Monthly Archives: May 2016

Scott Smith: What Could Be, Not What Can’t Be

Scott G. Smith is the owner and CEO of Biscuits & Bath, an innovator in the field of dog care services in New York City.  Scott is a member of the Advisory Board at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, where he takes a special interest in the Sarah Smith Conferences on Moral Leadership.  Scott is also a member of the Blood Services Community Relations Advisory Committee at the New York Blood Center, the largest independent supplier of blood in the United States.

In this episode, Scott Smith talks about how to focus on the possibilities rather than the excuses.


Listen to the full interview with Scott Smith and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“ Society tells you things are hard. Everyone has a reason why something can’t be done.  Everyone has a reason why something should fail.  I think you really have to tune that out and focus on what could be, not what can’t be.”

Jon Tota: Me to We to Me

Over the past two decades, Jon Tota has established himself as a pioneer in online education for corporate training.  Jon began his career on Wall Street in sales and technology positions at PaineWebber and UBS.  After several years as a business analyst and consultant to some of the largest firms in financial services, Jon co-founded Edulence in 2002 to deliver the industry’s best digital knowledge to a global audience of financial advisors.  Since then, Edulence has become a leader in cloud-based content distribution and management, powering many of the largest online universities in the insurance and banking industries.  These days, Jon is focused on helping the next generation of thought leaders build businesses around their online course and digital experience.

Edulence provides software solutions to help large enterprises and content providers easily share training providers easily share training and marketing knowledge with any audience.  Our Knowledgelink software helps enterprises enhance recruiting, development, and marketing support.  Edulence is a repeat Inc. 5000 company, a WebbyHonoree in the Financial Services Category and Interactive Advertising Competition Winner.

Jon speaks at industry events across the country on a variety of topics, including online education trends and strategies, knowledge sharing and instructional design.  His articles and videos on these topics have been featured in several trade publications and websites.  Jon graduated with honors from Villanova University and currently serves on the Board of the New York Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization as the Learning Chair.  He is an avid runner and lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.

In this episode, Jon Tota talks about how to go from “me” to “we” to “me” again as an entrepreneur.



Listen to the full interview with Jon Tota and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“ you have to know you’re going to overcome those failures and you’re not going to stop.”
Jon Tota,

Beck Bamberger: Having a Plan

Beck Bamberger is obsessed with experience and believes it’s the only thing we leave the planet with, and our collection of experiences shape our entire lives. The companies she’s interested in and has created thus far are all based around having a certain kind of experience; BAM, Bite and Nosh, Pangea Pal.

She is a born and raised San Diegan but has traveled to over 50 countries.  When she was 19, she graduated from UCLA in two years rather than the usual four. She graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with the MBA and is the school’s youngest graduate to date. Beck produced and hosted a few more TV shows and won an Emmy in 2011.

Today, BAM Communications rescues the world’s companies from anonymity everyday.  In 2011, she started Bite San Diego, which is now San Diego’s top rated and largest food tour company in the county.  In 2013, she created Nosh Las Vegas to bring the food tour concept to Sin City as well as well as Pangea Pal, a platform for travelers to find professional tour guides across the globe.

In this episode, Rebecca Bamberger talks about the power of planning and being realistic with your time.


Listen to the full interview with Rebecca Bamberger and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“ The great thing about having a plan: upon deciding it you’re on pure execution mode …That’s so easy”

  • Beck Bamberger,

Judy Spires: Empowering Decisions

Judy Spires is the Chairman and CEO of AG Supermarket (AGSM) Holdings, whose portfolio includes a range of gourmet and contemporary markets operating in the New York and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas under the Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market brands.

Since taking the helm, Spires has led an extensive growth strategy, refreshing its brand and enhancing all of its locations. Spires has also helped the company expand Kings’ footprint and services by launching the brand’s Market Square concept – a combination of chef prepared foods, service artisanal cheese, a flower boutique and a patisserie.

Prior to joining AGSM Holdings, Spires served as President of Acme Markets, President of the Albertsons Dallas/Fort Worth division and President of the Rocky Mountain division.

Well known in the industry and the communities she serves, Spires has received many accolades throughout her career.  In 2008, she was named Retailer of the Year by the Mid Atlantic Food Trade Organization and one of the Top 50 Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine. Spires was given the Outstanding Champion Award from the Network of Executive Women and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2009, Spires received the prestigious Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 LaSalle University Leadership Award.

Spires holds a BA and MBA from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of Cornell University’s Food Executive Program. She is the Chair of both the New Jersey Food Council and the Academy of Food Marketing at St Joseph’s University. She is on the executive board of the Food Marketing Institute, and a trustee for LaSalle University. Spires is also a board member of the Cancer Treatment Center of America and a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council.

Spires and her husband Bob are residents of New Jersey and have one son. In her spare time, Judy enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, reading and fueling her HGTV obsession.

In this episode, Judy Spires talks about being empowered to make the decisions you need to make to achieve your destiny.


Listen to the full interview with Judy Spires and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“ You are in charge of that destiny and you don’t have to ask permission from anyone”

  • Judy Spires,