The Black Diamond Podcast
Brought to you by Level 5 Mentors, the Black Diamond Podcast is a unique experience for both listeners and guests. We celebrate innovation and creative leadership by interviewing some of the world's best and brightest entrepreneurs, founders, and influencers. Your host, Eric Malzone, is a serial entrepreneur and podcast host with well over 500 interviews under his belt with the Future of Fitness podcast and Fitness Blitz Radio.
Ep. 63 The Business of Better Sleep with Kristen Rainey
April 21, 2022 • 49 MIN
Kristen Rainey is the Founder and CEO of Northstar Sleep School, offering online classes and in-person workshops to help people get better sleep. Using a data-driven approach, her clients learn what behavior changes they can make in their daily lives to yield the most impact. She is also the host of the Northstar Unplugged podcast, focused on rest, unplugging, transitions, and finding what fuels you. Prior to launching Northstar Sleep School, Kristen led sustainability and procurement for Google’s 271 cafes across 54 countries. She is a graduate of Princeton University and received a MALD in International Affairs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an MBA at Cornell University. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach (CSSC) through the Spencer Institute. She has lived, worked, and studied in Indonesia, France, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Spain, and Australia. After 33 zip codes and an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, she has landed in Bozeman, Montana.
Ep. 62 - Kari McDonald (Fix It. Build It. Grow It.)
January 6, 2022 • 62 MIN
Kari McDonald is using her experience and know-how from years in the fossil fuel industry to engineer a transition from traditional fossil fuels and fertilizers to sustainable and regenerative solutions. Kari’s company, Bio Energy Solutions Inc., acquired the Green Power House technology popularized in the movie “The Need to Grow.” Since then, she’s been bringing farmers and fossil fuel technicians and engineers together to make it an even safer and more efficient system. In fact, the rechristened Energy Junction comprises three integrated systems that are customizable and modular. Collectively, they are capable of generating electricity, as well as an assortment of other products including algae, biochar, bio-stimulants and wood vinegar, biogas and biodiesel. Kari will share inspiration and we'll see that it’s actually possible to transition from fossil fuels to regenerative earth-and-people-friendly energy and agriculture.
Ep. 61 Tom Britz - Glacier Hops Ranch & The Business of Beer
October 22, 2021 • 57 MIN
Tom’s career background has spanned decades in both marketing and new business development, the latter of which led to him being the visionary behind what is now Glacier Hops Ranch. In 2015, Tom was elected the first-ever National At-Large Director of the Hop Growers of America (HGA). He was subsequently appointed as National Chairman of the HGA’s Small Grower Council, which oversaw the development of Enterprise Cost Studies and Best Practices for small hop growers during his tenure. An accomplished horseman, Tom and his wife Annie competed from Canada to Texas and were nationally ranked in the cow horse sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting. They qualified and competed for the National Championships in Texas three times, and once for the World Championships, but today most of Tom’s equine activity is an occasional trail ride in the forest surrounding his Whitefish property…the original Glacier Hops Ranch. We'll chat about what Glacier Hops Ranch does, how Tom came up with the idea for his product and MUCH MORE! Links and Resources:
Ep. 60 - Alli Widman | Avant Ski & The Ski Industry Evolution
August 26, 2021 • 31 MIN
Alli has been an avid skier and traveler her entire life. Following years of frustration with a lack of comprehensive, reliable ski resources for recreational skiers, she launched Avant Ski in late 2018. She spent nearly a decade on Wall Street, though her true passion has always been fitness and travel. When she is not skiing or writing about ski travel, you can find her running around NYC, either chasing her two small boys or training for her next marathon. Alli studied Biology and Economics at Stanford University and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Links: Facebook: Twitter: IG: LinkedIn:
Ep. 59 Kelsey Ramsden: Mindcure & The Future of Psychedelic
July 1, 2021 • 48 MIN
Kelsey Ramsden was Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur ranked #1 by Profit and Chatelaine Magazines in 2012 & 2013. She is also a bonafide business acrobat, internationally recognized speaker, Richard Branson Centre Mentor, Contributor to the Huffington Post & Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s is an innovator and implementer who acts on instincts and does so with integrity. She is currently the Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer Mind Cure Health. Mind Cure Health is a mental health and wellness company with a mission to identify, develop and commercialize products that enhance mental health and wellness, ease suffering and increase productivity. MINDCURE was formed as a response to a world suffering from a mental health crisis and in urgent need of effective treatments.
Ep. 58 Hollis Carter: The Baby Bathwater Institute
June 17, 2021 • 49 MIN
Hollis Carter is a serial entrepreneur and avid skier. He started his entrepreneurial journey in the early 2000’s, founding multiple companies, including a SAAS company he built into a 7-figure virtual business in less than a year. In 2013, he became a founding investor in Utah’s Powder Mountain Ski Resort, where he now develops real estate and hosts events. His experiences (and observations) led him toward co-founding the Baby Bathwater Institute, a unique membership-based community comprised of some of the world’s leading minds and entrepreneurs, with a focus on cultivating natural, mutually beneficial relationships.
Ep. 57 - Matt Walrath-The VIP Client Experience, Wealth Building, and Crypto
May 20, 2021 • 37 MIN
In this episode, we have Matt Walrath, he is the founder of the nutrition coaching company, Beyond Macros, and creator of the Beyond Macros Certified Coach program - a course that teaches nutrition coaches how to run a profitable online coaching business by providing a VIP experience to their ideal clients, and creating a plan guaranteed to get that client results that last. He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia and takes pride in living his ideal lifestyle that balances time in the surf, sharing quality time with loved ones, and pursuing his vision of helping nutrition coaches provide a VIP experience to clients without burning out. Learn from him as we discussed how to build and create a VIP experience for your clients, his fitness journey, scaling the business and his investment in cryptocurrencies.
EP. 56 Anchor Gym & Acceptance Of What Is with Shawn Finnegan
May 6, 2021 • 46 MIN
Shawn Finnegan is a former US navy/marine corps field medic and cancer survivor, the creation of the anchor gym was forged out of necessity and survival. After exiting the military, he became a licensed Physical Therapist and Fitness/Nutrition coach. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find a fitness system that could anchor all of the accessories he used for his patients, clients, or even himself. Rather than settle for less, he decided to invent one! He started the company in 2009 and receive a patent on his design for the Anchor Gym. His goal was to develop something you can use anywhere all while staying safe. He's created many designs you can use traveling, at home, or even at a gym. Tune in as we learn more from Shawn about his mission to stay strong and to help as many folks as possible get healthy and fit. Now, the Anchor Gym is so versatile and affordable. Now, Shawn proud to say that their system can be found in gyms, universities, hospitals, military bases, professional training facilities, and homes all over the world! Links:
Ep.55 Garrett TeSlaa: Leadership Has No Rank
April 29, 2021 • 41 MIN
Garrett TeSlaa is an active duty 15-year law enforcement veteran and sergeant for a sheriff's office in Southern California. Garrett has held assignments in patrol, gang investigations, community relations, internal affairs, and media relations. Garrett holds a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Management and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Garrett hosts the successful podcast The Squad Room devoted to personal development for first responders. He is also a TEDx speaker and contributing writer for PoliceOne and Law Enforcement Today.
EP.54 Finding Your Flow and Trusting The Process with Curt Mercadante
April 22, 2021 • 52 MIN
Curt Mercadante helps consultants and solopreneurs find purpose by delivering the "right message" to the "right clients" to generate the "right revenue" and build a strong foundation. He has been in the Public Relations, Branding, and Advertising Industry, building a 7-figure business for the past 25 years. Sometime between 2017-2019, Curt shut down his PR and Advertising Agency because he did not feel fulfilled. Today, Curt helps individuals who make up the backbone of the economy to be more productive, profitable, and align with purpose. Curt is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Trainer, host of The Authority Brand Podcast, and author of the bestselling book, “Five Pillars of the Freedom Lifestyle.” Text 55678 and send the keyword YOUTHORITY to get three free webinars: 1. The Four Pillars of Authority Brand 2. Leveling Up your LinkedIn 3. How to Use Podcasts to Build your Authority Brand In this episode, we talked about: ⦁ Why a life of freedom is a definition of success. ⦁ Trusting the universe. ⦁ How can I create a business that puts lifestyle and freedom together? ⦁ What is the pizza pie exercise? ⦁ The four pillars of building an authority brand. ⦁ The difference of efficiency vs. efficacy ⦁ Focusing on your process
Ep. 53 Elliot Roe: You're Not Your Issues
April 15, 2021 • 37 MIN
Elliot Roe is a world-renowned Mindset and Performance Coach who helps those is highly demanding industries unlock their full potential and perform on-demand. His clientele includes Professional athletes, High-stakes Poker players, Olympians, UFC Champions, Hollywood actors, , Wall Street traders, Entrepreneurs, Founders, and Executives. His unique coaching system leverages hypnotherapy, mindset training, and high-performance strategies to eliminate fears and breakthrough mental roadblocks, allowing you to operate in a state of peak performance and achieve rapid personal and professional growth. Elliot is the host of The A-Game Advantage Podcast, and is the voice and co-founder of the Primed Mind performance coaching app. In this episode, we talked about: ⦁ How effective is a hypnotherapist? ⦁ Building a business experience for your reputation. ⦁ What stops you from reaching the next level? ⦁ How does adjusting your subconscious release your full potential? ⦁ What is in your mindset perspective? ⦁ Passionate work, why it matters. ⦁ Removing the blocks and procrastination. Contact Elliot: • Follow Elliot's Twitter: • Connect to Elliot through Instagram: • Visit his website:
Ep.52 Brett Rosenberg: The Green Building Industry
April 8, 2021 • 30 MIN
Brett visualizes a world where the building industry shifts to a sustainable and green environment. He studied environmental science but later realized he wasn't very good at it. He shifted to world environmental policy, infrastructure, and energy and worked with the US Conference Mayors in Washington. He was the sustainability director for the AIA and the founder of the Tree Line Strategy- a one-person consulting gig for strategic communications and execution in private and public sectors. He emphasizes building an environment-friendly foundation with zero-carbon structures and energy-efficient projects. Brett explains the importance of the materials that go into our buildings, the regulation of electricity, and expounds on how we can contribute to a greener environment. In this episode, we talked about: • A journey into Brett's life • Why it's vital for structures to adapt to zero-carbon materials • The challenges in developing a green industry • Biggest sources of carbon use • Where does my electricity come from? • Guide for decarbonizing • The importance of chefs in the green industry • Big tech players who participate in carbon-free developments • Is going green profitable? • What we can do to contribute to a greener environment • About Tree Line Strategy Contact Brett: • Follow Tree Line Strategy on Facebook: • Visit his website: • Brett's personal email:
Ep. 51 Malou Anderson-Ramirez: Teal Tags - The Intersection of Technology & Regenerative Agriculture
April 1, 2021 • 41 MIN
Raised on the family ranch, Malou grew up feeling aware of her own connection with the natural world. Having a background in psychology adds a whole nother element to her ability to psychoanalyze people. She is changing the narrative of the stories around our food systems and becoming the cornerstone to bring innovation to agriculture. Malou is all for pairing technology, data, and land ethics for a better and more resilient tomorrow in agriculture. A multi-generational Montanan, raised mainly in Tom Miner Basin, at the family ranch neighboring Yellowstone Park. After years away in school and an early career in human behavior and social work, I came back to Tom Miner Basin and re-learned ranching as an adult, witnessing first-hand the challenges ranchers face in wild places. While out riding and looking for a calf lost to predators (mainly grizzly bears and/or wolves, the idea came of a low-cost ear tag for cattle ranchers could use to better manage their livestock in wilderness areas. The real-time data which could help protect and conserve the rancher's way of life, the wildlife, and the wilderness- all simultaneously. Also started and currently working in the Tom Miner Basin Association- a group centered around making our ranching community resilient and adaptable through shared learning and coexistence practices. Married a great guy, Andres, who builds tiny custom houses. Together, they are raising our greatest joys- two daughters- Esmé and Hasell. In this episode, we talked about: ● Sneak Peek in the life of a Rancher ● Man vs. Nature ● Why Malou doesn't recommend going vegan | Things to consider ● The current problem in Agriculture ● What role can we play to support the agriculture ● How much land do you need to be a rancher | How to get started ● About Tom Miner Basin Association Resources and Links: Malou's LinkedIn: Teal Tag Website:
Ep. 50 Nikki Eisinger - Glamping, Dwarf Goats, & Profitable Conservation
March 25, 2021 • 43 MIN
Nikki is the living embodiment where passion meets profession—born and raised in an agricultural farming family and landing a job in fortune 500 advertising right after college took her places. Amid this successful lifestyle, she realized the need to mitigate the impact of climate change and embarked upon the path of conservation and mindfulness. Apart from being a firm believer in visualization, she helps connect people with nature through meditation in a more science-based way. Today, Nikki talks about the biggest challenges in glamping and creative ways to make land profitable and conservative at the same time. Nikki started working for climate change awareness with Live Earth/Al Gore and turned to meditation and mindfulness, studying from every teacher she could in Los Angeles, from UCLA to InsightLA, and Against the Stream, etc., which led her to a position at Headspace (meditation app) and to the creation of the website; Founder of, Co-founder at Tobacco River Ranch Glamping and Director of Development Glacier National Park Conservancy. In this episode, we talked about: ● A snippet of Nikki’s Journey ● About the Glacier National Park ● What’s glamping ● How did she acquire the tobacco river ranch ● A step-by-step process of building a business ● Profit potential in conversation ● Difference between preservation and conservation ● Unseen Challenges in glamping business ● How to monetize lands ● How Nikki got herself into Dwarf goats ● How the world will look like Post-COVID Resources and Links: Facebook: Tobacco River Ranch Facebook: Tobacco River Ranch Website:
Ep.49 Liz Marchi: Building Communities of Entrepreneurs
March 18, 2021 • 43 MIN
Liz's world orbits around making an impact that lasts a lifetime and fostering an entrepreneurial community in Montana. What makes her persistent even in the face of uncertainty is her will to be part of building something that does nothing but makes lives healthier, longer, and more robust. At Two Bear Capital, Liz, with her team, currently focuses on biotech innovation in Montana to ensure a good foundation for the next generation of diseases. Liz aspires to elevate science around the state and inspire women's representation in STEM to build a better tomorrow. Liz leads Two Bear Capital's community engagement and partnerships. She is a pioneer in building access to equity capital and high-value startups in nontraditional locations. She founded and led Montana-based Frontier Angels,, for 12 years, seeding more than $20 million in very early-stage capital. Liz will engage the firm and our portfolio companies with a broad network of investors, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists to support the TBC mission of doing well and doing good. She is a graduate of Hollins College in Virginia, where she served as a Trustee. Liz lives on a ranch and is a lover of gardening, global travel, reading, and her three corgis. In this episode, we talked about: ● Big tech players of Montana ● Montana's extraordinary history of biotech innovation ● Liz role as head of community engagement at Two Bear Capital ● Best piece of advice for Building a professional network ● Two essential traits that dictate a higher likelihood of success ● And MUCH MORE! Resources and Links: Recommend Book - The Four Agreements: Two Bear Capital Website: Frontier Angels Website: Liz's Twitter: Liz's Personal Email:
Ep.48 Josh McCain: Big Sky Bravery & Serving Special Operators
March 11, 2021 • 35 MIN
For Josh, the quest for emotional ROI is unparalleled. It all started with an idea to facilitate meaningful conversation between civilians and the military's active duty special operations forces. What they do for us speaks for itself, but in the meantime, their emotional well-being and psychological needs often get neglected. This proved to be a tremendous epiphany for Josh, as he founded Big Sky Bravery to support special-operation forces through structured activities and mentorship. In essence, the BSB program is centered on three core principles that not only help them to reconnect with themselves but serve as a way to decompress. It's not hard to understand why Josh has such a deep desire to honor the military. With family ties to the JSOC community, McCain saw a growing, unmet need and decided to do something about it. He knew that the mountains of Montana offered endless adventure and could show these adrenaline-fueled warriors how to find excitement and enjoy life at home instead of feeling bored and yearning to get back in action. Although most of America's troops have pulled out of the Middle East, thousands of Special-Operations Forces (SOF) remain, and after multiple deployments, returning stateside takes adjustment. Josh's desire is to help with this transition, and with that epiphany, Big Sky Bravery was born. Josh quit his job and set up shop in Bozeman, MT. In this episode, we talked about: ● Josh's background and why he's gravitated towards supporting Special Operations ● What mission Big Sky Bravery is serving ● Three core principles of the BSB foundation ● Josh's vision to scale BSB impact ● How to volunteer for week-long task forces | Criteria and what to expect ● "Our problems are almost made up" - Eric | Here's why ● And MUCH MORE!
Ep.47 Justin Angle: The Future of Higher Education
March 4, 2021 • 38 MIN
In this episode, we have a fellow podcast host and educator, Justin Angle - A teacher, scholar, story-teller, athlete, husband, and father. He's executed $100 million bond trades, run 100-mile races, published in outlets like The Washington Post, and repeatedly failed to get his two daughters to bed without a battle. He's a business professor at the University of Montana and the host of A New Angle podcast as well as a staunch advocate of creating an immersive learning experience to understand critical day-to-day topics.
Ep.46 Pat LaPointe: A Starters Guide to Angel Investing
February 25, 2021 • 46 MIN
In this episode, we have Pat LaPointe, an entrepreneur who built and sold three companies in the marketing and data analytics field. These days he brings a very entrepreneur-friendly approach to angel and venture investing, and is on the Board of the Angel Capital Association. With a portfolio of over 40 investments and afflicted by endless curiosity, Pat enjoys learning about new business models and innovative technologies and loves helping entrepreneurs find their path to growth and success. Pat has generated hundreds of $millions of returns to his shareholders. And he failed just often enough to maintain a healthy level of humility. In this episode, we talked about: ● Who are Angel Investors, their roles, and how does angel investing works ● About Frontier Angels ● How Montana is becoming the next Silicon Valley ● Pat’s vision for balancing Montana’s growth and making it a thriving economy while preserving the wild ecosystem. ● And MUCH MORE!
Ep. 45 Sara Mozingo: Going All In
February 18, 2021 • 33 MIN
In today’s episode, we learned about Sara’s rare ability to chase her dreams, find solutions while facing the unknown during a pandemic, and creating a business model that is an inspiration to many businesspeople. It all comes to show that athletes are different than most people. The daily competition is a trigger to a more motivated and focused person, especially when you played Division 1 basketball like Sara did. The path might have not been clear right at the beginning of her career in the job market, but she clearly showed that with motivation and perseverance, anything is possible. Sara made a sharp turn when she decided to leave the insurance business and start her own cross fit gym. Only if she knew earlier that cross-fit was her calling… Sara took a shot at the fitness industry while most business owners were afraid of the pandemic, she slowly but strategically created her business model, gained loyal members, started strong relationships with partners, and took her business to the next level. We also learned a lot about Sara’s personal life, but in that part we will let you listen to her own words. All I can say is that she is an inspiration in both her personal and professional life. Resources and Links: Instargram: @IcehouseFit
Ep. 44 Jay Toups Bioroot Energy & The Future of Alcohol Based Fuels
February 11, 2021 • 47 MIN
Jay Toups has guided Bioroot Energy from inception to one of today’s best positioned clean energy startups. His interest in alcohol fuels began in 2007 with his work for Big Sky Coalition, a Montana non-profit dedicated to improving forest management practices. The organization’s goal to “do something about overgrown forests, rural community jobs and the environment” continues with the Bioroot Energy focus on advanced alcohol fuel production.
Ep.43 Ashley McCullough - MoblHom & The Remote Working Rental Market
February 4, 2021 • 30 MIN
Ashley McCullough loves to travel. She wants to live somewhere for a couple of months, and check out what it was like to live there. She doesn't want to go on a vacation; she wants to go in and buy groceries at the same grocery store for some months, learn the language and talk to people. But a few years ago, finding a place to live for a short period used to be a hassle. And Ashley wanted to create a solution for temporary housing needs. She wanted anything longer than a vacation but shorter than an annual lease. Therefore, she founded MoblHom as a solution to this problem. In this episode, we have Ashley McCullough.She is the founder of MoblHom, a rental marketplace that connects renters to homeowners offering furnished, midterm stays with flexible leases and a streamlined application process. She is also a brand strategist, product specialist, content queen, and athlete. In this episode, we talked about: ● How and why Ashley started MoblHom ● The demand for mobile home. ● What MoblHom is ● What was the strategy behind the launch of MoblHom in the Montana market ● Is there going to be a tipping point? ● The difference between Airbnb and MoblHom ● And MUCH MORE!
Ep. 42 Andy Gordon: The Finances of Cannabis
January 28, 2021 • 44 MIN
Andrew Gordon is a dedicated technologist leading the charge to build and connect Montana’s next-generation, high growth economy to the rest of the world. He specializes in working with small and medium-sized businesses on strategic marketing, digital media, branding, and new technologies to streamline their operations and refine their growth strategies. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Montana and has a deep background in geospatial technologies (GIS). He volunteers his time as a Board Member of the Montana Ambassadors and mentoring transitioning military veterans from active duty to successful civilian careers. When he’s not evangelizing Montana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, he can be found exploring the trails around Helena, MT with his wife and two children.
Ep.41 Jaala Shaw: Doing Hard Things
January 21, 2021 • 53 MIN
For Jaala, probably the most important reason why you should choose to do the hard things in life is that it will make you happier and it will make your life better. You will feel accomplished, as you tried your hardest, put in the effort needed, and have made a difference in society. In this episode, we have Jaala Shaw, she is a health and fitness coach with over two decades of experience. From elite NCAA Division I swimmers and regional level CrossFitters, to mentoring coaches, regular people, and children; Jaala has guided all humans in achieving their goals. She has lived the life, competing at a high level in sports, coaching at the club and collegiate level, owning her own CF affiliate, and now as a part of the CF Kids Seminar Staff. It is her goal to enhance people's lives by teaching them that small changes = big results. In this episode, we talked about: Jaala’s journey as health and fitness coach How to stretch beyond your potential in any realm How she teaches others how to become competitive at any kind of sports How she helps others to achieve their fitness goals What it’s like to be a good motivator and coaching in the life of sports Why doing hard things will make your life better And MUCH MORE! Resources and Links: Instagram: @dropbydropfitness
Ep. 40 Amber Vilhauer: Elevate Every Experience
January 14, 2021 • 47 MIN
Amber Vilhauer is an online digital marketing expert who supports authors, speakers and coaches to establish a powerful, integrated online presence that gets results and empowers them to make a difference in their industry. Since starting her agency, NGNG Enterprises (standing for No Guts No Glory) in 2007, she has spent her career impacting her community and building strong strategic alliances with industry leaders and game-changers across the web. Amber has supported more than one thousand entrepreneurs on six continents to get results. She has been the launch manager behind dozens of #1 bestselling books including those for Mark Victor Hansen, Brendon Burchard, Lisa Nichols and Les Brown In this episode, we talked about: • Amber’s journey as an online digital marketing expert • Tips and strategies for creating an effective website • How she focused on how to create a meaningful connection with individuals, and save time without sacrificing quality • How to develop a personal connection to scale influence • How to leverage systems and strategies to scale online business • And MUCH MORE!
Ep. 39 Nic De Castro: LandTrust & Making Conservation Profitable
January 7, 2021 • 44 MIN
Nic is an entrepreneur who built technology companies in Silicon Valley, New York, LA & Boulder over the past decade. He is now based in Bozeman, MT where he’s building LandTrust, a marketplace that enables sportsmen to book hunting trips on private lands across the US. Through LandTrust, they aim to increase quality, private-land access for sportsmen and create a new, profitable revenue stream for rural landowners like farmers & ranchers to keep rural lands intact & in family hands. In this episode, we talked about how Nic came up with the idea for LandTrust, how they provide people the opportunity to go out and have experiences with their friends and family with nature, how to make potential income through LandTrust and the importance of conservation.
Ep. 38 Jennifer Helene Popken Daily Practice is Your Strongest Medicine
December 24, 2020 • 41 MIN
Jennifer Helene, M.S. is an expert in health and nutrition. A former FORD model, MasterChef cast member, and serial entrepreneur, she creates methodologies that conceive innovation before circumstances demand it. She is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council, an exclusive invitation only community. She speaks fluent French and German, and has spent 15 years abroad immersing herself in learning about transformation, health, and growing international businesses. She holds an M.S. in Nutrition and has been consulting groups, companies and individuals for over a decade on Lifestyle Medicine, and behavioral change methodologies. She believes that your daily practice is your most powerful medicine. A lot of us take our health for granted. We are so preoccupied with our busy life, work and family matters that our health and wellness seem less important than many of the day-to-day things we have to do. Tune in as Jennifer Helene Popken shared her journey and her purpose to help start up entrepreneurs to seasoned businessmen/women with training programs on lifestyle change, mentoring, and embodiment practices. She is consistently nourishing positive thoughts. Most importantly, she believes that daily practice is the most powerful medicine.
Ep. 37 Lisa Cloutier: The Business of Craft Distilleries
December 17, 2020 • 41 MIN
Lisa Cloutier grew up in Northwest Montana, she spent college and a bit of prep school on the East Coast. She have been in the hospitality business in NW Montana for the past 25 years. She opened a gourment pizza and brew place out of college with a friend and went on to open The Raven on Flathead Lake , followed by The Islander Inn - a small boutique inn, then Whistling Andy Distillery with her husband Brian Anderson, and finally Bonfire - a farm to table restaurant 2 years ago. In this episode, we talked about: • Lisa’s journey as an entrepreneur • Her Farm-to-table restaurant – Bonfire and some challenges that farmers faced • How she balances running multiple businesses at once • What it’s like living in Montana • Ins and outs of starting a craft distillery company, “Whistling Andy” • Journey and success of “Whistling Andy” and its distribution in other four countries • And MUCH MORE!
Ep. 36 Ken Andrukow Reflecting on 2020 and Excitement for 2021
December 10, 2020 • 38 MIN
2020 has been a year like no other and it has allowed us to re-discover our own humanity and vulnerability. It had profound impacts on the personal lives of people around the world in a variety of ways. As 2020 comes to an end, Ken and I have an opportunity to reflect on this and make a fresh start, create a better future for our organizations, business and ourselves with a hopeful new year.
Ep. 35 Arjun Channa & Ken Andrukow - Mastering The Voice In Your Head
December 3, 2020 • 51 MIN
Arjun Channa is an experienced hotel operations professional, with strong inter-personal skills, spear headed with a very uncompromising character of excellence in service and a record of delivering superior performance in all aspects of the hotel operations (Managed and Owned). He is the current general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Ken Andrukow is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built multi-million dollar businesses across several sectors. He has an uncanny knack at spotting industry pivots before they happen and bringing new businesses to market successfully. On today’s episode, Arjun, Ken and I talked about: • How did Arjun started in hospitality industry • 2 things why Arjun loves hospitality industry: to connect with many people as possible and travelling the world • How did Arjun’s father influence him as a hotelier • How did Ken and Arjun became good friends and colleague • Understanding leadership • Mastering the voice in your head that can help you to be more focused and positive • Ken on mastering the voice in his head and his creative approach on negativity • Leaders should build a great character • Arjun and Ken on vulnerability • and MUCH MORE! Resources and Links: Ken Andrukow’s LinkedIn Level 5 Mentors Connect with Arjun Channa
Ep. 34 Joe Sanok: Podcasting for Entrepreneurs
November 26, 2020 • 39 MIN
Joe Sanok is a keynote and TEDx speaker, business consultant, and podcaster. Joe has the #1 podcast for counselors, The Practice of the Practice Podcast. With interviews with Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, and Lewis Howes, Joe is a rising star in the speaking world! Joe is a writer for PsychCentral, has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, GOOD Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Entrepreneur on Fire, and Yahoo News. He is the author of five books and has been named the Therapist Resource top podcast, consultant, and blogger. In this episode we talked about: • Joe Sanok's journey on how he started podcasting in 2012 • A podcast about his family’s camper life called “Leave to Find” • Format of his podcast • Tips on starting a podcast • His target audience • Best way to get downloads and listeners quickly • His biggest personal challenges as a business owner and entrepreneur • How to leverage podcast to grow your business - how podcasting helps to grow and scaling private practice with client engagement, relationship, building network, membership retention, and more. Resources and Links: Leave to Find Podcast Connect with Joe Sanok
Ep. 33 Arnie Sherman: The Art of The Interview
November 19, 2020 • 53 MIN
Arnie Sherman's experiences as an entrepreneur, trade negotiator, strategic advisor, college professor and as the host of podcast, radio and television programs give him a singular perspective on life and the business world. He worked extensively in Russia, launching the first private representational firm in the Soviet Union, and later negotiating the U.S. – Russian Trans-Siberian Express Rail Service joint venture. Arnie has helped finance infrastructure projects around the world. To date, the list of countries he has visited either for work or for pleasure totals more than 100. Arnie has founded six companies, and has provided strategic advice to senior management at Marriot, CSX, Ferrari S.p.A. and Maersk/Sealand Shipping, among others. He's lectured and spoken widely, providing a dynamic, authentic voice on current affairs. Arnie's "Can Do" podcast on MTPR poses thought-provoking questions about how and where entrepreneurship intersects our daily lives. For Arnie, interviewing people is really rewarding, he talks about its benefits such as building bigger network, educating yourself, his insights and perspectives he gets from people, and he’s talking all different kinds of people, with all different kinds of personalities. He also shared his approach in getting good stories, topics and his process in conducting successful interviews.
Ep. 32 Dr. James Hardt: Biocybernauts & The Future of Human Consciousness
November 12, 2020 • 53 MIN
Dr. James V. Hardt is the Founder of The Biocybernaut Institute and an expert in training with biofeedback. He has worked with the likes of Tony Robbins and other high-powered executives to elevate states of intelligence and consciousness for over 40-years. Dr. Hardt is a celebrated research scientist with an established history of over 40 years in the study and research of biofeedback. Hardt has authored or co-authored countless scientific research papers on the subject and he currently has more than 30 patents for the core technology, headset, training methodology and brain-centered portion of various virtual reality applications. His findings have been published in numerous scholarly journals such as Science, Psychophysiology, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology, just to name a few. Dr. Hardt has also spoken in front of the United Nations. Dr. Hardt received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s degree, and Ph.D., in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University. In this episode, Dr. Hardt shared his personal experiences with biofeedback and brainwave work in general and how he continued his relentless pursuit of advanced brainwave and meditation connections that allow people to become the best form of themselves that they can be including such positive results as reducing limitations and addictions; experiencing more joy, less anxiety; improving health and awareness; and developing more meaningful relationships and overall how brainwaves rule our thoughts, feelings, and intentions.
Ep. 31 Tim Pollard - Creating Influence in The Virtual Age
November 3, 2020 • 48 MIN
Tim Pollard is the founder and CEO of Oratium, a leading messaging consulting firm. He is a sought-after speaker and author of the acclaimed books The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design and Mastering the Moment: Perfecting the Skills and Processes of Exceptional Presentation Delivery. Pollard draws insight from a long career in sales, marketing, and communications for companies such as Unilever, Barclays Bank, and the Corporate Executive Board. In this episode, Tim Pollard which has deep experience both doing and teaching oral communications, with a particular emphasis on message architecture discussed his approach on how to be effective communicator even in virtual environment and his company Oratium, a consulting and training company which solves the problem of underperforming executive and sales communications, primarily through a transformative and systematic approach to message architecture. Quotes: • “But if they architecture message, well, it'll be spectacularly successful, which by the way, puts world class communications within reach of almost anyone.” • “We need to learn how to communicate better.” • “Communication is an intensely social process.” Resources and Links: The Compelling Communicator
Ep. 30 Firdaus Kharas: Cultivating Creativity & Embracing Risk
October 29, 2020 • 61 MIN
Firdaus Kharas began creating media in 1995, founding Chocolate Moose Media, a hybrid social enterprise making for-profit television series and not-for-profit media campaigns. He also established television production companies in Canada in Asia including partnerships with the Royal Family of Malaysia, the News Corporation and UTV of India. His new book: CREATIVITY: The Key to a Remarkable Life, teaches readers how they can leverage the rapid changes and a world in turmoil around them to transform their professional and personal lives by harnessing their innate creativity. In this episode, Firdaus shared his journey leading him to become a multi-award-winning social innovator, global communicator, humanitarian, and the author of Creativity: The Key to a Remarkable Life, his daily work and how he handles it every day. He also shared straightforward tips on how to open our minds to become creative thinkers, and how he influences others in their personal and professional lives. Quotes: “What I do is very unique. There are very, very few people who use mass communication for social change in the world.” “And that's actually why I wrote the book is to try and get people convinced because you know, many people think that they're either creative or they're not that some people think that creativity is only something that some lucky people are born with, like a talent for painting or composing music or writing. You know, that's artistry. That's not creativity, there's a difference between artistry and creativity. Creativity is something we have in us, all of us have in us. And it doesn't matter who you are, doesn't matter what you do.” Resources and Links:
Ep. 29 Gregg Treinish: Adventure Scientists & Accelerating Positive Environmental Impact
October 27, 2020 • 49 MIN
Gregg Treinish was named a National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” after completing the first-known trek along the spine of the Andes mountain range - a 7,800-mile expedition. In 2011, he founded Adventure Scientists, a nonprofit organization that deploys outdoor adventurers to collect high quality scientific data that can amplify and accelerate solutions to environmental and human health issues. Gregg has been named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Grist 50 Fixer, and one of Men’s Journal’s “50 Most Adventurous Men,” among other accolades. Gregg shared his journey leading him to become National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year”, he talked about his passion for scientific discovery, exploration, and their mission to amplify and accelerate environmental impact. Adventure Scientists, which he founded, serves scientific partners, by providing them with data they need to solve critical environmental and human health issues from the outdoors, from remote areas and at large scale; and outdoor adventurer volunteers, who want to give back by contributing to game-changing science. Quotes: • “It was just creativity and optimism, persistence that we use to navigate around.” • “The more that I saw, environmental degradation, the more I was inspired to work for the benefit of animals and places that couldn't speak for themselves.” Resources and Links:
Ep. 28 Jared Jamison: The Disruption of Architecture & Engineering Industry
October 22, 2020 • 49 MIN
Jared is an accomplished engineering executive with over 20 years’ experience in management, operations, finance and business strategy. He has been treasurer and served on boards of directors for several organizations. He is a speaker, writer, and adviser on topics of business management and strategy with an emphasis on the A/E industry. Jared is a registered professional engineer with BS and MS degrees in engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has been adjunct faculty at the VCU, teaching business planning to MBA students. He recently started AE Ascend, a consulting and learning company. Great strategies with great execution leads to success. Jared narrowed down the broad industry of engineering and architecture, he shared his journey leading him to build AE Ascend by helping architects and engineers climb to new heights with their innovative ways of business approach.
Ep. 27 Kiah Hochstetler: Goodworks Evergreen & Keeping Communities Profitable
October 20, 2020 • 47 MIN
Goodworks Ventures launches Evergreen, a new effort to purchase stable, profitable companies and help them grow under new leadership. In this episode, we talked about how good relationships and network are essential, business model they use at GoodWorks, its mission to provide transition opportunities to retiring owners by acquiring their local Montana businesses, with the goal of keeping quality jobs within the community and MUCH MORE!
Ep. 26 Ken Andrukow: Getting Out of Your Own Way
October 15, 2020 • 31 MIN
You probably have many reasons why you don’t get things done. Most of them are beyond your control, but instead of focusing on things you can’t control, focus on your worst enemy, the one that you can control - yourself. In this episode, seasoned entrepreneur Ken Andrukow shared tips that will help you get out of your own way to finally be able to get things done and be productive.
Ep. 25 Christopher Udall: Clarity Road & The Profitability of Peace
October 13, 2020 • 44 MIN
In this episode, Christopher shared how he built non-profit organization, Rebuild for Peace. A Non-Profit organization focused on providing vocational education, peace training, leadership and entrepreneurship training to the youth which are mostly refugees, he also explained how the way to a more peaceful world can be profitable and his passion for changing the world and building peace in the wake of violent conflict.
Ep. 24 Sam Lucas: Monetizing Your Content with
October 8, 2020 • 51 MIN
Daily grind is real, thankfully, there are lots of software applications that can help us in our daily lives, it’s safe to say that software is an invaluable tool that will help you operate and grow your business quickly. In this episode, Sam shared his knowledge in the software application world, how important it is especially in the fast-paced and digitally connected world we live in today, and he discussed his company Special Project Inc and how it can help video content creators to produce and stream original series, seasons, and episodes and predictably grow business with subscription memberships. Enjoy the episode!
Ep. 23 Deacon Andrews: SISU Strong & Pursuing Authenticity
October 6, 2020 • 49 MIN
Passion powers the hard work, determination, and creativity that make great accomplishments possible. In this episode, Deacon shares his journey as US army, his passion in action sports and the challenges he had, that leads him to start his online training facility, SISU Strong, which is their goal is to help people begin to enjoy the world of action sports and help clients reach their performance goals.
Ep. 22 Denis Vidmar: MushHub & The Future of Fungi
October 1, 2020 • 54 MIN
Denis Vidmar grew up on mushroom farms scattered across the world, thanks to his dad, Zlatko, from Asia, Europe, to now, North America. His fascination and passion grew in the last decade and he evolved from the Button White, Cremini and Portabella, into Exotic, Wild & Medicinal Mushrooms. He believes your refrigerator should be your medicine cabinet and that path begins with Mushrooms. Mushrooms are an ingredient that should be a part of every meal, and because of the vast varieties and taste profiles, for every meal, there is a Mushroom that will highlight it, and in this episode, Denis talks about how he educates people on the tremendous health benefits and magical power of mushrooms and how it benefits the environment, the culinary world, his company MushHub and so much more!
Ep.21 Adam Mendler: Thirty Minute Mentors, the Podcast
September 29, 2020 • 53 MIN
Entrepreneurship can be challenging. Thankfully, there have been lots of successful entrepreneurs like Adam that have actually paved the way and had given us with some insight. In this episode, Adam shared his entrepreneurial journey, tips when is the right time to take a leap and start own business, why is it harder to be an entrepreneur than working as a corporate employee, challenges as an entrepreneur and his mission to help people become more successful entrepreneurs, and more successful leaders. We also talked about his podcast Thirty Minute Mentors podcast which each episode features a wealth of practical, actionable advice from a leading CEO, founder, athlete, celebrity, influencer or general/admiral on how they made it to the top.
Ep. 29 Gregg Treinish: Adventure Scientists & Accelerating Positive Environmental Impact
September 27, 2020 • 49 MIN
Gregg Treinish was named a National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” after completing the first-known trek along the spine of the Andes mountain range - a 7,800-mile expedition. In 2011, he founded Adventure Scientists, a nonprofit organization that deploys outdoor adventurers to collect high quality scientific data that can amplify and accelerate solutions to environmental and human health issues. Gregg has been named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Grist 50 Fixer, and one of Men’s Journal’s “50 Most Adventurous Men,” among other accolades. Gregg shared his journey leading him to become National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year”, he talked about his passion for scientific discovery, exploration, and their mission to amplify and accelerate environmental impact. Adventure Scientists, which he founded, serves scientific partners, by providing them with data they need to solve critical environmental and human health issues from the outdoors, from remote areas and at large scale; and outdoor adventurer volunteers, who want to give back by contributing to game-changing science. Quotes: • “It was just creativity and optimism, persistence that we use to navigate around.” • “The more that I saw, environmental degradation, the more I was inspired to work for the benefit of animals and places that couldn't speak for themselves.” Resources and Links:
Ep. 20 Dr. Sean Pastuch: Active Life RX & The Evolutions from Fitness To Health Profession
September 24, 2020 • 52 MIN
There is a core truth, businesses need to change and adapt. It’s a core part of the business process. In this episode, Dr. Sean talked about “change” towards a more beneficial business mindset and grow his business, on how he can execute on that change to create more opportunities. He also shared his entrepreneurial journey, his history in fitness industry and personal growth.
Ep. 19 Ken Andrukow: What’s Important Now
September 22, 2020 • 30 MIN
One of the most successful business owners like Ken Andrukow have mastered being effective to the fact that it makes him work smarter, sharing one of the easiest ways to keep our priorities in order is by focusing on W.I.N - “What’s Important Now?” A question that can serve as a guide to help us prioritize the choices and decisions we are facing every day and how to be real by focusing on our present moment thoughts, feelings and actions.
Ep. 18 Nathan Hirsch: Outsource School & Optimizing A Virtual Workforce
September 17, 2020 • 38 MIN
Today, Nathan tells his story on how he became an entrepreneur, how he started FreeeUp with the initial investment of $5000, how he co-founded Outsource school and its purpose, he also shares his expertise in faster outsourcing, providing tons of tips and ideas for how to successfully build businesses remotely. Nathan also tells us how he built his Amazon store to 8-figure business in gross revenue, how his business is doing during this pandemic, his biggest challenge he had, and many MORE!
Ep. 17 Jake Bertelsen: World Class Tattoos & Integrity As The Shortcut
September 15, 2020 • 41 MIN
In today’s episode, we have Jake Bertelsen, a tattoo artist and owner of Bertelsen Art and Tattoo shop, he shared his story on how he became an entrepreneur, and how being a tattoo artist changed his life, his struggles and his keys to success, also, his true definition of integrity.
Ep.16 Elin Linqvist & Marko Oivo: OPEX Aland & The Business of Individualized Coaching
September 10, 2020 • 46 MIN
Elin Lindqvist and Marko Oivo opened their gym in July 2016. They opened as CrossFit North AX and worked with the CrossFit and group fitness model for 3-5 years before they transitioned over to an OPEX gym. As a CrossFit gym they had around 100 group class members and as of this moment, they are at 35 individual design clients. In this episode, they talked about how they provide their clients with guidance, tools and over time knowledge to be autonomous in their health and fitness, how important is building relationships with each of their clients, how pandemic affects the business, what is individual fitness and how it differs to other model and their concept of 100% Individualized coaching - individualize the prescription (exercise, nutrition and recovery) to take them from where they are currently and also towards where they want to be.
Ep. 15 Mark Samuel: iWON and The Pursuit of Happiness
September 3, 2020 • 46 MIN
In this episode, we have Mark Samuel, the entrepreneur behind iWON Organics, a protein and fiber snack company. IWON stands for I’m Winning On Nutrition, and makes flavorful snacks from plant-based proteins such as peas, beans, and brown rice resulting in a balanced nutritional profile that's higher in protein and fiber than other snacks on shelf. Iwon snacks can be found in close to 5,000 U.S. stores, with 1,000 more overseas. He also shared how iWON Organics started, their mission to provide healthy snacks to consumers, entrepreneurship, his show “Let’s Eat” and his true definition of success and happiness.
Ep. 14 Tim Southwell: Yonder & The Business of Agritourism
September 1, 2020 • 52 MIN
Tim Southwell is a husband, father, farmer and entrepreneur in the mountains of Montana focusing on permaculture principles resulting in healthy soils and nutrient-dense food option, he is the founder of Yonder booking platform which specializes in connecting people to life-enriching experiences in nature. All in a day's work on the farm. He is working to promote the benefits of connecting with nature and supporting farm to table endeavors, while championing social and environmental causes directed towards building a brighter and healthier tomorrow. In this episode, his love for nature, Tim shared the idea of how he’d come up with Yonder, a new tool for discovering outdoor experiences, where you can discover and book a variety of overnight stays, farm activities, ranches, vineyards, and other nature immersive properties.
Ep. 13 Paul Higgins: Build. Live. Give
August 25, 2020 • 49 MIN
Learn how Paul Higgins helps consultants, coaches, and entrepreneurs on how to get business model right, mindset skills, getting ideal clients, sales focus and make their business scale using high performing strategies. In this episode, Paul shared how he founded Build Live Give, a mentoring company to help coaches and consultants build new revenue streams to fund their business, he also Paul shared his inspiring story how he started as an entrepreneur, how he dealt with a health problem, how he wrote his book, Build Live Give while he was in the hospital and what it’s all about, his mission to mentoring coaches and consultants to build online businesses and lifestyles, and most importantly to give back.
Ep. 12 Ken Andrukow: Helping Clients Feel Safe
August 18, 2020 • 28 MIN
As a successful entrepreneur who built multimillion-dollar businesses across several sectors, Ken Andrukow shared his insights on how to help clients feel safe and key factors on how business can still run despite the pandemic, and how important communication, convenience and consistency are.
Ep. 11 Cody Loughlin: Money Talks
August 11, 2020 • 50 MIN
Cody Loughlin is the builder of 3 different multi-million dollar companies, became a millionaire at 27. He has 20+ years in finance, real estate, internet marketing and leadership training. He has a podcast show called “The Money Talkers”. In this episode, he shared how he started as an entrepreneur, his journey to becoming a millionaire at 27, he also talked about his mission to serve entrepreneurial parents that want to pass down their legacy of knowledge around personal finance, entrepreneurship and a successful mindset, the challenges he had and many MORE!
Ep. 10 James Mulvany: Tinder for Podcasters
August 4, 2020 • 45 MIN
James Mulvany is from Manchester UK and he is the Founder of, & where he provides the infrastructure to broadcast successful podcasts and audio content to the world. In this episode, he shared how he became...
Ep. 9 Rafael Cortez: Real Estate Disruption & Organizational Psychology
July 28, 2020 • 49 MIN
Rafael Cortez began his first job at 14 at a local Grocery Store. From 15 to 18 years of age his work experience included everything from hard labor in construction to supervisory positions in retail and customer service while attending the Fire...
Ep. 8 Ken Andrukow: Effective Time Management
July 21, 2020 • 34 MIN
Ken Andrukow is the owner and founder of Reebok CrossFit located in Ramsay, Canada. He is an experienced business owner and mentors with a demonstrated history of building businesses that scale. Being conscious of time will result in self-improvement...
Ep. 7 Casey Stanton: Rise of The Fractional CMO
July 13, 2020 • 45 MIN
Casey Slaughter Stanton started CMOx to help 7-figure health, fitness, technology and manufacturing companies grow faster with a part-time chief marketing officer. His Functional Marketing® process is the cornerstone of CMOx's services, which gives...
Ep. 6 Lisa Simone Richards: Public Relations & Building Authority Fast
July 7, 2020 • 41 MIN
Lisa Simone Richards is a publicist for online coaches who want to get seen as experts and go from invisible to influencer. She’s here to show you how to build your brand, business & influence. Lisa Simone helps her clients get free visibility...
Ep. 5 Ken Andrukow and Kate Jaramillo: Defining the Entrepreneur
June 25, 2020 • 35 MIN
How do you define entrepreneurs and success? What are the common risks and challenges as an entrepreneur? Let's find out more with Kate Jaramillo and Ken Andrukow. Kate Jaramillo is a certified group fitness instructor and a ketogenic living expert....
Ep. 4 Brendan Hsu: Aerial Canvas & Real Estate Disruption
June 23, 2020 • 46 MIN
Brendan Hsu is from San Francisco, California. He has 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship and marketing, he helps brokers, agents, designers, stagers, architects, builders and more, he takes control of their business to start reaching their...
Ep. 3 Matt Lawless – The Business of Building Trust
June 18, 2020 • 47 MIN
Matt Lawless is from the United Kingdom. He is the owner and CEO of Vital Certificates Ltd.  Their company helps citizens to live, work, and move abroad through a range of documentation, legalization, notary, and apostille services. They are the...
Ep. 2 Eric Carlson – Sweatpants Test and Contrarian Marketing
June 16, 2020 • 39 MIN
Eric Carlson is the Co-Founder of 10XFactory, an exclusive entrepreneurship community with 1,000+ members worldwide. He is also the founder of One Cup Media, a high powered agency whose successes include the fastest-growing subscription box ever on...
Ep. 1 Ken Andrukow: The Core Differentiator is You
June 10, 2020 • 36 MIN
Ken Andrukow is the owner and founder of Reebok CrossFit located in Ramsay, Canada. He is an experienced business owner and mentor with a demonstrated history of building businesses that scale. In this episode, he shared early stages working for his...