Jeremy Straub

Marlena & Noah Fishman, Founders of Zen Barn Farms

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Noah and Marlena Fishman, founders of Zen Barn Farms, to discuss how they were able to create a community around their businesses, how hiring the wrong people can help in the short run but affect the vision long term,  and how building a business with family can make the entrepreneurial journey easier.

Zenbarn Farms is a sustainably made, Black-owned, and Vermont-based wellness brand, dedicated to elevating health through full-spectrum CBD products. They’re a community-based business and also own Zenbarn, a restaurant/bar + yoga/wellness studio. When hemp was legalized in 2017, Zenbarn made the transition from veggies to farming hemp and went on to pioneer the first CBD-infused food and drink program in Vermont.

About Marlena Tucker-Fishman: Co-founded Zenbarn Farms and Zenbarn’s yoga and wellness studio and runs the day-to-day of the retail store. A proud Black woman (living in a largely white state), mother to two kids, entrepreneur, educator, and activist, Marlena is the driving force behind Zenbarn Farms.

About Noah Fishman: Co-founded Zenbarn Farms and Zenbarn restaurant/bar CEO, Co-Owner.  After a career in international development and nonprofit management, Noah co-founded Zenbarn Restaurant and Farms.  A social entrepreneur, Noah’s passion is at the confluence of activism and business, building sustainable and ethical business models.  When not working he can be found on the soccer field, hanging out with his two kids and enjoying live music.

1% of profits go toward social and environmental causes they’re passionate about. The Waterbury Anti-Racism Coalition is a grassroots organization, working to combat racism and promote equality in their hometown. Zenbarn Farms owners, Noah, and Marlena Fishman are currently working with the organization in a leadership capacity, to enact real change in Waterbury.

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Kieran Bowers, President of Swire Properties Inc

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Kieran Bowers, President of Swire Properties Inc, to discuss how working with different cultures allowed him to be self-aware of the bias he may have, how adapting your manager style based on your employee’s culture allows you to get the best out of your teams, and When joining a new department, he spends his time with the people to get a better understanding on what needs to happen going forward. It’s not about making your mark, but creating sustainable plans.

Kieran Bowers is President of Swire Properties Inc, a leading South Florida international developer of urban real estate and the U.S. operation of Hong-Kong based Swire Pacific Ltd.

In the U.S., Mr. Bowers oversees Swire’s most ambitious project to date, Brickell City Centre, the 4.9-million-square-foot mixed-use project that completed its first phase of construction in 2016.

Bowers has worked in nine countries in 18 years for Swire, including Hong Kong, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

Outside of business endeavors, Bowers also serves as the Vice Chairperson for Friends of The Underline, a 501C3 non-profit organization that is transforming the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression; and actively participates as a Board Member at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. He attends the advisory board for the ULI SE Florida & Caribbean; the University of Miami Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism Program.

Mr. Bowers graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford University with an honors degree in Oriental Studies with a concentration in Japanese.  A Chartered Surveyor, he is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and holds a master’s degree in surveying from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/kieran-bowers-b60544153

Website
https://www.swireproperties.com/en/

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Kate Westad, Founder of Palette by Pak

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Kate Westad, Founder of Palette by Pak, to discuss how she was able to remove “fillers” in her life to achieve her goals, how the skills you learn from your W2 job are transferable, and how your perspectives and experinces can create solutions!

Kate Westad is the founder of Palette by Pak and the inventor of a new to market product called Palette®️ The Original High Fiver. This litigation attorney and mom of four had been dreaming up inventions for years when she became obsessed with the idea of The Original High Fiver, the world’s first beauty reusable for all your goops, glops, and glam!

As a solo female-founded company, Palette by Pak has come out of the gate as an innovative startup, creating modern sustainable solutions for beauty and personal care. The company’s first invention and hero product, The Original High Fiver, allows you to take your favorite skin care, beauty, and personal care products from full-size to on-the-go size in seconds — all while skipping the tiny plastics. Washable, reusable, and refillable, the High Fiver is the smart beauty and personal care tool you have been searching for your whole life! Plus, it is a product you’ll love and one that loves our world right back.

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https://www.palettebypak.com

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Mike Colavita, Chief Glass Enthusiast & Co-Founder of Fat Buddha Glass

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Mike Colavita, Chief Glass Enthusiast & Co-Founder of Fat Buddha Glass, to discuss how he and his partner were able to turn their passion project, that started in their garage,  into a business, how sacrifices in the short term let to long term reward in the future and how sometimes doing the opposite of what your mentor recommends can benefit you!

Mike is the Chief Glass Enthusiast & Co-Founder of Fat Buddha Glass. Driven not only by the need to be successful as an entrepreneur, but to also be happy along the way, Mike takes great pride in providing the best possible experience for both customers, team members, family and himself.  Four years ago, he and his best friend of 35 years were working out of their basement in Gaithersburg, MD. Today, they are part of the Inc. 5000, a prestigious list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States.

Being a successful entrepreneur and a cannabis advocate he is passionate about ending the stigma that cannabis users are labeled with. He loves talking about business, cars, sports, family, and anything that brings a smile to someone’s face.

Well known for the unique, memorable glass pipes and bongs that touch every facet of pop culture, retailer Fat Buddha Glass achieved 1,036% 3-Year growth in their short four-year existence.

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https://fatbuddhaglass.com/

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Luis Gazitua, CEO of JAG insurance

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Luis Gazitua, CEO of JAG insurance, about how to be successful with your friends, the difference between building and chasing a business, and how your goal as a leader long term is to find someone to replace you!

Luis Gazitua developed an incredible work ethic thanks to his family building one of South Florida’s most recognizable restaurant chains. That work ethic coupled with his ability to simplify even the most complex insurance jargon are what makes him invaluable to his clients. Since forming JAG alongside Douglas Jones and Fernando Alvarez in 2013, he has been determined to redefine the insurance experience. That innovation continues today as he leverages social media to create new business relationships and is now leading the charge in the integration of cryptocurrency within insurance.

Learning a stellar work ethic from my family as they build an iconic restaurant chain throughout South Florida, I understand what it takes to build something from the ground up. That type of empathy is what drives my desire to help business owners expand their businesses by guiding them through their risk management needs. At JAG, I’ve been able to create a company that gives personable service while having the resources of a larger firm. We are well equipped to help any business protect its hard-earned assets.

My other passion is showcasing the potential of the insurance industry to younger generations. I think the industry has done a poor job of showing the possibilities of careers insurance can offer. It’s my goal to rectify this and get new blood into the industry and JAG be a hub of new talent. Mentorship is the best gift you can give to an industry or a community. That’s what JAG wants to offer to all newcomers in our industry.

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www.jaginsgroup.com

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Jeffrey Zucker, Co-Founder of Green Lion Partners

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Jeffrey Zucker, Co-Founder of Green Lion Partners, about how the cannabis industry is growing and is in need of lawyers, accounts, and more.  We talked about how Jeffrey jumps headfirst into his entrepreneurial endeavors and figures it out.

Green Lion Partners is a Denver-based business strategy firm focused on early-stage development amongst firms in the cannabis industry. Green Lion has also developed Natural Order Supply, an agricultural supply company. Mike Bologna and Jeffrey Zucker, Co-Founders of Green Lion Partners, also co-own Dip Devices, which brings high-end, innovative products to the ever-expanding vaporizer market.

Green Lion Partners is a business strategy firm focused on providing consulting services, direct investments, and strategic partnerships to early-stage companies in the regulated cannabis industry. Their core focus is elevating the public perception of the industry while pushing it forward toward more sophisticated and socially responsible business practices. As a result of Jeffrey’s and Green Lion’s combined accomplishments in the industry, Marijuana Policy Project, the largest organization in the U.S. focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition, selected Jeffrey to serve on the Board of Directors.

Jeffrey is always open to hearing new business ideas of any kind and is happy to get involved with projects, people, and ideas in which he believes. His business decisions are determined not only based upon making a profit but also—inspired by his late father’s mission of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world)—with the goal of improving the lives of others as much as possible.
Dip Devices was founded in 2014 and launched the flagship Dipper in January 2017. Dip products are designed in Denver, CO where the company is headquartered. Dip Devices strives to be the leader in bringing premium, innovative vaporizers and accessories to the dynamic cannabis marketplace. We value quality, originality, social consciousness, and caring

Dip Devices has always had a dedication to innovation as well as philanthropy with the devices they create and with this one, 1% of all EVRI sales will be donated to drug policy reform via MPP.org and SSDP.org.

Dip Devices products colors and an additional 1% by color is donated as well:
Black: Racial Justice
Red: Blood Donation Activism
Blue: Marine Conservation
Green: Reforestation and Land Conservation
Orange: Fighting Food Insecurity

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https://www.greenlionpartners.com/

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Austin Wright and David Shoham, Co-Founders of The California Beach Co

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Austin Wright & David Shoham, Co-Founders of The California Beach Co, about transparency being key to their partnership, having the never give up till you make it attitude, and that the journey to success is never over, you can either quit or pivot.

Co-Founder The California Beach Co.: Austin Wright

Austin Wright is a seasoned entrepreneur, originally from Atlanta, GA, with a passion for creating best-in-class products and services.

His early career began in the fitness industry in 2003 and he quickly advanced to the Regional Vice President level of a large multinational health club chain, overseeing 1,500+ employees and $50M+ in revenue. He started his eCommerce journey in 2016 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the brand he co-founded, The California Beach Co.

Along with 17+ years of business experience, he has an insatiable appetite for growing and learning every day (currently enrolled in Harvard Business School’s CORe program).

Now residing in Austin, TX, he has been happily married for over 8 years and his 6-year-old son, Michael Henry, is the joy of his life.

Co-Founder of The California Beach Co.: David Shoham

David Shoham is originally from Atlanta, GA, and has lived in London, New York City, Los Angeles, and has recently settled down in Naples, Florida with his wife and five-year-old son.

Ever since he was young, he’s always seen himself as a visionary and a leader. An “aspiring entrepreneur”, David always had big dreams and goals, and he would create little gadgets and write down ideas but didn’t yet know how to bring those ideas to life.

He spent 25 years in the hospitality business, working as a Bar Manager / Mixologist and Consultant, and eventually worked his way up to General Manager and Director of Operations for Malibu Farm. He opened restaurants from the ground up for businesses such as The Four Seasons, Nobu, and Rosewood Miramar. He simultaneously started his e-commerce business while working full-time.

After 5 years and many lessons learned, all of his persistence, late nights, and hard work paid off and he was able to go full time in his own business. He enjoys the beach, traveling, playing and coaching basketball, hikes, and all things outdoors.  David has never stopped dreaming and is very excited for the journey that is just beginning.

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https://www.instagram.com/thecaliforniabeachco/

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https://thecaliforniabeachco.com/

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Travis Chappell, Founder, and CEO of Guestio

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Travis Chappell about how money is not the biggest asset in life, what you can do to interview high-quality guests, and how you need to put yourself into a position to be helped.

Travis Chappell is the founder and CEO of Guestio, a new software that connects high level guests with high level content creators, and he is the host of the top rated show, Build Your Network. In addition to being featured in Entrepreneur, NASDAQ, Yahoo Finance, and ReadWrite, Travis has also been featured in Forbes as a top ten podcast that will change your life alongside Joe Rogan, Gary Vaynerchuck, Tim Ferriss, and others.

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https://www.facebook.com/guestioapp

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Randi Boyette, Founder of Spark Medical Marketing Inc.

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Randi Boyette about when starting a business, you need to zero in on what you are great at and then slowly build-out. It is not a sprint, but a marathon. You do not want to provide too much too fast, and not be able to scale. We also talked about working with a partner to enhance your business, finding the tasks that go along with your strengths, and having someone to give the final say on what needs to be done.

Randi Boyette is the founder of Spark Medical Marketing Inc., a digital marketing firm that helps take medical and aesthetics brands into the digital marketing space with a team of experts. Businesses have grown exponentially as a result of the Spark Marketing digital formula for success.  After many years in sales and marketing, Randi saw the industry taking a strong turn to digital marketing and decided to immerse herself in the opportunity and take the company in that direction.

Her experience includes:

-Sales and marketing director experience for leading brands such as Christian Dior, Chanel, MAC, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera

-Speaking engagements on the topic of digital marketing

-Mentoring new entrepreneurs and university students

Randi has built the Spark team to over 110 trained and certified digital experts over the last eight years. Together, they use their expertise to build a strategy that is customized for each client and monitor that program for optimal success.  Their approach to digital marketing has caused a stir in the industry which has raised the bar for expectations across the board.

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https://www.facebook.com/sparkmarketinginc

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https://www.instagram.com/sparkmedicalmarketing/

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/randispark/

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https://sparkmedicalmarketing.com/

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Fahed Essa, Co-Founder of Mayv

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Fahed about his experience before Mayv, how you need to find a partner with a complementary skillset, and when you are starting out, you need to figure out who is going to pay for your product before you build your business.

Fahed Al-Essa is the co-founder of Mayv, a resilience-based holistic pain management solution designed for patients looking for a new approach to living and thriving in the face of chronic conditions. Launched in April 2021, it’s a program that combines evidence-based stress and pain management approaches with plant-based anti-inflammatory supplements that tackle major aggravators of chronic pain, stress, and inflammation. In this capacity, Al-Essa’s core responsibilities are maintaining company trajectory and vision, developing the internal and external values present and leading by example. He also oversees all financial and operational sustainability, sales & marketing initiatives, and customer outreach.

Prior to founding Mayv, Al-Essa held esteemed positions at major healthcare companies and launched numerous wellness-related start-ups. His extensive background in science and healthcare coupled with his firsthand experience living with chronic pain and working with patients and professionals who know the challenges of these debilitating conditions, helped him to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary medicine to build a solution that patients actually need.

In addition to personally suffering from chronic pain over the last two decades from a broken femur and three unsuccessful surgeries, Al-Essa’s mother (and mentor), was diagnosed with five consecutive and different cancers over the span of five years. He felt the medical treatment was superb, but the mental health care she received was not. Her emotional wellbeing was deteriorating, and it was disheartening for him to see how little her medical team focused on an integrative approach, where mental and emotional care are on equal footing with cellular and biological health. He knew something had to change, and that’s how Mayv was born.

“At Mayv we plan to be the patient’s companion in their medical journey, filling the gaps where the system falls short,” says Al-Essa. “We believe in a holistic perspective, and only when we address the patient’s mind, body, and spirit are we creating a space to heal. We plan to tackle chronic pain, piece by piece – first with joint pain, and then into other critical health verticals.”

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