I’m very excited to share my conversation with my friend Rosemary Connors: an award-winning anchor and reporter for NBC10 News in Philadelphia. You can watch her live weekday reports and see her anchoring the weekend mornings!

Rosemary is 35 years old, married, and from right outside of Philadelphia. We both attended the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, where she just gave the commencement speech to the graduating seniors on June 1st! She is my fourth guest to attend the Academy of Notre Dame, following Martie Gillin (Founder of SpeakUp), Maureen Doran (founder of Skirt Boutique), and September Rinnier (Co-founder Tuckernuck). She then went on to the University of Pennsylvania—where I also went—so this was a really fun conversation for me, given that Rosemary and I have a similar background.

Throughout our conversation, Rosemary tells us all about her journey in the news industry. Her climb to an established position in Philadelphia did not happen overnight, but she has stayed the course over the past 13 years. She started from the bottom right out of college and dove headfirst into the industry. She began her career in Grand Junction, Colorado and then Fort Myers, Florida before making her way back to Philadelphia. We talk about the setbacks, the risks she took, her schedule and so much more. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Rosemary as much as I did!

 

Books:

“Gideon’s Trumpet” by Anthony Lewis

So excited to share my conversation with my friend Vaughan Cutillo, one of three co-founders of Montauk Brewing Company! If you’re not familiar, Montauk is a beautiful and super fun summer vacation town.

Vaughan was born and raised in Montauk, but he has a Philly connection via his alma mater: Villanova University. As listeners know, I love featuring Philly success stories since I grew up there! One of the main reasons I am excited to share Vaughan’s story is because Montauk Brewing Company has truly humble and authentic roots. They started from the bottom, brewing beers as a hobby in Vaughan’s parent’s basement. At age 25, Vaughan and the two other co-founders (Eric Moss and Joe Sullivan) decided to give their 2-week notice to their existing jobs, pull their funds together, and turn their passion of brewing beers into a real business.

The first step was to open an actual brewing taste room, but it didn’t happen overnight. Since the guys were the very first brewing house in Montauk, it took nearly three years to get full permitting from the township.  Although they hit some road bumps in the beginning, Vaughan, Eric, and Joe persevered and stayed on course. June 30, 2018 marks the company’s six-year anniversary! Today, not only do they have an awesome, super popular brewery in the heart of Montauk, but they also distribute their beer throughout Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island and West Chester. They have an incredible following and just over this past Memorial Day weekend, they sold 300,000 cans of Montauk Brewing Company beer.

Can’t wait to watch their company continue to grow—and of course, can’t wait to visit Montauk again this summer!

 

Books:

Good To Great by Jim Collins

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere by Steven Leckart and Zach Klein

Website: https://montaukbrewingco.com/pages/home

Instagram: @montaukbrewco