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Ep. 26 – Jim Krivanek, commercial real estate agent who began professional career in the nightclub promotion industry

Jim Krivanek is a commercial real estate agent at one of the largest brokerages in the nation, Cushman & Wakefield.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Jim’s experiences as a former nightclub promoter and manager, including the grueling lifestyle and tolls the industry can take

*how parenthood changes you in all aspects of life, with a focus on some of our biggest fears as parents

*social media and its effects on violence and terrorism

*insights into the commercial real estate industry, with a focus on commercial properties in Cleveland and Jim’s passion for his properties and clients

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Ep. 24 – Scott Weingold, college planning and financial aid expert, self-improvement advocate, and entrepreneur

Scott Weingold is an entrepreneur and partner at the firm, College Planning Network, a company that helps families successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid planning process so their children can attend the college of their choice − regardless of the cost.

Highlights from this episode include:

*college admissions and financial aid planning process and how families can save thousands using the right resources

*social media and its impacts on us as a society

*the outlook that a majority of Americans have on their work and careers

*motivation behind money and mentalities that rob us of our joy

*Transcendental Meditation (TM)

*Krav Maga

*growing a business and keys to a successful mindset

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Ep. 22 – Paul Franklin, financial planner and advisor

Paul Franklin is the founder of Franklin Capital Strategies, a financial services company that specializes in insurance, investments and estate planning for small businesses owners, entrepreneurs and professional athletes and entertainers.

In this episode, we hear about the evolution of Paul’s firm and the types of services he provides to his clients.  Paul discusses the importance of personal service and why he has been able to separate from much of his competition.  We talk about the intricacies of working with professional athletes and entertainers and finish with a motivational outlook on the challenges that come with growing a business.

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Ep. 13 Recap – Andy Simms

Absolutely loved reconnecting with my man, Andy Simms.  Whenever you spend countless days, weeks, months and years with someone on the road, you develop a bond that lasts a lifetime.  Listening to our conversation, it is easy to see that Andy and I had a very unique dynamic and friendship that was formed through our business ventures.  When you go into battle with someone, that person becomes a brother for life.

Our battles were in the form of recruiting college players in hopes of beating out all the other agents and agencies vying for the same prize.  And quite often, we found ourselves on the winning end of those battles.  It was our energy and contagious positive attitude (I took that from my Episode 7 with Ryan Young!) that often made the difference.  It was those hard-fought, intense battles that taught me how to win in the real world; and, at the same time, taught me how to handle the brutal realities of losing.  I use those priceless experiences now on an almost daily basis in both business and in life in general.

“It ain’t about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward.” –Rocky Balboa

There’s no doubt that Andy has kept moving forward in his 20+ year career as he has now partnered up with Young Money APAA Sports – the heavy hitters in the music and entertainment industry.  I look forward to seeing what Andy does in the next five to ten years now that he has the backing of Lil’ Wayne, Mack Maine and Cortez Bryant.  And I am hoping to see him negotiate some of the most lucrative deals — “a (hundred) milli” — in NFL history.

Ep. 13 – Andy Simms, NFL sports agent

Andy Simms is an NFL sports agent who heads up the football division at Lil Wayne’s Young Money APAA Sports.  After founding PlayersRep Sports Management in 1997 – and growing his firm into one of the premier NFL agencies in the industry – he sold PlayersRep to Young Money APAA in 2017.

In this episode, Andy and I discuss the cutthroat, competitive nature of the sports agent industry.  We talk about what it takes to succeed in the business and why so many agents fizzle out.  We take a walk down memory lane and provide insight into our many crazy, fun and compelling recruiting stories from the road.  We end with Andy’s continued plans for growth and what he expects from himself and his firm in the coming years.

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Ep. 11 Recap – Kelli Carson

Beautiful, smart, compassionate, insightful :: just a few of many adjectives that can be used to describe Kelli Carson.  A woman who always knew creating a career for herself would be important, Kelli was able to marry that entrepreneurial drive with her immense passion for helping people.  And these are not just any people.  These are people struck by severe diseases/disabilities such as autism.  People who are “non-verbal” and do not have the ability to care for themselves.

As All Hearts Home Health Care approaches its 13th anniversary, I was honored to have Kelli on the show to discuss her professional path.  It is extremely impressive to see her now employing approximately 100 people who care for anywhere between 50-60 clients throughout various counties in Northern Ohio.  As her reach continues to spread and her company continues to grow, we will undoubtedly see Kelli having an even greater impact throughout our community.  Her pending children’s facility – due to open May of this year – is just one example of likely many more to come.

What I really love about sitting down with my guests is the ability to pick their brains and find out what makes them tick.  Each person has a unique perspective of the world and they all bring their own flare to the game.  While Kelli’s passion remains in health care, she is always on the look out for new business ventures outside of the medical industry.  It is that type of entrepreneurial spirit that keeps the wheels of our economy in motion.  And while the future is unquestionably bright for Kelli, the future for her clients and patients remains even brighter so long as she and her company(ies) are involved.

Ep. 11 – Kelli Carson, home health care owner and entrepreneur

Kelli Carson is the founder of All Hearts Home Health Care, a home health care service provider to people with mental and physical disabilities.

In this episode, we hear about how Kelli’s entrepreneurial journey began at the ripe age of ten.  We hear about her path from sales to real estate, and how she knew she needed more emotional fulfillment from her career.  We hear about how she ultimately found that fulfillment by combining her passion for helping people with her passion for growing a business.  We get insight into the emotional tolls that the home health care industry can take on the providers and hear about some of the challenges these remarkable people face every day.  We end with a discussion on Kelli’s plans for the future, her love for her clients and employees, and other business ventures that are of interest to her.

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Ep. 8 Recap – Bobby Rutter

Bobby Rutter is one of the few people responsible for bringing back some amazing day and nightlife entertainment options to Northeast Ohio.  A full-time insurance attorney by day, he has been able to leverage his success in the legal world and translate that into chasing his ultimate dreams of becoming a nightlife/nightclub owner and entrepreneur.

I was fascinated by our hour-long conversation, one that provided many lessons on business and on life.  One of the greatest takeaways was that true entrepreneurs can foresee the future and have that gut instinct on when something feels right.  Bobby and his partners knew :: FWD Day + Nightclub not only could be, but would be, a success in Cleveland.  While the majority of people told Bobby he was crazy to think a full outdoor club would be sustainable in Cleveland – a city that gets about three to four months of “pool weather” per year – he and his partners/advisors knew otherwise.  Their thoughts were that Cleveland people would come out strong during the summer months since we crave the outdoors and crave the type of scene that is so often left for only the big cities.  And boy were they right!  FWD is killing the Cleveland game and is perfectly complemented by its sister club, Magnolia Cleveland, some 100 yards down the street.  While FWD is the wild, high energy, large outdoor electronic dance music mecca (think Las Vegas), Magnolia is the small, quaint, artsy underground vibe (think New York City).  While both offer completely different social experiences, they both offer the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s best music, vibes and scenes.

I look forward to seeing what Bobby and Co. do next.  It sounds like this just may be the beginning of their climb in the entertainment and nightlife industry.  Stay tuned.

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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