The Chicago Hustle

#4 - Tom Hemerka

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Highlighting the struggle, successes, and overall journey of Chicagoans through their hustle.
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#20 - Jacob Kearney w/ Two Olives Tattoo
So happy to have had the opportunity to sit down with Jacob for this episode. Crazy enough we met last year for the first time at the gym, Chicago MMA, where we both train at time to time. Here he tells us about the first job he ever got at a tattoo parlor to make to his way up to owning his own studio, his move to Chicago, the way he gives back to the community, and more.
45:26
September 18, 2019
#19 - Beth Drucker with Go Green Wilmette
Beth Drucker is a environmentalist who works with Go Green Wilmette and Speaking with her raised my awareness about my day to day usage and how much I actually waste. I think that their mission of wanting to raise environmental awareness and to inspire people to take action is super important. My hopes are that maybe this will do just that.
51:22
September 11, 2019
#18 - Imran Khan
Imran is a Chicago Real Estate Attorney that I met at a closing with one of my buyers. His team works diligently and thus I have referred him to other Real Estate clients of mine. Here we talk about his vision board, the five pillars he lives his life by, his perspective from his family being from another country and much more. 
52:43
September 4, 2019
#17 - Anju Jain
Anju Jain is the author of the new book "Burn Out." She talked about her personal experiences of burning out in the work place and how that prompted her to write this book. She wants to help people "beat fatigue to thrive in an overworked world."
43:22
August 28, 2019
#16 - Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson is a former professional soccer player that is looking to support the youth right here in Chicago. We were able to talk about her life as an athlete and her transition through retirement, to working on her  masters degree, to some day having a platform to inspire the great youth of Chicago in a better way. 
41:40
August 21, 2019
#15 - Saul Marchan with Blu Commercial Cleaning
As a small business owner starting out, Saul actually hustled by doing the cleaning work myself. After hitting 5 years in business, He went from being a lone wolf, to having a pack of over 40 employees who work at Blu Commercial Cleaning. Saul created this cleaning company to be solutions-focused. He saw that there was a deep need of change within the cleaning industry and wanted to be that change.
49:42
August 14, 2019
#14 - Craig Snider
Craig Snider is a composer, producer, songwriter and much more. In this episode we were able to learn about his experience working with artists and how his passion changed from playing music to teaching others how to find their sound. His goal is to continue and grow his talent along with those around him. 
1:14:34
August 7, 2019
#13 - Erika Pinzer
Erika Pinzer is the owner of EGA Salon in Chicago. She shares with us that after six years of managing and working at a large salon elsewhere that it was time to start her own. We learned about ho she started from no capital to now having two locations and growing. 
53:34
July 31, 2019
#12 - Nors Beatriz
Nors is a Jewelry designer who started out in the corporate world right after graduating from Depaul University here in Chicago. After going through a near death experience she turned towards the healing arts as nothing seemed to help her that was traditional. Those healing arts had lead her to where she is today designing her own jewelry at Mojo Owl. 
1:01:37
July 24, 2019
#11 - Misse Daniel
Misse Daniel is the owner of the wedding planning service, Honey Bee Weddings. Before getting on this career path she had spent the time to get her MBA and got to what she believed was her "dream job." She left it all to pursue her passion. For 2.5 years she worked both jobs full time working 80 hours a week to get to the point where she could do this full time. 
1:15:32
July 17, 2019
#10 - Liz Hansen
Liz Hansen is a Boudoir Photographer. Boudoir refers to the style of photographs in which women pose while being partially clothed or in lingerie. A very common theme that has been arising in our podcasts recently is passion. And her passion has grown into being able to be a part of the experience that helped woman feel good about themselves, to feel confident, and we get to learn about how she got into this full time. You can find her on instagram @chicago.boudoir
51:47
July 10, 2019
#9 - Anthony Ferro
Anthony Ferro is the head Professor at Ferro Academy BJJ. Here he talks about how jiu jitsu saved his life from his experience in two wars while serving in the military. He advocates other veterans to train as well to help them through their tough times with PTSD and much more. We also get to learn about him taking the leap from teaching classes at another business to opening up his own gym and having two weeks to figure it out at the time with no prior experience. You can find him on instagram @ferroacademybjj and @sickness81
56:00
July 3, 2019
#8 - Henry Gomez
Henry Gomez is a loan officer with loan depot and in this episode we not only learned about what got him into real estate but we had the opportunity to really dive into those moments of uncertainty, struggle, and how he got through those tough stages of uncertainty. Along with this he talks about balancing his work, relationships, flip projects, and much more. You can find him on instagram @planfirstbuyafter. 
56:03
June 26, 2019
#7 - Sam Letscher
Sam Letscher is the owner and operator of Bossy Chicago. A resource and community that supports women owned businesses in Chicago. at her website on bossychicago.com you can search the women owned business directly from there. When Sam was in college she seen how many people were interested in knowing where they could spend their dollar and the group of powerful women in business. Her goal is to connect those two worlds. Here she talks about her beginning, the adversity that women face in the work force, and how she is working to support change. She can be found @bossychicago on instagram.
1:11:45
June 19, 2019
#6 - Amber Golob
Amber is an Interior designer in the city of Chicago where her expertise are on kitchens and bathrooms. Here she talks about how she started on this journey, her experiences over the past 15 years in the business, and her plans moving forward.  You can find her on instagram @ambergolobint
1:11:44
June 12, 2019
#5 - Elias Cepeda
Elias Cepeda is the head instructor for Foundation Chicago. A premiere small group & private training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy. Not only is he a running this gym but he is also a full time writer and grad student. Here he shares his mindset for coaching, his experiences through martial arts, what got him into martial arts, and so much more. You can find him on instagram @elias_nhb and @foundationchicago Episode art is credit to @thetruthjackson
1:45:09
June 5, 2019
#4 - Tom Hemerka
Tom Hemerka is a pastry chef, photographer,  and online marketer. When he first started his career as a pastry chef it came to a point where it wasn't enough to sustain the lifestyle he desired. Gaining the skills to expand his business such as videography and marketing on platforms such as instagram were needed in order for him to keep pursuing his passion. Here he shares his perspectives on business and his industry. You can find him on instagram @tomhemerka and @pastryelite
1:04:28
May 29, 2019
#3 - Tyler Jones
Tyler Jones is Chicagoan/mixed martial artist who just had his first fight at joes live in Rosemont. He fought under the promotion of fight card entertainment. His dream is to one day become a professional fighter and in this video he talks about what got him into mma, his training regimen, and so much more. You can follow him @longfellowjones223 on instagram.
1:09:03
May 22, 2019
#2 - Leora Ben-Zev
Leora is a voice over artist who has worked on projects from tv commercials, audio books, and more. Her goal is to have this be her full time hustle by the end of the year. She also works on film and stage productions as a special effects make up artist. You can find her on instagram @officiallarrydavid for any of your make up or voice over needs! 
56:10
May 15, 2019
#1 - Eduardo Orihuela
He is a personal trainer who helps recreational athletes develop strength and mobility so they experience more physical freedom and prevent injury.  His resources expand across one on one personal training, online group training, free videos daily on his instagram @eorihuela, and more. 
1:01:28
May 8, 2019
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