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Darley Newman | it’s fun being the host of the Emmy winning “Travel With Darley” show

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

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ABOUT

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

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

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

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

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

Accolades

Emmy Awards and nominations

Year

Association

Nominated work

Result

2009

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2009

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2010

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2011

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2012

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

Other honors

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Majeski | stage 3 cancer survivor, mom and recent divorcee giving life a second chance

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

THE REAL REEL

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

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Welcome to my Second Act…

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

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

Michael David Reilly | entrepreneur, speaker, husband and dad handles success 35KaDay

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

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FOUNDER

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

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

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

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

35KaDay Podcast

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

Kathryn McCann | taking a dance career and converting into a yoga business in multiple states

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meryl Davis | gold medal ice dancer and mirrored ball winner on DWTS

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

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

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Meryl Davis Bio

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

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

Post Olympics

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

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

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

Casey Patterson | beach volleyball Olympian shares how he balances family and success

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

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

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BIOGRAPHY

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Sport: Volleyball

Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball

Height: 6-6

Hometown: Newbury Park, Calif.

High School: Newbury Park High School

College: Brigham Young University, ’05 recreational management

Team/Club: Club Santa Barbara

Olympic Experience

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

World Championship Experience

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

Other Career Highlights

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

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

Chris Elliott | author, advocate, and journalist while providing a resource thru Elliott Advocacy

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

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

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

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

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BIOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

Early career

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

Transition to advocacy

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

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

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

Radio and television reporting

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

Personal life

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

Jessica Blessing | the balanced life of a wife, mom, traveling sales rep and dog breeder

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

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

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

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B4 TOY AUSSIES

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

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

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

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

Stetson Boots

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

Roper

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

Tin Haul

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

Christina Papavlasopolous | arranging motivational travel trips thru Shefari Travels

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

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

ABOUT CHRISTINA

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

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

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

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

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SHEFARI

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

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

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

Let us help you travel well.

She Succeeds

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

At Last!

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

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

Why Corfu?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t miss this life-shifting opportunity!

Imagine…

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

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

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

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

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

Do You Crave…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Megan Driscoll | CEO and Founder of the public relations firm EvolveMKD

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

Make sure to listen to the entire episode and check out EvolveMKD on their social media outlets.

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Summary

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

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

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

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

Gary Collins | author of the The Simple Life guide to RV living

Gary Collins at work

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

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

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

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

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

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GARY’S PERSONAL BIO

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

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

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

Maddison McKibbin | Hawaii to USC to the beaches around the world playing beach volleyball

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

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

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

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

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McKibbin Brothers BIO

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

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

5 for Friday with Maddison McKibbin

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

Make sure to listen to the full episode on Monday.

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

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McKibbin Brothers BIO

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

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

Phoebe Mroczek | being successful is becoming for the host of Becoming Unbecoming

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Phoebe Mroczek is my guest on today’s episode. An extremely successful entrepreneur and podcast host of the show Unbecoming, Phoebe is well on her way to her “one name” status. Having traveled and lived in so many places at such a young age gives Phoebe some great insights to traveling for work. She has over one million downloads of her podcasts. We discuss the changing technologies for media companies and also how the changes have affected traveling for work.

She is the host of Unbecoming, a podcast and nationally-syndicated radio show that helps entrepreneurs release the judgments and beliefs. Sometimes holding them back from living a more meaningful life. The show reaches 350,000+ listeners per month from 40+ countries, 16 AM/FM stations in 20 cities nationwide and across 20 Internet platforms.

She built and ran a six-figure online marketing business for several years. Phoebe realized that her real passion was in helping entrepreneurs embrace their true identity. Wanting to amplify their message and have a greater impact by being more of themselves.

She believes that while what we do in the world is important, we’re meant to do so much more in life than just work. As an curious explorer and recovering perfectionist, she has traveled to 64 countries on 6 continents. Phoebe went cage diving with great white sharks, camped in the Serengeti and motorbiked across 15 countries in Europe.

She loves connecting with existing and established business owners that see podcasting as an opportunity for growth. Hope is an expensive podcasting strategy that rarely works. What she has learned, after several years in the podcasting space, can help you scale your impact.

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PERSONAL BIO

Phoebe Mroczek is a podcaster and marketing strategist. She helps online entrepreneurs create a profitable business that is a reflection of who they are and what they want most.

She is the host of the Unbecoming Podcast, a show that helps entrepreneurs release judgment, expectations and past conditioning. Phoebe redefines their metrics of success and live a fun, free and fulfilling life.

Over the past few years, she’s built an online marketing business that helped established entrepreneurs refine their paid ad and launch strategies. She created a podcast she co-hosted with 900K+ downloads and organized various in-person events, masterminds and online communities. 

Named a WOMAN TO WATCH by Austin Woman, Phoebe Mroczek helps people discover the best of Austin. The podcaster and media maven chose Austin to launch her new podcast series, New To: Austin. Having traveled to more than 65 countries, Mroczek understands the struggle of finding and creating community in a new city and vowed to change that for newcomers and local Austinites. She takes listeners on a fully immersive experience to discover, laugh with and learn from the people, places and things that keep Austin weird. Season one launches soon, but you can listen to the trailer on the website.

Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

5 for Friday with Phoebe Mroczek

5 for Friday with Phoebe Mroczek

Phoebe Mroczek is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. Phoebe is a podcaster (Unbecoming) and marketing strategist who helps online entrepreneurs. With all of the places she has visited and stories that are fun to listen to make sure to come back on Monday for the full episode.

She is the host of Unbecoming, a podcast and nationally-syndicated radio show that helps entrepreneurs release the judgments and beliefs. Sometimes holding them back from living a more meaningful life. The show reaches 350,000+ listeners per month from 40+ countries, 16 AM/FM stations in 20 cities nationwide and across 20 Internet platforms.

She built and ran a six-figure online marketing business for several years. Phoebe realized that her real passion was in helping entrepreneurs embrace their true identity. Wanting to amplify their message and have a greater impact by being more of themselves.

She believes that while what we do in the world is important, we’re meant to do so much more in life than just work. As an curious explorer and recovering perfectionist, she has traveled to 64 countries on 6 continents. Phoebe went cage diving with great white sharks, camped in the Serengeti and motorbiked across 15 countries in Europe.

She loves connecting with existing and established business owners that see podcasting as an opportunity for growth. Hope is an expensive podcasting strategy that rarely works. What she has learned, after several years in the podcasting space, can help you scale your impact.

Phoebe on social media:

 

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PERSONAL BIO

Phoebe Mroczek is a podcaster and marketing strategist. She helps online entrepreneurs create a profitable business that is a reflection of who they are and what they want most.

She is the host of the Unbecoming Podcast, a show that helps entrepreneurs release judgment, expectations and past conditioning. Phoebe redefines their metrics of success and live a fun, free and fulfilling life.

Over the past few years, she’s built an online marketing business that helped established entrepreneurs refine their paid ad and launch strategies. She created a podcast she co-hosted with 900K+ downloads and organized various in-person events, masterminds and online communities. 

Named a WOMAN TO WATCH by Austin Woman, Phoebe Mroczek helps people discover the best of Austin. The podcaster and media maven chose Austin to launch her new podcast series, New To: Austin. Having traveled to more than 65 countries, Mroczek understands the struggle of finding and creating community in a new city and vowed to change that for newcomers and local Austinites. She takes listeners on a fully immersive experience to discover, laugh with and learn from the people, places and things that keep Austin weird. Season one launches soon, but you can listen to the trailer on the website.

Intro music by Robin Tricker. The song is “Road Trip” from her album “Salt Water Happy”.

Cathy Cardenas | traveling for a successful PR firm while raising a family

Cathy Cardenas at work

Cathy Cardenas is my guest on today’s podcast. She created the Cathy Cardenas Public Relations (CCPR) company marketing and managing various athletes, celebrities and entertainers. We discuss how she travels at the needs of her clients while balancing friends and family at home.

It was great hearing about the various apps or travel websites she uses when she is booking her travels plans. If you need some travel deals check out www.skiplagged.com or www.rocketmiles.com to see if you can save some money. She also started re-using www.hotels.com.

She started her PR business with the principles of achieving results, executing conscious public relations, marketing, branding and event planning strategies for my clients in a unique and creative way.

Cathy on social media:

Cathy’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • She listens to music for the most part while traveling. Using her Spotify or Pandora, she mainly listens to the Reba McEntire station or Garth Brooks station.

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ABOUT CATHY CARDENAS PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT

The Cathy Cardenas Public Relations firm offers public relations, marketing, social media management, event planning, product placement, celebrity endorsement services, personal branding and so much more. They work with celebrities, athletes, large and small businesses, non-profits, authors, speakers and more.

 

With expertise and proven results in a wide variety of industries, they pride themselves on creating unique events and creative marketing programs. Including PR campaigns that help clients stand out in saturated markets. Their client services are overflowing with creativity and passion that is cleverly combined with a unique business strategy and proactive nature with proven results!

Through an innovative approach and unconventional tactics, they have landed placements for clients in such media outlets as The Tonight Show, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, USA Today, Los Angeles Business Journal, TV Tokyo, Entrepreneur magazine, Nightline, Fox and friends, PBS, TODAY, Univision, Telemundo, Huffpost, Parents, Redbook, Forbes, The Price is Right and countless other local, regional and national online, broadcast and print outlets.

5 for Friday with Cathy Cardenas

My guest on today’s 5 for Friday episode is Cathy Cardenas. Cathy is the founder and owner of her public relations firm CCPR. CCPR offers public relations, marketing, social media management, event planning, product placement, celebrity endorsement services, personal branding and so much more. In this clip I asked Cathy to explain what public relations firms do for their clients and how much traveling she does making it all happen for them.

She started her PR business with the principles of achieving results, executing conscious public relations, marketing, branding and event planning strategies for my clients in a unique and creative way.

I’m always fascinated and excited talking to the people that work behind the scenes and learn from them. The ones you don’t necessarily see but they are responsible for making it all happen.

Make sure to come on Monday to listen to the full episode.

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ABOUT CATHY CARDENAS PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT

The Cathy Cardenas PR firm offers PR, Marketing, social media management, event planning, product placement, celebrity endorsement services, personal branding and so much more. We work with celebrities, athletes, large and small businesses, non-profits, authors, speakers and more.

 

With expertise and proven results in a wide variety of industries, we pride ourselves on creating unique events and creative marketing programs and PR campaigns that help clients stand out in saturated markets. Our client services are overflowing with creativity and passion that is cleverly combined with a unique business strategy and proactive nature with proven results!

Through an innovative approach and unconventional tactics, we have landed placements for clients in such media outlets as The Tonight Show, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, USA Today, Los Angeles Business Journal, TV Tokyo, Entrepreneur magazine, Nightline, Fox and friends, PBS, TODAY, Univision, Telemundo, Huffpost, Parents, Redbook, Forbes, The Price is Right and countless other local, regional and national online, broadcast and print outlets.

Dave Aichinger | New Era Caps the best job in the sports industry

Dave Aichinger at work

Dave Aichinger is my guest today. Dave is the Senior Manager of Team Services for the New Era Cap Company. A unique job because Dave is the guy whose job it is to outfit the winning teams their ballcaps at the World Series and Super Bowls. An envious job for any sports fan, Dave talks about some of the realities of having to travel so much. He also share some of the differences he has seen over the past 29 years of business travel.

Like many of my guests, Dave’s reality of business travel is different to the everyone’s perception. We talk about missing family and friends events and having to make up for lost time with our families. Another common business traveler ailment is having a hard time with hobbies and being consistent with them.

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Dave’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • I’m a country music guy or old rock.

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New Era Cap Company History

In 1920, Ehrhardt Koch borrowed $1,000 from his sister, Rose and $1,000 from his co-worker Joe and started his own cap company, the “E. Hoch Cap Company.” Production started on the third floor of 1830 Genesee Street in Buffalo, New York. The company started with 14 employees, including Ehrhardt’s sister Rose, Ehrhardt’s son, Harold, and Rose’s son Wally Domas. In 1920, the company produced 60,000 caps.

1934, New Era began producing caps for the Cleveland Indians. This would be their first Major League Baseball (MLB) contract. In 1954, the company’s fitted pro cap was modernized, redesigned and named the 59Fifty, aka the “Brooklyn Style” cap, by Harold Koch. He introduced many design improvements and innovations while head of New Era. By 1965, New Era was supplying caps to about 10 of the 20 MLB teams. In 1993, New Era was granted the first exclusive license with MLB to produce the on-field baseball caps for all teams.

In 2001, Chris Koch was named CEO. In the 2010s, while New Era had long been associated with baseball, the company focused on delving into football and other sports leagues.

2012, it acquired full exclusive sideline rights for the National Football League (NFL). I

2013, New Era signed with Australian cricket’s Big Bash League as their official cap provider. New Era signed an additional deal in 2015 with Manchester United.

2017, New Era signed exclusive rights for NBA on-court product. This made New Era the first headwear company to have exclusive rights for MLB, the NFL, and the NBA simultaneously.

It was announced on August 13, 2016, that New Era and the Buffalo Bills reached an agreement for naming rights for Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills and New Era officially announced the stadium’s new name of New Era Field five days later, on August 18, 2016. 

On September 12, 2018, it was announced that New Era would be the official outfitter for the Canadian Football League starting in the 2019 season. The company has been a licensee of the CFL for headwear and apparel since January 2011. It will be the first time that the company provides football uniforms and sideline apparel.

5 for Friday with Dave Aichinger

5 for Friday with Dave Aichinger

Dave Aichinger is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. A man with the job many would love to have. As the Senior Manager for New Era Cap Company, he’s responsible for distributing official World Series caps and replacing playoff patches with championship patches on the game-worn hats some players insist on wearing. He also is on the field at the end of the NFL Super Bowl and All Star games.

Dave is a busy, busy man and always on the run. He is married with two children and is a proud grandpa these days as his little granddaughter continues to keep the family on their toes.

Make sure to check back on Monday for the full episode with Dave Aichinger.

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New Era Cap Company History

In 1920, Ehrhardt Koch borrowed $1,000 from his sister, Rose and $1,000 from his co-worker Joe and started his own cap company, the “E. Hoch Cap Company.” Production started on the third floor of 1830 Genesee Street in Buffalo, New York. The company started with 14 employees, including Ehrhardt’s sister Rose, Ehrhardt’s son, Harold, and Rose’s son Wally Domas. In 1920, the company produced 60,000 caps.

1934, New Era began producing caps for the Cleveland Indians. This would be their first Major League Baseball (MLB) contract. In 1954, the company’s fitted pro cap was modernized, redesigned and named the 59Fifty, aka the “Brooklyn Style” cap, by Harold Koch. He introduced many design improvements and innovations while head of New Era. By 1965, New Era was supplying caps to about 10 of the 20 MLB teams. In 1993, New Era was granted the first exclusive license with MLB to produce the on-field baseball caps for all teams.

In 2001, Chris Koch was named CEO. In the 2010s, while New Era had long been associated with baseball, the company focused on delving into football and other sports leagues.

2012, it acquired full exclusive sideline rights for the National Football League (NFL). I

2013, New Era signed with Australian cricket’s Big Bash League as their official cap provider. New Era signed an additional deal in 2015 with Manchester United.

2017, New Era signed exclusive rights for NBA on-court product. This made New Era the first headwear company to have exclusive rights for MLB, the NFL, and the NBA simultaneously.

It was announced on August 13, 2016, that New Era and the Buffalo Bills reached an agreement for naming rights for Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills and New Era officially announced the stadium’s new name of New Era Field five days later, on August 18, 2016. 

On September 12, 2018, it was announced that New Era would be the official outfitter for the Canadian Football League starting in the 2019 season. The company has been a licensee of the CFL for headwear and apparel since January 2011. It will be the first time that the company provides football uniforms and sideline apparel.

Ryron Gracie | seeing and meeting people of the world with Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Ryron Gracie family

Ryron Gracie is my guest on today’s podcast. A 5th degree black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Ryron shares his upbringing in jiu jitsu and some of his travel stories. Ryron shares stories from his travels over the past 20 years while teaching the gentle art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Included are stories while training and cornering for fighters like Ronda Rousey. We discuss the differences in traveling as a single person and now having a family. I found out that Ryron and I have very similar outlooks in the desire to travel and see and meet as many people and places as possible with the time that we have.

“I want to to start making a list of everywhere I’ve traveled now that I’m talking to you”

A recognizable figure within the jiu-jitsu community, Ryron Gracie became also a familiar face among mixed martial arts (MMA) fans after a series of web episodes named “The Gracie Breakdown” where Ryron and his brother Rener Gracie go over techniques utilized in UFC events. Ryron Gracie is also an instructor at the Gracie Academy.

Ryron was raised on the mats of the Torrance academy, beginning his training as a toddler. Ryron also started teaching Gracie jiu-jitsu from a very young age, and by the age of 12, he was already coaching children under his father’s guidance. At that same age, Ryron was involved in the historical first UFC event, a competition created partly by his dad. Ryron had the chore of cleaning the mats after each bout. Having a 12-year-old clean blood off the mats was not taken lightly by the crowd, thus forcing Rorion to replace him with an adult after that first event.

Ryron and his brother Rener became known among mixed martial arts (MMA) enthusiasts through a series of YouTube videos called: The Gracie Breakdown. In these videos, the Gracie brothers broke down grappling techniques used on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce in some of the promotions most important fights.

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Gracie Academy Overview

In 1925, Carlos Gracie established the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Brazil. In 1978, Rorion Gracie brought Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the United States, and in 1989 he established the first Gracie Academy on North American soil in Torrance, California.

To accommodate the worldwide expansion of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, in 2017, Ryron and Rener moved the family business to an even larger facility and established “Gracie University” to reflect the shift from a single academy to a global organization. The Torrance location is one of the most successful martial arts schools in the world with over 1,000 students. Torrance also serves as the global headquarters for hundreds of Certified Training Centers and over 150,000 home-study students learning online in 196 countries. Whether you live in Southern California, or you’re just visiting, we invite you to join us on the green mats in “Jiu-Jitsu Heaven” to experience first-hand the beauty, simplicity and effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.