Ditch Digger CEO is a podcast that makes entrepreneurial wisdom from the world's greatest business minds accessible for professionals everywhere. We tell the real stories of people who have risen to the top. Their raw wisdom, unfiltered mistakes, and the lessons they've learned along the way go straight from their mouths to your ears.
We're here to remind our listeners that big dreams, hard work, and persistence can make any corner of the world brighter and bolder. Whether you're a veteran CEO and entrepreneur or you're just starting out, Ditch Digger CEO can be your secret sauce to success, differentiation, and how to get ahead in a meaningful, fulfilling way.
01/19/2021 • 1 hour and 41 mins
Brian Spaly (@BrianSpaly) is currently the General Partner at Brand Foundry Ventures and Executive Chairman at Tecovas, a direct-to-consumer Western Bootmaker based in Austin, TX. Up until January 2017, Brian was Founder and CEO of Trunk Club, where he focused on making it easy for men and women to discover and acquire awesome clothing without the hassles of the traditional shopping experience.
01/12/2021 • 1 hour and 44 mins
Erik Weir (@WCMGlobalWealth) is the Founder and Principal of WCM Global Wealth, which seeks to deliver optimum quality investment advice and money management for high net-worth investors. Erik joined Merrill Lynch in 1989 and subsequently worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as a Senior Vice President providing money management services to various founders of technology companies.
01/05/2021 • 39 mins and 37 sec
Eva Yazhari (@beyondcapital) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Capital, an impact investment fund founded on the belief that investing is a powerful mindset that can inspire good and improve lives. Throughout her 16-year career, Eva has worked in the impact investment, finance, and asset management industries.
12/29/2020 • 1 hour and 25 mins
Dean Vicha has accumulated 27 years in the truck rental and leasing industry. He has held a variety of posts of increasing responsibility up to his current position of President of NationaLease, obtained in 2012. He currently oversees the North American Organization which provides NationaLease Membership with Member to Member Support, Purchasing, National Account Acquisition and Management, and Meeting/Training Coordination to over 900 locations.
10/27/2020 • 1 hour and 42 mins
Mark Kaufman (@Athltcoguy) is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Athletico Physical Therapy a leading provider of outpatient physical and occupational therapy. Athletico offers the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes in over 500 locations throughout 12 states. He attended the University of Iowa, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education in 1986.
10/13/2020 • 1 hour and 07 mins
Peter Kozodoy (@PeterKozodoy) is a TEDx speaker, author of Honest to Greatness: How Today's Greatest Leaders Use Brutal Honesty to Achieve Massive Success, and serial entrepreneur, currently serving as the CEO of Stradeso and the Partner/Chief Strategy Officer of GEM Advertising and more.
Ditch-Digger CEO is a podcast on climbing to the top of the ladder no matter where you start. It's for those with big, bold ideas who want to learn from the experiences of some of the most successful people in the world.
MEET OUR HOSTS:
In the Spring of 1981, Gary Rabine was a senior in high school trying to decide which way his future would go. While his friends were busy preparing for college, Gary was dreaming of starting a landscaping or paving business. With the experience he gained laboring and running heavy equipment for his dad's small business, he new he could do it.
One afternoon in his schools cafeteria, surrounded by college-bound friends, Gary was asked what his college plans were. When he replied that he planned to save money to start a business, a smart ass friend eagerly termed him a "Ditch-Digger", loudly laughing “Gary's going to be a Ditch Digger”.
Gary harnessed this memory and used it to motivate him to walk his own path. 37 years later, Gary Rabine has grown Rabine Paving and many others businesses which are now the Rabine Group of Companies. This podcast is about stories like his. From "ditch-digger" to the founder/CEO of a national facilities services empire.
Quinton James is a founding partner of True Mentors, a unique and dynamic mentorship platform that connects young entrepreneurs with successful CEOs and business leaders.
Quinton brings a great sense of humor and energy to our Ditch-Digger CEO podcast. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, he questions our guest from a young, fresh paradigm, one that values work ethic and execution.
His questions always help to bring out the secrets of our guests' success. Quinton gives great insight on how stories can inspire, motivate, and offer hard-but-valuable truths about the journey to success.