Business

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.

Chris Castellano – Fit For Travel

Chris Castellano Fit For Travel

On the podcast today is Chris Castellano. Chris is a Iraq war veteran, New York City firefighter, travel fitness specialist and the founder of Fittest Travel.

He has spent years training himself and others in functional fitness, bodyweight training, calisthenics, and Crossfit and started Fittest Travel to help travelers stay fit and healthy while on the road.

He has served in the United States Army and Army Reserve since 2007 and deployed with a reconnaissance platoon to Iraq from 2008 to 2009. Chris worked on Wall Street for two years before becoming an FDNY firefighter in 2016. Also working as a paid contributor to Oplens.com where he provides national security and military commentary.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Briarcliffe College and attended graduate school at Boston University. Chris currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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Chris’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • Podcast – Tim Ferris podcast
  • Podcast – James Altucher podcast

Click here to see other guests choices for listening while traveling

Mike Afromowitz – MMA and Combate Americas

Mike Afromowitz is the Senior Vice President of Communications and Operations for Combate Americas.

“I have to be on the ground several days in advance. I need to get to that destination so I can fulfill that mission”

Mike has over 17 years of experience in communications, marketing and operations management in sports entertainment and media, and recent winner of the “Best Variety or Reality Show” at the 29th annual Imagen Awards.

He launched Combate Americas, the first-ever U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise and competition reality TV series, with UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Bunim/Murray Productions and NBCUniversal’s mun2, in 2013.

The 10-episode Combate Americas reality series premiered on mun2 on Sunday, February 23, 2014, and became the first fight-themed program in history to win a major TV award – “Best Variety or Reality Show” – at the 29th annual Imagen Awards on August 1, 2014.

One of four executives who launched STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) as a regional MMA sports franchise in San Jose, Calif. in 2006, and developed it into the number 2 MMA franchise in the world, putting it into position to be sold to the parent company of number 1 competitor, the UFC, in March 2011.

Mike was also directly responsible for raising over $1 million in sponsorship fees and television licensing fees for STRIKEFORCE programming. Helped pave the way to a multi-year live event programming deal between STRIKEFORCE and SHOWTIME in 2009.

Created, developed,and delivered clear and consistent messages that strengthened STRIKEFORCE brand awareness, equity and loyalty. Produced multi-city media tours with talent, produced and staffed stunt events and media functions, and placed media coverage with top sports, business, entertainment and lifestyle media platforms.

Promoted and operated logistics at 14 live K-1 USA kickboxing events in Las Vegas, Nev., beginning in 2001, for ESPN2, Pay-Per-View and Fuji TV in Japan. Created all K-1 USA website editorial and copy for marketing and public relations campaigns.

Combate Americas is a Hispanic mixed martial arts (MMA) sports franchise and media company. The franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile content. In the US, it can be seen on Univision and Univision Deportes; in Mexico on Azteca7; in LATAM on ESPN and on GOL in Spain and on RedeTV in Brazil.

Jon Grundmeyer – Boots On The Road

Jon Grundmeyer

On my podcast today is Jon Grundmeyer. Jon is the Director of Events and New Store Openings for the largest western retail chain in the world, Boot Barn.

“I was on the road 220 days last year”

A 200+ day a year traveler, Jon is responsible for the set up of new retail store locations and special events for Boot Barn, the largest western retailer in the US. Being away from his family and friends for weeks at a time I thought Jon would give me some insight to why he does what he does. I don’t think you find a more passionate person who truly loves what he does and his family.

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A little background on the company Jon works with:

THE BOOT BARN STORY

From the humble beginnings of a family run storefront, to over 200 stores in 29 states, Boot Barn® epitomizes the American dream of hard work, honesty and value. When founder Ken Meany opened that very first store little did he realize that his vision and values would help drive what Boot Barn® is today. Even though we are a much larger company, we still embrace the down-home honesty that a family run business represents. From California to Florida, from North Dakota to Texas and Louisiana, we work hard to make sure every Boot Barn® gives you the same personal experience that Ken started years ago.

At Boot Barn®, we honor America’s heritage — our heritage. We believe in quality products and good value. And we’ve stocked our shelves with quality western and work gear for you and your family. More than 8,000 styles of boots, jeans, shirts, hats, belts, jewelry and more. All the latest styles from the brands you trust like Wrangler, Ariat, Justin, Carhartt, Dan Post, Resistol, Montana Silversmith and many, many more.

Kevin Geiger – Work, Life and Diabetes

Kevin Geiger

Here is my chat with long time friend Kevin Geiger. Kevin is a business man/father traveling multiple months a year while raising a son dealing with Type 1 Diabetes. Kevin recently took on the role of Vice President of Business Development for a newly formed company named EverCommerce after decades of sales and management experience in the construction industry. He is a construction expert/facilitator working with large and small contractors using technology.

“One of the things I love to do when traveling for work is going to concerts”

Kevin is a proven business development leader combined with strong operational skills, strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Calculated and disciplined risk taker with innovative ideas to grow revenue streams. Accomplished at Implementing strict budgeting guidelines. Proven ability to build strong and loyal relationships and effective internal teams.

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A little background the company Kevin works with:

EverCommerce is bringing together best-of-breed commerce solutions in the service sector, forming one service commerce platform that improves go-to-market strategy for technology companies and simplifies the software-buying process for business owners.

Our team has extensive expertise in business operations, management, legal, finance, accounting, technology human resources, marketing and sales that, via the EverCommerce platform, we provide as a service to drive continued growth and success for growing service commerce companies. Our ecosystem enables companies to thrive in an environment of shared knowledge and resources with significant cost savings.

In addition, service business owners get an unparalleled environment to find best-fit solutions that improve how they market services, manage business, and retain customers. Collectively, all tides rise. Technology companies and the businesses that buy from them can penetrate markets, reach new targets, build efficiency and scale, create revenue predictability, and reach new heights.

Nicole Tenace -Billion Dollar Hair Care

A talk with Nicole Tenace, Regional Director at the Regis Corporation. Nicole provides a wonderful insight to traveling the Western United States for a multi-billion dollar corporation.

“I really enjoy talking to people on planes…..sometimes they give really good advice”

Kevin Ford – Travels and Craft Beers

Here is my talk with Kevin Ford. Kevin is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for two companies, Tablo and Urban Armor Gear (UAG).

A seasoned business traveler who has great tips and thoughts after 20+ years of traveling.

“Best airport to get stuck at …..Minneapolis”