Authentic conversations with amazingly interesting people.
- 11| On Growth, Leadership, and Business: Warrior Rising Chief of Staff Ken Vennera March 30, 2020
- 10| On Embracing the Journey: Journalist and 6-time Beijing Boxing Champ Nick Bedard March 24, 2020
- 9| On Being Black, Gay, and Over the Top in America, Norman J. Liverpool IV March 16, 2020
- 8| Superstar Recording Artist & Global Entrepreneur DJ Chozie Ma January 27, 2020
- 7| Navy Intelligence & Blackwater Operative / Hyperlocal AgTech Expert Richard Brion January 13, 2020
- 6| Army Airborne Ranger / Angel Investor Dan Kanivas January 6, 2020
- 5| Elite Performance and Learning Expert Dr. Joseph Trachtman December 30, 2019
- 4| Marine One Corpsman to Design Expert, Chileen DuRaine-Duncan December 23, 2019
- 3| Cybersecurity and DevOps Expert, Michael Fraser December 9, 2019
- 2| From Cult Escapee to Culture Consultant, Daniella Young December 2, 2019
- 1| Green Beret Lt. Col. (Ret.) Chris Schmitt November 25, 2019
Chris Schmitt is essentially the real-life Col. Hannibal Smith from the A-team.
A recently retired Lt. Col., he logged over 30 years of service in the Green Berets including commanding, planning, and executing special operations all over Europe, Asia, and North Africa. He hung his beret on getting ahead of Al-Qaeda and preventing the network from spreading. His weapon of choice? Kindness. Since retirement, he has shifted his focus toward leadership consulting with Fortune 100 companies through Azimuth Consulting Group and his extreme outdoor development trek, The Traverse.
Daniella Young has been studying intense, interesting, and sometimes horrifying cultures her entire life. She was actually third-generation raised in one of the worst modern-day religious cults, known as the Children of God.
At the age of 15, she escaped this cult, got educated, moved her way into the army, where she became a captain in military intelligence. During her service, she deployed twice to Afghanistan, becoming one of the first women to conduct deliberate ground combat operations at a time when it was illegal for women to do this.
These days, she does organizational behavior, cultural strategy consulting and she’s a renowned international speaker including TED Talks, helping CEOs and business leaders develop and employee an intentional growth culture in their organizations.
Michael Fraser is currently Co-Founder/ CEO / Chief Architect at Refactr, Inc, a firm he co-founded in 2017. At Refactr, he is building a disruptive cloud software company that believes that all MSPs and MSSPs should be able to visually design, deploy and manage secure multi-cloud IT solutions they can share across their organization through cloud + security orchestration and automation.
Starting his career in the United States Air Force in cybersecurity, Michael left after 9 years to start multiple technology startups in the cloud services and cybersecurity space. Michael has published many feature articles including in Redmond Channel Partners, featured on the cover of Channel Pro Magazine and has presented at numerous industry events, including: CRN, ChannelPro, Microsoft and RedHat Ansible.
Chileen DuRaine-Duncan is a co-founder and partner of Broken Donkey Studios, a Veteran-owned boutique creative firm specializing in environmental graphics and signage. She helps organizations establish atmosphere built from their core values, and design great spaces based on what’s important; the foundation of a healthy culture. Clients include Netflix, Microsoft, and the Sacramento Kings.
In her previous life, she was a Navy corpsman attached to Marine One — the helicopter unit responsible for transporting the President of the United States.
We talk about her time and stories with Marine One, including her Yankee White clearance and a trip to El Salvador, as well as her thoughts around the importance of corporate culture as it relates to interior design, sprinkled with tangents about movies, politics, conservation, and more.
Dr. Joseph Trachtman sits at the cross between optometry and experimental psychology.
He has over 40 years’ experience in the area of elite performance through visual training, having worked with the likes of NASA, the US Olympic Shooting Team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, and jet fighter pilots, as well as those with autism, PTSD, and TBI.
As President of the Elite Performance and Learning Center, he has pioneered elite performance and has developed zone-inducing technology, including the Zone-Trac AR.
Dan Kanivas is a true Renaissance man. As an Army Airborne Ranger, he spent time as an artillery officer near the DMZ on the Korean peninsula and later worked closely with Iraqi officers during the Iraq War, where he trained a 130-soldier Iraqi Army unit while serving as a strategic advisor to senior Iraqi Army officers.
He has since shifted his sights toward both public investing and angel investing with Triple Summit Advisors, all while prepping to summit Mount Rainier.
Richard “Red” Brion is essentially an American ronin: a samurai without a master. Red has spent years in Navy intelligence, serving in Iraq, and years with Blackwater doing some amazing things in Japan and Afghanistan. He’s done quite a bit in Africa as well. And he’s recently made the move over the last couple of years, taking his skills and experience from masterless warrior to hyperlocal, urban agriculture.
As founder and CEO of Revolution Agriculture, Red is tackling the Global Food Security Problem through technology-enabled food production and land optimization. They have patented a system that makes it possible to grow virtually any crop, anywhere.
DJ Chozie Ma is the top selling EDM artist in China and Taiwan.
Chozie, an Australian by birth, has spent over 22 years in Beijing, building the EDM scene from scratch, beginning with clubs and albums, as well as partnering with the man behind the music at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, to VVIP travel experiences, interactive domes, and organic skincare and health solutions. He is a man of many hats and successful across many spectrums. We dive into his DJ, club and travel experience as well as his current enterprises in immersive dome experiences, VVIP travel, and organic skincare line Greener Ways Organic.
Norman J. Liverpool IV is an entrepreneur and speaker, with a passion for spreading awareness for the LGBTQ+ community and the issues that community faces. He’s also the creator of a signature mentorship and coaching program designed for that same LGBTQ+ community called Over the Top Living. Prior to accomplishing so much not only for himself, but others as well, Norman left his home in Chicago and relocated to Las Vegas in 2007, that he began his journey to finding himself. By 2008, this journey led him to the realization that he was gay. Then identifying as a gay black man, he would spend the next several years in and out of varying versions of himself. This process has spanned for over 15 years. We’re here to talk quite a bit about that.
Nick Bedard embraces the journey. From using guerrilla journalism tactics to get his NBA credentials, to becoming a Chinese culture reporter and 6-time Beijing city boxing champion, to returning home and attempting a start-up, he shares his stories and lessons learned along the way.