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#145: Leadership Chat: Waleed Jabsheh, President at International General Insurance

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Waleed Jabsheh, President at International General Insurance (IGI), an international specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer that underwrites a diverse portfolio of speciality lines. IGI trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol IGIC.

On the podcast, Waleed discusses:

  • Keys to success in insurance underwriting
  • A primer on how the commercial insurance business works
  • Some of the more unique policies they come across
  • What it was like to go public right before the onset of the global Covid pandemic
  • How IGI differentiates itself in the marketplace
  • And more

#144: State of the Markets featuring Julian, Mike, Jeff (Common Stock Warrants) and SPACGuru

On today’s podcast, we offer a new podcast format. We recorded a live clubhouse discussion, State of the Markets, with Julian Klymochko, Mike Kesslering, Jeff Baker (Common Stock Warrants) and SPACGuru. The hosts discuss and debate the present and future of SPACs, M&A, IPOs, warrants and more.

#143: Leadership Chat: Forest Road’s Jeremy and Zachary Tarica

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guests, and the first set of brothers on the show, Forest Road’s Jeremy and Zachary Tarica. Forest Road is a specialty financing company that lends against tax credits in the entertainment, real estate, and renewable energy industries, along with having two SPACs trading in the market.

 

On the podcast, Jeremy and Zachary discuss:

-Their background in the financial industry and how they came to form Forest Road

-Launching a SPAC into the market and the process behind doing a deal

-How the Beachbody merger is an example of the Forest Road playbook

-How they got Shaquille O'Neal to join the Forest Road SPACs as a special advisor

-Their investor outreach program and why they’re keen to engage with investors

-And more

#142: Leadership Chat: AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of AeroFarms, a certified B Corporation and leader in vertical farming. AeroFarms recently announced a business combination with SPAC Spring Valley Acquisition in an $850 million deal.

On the podcast, David discusses:

-The evolution of the company and why it is structured as a B Corporation

-AeroFarms’ competitive advantages over traditional farming

-Details on the merger with SPAC Spring Valley Acquisition

-Key growth opportunities the company is pursuing

-ESG and the case for AeroFarms stock

-And more

#141: Leadership Chat: Rice Acquisition CEO Danny Rice

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Danny Rice, CEO of Rice Acquisition Corp. Rice Acquisition recently announced a merger with Aria Energy and Archaea Energy to create a $1.15 billion industry-leading renewable natural gas platform.

 

On the podcast, Danny discusses:

-His background of co-founding Rice Energy with his brothers and then selling it to EQT

-Insights into the subsequent proxy battle at EQT

-What is the future of the oil & gas industry

-Details into the business combination with Aria Energy and Archaea EnergyWhy investors should consider Archaea Energy’s stock, LFG

-And more

#140: Leadership Chat: Holley CEO Tom Tomlinson

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Tom Tomlinson, CEO of Holley,  the largest and fastest growing platform in the enthusiast branded performance automotive aftermarket category. Holley recently announced a business combination with SPAC Empower that valued the company at $1.55 billion.

 

-On the podcast, Tom discusses: 

-How one of the nation’s oldest companies, tracing its roots to 1903, has evolved over time

-Holley’s strategy and growth profile under private equity ownership and the transition to a public listing

-Its focus on automotive enthusiasts and how that is driving DTC revenue growth

-Holley’s approach to acquisitions

-The case for Holley’s stock

And more

#139: Leadership Chat: Nerdy CEO Chuck Cohn

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Chuck Cohn, Founder and CEO of Nerdy, a leading direct-to-consumer, curated gig economy platform for live online learning benefiting both learners and experts. Nerdy recently announced a merger with SPAC TPG Pace Tech Opportunities in a deal that valued the company at $1.4 billion.

 

On the podcast, Chuck discusses:

-The founding of Nerdy and how the business developed over time

-What attracted him to the online education industry

-How the pandemic affected Nerdy’s growth prospects

-Insights into the deal with SPAC TPG Pace Tech Opportunities

-The investment case for the stock

-And more

#138: Leadership Chat: SPAC Investing With SpacGuru

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest SpacGuru, a widely followed pseudonymous Twitter account. SpacGuru is a Wall Street veteran and an expert on the SPAC market. 

 

On the podcast, SpacGuru discusses:

-His career background and why he wants to help out individual investors

-What the overly negative media gets wrong about SPACs

-Why SPACs are better than IPOs

-The best strategies to invest in SPACs

-Pitfalls and mistakes that investors should stay away fromAnd more

#137: Leadership Chat: Latch CEO Luke Schoenfelder

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Luke Schoenfelder,  Founder and CEO of Latch, the maker of the full-building enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform LatchOS. The company recently announced a merger with SPAC TS Innovation Acquisitions in a deal that valued Latch at a $1 billion enterprise value.

 

On the podcast, Luke discusses: 

-His past entrepreneurial experiences and how they prepared him to start Latch

-Fostering key strategic investors who were also customers

-Background of the merger with SPAC TS Innovation Acquisitions

-Key growth initiatives and differentiating from the competition

-Why investors should consider Latch shares

-And more

#136: Leadership Chat: Talking Stocks with Justin Oh of A Couple Cents

On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Justin Oh, who provides investment research through his website and YouTube channel A Couple Cents. 

On today’s podcast, Justin discusses:

-His career journey in investment banking and hedge funds, then as a CFO prior to starting A Couple Cents

-What his research platform A Couple Cents provides

-The most common investor mistakes

-His outlook on the current market environment and how we is investing

-His top pick for the next decade

-And more

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