Wheels, Deals and Meals

Wheels, Deals and Meals

Arnold Gacita of Petra Auto Products brings you Wheels, Deals & Meals, a new podcast that promises to dish on how to find the best food in the world with suggestions from business icons. With an exciting business leader in every episode, Arnold will get the inside scoop on their favorite places to eat, and places to see, as well as how they run successful companies and stay ahead of the competition. Tune in every Wednesday and subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode. Wheels, Deals & Meals – your source for all things good food, good business, and living the good life.

Episodes

May 16, 2024 26 mins

On today’s show we have the one and only- the energizer Brad Mugg! This guy is go, go, go! Brad is one of the most successful general managers in the industry. He is currently the Managing Partner at Honda of Downtown Los Angeles. There are 1065 Honda Dealerships in the USA, Brad’s store is #12!!! On their way to top ten. Join us today to see why Brad is liked by all and get to know his story and his secrets to success, travel, foo...

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On todays show, Bill Toomey, EVP, Regional President of Truist Financial Corporation. With Eric Merchant, Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banker, Truist Bank.


When I tell you that you need to hear and/or watch this show, you need to! Bill’s story, his life, the ups and downs, his journey and finding his faith and place is extraordinary. Add to that Eric’s story, a New Yorker working at a young age as a stock broker and wo...

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May 1, 2024 33 mins

I love the arts. I love theater. If you live in Houston or visit Houston, find a show at the Alley Theater. One of the most important theaters in Houston and a feeder to shows on Broadway. And who is the Managing Director of it all; Dean Gladden. What a theater and what a story from Dean’s. What a show we have for you today.


Dean R. Gladden is in his 18th season with the Alley Theatre where he is responsible for the administra...

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On our show today, Joel Garza. Who is Joe Garza? He owns 69 restaurants, he has almost 4,000 employees and is one of the largest entrepreneurs in Houston, TX. Always looking to grow, expand and make acquisitions. He owns many restaurants including Sonic, Slim Chickens, El Bolio Bakery and Common Bond Bakery & Cafe. His bakery, Common Bond; is rated number one in Houston by several industry experts. Bolio Bakery is considered to...

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On todays show, the legendary Carlos Hidalgo. If you want to hear an example of an American dream, you need to hear this podcast. A respected, well-known dealer, a car guy to the bone, Carlos is the CEO of Fifth Wave Automotive. Carlos has owned multiple dealers, been President of the Minority Dealers Association, a leader in the automotive dealer industry. What a story Carlos has, from selling vegetables at the age of 14 in the st...

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April 10, 2024 37 mins

We are excited to have on our show today Jeff Mastro the co-founder and CEO of Steak 48, and founder of many other restaurants. Steak 48 is probably the best steakhouse in the US and if you don't believe me just go eat at one of their locations. We are excited to have Jeff Mastro and his VP of Operations, Chris Schneider as our guest. We will hear their story; we will get insight on the industry and how they do things. We will ...

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We are excited for our encore episode featuring Troy Duhon from season one. Troy Duhon is the CEO of Premier Automotive Group and co-founder of over 50 companies. His passion is giving back in an organization that he and his wife Tracy founded called Giving Hope. On this episode, Arnold Gacita talks to Troy about life, cars, travel, successes, and passion - all while having lunch at the historic Broussard’s Restaurant in the French...

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March 27, 2024 34 mins

What a special show we have for you today, the one and only Merril Hoge.

 

Merril Hoge is an eight-year NFL veteran and a former analyst for a variety of ESPN programs.

Hoge is an inspirational speaker, who speaks all over the country, impacting people and

companies to grow through self-reflection and taking action to Find Their Way. He is also on the

board of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research and was a member of ...

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On today’s podcast, one of the most successful Honda Dealer Owner/Partners you will ever meet. A true, old-fashioned gentleman; Michael Porro. Michael is the Owner/Managing Partner of Honda World - Louisville, Kentucky. From bartender at 18 to wrecking a car,  that lead him to the automotive industry, what a career he has had. He started in the automotive business on November of 1978, as a sales associate selling Plymouth brand, th...

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What a special show we have for you today, David Huckabee. You know his family, but now get to know him. He not only is behind the scenes in many ways with his family, but also a serial entrepreneur and co-owner of Petra’s #1 Distributor in the USA: KOA Distribution. An accomplished and tenacious entrepreneur with a varied career in media, travel, real estate, the automotive industry, politics and more, David Huckabee continues to...

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March 6, 2024 52 mins

Substance. Laughter. Entrepreneur. All of this and more, in this episode as we interview Scott Joseph and his journey that exemplifies a relentless pursuit of entrepreneurial excellence, beginning with the pivotal decision to leave college and forge his path. From working at his first job at McDonald’s to his journey and bold steps as he starts a prolific career, leading to the creation of J&L Marketing, a powerhouse digital an...

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March 4, 2024 29 mins

Join me on this extended episode as Chuck Kramer and I enjoy the incredible food of Eden Café in Magnolia, Texas. I hope you enjoy hearing the story of the owner, Ulises Larramendi from his migration path from Cuba to Spain to Texas; to what he and his wife, Maria have created today at Eden Café. He started in the restaurant business back in 1979, while in high school, as a dishwasher at a Marriott cafeteria inside a Texas Instrume...

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February 28, 2024 52 mins

Charles (“Chuck”) Kramer has had a passion for the automotive industry that spans over four decades. His career started as a janitor, moving on to the trenches as a lube technician in the early 80’s. He was quickly recognized as capable of doing more. He moved into sales and quickly became the #1 salesman at his dealership. The promotions that followed quickly moved him up the ranks, being promoted to Finance, the New Car and Truck...

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February 21, 2024 33 mins
How often do you hear about a 12 year old that won a city contract to cut the grass at the city cemetery? The same person grows up to be an incredible entrepreneur buying, developing, and selling companies throughout his young career. Please meet Steven Burns. Steven is one of my close friends. Someone who I trust personally and in business. A successful entrepreneur who currently owns over 30 different companies in different marke...
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February 14, 2024 41 mins

On today’s show, Commissioner Adrian Garcia of Precinct 2 of Harris County Texas, 3rd largest county in the nation. What a story, from his humble beginnings to never forgetting where he came from. Born and raised in Houston’s Northside neighborhood, Commissioner Adrian Garcia has always called Harris County Precinct 2 home. First elected in 2018 as commissioner, he has dedicated his entire career to public service and safety. First...

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On this extended episode please join me as we enjoy my favorite Cuban restaurant in Houston, Piquet. When you want authentic Cuban food, the Cuban ambiance, and owners who care and love what they do – this is the place. The Piquet team always makes sure that you're taken care of. In Houston, when it comes to Cuban food; there's no other place than Piquet Cuban Restaurant. Started by Neno and Nelly Piquet, and now Cristina t...

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February 7, 2024 43 mins

I'm excited to have on this episode someone who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite people and a good friend of mine, the Honorable Judge Eric Andell, a judge in Harris County, third largest county in the nation.

 

Judge Andell has had an incredible career. He has served in appeals court for Ann Richards and George W. Bush when they were Governors of Texas. He was also part of the Education Department when President George W...

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January 31, 2024 35 mins

This is a special episode as I get to interview and introduce to you my management team here at Petra. This is the team that we together run Petra and all the businesses tied to it. This is an incredible team with a wealth of knowledge. Today you get to meet my son, Arnold Gacita., Jr. our Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Arnold junior started in the warehouse pulling orders and making product. He learned the business, and gr...

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On today's episode let's tour the Elliott Museum a little more, behind the scenes and talk to our good friend, David Boyle the new President of eBliss/Always Electric Bikes. Join David and me as we take a behind-the-scenes look at the Elliott Museum with Jim Ferrare the Museums Car Curator. 

David is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of automotive experience. He is very well known in the automotive industry with ...

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On today's episode the one and only Dr. Laura Murillo. When it comes to Hispanic Chambers, influencers, and economic strategists, Call Dr. Murillo. Especially in Houston, but also throughout the nation, she has been on several news outlets, interviews magazines, and best-selling author. In 2007, Dr. Laura Murillo was named President and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (one of the largest, if not the largest Hisp...

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