We had the good fortune of connecting with Chaz “Mr. Thrive” Volk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chaz “Mr. Thrive”, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my business is having an effective and active network. I feel that one of my best talents is surrounding myself with people I can trust and work with. Just like making friends in casual settings, it’s about who will have the most positive impact on you.
There is certainly a strategy to protecting yourself from negative influences as well. I’ve only had to flex that muscle a few times in my career. For the most part, my line of work drives a lot of interest which means I get a lot of work from my network alone. Currently, I partake in ProVisors, The C-Suite Network, Jewish Business Leaders, and (the network I founded) The Mr. Thrive Network.
The ‘secret sauce’ that makes these networks impactful for me, is by putting their needs before mine. By being a ‘Go-Giver’, and not a go-getter, my network is seeing all kinds of interaction on a regular basis that has turned into commerce across various groups. Nothing makes me more proud than seeing productive relationships blossom from introductions I fostered.
What should our readers know about your business?
Mr. Thrive Media is a multi-media business that specializes in podcast production and networking events. We’re a start up that has had the joy of servicing its community for over 2 years. I can say with confidence that the company has brought itself to where it is today based on the networking and interpersonal focus we have. It certainly is a value driven company as we have partaken in creating content around social justice and education, as well as business personalities and healthy professional environments (not to mention the fundraiser we did during Black History Month). We certainly have had a part to play in supporting artists and entertainment professionals (the hardest hit demographic from the economic crisis sparked by the pandemic).
Forming the utility belt of solutions that is Mr. Thrive Media has not been easy. I, Chaz Volk, am a solo-preneuer by nature. While we’ve been able to enjoy a steady scale, there’s plenty of opportunity to grow in a variety of categories but we’ve also shown an ethic that provides a professional standard that matches our colleagues’ businesses.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
What a fun question!
Well, if my friend was coming into town to have a good time and catch up, I’d take us to a classic place for breakfast like Brent’s Deli. Brent’s has always been the ideal family restaurant for me in my childhood.
Without question, to provide the best LA experience I’d take my friend to Universal Studios to explore City Walk followed by the park itself and its many thrilling rides.
I think the perfect place for dinner has to be a classic LA foodie gem. Some of the dinner locations that come to mind are Pink’s HotDogs, Salsa and Beer, or Neptunes Net (some good variety there, huh?).
To wind down, my friend and I would go back to my place in Culver City. I’d pour us both a glass of whatever drink they prefer to enjoy, sit on the outdoor couch of my patio, listen to chill music, and enjoy the view.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my father, Joel Volk. A few years ago, I was in the midst of working in the most demeaning job of my life. My self esteem was quite low and one of the few bright spots in my life was my hobby of producing a podcast now called The Mr. Thrive Podcast.
My dad calls me one day saying that he wants a podcast and that he wanted me to produce it. Who would’ve thought? I remember curiously meeting him at a sushi restaurant in Woodland Hills expecting to be lectured on the exact tasks and concepts he needed me to execute on his behalf. Instead the conversation was approached in a mutual interest; I helped him produce his podcast (SmallBizCast), and he helped form a business model on a napkin.
At first, it was the structure I needed to form a side hustle. In the long run, it became my fully operating business!
Other: My Network for artists and entertainment professionals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/950044808728805
Photography done by Sean Barrett