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Episode 44 – Matt Kaulig

Welcome to episode 44 of The Connect. This episode I got a chance to connect with Matt Kaulig. Matt is an entrepreneur and businessman. He’s the Founder/Owner/CEO of LeafFilter Gutter Protection, owner of Kaulig Racing and Chairman of Kaulig Capital LLC.

Our conversation topics included:
– How Matt started his business
– Myths about entrepreneurship
– Challenges & rewards of running a business
– Competition and sports
– Matt’s upbringing
– Being a College quarterback
– Owning a NASCAR team
– Great athletes
– Importance of work/life balance
– Owning a private jet
– More!

More about Matt and his companies

Brought to you by: Disowned Customs

All original music & audio production: Ken Wendt D.M.A

Opening theme music by: Nature Camp

Booking & Coordinator: Cori Birce

Episode 43 – Bill Squire

Welcome to Episode 43 of The Connect!

This episode I got a chance to connect with Bill Squire.
Bill is a Comedian and Radio personality on the Alan Cox Show
(WMMS 100.7). Bill is hilarious but in this conversation you’ll get to hear another side of his personality. Our conversation went deep and it traversed many wide-ranging topics including:

-How decisions influence our lives
-How Bill is rebuilding life after a recent breakup
-What it’s like to be a father in a blended family
-The unconditional love we have for our children
-The challenges of being monogamist
-His latest Comedy Album called “Decisions Aren’t my Thing”
-Our skepticism of astrology
-Religion, Dogma and the Golden Rule
-Politics, Gun violence and Gun Reform
-The transparency of racism in America.

Buy Tickets to Stand Up Together featuring Bill

More about Bill:
http://www.billsquire.com/

This Episode brought to you by: Disowned Customs

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Opening theme music by:
Nature Camp

Booking & Coordinator: Cori Birce

Episode 39- Re-branding This Podcast (An Explanation)

For 38 episodes you’ve been following the Authentic Audio Podcast. Starting next episode (episode 40) this podcast will be called “The Connect”. This episode explains why.

Get all of The Connect with Aaron Calafato episodes at

theconnectpodcast.com 

Episode 39- Re-branding This Podcast (An Explanation)

For 38 episodes you’ve been following the Authentic Audio Podcast. Starting next episode (episode 40) this podcast will be called “The Connect”. That’s why I decided to release this short transitional episode (39) where I explore the reasons why I’m doing the re-brand, some small changes to the format and what to expect moving forward!

More Conversations: http://theconnectpodcast.com/
More Stories: aaroncalafato.net/7minutestories

Episode 38 – Brandon Chrostowski

​The amazing Brandon Chrostowski was my guest this episode. Brandon is the founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute and is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. The idea was born from “a break” that Brandon received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted at EDWINS restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio as well as in prison. His approach is simple: arm those re-entering society from prison and jail sentences with a skill set and a smile.

This program has earned Brandon national recognition as a CNN Hero, a guest on the Steve Harvey Show and being featured in the Oscar Nominated documentary “Knife Skills”.

In this episode Brandon and I sat down at EDWINS Restaurant in Shaker Heights, Ohio and talked about:
-How he found himself and discovered the mission of his life
-The break he was given by a judge that changed his life
-How he became obsessed with French Cuisine and working in the
kitchen
-The Oscar nominated short documentary “Knife Skills” featuring
himself, EDWINS, students and staff
-How not having a television is a conscious choice for mental clarity.
-His experience running for Mayor of the City of Cleveland
-Some of the most important conversations he’s ever had
More!

*Learn more about Brandon and EDWINS at

Homepage

This episode brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Booking & Coordinator
Cori Birce

Episode 38 – Brandon Chrostowski

​The amazing Brandon Chrostowski was my guest this episode. Brandon is the founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute and is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. The idea was born from “a break” that Brandon received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted at EDWINS restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio as well as in prison. His approach is simple: arm those re-entering society from prison and jail sentences with a skill set and a smile.

This program has earned Brandon national recognition as a CNN Hero, a guest on the Steve Harvey Show and being featured in the Oscar Nominated documentary “Knife Skills”.

In this episode Brandon and I sat down at EDWINS Restaurant in Shaker Heights, Ohio and talked about:
-How he found himself and discovered the mission of his life
-The break he was given by a judge that changed his life
-How he became obsessed with French Cuisine and working in the
kitchen
-The Oscar nominated short documentary “Knife Skills” featuring
himself, EDWINS, students and staff
-How not having a television is a conscious choice for mental clarity.
-His experience running for Mayor of the City of Cleveland
-Some of the most important conversations he’s ever had
More!

*Learn more about Brandon and EDWINS at

Homepage

This episode brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Booking & Coordinator
Cori Birce

Episode 37 – Rob Montague

This episode features my conversation with filmmaker Rob Montague. Rob is a co-founder of the production company Late Morning Films and is in the process of creating a new documentary called: ‘SECRET IDENTITY: The Origin of SUPERMAN’

Besides talking about this latest project towards the latter half of the conversation, Rob and I have a boisterous, fun and wide ranging conversation about:
-The importance of artistic integrity
-The danger and balance of consuming media
-Rob’s journey from touring musician to filmmaker
-A deep analysis of Pauly Shore’s character (Stanley “Stoney”
Brown) in Encino Man
-The absurdity and beauty of being human
-How inspiration and artistic expression is linked to the ether
-Our love for Carl Sagan and how navigate the overpopulation of the earth
-More!

*Learn more about Rob, Late Morning Films & the Secret Identity Project at: http://latemorningfilms.com/

This episode brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Booking & Coordinator
Cori Birce

Episode 37 – Rob Montague

This episode features my conversation with filmmaker Rob Montague. Rob is a co-founder of the production company Late Morning Films and is in the process of creating a new documentary called: ‘SECRET IDENTITY: The Origin of SUPERMAN’

Besides talking about this latest project towards the latter half of the conversation, Rob and I have a boisterous, fun and wide ranging conversation about:
-The importance of artistic integrity
-The danger and balance of consuming media
-Rob’s journey from touring musician to filmmaker
-A deep analysis of Pauly Shore’s character (Stanley “Stoney”
Brown) in Encino Man
-The absurdity and beauty of being human
-How inspiration and artistic expression is linked to the ether
-Our love for Carl Sagan and how navigate the overpopulation of the earth
-More!

*Learn more about Rob, Late Morning Films & the Secret Identity Project at: http://latemorningfilms.com/

This episode brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Booking & Coordinator
Cori Birce

Episode 36 – Brandyn DeVante Armstrong

This episode features my conversation with Brandyn Devante Armstrong. Brandyn is an entrepreneur originally from East Cleveland. He is the creator and founder of the Studio Stick, the World’s first portable recording studio for smartphones and tablets. The Studio Stick has been featured on NBC, Yahoo News, CBS, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome.

In this episode
Brandyn and I talk about things like:
-The realities of growing up in East Cleveland
-Neighborhood Pride
-Conquering difficulties and challenges in order to change the
narrative of his own life
-Why he became an entrepreneur
-How and why he created the Studio Stick
-How he wants to give back to his community

​*Learn more about this Studio Stick

Studio Stick Portable Recording

This episode brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Outreach & Coordination
Cori Birce

Episode 36 – Brandyn DeVante Armstrong

This episode features my conversation with Brandyn Devante Armstrong. Brandyn is an entrepreneur originally from East Cleveland. He is the creator and founder of the Studio Stick, the World’s first portable recording studio for smartphones and tablets. The Studio Stick has been featured on NBC, Yahoo News, CBS, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome.

In this episode
Brandyn and I talk about things like:
-The realities of growing up in East Cleveland
-Neighborhood Pride
-Conquering difficulties and challenges in order to change the
narrative of his own life
-Why he became an entrepreneur
-How and why he created the Studio Stick
-How he wants to give back to his community

​*Learn more about this Studio Stick

Studio Stick Portable Recording

This episode brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Outreach & Coordination
Cori Birce