8 episodes

We’re talking about actions – and diving deep into the motivations and mechanics behind some very successful people. They’re risk takers and dreamers, business folk and believers, all discussing the journey toward achieving their specific goals. Join us as we plumb the depths of these everyday experiences and have a drink or two along the way.

Forward Drinking Podcast John Hutchings

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

We’re talking about actions – and diving deep into the motivations and mechanics behind some very successful people. They’re risk takers and dreamers, business folk and believers, all discussing the journey toward achieving their specific goals. Join us as we plumb the depths of these everyday experiences and have a drink or two along the way.

    Timber Titan Zane Peterson: From High School to Forestry Phenom

    Timber Titan Zane Peterson: From High School to Forestry Phenom

    This episode features a conversation with Zane Peterson, a young entrepreneur who, straight out of high school, built a successful forestry business in the timber industry. Peterson's journey from brokering wood chips to managing a multi-faceted timber operation showcases his innovation, resilience, and the impact of good mentorship. Despite his youth, Peterson navigated industry challenges, seized opportunities presented by legislation and market needs, and leveraged relationships to grow his business. The episode touches on the importance of sustainable forest management, the role of the timber industry in rural economies, and the power of entrepreneurship to drive change and provide community benefits. Peterson emphasizes the significance of team support, learning from others, and the continuous quest for improvement. Grab a beverage, settle in, and explore the inspiring story of a young entrepreneur who proves that with the right mix of determination and vision, you can transform an industry and enrich your community.
    Thanks for listening to the Forward Drinking Podcast! If this episode has motivated you to create your own amazing story then please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. You can also follow the Forward Drinking Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok @forwarddrinkingpodcast. Thanks again for listening! Until next time!

    • 42 min
    Finding Rhythm in Life: The Jeremy Schulz Story

    Finding Rhythm in Life: The Jeremy Schulz Story

    Imagine overcoming a debilitating speech impediment and Tourette Syndrome, rocking the music world, and then walking 3,100 miles to find yourself. Jeremy Schulz's incredible life journey, shared on the latest episode of the Forward Drinking Podcast, is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. From drumming his way to fluency to surviving near-death experiences during a solo 3,100 mile cross-country trek, Schulz's story is a rollercoaster of triumphs and tribulations. Tune in to hear how he turned his darkest moments into a beacon of hope and inspiration.
    Thanks for listening to the Forward Drinking Podcast! If this episode has motivated you to create your own amazing story then please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. You can also follow the Forward Drinking Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok @forwarddrinkingpodcast. Thanks again for listening! Until next time!

    • 45 min
    From MMA Fighter to Entrepreneur: Caleb Vallotton on Mental Toughness

    From MMA Fighter to Entrepreneur: Caleb Vallotton on Mental Toughness

    Host John Hutchings sits down with Caleb Vallotton, a former professional combat sports athlete turned entrepreneur. Caleb shares his journey from a promising wrestling career in high school to earning a scholarship at Oregon State University. He discusses the importance of goal setting and the mental toughness required to excel in sports and entrepreneurship.

    Caleb's story is one of perseverance and determination, as he overcame challenges and setbacks along the way. He talks about the rewards he experienced early on in his career, such as beating opponents who had previously defeated him. These small victories fueled his drive to continue pushing himself and achieving greater success.

    The conversation also delves into Caleb's transition from sports to entrepreneurship. He shares his passion for combat sports and his desire to make a living doing what he loves. Caleb discusses his plans for his company, Run To Danger, which includes a podcast, YouTube channel, and a line of combat products. He also talks about his role as a coach at a Jujitsu gym and their plans to expand and open a new facility.

    Throughout the episode, Caleb emphasizes the importance of consistency and hard work in achieving one's goals. He shares insights into the mindset required to overcome challenges and the satisfaction that comes from pushing oneself to the limit. Caleb's story is an inspiring example of how passion, dedication, and mental toughness can lead to success in both sports and entrepreneurship.

    Listeners will be captivated by Caleb's story and inspired to pursue their own passions with the same level of determination and resilience. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, an aspiring entrepreneur, or simply someone looking for an uplifting and motivating story, this episode is a must-listen. So grab a drink, sit back, and prepare to be motivated by Caleb Vallotton's incredible story.
    Thanks for listening to the Forward Drinking Podcast! If this episode has motivated you to create your own amazing story then please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. You can also follow the Forward Drinking Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok @forwarddrinkingpodcast. Thanks again for listening! Until next time!

    • 49 min
    From Fields to Fundraising: The Entrepreneurial Evolution of Luke Miner and YouCaring

    From Fields to Fundraising: The Entrepreneurial Evolution of Luke Miner and YouCaring

    From his humble beginnings in a farming community in Central Oregon to co-founding, growing, and then selling the crowdfunding platform, YouCaring, Luke Miner's entrepreneurial journey is extraordinary.

    He talks about wanting to be a pastor like his dad when he was younger. Luke also shares about his first business - a Christmas tree lot - and how it helped him learn about running a business.

    Luke is candid about how it felt to sell the business he helped create. His account of the process, the highs and lows, and the life-changing outcome is a must-listen.

    Luke also discusses what he's doing now. He's focused on his family and running a real estate company called Downtown Collection. He wants to make Redding, California, a great place for his kids to live when they grow up.

    This episode isn't just about business. It's about life, dreams, and how to make them come true. It's a great listen for anyone who wants to start a business, already owns one, or just appreciates a good story.
    Thanks for listening to the Forward Drinking Podcast! If this episode has motivated you to create your own amazing story then please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. You can also follow the Forward Drinking Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok @forwarddrinkingpodcast. Thanks again for listening! Until next time!

    • 46 min
    Breaking Barriers and Building Empires: The Inspiring Story of Multi-Entrepreneur Cynthia Stephens

    Breaking Barriers and Building Empires: The Inspiring Story of Multi-Entrepreneur Cynthia Stephens

    Get ready for a high-energy, awe-inspiring podcast episode featuring the incredible Cynthia Stephens, a powerhouse entrepreneur, army veteran, philanthropist, and mother. Host John Hutchings takes us on an unforgettable journey through Cynthia's inspiring story, starting with her humble upbringing in East St. Louis, Illinois, and her unshakable determination to forge a better life through education, military service, and entrepreneurship.

    Dive into the exhilarating world of entrepreneurship as Cynthia and her husband Eric launch seven successful businesses, including Stephens Electrical Group, a union electrical contracting firm, SnL Group, a general contracting company, real estate investments, and even CEM Media Company, a content creator for platforms like Netflix and Amazon.

    Facing numerous challenges, including gender and racial biases in the male-dominated construction industry, Cynthia triumphed by sticking to high standards, employing thorough vetting processes, and ensuring fair pay for their employees. Cynthia emphasizes the crucial role of faith, love, and service in their incredible success story. She believes that focusing on these core values has enabled her and Eric to navigate the rocky waters of entrepreneurship while maintaining a strong partnership in business and marriage.

    Cynthia encourages women to put love first, as it will ultimately lead to a positive impact on their lives and communities. Don't miss this electrifying podcast episode, jam-packed with motivation, inspiration, and valuable insights from a trailblazing entrepreneur who defied the odds to create a lasting legacy. Tune in now and prepare to be blown away by Cynthia Stephens' extraordinary story.
    Thanks for listening to the Forward Drinking Podcast! If this episode has motivated you to create your own amazing story then please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. You can also follow the Forward Drinking Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok @forwarddrinkingpodcast. Thanks again for listening! Until next time!

    • 53 min
    The Phenomenal Rise of Black Bear Diner: Bruce Dean's Story

    The Phenomenal Rise of Black Bear Diner: Bruce Dean's Story

    Join host John Hutchings as he sits down with Bruce Dean, co-founder of Black Bear Diner, in this episode of the Forward Drinking Podcast. Hear how Bruce's first job as a dishwasher at Sambo's Restaurant at 15 ignited his passion for the restaurant business, leading him to co-found Black Bear Diner and grow it into a successful enterprise with 154 diner locations nationwide. Bruce shares his journey of starting a business from scratch, the importance of creating a strong culture, and the challenges of managing a rapidly growing business. Gain insight from his advice on finding the right partners and building a strong team, streamlining operations with technology, adapting to changing market conditions, and persevering to achieve your dreams. With personal anecdotes and practical tips, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and building a thriving business.
    Thanks for listening to the Forward Drinking Podcast! If this episode has motivated you to create your own amazing story then please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. You can also follow the Forward Drinking Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok @forwarddrinkingpodcast. Thanks again for listening! Until next time!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

A Vesco ,

Insightful and Empowering

Loving this podcast! Great insight from business owners who have seen it all and are willing to share not only their successes but also the struggles and realities of owning a business. Just finished listening to Cynthia’s episode and it was AMAZING!

Badger McNasty ,

Great show

Great honest look at how good leadership can shape building and vice versa.

- Subscriber ,

Inspiring + Actionable Takeaways

Really enjoying these episodes! This podcast series reminds of the How I Built This series but this one contains the honest takeaways that actually provide insight into starting or maintaining a business. Keep up the great work!

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