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Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson is the CEO of Piper Creative. On this show, you'll hear thoughtful, focused conversations with entrepreneurs, executives, and innovators. Guests include Nathan Chan, Kevin Kelly, Bill Peduto, Morgan Housel, Noah Kagan, Tucker Max, and Barry Ritholtz. This is the biggest business podcast in Pittsburgh.
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Now displaying: December, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

2019 was a year of growth and learning. Thank you for being a part of it.

We're planning for even more in 2020.

 

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Dec 23, 2019

David Levine founded NuGo Nutrition Bars in 2000 after raising a small sum of capital from friends and family.

 

NuGo Nutrition uses real dark chocolate to make their protein bars and have been committed to making healthy, high-caliber bars from their inception.

 

The company has developed a variety of SKUs developed for Kosher, gluten-free, organic, vegan, and low sugar diets.

 

David and Aaron discuss the founding of the company, how NuGo has scaled its distribution, and the fake chocolate used by other companies.

 

Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.

 

David Levine’s Challenges; 

  1. Learn the difference between real and fake dark chocolate. 
  2. When you’re with your family, put the phone away so you can reflect on your day together.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 407 with JD Ewing where we discuss wholesaling, trends in office furniture, and creating a company book club.



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Dec 16, 2019

Brian Gaudio is the CEO of Module, a design & technology startup based in Pittsburgh. 

 

Module is developing a pay-as-you-go housing solution that enables homebuilders to provide an affordable and flexible entry point for homeownership. One of their distinctive features is a design that allows a buyer to turn a one-bedroom starter unit into a 3 bedroom house.

 

Brian has previously directed a documentary about the housing crisis in South America, worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and worked in the Blue Sky Department at Walt Disney Imagineering.

 

In this conversation, you’ll hear Brian and Aaron discuss how home construction and financing are interwoven, why pre-fabricated houses are the future, and the capital-intensive nature of the business.



Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.

 

Brian Gaudio’s Challenge; Take one day during the holidays away from any work-related digital devices.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out all our past episodes with Pittsburgh’s business leaders and innovators.



Underwritten by Piper Creative

Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies. 

 

Our clients become better storytellers. 

 

How? Click here and Learn more.

 

We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.

 

Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.

 

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Dec 9, 2019

J.D. Ewing is the President of COE Distributing, the largest furniture-only wholesale office furniture distributor in the United States. 

 

We traveled out to Uniontown, PA to record this interview at the company’s headquarters, which includes a 300,000 square foot warehouse.

 

The company also operated hubs in North Carolina and Texas, which allows it to serve the entire continental United States.

 

Over the last decade, COE has been growing rapidly. He bought the family business back after an acquirer ran into bankruptcy in 2008/09. Now, they are named an Inc. 5000 company and a Top 100 Fastest Growing Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times year-after-year.

 

In this episode, Aaron and J.D. discuss the start of the wholesaling business, when J.D. has been an opportunistic buyer, and trends in office furniture.



Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.

 

J.D. Ewing’s Challenge; Optimize your life around work you enjoy.

 

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Office Source Furniture

 

Books

Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders by Steve Shallenberger 

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip & Dan Heath

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 396 with Kristy Knichel where we discuss family business, 3rd party logistics, and customer service.



Underwritten by Piper Creative

Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies. 

 

Our clients become better storytellers. 

 

How? Click here and Learn more.

 

We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.

 

Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.

 

Follow Piper as we grow

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