Very excited to share my conversation with Mr. Patrick O’Connor who is a lifelong family friend and was one of my dad’s very best friends! Patrick is one of the founding partners of Cozen O’Connor law firm, which was founded in 1973 with five lawyers. Today, 47 years later, there are 29 offices globally and 750 lawyers.

We start out the interview talking about Patrick’s childhood. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA and one of 10 children. His father passed away when he was just 15 years old so his mother, who became his hero, stepped up to raise the 10 children. Patrick went to King’s College and then Villanova for law school. At age 30, he took a risk and left a prominent law firm in Philadelphia to become one of the founding partners of Cozen O’Connor. He tells us all about the gritty entrepreneurial journey of building a company.

Fun fact: what Cozen O’Connor made in one year in 1973 is now equivalent to what they make in a half a day. Patrick has also been on the board of Temple University since he was 28 years old and was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 10 years. 

Patrick not only talks about his career path but also sprinkles in universal life lessons, such as the importance of failure and humility, taking risks, the definition of success, and his love for his wife Marie and four children and 12 grandchildren — they are wonderful people!

So excited to share my podcast interview with my friend Allan Domb, one of the most powerful real estate and political leaders in Philadelphia! This was a special one for me because Allan was close to my Dad.

Allan comes from a very humbling upbringing. He grew up in an 800 SF apartment unit with his parents and brother in Fort Lee, NJ. He was constantly finding ways to make money, whether it be a paper route before and after school or shoe shining—he was always hustling. Allan took evening classes at American University in DC and worked full-time as a salesman at Phelps Time Lock Service during the day. After graduating from college in 1977, he was transferred to the company’s Philadelphia office. To make extra money, he decided to sell residential real estate at night time.

As the real estate business became more profitable, he quit his full-time job at Phelps Time Lock Service and opened his own real estate office in 1983. Fast forward almost 40 years, Allan Domb has built a real estate empire in Philadelphia, earning him the title “Philly Condo King.” Not only is he a powerful real estate mogul, but he also shocked Philadelphia when he decided to run for City Councilman in 2015, in which he was elected and then elected again in 2019.

Perhaps he is so well-respected because he has one goal: to make Philadelphia a better place. Allan not only told us about the high points of his career but was also kind enough to share his failures and how important it is to always be resilient!

So excited to share my conversation with my friend Meg Donohue, a USA Today Bestselling Author. This was a super fun podcast for me because not only is Meg a Philadelphia native, but she also is best friends with my cousin Anna Ficken Lesovitz and friends with my sister Patrice Hayden Meagher. Just like me, Meg spends three weeks in Avalon, NJ every — in fact, that’s where we recorded this interview!

Meg was born and raised right outside Philadelphia in Chestnut Hill where she attended Penn Charter and then continued onto Dartmouth for college and Columbia University for grad school. She now resides in San Francisco with her husband and three beautiful young girl ages ten, eight, and five.

Throughout our conversation, Meg tells us all about her journey of how she became a writer of five incredible novels. She writes with warmth and humor about love, hope, family, friendship, loss, and forgiveness. I am not that familiar with this industry so it was super interesting to learn about how each novel comes together.  I hope you enjoy my conversation with Meg as much as I did!

Books:

You, Me and the Sea

Every Wild Heart

Dog Crazy

All the Summer Girls

How to Eat a Cupcake

You can check out all of these books on Meg’s website: http://www.megdonohue.com/

I’m super excited to share my podcast conversation with my longtime friend Marghi Walters Adzick! Marghi was born and raised right outside Philadelphia alongside her three older siblings. She went to Penn Charter for high school, where she met her husband Mark Adzick. She then continued on to the University of Virginia where she played lacrosse for four years.

After graduating from UVA, Marghi worked at Lilly Pulitzer in King of Prussia for six years. She truly LOVED her experience at Lilly and was able to develop strong relationships and lifelong skills that she now applies to her own company. Marghi left Lilly in May 2018 to build her own company, Addison Bay, which officially launched in September 2018.

Addison Bay is a clothing company that curates the most fashion-forward and high-performance women’s activewear from across the globe.  It was created for the woman that is constantly on the go, juggling multiple activities—she wants to be comfortable but also fashionable. For instance, I just bought a super comfortable sweatshirt from Addison Bay that can be thrown on before or after a fitness class OR can be worn with jeans or spandex as a cute outfit for running around doing errands or eating lunch with my friends. It’s the sweatshirt that I can literally wear all day long!

So throughout our conversation, Marghi not only tells us about what Addison Bay is but she also was kind enough to share the highs and lows of her entrepreneurial journey over the past year. We also touched her on journey with Mark and their adorable one-year-old daughter, Annie, who was just three months old when Marghi launched Addison Bay! Marghi tells us about the infertility issues she experienced, which was a good reminder to people who may be struggling with the same issues that they aren’t alone. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Marghi as much as I did!

Website: www.addisonbay.com

Instagram: @addisonbay

Hi guys! I’m So excited to share my podcast conversation with my friends Tiffani and Chris Beaston, a fantastic husband-wife duo! Chris is 33 and Tiffani is 31. They have been married since 2014 and have three adorable children together, all under the age of four! Tiffani tells us her story of how she built a successful YouTube channel called “Beauty and the Beastons”. It was a ton of fun to also have Chris on the show, given that Tiffani has credited Chris with a lot of the success behind the channel and together, they have built an exploding and thriving business.

Some people (including myself) are unfamiliar with the blogging industry and how you can establish consistent revenue streams. That being said, it was very helpful to listen to Tiffani and Chris explain how they have been able to monetize their Youtube channel through different revenue-generating avenues, such as sponsorships, Google ads, affiliates, and their very own jewelry line. I also LOVE Tiffani’s humbling grassroots story. She was the fifth of seven children and grew up with very modest means. Tiffani’s life aspiration was to become a nurse so she worked her way through college by having two jobs on the side and sure enough, she obtained her nursing degree!

While working full-time as a nurse, she decided to start her own YouTube channel in 2017 as a fun side project.  She had no intention to make money but to simply share her ideas and visions when it came to lifestyle topics that other moms could also benefit and connect with! Although Chris gave her full support, she unfortunately encountered several naysayers. Well, those naysayers were shortly proven wrong because in just 35 days, Tiffani had 20,000 subscribers to her channel. Tiffani’s YouTube channel grew so fast that within six months of starting her channel, she quit her nursing job to do the blogging full-time.

Now over two years later, Tiffani has 300,000 loyal subscribers. Her videos have millions of views! She posts two to four 20-minute videos a week and they focus on all different lifestyle areas, such as morning and night routines with kids, cleaning regimens, dealing with toddlers, pregnancy, cooking, health and fitness, birthday, holiday parties, and so much more. What I love the most about Tiffani and Chris is that even with all of their success over the past two years, they are still extremely grounded, humble, and kind!

Hi everyone, thanks so much for tuning into High Five Success Stories! My very first podcast interview was exactly two years ago in July 2017. I interviewed MaryFrances McCourt who is the Vice President of Finance & Treasure of the University of Pennsylvania (similar roles as a CFO).  She oversees approximately 265 people over ten major offices and several departments.

MaryFrances’ first podcast conversation with me back in 2017 resonated with a ton of the listeners so I thought it would be super fun to have her back on the show two years later for Round 2. She was podcast episode #1 and now she is podcast episode #44!

MaryFrances and her husband have three children (ages 17, 33, and 35). Mary Frances has been in the corporate world for 35 years so she provides us with valuable lessons that you can apply to your business and everyday life. She talks about the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone, always taking the high road in personal and business life even when it’s difficult to do so, avoiding naysayers, the importance of failure and staying humble, and so much more.

I especially love her little bits of advice such as at the end of emails, she will frequently add “is there anything else I can do to help?” and then if the person does have more for you to do, to respond positively such as saying “absolutely” or “happy to do so!” MaryFrances tells her story in such a  humble and kind manner—she is the best! I hope you all enjoy my conversation with MaryFrances as much as I did!

Super excited to share my conversation with Eustace Mita, one of the most incredible entrepreneurs I have interviewed thus far! Shout out to his daughter Molly Mita who was kind enough to help coordinate this interview.

Euse was born and raised in Philadelphia and was the middle child of five kids. Today, he is married to his amazing wife Suzie for 43 years and together they have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. We start out our conversation by talking about Euse’s career in the car industry. At 16, he started buying and selling 1965 Mustangs. He would buy them out of the Inquirer for $200, fix it up and sell it for $400. Those were just the beginning days.

Euse went on to start his own company, Mita Leasing, which became one of the ten leasing companies on the east coast. Then in 1989, he joined forces with his uncle Euse Wolfington. For those of you not familiar, Euse Wolfington (past podcast guest) founded his company called Half a Car, which revolutionized the car industry. So when Euse Mita joined Half a Car, he became President and played a major role in expanding the company to over 18 countries with more than four thousand dealerships in the system.

He talks about how the company became a powerhouse and eventually was sold in 2000 for $200M. Shortly after the sale of Half A Car,  Euse found a passion for real estate and founded Achristavest, where he develops state-of-the-art residential homes around the country including Utah, Maryland, New Jersey, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, Nantucket, and most recently, Costa Rica.

In 2013, Euse’s passion for real estate evolved into hotel development. He founded Icona Resorts, a luxury hotel brand which currently has locations in southern New Jersey including the Icona Diamond Beach, Avalon, and Cape May—and they all have been ranked #1 rated beachfront hotel! 

Throughout our conversation, Euse not only tells us about his entrepreneurial journey, but also sprinkles in valuable life lessons. We touch on the importance of setbacks and failures, his unwavering faith, always maintaining a positive attitude,  how to be leader, humility, and so much more. Hope you enjoy!

Books:

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

“The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

“As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen

“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for tuning into the podcast—always grateful for a listen. I’m super excited to share my conversation with my friend Coach Ashley Howard who is the men’s head basketball coach at LaSalle University. This was a really fun one for me because his story connects to past podcast guests Coach Jay Wright and Father Rob Hagan. If you haven’t listened to my podcast with Coach Wright or Father Rob, definitely take the time to tune in. They both were incredible guests. And this was also fun for me because Coach Ash is a family friend! His dad, Mo Howard, coached my brother, Tony Hayden, at St. Joseph’s Prep so we go way back.

Coach Ashley Howard is married to his wife, Arianna, and they have two beautiful children! He was born and raised in Philadelphia where he bounced around from different grade schools and high schools and then landed at Drexel University. He was a standout player at Drexel but unfortunately, his basketball career came to a sudden halt at the end of his sophomore year due to a health condition.

Coach Ash found the silver lining and became a student assistant coach, which was the start of his coaching career. After Drexel, Coach Ash was an assistant at LaSalle then Drexel, Xavier, and then at Villanova under Coach Wright—Coach Ash was a major part of the 2016 and 2018 basketball championship success. After his profound experience under Coach Wright, Coach Ash was offered the head coaching job at LaSalle University just one year ago in April 2018, which was always a dream for him!

So throughout our conversation,  we not only talk about Coach Ash’s successful basketball coaching career but we also talk about the setbacks, the importance of trusting God’s plan, overcoming failure, balancing family life, always remaining humble, the meaning of grit, and so much more. Hope you guys enjoy!

Books:
Uncommon Life by Tony Dunge

Hi guys, thank you so much for taking the time to tune into the podcast!

Quick update: I just passed my year and a half mark with High Five Success Stories. I launched this in September 2017 and I have really been enjoying it as a side project. I have done 41 episodes so far, so after you listen to this one, definitely check out the other 40—I have featured guests from all different industries! I have some really exciting guests that I am going to feature this summer as well. I am thinking about doing a few live episodes so please stay tuned for that!

This episode (#41) is with my friend Kerry Faherty. Before we started recording, we were chatting for a bit and I was telling her the process I use for selecting guests.  It’s important to me that my intention behind each interview is strong because I know that if my intention is strong, then the result will be powerful.

I told Kerry that my intention behind interviewing Faherty Brand was not just to highlight their success but also to bring awareness to a brand that is doing incredibly amazing things for the community and environment. Before launching their business in 2013, they spent a year researching sustainable practices and how they could implement them into their design. They found a way to repurpose plastic (ex: plastic water bottles) and refine it into yarn. They discovered a process that allows them to offer stylish, comfortable, and casual clothing with a minimal impact on the environment. Kerry says Faherty Brand is “like if Ralph Lauren and Patagonia had a baby!” I truly believe that their sustainable practices really set them apart from their competition.

Kerry is from Buffalo, NY and went to Yale University where she met Alex Faherty and then continued onto Pepperdine University for law school. Before and during law school, she did a ton of traveling to places like Thailand, Armenia, Uganda, and Nigeria where she was exposed to the weight and heaviness of people’s realities. For instance, she worked in a home for sexually abused girls in Thailand. These experiences shaped how she looks at the world today, such as how she and the Faherty Brand focus on giving back in a way that creates positivity.

After law school, Kerry clerked for a judge for two years and then shortly after, she opened Mindful Mentors in 2009 where she would provide meditation workshops for law firms, schools, and families.  While Kerry was busy with Mindful Mentors, her husband Alex and his twin brother Mike were in the midst of getting ready to launch Faherty Brand. Alex and Mike had recently quit their corporate jobs in NYC. Alex had worked in finance and Mike had worked at Ralph Lauren. At the age of 30, they were ready to chase their dream of opening their very own clothing brand.

During one of the crazy beginning nights of building the brand, Alex looked at Kerry and said: “we need you.” So in 2012, Kerry became employee number three at Faherty Brand. They officially launched the brand in 2013- they did a 31-day tour around the country introducing the brand and then ended in Montauk. Yes, Kerry traveled all around the country in a pickup truck with two twin brothers. Kerry was humble enough to share some of the early setbacks, such as when they struggled to meet payroll or when they had to Airbnb their apartment to pay rent. Kerry also talks about becoming a full time working mom. She and Alex have two adorable little ones—a three and one-year-old!

So fast forward to 2019, the brand just crossed their 5-year milestone. Their team—which started with Kerry, Alex, and Mike—now has grown to 50 people in their headquarters in NYC. You can find their clothes on their website, wholesale, and their nine awesome locations around the country: three in New York (West Village, Soho, Sag Harbor in the Hamptons) Nantucket, Boston, and four in California (Pacific Palisades, Del Mar, Malibu, and Newport). Hope you guys enjoy!

Books:

  1. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  2. The Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

To learn more about the podcast, check out my Instagram page! And make sure to follow Faherty Brand as well.

Hi everyone! Super excited to share my conversation with Nick Bayer, the CEO and Founder of Saxbys, which is a hospitality and coffee company headquartered right in Philadelphia.

Nick is 40 years old and lives in Philadelphia with his wife Haley and son Luke. He was born and raised in Chicago alongside his little brother and then made his way to Cornell University where he was the captain of the baseball team. After Cornell, he moved to Atlanta and worked in the corporate world doing consulting for a couple of years. When he was 25, he created Saxbys. Nick tells us that what sets Saxbys apart from other coffee companies is their extreme hospitality—they treat every single employee and customer with the utmost respect. They build cafes that have an uplifting environment with friendly faces, delicious drinks, and exceptional food.

Despite the chain’s popularity today, it wasn’t an overnight success. Just a few years into the business, he found himself $150,000 in credit card debt and then had to file for bankruptcy in 2009. Although there were some dark times, Nick never gave up and persevered through adversity.  In 2009, he moved Saxbys to Philadelphia (go Philly!!) and rebuilt the company. Fast forward 10 years, they are now very profitable and have 27 locations across 9 states.

In 2015, Nick also introduced Saxbys groundbreaking Experiential Learning Program in partnership with Drexel University: the nation’s first entirely student-run café where students can earn full academic credit and wages to manage all aspects of a Saxbys café. Yes, these college students are actually in charge of the 30+ member team, the financials, and community partnerships. It had so much proven success at Drexel that they now have student-run cafes at eight other universities and are quickly growing. I hope you enjoy Nick’s story as much as I did!

 

Books:

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight