284: John Christenbury & Piers Wates – CBRE



CBRE Group is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, and is the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm IN THE WORLD. Maybe you’ve heard of them? They have over 100,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries.

John Christenbury and Piers Wates work in CBRE’s Tenant Representation Group, serving as their strategic advisor, lowering real estate costs and occupancy risks, while maximizing workplace flexibility and productivity. Today, he’s our guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast.


283: Jack Hall – HuntSource



As the world becomes more and more interconnected and tech-driven one thing is clear, data is king. Beyond what your favorite food is or how you like to dress, data in the 21st century can be an almost complete picture of who you are. With enough data on someone, you can begin to influence them and with our reliance on technology it is more important than it has ever been to have ethical tech companies and that wouldn’t be possible without all the people that work in them.

Today we are joined by Jack Hall from HuntSource. HuntSource is a partner for tech companies that helps them identify and hire the best talent in Cyber Security, Data Intelligence, and Analytics. Jack is here to tell us about the company and how things got started!


282: Lynn Krueger-Andes – KA Law



The law. It can be complicated beyond belief and stakes can be very high whenever you enter a courtroom. This is only multiplied when it comes to family law. Adding deep emotions on top of what can already be a stressful situation only adds to that stress! Anyone who has gone through a family court case can attest to the fact that it isn’t easy… but with the right lawyer helping you and your family navigate the law and each other it can be just a bit easier.

Today we are joined by Lynn Kruger-Andes, aka the right lawyer. Lynn specializes in family law, litigation, and arbitration meaning that she has been able to lead her clients through the system during some of the most difficult times in their lives. We’re excited to have Lynn here today to tell us more about what she does and how she started her business!


281: Christian Thropp – Far Reach Vintage



If there is one thing we know for sure it’s that everything is changing fast! New cars, space exploration, advanced medicine, politics, and of course the newest dances to learn on TikTok. Fashion has also undergone a massive change if you compare it to the 2000s, the 90s, 80s, or 70s! But with all of the changes going on, there has also been a resurgence in vintage fashion.

Today we are joined by Christian Thropp, one of the owners of Far Reach Vintage. Christian is at the center of the vintage fashion movement in the Queen City and his store boasts quite a collection that will make you feel like you are stepping back through time. You know what they say, there’s no school like the old school.


280: Michelle Gable – Author



There are stories only you can tell, and the world needs to hear them. Not all of us believe that, but it doesn’t make it any less true. From ancient times stories have provided us with lessons, entertainment, and given us a way to record history. Storytellers, now known as authors, have therefore always been an integral part of the human experience. Even in a digital age we can be captured by a great book and a great story.

Today on the podcast we are joined by NY Times Best Selling Author, Michelle Gable. Michelle is here to talk to us about her writing journey, current books, and upcoming projects. We also hope she will give us a bit of insight into what makes a truly great story.


279: Stefan Huebner – Dot Dot Dot



We know how to have a good time in the Queen City. It starts with finding the right group. Next onto the right outfit, we prefer to keep things fancy. And of course, you need the venue. Well, look no further than our next guest. They pair an expertly crafted drink program with world-class food to give you an experience like no other. All you have to do is find it!

Today we are joined by Stefan Huebner, the owner of Dot Dot Dot, one of Charlotte’s best-hidden gems.


278: Keia Mastrianni & Jamie Swofford – Old North Farm



Once upon a time, there was a farm just north of the river. The farm had the best produce anyone had ever seen. The two farmers each had a specialty, one could turn the food they grew into drinks that not only tasted good, but were good for you. The other farmer could transform the food they grew into the most delicious pies. Does this sound like the beginning of a fairytale? Well that’s what’s happening over at the Old North Farm.

Today we are joined by Keia Mastrianni and Jamie Swofford. They are going to peel back the curtain on the fairytale farm life and give us a glimpse into their other businesses, Milk Glass Pies and Old North Shrub.


277: David Privitera – Concorde Construction



Wait… where did that building come from? We’ve all been there. Driving down our usual route to work or school and we notice a building that has seemingly popped up out of nowhere. Of course, it took weeks and months to complete, but when we look at building construction from our vantage point, it seems like magic. Man and machine in perfect harmony creating buildings that reach up into the sky. The reality is much more down to earth.

Today, we are joined by David Privitera from Concorde Construction Company. David is here to shed some light on the craziness that goes on behind the scenes during construction jobs as well as tell us how Concorde Construction Company can help.


276: Oscar Johnson – Jimmy Pearl’s



It’s that time of the year. The weather is getting cooler and the holiday season is in full swing. Family and friends are gathering from far and wide to celebrate with each other. But what really brings people together around the holidays? We know you’ll be excited about today’s show if your answer is the food. Food can bring us together around the holidays and special occasions, but it can also do so much more. Food can hold the memory of a culture. The right meal can tell the story of a nation.

Our guest today knows the power food has to tell stories and keep cultures alive. Today we are joined by Oscar Johnson, the owner of Jimmy Pearl’s restaurant. Jimmy Pearls prides itself on making sure Afro-Southern food is celebrated, respected, and maintained.


275: Megan Easterday – Easterday Creative



From the beginning we’ve told and listened to stories. Whether by moonlight, firelight, or electrical light stories have been and always will be a vital part of what makes us human. Stories record history, teach us lessons, spark our imagination, and so much more. The importance of stories cannot be overstated and neither can the importance of storytellers.

Today we are joined by Megan Easterday, the storyteller behind Easterday Creative. When you have an important story to tell you can rely on Megan to help bring it to life, and today we are going to talk about her company and how she’ll help you tell your story.