Rafael Marrero

& Company

“The Premier B2G and B2B Contractor Marketing Agency!”®

Uncle Sam’s Secret Sauce is hosted by Rafael Marrero, Founder and CEO of Rafael Marrero & Company, which helps positioning your small business with the world’s biggest customer.

Enrique “Ric” Prado joins our show to share his firsthand account of seeing active conflict just outside his childhood home, how he arrived and settled in the United States, why and how he joined the CIA, and his experience as a covert operative in Central America during US operations in the Nicaraguan «Contras» Freedom Fighter efforts in the early 1980s.

Kathy Porter joins our show to share the secret sauce for being a successful entrepreneur and why accountability can transform how you do business. The entrepreneur journey can be the most exciting thing someone can experience in their career, but it can also be one of the most difficult journeys to embark on, especially when you don’t know where to go, who you can trust, and what to do next. When growing your business, you need tenacity, passion, and adaptability, but most importantly, you need strategy and a business model that delivers what the market needs.

Angel Diaz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Allegient Defense, knows the importance of scaling, and what it takes to keep getting back up when things don’t always work out successfully. In this episode, you will hear about the importance of education on the path toward success and how certifications can reduce competition and win you more contracts. We will share with you the secret sauce for prioritizing and finding organic growth.

Garrie Harris, President & Founder at Alpha1 Staffing, has exponentially grown her business from an upstart in South Florida to a provider of staffing services to nearly 80 municipalities, government entities, and even TV show productions. Garrie joins us to share how supplier diversity has helped her go-to-market strategy, and how securing certifications and working at both the state and federal levels have helped her grow her business to where it is today.

Fransisco Cortés joins Rafael to share how he built Setroc Group as a veteran, how he secured his first government contracts, and what every business leader should know about working with the federal government. In this episode we discuss why quality branding and identity are vital to put in place and why strategic alliances and partnerships are so important for businesses of all sizes.

Mary Borrero, Co-founder and Owner of American Abatement & Demoshares her origin story, how she has led and grown AAD, and how she sustained the company through the COVID-19 pandemic through brilliant pivoting, and the secret sauce you can replicate as you build your own successful company.

In this episode, Dean Wegner, Founder of Authentically American shares his background as a Veteran and why he started the business, what he has learned throughout his journey, and how he leads from his values to continue innovating, iterating, and providing great products. Let’s support our proudly American made products.

In this episode, Mr. Richard Zimmerman as a surety and insurance specialist for Seubert & Associates, brings his 23 years of experience in financial markets and an expert understanding of investment capital flow to the podcast to share everything your company needs to know about how surety bonding will help you grow your company and make you more competitive in the market. He also shares key insights into how your company can and should prepare to secure a surety bond.

Renata DeWeert joins the show to share about how her career journey has taken her all the way from modeling in Puerto Rico early in her career, to becoming a finance professional, a sales and logistics, to eventually launching her own firm, the Innovae Group. In this episode, we talk about how she started the Innovae Group, how she capitalized on early business opportunities, the various certifications Innovae Group has secured, how she has earned credibility through vetting processes, and how to get your foot in the door as a new contractor.

Our guest, Yajaira Morphonios, knows firsthand what it means to do the work.  Yajaira is the Co-Founder and Owner at Strategic Alliance Consultants, a minority- and women-owned engineering and construction project management firm located in Kentucky. She joins the show to share her experience during scaling her firm with certifications, a mentor/mentee program, and how she is utilizing strategic partnerships in order to take on bigger projects.

Gregg Clarke joins the show to talk about his experience with DKA, how he helps his clients land contracts that are in line with their specialties, links his clients with potential opportunities that align with their core competencies, and everything you need to know about the recent changes to GSA schedules.

Luis Montoto, Founder of Wine41, a concierge wine boutique concept in Miami, FL, joins Rafael to share about his career journey as a first-generation Cuban immigrant and what led him to start Wine41 and host the first sparkling wine event in South Florida, bringing together over 1,000 people and 35 brands.

Linda Rawson joins the podcast to share how she leads her boutique firm and team of 10 to drive over $3 million in revenue per year. Throughout the episode, she shares her experience in the mentor-protege program, how she is still able to do the work she is passionate about while running DynaGrace, and the unfortunate hurdles that women-owned small businesses still face today.


Enrique Perez, President, and Founder at Hitex Marketing Group, joins the show to share his origin story, how he got started in business development, his philosophy of leadership, and how he eventually grew his own business into one of the top 100 marketing specialties and promotional products firms in the United States.

Maylen Montoto, President & CEO at Maylen Montoto & Associates, joins the show to share her origin story, and her expertise in communications, PR, and fundraising in the nonprofit sector. In this episode, Maylen shared how being willing to learn from her clients and others in the industry has helped her find success.

In this episode, we talk about how Andres Fernandez and Sarimá GraciaCo-Founders of A+S Ideas Studios serve their clients, how they pivoted through the pandemic to actually support their clients, their approach to building their team, and their secret sauce for leading a top-performing creative services firm.

In this episode, Chris Hurn comes to our show to talk about the importance of finding the right people and putting them in the right places in order for you to focus on developing your business. He shares his own success history and how to develop an unconventional approach to your business and carve your own path. Please, take a listen.

In this episode, Dave Lowe shares how he conceived IsiFederal, GOVBRIEF, and SamRadar.com and why businesses should look to give their clients an unfair advantage. Let’s taste David’s secret sauce for getting ahead of the competition.

In this episode, we have Christoph Mlinarchik, the owner of Christoph, LLC. Our guest knows how to navigate working with the government, and he joins the show to share his secret sauce for success. In this interview, we discuss how Christoph steers his clients toward the best deals and away from the worst deals, as well as some of the hidden details that trap companies in bad deals. Stay tuned to learn the key to successfully navigating contracts.

In this episode, our guest is Jorge Buergo-Hernández, Sales & Business Development Director at Thales. Having been brought to the US by his family in 1996, Jorge learned the value of hard work at a young age. When he joined the military, that early mindset propelled him to earn a position that gave him domain over an attack flight company of nine Apache helicopters. Jorge also shares how success depends on the purpose, consistency, and opportunity you inject into all of your work.

In this episode, Stuart Scheller, Founder of Authentic Americans & Author of Crisis of Command comes to our podcast to discuss important matters that affect American society nowadays. As a former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marine Corps Stuart knows firsthand the importance of strong leadership, clear vision, and taking action. Stay tuned and Take a listen!

In this episode, our guest Mr. Art Estopinan, Founder & President of The Estopinan Group and EstoHealth comes to the show to share his expertise of over three decades of experience in the US Congress. Art’s career history and experience working with the first Cuban American and first Latina to serve as an elected member of Congress, former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is something you have to hear. Stay tuned, and take a listen!

In this episode, we are honored to share with José Adan Gutiérrez, a former U.S. naval intelligence officer and the President & CEO at Serentek International. Mr. Gutierrez is responsible for his firm’s overall executive management and corporate strategy. He has a distinguished career of 35 years of experience in the military, civilian and private sectors. He is an expert in executive management, corporate strategy, business development, business operations, and program management. We discussed the importance of finding and building the right strategic alliances and teaming relationships and how to address the USA’s current supply chain issues. Take a listen!