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PJ Leslie at Tekmetric talks on the Blood, Sweat & Business podcast.

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Straight from the VISION Conference, PJ at Tekmetric joins us on the Blood, Sweat & Business podcast! We discuss how technology is pushing the...

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Blood, Sweat & Business podcast features Matt (Founder) and Danny Carlson (CEO) of Platinum Systems. Platinum Systems

First Tech, Now Crops

Technology is a game changer, and it is changing faster than ever. On this episode with chat with Matt (Founder) and Danny Carlson (CEO) of...

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Crafting a Culture of Excellence in Automotive Repair

Crafting a Culture of Excellence in Automotive Repair

Brin Klinedelves into what setsAssured Auto Worksapart in the world of general automotive repair shops. He emphasizes the importance of...

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Business Owners Harnessing the Power of AI

Harnessing The Power Of AI

Rob and Mike share their firsthand experiences as business owners who have successfully integrated AI into their operations. Rob and Mike provide...

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Finding Your Ideal Customer With Rob Stoner and Mike Sokolski

Finding Your Ideal Customer With Rob Stoner and Mike Sokolski

Do you have trouble finding your ideal customer? This week, we have on Rob Stoner and Mike Sokolski, co-owners of Horizon Managed Services, to talk...

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Meet Your Hosts

Eric Joern

Eric Joern

Eric is a graduate of Columbia College of Missouri with a degree in accounting and joined the firm in 2013. He is a licensed CPA and a key business advisor at Kaizen. Coming from generations of entrepreneurs, small business is in his blood.

He has spent his working career getting his hands dirty with concrete, increasing profits and efficiency, managing an automotive service department, and currently is a key resource for many small business owners. Eric is currently the lead on our Automotive concentration, with years of experience as an Automotive Service Advisor and connections in the industry to better serve his clients.

Eric enjoys live music, working with his hands, and spending time outdoors with his wife and their two pooches. A big fan of the Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks, he jumps at the chance to catch ‘em live and in person when he can.

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John Chiappetta

John is a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul in Chicago, IL. In 2003, John purchased a small tax practice in Antioch IL. He continued his entrepreneurial adventure, purchasing and merging with multiple accounting firms, and in 2022, merged his firm with Kaizen CPAs + Advisors. John has predominantly focused on tax planning and compliance. He also has his CFP® and is a licensed financial representative. John enjoys helping clients plan for a healthy financial future.

John enjoys spending time with his family. His wife Helen also has the entrepreneurial spirit, running a family diner in Antioch, IL. John and Helen have two children, Nico and Gianna. On John’s days off, he likes playing pickleball, golf, and the occasional pickup game of football. John appreciates Kenosha’s lakefront and frequently takes long walks on the beach. (He takes some amazing pics of the sunrises over Kenosha’s HarborPark!)