Each week on Best.Podcast.Ever, business lawyer and entrepreneur Alex Gertsburg deconstructs the successes and failures of other business and political leaders through long-form interviews.
info_outline Ep 125 - From Underdog to Unlimited - Meet Melissa Hathaway 05/15/2020
Ep 125 - From Underdog to Unlimited - Meet Melissa Hathaway What do swimming with horses, making fresh pasta, and recycling computers have in common? Tune in as Alex chats with entrepreneur and life coach Mellissa Hathaway and find out! They cover escaping from difficult relationships, imposter syndrome, the power of being an underdog, learning how to quiet negative inner voices, and so much more.
info_outline Ep 124 - Schooling During The Pandemic - A Special Q&A Session with Superintendents Nancy Santilli and Bob Hunt 04/27/2020
Ep 124 - Schooling During The Pandemic - A Special Q&A Session with Superintendents Nancy Santilli and Bob Hunt Alex and returning co-host, Molly Gebler welcome back superintendents Nancy Santilli and Bob Hunt of Kenston Schools and Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, who take questions submitted on social media regarding schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic; including application of snow days, what next year will look like, how end-of-year traditions are shaping up, summer school and extended year services, and much more.
info_outline Ep 123 - How Bow Ties can Save the World - Meet John Chmura 04/25/2020
Ep 123 - How Bow Ties can Save the World - Meet John Chmura Alex has a wide-ranging conversation with CTO and Chief Data Scientist of Chmura Economics & Analytics and Co-Founder of H-Bomb Ties, John Chmura which covers topics such as data science and collection in light of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Tiger King and the Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, how John’s son Harrison inspired the creation of H-Bomb Ties, and much more. This episode is as inspirational as it is informational. You don’t want to miss out.
info_outline Ep 122 – Talent Search – Meet Aaron Grossman, plus an inspirational message from Alex’s Corona Bunker 04/11/2020
Ep 122 – Talent Search – Meet Aaron Grossman, plus an inspirational message from Alex’s Corona Bunker Ladies and gentlemen, you’re about to WATCH the best podcast ever recorded. On BPE’s first-ever video podcast, Alex chats with CEO of TalentLaunch Aaron Grossman. They discuss his journey of going from a paperboy to running a $130 million staffing and talent company, the importance of company culture, neverending gratitude, and Aaron’s side project, the Wrestlers in Business Network, among many others.
info_outline Ep 121 - Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Wendy Rinehart, plus a message from Alex’s Corona Bunker 03/24/2020
Ep 121 - Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Wendy Rinehart, plus a message from Alex’s Corona Bunker What’s the difference between a well-run car dealership and a failing one? Alex chats with Wendy Rinehart, Executive Director of the Ohio Independent Automobile Dealers Association about what makes car dealerships successful, industry changes, being a woman in a male-dominated industry, industry challenges moving forward, and much more. You’re going to want to put the pedal to the metal and give this one a listen!
info_outline Ep 120 – Busting Down Budgets - Meet Jeff Moore 03/14/2020
Ep 120 – Busting Down Budgets - Meet Jeff Moore Overspending runs rampant in businesses. Not if Jeff Moore can help it though. In this episode, Alex chats with the Founder and CEO of Value Based Solutions LLC about the importance of mismanaging corporate spend to increase profits. They also discuss Jeff's early successes as an entrepreneur, what led him to start VBS, joining Entrepreneurs Organization, and much more. There's lots of useful information for your business in this one!
info_outline Ep 119 - Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, and the Fundamental Problem with Law Firms - Meet Nadine Ezzie and Gabriel Safar 03/04/2020
Ep 119 - Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, and the Fundamental Problem with Law Firms - Meet Nadine Ezzie and Gabriel Safar Alex heads to Boston and catches up with former BPE guest Vice President of Customer Success at LeasePilot, Nadine Ezzie. They explore the idea of staying true to yourself while discussing Nadine’s journey going from a successful attorney in Cleveland to dropping everything and joining the startup, LeasePilot in Boston. Then, Co-Founder and CEO of LeasePilot Gabriel Safar jumps on and shares what led him to go from a successful attorney to creating the startup. They also discuss the fundamental problem wi
info_outline Ep 118 - Visualization, Meditation, and the Little Guy's Needs - Meet Jessica Horvat 02/26/2020
Ep 118 - Visualization, Meditation, and the Little Guy's Needs - Meet Jessica Horvat Alex talks with psychotherapist and social worker Jessica Horvat that delves into the minds of entrepreneurs and other humans. Tune in as they discuss Jessica’s definition of success, how visualization exercises can be beneficial, what Imposter Syndrome is and if all entrepreneurs have it, how to figure out what the “little guy” needs, where fear comes from and how to deal with it, and so much more. So, listen as Alex “lays down on the couch” and gets us all a little therapy.
info_outline Ep 117 – Accounting for Business Growth – Meet Chuck Mullen 02/19/2020
Ep 117 – Accounting for Business Growth – Meet Chuck Mullen Fellow podcaster and chairman of Apple Growth Partners, Mr. Chuck Mullen, joins Alex to talk about how entrepreneurs can benefit from working with a CPA, with great information on succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, valuation, and more. Connect with Chuck on LinkedIn or at Applegrowth.com, where you can also explore Chuck’s podcast, Sliced.
info_outline Ep 116 – Risky Trades and Safe Bets – Meet TJ Gliha 02/12/2020
Ep 116 – Risky Trades and Safe Bets – Meet TJ Gliha Get familiar with the ins and outs of proprietary trading, and how TJ Gliha went from the stock exchange floor to become Vice President of Private Client Services at Sequoia Financial Group. What are traders doing with their hands? What has QUANTS meant for Wall Street? How does TJ help business owners think through succession, financial independence, and capital structure? Find out this week on BPE. Connect with TJ on LinkedIn and visit Sequoia Financial Group online at sequoia-financial.com
info_outline Ep 115 - The Secrets to Small Business Success - Meet Adam Sonnhalter and Jack Mencini 02/05/2020
Ep 115 - The Secrets to Small Business Success - Meet Adam Sonnhalter and Jack Mencini The best business coaches are the ones with business experience, and some of the best ones we know are Adam Sonnhalter and Jack Mencini. Adam and Jack join Alex this week to share some keys for business success that they’ve learned from inside corporate America. They can be reached via the website for Maximum Value Partners at maximumvp.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maximumvp/, or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/maximum-value-partners-llc/. Their podcast is Dirty Secrets of Small Business,
info_outline Ep 114 - Grove Hill and Capitol Hill - Meet Steve Crandall and Karl Maersch 01/29/2020
Ep 114 - Grove Hill and Capitol Hill - Meet Steve Crandall and Karl Maersch Alex welcomes two icons of Chagrin Falls, Mr. Steve Crandall and Mr. Karl Maersch. Have you seen the Save Grove Hill signs around town? They give us the details on the local controversy and expand the conversation to the state of political discourse in general. Tune in and enjoy a conversation spanning our backyard and our nation.
info_outline 113 – Trusting Nature – Meet Kelly Clark 01/22/2020
113 – Trusting Nature – Meet Kelly Clark Welcome to the new version of BPE! We kick things off with local leader Kelly Clark, Owner of Kelly’s Working Well Farm and the Founder of Chagrin Valley School. Listen now to expand your knowledge of permaculture practices in farming and in society, find out what actually happens on the piece of land off South Franklin Street in Chagrin Falls, and hear Kelly’s journey from science teacher to the growth of a program that would nurture kids curiosity and drive to learn. Learn more about Kelly’s Working
info_outline Ep 112 - Life is a Highway (Garage) - Meet Jon Gebler 01/15/2020
Ep 112 - Life is a Highway (Garage) - Meet Jon Gebler If you’ve ever heard Best.Podcast.Ever. before, you better hold your hats in this episode as we make a major announcement about the future of the show. You’ll also want to get to know our guest Mr. Jon Gebler, Service Manager of Highway Garage and the one and only husband of our own Molly Gebler. Get a glimpse into the ups, the downs, and the love from 23 years as the Geblers, and join in a Molly love fest.
info_outline Ep 111 - All Fired Up - Meet Frank Zugan 01/02/2020
Ep 111 - All Fired Up - Meet Frank Zugan Happy New Year! Molly brings in guest co-host Jesse Phan from the Chagrin Fall Fire Department to help interview Fire Chief Frank Zugan. Why should you get the CFFD Calendar ASAP? What’s a 24-hour shift like? What are these guys like when they’re not working? What does the department do for the community’s young people? All this, plus a brief cameo from Nelly and her little one in this hot episode of BPE.
info_outline Ep 110 - In Good Faith - Meet Brian Saxe 12/26/2019
Ep 110 - In Good Faith - Meet Brian Saxe What happens when a Catholic, a Jewish Atheist, and a Protestant Pastor sit down in the BPE studio? Find out as we welcome Brian Saxe, Pastor at Bainbridge Community UCC, in this week’s episode of BPE. Alex, Molly, and Brian discuss what makes UCC different, what it means to be “open and affirming”, a comparison of religions and denominations, and consider conflicting interpretations of the Bible. Plus, brace yourself for some real talk about what happens at a bris. Reach out to Brian and follow the C
info_outline Ep 109 - Hunt and Santilli in the Hot Seats 12/11/2019
Ep 109 - Hunt and Santilli in the Hot Seats What have you always wanted to ask a superintendent? We brought back Ms. Nancy Santilli of Kenston Schools and Dr. Bob Hunt of Chagrin Falls Exempted School District and showered them with questions from the students and the community on topics like student support, snow days, the future of education, and what they do for fun. Get to know the people leading the districts in this thoughtful interview with 2 inspiring pacesetters. Kenston Center Stage had their production of Elf earlier this month, but you ca
info_outline Ep 108 - Media Power Couple - Rick Jackson and Brenda Cain 12/04/2019
Ep 108 - Media Power Couple - Rick Jackson and Brenda Cain Drop-in for a fun conversation with two of Cleveland’s favorite journalists and winners of our most charming couple award: Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer at WVIZ/PBS, WCPN FM, and Brenda Cain, Reporter at Cleveland.com/Northeast Ohio Media Group. They share memorable stories with presidents and Nascar drivers, and we dive into topics on print and TV media and changes that they’ve seen in the industry over the years. Hear about the best parts and the worst parts of journalism in this episode of BPE.
info_outline Ep 107 - Servant Leadership - Meet Lee Stacey 11/20/2019
Ep 107 - Servant Leadership - Meet Lee Stacey Discover how a search for his past, a commitment to servant leadership, and being a U.S. Army Ranger have shaped Lee Stacey, CEO and President of McGowan Insurance, as he sits down with Alex and Molly in a uniquely human and inspiring interview. Tune in as Lee shares stories of his adoption, his role as head of his own company, and what Ranger school is really like. You may find out what kind of leader you want to be or pick up tips on reaching customers despite their resistance. Lee can be reached via his
info_outline Ep 65 Rebroadcast - The Power of a Good Story - Meet Pam Turos 11/12/2019
Ep 65 Rebroadcast - The Power of a Good Story - Meet Pam Turos Giving Tuesday is getting closer, so we've decided to revisit our conversation with Pam Turos, who explains how #GivingTuesdayCLE is helping nonprofits more by working together. Visit to learn about participating , to purchase a , or by attending the fundraiser on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern. What could make you feel even better as we approach the holiday season? This episode of Best.Podcast.Ever. with Pam Turos of and ! Find out how this year’s #GivingTuesdayCLE campaign is different than any that have come before and learn the best choices for holiday giving. Producer Nelly sits in for Molly, while she, Alex, and Pam talk about teaching values and business skills to kids, lessons in running an organization well, and the importance of each individual person’s story. Learn about the services offered by Good Cause Creative at . Sign up for the WISH Weekly newsletter, a weekly dose of good news all about changemakers and idealists in greater-Cleveland, at . Follow WISH Cleveland on social media @WishCleveland. Stay informed about future events and get free business law tips by following Gertsburg Law Firm on , , and . REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE Will Bowen’s Masaru Emoto’s book John Cunningham was our guest for , and returned for Alex referred to the following apps: & Pam is reading the book The WISH Cleveland Story that Pam recommended about a community garden can be found at If you’ve been listening to the Serial Podcast, you may be interested in , an ideastream podcast. Find the at Learn more about the Youngstown State University English Festival at . SHOW NOTES A no-complaint challenge; The mind-body connection Introducing Pam Turos; Fun with names and pretend babies Good Cause Creative takes over #GivingTuesday and spreads the funds further; Sharing stories through WISH Cleveland; Accomplishing more together #GivingTuesdayCle versus Black Friday and Cyber Monday; Teaching values and business skills early How running a non-profit organization compares to running other businesses From Social Worker to Writer and sharing stories that matter; The importance of storytelling; Rebel against the system and support the smaller organizations that make the most difference
info_outline Ep 106 - Village Mayor and Fire Slayer - Meet Dan Fritz 10/30/2019
Ep 106 - Village Mayor and Fire Slayer - Meet Dan Fritz Step into the boots of Dan Fritz, Assistant Fire Chief of Orange Village and the next mayor of Moreland Hills, as he tells his favorite stories as a second-generation firefighter, shares the harder side of the job, and explains his goals for the future of Moreland Hills. Learn more about the Orange Village Fire Department at orangevillage.com/fire-department/. Explore the Village of Moreland Hills’ government online at morelandhills.com.
info_outline Ep 105 - From Victim to Wisdom - Meet Catherine Bosley 10/24/2019
Ep 105 - From Victim to Wisdom - Meet Catherine Bosley This week, we hear how Catherine Bosley took back her life after becoming one of the first victims of cyberbullying, and how she turned pain into empowerment. The speaker, online advocate, and award-winning journalist was living her best life when a moment changed the course of her future. Join us to hear her message of warning and hope. Learn more about Catherine’s speaking topic and services at CatherineBosley.com, and find her on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
info_outline EP 104 - Cleaning Up the Car Wash Industry - Meet Brian Krusz 10/16/2019
EP 104 - Cleaning Up the Car Wash Industry - Meet Brian Krusz Entrepreneur extraordinaire Brian Krusz of Sgt. Clean Car Wash joins Alex and Molly in the studio to talk about the creation and growth of his car wash empire, bringing military values to management, and how to change the culture of an organization and an industry. Plus, how 23rd Veteran is helping those that served our country and doing something about the tragedy of suicide. Visit sgtclean.com to find the Sgt. Clean location closest to you, or to contact Brian and his team. Get involved and support vetera
info_outline Ep 103 - Adventures in Marketing - Meet Neil Markey 10/09/2019
Ep 103 - Adventures in Marketing - Meet Neil Markey Learn how to market your business and travel coast to coast with Neil Markey of Markey Creative, as he shares with Alex and Molly his journey adventures on the marketing teams for brands like Miller beer and Mattel toys. We find out what he’s doing here in Northeast Ohio, and what he can teach business owners about branding, advertising, and budgeting in this exciting episode of BPE. Visit Neil and Markey Creative at markeycreative.com, on Facebook, and on instagram (markey creative).
info_outline Ep 102 - Everyday Mindfulness - John Cunningham returns 10/02/2019
Ep 102 - Everyday Mindfulness - John Cunningham returns This moment is the perfect moment… to bring back John Cunningham of Insight Meditation Cleveland. John and Alex explore the connection between mindfulness and pain, trauma, and attention, with a deep dive into workplace mindfulness and entrepreneurship. Be here now with us, and start getting more out of each moment. Visit the Insight Meditation Cleveland website at imcleveland.org or email John at email@example.com. Find out about Kinnect’s programs for children in the foster system at KINNECTohio.or
info_outline Ep 101 - Growing Businesses that Run in the Family - Meet Jeanne Coughlin 09/25/2019
Ep 101 - Growing Businesses that Run in the Family - Meet Jeanne Coughlin What kind of support do family-run businesses and other private companies need to thrive? Find out from Jeanne Coughlin, Business Coach, Author, President of The Coughlin Group, and the busiest woman in town. Jeanne finds some time to sit down with Alex about working with families and their unique needs, how to change culture in an organization, and how a one-page plan can be the key to strategic growth. Get to know how this successful female entrepreneur is helping other entrepreneurs reach their potential
info_outline Ep 100 - Happy Anniversary Show! 09/23/2019
Ep 100 - Happy Anniversary Show! Get in on this BPE-love-fest, as Alex, Molly, and Nelly reflect on the past 100 episodes and give listeners a peek behind the scenes of the show. Plus, Alex has a big announcement and we make some super shout outs to the Best.Podcast.Audience.Ever!
info_outline Ep 99 - Protecting your Children from their Screens - Meet Jesse Weinberger 09/18/2019
Ep 99 - Protecting your Children from their Screens - Meet Jesse Weinberger Parents of children and teens: Uncover the dangers lurking in your kids’ phone screens & gaming consoles and then learn how to protect them with Jesse Weinberger, Internet Safety Expert and Owner of Overnight Geek University. Jesse has heard all the stories and shares them with Alex and Molly, along with the dangers of social media, video games, and the devices themselves. You do not want to miss this episode if you want to protect your family. Plus, why Peppa Pig and Caillou should be destroyed and Jesse
info_outline Ep 98 - Drone If You Want To - Meet Jeff Holbury Sr. 09/11/2019
Ep 98 - Drone If You Want To - Meet Jeff Holbury Sr. Take flight with Jeff Holbury Sr. from Drone Ohio in this week’s episode as we explore how he gets the most amazing views of our town and beyond, what drones are capable of, and the future of drones. Plus, a special lightning round designed just for Jeff.Check out Drone Ohio on YouTube for a library of awesome videos and follow Drone Ohio on Facebook. Visit Droneohio.com to learn about Jeff’s work and to get in touch.
info_outline Ep 97 - Economic Justice Warrior - Meet Brett Jones 09/04/2019
Ep 97 - Economic Justice Warrior - Meet Brett Jones Meet a man that is helping Cleveland’s workforce own the companies they’ve helped build. Brett Jones is the Executive VP of Evergreen Business Services and manages the Fund for Employee Ownership, keeping jobs in the community and creating opportunities for employees in exiting companies. Brett joins Alex and Molly to talk about his own journey through entrepreneurship, and the formula for a successful transition to employee ownership.