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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.
105 Episodes
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!!
Deborah and Charles Morris with Keller Advantage Realty stopped in to the GRP Studios for the 102nd episode of the Check Your Six podcast. We talked about some of the "advantages" of having a realty "team" like Charles and Deborah, client expectations of realtors and well as a conversation about abundance vs scarcity. Covered some of the mistakes that both home buyers and sellers sometimes make in the home transaction process and a view that most don't see with realtors and the "competition". They also talked about what they do to give back to the community that they serve.Also gave a shout out to "Doc" and Raniey Nave with B.A.T. Bikers Against Trafficking as well as my son Austin and his "Frightmares" podcast. 
The one hundred and first episode of the CY6 - Check Your Six podcast brought a couple of brothers in the faith into the GRP Studios to talk about 24Flix, the International Christian Film & Music Festival and a variety of other topics. Marty Jean-Louis, Chris Cuff and I have know each other for more than a decade that all started with the little My Christian Films production studio in Orlando. Marty and Chris talked about why they do what they do, some of the challenges they have in all of their projects as well the response that comes from the work they do. It was great getting to sit down with both of them  and catch up on what they are doing as well as looking forward to the 11th Annual International Christian Film & Music Festival in May.
Episode 100 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Dr. Richard Bocco in to the GRP Studios to talk about Seminole Integrative Medicine in Casselberry. It wasn't just about cracking some bones, we talked a lot about some of the misconceptions that people have about chiropractic services, some of the challenges that have in overcoming some of those misconceptions along with team building, holistic healing, and a variety of other topics. We talked about some of the things that we put in our bodies and then wonder why they are not healing or acting like we think. Masking the pain with pharmaceutic solutions instead of finding the source of the pain and treating the problem. A discussion on some of our favorite fast food, some of which have been sitting in his office for 5 YEARS uncovered and have not deteriorated or grown moldy, and the obvious inability for the host to get out the word strategy!!! 
Episode 99 of the Check Your Six podcast was a road trip to Body Street in Winter Park. I sat down with one of the owners, Steffen Brant and studio manager Dylan Ellis-Burtenshaw, to get the info on this one of a kind(for now) workout facility in Winter Park. Body Street is another member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and have had several members of the Chamber go through their program. Learned a lot from both of them why even though it is a "shocking" experience, it really is a great way to get a full body workout done once a week. Even though it almost sounds too good to be true, give them a try and it will make a difference. 
Been a while since we have been in the podcast facility at GRP Studios in Longwood, but Episode 98 of the Check Your Six podcast was fantastic. I had Nikki Coppola with the National Ovarial Cancer Coalition(NOCC) in the studio along with her very special guest, a breast cancer and ovarian cancer survivor Barbara Kramer.I learned a lot with these two women in the studio, first about the silence that comes with ovarian cancer and the other is the fighter mentality that both of these women possess. Nikki has a servants heart and a passion for helping others in creating hope and a better life for victims of all kinds of circumstances. Barbara was incredible just in the way that she described some of the things that she has gone through. Everyone knows about other cancers but it seems that ovarian cancer does not get the recognition and can be a tremendously challenging battle for women. Loved being able to talk with these two women and do what we can to bring attention to this terrible disease.
Episode 97 had a very special guest in the GRP Studios for the Check Your Six podcast with the new President/CEO of Camp Boggy Creek, Dr. Dan Jurman. Camp Boggy Creek has always been one of my favorite places and GRP Studios loves supporting the Camp through several of their fundraisers. Great conversation about where Dr. Jurman has been,  his background, his leadership style and what he sees as the future for the Camp. It was great getting to know him and how he works as well as learning about some of his passions, including being a fan of scary films, wasn't expecting that, as well as his plans for more books in addition to the couple that he has already authored. Looking forward to what the future holds for the Camp and the amount of children and families that will continue to be impacted by this fantastic place.
Stuart Peisner dropped by GRP Studios for Episode 96 of the Check Your Six Podcast to talk about working in the residential mortgage industry. A graduate of both UF and UCF I suppose that make him a Gatorknight or a Knightgator but either way, we had some conversation about what he does, some of the issues and challenges he has working in this industry and how much he loves what he does. Talked a bit about the 2008-2009 housing market compared to today's issues, how they are different, what is similar if anything and some of the changes that had been made to help insure that the 2008 circumstances do not repeat themselves. It took a while for us to get him on the program, seemed like something always came up that conflicted with our schedules but finally we were able to get him in and get this done. Yes, Stuart is a member of the Seminole Chamber, in fact he is currently an Ambassador the the Chamber so it is another business that we have been able to highlight!!
Episode 95 of the Check Your Six Podcast brought Jason Arthur into the GRP Studios to talk about business coaching. Jason grew up working in the family owned business and had first hand experience how a business operates, especially contracting. Jason has used his education, his experience to help create and develop a plan to help those businesses in the contracting industry to grow and be more profitable. Lots of conversation about things like the differences in similar construction trades even within the same state, the benefits of belonging to a local Chamber, if it is one that actually helps business and is not just a social club, some of the questions that he asks  in working with business owners. Of course, his recommendations about belonging to the Chamber had nothing to do with his wife Rebekah being the Executine Vice President of the Seminole Chamber, that was a total coincidence!! 
Episode 94 of the Check Your Six podcast was all about wrasslin' with Daniel Max Shaw, the President of New American Pro Wrestling, Inc. Besides being a certified health insurance agent, Daniel has sent nearly 11 years working with and for various wrestling federation as a ring announcer and interviewer. We did discuss his health insurance business but most of the conversation revolved around the state of wrestling, how he is involved, some of the experiences he has had and what he sees as the future of the industry. Received a lot of information about how the system works, how the wrestlers can advance, where they can learn the trade and other details about the business. No one was body slammed or hit with a folding chair so it all worked out pretty good!!
Episode 93 of the Check Your Six Podcast brought Kate Olson into the GRP Studios and no, it wasn't that Kate Olson, it was the other 3rd cousin, twice removed on her mothers side!! Actually it was just Kate Elizabeth Olson, the owner of Your CBD Store in Longwood FL. Kate was in the studio to talk about starting and running a CBD Store and some of the challenges that she faces that might be somewhat different from other businesses like what they can actually say and not say at Your CBD Store. Compliance is a big issues in what she can tell customers that come into the store looking at what they can provide for a variety of aliments. The "stigma" of what the business is and the hesitation of some to even come into the store because they think they are entering a hookah lounge, smoke or vape shop. Interesting discussion about things that I was not aware of but now I know!!
Season 3 kicks off with our 92nd Episode of the Check Your Six Podcast and our special guest Christine Foltz with Believe Holistic Wellness. Christine checked in via phone for this episode from Chambersburg Pennsylvania, where her and her family reside and where her business is located that combines Integrative Reflexology and essentials oils in a way that benefits your health and wellness. A two time cancer survivor, Christine has become a Certified Integrative Reflexologist and has continued her work as a doTerra Wellness Advocate to combine both of these into one fantastic business. Her knowledge of doTerra products is fantastic and she has been able to combine that with her practice of integrative reflexology to provide a very unique experience in helping you create a much better wellness balance for your body!! If you are ever in Chambersburg Penn, you need to make an appointment and stop in to see her.
Tee Rogers with Dignity Memorial stopped by GRP Studios for the 91st Episode of the Check Your Six Podcast. Tee and I talked about something that most of us really don't want to discuss and that is the arrangements for our bodies once we have died. Most of us won't admit it but we all have an end date, death has a 100% success rate(except for 3, which is another discussion) so at some point plans need to be made. Tee helped explain some of the misconceptions that people have when they come to meet her as well as some of the veteran benefits that are available and how small business might be able to use this as a potential benefit. 
Episode 90 of the Check Your Six, CY6 podcast had Jaysee Soto drop by GRP Studios for his podcast session and talk about his business, Altamonte Family Hearing. Yet another member of the Seminole Chamber and the current South Seminole Council Chair, that talked about starting his business just after cover shut everything down, his business plan, the challenges in his industry as well as new technology and helping me understand more of his business. This is obviously not your grandmothers hearing aids that we all remembered, some of you may actually remember the cones you used to hold up to your ears to hear, but it has come a long way baby!! He also talked about his choice to branch out on his own and how he ended up in the location he is currently using, One Senior Place on Douglas Ave in Altamonte Springs, which just seems to be the perfect spot!
Episode 89 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Army Veteran Brooks Collins with ESA Solar into the GRP Studios to talk about letting the sun shine in!! You would think that Florida being the "Sunshine State", solar energy would be a pretty big deal for the state but after talking with Brooks, we discovered that is not necessarily the case. Great information about the solar industry, some of the challenges that we have here in Florida, what to look for in a solar company, how the power companies "support" solar power and other various topics. Did get some insight on what to ask those solar companies that show up on our doorstep that "just happen to be in the neighborhood".  
Episode 88 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Robert Brice into the GRP Studios to talk about a variety of things for small business, but mostly about marketing, branding and a discussion about what comes first, the branding or the marketing of a business. Sean Esler also help in the conversation by filling in for Craig this episode and brought some interesting conversation and observations of what he has seen with small business branding. Also looked at some of the key factors that Rob still uses since his graduation from UCF with his BA in Marketing!!
Episode 87 of the Check Your Six podcast had Justin Lerro with AVL Essentials stop by the GRP Studios to talk about AV stuff!! Justin has become a great resource for me and have had the pleasure of working on several projects over the past year and it looks like there will be more to come. We talked about how he got started in the business, his involvement with the Seminole Chamber, yes, it is another Chamber member in the studio, his plans for growth and the way he does business. Justin has been a great asset for GRP Studios, the way he approaches clients and the way he treats ALL of the people he works with is refreshing for a young man and I am looking forward to working with him for quite some time!!
Episode 86 of the Check Your Six podcast brought Army Veteran Ethel Harris into the GRP Studios to talk about the Boy Scouts of America. Ethel is the current District Executive, Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America and is bringing a fresh perspective into her role leading this organization. We talked about a lot of her passion, her background, why she chose the career she did in the Army, how she landed at the BSA and a variety of other topics. It really was a great insight into who she was and an honest view of her abilities, even though we had a lot of laughs at her "deployment" to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. As a young, African American woman, it might not be someone you would expect to be the leading the Central Florida Council, but she surprised me with how grounded she is in how she views herself and her capabilities. I have a feeling that grounding came from her Marine father and her mother and I can't wait to see what she does going forward.
The first episode of 2022 is a little bit different this year for the Check Your Six podcast. Craig was not in the studio for this podcast and may be out for a few episodes while he deals with the VA here in Central Florida. This was a recap of the second half of 2021 and the fantastic guests that we have had on the podcast. Both Craig and I have been honored to be a part of this for the past year and 1/2 and have learned a great deal from those that we have been honored to have in the studio. Going over some of the guests we had in the last 7 months of 2021 made me realize how fortunate we are to be here in Central Florida and have the freedom to do business on a fairly regular basis without some of the severe restrictions that come in other parts of the country. I am eternally grateful to all that have been a part of this journey as well as those that have helped guide me along the path we are taking. Here's looking at 2022!!
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