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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 43 - Delceno Miles, President & CEO of The Miles Agency, discusses starting her own niche marketing & public relations firm, working with young professionals, volunteerism, adapting to industry trends, and providing exceptional service for her clients.

Episode 42 - Phil Damuth, Vice President of Damuth Trane, discusses the growth of a business celebrating 50 years of service, the importance of developing a strong team of employees and partners, the evolution of the company, and their future.

Episode 41 - John McCormick, Owner & Attorney of McCormick Law & Consulting, discusses starting his own business, entrepreneurship, networking & outreach, growth and changes in the legal profession.

Episode 40 - Tad Sellers, President and Chief Electrical Engineer of Vansant & Gusler, discusses his new role as President, his journey of 25 years with the business, the company's 60 years of doing business in the region, and managing design services in mechanical and electrical engineering.

Episode 39 - Wayne Pellenberg, Owner of Neptune Video, discusses his transition from news media to starting his own business, entrepreneurship, the value of video for businesses, and his willingness to get in front of the camera to grow his company.

Episode 38 - Paul Walsh, President of Superior Executive Transportation, discusses starting a new business, adapting to the change in specialized, professional transportation services, and providing exceptional customer service to a high standard. 

Episode 37 - Donna Phaneuf, VIA Design ArchitectsDonnar Phaneuf, President & Lead Design Principal of VIA Design Architects, discusses her introduction to architecture, starting her own business, the principles of Product, Service & Process, past & future projects, and the future. 

Episode 36 - Meghan Timlin & Sarah Routsis, Entrepreneurship & Business Academy - Meghan Timlin, Academy Coordinator, and Sarah Routsis, Senior Internship Coordinator, with the Entrepreneurship & Business Academy at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.  Meghan and Sarah provide an overview of the academy, internship and professional development opportunities, corporate partnerships, job shadowing, adapting to virtual instruction and success stories.

Episode 35 - Amy & Jerry Frostick, J&A Racing Amy and Jerry Frostick, co-owners of J&A Racing, discuss growing the running events within the 757 community, marketing, community & volunteer involvement, virtual races, and future opportunities.

Episode 34 - David Gibb & Andy Sutter, Freedom Boat ClubCaptain David Gibb & Andy Sutter, co-owners of Freedom Boat Club of Hampton Roads, discuss boat club membership options, franchise business ownership and community involvement.

Episode 33 - Danny Rubin, Rubin Communications Group Danny Rubin, Vice President of Rubin Communications Group, discusses his professional journey in public relations, media and communications, provides an overview of the public relations field and how it serves the needs of businesses of all types, working with the local media and news sources, and managing the ever changing media & public relations landscape.

Episode 32 - Charles Greenhood & Molly Whelan, Brutti's Catering and BagelNutz Charles Greenhood and Molly Whelan, the family owned businesses of Brutti's Catering and BagelNutz, discuss the evolution of Brutti's from an espresso coffee cart to a full service catering business, giving back to the community they serve, adapting the business in an ever changing environment, and the future of their business.  

Episode 31 - Tonya Gill, Primrose School at Cahoon Commons & Edinburgh CommonsTonya Gill, co-owner of the Primrose Schools at Cahoon Commons & Edinburgh Commons, discusses her transition from the non-profit community to serving the children and families of Chesapeake, managing a business during COVID-19, opening a new school, leadership and serving the 757 region.

Epsiode 30 - Mary Kate Andris, YWCA South Hampton Roads - Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D., President & CEO, YWCA South Hampton Roads discusses the organizations mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, collaboration between the local non-profits, and the partnerships between non-profits and the business community throughout the 757.

Episode 29 - Emily Brewer, Uncork'd - Emily Brewer, Owner of Uncork'd and member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 64th District, discusses entrepreneurship as a small business owner, balancing the duties serving her customers and constituents, managing the daily challenges and rewards, and the growth of the Suffolk business community.

Episode 28 - Nicole Campbell, Divaris Real Estate - Nicole Campbell, Commercial Real Estate Professional with Divaris Real Estate, discusses her journey in the military and her civilian career, pivoting as a working parent, creating and growing a social media and marketing presence, diversity and community.

Episode 27 - Matt Brady, New Day Office - Matt Brady, President of New Day Office, discusses entrepreneurship, growing a family business, adapting to a market & workplace needs and utilizing partnerships to better serve the customer.

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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