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Rob Miller, Pat O'Donnell

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Welcome to Swartz Shorts, the pod all about the entrepreneurial ecosystem at CMU and the larger Pittsburgh community. We interview local founders, innovators, and community leaders to bring awareness to entrepreneurial successes at CMU, expose students to the CMU alumni network, and give local innovators a platform to promote their projects to a broad audience.
 
From growing up poor, living in apartments on government assistance to running a multi-million dollar business and meeting with some of the most successful entrepreneurs, athletes, community leaders and world class performers in life I have broad perspective and appreciation on both extremes in life. Everyone has a story on how they ended up where they are in life. Exploring these stories is what FUEL is about. FUEL stands for Foundations, Under, Extraordinary Lives. I’m here to share the st ...
 
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Tyler Gilcrest https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylergilcrest/ Brian Feldman https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-feldman/ Pat O’Donnell https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-o-donnell-78993267/Tyler Gilcrest, Brian Feldman
 
You are only as effective as a leader when you have the power to influence your people. If you are unable to spark an idea even in the minds of those who oppose you, no influence happens. Our guest in this episode has the science to back this. Combining research and applying neuroscience to solve some of the toughest challenges in leadership, sales…
 
What does it take to sell 150 million in real estate and run a real estate company from scratch? That's what our guest, Erica Deuschle, will share today. Erica is the founder of Erica Deuschle and Co. Real Estate Team and Managing Partner at Keller Williams Main Line. Having no natural background in real estate, Erica has the grit, passion, and wor…
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Mathew Polowitz, Co-Founder of Equa Health. (1:04) Mat discusses his journey from a startup in San Francisco that was acquired to Carnegie Mellon for his graduate degree and launching his own startup. (3:59) Rob asks Mat about his decision to strike out on his own. (4:22) Mat shares that his failures were a major influence on …
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Ken Hicks, Founder of Broadwing. (1:17) Ken shares a bit about his journey from the Marine Corps to Broadwing, which was inspired by a desire to interact with others while having freedom from rigid regulations. (5:24) Rob comments on how the freedom from rigid regulations must have been an influence in choosing to recruit in t…
 
How do you build a good reputation? Chris Swartz warmly welcomes Mike McCann, who has been working as a REALTOR® in Philadelphia for over 30 years and is the Founder of The Mike McCann Team. Mike shares how he works the smartest and hardest. When you are consistent in giving your best, your reputation will grow. What’s most important is treating pe…
 
You can make an impact while still earning a profit. Andrew Forman does this every single day. Andrew is the founder and CEO of the tech startup, Givz. Givz lets you convert discounts into donations. This adds a very tangible value of purpose and meaning to every sale. Learn how he started his entrepreneurial journey and how he found his aha moment…
 
The ratio for startup success does not favor many, but today’s guest managed to rise through the ranks and founded a now acquired startup. Adam Rosen is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, and business coach. In this episode, he joins host Chris Swartz to share the trials and successes of his startup journey. The years of struggle also gave him…
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Matt Spettel, Co-Founder and CEO of CoPilot. (1:02) Matt discusses his journey from early videogame and robotics development to attending CMU where he worked on a few different startup ideas. (2:45) Rob asks Matt what led him from videogame and robotics development to fitness. (3:04) Matt shares that he attended an engineering…
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Dane Pieri, Product Manager at Benchling. (1:02) Dane shares that he attended CMU and was involved with local Pittsburgh startups until he graduated and moved to Silicon Valley after graduation. Since then he’s been involved with a few startups but product management has been a major focus of his throughout his career. (2:51) …
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Daniela Osio, CEO and Founder of Kloopify. (1:05) Daniela delves into her journey into starting Kloopify and how it was influenced by her background as a first-generation American who had always wanted to make the leap of becoming an entrepreneur. (2:15) Rob asks about her motivations and what inspired her interest in the supp…
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Nadyli Nuñez, Executive Director of Ascender. (1:01) Nadyli shares how she got involved in the local entrepreneurial community and how she started to help local founders grow. (3:00) Rob comments on how she is involved in nearly all aspects of the Pittsburgh founder community and asks her to share what motivates her to be so i…
 
As time goes by, you realize that it’s okay to change things within yourself to achieve life fulfillment. Let’s listen to a story of a normal kid who grew up in a small town that ended up on television gaining popularity. Chris Raab admits that it was surreal and intoxicating in some ways. It instantly made him popular. Then he was introduced to ci…
 
(0:17) Rob introduces Alex Baikovitz, Co-Founder and CEO of Mach9 Robotics. (1:08) Alex delves into his journey into robotics and how they can be used to monitor critical infrastructure following a tunnel collapse. (3:10) Rob asks Alex about his motivation and how that one tunnel collapse led him to start an intelligent mapping startup. (4:00) Alex…
 
A lot of people struggle with video marketing or production because they don't know what to say. You just need to get out of your head. As long as you have valuable information, you have the power to share it. You don't need all the lights and glamour, you just need to be yourself. Learn more about video marketing with your host, Chris Swartz, and …
 
When you’re going through dark times, it’s hard to see how any good could come from your situation. But Jennifer Kauffman is inspiring impossible transformation with her story. Jennifer is the CEO of Rise and Thrive Productions. She is also the Director and Producer of the film, “There’s Got to Be More To Life,” based on her journey of rising up fr…
 
(0:20) Rob introduces Asha Banks, Founder of CheerNotes. (0:55) Asha delves into her journey so far and how she moved away from a career in chemical engineering to creating greeting cards. (2:23) Rob asks, “...from chemical engineering to greeting cards,” what brought you to that level of creativity and motivated you to perform that career switch? …
 
(0:20) Rob introduces Asha Banks, Founder of Cheernotes. (0:55) Asha delves into her journey so far and how she moved away from a career in chemical engineering to creating greeting cards. (2:23) From Chemical Engineering to Greeting Cards. Subscribe to make sure you see the full episode when it releases. Pat O’Donnell: https://www.linkedin.com/in/…
 
Andresa Guidelli wanted to live life on her own terms. With a little hard work, a great mindset and time, she achieved financial freedom that allowed her to do so. In this episode, Chris Swartz talks all about her journey towards living life with Andresa. She shares her journey as part of The Real Estate InvestHER community and how this enabled her…
 
Your success and your failure financially are all up to you. Learn how to bank on yourself and come in with a financial plan. To help you with this is Sarry Ibrahim, the founder of Financial Asset Protection. He helps his clients with financial strategies so that they can meet their goals. Chris brings Sarry to the show to share how to identify you…
 
How do you stand tall in the face of adversities? Learning to deal with it creates resilience. Kerry admits saying, “Adversities in my life pushed me to a new level. I probably would have grown stagnant and may not have continued to reach forward without them.” Kerry Faix has been unstoppable in her journey to success. Her mission to do her best in…
 
Are you strong both inside and out? Going to the gym is easy, making money is easy - the ones who will still be at the top of their game decades from now, though, are the ones who cultivate real resilience and gain a thorough understanding of who they are and where they’re headed. Chris Duffin is an entrepreneur, author, thought leader, and innovat…
 
How will you know that you’ve made it? Everyone has a different landmark for their version of success, whether it’s a new home, an entire retirement fund, or just more time with the family. Knowing what that vision and that definition of success look like to you is the first step in creating a life that will help you reach it. Chris Stevens is the …
 
What do you see when you walk into a room of industry legends and celebrated entrepreneurs? Wealth, success, wisdom...what you don't see, unfortunately, is what they had to overcome to get to where they are. It's time to pull back the curtain on what "success" takes to achieve. Samuel has always been in business, from mowing yards and delivering ne…
 
How does a person go from rock-bottom - a prison cell - to outrageous success as a podcaster and entrepreneur? Put simply, that person has to have a fighting spirit and the drive that comes with being an underdog. Zach Babcock is the CEO and founder of Podcast Powertrain, a podcasting service dedicated to helping alpha entrepreneurs crush their goa…
 
How does a business owner with a lot on their plate even begin to keep up with the newest social media site or the demand for constant content? From the outside, it's a paralyzing thought. But from an insider's perspective, keeping up with the times can be as simple as pushing a button. Gene Volpe is a digital architect at GVI Media, LLC and an all…
 
You must be deliberate and thoughtful to build a winning team. Whether that team is for financial advice or playing baseball – Jerry Benedict has learned valuable lessons from both. Jerry is a financial services representative at CREATIVE Financial Group. After spending 12 years growing within the same firm, he has built his winning team. He specia…
 
How much do you really know about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? As the world gets more digitized by the day, the way we invest and trade is following suit. The majority of us don’t even realize there are alternative ways to grow our existing revenue outside the world of dollar bills or blocks of gold. Kristen Nolan is a Bitcoin enthusiast and…
 
Figure out what you are playing for and make that dream come true. Don’t let history dictate how you live your life. You will never accomplish your wildest dreams without trying to break through barriers and grab at the impossible. When all is said and done, you can have the last laugh, just like Vince Papale. This former Philadelphia Eagles wide r…
 
Most people rarely wind up doing in life exactly what they’d envisioned for themselves as a teenager. But every so often, you’ll meet an exception to that rule. Matt Cord is one of them. Growing up in Philly, Matt remembers having always had two passions: sports and music. In high school, he first got a taste for announcing by doing the morning spo…
 
As a serial entrepreneur, Gercino Soares got his start early — at 7 years old. Having just immigrated to the U.S. from Brazil alongside his grandparents, the trio struck up a business finding discarded appliances which Gercino’s grandfather, a mechanic, would then fix and sell in his Kearny, New Jersey, shop. “When normal kids were going to sleep f…
 
Life is like Jiu-jitsu, it’s either you win or you lose. Did you lose? Stand up, learn from it and train more. Life is gonna kick your ass constantly, it just depends on how you will kickback. Drew Weatherhead is the owner and head instructor of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy located in Alberta, Canada. He started training at the age of 24 and achieve…
 
Has life ever smacked you down to rock bottom? These are the times that make life challenging and try our souls with adversity. If you want to create your life, ignore others and persevere. Choose what makes you happy, stand on your ground, and do not let obstacles stop you from doing what you want. “My best life”. This one concept is Steve Lloyd’s…
 
In episode 025, Chris sits down with “The Voice of Real Estate”, Ian O’Malley. Many of you may know Ian from his near 30-year NYC career as an on-air rock radio personality, currently on Q104.3 FM. TV viewers, from his former tenure as a VH1 VJ, Co-host of Big Brother (CBS), or numerous acting appearances. Outside of public eye media work, his pass…
 
In episode 024, Chris sits down with political activist and Realtor, Al Allen. As an entrepreneur, I have had the pleasure and pain of a wide variety of life/business experiences. Inevitably, all business is the people business first and foremost. Taking care of my clients is what I do. I have a broad base of knowledge and experiences to bring to t…
 
In episode 023, Chris joins us from the beach to discuss how his FUEL has changed since this COVID pandemic started. Our Producer, Gene Volpe sits in the interviewer chair this time which gives us a little different insight into Chris what drives him. Connect with Chris: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/chrisswartz1/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cs…
 
In episode 022, Chris welcomes Coach Bill Hart. Executive Coach, Speaker, Author of “White Collar Warrior”, Host of "All In with Coach Bill Hart" podcast WHAT I DO My work with clients is focused on helping close the gap between where they are and where they want to be. I love the rush of climbing inside somebody’s world and walking through the goo…
 
In episode 021, Chris welcomes mortgage guru, Barry Habib. Barry Habib is an American Entrepreneur and frequent Media resource for his Mortgage and Housing expertise. Barry has had a long tenure with monthly appearances on CNBC and FOX. Barry is the CEO of MBS Highway; a company and platform created to help mortgage professionals and Real Estate Ag…
 
In episode 020, Chris welcomes superstar Philly real estate agent, Maria Quattrone. Maria Quattrone is an entrepreneur, real estate expert, investor, speaker, philanthropist, and Owner/CEO of Maria Quattrone and Associates & RE/MAX @ HOME. Maria has over 25 years of sales, marketing, and branding experience. She is a proud Philadelphia native and T…
 
In episode 019, Chris welcomes Television and voice-over star, Lara Jill Miller. Perhaps best known for her six seasons on camera as tomboy “SAMANTHA” on NBC’s hit sit-com GIMME A BREAK, Lara Jill began her career on Broadway in THE MUSIC MAN with Dick Van Dyke. She can currently be heard singing her way into your hearts as the cuddly “LAMBIE” on D…
 
Episode 018 – Bill McCafferty http://fuelstory.com In episode 018, Chris welcomes longtime friend, Bill McCafferty. Bill is a fulltime Note Investor & Asset Manager for other Note Investors. He assists Homeowners through a process to help them stay in their house and afford payments that fit their budget. Bill is consistently looking to expand his …
 
Episode 017 – Naoji Moriuchi http://fuelstory.com In episode 017, Chris welcomes, Real Estate Agent Najoi Moriuchi. Naoji grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, graduated from Moorestown Friends School, and played on Moorestown’s soccer and lacrosse club teams. As a Realtor and a licensed Broker, Naoji holds an Associate Broker position with Compass RE…
 
Episode 016 – John Dempsey http://fuelstory.com In episode 016, Chris welcomes, Real Estate Agent and MAPS Business Coach John Dempsey. From being a real estate agent to helping coaching fellow agents to their own successes, it’s John’s goal to also specifically coach/help the #CrueltyFree & #PlantBased Sectors. Effectively normalizing these lifest…
 
Episode 015 – The Year In Review http://fuelstory.com In episode 015, Chris brings on show producer Gene Volpe to discuss the show and things that happened in 2019. 2020 brings us new opportunities to have new guests and new goals and we are excited to change the outlook of the show in the new year. Listen and they flip the script and Chris the int…
 
Episode 014 – Jonathan Fink http://fuelstory.com In episode 14, Chris welcomes Real Estate expert, Jonathan Fink. Jonathan came to Philadelphia in 1983 to study the cello at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts now the University of the Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and has been an active freelance cellist in the …
 
Episode 013 – Nate Bailey http://fuelstory.com In episode 13, Chris welcomes Coach Nate Bailey. Nate’s mission in life is to impact men and women who are ready to truly have the life they have always desired. As the Lead Trainer and Lead Coach of the Prosperity Revolution, ManWealth, and Shield Maiden programs, he has had the honor and pleasure of …
 
Episode 012 – Tracy Ashdale http://fuelstory.com In episode 12, Chris welcomes the Executive Director, Chief Energy Officer at Girls on the Run, Tracy Ashdale. Girls on the Run is a life-changing, positive youth- development program for girls ages 8-11 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self. The program combines training to participa…
 
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