Recent Episodes

Hamid Shojaee: AZ Disruptors

June 9th, 2021 | Episode 22

In today’s episode, we talk to Hamid Shojaee, an entrepreneur and investor who recently sold his business, Axosoft. Hamid has been passionate about the tech and programming industry from a young age, and he has started several success businesses since then. Recently, he and his wife have dedicated 10 million towards Arizona tech startups.

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Mike Spangenberg: State Forty Eight

April 15th, 2021 | Episode 21

In today’s episode, we talk to Mike Spangenberg, the co-founder and CEO of State Forty Eight. If you’re local to Arizona, you’ve likely heard of the company, as they have grown substantially in the past few years through their apparel, collaborations, and overall brand. The company was founded in 2013, and more recently they’ve started a foundation to further their work in the communities of Arizona.

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Will Shaw: Better Agency

April 5th, 2021 | Episode 20

In this episode, Kyle and I talk to Will Shaw, the CEO of Better Agency, an all-in-one insurance CRM platform. Will spent the first part of his career playing in the NFL. After his time playing football professionally, he landed a job in the tech industry, where he was inspired to start his journey in entrepreneurship. In this episode he shares with us how he started Better Agency with four other founders, and what they've done to raise funds and grow their MRR.

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Jake Shaefer: Elevato

March 22nd, 2021 | Episode 19

In this episode, Kyle and I talk to Jake Shaefer, the CEO of Elevato, a full-stack agency that specializes in all things web. With over 18 years of experience running marketing and tech businesses, Jake shares some insights that he’s gained through selling companies, buying new ones, developing an app and selling it, and now creating a new agency to help brands with all their digital needs.

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Lawrence Jarvey: Provision Coffee

February 22nd, 2021 | Episode 18

Lawrence Jarvey is the co-founder of Provision Coffee, which is a specialty coffee roaster, cocktail bar, and eatery in Phoenix, AZ. The company is now in its 11th year of operation. Provision Coffee celebrates community and enjoys creating meaningful space and company for employees as well as customers.

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Scott Kaufmann: Highnoon

February 22nd, 2021 | Episode 17

Scott Kaufmann is a partner at Highnoon, which is an all-in-one agency that provides digital marketing and consulting services for many industries and verticals. While the agency is about a year old, their history extends far beyond that. The leadership of Lucid Agency and Bigfish Creative Group designed Highnoon together, and combined their specific talents of design and marketing to create one company that can competitively offer a unique experience and expertise to their clients.

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Scott and Maria Gates: Awake Windows and Doors

February 8th, 2021 | Episode 16

Scott and Maria are the owners of Awake Window & Door Co. Awake Windows and Doors is a mission driven, second chance employer with the goal of giving people real opportunity to build a career after incarceration. This episode is full of practical insights on life and on business so we're really excited to share it with you.

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Gabe Cooper: Virtuous

December 16th, 2020 | Episode 15

In this episode, we talk with Gabe Cooper, the CEO of Virtuous which is a responsive nonprofit fundraising platform and CRM. During our conversation, Gabe shares his motivation for starting Virtuous, what he believes makes a successful nonprofit, and their greatest challenge in running the organization.

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Tammy Abernethy: Hope Women's Center

December 9th, 2020 | Episode 14

In this episode, we chat with Tammy Abernethy, the CEO of Hope Women’s Center. The center holds classes and support groups for women and teen girls to receive encouragement and support as they go through difficult life situations. During our conversation, Tammy shares her motivation to work at the center, her journey into the leadership role, and how their center has been affected by COVID-19.

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Megan Greenwood: Greenwood Brewing

December 4th, 2020 | Episode 13

In this episode, Kyle and I talk with Megan Greenwood, the Founder of Greenwood Brewing. Megan started out as an engineer working in large manufacturing companies and after a demotivating corporate meeting decided to go out on her own and turn her micro-brewing hobby into her career. She shares her experience finding her niche and how her personal experiences in the beer industry helped her find a target demographic that and is underserved and thirsty for great beer. We're huge fan s of the beer at Greenwood Brewing so if you are in the Downtown Phoenix area we highly recommend you give them a try.

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Drew Mercer: Payground

December 9th, 2020 | Episode 12

In this episode, Kyle and I talk with Drew Mercer, the CEO of Payground. Payground is a payments platform that improves the billing and payments processes for healthcare offices. Drew's shares his experience with personal health issues and how that helped him to discover some of the antiquated process that needed innovation. This episode is full of wisdom on the challenges of running a start up, raising money, and managing the vision of a rapidly growing software company.

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Brad Casper: Heart and Soul Marketing

November 23rd, 2020 | Episode 11

In this episode, Kyle and I talk with Brad Casper, the CEO of Heart and Soul Marketing. Brad is an experienced executive who has had the opportunity to lead billion dollar brands like Proctor and Gamble and Dial. More recently he was the CEO of Owens Harkey, one of the leading ad agencies in Arizona and has since moved on to create his own agency. Brad was super generous with his story and he opened up about some of the new challenges he is facing on entrepreneurship, despite being so far along in his career this is his first time starting a business.

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Gil Sandoval: Sandoval Agency

October 30th, 2020 | Episode 10

In this episode Kyle and I meet with Gil Sandoval from Sandoval Agency. We've known Gil for the better part of a decade and he has been a super influential part of my career. Gil took a chance on me when I first getting into the field and he offered me my first job while he was getting his business started. I had the opportunity to learn a ton while working with him and in a lot of ways he's influenced the path that we've taken with Motion Tactic.

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Seth Troutt: Redemption Gateway

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 9

In today's episode Kyle and Tyler talk with Seth Troutt, an associate pastor at Redemption Gateway. Seth joined Redemption in 2016 and has since seen the church double in size. Seth gives us an inside look into the challenges that they have faced while managing growth and how they have managed to scale operations through mentorship and the development of leadership.

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Chris Cardinal: Synapse Studios

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 8

In today's episode Kyle and Tyler talk with Chris Cardinal, one of the co-founders of Synapse Studios, a software development firm here in Tempe Arizona. Chris started Synapse with his business partner Bob seventeen years ago and he had a ton of wisdom to share with us. Our businesses have some distinct differences that you'll hear about during this episode but they have faced challenges over the years that Kyle and I resonate with and it was really cool to chat through those things with someone who is further along in the process of building a similar business to us.

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Kory & Kasey Miller: Park Street Studio

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 7

In this episode Kyle and Tyler talk with Kory and Kasey Miller the husband and wife team behind Park Street Studio, a branding and design company. Park Street has been growing quickly and you may even recognize some of beer can designs for companies like Four Peaks Brewing and Helton Brewing.

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Anthony Narducci: O'Neil Printing

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 6

In this episode we talk with Anthony Narducci, Kyle's dad! Anthony is the CEO of O’Neil Printing a large print communications company in Phoenix. Anthony is a pillar in the community and he has been a positive impact on Kyle and Tyler. In this episode Anthony shares stories about what it was like growing up in the Bronx working at his parents bakery, how he got into the print and publishing business, and his experience leading a 112 year old printing company into the future.

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Dana Malkin: Malkin Creative

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 5

In this episode Kyle and Tyler talk with Dana Malkin the owner of Malkin Creative. Dana is a close friend of ours and is working in the same industry. Dana's shared with us some of the fear that a lot of budding entrepreneurs feel when they want to start a business but have a family to take care of and some negotiation tactics that he used in order to get his first clients and transition into his business full time.

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Brandon Garrett: OnboardIT

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 4

In this episode, Kyle and Tyler talk with Brandon Garrett, the co-founder of OnboardIT. Branden opens up about some of the successes, challenges, and early mistake many of us make while starting a new business.

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Paul Gunther: Live Love

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 3

In this episode, Tyler and Kyle talk with Paul Gunther, the founder of Live Love and a pastor at The Grove, a Christian church in Chandler Arizona. Paul has grown various successful businesses in construction, music management and marketing. He even went platinum in the late 90's while managing the hit band Sixpence none the richer. In the early 2000's Paul dedicated his life to serving people with his entrepreneurial talents and along the way it winds him up in some precarious situations. Paul shares his riveting stories of negotiation, mentorship, community development and a lot more!

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Seth Wells: Palette Collective

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 2

In this episode, Kyle and I talk with Seth Wells the co-founder and managing partner of Palette Collective. Palette Collective splits large retails spaces into smaller luxury suites for small business who want a place to invite their customers. Seth shares candidly some of their growth challenges, their strategy and the impact that Covid-19 has had on Palette Collective.

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Welcome to In Progress!

October 19th, 2020 | Episode 1

Introducing In Progress with Motion Tactic! In Progress is intended to give you an inside look into the challenges that entrepreneurs and leaders face. We'll be meeting with business owners, non-profit leaders, innovators and creators to capture their stories and to give you an inside look to their process.

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