True Underdog
True Underdog
Mar 11, 2021
#65: Passion, Progression, and Power with Vanessa Deleon & Bobby Bournias
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Today on the show Jayson is talking with Vanessa Deleon, owner and CEO of Vanessa Deleo Associates, an award winning Interior Design Firm that specializes in residential, commercial, and hospitality design, and Bobby Bournias, the owner of the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, NJ.

In this episode we talk about how the two different personality types of Vanessa and Bobby fit together so well, and how they’re able to motivate, and push each other. We talk about some early obstacles and adversities that both Bobby and Vanessa had to overcome, why it’s important to feel needed. We also discuss how both of them dealt with their businesses during the pandemic, how they continued to thrive, and how sometimes, it’s not about the money, it’s about making people happy and staying fulfilled.




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1:31 - Life During the Pandemic

3:42 - Making Room for Each Other

6:34 - Early Career Obstacles for Vanessa

10:52 - It’s Important to Feel Needed

12:40 - Transitioning to the Restaurant Business

15:16 - Bobby Dealing with the “Naysayers”

20:12 - Thriving off of the Haters

12:30 - Vanessa Dealing with Adversity

27:18 - How Bobby Dealt with the Pandemic

33:50 - Creating Motivation in Your Business

37:20 - How Vanessa Dealt with the Pandemic

42:42 - What Does Their Son Think of the Business

43:18 - Bobby’s Social Media

45:49 - Vanessa’s Social Media

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