Best Practices

Best Practices

Expert conversations on all the best ways to own & operate large-scale industrial facilities, commercial properties, office buildings, entertainment venues, and businesses in general.


July 19, 2023 40 mins

I am happy to be joined by the engineering mentor, Sol Rosenbaum.  Sol brings home the bacon via his commercial real estate engineering firm. We get that towards the end of the episode, but the bulk of what we'll talk about is his passion project, mentoring young engineers.

Entry level roles for up and coming professionals has come up repeatedly on this show and in this episode, we'll look at this idea from the o...

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Diana Meneses is the Marketing Director at Donnelly Energy.  She joins our host, Jared Wall, on the show to shares insights into her area of expertise - brand development & marketing.  It's a fun chat between these two long-time energy efficiency industry insiders.  Follow Diana as well as Donnelly Energy at the links below:

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A great conversation with Adam Weltz, President and CEO of Criterion Labs.  This is a fascinating story about the founding of a business, that business's passing from father to son, and the entrepreneurial realities & challenges that often go underappreciated.

Our host, Jared Wall, learns a great deal about what goes into managing the ubiquitous presence of health & safety hazards such as asbestos & lead t...

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Paul Chamberlain is a serial entrepreneur with a fascinating story.  As founder, president & CEO of Linmore LED Labs, he shares the interesting path that led to his current role leading one of the premier LED manufacturing companies in the world.  We delve into the engineering & design components that fuel Linmore’s “lowest cost-of-operation” luminaires, their experience acquiring another lighting company, relocating manufa...

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Scott Fischbuch is an expert in identifying & understanding personality types, and provides consulting services to businesses and individuals to help them overcome personality-based conflicts.  Because this is a topic that I didn’t know much about, I ended up just asking a whole bunch of questions and the conversation went in a bunch of very interesting directions - which is exactly how I like it!

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We're diving into the world of High-Volume Low-Speed industrial fans with Bill Carlson, founder of Go Fan Yourself.

This is the fascinating story of a renegade entrepreneur - how he chose the name of his company as an "eff you" to his previous business partner, how he hired a (barely) high school graduate to design his fan blades, how those fan blades became the gold-standard & first-in-class in terms of...

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It's always a fun conversation with Chris Polk!  As the show's first two-time guest, Chris returns to expand on his first appearance in which he shared all about how to maximize your profits in the trucking industry.

In this episode, Jared and Chris dive deeper into the tax and regulatory side of trucking, some things you may not know, and then have some fun talking about what they would do to make the roads in t...

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Driving along the road watching the power lines go by, we all probably too often take for granted the amazing electrical grid that makes our modern lives possible.  Without the instant access and 24/7 reliability that it provides, our lives would be drastically different.

Philip Wall is a former lineman and has a unique understanding of and first-hand experience with maintaining the grid's infrastructure as well as wh...

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Charles Cayce is the Regional Vice President for Property Management at InvenTrust Properties - a premier retail property management firm.  He shares his many years of experience & expertise, details the complicated nature of managing retail property, and demonstrates how the landlord/tenant relationship can one of the most beautiful examples of human and societal cooperation.
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There is WAY more to think about vis-a-vis roofing than you would ever think, and Jason Widener comes on the show to prove that.  In an immensely interesting and wide-ranging conversation, host Jared Wall gets Jason to share his many years of expertise, detail the wide variety of roof types & materials, explain how to think about white/reflective roofs, and offer his advice to those thinking about solar panels.

Jason i...

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Raj Setty, President & owner of Setty & Associates joined Jared on the podcast.  His company does all of the necessary design and engineering associated with large-scale, complex, and ultimately very impressive projects.  Their work is not always recognized despite the high-profile nature of many of their products (they're the Rodney Dangerfield of engineering firms), but in spite of that their work remains top-quality...

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Chimere Harbor has spent all of his career in the world of energy efficiency, and is now in a role seemingly tailor-made for him.  As Channel Sales Manager at Centrica Business Solutions, Chimere has become an expert on the technology behind real-time energy monitoring technology & the benefits that such data can bring to owners & managers of industrial or commercial buildings.  He joins Jared on this episode to share that ...

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Jared is in the sentimental spirit on this episode as he interviews his cousin, Patrick Horan.  Patrick is a serial entrepreneur going back to when he was charging neighborhood kids for rides to & from school.  Today, he is the owner of (as of this recording) two automotive repair shops - Precision Imports in Manchester, NH and AutoWorks in Kittery, ME.

Patrick and Jared start out talking about the challenges as well a...

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Jared flies solo for the first time on this episode as he reflects on a recent trip he took to the lovely Cincinnati, Ohio to visit the impressive manufacturing campus of LSI Industries. 

While on site, he got to tour their manufacturing facilities, learn about new products, walk through the testing & engineering laboratory, and gain some insight into how other lighting industry professionals think about LED luminaire...

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Bob Luddy began his business as a humble installer of kitchen ventilation hoods, and has since grown it into a market leader in both kitchen ventilation & general HVAC systems.  CaptiveAire, under Mr. Luddy's leadership, has been at the forefront of much of the technological advancement that has taken place within this world of kitchen ventilation & HVAC equipment. 

More recently, Bob founded the Thales Acade...

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Rod Donnelly started his company by himself and a 1974 green Ford Econoline van.  Today, his efforts have expanded from those humble beginnings to something quite a bit different (and larger) than that. 

Donnelly Construction is a full service contractor based in Wayne, NJ that does some AMAZING work.  Seriously, go to their website and check out the country clubs section of the projects tab - here.  Over the course of tw...

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This episode is packed with fascinating content about a world few of us know much about.  Emre Schveighoffer founded and built NRM (National Resource Management) with the goal of providing an energy efficiency solution for owners of large-scale refrigeration equipment.  In the 25+ years & 50,000 projects since, NRM's product has evolved to meet almost any refrigeration challenge.  For many of their customers, the energy ef...

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Richard Blackwell serves as Vice President of Development for Agracel, Inc - a premier industrial development firm that specializes in manufacturing facilities in rural communities.  Over 35 years in business, Agracel has developed over 22M sq. ft. of industrial space across 21 states, and have played a part in the creation of over 18,000 jobs! 

In this episode, Richard offers a history & overview of Agracel, some insi...

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Chris Polk serves as the Fleet Manager for Blue Ribbon Logistical Solutions based in West Virginia.  In this episode, Chris starts off with a history of trucking going back to the "Smokey & The Bandit" days of the 1960s.  He and (host) Jared Wall then get into a conversation about Chris's history as a trucker, why he partnered with serial entrepreneur Larry Long, and what makes Blue Ribbon Logistical Solutions di...

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Dan Hooks is the owner of Charlotte, NC based Party Reflections, and is President of the American Rental Association.  His company is a premier events solutions & rental firm whose amazing work speaks for itself through hundreds of pictures on their website's gallery.   Dan joins host Jared Wall on the show to discuss:

  • the history of his company
  • the past, present and future of the rentals industry
  • the "best practices...
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