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Lay of The Land
Lay of The Land
Jeffrey Stern

Telling the stories of entrepreneurship and builders in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. Every Thursday, Jeffrey Stern helps map the Cleveland/NEO business... more

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#170: Matt Buder Shapiro Round II — Investing in Cleveland, Storytelling, and Reflections on Vytalize Health's MedPilot Acquisition

Matt Buder Shapiro — Chief Marketing Officer at Vytalize Health, Previously Founder at MedPilot (Acquired)I first spoke to Matt on... more

13 Jun 2024 · 46 minutes
#169: Aaron Slodov (Atomic Industries) — Techno-Industrial Optimism and Exascaling American Manufacturing

Aaron Slodov — CEO of Atomic Industries, a company he co-founded back in 2019 and has raised over $20 million... more

06 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#168: Darren Small (Oko) — Simplifying Logistics and Automating Supply Chains

Darren Small, co-founder and CEO of Oko.With over a decade of experience on Wall Street, Darren’s analytical background from the... more

30 May 2024 · 52 minutes
#167: John Kempf (Advancing Eco Agriculture) — Regenerative Agriculture

John Kempf — founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a regenerative agronomy company started back in 2006 to share the... more

23 May 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#166: Adam Graybill (Journey Biosciences) — Shifting the Future of Diabetes & Care

Adam Graybill, co-founder and CEO of Journey Biosciences.With a robust 20-year tenure in the diabetes market, Adam has been at... more

16 May 2024 · 50 minutes
#165: Phil Londrico (Jatango) — Livestream Shopping — Fostering Intimacy & Connection in E-Commerce

Phil Londrico, Founder & CEO of JaTango — an interactive broadcasting and e-commerce platform that gives individuals the power to... more

09 May 2024 · 51 minutes
#164: Dr. James Kenyon (NASA Glenn) — To the Moon, Mars and Beyond, From Cleveland — The Future of Aviation & Space Exploration

Dr. James Kenyon, Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OhioThe road to the Moon goes through Cleveland. With... more

02 May 2024 · 53 minutes
#163: Ryan McManus (SHARE Mobility) — Mobility as a Service & The Future of Transportation

Ryan McManus — founder and CEO of SHARE MobilityRyan is passionate about solving workforce and rural mobility challenges, creating and... more

25 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
[REWIND] #89: Lila Mills (Signal Cleveland) — Local Journalism in Cleveland

Today we’re running a replay of one of my favorite conversations from 2022 with Lila Mills of Signal Cleveland. Since... more

18 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
#162: Andre Cisco (MGK's Manager, XX Brands, Dead Logic, 27 Club) — Killing Ordinary, Art & Business

Andre Cisco — Manager for MGK and XX Brands, Brand Strategist and Investor, co-owner of the 27 Club — the... more

11 Apr 2024 · 55 minutes
#161: Rick Stockburger (BRITE) — Unleashing the Energy Revolution

Rick Stockburger, CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators.Located in the City of Warren, just outside Youngstown in the Mahoning Valley, BRITE... more

04 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
#160: Kyle Maggard (Over Easy) — Fixing a Broken Food System & Disrupting Breakfast

Kyle Maggard, Founder & CEO of Over Easy.Kyle started OverEasy in the fall of 2018, reflecting on his time as... more

28 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#159: Azadeh Hardiman (Level20 — Progressive Insurance) — Intrapreneurship & New Business Development

Azadeh Hardiman — Business Leader of Level20, the new business incubator of Progressive Insurance, one of the largest insurance carriers... more

21 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#158: Nick Dadas (University Tees, SISU Lifestyle, Acton Academy Lakeside, ISI, MasterPlan Coach)

Nick Dadas — Co-Founder of University Tees, SISU Lifestyle, Acton Academy Lakeside, ISI, and MasterPlan Coach.In 2003, still a sophomore... more

14 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#157: Reilly Berk (Berk Enterprises) — 3rd Generation Entrepreneurship

Reilly Berk, CEO of Berk Enterprises.Founded back in 1946 by her grandparents, Suzanne and Harold Berk, Berk Enterprises boasts a... more

07 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
#156: Mary Cowan (NCS Credit) — 2nd Generation Entrepreneurship & Getting Paid for Work That You Do

Mary Cowan, the President of NCS Credit, based here in the greater Cleveland area.The story of NCS Credit is one... more

29 Feb 2024 · 41 minutes
#155: Ethan Holmes (Holmes Mouthwatering) — Applesauce Done Different

Ethan Holmes — founder and CEO of Holmes Mouthwatering, a Cleveland-based manufacturer of all-natural applesauce, made with Ohio-grown apples, pears,... more

22 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
#154: Mohamed Kamara (InovCares) — Modernizing Healthcare for Women of Color

Mohamed Kamara, founder and CEO of InovCares.Grounded in a sobering reality: The United States has the highest rates of maternal... more

15 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
#153: David Tirpak (Miracle K9 Training) — The Business of Dogs

David Tirpak, founder of Miracle K9 Training — Since founding the company in 2019, David has grown Miracle K9 Training... more

08 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
#152: Jim Pshock (Bravo Wellness)

Jim Pshock, Founder of Bravo Wellness, which he successfully exited to Medical Mutual in 2020.After 20 years working in the... more

01 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#151: Kaleb Dumot (Integrity Power Search)

Kaleb Dumot — founder of Integrity Power Search here in Cleveland, a boutique search firm for technology companies all across... more

25 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
#150: Jeffrey Stern on Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Investing, Passion & Ambition, the Race to the Bottom of Attention, Founding Insights, Flanuering and lots more (Wisdom, Wealth, and Wellness Podcast)

Every 50th episode on Lay of The Land thus far, I’ve tried to honor the request I occasionally get, that... more

18 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
#149: Andrew Maurer (Rise)

Andrew Maurer is the co-founder and CTO of Rise Works, an all-in-one compliance and payment platform designed for companies with... more

11 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
#148: Patrick Ghilani (MRI Software)

Patrick Ghilani, CEO of MRI Software.Founded in 1971 & based in Solon, Ohio — MRI Software has been a leading... more

04 Jan 2024 · 51 minutes
#147: Erin Singh (Options Naturopathic)

Erin Holston Singh, founder of Options Naturapathic, the Ohio Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OHNDA), and in private practice since 1999.She... more

21 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#146: Megan Mayhugh (People Architects)

Meg Mayhugh, Founder and Managing Partner at People Architects as well as the Head of Talent & people at Ninety.io... more

14 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#145: Brian Krusz (Sgt. Clean Car Wash)

Brian Krusz is the Founder & Managing Partner at Sgt. Clean Car Wash —  a premier express carwash organization proudly... more

07 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
#144: T.J. Gliha (Journey Wealth)

TJ Gliha, Co-Founder of Journey Wealth.Established in 2021, Journey Wealth is a full-service wealth planning firm that helps entrepreneurs explore... more

30 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
[REWIND] #21: Tom Lix (Cleveland Whiskey)

Our conversation this week is with Tom Lix — founder & CEO of Cleveland Whiskey — on pushing the boundaries... more

23 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
#143: Todd Goldstein (Whoa Dough)

Todd Goldstein — Founder & CEO of Whoa DoughIn 2008, Todd co-founded LaunchHouse with the mission to invest, develop, and... more

16 Nov 2023 · 59 minutes
#142: Gerald Hetrick Part II (Docket (formerly Bezlio) & EOS)

Gerald Hetrick (CEO of Docket (formerly Bezlio) & Professional EOS Implementer) Gerald has been on the show once before; those... more

09 Nov 2023 · 52 minutes
[Bonus] Jack Greco (ACV Auctions) — building a multi-billion-dollar company in Buffalo, NY

Jack Greco, co-founder and former CFO and COO of ACV Auctions, a Buffalo-based wholesale online marketplace for cars (ACV Auctions... more

02 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#140: Tracy Strobel (Cuyahoga County Public Library)

Tracy Strobel — CEO of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL)Tracy Strobel was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CCPL in... more

26 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
#139: Ethan Karp (MAGNET)

Ethan Karp — President and CEO of MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network which, founded in 1984, has been... more

19 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
#138: Mike Maczuzak (SmartShape Design + Walking Across the U.S. & World)

Mike Maczuzak — a product designer, early-stage investor, and founder of SmartShape Design — an innovative product development and industrial... more

12 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#137: Adam Rakestraw (MediView)

Adam Rakestraw — co-founder, chairman, general counsel, and chief business development officer of MediView XR, based here in Cleveland Ohio!... more

05 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#136: Michael Sirpilla (Society Brands)

Michael Sirpilla, co-founder and CEO of Society Brands.Under Michael’s leadership as CEO, Society Brands has raised $205 million in capital... more

28 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
#135: Umberto P. Fedeli (The Fedeli Group)

Umberto Fedeli — Founder, President, and CEO of the Fedeli group — one of the largest risk management and insurance... more

21 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#134: Andrew Wolfe (Bloomfilter)

Andrew Wolfe, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Bloomfilter.Andrew is a software engineer turned entrepreneur who is passionate about improving the ways... more

14 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
#133: Mike Schroeder (Roundstone Insurance)

Mike Schroeder, Founder & President of Roundstone.Mike founded Roundstone Insurance in 2003 — when they launched the first Group Medical... more

07 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
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#133: Mike Schroeder (Roundstone Insurance)
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Mike Schroeder, Founder & President of Roundstone.Mike founded Roundstone Insurance in 2003 — when they launched the first Group Medical Captive of... more