Beers & Careers
Welcome to the Beers & Careers Podcast
Beers & Careers Podcast is your channel for real conversations with successful professionals that have crossed our paths and the stories of how they got to where they are now. We hope that their journey's inspire you to take more action, not be afraid to fail, and move forward with your career!
This successful HR executive’s first job was a grave digger, yes, really! He shares the lessons he and his firm learned from the 9/11 tragedy and how to focus on connecting and connectivity and how it’s still important today. He reminds us that most of the “jobs of the future” haven’t been created yet and shares one of his favorite quotes from Colin Powell “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier”. Learn how his masters in Higher Ed helped him transition to corporate America and make a difference at one of Big 4. Enjoy our conversation with Jim Wall.
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Entrepreneur and Corporate Dropout
Enjoy our conversation with this self proclaimed corporate dropout. After a successful corporate career as an executive in HR, Laura decided to refocus her business experience to build another income stream (in wine!) that allowed her more time with her family and has never looked back with any regret. She’s always been focused on helping others grow and that hasn’t changed. She says that one of the keys to success and gratification is being honest with yourself about what your strengths are and following them! Also, hear about her success in CrossFit and how she ranked #37 of her age group through focusing on the mindset needed to compete at that level.
Sr Manager, Business Excellence
Enjoy this conversation with Christian, who is full of energy, passion and ambition. We get to dive into Christian’s story which is fascinating, including global consulting gigs and a train ride to Paris that he never expected to end the way it did. After his story we dive into some of his perspective on the world, why he’s focused on getting better every day!
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Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator Steven Feifke
Learn how this NYU graduate combined his studies of music and economics to make his passion - music - his career. He shares his feelings on the "Freelance Philosophy" - that no amount of work is too much work - is wrong, and how he balances writing music, teaching, performing and growing his social media presence and engagement. He shares some mistakes to avoid, his advice for recent and soon to be graduates, and how he has pivoted his business during the COVID pandemic. Listen to our conversation with Steven here.
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SVP Alliances & Business Development: The conversation covered “developing your expertise” to “passion not being enough” and how Investment banking wasn’t a good fit for her. This highly motivated individual wears a skirt and shoes every day while working from home and then changes her clothes at the end of the day to relax. She shared her career path from consulting to staffing to software and what she learned along the way, from literally making the bagels in Brooklyn to executive roles in several industries to her current role at Bullhorn. Listen to our conversation and enjoy.
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Owner & Entrepreneur: Our conversation with Ravi covered his education and early career growth in India from working for a company as a Product Development Engineer and Sales Engineer to starting his own manufacturing business in India and his journey to moving to the US and becoming a formally trained executive business coach. He talks about compassion and empathy and how important it is to say “thank you” to your employees. He told us about starting a scholarship in upstate New York as a way to give back to the local community. His personal level of self- awareness made him realize his passion for helping businesses and individuals succeed and thrive and it underlies in everything he does. Listen to our conversation with Ravi.
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Entrepreneur: Ryan is a friend of Mark’s and overall an impressive individual who set some aggressive goals early on, including making his first million before he’s 30. We discuss where this thought process and drive came from, the decisions he knew he would have to make eventually, and why he packed up everything and moved to Texas to follow his dreams!
Krysta Van Ranst
Learning and Development Consultant: Enjoy our conversation with Krysta Van Ranst. This morning person moved to Boston on a whim with 2 friends and stayed. This marketing and business major fell into learning and development at one of the areas largest construction companies which opened doors to her being part of Trip Advisors growth. She shares that she loves building things from scratch and loves to watch people become successful and recognize their own growth. This avid reader, who’s first job was cleaning her mom’s office, doesn’t really have any regrets from her career decisions and shares some great book suggestions to inspire people. Enjoy our podcast with Krysta Van Ranst.
Founder and Education Activist:This self proclaimed “student of the world” has created a community focused on inspiring readers to maximize their potential. Nick shares his journey from insecure and introverted high schooler to an influencer that has created a community with over 92,000 Instagram followers and how a public speaking class changed his life senior year. Last year he read over 70 books, this year he’s reread 30 and has a goal to read 60. His company BookThinkers created an app that allows you to organize your books and notes and revisit them periodically to maximize retention. Throughout the episode he mentions some of his favorite books and some of his favorite quotes and hear about his morning miracle cocktail that he prepares every night before he goes to sleep.
Kathie Mahoney and Leslie Parady
MassMEP Leaders:Our first podcast with two (2) guests. We welcomed Kathie Mahoney, former center director and Leslie Parady from MassMEP. And as it turns out they went to High School together and didn’t know each other and they worked together for over 10 years. Kathie enjoys hot yoga and Leslie loves the New York Times Hard Sudoku and they’re both glad to see more women getting into manufacturing. Neither of them are doing what they thought they’d do after college. Come listen to their career advice and their favorite quotes and guess who likes to eat whipped cream out of the can.
Nick Van Nice
Executive Coach:Listen to Nick’s story of walking away from a career path that had him as a regular expert on TV news casts to how he found his calling as an executive leadership coach. This spiritual man starts his mornings early, very early and meditates and how growing up on a farm, being a sport fisherman and Tony Robbins Personal Power made him an early riser. He shares why it’s important to “pay your dues” at the beginning of your career to learn about “people, process, profit”. Nick has coached over 1000 people and shares some of books he recommends (Crucial Conversations and the 8th Habit) and why writing down your goals and sharing them make it 75% likely to hit them. Enjoy our conversation with Nick Van Nice.
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Business Growth Strategist: Learn about Lynn’s “Non-Lynn-ier” career path that zigged and zagged over the years … from her medical focus in college to becoming a branding specialist working with the NBA and Warner Brothers/Looney Tunes to how she started her own business while pregnant and how that didn’t work out. These various experiences along with following her mantra “Be aware of opportunities, they come in different shapes and forms” led her to starting a Leadership Coaching business and radio show that showcased others in her profession and why she didn’t think of them as competition. Lynn has never been afraid of reinventing herself and trying new things and it has paid off.
Working is part of her DNA and she has trusted her gut to make decisions over the years. Today, she along with her business partner help others make important decisions for their lives and businesses through the use of their decision-making framework. Enjoy our conversation with Business Growth Strategist, Lynn Turner.
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From running a day care from her home to starting a manufacturing company with her husband Lori explains why “Life is all about how you handle Plan B” and how she has embraced that quote as her career evolved. She shares stories about being a woman running a manufacturing company in the energy industry and how responsible she felt for her employees and worried about their success. Now as a professor and start-up coach she shares why she stresses volunteering to learn new skills, meet new people and the importance of business exploration classes for students. Enjoy listening to our conversation with Lori Jones aka Lorraine Jones.
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Director of Finance and Accounting, Tieg and I explored his path after college, which included starting at a smaller firm, going to Deloitte and then realizing the big 4 and big business wasn’t the best fit for him, and since then his desire to be at smaller companies. He spoke about the assessments he took to figure out what his career would be, describing it more as a process of elimination, the need to fail! Lastly we discussed what we think office environments will be like post pandemic!
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Chief Revenue Officer: His journey from German National Lacrosse, to cold calling local businesses, to Chief Revenue Officer. He moved 8 times in 12 years, all for new opportunities and growth. He talks about having “Imposter Syndrome", why he’s practicing being fearless and how he passed out before going bungee jumping. This 30 something has made the conscious decision to take more risks and it seems to be paying off as he is embarking on starting his own business. Check out our convo with Greg Lazarus.
Photographer & Filmmaker: Hear stories about Chris’s first job making pizza boxes at a pizzeria in Fall River, MA to making videos with Pro Football Player JJ Watt at his house. One of his favorite projects is “Shooting Touch” a video docu-series he shoots and supports in Rwanda. This program’s goal is to promote equal access to physical activity and wellness. He talks about the amazing athletes he’s worked with, famous and not, and the challenges of starting his own company. He shares why he doesn’t want to be tied to a studio but prefers to work his own projects and documentaries and how he’s undaunted by failure.
Owner, Pure Drive. Adam is someone who followed his dream and it led to other opportunities along the way. We talked about how good parenting and mentoring were vital to his current success. Why Tiger Wood’s father Earl was a great motivator and mentor and why today’s parents get it wrong! Learn why someone who was successful decided to take the risk and go out on their own and the role that personal brand can play in your success. And yes he has played @PGA section events and won Golf Digest's Best Young Teacher's Award.
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Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, Clean Harbors. A mini podcast with Tim Therrien, a former DAVIS employee, joins us to talk about his employer Clean Harbors. Their employees are on the front line providing decontamination services and they need to hire over 300 people serving 50 locations nationwide. Learn about what it’s like to do this type of work and why armed forces, fire fighters and construction workers succeed in this environment. Join us for this short episode and help us spread the word about the good work they’re doing and help them find more top talent to help them.
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Stand Up Philosopher. This self-proclaimed stand up philosopher is focused on kindness and how he can contribute to that. From being a record and concert promoter to stories about Dave Grohl, the nicest guy, to some music legends who weren’t so nice, Michael shares his stories and his unique journey. He tells us about his “Kindness Matters” bracelet and how the Boston Marathon Bombing affected him so deeply that he moved back to the Boston area and is focusing on how he can be of service to his community and to the world. Also, he wrote a very interesting book that talks about the parallels between life and golf, called Zilosophy on Golf: Observations on the Parallels Between Life and Golf. Enjoy this podcast.
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CEO/Chairman The DAVIS Companies. From starting a business in his basement to growing it to over $50MM, Bob Davis shares his thoughts about his journey, his feelings on leadership and why relationships are so important to him. Hear his views on managing, making decisions and what traits to look for and why he deliberately let’s people make mistakes. This amazing CEO (and yes we’re biased) shares his story about his first job delivering newspapers in Camden, NJ and what gets him fired up. Enjoy this episode with Bob Davis CEO The DAVIS Companies
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Radio Host. “Pay attention to what brings you joy”. From college baseball to hosting radio and tv sports shows, Mark Dondero has had a pretty cool career so far. He‘s asked Patriots coach Bill Belichek tough questions, skated with the Providence Bruins and Jimmy Kimmel used one of his clips on his show. Learn why he wrote his high school athletic director a thank you note and why he tells the kids at career day “Pay attention to what brings you joy”. Check out this episode with Mark Dondero
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CEO Wakefly. From the Marine Corp to how he became CEO of his own tech company, Dean shares the scariest day of his life- when he got fired. Learn about why his “Lead by example” mantra is intentional, why he focuses on working smarter and how he turned his biggest failure as a business owner into daily motivation! Enjoy our conversation with this interesting guy who loves Saturday am soccer and really good BBQ. Dean Dorazio, CEO of Wakefly.
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Executive Director, Marlborough Economic Development Committee. “Be unapologetically who you are”. She never thought she’d go into public service and now she heads the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation and is focused on attracting and retaining business in the city. From her first job in a hair salon to why her wedding cake was a replica of City Hall, Meredith Harris shared ideas and insights into how she got here and what she’d tell her 22 year old self- it has to do with student loan debt. Listen and enjoy our conversation with Meredith Harris!
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Head of People and Culture at Vicarious Surgical. You'd never guess that this high energy people person who has been on the ground floor and helped shape, grow and hire several teams of brilliant engineers loves to hang on the couch and read with her 78 pound Black Mouth Cur named Miss Dos who hails from Georgia. Ann recounts her adventures in start-ups, including her hopes for her newest role. During our conversation she touches on nurturing people, communicating with leadership teams, her words of balance and her thoughts on leadership-it's not about power. Her career path went from fashion and expanded into administration and communications, higher ed and being a women in the early days of robotics. Join us for our podcast with Ann Whittaker; it will keep you engaged and wanting more.
Digging deep to problem solve. DAVIS President talks to our host about his career path in a family business. How to navigate working with family members and how to improve on your own areas of weakness. Hear how he started his first business giving water skiing and wake boarding lessons as a teen to how he handles being accountable to all in his life, business and personal. And why he's embraced journaling. Listen to his story!
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Patty Flaherty Donahue
There's this saying in life "It's all about who you know" - and Patty knows just about everyone! Hear the secrets to her personal connection focus and why. Learn her journey from humble beginnings lying about her age to get a job as a "store lady" to becoming one of Greater Boston's better networked professionals!
Why did we start Beers & Careers?
I always thought of people who had great success as unattainable and that they must be perfect . As I've started to have some of my own success, and more visibility into companies across industries of all sizes. I've learned how messy the career path is, it's about failing forward, and that careers aren't linear. Also along the way, I've met some fascinating people I want to share with the world!
Currently podcasting is my favorite medium for learning and because of that I thought it only made sense to share my experiences this way. I’ve met, been mentored and learned from some very interesting people and I wanted to document these conversations and share their journey. My goal is that these stories inspire others to take a chance, not be afraid to fail, and try something new with their careers. So that was why "Beers & Careers” was created.
We'd love to hear your story and hear about how you got to where you are today!