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This is the Executive Athlete Podcast where you will learn the ins and outs of being the ultimate athlete/professional/human being as well as how to take your life to the next level Support this podcast:
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Andrew Decker is a 19 years old, 15x state record holder & top ten all time bench press 319 @ 162lb Bodyweight. Currently living in NH. He is the Startup Founder/CEO of MotionFit Inc. Most of us use fitness apps, watches, GPS and sensors to measure speed, distance etc, but Andrew has developed one of the coolest products I have seen.  The Fitcapsule is being developed by his company Motion Fit that measures weighting training performance via a sensor on the bar. He is in the process of changing the world of strength training. --- Support this podcast:
Steve is currently the President for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. Prior to that he was executive director at Outward Bound USA for five years. He also is a former executive director of The Access Fund, a national nonprofit advocating for conservation and recreation; membership director and interim CFO for The American Alpine Club; and founder and chairman of The Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of national outdoor recreation programs. He has also been an independent strategic business consultant for nonprofit organizations, business incubators, venture development organizations, small businesses and private equity firms. National Interscholastic Cycling Association- On Instagram: --- Support this podcast:
Ryan is a serial entrepreneur author and former financial analyst and investor for Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group. And is currently the co-founder and CEO of This App Saves Lives, a mobile platform that rewards drivers who choose not drive distracted. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of VerbalizeIt, a language translation platform launched at Wharton, incubated in Techstars and featured on the ABC TV series, Shark Tank. VerbalizeIt was acquired in 2016. Ryan graduated from Haverford College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish and from Wharton with an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is a former college baseball player and an endurance athlete having completed an Ironman and multiple marathons. He is an Inc. Magazine Top Entrepreneur, author and investor residing in Philadelphia, PA with his wife, newborn daughter, Golden Retriever puppy and pair of cycling shoes. --- Support this podcast:
Steve Fleck is one of the leading Professional Endurance SportSteve Fleck is one of the leading Professional Endurance Sports Race/Event Announcers & Commentators in North America. Each year he is on the microphone at over 30, running, cycling and triathlon races/events across the continent. His entire working life has been spent in and around the world of Endurance Sports with roles in Retail, Sales, Marketing, Media, Communications, and Events. He has a Bachelors, in Human Physiology & Biochemistry. He lives in Aurora, Ontario with his Wife and their dog, Gravy!s Race/Event Announcers & Commentators in North America. A 9-time Ironman finisher in a very different and early age of the sport of triathlon with a personal best time of 9:04 for the Ironman. He has been a contributor to Triathlete and Inside Triathlon Magazines, as well as Triathlon Magazine Canada, and Lava Magazine Each year he is on the microphone at over 30, running, cycling and triathlon races/events across the continent. His entire working life has been spent in and around the world of Endurance Sports with roles in Retail, Sales, Marketing, Media, Communications, and Events. He has a Bachelors, in Human Physiology & Biochemistry. He lives in Aurora, Ontario with his Wife and their dog, Gravy! More About Steve:  Twitter:  --- Support this podcast:
Mark Allen is a legend and Icon in the triathlon and endurance world. Here is a little about him After competing and losing in the Ironman Triathlon Championships six times (often to Dave Scott), Allen emerged victorious in 1989, winning one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. This was the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995 at age 37, making him the oldest winner of the event at that time. My favorite intro from his bio “I began a career as a professional triathlete in 1982. Back then doing a triathlon was a big adventure. There were no books, no videos, no coaches. But there were races, some even had prize money. The challenge was how to go faster. One month we might think the key was mileage, so we’d crank out ridiculous totals week after week. Swim 30,000 yards in seven days? Of course! Pile on 500 miles cycling and another 70 running in that same time? Why not! Was that enough? Was it too much? It was all a guess. Our second guest is Scott Zagarino Scott has been involved in triathlon in one capacity or another for more than 35 years. And Over the course of 15 years he competed in 53 triathlons around the world. For a few seasons he tried his hand at racing as a pro. Racing in this company was a master class in humility. When injuries forced him out of triathlon he moved on to adventure racing, whitewater kayaking, surfski paddling and kitesurfing. Between 2000 and 2006 he trained in the traditional Soto School of Zen Buddhism beginning as a novice monk and upon completing that portion of my training, was ordained legally as a Zen Buddhist Priest. Professionally he runs the Scott Zagarino Agency where he works and collaborates in event communication, athlete communication and sponsorhips service Mark and Scott have created the 1989 story. Which can be found at Here is a quick overview of this project On October 14, 1989 at the Ironman® Triathlon World Championship the universe of sport was changed forever when Dave Scott and Mark Allen ran “The Greatest Race Ever Run” pushing each other to the breaking point, and then pushing harder for more than eight hours, never separated by more than a few feet. Both athletes raced wondering how much longer they could go on at that level of suffering? The challenge to leaving a lasting legacy in sports is that the story has to originate with the truth, and the truth about the 1989 race has never been told in its entirety. The stories that have been published, or handed down as anecdotes from sound bites taken from interviews with Mark Allen and Dave Scott that only reveal parts of the picture, but none have captured their full personal stories until now. Mark Allen:  Scott Zagarino: --- Support this podcast:
Rich Gumbrecht is the CEO of the Secured Finance Network. He has served in that capacity since 2017. Previously, Rich was the Chief Growth Officer at EverBank Commercial Finance responsible for building its commercial lending businesses. He served as the Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation (ELFF) Board of Trustees from 2013-2015. He is a 25-year veteran of the commercial finance industry, having led diversified lending platforms at GE Capital and co-founded a successful equipment finance company. In addition to being a Sr. Executive rich is an avid cyclist, triathlete, and marathoner and just completed the NY Marathon and has his sights set on Kilimanjaro. Find him at  --- Support this podcast:
He is his bio from his Site-  I slightly younger days I was an elite level triathlete and have a few top-10 Ironman and 70.3 finishes to my name. I also won an Xterra World Age Group title back in the year 2000. Knee surgery forced me out of competitive triathlon a few years ago, but I still compete for fun at events like Coast to Coast New Zealand and OtillO. I mainly get away with this because my incredibly supportive wife Lucy (and 2 kids) agree to pretend that these trips are in fact family holidays. I’ve got a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and was once the Team Sports Scientist for Benetton and Renault F1 teams. I learnt about hydration and electrolyte replenishment the hard way, by getting things very wrong and ending up in the medical tent of more than one hot endurance event. It took a lot of frustrating trial and error to get to the bottom of my hydration problems. But it was worth it, as Precision Hydration was essentially born out of this struggle. --- Support this podcast:
“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen”. Pete Carroll Robert Paulson has been a successful coach for most of his life. Over the past 25 years he has coached hundreds of clients on how to have more success. The people he works with are executive leaders, high potentials and critically important individual contributors. They are great at what they do and the organizations they serve know it. His mission is to help others achieve more success. To help them have whatever it is they want to have and be happy. Robert is a sole practitioner and entrepreneur and also recently started and clothing brand and organization, Status sports --- Support this podcast:
Jordan Ray had it all.  She was a star softball player at 17, just beginning to apply for colleges and receiving offers to play college softball.  Then suddenly it all changed when she blacked out on the field during the opening play of a softball game.  This changed her life drastically.  She is not allowed to play the game that formed her into the person that she is today.  The good thing is that it led me to create a product and company that’s helping so many others. She truly believe that everything happens for a reason. So with her drive and desire to help others, she started a company called Limitless Medical Logs. --- Support this podcast:
Michael is a Former Manager and Recruiting Director at Bossard Consultants, Founding President of Springer & Jacoby International, Global Head of Marketing Audi AG. Today he is Entrepreneur in Advertising, Marketing and Sport (Co-Founder, Podcaster (#OnTheWayToNewWork), Husband and father of two grown-up sons as well as a German Beachhockey Champion A little about Hyrox: HYROX is a perfect test of strength and endurance and attracts the fittest athletes across all sports, whether it be crossfit, running, triathlon, rowing, any kind of team sport or just general fitness training. Anyone looking to challenge their fitness, give their physical training a purpose and compete against themselves and the world are HYROX candidates.  --- Support this podcast:
Stefy Bau is one of the fastest women motocross racers in the world. Born and raised in Italy, she won three world championships, holds two (US championships, and a title from the prestigious AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. In addition, she has also won seven Italian Championships. During her career, Bau wasn’t afraid to take chances or to challenge herself against the top racers in the world. She earned an AMA Pro Racing license and signed up for several Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Monster Energy Supercross events, and has also raced the in the Motocross World Championship events against the men. She came close to making the show several times, and proved that women could be competitive with the men. Then a career end injury took her our of the competitive racing world, which we will get into. Check out her newest initiative into E sports. --- Support this podcast:
This week's guest is Christina Ochs and she truly is my hero. She is the president of The Corporation for Internet Rate Management in Chicago, where she has worked her way through the ranks and is Chief Cook and bottle washer. In addition to running her firm, She has climbed Kilimanjo, Aconagua, Cho oyo and Everest all while crushing it in business and life. What I first noticed when I first started chatting with Christina is how humble she is. I loved it when you said, the first the first time you climbed Kilimanjaro, you did it in a JCrew Puffy and Merell Hiking Shoes, and now you have done some of the hardest peaks in the world! --- Support this podcast:
On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 2008 he completed the Seven Summit in Papua New Guinea This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Denali. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat. As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never get to in any other way. Erik calls this “alchemy,” the process of turning lead into gold.  “With an alchemist,” he says, ” you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they’ll still find a way to win – not despite adversity, but because of it.” To advance this idea, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges, all of us to some extent, to turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. The motto is “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” To this aim, Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life and in September 2014 he kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. --- Support this podcast:
Amanda Russell She was an influencer before the term even existed...and when brands like Lamborghini, Cedars-Sinai and Lionsgate want to better understand influencer marketing, they call one person...Amanda Russell. As an international fitness icon, sought-after speaker and brand strategist, Amanda has been at the forefront of the digital marketing and social media revolution from its infancy. Amanda designed & co-created UCLA's' Influencer Marketing curriculum, the world’s first fully accredited program in Influencer Marketing and currently teaches this program, along with marketing, branding, and business strategy at UCLA at UT Austin, to a global audience of students and future leaders. She advises some of the top companies in the world on influencer marketing and how they interact with their customers. Her upcoming book, The Influencer Code, teaches brands how to use collaboration to grow and scale their business. The Toronto Star calls her the “Real-life Iron Woman” and “the ultimate go-getter”. Amanda is here in [city] to help us all better understand what influence is (and what it’s not), how to collaborate more effectively with influencers and how to use influencer marketing to build our brands and grow our businesses.  --- Support this podcast:
Lee is the CEO of BluprintX, responsible for their strategic growth. He specializes in straight-talking consultancy for C-Level on how to drive revenue and improve scalability through the power of data and technology He has played a leading role in the creation and scaling of 7 startups in 4 continents over the last 10 years. Several of these startups became market leaders within 1-3 years, leading to trade sales to FTSE 200 organisations and global companies. Lee was a professional footballer with Wigan Athletic FC before turning to the world of business. In 2013, Lee set up BluprintX which is now a global agency, advising some of the world’s biggest organisations on how to drive revenue through their use of technology. Lee hosts a podcast series called Level Up which documents a raw insight into real business issues and invites insight and hot topic discussion from industry leaders. Where to find Lee: --- Support this podcast:
- Attended Carrabassett Valley Academy and participated in freestyle skiing: moguls, slopestyle and half pipe - Gold medal at the Junior Olympics in slopestyle, 2007 - Secured World Cup starts in 2009 for half pipe skiing - Represented the US in FIS World Championships in 2009 - 9th place AFP World Championships, 2009 - World ranking as low as 12th in 2009 - Participated in Olympic Qualifiers and World Cups in 2014 - 4 men selected for half pipe, but I was 8th American - Attended UVM while maintaining ski career, graduated in 2016 - Moved to Boston and began working for a software company called Mendix, while bootstrapping my media agency, called Cintri --- Support this podcast:
In the past 10 years, Eric Gelber, an executive vice president at the commercial real estate firm CBRE (has run more than four marathons, 20 ultra marathons and three unofficial runs exceeding 155 miles each—all for a cause he believes in. in 2017 he completed a 200mile run, 33 times around Central park after 2 previous attempts. he has raised over 1.3mm for the Multiple Myelomna Foundation and is among the heroes of Fortune 500. To say he is a bad ass is an understatement. He is  selfless, determined and a true hero who is willing to give more than anyone! Heroes of the Fortune 500-  --- Support this podcast:
Tim classifies himself as an innovator, engineer, professor, rancher, Mountain biker, triathlete, USA Xterra National and world age group champion as well as a passionate ski bum 😊 His professional background is as a consumer electronics executive with 25 years of experience with audio technology and product development. His commitment to bringing out the best in people to achieve company goals allowed success building high performing teams, planning the product and technology portfolio strategies, innovating and executing on new product development. He has Transformed business practices to pursue new product categories, utilizing internal and external development partners, add customer value and build new business. Tim knows how to push the limits in Business, Life and Sport. --- Support this podcast:
Kevin Rutherford Before Kevin started his tenure at Nuun, he had a very progressive career that Started with Miller Brewing, Kashi, and as President and CEO of Caldrea, (which Is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day soaps) in 2013 be became the President and CEO of Nuun. He is a hockey player triathlete, marathon runner, Dog lover and beacon to light for humanity. From the Nuun Blog Two and half years ago, we asked ourselves the question: If we started all over again, how would we design Nuun? Would it be the exact same product we designed ten years ago that revolutionized the sports drink market? Surely, with everything we have learned and experienced in the last 10 years, we can find a better way, right? There must be a better way to deliver performance, there must be a better way to make our planet healthier, and there must be a better way to help facilitate clean sport with fair and ethical competition. These are some big questions that we are tackling to bring positive change. The first question we addressed was starting all over on delivering better performance. The company has grown to a $30mm player in a hyper competitive space, has been voted Outside Magazines one of the top places to work, and is making a huge social impact to congrats on your success for taking the big guys head on.  --- Support this podcast:
Jeff Olson Former professional athlete and seasoned executive, entrepreneur, consultant, keynote speaker, and board member.  Career success across sports, Wall Street, technology, health, nutrition, human performance, and business.  He leverages hi unique capacities and experience to mentor and partner with entrepreneurs, startups, and free agents in the Gig economy. Some quick Stats on Jeff: Stats: Professional athlete (10 years): Two-time Olympian, 3-time national champion, Pan American gold medalist, human performance expert , co-founder WNW Agency: in partnership with The Juice PLUS+ Company, co-founder of Health Food Agents co-founder of Altius Farms and founder of Altius Agency investment management and  2-time TED speaker Humbling Insight: Over training ended his professional athletic career. Ambition drove him to Wall Street. Desire, to win fast, sucked him into tech. He made money, lost money, and built character. He came to realize having a boss and being an employee had limitations. A mentor taught him how being your own boss was like being an athlete in business. At that point, he knew what he wanted, however, his blind spots humbled him, in great ways. --- Support this podcast:
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