Monthly Archives: March 2016

Erin Wicomb: You Are Who You’re Around

Erin Wicomb co-founded The Mavrix Group and started investing in real estate with $1000 out of a garage in 2008. Since then, him and his team have now done over $100,000,000 in Real Estate deals throughout US.

Erin is a sought out investor, developer and speaker and has spoken at many investment clubs, high schools, universities and conferences throughout the United States on what it takes to succeed in the business of life and the world of real estate. At age 30, he now focuses on running his second investment fund that focuses on real estate investments and development in downtown major metropolitan areas. Erin enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and participates in seed investments in small tech companies. He is a long standing member and currently on the board of the Entrepreneurs Organization of New York.

In this episode, Erin Wicomb talks about the importance of the people you surround yourself with.



Listen to the full interview with Erin Wicomb and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I was pretty disappointed because that’s not who I wanted to be.  You are who you are around.”

Danny Mizrahi: Taking Risks for Dramatic Results

Danny Mizrahi is the Founder and CEO of Contango IT. He started his professional career at age 14, as a runner on the NY Mercantile Exchange where he learned the word Contango.  Each summer thereafter, Danny spent working at technology companies, learning from the best and expanding his technical and business foundation.  After 4 years at the University of Maryland and founding/running two successful startups, Danny came back to New York to be the Director of Sales and Marketing for an established IT Consulting Company.  Soon after, he realized that there were better ways to help businesses than simply providing traditional IT support, Managed Services and Break/Fix solutions. Contango IT was created to leverage Cloud technologies to help businesses lower costs, while increasing productivity, reliability and availability of their data.  While Contango is still considered a pioneer in Cloud Computing, and provides networking/helpdesk support to their clients, they are also experts in Infrastructure (Cabling) and Custom Programming / Application Development.  In this episode, Danny Mizrahi talks about taking risks in order to see dramatic growth.


Listen to the full interview with Danny Mizrahi and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I was very scared to take risks as a younger … entrepreneur. When I started taking a couple risks, things like hiring an assistant, getting a bigger office, outsourcing bookkeeping, that was when … we really started to grow dramatically.  

Richard Heller: Examining Your Choices

Richard Heller worked in gardens professionally for more than thirty years. He has designed and installed interior gardens and outdoor gardens, suburban gardens and estates, and from small terraces to 30,000 square foot green roofs.  Each new project has been an adventure and always with a learning curve. Part of the joy of working with gardens, he states, is there is always more learning.

 In 1996, he built his first green roof at a time when he was losing sight of what was important. He was focused on making a buck, not that in and of itself earning a living is so bad, but when that becomes ones focus to the exclusion of all else, the world gets very narrow. In building his first green roof, his passion for the industry, for gardening, for making a difference in the world was re-awakened.

 Years later, Richard Heller has had the opportunity to work as a consultant, as a garden coach, as a writer, as a public speaker and lecturer on gardening, sustainable landscaping, green roofs and green walls, and much more. All the while developing a sustainable landscape business modeled on collaborative processes that has survived two recessions and is growing in new markets.

He has always believed that “To whom much is given, much will be required”, and this site, and much of the work that I do writing, and speaking in particular is part of giving back and uplifting communities.

In this episode, Richard Heller talks about examining your choices.


Listen to the full interview with Richard Heller and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“When they buy into the culture and when they buy into what we’re accomplishing as a company they’re willing to go that extra mile when it needs to be done or forgo a bonus when times are tough or, even more importantly, tell me when I’m wrong.  


Jack Daly: Finding Your Passion

Jack Daly is an expert in sales and sales management inspiring audiences to take action in customer loyalty and personal motivation. He delivers explosive keynote and general session presentations. Jack brings 30 plus years of field proven experience from a starting base with CPA firm Arthur Andersen to the CEO level of several national companies. Jack is a proven CEO/Entrepreneur, having built 6 companies into national firms, two of which he has subsequently sold to the Wall Street firms of Solomon Brothers and First Boston. Jack talks to us about finding your passion.


Listen to the full interview with Jack Daly and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“You’re talking to a guy thats bungied the world’s largest bungie jump, that went to South Africa and dove with the great whites, who started six businesses as an adult and took them nation wide, borrowed five hundred million dollars, took over a failed thrift; you know if I was intimidated by failure, or something along those lines, I’d be dead by now.

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Jason Reid: Finding Your Core

Jason Reid is the co-founder of National Services group. NSG is the majority owner of College Work Painting and Empire Construction and Painting. College Works employs college students to paint residential homes across the USA. Operating in thirty states, CWP employs over 2,000 people at the peak of its season every year. CWP is the largest exterior non-franchise residential repaint contractor in the country. Empire operates across the western USA and works with HOA, apartment and commercial clients to fulfill their reconstruction and painting needs. Empire employs over 400 people year round.

As a serial entrepreneur, Jason has also been an owner in other businesses over the last 25 years. A few of them include: Platinum Capital, a leading national mortgage bank; Codeit Computing, a software firm with offices on the east and west coasts which did business with the likes of Cisco and the United Nations; New Image, a Home Depot installation partner covering over 900 stores nationwide. And there are others.

Jason has been a Vistage member for 18 years as well as a member of YEO, YPO and currently WPO This has put him on the board of advisors for over 50 businesses ranging in size from a few million in sales to well over a billion.

In the last ten years, Jason has earned his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has also competed in Ironman races around the world, competing in seven 70.3 Ironmans, as well as two full books, and is currently working on his sixth screenplay. He enjoys playing guitar, cooking and spending time with his wife of 20 years and four children ages 9 to 16.

Jason talks to us about finding your proverbial core.



Listen to the full interview with Jason Reid and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“If I have great relationships, if I’m helping people out, if I’m working hard and doing the right things, the money’s there and always has been. It goes up and goes down. But, I never want money to be a thing that gets in the way of my relationship with my wife, my kids, or my partners. So, I don’t put a lot of emphasis on money. Now, we’ve done well so there’s the money.

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