166: Jeff Chance – Jeff Chance Custom Homes



There is a lot that goes into building a new home from the ground up, but to build a brand new home that matches the look and feel of an older neighborhood is a real gift that requires some homework. That’s what we’re seeing right now in some older Charlotte neighborhoods like Enderly Park, and that’s where our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast is hard at work.

Jeff Chance is a custom builder, and if you check out some of his work, you won’t know the difference between one of the homes he just built, and some of the Queen City’s historic homes that have been beautifully restored.  They look THAT authentic. We’re going to find out how he does it.


165: Lora Lindquist – Palestra Spa



Right now, a spa day sounds good. Maybe a deep-tissue massage, a body wrap, or a facial? It’s been a while for some folks, because of COVID-19. And if you’re in the spa business, it’s been a tough time… especially if you opened the door on your brand new salon on March 1st!

Our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast did just that. Palestra Spa moved into its new location off Providence Road in Cherry with a big Leap Day celebration. Two weeks later, their business was in jeopardy. Palestra’s owner Lora Lindquist joins us now to tell us how she’s getting through it.


164: Abby Aiello & Matt Marvel



BUILT is a networking group for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals who want to get together, share ideas, and do good in the community. Nationally, there are four chapters, including one here in the Carolinas. Each has a special nonprofit it supports, and the national organization has several. They have raised over half a million dollars and contributed more than 100 service hours to philanthropies since 2014. We’re talking about one of those today on the BrandBuilders Podcast – the National Kidney Foundation.

Do you know that one out of every three people is at risk for kidney disease? Abby Ailleo is here from the National Kidney Foundation, and she’s joined by Matt Marvel of BUILT.


163: Brad Borders: Take That Hill



What is your idea of a leisurely bike ride? How about a challenging one? How about 64 miles up a mountain, climbing 10,000 feet in elevation along the way? Do you break out in a sweat just hearing about it? Well, 10 cyclists are going to do it on October 24th in Taylorsville to raise money for Purple Heart Homes. Their reason is pretty special – it’s a unique way to honor veterans with disabilities, and raise money to help them at the same time.

Brad Borders from Purple Heart Homes is joining us now on the BrandBuilders Podcast to tell us more about “Take That Hill” – our legs hurt just thinking about it.


162: Beth Pesakoff – Let’s Talk Travel



Remember that time you were planning a big vacation? A flight, hotel, crowded theme park, and shopping? You know, last March? We know you probably had to cancel it — the Spring Break trip, the Memorial Day weekend, maybe even something you had planned for summer. But you want to get back out there, right?

Beth Pesakoff is here with us on the BrandBuilders Podcast to answer those questions. She’s the owner of Let’s Talk Travel, a travel agency that specializes in Disney, Universal, and Cruises — and she’s going to give us some travel advice, whether you want to dust off your Mouse ears and see Cinderella’s Castle, or go somewhere else.


161: Kristin Cagney – Summit Seltzer



So have you been yearning for something besides beer and wine? (Nothing against those guys… just sometimes… you want something different.) If you’re looking for something a little lighter, that you can sit and sip, and be social, too — we know just what you’re looking for. The hard seltzer industry is BLOWING UP this year, and Charlotte’s about to get its first hard seltzery. Yes, that’s a thing. There are only 2 others custom-built like this one in the country, and now, we have one here in Charlotte.

Let’s give a big, bubbly welcome to Kristin Cagney, owner of Summit Seltzer and her general manager, Andrew Mayer. They’re opening up on the West Side today!


160: Isaac & Asher Anthes – Hardwood Creations



Right now — for a lot of us — the same kitchen that is the center of breakfast and dinner, has become our corporate break room and snack vendor. And if you’re like a lot of us, you’ve walked into your kitchen for the 33rd time each day and said, “This needs work.” Kitchen and bath renovations have always been popular home improvement projects, and the centerpiece is always cabinets.

Today on the BrandBuilders Podcast we have Isaac & Asher Anthes, from Hardwood Creations, and let me tell you — they do some beautiful work. If you want to renovate and put in some cabinets… listen in.


159: Frank Schwartz – F3



Getting up early to work out can be a real bummer. How many times have we felt alone in the dark, unmotivated by our isolation — even in a gym? Probably too many times to count — and, I’m going to say this cautiously — especially if you’re a guy. We guys tend to be singular and focused on doing our workouts in our own bubble, am I right? We’re just not social or prone to leaning on each other in a lot of cases when it comes to working out.

Well, F3 is a workout group formed in Charlotte in 2011, and going strong across the nation 9 years later. It’s about Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith — and let’s add that 4th F — always Free. Frank Schwartz is the President of F3 and he’s bringing all of his positive energy to the BrandBuilders Podcast today to get us fired up to get in shape!


158: Amy Sullivan Hicks – ABC Carolinas



Building is big business, and the Carolinas have seen their explosion in growth over the last decade — just look at Uptown, South End, or anywhere south of I-485 for proof. The Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas is a trade group representing merit construction contractors in North and South Carolina, watching and building our tremendous growth.

Their new President and CEO joins us on the BrandBuilders Podcast this morning to talk about her work — Amy Sullivan Hicks is known for her work in the construction industry and also her energy and positivity in her work and relationships.


157: Cass Ward – Nexagy



Growing a business is great. It’s kinda like having a baby – fun and challenging at first, then a little messy, then more complex as it grows. How do you parent this growing challenge? Well… sometimes you need a little help. Call it support, relief, or even bringing in grandma to take over for a weekend because she’s more experienced at all of this. And that’s kind of what our next guest does for businesses.

Cassmer Ward is a teacher, author, and consultant for entrepreneurs who need to pull all of their threads together to make a stronger fabric out of their business. He’s the experienced consultant you bring in when you need to step back and reorganize. He’s an adjunct professor at Queens University’s McColl School of Business and a consulting partner at Nexagy.