Mike Leduc is a very accomplished software engineering leader with over 20 years of experience. He was former the Vice President of Software Engineering for Bottle Rocket Studios, a mobile app development company that has produced some of the highest quality mobile apps in the world. At Bottle Rocket, he managed the software engineering group which consisted of iOS, android, sever, web and quality assurance professionals. In addition to providing strategic and tactical leadership, he has hired, trained and mentored some of best software engineering talent in the market.
He has an uncanny ability to recognize engineering talent then groom them to becoming world class software engineers. Several of his proteges have gone off to work for companies like Apple, Twitter, Amazon and many other amazing companies. Although a significant portion of his career has been spent in leadership roles, he is certainly not afraid to get his hands dirty in code. Quoting from his linked in page, “I am, and will, always be, an engineer at heart. Scratch me and I bleed code.”
Mike is a brilliant software engineering leader and an incredible coach and mentor. In this episode, he gives great career advice for computer science students and entry level programmers looking to build a career in software development.
Ian Parkinson is a technology professional and former Marine Sergeant. Today, he is the Quality Assurance Manager for the AWE Division of Bottle Rocket Studios, one of the premier mobile development firms in the world. As a recruiter, I've encountered many of our veterans who are struggling to find work and translating their military experience to a private sector job. On episode 05 of the Pathways to Success, former Marine Sergeant, Ian Parkinson shares how he conducted his job search after his active duty and ultimately built successful career in technology. Please share this episode with any of our veterans who are struggling to find employment.
Billie Placino, my amazing sister, is a personal trainer and single mother of two.
She wasn’t always in great shape. As a matter of fact, she was severely overweight as a result of her two pregnancies. This is her inspiring story of how she was able to lose 56 pounds, 30% body fat and went from a size 16 to a size 2.
To connect with Billie Placino, follow her on Instagram at @BilliePlacino
J.R. Atkins is a Professional Speaker, Author and Consultant.
In his first book, Success Simplified, with Dr. Stephan Covey, Dr. Tony Alessandra and Patricia Fripp J.R wrote about how organizations can use social media to communicate with perspective customers, current clients and employees. His most recent book, Roadmap to Success, with Deepak Chopra and Ken Blanchard J.R. writes about mobile app development for individuals, small companies and large enterprises.
As a speaker, he’s noted for “taking the mystery out of technology” and speaking in terms that “even a CEO can understand.” J.R. has been speaking publicly since 1994.You can learn more about J.R. at http://somethingdifferentcompanies.com/
Alex Craig is the founder of potatoparcel.com, a website where you can ship a potato through the mail with a personalized message on it.
As ridiculous as this business sounds, he consistently made up to $10,000 per month sending potatoes through the mail!
This crazy venture landed him a feature on the Steve Harvey show!
Alex also landed several media mentions on WFAA, CNBC and Mashable.com
Make Your Life Sweeter® founder Yasmeen Tadia has transformed standard-issue, carnival cotton candy and popcorn into gourmet indulgences with her signature line of sweet sensations, including Fluffpop® Gourmet Mini Cotton Candy, Hotpoppin® Gourmet Popcorn, The Mini Mason™, and her recent creation: Sugaire™ Organic Cotton Candy
Her story of risking it all by leaving her corporate job to start her own business is truly inspiring!
You can learn more about Yasmeen Tadia at
This episode introduces Julian Placino and states the mission behind the Pathways to Success Podcast.