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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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Amanda Nelson | ExploringAmanda thru out Texas

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Can event manager Amanda Nelson find a new opportunity involving travel during the lockdown?

Amanda Nelson is the CEO and content creator of ExploringAmanda. A unique property and destination focused brand, tripod traveller, and on a mission to inspire more independent travels. With her adventurous and often blunt opinions, Amanda’s followers appreciate her honesty and look to her as a valuable and trusted source for Texas travel. 
She has been featured on Texas tourism boards including South Padre Island and Visit Paris, Texas for her work on showcasing these destinations.  

If you want to hear how to pivot during the worldwide lockdown give this episode a listen. Amanda’s career managing and coordinating large scale events in Texas was dissolved when the lockdown occurred. She has rebounded from that with starting her own travel and media company with the support of her husband. Amanda is traveling and helping get the word out on unique properties in Texas.

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Q: What are some of the crazier things you’ve seen so far?

A: Well last weekend I was in Paris, Texas, which is really, really interesting because they have an Eiffel Tower replica. I got it heard about it, but I’ve never visited and it was just a small town. And also there’s a really small town in between Austin and Houston about an hour and a half each way for the RoundTop, Texas population 98 cool and fun place to explore because there’s so many different you at the antique hugs and you can you know, if you’re in the like the Junk Gypsies properties called they wander in and it was just full of country antique.

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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.

Matt Kovacs | public relations expertise for his clients

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How will the lockdown change the public relations industry?

Matt Kovacs is my guest today. Matt is the president of BlazePR, a corporate brand focused public relations company based in Santa Monica, California. We had a great conversation about how corporate branding public relations work and the recent changes to business travel. The PR industry has already pivoted from in person pitches and trade shows to Zoom calls and Matt sees the benefits and shortcomings of being a “remote” PR firm.

Matt talks about the evolution of public relations going from traditional media sources to bloggers to influencers and now includes “micro” and “nano” influencers. BlazePR has to constantly make the adjustments to the ever changing trends. We also discuss the phenomenon of “cancel culture” and how he prepares his clients and even his own company with the potential of being “cancelled”.

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ABOUT

Matt Kovacs is one of California’s most respected consumer PR strategists, putting his 20 years of experience in strategic thinking and unique approaches to work for recognized brands such as Marriott Hotels, Honest Tea, Easton Sports, Newcastle Brown Ale, AmaWaterways and ESPN. In addition, Matt and his team have been instrumental in rebrands and start-ups such as AmaWaterways, Performance Bicycle, KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Beverages and Hangar 24 Brewery.

Kovacs adds his talent as the senior strategist at BLAZE PR, the nationally recognized consumer PR division of Davies. BLAZE represents leading brands in luxury travel, hospitality, consumer and lifestyle. In recent years Kovacs and his team at BLAZE have been recognized for their leadership in consumer PR, taking home two Hermes Awards, Communicator Award, PRSA PRism and Silver Quill Awards. Kovacs understands the opportunities and challenges each client faces, he leads his team to develop innovative, influential programs to overcome these obstacles and successfully achieve clients’ business objectives.

Kovacs’ expert orchestration of traditional PR and social media tools sets BLAZE apart, from earning coverage on the Today Show and Robb Report to attention on Facebook and with key bloggers. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and History from the University of Southern California.

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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Berny Martin | a fashion designer setting trends in fashion while residing in the midwest

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How do you start your own fashion show?

Berny Martin is my guest today and he is a fashion designer, style consultant, custom tailor and founder of the Midwest Fashion Show. We had a great chat about his decision to start a fashion design company in the Midwest instead of New York or Los Angeles. While admitting that Carmel, Indiana isn’t the hub of fashion forward trends, Berny has made it a point to express his visions and to make them available to everyone.

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ABOUT BERNY

As a fashion designer, the inspiration for the clothes I design comes from everywhere and anywhere I go. From the corner market to the farthest corners of the world. I love to travel and gather colors and textures and looks from exotic places. I also like to stay close to home – and walk through my neighborhood and watch the people around me. I closely study how people choose to express themselves. Or could better express themselves. I like museums and art fairs and festivals. Anything where creativity is allowed to flow. Fashion design allows me to create pieces entirely outside of my own personal area of expression… but that can touch others very deeply.

Berny Martin is the founder of Catou, a clothing design company and Midwest Fashion Week, a fashion production company. He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and was raised in Brooklyn, New York.  Berny is a fashion designer and a fashion producer. Berny’s initial career path was engineering with an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering.

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.

Traci Callahan | she elevates her beach volleyball game and life with a second chance

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What does it take to elevate your beach volleyball game?

Traci Callahan is my guest today and she is making a comeback to the highest levels of beach volleyball. My interview with Traci took some wild turns as she discussed her career as a professional beach volleyball player. She spoke about her struggles with bulimia in college and the need to switch schools even after a successful freshman year. She then started her professional beach volleyball career and had some success but not what she was hoping for. It’s rare to have a professional athlete speak so openly about her struggles with weight loss, sexual assault and self doubt. After moving around a bit and even switching careers her husband, Matt, encouraged her to give beach volleyball another try and give it everything she’s got.

She has learned to elevate her game and have gratitude for the people in her life. She is continuing to share her story and work ethic with local high school players as well as writing a book on how to get recruited for younger players.

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ABOUT TRACI

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  • Callahan was featured in the January 16, 2006 edition of Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after earning NCAA Division II Freshman of the Year honors.
  • Callahan won a made-for-CBS “Best of the Beach” event for collegians with Jane Chafeh in May, 2011.

2019: Callahan played in all eight AVP tournaments with three different partners. She began the year alongside Maria Clara Salgado, with a best of seventh. She played in one qualifier with Tory Paranagua, then joined forces with Carly Wopat for the final four events of the year. The pair played in the main draw each time, and advanced from the qualifier three times.

2016: Callahan and Aurora Davis played in one AVP tournament, advancing from the qualifier and finishing in 13th place.

2015: Callahan played in just one AVP event, placing ninth with Tealle Hunkus.

2014: Callahan formed a partnership with Emily Stockman, and the pair competed in five AVP tournaments. In their first outing, they advanced from the qualifier to finish in fifth place.

2013: Callahan played three AVP events with Ali McColloch, advancing from the qualifier once. She then played once with Kendra VanZwieten, and the pair advanced from the qualifier and finished 13th.

2012: Callahan played two AVP tournaments with Erin Gray, with a best of ninth. She also played in four NORCECA events, winning in Saint Lucia with Kathryn Piening. In that tournament the duo went 5-0 in matches and lost just one set despite having never played, or practiced, together previously, 

2011: Callahan played in one AVP event, losing in the qualifier with partner Tanya White.

College: Callahan began her collegiate career at Cal State San Bernardino, where she was selected as the AVCA Division II National Freshman of the Year. She then transferred to Concordia University Irvine, where she played three seasons of indoor volleyball. She tallied 1,106 kills and left the school ranked fourth all-time, and had 1,130 digs, which was fifth all time. Callahan was a three-time NAIA All-American, and the Eagles compiled a 92-17 record during her three seasons, including a national championship runner-up season in 2008. Callahan was coached by Paula Weishoff, a three-time Olympian and an assistant coach for the USA Women’s National Team which won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Personal: Formerly Traci Weamer, she married Matthew Callahan. She owns and operates a yoga club specifically created for women 12 to 18 years old.

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Nicholas Hinrichsen | entrepreneur starting all over again and hoping for similar success WithClutch

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Is now the right to time to start a financial technology company?

Nicholas Hinrichsen, co-founder of WithClutch and Carlypso, is my guest today and he thinks now is the right time, even with the lockdowns.

After being raised in Germany and playing on the German national golf team, Nicholas decided to attend Stanford Business School in 2011 and started Carlypso, an online used car company, after graduating in 2013. Nicholas then raised a total of $10 million dollars, went through the startup accelerator YCombinator and sold his business to Carvana in 2017.

After leaving Carvana, Nicholas and his co-founder Chris Coleman joined forces again to build a digital platform to refinance auto loans, called WithClutch.com. Nic and I had a great talk about the future of financial tech companies and how specifically his new venture can help college students or anyone who had bad credit, is now improving their credit score and help them refinance their auto loans..

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ABOUT WITHCLUCH

Founders

We, Chris Coleman and Nicholas Hinrichsen met at Stanford Business School in 2011. After going on a number of adventures together, including a trip to Vietnam, we had the crazy idea to start an online used car company. We called the company Carlypso and imagined a company like Amazon but for used cars.

​Chris: I am a huge car enthusiast. I went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for undergrad, joined McKinsey & Company out of college and worked at McLaren in the UK before graduating from Stanford.

Nicholas: I used to be an avid golfer, playing on Germany’s national team for four years. After finishing my master’s degree in Germany, I worked at Bain & Company and Merrill Lynch before I moved to the U.S. in 2011.

​After graduating from Stanford Business School in 2013, we joined the startup accelerator YCombinator, raised Venture Capital in 2015  and eventually sold the company to Carvana.com in 2017.

 We’ve been with Carvana.com ever since, which is on its way to become the world’s largest used car company. We are obsessed with creating exceptional customer experiences.

Our Mission

We got into the car space because we felt that the traditional dealership model was not centered around serving the needs of the customers. Used car sales is a tough business with low margins and a lot of turnover. It has been a humbling experience.

​We are excited about where Carvana.com is going and feel grateful to have contributed to changing how used cars are being sold. We don’t want to stop there though. Over the years, we have noticed huge unfairness and inequality in the area of auto loans.

 Americans with challenged credit scores and thin credit files are incredibly disadvantaged by the system: auto loan rates for countless car owners are north of 20%. These loans trap a group of consumers, who are already marginalized by society, into high monthly payments.

 The lack of affordable capital further widens America’s wealth gap. Our mission is to address income inequality by refinancing high interest auto loans. The current system does not reward disciplined Americans, who reliably make their car payments.

 We envision a future in which car owners pay fair rates on their car loans. We feel honored to be serving you.

Michael Sticka | how does the Grammy museum pivot to keep interest during the lockdown?

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Can the Grammy museum continue to entertain visitors remotely during a lockdown?

My guest today, Michael Sticka, is the President of the Grammy Museum located in Los Angeles. Michael shares how got started with museum and what his travel experiences are for the museum. We talked about what his job duties were before lockdown and how they had to pivot during the lockdown.

It’s nice that they can pull from so many available resources to keep visitors excited thru internet based experiences. Like, the museum debuting never before seen digital public programs series. Imagine being able to release new material from Billie Eilish and Finneas, Brandi Carlile, Kool & the Gang, Yola and X Ambassadors on your website.

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Michael Sticka serves as President of the GRAMMY Museum®, previously serving as the Museum’s Executive Director. In his role, he is responsible for creating and executing the Museum’s strategy of growth and sustainability as an independent nonprofit arts organization and oversee all aspects of Museum operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more. Drawing on his strong belief in community and the necessity of arts for all, he established a Department of Community Engagement, empowered to create deep and impactful community partnerships throughout Los Angeles. In his first communication to the members of the Museum and to the public, Sticka launched his vision of the GRAMMY Museum as a world class cultural institution and industry leader of museums. Sticka’s new executive announcement comes after a year of significant growth for the GRAMMY Museum under his leadership, including strong growth in attendance, membership, and donations.

Sticka joined the Recording Academy™ in March 2014 as Assistant Controller/Director of Accounting, after having consulted for the Academy’s Business Affairs Department. He was later appointed Director of Finance and Administration for the GRAMMY Museum, where he successfully designed and oversaw a strategic planning process to evaluate and strategize for the future of the GRAMMY Foundation® and GRAMMY Museum as a combined entity.

Prior to joining the Academy, he spent a majority of his career as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and running a small, independent nonprofit theatre in Dayton, Ohio. He spent five years at Blackbaud, Inc., working as a financial and fundraising consultant for more than 200 nonprofits throughout North America.

After leaving Blackbaud, Sticka served as vice president of Strategic Leadership Associates in Dayton, a leadership and management consulting firm with a strong history and portfolio of improving organizations and their business practices.

During his time living in Dayton, Sticka focused much of his energy on his passion for theatre and the arts. He co-founded The Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton with a long-time friend and colleague. While executive director of Zoot, Sticka produced in-school performances for more than 100 schools throughout the region and worked with storied institutions, such as the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Opera, the Human Race Theatre Company, the Victoria Theatre Association, and more.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dayton.

ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

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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Mike Robbins | pivoting careers is nothing new for him

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Mike Robbins is a public speaker, author, an expert in teamwork and leadership and my guest on today’s podcast. Mike was a suggested guest by my sister who saw him speak a while back in Ojai, California. His career started out as a professional baseball player but then like many athletes he had to pivot his career into a new field after injuries removed him from the game he loved to play. Mike’s background of having to pivot at a young age will prove useful for him and his team as they learn how to be successful operating a public speaking organization during a time when you aren’t allowed to gather or have companies gather for functions.

“Somewhere around 25 events either postponed or cancelled and my new book “We’re All In This Together” just came out, so we had a whole book tour and book events that were scheduled and we had to adjust”.  ~ Mike Robbins on how COVID19 affected his business

His fifth and latest book “We’re All In This Together” was titled many months before the lockdown but it is a perfect title for how we had to revisit our purpose and careers as business travelers. We discuss his thoughts on speaking engagements in the future, whether virtual or with social distancing, as well as how his book can help individuals going thru these unprecedented times.

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Mike Robbins is the author of five books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which have been translated into fifteen different languages.  His fifth book, We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, was just released.

As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike delivers keynotes and seminars around the world that empower people, leaders, and teams to engage in their work, collaborate, and perform at their best. Through his speeches, seminars, consulting, and writing, Mike teaches important techniques that allow individuals and organizations to be more appreciative, authentic, and effective.

His clients include: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Schwab, LinkedIn, Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, Harvard University, Coca-Cola, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, Airbnb, UC Berkeley, the NBA, Genentech, Adobe, the Oakland A’s, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

He has been featured on NPR, ABC News, the Oprah radio network, and in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, the New York Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. He’s a regular contributor to Forbes and the creator and host of the popular podcast, We’re All In This Together.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball in the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

He’s also a former board member for two non-profit organizations – Challenge Day (a powerful youth organization that focuses on inclusion, mindfulness, and personal development for teens) and The Peace Alliance (an organization focused on creating a culture of peace in America and around the world, as well as a grassroots political campaign to create a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace).

Mike is a contributing author to: Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.

He lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Rosie.

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Amanda Johansen | playing and coaching in the growing sport of women’s lacrosse

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Amanda Johansen is my guest today. Amanda is an All Star professional lacrosse player and college coach based in the Baltimore area after playing for the inaugural USC women’s lacrosse team. She will always have the distinction of being the first women to score a goal for the University of Southern California lacrosse program.

 “Traveling is tough as a big group. You feel like you’re responsible for a lot of people. You want everything to go well. I had this big binder that I had to take on every trip. You have to be super organized and ready”.  ~ Amanda Johansen on team travel as a coach

We had a great chat about the future of women’s lacrosse and the growth the sport is seeing on the West Coast. She shared how the Covid19 lockdown affected her professional team season, the Hofstra team and its seniors. Make sure to follow Amanda on her social media pages. If you get a chance watch a women’s lacrosse game and become a fan.

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Amanda Johansen just completed her second season with the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse program in 2020. Johansen serves as the program’s defensive coordinator and oversees the draw team as well. 

In Johansen’s first season with the Pride she helped the team to a 12-win campaign and a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game. The 12 wins were the most since 2010 and the appearance in the championship game was the first for Hofstra since 2013. 

The 2020 season saw Hofstra compile a 4-3 record in the shortened season. 

Johansen spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. While with the Women of Troy she helped guide USC to a 10-win campaign and assisted in the development of five student-athletes earning all-conference honors from the Pac-12 and three earning IWLCA All-Region accolades. Johansen served as the offensive coordinator for USC and help lead a unit that averaged 12 goals per game. 

Prior to working at USC, Johansen spent a season as a graduate assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s. She served as the program’s defensive coordinator at Mount St. Mary’s and also oversaw much of the planning as it related to team travel. 

Johansen was a decorated student-athlete at USC as she compiled 194 points on 134 goals and 60 assists during her 77-game career with the Women of Troy. She also had 258 draw controls. The 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Year and a Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Third Team All-American as a senior, she was a team captain in 2015 and 2016 and was an integral part of USC’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and run to the NCAA Quarterfinals as a senior in 2016. 

Johansen has also played professionally as she played two seasons with the Baltimore Ride of the United Women’s Lacrosse League and most recently is a member of the Baltimore Brave of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League. This past summer she captured the WPLL title with the Brave and was also named to the All-Star team. In addition, Johansen is a member of the U.S. National Team Training Team. 

Johansen, who graduated from USC in 2016, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and also received a minor in sports media studies. She earned her master’s degree in sports management from Mount St. Mary’s in 2017. She is working towards her second master’s degree, in sports science, from Hofstra. 

Brett Edwards | actor and author making the modern western novel a current subject

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Brett Edwards is my guest today. Brett is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles with his roots from Kentucky. His first book, Sacred Land: A Novel, is now available on Amazon or his website. He’s appeared in several movies and television shows including American Sniper, The Longest Ride, Westworld, Paranormal Incident and Grey’s Anatomy. He has written several screenplays and also produced two award-winning short movies including The Heeler.

“I text my wife and I’m like, listen I know you’re not going to want to hear this but I got to get on a bull……it’s just for the show, nothing’s going to happen to me, I’m going to be fine”.  ~ Brett Edwards from the set of The Longest Ride

It was a great talk about the ups and downs of making a living in Hollywood, the entertainment business, while supporting a wife and children and having to travel to different countries and states for his acting jobs. Hopefully he gets the bald gold guy not wearing pants someday for his Dad.

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