Thoughts That Rock

By Brant Menswar & Jim Knight

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Have you ever been given a piece of life-changing advice so incredible that it rocked your world? Brant Menswar and Jim Knight, two of the countries most sought after speakers, discuss bite-sized, specific and compelling thoughts (shared with a rockstar guest) that have changed the course of people’s lives. Whether you’re searching for inspiration, long for change or just enjoy powerful conversation, this weekly, edu-taining podcast will be music to your ears.

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S4/Ep 130 - Kara Goldin | What's the Worst That Can Happen

In this Season 4 Finale episode, we talk with the amazing and revolutionary entrepreneur, KARA GOLDIN, who is the Founder and Former CEO of Hint, known for its award-winning Hint  water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. 



What’s The Worst That Can Happen?


If You Are Not Willing to Risk the Unusual, You Will Have to Settle for the Ordinary 

– Jim Rohn




Kara Goldin is the Founder and Former CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. 

She has received numerous accolades, including being named Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California and she is one of  InStyle’s  2019 Badass 50.  

Previously, Kara was VP of Shopping Partnerships at America Online. 

She hosts the podcast The Kara Goldin Show.   

Her first book, Undaunted:  Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, was released October 2020 and is now a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Best Seller.  

Kara lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Apr 25, 2022
S4/Ep 129 - Lee Wind | The Messenger Matters (So, Our Story Matters)

In this episode, we talk with Lee Wind, who is a celebrated author and the Director of Education and Book Marketing Programs for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), who we know through our company Booky Call and have a fantastic relationship.



The Messenger Matters (So, Our Story Matters)



It Would Be Too Easy to Say that I Feel Invisible. Instead, I Feel Painfully Visible, and Entirely Ignored.

-      David Levithan





As the director of education and programs (book marketing programs) for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Lee loves empowering indie publishers to have their voices heard. 

As an author, he published the crowd-funded young adult novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” celebrated by Publishers Weekly as an Indie Success Story, and has two books published by IBPA member indie presses; the middle grade nonfiction “No Way, They Were Gay? Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” (Lerner), a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books Winner and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection; and the picture book “Red and Green and Blue and White” (Levine Querido) which received five starred trade reviews, was called "beautiful" by the New York Times, and was honored as a Sydney Taylor Award Notable Picture Book. 

Learn more about Lee and his books at Find out more about IBPA at

Apr 18, 2022
S4/Ep 128 - Gair Maxwell | Find Your Authentic Swing

In this episode, we talk with Gair Maxwell an author, keynote speaker, podcaster, and brand strategist. Gair is considered a global authority on creating iconic, "larger-than-life" brands that attract legions of customers and top talent without having to use "pushy" marketing tactics. 



Find Your Authentic Swing



Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

– Joel Barker





Gair Maxwell is an author, keynote speaker and brand strategist who marvels at the sight and sound of a well struck drive off the tee that splits any well-groomed fairway. Endlessly curious about the origin of legends and myths, he is considered a global authority on the creation of iconic, “larger-than-life” brands that attract legions of customers and top talent – without having to use “pushy” marketing tactics. Some organizations he has worked with have achieved 15-30X financial growth while becoming a much coveted and highly desirable “Category of One”. 

His fascination with “legends” likely dates back to the age of 11, watching the “Immaculate Reception”, December 23, 1972, as Franco Harris galloped into NFL history. Today, that curiosity extends to dissecting how the world’s top brands become - simply irresistible. Everything from Apple & AC/DC to Lulu Lemon and Led Zeppelin. Specifically, his research focuses on small, but mighty giants that exert the same magnetic, pulling power similar to what NIKE does with shoes and Harley Davidson with motorcycles. These “Big Little Legends” include historic Café Du Monde in New Orleans; world famous, Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle and Webers on Highway 11 in Northern Ontario. 

Gair’s riveting keynote presentations and hands-on workshops are packed with real-life stories supported by decades of in-the-trenches business experience. Described as a “shock stick of energy”, Gair delivers electrifying, uplifting presentations – both live and virtual - that inspire everyday people to stand apart from the crowd, unleash their inner greatness and build an enduring legacy. He has worked with some of the world’s most dynamic organizations, including the Apple Specialist Marketing Group, Caterpillar, NAPA, Leo Burnett (Taiwan), Virginia Tech and others, while sharing conference stages with business icons such as Richard Branson and Gene Simmons. 

His accomplishments include: 

• Awarded “Speaker of the Year” by TEC Canada. 

• Recognized as a Vistage ‘Top Performer’ in 2020. 

• Upwards of 600 appearances with Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO Peer Advisory Group. • Best-selling author of Big Little Legends, available through, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and more. 

• Podcast Host: “The Leadership Standard” with TEC Canada. 

A former broadcaster, Gair racked up 10,000+ interviews and 30,000+ broadcasts in an award-winning radio and television career. The son of a former pro golfer from St. Andrews, Scotland, Gair is a military history buff, an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a card-carrying Tennessee Squire. He prefers Jack Daniels on the rocks, a frosty Moosehead beer and is a life-long fan of Van Halen who believes both versions of the band with David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar should be considered legendary. A native of Moncton, NB, he currently resides in London, ON with Dana and their brood of two cocker spaniels (Theodore & Sophie) along with a beagle-mix rescue named Maggie. Big Little Legends is his second book.

Apr 11, 2022
S4/Ep 127 - A Discussion About Booky Call

In this episode, we have an internal team discussion about Booky Call...our book discovery platform disguised as a dating app. Whether you are an author, publisher or a voracious reader, you will love hearing about all the nuances of the app and the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into building a brand around a singular concept.





Apr 04, 2022
S4/Ep 126 - Dave Delaney | Treat People the Way YOU Want to Be Treated


In this episode, we talk with Dave Delaney, a keynote speaker, author, podcaster, and the creator of the NICE Method, which is used to help leaders of fast-growing technology companies retain talent and improve company communication and culture.



"Treat People the Way YOU Want to be Treated"




“Treat Those Who are Good with Goodness, and Also Treat Those Who are NOT Good with Goodness. Thus, Goodness is Attained.”

- Lao Tzu







Dave Delaney is obsessed with how we can all be nicer in how we communicate both online and in person. He is the founder of and creator of the 𝙉𝙄𝘾𝙀 𝙈𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙙, which is used to help leaders of fast-growing technology companies retain talent, improve communication and culture. 

Delaney is the author of the acclaimed book, New Business Networking. He is a keynote speaker of his Nice Method series of presentations that cover topics like corporate communication, leadership, and professional networking. His acclaimed presentations are educational, humorous, and engaging for in-person and virtual events of all sizes. 

Dave is trusted by companies, conferences, and organizations like Google, LinkedIn, UPS, FedEx, American Marketing Association, SXSW Interactive, MPI, SHRM, HFMA, IABC, Hubspot, HealthStream, HCA, and many more. 

He has appeared in books such as “Content Rules”, “Branding Yourself”, and “The Successful Speaker”. Dave has also appeared in articles and stories in USA Today, Forbes, Billboard Magazine, Inc., and Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Mar 28, 2022
S4/Ep 125 - Bad Karaoke Intros (Vol 1)

In this light episode, we highlight several of our "Bad Karaoke" Introductions used to start each show. So, although no real leadership advice this week, the 30-minute compilation is worth a belly laugh or two. You're welcome!





Mar 21, 2022
S4/Ep 124 - Felicia White | At the End of the Day, People Don't Care; Be Authentic

In this episode, we talk with Felicia White, who was recently the Vice President of Global Operations Training & Development for Church’s Chicken and is now contributing her passionate approach to service and customer experience by providing tools and resources as a restaurant- industry consultant.



"At the End of the Day, People Don't Care; Be Authentic" 

- Dr. Kym Harris-Lee 


"Don’t Be Confused Between What People Say You Are and Who You Know You Are.” 

- Oprah Winfrey




Felicia White spent thirteen years as the Vice President of Global Operations Training and Development for Church's Chicken®. In her role, Felicia was responsible for managing global training for the Church's Chicken®, Texas Chicken®, and Church's Texas Chicken® brands. In addition to managing training, Felicia was a valuable member of the leadership committee for the Church's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Council. Felicia's extended contributions provided an essential role as the Co-Founder and Chair of the employee resource group Church's Women's Forum, and lead Church's LGBTQ+ employee resource groups. 

Felicia is a positive, energetic, engaging, and dynamic leader who is defining HER normal and believes it is vital to connect with each individual to support their growth and development. The essence of who you are should be felt in every word, image, and experience in training. 

Felicia is redefining executive presence by influencing others to be themselves and their best selves. Along with her work at Church's® and serving as a volunteer and board member with CHART (Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers), Felicia is a volunteer member with the Women's Foodservice Forum. In addition, she is a sought-after subject matter expert in the area of Front-Line Leadership Development and delivers consulting to various organizations in building leadership development and mentorship programs.

Felicia holds an Associate's degree in Culinary Arts, a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Felicia is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Development program at Northwestern State University with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2025. Additionally, Felicia was recognized as one of the most influential restaurant executives in the country in The Power List: Reader Picks (2020) by Nation's Restaurant News and selected as the winner in the Innovator category in the 2020 Top Women in Restaurant Technology at the Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference.

Mar 14, 2022
S4/Ep 123 - Matt Certo | You've Got to Develop Yourself

Our guest today is Matt Certo, who is the CEO & Principal of Findsome & Winmore, an Orlando-based digital marketing agency, and host of the Brand Narrative podcast. 



"You've Got a Gift, but it's Not Enough; You've Got to Develop Yourself.  Rely Too Much on Your Own Gift and You'll Fail."  

- The Natural 


"There May be People Who Have More Talent than You, but There's No Excuse for Anyone to Work Harder than You Do." 

- Derek Jeter (NY Yankees)




Matt Certo serves as CEO & Principal of Findsome & Winmore, an Orlando, Florida-based digital marketing agency, and the  Brand Narrative podcast host. Originally called WebSolvers, the company’s first client was his alma mater, Rollins College. Matt built the college’s first website out of his dorm room in 1995 at 19.

Since then, Matt has grown the company into a fully integrated digital marketing agency with experienced professionals, a diverse client base, and an ever-increasing suite of services. Apart from the growth of the company, Certo’s work in the industry has been extensive: he co-authored a book in 2001 (Digital Dimensioning: Finding the Ebusiness in your Business). He is also the author of Formulaic: How Thriving Companies Market From the Core and Found: Connecting with Customers in the Digital Age. Matt was asked by The White House to speak at a domestic economic forum with President George W. Bush in 2002 and spoke at The White House in 2016 concerning President Barack Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative.

He is a frequent guest speaker on topics on marketing, Web strategy, and search engine optimization, an area for which he has also served as a testifying expert witness. His clients have included the likes of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, National Retail Properties, Darden Restaurants, Newman’s Own Organics, Fiserv and McGraw-Hill. In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker to various marketing, advertising, and public relations trade associations. He has been widely quoted in publications including Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The Orlando Sentinel.

An active community participant, Matt has served as Board Chairman of a number of non-profit organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Nemours Florida Board of Managers, Elevate Orlando, and The First Tee of Central Florida, an organization which he founded. He has also served for over a decade on the Board of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation as well as Chairman of its endowment committee. He has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of its Most Influential Men to Watch and its 40 Under 40 list three times.

Mar 07, 2022
S4/Ep 122 - Robyn Benincasa | You're Defined by Your Comeback (Not Your Setback)

In this episode, we talk with Robyn Benincasa, who is a Top Leadership and Teamwork Motivational Speaker, Full-time Firefighter, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, and Bestselling Author.



You’re Never Defined by Your Setback, You’re Defined by Your Comeback.


In Three Words, I Can Sum Up Everything I’ve Learned about Life: It Goes On. 

– Robert Frost




Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational keynote speaker on leadership, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and bestselling author. Robyn won two World Adventure Races and holds three Guinness World Records for long-distance kayaking. Her book on teamwork and leadership, How Winning Works, is a New York Times bestseller. Her entertaining keynotes show audiences the foundations of inspired leadership and how to win as a team.

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, an adventure racing world champion, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. 

One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers who regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Fast Company, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft, AT&T. 

With a background in marketing, she was previously in corporate sales with Baxter and Allergan and is currently a full-time firefighter who was on America’s first all female fire crew.  Eco-Challenge World Champion, CNN Hero, Founder of the Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!), 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of 2 metal ‘bionic hips’, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy – “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” 

Her New York Times bestselling book, How Winning Works, published by Harlequin has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.”

For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth—the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. 

Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?

It is through these harrowing, life-affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.

More About Robyn Benincasa…

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams’ amazing accomplishments. 

Most recently, Robyn was named one of the Top 10 Speakers Featured by the Harvard Business Review and one of the Top 10 New York Times Bestselling Authors Who Can Better Your Company and Your Life in 2018. She has also been named a Top 5 Business Speaker for five years by and one of the 10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business by Derek Sweeney. 

Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses. This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

To some of Robyn’s rave reviews, check out her spotlight. 

Feb 28, 2022
S4/Ep 121 - Minter Dial | You'll Grow from This Experience

In this episode, we talk with Minter Dial, who is an international professional speaker, elevator, entrepreneur and a multiple award-winning author, specializing in leadership, branding and transformation. Previously, he was a top executive at L’Oréal and Redken. He is truly one of the most interesting people we know.



"You'll Grow from this Experience"


"If You are not Willing to Learn, No One Can Help You. If You are Determined to Learn, No One Can Stop You.”

- Zig Ziglar




Minter Dial is an international professional speaker, elevator and a multiple award-winning author. 

An agent of change who has exercised twelve different métiers and moved country fifteen times, he spent 16 years as a top executive at L'Oréal, having been MD of Redken Worldwide, MD of L'Oreal Canada's professional subsidiary and then a member of the worldwide Professional Division's Executive Committee. 

He’s author of the WWII story, The Last Ring Home, as well as three business books: Futureproof, Heartificial Empathy and You Lead (2021). 

He writes Dialogos (on Substack) with the intention to foster more meaningful conversation at home, in society in general and at work. 

HIs main site is and his social handle is @mdial. 

Feb 21, 2022
S4/Ep 120 - Shelley Brown | Enroll in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

In this episode, we talk with Shelley Brown, who is a professional speaker, author, consultant and a big practitioner of mindfulness practices.


Enroll in a MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Program


There is Something Wonderfully Bold and Liberating about Saying YES to Our Entire Imperfect and Messy Life.” 

- Tara Brach




Shelley Brown was working in a cocktail bar soon after graduating college when she met the people who would change her life. They worked in hospitality at the Westin Hotel in Chicago, and they thought she’d be a good addition to their team. They were right.

She interviewed for and landed the job of concierge, or as she refers to it, “professional friend.” To Shelley, this was the perfect job for her considering her mantra was, “Who can I make friends with today?” Her job was to provide resources, build relationships, and make people happy enough to return to the hotel.

But Shelley was young and didn’t want to work every weekend, so she left her concierge job and eventually became a successful tech salesperson. Though she was very good at her job—she was among the top sales reps for three years—that wasn’t enough for the leaders. Her success in her job was measured by data, and soon KPIs became more important than Shelley’s ability to make friends. As her job became more and more transactional, her stress increased. She was devastated that her own personal magic was no longer valued.

When she set her sights on enterprise sales for Fortune 500 companies, the leaders said she was too wild, too artsy, too out-of-the-box, and too weird. Even though she could “sell like a badass,” she didn’t fit the role of what her team looked like, sounded like, or worked like.

Then a collapsed vertebrae forced Shelley, an ultra-marathon runner and group fitness instructor, to rethink who she was and why she did what she did. Her job wasn’t letting her be herself, that fired-up, compassionate, extroverted, cheerleader who never stopped being a “professional friend.” 

She became a certified mindfulness teacher who “kum-by-rocks,” teaching self-awareness practices and processes so that leaders and workers, teachers and students, can all get back to “human-ing.” Though she first believed that mindfulness is only for tea-drinking yogis, now she teaches how it’s fitness for your brain and an essential practice for how we show up.

She believes the key to success is to balance metrics with mindfulness and performance with a sense of belonging, because when we get to be ourselves, we can bring our best to work, to school, and to the world. 

Shelley works with corporations and schools to teach actionable mindfulness processes that encourage people to embrace their W.E.I.R.D. and unite via individuality., Shelley is also the author of “Weird Girl Adventures from A to Z” (AlyBlue Media, 2021).

Feb 14, 2022
S4/Ep 119 - Trevor Hudson | Failure is Not the Stopping Point; it’s the Starting Point.

In this episode, we talk with Trevor Hudson, who is a Coach (both in life and sports), a military veteran of 20 years (just retired from the Air Force), a professional speaker and a podcaster.


Failure is Not the Stopping Point; it’s the Starting Point. 


If You are Afraid of Failure, You Don’t Deserve to be Successful. 

- Charles Barkley




A Coach & Military veteran for 20 years, Trevor Hudson facilitates various interactive topics, including sessions around Change Leadership within organizational culture, world-class, differentiated service, building resilient teams, team development, employee branding, performance, and expectation management.

Trevor started his career in customer service at Blockbuster Video, make movie night recommendations. While enforcing the ", please be kind and rewind policy." He eventually made his premiere in the professional world in 2001 when he joined the USAF. From day one, Trevor's natural leadership abilities have to keep him in a position to lead people, making the transition to teaching and building teams as a coach seamless.

Trevor's role in the Air Force and on the sidelines as a coach involved many facets of organizational leadership and development, including creating/managing teams and rejuvenating underperforming programs. Trevor also excels at facilitating and overseeing management training locations, producing training videos, directing company e-Learning initiatives, facilitating leadership transitions motivating teams, and traveling to properties to deliver on-site classes & measure standards.

Trevor has put his experience and creativity to work, which has consistently developed training seminars. During his time in the Air Force, his teams have won multiple Awards ("Outstanding Unit" in 2008, 2011, and 2012, "Clinic of the Year" in 2018, "Team of the year" in 2010), garnered "Non-Commissioned Officer of the year" in 2017 and won Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Award for their "Citizen of the Year 2019."

Trevor has a degree in Coaching studies & a master's in Sports Administration. He has also been an instructor in the military for six years. A certified Life coach and Master resilience trainer for the last four years. As an MRT, he has taught countless courses and developed over 100 resiliency trainer assets for the Air force. Networking is a big part of his success. Trevor is the Owner & CEO of Hudrico Live inc. Which positions him to facilitate at any association or company event, in any industry, as a keynote or breakout speaker.

Trevor also hosts a weekly podcast called Hudrico Live, which includes guests and presents life-changing pieces of advice and discussion. Furthermore, Trevor offers a leadership-training program called, Failure at the start as an educational training, hard knock life-inspired experience for leaders looking to motivate their business and teams in various areas.

Feb 07, 2022
S4/Ep 118 - Allison Graham | When Opportunity Presents Itself, Talk Yourself In

In this episode, we talk with Allison Graham, who is a keynote speaker, author and coach, working with C-Suite Leaders and their teams to inspire and empower a problem-solving culture. 



“When Opportunity Presents Itself, Talk Yourself In, Don’t Talk Yourself Out.”


"Be the Kind of Person Who Dares to Face Life’s Challenges and Overcome Them Rather than Dodging Them.” 

- Roy T. Bennett




Allison Graham works with C-Suite Leaders and their teams to inspire and empower a problem-solving culture. The result is increased productivity, lower levels of destructive stress and minimized risk of burnout and team turnover. Her concepts are proven to build resilience and amplify personal capacity. 

Through keynote speeches and training programs, expect Allison to deliver inspirational, thought-provoking concepts mixed with actionable, practical insights that will have lasting impact. 

Her latest book Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less, Do More, Be Happier is giving people across the globe hope that you can be successful and still have a life! 

You may recognize Allison from media outlets like Global News, Investment Executive and Fast Company. 

You can connect with Allison Graham on LinkedIn where she’s most active. or on her website at


Jan 31, 2022
S4/Ep 117 - Joe Hummel | Become Obsessed with Being Great

In this episode, we talk with Joe Hummel, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Twin Peaks, where he brings his wide-ranging experience in all facets of the restaurant business over the past 30+ years to that concept.


"Become Obsessed with Being Great. It Changes Everything.”


"You Could Be Anyone if You Put in the Time. You will Reach the Top, and That’s That. I am not Talented, I am Obsessed.” 

- Conor McGregor




Joe Hummel is the Chief Executive Officer of Twin Peaks.

He began in distribution and purchasing, and worked his way to become the EVP of Operations and Purchasing at Hooters of America, before joining La Cima Restaurants, LLC as Chief Operating Officer. 

La Cima Restaurants, LLC is the largest franchisee of Twin Peaks Restaurants.  

Joe eventually took the reins as CEO of Twin Peaks in October 2016 and relocated to the Dallas headquarters in July 2017.  

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in in Business Administration from Clemson University.

Jan 24, 2022
S3/Ep 116 - Tom Peters | Several Thoughts That Rock with Tom Peters

In this Season Finale episode, we talk with management great, TOM PETERS, who is the co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business and is often tagged as the best business book ever written. He changed things up by laying down several great pieces of advice...and we relished them all.


1. Practice Extreme Humanism.

2. Be Kind.

3. Promote Women.

4. Out-Prepare “The Competition.”




Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business and often tagged as the best business book ever. 

Eighteen books, over 10 million copies and thirty-five years later, Tom is still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. He has since written over 600 syndicated columns.

What’s new? A lot. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all it’s worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself.” 

Tom’s bedrock belief: “Execution is strategy—it’s all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory.” 

In November 2017, Tom received the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Jul 19, 2021
S3/Ep 115 - Joni Doolin | You Don’t Have to Have an Opinion

In this episode, we talk with longtime and dear friend JONI DOOLIN, who is a restaurant industry icon and workplace expert, who has been devoted to helping service sector workplaces (like restaurants) balance people, profits, planet and purpose.


You Don’t Have to Have an Opinion - Ryan Holiday


The Highest Form of Knowledge…is Empathy – Bill Bullard 




Founder, CEO, Board Member, Advisor, Investor, Speaker, Writer, Workplace Expert 

Joni founded People Report, co-founded Black Box Intelligence, co-created Summer Brand Camp and the Global Best Practices conferences.  

Her career has been devoted to helping service sector workplaces balance people, profits, planet and purpose.   

She has served as a board member for Share Our Strength, Coaches Collective International, BBI Metrics, Black Box Intelligence LLC (a Diversis Capital company), No Kid Hungry, and as an advisor and founding member of the Leadership Council of Conscious Capitalism. 

Her work in industry associations includes advising, speaking and research for C.H.A.R.T., the National Restaurant Association and its Educational Foundation and MFHA, and the Women’s Foodservice Association. She was the recipient of the WFF Trailblazer award.

  Joni and her husband Wally endowed a scholarship for the NRAEF that helps fund tuition for women of color.   

She is a frequent contributor to industry trade press, podcasts and blogs.

  She publishes periodically on her own blog, The Kindness Economy.   

Black Box Intelligence™ is the leading data & insights provider of restaurant industry performance benchmarks & metrics, serving over 300 top operating brands.

   Our purpose is to reveal insights that unlock potential and enrich lives.  

Jul 12, 2021
S3/Ep 114 - Lisa Necrason | Look at the World Through the Eyes of the Heart

In this episode, we talk with our dear friend and former Hard Rocker, LISA NECRASON, who is now an Environmental Activist, Wildlife Conservationist, and Sustainability Strategist.


Look at the World Through the Eyes of the Heart


It is Better in Prayer to Have a Heart Without Words Than Words Without a Heart - Mahatma Gandhi




Environmental Activist, Wildlife Conservationist, and Sustainability Strategist, Lisa Necrason (also known as Kali) began her journey in the entrepreneurial world at a very young age as a model in the surfing industry and a back-up vocalist in a rock band, both of which served as a gateway to her long, professional journey in extreme sports, music and entertainment. 

A service-minded student of life, she focuses on the human condition and planetary concerns while developing transformational experiences that promote personal growth, nature connections, and conscious contributions to a healthier, more sustainable planet. 

With 30+ years of industry experience while completing 6 certifications in sustainability, permaculture, meditation and yoga, Lisa has developed conservation and wellness initiatives for iconic brands like Hard Rock Int’l, Surf Expo, and Full Sail University. 

These successes have clearly inspired her critical thought leadership and sustainable strategies to better serve the companies and communities she holds dear. Walking the talk both in business and as an avid volunteer, these days you’ll find Lisa on the beach rescuing or releasing turtles for the Marine Science Center in her new home town of Ponce Inlet, FL, on the estuary rescuing manatees for the Marine Mammal Stranding Team, on the Planning Board for the Town of Ponce Inlet studying sea level rise impacts, on a farm playing with goats and llamas while facilitating yoga and meditation classes, researching and vetting products and initiatives focused on net zero, and developing relationships in the podcast world to promote authors represented by bookstarPR. 

This is her idea of semi-retirement. :-)

Jul 05, 2021
S3/Ep 113 - Clint Pulver | To Live Is The Rarest Thing In The World, Most People Just Exist

In this episode, we talk with CLINT PULVER, who is  a professional keynote speaker, author, musician, pilot and workforce expert.


To Live is the Rarest Thing in the World, Most People Just Merely Exist...and That is All - Oscar Wilde


As You Walk and Eat and Travel, Be Where You Are; Otherwise You Will Miss Most of Your Life - Siddhārtha Gautama




Clint Pulver is a professional keynote speaker, author, musician, pilot, and workforce expert. 

Known as the leading authority on employee retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as the Undercover Millennial. 

He has been featured by Business Q Magazine as a “Top 40 Under 40,” and, as a professional drummer, he has appeared in feature films and on America’s Got Talent. 

In 2020, Clint won an Emmy Award for his short film Be a Mr. Jensen, which tells the story of how a single moment in time—and one particular mentor—can change the course of a life.

Jun 28, 2021
S3/Ep 112 - Joe Hart | Our Thoughts Make Us What We Are; Our Mental Attitude is the X-Factor that Determines Our Fate

In this episode, we talk with JOE HART, who is the President & CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, an organization whose founder pioneered the human performance movement over 100 years ago and has continued to succeed and grow worldwide, through constant research and innovation through foundational principles.


Our Thoughts Make Us What We Are; Our Mental Attitude is the X-Factor that Determines Our Fate


Ability is What You're Capable of Doing. Motivation Determines What You Do. Attitude Determines How Well You Do It. - Lou Holtz




 Joe Hart is the President and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, an organization whose founder pioneered the human performance movement over 100 years ago and has continued to succeed and grow worldwide, through constant research and innovation building on its founding principles. 

Dale Carnegie Training has more than 3,000 trainers and consultants, operating in 200 offices in 86 countries impacting organizations, teams and individuals. Dale Carnegie Training's client list includes more than 400 of the Fortune Global 500, tens of thousands of small to mid-sized organizations and over 8 million individuals across the globe. In addition to being a Dale Carnegie graduate, Hart worked closely with the company as a strategic partner for nearly 10 years before taking the reins as President and CEO in 2015. 

He attributes much of his success in business to the Dale Carnegie training he had early in his career. A visionary, risk-taking leader, Hart helped build two technology-based companies, including an e-learning business called InfoAlly. In 2005, Joe sold that company and became the President of a new company called Asset Health. Asset Health is a privately-held and fast-growing technology / health promotion and training company that serves numerous Fortune 1,000 companies, internationally recognized health systems, and other major businesses. Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

Jun 21, 2021
S3/Ep 111 - Nick Hutchison| Reality is Negotiable

In this episode, we talk with NICK HUTCHISON, who is the Co-Founder of BookThinkers, a company dedicated to spreading the power of personal development books.


Reality is Negotiable


Scars Have the Strange Power to Remind Us that Our Past is Real - Cormac McCarthy




Nicholas Hutchison is the Founder of BookThinkers, a company dedicated to spreading the power of personal development books. 

After spending 6 years in software sales, Nicholas now spends his time traveling the world, reviewing books and interviewing his favorite authors. 

Jun 14, 2021
S3/Ep 110 - Nick Shaw | If It Feels Good, Do It!

In this episode, we talk with NICK SHAW, who is the co-founder of Renaissance Periodization (RP), a multi-million dollar health and fitness company that has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of clients around the world.


If it Feels Good, Do It!


Procrastination Makes Easy Things Hard, Hard Things Harder 

- Mason Cooley




Nick Shaw is the co-founder of Renaissance Periodization (RP), a multi-million dollar health and fitness company that has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of clients around the world. His story – and the story of RP—has appeared in a Forbes feature story, which chronicled Renaissance Periodization’s rise from a small business into an influential tech company with an industry-leading app available through Apple’s app store and Google Play. Nick has also helped to coach numerous world-class athletes including CrossFit Games champions, international medalists in weightlifting, UFC fighters, Navy SEALs, and Olympians.

Nick and his team at RP have sold hundreds of thousands of books over the years ranging from Nutrition, Training, Recovery, and creating Healthy Habits.

Jun 07, 2021
S3/Ep 109 - Ryan Estis | You Don’t Get Paid by the Hour; You Get Paid for the Value You Bring to the Hour.

In this episode, we talk with RYAN ESTIS, who has been recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.  He is a legend in our world.


You Don’t Get Paid by the Hour; You Get Paid for the Value You Bring to the Hour


The Goal isn't to Live Forever, the Goal Is to Create Something That Will - Chuck Palahniuk 




Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heardby Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing leadership effectiveness, sales performance and customer experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board and a certified Human Capital Strategist.

Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance. His writing has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, SmartBrief, Business News Network, Crain’s Business, and Yahoo Business.

Ryan is an Ohio University graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis. When he’s not traveling to speaking engagements around the world, Ryan enjoys down time with family and friends, practicing yoga and cheering on his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves.


May 31, 2021
S3/Ep 108 - Alan Schaefer | Force is Almost Always Met with Resistance

In this episode, we talk with our longtime friend and colleague Alan Schaefer, who is the Founder & CEO of Banding People Together, who we have talked about many times on the show.


Force is Almost Always Met with Resistance


Sometimes the Most Influential Thing We Can Do is Listen 

- Bob Burg




Alan Schaefer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Banding People Together, a super group of scientists, strategists, former C-Suite executives and rock stars who use data to help teams and organizations amplify their collective genius.  He created Banding’s True Collaboration® system to provide a continuous improvement journey and ongoing measurement to accelerate individual, team and organizational effectiveness.  He has been described as “a maestro of human capital excellence” and brings his unique perspective as a successful entrepreneur, consultant, recording artist and songwriter to his current work.  Some of Banding’s clients include Coca-Cola, NASA, Netflix, Verizon, Cisco, Groupon, Hilton and Daimler.

May 24, 2021
S3/Ep 107 - Kristina Paider | Observe, Not Judge

In this episode, we talk with KRISTINA PAIDER, who is an award-winning storyteller, consulting and developmental editor, helping authors, speakers and executives craft their message in engaging, entertaining, and impactful ways.


Observe, Not Judge


Never Judge Another Knight without First Knowing the Strength and Cunning of the Dragons He Fights - Richelle E. Goodrich




Kristina Paider is an award-winning storyteller with a 20 year track record of increasing revenues through story-driven strategy. She is an expert in maximizing return on investment on allocations ranging from modest non-profit budgets to $3.5 million. Her body of work spans all facets of strategic planning, research, writing, public relations, electronic media, communications and events.

As a consulting and developmental editor, she helps authors, speakers and executives craft their message in the most engaging, entertaining, and impactful way, based on the medium and tone.

Previously, Kristina was the Senior Vice President of marketing and research for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, where she set and executed the marketing strategy, including publishing 60+ research publications, and overseeing the client and investor experience, as well as communications for the firm’s business units. This contributed to the sale of $15 billion in hotel real estate assets. Additionally, under her stewardship, JLLH achieved and held the #1 press position for seven consecutive years and generated more than $1 million in press coverage annually.

A former journalist, she has worked for Tribune Newspapers, NBC News, and other news affiliates, covering business, lifestyle and entertainment. She has served as a spokesperson for Forbes, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and hotel trade magazines.

Kristina has won more than 13 global and national awards for her leadership and communications expertise.

Kristina is a feature film writer with an action-thriller project in development. Her best-selling book, Unbreakable Spirit, presented by Lisa Nichols, includes a chapter on her work as an activist with the NYFD on Ground Zero, following the events of 9/11. Her other projects include recovery work at New Orleans’ Musicians Village in the 9th Ward, one of the worst hit areas of Hurricane Katrina, life skills coaching at Turning Point homeless shelter in Los Angeles, and flood recovery work on the north coast, Dominican Republic.

Kristina’s latest book, The Hollywood Approach, came out in 2021 and is a gutsy guide that shows you how to apply the principles of Hollywood screenwriting to real life to live your wildest dream.

She travels by motorcycle, jumps into waterfalls, and is a guest chocolate chef.

May 17, 2021
S3/Ep 106 - Josh Davies | Just Because You CAN, Doesn’t Mean You SHOULD

In this episode, we talk with JOSH DAVIES, who is a speaker, trainer, consultant and the Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Work Ethic Development.


Just Because You CAN, Doesn’t Mean You SHOULD 


 What's Helped with Saying NO to Others is Asking Myself First if I'm Saying YES Out of Guilt or Fear. If So, Then It's a Polite NO – Neil Strauss




Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. His engaging and connecting speaking style combined with relevant content make him an in-demand speaker, giving more than 75 keynote presentations and workshops to education, workforce, and corporate events annually. For the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Josh led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Davies is currently the CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing workplace skills in the global workforce. Partnering with organizations in all 50 states and 6 countries, they equip trainers and teachers to build the workforce of the 21st Century. A graduate of American University, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He finished serving his second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he chaired the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also led the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado and served on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. In addition to his work in the public sector, Josh also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.

May 10, 2021
S3/Ep 105 - Aaron Dawson | Right Is Better Than Right Now

In this episode, we talk with AARON DAWSON, who is the General Manager of Miramont and President of the Lone Star Chapter of the CMAA (Club Management Association of America), an association of private membership clubs and golf resorts.


Right is Better than Right Now


Good Work is Done with Dignity, And There Is No Dignity In Rushing - A.D. Aliwat 




Aaron Dawson became Miramont’s General Manager in April 2014, bringing more than two decades of exemplary leadership experience in the hospitality, private club management and restaurant industries to the Club. Dawson oversees a Miramont team of more than 180 dedicated professionals, as well as all the elegant and exceptional facilities at Miramont. More than that, though, he has consistently displayed an open-door service commitment and a hands-on approach to addressing the needs and concerns of Members and employees. His vision and pledge is to make Miramont a home away from home for Members and guests.

 Dawson, a native of Ohio, arrived at Miramont after serving from 2010-14 as the General Manager of Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dawson has also been the General Manager at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club in Montgomery, Texas. Prior to joining the Bentwater staff, Dawson was the GM for Brio/Bravo Restaurant Group, and he also served in various roles at Morton’s Steakhouse and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Dawson is an active member in Club Managers Association of America, currently serving as President of Lone Star Chapter of the CMAA.

 Dawson volunteers his time and efforts to various local organizations and fundraising efforts, serving as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Allen Academy and as Chair of the Annual Cadet Golf Classic and Patriot Dinner at Miramont that benefits Folds of Honor and the Financial Assistance Program at Allen Academy.

 He is an Advanced Corporate Client and Individual Certified Birkman Consultant, who has worked with numerous hospitality groups, as well as using the assessment to help young individuals with career selection. Dawson, who is also Mindset Perspective Certified, has presented with Sharon Birkman and Diana Sheley to show the power of Birkman to hospitality professionals. He is an avid user and promoter of the Birkman assessment.

 Dawson and his wife, Nikki, live in the Miramont subdivision with their two daughters: Olivia, who was born in 2005, and Madeline 2009.


May 03, 2021
S3/Ep 104 - Mallory Gott | If You Don't Know What to Do about a Situation, Flip A Coin

In this episode, we talk with MALLORY GOTT, who is the Founder & Creative Director of G+A, which is an experiential design firm that uses a deliberate framework and approach to delivering unforgettable events.


If You Don't Know What to Do about a Situation, Flip A Coin 


The Straight Line, a Respectable Optical Illusion Which Ruins Many a Man - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables




After years designing experiences of all kinds (events, conferences, trade shows, learning programs, pop-ups, training, and more) for some of the world’s most discerning audiences, Mallory Gott, founder + creative director of G+A, realized that her approach – identifying the feelings she wanted an experience to evoke and then reverse-engineering those feelings through intentional design of each facet of the experience – was anything but typical.

From her unorthodox style, The 4D Framework was born and Mallory began guiding clients through an experience design thinking process, salvaging events, products, and services that seemed beyond help or in danger of falling prey to the status quo.

By focusing on emotion and desire first, working solutions instead of solving problems, and emphasizing intuitively-based decision making over a data-or-die mentality, G+A quickly amassed a portfolio of experiential design success stories helping client after client rediscover their innate magic to fantastic results and resounding success! If you’re a dynamic leader, incredible artist, visionary retailer, charismatic philanthropist, or just generally awesome person whose spidey senses are tingling after that read, then you’re just who we’re looking for, and we can’t wait to meet you!

Apr 26, 2021
S3/Ep 103 - Vincent Pugliese | Use Your Skills Correctly

In this episode, we talk with VINCENT PUGLIESE, who is the owner of Total Life Freedom, a mastermind community for entrepreneurs and freelancers building a life of time, money and location freedom.


Use Your Skills Correctly


People Who are Unable to Motivate Themselves must be Content with Mediocrity, No Matter How Impressive Their Other Talents 

- Andrew Carnegie




Vincent Pugliese is the owner of Total Life Freedom, a mastermind community for entrepreneurs and freelancers building a life of time, money and location freedom. 

He is also the host of the Total Life Freedom Podcast, the author of Freelance to Freedom as well as the upcoming book, The Confluence, which is a guide for entrepreneurs on how to develop, enhance and blend their connections and their content to create a business that is unique to them and serves their clients perfectly. 

Apr 19, 2021
S3/Ep 102 - Leslie Ehm | Why Not You?

In this episode, we talk with LESLIE EHM, who is a spectacular keynote speaker, a coach and the author of Swagger: Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want (releases in May).



Why Not You?


The Moment You Doubt Whether You Can Fly, You Cease Forever to Be Able to Do It - J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan)




Leslie Ehm is a former TV host and advertising Creative Director turned training guru.

 She’s spent decades travelling the globe with her award-winning company Combustion, working with executives and teams from top organizations like Google, Disney, Pepsico, Lenovo TD Bank, FBC, Uber, and so many more. She’s turned technologists into creative forces, bankers into storytellers, and has brought a serious dose of badass-ness to boardrooms everywhere. 

Fueled by her unrelenting passion to unleash true human potential and based on her experience working with thousands of professionals from CEOs down to new grads, Leslie is also the author of Swagger: Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want (coming May 2021). She now devotes much of her time working as a Swagger Coach and speaker. She’s also a passionate amateur boxer and fighter for good. Leslie's been called “better than therapy”, “a rock star”, “ass-kicking”, “a force of nature” and even “a witch”. 

And she's there for ALL of it. 

Apr 12, 2021
S3/Ep 101 - Tom Webster | Figure Out What People are Good at and Have Them Do That Thing

In this episode, we talk with TOM WEBSTER, who is the Sr. VP of Edison Research, a custom market research company best known as the sole providers of exit polling data during US elections for all the major news networks.


Figure Out What People are Good At, Have Them Do That Thing, and You Will Be Successful


You Have to Lift a Person Up Before You Can Really Put Them in Their Place - Criss Jami




Tom Webster is Senior Vice President of Edison Research, a custom market research company best known as the sole providers of exit polling data during US elections for all the major news networks. 

He has over 20 years of experience researching consumer usage of technology, new media, and social networking, and is a frequent keynote speaker on consumer behavior and data.

Webster is the principal author of a number of widely-cited studies, including The Podcast Consumer series, The Smart Audio Report, The Social Habit, and is the co-author of The Infinite Dial, America's longest running research series on digital media consumption. 

Webster also has a deep background in both media and entertainment research, and has conducted the largest-ever segmentation study of music and lifestyle preference in UK history. 

He has shared a martini with Tom Jones, shown Paula Abdul a bad card trick, and can unfailingly recommend music to you better than Pandora.

Tom is also the co-host of the podcast, The Freenoter, along with his wife Tamsen, where they share thoughts, insights, best practices and pros & cons of speaking for free.

Apr 05, 2021
S2/Ep 100 - The Backstage Episode | Behind-the-Scenes

It's our big 90-minute season 3 finale: The Backstage episode!!! 

For our 100th recorded episode, the podcast team sit around the studio table and have an open, honest conversation about how the show got started and what happens behind the curtain.





A Training & Development veteran for 30+ years, Jim Knight facilitates on a variety of interactive topics, including sessions around amping up organizational culture, world-class differentiated service, building rock star teams and leadership.

Jim cut his teeth in the training field through the Hospitality industry, starting out in the snack bar at Gatorland Zoo, as a restaurant staff-level employee for Olive Garden and then as a host & manager at Hard Rock Cafe. He eventually became the head of the School of Hard Rocks, running point on all global learning & development functions for Hard Rock International.

Although part of a small training group that supported all cafe, hotel & casino properties, Jim Knight’s role at Hard Rock involved many facets of organizational training, including: creating/managing all staff & management training materials & programs, facilitating its corporate university, overseeing management training locations, producing training videos, directing company e-Learning initiatives, facilitating leadership transitions and traveling to properties to deliver on-site classes & measure standards.

Jim has put his experience and creativity to work, which has consistently developed cutting-edge training concepts. During his time with the Hard Rock brand, his team won coveted video Telly Awards (“Guest Service” in 2000, “Menu Rollout” in 2007, “Harassment & Discrimination Prevention” in 2008), garnered Training Directors Forum’s 1998 prize for “Reengineering Training” and won Brandon Hall’s Gold Best in Class Award for their “Service Recovery” e-Learning course. Jim Knight was also recognized by Training Magazine as representing one of the Top 125 training companies in the world out of all industries & businesses. Jim has since been featured in Forbes Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News, Business News Daily and Fox Business News.

Jim has a music degree in Vocal Performance & Education and taught in the Florida public school system for 6 years, before catching the “hospitality bug”. He is a lifetime member of CHART (an Association of Hospitality Trainers), previously sat on the Certification Governing Board of the National Restaurant Association and started a local networking group (The Training Summit: CHART’s 1st Regional Training Forum) with over 100 active members in Central Florida, to share best practices and discuss common issues with other industry professionals. 

Jim is the Owner & CEO of Knight Speaker, which positions him to facilitate at any association or company event, in any industry, as a keynote or breakout speaker. He is also the best-selling author of Culture That Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture, now in its 2nd edition, which was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “5 Books That Will Help You Transform How You Do Business”.

Along with his business partner, Brant Menswar, Jim hosts a weekly leadership podcast called, Thoughts That Rock, which includes a rock star guest and presents 2 life-changing pieces of advice in 30 minutes. Finally, Jim and Brant offer a leadership training program called, Certified Rock Star, as an edu-taining, Rock ‘n Roll-inspired experience for leaders looking to amp up their business in a variety of areas.

A portion of Jim Knight’s book sales, podcast revenue, speaking fees and training program proceeds goes to No Kid Hungry to eliminate childhood hunger in the U.S. and Cannonball Kids’ cancer, which funds innovative, accessible research for children fighting cancer with better treatments, quality of life and options for those told they have run out of options.



Brant Menswar is a core values activist, former rock star, one of the country’s “Top 10" motivational speakers and a self-professed coffee snob. His books and podcast (Thoughts That Rock) expand on the ground-breaking work around values-based leadership described as “disarmingly simple and incredibly powerful.” 

He has helped to change what’s possible for industry-leading organizations like Netflix, Verizon, Anthem, SunTrust, Microsoft, ESPN, Hilton, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and dozens more.

Passionate and engaging, Brant encourages audiences to discover their Black Sheep Values® and move forward with deliberate intention. His interactive and entertaining ways of defining what matters most compels audiences to dig deeper into their lives and start living on purpose.

Dec 21, 2020
S2/Ep 99 - Thank You, Next | A Discussion on Thankfulness and Predictions for 2021

In this episode, we bring the podcast team together for an open discussion on the things we are thankful for (especially after the hot mess that was 2020), but also for our personal predictions for 2021. 

Raw, Honest, Scary and Enlightening...we cover it all.




Dec 14, 2020
S2/Ep 98 - Mike Ganino | No One Cares About Your Perfect Performance

In this episode, we talk with Mike Ganino, who is a speaker, author, podcaster and storytelling + communication expert whose hair style rivals our own.


No One Cares About Your Perfect Performance


Because True Belonging Only Happens When We Present Our Authentic, Imperfect Selves to the World, Our Sense of Belonging Can Never Be Greater than Our Level of Self-Acceptance.” 

― Brené Brown 




Mike Ganino is a storytelling + communication expert who hosts The Mike Drop Moment podcast. He is an author, former Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge and has been named a top 30 Speaker by Global Guru

Mike teaches storytelling, presence, and public speaking to some of the biggest names and brands. 

He’s a trained actor and coach from the World Famous Second City, Improv Olympics, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. 

In addition to his track record as an executive in the hotel, restaurant, retail, and tech industries, Mike’s worked with organizations like the Disney, American Marketing Association, and Uber.

Dec 07, 2020
S2/Ep 97 - Rich Johnson | Don't Compare Your Behind the Scenes with Someone Else's Highlight Reel

In this episode, we talk with the amazing creative that is RICH JOHNSON, who is the Founder of Spectacle Photo and the Creative Director of Cannonball Kids’ cancer.


Don't Compare Your Behind the Scenes with Someone Else's Highlight Reel


Everything that Irritates Us about Others Can Lead Us to an Understanding of Ourselves

- Carl Jung




Every image tells a story, and every artist has one to tell. Equipped with a love for the arts and a passion for cinema, Rich Johnson’s influences are clearly expressed in every click of the shutter. He is a national and international award-winning artist including two Emmys. 

Rich has distinguished himself as an innovator in design, photography, and video and has spent the last 10 years perfecting his artistic skills to become an expert in the fields of print, web, video, and photography. His skill set, mixed with his creative personality, is a perfect fit for any project. 

Rich has produced multiple viral projects including an anti-bullying awareness campaign called Weapon of Choice that has been used by over 180 non-profits around the world. His powerful photographs and videos from that campaign caught the attention of the UN, which led to him being a speaker at the UN Senate in 2014.

Dec 02, 2020
S2/Ep 96 - Gretchen Bauer | Pull Back on the Bow

In this episode, we talk with GRETCHEN BAUER, who is the Founder/CEO of BSWANKY, an American luxury handbag company, which gives previously-undervalued women the opportunity to create iconic products through ethical practices. 


Pull Back on the Bow


Good Judgment Comes from Experience, and Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

- Rita Mae Brown




Gretchen Bauer is a woman with dreams to shake up the fashion industry.  After moving to Sarasota, Florida from the Main Line of Philadelphia, her hometown, six years ago, Gretchen made a home for herself and her family on the Suncoast. 

While working as an interior designer, a business she had for twenty-six years, a colleague exposed Gretchen to the disturbing reality behind the United States garment industry. She decided to take a risk and make a difference by improving the lives of women in the industry and change the way goods are manufactured in America by creating an unparalleled work culture.  

Shortly after, she launched her American luxury brand, BSWANKY, with a mission to B The Difference — giving previously undervalued women the opportunity to create iconic handbags through ethical practices.

BSWANKY handbags are proudly designed and happily handcrafted out of their Sarasota atelier, where Gretchen and her team are committed to a painstaking care for detail and uncompromising quality. The collection includes designs made with burmese python skins ethically and environmentally sourced from the Florida Everglades, Italian leather, as well as hair on cowhide, which has made quite an imprint in the equestrian world and celebrity scene. 

By creating transformational products with an unparalleled personal connection, Gretchen aims to contribute to a global effort to revolutionize the fashion industry.

Nov 30, 2020
S2/Ep 95 - Renaut Van der Riet | Spend More Time Living Your Life Well, than Building Platforms of Influence

In this episode, we talk with Renaut Van der Riet, who is the Founder/President of “Love Made Visible”, Founder/Owner of Axum Coffee, and Lead Pastor for Mosaic Church, one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S.


Spend More Time Living Your Life Well, than Building Platforms of Influence


Anything Less Than a Conscious Commitment to the Important is an Unconscious Commitment to the Unimportant – Stephen Covey 




Renaut is passionate about living, teaching, and leading in a way that shows the Gospel of Jesus to be true and beautiful.

He lives out that passion first and foremost with his family. Of all the roles he fills, none is as important to him as being a husband to his wife, Brooke, and father to their eight children, four of whom are adopted from Ethiopia.

In 2002, he and Brooke founded Mosaic Church in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando. With a continually growing congregation, Mosaic was one of the top ten fastest-growing churches in America in 2018. Under Renaut’s leadership-by-example, the church has become a nationwide pacemaker for fostering and adoption and a sought-after model of how ministries can respond to childhood special needs and trauma care.

Renaut’s work bringing hope to hard places extends far beyond the walls of Mosaic Church. In 2009 he started Love Made Visible, a nonprofit organization that equips families, individuals, churches, and agencies to care for orphans and vulnerable children across the United States and around the world, including in Africa, Latin America, and China. The following year, he and Brooke founded Axum Coffee Company, a growing chain of coffee shops and restaurants whose goal is to fund social justice initiatives and also invite people into that story and work of redemption.

Most recently, Renaut is developing The ReStory, a project aimed at providing Gospel clarity to followers of Christ and extending them an invitation to consider how their lives might be different if they dared to believe Galatians 5:1: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

Renaut's book, What Great Ministry Leaders Get Right is due out in March 2021 and is currently available for pre-order.

Nov 25, 2020
S2/Ep 94 - Michelle Cederberg | You’ve Got to Clean Your Side of the Street

In this episode, we talk with Michelle Cederberg, who is an in-demand speaker, author, coach, and consultant…and focuses on truly combining the mind, body, and practicality to inspire “change” in others.


You’ve Got to Clean Your Side of the Street 


People Have Trained You to Care About How They Think, Because it's Important to Most People Who are Living Conditionally for You to Create Conditions that They Can Live With – Esther Hicks 




Michelle Cederberg is a Certified Speaking Professional who has captivated audiences across North America with her empowering and humorous messages about how to set worthwhile goals and get energized for success—in business and in life. 

An in-demand speaker, author, coach, and consultant, Michelle believes that personal and professional success are directly influenced by how well we harness the physical, mental, and emotional capacity we each have within us. 

Michelle holds a master’s in kinesiology, a BA in psychology, and a specialization in health and exercise psychology. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach, and an ORSC-Trained Team Coach. 

Michelle truly combines mind, body, and practicality to inspire change. In addition to The Success-Energy Equation, she is the author of Energy Now! Small Steps to an Energetic Life.

Nov 23, 2020
S2/Ep 93 - Sean Rosensteel | No One is Responsible for You, but YOU.

In this episode, we talk with SEAN ROSENSTEEL, who is the author of The School of Intentional Living  and the founder of The Intentional Living Academy.


 No One is Responsible for You, but YOU. It’s Time to Find a Quiet Place and Figure Things Out for Yourself.


And a Step Backward, After Making a Wrong Turn, is a Step in the Right Direction  

- Kurt Vonnegut




Sean Rosensteel is the author of The School of Intentional Living and the founder of The Intentional Living Academy.

With a passion for helping others, Sean’s journey began when he found himself bankrupt at the age of 28 after following conventional wisdom all his life. This eye-opening moment taught him that attaining true happiness and fulfillment means breaking free of societal chains and creating your own path.

Now, he hopes to inspire and empower his readers to achieve their dreams and live the lives they truly deserve.

Sean currently lives in the Dallas, TX area with his loving wife, Karen, and their three young children. 

For more information visit 

Nov 18, 2020
S2/Ep 92 - Ashley T Brundage | Highlight ALL of Your Differences

In this episode, we talk with ASHLEY T BRUNDAGE, who is a celebrated and award-winning equal rights advocate, transgender rising star and the Founder & President of “Empowering Differences”


Highlight ALL of Your Differences


Diversity is Not How We Differ; Diversity is About Embracing One Another’s Uniqueness 

- Ola Joseph




Ashley T Brundage is the Founder and President of Empowering Differences. While seeking employment at a major financial institution, she self-identified during the interview process as a male to female transgender woman and subsequently was hired. She was offered a position and started as a part time bank teller and worked in various lines of business before moving to Human Resources in 2016. 

Ashley recently celebrated 18 years of marriage to Whitney and together they have two biological sons; Bryce, 15, and Blake, 13. 

Since beginning transitioning in 2008, she has worked tirelessly to promote awareness and acceptance of gender identity and expression. She works to accomplish this goal by volunteering in the community, and holding education sessions for corporations. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Council for the NGLCC-National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Also is the co-chair for NGLCC’s new global Trans+ Inclusion Task Force. 

Ashley chaired the successful bid to host the NGLCC convention in 2019, and Visit Tampa Bay named her their Tourism Champion for 2017. In 2018, she started serving on the board of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. In 2019, she was voted on the National Board of Directors for GLAAD. GLAAD works to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ+ Community through media advocacy. 

Ashley speaks locally and nationally about her transition, workplace equality, leadership, and diversity & inclusion. She has also been interviewed in several publications and media outlets, including Tampa Bay Times, Watermark Magazine, Creative Loafing, The Tampa Bay Business Journal, The Miami Herald, Fox 13 News Tampa, ABC News 7 Ft Myers, CBS 10 Tampa, Las Vegas Review Journal, Milwaukee Biz Times, the Daily Beast, Fairygodboss, and a feature story with Bloomberg Businessweek in 2019. 

Ashley has been recognized in many areas and has received numerous awards including: 

  • The University of South Florida 2014 Community Pride Award, 2015
  • St Pete Pride Grand Marshal, 2015
  • Commendation-City of Tampa, 2016
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year, 2016
  • Voice for Equality Award from Equality Florida, 2017
  • LGBT Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council, 2017
  • Leadership Award from Metro Inclusive Health, 2017.
  • Inaugural People First Award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2017
  • TBBJ Power 100 list, the most influential and powerful people in business, 2017
  • Champion Award from international non-profit Out & Equal, 2018
  • One of Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Women from the National Diversity Council, 2018
  • One of the Top 40 under 40 in the LGBTQ community nationally by Business Equality Magazine, 2019
  • TBBJ Outstanding Voice for the LGBTQ community, 2019
  • Inaugural Transgender Rising Star by Trans New York, 2019
Nov 16, 2020
S2/Ep 91 - Jeff Sample | You Won't Have a Job in Ten Years; Learn Something New

In this episode, we talk with JEFF SAMPLE, who is the Director of Strategic Accounts for eSUB Construction Software and also a podcaster with his show, The ConTechCrew.


You Won't Have a Job in Ten Years, I Suggest You Learn Something New


An Age is Called Dark, not Because the Light Fails to Shine, but Because People Refuse to See It 

- James A. Michener




Jeff Sample has devoted the past 20+ years to transforming companies through technology by educating others on the value of a secure and thriving IT ecosystem.

Jeff optimizes companies throughout the construction industry by designing solutions, optimizing strategic advantages, and breaking down information silos. Based in Vail, Colorado, his passion for outdoor adventure led to triathlons and Ironman competitions eventually garnering him the moniker "The Ironman of IT."

Jeff studied Software Lifecycle as a DevOps Engineer where he learned and developed software solutions for ecommerce, security, compliance, as well as several operational environments. He also honed his skills in SaaS design, API’s, and implementing cloud solutions that scale; he's transformed how companies create and apply solid infrastructures for IT ecosystems.

Jeff's signature technology solutions place emphasis on functionality and fiscal responsibility.

His work encompasses a wide breadth of industries including: Ski Resorts, Hospitality, Real Estate, Health Care, and now Construction Technology.

He currently serves as a member of the AGC IT Steering committee, assisting the organization's momentum toward improving the quality of construction. Jeff evaluates AEC companies' technology needs and provides custom solutions and road maps with JBKnowledge Consulting Services Team. You can

tune-in to hear Jeff weekly on The ConTechCrew podcast or catch his presentations at The ConTech Roadshows.

As Director of Strategic Accounts for eSUB Construction Software, Jeff conducts technology assessments for trade contractors and develops recommendations and roadmaps to adopt a secure and thriving IT ecosystem. His depth of IT experience in a variety of industries and his passion for outdoor adventures and Ironman competitions has made Jeff widely known as the “The Ironman of IT.” He is a popular speaker and vocal thought leader in construction, spending much of his time educating on a variety of topics to better the industry as a whole.

Nov 11, 2020
S2/Ep 90 - Heather Monahan | Fear is a Green Light that Means Go!

In this episode, we talk with HEATHER MONAHAN who is an executive coach, best-selling author, keynote speaker, podcaster and the founder of Boss in Heels.


Fear is a Green Light that Means Go!


Problems are Not Stop Signs, They are Guidelines - Robert Schuller




Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, Executive Coach and founder of  Boss In Heels.   Having successfully climbed the corporate ladder for nearly 20 years, Heather Monahan is one of the few women to break the glass ceiling and claim her spot in the C-suite. 

As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, Heather Monahan is a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018. 

Heather’s book  Confidence Creator  shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon.  

Heather’s show,  Creating Confidence  , debuted on the Top 200 shows on Apple podcast. Her guests include Sara Blakely, Gary Vaynerchuck, Ryan Serhant, Kaitlyn Bristowe among many other noteworthy celebrities and entrepreneurs. 

Heather was named one of the Top 40 Female Keynote Speakers for 2020 by Real Leaders.  Her TEDx talk was promoted to TED and translated into 6 languages.  Harper Collins Leadership is publishing her new book Leapfrogging Villains in 2021. 

Heather’s has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and The Steve Harvey Show.  Most recently adding Guest Professor at Harvard to her list of accomplishments. Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami.  

Nov 09, 2020
S2/Ep 89 - Chris Wirth | Never Give Up

In this episode, we talk with CHRIS WIRTH, who is the Founder & President of No Quit Living…a speaking, training and coaching company that focuses on helping people with accountability, goals, networking, leadership, personal development and mentoring


Never Give Up


Failure Is The Condiment That Gives Success Its Flavor 

- Truman Capote




Christopher J. Wirth is the founder and president of No Quit Living.  As a professional speaker, author, coach and trainer, Christopher works with individuals, sports teams and corporations to help improve accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency through his process – “The Positive Mental Advantage.” 

Christopher is the host of the No Quit Living Podcast, which has been rated as a top 50 Podcast on iTunes in three different categories: Business, Health, and Self-Help. 

Christopher is also the founder of The Positivity Tribe, a coaching, speaking and training company that focuses on working with schools, sports teams and organizations looking to adopt both a Positive Mindset and Positive Advantage. 

Christopher recently published his first book titled “The Positivity Tribe.”  

Christopher has coached Basketball at the High School and Collegiate Levels.  In addition, he coached an AAU Team that succeeded at the National Level.

Christopher graduated from Washington College with a BA in both Business Management and Drama.  Christopher was also a member of both the Men’s Basketball and Tennis teams. 

Christopher has three children, Zachary, Emily and Mason.  


Nov 04, 2020
S2/Ep 88 - Cara Brookins | You Can Figure Anything Out

In this episode, we talk with 8-time author CARA BROOKINS, who we know on the speaking circuit with an AMAZING story and is best known as "the mom who built her own house using YouTube tutorials." 


You Can Figure Anything Out


Ability May Get You to the Top, But it Takes Character to Keep You There 

- John Wooden




Cara Brookins is best known as "the mom who built her own house using YouTube tutorials". 

She is a keynote speaker and the author of eight books, including Rise: How a House Built a Family, which tells the story of building her 3500 square foot home with the help of her four children. Cara's story went viral in more than 75 countries and has been viewed more than two billion times. 

Cara's programs inspire audiences everywhere to set and reach crazy-big goals.

Nov 02, 2020
S2/Ep 87 - John Galloway | Empower People and Just Watch How They Deliver

In this episode, we talk with JOHN GALLOWAY, who is the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Godiva Chocolates.


Empower People and Just Watch How They Deliver


As We are Liberated from Our Own Fear, Our Presence Automatically Liberates Others  - Marianne Williamson




John Galloway is a senior executive with a proven track record of building brands, driving growth and inspiring people. His upbringing as an Army brat, as well as his own small stint in the military, prepared him well for a career full of leadership challenges and diverse geographic assignments. 

John’s post college journey began with six years of dynamic agency experience working for world-class companies, including Young and Rubicam and TracyLocke and supporting premier brands the likes of the U.S. Army, Miller Brewing Company, DuPont and PepsiCo. Among his many roles, John executed photo-shoots in the jungles of Honduras and Panama with the Army Reserve, wrote copy for DuPont car- covers in Wilmington, Delaware, drove sports marketing execution and strategy out of a Miller Genuine Draft van in support of Miller Sports in New England and developed packaging and promotions on-site at Pepsi North America’s headquarters in Somers, New York. John’s agency experiences provided him with invaluable consumer insights, lessons on brand loyalty and a strong creative spark that have helped guide him throughout his career on the client-side. 

Jumping the wall from agency (TracyLocke) to client (PepsiCo), John began a fourteen year stint with PepsiCo that would take him (and his growing family) from Purchase, New York to London, England back to Purchase to Boulder, Colorado and finally to Chicago, for various marketing and general management assignments. Under John’s leadership at PepsiCo, Pepsi increased experimentation with non-traditional media and acquired the sponsorship rights to the NFL for the first time (still holds), Mountain Dew, expanded its reach to new consumers, created a full-length movie with Universal Pictures and launched the Dew Tour with NBC, 7UP re-framed its marketing strategy, look and investment and  grew beverage share in Europe, IZZE was fully-integrated into the PepsiCo family and Gatorade rebounded from a momentary blip in its growth track. 

John then showcased his brand passion and traffic building skills within the hospitality trade at Hard Rock International, for what may be a record (eight years) in position as Chief Marketing Officer, where he oversaw marketing efforts across Cafes, Hotels and Casinos in 75 countries across the globe. He was a member of the executive leadership team responsible for delivering six straight years of record profit for the company. Under John’s direction, the brand step-changed digital efforts across the board dramatically increased owned and earned media through social and CRM efforts. He also launched the brand’s first-ever unified loyalty program, Hard Rock Rewards, the “largest global, multi-hospitality unit” program in world along with Hard Rock Rising, the brand’s omni-channel global battle of the bands. When not working on digital, loyalty or new openings, John kept busy driving brand relevance by signing key philanthropic partnerships with global icons including Imagine Dragons, Rihanna and Pitbull, negotiating concert deals with Live Nation and overseeing content plays with VICE Media. 

After leaving Hard Rock, John took up his current role overseeing Marketing and Innovation for Godiva International based in New York City. Today, he is kept busy working across multiple products, brand and channels as Godiva pursues an aggressive global growth agenda and a noble brand purpose (Open People’s Eyes To A More Wonderful World). His favorite chocolate is the Godiva Chocolate Lava Truffle. 

John is a long-suffering New York Jets fan, an ex-college lacrosse goalie at Manhattan College (still believes he can save any shot), a hack runner chasing an elusive under four hour marathon (personal best: Marine Corp Marathon, 2016 4:07), a proud husband to his college sweetheart and a, most-of-the-time, doting father of three to Julia (22), JJ (19) and Nicholas (12).

Oct 28, 2020
S2/Ep 86 - Jill Heineck | Establish Boundaries

In this episode, we talk with JILL HEINECK, who wears many professional hats; she is a rock star real estate agent, an executive relocation expert, a keynote speaker, an author and a radio host in Atlanta.


Establish Boundaries


NO is a Complete Sentence - Anne Lamont 




Jill Heineck is a leading authority on corporate relocations, and is highly sought after for her real estate industry acumen and business insights. As a published author, frequent panelist and keynote speaker, Jill shares her experience and perceptions with people from around the globe.

Jill is a founding partner of Keller Williams Southeast, established in 1999, and the founder and managing partner of Heineck & Co. Her real estate practice specializes in corporate relocations, individual relocations, luxury residential, and commercial properties. 

Jill’s analytical approach to problem-solving, along with her expert negotiation skills and sophisticated marketing, deliver superior results to her clients. Her winning strategies and tenacious client advocacy have earned her a reputation for excellence among Atlanta’s top producers.

While Jill has received many accolades throughout her career, she is most gratified by the personal testimonials and referrals she receives from her clients. Jill’s unwavering commitment to the customer experience, and her focus on the unique needs of each client, serve as the foundation of her success.

Oct 26, 2020
S2/Ep 85 - Matthew Newman | We Learn Some Of The Most Basic Lessons Of Life At The Deepest And Darkest Of Times

In this episode, we talk with financial services rock star & brain cancer survivor, MATTHEW NEWMAN, who is now a keynote speaker and best-selling author with his book, Starting at the Finish Line.


We Learn Some of the Most Basic Lessons of Life at the Deepest and Darkest of Times


Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness; Only Light Can Do That 

– Martin Luther King Jr. 




Matthew S. Newman, a financial services wholesaler and father to three small children, was diagnosed with grade three astrocytoma (brain cancer) at 39 years old. 

Matthew’s memoir, Starting At The Finish Line, chronicles the journey that he and his entire family took together which got him to a place of clarity, understanding and appreciation. The book’s underlying message of why it’s important to get your financial planning in order is both inspirational and actionable. 

His dedication to being a top performer at everything he does has led him to become the top wholesaler numerous times in his career, while also fighting cancer, running the Broad Street Run, doing Tough Mudder, writing books, and traveling the world to speak.

Oct 21, 2020
S2/Ep 84 - Erin King | It's Better To Be Someone's Shot Of Whiskey Than Everyone's Cup Of Tea!

In this episode, we talk with ERIN KING, who is an international keynote speaker, a three-time entrepreneur and the bestselling author of Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace


It's Better to Be Someone's Shot of Whiskey than Everyone's Cup of Tea! 


To Be One, to Be United is a Great Thing, but Respect the Right to Be Different is Maybe Even Greater - Bono 




Erin King is the Amazon-bestselling author of Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace, an international keynote speaker, and a three-time entrepreneur. Erin has been hired by The Academy Awards, The United States Navy, ABC/Disney, Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Hope, VISA, Siemens, Hilton Worldwide, Johnson and Johnson, Hitachi, Mutual of Omaha, Merck, Abbott Laboratories, Synchrony Financial, and dozens of others elevate their digital communication style to attract attention, increase influence, and sell smarter. 

Erin founded Socialite Agency, the world's only social media firm specializing exclusively in live events. For the last decade, Socialite has helped Fortune 100 brands catapult their social media success via award-winning digital activations and campaigns. Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) awarded Socialite's work with FreemanXP as "Best Social Media" across the entire meetings industry.

Erin started her first venture, Jump Digital Media, at the age of 25 and cut her teeth building websites for brands like Whole Foods, Black and Decker, and Linksys. Her second venture,, was a Dollar Shave Club-type subscription model for women’s monthly healthcare supplies. launched the internet's largest social media community around the subject of menstruation, with millions of women weighing in on this formerly taboo topic. Her experience running these digital enterprises has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for thousands of people from all industries on stages around the world.

Watch her onstage here.

When off-duty, the former world champion Irish step dancer and NCAA Division I athlete can be found biking, hiking, surfing, snowboarding, boating (basically anything outdoors) with her Alabama born and raised husband Hartman in Laguna Beach, California. And as a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, Erin is very close to her massive, crazy Irish Catholic family. Her life mantra is “attitude of gratitude,” and right now, her only five-year plan is that someday she will be home long enough for Hartman to finally allow them to get a dog, which will be a King Charles Cavalier named Louise.

Oct 19, 2020
S2/Ep 83 - George McGehrin | You Have to Lose A Lot to Eventually Win

In this episode, we talk with GEORGE MCGEHRIN, who is the Founder of The McGehrin Group, which is an executive talent acquisition company.



You Have to Lose A Lot to Eventually Win 


Grief Does Not Change You, It Reveals You - John Green 





  • Career Branding
  • Executive Branding & Coaching
  • Career Job Search Strategy
  • Career Coaching
  • Business Development Strategies with C-Suite Audiences
  • Entrepreneurial startups
  • Executive recruitment


  • University of Oxford - Economics
  • Seton Hall University - Finance

For close to 20 years, George has run a national executive search/recruiting firm mostly dealing with executive search and leadership at the C-Suite level such as CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, CIO roles throughout the US, Europe, and South America. Clients include small startups to global organizations, most companies that you will have heard of or products that you have been impacted by. Besides managing his recruiting firm, he also works with similar executives in terms of helping them empower their careers, both on the branding and coaching side of the business.

Interesting Things About George (Non Business Related): 

  • Ran first 80K (50 mile ultramarathon), 8 hours and 30 minutes event in Peru before ever having participated in a full marathon, only having had completed 21 km events. To date: Has completed five ultramarathons and four marathons throughout different parts of the world.
  • Has a vacation home in Miraflores (Lima), Peru, where he spends the Summers.
  • Decided to start a business, literally at the unemployment office waiting to learn how much his unemployment check would be, after getting laid off in 2000.
  • Life changing experience: spent three solid months working and living at the 9-11 clean-up site in Staten Island, NY, where all of the debris was brought from Manhattan to later be examined for evidence. Life changing experience to see the magnitude of the 9-11 damage up-close. In the end, they were able to identify 1200 victims at that site. Everyday was an emotional one, to say the least.
  • Probably the world’s worst deep-sea fisherman, at-least on the US Atlantic coast.

George's Quotes: 

“I’ve been wrong on a lot of things with our business. Dreaming bigger isn’t one of them though.” 

“It really comes down to who has more discipline; you or time.” 

“Our most successful businesses that were started and continue to thrive for close to 20 years now, were all “mistakes” turned into businesses.” 

“Don’t listen to your parents, friends or colleagues. If you have a dream or an idea that you want to pursue, then make it happen. Their approval or non-approval is irrelevant. It’s usually their own fear that they are projecting upon you, so don’t let your parents’ handicaps be yours. You owe it to yourself to live the best possible life.”

Oct 12, 2020
S2/Ep 82 - Neen James | Don't Change Your Voice

In this episode, we talk with NEEN JAMES, who is a high energy motivational keynote speaker, sales and leadership coach, author, and Aussie.



Don't Change Your Voice


I’ll Speak in a Monstrous Little Voice - William Shakespeare




Neen James is the author of nine books including Folding TimeTM and her most recent, Attention PaysTM. Named one of the top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru several years in a row because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, BMW, and the FBI, among others. Neen earned her MBA from Southern Cross University and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association. She has received numerous awards as a professional speaker and is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global. Neen is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply personally and professionally, and meeting planners love working with her – they often describe Neen as the energizer bunny for their events. With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations who want implementable strategies that will help their employees avoid distractions, stop interruptions, prioritize daily objectives and say ‘no’ to requests that steal time and focus from real goals and priorities. Oh, did we mention that Neen is Australian? Why does that matter? Well, it means that she’s a bit mischievous, is pretty witty and a little cheeky. She also considers herself an unofficial champagne taste tester ... and is obsessed with her Peloton bike... a bike that goes no where!


Oct 05, 2020
S2/Ep 81 - Tommy London | You Get What You Give

In this episode, we talk with TOMMY LONDON, who is a vocalizer, socializer, DJ hypnotizer and the frontman for NYC’s rock ’n roll hometown heroes, The Dirty Pearls.


You Get What You Give


Your Conscience Is The Measure Of The Honesty Of Your Selfishness. Listen To It Carefully - Richard Bach




Vocalizer, socializer, DJ Hypnotizer and the renowned frontman of NYC's rock n roll hometown heroes, The Dirty Pearls.

Tommy London has supported and toured with the likes of Lady Gaga, KISS, Gin Blossoms, The Darkness, Gaslight Anthem, Cheap Trick and many others, regularly performing up and down the east/west coast.

Tommy dropped his debut singles, “Sugar Red” and "Make You Love Me", last year and recently released two new singles, "Say Whoa" and "Boom Boom Boom".  Both songs are from his forthcoming debut solo album, "Emotional Fuse", produced by John Fields (Pink, Jimmy Eat World, Andrew WK) and Matt Hogan. The album is set to be released in Fall 2020.

When he's not performing or recording music, Tommy moonlights as host on SiriusXM's "Hair Nation" and "Ozzy's Boneyard". 

Straight from the streets of the lower east side of New York City, Tommy  tells his stories of love, loss and life.   Rock ‘n’ Roll is the underdog in this current musical climate and Tommy London is rock’s biggest hope. He’s even been nicknamed the “Rocky Balboa of Rock n Roll”. 😎🤘🏽 

Sep 30, 2020
S2/Ep 80 - Kat Cole | Don’t Forget Where You Came From, but Don’t Let It Ever Solely Define You

In this episode, we talk with KAT COLE, who is the COO and President of Focus Brands...the parent company of Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s Deli, Carvel and Jamba Juice.



Don’t Forget Where You Came From, but Don’t Let It Ever Solely Define You


Do The Best You Can Until You Know Better. Then When You Know Better, Do Better - Maya Angelou 




Kat Cole is an inspiring leader and operator with a track record of turning around companies and building brands, teams and high-growth businesses over two decades.

As COO and President of Focus Brands, the owner, franchisor and operator of global limited-service food brands, doing billions in product sales in over 50 countries, she leads the company’s 7 brands: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s, Carvel and Jamba with 6500 operations globally, and leads the multi-brand licensing and CPG business. She is formerly president of Cinnabon Inc. and past Group President Focus Brands. She has led the evolution of several brands through product and technology innovation, organizational structure changes and building customer-centered cultures.  

Kat is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Milk Bar Board of Directors, an advisor to high-growth businesses, and mom of two. Kat is a past member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council, was featured on CBS' "Undercover Boss”, and was named one of Fortune’s 40 under 40. She is past chair of the board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, past Silver Plate winner from IFMA, named most admired leader by QSR magazine and named Elliot Leadership Motivator of the year. She is a college dropout, yet has her MBA in International Business. Her journey from restaurant hostess at 17, executive by 26, president by 31, and investor by 35 is often shared as an example of the American and entrepreneurial dream. 

Outside of the foodservice industry, Kat is an angel investor and advisor to early-stage consumer products and Direct-to-Consumer companies and an outspoken advocate for women’s issues and the broader role of business in democratizing access to education and opportunity. 

Sep 28, 2020
S2/Ep 79 - Sara Westbrook | You Are Perfectly Imperfect And That’s What’s Perfect About You!

In this episode, we talk with SARA WESTBROOK who is a professional speaker, author and creator of her brand, 3E Emotional Development.


You are Perfectly Imperfect and That’s What’s Perfect About You 


The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You 

- Rumi




Specializing in Emotional Development Skills:  Hi, I'm Sara Westbrook, professional speaker, author and creator of 3E Emotional Development presentations, workshops and consulting. I have spent the last 15 years researching emotions and the impact they have on choices & well-being.

In today’s changing work environment, being able to rebound from challenging circumstances and the emotions they trigger is pivotal to both professional and personal success.

I have had the pleasure of presenting my energetic, interactive and meaningful presentations to over 500,000 people, and have been on many media outlets including Global, CTV and Sirius XM. 

Here’s some behind the scenes about me…

Before I was a full time speaker I was an award winning singer/songwriter. When I’m not writing or presenting, I can be found in my kitchen whipping up yummy, healthy treats for my husband George and son Kai. At the end of a long day, I love relaxing with George, talking about our day over a glass of red juice

Sep 23, 2020
S2/Ep 78 - Mark Bowden | Make a Choice, Make it Bigger, Keep it Tidy

In this episode, we talk with MARK BOWDEN, who is a keynote speaker, bestselling author, an expert in human behavior & body language, and the creator of TRUTHPLANE, a communication training company.


Make a Choice, Make it Bigger, Keep it Tidy 


You Don’t Take A Photograph, You Make It 

- Ansel Adams 




Voted the #1 Body Language Professional in the world for two years running, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving your audience the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility every time they speak. Inspiring, energetic, engaging, and entirely entertaining, Mark’s memorable talks and training programs not only educate but have proven life-changing in helping people and organizations grow across all industries and sectors.

Mark’s work is consistently invaluable to sales and leadership teams, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and prime ministers of G7 powers. His highly acclaimed TEDx talk has reached millions of people, and he has presented to many of the biggest, coolest, and most innovative organizations in the world, including Shopify, Dell, Viacom, RBC, Fidelity, Amex, Unilever, Daimler, Microsoft, Toyota, VW, Samsung, KPMG, GSK, Walmart, Nestle, and even Real Madrid.  

Mark is the co-founder of TRUTHPLANE®, his communication training company that offers a unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate with impact to an audience. He uses his system of cutting-edge and effective nonverbal communication techniques to instantly help people become more confident, collaborative, and credible in their communication – invaluable for anyone in leadership, sales, teams, politics, media and beyond. He also delivers presentation training for the #1 EMBA in Canada with Kellogg-Schulich, and is president of the Canadian National Communication Coach Association. A go-to commentator for world media on the body language of leading politicians and public figures, Mark appears regularly on news and talk shows for CNN, CTV, CBC, Global and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and GQ Magazine.

A world-renowned body-language thought-leader, Mark’s publications are the bestselling books, Winning Body Language — a “how-to guide” to using body language to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility when speaking; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; and Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors At Work. His latest book, TRUTH & LIES: What People are Really Thinking is a Globe and Mail Canadian bestseller, described by FBI interrogator and counterintelligence agent Joe Navarro as, “a remarkable book… this year’s must-read on body language and human behavior.”

Sep 21, 2020
S2/Ep 77 - John Poulos | When You Find Your Passion, Share It

In this episode, we talk with JOHN POULOS, who is the Co-Founder & President of DiscoverLink, a full-service training solution for the hospitality industry supporting over 350 restaurant brands.


When You Find Your Passion, Share It.


Don't Waste Your Love On Somebody, Who Doesn't Value It. 

- William Shakespeare




John brings more than 30 years of experience working with every facet of the foodservice industry to DiscoverLink, which he co-founded in 2003 and where he currently serves as President. He uses this vast industry expertise in his sales and account management role, understanding his clients’ biggest challenges and helping them develop and implement e-learning solutions that meet their needs. He also oversees DiscoverLink’s finance and accounting functions.

John was previously Vice President of Sales at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), where he worked with state restaurant associations and national chain customers on e-learning and training initiatives. Before joining the NRAEF he was Director of National Accounts and Research and Development for Grecian Delight, a maker of top-quality ethnic foods for the foodservice and retail markets. John’s thorough knowledge of the industry on every level is a key asset in helping clients implement an e-learning strategy that meets their needs cost-effectively.   

John Poulos has been a member of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) since 2002 and was honored with the Spirit of CHART Award in 2015.

John’s passion for the restaurant industry is matched only by his love of America’s fine wines. He thinks it’s the perfect pairing of career and hobby, as any of his customers can attest. John is based in West Chicago, Illinois.

Sep 16, 2020
S2/Ep 76 - Kristy Sammis | When Someone Shows You Who They Are, Believe Them

In this episode,  we talk with KRISTY SAMMIS, who is the Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of the industry-leading, award-winning influencer marketing agency, CLEVER.


When Someone Shows You Who They Are, Believe Them




Kristy Sammis is a pioneer of the influencer marketing industry, having worked to shape the space since its inception. She began developing brand-blogger partnerships in 2006, and founded CLEVER, the foremost influencer marketing agency in the US, in 2009. 

Developing creative influencer programs for brands such as Ford, Disney, Amazon, General Mills, and Unilever helped establish CLEVER as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies (Silicon Valley Business Journal). Kristy and her two co-founders were also named Top 40 Over 40 (Forbes, 2018), Top Women In Media (FOLIO: Magazine, 2015), and authored Influencer Marketing For Dummies.

In 2019, Kristy took on the role of Executive Chair of the burgeoning Influencer Marketing Association (IMA), the only trade association dedicated to the practice of influencer marketing.

Sep 14, 2020
S2/Ep 75 - Johnny Damon | Enjoy Life.

In this episode, we talk with JOHNNY DAMON, who is a 2x All-Star, 2x World Champion, former Major League Baseball icon and philanthropist.



Enjoy Life.




A MLB star for 18 seasons, Johnny is one of the most outstanding, respected and durable players in MLB history.  After winning the 2004 World Series with the Boston Red Sox and achieving legendary superstar status in New England, Johnny signed with the New York Yankees in 2006. In 2009, he won a World Series with the Yankees, joining Babe Ruth, to be the only full-time, everyday players to achieve World Series rings with both the Red Sox and Yankees. 
Johnny was a two-time All-Star and only 4 players in MLB History exceed Damon’s career totals for hits, runs, home runs and stolen bases. He had 2769 hits for his career, 55th all-time. 31st in Runs, 49th 2B’s. 

Johnny is that unique star athlete who has remained truly humble in the face of overwhelming popularity He also has that rare free spirit, enabling him to leverage his all-star performance over the past decade to become one of the most recognizable and popular players in MLB. A leader by example, Johnny is well-liked and highly-respected in the baseball community. Johnny established The Johnny Damon Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, to raise and donate funds to charitable organizations. The Foundation assists local and national programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for disadvantaged children at risk.

Johnny resides in Orlando, FL with his wife Michelle and his eight children



Sep 09, 2020
S2/Ep 74 - Steve Cockram | To Truly Be Effective, Regularly ReCharge, ReFuel & ReFocus

In this episode, we talk with speaker, author and consultant STEVE COCKRAM, the co-Founder of GiANT Worldwide, which is the fastest-growing (debt-free) technology company in the US that specializes in “People Intelligence."


To Truly Be Effective, Regularly ReCharge, ReFuel & ReFocus


Sustained Exhaustion is Not a Rite of Passage; It’s a Mark of Stupidity - Jason Fried 




Steve is an international speaker, best selling author and consultant to top- level executives and their teams around the world. He is the co-founder of a company called GiANT that specialises in “People Intelligence”. GiANT are currently the fastest growing, debt free tech company in the US. He is a subject matter expert on personality, organisational leadership, interpersonal communication and intentional multiplication. He is the co-author of 3 Books - The 100X Leader, 5 Leadership Voices and 5 Gears, all published by Wiley. 

Steve has been married to Helen for 27 years and they have 3 gorgeous girls - Izzy (20), Megan (16), Charlotte (9). He has a long standing addiction to Test Match Cricket and Harewood Downs Golf Course is his spiritual home. He loves walking, watching movies and eating long dinners with good friends.



Sep 07, 2020
S2/Ep 73 - Christina Martin | It's the Courage to Continue that Counts

In this episode,  we talk with CHRISTINA MARTIN, who is a nationally-winning Hip Hop Dancer, American Ninja Warrior Athlete, Fitness Trainer for Kids & Adults, Keynote Speaker and the Executive Director of the Type Zero Foundation, a Central Florida non-profit for diabetes.


It's the Courage to Continue that Counts 


Strategic Quitting is the Secret of Successful Organizations 

- Seth Godin  




As someone who loves dancing and tackling ninja obstacles, Christina Martin is ready for it all in the name of diabetes support!  

She is a professional dancer, fitness trainer for kids and adults, and founder of a Central Florida non-profit organization for diabetes that she started as a teenager, Type Zero Foundation. 

Christina dances with nationally-winning hip hop crew, TheSQUAD, and has competed against the rest of the world while living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). 

She was invited on Season 11 of NBC’s TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” as the first female with T1D on the show! 

While also studying sport and exercise science as a full-time student at the University of Central Florida, her goal is to help individuals and families feel stronger with diabetes. 

Through Christina’s determination to live a healthy lifestyle with T1D, she is now a motivational speaker, advocate for the diabetes community, and wants to help each of us learn to live an exceptional life worth fighting for.

Sep 02, 2020
S2/Ep 72 - Chris Stuart | When Your Outgo Exceeds Your Intake, Your Upkeep Becomes Your Downfall

In this episode, we talk with CHRIS STUART, the President & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage networks with 50,000+ agents and 1,450+ offices.


When Your Outgo Exceeds Your Intake, Your Upkeep Becomes Your Downfall - Bill Earle


Most of Us Spend Too Much Time on What is Urgent and not Enough Time on What is Important – Stephen R. Covey




Chris Stuart was appointed CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC and CEO and President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in January 2019. Previously, he was COO for HSF Affiliates LLC overseeing Franchise Sales, Marketing and Technology among other work groups and responsibilities.

Stuart joined HSF Affiliates in 2015 and assumed leadership of Franchise Sales a year later. In 2017, he was named senior vice president of Business Development and Operations and by 2018, he oversaw the daily operations of most departments.

Prior to his arrival at HSF Affiliates, Stuart was part of the executive leadership team at Intero Real Estate Services in Silicon Valley. At Intero, he was chartered with growing and managing Intero’s franchise company and was involved in various corporate initiatives including technology strategy, leadership development and training, agent recruitment and more.

Notable Accomplishments:

- Named to RIS Media’s 2019 Class of Real Estate Newsmakers 

- 2020 Swanepoel Top 200 Recognition

Aug 31, 2020
S2/Ep 71 - Brock Blake | Remember Who You Are (You're a Blake!)

In this episode, we talk with BROCK BLAKE, the Founder & CEO of Lendio, which is the largest online marketplace of business loans in the U.S., facilitating over $10 Billion in loan approvals for small businesses.


Remember Who You Are (You're a Blake!)


If You Find Yourself Cutting Corners, Go in a Circle Instead

― Benny Bellamacina




Brock Blake is the CEO and founder of Lendio, the largest online marketplace of business loans in the U.S. 

Brock believes that access to capital should be simpler and quicker for small business owners, and he’s built a successful company around solving this problem. Brock leads the team that has facilitated over $10B in loan approvals for small businesses. 

An Inc. 500 CEO, national keynote speaker, Forbes columnist, and Utah’s Emerging Executive of the Year, Brock’s dedication extends far beyond the boardroom. He has shaped a superior company culture with a humble and hungry team that is passionate about driving results and giving back. 

For every new loan facilitated on Lendio’s marketplace platform, Lendio Gives, an employee contribution and employer matching program, provides a microloan to a low-income entrepreneur around the world through

Brock’s most important accomplishments come from being a husband and a father of four children.

Aug 26, 2020
S2/Ep 70 - Erik Baylis | You Can Choose to Never Have a Bad Day

In this episode, we talk with ERIK BAYLIS, the owner of the Chicago-based restaurant group, Big Onion Hospitality, which is known for their creative concepts and exceptional food…but we also know him as an industry leader, cancer survivor and a great philanthropist.


You Have the Choice on How to Live Your Life; I Chose to Never Have a Bad Day


The Truth does not Change According to Our Ability to Stomach It 

- Flannery O'Connor 




Erik Baylis is the owner of the Chicago-based restaurant group, Big Onion Hospitality. The group is known for their creative concepts and exceptional food. He is the Founder & President of the non-profit organization Never Had A Bad Day Foundation, which provides grants to families undergoing pediatric cancer treatment. With over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he is looked up to as an industry leader on a national level.  Mr. Baylis has been called the modern-day Bill Veeck for his cutting-edge and original marketing ideas.

Mr. Baylis believes in taking action to move the industry forward. He does so by serving on numerous Chicago neighborhood boards helping to shape the community at a local level. Additionally, he is a Board Member for the Illinois Restaurant Association. By pushing for change and improvements to legislation, he helps to strengthen the hospitality industry for all.

His life experiences and natural ability to connect with others tied with his willingness to help others, has led him to a new passion of motivational speaking and restaurant marketing consulting. Mr. Baylis is known for his tenacious work-ethic and has a reputation for fully committing to his projects.  

Mr. Baylis is married and has two sons. His lifelong passion for wrestling and mentoring is continued through coaching his neighborhood’s youth program. He firmly believes he has never had a bad day in his life. This philosophy is the cornerstone of his beliefs. It shapes how he leads his day-to-day life and how he operates his business. 


Aug 24, 2020
S2/Ep 69 - Jeremy Ryan Slate | Things Will Take More Time and Effort Than You Could Ever Imagine

In this episode, we talk with JEREMY RYAN SLATE, who is an entrepreneur, public speaker and a Top 100 podcast host with his show, "Create Your Own Life Podcast", which helps people create life on their own terms at a world-class level.


Things Will Take More Time and Effort Than You Can Ever Imagine


If You Get Tired, Learn to Rest, Not to Quit 

- Banksy




Jeremy Ryan Slate is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast, a show to help people create life on their own terms at a world-class level. 

He studied literature at Oxford University, and is a former champion powerlifter turned new media entrepreneur.  

At the age of 19, Jeremy had a near death experience as a routine surgery led him to receive last rites from a priest.  He recovered and graduated with his masters degree into one of the worst job markets in history. He ended up working 16 hour days painting houses and managing a gym.  When he landed his “dream job” as a teacher, he quickly realized it was not what he wanted to be doing with his life. That's when his entrepreneur journey and the Create Your Own Life Podcast was born.

The Create Your Own Life Podcast aims to bring world class people to help mentor his audience to create life on their own terms.  It has been downloaded over 2.5 million times. Jeremy has interviewed over 500 entrepreneurs he greatly admires including Grant Cardone, Danica Patrick, Seth Godin, Tucker Max and Robert Greene.  He’s also a featured writer for Influencive and 

After his success in podcasting, Jeremy Slate and his wife, Brielle Slate, founded Command Your Brand Media to help entrepreneurs hone their message and impact thousands with the power of storytelling.

Aug 17, 2020
S2/Ep 68 - Jasmin Brand | Does Your Audio Match Your Visual?

In this episode, we talk with JASMIN BRAND who is an entrepreneur, community change agent and a thought leader in media, culture, brand strategy and startups


Does Your Audio Match Your Visual?


Reality is Always Kinder than the Stories We Tell About It 

- Byron Katie 




Jasmin Brand is an entrepreneur, community change agent and a thought leader in media, culture, brand strategy and startups.

She is the founder of The Start, a creative agency and digital publisher specializing in culturally rich content and experiential events. She brings close to a decade of executive experience in tech-driven, marketing strategy and digital publishing to the Texas media landscape and recently served as CEO of the region’s first platform dedicated to the Dallas-Fort Worth startup scene.

In late 2019, she joined Dallas-based startup Unwined Live, a social platform and media agency dedicated to re-imagining the food, wine and travel industries using technology. She is an investor and currently serves as head of global marketing and strategy.

Some of Jasmin’s accolades include:

  • Minority Business Leader of the Year Award presented by the Dallas Business Journal
  • First Ever Recipient of the Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award presented by the Dallas Regional Chamber and KPMG
  • Techweek 100 Talent Cultivator Award
  • Best of the Best in PR/Marketing by
  • Leadership Dallas Alumni
  • 10 Texas Women To Watch In Media, Houston Urban Media

Jasmin launched Her Texas, the first ever digital ecosystem for women who live, work and play in Texas.

Aug 12, 2020
S2/Ep 67 - CMSgt Kaleth Wright | Never Forget Where You Came From

In this episode, we talk with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, KALETH WRIGHT, who is the highest enlisted officer in the US Air Force.


Never Forget Where You Came From...and Always Be True to Yourself


No One Can Fill You with Anything, if You're Already Full of Yourself. - Adaptation of Max Lucado quote




Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. He serves as the personal adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of more than 410,000 enlisted members. Chief Wright is the 18th chief master sergeant appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position. 

Chief Wright enlisted in the Air Force in March of 1989 and his background includes various duties in the dental career field. He served as a Professional Military Education instructor and has held various senior enlisted positions while serving at squadron, group, wing, Task-Force and Numbered Air Force levels. He has deployed in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM and ENDURING FREEDOM and completed overseas tours in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Germany, and Alaska. 

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. 


1993 Airman Leadership School, Pope Air Force Base, N.C. 

2000 Associates in Applied Science Degree, Dental Assisting, Community College of the Air Force 

2000 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kadena AB, Japan 

2002 Bachelor of Science, Business Management, University of Maryland 

2003 Associates in Applied Science Degree, Instructor of Technology/Military Science, CCAF 

2005 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala. 

2007 Air Force Medical Service Intermediate Executive Skills Course, Sheppard AFB 

2009 Masters in Business Administration, University of Phoenix 

2010 Master Certificate in Project Management, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. 

2010 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala. 

2010 Professional Managers Certification, CCAF 

2012 Gettysburg Leadership Experience, Gettysburg, Pa. 

2012 Senior Enlisted Joint PME Course, National Defense University, by correspondence 

2013 Project Management Professional Certification, Project Management Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. 

2013 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia 

2014 Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C. 

2014 AFSO21 Executive Leaders Course, University of Tennessee 2014 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence 

2015 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo. 

2016 Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 

2018 Sherpa Executive Coaching Course, Sherpa Leadership Institute, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 

2019 National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Center for Pubic Leadership, Cambridge, MA 


1. September 1989 – June 1994, Dental Assistant Specialist, 23rd Medical Group, Pope AFB, N.C. 

2. July 1994 – July 1995, Dental Assistant Journeyman, 51st Dental Squadron, Osan AB, Korea 

3. August 1995 – August 2001, NCOIC, Preventive Dentistry/Records and Reception/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Dental Readiness, 18th Dental Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan 

4. August 2001 – August 2004, Flight Chief, Training/Evaluation, Kisling NCOA, Kapaun AS, Germany 

5. September 2004 – February 2007, Flight Chief, Dental Flight, 43rd ADOS, Pope AFB, N.C. 

6. February 2007 – February 2009, Superintendent, 51st Dental Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea 

7. February 2009- July 2010, Superintendent, 3rd Dental Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska 

8. July 2010 – May 2011, Superintendent, 18th Dental Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan 

9. May 2011 – May 2012, Superintendent, 18th Mission Support Group, Kadena AB, Japan 

10. May 2012 – February 2014, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kan. 

11. February 2014 – December 2014, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan 

12. January 2015 – June 2016, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany 

13. June 2016 – January 2017, Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany 

14. February 2017 – Present, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. M


Legion of Merit 

Bronze Star Medal 

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters 

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster 

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster 

Air Force Recognition Ribbon with oak leaf cluster 


1997 18th Dental Squadron NCO of the Year 

1998 18th Dental Squadron NCO of the Year 

2000 18th Dental Squadron NCO of the Year 

2000 PACAF Outstanding Dental NCO of the Year 

2000 USAF Outstanding Dental NCO of the Year 

2000 John L. Levitow and Academic Achievement Awards, Kadena NCOA 

2005 43rd Airlift Wing and Pope AFB SNCO of the Year 

2005 AMC Outstanding Dental SNCO of the Year 

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force February 2017

Aug 10, 2020
S2/Ep 66 - Michael Dorf | Think in Excel, Sell the Concept in Word

In this episode, we talk with MICHAEL DORF, the Founder & CEO of City Winery, currently an 8-location, fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space, showcasing some of music's most iconic performers.


Think in Excel, Sell the Concept in Word.


Half the World is Composed of People Who Have Something to Say and Can't...and the Other Half Who Have Nothing to Say and Keep Saying It. - Robert Frost




Michael Dorf was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. After studying Psychology and Business at Washington University, he founded New York City’s go-to venue for independent music, the Knitting Factory, in 1986.

As Knitting Factory Chairman and CEO, Dorf helped bring the concert house to global prominence by expanding into Europe and Asia via tours, branded festivals, and record production and sales. 

Dorf was recognized as a pioneer in producing music on the Internet, through a variety of strategic relationships with Apple Computer, Intel, MCI, and Bell Atlantic. During his Knitting Factory tenure, he produced over 200 recordings, a television series, and built a new venue in Los Angeles. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities and sold his equity position to pursue other endeavors, including a Carnegie Hall concert fundraiser series, founding a Hebrew school, and winemaking.

By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery–Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. City Winery offers a wide selection of wines, exquisite cuisine and intimate performances from iconic performers.

Dorf expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago. Subsequent years have brought new venues  to Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Hudson Valley (2020). 

Dorf has become one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York, an important music impresario, and according the The New Yorker, he has “perfected the art of the tribute concert.”  Over 13 years, the fundraiser series has honored legends like Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, and Prince while raising over $1.5 million for such music education programs as the American Symphony Orchestra's Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences New York, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education. 

Dorf also has very strong ties to the Jewish Community. He created Tribeca Hebrew, an after-school program in Lower Manhattan and developed the school to 150 children before it merged with JCP in 2009. He serves on the board of The Jewish Week, American Symphony Orchestra, Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals and is currently Chairman of LabShul/Storahtelling. 

Aug 05, 2020
S2/Ep 65 - Soledad O'Brien | Take 24 Hours to Wallow, But on the 25th Get Back to Work

In this episode, we talk with SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, the award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist...and the producer & anchor of "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien".


Take 24 Hours to Wallow, but on the 25th Hour...Bounce Back with a Plan and Get Back to Work.


Don't Spend Time Beating on a Wall, Hoping to Change it into a Door. - Coco Chanel




Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” 

O’Brien, founder and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, also reports for HBO Real Sports, the PBS NewsHour, WebMD and has authored two books. 

She has appeared on networks, Fox and Oxygen and anchored and reported for NBC, MSNBC and CNN. 

She has won numerous awards, including three Emmys, the George Peabody award, an Alfred I DuPont prize and the Gracie. 

Newsweek Magazine named her one of the “15 People Who Make America Great.” 

With her husband, she is founder of the PowHERful  Foundation that helps young women get to and through college.

Aug 03, 2020
S2/Ep 64 - Kendall Ware | Embrace Turnover by Investing in People

In this episode, we talk with KENDALL WARE, who is a Certified  Franchise Executive and President & CEO of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.


Embrace Turnover by Investing in People


Losing a Game is Heartbreaking; Losing Your Sense of Excellence or Worth is a Tragedy - Joe Paterno




Kendall Ware was previously the VP of Operations & Training for the Orange Leaf brand and in 2017 he was promoted to President & COO, at age 30. 

Kendall strives to Make Life Sweeter by enhancing franchisee satisfaction, improving unit level economics and leading strategic initiatives that keep guests returning more often. In an effort to expand growth opportunities and optimize support services, 

Kendall led the strategy to create a new brand called Humble Donut Co. and acquire an existing brand called Old School Bagel. As of today, they collectively serve over 150 locations operating in 25 states and Mexico. 

Kendall has 15 years of franchise business and leadership experience which he has developed at other brands such as CiCi’s Pizza and Genghis Grill.

 Kendall stays active in supporting the International Franchise Association (IFA), National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Council of Restaurant & Hotel Trainers (CHART). A passionate and engaging speaker, he frequently speaks to industry professionals and shares lessons learned from his journey as a young leader. He is a Certified Franchise Executive through the IFA and a recipient of Oklahoma’s 30 under 30 award.

 Kendall resides in Dallas, TX with his beautiful wife Arielle and their 9 month old daughter Lively, with a bouncing baby boy on the way! When he’s not spending time with his family, he loves spending time outdoors rollerblading, which he previously did professionally growing up!

Jul 29, 2020
S2/Ep 63 - Derreck Kayongo | In Tough Times, Have Courageous Conversations

In this episode, we talk with DERRECK KAYONGO, who is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, Global Soap Project Founder, and former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.


In Tough Times, Have Courageous Conversations




With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo tells his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship, and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way. 

From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur, CEO, and renowned human rights activist, Derreck’s journey inspires audiences to dream big. Through personable and articulate storytelling, he shares his visionary ideas for harnessing the power of observation and creative problem solving, applicable to any organization or community. It’s all about taking responsibility while looking for opportunities to improve.  

Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to in-need populations around the world. The project was born from his simple observation about how much soap is available in hotels, and how much is thrown away when hotel rooms are turned. This observation turned into a simple yet innovative idea that is now battling global health issues in 90 countries. Hygiene-related diseases, and the resulting deaths, have dissipated in many at-risk communities, thanks in part to Derreck’s creative problem solving.  

The energy and enthusiasm levels are unmatched as Derreck brings his stories and principles to life. He identifies the key factors of his personal and professional success with the memorable acronym S.E.L.F.: Service, Education, Leadership and Faith. He calls upon his dynamic experiences to empower audiences, inspiring an entrepreneur spirit made possible only through creative problem solving. Derreck’s emotionally-packed presentations linger long after his speech, empowering audiences to invent their own self-made motto of success so they can create tangible change in the world. 

In creating this global humanitarian initiative, Derreck demonstrates that a simple yet novel idea has the power to transform millions of lives. That “the little guy can do something big.” It is this creativity and innovation that led him to be named a 2011 CNN Top Ten Hero and a 2014 TED Talks speaker. 

Derreck’s demonstrated passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking led him to the role of CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. During his time as CEO, he elevated the visibility of the Center on a global scale, showcasing stories of victims of civil rights abuse and the heroic actions that changed the course of history. 

Recently, Derreck joined the board of trustees for Helen Keller International, an organization committed to improving the sight of vulnerable populations around the world. He is also an advisory board member for The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Derreck Kayongo is an internationally recognized visionary and humanitarian. The Global Soap Project demonstrates his creativity and innovation, making him a leader in both global health and environmental sustainability. His infectious optimism and powerful storytelling inspire audiences from all walks of life to see the bigger picture.

Jul 27, 2020
S2/Ep 62 - The 1st Anniversary Episode (with Celebrity Guests)

Recorded from our Facebook Live show in celebration of our 1-year Anniversary, which included 18 surprise guest stars. No impressions, but the real deals.

Check out what all the buzz is about.



You Suck, Leave the Business - Gilbert Gottfried

Think Fast, Speak Slow - Lorenzo Lamas

Work Like You Don't Need the Money, Love Like Your Heart Has Never Been Broken, and Dance Like No One is Watching - Jennifer Love Hewitt

Show Up Everyday On Time and Ready to Work - Jon Dorenbos

Work Really Hard and Be Consistent - Heather

Put God First - Montell Jordan

Don't Be Like Howard :( - High Pitch Erik

Vulnerability is Empowerment - Tay Zonday

Don't Let Anyone Set Your Limitations - Kevin Sorbo

Go FIsh - John O'Hurley

No Advice For You!  - Larry Thomas

When You Can Sit Down, Sit Down - Carson Kressley

Are You Willing To Do What You Have To Do To Get What You Want (Legally) - Jon Lovitz

Don't Be Ashamed of Your Success - Sir Mix-A-lot

Fame Doesn't Change You, It Only Magnifies What is Going On In Your Life  - Justin Guarini

Always Tell The Truth - Jonathan Goldsmith



Jul 20, 2020
S2/Ep 61 - Carol Dover | Leave a Legacy to Be Proud Of

In this episode, we talk with CAROLD DOVER, the President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA).


Leave a Legacy to Be Proud Of


The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them; The Good Is Oft Interred with Their Bones 

- William Shakespeare




Carol B. Dover has served as President & CEO of the more than 10,000-member Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) since July of 1995. Dover is a professional association manager, a lobbyist, a former government executive, and a Florida State University Dedman School of Hospitality graduate with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

After graduating from Florida State University in 1978, Dover accepted the position of Assistant Director of the Beer Industry of Florida. This position familiarized her with the rules, regulations and tax laws associated with the beverage industry – information which has been beneficial in her role with FRLA.

In 1989, Dover moved inside the halls of the Florida Capitol and was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Governor, serving in the Martinez administration. As Bob Martinez’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dover was responsible for the Governor’s many executive appointments, served as his spokesperson, and represented his administration before the Florida Legislature.

Dover’s other professional accomplishments include positions at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as the Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, the first woman to serve as Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and President/CEO of the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association.

As FRLA’s President &CEO, Dover works to protect, educate, and promote the diverse interests of Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry. Comprised of 1.5 million employees, hospitality is the Sunshine State’s largest industry and represents individuals from every walk of life.

She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, Council of State Restaurant Associations, International Society of Hotel Association Executives, VISIT FLORIDA, Florida State University College of Business Board of Governors, Florida TaxWatch and the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park.

On opening day of the 2003 Legislative Session, Dover was diagnosed with breast cancer and courageously fought to beat the cancer. Dover, a native of Orlando, is married and has three children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities including dressage riding and running.

Jul 13, 2020
S2/Ep 60 - Laurie Ruettimann | A Job Worth Doing Is A Job Worth Doing Well.

In this episode, we talk with LAURIE RUETTIMANN, a former human resources leader turned writer, speaker, podcaster and entrepreneur. 



A Job Worth Doing is a Job Worth Doing Well.


Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Want to Work Hard - Tim Notke




Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is known for her commonsense style and straightforward approach to workforce issues. Her podcast, Punk Rock HR, is one of the fastest-growing management and business podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Pandora. 

Laurie’s career began in 1995 at a candy company where she provided HR operations assistance and recruiting services in a manufacturing environment that was heavily unionized and staffed with immigrants from war-torn Bosnia. Since those glorious days, she’s worked at Monsanto, Alberto-Culver (now Unilever), Kemper Insurance (out of business), and Pfizer. 

Laurie began blogging in 2004 on a nascent platform called BlogSpot while working at Pfizer, telling stories that would likely get her fired. After laying off thousands of workers and watching her husband lose his job at the same company, she exited corporate America to focus her time and attention on speaking truth to power by writing, speaking, and advising companies on how to make HR better. 

Laurie has been featured on major American media platforms such as NPR, The New Yorker, Vox, and CNN. She is the creator of the websites The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as one of its top 100 websites for women. She was a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review and a contributor to online ventures such as Mediabistro, AOL, and 

Laurie believes that self-leadership and individual accountability are the competencies required for the future of work. Her advice has been featured in a variety of publications—including CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Health, Real Simple, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. CareerBuilder and CNN have recognized her as a top career advisor in the United States

Laurie is a sought-after public speaker who delivers keynote speeches to audiences all around the world. She appeared onstage at the 92nd Street Y and Harvard Business School, founded GlitchPath, an early-stage start-up focused on project management, and started a new podcast in April 2018. Her second book called "Betting On You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career" with Henry Holt Books is due out on January 4, 2021.

Jul 06, 2020
S2/Ep 59 - Simon T. Bailey | Love and Respect Have No Color

In this episode, we talk with SIMON T. BAILEY, breakthrough strategist, keynote speaker, innovator and author.


Love and Respect Have No Color.


A Man Can't Ride Your Back, Unless It's Bent - Martin Luther King Jr.




Success magazine calls Simon T. Bailey one of the Top 25 people that will help you reach your business and life goals. He is in a list that includes Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Brene Brown. His viral video posted by Goalcast to Facebook has over 87 million views.

Washington Speakers Bureau recently selected him as one of the top 1 2 Business Speakers and Big Speak Speakers Bureau selected as one of the Top Sales Kick-Off Speakers for 2020

Today, Simon is a Breakthrough Strategist who goes beyond feel-good content and provides real-life deliverables that impact lives. His wisdom and expertise enabled an Orlando-based healthcare system to be acquired and a division of a hospitality company to be ranked No. 1 for customer service by

He has worked with 1800 organizations in 49 countries. A few of his clients include Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, Hilton Hotels, American Nurses Association, and the NSA (National Security Association).

Simon has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, based at Walt Disney World Resort.

He is the author of ten books including the HarperCollins-published book, Release Your Brilliance, Releasing Leadership Brilliance published by Corwin Press (a division of Sage Publishing), and Shift Your Brilliance, published by SoundWisdom. His three online courses on Linked In Learning ( have been viewed by people in 100 countries.

Simon currently serves as a board member of the U.S. Dream Academy, a twenty-year old organization whose mission is to increase high school graduation rates for children whose parent(s) are incarcerated. He also serves on the board for the Orlando Health Foundation Board, a $4 Billion 100-year old non-profit hospital with 20,000 employees based in Orlando, Florida.

Simon is a Summa Cum Laude master’s degree graduate of Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key Honor Society. He has also served on the advisory council for Management and Executive Education for the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, one of the top 25 best private graduate business schools in the U.S.

Recently he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities from Kayiwa International University/United Graduate College and Seminary International in Kampala, Uganda for his global impact. Furthermore, he has received the World Civility Award from iChange Nations and is acknowledged as a World Civility Ambassador.

When Simon is not busy advancing professionals’ and organizations’ development, he roots for the Buffalo Bills, collects limited edition stamps, and is an avid movie goer. Simon is the proud father of two young adult children and currently resides in Orlando, Florida.


Jun 29, 2020
S2/Ep 58 - Alison Levine | You Don’t Have to Be the Best, Just Put One Foot In Front of the Other

Episode Notes

In this episode, we talk with ALISON LEVINE, a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer, an iconic keynote speaker and a NY Times bestselling author.


You Don’t Have to Be the Best; Just Put One Foot in Front of the Other


The Strongest of All Warriors are These Two: Time and Patience - Leo Tolstoy




• Team Captain, American Women’s Everest Expedition

• Faculty, Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point 

• New York Times best-selling author of On the Edge

• Executive Producer, The Glass Ceiling documentary 

Alison Levine has made a career out of breaking boundaries and inspiring others to achieve more than they ever thought possible. A history-making polar explorer and mountaineer, she served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam— which only twenty people in the world have achieved. In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse across west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Levine completed this arduous journey on skis while hauling 150 pounds of her gear and supplies in a sled harnessed to her waist. She made history again in 2016 when she completed two first ascents: Hall Peak in Antarctica and Khang Karpo in Nepal. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy given she has had three heart surgeries and suffers from Raynaud’s disease, which causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather—leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite. 

In addition to climbing mountains, Levine has also spent time climbing the corporate ladder. She has worked for several Fortune 500 companies in both sales and marketing roles and spent three years at Goldman Sachs. She left Wall Street in 2003 to serve as Deputy Finance Director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become governor of California. 

When not challenging herself in the outdoors, Levine focuses on training others to become strong leaders. She spent four years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. In 2013 she transitioned from training cadets to working with corporate leaders and currently serves on the board and faculty of the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point—one of the nation’s premiere executive leader development programs. She was a contributing author to the book Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and First Responders (Naval Institute Press). She also served as a board member and Senior Fellow at the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University. 

Levine is the founder of the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in western Uganda by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains, thus allowing them to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism. Prior to her work in Uganda, women’s only avenue to earn money in this area of the country was through prostitution. Her efforts enabled the very first group of local women to climb Uganda’s highest peak—Mt Stanley. Her work to change the lives of women in Africa is the subject of the PBS documentary Living Courageously

Levine’s newest role is that of executive producer of the upcoming documentary film The Glass Ceiling (, which chronicles the life of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (1961-1993), the first female Sherpa to summit Mt. Everest.

Levine was inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018. She holds a BA from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Duke University, where she currently serves on the Board of Visitors. She is the recipient of the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor which recognizes individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration. The Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards and is annually memorialized in the Congressional Record.

A sought-after consultant and keynote speaker on the subject of leadership development, Levine has addressed audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to professional sports teams to the prestigious World Economic Forum at Davos. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller 

On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and other Extreme Environments. Having spent prolonged periods of time in some of the world's most dangerous and inhospitable places, she tackles the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks, and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty.

FUN FACT: Levine’s life story was the inspiration for a craft beer called Conquer the Route Chocolate Stout which is distributed by Bold Missy Brewery and features her likeness on the label. 

Jun 22, 2020
S2/Ep 57 - John Register | We Don't Overcome Adversity; We Create New Normals

In this episode, we talk with, JOHN REGISTER, a Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Persian Gulf War veteran, author, podcaster and TEDx Motivational Speaker.


We Don't Overcome Adversity; We Create New Normals


Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - St.Francis of Assisi




John Register of Colorado Springs is a two-time Paralympian, Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Persian Gulf War veteran, podcaster and TEDx Motivational Speaker.  He embraced a “new normal” in becoming an amputee following a misstep over a hurdle while training for the 1996 Olympic Games, after participation in two consecutive Olympic trials.

An Oak Park, Ill. native, Register discovered how to “amputate his fear of disability” and founded the U.S. Olympic Committee Military Sport Program in the early 2000s.  

He has launched a book titled: 10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success, as business leaders return to work with their staff amid stressful circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent unrest in our urban cities.  

Register teaches others through his “Hurdling Adversity” speeches and podcasts to “amputate their fear and embrace their new normal” as they discover “stories within themselves.”  He finds that “it is the personal stories that inspire teams more profoundly with greater impact.”

Register is a four-time All-American graduate of University of Arkansas.  He served six years in the U.S. Army—including in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and in active-duty with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program—winning nine gold medals in the Armed Services Competition and two World Military Championships.  

Register had his left leg amputated after a misstep over a hurdle changed his life.  Register hyperextended his knee and severed the popliteal artery.  He started swimming in his recovery, made the U.S. Paralympic Team in 1996, and later won a silver medal in the long jump—as he set an American record—and sprinted to fifth in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the U.S. Paralympic Games in Sydney. 

Jun 15, 2020
S2/Ep 56 - Anna Eskamani | Those Who Think They Know Everything, Know Nothing

In this episode, we talk with ANNA ESKAMANI, the Representative for Florida State House District 47 (D) on the big political issues we are all facing.


Those Who Think They Know Everything, Know Nothing


It's Not at All Hard to Understand a Person; It's Only Hard to Listen without Bias - Criss Jami




Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of working-class immigrants who has a proven track record in building consensus while fighting unapologetically for progressive values. 

Anna previously served as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and is a PhD student studying Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. 

On November 6, 2018 Anna was elected to serve the great people of House District 47 with a vote margin of 57% to 43%, flipping a legislative seat, and becoming the first Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida. During her first two legislative sessions, Anna fought hard to increase funding for arts and culture, pushed back against anti-LGBTQ legislation, voted to preserve the environment 100% of the time, and to increase access to healthcare. 

Tough, authentic and unafraid, Anna has been recognized across the state and nation for her tireless work during the COVID-19 outbreak. She continues to call on the state demanding more testing, immediate benefits for the hundreds of thousands struggling to receive unemployment, and for equitable small business relief. 

Heading into her November re-election bid, she continues to build collective power and advocate in support of Florida’s hardworking families. 

Jun 08, 2020
S2/Ep 55 - Ty Bennett | Write for the Reader, Not the Writer

In this episode, we talk with TY BENNETT, a keynote speaker, podcaster, bestselling author of 4 books and founder of Leadership Inc.


Write for the Reader, Not the Writer


I write songs for myself, but I never keep them; they're my therapy once they're out of my body. I want to give them to somebody else so it can be their therapy, too -  Julia Michaels




Ty Bennett is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships, and compete in extraordinary ways.  

He’s changing lives – one leader at a time.

  • At 21, Ty and his brother built a direct sales business to over $20 million in annual revenues.
  • He developed a system and organization that would help over 500 sales managers fine-tune their sales and leadership skills in over 37 countries.
  • He was featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40.
  • He was dubbed one of the 10 Coolest Entrepreneurs in Utah.
  • He’s the author of three best-selling books.
  • He has traversed the world speaking to tens of thousands of audience members transforming the lives, careers, and business practices of leaders from some of the most recognizable brands in the world such as: Delta Airlines, Subway, Home Depot, Coca-Cola and RE/MAX.
  • Ty’s best-selling books –  Partnership is the New LeadershipThe Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact andThe Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication – are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
  • He’s the host of The Relevant Leadership Podcast.
  • He’s one of the youngest speakers ever to receive the CSP Designation from the National Association of Speakers – less than 5% of the world’s speakers earn this honor.
  • He’s a husband and a father and he’s PASSIONATE about helping leaders cultivate the relevance and influence they need to challenge old ways and open new doors.


Jun 01, 2020
S2/Ep 54 - Kristin Chase | Focus on the Audience's Needs More than Your Presentation's Content

In this episode, we talk with KRISTIN CHASE, who is the Sr. Director of the Organizational Development (OD) department for Universal Parks & Resorts.


Focus On the Audience's Needs More Than Your Presentation's Content.


Give Me Six Hours to Chop Down a Tree and I Will Spend the First Four Sharpening the Axe. 

- Abraham Lincoln




Kristin Chase is the Sr. Director of the Organizational Development (OD) department for Universal Parks & Resorts. She has contributed to Universal since 2003 through consulting and leading employee feedback surveys, performance and talent management, leadership development, mentoring, selection and assessment tool and competency model development, employee research, facilitation, and team effectiveness. She is a 2003 graduate of the UCF Masters' program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and became PHR certified in December 2011 and SHRM certified in February 2015.

Kristin regularly participates in many UCF alumni “give back” opportunities such as speaking to the student chapter of SHRM (Society for HR Management) and participating in alumni panels with the I/O Psychology program. Kristin is also active in developing herself professionally as a member of the Advisory Board for the Greater Orlando Organization Development (GOOD) Network (for which she led the inaugural conference planning team in 2020). She serves her community through her volunteer work as 2014/15 PTO President and current Board of Directors Secretary for Innovation Montessori Ocoee. Kristin is loving life in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband Nathan, a freelance web designer, and two children, Cameron (11) and Jillian (9).


May 25, 2020
S2/Ep 53 - Tommy Spaulding | It's Not About You

In this episode, we talk with, TOMMY SPAULDING, world-renowned speaker, NY Times bestselling author and Founder & President of Spaulding Companies.


It's not about  you


Those who achieve great things that the world will never forget, start out by accomplishing small things that the world will never see - Bob Burg




Founder & President of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training, and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. 

A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, educational institutions, and corporations around the globe. His genuine love of people has led him to a lifetime of teaching others the value of building deep and lasting authentic relationships that will change their organizations and their lives. His transformational message of heart-led leadership will inspire you to live, lead and love differently. 

His first book, It’s Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships, published by Penguin Random House in 2010, quickly climbed to the top of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today national bestseller lists. 

His second book, The Heart-Led Leader, published by Penguin Random House in October, 2015 is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller and was also listed on’s Top 100 Business Books of 2015.

His third book, 80,000: the Power of Positive Influence, comes out February, 2021. 

Spaulding rose to become the youngest President & CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People. In 2000, Tommy founded Leader’s Challenge, which grew to become the largest high school civic and leadership program in the state of Colorado. He is the Founder & President of the Global Youth Leadership Academy as well as the National Leadership Academy, a leading national non-profit high school leadership development organization. 

Previously, Spaulding was the Business Partner Sales Manager at IBM/Lotus Development and a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. He received a BA in Political Science from East Carolina University (1992); an MBA from Bond University in Australia (1998), where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar; and an MA in Non-Profit Management from Regis University (2005). 

In 2006, Spaulding was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by East Carolina University (ECU) and in 2007, Spaulding received an Honorary PhD in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado. In September, 2012 Spaulding was named by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the 100 MOST FAVORITE SPEAKERS in the nation. 

Tommy now resides in the Denver Metro Area with his wife and children.


May 18, 2020
S2/Ep 52 - Randy Ross | Aggressively Seek Continuous Feedback

In this episode, we talk with Dr. RANDY ROSS, a keynote speaker, a bestselling author, a former Chief People Officer and currently the CEO of Remarkable!  


Aggressively seek continuous feedback


The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. - Warren Buffett




Dr. Randy Ross is a compelling communicator, craftsman of culture and bestselling author of multiple books, including his latest book entitled, Relationomics: Business Powered by Relationships.

Working with brands like GE Appliances, Cox Communications, Compass Group, Chick-fil-A, Keller Williams and the Intercontinental Hotel Group, he has inspired and enabled countless people to find new passion and purpose in their work, work better together in teams and have greater influence and impact.

When people like what they do, they do it better. When people like those they do it with, they work better together. When they like the impact they are having, they find meaning and fulfillment in what they do. Dr. Ross helps them find what they really like, while building healthier relationships and pursuing a passion beyond self.

As the CEO of Remarkable and a former Chief People Officer, Dr. Randy Ross utilizes his experience to engage audiences worldwide with his keen insight and contagious humor. He is a messenger of practical wisdom and needed hope, untangling the biggest challenges facing today’s business leader, tomorrow’s workforce and the future marketplace. He lives with his wife, LuAnne, and four children in Atlanta, Georgia.

May 11, 2020
S2/Ep 51 - Joe Sheetz | If You Feel Like You Are Always the Smartest Person in the Room, You Are Hanging Out in the Wrong Rooms

In this "Season 2 Finale" episode, recorded months ago (and before the COVID-19 crisis), we talk with JOE SHEETZ, the CEO of Sheetz, one of the greatest convenience store brands in the country and an awesome culture. Even now, during the global pandemic, the brand continues to support their communities, protect their people, and provide world class service that Sheetz Freakz have come to expect.


If You Feel Like You Are Always the Smartest Person in the Room, You Are Hanging Out in the Wrong Rooms




Sheetz was born in Altoona, Pa., where he grew up working with his father, Joseph M. Sheetz, at the family-owned Harshbarger Dairy. Once the dairy was sold, Joe M. began working for the other family business, which his brother founded in 1952, Sheetz Inc.

Sheetz Inc. is still a family-owned business today and has grown to employ approximately 18,500 team members and operate more than 565 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Known for its award-winning, proprietary foodservice program, the company has annual revenues of nearly $6 billion. Sheetz Inc. is currently ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 56th largest private company in the United States. In 2018, for the fourth time in five years, Sheetz Inc. was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, ranking 66th.

Joe S. originally joined the Sheetz team during high school and college. For seven consecutive years, he worked in various accounting and operations functions of the company.

He graduated from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. His business concentration at Wharton was entrepreneurial management, preparing him for a career with the family business.

After graduation, Joe S. went to work as an employee benefits consultant for CGI Consulting in the suburban Philadelphia area, specializing in designing benefit and retirement plans for major corporations. In 1995, he returned to Sheetz Inc. as director of personnel. He became executive vice president of finance in June 1996. In this position, he led all finance, accounting, technology, real estate and risk management functions and was an active member of the executive committee. He moved into his current role of president/CEO in October 2013.

Joe S. currently serves as chairman of NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, and is on the executive committee of the Altoona Blair County Development Corp., where he was chairman from 2009-2011. He is also a former chairman and current trustee of Mount Aloysius College.

Joe S. is the nephew of Steve Sheetz and the cousin of Stan Sheetz. Both Steve and Stan were previously inducted into the CSNews Hall of Fame in 1995 and 2013, respectively.

Joe S. resides in Altoona with his wife Wendy, daughter Delaney, and son Casey.

Mar 30, 2020
S2/Ep 50 - Nicholas Gregoriades | You Deserve the Very Best the World Has to Offer

In this episode, we talk with, NICHOLAS GREGORIADES, an entrepreneur, martial artist and transformation coach from Cape Town, South Africa.


You Deserve the Very Best the World Has to Offer




Nic Gregoriades is an entrepreneur, martial artist and transformation coach from Cape Town, South Africa.

In 2003 he moved to London, England to earn his black belt in Jiu Jitsu, where he founded the popular martial arts community, The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood. 

During that time he became the first person to be awarded the black belt by the legendary Roger Gracie and co-created the popular online show, London Real.

In 2012 he took a trip to the amazon to drink the plant medicine, Ayahuasca, which profoundly affected his world view and caused him to drastically change his life path. 

He spent the next 5 years traveling the the world teaching jiu jitsu, studying yoga and learning about the human experience.

Nic is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having built two successful online businesses.

He now helps men make profound life-changes and reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.


Mar 23, 2020
S2/Ep 49 - Sarah Wells | It's the 1/2 Second that Makes the Difference

In this episode, we talk with Believe Initiative Founder, SARAH WELLS.  Who is also an Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medalist in the 400m hurdles.


It's the 1/2-Second that Makes the Difference




Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had her sidelined for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Most recently you would have seen Sarah pushing her limits on the latest season of The Amazing Race Canada. Evidently someone who understands the importance of self-belief and the power of purpose, you'll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the mic.

Mar 16, 2020
S2/Ep 48 - Angela Chee | Remember Who You Are

In this episode, we talk with ANGELA CHEE, an award-winning former TV news anchor and reporter, who is now a media/communication coach, keynote speaker on women’s leadership & diversity, creator of "YOU, Amplified!" training and the podcast host of "The Power of the Only".


Remember Who You Are




Angela Chee is a media/communication coach, keynote speaker on women’s leadership and diversity, creator of YOU, Amplified!®, and host of the upcoming “Power Of The Only” podcast.

An award-winning former TV news anchor and reporter with more than 20 years of media experience, she now works with visionary leaders who are ready to be YOU, Amplified!® - to own their voice and power and amplify their message and mission through speaking, video and media. Her mission is to help people break through their barriers, step into the spotlight and live their legacy.

Angela has worked in top TV markets from KCBS/KCAL-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles to Fox 6 and KNSD-TV in San Diego. She has hosted shows for E! Entertainment, HGTV (Home and Garden Television) and helped launch Entertainment Tonight China. She was the featured media mentor/expert on Lifetime’s “The Pop Game” and has appeared as an expert on a variety of local and national shows including The Today Show. Angela has also made appearances in film and TV from Blades Of Glory to No Ordinary Family, Heroes and more.

Her speaking career started at 15, when she was the first Asian American woman to win the title of “Miss California National Teen-Ager.” Now Angela presents inspirational and transformative keynotes and corporate trainings for Fortune 500 companies, universities, and professional associations. She has been a guest lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, serves on the Media Advisory Board of the Asian Culture and Media Alliance, and was the founder of The Zen Mom®, an inspirational and informative website for moms.

Born on the East Coast and raised in Southern California, she is a second-generation Chinese American and speaks Mandarin Chinese. She is a mother of two and a healthy foodie, who loves yoga, quotes and all things inspirational.

You can find her @AngelaCheeTV on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and at

Mar 09, 2020
S2/ Ep 47 - Damon West | Be a Coffee Bean

In this episode, we talk with DAMON WEST, an amazing motivational speaker and  best-selling author… with an inconceivable story about being sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, only to emerge with a passion to impact & influence others. His story of redemption starts with the rally cry to "Be a Coffee Bean".


Be a Coffee Bean




Damon West, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a motivational speaker and best-selling co-author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change

His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison. 

Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, he appeared to be the all-American kid pursuing his dreams.

Underneath this facade, however, was an addict in the early stages of disease. 

After suffering childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, Damon began putting chemicals into his body to alter the way he felt.

Once he was introduced to methamphetamines, however, he became instantly hooked—and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit.

After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences today.

Today, Damon lives a life of recovery and service, going to meetings and sharing his story all over the country with schools, church's, athletic teams, corporations, conferences and inside correctional facilities. Over the past few years, he has been sharing the Coffee Bean lesson with dozens of college football teams such as Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, and countless schools and businesses. His ”Be a coffee bean” message has inspired thousands, winning him the Service to Mankind Award in 2017. 

Professionally, he works as a legal assistant for the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas and is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown.

Damon’s message connects with audiences on a level rarely before seen, as evidenced by the lengthy and thought-provoking Q&A following each presentation. His ability to articulate his story is proof that sometimes they lock-up the right person.

Damon’s story has been featured both nationally and globally. He is passionate about the Coffee Bean message, and loves sharing how it changed his life and how it can change yours, too.


“It is my hope that my story, my example, can show others they are capable of way more than they think. In order to stem the flow of pain in society, it is incumbent upon each of us, whether in life, in school or in business, to be like the coffee bean from my story.”  – Damon West

Mar 02, 2020
S2/Ep 46 - Ryan Bonnici | Know When to Pick Your Battles

In this episode, we talk with RYAN BONNICI, a big-time, globally-renowned, digital marketing and sales leader, who is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at G2 Crowd. Ryan talks about how to prioritize your life and only focus on the things that can actually make a difference.


Know When to Pick Your Battles




Ryan Bonnici is a globally renowned digital marketing and sales leader.  He is the chief marketing officer at G2 Crowd (the world’s leading B2B software and services platform) and has been featured in publication such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, CMO, and Lifehacker.

 Over the past ten years, Bonnici has held senior leadership roles at some of the world’s most innovative technology companies, such as Hubspot, Salesforce, ExactTarget, and Microsoft. In his most recent role, he was the senior director of global marketing at Hubspot, where he led teams in Boston, Sydney, Singapore, and Japan.

 Ryan is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes grow through the use of data-driven marketing, sales and growth strategies. For more frequent updates from Ryan on marketing, CRM or social media strategies, feel free to join the 115,000+ people following him across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 

Feb 24, 2020
S2/Ep 45 - Kay Rawlins | Build and Nurture Your Own Tribe

In this episode, we talk with KAY RAWLINS, the founder & owner of the Orlando City Soccer Club.


Build and Nurture Your Own Tribe




Kay Rawlins is a Founder and owner of Orlando City Soccer Club and serves as the VP of Community Relations and President of the Foundation. Originally from the UK, Kay has lived in the US for over 14 years and is now an American citizen. She owned and ran children’s pre-schools in the UK, served as an educational assessor, lectured on signs and symptoms of child abuse to pre-school educators and taught parenting classes. 

The last seven years has seen the rise of Orlando City, playing their first season in Major League Soccer in 2015, adding a women’s team, Orlando Pride in 2016 and a new downtown stadium which opened in 2017. 

Kay’s role includes speaking engagements on behalf of the Club, most of the community outreach, sending players to schools and youth groups to talk about exercise and healthy choices and encouraging staff and fans to join community projects. 

Kay also heads up the Orlando City Foundation and is a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Cannonball Kids cancer, 4Rivers Foundation, Central Florida Foundation, Florida Sports Foundation and the Commission on Homelessness. Kay was awarded 2016 Businesswoman of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal and gave a talk at TEDx Orlando 2017. 

Feb 17, 2020
S2/Ep 44 - Ron Tite | It's Better to Come in Last Than to Come in Second

In this episode, we talk with RON TITE, a great friend of ours in the advertising industry, who is also a fantastic speaker, a best-selling author, and an entrepreneur & investor.


It’s better to come in last than to come in second - Tom Blackmore (Former President, Havas Canada)




A best-selling author, speaker, producer, and entrepreneur, Ron Tite has always blurred the lines between art and commerce. He has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.

He is founder of Church+State, host and executive producer of the hit podcast, “The Coup”, and publisher of This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling and award-winning satirical book. He has written for television. Penned a children’s book. Wrote, produced and performed a hit play. Created a branded art gallery. And was executive producer & host of the award-winning comedy show, Monkey Toast.

In demand as a speaker all over the world, Ron speaks to leading organizations about leadership, disruption, branding, and creativity.
Ron’s first book, Everyone’s An Artist – Or At Least They Should Be (Co-written by Scott Kavanagh and Christopher Novais), was published by HarperCollins in 2016. His most recent book, Think Do Say: How to Seize Attention and Build Trust in a Busy Busy World, hit store shelves in October or 2019.

Feb 10, 2020
S2/Ep 43 - Meredith McClung | Measure Twice, Cut Once

In this LIVE episode, we talk with MEREDITH McCLUNG, Owner & President of Kyser Musical Products, Inc.


Measure Twice, Cut Once




Feb 03, 2020
S2/Ep 42 - Scott Dikkers | Empower People with Radical Freedom

In this episode, we talk with SCOTT DIKKERS, the Founder of, the world’s most popular satirical publication.


Empower your people with radical freedom.




Scott Dikkers is a #1 New York Times  bestselling author and Founder of, the world's most popular satirical publication.

He’s the recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor and a Peabody.  Time Magazine ranked him #43 on its list of the Top 50 “Cyber Elite”, alongside iconic figures Steve Jobs and George Lucas.

His book, "Outrageous Marketing: The Story of The Onion and How to Build a Powerful Brand with No Marketing Budget" was a  number-one new release on Amazon. 

Scott has created several other successful entertainment brands, including Jim’s Journal, the AV Club, and How to Write Funny.

Having recently left  The Onion, Scott’s goal is to share his techniques for writing humor and building successful brands.


Jan 29, 2020
S2/Ep 41 - Elizabeth McCormick | First, Lead Yourself

Our guest today is ELIZABETH McCORMICK, a decorated US Army Black Hawk Pilot, who flew air assault, command & control, top-secret intelligence missions and transported high-level government VIP’s.


First, Lead Yourself




As a decorated former US Army Black Hawk Helicopter pilot, Elizabeth flew command and control, air assault, rappelling, top-secret intelligence missions, and also transported high level government VIPs including the Secretary of Defense. These stories keep attendees on the edges of their seats, and the stories are turned into relatable lessons that any audience can put into immediate action.

She has received many awards in the army, and supported United Nations peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service. In 2011, Elizabeth was awarded the US Congressional Veteran Commendation for her commitment to serving her country and community as a disabled veteran.

An authority on Leadership and Veterans Issues with the media, Elizabeth has been seen on ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, MSNBC, and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and more. A best-selling author, her personal development book, The P.I.L.O.T. Method; the 5 Elemental Truths to Leading Yourself in Life, has sold more than 35,000 copies and is available for bulk purchase for your event attendees! Elizabeth also has more than 19 total books out; with her series of small format business success tip books: Soar 2 Success in a variety of Leadership, Culture, and Entrepreneurial topics.

Elizabeth has consistently booked 100+ engagements per year, and has spoken to a variety of audiences at some of the world’s leading brands including Coca-Cola, Sherwin Williams, Boston Scientific, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Intuit, Oracle, Hitachi Vantara, Pharmacyclics, Celgene, Prudential, Mass Mutual, Charles Schwab, and more for their Leadership, Sales and Safety related functions. As well as a many Associations’ conferences in the USA and internationally, including male dominated industries such as RETA (Refrigeration Engineers & Technicians Conference), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators, and ESICA (Eastern States Insulation Contractors Association).

As an in-demand renowned motivational business success speaker, Elizabeth inspires audiences with her pioneering aviation experiences and shares her lessons learned in a dramatically memorable keynote presentation. As a premier leadership trainer and top performing founding member of the John Maxwell Team of speakers, she is a dynamic and energizing entertainer sought after for events around the world.


Jan 20, 2020
S2/Ep 40 - Chris Plue | What You Do Speaks So Loudly

In this episode, we talk with CHRIS PLUE, the Sr. VP at Webcor Builders, a $2 Billion dollar California general contractor. Chris talks about Leadership and Culture Change in a business.


What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you say - Emerson




Chris Plue is Sr. Vice President of Webcor Builders, a $2 Billion dollar California general contractor. He is responsible for the Self-Perform Division at Webcor, a $400M specialty subcontracting group that performs concrete, drywall, doors, cabinetry and millwork. 50% of this work is for general contractors other than Webcor and the group is best known for safe production: rapid floor cycles utilizing a collaborative approach that integrates safety and production.

 After obtaining his civil engineering degree, Chris started in the field as a union carpenter apprentice. Chris has served every role on site from apprentice to foreman, project engineer to project manager, superintendent to project executive. Along the way he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

 Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Concrete Contractors and is actively involved in many of the current issues within the construction industry.

He and his wife Suzanne have two daughters and live in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jan 13, 2020
S2/Ep 39 - Tamsen Webster | You Choose the Experiences You Offer

In this episode, we talk with the “Idea Whisperer", TAMSEN WEBSTER, who is the founder of Find the Red Thread. As a keynote speaker, brand strategist and go-to consultant, Tamsen helps people and companies find and develop clear messaging.


You don’t get to choose how someone else interprets you; you only get to choose the experiences you offer.




As the “Idea Whisperer,” Tamsen helps people find, build, and tell the stories of their ideas using their Red Thread®, the universal (but unique!) tie between how we see the world and what we do in it.

Tamsen’s own Red Thread weaves through her 20 years as a brand and message strategist, though she says she learned the most about inspiring change as a Weight Watchers leader.

As a TEDx Executive Producer, Tamsen coached experts, iconoclasts, and pioneers from around the world to build their Red Threads into Ideas Worth Spreading—and more than 9 million YouTube views.  

Today, she’s a globe-hopping keynote speaker on storytelling, branding, change management, and idea development, and a go-to consultant for enterprise companies like Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, and State Street Bank who want to their big ideas to have an even bigger impact.

Tamsen lives in Boston with her other half/chief ballroom dancing partner, and two amazing boys with big ideas all their own.

Jan 06, 2020
Ep. 38: Scott Kelly | There's No Easy Path to Success; Become the Expert

In this episode, we talk with Captain SCOTT KELLY, the history-making NASA astronaut, who spent over a year on the International Space Station.


There’s no easy path to success; Become the Expert.


There are no traffic jams on the extra mile – Zig Ziglar




Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Year In Space, now a New York Times best-selling book, solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. In his acclaimed speech appearances, he now brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge them to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

One of a select group of Americans who embody a defining moment in the nation’s history, he captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking voyage—proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. On his trip, Scott, together with his identical twin brother Mark on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body.

Scott’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Endurance: My Year In Space and Our Journey to Mars, is now available everywhere and has been optioned as a Hollywood film by Sony Pictures.

With awe-inspiring stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork and testing limits, Scott inspires others to believe that they can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious. As he looks back on the expedition that shuttled him into history books, audiences revel in the presence of a true American hero and gather unique takeaways on persistence, resilience and self-determination that transform the way they view their own journey through life.

Dec 30, 2019
Ep. 37: David Meerman Scott | Celebrate Being Fired

In this episode, we talk with DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT, who is an internationally-acclaimed business strategist, entrepreneur, advisor to emerging companies, and public speaker. He is the bestselling author of 10 books, and his new book Fanocracy releases January 7th, 2020.


Celebrate being fired


I love to win; but I love to lose almost as much. I love the thrill of victory, and I also love the challenge of defeat - Lou Gehrig




David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed business strategist, entrepreneur, advisor to emerging companies, and public speaker.

He is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of ten previous books, including The New Rules of Marketing & PR (now in a 6th edition and available in 29 languages), Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, and The New Rules of Sales & Service.

David’s new book, Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans, will release January 7, 2020. He wrote Fanocracy with his 26 year old daughter Reiko. The book is about fandom culture and how any business can grow by cultivating fans.  

In his spare time he surfs and travels around the world for great live music, having attended 790 live music events, starting when he was 15 (Aerosmith at Madison Square Garden).

Yes, he keeps a spreadsheet. 





Dec 26, 2019
Ep. 36: Phillip Stutts | The Quality of Your Life is in Direct Proportion to The Amount of Uncertainty You Can Comfortably Tolerate

In this episode, we talk with “Marketing genius” and “Political guru", PHILLIP STUTTS, who is the Founder and CEO of Win Big Media.


The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably tolerate


You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step –  Martin Luther King Jr




Phillip Stutts comes from the cutthroat world of political marketing. Among his victories, has over two decades of experience working on campaigns with billions of dollars in political ad spend, and contributed to over 1,200 election victories, including hundreds of U.S. House campaigns, dozens of U.S. Senate campaigns, and even three U.S. Presidential victories. Phillip plays the game of political marketing on the highest level, battling it out with fierce competition, multi-billion-dollar budgets, and a win or die mentality.

Phillip's Story

Phillip Stutts is fighting a rare, incurable disease. Diagnosed in 2012 with the esophageal disease, Achalasia, he spent five years ignoring it. Frankly, he put his head in the sand, taking medications that did more harm than good, and waiting for the inevitable. Then he woke up and said no more. His mission today is to find a cure and pursue a life of constant growth and giving. And he’s making progress.

Phillip is also the best-selling author of Fire Them Now: The 7 Lies Digital Marketers Sell…, and one of the masterminds behind the curtain of political marketing. With more than 20 years of political and marketing experience, Stutts has worked with multiple Fortune 200 companies, has over two decades of experience working on campaigns with billions of dollars in political ad spend, and contributed to 1,273 election victories, including hundreds of U.S. House campaigns, dozens of U.S. Senate campaigns, and even three U.S. Presidential victories.

He is the founder and executive chairman of Go BIG Media (a political media firm) and the founder and CEO of Win BIG Media (a corporate marketing agency). Together, these companies have won more than 41 national awards for marketing and creative content.

In addition to being represented by Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerSpeakers and a keynote speaker for one of the country’s largest privately held speakers bureaus, Keppler Speakers, Phillip has made more than 260 national media appearances including CBS, ESPN, FOX NEWS, FOX BUSINESS, MSNBC, and CNN. He has also appeared on some of the world’s most popular podcasts including Gary Vaynerchuk’s The DailyVee, The James Altucher Show, The Adam Carolla Show, The Dr. Drew Podcast, Jay Abraham’s The Ultimate Entrepreneur, Big Questions with Cal Fussman, and The Dr. Gundry Podcast.

He has been lauded as a “marketing genius” by FOX BUSINESS, “the political guru” by ESPN, and “The Michael Jordan of Political Marketing…” by Mike Dillard.


Dec 23, 2019
Ep. 35: Alan Stein Jr | Self-Awareness is THE Key to Everything We Want in Life

In this episode, we talk with ALAN STEIN JR., who is a massively successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, who spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Kobe Bryant).


Self-awareness is THE key to everything we want in life


Platinum Rule: Treat others the way THEY want to be treated.




Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines.

A successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, he spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant).

In his corporate keynote programs and workshops, Alan reveals how to utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. He delivers practical lessons that can be implemented immediately.

His clients include American Express, Pepsi, Sabra, Starbucks, Reeds Jewelers, FDA, Omnicell, and numerous college athletic programs.

The strategies from Alan’s book, Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best, are implemented by corporate teams and sports teams around the country. His inspirational words are featured on 12-foot mural outside the Penn State Football Training Center, so that players run past it on the way to practice every day.


Dec 18, 2019
Ep. 34: Wendy Davidson | Don't Be Afraid to Color Outside the Lines

In this episode, we talk with the President of Away From Home for Kellogg North America, WENDY DAVIDSON, who is responsible for leading a $1B business in growth channels from convenience stores & vending to other foodservice business-to-business operations, such as schools, restaurants, lodging and healthcare.


Don't be afraid to color outside the lines


The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today - Les Brown




Wendy Davidson is a global executive with over 25 years of experience in the branded CPG, retail, and food away from home industries, with a record of accomplishment in innovation, turnaround and profitable growth of mature businesses.

As the President of Away From Home, Wendy is responsible for leading a $1.1B business in growth channels from small retail formats including convenience and vending to foodservice business-to-business operations such as schools, restaurants, lodging and healthcare as well as specialty ventures such as ecommerce direct-to-consumer.

She is a member of the Kellogg Global Leadership Team, the North American Leadership Team, the Kellogg Political Action Committee (PAC) Board, Board of Trustees for the Kellogg Company Fund, eighteen94 Venture Capital Fund Investment Committee, the K Pride & Allies (KPA) and Women of Kellogg (WOK) networks and Executive Sponsor for the company’s Young Professionals (YP) business/employee resource group.

Previously, Ms. Davidson worked as Vice President & General Manager for the US & Latin America for McCormick & Company and spent 16 years as a part of the executive team at Tyson Foods Inc. During her tenure, she held a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President and General Manager Prepared Foods; Group Vice President Food Service; and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the McDonald’s Global Business Unit.

A graduate of Luther College, Wendy serves as the Chair of the Board of Regents. She is a non-Executive Director on the Board of First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE: FHN) and a Trustee on the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Global Board. She is past board chair of Women’s Foodservice Forum, and a member of The Network of Executive Women, the International Women’s Forum, The Chicago Network, Commercial Club of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the Advisory Board of BRAVA Investments, a venture capital fund.

Ms. Davidson was awarded the National Diversity Council’s Top 15 Business Women in Illinois in 2017 and received the Luminary Award in 2016 from Girl Scouts of Chicago & NW Indiana. She was named to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and “Diamond Decade”.

Dec 16, 2019
Ep. 33: Steve Farber | When You Get Tough Feedback--See Where That Takes You

In this episode, we talk with best-selling author and speaker, STEVE FARBER, who is also the Founder & CEO of The Extreme Leadership Institute. Named by Huffington Post as the #1 Business Speaker to See, Steve is also known as one of the Top 50 Leadership Experts in the U.S.


When you get some tough feedback, whether you agree with it or not--assume that it's right and see where that takes you.


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. - Winston Churchill.




Huffington Post has named Steve Farber as the #1 Business Speaker to See. Listed as one of Inc.’s global Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts, Farber is a Leadership Pioneer, Strategist, Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author on Extreme Leadership.

His expertise is in creating organizational cultures where leadership is not just an opportunity and obligation for those in authority, but for everyone at all levels. Former Vice President of the Tom Peters Company, Steve is the President of Extreme Leadership, Inc, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders around the world. His accessible, deeply inspirational, and eminently practical Radical LEAP framework is widely used across the business, non-profit and education spectrum. Farber has been credited with redefining leadership in deeply personal yet practical terms and re-energizing thousands of people to make a significant difference in their businesses, lives, and the world around them. Steve is the author of the new book Love is Just Damn Good Business. His third book, Greater Than Yourself, was a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” And his first book, The Radical Leap, is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. His column, The Extreme Leadership Chronicles, runs frequently on

Steve has worked with Johns Hopkins, Cisco, Intel, TriNet, Hyatt and hundreds of other organizations large and small. He has spoken to or worked with virtually every industry there is--from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, public education, retail, and government.

ORGANIZATIONS HIRE STEVE TO: Deliver practical, inspiring and entertaining keynote speeches Embed the practices of Extreme Leadership in the DNA of the organization Provide significant on-going leadership learning and development Create and amplify deep employee engagement Work personally with executives or teams as an Advisor, Coach, Guide & Confidant




Dec 11, 2019
Ep. 32: Merril Hoge | Find a Way

In this episode, we talk with MERRIL HOGE, former NFL running back, ESPN analyst and cancer bestselling author and motivational speaker.


Find a Way


When things go wrong, don't go with them - Elvis Presley




Find. A. Way.

Merril Hoge has proven that those three, simple words can be the most powerful words in the English language. Merril’s Find-A-Way philosophy helped him achieve his dream of becoming an NFL powerhouse and would later help him fight to live as he struggled to overcome cancer, open-heart surgery, and family tragedy.

As a speaker since 2005, Merril has taken the stage to deliver his message to hundreds of associations corporate audiences, such as Highmark Insurance, Equifax, and Verizon Wireless. He uses the tenacity of that simple phrase to help people realize their gifts and uncover the tools they need to find their way.

Best-Selling Author

In 2018, with the national discussion on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) at its peak, Merril released Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football. He collaborated on the project with board-certified forensic neuropathologist, Dr. Peter Cummings, to take an unbiased look at the facts surrounding this misunderstood pattern. Together, they conducted a provocative examination of the science, as well as the hysteria around CTE and how it is being manipulated to serve an agenda.

Merril’s first book, Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life, was released in 2010. It is a moving memoir in which he shares the simple philosophy that guides him to this day and has enabled him to overcome obstacles throughout his life.

NFL Football: The dream

Merril Hoge graduated from Idaho State University in 1987. As a four-year starter, he held 11 of the school’s football records, including single-season and career marks for rushing attempts, rushing yards, and all-purpose yards. Merril also scored 44 ISU touchdowns, a Big Sky Conference record, and still holds the record for the most receptions by an Idaho State running back (182).

After graduation, Merril achieved his dream of playing in the NFL, starting a successful eight-year run with the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a Steeler (1987-1993), Merril set the team record for most receptions by a running back (50 in 1988) and was one of only two Steelers to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. After signing a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears, a series of concussions forced him into early retirement in 1995. By the end of his career, Merril had played in 122 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NFL at that time.

Broadcasting: The Second Career

Always one to find a way, the former NFL running back has transformed himself into a successful analyst for ESPN for 21 years:

Appears regularly on NFL Matchup, the network’s longest running show

Host of Fantasy Football for the show’s launch

Routinely offers his analysis on shows like NFL Live and NFL PrimeTime

A regular guest on LIVE SportsCenter over many years

Merril continues to provide analysis to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage and is a regular voice on ESPN Radio and He also served as a game analyst and sideline reporter on ESPN2 for its college football coverage and made his way to the telecast booth to call games for the Arena Football League.

Overcoming Challenges: Creating Victories

In 2003, Merril was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which he fought – and beat – using the same resolve he demonstrated on the football field. He received the Chairman’s Advocacy Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2004 and 2008 for his outstanding participation in driving awareness for LLS and its mission.

His doctors told Merril in the fall of 2015 that he was suffering from an enlarged aorta and would need to undergo open-heart surgery. That experience and the awareness he gained led to his on-going partnership with the American Heart Association in helping deliver their “Lifestyles for a Healthy Heart” message.

CTE: Common-Sense Advocacy

In the years since his career-ending head trauma, Merril has championed concussion research, resisted the hysteria surrounding the disease, and become an informed advocate in the prevention and treatment of brain injuries.

2009: Testified at a congressional hearing on football head injuries, challenging legislators to institute a head-trauma protocol for players ages 8-18

2010: Appointed in 2010 to the NFL MTBI Committee, which initiates research and advises the NFL on best practices for concussion prevention and management

2010: Named to the board of directors for USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels

2011: Invited by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to serve on the NFL’s Return-to-Play Subcommittee which deals with head, neck, and spine cases

2011: Met with senior officials at the Pentagon to discuss the military’s tough-guy culture and instilling the benefits of leaders suffering a concussive head injury to voluntarily remove themselves from a situation as the best course of action for the troops under their command

2011: Participated in the NFL-USO Tour to Afghanistan with Matt Millen and Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, visiting troops overseas

2012: Helped launch Heads-up Football with USA Football

2014: Became an active part of the USA Football Advisory Committee

Refocused Efforts: New Frontiers

To help bring the focus back to football, Merril also worked with the NFL in developing its “Way to Play” program to celebrate athletes who play the game right. Throughout the season, the spotlight falls on players doing things well, with a weekly “Way to Play” winner who awards the $2,500 prize to their selected charity. Season winners receive the honor of being named to the Lott/Madden team during Pre-Superbowl week.

Merril’s life-long love of the game also helped launch a new kind of league in 2018—Your Call Football. YCD blends football and app technology enabling fans to call the play in real time. As head coach, Merrill took his team Power to 4-0 in the league’s inaugural season.

Helping Others: The Goal

As a believer in helping your community, Merrill serves as Chairman and a member of the board of the Highmark Caring Foundation. The group helps grieving children, adolescents and the families who lost loved ones and is particularly meaningful to Merril, who lost his mother when he was just 21 years old. There are currently four centers in Pennsylvania, in Erie, Harrisburg, and two in Pittsburgh.

With the Chuck Noll Hall of Fame Game for Life award, Merril was instrumental in developing a program that recognizes the youth football community in each state. Since 2017, the program, together with business partners Dicks, Riddell, and USA Football, has awarded recipients over $150,000.

Merril also joined forces with Hall of Famers John Madden and Ronnie Lott to help launch The NFL’s Way to Play program, spotlighting great ambassadors of the game. Each week throughout the season, one player is recognized for excellence in playing the game with skill and integrity and is awarded $2,500 to donate to any football program of his choice, along with a letter from the NFL commissioner.


Dec 09, 2019
Ep. 31: David Bailey | Connect with Your People, Then to Each Other

In this episode, we talk with DAVID BAILEY, the President of Southern States Material Handling, a Toyota Industries Company, that provides material handling solutions to its customers.


Connect with your people; then connect them to each other.


Working together without alignment is cooperation, not collaboration. – Alan Schaefer




David is currently the President of Southern States Material Handling, a Toyota Industries Company, that provides material handling solutions to its customers. His organization has 300 associates spread over 9 locations in Georgia and Florida.

David has been with Toyota for 7 years since he transitioned from 22 years as an Army Officer. His leadership career in the military was leading aviation organizations including piloting scout helicopters. He served in several locations in the United States, Europe, and two years in the Middle East where he was awarded two Bronze Stars. Although he resides in Tampa, Florida, he still follows his home state Sooners on the gridiron.

David is a veracious learner, reading everything from Peter Drucker to the Bible, consistently improving his leadership abilities to better serve his associates, customers and company. He holds an MBA from the Whitman School of Management and a Master of Arts in Public Administration both from Syracuse University, which is also where he developed an allergy to cold weather.

Dave and his Wife merged their bands 6 years ago creating household of six kids, a live-in Grandma, two miniature schnauzers and a Beta fish named Blueberry. Although two kids are out on their own, the youngest two have filled up his spare time with travel baseball.

Dec 04, 2019
Ep. 30: Steph Grant | Use Your Platform for Good

In this episode, we talk with STEPH GRANT, who is the owner of Steph Grant Studios, a digital agency operated by a powerhouse team of female creative, specializing in executive media shots and conferences and the Founder of the Promote Love Movement.



With a large following comes great responsibility; use your platform for good.


Give without expectation - Gary Vaynerchuk





Steph Grant is the owner of Steph Grant Studios, a digital agency operated by a powerhouse team of female creative, specializing in executive media shots and conferences and the Founder of the Promote Love Movement (a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community raised in a religious environment to connect and share their stories).

Steph believes in the importance of being visible and vocal for those in our community who cannot.

“Sharing our stories can change minds and softens hearts. I have experienced this firsthand through my work as a photographer and during my own coming out process. It’s so rewarding to have complete strangers say that they felt like they had a front row seat at the weddings that I have shot or that after seeing my images and stories they can no longer support their stance against the LGBTQ+ community.”

 As an out lesbian photographer, Steph’s primary focus is to make people feel comfortable so that their personalities and love are captured in every wedding photograph.

“I love every second of my job. I have worked very hard to be exactly where I am…and that is right here in this moment with you. My goal is to get to know your love story & to tell it with my images.”

 Some highlights from Steph Grant’s amazing career:

  • Known for being the first LGBTQ+ Wedding photographer in the industry and for photographing the first lesbian Indian wedding in the US which went viral in 2013 with 81K people on her website in 1 day
  • Recognized on the Senate floor in CA in 2018 for her work with the LGBTQ+ community
  • Spoke on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community at a Google event & Rebelution Resurge in NYC…where she was asked to share my story and engage in conversations surrounding inclusion and representation in the wedding industry
  • Was the face of Fossil’s 2019 Pride Campaign and was asked to share her story for their social media campaign


Dec 02, 2019
Ep. 29: ASMR | If You Whisper It, I'll Believe It

This episode is going to be a bit different. You’re still going to get an awesome piece of advice, but it’s going to be delivered in the natural human phenomenon known as ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. (HEADPHONES ARE A MUST)

Caution: This episode may cause a low-grade sensation of euphoria. 


Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them - Miguel de Unamuno


  • There is an official ruling for how many Tootsie Pop licks it takes to get to the center.
  • The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name.
  • High heels were originally invented for men.
  • Baby carrots were invented in 1986.
  • The longest that a headless chicken has lived after having its head cut off is 18 months.




Have you ever been given a piece of advice so incredible that it rocked your world? Brant Menswar and Jim Knight, two of the country's most sought after speakers, discuss bite-sized, specific and compelling thoughts (shared with a rockstar guest) that have changed the course of people’s lives. 

Whether you’re searching for inspiration, long for change or just enjoy powerful conversation, this weekly, edu-taining podcast will be music to your ears...this week, just a little bit more softly. SSSHHHHHH

Nov 27, 2019
Ep. 28: Bill Shore | Pick the Right Battles

In this episode, we talk with a total rock star in the philanthropic world, BILL SHORE, the Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Share Our Strength, which is the parent company of campaigns like No Kid Hungry & Cooking Matters; Billy chats with us about picking the right battles.


Pick battles that are big enough to matter but small enough to win - Jonathan Kozol


We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity – HG Wells




Billy Shore is the executive chair of Share Our Strength, which through proven, effective campaigns like No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters, connects people who care to ideas that work. Since founding Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie, Billy has led the organization in raising more than $600 million to fight hunger and poverty, and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment.

Billy is also the chair of Community Wealth Partners, Share Our Strength’s for-profit consulting firm that helps leaders and communities solve social problems.

Before founding Share Our Strength, served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs for former U.S. Senator Gary Hart and as chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey. In 2014, congressional leaders appointed him to the National Commission on Hunger, a group tasked with finding innovative ways to end hunger in America.

In addition to his work with Share Our Strength, Billy is a leading voice in the national conversation on hunger and poverty. He is the author of four books focused on social change, including “Revolution of the Heart” (Riverhead Press, 1995), “The Cathedral Within” (Random House, 1999), “The Light of Conscience” (Random House, 2004) and most recently, “The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men” (Public Affairs, 2010). He also hosts Add Passion and Stir, a weekly podcast that brings together high-profile chefs and change-makers to talk about the central role food plays in social justice.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Billy earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has been an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and an advisor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 2001 to 2011, he served as a director of The Timberland Company.

Billy was named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report.

Nov 25, 2019
Ep. 27: Keith Overton | Perseverance Trumps All Attributes & Skills

In this episode, we talk with Florida's "Tourism Person of the Year (2011), KEITH OVERTON, the President & COO of Tradewinds Island Resorts in beautiful St, Pete Beach, FL.



Perseverance trumps all other attributes and skills.


What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter. – Peter Drucker




Keith Overton is President and COO overseeing TradeWinds Island Resorts – the TradeWinds Island Grand and RumFish Beach Resort St. Pete Beach and RumFish Grill. Keith oversees all 1,100 employees, the company’s operations, sales and marketing efforts, accounting functions, human resource functions and capital improvements projects at the resorts, as well as ensuring the resorts uphold the standard of service consistent with the TradeWinds name. He has led the TradeWinds family since 1995 and is a 31-year veteran of Florida's hospitality industry.

Keith Overton was named Tourism Person of the Year in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce. Keith currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is a member of its prestigious Resort Committee. He served as the 2004 and 2008 chairman for the Hospitality Alliance Scholarship Foundation of Tampa Bay and has been a director on the foundation’s board since 1998, as well.

Keith is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist and serves as a member of Tampa Bay Watch’s Board of Directors, the Board of Visitors for the Florida Institute of Oceanography and previously served on the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors.

Keith is actively involved with many charities in the Tampa Bay area, including the Ronald McDonald Houses of Tampa Bay. He founded Athletes for Hearts, Inc., in 2007, which raises money for families with children with life-threatening heart conditions. His daughter MacKenzie, now 24 years old, was the recipient of a heart transplant at just 17 days old.

A native of Kissimmee/Orlando, Florida, Keith Overton is a graduate of Concord University, West Virginia, and the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Travel Industry Management and received his MBA in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Schiller International University and has been designated as a Certificated Hotel Administrator (CHA) since 2001.

Nov 20, 2019
Ep. 26: David Cantu | Be the Same Person at Work & Home

In this episode, we talk with DAVID CANTU, the Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer of HotSchedules, which is a revolutionary restaurant technology company, supporting over 31,000 different businesses comprised of over 3 million users and one of the greatest internal cultures we know.


Be the same person you are at work and at home.


Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand; the sun's rays do not burn until brought into focus. - Alexander Graham Bell




At HotSchedules, David Cantu is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with customers by engaging with them at all levels to collect and disseminate customer feedback throughout the company.

Dave's 17+ years of restaurant operations experience have contributed to HotSchedules' product development and innovative solutions to improve restaurant operations scheduling efficiencies, labor management, and increased employee engagement.

Nov 18, 2019
Ep. 25: Serah Morrissey | Let it Be as Easy as It Wants to Be

In this episode, we talk with SERAH MORRISSEY, the current President of CHART (an association of hospitality trainers); she talks about being transparent and helping others deal with a wide range of issues, including mental health, homeless youth, sexual assault and huge life changes. 


What would happen if you let things be as easy as they want to be?


Your inner critic can have a seat on the bus, but it can never touch the wheel.




After being born and raised in South Dakota, Serah attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with honors from the school of Psychology (with no help from her Vocal Performance scholarship). Her hospitality career began in 2000 at The Saint Paul Hotel, a historic luxury full-service property in downtown St. Paul, MN, where she spent 10 years in HR, ultimately taking on the additional role of Corporate Director of Talent for 2000 hotel and restaurant employees. After serving in various hospitality HR and Training executive roles, she is now the Senior Director of Human Resources for the Intercontinental Hotel – Minneapolis St. Paul Airport.

Serah is the current President of CHART: A Hospitality Training Association. She is passionate about people development and enjoys writing training columns for Hotel Management Magazine, an opportunity she was given through involvement in CHART. Serah is a curriculum consultant for the hospitality programs at two local colleges and on the employer advisory board for several employment agencies in the Twin Cities.

Outside of hospitality training, Serah is most passionate about being a mom, exploring the world with her son and working to help the disadvantaged through volunteerism and advocacy. Serah has served on the board for YouthLink in Minneapolis and continues to be an advocate for homeless youth and mental health awareness. In 2015, she co-founded Green Ray Entertainment, a movie production company focusing on documentaries and family films. An adventurous spirit, Serah can sometimes be found jumping out of airplanes, walking on fire or horseback riding in Iceland.

As an assault victim herself, Serah took solace in connecting with the awesome folks at RAINN - the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Whether you're looking for support, information, advice, or a referral, their trained support specialists are ready to help. Go to or call 1-800-656-HOPE.

Nov 13, 2019
Ep. 24: Col. Larry Broadwell | Focus on Purpose & People

In this episode, we talk with COL. LARRY BROADWELL, who works at the Pentagon, currently serving as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, but was recently promoted to Brigadier General-Select. He talks about leaders who understand that purpose and people define organizational cultures.


Focus on purpose and people, rather than objectives and outputs.


A good decision is one that is born from our values, considers all the facts, and honors what we are feeling at that moment.




Col Larry Broadwell is the Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Col Broadwell received his commission in March 1996 from Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. He is a graduate of both Undergraduate Navigator Training, and Undergraduate Pilot Training serving as a rated officer in the C-130E, F-15C, and F-22. Col Broadwell is a veteran of Operations JOINT GUARD, JOINT FORGE, DESERT FOX, SOUTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, and IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current position, Col Broadwell was the Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.


  • 1994 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Jacksonville St.
  • University, Jacksonville, Ala.
  • 2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2004 Masters of Aerospace Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
  • 2008 Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • 2009 Masters of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.


  • 1. March 1996–July 1997, Student Navigator, VT-4, Pensacola NAS, Fla. and 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, Texas.
  • 2. July1997–February 1999, C-130E Navigator, 41 AS, Pope AFB, N.C.
  • 3. February 1999–April 2000, Student Pilot, 37 FTS and 50 FTS, Columbus AFB, Miss.
  • 4. April 2000–May 2001, F-15C Student Pilot, 2 FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  • 5. May 2001–February 2004, Flight Commander, F-15C Mission Commander, 94 FS, Langley AFB, Va.
  • 6. February 2004–June 2007, Assistant Director of Operations, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 1 FS and 325 OSS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  • 7. June 2007–June 2008, Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.
  • 8. June 2008–July 2009, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 9. July 2009–July 2010, Deputy Division Chief, United States Forces-Iraq / J-5 Strategy, Baghdad, Iraq
  • 10. July 2010–November 2010, F-22 Student Pilot, 43 FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  • 11. November 2010–February 2011, Assistant Director of Operations, 49 OSS, Holloman AFB, N.M.
  • 12. February 2011–October 2011, Director of Operations, 7 FS, Holloman AFB, N.M.
  • 13. October 2011–April 2013, Commander, 7 FS, Holloman AFB, N.M.
  • 14. April 2013–June 2013, Student, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk NAS, Va.
  • 15. June 2013–July 2014, Executive Officer to COMACC, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
  • 16. July 2014–June 2016, Commander, 1st Operations Group, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
  • 17. July 2016–April 2018, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Calif.
  • 18. April 2018–Present, Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.


  • July 2009–July 2010, Deputy Division Chief, United States Forces-Iraq / J-5 Strategy, Baghdad, Iraq, as a major, then lieutenant colonel


  • Rating: command pilot
  • Flight Hours: 2,200 including 25 combat hours
  • Aircraft flown: C-130E, T-38A, F-15C, F-15D, F-22, RQ-4


  • Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal


  • Second Lieutenant March 15, 1996
  • First Lieutenant March 15, 1998
  • Captain March 15, 2000
  • Major March 1, 2006
  • Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2010
  • Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
  • Brigadier General-Select, 2019 (confirmed by the Senate)
Nov 11, 2019
Ep. 23 Phil Gerbyshak | Be More YOU

In this episode, we talk with PHIL GERBYSHAK, a phenomenal Sales speaker & coach, social media guru, author of 5 books, podcast host of "Conversations with Phil" and a real life pinball wizard. Currently the VP of Sales Training at Vector Solutions, Phil chats with us about being your true self.


Be More YOU - Steve Farber


Being Original Starts with Playing Your Favorite Covers and Making Them Your Own




Phil Gerbyshak is a sales speaker, sales expert, sales trainer, and the host of the podcast "Conversations with Phil". Phil trains his clients on the power of connection and how to best leverage the reach of social media, combined with the deeply personal work of nurturing 1-to-1 relationships, to grow profitable, long-term clients, transforming business and boosting revenue.

People matter - and they don’t scale.

Phil is the author of 5 books and his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and countless other publications online and offline.

When Phil isn't speaking, training or coaching, Phil spends his time walking on the gulf beaches in Florida and playing pinball at the local pinball museum.

Nov 06, 2019
Ep. 22: Dawn Sweeney | Be a Great Juggler

In this episode, we talk with one of the most influential people in the country, DAWN SWEENEY, the President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association; the 2nd largest industry in the U.S., representing 15 million people and $863 Billion in sales.


Life is a juggling act of glass and rubber balls; a great ‘juggler’ knows which ones can easily bounce and which ones to prevent from falling and shattering.


If you are depressed, you are living in the past; if you are anxious, you are living in the future; if you are at peace, you are living in the present - Lao Tzu




As president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney has been instrumental in focusing the mission of the Association through a unique, multi-year strategic plan, highlighting key areas of opportunity within the restaurant industry.

The National Restaurant Association’s members include quick service, fast casual, managed foodservice, casual and fine dining – along with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. The American restaurant industry is composed of one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and 14 million employees. Since taking the helm at the end of 2007, Sweeney has led the Association in a wide-range of policy issues, while offering services and products that promote the industry and help individual operators and large multi-unit companies succeed.

Sweeney has realigned the Association’s priorities and structure to strengthen its core operations, including consolidating its Foundation around a mission to develop a strong workforce and build the next generation of industry leaders. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s major goal is to educate students on the restaurant business through the ProStart program – running in high schools nationwide – and to provide educational scholarships

Sweeney has led the Association to several major legislative victories, including achieving federal legislation on menu-labeling, and has launched the first-of-its-kind children’s menu initiative – Kids LiveWell. Under her leadership, the Association’s annual tradeshow – the largest restaurant and hospitality industry tradeshow in the U.S. – has seen growth both in revenue and impact.

Before joining the National Restaurant Association, Sweeney was president and CEO of AARP Services, the wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. She grew annual revenues from $175 million to $785 million during her tenure – serving 11 million AARP members annually. Her 25+ years of marketing, advocacy and policy experience also include leadership positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a membership organization of consumer-owned electric utilities, and the International Dairy Foods Association, the trade association for the nation's dairy foods industry, where she played a major role in the launch of the “milk moustache” advertising campaign.

Sweeney has been named one of the perennial top association CEOs in the country for the past several years. She serves on the boards the U.S. Travel Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, the International Women’s Forum, and the Committee of 200, an international network of female executives. She is also a charter member of Child Obesity 180, an initiative of private, public, non-profit and academic leaders committed to helping prevent childhood obesity through evidence-based initiatives.

A native of Maine, she is a graduate of Colby College and earned her MBA at George Washington University. Sweeney lives in northern Virginia with her husband and son.

Nov 04, 2019
Ep. 21: Allison Trowbridge | Do the Next Right Thing

In this episode, we talk with ALLISON TROWBRIDGE, author of the book, Twenty-Two, and the Founder and CEO of Copper, a platform helping people gather in meaningful community through book clubs.


When you don't know what to do, do the next right thing


Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. - John Maxwell




Allison Trowbridge is the founder and CEO of Copper, a platform helping people gather in meaningful community through book clubs.

She published her first book, “Twenty-Two” in 2017 with HarperCollins / Thomas Nelson while completing her MBA at the University of Oxford.

Allison fell in love with the publishing world after witnessing a handful of books ignite the global anti-slavery movement, where she worked for nearly ten years leading marketing, fundraising, and international campaigns—at The Freedom Fund, Not For Sale, and as a partner at an impact investment fund, Just Business.

When not in a window seat searching for wifi, these days she's enjoying the weather in Los Angeles.

Oct 30, 2019
Ep. 20: Chris Tomasso | Words Matter

In this episode, we talk with CHRIS TOMASSO, former CMO for Hard Rock International and Cracker Barrel, and curren