The Travel Wins

5 for Friday with Kevin Gootee

An episode of The Travel Wins

By The Travel Wins
A weekly podcast speaking with other business travelers.
As I continue to travel the states for my “day job” I found myself giving and taking advice with other business travelers.
My hope is that other business travelers that listen to my podcast will learn tidbits of advice, websites/hacks/apps and a positive travelers mindset that make their business trips easier.
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Casey Patterson - King of the Beach
Casey Patterson is my guest this week. Casey is a professional beach volleyball player and family man. See below for the listing of his volleyball accomplishments…’s a really long list. Volleyball is only one aspect of this successful businessman and family man. We bonded over the similarities in our careers with the fact that if we don’t perform in our jobs we don’t make money for our families. Casey shares some stories of his travels, 100K miles over the summer, and how he and his wife, Lexi, raise their 4 children. We discuss the growth of beach volleyball and what it was like for him to represent his country in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Casey goes into more detail about what is really involved in being a professional athlete and some of the money making opportunities that are available for the players. Olympic Experience 2016 Olympic Games (tied for 19th with Jake Gibb) World Championship Experience 2017 World Championships (tied for 17th with Theo Brunner) 2015 World Championships (tied for 5th with Jake Gibb) 2013 World Championships (4th place with Jake Gibb) Other Career Highlights Finished fifth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Jake Gibb. Duo was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Brazil With Gibb, named USA Volleyball’s Beach Team of the Year for 2013 and AVP's 2014 men's Team of the Year Has competed in four 2019 FIVB World Tour events, three with Slick. Tied for 9th in The Hague with new partner Chase Budinger Competed in eight 2018 FIVB World Tour events with Stafford Slick. Best finish was third at Tokyo three-star Played in six 2018 AVP Tour events with Slick. Best finish was third in Austin In 2017, partnered with Theo Brunner and posted a best finish of fourth on the FIVB World Tour; duo had two third-place finishes on the domestic AVP Tour At the 2016 Olympics, Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson lost to Spain 21-19, 16-21, 15-7, making them 1-2 in pool play. The pair officially tied for 19th when they were eliminated after pool play due to point differential During the 2016 season, finished fourth two times with Gibb for their best finishes on the FIVB World Tour Took fifth place at the 2015 Hamburg Major, finishing Olympic qualification with best finishes of one gold (St. Petersburg) and one silver (Olsztyn) Tied for seventh at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Finals (2015) with Jake Gibb On the 2016 AVP Tour, won three events with Gibb, including Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach Partnered with Jake Gibb during the 2013 season, when both players were left without partners for the first tournament of the year. On the FIVB Tour between 2013-16, duo had two golds, silver and bronze 2013 AVP Best Offensive Player; Only team to advance to seven semifinals as the top-ranked team on the 2013 AVP Tour While partnered with Ryan Doherty in 2012, the duo participated in two AVP events, one NVL tournament and seven Jose Cuervo events where they won twice and had three other podium finishes Named MVP in the 2010 Puerto Rican indoor league Competed in the indoor Swedish Elite Professional League as an outside hitter for the Falkenberg professional team, and led team to the finals where they won the gold medal Played for Club Santa Barbara in high school
September 10, 2019
Chris Elliott - Elliott Advocacy
Christopher Elliott is my guest on today's episode. Chris is an award-winning author, advocate, and journalist. He shares some of his stories from the road and is a self professed traveling nomad. As a travel contributor for Forbes, USA Today, Washington Post, National Geographic and NPR I really appreciated Chris giving me as much of his time as he did.           “Being nice is the most effective upgrade tool in the world” He’s the founder of Elliott Advocacy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. He’s also the co-founder of Travelers United, a nonprofit organization that advocates for travelers in Washington. He’s the author of How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money and Hassle) (National Geographic, 2014) a practical guide for travelers, and Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals (Wiley, 2011) which explores the broken relationship between American consumers and businesses. He writes six weekly syndicated columns with a total reach of more than 10 million readers. #forbes #usatoday #journalist #author #advocate #elliottadvocacy #businesstravel #business #businesstrip #worktrip #businesstraveller #hotellife #suitcaselife #travelforwork #travelmore #roadwarrior #ontheroad #travelfit #traveling #vegan
September 3, 2019
Jessica Blessing - Blessed Family
Jessica Blessing is my guest this week. Jessica is a powerhouse of a woman. We can start with she is a mom to 2 very active children, wife, business owner, outside sales representative and a friend to many. Every time I think “I’m so busy” or “how much traveling I have done or have to do for the upcoming season” I revert back to think how busy Jessica is. Being a traveling, outside sales representative in Texas while being pregnant, then being pregnant with a toddler is beyond my comprehension. Now that her children are older they are involved with school activities, rodeo, soccer, football and raising their pets. Having a toy Aussie breeding company and now starting a pony company adds to her growing list of responsibilities. We talk about how she keeps her sanity and how for her staying busy keeps everything in line. I am very fortunate to be one of her friends she can call while we drive for hours on end for our jobs. Good luck trying to keep up with Jessica and her family. Check out the link on my BIO page or visit
August 26, 2019
Christina Papavlasopolous - Shefari Travel
Christina Papavlasopoulos is my guest this week. Christina is the co-founder of the luxury travel boutique company, Shefari. I was excited to speak with Christina about her company beginnings and where they are headed. Christina added some great insight to being a co-founder of a company as a newlywed and an expectant mother. The proverbial, work-life balancing act will get tougher but more rewarding for her in the next several months. As a husband and father of two daughters, I was happy to hear success stories from women that are looking to expand their circle and help empower other women. Make sure to check out their website for their upcoming woman empowerment trip, She Succeeds, to Greece this October.    #businesstravel #travel #business #podcast #entrepreneur #airportlife #businesstrip #worktrip #businesstraveller #hotellife #suitcaselife #travelforwork #frequentflyer #travelmore #roadwarrior #travelblogger #ontheroad #travelfit #traveling #travelagency #europe #femaleowned #entrepreneur #femaleentrepreneur #womenowned
August 19, 2019
Megan Driscoll Always Evolving
Megan Driscoll is this week’s guest. As the CEO and Founder of the public relations firm EvolveMKD, we discussed the need for business travel for clients. Even with all of the available technology, Megan finds it necessary as ever to meet in person with clients and create face to face time. Creating lasting bonds and reputation with clients, new and existing, is essential for the way she formed her public relations company.  Make sure to listen to the entire episode and check out EvolveMKD on their social media outlets. #megandriscoll #evolvemkd #pr #prfirm #publicrelations #beauty #businesstravel #travel #business #podcast #entrepreneur #femaleowned #airportlife #businesstrip #worktrip #businesstraveller #travelforwork  #ontheroad #travelfit #traveling 
August 12, 2019
Max Martini Actor Director Writer
Max Martini is my guest this week. His latest movie release, Sgt. Will Gardner is available on Itunes, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and Netflix. Sgt. Will Gardner co-stars Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Robert Patrick, Dermot Mulroney, Gary Sinise, JoBeth Williams, Jay DeMarcus, Max’s son Leo Martini and Elisabeth Rohm. Max was great sharing his travel stories from the movies he worked on. His latest role as director makes him responsible for everyone’s traveling and he shared some of the differences. He has worked with the best people in the movie and television industries in a career spanning decades so it was a pleasure getting to spend some time speaking with him. I’m excited to watch his upcoming movie “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” and he is getting ready to direct a rodeo movie in Oklahoma. #veteran #veterans #veteransupport #acting #actinglife #actingstudio #actingtips #traveling #travelling #traveler #travels #travellife #businesstravel #travel #business #podcast #entrepreneur #airportlife #businesstrip #worktrip #businesstraveller #travelforwork #frequentflyer #roadwarrior #ontheroad
August 7, 2019
Gary Collins The Simple Life
Gary Collins is my guest this week. Gary is a bestselling author of several books in his series called The Simple Life Guide. He also has background that includes military intelligence, Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Collins’ background and expert knowledge brings a much-needed perspective to today’s areas of simple living, health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, self-help and being more self-reliant. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice, and MS in Forensic Science. Gary was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a rural part of California. He now lives off-the-grid part of the year in a remote area of NE Washington State. The other part of year exploring in his travel trailer with his trusty black lab Barney. He enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age. He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of what he calls “life simplification.” He often says: “Today we’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health… there has to be a better way!” In addition to being a bestselling author, Gary has taught at the University College level, consulted and trained college level athletes, and been interviewed for his expertise on various subjects by CBS Sports, Coast to Coast AM, The RT Network, and FOX News to name a few. BIO Since I started publishing my own books years ago, people have been asking when and if I was going to do audio versions… well that day has come! The first book in audio is The Simple Life Guide To RV Living: The Road to Freedom and the Mobile Lifestyle Revolution.  My next book The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom will also be available in audio (see the cover below). I will try my best to get the remainder of my books in audio as soon as possible. But as a lot of you know I do a lot of the work on my books myself. That means there is no publishing company paying for everything, just me, which can delay things at times. The big upside, is it allows me to control my content and own 100% of everything I do.  A quick update: There are a lot of exciting changes coming to The Simple Life, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter if you are reading this on the blog. The Simply Gary podcast is slated to come out in September, I’m excited to get going on that and have some really interesting guests talking about all things related to living the simple life. I want my podcast to be a place of learning new things and stretching our imaginations, as we float around on this rock in an infinite universe.
July 29, 2019
Maddison McKibbin - The Bearded Brother
Maddison McKibbin is my guest on today’s episode. It was great speaking with one half of the “Bearded Brothers” pro beach volleyball team. Maddison shared some stories about life as a professional volleyball player, indoors and beach. He also shared his snow volleyball stories as he talked about the possibility of the sport becoming a Winter Olympic game. We talked about life outside of volleyball and how players in professional sports need to diversify their talents and connections. The McKibbin brothers have successfully developed their audio/video company supporting the volleyball community and sharing the fun times with everyone. You can watch the McKibbin brothers play in the AVP beach tournaments in person or streaming on Amazon Prime. The volleyball community as a whole is welcoming to new fans and truly appreciates the support they receive. Maddison McKibbin was a three-time state champion at Punahou High in Honolulu for indoor volleyball. He was the MVP of both the 2009 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list as well as the Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American Team. Maddison continued his indoor career as opposite/outside hitter at the University of Southern California. #avp #beachvolleyball #beach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #business #businesstravel #travel #youtube #usc #trojans #usctrojans #roadwarrior #travelfit #traveling #volleyball #volleyballplayer #volleyballislife #volleyballlife #volleyballgame #everki #podcast #entrepreneur #businesstrip #worktrip Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker
July 22, 2019
5 for Friday with Maddison McKibbin
Maddison McKibbin is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. A world class athlete and professional beach volleyball player, Maddison has learned what it takes to be the best. I really enjoyed my conversation with Maddison as we discussed his life as a professional beach volleyball player and video content creator with his brother Riley. Maddison talks about the differences in traveling for the AVP tour and the FIVB tour. As their video content creating gets better they have to remember to pack all of the additional recording gear when traveling to tournaments. Make sure to listen to the full episode on Monday. Maddison McKibbin was a three-time state champion at Punahou High in Honolulu for indoor volleyball. He was the MVP of both the 2009 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list as well as the Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American Team.  After graduating high school, Maddison continued his indoor career as opposite/outside hitter at the University of Southern California. #avp #beachvolleyball #beach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #business #businesstravel #travel #youtube #usc #trojans #usctrojans #roadwarrior #travelfit #traveling #volleyball #volleyballplayer #volleyballislife #volleyballlife #volleyballgame #everki #podcast #entrepreneur #businesstrip #worktrip
July 19, 2019
Phoebe Mroczek Becoming Unbecoming
Phoebe Mroczek is my guest on today’s episode. An extremely successful entrepreneur and podcast host of the show Unbecoming, Phoebe is well on her way to her "one name" status. Having traveled and lived in so many places at such a young age gives Phoebe some great insights to traveling for work. She has over one million downloads of her podcasts. We discuss the changing technologies for media companies and also how the changes have affected traveling for work. She is the host of Unbecoming, a podcast and nationally-syndicated radio show that helps entrepreneurs release the judgments and beliefs. Sometimes holding them back from living a more meaningful life. The show reaches 350,000+ listeners per month from 40+ countries, 16 AM/FM stations in 20 cities nationwide and across 20 Internet platforms. She built and ran a six-figure online marketing business for several years. Phoebe realized that her real passion was in helping entrepreneurs embrace their true identity. Wanting to amplify their message and have a greater impact by being more of themselves. She believes that while what we do in the world is important, we’re meant to do so much more in life than just work. As a curious explorer and recovering perfectionist, she has traveled to 64 countries on 6 continents. Phoebe went cage diving with great white sharks, camped in the Serengeti and motorbiked across 15 countries in Europe. She loves connecting with existing and established business owners that see podcasting as an opportunity for growth. Hope is an expensive podcasting strategy that rarely works. What she has learned, after several years in the podcasting space, can help you scale your impact.
July 15, 2019
5 for Friday with Phoebe Mroczek
Phoebe Mroczek is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. Phoebe is the host of her podcast, Unbecoming. She also works with online entrepreneurs as a marketing strategist helping their business grow. After listening back to this show, the hardest part was choosing a 5 minute clip for today’s podcast. With all of the places she has visited and fun stories that go along with her trips make sure to come back on Monday for the full episode. She is the host of Unbecoming, a podcast and nationally-syndicated radio show that helps entrepreneurs release the judgments and beliefs holding them back from living a more meaningful life. The show reaches 350,000+ listeners per month from 40+ countries, 16 AM/FM stations in 20 cities nationwide and across 20 Internet platforms.   She built and ran a six-figure online marketing business for several years before realizing that her real passion was in helping entrepreneurs embrace their true identity, amplify their message and have a greater impact by being more of themselves.   She believes that while what we do in the world is important, we’re meant to do so much more in life than just work. As an curious explorer and recovering perfectionist, she has traveled to 64 countries on 6 continents, been cage diving with great white sharks, camped in the Serengeti and motorbiked across 15 countries in Europe.   She loves connecting with existing and established business owners that see podcasting as an opportunity for growth. Hope is an expensive podcasting strategy that rarely works. What she has learned, after several years in the podcasting space, can help you scale your impact without sacrificing the close connection you have with your audience.  PERSONAL BIO Phoebe Mroczek is a podcaster and marketing strategist who helps online entrepreneurs create a profitable business that is a reflection of who they are and what they want most. She is the host of the Unbecoming Podcast, a show that helps entrepreneurs release judgment, expectations and past conditioning to redefine their metrics of success and live a fun, free and fulfilling life. Over the past few years, she’s built an online marketing business that helped established entrepreneurs refine their paid ad and launch strategies, created a podcast she co-hosted with 900K+ downloads and organized various in-person events, masterminds and online communities.  Phoebe believes that while what we do in the world is important, we’re meant to do so much more in life than just work. As an curious explorer and recovering perfectionist, she’s traveled to more than 60 countries on 6 continents, been cage diving with great white sharks, camped in the Serengeti and motorbiked across Europe. Named a WOMAN TO WATCH by Austin Woman, Phoebe Mroczek helps people discover the best of Austin. The podcaster and media maven (with more than 1 million downloads to her credit) chose Austin to launch her new podcast series, New To: Austin. Having traveled to more than 65 countries, Mroczek understands the struggle of finding and creating community in a new city and vowed to change that for newcomers and local Austinites. She takes listeners on a fully immersive experience to discover, laugh with and learn from the people, places and things that keep Austin weird. Season one launches soon, but you can listen to the trailer on the website. #businesstravel #business #businesstrip #worktrip #businesstraveller #hotellife #suitcaselife #travelforwork #travelmore #roadwarrior #ontheroad #travelfit #traveling #podcast #podcaster #podcasting #soccer #austin #texas #sanfransicsco #phoebe #phoebemroczek 
July 12, 2019
Cathy Cardenas - PR Master
Cathy Cardenas is my guest on today's podcast. She created the Cathy Cardenas Public Relations (CCPR) company marketing and managing various athletes, celebrities and entertainers. We discuss how she travels at the needs of her clients while balancing friends and family at home. It was great hearing about the various apps or travel websites she uses when she is booking her travels plans. If you need some travel deals check out or to see if you can save some money. She also started re-using She started her PR business with the principles of achieving results, executing conscious public relations, marketing, branding and event planning strategies for my clients in a unique and creative way. #publicrelations #pr #prfirm #celebrity #socialmedia #management #endorsement #planning #podcast #travel #businesstravel #business #publicrelationsagency #entrepreneur #airportlife #worktrip #hotellife #travelforwork #frequentflyer #travelmore #roadwarrior #travelblogger #ontheroad #travelfit #traveling
July 8, 2019
5 for Friday with Cathy Cardenas
My guest on today’s 5 for Friday episode is Cathy Cardenas. Cathy is the founder and owner of her public relations firm CCPR. CCPR offers public relations, marketing, social media management, event planning, product placement, celebrity endorsement services, personal branding and so much more.In this clip I asked Cathy to explain what public relations firms do for their clients and how much traveling she does making it all happen for them. She started her PR business with the principles of achieving results, executing conscious public relations, marketing, branding and event planning strategies for my clients in a unique and creative way. I’m always fascinated and excited talking to the people that work behind the scenes and learn from them. The ones you don’t necessarily see but they are responsible for making it all happen. Make sure to come on Monday to listen to the full episode.
July 5, 2019
Dave Aichinger New Era Travel
Dave Aichinger is my guest today. Dave is the Senior Manager of Team Services for the New Era Cap Company. A unique job because Dave is the guy whose job it is to outfit the winning teams their ballcaps at the World Series and Super Bowls. An envious job for any sports fan, Dave talks about some of the realities of having to travel so much. He also share some of the differences he has seen over the past 29 years of business travel. Like many of my guests, Dave's reality of business travel is different to the everyone's perception. We talk about missing family and friends events and having to make up for lost time with our families. Another common business traveler ailment is having a hard time with hobbies and being consistent with them. #Newera #baseball #football #mlb #nfl #worldseries #allstar #Hilton #Disney #caps #business #businesstravel #travel #buffalo #podcast #bowling #southwestairlines #points #300game #baseballcap
July 1, 2019
5 for Friday with Dave Aichinger
Dave Aichinger is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. A man with the job many would love to have. As the Senior Manager for New Era Cap Company, he's responsible for distributing official World Series caps and replacing playoff patches with championship patches on the game-worn hats some players insist on wearing. He also is on the field at the end of the NFL Super Bowl and All Star games. In this snippet Dave talks about his favorite hotel chain and making his Disney family happy using his travel points. Dave is a busy, busy man and always on the run. He is married with two children and is a proud grandpa these days as his little granddaughter continues to keep the family on their toes. Make sure to check back on Monday for the full episode.
June 28, 2019
Ryron Gracie Keeping It Real With Family
Ryron Gracie is my guest on today’s podcast. A 5th degree black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Ryron shares his upbringing in jiu jitsu and some of his travel stories. Ryron shares stories from his travels over the past 20 years while teaching the gentle art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Included are stories while training and cornering for fighters like Ronda Rousey. We discuss the differences in traveling as a single person and now having a family. I found out that Ryron and I have very similar outlooks in the desire to travel and see and meet as many people and places as possible with the time that we have.
June 24, 2019
5 for Friday with Ryron Gracie
Ryron Gracie is my guest on today’s 5 for Friday. Ryron is a 5th degree black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Helio Gracie‘s grandson and the eldest son of Rorion Gracie. This is a quick and exciting episode of Ryron sharing a few travel stories from his work while teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu around the world. I ask Ryron a question at the end of this clip, “where has been your favorite place to teach around the world”? Try and guess Ryron’s answer to the question before the full episode airs on Monday. A recognizable figure within the jiu-jitsu community, Ryron Gracie became also a familiar face among mixed martial arts (MMA) fans after a series of web episodes named “The Gracie Breakdown” where Ryron and his brother Rener Gracie go over techniques utilized in UFC events. Ryron Gracie is also an instructor at the Gracie Academy.
June 21, 2019
Jethro Alcuaz - Magical Black Belt
Jethro Alcuaz is my guest on today’s The Travel Wins weekly podcast. Jethro is an illusionist, performing magic and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We talk about his efforts traveling to different states performing magic. Some of his tricks need to be seen to be believed. We also discussed some of the similarities between performing magic and training in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Needing similar attributes to be proficient at both disciplines learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu reminded Jethro of learning a magic trick for the first time.    JETHRO is available for corporate and special events to help create a magical and entertaining evening! His magic is enjoyed by audiences of all ages and is full of comedy, audience participation, and more! Please browse through the site to find more information and check back frequently as more updates are added with video, press, and photos! Illusionist and Prestidigitator, JETHRO enhanced his knowledge in magic when he graduated at Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne, California under the instruction of Dale Salwak. Creating a different style in Magic that is truly Mind-Blowing, Entertaining and lots of surprises keeps his audiences off their feet. He likes leaving them with a sense of wonder. "HOW DID HE DO THAT?" Question on their minds after watching the show. JETHRO can entertain his audiences of all ages. The show involves lots of audience participation. Performing his pure sleight of hand manipulation act done with Cards, Coins, Balls, Sexy show girls and Mind-Blowing Vegas style illusions before your very eyes. Available for Private Parties, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Casinos, Stage, Close-Up magic and Strolling.
June 17, 2019
5 for Friday with Jethro Alcuaz
Jethro Alcuaz is my guest on today’s “5 for Friday”. Jethro is an illusionist, performing magic thru out California, Las Vegas, New York and Hawaii. Hopefully he will get a chance to perform in the Philippines soon. Utilizing both street magic as well as production shows makes Jethro a well rounded magician. Make sure to check out his social media links below. I talk to Jethro about how he travels with his gear and some of the fun places he has already performed in. Make sure to listen to the full episode on Monday so you can hear how he recently received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I asked him how learning a martial art is relative to learning magic/illusions. I know 2018 was a great year for him, receiving black belt and getting married so I hope 2019 turns out to be a great year for him as well.
June 14, 2019
Big Sandy Flyin Rite
Big Sandy is my guest today on The Travel Wins podcast. Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, Big Sandy and his band the Fly Rite Boys has been touring the world since the early 90’s. Robert “Big Sandy” Williams started his music playing career in the mid-80’s and his touring career started in the early 90’s. Almost 30 years later and he has played in multiple countries and most states in the US. We talk about the differences in traveling in the 90’s without technology and traveling nowadays. Big Sandy and The Fly-Rite Boys have no slowing down in them as they get ready to start a European tour next week then coming home to play in 10 different states this summer. 35+ shows, 9 countries and 10 states this summer alone made Big Sandy a great interview for business travel. BIG SANDY BACKGROUND "Twenty-five years, hundreds of thousands of miles, and over 3,000 live performances; what a dream it's been!" said Robert "Big Sandy" Williams. "When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon" Indeed, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are beloved by many, with fourteen albums of undiluted joyful music pulled from rockabilly, rock & roll, honky-tonk, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop. What A Dream It's Been, out August 27 on Cow Island Music, is a collection of the band's favorite original numbers - all acoustic, reinterpreted with fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation. "Here I am, looking back at a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times and put us in front of national television and radio audiences," said Big Sandy. He and the band have made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, featured on NPR's Fresh Airwith Terry Gross, as well as All Things Considered with Melissa Block. "Putting together this new record has brought back a flood of memories. It is our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now. I feel like we're sounding better than ever and experimenting musically. While it's a reflection of our past, this album is really a hint of things to come." All of the albums are represented here, and the new arrangements happened organically. "Often during sound checks and rehearsals, we'll get to messing around with songs," Big Sandy explained. "I Know I've Loved You Before was originally recorded as a slow, jazzy number. But one night at band practice after a few drinks, I started strumming the song with ska upstrokes and tried singing it in a more soulful, rocksteady style. The rest of the band fell in together and it started to sound like something that (Jamaican legend) Ken Boothe might have done. We all knew in that instant that we had to record the song that way as soon as possible." "The last song on the album and title track, What A Dream It's Been, (a duet with acclaimed voice actress/Grammy Award winning vocalist Grey DeLisle) is a love song, but not in the conventional sense. As Big Sandy explained, "I wrote and recorded this song in 1998 after a couple of the Fly-Rite Boys told me they had to move on. Unsure if I would be able to continue on without them, this song sums up and pays tribute to the wonderful times that we had together."   Despite Big Sandy's uncertainty about the band's future at that time, a new generation of Fly-Rite Boys emerged. Performing on these recordings are Jeff West on bass and harmony vocals, Joe Perez on drums and backup vocals, and Ashley Kingman, a 20-year Fly-Rite veteran, on guitar and mandolin.
June 10, 2019
5 for Friday with Big Sandy
Here is my 5 for Friday with Big Sandy. Robert “Big Sandy” Williams started playing music in the mid-80’s and his touring career started in the early 90’s. Almost 30 years later and he has been inducted into the rockabilly hall of fame, played in dozens of countries and most of the states in the US. We talk about the differences in touring in the 90’s without technology and what its’ like traveling today. Big Sandy and The Fly-Rite Boys have no slowing down in them as they get ready to start a European tour next week then coming home to play in 10 different states this summer. 35+ shows, 9 countries and 10 states this summer alone made Big Sandy a great interview for business travel. I’m very thankful for the time he gave me before his Europe tour starts and don’t forget to check back on Monday for the entire episode.
June 7, 2019
Jeanine Wright - Legal Angel
Jeanine Wright is my guest today. Jeanine is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Simplecast. She also personally invests in startups, has owned and operated a business of her own and enjoys serving as a Board Advisor and Board Member to startup and growth companies. Jeanine’s worked with startup, high growth and turn-around companies for over a decade, specializing in technology, finance and entertainment & media. She co-led a team that sold a company to GoDaddy, launched an international joint venture and other partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies, solicited and closed traditional, mezzanine, and warehouse financing facilities, and assisted with equity raises from both institutional and strategic investors. While continuing to work hard, Jeanine prides herself on being able to see and overcome business and legal hurdles to propel a company’s growth and innovation. #businesstravel #travel #business #podcast #entrepreneur #airportlife #businesstrip #worktrip #buisnesstraveller #hotellife #suitcaselife #travelforwork #frequentflyer #travelmore #roadwarrior #travelblogger #ontheroad #travelfit #traveling #everki #lawyer #legal #coo #angelinvestor #angel
June 3, 2019
5 for Friday with Jeanine Wright
Today’s 5 for Friday is with Jeanine Wright. Jeanine is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Simplecast. Jeanine also personally invests in startups, has owned and operated a business of her own and enjoys serving as a Board Advisor and Board Member to startup and growth companies. Jeanine talks about her mindset for business travel and how that has changed over the years while becoming a wife and mother. She prefers to keep her business trips maximized for time so she can make it home to be with her family. I hope you enjoy this quick chat and come back on Monday for the full episode.
May 31, 2019
Toni Nicole - Hip Hop Development
Today’s podcast is with entertainment CEO, Toni Nicole. She is the founder & CEO of Enterprise Management and RE•IGN Movement which is a platform for Hip Hop Artist Development & Management. We talk about her personal travel habits and some tips. Toni gives tips to her younger artists about the differences between traveling for fun and traveling for work. Toni Nicole Quick Bio Enterprise Management is a firm that manages Recording Artists / Actors / Writers / Comedians / Speakers. They also provide management and marketing to businesses and brands. They promote Networking Events, Conferences, Concerts, Workshops, and Fashion Shows to name a few.  She is also a Co-Founder of Act of Faith Hands of Love Organization alongside National Gospel Recording Artist Howard Sapp. This organization is nonprofit and we execute community events, concerts, and conference in the USA and around the globe!
May 27, 2019
5 for Friday with Toni Nicole
Today’s 5 for Friday podcast is with Toni Nicole. Toni wears many hats after 20+ years in the entertainment management industry. She is the founder & CEO of Enterprise Management and Founder & CEO of RE•IGN Movement which is a platform for Hip Hop Artist Development & Management. Entertainment Management is a firm that manages Recording Artists / Actors / Writers / Comedians / Speakers. They also provide management and marketing to businesses and brands. They promote Networking Events, Conferences, Concerts, Workshops, and Fashion Shows to name a few. She is also a Co-Founder of Act of Faith Hands of Love Organization alongside National Gospel Recording Artist Howard Sapp. This organization is nonprofit and we execute community events, concerts, and conference in the USA and around the globe! I hope you enjoy this quick clip on Friday and come back on Monday for the full episode where she talks about working with her talent and how they can improve their travel habits.
May 24, 2019
Tanya Stanfield Road Warrior Strong
My guest today is Tanya Stanfield. Tanya is a branding expert and founder of Road Warrior Strong. RWS is a fitness concierge built for business travelers. Tanya shares years of experience of traveling for work while learning ways to stay fit and healthy on the road. We also talk about the necessity of good sleep while traveling. It was a great talk and I’m thankful for Tanya’s friendship and time. TANYA STANFIELD QUICK BIO My career has been a series of adventures and "firsts" that have dropped me in the middle of chaos.  Shortly after finishing my degree at the University of Wisconsin, I began my career in London, England and acted as a spokesperson for Homes for Islington - the first American to do so. Upon my return to the States, I took over marketing for a small digital firm in Milwaukee and later, at a startup managed by Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering (Northwestern University). After freelancing for a few years, I made the leap into corporate America where I became the first regional business development manager for a mid-sized consulting firm, expanded the firm's business development and marketing capabilities while managing and motivating teams.  In my free time, I travel as much as possible, catch live music events, and fit in as much physical activity as possible both inside and outside the gym. In fact, I'm a three-time marathoner and recently launched a fitness hub for business travelers - Road Warrior Strong. Activities & Affiliations • Techstars Seattle 2018 Class • Ellevate, Member • Vice President of Development, Steppenwolf Associates (2014)
May 20, 2019
5 for Friday with Tanya Stanfield
5 for Friday with Tanya Stanfield. Tanya is the CEO and Founder of Road Warrior Strong. RWS is a fitness concierge built for business travelers. Sounds like a perfect person to speak with for The Travel Wins podcast. Tanya shares why she started RWS and how it keeps her busy.  Don’t forget to catch the full episode on Monday. Here’s a quick quote from her website “No matter what my career threw at me, I always made time for working out and eating well. I even trained for my second marathon while working three jobs seven days per week, and never missed a training session. So when I began traveling for work, I thought staying fit on the road would be a piece of cake. Easy, right? I saw other consulting colleagues' health crumble due to stress, horrible airport food, lack of sleep, and weight gain. But I was convinced that wasn’t going to happen to me. So before my first business trip, I spent over an hour on TripAdvisor viewing hotel fitness room photos to make sure I found one that would suit my needs. Needless to say, after all of the time spent doing that and with all of the real work I still had to do, meal planning went straight out the window.”
May 17, 2019
Marcus Peterson - Prove Yourself Right
My guest on today’s The Travel Wins podcast is Marcus Peterson. Marcus is an NFL wide receiver, model and entrepreneur. His upbringing in Inglewood California at a very small school made him realize his need to work hard and appreciate everything that happens to him is for a reason. He went on to play football in college at Seton Hill and then traveled to England where he received his MBA. While living overseas he realized how big the world is and that it doesn’t revolve around the US. We also discuss his apparel business, MP Motivational Brand, and what his future holds for him after his football career is done. I love the fact that he is using motivational phrases for his apparel. Anyone that is sharing positive vibes to the world needs to be recognized.  What The "MP" Brand Represents "MP" Motivational Brand Apparel, represents for anyone who has ever been over looked, told they couldn’t achieve something, they aren't good enough, or underestimated. Understanding that there are and will be times in our lives where we will be overlooked and counted out but we can never lose faith or site of our goals. No matter what industry we are in, we all have a story of challenges we endure to achieving success. This notion provides the opportunity to wear our struggles through apparel to ignite our dreams in overcoming the "No’s" in life to becoming living proof of YES!  “MP” apparel is a great concept to remind others and ourselves that when we recognize our “Why” & "Purpose" in life having control of the ending result and can NEVER give up on our dreams. Understanding, that whatever happens, a human being does not have the last word for on our destiny, God does.
May 13, 2019
5 for Friday with Marcus Peterson
Here is today’s 5 for Friday with Marcus Peterson. Marcus is an NFL wide receiver, MBA graduate, model and business owner. Being a young man from Inglewood, California, who attended a small Christian school playing “8- man” football and was not introduced to the game of football until his 10th grade year of high school. As his passion for the game grew he continued to sharpen his craft on the field and make his dream of becoming a professional football player a reality. Without receiving any Division-1 college scholarships, it was a long shot coming from the odds of his situation. Although, his college career did not pan out as expected, he did not let that diminish his drive for making it to the big leagues staying focused on his (Plan A). After his collegiate senior year he had the opportunity to train with elite NFL quarterback’s, receivers, and trainers. Marcus’s faith in God & himself lead to signing a contract with an NFL team. He received his MBA while studying and working in London, England. Working as a model and entrepreneur, Marcus is using his positive mindset to grow his motivational apparel company, MP Motivational Brand Apparel.  The full episode will be available on Monday so make sure to come back and be inspired. I’d like to thank Marcus for sharing his story and passion with us.
May 10, 2019
Curtis Fisher - Fitness, Food, Lifestyle Podcast
Here is my podcast with personal trainer Curtis Fisher. Curtis has 20 plus years experience training himself and others to be healthier and maintain fitness levels. He shares his story of clean bodybuilding while working a day job and raising a family. He shares his time constraints and is aware of us travelers reasons/excuses we have when we travel for our work. I particularly like his tips for exercising on the road without going to a gym. Providing simple exercises while being based in a hotel room is essential and easy. He also shares how to eat healthier on the road which, at least for me, is often a struggle. For me when I’m home I feel like I can control my food prep and cooking. I struggle sitting in a hotel room wondering where there are good food choices around.  Curtis helps by reminding us that most restaurants have better options now and many supermarkets have deli shops and ready to eat meals inside. If you have any additional questions or want some advice or clarity on a topic discussed, Curtis is more than willing to help and guide you on your way to better health.
May 6, 2019
5 for Friday with Curtis Fisher
Here’s my 5 for Friday with personal trainer Curtis Fisher. Curtis shares some food strategies and supplementation possibilities for us road travelers. I know for myself I’m always trying to eat better when I’m on the road. When I slip up or have to eat something that isn’t the best for me I remind myself that overall I’m still eating better than before and life is about moderation. On the full episode releasing on Monday, Curtis also shares some travel tips for exercise as well as some mindset goals on how to live healthier. Anytime I can get advice and tips from someone with 20+ year of experience I take it. I might not always listen at the time and I usually alter the advice to my own personal goals……I always appreciate the time and knowledge shared with me and my listeners.
May 3, 2019
OG Mack Drama Bridging The Gap
Today’s podcast is with OG Mack Drama. Mack is a nationwide personality, entrepreneur, artist, growth hacker, social media expert, artist development, label executive, consultant, traffic, writer, radio host, influencer and community figurehead with Gucci Mane and 1017 Brick Squad. His background, large family, stories on road and especially the stories of his future makes him a great guest to chat with and spend some time with. He shares his mindset for success with some behind-the-scene stories of the music industry. “Always strive to be something better, but still at the end of the day be content with what you have achieved” OG Mack Drama verified on and twitter. @powertalkwithog is a nationwide personality, entrepreneur, artist, growth hacker, social media expert, artist development, label executive, consultant, traffic, writer, radio host, influencer and community figurehead. With the values of family and working with the “starving artists”, Mack Drama possesses a wealth of knowledge in the music industry along with a variety of other industries (Automotive, Legal, M&A, Fencing, Pest Control, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing). Mack’s leadership and vision are what make Brick Squad Mafia a network of multi-talented professionals! Mack’s personal motto is that everyone deserves a chance! Mack spends countless hours working to make the organization a success and views thousand of submittals regarding talent monthly. He heads a team of dedicated professional that are ready and willing to put ANY artists on the map! (If they are ready 2 work)
April 22, 2019
5 for Friday with OG Mack Drama
Here is my 5 for Friday with OG Mack Drama. Mack is a nationwide personality, entrepreneur, artist, community figurehead, growth hacker, social media expert, artist development, label exec, consultant, traffic , writer, radio host and influencer. With the values of family and working with the “starving artist”, Mack Drama possesses a wealth of knowledge in the music industry along with a variety of other industries (Automotive, Legal, M&A, Fencing, Pest Control, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing). Mack Drama is signed under Waka Flocka's Brick Squad Monopoly Records, Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad Records, and Debra Antney's Mizay Entertainment, he also has his own record label called Brick Squad Mafia Records, which is branched off of Waka Flocka's Brick Squad Monopoly Records, also known as Brick Squad Monopoly West.
April 19, 2019
Hakeem Valles - NFL to Real Estate
The Travel Wins podcast this week is with recently retired NFL player Hakeem Valles. Hakeem decided to make the career switch from professional football player to real estate investor and public speaker. He came to the self realization that he would not be a franchise player in the NFL and wanted to spend more time pursuing his careers in real estate and speaking while having the time to be with his fiancée and new baby. In this episode Hakeem shares his thoughts on: • Time management • Being uprooted every year while in the NFL • Balancing time with his family and new careers • The start of raising a child • Being a positive influence to children • The benefits of investing in your future • Using the leverage you have #nfl #football #detroitlions #arizonacardinals #realestate #investor #speaking #publicspeaking #speaker #travel #businesstravel #podcast #podcasting #travelwins #thetravelwins #family #dad #newborn #monmouth #newjersey 
April 15, 2019
"5 for Friday" with Hakeem Valles
I'm excited to share this "5 for Friday" with Hakeem Valles. Hakeem is a real estate investor, public speaker, fiance, and new father, who also happen to have had a successful career in the NFL. After playing several seasons in the NFL Hakeem made the decision to move on to the next chapter in his life on his terms. I reached out to Hakeem on a social media platform after watching a video showing Hakeem speaking to others in a public speaking venue about his decisions to invest some of his football earnings instead of just spending it. I was blown away by his maturity and wisdom at such a young age. He was gracious enough to share his time and I hope we all learn something from his words. The full 1 hour episode will be available on Monday at Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and share your comments.
April 12, 2019
Kevin Gootee - Comics Watching Comics
On today’s podcast I’m happy to have comedian Kevin Gootee. Kevin started his career in comedy like so many other comics ….. having a regular day job. His frustration with his sales job was the extra push to get him excited about having a career in comedy. He worked countless hours at clubs in the New York area and beyond. He now has a career in comedy as well as voice over acting work and hosting his own show on Amazon called “Comics Watching Comics”. If you get a chance you need to connect with Kevin and enjoy his work. KEVIN’S BIO His official entrance into the world of stand-up comedy began in the Spring of 2010, and he’s never looked back. Kevin’s fans have described his comedy as “cerebral fraternity guy.” He’s not sure what that means, but he likes it. He has performed at Caroline’s (NYC), the Stand (NYC), Caroline’s Comedy Club (NYC) Southpoint Casino (Las Vegas), Levity Live (NY), Standup NY (NYC), NY Comedy Club (NYC), Atlantic City Comedy Club (NJ) Broadway Comedy Club (NYC), Greenwich Comedy Club (NYC), Eastville Comedy Club (NYC), HA! Comedy Club (NYC), Stress Factory (NJ), Taj Mahal Casino (NJ), and Comedy Cove (NJ).  He’s appeared at the Meadowlands Comedy Festival for 3 straight years.  He also does private gigs so drop him a line if you would like to book him. Kevin is also the creator, host, executive producer, and director of the show, “Comics Watching Comics.”  You can find it on Amazon Video now. Two other shows he has created are, “License to Kill, No Odd Job”, will began airing on the Twitch network Feb 2018.  Also, look out for Comics Watching Football which should be airing fall 2018. He also co-hosts 2 podcasts which are both found on iTunes: Safeword pc and Sportsbook/Box office Lastly, he does voiceover work and you can check out samples on the, “Voiceover work” tab. Kevin’s ultimate goal is to be the next great game show host, where he can continue to entertain millions while giving out free washers n’ dryers. Currently, Kevin lives in the New York City metro area, where he is learning the ropes of fatherhood. He is the proud dad of a baby girl. Come check out one of Kevin’s upcoming shows. Here’s a sample of his work. Any questions? Shoot Kevin an email, or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
April 8, 2019
5 for Friday with Kevin Gootee
On today’s “5 for Friday” I introduce comedian Kevin Gootee. Kevin tells us how he got started in comedy and why it’s important to chase your dreams and not be content with the status quo. He shares his beginnings in comedy while being a husband and becoming a father. He’s building his career in comedy, hosting and entertainment. Make sure to check out his show on Amazon called “Comics Watching Comics”. The complete podcast with Kevin will be available on Monday. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave some comments if you have time.
April 5, 2019
Jesse Iwuji - Navy and NASCAR
My guest on today's podcast is Jesse Iwuji. Jesse is an American professional stock car racing driver and officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He currently competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in the No. 34 for Reaume Brothers Racing. "toughest part with the traveling.... sometimes might be just getting enough rest" Iwuji attended the United States Naval Academy, where he joined the school's college football and track and field teams; on the former, he was a free safety for the Navy Midshipmen. He graduated from the academy in 2010 and entered the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer, in which he served on the Mine Countermeasures ship Exultant and USS Comstock. After seven years on active duty, Iwuji transitioned to the Navy Reserve. As a sailor and driver, Iwuji has served as an ambassador for both the military and NASCAR communities. In addition to supporting military philanthropic groups, he is also involved in various NASCAR events supporting the armed forces and veterans.
March 29, 2019
Dina Parise - Fast and Fun
My podcast today is with Dina Parise. Dina is the President of Dina Parise Racing, as well as a Driver, cook, PR person, Social Media and Marketing Maestro. Parise is the 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Champion and is the first female to hold that esteemed title, yet that only scratches the surface. How many former Professional Figure Skating, World Champion Pro Mod Drivers do you know? That’s right! Only one! That is what makes Parise one of the most dynamic figures on the circuit today. You can follow Dina and her team on her social media pages Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Facebook or on her website Growing up on Long Island, she was a competitive gymnast all through school but her real passion was figure skating. Her ultimate dream was to skate professionally for the World-Renowned ‘Ice Capades’. She took that passion and made her dream a reality, although it almost did not come to fruition! She passed her audition with flying colors, but there was an issue. Parise was told she did not meet the height requirement. In the scheme of things, that did not seem to matter to the gentleman running the audition. He was so impressed with her, he had her ‘adapt’ her height (yes, she lied) on the application, and the rest is history. She then skated, touring with the ‘Ice Capades’ for four years. Did you ever see something and just know you had to try it? Even if maybe you did not succeed, but you just had to try? Well, that’s just what Parise thought when she began Drag Racing. She had to try it. When your very first time down the ¼ mile is 9 seconds at 146 MPH you know you mean business! Not to mention, she was in her 30’s at the time. There was no looking back from there! Now in her Pro Mod Cadillac ‘Stella’, she powers down the ¼ mile track in under 6 seconds at over 240 MPH. In her words, “I was born with glitter in my veins and a led foot!” Racing is not just a man’s game as some may think. The most engaging part about it is the fact that in racing, men and women compete equally and are not segregated by gender (unless you are affiliated with F1, but that’s another story). Something many people do not realize is that Drag Racing circuits and touring Ice shows are quite parallel. Touring with an Ice show consists of traveling week to week from venue to venue. The ice surface changes, but the performer still has their ‘skates’ (to perform with) and ‘sequin costume’s. The fans wait (by the backstage door) for autographs and the children have positive role models to look up to. In Racing, the game is the same although the venue and the equipment may be vastly different. The racers race at a different track (venue) each week. The track surface changes, and racers have ‘Tires’ (for performance) and ‘Fire suit’ (as clothing). When coming back from a run, fans wait to have autographs signed, and meet the drivers. You see, it’s all relative! DPR has a rich history in giving back to the community on many levels. DPR has always gone by the motto, ‘it’s an accomplishment to get to the finish line first, but the journey getting there is what is most important.’ DPR is very proud to take fan engagement to the next level in the way of programs Parise herself has developed to honor our nations Veterans and Military Members. Creating visibility honoring those who have served this great nation is paramount to DPR. Having an eclectic background has led Parise into the realm of motivational speaking (not as cliché as it sounds) combined with elite athlete mentorship as well as keynote speaking for various companies and events. Parise has also ventured into the hosting side. Her days as a performer for the Ice Capades honed her skills for promotion, marketing and on-camera work.   “I want people, (especially females) to know they can achieve anything they set their mind to.” Said Parise. “Never let anyone tell you no.”
March 25, 2019
Erin Lamont - The Business of Dance
On today’s podcast is Erin Lamont. Erin is a choreographer, dancer, entrepreneur, wife and mom who  has been working professionally ever since she graduated from college with a B.A in Dance, and a B.B.A in Marketing from Western Michigan University. On this podcast she shares her views and insights on how to be successful in business as a working mom and wife. “It’s a grind but you just learn how to sleep on a plane, especially when you have kids that don’t realize you only slept two hours the night before.” She has worked with notable artists; Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas, Trace Adkins, Boys Like Girls, and Lady Gaga. Her choreography can be seen on; L.A Fashion Week, the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant in Vietnam, NBC, Exercise TV, and ESPN. Other credits include; Warner Brothers Film “The Lonely Dog” directed by Avika Goldsman, Skechers, Nike, Nuskin, ABC, Puma, Wella, Wyndham Resorts, Playboy, EMI Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Disney, Spike TV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the NBA L.A Clippers Dance team.  Erin also tours as a guest artist and has worked with Sydney Dance Company, Melbourne Music Academy, ABC Dance Group in Vietnam, Broadway Dance Center Tokyo, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and has taught master classes in over 40 states across the U.S. Lastly, this year she was nominated by Capezio and Dancer Magazine as one of the top ten choreographers in the country. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she produces L.A’s most rockin burlesque group called: The Lalas.
March 18, 2019
Angela Ruch - NASCAR and Adoption
My guest on today’s podcast is Angela Ruch. Angela is a NASCAR driver, wife, twin sister and soon to be Mom. Her recent success at Daytona International Speedway (Top 10) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Top 20) in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will only add to the 2019 highlights for the Ruch family. Angela speaks about her hectic work/life schedule all while getting ready for the birth of their adoptive son. I appreciate Angela giving me a little bit of her day on such an important time in her life and wish her and her family continued successes.  Background She and her sister, Amber Cope, made NASCAR history on October 23, 2010 by being the first twins to compete in one of its top three series. That day they made their NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in Martinsville, VA. Amber Cope, driving the No. 6 Dodge, finished 26th, while Angela Cope was involved in two incidents within 18 laps of each other early in the race and finished 30th. The twins began racing in Go-Karts at age 9. They quickly gained attention by winning poles and races year after year. By age 15 they stepped up to late-model race cars—even before they had driver's licenses.[1] Angela took 1st place in 2002 at the Lucas Oil Can-Am 150 at the Sun Valley Speedway. In 1995, Angela finished 1st and Amber finished 3rd in the Tri-cities Gold Cup "Yamaha Class". By 1998, both sisters were PSGKA Gold Cup winners in the "Junior Piston Port". Both sisters split seat time in 2006 at the ARCA Re/Max Series at Berlin, Gateway, Chicagoland, Milwaukee Mile, and Toledo, Ohio. By 2008, the twins qualified for the ARCA Re/Max Series at Kentucky Speedway, with positions 8 and 15. She currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports.  Racing Career Angela and Amber Cope became the third generation of Copes to enter into the world of racing, when, at the young age of nine, the girls' parents gave them a go-kart for Christmas and thus began their road to NASCAR. Once they began competing locally, the girls made a name for themselves and became the most accomplished go-kart racers in the Greater Puget Sound region. In their seven years of driving, go-karts included 50 first place wins and setting on pole position 20 times in the Pacific Northwest. Angela also set new track records at five of six tracks in the same region. At the young age of 15, they progressed to late model race cars even before they had their license to drive. In 2000, a very short time after their debut in late model stock cars they instantly acquired national attention when they were featured on TODAY with host Bryant Gumbel. As Angela and Amber became more experienced and confident behind the wheel, they knew that in order to pursue a career in NASCAR they would have to leave Washington. They moved across the country to Charlotte, North Carolina to start training with their uncle Derrike. The twins put all of their focus into learning the in and outs of professional racing. They traveled with their Uncle Derrike to every Cup race that he went to and became fixtures on the track and in the pit.    In 2011, Angela competed in four Nationwide Series races. In 2012, she shared the No. 24 SR2 Motorsports Toyota in the series with Amber Cope and Benny Gordon on a part-time schedule. Five years later, now going by Angela Ruch, she made her return to NASCAR's Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 78 B. J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet. In 2019, Angela returned to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series with NEMCO Motorsports. She finished a NASCAR career best 8th at Daytona, her first lead lap finish and the second highest ever for a female in the Truck Series.
March 9, 2019
Valerie Thompson - Worlds Fastest Female Motorcycle Rider
My guest on today's podcast is Valerie Thompson, America’s Queen of Speed. Valerie is the 7x land Speed Record holder and has become the world record holder reaching a speed 328.467 at Lake Gairdner in South Australia, Australia. Valerie and Team 7 Racing are in preparation for a world record attempt for the overall motorcycle land speed record in 2019. Current record is 376.363 mph. Thompson is often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed”, she has earned the famed “Red Hat” in the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, and is a member of the prestigious Bonneville BUB Speed Trial 201 MPH Club. Valerie has also earned her place in the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, the ECTA 200 MPH Club, the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club and the Colorado Mile, including a personal best of 217.7 MPH (350.53 KM/H) on a BMW S 1000 RR at the Texas Mile in 2014 Valerie started her drag racing career in 2006 on quarter-mile tracks in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) and returning 2017 to the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series. Her desire to go faster, and break more records, led her to form her own land speed-racing team, Valerie Thompson Racing, in 2012. Racing Awards & Accolades Valerie’s full-throttle lifestyle has inspired filmmakers, authors and songwriters alike. She is featured in the 2013 documentary film, “Why We Ride,” the Discovery Channel program “Mega Speed,” and the “Bonneville Stories” video, profiling the life of a professional motorcycle racer in a tough, unforgiving and dangerous career. She has even been featured in a GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial! The award- winning rock band, CTS, wrote the popular song “Quarter Mile” for Valerie and she received the Red Carpet Award for her inclusion in Delores Seright’s book, “Amazing Women: Shattering Barriers.” She is also featured in the 2013 book, “90 Years BMW Motorrad.” Valerie’s leathers and other racing gear are currently on display at the Hopkins BMW Motorcycle Museum in Highland, Maryland. She was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of fame in 2018. Off Track Valerie surrounds herself in a world of speed even off the racetrack, working as vehicle presenter at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC and Metro Auto Auctions in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Between her work, racing commitments and many special appearances each year, Valerie donates time supporting and inspiring children overcoming personal challenges with charitable organizations, which earned her the 2011 “American Women Riders Community Hero Award.” NOTABLE · 8 - Time Land Speed Record Holder · Fast Lady on the Lake” award - DLRA Event · World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer 328.467 mph · Recipient of the DLRA Event 200 MPH & 300 MPH Club – Australia · Inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 · Featured in "Rockets and Titans" a worldwide film documentary scheduled for theater distribution in 2019 - · Recipient of the “Top Speed of the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials” Award 304.263 mph · Membership in seven 200 MPH Clubs · Membership in one 300 mph Club · Career Best Land Speed : 217.7 MPH BMW S 1000 RR - (1-Mile Standing) · American Woman Riders Community Hero Award · Amazing Women Shattering Barriers Red Carpet Award · Featured in award-winning documentary films, including “Why We Ride” and “Mega Speed” (Discovery Channel)
March 4, 2019
Pete Koch - Fitness, Acting and Football
My guest on today’s podcast is Pete Koch. Pete was a defensive end who played five seasons in the National Football League, for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Los Angeles Raiders. After his football career ended he decided to stay in Los Angeles and started his acting (Heartbreak Ridge, Loverboy, Conspiracy Theory) and modeling career. Always staying in shape Pete added personal trainer to his resume helping people get and stay into shape, including some celebrities. You can catch up with Pete at his website It was great listening to Pete share some stories and he provided some key tips for us business travelers to stay in shape while we travel the roads and skies.
February 25, 2019
Sandy Knights - Singing and Chasing Dreams
Today’s podcast is with Sandy Knights. Sandy started singing several years ago in her home state of California. She decided to make a career of it and moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Sandy started singing and touring with a local Vegas band, Whiskey Maiden. She traveled to several western states this past year and got to experience life on the road as the only woman in a five piece band. I was excited to speak with a female lead singer that traveled with a band. Part of our discussion was the hardships of traveling while she was missing out on her hobbies, friends and family. “I’ve recently come across some free time and I kind of sat back with some solitude and thought to myself,  When is the last time I rode a horse? When’s the last time I shot a gun? When’s the last time I went fishing? These are all things I did on a weekly basis back home.” You can catch up with Sandy on her social media pages, Instagram @sandyknightsofficial or her Facebook page I am truly thankful for the time Sandy shared with me. Our conversation was one of several I’ve had with different friends as we are all trying to figure out where we fit in the world and what are we contributing to it. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Sandy Knights.
February 16, 2019
Danny David - Digital and Branding Strategist
My guest today is Danny David. Danny is a proven marketing and branding expert in the sports and entertainment industry. He currently works with professional athletes. Danny’s vast experience in digital media and brand development is one of the reasons why I was so interested in speaking with him. He began working with talent on management and marketing when he was just 18 and the social media era was first beginning to boom. Danny attended The Ohio State University and was able to network and see up close what an athlete's life really entails and how there is massive potential for them to capitalize on their brand given the platform they have. He then started working for VaynerSports, at the time a newly formed sports marketing company, as their Director of Business Development. Now as the Managing Partner of Fifth Down Marketing, Danny is just now hitting his stride in helping his clients realize and maximize their brand potential. I would like to thank Danny for our late night chat and sharing his wisdom towards traveling and digital marketing. #football #career #marketing #digitalmarketing #sports #ohiostate #theohiostateuniversity #inspiration #motivation #motivational #motivationmonday #motivationalspeaking #businesstravel #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins #marketingsport #marketinghacks #marketingstudy #marketingsquad #MarketingCopy #marketingbranding #marketingcommunication #marketingguru #marketingsurvey #marketingterritoriale #marketingisdead #MarketingMondays #marketingmaterial
February 11, 2019
Landon Turner - NCAA, NFL and After
My guest on today’s show is Landon Turner. He played for the New Orleans Saints the past two seasons and is now on the Carolina Panthers roster for 2019. He played college football at University of North Carolina where he played all 4 years. Landon’s senior year ended as the team captain, 1st Team All-American and he won the Jim Parker Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the country. After two years in the NFL and starting his third year for the Panthers we discussed the differences between traveling as a college player and the NFL. We also discussed the role being a full time college athlete being a hindrance against getting job or intern experiences while in college putting the players behind their classmates that don’t have to spend so much time as an athlete. Landon was a great guest and I am really thankful he gave me as much time as he did. I wish him the best of luck in the future.
February 4, 2019
Jake Zweig - Navy SEAL and Football Part 2
Here is part 2 of my chat with division 1 college football coach Jake Zweig. We talk about his time traveling internationally while he was a Navy SEAL. He speaks about his time working on the television shows and I also ask Jake how he prepares his student/athletes to schedule their time while playing a sport at the highest level.  I am very thankful to Jake for sharing so much time with me and my listeners.
January 31, 2019
Jake Zweig - Navy SEAL and Football Part 1
My guest today is Jake Zweig. Jake is man who has accomplished a tremendous amount in a short time and is just now hitting his prime. Jake attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he played football and wrestled. He graduated as a commissioned officer receiving his degree in computer science. He served for two years before reporting for Navy SEAL training where he was named the SEAL class leader. Following his SEAL training, Jake reported to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA and attained the rank of Lieutenant.  He then went on to earn his MBA from the University of Michigan. Jake began his coaching career in 2005 when he joined the University of Maryland staff as a graduate assistant working with the Terrapin wide receivers. He has since worked as an assistant coach at several colleges and is now working at the University of Illinois as their Special Teams Analyst. His off the clock activities keep him equally busy. He co-hosted the Discovery Channel series called “Dude You’re Screwed” and competed on History Channels show “Top Shot” against law enforcement officers, military snipers and professional shooters. He still goes scuba diving and parachutes to raise awareness for veteran’s charities and just for fun.
January 28, 2019
Dr. Nii Darko - A Doc outside the box
Dr. Nii Darko is a Board-certified General Surgeon who is pushing past the limits of the status quo. He hosts Docs Outside the Box, an Apple Podcasts Top 100 in Careers – where he highlights stories of doctors doing extraordinary things outside of medicine to inspire other doctors to think outside the box. Through his successful locum tenens business, Equal Access Health, physicians are empowered to have the lifestyle they deserve. He recently became a best-selling author with his book, 3,2,1…Podcast, that helps you build brand authority through podcasting. Alongside his wife, he does yearly medical humanitarian work to the underserved in Ghana. Dr. Nii Darko holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences and a M.B.A. in Health Care Leadership from Rockhurst University. He completed his General Surgery residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Miami. Dr. Nii Darko is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Visit his website for more information on how Dr. Nii is making the world a better place.
January 19, 2019
John Bonaventura - CFL scout and Dad
Today’s podcast is with the western regional scout for the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, John Bonaventura. John has worked in the football industry for over 30 years as a player, coach, scout and administrator. He has worked at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. In addition to coaching, John has 9 years of professional football as an NFL college Area Scout, CFL pro scout and consultant, NFL combine director and XFL football administrator. A husband and father of two boys makes juggling life on the road a struggle at times and he has found ways to incorporate his family life with his professional life, a struggle most of us business travelers have experienced. #football #canada #canadian #cfl #scout #career #inspiration #inspirationalqoute #motivation #motivationalquotes #motivational #motivationmonday #motivationalquote #MotivationalSpeaker #motivations #motivationquotes #motivationquote #motivationalwords #motivationalpost #motivationdaily #motivationalspeaking #businesstravel #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins
January 7, 2019
Audra Russell - Massage and Community
Today's podcast is with Audra Russell. Audra works as an Osteopathic Body worker massage therapist. Working and living in Northern California while having clients in Southern California allows her to travel every few weeks to see her clients. A professional woman working at her passion to help other peoples’ lives improve is a great way to make it thru this thing called life. She does mention the loss of a community feeling with all of the traveling but it’s offset by the wider range of people she has met while she’s out and about. #massage #osteopathic #osteopathiccentreforchildren #osteopathicmedicine #rehab #rehablab #strength #performance #osteopathy #acupuncture #osteopath #hydrate #osteo #health #holistichealth #holistichealthpractitioner #alternativemedicine #holistic #osteopathyworks #osteolife #lovemyjob #elderly #senior #podcast #podcasting #podcaster #businesstravel #travel #traveler #traveling #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins
December 31, 2018
Carey Portell - Ranching with disabilities
Today’s podcast is with Missouri cattle rancher and inspirational speaker, Carey Portell. Carey became a Speaker and Blogger, not only to purge and heal, but to encourage others down a positive path in life. She speaks about her four year recovery after becoming a survivor of a drinking and driving collision and her choice to overcome this tragedy. She is partially disabled and works a cattle farm.  Her journey is compelling and humbling. Her passion to speak to others about the affects of drinking and driving actually puts her on the road more often, making her more susceptible to encountering another drunk driver. She faces her fears in the hopes to inspire and help others. In addition to speaking about the affects of drinking and driving, Carey also speaks on agriculture, healthcare, faith and community. Carey is a huge advocate of AgrAbility. Their vision is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. You can check them out at their website for more information. #inspiration #inspirationalqoute #motivation #motivationalquotes #motivational #motivationmonday #motivationalquote #MotivationalSpeaker #motivations #motivationquotes #motivationquote #motivationalwords #motivationalpost #motivationdaily #motivationalspeaking #businesstravel #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins
December 24, 2018
Cristina Alcivar - Airport Lifestyle
Today’s podcast is with Cristina Alcivar. Cristina is the founder of Vane Airport Magazine, a digital resource for airport travelers. Vane Airport Magazine is a complete resource guide providing information on air travel and varied information available at airports around the world. Cristina started Vane as a way to help airport travelers find and locate the hidden gems for us business travelers. You can check out her website at or on Instagram @vaneairportmag #female #femalerevolution #femalewatch #femalepride #FemaleFutures #femalebossmovement #femaletravellers #femalemovement #femalesinbiz #FemalesCanToo #airport #airportpickups #airporttrain #airporthangar #airportcities #airportluggage #airportsleeping #airportgerms #airportformcenter #airportchauffeur #airportcodes #airportclub #airportk9unit #airportgru #airportdiaries #airportdelays #airporttravel #digital #magazine #airplane #businesstravel #travel #traveler #traveling #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins
December 17, 2018
Darci Smith - from Athlete to Career
Today's podcast is with Darci Smith. Darci was a college athlete playing soccer at South Carolina State. She now helps college athletes prepare for life after college as a career coach. College athletes compete at a high level for their schools but are sometimes unable to take heavy workloads or take on internship opportunities due to their demanding athletic schedules. Some feel inadequate entering the job market after graduation. The company Darci works for, Athletes to Careers, helps these athletes with their resumes, interview skills and reminds them that what made them successful in sports are the same characteristics that many companies are looking for. Darci travels to colleges thru out California meeting coaches and athletes to help them. A young, millennial woman working hard, traveling the roads in Southern California trying to help others with their careers is inspiring. #college #athlete #sports #graduation #student #studentathlete #femaleentrepreneur #entrepreneur #girlpower #millennial #businesstravel #travel #traveler #traveling #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins #ncaa #college #collegeposters #CollegeofBusiness #collegepoint #collegesocial #collegecoaches #collegememories collegebrasil #collegescout #athlete #athletewithin #athleteprofile #athletejourney #athleteIntraining #athleteswag #athletebody #athletestyle #athletespotlight #athletemarketing #athletemodel #athletetraining #athletehustle #athletestocareers
December 7, 2018
Asia Hall - Living Neon
I am excited to share my podcast with Asia Hall. Asia is the founder of Neon Cowboys, a cutting edge fashion business which includes light up cowboy hats, light up holsters, light up earrings, footwear and other fun items. She started Neon Cowboys in her early twenties after already having a fashion business under her belt. She has traveled thru out the US, marketing and networking as well as visiting China to meet with her factories. A female in her twenties traveling the US and abroad while starting and running a business is an accomplishment in itself. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this bright light. Check out her website at and all of the other social media outlets for updates and product views. Here’s my podcast with Asia Hall. #countrywestern #western #countrymusic #countrymusicfestival #festival #kylie #kyliejenner #miley #mileycyrus #bellathorne #neon #neoncowboys #femaleentrepreneur #femaleowned #entrepreneur #girlpower #founder #ceo #millennial #lights #bootbarn #honkytonk #businesstravel #travel #traveler #traveling #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins
December 3, 2018
Scott Carson - WeCloseNotes expert
The Travel Wins podcast was happy to Scott Carson as a guest. Scott is the CEO of where he works as a real estate investor, entrepreneur and the host of The Notes Closer Show podcast. Scott grew his business traveling the states for three years looking to grow his network and provide training to other investors. For the past several years now Scott is averaging 50 flights a year…..still making the rounds and meeting new people while traveling for work. #realestate #wealth #investor #investing #businessowner #entrepreneur #podcast #podcasting #goals #money #profits #cashflow #marketing #businessdevelopment #businesstravel #travel #traveler #business #hotel #hotels #hotellife #travelwins #thetravelwins #motivation
November 2, 2018
Andrew Howard - Traveling for the League (NFL)
The Travel Wins podcast today is with Andrew Howard. Andrew is the Communications Manager at National Football League (NFL). He has worked for the NFL for the past 8 years moving his way up the ladder with dedication and hard work. Andrew travels as on-location NFL Network PR representative at Thursday Night Football games, Super Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and other NFL events. Getting to travel with the NFL has allowed him to visit various cities including Indianapolis, New York City, Dallas, upcoming Nashville for the 2019 Draft and other various states/cities for Super Bowls and Thursday Night games. “Most of my travel happens during the non-playing season including the Super Bowl, scouting combine and the draft” Andrew also gave some great insight on how he was successful in pursuing a job in the sports industry and being flexible in his occupational goals. I very much appreciate Andrew giving me some time to chat and he shared his views on “seeing the sights” while on work trips.
October 28, 2018
Bobby Dover - Oil Rig and Hurricanes
On today’s The Travel Wins podcast is Bobby Dover. Bobby is an oil rig driller working in the Gulf of Mexico. Bobby has almost 20 years experience being an oil rig driller and he gives us a little insight to life on a semi-submersible oil rig 150 miles offshore. He has a 500 mile drive to Louisiana then takes an hour long helicopter flight to the rig. He works three weeks on and then three weeks off. With that kind of schedule, driving and then flying, Bobby’s business traveling is one I haven’t heard of before. I would like to thank Bobby for his time and insights to his unique business travel. #oil #oilrig #oilriglife #oildriller #oilrigs #oilrigcrew #oilrigger oilfield #oilandgas #oilandgasindustry #oilpatch #gulfofmexico #louisiana #podcast #podcasts #podcastshow #podcasters #newpodcast #helicopter #ocean #sea #gulf #businesstravel #traveler #business #travelwins #thetravelwins
October 25, 2018
Dennis Franks - Getting The Last Laugh
On today’s The Travel Wins podcast is Dennis Franks. Dennis is a retired NFL player, playing with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions, and now an author, business owner and motivational speaker. He recently co-authored his first book “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” with his friend and teammate Vince Papale. In addition to traveling for the release of the book, Dennis has over 2 million miles in the air while traveling thru out the US and several countries for his business and speaking engagements. He talks about the importance of fitness and good eating habits being essential for all travelers. You can catch up with Dennis on his social media pages IG @dennisjfranks or his website His book is available on his website as well as and Amazon. #philadelphiaeagles #eagles #invincible #detroitlions #nfl #football #universityofmichigan #michigan #gobigblue #airline #flying #author #amazon #vitality #businessdevelopment #conferencecall #businesstravel #travel #traveler #business #hotel #hotels #hotellife #travelwins #thetravelwins #motivation #motivationalspeaker
October 14, 2018
Steve Frick - Corporate Travel Stories
I was excited to get the chance to speak with Steve Frick on my latest “The Travel Wins” podcast. Steve has 18+ years of corporate travel for a trillion + dollar corporate company. His journeys are by air and road, racking up the miles and traveler point privileges. His experience traveling as youngster when his dad would be transferred as a sales rep for Xerox gave him a good head start in his adult travels. His pancake story is a classic. Steve has his own business travel blog and podcast. His podcast is called, Travel Stories From Back Again And Gone, where he shares tips and stories from the road. You can catch his podcast at and his travel blog at channel “Back and Gone Again”. Steve was very gracious spending his time and sharing his stories about traveling so I would like to thank him for that. #aarp #godswaitingroom # Crossfit #exercise #concierge # fitness #xerox #copiers #businessdevelopment #conferencecall #businesstravel #travel #traveler #business #southwestairlines #hotel #hotels #hotellife #travelwins #thetravelwins #businessgood #businesstrending #businessmind #businessinmotion #businesstracking #businesscoachforhealthcoaches #businessfair #businesscasecompetition #businessend #businessbundle #businessmeetingsallday #businesschoice #BusinessCrossFit #businesselite #businessmindsonly #businessedge
October 10, 2018
Kevin Krohn - Music and Eating Vegan
Kevin has been a professional musician for 30+ years. He spent time touring as the keyboardist for the 80’s band Missing Persons and more recently toured with the Pink Floyd Experience. He is continuing his playing as part of a dueling piano ensemble in Las Vegas playing to thousands of people each week. I was really happy getting the chance to speak with Kevin because of his eating choices and being a vegan for the past 27 years while being a touring musician. I know many of us business travelers struggle eating healthy while on the road. Not that we have to eat a vegan diet but more of the idea of making smarter, healthier choices while traveling. I know it’s just as easy to grab a candy bar, soda and some chips versus a protein bar, banana and water. Again I would like to thank Kevin for his time and sharing his experiences. #travel #nutrition #vegan #peta #eating #vegeterian #music #musician #julianlennon #gigs #band #sandiego #hairband #college #keyboard #piano #album
October 1, 2018
Chris Castellano - Fit For Travel
Chris Castellano is a travel fitness specialist, author of the book “Fit For Travel” and the founder of Fittest Travel. His book is available on his website or on Amazon. He spent years training himself and others in functional fitness, bodyweight training, calisthenics, and Crossfit. He started Fittest Travel to help travelers stay fit and healthy while on the road. He has served in the United States Army and Army Reserve since 2007. He served in Iraq from 2008 to 2009 being deployed with a reconnaissance platoon. He worked on Wall Street for two years before becoming an FDNY firefighter in 2016. You can reach him on Twitter: @castellanochris | Instagram: @functionallyelite | Email: #travel #fit #fitness #nutrition #author #newyork #newyorkcity #firefighter #fireman #workout #businesstravel #traveler #business #army #exercise
September 20, 2018
Smush Parker - NBA and The World
My podcast with professional basketball player, Smush Parker, is now available at and other podcast formats under the Travel Wins moniker. Smush talks about his time in the NBA as well as playing basketball in multiple countries. He shared his favorite place to live and work and some travel tips while playing overseas. Smush played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA and played professionally in Greece, Russia, Morocco, China, Venezuela, and Mongolia. He is currently playing for Byron Scott's Primetime Basketball League's Los Angeles Superstars. Smush holds FREE clinics for children interested in basketball while still pursuing playing in the professional ranks. You can sign up and/or check out his clinic information at and on his Instagram page SmushParkerElite. #nba #lakers #pistons #suns #cavaliers #heat #clippers
September 11, 2018
Adam Trent - Traveling Magic
My guest is magician Adam Trent. Adam has traveled performing magic and creating entertainment for his fans around the world. He’s performed on Broadway with The Illusionists and this past year had over 70 show dates using magic, comedy and music. He has his own 10-episode TV series called The Road Trick available on Netflix right now, along with frequent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Americas Got Talent, The Today Show, and countless others. With Adam traveling roughly 200 days a year for his work, I thought he would be an excellent guest on my show. On the podcast he shares stories of his favorite places to visit and some extra travel tips for magicians. Adam has several upcoming shows in Illinois, Pennsylvania and ending the year back in New York City. You can catch up with Adam’s schedule at or on his Instagram page @adamtrentmagic or on his Facebook page AdamTrentMagic
September 8, 2018
William Lee Martin - Cowboy versus Redneck
William Lee Martin has toured for over 20+ years in comedy clubs, theaters, cruise ships. He toured with country music legends George Strait, George Jones and all 4 members of the Blue Collar Comedy tour. William Lee Martin had a one-hour television special that aired on CMT which had over a million viewers. Carnival Cruise Lines top rated and most requested act performing in front of 100,000 people. He writes, acts and produces a successful web-blog called the "Living in the Middle Report" where he tackles current events and the issues facing most middle Americans today. He and his wife started the Cowboys Who Care Foundation seven years ago delivering hats to kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date they have delivered over 7,000 hats across the country. #comedy #comedian #travel #cowboy #cmt #countrymusictelevision #carnivalcruise #cruise #nfr #rodeo #bradgarrett #mgm #lasvegas #jamaica #texas #podcast #businesstravel
September 4, 2018
Mike Afromowitz - MMA and Combate Americas
Mike Afromowitz is the Senior Vice President of Communications and Operations for Combate Americas. Combate Americas is a Hispanic mixed martial arts (MMA) sports franchise and media company. The franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile content. In the US, it can be seen on Univision and Univision Deportes; in Mexico on Azteca7; in LATAM on ESPN and on GOL in Spain and on RedeTV in Brazil. #mma #combateamericas #fight #hispanic #latino #losangeles #phoenix #strikeforce #k1 #california #mixedmartialarts #mixedmartialartstooftheday #bjj #fighting #motivation #motivationalquotes #life #lifestyle #fit #workout #inspiration #amazing #dedication #training #fight #wrestling #grappling #jiujitsu #knockout #ufc #martialarts #boxing #kickboxing #univision #azteca @combateamericas
August 31, 2018
Karissa Cook - Beach and Volleyball
A chat with professional beach volleyball player, Karissa Cook. After a stellar college career at Stanford (graduate in engineering) and Hawaii (masters in engineering), she has made the successful leap into a professional beach volleyball career. Enjoy listening to travel tips and advice for up and coming volleyball players.
August 25, 2018
Adrian Cosby - Laughs On The Road
A talk with stand up comedian Adrian Cosby. Adrian provides insight to life as a comedian and what it takes to be successful in life and comedy.
August 1, 2018
Travel Wins Episode 7
A quick update and recap for the Travel Wins podcast.
July 18, 2018
John Grundmeyer - Boots On The Road
I had a chance to speak with Jon Grundmeyer on a rare weekend when he was home. A 200+ day a year traveler, Jon is responsible for the set up of new retail store locations and special events for the largest western retailer in the US.
July 18, 2018
Kevin Geiger - Work, Life and Diabetes
Here is my chat with long time friend Kevin Geiger. Kevin is a business man/father traveling multiple months a year while raising a son dealing with Type 1 Diabetes. Kevin recently took on the role of Vice President of Business Development for a newly formed company named EverCommerce after decades of sales and management experience in the construction industry. He is a construction expert/facilitator working with large and small contractors using technology. “One of the things I love to do when traveling for work is going to concerts” Kevin is a proven business development leader combined with strong operational skills, strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Calculated and disciplined risk taker with innovative ideas to grow revenue streams. Accomplished at Implementing strict budgeting guidelines. Proven ability to build strong and loyal relationships and effective internal teams.
July 18, 2018
Nicole Tenace - Billion Dollar Hair Care
A talk with Nicole Tenace, Regional Director at the Regis Corporation. Nicole provides a wonderful insight to traveling the Western United States for a multi-billion dollar corporation.
July 18, 2018
Kevin Ford - Travels and Craft Beers
A talk with Kevin Ford, VP of Sales, for Tablo and UAG. A seasoned business traveler who has great tips and thoughts after 20+ years of traveling.
July 18, 2018
Cowboy Troy - Hick Hop and Business
A great talk with country music star Cowboy Troy Coleman about his life on the road, balancing work/life commitments, family life and diversification in the music/entertainment business. “It’s kind of that gypsy lifestyle” A six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is okay with the strong reactions and endless questions. “I have crazy intentions,” he says with a grin. But anyone who thinks that the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials, or is inclined to dismiss him as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise. “People have different paths,” Troy says. “I’m not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn’t just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat, and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don’t do something for 15 years on a lark.” Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich’s 2004 debut Horse Of A Different Color. And while his admonition to “let go of all your preconceived notions” certainly wasn’t the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet. Explaining the journey that placed Troy Coleman at this unlikely intersection is as complicated as explaining the evolution of American culture. At the same time it’s as simple as the story of a kid from Texas who did what all kids do–he soaked up the world around him. Troy spent his childhood in Ft. Worth, where his dad took him to rodeos and stock shows. “We’d listen to Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and other artists who were getting airplay on the adult contemporary stations at that time,” Troy says. “I didn’t realize it was country music, I just knew it was what my parents listened to before they went to work in the morning.” Troy spent his high school years in Dallas and collegiate years in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas. In addition to solo releases [Loco Motive (2005), Black in the Saddle (2007), and Demolition Mission (2009)], Troy has spent time on TV. He’s been a part of the ESPN College Gameday video intro along with Big & Rich since the 2006 football season. He also served as co-host for USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Troy performed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on the final episode of 2012 Spring season. His appearance in Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy video, as well as his own I Play Chicken With the Train and Hick Chick videos remind viewers of his “party starter” nature. Troy knows he’s challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. “I’ve never been like everybody else and it wouldn’t do me any good to try,” he says. “Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they’re talking.” The way Troy sees it, “innovation is a tradition, not a trend or secondary option…authenticity comes in the commitment.” Troy calls Warner Music Nashville his recording home. His latest installment of music, “King of Clubs” was released March 11, 2014. He released his 7th studio album this year called “Laugh With Me”.  Troy speaks extensively about his calculated plan to diversify, as the industry constantly changes. Troy also talks about the work/life balances of traveling while being a husband and father of triplets. Troy is one of the good guys and I know he appreciates your follows, comments and likes on his various social media pages.
July 18, 2018
Hunter Cure - Cowboy and Family Man
Hunter Cure is a two-time world champion steer wrestler competing on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) level. Hunter shares the good and bad of traveling 6+ months a year with no guarantee of income while being a devoted husband and father at home in Texas. “The humbling nature of moving up a level” Hunter married his wife, Bristi in 2006 and they have 2 children. Both Hunter and Bristi attended Texas Tech and were members of the rodeo team. Bristi competed in the barrel racing, and she earned bachelors and master’s degrees in communications. Hunter’s uncle, Joe Howard Williamson, has won several world championships in cutting. Hunter runs cattle on his Holliday, Texas, ranch and provides stock for the steer wrestling competitions in San Antonio, Fort Worth, San Angelo, Houston and the Timed Event Championships in Guthrie, Okla.. He also likes hunting deer and wild hogs. His favorite restaurant is Outback Steakhouse, and his favorite food is steak.
May 3, 2018
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