Sean runs an Art Aggregate, which is a share work space and a co-creating workshop in Hamilton. The work space and workshop is geared towards artists, designers, furniture builders and fabricators.
Sean started off as a professional dancer when he was 5 years old. He was a 5 times champion in the dance competitions and upon graduating high school he was offered a job in Dublin. He had traveled with the National Dance Company of Ireland. After travel all across Europe and Asia with the troupe, he decided to return to Canada and attended OCAD and studied sculpture.
Sean is currently working on designing some public displays for St. Joseph’s Hospital and a mini put course for the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Open held in Hamilton this year. He’s loving life working on creation of new designs everyday and has a very happy and positive attitude which is contagious. He is heavily involved in helping the community of Hamilton to grow and prosper.
All artists should take note of this episode as they could learn a lot about developing your own personal brand and growing it while being heavily involved in the community.
Jillian is a business growth strategist who works with small businesses, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and mompreneurs. Her works consists of providing a business minded clear vision of what the business can become and the heights it can attain. Creating a long-term strategy can provide a focused approach to doing business in the direction it needs to grow into.
Jillian has channeled her wisdom and knowledge into an affordable online course which is currently going through a beta testing stage. This course will allow many of the smaller businesses the opportunity to gain the insights of a long-time marketing specialist and strategist without a high markup cost of hiring one to plan and create the future goals for their business.
Jillian has spent more then 25 years working and running marketing agencies; and has built marketing strategies for hundreds of massive and well renowned brands such as Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Durex Condom’s and Canadian Club just to mention a few.
Matt Jones is the artist behind the center piece on our podcast. Matt speaks to us in depth about his inspiration behind the Red, White and Moose. He has developed numerous other products from reclaimed wood he collects from barn board out in the country. Each piece is unique and is a one of kind creation with the wood texture, grain and pieces having being exposed to elements outdoors for decades.
Matt is also a real estate agent for Royal Le Page in Brantford, Ontario specialized in working with rural areas. We discuss the current state of the market in Brantford and the surrounding area. We discuss the continuous growth in the area due to a lot of the population moving further away from GTA (Greater Toronto Area). This allows him to have the flexibility of working in another venture as well as the time necessary to dedicate himself to producing unique artwork.
He also works in a seasonal retail management company having helped launch Virgin Mobile in a span of 3 years by setting up retail outlet locations in the Malls. In addition to having been involved with the Calendar Club of Canada for the last 25 years, while managing 12 locations through out Southern Ontario.
We discuss time management and having to balance 3 jobs (businesses) which some days extend to having to do 3 full time jobs. The balancing act of consistently being able to perform great at all three businesses and staying sane and happy while being under constant pressure. All the meanwhile having the patience and inspiration to produce art consistently while pouring your soul into the process.
Charlene Norman drops wisdom on our podcast unlike anyone else before. In this MUST see/listen episode 008 of Stacking Wisdom podcast she talks about owning a winning mind set and how this gift allowed her to have a 30+ year spanning career as a top manager running multiple multi million-dollar companies to top levels of success.
She opens up about what motivated her to become the best manager and to continue to improve and improve to be the best of the best. Charlene talks about the secret she discovered that took her 25 years to discover, which she believes is the true key to success in business.
We discuss the mental approach necessary to motivate and work together with your subordinates to achieve the results necessary for the ultimate success of the business. We discuss how her winning mindset allowed her to accomplish a number of accolades in achieving unheard of goals in business.
Charlene gets personal, by sharing with us how she ended up falling into a coma after having a stroke and how she proved all the doctors wrong because of her mental strength and drive to recovery. We discuss the mind strength and how this tool can be used to achieve any results you desire.
We discuss how distraction and complaining is ruining peoples lives and is taking away from their purpose. With the winning mindset you are able to overcome obstacles, achieve great things and stop dwelling on your hurts. Brutal honesty is an essential part on the road to success in life.
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In this episode we speak to Claire Tansey, an acclaimed chef, teacher and food writer. Claire has over 20 years of experience working in restaurants, education and media. She once held the Food Director position at Chatelaine, and has appeared frequently as a guest expert on Cityline. Her main focus now is to inspire home cooks with easy, fun and delicious recipes at Claire Tansey’s Kitchen, her own Cityline segment, and through her recordings on CBC Radio.
Watch and listen as Claire shares the story of how she grew as a food writer – from freelancing, to working within the corporate world, to becoming an entrepreneur and influencer.
Claire is also the author of Uncomplicated: Taking the Stress Out of Home Cooking – a cookbook that introduces happier, easier, and more affordable ways to get homemade dinners on the table.
Harpreet began his entrepreneurial path creating a start-up with a high school friend in 2010. The venture created a platform that sold tickets to clubs and venues. The venture was too ahead of its time technologically for consumers to adopt and they eventually decided to cut their losses. This allowed him to gain first experience in his entrepreneurial journey. His computer science and entrepreneurship educational background has given him an advantage which he had utilized in every one of his businesses.
While enrolled at Ryerson, Harp became involved in organizing a group of students to travel and assist a village of women in Kenya. After graduating he had taken a liking to real estate and after obtaining his license, he closed his first client using Twitter. He has since continued to educate himself in marketing and sales from YouTube and online courses. He now gains 100% of his customers through social media marketing while growing an organic value based social media presence.
Harp speaks in depth about how he utilized the marketing and his Ryerson education (systems and optimization) to his advantage and success in his real estate business and how those same strategies are now helping his wife’s specialty jewelry online business prosper and lead the segment. His love for growth and knowledge is what he believes to be his primary unfair advantage that gives him the edge. We have an in-depth talk about real estate, technological landscape and trends that will continue to push the boundaries of numerous industries
Stacking Wisdom - 005 – Claudio Ferrone (www.claudioferronedj.com)
In this episode we speak to Claudio Ferrone an electronic/house music Artist, DJ, Producer (www.claudioferronedj.com) and host of TorHouseMusic Podcast (www.torhousemusic.com).
Claudio speaks to us about the early days of House music scene in Toronto and Ontario. He takes us back on a journey to how he was introduced to the scene and the development of the industry.
Claudio Ferrone recently has revamped his DJ/Producer career and is working with two record labels Stereophonic Records (Italy) and Opium Muzik (USA/Italy) on releasing his music.
In this podcast we discuss the creativity process, the business of the music industry, current state of the music scene and all the aspects that bring controversy to the club culture such as drugs.
As an artist there is always difficulty to combine the creative process together with the business aspect of the music production and DJing. Claudio tells us about his growth as a person and the ability to use his now life experience in creating a strong brand and how it has been partly a blessing to have a second chance in a music career.
We learn about Claudio’s connection to Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5) and Kenny Glasgow (Art Department) who gifted him his very first mixer.
In this episode we speak to Chef Eyal Liebman and Sommelier Rifka Meir, owners of Chef & Somm Bespoke Dining (Toronto’s Bespoke Private Chef & Sommelier Service).
They speak of their struggle of arriving in Canada as immigrants and facing the 2008 recession. They speak of changing their careers in order to make a living but also finding themselves in the food and wine industry. The years of experience allowed them to grow as professionals and to establish an innovative collaboration in order to provide clients with a one of a kind dinning experience.
The conversation sheds light on the hardships experienced by many working in the food industry. They tell us about their initial failed business concept that taught them to cater to an undeserved niche. They discuss the difference in running a large corporate entity and the difference of making a small business successful.
An in-depth discussion on the consumers unhealthy relationship with convenience of quick ready to eat meals and the respect that needs to be shown to the food and to the cooking process by every human in order to maintain good health.
They discuss how their knowledge gained through travel and the exposure to many cultures allows them to create a unique experience for their clients.
In our third episode with speak with Avee Kalra, founder and co-owner of Kiravee Inc., general contractor services company.
Avee talks about his journey in proving himself in a new country far away from his father’s business; his search in finding his passion and how he learned to adapt his artistic skills to serve his new purpose. He reflects on how he learned to stand his ground and to set and adjust his life goals along the way.
At the start of his career he admits to being stubborn and careless. Life however, has taught him some very hard lessons while almost loosing his hand to an accident and the turning point in his life while he almost froze in a minus 30 Celsius (-22 F) Canadian winter.
Avee’s small misfortunes permitted him to learn all the ins and outs of the construction business every step of the way, which in-turn became a blessing allowing him to start his own construction company while also being able to perform every conceivable task necessary to make his business a success.