Day In A Canoe Podcast



Think of the people you interact with every day, would you want to spend a day in a canoe with them? This show is all about creating the life that you want, one filled with wealth, wisdom, meaning and purpose. And that starts with surrounding yourself with the right people people youd want to spend a day with, in a canoe.


  • 029 Day in a Canoe with Antony Davies: Professor of Economics at Duquesne University

    15/01/2020 Duration: 21min

    In this episode, Nathan and Antony Davies discuss:   How to create change from an economic perspective.  Sustainable incentives. Debts and government involvement in debt. The motivation behind writing his upcoming book, Cooperation and Coercion        Key Takeaways:   −The fundamentals of economics boils down to two things; all things have a trade-off and all people respond to incentives.   -The money the government spends without increasing the taxes will be taxed to unborn generations who will have to pay that debt despite having a say in this inherited debt.   −It is the government failing to do its job that is causing the short-term incentive problem, including the impact on the environment from companies.   −The biggest myth is that the government owes $23 trillion. The debt is much greater. That $23 trillion is just the federal government.       “The largest problem with the debt is that politicians have figured out a way to tax people who can't vote. And that's effectively what debt is." — Antony Dav

  • 028 Julie Faupel: Owner of Jackson Hole Real Estate and Founder of REALM

    30/12/2019 Duration: 18min

    In this episode, Nathan and Julie Faupel discuss:  Julie is the owner of Jackson Hole Real Estate and the newly launched REALM, a Real Estate tech company.   Decision making around risk taking.  Her recipe for success rooted around mindset.  Connection and authenticity with people on your journey.     Key Takeaways:  There is always a balance in risk taking. Have a healthy perspective on your life and your support makes it easier to charge head long into a risky situation.  Don’t be afraid of hard work – it might be scary or difficult, but good things will come.  Develop compassion for people in their journeys as they are now.  Fear is what keeps us small.      "The more you bring your most authentic self to the table, the better results you get from other people, the more honest the communications are, the higher you can actually achieve." — Julie Faupel       Connect with Nathan Mersereau:    Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: Twitter: @NathanMers

  • 027 Dakin Sloss: Founder and General Partner of Prime Movers lab

    05/12/2019 Duration: 12min

    In this episode, Nathan and Dakin Sloss discuss: Dakin’s professional journey. Breakthrough scientific startups. How the human experience will change with technology.   Key Takeaways: AI will have a dramatic effect on our lives. Valuable companies are created with valuable people. Don’t wait to take action when a decision is available. Diligence with communication is a key priority for success. The #1 ingredient in building your team is hunger within the individual.     “Success leaves clues. I have tracked those clues and tried to do what other, more successful people than me have done to follow in their footsteps.“- Dakin Sloss        Connect with Dakin Sloss: Twitter: @DakinSloss Website: & LinkedIn: Dakin Sloss   Connect with Nathan Mersereau:    Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: Twitter: @NathanMersereau LinkedIn: Nathan Mersereau Address: 36800 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304  

  • 026 Sara Vladic: Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Author of Indianapolis

    12/11/2019 Duration: 25min

    In this episode, Nathan and Sara Vladic discuss:  Sara’s role as the storyteller for USS Indianapolis   The story of USS Indianapolis.  What Sara has learned over the 17-year-long project.  The legacy of the USS Indianapolis.        Key Takeaways:  A perfect storm of miscommunication occurred in the disaster of the USS Indianapolis sinking on July 30, 1945.  Only 316 survived from the original 1,196 crew on board.  The legacy of the Indianapolis story is to recognize the significance of what our veterans choose to do for us and how they fought to provide the freedoms which we now enjoy.        "Not all of us are meant to serve, but we can certainly serve those who did and we should never forget that." — Sara Vladic        Connect with Sara Vladic:     Twitter: @SurfinSara  Book: Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man        Connect with Nathan Mersereau:      Phone: 248-645-1520  Website:  Emai

  • 025 Rob Follows: Founder and CEO of STS Capital Partners

    28/05/2019 Duration: 18min

    Rob Follows: Founder and CEO of STS Capital Partners   In this episode, Nathan and Rob Follows discuss: The STS Capital Partners value proposition.  Issues business owners should consider before selling. Philanthropy and creating legacy. Setting big goals to inspire your heart and mind.      Key Takeaways: It’s not what you think you’re worth as a seller, it’s what the buyer sees doing with your firm that matters most. Doing your homework in advance of a sale can lead to a significant increase in selling price. You don’t need a magical DNA mix to accomplish things in life, anyone can accomplish big goals with reflection, planning, and execution. Find a way to accomplish your goals. You don’t have to rush them, you just have to do them.     "You’ve got to set big goals, ones that you love and inspire you. Anyone can do that; it does take being brave." — Rob Follows     Connect with Rob Follows: Rob Follows, Founding Chairman & CEO 4 Robert Speck Pkwy Mississauga, ON L4Z

  • 024 Jennifer Crute Steiner: CEO of Alsana

    14/05/2019 Duration: 19min

    In this episode, Nathan and Jennifer Crute Steiner discuss: Alsana, an eating disorder recovery provider in California, Alabama, and Missouri. Jennifer’s career path and personal motivation to destigmatize mental health. How Jennifer uses Enneagram in her organization. Leading people through change, conflict and self-discovery.     Key Takeaways: Many people struggle with mental health issues but options for care and support are available. Enneagram is a tool to help you understand what you are innately good at and how you see the world. Awareness of personality types can improve empathy and communication. Shadow personality types show up during stress. Empathy and understanding is critical during change management and conflict.     “Once we really understand how differently folks see the world, it shifts the way we show up for them.” — Jennifer Crute Steiner       Connect with Jennifer Crute Steiner:   Alsana - From the Latin roots meaning “all” or “total health” Email –

  • 023 Bill Emerson: Vice Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Holdings

    30/04/2019 Duration: 20min

    In this episode, Nathan and Bill Emerson discuss: Bill’s upbringing, college days at Penn State and lessons learned from his father. How team sports shapes people. Bill’s journey from loan officer to CEO of Quicken Loans. Leadership insight, the importance of serving others and what motivates Bill today.         Key Takeaways: You don’t have to be the most talented, you just have to work harder than everyone else.   Effort, energy, and sacrifice is required if you want to be great. Everything starts with the people on your team and your relationships with them. Focus on removing obstacles for the people you are leading. Give in any capacity you can because it is the right thing to do.       "When you take team members and empower them to be part of the solution, you can do anything." — Bill Emerson     Connect with Bill Emerson: Bill Emerson, Vice Chairman Quicken Loans & Rock Holdings, Inc. 1050 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 800 863-4332   Twitter – @BillEmerson Quicken Loans website - ww

  • 022 Kim Laughton: President of Schwab Charitable

    16/04/2019 Duration: 21min

    In this episode, Nathan and Kim Laughton discuss: Kim’s role at Schwab Charitable How donor-advised funds work Charitable giving trends Kim’s career track and what fuels her mission to increase giving at Schwab Charitable Advice Kim would give to her 20-year-old self.   Key Takeaways: Every dollar matters and everyone can make an impact by giving to charity. Start giving early in life, even if it is volunteer time rather than money. You can have it all, but not necessarily all at the same time. Figure out what you want in life, be patient and don’t compromise. Embrace optimistic realism – look forward to the future, but be grounded in your present.   "It’s the marrying of the heart and the mind, when it comes to giving, that can make it the most satisfying." — Kim Laughton   Connect with Kim Laughton: Kim Laughton, President Schwab Charitable 211 Main Street San Francisco, CA 94105 Email – Company Website –   Connect with Nathan Mersereau: Phone:

  • 021 Liz Hwang: President of Jackson Handbags and CEO of Modern Essentials Designs

    02/04/2019 Duration: 17min

    In this episode, Nathan and Liz Hwang discuss: How Liz learned entrepreneurship from a young age while watching her parents. Liz’s passion for helping entrepreneurial women. The power of conversation and mentorship. Advice Liz would give her 20-year-old self.   Key Takeaways: You have to be quick to adapt to the changing environments in the business world. Put your family first, but don’t forget about the importance of your business. The quality of connection, not the quantity, is what is important in all of your relationships. Have an understanding of your consumer to better develop your brand.     "Entrepreneurship has a way to make a better world for everyone in it." — Liz Hwang   Connect with Liz Hwang:   Facebook: Website: & Email: LinkedIn:    Connect with Nathan Mersereau: Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: nat

  • 020 Greg Friedman: CEO of Private Ocean & Shaun Kapusinski: Director of Operations of Sequoia Financial

    12/03/2019 Duration: 22min

    In this episode, Nathan, Greg Friedman, and Shaun Kapusinski discuss: How Greg and Shaun came together to write The Financial Advisor M & A Guidebook. What drives a firm to consider M & A. How M & A can fuel growth plus facilitate succession planning. How people and culture define success.   Key Takeaways: Technology integration is critical in any M&A transaction. Don’t underestimate the need for frequent communication and ongoing recognition during and after a M & A transaction.  Invest the time up front to clarify roles, define transition steps and set expectations. Be prepared for the unexpected.   "M&A (mergers and acquisitions) is a pathway and opportunity for growth and succession planning." — Greg Friedman   Book: The Financial Advisor M&A Guidebook: Best Practices, Tools, and Resources for Technology Integration and Beyond by Greg Friedman and Shaun Kapusinski Connect with Greg Friedman: Greg Friedman, Founder, CEO and President Private Ocean 100 Smith Ranch Road, Suite

  • 019 Kathy Laurinaitis: Managing Partner at JBN Associates

    26/02/2019 Duration: 20min

    In this episode, Nathan and Kathy Laurinaitis discuss:  Balancing being mother of Nikki and Brie on the Total Bellas TV show and Managing Partner of JBN & Associates.  Kathy's career path and milestones.  What it’s like for Kathy to have her life showcased on a reality TV show.  Advice Kathy would give to a 20-year-old self.      Key Takeaways:  We learn through the challenges that are thrown at us.  Let go and don’t worry about being judged.  Allow yourself to feel pain and reflect. Understand that bad days are part of the process and there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Take care of yourself – health is first – and enjoy the ride.       "Surround yourself with the right people." — Kathy Laurinaitis      Connect with Kathy Laurinaitis:   Kathy Colace Laurinaitis, Managing Partner & Founder  JBN & Associates, LLC  11111 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85254  Twitter – @KathyColace  Personal LinkedIn -  Company Website

  • 018 De Lacy Davis: Executive Director, The Family Support Organization of Union County

    12/02/2019 Duration: 20min

    In this episode, Nathan and De Lacy Davis discuss:           The importance of teaching young people financial literacy.             How becoming a police officer inspired De Lacy to give back to his community.           The importance of mentorship and building the next generation.           The signs of a great leader.     Key Takeaways:           There is a hunger and need for children in poverty to access financial literacy tools and resources.              The goal of servant leadership is to serve.           Judge yourself by the leaders you helped create.           Ask yourself, “What is my purpose? Am I fulfilling my purpose? What is my most recent evidence?”   "It gets me excited to see the impact of the lives I’ve touched." — De Lacy Davis     Connect with De Lacy Davis:   Twitter: @delacydavis       Website: Blog:   Connect with Nathan Mersereau:     Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email:

  • 017 Leslie Sims: Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy

    22/01/2019 Duration: 35min

    In this episode, Nathan and Leslie discuss:           The process of creating effective brand strategies.             The Easy Button story.           The challenges of balancing work and family.           Advice for a 20 year-old Leslie.     Key Takeaways:         A mistake brands make is thinking they are competing against competitors, but they are actually competing against any choice available to a consumer.         When you’re in a project and you don’t feel success, power through.         If you don’t take yourself too seriously, magic can happen.         Don’t compare, play your own game, enjoy the process.     "Tackle big problems with great people." — Leslie Sims     Connect with Leslie Sims:   LinkedIn: @LeslieSims   Connect with Nathan Mersereau:     Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: Twitter: @NathanMersereau LinkedIn: Nathan Mersereau Address: 36800 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304   Show Notes by Podcastologist/Show

  • 016 Bernie Clark: EVP and Head of Schwab Advisor Services

    01/01/2019 Duration: 21min

    In this episode, Nathan and Bernie discuss:               How Bernie helps Schwab oversee $1.6 trillion dollars in custody assets.                 Bernie’s career track in the investment industry.               Leadership lessons learned, the role of mentors, and the importance of surrounding yourself with great people.               What opportunities Bernie sees for the future.      Key Takeaways:        Amassing great teams filled with diversity builds a strong business.               Mentors are available at all stages of life.               Deal with problems head on. Bad news is best early and in great detail.        Don’t limit yourself. Embrace a growth mindset that can lead you to places you could never have imagined.     "It’s the people around us that make us great." — Bernie Clark     Connect with Bernie Clark:   Website:    LinkedIn: @bernie-clark   Connect with Nathan Mersereau:     Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: n

  • 015 Amanda Casgar: lululemon, Director of Global Culture and Talent Integration

    18/12/2018 Duration: 19min

    In this episode, Nathan and Amanda discuss: What attracts people to lululemon.       Amanda's global career journey at lululemon. How vision and goals create a possibility mindset. Amanda's experience of moving out of a place of fear and into a place of trust. How the practice of yoga allows you to show up for yourself. Key Takeaways: Be comfortable with self-inquiry - comparison to others gets in our way. Focus on the similarities we have with others, not the differences. Give without expecting anything in return. Set goals that are relevant for yourself and your values. Don't let fear of failure prevent you from pursuing possibilities.   "Anything is possible." — Amanda Casgar   Connect with Amanda Casgar: Website:    LinkedIn: #amanda-casgar   Connect with Nathan Mersereau:   Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: Twitter: @NathanMersereau LinkedIn: Nathan Mersereau Address: 36800 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI 4830

  • 014 Nikki Raimi: Living Empowered

    04/12/2018 Duration: 19min

    In this episode, Nathan and Nikki Raimi discuss:        Nikki’s life and career path.          Networking companies and how they work.        How Nikki went from a teacher, to a stay at home mom, to a running her own business.        Lessons learned in being true to yourself and empowering others.     Key Takeaways:        Making a clear plan and setting goals are the key.        Stay true to yourself and take risks. Empower yourself, empower others.          Being authentic is the key to success and connecting to other people.        Know your ‘Why?’     "My life is built on relationships." — Nikki Raimi     Connect with Nikki Raimi LinkedIn - Facebook Personal - Email -       Connect with Nathan Mersereau:     Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: Twitter: @NathanMersereau LinkedIn: Nathan Mersereau Address: 36800 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304   Show N

  • 013 Alexis Glick: CEO of GENYOUth

    20/11/2018 Duration: 18min

    Alexis Glick: CEO of GENYOUth   In this episode, Nathan and Alexis Glick discuss: What motivates Alexis as CEO of GENYOUth Alexis’ journalism career track through CNBC, The Today Show and Fox Business Network Her favorite interview. Lessons learned from her experience in journalism, philanthropy and leadership.     Key Takeaways: Everyone has a role to play to give back to society. Take opportunities to try new things and expand your horizons. Preparation is critical. Nurture relationships, stay connected, serve those around you.     "There is no perfect time. Now is the time.” — Alexis Glick     Connect with Alexis Glick:   Twitter:  @AlexisGlick Website: Website: LinkedIn: Alexis Glick   Connect with Nathan Mersereau:   Phone: 248-645-1520 Website: Email: Twitter: @NathanMersereau LinkedIn: Nathan Mersereau Address: 36800 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304   Show Notes by Podcastologist/Sh

  • 012 Devlin Fenton: CEO of Go99 

    06/11/2018 Duration: 19min

      Devlin Fenton: CEO of Go99     In this episode, Nathan and Devlin discuss:  - Go99’s vision of being the Uber of the trucking industry.  -Devlin's path from South Africa to Vancouver.  -Common themes Devlin has observed in business.  -How investing in your people pays dividends.  -What Devlin is looking forward to.           Key Takeaways:     -Have the right people on your bus. Make sure the right people are doing the job that best suits their skillset and behaviors.  -Everyone has a skill, but behavior and habits that will impact success the most.  -There’s no such as thing as the right time, the right politics, the right economic state, just do it. - -Look for problems to solve.  -Find the balance between being all in and working hard, but living a fulfilled life.        "If you’re young and hungry and you want to go out and make something, don’t wait for the perfect time, just go do it." — Devlin Fenton        Connect with Devlin Fenton:     CEO - Go99  38 Fell

  • 011 Rumia Ambrose-Burbank: Co-Founder and President of VMS365 

    16/10/2018 Duration: 25min

      Rumia Ambrose-Burbank: Co-Founder and President of VMS365     In this episode, Nathan and Rumia Ambrose-Burbank discuss:  -How VMS365 - Vendor Management Solutions 365 - started and its focus today.  -Rumia's background, career path, and milestones.  -Challenges of being a female minority business owner.  -What motivates Rumia today and why she wants to give back.     Key Takeaways:  -Be self-reflective – be willing to take the advice, or at least consider the advice, you are given by your mentors  -Be around people who are focused, or you won’t be focused.  -Have resolve to work and do a good job.  -The world isn’t going to change and morph around you in a day, so sometimes you need to adjust to survive  -Don’t be afraid to say yes if you think you can do something. Do everything you can to figure out how to do it.     "At the end of the day, it’s relationships. And you can’t build a relationship until people are comfortable." — Rumia Ambrose-Burbank     Connect with Rumia:  LinkedIn: Ru

  • 010 Ruth Zukerman: Co-Founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel

    02/10/2018 Duration: 19min

    Ruth Zukerman: Co-Founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel   In this episode, Nathan and Ruth Zukerman discuss: How spinning can be a cathartic mind-body experience. Ruth's career path, milestones and lessons learned. Ruth's launch of her book:  Riding High What Ruth would tell young female entrepreneurs.    Key Takeaways:  People carry stresses and baggage throughout the day. Look for ways to offload these issues for yourself. Things don't always go the way you plan. Everything doesn't need a fix in the moment. We are constantly reinventing ourselves as we go through our life and career. Make sure you really, truly, believe in your business idea. Make sure it inspires you and there will be no doubt it will inspire others.   "When you’re going through a difficult time and when you are experiencing failure of something, it’s so important to know that sometimes you just have to sit with the discomfort, and sit with the failure, and sit with all the thoughts that come with it and not necessarily do anything in that

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