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  • 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!

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  • 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!

  • The Dirt Talk guest this week is from "across the pond," as it were: Nick Drew of Digger Man Blog fame.
    This week, Nick was kind and gracious enough to share his Saturday evening with us and, as Aaron Witt says, "shoot the poop." Aaron and Nick discussed Nick's construction background prior to focusing on writing about the Dirt World, what he misses (and doesn't miss) about the work, and how trolls on the internet don't deserve any recognition at all. Enjoy!
    Check out earthmoversmagazine.co.uk/digger-man to read up on what Nick works on.
    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!

  • G'day, fellow Dirt World people. Aaron and Alex geek out a little about the BuildWitt Team meeting that happened a few weeks ago. They eventually discuss small ways that teams/organizations can introduce training into their company culture and why some industries rely on migrant workers vs others.
    Thanks for the questions - please keep them coming!
    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!

  • Marcus Sheridan is a new friend of ours, but boy, are we glad we brought him around! In his words, he's an "International Keynote Speaker on Digital Sales/Marketing, Ranked #1 LinkedIn Voices for Entrepreneurship, Author of They Ask, You Answer...and a Dang Good Follow on LinkedIn"... and sharpened all those tools moving some dirt early on. He is one of the first speakers we brought on to be featured on the BuildWitt Leaders platform, and the more we've gotten to know him and vice versa, the more we realize how helpful and interested he could be to help us make the Dirt World a better place.
    This week, Marcus and Aaron connected to discuss how companies in the Dirt World can (and should) be marketing themselves to potential team members, why workers can be the best recruiting tool, and why this all fires Aaron up so g-d much!
    To learn more about Marcus Sheridan, you can visit his website marcussheridan.com. OR just follow him on LinkedIn, since, as he says, he's a "Dang Good Follow"!
    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 pals. Dirt Talk-erinos? We're working on it.
    Alex and Aaron geek out about how BuildWitt Leaders is going, as well as their excitement over the last few episodes of the podcast recordings in Aaron's house.
    This week, the guys dig in about how people start a dirt world business without debt (and how debt can be a useful business tool) and when Aaron first started to understand the need for change in Dirt World culture.
    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!

  • Molly Abbott of ban•spas Consulting is our guest this week. ban•spas is an organizational consulting + interior design firm based in the Arizona desert, and Molly was kind enough to work on a pretty big BuildWitt project: she designed and planned out the new BuildWitt Offices in Nashville, TN. Since she and Aaron Witt are the 2 people most intimately familiar with the space, it made sense to get them to talk about the entire process! And since we got a handful of requests asking to hear an episode about the new office, we figured we could share the conversation as a podcast!
    Molly, along with Aaron and Alex, talk about the long history of the building, why we felt compelled to build out a custom space for a team that is scattered all over the US, and why the space already feels SO special. Thanks for letting us geek out about our new offices.
    To keep up with what Molly and ban•spas are up to, check out the links below:
    website: banspas.com
    Instagram: @banspas.consulting
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mollymargaretabbott/
    Pinterest: pinterest.com/banspasconsulting/_saved/
    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! This week, Aaron and Alex chat at Aaron's home "studio"... but this is one of the last times ever, as the new BuildWitt Studios are almost complete! Can't wait to share photos and videos of the new space with the Dirt Talk community.
    On this week's episode, Aaron and Alex discuss what it takes to transition from doing landscaping work to excavation, Aaron's interest in owning a warehouse, and the naming rights of the BuildWitt skid steer.
    We're SO excited to be sharing the link to BuildWitt Leaders, our new leadership education website. Visit and join at leaders.buildwitt.com and join the movement to help 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!