Dreamers.
Becoming Doers

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 from Ditch Digger to CEO

with Gary Rabine

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 men and women 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 - so you can decide 

 

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. 

 

RECENT EPISODES

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11/18/2019  •  86 min

Jonathan Slain is a recession expert, speaker, EOS (Traction) implementer, who helps companies slingshot past the competition in downturns.

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11/04/2019  •  61 min

Kent Emmons is an All-American businessman and entrepreneur who has had a long successful career in the entertainment industry. From humble beginnings mowing yards in Mt. Carmel, IL, to signing top 10 recording artists in Atlanta and creating the 24/7 comedy radio format in Hollywood, he has definitely made his mark across a variety of industries.

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10/28/2019  •  53 min

Kent Emmons is an All-American businessman and entrepreneur who has had a long successful career in the entertainment industry. From humble beginnings mowing yards in Mt. Carmel, IL, to signing top 10 recording artists in Atlanta and creating the 24/7 comedy radio format in Hollywood, he has definitely made his mark across a variety of industries.

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10/6/2019  •  84 min

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9/29/2019  •  84 min

Austin Rabine started SITE as a pavement assessment service that utilizes modern technology to give their customers in-depth analysis and reporting on their properties.  Austin set out to create a product that was an easy way to show businesses a portfolio of their property maintenance items so they can make quick and informed decisions. Austin is the son of our host Gary Rabine, who adds color to the early days of Austin’s entrepreneurial spirit.

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9/22/2019  •  84 min

Austin Rabine started SITE as a pavement assessment service that utilizes modern technology to give their customers in-depth analysis and reporting on their properties.  Austin set out to create a product that was an easy way to show businesses a portfolio of their property maintenance items so they can make quick and informed decisions. Austin is the son of our host Gary Rabine, who adds color to the early days of Austin’s entrepreneurial spirit.

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8/11/2019  •  84 min

Chris Krause founded Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) in 2000, which has helped more than 100,000 student-athletes receive $8+ billion in scholarships. Chris realized his passion after earning a full football scholarship to play in the SEC at Vanderbilt University. After graduating, Chris made it his goal that every student-athlete had the opportunity to play college sports in return for an education and lifelong empowerment.

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8/04/2019  •  84 min

Chris Krause founded Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) in 2000, which has helped more than 100,000 student-athletes receive $8+ billion in scholarships. Chris realized his passion after earning a full football scholarship to play in the SEC at Vanderbilt University. After graduating, Chris made it his goal that every student-athlete had the opportunity to play college sports in return for an education and lifelong empowerment.

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7/08/2019  •  90 min

Tom Walter is a serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, as well as a principal in numerous companies with over forty years of experience as an owner and operator in the service industry. He has learned a lot of life lessons from the start up of 32 companies, acquisition of three, sale of several, and—in a few cases—the termination of businesses, all in a broad spectrum of markets.  

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7/08/2019  •  90 min

Tom Walter is a serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, as well as a principal in numerous companies with over forty years of experience as an owner and operator in the service industry. He has learned a lot of life lessons from the start up of 32 companies, acquisition of three, sale of several, and—in a few cases—the termination of businesses, all in a broad spectrum of markets.  

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6/17/2019  •  90 min

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo, M.D., Sc.D. is the Chairman and CEO of TruCytonics Institute & NeuroCytonix, Inc., at the Montgomery Biotechnology campus of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Trujillo obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Neurosciences and Molecular Virology at Harvard University. 

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6/9/2019  •  90 min

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo, M.D., Sc.D. is the Chairman and CEO of TruCytonics Institute & NeuroCytonix, Inc., at the Montgomery Biotechnology campus of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Trujillo obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Neurosciences and Molecular Virology at Harvard University. 

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5/5/2019  •  90 min

Scott Mordell has been a YPO member since 1995 and a former chair of its Chicago Chapter. He has more than 20 years of CEO-level experience in organizational management, strategy development and implementation, global commerce and public policy. He's a leader of leaders.

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5/5/2019  •  90 min

It’s about 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. This is a show about men and women who grow their businesses from nothing to million- or even billion-dollar enterprises...

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3/18/2019  •  90 min

Jose Vargas is a serial entrepreneur and investor, building and growing technology companies for over 18 years. Currently serving on the board at PeopleFund (a technology VC), HealthCare.com, and Autoweb NASDAQ. Jose lives in Miami with his wife and children and is an active philanthropist. Originally from Venezuela, Jose talks about dealing with fear and mergers and acquisitions. 

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4/1/2019  •  90 min

France Q Hoang is a veteran entrepreneur who has been on the founding teams of companies that have generated over $600 million of combined sales and employed 1200+ people across the fields of law, aerospace, defense, government services and technology. With 20+ years of national security experience, France has served in every branch of government. 

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3/25/2019  •  90 min

Barry Schlouch is the Co-founder and President of Schlouch Incorporated, a site design and construction firm, headquartered in Blandon, PA. Author of the book, "Excellence in Construction", Barry Schlouch is a speaker, consultant, and and mentor to both businesses and individuals interested in achieving excellence in business and life. 

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3/18/2019  •  90 min

Stephane Rambaud is president of global forwarding at Rambaud Holdings and is responsible for global forwarding and project logistics services across the company's international network. A 3rd generation freight forwarder, he began his career in 1986. He'll share how he got partners to buy into his plans, his unique definition of luck, and how to grow a business the USA. 

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3/10/2019  •  90 min

Ray H. Neisewander III serves as the Chairman and CEO for Raynor Worldwide, Inc. Ray has been committed to the family business since 1986, when he joined the Raynor Executive Management Team and the Board of Directors. He has held several positions in the family's enterprises, including Raynor's Motorsports Group, KWIK-WALL division, and Holiday Inn Franchise.

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3/1/2019  •  90 min

Sam McBride is Chief Operating Officer at RXBAR, a Chicago-based manufacturer, overseeing the organization's supply chain, sales, marketing and operations teams. Sam grew RXBAR's top line growth through retail distribution and e-commerce from $2 Million to $130 Million in just three years. 

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2/25/2019  •  90 min

Tony Saliba is CEO of Matrix Holding Group & Mercury Digital Assets. Considered a pioneer & leader in the Chicago derivatives market for over 20 years, Tony holds exchange memberships on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (serving on the Board of Directors from 1987-1990), The Chicago Board of Trade, & the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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1/26/2019  •  69 min

Garry McCarthy is a native New Yorker who ran the Chicago Police Department under Rahm Emanuel for more than four years. Garry’s public service includes 25 years as an officer on the New York Police Department, including six as deputy commissioner of operations; five years as police director in Newark, N.J. and four years as Chicago Police Superintendent.

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1/26/2019  •  105 min

Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA,  a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and  limited government. A best-selling  author, Charlie was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018.

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1/13/2019  •  96 min

Ryan Daube is AFN’s co-founder and chairman. A graduate from Indiana University, Ryan joined the dynamic third-party logistics industry and created AFN in 2003. He is a dedicated philanthropist, actively supporting the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, among other causes. 

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1/6/2019  •  75 min

Ed Zeman has become one of the most respected and accomplished manufactured home community real estate executives in the country.  With expertise in green field development, acquisitions, strategic planning and capital raising, he has a solid record of double-digit revenue growth and long-term value creation. 

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12/16/2018  •  104 min

Nick Mathey is the founder and CEO of Pipe View America, a revolutionary pipeline televising company that uses the latest camera and robotics technology to view underground pipelines that were previously inaccessible. Nick discusses core values, hiring team members with grit, and how to inspire others. 

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12/16/2018  •  104 min

Bill Ryan is a Pittsburgh native that moved to the Windy City and built his own housing brand. His episode discusses how he made it big in manufactured housing, how his company survived and thrived during the 2008 recession, and how to take the right risks for your business. 

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12/11/2018  •  84 min

Paul C. Darley is the Chairman, CEO, and President of the W.S. Darley & Co. Under his leadership, sales have increased over 1000% to over 185 million in 2016. Paul earned his MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. He's travelled to over 80 countries in his 25-year tenure, and made over 500 speaking engagements. 

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12/2/2018  •  71 min

Shelly Sun is the CEO and Founder of BrightStar Group Holdings, Inc., a premium healthcare staffing company providing the full continuum of care. She's been a guest on CBS' hit TV-show, Under Cover Boss, and grew her brand to over $300 million in under 10 years. 

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11/25/2018  •  96 min

Dennis Barsema was previously the president and CEO of Redback Networks, where he led the company through rapid growth and one of the most successful IPOs in Wall Street history. Dennis has more than 30 years of executive experience in telecommunications, software, and optical networking. 

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11/18/2018  •  61 min

Ronda Shrewsbury Weybright is the President and Owner of RealAmerica Development LLC and has carved out her place in the world of real estate. She's an active member in the Young President's Organization, holds an active Indiana Principal Brokers License, and participates in numerous philanthropic activities within and around her local community. 

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11/11/2018  •  67 min

Biju Kulathakal is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor. He's a co-founder and early investor in RedBox - one of the largest movie rental companies in the US and the fastest growing in terms of revenue. He's the founder of several entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures. Biju's current focus is co-founder and CEO of Halo Investing. 

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11/04/2018  •  72 min

Our guest this week is John DeBlasio, a wildly successful serial entrepreneur with a heavy emphasis on philanthropy. John is a Senior Executive, Global Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist with over 25+ years working to progress US policy goals, develop international business in the private sector, and solve problems through philanthropic means around the world.

10/28/2018  •  52 min

Our guest this week is Jimmy John (James John Liautaud) who is the founder, chairman, and majority owner of Jimmy John’s sandwich chain. He has been recognized by Nation's Restaurant News for overseeing one of the fastest-growing chains in the country and is a philanthropist and mentor for entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry...

10/26/2018  •  97 min

It’s about 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. This is a show about men and women who grow their businesses from nothing to million- or even billion-dollar enterprises...

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About

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:

Gary Rabine

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

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. 

 

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