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  • The people have spoken: more guests who are learning how to get their dirt businesses up and running. That topic is by and large the most common request from our listeners, and so today, we're happy to introduce you to Kristine Muller, Co-Owner and Vice President of Muller Excavating in Fowler, IN. She was kind enough to come on Dirt Talk and have a candid conversation about her place in the Dirt World and the steps her company takes to build it the right way from the beginning.
    This week, Kristine and host Aaron Witt talk about how she ended up running an excavating company with her husband, the best way(s) to get more women into the industry, and the importance of teaching children how to work hard.
    To check out more about Muller Excavating, check out their FB page at facebook.com/mullerexcavating.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
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  • Aaron and Alex are podding in Dirt Talk Studios at the BuildWitt HQ this week, and are bringing the heat. Talking about hot air balloons.
    After Aaron details his latest travel across the Midwest and Southwest, Aaron and Alex discuss a few listener questions: examples of the best and most engaging safety meetings and why there are some aspects to the Dirt World that may turn away some young folks looking to start their careers (it's not the "millennials don't want to work anymore" garbage).
    Thanks for listening, we're so very grateful for all of the engagement and support from the Dirt Talk community.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
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  • This week's guest is Luke Payne, whose day job is marina sales, though he's been building his dirt company Black Iron Dirt in Fargo, ND. Black Iron Dirt is starting to make a name for themselves in the region with their black skid steers, so OF COURSE, Aaron was gonna love this guy.
    Luke and host Aaron Witt discuss skid steers, doing old things in a new way, and the advantage of being your own investor. Though there were a few technical difficulties with the conversation, the episode is a great lesson in "doing things in a way that makes sense for you".
    To follow Luke's story, check him out on IG @blackirondirt or the website blackirondirt.com.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
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  • On this week's Monday episode of Dirt Talk, Aaron has to sadly (but with a hopeful ending) recount how he accidentally rolled the BuildWitt Skid Steer aka "The Earth Moover" onto its roof last weekend. Aaron was totally safe thanks to the CAT safety features (#notsponsored), but the 259 is gonna need some time in the shop.
    Afterwards, Aaron and Alex spend some time talking about addressing an unsustainable workload and why new business owners might not want to take whatever job they can get when they're starting out.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
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  • Dirt Talk had our very first guest in the Dirt Talk Studios this week, which is very exciting. He's also arguably our youngest guest to date.
    Watch the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naImfk4rPrY
    This week, our guest is Dylan Taylor, a 20-year-old laborer and construction management student from MN. Dylan is a pretty special guy for a lot of reasons: he's already worked 2 summers as a laborer for Duininck Inc., he just started a 2-year college program for construction management, and he's traveled and meet with people all over the industry to make connections and learn from those more experienced than him.
    In episode 87 of Dirt Talk, hosts Aaron Witt and Alex Horton have a conversation with Dylan about what it's like to get into the industry at a young age, important advice he's already received, using doubt from others as fuel for your own internal fire, and how he's figuring out how to run equipment with only one hand.
    To follow along with his story, you can follow him on IG @1armedtrades or on LinkedIn.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
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  • Aaron and Alex are back in Dirt Talk Studios, coming to you "live" from the BuildWitt HQ. Not live, but... well, you get it.
    After opening the floor for Aaron to vent about the comments he gets when he posts photos of remote-controlled equipment, he and Alex discuss what to actually post photos of when you're trying to build your brand online (the answer is whatever you're working on) and what kind of lessons (good and bad) that Aaron has learned since starting BuildWitt.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • This is part 2 of a 2-parter!
    Aaron and Alex had the enormous pleasure to have Sal Frisella as a guest on Dirt Talk. Sal is the President of 1st Phorm, a health and fitness company based out of St. Louis, Missouri, but that's not why he's the guest this week (okay, maybe a little). He's on the podcast this week because he's got a well-documented love and appreciation for the trades and blue-collar work. He owns a few pieces of equipment and takes every opportunity to hop in his Bobcat and move some dirt or brush. He's also a phenomenal speaker and unapologetically himself. The guys had a great time getting to know him and he and his team at 1st Phorm were so kind.
    This week, Aaron, Alex, and Sal finished up their podcast session at the 1st Phorm HQ. In the second half of the recording session, Sal talks about how their company builds systems that allow for their team members to grow, improve, and build a career. He also talks about how leaders can truly support their teams, how the "millennials don't want to work" attitude is trash, and building respect among your team.
    Follow Sal on IG at @mrfrisella.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Alex and Aaron are coming to you from the 1st Phorm HQ in St. Louis, MO. The guys are in town to record with Sal Frisella (President of 1st Phorm) and figured while they were there, they might as well take the mobile podcast rig out for a spin.

    This week, Aaron talks about his travel out West, and then the guys talk construction equipment in James Bond films, general contractors (and why Aaron isn't fully qualified to weigh in on them), and small dozers vs large dozers.
    To listen to the episode Aaron mentioned about GCs, click here: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of General Contractors with Garret Moss.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • This is part 1 of a 2-parter! Aaron and Alex had the enormous pleasure to have Sal Frisella as a guest on Dirt Talk. Sal is the President of 1st Phorm, a health and fitness company based out of St. Louis, Missouri, but that's not why he's the guest this week (okay, maybe a little). He's on the podcast this week because he's got a well-documented love and appreciation for the trades and blue-collar work. He owns a few pieces of equipment and takes every opportunity to hop in his Bobcat and move some dirt or brush. He's also a phenomenal speaker and unapologetically himself. The guys had a great time getting to know him and he and his team at 1st Phorm were so kind.
    This week, Aaron, Alex, and Sal sat down in the 1st Phorm HQ and dug into all kinds of topics. The guys talk Sal's upbringing learning tools and how to use all kinds of machinery, the importance of setting your own "balance" in your life, and why Sal is obsessed with his electric weed whacker.
    Follow Sal on IG at @mrfrisella.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • This week, Aaron is in the Dirt Talk Studios while Alex is traveling - a real switcheroo after all of the traveling Aaron has been doing. Aaron recounts his East Coast trip this past week, and then the guys discuss questions about companies that don't allow their employees to post photos of their job sites and how leaders can best help their team members get in roles their best suited for.
    For the entire month of September, we’ll be doing a drawing of all submissions each week to win $100 to the BuildWitt store, but we will send a discount code out to each person that submits a review.
    To submit for the drawing(s):

    Please leave a review for Dirt Talk on Apple Podcasts


    Screenshot your submitted review and email it to DirtTalk@BuildWitt.com



    Look forward to hearing from our Dirt World (and Dirt World loving) folks. Thanks so much!
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Once again, this podcast manages to stumble into bringing on an expert in their field as a guest. Everyone welcome Britton Lawson, Director of Construction Technologies at Veit & Company. Britton, a self-described "technology nerd/equipment enthusiast," started his career as an operator and because of his interest in technology, he's often found himself as an early adopter and expert when it comes to construction technology.
    This week, host Aaron Witt has a conversation with Britton to discuss Britton's experience, how Veit has become a major user of many kinds of modern technologies to make their crews more effective, and why technology makes the best operators even better.
    Follow Britton on IG at @technology_sandbox.
    For the entire month of September, we’ll be doing a drawing of all submissions each week to win $100 to the BuildWitt store, but we will send a discount code out to each person that submits a review.
    To submit for the drawing(s):

    Please leave a review for Dirt Talk on Apple Podcasts


    Screenshot your submitted review and email it to DirtTalk@BuildWitt.com



    Look forward to hearing from our Dirt World (and Dirt World loving) folks. Thanks so much!
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Happy Monday, ladies and germs. So. After emphatically stating that they were officially done recording podcasts at Aaron's house... this episode was recorded at Aaron's. Aaron and co-host Alex talk a little bit about the trials and tribulations of all of the inspections needed to open up a new office space for your company before Aaron goes into talking about the BuildWitt Skid Steer and why it was a great idea for BuildWitt to get it.
    Later, the guys discuss the challenge of getting insurance for a small business and Aaron brags a little about RAWSO's (not-so-overnight) recent success.
    This week, we are launching our podcast review contest! For the entire month of September, we’ll be doing a drawing of all submissions each week to win $100 to the BuildWitt store, but we will send a discount code out to each person that submits a review.
    To submit for the drawing(s):

    Please leave a review for Dirt Talk on Apple Podcasts


    Screenshot your submitted review and email it to DirtTalk@BuildWitt.com



    Look forward to hearing from our Dirt World (and Dirt World loving) folks. Thanks so much!
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • We've finally tracked down the person who was around for the very very beginnings of BuildWitt (other than Aaron Witt)... introducing Mr. Kevin McCawley, who used to ride around the American Southwest and take photos with Aaron as they would shoot photos of any job site they could find. Now, Kevin is a med school student at the University of Michigan, but he was kind enough to sit down and help tell some behind-the-scenes stories of the birth of "BuildWitt" as we know it.
    Co-host Alex Horton joins Aaron and Kevin to recount the winding road of how "BuildWitt" as a brand came to be. Whether you've been following the BuildWitt story for years now or this is your first introduction, this episode is chock full of never-before-shared stories of the early wins and failures. Aaron also tells the story of how Kevin got roasted on social media for posing for a photo in front of some heavy machinery with Sperry's Boat Shoes.
    This week, we are launching our podcast review contest! For the entire month of September, we'll be doing a drawing of all submissions each week to win $100 to the BuildWitt store, but we will send a discount code out to each person that submits a review.
    To submit for the drawing(s):

    Please leave a review for Dirt Talk on Apple Podcasts


    Screenshot your submitted review and email it to DirtTalk@BuildWitt.com


    Look forward to hearing from our Dirt World (and Dirt World loving) folks. Thanks so much!
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • After months (and months and months and...), the guys are in the BuildWitt offices recording a podcast in Dirt Talk Studios. Big moment.
    Alex and Aaron talk about Aaron's "Rules for the Office"... before having to stop recording because the restaurant down below is too loud to record. So, they come back 16 hours later to pick it up, and Aaron talks about the Founding Members aspect of BuildWitt Leaders. They then discuss a few listener-submitted topics about being included in all company events as an intern and how company's do (or don't) incentivize their employees to not move to other companies.
    To learn more about BuildWitt Leaders, visit leaders.buildwitt.com.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Sean Coghlan aka @shamrockseanj on IG is the Owner/Operator of Shamrock Earthworks Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Over the years, his company has done a little bit of everything, but they've made quite a name for themselves by building beautiful custom rock retaining walls. Seriously, those guys are out there building awesome rock puzzles. Sean was kind enough to hop on a call from a job site and catch up and talk dirt with co-host Aaron Witt.
    This week, Aaron and Sean went DEEP on the Dirt Talk (rock talk?) as Sean shared his love of the two-piece excavator boom, why "operator school" might be a good fit for some folks, and why a lot of folks no longer do snow removal. This was old-fashioned Dirt Talk at its best.
    To keep up with Sean and Shamrock Earthworks, check out their website at shamrockearthworks.ca. You can also connect with Sean on LinkedIn or follow him on IG at @shamrockseanj.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • This is the last podcast that co-hosts Aaron and Alex will record at Aaron's dining room table! Moving forward, all of our in-person podcasts will be recorded in the new BuildWitt Studios!
    This week, the guys discuss the merits of hiring someone to clean one's house, and then they talk about how to get access to job sites to take photos (be honest and authentic with whoever is in charge!) and what kinds of progress is being seen in the BuildWitt mission to make the Dirt World a better place.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Goodfellow Bros. has been around for a while. Started by 3 brothers after the end of World War I, the company has since worked to be one of the most trusted contractors in the industry.
    This week, we were lucky enough to be joined by Goodfellow Bros. CEO Chad Goodfellow, the fourth generation of family leadership at GBI. Chad grew up in the industry like many of the folks in our industry and though he's the CEO now, he spent many summers learning the industry as a laborer. He was kind enough to have an open conversation with Aaron about the history of Chad's family company, the importance of explaining to others why our industry is so vital, and then Aaron tries to trap Chad into inviting Aaron out to their operation in Hawaii!
    If you want to learn more about Goodfellow Bros, check out their website at goodfellowbros.com.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Aaron Witt went to a Grand Prix... in his neighborhood? Aaron and his co-host Alex talk a good bit about the interests and eccentricities of Nashville, TN. Later, they talk about how to get access to job sites to take photos (hint: be upfront and authentic) and some signs and trends that show that the BuildWitt mission of "Make the Dirt World a Better Place" might be on to something.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Brock Johnson reached out to us and shared his story... and whaddya know, he is now this week's guest on Dirt World. Brock is an interesting combo: not only is he a full-time operator working in northern MN, but he also started Prograde Excavating and spends his weekends building his own business. He certainly works a lot these days, but it's all towards a greater purpose: more freedom and flexibility for himself and his family.
    In this episode, host Aaron Witt and Brock talk about the challenges of starting a company while still working full-time for another company, being disciplined enough to always see the big picture, and what it's like to own a skid steer(!).
    To follow Prograde Excavating, follow him on IG at @progradeexcavating.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!

  • Happy Monday, Dirt World. This week, Aaron and Alex sit down to discuss why "lifers" in the Dirt World sometimes discourage their kids from coming into the industry, landfills, and what one of our BuildWitt Partners (Veit) is up to.
    If you want to visit the Veit website, go to veitusa.com.
    To connect with other people who listen to this show, use and search for the hashtag #betterdirtworld and join in on the conversation.
    If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay Dirty!