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A Foundation Based in Love and Positivity with Guest Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Vaynersports, AJ Vaynerchuk

  1. A Foundation Based in Love and Positivity with Guest Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Vaynersports, AJ Vaynerchuk 29:16

AJ is the youngest of three children. The eldest, Gary was born in Belarus and about three years old when the family emigrated to the United States.

Tamara didn’t have your typical childhood.  She was born in the former Soviet Union. During turbulent times, when Tamara was a young girl, she lost many family members, including her mother at the age of five. Though very young when her mom died, she can recall  many vivid memories of her  and refers to her mom as a “ray of sunshine.”  It’s this positivity that AJ loves and appreciates and hopes to raise his three children in that same kind of environment with similar philosophies.

It’s a tough transition, coming to the US, barely speaking english, looking for work and having a family. Sacha, AJ’s dad worked non-stop, so Tamara could stay home and be with the children. She eventually worked part-time in the family business in New Jersey, “The Wine Library, which is one of the most highly regarded wine and gourmet food

Aj confesses, ” the worst thing I could do is disappoint my mom and dad.”  Both parents expected a lot from their kids academically though Gary the eldest struggled, Liz their sister did well, but AJ says “it came naturally to me. If I listened in class and did my homework, I got good grades.”

In hearing AJ share stories of his mom and dad, he so appreciates how they worked to shield him  from a lot of their childhood trauma and  sadness. As the youngest, they felt it was important to offer AJ only the good stories of their past. They were setting aside their stories from long ago, to instill happiness, peace and positivity in their children.”  There’s nothing but appreciation and respect for all the hard work his parents did for the family. As first generation Americans, the doors are open wide for any and all opportunities.

AJ and his brother Gary are both major business entrepreneurs and huge sports fans, in particular-huge Jets and Nick’s fans!  You may be familiar with Vayner Media, a legendary media agency, VaynerX where AJ was the former founder and COO and VaynerSports which Gary and AJ started in 2016. AJ is the Cofounder and CO-CEO. VaynerSports is a sports agency that represents athletes and provides brand consulting services.

Crohn’s Disease has unfortunately played a role in AJ’s life for many years and he has been active in the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation trying to raise awareness for many years.  Crohn’s  Disease is an inflammatory disease that causes chronic inflammation of the GI tract.


VAYNERSPORTS WEBSITE: https://vaynersports.com/

You can find AJ on the following social media platforms under AJ Vaynerchuk


Wine LIbrary Springfield, NJ:https://winelibrary.com/

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation:https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/

“Should Have Listened To My Mother” is an ongoing conversation about mothers and the roles they play in our lives. And my guests answer the question, ‘are you who you are today because of, or in spite of, your mother’? You’ll be amazed at what the responses are.

“Should Have Listened To My Mother” would not be possible without the generosity, sincerity and insight from my guests. In getting ready to launch my podcast, so many were willing to give their time and share their personal relationships with their mother.

Some of my guests include Baritone Singer Christopheren Nomura, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Tim Wacker, Activist Kim Miller, Freighter Sea Captain Terry Viscount, Film Production Manager Peg Robinson, Professor of Writing Montclair State University Dr. Bridget Brown, Tammy Steckler, attorney and family advocate @CUNY Law; NYC First Responder/NYC Firefighter Mark Heingartner, Child and Adult Special Needs Activist, Maryellen Valyo Cole and Roger Evens, Property Manager in New Jersey and so many more talented and insightful women and men.

I’ve worked in the broadcasting industry for over four decades. I’ve interviewed so many fascinating people including musicians, celebrities, authors, activists, entrepreneurs, politicians and more.

A big thank you goes to Ricky Soto, NYC based Graphic Designer, who created my logo for “Should Have Listened To My Mother”.

Check out my website for more background information: https://www.jackietantillo.com/

Or more demos of what’s to come at https://soundcloud.com/jackie-tantillo

Find audio versions of the podcast here: https://shltmm.simplecast.com/

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/60j14qCcks4AP3JUrWrc2M

Link to website and show notes: https://shltmm.simplecast.com/


Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/60j14qCcks4AP3JUrWrc2M


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Should have listened to my mother

Jackie Tantillo


Should have listened to my mother



Jackie Tantillo


Should have listened to my mother

Jackie Tantillo loves being on both sides of the microphone –as Voice Over Artist and Producer/Engineer and in front of the camera as an On Camera Talent. She has been featured in National and International On Camera and Voice Over Commercials and Industrials. Over the years, she has mentored students with an interest in production and broadcasting and has volunteered with elementary school aged children in theatre production. Jackie is able to draw from her many years as a spokesperson and radio talent to bring warmth and insight to her many endeavors, including representative for organizations such as D.A.R.E., March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy and Easter Seals. A mom and the youngest of seven siblings, Italian American born in Rota Spain, Jackie or ‘Juani’ as her family and friends call her, comes from a very close knit family. Her knowledge of conversational French, Italian and Spanish has broadened the scope of her work. She lives in New Jersey and loves spending time with her family in the outdoors and traveling.

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