114: Give yourself an 'A' with Jeff Ganger

About Jeff Ganger

Jeff started out his career as a masonry laborer at Notre Dame Indiana, and has held many jobs since then, including mechanic, parts consultant, bagel sandwich artist, tv host, library assistant, graphic designer, art director, outside sales rep, director of business development, and co-founder of 3 startups in Milwaukee. 

He is currently a marketing manager for Glorioso’s Italian Market and is the owner of Non-Affiliated, a small ceramics studio that makes decorative art for homes as well as unique, handmade dinnerware. He is also a co-host of the Catalyst Social Hour podcast, which brings guests together to discuss design, tech, and entrepreneurship.

He lives in Wauwatosa with his family and couldn’t be happier with his decision to move to Milwaukee.


Do you get nervous at networking events and if so, how do you deal with that? (2:40)

“I don’t anymore, I used to. Because I put pressure on myself, and now I don’t…”


Who is your favorite marketer? (5:35)

“Seth Godin. I think its cause of his philosophy dovetails really nice with mine. Which is: you should be more interested in making a real genuine connection with somebody and stop worrying about tactics, stop worrying about strategies…”


What is your favorite Milwaukee restaurant? (8:20)

“right now, I’m going to say Fusion cafe.”


Share with us one of your best networking stories (10:40)

“… so, at the end of the night, I walk out, and Erica Conway is outside. The ‘creative mayor of Milwaukee… she looked at my resume and then she had me work on my resume. She’s like “this isn’t you, right?” and so that ended up leading me to get the position that I have right now.”


How do you stay in front or best nurture your network community? (14:55)

“I do two things. The first thing I do is I cover some podcasts, so what that does is enable me to continue to keep in touch and really strengthen those bonds that I already have with people. And the second thing it does is it brings new people into the circle.”


Digital networking or traditional networking? (20:15)

“I don’t think there is a substitute for when you’re in a room with somebody else. To me that’s where the real value is.”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career? (23:20)

“I would say hey kid, there is going to be the hugest land grab or revolution in the history of humanity and so you need to understand that you can have just a few hundred bucks and connect with a billion people. So, you need to figure out what it is you’re trying to do to change the world just a little bit and get to work.”


Any final words of advice for our listeners? (34:00)

“The value is in showing up. The more you show up the more people you meet… Just get out there and show up. And continue to find your thing.”



You can get in contact with Jeff at:

Instagram @papagang

Twitter: jeffraaay