45 episodes

Upreneur is a podcast series that explores diverse entrepreneurial ventures with insider tips about how to spark your vision and begin your future. Each week, Upreneur host Jeremy Straub interviews leading CEOs and entrepreneurs, from South Florida and beyond, offering a unique glimpse into their success. The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners.

Upreneur Uprenuer with Jeremy Straub

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

Upreneur is a podcast series that explores diverse entrepreneurial ventures with insider tips about how to spark your vision and begin your future. Each week, Upreneur host Jeremy Straub interviews leading CEOs and entrepreneurs, from South Florida and beyond, offering a unique glimpse into their success. The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners.

    Water on Demand with Riggs Eckelberry

    Water on Demand with Riggs Eckelberry

    The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Riggs Eckelberry, founder and CEO of OriginClear Inc., to discuss how you shouldn't compete with your natural partners, how Riggs went from being a #2 to CEO, and how finding the right people can turn your dreams into a reality. 

    Riggs Eckelberry, founder and CEO of OriginClear Inc. (OTC Pink: OCLN) and a pioneer in the battle against our global water crisis. The idea for OriginClear, a Florida-based company with manufacturing in Texas, came to light when Eckelberry discovered that the method his company invented for removing algae was also useful for extracting waste from water. The pivot became OriginClear as we know it today, on a mission to help businesses seamlessly take over their own water treatment. He is media-friendly climate and water crisis expert and has recently been featured on NewsMax, Newsy, Newsweek, and Popular Science.



    Website
    https://www.originclear.com/

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    Website:
    https://upreneur.com

    • 44 min
    Creating a Hub that is Community Driven with Marlena & Noah Fishman

    Creating a Hub that is Community Driven with Marlena & Noah Fishman

    The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Noah and Marlena Fishman, founders of Zen Barn Farms, to discuss how they were able to create a community around their businesses, how hiring the wrong people can help in the short run but affect the vision long term,  and how building a business with family can make the entrepreneurial journey easier.

    Zenbarn Farms is a sustainably made, Black-owned, and Vermont-based wellness brand, dedicated to elevating health through full-spectrum CBD products. They're a community-based business and also own Zenbarn, a restaurant/bar + yoga/wellness studio. When hemp was legalized in 2017, Zenbarn made the transition from veggies to farming hemp and went on to pioneer the first CBD-infused food and drink program in Vermont.

    About Marlena Tucker-Fishman: Co-founded Zenbarn Farms and Zenbarn's yoga and wellness studio and runs the day-to-day of the retail store. A proud Black woman (living in a largely white state), mother to two kids, entrepreneur, educator, and activist, Marlena is the driving force behind Zenbarn Farms. 

    About Noah Fishman: Co-founded Zenbarn Farms and Zenbarn restaurant/bar CEO, Co-Owner.  After a career in international development and nonprofit management, Noah co-founded Zenbarn Restaurant and Farms.  A social entrepreneur, Noah's passion is at the confluence of activism and business, building sustainable and ethical business models.  When not working he can be found on the soccer field, hanging out with his two kids and enjoying live music. 
     
    1% of profits go toward social and environmental causes they're passionate about. The Waterbury Anti-Racism Coalition is a grassroots organization, working to combat racism and promote equality in their hometown. Zenbarn Farms owners, Noah, and Marlena Fishman are currently working with the organization in a leadership capacity, to enact real change in Waterbury.  

    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/zenbarnfarms

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/zenbarnfarms/

    Website
    https://zenbarnfarms.com/

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    • 39 min
    Thank you for Hearing Me with Kieran Bowers

    Thank you for Hearing Me with Kieran Bowers

    The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Kieran Bowers, President of Swire Properties Inc, to discuss how working with different cultures allowed him to be self-aware of the bias he may have, how adapting your manager style based on your employee's culture allows you to get the best out of your teams, and When joining a new department, he spends his time with the people to get a better understanding on what needs to happen going forward. It's not about making your mark, but creating sustainable plans.

    Kieran Bowers is President of Swire Properties Inc, a leading South Florida international developer of urban real estate and the U.S. operation of Hong-Kong based Swire Pacific Ltd. 

    In the U.S., Mr. Bowers oversees Swire’s most ambitious project to date, Brickell City Centre, the 4.9-million-square-foot mixed-use project that completed its first phase of construction in 2016.

    Bowers has worked in nine countries in 18 years for Swire, including Hong Kong, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

    Outside of business endeavors, Bowers also serves as the Vice Chairperson for Friends of The Underline, a 501C3 non-profit organization that is transforming the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression; and actively participates as a Board Member at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. He attends the advisory board for the ULI SE Florida & Caribbean; the University of Miami Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism Program. 

     Mr. Bowers graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford University with an honors degree in Oriental Studies with a concentration in Japanese.  A Chartered Surveyor, he is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and holds a master’s degree in surveying from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.  

    Linkedin
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kieran-bowers-b60544153

    Website
    https://www.swireproperties.com/en/


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    • 39 min
    Don't Discount Yourself with Kate Westad

    Don't Discount Yourself with Kate Westad

    The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Kate Westad, Founder of Palette by Pak, to discuss how she was able to remove "fillers" in her life to achieve her goals, how the skills you learn from your W2 job are transferable, and how your perspectives and experinces can create solutions! 

    Kate Westad is the founder of Palette by Pak and the inventor of a new to market product called Palette®️ The Original High Fiver. This litigation attorney and mom of four had been dreaming up inventions for years when she became obsessed with the idea of The Original High Fiver, the world’s first beauty reusable for all your goops, glops, and glam!

    As a solo female-founded company, Palette by Pak has come out of the gate as an innovative startup, creating modern sustainable solutions for beauty and personal care. The company’s first invention and hero product, The Original High Fiver, allows you to take your favorite skin care, beauty, and personal care products from full-size to on-the-go size in seconds — all while skipping the tiny plastics. Washable, reusable, and refillable, the High Fiver is the smart beauty and personal care tool you have been searching for your whole life! Plus, it is a product you’ll love and one that loves our world right back.

    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/palettebypak

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/palettebypak/

    Website
    https://www.palettebypak.com


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    • 32 min
    Inspect what we can Expect with Mike Colavita

    Inspect what we can Expect with Mike Colavita

    The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Mike Colavita, Chief Glass Enthusiast & Co-Founder of Fat Buddha Glass, to discuss how he and his partner were able to turn their passion project, that started in their garage,  into a business, how sacrifices in the short term let to long term reward in the future and how sometimes doing the opposite of what your mentor recommends can benefit you!

    Mike is the Chief Glass Enthusiast & Co-Founder of Fat Buddha Glass. Driven not only by the need to be successful as an entrepreneur, but to also be happy along the way, Mike takes great pride in providing the best possible experience for both customers, team members, family and himself.  Four years ago, he and his best friend of 35 years were working out of their basement in Gaithersburg, MD. Today, they are part of the Inc. 5000, a prestigious list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States.

    Being a successful entrepreneur and a cannabis advocate he is passionate about ending the stigma that cannabis users are labeled with. He loves talking about business, cars, sports, family, and anything that brings a smile to someone's face.

    Well known for the unique, memorable glass pipes and bongs that touch every facet of pop culture, retailer Fat Buddha Glass achieved 1,036% 3-Year growth in their short four-year existence.  


    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/fatbuddhaglass/

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/fatbuddhaglass/?hl=en

    Website
    https://fatbuddhaglass.com/

    Pinterest
    https://www.pinterest.com/fatbuddhaglass/_created/

    Youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/Fatbuddhaglass

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    • 33 min
    Together not Against With Luis Gazitua

    Together not Against With Luis Gazitua

    The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Luis Gazitua, CEO of JAG insurance, about how to be successful with your friends, the difference between building and chasing a business, and how your goal as a leader long term is to find someone to replace you!

    Luis Gazitua developed an incredible work ethic thanks to his family building one of South Florida’s most recognizable restaurant chains. That work ethic coupled with his ability to simplify even the most complex insurance jargon are what makes him invaluable to his clients. Since forming JAG alongside Douglas Jones and Fernando Alvarez in 2013, he has been determined to redefine the insurance experience. That innovation continues today as he leverages social media to create new business relationships and is now leading the charge in the integration of cryptocurrency within insurance. 
    Learning a stellar work ethic from my family as they build an iconic restaurant chain throughout South Florida, I understand what it takes to build something from the ground up. That type of empathy is what drives my desire to help business owners expand their businesses by guiding them through their risk management needs. At JAG, I've been able to create a company that gives personable service while having the resources of a larger firm. We are well equipped to help any business protect its hard-earned assets.

    My other passion is showcasing the potential of the insurance industry to younger generations. I think the industry has done a poor job of showing the possibilities of careers insurance can offer. It's my goal to rectify this and get new blood into the industry and JAG be a hub of new talent. Mentorship is the best gift you can give to an industry or a community. That's what JAG wants to offer to all newcomers in our industry.


    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/JagInsuranceGroup/

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/jaginsurance/

    Linkedin
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/jaginsurance/

    Website
    www.jaginsgroup.com

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

kelley4biz ,

Great for Business Owners

As a business owner its difficult to find an outlet to learn and relate to other owners. Jeremy Straub and his team do a great job of bringing in a variety of companies with different stories and experiences. I highly recommend this podcast!

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Love this podcast

extremely professional love listening to this podcast and learning !

jgalapo ,

Great podcast!

I really enjoy this podcast. Very entertaining. Jeremy is a great host and asks great questions. He has some really awesome guests too.

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