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Higher Ground Chicago Season 1
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Mike Golden

HigherGroundChi October 14, 2019

Sometimes you don’t need a business plan to build one of the boldest brands in an industry. Join Allen and Jake as they explore the powerful mind behind Mike Golden, founder of @Properties, one of Chicago’s most prominent brands in any industry. Mike Golden and his partner, Thaddeus Wong, had humble beginnings launching the practice off of the new construction boom in Chicago. In their first few moments of independence from selling lofts, the duo worked with eight new construction projects before Mike’s partner took the reins over recruiting agents and developing a stable real estate brokerage business. In 2008 […]

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Matt Pettinelli

HigherGroundChi February 20, 2019

Matt Pettinelli is the Founder and CEO of CapGrow Partners. Matt started his business with nothing but a phone, the internet, a little bit of industry knowledge, and a ton of hustle. CapGrow was founded in 2005 for a very specific purpose: buy single-family homes, and lease them to quality providers who care for adults with disabilities. Matt says it took 3 years before there was even a glimmer that his idea might work, but today CapGrow is a giant. In our interview, Matt looks back on the early days of his enterprise and tells us what it took to […]

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Bob Muzikowski

HigherGroundChi February 20, 2019

Bob Muzikowski can be described in one word- Hero. Through his initiatives, namely the “Near West Little League” and “Chicago Hope Academy”, Bob has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of kids. In many ways, he has been a hero for himself too. In this episode we uncover Bob’s incredible story. The same story upon which the movie “Hardball” (2001) was based. Check out: http://chicagohopeacademy.org/

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Sam Rosen

HigherGroundChi February 20, 2019

Coworking: where & when remote workers and independent professionals work in space, so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge. Examples include WeWork, NextSpace, Greendesk, Serendipity Labs. It’s a booming industry, and few people are closer to the action than Sam Rosen. His platform Deskpass makes coworking facilities easier to manage, and more accessible to everyone. In our interview with Sam we talk about the future of office space, the sentiment behind his tattoo, and maybe a little politics. Check Out: https://www.deskpass.com/

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David Morton

HigherGroundChi February 20, 2019

The Morton family is among the most influential in the hospitality industry. David Morton is making his mark with a variety of restaurants and bars under the umbrella DMK Restaurants. We sat down with David at their offices above Ada Street restaurant to talk about legacy, teamwork, failure, staying sharp, creativity, leadership and food. Check Out: https://www.dmkrestaurants.com/

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Carol Goldman

HigherGroundChi February 20, 2019

Carol Goldman is the owner of the wildly successful, Highland Park-based Carol’s Cookies. In our conversation with Carol, we talk about the road she took from baking in her kitchen to running a national cookie operation. Pick one up at Whole Foods or another upscale retail store to try for yourself. Check Out: https://carolscookies.com/

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Jemal Swoboda

HigherGroundChi February 20, 2019

Imagine the perfect online platform for hosting and participating in local classes, events, and experiences. Dabble is a Chicago company that connects people who want to learn a new skill, are looking for a fun date night, or are planning their next event. Chief Dabbler Jemal Swoboda was kind enough to sit down and talk us through the triumphs and tribulations that are familiar to him and his start-up. We also hear about his insane hobby of running ultra-marathons! Check Out: https://dabble.co/

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