You're listening to the Establishing Your Empire show. A podcast that inspires entrepreneurs, creatives and future business owners to pursue their passions, grow their organizations and build their empire.
My name is Daran Herrman and creatively I'm best known for my photography. But business wise my claim to fame is growing a company from 15K per month in online sales to breaking the one million dollar a month barrier.
And I'm sitting down with interesting people to talk about their process, the lessons they learned and how they have Established their Empire's.
#042: Ahad Ghadimi - The Turnaround Artist: Create Great Workplace Culture for Growth & Impact
Ahad Ghadimi has led the turnaround and transition of multiple companies. In several instances, he knew little of the industry or the product before ever taking over. He rocketed his career when he created a swimwear line that, faster than any other company in history, went from conception to a feature in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. The question he is always asked: how do you do it? So, Ahad decided to capture it all in a book titled ‘Turnaround Artists’ that has been endorsed by over 100 Global CEOs.
#041: Volleyball HOF Adam Johnson & LJ Luciano - Kings of the Court
On this episode of Establishing Your Empire I host Adam Johnson and LJ Luciano. Adam Johnson is one of the winningest players in pro beach volleyball history. He has won over $1.6 million dollars in prize money with 44 event titles. Johnson and Karch Kiraly just missed qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games when Kiraly suffered an injury in the final qualifying event. He won the King of the Beach in 1994, he was a member of the U. S. National Team, a three-time All-American at USC and is in the Hall of Fame. Also joining us is LJ Luciano who co-created the self-proclaimed ‘Coolest Group in the Sand’ The Sand Wannabes. The group has over 10,000 members and provides a medium for players of all levels to find where to play, meet other players and chat about volleyball.
#040: Nelson Tressler - You are Not a Victim of Your Circumstances but a Product of Your Choices
Nelson Tressler's early life was filled with trauma, struggle, and court trials. But although his childhood was something that many of us couldn’t fathom going through, he was able to turn his life around in a positive way. He set goals, kept a positive mindset, and stayed accountable to his actions and has developed the IGotSmarter App and wrote a book, The Unlucky Sperm Club, to help others do the same. We discuss how you are not a victim of your circumstances but a product of your choices. We talk about how to start a business or write a book and how to simply design a better life.
#039: Maia Donohue - The Startup Mentor - How Mentors Can Help You Launch Your Company
Maia Donohue is the author of the book, The Startup Mentor, and over the last decade with the organization, 3 Day Startup, Maia has been working with early stage founders and brilliant mentors around the world. He realized that getting the most out of mentorship isn't something that comes naturally, it's a skill that must be practiced and fine-tuned.
A great mentor can make the difference in getting your company launched. They can help you learn from their mistakes, raise money, hire the right people, and so much more. But as a founder, it is up to you to make it happen. This episode will show you how.
#038: Brian Bogert - Embrace Pain to Avoid Suffering
Brian Bogert is a passionate human behavior and performance coach, speaker and philanthropic leader who believes in helping growth-minded individuals achieve the best version of themselves: their most authentic selves. Brian’s strategy is to embrace pain to avoid suffering and has helped individuals and companies break beyond their normal to achieve the success in life and business that they’ve always wanted.
Brian teaches how to leverage radical authenticity and awareness to create the intentional life you’ve been dreaming of, but have struggled to create.
#037: Shawn Walchef - How to Digitally Transform Your Restaurant
Shawn Walchef is the owner of Cali BBQ which is a company that not only sells memorable slow-smoked BBQ but also specializes in media and marketing. He is the host of the podcast, Digital Hospitality, which features in-depth conversations about what successes and failures propelled their guests to where they are today. Shawn and I talked about how to market in today’s world, the future of restaurants, ghost kitchens, how to create a memorable online experience and so much more.
Stumbled on this podcast when I realized we have had similiar guests. Great minds think alike. Great LIsten!
Thoughtful conversations beyond the jargon and fluff
I just started listening but am already impressed. The conversations really move past what you commonly hear on “startup” or “entrepreneur” podcasts, looking at the why behind the people and the endeavors.
Conversation with Paul O’Brien from March (right after SXSW cancelled because of the pandemic) is especially good.
Great guests. Great conversations. High quality through and through.