Business

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.

“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 a western retailer based 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.

Connect with Jon Grundmeyer:

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.

Connect with Kevin Geiger:

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”