Tim Dodge, A CEO Making Traction In Creative – Episode 10

Tim Dodge is the CEO of Hanson Dodge Creative, a dynamic Milwaukee based design & marketing company that has been inspiring consumers and delivering transformational business impact for leading brands on a global scale for more than 30 years. Tim recalls how, as a kid, it all started with the Flinstones – that is he and his brothers watching the cartoon…

Joe DeNucci, My Secret Weapon Marketing Guy – Episode 9

Joe DeNucci, a marketing leader that has worked for some big names that you'll recognize like Rockwell Automation, GE, Covanta, and Direct Supply, is on the episode today. Joe's my podcast intro guy, my blog collaborator, and my podcast producer. And people keep asking me, who is this "Joe" guy? And I felt like, well…

Sequoya Borgman, Rising to the Top in Private Equity – Episode 8

Sequoya Borgman, the Founder & Managing Director of Borgman Capital, is on the podcast today. Borgman Capital is a Milwaukee based start-up Private Equity firm focused on partnering with entrepreneurs and management teams to capitalize and grow profitable businesses.   As a kid with “hippie” parents, Sequoya was born in California but moved a lot and…

Aleta Norris, Co-Founder of Living As A Leader – Episode 7

Aleta Norris, a Leadership Development Expert and the Co-Founder of Living as a Leader, is on the podcast today. Living as a leader is a Brookfield, Wisconsin based leadership training, coaching and consulting firm, committed to improving employee productivity and fulfillment through more effective leadership. Aleta (by the way, her name means “winged one”) is…

Nick Maris, CEO Somna Therapeutics – Episode 6

Nick Maris, the CEO of Somna Therapeutics, is on the podcast today. Somna Therapeutics is a Germantown WI based medical product startup that is revolutionizing the treatment of severe acid reflux with their wearable RefluxBandTM Nick has a BS from Marquette University and did his MBA work at Marquette and Boston College.  He’s also a…

Kyle Weatherly, CEO of Frontdesk – Episode 5

Kyle Weatherly, the CEO of #Frontdesk, is on the podcast today. Frontdesk is a Milwaukee-based startup focused on professionalizing the short-term corporate housing rental experience. Kyle is a #MarquetteUniversity graduate with an MBA in Non-profit Management from #UWMadison. Originally determined to commit his talents to the non-profit world, Kyle landed at #HabitatforHumanity for several years…

Wayne Breitbarth, LinkedIn Expert – Episode 4

Wayne Breitbarth, #LinkedInExpert is on the podcast today. Wayne is perhaps the foremost LinkedIn expert in the country,  He’is the CEO of the Power Formula LLC, a best selling author, a LinkedIn consultant, and an energetic keynote speaker. Wayne's book, #ThePowerFormula of LinkedIn Success, which is now soon to be in its 4th edition, has…

Mike Malatesta, My Entrepreneurial Story – Episode 2

Mike co-founded a company in 1992 that grew to $45 million in revenue, across 6  locations, with 140 team members, by 2015. The company was recently acquired by a large publicly traded company and now Mike is an entrepreneur, writer, blogger, and podcast host as well. In this episode, Mike is interviewed by Dave Mastovich…

Welcome and What To Expect – Episode 1

How'd It Happen is an interview-based podcast hosted by me, Mike Malatesta, that explore the stories, the beliefs, the actions, and experiences of my guests, all of whom have achieved a high level of success in their lives. I like to define success as the value a person creates for others in the world. My…

How’d it Happen? Podcast

“How’d it Happen?” is a conversational-based podcast, hosted by me, Mike Malatesta.  I’m a curious guy living in the Midwest who’s had some success, along with a lot of “not-quite success”.  I like to avoid the word failure. Its connotation can be dangerous.  Some might describe me as a hard-working & successful entrepreneur, investor and…