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Blue Collar Coffee Talk

Author: Ben Wall

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Blue Collar Coffee Talk (B.C.C.T) is a podcast for extraordinary EXTRA ordinary hard working people. Covering anything from current events to details of the blue collar industry in an interview style setting. Nothing but fun, non-scripted conversations with an educational twist!
24 Episodes
In this episode I get the opportunity to speak with Tony Kuhaupt, professional truck driver for Franklin Equipment out of our Oshkosh, WI location. We also have a guest appearance from the one and only Kyle Calhoun!!! We talk with Tony about what it means and takes to be a dedicated semi truck driver in the world today! 
Brittini McDonald, Support Specialist with Franklin Equipment and Corey Muncy (Safety & Training Director) join me on BCCT to discuss their journey in the industry and we talk about their lives and much more. We had a recent guest appear as well to join in on the convo. 
We get Joey Shoemaker back on along with Colin Williamson and talk Career with them. Have some fun with new questions and music. We recorded this episode at the Carmel, IN location. 
In this episode we talk to some of the great TEAM @ Franklin Equipment in Carmel, Indiana. Brad (Store Manager), Sean (Rental Associate), Joey (Equipment Associate) and Micheal McQueen (Rental/Retail Sales Rep) share their experiences, stories and getting through challenges. Getting to know the great people is what it is all about in a successful company. 
In this episode we chat with Taylor Hoppe (Sales Rep) and Brad Clinkingbeard (Sales Rep) about their adventures in becoming who they are today! Great stories and takes on motivation from both of these fine people. Taylor who is energetic, positive and hard working along with Brad's experience and work ethic, this makes a great episode for understanding what it takes to be successful. 
In this very special episode I share with you something near and dear to my heart. My Great Grandfather EJ Ford doing his 1977 rendition of a podcast about his story and life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 
Nik Fleishfresser, National Account Manager for Hy-Brid Lifts, joins us on this episode to talk about taking ownership. In a world full of commodities you have to be creative/different to really be successful. Of course with everything going on this year, successful people will adapt and change things up to stay on the path of their goals.  
In this special episode, we are joined by two veterans of America's Armed Forces, Marshall Garcia (Marine Corps) & Nick Brown (Army). Marshall and Nick tell us about themselves and briefly talk about their time in service. We thank all of have served and who continue to serve today. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 
In this exciting episode, Troy Gabriel, CEO of Franklin Equipment talks about the past, present and future of Franklin Equipment. He shares his unique story on how they came to be the owners of a 20+ location, successful equipment rental business in this exciting market. Troy also talks about the effects of COVID-19 for this industry and the business. And of course we have a little fun chatting about his life.  
In this episode owner of the Highlands Sportsman Club and SoLu Winery, TJ Sommer, chats with us about his life, business and customer retention as it relates to sales. TJ has a lot of wonderful stories that could not be shoved into one episode so we will have to get him back on for more, ENJOY!! 
In this episode, we talk to Ryan Hasty (Store Manager Racine) and Matt McMahon (Store Manager Oshkosh). we go through their career pathway as they grew into leaders and how they managed tough times/challenges. We also have a little good ole fashion conversation about their lives and of course living in the North. 
We were so glad to have Cabe Wall, Automation and Control Specialist for a Major US Energy Company in the Gulf a Mexico. He just so happens to be my family, but has been in the Blue Collar Industry his entire career and even his life. He is a good ole country boy from Mississippi with a heart of gold! Cant wait to have him on again to dive further into his industry and life. 
In this episode we chat with Sean Cullen, Business Developer for JP Cullen & Sons about his pathway to success. He tells us how he went from growing up in Jainsville, WI to playing College football at Oregon to Boston working his butt off and much more. He brings an unbelievable perspective on successful practices and getting through these difficult times. And of course we have a little fun as always and Sean shares some passions and hunting stories. 
In this unscripted "phone-in" episode, we talk with the one and only Gary Barber about his extraordinary life in the industry. They call him CHIEF, and his hard work and dedication to his work/life/career prove his nickname to be a perfect fit!   
Enjoy this unscripted and raw episode with Wayne Hafemeister from Hurt Electric. We talk with Wayne about his life in Wisconsin and how he got into the trades as an Electrician, and we have some fun talking about his passions as he has created an interesting life in the North! 
In this unscripted episode we hang out with the "coffee talk" man himself, Kyle Calhoun. We sip on a little coffee and just let the conversation take the wheel as we discuss current events, work and a little bit of non-sense. 
In this unscripted episode we have guest Steven Piasecki, Outside Rental Rep for Franklin Equipment. Steven tells us about his life and motivations that keep him going and how he works on getting better every day! We of course have a little fun as always.
In this raw and unscripted episode, Bryan Schneeberg and Lee Wilke hang out with us as we discuss the daily grind in our industry, building culture, good relationships, and we may or may not got off subject having some fun. So grab a beverage and enjoy this lively episode. 
We chat with Sherry Tasker about a little bit of everything! While we are going through COVID-19 Pandemic, she brings some positivism to the show and tells us about her experience as a woman in the industry and much more! 
On this INCREDIBLE episode, Jake Gaylord of Wacker Neuson North America goes into detail of how important the skilled labor force is. Jake talks about his leading role in the Apprenticeship Program through Wacker Neuson North America and how it is impacting people's lives for the good. 
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