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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 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.

The Amazing Roster of Guests on The Big Ticket Life Podcast Show

Small Business Big Goals : EP 050

How a Small Business Should Build its Brand : EP 049

Franchise Ownership Success : EP 048

The Journey To Your Own Investor Seat : EP 047

Decoding The Matrix : EP 046

Bringing Out The Peaceful Savage : EP 045

How to Become An Extraordinary Leader : EP 044

The Power of Hardwork : EP 043

The Art of Communication : EP 042

The Art of 5-Star Experiences : EP 041

James Heppner Embracing Life Fully : EP 040

Nell Tice & Kyle Slaymaker The Case for Networking : EP 039

Jeff Cohen Leaders Are Not Accountable: EP 038

Carson Porter - Your Life, Your Design : EP 037

Jason Butler The Power of Servant Leadership : EP 036

Success In America Part 2 : EP 035

Success In America Part 1 : EP 034

Matthew Davis - The Art of Preventing Stupid : EP 033

Bryan “Dr. B” Hawley - Matching for Skills For Success : EP 032

Adam Wills - The Secrets of Narrative Transportation :EP 031

Kevin Palmieri  - Leading Your Success : EP 030

John Follis  - The Bedrock of Advertising : EP 029

Mike Capuzzi - Write Your Way To Success : EP 028

Robert Raymond Riopel - Unleash Your Authority : EP 027

Robert Raymond Riopel is an international Best-Selling author, App Designer, Entrepreneur, and Trainer who has spent the past 18+ years traveling around the world sharing his passion. He has also shared the stage with and trained many of the top trainers and thought leaders in the world today. 

 With his high energy and heartfelt style, Robert draws on his journey from humble beginnings to financial freedom at the age of 32, to inspire individuals into tapping into their greatness. Realizing that he is not the only person that struggles, Robert’s “Clues” open individuals up to the possibilities that lie within them and that is why he is a highly sought after presenter.

Jeff Giagnocavo - Shift Your Selling Position: EP 026

Kevin Faulkner - Keep Growing in Life & Business: EP 025

Kevin Faulkner is the owner of 3B Credit Health and Kevin Faulkner Coaching. Kevin comes from a background of being lost. He’s a man that spent 50 years trying to find himself. After his current wife told him she wanted a divorce in August of 2020, he hit rock bottom. 

 That’s when he found the greatest gift of his life …who he really was. From there, he built his first business with only his iPhone and a $50 dollar printer. He’s since found his passion in helping others grow their own businesses the same way he grew his with proven methods of simple social media intentionality.

Rob Lewis - Scaling to the Top : EP 024

Rob Lewis is a 25 year construction rental and scaffold professional who currently owns a startup scaffold company called Alpha Scaffold.

Bennett Maxwell - Success With A Purpose: EP 023

A natural salesman, Bennett Maxwell has been making use of this gift since he was stopped from selling candy bars in elementary school. Through his life-long entrepreneurial experience, Bennett has learned that success comes from surrounding yourself with other do-ers and is a member of the Forbes Business Council, Apex Executives and The Power Room. You might even say that from a business perspective, Bennett is one tough cookie.

Brenda Neckvatal - Secrets of High Flying Success: EP 022

Brenda Neckvatal is a serial entrepreneur who refuses to be held back. Her success developed her into an active shooter specialist, which capitalized on her security experience and she became a drone pilot and instructor. She leads a team of US Navy SEALs and veterans supporting law enforcement on advanced UAV tactical training and counter UAS operations. 

 Her expertise and vast experience have put her on the pages of the top industry magazines. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc, US News and World Reports, as well as countless podcasts.

Drewbie Wilson - How to Become The Best Version of Yourself  : EP 021

Drewbie Wilson is a loving husband and father who pushes himself to live in excellence so he can set an example for those around him. At one point in his life, he weighed over 300 lbs before getting focused on his health and losing more than 100 pounds without fad diets or weight loss drugs. 
An action taker with his finger on the pulse, who focuses on service to others above all else, leading him to produce more than seven figures in revenues no matter what industry he has worked in. 

Not one to turn away from a challenge, he looks to get out of his comfort zone as much as possible. From tech support in a software startup to Vice President of a multi-million dollar consulting company, he understands what it means to start at the bottom and work his way to the top. 

 A servant first, operating with utmost integrity and humility, but not afraid to tell it like it is. Confidence and empathy are his superpowers. By going all-in on every area of life, he strives to inspire success-driven winners to become the most elite version of themselves. 

 How does he do it? Living by the motto... "Crush The Day Before It Crushes You!"

Robert Nelson - The Opportunity for Our Youth  : EP 020

Robert Nelson is the concierge for the Apex mastermind community and the director of the Apex Youth program. He is the author of several books including one he coauthored with Og Mandino entitled "The Greatest Sales Training in the World." 

He has been engaged in the profession of sales for decades and his personal mission and passion is to inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship in the hearts of young people.

Curt Mercadante - Achieve Freedom & Fulfillment : EP 019

Curt Mercadante helps you relax into your power and shift your beliefs to cultivate TRUE FREEDOM through a life of joy, health, and prosperity. For 25 years, he has counseled small business, entrepreneurs, as well as some of the largest corporations and associations in the country. 

He’s built three profitable businesses, including a 7-figure PR and ad agency. Curt has trained, coached, and delivered keynotes and workshops to clients across the globe. He is founder of the Freedom Media Network, a certified Human Behavior Consultant, a certified Law of Attraction Practitioner, a certified Ho’oponopono Practitioner, and author of the bestselling book, Five Pillars of the Freedom Lifestyle. 

 Curt and his wife, Julie, live in Sedona, AZ with their four children, following a year of traveling the country on a freedom lifestyle adventure.

Doug Stewart - Success Through Mentorship : EP 018

Doug Stewart is a TEDx speaker, certified Dale Carnegie Coach & Instructor, author of 5 1/2 MENTORS, and National Account Manager at Resident Home. He is best known for utilizing original and adaptive methods to help people pursue a life of purpose through enthusiastic discovery. Most importantly, Doug is a devoted husband to his best friend, Meredith, and proud father to Kendall and Kendrick. Learn more about Doug at

Doug Mitchell - How to Grow and Thrive as a Sales Team : EP 017

Doug Mitchell is an award winning direct sales CEO of Argenta Field Solutions. He's built several 7 figure sales teams for clients like AT&T, ADT, DirecTV and his own Solar Brand "Argenta Solar." He is also a father of 3, rugby player and BBQ'r.

Jessica Dennehy - Pivot & Slay for the Win : EP 016

Jessica Dennehy started her career as a regulator on Wall Street working alongside high-level power brokers in the country. She turned her passion into a project and is the Co-Founder and Co-owner of Mad Men Barbershop. Her business savvy led her to create multiple revenue streams and now serves as a business strategist and Founder of Pivot and Slay. She's a certified yoga instructor, and serial entrepreneur on a mission to empower leaders to Pivot their business and mindset so they can Slay their goals while enjoying the freedom that comes with success.

Ashley Herrera - Building A Legacy: EP 015

Ashley Herrera's highest priority is to make sure that the process of buying a home is simple and easy. She dedicates herself to each of you by educating, listening, and informing you from the beginning of the loan process to the end. She has the knowledge and experience of being behind the scenes as a former mortgage loan processor and takes pride in being 10 steps ahead of the loan process to make sure your dream of homeownership is obtained. 

It is Ashley's ultimate passion to be able to help individuals and families be able to buy a home, especially those who thought before that they would never be able to. Mortgage Solutions opens the doors to families and individuals by providing loan programs that allow them the chance at purchasing a home where other lenders tend to close the door. 

Aside from helping families and individuals become homeowners, Ashley enjoys spending every minute she can with her Husband and two sons. She loves to visit new places, watch movies, and spend time outdoors.

What Is A ChEvO & How You Can Avoid Being One : EP 014

Are ChEvO (Chief Everything Officer) behaviors holding back your growth? Losing sales? Killing profits? Most importantly what are they, and WHY do you have them in the first place? 

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 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.

Amy Stewman, Jessica Dennehy & Lori Rehn - The Way Of The Modern Woman: EP 013

Since the dawn of time, women have been the most powerful beings on the planet. They are guided by their emotions and use their intuition to help them navigate the expectations of society. Their high threshold for pain allows them to power through the adversity they face in work, life, love, and business. 

 On Friday, 4/15/22 you're invited to join one of the most dynamic groups of female entrepreneurs, Mothers, Wives, and purveyors of living life on your terms. The Way Of The Modern Woman is an event you do not want to miss. 

 Amy Stewman hails from the world of Wealth Management, Hedge Funds, and knows what it means to live a life of class and style while having fun. She is the physical manifestation of excitement, joy, love, sweetness, walks with the confidence of a giant, and has the tenacity of a honey-badger tearing through anything and anyone that comes between her and her progress. She is a wife, mommy, Entrepreneur, and uses yoga and working out to power up and power through her days. You can find her easily @mrshardcorecloser across social media. She brings a unique perspective in balancing the delightful chaos of managing 4 children, being married to a hugely successful entrepreneur, and partners with a serial entrepreneur while finding time to invest in all the important areas of her life. 

 Jessica Dennehy started her career as a regulator on Wall Street working alongside high-level power brokers in the country. She turned her passion into a project and is the Co-Founder and Co-owner of Mad Men Barbershop. Her business savvy led her to create multiple revenue streams and now serves as a business strategist and Founder of Pivot and Slay. She's a certified yoga instructor, and serial entrepreneur on a mission to empower leaders to Pivot their business and mindset so they can Slay their goals while enjoying the freedom that comes with success. 

 Lori Rehn is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Problem Solver of Pro-Line Industrial Products, Inc providing over 400 environmentally safe products to commercial and industrial clients across the United States. She understands the importance of pouring into people and taking the time to invest in their personal growth. With her collective life experience, Lori is one of the toughest, quietest, and most intelligent people you could meet. 

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Clear Thinking & Straight Shooting with Chris Clear  : EP 012

Chris is a father to 3 awesome daughters, husband to a rock star wife and a business owner. With a few partners, he owns a credit card processing company called Atlantic Merchant. He also owns several self-storage facilities and has recently begun to coach people who are interested in the self-storage industry to evaluate and purchase their first facility.

Chuck & Janet Sierk  - The Perfect Match in Life & Business : EP 011

Chuck began his career in the automotive industry as an engineer, new product implementation project manager, continuous improvement leader and manager while simultaneously operating a residential redevelopment company. He joined his wife Janet full-time as a PA licensed Realtor in 2018, helping people get what they want. He specializes in providing clients with options to achieve their real estate goals. 

 Janet has a life long career in sales and found her passion in Real Estate when she became a licensed Realtor in 2005. She integrates both buyer’s and seller’s perspectives in each transaction while helping them achieve their goals. Networking and helping women in business connect is extremely important to her since moving to Lancaster 10 years ago. Together with Chuck, they founded the Rockstar Connect Lancaster Networking group to bring business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and success minded individuals together to form beneficial relationships. Her focus on supportive women in business led her to a coordination role for the Red Rose Coffee Connections women's networking group in 2021. 

 Chuck & Janet's mission is to show you the possibilities for living a better lifestyle, and help you get what you want in Lancaster County, PA.

Matching Lancaster was born out of the desire to show the world what it’s like to live in Lancaster, PA. Their vision is to be the trusted resource for people looking to improve their living situation in Lancaster, PA. 

Jessica Stroud "The Lady CEO" - When The Work Pays Off Year After Year: EP 010

Jessica Stroud is the Creator of The Lady CEO Initiative. Jessica Stroud’s mission in life is to help Ladies become the CEO of their lives. Jessica is a #1 Bestselling author, speaker, and an accomplished business owner. Jessica is one of the top referred Insurance Agents in the Midwest and averages over 500 Referrals a year. Jessica also teaches other business owners to create massive amounts of referrals just like she has through her Referrals WITHOUT Asking Academy. Jessica’s also a loving wife and proud mother of 2 sons and lives in Lenexa Kansas.

The Discipline Of Being Disciplined For Success featuring Matthew Roda – Episode 009 of The Big Ticket Life

Matthew Roda is the co-owner of - a customer-focused digital marketing agency that serves clients nationwide. He's also the co-owner of - a company that creates magnificent metal decor and other high-quality metal pieces for every occasion. Matthew has a loving and beautiful wife, Helen, and two precious daughters - Caroline and Amelia - and twins on the way (coming summer of 2022). They also share their home with their two energetic dogs Athena and Buddy Boy. When Matthew isn't spending time with his family, or working on his business, you can find him in his home gym training for upcoming ultra events, which include 50-mile races.

Sales Mastery = Business Fortunes featuring Kyle Slaymaker – Episode 008 of The Big Ticket Life

Kyle Slaymaker is a globally recognized sales strategist and business coach based out of Lancaster, PA. After a career in the US Navy where he served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Kyle came home to Lancaster to start a family and lay down some roots. After a storied career in sales, he ventured out on his own and started The Slaymaker Method which is now a brand that is recognized in multiple countries around the world. Labeled a disruptor in his industry by Authority Magazine, Kyle has written two bestselling books, now owns three companies, and is renowned for his ability to motivate, cultivate, and skyrocket new and current businesses to levels they never thought possible.

Taking Your Shot featuring Steve Schabacker – Episode 007 of The Big Ticket Life

Steve Schabacker has been a part of over a dozen startups spanning many different industries. He is an expert in many areas of security including cyber, electronic, and physical security, as well as security planning. He has co-authored two best-selling books on cyber security and is the host of the Tactical Entrepreneur Podcast. He loves giving back to his local community and helping others succeed in business. 

Boss Moves - Grab Success, No Matter Where You Start featuring James Emerson – Episode 006 of The Big Ticket Life

James is the founder of ReNew Roofing. A successful roofing company for almost a decade, growing year over year. The husband and father of four considers himself a serial entrepreneur. Apart from being the founder and CEO of ReNew Roofing, he is also the owner of Boss Up and J&S Investments. Boss Up is a unique business coaching program carefully designed for small businesses who need help in scaling themselves to break the seven and eight-figure brackets.
J&S Investments, on the other hand, is a real estate investment company that specializes in commercial rental property. 

 Through his companies, James hopes to become an influential person in the business industry and help more people realize their dreams regardless of their background. He is a firm believer that it does not matter where a person comes from. They still have the potential to succeed if they're willing to put in the necessary work to achieve it.

Turning Passions Into Profits featuring Josh Wilson – Episode 005 of The Big Ticket Life

Josh Wilson and his team are one of the most sought after dog trainers in the industry. Based out of Hampton Roads Virginia, what started out as a side hustle in the backyard has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise spread across multiple states. Combining his passion for dogs along with his experience in business, finance & real estate has allowed his team to create an unforgettable experience for their clients. Josh is married to his high school sweetheart Devin and has two children Logan & Kiki. They share their home with Charlotte, a Black Lab and Rocky their Rottweiler.

Unleashing Your Alter Ego For Unheard Of Success featuring Brandon Brittingham – Episode 004 of The Big Ticket Life

Realtor Brandon Brittingham is the CEO and Team Leader at The Maryland and Delaware Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, based in Salisbury, Maryland. His real estate team, one of the best and busiest in the country, was ranked by Real Trends as No. 1 in the state of Maryland and No. 5 in the nation in 2021 as well as #1 in the entirety of Long & Foster for homes sold. 

 In an incredibly short time span, Brandon rose to become a top seller on the Eastern Shore peninsula, a popular real estate region spanning three states — Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. 

Today, Brandon is the CEO of his own team with 25 agents. He is a sought-after speaker, coach, and trainer, who mentors agents in buying, selling, and overall career development. He’s taught thousands of agents across the nation how to strategically build their businesses using his inspiring go-getter entrepreneurial spirit. 

 For years Brandon has spoken, coached, trained, and consulted for the best and brightest in the real estate industry and has been involved in some of the most elite invite-only mastermind and training groups in the U.S.

Elevating To The 13th Floor featuring Dontae Smiley – Episode 003 of The Big Ticket Life

Dontae Smiley is a husband and father who strives to be an example of what it looks like to be the “hardest worker in the room” for his wife and daughters, family, FOC, and anyone and everyone who he associates with. Once upon a time in Dontae’s life, he was once lost not genuinely being who he was, being addicted to drugs, and had a victim mindset to where he felt he was a by-product of generational curses and sub-categorized groups that he would never be able to grow from. 

Now steadily pushing the needle on being his most elite self, Dontae strives to motivate and inspire other individuals that he comes in contact with so they know they can too regardless of what “they” say about them.

The Easy Button Mindset - Featuring Wiley "The Mind Ninja" McArthur" EP 002

Wiley "The Mind Ninja" McArthur is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics Programming, Hypnotherapy, and Executive Business Coaching.

Has experienced the gamut of businesses searching for his AUTHENTIC self. Finally found it in helping his clients discover the EASY button in their life.

Excels at finding the fun and learning from the bad to live the most inspired life!

As Richard Bandler said, "it's never too late to have a happy childhood!" Find the learning and level up your life!

Is focused on helping all who he can and supports which is an organization that rescues lost souls from the darkest of places.

He is also in the process of developing a program to help the homeless escape their limiting mindset to help light their fire and shine their authentic light in this world!

Giving Happens First - Featuring Sammie Knight: EP 001

Sammie Knight does life and business on his terms. He considers the single most important accomplishment in his life his 47 year relationship with his wife, and to this day he wakes up excited and honored to do life with her, their two sons and grandchildren. After 20+ years in corporate America, Sammie realized being an employee wasn’t for him and since then he’s been a proud franchisee with ReMax. Under the name of REMAX EXPERTS; they have offices in Memphis and the Mid South located in Germantown, Collierville, Hwy 64, and the new office located in Southaven/Olive Branch, Ms.

Sammie is also the Managing Member of Motto Mortgage Superior, a member of Summit Management Services, a member of Olympus Real Estate Investments, managing member of Oxford Appliance Repair, and has been owner operator of a consulting company they recently renamed to CRRS.

Sammie has worked with over 2,000 companies, including many in the Forbes top 10 and top 500.