108 episodes

Ditch Digger CEO is a podcast that will feed and grow your hunger for entrepreneurship.

This show chronicles those who have built their business from nothing to million or even billion dollar enterprises. Often with only grit and work ethic to rely on.

Gary Rabine is a serial entrepreneur who has started 25 companies over the past 20 years.

For business inquiries email PodcastDDCEO@gmail.com

Ditch Digger CEO with Gary Rabine Gary Rabine

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 315 Ratings

Ditch Digger CEO is a podcast that will feed and grow your hunger for entrepreneurship.

This show chronicles those who have built their business from nothing to million or even billion dollar enterprises. Often with only grit and work ethic to rely on.

Gary Rabine is a serial entrepreneur who has started 25 companies over the past 20 years.

For business inquiries email PodcastDDCEO@gmail.com

    #104 Pavers Series: Building Roads Through Generations w/ Andrew Thomann, Owner, Thomann Asphalt

    #104 Pavers Series: Building Roads Through Generations w/ Andrew Thomann, Owner, Thomann Asphalt

    Download Gary’s 13 Keys to Creating a Multi-Million Dollar Business from ⁠https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/⁠

    Andrew Thoman is a fourth-generation co-owner of a family-run paving company Thomann Asphalt. Andrew shares the history of Thomann Asphalt, starting with his great-grandfather in 1925, and discusses the evolution of the business, core values, and the importance of family dynamics in its success. He highlights the challenges of maintaining quality during growth, the role of technology and equipment strategy, and insights into preparing for future generations to take over the business. The conversation encapsulates the passion, work ethic, and dedication that have driven the company's longevity in the paving industry.

    In this episode, Gary and Steve discuss:
    1. The Work Ethic Legacy
    2. Investing in Excellence
    3. Nurturing a Company for Generations
    4. Aligning Core Values in Business Decisions

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-thomann-b7b84067/
    Website: ⁠https://thomannasphalt.com/⁠

    Connect with Gary Rabine and DDCEO on:
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    #103 Pavers Series: Creating Value Beyond the Sale w/ Steve Tjornhom, CEO and Co-Founder, TruSeal America LLC

    #103 Pavers Series: Creating Value Beyond the Sale w/ Steve Tjornhom, CEO and Co-Founder, TruSeal America LLC

    Download Gary’s 13 Keys to Creating a Multi-Million Dollar Business from https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/

    Steve Tjornhom (https://trusealamerica.com/) is the owner / CEO of TruSeal America LLC and M & M Construction and Asphalt.Steve and his brother Pete founded TruSeal America in 2000 and both play a very active role in the day-to-day operations of the company. Currently Steve is responsible for the direction and vision of TruSeal America while still involved with sales, marketing, and strategic initiatives. He has been married 39 years, is the father of 2 and has 6 grandchildren. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, his hunting dogs, and spending time outdoors with his family.

    In this episode, Gary and Steve discuss:

    1. Lessons on Long-Term Customer Loyalty in Lawn Care

    2. Building Customer Trust Through Clear Expectations

    3. Delivering Excellence: Lessons on Service and Performance

    4. Aligning Customer Success with Company Success

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-tjornhom-62549214/               https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-tjornhom-569285126/

    Website: https://trusealamerica.com/

    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TruSealAmerica1

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trusealamerica/

    Connect with Gary Rabine and DDCEO on: 

    Website: https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ditchdiggerceopodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DitchDiggerCEO 

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ditchdiggerceo 

    • 1 hr 25 min
    #102 The Domino’s Effect w/ Tom Monaghan, Founder, Domino’s Pizza

    #102 The Domino’s Effect w/ Tom Monaghan, Founder, Domino’s Pizza

    Download Gary’s 13 Keys to Creating a Multi-Million Dollar Business from https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/

    Tom Monaghan is an American entrepreneur who founded Domino's Pizza in 1960. He also owned the Detroit Tigers from 1983 to 1992. Monaghan also owns the Domino's Farms Office Park in the Ann Arbor Charter Township, Michigan, which he first started building in 1984.

    In this episode, Gary and Tom discuss:

    1. From One Dot to 21,000: The Domino's Pizza Success Story

    2. Lessons in Resilience from a Business Founder

    3. Innovations in Multi-unit Pizza Delivery

    4. Transforming Pizza Delivery into a Success Story

    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Monaghan

    Article: https://limitlessmotivation1.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/biography-of-thomas-monaghan-founder-of-dominos-pizza/

    Connect with Gary Rabine and DDCEO on: 

    Website: https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ditchdiggerceopodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DitchDiggerCEO 

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ditchdiggerceo 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #101 Building Careers in Business Consulting w/ Bruce Ballengee, Founder, Pariveda Solutions

    #101 Building Careers in Business Consulting w/ Bruce Ballengee, Founder, Pariveda Solutions

    Download Gary’s 13 Keys to Creating a Multi-Million Dollar Business from https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/

    As Founder of Pariveda, having served 20 years as its first CEO, Bruce Ballengee (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruceballengee/) has contributed to its success through his insight and industry knowledge. Bruce is sought out by leaders in the professional services community for his deep technical expertise and business acumen. His passion for developing people is evident in Pariveda’s training curriculum, proprietary cohort scale, review, and recruiting processes. Pariveda differentiates itself by developing technical and business leaders who help our customers achieve successful outcomes for their most complex, ambiguous problems. 

    In this episode, Gary and Bruce discuss:

    1. Falling in Love with the Problem

    2. Tapping into the 70% of Unmet Business Challenges 

    3. Nurturing Early Career Potential in Business

    4. Harnessing Ownership for Enduring Impact

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruceballengee/

    Website: https://parivedasolutions.com/

    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bruce.ballengee/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pariveda_Inc/status/1009460476848365570

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@Pariveda

    Connect with Gary Rabine and DDCEO on: 

    Website: https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ditchdiggerceopodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DitchDiggerCEO YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ditchdiggerceo

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #100 A Swig of Business Success w/ Nicole Tanner, Founder, Swig

    #100 A Swig of Business Success w/ Nicole Tanner, Founder, Swig

    Download Gary’s 13 Keys to Creating a Multi-Million Dollar Business from https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/

    Nicole Tanner (https://swigdrinks.com/) is the Founder of Swig, which sells customized drinks, cookies, and treats. She started Swig in 2010 due to her love of Diet Coke and because she noticed a lack of connectedness in other drive-thru concepts. She is a mom of five children and a grandma to four grandbabies who enjoys hiking outdoors and spending time with her family.

    In this episode, Gary and Nicole discuss:

    1. Building a Business Around Unment Consumer Needs

    2. The Entrepreneurial Vision That Transformed The Beverage Industry

    3. Nurturing A Young Management Team For Success

    4. Growing Your Business Through Genuine Connections

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-tanner-813179169 

    Website: https://swigdrinks.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swigdrinks

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swignsweets/

    Article: https://kjzz.com/news/local/person-2-person-nicole-tanner

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@swigdrinks?_t=8coUrxPnM7u&_r=1

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@swigdrinks/shorts

    Articles:

    https://www.utahbusiness.com/how-nicole-tanner-founded-one-of-the-biggest-utah-soda-shops/

    https://www.inc.com/magazine/201805/kimberly-weisul/nicole-tanner-swig.html

    Connect with Gary Rabine and DDCEO on: 

    Website: https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ditchdiggerceopodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DitchDiggerCEO YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ditchdiggerceo

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #99 The Data Behind Business Success w/ Michael Katz, CEO & Co-Founder, mParticle Inc

    #99 The Data Behind Business Success w/ Michael Katz, CEO & Co-Founder, mParticle Inc

    Download Gary’s 13 Keys to Creating a Multi-Million Dollar Business from https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/

    Michael Katz (http://www.mparticle.com/) is the Co-founder and CEO of mParticle, the leading customer data platform helping the world's best brands unify data across all consumer touch points to optimize marketing outcomes and CX. 

    In this episode, Gary and Michael discuss:

    1. The Power of Operationalizing Data Insights

    2. The Entrepreneurial Journey of Taking The Leap

    3. Challenges and Realities for Public Companies

    4. Scaling Success in Niche Markets

    5. The Importance of Refreshing Your Value System

    6. Redefining Competition in Team Environments

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelskatz 

    Website: http://www.mparticle.com/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.katz.965

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mkatz0630 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mkatz/?hl=en#

    Article: https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-katz-is-building-a-startup-with-money-from-nas-2014-12

    Connect with Gary Rabine and DDCEO on: 

    Website: https://www.DitchDiggerCEO.com/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ditchdiggerceopodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DitchDiggerCEO

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DitchDiggerCEO 

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ditchdiggerceo 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
315 Ratings

315 Ratings

henryhill75 ,

It’s The American Way

I love that all the guests and interviews are based all on their stories of hard work and perseverance. Guests are all similar in the fact that they created something from nothing more than hard work and a dream. That is the what is great about America!

Arman T ,

Great Podcast

Love being able to connect and learn from Gary! He brings great thought leaders to his podcast and is truly someone who wants to help aspiring entrepreneurs and business professionals grow and reach new heights. Look forward to listening and tuning into more podcasts in the future!

Tony Ebel ,

Can’t get enough of this one!

Really love how it starts with family and origin stories each time, and how each person interviewed shares the key attributes of being humble, hungry and driven, servant minded, and always adapting and situationally aware! So many lessons learned each time on how apply each of those things consistently across business and personal life.

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