Entrepreneur Perspectives on Athletes Building a Brand with Mike Vernace

EP048: Perspectives on Athletes Building a Brand with Mike Vernace

Learn, give, pass, and shoot! Our guest today is Mike Vernace, Founder of Shiftd Hockey. Mike is a repeat guest of the podcast and came on to talk about many topics including athletes building a brand. Mike is a professional hockey player from Toronto, Ontario. 

He has played in multiple professional leagues including the NHL and currently plays overseas in Denmark. In the NHL, Mike played for the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike was drafted in 2004 by the San Jose Sharks and was awarded first all-rookie team in the 2004-5 season of the Ontario Hockey League.     

Mike is focused not only on his game but also Shiftd Hockey. Mike is a true entrepreneur. With his passion for the game, he gives back by providing Hockey IQ Training which is critical in today’s analytical sports world. The Shiftd team reviews video footage of hockey players and breaks it down and then provides a detailed analysis combining relevant statistics and notes. This is all included in a player report that contains observations and recommendations. They also provide 1-to-1 learning with the players. 

In this episode, Mike and Eric discuss: the hockey offseason, creating content, and overcoming obstacles. 

KazShort | Saying No to a Networking Event | Entrepreneur Perspectives

KazShort | Saying No to a Networking Event

In this episode of Entrepreneur Perspectives, we introduce a new form of content we are creating called KazShort — a short form podcast episode with ideas you can apply to your business immediately. Look for new KazShort episodes every Wednesday afternoon. These episodes will consist of short segments helping you the entrepreneur, build and protect your business.

In this episode we discuss networking events. There are pros and cons to networking events. As an entrepreneur, your time is valuable. Attending a networking event may limit the time you have to spend on building your business.

Smashing the Plateau Podcast Featuring Eric Kasimov

EP047: Smashing the Plateau Podcast Featuring Eric Kasimov

Becoming an entrepreneur. This episode is a guest appearance Eric Kasimov had on the Smashing the Plateau podcast. This hit podcast hosted by David Shriner-Cahn is a show that helps entrepreneurs overcome the roadblocks on their way to success. 

David asked Eric to come onto his podcast and talk about how we created a content marketing company and how other entrepreneurs can apply these ideas to their business. 

Thank you to David and the Smashing the Plateau podcast. It was an absolute honor for us to be featured by them and we would encourage you to check out their podcast on Apple or Stitcher. 

In this episode, David and Eric discuss: becoming an entrepreneur, content marketing as the ultimate insurance policy, and finding 1 fan. 

Entrepreneur Perspectives of a Business Coach with James Pagano

EP046: Perspectives of a Business Coach with James Pagano

Don’t overcomplicate things. Eric welcomes James Pagano to this episode of Entrepreneur Perspectives. In this episode, they discuss The Growth Coach, obstacles in business, and the New Jersey Devils.

James Pagano is the Owner of The Growth Coach of Charlotte. James launched his business because he understands many of the challenges small business owners and sales professionals face each and every day. He has over 30 years of experience in business ownership and held various corporate positions.  

James’s practice allows him the opportunity to share his experiences, provide third-party perspective, and work through a proven and sound process of professional development with many Charlotte-area entrepreneurs and sales professionals. 

We have known James for many years and not only is he one of the most genuine people you will meet, he can give you practical advice that will make a difference for you and your business immediately. Because of all that, we’re super excited to have James on this podcast.  

Entrepreneur Perspectives of a Float Therapy Business Owner with Tyler Johnson

EP045: Perspectives of a Float Therapy Business Owner with Tyler Johnson

We all need to slow down and disconnect. In this episode, we discuss floating, how to market a unique business, and relaxation. 

Our guest today is Tyler Johnson. Tyler is the Founder and Owner of First Float. First Float is a wellness center helping individuals reach their next level in performance. First Float focuses on three main areas of relaxation and healing – massage therapy, flotation therapy, and halotherapy. First Float’s services are centered around float therapy. Tyler walks us through exactly what float therapy is in this podcast.   

Tyler is from Indianapolis, Indiana and recently moved to the Charlotte area where he now runs his business. First Float is located in Huntersville, North Carolina.  

EP044: Perspectives on Safe Tackling in Football with Spencer Smith

EP044: Perspectives on Safe Tackling in Football with Spencer Smith

Heads Up, Hit Low, Hold On. Our guest today is Spencer Smith, Founder and Owner of Triple H Tackling Academy. Spencer is a repeat guest of the podcast. Talking football, sports, and entrepreneurship are things we all love, so bringing Spencer back for another episode was an easy decision. Triple H Tackling Academy teaches safe tackling techniques.  

Spencer attended college and played football at the University of Hawaii. Spencer currently trains young kids, high school players, college athletes, and NFL players on the art of tackling. 

Spencer lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife and his daughter, Audrie. Audrie was kind enough to join us for this episode. 

In this episode we discuss rule changes in football, tackling support for local football associations, and Drake. 

The Gametime Guru Podcast Featuring Eric Kasimov

EP043: The Gametime Guru Podcast Featuring Eric Kasimov

Sports bring people together. This episode is a guest appearance we had on The Gametime Guru podcast. The Gametime Guru podcast hosted by Shane Larson is a show where Shane discusses topics on and off the field. In this episode, we discuss the story behind SportsEpreneur, role players in business, and The Buckeyes. Shane Larson asked us to come onto his podcast and talk about how sports and business relate, so of course, we chat about SportsEpreneur and his favorite article from that content platform titled, “Sports Bring People Together”.

And with Shane being a fellow Buckeye fan, we had to discuss Ohio State—with a business touch of course.

Thank you to The Gametime Guru for having us on the podcast. It was an absolute honor to be featured on the podcast and we would encourage you to check out his show on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.

Anytime we are given an opportunity to chat with entrepreneurs like Shane, The Gametime Guru, we are grateful. Thank you, Shane!

Entrepreneur Perspectives of a Business Credit Expert with Ty Crandall

EP042: Perspectives of Business Credit Expert with Ty Crandall

Why you need to be aware of your business credit. In this episode, Eric Kasimov chats with Ty Crandall to discuss business credit, learning, and listening at 2.5x speed.

Ty Crandall is the CEO of Credit Suite. With Credit Suite, Ty consults with and advises companies on business credit building and scoring. He is also an internationally known speaker, author, and business credit expert. With over 17 years of financial experience, Ty is recognized as an authority in business credit building, business credit scoring, and business financing. Simply put, Ty Crandall and his team teach companies exactly how to build business credit for their business.

Ty lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two children, and is an avid pilot and sailor in his free time.

EP041: Entrepreneur Perspectives on Creating Clarity: Jared Nichols

EP041: Perspectives on Creating Clarity with Jared Nichols

Genuity in sales. In this episode, Eric Kasimov chats with Jared Nichols to discuss: creating a story, the new futurist, and 150 people. 

Jared Nichols, as you probably know is a previous guest on the podcast. Jared is a futurist, advisor, and faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business. He created the Foresight Academy. In the academy, Jared teaches leaders, teams, and individuals, how to think like futurists so they create the best future for themselves and the people they serve. You can find Jared’s previous podcast episodes: episode 002 and episode 025. 

Jared holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Foresight and is sought out by leaders, organizations, and entrepreneurs to help them identify how emerging trends in technology, media, business, and public policy may fundamentally change society and shape the future. 

Among the many things you can learn from Jared, one at the top of the list is creating clarity in your life.

Entrepreneur Perspectives On Promotional Advertising: Nikki Craig

EP040: Perspectives on Promotional Advertising with Nikki Craig

If you leave a lasting impression, your brand is working for you. Our guest today is Nikki Craig. Nikki is the owner of LAMP, which stands for Leave a Mark Promotions – which is a Brand Partner of Geiger. Geiger is the industries largest promotional advertising agency. LAMP helps you find a cost-effective way to market and promote your business with custom promotional items that speak to your customers and clients. With the number of companies they work with, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. And Nikki supports you every step of the way.

Nikki currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has 6 kids. And is a huge Auburn Tiger fan.

In this episode they discuss promotional advertising, caregiving, and being an immigrant.