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The Lodgz Podcast

Welcome to The Lodgz Podcast, an interview-style gaming and esports show highlighting business professionals, streamers, content creators, and pro esports players. Hosted by Juan Rodriguez, Founder of Lodgz Financial. Every week Juan hosts notable people in gaming to share their career, journey and story of how they got to where they are today. New episodes drop every Thursday.

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EP 14 - with Cody Dierickx & Jon Ortiz | Co-Founders of ROK Esports

Co-Founders Cody Dierickx & Jon Ortiz join us to chat about ROK Esports in Miami, FL. ROK Esports is a pop-up style tournament organization with the goal of becoming a future esports bar. Averaging around 200 attendees per event they are making some noise in south Florida. Tune in to hear about their entrepreneurial journey, what games they feature at their tournaments & their sponsorship with Primus Gaming. Connect with the show:Follow ROK on InstagramFollow ROK on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 12mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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EP 8 - with Joe Armao | Vice President of Sports & Entertainment at Iberia Bank

Joe Armao is the Vice President of Sports & Entertainment at Iberia Bank in the New York office. Joe chats with me about the role gaming played in his upbringing, his career in banking & of course, esports. He also covers something I believe strongly in - the importance of relationships in business.Connect with the show:Follow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on InstagramFollow Juan on eFuse

1hr 1min

20 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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EP 35 - with Bryce Browne | Director of Esports at Mamba Sports Academy

Bryce Browne is the Director of Esports at Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park, California. After spending 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as a structural engineer, Bryce transitioned into the fitness industry. This transition came after spending two months bedridden due to suffering major back issues. After leaving the U.S. Air Force, Bryce received his personal training certification and began interning at Mamba Sports Academy, originally known as Sports Academy. Post-internship he transitioned into a full-time position & is now the Director of Esports! He's spent over 3 years at the academy. Connect with the show:Follow Bryce on InstagramFollow Bryce on TwitchFollow Mamba Sports Academy on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow The Lodgz Podcast on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

55mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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EP 13 - with Jenny Simile | Mixer Streamer with over 25K+ followers

Jenny Simile is a Mixer streamer with 25k+ followers & 138K+ views of her channel on Mixer. She’s the first streamer to join us on the podcast! She shares how she got into streaming, how she has grown her channel & why building a community is important. Update - since the recording of this episode, Jenny became a partnered streamer on Mixer!Connect with the show:Follow Jenny on MixerFollow Jenny on TwitterFollow Jenny on InstagramFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 17mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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EP 30 - with Erin Ashley Simon | TV Anchor at Cheddar Esports

Erin Ashley Simon is many things - TV Anchor at Cheddar Esports, Co-Host of the Grass Routes Podcast, Forbes featured & ex-D1 athlete, to name a few. She started her journey in media at the age of 16 when she started her blog, Box of Mess, where she highlighted top tier high school basketball players including Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, Michael Gilchrist & others. This started her career in journalism which led her to roles at Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal & now - Cheddar Esports. She is a trailblazer for women in gaming & esports, as well as a leader on diversity & inclusion.Connect with the show:Follow Erin on TwitterFollow Erin on LinkedInFollow Erin on InstagramFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on Instagram

54mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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EP 34 - with Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. | VP of the Jacobson Firm

Justin Jacobson is an attorney & the Vice President of the Jacobson Firm in New York City! He's successfully negotiated various forms of deals with Netflix, RCA Records & Universal Music Publishing. He's worked with notable individuals including professional athletes, pro gamers, musicians & fashion designers. He is also the Founder of WorldWideJust - a platform that provides insight, analysis, news & content into the NBA 2K League. Justin is a trusted attorney with 10+ years of experience focusing in these sectors.Connect with the show:Follow Justin on LinkedInFollow Justin on TwitterFollow the Jacobson Firm on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on InstagramA very special thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Label-Aid. They are a custom label company who have become a premier manufacturer of labels, decals & graphic overlays. Visit their website here, to learn more about their products & offerings.

46mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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EP 32 - with Gabriel Causse | Partnerships Manager for Magic Gaming

Gabriel Causse is the Esports Partnership Manager for Magic Gaming, affiliate NBA 2K League team of the Orlando Magic. Originally from France, Gabe moved to the United States in his early 20's to begin a new adventure. Shortly after graduating from the University of Colorado he spent over 3 years with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, a tier two professional soccer team. In 2018 Gabe made another transition into his role with Magic Gaming in Orlando, FL. He was the first Esports Partnership Manager in the history of the NBA 2K League, awarded partnership of the year & local activation of the year by the NBA, has created numerous well respected & strategic partnerships for Magic Gaming, as well as been Forbes featured. Connect with the show:Follow Gabe on LinkedInFollow Gabe on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on InstagramA very special thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Label-Aid. They are a custom label company who have become a premier manufacturer of labels, decals & graphic overlays. Visit their website here, to learn more about their products & offerings.

1hr 2mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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EP 5 - Your Esports Career Isn't Forever

How does esports stand in relation to traditional pro sports? I provide real-life comparisons between the two. This episode is fact heavy, loaded with great information of esports and pro sports. The punch line - there is a life after esports.

28mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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EP 9 - with Adam Nelson | Founder of Philly Esports

Adam Nelson is a US Army veteran, experienced individual in the tech & IT space & founder of Philly Esports. Philly Esports is a "pop-up" style competitive event organizer located in Philadelphia, PA. Adam chats with us about his esports business, their mission/goals & the challenges of entrepreneurship.Connect with the show:Follow Adam on LinkedInFollow Philly Esports on InstagramFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on InstagramFollow Juan on eFuse

57mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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EP 31 - with Chris Smith | Founder of BIG Esports

Chris Smith is the Founder of BIG Esports, a gaming & esports consulting firm & agency located in Australia. Chris has spent 10+ years in the industry sitting in various different roles including playing as a semi-professional player, esports commentator, event organizer & now on the business side as the Founder of BIG Esports. I chat with Chris about his diverse career, some of the influencer marketing campaigns in gaming he's put together, PR for pro players & streamers, how he has evolved as a podcast host & more!Connect with the show:Follow Chris on LinkedInFollow Chris on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 10mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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EP 7 - with Herb May | Head of Growth at Roundhill Investments

Our first guest joins us on the podcast! Herb chats about his background story, expertise in esports & the influence LinkedIn has played in his life. Topics covered include current state of esports, gaming facilities, esports infrastructure & more.Connect with the show:Follow Herb on LinkedInFollow Herb on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on InstagramFollow Juan on eFuse

1hr 4mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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EP 36 - with Jeff Eisenband | Esports & Sports Journalist

Jeff Eisenband is an esports & sports journalist. He's worked for companies such as ThePostGame, DraftKings, Front Office Sports, MSG Networks, the NBA, the NBA 2K League & others! Jeff walks us through his career in journalism including chatting about his time at Northwestern University, where he graduated with his undergrad in 2015. He shares how he navigated the journalism industry post-college. He provides insight & advice for others who are interested in a similar career path. As you'll hear from him on the episode, the success he's had in his career takes time & persistence. Connect with the show:Follow Jeff on LinkedInFollow Jeff on TwitterFollow Jeff on InstagramFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

48mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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EP 16 - with Perry Bunn | Founder & President of Auburn University Esports

Perry Bunn is the Founder & President of Auburn University Esports. He joins us to chat about everything esports related going on at the University! He’s played a key role in growing the organization, which now has numerous competitive esports teams in different games. They have about 150 competitive players & 500 general members.Connect with the show:Follow Perry on InstagramFollow Perry on TwitterFollow Auburn Esports on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 3mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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EP 6 - 3 Budgeting Tips For Streamers

Hey podcast! If you're a streamer who lives on your own & makes your own living, this is a great episode for you. I share 3 budgeting tips you can use to create extra cash to put into your stream. At the end of the day, it's about the sacrifices you make.

26mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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EP 11 - with Derek Watford | Co-Founder of High Point Gamer

Derek Watford is the Co-Founder of High Point Gamer in Tampa, FL. Derek is a thought leader in the space, playing a key role to grow Tampa as an attractive esports city. His company, High Point Gamer, focuses on brand building, events & community engagement. His long track record in gaming brings valuable information to parents, kids & organizations.Connect with the show:Follow Derek on LinkedInFollow HPG on TwitterFollow HPG on InstagramFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 11mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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EP 3 - Grow Your Stream | Build Your Community

Hey podcast! In this episode I focus on how streamers can grow their audience & build a community. I share some Instagram & Twitter tricks that are easy to apply. I end the episode with a hot take on streamers use of Linked In. Hope you enjoy!

17mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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EP 15 - with Marcus Howard | Founder of ProjectMQ & President of Tampa Association of Gaming

Marcus Howard is a public speaker, author & influential advocate for indie games. Marcus founded ProjectMQ, a multimedia search engine for the world’s best independent video games. We chat ProjectMQ, the Tampa Association of Gaming & esports in Tampa, FL.Connect with the show:Follow Marcus on LinkedInFollow ProjectMQ on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 6mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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EP 29 - with Kieran John | Esports Agent at DULCEDO Management

Kieran John is an entrepreneur, YouTuber & Esports Agent at DULCEDO Management. At the age of 14 he grew his YouTube channel to 80,000 subscribers & over 5 million views in just two months. A couple of years later he founded Elusive Esports Agency which represents professional players, streamers, organizations & some of the most popular content creators. Though Elusive is still actively running representing different people in the industry, Kieran has taken his experiences & knowledge from an early age to currently focus on being an Esports Agent for DULCEDO Management. Connect with the show:Follow Kieran on LinkedInFollow Kieran on TwitterFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

47mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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EP 10 - with Shawn Smith | Co-Founder & CEO of GYO Score Esports Data Analytics

Shawn Smith is the Co-Founder & CEO of GYO Score Esports Data Analytics. Esports, because in its infancy, currently lacks the traditional “pipeline” & “path” traditional sports offers to players hoping to reach the collegiate level. Shawn & his team are working to solve this absence in esports through their platform GYO Score.Connect with the show:Follow Shawn on LinkedInFollow GYO Score on TwitterFollow GYO Score on InstagramFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

58mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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EP 12 - with Phil Wildman | Founder & Managing Director of GG Insurance Services

Phil Wildman is the Founder & Managing Director of GG Insurance Services in London. Insurance for esports teams, players & businesses is vital. Phil breaks down real/possible insurance situations within the gaming & esports space & why risk management is so important. Connect with the show:Follow Phil on LinkedInVisit their websiteFollow Juan on LinkedInFollow Juan on TwitterFollow Juan on Instagram

1hr 16mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #20