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Courtney Rich – Cake Mom

Courtney Rich cakes

Courtney Rich is my guest on today’s podcast. It was great hearing from Courtney how she has built up her cake business while raising her children and being a wife to her husband. I enjoyed hearing some stories of travel and how she and her husband are able juggle their work schedules, kid’s school and activities schedule and date night schedules. I never would have thought, prior to my podcast, about needing to travel for work because of a bustling cake business. Her cool designs and cake tool kits are very practical and make cake design much easier. She also works at a culinary art center in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah so if you are ever in the area look her up and see if you can take one of her classes.

Courtney has a great social media presence for her fans and friends so make sure to follow her and see when she is visiting your neighborhood. See the links below for all of her social media contacts.

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Courtney enjoys a little bit of everything when she travels. She says it’s hard shut down completely from work so she’ll get some work projects and watch movies. When she’s driving around town or in the kitchen she’ll listen to various podcasts.

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ABOUT

HI, I’M COURTNEY, A SELF-TAUGHT BAKER, OBSESSED WITH CAKE.

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.

Beach Volleyball

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Beach Volleyball is the local sport to where I live, Southern California.

The close proximity gives me a great opportunity to see world class athletes compete at their highest level. I mean, these are Olympic level athletes competing next to the ocean, on the beach, usually sunny and the cost of admission is FREE. One of the many things I have learned from starting and running a podcast is that I am given the opportunity to meet and speak with people from different careers/worlds than my own.

My first interview with a volleyball athlete was Karissa Cook. That’s like hitting a homerun your first time at bat. Karissa was very kind to share some stories and what it is like to travel the world playing beach volleyball. She also had some insights as what she told her college athletes to expect in traveling during her time coaching the Stanford beach volleyball team.

My next interview was with Maddison McKibbin. Maddison was awesome in sharing his stories of playing in the snow in Italy. We also spent some time discussing the digital media presence he and his brother Riley have created. I really enjoyed this part of our conversation as I am very interested in hearing what other professionals are doing outside their immediate field of expertise.

I was able to chat with Casey Patterson before the end of his 2019 AVP Beach season. This was my first time speaking with an Olympian for my podcast and it was a very cool experience. Casey was very open about the ups and downs of coming back after injuries and having to provide for your family while being injured. You can tell when you listen to our episode that Casey is very aware that the support he receives from his wife and family are big factor to why he has been able to remain successful playing a game he loves. He is still years away from the nickname “buttons” (Benjamin Buttons) but with his current success who knows how long he will play.

NEXT YEAR

I’m looking forward to watching more volleyball next summer and maybe even chatting with more of the athletes we get to watch in person and on television. You can visit the AVP website for more information on the athletes and their schedule for 2020 (don’t forget to notice Casey as their homepage supermodel).

SIDENOTE

Karissa had her first win on the AVP tour this year in Austin, Maddison and Riley had their highest AVP finish as a duo this year in Chicago and Casey and his partner, Chase Budinger, won the AVP Hermosa Beach Open this year…..just saying that maybe chatting on my podcast is a good thing???

Maddison McKibbin - 2019 Hermosa Beach Open
Maddison McKibbin - 2019 Hermosa Beach Open
Karissa Cook Beach Volleyball AVP Manhattan Beach California Stanford
Karissa Cook - 2018 Hermosa Beach Open
Karissa Cook - 2019 Manhattan Beach Open
Karissa Cook - 2019 Manhattan Beach Open
Casey Patterson 2019 Hermosa Beach Open AVP beach volleyball
Casey Patterson - 2019 Hermosa Beach Open

Below are some of the pictures I took this year at the two tournaments closest to me, Hermosa Beach Open and Manhattan Beach Open.

Traci Callahan
Charlie Ekstrom
Christian Honer
Riley McKibbin
Carly Wopat
Corinne Quiggle
Travis Mewhirter
Amy Ozee
Allie Wheeler
Falyn Fonoimoana
Katie Spieler
McKibbin Brothers
Betsi Day and Emily Flint

Jules Hatfield – Sustainable

Jules Hatfield sustainable travel blogger

Jules Hatfield is my guest on today’s podcast. Jules is one half of the Jules & Christine travel team. They created a travel blog promoting sustainability in traveling while still inspiring many to travel the world and create their own adventures. They share their stories on their blog, website, YouTube page and all of the other social media links. I really enjoyed speaking with someone who created a lifestyle of traveling the world while also learning proper ways to sustain the environment. We also spoke about how he helps others who also want to travel.

Congratulations on their recent nuptials in Mexico. I spoke with Jules just before they were leaving the country to get married. Make sure to click all of the links available to get specific information on how Jules and Christine can help you see the world.

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ABOUT

Jules & Christine!

The dynamic duo behind Don’t Forget To Move! We’re full-time travel bloggers, exploring the most gorgeous locations around the world and sharing our experiences with you along the way.

But before we tell you more about that, let’s rewind a bit to learn more about how this unlikely team from opposite sides of the earth first met.

Long before the blog was even a concept, we were just two solo travelers on the road looking for adventure. Jules from Melbourne, Australia and Christine from San Francisco, USA.

In early 2012, we first met while volunteering at a non-profit in Pisco, Peru. After a brief friendship our relationship quickly turned more serious and we ended up spending 6 months in Peru volunteering together, building houses that were destroyed by a massive earthquake.

From that point on we solidified our relationship with a shared love for travel and a passion for helping the communities we encountered.

On our travels we’ve fallen in love with the historic streets of Cuba, worked with typhoon survivors in the Philippines, bathed rescued elephants in Thailand danced at one of the biggest music festivals in Europe and gorged ourselves on pasta in Italy.

And the list goes on! We’ve had epic adventures so far and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Now we base ourselves out of Bali, the US and Australia for part of the year, but are constantly taking trips to wherever our work and hearts take us.

Our goal for Don’t Forget To Move is to uncover the coolest destinations around the world and share with our readers how to make a positive impact while traveling. We also love to take beautiful photographs and video to show the world just how incredible planet earth is!

Joe Garza – XXIV Karat

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Joe Garza is my guest on today’s podcast. He is the managing partner of XXIV Karat Sparkling Wine and founder of West Coast Beverage Consulting firm. Joe shares his decades of experience working in sales and management of the beverage industry. It’s always nice hearing similar stories from traveling professionals who is on the road roughly 50% of his time. Joe shares some new ways to keep life on the road fresh and he shares his gratefulness for having a job that allows him to meet new people and see new cities.

We had a few audio glitches with his reception but they don’t last long and his experience with digital media that he shares in the second half of the interview are well worth the wait.

Joe has a wealth of knowledge in the beverage industry and he is nice enough to share it with others.

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About

Experienced managing partner with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. Skilled in consumer products, retail, sales, event management, and pricing strategy. Strong business development professional graduated from School of Hard Knocks. 

West Coast Beverage Consulting

Founder

 

Red Elixir

Vice President of Business Development 

 

XXIV Karat Sparkling Wine

Senior Vice President Sales

 

CytosportMuscle Milk

Director of National Accounts West – DSD & Direct

 

Fuze Beverage

Regional Vice President

Kevin Sorbo – Family Man

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Kevin Sorbo is my guest today.  Kevin is an actor, director, producer, writer, father and husband. He is most famous for his role as Hercules and on the television drama Andromeda. After starring in over 60 films, Kevin is releasing several new works in the coming months including the movies “The Reliant” and “Miracles of East Texas”.

We talk about his times working on the Hercules sets in New Zealand and the incredibly long shoot days. Kevin talks about the importance of staying physically fit and making time to exercise.

We send some time chatting about his decision to home school his children and the freedom that allowed him to have raising them with his wife, Sam, while still being able to travel for their work in the entertainment industry.

Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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Career

In the mid 1980s, Sorbo travelled around Europe and Australia working in television commercials and worked in over 150 commercials by the early 1990s. One of the popular commercials he appeared in was for Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, known for Sorbo’s repeated catchphrase “This ain’t Jim Beam”. He occasionally landed acting roles during this period with his first appearance in an episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara in 1986. This was followed by guest appearances in television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish. In 1992, he starred in an unsuccessful pilot for a medical drama series titled Condition: Critical which was not picked up but aired as a television film on CBS. He was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and was a possible contender for the role of Fox Mulder in The X Files which went to David Duchovny.  In 1993, he made his film debut playing a supporting role in Slaughter of the Innocents.

In 1994, he got his breakthrough leading role as the Ancient Greek mythical demigod Hercules in a series of five television films which aired as part of Universal Television’s Action Pack. The first film was Hercules and the Amazon Women which aired in April and the fifth film Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur aired in November. The ratings success of these films paved the way for the commissioning of the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which started airing in syndication from January 1995 and ran for six seasons. The series made Sorbo an international star and was one of the highest rated syndicated television shows at the time. Sorbo also directed two episodes of the series during its run and co-wrote one episode. The success of the show spawned the popular spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess starring Lucy Lawless, who was introduced in a three episode arc in the first season of Hercules. Sorbo made his first of two appearances on Xena in the first season episode “Prometheus”. In 1998, a spin-off direct-to-video animated film titled Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus was released with both Sorbo and Lawless voicing the characters.

Hercules was cancelled midway through the filming of Season Six of which only eight episodes were produced and the final episode aired in November 1999. This was reportedly due to Sorbo declining to extend his contract to continue starring in the series for a further three years. Sorbo would go on to make his final appearance as Hercules on Xena in the Season Five episode “God Fearing Child” which aired in February 2000.

In between the years playing Hercules, he played his first leading film role in Kull the Conqueror (1997). After Hercules came to an end, Sorbo played the starring role of Captain Dylan Hunt in the science-fiction drama series Andromeda from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he played a recurring role on the final season of The O.C. and guest-starred in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In 2007, he starred in the direct-to-video film Walking Tall: The Payback, which was a sequel to the 2004 film Walking Tall. He reprised his role in the second sequel, Walking Tall: Lone Justice which released later that year. He also starred in the Lifetime Channel film Last Chance Café, the Hallmark Channel film Avenging Angel, co-starring his real life wife Sam Jenkins and guest starred as a bounty hunter in the season-two episode “Bounty Hunters!” of the series Psych. He appeared in the 2008 spoof film Meet the Spartans, which was a box office success despite being universally negatively reviewed by critics. He starred in the Albert Pyun directed science fiction vampire film Tales of an Ancient Empire.

He served as executive producer and star of the movie Abel’s Field in 2012. In 2012, Sorbo appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to recount an experience he had while in Minnesota shortly after he graduated from college. He and his girlfriend claimed to have seen the ghost of the “Bride of White Rock Lake” – a woman who supposedly died on her wedding day, murdered by a former lover.

Sorbo voiced one of the main protagonists, Prometheus, in the Wii video game The Conduit. Sorbo returned to the role of Hercules in a more sinister portrayal, in the video game God of War III, which was released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.

Kevin also had a prominent role in the film Soul Surfer released in 2011.

In July 2013, Sorbo, along with his wife, Sam, provided voice over for characters in the video game Cloudberry Kingdom. In 2014, Sorbo co-starred in God’s Not Dead, a Christian film in which he portrayed an atheist college professor who requires his students to disown their religions on the first day of his class. He also voiced Crusher in the Skylanders franchise and Retro Hercules in Smite.

In 2015 and 2016, Sorbo played wizard Gojun Pye in a series of five Mythica sword-and-sorcery fantasy movies.

In 2017, Sorbo played the ill-fated King Lar Gand of Daxam on the CW series Supergirl. He appeared opposite Teri Hatcher as his wife Queen Rhea—24 years earlier, they were almost cast opposite each other in Lois and Clark before Sorbo lost out to Dean Cain. Cain also appeared in the same series but did not share any scenes with them. That same year, he also directed and starred in the film Let There Be Light.

Kevin Sorbo’s career also includes voice over  work with Breathe Bible

Darley Newman – Traveler

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Darley Newman is my guest today.  Darley travels the world as a TV host and producer of her own travel show called “Travels with Darley”. Our chat included her stories from Qatar, Macao, and a fun story about her trip to Botswana. Make sure to listen to the entire show for some great insights about creating your own journey and making the changes needed to get to your goal.

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Darley enjoys catching up on work while she is spending countless hours flying to the next destination. She also catches up on her favorite TV shows.

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ABOUT

TV host, producer, author, and entrepreneur Darley Newman travels the globe for Emmy-Award winning TV, digital series and brands she’s built through her production company DCN Creative.

She is the host, producer and creator of Travels with Darley on PBS, Amazon Prime and international broadcast networks. A pioneer in new media, the series also appears as video shorts and 360 videos on AOL, MSN and over 2,000 partner sites. She created the globally recognized brand and Emmy-winning Equitrekking series, which broadcasts on PBS and networks in over 85 countries, including Horse & Country TV in Europe and the Tabi Channel, a division of Turner Broadcasting in Japan.

Recognized in Forbes for her “PBS Travel Empire” and most recently on France’s largest news network for her work in driving tourism to France through her series, she consistently innovates as a media entrepreneur, storyteller and adventurer. Cited by BusinessWeek back in 2006 for her niche dive into online travel video with Brightcove, most recently she’s teamed up with top media and brand partners including The Washington Post for Facebook Lives, Scripps Networks Interactive for a digital original series and AOL, MSN and state and country tourism boards to gain traction and views with immersive 360 content. A popular speaker, her presence is sought after for events, including at exclusive Embassy and Consular parties and screening events, lectures at the Smithsonian, keynotes for Governor’s Conferences on Tourism, educational events on Capitol Hill, international conferences and in small USA towns and international locations.

She’s spent over a decade riding horses around the world and penned the “Equitrekking: Travels Adventures on Horseback” book, published by Chronicle Books, documenting her journey. In her quest to showcase each destination from a local’s perspective, Darley provides viewers with authentic, culturally enticing experiences that they can recreate on their own through her multi-platform series.

Darley’s travel experiences have ranged from the exotic and challenging to invigorating and serene. Getting charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, whisky tasting in Scotland, biking through Brussels, horseback riding with gauchos in Uruguay and dining with award-winning chefs are just some of the interesting adventures she’s enjoyed to help educate and excite her dedicated fans, who travel in her footsteps and take the trips featured on her series.

Accolades

Emmy Awards and nominations

Year

Association

Nominated work

Result

2009

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2009

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2010

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2011

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2012

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

Other honors

2008: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) First Place Award for Best Travel Broadcast (Video) for Equitrekking

2008: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Award of Merit for Best Travel Book for Equitrekking: Travel Adventures on Horseback

2009: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) First Place Award for Best Travel Broadcast (Video) for Equitrekking

2012: Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy & Leadership (WIPL) at a conference hosted by Coastal Carolina University

2012: Silver Telly Winner for The Telly Awards’ Film/Video TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Videography/Cinematography for DCN Creative’s Equitrekking

Steve Cardenas – Red Ranger

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Steve Cardenas is my guest on today’s podcast. Steve is best known for portraying the Red Power Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  I was excited for the chance to speak with Steve as he is traveling around the world to work at the various Comic Con conventions. We talk about his lifestyle as a lifelong martial artist and his mentality about staying shape and eating while on the road. He shared some cool stories of meeting and working with other celebrities at the conventions.

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Steve’s BIO

Stephen Antonio Cardenas is an American martial artist, musician, and semi retired actor. Cardenas is best known for playing the character Rocky DeSantos, which was the second Red Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and eventually became the Blue Zeo Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo, two seasons later.

Cardenas was born Stephen Antonio Cardenas in Hampton, Virginia, at the Langley Air Force Base. Spending his early childhood as a military brat, Cardenas was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is of Mexican descent. He started training in martial arts when he was about 12 years old and reached black belt in Taekwondo at age 16. Steve Cardenas has been in martial arts for 28 years. He earned 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

POWER RANGERS

At age 20, Cardenas left his native Texas and settled in Los Angeles to audition for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers role that would change his life. His character, Rocky DeSantos, replaced Jason Lee Scott (played by Austin St. John) as the Red Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series (eventually the Gold Ranger in Zeo), and he later became the Blue Ranger for Power Rangers Zeo. He had no previous acting experience and had to learn on the job. Cardenas left the Power Rangers series and retired from acting during Power Rangers Turbo, due to contract disagreements, and possibly to focus on his martial artist career.  Many years later, starting at the 2007 Power Morphicon convention, he began making convention appearances with other former cast members.

After Power Rangers, he owns a martial arts studio in Burbank, California and one in his hometown of San Antonio. In 2009, he started a kids-specific program at Hollywood Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio in West Hollywood, and in 2011 he opened the Force/Balance Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Yoga school. Cardenas had become interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after losing a friendly match against “a blue belt in BJJ… [he] choked me out in 10 seconds! He was only training for a year and a half at that time and I had been training for 10 yrs. It was an immediate eye opener.” The style was more difficult for him to learn than other martial arts disciplines.

He holds multiple awards from martial arts contests, including two Silver Medals at Copa Pacifica (2009 and 2011), Gold Medal winner of the 2009 American National Championship, Gold Medal in the 2010 Jujitsu Pro Gear Open, and Silver Medal in the 2010 No-Gi World Championships.

In 2017, he starred in the short movie The Order alongside : Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Paul Schrier, Karan Ashley, Walter Emanuel Jones, Erin Cahill, Blake Foster, Nakia Burrise, Hilary Shepard Turner, Dan Southworth, Alyson Sullivan, Deborah Estelle Phillips and Azim Rizk.

For the first time since Power Rangers Turbo, Cardenas returned to the Power Rangers Franchise in Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel for the 25th anniversary Episode reprising his role as Rocky DeSantos.

Filmography

Film

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie(1995) …. Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger
  • Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie(1997) …. Rocky DeSantos
  • The Order(2017) …. Dax

 Television

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(1994-1996) …. Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger/ Rocko
  • Power Rangers Zeo(1996) …. Rocky DeSantos / Blue Zeo Ranger / Lord Henry
  • Power Rangers Turbo(1997) …. Rocky DeSantos

Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018) – Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger

Barbara Majeski – Second Act

Barbara Majeski Lifestyle Expert entertainment mom mother

Barbara Majeski is my guest on today’s podcast. After spending years as a stay home mom Barbara decided to re-invent herself after going thru a divorce and stage 3 cancer. She now works as a lifestyle and entertainment coordinator working with local and national television shows. Barbara is planning a solo trip to Rome and is calling the adventure “Rome Alone”. Sounds like she might be a great candidate to do a follow-up episode with to see how she fares on her first trip to Italy. She was very gracious sharing her time with me and I would like to thank her for being so candid during our chat.

THE REAL REEL

Make sure to check out Barbara’s blog posts on her website for a look into Barbara’s authentic highlight reel — the good, the bad, and the brutally honest. Barbara peels back the curtain and shuts down the chronic distortion that is social media by sharing her recipe to the “secret sauce” of a good life.

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Barbara Majeski BIO

Welcome to my Second Act…

Barbara Majeski is a mom, on-air television personality, a cancer survivor and a passionate philanthropy advocate. In 2015 she was recognized with a global humanitarian award from Operation Smile after mobilizing hundreds of people to fundraise. Six months later she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and would captain this treacherous voyage with her three young children in tow. 

After a yearlong battle she emerged with an infused sense of purpose and zest for life. Today she is launching a global lifestyle initiative as the, “Curator of the Good Life”, a three dimensional endeavor dedicated to inspiring people to live with purpose, style and adventure.

Michael-David Reilly – 35KaDay

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Michael-David Reilly (MD) is my guest on today’s podcast. MD is a father, husband of a unicorn, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and host of the 35KaDay Podcast. As a business owner of several different businesses and traveling for each of them I was excited to speak with MD. He didn’t disappoint and shared many great gems about running a business in today’s climate, the power of a positive mindset and social media. I hope you have the time to listen to our podcast and check out his positive words on one of the many digital platforms he occupies.

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MD enjoys listening to music and podcasts while flying to and from business opportunities.

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Michael-David Reilly BIO

FOUNDER

Day Trader of Attention, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Public Speaker, Photographer, Husband, Father and Taco’tarian.

Referred to as “MD” by most, his 25+ years as a brand strategist working for, starting or partnering with various brands from Fortune 100 to tech start-ups in the various sectors of retail, hospitality, financial services, legal, medical, apparel, media, automotive, insurance and social networks have given him an extremely successful diverse skill set.

Coming from a lineage of entrepreneurs and innovators, it’s his practical approach to marketing and navigating brands into the ever-evolving digital landscape that has fueled his success, perspectives and strategies.

“We are in the greatest era in business for businesses. Never before did we have this level of access to people’s attention and targeting abilities. But as consumers attention spans diminish, gaining it and keeping it is the all-in objective. It’s all up from here!”

35KaDay Podcast

An empowering reminder that of the 35,000 decisions we make daily, they directly dictate the results in every area of life, love, business, wealth, success and happiness. If you want better results in any area of your life, YOU must make better decisions that will get you there! Welcome to the most practical, unfiltered podcast that will inspire you, challenge you, excite you and compel you to use your greatest power of CHOICE and be the one who controls your destiny regardless of the circumstances and people that surround you.

Kathryn McCann – Hang Zen

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Kathryn McCann is my guest on today’s podcast. She is the owner and founder of Hang Zen Yogis based in San Diego, California. Kathryn founded the Hang Zen Yogi company after years of being a professional dancer. Contemplating “what’s next” after dancing Kathryn now works on bringing harmony to the corporate environment and has stats to back up why we should learn to relax while at work. I thought her yoga expertise and mindset would be a great addition for business travelers and maybe we could all learn to relax a little while on the road.

With her expansion to Hawaii this year and expanding the company to San Antonio, Texas this upcoming January, she will learn how to balance being a yogi, boss, mentor and business traveler.

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Kathryn enjoys watching movies while flying to and from Hawaii while expanding her business. She loves listening to music as well.

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Kathryn McCann BIO

Movement is life for Kathryn McCann. The power of movement has no limitations for this dedicated teacher and practitioner. As a nationally certified E-RYT 500 yoga instructor by Yoga Works, Kathryn is known for her passion to health and wellness, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and spiritual realms of the practice. Her classes integrate dynamic vinyasa flow asana (linking movement with breath) with the application of precise alignment, stemming from extensive ballet and modern dance training. Furthermore, she infuses meditation, visualization, intention, and prayer to create an inner journey towards healing, growth, and empowerment.

A former professional dancer and performer, she studied with the Boston Ballet School and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She attended Lawrence Academy, a private New England preparatory school, most commonly known for its commitment to academic excellence, the arts, and athletics. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2002, with a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in Ballet. Having danced professionally for The Moving Poets Theatre of Dance, Sea World San Diego, and San Diego Dance Theatre, she now enjoys a full time career as a yoga instructor and SUP yoga (stand up paddleboard yoga) instructor in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA.

As founder of Hang Zen Yogis, she hopes to be a catalyst for positive change amongst Corporate America. Her goal is to educate, inspire, and transform lives in the workplace through a mind-body experience. Each class is uniquely designed to energize the body, cultivate a meditative consciousness, and bring greater health and vitality to all. 

Meryl Davis – Dancing Queen

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Meryl Davis is my guest on today’s podcast. Meryl skated to Olympic gold in ice dancing in 2014 and won the coveted mirrored ball on Dancing With The Stars. Since that time she has continued her education at the University of Michigan in cultural anthropology, got married in France, skated professionally around the world and she is empowering girls thru various philanthropic endeavors. I was excited to spend some time talking with Meryl about her travels around the world and her perspective of different cultures.

“You just have to buckle up and just accept what comes along with the travel lifestyle”

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Meryl enjoys watching movies while flying around the world for skating when not studying for schoolwork.

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Meryl Davis Bio

When Meryl first fell in love with figure skating on a frozen lake by her childhood home outside of Detroit, Michigan, she had no idea the journey she was about to embark on. Teaming up with partner, Charlie White at the young age of nine, Meryl and Charlie began their quest together. Neither knowing much about the discipline of ice-dance, the team was driven by a passion for skating and the desire to learn, grow and see improvement from one day to the next. 20 years later, Meryl and Charlie are the reigning Olympic Champions and the first and only Americans to win the event. They’re also six-time U.S. Champions and 2-time World Champions, making them the most decorated U.S. ice dancers of all time.

Immediately following their 2014 Olympic win in Sochi, Russia, Meryl and Charlie continued to dance into the hearts of Americans on season 18 of the hit TV show, Dancing with the Stars. With pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl again came away with a win and the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Post Olympics

Continuing their post-Olympic whirlwind, Meryl and Charlie now travel the world sharing their passion for skating with some of the most loved international skating tours, including Stars on Ice. With education always having been a priority for the pair, both are currently finishing up degrees at the University of Michigan while exploring other passions and interests.

For Meryl, the journey to becoming an Olympic Champion was filled with challenges and opportunities that allowed her to find strength and confidence. As such, Meryl now seeks to empower girls and young women through her multiple philanthropic endeavors. Most prominently, Meryl is proud to be a Founding Co-Chair of Figure Skating in Detroit, a youth development organization that empowers girls to develop life skills through the sport of figure skating with a heavy emphasis on education. Meryl Davis is also on the Advisory Panel of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a UNICEF Kid Power Champion, and Classroom Champions Athlete.

When not at home with her family in Birmingham, Michigan Meryl most loves sharing her story and experiences in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their dreams.

Casey Patterson – King Of The Beach

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Casey Patterson is my guest this week. Casey is a professional beach volleyball player and family man. See below for the listing of his volleyball accomplishments…..it’s a really long list. Volleyball is only one aspect of this successful businessman and family man. We bonded over the similarities in our careers with the fact that if we don’t perform in our jobs we don’t make money for our families. Casey shares some stories of his travels, 100K miles over the summer, and how he and his wife, Lexi, raise their 4 children.

We discuss the growth of beach volleyball and what it was like for him to represent his country in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Casey goes into more detail about what is really involved in being a professional athlete and some of the money making opportunities that are available for the players.

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BIOGRAPHY

Casey Patterson BIO

Sport: Volleyball

Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball

Height: 6-6

Hometown: Newbury Park, Calif.

High School: Newbury Park High School

College: Brigham Young University, ’05 recreational management

Team/Club: Club Santa Barbara

Olympic Experience

  • 2016 Olympic Games (tied for 19th with Jake Gibb)

World Championship Experience

  • 2017 World Championships (tied for 17th with Theo Brunner)
  • 2015 World Championships (tied for 5th with Jake Gibb)
  • 2013 World Championships (4th place with Jake Gibb)

Other Career Highlights

  • MOST NOTABLE
  • Tied for 19th with Jake Gibb at the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Finished fifth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Jake Gibb. Duo was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Brazil
  • With Gibb, named USA Volleyball’s Beach Team of the Year for 2013 and AVP’s 2014 men’s Team of the Year
  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • Has competed in four 2019 FIVB World Tour events, three with Slick. Tied for 9th in The Hague with new partner Chase Budinger
  • Competed in eight 2018 FIVB World Tour events with Stafford Slick. Best finish was third at Tokyo three-star
  • Played in six 2018 AVP Tour events with Slick. Best finish was third in Austin
  • In 2017, partnered with Theo Brunner and posted a best finish of fourth on the FIVB World Tour; duo had two third-place finishes on the domestic AVP Tour
  • At the 2016 Olympics, Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson lost to Spain 21-19, 16-21, 15-7, making them 1-2 in pool play. The pair officially tied for 19th when they were eliminated after pool play due to point differential
  • During the 2016 season, finished fourth two times with Gibb for their best finishes on the FIVB World Tour
  • Took fifth place at the 2015 Hamburg Major, finishing Olympic qualification with best finishes of one gold (St. Petersburg) and one silver (Olsztyn)
  • Tied for seventh at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Finals (2015) with Jake Gibb
  • On the 2016 AVP Tour, won three events with Gibb, including Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach
  • Partnered with Jake Gibb during the 2013 season, when both players were left without partners for the first tournament of the year. On the FIVB Tour between 2013-16, duo had two golds, silver and bronze
  • 2013 AVP Best Offensive Player; Only team to advance to seven semifinals as the top-ranked team on the 2013 AVP Tour
  • While partnered with Ryan Doherty in 2012, the duo participated in two AVP events, one NVL tournament and seven Jose Cuervo events where they won twice and had three other podium finishes
  • Named MVP in the 2010 Puerto Rican indoor league
  • Competed in the indoor Swedish Elite Professional League as an outside hitter for the Falkenberg professional team, and led team to the finals where they won the gold medal
  • Played for Club Santa Barbara in high school

Personal: Married wife, Lexi, in 2005 and has two sons and two daughters…Graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in recreational management

Chris Elliott – Elliott Advocacy

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Christopher Elliott is my guest on today’s episode. Chris is an award-winning author, advocate, and journalist. He shares some of his stories from the road and is a self professed traveling nomad. As a travel contributor for Forbes, USA Today, Washington Post, National Geographic and NPR I really appreciated Chris giving me as much of his time as he did.

He’s the founder of Elliott Advocacy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. Chris is also the co-founder of Travelers United, a nonprofit organization that advocates for travelers in Washington.

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Chris and his children listen to XM radio quite a bit while driving across the country. Their favorite channels are:

  • Jazz (for night driving)
  • Grateful Dead
  • DTM
  • NPR (National Public Radio)
  • Joint (reggae)
  • Classical

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BIOGRAPHY

He’s the author of How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money and Hassle) (National Geographic, 2014) a practical guide for travelers, and Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals (Wiley, 2011) which explores the broken relationship between American consumers and businesses.

He writes six weekly syndicated columns with a total reach of more than 10 million readers.

✓ A weekly column for the Washington Post called The Navigator, which focuses on being a smarter and more informed traveler, with a special emphasis on transportation policy.

✓ USA Today’s weekly On Travel and Away is Home columns. The features help travelers understand the inner workings of the travel industry, and how to make the most of their next trip. You can find past On Travel and Away is Home columns here, too.

✓ Elliott is also a regular contributor to Forbes. He writes write about customer service issues, with a specialty in technology and travel. Many of these columns are also branded as Smart Consumer stories and nationally syndicated.

Elliott also contributes to a variety of media organizations, including National Geographic, NPR, Smithsonian and Travel & Leisure.

Education

Elliott was born in Charlotte, N.C., and grew up in Vienna, Austria. He attended primary and middle school in Austria (Volksschule Südstadt and Vienna International School) and later transferred to Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, before graduating from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., in 1986.

He attended Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., for two years and then transferred to the University of California at Irvine, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in humanities in 1990. Chris received a Master’s in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1996.

Elliott completed a total of six editorial internships, including stints at the Claremont (Calif.) Courier, the Daily Bulletin in Ontario, Calif., the Birmingham (Ala.) News, The Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters.

Early career

Elliott began working for Dow Jones & Co. in 1992 shortly after graduating from Berkeley. He covered initial public stock offerings from Dow Jones News Service and occasionally wrote Abreast of the Market and OTC Focus for the Wall Street Journal. He took a job as the business travel editor for Travel Weekly, a travel trade publication, in 1994. He returned to Europe after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1996. In 1997, Elliott came back to the United States and started writing a weekly travel column called The Crabby Traveler for ABCNews.com. Three years later, the column moved to CNN.com and eventually went into syndication.

Transition to advocacy

In 1996, Elliott registered the domain Elliott.org and began posting stories from readers. Many articles involved seemingly intractable problems with a company. Rather than just complaining, Elliott engaged in an early form of solutions journalism. He contacted the company on behalf of the consumer and helped negotiate a settlement. The stories formed the basis for a weekly feature called the Travel Troubleshooter. In the late 1990s, the Miami Herald picked up the Travel Troubleshooter as a standalone column.

In 2006, Tribune Media Services added the Troubleshooter to its lineup for national syndication. In 2009, Elliott started to develop a companion column, Problem Solved, which handled non-travel complaints. Both the features are now syndicated by King Features. In 2001, Elliott became National Geographic Traveler’s reader advocate. He remained in that role until National Geographic’s sale of the magazine to News Corp. in 2016.

In 2018, after 22 years of self-publishing Elliott.org, Elliott incorporated Elliott Advocacy as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, with a mission to help empower customers to solve their problems and help those who can’t.

Radio and television reporting

Elliott has hosted radio and TV shows on travel and advocacy. In the late 90s, he began reporting for National Public Radio as an independent producer. In the early 2000s, he hosted What You Get For The Money: Vacations on the Fine Living Network (now the Food Channel). He also co-hosted the weekly syndicated show Rudy Maxa’s World with Christopher Elliott from 2009 to 2011. Elliott has appeared on virtually every major TV network as a subject matter expert, including ABC, BBC, CW, CBS, CNN and NBC. Elliott is known for keeping a low profile. He doesn’t submit his work for awards and in recent years has avoided public appearances.

Personal life

In addition to being a nationally-recognized expert on customer service, Elliott is an inveterate traveler and travel writer. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, and scuba diving. His weekly column, Away is Home, chronicles his never-ending journey around the world with his three school-age children. Elliott is based in Prescott, Ariz.

Jessica Blessing – Blessed Family

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Jessica Blessing is my guest this week. Jessica is a powerhouse of a woman. We can start with she is a mom to 2 very active children, wife, business owner, outside sales representative and a friend to many. Every time I think “I’m so busy” or “how much traveling I have done or have to do for the upcoming season” I revert back to think how busy Jessica is. Being a traveling, outside sales representative in Texas while being pregnant, then being pregnant with a toddler is beyond my comprehension. Now that her children are older they are involved with school activities, rodeo, soccer, football and raising their pets. Having a toy Aussie breeding company and now starting a pony company adds to her growing list of responsibilities. We talk about how she keeps her sanity and how for her staying busy keeps everything in line. I am very fortunate to be one of her friends she can call while we drive for hours on end for our jobs.

Good luck trying to keep up with Jessica and her family.

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  • She listens to podcasts and music. She enjoys calling friends while driving to fill the time as well.

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B4 TOY AUSSIES

The name “B4” comes from our family brand.  A brand to us that stands for quality, integrity, hard work and dedication. This is carried over in everything we do…..especially in the animals we raise.   Our love and passion for the Aussie breed has transitioned into dream.   A dream to raise great dogs that have the personality and temperament someone would look for in choosing a new member of the family.   

We are a small hobby breeder only raising a couple litters a year.   Our dogs are not “kennel” dogs.   They are raised in our home with our 2 small children and around livestock.   You will often see our dogs with us at rodeos across the country as well as at my kids sporting events.   They are all truly part of our family and we want that same bond and love for any pup purchased from us. 

Our pups come from health tested parents and will be registered. 

Their tails are docked, dew claws removed, microchipped and will be up to date on shots and worming prior to going to their new homes.   Each pup will go home with a puppy “starter kit” to make the transition into their new home as easy as possible.    Please feel free to message me on Facebook or call me with any questions you have about our dogs or upcoming litters. (209) 403-7865.

Stetson Boots

“Go West”, this simple phrase captures a universal longing to leave behind the everyday and set out for parts unknown. 140 years ago, John B. Stetson needed that call and created the classic symbol of the west. Today, the un-bridled individuality of the American Spirit continues to be our constant inspiration. Stetson footwear reflects the same beliefs and traditions that made Stetson a part of America. John B. Stetson Boots are known for their strong American roots and heritage. Stetson Boots are symbols of freedom – symbols of the West. With combinations of exotic boots and several different toe types, Stetson Boots have the look you need. 

Roper

Roper is America’s authentic western wear. No imitations. You’ll find superior design and quality. Hard work, vision and a dream. That’s how the west was won. That’s why Roper is America’s first choice in authentic western wear and everyday casual fashion styles.

Tin Haul

The differences between every human being are many. But, there is one thing that is common amongst those that choose to stand out in the crowd and that’s their metal. Whether it be a buckle, championship ring, cross, custom car, trophy or a body piercing… your metal is a symbol of who you are and what you aspire to become. It’s your badge. A snapshot into your psyche. Your metal is about pushing it to the limit, having the guts to hang it out there and a reminder that says you came, you saw, you kicked ass and you’ll be back… 

Christina Papavlasopoulos – Shefari Travels

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Christina Papavlasopoulos is my guest this week. Christina is the co-founder of the luxury travel boutique company, Shefari. I was excited to speak with Christina about her company beginnings and where they are headed.

Christina added some great insight to being a co-founder of a company as a newlywed and an expectant mother. The proverbial, work-life balancing act will get tougher but more rewarding for her in the next several months. As a husband and father of two daughters, I was happy to hear from other women that are looking to expand their circle and help empower women. Make sure to look at the bottom of this page for their upcoming woman empowerment trip, She Succeeds, to Greece this October.

ABOUT CHRISTINA

Adventure has been instilled in me since childhood. We moved often, and though good-byes were difficult, there was always excitement for the faces and places that lie ahead. My sense of adventure continued in college, where my interest in art history and fashion sent me on a study tour to Paris and London. I admired the intricate architecture, the chic Parisian style, and delighted in calling my parents from an infamous red telephone booth to wish them a Happy New Year. A week in France and England led to a semester in Italy, and then work in Greece – each its own glorious adventure.

Besides travel I love musicals, bold colors, artichokes, and leather-bound books.

 I want to learn the cello and become fluent in five languages. I adore wit and creativity, and I’ve never met a latte I didn’t like. When I’m not planning your next Shefari, I can be found painting, drawing, and jogging (fine, walking) to throwback hip-hop. Though planes take me all over the world, my favorite destination is home to Florida, sharing wine and stories with my family.

The Shefari “aha” moment came with an international phone call. My aunt announced that she was coming to Greece, explaining life was too short not to experience it to the fullest and see the places she wanted. She already had her sister, mother, and cousins on board. At her request, we planned the trip of a lifetime for seven of my favorite women, and our first Shefari was born.

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SHEFARI

We are a new generation of travel planners. A company for and by women.

Our goal is simple: to inspire and connect individuals through the art of traveling. So we’ve crafted travel packages for all of life’s occasions, whether it is a wonderful mother-daughter getaway, a life-changing retreat, or your dream honeymoon.

We offer magnificent destinations and activities, selected with you in mind. Create your own using Build A Trip, browse our collection of transformative travel, or contact us for an custom itinerary just for you.

Let us help you travel well.

She Succeeds

Entrepreneurial Retreat in Corfu, Greece
October 5-10, 2019

At Last!

 The ultimate women’s entrepreneurial retreat that you’ve been seeking – where travel meets transformation and methodology meets magic.

As driven professionals, we know it’s imperative to occasionally step away from the hustle to refocus. This retreat will stir you to find clarity and creativity on multiple levels, so you can return to your projects from a place of deep presence and renewed imagination. You’ll gain insight into how to grow your business and leave empowered.

Why Corfu?

The turquoise waters of this mythical island and the women of its rich history are integral elements of this experience. Immerse yourself in Greece’s philosophies of wellness, success, and a life well-lived.

 Strength, from the legendary goddess Athena, who rescued the shipwrecked hero Odysseus on Corfu’s shores.

 Inspiration, as you stand in the famed courtyard of the Nine Muses.

Well-being, through the calm haven where Princess Sisi of Austria came to heal.

Luxury, in the essence of Jackie Onassis, who lived and sunbathed in the very resort you will call home for five days.

Prepare for self-care, insightful masterclasses, and sunsets by the sea in a luxurious oasis. Return refreshed and recharged.

Don’t miss this life-shifting opportunity!

Imagine…

Five incredible days of immersive lessons from a stellar lineup of internationally successful female CEOs, coaches, and visionaries…all who are excited to share in your growth.

Start each morning with beach yoga, meditation, and Greek-inspired nutrition tips to keep you at the top of your physical game. Sip chilled rosé at sunset and nautical network on a sun-kissed boat in the Ionian Sea with ladies who “get it”.

Explore a 13th century monastery then dine on traditional Hellenic cuisine in a cozy local tavern. Get real with a global group of women who’ve got your back for life.

It’s no coincidence that you’ve landed here…

If this resonates, then you belong at the She Succeeds Retreat in Corfu this October!

Do You Crave…

Sharing ideas and connecting with like-minded women on the “business vacation” of a lifetime?

Building your own mastermind group of dynamic females packed with motivation, peer-brainstorming, and accountability?

Learning proven tactics from dynamite leaders on amping up your networking, selling, digital marketing, time-managing, writing, and business strategy?

Pinpointing those areas of your business that consistently trouble you and creating a plan to move forward in both group and one-on-one mentorship?

Breaking away from the loneliness of the solo-preneur and small biz journey?

Turning your passion project or side hustle into a full-fledged, lucrative business?

The opportunity to present your company, idea, or challenge and hear constructive feedback from elevated thinkers?

Improving both your personal and professional well-being? (Hint: they are beyond interconnected!)

Megan Driscoll – Always Evolving

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Megan Driscoll is this week’s guest. As the CEO and Founder of the public relations firm EvolveMKD, we discussed the need for business travel for clients. Even with all of the available technology, Megan finds it necessary as ever to meet in person with clients and create face to face time. Creating lasting bonds and reputation with clients, new and existing, is essential for the way she formed her public relations company.

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Summary

Megan Driscoll is the CEO + Founder of EvolveMKD, a public relations and social media agency based in New York City. She has 17 years of experience in healthcare, aesthetics and dermatology, and prestige beauty. Key to her success is Megan’s ability to always find a way. Megan finds potential in every opportunity for her clients through determination, relationships, agility, and sound strategy coupled with creative spirit. Megan is widely recognized for her work, earning a spot on PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 List and being honored as one of 12 women chosen for The Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women class of 2018. Additionally, Megan was the first ever recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from her alma mater, the University of Chicago. 

Megan has cultivated relationships with physicians, consumers, key opinion leaders and tastemakers to gain her clients national level recognition. At the end of the day, Megan wants to surround herself with smart, passionate people who value integrity–people who are serious about their work, but don’t take themselves too seriously. This philosophy is at the heart of founding EvolveMKD. At EvolveMKD, Megan provides day-to-day client counsel, strategic direction and a savvy eye for what makes news and who can make the news happen. 

Prior to EvolveMKD, Megan was the President of Behrman Communications, where she managed agency operations, mentored staff, and provided strategic advisement for 30+ clients. Megan has also held senior roles at Emanate, Lippe Taylor, Fleishman Hillard and Euro RSCG Life PR. When she’s not building brands and making media headlines, she’s a pasta connoisseur who refuses to operate a moving vehicle. Megan also held childhood aspirations of becoming President of the United States or a hair stylist. She realized she’s settled on a smart compromise between the two.

Megan holds a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Max Martini – Actor Director Writer

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Max Martini is my guest this week. His latest movie release, Sgt. Will Gardner is available on Itunes, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and Netflix. Sgt. Will Gardner co-stars Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Robert Patrick, Dermot Mulroney, Gary Sinise, JoBeth Williams, Jay DeMarcus, Max’s son Leo Martini and Elisabeth Rohm.

Max was great sharing his travel stories from the movies he worked on. His latest role as director makes him responsible for everyone’s traveling and he shared some of the differences. He has worked with the best people in the movie and television industries in a career spanning decades so it was a pleasure getting to spend some time speaking with him.

I’m excited to watch his upcoming movie “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” and he is getting ready to direct a rodeo movie in Oklahoma.

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Wikipedia

Max Martini is an American film, theater and television actor, writer, and director known for his roles as Corporal Fred Henderson in Saving Private Ryan, Wiley in Level 9, First Sergeant Sid Wojo in The Great Raid, and as Master Sergeant Mack Gerhardt on the military television drama, The Unit. He also starred in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Early life

Martini’s father, Raffaelle Martini Pandozy, a sculptor and reformist artist was born in Rome. Martini’s mother, Patricia (née Dunne) Martini Margolin, was a private investigator and parole officer. He has two siblings: actor/producer Christopher Martini and costume designer Michelle Martini. His stepfather, Stuart Margolin, is a director and actor. Martini attended St. Michaels University School in Victoria, Canada.

Max moved to New York City and studied acting, first at the Neighborhood Playhouse before continuing training at Michael Howard Studios. He then attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a B.F.A.in painting and sculpture.

Filmography

Film

  • The Glitter Dome (1985)
  • Paramedics (1988)
  • Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995)
  • “Behind Enemy Lines” (1996)
  • Contact (1997)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Corporal Henderson
  • Cement (1999)
  • Backroads (2000)
  • Another Day (2001)
  • The Great Raid (2005)
  • Street Warrior (2008)
  • Redbelt (2008)
  • Mandrake (2010)
  • The Town – FBI/HRT Swat
  • Colombiana (2011) FBI Agent Special Agent Williams
  • Pacific Rim (2013) – Hercules “Herc” Hansen
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – U.S. Navy SEAL Commander
  • Sabotage (2014) – Tom “Pyro” Roberts
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Jason Taylor
  • Edge (2015)
  • Spectral (2016)
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
  • Live by Night (2016)
  • Fifty Shades Darker (2017) – Jason Taylor
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) – Boyle
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018) – Jason Taylor
  • Eli (2019) – Paul
  • Will Gardner (2019) – Will Gardner

Television

  • The Pretender (1996–2000)
  • Walker Texas Ranger (1993–2001) – Luke
  • Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998–2002)
  • Harsh Realm (1999–2000) – Mel Waters
  • Level 9 (2001)
  • Taken (2002)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003 & 2011)
  • The Division (2003)
  • 24 (2003) – Agent Steve Goodrich
  • CSI: Miami (2003–05)
  • Try to Remember (2004)
  • Without a Trace (2004)
  • Numb3rs (2005) – Billy Cooper
  • The Unit (2006–09) – Mack Gerhardt
  • Burn Notice (2008) – Gerard
  • Street Warrior (2008) – Jack Campbell
  • Lie to Me (2010) – David Burns
  • Dark Blue (2010) – Tim Rowe
  • White Collar (2010) – U.S. Marshal John Deckard
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2010) – Nick Taylor
  • Castle (2011) – Hal Lockwood
  • Flashpoint (2011) – Bill Greely
  • Rizzoli & Isles (2011) – Dan Mateo
  • Revenge (2011–12) Frank Stevens
  • Criminal Minds (2011) – Luke Dolan
  • The Mentalist (2012) – Fletcher Moss
  • Republic of Doyle (2013) – Big Charlie
  • Person of Interest (2013)
  • Crisis (2014) – Koz
  • Real Detective (2016) episode; “Darkness” – Detective Tommy Ray
  • Training Day (2017) – Agent Jack Ivers
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2018) episode; “Ninguna Salida” – Arlo Turk
  • The Order (2019) – Edward Coventry
  • Doom Patrol (2019) – episode; “Hair Patrol” – Alistair

Gary Collins – The Simple Life

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Gary Collins is my guest this week. Gary is a bestselling author of several books in his series called The Simple Life Guide. He also has background that includes military intelligence, Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Collins’ background and expert knowledge brings a much-needed perspective to today’s areas of simple living, health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, self-help and being more self-reliant. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice, and MS in Forensic Science.

He was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a rural part of California. Gary now lives off-the-grid part of the year in a remote area of NE Washington State. The other part of year exploring in his travel trailer with his trusty black lab Barney.

He enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age. Gary has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of what he calls “life simplification.” He often says:

“Today we’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health… there has to be a better way!”

In addition to being a bestselling author, Gary has taught at the University College level, consulted and trained college level athletes, and been interviewed for his expertise on various subjects by CBS Sports, Coast to Coast AM, The RT Network, and FOX News to name a few.

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GARY’S PERSONAL BIO

Since I started publishing my own books years ago, people have been asking when and if I was going to do audio versions… well that day has come! The first book in audio is The Simple Life Guide To RV Living: The Road to Freedom and the Mobile Lifestyle Revolution.

My next book The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom will also be available in audio (see the cover below). I will try my best to get the remainder of my books in audio as soon as possible. But as a lot of you know I do a lot of the work on my books myself. That means there is no publishing company paying for everything, just me, which can delay things at times. The big upside, is it allows me to control my content and own 100% of everything I do. 

A quick update: There are a lot of exciting changes coming to The Simple Life, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter if you are reading this on the blog. The Simply Gary podcast is slated to come out in September, I’m excited to get going on that and have some really interesting guests talking about all things related to living the simple life. I want my podcast to be a place of learning new things and stretching our imaginations, as we float around on this rock in an infinite universe.

Maddison McKibbin – The Bearded Brother

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Maddison McKibbin is my guest on today’s episode. It was great speaking with one half of the “Bearded Brothers” pro beach volleyball team. Maddison shared some stories about life as a professional volleyball player, indoors and beach. He also shared his snow volleyball stories as he talked about the possibility of the sport becoming a Winter Olympic game.

We talked about life outside of volleyball and how players in professional sports need to diversify their talents and connections. The McKibbin brothers have successfully developed their audio/video company supporting the volleyball community and sharing the fun times with everyone.

You can watch the McKibbin brothers play in the AVP beach tournaments in person or streaming on Amazon Prime. The volleyball community as a whole is welcoming to new fans and truly appreciates the support they receive.

Maddison McKibbin was a three-time state champion at Punahou High in Honolulu for indoor volleyball. He was the MVP of both the 2009 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list as well as the Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American Team. Maddison continued his indoor career as opposite/outside hitter at the University of Southern California.

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The McKibbin brothers, Maddison and Riley, grew up on the island of Oahu playing volleyball in their backyard and on the sand of the Outrigger Canoe Club. They are the only brothers in the history of the sport to have played together in high school, college, professionally overseas and now professionally on the beach on the AVP tour. Born two years apart, the McKibbins attended Punahou High School. They lead the boys varsity volleyball team to a pair of state championships. In high school, they represented the United States at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships in China, Bermuda and The Netherlands.

After both accepting scholarships to the University of Southern California, the McKibbins led the USC men’s volleyball team to two NCAA Final Four appearances. On the professional indoor volleyball circuit, they played one year together in Greece. The brothers joined forces on the AVP tour in 2015. The McKibbins have played in 12 AVP events as partners, finishing as high as ninth place four times. An injury to Riley separated them for five tour stops last season, during which time Maddison won the 2017 San Francisco Open (and sibling bragging rights). The McKibbins have strong family ties to volleyball, specifically at USC. Their uncle, Owen, also helped the Trojans to a pair of Final Fours. Their aunt, Claudia, won a national championship there in 1980.

5 for Friday with Maddison McKibbin

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Maddison McKibbin is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. A world class athlete and professional beach volleyball player, Maddison has learned what it takes to be the best. I really enjoyed my conversation with Maddison as we discussed his life as a professional beach volleyball player and video content creator with his brother Riley. Maddison talks about the differences in traveling for the AVP tour and the FIVB tour. As their video content creating gets better they have to remember to pack all of the additional recording gear when traveling to tournaments.

Make sure to listen to the full episode on Monday.

Maddison McKibbin was a three-time state champion at Punahou High in Honolulu for indoor volleyball. He was the MVP of both the 2009 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list as well as the Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American Team. Maddison continued his indoor career as opposite/outside hitter at the University of Southern California.

Maddison on social media:

Click here to see other guests choices for listening while traveling

McKibbin Brothers BIO

The McKibbin brothers, Maddison and Riley, grew up on the island of Oahu playing volleyball in their backyard and on the sand of the Outrigger Canoe Club. They are the only brothers in the history of the sport to have played together in high school, college, professionally overseas. They continue to play professionally on the beach on the AVP tour. Born two years apart, the McKibbins attended Punahou High School. They lead the boys varsity volleyball team to a pair of state championships. In high school, they represented the United States at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships in China, Bermuda and The Netherlands.

After both accepting scholarships to the University of Southern California, the McKibbins led the USC men’s volleyball team to two NCAA Final Four appearances. On the professional indoor volleyball circuit, they played one year together in Greece. The brothers joined forces on the AVP tour in 2015. The McKibbins have played in 12 AVP events as partners, finishing as high as ninth place four times. An injury to Riley separated them for five tour stops last season, during which time Maddison won the 2017 San Francisco Open. The McKibbins have strong family ties to volleyball, specifically at USC. Their uncle, Owen, also helped the Trojans to a pair of Final Fours. Their aunt, Claudia, won a national championship there in 1980.