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Profits Over Wages Podcast

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Weekly interviews with highly successful business owners and entrepreneurs. Ricardo Rodriguez & Matthew Mesick discuss life, business, and entrepreneurship to bring forward the lessons learned from success and failure.
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In this episode we talk about Colin’s journey as a model and actor, his real estate investing career and his recently released book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood and Beyond. About Colin Egglesfield Colin has work in the entertainment industry where he regularly stars in television shows and films. He’s also a seasoned real estate investor, having done several fix and flips and multi-family rental acquisitions as well as a knowledgeable and professional real estate broker. Colin is also an avid triathlete who has helped raise money for numerous charities and organizations such as ‘Team For Kids’, ‘The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,’ as well as St. Jude’s and ‘ Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.’
In this episode we talk about Bryan's transition from LAPD officer to real estate investor and how along with his wife they were able to do 100+ flips in one year. Bryan also goes in-depth on how to use business credit cards for investing in real estate and how "action" is the biggest factor between those who make it in real estate and those who don't. About Bryan Segal Bryan is originally from Southern California and a former LAPD officer for over 10 years. He has been investing in Real Estate with his wife, Maira Segal, for over 10 years and flipping houses for 5 years. They moved to Illinois from California in February of 2016. From March to December of that year they completed 42 transactions and continued to kill it for the next 3 years, at one point getting up to doing 100+ rehab projects in 2018. Recently, Bryan has been traveling the country speaking at events as a keynote speaker and hosts events with Shark Tank stars Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Baraba Corcoran and Grant Cardone.
On this episode Gary talks about what it takes to be the #1 real estate attorney in Chicago, why as a real estate investor you must have multiple solutions for motivated sellers, and as an example, Gary goes in-depth about how to properly do land contracts. We also talk about why building relationships with others in the industry is the most important thing you can do to grow your business. About Gary Davidson On episode 58 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we sit down with Gary Davidson of Castle Law, he is the #1 Real Estate Attorney Chicago. Formerly the Village Attorney for many communities in the Will County area, he has an unparalleled breadth of experience working on land use, zoning and development issues, and is a frequent lecturer at numerous real estate investor seminars. He represents hundreds of property investors and a wide variety of businesses and contractors in corporate affairs, ranging from closely held corporations to publicly traded companies such as ExxonMobil. Gary also heads up the practice group at Castle Law that assists banks and servicers in the negotiation of and preparation of documents in a broad range of lending transactions. Castle attorneys also assist mortgage servicers in foreclosures of both residential and commercial properties.
On this episode we talk about how Sheltr helps homeowners take care of their home by being proactive and avoiding costly repairs. We also talk about how Andrew was able to take Sheltr to market from just an idea in a very short amount of time as well as some of the challenges he has encountered so far and the lessons he’s learned along the way. About Andrew Wynn He is the co-founder and CEO of Sheltr. Sheltr makes home maintenance effortless for homeowners and gives property insurers tools to mitigate risk, generate new revenue, and deepen customer engagement. Prior to Sheltr Andrew led consumer-facing product management at Looker Data Sciences and was Instacart's 30th employee where he spent 3 years building the world's largest digital grocery catalog. In his free time, Andrew swims year-round in the San Francisco Bay.
On this episode we talk about how Eachan made the transition from being the CTO of Expedia to starting his own business. We also go in-depth about how Nestegg works, how the idea for the platform came about and how it truly is an amazing product for new landlords. Lastly, Eachan explains how he has been able to keep Nestegg 100% FREE whether you own 1 or 100 properties.   About Eachan Fletcher Eachan is the Founder and CEO of Nestegg, which is a platform for property management and maintenance that makes being a landlord refreshingly easy. Prior to starting Nestegg, he worked as the CTO and VP of product at Expedia where he built and lead multiple teams, developed award-winning products and unlocked the path to significant revenue growth for the business.  
On this episode we talk about Anatoly’s philosophy in business, that it's all about creating value for others instead of just being transactional. We also talk about where ParadigmNEXT came and how it developed into a full-service digital marketing agency that excels at helping companies leverage the internet. Lastly, Anatoly goes in-depth about what makes HAUS Mortgage different and how the inspiration for the company came together.   About Anatoly Nirshberg Anatoly is the Director of Operations at Haus Mortgage and Managing Partner of both Paradign NEXT and BizCast HQ. Anatoly’s experience in the mortgage industry extends all the way back to when he was 16 years old. Even back then, he loved the pace of the business and would go on to thrive in a leadership role for several years, more than tripling the sales volume of the first firm he was involved with. In the years that followed, Anatoly led a digital marketing company, a digital security business, a co-working space, and a media company. Yet, Anatoly couldn’t help but notice that in all that time, the mortgage industry hadn’t evolved at all. It wasn’t bringing in fresh talent or new processes. That’s when Anatoly found the inspiration for Haus Mortgage, bringing together a new, exciting atmosphere where real communication and the most advanced tech tools could live under one roof to create a more fulfilling experience for mortgage brokers, their partners and ultimately, the end customer. He brought aboard wholesale industry veterans and financial advisors. But he didn’t stop there. Anatoly has built a full-service in-house marketing team at Haus that can offer partners bespoke solutions touching all aspects of branding, storytelling, media syndication, video and more.
On this episode we talk about Nabil's journey from working as a petroleum engineer in Egypt to following his passion to revolutionize the fitness world with his brand, Sigma Fit, a tech-wear brand that is affordable and high-quality. We go in-depth about the trials and tribulations that come with developing durable, functional, and stain-resistant activewear that actually works and why having a winning mindset in entrepreneurship is a must if you want to succeed.   About Nabil Khalifa He is the co-founder of Sigma Fit Worldwide and CEO of the company’s USA Branch. Nabil received his engineering degree from Civil Aviation Engineering Academy in Cairo, Egypt and worked full time as a petroleum engineer for Schlumberger, one of the world’s largest oilfield companies. Nabil followed his entrepreneurial intuition and left mechanical engineering to pursue his startup digital marketing agency, Hive Society. Shortly after Hive Society grew in success, Nabil then shifted his efforts towards revolutionizing the fitness world by joining forces with his long-time friends, Omar El Metwally and Islam Rashwan, to create a tech-wear brand that helped modernize fitness apparel and change people’s lives.  
On this episode we talk about how to find your focus, the 6 ghosts of fear and how to manage them and we dive deep into the 13 main principles of Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.   About C. Gordon Moose Moose has 30 years of experience in commercial real estate and 20 years of practice in the Success Principles of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. He is an Author, Speaker, Guide of the "Find Your Focus" personal growth and professional development program designed to get you to find, maintain, and sustain your focus in all 5 key life spheres.
On episode 52 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we sit down with Tony Paolella and Greg Dekalb - they are the co-founders of the wildly popular Tony P's Networking Events and Partners at Appointments IQ. About Tony Paolella Tony Paolella is a connector – whether connecting professionals of a variety of spheres through one of his highly visible business networking events around Chicago or connecting home buyers and sellers toward the next rewarding step in the mortgage process. By calling upon his nearly 20 years of experience in sales, and as the Director of Business Development at Haus Mortgage and as Co-Founder of Tony P’s Networking Events, he is continuously fueling a company’s phenomenal growth and moving a variety of people toward their goals in life. He believes that it’s all about building powerful, lasting relationships. About Greg Dekalb Greg DeKalb has worked with 1,000’s of businesses and brings more than 14 years of consultative digital marketing and sales experience. Prior to becoming a partner of AppointmentsIQ, Greg's primary focus has been working with senior digital marketing professionals at brands and agencies in the areas of Shopper Marketing, Social Marketing, Influencer Marketing, SEO, SEM, Consumer-to-Consumer marketing, Rewards/Loyalty program integration. Greg also holds an MBA in Sales Leadership from DePaul University. In his free time, Greg is a family man, a volunteer with the Lion's Club, an avid networker and an international marathon runner.
On episode 51 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we sit down with Cory Boatright. He has completed over 75 million in real estate acquisitions and closed over 1000 real property transactions including 100+ multi-family, land, SFR, and private investment dealings. He runs a nationwide education company that coaches high achieving entrepreneurs and their teams for getting phenomenal results in their business, as well as a top rated real estate Podcast in iTunes. He currently buys or wholesales 80-100 properties a year in the Greater Oklahoma City Metro Area and resides in Oklahoma with Lesly and their wonderful two kids.
On episode 50 of the podcast we sit down with Jai Sephora, he is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and is quickly becoming a name you should know in the Chicago business scene. He’s involved in real estate lending, forex trading, DJing, restaurants, and cannabis. It was great sitting down with Jai and we hope you enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed doing the interview.  About Jai Sephora he is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and is quickly becoming a name you should know in the Chicago business scene. He attended Robert Morris University on an athletic scholarship in 2010. In 2014 he worked as a VP for a real estate private equity group. During that time he managed, analyzed, and acquired over 500M dollars’ worth of real estate projects. Everything from residential to commercial & vacant land. In 2016 he left the group to work solely on the lending side of real estate investment. That year he started Ridgeway Lending & flipfundingnow.com and has funded millions of dollars in real estate projects across the nation. Ridgeway Lending is one of Chicago’s premier hard money lenders. In 2017 Jai also opened his first restaurant Blu 57 Seafood & Small Plates. They were voted restaurant of the month by both Open table & Yelp reservations in Andersonville. Jai is currently working on entering the Industrial hemp movement and is opening a full-scale manufacturing site in Westgrove PA and have just secured seed round funding for the project. He enjoys self-managing his portfolio and actively swing trades forex & equities. In addition to business, he is one of Chicago’s hottest dance music DJ acts and regularly plays at the biggest venues in the city.
On this episode, we talk all about Credit Rx and credit itself. Johanna goes in-depth about the early days of her company and how she made the transition from bank manager to business owner. We also talk about the best ways to establish credit, how to avoid damaging your credit even when going through a hardship, tips on how to improve your credit and how her company has been able to help thousands of people in the last few years and much much more.   About Johanna Diaz Johanna Diaz is the CEO & President of Credit Rx - A credit consulting company that has helped thousands of people go from bad credit to homeownership in the last few years and the first credit consulting company to ever be recognized by Top Agent Magazine.
On this episode we talk about how real estate brokerages are changing from satellite offices to main offices that provide training, support, and a family like environment. Baxtie shares advice for new brokers on how to take their business to the next level and how she’s able to run a family business so well with her son and daughter.   About Baxtie Rodriguez She is a licensed real estate managing broker, licensed general contractor, consultant, and licensed home inspector. Baxtie has been a Realtor since 2001 and has owned and managed multiple brokerages since. Lastly, she is the founder of Bax Development Group, a house flipping business, and Bax Home Inspectors, a company that provides home inspection services to the general public.
On this episode we talk about, how short sales are still a very common thing and how his company, Premier Cap Solutions, is able to process thousands of them a month. David also talks about starting MRDEU Global Media, where he consults small business owners attract more clients and help them reach that next level. He also shares with us why he decided to compete as a natural bodybuilder and how he was able to come in 2nd place.   About David Ubeda On episode 47 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we sit down with David Ubeda - He is the EVP of the #1 loss mitigation firm in the U.S., Premier Capital Solutions. He is also the founder of MRDEU Global Media, a digital marketing & coaching firm committed to helping small business owners scale their business to six figures plus per month. David has been featured on TBN, WGN, CLTV, and on nationally syndicated radio. Lastly, he is an author of two books, speaker and host of the popular, Life Hacks for Entrepreneurs podcast.
On this episode we talk about how to wholesale real estate like a boss, how Fernando has been able to grow his company over 100% year over year, analyzing deals and the current state of the market. We also talk about how to do direct mail marketing the right way and Fernando gives us insight into why he’s switched his focus to buying and wholesaling self-storage facilities.   About Fernando Angelucci On episode 45 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we sit down with Fernando Angelucci - He is the founder and president of the Titan Wealth Group. At age 19, Fernando started his first entrepreneurial endeavor, a painting company that brought in six-figures of business within the first year. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Technical Systems Management despite wanting to become a real estate investor since age 16. Shortly thereafter, he began to invest in real estate, first in the capacity of wholesaling and later via fix and flips and rental properties. His real estate side business began to take off and Fernando ended up quitting his job to pursue real estate investing full time. Fernando then partnered with Steven Wear and founded Titan Wealth Group. Under Fernando’s leadership, the firm’s revenue has grown over 100% year over year. Now, Titan Wealth Group operates nationwide sourcing off-market investment properties for a proprietary worldwide network of active real estate investors with a focus on self-storage development and acquisitions alongside short-term rentals to produce high returns for their investors.
On this episode we talked about how Alisa has been able to effectively run both a law practice and a real estate business simultaneously, how she has been able to grow her real estate business so rapidly in just two years, and the one thing that new brokers don’t do when first starting out. About Alisa Levin Alisa is a real estate attorney and broker. She founded Levin Law Ltd in 2007, specializing in commercial litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, and real estate transactions/closings. She is a multi-million dollar producing real estate broker at Exit Realty’s #1 office in the country, placing in the Top 10 in sales volume in 2017 and Top 5 in 2018 year-to-date. Alisa is also vice president at Luminex Construction Co and has extensive experience in construction management. Lastly, Alisa is the founder of Agency RE, a real estate consulting firm, and a former Adjunct Law Professor at DePaul University.
On this episode Matt shares with us how he started in the City of Chicago with the goal of being the best at what he does, and how he ascended to the top #5 of real estate brokerages in the state for 3 years straight. He also goes in depth about why he prefers to have a small team that does a lot of volume instead of 100 agents that don’t do any business, and how to create a culture around being the best, being honest, and providing great value.   About Matt Laricy Matt Laricy, a third generation realtor and the managing broker for Americorp Real Estate, a company his father started in 1978. Matt also heads his own team, The Matt Laricy Group. His hard work, charisma, and true passion for his business have helped Matt’s reputation as a qualified realtor quickly rise. In the last 3 years, he has been in the top #5 agents in the state with numerous awards year after year and over 2,000 reviews online. Matt specializes in all facets of the Real Estate business, whether it be navigating the way for first timers, trying to score that perfect distressed property, or providing help in the luxury market, he knows and has experienced it all.
On this episode, Boyan shares with us his journey from Bulgaria to America and his dream of becoming a real estate investor. We also talk about why coaching and finding a mentor is important to take you to that next level and why you must stay true to your vision and never let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your dreams. Lastly, Boyan also gives advice on how to weed out and hire the right contractors, making tough decisions and managing life/work balance when having a family and working long hours. About Boyan Salha Boyan is a passionate real estate investor and entrepreneur. Originally from Bulgaria and a former Swiss-trained watchmaker, he moved to the United States in 2010. Boyan pursued a longtime dream and started investing in real estate in 2012, and since then he has flipped and rented over 75 properties. Boyan is the founder and CEO of Best Fit Homes and Real Estate Done Simple, a Chicago based real estate investment club, focused on the success of new investors and entrepreneurs. Boyan has a wife and 4-year-old daughter, and sometimes still finds time to repair a Rolex for a friend. 
On Episode #42 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we switch it up a bit and bring you another special edition of the podcast. I’ve always been fascinated by the mindset of high achievers, the truth is, that was one of my biggest reasons to start this podcast, their discipline, their failures, their comeback stories, the determination in their eyes in the face of obstacles. And if you’re like me and ever wondered why getting ahead can sometimes seem like such a struggle, the truth is: if you want to be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined. Since episode #10 of the podcast, we started asking a series of questions to our guests, in an attempt to figure out what successful business owners and entrepreneurs are doing which has helped them achieve success and is giving them an edge. On this episode, 23 of our guests share the habits they've used to help them get ahead in business & life.
On episode #41 of the Profits Over Wages Podcast we sat down with Tamiel Kenney. Tami is a full-time real estate investor, apartment syndicator, 3-time Amazon best-selling author, mother of 2, and co-founder of Think Multifamily. Prior to being a full-time real estate investor, Tami was a Registered Nurse & served on the board of a Christian Medical Missions charity for over 13 years. Tami has partnered with her husband Mark, to purchase over 3,500 units and educates others in apartment investing through conferences and coaching. On this episode we go in-depth on what a syndicator is and what they do, the team that it takes to get a multi-family deal done and Tami gives us insight on how she and her husband have accumulated over 3,500 units. We also talk about how and why they decided to start coaching new investors, the do’s and don’ts of marketing for private investors on social media and she gives us a sneak peek into her upcoming book about apartment investing from the passive investor’s point of view.
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