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Who We Are
Denim and Pearls is the podcast that gives your business serious mentorship tools through casual conversations. It is full of advice for minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, new, and seasoned business owners. They guide you up the path to success by sharing their experiences in a lighthearted and fun way. On The Porch, the diversity of guests give insight into their worlds of expertise along with their struggles to prosperity.
Michelle shares her challenges on her journey to success. While Brian shares his own individual setbacks. Each have their unique observations including military, engineering, business ownership, international speaking, coaching, mindset, finances, and international travel.
“We’ve only just begun” to scratch the surface of entrepreneurship, mentorship, and so much more. Each episode carries a familiar theme which comes from song titles across all genres and decades. “Everybody wants to rule the world” and this podcast is here to “Help!”.
I have followed D&P pretty much since it started. Brian Swanson and Michelle Mras bring a fresh look at different weekly topics; incorporating business and personal. Using the podcast, it gives us all a different way of looking/thinking at things. It is full of jokes, seriousness, and experience. Each topic targets every single person. No matter if you have a brick-and-mortar business, a virtual business, or don’t have a business at all, their experience continues to help out everyone. I love getting my D&P fix!
About Each Of Us
As an award winning, international keynote speaker and multi-bestselling author, Michelle Mras has been featured in impressive media outlets. Recognizing the importance of spreading the hard-earned wisdom to reach as many hearts as possible, Michelle is able to take each outlet as an opportunity to support her community. Every article, magazine cover, and award is another chance to amplify the message and help others reach their full potential.
Michelle has traveled the world as a part of her military family, both in childhood and in marriage. Now, she continues going around the globe sharing her message of leading a full life of intention through motivational speaking and coaching. She proudly claims Colorado as her permanent home, but the love of travel, adaptability, and lifelong exploring still courses through her. Her professional background has spanned the gamut of Quality Systems Management, Engineering, Marketing Management, Social Work, Benefit Auctioneering, Event Planning, financial institutions, the service industry and Political Campaign Management. Now, she help others achieve their greatest versions of themselves.
As a motivational speaker Brian has spoken and educated on finances, leadership, and small business ownership. During his military career, he has been around the world with the opportunity to experience various cultures. Brian’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to the ownership of a menagerie of businesses. Brian was born and raised in the Midwest, more specifically Indiana and Ohio, and lived across the country both . He worked in a factory as a welder. After seeing his future as stagnate, he joined the Air Force. His entire 24 year career was as an engineer in construction and specialist in computer mapping technology. He then retired from the Air Force and made Colorado home.
While in the Air Force, Brian became an independent representative and financial coach. His mission is to help families manage their finances. He specializes in getting families properly protected and investing for retirement. His professional background incudes Construction Technology, Computer Information Systems Management, Business Networking, Comic Store Owner, Comic Convention Owner/Promoter, Bar Owner, Community Board Member, Radio Personality, and Disc Jockey.