393 episodes

Intentional Growth™ is a podcast is a podcast for entrepreneurs and business owners wanting to view - and run - their company like a financial asset so they can have fun, create wealth, and make an impact. Truly make the entire journey of owning and running a company "worth it".

With over 10,000 downloads per month, weekly, content-rich episodes provide you with information on how to get clear on what you want from the business and why, the way companies are valued, strategies to increase that value, and the variety of ways you can transition your role or exit your ownership. From technical episodes dissecting the inner-workings of private equity and ESOPs to intense discussions with authors and thought leaders like Gino Wickman, Bo Burlingham, Dan Martell, John Warrillow, Jack Stack, and Alan Beaulieu, this podcast is full of information you need to stay competitive in today’s market.

The goal of the show? To help entrepreneurs enjoy work, create wealth and make an impact. By creating sustainable, predictable, and transferable cash flow, you will create a valuable company that gives you choices to grow, acquire, reinvest, or exit and live the life you planned for — all with intention.

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Intentional Growth™ is a podcast is a podcast for entrepreneurs and business owners wanting to view - and run - their company like a financial asset so they can have fun, create wealth, and make an impact. Truly make the entire journey of owning and running a company "worth it".

With over 10,000 downloads per month, weekly, content-rich episodes provide you with information on how to get clear on what you want from the business and why, the way companies are valued, strategies to increase that value, and the variety of ways you can transition your role or exit your ownership. From technical episodes dissecting the inner-workings of private equity and ESOPs to intense discussions with authors and thought leaders like Gino Wickman, Bo Burlingham, Dan Martell, John Warrillow, Jack Stack, and Alan Beaulieu, this podcast is full of information you need to stay competitive in today’s market.

The goal of the show? To help entrepreneurs enjoy work, create wealth and make an impact. By creating sustainable, predictable, and transferable cash flow, you will create a valuable company that gives you choices to grow, acquire, reinvest, or exit and live the life you planned for — all with intention.

    #393: Profit First: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Freedom with Chris White and Jason Petro

    #393: Profit First: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Freedom with Chris White and Jason Petro

    In this episode, we dive into the transformative journey of implementing the Profit First system. This system, renowned for its simplicity and effectiveness, has significantly altered their business landscape, fostering financial stability and growth. As Jason and Chris tell their Entrepreneur stories, they share practical insights and the impact of financial discipline and strategic planning in navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship.
     
    THREE BIG IDEAS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

    Profit First as a Game-Changer: Jason shares his transformative experience with the Profit First system, highlighting its role in overcoming financial turbulence. His story underscores the system's simplicity and actionable steps, which dramatically improved his business's financial health.
    Entrepreneurial Journey and Growth: Chris's narrative as a serial entrepreneur provides a rich backdrop to the discussion. His transition from a Motorola salesman to a successful entrepreneur and the role of strategic frameworks like EOS in business growth offer valuable lessons on innovation, resilience, and the importance of adaptable systems in entrepreneurship.
    Strategic Financial Management: The conversation emphasizes the critical role of financial management in business sustainability. Through their implementation of the Profit First system, both speakers illustrate how disciplined financial planning and understanding cash flow are essential for navigating business challenges and ensuring long-term success.

     
    ABOUT CHRIS:
    Chris is a 7X entrepreneur with over 15 years as a business coach. He co-founded Ninety.io, software for companies running on EOS, Ascend POS for Trek Bicycle Company, System & Soul business framework, and S2 Sync software.
     
    ABOUT JASON:
    Jason is a Certified Profit First Professional, Founder/Owner of Up-Rev (tech company), and Managing Partner of uGreenit (Profit First Professional coaching).
     
    REST OF SHOW NOTES:
    Jason and Chris are entrepreneurs who share their journeys and how they integrated the Profit First system into their businesses. Their experiences, filled with valuable lessons from their time in the business world, pave the way for a discussion on financial strategies capable of transforming businesses.
     
    Jason's Transformation
    Jason's transition from engineer to business owner showcases the myriad challenges entrepreneurs often face, including unpredictable cash flows and the difficulties of managing growth. Discovering the Profit First system was a pivotal moment for him, providing a straightforward yet revolutionary method for managing finances. By applying this system, Jason not only stabilized his business finances but also gained new insights into financial management, particularly the significance of prioritizing profit allocation over expenses.
     
    Chris's Strategic Approach
    Chris, with a background in launching successful ventures, offers a complementary view. His journey emphasizes the importance of strategic frameworks in achieving business success. T

    • 52 min
    #392: The Ultimate Guide on Business Banking with Jeff Campbell: A Deep Dive into Navigating Financial Waters

    #392: The Ultimate Guide on Business Banking with Jeff Campbell: A Deep Dive into Navigating Financial Waters

    In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, navigating the complexities of business banking is a crucial aspect that can significantly influence a company’s growth trajectory. In this podcast episode, we dive into the nuanced business banking world with insights from Jeff Campbell, a seasoned banking professional. As we navigate the complexities of economic shifts and the evolving banking industry, Jeff shares invaluable advice for business owners looking to adapt and thrive. From the importance of choosing the right banking partner to strategic financial management, this episode is a comprehensive guide for business owners seeking to navigate the financial challenges of today's market. Join us in our conversation about the keys to successful business banking relationships in an ever-changing economic environment.
     
    THREE BIG IDEAS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

    Challenges Facing the Business Banking Industry: The business banking industry's significant issues include navigating the complexities of economic shifts, such as changes in interest rates and investment patterns, the transformation from relationship-based to transactional banking models, and the challenges of providing strategic support and tailored financial products to businesses. These issues matter because they directly affect the ability of companies to secure financing, manage financial risks, and achieve growth, highlighting the need for banks to adapt and for businesses to choose banking partners that align with their strategic needs and objectives.
    Proactive Financial Management: Proactive financial management is critical for business owners to optimize their banking relationships, as it enables them to anticipate and adapt to economic and banking changes, communicate effectively with their bank for tailored solutions, and manage financial risks efficiently. This approach ensures businesses can leverage banking resources for growth, maintain a dynamic banking partnership, and navigate financial challenges effectively, contributing to long-term success.
    Choosing the Right Banking Partner and Understanding Financial Products: Understanding the banking business model and financial products is crucial when selecting the right banking partner because it enables businesses to align their banking needs with the bank's services and expertise. A deep comprehension of how banks operate, their approach to risk, and the range of financial products available helps businesses identify a partner that can offer strategic support, customized financial solutions, and adaptability to their unique needs. This knowledge ensures the selection of a bank that not only meets immediate financial needs but also supports long-term growth and success. 

    ABOUT JEFF:
    As Scale Bank's Senior Vice President, Jeff Campbell collaborates with business owners, leveraging two decades of experience to propel their success. Jeff is known for providing next level service, assisting clients in achieving their unique business goals. If a business owner is looking for a resource or connection to a particular expert, Jeff has a referral ready. Whether it is a manufacturing client looking to boost their production or a construction firm managing seasonal cash flow, Jeff’s extensive transaction history brings strategic insights and creative solutions to the conversation.
     
    RESOURCES:
    Scale Bank
     
    INTENTIONAL GROWTH™ RESOURCES:

    • 1 hr 26 min
    #391: How Private Equity Think About Value Creation: Winning Moves with Dan Cremons

    #391: How Private Equity Think About Value Creation: Winning Moves with Dan Cremons

    In today’s episode, we dive into the nuanced perspective of private equity (PE) on value creation, featuring Dan Cremons, a seasoned PE expert turned CEO and advisor. Dan shares his extensive experience in fostering "people-powered performance" in PE-backed companies, emphasizing the strategic importance of aligning human capital with business objectives. The discussion navigates through the core principles of PE value creation, actionable strategies for operational excellence, and the pivotal role of leadership and culture in driving sustainable growth. Whether you're a business owner, investor, or enthusiast, this conversation sheds light on the intentional, proactive approaches essential for outperforming in the current "Value Creation Era" of private equity.
     
    THREE BIG IDEAS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

    Strategic Alignment and Operational Excellence: Dan highlights the criticality of aligning leadership teams and operational strategies with the broader goals of equity value creation. He shares insights on how Private Equity firms assess potential investments and the systematic approach to enhancing operational efficiencies, driving revenue growth, and optimizing cost structures.
    Human Capital as a Pillar of Value Creation:A significant part of the discussion is dedicated to understanding the impact of "people-powered performance," and how it relates to value creation. Dan discusses how cultivating a robust leadership team and fostering a culture of excellence can accelerate value creation, emphasizing the need for strategic talent management and development within PE-backed companies.
    Adapting PE Principles for Broader Application: The conversation also explores how the principles of Private Equity value creation can be applied to non-Private Equity-backed companies aiming for accelerated value growth. Dan shares his "6 questions model" for intentional growth, offering listeners a framework to align their teams and strategies towards achieving sustainable success.

     
    ABOUT DAN:
    After starting his career in operations management and wealth management, Dan Cremons—an author who detests writing about himself in the third person, but will try to make you think that someone else wrote this—landed in the private equity space in 2007 thanks to a few strokes of luck and a little elbow grease. Since the early days (the first month of which he spent trying to figure out what EBITDA stood for), Dan has led investments, served on numerous boards, built out portfolio operations and human-capital capabilities, and led within several private equity-backed companies as a CEO and CXO.
    Perhaps most notably, he was the proud champion of his previous firm’s 2011 and 2012 cornhole tournaments (though he has since lost his touch) and took first prize in its 2015 plank competition.
    Along the way, Dan realized that although there were investors far better than him at the deal-making part of private equity investing, his greatest contributions came, as he puts it, “after the wires cleared”—during the value creation phase.
    Recognizing this, Dan launched Accelera Partners to help ambitious private equity firms accelerate what he calls “people-powered performance” in their portfolio companies. Dan helps portfolio companies’ leadership teams define their winning future, get clear on the stepping-stones in that direction, and ensure they have the right team and culture in place to get there.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #390: The ESOP Holding Company Model: Pioneering Change in a 130-Year-Old Company with Daniel Goldstein

    #390: The ESOP Holding Company Model: Pioneering Change in a 130-Year-Old Company with Daniel Goldstein

    Daniel Goldstein's interview is an intriguing blend of his extensive expertise in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and his impressive track record as the former CEO of Folience, an ESOP-owned holding company. With his deep insights into how ESOPs can revolutionize company culture and employee engagement and his experience leading significant business growth and diversification through acquisitions, Goldstein offers a unique perspective on employee ownership's role in wealth distribution, business sustainability, and economic impact. His success in enhancing ESOP share value and winning awards underlines his proficiency in ESOPs and leadership. This interview is a must-listen for those interested in innovative business strategies, leadership excellence, and the broader implications of employee-centric business models.
     
    THREE BIG IDEAS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

    The Transformational Role of ESOPs in Business Growth and Diversification: Daniel Goldstein shares his firsthand experience in leading Folience, a company that thrived under his stewardship as an ESOP. He emphasizes how ESOPs can catalyze significant business growth and diversification, as evidenced by Folience's successful acquisitions and expansion under his leadership.
    ESOPs in Enhancing Company Culture and Employee Engagement: Goldstein delves into how ESOPs can revolutionize company culture and boost employee engagement. He discusses the importance of fostering a sense of ownership among employees, leading to increased motivation, dedication, and a shared sense of purpose within the company.
    Broader Economic and Social Implications of ESOPs: The interview highlights Goldstein's insights into the broader economic and social impact of ESOPs. He discusses how ESOPs contribute to wealth distribution, business sustainability, and the overall financial system, offering a unique perspective on how employee-centric business models can reshape the landscape of American capitalism and business ethics.

     
    ABOUT DANIEL GOLDSTEIN:
    Daniel Goldstein is a seasoned executive leader and experienced Board member with 25+ years of managing and advising employee-owned and family-owned companies, family offices, foundations, and trusts on complex issues, including business strategy, acquisitions, direct investments, structuring, portfolio design, real estate, building teams, culture, family dynamics, and philanthropy--spanning several continents, many jurisdictions, and multiple languages.
    Daniel’s experience includes founding and managing companies, negotiating acquisitions, leading direct private investments, structuring capital and corporate entities, creating joint ventures and strategic alliances, leading executive development, designing and implementing investment strategies across asset classes, overseeing confidential family issues, and forming and directing philanthropic foundations. Daniel is a frequent speaker at global conclaves and conferences, and has presented at, chaired, and moderated hundreds of events on five continents. He has also guest lectured at universities across the US and beyond.
     
     
    RESOURCES:
    goesopllc@gmail.com  
    Connect with Daniel! 
     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #389: He Was Told His Ideas Would Never Work: The Least Likely Millionaire with Jonathan Beskin

    #389: He Was Told His Ideas Would Never Work: The Least Likely Millionaire with Jonathan Beskin

    In this episode, Jonathan, an entrepreneur and author of "The Least Likely Millionaire," shares his journey of overcoming adversity and achieving remarkable success. He delves into his personal challenges, including mental health struggles and skepticism from others, and how he channeled these experiences into driving his business forward.
     
    THREE BIG IDEAS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

    Overcoming Adversity: Jonathan's story is a testament to the power of resilience and determination. Despite facing numerous challenges, including mental health issues and negative expectations from others, he managed to turn his life around and create a successful business.
    Healthy Obsession as a Catalyst: Jonathan introduces the concept of "healthy obsession," where he harnessed his anxiety and stress into something productive. This approach played a crucial role in scaling his e-commerce business, Single Swag, and achieving significant growth.


    Importance of Self-Reliance and Learning: A key factor in Jonathan's success was his willingness to learn and adapt. He taught himself digital advertising and managed his business's growth without external investors, emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and continuous learning in entrepreneurship.

     
    ABOUT JONATHAN BESKIN:
    With an engaged audience of 1.2 million followers across Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok, SinglesSwag is one of the pandemic’s biggest success stories. As a single dad in 2016, Jonathan Beskin had a crazy idea that would disrupt the subscription box industry almost overnight.
    In just three years, he was spending more than $15,000 per day on Facebook ads to keep up with the demand that SinglesSwag created, securing him a #181 spot of Inc. 5000 Magazine's Fastest Growing Company List (2020).
    During the pandemic, when many companies went under or took huge losses, Jonathan took SinglesSwag to a height of $60+ million in revenue through the creation of 30+ in-house brands, out-of-the-box thinking, and perseverance. He also acquired Paradise Delivered in 2020, scaling the company from a few hundred boxes shipped per month to 10k+ boxes shipped per month in under a year.
    Today, SinglesSwag has shipped over 2 million boxes to 60+ countries and has been featured in publications such as the TODAY Show, Fast Company, NBC News, USA Today, Business Insider, and InStyle.
      
    INTENTIONAL GROWTH™ RESOURCES:

    Intentional Growth™ Podcast Archives: Archive of 367+ episodes and counting. Get access to the entire library HERE. We'll be adding a searchable tagging feature later on this year. 
    IG Financial Scorecard: Get your Intentional Growth™ Score that grades you on how well you are viewing - and running your business like a financial asset. Get your results and 5 case study videos

    • 58 min
    #388: The Contractor Fight with Tom Reber: Helping People in the Trades Enjoy Work & Build a Business that Serves Them

    #388: The Contractor Fight with Tom Reber: Helping People in the Trades Enjoy Work & Build a Business that Serves Them

    Tom Reber shares his rich experience and visionary approach towards transforming the trades industry. With a background deeply rooted in contracting, Tom passionately discusses the need to elevate the perception of trades from a fallback option to a respected and lucrative career choice.
     
    THREE BIG IDEAS FROM THE INTERVIEW:

    Mission and Passion: Tom is dedicated to changing the narrative around trades. He believes in eradicating mediocrity in personal and professional life, emphasizing that trades should not be seen as a fallback but a worthy career choice.
    Value of Trades: Tom discusses the financial aspects of the trades. He highlights the importance of understanding business finance, advocating for contractors to recognize their worth and charge appropriately.
    Mental Battle: The episode delves into the psychological challenges in the contracting world, addressing issues like self-doubt and the significance of positive self-perception in professional success.

     
    ABOUT TOM:
    Tom Reber is a performance coach, HGTV host, and the founder of The Contractor Fight, a global organization that has transformed the lives and businesses of hundreds of thousands of home improvement contractors worldwide. With over 11 years of experience in the industry, Tom is a trusted advisor and mentor for business owners, CEOs, and sales teams, empowering them to sell unafraid, build stronger teams, and skyrocket profits.
    Tom's impact goes beyond the stage. He delivers electrifying keynotes, transformative workshops, and game-changing boot camps that leave audiences in awe. His message is relevant, powerful, and authentic, blending hard-hitting reality with practical, boots-on-the-ground advice. Tom is also a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, a tequila connoisseur, and a kettlebell enthusiast. He lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, CO, where he continues to ignite the flames of success for individuals and organizations worldwide.
     
    INTENTIONAL GROWTH™ RESOURCES:

    Intentional Growth™ Podcast Archives: Archive of 367+ episodes and counting. Get access to the entire library HERE. We'll be adding a searchable tagging feature later on this year. 
    IG Financial Scorecard: Get your Intentional Growth™ Score that grades you on how well you are viewing - and running your business like a financial asset. Get your results and 5 case study videos HERE.
    Intentional Growth™ Academy: 71 Videos, 9.5 hours of content, 20+ exercises. $995 for subscribers [normally $1,495]

    • 1 hr 4 min

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Fun podcast with valuable business insight

Ryan is such a great interviewer. His knowledge of business is vast and his curiosity is brilliant! He asks the questions we all want answers to and then adds in his gentle inquisitiveness to bring out fun nuggets from his interviewees.

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