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CY6 - Check Your Six

CY6 - Check Your Six

Author: Tim Proctor

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Small Business owner with a military background discuss the challenges of business ownership, transitions from active duty and taking your experience and training from the military into the civilian business world. Join your host Tim Proctor with GRP Studios as he talks with with other small business owners on a variety of topics.
123 Episodes
Andrew Brainard with Trans-Med Care Long Distance Medical Transportation paid a visit to GRP Studios to record Episode 122 of the Check Your Six podcast. Andrew and I have talked on a couple of occasions and were finally able to connect and get him in to talk about what he does. First he helped me understand the operation of non-emergency medical transport, how he serves the public, the safety measures he takes, the care they give to those that are being transported and a variety of other parts of his business. We talked about finding workers for the transport vans, the concerns that some family members might have about using Trans-Med Care, which I was surprised to discover the top concern as well as the way that Trans-Med Care gives back to the community with organizations like the Alzheimer's Association. He talked about non-emergency transport being somewhat like the Wild West with little to no regulation or oversight and how he is helping in creating those guidelines. Love what they do and their passion for people. You can find out more about them here.. so check them out if you need to transport anyone in a non-emergency condition just about any distance.
Episode 121 of the Check Your Six podcast brought John Blum into the GRP Studios representing Five Star Claims Adjusting. Being a homeowner is a great position to be in but sometimes as we have said on the program before, "you don't know what you don't know until you realize you don't know it". John talked a lot about so many things that Joe Average homeowner or business owner(who leases) may not realize about their homeowners insurance policy. Things that may be covered or may not be covered, changes in the law and regulations that can impact what you can claim. The need for a Law & Ordinance Provision in your insurance policy that covers things somewhat like replacement value for a car insurance policy does. Asking for the license when an adjuster shows up to provide that assessment of you home, why you need a claims adjuster and so much more!! Still have a lot to learn about why claims adjusters are so valuable. You can check them out at
I had the pleasure of having Eric Hale stop by the GRP Studios today to record his session about DreamQuest Tiny Neighborhoods Inc. Coming from a small town in Southern Idaho(they didn't have a traffic light) and working his way through the construction industry, facilities management and seeing all of the things that are done wrong from a construction standpoint, he decided to do something to address the affordable housing issue starting in Florida. This was not at all what I expected whenI invited him on the podcast a month or so ago, I did not expect someone that was passionate about solving a real problem with some outside the box, or house, thinking. I am excited to see where he ends up taking this and what kind of an impact he can make!! You can check out more of what they do on the website...
Our good friend Dr. Jim Rybacki stopped by GRP Studios today for some filming and some podcast time. We have been working with Dr. Rybacki for several years with his EGMN/Essential Guide to Medical News and the EGPD/Essential Guide to Prescription drugs content that covers a wide range of medical news and information. We talked today about how he ended up where he is today(he was almost a Dentist), his passion for what he does and the walk that he and his wife took after her diagnosis of breast cancer. His website, is a fantastic resource for just about anything you need to know with 15 separate health channels that are available for you to view or subscribe too.
Amy Kirkland with Seminole State College stopped by GRP Studios today to talk about Seminole State College and how you can "Go State and Go Far".  Seminole State presented at a Seminole Chamber meeting a few months back and really did a fantastic job letting the attendees know about all off the programs that they offer for students, business owners and the community as a whole. Amy is very passionate about what she does and is was evident during the podcast in all of the things she talked about. Advice for business owners, the partnership with UCF, the SBDC and all of the resources that are available through the programs at Seminole State College. Some of the things like the nursing programs that are tops in the nation is just one example of the quality of education and information that is available!!
Episode 117 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Andy Lawniczak into the GRP Studios to talk about printing, wrapping, not "rapping" and other challenges Andy has with creating excellent product for his clients. Andy is a faith based company and is committed to doing things in a manner that reflect that faith in the way he treats and service those that use Creative Wraps. He talked about how he arrived in Central Florida and I thanked him for spending lots of money when he would come to Disney, helps with my wife's retirement? Like many of us, Andy does get requests to do things for free or really cheap and while that might be a good thing to do, sometimes we get the feeling that those asking the questions don't understand that if everything is done for free, sooner or later nothing gets done!! It was great to listen to him talk about how he continues to grow and develop this business!!
Episode 116 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Brian Nagle with Real Time Services into the GRP Studios to talk about all kinds of stuff. We covered his move from the East Coast to Florida, his transition from mostly providing payroll funding for staffing companies to the PEO services that they are currently focusing on. The growth of some businesses during the craziness that affected all of us in 2020 to the downturn in those same industries, specifically the medical staffing businesses, with the changes that have happened in the medical industry. Brian loves what he does and is always looking out for businesses and how he can help them grow, even to some of us(me) that don't listen very well!! #peo #grpstudios #podcast #realtimeservices #payroll #small-business #checkyoursix #CY6
Alexis Daniel from the Urban Air Adventure Park in Altamonte Springs stopped by GRP Studios for Episode 114 of the Check Your Six Podcast. Based out of Texas, this location of Urban Air Adventure is a new addition to the Altamonte Springs business landscape. is a lot more than just a trampoline park, there are a lot of activities that kids(and adults) of all ages can participate in. Besides the activity areas, they have a great area for parties and can handle more than a lot of "event spaces" for things like birthday parties, company team building events and just about any other meeting type. Nothing better in a team building event than battling a co-worker, or boss, on the battle beam!! You can reach Alexis at to hear more about the facility! #urbanairadventurepark #grpstudios #CY6 #checkyoursix #podcast #small-business
Beth Robertson with Cookies for Kids' Cancer was "Being A Good Cookie " when she dropped into the GRP Studios for Episode 114 of the Check Your Six Podcast. I have listened to her presentation at some of the Seminole Chamber meetings but it was great to get more than 1 minute of what it is that she does. We had so much a great  conversation before the session even started, some that covered her background about her parents, specifically her mother, her journey through the diagnosis of cancer in her son, the lack of treatment for cancer in kids, the reason she is so passionate about what she is doing and even more. Cookies for Kids Cancer, is doing some fantastic work in making a difference in the lives of kids and their families that have pediatric cancer. Both through research and treatment programs that were not even available when Beth's son went through her treatment. It was great hearing her story. #pediatriccancer #kids #hope #GRPStudios #CheckYourSixPodcast #research #treatments
David Rubin stopped by GRP Studios for Episode 113 of the Check Your Six podcast. We had so much to cover with David starting with W1nners F1tness and yes, that is spelled correctly and Heroes Strong and how that all started. I think if you look up "Passion" in the dictionary, you will find a picture of David along with a description of those things that he is passionate about. His work with kids in developing the athletic skill set both on and off the field, as well as his appreciation to all those he calls "Heroes", the military, law enforcement, firefighters, educators and healthcare workers. It is a longer than normal episode but there was so much to cover we just let it roll. You can see all that he is involved with Heroes Strong at their website, including a very special event with NASCAR in August at the Daytona. If you would like to attend this race, you can go to the link and click on the Events tab for more information. #heroesstrong #educators #firefighters #healthcare #lawenforcement #checkyoursix #podcast
Craig Leysen rejoined me this week for the 112th episode of the Check Your Six podcast after being away for a bit. It was great to have him back in talking about veteran stuff. Most of it was talking about the benefits that veterans have available to them without even knowing it simply because we don't know where to start. We talked about using the site to get started in looking for the resources in your state. Using to do a deeper dive into specific benefits and how you can obtain your service records. Using the VSO through your state VA department to start the process and a lot more. We just want to encourage veterans to use the benefits that you have earned through your service and get the help you need!! #veterans #military #VA #benefits 
Air Force Veteran Trish Murphy stopped by GRP Studios for the 111th Episode of the Check Your Six podcast to talk about a couple of business topics. The first is her business, Marketing Smarty Pants that deals with you guessed it, marketing for your business. Obviously not just marketing, Smarty Pants covers a lot of the concepts and programs that help your business become more visible and appealing to potential clients. We also talked about her involvement with FAVOB, the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses, its development and growth especially over the last couple of years. How FAVOB is working at bringing those nearly 200,000 veteran owned businesses into one place that civilians, government contractors and other businesses can find Veteran owned companies to work with. With 5 branches at the time of this broadcast, the sky is the only limit to what could happen with FAVOB!You can check out her work with Smarty Pants at her website,
The 110th Episode of the Check Your Six Podcast brought Jason Quint into the GRP Studios to talk about kitchens both as the owner of Signature Kitchens and The Outdoor Kitchen Guy! Jason talked about his transition from the CFO of companies like Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond to owning and running his own business. Like many entrepreneurs, Jason was sure that his experience and expertise in being the CFO of national chains would make this simple, if he could not double the business  in XXX amount of years, he was not as good as he thought. Well again, like many entrepreneurs, most of us were not prepared for what happened in 2020 in regard to business. Jason talked a lot about his strategy in building the business, how they pivoted and changed direction with some of his actions, all to help the business adapt and grow!!
Episode 109 looked back at Season 3 of the Check Your Six podcast and the guests that have either been in the studio or have been out on location. It has been very different without my Air Force cop buddy Craig with me in the studio hosting the podcast with me, hopefully we can get him back in for some special guest host episodes in this next season. It was a pleasure having all of the people take time out of their day to some in and sit down for a bit to tell their story, I am honored that they took the time to do that and also look forward to what is next for this podcast. Thanks to everyone that has joined in and if there is ever anything that you would like to discuss, let me know and we will see what we can do!!
Brian Fitzpatrick stopped by the GRP Studios for Episode 108 of the Check Your Six podcast to talk about his business, The Discerning Detailer. Brian had moved to Central Florida from the Boston area and decided he had enough of the corporate life and after some research decided to open his mobile detailing business. He talked about why he chose this business, the things he continues to learn every day about his business and how best to promote and grow it. He also talked about the challenges of operating this type of business in Florida with the sun, the heat, sea salt, love bugs, tree debris and a variety of other things that can his job even more challenging.
For those of us that live in Central Florida, I4 is more often than not, a long and torturous travel. However, the i4 Web Services owned and operated by Ed Pisani is anything but a long and torturous journey. He stopped by the GRP Studios for Episode 107 of the Check Your Six podcast and shared a glimpse of what he does and how he operates. There is so much ground to cover in the web design/web development space that we did not get even close to covering all of the topics but I loved hearing how he works, his "why" in regards to clients, family, community and so much more. It really was an honor to sit and listen to him talk about he much he values those he works with and interacts with on a regular basis. We both agreed that our friendship with Sean Esler is something to be treasured and we are both honored to consider him a friend, even if he doesn't like the computer platforms I choose!!
Robin Nutter-Coleman, the owner of Luxury Pop Up Picnic Company stopped by the GRP Studios for 106th Episode of the Check Your Six podcast. Robins business is not really new and there are others do similar things but I had never really thought about how it would all work for her as an event planner. We talked about some of the challenges that she had in starting the business, including trying to explain exactly what it is that she does. Her desire to connect people and give everyone just a little bit of time to break away and enjoy a few moments of event that they don't have to think about. She also talked about some of the things she felt in some of her first meetings with other business owners in networking groups and how she does those meeting now. 
The Check Your Six podcast made a visit to Mayweather Boxing and Fitness to speak with Army Captain Jocelyn Thomas about operating and managing a fitness facility. We covered several issues, many of them directed at the differences between leading and directing in the military vs the same functions in the civilian world. While many have not served and may not understand why there is a difference, a different mindset, dedication, drive and other factors that determine how we as veterans are motivated. She talked about being a servant leader, leading by doing, the difference between authority and influence and how she approaches that in the civilian world. She also gave shout out to Bodies By Design University in Atlanta where she received her certification and her instructors Mr. Cory and Mr. Doug!!
The 104th Episode of the Check Your Six podcast brought Tony Smith into the GRP Studios to talk about his business Auto Lawn of Orlando. Robotic mowing is still fairly new to the states but evidently in other parts of the world they are pretty common, especially in Europe. Tony talked about his start in the industry, getting his business set up, some of the challenges in getting people to really look at this as an option for lawn maintenance as well as some other subject that involve robotic lawn services. Especially as we get older, this sound like a pretty good option to keeping a nice evenly cut manicured lawn with something that is among other things, an eco friendly solution. You can check out his website at for more details or to contact him about what he does.
The 103rd Episode of the Check Your Six podcast brought Maria Hewitt into the GRP Studios to talk about her business, financial coaching. We talked about the experiences that she had that led her to do what she is doing today, the difference between a financial planner and a financial coach. Finding a path to financial freedom, the misconception about budgets being restrictive, an update on the old envelope system for cash called Qube Money, you can get 3 months free with this link, some of the excuses that people use for not getting a financial coach and so much more. There we so many things that we did not get to about finances that I may have to bring her back and discuss more. Maria has such a passion for helping people find that path that will lead to being more financially secure without have to make a lot of money. Great conversation today about things that most of us are just not aware of!! You can check out what she does at and see if she can help get you in fis-a-cal shape!!
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