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I'm studying troublemakers to see if there are similarities in how they think, what motivates them, and if they all have ants in their pants.

Troublemakers Steve St. Clair

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I'm studying troublemakers to see if there are similarities in how they think, what motivates them, and if they all have ants in their pants.

    Ralf Kaiser Troublemaker at Greenlight Payments

    Ralf Kaiser Troublemaker at Greenlight Payments

    In this podcast, Ralf Kaiser CEO of Integrated Compliance Solutions and their subsidiary Greenlight Payments will provide a different perspective on hemp and cannabis – the business side, especially as regards helping cannabis companies succeed in full compliance with the law.
    Hemp cultivation for fibre was recorded in China as early as 2800 years ago and was practiced in the Mediterranean countries of Europe early in the Christian era, spreading throughout the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages.
     The first “businesses” cultivating hemp were in China as early as 2800 years ago. The fibers from the plant were worked into clothing, baskets, rope, paper, and a medicine. The seeds were a food source. 
     Cannabis was criminalized in various countries beginning in the 19th century. The U.S. first restricted the sale of cannabis in 1906 in Washington DC. In 1970, federal law has classified cannabis as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. 
     "To date, a total of 47 states have reformed their cannabis laws, with 36 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam now permitting legal access to cannabis for medical purposes; and 15 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands having adopted laws legalizing cannabis for adult use. Legal cannabis (marijuana) sales are projected to reach $23 billion by 2022."   Source

    • 32 min
    Greg Kerber Troublemaker at Gnome Serum

    Greg Kerber Troublemaker at Gnome Serum

    Greg Kerber has been a troublemaker pretty much since birth. He started off in the world of finance, solving complex problems. Then, when the Internet started, he was one of the early innovators, building the first block chain on a peer-to-peer network. After that, he helped his family launch a company called Rad Soap, selling all kinds of natural body care products. His ex-wife and two sons run the company. The sons got Greg's DNA for aggressive marketing. 

    The latest highly disruptive adventure is Greg's Gnome Serum – full spectrum hemp extract.
    Like many companies, their website differentiates the company by talking about the products. Check out my blog post about Gnome Serum and you'll see what I think the real differentiators are. 

    In the podcast, Greg explains the shakeups happening in the hemp industry. Barriers to entry are low, so naturally the market if flooded with products. But Greg is busy differentiating his company and positioning to win. 

    • 34 min
    Phil Newmoyer Troublemaker at PROVOSO

    Phil Newmoyer Troublemaker at PROVOSO

    Software companies have had an easy ride for decades. They come up with good solutions. The companies who subscribe get almost all of the expected benefits. But the Internet turns just about everything into a commodity, and after that it's just a matter of who lowers their prices  faster. 

    Phil Newmoyer, CEO of PROVOSO, has a refreshingly different approach. The best way I can sum it up is his very strong EQ. For those companies who haven't heard of EQ, it's Emotional Quotiant.

    As you look through the PROVOSO website, you’ll agree they've developed an impressive solution. Most tech companies would stop there. What makes Phil and PROVOSO different is their focus on more than the tech side.

    I advise my listeners to start at PROVOSO.com first and get a sense of how even software companies can differentiate themselves by adopting a more service-oriented approach.

    • 35 min
    Scott Ewing Troublemaker at Appalachian Investors Alliance

    Scott Ewing Troublemaker at Appalachian Investors Alliance

    This paragraph from Appalachian Investors Alliance (AIA) perfectly clarifies how they are bringing hope to the determined ingenious, and gritty entrepreneurs in small towns all over this part of the country.

    "The Appalachian region is known for tough, blue collar people who for generations have beaten the odds to overcome unforgiving landscapes and harsh conditions using grit, determination, and ingenuity. As it looks to re-invent for the next chapter of the region, Appalachia is collectively harnessing the power of the entrepreneurial mindset to re-imagine the future while paying homage to its rich history."

    My guest, Scott Ewing, Co-Founder and Principal Business Analyst at Appalachian Investors Alliance, talks through the opportunities and challenges of operating this unique angel investing group. 

    The AIA has applied serious best practices and deep business acumen to the process to give Appalachian innovators an edge up. 

    As you will hear, this one is near and dear to my heart.

    • 34 min
    Gwen and Tommy Mitchell Troublemakers at LogHeads Home Center

    Gwen and Tommy Mitchell Troublemakers at LogHeads Home Center

    In this episode you'll meet Tommy and Gwen Mitchell, Founders of LogHeads Home Center and stars on the DIY and GAC networks' show LogHeads for two years. The show had top 3 viewership on these networks, and if you get to know Tommy and Gwen you'll understand why. They're honest, trusting, hard-working, and brilliant at their careers.

    I think the theme to this episode is perseverance. The team was at the top of their game, with EBITDA in the 7 figures. The TV show was a great marketing vehicle. And then their main wood shop, a huge building, burned down. That didn't stop Tommy and Gwen. 

    They began building back and are now on course with renewed energy, new furniture designs coming out, several huge building opportunities on the horizon, and an aggressive marketing approach that's brand new.

    • 22 min
    John Ricci Troublemaker at Danavation

    John Ricci Troublemaker at Danavation

    There are certain sectors who are often late to embrace technologies that could make their lives easier and their bank accounts more bloated. Retail is one of them. There are several areas in retail that have needed re-thinking as far back as 40 years. My guest for this podcast has tackled one of the most critical ones.

    John Ricci of Danavation is re-inventing signage on shelves and throughout stores using the IoT. 

    Danavation Technologies Corp.™ is a leading provider of micro e-paper messaging in North America.  Their Digital Smart Labels™ give companies the ability to automate labeling, pricing, product information, and promotions in seconds – and that's just the retail sector. 

    Danavation is moving into many other companies as John explains on the podcast. The industries they can streamline with this technology are wide ranging.

    John's 25+ years of experience in retail gives him a high-level view of the industry; and it  gave me a lot of great quotes. Here's my favorite: 

    “What defines you as a company is not what you brag about. It’s what happens when something goes wrong. Are you able to fix it? Are you willing to fix it? And are you there to support your customer?”

    • 27 min

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