Weller Development Partners is excited to introduce a new podcast, From the Ground Up with Marc Weller. The Weller team believes in the idea that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” And on land, cranes have that same potential, to lift and transform communities, from the ground up.
With over 40 years of joint experience developing and building residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate projects, real estate pros Marc Weller and Matt Rienzo offer a unique and powerful range of expertise for all phases of development. Put on your hard hats on as Marc and Matt lead lively discussions on development trends and projects with guests from across the industry. Plus, listen in for a special segment called the #RisingTideMoment to hear real-world real estate examples that are truly lifting the industry and communities.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Weller Development Partners is an innovative real estate development firm building an international portfolio of world-class communities with a double-bottom line approach to development.
Transforming Communities with Cal Ripken, Jr. | Episode 18
In this episode of From the Ground Up with Marc Weller, Marc Weller and Matt Rienzo sit down with former Baltimore Orioles shortstop legend, 19-time All-Star, two-time American League Most Valuable Player, and philanthropist whose nonprofit has impacted the lives of millions of people, Cal Ripken, Jr.
Cal discusses his childhood and early career, tips for raising athletes and the benefit of exposing your kids to sports, the importance of building partnerships, honoring his father’s legacy with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and more.
To learn more about the Foundation and all it does to bring sports and education to communities across the nation, visit https://www.ripkenfoundation.org/.
"WIN: What's Important Now" with Malcolm Johnson | 17
On this episode of From The Ground Up with Marc Weller, Matt Rienzo and Marc Weller discuss sports, parenting, business, and the importance of putting “mission” before “profession” with special guest Malcolm Johnson, former NFL wide receiver turned real-estate entrepreneur and CEO of Langdon Park Capital.
Passion and Persistence in Real Estate: Podcast Anniversary Q&A with Marc Weller | 16
Recorded from Weller Development’s new office in downtown Bethesda, this anniversary episode of From the Ground Up with Marc Weller celebrates the podcast’s first year around the sun. Marc Weller and Matt Rienzo insightfully unpack your questions submitted for this episode’s Q&A and reflect on some of their most influential former guests. Topics include the inspiration behind the podcast, how to advance your career in commercial real estate, the importance of building relationships, how to work with communities successfully, and more. Tune in to join the celebration and hear your questions answered by top leaders in real estate.
From the NFL to Entrepreneur with Ryan Kuehl | 15 Part 2
In this episode of From the Ground Up with Marc Weller, Marc Weller and Matt Rienzo continue their conversation with Ryan Kuehl, former NFL lineman and current Managing Partner at Chainable Corp. Ryan talks about his role as managing partner, aspects of the company, building his team, and assisting the development of the Q-Collar - a highly successful consumer product that is changing the game for the safety of athletes and military professionals. Ryan, Marc, and Matt also discuss the need for more accessibility to sports fields for youth teams and their ideas for solving this issue in communities. Marc asks Ryan questions about the culture of the NFL, including his favorite NFL story. Ryan's answer is about a game against the Cowboys that became a meaningful professional experience equivalent to "the hero's journey." Listen to hear more of Ryan Kuehl's perspective as they discuss sports culture and reflect on memories and crucial personal insights.
From the NFL to Entrepreneur with Ryan Kuehl | 15 Part 1
In this episode of From the Ground Up, Marc Weller and Matt Rienzo sit down with retired NFL lineman and businessman, Ryan Kuehl. From being told he was “too big for football” in high school, to playing at the University of Virginia, Ryan explains how it resulted in a 12-year career in the NFL. He stresses the importance of knowing your abilities, honesty, and the power of willing success to get to the top. Preparing for the transition to traditional work life, Ryan talks about getting his MBA during the NFL offseason and job insecurity. As a former Senior VP of Global Sports Marketing at Under Armour, Ryan describes his experiences of signing world-renowned athletes, like Jordan Spieth, and his current position as a Managing Partner of Chainable Corp. Stay tuned for part two of Ryan's story where the guys discuss what it’s like parenting athletes, the youth sports market, and more.
The Business of Golf at Reston National with Scott Plank | Episode 14
In this episode of From the Ground Up with Marc Weller, Scott Plank discusses the Reston National Golf Course and the synergy between it and the surrounding Reston community. Scott and his team, along with Cornerstones and the Reston Community Center, work hard to make it more than just a golf course. Today, it has become a natural greenspace that provides many other opportunities for people, such as the newly launched Environmental Internship Program. Tune in to hear Scott talk about his experience in urban development and his dedication to upholding Bob Simon’s 7 Principles, both of which have shaped his understanding of how green spaces can be utilized to go beyond expectations by conserving natural habitats and ecosystems, improving people’s quality of life, and meeting the community’s needs.
Informative and Engaging
The two hosts provide really engaging questions, with interesting guests, who are from all different realms of the real estate and development industry. For someone who may explore this industry in the future, it provides great information on how everyone started and where they are today. You learn great business ethics, and also a better understanding of the complex industry.