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Podcast Conversation with NYC Apparel Entrepreneur Steve Greenberg

In this episode I interview another of my NYC apparel industry friends, Steve Greenberg.  

Steve has had a great career in the fashion industry in NYC and as President of Pointcarre USA, supports some of the largest and best known companies with what I found in my career in fashion to be the best software for design textiles.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY and put himself through college, attending the Parsons School of Design where he earned a BFA in Advertising and Communication Design, along with a certification in Computer Graphics.

He managed Boyswear design for Federated Department stores before getting into the software business, with his first position there managing training and support for Monarch Design Systems, which later became Pointcarre.

He rides a Harley, plays guitar in a band that gigs in NY and the surrounding area, and will be leaving soon for a trip to Sturgis, one of the USAs biggest bike weeks.


Podcast Conversation with Cincinnati Tech Entrepreneur Marc Macaluso

In this episode I interview my friend and frequent collaborator, Marc Macaluso.  

Marc is a strategic minded business executive with experience in B2B at Emerson Electric and Regal Beloit, both multi-national industrial organizations where he honed his knowledge of Customer Experience. 

He is currently the CEO for Union Pointe Development, a consultancy focused on entrepreneurs, and the CMO for the healthcare company NKY Speech and Language Services.  Marc has worn many hats in his impressive career and he continues to push for clarity and excellence in everything he pursues.

He is also the founder of Cincinnati Digital CX Meetup, where he organizes informative monthly events and coaches younger professionals with career advice and strategy.


Podcast: Embrace The Pivot

This episode is the start of a series of solos I will do to build and strengthen the foundation of the interviews, and to give you more to think about.  Here I talk about the Pivot - those times in your life where you have to make a decision that might not have been in your plans.  Those time where everything was going perfectly and then something completely out of your control smacks you upside the head and punches you in the gut right after.

The Pivot can be life changing while being the scariest thing in your life.  But... you have to face it and you have to move in a direction that will open doors and help you establish a new life.


Hope you enjoy it - lots more to come.


Podcast Interview with Solution Architect and Technologist Paul Haskitt

Come listen as I talk to my friend and business colleague Paul Haskitt.  I got to learn what a fascinating conversationalist Paul is on a recent trip we took together for work in the UK.  Over whiskies at the hotel and numerous walks around Cheltenham, we bonded over string theory, fiction, and history.  I've come to rely on him for sage advice in tech matters as we work through our projects, and am happy to be able to call him "friend" now as well.  Enjoy!


Podcast Interview with Media Entrepreneur John LaCause

Joining me for this episode is my good buddy - and adopted big brother - John LaCause.  We go way back to the 80s in NYC when we lived in Spanish Harlem in a building where the custodian ran a stolen cars parts business out of the basement, and friends got stuck in the elevator.  A native Buckeye like myself, he taught school in Cincinnati for a number of years and will be returning once again to The Queen City in a few months for his retirement relocation.  He's the founder of JML Media and is also an AirBNB Super Host.  So come along and hear some words of wisdom from a man who never gives up and will pivot to keep learning and growing.


Podcast Interview with Construction Pro Steve Weiss

And we keep rolling on the podcast interviews with this awesome talk with my friend from my DC days, construction pro Steve Weiss. There's some real talk here gang so tune in and give this one a listen for some deep lessons in life and people.  Steve is an adventurer of the highest degree and shares some incredible stories about long distance motorcycle rides, and hairy storms at sea.  You don't want to miss this episode!


Podcast Interview with Apparel Entrepreneur Hal Davis

Joining me for today’s episode is my long-time friend and former business partner, Hal Davis.  Hal grew up in the clothing industry, quickly making a name for himself as an astute and competent judge of style and longevity.  Cofounder and partner of Trend Direct Global, Hal designs and develops private label brands, and works with some of the largest retailers in the US to design, develop, and manufacture their women’s clothing lines.


Podcast Interview with Tech Entrepreneur Dr Rado Kotorov

Another great podcast interview with Dr. Rado Kotorov. Rado is a tech industry innovator and startup founder and our conversation will make you think about many things in your life.  His current project is a tech startup call Trendalyze - a time series analysis platform that's turning heads and making waves in enterprise corner offices everywhere.  Listen in for some great strategies on business and life!


Podcast Interview with Retail Expert Jeff Sward

Headshot of Jeff Sward

This is the first in my new podcast series interviews.  Jeff was my boss during my last gig in the clothing industry in NYC and has remained a constant friend and mentor.  Please join us and listen to this insightful conversation with a true innovator in the apparel business.


Modern Man. Classic Manners.

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Being a man in the 21st century can be a complicated thing for us older guys.  The young guns are coming up in the world - some becoming billionaires in their 30s - and whether you have money or not, one thing is certain, classic manners will never go out of style, and can set you apart from the herd.

Lions like us, men who have been around, done a lot of things, made mistakes and got better with each lesson learned, have an advantage over younger guys with big degrees but no social skills.  And this isn’t confined to the business world.  We’re being judged and sized-up with every interaction we have, and falling back on what we learned as kids, back in the age where minding your manners was key, is a positive thing.
So what am I referring to?  Holding the door for people.  Saying thank you and being sincere about it.  Treating service staff of any kind with respect.  Asking about people with the intent of really getting to know and understand them.  Showing compassion.
All of these are traits that I believe the modern sage, warrior, and gentleman needs to possess and practice regularly.  They shouldn’t even be things you think about, they should be ingrained in you, in who you are, and in how you behave every day.
Things get rough sometimes, I know, believe me I know.  But we have to rise above that and get stronger all the time.  We have value that a lot of younger people in the world don’t understand.  A lot of companies won’t talk to you because their mandate is generally to get the youngest, cheapest talent they can.  
But you and I can come to the rescue of many younger people, younger men especially, and many companies.  
The world needs a return to manners and compassion.  Us guys over 50 can help usher this back in if we believe we can and if we try.  I’m giving it my best shot every day, in the way I talk to and mentor younger guys.  Sometimes the opportunities fall right in your lap, other times you have to seek them out, and provide the open space for that young buck to trust you and ask you things.  They’re eager to learn – well a lot of them are.
You have to admit that when you were 20, 30, 40 – you didn’t want to listen to anybody.  I’m raising my hand really high right now!  I thought I knew it all.  But… I had some really great mentors and although I was stubborn, some of the lessons I thought I’d never need, are with me now and have opened may possibilities for me, as I’m sure some have for you too.
Go to it my fellow SWG,