31 episodes

Humans have told stories since the beginning of time as a medium to connect and pass knowledge from one generation to the next. Robert and Michael aim to explore these stories with today’s leaders with real and raw conversation - getting rid of all the noise in today’s data driven, twitter-fed society. The art of storytelling has taken a back seat to 24 hour news, politicking and diminished attention spans. As we began to contemplate this shift, we developed The Climb – Cross Roads and Defining Moments – to capture the stories of today’s leaders. Each of our esteemed guests will bring their own unique set of circumstances they faced in their life to our podcast so that our listeners can hear the raw and unfiltered truth. The climb is never easy – the cross roads and defining moments shape us.

https://www.climb-podcast.com/

The Climb - Cross Roads & Defining Moments Michael Moore, Robert Wierema

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Humans have told stories since the beginning of time as a medium to connect and pass knowledge from one generation to the next. Robert and Michael aim to explore these stories with today’s leaders with real and raw conversation - getting rid of all the noise in today’s data driven, twitter-fed society. The art of storytelling has taken a back seat to 24 hour news, politicking and diminished attention spans. As we began to contemplate this shift, we developed The Climb – Cross Roads and Defining Moments – to capture the stories of today’s leaders. Each of our esteemed guests will bring their own unique set of circumstances they faced in their life to our podcast so that our listeners can hear the raw and unfiltered truth. The climb is never easy – the cross roads and defining moments shape us.

https://www.climb-podcast.com/

    #30: Rhett Keisler - Founder of Revolver Brewing & Watertight Canned Cocktail Co.

    #30: Rhett Keisler - Founder of Revolver Brewing & Watertight Canned Cocktail Co.

    Rhett Keisler is the Co-Founder of the Texas Beer staple: Revolver Brewing. After being acquired by Molson-Coors in 2016, Rhett founded Watertight Cocktail Co. which prides itself on using 100% real ingredients in their canned cocktails.

    On this episode, Rhett describes the journey of building Revolver, the story behind the acquisition from Molson-Coors and his incredible new canned cocktails at Watertight. They also discuss the impact of family support in entrepreneurship, becoming business partners with your father and the story behind the Blood & Honey beer. Enjoy The Climb!

    Check out Watertight here: https://watertightcocktails.com/

    (0:59) - Introducing Watertight Canned Cocktail Co.

    (2:44) - How did you come up with the concept for Watertight?

    (8:13) - Rhett’s decision to leave the corporate world & start Revolver Brewing

    (16:44) - The father-son business dynamic

    (21:39) - Building the Revolver Brewing Brand

    (28:24) - Realizing how big Blood & Honey would be

    (35:51) - Getting acquired by Miller-Coors

    (45:16) - What was life like after selling the business?

    (51:33) - Building Watertight

    (1:03:01) - The impact Rhett’s wife has had and her support throughout

    (1:08:20) - Where you can find Watertight

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #29 John Fein: Founder and Managing Partner of Firebrand Ventures | Building out the Midwest Tech & VC Scene

    #29 John Fein: Founder and Managing Partner of Firebrand Ventures | Building out the Midwest Tech & VC Scene

    Prior to founding Firebrand, John served as Managing Director for Techstars, a leading startup accelerator with over 40 programs around the world. While at Techstars he ran three accelerator programs in Kansas City and invested in 30 startups.

    John was previously a part of five startups, including one he cofounded. Before Techstars he spent nine years at UnitedHealth Group, managing large scale projects including scaling a business from zero to $1.5 billion per year and 1,500 employees in four years.

    With a passion for building startup ecosystems, John has been active in the Kansas City startup community since 2012, serving on several advisory boards of community organizations.

    On this episode, we dive deep into John's background through his career in startups, healthcare and technology. We talk about the DotCom Bubble, his founding of Firebrand, the process of raising two separate funds and what Firebrand brings to the table for their portfolio companies. We end with talking about why it's critical to keep going, but to remember to cut yourself some slack. Enjoy The Climb!

    Links:

    Visit our Website: https://www.climb-podcast.com/our-podcast/

    Connect with Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpmoore/

    John on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnfein/

    Firebrand Ventures: https://www.firebrandvc.com/


    Topics:

    (2:34) - John’s background and career

    (13:11) - Life in the DotCom Bubble

    (15:41) - The importance of family dinner & living in a time without supervision

    (19:53) - John’s time working in the start up world, healthcare and technology

    (28:32) - Founding FireBrand & the explosion of Tech in the Midwest and the South

    (31:27) - John on raising his first two funds

    (39:24) - How does working in VC shape your view of early stage companies?

    (44:50) - Why do companies need your help?

    (48:18) - Advice to listeners: Cut yourself some slack, but keep going.

    (50:16) - What do you want listeners to know about you?

    • 53 min
    #28 Matt Homan: President & GM of Dickie's Arena

    #28 Matt Homan: President & GM of Dickie's Arena

    Matt Homan is the President and GM at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth, TX. On this episode we deep dive into Matt’s career in event management and how it led to his leadership in helping create one of the most beautiful arenas in the country. We also discuss the intricacies of the public/private partnership for the arena, adapting events in light of the pandemic and the Las Vegas shooting, virtual event, the labor market and much more. Enjoy the Climb!

    Check out Dickies Arena: https://dickiesarena.com/

    Matt on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-homan-7386119/

    Follow The Climb: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climb-podcast/

    Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpmoore/

    (1:26) - Matt’s background and career leading up to Dickie’s & Fort Worth

    (27:51) - Sales is involved in EVERYTHING

    (32:22) - Is there still a role for Unions in our world going forward?

    (35:13) - What was the inflection point that led you to make the jump to Dickie’s & Fort Worth?

    (37:24) - What was your first experiences like on the project?

    (44:03) - The public/private partnership for funding of Dickie’s

    (47:37) - Adapting events in the aftermath of the Vegas shooting and Covid-19

    (53:14) - What’s the value proposition for Dickie’s and Fort Worth?

    (56:21) - The business of ticket sales

    (1:00:58) - Do Virtual event experiences threaten the industry at all?

    (1:03:38) - Thoughts on ability for college athletes being able to monetize themselves

    (1:07:57) - The labor market

    (1:14:07) - What keeps you up at night when thinking about the next 5 years?

    (1:19:05) - What do you want people to know about you?

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #27 A Band of Brothers: Philip Moore, Roy, Rick and Ryan Seiders

    #27 A Band of Brothers: Philip Moore, Roy, Rick and Ryan Seiders

    We've got one of the most special episodes ever recorded on this podcast. I am joined by my brother Philip and 3 of my lifelong friends, Roy, Rick and Ryan Seiders. We reflect back on our childhood growing up in Dripping Springs, our parental influences and trace our family lineages in Texas back to the early 1800's. We also talk about where the boys are today: We break down Philip's career in renewables, Rick's career at AG&M and Roy and Ryan's journey of founding Yeti Coolers. Enjoy the Climb!

    Follow The Climb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climb-podcast/
    Check out Ørsted Energy: https://us.orsted.com/
    Check out Yet: https://www.yeti.com/
    (1:38) - Introductions

    (3:22) - The Seiders and Moore’s first meeting

    (4:56) - The Seiders & Moore Family history in Texas during the 1800’s

    (12:42) - Life growing up in Dripping Springs, TX

    (22:05) - Parental influences

    (35:00) - Philips’s career in Renewables

    (38:35) - Commentary on the 20201 Texas Ice Storm

    (42:24) - What do renewables look like over the next 2 decades?

    (44:34) - Rick’s career at AG&M and his future career plans

    (52:53) - Roy and Ryan on founding Yeti

    (1:10:01) - What do you want people to know about you?

    The Climb is produced by Johnny Peterson & Straight Up Podcasts

    • 1 hr 21 min
    #26 Michael Knight: President, Exponential Technology Group and SVP Corporate Business Development at TTI, Inc.

    #26 Michael Knight: President, Exponential Technology Group and SVP Corporate Business Development at TTI, Inc.

    Michael’s work life has been spent in the electronics industry where he has worked for three component manufacturers (two start-ups and one publicly traded) ranging in size from national to global, one rep firm, and one software company.

    On this episode we discuss Michael’s unique upbringing that led him to riding a motorcycle cross-country to begin his career in Silicon Valley. Michael is described as a visionary and he delves into his technology predictions for the next decade, the Ying & Yang of technology, where the United States will stand on the world stage going forward and much more. Enjoy The Climb!

    The Climb on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/the-climb-podcast/
    Bob Wierema: www.linkedin.com/in/robert-wierema/
    Michael Moore: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpmoore/

    Michael Knight on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelknight850/

    (1:38) - Michael’s childhood and early influences

    (7:38) - The impact of divorce on a child and how it’s played into Michael’s marriage in adulthood

    (12:29) - Michael’s experience going into college and moving to Silicon Valley

    (17:38) - “The Renaissance Man”

    (30:22) - TTI :The Best Little Warehouse in Texas

    (33:25) - What set Michael apart at TTI

    (37:55) - The Visionary: Michael’s prediction for the next decade

    (56:43) - Where is TTI headed in their role of the technology of tomorrow?

    (1:05:00) - How will current supply chain issues affect component cost goals for TTI?

    (1:09:20) - Michael’s thoughts on the United States role going forward

    (1:12:05) - What do you want people to know about you?

    The Climb is produced by Johnny Peterson & Straight Up Podcasts

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #25 Jim & Ashley Walsh: Mezcal, Chocolate & Psilocybin

    #25 Jim & Ashley Walsh: Mezcal, Chocolate & Psilocybin

    Jim & Ashley Walsh are the Father-Daughter duo behind Kimo Sabe Mezcal. Jim is also the founder of Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate, and Ashley is the founder of Inner State, a Psilocybin-based wellness company. On this episode, we discuss Jim's entrepreneurial parenting style, their move to Hawaii for a "1950's-style" family experience, starting the first chocolate company on the islands and eventually into the success of Kimo Sabe Mezcal and Ashley's journey of founding her own company. Enjoy the Climb!

    The Climb on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/the-climb-podcast/
    Bob Wierema: www.linkedin.com/in/robert-wierema/
    Michael Moore: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpmoore/

    Kimo Sabe: https://kimosabemezcal.com/

    www.Instagram.com/kimosabemezcal

    (1:46) - Spirituality, Purpose, Drive, Determination & Family

    (11:56) - Jim & Ashley on parenting

    (15:56) - “Gen-z” will learn more from technology than from their parents

    (22:52) - The Foundations of Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate

    (31:38) - How the business exploded in growth

    (36:35) - Bridging Chocolate and Mezcal

    (38:39) - Why is Tequila more well-known than Mezcal?

    (42:09) - The Father-Daughter and Co-Founder Dynamic

    (49:10) - Ashley’s resolve and self-assurance

    (53:05) - Why Ashley left the entertainment business

    (1:01:38) - The future for Kimo Sabe & Inner State

    (1:06:36) - What do you say to folks who doubt the benefits of Psilocybin or folks who criticize the moves you’ve made in Mexico?

    (1:13:35) - What do you want the other to know about you?

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

O'Brien McMahon ,

Authenticity

Podcast are best (IMO) when the interviewer(s) is genuinely interested in the guest and the subject matter. This show fits that bill. The host(s) are engaged, curious, and passionate about what they are doing.

redcabinet ,

Captivating

Michael & Robert elicit a genuine vulnerability from all their guests. A must for anyone looking to be transported, even momentarily, into an intimate conversation.

kcarter8451 ,

Interesting and inspiring stories!

Really interesting and informative stories of the adventure different leaders have taken to get where they are today. Michael and Bob have chosen fantastic contacts to interview and ask thought provoking questions to tell the story of their guests.

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