Business in Paradise – Palm Beach
Hosted by Cary Stamp, CFP®, AIF®, AEP®


Welcome to the Business in Paradise–Palm Beach podcast hosted by Cary Stamp, founder of Cary Stamp & Co., Principled Wealth Advisors.

Cary and his guests share stories and insights from Palm Beach County’s most successful executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders to find out how they made it to where they are today, what principles guide them, how they mentor others to achieve success, and more.


KYLE O’NEILL - How Vision, Determination, and Perseverance Built His Business
EPISODE 24 - 11/22/2021 

Cary Stamp is joined by Kyle O’Neill, a young star of the South Florida business community who is currently president of the Private Client Group at Starkweather & Shepley Insurance. His story recounts the experience of successfully launching an insurance business from scratch after moving to Palm Beach County without any local connections.

Kyle discusses how his vision for success turned into reality, and stresses the essential process of visualization and planning. Even though Kyle is the driving force behind his thriving career, he emphasizes the importance of being surrounded by the right team members and mentors.

You’re in the right place for a firsthand look at the journey of a young, flourishing entrepreneur.

Kyle talks about:

  • The most significant trait of a great salesperson
  • The “first sale” is about jumping over the fear” obstacle
  • Mastering the learning curve
  • The “Head High and Chin Up” recipe to face obstacles
  • Carrier appointments and where insurance pros can get them
  • The necessity of making mistakes on the path to success
  • Plus more!

Connect With Kyle O'Neill:

GEORGE GENTILE - Insights Into Four Decades of Palm Beach County Development
EPISODE 23 - 6/21/2021 

The career of landscape architect George Gentile tells the story of amazing development and change in Palm Beach County over four decades. George has been a central figure in the area’s governmental and commercial environmental engineering, development, and landscape architecture.

Cary Stamp speaks with George, now the senior partner at Gentile Holloway O’Mahoney & Associates, Inc (2GHO) about his landscape architectural career that contributed to Palm Beach County’s evolution. The conversation touches on mentoring, community service, business philosophy, and much more.

George discusses:

  • How Florida is highly dependent on managing stormwater and underground aquifers
  • His award-winning project that aided in resource recovery and managing landfills
  • Why punctuality is an important quality that every business person should have
  • Ways in which he contributes to the betterment of the community
  • His passion for the marine industry and other civic organizations
  • And more


Connect With George Gentile:

DAVE MARKARIAN - An Attorney’s Path to Success in South Florida
EPISODE 22 - 6/7/2021 

The legal field is a challenging yet exceptionally rewarding profession. Veteran South Florida attorney Dave Markarian, managing partner at The Markarian Group, has seen it all and has many insights about the field, the growth of Palm Beach County, and more.

In this episode, Dave joins Cary Stamp to discuss the journey from law school to managing a thriving firm of his own, and the career stops along the way. He dives into key decisions that led to success, provides useful advice picked up from mentors, and discusses the challenges he overcame—all with the backdrop of the remarkable evolution of South Florida.

You’ll learn:

  • The type of opportunities that Dave yearned for in his early career days
  • How to find successful people who have valuable knowledge to share
  • Why Dave believes strongly in having young talent on your team
  • The importance of active civic and community engagement outside of work
  • And much more!

Tune in now as Dave Markarian shares life-changing experiences and the principles that guided him through a successful legal career.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Dave Markarian on LinkedIn | The Markarian Group | Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce | CareerSource Palm Beach County | Habitat for Humanity of Florida | The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko | How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie | Getting Things Done by David Allen | Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, Sexy, and Smart–Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley

TOM BALLING - The Business of Concierge-Level Irrigation & Landscaping in Florida
EPISODE 21 - 5/24/2021 

Serving both Martin and Palm Beach counties, TCI Rood has established a reputation for excellence in the related fields of irrigation and landscaping, which are big businesses in South Florida.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by guest Tom Balling, president and managing partner of TCI Rood. Tom discusses how he managed to merge two significant companies to form a thriving larger entity, and shares his experiences and views on other entrepreneurial ventures that are part of South Florida’s boom.

You’ll learn:

  • How Tom overcame the challenges of integrating two separate businesses
  • The keys to building a lasting business partnership
  • Tips for establishing a solid leadership team in your organization
  • How TCI Rood focuses its efforts on giving back to the community
  • And more!

Tune in now as Tom Balling shares his expert insights on building a thriving business.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Tom Balling | Treasure Coast Irrigation / Rood Landscape | Quantum House | Hobe Sound Community Chest | The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell | The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni | The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni | Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

RAYMOND TAYLOR - Building a Leading Refrigeration Enterprise from Scratch
EPISODE 20 - 5/10/2021 

Launching a business comes with multiple challenges and often requires considerable capital investment. Raymond Taylor says, don’t let that hold you back.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Raymond Taylor, founder of Excell Refrigeration. His life’s work has been building a business empire that now employs nearly 200 people, after starting with a small loan from his father. Raymond shares the major challenges faced during his early professional years, how he manages adversity, and the strategies used to grow his business.

You’ll learn:

  • Why Raymond describes himself as a “hands worker” – and how it has helped his business
  • The importance of using a formal training process for new hires
  • Approaches that helped Raymond improve his company’s marketing
  • How to build lasting relationships with customers as well as employees
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how Raymond built a thriving Palm Beach County enterprise over the decades.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Raymond Taylor | Excell Refrigeration | Vistage | Palm Beach Air Conditioning Contractors Association, Inc. | Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Professional Alliance

PETER WEISZ - Why You Should Record Your Life Story
EPISODE 19 - 4/26/2021 

Is it enough to transfer a lifetime of wealth to future generations of a family—or is it equally important for elders to pass on the history and core values of a family?

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Peter Weisz, founder of Peter Weisz Publishing. Peter has written nearly two dozen biographies, helping people document their life stories in a manner that shines as a lasting legacy. Peter explains why people decide to tell their life stories, and how it helps pass family values and history to future generations.

You’ll learn:

  • How technology has made it surprisingly easy to write, publish, and distribute a book
  • Why a memoir is much more than just a litany of accomplishments
  • Three solid reasons to place values over valuables
  • How to use other tools to record your story
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to tell the story of your life in your own words.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Peter Weisz | Peter Weisz Publishing | High Octane: a Rearview Mirror Retrospective by Jim McCormick and Peter Weisz

ROB THOMSON - An Insider’s Look at the Real Estate Market
EPISODE 18 - 4/5/2021 

The real estate business has changed drastically over the years, and Florida is currently one of the hottest markets in the U.S.  Learn how an experienced real estate pro views these trends.

In this episode, Cary Stamp visits with Rob Thomson, Florida real estate expert and owner of Waterfront Properties, to gain insight into the current market conditions in Palm Beach County and beyond. Join Cary and Rob as they discuss the secrets to Rob’s tremendous success and share real estate business tips.

You’ll learn:

  • How Waterfront differentiates itself from thousands of real estate agents in the market
  • The pivotal role that the Internet plays in boosting the visibility of a business
  • How to keep up with rapidly growing demand during hot markets
  • How being tech savvy provides a significant advantage in the fast-paced real estate business
  • The biggest mistake made by business owners, according to Rob
  • And more!

Tune in now to stay ahead of the curve in the real estate market!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Rob Thomson | Waterfront Properties | Waterfront Yacht Brokerage | Bahama Boat Works | Big Dog Ranch Rescue | American Cancer Society | Jupiter High School | Edna Runner Tutorial Center

RORY SANCHEZ - Why Cybersecurity is Critical for Every Business
EPISODE 17 - 3/15/2021 

With the nonstop growth and use of technology that has been accelerated by the pandemic, the need for cybersecurity is now greater than ever.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Rory Sanchez, CEO of True Digital Security, to discuss the rising need for cybersecurity in every business, regardless of size. Rory discusses how business owners can potentially avoid common cyberattacks, and shares his experience as an entrepreneur, also providing tips to help you grow a business.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Rory managed to merge two companies with varying cultures
  • Why you should beware of phishing attacks – and strategies to avoid them
  • How to find the right people for your business that fit extremely well into your company’s culture
  • The importance of understanding your accounts, especially for new business owners
  • Rory’s advice on building a healthy work-life balance
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to improve your personal and business cyber security.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Rory Sanchez | True Digital Security | Jerald Dawkins | Tech Hub South Florida

CHRIS MERRELL - Creating a Vision for Your Business
EPISODE 16 - 2/22/2021 

Many people who have a demanding management role or run their own business struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Chris Merrell, CEO and founder of Communications Consulting Group. Chris started his first business in college, and he has taken on several significant new business opportunities during his career. He’s here to share his exciting entrepreneurial journey, revealing his greatest career achievements and setbacks, his view on how to create a vision for your business, and how he manages to maintain a positive work-life balance.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to create a long-term vision for your business – and develop a path to achieving it
  • Meaningful insights from numerous businesses that Chris currently operates
  • The importance of building a trustworthy team that can help you run your business smoothly
  • How to manage your time much more efficiently to ensure a great work-life balance
  • Chris’ advice on how young entrepreneurs can thrive in the pursuit of success
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn the key principles that guided Chris Merrell to success, and that you can apply on your journey!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Chris Merrell | Communications Consulting Group | | MATAGO

MATT CARROLL - Quality is What the Customer Ordered
EPISODE 15 - 1/11/2021 

Cary is joined by Matt Carroll, the CEO of Hoover Architectural Products, as Matt advocates for the importance of exceptional quality in every facet of business. Matt shares his experience, expertise, and advice for launching and managing an enterprise, emphasizing the importance of first-class customer service in achieving and maintaining success.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of mentorship and an effective team dynamic
  • How to plan strategically for the long-term growth of your business
  • How to focus on customers’ needs and adapting your business strategy
  • What happened within the awning industry amidst the pandemic
  • The history and culture of Hoover Architectural Products
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn about Matt Carroll’s journey in nurturing a thriving regional business.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Matt Carroll | Hoover Architecture Products | Vistage

BOB STILLEY - Impacting the Medical Field and Life in Palm Beach County
EPISODE 14 - 12/21/2020 

While many people are happy and fulfilled with their jobs at large companies, others step out of their comfort zone to forge their own path and legacy.

In this episode, Cary Stamp speaks with Heart Care Imaging’s CEO and President Bob Stilley. Offering a glimpse into his professional, personal, and community life, Bob discusses what it took to build his business and have an impact on the medical and Palm Beach County communities.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Heart Care Imaging’s role in the medical community
  • Bob’s take on his volunteer and community experience at Jupiter Medical Center
  • The importance of starting early: What Bob wished he knew before starting his business
  • Cary and Bob’s thoughts on the growth of the neuroscience field locally
  • How COVID-19 re-invigorated Bob’s dedication to his business
  • About Bob’s wife, MaryLynn Magar, and her contributions to Florida’s state legislature
  • And more!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Cary Stamp | Heart Care Imaging | Bob Stilley

JEFF LESLIE - The Secret to Success is Doing What Is Right
EPISODE 13 - 11/30/2020 

In this episode, Cary Stamp sits down with Jeff Leslie, CEO and president of ITS Fiber, as Jeff shares his journey of becoming an accomplished businessman through perseverance, honesty, and loyalty. Much of life is about making good decisions — the best personal and professional lives result from making good decisions as often as possible, and learning from every decision, good or bad.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Who Jeff is and how he came to be president and CEO of ITS Fiber
  • How making the right choices in life can lead you to phenomenal successes
  • Why it’s so important to understand your business competitors
  • How Vistage has influenced Jeff’s life in a positive way
  • How Jeff maintains work-life balance
  • And more!

Listen now to learn more about Jeff Leslie’s path to becoming a successful executive.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | ITS Fiber | Connect with Jeff Leslie on Linkedin

STATES HINES - How Vistage International Can Help You Become More Successful
EPISODE 12 - 11/16/2020 

Different perspectives and approaches can help you to achieve phenomenal business success. This is exactly what Vistage International does for small- to mid-sized businesses with its pool of successful CEOs, business owners and executives serving in peer-mentor groups.

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by States Hines, the extremely successful and hardworking businessman, and current chair for Vistage in Palm Beach County. States shares his experiences in various executive management roles, along with insights about how to be successful in business.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Common mistakes business owners make and how to avoid making them
  • Ways to improve your work-life balance as a business owner
  • How States Hines defines success
  • Strategies that successful business owners can use for cash flow management
  • The details of States’ background in business and his personal life
  • How to become a Vistage member
  • And more!

Tune in now to discover more about State Hines and the value of Vistage!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | States Hines – (561) 707-6151 | Vistage

TIM BURKE - The Revolutionary Journey From Paper To Digital Publishing
EPISODE 11 - 10/12/2020 

The rise of digital technology created a world in which most of our leisure and business information and interactions reside online. How did the professionals who create the information used in our day-to-day lives adjust to this rapidly-changing landscape?

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by LRP Media Group senior vice president and publisher Tim Burke to explore this and more. Together, they discuss the significant shift that the journalism and media industries have undergone and how Tim’s skills carried him through truly revolutionary times in advertising and publishing.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How dreams can change over time—and how they can change the trajectory of your career
  • Ways your skills can transfer between careers even when it may seem they are unrelated
  • How mentors can shape your life and career
  • The value of experience in multiple sectors
  • And more!

Tune in to hear from Tim Burke, senior vice president of LRP Media about his career, and how journalism and media have drastically changed over time. 

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | LRP Media Group

JOE STERANKA - From M.J. to the PGA—Behind the Scenes of Sports Marketing
EPISODE 10 - 9/28/2020 

Palm Beach County’s Joe Steranka has seen and done it all as a sports marketer. Joe joins Cary to share his insights into the power of sports marketing, drawing from years of experience as the former CEO of the PGA of America and a communications strategist at ProServ. Joe also shares key career lessons he’s learned along the way, and words of wisdom for those following in his path. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About Joe’s experience working with some of the biggest names in sports history
  • The impact Joe’s marketing strategies have had on the sports industry
  • About what it was like to work with Michael Jordan on Air Jordans
  • Words of advice for aspiring sports marketers
  • Plus more!

Listen now for an inside look at the big business of sports marketing!

Cary Stamp & Co. | Steranka Sports + Strategy

MARTIN DYTRYCH - Finding Business Paradise in Palm Beach County
EPISODE 9 - 9/13/2020 

As you grow wiser as a mature business person, your advice can help propel others towards success. Martin Dytrych, community leader and legendary Palm Beach County accountant and principal with Rehmann, joins Cary Stamp for a wide-ranging conversation about his career in the context of the Palm Beach County's growth. He provides advice about mentorship, thoughts for prospective business owners, and discusses instructive lessons learned.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Marty’s business journey in Palm Beach County
  • The people who impacted Marty’s life and success
  • Marty’s advice for prospective business owners
  • How Palm Beach County has evolved, through Marty’s eyes
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn tips for finding business success in Palm Beach County!

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Rehmann

RICHARD RENDINA - Real Estate for Healthcare
EPISODE 8 - 8/31/2020 

You may not have ever wondered how your doctors secured their office spaces, but if you’re in Jupiter, FL or greater Palm Beach County, chances are good that Richard Rendina may have helped your doctor find the ideal place.

Richard is chairman and CEO of Rendina Healthcare Real Estate. He joins Cary for a conversation on the state of Palm Beach County’s healthcare real estate industry, and the ways Richard works with healthcare professionals and the business community as a whole.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Richard entered the real estate business
  • The evolution of healthcare real estate in Palm Beach County
  • Key business lessons Richard learned throughout the years
  • The importance of estate planning
  • And more!

Listen now to learn about Richard's journey in Palm Beach County.

Resources: Cary Stamp & Co. | Rendina Healthcare Real Estate

DON HEARING - The Evolution of the Palm Beach County Landscape
EPISODE 7 - 8/20/2020 

The evolution of a community doesn’t happen overnight.

It takes years of hard work behind the scenes to make our communities into what they are today.

In this episode, Cary Stamp chats with one of the driving forces behind the evolving landscape of Palm Beach County, Don Hearing. As the president of Cotleur & Hearing Landscape Architects, Don has over 30 years of experience as a leader in landscape architecture in Palm Beach County. Today, Don recounts how he launched his business, the struggles faced, and the obstacles overcome along the way.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What success looks like to Don
  • Don’s advice for future entrepreneurs
  • The importance of balancing family life
  • And more!

Tune in now to explore how Palm Beach County became what it is today with Cary Stamp and Don Hearing!

Resources:  Cary Stamp & Co. | Cotleur & Hearing Landscape Architecture | Great By Choice by Jim Collins

DEAN LAVALLEE - The Business That Almost Wasn’t
EPISODE 6 - 8/20/2020

Some of the best opportunities can arise from most unlikely places. Dean Lavallee, CEO of Park Avenue BBQ Grille, has experienced this first-hand. Today, Cary Stamp chats with Dean about his business experience and how he grew his restaurant chain in Palm Beach County. Dean shares insight into the restaurant business, revealing his surprising entrance into the industry and how he evolved his brand over the years.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Dean’s advice for other business owners
  • How he balances family life with business
  • The importance of communicating well with both employees and customers
  • Plus more!

Tune in now to discover important lessons for restaurateurs from the South Florida master of BBQ!

Cary Stamp & Co. | Park Avenue BBQ Grille | The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard

MIKE MITRIONE - The Evolution of Palm Beach County Through the Eyes of a Lawyer
EPISODE 5 - 8/3/2020

Get ready for a leading attorney's insights into the growth of Palm Beach County and South Florida. 

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Mike Mitrione, chair of corporate practice at the powerhouse law firm, Gunster. Mike shares his story of growing up as a second-generation U.S. citizen, why he decided to pursue law, and his advice for aspiring lawyers. Mike also recounts his move to Palm Beach County, the extraordinary evolution of the region over the decades, and how the changes he witnessed have impacted the community.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • Why Mike originally moved to Palm Beach County
  • How he decided to pursue a career in law
  • Mike’s advice for aspiring attorneys
  • How Mike witnessed Palm Beach County's evolution over the past 40 years
  • And more!

DAN SHEEHAN - Growing, Working, and Playing in Palm Beach
EPISODE 4 - 7/20/2020

In this episode, Cary Stamp is joined by Dan Sheehan, the chairman and CEO of Professional Bank and Professional Holding Corporation. Dan discusses the many experiences he gained on his way to a successful career in professional banking. He shares his future goals and why he is an advocate of making banking personable.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the experiences Dan gained before entering the financial industry
  • His goals for the future of his business
  • Why Dan decided to create a bank that’s willing to hustle for its clients
  • His advice for future entrepreneurs
  • And more!

JOHN CARR - Thriving in Business in Palm Beach County
EPISODE 3 - 7/6/2020

Today, John Carr, president of JRC Consulting Group and chairman of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce recounts his launch in the sales industry and shares valuable insight into the continuous evolution of a business career.

  • Hear about John's experience breaking into the sales industry
  • The people who have influenced John’s business journey
  • Key lessons John has learned throughout his business career
  • How the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce impacts the community
  • And more!

KEN KENNERLY - What It Takes to Be Successful in Sports Management
EPISODE 2 - 6/22/2020

Ken Kennerly, the executive director of The Honda Classic and president and CEO of K2 Sports Ventures, shares his secrets to success in the sports marketing industry, what marketing moves go into creating famous sports events, and his best advice for anyone who is interested in a sports management career.

  • Learn how Ken entered the sports management industry
  • How he started his own company
  • Advice for those who are interested in the sports management industry
  • Ken’s philosophy for building client trust
  • And more!

CARY STAMP - Meet Your Host
EPISODE 1 - 6/8/2020

Meet your host Cary Stamp, founder of Cary Stamp & Co., Principled Wealth Advisors, interviewed by financial advisory industry consultant Matt Halloran. Learn how Cary and his business evolved into a respected and thriving practice based in Palm Beach County, about his passions outside of work, his philosophy towards balance in life, and more.

The information covered and posted represents the views and opinions of podcast guests and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Commonwealth Financial Network. The Content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional investing advice. Always seek the advice of your financial advisor or other qualified financial service provider with any questions you may have regarding your investment planning.

Cary Stamp and Company is located at 110 Bridge Road, Tequesta, Florida, 33469. Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.