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NetWorkWise Presents: Conversations with Connors

A podcast that shows how accomplished individuals leverage their relationships in order to attain success. NetWorkWise Founder and CEO Adam Connors interviews some of the most highly skilled networkers across all industries.

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Bill O'Herron: Standing in the Fire

When Bill O’Herron isn’t raising money for a money management firm in Austin, TX, he can be found teaching and counseling youths, adults and couples. Bill is passionate about and focused on learning and studying how people become more self-aware. It has been the driving force and theme of his work with clients. Bill’s career spans 25+ years in the financial field as a research sales trader and director of capital markets, having worked in New York, London, Stamford, CT and Austin, TX. Bill is currently finishing up a book about relationships, more specifically on how to better understand the unconscious patterns of behavior that we all bring into our relationships. It is called The Space in Between: Why Great Marriages Thrive, Others Fail. Bill has been married to his amazing and exceedingly patient wife Linda for 20 years. They have 3 teenage daughters and 2 male dogs. He has traveled 46 countries and has lived in a couple of different countries and states, but now calls Austin, TX his home. Bill graduated from Middlebury College, VT in ’86 with a BA in English and earned his MSW from Columbia University. Today’s Subjects: How to build relationships and happiness How to embrace the emotional challenges naturally generated by relationships, and to use this discomfort as a catalyst to turning inward and working on oneself. Why relationships fail: emotional dissidence Why do men & woman cheat; what’s underneath the cheating How your DNA & genetics can be changed How you came to become the person that you are: Why 90% of your daily life is lived unconsciously Simple tips on how to get in touch Generational emotional planning Son/mother dynamic and how it’s a broken model The power of vulnerability and the benefits of being real, especially in relationships Why being present for your children is arguably the best thing you can do for your children Why people drink and do drugs: How he stays in touch with people that are important to him and wants them to know they matter Why relationships dissipate

59mins

23 May 2018

Rank #1

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Tammy Marzigliano: The Most Important Lawyer You Didn't Know You Needed

Tammy Marzigliano is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including matters involving compensation (and bonus) disputes, contractual violations, and whistleblower and individual discrimination claims.  Ms. Marzigliano is the Co-Chair of both Outten & Golden’s Financial Services Practice Group and its Whistleblower and Retaliation Practice Group.  She is also a member of Outten & Golden’s Executive and Professionals Practice Group and former Co-Chair of its Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Group.  She has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in 2018, and Super Lawyers New York Metro edition for 2013-2017. Ms. Marzigliano received her B.A. from Hofstra University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University Law School, where she served as the Public Relations Editor of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal.

42mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Steve Sims: Skip the BS and Be Real

Steve Sims is a 52 year old American Entrepreneur and CEO of Bluefish a luxury concierge service for clients that want to improve on their impactfulness and soft-skills. A renowned speaker and author Steve has authored the book "Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen" as well as sharing what it takes to be professional and personal. Find NetWorkWise on: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Reddit

53mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Nish Patel: The American Dream is Live and Cooking

Nish Patel is a self-made man! He started Paperchase US operations which is originally from London. Paperchase established their niche expertise into hospitality business by producing analytical reporting and helping outsourcing day-to-day finance operations.   When Nish started, his vision was to have 30 restaurants as clients in 5 years, but today they have over 400 restaurants in just the US alone and continue to grow with offices in NY and Miami. Prior to launching Paperchase in the US, Nish ran a small business in London alike corner shop. Prior to that he worked for a CPA firm in London Makan & Makan Chartered Accountants. After that, he joined Paperchase India operations and that’s how this journey started.  A self-proclaimed Introvert, Nish likes to lead by example and takes great pride in developing his team. He leads by the philosophy of his “people are the true assets of companies, not computers, software or other traditional assets”. Nish is committed to a life of learning.  He's a voracious reader that always looks to make himself better and is constantly reading non-fiction. In his limited personal time Nish can be found traveling the world with his wife. Nish received his Bachelors in Commerce from Gujarat University

43mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Holt McCallany: Bringing Hollywood Down to Earth

Throughout his career, character actor Holt McCallany was a go-to for strong, silent and decidedly dangerous men on either side of the moral fence, as evidenced by his small but memorable turns in films like "Alien 3" (1989), "Tyson" (HBO, 1995), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Three Kings" (1999). The scion of an acting family, McCallany paid his dues in a wide variety of projects, rarely vaulting past supporting roles, but always delivering a committed and often unsettling performance. In 2011, he advanced to leading man status with "Lights Out" (FX), a gritty drama about a former heavyweight boxer who forges a comeback to save his family from criminal pressures. Though the series lasted only one season, it propelled the actor to a new level of visibility through key roles in films including hacking drama "Blackhat" (2015), crime thriller "Shot Caller" (2016), action sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (2016) and Clint Eastwood's aviation biopic "Sully" (2016). Born Holt Quinn McAloney on Sept. 3, 1964, Holt McCallany was the oldest of two sons by Irish actor Michael McAloney, who won a Tony Award for his production of Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy," and actress-singer Julie Wilson. A childhood spent in Dublin was cut short by his parents' divorce, with McCallany returning with his parents to the United States. There, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents in Omaha, NE, but this period was a troubled one for him. After being expelled from school, he ran away to Los Angeles, where he decided to become an actor. McCallany's parents eventually tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to finish high school. After graduation, he studied French at the Sorbonne and theater at the Ecole Marcel Marceau. Upon returning to the States, McCallany apprenticed at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH, then relocated to New York City, where he landed a job as an understudy in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway. His feature film debut came in 1987's "Creepshow 2" as a murderous Native American who receives his comeuppance at the hands of a cigar store Indian come to life. Soon after, he found steady work in films and on television. His intense presence and formidable build made him a natural for men of action on either side of the law, whom he portrayed in minor and supporting roles for such noted directors as Brian De Palma with "Casualties of War" (1989); David Fincher, who cast him as a self-sacrificing convict in "Alien 3" (1989) and as the Mechanic who explains the rules of "Fight Club" (1999); and for William Friedkin in the box office bomb, "Jade" (1995). McCallany found more substantial roles in independent fare or television; the former provided him with his first starring role in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy" (1994), as a film student who encounters a parade of odd characters upon his return to his hometown of Brooklyn. The latter brought him to the HBO biopic "Tyson" (1995), in which he starred as legendary fight trainer Teddy Atlas, who helped develop Tyson from street tough to boxing legend. The project inspired McCallany to develop his own television program about a trainer, which would eventually bring him to the FX Network and "Lights Out." McCallany continued to work steadily throughout the late 1990s and early 21st century in steely character roles for films and television shows both major and minor. He was the by-the-books lieutenant who made life difficult for George Clooney in "Three Kings" (1999), enjoyed a recurring role for three seasons of "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-12) as a tormented cop who ends his own life after being implicated with tampered evidence, and played an Irish mobster who pressed Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) into committing crimes for him on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010). While pitching his boxing trainer series to HBO, he was informed that FX was developing a show about an aging fighter who was forced to return to the ring. McCallany was eventually cast in "Lights Out" as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a forty-something brawler who re-enters the sport after landing in trouble with a local mobster. After the show's cancelation, McCallany returned to the big screen with supporting roles in action thriller "Gangster Squad" (2012) and Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Bullet to the Head" (2012). Another TV series, crime drama "Golden Boy" (CBS 2013) was again canceled after a single season, but led to a recurring role as a district attorney on later seasons of procedural drama "Blue Bloods" (CBS 2010- ). Supporting roles in Liam Neeson thriller "Run All Night" (2015), hacking adventure "Blackhat" (2015), romantic comedy "The Perfect Guy" (2015) and crime drama "Shot Caller" (2016) were followed by a pair of high profile character roles opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's "Sully" (2016) and Tom Cruise" in action-adventure sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (2016). This bio was provided by Turner Classic Movies

1hr

10 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Chris Voss: You Can't Have a Good Negotiation Without a Good Relationship

Most often my interviews focus on Networking. However, this conversation isn’t about networking per-say, rather how important relationship skills lend themselves to not just getting a job, making a sale or building a business. Today I sit with Chris Voss who helps us understand what Negotiations really are and how you can’t negotiate successfully without being able to establish a relationship first.  In fact, according to Chris, It’s the foundation of a good negotiation. While good business negotiation skills can mean life or death to a company, Chris' negotiations literally were life and death situations. You see, Chris was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group.   Chris is best known known world-wide as the author of the book “Never Split the difference”, which in my humble opinion is the best book on negotiating that I have read to date. I’ve probably read around 5 or 6 others. These days he is the CEO of The Black Swan Group where he helps business understand what it truly means to negotiate for success. During our conversation Chris helps us understand what a negotiation really is, the importance that listening makes, The “FM” DJ voice” and a variety of other “tells” people give when they go into a negotiation. I was really eager to have this conversation with Chris. Unfortunately, during our conversation there was a slight delay in Skype, so if it seems a bit awkward, I apologize and don’t want it to take away from Chris’ brilliance. So, without further ado, let’s get to my conversation with Chris Voss. Enjoy… Find NetWorkWise on: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Reddit

42mins

28 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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Todd Richheimer: It's the Nuance Where Opportunity Lies

First and foremost, Todd Richheimer is a dad to two amazing little girls. Isla is 3 1/2 and Brooke 1 1/2. He's a husband to an amazing woman - who he met the first day of law school - and he's someone who prizes his relationships with his family and friends above all else.  He's a lawyer, tech entrepreneur and the co-founder of Lawfty. He is in the business of turning legal advertising into a science. He's someone who believes that work should be fun, but that fun is not a substitute for hard work. Richheimer is an eternal optimist, exercise enthusiast and aspiring vegan (who loves buffalo wings, which is a problem). He's worked as an investment banker, political operative and a lawyer. Richheimer says he stopped "working" the day he became an entrepreneur, and he plans to spend the rest of his life collaborating with smart people to build cool businesses.

1hr 19mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Chris Solarz: Running Down a Dream

Chris Solarz is a pension fund consultant who lives in New York City with his wife and three children. Chris has competed in over 500 races around the world, including finishing a marathon in all 50 states, on all 7 continents, and in nearly 50 different countries.  In November, Chris completed Decaman USA in Louisiana, a 1,406-mile triathlon over 10 days. He’s set 9 Guinness World Records for treadmill running, subway riding, beer drinking, stair climbing, and marathon running.  He’s currently training for the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley in July and he always listens to podcasts at 1.5X. Chris is a CFA, CPA, and CAIA He did his undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his master from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. Competed in 500+ running and triathlon races Overall winner of 50+ local and international races 9X Guinness World Record Holder Mile PR: 4:29; 5K PR: 16:08; Half Marathon PR: 1:11 ; Marathon PR: 2:39 Marathons Finisher of over 280 marathons and ultra marathonsRan a marathon in 50/50 US states Ran a marathon on all 7 continents Ran a marathon in 40 different countries Ran a marathon in all eight Australian states and territories Ran a marathon in 20 of the 28 EU member states 14 consecutive NYC Marathon and 13 consecutive Boston Marathon finishes Finisher of 40+ ultra marathons, including the Comrades Marathon and 9X 100 milers Winner of the 2011 Mt. Everest Marathon Triathlons 2017 EPIC5 NYC Quintuple Ironman Finisher (5 full ironman triathlons in 5 days in 5 NYC boroughs) 2016 Ultraman Florida (swim 6.2 mi, bike 261.4 mi, run 52.4 mi) 2014 EPIC5 Hawaii Quintuple Ironman Finisher (5 full ironman triathlons in 5 days on 5 Hawaiian Islands) 5X (single) Ironman Finisher (Switzerland ‘99, Lake Placid ‘12, NYC ‘12, Arizona ’13, Hunter ‘14) PR: 10:15 2013 Virginia Double Ironman Finisher (34 hours) Overall winner of the 2013 and 2014 Central Park Triathlons Guinness World Records 2009: Fastest Navigation of the New York City Subway System 2011: Fastest Marathon as a Linked Team 2011: Furthest Vertical Distance in 12 Hours (Stair climbing) 2011: Fastest Aggregate Time to Complete a Marathon on all 7 Continents 2011: Most Pubs Visited in 24 Hours by a Team 2014: Greatest Distance Run on a Treadmill in 12 Hours 2015: Fastest Half Marathon as a Linked Team 2016: Fastest Half Marathon Pushing a Double Running Stroller 2017: Fastest Mile Pushing a Running Stroller Swimming 2002: Swim Around Manhattan (28.5 miles) in 9 hours 2003: Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (4.4 miles) Stair Climbing Overall winner of 14 stair climb races, and finished 9th in the 2001 World Championship 5X winner of Philadelphia’s Mellon Bank and current course record holder 4X Empire State Building Run Up Finisher, including a 5th Place finish in 2004 Canoe Racing 2013: General Clinton Canoe Regatta 70 Miler

1hr 10mins

29 May 2019

Rank #8

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Chris Manzo: Meeting with Manzo

He’s a realty star, entrepreneur, author, podcast host and restauranteur. He’s been working since he was 12 in the hospitality industry and has held many roles, everything from bar tending, valet and general management. When he was 19, Chris Joined Bravos “Housewives of NJ” which aired for 5 seasons.  Bravo subsequently offered his family their own show- “Manzo'd With Children.” Most recently he’s the co-host of a Podcast called “Dear Albie” which has recently launched and has already become one of the fastest growing and highest rated podcasts.  As much he loves doing the show, his true love is being around people and seeing the smiles that are on their faces when they are eating at 10th Street Pizza in Hoboken, where Chris can found pretty much 24/7. Find NetWorkWise on: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Reddit

58mins

8 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Chris Carminucci: Going to Bat for Others in Life

Chris Carminucci currently serves as a professional scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League. Chris scours both the Major and Minor Leagues for potential trade candidates and free agent acquisitions. He advance-scouts the Diamondbacks’ playoff opponents and also the International and Independent Professional Leagues for untapped talent. Globally renowned as a baseball executive who finds diamonds in the rough, Chris has signed several obscure players who have thrived in the Major Leagues. Throughout his career, Chris has not only played, managed and coached professionally, but he’s also founded leagues, and led several professional minor league teams as a GM, CEO and owner. In addition, Chris has co-hosted the radio show, The Sports Goombas on Sports Talk Radio 1400 WOND and just recently released the book “Sign Me! The Undrafted Player’s Guide to the Independent Leagues.” Chris’s love for spreading the gospel of baseball has taken him all over the world and he has achieved numerous awards for excellence and philanthropy in professional baseball. A resident of Scottsdale Arizona, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren, and their daughters Emma, Kate, and Elle.

1hr 17mins

15 May 2019

Rank #10

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Carmelo Garcia: Attitude is the Number One

Carmelo G. Garcia most recently was the Acting Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic and Housing Development for the City of Newark. The mission of the Department of Economic and Housing Development is to create economic opportunity for Newark residents and enhance the vibrancy of the city. Previously, Carmelo served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC), which serves as the primary economic development agency for New Jersey’s largest city.  Garcia received his Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Seton Hall University. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with an executive degree in Public Policy & Community Development, a Certification in Leadership and Management from Cornell University, and a Certification in Human Resources and Public Administration from Rutgers University. Prior to joining Newark CEDC, Garcia served as Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority where he developed hundreds of units of affordable housing in Hudson County and oversaw the management of more than 1,700 units, He also served, as the Director of Health, Human Services & Community development for the City of Hoboken. In addition to his work in various public, private, and non-profit organizations, Garcia has a long record of public service in his community and state being recognized by the who’s who of NJ. He served in the New Jersey General Assembly for the 33rd Legislative District in Hudson County and has also served as the President of the Hoboken Board of Education. Garcia is a committed advocate of citizen rights and takes a collaborative approach to ensure all stakeholders are represented in the growth the state is seeing today. Living by the mantra “We Can, We Will, Watch Us” he brings a goal-oriented and outcome-driven attitude to his work and thrives on building relationships with partners across the redevelopment industry to get it done.

49mins

22 May 2019

Rank #11

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Wally Backman: The Player's Coach

Wally Backman is in his first season as manager of the Long Island Ducks in 2019. He brings 20 seasons of managerial experience across professional baseball to Long Island, having amassed a 1,127-1,077 overall record (.511 winning percentage). In that time, the Oregon native has led his teams to six Division Championships and three League Championships. Additionally, he was named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after guiding the Las Vegas 51’s (AAA, Mets) to a league-best 81-63 record. Prior to his coaching career, Backman enjoyed a 14-year Major League playing career. Nine of those seasons (1980-88) were spent played with the New York Mets, where he helped lead the team to a World Series Championship in 1986. He also spent time in “The Show” with the Minnesota Twins (1989), Pittsburgh Pirates (1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1991-92) and Seattle Mariners (1993). The infielder compiled a .275 lifetime batting average with 240 RBIs, 482 runs scored, 893 hits, 138 doubles and 117 stolen bases in 1,102 MLB games. Backman was originally drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Mets in the 1977 MLB Draft.

46mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Billy McNamara: The Horseback of Hollywood

William "Billy" McNamara studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and has since notched up over sixty-five film and TV appearances. One of his first roles was that of Joel in the teen movie Dream a Little Dream (1989) with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. He followed this up with the Bette Midler film Stella (1990). It was during the nineties, however, that McNamara - arguably - turned out some of his best performances. He gave a great performance as Derek Wolfe Jr in the Ernest R. Dickerson manhunt thriller Surviving the Game (1994), in which he worked with a cast of talented veteran actors including F. Murray Abraham, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer, and John C. McGinley. That same year he was again teamed with Gary Busey - and Tom Berenger - in the Navy comedy Chasers (1994), directed by Dennis Hopper. His most prized - and chilling - role, though, is that of Peter Foley the copycat serial killer in the psychological thriller Copycat (1995). The film also starred Sigourney Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, and jazz musician Harry Connick Jr.. He appeared with Andrew McCarthy and John Stockwell in Stag (1997), and made his way towards the millennium opposite Gabriel Byrne in the World War II drama The Brylcreem Boys (1998). McNamara's first feature film role was in acclaimed cult horror director Dario Argento's slasher classic, Opera (1987). But don't fear: the actor is actually a kind spiritualist and an avid animal rights activist, putting much time, energy, and money into the plight of the dolphins and small whales off the shores of Japan. In addition McNamara involves himself in animal rescue in general, Kundalini, and Yoga! McNamara was the host of "Animal Intervention" on National Geographic in 2012.

45mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Fred Jacobs: The Man of the People

Fred Jacobs is the Chief Revenue Officer at Apex Fund Services Group.  Throughout his career, Jacobs has held various leadership roles the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, equipping him with comprehensive cross-jurisdictional management experience. Prior to joining Apex, Jacobs managed sales, relationship management and client service for the Fiserv Investment Services group. His 20 years of achievements in the Alternative Investment Industry include building the business development activities for both SS&C GlobeOp and PFPC/PNC. Jacobs brings the ability to understand client needs and to build and manage an institutional grade, multi-disciplined sales force across a global platform. In addition to holding leadership positions at some of the most renowned financial services companies in the country, Jacobs has established an industry-wide reputation through serving as chairman and moderator at several major investment industry conferences. He has spoken on topics related to growth, structure, and trends in the global money management industry.

34mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Jared Kleinert: Being a Connector for Greatness

Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today's "Most Connected Millennial" after spending years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world's smartest and most talented Millennials. His first book 2 Billion Under 20 was voted the "#1 Entrepreneurship Book of 2015" by the Axiom Business Book Awards and his latest book 3 Billion Under 30 was released in January 2017 profiling 75 Avengers-esque individuals who have collectively started companies worth billions of dollars and reach hundreds of millions of people each month through their work. In addition to his research and keynote speaking business, he's the CEO of Kleinert Ventures (kleinertventures.com), a marketing and business development agency that partners with #1 NYT bestselling authors, Fortune 500 executives, major keynote speakers, Emmy award-winning journalists, seven-figure business owners, VC-backed startup founders, and others who lead their industries and positively impact the world with their thought leadership. The United Nations has touted him as a "Champion For Humanity."

1hr 1min

26 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Just Blaze: Humble and Kind and Getting Signed

Over the past nearly 20 years, Justin Smith, aka Just Blaze has become a fixture in Hip Hop music and culture. He began producing for well-known artists in the late 1990s, leading to a breakout role in producing the majority of Jay-Z’s “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia” and its follow-up, the celebrated perennial fan favorite "Blueprint”, which reshaped the sound and sonic styles of Hip-Hop music upon its release. Just reached international fame for his production of Cam’ron’s 2002 summer smash “Oh Boy” and instantly became a household name in Hip-Hop culture. Since then, he’s gone on to produce for Snoop Dogg, Usher, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, TI & Rihanna, and many more. In between record production projects, he also broke into scoring various video game projects for EA Sports, Capcom and Midway, and created soundscapes for Hollywood hits such as Ice Age 4 and The A-Team as well as various TV projects, such as hosting VH1's "Master of the Mix" DJ competition show.  In recent years, Just has also been touring extensively worldwide as a festival and club DJ (largely due to his surprise EDM hit "Higher" featuring Baauer). Other recent career highlights include producing five tracks on Eminem’s Grammy-winning comeback album “Recovery”, the street anthem "Lord Knows" by Drake and Rick Ross, and the breakout hit "Freedom" from Beyonce's smash album “Lemonade.” With all of this under his belt and new projects in the works, Just shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. In this conversation with Adam Connors, Blaze discusses how he continues to be successful over many years despite the fact that he says many in the music industry have a short shelf-life.  And of course, Blaze discusses his perspective on what networking means to him and how he has been able to stay relevant thanks to the strong relationships he has formed.  Find NetWorkWise on: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Reddit

54mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Wayne Kimmel: Get Off the Couch and Make it Happen

Wayne Kimmel is a sports tech venture capitalist, entrepreneur and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel. Wayne has been named a Top Innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100 list. He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital company he founded in 1999, and invests in startup consumer facing tech companies in the sports, health and retail industries. Wayne has invested in over 50 startup technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub, Take Care Health Systems and Nutrisystem. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo! His partners at SeventySix Capital are Jon Powell, CEO of Kravco Company LLC, a leading real estate company that developed the King of Prussia Mall, and Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball National League MVP and 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies. With a rise in global entrepreneurship and the inclusion of technology in sports, Wayne focuses part of his investment strategy on sports, sports betting and esports. At SeventySix Capital, Wayne was an early investor in Whistle Sports, a global sports media company, Philadelphia-based N3rd Street Gamers, a community of competitive and recreational video gamers that produces a series of esports tournaments, leagues, and casual gaming events, and Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN), the first media network dedicated to delivering the news, data and expert analysis of the rapidly growing sports betting industry, co-founded by acclaimed sportscaster Brent Musburger. SeventySix Capital’s Athlete Venture Group allows players to invest, learn, and work directly with top sports tech startups and entrepreneurs. The firm aims to bridge the gap between athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors by creating opportunities for athletes to become tech investors and for entrepreneurs to access the financial and social capital that professional athletes have to offer. Athlete Venture Group members, including Ryan Howard, DeMarco Murray, Ralph Sampson and Brian Westbrook, work hands-on with SeventySix Capital's portfolio companies in esports, sports betting, data collection, data analytics, media and more. Wayne, Jon and Ryan are also a partners in Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency with a wide range of clients including NFL and NBA stars, Hall of Famers, MVPs, Heisman Trophy winners, Olympic icons, media personalities, and celebrity chefs. Wayne is on the Board of Einstein Healthcare Network and was on the Board of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about Philly’s pro sports teams and about working to make the world a better place.

45mins

8 May 2019

Rank #17

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Matthew Del Negro: Grinding Through 10,000 No's

Matthew Del Negro is a professional Actor (Goliath, Scandal, The West Wing, The Sopranos) and podcast host (10,000 "No"s with Matthew Del Negro). Since launching his podcast, in which he sits down with high achievers in all walks of life to discuss their hard-fought journeys to where they are now, he has become one of the faces of Perseverance and Resilience and is more frequently requested to deliver keynotes on that subject, as it pertains to his own journey and the challenges that face institutions and individuals. He has also written, produced and directed for film and is currently developing a feature script about a hard-charging, lone wolf motivational speaker who eventually learns to take his own advice after hitting rock bottom. Del Negro stars in the new Netflix comedy Huge in France as Jason Alan Ross. The show was released on April 12, 2019.  Find NetWorkWise on: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Reddit

1hr 10mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Costas Mandylor: Kindness is a Two Way Street

Costas Mandylor was born in Melbourne Australia to Greek parents. In his early teen years, his first job was as a dishwasher in nightclubs, in his late teens, he learned how to work the door at night clubs, he considered this, one of his greatest educations in life. In the normal world his two loves were boxing and soccer, which kept him fit and mostly out of trouble. In 1988 he took an adventure to Los Angeles California and found himself stumbling into an acting class, soon after into the entertainment industry. He loved old movies and as time passed he found himself to be fortunate enough to work and become friends with some movie legends like Robert Loggia, Anthony Quinn, Don Rickles and many others. He has learned many lessons since. He has lived between New York and LA for 28 years and his grandfather’s words still ring true to him, “respect your true friends and never double cross your partner”. Mandylor is known for his roles in Virtuoso, Saw V and Saw VI. His newest venture is Cliffs of Freedom which was released in early March of 2019. Find NetWorkWise on: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Reddit

46mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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Karen Duffy: Gratitude is a Great Motivator

For two decades, Karen Duffy —New York Times bestselling author, former MTV VJ, Revlon model, and actress— has managed to live an enriching life despite living in a state of constant pain. Duffy has sarcoidosis, a disorder that causes the growth of inflammatory cells on different organs of the body. In her case, her sarcoidosis is located in her brain, causing her unimaginable pain. She is a certified hospital chaplain, a former Coney Island Mermaid Queen, one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1993, and winner of the Ernest Borgnine Look-Alike Contest. By 1989, Duffy was modeling and appearing in television commercials. She was a VJ for MTV in the early 1990s, under the name "Duff." She had small roles in a handful of films including Dumb and Dumber and Blank Check, and by 1995 was working as a correspondent for documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on his television shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth. She also was a Revlon "Charlie Girl" as well as the face of Almay Cosmetics, and co-hosted the pay-per-view television event, Elvis: The Tribute from the Memphis Pyramid in 1994 with Kris Kristofferson. In 2006, Duffy hosted House of Tiny Terrors on TLC. On July 7, 2007, she appeared on the Live Earth telecast on the Bravo Channel as a co-host at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. In 2008, Duffy began working with New York City's NYC Media on a series of emergency preparedness videos. The videos, which mimic the style of the network TV show Secrets of New York, help raise awareness of the perils of natural disasters and preventative actions families should take to prepare for them. During this conversation, Duffy talks with Connors about her career but also how she deals with fighting through pain every single day saying that both happiness and chronic pain can coexist. 

58mins

1 May 2019

Rank #20