Daddy of 3, two-time No. 1 international best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, renowned business speaker, nationally-syndicated radio show host and former All American Track & Field athlete Mitche Graf has been a passionate serial entrepreneur for over 35 years, dangling his toes into the ponds of many intriguing industries along the way. From selling lemonade in the 3rd grade, to selling bikes out of his garage in the seventh grade, to running four companies today, he has prided himself on knowing how to squeeze every drop of potential out of his endeavors.
In the middle of all of this, he took a year off from running his own companies to become the President of a Class A affiliate of the world-champion San Francisco Giants baseball team for a season, and undertook a organizational re-brand which culminated in a 12% increase in attendance, one of the best in all of professional baseball in 2019.
Over the past three decades, Mitche has created two award-winning restaurants, a bustling catering & events company, a national spice manufacturing business with over 4000 accounts, an award-winning photography studio, a cribbage board company, an award-winning limousine business, a portable hot tub rental business, a drive-through espresso company, an multi-million dollar educational products company, an athletic fitness testing corporation, and even a night crawler company.
His nationally-syndicated radio shows 'Business Edge Radio' and the 'Business Edge Minute' were launched in the spring of 2020, and are now available on nearly 75 radio stations across the country, with more coming on board every month. He also is the host of the very popular 'The BBQ Radio Show' which is also nationally-synidated and can be heard on radio stations and as a podcast.
Mitche's quick wit and fast-paced style has garnered his shows plenty of national press, and it has allowed his shows to rise to the top in lighting-fast speeds, being in the top 1.5% of all podcasts in the world. The business shows can be listened to through the Business Edge Radio app that is available in the Apple or Android stores, along with PDF worksheets and videos.
Having started, built, and successfully operated numerous multi-million dollar enterprises in a multitude of industries has taught him a simple truth: the same basic business principles apply, regardless of the arena you may play in.
As an educator and motivational speaker, Mitche’s high-voltage seminars and workshops have been delivered around the world to over 85,000 people in nine countries and nearly every state in the U.S (except Maine!). His cutting-edge articles and columns have appeared in the pages of business trade magazines such as CEOWorld Magazine, Rangefinder, PPA Magazine, Limo Digest, Chauffer Driven, Image Maker, and Fresh Cup, as well as many online marketing sites and blogs.
Mitche has published 10 books including-
- Marketing Your Espresso Business (1994)
- Power Marketing, Selling & Pricing (2004) Best Seller
- The Passionate Life- A Common Man's Dream To Getting Anything You Want Out Of Everything You Do (2009)
- The Unleashed Entrepreneur- A KickAss Guide To Harnessing Your Inner Ninja, Working Less, & Building The Lifestyle Of Your Dreams (2018) Best Seller
- BBQ Unleashed Recipe Book (2018)
- High Voltage Branding- Go From Ordinary To Extra-Ordinary (2020)
- The Business Basics BootCamp- The Ultimate Crash Course (2020) Best Seller
- Entertain Like A Pro- Appetizers (2020)
- Customer Service Is DEAD: Delivering 6-Star Service In A 1-Star World (2021)
- Snuggles, Kisses & Hugs Have A Party (written with his 7-year old daughter Sierra)
A majority of his education and training has been from the School of Hard Knocks, from which he has earned his PhD degree. Through the high-notes of his business home runs, to the low-notes of bankruptcy in the 1990s, Mitche has continued to make bold attempts to redefine the limits of his abilities, and to reinvent the way his businesses operate so they don’t become all-consuming black holes that suck him dry of his creative juices and zest for life.
Getting punched in the face from failure is probably the best teacher he has ever had and most of the lessons he has learned were born out of those failures.
He firmly believes life is meant to be lived, not endured, and we each can make a profound difference in the world. He loves his family, loves his friends, and the rest just falls into place!
Mitche is passionate about the outdoors, laughing, playing guitar, reading, listening to great music, cooking and eating, drinking good wine, taking a tremendous amount of time off to chill, and most importantly, spending time with his family.
In his spare time, you can find him being the PA Announcer for the Molalla High School Swim Team, as the PA Announcer for local Track & Field meets, or as a volunteer for the Molalla School District Budget Committee.
Living in a small country town in Oregon allows him to raise his children the way he was raised....with a hard work ethic and a strong sense of community. He lives with his wife Tami and their three small children Jaycee, Colton, and Sierra, Tilly & Delilah the Dogs, , Coral the Hermit Crab, Opa the Lizard, as well several hundred guppies (names not important).
He spends much of his time looking for ways to work smarter, not harder, so he can spend more time doing and enjoying the things in life that are most important to him. He believes that EVERY DAY IS A SATURDAY , and this perspective inspires him to wake up every day with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm to live his life by design.
TOPICS MITCHE CAN LECTURE ON-
- Time Management
- Lifestyle Design
- Work/Life Balance
- Motivation & Inspiration
- Starting A Business
- Selling A Business
- Controlling Social Media (before it controls you)
- 6-Star Customer Service
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