Entrepreneur’s Corner with Ryan Lawrence (Part 2)

In this week’s episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle continues his conversation with Ryan Lawrence in the first installment of Entrepreneur’s Corner. Chad and Ryan are in Santa Clarita, CA, at Ryan’s Vintage Chariots retail location.  

The discussion begins with the topic of capital raising for early-stage companies. Ryan gets Chad’s insight on how to navigate the world of venture capital and seeking investments, who to approach, how much to ask for, and ways to spend money from investors effectively. Chad emphasizes the importance of confidence and knowing how to tell your story in a compelling way that shows potential, as this relates to success with investors as well. Chad also offers advice on protecting your brand, keeping it clear,  and how to use trademarks and intellectual property correctly as a company grows. 

The talk continues with an important topic for any business: money. Ryan asks for Chad’s opinion on how to manage inventory and keep costs down, specifically in apparel. “It’s very unpredictable,” is how Chad describes it; therefore, it’s important to create a good relationship with suppliers to negotiate reorders in a way that allows the business to identify what specific products are successful without amassing inventory and maximizing the cost, or even coming up with alternative methods of production for the top products. Chad also offers tips to increase sales in the store and engage the customers and strategies to deal with excess inventory while still generating value. 

The next topic the interview touches on is scalability. Ryan shares his concerns about possibly cheapening his brand as it continues to grow. Chad’s fundamental piece of  advice regarding this is “grow cautiously.” This means growing while preserving the integrity of the brand and what makes it unique. He mentions the fact that he favors incremental businesses in his own investments, those that get profitable and then get big. 

Ryan then talks about some of the specific aspects of his business, like his margins, prices, his customer base, and quality of his products in the industry. Chad and Ryan also discuss the changes the business can go through as it scales in the future. Chad once again advises to stick with what works and continue doing it. Finally, Chad gives guidance to Ryan on how to delegate. Ryan has handled all the details of his business so far, and while he wants to maintain his creativity, he recognizes that he needs help sometimes. 

This is the second part of the first series of the new Entrpeneur’s Corner format, where the script is flipped and the guest asks the host questions. Make sure you tune in to learn about all the different aspects of business from experienced entrepreneurs. 


Entrepreneur’s Corner with Ryan Lawrence (Part 1)

For the first time, host Chad Hagle goes on-site to Southern California to meet with entrepreneur Ryan Lawrence.  

Ryan Lawrence was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California where his family was full of civil servants. Listen in to stories of how Ryan, earlier in his career, was a real-life version of a Beverly Hills cop. Ryan says that he is “not a total mechanic” but does “appreciate the style and history” of vintage cars. Ryan still owns the 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero that he got when he turned 16 years old. Today, he is the thriving owner of VintageChariots.com, which has two retail stores in the Los Angeles area. 

“It’s like a family experience,” Ryan describes of being a part of car culture. It’s about more than men looking at metal, it’s about storytelling. Ryan appreciates the history, style, and the experiences behind the automobile industry. He has established himself as a resource for the classic car community, connecting with people who share a passion. 

To continue the conversation, Chad and Ryan turn the tables, and Ryan becomes the interviewer, asking Chad the questions this time. Ryan “pitches” his brands, Chariots Inc and Vintage Chariots, to Chad. He explains that there was a need for a lifestyle brand to exemplify the automotive and outdoor culture that relied on not only style but also high-quality materials, giving people the opportunity to express themselves and show what they love doing. 

Ryan gets Chad’s insight on how to promote himself and gain exposure when started a brand to let people know what the company represents. Even though Chad doesn’t consider himself an expert in marketing, he shares some of the lessons he’s learned in his own journey. “You have to maintain consistency” is his first piece of advice. Share your message continuously and simplify it as much as possible, associate the person with the brand and the story behind it.

Ryan explains how his brand went from vintage to Chariots Inc to include modern car enthusiasts. Chad shares his thoughts on how and how much brands can transition and change while still remaining true to their message without confusing their audience. They also discuss retail and sales strategies in the world of cars, touching on things like design, fashion, stores, location, and how to attract people’s attention visually. Finally, Chad gives Ryan advice on creating a good online presence and ways to reach more people in the environment around him and his space. 

This is the first part in a two-part series where the script is flipped and the guest will be asking the host questions. Make sure you follow through and listen in to Entrepreneur’s Corner, the latest and greatest format brought to you by Dadages Podcast.


The Distance Between Success and Failure (Part 2)

In this week’s solocast episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle continues the discussion of the Dadage, “The distance between success and failure in my career has been measured by one variable – the ability to create a sense of urgency,” this time focusing on project management and a successful organizational structure. Chad emphasizes how efficiency supports a “return on time” business model. He also shares the best practices and principles cultivated in his organization, which have proven to be effective in his business. Chad explains the importance of elements such as specific and clear deadlines and due dates, action items vs tasks, well-developed processes and procedures, and managing resources outside the organization, specifically contractors. Be sure to tune in to learn valuable insights about the critical role that project and time management play in any organization or business.


Chadding with Dads: A Conversation with Gary Rappaport (Part 2)

In this episode, host Chad Hagle continues the conversation with his mentor Gary Rappaport, founder and CEO of the Rappaport Company. In this second part of the interview, Gary shares his experience in business partnerships and how he’s handled some challenges that have come along with them. Gary and Chad also talk about the role of marriage and family in their lives. Gary offers insight into his family dynamics and emphasizes the importance of spending time making sure his family life is healthy while managing a successful business. Gary also discusses his passion for teaching once again, this time through writing and publishing books, with a new one coming out soon. This episode continues the series titled “It takes credit to make money.” Be sure to tune in this week to gain valuable knowledge from one of the most respected voices in the shopping center industry about real estate, investments, family, and life in general. 


Chadding with Dads: A Conversation with Gary Rappaport (Part 1)

In this episode, host Chad Hagle sits down with his mentor Gary Rappaport for a conversation about real estate, entrepreneurship, and life. Gary, a native New Yorker who now calls the Washington DC Metropolitan area home, is the CEO of Rappaport, a retail real estate company he founded in 1984. In this first part of a two-part series, Chad and Gary discuss Gary's journey in the real estate industry and how he not only builds but also manages real estate. Gary also shares his unique syndication model for investing in real estate and how he structures partnerships for sharing capital appreciation and cash flow. Tune in to learn from one of the most respected voices in the shopping center industry and gain valuable insights on building and managing successful real estate investments.


Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Spencer Burton

In this episode of Dadages, Chad Hagle sits down with Spencer Burton to discuss real estate, family, and life in the industry. Spencer is the President for Stablewood, a next-generation real estate investment platform. Chad and Spencer talk about the importance of building relationships and creating a good reputation in the world of real estate through conferences and other methods and one of Chad’s go-to Dadages, “When all else fails, just show up.” Spencer also explains that his company is a digital multi-strategy operator, using data as a tool to create specializations, and what that looks like in real life and potential investment opportunities. 

Spencer shares his passion for real estate financial models. He explains how he uses the forecast of the future of real estate cash flows to build models with data, which provide outputs that influence investing decisions. Spencer adds another Dadage to the conversation, “The day that this stops being fun is the day I stop doing it.” He emphasizes the significance of enjoying what you do and having fun while you do it. Chad and Spencer discuss their experiences and stories that have been part of their journey and led to successful careers in real estate. 

This episode continues the series “It takes credit to make money.” Be sure to tune in this week to gain valuable insights into the world of real estate and all that factors into investment decisions from some of the best professionals in the field. 


The Distance Between Success and Failure

In this week’s solocast episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle discusses the Dadage, “The distance between success and failure in my career has been measured by one variable – the ability to create a sense of urgency.” Chad focuses on how creating a sense of urgency in business has brought success in his career in real estate development through the years. He also emphasizes the importance of valuing time, even more than money, and explains the challenges he has encountered in contract negotiations while offering some guidance in this regard. 

In addition, Chad shares with the audience some of the difficulties he has experienced being a content creator and with the production process of his podcast during a busy time of the year. He also talks about some exciting new changes coming to Dadages, such as a new series called “The Entrepreneur’s Corner,” which will premiere soon.

This is the first of two episodes discussing the relationship between time and the business environment, focusing on business strategy and the pursuit of opportunities. The second part of the series will address the principles of sound project management and how the notion of creating a sense of urgency is applied in the project management process. Be sure to tune in this week and next to gain valuable insights into the crucial role that the importance of time plays in any business decision.


It Takes Credit (Part 2)

In this week’s solocast episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle continues the discussion of the Dadage, “It takes credit to make money.” This time, the focus is on raising capital in the world of real estate development. Through the story of his initial foray into commercial real estate development, Chad dissects different components of the capital stack, early money vs late money in a real estate deal, and how you can leverage different forms of credit to your advantage.

In addition, Chad shares his thoughts on the recent banking crisis and the impact it is having on the credit market, relating it back to other forms of credit that may become a better path for growth in the near future.

This is the second and final episode in the “It Takes Credit” two-part series, with Part 1 having focused on early-stage tech companies. Be sure to listen to both episodes to gain the full scope of the discussion.


It Takes Credit (Part 1)

In this week's solocast episode of Dadages entitled “It takes credit to make money,” host Chad Hagle shares his strategies for raising capital for early-stage companies. Chad shares the stories of his first company GetFit.com during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. He shares the stories of the Wild West from that time in Silicon Valley and what he learned about raising capital and dealing with venture capital investors.

Chad provides a model for building credibility in early stage companies as a means of building credit to secure funds from capital sources. He also provides valuable advice and a framework for creating an early-stage business plan.

Listen also to learn about the launch of Dadages version 2.0 and what that entails.

This episode is Part 1 of a two-part series, with Part 2 focused on raising capital for real estate development.


Chadding with Dads: A Conversation with Ward Hendon

Ward Hendon is an investor, teacher, and entrepreneur. His career has ranged from practicing law to starting and exiting a pioneering tech-enabled legal services firm, teaching MBA students, law students and incarcerated individuals, investing in promising new businesses, serving on boards, and mentoring/advising a handful of entrepreneurs and CEOs.