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Rob Koenen | boxed water is making a better planet

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What is involved in the marketing of water?

Rob Koenen is my guest on today’s podcast. Rob is the chief marketing officer of the Michigan based company, Boxed Water. We had a great talk about sustainability, changes in business due to the lockdown, and future expansion plans. Boxed Water is doing great things outside of just providing great tasting water by incorporating the planting of trees with their social media fans. Make sure to check them out and see how easy it is for them to plant some trees with just a post.

It was interesting to hear Rob talk about working for a company with a bigger purpose versus just marketing for another company. Make sure to listen for their approach to sponsorship opportunities and how they feel about influencers.

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ABOUT Boxed Water

FINDING A BETTER WAY

Part sustainable water company, part philanthropic project. We obsess over providing the purest water in the most sustainable way. We’re not satisfied with the status quo – our planet doesn’t need more plastic bottles. We’re constantly finding new ways to make a positive impact for our planet.

STAYING CLOSE TO OUR CUSTOMERS

Our business is growing, not our carbon footprint. We opened a second filling location in Utah so we can better serve our customers while minimizing our impact on the planet.

IN IT TOGETHER

Giving back to the planet is more than just a company philosophy. For our employees, it’s personal. Together, the Boxed Water team is working toward a shared goal of creating a better tomorrow by creating more sustainable solutions today.

SHORTER TRIPS, SMALLER CARBON FOOTPRINT

Boxed Water’s filling locations are strategically placed to allow us to serve a wide variety of locations while keeping our carbon footprint down.

Location is everything. To keep up with the growing demand for Boxed Water, we carefully chose our filling locations so we can reach more areas with a minimal carbon footprint.

 

 

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AM Davies | the queen of sexy

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When the lockdown isn’t the worst thing you’ve been thru in the past two years.

AM Davies is my guest on today’s podcast. AM is a multi-faceted person who works as a stripper, pole dancer, pole dancing instructor, advocate all while dealing with being a recent amputee. We had a great talk about her dancing career and advocacy for dancers across the nation. She shares her story as well as many other dancers on her podcast and social media pages.

We also discuss her accident which led to the amputation of her lower left leg. Being an exotic dancer just became that much harder learning how to walk and perform with a prosthetic leg. The discussion also mentions the negative effect the worldwide pandemic has affected strippers and everyone involved with the dance clubs.

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ABOUT

A pole dancer and teacher for since 2002, AM Davies has been at the forefront of establishing the pole community. AM started dancing in Los Angeles strip clubs in 2002 and, four years later, won the title of Spearmint Rhino’s Entertainer of the year. AM then moved onto dance at Jumbo’s Clown Room in Hollywood, California starting in 2007 and remained there for 11.5 years.

In 2008, she organized Pole Star Invitational, the first pole dancing competition outside of strip clubs in the US. She founded United Pole Artists in 2009 with the goal of bringing dancers together to share their work and providing a platform for those outside the community to watch competitions and learn about pole.

Her thorough knowledge of pole and shared experience in the pole industry has motivated her to work on Fistful of Steel: A Pole Dance Film.  FFoS is a documentary focused on the history of pole dance.  She is a Co-Founder of Soldiers of Pole.

Yes, a Stripper Podcast

Strippers are real people that are capable of amazing things, in and outside of the strip club.  On “Yes, a Stripper Podcast” each week with a different guest, our host, AM Davies, discusses what strippers are up to, what the climate in and outside of the clubs is like and how social classifications can be harmful to marginalized groups.  Strippers, sex workers, pole dancers and civilians can learn from stripper and sex worker community members and their allies.  This podcast is recorded in collaboration with Period. and Starburns Audio.

Launching on February 12, 2020 on YouTube and anywhere else you can find podcasts! ‘Yes, A Stripper Podcast’ is produced under Period Network in conjunction with Starburns Audio. Producers are… Makenzie Mizell, Shelly Snyder and AM Davies

Darren Rude | business of Youtheory supplements

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What is an essential business that flourishes during a lockdown while helping people?

Darren Rude is the CEO of Youtheory supplements. Darren and his wife, Patty, founded and operate the Irvine, California based supplement company. We had a great talk about how the lockdown has affected his company and business travels. While he is traveling less for business he is seeing an increase in sales due to people wanting to stay healthy while they are concerned about the Covid-19 virus.

We also discuss the company’s future plans of expansion, how they look at sponsorship opportunities in the future and the positive reasons for flying a company jet versus chartering or flying commercial.

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ABOUT

Founded in 2010 by Darren and Patty Rude, Youtheory is one of the original collagen supplement brands. Today, we have grown into one of the largest manufacturers of collagen and turmeric in the U.S.

According to Darren, “I spent the first half of my career working with other supplement brands and I know that all products are not created equal. Our mission has always been to create a business built on the utmost integrity, authenticity and quality.”

Youtheory continues to win top industry awards with a rapidly expanding portfolio of new and innovative health products. Our global success is powered by our people, principles, passion and process.

The promise of human potential and inspiring wellness in all takes our team around the globe in search of the purest, most efficacious ingredients to create the highest quality science-backed supplements.

From the farms to the shelf, we are committed to elevating quality of life through products that naturally support individual beauty, emotional, digestive and physical well-being.

Youtheory is sold online and in 60,000+ retailers worldwide, including Canada, China, Dubai, France, Iceland, Japan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

Chad Michael | team building businesses with AdVenture

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Will Chad Michael be a lockdown turnaround success story?

Chad Michael is the CEO of AdVenture Games. His company builds fun and interactive games for companies to build their company morale and supports team building among each other. We had a great talk about the success of the company as well as the major shifts he’s made since the lockdown effectively shut down his business. Having to re-focus and re-purpose his entire company from in person events to digital, remote events is the biggest challenge but Chad feels his company has made the turn. Having a clientele roster with companies like Google, Wells Fargo, Home Depot Verizon, Telemundo and NBC has shown Chad that he can build and run a successful company.

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AdVenture Games Team Building is none other than the attainment of passionate pursuit deeply rooted in the American dream. In fact, the seedling for the AdVenture Games dream began to germinate when Chad attended the Tony Robbins Firewalk Experience at the age of 13. At this event Chad learned that the dreams budding within him were not just valid – but fully attainable through passion, focus, and dedication.

From here Chad stepped into the entertainment industry and never looked back. He began to exercise his gifts in school and community theatre followed by a successful stint as a theme park performer and studio vocalist. After turning down the coveted role of Prince Charming to pursue his education in communications, Chad stepped up as the youngest Entertainment Director for Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller.  

At this point, Chad felt his long-held dreams had enough knowledge, practice, and proof beneath them to take root of their own accord and launched Outland Productions, a company that became famed in celebrity circles as an engaging resource for a fantastically good time. It wasn’t long before a triumphant coupe at the Sundance Film Festival bolstered Chad’s expansion to corporate events and Chad began to hone his dream just a little bit more.

Upon receiving a Golden Spike Award for Best Overall Event, Chad knew it was time to level up his contribution to the world and execute a greater and grander dream. Chad had long known there was something missing in the world of corporate events–specifically in the team building space. To fill this void, Chad created, AdVenture Games Inc., a team building company focused on learning and trust exercises that engage participants through theatre and humor. Chad set out to mix psychology and science (with a dash of surprise) to deliver fun, inspiring events that engage, enlighten, and entertain all.

Chad’s greatest inspiration is Walt Disney, the most captivating American entertainer (and entrepreneur) of all time. It is from the example set by this celebrated man that Chad has learned that dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.  The ticket to the American dream is to do as Walt encourages, “Get a good idea and stay with it. Do it, and work at it until it’s done right.” This is precisely what Chad has done with AdVenture Games Inc.

Chad has taken team building beyond the next level with his sophisticated designs and captivating storylines. Each client is provided a concierge-like treatment as their game is customized to serve their specific needs. This approach is inspired by Disney, born of Chad’s own heart and results in a fantastic return on investment.

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Lucas Hoge | country singer going Hoge Wild pursuing his passions

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Can country singer Lucas Hoge pursue his passions outside of music?

Originally from a town of 44 people in Hubbell, NE, Lucas is a country artist with Top 30 and Top 40 singles and his last album “Dirty South” went No. 1 on Billboard for Country album sales. He’s an avid outdoorsman and hosts the Sportsman Channel show “Hoge Wild”. Lucas has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and overseas for 12 years entertaining our troops for the Wrangler National Patriot Tour.

Unfortunately the worldwide lockdown has affected both his television show and touring for music. We talk about how the lockdown has specifically affected him and how he has kept a good attitude while waiting for travel to re-open. One of the subjects I was excited to speak with him about is his ability to meet people on the road and make them friends. He shares his story how he met the founder of Cabela’s at the end of a show and partnered together thru the years.

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ABOUT

Lucas Hoge grew up in Hubbell, Nebraska, along with three siblings. At the age of 17, he started to play the guitar. Hoge attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Music and Television

He was the lead artist for two bands; the rock band “Southern Cross” and “Xtreme Devotion”, a Christian music group. Local residents of the small town raised $2,500 to help launch his career. Hoge moved to an apartment in Nashville and started work, performing in small clubs in the evenings.

His first CD, entitled “In My Dreams”, was released in 2002. In the same year, Hoge’s first song for television was “If I Only Could” and featured on the hit Warner Brothers show Smallville. Hoge released his second album, “Dirt”, in 2006.

Hoge went on to appear on television programs including a 2007 Toby Keith Christmas production, a Sunday Night Football promotion with Faith Hill.

Hoge has toured London and traveled to the Middle East to perform for American troops. He’s visited bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska as well as other locations over the last 9 years on the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Hoge is the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet.

Hoge was the host and star of Animal Planet’s TV show “Last Chance Highway” and wrote and performed the show’s theme song. In 2011 he made his debut performance at the Ryman.

Hoge received his first nomination in the Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICM) as “New Artist of The Year” 2011. Hoge gained recognition in the Christian Country genre when he answered a woman’s dying wish, Natalie Fognani, and wrote the song “How Was I To Know”, inspired by her poem. Around the same time, Hoge played several concerts in Colorado, where Natalie lives, including opening for Martina McBride

 Hoge landed his second TV show theme song with “Give A Damn”.

Lucas Hoge partners with Southwest Airlines as the Southwest Storyteller Ambassador

ABOUT HOGE WILD

Hoge Wild will keep the audience on the edge of their seats with wild hunts, epic fishing trips, deep dives and Lucas’ ability to make you laugh while laughing at himself.
This No. 1 Billboard selling country artist is serious about his hunting, conservation, and the taste of his harvest!

Every true red-blooded American will tell you that hunting is a way of life, and Lucas is no different and he’s on a mission.  Lucas will take out some first time hunters and some of his country star friends.  “I want to change the narrative of hunting” says Lucas!

While Lucas is serious about his outdoor adventures, he’s all about living life to its fullest and singing along the way, and always serving his “Hoge Wild” game parties up with a side of laughter! 

 You can follow Lucas performing overseas to duck hunting in Nebraska, Elk hunting in Colorado to deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta and diving in the Cayman Islands.

Greg Chumakov | millennial making a difference with Treedom.co

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Can a millennial make a positive difference in the world?

Greg Chumakov, Chief Operating Officer, is an impact entrepreneur dedicated to building software to provide large-scale change and a more equitable and holistic approach to education. He is currently the COO of Treedom, a service-learning platform for students designed to empower today’s youth. Greg was born and raised in Singapore where he lived as a US expatriate until enrolling at the George Washington University for Economics and Business.

His story is inspiring and he gives all millenials a good name by helping children get the tools they need to balance the playing field in schoolwork.

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ABOUT GREG

With deep roots in South East Asia and a desire to travel at a young age, Greg traveled throughout the Eastern Hemisphere allowing him the opportunity to immerse himself in foreign culture and expand his perspective. Greg’s experience growing up abroad impacted his desire to provide support for those in need.  This ranged from visiting schools in rural Thailand, building houses in Cambodia, finding sustainable food sources for migrant workers in Singapore, and fundraising for terminally ill children in the region. Greg began his career in the energy industry and international markets.  However, drawing upon his earlier experiences volunteering abroad, Greg was committed to providing a strong educational foundation for today’s youth in America, empowering them to make a difference in their community and made the leap, joining Treedom as COO.

ABOUT TREEDOM.CO

REDEFINING WHERE LEARNING TAKES PLACE

Treedom is a cost-effective service-learning platform that empowers students through community engagement, personalizes learning through real-world experience, and supports college applications.

HOW IT WORKS

The Treedom Software Suite features both a centralized web portal for school administrators to track student engagement, as well as a sleek and fun-to-use mobile application for students.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We’ve reimagined a system of education that is more equitable, student-centered, and competency-based – putting agency in the hands of students.

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Greg Schwem | a corporate humorist having to pivot his business during the lockdown

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Imagine your corporate conference without him?

Greg Schwem, business humorist, is my guest today and he has a great career making others laugh for a living. Greg started as a comic and quickly realized he has a gift for corporate humor. While sharing the stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno, Leann Rimes, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar and others is a great feather for his cap he has equally enjoyed making corporate employees laugh when he shares jokes he crafts specifically for their company. Greg has an equally impressive list of companies he has entertained over the years like McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems.

Much of our talk was based around the idea of how do you work as a corporate humorist while gatherings at companies are no longer allowed. Like many past guests, Greg is learning new ways to accomplish his goals.

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ABOUT GREG

Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS RadioFOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016.  He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Greg recently told a reporter.

When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.”

Greg’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit.

Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, SmartPhone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company. In addition to his hefty speaking schedule, Greg  writes a weekly humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar:  A Pile of BS (Business Stories) From a Corporate Comedian.

Hernan Sias | one half of the Business Bros podcast sharing his experiences

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Can you use a podcast to build your business?

Hernan Sias is my guest today. He is one half of the podcasting team Business Bros and a real estate expert in San Diego. He is using the platform of podcasting to build his personal network while learning from his varied guests. He had to convince his brother to originally be a part of the show but now they are 100% into growing their podcast listener base.

“It’s about finding that additional revenue source, because if you’re only dependent on one income stream and that income stream disappears you’re in some deep doo doo.”  ~Hernan Sias on why he built his podcast show

While Hernan traveled for his real estate business, the main reason I wanted to chat with him on my show was to hear the how’s and why’s he started his podcast show with his brother and to hear what he thinks of the future of the platform. It’s always great spending time with someone that is positive about their future even while going thru the downsides of the Covid19 lockdown.

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About Business Bros

Our family business holds many levels of expertise. Hernan Sias has a number of certifications and professional designations like High School Financial Algebra Teacher, Real Estate Sales License, Life and Health License, CTEC Certified Tax Professional, and a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. James Sias has a Property and Casualty License in CA, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Project Management.

We have a plethora of education and a number of experiences that we utilize every day to build businesses, invest in real estate and secure our financial freedom. We invite you to be a part of the conversation, ask us questions, critique our advice, share your opinions, and help us to grow as we work hard to help you too achieve success.

We are by no means rich, yet. We welcome you to join us on our journey as we develop our businesses and increase our investments, and over time, we hope that our documented journey helps our followers reach their own levels of success. Thank you for being part of our lives and for supporting our efforts. THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts and good luck to you and your endeavors!

 

Adam Jackson | turning a hobby into a photography career

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Turning a hobby in to a career?

Is it possible to turn a hobby you are passionate about into a paying career is a question I am often asked by friends and listeners.

My guest today, Adam Jackson, is on the verge of finding out. Adam’s photography is getting him some recognition he didn’t think possible when he first started his hobby as he traveled the states for his “day job” as a business development manager for environmental systems with a past in engineering. The creative side of his brain is taking some phenomenal landscape and celestial photos. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology you wouldn’t think he would be able to pivot careers into photography but he is learning social media uses for photography and how he can provide value to people that would like to learn and/or appreciate his photography skills.

“Thinking, man, I’ve wasted these opportunities across the nation of all the top spots. I have the luxury of traveling and not everyone gets to do that”.  ~ Adam Jackson on why he takes his camera with him everywhere he goes now

He shares his journey from engineer to owning a guitar business, which started his photography, to being paid as a professional photographer and now teaching others how to explore their photography passions. He gets to travel for his “day job” and take the extra time to see and take pictures of the fantastic scenery around us. Make sure to check out and subscribe to his Instagram page to learn more about him and his photos.

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Cake by Courtney | Courtney Rich comes back and updates us with her latest project Courtney: Beyond The Cake

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Cake by Courtney owner, Courtney Rich, is my guest today. This isn’t déjà vu. Courtney is my first guest to be a repeat guest on my podcast. She is a self taught, baker extraordinaire who is using the lockdown situation to improve her relationships at home and interact on her social media platforms on a more personal basis.

We had a great follow up conversation about how the lockdown affected her cake business, design classes and her new podcast, Courtney: Beyond the Cake. I might be biased, but I think her entry into podcasting as a way to connect with her fans is great. There are so many opportunities to reach customers and fans in different platforms and formats that we should do our best to provide what they want.

“the silver lining of a challenge like this (quarantine) is that it kind of puts them to try something new….you see a ton of people trying new hobbies or DIY projects around the house” ~ Courtney Rich

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I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

I didn’t bake my first cake from scratch until I was 26, when my son turned one. It looked like a big brown mound with sprinkles and a candle – honestly, a train-wreck, but it tasted delicious and I was hooked! Over the last nine years, I’ve taught myself the dos and don’ts of baking cakes through a lot of trial and error. Now, I want to share the simple basics that look impressive, but are easy to master. My goal is to inspire you to give baking from scratch a try. I’m all about, if I can do it, you can too! 

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in broadcast journalism, not food science. The broadcasting degree has come in handy, however.  After 13 years as a focus group moderator for a major television consulting firm, I’m able to bring my experiences full circle as I share my baking passion on local television and in food conferences all over the country.

I’m also the mother of two amazing kids, am married to my best friend, and teach cake classes at Orson Gygi Culinary Arts Center, in Salt Lake City.

Ariel Garten | meditation with technology using MUSE: a brain sensing headband

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Ariel Garten is my guest today. She is a neuroscientist, mom, entrepreneur and co-founder of a company that creates MUSE: a brain sensing headband. It was exciting to speak with Ariel about meditation and how it can be a benefit for business travelers. Any interest in reducing jet lag, improving focus and being at your best you can after traveling then maybe meditation and MUSE might be a great fit.

                “There are lots of great hacks. My son had his frequent flyer account since the age of two years, the moment I needed to start paying for seats for him.” – Ariel Garten

It was a great talk about how a passion for neuroscience and meditation has provided many opportunities for Ariel to travel, speak and share her passions with others. Maybe an unlikely career path to be able to travel but she found a way to help others and travel at the same time.

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Ariel Garten: neuroscientist, innovator, and entrepreneur whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential. Garten is one of the Founders of InteraXon, the makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Muse is the award-winning wearable technology that assists and trains meditation and mindfulness. Before founding InteraXon, Ariel was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist, but also started her own international clothing line while she worked in labs researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis. Her creativity and entrepreneurial drive, combined with her fascination with the brain, lead her to bring together two like minded friends and together they founded InteraXon, a Silicon Valley backed startup that allowed people to control computers with their minds, the technology that sparked the creation of Muse. The technology was the feature showcase at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where they allowed over 7,000 people control the lights on the CN tower, Canadian parliament buildings, and Niagara Falls with their brains from across the country. Muse is now used and loved around the world, in 5 languages with over 5,000,000 sessions of meditation.  Ariel and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including CNN, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, etc. and recipients of multiple innovation awards. These days, Ariel can be found at home playing with her 2 year old or on stage across the world speaking about happiness, meditation, understanding mental health, empowering women in business, or telling her own innovation story, consistently giving her audiences the tools they need to help them become their best selves.

Bobby Genovese | making a life out of being an entrepreneur while having fun with his family

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Bobby Genovese is my guest today. Bobby is entrepreneur, father, friend and philanthropist who lives life by the mantra “who has more fun than us”.  It was a great chat with Bobby to hear about a different mentality regarding business travel. He travels the world working on projects he “wants” to work on. He brings his children with him as much as possible and makes having fun an equal part of traveling for his businesses. This is especially important with everything that is going on around the world during the current pandemic.

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Connecting enthusiastic people with winning opportunities is one of Bobby Genovese’s greatest passions, which began at age 25 when he founded his first company in his native Ontario before establishing BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation, both based in The Bahamas, with associate management offices in Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Barbados, Toronto and Vancouver. “More than working hard and being smart, seeing the big picture is key.”

A seasoned equestrian, Genovese brought his accomplishments in business to the polo field where he enjoyed equal success as a polo player and team owner, which led to the creation of multiple polo and equestrian clubs including his flagship BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida. In 2013 his love for adventure and preservation of natural resources grew into the creation of BG Signature, a global portfolio of extraordinary destinations and experiences. The private access VIP collection spans the spectrum of events in sports, fashion, culture and more.

Genovese also dedicates his time, energy and substantial resources to numerous philanthropic endeavors, especially those that serve children. His chairmanship of the annual Car and Boat Rally Scavenger Cups, which began in 2007, has helped raise more than $16 million for Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Canada’s largest and most sophisticated centre for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care. “Giving back is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Jamey Whetstone | expert winemaker in Napa still learning Fresh Vine Wines

Jamey Whetstone Fresh Vine Wine Napa California winery

Jamey Whetstone is my guest today. Fresh Vine Wines is his latest venture making wine a little healthier while maintaining the great taste. As the wine maker for Whetstone Winery, Jamey is always looking for new ways to create great tasting wine while maintaining his active lifestyle.

We chat about the many hours and days required to produce, sell and distribute a great wine from the Napa Valley region in California. We spent some time talking about the balancing act of being a husband and father to his children and a running a successful business.

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MEET THE WINEMAKER
Jamey Whetstone

Jamey moved out to California from his home in South Carolina to manage Mustards Grill in 1996. Simply captivated by the community, lifestyle, and culture of wine country, he found himself quickly growing roots. By 1998, he had begun his winemaking education at Turley Wine Cellars where he would remain in his apprenticeship until 2005. During that time, he spent a summer sabbatical working for the Seysses family at Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis and laid the groundwork for Whetstone Wine Cellars, which he founded in 2002.

BETTER WINES FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE

Jamey shares in our vision to create better wines that compliment his active lifestyle. Jamey is an avid surfer, skier, and all-around outdoorsman. His passion for winemaking is mirrored by his passion for adventure, and he wanted to create a health-conscious wine alternative that he can be proud to bring to the table. Our Fresh Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is the first release of those wines.

Rafi Anteby | being a conscious traveler while helping the world be a better place

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Rafi Anteby is my guest today. Rafi is known as the “conscious traveler” and that has never been more so than right now. He set up the REloading Life Gala to benefit Australia’s wildlife. The gala will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and Renee Bargh on March 16 in Los Angeles at the Vibrato Grill. The proceeds from the event are to benefit an emergency triage for wounded animals on Kangaroo Island. This triage center will become a protected wildlife sanctuary that will help heal the animals of Australia.

In addition to Rafi’s help with the Australia wildfire damage, he is also known for his jewelry design companies, Bullets 4 Peace and The Domino Effect.

He is proof positive that if you put out good vibes you will receive good vibes back. We talk about his travels and how he combats jet lag and the importance of giving back to the communities we visit while on our own work/business trips.

Rafi has a passion for animals and nature and focuses much of his philanthropic efforts on animal rescue and nature preservation. Through his worldwide travels, he has visited some of the most beautiful unknown places and met incredibly special people. However, traveling to these underserved communities also opened his eyes to the overwhelming needs of the people, animals and our sacred habitats around the world. 

His goal in founding Reloading Life is to bring awareness and to help those in need by uniting passionate people with a common cause of making the world a better place for all.  In Hollywood, he is known for his charitable jewelry lines Bullets4Peace and Domino Effect as well as his award show official gift lounges where he curates luxury lifestyle goods and exotic travel experiences for the entertainment industry’s elite. He uses his influence in Hollywood to rally entertainment’s most influential people to raise awareness and funds for various important causes around the world.

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ABOUT

Growing up in Israel, a country accustomed to conflict and war, Rafael became familiar with the devastating effects of gun violence at an early age. As a young adult Rafael found refuge in the arts by expressing his talents through painting, sculpture, music and the realm of Martial arts. After achieving 3 world titles Rafael, a Kung Fu master, became motivated to make a greater impact on society and began teaching martial arts in Israel, South Africa and the United States. Armed with his superior martial arts abilities and knowledge of Chinese healing and meditation, he embarked on a journey to promote peace and unity where Bullets 4 Peace subsequently emerged. More recently Rafael has expressed a passion for preserving and protecting nature, animals and wildlife through his photography from his travels around the world and at home in Los Angeles.

COMPANIES

BULLETS 4 PEACE

Bullets 4 Peace, founded by LA fashion designer Rafael Anteby, is a unique jewelry collection with a focus on promoting global peace and helping humankind by giving back to communities through partnerships with charitable organizations. Used bullet casings are collected from around the world giving them a new purpose, a handcrafted jewelry line symbolic of peace and unity.

THE DOMINO EFFECT 

Rafi Anteby is known as “The Conscious Traveler” and for his creation Bullets 4 Peace.

“I wanted to create a new, elegant collection that could help the many causes I see during my travels around our beautiful planet and to help those without a voice.

I feel strongly that one small step of kindness from all of our supporters will create a huge domino effect of love and abundance”. 

RELAODING LIFE FOUNDATION

Reloading Life Foundation is a charity organization with a purposeful mission.  Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain life in all forms.  Our three areas of focus are abused and endangered animals; under-served remote communities; and natural indigenous habitats. Our goal is to create initiatives and partnerships with existing programs that help preserve the natural way of life for animals, living habitats, and people around the world. 

Nova Lorraine | editor-in-chief, mom and wife is quite the balancing act

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Nova Lorraine is my guest on this week’s podcast. Nova is the founder and editor in chief for Raine Magazine. Our chat included the how and why she started a magazine all while being a wife and mother.

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ABOUT

Editor in Chief, Raine Magazine

Twelve-year fashion industry veteran and designer, Nova Lorraine, founded Raine Magazine after noticing the necessity for many young brands and entrepreneurs in the fashion and creative industries to have an expressive outlet. The lack of promotion, access to other successful entrepreneurs, funding and basic business acumen was the main drivers behind launching the world’s most fashionable business magazine.

Before she established Raine, Nova has received many accolades including Haute Couture Designer of the Year and Rising Star Nominations by Fashion Group International. In addition to this esteemed notoriety her designs have graced the big screen, made television appearances on The View and Oprah, and have been modeled in world-renown fashion publications, Italian Vogue and Essence Magazines.

With a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a degree from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Nova is a strong supporter of continuing education and enjoys speaking at conferences and universities worldwide.

About Raine: Raine is the world’s most fashionable business magazine! We are the “go to resource” for Creative Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Executives! Our mission is to inspire through fashion and empower through business by introducing the must-know entrepreneurs in fashion, culture, travel and technology while encouraging readers to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. Through Raine you will be able to enter the world of affluent and aspiring entrepreneurs and the fashionable lifestyle they live, network, partner or invest with some of the most talented individuals in the world, and meet rising dot.comer’s, designers, photographers, film producers, actors, artists, musicians, inventors and more! As the Creator and Editor in Chief, Nova’s ultimate mission is to help brands get further faster while inspiring millions along the way.

Doug Brown | successful author, business owner, dad and husband with win win selling

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Doug Brown is my guest today. Doug is a husband, father, author and business owner, Business Success Factors, with a diverse work background. I related closely to Doug’s work history and we connected on many issues. He is experiencing having to travel for his work while being a father and husband. You can check out his book “Win-Win Selling: Unlocking Your Power for Profitability by Resolving Objections” on Amazon or other online book outlets. See the link below to access his book directly.

Doug shared a lot about what makes him tick and how he handles family responsibilities while being the driving force of his business.

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Doug Brown has led client award-winning and high performance teams, as well as pioneered profitable development programs for companies.

He has advised companies such as Intuit, CBS Television, Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Nationwide, Embassy Suites, Inc. 500 to 5000 companies, and thousands of other businesses and entrepreneurs. …

Doug started working for his family business at the age of three and has gone on to found or build 34 businesses. Through his personal experiences and studies he has developed a unique methodology to increasing revenues which is transferable to any company.

Doug also was employed for multi-billion dollar companies and earned Top Sales Professional Awards for his sales performances.

Doug would go on to create and build his own businesses, including a telecommunications consulting company, real estate investment firm, an SEO venture, an entertainment business, an auto body business, a landscaping business, Christmas tree retailing, a fishing and lobster wholesale business, a multilevel marketing business, a telecom agency, and a business coaching company, just to name a few.

As an independent division head creating, training, and presenting high-impact, results-oriented web seminars for prospects of Tony Robbins and Chet Holmes, Doug increased division sales by 864% and close rate by 62% in just six months.

He has also worked with Russ Whitney and trained clients of Jay Levinson, David Wood, and Terri Levine.

For four decades, Doug has studied business principles and self-development, passing on his knowledge and experience in order to serve others by helping their businesses to grow.

He owns a telecommunications auditing company as well as a business training company where he helps clients in marketing, sales, and business growth. He specializes in helping companies to acquire, convert, and lock in clients for life.

Doug Brown lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

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Raquel McNabb | wife, mom and athlete helping even the playing field for all children CARIS SPORTS

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Raquel McNabb is my guest today. She founded the Caris Sports Foundation to give kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford to join a team, the chance to play. An accomplished athlete and mother of four, Raquel has personally supported athletes from low-income families over the years.

Being a busy mom of four athletic, school aged children, she started the foundation because of the importance of helping others achieve their goals. She has a lot of balls up in the air at all times with the foundation getting started last year, four children and their always changing schedules and a husband that is always on the move as well.

Caris Sports Foundation

The foundation was founded in 2019 to help kids and their families meet the costs associated with recreational and competitive sports. 

They are well aware of the fees involved in team sports. Team fees, equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, and other related costs all add up. Some families can afford it; others can’t. But access to sports shouldn’t be limited to those who have the financial resources to play. Income affects sports participation. Children who play more, come from families that can afford more. Only 34% of kids ages 6 to 12 from homes with incomes of $25,000 or less played team sports compared to 69% of kids from home with incomes of $100,000 or more.

Organized sports shouldn’t price out kids who can benefit from the camaraderie, competition, challenges, personal growth, and accomplishments that sports offer. Caris Sports Foundation and its supporters provide scholarships to cover those expenses. By taking the money problem out of the equation, they help young athletes, from kindergarten through high school, get out on the playing field. 

Caris Sports Foundation’s current activities are limited to Arizona; however, they will soon be expanding to other regions.

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RAQUEL McNABB – ABOUT

Her birth name is Raquel-Ann Sarah “Roxie” Nurse. She is the daughter of Canadato Arlie and Marjorie Nurse.

Raquel attended Syracuse University, where she was the point guard on the women’s basketball team. She was named MVP twice, Athlete of the Year in 1997, and made the Big Eаѕt academic all-star team thrее times. Raquel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She then earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School and a Master of Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Raquel Nurse is married to her husband Dоnоvаn МсNаbb. After dating for several years the couple decided to tie the knot. The duo married in 2003.

The marriage ceremony took place in Valley College Ministries International, Oak Valley, Illinois, with her family and college teammates who joined the bridal couple at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. They spent their honeymoon in the beautiful Dominican Republic.

They have four children: daughter Alexis, who was born in September 23, 2004, now playing club basketball and making a name for herself, twins Sariah and Donovan Jr., who were born in 2008, and Devin James, who was born in 2009. The family splits its time between homes in Moorestown, New Jersey and Chandler, Arizona.

McNabb’s nephew, Darnell Nurse, was the seventh overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

McNabb’s niece, Kia Nurse, is a college basketball player for the Connecticut Huskies and the Canada women’s national basketball team. As well, her other niece Sarah Nurse competed on Team Canada’s national women’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Her Husband Career Summary

On the other hand, her husband is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to his NFL career, he played football and basketball for Syracuse University.

The Eagles selected him with the second overall NFL Draft win in 1999, and McNabb played eleven seasons with the team, followed by one year each with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings. Raquel Nurse and her husband are involved in many charities.

Sucheta Rawal | world traveling foodie and author gives back when exploring

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Sucheta Rawal is my guest on today’s podcast. She is an award-winning food and travel writer, author, cooking instructor and philanthropist. As the founder and executive director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta’s personal mission is to raise awareness of global cultures through meaningful travel, good eating, and community interaction. Make sure to follow and reach out to Sucheta on her various social media platforms.

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She likes to get a little bit of everything done when on long flights. Her trips to Asia are described like this “You watch a couple of movies, you sleep a little, you listen to some music, get some work done and you still have hours to go.”

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ABOUT

She founded Go Eat Give as a blog in 2011, through which she wanted to educate readers about sustainable and volunteer traveling, authentic cuisines, and engagement with locals. Go Eat Give is now a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit serving audiences across 120 countries.

Originally from India, Sucheta started discovering the world when she moved to United States at the age of seventeen. By 23, she was teaching international cooking classes and writing restaurant reviews.

She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Finance and worked in investment banking, market research and human capital consulting. Her vacations to Russia and Morocco, where she volunteered at an orphanage and women’s empowerment center, inspired her to get out of the cubicle, and uncover facts of life by encountering everyday people around the world. Since then, she transitioned from being a tourist to a meaningful traveler. Her favorite things to do while traveling are – exploring neighborhoods, meeting locals, eating at local eateries, and visiting markets.

Sucheta has traveled to 90 countries (and counting) bringing back exclusive experiences, which she shares through writing, speaking engagements and cooking classes. She has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle, CheapOAir, Chowhound, CNN, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Cuisine Noir,  Do It While You’re Young, Fodors, Flavors, Examiner, The Huffington Post, Patch, MixTup, Khabar, Travel+Leisure and Travel+Escape.

Sucheta has presented at The New York Times Travel Show, Travel and Adventure Shows, Taste of Atlanta, Global Humanitarian Summit, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and James Madison University, among others.  She also teaches cooking classes around the US.

Sucheta served on the board of Refugee Family Services, a non-profit that supports refugee women and children achieve self-sufficiency.

Sucheta authored a series of children’s illustrative books on travel – Beato Goes To. The stories, based on her real cat, Beato and her actual travels, are meant to inspire young readers to learn about different countries and cultures, as well as develop their own wanderlust. Sucheta loves to do author visits at schools, reading her books – Beato Goes To Greenland, Beato Goes To Israel, Beato Goes To Indonesia and Beato Goes To Japan – and inspiring young global citizen. Her fifth book – Beato Goes To Brazil – releases in October 2019.

Sucheta was named “one of top 30 travel bloggers in the world” at Travel Blogger Conference Asia in 2018, “Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40 alumna” in 2018, “40 Under 40 best and the brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2016, one of the “five most influential bloggers on culture in the world” by the Foundation of Florence, Italy in 2012. She was a finalist for the Atlanta Press Club 2012 Award of Excellence, and nominated for Caribbean Journalism Award 2015, and Georgia’s Author of the Year 2018.

Sucheta is a member of Impact Travel Alliance, Travel Bloggers Association, International Women Associates, Georgia Council for International Visitors, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The International Travel Writers Alliance, and the Atlanta Press Club. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and cat, Beato.

Jenny Keller | cookie entrepreneur while raising a family, being a wife and traveling for business

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Jenny Keller is my guest on today’s podcast. She has a great story about how to be a female entrepreneur while raising a family, being a wife and traveling for her steadily growing business. Her story about being a cookie flight attendant for the day by handing out freshly baked cookies would make most travelers happy.

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Jenny was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Psychology.  Inspired by the PNW’s love of coffee, started her own espresso business in 2003 which would be the beginning of her entrepreneurial adventure. After her daughter Ally was born, she sold the successful business to settle in as a stay-at-home mom.  Not long thereafter Jenny began hobby baking from home with the main focus being buttercream decorated sugar cookies. Creative baking quickly became a passion and her signature cookies were given a name: Jenny Cookies.  The cookies were soon joined by cakes, cupcakes and a variety of desserts and a growing blog and social media following. 

Jenny’s ideas are simple, timeless and creative.  From desserts to everyday entertaining, Jenny lends inspiration and encouragement to others for their own events and everyday celebrations.  Her style, designs and expertise have been seen in Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, People, Us Weekly, Brides and More.   When she’s not creating for JennyCookies.com, Jenny styles and creates content for brands such as Wilton, Pottery Barn Kids, Warner Bros, Fresh, Bath & Body Works, McCormick, JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and more to connect consumers with their product. She is also known for her work with numerous celebrities such as Tori Spelling, Tiffani Thiessen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lisa Rinna and many of ABC’s The Bachelor & Bachelorettes.

In between parties, home projects and running Jenny Cookies Bake Shop, Jenny enjoys life in Seattle, WA, near the beach.  She enjoys weekend walks into town for coffee, local antiquing and spending time with her family. 

Plae Shoes | footwear designed for business travelers

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plae Shoe founders, Ryan Ringholz and Jonathan Spier, are my guest on today’s podcast. I was particularly excited to speak with them about their Packables line of footwear that is geared towards travelers in design and function.  “Packables are shoes uniquely designed and packaged to compress flat, taking up a lot less space in your bag and giving you the freedom to add more play to your day.”

They both travel overseas to Vietnam and Taiwan for samples and factories all while balancing their family duties was inspiring. They have incorporated kids, family, and business all in one business model that is growing and successful.

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DO YOU STILL PLAY?

Play is fundamental, a hard-wired universal concept. We come into the world knowing how to eat, breathe, sleep… and play. These human essentials cut across cultures, politics, ethnicities and gender.

Play is a constant that still remains ever-changing, reinvented daily by kids and limited only by their boundless imaginations. But there is an artificial line between kids and adults when it comes to play.

Our goal is to erase that line and harness the power of play for everyone—starting with shredding the notion of age limits, of growing up, of losing that spirit of joy. On our journey, we start by asking ourselves, and the world, “Do you still PLAE?”

CRAFT OF PLAE

There’s a reason why people have an obsession with shoes. It’s always held a coveted place in the world of fashion. That’s because the process of making shoes is an age old craft. And like any craft, it takes a lot of skill. We’d like to take you behind the scenes through the making of PLAE, from Ryan’s inspirations to the final touches.

Every pair of PLAE shoes has been hand-crafted by a team of workers, with many pairs of hands adding their special touch to each pair that arrives at your door. We’re saluting the craft that goes into shoemaking and hope you enjoy learning more about us!

Fun facts:

The process takes more than 300 steps from beginning to end

It takes 18 months to make a shoe, from concept to finished product

Every logo embossed on a tab is done by hand

INTRODUCING THE PLAE-IT-FORWARD PROGRAM

With much excitement, we’re announcing the launch of the PLAE-it-forward Community program! Giving back is a company value for PLAE, and we have been actively involved with many great organizations, including Make-A-Wish, the San Francisco Firefighter Toy Program, and Baby2Baby.

While we are able to support these wonderful organizations, we get many more requests for support that goes unfulfilled. We want to partner with you to do more, so we created the PLAE-it-forward Community program. PLAE-it-forward is an opportunity for you to help a local organization/charity of your choice earn a yearly cash donation from PLAE.