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Action and Ambition

In his new series Action and Ambition, your host Andrew Medal goes behind the scenes to learn the backstories, mindsets, and actions of the world's most ambitious people.


Increase Your Team Performance In All Forms with QueryPal – Your Team's New Smart Chat Companion
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Dev Nag, the Founder and CEO of QueryPal, the smartest way to chat in Slack and MS Teams. QueryPal sifts through your chat history, wikis, knowledge bases, and uploaded files to find the most relevant answers instantly. It seamlessly integrates with the tools you already use, including Slack, Microsoft Teams, Confluence, Notion, and Google Drive. With QueryPal, your team can move past the endless cycle of repetitive questions and enter a world where information is effortlessly accessible. Previously, he founded Wavefront and was a software engineer for PayPal and Google. Tune in to learn more!
33:34 4/24/24
Unlocking Fearless Leadership Potential with Brendan P. Keegan's Proven Strategies to Conquer Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Brendan P Keegan, business leader, author, writer, speaker and podcast host who has channeled his expertise and passion for business to create the bFealess platform, which aims to empower the leaders of tomorrow. Brendan is an award-winning 6-time president and chief executive officer. Throughout his career he has raised over $10B in capital while leading over 250,000 people globally and successfully exited each of the 6 companies across 5 industries. Today, he serves as co-owner and/or board member of Andretti Racing, Merchants Fleet, United Autosports, Sky Meadow Country Club, Revolution Armor & ExpressIT Delivery. Tune in to learn more!
30:38 4/24/24
From Marketing to Memoir: Rory M. Graham's Inspiring Transition After Wife's Parkinson's Battle
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Rory M. Graham, a former marketer whose life took a turn as he stepped into the world of writing, driven by his personal battle against Parkinson's disease alongside his late wife, Zelia. Their marriage, a remarkable journey of over five decades, was marked by Zelia's courageous 20-year fight with Parkinson's, which sadly ended in 2022. As her devoted caregiver, Rory's profound experiences have now shaped his mission to support others affected by the disease. With four books to his name, Rory has become a beacon of knowledge and empathy, channeling his understanding into advocacy and research through his active involvement in various organizations dedicated to the cause. His story is not just one of loss, but of resilience and a relentless pursuit to make a difference in the Parkinson's community. Tune in to learn more!
34:13 4/10/24
Broken Shackles: Bill Herndon's Journey of Hope and Hard Work
In this episode, we are joined by Bill Herndon, an award-winning creative professional in the entertainment industry. Bill is the founder and President of M2M STUDIOS, NEON LION PRODUCTIONS, and Cross Edge LLC. He has successfully partnered with Atlantic Records and has made deals with big companies like Big Fish Productions, VH1, A&E, and Lifetime. Bill has worked with famous music labels such as Warner Music Group, Capitol Records, and Universal, and has helped artists like Trey Songz, Keri Hilson, Neyo, Lauryn Hill, Ester Dean, and The Dream. He has also worked with people from shows like The Voice and American Idol. Bill is great at being creative, finding new talent, and understanding marketing. This has led to partnerships with well-known brands like Coca-Cola, Burger King, Vitaminwater, Best Buy, JetBlue, and Paramount Pictures. Bill is also the author of "Broken Shackles," a book about his inspiring journey of determination, purpose, and forgiveness. Tune in to learn more!
33:40 3/30/24
Evander Smart On The Power and Future of Bitcoin!
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Evander Smart, the Founder and CEO of Bitcoin University, the world's finest Bitcoin education platform. Evander is also the author of The Book of Bitcoin, which explains the future of money and Bitcoin. As a former Wall Street banker, Evander brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in financing and cryptocurrency. Don’t miss a thing on this. Tune in to learn more!
35:49 3/19/24
Ed Watal On AI and Its Future Influence On the Tech and Financial World
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Ed Watal, a Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Innovator. One of Ed's key projects includes a transformative peer-to-peer approach to the internet and promoting BigParser (an Ethical AI Platform and an A Data Commons for the World). Ed is also the founder and principal of Intellibus, an IT and AI strategy consultancy, where he is an advisor to Board Members and C Level executives at the World's Largest Financial Institutions. Prior to setting up his own ventures, Ed worked in several financial institutions, including RBS, Deutsche Bank, and Citigroup. Tune in to learn more!
34:47 3/19/24
Cracking the Code of Enduring Love: John Gehrisch's Wisdom for Long-term Relationship Success
In this episode, we are joined by John Gehrisch, an electrical engineer turned professional golfer and successful entrepreneur. With a knack for turning challenges into opportunities, John co-partners a real estate development firm and leads BBJM Golf Ventures, a renowned golf memorabilia producer. Despite his diverse accomplishments, John's true passion lies in unraveling the secrets to enduring, loving relationships. Inspired by his parents' long-lasting bond, he seeks wisdom from couples who have sustained love over five decades, recognizing them as the ultimate mentors in matters of the heart. Tune in to learn more!
49:42 3/14/24
Rhonda Dibachi on Helping Manufacturers Speed Innovation, Boost Production, and Cut Costs
In this episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Rhonda Dibachi, the CEO of HeyScottie, an AI-enabled, cloud-based marketplace for manufacturing as a service. HeyScottie compresses the RFQ process from months to minutes: a manufacturer can tell HeyScottie to “go fetch!” (submit an RFQ in as little as 60 seconds), and HeyScottie will immediately come back with the highest quality service at the lowest cost, complete with estimated turnaround time. Rhonda likes bringing tech innovation to real-world operations, she co-founded multiple startups in tech and manufacturing. Co-founded Noribachi, a US lighting manufacturer, and Niku Corporation (NASDAQ:NIKU), a Silicon Valley Professional Services Automation (PSA) software provider that created the first comprehensive suite of enterprise management applications for project and human resource. Don’t miss a thing on this. Tune in to learn more!
43:14 2/21/24
C. Lamont Smith On Breaking Down the Barriers of the Management of Sport Professionals
Welcome to another episode of the Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is C. Lamont Smith, the President of All Pro Sports and Entertainment (APSE), a world-class sports management firm specializing in the representation of sports professionals. Smith has left a mark in the sports industry by representing renowned athletes and earning accolades along the way. Black Enterprise selected him as one of the top 50 black sports professionals in the country. He was honored by the Black Sports Agents Association as Agent of the Year in July 2001. .Smith has been described by The New York Times as one of the most powerful sports agents in the country. Tune in to learn more!
21:06 2/20/24
Unlocking Tomorrow's Wealth: Ankush Gera's Insights on Angel Investing!
Welcome to another episode of the Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Ankush Gera, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor extraordinaire. As the founder of Junglee Games, which was acquired by Flutter, and a co-founder of Kunai and Monsoon Company (snapped up by Capital One), Ankush has a knack for building successful ventures. He's not just about starting companies, though; Ankush is also deeply involved in the startup ecosystem as a limited partner in numerous funds like Metastable, Commerce Ventures, , and many others. With a seat on the boards of Kunai and Junglee Games, plus an extensive portfolio of angel investments, including big names like Airbnb, Devoted Health, and Alt, Ankush is a force to be reckoned with in the world of entrepreneurship and investment. Tune in to learn more!
36:47 2/16/24
How William Moore's Personalized Care Transforms Health, Well-being, and Appearance for All Ages!
Welcome to another episode of the Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is William Moore, a visionary entrepreneur and the Founder of AdvancedYOU. With a passion for bio-hacking and human enhancement, William has pioneered cutting-edge techniques to elevate both the quantity and quality of life. At AdvancedYOU, he offers revolutionary modalities to reverse aging, enhance fitness performance, and prevent metabolic disorders. Notably, William is the brains behind PhalloFill, the leading male girth enhancement technique using hyaluronic acid dermal filler. With PhalloFill, he has crafted a safe, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing solution that requires no surgery or incisions, allowing patients to resume their normal activities on the same day. Join us as we dive into the mind of this innovative entrepreneur, dedicated to pushing the boundaries of human potential.
35:30 2/16/24
Julius Paul Montgomery's Mission to Transform Lives Through Education and Social Justice
In this episode, we are joined by Julius Paul Montgomery, an author, military veteran, and advocate for social justice. His life story is a powerful testament to resilience and a rallying call for change. Through his book "Clermont and Beyond," Montgomery shares his journey of overcoming racism and discrimination. He is the founder of the Patriarchy and Matriarchy Children's Fund, which is dedicated to supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Montgomery's passion for education shines through his work with the Hero's Club, providing at-risk youth with mentorship and educational opportunities. His unwavering dedication to social justice and education has made him a true inspiration to many. Tune in to learn more!
33:11 2/14/24
From Desert Harvest to Global Health: How Heather Florio is Redefining Holistic Care
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Heather Florio, the CEO of Desert Harvest and a key innovator in the health and wellness industry. Desert Harvest manufactures organic nutritional supplements and skincare products harnessing the power of the Aloe Vera plant. Heather works closely with medical professionals worldwide, researching and developing products for urology, pelvic health, dermatology, radiation oncology, etc. In 2012, with her parents' retirement, Heather took over as CEO, bringing her management and operations skills and her passion for helping, advocating, and educating. Heather was also named one of the top 50 Women in Wellness by Authority Magazine in 2020, serves on the Northern Light Health Center for Healthy Brain Aging, and spoke at the White House in 2016 on international trade. Tune in to learn more!
41:40 2/14/24
John Leon, Leading the Way in Corporate Law, Crisis Management, and Entrepreneurship from Miami to South America!
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is John Leon, a nationally acclaimed corporate litigator and crisis manager. As the Founder of The Law Offices of John Leon in vibrant Miami, Florida, he heads a full-service civil litigation firm specializing in Corporate Law, Healthcare, Personal Injury, and Crisis Management. With a reach extending from Florida to South America, John's firm represents clients with distinction, facing off against and advocating for Fortune 500 companies. John Leon's legal journey began as a clerk and counsel for renowned state and national law firms, including the prestigious Verner, Lipfert, Bernhard, McPherson, and Hand in Washington DC. This powerhouse firm, boasting Senators Bob Dole and George Mitchell among its partners, held sway over 30% of the Fortune 500. John's entrepreneurial spirit shines through his ventures across various industries. Tune in to hear the insights and experiences of a legal luminary and multifaceted entrepreneur!
35:51 1/30/24
Dr. Vanda Unveils the Hidden Gems of LGBT History: Celebrating a Rich Cultural Tapestry
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition podcast! Joining us today is Dr. Vanda, the author of the Juliana series, which tells the story of LGBT's gradual rise from invisibility and terror into a place of "acceptance." These are books about people surviving and rising through difficult and dark days. However, they are not gloomy books. The characters are filled with spirit and lots of humor. Book 1 begins in 1941 and ends when the war is almost over in 1944. Book 2 runs from 1945-1955. Book 3 takes place in Paris in 1955-56 and Book IV covers January - August 1956. The same characters mature and change throughout each book. Dr. Vanda’s life’s mission is to honor LGBT history: to let people, gay and straight, know that the LGBT community shares a rich cultural history that is as important and as valid as any other minority group’s history. Tune in to learn more!
31:17 1/30/24
Rue Phillips on Bridging the Gap in EV Service with Certified Technicians for Seamless Electric Vehicle Charging Experiences
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Today, we're thrilled to have Rue Phillips, the brilliant mind behind SkillFusion, on the show. As the Co-founder and President, Phillips is revolutionizing the electric vehicle industry by connecting O&M service providers with a nationwide pool of certified technicians. With over 30 years of experience in cleantech leadership, Phillips understands the critical role trained technicians play in ensuring the growth and reliability of the electric vehicle charging network. Before SkillFusion, Phillips co-founded True South Renewables Inc., the largest independent solar O&M company in the U.S., and 365-Pronto, a digital dispatch platform for solar technicians. Join us as we delve into Phillips' entrepreneurial journey and the impactful innovations shaping the EV sector!
31:50 1/29/24
Unlocking Financial Success: Abdullah Siddique Empowers Retail Investors Through Amassing Investment's Game-Changing Tools!
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Abdullah Siddique, the Founder and CEO of Amassing Investment, a comprehensive stock screener, research and financial education hub that helps retail investors minimize risks and optimize returns by granting every user access to sophisticated tools and insights previously reserved for seasoned professionals. The platform is distinguished by its AI-powered capabilities, which are meticulously designed to offer holistic financial education, probabilistic technical analysis, and comprehensive reports. Tune in to learn more!
37:31 1/29/24
How Jami Dybik is Pioneering Change and Innovation in Healthcare Management
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Jami Dybik, a well-established, value-driven Healthcare Executive and the Vice President of Sage Brush Health, a boutique healthcare system that offers exceptional care for Rheumatology, Neurology, Infectious Disease and infusion centers. Their guiding principle is the holistic well-being of their patients. Jami is a visible and highly accessible leader who always puts employees first and is focused on building a culture of engagement, growth, development, and inclusion. She also has deep knowledge of the 340B program and experience in program development and management. Tune in to learn more!
36:24 1/10/24
Nate Wasson On Bridging Investors and Visionaries for Explosive Growth in Entrepreneurship
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Nate Wasson, the co-founder of HalBar Partners, which invests in profitable companies and has one of the few search funds outside of Silicon Valley. He is also the co-founder and principal member of Alvearia, a member-led family office co-investment platform. Nate is passionate about growth equity, which has the unique advantage of driving profitable companies into their next chapter that are solving the world's greatest problems at an accelerated rate. His experience lies at the intersection of institutional family enterprise, investment management, and impact strategy for both national and international investors. Tune in to learn more!
37:33 1/5/24
Beyond the Operating Room: Dr. John Hagen's Odyssey as a Surgeon Turned Seafaring Storyteller
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition podcast! Joining us today is Dr. John Hagen, a seasoned surgeon turned storyteller who seamlessly weaves the precision of the operating room into the fabric of his narratives. Hagen's literary journey took an unexpected turn after a distinguished medical career. Renowned for his mesmerizing novel, "The Sailor," Hagen draws inspiration from his deep-seated love for sailing, spending summers navigating the serene waters of Lake Ontario. The freedom and tranquility of the open sea serve as both a canvas and catalyst for his creative endeavors. In the rhythmic dance of the waves, Hagen discovers the poetic seeds that blossom into his captivating tales of adventure, seamlessly blending the technical prowess of a surgeon with the limitless horizons of the open sea. Tune in to learn more!
43:08 12/29/23
The Marketing Maestro: How Whitney Kopp Drives Success Through Innovative Branding
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Whitney Kopp, the Senior Brand Manager of Advantice Health/Kerasal. Advantice Health is a dynamic consumer health company that is committed to advancing skin health with science-backed, expert-loved solutions for all, and Kerasal products provide high-performance foot care for damaged nails or dry cracked feet. Whitney is an Innovative Marketing Leader with 10+ years of progressive experience, specializing in developing and executing high-impact customized brand strategies, collaborating with partners across verticals and functions, and acting as a change agent to improve processes and transparency. Tune in to learn more!
30:58 11/28/23
Unveiling the Mindset of Trading Success: Anmol Singh's Journey to Trading Psychology Expertise
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Anmol Singh, a renowned figure in the Trading and Investing industry, acclaimed for his role as the founder of Live Traders in 2015, which has consistently held the #1 spot in Trading Education for three consecutive years. With a track record of coaching and mentoring over 1000 traders and investors, some of whom have gone on to establish their own hedge funds, Anmol is recognized as a leading authority in Trading Psychology. He specializes in guiding individuals to overcome psychological and behavioral challenges in high-stakes situations. Anmol also offers a unique perspective on success, demonstrating how the principles he's employed with million-dollar traders can be applied to everyday life, regardless of one's industry or career path. Tune in to learn more!
23:44 11/3/23
Fourteen Days, a Memoir About a Government-Mandated Fourteen-Day Hotel Quarantine in Australia During the Height of the Pandemic.
Welcome to another episode of the Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Momoko Uno, a Doctor of Integrated Medicine and the author of Fourteen Days, a memoir about a quarantine in Australia. In the memoir, Uno takes readers on a poignant and emotionally charged journey that begins with the devastating news of her mother's terminal illness during her New York subway commute in February 2020. Determined to be by her side, Uno's travels take an unexpected turn as she becomes trapped in an Australian hotel quarantine, missing her mother's final moments. Through this deeply personal memoir, Uno explores the profound effects of grief and loss, baring her soul in a raw and vulnerable narrative that illuminates the challenges of navigating emotional turbulence and a world in confusion. Tune in to learn more!
39:14 11/3/23
The Art of Bootstrapping: Lior Pozin's Journey with AutoDS in Building a Leading Dropshipping Platform
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Lior Pozin, The Co-Founder and CEO of AutoDS, the leading all-in-one dropshipping tool for eCommerce sellers of all experience levels. AutoDS gives dropshippers access to over 25 global product suppliers. When members find trending products, they can import them in one click and automate order processing. In addition to leading in dropshipping automation, the expert dropshippers behind AutoDS create educational resources such as step-by-step courses and YouTube guides. Don’t miss a thing on this. Tune in to learn more!
31:57 10/26/23
Brandy Burch On Supporting Employers and Brokers with Challenges in the Complex Compliance of ICHRA
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Brandy Burch, the Founder and CEO of Benefitbay, an end-to-end ICHRA administration platform for brokers and their clients. It has a full-service technology suite for simplified employee benefits. At Benefitbay, Brandy is leading the charge of empowering individuals to make the health insurance decisions that are best for their personal situations. Don’t miss a thing on this.Tune in to learn more!
49:46 10/12/23
Jayson and Liz Waller's Journey of Rising to Power in Business, Media, and Motivational Speaking
In this episode, we are joined by Jayson and Liz Waller, a dynamic entrepreneurial power couple. Jayson Waller, a billion-dollar entrepreneur, has an impressive track record of building four 10-million-dollar businesses and a monumental billion-dollar enterprise. He's also a renowned business coach, bestselling author, and podcast sensation with multiple chart-topping shows. JAYSON'S CHARISMATIC PRESENCE IS UNDENIABLE, from TED Talks to starring in Amazon's "BAMFAM" reality series. Liz Waller, his steadfast partner, played a pivotal role in his journey, contributing her strength and support to the business ventures that have propelled them to success. Together, they embody the essence of true entrepreneurship and resilience. Don’t miss a thing on this. Tune in to learn more!
41:13 9/28/23
How Tessa Arnold is Helping Boost Their Overall Energy Level and Increase Performance
Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition podcast! Joining us today is Miss Tessa Arnold, the co-founder of Snapback Energy. Snapback is a company that has a product that naturally supports the health of your liver and boosts your overall energy level when used as a daily supplement.She’s an experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. She is also skilled in Management, Customer Service, Banking, Leadership, and Project Management.Tessa is also a Strong professional with PMP certification. Tune in to learn more!
28:58 9/7/23
Zain Lakhani: The Young Visionary Shaping Fintech and Climate-tech with Innovation and Impact
Welcome to another episode of The Acton and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Zain Lakhani, a 20-year-old software engineer and entrepreneur who has left an indelible mark on the world of technology. With a robust background in fintech and climate tech, Zain has mastered the intricacies of credit card infrastructure and carbon offsets through his experiences at leading companies in these domains. Driven by his unwavering passion for leveraging technology for positive change, he founded a thriving 150-person engineering consulting firm, where he spearheads groundbreaking projects for industry giants like Google and Apple. Zain's journey is a testament to his relentless pursuit of innovation and commitment to shaping a brighter future through technology. Tune in to learn more!
25:06 9/7/23
Mark Vondrasek is Orchestrating Excellence in Hospitality – Hyatt's Chief Commercial Officer's Impact
In this episode, we are joined by Mark Vondrasek, who serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at Hyatt Hotels, overseeing a dynamic team responsible for shaping and enhancing the guest experience at Hyatt's extensive portfolio of 1,200+ hotels and all-inclusive properties spanning 76 countries across six continents. In his leadership role, Mark guides the Commercial Services team, a multifaceted unit encompassing revenue generation and guest-centric functions such as global sales, revenue management, distribution strategy, corporate marketing, loyalty, digital innovation, and more. Together, this collaborative effort ensures that every aspect of the guest and customer journey is finely tuned to exceed expectations, reflecting Hyatt's commitment to listening, diverse talent recruitment, and innovative strategies that set them apart in the industry. Tune in to learn more!
43:22 9/7/23
Navigating the Real Estate Jungle with Steve Haddadin, the Founder of King Real Estate Group
Welcome to another episode of the Action and Ambition! Joining us today is Steve Haddadin, the Founder of King Real Estate Group, a dynamic full-service real estate company. Committed to prioritizing clients' best interests, Steve and his team provide expert guidance and transparent solutions throughout the real estate journey. In an ever-evolving economic landscape, King Real Estate Group offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to surpass clients' goals in this fiercely competitive market. Steve's experienced and talented professionals consistently deliver real estate solutions that enhance the value of clients' assets, ensuring satisfaction and enlightenment at every step of the process. Tune in to learn more!
21:56 8/31/23

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