The WedgeCast

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Presented by Competitive Wedge, The WedgeCast is dedicated to people finding their purpose. We'll be having conversations spanning all sorts of purpose related topics with people who absolutely love what they do every single day.

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Ep. 41 - Believing in Yourself with Amobi Okugo

August 16th, 2019


Amobi Okogu, a professional soccer player with a mind for business, joins the show for a great conversation on what it’s like to be in pro sports and what he’s got going on with his company A Frugal Athlete.

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Ep. 40 - Exploring Life and Purpose with Drew Weatherford

August 13th, 2019


Former Florida State Quarterback and Partner at Weatherford Capital, Drew Weatherford, drops by to talk about his life, what it was like to go from …

Ep. 39 - The Life of Pablo with Pablo Giacopelli

August 8th, 2019


Pablo Giacopelli, an author, founder, former tennis prodigy, and man of faith, joins the show to talk about his life. Pablo has an incredible set of experiences that have led him to where he is today. His story is as …

Ep. 38 - Getting Personal with Kimberly S. Reed

August 6th, 2019


Kimberly S. Reed is a distinguished Diversity and Inclusion leader and she is the Founder of Reed Development Group. Kimberly is not afraid to get personal and share how her unique experiences have made her into the …

Ep. 37 - Exercising Gratitude with Adam Kail

August 2nd, 2019


Adam Kail, Founder & CEO of Harrison Gray Search and Consulting, comes on the show to talk about his experience running and founding multiple …

Ep. 36 - Leadership and Transformation with LV Hanson

July 31st, 2019


LV Hanson stops by to talk leadership, transformation, how others have an affect on his life, and how he affects others’.

Ep. 35 Bratwurst and a Cold Beer with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski

July 25th, 2019


On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, CEO and Founder of Think Natalia. Dr. Wiechowski enlightens the show with not only an incredibly positive attitude, but also some very practical thoughts about …

Ep. 34 - Talking Healthcare with Dr. Roger Jansen

July 23rd, 2019


Dr. Roger Jansen, CEO of HealthEco, comes on the show to talk about his experience in the healthcare world. Dr. Jansen was the Chief Strategy Officer at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI for a number of years and has …

Ep. 33 - Living to Inspire with Nic Mirabello

July 18th, 2019


On this episode we are joined by Nic Mirabello, Chief Inspiration Officer at MassPay. When you hear him talk, it’s really easy to see why his title fits, Nic is an incredible storyteller and he loves to do it, we loved …

Ep. 32 Cheers to Partnership with Pete Lamson

July 16th, 2019


Pete Lamson, CEO of JazzHR, comes on the show to discuss his career, successes and bumps along the road, and what gets him out of bed in the morning. Pete is an excellent leader and we are ecstatic to be partnering with …

Ep. 31 - Talking Talent with Paula Perkins

July 12th, 2019


Paula Perkins, Talent Acquisition Manager at Herman Miller, comes on the show to talk about some of the innovative ways she's attracting talent in …

Ep. 30 - Take 2 with Karl Schmitt

July 10th, 2019


Here is part 2 of our conversation with Karl Schmitt. In this episode Karl takes the floor and asks a couple of questions. This is easily one of the most fascinating and entertaining conversations we’ve ever had.

Ep. 29 - The Most Interesting Man on the WedgeCast with Karl Schmitt part 1

June 28th, 2019


Karl Schmitt, Senior Customer Engagement Executive at SAP, has lived a lot of life. He gets into his wide ranging experience, not only professionally, but personally, that has led him to living a life of trying to, more …

Ep. 28 - Making it on Your Own with Eric Arnold

June 21st, 2019


Eric Arnold, the CEO of Planswell, comes on the show to talk about how, as a serial entrepreneur, he's built his career into what it is. Eric gets …

Ep. 27 - How to Actually Reach Your Goals with Dr. Peter Boumgarden

June 19th, 2019


Dr. Peter Boumgardner, Professor of Practice of Strategy and Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, has some super practical advice about reaching goals and living a well rounded life on this episode! 

Ep. 26 - Creating Happiness with Jim McCarthy

June 14th, 2019


Tons of wisdom in this episode from Jim McCarthy! Be sure to check out his book below: 

Ep. 25 - Challenging Yourself with Enrique Rubio

June 12th, 2019


Enrique Rubio, Founder of Global Hacking HR and Co-Founder of Cotopaxi, stops by the show to talk about his career and how he went from an electrical engineer to Founder of a Global HR Tech company. 

Ep. 24 - The 3 Truths of Digital Transformation with Michael Leckie

June 6th, 2019


Ever feel like you can't keep up? Like the world is changing so rapidly that you just don't know enough? Michael Leckie, Chief Learning Officer at Bloomberg, is in charge of making sure that feeling doesn't become …

Ep. 23 - Building Your Viral Brand with Rick Schirmer

June 4th, 2019


As a pioneer of viral and influencer branding, Rick Schirmer, Founder and CEO of, has done some pretty awesome and influential stuff, none of which compare to his interview on this episode. Kidding, …

Ep. 22 - Taking Your Personality to Work with Minal Joshi Jäckli

May 30th, 2019


Minal Joshi Jäckli, founder of Open Elevator, stops by to talk a bit about what they are doing to change the way companies recruit people. Enjoy!

Ep. 21 - Competitively Branding Your Culture with Rhonda Merchant

May 28th, 2019


Rhonda Merchant, a proven Talent Acquisition Business Leader and Talent Branding visionary, swings by the show to talk about what it's like to be at …

Ep. 20 - JTBD and Choosing Your Death Date with Bob Moesta

May 23rd, 2019


Bob Moesta is the Founder, President, & CEO of the Re-Wired Group, and he is a pioneer of the Jobs To Be Done Theory. Bob enlightens us with his vast experience of how to squeeze every little bit of juice that life …

Ep. 19 - The Ins and Outs of Servant Leadership with Doug Billings

May 21st, 2019


As a VP of Human Resources, Best-Selling Author, and Cancer Survivor, Doug Billings has experienced more life than many, which has taught him a lot. The lesson nearest to his heart is Servant Leadership. Doug shares …

Ep. 18 - From the Football Field to the Startup Field with Asante Cleveland

May 16th, 2019


After spending 4 seasons in the NFL, Asante Cleveland has identified a passion for problem solving and startups. We talk about how his experiences on …

Ep. 17 - Finding Your Passion and Your Purpose with Davin Salvagno

May 14th, 2019


Davin is a Speaker, Coach, Writer, Founder, and Chief Purpose Officer of PurposePoint. Based in Detroit, PurposePoint helps align passions and …

Ep. 16 - Defining Your Culture by Your Generosity with Paige Robinson

May 9th, 2019


We sit down with Paige Robinson, the Founder and CEO of Will Reed (, to talk about how she created Will Reed and what makes her tick. We learned a ton from her commitment to her company, her team, …

Ep. 15 - Talking Startups with Ryan Landau

May 7th, 2019


Ryan Landau of Re:Purpose ( spends some time talking with us about the Michigan startup ecosystem. If you haven't heard of his company, they are doing some really innovative things to bring tech talent back …

Ep. 14 - Leadership Training with Doug Conant

April 30th, 2019


Doug Conant, formerly CEO of Campbell Soup and current CEO of Conant Leadership, stops by the pod to have a really fascinating conversation on his career, leadership, and what makes him excited to go in to work every …

Ep. 13 - Come to West Mi! with Cindy Brown

April 23rd, 2019


Cindy Brown heads up talent initiatives for The Right Place in Grand Rapids boy is she excited about what she gets to do day in and day out! She …

Ep. 12 - Power Tools to Power Schools with Shayna Carlson

April 16th, 2019


Shayna Carlson stopped by the office a few weeks ago to talk about her work at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. She gets into how she …

Ep. 11 - Full Body, Full Life with Jeff Genova

April 9th, 2019


Jeff Genova sits down with Matt at George's Smoke Shop in downtown Holland to talk about being the general manager at a local craft brewery and to …

Ep. 10 - The Solo Edition

March 15th, 2019


Matt dives into who he is, how he started Wedge, and what about it gets him really fired up to work on the business every single day.

Ep. 9 - Wade Burgess

February 20th, 2019


Wade Burgess stops by the show to lend some words of wisdom across an array of different career related topics.

Ep. 8 - Keri McCarthy

February 13th, 2019


Keri McCarthy, Business Partner at Disher Talent Solutions in Zeeland, MI, swings by the office to talk about her work and what she does to drive the …

Ep. 7 - Matt Jung

February 7th, 2019


Matt Jung is on the WedgeCast talking about building organizational culture.

Ep. 6 - Shannon Burkel

January 30th, 2019


Shannon Burkel, Executive Vice President of Staffing Solutions at Axios HR, joins Matt on today’s episode!

Ep. 5 - Steve Griffin

January 28th, 2019


Dr. Steve Griffin of ThinkWise joins Matt Baxter for an insightful conversation on hiring and job search trends.

Ep. 3 - Tim Sackett

January 7th, 2019


Tim Sackett joins Matt to talk HR shop and give some of his industry leading insights.

Ep. 4 - Jim D'Amico

January 7th, 2019


Jim D'Amico joins Matt to talk about how technology has changed HR over the years and how its helped companies raise their productivity level.

Ep. 2 - Holly Ross Tong

January 7th, 2019


Holly Ross Tong, HR Extraordinaire, joins Matt for a fantastic conversation regarding her career that is riddled with great advice for HR …

Ep. 1 - Eric Van Duren

January 4th, 2019


Matt Baxter, Founder and CEO of Competitive Wedge, sits down with Director of System Talent Acquisition at Spectrum Health, Eric Van Duren, for a lively conversation on current hiring trends.

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