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Owned and Operated

John Wilson and Brandon Niro

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Owned and Operated is a weekly podcast segment that dives deeply into the operations of businesses that we own and businesses we are considering acquiring. We will be discussing real issues in our companies, the nuance that came with them and the decisions we made. We hope to give entrepreneurs, searchers and the public a window into a real business as we solve real problems, acquire companies and build in public.
 
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Cassi Niekamp will be joining us for today's podcast. Seven months ago, she bought a fencing company called Bowden Fencing based in Columbus, Ohio. We’ll be looking into all of the details of this acquisition and how it’s gone so far. Bowden is 3 years old and had done roughly $750,000 in revenue prior to Cassi coming in. Since then, she’s hired mo…
 
Today we have Mills Snell here with us. Mills has a background in multiple industries and you’ll get to hear all about the path that has led him to where he stands now. He started his career in the M&A world as the owner of an advisory firm in Columbia, South Carolina. Since then he has worked in financial planning, permanent equity, and real estat…
 
Today we have Mike Botkin here with us. Mike is the founder and CEO of the Benchmark Group, a buyer of SMB service businesses. The Benchmark Group is a group who acquire home service businesses. They are the largest provider of residential maintenance in central Flordia, but are transitioning the company to more commercial maintenance and tradition…
 
Today we have Aizik Zimmerman. Aizik has a history in Small business, investment banking, operations, acquisitions, and startups. John and Aizik have actually started a program called Servstart, which funds entrepreneurs who want to buy or start their own businesses. On this episode, they discuss some of the details of Servstart as well some of the…
 
Ryan runs several businesses, he’s built his Real Estate Brokerage into one of the top 3 brokerages in Ohio and he runs a business called Flash House which is an instant offer Real Estate tech platform that offers Home sellers instant quotes on the price of their home and executes on those same deals. Flash House actually acquires over 150 homes ev…
 
Over the last 4 years, Reg has been buying and rolling up foundries and metal casting facilities. But before that, he felt like a corporate drone, trudging through his day to day work life and found his escape and new journey through ETA. Reg is actually our first guest who has bought and owns businesses in multiple states. The problems associated …
 
Today we have Johnny - otherwise known as Squeegeegod on Twitter, Johnny and his business partner Sergio started Orange Window Cleaning 4 years ago and they are on pace to do $700,000 just cleaning windows this year. We love businesses like Johnny’s. They’re very easy to start, but growing them can be a big challenge. We brought on Johnny to give y…
 
In this episode John discusses his history getting started in the trades, his journey learning about finance and acquisitions, to buying 5 businesses and owning a $5MM Plumbing and HVAC business. If you're interested to hear a story about how anyone can buy a business and run it successfully despite the ups and downs, this episode is a must listen!…
 
Steve Ressler has grown 3 different government tech companies and has successfully exited every time. He has since been focused on search fund investing, investing in over 20 different companies on a national and international level. At Wilson Companies, we are looking at investing in small businesses and in this particular episode we go deep on th…
 
Trish is a partner at Chenmark Capital, a small permanent equity firm she founded with her husband and brother in law. Chenmark has acquired and runs 6 different businesses some of which have grown through acquisitions to the tune of buying about another 25 deals. At Wilson Companies, we’re just starting to ramp up our acquisition processes and Tri…
 
Liam has been tearing it up on Twitter, giving tons of advice on running his Short Term Rental Cleaning business and even giving insight into things like revenue, growth, and employee and subcontractor management On this episode, Liam runs us through exactly how his business operates. Additionally, Liam is at a very interesting point in a small bus…
 
Mitchell runs Baldridge Financial, an all-in-one tax and financial planning firm for small and midsize businesses nationwide. John and Brandon get into the details of Mitchell’s business, specifically they talk about how much it’s grown since Mitchell got active on twitter, and some of the nuances of growing a financial services firm. One of the hi…
 
Brandon and his wife have bought several businesses, one in Property Management and one retail furniture store. On top of that they invest in real estate. As a property manager, Brandon is at the center of tons of home service companies, roofing, flooring, plumbing, HVAC, property management involves every trade you can think of, which makes for a …
 
Today we have Jennifer cook, who is our new Marketing and Recruitment Manager. We brought Jen on to help us with a few things: HR, Staffing need, Compliance issues etc. One of the most important things we needed was someone to help us figure out how to hire 12 employees into a brand new business. In this episode, John and Jen give you the details a…
 
Peter runs a property management firm with 500+ units under management. In this episode, we get into the details of starting a property management business from 0, growing it to 15 employees, and the pros and cons of growth through acquisitions. One of the highlights of this episode is when Peter gets into the details of his partnership, how it fun…
 
Today we talk to Andrew Gazdecki. Andrew has been a lifetime entrepreneur, he’s started and sold 3 different internet businesses in a variety of industries and has grown Microacquire to over $600,000 in ARR. Andrew has had a few of those successes, but on this episode we learn a ton about his past failures and the struggles he’s gone through to bui…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated, we talk to Quinn Miller. Quinn Makes $120,000/year simply owning and restocking vending machines. We get into the nitty gritty of how his business operates from how he sources machines and the maintenance that's required on them to how Quinn sells new locations and what makes his operation the most profitable …
 
Our Operator Newsletter --> ownedandoperated.com Chris owns and runs Fort Capital - A Fort Worth based Real estate private equity firm with over $600,000,000 dollars in assets under management Chris started buying houses in 2004, and even found a way to run a profitable real estate flipping business during the housing crisis. Chris lays down his kn…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated, we talk to Furkan Yuce. Furkan runs Elevation Flooring, a $5MM commercial flooring business in Baltimore, Maryland. Furkan has a very unique track record, working with 4 different construction companies just to learn the trade, then starting his own shop. Half his team is based in Turkey which allows his to mo…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated, Justin Reitman joins the show. Justin was raised in his family's truck leasing and financing business, and started a second family business with his brother shredding electronics and hard drives for businesses. One of the highlights of this episode is when Justin gave us years of insights into the truck financ…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated we bring Rick Vazza on. Rick bought a Plumbing business recently, John and Brandon grill him on how the deal went through, how it was structured, what the current processes/systems are like, and how he plans to grow the company. Enjoy! Also check out... Microacquire.com to find internet businesses to buy. Capta…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated we bring on Sam Leslie. This conversation gets DEEP. We cover the major sacrifices that come with entrepreneurship, as well as how those sacrifices manifest into a business that can take care fo your family for generations. Sam and John also start spitballing ideas back and forth - will they be collaborating in…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated, Kelcey Lehrich drops by (literally). Kelcey runs a holding company of awesome Ecom Brands and is closing on his 6th acquisition. If you want to see a conversation between an Ecommerce holdco owner and a home services holdco owner, you're going to love this episode. Enjoy! Also check out... Microacquire.com to …
 
On this Episode we talk to Devin Wanzor. Devin used to be a banker working horrible hours, he thought that buying and managing a small liquor store would bring him closer to his community and get his time back. It totally worked! Devin's story is awesome - Enjoy! Also check out... Microacquire.com to find internet businesses to buy. Captarget.com f…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated we sit down with James Camp who sold his media strategy agency and is now rolling up E-com businesses and teaching others how to flip profitable websites. If you're interested in buying or rolling up digital brands, this episode is for you. Enjoy! Also check out... Microacquire.com to find internet businesses t…
 
On today's episode John and Rich talk about the struggles of buying smaller plumbing businesses, how it is harder and more stressful than most people will tell you, and the major pitfalls to watch out for when you are acquiring a business. Enjoy! Also check out... Microacquire.com to find internet businesses to buy. Captarget.com for the best off-m…
 
On this episode of Owned and Operated, we talk with Bryant Suellentrop. We talk about how he got started in the janitorial space, and his major workforce and hiring challenges. One of the highlights of this episode is when Bryant talks about his experience with the struggle of starting a business, and the emotional tole it can take. Enjoy! Also che…
 
In this episode of Owned and Operated, Michael Girdley stops by. We talk about how he literally put out dumpster fires in his fireworks business, how he struggled as a young operator getting respect from senior team members, and how to hire and train operators so they don't make the same mistakes. Enjoy! Also check out... Microacquire.com to find i…
 
In this episode we dive in to my Operator and General Manager, Brandon Niro's background. We talk about how he built and ran his landscaping business, how he sold his business to a competitor, and how he did it while attending college full-time. He started at 15 with no drivers license, driving his equipment around with an ATV, and within a few yea…
 
In this episode of Owned and Operated I wanted to give a description of why we're starting this podcast, and what we'll be talking about. I'm John Wilson, I own a trades business doing about $5MM annually, and am currently buying 1-2 businesses a year. I'm bringing on my operator, Brandon Niro, to talk about the nitty gritty details of what makes a…
 
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