April 30, 2020
After giving his fair share of “good hits” playing football with the boys, Kyler Alm decided that he couldn’t risk taking another one himself. Toward the end of the 2018 season he suffered a whiplash injury (subdermal hematoma) and was placed under close observation in the ICU. Kyler explains how the hematoma, and his comeback in 2019, each dissipated on their own. But those setbacks haven’t held him back. He’s finishing high school next month and is starting an apprenticeship with Western States Fire Inspection. He’s welding a ten-year plan into shape. We discussed his family life in Montana, which includes lumbar yards, cattle, alfalfa and rodeos. Seems like the only thing he’s missing is the prom. Too bad he doesn’t have a date, . . . because he has a date . . . and a suit! (I’m envisioning a big buckle and cowboy boots to dress it up a bit.)
I was a little nervous starting the show, in part because it’s a sensitive topic – the KKK that is. I reviewed Art Raymond’s article in yesterday’s Deseret News regarding Banjo CEO Damien Patton’s past ties with the KKK, and the State of Utah’s response. I read about half the story during the show. Enough to raise a few questions. I'm sure there's more to it. There (almost) always is. Right?
Impressive decision Kyler! Good luck!
April 27, 2020
Maryguenn Vellinga knows a thing or two about fighting. She's a professional boxer who operates Rise Boxing, a fitness studio with youth and technical programs here in Park City, Utah. She’s fighting to keep her gym in business.
Garrett Robertson knows a thing or two about finances. He operates Empyrian, a boutique consulting firm where he “provides CEO/CFO advisory services, conducts due diligence on behalf of private companies and VC's, and advises on growth strategy.” He’s also a “an avid blogger and humanitarian who believes the best way to build society and alleviate inequality is through embracing diversity.”
We’re part of a team (Summit Commerce Covid Collective) that Earl Foote (Nexus IT) and Todd Astill (Nerve.TV) put together to help people fighting through the current crisis. This episode contains some specific information about the best way for small businesses to access government relief funds, and some general information about dealing with creditors.
To be continued . . . .
April 27, 2020
There was a lot of (mis)information swirling around Washington, D.C. long before I started playing “tag, you’re it” with my guest Matthew Barnes at 4th of July parties when Jimmy Carter was in charge, and just before the first agent orange class action lawsuits were filed. (Uncle Dick missed a few parties in the 1980s - probably too busy working.)
Speaking of the President, since the White House cancelled today’s coronavirus briefing, I thought it’d be “worth the time and effort” to get caught up with Matt and hear about what he’s been up to at the State Department.
Matt is the founding partner of ASG Advisors which provides strategic counsel to companies, corporate executives, foundations, and public officials on maximizing their impact through philanthropy and thought leadership. ASG supports its “clients with sound research, intimate knowledge of best practices, thorough planning, and strong execution.”
In July, Matt was called to serve a special assignment with the U.S. State Department as part of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). He describes his work related to the AIDS pandemic and how he believes Dr. Deborah Birx’s experiences there can help us here.
We talked about world supply chains and using “analytics” to maximize outomes, not just outputs.
Keep up the great work Cuz! Proud of you!!
April 23, 2020
I overheard my guests DJ Joune (Official DJ Utah Jazz) and Dustin Smith (Pastor, Capital Church) comparing the risks/benefits of "day trading" versus "longer term" investments before we started recording today's episode. It didn't surprise me that they were discussing money and looking at things in new ways. Who's not these days?
Apparently, that's what they do when they're not hosting live concerts in a socially responsible and hip (-pie or -hop) kind of way.
I start the show discussing Utah's response to the crisis and the history of a couple of old movie theaters in our backyard.
To be continued . . .