Vanessa Demopoulos Fighter

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Is it okay to fight like a girl?

That would be a compliment if being compared to this week’s guest, Vanessa Demopoulos. Vanessa is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, jiu jitsu fighter, author and exotic dancer. She has her first pro title fight on July 17 and she is excited about the chance to show her skills at LFA 85 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One of the subjects we discussed is the differences in her training after switching to the Blackhouse Gym in California from Ohio.

“One of the things with traveling, so often and so much, is that you meet really cool people all around the country and all around the world and I love being able to stay in touch with them.”  ~Vanessa Demopoulos on how she fills her travel downtime

Vanessa was the first professional fighter guest on the show and she was great with sharing her stories and travel experiences. Make sure to check out her upcoming fights and you can watch several of her previous fights on YouTube. It was great meeting and hearing someone being so positive during the lockdown and looking forward to her future.

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WINLovethpatra YoungLFA 81 – Emmers vs. Barbosa
Jan / 31 / 2020
Decision (Unanimous)
Mike Beltran
WINNadine MandiauLFA 69 – Perez vs. Moreno
Jun / 07 / 2019
Submission (Armbar)
Jason Herzog
WINValerie SotoLFA 62 – Kenney vs. Cachero
Mar / 22 / 2019
Decision (Majority)
Aladin Martinez
LOSSItzel EsquivelLFA 52 – Rodriguez vs. Gutierrez
Oct / 19 / 2018
Decision (Unanimous)
Jon Schorle
WINEmme WeberIron Tiger Fight Series / Alliance MMA – IT Fight Series 79
Dec / 15 / 2017
Submission (Armbar)


WINAndrea AmaroTuff-N-Uff – Mayhem in Mesquite 11
May / 20 / 2017
Submission (Armbar)
Joe Sullivan
LOSSKatlyn ChookagianNAAFS – Night of Champions 2013
Dec / 07 / 2013
TKO (Punches)
WINMadeline Simmons KidderAAMMA 32 – Absolute Action MMA 32
Apr / 26 / 2013
Submission (Armbar)
WINGina BegleyAAMMA 29 – Absolute Action MMA 29
Oct / 27 / 2012
Decision (Split)

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Travis Luther Lawfather

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How do you know if you’re ready to be an entrepreneur?

My guest today, Travis Luther, is the president of a media firm, author, speaker and entrepreneur. I’ve met many entrepreneurs in my lifetime but Travis was actually a professor of entrepreneurship for MSU Denver. His company, Law Father, provides case development tools to law firms. Travis also has the experience of playing and touring for his pop-punk band when he was younger.

“There was just something inside me that realized that probably my path out of poverty was going to be entrepreneurship and being my own business owner.”  ~Travis Luther

Travis is practicing what he preaches about having multiple business and streams of income. It was great speaking with him and inspiring to hear someone else expanding their existing resources. We are all given the same 24 hours a day. It really shows how some people maximize their days and time. Make sure to check out Travis on his social media accounts and website.

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Travis Scott Luther is the Founder of Luther Media, LLC whose companies include Law Father, ValetAds, Queen Anne Pillow Company, and TrialLine. He is also the former frontman of the pop-punk band Ultra Find.

Within the legal community, Luther is regarded as an expert storyteller and case consultant. His case consulting services have resulted in over $250 million in settlements and verdicts.

He has parlayed his storytelling expertise into a successful writing career. called Luther a “Retirement Abroad Authority” with the recent release of The Fun Side of the Wall, an Amazon #1 new release. He is also the current host of the Travis Luther Travis Luther Podcast.

Luther is the former Entrepreneur in Residence for the University of Colorado Denver and a former Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at MSU Denver’s College of Business. He is also a current Board Member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and served as the 2019 National Chair for EO Colorado’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards (GSEA) Program.

He currently sits on the MSU Denver Alumni Board or Directors. Luther formally served on the Executive Board of Scholars Unlimited, a Denver non-profit focused on improving child literacy among low-income and at-risk grade school children, where he founded and endowed their kid’s computer coding program, CodeSpire.

He is a frequent lecturer and author and his insights have been featured in major publications, including the Wall Street Journal. In his free time he plays guitar and enjoys international travel. Click a link here to learn more about Travis Luther’s music, writing, and entrepreneurship.

Michael Sticka GRAMMY

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Can the Grammy museum continue to entertain visitors remotely during a lockdown?

My guest today, Michael Sticka, is the President of the Grammy Museum located in Los Angeles. Michael shares how got started with museum and what his travel experiences are for the museum. We talked about what his job duties were before lockdown and how they had to pivot during the lockdown.

It’s nice that they can pull from so many available resources to keep visitors excited thru internet based experiences. Like, the museum debuting never before seen digital public programs series. Imagine being able to release new material from Billie Eilish and Finneas, Brandi Carlile, Kool & the Gang, Yola and X Ambassadors on your website.

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Michael Sticka serves as President of the GRAMMY Museum®, previously serving as the Museum’s Executive Director. In his role, he is responsible for creating and executing the Museum’s strategy of growth and sustainability as an independent nonprofit arts organization and oversee all aspects of Museum operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more. Drawing on his strong belief in community and the necessity of arts for all, he established a Department of Community Engagement, empowered to create deep and impactful community partnerships throughout Los Angeles. In his first communication to the members of the Museum and to the public, Sticka launched his vision of the GRAMMY Museum as a world class cultural institution and industry leader of museums. Sticka’s new executive announcement comes after a year of significant growth for the GRAMMY Museum under his leadership, including strong growth in attendance, membership, and donations.

Sticka joined the Recording Academy™ in March 2014 as Assistant Controller/Director of Accounting, after having consulted for the Academy’s Business Affairs Department. He was later appointed Director of Finance and Administration for the GRAMMY Museum, where he successfully designed and oversaw a strategic planning process to evaluate and strategize for the future of the GRAMMY Foundation® and GRAMMY Museum as a combined entity.

Prior to joining the Academy, he spent a majority of his career as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and running a small, independent nonprofit theatre in Dayton, Ohio. He spent five years at Blackbaud, Inc., working as a financial and fundraising consultant for more than 200 nonprofits throughout North America.

After leaving Blackbaud, Sticka served as vice president of Strategic Leadership Associates in Dayton, a leadership and management consulting firm with a strong history and portfolio of improving organizations and their business practices.

During his time living in Dayton, Sticka focused much of his energy on his passion for theatre and the arts. He co-founded The Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton with a long-time friend and colleague. While executive director of Zoot, Sticka produced in-school performances for more than 100 schools throughout the region and worked with storied institutions, such as the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Opera, the Human Race Theatre Company, the Victoria Theatre Association, and more.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dayton.


The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

Adam Jackson Photog

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Turning a hobby in to a career?

Is it possible to turn a hobby you are passionate about into a paying career is a question I am often asked by friends and listeners.

My guest today, Adam Jackson, is on the verge of finding out. Adam’s photography is getting him some recognition he didn’t think possible when he first started his hobby as he traveled the states for his “day job” as a business development manager for environmental systems with a past in engineering. The creative side of his brain is taking some phenomenal landscape and celestial photos. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology you wouldn’t think he would be able to pivot careers into photography but he is learning social media uses for photography and how he can provide value to people that would like to learn and/or appreciate his photography skills.

“Thinking, man, I’ve wasted these opportunities across the nation of all the top spots. I have the luxury of traveling and not everyone gets to do that”.  ~ Adam Jackson on why he takes his camera with him everywhere he goes now

He shares his journey from engineer to owning a guitar business, which started his photography, to being paid as a professional photographer and now teaching others how to explore their photography passions. He gets to travel for his “day job” and take the extra time to see and take pictures of the fantastic scenery around us. Make sure to check out and subscribe to his Instagram page to learn more about him and his photos.

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Mike Robbins Together

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Mike Robbins is a public speaker, author, an expert in teamwork and leadership and my guest on today’s podcast. Mike was a suggested guest by my sister who saw him speak a while back in Ojai, California. His career started out as a professional baseball player but then like many athletes he had to pivot his career into a new field after injuries removed him from the game he loved to play. Mike’s background of having to pivot at a young age will prove useful for him and his team as they learn how to be successful operating a public speaking organization during a time when you aren’t allowed to gather or have companies gather for functions.

“Somewhere around 25 events either postponed or cancelled and my new book “We’re All In This Together” just came out, so we had a whole book tour and book events that were scheduled and we had to adjust”.  ~ Mike Robbins on how COVID19 affected his business

His fifth and latest book “We’re All In This Together” was titled many months before the lockdown but it is a perfect title for how we had to revisit our purpose and careers as business travelers. We discuss his thoughts on speaking engagements in the future, whether virtual or with social distancing, as well as how his book can help individuals going thru these unprecedented times.

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Mike Robbins is the author of five books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which have been translated into fifteen different languages.  His fifth book, We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, was just released.

As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike delivers keynotes and seminars around the world that empower people, leaders, and teams to engage in their work, collaborate, and perform at their best. Through his speeches, seminars, consulting, and writing, Mike teaches important techniques that allow individuals and organizations to be more appreciative, authentic, and effective.

His clients include: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Schwab, LinkedIn, Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, Harvard University, Coca-Cola, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, Airbnb, UC Berkeley, the NBA, Genentech, Adobe, the Oakland A’s, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

He has been featured on NPR, ABC News, the Oprah radio network, and in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, the New York Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. He’s a regular contributor to Forbes and the creator and host of the popular podcast, We’re All In This Together.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball in the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

He’s also a former board member for two non-profit organizations – Challenge Day (a powerful youth organization that focuses on inclusion, mindfulness, and personal development for teens) and The Peace Alliance (an organization focused on creating a culture of peace in America and around the world, as well as a grassroots political campaign to create a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace).

Mike is a contributing author to: Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.

He lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Rosie.


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Amanda Johansen LAX

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Amanda Johansen is my guest today. Amanda is an All Star professional lacrosse player and college coach based in the Baltimore area after playing for the inaugural USC women’s lacrosse team. She will always have the distinction of being the first women to score a goal for the University of Southern California lacrosse program.

 “Traveling is tough as a big group. You feel like you’re responsible for a lot of people. You want everything to go well. I had this big binder that I had to take on every trip. You have to be super organized and ready”.  ~ Amanda Johansen on team travel as a coach

We had a great chat about the future of women’s lacrosse and the growth the sport is seeing on the West Coast. She shared how the Covid19 lockdown affected her professional team season, the Hofstra team and its seniors. Make sure to follow Amanda on her social media pages. If you get a chance watch a women’s lacrosse game and become a fan.

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Amanda Johansen just completed her second season with the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse program in 2020. Johansen serves as the program’s defensive coordinator and oversees the draw team as well. 

In Johansen’s first season with the Pride she helped the team to a 12-win campaign and a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game. The 12 wins were the most since 2010 and the appearance in the championship game was the first for Hofstra since 2013. 

The 2020 season saw Hofstra compile a 4-3 record in the shortened season. 

Johansen spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. While with the Women of Troy she helped guide USC to a 10-win campaign and assisted in the development of five student-athletes earning all-conference honors from the Pac-12 and three earning IWLCA All-Region accolades. Johansen served as the offensive coordinator for USC and help lead a unit that averaged 12 goals per game. 

Prior to working at USC, Johansen spent a season as a graduate assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s. She served as the program’s defensive coordinator at Mount St. Mary’s and also oversaw much of the planning as it related to team travel. 

Johansen was a decorated student-athlete at USC as she compiled 194 points on 134 goals and 60 assists during her 77-game career with the Women of Troy. She also had 258 draw controls. The 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Year and a Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Third Team All-American as a senior, she was a team captain in 2015 and 2016 and was an integral part of USC’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and run to the NCAA Quarterfinals as a senior in 2016. 

Johansen has also played professionally as she played two seasons with the Baltimore Ride of the United Women’s Lacrosse League and most recently is a member of the Baltimore Brave of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League. This past summer she captured the WPLL title with the Brave and was also named to the All-Star team. In addition, Johansen is a member of the U.S. National Team Training Team. 

Johansen, who graduated from USC in 2016, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and also received a minor in sports media studies. She earned her master’s degree in sports management from Mount St. Mary’s in 2017. She is working towards her second master’s degree, in sports science, from Hofstra. 

Brett Edwards Sacred Land

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Brett Edwards is my guest today. Brett is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles with his roots from Kentucky. His first book, Sacred Land: A Novel, is now available on Amazon or his website. He’s appeared in several movies and television shows including American Sniper, The Longest Ride, Westworld, Paranormal Incident and Grey’s Anatomy. He has written several screenplays and also produced two award-winning short movies including The Heeler.

“I text my wife and I’m like, listen I know you’re not going to want to hear this but I got to get on a bull……it’s just for the show, nothing’s going to happen to me, I’m going to be fine”.  ~ Brett Edwards from the set of The Longest Ride

It was a great talk about the ups and downs of making a living in Hollywood, the entertainment business, while supporting a wife and children and having to travel to different countries and states for his acting jobs. Hopefully he gets the bald gold guy not wearing pants someday for his Dad.

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Cake by Courtney

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Cake by Courtney owner, Courtney Rich, is my guest today. This isn’t déjà vu. Courtney is my first guest to be a repeat guest on my podcast. She is a self taught, baker extraordinaire who is using the lockdown situation to improve her relationships at home and interact on her social media platforms on a more personal basis.

We had a great follow up conversation about how the lockdown affected her cake business, design classes and her new podcast, Courtney: Beyond the Cake. I might be biased, but I think her entry into podcasting as a way to connect with her fans is great. There are so many opportunities to reach customers and fans in different platforms and formats that we should do our best to provide what they want.

“the silver lining of a challenge like this (quarantine) is that it kind of puts them to try something new….you see a ton of people trying new hobbies or DIY projects around the house” ~ Courtney Rich


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I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

I didn’t bake my first cake from scratch until I was 26, when my son turned one. It looked like a big brown mound with sprinkles and a candle – honestly, a train-wreck, but it tasted delicious and I was hooked! Over the last nine years, I’ve taught myself the dos and don’ts of baking cakes through a lot of trial and error. Now, I want to share the simple basics that look impressive, but are easy to master. My goal is to inspire you to give baking from scratch a try. I’m all about, if I can do it, you can too! 

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in broadcast journalism, not food science. The broadcasting degree has come in handy, however.  After 13 years as a focus group moderator for a major television consulting firm, I’m able to bring my experiences full circle as I share my baking passion on local television and in food conferences all over the country.

I’m also the mother of two amazing kids, am married to my best friend, and teach cake classes at Orson Gygi Culinary Arts Center, in Salt Lake City.

Wendy Hill Vegas Stories

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Wendy Hill – Vegas Stories

Imagine all the crazy things you would see and the people you would meet after working nearly two decades in a major casino on the Las Vegas Strip. While most people slept, Wendy worked nights as a casino cocktail server during her 20’s and 30’s. She recalls the fast cash, partying while working, meeting famous people and dealing with drunk customers from all over the world.

Las Vegas is the ultimate tourist and business travel destination, catering to millions of people who visit each year. These casino jobs employ nearly half of the cities population and cocktail server is one of the most sought after positions, followed by working SWING SHIFT, where ALL the action happens. Wendy reflects on the transition from Mob run era into corporate America taking control. We also chatted about life as a civilian after retiring her tray.

“I saw about six security guards carrying a guy out that was zip tied at the ankles, they used his head to open the door and threw him out on the street.” ~ Wendy Hill

Wendy talks about the changes in not only the gaming industry but how the revenue earned in recent years comes from beverage sales and the new beast, Day/Night Clubs. There is a new breed of waitress, and she doesn’t wear much. Wendy doesn’t hold back on her thoughts and her stories match that energy.

She owns the domain for Casino Waitress just in case all those stories collected should need a platform. If you ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in a tourist destination, you won’t want to miss this episode!


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Morgan Weske Dance Skater

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Morgan Weske – Happiness Is a Pair of Roller Skates

Is happiness the key to a successful career? In this episode of The Travel Wins, I catch up with roller skating sensation, Morgan Weske, to discuss how her passion for skating created unexpected opportunities. Learn how Morgan broke into show business, survived as a professional backup dancer, and found happiness in a job that keeps her roller-skating around the world.

“I could be Morgan Weske. I didn’t have to cover up my tattoos, could wear whatever I want, be myself. People wanted that.” ~ Morgan Weske

Morgan also talks in-depth on a variety of topics, including her favorite places to visit, upcoming events, her time spent in quarantine, dating, and much more. Outside of professional roller-skating, Morgan stays busy with several projects, including dance, choreography, acting, instruction, and social media. You can experience Morgan’s Dance Skate brand on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Dance Skate features dance skaters from around the world, tutorials, and virtual events. If you ever considered making a career out of your passion, you don’t want to miss this highly engaging episode.

Show Notes:

1:02 – Find out how Morgan started her career as a professional backup dancer.

3:06 – Morgan talks about the challenges of a professional dance career.

3:54 – Discover how Morgan finds new freedom from roller skating while visiting Venice Beach.

5:34 – Roller skating starts to pay off for Morgan!

7:51 – Morgan makes a clever analogy to explain the difference between dancing and roller skating.

13:57 – We discuss Morgan’s upcoming tour, Olympic appearance, international travel, and more.

19:50 – Pete gets a shocking answer when he asks about the most exciting place Morgan has visited.

24:37 – Morgan talks about the physical challenges of travel and staying in peak condition.

33:00 – Morgan explains why you’ll find more success by pursuing your passions.

35:02 – Pete asks Morgan about her long-term goals.

43:27 – Find out which artist Morgan admires most.

46:43 – Morgan discusses the challenges of long-distance dating and what it would take to settle down.

49:15 – Learn what Morgan does to pass the time while traveling.

52:04 – Morgan shares ways to connect.

54:54 – Pete and Morgan discuss the opportunities that occur from asking.

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Ariel Garten MUSE

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Ariel Garten is my guest today. She is a neuroscientist, mom, entrepreneur and co-founder of a company that creates MUSE: a brain sensing headband. It was exciting to speak with Ariel about meditation and how it can be a benefit for business travelers. Any interest in reducing jet lag, improving focus and being at your best you can after traveling then maybe meditation and MUSE might be a great fit.

                “There are lots of great hacks. My son had his frequent flyer account since the age of two years, the moment I needed to start paying for seats for him.” – Ariel Garten

It was a great talk about how a passion for neuroscience and meditation has provided many opportunities for Ariel to travel, speak and share her passions with others. Maybe an unlikely career path to be able to travel but she found a way to help others and travel at the same time.

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Ariel Garten: neuroscientist, innovator, and entrepreneur whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential. Garten is one of the Founders of InteraXon, the makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Muse is the award-winning wearable technology that assists and trains meditation and mindfulness. Before founding InteraXon, Ariel was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist, but also started her own international clothing line while she worked in labs researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis. Her creativity and entrepreneurial drive, combined with her fascination with the brain, lead her to bring together two like minded friends and together they founded InteraXon, a Silicon Valley backed startup that allowed people to control computers with their minds, the technology that sparked the creation of Muse. The technology was the feature showcase at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where they allowed over 7,000 people control the lights on the CN tower, Canadian parliament buildings, and Niagara Falls with their brains from across the country. Muse is now used and loved around the world, in 5 languages with over 5,000,000 sessions of meditation.  Ariel and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including CNN, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, etc. and recipients of multiple innovation awards. These days, Ariel can be found at home playing with her 2 year old or on stage across the world speaking about happiness, meditation, understanding mental health, empowering women in business, or telling her own innovation story, consistently giving her audiences the tools they need to help them become their best selves.

Jim Cressman Invictus

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Jim Cressman is my guest today. Jim is the founder of Invictus Entertainment Group based in Canada. He works as music agent to some incredible country music artists like, Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon, Cory Marks, Brett Kissell and several others. To expand and learn more about the music business, Jim expanded his business into show producing and promoting.

                “When I’m on the road I’m all about business, so I try and keep my travel period to 4 days or less so that I can see my family within the week regardless” – Jim Cressman

We had a great chat about the how the quarantine lockdown has affected his business, how he stays in shape while traveling and the importance of family and staying in touch even when he’s on the road.

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Invictus Entertainment Group is the premier catalyst for merging arts, culture and commerce.  A collective of elite experts in the entertainment industry offering an extensive spectrum of services. With over 700 promoted and produced shows yearly, Invictus has forged solid, reliable relationships. These relationships include agencies, management companies, artists and buildings. Invictus boasts the most extensive secondary and tertiary market touring alliance, greatly expanding the North American market base for international touring.

Started in 2011, by Jim Cressman, with the vision to form a one of a kind artist services company – dedicated to facilitating the unconquerable artistic spirit. His past had prepared him for this moment, at 16 he convinced a radio station to allow him to do an on-air shift, later a stint in pro boxing, and by 30 he had convinced the top promoter in Canada to partner with him. Never being one to succumb to a challenge, Cressman developed his 360 model with fervor and evolved his portfolio further by leading Invictus Entertainment into Pollstar’s Top 100 Promoters in the World list.

Chris Gratton Touring

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Chris Gratton is my guest today. Chris’s experience in being a tour director, tour producer and production manager for some of the biggest acts in the music business is unprecedented. We spoke about the cancellation of the Justin Bieber 2020 tour due to the corona virus and the negative effect it had on his crew of 87. We also spoke about how technology has changed touring for the better with increased and clearer communications as well as helping stay in touch with his wife and kids.

                “There was an 8 year period in my life where I didn’t even have a place. I just stayed in hotels when I was home or went on little vacations.”

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2015 to Present JUSTIN BIEBER – Production Manager, Co Designer ,Tour Director
2019 JBalvin Tour Director
2019 KIDZBOP Tour Producer
2019 Janet Jackson Metamorphosis Residency , Production Manager , Stage Manager and Set Designer
2018 to 2019 JANET JACKSON Production Manager ,Stage Manager
2015 – 2017 KANYE WEST – Tour Consultant, Tour Co Designer
2014 -2015 ARIANA GRANDE – Production Manager ,Tour co designer,Tour Director
2013 to 2014 KANYE WEST – Production Manager
2006 to 2013 THE SMASHING PUMPKINS – Production Manager, Co Designer
2006 to 2011 GUNS N’ ROSES – Production Manager
2010 PDIDDY – Production Manager
2008 AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW – Production Manager, Stage Manager
2008 BEN HARPER – Production Manager, Stage Manager
2004 to 2006 CLAY AIKEN – Production Manager, Stage Manager
2004 KELLY CLARKSON – Production Manager, Stage Manager
1999 to 2004 LIMP BIZKIT – Production Manager
2001 to 2002 LINKIN PARK – Production Manager
2001 FAMILY VALUES – Production Manager
2000 ANGER MANAGEMENT – Production Manager
2000 to 2003 KORN – Production Manager
1999 to 2000 BILLY IDOL – Production Manger
1996 to 1999 TOOL – Production Manager, Stage Manager
1998 to 1999 SOUL COUGHING – Production Manager and Lighting Designer
1995 to 1999 SUPER BOWL / NFL Experience – Lighting Coordinator
1994 to 1997 TRACY CHAPMAN – Production Manager and Lighting Designer
1994 to 1995 P. J. HARVEY – Lighting Designer and Stage Manager
1990 to 1994 Tool, White Zombie, Pornos For Pyro, Rage Against the Machine ,Wu-
Tang Clan – Lighting Designer and Stage Manager

Ryan Motes Roper

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Ryan Motes is my guest today. Ryan is a professional cowboy competing in team roping on the PRCA rodeo tour and is a 5 time National Final Rodeo qualifier. I was excited to speak with Ryan on the show as I’ve known Ryan for almost a decade now and I appreciate speaking with him every chance I get. Like many of the cowboys, Ryan grew up in a family that competed and lives the cowboy lifestyle. He competes in a sport, Team Roping, where a thousandth of a second can make a difference in how much he is paid. He won the 2019 The American team roping championship in Arlington, Texas, competing in the Dallas Cowboys stadium.

Ryan shares some of his stories of traveling around the country to compete in rodeos and how he shares the road with his wife, Courtney.  We also chat about how the lockdown has affected the rodeo circuit and some of the potentialities of the delayed schedule.

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2019 world standings place: 8th
2019 Wrangler NFR standings place: 15th
2019 Wrangler NFR earnings: $48,923
2019 earnings: $158,089
Education: Weatherford (Texas) College

Career Highlights
• 2019: (Partner Coleman Proctor) Placed in two rounds to rank 15th in the average with 27.2 seconds on three head at the Wrangler NFR. Won The American (Arlington, Texas), the Lea County PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.) and the Tri-State Rodeo Cinch Shoot-Out (Fort Madison, Iowa). Co-champion at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo
• 2018: Won the Bozeman (Mont.) Stampede, with Charly Crawford. Won the Springhill (La.) PRCA Rodeo, the Four States Fair & Rodeo (Texarkana, Ark.) and the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo (San Bernardino, Calif.), with Coleman Proctor. Co-champion at the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas), with Tyler Wade. Finished 18th in the world standings with $57,260
• 2017: Won the Kitsap Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.), with Tom Richards. Finished 26th in the world standings with $43,151
• 2016: Did not compete
• 2015: (Partner Aaron Tsinigine) Won Rounds 1, 3 and 10 and split the win in Round 6 at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, Wrangler MDT Gold Rodeo, the Caribou County Pair & Rodeo (Grace, Idaho), the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo. Won the St. George (Utah) Lions Dixie Roundup, with Tom Richards. Co-Champion at the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo (Castle Rock, Colo.), with Lane Ivy. Finished second in the world standings with $226,541
  • 2014: (Partner Aaron Tsinigine) Won the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.);the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo and Montana’s Biggest Weekend (Dillon); co-champion at the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo, with Tyler Waters. Finished 18th in the world standings with $53,828
    • 2013: Won Round 5 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 5.8 seconds and tied for the win in Round 2, with Charly Crawford; finished fifth in the average standings and ninth in the world with total earnings of $120,735. Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, with Charly Crawford. Won the Ram Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco), with Justin Van Davis. Co-champion at the Texas Stampede Rodeo (Allen, Texas), with Clayton Hass
  • 2012: (Partner Brock Hanson) Shared first place in Rounds 1 and 5 of the Wrangler NFR and placed in two other rounds en route to finishing fourth in the average standings and earning $70,084. Finished seventh in the world standings with $150,657. Won the Nacogdoches (Texas) ProRodeo & Steer Show with a time of 3.3 seconds, which tied the world record set by Chad Masters and Jade Corkill at the 2009 Wrangler NFR. Won the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.)(Oct. 2011), with Colby Lovell; the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair & Rodeo; the Drummond (Mont.) PRCA Rodeo and the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo (Castle Rock, Colo.). Co-champion at the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.) and the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas)
    • 2011: Won the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah), with Brock Hanson; the Wild, Wild West ProRodeo (Silver City, N.M.), with Colby Lovell; the Santa Rosa Roundup (Vernon, Texas), with Ryan Mayfield and the Crockett (Texas) Lions  Club PRCA Rodeo, with Colby Lovell. Co-champion at the Horse Heaven Round-up (Kennewick, Wash.), with Brock Hanson and the Gladewater (Texas) Round-up Rodeo, with Lance Brooks. Finished 24th in the world standings with $39,749
  • 2010: (Partner Brandon Beers) Won the Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo; finished 23rd in the world standings with $46,614
  • 2009: Won the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, with Brandon Beers; finished 26th in the world standings with $35,988
    • 2008: Won the Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days, with Jimmy Edens; the Poway (Calif.) Coors Rodeo, with Keven Daniel, and the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo (Kingman, Ariz.), with Keven Daniel. Finished 28th in the world standings with $34,298
  • 2007: (Partner Jimmy Edens) Shared first place in Round 2 of the Wrangler NFR with Travis Tryan/Michael Jones and was 12th in the final world standings. Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo (Lufkin, Texas) and the Parker County Frontier Days (Weatherford, Texas). Won the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco), with Coby Jones
  • 2006: (Partner Jimmy Edens) Co-champion at the Guadalupe County PRCA Rodeo (Seguin, Texas). Won the Comal County Fair & Rodeo (New Braunfels, Texas); the Spokane (Wash.) County Interstate Fair & Rodeo; the Lea County Fair & Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.); Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg) and Rodeo Killeen (Texas)
    • 2003: (Partner David Motes) Finished 24th in the world standings with $25,999
    • 2002: (Partner David Motes) Won the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo and the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.); finished 34th in the world standings with $20,087
    • 2001: (Partner David Motes) Won the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah); the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo and the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (Joseph, Ore.); finished 21st in the world standings with $34,629
    Wife, Courtney (Ford); His father, David, won the team roping world championship in 1977 with his brother, (Ryan’s uncle) Dennis, and qualified for the NFR 22 times … Ryan competed with his dad in 2001-2003 and they won five titles … In the offseason, helps run the family ranch and mare breeding program. He also gives roping lessons and trains horses … Paired with Caleb Mitchell to win the 2009 Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic and shared $149,410

Bobby Genovese FUN

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Bobby Genovese is my guest today. Bobby is entrepreneur, father, friend and philanthropist who lives life by the mantra “who has more fun than us”.  It was a great chat with Bobby to hear about a different mentality regarding business travel. He travels the world working on projects he “wants” to work on. He brings his children with him as much as possible and makes having fun an equal part of traveling for his businesses. This is especially important with everything that is going on around the world during the current pandemic.

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Connecting enthusiastic people with winning opportunities is one of Bobby Genovese’s greatest passions, which began at age 25 when he founded his first company in his native Ontario before establishing BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation, both based in The Bahamas, with associate management offices in Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Barbados, Toronto and Vancouver. “More than working hard and being smart, seeing the big picture is key.”

A seasoned equestrian, Genovese brought his accomplishments in business to the polo field where he enjoyed equal success as a polo player and team owner, which led to the creation of multiple polo and equestrian clubs including his flagship BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida. In 2013 his love for adventure and preservation of natural resources grew into the creation of BG Signature, a global portfolio of extraordinary destinations and experiences. The private access VIP collection spans the spectrum of events in sports, fashion, culture and more.

Genovese also dedicates his time, energy and substantial resources to numerous philanthropic endeavors, especially those that serve children. His chairmanship of the annual Car and Boat Rally Scavenger Cups, which began in 2007, has helped raise more than $16 million for Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Canada’s largest and most sophisticated centre for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care. “Giving back is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Ed Soares Legacy

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Ed Soares is my guest today. Ed is the CEO of LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance). LFA is a fast growing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion based in Southern California. He also a manager of MMA fighters and started the Blackhouse MMA gym operations. As a husband and father of two daughters, Ed has to balance home life and business while traveling approximately 120 days a year.

“It’s really my team, our team, us working together is what makes us (LFA) successful.”

Ed and I chatted about the current lockdown situation we all facing and how it has affected his scheduled MMA events. We also discussed how travel has gotten better with the usage of technology and some of the airport programs available now.

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LFA gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. Soares has been involved in the mixed martial arts industry since 1998, with the apparel line called Sinister Brand. Sinister became a sponsor of MMA fighters. Later, Soares co-founded his management company Tough Media Corp and his MMA gym Black House MMA, which have guided and facilitated the careers of some of the most legendary fighters in the sport. In 2017, Soares led the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.


He is the former owner of the clothing company Sinister Brand, and is a business manager for approximately 20 MMA fighters, including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida, former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho, former UFC Heavyweight title-contender Pedro Rizzo, former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, his twin brother UFC Light-Heavyweight Antônio Rogério Nogueira, former StrikeForce Light-Heavyweight Champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, He also often serves as a translator for his fighters in post-fight interviews.

Additionally, Soares is co-founder of the Black House MMA fighting team, where many of his fighters train. As he is the manager for several of the highest profile fighters in mixed martial arts, he is currently considered one of the most influential managers in the sport.

Corinne Quiggle

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Corinne Quiggle is my guest today. A professional beach volleyball player, Corinne has already traveled extensively around the states and internationally. We talk about the current status of the upcoming volleyball season and how the Covid19 lockdown could potentially affect the season.

She talks about her love of travel and how playing professional volleyball is a blessing to see so many countries and their cultures.

“I ended up going camel riding in China one time because we finished the tournament earlier than expected”

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Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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I grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. It was in my side yard where my love for volleyball started. After watching the Olympics as a kid, I picked up volleyball and haven’t let go since.

Other than volleyball, my beach related activities don’t stop there. I come from a family of above average surfers, lifeguards and musicians (artists too but I didn’t get those genes). All which I love to do!

When I am not training, you can find me either in the water surfing, in the mountains snowboarding, traveling anywhere, playing the ukulele or trying to learn a new language! 


I graduated early from high school and moved to California to pursue my beach volleyball career. At 17 years old, I started my collegiate career at Pepperdine. While at Pepperdine, I earned 2018 WCC Player of the Year, 2017 National Championship All-Tournament Team, 2017 National Champion Runner up, and a two-time All-American and All-Academic honors.

My collegiate career set me up for a strong first professional year on the AVP, NORCECA and FIVB tours. In that year, I earned back to back gold medals for the USA on the NORCECA tour, a silver medal on the FIVB World Tour and several quarter final appearances on the AVP. 

Domestic Finishes


5th Place AVP Hawaii

5th Place AVP Seattle

7th Chicago Championships

9th Manhattan Beach Open Gold Series


5th Place AVP Manhattan Beach Open Gold

9th Place P1440 San Jose

13th Place AVP San Francisco Open


7th Place AVP Hermosa Beach Open

13th Place AVP Manhattan Beach Open Gold Series


13th Place AVP Manhattan Beach Open Gold Series

International Finishes


1st Place NORCECA Jamaica

1st Place NORCECA Dominican Republic

2nd Place FIVB 2* Cambodia

2nd Place NORCECA Mexico

5th Place FIVB 3* Malaysia


9th Place FIVB 2* China 


2nd Place in China Collegiate Championships

3rd Place NORCECA Dominican Republic


5th Place NORCECA Cuba

College Career 

2018 WCC Player of the year

2017 & 2018 All-American 

2017 NCAA All-Tournament Team

2017 & 2018 First Team All-Academic, 2016 Honorable Mention

2017 Bronze USAV Collegiate Beach Pairs Championship

April 2016, March 2017& April 2017 WCC Pair of the Month

2017 & 2018 All-WCC First Team

Captain of Pepperdine Beach Volleyball

Other Achievements

Along with Graduating Pepperdine with a Degree in Business Administration, I was recognized on the Dean’s List three times for semesters with a 3.98, 4.0 and 4.0 my junior and senior year!

Lex Gillette Flyer

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Lex Gillette is my guest today. Elexis “Lex” Gillette is a blind Paralympic athlete originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and now training in Chula Vista, California. Lex competes in T11 (track) and F11 (field) events for the United States.

I was excited to speak with Lex about his travels around the world for track and field as well as his travels for his speaking engagements. Obviously he has a different perspective from most business travelers. We discussed how he gets around the airports and what he likes and dislikes about the service at airports.

We also discussed the possibilities the COVID 19 lockdown could have on him achieving his Paralympic gold medal quest. Make sure to look for him in the Japan 2021 Paralympics and if you need a motivational speaker for an event visit his website for more information.

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Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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He competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, where he won silver in the men’s long jump F11 event. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, he won a silver medal in the men’s long jump F11 event and finished fifth in the men’s triple jump F11. He competed in 100 m and 200 m T11 events but did not advance to the finals. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, he won a third consecutive silver medal in the men’s long jump F11 event and finished fourth in the triple jump event. 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, he won a fourth consecutive silver medal in the men’s Long Jump – T11 event.

At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, he won gold in the men’s long jump F11 event and he also won silver in the triple jump event. Gillette was a part of the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships 4 × 100 m relay team that won a silver medal and set a new American record in the process. Gillette broke his own long jump world record for F11 classified athletes of 6.73 m (22 feet 1 inch) with a leap of 6.77 m (22 feet 2 in.) on April 23, 2015, at a high performance meet held at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.

He attended Athens Drive High School and graduated from East Carolina University in 2007.

In November 2015, Gillette received the Athletes in Excellence Award from The Foundation for Global Sports Development, in recognition of his community service efforts and work with youth.


Lex Gillette is also a musician. He plays the piano and enjoys singing. Gillette released a music single on April 16, 2012 that was originally titled Go for Gold and was later changed to On the Stage.

Beep ball

While in high school, Gillette was introduced to beep ball, a modified form of baseball for the visually impaired and blind. In 2003, Gillette was recruited to play with the West Coast Dawgs of the National Beep Baseball Association. His first role with the team consisted mostly of designated hitter duties, but in 2005, Gillette became the starting right fielder for the Dawgs. In 2005 West Coast finished 5th in the World Series that were held in Houston, Texas. 2006 saw the Dawgs play in the championship game where they lost to the Taiwan Home Run. The 2007 World Series of Beep Ball were held in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Dawgs returned to the championship game only to lose to the Kansas All Stars. In 2008, Gillette won his first World Series title with the West Coast Dawgs as they outlasted Kansas for the world title. He was named to the offensive all-star team in the same year. The Dawgs returned to the 2009 World Series title game and repeated as champions against the Taiwan Home Run. In both 2010, and 2011, the West Coast Dawgs played in the World Series title game against the Taiwan Home Run, and both times, Gillette scored the game-winning run to put the Dawgs on top as world champions. ESPN’s E60 featured Gillette and the West Coast Dawgs’ 2011 title run.

Lex Gillette Day

Mayor David S. Gysberts and Washington County Board of Commissioners Terry Baker proclaimed September 25 Lex Gillette Day in both Hagerstown, Maryland and Washington County.

Major Accomplishments

2019: IPC Athletics World Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2016: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist – Long Jump, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2015: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Tempe, Arizona

2014: IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finals Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Birmingham, England

2014: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, San Mateo, California

2014: Meeting d’Athlétisme Paralympique de Paris Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Paris, France

2014: Italian Open Championships Grand Prix Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Grosseto, Italy

2014: Italian Open Championships Grand Prix Silver Medalist – 100m sprint, Grosseto, Italy

2014: IX Internacional Meeting Kern Pharma, Gran Prix Sauleda Champion – Long Jump, Barcelona, Spain

2014: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Mesa, Arizona

2013: IPC Athletics World Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Lyon, France

2013: IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist – Triple Jump, Lyon, France

2013: IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist – 4 × 100 m relay, Lyon, France

2013: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, San Antonio, Texas

2013: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Triple Jump, San Antonio, Texas

2013: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Silver medalist – 100m Sprint, San Antonio, Texas

2012: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist – Long Jump, London, England

2012: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Mesa, Arizona

2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Miramar, Florida

2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Triple Jump, Miramar, Florida

2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – 100m sprint, Miramar, Florida

2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – 200m sprint, Miramar, Florida

2011: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Mesa, Arizona

2011: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist – 100m sprint, Mesa, Arizona

2011: IPC Athletics World Championships Bronze Medalist – Triple Jump, Christchurch, New Zealand

2011: IPC Athletics World Championships Bronze Medalist – 200m sprint, Christchurch, New Zealand

2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Miramar, Florida

2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Triple Jump, Miramar, Florida

2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – 100m sprint, Miramar, Florida

2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – 200m sprint, Miramar, Florida

2010: Paralympic World Cup Bronze Medalist – 100m sprint, Manchester, England

2010: Athletics Disability Challenge Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Liverpool, England

2008: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist – Long Jump, Beijing, China

2008: U.S. Paralympics track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Tempe, Arizona

2008: U.S. Paralympics track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Triple Jump, Tempe, Arizona

2007: Para-Pan American Games Bronze Medalist – Long Jump, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Marietta, Georgia

2006: IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist – Long Jump, Assen, The Netherlands

2006: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Atlanta, Georgia

2006: Paralympic World Cup Silver Medalist – Long Jump, Manchester, England

2004: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist – Long Jump, Athens, Greece

2002: United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist – Long Jump, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Todd Eldredge 3X OLY

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Todd Eldredge is my guest today. Todd’s career as a figure skater is storied and decorated as a world champion, 3 time Olympian and Hall of Fame inductee. He has traveled the world for ice skating, including moving several times to different states to work with his coach. We have a great chat about his travels in his competitive days and how much different the times are now for the kids he coaches today. We even talk about some of the differences in current ice skating equipment.

I really enjoyed his discussion about jet lag and trying to get ready to prepare at the highest level of figure skating while adjusting his body clock.

I am thankful for the time he shared with me while we are both out of work during the Covid-19 lock-down. If you get a chance to visit Irvine, California make sure to stop by the Great Park Ice Rink and say hi to him…..or even take a lesson from a world champion.

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Eldredge began skating when he was five years old and moved from Chatham, Massachusetts to Philadelphia at age ten to train with Richard Callaghan. He later trained at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and at the Onyx in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Todd won silver at the 1987 World Junior Championships and then gold in 1988. He took bronze at the 1988 Skate America.

In the 1989–90 season, Eldredge won his first senior national title and was sent to the 1990 World Championships, where he finished fifth. The following season, he repeated as the national champion and then took the bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships. Although Eldredge missed the 1992 U.S. Championships, he was nominated to represent the U.S. at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He placed tenth in Albertville and then seventh at the 1992 World Championships.

Eldredge struggled during the next two seasons, placing sixth at the 1993 U.S. Championships and fourth in 1994, and was not selected for the 1994 Olympics. He regained momentum in the 1994–95 season, taking silver at the 1994 Goodwill Games and gold at the 1994 Skate America and 1994 NHK Trophy. He then won his third national title and silver at the 1995 World Championships. In 1996, he came away with silver at the U.S. Championships but won gold at the 1996 World Championships.

In the 1996-1997 season Eldredge started off on fire, easily beating Alexei Urmanov (who also skated cleanly) to win Skate America. He controversially lost the Grand Prix final to Elvis Stojko who landed the first ever quadruple-triple combination, but had other errors, including a fall on his 2nd triple axel. Eldredge skated a clean and more complete program, but suffered from the home country scoring of the event in Canada. He regained his U.S title easily, in the absence of defending Champion Rudy Galindo, who was now professional. At the World Championships Eldredge skated a spectacular short program, but due to the very early draw he finished 2nd to Alexei Urmanov who skated near the very end. The top 6 were all clean with triple axel-triple toe combinations. Elvis Stojko though came from 4th to win the gold after a flawless long program with a quadruple-triple combination. Eldredge first singled, then later fell on his 2nd triple axel try, sealing his fate when combined with that he also didn’t have a quadruple jump to begin with.

In the pivotal year of his career in 1997-1998, Eldredge suffered through a sluggish grand prix circuit. First winning Skate America with an uninspiring skate, after injuring himself in warm up. Then placing only 4th at Trophee Lalique, won by rising start Alexei Yagudin. He controversially finished 3rd at the Grand Prix final where most believed he deserved at least 2nd place above Elvis Stojko. Todd skated cleanly, apart from a doubled triple loop, and strangely lost to Stojko who fell on his quadruple attempt. He then finished fourth at his second Olympics, in Nagano, after a crushing long program performance, managing only 5 of 8 planned triples, when a clean skate would have garnered him at least silver comfortably. He rebounded to win silver at a watered down World Championships in his home country, an event missing all 3 Olympic medalists. A fall in the short program cost him the gold to rising star Alexei Yagudin, despite comfortably winning the long program with a strong skate.

Eldredge continued to compete in pro ams and leave the door open for a return to amateur figure skating. In 2000, he landed his first quadruple jump in competition at the Masters of Figure Skating.  He competed in various events through the 1999-2000 season, yet oddly did not skate at the World Championships. Eldredge withdrew from the 2001 Four Continents Championships due to an ankle injury. He returned to the U.S Championships for the first time since 1998, and took silver behind Tim Goebel, but then edged Goebel for the bronze at the World Championships where most felt he deserved silver over an injured and flawed Alexei Yagudin. In 2002, he won his sixth U.S. title and placed sixth in his third Olympic appearance. After retiring from competition, he toured with Stars on Ice.

Eldredge was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame during the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  On January 31, 2011, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame announced Eldredge as a nominee for an outstanding competitor in the men’s category.

Eldredge formerly coached at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. In April 2012, he underwent left hip replacement surgery. Beginning in 2014, he coached at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Texas. In 2018, Eldredge relocated to Irvine, California, and he now coaches at Great Park Ice.

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Michelle Floyd is my guest today. Michelle has a storied career as a softball pitcher in high school, college and professionally. She played professionally in Italy after her career at the University of Arizona as well as playing for the Venezuela national team.

 “It really took, like I enjoyed college and I enjoyed travel ball, it took me moving to Italy to really find how much fun softball could be again”

She is now transitioning to her career after softball by working for the Atlanta Braves. Michelle was great in sharing her travel stories and her outlook on the future.

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Michelle likes being creative during her travel time…..and catching up on sleep. 

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Michelle Floyd is a former professional softball player with a passion for media, sports, and helping others.

She graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts, Journalism degree. Michelle also earned her Masters of Science in Strategic Branding Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(online).  This degree was earned while playing and traveling to nine different countries, working on campaigns with people across the world, resulting in a 4.00.

During her college career, Michelle has been incredibly involved at the University, not only by being a pitcher on the University of Arizona softball team, where she pitched the ninth perfect game in Arizona softball history, but by also being co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Michelle’s background is in media and live sporting events.  From working at the University of Arizona Athletic’s Creative Services department, Digital Reputations Management, as well as other jobs, Michelle has built a strong background in a variety of areas. Her desire to grow and learn from each opportunity is apparent, which is what led her to her master’s degree, to have a better understanding of the brand she is designing media for. 

Michelle’s media career also includes working Super Bowl XLIX for NFL Films International, ESPN, FOX, and PAC 12 Network. She has been selected to work events such as Monday Night Football, the 2017 World Series, NBA All-Star Series, and other collegiate and professional events.