About

We tell the inspiring career stories of today's top CEOs, executives, and leaders

We also help individuals and businesses tell their stories through creative website design, podcast production, video production, and other digital media

Meet The Team

Ash Faraj

Founder & Host

Aleksey Chernov

Podcast Producer

Daniel Drozd

Video Editor

Mohamed

Web Designer

Ash's Story

After I graduated college in 2017, I decided to take a job in sales. My first major task was extremely intimidating. I needed to land a few large clients whom we had no prior business relationship with. I felt overwhelmed. I struggled during the first two months. I was not landing meetings, I was not winning business, and I felt like I was destined to fail.

Feeling intense pressure, I stopped by a local bookstore one day to browse for books on how to communicate, persuade, and land meetings. I came across a book called, “How to Get A Meeting with Anyone,” by Stu Heinicke, and literally stayed up the entire night reading it. One week later, I reached out to the author, and took a ferry over to Whidbey Island to go meet him. Through his help, I started implementing a strategy that helped me land meetings I never would have imagined possible!

Through his help, I started implementing a strategy that helped me land meetings I never would have imagined possible! One of the meetings I landed was with Gus Simonds, the CEO of MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, a large mechanical construction firm in the Pacific Northwest. I spent hours researching him online and wrote a personalized letter along with a model of his favorite car and asked him to lunch. We had lunch a month later. In an initial attempt to win their business, I ended up working for MacDonald-Miller just 6 months later.

As I began to realize one of my true passions was human connection and storytelling, I started ExecuTalks. My initial vision was a story-based, career-focused audio show featuring interviews of today’s top business executives. I had dreams of having Fortune 500 CEOs on our show. There was an obstacle however: How was I going to convince someone running a large company to accept an invitation to be on a show hosted by a random 25-year-old with no credibility? Through hard-work and perseverance, I'm proud to say our podcast frequently ranks on Apple's top podcasts in business, we've had several Fortune 500 CEOs appear on our show, and continue to impact people all over the country.

After I graduated college in 2017, I decided to take a job in sales. My first major task was extremely intimidating. I needed to land a few large clients whom we had no prior business relationship with. I felt overwhelmed. I struggled during the first two months. I was not landing meetings, I was not winning business, and I felt like I was destined to fail.

Feeling intense pressure, I stopped by a local bookstore one day to browse for books on how to communicate, persuade, and land meetings. I came across a book called, “How to Get A Meeting with Anyone,” by Stu Heinicke, and literally stayed up the entire night reading it. One week later, I reached out to the author, and took a ferry over to Whidbey Island to go meet him. Through his help, I started implementing a strategy that helped me land meetings I never would have imagined possible!

Through his help, I started implementing a strategy that helped me land meetings I never would have imagined possible! One of the meetings I landed was with Gus Simonds, the CEO of MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, a large mechanical construction firm in the Pacific Northwest. I spent hours researching him online and wrote a personalized letter along with a model of his favorite car and asked him to lunch. We had lunch a month later. In an initial attempt to win their business, I ended up working for MacDonald-Miller just 6 months later.

As I began to realize one of my true passions was human connection and storytelling, I started ExecuTalks. My initial vision was a story-based, career-focused audio show featuring interviews of today’s top business executives. I had dreams of having Fortune 500 CEOs on our show. There was an obstacle however: How was I going to convince someone running a large company to accept an invitation to be on a show hosted by a random 25-year-old with no credibility? Through hard-work and perseverance, I'm proud to say our podcast frequently ranks on Apple's top podcasts in business, we've had several Fortune 500 CEOs appear on our show, and continue to impact people all over the country.