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The Veteran Welding Podcast

The Veteran Welding Podcast

By Christopher Reader
A podcast dedicated to veterans who are looking to start their own business, with step by step how-tos on repurposing their military skill set.
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Re-launch Jonathan Lewis Interview
This week's episode is a re-launch of my interview with Jonathan Lewis. He is the owner of Superior welding and one of the hosts of the Welding Tips and Tricks Podcast. This was a great interview and well worth the listen. 
November 3, 2020
Hey everyone, in this episode we chat with Julie Weiler, owner of WMC co and senior leadership team member here at Veteran Welding. We chat about the one thing that can really make or break a company, marketing. We dive into a lot of the basics as well as touch on some points that could really make finding the right person to fill this role in your team a whole lot easier.  Patreon Page: Veteran Welding: 
October 27, 2020
The Story Till Now Interview
This interview has been in the works for a while now. Originally we recorded this back in June of 2020. So some of the things we talk about have changed. but the interview still rocks. Let us know what you think about this interview with Shaun from the Story Till now. Go check out his YouTube page and give him a follow. You will be glad you did. 
October 20, 2020
TMR Customs Interview
This week we are going back to our very first interview with Tim Rogers, president of TMR Customs. 
August 28, 2020
Chemical Chimp
A lot of people say that they want to start a business, But about 75% of them say they can't find the time to do so. Today guest has taken this whole Carona virus shit show and made his dream of being a business owner come true. From the start of the lockdown and having just an idea, to no 5 months later having a fully operational company. Paul has sat there and taken this time as an opportunity and ran with it.  I had a great time chatting with Paul and look forward to watching him grow. 
August 11, 2020
Ratty Fab Interview
Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for tuning into today's episode. Today I have a chat with Mike from Ratty Fab. He is a United States Army Veteran, Graduate from Wyo Tech, and now a successful business owner. He also is selling some kick-ass safety glasses for Skydive for veterans.  Let me know what you guys think of this episode and if you have any questions please reach out. Cheers Chris 
August 4, 2020
Canada Welding Supply- Matt Crimi
Well, ladies and gentlemen. We finally did it. After a lot of conflicting schedules and messed up audio. I finally managed to make our interview with Matt Crimi from Canada Welding supply work. In this episode we find out a little bit about Matt and why he/how he started Canada Welding Supply as well as where he is taking the company and how he cut his teeth in the HVAC side of things. Let us know what you think and we look forward to your feedback.
July 21, 2020
Bruno Guevremont Part #2
If you have not listened to part one, please stop and listen to part one first. In this episode, we wrap up our conversation with Bruno and get some great info on how to change your mindset, routine and how serving others is a huge benefit.
July 7, 2020
Bruno Gevremont
I had the opportunity to chat with Bruno Guevremont about his transition to the civilian world and went into some pretty good conversation about how he works, and how he helps vets and CEO's alike.
June 30, 2020
The Veteran Hunters, Todd Hisey
Thank you for tuning into today's episode.  Today we have a chat with Todd Hisey and chat about his brainchild, The Veteran hunters.  I have personally gone on a few hunts with The Veteran hunters and have seen first hand the good it can do for its members. There is some great info in this episode, let us know what you think.  •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #machining #okotoksliving #okotoksbusiness #okotokslife #okotoksalberta #highriver #highriveralberta #fablife #shoplife #veteranwelding #veteranweldingco #tmrcustoms #veterangroupofcompanies #adventurerig #tigtuesday #stainlesssteel #tiglife #operationmotorsport #canadaweldingcommunity #ford#51ford #vision #shoptruck #StrongerTogether #BuyVeteran
June 24, 2020
What's it like working with your spouse?
So in this installment of the VWP, I have my better half sit down with me and we chat about what it is like working with your spouse.  in this episode we don't hold anything back and let you guys know, What it is like working with your spouse. the good the bad and the ugly all get there time to shine.  Let us know what you think at:
June 17, 2020
Pembroke Boxing Club , Jason Burgoyne
In this installment of The Veteran Welding Podcast, I get to take a bit of a stroll down memory lane with a good friend of mine, Jason Burgoyne. Jason is the proud owner of the Pembroke Boxing Club, as well as an accomplished boxing coach, and veteran. Jason and I both served together in the Royal Canadian Dragoons and since our time in the forces, he has had his shares of ups and downs in the business world. However, he has always come out on top and has mastered how to roll with the punches.  Let me know what you guys think of this episode.   
June 9, 2020
Christian Hazel
Hey Everyone, In this episode I had the opportunity to chat with Christian Hazel. Christain Has been an editor for JP Magazine, Petersens 4 wheel and off-road as well as the point man for the Ultimate Adventure. We chat about everything from how he got started, influences during his youth that would later point him down the road he has travelled to today.  I hope you guys enjoy the show. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask. 
June 2, 2020
John Malecki Interview Part #2
Hey guys, In this episode we carry on from our last episode with our interview with John Malecki. If you have not already listened to Part#1 please listen to that before moving forward with this episode. 
May 19, 2020
John Malecki Interview PART #1
In part one of my interview with John Malecki, We chat about how he got started in the NFL, habits he learned that has helped him achieve the level of success that he has. As well as what his intentions are for his YouTube channel.  Part 1 Take away notes. John Malecki Notes - If you not the best guy on the team you need to keep working to get there. - The sooner you can realize if you are an underdog or not, the better off you are. This will allow you to see skills that you need to work on and the skills you have yet to even comprehend. - No matter what make yourself as valuable as possible to your team. - LEARN THE GROUNDWORK, - Borden your skill set no matter the profession - Look for activities that can create opportunities. o Especially if they come naturally - Chase your goals until you mentally and physically can no longer do it. - Always have a good work ethic no matter the task or job. Pay attention to detail. - Have a mentor who you want to make proud - Do not accept the way things are, always strive to be better. -  Always work to benefit yourself and your family. - Life is extremely magnified, don’t become complacent - Reflect on situations and make sure you do everything possible in those moments to benefit your team and yourself. If you can look back and see that you could have done better make sure you do so if and when that situation comes up again. - The world plays favourites, and it is your job to become one and not bitch about people who have made it. - When you get comfortable you will lose focus - Use past careers as a launching platform when possible. #johnmalecki #theveteranweldingpodcast #canadianmilitary #royalcanadiandragoons #USMilitary
May 12, 2020
Unobtanium Welding a.k.a Chris McQuay
Hi Everyone and welcome to another episode of the Veteran Welding podcast. Today we have yet another great interview chambered and ready for you to send downrange. Today we have another guest on the show, but this time he takes welding to a completely different level. I have said it before and I will say it again. This man has turned welding into an art. We are joined by none other than Chris McQuay, owner and craftsmen behind Unobtanium Welding. If you are looking for some seriously awe-inspiring motivation you can find Chris at : #unobtainiumwelding #unobtainium #handcrafted #fupodcast #tigwelding #gtaw
May 5, 2020
Custom or Stock axles
Hi everyone in this episode Steve and I chat about the benefits of some of the most common axle swaps for your offroad rig, as well as some unconventional ones. 
April 28, 2020
The Return of Blue Bell
In this episode, we talk about how to select your next project, as well as the different ways you can go about it to help save you money. This episode also kicks off a series we will be doing that will cover all of the major tech points of a build. 
April 21, 2020
Interview with Andrew and Liam dunning
Hi everyone and thank you for tuning into today's episode.  Today we chat with Andrew and Liam Dunning, of Dunning Imagery. We chat about how Andrew started Dunning imagery, how he has found success in repurposing his military skill set, as well as how he has found working with family. You are going to want to take some notes in this episode.  Side note we had some technical difficulties on my end, so please bear that in mind. 
April 15, 2020
French Lake Fabrication Q&A
In this episode of the Veteran Welding Podcast, Steve and I chat about things you need to know when starting your own business and things to watch out for when taking on the job. And a few other questions that French Lake Fabrication has sent in. Let us know what you think and as always if you have any questions please feel free to email us at
April 7, 2020
Bonus Episode #1 Try to find a silver lining
Hey guys, in this bonus episode I share a little success that I have had in this weird and crazy time that we are living in. It is not, I repeat not meant to be a brag session. 
April 2, 2020
Rene Barnes EP#12
In this episode, we chat with Rene Barnes. Owner of fab-cut systems. they are a CNC Plasma table manufacturer out of Kinston Ontario. Rene's team consists of mostly Canadian Forces veterans and he has found great success hiring vets onto his team. In this episode, we find out how he got started, why and how he has succeeded in working with veterans as well as what makes Fab-Cut systems stand out from the other CNC Plasma tables on the market. If you like what you hear please subscribe on whatever platform you are listening on, and make sure to tell your friends and family about the show. 
March 31, 2020
Episode#11 BlueBell is back
Hi everyone, in this episode, Steve (D3 Offroad) and I chat about how to go about starting a project build for yourself or your company. This is part one of a series where we will dive into axles, transfer cases, engines etc and how to do it to maximize your time and money.  The topic might be off-road related, but you can apply the topics to almost any project.  Enjoy the show and if you have any questions feel free to email us at or you can message me on Instagram @VeteranWelding or steve @d3_offroad_fab.
March 24, 2020
Steve Taylor Interview
This episode we have a chat with Steve Taylor (D3 Offroad). We find out how he got started welding, racing. We also let the cat out of the bag on something that we have been working on now for almost two months. 
March 17, 2020
Ep#8 ISO TUNES Pete Murphy
Hi everyone In this episode, we have the opportunity to chat with Pete Murphy, owner of ISO Tunes. If you are in any trade, especially one like welding, woodworking etc where you are exposed to loud noises all day long you will get a lot of benefits from this episode. 
March 12, 2020
Burn Out How to manage it
 This episode we cover some basics of things you should keep an eye out for while starting and running your own business as well as a few steps to consider before you step off on your own. To help us with this we have Tia Bell as our guest. She is the owner of Unscripted Co, as well as the host of the Unscripted Conversations Podcast. 
March 10, 2020
Jonathan Lewis Interview A.K.A Superior weld and fab
Hi everyone In today's episode, we had the opportunity to chat with Jonathan Lewis owner of Superior Welding and Fabrication LLC. For those of you who don't know who he is, he is one of the hosts of the Welding Tips and Tricks Podcast, as well as one of the guys who has been a huge help with setting up the back end of this podcast.  Today we chat about how he got started, why he decided to get into welding and what some of his experiences have been working with vets, both good and bad.  Thank you for listening, and we will catch you on the next episode. Cheers Chris 
March 3, 2020
Ep#5 Interview with Tim Rogers,
In this episode, we chat with Tim Rogers of TMR Customs. This episode we had some technical issues but there was a great interview and we look forward to having Tim on the show again. 
February 25, 2020
What is your Signature?
Hi everyone,  Thank you for tuning into today's episode. Today we are going to talk about your craftsmanship and how it will eventually speak for you. If you like what you are hearing please tell your friends, co-workers etc. Like and subscribe to the channel and if you could leave a comment on Itunes as well that would be great. 
February 10, 2020
Set up and Outsourcing
Thank you for tuning into another episode of the Veteran Welding Podcast. In this episode, I chat about how to set up your shop, when and why you should outsource. 
February 4, 2020
Big Events- For better or for worse
Hey guys, today's episode is going to be a little shorter than usual. But we are going to talk about how big events can change the way your view on the industry you are looking to start your business in, and the opportunities that going to such events might hold. 
January 28, 2020
Intro & Recap
Hi everyone, in this episode, I talk about how I got into welding and briefly how it helped me decide that this is what I wanted to do for a career. 
January 13, 2020