Dwain Farley | Paralyzed at 17, Adopting 7 Special Needs Children, and Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur with Multiple Exits

Dwain Farley is a Vistage Chair and the Founder and CEO of LeaSarHan Capital Investments. Vistage is a great organization of peer-to-peer roundtables for CEOs and Dwain leads private peer advisory groups for CEOs and business owners to help them step out of the daily grind to think differently, gain insights, take bold actions, and generate spectacular results. LeaSarHan Capital Investments (LCI) is a privately-funded investment firm providing growth equity and guidance to small and mid-sized companies generating positive annual free cash flow and attractive growth prospects within their industry.

Dwain is the former CEO and Partner at Ontivity, a leading construction and wireless infrastructure company for the cell tower industry in the southwestern US that was acquired by New Braunfels in 2016. He also served as the CEO of Domino Printing and Enterprise Information Systems, Inc. (EIS).

In this episode, John Corcoran, host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, is joined by Dwain Farley, a Vistage Chair, to talk about how to become a successful entrepreneur with multiple exits. Dwain also talks to John about his background, the companies he has founded, the challenges he faced growing his businesses, and his experiences in mentoring fellow executives as a Vistage Chair.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • Dwain Farley recalls an accident that he went through when he 17 years old and how it shaped his life
  • Dwain shares how he started his entrepreneurship journey after college and what it was like to work with companies without an accessible entrance
  • The conversations Dwain has with his kids about disability
  • Dwain talks about growing his business, outgrowing his target market in Arkansas, expanding to Dallas, and the challenges he faced in the process
  • How Dwain ended up being in a Vistage Group and what he loves about it
  • Dwain discusses why he decided to sell his business, his experience of moving to the corporate environment, and why he decided to create a new company and not retire after the sale of his company
  • Dwain‘s experience as CEO of Domino Printing, surviving the 2008 economic recession, and his transition to the cellphone industry 
  • How Dwain mentors executives in the current COVID-19 crisis at Vistage
  • The people Dwain acknowledges for his accomplishments and success
  • Where to learn more about Dwain Farley

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Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

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Episode Transcript

Intro  0:14  

Welcome to the Revolution, the Smart Business Revolution podcast where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution. John Corcoran.

 

John Corcoran  0:40  

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here, the host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast. You know, each week I talk to, actually twice a week, I talk to really inspirational and interesting CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs of all kinds of companies and organizations like YPO, EO, Activision Blizzard, Lending tree, OpenTable, x software. I’m also the co-founder of Rise25, where we help connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects. 

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Dr. Jeremy Weisz | The Exact Email Template to Cold Email VIP Guests

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25 Media, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts where he helped to put all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. 

Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has been featuring top entrepreneurs and founders/CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews on InspiredInsider. He also continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility in downtown Chicago and has also founded a nutritional supplement business. 

In this episode, John Corcoran, host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, talks with Dr. Jeremy Weisz, his co-founder at Rise25 Media, about the best strategies for podcast outreach messages. They also explain why social proof elements are important in outreach messages and share the cold email templates they send to their potential guests.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • The most common questions podcast hosts ask about outreach
  • Dr. Jeremy Weisz explains what it means to reach out with a gift
  • John compares creating connections through podcasting versus writing
  • Why and how to use social proof elements in a podcast
  • The velvet rope concept, the difference between podcast seasons and podcast series, and the open loop method in outreach messages
  • How to form an instant connection with your potential guests
  • Dr. Weisz and John share the cold email templates they send to their guests
  • How to get in touch with Dr. Jeremy Weisz

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services. 

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Episode Transcript

Intro  0:10  

Welcome to the Revolution, the Smart Business Revolution podcast where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution. John Corcoran.

 

John Corcoran  0:40  

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here, and we’re about to get started. I’m the host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast and we’re recording this live. But on my podcast, I get to talk with all kinds of interesting CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs of companies and organizations like YPO eo activation, Blizzard, lending tree, Open Table. software and many more. I’m also the co-founder of Rise25, where we connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects. And I’m here with my co-founder, Dr. Jeremy Weisz. And let me tell you a little bit about Dr. Weisz for those of you who don’t know him in addition to co-founding and running Raspberry Pi with AI. He’s been with myself. He’s been featuring top entrepreneurs with video interviews since 2010.

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Michael David Chapman | How to Connect and Engage on LinkedIn

Michael David Chapman is a father of four and an entrepreneur who co-founded a successful digital marketing company focused on helping brands grow using LinkedIn. He is a seasoned authority in B2B sales and has amassed a following of over 240,000 people on LinkedIn. Michael has a long history working in organizational labor in the transportation industry, and he also coaches men to become better fathers and have a more meaningful relationship with their spouse. 

In this episode of Smart Business Revolution, John Corcoran interviews Michael David Chapman about connecting and engaging with people on LinkedIn. Michael talks about the value of recommendations, the most common mistakes people make with their LinkedIn profiles, and the best strategies people can employ in growing their network.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • What inspired Michael David Chapman to become a LinkedIn expert and how he branded himself on the platform as he was starting out
  • Common mistakes people make with their LinkedIn profiles and Michael’s advice on how to resolve them
  • The value of LinkedIn recommendations 
  • How Michael grew his LinkedIn connections and his best tips for engagement
  • How job seekers can grow their LinkedIn network, reach out to potential employers, and the mindset they should have
  • Should people use guerilla tactics on LinkedIn?
  • Michael talks about nurturing a large number of people and connections on LinkedIn
  • Why Michael shares videos from the web and repurposed content on LinkedIn
  • Michael reveals what he is most excited about in regards to LinkedIn
  • Which areas of the platform can LinkedIn improve on to make it more engaging and unrestricted?
  • The people Michael acknowledges for his achievements

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services. 

Right Click here to download the MP3

Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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Episode Transcript

Intro  0:14  

Welcome to the Revolution, the Smart Business Revolution podcast where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution, John Corcoran.

 

John Corcoran  0:40  

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here, I’m the host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast. And if you’ve listened a couple of times before then you know that each week I get to talk with smart CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs and all kinds of different companies and organizations like YPO, EO activation, blizzards lending tree, Opentable x software and many more. We bring in experts who’ve got expertise in a variety of different areas. Today we’re going to be talking about LinkedIn in particular, which is such a tremendously powerful and valuable platform if you use it right, by the way, I am also the co founder of rice 25, where we help connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects. 

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Carl Arnold | Building a Business to $100M and Beyond

Carl Arnold is a Vistage Chair, a CEO, and a business coach who offers entrepreneurial leadership consulting to CEOs, Executives, and business owners around the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an entrepreneur who has scaled a company to over $100 million before selling it. A born and bred businessman, Carl started his first venture at the age of 12 selling hot dogs and Coca-Cola at Cal Stadium football games. Both his father and grandfather were entrepreneurs working in the hotel and restaurant industries, so he grew up with the spirit of enterprise all around him, something that he carried with him throughout his career.

Carl went on to study Hotel Restaurant Management, Business Administration, and Music at the University of Denver. He even toured with a band for a year before being accepted into a leadership program at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Following the program, he was recruited to join Milepost Industries, a company focused entirely on providing hospitality services to railroad employees. Under Carl’s leadership, Milepost expanded its breadth to include three different divisions, growing to reach 100 million in annualized revenues.

In this week’s episode of Smart Business Revolution, John Corcoran interviews Carl Arnold, a business coach and Vistage Chair, about building a business to over $100 million valuation. They also discuss Carl’s entrepreneurship and music background, his experience in leading a company with 3,500 employees, and how Carl ended up being a Vistage chair.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • Carl Arnold talks about his interest in music and his background in Hospitality and Restaurant Management
  • Carl shares why the parallels between his success as a businessman and as a drummer
  • Carl talks about their family business in the hospitality industry and why he went into entrepreneurship at the tender age of twelve
  • Why Carl joined Milepost Industries and how he worked his way up to a management position and scaled the business to over $100 million
  • How Carl successfully managed 3,500 employees at Milepost Industries
  • Carl explains how he would manage a company with over 1,000 vehicles in the current economy
  • Carl discusses his decision to sell Milepost Industries, the story behind the founding of Arnold Hotel Group, and his transition to the financial services industry
  • Why Carl Arnold decided to become a Vistage chair
  • The people Carl acknowledges for his achievements

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services. 

Right Click here to download the MP3

Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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Episode Transcript

Intro  0:14  

Welcome to the Revolution, the Smart Business Revolution podcast where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution. John Corcoran.

 

John Corcoran  0:40  

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here, I’m the host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast where I talk with really smart CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs of companies and organizations like YPO, EO, Activision Blizzard, Lending tree Opentable, X Software and many more. I’m also the co-founder of Rise25 Media where we help to connect b2b business owners with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners. 

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Dr. David Haase | Fountain of Youth? New Developments in Biohacking and Longevity

Dr. David Haase, MD is a renowned medical educator trained at Vanderbilt and Mayo Clinic. His expertise touches on a wide range of specialties from personalized computational systems medicine, brain performance optimization, and more. Dr. Haase is also the author of the best selling book Curiosity Heals The Human, and he presented a TED talk in which he described how treating dementia starts by changing our paradigms about health and disease. 

In this week’s episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, host John Corcoran interviews Dr. David Haase about the newest developments in biohacking and longevity. Dr. Haase explains what blood washing or therapeutic plasma exchange refers to and what it involves, and he also shares details about a study done on mice to investigate the blood washing procedure.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • Dr. Haase talks about a journal article about research done at UC Berkeley
  • What does the process of blood washing involve, how long does it take, and can it be done on humans?
  • How frequently should a patient do blood washing and why do few clinics do it?
  • The training process for blood washing and the problem posed by the lack of medical specialty for the procedure
  • Dr. Haase discusses a blood washing study done on mice and the results observed from this study
  • What does it take for clinics to offer blood washing therapy and how much does it cost?
  • Why there is a lot of resistance to innovation in health care
  • What people with family members with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia should do 
  • Dr. Haase explains the benefits of blood donation

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services. 

Right Click here to download the MP3

Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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Episode Transcript

Intro  0:14  

Welcome to the Revolution, the smart business revolution podcast where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution. John Corcoran.

 

John Corcoran  0:40  

Hey, everyone, john corporate here, could there be a new fountain of youth bonus episode I share an interview which raises a real question about whether there could be this is an interview I conducted with one of our clients on his podcast, but I wanted to share it here as well because I think the topic was really eye opening the client, I’m interviewing Dr. David Haase and he’s a pioneer in systems medicine, which integrates science, philosophy, data, and other areas to reveal new possibilities for creating health, optimizing human performance, and even reversing dementia. So in this episode, we talk about a new development in the world of biohacking. It’s a bit technical, I’ll warn you, but hopefully you will follow along because we discussed some exciting new medical research which could add some big implications. Enjoy.

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Mike Simonsen | How to Hack Your Happiness

Mike Simonsen is the Founder and CEO of Altos Research, a real estate analytics firm. He founded the company in 2006 and they provide real-time data and insight on the US housing market. He has 15 years of experience in software development, marketing of enterprise applications, and security products. In developing the Altos product offerings, he applied his expertise in analytical systems development to a personal interest in the real estate market. Mike is on the Board of Directors and is the outgoing President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization San Francisco.

Prior to founding Altos Research, Mike was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at network systems vendor, Nevis Networks, where he led the team from initial product concept through the company’s launch into the market. Before joining Nevis, he led product management at Inkra Networks, and helped build the company’s innovative product line and contributed to the company’s successful sales into the largest data centers in the world. Mike previously founded Potrero Networks and was director of product management at Lucent Technologies/INS VitalSuite division. He has a BS from the University of Nevada and an MBA from Chicago’s DePaul University.

In this episode, John Corcoran will be talking to Mike Simonsen about his company, Altos Research, his work with the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and his upcoming book about how to hack your happiness.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • Mike Simonsen’s theme for the year for Entrepreneurs’ Organization San Francisco
  • How Mike balances being an entrepreneur and his work with hacking happiness
  • Why are there grumpy sad people who are outwardly successful?
  • How Mike’s business changed for the better after he discovered the hacking happiness process
  • How being in Entrepreneurs’ Organization and having an accountability partner impacted Mike
  • How to successfully build a company culture 
  • Mike explains what Entrepreneurs’ Organization is, what it does, and why he decided to join it
  • How EO has had to pivot because of the current health crisis
  • Why Mike founded Altos Research and his thoughts on the future of the industry
  • The people Mike acknowledges for his achievements and success
  • Where to learn more and connect with Mike Simonsen

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services. 

Right Click here to download the MP3

Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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Episode Transcript

Intro  0:14  

Welcome to the Revolution, the Smart Business Revolution podcast where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution. John Corcoran. 

John Corcoran  0:40  

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here, am the host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast where I talk with all kinds of smart CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs and companies and organizations like YPO, EO, Activision Blizzard lending tree, Open Table, x software, and many more. I’m also the co-founder of Rise25, where we help connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects and I’m excited today I have one with me, Mike Simonsen. And Mike is the founder and CEO of the real estate analytics firm, Altos Research. He’s a true data geek. In his words, not mine founded Altos Research in 2006. So 14 years ago now to bring data and insight on the US housing market to those who need it now and now more than ever do people need it given.

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