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#046: Stuart Meyer and Mark Lambert from the 2018 NBBQA IAMBBQ Conference - National Barbecue & Grilling Association

Stuart Meyer (CEO) and Mark Lambert (President, Sweet Swine O’Mine) - NBBQA @nbbqa Summary: This podcast was recorded during the 2018 NBBQA National Conference & Academy."BBQ doesn't have to be "trial & error". Our individual BBQ journeys are often solitary pursuits and quite often we encounter questions and challenges for which there isn't an immediate answer. At the conference, you are surrounded by your peers on similar journeys who know what you're going through because they've been...


#045: How a Barbecue Restaurant and Butcher Shop Create Unique Sports Hospitality Partnerships - SDSU Sports MBA Program

Scott Minto - Director of the San Diego State University Sports MBA Program, Fowler College of Business - San Dieg0, CA - @sdsusportsmba Summary: Scott Minto, former graduate, is now the Director of the SDSU Sports MBA program. The SDSU Sports MBA program is ranked#4 in the world. Scott strives to create a quality program for his students at San Diego State University. The cutthroat sports industry has set very high standards for his program, yielding quality graduates. The SDSU Sports...


#044: How to Organize a Charity Barbecue Event - Americas Finest BBQ State Championship

Ed LaVelle - Director of the San Diego Police Museum / Bill's Blue Line BBQ Team - San Diego, CA- @AMFinestBBQ Summary: The America’s Finest BBQ State Competition will debut its first year this September 15th at the Bay fair in San Diego! The driving force behind this competition is Ed LaVelle who caught the BBQ bug while working for the San Diego Police Department. Ed shares his event experience and the ups and downs of planning events in San Diego BBQ competitions are about bringing...


043: How This Innovative San Diego Real Estate Team Became a Multimedia Content Company - East County Eats

Kyle Whissel and Bryan Koci - Host and Producer of East County Eats, Owner and Photographer/Videographer of Whissel Realty - San Diego, Ca - @eastcountyeats Summary: Kyle and Bryan use East County Eats as a helpful extension to their real estate business at Whissel Realty. Kyle has been in the real estate industry for 20 years. Kyle Whissel is the host of East County Eats and Bryan Koci is the producer. Whissel Realty is a Mom and Pop real estate business owned by Kyle Whissel in East...


#042: Maximize Your Digital Marketing by Taking Ownership of Your Online Business Profile - Yelp San Diego

Brad Bohensky - Senior Community Director of Yelp San Diego - San Diego, Ca - @yelpsandiego Summary: Brad Bohensky has worked for Yelp San Diego for six years as their Senior Community and Marketing Director. He shares Yelp’s vision of connecting people and bringing community together. Brad helps restaurants host events that gives Elite Yelpers an opportunity to review their food and beverages. Brad talks about how businesses can embrace and get involved with Yelp. Links Mentioned in...


#041 - This Entrepreneurial Non-Profit CEO is Focused on Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - San Diego Food Bank

James Floros - CEO/President of The San Diego Food Bank - San Diego, Ca - @sdfoodbank Summary: James Floros is the C.E.O. of the San Diego Food Bank and has worked for non-profit organizations for 34 years! He has helped to feed millions of people in their most dire time of need. James and the San Diego Food Bank are working towards societal change to break the cycle of poverty. Of San Diego County’s 3.3 million residents, 494,439 people face food insecurity every day.* Of this number,...


#40: Secrets to Slanging Your Specialty BBQ Sauces, Spices, and Rubs in Over 500 Retail Locations - The Sauce Goddess

Jennifer Reynolds- Owner of The Sauce Goddess- San Diego, Ca- @thesaucegoddess Summary: Jennifer Reynolds shares her story of how she started her own business, The Sauce Goddess. Finding inspiration from her father’s cooking and applying her knowledge from her graphics degree, Jennifer has grown her business and has won over 20 awards for her products! Jennifer has been able to distribute her Specialty BBQ Sauces, Spices, and Rubs in Over 500 Retail Locations Jennifer attends events...


#039: Creating a Digital First, Fan-Focused Sports Experience in the NLL - San Diego Seals

Josh Gross - Vice President of Business Operations - San Diego Seals - Valley View Casino Center, San Diego- @sandiegolax @sandiegoNLL @NLL Summary: Lacrosse is coming to San Diego! Josh Gross, Vice President of Business Operations of the San Diego Seals, shares how the sport of lacrosse plans to take San Diego by storm! Josh tells us about 'Tix for Sticks' community involvement initiative by the San Diego Seals. For every season ticket membership bought, the Seals will donate a free...


#038: Celebrating the West Coast BBQ Movement in Pacific Beach - Iron Pig Alehouse

Rick Daniels and Brigette O’Donovan- Chef/Marketing- Iron Pig Alehouse in Pacific Beach, San Diego - @ironpigalehouse Iron Pig Alehouse brings BBQ to the beach! Rick Daniels turned his passion for soul food into a scratch kitchen serving some of the best BBQ to San Diego. Iron Pig Alehouse understands what it takes to run a successful business in Pacific Beach. From their 36 beers on tap, to their picnic communal tables, they are bringing the community together, one brisket at a...


#037: How Podcasting Inspired this Entrepreneur to Open His Own Specialty Coffee Business - Blue Lagoon Coffee

Jack Harris- Owner of Blue Lagoon Coffee- La Mesa, San Diego- @bluelagooncoffee @blc_coffee Starting a career as a real estate broker, Jack Harris dreaded the corporate life. As many of our other podcast guests have shared, Jack yearned for a career that fed his interests. When jack lost his mentor in 2010, it was a wake-up call & turning point in his life, and he was inspired to pursue something different. After experimenting and making his own cheese, beer, and wine, Jack found his...


#036: How the Hip Hop Culture, Family, and Community Influenced this Filipino American Dessert Startup - Snoice

Jayrell Ringpis - Owner of Snoice - Paradise Hills, San Diego - @SnoiceSD Jayrell Ringpis grew up in Paradise Hills San Diego working for his families event company where he began learning about business. After graduating from Cal State San Marcos, Jayrell and his wife moved to New York where he worked for a non-profit start up company learning even more about the business world. Jayrell and his wife moved back to San Diego and opened Snoice, their very own dessert shop in his families...


#035: 2018 Internet Marketing Growth Hacks for Small Businesses - Power Digital Marketing

Grayson Lafrenz - CEO of Power Digital Marketing / Flip The Switch Podcast - San Diego @power_digital @flipswitchcast @GraysonMLafrenz CEO of Power Digital Marketing and Flip The Switch Podcast, Grayson Lafrenz talks about how digital marketing is a key component to a successful business today. He shares his journey from sales to CEO. Grayson explains the importance of transparency and how using social media can allow your consumers to connect and invest in your business. Follow Grayson...


#034: Staying Ahead of the Game in the Hospitality & Gaming Industry - Valley View Casino & Hotel

Bruce Howard & Howard Silver - GM & VP of Food & Beverage - Valley View Casino & Hotel - Valley Center @vvcasinohotel Bruce Howard, lets us in on his journey through the hospitality industry. Starting as a fry cook, to the now General Manager of Valley View Casino, he has hospitality in his blood. He leads by example and teaches how to be successful in the hospitality industry. Howard Silver, the Vice President of Food and Beverage at Valley View Casino shares his story and insight on...


#033: Owning and Operating a Whole Animal Butcher Shop in North Park - The Heart and Trotter

James Holtslag - The Heart and Trotter Butchery - North Park, San Diego @heartandtrotter James Holtslag grew up in the Virginia countryside, hunting and fishing learning how to prepare meats from a young age. After graduating college he worked in the corporate world longing for something more. He decided to gather family and friends and pursue his passion by opening his own butcher shop here in San Diego. The Heart and Trotter is owned and operated by James Holtslag and Trey Nichols....


#032: Inspired by BBQ Pitmasters, Barbecue Turned This Friendship Into Family - Yardpirates BBQ

Yardpirates BBQ - Competition BBQ Team - San Diego @Yardpiratesbbq Jeremy, Garrett, and Andy started their BBQ journey with friends - grilling and experimenting with different meats on a homemade grill. They found inspiration from the T.V. show 'Pitmasters' and they hosted their own backyard BBQ competition with close friends. The Yardpirates BBQ team was born. Their love for BBQ sparked their desire to get involved in competition BBQ. The Yardpirates BBQ brand became a lifestyle for the...


#031: If You Hate Your Job, Quit and Find Your "Bicycle" - Sam The Cooking Guy

Sam The Cooking Guy - Cook, TV/Online Personality, Author - San Diego @thecookingguy Sam The Cooking Guy started working with family and real estate before realizing that he was unhappy, he decided to pursue a cooking show that showcased his authenticity. Sam started with short segments on a local news station and moved to a spot on a county television channel leaving a dishonest boss behind. Sam wrote his own cookbooks, filmed cooking shows from his own kitchen, and hosted cooking...


#030: Creating Your Own Culinary Side Hustle - Dinner With A Chef

Andres Hinojosa - Head Chef/Owner - Dinner With A Chef, San Diego @dinnerwithachef Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Yelp: LinkedIn: BBQ Slang 101: Chef vs Cook:...


#029: An Insiders Look Into Sports Journalism and Covering the NFL for ESPN & Pro Football's HOF - Jim Trotter

Jim Trotter - NFL reporter for ESPN, Howard Alum, PFWA president, NFL Hall of Fame voter, ESPN Twitter: Junior Seau - Life and Death Book: NFL Insiders: ESPN: Leaving Sports Illustrated: Jim Trotter Joining ESPN:...


#028: Embracing Digital Marketing & Outstanding Leadership Has Allowed This Local News Station to Thrive - FOX 5 San Diego

Scott Heath - President & General Manager of FOX 5 San Diego, San Diego, CA - FOX 5 San Diego News Instagram: Shally Instagram: Raoul Instagram: Heather Lake Instagram: Website: FOX 5 Team: Shally Zomorodi: Facebook:...


#027: From Catering and Vending at Farmers Markets to Opening a Barbecue & Beer Restaurant - Corbin's Q

Corbin O'Reilly - Corbin's Q , San Diego, CA - Santa Maria Style Barbecue Instagram: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Yelp: The Knot: Youtube: Tap Trucks: Tap Trucks...


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