Episode 23 – George Gentile: Insights into Four Decades of Palm Beach County’s Development



The career of landscape architect George Gentile tells the story of amazing development and change in Palm Beach County over four decades. George has been a central figure in the area’s governmental and commercial environmental engineering, development, and landscape architecture.

Cary Stamp speaks with George, now the senior partner at Gentile Holloway O’Mahoney & Associates, Inc (2GHO) about his landscape architectural career that contributed to Palm Beach County’s evolution. The conversation touches on mentoring, community service, business philosophy, and much more.

George discusses:

  • How Florida is highly dependant on managing stormwater and underground aquifers
  • His award-winning project that aided in resource recovery and managing landfills
  • Why punctuality is an important quality that every business person should have
  • Ways in which he contributes to the betterment of the community
  • His passion for the marine industry and other civic organizations
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

George G. Gentile has practiced as a landscape architect and planner in Palm Beach County for over 40 years. Having worked on numerous public and private projects that have contributed to the quality of life of South Florida residents, George is recognized for his professional dedication and was chosen as the Landscape Architect of the Year by the Palm Beach County, American Institute of Architects in 2007. During his extensive career, George has also been highly involved in the community through various nonprofits and charitable organizations.


Episode 22 – Dave Markarian: an Attorney’s Path to Success in South Florida



The legal field is a challenging yet exceptionally rewarding profession. Veteran South Florida attorney Dave Markarian, managing partner at The Markarian Group, has seen it all and has many insights about the field, the growth of Palm Beach County, and more.  

In this episode, Dave joins Cary Stamp to discuss the journey from law school graduation to managing a thriving firm of his own, as well as career stops along the way. He dives into key decisions that led to success, provides useful advice picked up from mentors, and discusses the challenges he overcame—all with the backdrop of the remarkable evolution of South Florida.

You’ll learn: 

  • The type of opportunities that Dave yearned for in his early career days
  • How to find successful people who have valuable knowledge to share
  • Why Dave believes strongly in having young talent on your team
  • The importance of active civic and community engagement outside of work
  • And much more!

Tune in now as Dave Markarian shares life-changing experiences and the principles that guided him through a successful legal career.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Dave Markarian on LinkedIn | The Markarian Group | Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce | CareerSource Palm Beach County | Habitat for Humanity of Florida | The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko | How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie | Getting Things Done by David Allen | Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, Sexy, and Smart–Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley


Episode 21 – Tom Balling: The Business of Concierge-Level Irrigation & Landscaping in South Florida



Serving both Martin and Palm Beach counties, TCI Rood has established a reputation for excellence in the related fields of irrigation and landscaping, big businesses in South Florida. 

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by guest Tom Balling, president and managing partner at TCI Rood. Tom discusses how he managed to merge two significant companies to form a thriving larger entity, and shares his experiences and views on other entrepreneurial ventures that are part of South Florida’s boom. 

You’ll learn: 

  • How Tom overcame the challenges of integrating two separate businesses
  • The keys to building a lasting business partnership
  • Tips for establishing a solid leadership team in your organization
  • How TCI Rood focuses its efforts on giving back to the community
  • And more!

Tune in now as Tom Balling shares his expert insights on building a thriving business.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Tom Balling | Treasure Coast Irrigation / Rood Landscape | Quantum House | Hobe Sound Community Chest | The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell | The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni | The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni | Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


Episode 20 – Raymond Taylor: Building a Leading Refrigeration Business From Scratch



Launching a business comes with multiple challenges and often requires considerable capital investment. Raymond Taylor says, don’t let that hold you back.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Raymond Taylor, founder of Excell Refrigeration. His life’s work has been building a business empire that now employs nearly 200 people, after starting with a small loan from his father. Raymond shares the major challenges faced during his early professional years, how he manages adversity, and the strategies used to grow his business.

You’ll learn: 

  • Why Raymond describes himself as a “hands worker” – and how it has helped his business
  • The importance of using a formal training process for new hires
  • Approaches that helped Raymond improve his company’s marketing
  • How to build lasting relationships with customers as well as employees
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how Raymond built a thriving Palm Beach County business over the decades.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Raymond Taylor | Excell Refrigeration | Vistage | Palm Beach Air Conditioning Contractors Association, Inc. | Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Professional Alliance


Episode 19 – Peter Weisz: Why You Should Record Your Life Story



Is it enough to transfer a lifetime of wealth to future generations of a family—or is it equally important for elders to pass on the history and core values of a family? 

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Peter Weisz, founder of Peter Weisz Publishing. Peter has written nearly two dozen biographies, helping people document their life stories in a manner that shines as a lasting legacy. Peter explains why people decide to tell their life stories, and how it helps pass family values and history to future generations.

You’ll learn: 

  • How technology has made it surprisingly easy to write, publish, and distribute a book
  • Why a memoir is much more than just a litany of accomplishments
  • Three solid reasons to place values over valuables
  • How to use other tools to record your story
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to tell the story of your life in your own words.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Peter Weisz | Peter Weisz Publishing | High Octane: a Rearview Mirror Retrospective by Jim McCormick and Peter Weisz


Episode 18 – Rob Thomson: An Insider’s Look at the Real Estate Market



The real estate business has changed drastically over the years, and Florida is currently one of the hottest markets in the U.S. Learn how an experienced real estate pro views these trends.

In this episode, Cary Stamp converses with Rob Thomson, Florida real estate expert and owner of Waterfront Properties, to gain insight into the current market conditions in Palm Beach County and beyond. Join Cary and Rob as they discuss the secret to Rob’s tremendous success and share tips for people who are relatively new to the real estate business.

You’ll learn: 

  • How Waterfront differentiates itself from thousands of real estate agents in the market
  • The pivotal role that the Internet plays in boosting the visibility of a business
  • How to keep up with rapidly growing demand during hot markets
  • How being tech savvy provides a significant advantage in the fast-paced real estate business
  • The biggest mistake made by business owners, according to Rob
  • And more!

Tune in now to stay ahead of the curve in the real estate market!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Rob Thomson | Waterfront Properties | Waterfront Yacht Brokerage | Bahama Boat Works | Big Dog Ranch Rescue | American Cancer Society | Jupiter High School | Edna Runner Tutorial Center


Episode 17 – Rory Sanchez: Why Cybersecurity Is Critical for Every Business



With the nonstop growth and use of technology, which has been accelerated by the pandemic, the need for cybersecurity is now greater than ever before.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Rory Sanchez, CEO of True Digital Security, to discuss the rising need for cybersecurity in every business, regardless of size. Rory discusses how business owners can potentially avoid common cyberattacks, and shares his experience as an entrepreneur, providing tips to help you grow a business.

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • How Rory managed to merge two companies with varying cultures
  • Why you should beware of phishing attacks – and strategies to avoid them
  • How to find the right people for your business that fit extremely well into your company’s culture
  • The importance of understanding your accounts, especially for new business owners
  • Rory’s advice on building a healthy work-life balance
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to improve your personal and business cyber security.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Rory Sanchez | True Digital Security | Jerald Dawkins | Tech Hub South Florida


Episode 16 – Chris Merrell: Creating a Vision for Your Business



Many people who have a demanding management role or run their own business struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Chris Merrell, CEO and founder of Communications Consulting Group. Chris started his first business in college, and he has taken on several significant new business opportunities during his career. He’s here to share his exciting entrepreneurial journey, revealing his greatest career achievements and setbacks, and how he managed to maintain a positive work-life balance.

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • How to create a long-term vision for your business – and develop a path to achieving it
  • Meaningful insights from numerous businesses that Chris currently operates
  • The importance of building a trustworthy team that can help you run your business smoothly
  • How to manage your time much more efficiently to ensure a great work-life balance
  • Chris’ advice on how young entrepreneurs can thrive in the pursuit of success
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn the key principles that guided Chris Merrell to success, and that you can apply on your journey!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Chris Merrell | Communications Consulting Group | LandLease.com | MATAGO


Episode 15 – Matt Carroll: Quality Is What the Customer Ordered



Cary Stamp is joined by Matt Carroll, the CEO of Hoover Architectural Products, as Matt advocates for the importance of exceptional quality in every facet of business. Matt shares his experience, expertise, and advice for launching and managing an enterprise, emphasizing the importance of first-class customer service in maintaining success. 

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • The importance of mentorship and an effective team dynamic
  • How to plan strategically for the long-term growth of your business
  • How to focus on customers’ needs and adapting your business strategy
  • What happened within the awning industry amidst the pandemic
  • The history and culture of Hoover Architectural Products 
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about Matt Carroll’s journey in nurturing a thriving regional business. 

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Matt Carroll | Hoover Architecture Products | Vistage | Episode 12: States Hines: How Vistage Can Help You Become Successful


Episode 14 – Bob Stilley: Impacting the Medical Field and Life in Palm Beach County



While many people are happy and fulfilled with their jobs at large companies, others step out of their comfort zones to build their own legacies. 

In this episode, Cary Stamp speaks with Heart Care Imaging’s CEO and President Bob Stilley. Offering a glimpse into his professional, personal, and community life, Bob discusses what it took to build his business and have an impact on the medical and Palm Beach County communities. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Heart Care Imaging’s role in the medical community
  • Bob’s take on his volunteer and community experience at Jupiter Medical Center 
  • The importance of starting early: What Bob wished he knew before starting his business 
  • Cary and Bob’s thoughts on the growth of the neuroscience field locally
  • How COVID-19 re-invigorated Bob’s dedication to his business
  • About Bob’s wife, MaryLynn Magar, and her contributions to Florida’s state legislature
  • And more!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Heart Care Imaging | Bob Stilley