013: David Freeman

Being “healthy” has taken on a definition these days that’s typically associated with “physical attractiveness” – which can deter people from ever getting started.

Enter David Freeman.

He has a completely different view on words like “health”, “wellness”, and “alpha”.

After attending the University of Richmond on a football scholarship David played for teams in Denmark and France before being drafted to the All-American Football League (AAFL). Before kickoff, the AAFL postponed its launch which triggered a switch in careers.

That’s when David turned to personal training.

These days David inspires his clients and community to transform their outlook on fitness and make lifelong changes to improve their health.

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012: Leveraging an NFL career into Business Success with Andre Wadsworth

Andre Wadsworth is a former 3rd Overall NFL pick, making his professional debut in 1998 with the Arizona Cardinals.

After 3 years in the league, Andre began shifting his attention towards being of influence to his family and community.

Starting one of the fastest growing churches in America, 6 car dealerships, and many business and franchise-plays later, he’s steadily developing the culture and people he can reach with his earned influence.

A couple of things to listen for in this episode:

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011: Kyle Mauch On Creating Impact Through Your Brand

Today I sit down with Kyle Mauch, founder of Athletes Brand.

As a former professional athlete, Kyle has transitioned to starting not one, but four different companies – with a life vision to help 1,000 athletes create a legacy beyond the game.

Kyle has become a close personal friend of mine that’s not only shaped the way I think about business but life in general.

I can’t wait for you to hear this laid-back conversation packed with the knowledge and wisdom that Kyle brought.

Some highlights from today’s show:

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010: Owning Your Odds with Charlie Olson of Pando Pooling

Turning pro in any sport is an extremely rare, and risky situation.

Few players that face the opportunity get to see the fruits of their labor, and most are left to figure out a longer-term career that doesn’t involve professional sports.

For instance, only 44% of first-round draft picks will make it to the big leagues, and most will play less than one year.

Enter Charlie Olson and Pando Pooling – A company that helps professional athletes lower their career risk while giving them unique opportunities to invest in other athletes.

Charlie’s diverse background ranges across private equity, investment banking and search fund investing.

You don’t want to miss this episode.

During this interview, we talk about:

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009: Side Hustles & Selling Homes. Gallon Gear Founder Ryan Mandley Joins Us.

Entrepreneurs and high-performers are always looking for opportunities worth their time and money.

For some, you’ll experiment with investing in businesses, and for others, you may start your own.

On today’s episode we chat with Ryan Mandley, co-founder of Gallon Gear, who’s company mission is to help the World drink more water.

… And that’s just his side-hustle.

Ryan is also a leading real estate expert with more than a decade of experience.

He’s seen the highs and lows in the housing market during his career, and has insights to offer you whether you’re an agent or an investor.

During this interview, we talk about:

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008: A Look Inside One Of The Fastest Growing Companies In Pro Sports

For a lot of former athletes, entrepreneurship is a natural – but extremely risky alternative.

The likelihood of success in business is similar to the odds of making it to the professional level of a sport. While that would deter most, today’s guest has turned a quirky idea into a thriving online business.

A.J. Wnukowski the founder and CEO of Lumberlend Co., “The Home of the Original Bat Mug.” You may have seen his bat-derived product in the hands of professional baseball players or social media influencers.

What started with just 16 orders and little demand has become a favorite gift for baseball fans – often creating a 3-4 week delay on this U.S.-based, handcrafted product.

Athletes and entrepreneurs alike will appreciate today’s episode and A.J.’s hustle.

Listen in on A.J.’s journey from injured athlete to business owner of one of the fast growing companies in the sports industry.

A couple of things to listen for in this episode:

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007: Athletes, Fraud, and Private Investments With Chase Carlson

On today’s show, I sit down with the infamous “Athlete Investment Fraud” attorney, Chase Carlson.

Chase’s practice is focused on investment fraud litigation and has represented investors across the country in disputes with their financial advisors, investment advisors, brokerage and wealth management firms.

Chase has brought claims against almost every major Wall Street firm, including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Raymond James, Ameriprise, Credit Suisse, and BNY Mellon.

A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to representing professional athletes and entertainers who are victims of investment fraud or mismanagement. His clients have included athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, one of the most successful pop & hip-hop music producers of all time, and one of the largest lottery winners in the history of the United States.

He has previously worked for Global Capital Advisors, a broker-dealer, and for ASG Capital and Kovack Advisors, both of which are registered investment advisors. He also founded Blueprint Family Office, Inc., a registered investment advisor that formerly provided financial advice to several professional athletes. Chase has previously held Series 7 and Series 65 securities licenses.

A couple of things to listen for in this episode:

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006: Mark Goodstein On Creating The Modern Day Internet

On today’s episode, we get to listen in on a conversation between my business partner Brandon Averill and serial entrepreneur, Mark Goodstein.

Mark has been starting companies and other ventures for 15 years and is the founder of intrantets.com, goto.com, X1 Technologies, and the progressive automotive XPrize.

Mark also has long-standing ties to Caltech and Ideal Lab – the longest running technology incubator which has created over 150 companies with more than 45 IPO’s and acquisitions.

Mark has been personally involved with launching 4 of those companies, most notably goto.com, which became Overture Services and is now Yahoo’s search-marketing company.

He helped launch this disruptive search engine company in 1996, creating 250 billion dollars in market capitalization today.

Mark has since moved on to X1 Technologies in 2002 to help spark the desktop search revolution.

He also started the Progressive Automotive X Prize which was a set of competitions and events from the X Prize Foundation to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that help break America’s addiction to oil and curve the effects of climate change.

Mark has helped start two non-profit educational organizations in Pasadena, CA – the Pasadena Educational Network and Fair Oaks Preschool.

Today Mark is a partner at Mount Wilson Ventures which specializes in building early-stage startups, especially those based in the hard sciences, advising industrial partners, and developing innovation communities.

You’ll hear about his current and most exciting project Mark is working on, which he says is “the biggest idea I’ve ever been involved in.”

Here are a few more things to listen for in today’s interview with Mark:

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005: High Performance Lifestyle With Eric Cressey

Eric Cressey is a long-timer personal friend and the President and Co-Founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA, and Jupiter, FL.

Eric is considered the leading expert in the strength and conditioning industry for professional athletes – specifically baseball players.

Every off season the top baseball players and pitchers travel to Jupiter, FL to have the opportunity to train with Eric.

As a testament to the type of Eric work does specifically with baseball players – he trained both Cy Young Winners in 2017,

As an accomplished author, Cressey has authored over 500 articles, published five books, and co-created four DVD sets that have been sold in over 60 countries around the world.

Eric has been an invited guest speaker in six countries and over 20 U.S. states

He serves on the advisory boards for both the IYCA and Precision Nutrition, and is a baseball consultant to New Balance.

In the business world, Eric has worked with several start-up companies as both an angel investor and advisor.

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004: Leadership, Tough Decisions, and Battling Cancer with Fred Claire

It’s with great pleasure that we bring on Fred Claire, former General Manager and Executive Vice-President of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Most notably, Fred orchestrated the 1988 World Series Championship team. He continued his historic run through June of 1998.

While Fred (or Mr. Claire as some call him) admits to not having the skill to play baseball, his love for the sport grew into a position – and a 30-year career with the Dodgers.

Since then, he’s maintained an active schedule as a columnist and analyst for MLB.com.

He also has served as an instructor at the University of Southern California and as a consultant to companies involved in sports. Fred serves on the advisory board for the Sports Management graduate program at California State University, Long Beach and is a lecturer in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Social Services at California Institute of Technology.

Fred is a member of the board of directors of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and is also holds board of director positions for the Special Olympics of Southern California; the Los Angeles Sports Council; and Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc.

Fred is the co-founder of Scoutables, which is revolutionizing the way professional sports organizations manage financial risk around the most valuable financial assets.

But what may be more impressive than the numerous business and leadership success Fred has achieved over the years is his recent battle with cancer.

At City Of Hope Fred has 28 lymph nodes and nerve endings in his jaw bone removed through surgery followed by 33 radiation treatments and seven rounds of chemotherapy.

Fred came out the other side with a new appreciation for the teamwork that it takes to treat cancer, and in Fred-fashion has turned his focus to raising awareness and funds for City Of Hope through the Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic.

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