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#109 | Ben Bevard Escape Zone 360 | Passages To Success Series

#109 | Ben Bevard Escape Zone 360 | Passages To Success Series

May 13, 2022

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we have Passages To Success member and owner of Escape Zone 360, Ben Bevard.  

Ben originally had the idea for his escape room while taking a marketing class in college, and when the pandemic hit, he found himself in a position to start his own business. Not only was he able to get it up and running, he has expanded, adding a second escape room in 2021. 

Escape Zone 360 provides immersive - device free - entertainment, that is family friendly, perfect for birthdays, youth groups, and celebrations of all kinds. In addition, Escape Zone 360 is great for businesses for a fun day out of the office, or through team building with a professional business coach. 

Starting and growing your own business is never easy, but as Ben has shown, if you have the courage to take some risks, it can pay off by turning your dream into reality. 

Prost!

 

Episode Highlights:

0:43 Introductions

1:15 50,000 foot view of Escape Zone 360

2:00 Inspired by the love of travel

3:21 Types of escape rooms?

7:21 The consumer that never leaves

9:00 The escape room community - co-petitors not competitors

11:00 Good for your mental health

12:52: Team building

17:07 Why an escape room

18:54 Business growth lessons

20:39 Ideal clients of Escape Zone 360

23:02 The Final Question

24:55 Wrap Up

 

Episode Links:

Escape Zone 360

Ben Bevard

Escape Room movie

Audrey Clark Co.

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#108 | Diana Rutherford | Redefining the Realty Playbook | Passages To Success Series

#108 | Diana Rutherford | Redefining the Realty Playbook | Passages To Success Series

May 6, 2022

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we have Passages To Success member and local realty expert, Diana Rutherford.  

A former Collegiate Athlete, Diana's experience playing softball has helped her develop more of a teammate approach to her real estate business as a way to best serve her clients. She first got into Real Estate though her dad's business, and is now taking a fresh approach to the real estate industry centered around service. Diana believes that we are all better together and through more human connection we can build a better community.   

Prost!

 

Episode Highlights:

0:43 Intros

1:17 50k foot view

2:15 What's with the softball uniform

3:24 Iowa State

4:10 Service is number 1

6:35 How got Diana into real estate

10:40 Importance of adjustment

12:43 Navigating areas she's not good at

15:50 Rewriting the realty playbook

20:36 Push Back to the new playbook

23:45 The Final Question

27:42 Wrap Up

 

Episode Links:

At Home With Diana

Realty By Rutherford

PNW Real Estate

Realty One Group Cascadia

Iowa State Cyclones

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#107 | Live from Victor 23 with Head Brewer Todd Britt | All About the Barrel Aged

#107 | Live from Victor 23 with Head Brewer Todd Britt | All About the Barrel Aged

April 29, 2022

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we recorded live from Victor 23 Brewing with Head Brewer, Todd Britt. Victor 23 is a great local brewpub, complete with all the regulars saddled up at the bar, there to support the brewery.

In this episode, we learn about  where the name "Victor 23" originated from. Also, Todd talks about his journey from the Midwest to The Pacific Northwest, brewing for institutions like Goose Island and Rock Bottom, before landing the head brewer job for Victor 23.  Todd talks about the art of brewing and his passion for barrel aged beer, but understanding that this is a business, and he needs to brew beer that his customers want.

"Somebody's gotta buy it," Todd told us. "It Doesn't matter if its the best beer in the world, if I can't get you guys to drink it, it doesn't matter what I think of the beer"

Prost!

Episode Highlights:

0:48 Intros

4:05 50k foot view of Victor 23 Brewing

5:00 The beer portion of the program

7:35 What's new with the beer industry

9:21 Todd's passion for barrel aging beer

15:50 Changes to hop technology

19:55 Todd's brewing background

22:22 Goose Island

24:10 Rock Bottom

25:45 Adjusting to the PNW beer culture

27:51 Does the PNW love for hops hinder our beer culture

33:47 Angie's Mystery Beer

39:35 Where the name Victor 23 comes from 

41:37 Getting the Victor 23 brewer job

43:54 Let demand lead supply

49:37 The Final Question

52:40 Wrap up

 

Guest Beer:

Victor 23 Brewing - Vancouver, WA

Business Class, Hazy Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 10 IBU

"Upgrade your ticket and experience the comfort beyond the curtain. Brewed with the guys of Biz Over Beer, this Hazy Pale Ale features layers of hop character, including citrus, papaya, mango, blueberry, and orange blossom."

 

Episode Links:

Business Over Beer

Victor 23 Brewing

Todd Britt

Rose City Distilling

Goose Island Brewing

Rock Bottom

What's our vector Victor?

DB Cooper

5440 Brewing

#106 | Passages To Success Series with Charles Swatzell & Dave Barcos | The best kept secret in Vancouver

#106 | Passages To Success Series with Charles Swatzell & Dave Barcos | The best kept secret in Vancouver

April 8, 2022

Welcome to the first episode in our Passages To Success series, recorded live at our recent Sales and Marketing Seminar in January 2022, featuring Charles Swatzell, Formos CEO and Dave Barcos, Formos Director of Business Development.  

Formos, the self proclaimed "Best Kept Secret in Vancouver", is an enterprise software development company headquartered in Vancouver, WA with global offices in Vietnam and Ecuador, and a newly opened a new US office in Nashville, TN.  

In this episode, Charles shares with us lessons he learned from his acting days and how doing a character study on those you want to do business with will help you understand their motivation and help you earn the right to sell to them. People buy things for their reasons, not yours. 

You will also get a real explanation of what Business Development is versus Sales along with some tangible takeaways on hustle, tenacity and telling your story, which will help you be a better business owner.  

In the end, running a successful business means showing up day after day, putting in the work and practicing with intention to get better at the different aspects of your business.  

Prost!

 

Episode Highlights:

0:43 Intro

4:00 50K foot view of Formos

6:33 The beer portion of the program

11:15 Signs you've made it

14:31 The difference between Start Up and Starting Up

16:00 The Hustle

20:10 How being an actor helped in business

27:58 Business Development Defined

32:02 Start Up Development Phases

35:54 Walking a lonely path and self motivation

42:23 Tenacity

44:30 Navigating sales as an introvert

47:19 Telling your story

53:59 Projects they're proud of

1:03:46 The Final Question

1:06:34 Wrap Up

 

Guest Beer:

Victor 23 Brewing - Vancouver, WA

Business Class, Hazy Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 10 IBU

"Upgrade your ticket and experience the comfort beyond the curtain. Brewed with the guys of Biz Over Beer, this Hazy Pale Ale features layers of hop character, including citrus, papaya, mango, blueberry, and orange blossom."

Episode Links:

Formos

North Bank Innovations

Charles Swatzell

Dave Barcos

Aria Gin

The Swatzells Perform One More Day Parody

Sidekick

Pan's Mushroom Jerky

Mushroom Jerky Beer Pairings

VanTechy

#105 | Kim Harless, Part 2 | Making our community a better place for everybody

#105 | Kim Harless, Part 2 | Making our community a better place for everybody

February 11, 2022

Business Over Beer welcomes back Vancouver, WA City Councilor, Kim Harless, for part 2 of her interview. 

A lifelong resident of Vancouver, Kim has spent her entire adult life in service, working with non-profits and government agencies. Elected to the first ever Clark County Charter Commission as the only person of color, she has become the first Indigenous person elected to Vancouver City Council. 

In this episode, Kim shared with us that she is not viewing her City Council seat as a stepping stone to further her political career or to do what's in the best interest of a political party. Rather, she is committed to making the community a better place for everybody and on policies that make it easier to promote mutual aid projects and allow for community members to support each other. 

Now is a time for Vancouver to "grow up", literally and figuratively. We need to be more effective in how we grow our urban centers and protect our rural farmland. We need to have a resilient community that can take on these challenges and still thrive, but at the same time recognize that we cannot simply rely on the resiliency of our people. We need to provide opportunities to all our citizens. We won't thrive if our people are constantly having to overcome huge setbacks. 

Prost!

 

Angie's Mystery Beer:

Worthy Brewing - Bend, OR

Lights Out Stout, 7.7% ABV, 30 IBU

"This hybridized American Stout accentuates the subtle nuances of non-traditional ingredients, such as Bob’s Red Mill Oats and milk sugar, which lend a smooth body with some residual sweetness. The whole Madagascar vanilla beans show mostly in the aroma."

 

Episode Links:

Kim Harless

Paint Care

Vancouver Free Fridge Project

Proper Mystery Beer Opening Procedure with Keith Sconiers

#104 | Kim Harless, Part 1 | Policymaking Through Lived Experience

#104 | Kim Harless, Part 1 | Policymaking Through Lived Experience

February 4, 2022

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we welcome Vancouver, WA City Councilor, Kim Harless. 

A lifelong resident of Vancouver, Kim has spent her entire adult life in service, working with non-profits and government agencies. Elected to the first ever Clark County Charter Commission as the only person of color, she has become the first Indigenous person elected to Vancouver City Council. 

As a natural introvert, Kim never really saw herself in the spotlight, but she has a greater desire for the world to be a great place for everybody and won't want to stand on the sidelines when she sees injustice or an opportunity for life to be better for her community.

Prost!

 

Guest Beer:

Black Raven Brewing - Redmond, WA

Trickster IPA, 6.9% ABV, 68 IBU

In mythology, the raven can play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules, hence the name Trickster. This well-balanced IPA has a light fruit, citrus and piney hop aroma with a full hop flavor. With delicately balanced malt and hops and a 6.9% ABV, this beer has truly earned its name. 

 

Episode Links:

Kim Harless

Paint Care

More Black Raven Brewing Co. 

#103 | Lacey Faught, Part 2 | Humanize Social Media Through Digital Literacy

#103 | Lacey Faught, Part 2 | Humanize Social Media Through Digital Literacy

January 14, 2022

Episode #103 | Lacey Faught, Part 2 | Humanize Social Media Through Digital Literacy

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we welcome back Lacey Faught for part 2 of her interview. Lacey is the owner of Spry, a Social Media Marketing Agency in Vancouver, WA. 

Not just another Social Media Marketing Agency, Spry is working from their Social Media For Good ethos by serving clients who have a cause and working to bring good into the world.  Spry believes that the true ROI is not measured in dollars and cents, but in building a strong community and injecting humanity back into Social Media. 

Prost!

 

Angie's Mystery Beer:

Campanology Brewing - Waunakee, WI

Coffee Peanut Butter Cup Porter, 9% ABV

 

Episode Links:

Part 1 with Lacey Faught on Business Over Beer

Think Spry

Connect with Lacey J. Faught

Deep Work by Cal Newport

The Four Disciplines of Execution

How to pronounce GIF

How to really pronounce GIF

#102 | Lacey Faught, Part 1| The Right Way To Social Media

#102 | Lacey Faught, Part 1| The Right Way To Social Media

January 7, 2022

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we welcome Lacey Faught, owner of Spry, a Social Media Marketing Agency in Vancouver, WA.

As a young Entrepreneur in her early 20s, Lacey started Spry about 10 years ago after working for a digital marketing agency and seeing that clients were being underserved. She launched her business as an SEO and Web Development company and only got into Social Media because it was part of the SEO process. Over time, Spry has niched down, focusing their business on social media, working specifically with clients on community building and making human connection through social media. 

Prost!

 

Guest Beer

Headless Mumby Brewing Company - Olymipia, WA

Oktoberfest, Marzen, 6% abv

"Autumn in a glass. Dark copper/amber in color with a distinctive bready/toasty maltiness."

 

 

#101 | John McKibbin Spotlight Part 2 | A Legacy of Community, Family & Service

#101 | John McKibbin Spotlight Part 2 | A Legacy of Community, Family & Service

October 29, 2021
In this episode of Business Over Beer, we learn more about James Oneil, the founder and coordinator of The Columbia Credit Union McKibbin Legacy Classic golf tournament, and what John McKibbin, and really, what the whole McKibbin family meant to him.
 
This golf tournament was a way for James to honor John's legacy, and really be there for the family after his passing. John McKibbin lived and died as a man of service and it’s important we continue to build our community the way John showed us.  
 
Prost!
 
 
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Andres Jimenez: andres.jimenez@edwardjones.com   

Taps Growler House

Uptown Screen Printing

Better Together Payment Solutions: service@bettertogetherps.com 

Diana Rutherford: thepnwrealtor@gmail.com 

 

Watch All Season 5 episodes, AVAILABLE NOW: 

John McKibbin Spotlight, part 1 

John McKibbin Spotlight, part 2 

Tournament Highlights with The BOB 

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center 

Pearson Field Education Center 

Angie’s Mystery Keg 

The McKibbin Sisters  

Steve Kenny, CEO of Columbia Credit Union 

Rick Takach, CEO of Vesta Hospitality 

AC Hotel by Marriott Tour 

Jason Beatty, Partner at International Graphics and Nameplate 

International Graphics Shop Tour 

Mike Nieto, CEO of Catworks Construction and Founder of Dig Deep 

Tom and Ryan Cody, Founders of Cody Staffing 

#100 | John McKibbin Spotlight, Part 1 | A Legacy of Community, Family & Service

#100 | John McKibbin Spotlight, Part 1 | A Legacy of Community, Family & Service

October 29, 2021

On this episode of Business Over Beer, we spotlight John McKibbin and why there is a golf tournament in his honor.

When James Oneil called us this past spring to podcast from the McKibbin Legacy Classic, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but it seemed like a fun event and a good excuse to talk to some local business owners and drink beer. But, as we learned more about the tournament and specifically who John McKibbin was and what he meant to our community, it turned into so much more.

What we learned was John McKibbin was someone we wish we had known, someone who believed in this community as much as we do, and through our interviews with James Oneil, John McKibbin's daughters, Jennifer and Megan, and other’s who knew John McKibbin, we found out how strongly this man felt about Community, Family and being of Service.

Prost!

 

Check out these links for more info:

Business Over Beer

McKibbin Legacy Classic

InternationalGraphics and Nameplate

Vesta Hospitality

Catworks Construction

Dig Deep

Child Abuse Assessment Team (CAAT)

Pearson Field Education Center

Leadership Clark County

McKibbin Memorial Service

McKibbin Vigil

 

Please Support our Sponsors: 

Virtual Cathy

Andres Jimenez: andres.jimenez@edwardjones.com   

Taps Growler House

Uptown Screen Printing

Better Together Payment Solutions: service@bettertogetherps.com 

Diana Rutherford: thepnwrealtor@gmail.com 

 

Watch All Season 5 episodes, AVAILABLE NOW: 

John McKibbin Spotlight, part 1 

John McKibbin Spotlight, part 2 

Tournament Highlights with The BOB 

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center 

Pearson Field Education Center 

Angie’s Mystery Keg 

The McKibbin Sisters  

Steve Kenny, CEO of Columbia Credit Union 

Rick Takach, CEO of Vesta Hospitality 

AC Hotel by Marriott Tour 

Jason Beatty, Partner at International Graphics and Nameplate 

International Graphics Shop Tour 

Mike Nieto, CEO of Catworks Construction and Founder of Dig Deep 

Tom and Ryan Cody, Founders of Cody Staffing