45 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

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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/

    45 | Matt Mongiat | Be Your Own Boss While Building Your Foundational Skills

    45 | Matt Mongiat | Be Your Own Boss While Building Your Foundational Skills

    Is it even possible for an eighteen-year-old to get managerial-level experience that is typically available to people in their mid-thirties?
    On today’s show, we interviewed UMass student Matt Mongiat. Matt worked with YEAA from 2018-2020 and currently, he is in charge of recruiting for the wellness tracking company, Vessel Health. On today’s show, Matt shares his distilled wisdom on entrepreneurship, leadership, and taking the path less trodden.
    From 2018 to 2020, Matt interned with YEAA, and this experience changed him completely as an individual. Before starting his internship, Matt was painfully introverted and admittedly, he found his progress stunted because of his fixed mindset.
    As a YEAA intern, Matt got the opportunity that is available to very few nineteen-year-olds. In this first year, Matt ran a $100,000 business that earned profits of $15,000. 
    He significantly expanded operations in his second year when he managed and coached three rookie managers. As a district manager, Matt’s responsibilities expanded significantly as he ended up managing a $250,000 painting operation. 
    One of the primary things that attracted Matt to the YEAA internship was the exceptional opportunity to differentiate himself. The internship helped Matt hone his leadership skills while being his own boss. He also built a powerful network of life-long friends that are standing him through thick and thin.
    Towards the end of the show, Matt talks about his current employer, Vessel Health. You will learn how Vessel is revolutionizing the way people track their health. Matt also shares how Vessel plans on achieving its audacious goal of hitting a billion-dollar valuation.
    Enjoy!
    Resources
    Vessel Health
    Young Entrepreneurs Across America

    • 44 min
    44 | Matt Scherer | The Secret Mantra of Top Performers

    44 | Matt Scherer | The Secret Mantra of Top Performers

    What is it that top performers do differently? What is the secret success mantra that allows them to win again and again?
    On today’s show, we interview Matt Scherer, Account Director, AT&T Global who shares with us his distilled wisdom on entrepreneurship, marketing, and tenacity. As a business leader with AT&T today, Matt manages more than $80 million in revenue today.
    Back in 1994, Matt interned with YEAA while he was studying at Bowling Green State University. It has been almost three decades but Matt still vividly remembers his experience as a Student Painter.  
    In his first year at YEAA, Matt ran a $54,000 painting business and earned a profit of $10,000. He continued his stellar run and eventually went on to earn the Executive of The Year Award.
    Looking back, Matt shares how enjoyed being his own boss and taking charge of his own destiny. Be it marketing, managing production or reading P&L statements – all the foundational lessons that Matt learned back in his day have helped him through the course of his extremely successful career.  
    Currently at AT&T Global, Matt is helping some of the world’s biggest financial organizations like Deutsche and TIAA leverage the latest technologies to better connect with their customers.
    You will learn how top performers approach challenges differently. And you will also get some valuable lessons in customer service and satisfaction.
    Tune in for some excellent insight!
    What You Will Learn In This Show
    The dramatic evolution of technology in the finance and the banking sector Relationship building, and how it can catapult you ahead Challenges that top performers face and how they overcome them Valuable lessons in customer satisfaction And so much more… Resources
    Young Entrepreneurs Across America

    • 47 min
    43 | Aaron Acorn and Josh Drushel | 4 Keys to Starting and Managing a Successful Start-Up

    43 | Aaron Acorn and Josh Drushel | 4 Keys to Starting and Managing a Successful Start-Up

    On today’s show, we are joined by YEAA Vice-President’s Josh Drushel and Aaron Acorn who share with us the 4 keys to starting and managing a successful start-up business.
    Drawing from their combined experience of nearly three decades, Josh and Aaron share some of the biggest things that can help eighteen-year-olds manage a large painting business at YEAA (Young Entrepreneurs Across America). 
    You will learn the importance of having enough human capital at your disposal. Being a labor-intensive business, unless you over-hire and always have some fallback options, your business will stall sooner, or later as “unforeseen circumstances” come up.
    Perhaps, retaining your employees is as important (if not more) than the hiring process. And on today’s show, Josh and Aaron emphasize setting expectations right away and rewarding employees adequately.
    Next, we discuss marketing and reveal why it’s important to make an early start. Always having a full sales pipeline will help you work out any hiccups so you can hit your revenue goals.
    You do not want to miss the show ending where we talk about communication. Clear communication with your vendors, painters, and customers will help you run your first business smoothly and profitably.
    This is a show you do not want to miss.
    Enjoy!
    What You Will Learn In This Show
    The 4 Keys to managing a start-up Expert tips for guaranteeing employee satisfaction Keeping your sales pipeline full, and how it can help you hit your revenue goals How to communicate clearly with your vendors, painters, and customers And so much more… Resources
    Young Entrepreneurs Across America
    Leaders Across America

    • 34 min
    42 | Joe Osterfeld | How YEAA Internship Fast-tracked My Career

    42 | Joe Osterfeld | How YEAA Internship Fast-tracked My Career

    On today’s show, we interview Joe Osterfeld, Software Engineer, Bold Penguin who shares how the YEAA internship fast-tracked his career and catapulted him many years ahead of his peers.
    Back in 2012 when Joe was studying at the Baldwin Wallace University, his friend Mike informed him how he had managed to make $18,000 over the summer as a student painter with YEAA. Joe was immediately intrigued.
    A meaningful internship where he got the opportunity to build some hardcore foundational skills was exactly what Joe was looking for. And YEAA did not disappoint.
    Joe ended up running a $65,000 painting business in his first year. And in his second year, as a district manager, he managed and oversaw $300,000 business. 
    You will learn how YEAA offers college students the opportunity to cultivate their business acumen. And gain experiences that typically mid-level executives gain when they are in their thirties. Joe talks a great deal about how the internship taught him valuable people skills that are holding him in good stead to date.
    Upon graduation, Joe managed to snag a job at LexisNexis. Over the years, he has transitioned from sales to software development. Currently, Joe is working as a software engineer with Bold Penguin, one of the largest commercial insurance marketplaces in the country.
    Enjoy!
    What You Will Learn In This Show
    Building foundational career skills at YEAA Cultivating people skills and how it can fast-track your career  How my YEAA internship helped me secure my dream corporate job And so much more… Resources
    Young Entrepreneurs Across America

    • 37 min
    41 | Andrea and Bryan Mulligan | How Our Nineteen-Year Old Son Ran a $173,000 Business In A Single Summer

    41 | Andrea and Bryan Mulligan | How Our Nineteen-Year Old Son Ran a $173,000 Business In A Single Summer

    On today’s show, we interview Andrea and Bryan Mulligan. Andrea and Bryan are proud parents to Entrepreneur of the Year, nineteen-year-old Enin Mulligan who ran an incredible $173,000 business in the summer of 2021. 
    A business major at UMass, Amherst, Enin was stoked when he first came across the YEAA internship. Andrea and Bryan, however, were cautious and understandably they wanted to make sure that their son was not being scammed.
    After all, who would trust a nineteen-year-old to manage a large business? And that too with zero capital investment. After doing their due diligence, Andrea and Bryan were relieved to discover that the YEAA internship was all that they promised. And even more.
    Enin was completely committed to his internship from the get-go. And having supportive mentors and a dream team to back him up also gave Enin the confidence to set massive goals.
    So, how did Enin manage to run a $173,000 business and earn $40,000?
    Andrea and Bryan share how Enin’s tenacity was the single most important thing that led to his incredible success. And Bryan shares how, in fact, he also learned a thing or two about work ethic by supporting Enin through his journey.
    They also share the incredible pride that they felt when Enin received his Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 
    Tune in to this special show today!    
    What You Will Learn In This Show
    How YEAA gives young adults the incredible opportunity to manage large businesses  How to maximize your success as a YEAA intern Importance of tenacity, and going all-out Life Lessons that you will learn as a YEAA intern And so much more… Resources
    Young Entrepreneurs Across America

    • 46 min
    40 | Ben Arwine | The Entrepreneurial Mindset and How to Vet New Opportunities by Looking at the Bigger Picture

    40 | Ben Arwine | The Entrepreneurial Mindset and How to Vet New Opportunities by Looking at the Bigger Picture

    What is the ONE thing that can jumpstart your career and helps you reach your goals faster?
    On today’s show, Steve interviews Ben Arwine, Strategic Consultant, Garage Group show shares with us his wisdom on vetting new opportunities and cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset. You will learn the importance of mentorship and why leaning on others is the best way to fast-track your growth.  
    Back in 2013-2014, Steve interned with YEAA and ran a $45,000 and $300,000 business in his first and second years respectively.
    Once Steve started working with YEAA, he realized that the internship was less about painting and more about leadership and growth. Here, you will learn why you should always look at the big picture rather than being swayed by short term gains.
    In his first year, Steve made the most common rookie mistake of not utilizing his mentors. So, when he came back to work at YEAA in his second year, he made sure that his mentees learned from his experience.
    Currently, as a Strategist with Garage Group, Ben helps large companies overcome their innovation challenges.
    Enjoy!
    What You Will Learn In This Show
    Understanding the bigger picture and how the YEAA internship can have a transformational impact on your life Why learning from others is the best way to fast-track your growth Cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset And so much more…  Resources
    Young Entrepreneurs Across America

    • 39 min

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147 Ratings

Haley M Elliott ,

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.

chasehowell1 ,

Podcast 28

What a great podcast! Just finished episode 28 on Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset (SPOILER!! choose Growth Mindset!!). Thank you Steve for your words of wisdom!

StuPaints ,

Glad to Hear from Steve!

I love the way Steve talks about how much potential there is in college students...it just takes someone believing in them! If you want to take steps into the entrepreneurial world, this is the BEST place to start.

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