249: Dr. Grant Lisetor – Greater Life Chiropractic

Most everyone remembers a line or two from that old “Dry Bones” song, right? Or maybe you’re a, “head, shoulders, knees, and toes,” type… Either way, all this stuff we’re made of is connected. And if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of great chiropractic care, you know what we’re talking about.

And like any type of service, not all are created or provide care in the same way. On this episode of the award-winning BrandBuilders podcast, we’ve got Doctor Grant Lisetor from Greater Life Chiropractic.


248: Canaan Cox – Musician

We all dream of hitting it big with what we do – so it’s always a pleasure to meet someone who’s living that dream. Canaan Cox is a musician from right here in North Carolina, who grew up in a musical family and hit his stride after a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. He’s got a fun mix of musical styles and a few singles already called hits – and he’s joining us right now on the BrandBuilders Podcast so we can learn more about him.


247: Kate Bolkin – Trees Charlotte

Charlotte once earned the designation of “Tree City USA” – but we have lost a significant part of our canopy to development in the last 10 years. The city is working on saving trees as part of its comprehensive plant, but a local organization has been at it for a while. Trees Charlotte is a public/private nonprofit whose mission it is to grow and diversify the city’s tree canopy through education and TONS of planting projects.

And when we say education – we mean it. Not only does Trees Charlotte give away trees, they make sure you know how to take care of them! We’re excited to have their educator here with us today on the BrandBuilders Podcast. Kate Bolkin came to Trees Charlotte all the way from Madison Wisconsin to help keep the Queen City green.


246: Kimmery Martin – Author

Writing is a gift. It shares what you know, or, even better, what you’ve just made up but sounds really convincing because – you’re a good writer. It’s a form of communication that can either draw you in to stay up late, or put you to sleep. And let’s face it – social media would not have taken off the way it did if not for clever quips to convey thoughts in 280 characters or less, or with just the right pictures, because of writing.

And we tell you this not just to praise people who write great stuff for us but because our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast is an accomplished author who has 3 novels and about a billion book reviews to her credit. Okay maybe we exaggerated that part – but before she published her first novel, she also went to medical school and became a doctor and also the mother of 3 children, and volunteers with a number of nonprofit boards. So we’re REALLY glad Kimmery Martin took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to US!


250: Todd Huber & James Yoder – Night Swim Coffee

Arguably, no one loves coffee like our guest host here. BUT, our guests on this episode are real professionals. Let’s set the stage here: two successful Charlotte coffee shop owners decide they’ll try their hand at a JOINT venture in the local coffee space. Enter: Night Swim Coffee.

James Yoder and Todd Huber met up at a coffee convention – how do we get a ticket to THAT show – and hatched this plan that is now four full-service cafés and a roastery. And all of those locations have come online in less than a year.


245: Stephanie Perri

Cancer research is a big deal to us here at The Dunstan Group, because of how cancer has touched our lives personally. Our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast has also seen the devastation of cancer – she lost her husband, Chris, to Acute Myeloid Leukemia a little over a year ago in January 2021. Since then, Stephanie Perri has made up her mind to fight back, just like her husband Chris did and has put her hat in the running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year.

Stephanie joins us today with Dr. Josh Zeidner, chief of leukemia research at UNC, and Laura Blanchard, who is a PA in hematology.

Vote for Stephanie here: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/nc/triangle22/sperri

244: Sam Fleming – 100 Gardens

When we talk about the environment, we talk a lot about our limited resources and how to preserve them: clean water, clean air, and agriculture for our growing populations. All three conversations eventually come around to this: sustainability. How do we give back resources for the ones we use?

Our next guest on the BrandBuilders Podcast doesn’t have ALL of the answers – but he has some good ones when it comes to sustainable farming. Sam Fleming of 100 Gardens is a hydroponic farmer, who grows two renewable foods that feed each other while they feed us. Yes, you heard that right – the foods feed each other, and also feed people while teaching school children about horticulture, chemistry, agriculture, business, and FISH. Yes, FISH! It’s called hydroponics, or in this case, Aquaponics, and it’s taking place at a handful of local schools including Myers Park, Garringer, West Charlotte, and Oakhurst. And Sam’s with us now on the BrandBuilders Podcast to tell us how it’s done.

243: Lauren & Howie Lang – Lang Construction

So you have a renovation! Where do you start? Maybe it’s just a kitchen counter for your home or 100 kitchen counters for an apartment complex. You need someone who can do a lot of work or just a little – and we know some folks who can do that. For the last few years, while everyone was in a lockdown renovation frenzy, there was a company already at work making great transformations a reality. But they ran into a problem – how do they find the products and people they need for so many large jobs?

Just like necessity is the mother of invention, it’s also the father of entrepreneurship. So who better to be “mom and dad” to a construction – renovation – and stone & tile business than a couple like our next guests on the BrandBuilders Podcast? They’re Howie and Lauren Lang, owners of Lang Construction and also, now, Gorilla Stone.

242: Tim Baier & David Kernodle – Spiracle Films

We all love a good story, but we also know delivery makes all the difference. It needs a beginning that reels in the audience, just enough content to keep their attention, and an end that gives them a “Wow” moment and a satisfying ending or call to action.

Our next guests on the BrandBuilders Podcast learned to tell stories a minute and a half at a time – how’s that for being concise? – and turned that skill into a multi-media business that has thrived and “created a buzz” around Charlotte for 10 years now with Spiracle Media. Welcome to Tim Baier and David Kernodle!

241: Meredith Connelly – Artist

If you’ve been to the Whitewater Center during the winter the past couple of years, one of your highlights has surely been the Whitewater “Lights” along their wooded trails. The popular exhibits have brought in thousands of visitors to the center during colder months when whitewater rafting is not top-of-the-list outdoor activities. Now the same artist is lighting up a couple of popular public exhibits around town – like the Rail Trail in SouthEnd and, in April, Charlotte Shout.

These are exciting times for Meredith Connelly, who blends light and technology with art that dazzles us. And now she’s here on the BrandBuilders Podcast to share what inspires her.