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This is a podcast for and about risk-takers—people who aren’t afraid to make it happen and go get it. Every week we talk with leaders who are taking big risks to grow our economy and improve our community. The GoGedders will introduce you to emerging entrepreneurs, established business figures, athletes, artists and civic trailblazers who open up about their path to success, their expertise and why it’s important for more people to create, make, and innovate. These are the GoGedders.
154 Episodes
How will the new tax laws affect you? Here in the US, we have a tax code that is thousands of pages long and can be very overwhelming. Right now, with Biden’s new pending tax plan, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding corporate tax rates, capital gains tax, gift, income, and estate tax, and how this will affect different income brackets of the population.Today, to help break this down we have Joe Maier from Johnson Financial, so you’re going to want to tune into this because there could be some major implications for you as someone who works in a corporation, as a small business owner, if you are part of a family estate or just as a general citizen of the United States.Joe is the Senior VP, Director of Wealth Strategy at Johnson Financial, an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School, and a former Succession Planning Attorney at Foley and Lardner. 
What was it like writing the biography of a trailblazing Hall of Fame basketball coach?Jesse Washington shares his experiences working with John Thompson writing his biography "I Came as a Shadow" and shares amazing stories from the life of John Thompson.John Thompson arguably did more for race relations than any other coach in the history of the game and was the first black coach to win the NCAA title in 1984 with the Georgetown Hoyas. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
There has always been a problem with racism and othering towards the AAPI community here in the United States, but there has been a massive uptick in the number of incidents involving hate crimes and attacks since the beginning of COVID. Many of these individuals being targeted are Americans, born and raised in this country. How did we get to this point of having so much hate towards our brothers and sisters in our communities? And why are people pointing the COVID-finger at them?On this episode of The GoGedders Podcast, Richie is joined by three Milwaukee community members to have a candid conversation about the Anti-Asian movement that has swept the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are joined by: Erik Kennedy, a returning GoGedder who is a community leader at Advocate Aurora; Alexa Alfaro, co-founder of Meat on the Street; and Shary Tran, who works for Amazon as the Executive Program Manager Diversity and Inclusion. Erik, Alexa, and Shary are all also members of the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) Coalition of Wisconsin and have been named among Wisconsin’s most influential Asians. Together, we dig into and expose these issues. Listen to the full podcast to find out how you can help be an ally to the AAPI community.
John Burke (yes, Richie's dad) came on the podcast during a live Milwaukee Rotary Club event to talk all things Trek. He discussed the early days of getting the company off the ground, the lessons he learned from his dad (the founder, Dick Burke), what it has been like running Trek during the pandemic, how they've been able to create an amazing culture, and much more!This episode of The GoGedders is live from the Milwaukee Rotary Club.
Looking to make some changes to your finances in 2021? Are you a young professional wanting to learn how you should be managing your wealth? Wondering how much you need to save for retirement? How to handle finances during a divorce? What are the financial pitfalls you need to avoid? We cover a wide range of topics to help you get on the right track and maximize your wealth no matter where you are at in life.  On this episode of The GoGedders Podcast, we are joined by Melissa Olson and Kelly Mould, both financial advisors at Johnson Financial Group. Melissa is also a Wealth RPS Education Specialist, and Kelly is the Senior Vice President and Wealth Sales Team Lead. Together, we talk about finances. With financial stress being so high during the pandemic, we discuss ways to help reduce that stress, smart decisions you can be making, and how you can get to a point of financial freedom.
The COVID-19 pandemic created bumps in the road for many of us, and has hit the food industry particularly hard. No longer could you walk into your favorite joint and sit down for a meal, nor can restaurants rely on dine-in service as their main source of revenue. In order to stay afloat during these unprecedented times, pivots have been necessary. Cameron Whyte is one of those restauranteurs who made some major pivots in the past year. Cameron is the owner of three local restaurants in the Milwaukee area, Merriment Social, Third Coast Provisions, and, his latest venture, Flour Child Pizza. On this bonus episode of The GoGedders Podcast, we talk to Cameron how a pandemic forced him to pivot as well as his fascinating story about how he ended up grabbing the attention of he who has all authority on frozen pizzas, Barstool Sports Founder, Dave Portnoy. 
With mortgage rates being so low, it may be the best time to find that new home-- if you're up to the challenge of battling other interested buyers in the competitive market.On our latest episode of The GoGedders Podcast, we talk about the crazy Milwaukee housing market with some of our local experts. We are joined by Jonathan Newby, Tony Petrie, and Cameron Whyte; Jonathan is a real estate agent who serves the Milwaukee area, Tony is a loan officer at Johnson Financial Group, and Cameron is a recent buyer and seller who also is a partner at Merriment Social, Third Coast Provisions and Flour Child. Together, they break down the chaos in a way to help you navigate the market and decide if it is a good time to start looking for a new home.
Tyshun Wardlaw, a Milwaukee native, comes on the podcast to give us an inside look at her documentary "Growing Up Milwaukee", it's importance to the city, how it got picked up by HBO Max and shares her inspiring entrepreneurial story! 
Podcasting had another big growth year in 2021 with several more acquisition from industry giants, overall listener growth, celebrities and influencers getting big payouts and the evolving ad landscape. In this episode I break down: The growth of podcasting in 2020 and 2021 projections Review big acquisitions in 2020 and what it means for the future of the platform Should you or should you not start a podcast in 2021? Our top 5 tactics to monetize a podcast in 2021 and how we have made over 900k off of this show. 
It has been absolute chaos these past few weeks in the stock market. We have seen stocks like GameStop, AMC, and Koss surge, driven up by certain Reddit communities and threads. This has led to some investors making huge returns on their investments, sums that are in the billions for some; Ryan Cohen, co-founder of Chewy, who owns 13% of GameStop shares, made $1.3 billion!These events have led many of us to wonder -- does the stock market accurately represent the market and its trends? Or is it just a mirage?We are joined on this episode of The GoGedders Podcast by CJ Krawczyk, a partner at Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk and a securities litigator, as well as Joe Taylor, founder of Penrod, where he made the inc 500 and won best place to work 3x in a row in Wisconsin. He is also an an experienced day trader, growing $30K into $250K during the pandemic through high-risk trading. They help break down how this all started, what’s happening, where we could go from here, and what restrictions could be put in place to help make sure stocks accurately reflect the value of their companies.
While working at home after getting blood work done the week after Thanksgiving, Rich was napping on his basement floor  due to fatigue at 4:30PM. Forty-five minutes later, he woke up to his phone going off-- it was his doctor, “You need to go to the hospital right now.” The next day after getting transfusions, Rich was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He then heard the word “cancer”. Following our episode about Dry January (listen to the episode here→, my friend, Rich Tennessen, reached out to me about how he appreciated my openness in sharing my love-hate story with alcohol.  He let me know that this year he was participating in “Dry January”, but not by choice, and he let me know about his recent diagnosis; he was battling cancer and wanted to come on the podcast to share his story while also putting out a PSA to anyone who might be experiencing symptoms to get checked ASAP! 
Steven Olikara joins us for his third appearance on The GoGedders Podcast. Steven is the founder of the Millennial Action Project, was named Forbes 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy in 2017, and is the GoGedder’s unofficial political correspondent. We discuss headliners like the January 6th raid and attempted insurrection on The White House by a Pro-Trump mob, what policy the Biden administration might try passing during his time in office, and what the results from the Georgia runoff elections mean. We also discuss what we as Americans should be doing to bridge the divide between left and right, and what certain big players, like social media and political leaders, can be doing to help unite this divide.
Justine Sloan and Ambrose WB give advice on what small changes can make a huge impact and lead you to have your best year yet. Justine was one of the top female bodybuilders (bikini division), amassing a following of 1.9 million Facebook fans, landing sponsorship deals, and getting flown all over the country. However, it wasn't a sustainable lifestyle for her and led to massive burnout. She has since reinvented herself as a health and mindset coach at is the founder of MISPIBO, a virtual health and wellness lifestyle company. They create personalized paths to well-being through exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness coaching. Ambrose is also a mental performance coach who used to be a personal trainer and college athlete.
As we head into a new year, many of us are wondering what to expect from the financial market in 2021. Will the rally continue? What industries will do well in this “new”, post-COVID world? Will crypto keep surging? Is this a reflection of the economy that most of us live in? How do you navigate this and make smart investments?On this episode of the GoGedders Podcast, we were lucky enough to sit down with Brian Andrew, a local finance expert; Brian is the President of Johnson Wealth and  Chief Investment Officer for Johnson Financial Group with over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. In the episode, we go over the trends the stock market has been experiencing, including the COVID dip and how that is projected to recover at all time highs, how certain current events may affect the market, as well as areas of the market to keep an eye on. 
Are you looking to cut back, learn more about alcohol or just hear some buffoon-ish as well as inspiring stories involving alcohol this is the episode for you. Erik Kennedy, Sarah Hofman and Mark Palazzari join the podcast. PS: Erik Kennedy is back in the game as mentioned in the intro #ModusLife 
Going into 2020, the stars were aligned for the city of Milwaukee to shine in the national spotlight. Highly anticipated events like the DNC, Ryder Cup, Summerfest, a long Bucks playoff run, and more were all on the horizon. Then, the pandemic hit and it changed everything. Instead of experiencing an economic boom, local businesses had to picot and adapt to survive. Additionally, we saw a prevalent BLM movement in the city of Milwaukee, where protests lasted for weeks in light of the George Floyd tragedy. We went through the most polarizing election of all time, but on the bright side, the Hoan Bridge finally got lit and, just this week, Giannis signed his extension, ending the year on a positive note and leaving the city feeling good about its future! I've been lucky to cover all of these topics on the GoGedders and in this episode we look back on everything that unfolded. Guests in this episode include: DJ Hines, Christine Specht, Ian Abston, Khalif El-Amin, Judge Derek Mosley, John Burke, Mike Malatesta, Michael Hostad and Greg Marshall.
Karen and Julie Ellenbecker discuss starting and growing a family business, visionary and integrator relationship dynamics, what has made them successful and what they have overcome, the importance of giving back to the community and more. 
What a week it’s been. Joe Biden has been declared winner by several media outlets and currently leads the popular vote by 5M, but this could be far from over, and with Trump’s reaction, it leaves several questions. Was there voter fraud? How did the polls get it so wrong? What if he refuses to leave office? What will the transition of power look like? Are we as divided as we seem? What does the future of the Democratic and Republican parties look like? Did Trump make a big mistake by telling his base not to vote by mail? Is the Trump campaign’s reaction discrediting potential lawsuits? And how did they end up throwing a presser at Four Seasons Total Landscaping? We dissect it all on this “Election Recap…. And update!” episode.
Jackie Hermes, Jenny Weeden and Christina Haidemenos are the Founders of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week in Milwaukee and join us on the podcast this week! We discuss going virtual this year, what people can expect, the state of women’s entrepreneurship, what it is like being a woman in business and more! 
Adapting a global company, the Ryder Cup postponement, running a family business, and the importance of companies being an environmentalist as well as capitalist are all things we talk about on this episode with David Kohler, CEO of the Kohler Company. This podcast was shot live as part of The Milwaukee Rotary Club's Thursday programming. 
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Ben Rangel

Excellent episode 👍

May 11th
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