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#BIZ with the Beard

By #BIZ with the Beard
This is business as you've never heard before! Former CFO, Bank VP, & world renown business consultant, Curphy Smith "Beard" is shameless and raw. This is not a typical, canned, boring, step by step process to success podcast! The Beard is in the BUSINESS of getting to the RAW TRUTH behind the BUSINESS of Mindset, Healthy Living, Entrepreneurship, Creating Bonds, and Establishing Your Brand!!! This is a Business Podcast with ATTITUDE! Music Copyright Goes to The Following: Artist : Eminem Track : Business Album : The Eminem Show Artist: DJ JAXSIN Track: The Purge (Trap Remix)
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Episode #55: Claiming Victory with Patrick Huey of Victory Independent Planning
Patrick Huey is an investment advisor representative and owner of Victory Independent Planning, LLC. He is the author of two books: "History Lessons for the Modern Investor" and "The Seven Pillars of (Financial) Wisdom"; He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® and an Accredited Tax Preparer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Patrick also served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1996-2005 earning the Strike Fighter Air Medal during combat operations and two Navy Achievement Medals. Listen in as we discuss: What historical figures resonate the most with today's market? What you need to know about history that will help you navigate today's market? Why the Victory Pillars of Expertise, Stewardship[p, and Value are so important! 
November 18, 2021
Episode #54: Where Is Yours Made with Dean Wegner, CEO of Authentically American
Dean Wegner CEO of Authentically American has been on Fox News, Yahoo Finance, Fox and Friends, Forbes, Varney & Co, Mornings with Maria, The Story with Martha McCollum, Business Wire and many many more! But now he  This former Army Ranger, Helicopter Pilot, and West Point Grad talks about why we need to buy American and how his company is 100% Authentically American! This episode touches on some riveting topics such as: The US Flag National Anthem Giving back o your community The business of Authentically American The importance of buying American Made Investors and how Dean approached Darryl Waltrip form NASCAR What he attributes his growth during a global pandemic What specific targets he uses to measure success Understanding your consumer persona How his military training helps him lead his organization and the benefits of hiring military personnel    Listen in as Dean talks about his expertise in the apparel industry, coupled with his passion for America, created a brand that aims to set the universally accepted standard for premium American made merchandise, while delivering a significant impact on US job creation. 
August 15, 2021
Episode #53: Let's Get Giddy with Chief Lizard, Rebecca Rausch of Neon Lizard Creative Marketing & Design
The Chief Lizard is here! Rebecca Rausch is the owner of Neon Lizard Creative Marketing & Design is here to  tell you how to Catch the eye and Grab the HEART of your clients! As a "Brand Evangelist" she preaches the good word about Foundational Branding and Marketing while inspiring the world to build a brand with social impact. Listen in and here about: The Heart Principle Giddy Clients Why culture is important to your brand The #1 mistake your are making with your marketing EMBRACE THE POWER OF YOUR BRAND by listening to this episode that is both High energy and Exceeds expectations.
July 06, 2021
Episode #52: Easing the Weight of Employee Benefits with Insurance Expert Dan Hiett
Dan Hiett is an insurance professional and an expert in the Group Health insurance industry with extensive knowledge and expertise in Health Care Reform, Flexible Spending Accounts HAS, and Self-funded. He is also this week’s guest! Dan shares with us how he as managed and grown multiple businesses and divisions from start up to multi-million-dollar entities. He also discusses: 1. The biggest issue of the never-ending rising costs of benefits 2. The Manipulation Game your insurance agent is playing with you! 3. The 3 most pressing issues that all CFOS, HR, and CEOs have? 4. What are the top signs you are the right fit for the right client. We also discuss Billy Gibbons of ZZ top, wardrobe malfunctions, and the weirdest thing in people’s home!
June 24, 2021
Episode #51: Bank On Yourself Money Strategy with Sarry Ibrahim, Founder of FIN Asset Protection
Listen in as Sarry Ibrahim discusses how he helps high net worth individuals, real estate investors, business owners and retirees grow and protect their wealth predictably and safely utilizing the Bank On Yourself money Strategy!   Sarry has cultivated a reputation for putting his clients first and his unique strategy. He is an advocate of pursuing purposeful investment strategies that minimize risk and maximize the value of a clients’ portfolio to meet their evolving financial needs as well as making retirees and others of financial strategies available to protect their assets from creditors.  Sarry is licensed in IL, IA, MI, OK, KS, GA, SC, OR, NE, and ME in life, health, property, and casualty insurance, Sarry advises his clients on growth liquidity, asset protection, and protecting investments from lawsuits.  If you are a real estate investor, business owner, high-income earner or a retiree looking for financial solutions that protect your assets, you will not want to miss this show, then call Sarry Ibrahim today, as your future self will thank you.
March 24, 2021
Episode #50: Master, Market, Monetize with Sherri Somers of Sherri Sommers Unlimited
Sherri Somers  is a master life and financial coach who specializes in helping solopreneurs exceed 6 and 7 figures!   Her secret? Master, Market, Monetize!  As a single mom and divorcee, the odds were stacked against her not to succeed.  She challenged those odds and overcame them with great success to build a successful business and double her salary in one month!    Sherri Somers discusses with Curphy the practical solutions and actionable strategies to help you cultivate the necessary skills in order to thrive as a financial coach!  These Skills Include:  Gaining clarity around your brand  message Generate leads consistently Position as the "Go To" expert   This is a high energy show you don't want to miss!
March 15, 2021
Episode #49: Raising Men with US Navy Seal Sniper Instructor, Eric Davis
Eric Davis is part of an exclusive and elite group that many of us cannot even fathom being a part of nor could we even be accepted. You may remember the movie American Sniper based on Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle who was the most wanted man in the Middle East. Eric Davis was his sniper instructor. Eric has trained, operated, and sacrificed in the shadows for many of us for many years. He and his brotherhood believe in getting the job done at all cost and could care less about what you think of them. Eric has served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL and is a decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. He has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school in Coronado, CA. He is an expert of technical and physical surveillance and was part of an elite group hand-selected to perform intelligence collection in denied areas around the world. He has spent years developing, writing and executing curriculum for the SEAL Teams and is instrumental in significantly reducing the failure rate, of Naval Special Warfare’s internationally recognized Sniper course. Since departing from the SEAL teams, he has worked in corporate performance, sales and leadership training bringing an unprecedented amount of innovation, efficiency, and structure to the domain of business and personal performance. He is the author of "Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons". He also has Free PDF Book called “Habits of Heroes” that you can get at He is on #BIZ with the Beard Podcast!
March 08, 2021
Episode #48: Rocking the Yock with Adam Hahn, Owner of the Award Winning Beard Product Company, Honyocker Beard Co
Want to know my beard secret? It is this week's guest, Mr. Adam Hahn, on Episode #48! I have been rocking the Yock since 2020! Listen in and meet the artist and owner behind the magic, Mr. Adam Hahn, of Honyocker Beard Co. Adam has created some amazing award winning products and has even created my own scent based off of me and the podcast called #BIZ​ which has been an amazing success! So listen in as 2 bearded guys talk about Beards, Beard Products, how he got into the industry, his evolution from fitness guru to entrepreneur, beards in business, health, wealth, his past successes and failures, and the drive for perfection!  Plus aren't you curious to find out what the hell is a "Honyocker?" #beards​ #beardproducts​ #beardoils​ #beardedbusiness​ #entreprenuer​, #entrprenuership​ #startups​ #beardedempire​ #rocktheyock​ #beardedpodcast​
March 02, 2021
Episode #47: Crushing Life with Joel Pilka of the Crushing Life Podcast and No Booze 30
Do you want to CRUSH IT? Come crush life with Joel Pilka of the Crushing life Podcast and No Booze 30 movement! Season 3 Episode #47 can now be "VIEWED" in its entirety on our You Tube Channel NOW! WATCH AND LISTEN HERE: Joel Pilka hosts the Crushing life Podcast which he shares his short daily thoughts on becoming the best version of yourself, living up to your true potential and being present enough to balance family, work and your goals all while being truly happy. He is the Sr Human Resource Recruiter at Bryan Health and shares some secrets to the recruiting game… what works and what does not. Joel also leads the private group and new social movement NO BOOZE 30 where they are dedicated to helping participants through a 30 Day Alcohol-Free Program. Listen in as he shares with me his thoughts and views about: Rush Limbaugh’s recent passing away, Facial Hair, his personal journey and motivation behind the Crushing Life Podcast, his own personal battles, obstacles he has overcome, and how quitting alcohol has transformed his life, business, and health. After you get done with this one make sure you check out Joel's Podcast here:
February 21, 2021
Episode #46: THE SEQUEL with Todd Laux, Owner of PRiDE Fitness and The Thunderdome
The Season 2 Finale doesn't have a lot of business, but there is a whole lot of funny business! The most listened to guest ever, from Episode 11 Season 1, Todd Laux, makes his return to the Podcast for the most explicit, dangerous, and free for all show ever recorded. The episode is INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ( or immature ) only, as the guys go unscripted and remanence about their college days, and past life experiences (shenanigans). The Beard and Todd do get down to some serious business when they discuss the importance of being a strong leader requires having a strong body and mind as well as giving back to your community especially over the holiday season. Unfortunately, the show goes off the rails several times as they also discuss the politics of the COVID 19 shutdowns, Illinois' rather large governor JB Pritzker, the Mike Tyson/ Roy Jones Jr fight, his new podcast EAT SLAY LIVE, and the new one eyed dog and mascot of the Thunderdome, Knuckles.  Oh yeah, past co host, The Bald, comes up as well! Buckle up, because this is one serious and bumpy flipping ride! 
December 26, 2020
Episode #45: Let Your Game Speak with Dr. / Coach Jen Welter, NFL's 1st Ever Female Coach
Dr. Jen Welter was breaking glass ceilings since she was a kid! In fact she has been smashing glass slippers! The reason she has done this is because she "let's her game speak for itself." This episode features one of the most ground breaking people in all of professional sports. What are some of Dr. Jen's accomplishments? In women's football, she has 2 Gold Medals with Team USA, 4 World Championships, and 8 All-Star selections. The Head Coach of the First Australian Women's National Team On the advisory board of the Pro Football HOF's Game for Life Academy Wrote the book Play Big, Lessons in Living Limitless . The first female to coach in the NFL as an assistant LBs Coach with The Arizona Cardinals. The first female to play running back in men’s pro football with the Texas Revolution Founder of the  Grrrridiron Girls flag football camps for girls partnering with Adidas With Toya developed a series of Minecraft Worlds titled “Coach Jen.” The first female coach to appear in the popular video football game Madden! Think your bad ass? You don't bad ass until you get to know Dr. Jen Welter on this episode of #BIZ with the Beard Podcast!
December 16, 2020
Episode #44: Fire Your Villain with the Confidence Creator, Heather Monahan
Heather Monahan is one of the biggest influencers on social media and especially LinkedIn.  She is a Top 40 Female Keynote Speaker and an amazing TEDx presenter! As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, she was a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018. Heather’s book Confidence Creator shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon. She is the CEO of the company Boss in Heels, Inc. Her work has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and Business News Daily. Most recently she has been added as a Guest Professor at Harvard! She has one of the top 100 Business Podcasts called Creating Confidence where on her very 1st episode her guest was none other than…… Gary Vanyerchuck! On this episode she shares with me: 1. How she used her Go Big or Go Home philosophy to land Gary V as a guest and mentor.  2. Creating value in email marketing 3. How her career took off after it she was fired! 4. Her controversial topic of a woman's biggest villain at work is not really a man but ANOTHER WOMAN! 5. Her own experience with Imposter Syndrome 6. How to handle a villain in work in life.  7. Her 5 Step Ad approach to Creating Confidence. 8. Call to action on handling FEAR I also get to dive into Heather's personal life and find out more about some of her likes and dislikes! Check her out on this groundbreaking episode then buy her book, hire her as a speaker or coach, and follow her on LinkedIn, and You Tube!
December 09, 2020
Episode #43: Integrating the World with Jan Arendtz, CEO & Founder at Celigo, Inc.
Almost all businesses struggle to integrate and safeguard important data across platforms. The solution to this according to Jan Arendtsz, CEO of Celigo, is iPaaS. Listen in as we sit down with Jan Arendtz as he shares how a young boy from Sri Lanka is now integrating the world with his International Tech company, Celigo which is headquartered in San Francisco with satellite offices in the Netherlands, India, and the Philippines, Jan also discusses his journey from a startup, to raising $20 million in a series B funding round.  He also share with us his biggest success stories and what he wish he did differently. You won't want to  miss this fun and informative show with one of the world's biggest integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), CEOs!
November 25, 2020
Episode #42: Three People Negatively Affecting Your Sales Team with "The Beard" Curphy Smith
It is another solo shot that dives into 3 specific types of people that are probably negatively affecting your sales team and their performance. Listen in as I discuss why your sales team may be underperforming and who is to blame. Many sales managers face the dilemma of whether or not they should fire a highly successful sales person who is toxic to the organization's culture and negatively impacts everyone else on their sales team. I talk specifically about the Mercenary, the Missile, and the Mole. You will be able to identify them each and lay out a plan to  to handle them without termination. If you are in sales or run a sales organization this is an episode you do not want to miss!
October 28, 2020
Episode #41: Brand Management, How You Should Use AI with the Beard, Curphy Smith
THIS WEEK IS A SOLO CAST! Hey fans! I recently was a guest on a TV show called Business Forward hat will air at the end of October. I was joined by the Branding Genius, David Brier. On the show I was asked what are some new tools out there that can help you manage your brand? I shared, but I decided to go more in depth and share with you on this week's episode of #BIZ with the Beard! USING AI TO MANAGE YOUR BRAND ========== Find out in this episode how to use AI to: * Analyze your competition's content * Determine what works and what to spend on social media ads * Find out exactly what your target market wants and needs * Prevent and manage a social media crisis for your brand * Evolve your brand and keep it fresh This show is as educational and informative as they get! Don't Miss It!
October 12, 2020
Episode #40: From Building the Amazon of Africa, to Being on Interpol's Most Wanted List, with Marek Zmyslowski
Marek Zymslowski is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive that co-founded,, and Jumia Travel, Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group. However, he was about to pay a price for his success as one day at the airport before a flight back to Nigeria he was arrested and quickly found out he was on Interpol's Most Wanted List.  Marek is the bestselling author of the book “Chasing Black Unicorns” where he discuss this frightening experience and how he overcame it. Marek was also chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine. He is a Lead Mentor at Google’s Launchpad and World Bank’s XL Africa Program. Listen in to hear: * The moment he was arrested by Interpol * His night of detainment * How he handled and overcame this and other life changing events * How he built the Amazon of Africa  * His struggles as a youth and how that drives him today * His million dollar success and million dollar failure in his 20's * The mindset of "thanking your enemies" * His foundation and the love of his life
October 06, 2020
Episode #39: The Unconscious Bias Women Face at Work with Robin Hauser, Award Winning Director of Documentary Films at Finish Line Features
Women in the workplace have overcome so much the past century, but there is still this unconscious bias. We bring in award-winning director of documentary Robin Hauser for a spirited discussion around this subject and many other challenges that women face in the workforce and as leaders! Robin’s most recent film, Bias, delves into unconscious bias and how it affects our lives socially and in the workplace. She was a TEDx speaker in 2019 on “The Likability Dilemma for Women Leaders.” Her film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, and screened at The White House. She has been featured in international publications including Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR, CNBC, and more. Listen in as The Beard and Robin discuss: Is the #BIZ with Beard Podcast Bias towards women? Has Feminism changed and does that mean we need to demasculinize men? How should women approach following their dream job? Should women leaders control their eagerness as leaders? Do we look down on competent women as leaders? How to be an inquisitive and effective female leader? Why women who are attractive are looked at differently than men who are attractive as leaders? Why is their a pay gap between women and men? Do not miss this episode with this talented and extraordinary diplomat for the American Film Showcase who speaks on behalf of women’s rights at US Embassies, conferences and corporate headquarters worldwide.
October 01, 2020
Episode #38: What is the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign? with American Caner Society's Courtney Heiser
I think we can all agree that cancer sucks! Breast cancer especially sucks because it affects everyone. If you are like me, you probably know of someone who has had it, fought it, survived it, or, unfortunately, has lost their battle with breast cancer!  That is why this week's podcast is going to focus on the American Cancer Society's 2020 Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. My good friend, Courtney Heiser, who is the Cancer Control Strategic Partnerships Manager (Big Name Big Job) joins me this week to discuss the #RMWP campaign and what the American Cancer Society is doing to help fight Breast Cancer, the facts behind the disease, her own persona story, and the struggles the Pandemic has had on the American Cancer Society's research and services they offer. Every day, the American Cancer Society is saving more lives from breast cancer than ever before. They're helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early, when it's easier to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it. They fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and they're working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them. Join Courtney and I fight  breast cancer by donating to my REAL MEN WEAR PINK campaign here! You can also hit the listener support button on this page and I will donate all  listener support money for September and October to the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign! You can also get some great merchandise on our business page as to where all profits go to the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign! Enjoy this heart warming and very special episode of #BIZ with the Beard!
September 21, 2020
Episode #37: B2B Marketing... Where Do I Start? with "The Beard" Curphy Smith
Summer Break is over and the "Beard" is back at it with a solo shot! Check out this great episode that discusses how to get started with a B2B Marketing Strategy?  The Beard discusses 10 questions that need answered before starting your campaigns. He also has a new segment called "Stop Spamming Me Bro" where he reads the best or the worst sales pitches from his inbox! Find out why The Beard has gone pink for the next couple of months and help him fight breast cancer by donating to the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Curphy also gives a few shout outs to the queen of LinkedIn Shay Rowbottom, branding genius David Brier, and his favorite beard company Honyocker Beard!
September 02, 2020
Episode #36: Building A Digital Community with Olga Adreinko, Head of Global Marketing of SEMrush
She is the Head of Global Marketing from SEMrush! Olga Adreinko and her team has built one of the strongest international communities in the online marketing industry. She is also  a frequent and featured speaker at the leading industry's conferences such as SMX, Pubcon, and BrightonSEO. She has also been recognized in 2018 as one of the top 25 women in digital marketing! The #BIZ with the Beard Podcast, has broken new boundaries with our first guest from Russia!  Find out on this episode from this international digital marketing sensation, cat lover, and self-proclaimed best damn cheesecake maker in the world: The biggest mistakes businesses make with digital marketing and SEO Churn Rate Specific Key performance Indicators she and SEMrush look at for successful campaigns The importance and success rate around gamification The secrets behind voice search technology that you can do today Getting over the fear of Automation What is the value of outsourcing your digital marketing strategies Olga is an extremely fun and intelligent guest! Listen in before the KGB shuts this one down!
June 02, 2020
Episode #35: No Degree? No Problem! How To Make $50 million with Nate Huskins, CEO Marshal Group
Listen to how this High School drop out started a $50 million dollar business out of his bedroom with his mother! Nate Huskins, the CEO of Marshal Group and Partner in Riverside Chevy knew school wasn't for him, but he loved to work, and he never gave up amidst many, many obstacles.  He took an idea that nobody believed in, and he turned it into an 8 figure international business! He took on the Illinois Department of Revenue and won! He was harassed by the IRS and didn't back down. The FBI even came knocking on his door, but he stood STRONG! Find out his 4 points to building a multi million dollar business even without a degree. Discover the mindset and sacrifice you need to make if you want to be a successful entrepreneur! Mentor-ship and coaching was and is so important to his success. Outsourcing to businesses, like ACS Executives, have been key to his growth. This is a #BIZ with the Beard episode that is special as a  client and friend of Curphy's shares his secrets and road to success!  
May 08, 2020
Episode #34: Your Kid Sucks with Curphy "The Beard" Smith
Wow! The Beard jumps on the mic and knocks out a solo cast about the state of youth sports and parents.  This is as authentic and passionate as you have ever heard him. Sparked by a Facebook post from a parent of a youth hockey team, he chimes in about how they were cheated out of the chance to play in the championship game because they were "too good." Beard lays out what is wrong with our society today and how we are setting our kids up for failure by awarding them for failing. He also talks about his own past athletic experience as a youth and how his father managed his "playing time." Beard goes off on snack lists, 3rd place trophies, and shares with us his own children's sports endeavors and how he has handled them. This episode is controversial, unplugged, and raw.
April 23, 2020
Episode #33: Freedom Lifestyle with Brand & Management Consultant, Curt Mercadante
The Freedom Media Network owner and author of “The 5 Pillars of the Freedom Lifestyle,” Curt Mercadante, joins the podcast for episode 33 which dives right into Beards, Hawkeye Sports, Mindset and Freedom. Curt shares with us his Freedom story on how he burned his business life to the ground, started his Freedom Lifestyle, and now enjoys teaching the 5 Pillars of Freedom to Business Executives all over the world. Curt dives into each Pillar of Freedom that tackles the struggles of life that many of us experience because of society’s’ norm. Many of us have a daily permanent case of the blahs, or wrestles with a constant feeling we are destined for more, but we don’t know what that “more” is. You may also feel stuck in a job that is less than fulfilling and doesn’t allow you to fully invest in your relationships and your self-care that you want. Curt ferociously and successfully attacks these issues with the 5 Pillars of Freedom: 1. Superpowers 2. Vision 3. Alignment 4. Outcomes 5. Flow If you want to change your life and desire true freedom, you don’t want to miss this show!  Curt also shares with us his opinion on Gary Vee’s “grind mentality” and goes deep into the topic of “abundance mindset.” this episode is a source of positive content to help you become more purposeful, productive, and prosperous.
April 15, 2020
Episode #32: What Is Your COVID-19 Sales Strategy? with "The Beard" Curphy Smith
Social distancing is here and COVID-19 has almost shut down the world economy! So as a small business owner what can you do? The Beard, Curphy Smith, who also runs ACS Executives, hops on the mic to give some advice as to what you can do to evolve your sales strategy and start to move it in a Digital Marketing direction you should have already been doing.  This is not a time to crawl under a rock and wait for it all to end. It is a time to start moving forward!  The truth is, if you aren't, your competition already is! Listen in as he makes some simple suggestions that you can do now that will have major impacts on your business. 
March 28, 2020
Episode #31: Stacking Chips with Jon D. Miller Entrepreneur & Sports Guru
From a very early age Jon Miller had goals in life.  He wrote them down. His family, like most, tried to temper his expectations because they didn't want him to be let down. Jon started stacking chips on his shoulder. Fast forward a few years later and Jon had started up one of the nations largest sports websites,, was the sports director at 1040 WHO, and had a hit show on the B1G network called The Pulse. However, it didn't last. The show was cancelled, he was battling alcoholism, marriage was on the brink, and he found himself and his family with 6 figures of debt living in a little 500 square foot apartment with no idea what tomorrow held for them. Many people would not have been able to continue. But what did Jon do? Jon Miller kept stacking those chips on his shoulders. He went from less than nothing and started a company that in the first year reached 7 figures!  Listen to the ongoing struggles and success story of my childhood friend, the Godfather of, a former host of the B1G network show The Pulse, former Sports Director at 1040 WHO, co-host of the highly rated ‘Miller & Deace in the Morning’ program, and co owner of the  company Flashpoint Energy Partners.
March 25, 2020
Episode #30: The Nonprofit Game Changer with Matt George, CEO/Author
Matt George hails from the Whiskey City, of Peoria, IL. He is the current CEO of The Children’s Home of Central Illinois, former Executive Director of the Hult center for Healthy Living, President and CEO of the Youth Farm, and Executive director of former Fighting Illini and NFL QB the Jeff George Foundation. He is an entrepreneur who has successfully ran numerous retail and restaurant businesses in Central Illinois. He just released a book called “Nonprofit Game Plan: The Proven Strategy for Nonprofit Success.” that debut on Amazon's best seller. Matt drew mentor-ship from and cooperation from Shark Tank's original Shark, Mr. Kevin Harrington by heading him off back stage after one of Kevin's public speaking engagements! Matt will reveal that relationship and how important , mentors and coaches are for all business leaders! Matt also discuss the major branding issues the nonprofit sector has as poorly run charities looking for handouts or the pet projects. Matt George changes the narrative, and as the CEO of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois, a nonprofit leader facing the state’s most serious social ills, George draws his unorthodox philosophies straight from the front lines.  Matt talks about how nonprofits are the world’s best defense against the gnawing grind of social decay, poverty, homelessness and crime. He wants to inspire a new generation to take up the mantle of social service and start running non-profits like businesses, not charities.  This episode and his book are both wake-up calls that are for sure going to radicalize the nonprofit world.
March 18, 2020
Episode #29: Simplifying Complex Project Management Challenges with Jerrod Hock, President/COO of Alipro
Jerrod Hock is the President and COO of Alipro. For over 25 years, Alipro has successfully delivered projects at over 100 client sites in nearly every industry. Annually, ALIPRO manages over $2 Billion Dollars in project budget for their clients. Jerrod discusses how his team develops long-term partnerships with their clients that enable their project teams to deliver on project initiatives consistently and effectively.   This isn't just another consulting firm. Jerrod has helped build efficiency into multiple fortune 500 organizations and businesses across the world.  Jerrod goes through each step of their methodology that provides their client’s teams with a pragmatic and repeatable process to deliver against the most pressing business priorities. Jerrod also discusses his leadership theories and entrepreneurial Journey. If your business has complex issues, then you need to listen to Jerrod Hock and why Project Management and a problem solving methodology is key to your businesses success! Do not forget that as a #BIZ with the Beard listener, Kühn Beard Products is going to hook up all our bearded listeners by giving you your first month free when you sign up for kühn box. All you have to do is Go to and use code "biz beard" when you sign up.
March 09, 2020
Episode #28: Going Through Fire with Daniel "The Honey Badger" Hayes
Daniel Hayes finds himself among a very hostile crowd deep in the country of Mexico. The south paw is a top rated amateur boxer. Olympic glory is just within his reach. Daniel Hayes has his opponent beaten. He strikes him once again with a very hard left. All of the sudden, he feels something that isn't right. He broke his hand. The Honey Badger will fight through the rest of the match continuously pounding his opponent with his broken hand which will eventually lead him to victory. However, Daniel Hayes  2016 Olympic Dreams are over. This is a must listen episode of overcoming major obstacles, depression, and going through fire to getting your life back on track! Also if you go to, Kühn - beard balm and beard oil, or hit the qr code in the picture and enter the code "biz beard," kühn Beard Products is going to hook you all up by giving you your first month free when you sign up for kühn box.
February 29, 2020
EPISODE #27: You Woke Up with One More Day. Don't Waste It with the "Beard," Curphy Smith
Have you ever heard the term, "I woke up with one more today?"  This term is used usually in a reply to the question, "How are you doing?"  The answer is basically saying to the party asking the question: "I woke up today so I have at least 1 more day to do something where as others haven't been so lucky." Death is a scary and tragic event. Each day we are given is a gift to do with it as much as we possibly can. The Beard, Curphy Smith, shares with you some of the more tragic  and personal death experiences in his life that should have molded his thinking into a similar philosophical outlook.   However, for along time, it didn't. Join him in a wake up call of life by not taking the day or people in your life for granted. Make the most out of the gift you have been given. Not everyone is so lucky.
February 24, 2020
Episode #26: There Is More To Farming Than Putting A Seed In The Ground with the "Beard," Curphy Smith
Out of no where, the "Beard" records a solo show sparked by the controversial comments made by billionaire and 2020 Presidential Candidate, Michael Bloomberg. The Beard defends farmers, his childhood, and Middle America as he tees off on anyone especially politicians who belittle the American Farmer. Beard shares with us his life on the farm, stories about his late father, and life lessons you can only get on the farm. This is an exclusive solo show! This is political! This is raw! This is Beard, "saying what he wants to say."
February 18, 2020
EPISODE #25: All or Nothing with International Lead Generation Expert, Kas Andz
Kas Andz was the Co-Founder of a multi-award-winning international Lead Generation agency in London! He started the grind of entrepreneurship from his mum’s house leading to extremely rapid growth and has acquired 8 figure clients. He’s since gone on to invest in algorithmic trading, deep dive into nootropics & entrepreneur performance and he is only 21! Kas hails from the school of hard knocks. He is 4x college dropout, battled with severe depression & contemplation of suicide. This has led to his “all or nothing” approach play on life and business! When he's not running his agency, you'll find him running marathons, gulping herbal tea’s, or trying to automate his daily life!. Try not to choke on your tea and biscuits, this show is one of the most explicit and content filled episodes yet! sponsored by ACS Executives
November 22, 2019
Episode #24: Be Present For Your Greatness with Jarrett Payton
Nov 1st, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the greatest football player of all time, #34, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears. The #BIZ with Beard & Bald Podcast was blessed to spend time with Walter’s son, Jarrett Payton, this week to discuss his dad as a player, father, friend, and the impact he had on the world. Jarrett shares with us the motivational wisdom of his father, living with the Payton name, being there for his dad at the end of his life, and what it meant to induct his dad into the NFL Hall of Fame. Jarret reveals Walter’s true feelings about not getting the ball to score in the Super Bowl, his impact on racial boundaries, who is the GOAT, and some touching and private moments that have never been shared before. Jarrett discusses his own success and journey and how his father’s encouragement and guidance, even in death, have helped mold him into the successful entrepreneur, father, husband, and man he is today. He talks about his newest adventure and his role with the and We also discuss with Jarrett his time at Miami University and the life lesson he learned after the controversial call that determined the National Title Game against Ohio State as well as his shining moment the following year being named the Orange Bowl MVP. Listen in as he reveals what it was like to be part of a team during a time when it was at its pinnacle and loaded with talent. You will not want to miss this Podcast episode that started on Jarett’s drive home but ended at exactly “34” minutes past the hour. It is purely raw, motivational, and takes you inside an emotional view of Jarret and the Payton family. This episode is sponsored by Moreno Salsa in Chicago, IL! #wheredoyousalsa
October 30, 2019
Episode #23: Land Your Dream Client with Marketing Automation Expert Meliss Jakubovic
If you are serious about your business and scaling it then you need to implement Marketing Automation now! Nobody is better at it than marketing automation expert, Meliss Jakubovic of Meliss Marketing, in Atlanta, GA! Meliss has been featured by Forbes, the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and the Profitability Paradigm! Meliss and the guys talk about what is Marketing Automation, when do you need it and how to go about implementing it today! They also dive into Meliss's career in entrepreneurship and what drives her to succeed everyday. You will also hear Beard rant about Facebook, and as always Bald is there to chime in!    This episode is sponsored by Top Flight Athletics in Cypress Texas! Give your student athlete the most advanced instructional training methods and aids in overall athletic performance at Music Copyright Goes to The Following: Artist : Eminem Track : Business Album : The Eminem Show No Copyright Infringement Intended At All!!! Copyright Goes to Interscope And Eminem Shady Records And Aftermath   Artist : DJ JAXSIN Track : The Purge (Trap Remix)
June 11, 2019
Episode #22: I Don't Bug Out About Failure with Cowboy Cricket Farms Owner, James Rolin
When failure and hard times open your eyes to the need for food source alternatives, you don't bug out about it.  What you do is start the largest edible insect farm in the United States, in Bozeman, Montana. Beard and Bald "jump" into this week's podcast episode to discuss the business of edible insects with James Rolin, COO and owner of Cowboy Cricket Farms.. James shares with us his entrepreneurial journey and overcoming very difficult times in his family's life.   After more than a decade of marriage, 3 kids, a couple businesses, and a life changing bankruptcy James and his wife Kathy found themselves in their “forever home”: Bozeman, Montana. Though the company started as a simple cricket farm, through grants, awards, and plain bootstrap ingenuity, Kathy and James have grown the company to support several independently owned farms across the nation and help supply the growing demand for Cowboy Cricket Farms products.  As a bonus, Beard eats a cricket and give you his review of this high protein snack! Music Copyright Goes to The Following: Artist : Eminem Track : Business Album : The Eminem Show No Copyright Infringement Intended At All!!! Copyright Goes to Interscope And Eminem Shady Records And Aftermath 
May 31, 2019
Episode #21: The Business of Podcasting with Podcast Expert, Jeremy Ryan Slate
Do You Want To Know How to Start a Podcast? Maybe you have one already, and you want to learn how to make it better? Nobody can help you better than Episode 21 guest and podcast expert, Jeremy Ryan Slate Jeremy Ryan Slate is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast, to create life on their own terms and specializes in using podcasting and new media to create celebrity and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and Noteworthy and #26 in the business category. He also was 26 Podcasts to be More Intelligent & Influential" (Ranked #1) - INC Magazine "Top 100 iTunes Podcast" (Ranked #78) "Top 26 Podcasts to Follow in 2018" (Ranked #2) - CIO Magazine "7 Millennial Influencers To Follow In 2018" (Ranked #2) - BuzzFeed "Top 25 Most Influencive Influencers of 2017" (Ranked # 6) - Influencive. Jeremy has also been  featured in Forbes (3x), INC (4x), CIO Magazine, Influencive, Buzzfeed and New Theory Magazine. Jeremy loves podcasting and shares with the guys and you how can utilize this truly life-changing medium. Listen in as he tells the story of how he took podcasting and is now helping others to become amazing podcast guests through his company: Command Your Brand Media. Are you ready to take command of your brand through podcasting?  This week's show is sponsored by Cowboy Cricket Farms! Cowboy Cricket Farms is that largest edible insect farming operation in the USA. Cookies, a variety of different flavored Jumpers, and Cowboy Cricket Powder provides you with a tasty snack and great source of protein! Get Crickets at: 
May 16, 2019
Episode #20: Great Brands are Made with Branding Genius David Brier
 What if you could tap into brand strategies that have generated over $1B in sales and continue to generate millions in revenue every day for companies across the globe?  Well, the guys have brought you the man that can do it!  David Brier is world renown for his brand strategies that eliminate the wasteful tactics, the lost sales, and the confusing messages brands put out every day. This is why Daymond John from FUBU and the hit TV show, SHARK TANK says, "David Brier is brilliant with branding" and why #1 sales expert and NY Times bestseller Grant Cardone says. "David Brier is a branding genius who will revolutionize the way you do branding." David is a branding veteran who for over three decades has provided branding strategies, brand identities and package design for startups, retail, technology, and tourism brands. His work's been featured in ADWEEK, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, New York Times magazine, INC., Communication Arts and numerous other publications.  He is also the author of the bestseller Brand Intervention: 33 Steps to Transform the Brand You Have into the Brand You Need which has called "the branding bible." This episode is a MUST as David reveals many secrets to branding success and doesn’t hold back when trading barbs with the guys!
May 09, 2019
Episode #19: Everything You Wanted To Know About CBD with Michael Rubenstein, DC & Shay Glenn, DC
Dr. Michael Rubenstein and Dr. Shay Glenn of Jade Harvest Hemp join the guys as the first duo guest ever to talk about their venture, Jade HArvest Hemp, and the business of CBD! CBD has exploded onto the market and the Dr Duo give us the low down of the business, and the challenges this industry face! There is a lot of confusion around this product, but never fear, we get into the facts, benefits, and the misinformation around CBD! If you were ever curious about CBD, then we have all the answers for you on Episode #19 of #BIZ with Beard & Bald! Episode 19 is sponsored by Well Adjusted Buckhead in Atlanta GA!Well Adjusted Buckhead specializes in health, wellness, sports injury management and rehabilitation, auto accidents, chronic pain, TMJ, and much more! You can find them at Stop in to say high to Dr Jess and tell them Beard sent you! *We do NOT own any rights to the music used & we do NOT get any royalties or ANY payment fees for it.*
April 07, 2019
Episode #18: Mastering LinkedIn with Growth Hacker, Jess Tiffany
Are you a believer? In this episode, the guys have the CEO and founder of [In] the C-Suite,  LinkedIn Strategist, and International Best Selling Author discuss the secrets to LinkedIn.  Jess also reveals the truth behind LinkedIn celebrities Brigette Hyancinth and Oleg Vishnepolsky... are they REAL PEOPLE? If that isn't enough exciting content, you won't want to miss the part where Jess takes on a Mountain Lion! You will not want to miss this show with one of the  Top 250 Growth Hackers (Marketer) for 2018 via Goodman Lantern.  This podcast episode has it all! 
March 27, 2019
Episode #17: Culture Eats Everything for Lunch with RC Outfitters CEO, Adam White
RC Outfitters? Yes, you read that right! Adam White, CEO of what was formerly known as Running Central drops the big news on #BIZ with Beard & Bald first! The largest running show retail outlet in the country is now called RC Outfitters!  Listen in as this CEO shares with us his journey from a 5 year old boy walking into a running shoe store to buy his first pair of sneakers, to later becoming a collegiate athlete, and finally going back to that same store and buying it.  He shares with us his battle with alcoholism, and how his faith saved him and his business. He also dives into and gives great advice on how culture is the key to every company's success! Adam also touches on community involvement, politics in business, and purpose! Run to your phone, plug in your earbuds in, and take a jog while listening to this amazing episode of #BIZ with Beard & Bald!
March 13, 2019
Episode #16: Take The Hit and Make It Your Dream with Dr. Jessica Duncan Propes
This episode is full of great content and plenty of laughs!  Dr. Jess shares with us her fitness journey into competitive martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,Cross Fit athlete, and Olympic Weightlifting enthusiast! She even accepts our challenge to take on previous guest Sensei Ron Thomas!  Listen in as she shares her life changing event that not only changed her personally, but altered her career into an entrepreneur and business owner! This episode, with this Instagram sensation, is a must listen! Episode 16 is sponsored by Jade Harvest Hemp! At, you can get the most sophisticated, upscale line of CBD products that truly elevate you or your pet’s natural ability to heal and adapt to all of life's demands!
March 04, 2019
Episode #15: Selling to the C - Level Executive with Steve Hall
Well Bloody Oath, Mate! The guys travel down under and hook up with Australia's #1 C- Level Sales Authority, Mr. Steve Hall.  Listen to this episode as Steve and the guys discuss the secrets behind closing the deals at the C level. Steve touches on many great topics such as being prepared, creating value, targeting the right clients, and how to close.  He also discuss his methodology and delivering the right message to make sure it reaches the right decision makers! This episode alone will help you improve your sales! As Steve said,  this was " THE MOST FUN I'VE HAD OUT OF BED OR IN A PUB FOR AGES - probably both."  
February 21, 2019
Episode #14: Managing Your Brand with AI & CEO, Ravi Jain
We have gone international and people are listening! So, how do you manage all that chatter? Tune in an join us as our guest comes all the way from India!  Ravi Jain, CEO from Geny Medium and Auris, tells us how the use of AI is critical to manage your brand on social media, as well as curating the data you need, and allows you to have real time engagement with your consumers! If you are a CMO or CEO you need to listen to this! Hospitals, Banks, Insurance Companies and Sports Organizations subscribe today!
February 06, 2019
Episode #13: Success is a Mindset with Ron Thomas
FEAR, PAIN, and DEFEAT does not exist on EPISODE 13! Get your Gi on and step onto the #BIZ with Beard & Bald mat with Ron Thomas, also known as Cobra Kai Bobby Brown from the iconic 80's movie The Karate Kid.  Sensei Ron Thomas has been SWEEPING LEGS SINCE 1984, and he shares with us that  journey from an actor, to author, motivational speaker, mindset coach,  2X world champion & 5X international champion! Sensei Ron discusses how martial arts transformed him, personal empowerment, achieving a higher level of focus, self mastery,  and the secret to achieving a mindset of success. This is the most in depth show ever!  Get ready friends! It is time to Strike First, Strike Hard, and Show No Mercy!
January 29, 2019
Episode #12: Broken Dreams are the Start of Your Spectacular New Life with Tiffany Ann!
Tiffany Ann, the CEO and Founder of enters the world of Bald and Beard! During Tiffany's fifteenth year of marriage—and after a decade out of the work force—Tiffany was forced to recycle her life. She was repeatedly told she was unemployable since she was out of the workforce so long. After a fortuitous dream about problems selling her own engagement ring, she created a company for that purpose. rose up as the marketplace that specializes in selling goods from one’s divorce. Listen in as she shares her journey from a dream life shattered to running a major e commerce site and a  gathering place for the divorce community. Today, her site consists of blogs, secondary divorce services directory and “community zones” to assist the divorce community.  Tiffany has appeared on AOL News, FOX News, CBS News and dozens of national publications and radio shows, bestowing hard-hitting advice on divorce. She is also the Author of My Dreams Recycled, and a certified Life & Divorce Coach.   This show is fun and there is a lot of great content.  The guys and Tiffany touch on a lot of subjects like: Starting over, Divorce, Marketing using Empathy, The Wall, Toxic Masculinity, Being Self Driven, Women in Tech, Overcoming Your Inadequacies, and most importantly...Beard or Bald!
January 23, 2019
Episode #11: Find Your Passion & Make Money with Todd Laux
This is the most outrageous and out of control episode yet! The guys bring in the CEO, Owner, and Janitor of PRiDE Fitness, Mr. Todd Laux! Todd is a world class athlete trainer who started in his garage and back yard! Todd has trained or trained with the best UFC fighters (Matt Hughes, Brian Foster, and Robbie Lawler.) Todd Laux has no problem getting into the weeds with the guys and throwing a couple of punches. His business is the #1 gym in the St Louis market! He annually puts at least one athlete a year into Division 1 College Athletics! In 2018 he had over 14,835 athletes come through what is now known as the THUNDERDOME! Find out how he took a passion and turned it into a world renown athletic training business in St. Louis! You have all been put on notice as Todd Laux kickoffs 2019 with #Biz with Beard and Bald! Did we mention these 3 knuckleheads went to college together? *We do NOT own any rights to the music used & we do NOT get any royalties or ANY payment fees for it.* *This episode may contain explicit language*
January 15, 2019
Episode #10: 2018 REWIND SHOW!
This is a WARNING! The guys revisit all 9 episodes of 2018 and pull the best clips from each of their guests! They are heating things up to kick off 2019! The experiment is over and #BIZ with Beard & Bald is one of the hottest business shows out there! If you want to improve your business or your leadership, then join the thousands of listeners and hear some of the best entrepreneurs and influencers as they bravely enter into the podcast ring with Beard & Bald! 2018 was great, so you don't want to miss listening to this REWIND Episode. If you liked one of the clips from this episode then listen to the full episodes and subscribe for 2019!
January 02, 2019
Episode #9: Big Kids Talking DNA of an Entrepreneur w/ Doug Hein
Entrepreneur and owner of Big Kid Powersports chimes in on when he knew he was an entrepreneur and the importance of digital marketing. He also talks about being familiar with your competition and whether or not it is OK still to use certain advantages when selling. BTW, does he mention he used to date Beard's wife? Check out this great down to earth and informative episode!
December 18, 2018
Episode #8: Going Viral with Shay Rowbottom
The Content Queen from Margle Media enters the arena with the boys and shares with them her journey from a musician to becoming one of the biggest influencers on LinkedIn and COO of a a major viral video marketing company. If you want raw, then you will want to listen to this!
November 30, 2018
Episode #7: Get Out of the Van! w Christine Deehring
Entrepreneur & CEO, Christine Deehring of the #1 Pregnancy Subscription Service in the world, Bump Boxes, joins the boys for a fun but insightful afternoon! Hear how this soon mom to be quit her corporate career at a Fortune 100 company to follow her dreams! She gives great advice on taking the leap of faith, the importance of sales & marketing working together, finding a mentor and coach, social media and balancing work and life!
October 26, 2018
Episode #6: Let's Talk Sales with Jay Jensen
Sales has been Jay's passion for over 36 years. As a Lead Coach for his passion in sales is to pass onto others the advice & lessons that were so generously passed down to him. Jay talks with the guys on a wild and hilarious show about helping others to achieve their success. He gives some amazing insight to his thoughts on the problems with Sales Management today as well as magic Sales Processes. He discusses the influence social media has on him and his industry and how he uses Industry and Competition analysis. If you are passionate about sales you won't want to miss this episode. Through all the humor, Jay is serious about Sales, and there is not a gimmick or trick.
October 10, 2018
Episode #5: Success Can Be Painful w/ Entrepreneur Parham Parastran
Parham Parastran is an Iranian-American entrepreneur and author of the book Perfect Pain. He joins the guys to discuss a wealth of business knowledge and the affects of success on people's mental health. After fleeing Iran as a child during the midst of the Iranian revolution, Parham became the epitome of the American Dream. He built a multi-million-dollar business, Car-X Tire & Auto, a franchise of tire and auto repair shops that quickly grew from a single store in Champaign, IL to 16 locations. Parham talks about while enjoying the monetary success as an entrepreneur, he had a secret: He suffered from severe depression and addiction. Listen in as this successful entrepreneur goes into his rock-bottom moment that that opened up the darkest doors within himself and found him revisiting a childhood of trauma, drug addiction, and low self esteem. Find out how Parham rebuilt his inner foundation that led him to be a better leader, husband, father and person!
September 26, 2018
Episode #4: Lessons from a 17 Year Old Entrepreneur with Aaron Avont Johnson
International award winning movie director and writer, Aaron Avont Johnson blows us away! This young phenom shares with us the guiding principles that drove him at such a young age to start his own media empire. Aaron shares with us the challenges he faces as a young entrepreneur, that all entrepreneurs endure, and how he overcomes them. He talks about what motivates him, how he handles his international success, and the importance of giving back. Aaron also answers the critics about being lucky and revealing his journey really started 8 years ago.
September 11, 2018
Episode #3: Wisdom in Failure and Leadership Lessons with Jim McConoughey
Best selling author, CEO, investor, and entrepreneurial guru, Jim McConoughey joins the boys to discuss his book the "Wisdom of Failure" and the 3 parts behind it. This show packs in so much in such a short amount of time. You will also learn how the next generation workforce, after the Millenials, will shape future business leadership models. He discuss his own failures and how to make them success. Additionally, if you want to be an entrepreneur, he tells you how to determine what business to be in and what to avoid. This is one show you will want to listen to more than once!
August 27, 2018
Episode #2: Balance, Vision, Personality & Effort with Ken Plfederer, CEO
Bald is back! Join the boys as they welcome the CEO of CSE Software and Simformotion, Mr. Ken Pflederer to the show. Learn how Balance, Vision, Personality, and Effort are his keys to success. Ken also gives us his opinion on Millenials and how they are shaping the business world. Lastly he answers the important question.... Beard or Bald?
August 13, 2018
Episode #1: Health & Biz w Dr. Shonna Goodrich
The very first episode of #Biz with Beard & Bald features Dr. Shonna Goodrich! She joins Curphy ( Beard ) to discuss the importance of Diet, Exercise, and Sleep for successful business leaders. Also, find out which is better....Beard or Bald?
July 25, 2018