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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Oct 31, 2016

Brittany Hanks, also known as the Blue Ninja, was a competitor on season 8 of the hit TV show, American Ninja Warrior. She was one of the few selected from thousands of applicants because of her elite level athleticism combined with her inspiring life story. 

Brittany has been a life long athlete competing in soccer, softball, basketball, track, volleyball, gymnastics and cheerleading. 

She’s faced many adversities in life including dealing with the passing away of family members, turbulent moves at an early age and even injuries that could have ended her fitness career. 

Despite these challenges, Brittany says, “I don’t see anything as an accident. Everything happens for a reason.” 

It’s because of her mental toughness, incredible work ethic and iron will that Brittany has bounced back from adversity and now trains harder than ever before to achieve even greater heights in her fitness and professional career. 

The Blue Ninja is truly an inspiring human being and an exceptional role model to young women (and men) who are looking to do something great in life. 


What you will learn: 

- How “negative” life events make you stronger

- The Blue Ninja’s advice for young women 

- Why fear is a choice 

- Brittany’s American Ninja Warrior experience

- How to push past adversity against all odds 

- How growing up in a small town can lead to big things

- The Blue Ninja’s fitness regimen 

- Gymnastics 101 

- How to do your first handstand 

- The Blue Ninja’s surprising favorite food!

Oct 24, 2016

Shawn McBride is a corporate business Attorney, Author, CPA, CEO, Consultant and Speaker. He is the CEO and CIO at McBride For Business, LLC and the Managing Member of The R. Shawn McBride Law Firm, PLLC.

Shawn is the author of, “Business Blunders” where he talks about the 10 Dangerous Business Mistakes and how to protect your business so it can thrive. He is working on his 2nd book, 3 Laws of Empowerment which will be released in 2017.

He is also nationally sought after speaker with over 80 speaking engagements since 2014. 

What you will learn from this episode: 

  • The top 3 business blunders 
  • The differences between a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, C-Corp, S-Corp and LLC
  • What you need to know about Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents 
  • Legal considerations when creating online content
  • What you don’t know about 1099
  • Upcoming legal trends that may significantly affect your business
  • What you need to know before you sell your company 

More about R. Shawn McBride: 


R. Shawn McBride has spoken nationwide at over 80 speaking events since 2014. R. Shawn is the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of McBride For Business, LLC a corporate strategy company. McBride For Business, LLC was formed in response to increasing demand for R. Shawn McBride as a business visionary and consultant. He speaks to audiences and works directly with business owners on setting their companies up for success; R. Shawn helps establish systems and procedures related to the ownership of the company in order to prepare the company for future growth.


R. Shawn McBride received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Maryland School Of Law in 2002 with honors. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Towson University in 1999, where he double majored in Accounting & Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. 


R. Shawn McBride presentation and speaking topics include: 

  • 3 Laws of Empowerment
  • Business Partnerships Are Long-Term Relationships: Are You Ready for Yours?
  • LLCs Mean Limited Liability, Right?: Things You Didn’t Think Of
  • You Signed What?: Common Issues in Agreements You’ve Signed
  • Raising Capital Through Exempt Offerings
  • Common Issues Faced by Business Owners
  • Business Partnerships and the Legal Negotiations and Accounting Implications


R. Shawn was awarded two prestigious honors this year. He is a Super Lawyers 2016 Texas Rising Star and one of D Magazine’s picks for 2016 Best Lawyer in Dallas: Corporate Law: General. 

Contact R. Shawn McBride:

Oct 17, 2016

Dr. Adrian James Tan, is the co-author of Million Dollar Muscle, a book that offers a sociological perspective on the fitness industry, discussing how it is driven both by market forces and the culture of individual consumerism.

Dr. Adrian James Tan, a Singapore-born American, is currently a lecturer at the University of North Texas and was a long time faculty member at Southern Methodist University in the Sociology Department. He teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family, Sociological Theory, and Person vs. Society. Adrian obtained a bachelor's degree majoring in English and philosophy, and master's degrees in sociology and international affairs at Ohio University. Specializing in social psychology and ethnic identity, Adrian earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Texas, submitting his dissertation on the ethnic identity of Mexican-American children.

About the Book: 

Million Dollar Muscle is a unique anthology, co-authored by a "gym rat" with a Ph.D. in Sociology and a former competitive bodybuilder, fitness expert, and entrepreneur. 

Within a capitalist system the fitness industry is driven by the need to earn profits. From a small sub-culture it has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. The market is now flooded with gyms, nutritional supplements, workout apparel, exercise equipment, and health and fitness magazines. With massive advertisements, and aided by the Hollywood culture and its emphasis on appearance, the fitness industry has grown to new dimensions, influencing individual choices and behaviors.

Million Dollar Muscle discusses this evolution, along with what motivates people to make the choices they do. The material recognizes that these choices have important social implications. By combining an academic and theoretical approach with an "in the trenches" point of view, the book is able to bridge micro-macro aspects of the industry. It provides a comprehensive exploration of the individual choices regarding fitness, and why this is an important topic for sociological consideration.

What you will learn: 

  • Market forces and the power these forces have to shape perceptions of reality
  • The mechanics of capitalism and how these have changed traditional norms and customs which previously served practical purposes
  • The danger of conforming to social norms
  • Individual choices and how they are, in reality, driven by social  forces
  • How to be a smart fitness consumer 
  • What the modern fitness industry can learn from the “old school” of fitness
  • Bodybuilding 101 
  • Sociology 101
  • The most important sociological trend that will affect businesses
Oct 10, 2016

Aaron Janx is an in-demand Business and Sales Mentor for coaches and consultants around the world in many different industries. Aaron owns and operates three businesses including a successful real estate investment company which has allowed him to become financially free to follow his passion. Aaron’s passion is mentoring coaches & consultants by teaching them lead generation and sales skills to rapidly build a strong six figure practice. Before Aaron started his businesses, he was a sales director and trainer who won many sales awards and broke sales records with a Fortune 500 company. While employed he was young, naive and lived beyond his means. Aaron quickly went through his savings and became flat broke after parting ways with that company. Humiliated, depressed and defeated, Aaron reluctantly went on food stamps just to feed his wife and four kids. Today, Aaron attributes his remarkable turnaround and success to his cutting edge sales skills, which as he describes, “took him from food stamps to freedom."

What you will learn: 

  • Framing: The ultimate selling strategy 
  • How to make money with no money
  • Cultivating the mindset of sales success
  • Proven closing techniques 
  • Why introverts can become better sales people that extroverts 
  • How to effectively deal with rejection
  • How to generate endless leads for your business
  • The most effective social media platform for generating leads
  • Why networking is for amateurs but prospecting is for pro’s
  • Why you MUST define your avatar 
  • How to define your avatar 
  • How to qualify a prospect 
  • How to make a come back from even the worst failures  
  • Why you shouldn’t say, “Thank you” (Sometimes) 

Aaron's reading recommendation: 

Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff

Learn more about Aaron Janx:

Oct 3, 2016

Patrick is an entrepreneur, the spirit and creator of the La Madeleine Country French Cafés, growing the company to 75 units across Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia and Washington D.C. area.  He continues to be the soul of a concept that has been named one of the top ten bakeries in the U.S. by Bon Appétit Magazine.

Born and raised in France, Patrick earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the École Supérieure du Commerce de Paris and joined the international marketing firm of Young & Rubicam. Then he established his own marketing firm. His client base includes among them: BMW, Yoplait, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler and R.J. Reynolds.  His marketing expertise garnered him the chance to work with and for the French Government, arranging meetings for French President Giscard d’Estaing and provided marketing for then the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac.  He also worked with the U.S. Tourism Office in Paris and had the opportunity to handle the marketing of the Tour de France à la Voile (sailing) competitions. His most memorable experience was when he organized several events during the Pope John Paul II’s official visit to Paris.

Patrick has been celebrated and honored over the years with numerous awards for his business acumen and accomplishments, as well as in recognition for his generous and tireless fundraising efforts.  In 1991 PBS presented him with their Humanitarian Award for his help in fundraising efforts in eleven U.S. cities.  In 1993 INC. Magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Year and in 1997 he was the recipient of Nation's Restaurant News Magazine’s 'Top Fifty Power Players' Award recognizing him among the nation’s most influential and successful restaurateurs. Among his most notable recognitions, in 2004, his native Republic of France awarded him the prestigious l’Ordre National du Mérite for his distinguished achievements.

Patrick is the Founder of the Essilor Vision Foundation and Kids Vision for Life Coalitions, 501©3 public charities based in Dallas with the support of Essilor USA, the leading manufacturer of optical lenses. Its mission is to correct and eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences by providing screenings, eye exams and glasses to children who could not otherwise afford them across Texas, Southern California and other states. His goal is to help the Foundation to grow to eventually serve children coast to coast by 2020.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Listen, Adapt and Surprise - A superb business strategy 
  • How Patrick built La Madeleine to a business worth hundreds of millions 
  • The importance of always giving first 
  • How women were critical to the success of La Madeleine
  • How to create your own luck 
  • How to hire the right people - 3 Personality Profiles 
  • The role of the sub conscious mind 
  • How to uncover the hidden needs of your customer
  • How to build high performing leadership teams 


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Sep 26, 2016

Leah Gilpatrick is an expert at providing high level customer service and creating memorable VIP client user experiences. 

She is the Office Experience Manager for Bottle Rocket Studios, a mobile development firm that is known for its legendary office experience as well its world class apps. She is the swiss army knife of this beautifully designed, 42,000 square foot space that Bottle Rocket calls home. In addition to managing the office experience, Leah is also the Social and Culture Chairman for LIFT, a team dedicated to shaping an ideal company culture and work environment. 

Leah credits much of her ability of effectively dealing with people from her experiences working in fast food restaurants and high volume call centers. 

You will learn: 

  • The #1 easiest way to get people to like you
  • 3 surprising customer service lessons from the fast food industry 
  • How to make friends with anyone 
  • How to diffuse heated situations and other personnel conflicts 
  • What every business can learn about customer service from the fast food industry
  • Why body language can be the difference between someone liking or hating you
  • How to create a happy work culture through a dynamically engineered office environment 

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Sep 19, 2016

Melinda Preston is a networking marketing and essential oils expert. She has a passion for educating people on natural ways to stay healthy and keep their lives above the wellness line. She is the mother of seven beautiful children, grandmother of four amazing grandchildren, and the wife of her husband Tad for 33 years.

Three years ago she was faced with a health issue that brought her to Young Living Essential Oils and her life hasn’t been the same. She has built her business and her life on helping others get the help they need through natural ways.  

What you will learn: 

  • Wellness benefits of using essential oils
  • The science behind essential oils
  • Myths of the networking marketing industry
  • How a network marketing business could set you financially free
  • Growing as a leader through network marketing
  • Why people succeed or fail in network marketing
  • Passive vs Linear income 

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Sep 12, 2016

Stewart Youngblood is a technology startup expert. He was the former Program Director for Tech Wildcatters, an early stage tech seed fund and accelerator in the Dallas area. Stewart was responsible for facilitating the selection and coaching process for numerous startups. 

This experience has given him valuable insights into the commonalities and best practices of successful tech startup businesses. 

What you will learn:

  • Commonalities of successful tech startups
  • The #1 reason why tech startups fail
  • The #1 reason why tech startups succeed
  • How to go from an idea to a successful tech startup 
  • Why your team is a critical factor to your tech startup’s success
  • How to effectively create and deliver your startup’s pitch 
  • How to write a simple but effective business plan


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Sep 5, 2016

Baylor Barbee is a best selling author, nationally acclaimed speaker and sponsored triathlete. He’s done numerous motivational speaking engagements for fortune 500 companies, churches, schools and universities. Baylor delivered the Keynote speech for the 2014 Fall graduating class for the University of North Texas. He is named one of the “Top 12 Most Influential African-Americans in Dallas” by the City of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

Baylor is launching his 6th book, Wintality which will be launching September 14, 2016. 

To reserve your copy, visit

Topics Discussed: 

  • How to live a life of excellence 
  • Why you should embrace your mistakes 
  • How to create breakthroughs in your life and business
  • How to overcome your fears and limiting beliefs 


Instragram: @baylorbarbee

Twitter: @BaylorBarbee


Books by Baylor 

  • Idea of Excellence
  • See My Heart Not My Past
  • You’re Perfect
  • Breaking Your Own Heart
  • Know Your Circle 



Aug 29, 2016

Samantha Reid is the Owner and CEO of Obstacle Warriors, a gym that is inspired by the hit television show, American Ninja Warrior. Obstacle Warriors is a place for people to challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles in an indoor and climate-controlled environment. Obstacles include the Salmon Ladder, Warped Wall, Quintuple Steps, Body Prop, Spider Jump, Rope Climb and so much more! The gym is staffed with trained professionals that have extensive knowledge and experience with a variety of fitness disciplines in addition to obstacle training. Samantha is an inspiring entrepreneur and accomplishes everything she sets her mind to. 




Topics Discussed: 

  • Samantha’s reinvention story from real estate to Obstacle Gym Mogul
  • How Samantha started the first female owned Obstacle Gym 
  • How Samantha started the Gym despite the naysayers 
  • Samantha’s philosophies on starting and growing a business 
  • Samantha’s advice for entrepreneurs and getting things done 
  • Why Samantha treats a business like a child and why you should too 
  • The power of belief and avoiding negativity 
  • The future of Obstacle Warriors 
  • How Obstacle Warriors can help you achieve your fitness goals 
  • Why YOU need to checkout Obstacle Warriors today! 

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Aug 22, 2016

Gary De Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed expert in the science of human excellence and known as the People Mechanic, Gary de Rodriguez has over a 30 year career in designing and integrating the most effective models of psychology-based systems of success in leadership and team dynamics. 

He is the CEO of Peopleistic LLC formerly People Rich LLC, a Director of the Business Education Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Mind and Behavioural Sciences. He has trained his unique training's across the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He is a published author on the topic of Humanistic Business and is consider an expert internationally on the subject of team engagement.

He has privately coached over 11,500 people worldwide and is internationally recognized as the go to person for professional breakthroughs. Gary has focused his career upon leadership, thinking and problem solving strategies, time management, entrepreneurial development, people intelligence, communication, and the investment in human equity. His strategies for developing leadership has been utilized by organizations such as Shell Oil, Kuwait Petroleum, Élan Pharmaceuticals, McGraw Hill Publishing, State of Nevada Board of Education, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, TDK Corporation, Pacific Care Health Systems, American Chamber of Commerce, Competitive Foods, Edith Cowen University, San Diego State University, Pharmacy 777, Briscoe Search and Consulting, MLS Inc., Memec Corporation,, Regional land Services of Western Australia, and many more. 

Topics Discussed:

  • How to find your unique purpose in life
  • 3 steps to achieving your leadership potential 
  • How to achieve peace of mind and personal fulfillment
  • How to find your joy and become an unstoppable force for good 
  • How to effectively lead yourself 
  • How to inspire and lead world class organizations 
  • Gary’s incredible transformation story 


Aug 15, 2016

Joan Dizon is the creator and CEO of The Limitless Family, where she and and her family challenge themselves and others to unlearn limiting habits through service, travel and spreading love. Joan is a military wife and mother of 3 boys. Joan loves to world-school her kids, takes thousands of photos a day, has a passion for entrepreneurship, dance and is a wanna be surfer. 

Topics Discussed

  • How Joan and the limitless family can help you maximize rewards through smart credit card usage
  • Which credit cards offer you the greatest benefits and rewards
  • How struggle and adversity can birth opportunity
  • What Joan learned about life was her husband was deployed with the military for a year
  • How to identify and rid yourself of limiting beliefs
  • How to face your fears and push past your limits 
  • The importance of authenticity to connect with and build your audience 
  • How Joan is helping to end sex slavery and trafficking through her support of MQHM.ORG
  • Secrets to her success in social media marketing - Facebook Live! 
  • What Joan learned from walking barefoot across 2,000 degree coals
  • Leadership takeaways from Unleash the Power Within


Instagram: joan_thejedimom



Aug 8, 2016

This week I interviewed Tomasz Kwiatkowski, former professional European league basketball player and NCAA division one athlete from SMU. On this episode, he shares how he leveraged his experience in high level sports to succeed in business and the corporate world. 

Today, he is a sales executive, a strategist and a seven-foot tall leader who is passionate about the intersection of people, sales and client satisfaction. 

He is a Polish native and possess a BBA and an MA from Southern Methodist University. 

Topics Discussed: 

  • Tomasz’s incredible immigrant story
  • His life as a 16 year old professional basketball player
  • What it was like to be actively recruited by American Universities for his physical gifts 
  • How he developed a champion’s mindset 
  • How he leveraged his physical attributes and champion mindset to succeed in the business world
  • His secrets to effective networking 
  • How to make sure people remember you 
  • How to conduct an effective job search without “applying” to jobs
  • The sponsorship process for international students
Aug 1, 2016

Christopher is a writer, podcaster, speaker and juggler extraordinaire! 

He shares a short story a month at and is 1/2 of the Men in Gorilla Suits podcast -- a weekly pop culture podcast that sometimes borders on philosophical. A technical writer by trade, he also blogs at and

On this episode we discuss: 

  • The Christopher Gronlund origin story!
  • How he overcame crippling shyness through juggling
  • The benefits of podcasting for building your business and personal brand
  • How to get started podcasting on a tight budget
  • The importance of story telling to build connection with your audience
  • How to craft a story that sells
  • Christopher’s writing process
  • How to create compelling content and so much more! 
Jul 25, 2016

In grade school Tara was known as the “Questioning Queen."  Being dyslexic, she had to find alternative ways to gain a deeper understanding of the subject at hand. Which meant asking “Why,” “How” and “What if” until the point of exhaustion. She owes these experiences to the reason why she values the importance of intellectual curiosity and encourages others to engage in this way of thinking. 

In 2015, Tara graced the TEDx stage with her talk, Curiosity Saves the Cat

Tara graduated from Oklahoma State University where she got her degree in Advertising and Strategic Communication. At her time at OSU she held a variety of leadership positions including Social Chair for her sorority, President of the Advertising Club and was the Account lead for the National Student Advertising Competition. Upon graduation she spent the first four years of her career at Tracylocke working on amazing brands like Pizza Hut, Samsung and Cattle Barons Ball. Tara has recently joined Bottle Rocket Studios, a mobile app development first that has created some of the highest quality apps in the world, as their newest Client Executive. 

On this episode we discuss: 

  • What Dyslexia is and how it affects the brain’s ability to process information
  • How Tara adapted her learning style to cope with Dyslexia 
  • How Tara turned a learning “disability” into a superpower 
  • The importance of intellectual curiosity 
  • The TEDx application process and her full TEDx experience 
  • Important takeaways from Unleash the Power Within - Anthony Robbins Seminar
  • What she learned from walking barefoot across 2,000 degree coals
Jul 18, 2016

Thomas Doweidt is an American Ninja Warrior Season 8 competitor. Out of 75,000 applicants, he was one of the few who were selected for their incredible athleticism, multitude of fitness accomplishments and compelling life story. 

Tom was successful in completing the qualifiers which landed him at the OKC finals which will be aired on August 1st on NBC. 

In addition to his physical gifts and many fitness accomplishments, Tom has a great outlook on life and is a very inspirational young man. 


On this episode we discuss:

- Tom's background and origin story

- The American Ninja Warrior application process and keys to getting noticed

- Insights into Tom's training regimen, nutrition, recovery and mindset 

- Play by play of his run at the qualifiers 

- What’s in store for Tom’s future and much much more! 


Connect with Tom: 


Instagram: @home_bwah


Jul 11, 2016

Jason Osburn is the accomplished founder of Design Unto Others (DUO), an experience design consultancy that works with clients to uncover their core value and craft a great digital experience around it. Prior to DUO he's designed brand identities, digital platforms, award-winning apps, founded a successful TV Everywhere platform and leads an innovative consumer mobile app startup. Whether designing brand identities, apps, digital businesses or multidisciplinary teams he keeps a constant eye toward positive experiences that generate results. He’s been recognized for both his graphic and digital design work which has appeared in Print, Communication Arts, Wired, as an Apple launch partner and featured multiple times in the app store, its hall of fame as well as on Google Play.

On this episode, we discuss Jason’s top 3 considerations to building world class digital user experiences. 

  1. Product Vs Project
  2. Designing for a moment
  3. The three C’s when building a product (capability, communication, convenience) 




Jul 4, 2016

Bob McDaniel is a Certified Spartan SGX Coach and Spartan Obstacle Specialist. He’s achieved more than 12 first place finishes in his age group. 

On this episode, we discuss preparation techniques to successfully conquer the Spartan Beast which I will be doing this October. 

The Spartan Beast is the most difficult of the three races in the Spartan trifecta. The Beast is 12-14 miles with an average completion time of 4-5 hours. 

We get much deeper into the technical aspects of preparation and training than Bob’s last appearance on episode 9 -


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Jun 27, 2016

Jarrad Abshire is a small business expert and Executive Consultant with Ambit Energy, a billion dollar energy retailer and one of the largest direct selling companies in the world.

He wasn’t always a savvy and financially successful entrepreneur. He started off his working career has a high school band director. As a high school band director, he realized that he was facing a future of working 30-40 years and then retiring on 40% of the income he had been accustomed to making so he started looking for another way to create supplemental income. 

After 4.5 years of working a very unique business opportunity only a part time basis, he was able to completely replace his income from teaching. He’s now created a lifelong passive income that has surpassed a 30-40 year retirement income from teaching. He and his wife are now stay at home parents and entrepreneurs with their 2 year old son. 

Now he’s teaching others the benefits of entrepreneurship and how they too can set themselves finically free. 

Topics Covered: 

  • Who is Jarrad Abshire? 
  • Why you should own a small business especially during uncertain economic times
  • Linear Income vs Residual Income
  • What is networking marketing?
  • How to work with Jarrad himself to help you achieve financial freedom 
  • And much more! 


Connect with Jarrad Abshire at:


Jun 20, 2016

Amber Kidwai is a Recruitment and Job Search Expert with over 10 years experience in the staffing industry. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from UCL – a university ranked #3 in the UK, and #7 in the world, she went on to pursue a Masters in Organizational Psychology which inspired her to apply psychology best practices in the workplace. She began her career as a Career Coach, helping individuals identify career paths and navigate those careers. Seeing the profound effect career choices can have on an individual’s sense  fulfillment and satisfaction in life, she realized she wanted to continue guiding people to hear their inner voice and follow their dreams, with real steps and tangible goals to help them get there.

 After moving to the US, she applied her career coaching and consulting skills in the world of staffing. She has gained experience and expertise in Recruitment which she applies everyday as a Partner in Lee Professional Resources, a boutique staffing firm. Amber acts as a trusted advisor to individuals, guiding them through the myriad of opportunities and helping them find the next right step in their career, as well as advising Organizations on how to manage their hiring process and market themselves to attract and subsequently hire the best talent.

This is a great episode for anyone who is:

  • struggling to find a job
  • actively looking to find a job
  • passively looking to find a job
  • just starting to look for job
  • doesn’t know where to start in a job search
  • doesn’t know what career to pursue 
Jun 13, 2016

Zack Hooper is the Co-founder and Principal of NPC Commercial Roofing, one of the fastest-growing new roofing companies in Texas. Zack considers himself a perpetual student and master of sales, and credits a significant amount of his ability to sell to his experience as a stand-up comedian.

Starting stand-up as a college student in 2009, Zack learned a great deal about how to connect with people in the best way he knew how; by making them laugh! When he decided not to pursue his intended path into professional comedy, Zack bounced around different jobs, lost and unsure about what direction to take before ultimately deciding to start his own business with his brother. On top of running their company, Zack is taking his story and lessons learned to universities and churches, talking to students about understanding the sales process and applying it to their own search for employment. 

On this episode, Zack shares his experiences in Stand-up comedy and how it has helped his professional career. 


Jun 6, 2016

Jason Croft is the Producer and Host of Startup Dallas, a Youtube Channel and Podcast where he interviews successful entrepreneurs from the Dallas area. 

He is also on the verge of launching his own show, The Jason Croft Show. Jason is a true media veteran with 22 years of experience specializing in video production. 

On this episode, Jason gives us some amazing insights into his media experience, interview techniques and much more! 

Startup Dallas:


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. 


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