Manny Pasillas – Tech CNC – 010

Manny Pasillas – Tech CNC – 010

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Manny Pasillas is a CNC Service Engineering Consultant, and doing so as owner and operator of Tech CNC.

The short version of the offered services is: Certified: CNC Service and Repair. On-Site Contract. Process Engineering Improvement Consulting. Spindle Rebuilds. Regional or World Wide Company Relocation Specialist. Company Restructuring Consultant. Sales.

Manny messaged me on LinkedIn about being a guest on Blue Collar Voices. We subsequently chatted briefly over the phone. I found him to be a great candidate for the show, with an excellent story – and fits the Blue Collar ethos very well.

During the recording of the show, I got to learn about what Manny does, I learned his back story of how he got involved with CNC machines – and he talked a bit about managing a LOT of CNC Machines overseas.

The philosophy that Manny has is one of very hard work, honesty, and trying to do right by the customer without fail.

Manny is working to get more young people trained as competent CNC techs. He is training in house, and helps with education costs.
This was a great episode, and I’m quite certain you will enjoy listening!

A project that Manny is following:
American Happiness Project:

Looking for Craftsmen – Blue Collar Voices – 009

Looking for Craftsmen – Blue Collar Voices – 009

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This was a really quick episode. A monologue. Simply a callout out for Craftsmen to interview. Had been a few weeks since my last episode, as I’d been working on a project.

Hello guys, and welcome to the Blue Collar Voices show. It’s been a few weeks since my last episode, as I’d gotten really busy with a project. I had my head down working, and I didn’t get an episode out as I wanted.

My NEXT episode will have a real live guest, back to the usual.

This episode is just a call out.

I’ve got a list of people that are ready to be on the Blue Collar Voices show. And I can’t wait to find out their experiences and share them with you.

However, I am looking for some really unique guests.

I mean, craftsman extraordinaire. The term “Blue Collar” does cast quite a wide net, but one segment I want to ensure I do NOT overlook is that stunning craftsman. Perhaps it is the guy who makes handcrafted furniture, and maybe even uses some of those old techniques from back in the day. Maybe someone else steams wood to produce a unique product. What about a knife maker? And extra points for actually forging the steel. Speaking of forge, do you know a blacksmith that does great work, and has forged his own path? (get it? I love my puns!)

A common concern I hear is regarding both equipment, and the ability to speak well.

Let me assure you both counts.

Today, I used a 5 dollar pair of earbuds, and my phone to record. Just as a proof that it doesn’t take much. Ideally, a high-speed internet connection is available, but is NOT required. As long as the recording is passable, the content is what matters the most.

Let’s talk about speaking well, and being all amazing with the gift of gab. I think I do pretty well, but even I mess up. And after every recording session, I open up the recording in a sound editor to fix issues. Perhaps I garbled what I said at some point, and I had to repeat myself. I take out the garbled part. I had a guest on the show one time that was just getting over being sick. I took out all the coughing and other noises. I’ve edited out sneezes and the (quote) um, you know (end quote) type of things many of us use.

I don’t do this show live, so even if the whole thing was deemed to be a wash and a No Go… there is not anything online.

I have also heard from some that they didn’t think their story was interesting. Let them know, that craftsmanship is so freakin’ interesting. We want to hear!

So if you know of someone, please email me. If YOU are that person, email me. Let’s chat. Let’s share a great story with the world!

Robert Chickey – Wood Finish Consultant – 008

Robert Chickey – Wood Finish Consultant – 008

00:00 / 1:51:35

Robert Chickey is a wood finishing expert. Not your typical expert, either. Roberts’ specialty is solving seemingly impossible wood finishing issues.

But. With a twist.

Robert Chickey is a student of wood finishing from not only today but all the way back 300+ years ago.

Robert knows how to duplicate the finishing effects the way they were done historically, with organic methods. And he has invented a few along the way.

A common theme in our talk is “Reactive Color”.

Oh, he is an expert in wood, too!

Like every single guest I’ve spoken with so far, I met Robert on LinkedIn. We were already connected, and I sent him a request. He was immediately interested. We chatted a bit, and it was a GO.

This episode is by far the longest. The time seemed to fly, which is always a great sign. We talked about wood finishing, how Robert got into this particular niche.

We discussed the efforts required to ascertain this knowledge. We even got into personal rules for life.

The amount of knowledge that Robert has on this topic is extensive.

Hearing about it, and his path of discovery was very enjoyable.

I’m betting you will, too.

Click. Listen. Make your day better!


This picture represents a project for a church built in 1888 where the carving and surrounding woodwork was damaged. The carving repair was spliced in and we had to restore the adjoining edge and seamlessly blend the new woodwork into the existing.


This is an example of Robert Chickeys’ “reactive finish”. Totally Black but transparent.


Justin Yoke – Lifting Specialist – 007

Justin Yoke – Lifting Specialist – 007

00:00 / 37:54

January 4, 2019
Justin Yoke gets into all kinds of interesting places. Down into a coal mine, on a river, in a manufacturing facility – you never know where. Justin is a lifting specialist who really gets a first-hand look at the problem(s) his customers are trying to solve.

On this episode, I talk with Justin about a few of his adventures working as a frequent on-site lifting specialist. He really gets to see some cool job sites and situations (yeah, I’m a little jealous). We talk about some really heavy lifts, a few close calls, and the closeness Justin has for his clients.

Justin didn’t go to college for this job, but he has had a significant amount of training, and the training is always ongoing. The path that Justin took to get here is like most of us – a little serendipitous. Justin started out humbly, moved into I.T., then inside sales and then into his current rad job.

I’d been connected to Justin for a bit on LinkedIn, and when I was making posts about my new podcast, Justin reached out to me. I was absolutely delighted, as I already had him on a list to contact about being a guest on Blue Collar Voices, so after a bit of chatting, we set it up.

I enjoyed talking to Justin about the people in West Virginia, the economy, his job and requirements and his outlook on life.
You will enjoy this episode, I think. If you DO, please share!

VIDEO – Audio and pictures mix.

I asked Justin for a bunch of pictures, and he was kind enough to send me 49 pictures showing his work, the products, and actual applications. I created a video, mixing both the pictures and the audio from our recording.
Here ya go!

Michael Paterno – Paterno Transport – 006

Michael Paterno – Paterno Transport – 006

00:00 / 1:04:11

Dec 31, 2018
I talk with Michael Paterno on this episode of the Blue Collar Voices show. Michael is currently an owner/operator running a Hot Shot transport service using an F350 and trailer. However, he has spent years driving full-size Semi trucks. The Hot Shot business is a little different, but there are quite a few similarities.
In this episode we talk about quite a few things:
– Trucking regulations
– Price of fuel
– Oil industry
– Traveling and seeing this great country, the United State of America
– Trucking career
– Trucking issues
– Company politics and how it can affect career advancement
– Reading / Business books
– Approaching the trucking business smartly
Sprinkled among these topics are other little tidbits.
I definitely hope you enjoy hearing the perspective of a road warrior. You see these guys every day when you out and about!
Kevin Rutherford on Sirus XM “Road Dog Trucking” 10-1 CST Channel: 146 “Trucking Business and Beyond”
Dave Ramsey – “Entreleadership – 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom From the Trenches  (Amazon Link)

Tim Spurlock – American Diesel Training Centers – 005

Tim Spurlock – American Diesel Training Centers – 005

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Timothy Spurlock is the president and co-founder of American Diesel Training Centers. His co-founder is Chris Ellis, Chief Operating Officer.

On this episode, Tim shares with me so much freakin’ goodness. We talk about how he came to launch the diesel training centers, success, what the state of the economy is and more.

I even got a few great book recommendations out of him.

Tim especially likes the book by Urban Meyer, “Above the Line”.

Tim is an excellent storyteller, and I just enjoyed hearing him roll it all out!

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed talking with Tim.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell
Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program” by Urban Meyer
Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell
The Edison Gene” by Thom Hartmann
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It” by Michael E. Gerber

Ethan Sonnenberg – Operations Manager of Empire Line Locating – 004

Ethan Sonnenberg – Operations Manager of Empire Line Locating – 004

00:00 / 53:52

Ethan Sonnenberg is the operations manager (and owner) of Empire Line Locating. He has built his business due to a lot of hard work and dedication – and he is just getting started.

On this episode, Ethan and I talk about what his business does, how he came to start Empire, and a little bit of his perspective on life.

Ethan has a great enthusiasm for his business, life, and is a great conversationalist.

You are going to enjoy this show!

Below is a video of Empire Line Locating in progress. (Bonus: Amazing Landscape views!)

Empire Line Locating
Here is the 14 minute video Ethan talked about in the show. I watched this myself. Great video!
When you wanna succeed as bad as you want to breathe…

Nathan Tuomi – President of Gull Lake Glass – 003

Nathan Tuomi – President of Gull Lake Glass – 003

00:00 / 36:40

I talk with Nathan Tuomi (pronounced: “Too Me”) in this episode of the Blue Collar Voices show.

Nathan has ran his own business FOREVER. Well… how about 34 years or so.

We talk about what it takes to stay in business, the importance of college, the economy – and touch briefly on politics.
One takeaway I think worth mentioning is the importance of family to Nathan. And not only his immediate family – he thinks of his employees as family as well.

I think you will enjoy this show, I definitely enjoyed talking to Nathan.

Company Phone number: 218-829-2881
Facebook Page:

Jacob Guttman CEO of Nail It Handyman – 002

Jacob Guttman CEO of Nail It Handyman – 002

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Jacob Guttman, CEO of Nail It Handyman
I talk with Jacob Guttman, CEO of Nail It Handyman in the second episode of the Blue Collar Voices Show.
Jacob has a serious entrepreneurial perspective which has resulted in excellent business growth.
We talk mostly about business, marketing, and mindset. This impacts how businesses grow and thrive. The marketing perspective Jacob shared from his successes is valuable, and worth taking the time to listen.
Jacob makes a recommendation for three books:

Jacob talks about the services that Nail It Handyman offers, and how the market demand for this service isn’t being met. The service? Punch lists. Servicing both contractors and home owners.
Jacob also talks about how he finds and maintains quality employees for Nail It Handyman.
LinkedIn: Jacob Guttman
Nail It Handyman website:

"Blue Collar Voices Show" Introduction and Overview – 001

"Blue Collar Voices Show" Introduction and Overview – 001

00:00 / 5:56

In this first episode of the Blue Collar Voices Show, I introduce the show and talk about the types of guests you can expect me to interview, as I dig into various interesting careers and choices.
At the end of the show, I play a brief sound bite from my first guest coming up in episode two.
And don’t forget to listen to the trivia question. Answer is in the next episode.