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Mission CTRL

Mission CTRL is Peralta Design’s podcast on all things branding, marketing and tech. Join our hosts Ramon Peralta and Jorge Pezo-Candelario as they share ideas with past clients, industry partners and the rest of the PD crew. Since 2008, Peralta Design has launched hundreds of brands using award-winning strategies for clients of all sizes; from start-up entrepreneurs to Fortune 500s.

Leaders Need Coaches Too with Chad Betz

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Leaders Need Coaches Too with Chad Betz
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Chad Betz, an executive coach, speaker, and the published author of “Late Bloomer” and most recently, ”The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese”. He has devoted himself to helping people and organizations achieve success through building relationships, improving processes, coaching teams, and driving production. Chad shares his journey from growing up in Bridgeport, CT, to what inspired him to become an author, and the importance of giving back to the community. You don’t want to miss this episode that is sure to inspire you to become the best version of yourself possible.

Corporate Leadership from the MotorCity with Eric Hardy and Carolyn Ball

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Corporate Leadership from the MotorCity with Eric Hardy and Carolyn Ball
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In this special episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Eric Hardy, w3r’s President, CEO, and co-founder, and Carolyn Ball, w3r’s Vice President of Strategy & Client Solutions. w3r Consulting is an award-winning, IT consulting and management company that delivers enterprise solutions at the intersection of innovation and ingenuity. Together Eric and Carolyn walk us through the story of how w3r began as a dream for Eric and his friend Patrick Tomina, while they were attending the University of Michigan for engineering and discovered their passion for technology. They joined forces with Keith Echols to transform w3r into one of the best-in-class and fastest growing I.T. companies in the nation. Throughout the episode they shared the importance of having a great office culture and providing quality customer service. You don’t want to miss this episode, that is sure to inspire you to have faith in your skills, hustle, and chase your dreams!

Diversity & Inclusion with Simone Morris

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Diversity & Inclusion with Simone Morris
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Simone Morris, an amazing transformative leader and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the field of Diversity and Inclusion! She’s the CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises, a professional services firm that provides career expertise and inclusive leadership consulting to empower others to take control of their careers. Morris is a fellow podcast host, a published author, and contributor to Forbes, Glassdoor, Thrive Global, Leadercast, Socialhire.com, Smart Recruiters, and more. Ramon had the pleasure of being featured on her podcast, and now it’s her turn to be on Mission CTRL. Throughout the episode Simone discusses the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, her journey from spending two decades in Corporate America to starting her own business, and what made her make this transition. You don’t want to miss this inspiring and thought provoking episode!

Doing Great By Doing Good with Lee Cantelon

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Doing Great By Doing Good with Lee Cantelon
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Lee Cantelon, a global citizen, talented photographer, and fellow creative. However what is most remarkable about Lee is his dedication to helping the less fortunate. Cantelon’s mission has tied into his role at Microboard where he is in charge of Special Projects. This outstanding company, located here in the Valley, has been involved in aid projects among the world’s marginalized, and crisis-impacted peoples for the past 30 years. Throughout the episode Lee discusses the importance of giving back to the less fortunate, the inspiration for his mission work, and his experiences volunteering all over the world from working with gangs in Compton to bringing clean water to parts of Nigeria and Rwanda. This episode is sure to inspire you to leave the world better than you found it. 

Gabbin’ About Gotham: PD reviews “The Batman”

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Gabbin' About Gotham: PD reviews "The Batman"
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In this special episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by PD flight crew members Jorge, Amanda, and Francisco! The team came together to discuss the newest installment of the Batman saga, “The Batman” directed by Matt Reeves. The film stars Robert Pattinson in the dual role of reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne, and his alter ego the Batman, Gotham City’s vigilante detective. “The Batman” has been extremely well received by audiences and is set to become 2022’s biggest hit as their box office nears $500 Million! Listen in as the team shares their theories and impressions of the film along with their ranking of “The Batman” compared to DC’s other Batman movies. This fun “pop culture” episode is one you won’t want to miss! P.S. SPOILER ALERT

Transformational Leadership with Dr. Dwayne Smith

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Transformational Leadership with Dr. Dwayne Smith
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Dr. Dwayne Smith, the CEO of Housatonic Community College. Dr. Smith is a fellow Alpha Brother who is held in high esteem across the country for his roles in education, servant-leadership, and transformational leadership. He is the immediate past interim president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, and in a short time is already making a tremendous impact here in the Greater Bridgeport community. Smith has more than 30 years of higher education leadership and teaching experience and was appointed by the Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education to the President’s Advisory Council and was named to the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Specialist Program. Dr. Smith discusses systematic oppression and its role in the education system and his story from his humble beginnings to becoming the CEO of HCC! This episode is sure to remind you that no matter your beginnings, you can always achieve your dreams and inspire others. 

Strategies for Innovation with Elena Cahill

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Strategies for Innovation with Elena Cahill
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Elena Cahill, the new Vice President of Innovation, Strategy, and Advancement at the University of Bridgeport. Elena is a highly sought after entrepreneur, speaker and author who continues to oversee the University of Bridgeport’s Bauer Hall Innovation Center, leads UB’s government and external affairs programs, and serves as the contact for city, state, and federal officials. She previously served as the director of the School of Business and launched UB’s Student Entrepreneur Center in 2014. Elena and Ramon discuss their UB experiences and what drew them to the University. Elena takes us through her journey from being a corporate lawyer, to becoming a business consultant with a self-proclaimed “entrepreneurial bug”, to becoming a business professor at UB. This episode is sure to remind you that it’s never too late to change your path and follow your passions!

Time Management with Productivity Coach Don Wetmore

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Time Management with Productivity Coach Don Wetmore
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, the President of The Productivity Institute.Don is a legend in the world of productivity and time management, and his proven methods are known to increase productivity rates by 25%. He has led more than 2,000 presentations for over 100,000 people all over the globe, and has even been to Dubai several times as a professional paid public speaker and subject matter expert! His presentations employ humor, actionable strategies, and down-to-earth advice to help participants advance their lives and meet their goals. Don discusses, in this episode, how shifting his business model during the pandemic, from in-person events and meetings to virtual ones, has allowed him to increase his client base. You won’t want to miss this inspirational episode that will motivate you to get productive and roll with the changes!

Media Man with Matt McGuire

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Media Man with Matt McGuire
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by long-time friend Matt McGuire, who is an account executive at MNI Targeted Media Inc. where customer-centric, brand agnostic campaigns start. Matt is a big sports fan, a husband, a great dad, and a lover of all things media-related. He discusses what it’s like working at an agency like MNI, what Targeted Media is, and how it can help business owners. You won’t want to miss this episode as Ramon and Matt reminisce about their time as coworkers at Priceline.com, the Dot Com era, and all of the craziness that went along with it. Tune in for this amazing episode!

An Entrepreneur’s Lens with Olivier Kpognon

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An Entrepreneur’s Lens with Olivier Kpognon
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Olivier Kpognon, the founder of O & Co. Media Group, a full-service photography, film, and design studio launched in 2003. He’s one of PD’s strategic partners and is known in these creative streets as a self-described international lifestyle “documenteur”, a world traveler, and a jetsetter. Olivier or “O” as many call him is a master with the lens and one of the hardest working creatives we have encountered. You won’t want to miss this candid and inspiring video, where Olivier walks us through his journey as a business owner and how he adapted his business during the pandemic so he could continue to capture magic with a lens. Tune in!

Using Data to Communicate Value with Bryan Tamburrino

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Using Data to Communicate Value with Bryan Tamburrino
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined once again by Bryan Tamburrino, the Founder of Tangible Analytics.  Listen in as Bryan describes how his business found an entirely new vertical due to Covid that has now since become a main focus of his business.  Communicating value is getting increasingly more important as businesses struggle to differentiate themselves when the proof is all in the data. Bryan’s team continues to grow and expand and in this interview he shares his decision making process as well as some ‘scaling’ secrets and how he has implemented a new CRM platform – a conversation sure to help and inspire startup entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike!

Eye of the Tiger with Manny Torres

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Eye of the Tiger with Manny Torres
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very special guest, the Founder and Director of Technique Tigers Baseball Academy… Manny Torres. He’s a PD client and a former professional baseball player – The Texas Rangers selected him in the 28th round of the 1995 Amateur Baseball Draft but he chose to attend the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship and he played in the 1996, 1997 and 1999 College World Series. He signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds – but after recurring injuries was forced to find a new passion in life. This passion was working with kids and teaching the sport he loved all of his life — baseball. You won’t want to miss this story of grit and determination to follow your dreams despite all odds! Tune in!

Work Life Balance with Karla Checo

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Work Life Balance with Karla Checo
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a Dominican Republic-born, New York City-raised mother of two who set out to start her own company with almost a decade of bookkeeping management behind her. She focuses on small businesses because she strongly believes in serving her local community and beyond. Businesswoman Karla G. Checo, founded KGC Consulting in 2020 and is quickly becoming a sought after bookkeeping service in the Bethel, Connecticut area and beyond. Her fearless story of determination and balancing motherhood while running a small business is sure to inspire us all. Tune in! 

Video Storytelling with Dave Whitney

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Video Storytelling with Dave Whitney
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very special guest,  he’s a fellow Networking in Diners member, one of PD’s strategic partners. He’s an entrepreneur, small business owner and a master with the lens – he’s a video storyteller, an auto enthusiast… he loves cars and we share a passion for speed. In this candid and inspiring video, David walks us through what drives him as a business owner and what makes video storytelling such a compelling part of small business branding. Tune into this episode and hear from the man behind the wheel AND the camera, the owner and president of Whitney Productions, Mr. David Whitney.

Unleash Your Multipotentiality with Tom Step

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Unleash Your Multipotentiality with Tom Step
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very special guest,  he’s a long time PD client and supporter, he’s a published author, an entrepreneur, a former break-dancer (yes, he’s old school Hip-Hop!) a passionate educator, a fellow podcaster, and most importantly, he helps people discover their multi-potentiality… As a personal coach for life and business, Tom inspires and is a positive voice in the community. In this episode he reveals so many things about himself and the people he helps – and the WHY behind his mission – you really can be ANYTHING you put your mind to! Tune in… you don’t want to miss it!

Tax Talk with Ryan Elblein CPA

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Tax Talk with Ryan Elblein CPA
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very special guest, an entrepreneur, small business owner, PD client, and fellow Networking in Diner’s member Ryan Elblein of Elblein CPA – Ryan’s been a Certified Public Accountant in Connecticut since 2019 and has worked at two different national accounting firms before recently launching his own practice.  Ryan chats with Ramon about his dedication and passion for helping the small business owner and as an entrepreneur himself, he really knows how to navigate an ever-changing tax landscape … the timing of this episode is perfect as you all get your taxes in order as we wrap up Q42021. Tune in!

Building Healthy Communities with Malcolm Wilson

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Building Healthy Communities with Malcolm Wilson
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very special guest entrepreneur, Malcolm Wilson, a local community hero.  Malcolm is a fitness and nutritional expert, a dad, a husband and someone who has quickly risen to the level of community leader because of his sheer passion to uplift all of those around him through healthy eating and fitness habits. In this episode Malcolm shares his humble beginnings and roots as an entrepreneur and how his community gym started in his mother’s basement and has quickly grown to be so much more… 

The Power of Music with Chris Hisey

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The Power of Music with Chris Hisey
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by the Maestro himself, Conductor Christopher James Hisey who serves as the Music Director and Founder of the American Chamber Orchestra, Music Director and Founder of the Connecticut Philharmonic, and Music Director of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras. Chris has also served as the Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Troupers Light Opera Company, and Perrysburg Symphony Chorale as well as the Associate Conductor of both the Perrysburg Symphony and the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater Orchestras. Listen in as Chris takes us back to his childhood influences and what drives his passion for inspiring youth through the power of music!

Let’s Talk Crypto with Jorge Luis Jimenez Rivas

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Let's Talk Crypto with Jorge Luis Jimenez Rivas
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Jorge Luis Jimenez Rivas, who serves as Junior Partner at Tampa, Florida-based Deltacore Capital – PD’s first Crypto Client!  Tune in for this energetic and informative conversation covering all aspects of crypto as an investment opportunity. Jorge is a super-driven, young entrepreneur with high energy levels – he is also a dad, a husband and family man, and a self-proclaimed cryptocurrency specialist. Ever wondered if you should go ‘all-in’ on Crypto? Listen in as Jorge tells Ramon why he sold all of his real-estate assets to invest 100% in crypto. Sound crazy? You’d be crazy to miss this episode on CRYPTO! 

Senator Blumenthal Announces MBDA Center

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Senator Blumenthal Announces MBDA Center
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In this special episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon gets the incredible opportunity to interview a US Senator Richard Blumenthal who visited PDHQ on Tuesday, October 12th, to announce the $2 million dollar grant awarded to the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) for the launch of the Connecticut Satellite office of the Massachusetts MBDA Business Center.

Peralta Design a proud member of the GNEMSDC and client of the MBDA, was honored to host the celebration of the Center. The Center will have a satellite office located in New Haven, Connecticut. At no cost to its clients, it will provide business development services with public sector and private sector buyers, export assistance, and capacity building services (financial management, strategic planning, marketing, process improvement, assistance with mergers and acquisitions, and assistance with access to all types of capital).

A Life of Service with Loni Richards

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A Life of Service with Loni Richards
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Ms. Loni Richards, a highly decorated Naval Officer Veteran and a United States Naval Academy Graduate. She selflessly served in Virginia, Hawaii, Djibouti, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut to include time at the Pentagon and Seal Team EIGHTEEN. She is also a Top 10 Finalist in the 2019 Ms. Veteran America competition. She’s also the co-founder of Service After Service, a non-profit that gives purpose to veterans as they transition from military service to public service. It’s an amazing organization, located right here in the Valley doing so much for our community and our veterans,  you don’t want to miss it!

Create For The Human with John Lim

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Create For The Human with John Lim
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by serial entrepreneur and local business advocate, John Lim, who is the Founder and CEO at WinLocal, a Stamford-based startup that is committed to empowering local businesses. Listen as John talks about his latest product, the ShareCard, and how it’s not only a smart business card of the future, but it’s also a powerful CRM – right in the palm of your hand.  Learn why John hates the term “small business”, what inspires him to keep innovating, and what his breakthrough moment was for this latest idea. You don’t want to miss it!

A Titan of Hispanic Marketing with Hector Bauza

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A Titan of Hispanic Marketing with Hector Bauza
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a legendary Ad Man Hector Bauza, who serves as Head of Business Development for 180 Agency / CIENTOCHENTA, a full-service strategic agency that focuses on connecting major brands with the US Hispanic and Multicultural market. Having been at the helm of several agencies, including opening his own at the young age of 24,  Hector shares his career in advertising and sales that takes us back to his days at Satchi & Satchi Puerto Rico, to Boston, to Orlando, and most recently to Tampa, Florida. Entrepreneurs and business owners alike will be inspired to learn what keeps Hector ticking and learn why Hector decided to team up with two other power-house creative partners to launch this latest venture. 

Changing the Narrative with Mercy Quaye

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Changing the Narrative with Mercy Quaye
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a dynamic, driven young businesswoman who started her career in journalism, worked in communications, and is currently at the helm of The Narrative Project, Connecticut’s only Anti-Racist Public Relations firm. In just two short years, Mercy has grown her New Haven, CT-based firm into a content-creating powerhouse championing the marginalized and disadvantaged communities in our state and around the nation. Join us for this really candid and poignant conversation, as Mercy shares her story of grit, determination, service, and leadership that is sure to inspire us all to do our part to make a difference in our communities.

A Passion for Service: Business Expansion with Fabian Durango

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A Passion for Service: Business Expansion with Fabian Durango
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very inspiring and driven, community-minded entrepreneur and local celebrity Fabian Durango who has bootstrapped his insurance empire Durango Insurance into a multi-office enterprise throughout the state of Connecticut. Fabian tells his story of humble beginnings and how he got started in the insurance business as a teenager. Listen to how his drive and passion to deliver a superior customer service experience is what has really fueled the amazing growth and expansion his business has gone through in recent years. Don’t miss this amazing young businessman’s journey as it is sure to inspire you!

Living the Dream with Gus Trent

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Living the Dream with Gus Trent
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Gus Trent aka Harlan Ware, an Alpha Brother Ramon has known for almost 30 years who has completely reinvented himself after serving in three wars including Iraq, Afghanistan, and The Persian Gulf War. Listen in to this amazing story of a retired Army Colonel turned Black Cowboy, living his dream and running his own horseback riding business on his ranch in Florida. This episode will inspire you to follow your dreams, no matter how far out of your reach they seem, Gus Trent’s story of Grace, Mercy, and Determination is sure to make you a believer!

A Valley Gem: Servant Leadership with Ron Pugliese

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A Valley Gem: Servant Leadership with Ron Pugliese
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a long-time elected official and public servant Ron Pugliese, who is President of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation (NEDC). Ron, a Waterbury native, lived in Naugatuck for 30 years and shares his story of being active in the community, including local government and volunteerism. From educator, to businessman, to being on the boards for Naugatuck Youth Services and the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, Ron’s story of servant leadership will remind you that a life of service and giving, is truly a life worth living. 

Life Imitates Art with Imo Imeh

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Life Imitates Art with Imo Imeh
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by his dear friend, colleague, and Alpha Brother, Dr. Imo Nse Imeh, an amazingly gifted Visual Artist and Scholar of the African Diaspora who received his Doctorate in Art History from Yale University. Imo is also an Associate Professor of Art History at Westfield College in Massachusetts, and shares his story, his passions and his mission in this emotionally charged, candid conversation that you do not want to miss as it is sure to inspire you!

Building a Global Staffing Brand with Sean Cogdell

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Building a Global Staffing Brand with Sean Cogdell
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a dear friend and colleague, Sean Cogdell who was appointed to the role of CEO of The Panther Group, a Global IT Staffing company in May of 2016 after acquiring the company he worked at for many years. Tune in as Sean, a Certified Public Accountant, shares his 30+ career insights in building, leading and growing a company and his passion for service in the community, and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the staffing industry. 

Hispanic Radio Advertising with Jose Villafañe

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Hispanic Radio Advertising with Jose Villafañe
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by a very special guest with a long, colorful career in radio, none other than the Founder and CEO at Multimedia National Agency, Jose Villafañe who has built an agency servicing global clients targeting the ever-growing US Hispanic market with nationwide spanish-language broadcast advertising. In this episode we follow Jose’s journey through corporate, his time at Katz Media, to breaking off on his own and starting MNA. You don’t want to miss this entrepreneur’s journey and a  peek inside the world of acquiring smaller niche radio markets and scaling nationally. 

Human Performance with Bruce Dixon

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Human Performance with Bruce Dixon
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by his dear friend and fellow Alpha Man, Bruce Dixon, an award winning innovator, social entrepreneur, adventurer, storyteller, and human performance geek. Bruce’s insatiable curiosity and zest for life has led him to trekking around the globe and to engaging in an eclectic array of vocations including professional football, financial services management, leadership development, organizational behavior, coaching and nonprofit innovation. His passions are framed by pushing the boundaries of mental, spiritual and physical performance. Listen in to this great conversation from someone who continues to push himself to improve while staying true to his mission to serve others.

IT Man on a Mission with Ari Santiago

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IT Man on a Mission with Ari Santiago
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by the awe-inspiring Ari Santiago, who not only hosts his own podcast “Made in America” but Ari is also the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT that was recently acquired by Florida-based Compass IT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. Ari’s story of triumph in the face of tragedy is one that is sure to move you to break through anything that is keeping you from your goals. Together we discuss pushing through life’s challenges, dad-life and his most recent achievement: negotiating a merger / acquisition of his multi-million dollar company during a pandemic. You do NOT want to miss this incredible episode featuring an amazing entrepreneur and leader.

What’s All the HOOPLA with Nicole Heriot-Mikula?

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What’s All the HOOPLA with Nicole Heriot-Mikula?
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Nicole Heriot-Mikula a mom, community activist and entrepreneur with enough energy to light up a city block for a month. Nicole’s positive energy is infectious and you will hear her share her passions over motherhood, music and her incredibly fun business: Bring the Hoopla which brings the fun back into fitness with an after school program unlike any other. You think using a Hula Hoop is fun, wait until you hear their backstory and how Nicole continues to give back in her local community to this day. It’s an integral part of the Bring the Hoopla brand and as a founder who cares deeply about leaving the world a better place than she found it, her story will inspire you to do more for others. Nicole is well known in Shelton, CT and is celebrating her 10th year in business. Tune in to find out what all the HOOPLA is about!!!

Making Data Tangible with Bryan Tamburrino

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Making Data Tangible with Bryan Tamburrino
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Bryan Tamburrino, the young, scrappy and hungry founder of Shelton, CT – based Tangible Analytics. Over the last several years, Bryan has grown Tangible Analytics into a data analyzing powerhouse with a highly skilled and qualified team of data scientists, grant writers and analysts ready to help take your data and make it tangible so that you can adjust your sails, grow your business and adapt to the changing times. In this revealing and candid interview Bryan revisits his professional growth as an up and coming Founder and solopreneur networking his way through the local business community through pivoting during Covid and the pandemic to hiring and expanding his practice to include new office space in downtown Shelton. More importantly, you’ll learn how much having the right data, and understanding it, will help your bottom line.

Personal Branding with Tavia Sharp, Image Consultant

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Personal Branding with Tavia Sharp, Image Consultant
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by Tavia Sharp, a personal brand strategist and image consultant who has spent 15 years in the fashion industry and has styled celebs like Drake, Chrissy Teigen and Ne-Yo.  She realized that she had a higher calling, to help others present the best version of themselves by focusing the what helps them make the greatest impact: their image. Join in to hear how Tavia pivoted from the fashion industry into personal branding and how she has navigated that new business venture during the pandemic to add a few more lines of service to her strategy. Tavia shares insights into why society has conditioned men to take care of everyone but themselves and how some quick and easy tips can really turn around even the busiest entrepreneur’s wardrobe with one of her consultations. Tavia is all about helping men look & feel SHARP so they can present better and feel better which positions them and their business ventures for even greater success!

Print Shop Pivots in Pandemic with Harry Burlakoff

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Print Shop Pivots in Pandemic with Harry Burlakoff
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by one of his best friends and colleagues, Harry Burlakoff, Founder and Owner of Shelton, CT  – based Minuteman Press of Shelton. Anyone that has met Harry knows that he has a heart of gold, this Gold Seal Award Winner epitomizes the socially responsible business owner.  As a franchisee of Minuteman Press, he’s faced some challenges during the pandemic as many of his most loyals customers were adversely affected during the shutdown. In this episode, Harry tells his story of resilience and perseverance, a true American bootstrap entrepreneur who despite setbacks, never stopped giving back. Harry pivoted and began installing plexiglass barriers and has expanded his service offerings to include car wraps and promo items. Printing has picked up in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 and Harry’s determined to come back stronger than ever.

The Power of Public Relations with Jenny Smith

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The Power of Public Relations with Jenny Smith
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by one of his colleagues, Jenny Smith, Founder and Owner of Bloomfield, CT – based Acuity Public Relations. Jenny is the consummate professional with an impressive and colorful career in Public Relations and Communications that has taken her from the heartland of America to Puerto Rico, California and beyond. In this episode, Jenny shares how she first discovered her gift for writing and communications and built a career that has culminated in her being at the helm of her own firm. Peralta Design recently collaborated with Jenny and Acuity in a large-scale rebrand and relaunch of Care at Home by JFS. A master storyteller, Jenny takes us back to 1984, when she first started creating successful marketing and public relations programs for private sector, government and not-for-profit clients.

Better Management with Tony Rodriguez

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Better Management with Tony Rodriguez
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by one of his mentors, a dear friend and client Tony Rodriguez, President of Hartford, CT – based Daniel Penn & Associates. Antonio (Tony) Rodriguez is a certified management consultant with 35+ years’ experience in encouraging collaboration and progressive thinking to bring about effective change and organizational transformation. From being born on a coffee farm in Puerto Rico to running his own successful consultancy, Tony shares his stories, his journey and life lessons in leadership and entrepreneurship and good old American drive and hunger in his drive for success. We couldn’t get him to share about his Studio 54 Disco days, but we think we can get him back for a Part 2!

Leadership Lessons with Bing Carbone

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Leadership Lessons with Bing Carbone
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by one of his mentors, a dear friend and client Bing Carbone, President of Modern Plastics in Shelton, CT. This exemplary leader and community servant authored a book called, “The Positive Leader with a Big Impact” and recently picked up painting as a hobby. Bing shares insights about being born into a family business that his grandfather started over 75 years ago and growing it into a powerhouse company that produces exclusive medical grade plastics. Bing grew and pivoted Modern Plastics during the pandemic and shares leadership lessons as they pivoted and began producing thousands of PPEs and other safety supplies to help battle the spread of COVID19 and keep our front line workers safe.

The Law of Music with James L. Walker Jr.

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The Law of Music with James L. Walker Jr.
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by his Alpha Brother, friend and client Attorney James L Walker Jr. of Walker & Associates, an Atlanta-based multi-disciplined law practice with a focus on entertainment law. James, a former journalist, an ordained pastor, musician and lawyer is also a Bridgeport, CT native. This serial entrepreneur authored a book called, This Business of Urban Music, and not only shares some of his biggest cases defending gospel artists, but drops gems on how he has expanded and scaled his law practice into a network of attorneys serving clients all over the country.

Black Lawyer Series with Attorney Michael L. Chambers

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Black Lawyer Series with Attorney Michael L. Chambers
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by his Alpha Brother, friend and client Attorney Michael L. Chambers who recently hired Peralta Design for a full rebrand and relaunch of his Hartford-based Law practice. Michael tells his story of hard work and commitment to community in this American Dream story sure to inspire entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Running a sole practice, buying your own building and scaling up is not for the faint of heart, but being a dad and husband in the process makes life much sweeter. Listen in as these two frat brothers turned CEOs keep it real and talk law, branding and business!

Let’s Talk About Fonts with Joe Treacy

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Let’s Talk About Fonts with Joe Treacy
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by the one and only Joe Treacy of innovative font house Treacyfaces®! Joe Treacy is a fellow Creative Director from the ‘old school’ of design and drops many gems in this episode chock full of typographical history sure to delight senior designers and novices alike. Tune in to learn about why typography is so important to great design directly from someone who has created his own fonts – Joe knows type!

Networking Effectively with Rob Thomas

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Mission CTRL
Networking Effectively with Rob Thomas
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by the one and only Rob Thomas of Rob Thomas USA! Rob is an old friend of PD’s who specializes in networking and even has his own virtual (at the moment) professional networking group, Networking in Diners. Tune in to learn the secrets of forging valuable connections and making the most of your network!

Redesign Your Business (and Life!) with TJ Everhart

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Mission CTRL
Redesign Your Business (and Life!) with TJ Everhart
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by the inspiring TJ Everheart! During her illustrious career, Ms. Everheart has been able to transform low performing groups into high performance machines by using her wildly successful Emotional Intelligence strategies. Learn about how much of an impact a work environment has on its occupants, and how you can become a more effective leader through emotional intelligence!

Social Design & Education with Kelly Page

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Mission CTRL
Social Design & Education with Kelly Page
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by social designer, entrepreneur, and Director of Bennett Labs, Dr. Kelly Page! With a Ph.D in the Psychology of Web Knowledge and over 18 years of experience, Dr. Page works at the intersection of innovation and social design. She uses her passion for innovation to create truly social cultures, organizations, and leaders in everything from startups to fortune 500s. Come listen in as she discusses the differences in education around the world, and her views on the importance of social design. You’re not going to want to miss this!

Great Communication with Tom Matthews

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Mission CTRL
Great Communication with Tom Matthews
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by the master communicator himself, Tom Matthews! Mr. Matthews got his start in the final days of the newspaper industry before jumping over to new media and broadcasting. These days, he’s Head of Communication and Marketing at Connecticut’s own Contractor Nation. Listen in as he tells us some of the secrets to being an effective communicator.

The Power of Mentorship with Steve Spiro

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Mission CTRL
The Power of Mentorship with Steve Spiro
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by consultant, mentor, and 4th degree karate blackbelt, Steve Spiro! Driven by the belief that mentorship can completely change a person’s life, Mr. Spiro generously coaches both companies and individuals to connect more meaningfully. Come listen in to some of his hard-won advice, and learn why mentorship is so powerful.

Scaling Minority Businesses with Anita Gardyne

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Mission CTRL
Scaling Minority Businesses with Anita Gardyne
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon and Jorge are joined by the incredible and fearless Anita Gardyne, President and CEO of Oneva Inc. Anita is a brilliant mind and serial entrepreneur who is passionate about lifting minority businesses. She has decades of experience working with billion dollar industry titans like Microsoft, and she knows a thing or two about launching a business (to say the least). Join us today for this incredible opportunity to learn from the best.

Chasing a Dream with Mike Massimino

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Mission CTRL
Chasing a Dream with Mike Massimino
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by acclaimed actor Mike Massimino who has landed roles in movies including The Irishman and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Mike brings us insights into the work of an actor and emphasizes the importance of resilience and chasing your dreams. Don’t miss this passionate and enlightening episode of Mission CTRL!

Fitness and Branding with Rob Rodriguez

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Mission CTRL
Fitness and Branding with Rob Rodriguez
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In this episode of Mission CTRL, Ramon is joined by fitness expert and gym owner Rob Rodriguez to discuss branding and the fitness world. Rob gives us a look at how a business must adapt to a crisis, and explains the changes he has made to his business model to weather the storm.