Hey everyone! Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. This week, Caleb Talley has a special chat with Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith & Associates. Cameron Smith & Associates is one of the nation's leading recruiting firms that is devoted to finding and placing the best talent. In this episode, you will get to hear about the impact Cameron Smith & Associates has made in Northwest Arkansas, the game-changing moment for Mr. Smith, and the transformation of fastpitch softball in Arkansas. Check out this fun, insightful episode!
(2:21) Cameron Smith and Associates origin story
(7:39) Cameron shares game changing moments from his career
(10:21) Cameron and his wife Monica’s meeting story
(15:32) How Cameron changed the Arkansas sports landscape
(21:41) COVID’s effects on Cameron Smith and Associates
(23:14) What’s next for the company?
(24:40) Best advice Cameron has received
“I was busier than all get out, and I really couldn’t hire recruiters quick enough to manage the business. So fast forward 25 years later. There are 1,600 plus Walmart vendors here. And I believe we are responsible for bringing more than 500 of those teams here, and help facilitating close to 5,000 jobs. It’s been a great run, and we’re very grateful” (5:13)
“When you’re first starting out, you have this vision for this business. You’ve got to ask a lot of questions. You have to do your due diligence. You’ve got to run the numbers and make a plan.” (25:31)
Welcome back to another week of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have a chat with Sean Petterson, founder, and CEO of Strongarm Technologies. Strongarm Tech is a developer of a safety science platform that uses wearable sensors and AI-driven analysis to collect, analyze and predict insights on industrial workers in order to mitigate the risk of injury, enabling clients to mitigate workman's compensation claims from back injuries and increase worker productivity and comfort. In this episode, you will get to hear about Sean's compelling story and background, critical adjustments made during COVID-19, and insights around company culture. Check out this compelling episode!
(1:14) What is StrongArm Tech
(6:20) How StrongArm Tech saves company’s money
(9:51) Where will StrongArm be in the 3 years?
(12:13) COVID’s effects on StrongArm
(16:26) How insurance helps in StrongArm’s sales process
(19:23) Sean talks about keeping people from all areas of operation focused on the data that truly matters
(22:52) Sean shares stories of how StrongArm has been impactful and helpful to clients
(26:20) Sean talks about the culture of StrongArm
(29:39) Seans shares advice to his younger self
(31:53) Wrap up
“So today we’ve transitioned, and Strongarm is the world’s leading safety science company. We’ve had over 35,000 people run through our platform, and we’re reducing injuries now at a rate of nearly 50% year over year.” (5:32)
“So for us to be able to be front that is solely focused on one issue - the industrial athlete, and making them relevant in the future by driving value that is not seen necessarily, is our unique operation.” (21:58)
“We use a core set of values, and those values for us happen to be a cool acronym that ends up being sacred. But those values are things like self-improving, and our ability to stick to those is key for us to hire the same people as we build that scalable business.” (27:15)
“Your value as an entrepreneur and as an individual leader is your ability to synthesize. To disagree with some of the insights you may get, to agree with some of the insights you may get, but to synthesize your own thoughts based on the information that you pull in is hands down the most valuable asset.” (30:21)
206: Beer Saves The World... Again
Brian Crum and Bianca Tessa with Beyond the Tap
Hey everyone, welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley and Jeff Amerine talk with Bianca Tessa and Brian Crum from Beyond the Tap. Beyond the Tap is a podcast that brings together the best of craft beer, wine, and spirits, which are made in Northwest Arkansas. They inspire, educate, and celebrate the people who are making it happen as they sit down with the top brewers, distillers, and vintners across the region. In this episode, you will get to hear about the story behind the creation of the Beyond the Tap podcast, learning experiences around creating and growing a podcast, and insights around the adult beverage industry during COVID-19. Check out the episode!
Once again, we are back with another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have an in-depth chat with Omid Moghadam, the founder and CEO of Namida Labs. Namida Labs uses unconventional approaches to develop quick solutions for current healthcare challenges. They have been an effective in creating large scale antibody testing for communities and large employers. In this episode, Omid discusses his expedition to Fayetteville, Arkansas; practical insights around COVID-19 related decisions and testing; and the meaning behind the company name "Namida". Buckle up for a great episode!
Welcome back everyone! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Stacie Bloomfield, founder and artist of Gingiber. Gingiber is a creative company that aims to encourage and inspire others to live their fullest lives through workshops, products, and other areas. In this episode, some of the insightful information you will get to hear about include: Gingiber's pivot during COVID-19, the process behind creating a timeless product, and the management of quality behind a product. Listen in on this great episode!