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Tage Counts, Vice President of Membership, interviews local business leaders, entrepreneurs and non-profit executives from throughout the 757 on a variety of industry topics.  Listen as many of our region's top executives provide valuable insight into their experiences starting, managing and growing our community's best known organizations.  Thanks for listening, and please rate this podcast so we can better serve the listeners.

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Episode 26 - Doug Smith, Hampton Roads Alliance - Doug Smith, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance, joins Tage Talks Business to discuss his professional journey as a local leader in the 757, the restructuring of what had been known as the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, rebranding, regional collaboration, and moving forward as the area's leading regional economic development organization.

Episode 25 - Cecil L. Robinson Jr., Raven Elite Protection - Cecil L. Robinson Jr. joins Tage Talks Business for this Memorial Day episode to discuss his career as a 29 year veteran of the U.S. Navy, communication & security professional, and now entrepreneur & owner of Raven Elite Protection LLC.

Episode 24 - Kim Phillips & Corrynn Peters, Phillips & Peters Attorneys At Law - Attorneys Kim Phillips and Corrynn Peters discuss coming together as professionals and as Phillips & Peters.  They address the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship, time management, marketing, community outreach, and building a law firm dedicated helping families move forward.

Episode 23 - Tony Disilvestro, Ynot Italian - Tony Disilvestro, founder & owner of Ynot Italian, discusses his journey from selling candy on the Jersey Shore to building a regional restaurant and brand in the 757, managing your branding & marketing, and giving back to your community.

Episode 22 - Jim Daddio, Bubba's 33 -Jim Daddio, Managing Partner of Bubba's 33 in Chesapeake, discusses opening a restaurant in the Chesapeake, getting involved within the community, supporting our first responders, developing legendary food & service, and pivoting to unique & fun ways to attract and retain customers. 

Episode 21 - Jason Fawcett, The Davey Tree Expert Company - Jason Fawcett, Regional Operations Manager for The Davey Tree Expert Company, discusses the start to his business as an entrepreneur, 18 years of growth, the eventual partnership with a nationally recognized organization, and giving back to the community.

Episode 20 - Michael Wagner, Pool ScoutsMichael Wagner, President of Pool Scouts, discusses his career, the building blocks of leading a national pool services franchise, the skills and expectations of being a franchise owner, and insight into developing the culture of Pool Scouts and Buzz Franchise Brands as an award winning business.

Episode 19 - Angela D. Reddix, Ph.D., ARDXDr. Reddix, Founder, President & CEO of ARDX discusses the growth and growing pains of ARDX over 13+ years.  We also learn about the ARDX Foundation, Envision Lead Grow's comprehensive entrepreneurship program, and the Reddix Rules Fund.

Episode 18 - Michael Akrop, Leesa - Michael, Leesa’s President & COO, discusses the company’s local connection to Virginia Beach, innovation & change, social impact and pivoting your business.

Episode 17 - Mike Standing, Waterman’s Surfside Grille, Chix on the Beach & The Shack - Mike discusses growing up in the 757, the restaurant & hospitality industry, leadership, pivoting your business and managing the challenges of COVID-19.

Episode 16 - Dr. Bobbie Hansel-Union, Hansel Union Consulting - Dr. Bobbie discusses support for children and adults with developmental, intellectual and neurological disabilities. Starting your own business. And adapting to unique business environments.

Episode 15 - Jamar Diggs, J Diggs Media - Jamar discusses social media management for coaches and consultants, and how to build an unapologetically authentic personal and professional brand.

Episode 14 - Chris Albright of Diversified Building Services & Dave Hershel of DBS Staffing Services - We speak with Chris and Dave about DBS’ history serving the 757, their partnerships in the business community and hospitality industry, and COVID-19 services.

Episode 13 - Andrea Lehmkuhler, Point 2 Running Company - We speak with Andrea about the company history, the running community and the creative ways Point 2 is serving their customers during this unique business and retail environment.

Episode 12 - Diana Burke, VBHA, and Stacey Shiflet, VBRA - Recent update and COVID-19 response by the Virginia Beach Hotel and Restaurant Associations.

Episode 11 - Robert Pizzini, iFLY Virginia Beach Indoor Skydiving - Robert talks about the several roles he manages at a CEO, mentor, leader, veteran, coach, father and husband.

Episode 10 - Chris Bugg, Sandler Training - Chris discusses his transition from the U.S. Navy to the civilian workforce, coaching, sales training and facing an uncertain future.

Episode 9 - Martin Joseph, 360IT Partners - Martin discusses starting a new business and the life of a new entrepreneur. As 360IT Partners celebrates 25 years of service, how have the grown and what the future holds.

Episode 8 - Wendy Zelazny, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce - Wendy and I discuss the Fredericksburg business community, chamber challenges, workforce and the future.

Episode 7 - Chris Rice, Music Makes You HappyChris and I discuss entrepreneurship, work/life balance, community involvement and coaching/mentors.

Episode 6 - Steven Wright, Chesapeake Economic Development - Steven discusses the mission of Chesapeake Economic Development, EDAC, partnering with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, and the future of business in the city of Chesapeake.

Episode 5 - Stephanie Gorham, Executive Director of VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads - Stephanie speaks about VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, the Corporate Volunteer Council, and the connection between the business and volunteer communities in the 757.

Episode 4 - Emily Cass, TRAFFIX Program ManagerVisit with Emily Cass and discuss the efforts of TRAFFIX Commuter Options in the 757. For more informati visit

Episode 3 - Savannah Bolin, Regional Director - Gather 757Tage Talks welcomes Savannah Bolin of Gather 757. Co-working offices in the Hampton Roads community.

Episode 2 - Claudell Clark, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Sports CommissionTage & Claudell discuss the HRSC, the Corporate Challenge and the 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games in the 757. For more information visit

Episode 1 - Portsmouth Economic Development’s Jessica Bedenbaugh - Jessica discusses the success of Portsmouth Economic Development’s efforts over the past few years, recent rebranding and the exciting future of the Portsmouth business community.


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