The Summit uncovers the true drive and motivation that makes people successful.
We talk with amazing individuals to break down how they define success for themselves, how they chose their goals, and their decision-making processes as they climb their mountains.
S2E7: The Gift of Desperation | Brandon Clauser (Account Executive at Salesforce)
Brandon Clauser is a young, ultra-high-performing Sales Account Executive at Salesforce, the $200 billion global software giant.
He is extremely hard-working, determined, and has achieved an extraordinary level of success before age 30 — all without a college degree.
He credits his success to his intense work ethic, perseverance, doing the right thing, and finding ways to understand and help people as some catalysts for his success.
Early in his career, he found deep internal motivation from “the gift of desperation” — wanting to create a better life for himself and doing whatever it would take to achieve success.
He began his sales career doing cold calls to sell walk-in bathtubs. After achieving success in sales, he followed his intuition and pursued opportunities in software sales and quickly found his “path” to help technology companies grow.
As an individual contributor at various companies during his career, his personal performance had been greater than the sum total of the majority of people in the sales department.
Brandon has risen quickly to the top of the sales leaderboard within every organization he’s been a part of while supporting his team and gaining the trust and confidence of his customers.
At Salesforce, he is a leading Account Executive focusing on the healthcare industry. He works with senior- and C-level executives to deliver solutions that help his clients better serve their end-customers.
Brandon is positive, energetic, grounded, and has an inspiring story — a story for anyone seeking to improve their life with a vision, goals, and hard work.
He is an example of what is possible.
S2E6: Back to Basics | Ryan Davis (Co-Founder, BacklotCars)
Ryan Davis is a highly successful young entrepreneur and a Co-Founder of BacklotCars which sold for $425 million in late 2020.
Before his remarkable entrepreneurial journey, he began his career on Wall Street as an investment analyst moving from boutique investment banks to the bulge bracket investment bank, Credit Suisse.
On Wall Street, he developed valuable quantitative analysis skills, the ability to synthesize complex concepts and communicate them in a concise and compelling manner, and an ultra-strong work ethic forged by routinely working 80+ hour weeks for years.
He credits his success to his basic (and effective) principles: controlling what you can control, working extremely hard, sticking with what you know, and combining data with ideas to solve meaningful challenges.
Ryan started BacklotCars with his brother to solve a major challenge in the automotive industry – making it easier for dealers to buy cars wholesale.
Over a five-year period, he grew BacklotCars from a 4-person team to an industry leader through effective go-to-market strategies, knowing the customer, doing more with less, and applying hard work and a heads-down approach to disrupting an old-school industry.
Join us for this exciting episode with Ryan, Andrew, and Jeremy.
S2E5: Digging into the Dirt World | Aaron Witt (Chief Dirt Nerd, BuildWitt Media Group)
Aaron Witt loves dirt!
He’s a remarkable young entrepreneur elevating the multi-billion-dollar world of dirt.
The world of dirt is an industry most people take for granted that literally makes civilization possible – it’s anything related to moving dirt for construction, reshaping our landscape, mining, and more.
Aaron is modernizing the way the dirt-moving industry communicates outside the industry, recruits new talent to amazing opportunities, and building and creating content to highlight the sophisticated tools and technologies in the industry, making it a more attractive potential career for future generations.
On his sixth birthday, Aaron spent the day at the local Caterpillar dealership and he hasn’t lost his passion for tractors and dirt.
He transformed his original desire to start a construction company into his current vision for changing the dirt industry as the Founder and CEO of BuildWitt Media Group.
BuildWitt Media Group partners with forward-thinking construction, mining, equipment, and demolition companies to solve problems ranging from marketing, recruiting, to business development.
In this episode, we explore Aaron’s passion and mission of “making the dirt world a better place.”
S2E4: Successes in Outcomes vs. Experiences | Ryan Loh (VP Legal, Bolt)
Ryan Loh is a leader in the Silicon Valley startup legal community. He’s been the head of legal at leading billion-dollar startup unicorns including Houzz and Bolt.
His journey from the law school to the board room has been extraordinary. You’ll be taken on the journey to hear how he turned an interview-gone-bad in law school into a remarkable opportunity that paved the way for him to join Silicon Valley’s top ranks.
Today, Ryan’s the VP of Legal at Bolt where he’s responsible for all things legal and compliance for the eCommerce innovator. He also manages the people operations, talent, and communications teams to ensure Bolt is attracting and retaining the best people.
Professionally, Ryan’s most important goal has been to take the learnings of his career and the insights that he’s discovered or has been taught, and to organize them into something useful for himself and for others.
Besides having incredible professional experiences, Ryan’s background, character, principles, views of the world, and his thoughtfulness can inspire anyone.
In this episode, get a front-row seat into Ryan’s adventure and experience how he’s navigated adversity to create a truly amazing personal and professional life for himself.
S2E3: Embracing the Epiphany | Brandon Proctor (CMO, MadeiraMadeira)
Brandon Proctor is a friend and global eCommerce executive who’s the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of MadeiraMadeira, one of the largest and leading eCommerce retailers in Brazil (“the Wayfair of Brazil”).
Before having a life-changing epiphany and embarking on a year-long sabbatical to regroup and reconnect with himself and his family, he was living the life of a hard-charging, succeed-at-any-expense executive.
And it showed with his professional performance.
Professionally, he had achieved a list of accomplishments by age 40 many people could only dream of achieving. He helped grow Build.com into the largest online retailer in home improvement in America as their CMO. He was part of a successful turnaround and company sale as the CEO of AutoAnything, a business owned by AutoZone that is the largest retailer of aftermarket automotive parts & accessories in the USA. And much more.
Brandon had risen to some of the highest highs at leading companies through a combination of his sheer will, a deep passion for learning, and an unrelenting work ethic.
That unrelenting work ethic was also the double-edged sword and catalyst for pursuing a sabbatical that changed his life and outlook on success, achievement, family, and more.
His story is impressive and we discuss how he made the pivot, gained an extraordinary opportunity to find deeper perspectives, and how that also helps him be the best version of himself in work and life today.
S2E2: Success is a Packaged Deal | Scott Bedford (President, Peninsula Capital Management)
Scott Bedford is a highly successful hedge fund investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and helicopter snow ski guide. He has achieved extraordinary levels of professional success as a Wall Street investor and now as a helicopter ski company owner and operator where he is pursuing one of his greatest passions—snow skiing.
On this episode of The Summit Podcast, we explore what success means to a person who’s achieved extraordinary levels of success, both professionally and personally. In doing so, we uncover a special moment in Scott’s life in Patagonia that led to a wholesale reevaluation of his professional pursuits to refocus on his passion for snow skiing.
Scott defines success as a package—one that includes a well-rounded balance consisting of health, happiness, family, spirituality, and professional achievement.
Success is not as simple or as one-dimensional as “making a million dollars.”
But having a strong work ethic, passion for what you do, a willingness to do what others won’t, and mentors are foundational to living an extraordinary life.
Join us for this exciting episode with Scott, Andrew, and Jeremy.
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This podcast is a reminder that knowledge is power
Summit Podcast is an awesome podcast and resource for those looking to expand their minds. It’s really a great reminder that knowledge is power. What I love most about this though, is that it’s not someone talking AT you, but someone talking with you. It feels organic and authentic in the way they’re having conversations and talking about things. I love the diversity in guests as well as industries they have on the show. Too often podcasts pigenhole who is on their show, and the guys of Summit Podcast really go the extra mile in the diversity they have on the show. They have definitely fine tuned their podcasts since Season 1, and I appreciate the go-get it attitude of just making it happen. The relatability of the guests and how they interact is awesome. Keep up the great work! I can’t wait to see who else you guys bring on the show.
Andrew and Jeremy have brought on a diverse set of guests with different experiences and reasons for what motivates them to be successful.
Insightful perspectives and conversations with a diverse and unique group of guests. Enjoyed listening to the life experiences and each guests take on “What is success”