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Thrivenomics is not your ordinary podcast. We will make the complex simple by educating and entertaining our listeners on a host of topics of particular importance to you. If you are looking for relevant and approachable information regarding personal finance, real estate, wellness, popular culture, and many other engaging topics of conversation, we invite you to subscribe and listen in! Alone we dream, together we THRIVE!
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What differentiates Thrive Mortgage?  It begins with our people.  Joining us in the studio for Episode 22 is Donielle Geiser, VP of Operations for Thrive Mortgage.  Donielle's story of rising through the ranks from an Assistant Processor at the branch level to one of the top management positions within the company demonstrates both the amazing opportunities available at Thrive as well as Donielle's determination to continually grow and improve as a leader.Listen in to hear Donielle's journey and her perspective on what makes Thrive such a special place to work as well as how we strive to enhance the consumer's experience through every phase of the lending process.Subscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
Patrick Easter, Owner/Broker of Easter & Easter Realtors, has been helping clients buy and sell Real Estate in the Austin market for decades.  However, there's much more to Patrick's passions than just Real Estate.  In this episode of Thrivenomics, Patrick shares stories from his recent cycling journey from Kanab, UT back home to Austin, TX.  The journey took more than three weeks to complete, covered almost 1,300 muscle-powered miles, and saw total elevation gains of more than 37,000 feet.Cycling is more than just a physical workout for Patrick.  In the interview, he shared with James and Raul how this journey helped him psychologically as well and gave him a renewed sense of calm.  Given the current environment, we all could gain a lot of inspiration from a renewed mindset like that.Patrick isn't hanging up the bike just yet, though.  Next hear he plans to tackle a supported ride traveling with a larger group from the Pacific Northwest clear across the lower 48 to Boston, Massachusetts.  You can follow Patrick's future cycling journeys here.Patrick's brokerage thrives on building relationships.  To learn more about Easter & Easter, please visit them at www.EasterAndEaster.com.Subscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
For her whole life, music has been a passion for today's guest, Allison Wilkinson, Founder of I AM School of Music.  James & Raul had a fascinating conversation with Allison about music and its impact on the human experience.  Allison, a lifelong musician, found a way to transition this love of sound and movement into a career as a musical instructor.Allison developed a style of musical instruction known as "Emotionally Intelligent" instruction.  Her style is a very hands-on process with students that seeks to instill a joy and love of music into the learner and challenge them to grow without the worry of "performing".Then came a global pandemic.  With restrictions on face-to-face engagement with her students, Allison was faced with a challenging problem to solve.  And that's when "I AM School of Music" was born.  Allison quickly pivoted to creating an online platform that would take her innovative instruction style to the masses and also connect a network of like-minded musicians as instructors.To follow Allison and I AM School of Music, check out their social media profiles:Facebook - @IAMSchoolofMusicTo learn about signing up for your own personalized instruction, please visit IAMSchoolOfMusic.com.Subscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
Today, Thrivenomics goes international (sorta).  Joining us today is one of Thrive Mortgage's favorite loan officers, Schervy Ortiz!  Schervy shared with us his journey to becoming a champion for helping those in underserved or minority communities in building wealth through homeownership.Nothing energizes Schervy more than connecting with borrowers who feel that the dream of homeownership is unattainable... and proving them wrong.  Between his knowledge of financial markets, specialized programs catering to niche borrowers, and his passion for educating consumers, Schervy excels at providing a guided approach towards purchasing a home.  Listen in and get to know one of the top rising stars at Thrive Mortgage!To follow Schervy and stay on top of all the latest in the Real Estate and Mortgage Financing markets, follow him on Social Media here:Facebook - @schervyortizloanoriginatorLinkedIn - Schervy OrtizInstagram - @schervyTo apply with Schervy, click here: https://www.thrivemortgage.com/schervy-ortizSubscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
Forget Bo Jackson... Tamara Jenkins knows fitness!  In this episode of Thrivenomics, we uncover what would inspire a successful advertising executive to leave that behind to become one of the most sought-after Certified Fitness Professionals in the industry.  Tamara discusses turning "Passion into Profit" and the journey to becoming a fitness expert and how her business model has morphed in the current COVID-19 environment.By transitioning to Social Media, leveraging technology, and adopting changes to her business model, Tamara has been able to expand her connection to current and new clients looking for creative ways of staying healthy and fit.  Listen in to hear her story as well as some great tips on staying active and eating well.To follow Tamara and see her workouts and nutrition tips, find her on Social Media here:Facebook - @SculptedByTamaraInstagram - @sbtamaraSubscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
We are thrilled to welcome back to Thrivenomics Dr. Marty Makary, Physician and Professor of Health Policy at Johns Hopkins.  In Episode 6, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Makary to discuss COVID-19 and how the pandemic was going to impact our communities, our economy, and our daily routines.Since that time, there has been endless news coverage, multiple debates, and an overload of data from all corners about prevention, treatment, public policy changes, and the true effect of the pandemic on our daily lives.  It's time to set the record straight.  This is where Dr. Makary and his research team is an invaluable resource.In this week's episode, we discuss several questions with Dr. Makary.  Namely:What have we learned?What are we doing that is working?What is most important to do now to move forward?It was another fascinating interview and Dr. Makary did a wonderful job of making a highly complex and involved issue easier to understand.  We invite you to listen in and learn from one of the foremost experts in our medical community.  For additional resources or to learn more about Dr. Makary's research:https://www.medpagetoday.com/ - A comprehensive collection of articles and other health industry-related research.https://www.martymd.com/ - Dr. Makary's website for research, articles, and other analysis.https://www.restoringmedicine.org/ - A website geared towards the discussion of our nation's health care system and necessary reforms.To purchase Dr. Makary's best-selling book, "The Price We Pay", Amazon,  click HERE.Subscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
Dustin Brohm is a nationally-recognized speaker, podcast host, columnist, and influencer in the Real Estate industry.  He also has a day job as a top producing Broker-Owner for eXp in Salt Lake City, UT.  In our latest interview, Raul & James had the pleasure of talking with Dustin and hearing about his background and thoughts on why a local Realtor and Mortgage Lender team make the biggest impact on a real estate transaction for their clients.To learn more about Dustin or to connect with him online, visit the following outlets:Websites: MassiveAgentSociety.com or MassiveAgentPodcast.comFacebookLinkedInSubscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
The latest episode of Thrivenomics presents our interview with Scott Harris, CEO and founder of SocialSurvey.  Given his roots in the Real Estate industry as a top-producing Realtor, and his penchant for constant innovation, it was a natural progression for Scott to establish a platform for consumers to voice their true experience.  With a keen eye on the nature of consumer behavior, SocialSurvey has created a solution for service providers to increase not only the reach of their raving fans, but also an added layer of accountability that goes a long way to improving the consumer experience. In our interview, James and Raul speak with Harris about the founding principals which have guided SocialSurvey to great levels of success and also the impact that reputation management has on the growth of those who participate with the platform.To learn more about SocialSurvey, visit their website at https://www.socialsurvey.com/Subscribe to Thrivenomics on your favorite podcasting platform or visit us at https://thrivenomics.buzzsprout.com.  For questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
There may not be a more passionate evangelist for the benefits of Reverse Mortgages anywhere than our special guest, Loren Riddick.  Riddick, Thrive Mortgage's National Director of Reverse Lending, shares with James and Raul about his journey from college athlete to the world of residential finance.Like most Loan Originators, many years ago, Loren entered into his mortgage career with very little knowledge of what distinguished a Reverse Mortgage from any other product.  Over time, Loren began to educate himself and see the value the Reverse product brought to Seniors.  How it opened up new opportunities for financial freedom.In our interview, we cover several of the common myths associated with Reverse lending and uncover how it can actually transform retirement financing for so many homeowners.  Whether you are a Senior contemplating your financial situation, an estate or financial planner, a Realtor, or another real estate professional... we invite you to listen in to hear a great conversation about the work that Loren and his team are doing to educate so many about the benefits of Reverse Mortgages.  If you have any questions or want to learn more, reach out to Loren Riddick directly or find him on Social Media: Email: Loren.Riddick@ThriveMortgage.comFacebook:  Senior Freedom by Thrive MortgageLinkedIn: Loren Riddick, CRMPFor questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
How can a 30-year industry veteran influence the Next Generation?  In our latest episode, James and Raul get a chance to talk with Laura Leavy, Branch Manager for Thrive Mortgage in the Denver, CO market.  It won't take you long to understand why Laura is one of the most successful mortgage lenders in her area.  She takes special care in making sure that her clients and her business partners all know how much they are appreciated.In our interview, we hear how Laura grew to be such a local expert over her 30-year mortgage career.  What drives her is the interaction with clients and Realtors to lead them into the dream of homeownership.She's never short on conversation topics, especially if it has to do with local Denver sports teams.  She is a local expert and knows how to demonstrate to her clients why her experience leads to a highly enjoyable process with something that is typically seen as the most stressful single transaction homeowners endure.  To connect with Laura, reach out to her through any of the following outlets:Website - https://lauraleavy.com/Facebook LinkedInFor questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
Episode 11 of Thrivenomics features our favorite nerd, Denise Donoghue!  Financing a home is a complicated, and sometimes confusing, process.  Consumers need an advocate who will take the time to strategize on the best mortgage loan program for their future financial success.  That's exactly what they get when they work with "The Mortgage Nerd"!  In our interview with Denise, we cover the full gamut of what a client should know before shopping for a home and how they need to think strategically about their financial picture.Denise has been a top-producing originator with Thrive Mortgage since 2015.  She is a perennial feature in D Magazine's top mortgage professionals in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market.  As a Certified Residential Mortgage Planner, she and her Nerd Squad team work tirelessly to provide expert advice and exceptional value to her clients and business partners. Denise earned her Series 6 and Series 63 investment licenses in 2006 so that she could spend her entire career helping clients position themselves for future financial success.To learn more about Denise and her team, visit their website at YourMortgageNerd.com.  You can also reach out to Denise directly at Denise@TheMortgageNerd.com.  Make sure to follow her on Social Media:  FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeFor questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
In this fascinating discussion, we interview Jeff Sandefer, Co-Founder of Acton Academy.  What he and his wife Laura have done, along with the support of hundreds of families across the globe, is create a revolution that has reignited a love of learning.  Not simply for the sake of "knowing", but for the joy of "becoming". Acton Academy is focused on "equipping children to share learning with each other, in a close-knit community with extremely high standards of excellence."  The model for all academies is very unique but rooted in philosophies that have existed for centuries.  Calling upon the Socratic Method (starting with a great, overarching question and letting the learners grapple with the potential answers), the Guides at Acton introduce students to experiments, case studies, and resources that bring about a journey of discovery, rather than bell schedules and lectures.Since its formation in 2010, Acton has grown to more than 270 campuses across the globe with more on the way.  We invite you to listen in and learn more about this amazing journey of two entrepreneurs who saw a need and found a way to provide children with a transformative experience in their education.To purchase Laura Sandefer's book, The Courage To Grow, visit your favorite book retailer and you'll find it.To learn more about Acton Academy, please visit their website at ActonAcademy.org.  You can also follow them on Social Media:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ActonAcademy/LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/acton-academy/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/actonacademyatx/For comments, questions, or suggestions about future episodes of this podcast, or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please send an email to Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.We also invite you to visit our website at ThriveMortgage.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thrive Mortgage is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS ID #268552.
When you think of Texas, what comes to mind?  For many people, it's typically a  combination of cattle, cowboys, oil fields, and pumpjacks.  How about internationally acclaimed wineries?  In Central Texas, along Highway 290 just west of Austin, Winemaking has been a rapidly growing industry for a number of years.  In this week's episode, James and Raul sat down in the studio with Henry Crowson, founder of Crowson Wines in Johnson City, Texas.Henry and our hosts "poured" over a wide range of topics including the history of the wine trade in Texas, the Art and Science of Winemaking, as well as enjoying a tutorial on finding and enjoying your next glass.  We even had the pleasure of sampling two of Henry's newest releases coming out the weekend of June 5th, 2020.Whether you are a complete wine novice or an oenophile, this week's episode has something for everyone.  Please join us as you grab your favorite vintage, someone to enjoy it with, pour a glass and listen in as we learn a thing or two about one of the oldest industries known to Man.  As Shakespeare wrote, "Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people” (Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 4).To learn more about Crowson Wines, please visit their website at https://crowsonwines.com.  You can also follow them on Social Media:Facebook - @crowsonwinesInstagram - @crowsonwinesFor comments, questions, or suggestions about future episodes of this podcast, or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please send an email to Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.We also invite you to visit our website at ThriveMortgage.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thrive Mortgage is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS ID #268552.
Ever thought of building a custom home or thought it was out of reach?  It's probably more feasible than you think.  In this interview, we sat down with Brian Hurd, VP of National Builders Division for Thrive Mortgage.  Brian knows the construction side of the industry better than most and James and Raul spent some time talking about what every consumer should know when it comes to building their dream home from the ground up.Many consumers think the construction process is overly complicated for themDownload and listen in to learn:How to set expectations for your project,Negotiation tips in working with a builder,How to save thousands on your project budget,What professionals can do to make the process more efficient for you,And much, much more...To learn more about starting your journey to building your dream home, visit https://buildregistration.thrivemortgage.com.  You can also reach out to Brian and his team directly at brian.hurd@thrivemortgage.com.  Make sure to follow the BUILD Team on Social Media:  FacebookInstagramLinkedInFor questions or to suggest other topics you'd like to hear more about, or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
In this special Memorial Day tribute episode of Thrivenomics, we have the privilege of interviewing Donna Cranston, founder of Defenders of Freedom.  DoF is a charitable organization founded under the guiding principle of serving those who have served us.  Specializing in working with Military Servicemen and Servicewomen who are battling with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, Donna's team helps these brave soldiers to work through both their physical and psychological struggles and regain their sense of purpose.Defenders of Freedom has been featured on a previous episode of Thrivenomics as well.  In Episode 2, we shared interviews with two of DoF's alumni, Anthony Smith & Eric Bourquin.  We invite you to also take a moment to download and listen to their stories and the impact Defenders of Freedom has had on their lives.The stories of the soldiers who have gone through so much to protect our way of life are especially touching during times of remembrance of the ones who didn't come home.  As we come into the Memorial Day weekend, we invite you to listen to Donna's story of how Defenders of Freedom came to be and hear the heart she has for our brave Veterans.For more information on Defenders of Freedom, please visit:http://www.defendersoffreedom.ushttps://www.facebook.com/DefendersOfFreedom/For inquiries related to our show, or to learn more about Thrive Mortgage, please contact us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.  Thanks for tuning in!
In this special recording of Thrivenomics, our hosts, James Duncan and Michael Jones are joined by world-renown Physician, Researcher, Best-Selling Author, Professor, and Public Policy influencer Dr. Marty Makary.  COVID-19 has made an incredible impact on the world, our nation's economy, and our way of life. There are more questions than answers it seems and knowing what information to trust has never been more important. Dr. Makary is one of the most respected voices in the medical profession concerning Health Care Reform and Patient Advocacy.  Now, his expertise is being sought for navigating the most critical health-care crisis of our time.Please join us as we hear from one of the most sought-after Physicians in the medical community. Dr. Makary has been featured on countless media outlets for his research, insights, and professional opinion.We discussed the impact of coronavirus on our health care system, prevention and a proposed solution for moving forward together towards recovery, and what to expect in the coming months.To download the "Road Map to Recovery" report, click here: https://bit.ly/341XDDjAdditional Resources:https://www.martymd.com/ - Dr. Makary's website for research, articles, and other analysis.https://www.restoringmedicine.org/ - A website geared towards the discussion of our nation's health care system and necessary reforms.https://www.medpagetoday.com/ - A comprehensive collection of articles and other health industry-related research.To purchase Dr. Makary's best-selling book, "The Price We Pay", Amazon,  click HERE.Thank you for listening.  We invite you to subscribe and download all episodes of Thrivenomics and share it with your networks.  Thrivenomics is sponsored by Thrive Mortgage.  Equal Housing Lender, NMLS 268552.  
Thrivenomics host, James Duncan, interviewed Derick Zwerneman and how this Austin Firefighter discovered his purpose to become one of the biggest servants in Central Texas.  Derick talks about his background and the moment that led to his involvement with Austin Disaster Relief Network, an organization dedicated to connecting communities with those around us who need the most help. Today's episode illustrates the keys to connecting and getting involved and finding creative and engaging ways to support your local community during this time of quarantine.For more information on the organizations mentioned in the episode, please visit these links: www.adrn.org (Austin Disaster Relief Network)www.CentralTexasFoodBank.org www.TheKey2Free.org (Click for link to their online auction)Central Texas Business Alliance (Public Facebook Group)Connected In Crisis (Public Facebook Page)For more information about Thrive Mortgage, please email us at Thrivenomics@ThriveMortgage.com.
In the latest episode of Thrivenomics, James Duncan interviews Kristin Messerli, CEO & Founder of Cultural Outreach.  Messerli, a contributing author to HousingWire, recently published an article discussing the changing landscape of consumer behavior related to real estate and homeownership.  In their discussion, Duncan and Messerli cover a range of topics related to how consumers (namely Millenial and Gen Z consumers) view the opportunity for homeownership.  Is the housing market ready to accommodate the desires of those who seek alternatives to the 3 bedroom-2 bath suburban lifestyle?  That and more questions discussed this week on Thrivenomics!
In this episode of Thrivenomics, James Duncan welcomes back Michael Jones, CFO for Thrive Mortgage.  It has been a rocky two weeks in the U.S. and global economies.  Michael brings a great perspective on what transpired, why markets moved the way they did, and where we are now.In our first episode waaaay back in early February, Michael and James discussed the state of the mortgage industry and mortgage rates through 2019 and leading into 2020.  Since that conversation, we have seen the Dow reach record heights, then gave back about a third of its value, mortgage rates reach historic lows, an economy that seemed unshakeable, changes in the U.S. Presidential race, a major pandemic impacting economies and lives across the globe, and government intervention to stave off a looming financial crisis.  The question now is, "Did it work?" To learn more about our title sponsor, Thrive Mortgage, please visit us at www.thrivemortgage.com.
Declared dead on the battlefield and almost shipped home in a body bag, Major Anthony Smith (U.S. Army, Ret.) shares the amazing story of his long road to recovery.  Thanks to the efforts and intervention of an organization named Defenders of Freedom, Major Smith, and many other brave servicemen and servicewomen suffering from the aftereffects of combat, are able to find hope, strength, and purpose.Also featured in this episode is an interview with Eric Bourquin conducted by Roy Jones, CEO of Thrive Mortgage. Eric, also a combat veteran, began working directly with Defenders of Freedom after going through is own struggles and recovery after his military service.  Now he is returning the favor by working one-on-one with veterans as they improve and helping them to rediscover the thing that matters most: purpose.To learn more about Defenders of Freedom and the amazing work they do to support our Veterans, please visit www.DefendersofFreedom.us.   For more information about Thrive Mortgage, please visit, www.ThriveMortgage.com, and learn why we say, "Alone we dream.  Together we THRIVE!"
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