89 episodes

Welcome To The Leaders Across America Podcast.

This show is dedicated to young driven individuals who truly want to choose a path of their life, step out of their comfort zone and create a better future for themselves and in the end, control their own destiny.

Each week, we will be interviewing a graduate from our program. You will hear some amazing stories of how being part of the Young Entrepreneurs Program helped transformed them into who they are today. You can determine if you want to be like these individuals and you will understand what it will take to get there.

Learn more: https://www.yeaainternship.com/

Leaders Across America With Steve Acorn Young Entrepreneurs Across America

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 150 Ratings

Welcome To The Leaders Across America Podcast.

This show is dedicated to young driven individuals who truly want to choose a path of their life, step out of their comfort zone and create a better future for themselves and in the end, control their own destiny.

Each week, we will be interviewing a graduate from our program. You will hear some amazing stories of how being part of the Young Entrepreneurs Program helped transformed them into who they are today. You can determine if you want to be like these individuals and you will understand what it will take to get there.

Learn more: https://www.yeaainternship.com/

    89 | Patrick Gorman | First Year Success vs Second Year Success

    89 | Patrick Gorman | First Year Success vs Second Year Success

    On today’s special show, we interview Patrick Gorman, a second year branch manager and a rookie executive with Young Entrepreneurs Across America, who produced  over $90,000 in business and profit exceeding $28,000 during his first year in our program.
     
    Patrick will dive deep into his s rookie year keys to success, month by month as well as he three most important things he enjoyed the most in his first year.
     
    You will find out what you need to do to ensure a great second half of the summer at YEAA.
     
    You will also learn why it is important to continue recruiting painters and some secrets to managing a great team.
     
    Patrick will share some some real life experiences he had with the YEAA and the key benefits he got out of the program so far.
     
    He will reveal some of his highs and lows and some pitfalls he encountered during his internship.
     
    Plus, Patrick will share his plans for this year and some of his goals for the future
     
    For this and much more, tune in to our latest episode!



    What You Will Learn In This Show:
    Patrick's rookie year keys to success, month by month Three key things Patrik enjoyed the most in his first year What you need to do to ensure a great second half of the summer at YEAA The benefits Patrick got out of the program so far Patrick's highs and lows and some pitfalls he encountered during his internship Patrick’s plans for this year and his goals for the future And so much more…  
    Resources:
    YEAA Website
    Leaders Across America

    • 44 min
    88 | Dylan Klocker and Nick Draginoff | Rookie Managers Success Story

    88 | Dylan Klocker and Nick Draginoff | Rookie Managers Success Story

    On today’s special show, we interview two of our succesful rookie entrepreneurs, Nick Draginoff and Dylan Klocker, to capture a little bit about their story so far since joining Young Entrepreneurs.
    Nick is a sophomore at Miami University, Ohio, and so far he has about $55,000 in sales and 45 estimates completed.
    Dylan is a sophomore at UMass Amherst, and he has about 130,000 in sales, 53 estimates completed and about 22 jobs booked
    In today’s episode, you will find out a little bit about Nick and Dylan's background stories and their experiences in the program so far.
    They will share their opinion about what is the best part of our organisation, as well as the skills they have developed since joining the program.
    You will find out how Nick and Dylan became interested in the program and how they knew they'd succeed.
    They will also talk about their biggest fears since they started this journey and their key secret to maintaining a successful business while being a full-time college student.
    Nick and Dylan will also talk about their personal and professional growth since joining the program and the top characteristics they think you should possess to be a winner in this program
    For this and much more, tune in to our latest episode!



    What You Will Learn In This Show 
     
    What skills have Nick and Dylan improved since they joined the program? How did Nick and Dylan become interested in the program and how did they know they'd succeed? The biggest fears Nick and Dylan had since they joined the program The key secret to maintaining a successful business while being a full-time college student The top characteristics you should possess to be a winner in this program Nick and Dylan’s parents' first reaction when they heard about the program And so much more…  
    Resources:
    YEAA Website
    Leaders Across America

    • 48 min
    87 | Charles Beck| Becoming a Whole New Level of Person

    87 | Charles Beck| Becoming a Whole New Level of Person

    On today’s show, we talk to Charles Beck, a young leader who will share with us insightful details about his 5 years experience with Student Painters that started back in 2014. Currently, Charles owns his own painting business and he is also a Field Underwriter at Symmetry Financial Group. In today’s show, you will find out when Charles heard about  Student Painters and what drew him into the program.
    You will also learn some details about Charles’ achievements in his first and second years in the program.
    Charles will share some of the key habits a young leader should develop to set himself up for success
    Charles will talk about how Student Painters changed his life both personally and professionally.
    He will also reveal some details about what he does today and what are his goals for the next years.
    For this and much more, tune in to our latest episode!
     
    What You Will Learn In This Show 
    When did Charles hear about Student Painters and what drew him into the program?  What are Charles' key takeaways from the program? Key habits you should develop at a young age to set yourself for success How Student Painters changed Charles both personally and professionally  Some advice for our rookie managers What is Charles doing today and what are him goals for the next years And so much more…  
    Resources:
    YEAA Website
    Leaders Across America
    Charles’ Linkedin

    • 37 min
    86 | Ben Cummings | Leave Your Comfort Zone to Enter Your Growth Zone

    86 | Ben Cummings | Leave Your Comfort Zone to Enter Your Growth Zone

    On today’s show, we talk to Ben Cummings, a Branch Manager at Student Painters back in 2012 who used what he learned in the program to start three different companies
    He is currently the CEO of Sales Rev, an organization that helps small businesses streamline and innovate how they do business as well as adopt the right technology stack for their needs.
    Before Sales Rev, he owned a video production company in Detroit and a full-service landscaping company. 
    “An entrepreneur at heart”, as he likes to call himself, Ben is also a creative person and a talented musician. He plays as a drummer in a band called Schema Things.
    In today’s show, you will find out how Bem started his experience in the YEAA program and how he became a Branch Manager.
    Ben will talk about his results as a Branch Manager at Student Painters, key takeaways from the program and the pivotal moments that changed his life both professionally and personally. 
    He will share the biggest mistakes during the program and the lessons he learned from them.
    Ben will reveal How Ben used what he learned in the program to start three companies.
    You will also find out what is the #1 thing you have to do to become succesful, why implementing a process and a system is important in a business and some tips to finding your first customers.
    For this and much more, tune in to our latest episode!
     
    What You Will Learn In This Show 
     
    How Ben started his experience in the YEAA program and how he became a Branch Manager Ben’s results as a Branch Manager at Student Painters Ben’s key takeaways from the program and the pivotal moments that changed his life The #1 thing you have to do to become successful Ben’s biggest challenges during the program and how he overcame them How Ben used what he learned in the program to start three companies And so much more…  
    Resources:
    YEAA Website
    Leaders Across America
    Ben’s Linkedin
    Schema Things Youtube Channel

    • 46 min
    85 | Laura Lawson | Keys to Getting Accepted into an Elite Company Like United Wholesale Mortgage

    85 | Laura Lawson | Keys to Getting Accepted into an Elite Company Like United Wholesale Mortgage

    On today’s show, we talk to Laura Lawson EVP and Chief People Officer at United Wholesale Mortgage and elite company helping independent mortgage brokers deliver a far superior client experience than banks and retail lenders. 
    Additionally, they offer training, technology, marketing support, and more to help their partners compete, win, and grow their businesses.
    In this special episode, Laura is going to share important insights and the steps you can take as a young student or graduate to get the attention of an elite company like UWM.
    Throughout the interview, you will learn what Laura is doing at United Wholesale Mortgage as well as a little bit about the company's business model.
    Laura will share some keys to creating and maintaining UWM’s workplace culture.
    She will also talk about the importance of constantly seeking feedback from your team.
    You will find out what are some of Laura’s biggest challenges when hiring someone in the organization.
    Laura will share some tips on how to apply for a job at United as well as how she chooses the best candidates. 
    You will discover what you need to know before applying for a job at UWM and also what is the income range and the benefits you can have working for them.
    Plus, you will learn why having YEAA experience is a big plus when applying for jobs at UWM.
    Tune in to our latest episode to learn more about how to get an elite job right after college!
     
    What You Will Learn In This Show 
    Laura's role at United Wholesale Mortgage and a little bit about the company’s business model Keys to creating and maintaining UWM’s workplace culture The importance of constantly seeking feedback from your team What you need to know before applying for a job at UWM The income range and the benefits you can have working for UWM Why having the YEAA program experience is a big plus when applying for a job at  UWM And so much more…  
    Resources:
    YEAA Website
    Leaders Across America
    Laura’s Linkedin
    Uwm.com
    www.Uwmcareers.com

    • 42 min
    84 | Fernando Tenesaca | Keys To Running a $100,000 Business

    84 | Fernando Tenesaca | Keys To Running a $100,000 Business

    On today’s show, we talk to Fernando Tenesaca, Senior Executive at YEAA, currently building the New England Team for Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Development Program for our 2022 Summer Internship opportunity.
    As a Senior Executive, Fernando is recruiting and interviewing candidates for the Branch Manager position from public and private institutions in the New England area and also mentoring students in starting their first profitable business
    In today’s show, Fernando will talk about his backstory, how he heard about our program and what made him join it.
    He will share his results in the program and the greatest lessons he took from his first year.
    He will also talk about some of the challenges he had as a rookie manager and how he managed to overcome them.
    You will learn some which are some of the most important keys to a successful startup.
    You will also find out some interesting details about Fernando’s speech on perspective and taking advantage of pivotal moments in your life.
    For this and much more, tune in to our latest episode!



    What You Will Learn In This Show 
     
    Fernando’s results in the program and the greatest lessons he took from it Important keys to a successful startup Tips to building a solid relationship with clients The importance of understanding your “why” Fernando’s speech on perspective and taking advantage of pivotal moments in your life. And so much more…  
    Resources:
    YEAA Website
    Leaders Across America
    Fernando’s LinkedIn

    • 48 min

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I couldn’t be more impressed with this podcast. It is filled with wisdom, advice and stories from esteemed young professionals who are carving their own path in the world. These young adults decided to run their first business with Young Entrepreneurs and discuss in depth how the lessons and personal growth that came with running a business gave them a recipe for success. Highly recommend!

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Great pieces of advice Episode 38

This episode of the podcast gave some extremely helpful advice in regards to setting yourself apart and creating the perfect mindset to thrive in whatever you do. Jillian Walker, a Central Michigan University class of 2017 graduate, really emphasizes how much the YEAA internship helped her grow and enhance various skills. She talks about all she learned from the internship and how it helped land her a job with the Detroit Tigers today. I took away three major pieces of advice from this episode. First, Walker speaks about what you put into the internship is what you get out of it, and that is what will make you successful. Then, keeping that motivation and staying consistent is key. The biggest piece of advice I took from this is to get comfortable being uncomfortable and to step outside of your comfort zone, which is exactly what the YEAA internship pushes you to do.

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