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Donnie's Success Champions

Author: Donnie Boivin

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I believe we are all on a journey. Everything we do, our wins-losses, successes, and failures are all part of the adventure. These are the life lessons the shape us into who we become as we teach the world through our stories.

Donnie's Success Champions are Ordinary People, Entrepreneurs, Veterans, First Responders, Business Owners and visionaries that have a story to tell. These champions are pure badasses plain and simple. Enjoy their stories and we all continue on our journey.
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EP. 152 - Josh Costner is Changing the World with Disaster Mitigation and Prevention
Josh Costner grew up in a military/government family, spending the first several years of life in the San Fransisco bay area, then moving frequently across the country with his family, as his father's duty stations changed. While the family environment was very ideal and loving, his parents split when he was in his late teens, with he and his siblings staying with his mother. Living conditions dropped to poverty levels quickly due to his mother's nervous breakdowns. He joined to Army soon after.  He trained at Ft. Benning Georgia and went on to serve under outstanding leadership with the Engineers at other duty stations. In early 2003 he was deployed to Iraq, having the great honor to be serving alongside Sappers, Airborne Infantry, Rangers, and other outstanding soldiers. In mid-2003 he sustained injuries to the right shoulder and was shipped back to Ft. Hood Texas, where he underwent 9 months of physical therapy, eventually being medically discharged under honorable conditions.  Leaving the Army in 2004, he struggled with heavy drinking for a few years, as an unhealthy coping mechanism. Eventually, he sought help with the VA's counseling program and pushed through to overcome his alcohol dependence, He went on to study Emergency Management at Arkansas State University, and has dedicated his life to extensive study in the field of disaster mitigation under FEMA. He is preparing to publish a book on the subject of mitigation awareness, as well as launching a disaster prevention consulting firm in early 2019. jncostner.com  If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  You Need Content We Make it Easy Want to start a podcast? Mitigationhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
Ep. 151 - Stephanie Johnson Found Herself Teaching Others How to Be Single and Thrive
A force to be reckoned with, Stephanie Johnson unapologetically leads the charge for self-awareness in single and dating professionals. Her mission; There's more to being single than dating". She believes that one's single life should be a well-rounded and fulfilling experience that involves a great deal of self-awareness, sober thinking, and healthy decision making. The year was 2014. After having escaped a "red-flag" relationship, Stephanie realized inner work needed to be done, and she decided to accept responsibility and take action to endure the process of self-actualization. Longing for the perfect community with accountability that would assist her on the journey - the need was clear. While quick solutions were being provided by dating apps and Matchmakers; there wasn't a focus solely on the importance of personal development PRIOR to dating. Singles needed a welcoming and safe environment to identify the roots of unhealthy decision making and be accountable to change for the better.   Since the 2014 launch of Singles & The City - she has expanded to 5 cities in less than 4 years. Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit...and coming to a city near you. 4 healthy marriages have been birthed, along with hundreds of successful platonic, business and romantic relationships.  Although watching her from afar looks seamless, she’s the first to be transparent about being a full-time Entrepreneur. Stephanie has the poise and toughness to navigate all situations and the compassion to see the value and good in all situations. After having nearly lost everything  – Stephanie slept on friend’s sofas and Lyfted to her own events. Her resilience opened two new chapters of Singles & The City in Los Angeles and Chicago. First-generation American, with family roots from Suriname, South America – she was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Cass Tech Alumni, Stephanie studied Anthropology and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University before moving to Dallas, TX. She frequently enjoys public speaking engagements centered around business, self-awareness in relationships, and submitting to unforeseen processes of life. When she's not hosting or speaking at an event around the country; you can find her strolling the aisles of Sur la Table; indulging in a new recipe, enjoying a new restaurant, barre, painting, traveling, or hanging out with her pup, Zoe St. Laurent. Stephanie is currently single, and can't wait to share her life with an incredible husband someday soon :) You can watch Stephanie on Lifetime Television's newest reality series "Love at First Flight, Tuesdays at 9 pm CST.  Her Youtube show "Behind the Scenes with OhSoStefanie" is another great way to catch up on her adventures. If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Need Content We Make it Easy Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  Want to start a podcast? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here  
Ep. 148 - Charles (Chuck) Mund A Wild and Crazy Youth That Found His way After Joining The Navy
Charles (Chuck) Mund was born and raised in Southern Wisconsin. At the age of 18 he decided to join the Navy and enlisted on April 19th, 2005. After completing Boot-camp he was sent to Meridian, MS for AZ A-School. Soon after he checked on board to Fleet Readiness Center SE in Jacksonville, FL. His second duty station was with the Tridents, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Three, working with the SH-60F and HH-60H Helicopters, deploying with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in 2008 for a 7-month Deployment. While embarked he spent time on the USS San Antonio (LPD-17) performing Anti-Pirate operations in the Gulf of Aden. After Deployment, HS-3 was decommissioned and became Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Nine in Norfolk, VA and embarked on the USS George Bush (CVN-77) doing multiple detachments working towards Carrier Qualifications. He then transferred to the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Six in Norfolk, VA and performed two separate 6-month tours of duty in Juffair, Bahrain. After, he returned to Jacksonville, FL to Patrol Squadron Thirty where he became qualified Safe for Flight with the Boeing P-8 Poseidon and donned the uniform of the Chief Petty Officer. He now resides in Bremerton, WA stationed on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) working in Production Control the AIMD Department. Chuck, Became a team member in the spring of 2018, as our Lead Custom apparel designer, hitting the ground at full speed, he creates truly one of a kind works of art specifically formulated fabric.  Understanding how the fabric takes the color and specializing in that one medium has enabled him to truly kill some amazing one of a kind works of art.  Here at Pitch and Rudder, we don’t do semi-custom shirts.  We don’t have a catalog of previous designs that you can mix and match to create your shirt.  We sit down with you either by email, phone or most effectively by ZOOM and have a creative meeting to hammer out your one of a kind design.  Nothing is worse than having your own command, mess or season shirt show up on someone else on the pier.  The point of having custom shirts is that they make you stand out, they highlight your unit!   Chuck is Amazing at bringing out those qualities that best highlight what your Mess and unit is all about! He is the Primary Admin for Forward to Glory, Pitch and Rudders facebook group dedicated to helping service members have a smooth transition to the civilian world.  Forward to Glory was the brain Child of Chuck and Terry while Terry was transitioning and Chuck performs the majority of the scheduling of influencers and Lives and has been invaluable in growing the content and assisting service members of all branches! If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  Want to start a podcast? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here  
EP 147 - Jared Latigo From Typical Broke Middle Class to Living a Life of Abundance
Jared Latigo was living his life like a typical middle-class family paycheck to paycheck. He knew one catastrophic event would ruin his family financially. Finally fed up he and his was decided it was time to do something about it.  In His Words... I’m Jared Latigo, a financial wellness consultant with a catch, I won’t try to sell you anything. That’s right. I strictly educate and train individuals, families, and employees in corporate settings on how to properly manage finances. The end goal is always the same though, to help people through financial struggles, stressful living and learn to dream again. In the past, God has allowed my writing to reach millions of readers through various online publications. I have been a web designer for 20 years where I’ve freelanced, worked for an interactive agency and was even an agency director. Some brands I’ve worked with are Stetson, Resistol, Mountain Dew, Pier 1 Imports, TCU Neeley School of Business and more.  I also self-published a book called The Connection Brand where I talk about the power of a brand that knows how to truly connect with people.  Now, I educate individuals on personal finances as well as provide turn-key financial wellness plans to companies with hundreds of employees. I DO NOT sell mutual funds, insurance or anything of that nature, I strictly educate on how to properly handle finances. You can find more on that here. If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  Want to start a podcast? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
EP. 146 - Brandyn Cox Went From Being a Military Police Officer to World Class Tax Man
Brandyn Cox formed BMC Accounting LLC while he was in his sophomore college year at the University of Toledo. He attended college after separating from the Army in 2013 as a military police officer. Active duty for 6 years with a tour to Afghanistan. In His Words... Upon returning home, I found it was very difficult to find a job that offered health insurance, which I needed since I was married and the wife’s job did not offer it. I worked for a few companies, never making more than $10.00 per hour with less than 40 hour work weeks. Money was tight and I was starting to feel the effects of finally coming home from the military. I went to college about two months after separating and started out studying criminal justice. I actually got all the way to the last call before graduation, when I took an elective business class. I was so intrigued I decided to take an accounting course and fell in love. After taking the lower level accounting courses I figured I would put my new education to the test. I asked my neighbor who owned a landscaping company if I could keep his books for him and I would charge $200 for the year. Quite a steal if you ask me, but I wanted the experience more than I wanted the money. I actually did so well that I signed another client that was a coworker of mine who owned a charting boat tour business. As tax season was near I decided I wanted to try taxes. I formed BMC Accounting LLC that fall and registered with the IRS as a paid tax preparer. I had fingerprints done, background check, and an application process to be able to electronically file my returns. I built it all entirely through social media marketing and just going up randomly to people and talking to them about my business. I ended up getting close to 100 customers my first year and filed over 300 returns. I loved what I was doing and decided I can definitely do this for life. At the time, I was still in school and went to a job fair to try to get hired by a CPA firm. I actually had an interview but was ultimately turned down. This lit a fire inside of me and I decided to take my company virtual and National. Since then, I have retained clients in over a dozen states in over 20 different industries. I’m finalizing my Enrolled Agent License with the IRS right now to have unlimited practice abilities before the IRS on all tax matters. I expect to have my license in hand by January of 2019.    If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  Want to start a podcast? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
Ep. 144 - Maxwell Ivey Grew Up in Texas Carnivals Loosing His Eyesight at Age 12
Born into a family of carnival owners in Texas, USA, Maxwell Ivey lost his sight at age 12. Having a natural gusto for life, Max graduated from college and became heavily involved in the Eagle Scouts. He also worked in the family business alongside brothers until his father succumbed to lung cancer. Faced with his own mortality, Max made some life-altering changes. He underwent gastric surgery and lost over 250 pounds. He started his own business, buying and selling amusement rides, and learned how to blog using software for visually-impaired people. Overcoming many obstacles, Max made a name for himself online and now shares his experiences on The Blind Blogger. Max’s favorite things entail teaching and helping others achieve their goals and so he began another business: personal coaching. With the companionship of his crazy Dalmatian-mix, Penny, Max now spends his days singing, reading, blogging, writing, creating videos, and coaching. He’d like to travel the world one day and meet in person his many online friends and clients . . . and a special lady to share his life with, but Penny might have something to say about that! If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  Want to start a podcast? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
EP. 143 - Elizabeth Clamon Spent 12 Years Bedridden From a Accident Now Thriving as a Naturopath
Elizabeth Clamon, a Naturopath, is living proof that natural healing and the power of prayer works.  She has not only survived, but thrived, despite childhood abuse, being chronically ill, and left disabled and bedridden for twelve years from an auto accident. She provides an insightful, inspirational, and educational experience to inspire women to overcome obstacles and live their dreams.  Elizabeth studied Holistic Nutrition and Naturopathy at Clayton College and psychology at Louisiana Baptist University. She is a business owner, professional speaker, International bestselling author, coach. She brings a unique perspective by not only sharing her twenty-two years of experience in the health and wellness field, but also her experience as a military spouse, and ability to overcome adversity with a humorous look at her experiences.  Social Media ULR Facebook https://Facebook.com/ElizabethClamonspeaker/               https://facebook.com/abetterway2heal/ Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/Clamonnatural https://twitter.com/clamonelizabeth Instagram https://www.instagram.com/clamonnaturalhealth/ https://www.instagram.com/ElizabethClamon LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-clamon-336b5413b/ Website: https://www.elizabethclamon.com              https://beautyrisingfrombrokenness.com If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Come Hang With US as WE Discuss The Show  Want to start a podcast? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYWTP/ Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
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