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Author: Aaron Spatz

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Featuring entrepreneurs, experts, and other high-achievers, America's Entrepreneur captures the essence of the spirit of America through captivating, inspiring stories meant to provide you massive value for your personal and professional journey. The show is hosted by strategic business consultant, Aaron Spatz, a U.S. Marine veteran and sought-after business strategist, helping not just brands, but leaders, lead fulfilling lives. This show is the result of consolidating both The Veterans Business Podcast and The DFW Business Podcast into one show, branded under the new name, America's Entrepreneur, effective May 2021.
126 Episodes
Robert Johnston is a U.S. Marine veteran and entrepreneur, leading the tech startup Adlumin. Adlumin is a security and compliance automation platform that discovers threats, malfunctions, and IT operations failures in real-time. In this conversation you will get some really neat insight into the journey of a tech startup from zero to multimillion dollar raises and revenue. Support the show (
In this episode, I finally get on the mic and share with you a bit of my story, but not just my story, but some big lessons learned in entrepreneurship and business. I hope you enjoy this monologue!Support the show (
Matt Askren is the President and General Manager of XLNT Bakeries, a food business that creates and distributes snacks across the country. We spoke about the food business, growth opportunities, challenges, and much more.Support the show (
Sonal is the CEO of First Baptist Medical Center and has spent a career in healthcare administration. She's served at places such as Parkland Hospital, United Surgical Partners, and Baylor Scott & White. You will really enjoy the conversation and discussion of the healthcare industry!Support the show (
Matt Phillips is the Founder and CEO of Military Java Group (, a coffee company focused on the military and donating 50% of its profits to the Semper Fi Fund. Matt has over 35 years experience in the industry, spending time as a trader in New York, working in Brazil, and much more. Support the show (
Mark Casper is an entrepreneur and the Executive Director/President of Tech For Troops, a non-profit that gifts refurbished computers to veterans and their families. Mark and I talk about the journey into the military, his growth in the corporate world, and his eventual launch into his own business and ultimate takeover of Tech For Troops. For more information about Tech For Troops, go to the show (
Jeff Prosek is the Director of Operations. andCustomer Success at Adyton PBC, an early stage startup delivering digital innovation to DoD and other government and commercial customers. We discuss his career in the Navy and spend a good amount of time exploring the consulting world and his experience with Boston Consulting Group, before he ultimately joined the Adyton team in late 2019. #business #leadership #communicationSupport the show here! for more episodes, including episode transcripts!Support the show (



After tomorrow's show but effective immediately, The Veterans Business Podcast will be consolidated with The DFW Business Podcast and renamed to America's Entrepreneur. Super excited! Drop me a line at and let me know what you think!Support the show (
Joe Plenzler ( is a 20-year Marine Corps veteran, serving a significant portion in a public affairs role, working with notable Marine Corps generals such as Generals Mattis, Conway, Amos, and Dunford. Post-military he has worked with the U.S. Naval Institute, led communications for Wounded Warrior Project, and has founded Cassandra-Helenus Partners. Joe and I spend some time talking about a variety of topics, but spend a considerable amount of time discussing thoughtful communication, particularly in time of crisis. A very insightful discussion you'll absolutely enjoy.#business #leadership #communicationSupport the show (
Eric Zarko is chairperson and the real catalyst behind the scenes for the DFW Nonprofit Resource Group. He has a career in sales and most recently, sales in the information technology space. The DFW Nonprofit Resource Group is a group of mission-friendly service organization professionals that collaborate, provide knowledge, insight, and guidance to its members to help businesses and those they serve.Eric and I mentioned a book Stop Whining, Start Winning by TK Klund ( the show (
In this outstanding discussion about entrepreneurship, TK shares a bit of his journey and the challenges and obstacles he's overcome. TK is the author of Stop Whining, Start Winning ( and the CEO of Verve Systems, LLC ( TK is also the host of The Celebrity Softball Classic ( the show (
Mike DeSa joins the show to talk about his very unique entrepreneurial journey in agriculture. We discuss the back story, his international travels and pursuits in Latin America, and the corner of the market he and his team have focused on. It's a fun and interesting discussion about a unique agricultural entrepreneurship journey.#business #leadership #communicationSupport the show (
Taylor Gillig ( is the CEO of The Cookery, an interactive cooking class concept with guided instruction on preparing meals in a small group setting. The Cookery has locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, with a third location opening in Houston later this year. Taylor and I discussed effective business model execution and how The Cookery adopted a model that was less disaffected by COVID than other.Support the show (
Bob Ellithorpe joined the show and we had an amazing conversation about leadership and its associated challenges and joys. We cover broad-level topics related to business growth and contraction and went pretty micro-level into how lay offs and firings can be handled with care and compassion. This is a must-watch episode for current and aspiring leaders with a TON of BOLD Impact Moments.#business #leadership #communicationBooks we mentioned in the discussion:Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War ( Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability ( Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at E (Collins Business Essentials) ( to Great:Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't ( the show (
Gerald Kong is the founder, principal, and senior advisor with Trinity Transaction Advisory, LLC ( The firm performs sell-side representation, exit plans, business valuation, tax analysis, negotiations, deal structuring and many other things related to mergers and acquisitions. A book he mentioned, Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People can be found here: the show (
Michael Gorton is a serial entrepreneur, author, and most-recognized as the co-founder of TelaDoc. Michael founded Internet Global in 1993, selling in 2000 in an interesting story told in this episode. From the success of iGlobal, he co-founded TelaDoc with Dr. G. Byron Brooks, growing it to a sizable subscribers and revenue base before leaving the company in 2010. He's gone on to do a number of other things, write best-selling books, and most recently started Back to Space, LLC and Recuro Health. Couple book links: Broken Handoff: Saving Your Assets (, Forefathers and Founding Fathers ( the show (
A fun discussion with FixedOps Marketing Co-Founder Russell Hill. We discussed the changes that have taken place in the automotive space, specifically how dealerships manage their service department and how customers can have a better experience. We also discuss a lot about personal growth and development with some extremely high-value points Russell makes. A few books we mentioned briefly:How To Win Friends and Influence People ( and Grow Rich ( #leadership #communicationSupport the show (
Friend of the show and incredibly impactful person, April Shprintz and I catch up on her career and her exciting and impactful new book, Magic Blue Rocks, link here ( We discussed a variety of topics related to mindset, specifically a growth or fixed mindset. Mark this as a must watch/listen! Another great read that has inspired both April and I, The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea ( the show (
Bob Ellithorpe, President and CEO of Tribus Aerospace Corporation. We had a very fun and fascinating discussion about leadership, management, professional development, and a lot of DFW-focused items related to skilled trades. Incredibly impactful and powerful discussion you're sure to enjoy. If you want to know how to take ownership of your future, this is a must watch/listen.#business #leadership #communicationSupport the show (
Had the pleasure to speak with Chuck Wright, founder of Lone Star Wealth Strategies. Chuck is also the Executive Director of the Texas Veteran Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Texas Veterans Commission and USO. We speak about a variety of topics related to military veterans in the state of Texas, financial advice, and business advice.A few books we discussed:Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World's Most Successful Companies ( Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference ( Whining, Start Winning ( #leadership #communicationSupport the show (
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