Perspectives from a Former Basketball Star with Marcus Fizer

EP083 | Perspectives from a Former Basketball Star with Marcus Fizer

As a business leader, you can learn a lot from a former basketball star. Our guest today is Marcus Fizer, former Chicago Bull and Iowa State legend. In this episode we discuss being the number four pick in the NBA Draft, playing in the NCAA basketball tournament, and the journey of a basketball player. ——This episode was first featured on our SportsEpreneur podcast. The podcast where sports and entrepreneurship collide. This conversation features so many lessons for business leaders. Lessons like putting yourself in better situations, dealing with pressure, dealing with situations you didn’t ask for, and never being too big to help out others.   Marcus’s realness shines in this chat and we hope you enjoy our conversation. 

Perspectives on Protecting Your Business: Mitch Long| Kaz Insurance

EP082 | Perspectives on Protecting Your Business with Mitch Long

As a business owner, are you protecting your business? Our guest today is Mitch Long, an insurance advisor with KazSource Insurance Group. In this episode, we discuss the life insurance industry, the future of your business, and key people.  ——With Mitch’s experience and knowledge of the insurance industry, his understanding of planning strategies, and his ability to help advisors and consumers navigate the process of acquiring life insurance, we just had to bring Mitch back to the podcast to discuss all this and more.  We hope you enjoy the conversation with Mitch Long. 

Perspectives on Mental Health in Hockey: Jake Newton | PodKaz

EP081 | Perspectives on Mental Health in Hockey with Jake Newton

Jake is from Cleveland, Ohio and is currently playing hockey in Finland for JYP in the Finnish top division Liiga.  He also spent some time in the AHL and ECHL. In this chat, you’ll hear John Priore a content marketer at our company, handle this interview as I was out sick! John was most impressed with how Jake has been able to overcome mental obstacles.   As a mental health advocate, Jake is focusing on building his brand off the ice with public speaking around the importance of mental health and performance at a high level.  His success on and off the ice have us so excited to feature him on this podcast. We hope you enjoy the conversation with Jake Newton. 

Perspectives on Tough Decisions: Eric Kasimov | PodKaz

EP080 | Perspectives on Tough Decisions with Eric Kasimov and Dan and Dennae Handford

This hit show hosted by Dan and Dennae Handford is a show that helps entrepreneurs think through the tough decisions entrepreneurs deal with.  

Dan asked me to come onto this podcast and talk about the decisions that led to us building a content marketing company while running an insurance brokerage company.  

Thank you to Dan and Dennae for having me on the Tough Decisions For Entrepreneurs Podcast. 

It was an absolute honor to be featured by them and we would encourage you to check out their podcast on Apple Podcasts. 

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Dan and Dennae. 

Perspectives From a Professional Baseball Player: Ty Kelly | PodKaz

EP079: Perspectives From a Professional Baseball Player with Ty Kelly

Bigger than baseball. Our guest today is Ty Kelly, professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels.

In this episode, we discuss the business of baseball, Team Israel, and the new SportsEpreneur podcast!   

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Ty also spent some time with the New York Mets. John Priore a content marketer at our company is a fan of all things Mets—and as a result, we had John handle this interview! As you’ll hear, John is most impressed with how Ty carries himself as a professional and as a utility player.

Ty’s examples of always being ready to focus on building his personal brand were on full display in our chat. His success on and off the field have us so excited to feature him on this podcast. 

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Ty Kelly. 

Perspectives of an Entrepreneurial Actor: Rodney Damon Collins | PodKaz

EP078: Perspectives of an Entrepreneurial Actor with Rodney Damon Collins

Taking the leap to pursue your passion. Our guest today is Rodney Damon Collins, Actor, Motivational Speaker, and Author.  

In this episode we discuss acting, overcoming mental obstacles, and building a personal brand.   

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After a long journey of giving back overseas, Rodney currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he is growing his acting career.  

You can catch Rodney as “Dr. Watson” on Amazon Prime’s Chosen Kin Origins.  

Rodney’s examples of fighting through adversity, having no excuses, and putting in the work were on full display in our chat. His success on and off the screen have us so excited to feature him on this podcast.  

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Rodney Damon Collins. 

Perspectives from a Sports Memorabilia Collector: Ken Schmidt

EP077: Perspectives from a Sports Memorabilia Collector with Ken Schmidt

Turning a hobby into a business. Our guest today is Ken Schmidt, owner of Charlotte Sports Collectibles, which specializes in catering to memories and memorabilia through multiple channels including sports cards and hobby supplies. 

In this episode, we discuss sports memorabilia, corporate world to entrepreneurship, and the impact of technology on the collectibles. 

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Ken developed his passion for card collecting throughout his childhood but always wanted to open his own shop.  The corporate grind was a major factor in turning his passion into a reality.  His path provides inspiration to those forging ahead in life and business. 

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Ken Schmidt. 

Entrepreneur Perspectives from a Retired NFL Kicker: Mike Hollis

EP076: Perspectives from a Retired NFL Kicker with Mike Hollis

From sports to entrepreneurship. Our guest today is Mike Hollis, retired NFL kicker of 9 years. Mike played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants. He represented the AFC in the 1998 Pro Bowl and presently ranks in the top 20 in overall field goal accuracy in NFL history. 

In this episode, we discuss the life of an NFL Kicker, dumbing it down, transition from pro sports to entrepreneurship.

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Mike lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he runs ProForm Kicking Academy and is a Managing Partner in a software development company focused in the meal prep market.  

Mike’s examples of being clutch, having no excuses, and making things simple were on full display in our chat. His success on and off the field have us so excited to feature him on this podcast.  

And with so much to talk about…let’s get right into this episode and welcome, Mike Hollis. 

Perspectives on Innovating the Watersports Industry: Drew Bartek

EP075: Perspectives on Innovating the Watersports Industry with Drew Bartek

Staying ahead of the wave. Our guest today is Drew Bartek, CFO at Groove Watersports, maker of the worlds first impact vest with speakers.  

In this episode we discuss a product launch, scaling a startup, and turning your passion into a profession.  

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Drew is originally from Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC. 

In his role with Groove Watersports, Drew is responsible for sales and finance. 

Drew learned all about entrepreneurship from his mom who was an athlete and restaurateur. That prepared him for the journey he is currently embarking on today at Groove Watersports.  His path provides inspiration to those forging ahead into unchartered waters in life and business.  And with so much to talk about…let’s get right into this episode and welcome, Drew Bartek. 

Perspectives on Professional Development in Sports with Galen Duncan of the Sacramento Kings

EP074: Perspectives on Professional Development in Sports with Galen Duncan of the Sacramento Kings

Helping young athletes grow on and off the court. Our guest today is Galen Duncan, VP of Professional Development for the Sacramento Kings.   

In this episode, we discuss dealing with doubters, professional development, and The Sacramento Kings.  

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Galen is located in Sacramento, California where he works in the King’s office. He has been with the Kings for over a year and previously was the Senior Director of Player Development for the Detroit Lions.  

In his role with the Sacramento Kings, Galen is responsible for implementation of the Kings Academy program, a developmental, player-centric curriculum aligning multi-faceted organizational philosophies and ideas to help athletes mature into well-rounded professionals. 

His examples of leadership were on full display in our chat. His actions prove he truly cares for the players he leads and truly loves what he does.