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Tage Talks Business

78 EpisodesProduced by Tage CountsWebsite

Tage Counts interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs and non-profit executives from throughout the 757 on a variety of industry topics. You can also follow daily updates of what's happening in the Hampton Roads Business community by visiting for listening, … read more

78 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

77. Brian Poole, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Virginia Beach

September 14th, 2021


Brian Poole, President of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Virginia Beach, discusses his professional journey to becoming a business owner & entrepreneur, …

76. Lois Weinblatt, True North Visionaries

September 7th, 2021


Lois Weinblatt, Coach, Facilitator, Speaker & Owner of True North Visionaries, discusses your journey to entrepreneurship, partnering with …

75. Rudy Patel, ARCpoint Labs of Virginia Beach

August 31st, 2021


Rudy Patel, President of ARCpoint Labs of Virginia Beach, discusses opening a new business, the importance of exceptional customer service in a …

74. Scott Danner, Freedom Street Partners

August 24th, 2021


Scott Danner, CEO of Freedom Street Partners, discusses his career path, the importance of community involvement, his approach to serving clients, …

73. Chuck Thornton, Virginia Beach Sportsplex

July 27th, 2021


Chuck Thornton, Managing Partner of the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and Hometown Sports Management, discusses his professional journey in hospitality, sports & entrepreneurship, business, public private partnerships, …

72. Sujoy Brahma, Town Point Club

July 13th, 2021


Sujoy Brahma, General Manager of Town Point Club, discusses private club membership at a business & social club, providing superior service, their focus on providing a quality experience, and how professionals can …

71. Janice Tuckman, ROX Rapid Overland Xpress

June 29th, 2021


Janice Tuckman, Senior Sales Executive of ROX Rapid Overland Xpress, discusses a no hassle, premium business and leisure travel option, providing exceptional, consistent & reliable customer service, and starting …

70. Todd Waldemar & Ludo Frequelin, ChowCall

June 22nd, 2021


Todd Waldemar, CEO & Founder, and Ludo Frequelin, Area Manager, of ChowCall, discuss transitioning from the military to the civilian business world, starting a food & restaurant delivery service, managing a …

69. Pamela Rosara Jones, ICONIC

May 25th, 2021


Pamela Jones, The Branding Icon & Founder of ICONIC, discusses her journey to entrepreneurship, branding, public relations and lessons learned.

68. Tim Harrell, Sr., Environmental Building Services, Inc.

May 21st, 2021


Tim Harrell, Sr., President, CEO & Founder of Environmental Building Services, Inc., discusses his career path, starting his own business, managing and leading a team of employees and managers, mentorship, growing a …

67. Jay Klebanoff, Hercules Fence

May 21st, 2021


Jay Klebanoff, Chief Executive Officer of Hercules Fence Company, discusses the company’s long history, growing a regional business and lessons …

66. Dean Ives, Mosquito Squad of Hampton Roads

May 4th, 2021


Dean Ives, Franchise Owner - Mosquito Squad of Hampton Roads, discusses franchise ownership, lessons learned, building & knowing your value, and services provided in Hampton Roads.

65. Pat Tamakloe, Ph.D., Global Reach Leadership Institute

April 27th, 2021


Pat Tamakloe, President of Global Reach Leadership Institute discusses leadership, strategy & training, working with entrepreneurs & organizations, people/processes/performance, and the leadership transition …

64. Camille Crofton Cherry, Crofton Industries

April 20th, 2021


Camille Crofton Cherry, Marketing Director of Crofton Industries, discusses the history of the company, safety within the industry, workforce needs, the maritime community, and family-owned & managed business …

63. E. Trevelle Baker, KingCuts

April 13th, 2021


Trevelle Baker, Owner & Barber of KingCuts, discusses becoming a barber, developing as an entrepreneur, managing a team, and the current state of barber industry.

62. Richard D. Mills, Plasser American

April 6th, 2021


Richard D. Mills, Vice President of Plasser American, discusses history and place within the City of Chesapeake and Hampton Roads region, the services and products provided to the rail industry, the connection to our …

61. Alfred J. Howard, Lider Counseling & Consulting, LLC

March 30th, 2021


Alfred Howard, CEO of Lider Counseling & Consulting, discusses his journey as a counselor and clinician, work life balance, and working with …

60. Caroline Taylor, Taylor Made Diagnostics

March 23rd, 2021


Caroline Taylor, President of Taylor Made Diagnostics, discusses her humble beginnings, success as a female entrepreneur, being a problem solver, and …

59. Dr. Mary Ojo-Carons, EvoScient Gynecology Center for Pelvic Health and Surgery

March 16th, 2021


Dr. Mary Ojo-Carons, Founder of EvoScient Gynecology Center for Pelvic Health and Surgery, discusses her journey as a medical professional, …

58. Sherri Miles, Miles Roofing / J.D. Miles & Sons / Meta Team

March 9th, 2021


Sherri Miles, President of Miles Roofing & Co-Founder of Meta Team, discusses the history of J.D. Miles & Sons, Miles Roofing, managing a family-owned business, developing as a national service provider, and …

57. Tim Ryan, StartWheel

March 2nd, 2021


Tim Ryan, Executive Director of StartWheel, discusses his career within the entrepreneurial community, the consolidation of all things entrepreneur …

56. Anna Helmer & Lori Martin, Chesapeake Public Schools Career & Technical Education

February 23rd, 2021


Anna Helmer, CTE Supervisor, and Lori Martin, STEAM/CTE Coordinator of Chesapeake Public Schools’ Career & Technical Education program discuss …

55. Matt Tuttle, Total Business Solutions

February 9th, 2021


Matt Tuttle, Vice President of Total Business Solutions, discusses managing a family-owned business, pivoting during times of transition, growing a …

54. Holly Burgess - Heartwork Marketing

February 2nd, 2021


Holly Burgess, Founder & Chief Marketing Guide at Heartwork Marketing, discusses her journey to entrepreneurship, staying ahead of industry …

53. Kirk Cizerle, RecoveryTrek

January 26th, 2021


Kirk Cizerle, Founder & CEO of RecoveryTrek, discusses starting a business, technology, adapting to market needs, mobiles services and PROOF.

52. George McLaughlin, Jon Smith Subs - Virginia Beach

January 19th, 2021


George McLaughlin, Co-owner of Jon Smith Subs, discusses starting a new business, incorporating his skills as a military veteran, his business partner Tony Vaughn, and giving back to his community.

51. Jessica Bedenbaugh, Portsmouth Economic Development

January 12th, 2021


Jessica Bedenbaugh, Business Development Manager / Marketing of Portsmouth Economic Development, discusses their continued success, marketing efforts, retention, outreach and future opportunities.

50. Bryan Stephens - Hampton Roads Chamber

December 22nd, 2020


Bryan Stephens, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, discusses leadership, the mission of the Chamber, advocacy, regionalism and recovery.

49. Thomas M. Chamberlain, PharmD - EdLogics

December 18th, 2020


Tom Chamberlain, Founder & CEO of EdLogics, discusses starting a gamified platform to promote health literacy in the 757 and beyond, entrepreneurship and business management, and reaching underserved communities.

48. Michael J. Fowler - Even Keel Wealth Advisors of Raymond James

December 1st, 2020


Michael Fowler, First Vice President of Even Keel Wealth Advisors of Raymond James, discusses his professional journey, the development of Even Keel, …

47. Jim Carroll - Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center

November 24th, 2020


Jim Carrol, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center, discusses the Center’s resources, expectations of …

46. Scott Krick - MoMac Brewing Company

November 15th, 2020


Scott Krick, Co-Owner of MoMac Brewing Company, discusses his transition from home brewer to entrepreneur, learning to match the tastes of the consumers, adapting the business model to current market conditions, and …

45. Michelle Wren - Portsmouth Partnership & Bloom Coworking

November 11th, 2020


Michelle Wren, Executive Director of Portsmouth Partnership, discusses the mission and history of the Partnership, the organization’s affiliates, the Lefcoe Leadership program, and Bloom Coworking.

44. Randy Thompson - VistaGraphics

October 22nd, 2020


Randy Thompson, Owner/Publisher of VistaGraphics, discusses starting and growing a print media business, developing and publishing high quality print and digital publications, managing a downturn/recovery, and remaining …

43. Delceno Miles - The Miles Agency

October 18th, 2020


Delceno Miles, President & CEO of The Miles Agency, discusses starting her own niche marketing & public relations firm, working with young …

42. Phil Damuth - Damuth Trane

October 16th, 2020


Phil Damuth, Vice President of Damuth Trane, discusses the growth of a business celebrating 50 years of service, the importance of developing a …

41. John McCormick - McCormick Law & Consulting

October 4th, 2020


John McCormick, Owner & Attorney of McCormick Law & Consulting, discusses starting his own business, entrepreneurship, networking & …

40. Tad Sellers - Vansant & Gusler

September 30th, 2020


Tad Sellers, President and Chief Electrical Engineer of Vansant & Gusler, discusses his new role as President, his journey of 25 years with the …

39. Wayne Pellenberg, Neptune Video

September 19th, 2020


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 …

38. Paul Walsh, Superior Executive Transportation

August 14th, 2020


Paul Walsh, President of Superior Executive Transportation, discusses starting a new business, adapting to the change in specialized, professional …

37. Donna Phaneuf, VIA Design Architects

August 5th, 2020


Donna 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 …

36. Meghan Timlin & Sarah Routsis, Entrepreneurship & Business Academy

August 4th, 2020


Meghan Timlin, Academy Coordinator, and Sarah Routsis, Senior Internship Coordinator, with the Entrepreneurship & Business Academy at Kempsville …

35. Amy & Jerry Frostick, J&A Racing

July 30th, 2020


Amy and Jerry Frostick, co-owners of J&A Racing, discuss growing the running events within the 757 community, marketing, community & …

34. Captain David Gibb & Andy Sutter, Freedom Boat Club of Hampton Roads

July 21st, 2020


Captain David Gibb & Andy Sutter, co-owners of Freedom Boat Club of Hampton Roads, discuss boat club membership options, franchise business …

33. Danny Rubin, Rubin Communications Group

July 9th, 2020


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 …

32. Charles Greenhood & Molly Whelan, Brutti's Catering and BagelNutz

June 29th, 2020


Charles Greenhood and Molly Whelan, the family owned businesses of Brutti's Catering and BagelNutz, discuss the evolution of Brutti's from an …

31. Tonya Gill, Primrose Schools at Cahoon Commons & Edinburgh Commons

June 26th, 2020


Tonya Gill, co-owner of the Primrose Schools at Cahoon Commons & Edinburgh Commons, discusses her transition from the non-profit community to …

30. Mary Kate Andris, YWCA South Hampton Roads

June 25th, 2020


Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D., President & CEO, YWCA South Hampton Roads discusses the organizations mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, …

29. Emily Brewer, Uncork'd

June 19th, 2020


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 …

28. Nicole Campbell, Divaris Real Estate

June 9th, 2020


Nicole Campbell, Commercial Real Estate Professional with Divaris Real Estate, discusses her journey in the military and her civilian career, …

27. Matt Brady, New Day Office

June 2nd, 2020


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.  

26. Doug Smith, Hampton Roads Alliance

May 29th, 2020


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 …

25. Cecil L. Robinson Jr., Raven Elite Protection

May 25th, 2020


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 …

24. Kim Phillips & Corrynn Peters, Phillips & Peters Attorneys At Law

May 19th, 2020


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 …

23. Tony Disilvestro, Ynot Italian

May 18th, 2020


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 …

22. Jim Daddio, Bubba's 33

May 18th, 2020


Jim Daddio, Managing Partner of Bubba's 33 in Chesapeake, discusses opening a restaurant in the Chesapeake, getting involved within the community, …

21. Jason Fawcett, The Davey Tree Expert Company

May 18th, 2020


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 …

20. Michael Wagner, Pool Scouts

May 13th, 2020


Michael Wagner, President of Pool Scouts, discusses his career, the building blocks of leading a national pool services franchise, the skills and …

19. Angela D. Reddix, PH.D., ARDX

May 4th, 2020


Dr. 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 …

18. Michael Akrop, Leesa

April 29th, 2020


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

17. Mike Standing, Waterman’s Surfside Grille, Chix on the Beach & The Shack

April 28th, 2020


Mike discusses growing up in the 757, the restaurant & hospitality industry, leadership, pivoting your business and managing the challenges of COVID-19.

16. Dr. Bobbie Hansel-Union, Hansel Union Consulting

April 20th, 2020


Dr. Bobbie discusses support for children and adults with developmental, intellectual and neurological disabilities. Starting your own business. And …

15. Jamar Diggs, J Diggs Media

April 16th, 2020


Jamar discusses social media management for coaches and consultants, and how to build an unapologetically authentic personal and professional brand.

14. Chris Albright of Diversified Building Services & Dave Hershel of DBS Staffing Services

April 15th, 2020


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.

13. Andrea Lehmkuhler, Point 2 Running Company

April 9th, 2020


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.

12. Diana Burke, VBHA, and Stacey Shiflet, VBRA

April 1st, 2020


Recent update and COVID-19 response by the Virginia Beach Hotel and Restaurant Associations.

11. Robert Pizzini, iFLY Virginia Beach Indoor Skydiving

March 27th, 2020


Robert talks about the several roles he manages at a CEO, mentor, leader, veteran, coach, father and husband.

10. Chris Bugg, Sandler Training

March 20th, 2020


Chris discusses his transition from the U.S. Navy to the civilian workforce, coaching, sales training and facing an uncertain future.

9. Martin Joseph, 360IT Partners

March 13th, 2020


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 …

8. Wendy Zelazny, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

March 6th, 2020


Wendy and I discuss the Fredericksburg business community, chamber challenges, workforce and the future.

7. Chris Rice, Music Makes You Happy

February 27th, 2020


Chris and I discuss entrepreneurship, work/life balance, community involvement and coaching/mentors.

6. Steven Wright, Chesapeake Economic Development

February 15th, 2020


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.

5. Stephanie Gorham, Executive Director of VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

February 5th, 2020


Stephanie speaks about VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, the Corporate Volunteer Council, and the connection between the business and volunteer communities in …

4. Emily Cass, TRAFFIX Program Manager

January 31st, 2020


Visit with Emily Cass and discuss the efforts of TRAFFIX Commuter Options in the 757. For more information visit

3. Savannah Bolin, Regional Director - Gather 757

January 24th, 2020


Tage Talks welcomes Savannah Bolin of Gather 757. Co-working offices in the Hampton Roads community.

2. Claudell Clark, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission

January 10th, 2020


Tage & 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

January 3rd, 2020


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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