The WedgeCast

The WedgeCast
Presented by Competitive Wedge, The WedgeCast is dedicated to people finding their purpose. We’ll be having conversations spanning all sorts of purpose related topics with people who absolutely love what they do every single day.

43 - Luxurious Living with Daniel Curtis
Aug 23 • 32 min
Daniel Curtis is the Founder and CEO of subscription box company Robb Vices, a hand-curated luxury item subscription box company. Daniel shares his journey to where he is today and why living a life of luxury isn’t about what you have but rather the…
42 - The only person I know that lives on the Vegas Strip with Lori Silverman
Aug 21 • 42 min
This episode, Lori Silverman - the Shift Strategist and Founder/CEO of Partners for Progress®, joins to discuss her work. She also shares with us some of her life story and why it’s so important to care for those around us.
41 - Believing in Yourself with Amobi Okugo
Aug 16 • 26 min
Amobi Okogu, a professional soccer player with a mind for business, joins the show for a great conversation on what it’s like to be in pro sports and what he’s got going on with his company A Frugal Athlete. Check out their site!…
40 - Exploring Life and Purpose with Drew Weatherford
Aug 13 • 63 min
Former Florida State Quarterback and Partner at Weatherford Capital, Drew Weatherford, drops by to talk about his life, what it was like to go from playing big time college football into the “normal” world, and how he’s changed along the way.
39 - The Life of Pablo with Pablo Giacopelli
Aug 8 • 50 min
Pablo Giacopelli, an author, founder, former tennis prodigy, and man of faith, joins the show to talk about his life. Pablo has an incredible set of experiences that have led him to where he is today. His story is as fascinating as both his faith and…
38 - Getting Personal with Kimberly S. Reed
Aug 6 • 58 min
Kimberly S. Reed is a distinguished Diversity and Inclusion leader and she is the Founder of Reed Development Group. Kimberly is not afraid to get personal and share how her unique experiences have made her into the woman and influencer she is today.
37 - Exercising Gratitude with Adam Kail
Aug 2 • 35 min
Adam Kail, Founder & CEO of Harrison Gray Search and Consulting, comes on the show to talk about his experience running and founding multiple businesses and how that’s changed him.
36 - Leadership and Transformation with LV Hanson
Jul 31 • 30 min
LV Hanson stops by to talk leadership, transformation, how others have an affect on his life, and how he affects others’.
35 Bratwurst and a Cold Beer with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski
Jul 25 • 29 min
On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, CEO and Founder of Think Natalia. Dr. Wiechowski enlightens the show with not only an incredibly positive attitude, but also some very practical thoughts about coaching and consulting. Enjoy!
34 - Talking Healthcare with Dr. Roger Jansen
Jul 23 • 33 min
Dr. Roger Jansen, CEO of HealthEco, comes on the show to talk about his experience in the healthcare world. Dr. Jansen was the Chief Strategy Officer at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI for a number of years and has a wealth of experience to show for…
33 - Living to Inspire with Nic Mirabello
Jul 18 • 52 min
On this episode we are joined by Nic Mirabello, Chief Inspiration Officer at MassPay. When you hear him talk, it’s really easy to see why his title fits, Nic is an incredible storyteller and he loves to do it, we loved having him on the show!
32 Cheers to Partnership with Pete Lamson
Jul 16 • 34 min
Pete Lamson, CEO of JazzHR, comes on the show to discuss his career, successes and bumps along the road, and what gets him out of bed in the morning. Pete is an excellent leader and we are ecstatic to be partnering with him and his fantastic organization!
31 - Talking Talent with Paula Perkins
Jul 12 • 19 min
Paula Perkins, Talent Acquisition Manager at Herman Miller, comes on the show to talk about some of the innovative ways she’s attracting talent in West Michigan.
30 - Take 2 with Karl Schmitt
Jul 10 • 87 min
Here is part 2 of our conversation with Karl Schmitt. In this episode Karl takes the floor and asks a couple of questions. This is easily one of the most fascinating and entertaining conversations we’ve ever had.
29 - The Most Interesting Man on the WedgeCast with Karl Schmitt part 1
Jun 28 • 42 min
Karl Schmitt, Senior Customer Engagement Executive at SAP, has lived a lot of life. He gets into his wide ranging experience, not only professionally, but personally, that has led him to living a life of trying to, more than anything else, be a better…
28 - Making it on Your Own with Eric Arnold
Jun 21 • 29 min
Eric Arnold, the CEO of Planswell, comes on the show to talk about how, as a serial entrepreneur, he’s built his career into what it is. Eric gets into a bit about his backstory, how failing has helped him a lot more than succeeding, and even a little bit…
27 - How to Actually Reach Your Goals with Dr. Peter Boumgarden
Jun 19 • 35 min
Dr. Peter Boumgardner, Professor of Practice of Strategy and Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, has some super practical advice about reaching goals and living a well rounded life on this episode! Here are the works mentioned in the…
26 - Creating Happiness with Jim McCarthy
Jun 14 • 42 min
Tons of wisdom in this episode from Jim McCarthy! Be sure to check out his book below: For a link to the referenced TED Talk go here:
25 - Challenging Yourself with Enrique Rubio
Jun 12 • 30 min
Enrique Rubio, Founder of Global Hacking HR and Co-Founder of Cotopaxi, stops by the show to talk about his career and how he went from an electrical engineer to Founder of a Global HR Tech company.
24 - The 3 Truths of Digital Transformation with Michael Leckie
Jun 6 • 41 min
Ever feel like you can’t keep up? Like the world is changing so rapidly that you just don’t know enough? Michael Leckie, Chief Learning Officer at Bloomberg, is in charge of making sure that feeling doesn’t become ingrained the culture at the media giant.…
23 - Building Your Viral Brand with Rick Schirmer
Jun 4 • 37 min
As a pioneer of viral and influencer branding, Rick Schirmer, Founder and CEO of, has done some pretty awesome and influential stuff, none of which compare to his interview on this episode. Kidding, obviously. The man has played a huge role…
22 - Taking Your Personality to Work with Minal Joshi Jäckli
May 30 • 37 min
Minal Joshi Jäckli, founder of Open Elevator, stops by to talk a bit about what they are doing to change the way companies recruit people. Enjoy!
21 - Competitively Branding Your Culture with Rhonda Merchant
May 28 • 24 min
Rhonda Merchant, a proven Talent Acquisition Business Leader and Talent Branding visionary, swings by the show to talk about what it’s like to be at the helm of culture defining initiatives. Creating a culture is important, but almost equally important is…
20 - JTBD and Choosing Your Death Date with Bob Moesta
May 23 • 30 min
Bob Moesta is the Founder, President, & CEO of the Re-Wired Group, and he is a pioneer of the Jobs To Be Done Theory. Bob enlightens us with his vast experience of how to squeeze every little bit of juice that life has to offer. Every time we talk with…
19 - The Ins and Outs of Servant Leadership with Doug Billings
May 21 • 25 min
As a VP of Human Resources, Best-Selling Author, and Cancer Survivor, Doug Billings has experienced more life than many, which has taught him a lot. The lesson nearest to his heart is Servant Leadership. Doug shares with us that the most important thing…
18 - From the Football Field to the Startup Field with Asante Cleveland
May 16 • 27 min
After spending 4 seasons in the NFL, Asante Cleveland has identified a passion for problem solving and startups. We talk about how his experiences on the field in both college and the NFL have prepared him for this space. Enjoy!
17 - Finding Your Passion and Your Purpose with Davin Salvagno
May 14 • 29 min
Davin is a Speaker, Coach, Writer, Founder, and Chief Purpose Officer of PurposePoint. Based in Detroit, PurposePoint helps align passions and purpose with solid business practices. We couldn’t think of a more perfect meshing of purposes than Davin and…
16 - Defining Your Culture by Your Generosity with Paige Robinson
May 9 • 27 min
We sit down with Paige Robinson, the Founder and CEO of Will Reed (, to talk about how she created Will Reed and what makes her tick. We learned a ton from her commitment to her company, her team, and working women and moms. Give it…
15 - Talking Startups with Ryan Landau
May 7 • 16 min
Ryan Landau of Re:Purpose ( spends some time talking with us about the Michigan startup ecosystem. If you haven’t heard of his company, they are doing some really innovative things to bring tech talent back to the state of Michigan, check…
14 - Leadership Training with Doug Conant
Apr 30 • 27 min
Doug Conant, formerly CEO of Campbell Soup and current CEO of Conant Leadership, stops by the pod to have a really fascinating conversation on his career, leadership, and what makes him excited to go in to work every day. Other than being an incredibly…
13 - Come to West Mi! with Cindy Brown
Apr 23 • 24 min
Cindy Brown heads up talent initiatives for The Right Place in Grand Rapids boy is she excited about what she gets to do day in and day out! She joins Matt to talk about some of the things she’s doing to stimulate growth in the area!
12 - Power Tools to Power Schools with Shayna Carlson
Apr 16 • 19 min
Shayna Carlson stopped by the office a few weeks ago to talk about her work at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. She gets into how she went from college student looking to get out of West Michigan, to Black and Decker Sales Rep in Phoenix, AZ,…
11 - Full Body, Full Life with Jeff Genova
Apr 9 • 32 min
Jeff Genova sits down with Matt at George’s Smoke Shop in downtown Holland to talk about being the general manager at a local craft brewery and to share his experiences as a featured photographer for Getty Images. As always this episode is presented by…
10 - The Solo Edition
Mar 15 • 31 min
Matt dives into who he is, how he started Wedge, and what about it gets him really fired up to work on the business every single day.
9 - Wade Burgess
Feb 20 • 35 min
Wade Burgess stops by the show to lend some words of wisdom across an array of different career related topics.
8 - Keri McCarthy
Feb 13 • 19 min
Keri McCarthy, Business Partner at Disher Talent Solutions in Zeeland, MI, swings by the office to talk about her work and what she does to drive the amazing culture at Disher.
7 - Matt Jung
Feb 7 • 28 min
Matt Jung is on the WedgeCast talking about building organizational culture.
6 - Shannon Burkel
Jan 30 • 15 min
Shannon Burkel, Executive Vice President of Staffing Solutions at Axios HR, joins Matt on today’s episode!
5 - Steve Griffin
Jan 28 • 18 min
Dr. Steve Griffin of ThinkWise joins Matt Baxter for an insightful conversation on hiring and job search trends.
4 - Jim D’Amico
Jan 7 • 12 min
Jim D’Amico joins Matt to talk about how technology has changed HR over the years and how its helped companies raise their productivity level.
3 - Tim Sackett
Jan 7 • 11 min
Tim Sackett joins Matt to talk HR shop and give some of his industry leading insights.
2 - Holly Ross Tong
Jan 7 • 9 min
Holly Ross Tong, HR Extraordinaire, joins Matt for a fantastic conversation regarding her career that is riddled with great advice for HR professionals and job seekers alike!
1 - Eric Van Duren
Jan 4 • 11 min
Matt Baxter, Founder and CEO of Competitive Wedge, sits down with Director of System Talent Acquisition at Spectrum Health, Eric Van Duren, for a lively conversation on current hiring trends.