The Building Business Podcast

The Building Business Podcast

Stories about businesses, the individuals that made it happen, and lessons learned along the way.


March 2, 2022 44 mins

Jason Dees is the President and Owner of Deesco Fire Protection.   With many years of experience in various aspects of the industry, Jason decided he wanted something more.  That drive pushed him to become an entrepreneur. 

Jason is a strong advocate for considering trades as an alternative to college.  He recognizes every person has their own path and that people should not shy away from ...

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Brian Johnson is the City Manager of Peachtree Corners, Georgia.  Before becoming a City Manager, Brian was an infantry officer.  His military career is expansive and impressive.  A small part of that career provided him the push to become a City Manager.  As an infantry officer involved in the invasion of Iraq, Brian was assigned responsibility for restarting the municipal services of a ...

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February 1, 2022 35 mins

Judith Winfrey is a serial entrepreneur in the food industry.  She and her husband started Love Is Love Farm over 13 years ago.  First farming on a small plot of land owned by someone else, her farm has recently experienced a substantial expansion and now includes many acres of its own land.

Judith has been involved in several aspects of the food industry, including as COO of a res...

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August 25, 2021 31 mins

Leslie Mattson's background in running surgical centers led her on the path to entrepreneurship.  She identified a need in her industry and formed ALM Surgical Solutions to fill that need by providing services to people facing the same challenges she did prior to becoming an entrepreneur.

ALM Surgical Solutions has a proven track record in opening successful centers, and has assisted ...

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August 11, 2021 30 mins

Greg Crafter has always had a passion for growing food.  After working for over 20 years in corporate America, he decided to follow this passion and start Produce'd.  Produce'd has developed vertical hydroponic systems to allow customers to easily grow some of their own food in a small space throughout the year.  The company's focus is the development of a more sust...

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July 20, 2021 42 mins

Pete Kane has always loved marketing.  He has been involved in digital marketing since Facebook's infancy and is a proven digital marketing expert.  His business, Digital Growth ATL, focuses on digital marketing and online reputation management.  Pete understands it can be overwhelming to find customers online, but he also knows those customers are out there and the best ways to reac...

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Meredith Bell has been an entrepreneur since 1982.  In her first business as a consultant and trainer, she conducted hundreds of programs for leaders and the members of their teams to help them communicate and work together more effectively.

As Co-Founder and President of Performance Support Systems since 1991, Meredith has personally worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, leaders, consul...

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Erin Croom is one of the co-founders of Small Bites Adventure Club.  The company's "vision is that every child receives the opportunity to discover, eat and love fruits and vegetables."

Small Bites Adventure Club provides educational kits (to schools and homes) to help introduce children to fruits and vegetables.  These kits also introduce children to the farmers that grow t...

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May 12, 2021 49 mins

Joe Perrone has been the owner of an auto body repair business in Connecticut for over 20 years.  Through his entrepreneurial journey, he has learned that being busy is not a badge of honor, and that not setting aside free time is detrimental to both your business and your health.

Having experienced firsthand the price for not having free time, Joe has refocused his approach to business an...

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Karen Rands formed the Compassionate Capitalist Movement to fund innovation, create jobs, and create wealth for entrepreneurs and investors.  From her perspective, the greatest wealth, generational wealth, comes from growing a successful business or from investing in successful businesses.

Karen uses her 20+ years experience coaching entrepreneurs and working with investors to speak about ...

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Sarah Soliman has over a decade of experience in production.  Her company, Soliman Productions, covers the meetings industry at large.  Recently, Sarah was included in the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.  She has also been recognized for her work in the industry by several organizations.   In 2014, she won IAEE's Rookie of the Year Award.   In 2018, Sarah was honored wit...

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March 24, 2021 35 mins

Joanne Hayes is a 25-year veteran of the publishing industry, having worked for 12 years as an Account Executive for an award-winning Journal Register Company newspaper group, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, and 3 years as the Marketing Director of SO Rhode Island, a publication of the award-winning magazine company Providence Media, prior to her move to Atlanta in 2009.

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Anita Rajendra is a passionate entrepreneur.  She is the Founder and CEO of La Belle Bump, as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of Mina & Vine.  La Belle Bump is a service business that rents maternity and nursing clothes. Mina & Vine is a complimentary product business, introducing a patent-pending nursing scarf.

Prior to launching these businesses, Anita was a marketing lead...

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February 17, 2021 37 mins

Dan Rosenfelt is the President of Third Rail Studios, an Atlanta purpose build film and television studio consisting of 60,000 square feet of sound stages, 70,000 square feet of mill and support space, almost 30,000 feet of office and amenities space, and a team that provides best in class service. 

In this episode, we discuss Dan’s journey from being a location scout in ...

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February 3, 2021 47 mins

John Hope Bryant is the Chairman and CEO at Operation HOPE, Bryant Group Ventures, and The Promise Homes Company.

In November of 2020, LinkedIn named John Hope Bryant #10 on their Top Voices of 2020, along with Brene Brown, Sara Blakely, Mark Cuban and Arianna Huffington.  John has also been named American Banker magazine 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, Inc.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (hono...

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January 20, 2021 35 mins

Annie Eaton is an immersive content producer, specializing in engaging and interactive virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. She currently serves as the CEO of Futurus, an Atlanta-based software development company, and Executive Producer of Amebous Labs, a virtual reality-focused game studio. 

Annie has received numerous awards for her work in the technology field.  She has received the Woman of the Year award presente...

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December 16, 2020 28 mins

Maria Fundora and her husband, both Cuban immigrants, are restauranteurs with big hearts and a passion to help people.  They own and operate Casa Nova Italian Restaurant in Alpharetta, Georgia.  They have owned this restaurant for over twenty years.  From long term employees (some that have been there all along), to eating a meal everyday with her team, to giving meals in support of first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, sh...

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Michael J. Coles is a co-founder of the Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee. 

After a successful 19-year career in the clothing business, Michael tested his entrepreneurial skills in 1977, when he co-founded Great American Cookie Company with a joint investment of only $8,000. Shortly after starting the company, he was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident and was told by doctors he would never walk...

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Deke Copenhaver currently serves as Principal of Copenhaver Consulting, LLC, a niche consulting firm in Augusta, Georgia serving the needs of businesses, nonprofits and local governments. In May of 2019 he published his first book “The Changemaker: the Art of Building Better Leaders.”

Deke served as Mayor of Augusta, Georgia from 2005 through 2014.  Since leaving office, Deke hosted “There it is With Deke Copenhaver,” a daily call-i...

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November 3, 2020 34 mins

Doug Jackson is the co-founder of Shared Vision, an advertising agency with offices in both Atlanta, GA and St. Petersburg, FL.   Shared Vision is industry-agnostic and size-agnostic, providing services to start-ups and Fortune 100 companies.  Several of its clients are household names, such as Smirnoff, Delta Airlines, Diageo, and Hard Rock.

Before becoming a provider of advertising services, Doug was a consumer of those services a...

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