54 episodes

Josh sits down with industry innovators to uncover the unique ideas and values that are baked in to their businesses and have led to extraordinary success.

These conversations can be a catalyst for other leaders to discover, develop and deliver powerful results. Look for new episodes weekly!

Baked-In with Josh Allen Gaslight Studio STL, c/o Josh Allen

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Josh sits down with industry innovators to uncover the unique ideas and values that are baked in to their businesses and have led to extraordinary success.

These conversations can be a catalyst for other leaders to discover, develop and deliver powerful results. Look for new episodes weekly!

    Episode 53: Brian Wahby | Eximius Productions

    Episode 53: Brian Wahby | Eximius Productions

    On this week’s episode presented by Busey Bank, Josh sits down with Brian Wahby of Eximius Productions. As an entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Brian’s creativity, curiosity, civic involvement and leadership has offered over 30 years of experience in a number of diverse areas. He founded Eximius in 2014 to primarily produce the Q in the Lou – the annual BBQ Festival in Downtown St. Louis. In 2018, Brian expanded the Q brand of festivals to the Denver market with the highly successful Denver BBQ Fest. Expansion to other markets followed including Kansas City, Jacksonville and Dallas. They touch on a lot in this episode including the role of happiness in building and managing a company, growing and scaling a festival brand and Brian’s outlook on the future of St. Louis. Let’s roll…

    • 44 min
    Baked In | Father's Day - The Allen Gang!

    Baked In | Father's Day - The Allen Gang!

    Happy Father’s Day! Here’s a quick bonus episode with Josh and his five (5) kids talking about lessons learned from growing up in a small business family and their favorite baked goods. A great chance for the kids to fill their dad’s bucket with a little love. Let’s roll…

    #family #fathersday #podcasting #baking #legacy

    • 29 min
    Episode 52: Danni & Steve | HuSTL Hospitality

    Episode 52: Danni & Steve | HuSTL Hospitality

    On this week’s episode presented by Busey Bank, Josh has the chance to sit with Danni Eickenhorst and Steve Ewing of HuSTL Hospitality – the group behind both Steve’s Hot Dogs and the Fountain on Locust. Danni (and her husband Marcus) got involved with Steve in February 2020 when he originally announced the closing of Steve’s Hot Dogs. They spent some time talking through how together they re-imagined the concept, worked through those changes throughout the pandemic and have grown the brand to now include not only the flagship location on South Grand, but satellites at Citypark, Enterprise Center and America’s Center.

    Additionally, HuSTL will be very shortly opening an additional Steve’s Hot Dogs and The Fountain off Locust ­– a spinoff of The Fountain on Locust – this summer at Maker’s Locale, a new event and dining complex located in the Delmar Maker District. Josh and Danni and Steve get into a lot. Scale, growth, leadership, vision and even a little bodybuilding. Fun to talk to folks moving quickly. Let’s go…

    #catering #hotdogs #rockandroll #covid #theurge #fountainonlocust

    • 43 min
    Episode 51: Justin Kraudel | Monta Watches

    Episode 51: Justin Kraudel | Monta Watches

    On this week’s episode presented by Busey Bank, Josh sits down with Justin Kraudel of Monta Watches, a luxury swiss-built brand based in St. Louis. In 2016, Justin walked away from a 12-year career in the wealth management industry to follow his passion for horology (watches). Monta designs and manufactures luxury sport watches with impeccable finishing and attention to detail. In a short period of time – relative to some of the decades old legacy brands – Monta has created a brand with a solid reputation for beautiful timepieces and terrific customer service. Most of their business has been built direct to consumer online, but they’re beginning to grow their business through local and regional jewelry stores. Josh and Justin talk about the state of the American watch market, the challenges of establishing a brand in an industry with so many legacy players and the supply chain obstacles of convincing Swiss craftsmen to come on board with a new start up brand. Super fun to chat with a self-admitted watch nerd. Let’s go…

    #luxury #watches #innovator #design #swisstime

    • 41 min
    Episode 50: Josh Allen - A look at 50 Episodes

    Episode 50: Josh Allen - A look at 50 Episodes

    On this week’s episode presented by Busey Bank, Josh is celebrating episode 50! He’s joined by good friend, collaborator and podcast producer extraordinaire, JB Anderson of Gaslight Studios. They dive deep into the story arc from Josh’s 2021 TEDx St. Louis talk to the ideation of the podcast. And they touch on many of the highlights from the first year of episodes, lessons learned, the role of the City of St. Louis and the ultimate guest wishlist. Please remember that the best way to support the show and keep the stories coming is simply to follow Baked-In on your favorite podcast player and leave a review. Let’s go…

    • 52 min
    Episode 49: Mike Konzen | PGAV

    Episode 49: Mike Konzen | PGAV

    On this week’s episode presented by Busey Bank, Josh is talking with Mike Konzen of PGAV. Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, PGAV is behind some of the most recognizable destinations locally and around the world. The global firm of designers, architects and planners is responsible for the design of places close to home such as the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum in addition to experiences at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, which opened last year. Their projects attract 120+ million visitors per year on 5 continents.

    Josh and Mike discuss the recently opened World’s Fair exhibit at the Missouri History Museum in which PGAV played a big role, how he recruits and retains a talented team in St. Louis and beyond, empathy and its role in business and leadership, and their shared appreciation for mid-1970 Oldsmobile Cutlasses. It’s so cool to know that this type of immensely creative work is being done here in St. Louis. Let’s go…

    • 43 min

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