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Lancaster Connects

Jeff Giagnocavo, Ben McClure

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Lancaster Connects brings together local charities, local heroes, and local businesses to showcase the best of what Lancaster, PA has to offer so that in 2021 and beyond – our local neighbors and friends may thrive, be more productive, and live happily and generously. The Lancaster Connects Podcast is hosted weekly by Gardner's Mattress & More co-owners Ben McClure & Jeff Giagnocavo, and can be viewed on numerous streaming services as well as listed to on your favorite podcast platforms.
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Welcome to The Big Ticket Life where you'll be inspired by driven leaders doing life and business on their terms. They break the rules, they see the opportunities. They've had the struggles, they've had highs and lows, yet they've always remained focused on the goal: a life and business led by themselves on their terms. They're unapologetically focused on their success and the success of those around them. We celebrate success around here because we live The Big Ticket Life.
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With a career spanning over 40 years in both retail and wholesale furniture and mattress industries, Pete Primeau shares his insights on sales & marketing. Regularly joined by guests from a variety of industries, this show is not just for those in the mattress and furniture business - but for any business owner or sales professional.
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Inside The Firm

Alex Gore and Lance Cayko

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INSIDE THE FIRM is a raw look inside of a young and ambitious architecture firm. Showtimes air every Friday afternoon with the co-founders and hosts, Alex Gore and Lance Cayko. We dive into the nitty-gritty details of how to start, run, and grow a small business. We also share our personal stories, zoning and building code issues, Revit tips and tricks, and more!
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David Pollard is an architect, builder, and the co-founder of Liv Companies; a full-service residential design-build company in the Chicago suburbs. Dave started LivCo in 2012 to provide quality design to suburban homeowners, but with some twists to the traditional architectural services model. Following on the heels of his graduate thesis work sta…
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In this episode, we uncover the remarkable journeys of Michelle Harbaugh and Adriana Witman, whose dedication to early education has shaped Steps to Success. Michelle Harbaugh, Executive Director: With a BSE in Elementary Education, Michelle's teaching career led her from Lancaster to Philadelphia before founding Steps to Success. Her vision merges…
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In this compelling episode of The Big Ticket Life, we sit down with Lion Goodman, the founder of the Clear Beliefs Institute, to explore the profound impact of our beliefs on our reality. With over 40 years of experience as an executive coach, teacher, healer, and Subconscious Pattern Detective, Lion shares his groundbreaking Clear Beliefs Method f…
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In this episode, we sit down with Andrew Carrington, co-founder of Sleep Nerdz, and Keith Messenger, founder of Sleep Solutions Inc. With Andrew's remarkable journey through the mattress industry and Keith's passion for sleep health, they're revolutionizing our understanding of restful sleep. Join us as we delve into their combined expertise and in…
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Michael Sarracini is an award-winning entrepreneur and real estate investor who transformed a small government loan into a multimillion-dollar real estate empire, retiring at 25. He is CEO of Keyspire and Chairman of The Sarracini Group, focusing on personal development and education, as well as strategic land development partnerships. Michael's te…
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In this episode, we sit down with Blake Austin, a seasoned professional with over 12 years of combined expertise in sales and the fitness industry. As the founder and owner of MattressAI, Blake is on a mission to transform the way mattress retailers and customers interact with each other. Through his innovative software solutions, Blake aims to str…
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Join us as we pay tribute to fallen veterans, learn about flag folding traditions, and understand the importance of Memorial Day versus Veterans Day. Joining Ben and Jeff is Kristy Orzechowsky, a Vet 21 Salue Honor Guard and hero. Discover the significance of Taps, the rifle volley, and the role of Vet 21 Honor Guard in honoring our heroes. Find ou…
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Sonny Moyers is a highly educated real estate professional who graduated from Abilene Christian University. He obtained his Texas Real Estate Sales License in 1971 and his Texas Real Estate Brokers License in 1988. Sonny has excelled in the Dallas Fort Worth real estate market, consistently ranking in the top 1% in Texas and top 4% nationwide betwe…
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In this episode, we're thrilled to introduce Tyler Martin, a Certified Business Coach and CPA renowned for his ability to elevate businesses. With a remarkable entrepreneurial journey marked by scaling staffing and CPA firms to impressive heights, Tyler brings over two decades of real-world experience to the table. His expertise extends to guiding …
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In this follow-up episode, we continue our enlightening discussion with Karen Converse on the art of better sleep conversations. Drawing from her extensive 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, training, and retail business management, Karen shares invaluable insights applicable to everyone, regardless of their role in the industry. With her …
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This Week on Monday Morning Coffee with Inside The Firm, we are joined by Erika Moody, FIIDA, President and Principal of Helix Architecture + Design, a firm founded in Kansas City in 1992. After graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree, Erika was hired by Kansas City firm CDFM2, which later merged with…
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In this episode, we sit down with Mike, a seasoned sales and operations executive with over two decades of industry experience. Throughout his career, Mike has cultivated a reputation for fostering vibrant company cultures centered around performance and innovative thinking. With a track record of success in steering both medium and large-sized com…
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In this episode, we explore the vibrant world of independent bookstores with Julie, one of the owners of Pocket Books Shop in Lancaster, PA. Alongside her friends Austin and Jess, Julie, embarked on a journey to create a haven for book lovers, emphasizing inclusivity and community. From fulfilling dreams of a life surrounded by books to fostering a…
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Robert Poole is the co-founder of Total Business Results. He helps entrepreneurs who are tied to their businesses make the transition from operator to owner in their business so they can finally achieve the freedom that got them into entrepreneurship in the first place. Robert is also a graduate of West Point, previously an Army officer, and has ov…
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In this episode, Jeff sits down with Dr. Tara Perry, a distinguished Clinical Hypnotherapist and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Perry specializes in Core Trauma Transformation, guiding individuals to unearth their deepest barriers, embrace their true selves, and flourish with unwavering confiden…
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In this episode, we're joined by two remarkable guests. Scott Bidwell, a seasoned marketer and business expert with over two decades of experience, brings invaluable insights from his work with non-profit and for-profit ventures. Meanwhile, Scott Vaughn, the owner of Happy Zzz's Sit n' Sleep in Paducah and Benton, Kentucky, shares his journey trans…
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In this episode, we are thrilled to welcome Scott Drackley, the Founder and Artistic Director of Penn Square Opera and Penn Square Music Conservatory. Scott's passion for nurturing young, professional opera singers and providing exceptional musical education through Penn Square Opera and Penn Square Music Conservatory shines through in his dedicati…
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Jeff Giagnocavo, is a passionate advocate for small businesses, and his latest endeavor, "The Space for Leadership," delves into empathetic leadership's transformative power. Co-owner of Gardner’s Mattress & More, Jeff emphasizes creating space for employees to heal personal struggles, offering a fresh perspective on leadership's essence. His innov…
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In this episode, we explore empathetic leadership with Jeff Giagnocavo, a lifelong champion of small businesses. With a successful entrepreneurial journey under his belt, Jeff shares insights from his latest endeavor, "The Space for Leadership." Through his experiences co-owning Gardner’s Mattress & More and pioneering innovative marketing concepts…
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Albert Perry, a towering figure in real estate and the 100th President of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®, will delve into the seldom-discussed emotional landscape of leadership. With 28 years in real estate, influenced by his mother's legacy and his role as a guiding force at Pennsylvania's number one Century 21 brokerage, Al brings a we…
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Danielle Hayden a CPA, author, Co-Founder and CEO of Kickstart Accounting. She is a seasoned Chief Financial Officer who is rewriting what it means to provide bookkeeping and consulting services to high-earning female business owners. The Kickstart Accounting Inc. team is the one-stop-shop that provides their clients with bookkeeping services as a …
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In this episode, we're joined by Clint Walling, a sixteen-year veteran in the mattress industry and a dedicated student of Sales, Marketing, and The Mattress Industry. Clint's executive-level experience positions him as an invaluable asset for companies fortunate enough to collaborate with him. Tune in as we explore Clint's deep insights into the i…
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In this episode, we're joined by Sallie Gregory, the Education Coordinator at the Lancaster County Conservation District. With a focus on watersheds and natural resources, Sallie coordinates teacher professional development, classroom lessons, and in-the-field experiences. She also plays a pivotal role in organizing the Lancaster County Envirothons…
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In this episode, we're thrilled to welcome Michael D. Levitt, a renowned global thought leader on HR, burnout, and workplace culture. With a wealth of experience as a CBT and NLP therapist, Michael is recognized as a Top 50 Global Thought Leader and Influencer on Health and Wellness for 2023. He's a sought-after keynote speaker, executive coach, an…
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Jeremy Zick is the CEO of WeCollabify. WeCollabify is a support network of architectural Talent. We provide staff to your team from our nearshore "garden of talent." We help right-size your firms profit margins with our placements by providing you access to skilled, cost effective talent excited and inspired by the opportunities working with USA ba…
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In this episode, we're joined by the remarkable Matt Shoup, an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker. Matt's journey into entrepreneurship began at the young age of 10 when he launched his first business, a lawn mowing service, driven by his desire to purchase a boombox. Since then, he's cultivated a passion for business th…
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In this episode, we delve into the remarkable journey of Betsy, whose life took a profound turn on a warm Spring day in April 2010 when she stumbled upon her first orphaned baby squirrel. This serendipitous encounter ignited a passion within her, leading her to leave behind her fast-paced corporate career to embark on a mission of wildlife rehabili…
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In this episode, Pete sits down with Andrea Waltz, the co-founder of Courage Crafters, Inc. and co-author of the best-selling book, Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There. With nearly two decades of experience, Andrea has become a leading voice in shifting perspectives on failure, rejection, and the often-feared word, "no." Andr…
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Elona Lopari is the Visionary CEO of The Life School , Speaker, and a Best Selling Author. She is both a servant community builder and a people connector. She is a Prior Fortune 500 CEO Featured in Disrupt, NY Weekly, Business Insider, CEO Weekly, The Business News & Famous Times. Elona is also the CEO of The Life School where she helps Visionary L…
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Join us for an inspiring episode as we sit down with Sandra Valdez, Chief Human Services Officer at the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) in Lancaster, PA. With over two decades of dedicated service to SACA, Sandra's leadership shines as she advocates for the interests of the Latina/o/x community in the Lancaster region. Her extensive backg…
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Join us for an insightful episode with Sharon McRill, the visionary Founder and President of The Betty Brigade, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With a mission to simplify lives and reduce stress, Sharon's journey began after being laid off from a corporate marketing job in 2003. Since then, she has dedicated herself to helping busy professionals stay…
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In this episode, Pete sits down with Brent Batterman, a seasoned professional with over twenty years of experience in the mattress industry. Renowned for his expertise in training and leading sales teams, Brent shares insights into successfully launching new products and brands during his tenure at Mattress Firm. Notably, he pioneered the first wat…
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Zach Mannheimer is a Muhlenberg College graduate in Theater and Philosophy, who nearly spent a decade in Brooklyn before embarking on a life-changing road trip to find a new home. Settling in Des Moines, IA, he founded The Des Moines Social Club, a hub for art, culture, and community development. In 2020, Zach and his partners launched Atlas Commun…
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In this episode, Jeff chats with Ben McClure, co-owner of Gardner’s Mattress & More and co-host of the Lancaster Connects Podcast. With 24 years of experience in mattress retail, Ben shares insights into Gardner’s journey to becoming a cornerstone of success in the independent sleep shop industry nationwide and consistently earning the title of Lan…
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In this episode, Pete sits down with Tim McDonald, the Store Manager at At Home Furniture And Mattress Superstore. With years of industry experience under his belt, Tim's dedication to his craft shines through as he shares insights on enhancing store performance. Tune in as Tim discusses his strategies and continuous quest for improvement in the re…
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Join us in this episode as we sit down with Greta Fairbanks, the owner of Happiness is...Granola, a small-batch granola company. Discover how Greta's passion for celebrating life's simple pleasures led her to create a brand dedicated to spreading joy and building community through shared experiences. From crafting delicious granola blends to foster…
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Patrick MacLeamy the former CEO of the world-renowned architecture firm HOK, joins us again. In this episode we dive into his book Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm. We take a deep dive into how: why Patrick wrote this book, how to value your firm, how to structure your bank accounts, and how to think about bonuses. Patrick practiced archit…
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Welcome back to "ASK PETE!", the essential podcast for those in the mattress industry. In this episode, Pete Primeau, with his vast 40+ years of experience, is joined by his producer Chris Stone as he answers questions from you! You won't want to miss this episode where Pete takes the spotlight and shares his own thoughts. So grab your headphones, …
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In this episode, Jeff sits down with Samuel Smith, affectionately known as Sam, whose expertise as a Fractional Marketing Director has earned him the moniker of the "Small Business Surgeon." Samuel shares his own inspiring story of transformation, from shutting down his media company to focus on having more impact as the Small Business Surgeon, to …
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In this episode, we are joined by Will Kiefer, the Executive Director and Founder of Bench Mark Program, a fitness-based mentoring initiative for at-risk youth in Lancaster, PA. Will's journey from a desire to serve his community to establishing an organization impacting over 100 youth daily is truly inspiring. Learn about Bench Mark's unique appro…
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