November Professional Networking

This Business Round Table by Exit Your Way® was the November Professional Networking event.  We started off the November Professional Networking event by asking the attendees to introduce themselves, what they do, and answer a question from a random question generator. 

This Business Round Table by Exit Your Way® was the November Professional Networking event.

We started off the November Professional Networking event by asking the attendees to introduce themselves, what they do, and answer a question from a random question generator.

It was great hearing the answers to the questions.  So many funny things and answers that helped us learn more about each other.

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It is also interesting to hearing how people’s introductions are changing and being refined.

The comments from LinkedIn also added to the event.  It will be interesting to see how this affects the events in the future.

We went back to the tables and talked about what went well in 2020 and what we could use help with.  These things were shared in the chat so people can follow up and help each other.

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The experience in the room and the information shared at the tables after was awesome. This is such a fun group.

Thanks to the people who attended the November Professional Networking event and who continue to support this group.  We all rise together!

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Damon Pistulka, Andrew Deutsch, Troy Neihaus, Suzanne Taylor-King, Kelly Robinson, Ira Bowman, Curt Anderson, Dr. Elia


Damon Pistulka  00:04

Good morning, everybody. All right. All right, here we go again for another Exit Your Way round table. This is our November professional networking event. And we’re going to have some fun today, like we normally do, we’re going to do the introductions at the beginning. And today, we’re putting another twist into it. I’ve got a random question generator over here on another tab in my screen. So everybody’s going to get to do their introduction. And then you have to answer a question. Now. It’s, it’s a different question. So you know, was based on what the person before was asked. This is good. Yeah. Yeah. It’s business related questions. Do we have any idea what genre they’re they’re they’re they’re purely random. Like, here’s one that just came came up. If you are offered the position of mayor of your city, would you take it?


Ira Bowman  00:55

Oh, heck, yeah.


Damon Pistulka  00:56

Okay. Well, that’s. So there’s the kind of things there’s, they’re there, and everyone gets one pass? Because if something comes up and goes, Hey, that’s kind of uncomfortable. I don’t want to do it. Yeah. So


Ira Bowman  01:07

why don’t you like IRA Bowman’s? Yeah, yeah. So the the next thing, then we’re going to, we’re going to do our introductions. That will take us a little bit, and then we’re going to go back to the tables. And we’re going to talk about two things around the tables, what we want to do is go around them and go, Okay, what was one professional win that you had this year, that you go, man, this is this is really worked for me. And then we want to talk about one professional challenge that you’ve had that maybe is still left on, on her unsolved, right. And we want you to share these in the chat. Because at the end of the, at the end of the event, I will download the chat, and I’m going to send this out to the people that attended. And you know, this group was put together to help with networking and help people find solutions to things. So what I’m hoping is that this chat will allow you to everyone will take review the chat. And if there’s something you can help somebody with, reach out to them and offer what you can do to help, right. That’s why we’re together. That’s why we do this. We’re getting here to meet people and have fun and do these kinds of things. So


Damon Pistulka  02:20

Andrew is going to be with us today. But he’s still finishing his move in the Geek Squad guys are actually setting up his internet as we speak with a bunch of geeks, but he wouldn’t be giving here anyway. So he’s just doing an in person. Yeah, he’s just doing it in person. So you can get it. But he will be back with us next week and and on the on the event or not next week, because we have next week off. And then our are we next Thursday’s turkey day, everybody? Yeah, yeah. My wife. It’s turkey day around here every day. But


Ira Bowman  02:54



Damon Pistulka  02:55

yep. And we’ve got we’ve actually got the events planned out through the end of the year here. And I’m, and we will be asking as the events come up. I’m thinking about maybe having a mixer kind of event in December. But we obviously want to have a mixer event later in the day. So we can we can do that kind of thing, too.


Ira Bowman  03:17

It’s five o’clock somewhere.


Damon Pistulka  03:18

Yeah, it’s five o’clock.


Ira Bowman  03:19

So it’s 803 right now, and I would not be mixing up


Damon Pistulka  03:24

like to get an 803 that’s that for sure. Or even 1103 for East Coast friends. It’s a little early. But I’m thinking about that. You know, we’ll we’ll discuss some times, but we definitely are going to do something if we’re going to do that. We’re going to do it in the afternoon at a different time. And that will be fine.



Yeah, that was


Damon Pistulka  03:42

Yeah, yeah. It’ll be interesting. So we’ll, we’ll get that we’ll get that on our


Ira Bowman  03:48

mixed it up with exit your way or something like that, right.


Damon Pistulka  03:52

Yeah, I’m writing it down. So we are going to get started here and


Ira Bowman  03:59

you’ll me bring people


Damon Pistulka  04:00

Yeah, go ahead and start bringing people up. All right, jam will give me Oh, it’s 504 and luxenberg. Someone said on LinkedIn because we’re live in now too. So everybody when you do these introductions, answer the questions. We’re also going to be live on Hello. Looks like today. Oh, Boise State.



Wow. Is the state


Ira Bowman  04:20

that’s the bluest turf in football.


Damon Pistulka  04:23

Yes. Never seen the Boise State game just you gotta dial the adjustments on your color because it’s gonna make


Ira Bowman  04:29

it makes you Smurf out but they’re pretty good. Yeah. Like they’re that team can compete.


Troy Neihaus  04:35

Yeah, they are really good team. Yeah. My daughter went to school there. And so it was chilly in the house this morning. So I figured I’d throw on my sweater.


Ira Bowman  04:44

Yeah. Good day invent the Statue of Liberty play. I think that’s third. You know, they



made it famous. I



don’t know. They.


Ira Bowman  04:51

Maybe that’s bogus. Yeah, they made a famous. Yeah. How’s


Troy Neihaus  04:55

everyone doing?


Damon Pistulka  04:56

Good. Good. Well, Troy, so tell us a little bit by yourself, and then I’ll give you your question.


Ira Bowman  05:03

Yes. Wow. 32nd elevator pitch kind of


Troy Neihaus  05:06

Yep. So listen, I, I’m an advisor Bernstein, we are a global investment research and management firm. We’re in 25 different company countries, and we’ve got 20 offices, all located throughout the US. We only work with wealthy individuals, we do one thing and one thing only, it’s investment research and management. The wealthy individuals, generally people invest somewhere between 5 million and 100 million of investable assets with us. I have clients that have far north of that, and I’ve got some clients that have just around a couple million, but I focus my practice on working with business owners, especially business owners in transition. So you know, I like to meet them early, where I can add value to introductions to people like Damon and, and others and lawyers and CPAs. Stay with them as they grow their business as they mature, and then help them plan for an exit either selling their company, or taking taking an IPO.


Damon Pistulka  06:05

Yeah. And one of the things that Bernstein has that’s that’s really interesting is a there’s a whole process and in a system that helps a business owner decide different scenarios in their in the sale of a company, which is incredible. So if you’re interested in that they talk to Troy it’s really something.


Troy Neihaus  06:26

Yeah, it’s really sophisticated. We don’t charge a dime for for our planning. Yeah, it’s one way we help to get the foot in the door. Otherwise, it’s you know, can be a barrier for people to introduce us. But we do a lot more than than in the planning front. And as Damon was alluding to, we have developed this tool that is the most sophisticated in our industry, we can simulate deal terms. Yeah, play them off against one another allow a business owner pre experience with that liquidity event is going to be like before it ever happened. Yep.


Damon Pistulka  06:57

Yep. It’s awesome. We’ve had several clients use it and it works well. So your question this morning, Troy is it’s this is an easy one. I should always hit the button again. What board game do you like the most?


Troy Neihaus  07:12

Ah, goodness gracious. It’s been a while since I played a board game. Um, I have to go back to the old days. And one of my favorites was was monopoly there. Yeah, maybe I’m in the world I am today. But I love I love monopoly. Yeah, good stuff. Good stuff. Awesome. Troy. Well, who


Damon Pistulka  07:32

we have next IRA?



Susan Taylor King.


Damon Pistulka  07:37

Oh, right. Suzanne. Get the participant participants up here and do


Ira Bowman  07:46

need you to turn on your camera and you will be on stage with us.



There I am.



All right.


Ira Bowman  07:54

Now I want to give props for having beside for mine, of course, the coolest glasses of any of the attendees. Oh, thank


Suzanne Taylor-King  08:01

you. Thank you. One of my one of my clients is an amazing optometrist. And he has a beautiful selection of glasses. So I kind of walk in every six months and pick out a funky new pair. So thank you.



There you go. Good. to rock the glasses myself. So



yeah, we got that in common.


Damon Pistulka  08:23

We do. Suzanne, let’s let’s hear about yourself.


Suzanne Taylor-King  08:27

Yeah, so I am a lifelong, holistic living provider. I’ve been a nutritionist and personal trainer. And I’ve had different businesses since the early 90s. Got my first start with a snowboard and skateboard retail chain. And over the last 12 years developed a business consulting and strategy practice, and working on putting a team together of consultants to help my clients in every single area from style and photos to branding and marketing. Ah, very good.


Damon Pistulka  09:06

Very good. Cool. Cool. So that’s awesome.



Thank you.


Damon Pistulka  09:11

Your question is a little deeper,



is a little while.


Damon Pistulka  09:15

It’s a little deeper. If you remember, we have one pass. Everyone’s got one pass. If you read the world that one disease, what would it be?



Oh, right now? Yep.


Damon Pistulka  09:31

Maybe we should change this question. No,


Suzanne Taylor-King  09:32

  1. So initially, I want to say COVID. Right. It’s gone. But I think a a bigger ask would be cancer. Yeah.


Damon Pistulka  09:47

There you go. There you go. We can awesome. That’s a good one. That’s a good one. That would have been my choice. Yeah.


Ira Bowman  09:54

I think that’s a no brainer. Yeah. or heart disease. Something like that. Yeah.


Damon Pistulka  09:58

Yep. Cool. So Who we have next great



Higgs. Awesome.



How are you today? Good morning. You guys are this morning everywhere except for AJ,


Ira Bowman  10:14

Iran, Iran. Iran is like, I’ll mix it up right now. Yeah. Give me some cornflakes. And I’m good to go.



Yeah, pour beer. All right. There we go.


Ira Bowman  10:25

He gotta follow along week the week to get these. Yeah. Tell us.


Damon Pistulka  10:35

So I’m Ron Higgs located in Seattle right now I am a fractional COO, I have been looking for. I have been looking for a full time position. My specialty is operations, operations management, most recently as the clo of a small company. So I’m looking for something with the director of operations or something similar, but in the meantime, I’ve taken on some fractional work as a CEO. Very good. Very good. So Ron, your question today is a little more interesting. I think. If you inherited or won a million dollars, what’s the very first thing you would do with the money?



So I guess a million dollars isn’t a ton of money right? Now, but you know what? So I, for family, you know what I mean? My mom didn’t plan well, for future. Yeah. And I take care of her. So the first thing I would do is I would set my mom up and some things that she’s never had or enjoyed before.



She’s 75 you know, and I mean, you know, in failing health, but I would never do that the rest of her life is wonderful. That would be very cool. That’d be very cool. Awesome answer. Geez. That, yeah. Awesome. First thing that came to mind, man. Yeah, I mean, that help.


Ira Bowman  12:03

That’s so good. The beginning of a country song, Mama.


Damon Pistulka  12:07

Yeah. Good. Ron, thank you so much.



Next. Next,


Damon Pistulka  12:12

we have penny. Penny Sprague? Awesome. Lisa is the penny that I know of? So hopefully,


Ira Bowman  12:20

that’s the one not to nickel and dime. We just looked at the Dallas Fort Worth Penny





Damon Pistulka  12:28

Yeah, turn your camera on. A penny can’t get the technical difficulties. We’ll go back to her later.


Ira Bowman  12:35

Yep. Yeah. Let’s see. So then it would be Mr. Jeffrey Graham.


Damon Pistulka  12:40

Jeff, are pennies up? Awesome. Nope.



All right. There she is. And actually, we had


Ira Bowman  12:48

a couple other people between you, Jeff. Sorry. I don’t know what happened there. Yeah, people drop out. But now they’re back.



Yeah. Cool. And Harry, but hey, y’all. Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. I’m actually not in Dallas, but I’m about five miles away from South Fork, which is not in Dallas.


Ira Bowman  13:11

Did you ever watch the show in Dallas? in Dallas?



Yeah, every Friday night. My stepfather love that show. And by the way, Ron, you took away my heart when you talked about your mom, I think that was absolutely deadly. And so what I do is I’m an HR generalist, and I do everything from employee engagement to working with managers for recruiting to compliance. And I can do that either out of Dallas or remotely. On contract and or full time. So if you need HR needs, I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me, I also do help job seekers. Don’t tell everybody, because if you do, I won’t have any time to get a job.



Just following that. I have know that she does, though.



Yeah, I do. And I have helped one person who started on Monday, I helped him with a salary negotiations with a nonprofit group out of Houston. Awesome.


Damon Pistulka  14:13

Yeah. Great. Great. Penny and glad you could be here today. So your question, Kenny, is a little bit easier. But it’s going to be interesting. Where did your family go on vacations in the summer?






we used to go to we lived in Connecticut, and we would go to muskwa. Market Rhode Island to go to the beach. Ah, that’s where we would go. Every year. I looked like the Coppertone baby back then. Not now. But But yeah, we do that and that was a great time. For my family, we had a great time.


Damon Pistulka  15:02

Awesome. Well, thanks so much. And who do we have next IRA?



Yes is Mark.



Thank you. Thanks, Benny.


Damon Pistulka  15:12

Yeah, Mark Inari is



good. I’m good. Thanks, marks grumeti. I’m in Chicago. My background is in e commerce operations. I sold musical instruments online for 12 years. That includes product development, digital marketing, customer service, anything related to a call center with a call center, about 100 people. I have an entrepreneurial background, did multiple startups, loves cookies, strategic tactical, and hands on work, full scope of things, everything related to scaling, growth, and optimizing for profitability. And recently, I started my own fractional CFO practice. And I landed my first client this week. So I got started this week. And so I’m looking for what’s next after that, still drinking from the firehose, and I’m happy to help any any way any way I can.


Damon Pistulka  16:03

awesome to hear mark, you got your first client gone. That’s That’s cool. So and, and he’s understating his e commerce experience a bit. I mean, the company you work with was was nearly 100 million dollars. I mean, that hundred 50 Yeah, it’s a large larger e commerce company. So that’s that that’s when you think about the things that he was doing behind the scenes to make a company like that run. It’s it’s really interesting. So your question Oh, this is a good one. All right, I’m ready. You’re in a witness protection program. What would your new name be and where would you go?



Oh, man. I guess it has to be something kind of low key right because I was thinking of those you know those like the name of your the street that you grew up on and your first pet you know, like Hollywood lucky or something look lucky Hollywood, but I’d have to play it down. So man, maybe be Ron Higgs. Now.


Damon Pistulka  17:08

There you go.


Ira Bowman  17:09

That’s a good that’s a look. He knew I’d be Ron Higgs. And and I would I would hide out man. I could anywhere in the world. Um, yeah. So yeah, I think it would be like the south of France. I think I’ll go with the south of France. I mean, Italy is close there, like, you know, but I’ll say the south of France like a nice little 400 year old cottage with some land. And you wouldn’t know who you pissed off that you had to go? Well, you know, I do have a Sicilian background. So whenever you go stuff,



yeah, answer, answer. It.


Ira Bowman  17:46

I’ve been asked and answered. There we go.


Damon Pistulka  17:49

There we go. That’s enough. All right. Thanks. Kimberly. Ellie Robinson.



And masky.


Ira Bowman  18:02

She’s on a treadmill. That’s my guess.



Yeah. Yeah. And if


Damon Pistulka  18:07

Kelly’s news thing, can you tell us a little bit about your national news that you’re doing now? It’s awesome. Yeah, so


Kelly Robinson  18:15

I’m on a show with Rick Amato called politics and profits. And I am a regular contributor, where I’ve signed a deal to do 21 appearances for him in the next 15 months. So I just have an eight to 10 minute segment, where he’ll ask me some questions on recruiting and hiring job seeking things like that. And so it’s very real. Yeah, we record tomorrow night again. It’s pretty funny, but he reports a Friday night it’s like a cold is it in your house?


Ira Bowman  18:45

That you have that big little jacket on? Oh,


Kelly Robinson  18:49

it’s pretty cold. I don’t like I don’t like much. I actually turned the heat up today is 65. But like, I’m gonna start. I’m going to be hot soon.



The hot. He turned the heat up to 65



Oh, yeah.


Ira Bowman  19:02

This is why I don’t live in Pennsylvania people. Yeah.


Kelly Robinson  19:05

My house all the time. 62 at night, I have my ceiling fan going to I love cold.


Ira Bowman  19:13

But today, it’s going to be 73 here.


Damon Pistulka  19:15

So there you go. Oh, Kelly, about your business. Do your introduction and I’ve got a question for you. Okay,


Kelly Robinson  19:23

so my name is Kelly Robinson. I have a company called pontos. We are a talent acquisition and retention firms so our companies partner with us to hire on their behalf. So not not contingency. We’re actually hiring for our clients directly.


Damon Pistulka  19:42

Very good. Very good. Awesome. So your question is interesting. What is your favorite mouth? Oh,


Kelly Robinson  19:53

my favorite. What?






aroma, say aroma,


Damon Pistulka  19:57

aroma random. It’s a random question, but it’s Interesting,


Kelly Robinson  20:00

my son.





Damon Pistulka  20:03

I get that. I get that you’re kidding.


Ira Bowman  20:06

He’s preteen stinky. Like onion. No. Yeah.



Not yet.


Damon Pistulka  20:11

Not yet.


Kelly Robinson  20:12

I make it take a shower every night.


Ira Bowman  20:14

There you go. That’s why he smells nice. He smells like soap. So you really like that you like the smells? So


Kelly Robinson  20:20

I thought Yes. You know people have smells.



Yeah. Yeah. No, they


Ira Bowman  20:23

don’t tell you.


Damon Pistulka  20:24

Yep, that’s awesome. That’s that. That’s like


Ira Bowman  20:32

my mom and children. So


Damon Pistulka  20:35

awesome answer. Thanks, Kelly. All right, Josh.


Ira Bowman  20:40

Thanks, Kelly. Josh is up here.



There we go.



Hey, what’s up,



Sammy, Josh, Josh. How’s it going everyone? I’m Josh Kersey. Oh protocol lady located in Bradford, Pennsylvania, which is actually here to Buffalo, New York than probably any place you guys would recognize. Other than Kurt Anderson. You all know Kurt, I’m an hour here.


Ira Bowman  21:05

You’re making me feel better about the weather there because you don’t look like you’re bundled up for snow Kelly look like she was ready to like walk in some snow. You look like you could be right here. So






I wish I was there. We woke up it was 23 degrees this


Damon Pistulka  21:18

morning but supposed to be in the 50s today. No, no thank you. So our agency works with manufacturing companies helps them with their lead generation and sales. Were a HubSpot Platinum partner and I also lead the HubSpot user group in Rochester New York. All right. Awesome, Josh. Yeah, these guys are solid to man work for them a couple times Yeah, they gave a


Ira Bowman  21:42

presentation gave a presentation about two months ago right so


Damon Pistulka  21:45

yeah, yeah.


Ira Bowman  21:47

That was my first exposure with you


Damon Pistulka  21:49

Josh gonna be speaking on the roundtable I believe in December sometime 10th I think we did that every now so we’re gonna get him on that and and also you’ve spoken on the the e commerce series that that curt & exit your way at b2b tail Kurt and exit your way sponsor on Fridays, too.


Ira Bowman  22:08

That was a that’s a great series. By the way. If you guys were on here, and you don’t know about that every Thursday, I’m sorry, Friday at 1030 Pacific 130. Eastern time. It’s a half hour talk where Kurt’s bringing in people like tomorrow video, which all of you so whenever you’re in the power of video is being covered. It’s a great little thing. And we do our November Professional networking there too. So yeah,


Damon Pistulka  22:31

yep. And Bonnie’s done. Ronnie’s got over 5 million views or something like on 13,000,013. Oh, my God. I yeah, that’s nuts. That’s nuts. But Josh, your question? awesome, dude, because this is gonna be a good one. Who was your first celebrity crush? Ooh. Oh, gosh. That is a tough hard, Greg. How far back? Are


Ira Bowman  22:53

we talking to you? I want to know what year it says first. I



don’t know. First, your first one I can remember. I would say Claire Danes. Oh, yeah. Good. I had watched her recently as an adult and homeland. And her mannerisms and whatnot just annoyed me. So I don’t know that I would still choose that today. But that’s the first one I can remember.


Ira Bowman  23:17

But back then, how long ago was that? Because I don’t even



know. I’m 38.



Yeah, no,



I don’t know. 20 years.



20 years? Yeah. When he was 25. I don’t know. Yeah. Awesome. Clear days. I laughing when I saw that it I saw you coming up. Awesome.



That’s crazy. All right.


Ira Bowman  23:40

Now, Jeff, for real. Sorry. Did I did that to Jeff. It was a false start on my on my bed. But


Damon Pistulka  23:48

all right. Yeah. I know. Jeff. can’t show us a dozen that video today. But but we’ll get him audio wise and


Ira Bowman  23:54

he could come on audio. Yeah. What’s your look? Right? Yep. So I have a beanie. Wait a minute. I have a beanie somewhere. I could slap a beanie on and, yeah, he lives where it’s cold in Denver.


Damon Pistulka  24:05

Yeah. All right. Maybe he’s not gonna be able to get up here. All right. Let’s move on to the next person.



Next is Jacob Warren.


Damon Pistulka  24:14

Jacob Warren. Yeah.


Ira Bowman  24:19

Jacobs got a beard. Look at that beard mirror. That’s it. That’s all manly. manly. I wish I could do that. My wife.



Yeah. Trying to go to here.


Ira Bowman  24:28

Go to go to the Matt Crump style. You know what I mean? Yeah, yes. Yes. That was that was the best beard on LinkedIn until he shaved it. It was until he shaved it and shaved it because of cancer. Yeah.


Damon Pistulka  24:41

So he could shave his beard. That was awesome. Yeah, that’s awesome.


Ira Bowman  24:46

You get 30 seconds or so to get your elevator pitch and then we got a random question for you.





Damon Pistulka  24:53

So I’m Jake born with Warren research and we do it support and cloud service. airbases so that wonderful teams in office 365 the full suite we work with that.



And yeah, we love providing ongoing technologies support to small to mid level businesses. Yep,


Ira Bowman  25:14

they do an awesome job if you guys are running your business and you need it help Jacobs to do.


Damon Pistulka  25:19

Yep. Yep. sweet song. Your question Jacob is, what is a TV show that you secretly enjoy?



My Looney.



Oh, that’s good. Like,


Ira Bowman  25:39

say My Little Pony. I will laugh my butt off.



I’m a believer or not. It was it was downtown.



But my wife was giving me a hug about it because it was just like, I would be like, Oh, no, not watching it. And then I sit there through the episode be like, yeah.


Ira Bowman  26:11

So I’m not gonna give you any crap.


Damon Pistulka  26:13

No, I do a lot of people. All right. All right. Thanks, Jacob. Awesome item. Jacob. Great stuff.



Dr. Alien


Damon Pistulka  26:23

aelia. Awesome.



Hey, guys, how do you do he? How you doing?


Dr. Elia  26:28

I’m doing good. It’s a little darker isn’t just me. It just seems a little dark.



From our perspective, you’re fine. All right.





Dr. Elia  26:39

what do I do? Man, that’s it. That’s probably the toughest the 32nd pitch is the toughest thing. I like to talk a lot. I know that. I happen to some wellness expert. You know, this is what I do. Corporate wise. I’m the president, the happiness Center, which is an organization of, you know, world leading experts in the field of positive psychology. So corporate wellness, happiness and leadership. And as of late, really concentrating and doing a lot of programs for how to navigate any crisis, not just a pandemic, but any crisis. And that’s seems to be resonating across like from fortune five, you know, 100 like Bank of America, you have self care for health care for companies. So do nonprofits. Everybody has the same issues that their employees are struggling. That’s,



you know, yeah.


Ira Bowman  27:27

Well, you nailed it. I mean, 30 seconds. It was pretty good.


Damon Pistulka  27:29

Yeah. Dr. Aly is is quite humble here. He’s he speaks to like thousands of people at a time. So it’s, it’s and if you haven’t read the book that he and con apostle opolis put together there wrote this earlier this year, the seven keys and navigating a crisis a get on Amazon and get it. It’s a good practical book and will help. So awesome. So your question today, Dr. Italia is let me click to that one. What it Who is the most famous person you have ever met? Ooh.


Dr. Elia  28:06

Wow. A Magic Johnson.


Damon Pistulka  28:09

There you go. Very cool.


Ira Bowman  28:12

We got to hear that story.


Damon Pistulka  28:14

Yeah, so let’s hear the story.


Dr. Elia  28:17

I saw him at a at a movie theater actually, in you know, just before you get your popcorn and you’re just standing next to me. I was huge, huge Lakers fan. I grew up in Los Angeles, like huge Lakers fan. And we started like, you guys, he’s as nice as anybody, that big, bright smile of friendliness. You know, just a random person next to him and we talked. But I grew up in LA. I’ve seen a lot of famous people like like Kevin Costner. I mean, Barbra Streisand. Like I’ve met a lot of people because my wife was in the Hollywood business. So I’ve met you know, maybe magic is not the most famous, I guess. I don’t know. But


Ira Bowman  28:50

he transcends all those people.


Dr. Elia  28:52

He really does actually. Right. Imagine. Yeah, yeah.





Dr. Elia  29:01

that’s pretty cool. In October was the happiest month of my life. Both my Dodgers and Lakers won national World Championship, so he doesn’t get better than this. Unless the Rams win the end of the Super Bowl. So we’ll see. Where are you?


Ira Bowman  29:14

Where are you at? kalea


Dr. Elia  29:16

I’m in Boulder Colorado,


Ira Bowman  29:17

so I’m out. Yeah, okay, cuz I’m in the Inland Empire now is where I live.


Dr. Elia  29:21

Oh, you are? Okay. We’re at in Romania. I


Ira Bowman  29:24

mean, Marina Valley, where I live, okay. I can’t I can’t afford a house for 10 people in LA anymore. You know.


Dr. Elia  29:33

I grew up in Santa Monica. So we live in an apartment for a long time growing up, but then when you can buy anything under three $4 million in Santa Monica now?


Ira Bowman  29:41

Yeah, my wife actually was she went to school in Santa Monica. So



it was really tight.


Ira Bowman  29:48

Yes. You went to beauty school there.





Dr. Elia  29:52

yeah, that’s Santa Monica still my home in a lot of ways. I still feel like that’s the beach. I missed. Yeah, no doubt. No. She used to live in India and


Ira Bowman  30:03

her apartment was above an Indian restaurant, which is kind of funny.


Damon Pistulka  30:05

But anyway, so who do we have next? Thanks so much Dr. aelia. Next is Kurt our buddy Kurt. Kurt Anderson. partner in crime the e commerce manufacturer evangelist. What else





Curt Anderson  30:21

fellow Bob, man. How are you guys?


Damon Pistulka  30:25

Yeah. All right, man.


Ira Bowman  30:27

We Andrew is when Andrew when Andrew is here, it’s even more impressive because it looks like the


Curt Anderson  30:34

like the worst guy in the group, man.


Damon Pistulka  30:39

So Kurt, tell us about yourself and then you know you


Curt Anderson  30:42

just did you just did man. Nobody needs to hear about me. Now he’s the owner


Ira Bowman  30:48

of this thing. Come on.


Curt Anderson  30:49

Kurt Anderson’s love my brothers. I roll up my brother Damon. So this is a great group. Welcome, everyone. Run, doctor. He was awesome. Josh is in the house. So welcome, everybody.


Ira Bowman  31:01

Johnson that’s the coolest dude ever.


Curt Anderson  31:03

That was like, That was a good one. I can’t top that. I tried to be a one upper but I can’t do it. So now I’m an e commerce guy. And that’s my deal. So come join us on Friday. Tomorrow. Bonnie is going to absolutely crush it. You guys have read? I got 13 million views. She’s, she’s like blown it up on on. Tick Tock of all places. So she’s a manufacturer. Women business owned. Made in USA recycled product. innovatives like she shuts off everybody. Yeah. And then she’s blown it up on social so go t so Suzanne, how are you my brain white went Look at me.


Damon Pistulka  31:39

I look like mine. Yeah.


Ira Bowman  31:42

Mine is mine is salt and pepper now,


Curt Anderson  31:44

so I see you pulled off good, man. I can’t I can’t do this Josh. Josh looks you know I You guys are so handsome. I just I you know, it’s tough hanging out with you guys. I


Ira Bowman  31:53

can’t take doctor he’s a good looking dude. Now


Curt Anderson  31:55

doctor is a good looking dude.


Damon Pistulka  31:57

Now. Anyway, I’ll go there. So easy question for you, man. Look at my years. Now. What’s your favorite day of the week? Oh, it’s


Curt Anderson  32:10

Friday. A week is Thursdays one of the 11 o’clock eastern eight o’clock Pacific man. What?



Come on.


Curt Anderson  32:16

That was tough. Was that?


Damon Pistulka  32:22

Easy. You got a few


Ira Bowman  32:25

that that he must have paid you some money into the dunya


Curt Anderson  32:30

me nervous man. That was that was a good question. Thank you,


Ira Bowman  32:33

Andrew, Joy chip here and he can Okay.


Curt Anderson  32:35

Have an awesome day, guys. Thanks. Thank you. Oh, he’s


Ira Bowman  32:40

coming to us from fangled tech.



Yeah. tangled show. Come


Ira Bowman  32:45

on, brother.


Damon Pistulka  32:46

Yeah, so I’m just gonna tell people Andrews got the virtual camera thing figured out if anyone wants to reach out to him on that man do that. It’s cool as heck what he’s got working so. Yeah. So I mean, oh, yeah.



It’s incredible. Yeah. Yeah, let


Andrew Deutsch  33:07

me let me check with the executive committee. What are these guys think? Yeah.


Damon Pistulka  33:13

Great stuff. So tell us about yourself and how you help people Andrew,


Andrew Deutsch  33:17

or our company is a strategy first marketing and sales consultancy. Our clients grow their businesses by converting everyone they touch into voracious advocates for the brand. That’s what we do.


Damon Pistulka  33:30

Very good. Very good. So, Andrew, your question here should you choose to answer it is should weirdest dream you’ve ever had? Ah.


Andrew Deutsch  33:45

The weirdest dream I’ve ever had.


Damon Pistulka  33:47

And yeah, this could this could get out there. Always. Remember, I mean, pass button on this one.



Let me think, huh.



He just took that and said



that was it.



Okay, that was it.



I don’t know.


Damon Pistulka  34:12

Well, I’m someone that that does not remember dreams very. I don’t either. But it’s kind of weird for me.



I don’t remember my live them.


Damon Pistulka  34:20

Yeah, there you go. There you go. Well, let’s get you another question here. Well, I’m going to ask you a question. I think it’s pretty good because I’m looking at the list because it shows me that as well. What is a TV show that you secretly enjoy?



Oh, I get Jacobs.


Damon Pistulka  34:36

Yeah. I think that was a good one.


Andrew Deutsch  34:40

Lately, old British show all creatures great and small. Oh, yeah. I’ve



seen that before.


Andrew Deutsch  34:46

Yeah, they finally released so you could catch up on the seasons four through seven. And I think I don’t know anybody else who watches it, but I don’t know. It’s a it’s on britbox okay, right, Bobby. It’s it’s old. I love things that are different than it’s old school veterinarian in the 30s and 40s. Now in the 50s, in Yorkshire region of England and just the characters are just so much fun to watch, by vast realities. Oh,


Ira Bowman  35:18

I like to say if they carry a show more than four years, it’s usually pretty good. Because it’s got to sustain an audience, right?


Damon Pistulka  35:26

Yeah. Yeah.


Andrew Deutsch  35:26

The what the what I watched on there before was the original British version of shameless, which help God? Yeah, it’s insane. Yeah, but But again, it’s just the quirky characters that keep me keep me coming.



Yeah. Well, thank you. Very good. Enter. So do we have next IRA?


Ira Bowman  35:43

Last but not least, is someone brand new to the show this week? Is AJ. So what to do is turn your camera on for us. And you will be on stage. he’s a he’s a staffing guy from India.



Yeah. Awesome. site. Okay. Hey, guys.


Damon Pistulka  36:05

Good, good. Awesome. Awesome, man.


Ira Bowman  36:08

Now it is it is 936. No, it’s 1006. In India right now, at night. This guy is staying up all night long to to participate. So thank you for joining us, AJ. And I didn’t make you go last. To be rude. I just I usually start. It’s funny. I usually start at the top of the alphabet today went backwards. But let’s give you 45 seconds because you’re brand new. No one knows who you are. So tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. Yeah. And then we’ll ask you the question.



Oh, my name is RJ AJ. So some past two years. I’ve been in a profession since past two years. So for six years of the first six years, I was into the manufacturing things and actually worked as a production manager, plant manager. So the later on I got into the staffing business. So since past six years, I’ve been into staffing. So for five years, I was working as a recruiter. So a couple of months back, I’ve just been promoted in the business development manager.


Damon Pistulka  37:13

Okay, cool.


Ira Bowman  37:15

You’re from the it space. So you’re looking for clients, businesses that need IT professionals in the United States. And you’re exactly


Damon Pistulka  37:26

right. Okay. Perfect. Very cool. So AJ, your question today is, what is one thing that you refuse to share? Ooh.


Ira Bowman  37:39

Like, yours. It’s all yours. is for your wife for nobody? he



refuse to share. So see. I don’t have a wife to share.






Yeah, okay. Nothing is sticking in my mind.


Ira Bowman  38:03

is kind of that might not be a great question.


Damon Pistulka  38:07

That’s a let’s see. What are what is the major goal in your life? There you go. What was that?



Oh, to become an enterpreneur.


Damon Pistulka  38:26

entrepreneur. Awesome.


Ira Bowman  38:27

Yeah. That’s that’s what we talked about here all the time.


Damon Pistulka  38:30

Yeah, we talked about that all the time. You’re in the you’re in a good group here, man.



Thanks. Me, Jason. Yes. Thank you, brother. Okay, so


Ira Bowman  38:39

that’s it. That’s that’s the room.


Damon Pistulka  38:42

All right, Ira. Go. You’re up man. Okay,


Ira Bowman  38:45

so I am owner Bowman, digital media. I am 100 projects help you grow and I work for actually for exit your way. love doing all three things. Basically, I when it gets down to the bottom of it, I really like to help people. So everything I do is based around, can I help you so exit your way help people build up their social media and their marketing to make their businesses worth more money. It probably helped me grow. I’m helping place people, right people who need a job to find people who are looking to hire and a booming digital media, we’re helping people with their visual communication tools.


Damon Pistulka  39:16

So that’s my 30 seconds. Awesome. Awesome IRA. So since I get to ask the questions in my random question generator is now repeating. Okay, this is a good one. You’re gonna answer the Who was your first celebrity crush? Because I just think that’s a great question.


Ira Bowman  39:37

Wow. Okay. So family ties. I think the girl Oh, yeah.



Yeah. Now Yeah, I think that was


Damon Pistulka  39:47

saved cuz I just, it just sticks out in people’s mind. I think that’s just a


Ira Bowman  39:51

never forget. And then so like, my my sisters are older than me. I was I grew up four siblings, right. So I was three or four They were into the heavy metal. And so then the celebrity crushes started to be some of the girls that were in the videos.


Damon Pistulka  40:08

Oh, yeah. Yeah. But


Ira Bowman  40:10

Mallory, Mallory Keaton, was the first.


Damon Pistulka  40:13

Yep. There we go. There we go. Good. Okay,


Ira Bowman  40:16

so now you 30 seconds. Introduce yourself.


Damon Pistulka  40:19

Yep. And, okay, I’m Damon Pistulka. exit your way. And her and I and Jeff founded the company a few years ago, we help people in growing their business and preparing for selling and selling your businesses. Usually, we’re working with clients or, you know, few million in revenue up to 50 million in revenue. But yeah, we’re doing it nationally. And it has a lot of great people in this room help help our clients do what they need to do to get there. So that’s us, where you can find us here on Thursdays. You can find me on Tuesday at three and Thursday at three doing live streams on LinkedIn, and Friday with the e commerce series that we put on but yeah, that random, random question from


Ira Bowman  41:07

the IRA. The mind of IRA. Okay, favorite place to ride your motorcycle?


Damon Pistulka  41:13

Oh, no doubt. This. That’s highway 289. Between Redding, California and the coast. There you go. Boom. or second one. Second one is the backside of Mount Rainier, you go down almost to the Oregon border. And you don’t you go behind Mount Rainier, durandal. From Cougar and two best places in the world. I think they’re because the one from Redding to the coast is like 15 mile an hour corners. And man, it’s fun. But you’re tired after after 200 miles of it. But yeah. Leaning. Yeah. But we had, we had one one question from Robert Murray, who’s who’s interacting here on the on LinkedIn with us. And he he asked the question of what is the most extreme weather you bet in. And I spent a winter in North Dakota in the oil fields. And I legitimately saw that 45 below zero a couple times without their windshield, which is, yeah, but I’m sure I’m sure maybe like if Ron was in, in Alaska station in Alaska, or in other places, there’s gonna be people that had at that. But yeah, so we got a few minutes left, we got 18 minutes left, we’re going to spend about 15 of it. And what we want to do is going to be we’re going to go back to the tables here. So we’re going to drop off LinkedIn live, we had fun getting on there and doing it.



If you’re watching on LinkedIn you need,


Ira Bowman  42:45

you can jump in just jump on our jump on our company page, or look on my posts, and there’s a there’s a link in there rebrand Lee link, I’ll bring it right in. But we’re going to be at the tables for another 10 to 15 minutes. And there’s two things that I want people to talk about at the tables, I want you to share a professional win. And a professional challenge that you may not have solved yet this year, but you’d really like some help on it because I want to and then I want you if you can share it in the chat, because we are going to after this event, the people that attended, I’m going to email the chat out. And I’ll probably just email that section where we talked about professional winds and professional challenges. Because you know, we put this group together for others to be helping people. And I really want this to get out. So if there’s challenges that you see that you could probably help somebody with, hey, reach out to them after the event. And if there’s if there’s winds that you’ve had, and someone else sees that that’s something that you want to have help with, potentially and ask them how they’ve done it. Hey, reach out after this, because it’s all about this is fun that we do this for an hour, but the thing that really helps us are the is the engagement outside of this. Yeah, the professional relationships that you can develop can help your business accelerate without having to reinvent the wheel.


Damon Pistulka  44:07

Yeah, yeah. So we’re gonna be on we’re gonna be on until about we’re going to be at the tables for about 10 1012 minutes and then we’re going to come back on on here, we won’t be live on LinkedIn. But then we’re going to we’re going to close down the the main part of this and people can hang around the network after and do those kinds of things. But thanks, everyone for joining us on on LinkedIn live. I hope you enjoyed it. We’re gonna get get going here and go back to the tables. If you want to join us at the tables in Remo check out the link that’s on on my profile posts or on our company the X ray company page. If not, we’ll see you tables. Thanks.

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