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Asia Hall – Living Neon

Asia Hall

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

“I really enjoy travelling overseas for work”

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

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

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

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

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

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William Lee Martin – Cowboy versus Redneck

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Here is my podcast with comedian William Lee Martin. William has toured for over 20+ years in comedy clubs, theaters, cruise ships and toured with country music legends George Strait, George Jones and all 4 members of the Blue Collar Comedy tour.

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His wife, Michele, and him started the Cowboys Who Care Foundation seven years ago delivering hats to kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date they have delivered over 7,000 hats across the country.

BIOGRAPHY

Quitting your job and starting a comedy career 4 days before turning 30, is probably not the smartest plan but that’s exactly what comedian William Lee Martin did in 1996. Three short years later he was opening for country legend, George Strait at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX in front of 75,000 laughing concerting goers.

That performance propelled William Lee’s career.

Rising quickly to the role of headliner for some of the most prestigious clubs including the Funny Bones, Improvs, Catch a Rising Star, Loony Bin, Carnival’s Punchliner and becoming a regular in Las Vegas, William Lee first hit the stage under the lifelong nickname his grandfather gave him, “Cowboy Bill”. He has also entertained our troops overseas and toured with other country stars like George Jones, Brad Paisley and all four of the Blue Collar guys. 

It all culminated in his getting his first one-hour television special in 2015 on CMT called Cowboy Bill Martin: Let the Laughter Roll which was seen in over 1.7 million homes. In January, 2016, Martin launched the Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour with stand-up comedy newcomer and internet sensation, Chad Prather. 

Despite the success, William Lee once again made wholesale changes in life and career in 2017 including cleaning up his act, dropping the moniker, Cowboy Bill and getting his first movie role in the film, 300 Savage.

Now with an impeccable reputation for writing accessible, original material with gut busting laughs, William Lee is hailed as one of most talented comedians working today. On social media, he writes and performs the hugely popular, The Living in the Middle Report, a hilarious explanation of problems facing middle-income America.

Although William Lee’s passion is comedy, he also has written several songs including, I’ll Stand for You and 400 Horses.

On the home front, William Lee is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

William Lee and his wife also founded Cowboys Who Care Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit, to deliver cowboy hats to boys and girls who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date, CWCF has delivered over 8,000 brand-new hats across the country from New York to California.

William Lee is kicking off his 2019 Runnin’ with El Diablo Comedy Tour and releasing two brand new comedy TV specials, Standing in the Middle and The Nutcracker Comedy Special.

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.

Hunter Cure – Cowboy and Family Man

Hunter Cure

On my podcast today is two-time world champion steer wrestler, Hunter Cure. Hunter competes on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) level. Hunter shares the good and bad of traveling 6+ months a year with no guarantee of income while being a devoted husband and father at home in Texas.

“The humbling nature of moving up a level”

Hunter married his wife, Bristi in 2006 and they have 2 children. Both Hunter and Bristi attended Texas Tech and were members of the rodeo team. Bristi competed in the barrel racing, and she earned bachelors and master’s degrees in communications. Hunter’s uncle, Joe Howard Williamson, has won several world championships in cutting. Hunter runs cattle on his Holliday, Texas, ranch and provides stock for the steer wrestling competitions in San Antonio, Fort Worth, San Angelo, Houston and the Timed Event Championships in Guthrie, Okla.. He also likes hunting deer and wild hogs. His favorite restaurant is Outback Steakhouse, and his favorite food is steak.

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BIOGRAPHY

Growing up in North Texas, being a cowboy has always been second nature to Hunter Cure. He was surrounded with large cattle operations and multiple family interests which included a breeding operation, halter, performance and cutting horses. Hunter found his niche in the rodeo arena by first competing in calf roping and bull riding. At age 14, Hunter began steer wrestling and as they say the rest is history. Hunter was successful in the high school ranks and this lead to a rodeo scholarship in college. He went on to win the college national steer wrestling title in 2004 and then started his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rookie year in 2006.

In May of 2006 Hunter graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelors of science degree in Agricultural Economics and spent his rookie season on the road. In October he married Bristi and they moved back to the Wichita Falls, Texas area. In his spare time Hunter has been known to work on horse trailer interiors, while running wheat pasture cattle and helping with the families’ cow calf operation. In 2011 Hunter entered into the stock contracting business by providing steer wrestling cattle for Rodeo Austin, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Throughout the year Hunter can be found traveling the United States and Canada competing. He competes at over 80 sanctioned rodeos a year and drives countless miles in pursuit of another National Finals Rodeo (NFR) appearance.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In 2009, Hunter qualified for his first NFR. That same year he won four out of the six rounds at his first Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). He also won the Texas Circuit in 2009 which qualified him for a spot at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho, where he finished second. Cure would go on to qualify for the CFR again in 2010. 2013 proved to be an outstanding season for Cure, he qualified for his second NFR, made another trip to the CFR, and won prestigious rodeos like Reno and Sheridan. Cure finished the CFR finals as reserve CFR champion. Cure’s NFR performance included two go round wins, placing in seven of the ten rounds, and finishing third in the average. Cure ended the 2013 season winning the PRCA World Championship title.

HISTORY

While Hunter’s rodeo career began roping calves and riding bulls, he’s been moving cattle and riding horses since a very young age. He even spent a summer riding cutting horses. At age 14 he tried his hand at steer wrestling. While the first few years took a lot of hard work and practice, Hunter continued to improve and get stronger. He made the best of his high school years by being successful at Texas high school rodeos in Region I & III. His successful high school career led to a rodeo scholarship to Howard Junior College where he stayed for one year before transferring to Texas Tech University in 2004. In 2004, Hunter qualified for his first College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming and won the National Inter-collegiate Rodeo National (NIRA) Championship title in the steer wrestling.  He later went on to qualify for the CNFR two more times, winning the Southwest Region twice and helped lead Texas Tech University’s Men’s team to a regional championship, as well as a NIRA runner-up title in 2006.

Team members included other NFR qualifiers Adam Gray (calf roping), Ryan Gray (bare back riding) and CFR qualifier Luke Butterfield.