The #OnTheStacks Podcast Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary with recent release of Episode 052!
Can you believe it’s been 1 year already?!
We celebrated our 1-year anniversary by inviting our first guests from Episode 001 back on the podcast for Episode 052.
We thought it was only fitting to have Kris & Steve Vanesko back on the podcast for the 1-year anniversary since they were the brave, first individuals to be on the podcast.
Also, the actual blu door that is seen in the photos from Episode 052, will remain in the podcast studio for an entire year – listen to the episode to hear why!
For your convenience, we took a moment to round up all 52 episodes from the first year and posted them below.
We’d also like to take a moment to say thank you and acknowledge our loyal listeners, guests, fans, supporters, and friends of #OnTheStacks!
All of this wouldn’t be possible without all of YOU!
Photo Credits: Darren Elias Photography
#OnTheStacks episode 52 with Kris and Steve Vanesko, co-founders and partners at blu door Financial. In this episode, Kris and Steve share some knowledge on how to be a great salesperson, including how to “paint the picture” for a prospect during the sales process, and ways to to keep learning, growing, and always staying educated. Kris and Steve also talk and how they help people save money, reduce taxes and live a fuller financial life without all the stuffy and complicated financial jargon.
#OnTheStacks episode 51 with Scott Nichols, owner of Seven 810 Fixtures, a custom, handcrafted light fixture business. In this episode Scott shares his journey of overcoming his struggle with alcoholism, his passion for creating music, and the power of social media that helped launch his custom light fixture business.
#OnTheStacks episode 50 with Lauren Gorney, co-owner of NEPA’rogi. In this episode Lauren shares her experiences working in sales and marketing, explains how to sell through “storytelling,” and how the burnout of the 9-5 rat race gave her the opportunity to turn her passion for food, family, and culture into a new pierogi business – NEPA’rogi. Lauren also talks about mental health and the importance of scheduling time for yourself.
#OnTheStacks episode 49 with 3x World Champion, Sensei Kyle Reed, owner of NEPA Mixed Martial Arts. In this episode Kyle shares how he built his business and brand through engaging community events, word-of-mouth marketing, and referrals. Besides the obvious self-defense lessons, Kyle also talks about the importance of leadership and teaching children social skills, accountability, and confidence.
#OnTheStacks episode 48 with Ruth Corcoran, owner of a family-owned marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Corcoran Communications. In this episode Ruth shares her early beginnings in marketing and event planning, owning and operating a successful restaurant, takings big risks, and the importance of giving back to the community. We also talk all things content and digital marketing including: SEO, Google Rankings, Keywords, and more.
#OnTheStacks episode 47 with Jessica Sheehan, operator and chef at Bettelli’s Villa. Jessica shares the history of her family’s 4th generation restaurant business, her passion for quality pizza, and how food connects people. Jessica also talks about overcoming her struggle with alcohol, her road to sobriety, and mental health.
#OnTheStacks Episode 46 with Mike McGinley, major accounts executive at the Times Leader. In this episode Mike shares his various experiences working in journalism, digital marketing, and sales. Mike also talks about the evolution of the newspaper industry and how the Times Leader changed to a total audience approach to continue to engage and connect with their readers through a combination of print and digital.
#OnTheStacks episode 45 with Ryan Garvey, owner of Quality Overhead Doors. In this episode Ryan shares the story of how he got into the garage door business, the learning curves of being a new/young business owner, providing excellent customer service that enabled him to grow quickly, and his mindset about creating jobs for the community.
#OnTheStacks episode 44 with Hannah Burgess, owner of The Beekeeper’s Daughter. In this episode, Hannah shares the story of how she went from selling her raw honey at local farmers markets to buzzing her way onto shelves of national retailers. Hannah also talks about branding, packaging, and new product innovation.
#OnTheStacks episode 43 with Nicole Farber, CEO of ENX2 Marketing. In this episode, Nicole shares her story of overcoming adversity in life and in business, the sacrifices business owners make, and getting outside of your comfort zone.
#OnTheStacks Episode 42 with Bill Jones, President and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. In this episode Bill shares how his early career in banking lead him to find his passion and begin working in non-profit industry to do he what he loves most: serve people in need. Bill also talks about some of the United Way’s initiatives of investing in the youth of the community, fundraising in a tough environment, the importance of education and reading to children at a young age, and developing community partnerships including one recently with singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton.
#OnTheStacks Episode 41 with Jane Henry, owner and lead decorator at Jane’s Sugar Magnolia. In this episode Jane shares her experience working with celebrity pastry chef, Ron Ben-Israel in New York City before returning to her hometown of Dallas Pennsylvania to follow her dream of opening her own specialty pastry shop. Jane also talks about finding your path, always being a student and learning, and taking chances to avoid having any regrets in life and business.
#OnTheStacks Episode 40 with Bill Corcoran Sr., Owner and President of Corcoran Printing. In this episode Bill gives a little history of the 4th generation family business as the company celebrates their 80th Anniversary this year. Bill explains how the company has been able to adapt and grow by taking an opposite approach to its competitors, specializing in luxury packaging, and building an inbound sales model through strong SEO and content marketing. Bill also shares his knowledge of creating multiple sources of income through real estate and investing in the stock market.
#OnTheStacks Episode 39 with Rocky Rhodes from 98.5 KRZ. In this episode, Rocky shares a little behind the scenes of his lifelong experience as an on-air radio personality and some fun memories while the station celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. He also talks about the current state of the radio industry, how KRZ built its brand and listenership, and how they have been successful despite rapidly changing technology and stiff competition.
#OnTheStacks Episode 38 with Neil Edley, Chief Innovation Officer at Sugar Plum Chocolates. In this episode Neil share his passion for culture and food, the importance of innovation, and how his global travel inspires new product development.
#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 37 with Jeff Kátra, Customer Success Manager at Impact. In this episode Jeff shares his expert knowledge on organization, prioritization, setting expectations with your managers and co-workers, and everything else you need to know to work from home efficiently and successfully. Jeff also talks about his passion for woodworking that recently turned into a business of handcrafting high quality cornhole boards.
#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 36 with Eric Kuhn, owner of the Haberdashery & Luxe 900. In this episode Eric talks about his love for fashion, the importance of supporting American workers and locally owned businesses, and his “do anything for your customers” type attitude that keeps people coming back.
OnTheStacks Podcast episode 35 with Sara Peperno and Amy Feldman of Northeast Sight Services, a 102 year old nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired community. In this episode, Sara and Amy share their experiences working together in the nonprofit industry, building a great team, and how they created and branded a “non-event” to raise funding during a pandemic with their “No Show Awards Dinner.”
OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 34 with Brad Barry and Tim McDermott, Co-Founders and Partners at Japhy Creative. In this episode Brad and Tim share their story: “two film majors who started a business.” We also talk about the day-to-day challenges of small business owners, what makes great video content, and the grit and underdog status of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 33 with Fred Maier, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Susquehanna Brewing Company. A 6th generation family of beer brewers with deep roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Fred shares a little family history, the evolution of the rapidly changing beer industry, and what makes their beer “Brewed Right.®”
#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 32 with Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He used to work in the warehouse at Starbucks. Now, his coffee empire is worth $1.2 Billion. Operating 30 stores across 6 states, Todd shares his humble beginnings, the importance of innovation, company culture, and the concept of being a decent neighbor.
#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 31 with Tony Brooks, Director of the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society. A history buff with a passion for all things Wilkes-Barré, Tony shares his experiences and successes in life, including one that ultimately changed history forever and one that he is most proud of, the city councils’ unanimous vote to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance to help protect the local LGBT community.
#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 30 with Bob Kalinowski, reporter from the Citizens’ Voice. In this episode Bob shares his passion for writing, his appreciation for the military and veterans, and his most recent experience as the pool reporter when Vice President Mike Pence visited Wilkes-Barre.