Profiles in the American Dream
By Tim Cahill
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Welcome to the “Profiles in the American Dream” podcast. I'm Tim Cahill. About 20 years ago I wrote a book with same title as this podcast. The book explored enormously successful businessmen from my hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts. Their upward trajectory shared some common characteristics including humble beginnings, incredible vision, overwhelming struggles, a deep well of perseverance and in the end, success beyond their wildest dreams. Dunkin Donuts, Howard Johnson’s and Grossman’s became household names and each disrupted their industries through innovation and adaptation. This podcast is a continuation of these stories. Each of my new guests will have stories that are just as intriguing, if not more so. Join me as we engage with entrepreneurs from many different fields of work, unlocking their secrets and inspiring people across the country that their dreams too can be achieved. Please download and subscribe to this podcast, and let me know what you think by leaving a rating and review.
||CleanWill & Mackenzie O’Connell, Marina Bay Management -018||When cousins get together to run a business watch out! Listen to Will & Mackenzie O’Connell tell their story about what it takes to bring the family business to the next level.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRon Affsa, HPO -017||Back-to-back shows on hair! If you think I am still traumatized by the buzz-cuts my father inflicted on me as a young man you might be right. Ron Affsa, owner of HPO, has a different recollection of what it’s like to be obsessed with hair.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSara Little, LittleField Salon -016||Hair is so important to a person’s well-being and self-image. That’s what makes cutting and styling hair such a great business opportunity. Listen to Sara Little, founder and lead stylist at LittleField Salon,||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargie Pierce, Achieve TMS East -015||Depression affects countless individuals all over the world, as we have been tragically reminded with the deaths of Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain. Listen in as Margie Pierce of Achieve TMS East explains the remarkable new way to treat depression withou.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSara Stanton, Cara Group Travel -014||Sara Stanton never dreamed of starting her own business. After all she already won the lottery—immigration lottery that is! Listen to Sara’s lovely, Irish accent as she tells us how she made it in America, eventually opening Cara Group Travel.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeo Keka, Alba Restaurant -013||As a teenager he swam across a freezing lake to escape communism. He came to America and realized his dream, opening Alba’s after years of hard work and sacrifice. Listen to the fascinating and emotional story of Albanian immigrant Leo Keka||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristina Bartkus & Lisa Trifone, Purefections -012||Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, two sisters from Quincy put their love for chocolate to the test...and opened Purefections! Listen to Lisa and Christina tell their story of how chocolate changed their lives and the lives of so many other chocoholics||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJimmy Liang, Fuji Restaurant Group -011||Jimmy Liang is the quintessential American success story. Find out how he made his dream of being a premier sushi chef and restauranteur come true. If you love sushi, you will love this story!||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVictor and Octavio Carvalho, Dunkins -010||How would you like to own the original Dunkin’ Donuts? And then, almost 40 years later, open the newest Dunkin’ about a mile from the original? Brothers Victor and Octavio Carvalho will tell you how they went from Fred the Baker’s “it’s time t||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Iredale, Karsten Co -009||With the tenacity of a High School All-American wrestler, listen to how John built his construction business, one nail at a time. He weathered all the ups and downs, just like he did on the wrestling mat, and came out on top!||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWendy Simmons, Prism Energy -008||Wendy Simmons went from Phys Ed teacher to energy teacher. Listen to how Wendy created Prism Energy and retired her whistle and sweats for good!||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge & Elissa Montilio, Montilio’s Baking Co -007||Do you wonder how bakers makes dough? Tune in to hear George & Elissa Montilio explain what's really “baked in the cake!”||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDolly Di Pesa, Dolly Di Pesa & Co -006||How did Dolly Di Pesa go from teaching special needs children to teaching businesses how to follow the numbers? This episode of Profiles in the American Dream will tell you.||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChrista Hagearty, Dependable Cleaners -005||Join Christa Hagearty and I as we discuss the evolution of the dry cleaning industry. Listen in and learn how Christa “cleans up!”||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSean Curry, Curry Hardware -004||Hear how Curry Hardware not only survived but flourished (David vs Goliath) in their head-to-head battle with Home Depot.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNicole Chan, Nicole Chan Photography -003||Listen to Nicole Chan tell me how she went from finance and future MBA to photography entrepreneur.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreg McDonald, Common Market -002||There is nothing common about the Common Market experience! Whether it be traditional dinners, healthy lunches or cold beer, this neighborhood of shops, pubs and restaurant concepts has it all. And second-generation owner Greg McDonald has seen it all..||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMegan Driscoll, PharmaLogics Recruiting -001||She started out “swimming with the sharks!” Then, after everything she had built was stolen from her, Megan Driscoll figured she would rewrite the rules of recruiting and beat them at their own game. Listen to Megan describe her journey as she grew||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntro Episode -Preview||Join Quincy Chamber President, author and radio talk show host Tim Cahill as he traverses the peaks and valleys of starting and running a business with the entrepreneurs themselves.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great to hear real business owners share their stories, challenges and rewards .
A great listen...
Great storylines and questions come from guests + hosts. Awesome to hear about hardworking locals and their drive towards successful careers and legacies. A really intriguing and fun listen! Highly recommend.
Anxious to Hear Them All
Due to an unfortunate time difference I am often not able to listen live. The two episodes I have listened to have been engaging, entertaining and enlightening. Looking forward to adding this to my podcast menu. Mr. Cahill’s Quincy accent is a welcome sound to this traveler’s ears.