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The Building Business Podcast
36 minutes | 14 days ago
Deke Copenhaver / Copenhaver Consulting, LLC
Deke Copenhaver currently serves as Principal of Copenhaver Consulting, LLC, a niche consulting firm in Augusta, Georgia serving the needs of businesses, nonprofits and local governments. In May of 2019 he published his first book “The Changemaker: the Art of Building Better Leaders.”Deke served as Mayor of Augusta, Georgia from 2005 through 2014. Since leaving office, Deke hosted “There it is With Deke Copenhaver,” a daily call-in radio show on WGAC New Talk Radio. In addition, Deke has served as Managing Consultant for the Augusta Economic Development Authority.Deke has spoken at many national conferences on topics including city design, economic development, healthcare, veteran’s issues, and the non-profit industry. He currently authors a monthly column on leadership published by the Georgia Municipal Association.Deke has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” seven times. Southern Living Magazine named Deke as one of their “Heroes of the New South” for his passionate work in helping to revitalize Augusta’s historic inner-city African American neighborhoods. In 2010, Deke was awarded the “Exemplary Service for Community Unity” award by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee. Deke was the 2013 recipient of the Robert F. Cocklin Award presented by the Third Region of the Association of the United States Army for his exceptional support of AUSA, our nation’s military and their families. In 2014, the Greater Augusta Arts Council recognized Deke with the President’s Award for his support of and commitment to the arts. In 2017, Deke was recognized by Leadership Augusta with their Ruth Crawford Community Leadership Award. In 2017, Copenhaver was presented with the First Annual Invest Augusta Cyber Leadership Award.During this episode, Deke shares his entrepreneurial tip: don’t be afraid to go against the status quo.
35 minutes | a month ago
Doug Jackson / Shared Vision
Doug Jackson is the co-founder of Shared Vision, an advertising agency with offices in both Atlanta, GA and St. Petersburg, FL. Shared Vision is industry-agnostic and size-agnostic, providing services to start-ups and Fortune 100 companies. Several of its clients are household names, such as Smirnoff, Delta Airlines, Diageo, and Hard Rock.Before becoming a provider of advertising services, Doug was a consumer of those services as an entrepreneur in the technology space. His former company grew from its founding group of 10 to over 1100 employees at the time it was sold. Fourteen years ago, taking his experience as a consumer of advertising services, Doug partnered with his co-founder, Michelle Tannu, to form Shared Vision. Focused on the client-experience and the employee-experience, Shared Vision has built a culture that has resulted in very low employee and customer attrition.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Joe Koufman / Setup
Joe Koufman has always been a connector of people. In his 20+ years working in marketing and business development, he has built out a large and distinguished network of corporate and agency contacts.Joe founded Setup in early 2014 to help marketers level up. Today, Setup connects marketers with agencies, talent, and resources to fill gaps.Prior to founding Setup, Joe spent six years as SVP of Marketing and Business Development at Engauge (acquired by Publicis Group in 2013 and merged with Moxie), focusing on landing marquis clients such as Hershey's, Cisco Systems, AMC Theatres, Chick-fil-A, Newell Brands, and Turner Broadcasting. Before Engauge, Joe spent eight years leading strategic accounts for KnowledgeStorm (acquired by TechTarget in 2007) such as Computer Associates, Cognos (now IBM), and Oracle.In this episode, we discuss Joe's journey from managing big-brand retail to forming a business around his passion for matchmaking. In addition, he shares several entrepreneurial tips, including: (1) don't do it, unless you are 100% committed, and (2) find your tribe.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Nadia Bilchik / Greater Impact Communication
Nadia Bilchik is an internationally renowned television personality, communication and professional development training expert, author, and keynote speaker. She has anchored and hosted feature programs for CNN International, CNN Airport Network, MNet Television (South Africa), and has reported for CNN Weekend. Nadia was formerly Editorial Producer for CNN’s Weekend Morning program.Nadia's dynamic, entertaining, and substantive approach to communication skills training, comes from her extensive experience in conducting training workshops, coaching business professionals and delivering keynote addresses to a broad range of audiences both in the USA and globally, as well as interviewing high-profile figures, celebrities and corporate leaders. Among others, she has interviewed President Nelson Mandela, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, and George Clooney.Nadia’s clients include: The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung, Porsche, Home Depot Corporation, Georgia Tech, Starbucks, ESPN, Hudson Bay Company, Turner Broadcasting – CNN, TruTV, Cartoon Network, INPO, Accenture, Commercial Real Estate Women’s “CREW”, affiliates nationally, Jamestown LP, Arnall Golden Gregory, Lathams, MSL Group, North Easter University, The Women’s Food Service Forum, ERC Worldwide – Corporate Relocation Specialists, and Network of Executive Women “NEW”.In this episode, we discuss Nadia's journey from South Africa to Atlanta, as well as from television to keynote speaker, trainer, and author. Nadia shares stories about her experiences in journalism and entrepreneurialism as the President of Greater Impact Communication. In addition, she shares several entrepreneurial tips, including: (1) build a foundation and (2) be consistent.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
John Miles / Miles Mediation & Arbitration
After spending a decade litigating in the courtroom, John Miles often found litigation too expensive, too time-consuming, and not in the best interests of clients. To provide a better way to resolve disputes, he formed Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services, LLC in 2000. Today with offices in Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, and with more on the way, his company offers ADR services to attorneys and corporations nationwide. In addition, Miles Mediation & Arbitration has been named the best ADR firm in Georgia for the last six years. In this episode, we discuss John's journey from litigating insurance defense cases through the building and growing of one of the country's premier alternative dispute resolution firms. John shares the evolution of his company, how the ADR market has expanded, and a few entrepreneurial tips: (1) every entrepreneur must possess the power of optimism, and (2) growth requires putting the right people in the right roles and then allowing them to do their jobs.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Craig Lucie / Lucie Content
Craig Lucie started Lucie Content to shine a light on the positive events happening in our world and to share compelling stories that resonate with his clients' audiences. He has two decades of news experience, has won an EMMY for Best News Anchor, and has received multiple other EMMY nominations. He has also received several AP Awards for his reporting and has contributed reports to newscasts that have won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. The Georgia Association of Broadcasters also recognized him as the best on-air personality in the state, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named him as one of the 40 Under 40 award recipients. Craig has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and HLN. While covering a State of the Union Address, he was recently one of a few journalists invited to have dinner with President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room of The White House.In this episode, we discuss Craig's journey behind and in front of the camera. From filming family events with a camcorder as a child, to his award-winning career as a journalist and news anchor, and through the founding and operation of Lucie Content, Craig has dedicated his entire career creating impactful content. In addition, Craig shares his entrepreneurial tips: delegate and as Nike's slogan goes, Just Do It.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Joel Manby / Love Works
Joel Manby is the former CEO of Saab Automobile USA, Herschend Enterprises (during which he appeared on CBS’s Undercover Boss), and SeaWorld. In addition, Joel is the author of Love Works. Through his journey as a corporate leader, particularly through the experiences he gained at Herschend Enterprises, he discovered how framing leadership through agape love is the key to success.In this episode, we learn about Joel’s journey from his childhood in Battle Creek, Michigan through his tenures as CEO of Saab, Herschend, and SeaWorld. We discuss the concept of agape love (also known as servant leadership), and how he has used this principle to guide his leadership style. In addition, he shares his entrepreneurial tip: In a crisis, although potentially counterintuitive, double down on love.In Love Works, Joel shares his stories, both of his successes and his struggles. In addition, he discusses how leading through agape love can change corporate culture and have a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. The book is real, inspiring, and, at times, raw. I found Love Works easy to read, practical, and enjoyable.You can learn more about Joel Manby and order a copy of his book, Love Works, at JoelManby.com.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Rich Casanova / The Pro Business Channel & Global Podcasting Studios
Rich Casanova is the Co-Founder of the Pro Business Channel and Global Podcast Studios, based in Atlanta, Georgia.In this episode, we learn about Rich and his two podcast-related businesses. In addition, Rich shares with us his entrepreneurial tip: Don't wait for perfection to take action.Rich began his broadcasting career in California at KSKS-FM. Rich got the radio bug early in his career, which later prompted the formation of the Pro Business Channel where he is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer. The Pro Business Channel produced Planning Successfully, a podcast series I previously hosted.Within the first 18 months of launching the Pro Business Channel, the network generated over 750,000 downloads. Due to Rich's success, many sought his advice to begin their own podcasts. Moving with the market, Rich formed Global Podcast Studios ("GPS").GPS has the goal of making podcasting easy and affordable. GPS offers a full range of podcasting services, including studio rental, professional audio engineering, editing, jingle production, recording ebooks, and more.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Paula Canaday-Daeke / Fiscally Balanced, LLC
Paula Canaday-Daeke is the Founder of Fiscally Balanced, LLC, based in Atlanta, Georgia. In this episode, we learn about Paula, Fiscally Balanced, and AADMM. In addition, Paula shares with us two entrepreneurial tips: Set up Quickbooks before your business goes live and Understand the Amount of Time it Will Take to Run Your Business.After spending many years in corporate America and considering her lifetime passion has been helping others master their personal money matters, it seemed a natural evolution to utilize her business experience and couple it with her passion to establish Fiscally Balanced. Paula gains great satisfaction in teaching and equipping others with skills for strong and responsible money practices. She also recognize life situations for others require her to step in and take over daily financial paperwork and tasks. Organization, analysis and planning are among Paula's strengths. Paula can assist whether you want to gain education and insight or let her handle the management of your daily financial matters.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
Gabrielle Mills / Sourced
Gabrielle Mills is the Co-Founder of Sourced, based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.In this episode, we learn about Gabrielle, Sourced, and what motivates her to succeed. In addition, Gabrielle shares with us her entrepreneurial tip: Understanding that your identity as an person is not tied to your business.More about Sourced - Sourced is an award-winning business with the goal of being the reason clients have more time. Sourced's services include marketing, bookkeeping, office assistance, and placement. Gabrielle has been quoted regarding the purpose of Sourced to say:"We wanted to create a business that provided impactful, valuable support for businesses, meeting them where they are, helping them scale where they want to be, and not putting them into a box. We support businesses by giving them flexible options to grow their business in a way that makes sense for them."
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Josh Simpson / Simpson & Simpson Accounting
Josh Simpson is the Managing Partner of Simpson & Simpson Accounting, LLC, based in Woodstock, Georgia.In this episode, we learn about Josh and his accounting firm, its philanthropic work with U.S. Military Veterans. Josh also shares with us his entrepreneurial tip: Don't be afraid to charge the value of your services.About Josh:Operation Iraqi Freedom III VeteranCertified Public Accountant Ernst & Young LLP AlumniBachelors of Business Administration, Major in Accounting (Kennesaw State University)Skilled in Business & Personal Tax, Financial Reporting, Auditing, Reviews, IRS Resolutions, Financial & Business Strategies
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Megan Wells / Two Birds Films
Megan Wells is the Co-Founder of Two Birds Films. In addition, check out Megan's personal website for more information about her work and her keynote speaking.In this episode, we learn about Megan and Two Birds Films. In addition, Megan shares with us her entrepreneurial tips: (i) Understanding your power and what you have to offer, and (ii) understanding the roller coaster of entreprenuership.Megan is a multi-award winning branded content, commercial and documentary director. She has worked with major international broadcast, agency and brand clients, some of which include: Red Bull, Under Armour, Google, The NBA, MLB, PGA and NASCAR, ESPN, Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports, Gatorade, Dove Beauty, Acura, Ziploc, Delta Airlines, the Home Depot, EDC, Primavera Sound, Bestival, Roskilde, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. She has written and directed several syndicated branded content and entertainment series, and is most known for telling real, authentic and relatable human stories. Her clients would tell you she is not only a powerful visual storyteller, but uses every opportunity to allow space for real human stories, emotion and performances to fill the lens, so viewers can more deeply engage with the content she’s creating. She has been a keynote presenter at conferences and universities around the world as a leader in the conversation surrounding branded content and entertainment, as well as a featured guest on several global podcasts, speaking about creativity, content creation, the history of storytelling and the evolution of digital media. Meg has been awarded six times at the New York Festival’s World’s Best, four times at the Cannes Corporate Media and Television Festival, and once at the Sports Emmy Awards.
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