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Marcus Peterson- Prove Yourself Right

Marcus Peterson at work

Today’s The Travel Wins podcast welcomes Marcus Peterson, MBA. Marcus is an NFL wide receiver (Los Angeles Chargers), model, business owner and entrepreneur.

His upbringing in Inglewood, California at a very small school made him realize his need to work hard and appreciate everything that happens to him is for a reason. He went on to play football in college at Seton Hill and then traveled to England where he received his MBA. While living overseas he realized how big the world is and that it doesn’t revolve around the US. We also discuss his apparel business, MP Motivational Brand, and what his future holds for him after his football career is done.

I love the fact that he is using motivational phrases for his apparel. Anyone that is sharing positive vibes to the world needs to be recognized.

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What The “MP” Brand Represents

“MP” Motivational Brand Apparel, represents for anyone who has ever been over looked, told they couldn’t achieve something, they aren’t good enough, or underestimated. Understanding that there are and will be times in our lives where we will be overlooked and counted out but we can never lose faith or site of our goals. No matter what industry we are in, we all have a story of challenges we endure to achieving success. This notion provides the opportunity to wear our struggles through apparel to ignite our dreams in overcoming the “No’s” in life to becoming living proof of YES! 

“MP” apparel is a great concept to remind others and ourselves that when we recognize our “Why” & “Purpose” in life having control of the ending result and can NEVER give up on our dreams. Understanding, that whatever happens, a human being does not have the last word for on our destiny, God does.

Hakeem Valles – NFL to Real Estate

Hakeem Valles NFL Real Estate Investor Public Speaking

The Travel Wins podcast this week is with recently retired NFL player Hakeem Valles. Hakeem decided to make the career switch from professional football player to real estate investor and public speaker. He came to the self realization that he would not be a franchise player in the NFL and wanted to spend more time pursuing his careers in real estate and speaking while having the time to be with his fiancée and new baby.

In this episode Hakeem shares his thoughts on:

  • Time management
  • Being uprooted every year while in the NFL
  • Balancing time with his family and new careers
  • The start of raising a child
  • Being a positive influence to children
  • The benefits of investing in your future
  • Using the leverage you have

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BIO

Hakeem Valles is a former American football player who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Monmouth and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Early years

Valles was born in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, New Jersey.

He played high school football at Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey as a wide receiver. He garnered First Team All-New Jersey Prep accolades his junior year. He also spent some time at quarterback and defensive back while at Peddie

College Career

Valles played for the Monmouth Hawks of Monmouth University from 2012 to 2015. He was redshirted in 2011. He majored in Business Administration at Monmouth.

He was a wide receiver from 2011 to 2013. He played in four games in 2012 and 12 games in 2013.

He converted to tight end during training camp in 2014. He appeared in 11 games, starting nine, during the 2014 season. He caught 18 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He played in 11 games, all starts, his senior year in 2015. He recorded 22 receptions for 236 yards. He was also a team captain as a senior.

He played in 38 games, starting 20, during his college career. He recorded career totals of 40 receptions for 491 yards and three touchdowns

Professional career

Valles was rated the 30th best tight end in the 2016 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com predicted that he would be selected in the seventh round or be a priority free agent. Zeriein said that Valles was an “Intriguing prospect due to combination of size and speed and an apparent willingness to scrap it out as a blocker.” He also said Valles “Has an outside shot of being drafted and might kick around on a practice squad a year or two while he hones his skill at the position

Arizona Cardinals

Valles signed with the Arizona Cardinals on May 2, 2016, after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was released by the team on September 3, 2016, and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was promoted to the active roster on October 6, 2016. He made his NFL debut, and first start in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 11 games, starting 1, during the 2016 season and recorded three solo tackles.

On September 2, 2017, Valles was waived by the Cardinals.

Detroit Lions

On September 6, 2017, Valles was signed to the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on December 26, 2017.

On October 6, 2018, Valles was waived by the Lions and was re-signed to the practice squad. He was released on November 7, 2018.

New York Giants

On November 27, 2018, Valles was signed to the New York Giants practice squad

His younger brother, Max, also plays in the NFL

“5 for Friday” with Hakeem Valles

Hakeem Valles
I’m excited to share this “5 for Friday” with Hakeem Valles. Hakeem is a real estate investor, public speaker, fiance, and new father, who also happen to have had a successful career in the NFL. After playing several seasons in the NFL Hakeem made the decision to move on to the next chapter in his life on his terms. I reached out to Hakeem on a social media platform after watching a video showing Hakeem speaking to others in a public speaking venue about his decisions to invest some of his football earnings instead of just spending it. I was blown away by his maturity and wisdom at such a young age. He was gracious enough to share his time and I hope we all learn something from his words.
 
Here is the “5 for Friday” introduction to Hakeem talking about his biggest challenges of time management with the NFL and the “why” he started investing in real estate and public speaking. The full 1 hour episode will be available on Monday at www.thetravelwins.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and share your comments.
 

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Pete Koch – Fitness, Acting and Football

Pete Koch

My guest on today’s podcast is Pete Koch.

Pete was a defensive end who played five seasons in the National Football League, for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Los Angeles Raiders. After his football career ended he decided to stay in Los Angeles and started his acting and modeling career.

Always staying in shape Pete added personal trainer to his resume helping people get and stay into shape, including some celebrities. You can follow Pete on his website at www.petekoch.com.

It was great listening to Pete share some stories and he provided some key tips for us business travelers to stay in shape while we travel the roads and skies.

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“Make sure you get moving, at the very least you have accomplished something”

Pete’s BIO

YouTube interview show host, actor, fitness expert and retired NFL defensive end. Creator and Host of ‘Breakin’ It Down With Pete Koch’ a YouTube based talk show designed to inform and entertain audiences by interviewing thought leaders and leading experts in sports, entertainment, fitness and popular culture.

Born on Long Island, NY Pete began playing contact football at the age of seven and didn’t stop for twenty years.

Along the way he captained his winning New Hyde Park High School team, then his University of Maryland team to the ACC Championship and appearance in the prestigious Citrus Bowl. Pete received All ACC and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Pete was a First Round selection (sixteenth overall) in the 1984 NFL Draft; selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Pete spent four years with the Kansas City Chiefs, notably starting at right defensive end in their playoff run of 1986.  Pete wrapped up his six-year NFL run with the Los Angeles Raiders teaming with future Hall of Famers Howie Long, Marcus Allen and Mike Haines.

Upon retirement from the NFL, Pete transitioned into a successful fitness modeling and acting career starring alongside Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge, Burt Reynolds in Heat and Evening Shade, Patrick Dempsey in Loverboy and others totaling more than 120 Hollywood productions.

Throughout the years, Pete has remained deeply committed to maintaining his strength, flexibility, conditioning and overall health through regular workouts. A natural curiosity and commitment to ongoing education, drives Pete’s continuous research in the field of Athlete Performance. Self preservation factors into the zeal Pete brings to his studies and training, initiated by five orthopedic surgeries (due to 20 years of contact football). Pete’s early exposure and relationships with internationally renowned strength and conditioning experts Dr. Fred Hatfield and Frank Costello motivated him to continue his exploration of cutting edge training methods and techniques. He successfully rehabilitated from two spine surgeries, which helped him to solidify his ideas on the importance of spinal stability/core conditioning.

In 2004 Pete Developed a system of training that he calls Functional Advanced Sports Training or FAST, a melding of numerous scientifically proven training methodologies to optimize neuromuscular control and maximize athletic performance.  Pete was then called on to direct the training of a number of Hollywood luminaries including Tobey Maguire, Joseph Fiennes and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro.  Pete is currently certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Sports Fitness Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

His FAST Company trains people of all ages and levels of physical condition to help them achieve their fitness and conditioning goals. A University of Maryland graduate, Pete remains committed to ongoing education and research in a lifelong commitment to maximizing human performance and health in people of all ages.

John Bonaventura – CFL scout and Dad

This podcast is with western regional scout for the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, John Bonaventura. John has worked in the football industry for over 30 years as a player, coach, scout and administrator. He has worked at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. In addition to coaching, John has 9 years of professional football as an NFL college Area Scout, CFL pro scout and consultant, NFL combine director and XFL football administrator.

“What they don’t understand is the travel, the ins and outs of hotels, rental cars and the numerous hours spent away from your family”

A husband and father of two boys makes juggling life on the road a struggle at times and he has found ways to incorporate his family life with his professional life, a struggle most of us business travelers have experienced. Let me know what you think of this episode.

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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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