The Pathways to Success with Julian Placino

Julian Placino is a professional recruiter, career coach, speaker and entrepreneur who has conducted thousands of interviews and has helped hundreds of people find their dream job and advance their career. The purpose of the Pathways to Success is to deconstruct the excellence of high performing individuals in various disciplines and share their inspiring stories to help you achieve your maximum potential.
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May 30, 2016

Joshua Hall is a Usability Expert who has worked in a variety of industries including gaming, travel, e-commerce, healthcare, retail, food & restaurant.

Highlights of Joshua’s Career: 

  • Certified Usability Analyst with Human Factors International.
  • His testing experience includes mobile, tablet, web, command line, kiosk as well as gaming applications 
  • Led the usability testing effort for Sabre Airline Solutions, which is used by 200 + global airlines
  • Credited in the Borderland 2 end credits, which is one of the best selling games of 2012, with over 12 million copies to date
  • He’s worked with other amazing brands including Coca-Cola, Chik-Fil-A, Mary Kay, ABC, NBC and American Airlines
  • He’s speaker and organizer in the Dallas UXPA community
  • Today, he leads all usability efforts for Bottle Rocket Studios, and award winning mobile development firm that has produced some of the highest quality mobile apps in the world.

On this episode we discuss:

  • What usability is
  • Benefits of usability
  • How usability can enhance your business 
  • Usability ROI
  • How to do low cost scrappy usability
  • Best practices of usability and much more! 
May 23, 2016

Brock Hardman is a Survivalist who has built a substantial firewall for himself and his family in case of any major financial, political or even natural disaster. 

Some have even referred to him as a, “Doomsday Prepper.” His interest in overall preparedness and survival techniques began in 2011 after watching a financial documentary that completely changed his way of thinking. Since then, he’s learned Krav Maga, a form of self defense first developed by the Israeli army in the 1940’s, implemented numerous financial safeguards and has acquired a number very interesting survival assets including an above ground tornado shelter, 1.5 years worth of food supply and various firearms for self defense. 

On this episode, Brock shares why and how he has prepared for various types of emergencies. 



May 16, 2016

Ryan is a solo freelance developer consistently making over a quarter of a million dollars per year from consulting work, while having the freedom to pick and choose the clients that he works with. Using the lessons from his own consulting business, he teaches other freelancers and consultants how to build sustainable six-figure businesses of their own. In 2015, he launched LetsMakeApps, a lead generation service for freelance designers and developers. 

Listeners to this podcast episode can receive a discount code for LetsMakeApps and other bonuses by going to

Unlike other consultants or developers, he’s both an experienced product manager as well as an active developer so he can ensure a strategy that furthers a company's goals while being technically feasible at the same time. 

Ryan has worked with amazing companies such as Nike, Fannie Mae, Bayer, VMWare and dozens of startups on their mobile strategy and execution across dozens of apps and millions of active users. 

He is also the author of the guide titled, “My First Million Dollars from Freelance” with many more posts in the works. 

On this episode, he shares his secrets to running a successful freelance business. 


May 9, 2016

Laura Lamons is a lifelong athlete and sponsored runner by RunOn! Although she's competed in soccer, tennis, cycling, basketball, volleyball and softball she began to hone in on running during college at the University of North Texas.

She became a sponsored runner in 2014 so you can find her running competitively in DFW almost every other weekend. In just a few years she has completed over 50 races! She’s run every distance from 5k to marathon and is always looking for the next challenge. Always pushing herself to the next level she’s even completed her first duathlon! 

In addition to her impressive credentials as an athlete she’s also built a successful career in e-commerce and mobile project management. 

Laura is an incredible athlete, an accomplished project management professional and an inspiring human being. 

On this episode she shares her amazing journey of becoming a sponsored runner and provides personal insights into her training, nutrition, recovery and mindset. 

May 2, 2016

Mark Sinatra is CEO of Staff One HR. Before joining Staff One HR, Mark co-founded Gordian Capital, a private investment company that focuses on making long-term investments in lower middle market companies. He has worked in the private equity, investment banking, consulting, and business process outsourcing industries. He came to Staff One HR with some impressive roles under his belt at companies that include Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Andersen, RR Donnelley and also The Parthenon Group.

Mark is actively involved in the PEO industry as a Board Director of both ESAC and NAPEO.  When he’s not working, Mark is helping in the community. He is a Board Advisor to The Kikulu Foundation, a Board Director for First3years, a partner with Social Venture Partners – Dallas, and a volunteer with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Mark also is a member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) - Lone Star Chapter.

He is an MBA graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and holds a BA in Economics from Fordham University.  Mark earned the SHRM-CP Certification in August 2015.

On this episode he shares his unique journey into entrepreneurship through acquisition.