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5 for Friday with OG Mack Drama

5 for Friday OG Mack Drama

Here is my 5 for Friday with OG Mack Drama. Mack is a nationwide personality, entrepreneur, artist, community figurehead, growth hacker, social media expert, artist development, label exec, consultant, traffic , writer, radio host and influencer.

With the values of family and working with the “starving artist”, Mack Drama possesses a wealth of knowledge in the music industry along with a variety of other industries (Automotive, Legal, M&A, Fencing, Pest Control, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing).

Mack Drama is signed under Waka Flocka’s Brick Squad Monopoly Records, Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad Records, and Debra Antney’s Mizay Entertainment, he also has his own record label called Brick Squad Mafia Records, which is branched off of Waka Flocka’s Brick Squad Monopoly Records, also known as Brick Squad Monopoly West.

Mack’s leadership and vision are what make Brick Squad Mafia a network of multi-talented professionals!

Mack’s personal motto is that everyone deserves a chance! Mack spends countless hours working to make the organization a success and also views thousand of submittals regarding talent monthly.

Mack heads a team of dedicated professional ready and willing to put ANY artists on the map!(If ready 2 work)

His other interests include

Owner/partner: WWW.TOPSTARHIPHOP.COM startup HIP/HOP WEB PORTAL

Partner: B.O.B.C (Best of Both Consulting) BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE CORPORATE/WALL ST & THE STREETS

President: Top Star Hip Hop @topstarhiphopRa RADIO NETWORK (Digital platform airs daily with various programming & host);various alliances; industry partnerships & joint ventures.

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Hakeem Valles – NFL to Real Estate

Hakeem Valles NFL Real Estate Investor Public Speaking

The Travel Wins podcast this week is with recently retired NFL player Hakeem Valles. Hakeem decided to make the career switch from professional football player to real estate investor and public speaker. He came to the self realization that he would not be a franchise player in the NFL and wanted to spend more time pursuing his careers in real estate and speaking while having the time to be with his fiancée and new baby.

In this episode Hakeem shares his thoughts on:

  • Time management
  • Being uprooted every year while in the NFL
  • Balancing time with his family and new careers
  • The start of raising a child
  • Being a positive influence to children
  • The benefits of investing in your future
  • Using the leverage you have

Hakeem Valles Football to Real Estate on social media:

BIO

Hakeem Valles is a former American football player who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Monmouth and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Early years

Valles was born in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, New Jersey.

He played high school football at Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey as a wide receiver. He garnered First Team All-New Jersey Prep accolades his junior year. He also spent some time at quarterback and defensive back while at Peddie

College Career

Valles played for the Monmouth Hawks of Monmouth University from 2012 to 2015. He was redshirted in 2011. He majored in Business Administration at Monmouth.

He was a wide receiver from 2011 to 2013. He played in four games in 2012 and 12 games in 2013.

Hakeem converted to tight end during training camp in 2014. He appeared in 11 games, starting nine, during the 2014 season. He caught 18 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He played in 11 games, all starts, his senior year in 2015. He recorded 22 receptions for 236 yards. He was also a team captain as a senior.

He played in 38 games, starting 20, during his college career. He recorded career totals of 40 receptions for 491 yards and three touchdowns

Professional career

Valles was rated the 30th best tight end in the 2016 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com predicted that he would be selected in the seventh round or be a priority free agent. Zeriein said that Valles was an “Intriguing prospect due to combination of size and speed and an apparent willingness to scrap it out as a blocker.” He also said Valles “Has an outside shot of being drafted and might kick around on a practice squad a year or two while he hones his skill at the position

Arizona Cardinals

Hakeem signed with the Arizona Cardinals on May 2, 2016, after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was released by the team on September 3, 2016, and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was promoted to the active roster on October 6, 2016. He made his NFL debut, and first start in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 11 games, starting 1, during the 2016 season and recorded three solo tackles.

September 2, 2017, Valles was waived by the Cardinals.

Detroit Lions

September 6, 2017, Valles was signed to the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on December 26, 2017.

October 6, 2018, Valles was waived by the Lions and was re-signed to the practice squad. He was released on November 7, 2018.

New York Giants

November 27, 2018, Valles was signed to the New York Giants practice squad

His younger brother, Max, also plays in the NFL.

Hakeem’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Gary Vee audio experience podcast

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“5 for Friday” with Hakeem Valles

Hakeem Valles
I’m excited to share this “5 for Friday” with Hakeem Valles. Hakeem is a real estate investor, public speaker, fiance, and new father, who also happen to have had a successful career in the NFL. After playing several seasons in the NFL Hakeem made the decision to move on to the next chapter in his life on his terms. I reached out to Hakeem on a social media platform after watching a video showing Hakeem speaking to others in a public speaking venue about his decisions to invest some of his football earnings instead of just spending it. I was blown away by his maturity and wisdom at such a young age. He was gracious enough to share his time and I hope we all learn something from his words.
 
Here is the “5 for Friday” introduction to Hakeem talking about his biggest challenges of time management with the NFL and the “why” he started investing in real estate and public speaking. The full 1 hour episode will be available on Monday at www.thetravelwins.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and share your comments.
 

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Dina Parise – Fast and Fun

Dina Parise

My podcast today is with Dina Parise. Dina is the President of Dina Parise Racing, as well as a driver, cook, PR person, social media and marketing maestro. Parise is the 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Champion and is the first female to hold that esteemed title, yet that only scratches the surface. How many former Professional Figure Skating, World Champion Pro Mod Drivers do you know? That’s right! Only one! That is what makes Parise one of the most dynamic figures on the circuit today.

“I will normally get my workouts in at the track in the mornings, I’ll get up a little earlier as I always do a track walk”

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Growing up on Long Island, she was a competitive gymnast all through school but her real passion was figure skating. Her ultimate dream was to skate professionally for the World-Renowned ‘Ice Capades’. She took that passion and made her dream a reality, although it almost did not come to fruition! She passed her audition with flying colors, but there was an issue. Parise was told she did not meet the height requirement. In the scheme of things, that did not seem to matter to the gentleman running the audition. He was so impressed with her, he had her ‘adapt’ her height (yes, she lied) on the application, and the rest is history. She then skated, touring with the ‘Ice Capades’ for four years.

Did you ever see something and just know you had to try it? Even if maybe you did not succeed, but you just had to try? Well, that’s just what Parise thought when she began Drag Racing. She had to try it. When your very first time down the ¼ mile is 9 seconds at 146 MPH you know you mean business! Not to mention, she was in her 30’s at the time. There was no looking back from there!

Now in her Pro Mod Cadillac ‘Stella’, she powers down the ¼ mile track in under 6 seconds at over 240 MPH. In her words, “I was born with glitter in my veins and a led foot!” Racing is not just a man’s game as some may think. The most engaging part about it is the fact that in racing, men and women compete equally and are not segregated by gender (unless you are affiliated with F1, but that’s another story).

Something many people do not realize is that Drag Racing circuits and touring Ice shows are quite parallel. Touring with an Ice show consists of traveling week to week from venue to venue. The ice surface changes, but the performer still has their ‘skates’ (to perform with) and ‘sequin costume’s. The fans wait (by the backstage door) for autographs and the children have positive role models to look up to. In Racing, the game is the same although the venue and the equipment may be vastly different. The racers race at a different track (venue) each week. The track surface changes, and racers have ‘Tires’ (for performance) and ‘Fire suit’ (as clothing). When coming back from a run, fans wait to have autographs signed, and meet the drivers. You see, it’s all relative!

DPR has a rich history in giving back to the community on many levels. DPR has always gone by the motto, ‘it’s an accomplishment to get to the finish line first, but the journey getting there is what is most important.’ DPR is very proud to take fan engagement to the next level in the way of programs Parise herself has developed to honor our nations Veterans and Military Members. Creating visibility honoring those who have served this great nation is paramount to DPR.

Having an eclectic background has led Parise into the realm of motivational speaking (not as cliché as it sounds) combined with elite athlete mentorship as well as keynote speaking for various companies and events. Parise has also ventured into the hosting side. Her days as a performer for the Ice Capades honed her skills for promotion, marketing and on-camera work.  

“I want people, (especially females) to know they can achieve anything they set their mind to.” Said Parise. “Never let anyone tell you no.”

“Follow your dreams. If you feel the need to try it, then try it! Life is not a dress rehearsal,” Stated Parise “As I always say… In life you get one ticket, and I’m using mine until it expires!”

Dina’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Podcasts – Ed Mylett, Dee Snider “I Wanna Talk”

Music – Spotify; Queen, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, Elton John, etc.

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Erin Lamont The Business of Dance

Erin Lamont

On today’s podcast is Erin Lamont. Erin is a choreographer, dancer, entrepreneur, wife and mom who  has been working professionally ever since she graduated from college with a B.A in Dance, and a B.B.A in Marketing from Western Michigan University. On this podcast she shares her views and insights on how to be successful in business as a working mom and wife.

“It’s a grind but you just learn how to sleep on a plane, especially when you have kids that don’t realize you only slept two hours the night before.”

She has worked with notable artists; Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas, Trace Adkins, Boys Like Girls, and Lady Gaga. Her choreography can be seen on; L.A Fashion Week, the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant in Vietnam, NBC, Exercise TV, and ESPN. Other credits include; Warner Brothers Film “The Lonely Dog” directed by Avika Goldsman, Skechers, Nike, Nuskin, ABC, Puma, Wella, Wyndham Resorts, Playboy, EMI Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Disney, Spike TV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the NBA L.A Clippers Dance team. 

Erin also tours as a guest artist and has worked with Sydney Dance CompanyMelbourne Music Academy, ABC Dance Group in Vietnam, Broadway Dance Center TokyoEDGE Performing Arts Center, and has taught master classes in over 40 states across the U.S. Lastly, this year she was nominated by Capezio and Dancer Magazine as one of the top ten choreographers in the country. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she produces L.A’s most rockin burlesque group called: The Lalas.

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About The Lalas Burlesque

Definitely not a typical bawdy burlesque show, The Lalas is a Los Angeles based burlesque troupe delivering an extra special dose of fun. Lead by creator and choreographer Erin Lamont, The Lalas dancers also include Kelley Koski, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Kelley Koski, Reyna Godoy, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Jahnel Curfman, Erika Marosi, Aleksandra Wojda and Chantel Gonsalves. There is so much more to these glamorous beauties than their impeccable performance technique, professional industry status and striking looks. Audiences are in for an over-the-top extravaganza performance, which goes way beyond traditional burlesque. Every time the Lalas step out on stage, crowds sit at the edge of their barstools. The Lalas put on a tongue-in-cheek presentation, which includes comedic shenanigans, daredevil aerial tricks, Indiana Jones style whipping vignettes, jazz dance, pointe ballet and of course the girls exercise their talent to tease. While The Lalas Burlesque dancers love their bras and undies, they do a lot more than just perform while scantily clad. Whether it is performing a bluesy and seductive cigarette-filled show to the likes of Peggy Lee or rocking out to AC/DC and James Brown, The Lalas have the market covered when it comes to live burlesque entertainment. Breaking walls, The Lalas go way outside of the box and you never know what you are going to get!

Erin’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Bob Marley station on Pandora

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Pete Koch – Fitness, Acting and Football

Pete Koch

My guest on today’s podcast is Pete Koch.

Pete was a defensive end who played five seasons in the National Football League, for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Los Angeles Raiders. After his football career ended he decided to stay in Los Angeles and started his acting and modeling career.

Always staying in shape Pete added personal trainer to his resume helping people get and stay into shape, including some celebrities. You can follow Pete on his website at www.petekoch.com.

It was great listening to Pete share some stories and he provided some key tips for us business travelers to stay in shape while we travel the roads and skies.

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“Make sure you get moving, at the very least you have accomplished something”

Pete’s BIO

YouTube interview show host, actor, fitness expert and retired NFL defensive end. Creator and Host of ‘Breakin’ It Down With Pete Koch’ a YouTube based talk show designed to inform and entertain audiences by interviewing thought leaders and leading experts in sports, entertainment, fitness and popular culture.

Born on Long Island, NY Pete began playing contact football at the age of seven and didn’t stop for twenty years.

Along the way he captained his winning New Hyde Park High School team, then his University of Maryland team to the ACC Championship and appearance in the prestigious Citrus Bowl. Pete received All ACC and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Pete was a First Round selection (sixteenth overall) in the 1984 NFL Draft; selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Pete spent four years with the Kansas City Chiefs, notably starting at right defensive end in their playoff run of 1986.  Pete wrapped up his six-year NFL run with the Los Angeles Raiders teaming with future Hall of Famers Howie Long, Marcus Allen and Mike Haines.

Upon retirement from the NFL, Pete transitioned into a successful fitness modeling and acting career starring alongside Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge, Burt Reynolds in Heat and Evening Shade, Patrick Dempsey in Loverboy and others totaling more than 120 Hollywood productions.

Throughout the years, Pete has remained deeply committed to maintaining his strength, flexibility, conditioning and overall health through regular workouts. A natural curiosity and commitment to ongoing education, drives Pete’s continuous research in the field of Athlete Performance. Self preservation factors into the zeal Pete brings to his studies and training, initiated by five orthopedic surgeries (due to 20 years of contact football). Pete’s early exposure and relationships with internationally renowned strength and conditioning experts Dr. Fred Hatfield and Frank Costello motivated him to continue his exploration of cutting edge training methods and techniques. He successfully rehabilitated from two spine surgeries, which helped him to solidify his ideas on the importance of spinal stability/core conditioning.

In 2004 Pete Developed a system of training that he calls Functional Advanced Sports Training or FAST, a melding of numerous scientifically proven training methodologies to optimize neuromuscular control and maximize athletic performance.  Pete was then called on to direct the training of a number of Hollywood luminaries including Tobey Maguire, Joseph Fiennes and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro.  Pete is currently certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Sports Fitness Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

His FAST Company trains people of all ages and levels of physical condition to help them achieve their fitness and conditioning goals. A University of Maryland graduate, Pete remains committed to ongoing education and research in a lifelong commitment to maximizing human performance and health in people of all ages.

Danny David – Digital and Branding Strategist

Daniel David

My guest today is Danny David. Danny is a proven marketing and branding expert in the sports and entertainment industry. He currently works with professional athletes.

“You never know what’s going to happen to the schedule you planned when you left”

Danny’s vast experience in digital media and brand development is one of the reasons why I was so interested in speaking with him. He began working with talent on management and marketing when he was just 18. The social media era was first beginning to boom. Danny attended The Ohio State University and was able to network and see up close what an athlete’s life really entails. Seeing the massive potential for them to capitalize on their brand given the platform they have.

He then started working for VaynerSports, at the time a newly formed sports marketing company, as their Director of Business Development. Now as the Managing Partner of Fifth Down Marketing, Danny is just now hitting his stride in helping his clients realize and maximize their brand potential.

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Danny’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Silento – @Silento

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Transcript

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yeah on my Travel Wins Podcast tonight is

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Danny David how are you doing tonight

00:08

danny very well how are you doing well

00:12

start this real quick go bucs

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o h io the Ohio State how you doing

00:25

tonight buddy you doing good good long

00:30

productive day

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speaking of Ohio State one of my clients

00:33

and very good friends Braxton Miller

00:36

brought haircut Thomas et the hip hop

00:39

preacher so high of steel high speed and

00:41

they gave you know students at or spoke

00:45

to students and was pretty pretty neat

00:47

so you know have to be pretty powerful

00:49

yeah you know I was when Braxton told me

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he texts me and he goes are you ready to

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uh you know talk to et were speaking to

00:59

the football team and some student

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athlete I was like you got to tell me in

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advance so I could make sure this is

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documented he’s a but it was awesome

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turned out three um solo a little

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created for the university great people

01:14

and a great career Ephram oh yeah yo so

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you’re the managing partner of a company

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called fifth down marketing except

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correct yeah that’s correct

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um you know quick background on you know

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where I all started or you know you

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could you could have the combo yet so

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fifth down shift down prior to that I

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was with Boehner sports and and I was

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with Gary Vienna’s personal team and

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finish sports first employee and it was

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a great experience and learned a lot

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being there and happy but you know

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people just do my own thing and going

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direction that I’ve always wanted to do

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passionately personally yeah that’s a

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good person to start with oh yeah

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amazing I mean there’s no one better

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than digital marketing Gary and working

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as king on his first there I mean to

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doubt their hm

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the best but and and he I know he’s got

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offices around the country and even it

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go

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internationally now in London I think

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yes with me perkele um Chattanooga that

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that’s one I don’t understand but that’s

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a whole different subject I guess I’ve

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been to Chattanooga and I don’t get that

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but I’m an East Coaster I just I feel

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they might have it there I’m not gonna

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because you know they see different

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trends in that area get different times

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with different grant hey don’t get me

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wrong

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Atlanta where Nashville I understand

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Chattanooga something something hey

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something he’s doing something right

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over there yeah yeah exactly

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you know something I don’t know for sure

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but um so with with v out marketing what

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exactly do you do for first I guess your

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clients oh it’s basically 24/7

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management marketing boutique firm so we

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do everything from running their

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day-to-day you know 24/7 like right now

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for example I’m finalizing the

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measurements for a client for Fashion

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Week

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but I’m also making sure that you know

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the housing is taken care of for the

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Superbowl when they attend and they go

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down there um getting marketing deals

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growing a brand on and off the field you

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know quickly the reason why I do this to

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be honest is I went to the Ohio State I

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noticed there’s so many students

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actually to graduate who ends up trying

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go to the NFL so I’m talking about how

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hasta in particular do not capitalize or

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monetize that Brandon they built um from

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that University fifty thousand students

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nationwide

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they’ve huge audiences and the NFL’s two

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and a half hater lifespan realistically

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oh it’s so it’s like what are you going

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to do right after school um whatever

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school you go to are you know self

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relationships with that hometown that

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University and go back there for

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appearances and you know basically make

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money off the field and develop you know

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general generational wealth and income

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for your grandkids and great-grandkids

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because in the day like you can make

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them NFL any professionally but as

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you’ve eating it for a while

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are not in your favor but put that aside

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like you want your great grandkids – you

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don’t know when your careers on hand and

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so you know if you’re going to make it

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you get guy going to the dress and you

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get an injury and god forbid what

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happens next but if you’re a figure and

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influential at wherever you come from

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your hometown or university and you can

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be on that mountain Rushmore in 20 years

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you always have the opportunity to you

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know monetize and connect your audience

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forever and you know that that’s big I

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think that’s the you know so interesting

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you’re saying that I guess I just had on

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my show I was talking about the exact

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same thing you know as far as the

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percentage of how many players from

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college even d1 actually get into NFL

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and then how long their career actually

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is you know with the average being I

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think what 30 months something like up

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to two and a half years 30 months but

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what’s interesting is they’re having

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these other leaks they’re creating the

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Alliance which is new Football League

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which suck pretty exciting they have a

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bunch of really well you know well known

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and experienced coaches professional

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athletes who aren’t any NFL ins daring

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so very nine so that’s exciting but you

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know end the day if you go to at school

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you know USC Texas rockers people in

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Rutgers they all play you’re your peak

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moment like at the University in your

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play prime playing football in life like

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it could be potentially your superstar

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everywhere playground there will that

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happen again

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you know enough the next Valley a term I

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toss who knows but if you’re not make

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sure that you know you’re building ran

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off the field and connecting to that

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audience that’s can lover you on Twitter

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and Instagram because you’re individuals

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that will be there when you’re not in

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the NFL and you should have

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relationships in that connection to it

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that’s so that’s so true and so strong

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how much travel are you doing for the

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digital marketing

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well like a lot this is travel so you

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know I first started travelling back

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when I was in college when I was working

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for Esther and black in Belo Verde um

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it’s a custom despo clothing company so

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I was always traveling I remember you

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know I did Michael Vick’s custom

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sweaters back in New Jersey when using

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the Eagles by God planned the trips

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basically in book you know everything

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can maximize our trip so if we were

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flying out to UM Tampa Bay when Darrelle

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Revis was there you know make sure

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outside we do Darrelle Revis clothing

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we’re going to meet some other potential

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athletes or individuals who can go and

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fit from clothing because the end of the

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day there’s eight oh eight games for in

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the year every NFL athlete needs to wear

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a suit or dress up for those eight oh

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eight mr. rule NFL yes oh well you gotta

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be prepared for it and you always want

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to feel good you look good you dressed

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in so I was traveling a lot man

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now I travel obviously probably once

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every three weeks once a month really

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just depends I’m in Ohio a lot I lived

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there for a while until I see um second

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home to me California I love is just you

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know that’s more of a trip wherever my

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clients are my clients are in

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Canada wherever they knew you’d be

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that’s right my travel on the same boat

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I mean I have my what my one major

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account when they open up a news forum I

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have to travel to it helped set up the

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store train the new salespeople and then

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move on then it can be winston-salem it

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could be Florida it could be Texas

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Oklahoma Montana katha nuga Nashville

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100% so it’s like oh you know like brass

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you know or Egypt Ilya right now

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freestyle again and I love to leave the

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trees 45 minutes away from me so I don’t

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need to go to Houston and take that big

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trip anymore I’m there 30 40 minutes

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just amazing that really what nicer a

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lot nicer

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um but who know right I mean next year

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you could give enjoys it so Seattle

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right no it’s like literally

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yeah Lana this weekend luckily New York

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Fashion Week in New York and then come

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on just freaking uh Carson I’m gonna say

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it’s uh Russell Westbrook’s like fly to

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Seattle now to muse me – yep

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really good I’m on there I’m on their

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watch

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and what you know they’re my boss my

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clients it was like three packs a great

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airport oh yes wherever they say I need

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to be here they need me I’m there

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what’s the hardest part of traveling for

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you it’s you never know what the what’s

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going to happen with your schedule you

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have planned and you have set up because

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we’re in NFL you know senior clients

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that you’re supposed to meet with or you

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have campaigns with a brand you’re

09:45

supposed to shoot up you know an

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endorsement deal or you production set

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up do you have a head coach and you have

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a front office and if they say your

09:54

practice is going to this hour that’s

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when it goes to and if they’re not free

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till ten o’clock p.m. you need it for

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our shoot it is it is what it is and I

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don’t damn it so you know that I would

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say the toughest part is having people

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who aren’t in the industry you know come

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and travel for events like a photo shoot

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with a brand or when there’s things that

10:16

come out there ahead of my control or

10:18

the clients control because footballs

10:21

our first job or basketball you know

10:23

every steps what comes first and

10:25

explaining as to them and it never look

10:28

bad if a player is a terrible game on

10:31

Sunday and you have some set up for

10:33

they’re all things whose day things

10:36

might change and you can’t control it

10:38

you just kind of shuffle and figure it

10:40

out so it truly is this a never-ending

10:45

schedule never-ending never-ending um

10:49

you know especially like I was out there

10:52

for the Rose Bowl and I have free time

10:55

that’s a problem you know my goal is to

10:57

me as many individual people in industry

11:00

as possible

11:01

and maximize it um so yeah I might

11:05

contact an old colleague in industry

11:08

and meet up with them who are in my side

11:10

of the space and just make sure every

11:13

minute you’re doing something that you

11:14

can’t do where you live what you only do

11:18

in that area and that’s it it do ever

11:23

schedule a downtime um yeah yeah but at

11:29

the end of the day you know you block

11:31

off an hour with two hours and bam ten

11:34

times abroad words that mean like two

11:35

hours a day like yeah oh yeah you know

11:39

I’ll do I’ll block I was you know love

11:42

my clients under my favorites and come

11:43

on do not disturb your any downtime a

11:45

call I’m gonna pick up the phone oh yeah

11:47

yeah you gotta do it

11:49

I didn’t say I don’t say I didn’t say

11:51

you take downtown so do you schedule

11:52

downtown because I know that but you

11:54

know I do the same thing my lunch I

11:56

block it off for an hour at the end of

11:58

the day there’s some hassle so that’s

11:59

alright I mean you’re working 24/7 this

12:02

industry sunny I just one might one of

12:05

my accounts here in California just kind

12:09

of give them grief but jokingly and

12:11

because he always texts me or emails me

12:13

on Saturday and Sunday and my office

12:16

isn’t open so I’m like I go dude you

12:17

know I’m gonna reply to you but I can’t

12:20

reply to you until Monday morning when

12:22

when the corporate office in Denver

12:23

opens up because I know I don’t want you

12:25

you know you have to read my email to

12:26

Monday I’m like thought no so there are

12:29

quiet like that the nest shirts where

12:32

you’re not like you’re not take laptops

12:34

home sports industry or things of that

12:37

nature because when my colleague is

12:38

insisting that a bigger agency and what

12:41

happens on like a Saturday Friday night

12:44

at ten o’clock it’s there’s numbers like

12:46

if they need you for you think even you

12:48

know like Dave you know accessori you

12:51

know it’s kind of weird

12:52

um but familiar you know West Coast

12:55

times

12:56

now there’s clients over there I’m

12:58

texting and I’m working with and I’ll be

13:01

able you know for a little bit more

13:03

because I’m these clothes and their West

13:06

Coast and I’ll uh I allocate my time

13:09

around I learned their schedules and how

13:12

they uh they operate to take the ions by

13:17

practicing on foreign eighty-nine years

13:19

I know his I don’t have his

13:21

timing schedules work in a way yeah yeah

13:24

well you know it centers my my VP of

13:27

Sales actually works he lived just north

13:29

east of Columbus

13:32

yeah fun wearing clothes with no heat

13:36

Northeast the Columbus Sonia I forget

13:39

this city but um you know you know he

13:42

knows on West Coast one you know it

13:44

might be five or six o’clock gear that

13:47

means it’s you know eight nine o’clock

13:49

his time and he still picks up he goes

13:50

it’s just he tells his wife what I got

13:52

to do just right meet still on the clock

13:56

so that’s a set the industry especially

13:59

the traveling you do you do with

14:00

clothing it’s west coast and you know

14:03

he’s close and that’s the way it is just

14:05

my boss there’s my bosses are my clients

14:08

they’re West clothes and hit and get

14:10

something done I’m getting and God

14:12

exactly I just look like he’s in big

14:15

prairie Ohio I don’t know that’s big

14:17

Prairie I know about the horseshoe that

14:20

I guess it’s a small town about five

14:23

five six other people and there’s so

14:26

many great small towns in um that like

14:29

I’m still learning today where there’s

14:31

clients who come from there since it was

14:33

awesome oh yeah via my family from

14:36

Medina and Brunswick basaltic Cleveland

14:39

so hot was in the building Cleveland on

14:43

to dating you know how the Great Sea

14:46

yeah it’s it’s thankfully my wife is not

14:49

a sports and whatsoever she’s from

14:51

Michigan I mean there’s not a dad at

14:55

that school of North um live a great

14:57

program

14:58

I just the one thing that bothers me is

15:00

the social media machine football camp

15:03

oh hey I did tweeted something like we

15:07

had known as better than us recently in

15:09

August oh yeah come on buddy these great

15:13

athletes rich student-athletes you know

15:15

great program

15:17

crazy University for Tiger timings

15:20

everything social force oh yeah yeah I

15:23

mean for literate for forty years

15:27

my family’s been ripping on Michigan so

15:30

now I’m married to a Detroiter

15:32

and it’s

15:34

they kind of give me grief but I did

15:37

they know she’s not a fan so yeah I mean

15:40

I support you know whatever team my

15:41

clients are on so if I the guy I’m doing

15:43

I’m working trade birth and doing his

15:45

marketing plated Michigan using Michigan

15:47

legend forever I love in their school

15:49

you know I love you know she just

15:53

fishery statue for him twenty ten years

15:56

you know yeah which is interesting

16:00

oh yeah one of my death was identifying

16:03

on my show and and he was a senator for

16:07

Michigan and then he went on to the

16:08

Eagles but um I didn’t even bring it up

16:11

the Wolverine

16:13

so yeah it’s all good it’s all out of

16:15

fun it’s all fun painting Michigan it’s

16:18

my client please played their plays

16:20

there I guess I’m a Michigan all the way

16:23

exactly

16:24

yeah that good but I should see where

16:31

the maize and gold also people know

16:37

maybe as you get older it you know how

16:44

does having a family or relationships

16:46

play into your traveling and you’re

16:48

working definitely srimant are probably

16:51

transparency yeah you know this you know

16:55

twenty seven and you know work comes

16:58

first and like I was working with Gary

17:00

know I’ll be hoping no nor listen to

17:03

this you know there’s a girls dating

17:04

time just like Gary and work or me

17:09

what’s first I’m like right now you know

17:11

it’s my priority my career so I got a

17:15

goat there in Ohio and do these things

17:17

for client and I can’t go to your

17:21

birthday in your backyard

17:22

sorry you know yeah well I mean dude

17:25

that’s you know fortunate for me my wife

17:27

I had this job when I met my wife so

17:30

there was no hey guys

17:33

he gotta be your biggest supporters

17:35

today you know and she knew exactly what

17:38

she was gonna I mean I’m you know I’m

17:39

gone I’ll be a third third at the time

17:43

but that’s when I’m home I’m home on a

17:45

present you know

17:47

that’s food but you have any fears of

17:52

having a family and sorry a family with

17:54

the job you have no because the right

17:57

person will understand that you know

17:59

they’ll get it

18:01

click if they’re in the industry and the

18:03

team in sports will get it that they

18:05

actually wanna you know that trip to the

18:09

figures otic island they’ll understand

18:12

for you know it’s not easy they want to

18:15

go together like this is it this comes

18:18

first what I love doing but yeah the

18:20

family I mean are two brothers who are

18:22

in the concierge and retainment industry

18:26

and you know I wrote I’m surrounded with

18:29

is in the industry and somewhat somewhat

18:31

can we host this so those are the people

18:34

that get in people that support me great

18:36

if you don’t get positive energy and I’m

18:39

not writing with it that’s it’s

18:42

interesting as I’m older than you

18:45

obviously but the there are some people

18:49

that were meant but have travelling jobs

18:52

it seems like and people that were meant

18:53

to have that 905 there’s nothing wrong

18:56

with them nothing wrong at all they’re

18:58

just differently because I lot of people

19:00

I talk to you around where I live right

19:01

how do you do how can you track it you

19:03

be gone for two weeks at a time or a

19:05

week at a time ever what how can you go

19:08

to the office every day they don’t get

19:10

oh that’s not you know it is what it is

19:13

but traveling is something comes up it

19:18

comes up I mean I know Super Bowl

19:20

weekend just weekend next weekend

19:22

factually calm them for that you know

19:25

it’s a recruiting some guys with dread

19:28

and so you got the Columbine and I’m

19:31

gonna combine and there’s so much that

19:33

goes on and squirrel entertainment but

19:36

you know I learned like even if they go

19:39

to the great events and the hottest

19:40

stuff ever the ones who don’t get it

19:43

um aren’t appreciated other in a long

19:46

term yeah I went to sleep on Fashion

19:50

Show line took a guess and they’re on

19:53

industry and that fashion show had to

19:54

keep oh my god it had four excellent

19:58

stats behind Kylie Jenner you might be

20:00

familiar with SM

20:01

we uh-huh I mean we dinner with them as

20:04

bleep line it was a movie but Donna was

20:07

sitting there and this is an event where

20:09

I could have took my older brother who

20:11

but I instead I took them you know a

20:15

girlfriend at the time and ya still

20:18

didn’t appreciate that like hey you got

20:20

pictures with every girl from little

20:22

pretty little liars and right put on

20:25

Instagram but a week later you’re set

20:27

because of monophonic

20:28

12:30 the clock yeah no it isn’t it

20:33

that’s what that dinner because I I get

20:36

the exact same thing I get well that’s

20:37

so cool you get to hang out with I work

20:39

in the western industry and so like you

20:42

know the become world champ under cure

20:44

you know I could call them up and we can

20:46

talk and you see dust wings for me but

20:50

you know if there’s always the trade-off

20:52

there’s always a trade-off and you know

20:55

the right person will understand the

20:57

trade-off and upload agree with that to

21:00

meet that person about familywize like

21:02

my little brother’s birthday was today

21:04

and last night I came back to Jersey

21:06

celebre and you know I spend time with

21:09

him and yeah I mean he’s family comes

21:14

for anything you know my mom my brothers

21:16

that’s it

21:18

so did they get it my brother’s a little

21:23

bit not really to get it when like I’m

21:26

winning you know ya know then they’re

21:29

all into it you know way back that’s

21:32

what this comes down to but you know

21:33

lose inner you know you’re fired or

21:37

clients aren’t performing well or

21:38

they’re like what are you doing this

21:40

industry you don’t get at me I’ve worked

21:42

my whole face to get where I am you know

21:44

I want to change this industry I was

21:46

sick and tired of seeing athletes who

21:48

went to Ohio State and we’re three years

21:51

later were ordering stuff on clients

21:53

need as a cap to get that upset me when

21:56

they’re there in NFL or their agents

21:59

doing or were they quality of football

22:01

camps you know like you were starting

22:05

unsullied you did like do it you’re at

22:08

you’re at the peak absolute peak o of

22:10

that sport and that’s the problem a lot

22:13

of the agents in the industry

22:14

you know most of them they just focus on

22:16

the contracts or on the field and they

22:18

don’t care about the 20-30 hundred

22:22

thousand they can make all of it because

22:23

under the day they just want that second

22:24

contract which is a person nice

22:26

Commission yeah they’re not worried

22:29

about you know their work yeah the

22:33

little stuff

22:33

oh yeah thinners because if it is not at

22:37

the same level but all the true Cowboys

22:41

the guys that compete on the rodeo

22:43

circuit I mean they they’re exactly the

22:48

same way like you are you’re to say you

22:51

know I talked a lot of them and because

22:53

it’s what they’ve done their whole life

22:55

they don’t think of it anything special

22:56

and I’m like I was talking to Hunter and

22:58

like dude two-time world champ a real

23:01

sport you know right look around you’ll

23:05

sport he goes yeah but all my friends

23:06

don’t treat me that way

23:07

you know his day and day and interact

23:09

and he’s just another guy just you know

23:11

but I didn’t not too many people Cowboys

23:16

really brand themselves rodeo cowboys

23:20

I’ve actually been to a rodeo cowboy

23:23

lifestyle Network took me is the garden

23:25

did I have to go um no but up to

23:28

networking experience it sport not like

23:30

one of these guys could be making money

23:32

off the cat also off animals okay so the

23:35

bull riding event one of the ballers

23:37

that you know that’s yeah I have a

23:41

friend of a Pro Bowl rider and he was

23:45

the same way we sponsored him for a

23:47

little bit but you know he would go to

23:49

events in the close you know to sign

23:51

autographs and do all that in the same

23:54

clothes he was just mucking installs so

23:55

he’s like dirty and smelly I’m like –

23:57

Shh athlete like a cowboy or any cowboy

24:03

NASCAR driver and I’m doing appearances

24:06

or anything you know first thing I’ll do

24:09

is I’m doing an interview for brands I

24:12

have underwear that there’s a company

24:14

I’m working with I’m gonna represent

24:16

that at this radio interview at this

24:18

appearance yeah well he would wear it

24:20

and it would just be like dude you get

24:22

clothes for free literally like we give

24:25

you as many jeans and shirts and boots

24:28

you want but you wear the clean ones you

24:31

know keep keep the interview stuff in a

24:34

closet you know but but you know he he

24:38

tore his knee and the career it’s over

24:41

right and that point they don’t

24:43

understand they’re oh there’s an

24:45

Instagram and I’m actually utilizing

24:48

this and I mean I went to that camel

24:50

right now looking at some of the Cowboys

24:52

Instagram to market you know like

24:54

everything’s a market oh yeah thumbtack

24:57

it’s crazy there’s a bull rider here

24:59

60,000 followers verified his name is

25:02

shorty Gore ha

25:03

he’s a TV commentator as well Instagram

25:06

II really need to social media marketing

25:08

I could text him right now honestly on

25:10

his create engagement it’s a text an

25:12

email but this guy cheese instead of PO

25:17

he’d be easily making money from brands

25:20

or where his audiences from and very

25:22

little so I mean I’m telling you it’s

25:26

very very little there’s about three

25:29

guys that that make good money maybe

25:31

four or five that that will make equal

25:36

to more than what they make an earnings

25:38

for the you know as a as a as a rodeo

25:41

yes so comic Abilene I love beef jerky

25:45

great oh my god I’m gonna find out

25:48

what you know where my audience is gonna

25:51

say I’m tasting Texas or are like

25:53

somewhere in Texas to Dallas for example

25:55

and there’s a dress shirt I grew up

25:57

there and there’s a beef jerky company

25:58

based in South Texas even it’s at 5,000

26:01

our eight thousand dollar deal I’m going

26:03

to tell that cowboy let’s partner up

26:05

with his brand you’ll sign

26:06

limited-edition piece turkey set the

26:09

local high V and he’ll bring hundred

26:13

people or two hundred people will help

26:15

the brand move to the front of the

26:16

shelves will help hi v– Kyle traffic

26:18

and I’ll help you you know network and

26:20

connect you know there’s potential for

26:24

guys once you know digit for careers net

26:26

weight it’s it’s so a nursing because

26:28

and that that’s basically I have told

26:30

hunter and Ryan boats and some of that

26:32

Patrick and so the other guys that I

26:34

know that I’ve known forgive seven eight

26:36

years now they just they don’t do it

26:38

they just sorta like hey you know I go

26:40

home

26:42

you know I take care of my mic house and

26:44

take care of my and then I go on

26:45

the road you know and they’re on the

26:46

road 150 to 200 200 days a year and when

26:52

they go to Cheyenne Wyoming from if

26:53

they’re in Texas and if they don’t make

26:56

that they don’t place at the road at

26:58

that rodeo they don’t make any money

27:00

there’s no there’s no guarantee money

27:03

right so that’d be that’d be like that’d

27:06

be like tell them Braxton hey you’re

27:08

gonna go play in at the Houston Texans

27:12

this weekend or else I won’t say that

27:14

that’s a bad team LA Rams you got to fly

27:17

out there to LA play the game if you

27:19

don’t win you don’t make any money

27:23

you know I make sure that when he’s

27:24

boarding that plane he’s wearing some

27:26

clothing that you know some some brands

27:30

a sponsor because talk about the

27:32

audience and growing it and putting up

27:33

content you know coming in podcast like

27:36

this you never know where who might

27:39

listen to this somebody one of the

27:41

Cowboys don’t be listening to this be

27:43

another rodeo guys probably know mainly

27:46

out of nowhere um I don’t know where

27:50

literally might feel like ooh I just

27:52

wanted something and then hit up their

27:53

friend who has features company you know

27:55

like you never know be listening well

27:57

that’s that’s why I keep telling the

27:59

guys that I know I’m like hey they’re

28:02

not leveraging what they have now and in

28:05

five years because it damn rodeo it’s

28:08

like the NFL it’s a rough business yeah

28:11

I mean yeah collide it’s you jump off a

28:16

horse and rustle a 500-pound cow down to

28:18

the ground that’s gonna hurt after a

28:20

while and it looks scary and dangerous

28:23

and I mean who’s the number one rodeo

28:27

guy after uh he just retired

28:29

his name was Trevor Brazil and he was a

28:33

long time 10 time world champ they just

28:37

retired this year in December 56,000 and

28:40

steering flowers he hasn’t put up good

28:44

engagement you know this guy I don’t

28:46

know has been researched but 23 times

28:49

world chain

28:50

I’m sure if he’s on LinkedIn and curious

28:53

if he’s

28:54

where he from God Decatur Texas I think

28:58

I mean emailing me goodbye so I’m gonna

29:04

look at this interesting he’s a

29:05

brand-new you know yeah yeah yeah he’s a

29:08

brand he’s got his own he’s got his own

29:10

clothing you know where where he did I

29:11

everything you’re talking about was he

29:13

went that he went to some of the gene

29:16

companies and sure companies and got

29:17

stuff made for him called relentless

29:19

that’s his brand yeah it’s pretty it’s

29:23

pretty cool but that he’s it you got uh

29:25

what’s the kid’s name were short

29:29

Panhandle tongue tough Cooper PUF Cooper

29:36

he’s a young kid and he’s getting a lot

29:40

of branding but his you know his

29:41

family’s he’s making some money

29:44

damn he’s probably sky it’s a crazy

29:48

engagement oh my god he puts all the

29:50

Brandis partners with in his bio which

29:52

is awesome but one thing that is like

29:55

alright water Cynthia a great company

29:57

that beverage vertical Scott our opinion

30:00

we don’t know this is free product means

30:03

um

30:04

MGM Grand okay so all hotels are gone

30:07

he’s American hand I mean he’s way he

30:10

should work with these brands content

30:11

versus putting on his diet and he’s not

30:15

doing that right um

30:18

kidding on emails on a business account

30:20

either it’s not connect to his Facebook

30:21

page top Cooper man and then he he’s

30:25

literally literally probably the biggest

30:27

name in rodeo right now that guy’s so

30:31

much potential there’s a girl named mom

30:33

look up Fallon Taylor FA ll o n I make a

30:40

true hero marketing agent can make this

30:42

Fallon Taylor da y L or I think it’s um

30:47

with a – – space – I think she has to

30:51

open a second account or son like that

30:52

really 30,000 followers on Instagram so

30:56

like that but she does she does videos

30:58

almost every day plea she like there’s

31:02

directions in her bio like that’s my

31:04

stuff just go there remove the address

31:06

in your settings

31:08

those directions are definitely wrong so

31:10

you know um likes of email directions Oh

31:15

through the directions you’re all good

31:18

she’s her content stronger she’s you

31:22

know curious how she is on Facebook but

31:25

she’s traveling you doing so much she

31:27

make over a million dollars both of the

31:29

ponies legit

31:32

yeah yeah she’s all to the worldcat

31:35

barrel racer and and she but she does a

31:38

lot of sponsorships you know right no

31:40

I’m saying that they put all them in

31:42

their BIOS by the colada Jesus okay good

31:46

we just saw I just told you three people

31:48

I could tell you of another one that’s

31:51

that’s prominent on social media

31:56

interesting under hundreds so they got a

32:00

travel I mean today they’re all gobble

32:02

well the egg disease I mean today use

32:05

them carving dates not usually without a

32:09

big travel intrude well depends it so

32:12

we’re getting the whole thing they have

32:13

rough seas and rough these are your bull

32:16

riders your bareback and your bronc

32:18

riders and because they don’t have their

32:21

own animals their own horses they can

32:24

just show up then you have team roping

32:27

steer wrestling barrel racers they all

32:30

have to have their horses so they have

32:31

to bring horse trailers and if they

32:33

bring horse trailers that are usually

32:34

Camp camping horse trailers so they

32:37

sleep in their campers with their horses

32:39

and then they just go to the next site

32:41

go to the next site a date basically

32:43

could have a full camper that they

32:45

travel with and sometimes like if they

32:47

go to a rodeo in Hawaii what they’ll

32:50

just lie there and show up and then can

32:53

they come back just one super

32:56

interesting yeah yeah this is I know

33:00

it’s interesting I actually about a year

33:02

ago a DM Gary it’s not knowing then you

33:07

know I pretty much you wouldn’t get it

33:08

but I was like it’s a it’s a wide open

33:11

market you might have got it I mean Gary

33:14

check this one on a job with him he’s on

33:16

the for my always checked the enzyme you

33:19

know any checks

33:21

no I know but I mean you know he’s

33:22

working on the Sasha group and all the

33:26

other things now coming when you eat

33:29

leveling off every day yeah yeah he

33:32

travels with you travel Raziel travel

33:40

well problems just part of it I mean you

33:44

know it’s what we do right when I travel

33:48

back back in the day when I was like

33:50

traveling like doing custom clothing

33:52

when I was in college and you know doing

33:54

all that that was you you always got to

33:57

look good and make sure you over pet I

33:59

always overpack man yeah you got

34:01

overpack you never know how long you

34:03

might stay an extra day two days um you

34:06

just never now are you gonna go out to a

34:08

nice dinner are you going to go until

34:09

casual dinner are you gonna get it you

34:11

know could I just got back uh eight days

34:13

in Denver and otherwise that man

34:16

ourselves meeting in a market I’m

34:18

closing mark and you know eight days in

34:22

Denver it could be negative seven it

34:24

could be 50 right you don’t know the

34:27

weather special it’s crazy I always pack

34:30

everything now these days and you know

34:31

what last trip I went I had to luggage

34:34

of grip and I was like they’re good it’s

34:38

all good I over packed for a reason

34:41

because literally do not know please no

34:44

song

34:44

I’m cold could be warm oh my god my

34:47

phone probably require no ahead I like

34:50

my accountant in Hawaii and my last hour

34:54

second last day there they had the most

34:56

rain they’d ever had in recorded history

34:58

yes 27 inches of rain in one day right

35:02

imagine getting wet socks on your face

35:04

ox ox you gotta pack so many sucks okay

35:08

socks wet sock is the worst my socks get

35:11

wet I’m pumped I’m depressed I got to

35:14

get fresh new socks on or nothing’s

35:16

worse than what’s up let me make that

35:18

worse for you

35:19

wet cowboy boots luckily I don’t don’t

35:23

wear them yet but I’ll get you a pair

35:26

and get them wet for you it’s it’s like

35:28

it’s like having wet socks times two

35:30

that isn’t nice your socks are wet and

35:33

your boots away and the leather

35:35

keeps the moisture in so your feet don’t

35:37

get cold and wet all the same time what

35:41

has good happens if it’s pouring in one

35:43

of the cowboy rodeos are across the

35:45

country and they don’t have that extra

35:46

cattle or boots they do but then they

35:51

just get wet now what happens is they

35:53

end up having to go to a meeting or

35:57

something pops up like the biggest key

36:01

of Apple’s meeting you know you never

36:03

know that what that won’t happen but

36:06

then they just show up I mean enough I’m

36:10

telling you I mean most of the guys that

36:13

we deal with you know in our industry

36:15

they’re not I mean you know 100 100 got

36:19

his degree from University of Texas

36:21

smart guy you know lives in Wichita

36:25

Falls and you know has a cattle ranch

36:27

and makes money on the side with his

36:29

cattle ranch but he doesn’t think about

36:31

now he has he’s coming out with his own

36:34

DVD on steer wrestling and and I told me

36:37

I rerun our episode and maybe rerecord

36:41

an episode to help me get the press out

36:43

there but as far as the social media

36:45

stuff they just don’t get it they just

36:47

don’t

36:48

Fallon does you know Trevor did tough

36:51

that’s about it excited to just jump in

36:54

there see these young like gone coming

36:57

up as you know like II in this big

36:58

superstar so they do right and they’re

37:01

on every platform and they’re

37:02

documenting everything when you travel

37:04

but that’s it that’s big I mean grandpa

37:08

really cared if you’re in the cellar or

37:10

an MBA or NHL or professional cowboy I

37:13

care about your content pressures yeah

37:16

it’ll be your profiles hmm could this

37:19

person represent my brand this is new

37:21

this book football business they’re

37:25

gonna – I might not be interested they

37:27

care about analytics and whole nine

37:29

yards

37:30

so you know I could brass in and then I

37:32

could send over the number-one player in

37:33

the world

37:34

there’s Instagram just football helmets

37:36

it won’t be interested they won’t see

37:38

like what who else are they besides Matt

37:41

yeah what do they do you know like where

37:44

are they are they just located in one

37:46

city

37:48

slightly you know analytics and

37:50

audiences are big but you know it and

37:55

you forgive me if this offends you I

37:57

don’t think it will but when I when I

38:00

first looked your picture you reminded

38:01

me of John Bell Ian Hayes had John Bell

38:05

Ian it might be bad if I don’t the

38:11

rapper and a singer out of New York

38:14

what’s his biggest song oh I like

38:21

guillotine luxury got it

38:24

all right low good in hey he’s a she you

38:28

know is successful how long I’ll soon as

38:32

a compliment sir absolutely but he’s got

38:34

the beard like the yeah I got it his his

38:38

his glow go is the beard and the

38:40

mustache yeah that’s good I mean that’s

38:44

a brand right yeah but you know he

38:47

released four albums for free before and

38:53

and one of the his record company said

38:55

you know I we should get paid for this

38:57

next one he goes nope I said I do for

38:58

for free I want to get my fans the the

39:01

product I want to know he kind of got it

39:03

you know he knew would be free but he

39:05

would get paid on the tour and

39:06

everything so on the three free but but

39:09

this his mentality was let me get my

39:11

content out there and and get you know

39:15

get my fanbase going and then I can do

39:17

what I want to do you got to start

39:19

somewhere now like work with Brandon do

39:22

stuff for free first and show them they

39:24

you’re a real you know really looking

39:28

for them on it so they want they want

39:31

something to look at twenty years that’s

39:34

why I think’s interesting

39:35

yeah I’m 51 and people mostly mostly

39:39

people my age business-wise haven’t

39:42

heard a Gary them nor to Lewis it you

39:43

know they don’t think you podcast

39:45

whatever it’s just weird that there’s a

39:49

lot of things that Gary says are

39:51

completely true but the old people tend

39:54

not to get it oh yeah but they’ll get it

39:58

eventually if they’re on one of the

39:59

platforms for many of those oh they’ll

40:00

just retire and not

40:02

right something to believe in social

40:04

media or you know any business and there

40:07

but my little brother’s a girlfriend she

40:10

tell me that you know there’s a business

40:13

used to work for Norden we social media

40:15

I was like they’re done give it a few

40:18

years like thank you the plant very

40:22

important what marketing is like he’s

40:25

cool but ins a I’m a Providence Iranian

40:29

like my mom like so she was literally

40:31

that’s why this hair thing last night

40:33

because it I’m like see like see see

40:37

what it does literally 50 dollar thing

40:40

keep showing up literally she a since

40:42

you bought it I heard they see four

40:45

times three four times they’re into it

40:47

so pay media’s huge I can talk to my

40:52

bosses about it but there’s a competing

40:55

smaller brand of boot boot company and

40:57

they’re doing real heavy social on

40:59

Facebook and Instagram and even uh not

41:02

so much on Twitter but I have stores

41:04

calling me texting me saying hey what’s

41:06

up with the XYZ I’m like I know they’re

41:08

hitting it hard right now but they’re

41:11

getting their name out there I mean it’s

41:13

it’s crazy how you know if let’s say

41:17

there’s an event or grassman speaking

41:19

engagement in Alabama seven months we

41:22

might do targeted Facebook ad from his

41:24

Facebook page

41:25

you know target the right individual

41:29

target people want to a sentence and

41:30

will sell out because we made space for

41:34

we’re in college together and super

41:35

powerful yeah I’m a person and to we’re

41:38

going to contact Brennan’s there and

41:40

again to you if there’s a brand new

41:41

partners with any call act we’re trying

41:44

to work with they’re going to get there

41:45

are wide because in a day it’s just just

41:49

what what I what I do and traveling is a

41:52

big pit I sit blasted any Mike athlete

41:55

sir and if L guys don’t walk on that

41:58

plane and tag a brand or you’re gonna

42:01

walk in that it’s clean and you’re going

42:04

for a lady and their team is that a

42:07

tweet a video of you make sure that

42:09

brands is paying you that you weren’t

42:10

yes but it’s not easy you know it’s uh

42:13

not everyone’s any

42:16

only helps so many people I want to

42:19

that’s the way to really you know that’s

42:21

a hustle too I mean it’s just because a

42:23

lot of the brand’s you know at least in

42:25

my industry a lot of the brands don’t

42:27

get it and understand social media and I

42:30

think that the fashion brands maybe more

42:32

so the more mainstream brands but I

42:35

think the offshoot brands I don’t know

42:37

man

42:37

did you think they don’t end up in

42:39

general Tom however you know what I like

42:42

doing is cases saying all right let me

42:44

find a photo shoot with your fashion

42:45

brand we’ll get an editorial you cross

42:48

market him on Instagram and watch um

42:51

you’ll see their goal and they went up

42:56

the big or huge ruching up or they’ll be

42:58

like dang look at the impression from

43:01

Sky five hundred thousand impressions

43:02

and you know we’ve reached our brand to

43:05

did let’s work again maybe next time

43:08

we’ll be paid maybe you won’t but it’s

43:11

we gotta work fast man needs to work

43:13

with influencers a right away yeah

43:16

so I agree totally agree people are

43:19

going to realize you know why am i

43:20

posting this I’m not getting paid just

43:23

because I like it you know I don’t know

43:25

where you know I never explains like

43:29

Kylie wore an Adidas tracksuit on one of

43:32

her post and adidas sold out of that

43:35

tracksuit that same day yeah well I mean

43:40

that’s you know that’s the top level of

43:42

influence but it’s even if you wanted a

43:45

piece of you know what I mean do not be

43:47

Kylie but I mean I hope that I hope that

43:49

he gets to his cruising I hope she got

43:52

taste in Jesus make sure what you did

43:54

and then you know because that’s when

43:55

the one Kanye was doing his he’s still

43:58

doing to Jesus the static I just got my

44:01

first pair I love her super Christmas I

44:05

love what he’s doing the deeded seven

44:07

being used to fit and but he just knows

44:10

happy they know how to do their market I

44:12

mean graduated adidas livestreams for

44:15

the high school Friday Night Lights and

44:17

formally you require like put it right

44:22

what’s that word yeah oh is that I think

44:26

that’s that’s where a lot of the brands

44:27

have a hard time how do they quantify

44:29

what

44:29

worth how many actual sales are they

44:32

going to get based on that four million

44:34

you know there’s no way to quantify that

44:36

right it’s a lot of educating that

44:38

friend and yeah and but I know the game

44:43

yeah yeah the ones that get it get it

44:45

it’s convincing the ones that don’t

44:48

okay how can I be a benefit turning fall

44:51

behind and lose the you know brands and

44:54

big baller brands or open comments may

44:56

be charging grands you know they’re a

44:57

fall behind boots I have that again

45:00

longer on the dragon again but if I’m

45:03

afraid of paid Kashmir holding company

45:06

targeting me and some of something’s not

45:09

read just what it what is the the

45:12

charging brain starting a brand that you

45:15

know Braxton started back in college

45:17

because after he got her with his

45:19

shoulder and he had switch position

45:21

she’s been charging since so it’s more

45:22

of a motivational inspirational brands

45:25

it’s anywhere from apparel to

45:26

accessories to you know just to keep

45:30

going keep going so he was using a

45:33

charging you know hashtag ever since

45:36

back in the day he did the first

45:37

Instagram mean video as the spin move

45:39

ever and Instagram first highlight video

45:41

for naturally NFL player talking over at

45:44

his first video it’s like practice mill

45:46

in 92 because Instagram handle so he’s

45:49

been charging but he doesn’t promote

45:50

charge I was personal it never has first

45:53

time he did it recently was when she

45:55

started like tonight put in historic

45:57

someone ball gear to your Posey did but

45:59

never promoted the brands never we let

46:02

it grow organically he’s a product

46:04

placement the charging events and she’s

46:08

charging it’s just nothing that leave

46:10

and all the big guys should watch that

46:15

you know who knows but it’s a it’s great

46:18

managed to keep going just never give up

46:20

it’s why I definitely got I mean I can

46:23

definitely tag it in though in Maya in

46:28

my bio for for episode but what’s the

46:32

best way for you to reach you is it

46:35

Deanna in Syria we’re looking just fine

46:38

Danny I David p.m. me and all answer

46:43

yeah like that’s the best way I followed

46:47

the ants to any I did the other it you

46:50

know that instagrams were said and if

46:52

you’re willing to go on Instagram

46:53

Indiana

46:54

you know the game and you know what how

46:57

I work or operate and I you’re open to

47:00

doing things that are new and exciting

47:03

innovative agree totally agree

47:06

oh hey man I know it’s late for you and

47:10

uh I truly truly appreciate the time

47:13

tonight and the other man thank you

47:16

grabbing me and hopefully I start

47:18

traveling better and making sure it over

47:20

packed and okay it’s my suitcase Europe

47:24

next time yeah that that’s the the

47:28

interesting thing with with traveling

47:29

you know I talk to you a lot of the

47:31

other sales reps that come out and and

47:33

you know you and a packing things that

47:35

you you that you forgotten old trips and

47:38

a lot of it’s just just like anything as

47:41

you get older you go oh yeah I remember

47:42

when I needed that or that or this or

47:44

that or whatever and and then all sudden

47:48

just like for me now I can pack and I

47:51

Larry won’t have but a few extra things

47:53

that I didn’t wear cuz I know pretty

47:55

much where I’m going and weather-wise

47:57

and so you just gotta figure it out

48:00

figure it out and hey feel good you look

48:03

good and comfortable and you’re not

48:05

stressed about we’re gonna wear that

48:07

night traveling a big for everything

48:09

white yeah everything so hey Matt like I

48:15

said I truly appreciate it thank you and

48:18

even what we can say if you ever get out

48:21

to LA and you schedule some free time I

48:23

know you don’t like to but I feel like I

48:27

don’t come on Mary the next three years

48:29

coming a little coming off California

48:32

doesn’t know you don’t if you come out

48:35

for any of the sports shows or whatever

48:37

and you want to get a lunch or some just

48:40

hit me up and we’ll go from there

48:43

you got it I’m excited man thank you for

48:44

taking the time having me on appreciate

48:47

thanks buddy okay have a great night now

48:49

here’s gobo take that go back

Jake Zweig – Navy SEAL and Football

Jake Zweig

My guest today is ex-Navy SEAL and D1 Football Coach, Jake Zweig. This episode is a two part episode. Part 1 gives us background of Jake and his mindset. Part 2 we talk about his time traveling internationally while he was a Navy SEAL. He speaks about his time working on the television shows and I also ask Jake how he prepares his student/athletes to schedule their time while playing football at the University of Illinois. His response is one for every coach on most levels.

Jake is man who has accomplished a tremendous amount in a short time and is just now hitting his prime. Jake attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he played football and wrestled. He graduated as a commissioned officer receiving his degree in computer science.

“My smart phone probably makes me 40% more efficient”

He served for two years before reporting for Navy SEAL training where he was named the SEAL class leader. Following his SEAL training, Jake reported to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA and attained the rank of Lieutenant.

He then went on to earn his MBA from the University of Michigan.

Jake began his coaching career in 2005 when he joined the University of Maryland staff as a graduate assistant working with the Terrapin wide receivers. He has since worked as an assistant coach at several colleges and is now working at the University of Illinois as their Special Teams Analyst.

His off the clock activities keep him equally busy. He co-hosted the Discovery Channel series called “Dude You’re Screwed” and competed on History Channels show “Top Shot” against law enforcement officers, military snipers and professional shooters. He still goes scuba diving and parachutes to raise awareness for veteran’s charities and just for fun.

Connect with Jake Zweig:

Dr. Nii Darko – A Doc outside the box

Dr Nii Darko

Dr. Nii Darko is a Board-certified General Surgeon who is pushing past the limits of the status quo. He hosts Docs Outside the Box, an Apple Podcasts Top 100 in Careers – where he highlights stories of doctors doing extraordinary things outside of medicine to inspire other doctors to think outside the box. Through his successful locum tenens business, Equal Access Health, physicians are empowered to have the lifestyle they deserve. He recently became a best-selling author with his book, 3,2,1…Podcast, that helps you build brand authority through podcasting.

“I’ve really embraced this locum tenens lifestyle as a traveling doctor”

Alongside his wife, he does yearly medical humanitarian work to the underserved in Ghana. Dr. Nii Darko holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences and a M.B.A. in Health Care Leadership from Rockhurst University. He completed his General Surgery residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Miami. Dr. Nii Darko is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Visit his website www.drniidarko.com for more information on how Dr. Nii is making the world a better place.

Excerpt from his website:

“My name is Nii-Daako Darko and let me get real with you. As a kid, I always wanted to have an impact on people or be larger than life. I thought about becoming an astronaut, athlete, lawyer, or doctor. It wasn’t until the Cosby Show that I knew what I wanted to be. A successful doctor with a beautiful wife, great kids, and lives in Brooklyn… What more could a regular kid from New York City want?

After getting the degrees, credentials, and certifications, I realized that my life was far from a TV show. As a doctor, not only was I not in complete control over my life, but I also hadn’t explored other talents I knew I had. I was in a box.

After a year of doing locums work, I had met so many doctors making moves outside of traditional medicine. There were doctors who did medical humanitarian work in war-torn places of the world, others running their own businesses, and some on TV.

They were happy and passionate not just about being physicians but about being IMPACTFUL and adding VALUE to society by doing more than just medicine.

I thought to myself “If I had known some of these stories or met these people during my climb up the ladder, maybe I would have done things a bit differently.” So, I pulled my other talents off the back burner and created Docs Outside the Box podcast.

Docs Outside the Box podcast brings stories of ordinary doctors doing extraordinary things to inspire other docs to think outside the box. My guests are living proof that doctors can break free from the exam room.”

3, 2, 1 PODCAST: The Beginner's Guide To Building Brand Authority Through Podcasting

John Bonaventura – CFL scout and Dad

This podcast is with western regional scout for the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, John Bonaventura. John has worked in the football industry for over 30 years as a player, coach, scout and administrator. He has worked at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. In addition to coaching, John has 9 years of professional football as an NFL college Area Scout, CFL pro scout and consultant, NFL combine director and XFL football administrator.

“What they don’t understand is the travel, the ins and outs of hotels, rental cars and the numerous hours spent away from your family”

A husband and father of two boys makes juggling life on the road a struggle at times and he has found ways to incorporate his family life with his professional life, a struggle most of us business travelers have experienced. Let me know what you think of this episode.

Audra Russell – Massage and Community

Audra Russell

Today’s podcast is with Audra Russell. Audra works as an Osteopathic Body worker massage therapist.

Working and living in Northern California while having clients in Southern California allows her to travel every few weeks to see her clients. A professional woman working at her passion to help other peoples’ lives improve is a great way to make it thru this thing called life.

She does mention the loss of a community feeling with all of the traveling but it’s offset by the wider range of people she has met while she’s out and about.

Carey Portell – Ranching with disabilities

Carey Portell

Today’s podcast is with Missouri cattle rancher and inspirational speaker, Carey Portell. Carey became a Speaker and Blogger, not only to purge and heal, but to encourage others down a positive path in life. She speaks about her four year recovery after becoming a survivor of a drinking and driving collision and her choice to overcome this tragedy. She is partially disabled and works a cattle farm. 

“I’m just not used to people seeing in to my life this much, but if you don’t let them see certain moments, vulnerable moments, that is what inspires people to think more”

Her journey is compelling and humbling. Her passion to speak to others about the affects of drinking and driving actually puts her on the road more often, making her more susceptible to encountering another drunk driver. She faces her fears in the hopes to inspire and help others. In addition to speaking about the affects of drinking and driving, Carey also speaks on agriculture, healthcare, faith and community.

Carey is a huge advocate of AgrAbility. Their vision is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.

Connect with Carey Portell:

Who am I?

I am a country girl who likes to kick up her heels in the city every now & then.

I am passionate about life and love to bring a smile to others.

My roles include: mother, wife, farm hand, photographer, inspirational blogger and speaker. 

My four year recovery after being the survivor of a drinking and driving collision has sparked a passion to inspire others along a positive path in life. My journey is compelling, humbling and I share it with gut wrenching honesty.

I schedule speaking engagements with different presentations according to the audience. 

My presentations divide into these categories:

*Drinking/Driving: Your Choices Matter

*Inspirational/Motivational

*Spiritual/Faith

*Community/Agricultural/Healthcare

Cristina Alcivar – Airport Lifestyle

Cristina Alcivar

Today’s podcast is with Cristina Alcivar. Cristina is the founder of Vane Airport Magazine, a digital resource for airport travelers.

“Airports more recently are diversifying and increasing more healthy food options”

Vane Airport Magazine is a complete resource guide providing information on air travel and varied information available at airports around the world. Cristina started Vane as a way to help airport travelers find and locate the hidden gems for us business travelers. Her website is packed full of information on airports, traveling, food and fitness.

Vane Airport Magazine is a digital resource for the health-conscious traveler.

They inspire, guide, and connect travelers to airport wellness services around the world. For example, airport healthy food options, airport spas, airport meditation/yoga rooms, airport gyms and so much more.

Vane Airport Mag has been mentioned in well-known publications such as Huffington Post and travel.usnews.com. In addition, VANE was shortlisted in the 2014 Global Wellness Summit competition for wellness innovation forefront of travel.

Connect with Cristina Alcivar and Vane Airport:

Darci Smith – from Athlete to Career

Today’s podcast is with Darci Smith. Darci was a college athlete playing soccer at South Carolina State. She now helps college athletes prepare for life after college as a career coach.

“One of our conference games, we drove a team bus from South Carolina to Utah, which took us away from school for quite some time”

College athletes compete at a high level for their schools but are sometimes unable to take heavy workloads or take on internship opportunities due to their demanding athletic schedules. Some feel inadequate entering the job market after graduation. The company Darci works for, Athletes to Careers, helps these athletes with their resumes, interview skills and reminds them that what made them successful in sports are the same characteristics that many companies are looking for. Darci travels to colleges thru out California meeting coaches and athletes to help them. A young millennial woman working hard, traveling the roads in Southern California trying to help others with their careers is inspiring.

Connect with Darci Smith:

Asia Hall – Living Neon

Asia Hall

I am excited to share my podcast with Asia Hall. Asia is the founder of Neon Cowboys, a cutting edge fashion business which includes light up cowboy hats, light up holsters, light up earrings, footwear and other fun items.  She started Neon Cowboys in her early twenties after already having a fashion business under her belt. She has traveled thru out the US, marketing and networking as well as visiting China to meet with her factories.

“I really enjoy travelling overseas for work”

Los Angeles born & raised, Asia graduated from Westmont in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Art. During college, she started her first international clothing brand, Once Youth, with her younger brother.

After graduation she landed QA Analyst II at Electronic Arts for their mobile game division.

She is now the CEO of Neon Cowboys, a wearable tech brand who sells her patent pending illuminated cowboy hats that glow in the dark like neon signs. She is also the Co-Founder of WETESO (Wearable Tech Solutions), a consulting firm that partners with researchers, scientists and inventors in developing consumer tech products and bringing them to market.

Asia has a lot to share with the world as she continues to create bringing life, joy, and fun to her companies and those around her.

Traveling the United States and abroad while starting and running a business is an accomplishment in itself. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this bright light.

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Scott Carson – WeCloseNotes expert

Scott Carso

The Travel Wins podcast was happy to Scott Carson as a guest. Scott is the CEO of WeCloseNotes.com where he works as a real estate investor, entrepreneur and the host of his podcast show, The Notes Closer Show.

“Figure out a good rewards card, American Express or Southwest Rapid Rewards, use it and stick to your brands”

Scott grew his business traveling the states for three years looking to grow his network and provide training to other investors. For the past several years now Scott is averaging 50 flights a year…..still making the rounds and meeting new people while traveling for work.

He also teaches Note Buying For Dummies, a 3 day workshop for investors on buying defaulted notes. Scott was also the previous Sr. Real Estate Coach for RealEstateProfitCoach.com and a Mortgage Banker and Vice President with JPMorgan Chase.

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Andrew Howard – Traveling for the League (NFL)

Andrew Howard

The Travel Wins podcast today is with Andrew Howard. Andrew is the Communications Manager at National Football League (NFL). He has worked for the NFL for the past 8 years moving his way up the ladder with dedication and hard work. Andrew travels as on-location NFL Network PR representative at Thursday Night Football games, Super Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and other NFL events. Getting to travel with the NFL has allowed him to visit various cities including Indianapolis, New York City, Dallas, upcoming Nashville for the 2019 Draft and other various states/cities for Super Bowls and Thursday Night games.

“Most of my travel happens during the non-playing season including the Super Bowl, scouting combine and the draft”

Andrew also gave some great insight on how he was successful in pursuing a job in the sports industry and being flexible in his occupational goals.

I very much appreciate Andrew giving me some time to chat and he shared his views on “seeing the sights” while on work trips.

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Bobby Dover – Oil Rig and Hurricanes

On today’s The Travel Wins podcast is Bobby Dover. Bobby is an oil rig driller working in the Gulf of Mexico.

“A hurricane in 2009 we rode out on thew rig was the worst weather

Bobby has almost 20 years experience being an oil rig driller and he gives us a little insight to life on a semi-submersible oil rig 150 miles offshore. He has a 500 mile drive to Louisiana then takes an hour long helicopter flight to the rig. He works three weeks on and then three weeks off. With that kind of schedule, driving and then flying, Bobby’s business traveling is one I haven’t heard of before.
I would like to thank Bobby for his time and insights to his unique business travel.

Dennis Franks – Getting The Last Laugh

Dennis Franks

On today’s The Travel Wins podcast is Dennis Franks. Dennis is retired NFL player, playing with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions, and now an author, business owner and motivational speaker.

He recently co-authored his first book “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” with his friend and teammate Vince Papale. In addition to traveling for the release of the book, Dennis has over 2 million miles in the air while traveling thru out the US and several countries for his business and speaking engagements. He talks about the importance of fitness and good eating habits being essential for all travelers.

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Dennis played professional football as a center and on special teams for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978 and for the Detroit Lions in 1979. He also played college football at the University of Michigan from 1972 to 1974. He was the starting center in all 11 games for the 1974 Michigan Wolverines football team that began its season with ten consecutive wins before losing to Ohio State by a 12-10 score in the final game of the season. Franks was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference center in 1974.

Franks attended the University of Michigan on a football scholarship. As a freshman in 1971, he played on the all-freshman team. As a sophomore, he was the backup for starting center Bill Hart. As a junior, Franks started 5 of 11 games at center for the undefeated 1973 Michigan Wolverines football team.

As a senior, Franks started all 11 games at center for the 1974 Michigan team that began its season with ten consecutive wins before losing to Ohio State by a 12-10 score in the final game of the season. Franks was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference player 1974. Head coach Bo Schembechler said of Franks: “He’s the best center I’ve seen around so far. He may be a little better than Guy Murdock — a little better and a little quicker. He’s consistent”

While playing football at Michigan, Franks drew press attention for his hobby of figure skating. His mother had been a figure skating champion in Germany, and he noted: “The figure skating is a great help for me in developing agility, versatility, quickness, and strength in my legs.”

Franks was not selected in the 1975 NFL Draft. Franks later recalled, “The computers said I was too small. I just didn’t believe the computers.” He tried out with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders in 1975, but both teams cut him during training camp. He tried out with the Eagles again in 1976 and made the team. As a rookie, he appeared in 14 games for the Eagles as a special teams player. During the 1977 season, Franks was given the opportunity to play at the center position. Following an injury to the team’s starting center Guy Morriss, Franks played one game as the Eagles’ starting center.

Franks was waived by the Eagles in August 1979. He had played for the Eagles for three years from 1976 to 1978, appearing in a total of 44 games. The Philadelphia Inquirer later summarized Franks’ career as follows: “For the Eagles, Dennis Franks was a bit player who made himself important to the team by sheer force of personality. He was gung-ho, articulate and hard-working. Whatever coach Dick Vermeil wanted him to do, whether it was to fill in at an unusual position or work out year after year just to sit on the bench, Franks never lost his enthusiasm for the game or the team. His attitude may have been his most important team contribution.

In September 1979, Franks signed to play for the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that they would use him as the center on punts and on special teams. Franks appeared in 13 games for the Lions during the 1979 NFL season.

The Last Laugh - Dennis Franks and Vince Papale

Steve Frick – Corporate Travel Stories

I was excited to get the chance to speak with Steve Frick on my latest “The Travel Wins” podcast. Steve has 18+ years of corporate travel for a trillion + dollar corporate company. His journeys are by air and road, racking up the miles and traveler point privileges. His experience traveling as youngster when his dad would be transferred as a sales rep for Xerox gave him a good head start in his adult travels. His pancake story is a classic.

Steve has his own business travel blog and podcast. His podcast is called, Travel Stories From Back Again And Gone, where he shares tips and stories from the road. You can catch his travel blog at www.hypeamerica.com channel “Back and Gone Again”.

Steve was very gracious spending his time and sharing his stories about traveling so I would like to thank him for that.