By Ken Lubin
Executive AthletesAug 06, 2021
Episode #197- Jonathan Levitt-Runner-Sales Manager InsideTracker- Round 2
Jonathan Levitt is a runner from Boston, MA. He’s the Sales Manager at InsideTracker, a Cambridge, MA based health tech company that provides personalized guidance on nutrition and performance based on your blood, DNA, and soon, wearable device data, while also taking into account your habits and goals.
Jonathan graduated from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Business with a double major in Sport Management and Marketing, and co-founded and ran an intramural baseball league while at UMass.
He started running in 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombing, and since then has run 6 marathons, a 50k and a 40 mile day in the Grand Canyon. When he’s not running or helping others with their performance, he has his own podcast called For The Long Run, which is an exploration of what keeps elite runners running long, strong, and motivated.
You can find him here : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jlevitt815/
Or follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/JWLevitt
Episode #196-Mark England-Founder of Procabulary-Professional Fighter
In 2002 Mark moved to Thailand to further his dream of becoming a professional fighter – to train Muay Thai,. with the sport’s very best. Three years and two knee surgeries later, that dream was over. After spiraling into self doubt, pity and being an overall miserable person – going as far as forgetting how to smile for an entire year – Mark decided it was time for a major change.
Mark knew that whatever it was that led to his debilitating bout of depression and self doubt must also affect other people. He was determined to find out the techniques that can make us into better, more effective human beings.
Shortly after establishing himself as a life coach and presenter in Asia and Europe, Mark discovered the answer. Every conversation and coaching session about fear, trauma, self-loathing and self-doubt shared one common trait: the way in which people speak about themselves. The words we use.
Mark put this hypothesis to the test and four years and thousands of empowered clients and event attendees later, Procabulary was born.
Episode #195- Paul Epstein-NFL Exec-Author of The Power of Playing Offense
There couldn’t be a bigger believer in purpose, than Paul Epstein. Over a 15-year run as a professional sports executive, he learned how purpose can be the igniter of high-performance. Backed by his track record of achieving success and significance, Paul steered business teams that executed billion-dollar NFL campaigns, broke Super Bowl revenue records, and generated league-leading sales results for cellar dwelling NBA clubs. Paul’s proudest moment was when he was internally known as the “Why Coach” at the San Francisco 49ers—coaching others to find their Why, and ACT on it. Paul has now curated the most actionable takeaways into a leaders playbook of how he and his teams produced this impact in these hyper-competitive environments. He calls it…PLAYING OFFENSE.
Episode #194- Ishveen Anand-Founder of Open Sponsorship- Top 100 Female Founder
Ishveen Anand is a trailblazer in the sports marketing industry having built OpenSponsorship.com into the world's largest marketplace connecting brands to athletes for digital marketing campaigns. Her accolades include getting on the Forbes 30U30 sports list, Inc's top 100 female Founders list and raising $1.5M for the company including from NBA all-star Baron Davis, 500 startups, notable VCs and her Alma Mater Oxford Angel Fund. The marketplace has 7000 athletes, 60% are managed by the major sports agencies and 40% is athletes direct. They have done 6000 deals including for brands like Sperry, Anheuser Busch, ESPN, Fanduel and 100s more.
Episode #193- Steven Sashen- CEO of Xero Shoes
Steven Sashen is the co-founder and CEO of Xero Shoes • www.XeroShoes.com. Steven and his wife, started the company after discovering the comfort, benefits, and FUN of natural movement, by getting out of thick, padded, motion-controlled shoes.
Steven likes to ask, "Do your feet feel better at the end of the day than they did at the beginning?" If not, you're not wearing Xero Shoes.
Prior to jumping into the footwear business, Steven was an internationally-known Internet marketing expert, Search Engine and Social Media marketing consultant, and software designer. He also co-hosted the Emmy award winning, internationally syndicated TV show, Disk Doctors.
Steven is also a Masters All-American sprinter, one of the fastest 55+ year olds in the United States.
Episode #192- Matt Johnson-Founder of The Feed
Matt Johnson is the founder and is was also the President of the Garmin, Cannondale, and now EF Pro Cycling Team. He is also an avid ski racer and and has won a dozen Master's World Cup races and a few years ago was Master's SG World Champion.
We built The Feed to share how the right nutrition at the right time can instantly improve your performance, get you more improvement out of each workout, and increase your enjoyment of training and racing.
I started 8 years ago while I was running a Tour de France team, I saw how better nutrition was giving our riders a huge advantage in their training (getting more out of every workout) and in competition (performing stronger in the last 20% of the race or the last week of a 3 week stage race).
We boiled this down to a simple formula of what to eat Before, During, and After each workout. Over the past 8 years we have refined this further with feedback from over 200,000+ athletes being feed by The Feed.
But one size doesn’t fit all. Which is why we are here to build you a personal Feed that will work for you and your sport, your diet, your flavor preferences, and your training goals.
We hand picked the best products on the market for you. We have have picked products from over 150 top nutrition brands (out over 400 brands we have tested).
One of my biggest gripes was always being forced to buy a whole box of the same flavor. So we sell everything as “single servings”. We believe variety between flavors and products is critical to better performance. Plus nobody wants to eat twelve bars of the same flavor! (plus you can save money by just getting what you really want).
Every product on The Feed has been rigorously taste tested by us. We get rid of all the cardboard tasting bars and chalky protein. We also do real-world testing of every product during our own workouts. We answer questions on whether it delivers on what it promises. Finally we are heavily biased towards natural products and we keep only a few weeks inventory on hand so everything is fresh.
We work with big companies (hello Clif Bar!) and small companies (we are looking at you Joje Bars). We are focused on quality products, that you can use on-the-go, that are good for you (ahem, we are not GNC).
We are also a great place to find the latest, newest hot products. Sometimes they are from brands you have never heard of (Vafels, are yummy) or even big brands that surprise us, the new plant based Clif Nut Butter Bars are, well, the bomb!
Need help, our feed coaches are here to help you for free, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your sport, what you are training for, any nutritional preferences and flavors you love and hate.
You can order two ways from The Feed. If you are more of a stock the pantry kind of person, then make a big one-time order. If you want to make sure you have the freshest stuff and mix up flavors and products, then choose a subscription and get the freshest products delivered every 4 weeks.
Episode #191- Mary-Kay Messier-VP of Global Marketing-Bauer Hockey
Mary-Kay Messier is a member of the Bauer Hockey senior leadership team as Vice President, Global Marketing where she oversees creative, digital, social, paid media, consumer experience, sports marketing and strategic partnerships, including with the NHL, the NHLPA, international federations and pro athletes.
Under Mary-Kay’s leadership, her team created the internationally successful First Shift program. Now in partnership with the NHL, NHLPA, and founding partner Hockey Canada, the First Shift has welcomed over 30,000 new families to hockey.
Drawing from her extensive professional network, as well as her management and marketing experience, she is helping to elevate the women’s game, growing girl’s participation and creating more career opportunities for girls and women across the sport of hockey. For the women’s game, She is focused on advancing equity for the best women players in the world through the establishment of a sustainable professional league.
Episode #190-Ryan Zackon-CEO of Bonne Santé Group-Ironman
Currently the CEO of Bonne Santé Group, Ryan Zackon most recently served as Vice President and Interim Chief Operating Officer for Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc., a publicly held 50-year old international health and wellness company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of a broad array of nutritional products. His responsibilities included overseeing operations, logistics, supply chain and business development. During his tenure with the company, Mr. Zackon designed and initiated a highly proactive restructuring program including a substantial decrease in personnel, significant cost-cutting, consolidation of operations, margin increases and realignment of the company’s priorities.
Prior to his position as Chief Operating Officer to Twinlab, Mr. Zackon served as the VicePresident of Operations at Woodfield Distribution, LLC a leading 3PL provider to the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. During his tenure with Woodfield, Mr. Zackon oversaw significant growth in fiscal year 2018 revenue and expanded the company footprint by standing up new domestic and international facilities.
Before working with Woodfield, Mr. Zackon was Chief Operating Officer of Private Label Express, a nutraceutical health and wellness contract manufacturer and distributor. Under his leadership, Private Label Express scaled from 90 employees to over 240 employees with revenue exceeding $75 million. Prior to relocating to Florida, Mr. Zackon served as the Chief Operating Officer of PDF Security Services, a leading multi-national security consulting firm based in Sacramento, CA. Prior to PDF, Mr. Zackon founded Dynamic Protective Services.
In addition to his accomplishments in the private sector, Mr. Zackon is a graduate of the Los Angeles County Police Academy at Rio Hondo Class 177. Upon graduation Mr. Zackon was engaged by the Los Angeles Police Department and Palantir Technologies to serve as an Intelligence Analyst embedded within LAPD’s Special Investigation Section (SIS). Mr. Zackon trained at the Central Intelligence Agency in Mclean VA, followed by assignment to the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Zackon graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Psychology and is bilingual in English and French.
Episode #189- Scott McFetters-Founder CoreTech Leasing
Scott is the Founder and President of CoreTech Leasing which is firm that specializes in the financing technology related assets. As a long time and successful entrepreneur he built a leading business in the commercial finance and lending space. In addition to be CEO and Founder, Scott understands the importance of physical and mental on being a successful business person. He is a passionate snowboarder, body surfer and a high level competitor in the Underwater Torpedo League.
Episode #188- Erin Lee- Halo Therapy- Competitive Athlete
Erin has a very impressive combination of an extensive background in competitive sports and a passion/business experience in wellness and enhancing sports performance through new health /recovery modalities.
Originally competing at the national level for badminton and softball in the NZ, she also enjoyed volleyball, kayaking and snowboarding. She can now often be found cycling and mountain biking around the Surrey Hills in the UK.
As a qualified Civil Engineer, Erin has over 10 years experience focused on the wellness & wellbeing sector designing and constructing many luxury experiences like saunas, steam rooms, ice caverns and salt rooms for both commercial and residential projects.
Erin became interested in Halotherapy after trying it for herself and feeling the many benefits, especially with regards to the respiratory system. Now she is passionate about sharing these many benefits with others, hoping to make a positive difference to people’s wellbeing, health and performance.
Erin has her own Halotherapy business, is the UK representative on the Global Wellness Initiative – Exploring Salt & Halotherapy, Founder of the UK Halotherapy Network and VP of GetHaloHome the supplier of home halotherapy solutions, which is why we are having this podcast today.
GetHaloHome is the consumer arm of Halotherapy Solutions who for the first time ever, have combined both Halotherapy and Infrared together in the HaloHomeIR—from a joint development project between the #1 manufacturers in both the Infrared and Halotherapy industries.
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Episode #187-Greg Whyte-2x Olympian-Human Performance Expert
Greg is a World-renowned physical activity expert, a two-time Olympian in modern pentathlon and professor of applied sport and exercise science at Liverpool John Moores University. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and eight books in the fields of sports performance, exercise physiology, and medicine. He is the Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP), and he has helped to raise over £35 million for Comic Relief and Sport Relief.
Episode #186-Don McLaughlin and Sean McCabe-Founders of Pure Power Botanicals
#1 is Don McLaughlin
Don is a father of three, author, wellness advocate and ultra endurance athlete. A former trial lawyer of nearly 20 years, Don’s legal career included service as an Assistant District Attorney, litigator at a prominent Colorado law firm, and in-house corporate lawyer at a Fortune 500. As a corporate lawyer, Don became a nationally recognized expert in the areas of electronic data retrieval, analysis and management. Following years of prolonged burnout, Don finally hit the wall in 2012. After what he can only describe as divine intervention and a newfound inspiration to become a better father and leader, Don overhauled his diet and began running ultra endurance trail races in the Colorado Rockies
Our Second Guest is Sean Mc Cabe
In 2015 Sean suffered a traumatic brain injury which nearly killed him, and he spent months in intensive recovery and rehabilitation. In the subsequent effort to restore his physical and emotional health, Don recommended that he try hemp extract and several other botanicals. Sean quickly discovered that this combination greatly improved sleep, reduced stress and restored his energy. Sean’s injury came on the heels of a successful career developing wind power projects in the U.S., and it forced him to reconsider his life and work priorities.
Episode #185- Tyler Hamilton-Former Pro Cyclist
Tyler Hamilton is a retired professional American cyclist and founded Tyler Hamilton Training in 2009. A fierce competitor renowned among his peers for his endurance and tolerance for pain. Tyler raced professionally for 14 years and competed in 11 grand tours including the Tour de France eight times. In 2012, he released his memoir, "The Secret Race," a riveting journey into the heart of a never-before-seen world which became a New York Times Bestseller. Today, he spends his time between Boulder, Colorado & Missoula, Montana enjoying a slower paced life after pro racing. He enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga and bikepacking.
Episode #184- Dr. Lisa Orbe-Austin- Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Lisa is a licensed psychologist, executive coach, and organizational consultant. Her private practice is located in New York City, where she works mostly with high potential managers and executives. Her organizational consulting work focuses on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, communication, leadership styles and team cohesion in corporations, higher education institutions, and non-profits. Her views about career management and advancement are regularly sought by the media and have appeared in various outlets such as 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝑻𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔, 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒃𝒆𝒔, 𝑵𝑩𝑪 𝑵𝒆𝒘𝒔, 𝑹𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒚29 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝑫𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒚. My book on overcoming Impostor Syndrome entitled "𝐎𝐰𝐧 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬: 𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐞, 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐃𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞" was released in April of 2020.
Episode # 183- Chris Wadell- World Champion-Paralympian-People Magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People”
Chris was Recently inducted into the US Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, won more medals than any male monoskier in history, was also a World Champion and Paralympic medalist in wheelchair track and in 2009 became the first “nearly unassisted” paraplegic to summit the 19k-foot Mt Kilimanjaro. With 13 Paralympic medals, he is a Hall of Famer for US Ski and Snowboard Association and the Paralympics. He began to ski race at six and was competing for Middlebury College when his ski popped off in the middle of a turn. The resulting fall left him paralyzed from the waist down. Less than a year later, he started to monoski and soon became the fastest in the world. The Dalai Lama honored him as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion,” Skiing Magazine put him on their list of 25 Greatest Skiers in North America and People Magazine named him one of “The 50 Most Beautiful People.”
Episode #182-Jesse Funk-Triathlete-Podcaster-Founder of Solpri
In 2016 Jesse was chest deep into training to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional triathlete. There’s people who say they want something. Then there are those who actually do something about it.
He always wanted to be the latter.
While enjoying endless hours of training including 6-7 hours of swimming a week, he developed a rash on his skin from the pool. It was then he realized that while he was training to be in the best physical shape he could be in that chemicals like chlorine in our environment are still having a negative impact on us.
So being someone who wants to actually do something about a problem he set out to create a natural product to deal with chlorine, thus Solpri’s Swim line was born.
In 2017 he introduced the now best-selling all-natural fungus fighting bar soap, Shield Soap, thus the shield line was born.
After a crash during Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in 2018 left his collarbone shattered and requiring surgery; his dream to become a professional triathlete was set aside.
But where one door closes another opens.
Thus he began doubling my efforts to share the love of natural healthy products that active people can use to take care of themselves in a toxic world.
Today he continues to run Solpri, sharing the stories of other awesome athletes on The Smart Athlete Podcast and looking for new ways to help live your life to its happiest healthiest potential.
Episode #181-Don Mann-Navy Seal-Adventure Competitor-Best Selling Author
Don is world class Motivational Speaker, New York Times Best Selling Author, World–Class Adventure Competitor and retired member of the Navy’s SEAL Team SIX.
But to become a SEAL, Don had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point–and beyond. Form being inside SEAL Team SIX, he shares what he learned about physical and mental toughness and unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world’s most respected and feared combat unit.
Don Mann has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, completed 2 Ironman triathlons in a day and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.
Episode #180- Amy Lupo-Senior Director of Marketing & Content at ESPN / X Games
She began at ESPN working on the inaugural Extreme Games in an internship as a senior at Providence College in 1995.
Overseeing a myriad roles in public relations, marketing and event planning throughout the 20-plus-year growth of the X Games, leading global marketing for all X Games-branded properties. In addition to traditional local and global marketing, leading a team remotely, she directed the fan-facing festival and music elements for each X Games event, event production, corporate outreach, synergy with the ESPN and Disney teams, sustainability and brand messaging.
In 2016, she led the creation and launch of the Shred Hate program at ESPN, which focuses on bullying prevention, reaching more than 90,000 students nationwide.
Globally, Amy served as the overall event director for the X Games Tignes (France), Munich and Sydney events, overseeing all aspects of these international events.
Episode #179-Paul Marobella-CEO-Modern Marketer-fmr. CEO Havas- Hockey Aficionado
Paul brings the rare combination of a proven CEO and operational growth leader with being a modern marketer. He’s led organizations of all sizes from early-stage and PE-backed fast-scale-ups to publicly traded large enterprises. He is the former CEO of North America for Havas, Managing Director at Accenture Interactive’s Wirestone and co-founder of the global culture network, The Annex. He’s led brand and digital campaigns for many of the most meaningful brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Adidas, Bauer Hockey, Jordan Brand, Microsoft, Jim Beam, Progressive Insurance and more. He is currently engaged in private equity, planning and launching multiple transformational start-up’s in the sports, wellness and direct to consumer categories.
He is passionate about providing resources and direction for under-resourced youth in the inner-cities of America with focus on education, fitness and sports (especially hockey.) He chairs and sits on multiple boards that share the mission of developing a healthier community for kids in America. He is a member of the newly formed fan diversity and inclusion council for the National Hockey League, advisory board member for the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, Chairman of the Inner-City Education Program and board member of Off The Street Club on Chicago’s West Side. Paul is also a co-founder of the T.E.A.M Hockey Academy, a mobile hockey and life skills academy for BIPOC athletes in North America, launching in 2021 with former NHL player and TV personality, Anson Carter and CAA executive Jennifer Entin.
Paul is a corporate board member of Scorched Ice, a hockey IoT company currently in stealth and Broadstone Technologies, an MIT Sandbox company with a focus on cyber-security.
Paul lives in Chicago with his wife, two teenage daughters and English bulldog Lord Stanley. When not in a conference room or on a Zoom call, you can find him on the ice playing hockey, boating on Lake Michigan or watching Formula 1.
Episode #178-Ali Arsan-CEO Edlio-Runner
Ali has been working in educational technology for 18 years, and is currently the CEO of Edlio. He's visited hundreds of schools to be able to build products that help improve educational outcomes. He loves learning from educators and having the opportunity to visit a school and learn about what makes it special. On the weekends and outside the office, he spends most of his time with his three daughters and wife. He also enjoys ping-pong, long-distance running, and learning about sharks.
Episode #177- Frank Kim- CEO of Pactimo-Cyclist
Frank is the CEO and co-owner of Pactimo, a provider of technical performance apparel for dedicated cyclists and triathletes. Core customers include world champions, professionals, and dedicated amateur athletes. Pactimo has been recognized as a Colorado Company to Watch and a multiple year member of the INC 5000.
Frank has lived almost 20 years abroad, and his background includes extensive experience in the non-profit sector. He was a director and eventually chairman of HOPE worldwide, an international NGO serving 2.5 million people annually through 200 programs in 70 nations.
He has been married for 36 years and has 3 kids and 5 grandchildren.
Episode #176- Braelin Thornton-Wealth Advisor-Triathlete-Cyclist-Skier
Braelin Thornton is originally from the Upper Valley in New Hampshire. Braelin now resides in Saratoga with her son, Reed, and Doberman, Lark. She has a passion for staying extremely active and engaged in life. She runs in 8th gear whether that is in her business, her family, training for the next Ironman event she is competing in, skiing on the weekends, or spending time on the lake boating and water skiing.
Both Braelin and the team enjoy staying active in the community. Braelin has been an active member of Elevate Cycles since 2007. Thornton Wealth Management sponsors events and charities, close to their hearts like the Wrenagade Foundation and Farm to Fork Fondo events to the American Breast Cancer Society.
Most recently, Braelin competed in the Long Course World Championship in Spain last year. She is currently training for the Lake Placid Ironman in July of 2021 and racing for charity. Her competitive, energetic, and genuine personality lends itself well to her leadership role as a business owner. She is known for her motivation, caring immensely, going all out no matter what task is at hand, and unwavering commitment to her family, friends, business, and clients.
Episode #175- Kristy Ingram- EY-Global Leader Athlete Programs/Dan Black-EY Global Leader Talent
Kristy Ingram, EY Global Leader Athlete Programs
Kristy leads the development and execution of the EY Athlete Programs, a diverse global Talent program designed to fully realize the collective leadership potential of athletes through advancing thought leadership, promoting athlete dialogue and supporting the transition of athletes into a successful life after sport. As a former competitive equestrian athlete, Kristy has always had a passion for sport which she was able to connect with her career through EY’s Rio 2016 Olympic Program and many of the firms other global sporting ventures
Dan Black, EY Global Leader Talent Attraction & Acquisition
As Global Talent Attraction and Acquisition Leader, Dan is responsible for EY’s global recruiting strategy, including sourcing, attracting and hiring people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Dan leads a team of more than 1,200 recruiters around the world who are responsible for hiring talent at all levels, across all EY’s locations and lines of business
Episode #174- Chris Leidli-Bio Tech Leader-Ironman
Chris Leidli is a life coach for business leaders who are looking to adopt healthier lifestyles and make a bigger impact at home and at work. Chris is a biotechnology executive and motivational speaker on leadership, health, and wellness. He is on a mission to help motivate and show others how to become the best version of themselves! Over the past 10 years of training and competing in Ironman, Chris has helped coach many friends and business colleagues overcome roadblocks to reach the start line and ultimately reach the finish!
Episode #173- Troy Howard-Managing Director-Aspen Skiing Company-Ultrarunner
Troy Howard- https://www.linkedin.com/in/troy-howard-a0b4b94/I completed my first 100 mile trail run around 2007 at Angeles Crest in Southern California. I came in second and had such a positive experience. In 2009 I ran my first Hardrock 100 in Southern Colorado’s San Juan mountains. It was unlike anything I thought was possible. I came in second in the second fastest time on record. That Hardrock experience led my wife and I to decide to leave California and make the move to Colorado where we still live today. I worked for Vail Resorts for 9 years where I led their HR & Finance systems. I also received the CIO 100 award for implementing real-time lift line wait times across all of the destination resorts. A year ago I left Vail Resorts for the opportunity to live more directly in the mountains and for a company more aligned with my values. I now work for Aspen Skiing Company where help run all of Aspen’s systems. Sidenote: I have a heart condition known as a “bicuspid aortic valve” where one chamber of my heart is ~50% less efficient. I’ve been told that if it was 100% I’d see a material improvement in my athletic performance. Not sure I buy that. I think it hinders my anaerobic performance, but has no real impact for ultra distances where it’s as much mental as it is physical.
Athletic highlights:11 100 mile run finishes 6 Leadville 100 mountain bike finishes 5 Elk Mountain Grand Traverse ski mountaineering finishes Countless other marathons, ultra marathons less than 100 miles, ski mountaineering races, ultra endurance biking events & races Continue to play hockey recreationally, ski at least 40 days a season, backpacking
Episode #172-Eric Bartosz-Founder of Bar40
Eric is the founder and author of Bar40, a unique physical and mental fitness program designed to provide the framework for each of us to achieve our own ‘best year ever’ so we can live our best life ever! Core components include exercise and diet modifications. These along with a daily focus on mindfulness and self-management practices aimed at replacing negative habits with new healthy choices that will take you to the next level instead of slowing you down.
Bar40 helps create the path of becoming the best version of ourselves utilizing the vast resources we have within to forge permanent results. While it may not be easy every day the results that begin revealing themselves will provide proof and motivation to continue putting the work and steps into becoming your target version of yourself.
Episode #171- Rocky Harris-CEO of USA Triathlon
Rocky Harris was named Chief Executive Officer for USA Triathlon, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Body for the sport, in August 2017, In his first year of tenure, Harris spearheaded a technology initiative to streamline USA Triathlon’s data, oversaw campaigns for anti-doping and SafeSport, and implemented key upgrades to the USA Triathlon Annual Membership program.
Prior to his current role he was the COO at Arizona State University, where he directed overall strategic planning, implementation, administration, direction, supervision, and day-to-day operations of Sun Devil Athletics. He also time with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49er’s.
Episode #170-Antwon Burton-NFL-Director of Sport Performance PBR
Antwon Burton the executive Director of Sport Performance of Professional Bull Riders, but there is much more to the story.Antwon was an undrafted free-agent after completing his senior year of college at Temple University, was signed by the Denver Broncos and spent four seasons in the trenches of the NFL, also playing for the Bengals and Panthers. And n his new role, Antwon trains world-class athletes including NFL draft prospects, western sports athletes (PBR Bull Riders) and MLB players, while also leading camps for youth in the area. But more than physical training he says the most satisfying part of the role is building new relationships, helping young people with life preparation, and giving back to the community. And I love what you said.
“I love helping these people and kids around me. Because I was that kid on the east side who overcame poverty and family issues that could have put me down. I can show that to the people I work with, and help them,” he said.
Episode #169-Howard Chang- CEO theturnlab-Cyclist
Howard is the CEO of theturnlab - a consultancy led marketing technology company based in Toronto. Howard has been an entrepreneur since his university days launching half a dozen startups over his career. He is an ex elite road cyclist and has also coached members of Canada’s men’s and women’s national cycling team. His sports background also includes stints at the elite level in Martial Arts and inline speed skating. He is a cofounder of the Les Domestique Cycling club and chaired the fundraising for the $56 million Mattamy National Cycling Center.
Episode #168- Jamey Rootes-President Houston Texans
Jamey Rootes has been one of Houston's leading executives for more than two decades. He currently serves as President of the Houston Texans and is responsible for all business functions of the club. Since joining the Texans, Rootes has overseen the team's efforts to secure stadium-naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club's successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, led the creation and launch of the team's identity and developed the team's highly acclaimed customer service strategy.
Before joining the Texans, he was president and general manager of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. And now has a new book coming out.
His Latest book: THE WINNING GAME PLAN: A PROVEN LEADERSHIP PLAYBOOK FOR CONSISTENT BUSINESS SUCCESS.”
Episode #167-Travis Gale-Cause Driven Adventure-Author
At the age of 18 Travis was inducted into the world of cause driven adventure when he and a friend spent a year cycling 17,000km across four continents raising over $100k for vulnerable children. It was on the tour where Travis penned a vision for an organisation called Appletree.
After studying, Travis spent a year in Thailand working in the dive industry. His experience of the devastating 2004 tsunami catalysed a return to South Africa with a renewed fervour to work with people. Upon return, Travis established Appletree alongside a group of consultants. Over the past 15 years, Travis has developed himself as a speaker, facilitator, consultant and coach serving clients from a wide range of industries to enable human transformation and shape a healthy culture.
In 2018, Travis founded The Middle brand, which encourages and enables individuals and teams to develop endurance, resilience and grit. He is the author of The Middle book which was published and released in July this year.
He has been married to his wife Toni for 10 years and is the father to two cute and energetic daughters, aged 7 & 3. He has also swopped the bicycle for a pair of trail shoes.
Introduction to The Middle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqwypF78OO8&t=1s
The Middle Book: https://amzn.to/3gwIP4G
The Middle site (please note we are busy making edits while the site is live so it may shift each time you visit): https://www.themiddle.co.za/
Episode #166-Ross Clark- CEO of Sanctuary-Triathlete
Ross is a Media and technology executive Ross has been named CEO of venture-backed mystical product and services start-up Sanctuary, where he will work to scale the company in its next phase of development
Prior to joining Sanctuary, Ross was the SVP of Business Development and Strategy at Epix, an MGM company, where he led business development and strategy including expanding digital distribution footprint through innovative deals with Roku, VRV and other leading platforms; he was also Vice President and General Manager of the Hearst and Snapchat joint venture Sweet, where he increased global audience by 130% during his tenure.
In addition to being a leading executive, he is an avid triathlete, skier and runner.
Episode #165- Shelby Stanger-Top Ranked Podcaster-Surfer-Limit Pusher
Shelby A seasoned journalist and top-ranked podcaster, her work and podcasts have been featured everywhere from The New York Times and The San Diego Union Tribune to Outside Magazine, and ESPN. Curious about her subjects and willing to go to great lengths in her research, Shelby has surfed from New Jersey to New Zealand, studied with a breath guru, fasted for six days on only water, paddled down a portion of the Amazon River, given up talking (for not very long) and interviewed countless CEOs, athletes, and wellness experts on assignment for major publications.
With a knack for audio stories, Shelby created and sold her first podcast about adventure called Wild Ideas Worth Living to REI Co-Op in 2020 (she remains the host) and recently hosted an award-winning travel show for Lufthansa called Life Changing Places. Her latest project, Vitamin Joy, has a standout crew of guests, offering prescriptions for having more health, humor and fun in everyday lives.
Episode #164-Hoby Darling-Former CEO Skullcandy
Hoby knows a thing or two about pushing potential—he has helped lead major companies like Volcom, Nike, and Skullcandy, competed in Ironman races and Crossfit games, and is a founding member of the Liminal Collective, a group whose mission is “to advance the limitless potential of humans, preparing and supporting those who take pioneering steps in extreme, unexplored, and unknown spaces.”
Whether he’s training, trail running, mountain biking or adventuring, Hoby loves to push himself and those around him
Episode #163-Justin Blair-Founder Friday Night Fights/Church Street Boxing Gym
Justin Blair, he has a very unique and interesting background:Born and raised in Queens and Manhattan. Worked on a fishing boat above the arctic circle after college. Left college for a year to take a survival course in Kenya - stuck around Africa for a year with a book bag full of clothes - Zaire, Congo, Camaroon, etc. Caught cerebral malaria while there but came down with it in Egypt - evacuated to Israel for medical care by the US embassy. Crazy story. Founded and operated the Church St Boxing Gym in NYC in 1997 running it until 2014. Worked with everyone - Felix Trinidad, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Brittney Spears - lots of celebrities. Founded longest running fight series in North America - Friday Night Fights, from 1997 until lFeb 2020 (Covid). Started broadcasting with the UFC in 2018 from the US. That same year did a test from Thailand and in 2019 did a big deal with them to broadcast a lot more. Once established in Thailand - we picked up rights to lots of other stuff - often going places without any contacts at all and literally just showing up. Including bringing my son to many of these initial forays.
Episode #162-Mike Nagel-Med Device CEO-Ironman-Ultra Runner
Mike is a med device veteran who brings more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the medical device industry, currently serves as President and CEO Vomaris Innovations.
Outside of work, mike found a passion for endurance athletics. He completed seven Ironman Triathlons, twelve marathons, and a first ultra 50-mile. He finds that training for endurance sports is similar to business – you start with the end in mind. But perhaps the most critical elements are the incremental steps you must take on a daily basis to get to that end goal. In a sense, you get used to being “comfortable being uncomfortable”, which builds your resilience. I find this helps me in business to not be overwhelmed with the sometimes perceived enormity of various tasks. I know I just need to get things done, one step at a time.
Episode# 161- Ross Young-Founder & CEO- 12X IRONMAN
Ross is an Experienced CEO and entrepreneur who founded, ran and sold 2 technology analyst firms – Display Search and Young Market Research (YMR). He is now running another rapidly growing display market research, consulting and events firm called DSCC
In addition to being a CEO he is IRONMAN University certified coach who has completed 12 IRONMAN triathlons in 4 years. He Qualified for 2016 Kona World Championships, and completed a half Ironman in under 5 hours (4:57). But he has a crazy story about completing the 2016 kona race with multiple injuries that we will definitely jump into.
Episode #160- Luke Bodensteiner-Chief of Sport- Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation-Former Olympic Nordic Skier
Luke Bodensteiner is the Chief of Sport Development for Utah Olympic Legacy, which is working to define Utah’s long-term goals for youth winter sport, and identifying and implementing the best practices that will cultivate the culture required to achieve those goals.
Formerly an executive of U.S. Ski & Snowboard as Chief of Sport, Luke led the U.S. Ski Teams, the national training and education Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah, its sport science and medical programs, coach education and club development. Luke led three U.S. Olympic ski and snowboard teams (2010, 2014 and 2018), overseeing athletes who won a record 53 Olympic medals.
Prior to joining U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Luke was a cross country racer for the U.S. Ski Team, competing in the Olympics in 1992 and 1994. He is the author of “Endless Winter” chronicling his experiences in the lead-up to, and during the 1994 Games. Luke was a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Utah. In addition to his degree from the University of Utah, he holds an executive certificate in Olympic sport management from the Kellogg School of Business.
Episode #159- Kalinda Bogue-Brand Strategist-Athlete Advocate
Kalinda is a strategist, advocate and brand developer who brings the art and science of strategic thinking to her clients.
For more than two decades, Kalinda worked across a range of business roles in executive leadership, as an entrepreneur, advisor and consultant creating and developing with global brands.
Kalinda’s formative experience training as a competitive figure skater provided the foundation for her drive, discipline and combination of analytical and creative thinking. She attributes these to her development and success as a leader and passion for access to sports for all. She is driven to deliver impactful results and thrives on collaborating with diverse thinkers to develop meaningful brands of products and services that solve problems, add joy and enhance the lives of people, families, businesses, and communities.
Episode #158-Joe Jacobi- Olympic Gold Medalist-Performance Coach
His strategies and concepts help people to perform their best without compromising their lives by showing them how to slow down, do less, and embrace simplicity.
Joe continually refines and incorporates these principles into his own life at his Pyrenees mountains home beside the 1992 Olympic Canoeing venue in La Seu d’Urgell in the Spanish state of Catalunya - the same canoeing venue where along with his canoeing partner, Scott Strausbaugh, Joe won America’s first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in the sport of Whitewater Canoe Slalom at the 1992 Olympic Games.
Episode #157-Gerrit Meier- CEO of Red Bull Media
He is a Senior sports and entertainment executive actively leading in the digital, strategic and operational transformation of global media with 20+ years of international experience at Red Bull, WWE, Spotify, iHeartRadio, EMI and Bertelsmann.
He is Published author on disruptive media convergence, the evolution of the music industry, and emerging distribution business models.
Holds business degrees from Harvard University and the European Business School and currently lives with his family in beautiful Salzburg, Austria.
Episode #156 Sanjeev Sawni- CO-Founder of Gruvi-N/A Beer
Here at Grüvi, we strive to create an inclusive community focused on making better choices within our daily lives. We truly believe in a world where we don’t always feel inclined to drink in a social setting, and a world where everyone can feel comfortable, regardless of what’s in their cup.
Our mission is simple- help others be healthy and stay social, one drink at a time. We sought to create a line of craft, non-alcoholic beers and wine because you deserve it. Your health is your wealth, and the beverage you consume shouldn’t compromise that.
While alcohol remains so pervasive in our society, we’ve challenged ourselves to create a brand that breaks this cycle. Grüvi was created to dispel the common notion that non-alcoholic beer tastes, well, not great. We saw a desperate need for innovation in the space, and we are here to prove that you can have it all. Enjoy a tasty, healthy brew, and take your chance to live in the moment, alcohol free.
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Episode #155- The Monistere Brothers
Today’s guest are a little different than most that I have had on the show. They are actually brothers, Danny and Don Monistere. They come from exciting, varied and eclectic backgrounds in sport, from body building, track, running, martial arts and more. In addition they also excel in the business world.
In his current role as SVP – Client Solutions, Danny Monistere leads the Local Watch and Audio Policy & Guidelines department to drive consistency in reporting across local TV, radio and digital properties. His responsibilities also include Audio panel compliance and enforcement of ratings distortion and media affiliation guidelines.
Since joining Nielsen in October 2001 as Vice-President of Quality, Danny has held positions of increasing responsibility. Past positions include SVP, Product Leader for Television Audience Measurement (2009-2010) and SVP, Product Leader for Enabling Technologies. (2010-2011).
Danny is currently a USATF Masters Athlete and has competed with Team USA in 2018 World Masters Championships held in Malaga, Spain and the 2019 North American Masters Championships in Toronto, Canada. He is the 2018 silver medalist for the USATF National Championships, 3000m Steeplechase and is a two-time Masters All American in the Steeplechase. In his spare time, Danny is a volunteer coaches for RacerX Track & Field a youth team that competes in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF).
Don Monistere- www.linkedin.com/in/donaldmonistere/
In his current role as Chief Operations Officer at IBML Monistere is responsible for the day-to-day operations of IBML’s marketing, sales, manufacturing, implementations, support, and IT services.
Previously, Monistere was Senior Vice President and General Manager at C-Spire where he was responsible for developing and executing short and long-term plans in collaboration with the company’s executive team.
Athletically, Monistere has proven to be a bit eclectic. He reached national prominence in Bodybuilding qualifying for the Mr. Universe competition in his teen years and 25 years later after focusing on other athletics, returned to the sport to win multiple regional contests qualifying again as a National Competitor. Monistere recently played in the MSBL (Men’s Senior Baseball League) as a catcher and starting middle infielder, participated in multiple triathlons, raced in many criterium cycling events and currently is a 3rd Dan degree black belt in Kyokubugi Karate, a modified version of Japanese martial arts which includes stand up and ground fighting. He owned and operated two Karate Dojo’s and after his own fight career he trained many fighters who later went on to compete in MMA events.
Monistere is also and author publishing “Enhanced Life Performance” in 2017 and his second coming out this summer “Enhanced Executive Performance” with his third in the trilogy “Enhanced Corporate Performance” due out late next summer. All three books focus on an approach to life, career and business that allows you to achieve a flow state that Monistere describes as “Enhanced” He has used many of the techniques in these publications to create the success that he has achieved to date
Episode #154- Amy Stanton-Game Changer for Women in Sports
Amy founded Stanton & Company (S&Co) with a passion for promoting and building positive female role models and messaging for women. Since 2006, when the company opened its doors, S&Co has built a roster of philosophy-driven brands, including exceptional athletes, lifestyle experts, and brands in the healthy, active living space. Amy recently co-authored The Feminine Revolution with Catherine Connors, challenging the idea that femininity is weak, and encouraging women to redefine and embrace their feminine qualities as sources of power. Amy speaks about femininity, marketing and representation, women in sports, and women’s leadership. http://stanton-company.com/
Episode #153- Mike Rosa-Founder Anabolic Aliens-Top Rated Fitness App
Mike is the founder of anabolic aliens. Mike started making YouTube fitness videos in 2014 self teaching himself videography, editing, as well as SEO. Now the Anabolic Aliens YouTube channel reaches over 600k+ subscribers worldwide and 80k+ followers on Instagram.. Across all media’s, the Anabolic Aliens brand has amassed a following of over 1mil with multiple sponsorships. Along with his online success, he created the workout app Exerprise which was rated the #1 new health and fitness app in the Play Store for 2018 and has over 150K active users to date. The brand has transformed from influencer into business a very successful business over the years.
Episode #152- Sam Piccolotti-Founder No Zero Days-Triathlete
Sam began his career in banking. He soon advanced as a high performing leader with First Union and Wachovia Bank, leading teams to record heights of production. Sam started a successful commercial banking and brokerage business he later sold to pursue a lifelong ambition to move west.
Sam has been leading companies in business growth and development for decades. Sam currently acts as the VP Of Business Development for ToolCASE LLC a Denver based technology company that is emerging as one of the top real time analytics providers to the banking industry.
Sam's professional drive is built on a relentless pursuit of physical and mental perseverance.
Sam is also the founder of NOZERODAYS.COM an athlete collective and emerging lifestyle brand.
A Speaker, Trainer, Coach and Athlete.
Sam has over 30years of triathlon, Ironman and endurance racing.
He recently completed a solo Ironman distance event above 10,000' above sea level and most likely to be first to have done so.
Episode #151- Dr. Jen Welter-The First Female NFL Coach
Dr. Jen Welter is the NFL’s First Female Coach, a groundbreaking and barrier-busting force of nature. She is a female trailblazer, a sports pioneer, PhD, passionate leader, world-renowned speaker, entrepreneur and source of inspiration around the globe. Her relentless pursuit of individual excellence and success in challenging the status quo time and time again, fuels her current drive to help others achieve their best—in sports, health and wellness, professional pursuits and in life.
Episode #150- Chris Guillemet Co Founder - Velofix
Chris is a Co-founder of velofix, the largest fleet of Mobile Bike Shops in North America. A first-generation Canadian, Chris was living in Vancouver and frustrated with the traditional brick-and-mortar bike shop experience. The solution? A Mobile repair service that could shake up the retail industry as we knew it.
Chris’s management experience includes growing a company to $90 + million and a successful IPO, the launch of an Internet startup that went on to raise $100 million in financing and driving growth at a $30 billion dollar consumer packaged goods company. He is also very active in endurance sports, having run a 2.54 Boston Marathon, completing two Ironmans and most recently qualifying and racing the 70.3 Ironman World Championships in Nice, France.
“Save Time. Ride More” has been Chris’s driving vision for the business since its inception.
Episode #149- Hans-Petter Mellerud- CEO of Zalaris- E&Y Entrepreneur of The Year-Endurance Athlete
Hans-Petter is the founder and CEO of Zalaris, a global HR and Payroll services org. He is also the Norwegian 2017 E&Y entrepreneur of the year which qualified him for the Global awards in Monaco. Peter is a high level competitive endurance athlete, having raced the Leadville 100 mtb race, Cape Epic in South Africa, and the Norseman for the last couple of years in Norway.
He is a family man with 2 sons and he is always looking to push the limits of business, life and sport.
Episode #148- Lex Gillette- 4x Blind Paralympic Medalist & 4x World Champion
Lex is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of the U.S. Paralympic movement. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a four-time Paralympic medalist, a three-time long jump world champion, and an 18-time national champion. He is the only totally blind athlete to ever eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump. If you think that any of this came easy, you should think again.
At the age of 19, Lex won his first Paralympic silver medal in the long jump. His achievements at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece were the culmination of years of hard work and training. Since that time, Lex has solidified himself as a tenacious competitor for Team USA.
Lex now has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games, and he is currently training and competing to make his fifth consecutive U.S. Paralympic team. There is one goal, and that is to win gold for the United States of America. As an athlete, motivational speaker, and singer song writer, Lex epitomizes the phrase “No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision®”.
Episode #147-Alex French-CEO Get Bizzy (Cold Brew)-Ultra Endurance Athlete
Alex currently acts as CEO of Get Bizzy Inc., a startup beverage company whose mission is to create the highest quality and most convenient beverages on the market. When not working on his business, Alex spends his time mentoring college students and training for ultra-endurance races.
Prior to starting Get Bizzy Inc. Alex worked as an Associate at 301 Inc. General Mills' Venture Capital division, as a Marketing Analyst for Cheerios, an M&A Analyst at Lazard Middle Market, Demand Forecast Analyst at Best Buy, and started Lifty, a consumer brand in the snow sports industry
Episode #146-Mark Winters-Entrepreneur-Best Selling Author-Triathlete
Mark's passion is helping entrepreneurs get unstuck so they can pursue their freedom.
Depending on the unique situation, Mark’s talent for introducing just the right combination of perspective and process sparks teams to start moving, move faster, or begin moving in the proper direction - with clarity. As a teacher, coach, and facilitator, Mark spends most of his time directly engaged with entrepreneurial leadership teams as a Certified EOS Implementer—helping them implement EOS in their own companies. He's delivered over 500 full-day EOS workshops with companies from around the U.S., and he's the Co-Author of Rocket Fuel.
Mark has been an entrepreneur since the age of 28, after catching the “bug” during B-school at the University of Chicago. At last count, he's started/bought/sold/shut down 11 different companies. One recent venture, as a Founder and CEO, had a very successful exit – yielding a 100x cash return in less than 3 yrs. All this activity has led to some recognition, including being named a Tech Titan finalist as an emerging company CEO, and listed as “40 Under Forty” by the Business Journal in both Milwaukee and Dallas. Mark was also awarded Rookie of the Year and Chair Excellence distinctions by Vistage International.
Episode#145- The Business of Sport-Tom Kingsley/EY and David Rutherford/ZRG
#1 Tom Kingsley https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-kingsley-3109a510/
Tom leads EY's Sports Industry Group in the UK and has worked across Europe, the Middle East and India on strategic engagements across the sporting landscape with clubs, leagues, governing bodies and other rights holders, as well as sponsors and sport-tech businesses. He also led EY's global partnerships with Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the Ryder Cup in 2014.
Away from work, Tom spends his life with his wife and twin boys and can frequently be found either on a ski slope in the Alps, running in the countryside near his home in the Essex countryside, or managing his kids’ football team.
#2 David Rutherford- https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-rutherford-a4a9a66/
David has recently joined ZRG Partners. With 22 years in commercial and leadership roles, David has a proven track record of delivering value across corporate, private, and family enterprises, with a focus on outcomes-based performance. He is passionate about maximising opportunities for skills development as well as opportunities for young professionals within this prolonged period of change in which multiple drivers are in play. These include policy direction, artificial intelligence and the changing nature of work and the workplace. Such factors have and will continue to create opportunities and challenges for businesses and emphasise the need to balance agility with resilience.
Prior to joining ZRG, David was the Markets Leader for EY’s private business in the UK for three years, working with a broad array of clients and third-party platforms. His work included key themes such as growth strategy, digital transformation, and productivity improvement. Prior to EY, David held positions within businesses including BT Syntegra, American Express, and RELX.
David is a huge sports fan and pursues personal fitness and wellbeing via running and boxing.
Episode #144-Shawn Boom-CEO of Vanco Payments-Endurance Athlete
Shawn Boom is a limit pusher. His most recent long-distance finish line was at the Grand2Grand Ultra, a 7-day, self-supported ultramarathon stage race in the Grand Canyon. An endurance athlete and adventurer from childhood, Shawn has climbed to the top of Pico de Orizaba, a snow-capped 18,491’ mountain, run ultra-marathons on active volcanoes, raced in multiple 24-hour solo mountain bike events and competed in several Ironman triathlons.
Professionally, Shawn has a 20-year career focus on growing businesses that help people achieve more in their lives by harnessing their mental and spiritual strength, providing access to education and through endurance sports. Shawn is presently the CEO of Vanco Payments, a 300-person global social impact company focused on serving those who enrich our communities by providing tools that help organizations such as schools, non-profits and faith-based communities raise money and administer their operations.
Shawn and his wife, Bethany, have been married for ~19-years and live in Minnesota where they are raising their two strong and independent daughters, ages 8 and 6. They call their family “Team Tusk” as a symbol for strength and humility, toughness and rarity.
Episode #143- Cam Stout-Attorney-Former D1 Athlete-Fighting Depression with Exercise
WHO IS CAM STOUT?
· Husband and father of two adult kids.
· Corner office law partner for 25+ years.
· Starter on Princeton’s NCAA top ten varsity tennis team in 1979.
· Accomplished amateur cyclist.
· Survivor of two major depressive episodes in 1992 and 2013.
· An alcoholic with eight years of sobriety.
· A mental health advocate and public speaker who has shared his story over a hundred times around the country to:
- Scores of top law firms; and
- Forbes top 100 companies, including Chevron and Adobe.
· An entrepreneur who founded Stout Heart, Inc.
(A 501(c)(3) that supports his talks and mentoring of students.)
· A writer with a book in the works and a blog called Light at Sea. www.lightatseaatstoutheart.org
Episode #142-Peter Murray- CEO Professional Fighters League
Peter Murray, a senior sports executive is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of the Professional Fighters League (PFL). Murray oversees all business strategy and operations, fighter roster, event management, production, content, and marketing for the mixed martial arts league.
The PFL is the first organization ever to present MMA in a true sport format with individual fighters competing in a Regular Season, Playoffs, and World Championship. PFL is distributed on ESPN and additionally on 160+ countries worldwide.
Before joining PFL, Murray served as VP Global Brand and Sports Marketing at Under Armour. In this role, he was responsible for category management of football, baseball, basketball, soccer, combat, and Olympic Sports. Prior to Under Armour, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Insignia Sports Agency and EVP Marketing & New Business at William Morris Endeavor. For the previous 13 years, Peter was also a senior executive at the National Football League, including roles as SVP of Business & Content Development, SVP of Global Brand Partnerships.
Episode #141-Jilyne Jarvis-Co-Founder & Executive Director at ZGiRLS (Confidence Builder for Girls)
Jilyne is a four-year NCAA athlete & seven-time NCAA All-American. She is also an alum of the U.S. Ski Team.
After retiring from ski racing in 2009, she co-founded a nonprofit organization, ZGiRLS, with fellow US Ski Team alum. They started ZGiRLS because they saw the essential need for confidence-building and mentorship for little girls in sports. ZGiRLS launched in 2012 and has served over 1,000 girls with more than 40,000 mentorship hours invested. They host programs with professional athletes like Sue Bird, Lindsey Vonn, Ashley Wagner, and many more.
Check out Z Girls Here: https://www.zgirls.org/
Jilyne Jarvis on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jilyne/
Episode #140- Roy Tuscany-Founder and CEO of High Fives Foundation-Get Stoked!
This week’s guest is likely the most stoked and inspirational guest we have had.
His name is Roy Tuscany, he is the founder and CEO of the High Fives Foundation.
Originally from Waterbury Vermont, and after graduating from the University of Vermont, Roy headed out west to pursue the dream of being a professional Free Skier. In 2006 suffered a life altering injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down and was the catalyst to the creation of High Fives. Roy turned the financial and community support of his own recovery into a “pay it forward” adventure with the creation of the High Fives non-profit foundation. He was named the “Spirit Inspires” award from Disabled Sports USA in 2011 and once held the world record for the most “High Fives” in a 24 hour period. He lives in Reno with his girlfriend Alana Nichols, and son Gunnar. He enjoys finding fun in everything he does!
Episode #139- Mark Divine-Founder, Pres & CEO at Unbeatable Mind & SEALFIT
Mark Divine is an expert in human performance as it is displayed in mental toughness, leadership and physical readiness. His work is based on an integral warrior-leader model that he developed and tested on over a thousand special operations candidates worldwide. The integrated training, which involves physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual training, has resulted in over a 90% success rate for the Spec Ops candidates. It is now taught to executives and corporate teams, tops sports teams, top athletes, professionals, first responders and warriors from all walks of life.
Mark is the founder and leader of several highly successful enterprises including SEALFIT (Physical and mental training), Unbeatable Mind, LLC (Executive Mastery Development), NavySEALs.com and USCrossFit. He also co-founded the Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA.
SEALFIT developed out of the Navy's SEAL candidate Mentoring program, which took the pass rate for Navy SEAL candidates from 33% to over 80% on the Physical Screening Test at Navy Boot Camp. This program was instrumental in helping the Navy grow the size and quality of the SEAL force.
Mark's other professional experience includes 20 years as a Navy SEAL officer, retiring as a Commander in 2011. Also 4 years as a CPA with the firm now known as PriceWaterhouseCoopers prior to his joining the Navy. As a reserve SEAL he led several prominent projects, including the Navy's internal study on whether to support the invitation of USMC into the Special Operations Command.
Mark served as Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of San Diego and has authored four books: "The Way of the SEAL," published by Reader's Digest Publishing, "8 Weeks to SEALFIT" and "Kokoro Yoga" by St. Martin's Press, "Unbeatable Mind" and the "SEALFIT Training Guide," both self-published.
Episode #138-Jeremy Bhandari- Author of Trust The Grind
Jeremy Bhandari was born in Ashland, Massachusetts on June 19, 1996. Unlike the plurality of babies born in the 20th century, Jeremy wriggled into the world in his mother's bedroom, rather than a hospital. His rare arrival on Earth is ironically symbolic with his life story.
Before dropping him off to preschool, Jeremy's mother would spread out the sports section in the Boston Globe for her son to examine while he ate his breakfast. Jeremy, at just 4-years-old, would study the MLB standings and league leaders. At this point, circa 2001, all the Massachusetts baseball fanatics obsessed over Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra, two stars on the Boston Red Sox. When it was time for Jeremy to select his favorite player for the back of his Tee Ball card, the calculated cherub demanded that Alex Rodriguez, a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, be labeled on his individualized square. While Jeremy probably couldn't locate Texas on a map, he knew that Rodriguez was leading the American League in home runs, so why not classify him as his front-runner?
Jeremy's love for sports continued to maturate as he grew older. In elementary school, he started writing fictionalized stories of baseball games, where one team would always make an epic comeback in the late-innings. Fast forward to his junior year at UMass Amherst, and Jeremy was still scripting about sports. After handing in a paper on the relationship between spending and winning in the MLB, Jeremy decided to take writing more seriously. At 23-years-old, Jeremy signed a contract with Mango Publishing and wrote Trust The Grind, which reached #1 on Amazon’s Teen/YA Fitness & Exercise bestseller list, and was most notably endorsed by NBA legend, Jason Kidd. In addition, Trust The Grind was added to the list of Summer Reading options for the students at Ashland High School (Ashland, MA).
Aside from writing, Jeremy puts a strong emphasis on physical fitness, and spreading love to all those around him.
Episode #137- Ed Cunningham- NFL Player Announcer/Academy Award Winning Producer
Ed Cunningham is an American sports announcer, film producer, and former professional American football player.
Following his career in the National Football League, Cunningham worked as an commentator for different media outlets, most recently ESPN. In 2017, he resigned citing his personal concerns with safety risks posed by the sport of football.
He played center for five seasons for the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Prior to his professional football career, Cunningham played center for the Washington Huskies, helping them win a national championship in 1991.
In 1997, Cunningham became a regional college football analyst for CBS Sports. Cunningham moved over to ABC Sports in August 2000.
In 2006, with the merger of ESPN and ABC Sports, Cunningham began appearing as analyst on ESPN College Football as well.
Cunningham resigned from ESPN prior to the 2017 college season, citing disenchantment with football due to growing evidence of the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy that the sport poses for its players.
He then became an award winning was a producer on the documentaries The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Undefeated, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Episode #136- Rob Urbach-CEO of Iditarod-Former CEO of USA Triathlon
Rob is currently the CEO of the Iditarod and for most of us the Iditarod conjures images like no other sporting event: blinding white terrain, icicles knotting ruddy-faced mushers’ eyebrows, silver-eyed dogs lunging frantically into a vast unknown.
Basically, crazy people charging headlong into challenging horizons.
The word is Ingalik Indian for “distant place.” The Iditarod race across Alaska couldn’t be much farther from where Louisville Kentucky native Rob Urbach began his career in sports management. After earning his degree—and competing as a nationally recognized tennis, swimming, and cross-country athlete moved to Philadelphia to earn an M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business.
Next were executive vice president positions at premier sports and entertainment firms such as SFX and Octagon, where he oversaw international marathon, tennis, and golf events and soccer’s 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
A highly decorated “Ironman” himself, Urbach moved to Colorado in 2011 to become CEO of USA Triathlon, where he founded the NCAA triathlon program, helped make possible the first USA triathlon Olympic gold at Rio, and launched the Paralympics program that, also in Rio, had the highest medal count of any country.
Episode # 135-Amanda Russell-Elite Athlete-Author of The Influencer Code- Round 2
She was an influencer before the term even existed...and when brands like Lamborghini, Cedars-Sinai and Lionsgate want to better understand influencer marketing, they call one person...Amanda Russell.
As an international fitness icon, sought-after speaker and brand strategist, Amanda has been at the forefront of the digital marketing and social media revolution from its infancy. Amanda designed & co-created UCLA's' Influencer Marketing curriculum, the world’s first fully accredited program in Influencer Marketing and currently teaches this program, along with marketing, branding, and business strategy at UCLA at UT Austin, to a global audience of students and future leaders.
She advises some of the top companies in the world on influencer marketing and how they interact with their customers. Her upcoming book, The Influencer Code, teaches brands how to use collaboration to grow and scale their business.
The Toronto Star calls her the “Real-life Iron Woman” and “the ultimate go-getter”. Amanda is here in [city] to help us all better understand what influence is (and what it’s not), how to collaborate more effectively with influencers and how to use influencer marketing to build our brands and grow our businesses.
Episode #134- Dr. Robert Takla- ER Physician-Ironman
Dr. Takla is an emergency medicine physician and amateur athlete with a passion for health and fitness.
The role of an ER physician can be stressful, and he is responsible for one of the busiest emergency rooms in Michigan. In addition to practicing clinically, he has extensive administrative experience as a medical director supplemented with an executive MBA from the University of Michigan. While emergency medicine and innovation in health care remain passions of his, He also thrives on the pursuit of health and fitness.
Pursuing a well-balanced life combining physical, mental, and emotional health and fitness, is critical to happiness. As an amateur athlete and Ironman, He enjoys utilizing his medical skills and knowledge to further his own health and fitness. He thoroughly enjoys and welcomes the opportunity to motivate, coach, mentor and consult with both individuals and groups assisting them with improving their own health and fitness. Each of us, from amateurs to professional athletes, can find ways to further improve our wellness and maximize our chance of reaching our fitness goals.
Episode #133- Tyler Wren-Founder of Farm to Fork Fondo-Ex Professional Cyclist
Tyler started his 13-year professional cycling career during his senior year at Princeton University. He carries the distinction of being the domestic professional rider with the longest tenure on his team, with 12 years at Jamis-Hagens Berman. Cycling taught Tyler that there is no limit to the work that can be done to become a better athlete and he has applied this lesson to starting his own athletic event production business, Wrenegade Sports, LLC, and several years later founding Wrenegade Foundation.
Tyler was a 3-time Collegiate National Champion, US National Team member, 2-time USPRO King of the Mountains winner, stage winner at the UCI Vuelta Chile, and 2-time winner of the Crusher in the Tushar. Tyler specialized in stage races and climbing, and also enjoyed gravel racing, gran fondo events, mountain biking, and cyclocross.
Episode #132- Jon Franklin- CEO World Pro Ski Tour
Jon cut his World Pro Skiing teeth as a 12 year old carrying Jean Claude Killy’s jacket down Boyne Mt. Fifteen years later, he served as Killy’s USA agent. While at IMG, he helped bring Chrysler and Coors in as US Pro Ski Tour sponsors, with clients Phil and Steve Mahre racing under the Coors banner. Ultimately Jon sold and managed Cafe de Colombia’s Ski World Cup title sponsorship in a multi year multi million dollar mega deal. Later, Jon worked with Barilla Pasta and World Champion Bode Miller and brought three headgear sponsors to Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso. Following stints as Olympic Boxing Chief and CEO of a global combat league, Jon is back home in ski racing to manage the resurgence of the World Pro Ski Tour
Episode #131- Ian Adamson- World Champion Adventure Racer/World Record Holder/Entrepreneur
Ian started racing as a young age group cyclist in 1973 and in sports governance at the Univeristy of Sydney in 1984. From 1996 to 2006 he accumulated 10 world championship wins, 25 world championship podium finishes and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the ESPN X-Games. He is a three time Guinness world record holder for endurance kayaking (262 miles in 24 hours) and current Ninja OCR age group world record holder. He was a founding member of Team Nike, the world's most successful adventure racing team, featured on the Eco-Challenge and other television shows from 1995 through 2007.
From a corporate perspective Ian spent ten years in the implantable medical device industry, where he started Reflex Medical Products, and continued as COO for five years. In 1996 he started his own project management consulting business adding event and television production in 1999.
In 2001 Ian partnered with television producers who had supervised Mark Burnett’s Eco-Challenge and Survivor and continues to work in the television industry as a producer, director, host and talent.
Currently Ian is President of World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO). World OCR is the world governing body for obstacle course racing (OCR) and related disciplines.
Episode #130- Dr. Lara Pence-Performance Psychologist
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pence has spent the last fifteen years working with individuals as they peel back the layers of their outer shell, cast aside the unhealthy patterns, and begin to build a new, more resilient and adventurous sense of self. A native of the East Coast, she completed her post-doctoral fellow in Dallas, TX, and then transitioned into private practice where she saw individuals, couples, and families alike for therapeutic services. She quickly became one of the most sought-after therapists in Dallas and supervised various other professionals in the community. In 2018, Dr. Pence moved to Colorado, and came on board as the Chief Mind Doc for SPARTAN, the world’s leading endurance company, where she hosted the Spartan Mind podcast and consulted with the organization on various mindset focused initiatives. She also works as a coach for The Unbeatable Mind, alongside Mark Divine, founder of SEAL FIT. She has been featured in various publications and media outlets such as Good Morning America, the BBC, Glamour, Vogue, WebMD, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post. Dr. Pence is also the founder of LIGHFBOX, a modern tool to help increase self-awareness and initiate monumental change.
Mental health during the pandemic Building resiliency Looking to the future Toughness in our culture
Episode #129- Bill Healy-Triathlete- Founder of Silver Spike Capital
He is a partner and founding member of Silver Spike Capital, LLC a private credit and growth capital investment manager focused on plant-based and alternative health and wellness industries. Prior to Silver Spike, Mr. Healy was President of Pantera Capital Management in Menlo Park, California— a leading blockchain venture capital manager dedicated exclusively to digital currencies, applications, and related companies.
But more importantly he is a passionate Triathlete and world changer!
Episode #128- Blair Clark- President Canyon Bicycles
Blair Clark, and he is on the ride of a lifetime following his cycling and outdoor passions. He has Managed “high end,” global specialty sports performance businesses, including Giro/Bell helmets, Smith optics, Canyon and Specialized bicycles, GU nutrition and related sports products. He has worked with owner/founder entrepreneurs and private equity boards, managing P&L’s from $10M to $120M and staffs of up to 125 employees with operations including manufacturing in North America and Europe plus sourcing initiatives from China. He has managed several successful turnarounds from daily cash flow crisis and the threat of liquidity to successful financial results. He has established comprehensive marketing plans for multi-tiered distribution channels. In my journey sponsoring major athletes/teams and events in snow, bike, surf, MX and NASCAR including Travis Pastrana, Regan Smith, Lance Armstrong and Picabo Street has made his ride a dream of a lifetime. The Japanese would say in his present role as President of Canyon, He is in a state of “Ikagi”: the convergence of his passion, mission, vocation and profession.
Episode #127- Dr. Steven MacGregor- Chief Wellness Officer- Duathlete
Dr. Steven MacGregor is the Founder of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona with clients including Salesforce, Uber and McKinsey. He has taught several hundred classes at leading business schools, and has been a visiting researcher at Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon. Overall, he has helped improve the health and wellbeing of more than 20,000 people worldwide through face-to-face delivery of the Sustaining Executive Performance program, and a further 250,000 online. Dr. MacGregor holds a PhD in design thinking and virtual teams and is the author of 6 books. Notably Sustaining Executive Performance and Chief Wellbeing Officer, now a popular podcast. A former international level duathlete and national champion, he has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France cyclists, and Ironman champions, and can be found on a frequent basis running up and down the mountain overlooking the city of Barcelona.
Episode #126-Meredith Atwood (@SwimBikeMom) former attorney, podcaster and motivational speaker, and 4x IRONMAN
Meredith Atwood (@SwimBikeMom) is a former attorney, podcaster and motivational speaker, and 4x IRONMAN triathlete. She is the author of the best-selling triathlonbook, Triathlon for the Every Woman, and the new book, The Year of NoNonsense. She’s the host of the iTunes Top 50 fitness podcast, “The Same 24 Hours. ”She has been featured in The Boston Globe, The New York Post, the Seattle Times and dozens of online publications. Meredith is a contributing writer to Psychology Today online, Triathlete Magazine and Women’s Running. She is a sobriety advocate, and the founder of Grateful Sobriety. She is a USA Weightlifting Level II, USA Triathlon Level I, and Precision Nutrition Level I Coach. She is originally from Georgia and lives in the burbs of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two tweens.
Episode #125- Chris Carmichael- Founder of Train Right-Coach To The World's Best Endurance Athletes
Chris is the founder and CEO of CTS, a pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2020, CTS has worked with more than 20,000 amateur and professional athletes and grown to a coaching staff of more than 50 coaches in three locations nationwide. Chris was a member of the 1984 Olympic Team and the iconic 7-Eleven Pro Cycling Team, and is a bestselling author of more than 10 books on training and nutrition, including “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” and “The Time-Crunched Triathlete”. Coach to the US Olympic Cycling Team in 1992 and 1996, he was named the US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 1999. Chris is a columnist for Road Bike Action Magazine and writes a weekly training blog with more than 70,000 subscribers. He was a longtime columnist for Bicycling Magazine, Outside Magazine, Velonews, and Triathlete Magazines. Chris and CTS have been the trusted coaching resource for amateur athletes as well as National, World, and Olympic Champions.
Episode #124- Mike Kloser- Entrepreneur/World Champion Athlete-Adventurer
The name Mike Kloser and adventure go hand in hand. Mike has been seeking adventure his entire life. In 1988, Mike was crowned Mountain Bike Cross Country World Champion and throughout his cycling career stacked up an impressive resume of world cup wins and podiums as well as many other titles, including a silver medal in the Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships. Upon retiring from professional cycling, Mike went on to adventure racing. He won the Eco-Challenge 3 times, Primal Quest 5 times and won the World Championships 4 times. and he is still going, this past summer he added the Go Pro Games Ultimate challenge win to him palmeres. Just to add another fun fact to his resume, he is also a world champion in long distance orienteering. Mike is a man of many talents and his love for all things considered adventurous is contagious. Throughout Mike’s athletic career, he gained plenty of experience in coaching and guiding others.
In addition to being a world champion athlete, dad and family man. Mike own’s Out There an adventure travel and gear company.
Episode #123- MK Marsden-Visionary of Women in Sport
MK is a global entrepreneur having created and/or led 8 technology companies in 5 different countries. She has held leadership roles in public and private companies with operating positions in: London, Paris, Tokyo, Ottawa, Austin, San Jose and New York .
MK uses a data-driven framework to help companies achieve their growth objectives, unleash leadership and create cultural change. Marsden has raised over $100MM of venture capital for technology companies with a preference Women led businesses.
A frequent speaker on women’s leadership, women in technology she also has 4 years of on-air television experience. She is fluent in English and French. MK is an Angle Investor and passionate philanthropist committed to ending gender bias in the world.
Athletic Highlights include
· Played Men's National Lacrosse in Ottawa for the Gloucester Griffins
· Nationally ranked Tri-Athlete from 1986 to 2001
· Completed 27 Marathons
· Started Women's Hockey at University of Ottawa
· Currently writing a book on the Female Student Athlete as a Business leader
Episode #122- Xavier Mufraggi/ CEO Club Med-EMEA/Ironman
Xavier is a dynamic professional with a strong strategic marketing background in the food, consumer and hospitality sectors. Xavier began his career with Kraft Foods in marketing, commercial and product development. After 7 years with Kraft Foods, he joined Club Med as Marketing and Digital Director. Only 3 ½ years thereafter, he was promoted in 2008 to CEO of Club Med North America at age 31 overseeing 3,000 employees from 15 nationalities. He is currently the CEO of Club Med Europe Middle East Africa markets, a region delivering $1.3B revenue per year, 70% of Club Med Worldwide.
Xavier has succeeded in positioning Club Med into a family upscale vacation and turnaround the American region in 2010, unprofitable since 2001 with historic records every year from 2011 to 2019 thanks to a team engagement at the level of top10% companies
Always engaged in many different sports:, triathlon, tennis, yoga, ski today and, soccer, rugby, fencing, judo, … in the past Triathlon: Age grouper top 15% Olympic distance and Half Ironman. 2 Ironman (1 did not finished, 1 finisher 2 years ago). 10K swims…
Episode #121- Michael Bryant- Professional Unstucker-Ironman
Michael Bryant is the president of CTS Consulting - a Baltimore -based multi-disciplined consulting firm. He is also an endurance athlete and a six-time Ironman triathlon finisher.
In 1981, after acknowledging that he was terminally unemployable, Michael founded CTS Consulting. His focus with both individuals and corporations has been on assisting others in creating effective working lives. The outside world knows him as a career/management consultant but for nearly four decades Michael has functioned as a professional "unstucker.”
He has a passion for showing people practical ways to problem solve, communicate and connect more effectively.
With nearly 40 years’ experience consulting with organizations and their leadership, insatiable curiosity, and the courage to challenge what’s possible in an effort to continually grow and improve, Michael’s perspective on work and life is one-of-a-kind and inspiring.
His approach to work and life was deemed unique enough that he was the subject of a four-page profile in Inc. Magazine.
An avid writer he has authored over 150 articles through his website www.go2ctsonline.com and is a frequent contributor on his LinkedIn page.
In addition to his writing and consulting, he is also a popular speaker best known for his signature keynote Iron Lessons - the story of his everyman Ironman journey. Michael is known for his ability to entertain, educate and inspire his audiences to rethink and expand the possibilities for their personal and professional lives.
Episode #120-Rocky Snyder-Author- Strength Specialist
Rocky Snyder grew up outside of Boston and moved to Santa Cruz in 1991. He met his wife in 1997, and is a proud father to a daughter and son. He is an accomplished and avid surfer and snowboarder, and well known as a regular on KSCO 1080am since 2002, with his Surf and Ski Report every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 6:25 am, and every weekday on KPIG 107.5fm at 8:25 am.
Rocky is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified in Applied Functional Science, NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist, a licensed US Soccer Coach and a USA Weightlifting Coach. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rocky has written three books on sports conditioning, has been featured in many publications and his fourth book, Return to Center is now available with all major booksellers
Rocky has written three books on sports conditioning and has been featured in many publications, and his fourth book, Return to Center is now available with all major booksellers.
In many ways, Rocky embodies the California stereotype. Well known in the community, Rocky is an avid surfer and fitness buff with a studio in the heart of the world renown Pleasure Point surf area. There early risers are greeted by the sweet smells of the ocean while they workout in one of Rocky’s many group training classes and hear the latest conditions when Rocky makes his call into KSCO and KPIG to broadcast the Surf and Ski report.
It doesn’t take long for this image of Rocky to come crashing down. The Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtic banners and license plates hanging on the walls betray his New England roots and belie his California image. Previous musings about what local high school Rocky graduated from are replaced by questions about how a hardcore New England boy morphed into California fitness-surfer dude. As with many aspects of Rocky, it’s a colorful story.
Episode #119- Benita Fitzgerald Mosley- CEO/ Olympic Gold Medalist
Benita is an established high profile international leader in the sports and nonprofit industries. A visionary, results-oriented leader and change agent, she has an impressive track record of transforming and growing organizations through innovation, increased revenues and operational excellence. An Olympic gold medalist and accomplished business executive, Benita inspires and motivates high performing teams to achieve world class results. She is a passionate advocate for helping both youth and adults achieve their personal best life.
Benita most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA,where she was charged with advancing the Laureus mission to improve the lives of youth and unite communities through the power of sport. Named a 2019 Notable Women in Sports by Crain’s New York Business and a 2015 Game Changer by the Sports Business Journal, Benita also serves on the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Commission.
A world-class athlete, Benita won a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, making her the second American woman and the first African-American woman to accomplish this feat. She was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Teams, an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, a gold medalist in the 1983 Pan American Games, an eight-time national champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American.
Episode #118- Alyse LaHue-General Manager / Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
Alyse is the General Manager of Sky Blue FC, the National Women’s Soccer League NY/NJ franchise. She previously was the GM of the Chicago Red Stars, Worked with the Seattle Storm, co-founded a major international Girls Soccer & Leadership academy across Chicago, Mexico, Houston, and Columbia. She is one of only two women currently holding the title of General Manager in the NWSL and is the first woman in league history to serve as General Manager in both Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and the NWSL.
She also has an extensive and impressive track record of community development and volunteering. Alyse is a leading voice on diversity in all areas as well as an important voice on increasing gender diversity in leadership positions across sports. She is also Curator/Founder of the only online women's sports business weekly newsletter: WOMENxSPORT.
What we discussed:
1. Women in leadership in sport?
2. Diversity in sport?
3. Where do you see soccer going?
4. What are you doing differently during this pandemic?
Episode #117- Team Hypo 2- Mental Preparation
Shannon’s athletic background began in the equestrian sport of Three Day Eventing. She competed nationally and internationally successfully for more than 20 years and also coached riders of all ages and levels during this time. More recently, Shannon has been focused on her passion for running, racing competitively in distances from the 800m to ultra trail events and almost everything in between.
As an athlete and a coach, Shannon has always been fascinated by the psychology of achievement. Her interest regarding the power of the mind to impact an athlete’s performance and overall experience drove Shannon to complete an undergraduate degree in psychology, and then a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Positive psychology is the science of human flourishing and high achievement, and offers a wealth of resources from which Shannon draws to help athletes find the performance they are seeking.
Growing up in a small town in Colorado, Brannon was an outdoorsman and Athlete.
During his last year of college, Brannon met his partner, a top-ranked professional marathon runner. As their worlds of business and elite athletics joined, Brannon became fascinated by how to take the principles of elite athletes into professional business settings, and this led to HYPO2. Bringing his talent for cultivating guest experiences, Brannon has played a pivotal role in the development of the program designed specifically to take what HYPO2 knows about mental performance in the world of sport and apply it successfully to business professionals.
Episode #116- Kristen Ulmer- Author-The Art of Fear
Kristen is a thought leader, master facilitator and fear/anxiety expert who radically challenges existing norms around the subject of this deeply misunderstood emotion. Her education on this subject comes from practical, real- world experience, starting with being a mogul specialist on the US Ski Team. Kristen then became more notoriously recognized as being the best female big mountain extreme skier in the world, a status she kept for 12 years.
Known for big cliff jumps and you-fall-you die descents, she became sponsored by the likes of Red Bull, Ralph Lauren, and Nikon, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame September of 2019. Her mastery of other danger sports including paragliding, ice and rock climbing, kiteboarding, adventure mountain biking, and flying trapeze also gained her the outdoor industry vote as most extreme “fearless” woman athlete in North America, beating all danger-sports stars, not just skiers.
She wrote one of the best books that I have read addressing Fear and Anxiety, the title of the book is The Art of Fear, Why Conquering Fear Doesn't Work and What To Do Instead
What we discussed:
1. How do and why did you become a fear and anxiety expert?
2. Her teaching tool that she has developed is called Shift: The Game of 10,000 Wisdoms, tell us about that
3. In your book you talk a lot about becoming friends with Fear- that is a very interesting concept
Check out the book here: The Art of Fear
Episode #115- Jay Cavanaugh-Mental Skills Coach-Motorsports
Jay is a mental skills coach for motor sports athletes. Jay believes sports are 80% mental yet most athletes only train their body and their skill and rarely work on their mindset. Jay's goal is to change that through education and his coaching. Jay is from Glastonbury, CT and currently competes in both Supermoto Racing as well as Auto racing. He's addicted to cornhole, digital marketing and being present.
Episode #114- Amira Alvarez- The Unstoppable Woman
Amira Alvarez is the founder and CEO of The Unstoppable Woman, a global coaching company helping entrepreneurs, empire builders, and rising stars in all fields achieve their dreams and goals in record time.
As someone who has made a quantum leap (going from barely making 6-figures to making $700k in one year, then onto 7-figures) and has lived to tell about it, she knows exactly what tactical strategies and mindset shifts are required to get out of your own way, live life on your own terms, and master the art of achieving any goal you set your mind to..
Amira is proud to have helped thousands of women (and a good amount of men too) confidently break free of limitations and be unstoppable in pursuit of a life they are proud to have lived. When she's not helping others, she's continuing to say "yes" to her own growth and stays 100% committed to being unstoppable in her own life and business.
Episode #113- Lauren Webb-Triathlete-Bullish Endurance
Since youth, sports have always been a part of her life. Swimming and soccer competitively at an early age eventually transitioned into a collegiate soccer career that gave her the foundations of hard work, teamwork and dedication that she still holds dear today.
She is now leading an agency, Bullish Endurance, which provides sales and marketing solutions for small to mid-size companies within the endurance/outdoor space. In her years in the industry the current sales model is antiquated and broken, and her goal is to disrupt this space and bring a new way of doing business that meets clients needs in a more effective and efficient manner.
When not visiting clients or on the road, I can typically be found at home, racing and training where she still compete in both road racing and duathlon. In her down time, she loves spending time with her husband and two French bulldogs either on the water or settled in for a movie night.
Episode #112- Jeramiah Solven- Army Ranger-Founder of Conquer Academy
Jeramiah Solven is the founder of Conquer Academy and a Leadership and Performance Instructor and podcast, Be the Leader. He is a former U.S. Army Ranger and officer who earned 1 of 2 positions in special operations out of a 400,000 soldier force. He also became the #1 Infantry Officer from a class of 2000. Jeramiah has helped hundreds of people grow as leaders. He has worked with clients ranging from CEOs, small business owners, pilots, FBI Agents, to a billion dollar company. It's Jeramiah's mission to bring more good in this world while helping others achieve their best.
His story is one where he transformed from a shy kid in to a Ranger Officer and led Rangers in combat. He is now an entrepreneur who built his business while having a high tempo 9-5. He is now teaching leadership and performance to individuals and companies who want to win. He’s written a book, helped clients triple their income, helped people collapse the timeline to their goal in half. All with by putting an emphasis on their individual performance and leadership.
The biggest lesson He learned in the 14.5-15 years of military experience is that leadership is everything. If you build high quality leaders, empower your team, teach and train your team, enforce/embody your core values daily, you will win.
Episode #111 Glen Houck-Co Founder of MyVictory
Glenn is a Co-Founder of recently launched MyVictory, a digital exercise and support platform for Cancer Survivors and the friends and families who support them. MyVictory offers Survivor hundreds of ability appropriate Cardio, Strength, Yoga and Meditation Classes and a daily schedule of more than 40 live streamed classes per week. MyVictory also includes a virtual community where friends and family may cheer on, support and exercise virtually alongside Survivors as they work toward and exceed their exercise goals.
Prior to founding MyVictory, in 2006, Glenn Co-Founded LQ Digital, a leading digital marketing company that has served hundreds of clients including Fortune 500 companies in acquiring customers through digital media and channels. With over 300 employees, LQ Digital was acquired by Private Equity in 2013.
Glenn was a three-year Swimming Captain and First Team All-American at The University of Virginia (1985 – 1989) and competed in the 1988 US Olympic Trials. Glenn was a 9-time ACC champion and upon graduation, held both ACC and UVA Records in two individual events (100/200 Backstroke) and three relays (400 Medley, 400/800 Free).
Glenn serves on the Board of Directors at LQ Digital and the Board of Visitors of the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University, and recently served on the Board of Directors of Inman News. Glenn enjoys skiing, golfing, boating and spending time with his family.