No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide. This podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results.
The Digital Hospitality series features in-depth — and uncensored — conversations with digital entrepreneurs, media personalities, online celebrities, and much more.
Shawn Walchef is the host of Digital Hospitality and owner of the Cali BBQ restaurant and sports bar in Spring Valley, near San Diego.
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Blossom Where You Are Planted | Courtside at Barnes Tennis Center – Part 1 | DH056
Youth Tennis San Diego CEO Ryan Redondo and his team aren’t just teaching tennis, they are changing lives.
Ryan Redondo was a guest on Digital Hospitality, where we sat courtside on a beautiful San Diego fall day at the Barnes Tennis Center to talk about the future of tennis, his life and career, and how technology is being adopted in traditionally offline businesses and organizations like at Youth Tennis San Diego.
“We provide tennis, education, and all the physical, mental and holistic things that kids need but don’t get,” said Ryan Redondo. “We provide that to kids in the city and hopefully some of them come back to the Barnes Tennis Center.”
Understanding the highs of success and lows of burnout, Ryan Redondo is able to share his lessons to all levels. The best lesson? A quote from his college coach at San Diego State, John Nelson.
“Blossom where you’re planted,” recites Ryan Redondo.
“I took that every step of the way and it changed my career. I feel like I’m here today because of that.”
Being present, and blossoming each place he was at, has made Ryan a man that continues to grow and also helps others grow.
Youth Tennis San Diego is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to "promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities." Their programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens.
Youth Tennis San Diego owns and operates the George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center.
The annual Youth Tennis San Diego Win the Match Gala had to be held virtually in 2020 because of the pandemic. It's one of many ways the nonprofit is adapting to a digital reality. #winthematch2020
Learn more about the Win the Match 2020 Virtual Gala and Bid on the Auction Items at https://one.bidpal.net/winthematch2020/
Make sure to check out the next episode of Digital Hospitality for Part 2 of our visit with Ryan Redondo.
He leads us on a tour inside the Barnes Tennis Center to talk about what it's like running the organization in such a unique time as 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Read a feature article about Ryan Redondo and his vision for Youth Tennis San Diego and the Barnes Tennis Center written by Cali BBQ Media writer Ian Stonebrook at https://calibbq.media/blog/bringing-tennis-online-to-help-others-grow-youth-tennis-san-diego/
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The Art of Disruption for the Serial Entrepreneur | John Royce Lynch (PCMA Private Client Lending) | DH090
John Royce Lynch, CEO of PCMA Private Client Lending, is not just a serial entrepreneur, but a case study for success.
But how do you become a serial entrepreneur? Is it by birth, by circumstance or by hunger?
“I come from very humble beginnings,” admits our guest John Royce Lynch on this episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast recorded from his office in Orange County.
“I think life is as a proclamation of what you make of it, your circumstances and your surroundings are not a byproduct of your forever.”
With one quote, John Royce Lynch has spoken to the opening questions with spirit and sharpness.
Here's what John Royce Lynch wrote about his life and business journey online:
"From very humble beginnings to running my own firms earning billions, this journey has given me a crystal-clear purpose, cause and belief: I work hard to inspire all to create the unexpected, so that unexpected becomes expected In my companies, innovative habits are sought, modern ways mastered, and zero complacency insisted on. To me, disruption lives in the roots of Exclusivity and Originality, not novelty. My appetence for helping others develop and grow is my true north and my ambition is beyond measure. This odyssey I call my life, complete with its flaws, has been well documented and shared – always will be. But above all, I’m driven to be a good father, husband and neighbor. Pretty unexpected huh?"
You can learn a lot if you listen to this in-depth conversation with John the "Disruptive Entrepreneur" on the Digital Hospitality podcast.
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What is PCMA Private Client Lending?
PCMA is the leading non-bank private client lending organization serving the needs of their mass affluent and high net worth clientele. They offer qualified individuals and institutions bespoke lending solutions across all major residential asset classes. PCMA is a diversified financial enterprise offering private client solutions through a direct to consumer and distributed retail business model. They strive to build trusting and enduring relationships by putting clients and professional partners at the center of what they do. PCMA headquarters are located in Orange County, California. (Bio from https://pcma.mortgage/)
Email PCMA: email@example.com
John Royce Lynch is Comfortable Being Uncomfortable:
At a young age, John was exposed to what could be even if it wasn’t what was for him and his family. Getting comfortable being uncomfortable gave John the gusto to pursue professional surfing which he did out of college and into his early 20s.
“I was fortunate enough to grow up in Orange County,” John notes despite a less than lavish early life. “It allowed me to get around ambitious living and get comfortable being uncomfortable. I grew up in a household that were laborers and union workers.
Your Restaurant Sucks! | Donald Burns (The Restaurant Coach) | DH089
The Restaurant Coach Donald Burns wants to be a little voice in the back of your brain to remind you: "you can do it" — if you try.
Donald Burns (@therealrestaurantcoach) wants to help your restaurant not suck. The restaurant industry veteran, speaker, author, and coach, was a guest on our Digital Hospitality podcast where he discussed business coaching, mentorship, creating a good work culture, and more.
The Restaurant Coach Online | https://www.therestaurantcoach.com/
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As author of "Your Restaurant Sucks!" and the follow-up "Your Restaurant Still Sucks", Donald Burns has helped inspire many restaurant owners in the art of not sucking at owning a business. His third book "Your Restaurant Culture Sucks" is next.
Those attention-grabbing titles almost didn't happen. Originally Donald dreamed up the less-exciting name for his book series: Restaurant Unleashed. His expert editor wisely guided Donald toward a better title for his first book, Your Restaurant Sucks.
The non-sucky name came to him while recalling a conversation he'd had with restaurant owner who went on a rant about how: "My cooks suck. My dishwasher sucks. my bartenders suck. My hostess sucks. My managers suck. My location sucks. My guests suck."
Donald Burns let him vent and finally sat back and responded, "You know, if your restaurant sucks, it's because you suck running it."
"And he was a big guy. I mean, I'm 6'3'' and he was bigger than me. Probably outweighed me by 50 pounds. He got all intense. He was getting up to get ready to come over to the table. I'm like, this is it. Just tighten up my jaw; he's going to punch me right here."
Then something important happened. Growth.
"He sat back in his chair, and I'll never forget, he let out a deep breath. He goes, "you know, you're right. This is all my fault." And I said, "Alright, let's get to work."
Guess what happened next? Donald said that exact same man who complained about everything sucking around him, did a year of coaching and now he has the highest profits he's ever made in his life.
People will send Donald Burns messages complaining about the titles of his books, but his response is the same as it was to the restaurant owner we mentioned before. "Listen, if you're upset about the title of a book, your restaurant might suck."
That's just what some business owners need to hear in order to grow and not suck.
Schedule a Call with The Restaurant Coach at: https://www.therestaurantcoach.com/schedule-your-call
The Restaurant Coach
While there are many people who are restaurants coaches, there's only one official "The Restaurant Coach." Donald Burns trademarked the name 2008 after he saw the registered TM was wide-open to register.
Even The Restaurant Coach himself has long had a business coach. Just like a therapist needs a therapist, even a coach needs a coach.
Donald Burns' mission is to help motivated independent restaurant owners find success in the hospitality industry without having to give up their life to the business.
"The foundation of any coaching program to me is culture," Donald Burns said on the Digital Hospitality podcast.
Pizza Empire State of Mind | Mike Bausch (Andolini’s Pizzeria) | DH088
Mike Bausch has a Pizza Empire State of Mind.
To build an empire it takes an Empire State of Mind.
Our Digital Hospitality podcast guest Mike Bausch is a Tulsa, OK restaurateur, world pizza champion, author, and thought-leader in the hospitality and pizza industries.
He has spent more than 15 years building his pizza empire into much more than a multi-unit pizzeria chain. Like all good leaders, Mike wants to help others succeed, too.
This summer Mike Bausch will be a keynote speaker at the Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. He also shares his insights about the pizza business in the Pizza Today column Mike's Monthly Tip.
"Driven By Virtue. Crafted By Taste." - The Andolini's Standard
Andolini's Pizzeria — which serves "Tulsa Style" food and libations — has been named one of the best and top rated pizzerias in the US by a number of publications including USA Today, BuzzFeed, CNN, and the Food Network. It's real craft food made by real people who really care about their craft.
Mike Bausch wrote Unsliced: How to Stay Whole in the Pizzeria Industry, which was published in October 2020 by Lioncrest Publishing, the "elite publishing division" of Scribe Media.
Writing a business book wasn't easy but it was a rewarding experience, Mike said.
"It's also really, really damn hard to write a book while running a lot of stores and I pulled it off," Mike Bausch said about writing Unsliced. "It took a lot of hours... I think the audio book is the best way to experience the book, because any time I have a joke or I'm trying to put emphasis on the right syllable, you get to experience that and know what I'm trying to say better. And it's a little bit more approachable."
Here's the Unsliced book summary from Amazon.com:
If you own a pizzeria, you know something most people don't: the pizza business is more cutthroat, stressful, and multifaceted than Wall Street. Every day is a constant struggle to manage overhead, attract loyal customers, stand out from the pack, and keep your employees motivated.
Running a pizzeria is hard. But it doesn't have to be as hard as you think.
Unsliced is THE resource for elevating your pizzeria — from managing staff to mindset, marketing, and everything in between. Industry leader Mike Bausch explains how to make your restaurant unique and in demand based on his twenty years of experience. You'll learn how to build systems that will help you boost your sales and keep your sanity. And you'll discover time-tested protocols that will protect you and your restaurant.
It's hard not to get discouraged in this business. But with the right perspective, smart systems, and hard work, your restaurant can thrive.
As you'll learn when you dig into this podcast, Mike Bausch is a rock star and we're lucky to have him on Digital Hospitality.
What did you learn from this podcast episode featuring Mike Bausch of Andolini's Pizzeria? Let us know @calibbqmedia @calibbq or @shawnpwalchef on social media or by emailing the Cali BBQ Media team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Mike Bausch:
Mike Bausch's restaurant Andolini's Pizzeria is a top 10 pizzeria in ...
Inside the Business Coaching Call – 2 Minute Drill | Mentor David Meltzer | DH087
Sit in on a 2021 business coaching call with Cali BBQ Media Founder Shawn Walchef and his mentor David Meltzer.
On this special episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast, the mentor/mentee talk shop about season 1 of David Meltzer’s competition reality show, 2 Minute Drill and our $5,000,001 Cali BBQ Media pitch on episode 8.
Making the television show was a memorable learning experience for both contestant and host.
"I think the nicest thing is that we were able to create something that people enjoyed as a pilot and it really paid off and the improvements will be exponential."
"I'm not a game show host, so all that b******t I hated that made me cringe," David Meltzer said about his time hosting the first season of his 2 Minute Drill TV show. Next time around, the mentor to many knows exactly how he will improve the process. Life and business is all about learning and adapting.
Want to learn more about stage theory, media distribution as amplification, the Mona Lisa as DaVinci’s Bat-Signal — and most importantly — content, access, and mediums? Then listen in on this business coaching call with entrepreneur and our mentor as he recaps his experience making and distributing a reality television show.
You can find 2 Minute Drill on Amazon Prime Video, on Bloomberg TV, on YouTube, on Instagram, and many more traditional and non-traditional distribution platforms.
To Meltzer, it doesn't matter where you engage with his content. It only matters that you're finding it and learning from his lessons.
"I lived through the era of understanding there's only three things you have to focus in on: content, access, and mediums."
"And the one thing that means the most out of those three things, content. Throughout history, content is king, throughout history, frequency matters, so whether you're Michelangelo or DaVinci, the reason those resonated with so many people is it has a frequency that is strong in his signal carrying to a larger spectrum," Meltzer said about creating content to resonate with the world.
"Trust me, when Da Vinci painted that painting, he had no idea that billions of people would see it one day, but it carries that frequency."
Check out our 2 Minute Drill recap episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast with David Meltzer because it has everything: Dave drops some Meltzer wisdom, Shawn makes a good ask of his mentor, and you Digital Hospitality podcast listener can essentially sit in on a business coaching call.
Learn more about the $5 million (and $1) pitch on 2 Minute Drill at https://calibbq.media/blog/new-pitch-show-2-minute-drill-david-meltzer-bloomberg-tv-amazon-prime-video/
What is the 2 Minute Drill television show?
If Shark Tank is a hot seat, then 2 Minute Drill is trial by fire.
Every episode of the business-themed reality show features four entrepreneurs who get exactly 2 minutes to pitch to show creator David Meltzer and two guest judges for the chance to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Get ready for a bigger and better Season Two of 2 minute Drill! Which will feature more behind-the-scenes content about the entrepreneur contestants…aka more stories and lessons.
Learn about how to audition for 2 Minute Drill season 2 at: https://dmeltzer.com/pitch/
— Podcast article by Tony Brown,
Get Over Your Fears and Just Do It | Rev Ciancio (Digital Media and Marketing Strategist) | DH086
The first time marketing maven David "Rev" Ciancio married a couple was on stage at a GWAR concert, the iconic heavy metal band known for their outrageously obscene stage show.
"As part of the finale, I pronounced them "Scum and Maggot," they then took the bride and the groom and fed them to the meat grinder underneath the drummer and then fed me to it," recounted Rev Ciancio, a branding and marketing expert (who was ordained online by the Universal Life Church), about his fascinating career path on the Digital Hospitality podcast.
"So my mom was real proud that day."
When Rev was ordained by the viral online church in the 1990s, people didn't realize the Rev that was now at the start of his name on legal docs and checks wasn't his real name. So they naturally started calling him by that moniker.
"People just started calling me Rev and I went with it. I was like, OK, well, you know, my mother doesn't call me that. My wife doesn't call me that, but everybody else does."
See? We told you Rev was a branding expert.
Digital Hospitality Podcast Featuring Rev Ciancio:
Before founding Yeah! Management in 2009, which consults with hospitality businesses about how to market with best practices, Rev Ciancio previously he had a career in the music business.
He then successfully shifted into hospitality, food and beverage marketing.
Along his inspiring path Rev has evolved himself and his career to adapt to the changes around him. Now he wants to help others on their own path.
"I like to tell people I failed at owning a restaurant, but I got really good at marketing one," said Rev Ciancio on our Digital Hospitality podcast about co-founding and being chief of marketing for the Idle Hands Bar in New York City from 2010-2016.
"And so I dedicated the rest of my career to helping other restaurants be as good as I was at marketing a restaurant."
Some of his many areas of expertise include:
* Hospitality Marketing
* Digital Marketing
* Influencer Marketing
* Localized SEO Methods
* Marketing Technology
* Brand Engagement
* Social Media Marketing
Web 1.0 to Web 2.0:
Rev has worked online since the early days of the Internet and has personally experienced the major shifts from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and beyond. He is on an important mission to help restaurant businesses and others learn the necessary digital skills to be a thriving online business.
"I like to joke that for years, customers have been on their iPhones and now restaurants are ready to be on them, too," Rev said.
Many years ago Rev had an 'Oh Shit! Moment' epiphany about his former Blackberry device: "I realized that I could literally create and write a whole blog from a mobile device."
From then on he became more and more adept at publishing content online using the tools available to us all.
"What am I going to put on Twitter and a blog?," Rev thought years ago before finding a huge (and hungry) audience online. "And I was like, 'oh, I'll start writing about hamburgers.'"
David "Rev" Ciancio
David "Rev" Ciancio is a Senior Marketing, Branding and Digital Strategist. He has 20 years of experience in digital marketing and business development, with specialities in hospitality marketing, content and local SEO.
Rev has led many clients to new levels of success on local,
Real conversations and real value
Every time I listen to one of these episodes, I feel so refreshed. Not only is the content valuable but the authenticity, originality and just “down-to-earth” style of the host and guests makes this one of my favorite podcasts. I highly recommend! -@stinsonspeaks
Incredible host. Insane info
So many “entrepreneurs” talk big game and don’t have proof of concept.
Shawn isn’t that guy!
He has game and proven experience as an expert in the food and hospitality field.
His podcast brings tons of useful info and is a must from growing entrepreneurs and business owners.
The host is amazing. Great content.