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The Digital Hospitality podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results. No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide.

The Digital Hospitality podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results. No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide.


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The Digital Hospitality podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results. No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide.




Turn Yourself into a Digital Media Machine | Drew Glick (Max and Louie’s New York Diner) | DH100

Restaurant Owner Drew Glick is a Digital Media Machine. How did the owner of Max & Louie's New York Diner learn to Plan, Produce, Publish, and Promote his own business content online? He decided to Just Do It instead of Just Thinking About It. PODCAST CHAPTERS — [0:00] Intro to Digital Hospitality podcast interview with Drew Glick (Max and Louie's New York Diner) [14:17] Jumping from Deli to Diner [21:05] A Very Sad Day [30:14] Abundance, Not Scarcity [39:14]...


Digital Discoveries | Shawn Walchef Interview on Name Drop San Diego Podcast | DH099

Take a deep dive with Shawn Walchef and Name Drop San Diego on all things Digital and Hospitality in this podcast episode. The San Diego Union-Tribune puts out a really good San Diego local podcast with the weekly Name Drop San Diego show, hosted by Abby Hamblin and Kristy Totten and featuring the people that make San Diego proud. READ MORE: SUBSCRIBE TO NAME DROP SAN...


Everyone is in the Relationship Business | Chef Jensen Cummings (Best Served Podcast) | DH098

Chef Jensen Cummings life in the restaurant industry began before he was born. The super chef turned multi-hyphenate has generations of kitchen prowess, management and hospitality in his blood. When it came time to turn pro in the family business it proved an instant fit for Chef Jensen Cummings (@chefjensencummings). “I started my career at seventeen,” Jensen Cummings looks back on this episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast. “I was just a punk kid who barely graduated high school and I...


How to Lead with Transparency and Communication | Jordan Boesch (7shifts CEO) | DH097

7shifts CEO Jordan Boesch faced every peer's nightmare in the spring of 2020 when he had to relieve dozens of beloved team members of their duties. Everybody wants the dollar signs and status associated with being a CEO. But nobody wants to be a chief executive officer when it’s time to furlough 40 employees. “We had to tell the company that we had to lay off 40 people,” remembers Jordan Boesch on this episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast. Watch or listen to this Digital Hospitality...


From Feeling Powerless to Being Powerful | Ryan Grilz and Danielle Grilz (Ry&D Show) | DH096

On the surface, Ryan Grilz and Danielle Grilz fit the bill of a Power Couple to a T. However, the term ‘power couple’ generally denotes a romantic union magnified by the individual's combined influence and earnings. The young and attractive husband and wife duo of Ry & D (Ryan and Danielle) naturally project the textbook image of the picture perfect partnership with pull, making the most of modern media with backgrounds in fitness and music, respectively. While #relationshipgoal aesthetics...


Don’t Be Scared To Share Your Secrets Online | Kyle Inserra (Restaurant Growth Strategist) | DH095

Kyle Inserra is both a commercial real estate advisor and a media mogul. To become the latter, he had to risk the former. “Everyone's coming from this fear mindset that you're giving away too much,” Kyle Inserra explained about sharing information on the Digital Hospitality podcast. “They don't want to say anything. "The ability to connect with folks digitally and give out information has been a huge thing for me.” Huge indeed, and even more so — different. Yes, most people in Kyle’s...


Food Ordering App with a Social Mission | Dilip Rao (Sharebite) | DH094

Dilip Rao isn't supposed to be here. Serving as CEO of Sharebite, the accomplished immigrant from a small village in India beat the odds not just for his ascent but also despite his blue collar upbringing. Dilip Rao is our guest on the Digital Hospitality podcast, where he talked about using business and technology to undertake the burden of social good. Watch on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcast player. Raised in New York City and public school...


Managing Your Digital Doorways | Avi Goren (Marqii) | DH093

There's a lot of ways to find your business online. Sometimes it feels like there's too many digital doorways, right? Our Digital Hospitality Podcast guest, Marqii CEO Avi Goren, wants to help businesses be everywhere at once online. He co-founded the hospitality technology company to help create digital operational efficiencies for restaurateurs. Managing dozens of digital touch points is a major pain point for restaurants and other operations...


When Comedy Meats Barbecue | Dave Williamson (America, Meat Dave Comedy + BBQ Tour) | DH092

America, Meat Dave! Dave Williamson is a man of many titles. Both a pitmaster and a podcaster, the personality known for his eclectic Meat Dave podcast is well seasoned when it comes to taking the heat and getting grilled. That is because our Digital Hospitality podcast guest Dave Williamson is also a traveling standup comedian. Dave Williamson is performing comedy at BBQ restaurants across the US — including here at Cali BBQ in Spring Valley — for his 2021 America, Meat Dave Comedy + BBQ...


Legends Don’t WANT To Be Great — They MUST Be Great | Jim Trotter (NFL Media) | DH091

While Jim Trotter is too humble to call himself great, his resume proves he truly is that. From reading Sports Illustrated as a kid to writing for Sports Illustrated as an adult, Jim Trotter’s ascent as a journalist mirrors the lessons he learned as a young athlete. “I always say, great players don't want to be great,” starts Jim Trotter (NFL Media) on his return to the Digital Hospitality podcast in April 2021. “They need to be great.” Watch the full Digital Hospitality interview with Jim...


The Art of Disruption for the Serial Entrepreneur | John Royce Lynch (PCMA Private Client Lending) | DH090

John Royce Lynch, CEO of PCMA Private Client Lending, is not just a serial entrepreneur, but a case study for success. But how do you become a serial entrepreneur? Is it by birth, by circumstance or by hunger? “I come from very humble beginnings,” admits our guest John Royce Lynch on this episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast recorded from his office in Orange County. “I think life is as a proclamation of what you make of it, your circumstances and your surroundings are not a byproduct...


Your Restaurant Sucks! | Donald Burns (The Restaurant Coach) | DH089

The Restaurant Coach Donald Burns wants to be a little voice in the back of your brain to remind you: "you can do it" — if you try. Donald Burns (@therealrestaurantcoach) wants to help your restaurant not suck. The restaurant industry veteran, speaker, author, and coach, was a guest on our Digital Hospitality podcast where he discussed business coaching, mentorship, creating a good work culture, and more. The Restaurant Coach Online | More Digital...


Pizza Empire State of Mind | Mike Bausch (Andolini’s Pizzeria) | DH088

Mike Bausch has a Pizza Empire State of Mind. To build an empire it takes an Empire State of Mind. Our Digital Hospitality podcast guest Mike Bausch is a Tulsa, OK restaurateur, world pizza champion, author, and thought-leader in the hospitality and pizza industries. He has spent more than 15 years building his pizza empire into much more than a multi-unit pizzeria chain. Like all good leaders, Mike wants to help others succeed, too. This summer Mike Bausch will be a keynote speaker at the...


Inside the Business Coaching Call – 2 Minute Drill | Mentor David Meltzer | DH087

Sit in on a 2021 business coaching call with Cali BBQ Media Founder Shawn Walchef and his mentor David Meltzer. *** On this special episode of the Digital Hospitality podcast, the mentor/mentee talk shop about season 1 of David Meltzer’s competition reality show, 2 Minute Drill and our $5,000,001 Cali BBQ Media pitch on episode 8. Making the television show was a memorable learning experience for both contestant and host. "I think the nicest thing is that we were able to create something...


Get Over Your Fears and Just Do It | Rev Ciancio (Digital Media and Marketing Strategist) | DH086

The first time marketing maven David "Rev" Ciancio married a couple was on stage at a GWAR concert, the iconic heavy metal band known for their outrageously obscene stage show. "As part of the finale, I pronounced them "Scum and Maggot," they then took the bride and the groom and fed them to the meat grinder underneath the drummer and then fed me to it," recounted Rev Ciancio, a branding and marketing expert (who was ordained online by the Universal Life Church), about his fascinating career...


Visualize The Dreams You Want to Manifest into Reality | Nabeel Alamgir (Lunchbox Technologies) | DH085

When Lunchbox Technologies CEO Nabeel Alamgir wants something to happen, he visualizes it. Before Lunchbox became a multi-million-dollar valued restaurant tech startup, Nabeel worked his way up the rungs of the hospitality ladder. To accomplish his dreams, he manifests his reality with visualizations to see each step. "I'm a visual thinker, a visual person," said the Lunchbox cofounder and chief executive officer on the Digital Hospitality podcast in his 2021 interview. Visualizing a goal —...


Sam the Cooking Guy Makes 5 Epic and Easy Recipes for Toast Live at Home | Chris Comparato (Toast Inc) interviews Sam Zien and Shawn Walchef | DH084

Watch Sam the Cooking Guy show how to make 5 epic and easy recipes for toast LIVE for the company Toast from his home in San Diego. *** Toast Inc CEO Chris Comparato interviewed Sam Zien and Shawn Walchef for this Toast company call in February 2021 about owning and operating restaurants, operating a business during the pandemic, digital marketing, creating online media, and, of course, some tasty toast recipes. As The Cooking Guy cooked up...


Uplifter of Underdogs | Nelson Tressler (The Unlucky Sperm Club author) | DH083

Nelson Tressler wants to teach you how to create your own luck and become the best version of yourself with resourcefulness and rejecting a victim mindset. *** Got excuses? Sure, you do. We all do. But how do your excuses stack up to that of entrepreneur and author Nelson Tressler? “My mom became pregnant with me when she was 15 years old,” said Nelson Tressler on the Digital Hospitality podcast. "While she was pregnant, her father murdered a police officer." “He was facing the death penalty...


Serving Restaurant Owners with Numbers, Systems, and Culture | Jim Laube ( | DH082

From Auditor to Editor, and many significant stops in-between, Jim Laube's journey has focused on serving those who serve others: restaurant owners and operators. *** Some of the biggest successes in business come from unlikely career pivots. For Jim Laube, founder and president of, a winding road of working in restaurants and working with numbers took him from auditor to editor. Looking back, Jim’s hospitality career journey began as a kid working at a corn dog stand....


Rewriting the Rules of Online Reviews | Zack Oates (Ovation Up) | DH081

Your biggest critics are often your biggest fans. But try telling that to a restaurant owner with a Yelp page. Serving as the founder and CEO of Ovation, Zack Oates is helping rewrite the rules of online reviews by making them easier and more valuable for restaurant owners, operators, and customers alike. Zack Oates Is Ovation Founder And Ceo. He Grew Up In The Restaurant And Retail World. He Went On More Than 1,000 Dates Before He Met His Wife. He Learned About Relationships From Both. In...