The Power of Idea Discipline – Episode 55.5

A business needs discipline to be successful. There's no question about that. Without the discipline to stick to a plan, identify and replicate the things that work and stay on task in a world that seems to be designed to blow you off course, a business can seem like a tail wagging the dog, kind…

Tom Shannon, Mastermind Of Job Growth and Early Stage Companies – Episode 51

Tom Shannon is the founder and CEO of Brightstar Wisconsin (HL), a one of a kind non-profit created as a unique entity to fill the early-stage funding void by providing charitable foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals with a vehicle to help fund job creation--- through capital donation!  Tom graduated with a Finance degree from The University…

Monica Zhang, Questions from an Aspiring Global Entrepreneur – Episode 33

Monica Zhang is a highschool senior at Brookfield Academy.  Monica is an international student whose home is in Shanghai, China.   In a bit of a role reversal, Monica asked if she could interview Mike about entrepreneurship for her International Freedom Seminar project.  Her goal for the project is to write a case study for global entrepreneurism based on…

Tommy Tank, Becoming a Model in your 50s – Episode 30

Tommy Tank is the founder and President of Tommy Tank Life After 50, a one of a kind fitness experience gym and brand that is built on Tommy’s passion for fitness and his belief that “you have one body, own it.”  Tommy started his company, and new career, at age 56 after a long career…

Mark Grosskopf, Lessons from a Tech CEO on Launching Startups, – Episode 26

Mark Groskopf, is a proven entrepreneur and the CEO of New Resources Consulting and Westin Technology Solutions.  Mark believes that every company can be strengthened through technology and his companies are designed to provide and implement the technology that will provide that strength.  Mark is the youngest of 7 kids.  After his Dad was killed in an accident…

Tom Bushkie, Hello Water, Making it Big in Beverages – Episode 25

Tom Bushkie, a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Hello Water, the fiber infused, naturally flavored and non-carbonated water that is taking the nation by storm. Tom started his entrepreneurial path at College Pro Painters, where he took over a territory in Green Bay, WI while he was studying at UW Whitewater.  Tom’s older brother, Scott,…

Dan Steininger, A CEO, Moving Mountains Every Day – Episode 17

Dan Steininger's new book, “Moving Mountains Every Day” contains a collection of the unique experiences and wisdom he’s gained throughout his long and varied career as a lawyer, CEO, Harbor Commissioner, Columnist and Non Profit Leader.  He’s also the grandson of Daniel Hoan, a legendary former Mayor of Milwaukee, who’s legacy continues to live on…

Richie Burke, A CEO, Podcasting Growth for Clients – Episode 15

Richie Burke is the founder and CEO of Go Geddit Marketing and Media and the host of the Go Gedders Podcast. Richie became an entrepreneur while he was still in middle school, collecting errant golf balls that he would sell back to the golfers - at considerable margin – since his cost basis was zero – and…

Entrepreneurs Make Things Happen

I get excited about meeting and spending time with all kinds of entrepreneurs. It’s where I feel like I belong. In particular, I like meeting and learning about entrepreneurs who started from nothing, and with nothing, then managed to turn that nothing into something. They have something really special about them. I met one of…