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CY6 - Check Your Six

CY6 - Check Your Six

Author: Tim Proctor

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Small Business owners 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 hosts Craig Leysen with Vets Growth and Tim Proctor with GRP Studios as they discuss and talk with other small business owners on a variety of topics.
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Blanca Diaz and Jessica Ale from Nexa Mortgage stopped by GRP Studios for Episode 81 of the Check Your Six podcast and talked about their journey from corporate to independent mortgage brokers. Both Blanca and Jessica had worked in the corporate/credit union industry and earlier this year, Blanca determined to venture out on her own with the support of Nexa Mortgage. A short time later Jessica left her credit union position and joined her, both of them are now taking this journey on the mortgage highway. They talked about the differences in the corporate and independent mortgage business and how they both desired to help those looking for mortgages on a deeper and more personal basis than banks traditionally offer.
Episode 80 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Mike Mathers into the GRP Studios to talk about a different side of the insurance game. Mike is a retired Navy veteran that found his niche in the family atmosphere that he discovered at US Health. Many veterans that get out of the service do find it challenging sometimes to find a company that exhibits some of the same camaraderie that we experienced while we served. Mike has found that at US Health and he talked about that as well as some of the aspects of individual and business applications of what he does!!
Episode 79 of the Check Your Six podcast sounds like it might be about golf with the "just give it a little tappy" reference from Happy Gilmore but it is actually Javi Sanchez talking about his company called Tap N Go or Tap"Y"Go as it is listed on the website. Javi stopped by the GRP Studios for this episode and talked about his journey from being a chef to the creator of his platform for your smart phone that can save you time and money. It is not an app, it allows you to simply tap the phone of the individual that you are meeting with or exchanging information with at a networking event, all without having to manually enter any of their content. It goes beyond that as well with other tools as part of the program for Tap"Y"Go. 
Derrick Brantley, owner of Back In Balance Bodywork is the guest for Episode 78 of the Check Your Six Podcast at GRP Studios. Derrick talked about getting started in the business, why he is different than just a massage therapist and how he helps you get your body back in balance. He did indicate that sometimes his clients have a hard time explaining what he does for them, usually it is very simply "go see Derrick, he is a magic man". Not sure if he is the Magic Man that Heart sang about in their hit from 1976 but he definitely has a program that works. Like a lot of programs, his does take some time but it is worth it in the long run!! Get the knots out of your body and get it back in balance with Derrick Brantley's Back In Balance Bodyworks.
Yesha Patel with Platinum Signs made the short trip from Casselberry up to the GRP Studios in Longwood for Episode 77 of the Check Your Six - CY6 Podcast. Yesha and her husband own and operate Platinum Signs and besides being yet another member of the Seminole Chamber, they provide much more than just signs. It really was a joy having her in the studio, she was a little nervous about coming in and doing the podcast but you could tell that she really loves what she does and takes great pride in the people and products that make up their company. She talked about how they got started in the business, how they retain key employees, customer service and some of the challenges that they face doing business in Central Florida!!
Episode 76 of the Check Your Six - CY6 Podcast brought Jon Bolton with Inspectagator into the GRP Studios. Inspectagator is just another guest that is a member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and he has been serving Central Florida as the premier home inspection service for more than 20 years. He talked about how he arrived at creating his own company as well as some of the things that Inspectagator does both in the residential and commercial inspection business. We were not able to cover all of the details in the 30+ minutes but there was a lot about what the inspections are, why they are needed, why Inspectagator take longer than other companies, some of the challenges they face during inspections and why the state is sometimes called "Flori-duhh"
Episode 75 of the Check Your Six Podcast brought John Hughes into the GRP Studios all the way from Winter Haven to talk about the business of golf!! John is one of the top 25 instructors in the country according to Golf Tip Magazine and he has also had multiple club champions, NCAA Champions as well as mini-tour and PGA Tour winners as his students. John talked not only about how he got to where he is today, which includes providing lessons at Streamsong Resort and Falcons Fire, he also talked about one of his way in giving back that included a conversation about his involvement with the Parkinson Association of Central Florida. His passion for what he does and the things he does to help promote the game came through during our session and almost made us want to grab our clubs and go tear up a course(which is probably what would happen if we went out). If you would like to know more, check out johnhughesgolf.com and see what he can do.
Bob Berry with Cruise Planners dropped by the GRP Studios for Episode 74 of the Check Your Six Podcast. Bob is another Seminole County Chamber member and the creator of your dream land or sea excursions. Bob talked about the personal love he and his wife have for cruising and how that led him to Cruise Planners after serving full time as a minister!! We did ask him if he ever used the "trust me, I'm a minister" line in talking with some of the people that he has helped plan trips for and he did admit he thought about it. Bob also shared about the experience of creating the franchise with Cruise Planners and why they chose that opportunity. He was also very upfront about what it takes to develop and build his business and what he sees their future for the business
Episode 73 of the Check Your Six - CY6 Podcast had Quanisha "Tina" Nugent stop by the GRP Studios and talk about her business S.I. Events & Programs. Quanisha is a Central Florida native and has worked with several non-profits and social impact groups in raising social awareness throughout the Central Florida area. We talked a lot about how her use of the social impact concept for businesses, helps them connect locally with those in the community that are making that impact. We also discussed the different between Social Cause Planning and Cause Marketing for businesses and how businesses can use each of those tools to help create change for their and their employees.
Retired Marine Major Barron Mills stopped by the GRP Studios for Episode 72 of the Check Your Six Podcast. Barron is the current Director of the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses which is just one of the ways he helps give back to both veterans and small business. His involvement with local developmental councils and other non-profits along with his training and experience as an officer in the USMC has given him great tools and insight into leadership that is needed for organizations. We also talked about some of the ways to best help recently exited service members better adjust to being in the civilian world, something that continue to be a challenge for our military members.
Episode 71 of the Check Your Six Podcast brought Sean Esler from The Esler Edge and Jerald Huff from My WebSite Spot back into the GRP Studios to talk about a variety of subjects. Both of us trust these two gentlemen and have been the recipient of their services so it was great to have both of them come back in and talk about some of the things that they specialize in for their respective businesses. From website development to security to email protocol and how to best create an email that someone will want to open. As usual, there is never enough time to deep dive into each of the topics without getting too far into the technical weeds, but we cannot recommend both of these guys enough for what they do and how they approach their clients.
Nathalia Bailey dropped by GRP Studios for the 70th episode of the Check Your Six Podcast. Nathalia has created Nathalia Bailey Consulting and perhaps is somewhat different than other consultants that are in the business. The approach she takes to get to know her clients is a little bit unique in the time she takes with each one before she puts her plans into action. Lots of the typical questions about the client, their business, their hopes for the future of the business along with some questions that you may not expect, gives Nathalia a peek into all sides and aspects of her client. Some interesting conversation and questions from us about why she has chosen this approach for her business and how we can get some of that energy she has!!
Episode 69 of the Check Your Six - CY6 brought Army veteran Matt Wood into the GRP Studios to talk about his company EmpowerEmploy. Matt shared information about his military service, his transition out of the service and his decision to start EmpowerEmploy. Many of the businesses that hire veterans do not always understand some of the benefits as well as some of the challenges in helping them adapt to the civilian work force. Matt helps employers look for those specific skill sets needed for their business and how those skill sets can be found in veterans. He also talked about some of the Government programs that are out there to help assist businesses hire veterans, some at no cost to the business...almost like test driving a veteran!!
Episode 68 of the Check Your Six - CY6 podcast brought Army veteran Dottie Adams into the GRP Studios to talk about the way that she helps veterans prepare for their visits to the VA. Dottie had been a VSO(Veterans Service Officer) but decided to take the the experience that she learned working with the DAV(Disabled American Veterans) to help better equip veterans gather the information they need for their visits. We also talked about the number of  people or companies the "help" veterans by charging them to do the same thing that Dottie can do to help veterans prepare for VA visits. If you are a veteran and need help or have questions, call Dottie and she can help you out....and will not charge you a penny!! If someone wants to charge you to help you with your VA benefits, they are stealing, DO NOT use their service.
It was great having Neeld Wilson in the GRP Studios for Episode 67 of the Check Your Six podcast. Neeld is a Navy Veteran, FAVOB member and owner of Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration or G.E.A.R Engineer. We talked a lot about Neeld's time in the Navy aboard several of the aircraft carriers he served on and what his job was during his course of service...sometimes not as glamorous as it looks in the movies. Also talked about his current profession as a professional geologist, how he built his prior companies and has developed his current company in creating a business that was honored by the Orlando Business Journal in 2014. Some stories about his Navy times as well as his perspective on what it takes to build, develop and grow a small business
Today is a bit unusual for the Check Your Six Podcast, we decided to come into the studio and record a short session and release it the same day, to honor the service members that were killed this week in Kabul. Both of us are Air Force Veterans, both of us were cops, Craig retired after 20 years, I got out after 4 and today is just a reminder that there are men and women all over the globe standing in harms way to protect us and keep us free. Regardless of what side of the political fence you stand on, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to those that have sacrificed their lives in serving their country and its citizens, even if some of those citizens are idiots. Do not take these freedoms for granted, they are not guaranteed by political parties or government agencies, they are there because men and women at some point decided to  write a blank check with their lives, payable at any point in providing that freedom. We are not able to do much as just a couple of guys talking about business, but this is just our way to say thank you.
Episode 66 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Jamie Miller into the GRP Studios to talk about the Art Of Conscious Communication. There was so much stuff to cover that Jamie teaches to groups and individuals that we feel like we barely scratched the surface. Just looking at asking different questions, in a different way to get a specific response was just a very small part of what he was trying to teach us. As small or emerging business owners, maybe it is time the we look at the ways we do things and see if there might be a better way to do them. Jamie really talks about changing the way that you communicate with potential clients and just about anyone we communicate with on a daily basis!!
Episode 65 of the Check Your Six - CY6 podcast from the GRP Studios had Tony Boni, yes, that Tony Boni, drop by to talk about Tradebank of Orlando. Tradebank Orlando is part of one of the oldest know forms of commerce we commonly call the barter system. Perhaps not as much in play as it was back in the Mesopotamia tribes period in early 6000bc when it was reportedly introduced, barter is still part of the American landscape. Colonial times and even during the Great Depression saw an increase of the barter system and today while it might be the same in concept, it is at a whole new level. Thanks to Tony, who is another member of the Seminole Chamber, for stopping by and giving us an insight to the modern world of barter!! 
Sgt. Major Tommie Maldonado stopped by for another session about helping veterans work through their benefits programs. Episode 64 of the Check Your Six-CY6 podcast was not only that, but also about potential spouse and dependent benefits as well. It is always great having the Sgt. Major in the GRP Studios to talk about everything that he continues to do for our military here in Central Florida! If you are a veteran or know a veteran, have them reach out to the office here in Orlando and they can help you get on the right track. 
We finally grounded USAF Captain Anna Tanzilla with the Camaraderie Foundation, for Episode 63 of the Check Your Six podcast. Anna flew in to the GRP Studios from Lakeland, actually she drove so I can't use the very old "and boy were her arms tired" pun, to be on the show and talk about the work they are doing at the Foundation. This in not just for veterans but for anyone that is married to a vet, has a veteran in their family, works with vets, teaches children of vets, anyone that might be in the support role in any way shape of form. There are a multitude of resources available as well as the ability to mentor veterans and other programs that filled up our time very quickly. We really appreciated Anna taking the time to come in and chat with us, it always seems to be better when there are 3 Air Force veterans in the house, not sure why??
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