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Ep. 48 - A Man of Faith with Tim Schoonveld

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Presented by Competitive Wedge, The WedgeCast is dedicated to people finding their purpose. We'll be having conversations spanning all sorts of purpose related topics with people who absolutely love what they do every single day.
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Ep. 51 - Finding Purpose with Ryan Millsap
On this episode, Ryan Millsap, CEO of Blackhall Studios joins Matt on the WedgeCast. Ryan comes on the show to talk purpose, passion, calling and how he’s found that in his life.
October 16, 2019
Episode 50
On this episode, we're going solo and talking about the state of the show, what has happened as well as what's to come. 
October 9, 2019
Ep. 49 - Creating Opportunities with Aaron Opalewski
Aaron Opalewski, CEO of Spark Talent Acquisition, joins the show to talk about what it's like founding and growing a business in the Talent Acquisition space.
September 20, 2019
Ep. 48 - A Man of Faith with Tim Schoonveld
On this episode, we welcome on Hope College Athletic Director Tim Schoonveld. Schoonie has been an incredible mentor for me since my freshman year at Hope College, it is an absolute pleasure to have him on.
September 17, 2019
Ep. 47 - Building a Company with Brian Town
On this episode, we talk to Brian Town, CEO of Michigan Creative, about how he went from school teacher to successful CEO of a growing media company!
September 13, 2019
Ep. 46 - Leveraging your Network to get your Product in the Right Hands with Dr. Matt Dixon
Dr. Matt Dixon, Chief Product and Research Officer at Tethr, is on the show. We had a fascinating conversation ranging from business strategies to personal career strategies to what gets him out of bed in the morning.
September 10, 2019
Ep. 45 - On Entrepreneurship with Don Charlton
Don Charlton, Founder and former CEO of our partner JazzHR, comes on the show to talk about what it’s like being an entrepreneur and building a business!
August 30, 2019
Ep. 44 - The British are Coming with Arran Stewart
On this show we have Arran Stewart, Co-founder of and a certified family-man, on to talk about his life and experiences that led him from a small town in the UK to founding in Austin, Texas.
August 28, 2019
Ep. 43 - Luxurious Living with Daniel Curtis
Daniel Curtis is the Founder and CEO of subscription box company Robb Vices, a hand-curated luxury item subscription box company. Daniel shares his journey to where he is today and why living a life of luxury isn't about what you have but rather the people you share those things and moments with
August 23, 2019
Ep. 42 - The only person I know that lives on the Vegas Strip with Lori Silverman
This episode, Lori Silverman - the Shift Strategist and Founder/CEO of Partners for Progress®, joins to discuss her work. She also shares with us some of her life story and why it's so important to care for those around us.
August 21, 2019
Ep. 41 - Believing in Yourself with Amobi Okugo
Amobi Okogu, a professional soccer player with a mind for business, joins the show for a great conversation on what it’s like to be in pro sports and what he’s got going on with his company A Frugal Athlete. Check out their site!
August 16, 2019
Ep. 40 - Exploring Life and Purpose with Drew Weatherford
Former Florida State Quarterback and Partner at Weatherford Capital, Drew Weatherford, drops by to talk about his life, what it was like to go from playing big time college football into the "normal" world, and how he's changed along the way.
August 13, 2019
Ep. 39 - The Life of Pablo with Pablo Giacopelli
Pablo Giacopelli, an author, founder, former tennis prodigy, and man of faith, joins the show to talk about his life. Pablo has an incredible set of experiences that have led him to where he is today. His story is as fascinating as both his faith and outlook on life are inspiring. Pablo's body of work includes: His books can be found on Amazon and are titled Holding On Loosely and The Modern Fig Leaf.
August 8, 2019
Ep. 38 - Getting Personal with Kimberly S. Reed
Kimberly S. Reed is a distinguished Diversity and Inclusion leader and she is the Founder of Reed Development Group. Kimberly is not afraid to get personal and share how her unique experiences have made her into the woman and influencer she is today. 
August 6, 2019
Ep. 37 - Exercising Gratitude with Adam Kail
Adam Kail, Founder & CEO of Harrison Gray Search and Consulting, comes on the show to talk about his experience running and founding multiple businesses and how that’s changed him.
August 2, 2019
Ep. 36 - Leadership and Transformation with LV Hanson
LV Hanson stops by to talk leadership, transformation, how others have an affect on his life, and how he affects others’.
July 31, 2019
Ep. 35 Bratwurst and a Cold Beer with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski
On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, CEO and Founder of Think Natalia. Dr. Wiechowski enlightens the show with not only an incredibly positive attitude, but also some very practical thoughts about coaching and consulting. Enjoy!
July 25, 2019
Ep. 34 - Talking Healthcare with Dr. Roger Jansen
Dr. Roger Jansen, CEO of HealthEco, comes on the show to talk about his experience in the healthcare world. Dr. Jansen was the Chief Strategy Officer at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI for a number of years and has a wealth of experience to show for it. We get into a range of topics including what can people, on a personal level do to improve the healthcare system for themselves and others around them. Enjoy!
July 23, 2019
Ep. 33 - Living to Inspire with Nic Mirabello
On this episode we are joined by Nic Mirabello, Chief Inspiration Officer at MassPay. When you hear him talk, it’s really easy to see why his title fits, Nic is an incredible storyteller and he loves to do it, we loved having him on the show!
July 18, 2019
Ep. 32 Cheers to Partnership with Pete Lamson
Pete Lamson, CEO of JazzHR, comes on the show to discuss his career, successes and bumps along the road, and what gets him out of bed in the morning. Pete is an excellent leader and we are ecstatic to be partnering with him and his fantastic organization!
July 16, 2019
Ep. 31 - Talking Talent with Paula Perkins
Paula Perkins, Talent Acquisition Manager at Herman Miller, comes on the show to talk about some of the innovative ways she's attracting talent in West Michigan.
July 12, 2019
Ep. 30 - Take 2 with Karl Schmitt
Here is part 2 of our conversation with Karl Schmitt. In this episode Karl takes the floor and asks a couple of questions. This is easily one of the most fascinating and entertaining conversations we’ve ever had.
July 10, 2019
Ep. 29 - The Most Interesting Man on the WedgeCast with Karl Schmitt part 1
Karl Schmitt, Senior Customer Engagement Executive at SAP, has lived a lot of life. He gets into his wide ranging experience, not only professionally, but personally, that has led him to living a life of trying to, more than anything else, be a better person. This conversation was so fascinating that we kept it going for a bit longer than normal. Part 1 of 2.
June 28, 2019
Ep. 28 - Making it on Your Own with Eric Arnold
Eric Arnold, the CEO of Planswell, comes on the show to talk about how, as a serial entrepreneur, he's built his career into what it is. Eric gets into a bit about his backstory, how failing has helped him a lot more than succeeding, and even a little bit of parenting. Eric was a great guest and we think you'll really enjoy this episode. 
June 21, 2019
Ep. 27 - How to Actually Reach Your Goals with Dr. Peter Boumgarden
Dr. Peter Boumgardner, Professor of Practice of Strategy and Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, has some super practical advice about reaching goals and living a well rounded life on this episode!  Here are the works mentioned in the episode:
June 19, 2019
Ep. 26 - Creating Happiness with Jim McCarthy
Tons of wisdom in this episode from Jim McCarthy! Be sure to check out his book below: For a link to the referenced TED Talk go here:
June 14, 2019
Ep. 25 - Challenging Yourself with Enrique Rubio
Enrique Rubio, Founder of Global Hacking HR and Co-Founder of Cotopaxi, stops by the show to talk about his career and how he went from an electrical engineer to Founder of a Global HR Tech company. 
June 12, 2019
Ep. 24 - The 3 Truths of Digital Transformation with Michael Leckie
Ever feel like you can't keep up? Like the world is changing so rapidly that you just don't know enough? Michael Leckie, Chief Learning Officer at Bloomberg, is in charge of making sure that feeling doesn't become ingrained the culture at the media giant. If you want to know what it takes to become a lifelong learner and stay one in this digital age, listen up and pay attention to Michael's 3 Truths of Digital Transformation. This conversation was incredibly insightful and interesting, we really think you'll enjoy it.
June 6, 2019
Ep. 23 - Building Your Viral Brand with Rick Schirmer
As a pioneer of viral and influencer branding, Rick Schirmer, Founder and CEO of, has done some pretty awesome and influential stuff, none of which compare to his interview on this episode. Kidding, obviously. The man has played a huge role in launching the marketing campaigns for multi-billion dollar movie franchises like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Purge We're pumped to have Rick on the show to talk about some of his work and he was even gracious enough to offer some tips to startups and small businesses looking to build their brand. Enjoy the show!
June 4, 2019
Ep. 22 - Taking Your Personality to Work with Minal Joshi Jäckli
Minal Joshi Jäckli, founder of Open Elevator, stops by to talk a bit about what they are doing to change the way companies recruit people. Enjoy!
May 30, 2019
Ep. 21 - Competitively Branding Your Culture with Rhonda Merchant
Rhonda Merchant, a proven Talent Acquisition Business Leader and Talent Branding visionary, swings by the show to talk about what it's like to be at the helm of culture defining initiatives. Creating a culture is important, but almost equally important is branding that culture. If co-workers don't experience the culture and job-seekers can't see the culture, it isn't really helping your organization. She shares some of her experience helping organizations create their culture and some of the things she's done to get the brand out there.
May 28, 2019
Ep. 20 - JTBD and Choosing Your Death Date with Bob Moesta
Bob Moesta is the Founder, President, & CEO of the Re-Wired Group, and he is a pioneer of the Jobs To Be Done Theory. Bob enlightens us with his vast experience of how to squeeze every little bit of juice that life has to offer. Every time we talk with Bob, we take something new away from not only his knowledge of creating, testing, and building things, but also from his unique way of thinking about the world.
May 23, 2019
Ep. 19 - The Ins and Outs of Servant Leadership with Doug Billings
As a VP of Human Resources, Best-Selling Author, and Cancer Survivor, Doug Billings has experienced more life than many, which has taught him a lot. The lesson nearest to his heart is Servant Leadership. Doug shares with us that the most important thing to be a Servant Leader is showing people that you genuinely care about them
May 21, 2019
Ep. 18 - From the Football Field to the Startup Field with Asante Cleveland
After spending 4 seasons in the NFL, Asante Cleveland has identified a passion for problem solving and startups. We talk about how his experiences on the field in both college and the NFL have prepared him for this space. Enjoy!
May 16, 2019
Ep. 17 - Finding Your Passion and Your Purpose with Davin Salvagno
Davin is a Speaker, Coach, Writer, Founder, and Chief Purpose Officer of PurposePoint. Based in Detroit, PurposePoint helps align passions and purpose with solid business practices. We couldn't think of a more perfect meshing of purposes than Davin and The WedgeCast. 
May 14, 2019
Ep. 16 - Defining Your Culture by Your Generosity with Paige Robinson
We sit down with Paige Robinson, the Founder and CEO of Will Reed (, to talk about how she created Will Reed and what makes her tick. We learned a ton from her commitment to her company, her team, and working women and moms. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed!
May 9, 2019
Ep. 15 - Talking Startups with Ryan Landau
Ryan Landau of Re:Purpose ( spends some time talking with us about the Michigan startup ecosystem. If you haven't heard of his company, they are doing some really innovative things to bring tech talent back to the state of Michigan, check them out! Hope you enjoy the episode! 
May 7, 2019
Ep. 14 - Leadership Training with Doug Conant
Doug Conant, formerly CEO of Campbell Soup and current CEO of Conant Leadership, stops by the pod to have a really fascinating conversation on his career, leadership, and what makes him excited to go in to work every day. Other than being an incredibly thoughtful and inspiring person, Doug is also a New York Times bestselling author and a world-renowned speaker. Enjoy the episode!
April 30, 2019
Ep. 13 - Come to West Mi! with Cindy Brown
Cindy Brown heads up talent initiatives for The Right Place in Grand Rapids boy is she excited about what she gets to do day in and day out! She joins Matt to talk about some of the things she's doing to stimulate growth in the area! 
April 23, 2019
Ep. 12 - Power Tools to Power Schools with Shayna Carlson
Shayna Carlson stopped by the office a few weeks ago to talk about her work at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. She gets into how she went from college student looking to get out of West Michigan, to Black and Decker Sales Rep in Phoenix, AZ, and then back to West Michigan as a teacher, volleyball coach, and administrator. For anybody interested in education and what is being done to prepare students for the real world, you'll love this episode.
April 16, 2019
Ep. 11 - Full Body, Full Life with Jeff Genova
Jeff Genova sits down with Matt at George's Smoke Shop in downtown Holland to talk about being the general manager at a local craft brewery and to share his experiences as a featured photographer for Getty Images. As always this episode is presented by Competitive Wedge and Big Lake Brewery.
April 9, 2019
Ep. 10 - The Solo Edition
Matt dives into who he is, how he started Wedge, and what about it gets him really fired up to work on the business every single day.
March 15, 2019
Ep. 9 - Wade Burgess
Wade Burgess stops by the show to lend some words of wisdom across an array of different career related topics.
February 20, 2019
Ep. 8 - Keri McCarthy
Keri McCarthy, Business Partner at Disher Talent Solutions in Zeeland, MI, swings by the office to talk about her work and what she does to drive the amazing culture at Disher.
February 13, 2019
Ep. 7 - Matt Jung
Matt Jung is on the WedgeCast talking about building organizational culture.
February 7, 2019
Ep. 6 - Shannon Burkel
Shannon Burkel, Executive Vice President of Staffing Solutions at Axios HR, joins Matt on today’s episode!
January 30, 2019
Ep. 5 - Steve Griffin
Dr. Steve Griffin of ThinkWise joins Matt Baxter for an insightful conversation on hiring and job search trends.
January 28, 2019
Ep. 3 - Tim Sackett
Tim Sackett joins Matt to talk HR shop and give some of his industry leading insights.
January 7, 2019
Ep. 4 - Jim D'Amico
Jim D'Amico joins Matt to talk about how technology has changed HR over the years and how its helped companies raise their productivity level.
January 7, 2019
Ep. 2 - Holly Ross Tong
Holly Ross Tong, HR Extraordinaire, joins Matt for a fantastic conversation regarding her career that is riddled with great advice for HR professionals and job seekers alike!
January 7, 2019
Ep. 1 - Eric Van Duren
Matt Baxter, Founder and CEO of Competitive Wedge, sits down with Director of System Talent Acquisition at Spectrum Health, Eric Van Duren, for a lively conversation on current hiring trends.
January 4, 2019
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