Conversations with the unconventionally successful.

Episode 61 – James Robilotta

April 3, 2020

James Robilotta is an award winning, recognized professional speaker. He is also a stand-up and improv comedian, a writer, and a coach. James’ outgoing personality and hilarious sense of humor make him one of the most relatable and approachable coaches I’ve ever met.

But it isn’t just humor that sets James apart. His powerful keynotes make audiences pause. He is thought provoking and masterfully navigates the delicate art of challenging your thinking.

Equally interesting in my opinion is James’ story. From starting out as a humble performer, James has built himself a name, a reputation, and an impressive list of clients. Prior to this podcast, I’ve had philosophical conversations with James and really enjoyed our talks. I’m excited to share his insights with you all today.

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Episode 60 – Andrew Kolikoff

March 26, 2020

Andrew Kolikoff, what a guy! He is a serial entrepreneur and probably one of the most accomplished coaches and networkers I know. In fact, Andrew was one of the first guys I met when I first moved to Phoenix, and it was through him that I very quickly made business contacts and friendships.

When I say Andrew is a serial entrepreneur, I mean it. He has built and sold 5 companies of his own, and is currently juggling 3 new ones. His resume is extensive and impressive, but perhaps most impressive of all is his ability to create and leverage networks.

Andrew is a Business Growth coach and founder of The Secret Sauce Society, a by invitation only networking group which is really a lot more like a support group for the highly ambitious. I’ve had the privilege of attending a few of these events and it was an experience to say the least! And I mean that in the best way possible.

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Episode 59 – Kimberly Tocco

March 22, 2020

Kimberly Tocco, a personal friend and inspiration model for us all. Kimberly took the pain and grief of losing her 13 year old son to suicide and channeled it into a vehicle to change lives. From pro bono work she does in real estate, to being featured on HGTV's Pool Hunters, to her innovative Podcast, That Bitchin' Real Estate Show, her drive and focus is to change lives by sharing our stories and building community through giving back.

Winning many awards and steadily selling 12 to 15 million in real estate per year, the timing was right to launch her book and speak out against the stigma of suicide.

Her story of resilience, positive thinking, entrepreneurialism, grit, and overcoming great odds are as impressive as they are inspiring. Since I moved to Phoenix, Kimberly has also personally invited me on to her very entertaining podcast show and helped me out tremendously in getting settled into my new home. I’m excited to share her story with you all today.

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Episode 58 – Bill Birgen

March 12, 2020

Bill Birgen is mad scientist of sorts. He is an engineer, an entrepreneur, and an inventor. Bill has spent over 30 years working in the aerospace industry with a long history of developing aerospace and defense systems, and holding a diverse collection of patents. His contributions include work done for Virgin Galactic, the 747 Supertanker, Smart Armor and a respectable number of classified Department of Defense programs.

A short while ago, Bill started a company called Soggy Food Sucks. Soggy Food Sucks makes take away food containers that keep crispy food crispy, crunchy food crunchy, and prevents the condensation caused by hot food from making your meal soggy.

It sounds a little gimmicky, but it works. And not just from a food container perspective. But from a business model as well. Bill’s story is rebellious, humorous, and a bit zainy. Exactly what you’d expect from a mad scientist.

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Episode 57 – Almuth Braun

March 4, 2020

With us today is Almuth Braun, an expert in industrial and organizational psychology, an exclusive consultant for Mercedes Benz, and founder of Braun Coaching. Almuth has helps key executives at one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers to in transformation change projects, as well as holistic and individual development.

That’s corporate speak for: “Almuth helps leaders lead, teams perform better, and makes work environments more pleasant, but also more effective.”

Outside the world of Daimler, Almuth also works with private clients on similar challenges. And something you probably didn’t know, Almuth was actually my old boss! That's right, my time at Mercedes was spent under Almuth’s leadership. And no, she’s not the reason why I left! In fact, Almuth taught me a lot about people, business culture, and management. And she was very tolerant of my less than stellar German!

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Episode 56 – Michael Bornhorst

February 28, 2020

Michael Bornhorst is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and master life coach. Michael has had tremendous success in the world of business, has conquered addiction, traveled the world, rode his bike across America and is a licensed psychotherapist.

I hold Michael in very high regard as a coach who truly empowers others from a place of experience. Michael is no slouch, and his life experiences combined with business acumen have earned him some extremely high profile coaching clients and keynote speaking opportunities.

Today, Michael runs his own private practice called Offshore Coaching. I met Michael through a business network and I really enjoyed my conversation with him. I think his insights and view on the world is something you’ll enjoy as well.

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Episode 55 – Cathy Droz

February 20, 2020

Cathy Droz is the Founder and CEO of HER Certified® the industry’s first comprehensive certified dealer program aimed to help dealerships better serve female car buyers. A native of New York, she was just 17 when she purchased the family sedan, which evolved into a 40-year career including opening a full-service automotive advertising agency, and, most recently, publishing her first book, “A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car with Confidence and Street Smarts.

Highly respected by industry influencers, Cathy has test driven more than 500 vehicles, giving her insight and knowledge on virtually every make and model on the market to effectively educate the car buying consumer and make the search for the perfect automobile a pleasant and rewarding experience.

Cathy has been awarded the 2016 Phoenix Suns Amazing Women award and the 2018 Honoree for Outstanding Women in Business. Today, Cathy continues to educate people not only on buying a car, but the mindset and skills needed to bootstrap a business from the ground up as well.

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Episode 54 – CIRQ+

February 12, 2020

Episode 54 - CIRQ+

Joining us today is Yani and Jodi Derros, founders of ATOM Innovation. This husband and wife team run a very interesting design research firm in Scottsdale Arizona, where among a number of exciting and popular products, have created a device that’s soon to change your hotel room experience.

The product is called CIRQ+ and think of it as Alexa on steroids, specifically designed to create a fully voice activated in-room private concierge high-end hotel experience. While you may not have heard of CIRQ+ product at the time of this recording, I assure you this is not some trendy pipe dream idea. With major contracts for high end hotel chains throughout the UK and Arizona already in place, CIRQ+ is likely to make it into your room within the next year.

As far as Yani and Jodi go, they are a power couple I hold in very high regard. In fact, I’ve even personally done business with them in the past and was beyond impressed.

Yani brings over 26 years of experience developing advanced product solutions for start-ups and global corporations. Yani has played an instrumental role in helping companies raise over $120 million in venture capital. His creativity has been honored with numerous international product design / innovation awards in addition to over 65 U.S. and international patents received to date.

Jodi also brings over 26 years of experience as a Brand expert having been behind major marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Colgate-Palmolive, BMW, Sylvania, Rolls Royce, and Reebok. Jodi brings extensive experience in the hospitality world as well including work with Arnold Palmer designed golf courses and The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, among many others.

Together, Yani and Jodi are exceptional at developing new brands by building strategic and creative solutions delivering sustainable and long-term growth in the marketplace.

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Episode 53 – Thelis Negron

February 5, 2020

I’m proud to introduce my friend Thelis Negron. She is the founder of MBX Fit, a boutique fitness and life coaching studio just outside New York City. I’ve known Thelis for a couple years now, and actually met her while I was at a rather pivotal point in my own life.

The story goes like this; A few years back I had a falling out with an investor in a company I was building at the time. The separation was an unpleasant one, but determined to go out on my own, I began the process of forming what would eventually become Hundred Life Design. In those early days I was anxious to meet with anyone who was in the coaching or health and wellness space.

Completely by chance, I came across MBX and read about Thelis online. I was fascinated by the work she was doing and what her studio was all about. I decided to reach out to reach out to her by way of a cold email. And even though she had no idea who I was, she agreed to meet with me. To this day, I’m still not sure why. But I’m glad she did.

I was impressed with the business she had built completely on her own. And as I listened to her story, I was inspired and motivated more than ever to stick with my own idea. Today, I have a short list of people who I attribute to much of the successes I’ve had. And Thelis is certainly on that list.

But beyond my own personal story, Thelis is the real deal! She is a mental health expert and certified personal trainer, holding degrees in Sports Medicine and Psychology. With over 15 years of experience training celebrities and appearing as an expert on several weight loss reality tv shows and fitness magazines, Thelis and her company, MBX, have their own unique and hugely effective blend of combining fitness with mental coaching.

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