In Episode 1 of The Do Your Thing Podcast, Ross speaks with certified sommelier Evan Clagnaz about his journey of turning his thing – wine – into a fruitful career in NYC. Later in the show, Ross speaks with businessman Eric Hovde about the role personal initiative plays in building confidence and living a successful life.
Evan Clagnaz was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He initially studied communications and media studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, but had always been drawn to the bright lights of New York City – so he transferred to Fordham University and earned his bachelor’s degree. After developing an interest for the restaurant industry, Evan earned additional degrees and certificates in food service management from Cornell University. He worked as a general manager in an Italian restaurant but soon discovered his deep passion for wine. Evan made the choice to “do his thing” and completed intense sommelier training at the International Culinary Center. He now works as a sommelier at Babbo, a Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich restaurant in New York City.
Connect with Evan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan’s “must read” book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Businessman Eric Hovde leads multiple companies. As CEO of Hovde Properties, LLC, Eric oversees the management of the company and of all major development projects; serves as Chairman and CEO of H Bankcorp, a $1.3 billion private bank holding company; and is the founder and CEO of asset management firm Hovde Capital Advisors, LLC. Additionally, Eric founded the Hovde Foundation with his brother Steven Hovde to pursue two primary causes: support clinical research to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and provide charitable relief for children in desperate need around the world. The foundation has built Hovde Houses for children in Mexico, Peru, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, and Guatemala thus far. The foundation also helps homeless families in Eric’s hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
Eric studied economics and international relations at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is married and has two daughters.
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