March 7, 2018
Larry Jones, President and CEO of Pot O' Gold Coffee Service was just seventeen-years-old when he had the idea to get into the office coffee supply business with his family. As a high schooler with no driver's license, Larry would walk on foot to sales meetings, carrying with him a coffee machine in a bag.
After graduating, Larry continued helping his family run the business until he decided to try another path: crab fishing. For 12 years, Larry spent most of his time crab fishing in Alaska, saving up money to help grow the business. Through hard work and perseverance, Larry and his family have built a generational family business that is both the largest Independent Office Coffee Service (OCS) Operator in Washington and the largest Independent Operator/purchaser of the Starbucks I-Cup brewer in the nation.
On today's episode, Larry shares behind-the-scenes stories of building their company from the ground up, and the important lessons on trust, relationships, and growth he's learned along the way.
February 21, 2018
After becoming a father, Max Spielberg, Co-Founder and President of Genexa Health, embarked on a search for safe and organic medicines for his family, but couldn't find any. So, he made it his personal mission to create healthier, organic medicine for families like his, and co-founded Genexa in 2014. Despite the many doctors and manufacturers who said it wasn't possible, they stuck to their vision and kept moving forward. Through remarkable persistence and plenty of risks, the company went to commerce in 2016 and achieved amazing success. On today's episode, Max shares how they took the business from a home-office operation to a fast-growing company with two offices, fifteen employees, and products in over 30,000 stores.
February 7, 2018
In just five years, Matthew Rosenberg, CEO & Founder of M-Rad Design Studio, has made impressive strides in implementing his vision of reconceptualizing the architecture industry. As he worked to build an innovative, people-focused company, he's taken big risks and learned valuable lessons along the way, from a team overhaul early in the business to learning which clients are — and are not — a good fit. Through it all, Matthew has prioritized investing in his team and positively contributing to the architectural industry. This episode, Matthew engages in a transparent, authentic conversation about the evolution of his unique business.
January 25, 2018
For Joe Cirulli, Owner of Gainesville Health & Fitness Center, leadership comes down to finding what you're passionate about and giving it your all. Though his company is now a Forbes Small Giant, Joe's journey has included hardships and lessons learned, from early childhood lessons on the fragility of health to how he finally uncovered what was truly important to him — inspiring people to become their best. This episode, Joe engages in a genuine, authentic conversation about the time and effort he's invested in building a business that makes the world a better place.
January 18, 2018
Looking back on her life, Kathy Steele, Founder & CEO of Red Caffeine, has earned her stripes as a purpose-driven leader and an entrepreneur. She first ventured into entrepreneurship after quitting a full-time job, a single mother with less than a month's rent in her bank account. But she was determined to build a great business and deliver on her vision. This episode, Kathy shares the invaluable lessons she learned from a business divorce, brushing off early failures, and leading by serving.
December 13, 2017
Today on the Growing With Purpose podcast, Paul Spiegelman interviews Chris McKee, Founder & Managing Partner of Venturity. Looking back on his life, Chris never imagined himself becoming an entrepreneur. In fact, his dream growing up was to become an accountant and sit in a cubicle doing reconciliations. What changed? This episode, Chris shares the invaluable lessons he learned while fishing with his grandfather, how he unlearned his authoritative leadership style, and his journey to becoming a purpose-driven leader.
November 8, 2017
Today on the Growing with Purpose podcast, Paul Spiegelman interviews Forbes Small Giant, Anne Hed, Co-Founder and CEO of HED Cycling Products Inc. Anne's story is both a business and a love story. It begins with Anne as a young and broke college student with a desire to win the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii. Per her friend's suggestion, she finds herself at a small bike shop in Minneapolis, where she asks the barefoot, shirtless, greasy owner, Steve Hed, for $100 and a bike to enter the triathlon. And that's just the beginning...
October 10, 2017
This episode Paul chats with Laura Boone, a successful entrepreneur who has used her intuitive gifts of clairvoyance and clairsentience to help others grow and thrive for over 25 years. She is passionate about applying astrology, tarot, and the esoteric arts in practical applications and committed to inspiring companies, communities, families and individuals. Paul finds out what has shaped her business and life.
September 12, 2017
When David finished school, he followed the family tradition of working at GE. By 2006, he had decided he wanted to do his own thing, so he founded P1 Industries, manufacturing engineered parts for power plants (like GE). Next up P1 is manufacturing for 3-D technologies. In this episode, Paul chats with David about what has shaped his life and business.
August 8, 2017
Paul chats with Jill Nelson, Founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists, about what shaped her business and life. From humble beginnings, Jill has grown Ruby Receptionists into a four-time winner of FORTUNE magazine’s top five Best Small Companies to Work for, and a Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon recipient for the past nine years. A fervent supporter of local business, she has served on the board of Entrepreneurs Organization for over five years and acted as a mentor in its Accelerator program, successfully helping business owners reach that $1,000,000 revenue mark. A sought after speaker on culture driven growth, Jill has shared her management philosophy of incenting, inspiring, and empowering employees with global brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Leroy Merlin of Europe, and Kiabi of France. Her vision for Ruby includes a workplace employees are excited to come to each day, and are inspired to learn, grow, and connect with others.