Lee is the CEO of BluprintX, responsible for their strategic growth. He specializes in straight-talking consultancy for C-Level on how to drive revenue and improve scalability through the power of data and technology
He has played a leading role in the creation and scaling of 7 startups in 4 continents over the last 10 years. Several of these startups became market leaders within 1-3 years, leading to trade sales to FTSE 200 organisations and global companies.
Lee was a professional footballer with Wigan Athletic FC before turning to the world of business.
In 2013, Lee set up BluprintX which is now a global agency, advising some of the world’s biggest organisations on how to drive revenue through their use of technology.
Lee hosts a podcast series called Level Up which documents a raw insight into real business issues and invites insight and hot topic discussion from industry leaders. https://thisisbluprint.com/
Where to find Lee:
- Attended Carrabassett Valley Academy and participated in freestyle skiing: moguls, slopestyle and half pipe
- Gold medal at the Junior Olympics in slopestyle, 2007
- Secured World Cup starts in 2009 for half pipe skiing
- Represented the US in FIS World Championships in 2009
- 9th place AFP World Championships, 2009
- World ranking as low as 12th in 2009
- Participated in Olympic Qualifiers and World Cups in 2014 - 4 men selected for half pipe, but I was 8th American
- Attended UVM while maintaining ski career, graduated in 2016
- Moved to Boston and began working for a software company called Mendix, while bootstrapping my media agency, called Cintri
In the past 10 years, Eric Gelber, an executive vice president at the commercial real estate firm CBRE (has run more than four marathons, 20 ultra marathons and three unofficial runs exceeding 155 miles each—all for a cause he believes in. in 2017 he completed a 200mile run, 33 times around Central park after 2 previous attempts. he has raised over 1.3mm for the Multiple Myelomna Foundation and is among the heroes of Fortune 500. To say he is a bad ass is an understatement.
He is selfless, determined and a true hero who is willing to give more than anyone!
Heroes of the Fortune 500- https://fortune.com/heroes-of-the-fortune-500/2015/eric-gelber
Tim classifies himself as an innovator, engineer, professor, rancher, Mountain biker, triathlete, USA Xterra National and world age group champion as well as a passionate ski bum 😊 His professional background is as a consumer electronics executive with 25 years of experience with audio technology and product development. His commitment to bringing out the best in people to achieve company goals allowed success building high performing teams, planning the product and technology portfolio strategies, innovating and executing on new product development. He has Transformed business practices to pursue new product categories, utilizing internal and external development partners, add customer value and build new business. Tim knows how to push the limits in Business, Life and Sport.
Before Kevin started his tenure at Nuun, he had a very progressive career that Started with Miller Brewing, Kashi, and as President and CEO of Caldrea, (which Is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day soaps) in 2013 be became the President and CEO of Nuun. He is a hockey player triathlete, marathon runner, Dog lover and beacon to light for humanity.
From the Nuun Blog
Two and half years ago, we asked ourselves the question: If we started all over again, how would we design Nuun? Would it be the exact same product we designed ten years ago that revolutionized the sports drink market? Surely, with everything we have learned and experienced in the last 10 years, we can find a better way, right? There must be a better way to deliver performance, there must be a better way to make our planet healthier, and there must be a better way to help facilitate clean sport with fair and ethical competition. These are some big questions that we are tackling to bring positive change. The first question we addressed was starting all over on delivering better performance.
The company has grown to a $30mm player in a hyper competitive space, has been voted Outside Magazines one of the top places to work, and is making a huge social impact to congrats on your success for taking the big guys head on.
Former professional athlete and seasoned executive, entrepreneur, consultant, keynote speaker, and board member. Career success across sports, Wall Street, technology, health, nutrition, human performance, and business. He leverages hi unique capacities and experience to mentor and partner with entrepreneurs, startups, and free agents in the Gig economy.
Some quick Stats on Jeff:
Stats: Professional athlete (10 years): Two-time Olympian, 3-time national champion, Pan American gold medalist, human performance expert , co-founder WNW Agency: in partnership with The Juice PLUS+ Company, co-founder of Health Food Agents co-founder of Altius Farms and founder of Altius Agency investment management and 2-time TED speaker
Humbling Insight: Over training ended his professional athletic career. Ambition drove him to Wall Street. Desire, to win fast, sucked him into tech. He made money, lost money, and built character. He came to realize having a boss and being an employee had limitations. A mentor taught him how being your own boss was like being an athlete in business. At that point, he knew what he wanted, however, his blind spots humbled him, in great ways.
Dave Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a Forbes “Top 10 Keynote Speaker“, award-winning humanitarian, and two-time national best-selling author, with 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the legal, technology, sports, and entertainment fields. With expertise across many industry verticals, he is uniquely positioned as a world-renowned thought leader, business strategist and leading humanitarian.
Dave has created a platform that allows him to communicate with everyone from college students to c-suite executives by using his principles for business and life: gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication. Utilizing these four principles every day allows Dave to live by his mission, “make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.”
Prominent Sports Executive
Dave is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sports 1 Marketing, a firm he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon. He oversees all day-to-day operations at the firm, where his relationship capital and situational knowledge has been crucial in delivering his client’s marketing and endorsement potential enabling him to secure diverse business opportunities for all his clients and partners.
His mission is implemented into each of the firm’s business services, which include, endorsement deals, sponsorship and gifting, business consulting, corporate equity ownership, transitional services, brand endorsements and licensing, athlete and celebrity alignment, among others.
Sports 1 Marketing is currently involved with several sports and entertainment projects such as NFL Player’s Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl, Athlete Network, Shmoop, The Master’s, Spartan Races, Internships.com, and countless others.
He launched his career in sports at the world’s most notable sports agency, Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, serving positions as CEO, where along with Leigh and Warren, negotiated over $2 billion in sports and entertainment contracts. In addition to athlete representation, LSSE served as creative and technical consultants on movie and television projects such as, Jerry Maguire, Any Given Sunday, For Love Of The Game, and HBO’s Arli$$.
Tapping the same determination and vision that propelled him to play Division 1 lacrosse in college and run across America following graduation after losing a leg to cancer when he was just 12 years old, Jeff is reshaping the landscape for all who battle cancer. By way of an 18-year career in investment banking at firms including Salomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch and UBS and as a co-founder and past board member of the non-profit Swim Across America which has raised more than $80 million for cancer research since it started nearly 30 years ago, Jeff is the inspiration, president and CEO of Mission. (For a video review of his Run Across America, click here.)
“Attitude determines your altitude.”
Where he’s from:
Where he studied/What he learned/What he did while he was there:
Boston College, BA; University Southern California MBA / Lacrosse, Skiing, Golf, Cycling, Open Water Swimming
What makes him feel like he can conquer the world?
Seeing people push their limits …they are doing it every day
His favorite things:
Extreme skiing, Exercising, Listening to music, Hanging with my kids
How he raises the bar:
Movement. The body was meant to be in motion. When I workout I never have a bad day
What is his hidden talent?
Still trying to find it. That’s what keeps me going!
On his playlist…
“Into The Mystic” – Van Morrison
“Tequila Sunrise” – Eagles
“Creepin” – Eric Church
“Who’ll Stop The Rain” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“I Am A Patriot” – Jackson Browne
“THE BUCKET LIST LIFE”
Kenyon Salo is one of the top trainers, facilitators and keynote speakers in the fields of adventure, leadership, team building, sales, customer service and inspiration/motivation.
One of only five members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team, he is seen each week during game season flying into the Denver Broncos Stadium at 60+mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the ten yard line. He brings to the stage over 20+ years of successful audience engagement through humor, awe-inspiring moments, prolific storytelling, and ‘edge-of-the seat’ content.
With over 6000 skydives under his belt and travels that have taken him all around the world, he’s determined to live life to the fullest and help others do the same. Through his passions for adventure, storytelling, and connecting with people, he found a simple process to guide others on a path to what most of us crave – living a more fulfilled life. His goal through his engagements is to deliver a powerful and heart-touching message on the possibility of how amazing life can be through providing actionable steps that will help any audience, both personally and professionally, embark on a path to achieve anything they desire.
Josh Crosby is a former professional ultra-endurance athlete, Ironman World Champion competitor, World Champion rower. Currently he is a coach, fitness consultant, product tester and the race director/creator of the Misery Challenge. He brings an elite caliber athletic pedigree to his work as a coach and co-creator of rowing based fitness programs Indo-Row™ and ShockWave both of which can be found in 100’s of clubs world-wide with partners such as industry leaders Equinox and Fitness First. Crosby and his partner Jay Blahnik have worked with WaterRower to design the world’s most authentic rowing machine. Using water as its resistance, it’s an unreal workout experience. Crosby is Orange Theory Fitness’ indoor rowing consultant and has been the face, athletic inspiration and product tester for K-Swiss, Gatorade, Zoot, Nike, New Balance, Asics and Adidas. He has also been interviewed on The Today Show, CNN, Outdoor Life Network, Fox News and Fit TV. Motivation, encouragement, variety and a little tough love are key components to his formula which has brought results to thousands of shapes, sizes and abilities. Whether you are just getting back into shape or looking to go faster in your next race, let him guide and boost you to the next level.
You can find Josh at at https://gobodysquad.com/
Josh Crosby on Linked In. https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-crosby-159449a6/
Joanna competed as a professional triathlete from 1998-2010. She placed 4th in the Sydney Olympics and was the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Champion. She excelled at all 3 distances in the sport of triathlon, winning races in the Olympic, Half Ironman, and Ironman distances. She is an Olympic trials qualifier in 3 sports – marathon, triathlon and swimming.
Professionally Joanna has been a coach and mentor to endurance athletes of all ages and abilities since 2003. In the past decade, Joanna has helped athletes reach their goals by concentrating on both the physical and mental aspects of training and competing. In 2013, Joanna expanded her coaching business and created Race Ready Coaching which aims to help athletes achieve their personal best in running, cycling and triathlon through innovative training plans, multi-media, and education.
Academically while pursuing her athletic dreams. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University she went on to Northwestern University Chicago, IL to earn her M.S. in Genetic Counseling (1995). Motivated by the excitement of independent research, Joanna earned her Ph.D. in Genetic Epidemiology (2001)
Peter Cimoroni is a serial entrepreneur that has also assisted dozens of local and national companies in strategic growth, brand development, and acquisition negotiations. The Chairman and CEO of Razor Marketing, Founder of the Protocol and 30 plus year high school and college wrestling coach. He is also the Founder of Wrestlers in business. In addition to his day job as a serial entrepreneur, he an athlete and author who recently wrote a book called Benevolent Capitalism.
It's been a fascinating ride over the past 50+ years, with certainly many more opportunities than deserved. He's looked to make the most of each of them to be the catalyst in helping others move toward #BetterThanYesterday through optimizing human potential within the realities of life.
*30+ years of experience in health & wellness, including CEO of US Corporate Wellness (since 2007) Co-founder of the Catalyst Coaching Institute (2011), and 3 decades as a licensed Physical Therapist & Certified Athletic Trainer
*Extensive educational foundation, including dual Masters degrees (MSPT & MBA) along with current PhD candidacy (targeting 2020 completion)
*Author of five books, national columnist since 2000, two plus decades of speaking experience at events across all 50 states and the UK, and featured in the documentary film Godspeed, which was seen in 600 theaters nationwide in 2018
*Generously identified by multiple publications as the "World's Fittest CEO" based on back to back to back results in the Race Across America, Ironman Triathlon and Marathon
Along the way, He's fallen deeper in love with my bride of 26 years, treasured being Dad to 3 incredible kids, secured 2 US Patents for an invention, completed 11 Ironmans (4 times at Kona), have met some amazing people and realized how much there still is to learn and do!
US Corporate Wellness (USCorporateWellness.com) is the premier national provider of personalized employee wellness programs and one of only 8 national firms to earn Full Accreditation as a Comprehensive Wellness Provider through URAC.
The Catalyst Coaching Institute (CatalystCoachingInstitute.com) offers the CWC (Certified Wellness Coach) certification and MCWC (Master Certified Wellness Coach) to coaches across the globe.
Check him out here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/optimalhumanperformance/
As a former All-American athlete at the University of Oregon and professional athlete representing my parents home country of Nigeria on an international stage, athletics taught me to never settle for second place. It also instilled success comes from years of putting in consistent hard work and the real you is the "you" which shows up on game day.
As an Educator at top international schools such as Phillips Exeter Academy and the St Paul's School, it showed me every seat at the table has value and an interesting perspective and that every moment of our existence can be a unique learning opportunity.
As an entrepreneur (or creator), working in the areas of sports diplomacy, fashion and apparel, international affairs, and youth empowerment, I wake up every day reminded to push the limits and trust what is imagined can be achieved.
As a wanderlust and traveling to over 30 countries, the experiences showed me there are no absolutes and even though we may be different, there are more commonalities the connect us than break us apart.
And lastly, and most importantly are the moments in-the-in-between, these bullet point moments, which remind me not take everything too seriously, to get out of my own head, and enjoy this one life we are provided. Realizing that it's not about stepping outside the box, but instead realizing the box never existed in the first place.
Carol Lynn is one of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable IT executive recruiters and is a founding member of Heller Search Associates. Carol Lynn has recruited an amazing range of CIO, CTOs and tough-to-find architects for companies in a wide array of industries. In addition to her own impressive search engagements, Carol Lynn directs Heller Search’s team of executive recruiters.
I have my son to thank for introducing me to Crossfit. He started while in college, he worked out hard over the summers, but I told him it wasn’t for me, “I’m too old.” He is persistent and lured me in to take an introductory class 3 ½ years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I am a person who always looks for the next challenge in all part of my life. Crossfit provides ongoing and continual challenges for me to reach to the next level. It satisfies the tenacious nature of who I am. I have been a runner for years. I have run a Marathon (4:21), several half marathons and numerous 10 – 5K road races, but the injuries from running were many. They have been few with Crossfit. I work a full time demanding job as Managing Director of Recruiting at Heller Search, an IT executive search firm. I get up at 4:20 every day to get my 2 to 3 hour workouts in before work, and on occasion I do some work in the evening. This has been an incredible journey for me.
Who would have thought that “I’m too old” would turn into “I’m a Games Athlete!”
Heather Hansen O’Neill is an award-winning speaker, author, coach and facilitator presenting to associations, corporations and nonprofits on leadership, team development, and change management.
For the past 20 years Heather’s company has helped clients from entrepreneurs of new businesses to Fortune 100 companies improve their relationships and lead more effectively in a rapidly changing business environment. She has helped her clients create deeper more meaningful relationships in sales and customer service resulting in increased customer loyalty and overall profit. She has developed programs that systematize processes, enabling increased efficiency, profitability and service. In addition, the work she does to enhance understanding within and between departments has shown a better flow of productivity as well as higher ratings in employee satisfaction.
• Author of Find Your Fire (Morgan James, 2011)
• Author of Teams On Fire! (Rock Star Publishing House, 2013
And just launched the From Fear to Fire Podcast
For many years, our guest Bill Flanagan conducted research and clinical trials at UCI integrating ancient healing modalities into western medical models for the ultimate benefit of patients. Today, he’s sharing what he learned as a licensed acupuncturist and the CEO of HUSO, Inc.
So, what is HUSO?
HUSO stands for Human Sound, and it is a patented technology that uses individual sound frequencies sourced directly from human toning (think Tibetan monks or native American sound healers) to restore a state of health and well being to the body.
Check Huso out @ www.thisishuso.com and for a $25 discount use Coupon Code “EA25”
At 17 Doug was awarded the Ontario Hockey League's top award for Academic Achievement and at 18 years old, Doug was drafted 2nd pick overall into the National Hockey League. Doug would play his first year for the Los Angeles Kings as their youngest player ever.
In professional hockey game #607, at age 29, Doug went full speed, head first into the end boards & shattering the 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae in his neck. He would later wake up in ICU, a quadriplegic. No arms, no legs, no bladder, no bowels.
Doug has addressed sold out audiences of thousands attendees at the Casino de Lac Leamy, National Museum of History and has done over 500 radio and television appearances including starring in the movie Becoming the Keys which premiered in January 2019.
Doug’s books The Trauma Code and Thriving in Transition capture the essence of what you can do to make it to the top, reach your stardom or find lasting happiness. Doug is presenting a Systematic Approach to improving mental performance, lowering emotional trauma in the workplace and leveraging workplace culture.
Today, Doug's literary work and seminar series presents and teaches an approach to emotional trauma that any individual, team or organization can use to protect, build and maintain extremely high levels of human performance.
Check out more about Doug at http://www.dougsmithperformance.com/
Hear his TEDx on YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q5_8csOnPk
Michael Bergmann is an accomplished Senior Executive, Consultant, and Board Member with more than 30 years of success across the sports apparel, nonprofit, and manufacturing industries. Leveraging extensive experience in innovation and product development, he is a valuable advisor for an organization seeking guidance in brand identity and/or business sustainability. His broad areas of expertise include coaching/mentoring, global business, e-commerce, product development, and go-to-market strategy.
Throughout his executive career, Michael has held leadership positions with Red Truck Group, Incubator U, and Nike. Additionally, Michael currently serves as the President of Portland Track, overseeing a series of track meets in Oregon that includes youth through professional athletes.
Jesse Levin is the Founder of Tactivate, an initiative which employs strategies and tactics from the military special operations and international disaster response communities to launch private sector ventures hand in hand with military Special Operations veterans.
Co-Founder of Brooklyn Boulders (Somerville and Chicago), a venture that builds and launches large-scale hybrid climbing and innovation centers across the country.
He's also the Founder of the Active Collaborative Workspace, an unconventional, internationally-recognized collaborative workspace concept built on the premise that physicality stimulates innovation and creativity.
He conceptualized the Wynwood Yard for the Founder - a progressive space designed to give the entrepreneurial community of Miami a new playground and launched and ran Mortar and Pistil, an outdoor pop-up survival skills training bar on location.
Colin Morgan- is a professional golfer turned successful Entrepreneur
A few years ago, Colin found himself caught in the daily grind. He felt unfilled and certainly, he was not making the money he wanted to make. He left his job and set out on his own. He stumbled around until he found someone who could show him the way.
That was the key.
Now, he has a purpose and he looks forward to everyday with renewed enthusiasm. He has a great relationship, a growing business and an insatiable appetite for learning. He started and developed the Daily Grind Podcast to help people who are just like he was.
The podcast airs live 5 days a week and features some of the world’s most fascinating people. His guests include the worlds top entrepreneurs and other influential people.
Colin hopes to educate and inspire listeners to do what you have always wanted to do. Maybe that is writing your book or starting a side hustle. His goal is to motivate, educate, and inspire people to do that “One Thing” you have always wanted to do – start your own business!
Michelle Mead and is an Ironman and a Broken Neck Survivor, who always striving for a little more.
Her life and times can be defined by decades of competitive sports and arts. Her early years were all about gymnastics, ballet, and dancing. Always competitive; after dancing marathon running became a passion. Completing 10 marathons and top 10 finish at OBX as a master. A friend suggested she might enjoy cycling and racing. Multi-sport and bikes came into her life. She took her love of running and cycling ability to secure a spot on team USA for world championships in Duathlon. Placing 9th in her age group at worlds in distance duathlon. What’s next Ironman! She was 49 and thought let’s go big for the big one at 50! – Completing Ironman Wisconsin was the culmination of dream accomplishment. After Ironman, her loves of bikes turned into racing cyclocross and mountain biking.
Then life changed forever in September 2017, she was participating in local bike festival promoting cycling and during a stunt on live television, she fell and broke my neck in 2 places . she her C-1 in half and had 4-5 fusion resulting in paralysis of my upper body extremities. Navigating the “New Me” made Ironman feel easy. Retraining nerves, making arms, hands, and fingers respond was crazy hard. A team of OT and PT at Metro-Health System, Cleveland, Ohio and weeks of intense work made it all happen. she had the goal of getting back to riding again, she made her return to riding at Global Fit Bike Ride Day December 3, 2017. Three months post-accident. Being active and helping others experience the joys of sport has been woven in my lifestyle with mentoring programs and social media groups. She can run and ride now, still recovering with spinal cord issues and another surgery to remove hardware holding her CT1 in place is next.
She lives by the motto: Live fear free in the moment each day…small steps forward.
Chris has over 12 years of legal and compliance experience; currently serving as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a $3B New York City-based asset management firm, Semper Capital. Prior to his current role Chris was most recently in the Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP advising on corporate and securities law matters. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Chris was in the legal and compliance group of Invesco's alternative investments business, responsible for the private equity firm WL Ross & Co. LLC, Invesco Private Capital and Invesco Senior Secured Management. Chris began his career at Vanguard in 2006 following active duty service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events on legal and compliance matters and advises emerging asset management firms, entrepreneurs, and start-ups across various sectors and industries. Chris is actively involved in several charitable organizations, including serving on the board of directors of Volunteers of Legal Service and the CFA Society New York’s Veterans Roundtable. Chris earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School and B.B.A. from Temple University. In addition to his fast paced life as a lawyer, he is passionate about, health, training, and pushing the limits to see what he can do!
He is a very interesting, dynamic, and focused individual that is constantly pushing the limits of what is possible in the corporate world as well as in the competitive world.
In 2003, Andre Kajlich was a charismatic, handsome, 23 year old American student attending his father's alma mater in the city of Prague. On the night of December 6th, he went out partying with friends, and in the early hours mysteriously wound up on the tracks of an oncoming subway train. The conductor could not stop.
His devastating injuries required that both legs be amputated above the knees, and after three weeks in a coma, he awoke to an insanely altered reality. Doctors told him that because of the severity of his limb loss, walking with prosthetics would not be possible and he'd spend the rest of his life wheelchair bound.
Andre had other plans.
Today, he walks in his prosthetics with the use of a cane. He is a world champion endurance athlete. He has taken on some of the world's most difficult endurance competitions, many of which have never been completed by a challenged athlete.
Ten years later, Kajlich is a world-class paratriathlete and ultraendurance wheelchair racer who considers himself lucky: "Not because I survived getting run over. It just feels like my life so far has been pretty cool."
This is a quote from his website!
I ENJOY EATING MILES AND NOODLES.
Marc is the CEO of bylr, Build Your Life Resume. A main focus of his role is being a challenge curator - creating endurance opportunities for like-minded individuals to invest in mind, body and spirit. The most recent creation, 29029, involved renting a private mountain whereby participants attempted to summit 17x until they reached the vertical height of Mt. Everest 29029.
Prior to Be Boundless, Marc founded multiple nationwide event series including BeerFit and The Wall Street Decathlon. His events have raised millions for charitable partners while garnering national press coverage from Sports Illustrated, The Wall St. Journal and ESPN to name a few. Before a career as a financial analyst and management consultant he hustled payroll services at ADP door to door in NYC.
Marc has a degree in Finance from Auburn University where he was an All SEC Academic Member of the Track & Field team. A collegiate miler he is quite proud of his recent 6:17 beer mile (4 beers. 4 laps. No puking) along with a 11:20 Ironman and sub 4 hour marathon while pushing a quadriplegic and recently finished Leadville 100. Marc is based in Atlanta, GA where he resides with his wife, Stacey, boys Chase and Dylan and dog, Barkley.
You can read more about Marc here: https://www.innervoice.life/marc-hodulich
Check out his event Everesting 29029: https://29029everesting.com/
Check out https://bylr.co/ with Jesse Itzler.
Doug McConnell, with the help of his A Long Swim Team, became only the 48th person over age 50 to swim the English Channel, in 14 hours that were divided between heavy waves and pitch black darkness.
The success of the English Channel swim has inspired the A Long Swim Team to continue with marathon swims, including the 24-mile length of Tampa Bay, the 21-mile distance of the Catalina Channel in California, and a 29-mile circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in New York City. The swims of the English Channel, the Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island make up the “Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming,” of which Doug was the 89th person to complete, and only the 15th person to complete all over the age of 50.
His Day Job: Doug has been an investment banker for over twenty-five years, and has deep experience in all types of corporate financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, public new issues of debt and equity, and convertible securities. That experience is in a variety of industries including specialties in technology, applied technology, business services and industrial companies. I am an alumnus banker with William Blair & Co. of Chicago.
You can follow him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcconnelldouglas/
Check out his events at www.alongswim.org
In April 2019, Caroline Gleich and Rob Lea will climb Mt. Everest as a “Climb For Equality,” to highlight the role that men and people of all genders can play in supporting women’s leadership, in the mountains and beyond. Despite gains for women in other areas of society, only 10% of climbers on 8000m are women. As of June 2017, only 536 women have climbed Mt. Everest. It’s not enough to have women showing up. We need more women at the top. The Climb for Equality is a social awareness campaign where Rob and Caroline will aim to get 100 mountaineers of all genders to do a social media post about how they will support women’s leadership and combat bias. The campaign will provide a tool kit of ways to interrupt bias. 10% of funds raised will go towards organizations that support women’s leadership.
It’s been Caroline’s lifelong dream to take skis to the Himalayas. She never thought she would be drawn to Everest until she was on the drive to Cho Oyu in September 2018 and saw Everest for the first time. Her first thought was, “I want to ski that.” Caroline plans to ski from 7500m down the North Ridge and North Col. It will be a highlight in her skiing career after skiing in big mountain ranges around the world including the Cordillera Blanca, French and Swiss Alps, Canadian Rockies and others. As a professional ski mountaineer and environmental activist, Caroline has seen gender inequality among the world’s tallest peaks and in the halls of Congress. With strong support from her partner, Rob, they realized that advocating for gender equality isn’t only a woman’s job, and through this project, aim to bring strong male allies and people of all genders into the conversation.
As a World Champion Half Ironman, Rob is no stranger to physically exhausting, challenging, and long days. The list of triathlons Rob has completed is exhaustive and his love of the sport has given him a new objective: the Ultimate World Triathlon. As part of the Ultimate World Tri, Rob will climb Mt. Everest, swim the English Channel, and cycle across America. More than the physical challenge, Rob will also raise awareness for gender inequality in the mountains and the boardroom, based on the He for She initiative by the United Nations. Rob’s mountaineering career includes climbs of mountains around the world including Aconcagua, Denali, and most recently, Cho Oyo. He is also planning on doing what is called the Ultimate world triathlon, which includes Climbing Everest, Swimming the English Channel, and ride his bike across America, all within 6 months.
Check out their story here: https://ksltv.com/410481/ultimate-world-triathlon-aims-spark-conversation-gender-equality/
Caroline's Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3wVVykSBiU&fbclid=IwAR0a2m5upoAZ24JoW4ojzhYx239KAIQtgkXZ_iPSQelSU0fZAetHnwTcZVk
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Upon graduating in ‘00 with a BS from the University of Vermont (Marketing), Dyksterhouse returned to international competition (alpine skiing) in hopes of earning a U.S. Ski Team nomination and a 2002 Olympic berth. After a successful 2001 campaign, Brandon's Olympic dreams came to an abrupt halt with a season-ending injury.
After his injury he jumped into coaching with both feet. At the University of New Mexico, GMVS (Green Mountain Valley School), BC Alpine, Ski Club Vail and the US Ski team where he was responsible for Coaching Mikaela Shiffrin and was consultant for Lindsey Vonn prior to the Olympics in 2018.
For the past 17 years, Dyksterhouse has taken his competitive drive and life-long love of sport and given back to the ski racing/snow sports community through coaching, education, and venue development.
"Fall in love with the process of being great!"
Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/dykster/
Brian's journey of helping people create transformational change in their lives began at the age of 14. As a result of experiencing significant emotional pain throughout childhood, a desire was kindled to understand the human psyche and uncover the keys to unlocking a person's inner power. It was, in reality, the genesis of Bergford Performance Systems and Brian's passion for developing strategies people could use to not only turn affliction into triumph, but also break through personal barriers, create superior relationships, and maximize their potential. He has always been inspired by people who represent the pinnacle of human performance. Whether it's a professional athlete, business person, an artist, or a parent, he believes that true masters in any field are rare and priceless — and that everyone has within themselves the keys to personal greatness. Brian works with those rare individuals who possess the requisite desire and willingness to bring it out.
Brian earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, taking particular interest in neuroscience, psycho-pathology, clinical psychology, and the principles of peak performance. His studies continued well beyond his university education as he, to this very day, attends seminars, has an insatiable appetite for reading, and studies tremendous communicators, leaders, coaches, athletes, and enterprising high-performers to support his continually evolving strategies for human development.
You can check out his site here: https://www.bergfordperformance.com/
Marco is originally from Tirol, Austria where he grew up skiing competitively since the age of 6. Marco began skiing professionally at the age of 16 and has participated in four Junior World Championships, the World Championships in 2005 in Bormio, Italy, and upon deciding to represent his mother’s home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Marco joined the Bosnian Junior National Ski Team at the age of 16. Marco competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy as a member of the Bosnian Alpine Ski Team, racing both Giant Slalom and Slalom events. Marco qualified for the Slalom finals at the Olympic Games.
After successfully competing in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Marco decided to pursue his skiing career in the US while working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Colorado. During the 2007 season, Marco suffered a career-ending crash and after several knee surgeries, retired from ski racing in 2009. Upon retiring, he dedicated his time to his education and exploring full-time career interests. Marco began his career at Goldman Sachs upon graduation, where he worked for 5 ½ years. Marco received his MS in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University and graduated in December 2017. He is currently the VP of Business Development for the Corporation for Interest Rate Management in Chicago and is training with his wife for their first Ironman 70.3 in AZ later this year.
You can find him on Linked In @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcoschafferer/
Alex Stieda is a true pioneer in the world of Professional cycling in the US and abroad. Turning professional in 1986, Alex and the 7-Eleven team raced the Tour de France for the first time. Finishing the 4km prologue time trial as the best rider on the team, Alex broke away on the following stage to claim enough time bonuses to win the yellow jersey, becoming the first North American to do so.
In addition, he won five jerseys in total including the polka dot as best climber, white as best rookie, red for intermediate points, and the combination. After losing the yellow, Alex held the polka dot jersey for an additional five days over the hills of northern France. Three weeks later, Alex was a proud finisher of the on the Champs-Élysées.
Alex continued to compete as a professional until 1992 winning many races throughout North America including Tour of Texas, Gastown Grand Prix, and stages of the Coors Classic.
Since retiring in 1992, Alex has continued his involvement in cycling, by providing TV colour commentary for CBC, OLN, and Sportsnet, as well as coaching with Juventus Cycling Club. He is the co-founder of the Tour of Alberta, a professional cycling stage race in his home province. Alex has raced the Cape Epic MTB stage race twice, finishing 3rd in the Grand Masters with Tom Ritchey. He is an avid winter sport enthusiast racing the Birkibeiner Cross Country Ski Marathon 8 times and has started Skimo racing, a winter mountaineering event. Alex is a regular columnist in Pedal, a Canadian Cycling Magazine. Alex continues to share his passion for cycling by operating cycling camps at various locations throughout the world.
You can find out more about Alex at www.Stiedacycling.com
Fourteen years of working in wealth advisory and a life time of love for all things health and wellness has brought JP to where he is today: a business owner, a father and a desire to help others improve their health/wellness and career/financial success.
JP brings about a passion to see people succeed professionally, financially and without sacrificing their health and well being. With this comes an understanding that to succeed in your career, in your family life, in your business, in your pursuit to becoming a better/healthier you, you need to play the ‘long game’. To play the long game you need support, education and encouragement which is what drives JP each day.
Let’s face it, if you’re struggling in health or happiness it’s difficult to be financially successful.
Check out his podcast at https://www.strive168.com/
James Fell- Author of the Holy Sh*t Moment
I was in debt, drunk, flunking out, tipping the scales toward obesity. A single moment changed my life. I was in a state of despair over my situation, and with a sudden awakening of massive insight, my path altered course. My passion to succeed awakened, I was driven to accomplish something meaningful with my life.
It was the moment that split my life in two, dividing it into “before,” and “after.”
After this transformative experience, I began to ace my courses, got out of debt, got in shape, married an amazing woman who graduated at the top of her class from med school, attained two master’s degrees, had a successful business career, raised a couple of athletic straight-A students, and accomplished a midlife career change to become one of the most popular health and fitness writers in North America. I’ve been writing articles for the Los Angeles Times since 2010, the Chicago Tribune since 2012, had columns with Chatelaine and AskMen, and been published in TIME Magazine, The Guardian, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and many others. I’ve lost count of how many celebrities and star athletes I’ve interviewed, been on TV and radio a whole lot, and given presentations to thousands of people on how to change their lives. My blog gets millions of visitors a year.
More about James at https://www.bodyforwife.com/
Check out his book https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Sh-Moment-lasting-instant-ebook/dp/B07DQDTHPJ
Kimberly Caccavo and Kate Nowlan founded GRACEDBYGRIT, the first community-driven, direct-to-consumer premium athletic apparel brand for women. They made clothes that women look and feel fantastic. Their combination of skills and passion made them an unstoppable team.
Kimberly Caccavo brought technology and business experience to GRACEDBYGRIT. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA. She has had a rich and varied career during which she designed metals used in the space shuttle; did research on ceramic heat engines; ran a telephone directory business; helped privatize a Latin American phone company; started a cable company; worked in Hollywood and had her own consultancy helping to launch businesses.
Kate brought coaching experience and product knowledge specific to female athletes to GRACEDBYGRIT. She received her BA in Sociology and Psychology from UMass Amherst. As an entrepreneur, she owned her own company organizing small businesses and homes. She launched, coached and grew a youth and masters swim program, was an executive for a nonprofit in which she planned and ran events, coordinated fundraisers, ran the day-to-day office operations and launched new revenue-driving community programs. Upon the sale of GRACEDBYGRIT, Kate joined HYLETE as the VP of Brand Experience.
Also please take a look at their foundation which is empowering young girls and women- https://www.gracedbygrit.com/
You can check out their book- https://www.amazon.com/Graced-Grit-Entrepreneurial-Starting-Business/dp/1795148977/ref=asc_df_1795148977/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=266118767273&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=462547338770401899&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1021806&hvtargid=pla-624211875000&psc=1
Angelo Poli is an internationally recognized expert in the field of body transformations. Poli pioneered the evaluation-based approach to weight management that has been hailed as “… a foolproof diet plan.” He is the Author of MetPro: The Science to Transform, which outlines his philosophy and workout system. Poli is also a serial entrepreneur. He is the Founder of MetPro, the world’s first algorithm based weight loss engine, which is fueled by the data you feed into it every day. In addition, Poli is the Founder of Whole Body Fitness, which provides weight loss, health and fitness training programs for all ages and fitness levels. By using a combination of the latest nutrition, conditioning sciences and evaluation based methods; Poli and his team are able to create complete short and long-term fitness strategies that maximize people’s weight loss process.
Poli’s clientele, from all over the world, ranges in scope from NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, among other elite athletes, celebrities, to physique models, entrepreneurs, and politicians. He has been featured for his specialty in Neuromuscular Re-education (Posture and Alignment) and weight loss sciences in major media outlets such as Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post. Poli has spoke at conferences such as TEDx, and continues to be a Wellness Consultant for multiple universities and hospitals around the country.
You can find out more about Angelo and MetPro at https://www.metpro.co/
The American catalyst that shook the nordic world in Vancouver, Billy Demong has not slowed down since his historic Olympic win on the large hill. Since then he got married, started raising a son and returned to competitive form after a brief break from the sport—just in time for another run at gold.
The upstate New York native has been on seven World Championships teams and has won eight U.S. titles. His four medals with teammate at the 2009 Worlds were an historic accomplishment, a feat only outshone by the following year’s four-medal effort at Vancouver, where Demong became the first U.S. Nordic athlete to win a gold medal.
OFF THE SNOW
Billy Demong is known as the guy who never rests. “I think I’m kind of known as somebody who lives every day to the fullest and maybe tries to accomplish more than he should. That’s my MO and that’s what I love doing.” Growing up in Lake Placid, Demong developed a love for the outdoors. In the winter, that means clicking into the backcountry gear, climbing mountains and finding a powder cache. In the summertime, it’s hopping onto a mountain or road bike for a ride through the mountains around Park City. But his true joy comes from his growing family: wife Katie (a former skeleton athlete) and son Liam
Jason Romero Is just another person with a unique and interesting story. His story includes losing his eyesight and gaining a Vision of making Relentless Forward Progress in all areas of his life. His pursuit of that Vision enabled him to become the first & only blind person to Run Across America, and has taken him around the world including earning a Juris Doctorate degree, practicing law, running a $400 Million company for General Electric, saving and running a non-profit that helps children with Autism and nurturing a deep Faith. He uses his "Triple-A" strategy as the basis for making Relentless Forward Progress.
Jason's ability to motivate audiences with his captivating tale of growing up with a visual impairment, becoming a successful business executive and ultimately running across America has made him one of the most sought after speakers today. Jason speaks on several business topics including his "Success Cycle", Mental Toughness, Team Success, Leadership Essentials, Peak Performance, Change, Innovation, Values & Ethics, and Strategic Planning. He is an expert on teaching audiences how to transform their Dreams into Reality.
Born in St. George, Utah, Dixie Madsen endured and overcame a traumatic childhood filled with heartache and tragedy. Leaving home at age 13 and then living in two foster homes and many temporary situations, Dixie managed to turn her life around after moving to San Diego, California in 1970. A single parent working as a nurse, she developed a passion for running. Competing in just her second marathon, she qualified for the famed Boston Marathon and began running in marathons and ultramarathons around the world. Supported by her adoring husband, Dixie became the oldest woman (at 63) to complete the world's most grueling distance race - the Badwater 135 in Death Valley, California - in less than 48 hours. She also earned the Miss San Diego Bodybuilding title at the age of 51. For Dixie, a proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, life certainly began at 40.
Jenna is a 50-time marathoner and ultra-marathoner since 2014, and has completed races of up to 206.5 miles. She believes strongly in the intersection between endurance sport and career success, and works passionately to help others seeking to improve themselves in both areas. When she’s not running, Jenna leads a global team of over 200 people, as the Director of Recruiting Operations for Amazon.com, where she has been employed for 7.5 years in a variety of capacities, including labor and employee relations, training, leadership development, and M&A. She holds a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and a BA in Communications from the College of New Rochelle.
Running & Race Experience: Jenna completed her first marathon, the Great Wall of China Marathon, in 2014 and “found the meaning of life.” To date, Jenna has completed 30 road and trail marathons, and 20 ultras, up to 206.5 miles. She has completed marathons or ultras in 19 states, and on three continents. In 2019, she is registered for the Pistol 100k (Tennessee); the Burning River 100 mile (Ohio); the Born to Run 4-day (California); Rim-2-Rim-2-Rim (Arizona); the Javelina Jundred (Arizona); and will pace 50 miles at the Leadville 100 (Colorado).
Jason ‘s actions and accomplishments speak for themselves: devoted father, world champion, global businessman. After years of rigorous training, Jason earned the title of Fittest Man on Earth and finished first in the 2008 CrossFit Games. Hard work and insatiable drive paid off, and his company, NCFIT, grew to success. Jason thought he had overcome insurmountable obstacles throughout his career, but nothing prepared him for the moment when his daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with leukemia. Tasked with facing what no parent should have to confront, he had two choices: succumb to overwhelming anger, or jump headfirst into the fight. He chose the latter.
Laura Gassner Otting helps people get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.
Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.
Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose, and the upcoming Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (April 2019)
Pete Leibman is a consultant, speaker, and bestselling author who has been featured on Fox News, CBS Radio, and CNNMoney.com. His latest book, Work Stronger; Habits for More Energy, Less Stress, and Higher Performance at Work, was just released. It debuted as an Amazon.com bestseller and the #1 new release in its category.
Before writing Work Stronger, Pete worked as an executive recruiter at Heidrick & Struggles, a leadership advisory firm that serves the majority of the Fortune 500. In this role, he interviewed and assessed hundreds of leaders, and he helped complete high-profile executive searches for top employers, such as Ernst & Young, American Airlines, and MIT. In his free time, Pete teaches one of the largest group exercise classes in the Washington, D.C. area, and he competes in endurance races, including the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships.
Check out Pete's book at WorkStronger.com, or check out his corporate programs at WorkStrongerConsulting.com.
Josh Sprague grew up with the crazy adventure that an outdoorsy life in a small town brings. His passion for design and "taking what sucks about a product and making it better" combined with his passion for endurance sports to create Orange Mud.
From humble beginnings and hand-stitched prototypes in 2012, Orange Mud has become known worldwide as the purveyor of premium hydration products for serious endurance athletes. They've branched off into other products as well, such as their transition wrap which provides convenience, privacy and may save you an indecent exposure charge on your record
Through the craziness of working in medical device sales, founding Orange Mud, and having young kids at home, Josh has continued to train for crazy events (100 and 200 mile gravel bike rides and 100 mile trail runs are all on the docket for this year).
Check out his company here: www.orangemud.com
Doug Spreen is one of the official trainers for the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and has worked with the world's top tennis players, including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. He is responsible for the health of the players, deals with their injuries before and after competition, and tends to them while they are competing. Spreen often has to run onto the court and check on athletes who are injured during play.
Greg Scheinman is a Shareholder at Insgroup as a property and casualty insurance specialist . His expertise, marketplace relationships, and unwavering commitment to insuring his clients success is at the cornerstone of his practice. A true entrepreneur himself, Greg brings a unique business background to the table: Michael Eisner acquired Greg’s startup, Team Baby Entertainment, in 2007, and Greg is also the founder of Row Studios, a brand of indoor rowing gyms. These personal experiences as an owner, creator, and innovator allow Greg to manage risk for his clients with a different view. Greg also hosts The Midlife Male Podcast on GOW Media Network featuring conversations with prolific entrepreneurs, risk takers and CEO's.
Greg has spoken at the University of Michigan on the subject of entrepreneurship. He appeared on Big Idea with Donnie Deutch of CNBC. He hosted Profiles of Innovations on PBS-TV for three seasons. He is a board member of The D10 Decathlon and competed in Houston in 2017 where he won the Executive Championship and 2018 as a member of the Overall Team Championship winner.
You can find Greg's podcast at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/midlife-male-by-greg-scheinman/id1273389899?mt=2
She is an ex Management consultant, current adventure cyclist and inspirational speaker with the mission to inspire others to “dare to go for it”. She believes that the first step towards a goal or a dream is the hardest but yet most important step towards achievement, self-discovery and potentially a more fulfilling life. After this initial step, you will receive more motivation, energy and opportunities to achieve your goal because you are the creator of your life path.
“I took the biggest decision of my life. I quit my job with the goal to chase my dream making my biggest passion, cycling, to my living.
It felt like wasting time working in a job I didnt enjoy.
I failed multiple times trying to find the solution of combining the “real life” with my “dream life”. Multiple times, “reality” hit me that that what I was looking for doesn’t exist. But despite the setbacks I didn’t want to accept a life that it is not filled with passion and energy.
My fear, being 90 years old and looking back and saying: “I wish, I had done this”, kept me getting up from each failed attempt to try again.
With each attempt I came closer to the realization that it doesn’t exist what I was searching for.
I had to create it.
A husband, father, friend & leader in service to others, who believes in human potential & abundance.
Former NFL Linebacker turned CEO & Ironman Triathlete.
By concentrating on human performance, Joe builds, leads and grows world-class tech enabled business services, technology and SaaS organizations focused on serving employees, customers, and communities.
Currently Joe is the President and Co Founder of Aptology, Apotology was founded with the belief that everyone has unique strengths and characteristics and that by leveraging those attributes, the potential to be a top performer when placed and developed in a role that aligns to their strengths. Based in San Francisco and founded and led by an expert team in the areas of sales, human resources, behavioral psychology and technology.
A highly successful athlete, Joe played middle linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks and is an accomplished triathlete competitor. In addition to finishing 10 Ironman races, he finished the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2013 and 2015. He will compete in his third Ironman World Championships race in 2018. Joe founded the CVI Power Foundation, which supports employee and company donations to various charitable organizations all over the world.
Joe can be found here. https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-terry/
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This week's guest is the One and only Mark Allen. Six Time IronMan winner
After competing and losing in the Ironman Triathlon Championships six times (often to Dave Scott), Allen emerged victorious in 1989, winning one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.
This was the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995 at age 37, making him the oldest winner of the event at that time. He has also excelled at the Olympic distance, winning the sport's inaugural World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France, by more than a minute. He was undefeated in 10 trips to the Nice International Championships, and from 1988-1990 he had a winning streak of 21 races.
I AM MARK ALLEN
“I began a career as a professional triathlete in 1982. Back then doing a triathlon was a big adventure. There were no books, no videos, no coaches. But there were races, some even had prize money. The challenge was how to go faster. One month we might think the key was mileage, so we’d crank out ridiculous totals week after week. Swim 30,000 yards in seven days? Of course! Pile on 500 miles cycling and another 70 running in that same time? Why not! Was that enough? Was it too much? It was all a guess.
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Tim Johnson, the man, the myth and the legend, he is an American professional racing cyclist who has found tremendous success in cyclocross and road racing, and is one of only three male riders from the United States to stand on a UCI Cyclocross World Championships podium. He is also one the only America cyclist to have raced in the world championship of 3 different disciplines, Road, Mtn and Cyclocross.
During his 18-year professional cycling career, tim competed for Team USA in 13 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, earning a bronze in the U23 event in 1999, and twice he raced in the UCI Road World Championships. He was a six-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion and won Australia's Herald Sun Tour on the road in 2003.
After retiring from professional racing in 2015, he has served as an ambassador for multiple cycling brands, frequently led fundraising and awareness-raising rides, and served as a broadcast analyst for for a number of high level cycling events. Johnson is also the founder of the Ride on Washington, designed to help raise money for and awareness of bicycle advocacy efforts nationwide, especially among the racing community and has recently Joined the USA Cycling Foundation as it Development Director.
Eric is CEO of Craft clothing US and has had a long string of success in the outdoor industry. Located on North Shore of MA, Eric is an athlete, businessman, father, mentor and leader. He is highly active in many endurance sports including Nordic skiing, Cycling, Telemarking, running and a plethora of others. He has also been instrumental in taking Craft clothing to the next level and becoming a leader in the ultra competitive endurance space. Eric just signed a long term deal to be the official race clothing for Spartan race and is a key supplier to the US Nordic Ski team.
After moving to Austin, Texas from Bombay, Bangalore and Singapore, I overcame a lifestyle of drug addiction that killed two of my friends in high school. When I then decided to join the United States Marine Corps, two doctors told me that boot camp would kill me, thanks to a blood disorder I was born with. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me. Not only did I complete boot camp (with a twisted ankle, no less), but I was chosen as the honor graduate in Infantry school and went on to spend 7 months in Iraq where my job was to walk in front of our vehicle convoys to find explosives before they could destroy our vehicles.
That was just the beginning of my understanding of the positive power of fear and struggle. In 2012, I left a comfortable corporate job to drag a 190-pound sled 350-miles across the world’s second largest polar ice cap for a month. I’ve swam through underwater caves, almost been killed by a falling boulder while glacier caving, experienced severe altitude sickness while climbing in the Himalayas, and suffered through heat exhaustion while running across countries. But my greatest struggle came many years after the war. I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and consequently struggled with depression and alcohol addiction that drove me to the brink of suicide. I then spent years studying neuroscience, psychology and spirituality to not only heal my own brain, but figure out what does it take to live a happy, succesful and meaningful life.
That is when I rejected the label of PTSD assigned to me and created a new one – Fearvana. I define Fearvana as the bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle. I then wrote a book about the concept called “Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear Into Health, Wealth and Happiness.”
I was blessed and truly humbled to receive a foreword for my book from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who said “Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.”
Beyond these adventures into the depths of my soul and in some of the most hostile environments on the planet, I have also:
Completed a Masters in Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Publications, on a full scholarship.
Been trained as a coach from an ICF-accredited institution
Graduated from Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer program
Started a non-profit organization called The Fearvana Foundation
Built a business that allows me to work from where I want, when I want.
Used speaking engagements, coaching, seminars, and consulting to help countless people like you smash through their obstacles and find bliss through struggle.
Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman, an unassuming kid from rural Pennsylvania who ascended to the highest ranks of professional combat sports. He was guided by strong family values and instincts honed by a lifetime of wrestling, “The Spaniard” is a complex mix of small town and bright lights. After landing his dream job in education, Charlie left to venture into the unknown world of professional mixed martial arts (MMA).
Having fought the scariest men on Earth, taught junior and senior high Spanish, won a reality TV show on national television and read incessantly for many years, He calls upon his matrix of personal experience and knowledge to inspire you, challenge you and make you believe.
In this episode we will find out from “The Spaniard” What’s it like fighting a world title contender on live national TV, igniting a Twitter storm with the toughest man on the planet, and starting a family along the way? How exactly do you go from being a Spanish teacher to a professional fighter? Step into the mind and life of a mixed martial artist who fights not only for money but for prizes far more lasting.
Check out his website at https://charliespaniard.com/
Sarah Milby is Valor’s CEO and Founder. Sarah was a varsity college athlete and during this time, realized the benefits of having a performance coach in her corner. She leveraged those lessons off the field, attending some of the best academic institutions in the world, working for top-tier finance and government organizations, and taking on leadership roles at various innovative software companies in digital health. It was after her experience leading sales and business development teams that Sarah realized the gap in professional training. She created Valor Performance, Inc. to partner with some of the highest performing organizations, and help their teams strategically ignite and sustain peak performance.
Check out her site at www.valorperform.com
Failure, struggle and setbacks are not only an inevitable part of life but a necessary step on the path to success. Jim Harshaw has learned many life lessons on the wrestling mat. Having won three ACC Championships for the University of Virginia, trained at the Olympic Training Center and competed overseas for Team USA he has experienced significant triumph and devastating defeat. He shares those powerful lessons of failure, struggle and setback to empower his audiences to overcome their own challenges and achieve success despite their inevitable failures.
At the Virginia Athletics Foundation (VAF), Jim works with donors to connect them to the University of Virginia in ways that are meaningful to them. Jim's is responsible for raising millions of dollars to fund scholarships, capital projects and endowments for consistently one of the top Division I college athletics programs in the nation.
Jim has consulted with businesses, non-profits and athletic programs nationwide in regards to marketing, fundraising, lead generation, communications, and brand building. He has presented at over a dozen state and national conventions on the topics of fundraising, donor relations and marketing.
Jim's entrepreneurial experience is broad from having raised angel capital to develop a web based software to founding a Charlottesville-based service business that he sold that is still in operation.
Check out his site and podcast at https://jimharshawjr.com/
Dr. Kleiner is the owner of High Performance Nutrition, a consulting firm in Mercer Island, Washington, where she is currently the High Performance Nutrition Consultant to the Seattle Storm (WNBA) and the former Seattle Reign Womens professional soccer team). Dr. Kleiner works professionally with several of the team members, and she has consulted with many other professional teams and team members, including Seattle Seahawks, Mariners, Storm, Thunderbirds and Supersonics, the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers, the Miami Heat, Olympians and elite athletes in countless sports. Dr. Kleiner has authored eight books, including the bestseller POWER EATING®, The Good Mood Diet®, and The POWERFOOD Nutrition Plan. In 2014-2016, Dr. Kleiner co-founded Vynna, LLC, a female-centric sports nutrition brand and is now the Director of Science & Communication at Vitargo, Inc.
This is a must Listen: http://drskleiner.com/
Mark is a former NFL player attempting to climb the Seven Summits. Once successful,he will become the first NFL player to ever do so. To date, he has been on 5 of the world’s tallest peaks (Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, Mt Kosciuszko, Aconcagua, Denali) with Everest and Vinson
looming. Mark played 5 years in the NFL and then went on to start several successful multi million dollar businesses in which one was venture backed and acquired by University Games http://www.universitygames.com/front-porch-classics.
Check out Mark at https://www.markpattisonnfl.com/
Dr. Jeffrey Donatello has been helping people with chronic health issues for over 20 years. He has advanced education in Functional Medicine and Nutrition including functional blood work analysis, endocrinology and the thyroid gland, neurotransmitters and the brain.
Dr. Donatello is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and a state of Maine Certified Chiropractor. He is the author of Energize Your Brain, Change Your Life: An Introduction to Exercise with Oxygen Therapy. He has over one hundred published articles on health and nutrition.
Dr. Donatello has also founded, run and sold some of the most successful and inspiring races in the Northeast: Sea to Summit and the Pumpkinman Triathlon.
You can check out his business and site here: https://centerforwell.com/
Dave is the CEO and founder of Blue Street Capital and brings 17 years of financing and IT experience. Prior to founding Blue Street Capital in 2004, David was Vice President of Sales at a prominent national financing company. In his 8 year tenure, he became a recognized expert in technology, setting up financing programs for solutions providers and OEMs who specialize in the sale of technology and technology related products.
Dave’s leadership philosophy focuses on understanding his customers’ business models to provide financing solutions that help them simplify and improve their business models. This is ultimately what drove Dave to start Blue Street Capital.
When he isn’t at work, Dave enjoys an active life filled with surfing, golf, and spending quality time with his family.
Tim is an entrepreneur who has created his life around bringing adventure and experiential learning to corporate america. He is the owner of Grand Dynamics International, a experiential training and development company which he founded in Jackson Hole Wyoming 20 years ago. Since the origin he has expanded his team to deliver programs across the US and at select international destinations.
He and his team uses his background in psychology, business and experiential training to create a variety of unique programs for business teams and leaders. Challenge and adventure are integral parts of many of his programs.
On a personal level Tim constantly pushes the limits of his own comfort zone. From blue water hunting, to first ascents in remote corners of the globe to a variety of multi-sport creations in the the Tetons in Jackson Hole.
Check out his business at https://www.granddynamics.com/
Dave is a true entrepreneur with a vision to combine the love of sports with the positive social impact they can have well beyond the playing arenas. He realized the life behind the desk was not where he truly wanted to be and wanted to make an impact. So he started The D10 which celebrates the brilliance of amateur athletes through world-class athletic events measured by their economic and social impact.
The D10 is a nationally televised athletic competition produced for amateur athletes testing speed, strength, agility, and coordination through a mix of 10-events traditionally performed in the Olympic decathlon and NFL Scouting Combine. The D10 uses a proprietary, performance-based online pledging system to connect athletic performances to charitable outcomes. Since inception, participants have raised $8.0M to support North America’s leading pediatric cancer institutions working collectively to cure pediatric cancer. The D10 is featured regularly in SI, WSJ, ESPN, CNBC and more.
Ted Finn is Cofounder & CEO of Uplift Ventures LLC which provides solutions in health and wellness as it relates to travel.
Finn is committed to enhancing wellness in travel. With nearly 2 million lifetime air miles, and years spent overseas in both Europe and Asia, he has acquired a lifetime of travel experiences.
Finn has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years. His focus on health and wellness led to the establishment of Uplift Ventures. He has also founded Innovative Wellness Systems with a focus on biomechanical health and wellness. He cofounded Horizon Footwear in 2006 that has launched a number of successful projects in both Europe and Asia. Previously after positions with Nordstrom, Macy’s Corporate Buying Office and U.S. Shoe in the 1980s he cofounded AmAsia International in 1987.
When he is not traveling from his home base is Dover, Massachusetts he enjoys quality time with his family and friends and is active in cycling, mountain biking, and Skiing
Chris Smith, founder of Athlete Network, www.athletenetwork.com because we believe 'Once an athlete, always an athlete.' The challenge for athletes is they will not always be on a team or involved with a competitive athletic pursuit, but their athlete mindset never shuts off. Athlete Network's goal is to help our members understand and leverage their athlete mindset throughout all aspects of life. We do this by connecting athletes to the right employers, mentors and motivating content, which allows them to stay focused, leverage their athlete mindset and keep competing in life.
Born and raised in Hawaii, he not only grew up in one of most beautiful places in the world, but one of the most diverse as well. The Aloha Spirit of being friendly and willing to help anyone is in his DNA. Chris played football for the University of Hawaii and was part of their championship season in 1999, as well as for Missouri State University where he earned his degree in Entrepreneurship/Management
Rob Sleamaker walked into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) World Clinic with an unconventional new product. It was the Vasa Trainer, a swim bench that unknowingly would change dryland swim training forever. Already an acclaimed exercise physiologist and author, Rob had seen the effects of intensely focused dry land training firsthand with Olympic level Nordic skiers & biathletes — but would the world’s most respected swim coaches be interested in training their swimmers outside of the pool on such a device?
The answer was a resounding YES. By the end of the conference, we had unknowingly taken orders from three legendary U.S. Olympic swim coaches—Richard Quick, Nort Thornton and Richard Shoulberg. The great coincidence was for many years, each coach had wanted a training tool like the Vasa Trainer.
By 1992, swimmers of all abilities, including many that made the U.S. Swim team, were using the Vasa Trainer for dedicated dryland workouts.
He traveled a long way to this point and lived what feels like several lives in all that time. When he was young he was a college baseball player and champion bodybuilder. Later he spent many years in Corporate America as a very successful senior executive leader. He was accomplished but unfulfilled... and lost. During this time he stumbled into a boxing gym and instantly fell in love with the sport. Mainly he was a gym rat and trained in gyms in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC as a sparring partner for local professionals and anyone else who was looking for the ring work. He built a nice little reputation for himself and actually became a boxing coach by accident as the young fighters began coming to him for advice. The moment he began coaching he knew it was his calling. Today he is a renowned professional boxing coach/trainer and he have trained fighters at every level in the sport including Olympians and professional World Champions. This is a must listen!
Paul is a 52 year-old masters road, mountain, and gravel cyclist 3 seasons of the year, and a nordic skier in the winter. He competes on occasion, with some notable events being the Mt. Washington bicycle hillclimb (8x), the Kearsarge Klassic gravel/adventure ride, the Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge MTB race, and the Great Glen-to-Bretton Woods nordic ski marathon. Originally from Maine, Paul lives in Southern NH with his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 29 years and his two children. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and became an officer in the US Marine Corps, where he was a Harrier single-seat attack jet pilot. After leaving the Marine Corps, he began a career in the corporate world as an Operations professional, with various roles of growing responsibility in manufacturing, supply chain, distribution, logistics, and ecommerce at companies that included Cardinal Health, Amazon and Google.
Iyob Tessema is a 55-year old Human Resources Professional with over 25 years of management experience, who comes to us from "the passion world." He is a competitive Marathoner, Seasoned Coach, Athletic Consultant, and astute Olympic Historian/motivational speaker who lives in Los Angeles, California. Approximately 25 years ago, he adopted long distance running & swimming as cross-training sports to complement his endurance in semi-pro soccer competitions. Gradually, his passion for long distance won over, and he transitioned into intensifying his Running career, going “from zero, to hero”and successfully running his first LA Marathon in 1995. Never looking back, he maintained his consistency. To date, he has run his “home town marathon” alone for 23 consecutive years, and adding all the other marathons he has completed, he currently stands at a grand total of 64 marathons.
Finisher of over 120 ultra endurance events in 17 countries, Travis Macy is a speaker, author, coach, and professional endurance athlete. He is the author of The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion's 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life, and he set a previous record for Leadman, an epic endurance event consisting of a trail running marathon, 50-mile mountain bike race, Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, 10k road run, and Leadville 100 Run, all above 10,200' in the Rocky Mountains. Travis lives with his wife and two young children in the mountains around Evergreen, Colorado.
A former classroom teacher with a Master's degree in Education, Travis works with his speaking and consulting clients in advance and tailors his interactive, engaging talks to individual audiences according to best practices for teaching and learning. Along with his consulting team, Travis leads executive retreats for high-performers in Colorado and around the world.
Ryan Leach is the CEO/President of Fischer Skis USA. Ryan has a long history of being a top performer both in and outside of the ski industry. Having grown up racing in the Mtn's of NH and having a successful collegiate ski racing career, Ryan worked his way through the ski industry to become the CEO of Fischer Skis USA. In this episode Ryan talks about turning around a business, the challenges of staying fit and determining what priorities are important to him. I hope you enjoy!
Cody Royle is the head coach of AFL team Canada, the national men’s Australian Rules football program. He has an endurance sports business called Inner Voice and co partner for NTSQ- where they tell Tribune style stories on athletes. Cody was born in Canberra the capital city of Australia but raised in Melbourne. When he turned 25 he picked up a couple of suitcases and moved overseas and haven’t been back. He now lives in Toronto with his fiance.
Joe De Sena - the founder and CEO of Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing company – has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age eight, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, and now the world’s fastest growing sports movement, De Sena is a living definition of the word entrepreneur.
Following a successful career on Wall Street, De Sena moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion grew for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events; and thus the idea for the Spartan Race was born. www.Spartan.com www.youmaydie.com
Toby LaVigne-CEO-Founder of The Next American Dream
Most bizarre resume ever; Head of Education for YPO, commercial fisherman, pilot, construction contractor, hunter, triathlete, printing CEO, venture backed entrepreneur, CEO Coach, home school teacher, Crossfitter, Husband and Dad https://tnad.us/
Dave Nelson is the survivor of a near-death experience, as well as an endurance race competitor, former Silicon Valley sales director, and a leadership mindset, mindfulness and human motivation teacher. He’s also a husband and father.
From 2006-2016, Dave worked with companies like EMC, Dell, Nimble Storage, and Rubrik to help them build successful sales teams and build new markets for their products. At Nimble, he helped build the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada, taking it from a $2M/year run-rate business, to over a $25M/year run-rate business, building it from 4 team-members to over 25 team-members, leading all sales, marketing, channel and engineering go-to-market strategies.
In 2016, he founded Milestone Mind, which provides leading-edge mindset and mindfulness training for high-growth people and organizations.
Make sure to check out his site at https://www.milestonemind.com/ and come join us at the Mountainside Retreat https://www.milestonemind.com/mountainside-mindset/
Frank Hwang is Vice President of Marketing for the EF Pro Cycling Team. This role encompasses bringing the global mission of EF Education First to life through the context of sport. In his past, he has worked at consumer brands including Sperry and Timberland, focusing on bringing their stories and products to life across the consumer journey, pioneering holistic strategies from salience to sale in high growth global categories. He also was the Global and North American Marketing Director for Cannondale Bicycles and ran the digital experience for Gillette while at Digitas. He is a speaker at Boston College, IRCE as well as for SocialMedia.org. He’s a graduate of Bowdoin College as well as Boston College’s MBA program. Most importantly, he’s a dad and a husband, keeping up with his family on snow, surf, bike and anywhere in-between.
Michael O’brien was a long time sales and marketing executive in the life sciences business. Where he held Sr. level positions and was a catalyst for growth and change while leading one of the fastest growing divisions of the company. Not unlike many of us he burdened by much of the same stress that you and your team feel every day. There were many days when he just wanted to survive. But while trying to release some of that stress at National Sales Meeting in AZ, he went for a bike ride and on On July 11 2001 his life changed. He was struck head on in a serious cycling accident which changed his life forever. Where he held several life threatening and structural injuries, he had time to reflect. He calls that day The Last Bad Day
Alix Shutello is a communication expert/passionate runner and is the owner/editor for Endurance Endurance Sports And Fitness magazine https://www.endurancesportsandfitness.com/ . This online property is meant to explore all types of endurance sports including triathlons, kayaking, running, and other adventure races. ERM's mother company, Runners Illustrated, is also an online ezine catering to all forms of running.
In her day job she been directing multi-phase, long-term projects involving marketing, strategic communications, surveys, messaging and branding development, program and project management, social media campaigns and recruitment advertising and outreach for over 25 years! I am known for my ability to maintain excellent relationships with my clients.
Alix is an amazing runner, mother, and side gig guru!
I hope you enjoy this weeks podcast!
Kate Milliken is a film and television producer and the founder of Milligrace Productions, a company specializing in twelve-to-fifteen-minute personal documentaries that are equal parts This Is Your Life and A&E Biography. Milliken has worked in television for more than fifteen years, beginning as a correspondent for a college cable company focused on reality- based TV, then moving on to cover the world of alternative sports such as snowboarding, mountain biking, and monster trucks for the Outdoor Life Network, Oxygen, Fox Sports Net, TNT, and TNN. She has also been a producer for ABC’s The View and for VH-1, and is the creator and subject of Kate’s Counterpane, a Web-based documentary about her journey of being diagnosed with and battling multiple sclerosis and creator of MyCounterpane.com, a community to help share information and support people with chronic illnesses. She currently resides with her husband and children in New York- She is a total Bad Ass!
Charlie Engle is one of the most accomplished ultramarathon runners in the world and author of the riveting memoir Running Man. Engle has a track record of winning or placing in many of the toughest endurance foot races across the globe. He has raced in jungles, summited high ranging mountains and volcanoes, and traversed large expanses of deserts through sand storms. Among his most notable races in the United States is the Badwater Ultramarathon. is frequently coined "The Toughest Foot Race in the World." Beginning in the 1990s into the early 2000s, Engle competed in the Eco-Challenge series put on by Mark Burnett. Engle's historic and record setting journey was documented in the film Running the Sahara, narrated by Matt Damon. The runners completed over 4,500 miles, averaging over two marathons per day, for 111 consecutive days- He was also put into Federal prison for 18 months for a very minor violation- this is a must listen!
Grace Luzcak is a World Record holder in Women's Crew, one current in the women's 8+ set in 2013 and former for the U23 women's 2-. She is also a 3x World Champion and 6x National Champion with USA crews. World Rowing has named her as one of the Top 10 Female rowers in the World.Grace enjoys exploring National Parks as well...She lists winning the 2009 NCAA team championship with Stanford and rowing with her sister in high school as her most memorable sporting achievements. Grace is working at Ernst & Young (EY) in advisory mergers & acquisitions.
In this episode she talks about achieving goals over coming not making the 2012 Olympic Team and what it takes to be one of the best in the world and competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio
Travis McKenzie has a unique take on training/business and life. Like many , he was an amazing athlete in his 20's lost his focus in his 30's and has reinvented himself to better than he ever was before, Travis 2.0. In addition he is giving a voice to the stories of endurance athletes through www.innervoice.life and as well as giving life changing experiences through www.ntsqsports.com Be sure to check out this weeks podcast
In life, you don’t have to play the hand you are dealt. Instead, you can change the game. I know this for a fact because I did it myself by harnessing the power of weight training to give me a healthy and vigorous life; and I know you can too.- Robert Herbst is a 60 years young 18x World Champion Power Lifter- 30x National Champion and 38x World Record holder. In this episode he gives a glimpse into how he over came adversity from a young athlete, to became a World Champion and how he has been a part of the drug testing culture at the Olympics. You can check him out at w8lifterusa.com/
This week's guest is Doug Lewis. He is a 2x Olympic Downhill ski racer, World Championship Bronze Medalist, founder of Eliteam and a kick ass master's athlete. You will hear Doug talk about commitment, what it takes to be world class, and how he over came a broken back to become an Olympian. Make sure you listen! Check out his site at http://www.eliteam.com/
This is the first guest episode; with John Brubaker or better known as Coach Bru. He is an award winning author, success coach and mentor to many. In this episode he will provide insight to overcoming adversity with his own personal story as well and give some simple and game changing advice on being a better version of yourself. You can find him at www.coachbru.com and I hope you enjoy!