The Edge of Excellence Podcast

Ever wanted to know how successful entrepreneurs make it happen? Have you discovered the right career path that can transform your life and power you ahead? Find out the secrets to success from the most successful people in their field.

117: Jed Rothstein | Vision, Sacrifice, and Storytelling

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt is joined by Jed Rothstein, an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning

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116: Lydia Hodgson | Empowerment Through Vulnerability

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt is joined by Lydia Hodgson, a sophomore at the University of

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115: The 10 Things 20-Somethings Should Know

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt explores vital life skills and knowledge crucial for people in their twenties.

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114: Francisco Morales | Innovating at the Edge

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt is joined by Francisco Morales, executive chairman and co-founder of 5.11 Tactical.

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113: Robert Halvorsen I Passion, Partnership, and Fostering Creativity and Innovation

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Robert Halvorsen, co-founder and CTO of Pacto Medical, a medical device company specializing in pre-filled

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112: Benn McAlister I How to Take Over the Family Business

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Benn McCallister, president of Worldwide Golf

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111: Erin Bright | Navigating Entrepreneurship and Family

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Erin Bright, a successful entrepreneur and College Works alumni.

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110: Dean Treister | Reinvention and Resilience

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Dean Treister, Managing Director at Sampling International and former professional rugby

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109: David Boyd | How to Achieve Success in Construction and Leadership

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Sean talks with David Boyd, President of QuesTec Mechanical. David was selected for Como Business Times’ issue 20 Under 40 Class of

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108: Vash Tomanec | Mastering Mindset for Entrepreneurial Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Vash Tomanec, co-founder and mindset coach at Mindtrepreneur, CEO and founder of Ecomtrack and founder of BullAds. Vash is passionate about building meaningful businesses that bring great value to

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107: Doug Diakite | The Power of Grit and Entrepreneurship

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Doug Diakite, a real estate investor and managing member at Nationwide Community Revitalization, about providing an affordable path to

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106: Orlando Ordonez | Finding Passion and Purpose in Construction

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Sean talks with Orlando Ordonez, a project engineer at Sundt

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105: Athena Merage | Risk-taking and Opportunity-Seeking for Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Athena Merage, Director of Development at Merage Investment

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104: Phong Vo | Finding Your Tribe

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Phong Vo, CEO of Phong Vo Media and host of The Phong Vo Show podcast. During the episode, Phong reveals how he transitioned from his job to a full-time entrepreneur. You'll learn why you should look for internships. He'll talk about finding his personal tribe through College Works and highlight the benefits that came with

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103: Nick Niehaus | Achieve Excellence by Focusing on Perfect Competence

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, our guest is Nick Niehaus, co-founder, and head trainer of the Business Video School. Nick is passionate about helping professionals learn how to use video in their businesses.

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102: Jason Bay | Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Jason Bay, founder and CEO of Outbound Squad, a sales coach and trainer for B2B reps and sales

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101: Johnny Rhee | Obsessive Pursuit of Excellence

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Johnny Rhee, founder and chief strategist of Next Door Home Upgrades. Johnny Rhee has over a decade of progressive business experience, including buying a struggling company in his early twenties and growing it into a top-performing business, as well as mentoring numerous executives and entrepreneurs. He believes in aligned values, teamwork and a culture of performance and

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100: Shawn Baldwin | How To Get into Real Estate Development Business

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Shawn Baldwin, President of Baldwin & Sons, who has an extensive background in residential real estate development and has held various positions of increasing responsibility with the Baldwin Companies. He is a graduate of the College of Southern California. Baldwin & Sons has been in business since 1956. Shawn will talk about his definition of excellence and the importance of leaving a legacy for future

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99: Lulu Lantzy | How to Build Grit in the Next Generation

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Lulu Lantzy, Chief Activation Officer at Auraria Higher Education Center and board member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce Colorado Board of Directors. Lulu, named one of the 40 Under 40 by the Denver Business Journal and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Women's Chamber, has dedicated her career to mentoring and supporting

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98: Greg Genske | Confidence Is The Companion of Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Greg Genske, CEO of VaynerBaseball. Greg oversees all of VaynerSports' baseball player representation activities. Before his current role, he was Executive Director and President of Baseball at The Legacy

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97: Spencer Pepe | Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Avoid Personal Debt

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Spencer Pepe, co-CEO at College Works Painting. Spencer graduated with a business degree from the University of

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96: Gabe Cooley | Optimism and Perseverance: Keys to Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Gabe Cooley, President of Rayco Exteriors. Gabe has established multi-million dollar construction companies over the past 14 years and will continue to do so in the future. He is dedicated to changing the way consumers view the service industry by providing exceptional customer service, quality products and

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95: Leah Engstrom | Achieve Success Through The Power of Perseverance

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks to Leah Engstrom, Senior District Manager at College Works Painting, where she has managed hundreds of thousands in revenue.  Leah is an undergraduate business student at the University of

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94: Joe John Duran | Life Doesn’t Happen to You, It Happens for You

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Joe John Duran, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, Head of Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management, and best-selling author. From CNBC to CNN, Joe regularly provides financial commentary at TV. He has been profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times and SmartMoney. Joe is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds MBA degrees from Columbia University and UC

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93: Andrew Reid | Navigating the Tech World

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Andrew Reid, Global Head of Partnership Products at Vonage. Andrew is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara. Andrew has spent more than 20 years in the tech industry working for several startups, including Google, AOL, Symantec, and AVG

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92: Mike Profant | How to Become an Entrepreneur

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Michael Profant, President and Chief Executive Officer at Empire Works. Mike graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and quickly set out to start a business without any funding. Today, he oversees the development and operation of one of the largest architectural coatings and building restoration companies in the western United

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91: Milton Miyashiro | Journey to Becoming a CFO

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Milton Miyashiro, CFO of National Services Group. Milton Miyashiro is known for operationalizing accounting, finance, regulatory compliance, and is a multi-dimensional financial

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90: Jason Reid | Relationships Are Everything in Business

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Jason Reid, co-founder of National Services Group, partner at CEO Coaching International, co-founder of College Works Painting and founder of Chooselife.org. Jason has spent most of his adult life building businesses with his

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89: Pete Schnepp | Excellence Is The Journey, Not The Destination

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Pete Schnepp, Owner of Envision Painting & Roof Coatings, Partner at Bug Science Pest & Termite and Partner at PRS Properties. Pete has always been on a quest for excellence. Raised by a single mom and growing up poor, greatly motivated him to make a better life for

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88: Hannah Perez | Making Your Lifestyle Your Income

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Hannah Perez, co-founder and CMO of SEEQ. Hannah focuses on marketing, sales, partnerships, and the customer experience. Back in her high school days, Hannah was an extremely athletic student, participating in sports such as soccer, basketball, and golf. You will learn about the skills she acquired along the way and how they continue to impact her life.

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87: Kyle Lindsey | Get Out of Your Comfort Zone to Achieve Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Kyle Lindsey, CEO of Platinum Decking. Kyle was the President of College Works for 11 years and did over $170,000 in sales. Quick fact: Wrestling was his favorite sport in high school.

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86: Tanner Halling | Overcoming Stress To Create A Positive Mindset

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Tanner Halling, senior district manager at College Works Painting, prominent communicator, striving leader, and aspiring entrepreneur. Tanner is a junior at Fort Hays State University who is dedicated and hardworking in search of new opportunities.

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85: Jacob Abdulmasih | A Recipe for Success: Get Constructive Criticism

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Jacob Abdulmasih, Senior Internet Consultant at iMatrix. Jacob is an executive with extensive experience in business management, sales, and customer service. He has mentored more than 30 executives on implementing growth and customer success strategies for their own organizations.

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84: Nevena Milosevic | Achieve Success by Building Your Professional Network

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Nevena Milosevic, Program Manager at Care Continuity. Nevena started off her career out of college working as a healthcare consultant, focusing particularly on the member service experience and advocating on patients' behalf within the healthcare

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83: Sage Knauft | Navigating Law Career Choices

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Sage Knauft, Partner at Walsworth. Sage Knauft practices in a variety of fields, including business litigation, employment law, environmental law, construction law, general liability, product liability, premises liability, and public entity litigation.

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82: Owen Getz | Finding Your Passion

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Owen Getz, Sales and Location Manager at Illinois Grain and Seed and co-owner of ISO Real

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81: Eryk Soltys | Having a Fascinating Career in Commercial Banking

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Eryk Soltys, a Commercial Credit Analyst at Fifth Third Bank.  Eryk graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in accounting. His professional experience in various industries is what drives his passion for building

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80: Katie Kenny | Consistency: The Key to Becoming Successful

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Katie Kenny, a real estate broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and a former district manager for College Works Painting. Katie is a University of Illinois graduate with a degree in advertising. She has a passion for working with others and helping people solve

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79: Chip McAslan | Achieve Success by Doing Simple Things Spectacularly

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Chip McAslan, founder and CEO of Lavo Solutions and chairperson of Bay Cities Metal Products. He also served as the Director of Strategy at Fluid and Metering Technology

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78: Tom Ackmann | Achieve Success by Mastering Your Craft

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, our guest host Sean Phelps chats with Tom Ackmann, president of Platinum Decking and an incredible leader who set the record for the largest team ever led by a rookie District Manager at CollegeWorks. Tom wanted to be an engineer, coming from a family of engineers, but he soon realized that was not for him and ventured into business. He now leads a company with eight-figure

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77: Brett Gaviglio | Finding Fulfillment in Your Engineering Career

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Brett Gaviglio, Director of Engineering at Vertical Systems. Brett Gaviglio has over 20 years of experience in reducing the energy consumption of large buildings through innovative upgrades that are a great way to make buildings efficient. This results in significant positive cash flow for the building

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76: Tyler Morelan | Developing the Habit of Excellence

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, our guest host Sean Phelps, executive vice president at College Works Painting, talks with Tyler Morelan, president and owner of Midwest Flooring Company. Tyler originally wanted to be a professional athlete, but an unexpected incident changed his focus and ultimately led to a successful career in

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75: Natalia Ohanesian | Savoring Discomfort in Pursuit of Growth

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Natalia Ohanesian, founder of Bipty. Natalia attended a very competitive high school that prepared her to better deal with pressure and lay the foundation for her

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74: Isaiah Henry | Creating Your Own Serendipity

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Isaiah Henry, CEO of Seabreeze Management. Isaiah took an unconventional path and did not attend college, but his passion for helping others laid the foundation for his

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73: Codi Martin | Integrating CollegeWorks Values for Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Codi Martin, a Certified Field Inspector at Foundation Recovery

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72: Ryan Atkinson | Leveraging Your Personal Brand to Achieve Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt talks with Ryan Atkinson, Digital Marketing Specialist at Lumeon and host of The Business Cloud Podcast. Ryan's high school experience as a captain on the football and basketball teams provided him with fundamental leadership skills that have been essential to his entrepreneurial

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71: Filip Matic How to Run a Successful & Thriving Business

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Filip Matic, founder of Matic Custom Creations and 634 PROPERTIES INC. Filip dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to focus on his businesses, which are very successful

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70: Entrepreneurship Wisdom From Matt Stewart

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Ryan Atkinson, host of The Business Cloud Podcast, interviews Matt Stewart. Matt shares how he discovered his deep and profound passion for entrepreneurship. He also talks about how to make your dream a reality and some of the processes he went

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69: Why are Values Important to Succeed in Business and Life?

Why are values important to succeed in business and in life? Today's guest shows us what really happens behind the scenes of a successful company and how values factor into the

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68: Serge Sachdeva | Having Fun On Your Entrepreneurship Journey

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Serge Sachdeva, Executive at Arch Telecom. Serge has always aspired to be an entrepreneur. He did not finish college but instead decided to start his own business, which now has over 200

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67: Conrad Kaminsky | Extreme Ownership for Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Conrad Kaminsky, one of the "District Managers of the Year" at College Works Painting. Despite his immense success at College Works, Conrad decided to take an unconventional career

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66: Nic Bair | For Success, Consider Who You Want to Be Like

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Nic Bair, Director of the Wiltz Group. Nic always wanted to run his own business. He even changed his major every semester to study the different elements of business

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65: Isaac Montano | Work Hard Now for a Better Future

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Isaac Montano, a financial advisor at Renaissance Financial. Isaac's decision to join CollegeWorks was a pivotal moment that laid the foundation for his future success. His passion is helping people achieve their financial goals, which is why he has lifelong ambitions at Renaissance

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64: Ashton Avery | To Become the Best, Surround Yourself With the Best

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Ashton Avery, Senior District Manager at College Works

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63: Sharran Srivatsaa | Achieve Success by Delivering 10% More than You Promised

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Sharran Srivatsaa, CEO at Srilo Ventures, Host of Business School Podcast, and Creator of 5 am Club for

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62: Lucas Tanner | Happiness As A Path To Achieving Success

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Lucas Tanner, a sales specialist at Utility Trailer Sales Company of Arizona. Lucas has always enjoyed being around happy and motivated people. This became the foundation of his definition of excellence: being happy and loving what you do every day while still making an

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61: Charlie Fletcher | How Mesa Has Led and Transformed The HVAC Industry

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Charlie Fletcher, Executive Vice President at Mesa Energy Systems. You'll discover how yoga and meditation helped Charlie get back into working hard

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60: Joe Norwell | Finding The Positive In Any Situation

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Joe Norwell, Vice President of CollegeWorks. Joe's commitment to debate and being an Eagle Scout in high school, as well as his internship at College Works, paved the foundation for him to achieve incredible success at the age of

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59: John Moran | How Honoring Your Values Will Keep You Grounded

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with John Moran, Founder and CEO of Epic Freight

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58: Jack Schwabeland | How to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Jack Schwabeland, Program Manager for Sales Enablement at Flyhomes. Jack believes excellence necessitates having a strong moral character as well as superior

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57: Cody Voelker | Finding Success in Real Estate Investing

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Cody Voelker, a real estate

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56: Dr. Robert Fisher | The Power of Impactful Speech

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Dr. Robert Fisher, author, consultant, and coach for Cal Mock Trial.

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55: Don Seawall | Setting Meaningful Goals to Achieve Success

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Don Seawall, a Senior Recruitment Consultant at Michael

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54: Alex Dastmalchi | Discovering Excellent Careers and Determining What It Takes To Get There

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Alex Dastmalchi, founder of Vanity Planet and Kove Audio. Alex is also heavily involved in social justice

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53: Alex Kmiec | How To Blend Engineering with Business

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Alex Kmiec, Sr. Operations Engineer of the supply chain at SpaceX.

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52: Matt Maneage | Excellence Through Giving It 100% Physically and Mentally

In today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, we chat with Matthew Maneage, the General Sales Manager at Lake Auto Group. Matthew is probably one of the youngest people in the country to hold a high-level managerial position in a large auto dealership

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51: Terence Scheckter | Taking Calculated Risks

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Terence Scheckter, a successful entrepreneur, investor, founder and former CEO of TSW Alloy Wheels

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50: Matt Rudig | How To Excel In Sales Management and Build a Thriving Business

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, we chat with Matt Rudig, founder and director of sales and operations at Platinum Decking, a construction firm that builds custom composite decks, pergolas and other outdoor living spaces. Matt is also one of the most successful interns to pass through the College Works Internship program. The best part is he's been able to accomplish all this before he turned

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49: Brian Forbath | What It Takes To Succeed As a Lawyer

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Brian Forbath, an ultra-successful attorney and President of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, a law firm based in Newport

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48: Breanna Kaufman | Excelling in Relationship Building, Martial Arts and Professional Sales

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Breanna Kaufman, a martial arts expert and professional sales executive bringing in millions in business for her construction

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47: Chris Krause | The Power of Relationships and Turning Your Passion into a Life Plan

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Chris Krause, the founder and CEO of NCSA Athletic Recruiting, which has helped over 100,000 student-athletes receive over $8 billion in

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46: Adam Arnold | What It Takes To Be a High Achiever and Build a Successful Career

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Adam Arnold, Senior Account Executive for enterprise sales at Searchmetrics.

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45: Ehsan Gharatappeh | Achieve Success by Leveraging Innate Talents and Discovering Your Values

On today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Ehsan Gharatappeh, CEO of CellPoint Corporation. Ehsan is a highly successful serial entrepreneur, investor and executive leader in the mobile device

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44: Max Alesi | Discovering the Right Path For You and Going After Excellence

In today's episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Max Alesi, owner of Home Genius Exteriors, a thriving roof replacement and home improvement company. Max is also an investor and serial entrepreneur who's started different companies, from house flipping to a freight truck

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43: Michael Yates | Driving Growth Through Passion and Work Ethic

In today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, we chat with Michael Yates, Senior Director of Innovations and Agricultural Strategy at

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42: Marc Bishara | Excellence Through Constant (and Balanced) Growth

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, we chat with Marc Bishara, a man who has achieved a dream shared by many: he lives off his investments, spends his time managing nothing but his

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41: Using Your Resources to Find the Perfect Career

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt shares his advice on using all the information at your disposal to help you determine your future career

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40: Matt Fizell | Living a Life of No Compromises, No Regrets

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, we chat with Matt Fizell, CFP and owner of Harmony

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39: Devin O‘Dowd | Working Smarter and The Shockingly Simple Basics of Success

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, we interview Devin O'Dowd, Director and Equity Partner of Global X, an exchange traded fund firm. He originally studied Environmental Economics and Law in preparation for becoming a lawyer before making the shift to

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38: Steve Brazeel | Working Smarter and The Shockingly Simple Basics of Success

On today’s show, we interview Steve Brazeel, founder and CEO, Sunterra Produce show who shares with us his distilled wisdom on work ethic, and working smarter, and the foundational elements that contribute to success.

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37: John Hepworth | What Does It Take to Grow and Scale a Successful Business?

On today’s show, we interview John Hepworth, co-founder, Firstway Fundraising who reveals how he turned his charitable project into a thriving business. He also shares how he found the gumption to start a large business at the age of

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36: Calvin Cox | Living Off Your Investments – A Roadmap To Financial Freedom

How can you truly achieve financial freedom and accumulate enough capital so that you can live off your investments? On today’s show, we interview real estate agent and investor, Calvin Cox who shares with us his money philosophy. You will learn how to inculcate financial discipline so that you achieve the ultimate dream – living off your

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35: Chris Bates | Showing Tenacity And Building A Sustainable Business

Why are most entrepreneurs unable to grow and scale their business? And in the process, unable to realize their fullest potential? On today’s show, we interview the CEO and founder of Teacher Zone, Chris Bates who shares with us distilled wisdom on goal-setting, tenacity, and building a long-term, sustainable

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34: Dr. Adnan Hussain | Building Grit and How the College Works Internship Has Helped Me As a Medical Professional

Can a College Works internship help those pursuing high-profile careers? On today’s show, we interview the Emergency Department Chair at Amita Health, Dr. Adnan Hussain who shares with his distilled wisdom on excellence, failure, and

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33: Sean Nachtigall | Shedding Your Fears And Venturing Into The Unknown

On today’s show, we interview Sean Nachtigall who shares with us his distilled wisdom on grit, belief, and embracing the

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32: Elaine Huang | Following Your Passion and Working For The Greater Good

On today’s show, we interview founder of Neon Owl, Elaine Huang who shares with us her distilled wisdom on following your passion, thinking outside the box, and working for the greater good.

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31: Trevor Tait | The Most Important Lesson From My Failure

On today’s show, we talk with Trevor Tait, Managing Director, Tait and Associates who shares with his distilled wisdom on adding value, failure, and stepping out of your comfort

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30: Ally Becker | Finding Courage in Ambiguity

Would you find the strength to pivot and change course if your long-cherished dream came down crumbling in an instant? On today’s show, we talk to the incredible Ally Becker who shares with us her distilled wisdom on keeping your focus, and showing courage in

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29: Juliet Monteleone | How to Pivot Again and Again Till You Find Your True Calling

On today’s show, we interview Juliet Monteleone who shares with us her thoughts on exploration, discovering your passion, and finding the courage to follow your

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28: Ann Chenal | Overcoming Self-Doubt And Why Challenges Propel You Towards Your Goals

Can introverts be good leaders, manage large teams, and run successful businesses? On today’s show, we interview Ann Chenal who shares with us her distilled wisdom on overcoming self-doubt, turning challenges into opportunities, and how to combat the inner

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27: Brent Miller | The Power of Good Work Ethic and How Building a Dream Team Can Fuel Massive Growth

On today’s show, we interview Brent Miller, VP, Home Genius Exteriors who shares with us his thoughts on work ethic, chasing growth, and hiring the right

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26: Jerome Stewart | There Is More Than One Path To Excellence

What happens when two brothers follow very different paths in life - one taking the entrepreneurial route, the other moving along the corporate path? In today's show, Matt sits down with his younger brother Jerome to answer that very question. Despite their very different career paths, both ended up ringing the bell on the New York Stock exchange and have more unique perspectives on

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25: John Dijulius | Why Doing Your Best Is All It Takes

How do you go from being a hair-dresser to a highly sought-after speaker? On today’s show, we have John Dijulius who shares with us his distilled wisdom on authenticity, finding your niche, and just doing shit

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24: Scott Gladstone | How Authenticity and Collaboration Can Help You Attain Massive Success

On today’s show, we interview the incredible Scott Gladstone who shares with us his distilled wisdom on authenticity, teamwork, and work

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23: Alexis Rabadam | Turning Your Passion into Profit

On today’s show, we interview Alexis Rabadam, CEO, Finessed Media, Inc. who shares with us her distilled wisdom on motivation, entrepreneurship, and kickstarting a new business in the wake of

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22: Breanna Brady | Finding Your Zone of Excellence and Sticking to Your Convictions

How can you discover your zone of excellence? What are some of the things that you can do to find the right career path that will catapult you miles ahead of the competition? On today’s show, we interview College Works alum Breanna Brady who shares with us her distilled wisdom on excellence, conviction, and the importance of finding your own

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21: Keith Fiscus | Discovering Your Passion

How can you avoid making some of the biggest rookie mistakes that young professionals make? On today’s show, we interview the incredible Keith Fiscus, CEO, Innovative Career Resources & Staffing who shares with us wisdom on career exploration, entrepreneurship, and

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20: Adam Sachs | Self-Discovery Towards Massive Momentum

Can you achieve your moonshot goals if you play it safe and shy away from taking calculated risks? On today’s show, we interview Executive Coach and Change management expert Adam Sachs who shares with us his distilled wisdom on discovering your passion, leveraging your strengths, and taking the path less

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19: Dane Mauland | Discover The Meaning Of Passion and Excellence

On today’s show we interview Dane Mauland who shares with us his thoughts on excellence, discovering your passion, and hardcore work

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18 | Josh Esealuka | The Real Meaning of Success

On today’s show, we interview the incredible Joshua Esealuka, Enterprise Account Executive, AutoRABIT who shares with us his distilled wisdom on the true meaning of excellence, freedom, and

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17: Danielle Whitaker | Flourish Through Professional and Personal Challenges

On today’s show, we interview Director of Corporate Development, EmpireWorks, Danielle Whitaker who shares with us her distilled wisdom on persistence, goal-setting, and finding your best

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16: Darius Mirshahzadeh | The Real Meaning of Success and The Importance of Exploration

On today’s show, we have the incredible Darius Mirshahzadeh who shares with us his distilled wisdom on the importance of exploration, the true meaning of success, and authenticity. When Darius was in his twenties, his sole focus in life was money. And while he did manage to fulfill most of his materialistic ambitions, eventually he realized the futility of his

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15: Rob Lovato | Fail to Succeed

Can you find spectacular success without experiencing your fair share of setbacks? On today’s show, we interview Rob Lovato, territory sales executive, Beckman Coulter who shares with us his distilled wisdom on grit, excellence, and

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14: Danny Sonenshine | Aiming for Empathy

It only took five days... Danny Sonenshine had only been working as a legal associate in a large international firm for five days when he realized that he hated what he was doing. Every day people find themselves struggling in places that leave them unfulfilled, from their relationships to their

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13: Payson Maydew | Overcoming Adversity in Pursuit of Excellence

On today’s Edge of Excellence show, we have Payson Maydew who shares with us his thoughts on time management and positive mindset. We start this show with Payson sharing what excellence means to him. You will learn that the path to success is laden with adversity, and the right mindset can help you overcome your biggest

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12: The Art of Building Great Relationships

Today’s show is about the importance of building relationships. You will get a short reminder as to WHY relationships are foundational to a successful life. Additionally, you will also learn the HOW as Mike shares three critical steps to help you build great

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11 : Kyle Emerick | What Is The 5 F’s Life And How You Can Use It Today

On today’s show of the Edge of Excellence podcast, we interview second lieutenant, Marine Corps, Kyle Emerick who shares with us thoughts on excellence, time management, and focus. For Kyle, achieving excellence is about doing well in all facets of his life. He shares with us the 5F’s which are helping him lead a well-balanced

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10: Tackling Stress: The Pursuit of Excellence

On today’s show, you will learn some actionable, common-sense stress management tips so that you can push through unhindered on the path of excellence. While stress is a constant fixture in our lives, a perspective shift can help us hone in on the real stresses that truly merit our attention. Doing so will allow us to focus, build systems, and find solutions that alleviate our

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9: Marissa Wiegand | How My CollegeWorks Internship Helped Me Secure My Dream Job at Caterpillar

Ever wondered how the right internship can steer you towards success? In today’s show, Matt interviews Marissa Wiegand, Budget Accountant, Caterpillar Inc. who shares with us her thoughts on excellence, relationships, and the importance of making

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8: Darin Anderson | Excellence, Self-Belief, and Other Critical Traits of Exemplary Leaders

On today’s show, we interview Darin Anderson, Chairman, and CEO, Salas O’Brien who shares with us his distilled wisdom on excellence, perseverance, and self-belief.  You will also get some practical financial tips as Darin espouses the benefits of putting up with short-term pains for long-term

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7: Jack Kratcha | The Power of Making Unconventional Choices

In today’s show, we interview 22-year-old Jack Kratcha who reveals how he has managed to earn $220K in his three years at College Works. Jack shares his distilled wisdom on excellence, taking the path less trodden, and the perks of being your own

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6: Rob Sprong | Building an Excellence Mindset: What Successful Leaders Do That Others Don’t

What do successful business leaders do differently? What is the “secret sauce” that enables them to outperform the competition again and again? In today’s show of The Excel Today podcast, we interview Rob Sprong, President, KeenView, and CollegeWorks who shares what excellence means to him. He reveals his four main excellence drivers and shares why it is important to constantly benchmark yourself against your high-performing

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5: Time Management Secrets

Today’s show is about time management. If you are shooting for excellence in your personal and professional life, you won’t get to your end goal without prioritization and time management. On today’s show, you will learn why you need to work on the tasks that are “important but not yet urgent”.  Doing so will bring down your stress levels while boosting your output

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4: Omar Zarabi | Fueling Your Passion and How to Remain in the Constant Pursuit of Excellence

Ever wondered how the Kobe Bryant’s, Tom Brady’s, and Michael Jordan’s of the world stay on the top of their game? On today’s show, we interview the incredible Omar Zarabi, Founder and CEO, Port53 who shares with us his wisdom on excellence, passion, and goal-setting. As a 4-year-old kid from Afghanistan who did not know a word of English, Omar was constantly bullied by his classmates. And when you are picked on for being different, one of the two things can happen - either you withdraw into a shell. Or, like, Omar, you grow up with a chip on your

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3: The Secret Power Behind DISC Assessments

Are you confused with the wide range of career choices? Do you feel that you are making life-altering decisions without doing your due diligence? If this is you, you are not alone. In fact, like you, most of your counterparts also make education and career choices without following any streamlined process. In today’s show, Matt shares some practical and actionable tips to help you out. From taking a DISC test to researching different career options, we share some great information to help you out.

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2: Nicole McMackin | What It Takes To Achieve Your Moonshot Goals

Ever wanted to know how successful entrepreneurs make it happen? How do they make decisions that catapult them miles ahead of the competition? In today’s show, we interview Nicole McMackin, President, Irvine Technology Corporation who shares with you her wisdom on success, mindset, and workplace diversity. Growing up, Nicole always possessed an incredible work ethic

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1: Mike Caito | Bootstrapping with $6,000, Scaling, and Exing Big

In today’s show, Mahew interviews Michael Caito, CEO and owner, MAP Consulting who shares with us his life story, and his entrepreneurial wisdom. You will learn how he bootstrapped his food delivery business with just $6,000, sold it at an extremely attractive valuation, and the biggest lessons that he learned in the process. Michael’s parents got

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0: How I Discovered My Ideal Career Path (And How You Can Do It Too!)

Have you discovered the right career path that can transform your life and power you ahead? On today’s show, Matt Stewart, CEO & Entrepreneur, College Works Painting who shares with us his life story, and reveals how he found his true calling. Growing up, Matt was fired from all sorts of jobs before he found his

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26: Jerome Stewart | There Is More Than One Path To Excellence

What happens when two brothers follow very different paths in life – one taking the entrepreneurial route, the other moving along the corporate path? In today’s show, Matt sits down with his younger brother Jerome to answer that very question. Despite their very different career paths, both ended up ringing the bell on the New York Stock exchange and have more unique perspectives on success.

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