Category Archives: Podcast

Bob Tassone: Getting Over HeadTrash

Bob is a serial entrepreneur he is currently the co-founder of TAGX Brands, Reman Intl.,, and The Depot. For two decades, his passion has been focused on relieving headaches for the food service industry, with a worldwide focus. Client’s range from businesses on “Main Street” to global firms traded on “Wall Street”. Other successful ventures include Consulting, Real Estate, Insurance and Tourism.

For the past five years Bob has held various leadership roles in EO: Finance Chair, President, two terms as Area Director, and currently the Regional Director for US- East.

Bob is a native of the Upstate NY and he is married to his wife Samantha and has a son Nicholas (13).

In this episode, Bob Tassone talks about getting over headtrash.


Listen to the full interview with Bob Tassone and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I made a total screw-up that cost the company over a million dollars … ‘I think it’s time I gotta exit; I’m not right for this company anymore.’ He started laughing … and said ‘I just paid for the most expensive education I’ve ever paid for. Go fix the problem!’”

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John Bly: Pushing Past “Good Enough”

John Bly is a powerful international business consulting speaker. His in the trenches entrepreneurial experience, coupled with his global business acumen, make for a compelling presentation.

Fusing real-life examples with practical knowledge and exciting ideas, John’s dynamic presentations provide thought-provoking insights and practical ideas filtered through his significant international business consulting experience.

“Cracking The Code To M&A Growth” serves as a guide to effectively find good deals for entrepreneurial businesses in the $1 to $30 million range. John provides a blueprint for how to tackle such issues as: determining whether the deal is a good fit, due diligence, structuring the deal, tax issues, and how to land the perfect catch.

John will show you ways to find potential spots for rapid growth and accomplish, on a smaller level, what the larger companies do. By breaking down the M&A process into approachable elements, you will find that your entire outlook on the topic will be transformed!

In this episode John talks about pushing past “good enough”.



Listen to the full interview with John Bly and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“It put me on a path that helped me build leadership skills that I wouldn’t have built had I not failed…I would have thought that it was good enough…”

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Allan Rooney: Why Am I Doing This?

Allan Rooney is a graduate of the Edinburgh University Law School in Scotland, where he graduated with honors. He also studied at the University of Texas Law School in Austin through a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University of Texas in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh.

Upon relocating to New York, Allan worked as a commodities trader before beginning his legal career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte, his practice concentrated on international tax and compensation issues and securities-related matters, advising several Fortune 50 companies. He later worked at a boutique, commercial litigation and corporate firm representing corporate clients. With the backing of his clients, Allan founded Rooney Nimmo in 2007 and attributes its growth to its commitment to providing the highest possible level of client service coupled with sophisticated business-focused legal advice.

Allan is admitted as an attorney in New York.

In this episode, Allan talks about his experience as an entrepreneur.


Listen to the full interview with Allan Rooney and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“There were some dark moments in that project … There was a time that I just remember being like, ‘What am I doing? Why don’t I just stick to my day job? Why am I doing this stupid real estate project in the first place?’ I can’t help myself!”

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Chintan Panchal: Trust and Relationship

Chintan is a founder of RPCK. He counsels private equity, foundation, family office and growth company clients on a wide variety of corporate, M&A, finance, and dispute resolution matters. Chintan is also head of the firm’s Impact Investing practice.

In this episode Chintan Panchal talks about the importance of trust and relationship.


Listen to the full interview with Chintan Panchal and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“For us, and for our business, it’s trust and relationship”

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James Ashcroft: Guiding Purpose

James Ashcroft is co-owner of LifeSafety Management, Inc. and the Chair of EO Accelerator South Florida. He writes a free weekly newsletter called the “Friday Four” that compiles that week’s resources that impact entrepreneurs positively. Sign up for the free newsletter at

In this episode, James Ashcroft talks about the importance of a guiding purpose.


Listen to the full interview with James Ashcroft and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“A lot of people are doing things and having careers that they shouldn’t be doing … If I want to do something new ask that question ‘Am I not doing this because of what my friends might think?’ … Where’s your fear coming from?”

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Aaron Lee: Getting Outside Perspective

Aaron Lee has over 27 years of marketing, creative and web technology experience producing a wide range of successful marketing programs and projects for some the world’s top brands. In 2001 he founded his own creative and marketing agency Illuminati Studios, and has steadily overseen its growth into one of the country’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies. In 2015, and again in 2016, Illuminati Studios was named as an Inc5000 Honoree and a Best Places to Work by the South Florida Business Journal.

In this episode, Aaron talks about the importance of getting outside perspective.


Listen to the full interview with Aaron Lee and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“It’s really really hard to have the perspective to coach yourself…Just getting some outside perspective… and giving them permission to challenge you and coach you…makes a huge difference … ‘”



Guillaume Gauthereau: Focusing on Focus

Guillaume Gauthereau is a successful international business strategist, coach and motivational speaker. For the past two decades, Guillaume has built a successful track record in the corporate world as a CEO and entrepreneur, and, through working with a variety of socially conscious and sustainable brands and causes. As a life and business strategist, Guillaume has been called upon to consult and coach some of the world’s finest brands and leaders. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, people around the world have been touched by Guillaume’s down to earth personality, warmth, humility and personal heartfelt commitment to helping others live their best life.

In this episode, Guillaume talks about focusing on focus.


Listen to the full interview with Guillaume Gauthereau and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“My first mentor he said ‘Guillaume, you’re never going to fail by being too focused’”


Jeffrey Gitomer: One Word

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of twelve best-selling books including The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, and The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude. His real-world ideas and content are also available as online courses at For information about training and seminars visit or, or email Jeffrey personally at

In this episode of CEO Mojo, Jeffrey Gitomer discusses the power of one word.



Listen to the full interview with Jeffrey Gitomer and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I said ‘Oh! My mother didn’t die until I was in my 40s but you thought she died when I was two and a half years old because of one word that I said: lost. So, when you’re speaking to a group of people you better be careful of every single word that you say because if you say one wrong word they might misinterpret the entire message.’”


Mona Patel: Three Things

Mona Patel is the CEO & Founder of Motivate Design, a user-centered design agency based in New York City. Motivate Design helps clients discover customer needs and designs solutions to meet those needs. In recent her book, Reframe: Shift the Way you Work, Innovate and Think, Mona demonstrates how her 8-step creative process can help companies innovate and design simple, beautiful experiences. In addition to helping clients and other Fortune 500 companies become unstuck, Mona is also a teacher at Parsons, the New School for Design.

In this episode, Mona Patel talks about learning to trust others and delegate.


Listen to the full interview with Mona Patel and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“When I’ feeling really frazzled I actually have this yellow notebook…with the three things I need to get done and the three things that I need to have done for me.”

Burak Alpaslan: Equality Through Time

Burak was educated at the internationally accredited Middle East Technical University (ODTU) and Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. While he utilizes his civil engineering background to solve problems, he uses his extensive knowledge in economics and finance to manage his client’s expectations. He worked as a civil engineer for 3 years prior to changing careers in 1995.

He joined the financial services industry at Global Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup in Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 where he worked as the Assistant Country Financial Controller. He was sponsored by Citigroup to join their team in New York in 1996. He held several positions as an officer with Citigroup prior to starting his financial planning practice in 2004.

As a fellow business owner, Burak’s focus has been working with business owners in creating, managing and protecting family wealth, devising succession, exit and transition strategies for their business. He helps an entrepreneur choose the right succession, retirement and benefit plans for themselves and their workforce and works with their tax and legal advisors by putting together estate planning strategies to pass their wealth to next generations in a tax efficient manner.

Burak is the founder and Senior Partner of Vital Planning Group LLC ( He is continuously expanding his operations in NY and NJ, and is interested in speaking with candidates about the opportunity to join Vital Planning Group. Financial Professionals of Vital Planning Group are contracted with MetLife Securities Inc Equal opportunity employer — M/F/D/V.

He serves on the Board of Directors for Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) as membership chair, also is a Member of Mercer County Estate Planning Council, Turkish American Business Forum and The American Turkish Society. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his loving wife and three adorable children in Mercer County, NJ.

In this episode, Burak Alpaslan talks about time as the great equalizer.


Listen to the full interview with Burak Alpaslan and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“We are all given 24 hours in a day…Time-wise we are created equal.”