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The Sophisticated Professional

The Sophisticated Professional

By Giovanni Calise
Sophisticated Professional is the authority of the Entrepreneur and Young Professional. Interviews with young business owners who are rocking it in their industry, cutting edge strategies, and a community of cool people doing their best to reach their potential.
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Pursuing Your Passion with Singer-Songwriter Kylie Odetta
While maintaining social distancing, we spoke with artist Kylie Odetta to talk about her journey as an independent musician, how she finds ways to connect with her fans while social distancing, and her upcoming EP “Roots & Petals” available April 17th on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.
April 13, 2020
Frank's Gentlemen's Salon - The Stories of Main Street
After a fantastic experience at Frank's Gentleman's Salon in Greenville, South Carolina, we sat down with the owner Melanie Wright to discuss her journey as a business owner, her faith, and how she and her team create the amazing Frank's experience across South Carolina.
April 6, 2020
Mary's Restaurant at Falls Cottage - The Stories of Main Street
Earlier this month we sat down with Kent Fisher, the owner of Mary’s Restaurant at Falls Cottage in Greenville, South Carolina. Located in the Historic Cottage in the heart of Downtown Greenville, Kent shared with us the legacy of Mary’s along with his passion for the restaurant and for people. You won’t want to miss this first episode of the Stories of Main Street!
March 30, 2020
YEX Grown in the South: Joe and Doug Erwin
The Young Executives of the Commerce Club in Greenville, SC presents "Grown in the South". In this episode, we have a conversation with Joe and Doug Erwins, Co-Owners of the Greenville Triumph Professional Soccer Club. Joe Erwin is the co-founder and former president of national marketing agency Erwin Penland, which he and his wife Gretchen opened in 1986 with one employee, and grew to 400 staff in Greenville and New York with a roster of national and regional clients. In 2015, Joe left EP to open Erwin Creates, which operates downtown coworking destination Endeavor, supports Clemson University’s Erwin Center for Brand Communications, provides leadership and marketing consulting services to senior executives, and is now the lead owner of the Greenville Triumph professional soccer team. Doug Erwin is the Chief Brand Officer of Greenville Triumph Soccer Club, and a co-owner of the team. After finishing Clemson, Doug started his career with Vornado Realty Trust in Washington, DC, a preeminent developer with more than 30 million square feet of LEED-certified and retail space. He returned to Greenville to join Erwin Penland before joining Joe at Erwin Creates. After overseeing Endeavor’s build-out and launch in the ONE tower downtown, Doug began the pro soccer exploration process and transitioned to the Club’s leadership team in 2017.
March 6, 2020
What it Means to Work from Identity, not for Identity
Today we had the privilege of interviewing Cody and Sara Bridenbaugh. They're the husband and wife team behind Harvest, a brand identity agency in Greenville, SC. In this podcast, Cody and Sara talk about the risk they took starting out, going from 2 salaries to 0. They also give insight on maintaining a healthy relationship with work. Paying attention to your relationships can elevate both your business and your life.
January 2, 2020
CFO and Co-President Brandy Amidon on People-Focused Leadership
In this podcast, we had the privilege of talking to Brandy Amidon, the Co-President and CFO of Brains on Fire and the first female mayor of Travelers Rest, SC. With success in people-focused leadership, Brandy talks about the importance of diversity in work culture. Becoming a B Corporation also helped mold their agency into a more collaborative and open environment. Interworking between teams has helped them create more intelligent solutions. Brandy knows that failure is inevitable. Working openly in collaboration has given people room to fail and grow.
December 19, 2019
Let’s Talk Design with Tori Ashmore
We recently sat down with Tori Ashmore from Atlanta, Georgia and talked to her all about running an interior design firm. She is the owner of Farm Chic Creations, which is an interior and architectural design firm. Her firm is growing by the minute. She specifically works on designing homes from the ground up or even styles and stage homes for investors. In the podcast, we ask her a series of questions regarding what her experience has been like building a business.
December 13, 2019
Side Hustle to Day Job: Talking Small Business with Lauren James
When is it time to quit your day job? Lauren James shares all on how she started her own creative business in the all-new Sophisticated Professional Podcast. In less than five years, she went from taking a couple of orders from friends to owning a micro-retail storefront. Nothing stopped Lauren from achieving her dream. She faced ups and downs, but ultimately pushed on to create a successful company.
December 13, 2019
Starting Your Own Business: What People May Not Tell You
On this podcast, we chat with Melissa Fabry, owner of Indigo Custom Framing in Anderson, South Carolina, about the realities of starting your own business. She shares tips about starting, making and maintaining client relationships, as well as some traits that any business owner should have starting out.
December 13, 2019
AIM: A non- profit that is changing communities
A group of students from Anderson University recently sat down with AIM’s very own Executive Director, Kristi King-Brock and VP of programs, Jordan Evans to gain insight into just who AIM is and what it strives to do. A variety of different topics are discussed such as a brief overview of AIM’s history and programs, what makes AIM different from other non-profits, how people can get involved and take action, and much more!
December 13, 2019
How they Built it: The LOT Project
Today we are speaking with Cody Wright, the director of the LOT Project. LOT stands for least of these taken from Matthew 25:40 in the Bible. This organization is a small grass roots nonprofit founded in Anderson, South Carolina, just over 10 Years and has reached thousands of people. It started out with the goal to help those in need by picking up kids who needed a ride to church. They noticed their need for food and clothing and began passing these out to the community.
December 13, 2019
Clothed in Dignity: Talking Authored Apparel with Brenda Wilton
This week, Sophisticated Professional Podcast had the opportunity to speak with entrepreneur Brenda Wilton. Brenda shared her story on creating her clothing line called Authored Apparel, along with advice for entrepreneurs of faith.
December 12, 2019