Episode 477: A “Go-with-Your-Gut” Entrepreneur
Brooks Bassler grew up around great Cajun food, so he knew his restaurant concept was a good one. It just took a lot of hard work to make it go. Russ interviews a successful entrepreneur who doesn’t take anything for granted. In our vignettes, Leisa chats with Annette Monks, Carlton Staffing and Carltech Staffing; PKF Texas’ Jen Lemanski visits with Ryan Istre; and Robin interviews Ralph Vasami, Universal Weather and Aviation.
Russ & John are back with some pretty powerful surface knowledge about a lot of stuff. This show is just a doozy! Includes: our Quote of the Week—an observation from American poet Robert Frost; This Week in Business History includes the Whiskey Rebellion, the twist and the chunnel; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should; and Dumb Moments—the death of Detroit (Ayn Rand was a genius!).
Brooks Bassler grew up in South Louisiana, which means he grew up around real Cajun food. After graduating from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston, he perfected his Tex-Orleans menu concept. Years of hard work later, his FOUR restaurant locations are doing well and Brooks has no intention of slowing down. He’s optimistic about building business at his current locations and opening additional locations in the future.
Are your employees living the brand? They should be! Robin Tooms asks Ralph Vasami, president and CEO of Universal Weather and Aviation.
Do little girls dream of growing up to be recruiters? Well, maybe. Leisa Holland-Nelson visits with Annette Monks, president of Carlton Staffing and Carltech Engineering and Technical.
Guest host Jen Lemanski and PKF audit director Ryan Istre discuss how company culture can shape a person’s career. Plus Jen asks why clients and potential employees are drawn to PKF Texas.