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Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do's and don'ts of starting and running a successful business.

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Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do's and don'ts of starting and running a successful business.

    The Best Way to Recruit New Employees

    The Best Way to Recruit New Employees

    Bill Falconer / Founder & Chief Executive of Live Oak Caregivers
    Bill Falconer is the Founder and Chief Executive of Live Oak Caregivers. He has over 30 years of business consulting and professional services experience, specializing in business strategy, customer relationship management and training teams of service providers.

    Live Oak Caregivers is dedicated to providing professional in-home care giving services that promote wellness, dignity, safety and quality of life while supporting the vital activities of daily living. We strive to deliver the level of care and compassion that we would insist on for our own family members.

    - Licensed in Georgia and Tennessee with offices in Atlanta and Chattanooga
    - Successfully completed over ONE MILLION hours of caregiving
    - 160+ of our active caregivers have logged more then 1,000 hours of care for us
    - 50 of our caregivers have completed 5,000 hours of caregiving

    Live Oak Caregivers is NOT a franchise. We are a privately held organization focused on serving families. Having delivered over half a million hours of elderly care to many different clients with varying health and cognitive challenges, we have the experience to care for your loved ones.

    As an effort to ensure the safety of our clients, we conduct comprehensive background checks on each of our 300+ caregivers. Our background screening includes criminal record history, motor vehicle history, employment references, education history, TB testing and sex offender registries.  Through a comprehensive hiring and training program, we ensure that each of our 300+ caregivers are highly qualified, and demonstrate patience, respect and encouragement with every client. Our mission is to provide the very best service in the home care industry, and help our clients enjoy as much independence as possible while remaining in their own homes.

    Prior to Live Oak Caregivers, Bill served as President of Summit Industries, a consumer and health care products manufacturing company and was the Co-Founder of Midtown Consulting Group, a strategic business management consultancy. He also serviced as Vice President at The North Highland Company, where he led their CRM and Business Intelligence practices in Atlanta and was a Sr. Manager in Accenture’s Strategic Services practice.  Prior to attending business school, he served as a Sr. Engineer for Exxon.

    Bill grew up in Athens, Georgia, received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University. Bill and his wife, Sharon, have four children.

     

    https://youtu.be/LuZrlJnfKHM

     

    Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
    (Host)

    Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
    (Host)

    Bill Falconer / Live Oak Caregivers
    (Guest)

     

    • 49 min
    How to Operate A Successful Restaurant

    How to Operate A Successful Restaurant

    Austin Rocconi / Food & Beverage Director of Boone's Restaurant
    Austin Rocconi familiarized himself with cooking at a young age, growing up in Mississippi in a large Italian family focused on food and the joy of preparing it. While attending Delta State University in pursuit of a degree in business management, Rocconi took a job washing dishes at a local restaurant and immediately became enamored with the fast-paced atmosphere of the kitchen. After attending culinary school in Pasadena, California, and working in LA at several locations, including The Jonathan Club, he found his way back to the South, landing in Atlanta. Feeling more aligned with his Southern upbringing, Rocconi worked his way up within several renowned Atlanta restaurants, including Kyma and Canoe. He took his first executive chef role at Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce Winery in 2011. In 2015, Rocconi extended his fine dining experience by taking a sous chef position at Michelin-starred La Toque in Napa, California, where he also studied as a sommelier. With his Southern and West Coast experience, Rocconi brought his culinary style to Austin, Texas, in July 2018 when he joined Hotel Ella as executive chef. After more than a year in Texas, he and his wife decided to move back to Atlanta where he joined Bobby Jones Golf Course to help bring the Boone’s vision to life.

     

    https://youtu.be/OfdGbGxjBjc

     

    Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
    (Host)

    Stone Stafford / Icon Studios
    (Host)

    Austin Rocconi / Boone's Restaurant
    (Guest)

     

    • 52 min
    Why Peer Mentorship Groups Are Worth Your Time

    Why Peer Mentorship Groups Are Worth Your Time

    Aviva Wolmer / CEO of Empower Leadership LLC, Vistage Chair of Vistage Worldwide Inc.
    My purpose is to enhance the lives of others. I want to inspire others to become the leaders they can be through helping them to envision their goals and dreams both personal and professional and empowering them with the clarity and accountability they need to achieve them.

    As a Vistage Chair, I facilitate group meetings of high-caliber CEOs, senior executives and business owners who help each other grow their companies. Members are fully present, engaged and ready to become better leaders. I challenge each one to continuously exit their comfort zone and strive to improve. I also host a podcast, "Beyond the Comfort Zone."

    Prior to being a Chair, I was CEO of Pacesetter, where my unique focus on technology, developing talent, and strong family culture made me a pioneer in the steel industry. I challenged preconceptions of the industry, benefiting not only Pacesetter but also the entire market.

    My culture-based people-focused approach drove results. I invested in my team through coaching and professional development, providing the tools to generate ideas, drive strategy and execute. I have relentless enthusiasm for continued learning and self-development, bringing new ideas to drive innovation and growth in a positive and engaging culture that encourages giving to one another and the community.

    When I became CEO, I immediately joined a Vistage group to get the support and guidance of people in similar positions. For 6 years, I relied on the wisdom of the group to help me process complex issues and make tough decisions on topics such as talent, M&A, and change management.

    Now as a Vistage Chair, I get to create an environment that brings diverse perspectives and experiences to CEOs who have a desire to grow and scale their businesses or achieve their visions faster. A mastermind of other CEOs who can come together regularly to share ideas and experiences and help one another avoid wrong turns and accelerate towards their goals. I also host a Podcast and video series: "Beyond the Comfort Zone" geared towards business leaders looking to expand their comfort zones and grow.

    Making a difference in the community is just as important as making a profit. I have had a longstanding commitment to giving back, including my participation with the Pacesetter Team in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for 5 years, as well as the It’s a Journey walks. I served on the Rabbi Search Committee for my Synagogue and co-chaired the Rabbi Transition Committee focusing on a smooth transition of leadership during a time of transformation. Now I lead the communications committee for the Synagogue.

    When not in the office, I can be found with my husband Michael, son Ari, and dog Violet, spending time with friends and family, or enjoying the outdoors.

     

    https://youtu.be/Okel-Sg0-sw

     

    Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
    (Host)

    Greg Abel / Tailfin
    (Host)

    Aviva Wolmer / Empower Leadership LLC, Vistage Worldwide Inc.
    (Guest)

     

    • 48 min
    How The Village Market Empowers Black Entrepreneurs

    How The Village Market Empowers Black Entrepreneurs

    Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon / Founder of the Village Market
    Recognized as one of the most brilliant minds in education and business, Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon has transformed the lives of thousands of Black entrepreneurs across the world. Her love of community, paired with her mantra, “Support Is A Verb,” inspires and educates African-Americans to create generational health and wealth. As an award-winning expert in education, business development, plant-based living, she leaves an indelible mark on any business who walks through her door. Dr. Key has developed an economical vehicle that empowers the Black community through cooperative economics. Her ‘key’ to success is her village.

    Affectionately known as “Dr. Key,” she moves businesses from sales to success, and inspires them to become doers, supporters and leaders of change. The mission-forward visionary advocates and empowers artisans, creators, and burgeoning Black businesses who want to thrive. After founding the Village Market ATL in 2016, she has reached and served 1440 businesses and facilitated 5.3 million dollars of direct sales to Black-owned businesses. Now with several verticals under the Village Market moniker, Dr. Key has recently expanded her village to include her storefront The Village at Ponce City Market, a curated collection of premier Black businesses. She has cultivated a team of her own, employing 100% Black people, over 90% of them women. From Atlanta all the way to the Bahamas, the Mississippi-bred thought leader helps businesses with big ideas turn them into even bigger profit. Her goal is to build a Black mecca, where Black businesses can build and grow anywhere, and with several market storefronts on the way, she’s just getting started.

    Dr. Key’s expertise in education spans 15 years, where she has served as a critical voice and advocate for creating empowering learning and work environments for students and employees and is deeply passionate about work efficacy and social-emotional learning.

    Dr. Key has been featured in Forbes, Essence, Black Enterprise, CNN/ HLN, the Today Show, NOW THIS, the Source, Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Atlanta Voice, Madame Noire, Side Hustle Pro, Therapy for Black Girls, Black on Air.

    A sought-after speaker, served as the keynote speaker for the Fall graduating class at Clark Atlanta University and the Boys and Girls Club of NW Mississippi and graced the stages of the Steve Harvey Foundation, Hope Global Forum, Beyond School Hours National Conference, Students At-Risk Conference, National Summer Institute Conference, GA Federal Programs Conference, the Power Rising Conference, EnricHER Conference, Atlanta University Center’s Financial Literacy and Innovation Conference, and the HBCU Entrepreneurship Financial Literacy Expo.

    Walker's Legacy has honored Dr. Hallmon. In 2017, she was inducted into the 40 under 40 Society at her undergraduate alma mater, Tougaloo College and in 2020 40 under 40 for Atlanta Business Chronicle, and recognized as most notable Georgians by GeorgianTrends.

     

    https://youtu.be/2hi5YVRHRmE

     

    Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
    (Host)

    Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
    (Host)

    Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon / The Village Market
    (Guest)

     

    • 54 min
    How to Become Your Healthiest Self

    How to Become Your Healthiest Self

    Ladell Hill / Founder of Chuice, Founder of Taste of Earth, Molecular Health Specialist, National Speaker, & Lifestyle Coach
    Ladell Hill is a national speaker, lifestyle coach, and trainer in the field of health, wellness, and nutrition. His passion for health and wellness over the last 50 years, achieved through a unique knowledge of ancient, bio-available herbal remedies coupled with modern science and nutrition, is sought after by elite athletes, A-list celebrities, and global executives. Ladell has been a guest on CNN, The Steve Harvey TV and Radio Show, Fox News, as well as many other national and local tv and radio stations. He is also the founder of Chuice, a juice company and Taste of Earth, an herbal supplement company.

    As a Molecular Health Specialist, fitness trainer, herbalist, and wellness expert, Ladell empowers his clients to achieve optimal health. He is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and a Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner.

     

    https://youtu.be/dui5rrt9xYk

     

    Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
    (Host)

    Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
    (Host)

    Ladell Hill / Chuice, Taste of Earth, Molecular Health Specialist
    (Guest)

     

    • 45 min
    The Importance of Music Publishing

    The Importance of Music Publishing

    Danny Zook / CEO & Founder of Alien Music, Manager for the Supergroup The Migos
    Manager for the supergroup The Migos. Migos have shot to international fame and traveled all over the world taking their music from Atlanta to Europe, Dubai, Australia and all points in between. From touring to branding deals, song writing and acting, the Migos do it all and Danny Zook has managed all aspects of their careers.

    Danny Zook, CEO/FOUNDER started Alien Music two decades ago as an indie label for bands he played in and produced.  Danny Zook ran publishing and production companies for two of the most influential artists and producers of current popular music; Dallas Austin and CeeLo Green.  Alien Music handles music licensing and clearance for wide variety of todays top artists, including Diplo, Wale, Skrillex, Nico & Vinz, Jason Derulo and Big Sean. Alien Music also manages artists Le Castle Vania, who scored several tracks for the Keanu Reeves cult hit “John Wick”, and Trinidad Jame$, who followed up his hit “All Gold Everything” with a co-write on international hit “Uptown Funk”.

     

    https://youtu.be/VIOLSq1bCTg

     

    Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
    (Host)

    Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
    (Host)

    Danny Zook / Alien Music, The Migos
    (Guest)

     

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Lindsey_LLScene ,

Love The Shrimp Tank!

Five Star review all around! I loved being a part of Episode 103! As a young entrepreneur, it’s so important to have resources like The Shrimp Tank to give us opportunities to talk about our business and connect with fellow business owners. I will tune in every single week now! Thank you!

rbpowell831 ,

Best business Pod Cast

Long time listener, first time reviewer!

Tremendous content for today’s entrepreneur juggling the many different facets of business. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the shrimp tank for those looking to gain from others perspectives.

travelernatl ,

Total Blast

I was lucky enough to be the interviewee for episode 186! Had a great time.

Everyone who listens to my interview said how good it turned out. It wasn’t me! The guys led me down the path to FUN.

Now I am hooked on listening to other interviews and looking forward to the new Cities being added.