Megan:

IG: @missmeganvk | Twitter: @missmeganvk

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IG: @nathanhaber

www.natehaber.com

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