44 episodes

NC Shop Talk is a no limits interview show that shares never before heard tips, secrets, and hilarious conversations with today's biggest names in the auto, aircraft, & carpet industries.

Join Mal Maher, owner of NC Carpet Binding, as he interviews today's most talented craftsmen. You'll pick up some new vendors, how to grow your business, and he'll be asking some wild questions that you've never heard answered before.

Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
Website: https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
Instagram: nc_carpet_binding

NC Shop Talk Mal Maher

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    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

NC Shop Talk is a no limits interview show that shares never before heard tips, secrets, and hilarious conversations with today's biggest names in the auto, aircraft, & carpet industries.

Join Mal Maher, owner of NC Carpet Binding, as he interviews today's most talented craftsmen. You'll pick up some new vendors, how to grow your business, and he'll be asking some wild questions that you've never heard answered before.

Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
Website: https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
Instagram: nc_carpet_binding

    We Signed a Deal with Peter Pesansky: The Teen Taking College Football by Storm

    We Signed a Deal with Peter Pesansky: The Teen Taking College Football by Storm

    What does it take to be a standout athlete and secure a future in college sports? Living and thriving in a competitive environment is no easy feat, especially when you're surrounded by talented peers. But today's guest has a unique story that sets him apart.
    NC Shop Talk is thrilled to welcome Peter Pesansky, a senior at Tampa Jesuit High School and an incoming freshman football player at the University of North Carolina. 
    Peter's journey is nothing short of inspiring. From his impressive athletic family background to his recent NIL deal with NC Carpetbinding, Peter exemplifies dedication, hard work, and a winning mindset.
    Peter's story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of family support. His parents, both collegiate athletes, have instilled in him and his siblings a drive to excel in both sports and academics. Peter's achievements on the football field and in the classroom are a reflection of this upbringing.

    In this episode, we dive deep into Peter's journey, his family's influence, and his future at UNC. We also discuss the exciting new NIL deal that Peter has signed with NC Carpetbinding, marking a new chapter for both Peter and the company.

    “It's all up to you. It's not up to the coaches. It's all up to what you do yourself. I think you control what happens to an extent.” – Peter Pesansky
    In This Episode:
    - Family Influence: How Peter's athletic family has shaped his journey.
    - Coaching and Mentorship: Insights into how Peter and his siblings support each other.
    - Peter's decision to focus on football and his rapid rise in the sport.
    - How Peter maintains his agility and speed despite his size.
    - The recruitment journey and the decision to commit to UNC.
    - UNC Family Culture: Why Peter chose UNC and his experience with Coach Mack Brown.
    - Sibling Success: Peter's pride in his brother Joe's achievements and their shared dreams.
    - The significance of Peter's NIL deal and what it means for his future.
    - Rapid Fire Hot Seat: Fun and quick questions to get to know Peter better.
    - Teammate's Testimony: Hear what Peter's teammate, Drew Woodaz, has to say about him.
    Connect with Peter Pesansky:
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peterpesansky/ 
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet: 
    - Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 36 min
    Tony Miller From Concept to Title

    Tony Miller From Concept to Title

    What does it take to be a winner? Living and winning in a competitive environment is challenging, especially when you see many talented people around you. You also need to have some unique skills to get ahead of others. 

    But today's guest has a simple philosophy that makes him a true winner in life. Of course, he and his team are very good at what they do and never give up easily. 

    NC Shop Talk welcomes Tony Miller of Stitches Custom Auto Upholstery, who was chosen as the winner of this year's NC Interior of the Year Awards.

    Discover what makes “Old Guy” Tony deserving of the accolade. He is a humble guy who does not brag about his skills or accomplishments, but he definitely has something valuable to share with everyone listening. 

    “If you want to win, keep trying until you win.” – Tony Miller
    In This Episode:
    - An exciting product launch for NC Carpet Binding & Equipment
    - Here's a funny story about Mal's first encounter with Tony
    - A brief background about Tony and how he got into the custom auto industry
    - Why Tony joined the NC Auto Interior Contest again after failing to win the grand prize in 2021
    - How did Tony know it was time to hire people?
    - What is the biggest challenge with managing a team instead of doing things yourself?
    - Mal puts Tony on the Rapid Fire Hot Seat 
    - What does Tony's team member, Erick, think about him?
    And more!
    Connect with Tony Miller:
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/stitchescustomautoupholstery/
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tony_stitches/
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet: 
    - Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 39 min
    AMD Is More Than Just Metal With Eddy Cebreco

    AMD Is More Than Just Metal With Eddy Cebreco

    Whether you're a business owner, an entrepreneur, or a regular guy, building and maintaining a strong network can significantly impact your business and life. Connecting with people and forming lasting relationships makes you a better individual. Networking is also highly effective in helping grow your business. Today, Mal is chatting with someone he connected with who later became his good friend. 
    NC Shop Talk welcomes Eddy Cebreco of AMD (Auto Metal Direct), a one-stop source for high-quality body panels. The AMD team is a team of true car guys with extensive experience in the collector car and restoration trade. Eddy is the guy who takes AMD everywhere. You can see him at almost every trade show in different places. 

    Join Mal and Eddie as they talk about Eddy's role in growing AMD, his charity organization, and how networking plays a role in everything they do. 

    “Networking is a big thing. That's the key to everything.” – Eddy Cebreco
    In This Episode:
    - Exciting updates and events to watch out for
    - What does AMD do, and what is Eddie's role in the company?
    - How Mal and Eddie connected
    - The evolution of AMD and vision for the future
    - Events and places where you can catch AMD
    - Mal shares an exciting idea for AMD to come up with new products
    - AMD and Gas Monkey Garage collaboration
    - What is the Eddy Bear Foundation all about?
    - Eddy and his buddy, Vanilla Ice 
    - How Eddy celebrates Valentine's Day
    And more!
    Names & Events Mentioned:
    - Mobile Solutions - https://www.mobilesolutions-usa.com/
    - Mastertech Expo - https://www.mastertechexpo.com/
    - Gas Monkey Garage - https://www.gasmonkeygarage.com/
    - Medina's Interior Design - https://www.instagram.com/medinasinteriordesigns/
    - Cato's Custom Upholstery - https://www.instagram.com/catoscustomupholstery/
    - Sign up for the Bitchin Stitchin Custom Upholstery Class - https://www.bitchinstitchinofficial.com/
    - Courtney Hansen - https://web.facebook.com/OfficialCourtneyHansen
    - Donate a Teddy Bear to the Eddy Bear Foundation - https://eddybear.org/
    Connect with Eddy Cebreco & AMD:
    - Website - https://www.autometaldirect.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/AutoMetalDirect/
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/autometaldirect
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet: 
    - Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    - Instagram -

    • 42 min
    If You Can Dream It, Ida Automotive Can Build It With Rob Ida

    If You Can Dream It, Ida Automotive Can Build It With Rob Ida

    Is talent inherited, or is it something you can learn? You can say it's a little bit of both. And today's guest is here to show how your environment and desire to learn significantly impact how you find your place in the world.


    NC Shop Talk welcomes Rob Ida, an absolute icon in the custom vehicle industry. With over 40 years of experience, Rob has transformed dozens of high-end vehicles into award-winning showstoppers. You can say that the fondness for vintage cars runs in Rob’s genes, and he is destined for automotive greatness from the very beginning.

    His passion for impeccable design and craftsmanship started at age seven. Growing up in his father’s autobody shop, Rob developed a love of cars and the ability to bring them back to life. His father, Bob, was a Hot Rodder and Racer since his teens, as he built a 409 Powered 34 Ford, Willys Gasser, and Hemi Healy. Together, they collaborated and built cars for decades.

    Join Mal and Rob as they discuss what it's like to come from a family of skilled craftsmen and be able to create masterpieces throughout your life. 
    “When you try to make every part the star of the show, you have a circus act when you've done that. There are too many stars in the show. You don't want that.” – Rob Ida
    In This Episode:
    - Exciting news and events to look out for
    - Who is Rob Ida, and how did he end up in the automotive industry?
    - How Rob developed his skill and unique design style 
    - Rob's thought process when doing car restorations
    - Customizing cars for Ford
    - The best of the best in the custom car industry
    - Mal puts Rob on the Rapid Fire Hotseat
    And more!
    Names & Events Mentioned:
    - Courtney Hansen (Ride of Your Life)  - https://www.instagram.com/courtney_hansen/
    - The International Surface Event - https://web.facebook.com/TISEofficial/
    - The NC Auto Interior of the Year Winner: Stitches Custom Upholstery by Tony Miller - https://web.facebook.com/stitchescustomautoupholstery/
    - Mikey Seats - https://www.instagram.com/mikeyseats/
    - Bruce Devlin - https://www.instagram.com/bruce_devlin/
    - Oil & Whiskey Podcast - https://www.instagram.com/oilandwhiskeypodcast/
    - Hagerty - https://www.instagram.com/hagerty/
    - Rik Hoving - https://web.facebook.com/Rik.Hoving.Kustoms
    Connect with Rob Ida:
    - Website - https://robidaconcepts.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064330943958
    - Instagram

    • 1 hr
    Stitched By Slick Drops Snoop Dogg Story

    Stitched By Slick Drops Snoop Dogg Story

    What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? What are you most proud of? When people get asked this question, some have ready answers, while some think long and hard about the things that shaped their lives. It's because our lives are not marked by one significant moment that changed it all.


    The best answer to “What is your greatest accomplishment?” is the first thing that comes to mind that makes you proud. Today's guest has had many accomplishments, and he plans on doing more significant things to help others. But for now, let's hear him share some things that make him proud.

    NC Shop Talk welcomes Rico "Slick" Montgomery. Slick currently runs Stitched By Slick Custom Upholstery with the help of his family and associates. His wife, Takeila, also known as "The Rimlady," has been involved with creating the company's first website and maintaining an active social media presence.

    Join Mal and Slick as they talk about their most significant life accomplishments, passions, dreams, and ambitions. Tune in and be inspired!
    “When I go to the shows, I look for just the way other builders fit and finish, ideas, just networking.” – Rico "Slick" Montgomery
    In This Episode:
    - How Slick got his nickname 
    - Slick's background and how he got into the industry
    - Slick proudly talks about his beautiful family
    - What Slick envisions for his YouTube channel
    - What's in Slick's fridge and his go-to drink and snacks
    - How Slick got the chance to work with Snoop Dogg
    - Slick's favorite build
    - A vision to launch his threadline
    - Learning and networking with other upholsterers in different events
    - Slicks go-to local vendors
    - A collaboration with IMPACT Interior Products 
    - Slick plays the Rapid Fire Hotseat
    And more!
    Connect with Slick:
    - Website - https://stitchbyslick.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/stitched.slick/
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stitchedbyslick
    - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@StitchedbySlickupholstery
    - TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@stitchedbyslick
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet: 
    - Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
    - Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding

    • 1 hr
    Hot Wheels Here He Comes

    Hot Wheels Here He Comes

    Finding Mal and Randy! Get a chance to win a bunch of cool stuff from NC Carpet Binding and Moore & Giles at the 2023 SEMA Show happening November 1-4, 2023. Plus, get discounts and an extended 5-year limited warranty when you buy machines from NC Carpet Binding. 


    Hot Wheels are one of the most loved toy cars in the world. That's no exaggeration. The design and build of the cars are just simply spectacular! It takes superb craftsmanship to build a life-size Hot Wheels. And today's guest has exactly what it takes to make one. 

    Mikey Brown is an inspired builder of Nostalgic Drag Cars and other weird gems based out of Deputy, IN. His unique style pairs with unbelievable talent to bring his ideas from Paper to Pavement. 
    Mikey’s imagination was first sparked in childhood from collecting Hot Wheels. He was even customizing model cars! Before he could drive, he took up building Lowrider bicycles and took home several trophies. 
    Follow Mikey's story in today's conversation with Mal at NC Shop Talk!
    “Whatever you guys see as trash, it can be turned into something cool.”
    – Mikey Brown
    In This Episode:
    How Mal and Mikey metMikey shares his thought process when creating something out of nothingThe story of a tiny stove that Mikey bought online for his wifeA brief background on Mikey’s childhood and his passion for superior craftsmanshipThe idea behind Paper to Pavement The three paths Mikey was willing to take and how they led him to where he is nowWhat challenges did Mikey as he pursued his calling?What the Pickle Jar signifies for MikeyMikey proudly talks about his wife and kidsHot Wheels wants creativity, authenticity, and garage spirit, and Mikey has them!How to support Mikey's projects
    And more!
    Support Mikey's Projects:
    Become a Sponsor - https://www.papertopavement.com/Send Materials - PO Box 57, Deputy, IN 47230
    Connect with Mikey Brown:
    Website - https://www.papertopavement.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/mikey.brown.338211Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mikeybrown1957/YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7xpJmsuls-060TGeyTHFmg
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet: 
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Pacificustoms ,

Great pod with great guests

I’m not an upholsterer but a builder/fabricator. This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to. Mal is able to get some serious icons in this industry on and get to hear more about what makes them tick and the person they are outside of their work! I really enjoy it!

dgmanflorida ,

Awesome podcast

Amazing episode, Corbin is a so genuine in everything he’s involved in . He’s absolutely the best at custom interior work and his ideas are 2nd to no one !!!

budy built ,

Best industry podcast!

Great insight into the industry with the best of the best. Mal makes it a fun insightful listen!

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