The Art of Improvement by Giovanni

The Art of Improvement by Giovanni

Giovanni Marotta and Karen Clauss interview guests about their lives and businesses.... Show More

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August 18, 2020 24 min
Mark Jones is the Founder of ReviewMyMortgage.com, producing branch manager of Directions Home Loan at La Cantera and in the top 1% of originators nationally. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Mark is a self-educated entrepreneur, mentor, leader and coach with over 16 years in the financial industry. ReviewMyMortgage.com was launched in March 2020 and in less than six months already had 25K users. The site is used for consu...
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August 12, 2020 24 min
Josh Lopez was born in Puerto Rico & grew up in Bronx, New York. His Dad, a Vietnam veteran, battled with drug addiction and at 15 years old, Josh became a homeless teenager. Josh moved back to Puerto Rico after living on the streets for over a year and decided to go back to school. Fast forward, He graduated college valedictorian and landed his first record deal with a pop group in the late nineties. Shortly after that, Jo...
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Michael Pleasant is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Open Security. He believes cybersecurity expertise should be accessible to businesses and cybersecurity experts should provide understandable, practical, and pragmatic solutions to their customers.
Michael’s technical expertise and leadership were both honed during his service in the United States Marine Corps, where he led intelligence operations during two tou...
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Dr. Luis Chapa, CEO and Founder of Prestige Emergency Room talks about the 24 hour full-service emergency room designed to provide emergency care for all sorts of medical emergencies without the prolonged wait times associated with hospital-based emergency rooms. In addition to providing immediate emergency care, Prestige Emergency Room also accommodates “call-ahead” appointments and provides transportation to area hospitals when ...
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Bob Malone is the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of First Sonora Bancshares and Sonora Bank. He is also the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of Sonora Bank. He joined both First Sonora Bancshares and Sonora Bank in October 2009. Prior to a second career in banking, he was Executive Vice President of BP p.l.c. and Chairman and President of BP America Inc. from July 2006 until April 2009. During this time, he was BP’s sen...
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CEO for Owens Recovery Science, Johnny Owens, talks about how his work in helping patients returning from combat zones suffering from trauma back into high level activity using the a blood flow restriction technique may soon be used to help the masses in achieving and maintaining muscle strength to help prevent injury. His work has been featured on NPR, Time Magazine, ESPN and 60 Minutes.
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Grammy Award-Winner and author best known as lead guitarist for Selena y Los Dinos, Chris Perez talks about his life, his family, his children and Selena. He also talks about his latest project, Perez Pepper Sauce.
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Dr. Ray Altamirano, Founder and CEO of Casa Salud Family Medicine Clinic is a first generation American ready to make a difference. Dr. Altamirano says he feels jaded with the current healthcare system and knew his only way back in primary health care had to be under his own terms. He created a system outside of health insurance and caters to American's most vulnerable population, the sick uninsured.
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CEO and Founder of Dominion Regenerative Care, Dr. Fernando Avila talks about his specialized clinic which is focused on Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Avila is committed to improving lives and outcomes on individuals suffering from pain brought on by sports injuries, personal injuries, aging and sometimes just day to day living. He says his goal is to make people feel better and look better.
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February 11, 2020 25 min
CyberFortress CEO Huw Edwards talks about his company and how they are building a new kind of revenue interruption insurance designed for e-commerce companies. Huw is an entrepreneur, business builder and capital allocator with a passion for insurance, cybersecurity, technology and investing.
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Communities in Schools of San Antonio CEO Jessica Weaver has served in several roles to support the agency's work and growth in the community over the past 30 years. She is a strong advocate for collaboration and has dedicated most of her career in building community and agency partnerships to support students in overcoming obstacles and obtaining an education.
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Paul Rivera - President & CEO - Def-Logix, Inc. talks about his 20+ years of cybersecurity experience in the government contracting industry. As he leads Def-Logix, he has gained credible leadership experience and speaks about the company along with Sa Huynh and Nick Navarro regarding the future of their company and cybersecurity as it relates to every citizen.
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FactoryPure CEO's Eugene and Michael Ravitsky always had the entrepreneurial bug, buying and reselling items online as early as middle school. They say they learned this behavior from their immigrant parents who came to the US in the 90's from the Soviet Union when they first experienced free market opportunities. While their company is quite new, the brothers talk about going the extra mile for their online customers, LOV...
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Founder and CEO of Zen Monkey, Eric Glandian introduces us to his ready to eat overnight oatmeal company...the first of its kind in the US. Zen Monkey is now sold in thousands of supermarkets across the country. Glandian talks about his path leading up to the first commercially viable, scalable RTE Overnight Oatmeal product available in the US.
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December 17, 2019 24 min
Forcer CEO Alexander Draghici is about to disrupt the tech social space with his new company called Forcer, a revenue sharing social media platform. Draghici is also an executive and producer with Malibu Films and San Antonio Media Studios LLC. He is also an innovator and has multiple patents and inventions.
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Jennifer Guidry brings more than 20 years of high-level mortgage experience to the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Her results place her in the Top 200 Originators in America and one of the Top 50 Women Originators in America. To put that into perspective, there are well over 500,000 originators nationwide and Jennifer is thrilled to be part of such an elite group of leaders in her field.
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December 9, 2019 24 min
Mike McKim started Cuvée as an experiment in craft – one that continues to this day. It began in 1998, when he started building his own direct trade network to ensure higher quality and more consistent access to his favorite coffee. It continued into his world-class lab in Austin, TX where they custom-dial every roast to enhance each unique bean. More recently, their curiosity led us to pioneer Nitro Cold Brew in a widget-activated...
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December 6, 2019 25 min
CEO Denise Sanchez of Homewerks talks about her retail store and how she got started. Homewerks sells really cool stuff for the home with a focus on premium and green products.
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November 22, 2019 24 min
Braustin Mobile Homes was founded by San Antonio born-and-raised Alberto Pina who know a thing or two about the pride in owning a piece of Texas. His company was built on the belief that their customers deserve a quality mobile home, at a fair price, with transparency every step of the way.
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Jessica Hampton with Wholesale Properties SA and Ali Day with Texas All Cash Home Buyers talk about their businesses which will buy homes and sell them making fair all-cash offers. They say they buy houses in any condition letting their company take over the burdens that come with an unwanted property.
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