Rank #1: 139: Clifford Blanquicet – Blanq Real Estate
Who loves to golf on their day off? I know a lot of you are raising your hands now.. but our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast is an actual pro golfer, who is now, also, a commercial real estate broker. He’s also one of Charlotte Agenda’s “30 under 30”.. and a father of “4 under 4.” YES — 4 children under the age of 4. How does he do it all? We’ve got Cliff Blanquicet here from Blanq Real Estate and we’re sure he has some stories to tell!!
Apr 16 2020
Rank #2: 135: Mecklenburg County Boy Scouts
One of the oldest and most venerable institutions in Charlotte turns 105 this year, and hundreds of thousands of young men and boys.. and now girls.. can say they’ve been a part of it. We’re talking about the Boy Scouts, and if you weren’t one, you know someone who was.
We’re delighted to have a few folks from the Mecklenburg County Council with us on the BrandBuilders Podcast today. The local council here in Mecklenburg County boasts 349 packs, troops, teams, crews, and posts — and includes nearly 12-thousand participants! Welcome Mark Turner, Eric Davis, and Jennifer Clutter.
Mar 19 2020
Rank #3: 107: Chris Stuart & Brandon Swiderski – Made to Last
A lot of folks may limit their idea of art to what they can find in a museum. But some of the most intriguing art in Charlotte is literally walking around the city, doing everyday things. We’re talking, of course, about tattoos. Our guests on the award-winning BrandBuilders Podcast won Charlotte Magazine’s “Voters’ Pick” for Best of the Best Tattoo Parlor in 2019. Chris Stuart and Brandon Swiderski of Made To Last Tattoo share their story of building a brand and the changing image of the tattoo parlor.
Sep 05 2019
Rank #4: 130: Ground 40
Breaking old bad habits, or worse, is never easy to do. When your habit is drugs and you are addicted… most times, you’ll need some help. Ground 40 is an organization that helps men transition back into their communities after being in the grip of addiction and even the crime, prison, or family separation that comes with it — by providing practical and spiritual guidance through discipleship. Wesley Keziah knows those problems firsthand, as a former 10-year heroin addict who is now Ground 40’s Executive Director. He’s joined by Matthew Davis, Ground 40’s Administration Director.
Feb 13 2020
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Rank #5: Clem McDavid – Babel Street
In an age where we can have endless information at our fingertips around the clock and from around the globe, how do you make sense of it all? Especially, if some of it is in a different language or many different languages? Babel Street is a data analytics company that works to do that in more than 200 languages, and can chart social media in 18 major world languages. VP Clem McDavid shares the insights Babel Street can learn from all of this data, and social media monitoring worldwide.
Mar 28 2019
Rank #6: 104: Roger Moore – Loan Pronto
Are you buying a house? Are you looking forward to the mortgage process? Paperwork, financial review, lots of questions? Would you rather have your wisdom teeth pulled again? A lot of people feel that way… Roger Moore is a veteran loan officer who believed technology could make everything easier, and possibly… as paperless as possible. His company, Loan Pronto, is one of those on the leading edge of digital mortgages, and it is headquartered right here in Charlotte.
Aug 15 2019
Rank #7: Will Mullinix – Lawn & Mullinix Mortgage
A home purchase is one of the biggest expenses you’ll ever have in your life — second, maybe to your college education or your kids. But it also can build equity, so it’s important to make a good investment. Where do you start? Our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast has some answers. Will Mullinix of Lawn & Mullinix Mortgage shares his insights about how to plan for that big step into home ownership.
Apr 25 2019
Rank #8: 111: Kevin Young – Big Ass Fans
When employees can keep their cool — not too hot, not too cold — they perform better and get more work done! We’re being a little cheeky about introducing our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast because they are doing serious business in designing fans with a good-humored name. Give a big welcome to the director of sales distribution at Big Ass Fans, Kevin Young.
(and man, does he look familiar!)
Oct 03 2019
Rank #9: 113: Girls on the Run Charlotte
We love when a local group from Charlotte has such a good idea, it goes national. One of those ideas that’s been incredibly popular both locally, and now nationally, is Girls on the Run. The afterschool program started more than 20 years ago in Charlotte with 13 girls and now counts more than a MILLION girls who have participated in all 50 states! Joining us today on the BrandBuilders Podcast are the local director and program manager for Girls on the Run Charlotte, Maghan Knight and Mary Stuart Fountain.
Oct 17 2019
Rank #10: 117: Ward Blanchard – Blanchard Institute
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all know at least one person with a substance abuse problem. It can be alcohol, street drugs, or even prescription drugs — which we’re seeing with the spike in opioid addictions and deaths in the last 5 years. The latest numbers from drugabuse-dot-gov say, more than 23 million Americans suffered addiction to alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs in 2017.
But we also know from those same government statistics, that only 2-1/2 million people are getting proper treatment for those addictions. That’s quite a gap. Our guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast today is one person in Charlotte doing something about that: Ward Blanchard founded the Blanchard Institute Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Charlotte and is here to give us some insight into his center’s important work.
Nov 14 2019
Rank #11: Josh Dernosek – Aldo Products
“The ceiling is the ROOF!” according to one of North Carolina’s favorite sons. Of course, if you’re a Carolina fan — or just a basketball fan — you know it was Michael Jordan. BrandBuilders Podcast guest Josh Dernosek also specializes in keeping your roof solid under our Carolina Blue skies — he is the Southeast Region Sales Manager for Aldo Products, whose roof coatings keep the rain and weather outside your home where it belongs, instead of pouring down from your ceiling into your living room.
Mar 08 2019
Rank #12: 112: Pitchin’ For Wishes
A good reason you probably know the name of “Make-A-Wish” is because of the sheer number of good deeds they do for children with chronic or terminal illnesses. Behind the scenes, there are teams working hard every day to make those wishes happen. Logistics of a magical day are one thing, and fundraising to make wishes come true are another. Pitchin’ For Wishes is coming up soon in Charlotte. It’s sponsored by Andrew Roby – the general contractor and real estate company. Christian McCall from Andrew Roby is here with Chris Weber from Make-A-Wish to tell us about it.
Oct 10 2019
Rank #13: 108: Melissa Brokaw & DC Lucchesi – well-run media + marketing
Great products need great promotion to really be their best. That’s what Brand Building is about, right? DC Lucchesi and Melissa Brokaw from well-run media + marketing know that, too – earning the Readers’ Choice for Charlotte’s Best of the Best ad agencies. In this BrandBuilders Podcast, they share why “understanding a vibe” is an important part of selling a product.
Sep 12 2019
Rank #14: 134: Tom Lane – One Team Leadership
If you watch the corporate world, you wonder, ‘Why does one company succeed and another one fail? What does it mean to do things right, or where did the failing company go wrong?’ We hear a lot about Google and Microsoft and the fun corporate campuses providing interesting perks– but is that what it takes?
Our next guest specializes in “what it takes” to find success as a company. Tom Lane is with OneTeam Leadership, which helps companies find that key to success with what’s called a “One Team Performance Pyramid.”
Mar 12 2020
Rank #15: 115: Veterans Motorsports
Veterans Day is coming up November 11th, and if you want to celebrate and thank our veterans — and enjoy some tasty food while supporting them too — we know where you can do that. The city of Huntersville is hosting its 4th annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in downtown, and it includes a food truck rally to benefit a group called Veterans Motorsports. We wanted to hear the scoop, so we found Steve Morgan and Carla Schwartz-Morgan to give us details on this episode of the BrandBuilders Podcast.
Oct 31 2019
Rank #16: 100: Garrett Tichy – Hygge
And how many successful corporations have we heard about that started in a garage or basement? Entrepreneurship is the hardest game there is. To have an idea, put it in place, start a company, sell it, make money…. you get it.
One new trend that’s helped launch many an entrepreneur or startup is co-working… or, renting a bit of office space with some other folks who only need a bit of office space. One of the most popular co-working companies in Charlotte is Hygge. The man behind the easy workspace joins us for our 100th episode of the award-winning BrandBuilders Podcast. Welcome Garrett Tichy!
Jul 18 2019
Rank #17: 103: Blair Primis & Amanda Fowler – OrthoCarolina
Aug 08 2019
Rank #18: 116: Alex Smereczniak – 2ULaundry
Which day is wash day in your house? Mondays? Sundays? Only when absolutely necessary? Our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast knows how you feel and we figure he’s probably had days he didn’t feel like doing laundry, too.
But the difference is that Alex Smereczniak now does laundry for a living — sort of. He’s half of the start-up, 2ULaundry, that does YOUR laundry… washed, dried, and delivered to your door the next day. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Yes it does. So good, that in just four years the Charlotte-based company has expanded and secured $6 million dollars of investments to go nationwide.
Nov 07 2019
Rank #19: Cam Marston – Generational Insights
Cam Marston is the President and Owner of Generational Insights which provides clients the link between the generational and demographic shift in the workplace and marketplace. He’s also the host of his own podcast, What’s Working with Cam Marston. Cam provides specific actions which change the way businesses sell, market, manage, and lead, all while throwing in some big doses of humor to make the pill easier to swallow.
Apr 04 2019
Rank #20: 118: Michael Smoak – Middle James Brewing
Charlotte has a LOT of breweries… but Pineville…. has. just. ONE. Now, while other places in Pineville serve craft beer, only one had to go to the town council to get some rules changed to brew beer in town limits. Spoiler alert: they got it. And we can thank three people for that… 3 people who wanted to open a brewery, and realized Pineville didn’t have one… and therefore needed one. (Makes sense!) And what better place to open that brewery than a place with a view — especially if that view is an old par-3 course and driving range.
“Genius!” you say. Yes, and Michael Smoak from Middle James Brewing is here on the BrandBuilders Podcast to tell us how it’s going.
Nov 21 2019