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The World and Everything In It
8.11.2022 Religious Liberty in a Christian University, Donating Mothers' Milk and Cal Thomas

The World and Everything In It

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 36:32


A Christian university in Washington state sues to stop probe into Biblical sexual standards, Republicans reconsider programs for paid family leave, and a milk bank in Northern Illinois helps infants get the nutrition they need. Plus: a tangled web, commentary by Cal Thomas and the Thursday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate. Additional support comes from Ambassadors Impact Network which provides growth financing for businesses led by Christ-followers who winsomely make Jesus known in their lives and work. More at ambassadorsimpact.com. From Covenant College on beautiful Lookout Mountain, Georgia...a quality liberal arts education and unique campus community that keeps Christ central in all things. More at covenant.edu And from Ridge Haven, offering extensive lodging, dining, and recreational options year round for groups of all sizes and ages. More at ridgehaven.org And from Ridge Haven, the camp and retreat center of the PCA in NC and Iowa. With extensive lodging, dining, and recreational offerings, Ridge Haven serves retreat groups of all sizes and ages, year-round. To book your next retreat visit ridgehaven.org

Shotgun Sports USA
Brett Seibert: Who he is and what he does

Shotgun Sports USA

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 29:50


Brett Seibert is the Genral Manager of Northbrook Sports Clubs in Northern Illinois.  He is a very hard working guy and it definately shows in the tournamnets they host.  Find out about the regional and what Northbrook has planned in the future, listen to what he thinks about master class and the future of the sport going forward......snakes and so much more in this episode.

The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule - A Michigan State Basketball Podcast.
MSU Snatches 2023 Recruit Gehrig Normand from Wisconsin

The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule - A Michigan State Basketball Podcast.

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 55:41


August 2, 2022: Rod and Eric discuss the newest Michigan State recruitment of 2023 SF Gehrig Normand from Texas. Normand's commitment to MSU comes after just a three and a half week courtship with Tom Izzo and his staff. By all accounts, Normand was heading to Wisconsin to play his college ball until the Spartans staff reached out to him and convinced him that Madison really isn't as great a place to play basketball as East Lansing. Also, they discuss the hiring of a replacement recruiting coordinator, John Borovich. Borovich has deep ties to the team as he was a high school teammate of Matt Ishbia, played college basketball under Mark Montgomery, worked as a grad assistant under Tom Izzo, and later coached with Montgomery at Northern Illinois. Most recently, he was an assistant coach under Chris Collins at Northwestern. Borovich will fill the vacated role that Mike Garland left after his retirement this summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Conversations with Calvin; WE the Species
LIFE BLOOD TWO; (EVEN More Vampire Tales); A Panel Vampire Lore, Fiction, Horror; Classic Horror movies; and Non-Fiction (Horror); with authors Gary Hill, RC Mulhare, Mike Korn.

Conversations with Calvin; WE the Species

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 60:45


#Vampire #sciencefiction #Illinois CONVERSATIONS WITH CALVIN WE THE SPECIES NEW: LIFE BLOOD TWO; (EVEN More Vampire Tales); A Panel: Vampire Lore, Fiction, Horror; Classic Horror movies; and Non-Fiction (Horror); with authors Gary Hill, RC Mulhare, Mike Korn. ** LIFE BLOOD TWO; (EVEN More Vampire Tales); A Panel: Vampire Lore, Fiction, Horror; Classic Horror movies; and Non-Fiction (Horror); with authors Gary Hill, RC Mulhare and Mike Korn. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4zWVn6KmBg&t=464s GARY HILL: has been publishing Music Street Journal (musicstreetjournal.com) since 1998. Since 2018 Hill has published MSJ simultaneously on-line and in book form. He also published all the archives in book form. In 2019 Hill began a series of books under the Music Street Journal banner focused on the Rockford, Illinois music scene titled, "Music Street Journal Local: Rockford Area Music Makers." In August of 2006 his first book The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft was published. Since then, several other books have been released including the book length space-opera Wizard Song and the horror novella The Homestead. Hill has also written for cable television (Cops 2.0 on G4), All Music Guide, Demand Media Studios and more. He launched Tales of Wonder and Dread Publishing to release science fiction and horror books in 2018, but published a collection of those types of stories in 2017 titled "Dark Dreams and Worlds." Under the Tales of Wonder and Dread nameplate, Hill has published more than two dozen books. Hill launched Spooky Ventures in 2019 and has been doing video interviews, Spooky News segments and more for the Spooky Ventures YouTube Channel since then. Contact: GaryHillAuthor.com MusicStreetJournal.com SpookyVentures.com ** RC MULHARE: "R.C. Mulhare once successfully defended her day-job workplace from zombies, through some judicious use of clearance-rack garden tools, and has survived a fight with Yog-Sothoth cultists in a hallway of a hotel in Providence; she's also picked up some extra work editing posts for the product blog of Umbrella Corporation... In actuality, R.C. Mulhare was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and grew up in one of the surrounding towns, in a hundred year old house up the street from an old cemetery. Her interest in the dark and mysterious started when she was quite young, when her mother read the faery tales of the Brothers Grimm and quoted the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to her, while her Irish storyteller father infused her with a fondness for strange characters and quirky situations. When she isn't writing, she moonlights in grocery retail. She's also fond of hiking in the woods of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and browsing the antiques shops one finds all over New England. CONTACT: @rcmulhare | Linktree * MIKE KORN: I was lucky enough to grow up in the rural countryside of Northern Illinois, where I roamed the forests and fields as a child and imagined all sorts of adventures. At the age of 4, I saw the mythic wonders of “Jason and the Argonauts” and became a fan of fantasy and creatures for the rest of my life. I grew up on a steady diet of comic books, monster movies, pro wrestling and cartoons and haven't really moved on from that much at all. I was bit by the writing bug at an early age, but it wasn't until the 1990

Inspirational Journeys
The Story Behind Heaven's Bell with Sherri Barch

Inspirational Journeys

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 23:34


This week I had a lovely conversation with my special guest about her book and the story behind it. I hope you find this conversation as much of a blessing as I did. Sherrie Barch is the CEO of two Forbes' ranked top executive search firms and a leadership consulting company. An expert in the areas of leadership, team development, and diversity, her forward-thinking approach to work was recognized when she was chosen to participate in the ‘altMBA” program designed and led by leadership guru Seth Godin. Sherrie's passion for storytelling and making room for serious and “heavy” conversations was a strong motivation for her to write her children's book Heaven's Bell based on a story of the same name she penned several years prior. She is currently working on her second book, a business leadership fable designed to help new college graduates navigate the “real life stuff they don't teach you in school” about career conversations, conflicts, and challenges. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, Sherrie earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from Western Illinois University. Connect with Sherri at the following links: Website: https://www.heavensbell.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieBarchAuthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherriebarch/ If you're looking for high quality content editing services at reasonable prices, send queries to theplotstitch@gmail.com Visit www.everyday-excellence.com and use promo code Inspirational Journeys to get 10% off any product on the site. Support this podcast with a monthly donation: https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/support or you can give a one-time donation via PayPal at: https://paypal.me/annHarrisonBarnes?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/message

AP Audio Stories
7 dead in wrong-way crash on northern Illinois interstate

AP Audio Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 0:39


AP correspondent Jennifer King reports on Fatal Crash Illinois.

Pulpit Fiction Podcast
498: Bible study for Proper 14C (8/7/2022)

Pulpit Fiction Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 44:32


NOTES, QUOTES, LINKS, AND COMMENTARY Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-40 Storing treasure in barns Second Reading:  Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Isaiah's first oracle TIME STAMPS Gospel Reading 4:33 Second Reading 24:00 GUEST CO-HOST: Melissa Meyers Melissa Meyers is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has grown up in the Northern Illinois area and attended school in the Midwest.  Freeport She has served appointments in the Northern IL Conference (which most have been Faith United Methodist Churches!)  Melissa is passionate about ministry in the 21st century, connecting generations together, creativity, spending time with her nieces & nephew, and pop culture. It is her not-so-secret desire to have her own reality show someday. You can find her on most social media platforms @pastormelissa.    

The College Football Experience
Northern Illinois Huskies College Football Season Preview 2022 (Ep. 1030)

The College Football Experience

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 39:39


The College Football Experience (@TCEonSGPN) on the Sports Gambling Podcast Network previews the upcoming 2o22 college football season for the Northern Illinois Huskies. Pick Dundee aka (@TheColbyD) & Patty C (@PattyC831) break down the 2022 Northern Illinois roster and key in on each and every game the Huskies play this season. Can Thomas Hammock win back to back MAC Championships? Is Rocky Lombardi perhaps the best quarterback in the MAC? Will the NIU run game be even more dominate in 2022 with Harrison Waylee and Antario Brown? Should the passing game improve with the likes of Trayvon Rudolph, Cole Tucker, Shemar Thornton and Miles Joiner? Does the return of Nolan Potter, Marques Cox, JJ Lippe and Logan Zschernitz mean the offensive line should be even more dominate? Can new DC Nick Benedetto get the NIU defense to create more turnovers? Does returning 9 starters from a season ago mean the NIU defense will take a giant jump in 2022? Does the defensive line pose a problem for opposing MAC teams with the likes of Raishein Thomas, James Ester, Devonte O'Malley and Izayah Green-May? Is Daveren Rayner one of the top linebackers in the MAC? Is free safety CJ Brown a name to watch this season? We talk it all on this Northern Illinois Huskies edition of The College Football Experience.   Northern Illinois Huskies 2022 Schedule vs Eastern Illinois @ Tulsa vs Vanderbilt @ Kentucky @ Ball State vs Toledo @ Eastern Michigan @ Ohio BYE vs Central Michigan @ Western Michigan vs Miami OH vs Akron ===================================================== Download the SGPN APP today https://sgpn.app and leave us a rating & review. SGPN Merch Store - https://sg.pn/store Download The Free SGPN App - https://sgpn.app WynnBET - Bet $50 Get $200 In Free Bets - https://sg.pn/WynnBET Join Sleeper and get a 100% deposit bonus up to $100 - http://sleeper.com/sgp Support for this episode - IPVanish.com/sgp | Follow The College Experience & SGPN On Social Media Twitter - https://twitter.com/TCEonSGPN Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/gamblingpodcast Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/sportsgamblingpodcast TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@gamblingpodcast Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sportsgamblingpodcast   Follow The Hosts On Social Media Colby Dant - http://www.twitter.com/thecolbyd Patty C - https://twitter.com/PattyC831 NC Nick - https://twitter.com/NC__NicK   Watch the Sports Gambling Podcast YouTube - https://www.sg.pn/YouTube Twitch - https://www.sg.pn/Twitch   Read & Discuss - Join the conversation Website - https://www.sportsgamblingpodcast.com Slack - https://sg.pn/slack Reddit - https://www.sg.pn/reddit  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sports Gambling Podcast Network
Northern Illinois Huskies College Football Season Preview 2022 | The College Football Experience (Ep. 1030)

Sports Gambling Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 39:39


The College Football Experience (@TCEonSGPN) on the Sports Gambling Podcast Network previews the upcoming 2o22 college football season for the Northern Illinois Huskies. Pick Dundee aka (@TheColbyD) & Patty C (@PattyC831) break down the 2022 Northern Illinois roster and key in on each and every game the Huskies play this season. Can Thomas Hammock win back to back MAC Championships? Is Rocky Lombardi perhaps the best quarterback in the MAC? Will the NIU run game be even more dominate in 2022 with Harrison Waylee and Antario Brown? Should the passing game improve with the likes of Trayvon Rudolph, Cole Tucker, Shemar Thornton and Miles Joiner? Does the return of Nolan Potter, Marques Cox, JJ Lippe and Logan Zschernitz mean the offensive line should be even more dominate? Can new DC Nick Benedetto get the NIU defense to create more turnovers? Does returning 9 starters from a season ago mean the NIU defense will take a giant jump in 2022? Does the defensive line pose a problem for opposing MAC teams with the likes of Raishein Thomas, James Ester, Devonte O'Malley and Izayah Green-May? Is Daveren Rayner one of the top linebackers in the MAC? Is free safety CJ Brown a name to watch this season? We talk it all on this Northern Illinois Huskies edition of The College Football Experience.   Northern Illinois Huskies 2022 Schedule vs Eastern Illinois @ Tulsa vs Vanderbilt @ Kentucky @ Ball State vs Toledo @ Eastern Michigan @ Ohio BYE vs Central Michigan @ Western Michigan vs Miami OH vs Akron ===================================================== Download the SGPN APP today https://sgpn.app and leave us a rating & review. SGPN Merch Store - https://sg.pn/store Download The Free SGPN App - https://sgpn.app WynnBET - Bet $50 Get $200 In Free Bets - https://sg.pn/WynnBET Join Sleeper and get a 100% deposit bonus up to $100 - http://sleeper.com/sgp Support for this episode - IPVanish.com/sgp | Follow The College Experience & SGPN On Social Media Twitter - https://twitter.com/TCEonSGPN Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/gamblingpodcast Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/sportsgamblingpodcast TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@gamblingpodcast Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sportsgamblingpodcast   Follow The Hosts On Social Media Colby Dant - http://www.twitter.com/thecolbyd Patty C - https://twitter.com/PattyC831 NC Nick - https://twitter.com/NC__NicK   Watch the Sports Gambling Podcast YouTube - https://www.sg.pn/YouTube Twitch - https://www.sg.pn/Twitch   Read & Discuss - Join the conversation Website - https://www.sportsgamblingpodcast.com Slack - https://sg.pn/slack Reddit - https://www.sg.pn/reddit  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Real Estate Marketing Dude
Viral Video with Colin Schindler

Real Estate Marketing Dude

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 30:52


We have a returning guest today and you might have seen him recently. He just launched a viral video called "All the Listings," a blink 182 remix.Colin Schindler, better known by his alias the Robed Realtor, ranks in the top 1.5% for transactions in the US. He stars in a Blink-182 parody video which quickly went viral.Three Things You'll Learn in This EpisodeHow authenticity boosts your marketing.How to look at yourself as a brand.Why do people need to relate to you?ResourcesLearn more about Colin SchindlerLearn more about David CaseyReal Estate Marketing DudeThe Listing Advocate (Earn more listings!)REMD on YouTubeREMD on InstagramTranscript:So how do you attract new business? You constantly don't have to chase it. Hi, I'm Mike Cuevas a real estate marketing. This podcast is all about building a strong personal brand people have come to know, like trust and most importantly, refer. But remember, it is not their job to remember what you do for a living. It's your job to remind them.Let's get started What's up ladies and gentlemen, welcome another episode of the real estate marketing dudepodcast. We got to return guests today and you might have seen him most recently. He just launched a viral video. I believe the title of it is called all the listings and as a blink 182 remix I mean I've tried a couple of music videos myself and I don't have a good voice by any means. And I just completely bombed on him but this fucking guy comes out does it was a legit music the the music sounded well it was good like it was it look, I would listen to that song. I would play it on the radio. So the sound was good. But the production was hands down like awesome. Like it was well worth the amount of time and energy I'm sure you put into that. So without further ado, we're gonna go ahead and welcome back the robed realtor Mr. Colin Schindler.Thank you, Mike. Appreciate you having me out again. And you know, kind of staying in touch the last couple of years been a crazy wild ride in between now and then and so it's great to be back in town. I'm gonna this music video.I'm going to tee up because you're on the show we were just talking about before we hopped on here you're on the show in May of 2020. And we'll get to the video in a second but what what were we talking about on this show guys is how to embrace your personal brand and screaming from the fucking rooftops quit overthinking. What are they going to think about me? Oh my God, should I really do that? Oh my god, some people might think that I'm unprofessional. Listen, guys, the entire world marketing is about grabbing your inner beast, the inner authenticity from within yourself and just let it rip. You know, have you ever noticed that? It's not the professional content that gets all the views? It's the funny shit. It's the entertainment stuff. It's the stuff that all has one thing in common and that is authenticity. So when you get in the business of content creation, it works when you're authentic regardless of it's funny if it's serious and resist or it's not because authenticity is the one thing you cannot outsource you cannot fake or anything so Colin, when you came on the show originally you weren't talking about this robed realtor. But now if you guys go to his Facebook page, which I highly suggest you should follow him on all your social channels. You have this concept of this robe realtor now who the hell is a robed realtor? What does that even mean? It doesn't matter. Go look at his branding. Colin, let's start with the robe realtor first because this ties into the viral video that you just released. So like, robed realtor, most people don't have the balls to do that. Walk me through it.Yeah, so you know, maybe you can put a link to the last show. You know, that we did originally when I was first out I was brand new agent seven months into the business. And you know, obviously wanted to stand out how do you compete with the veterans of the industry? How do you how do you gain attraction especially with everybody having something to sell? And using Facebook and Instagram as a personal promotion page? First and foremost, what what do I get to do to stand out so just kind of by happenstance, I pulled my bathrobe out and shot a my first transaction was a listing thankfully, I got very lucky there. Shot a listing video in my bathrobe sipping on coffee. Oh, thatwas your Topsis that was your first listingfirst listing first transaction first video and heand he rolls out in a robe like who does that? Nobody. But that's exactly why you're one of the top agents in not only state of Wisconsin but in the country with transaction counts right now. See this entire business is based upon popularity attention if you don't have attention, you don't have a business. All right, keep going. This is great.Yeah, so it is crazy to think about and see where it's transplant transpired. So brand new years and seven months and two years ago, so not even three full years in the business yet. One of the top 1.5 As far as transaction volume and it is solely because I broke that bathrobe out gathered a large large amount of tension. So I kind of fed off that and I kind of kept using that and developed it into my brand my persona of the road Realtor you know it people have stuck with it and it's been something that I've been able to leverage and you know, it's become my brand. I've been able to do other things. I haven't pigeon holed myself entirely into that. So I think I think that is very important. If you're brand too, if you are going to pick this image, this persona, niche is very important. But you don't want to be so specific that you're not still attracting people. So you don't want to be so specific that you're not doing something different anymore. So that is always kind of been where I've been at, you know, the road realtor doesn't necessarily just show up in the bathroom all the time. The road realtor is kind of this mysterious person where I always tell people, other agents, especially my goal with my videos, the content that I put out, when you see that thumbnail on my Instagram, or my Facebook, I literally want you to think, what the fuck is he doing next? Because that's what attracts the viewership, people aren't going to watch if you know, he's going to be in a bathrobe sitting in the bathtub, doing what happened. You know, we've seen this one 100 times before. It's something a little bit different every time and the road realtor is that it's kind of just a mysterious guy who's having fun in a bathrobe, or maybe something else.So what I like about it is that you're talking about your brand in third person, which is hard for many people. That's the number one reason like when we get somebody come in and we start working with somebody, nobody knows what the hell their brand is. And the reason for that, guys is because most of you don't look at yourself as a brand and understandably so like I look at myself as a dad, Father, follower, Christ. I likes the bears. But I don't realize that that's my brand. But when people like what he just said, right there, you guys are super important is that people first have to relate to you before they can ever do business with you first, but before they can relate to you or do business with you, they have to remember you. And if there's two people that I'm going to just come across, and I'm just going to think that just think of conversations I had 10 years ago, and I met two realtors, and one of them calls himself the role real robed realtor, the other one calls himself John Jones. Well, I'm sorry, the robed realtor has my attention. And attention is marketing. And in a popularity contest, like real estate, where 10 to 15% of the people who see your content are moving this year, and 100% of them have a referral for you. The game is very simple. And it's not theory. It's based upon mathematics. Colin just had a video that got what are you at 125,000 views right now.So there's two different versions, there's the Facebook version, and there's the Instagram version, I think both are around that 130,000 mark, so over a quarter million views betweenboth video and that's within like a two to three week timeframe. So I mean, if you guys really I know this is a local business, but statistically from those views, like I chase views, I don't care like views and engagement, you get more views with engagement, so they go hand in hand, but just do the numbers on that 10 to 15% of the people who see that video will be moving 100% of them have a referral. Now, not all 250,000 of them are going to be in Cowen's market, but it doesn't matter. Have you gotten calls from out of statemostly from other realtors. So that that, that 250,000 numbers is a you know, a community of you know, real estate professionals mostly. But as far as people who you know, I'm employed Wisconsin, South Central Wisconsin have my Illinois license as well. So I can service about an hour bubble. There's some really big metro areas, Madison Milwaukee that I'm able to take care of Rockford, Illinois, where people from around the United States do have folks that are looking in these areas. So while I was you know, I, it didn't necessarily, I mean, obviously hit my sphere of influence, like crazy. And it is one of those just, you know, extra things, you know, a piece of content that I was able to put out for my sphere to resonate with and laugh at. And, you know, it's good for this area. But now with having the referral network, yeah, it's gonna be well, and realtors literally around the country and, and even even, it's crazy, even the world I received a voice message from someone from Romania the other day, so it's, it's cool. And it's I haven't necessarily seen because this is pretty fresh. So I haven't been able to capture an ROI off office yet. But it certainly does not hurt to have other realtors knowing who you are, what you do, where you'rein that with any videos can be very difficult to determine that ROI. Because these people might, you might get on everybody's radar, but it might be six to 12 months until you see it. But the point is that you got on their radar first and that's what always pencils, and what always works. That is really, really cool. Now here I have a couple other questions for you. Because this is what people struggle with on a daily basis. They're always like, I want to go back to where you said this is the first video you put out. How do you overcome the fact that what are they going to say about me? How do you overcome the your own demons in your head? Because this is what this is what stops everyone from doing what you're doing? Everyone wants to be where you're at, but no one has the balls to get there or willing to put in the work to do it. Now if we rewind to his hear what he just got right here, folks. He was on the show two years ago, he was seven months in the road realtor didn't come out to probably about 18 months ago. Give or take, right? If you're on the show two years ago, realtor just came out just after that. So maybe maybe just under two years, almost. But yeah, two years to build a local brand is just like, I mean, that's great. But you only did because you're doing it differently. So how did you overcome that? Especially as a new realtor? That's the most impressive part. Most people think they have to be someone they're not when they start off in this profession, and you're like, No, I'm somebody I am. And you're gonna like me or not? How do you overcome that?So I guess for me, and I want to be honest and upfront for me it is it is a lot easier for me. I did plays and stuff as a little kid. I'm like a golden retriever. I love being around people I love you know, the pets and the you know, Pat's, and all that kind of stuff. So getting on camera and being in front of people or in front of the screen and having people see my face hear My voice isn't necessarily something that I've ever had the hurdle that I've had to jump over. So I've been lucky in that regard. What I would have to say, though, to folks, because I do think about this all the time, I consider myself a marketer. First and foremost marketer realtor psychologists like that is that is my order, that is my job description. So marketer first and foremost, and when I think about it with my marketing brain, and I do I truly want to help other people, overcome their fears, and help them get on video and whatnot. When I think about it from a marketing aspect, and all the things that you see on Facebook and Instagram, because like I said, it's a it's a platform for self promotion. And, you know, dog pictures and cat pictures, and all that memes and all that other kind of stuff. If you're afraid to hop on there, because of what people might think people are going to think that for a very, very short amount of time. They don't have the attention capacity to remember what you did, they're not going to laugh at you, because you stumbled over a couple of words. They're not going to remember it. Even releasing some viral videos that I've done. Like, they, they get lost in the background. But it is that cumulative effect. People remember that they saw my face. Yeah, people remember that I sell real estate. So just getting over that hurdle. Just realizing that people aren't gonna remember what you're saying, or how you're saying it or what you look like, if you had a little bit of toothpaste in the corner of your mouth. Like, there's still videos that I do, I do a live video, I'm like shit, like, I go back and watch it. And I'm like, I had like some tooth, I don't delete it or take it down. Because it's whatever. One because people don't catch it. Because they're too busy to people. If they do catch it, they're not going to remember. But the cumulative effect of the videos that I'm putting out, they know who I am, they know that I do real estate, they're gonna call me. So there's really no reason. If you are one of those people that are apprehensive about getting on camera, it doesn't matter. It just it matters that you are doing it and that you were there.Love it. Let's dial into this video. Blink 182 remix. First off, what does that tell you? About three, four minutes.Three, just under three minutes, just under three minutes able to get on tick tock and everything to sodid. How long did it take to create script and cost in any order you want.So first of all, I want to shout out amazing guys that helped me put it together like would not have been able to happen without my buddy Andy, Phil Matt, their production company AP, AP and M media. Because this has truly been an idea that I have had since I got in real estate. It's been this was truly a passion project. So it was it was really cool that I've met these guys within the last year. And some other people that made some of the other connections like being able to borrow a private jet, being able to utilize an airplane hangar for an afternoon. So very lucky to have been able to met these people that can make this thing happen in the last year. As far as writing the song, so it's been an idea for four years. Finally, like when I sat down and wrote the song. I was sipping on some bourbon and it may bethe best idea maybe.Yeah, you know, lucid, I've got the creative juices flowing a little bit, maybe took two hours to write a song, you know, and it's like the Pareto principle for the song and anything like 80% of it happened like that. It was that last 20% that you know, takes the hour and a half so sat down write it these guys are in a band as well. So they tracked it they recorded the song I think I spent a couple hours in their recording studio. That's your voice right? It is my voice it's definitely you know, Ben blink rate too, is layered and auto tuned and so I'm I am not a horrible singer. You know, I have my my range andmy stone I would listen to it on the radio, but yeah, Imean, it's it definitely. I'm not a bad singer either. And it helped to have them kind of cleaning up and stuff so and having all that professionally done made it the production It was, I don't even want to know how long they went in and edited and taken all that stuff. Because then the next aspect of it took about 12 and a half hours of shooting. So it was a fullone a one day, or do you guys do multiple isone day. And the video actually almost did not happen. So, you know, that's the other thing too. Like, I'm not some viral internet star. I mean, this video went viral. Yes, but I'm selling houses like, like we talked about, you know, I did 6770 transactions last year, another 35 or so this year, the video almost didn't happen. I almost cancelled it because I was flipping a condo selling a bunch of houses. And I was just I was just too overwhelmed. So they talked me back off the ledge. And I was like, okay, we can do this thing, but it has to happen in one day. So yeah, the 12 and a half hour day of shooting and,and it was a total cost.So I promised the guys I wouldn't really talk too much about costs. One of the things that I am going to say though, is if you are looking to do something like this, you know, definitely find and leverage people that are your friends that can make it happen. They were when I met these guys and told them about my dream, they like all pulled up like a sleeve, like on their shirt or like their leg and like they'll blink ray to tattoos. Like they are absolutely obsessed. So it was a passion project for them as well. So, literally, you know, I would say that I got a really good deal. I pay pennies on the dollar for this because I mean, it's it's a 10s of 1000s of dollar production. Yeah, it's probablyyou could like you could that's probably a five to 10 Yeah, 10,000 approach on a budget. And a lot of times people were like, oh, and I get this all the time, like, oh, what's my ROI gonna be I'm not going to spend money on video of people who are scared to spend $300 on a video. But the What happens though, it's not more content that people that that do it. It's more impact the content you create makes. And a lot of people will come in our candidate Cory ball, who real estate marketing do we want you guys to do we want to do eight videos a month, I'm like, one, you'll never do that consistently to your burnout. And three, it's going to be boring to shit. It's not more content, I would much rather have one viral video than 40 videos. It's the impact that your content makes guys that really generates the attention. So it makes sense to go all in on a video like that because it pencils it makes sense. But people always think that hey, I'm just gonna go get on video because my real estate coach told me to go get video and check a box doesn't work that way falls on deaf ears unless you really dial in your message, your brand, your persona, and more importantly your authenticity. I love that dude, that's really really cool. What are you planning on doing next? And how much content are you creating a month with like rode realtor? Because you can't do one of these once a month? It's way too much. So what are you doing? What do you How is your normal monthly robed realtor marketing plan work?Yeah, so I guess as far as what's next for me, I'm still waiting for you know, Mark compass, or Travis Barker or Tom DeLonge to reach out and collab on something. So if anybody knows them, that's listening. Let's let's get them in touch. Now, so I would like to do something like this and let you know because it was fun. Like I said, Truly a passion project the the virality of it was a cool extra bonus for sure. So I would like to do something like this probably, you know, once a quarter or once a year I'm doing something this fun, this level of production quality. Other than that, as far as other videos, because because it really is about the consistency it is like you said the impact of the video is the most important thing. So doing my listings and again, like it doesn't have to be some crazy, super expensive production. You want it to be quality, you want it to be different you want your brand and you to stand out when you're doing these things, but you know, just getting in front of the camera. So I do a video walkthrough for all my listings and I do try and incorporate a flash of who I am, you know, whether it's shot, I've shot them beers on the porches, I've, you know, played played the drums and you know, just kind of doing goofy different stuff. So, continuing to do that for my listings. I've been very lucky to have a nice steady stream of listings. That's all the leverage thatthat provides the platform for consistency right there like I was doing Brad McCallum I think that's Brad's name brand apologist by all right, alright, McCallum so I had Brett, he Brad's on the show. And his whole video strategy is just the listings, and he's just really good on video. He doesn't he's not going out. It's just when he gets listings. He does a video but he's so him. His wife are so good at capturing attention. And I see that with a lot of yours. You guys don't have to overthink this whole thing. You know, it's a lot simpler than you think if you everything you guys do is content. Right? I mean, it's all content that I seen one where you were like in a listing if I recall and you're in a bath have, like sort of, like just relaxing in the robe. And then you're just that was like the intro, I believe. But I just remember the robe Realtor in the bathtub, like being a realtor. And then that's what I remember of that listing video, which is I just made that connection. that's top of mind guys.Yep. Top of Mind. And then, you know, it's like, well, what if I'm not getting listings? I don't I don't have any listings. That's, that's great. But I work mostly with buyers, right? Do this, okay, then, you know, I also try and do a market Monday update, you know, I need to be better about it. But getting on every Monday doing a live video talking about what's going out of the market, or things that I have coming up that I'm excited about, you know, and you do like, you have to talk about yourself, you have to brag about yourself a little bit, you know, you've got to be in front of people. So, getting a couple of pieces of content out a week, especially video is kind of Pinnacle, in what I'm trying to continue to do. And then you had that boy buzz recommendation the the last time that I forgot about that. That's cool. Yes, you know, sitting down, you know, just different stuff because everything is the same. So sitting down with local business owners talking about what they do talking about the community. I'll be bringing that back here soon toyou're going to do it in a robe.Probably not let us unless it's an establishment that warrants robe I actually did one last year at a medical grade esthetics is when they do facial facial treatments and stuff. And I was I was in my room for that one and I got a cucumber mask treatment, charcoal something or another. So yeah, if the business warrants the robe, that'll be there. But I wasI could I just picture this like kind of Billboard i 94, from Illinois to Wisconsin and Yoona robes because a lot more lacks relaxing north of the border.I like it. I like it. But I, I've looked into billboards, and I don't know whether I want a billboard for you know, an actual marketing and ROI return or whether there might be like a little bit of ego kind of involved there. You know, like, look at me on a billboard, I, I truly you need you need to spend money in your business agents, it's important. Like, you have to spend money to make money if you want to get to the top. But I'm also try, I try and be pretty lean with with some of that spending as well. And especially if you can create this sphere of people, which is the most important aspect of your business, you talk about it on your show all the time, you know, remind these people, you can do that organically, for free, and people will become your biggest advocates and share and tell people about you. Say I, maybe maybe you'll see me on a billboard the next time here.Do you buy any leads? On all your sources of business? What do you attribute it to? 60 To 70 transactions. So you don't have a team? It's just you and I believe your girlfriend, right?Fiance now Yonsei, congratulations. Thank you. Thank you. We brought I brought her on this year to help kind of run the administrative stuff in the background. But yeah, it's just been me up until this point. That'sa lot of transactions, guys. 60 To 7030 to 40 is a lot for an individual agent. Like a lot. I mean, that's a lot of it. That's a lot of work. You're busy, you're busy.It's a hassle. It's a 24/7 thing, but you're very lucky to be I'm very lucky to get to do what I do. I'm very passionate about it. It is a career and a hobby for me. So yeah, but yeah, most of that business is coming from my sphere of influence from people who know me and see me, I do pay for some leads here and there. Because I do believe in versus diversifying. I don't want to get wrapped around but I got I got the Zillow but a very minimal budget in a you know, for me it is more to stay, you know, to appear in search results and things like that. And yeah, but the couple calls that I get here and there maybe they turn into something, maybe they don't, but it is just one extra platform that I kind of, I feel like you're gonna be involved inone of the things I hear all the time is all my database already knows what I'm doing. I'm already doing as much as I can on my job is trust me, I'm getting the most amount of business out of my database. People tell me that all the time. And I go, Okay, how many transactions you do last year to be like 20? Like how many Facebook friends you have, like 1500 ago, dude, you got cheated on like 40 times last year? Absolutely not. You're not generating enough. None of us are guys. Like you got to embrace that because every single person knows someone that could refer you to each year on your Facebook friend list. And if you have 1000 friends and you didn't get 1000 referrals will tell you that not everyone knows what the hell you do for a living.Absolutely. And it goes back and it's attributed to kind of what we were talking about before. What I said before is people don't remember the space is so crowded and you talk about all the time they don't mean to cheat on you. It's just that other people flooded their their view space with their information, their content and now their their care,their attention. Everyone's fighting for the same thing without attention. You will never attract but also without content you'll never build a brand and if you never build a brand you're just a salesperson chasing another check. You can't run a business without it. That's how important content creation is becoming in real estate it's everything because you really care what doesn't matter are you getting hired because of your brokerage or you get hired because youhire because of me? Yeah, you know, I'm I'm not not taking anything away from my brokerage I wouldn't be able to do the things that I've been able to do without the amazing people I have around me. But yeah, it's it's it's me they they want to work with me which is you know, kind of one of the reasons why I love doing the solo agent thing. People are I built my brand my business on me being me and working with directly with with my clients. So it'd be hard to kind of pass that off to somebody elseso awesome dude. Super pumped to see all your success. It's been awesome to watch you grow. I see you on social all the time. If I don't comment a lot, I see you a lot of people see you just know that and keep doing what you're doing, man. What else anything else you want to add on here? I think I got everything I wanted to get out of you today. But what else you want to share with the audience here?Yeah, man, I, I just want people to know, like, again, I'm super appreciative of like what I get to do and if you're not doing it from a place of appreciation, you're not going to be successful. Anyway, if you do have the I'm firm believer that if you have ill intentions like you might do it and make it happen for a little while but you got to be humbled by what you do, you got to enjoy you got to appreciate it, we got to understand that it's not just you doing either it is i i do take a lot of pride in what I do and what I've been able to create. But I also understand that I wouldn't be where I am without the people that I've had around me to help me out that can make it happen. So I don't know anything about editing videos I don't really know anything about editing scripts I'm very fortunate where they kind of just come to me it my brain is more wired in that way. But if you're not doing video and you're not doing it because like you don't know what to say and you're you're just not wired that way then here's my point of view and like last point that I want to say is get you a real estate marketing Dude get you the people around you that you need to have to accomplish your goals because you can't do it alone.And there's another bit of wisdom and you might be too young in your career even know this yet but I will tell you every single agent I've ever come across as I've had four brokerages, three teams I've coached trained hundreds of agents we have millions of people on this podcast what a what never changes whenever changes on any of this shit is where business always always comes from but every single agent who starts making money it's usually around the three to five year mark telling you it happened to me my head blew up so damn big when I was making 50 100 grand a month 120 grand a month back in the day your head grows so big don't let that shit get to your head because what happens when you start creating content you start doing well like oh I don't need that video anymore. I don't need that thing anymore. And that's what happened to Colin he's busy I'm doing 70 Fucking deals on beer I don't have time to go out and do this video. What if you didn't do that video you know what I mean? Be humble you guys you guys will get you will make money in this business but when you do be grateful for it and don't start getting that ego because those are the agents and then they always fall on their face. I was one of them. I could tell you guys from firsthand experience I used to make millions of dollars and I fucking lost it all and went bankrupt and I built myself back up. So I will tell you guys that everyone goes through the ego what he just said was probably the best advice on this whole podcast and those of you that are in that three to five year timeframe right now when you're starting to get that ego Oh my shit don't stink anymore. Watch out. We're gonna shift your thinking your shit is gonna stink really quick. All right, so that was great advice. Love that thank you so much for sharing that caller wants to give everyone a plug. If you guys have any southern Wisconsin business you want someone to take good care of them and make you look at your buck and Rockstar give the Colin your referral business com Go ahead and tell everyone how they can follow you reach you and whatnot.Absolutely thank you for that. Also Northern Illinois so anywhere in Northern Illinois, I can help them as well they are licensed in both states. So if you guys are looking to connect if you want to send some business my way I'd love to take care of them and have fun with your clients. I would also love to talk to you about what I do if you have any questions you know you got a resource like Mike and I want to be a resource and help other people like they've helped me so check me out on Instagram at robed realtor and that's our OB e d r e a l t o r find me on Facebook and Instagram there find me on Tik Tok as well not as active there. Or you know look me up on Facebook Colin Schindler let's calm with one owl shoot me a friend request send me a message and let's connect.Love it dude. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Thank you guys for listening to another episode of estate marketing dude podcast folks, let us help you script and distribute your videos and if you want short form content, we just released that too. Whether you're doing long form videos and trying to rank on YouTube or you're creating short form videos for Tik Tok reels, and all the other things that you want to do. If it's on video, we can do it and we can do it really fucking Well, so call a dude now at www dot real estate market to do.com real estate market to do.com Thanks for listening and we'll see you guys next week peace. Thank you for watching another episode of the real estate marketing dude podcast. 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Interplace
The Genesis of Car Dependency

Interplace

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 26:13


Hello Interactors,This has been a wild week in our neighborhood. It was a car enthusiasts dream. Too bad our family’s biggest car enthusiast, my son, was busy working his summer job. It was guys like him that got America hooked on cars. And now our planet is cooked. Is it a lost cause? As interactors, you’re special individuals self-selected to be a part of an evolutionary journey. You’re also members of an attentive community so I welcome your participation.Please leave your comments below or email me directly.Now let’s go…GET A HORSEFlying down the freeway I see a woman climb out of the sunroof of her car. She’s alone. A semi-truck pulls alongside as she leaps from the car onto the bed of the trailer. Pulling alongside the car in front of her, I see the driver put on a black blindfold. He crosses his arms across his chest like he’s preparing for a collision. Just then, the truck in front of him slams on their brakes. His car comes to a screeching halt as does the woman’s empty car behind him. The man lifts his blindfold, stares into a camera mounted on his dashboard, and gruffly states, “I guess it works.”This isn’t a stunt I watched on Tik Tok, but a Hyundai Genesis ad from 2015. It starts with a voiceover from the sacrificial stuntman in the lead car, “The challenge is to show the driver assist features in an exciting way. But you guys, it seems, are a little hard to excite. Maybe the only way is to put our own lives on the line. Proof, through jeopardy.”Our neighborhood was blocked off this week to film a Genesis car commercial. Nothing this dramatic, they just drove their luxury cars around the block. They descended a hill that features an unobstructed distant view of the Seattle skyline beyond a glistening blue Lake Washington. Fancy cars in a fancy suburb. A suburb whose name features prominently on the Costco toilet paper most of you wipe your fanny biscuits with – Kirkland. Maybe we’re not so fancy after all, but our neighborhood does have nice views.We didn’t see stunt doubles hurling themselves from the sunroofs of luxury cars that day. In fact, we barely saw a single human being. The windows were tinted black, and the streets were empty, except for the police and production assistants. I stepped on the sidewalk to walk down the street and got yelled at by a Kirkland cop. “SIR! PLEASE BACK OFF THE SIDEWALK!” They, like the drivers, were being instructed by the commercial’s director on a walkie-talkie from inside a customized SUV. It had a massive camera boom stretching from the roof over the front end – like a carrot dangling in front of a mule.The truth is, it’s not just car commercials that wish there were no pedestrians on the street. Anytime any of us get behind the wheel of a car we wish the streets were free of people. And bikes. And, yes, other cars and busses too. It’s no wonder most every car commercial features a single driver on a smooth open road…void of people and cars. What bliss. No worries, no conflicts, no delays, just me on my street going between my house and my Costco to hoard my toilet paper.But believe it or not, people needed to be convinced automobiles were useful – let alone desirable. It wasn’t a car commercial that convinced them of this. It was their neighborhood car enthusiasts. People needed to be convinced of the promise of new machines. Innovation doesn’t just sell itself. Sociologists who study social movements say innovations that shape society are framed by “ideological activists who exploit political opportunities to mobilize resources.” They participate in what sociologists call ‘meaning-work’ which demonstrates their ideology as being meaningful, valid, and appropriate.New industries become broadly legitimized only after these industry activists are successful in converting radical concepts into something useful. Elements of a larger belief system must be framed in the context of daily life. So, automobile clubs organized events that demonstrated the benefits of the automobile. This idea was taken from bicycle clubs of the 1800s who used bicycle races to demonstrate the utility, reliability, and health benefits of cycling. Most automobile clubs were born out of bicycle clubs. Both were elite modes of transport using the latest industrial technology. The first automobiles were simply motorized quadricycles. Those motors were especially useful for getting up a hill.Biking up hills is hard. Biking for long distances requires endurance. And what happens if your bike breaks down? Reliability of both bikes and horse carriages was a big deal. These challenges of everyday life were just what automobile industry activists (i.e. automobile clubs) needed to demonstrate the benefits of an automobile. So, they organized demonstration events that included hill climbs and races pitting one car maker against another to see which was the fastest and most reliable.The first was on Thanksgiving of 1895 financed by the Times-Herald. Eleven cars were invited, five showed up and only two managed to finish the event. The winner was awarded $10,000 ($350,000 today) and it went to the Duryea Brothers –America’s first automaker. Their gasoline car topped out at 8MPH in below freezing temperatures…in the snow. Reminding people of the challenges of taking a horse and buggy through the snow, the Times-Herald reported that the car made it “through deep snow and along ruts that would have tried horses to the utmost.”But these events weren’t universally convincing. In 1896, an event organized by the Rhode Island State Fair Association featured an electric car. The Riker Electric won the race and $5,000 but the crowd was underwhelmed. They began chanting, “GET A HORSE. GET A HORSE. GET A HORSE.” That refrain became a popular expression used to make fun of automobile drivers. For years people would yell as they passed, “GET A HORSE!”By July of 1905, the publication Horseless Age, declared the beginning of the American dominant car culture. After a national reliability event by the American Automobile Association (AAA), The Glidden Tour, they reported that it “proved the automobile is now almost foolproof. It has proved that American cars are durable and efficient...it has strengthened our belief in the permanence of the motor car.’’A year later, in 1906, Munsey Magazine also declared the end of making fun of the automobile by writing, the “uncertain period of the automobile is now past. It is no longer a theme for jokers and rarely do we hear the derisive expression ‘Get a horse.’” And three years later, in 1909, Charles Duryea atoned that the “novelty of the automobile has largely worn off.” Soon Ford started pulling out of demonstration events and became the first mass produced reliable car in the world. The belief system of those early innovation activists had taken hold. Their meaning-work was done. They had demonstrated and convinced the public that their once radical inventions were more useful, usable, and desirable than horses, buggies…and bikes.THE GENIE GETS OUT OF THE BOTTLEWith the public convinced and nationwide reliability events tapering off, automobile activists turned their attention to roads. The Good Roads Movement had been around since the 1880s and was started by a bicycle club, the League of American Wheelman. But in 1910 that organizations efforts were overshadowed by the Automobile Association of America (AAA). By the 1920s, automobiles were competing for space with streetcars that were ubiquitous in cities big and small across the country. Streetcar systems were so vast you could almost traverse the country by streetcar city to city. But for the first time, funds and space for public rail infrastructure had competition. Should tax dollars be spent on developing and maintaining rail for trains and streetcars or roads for bikes and automobiles?Meanwhile, large motor coaches were also being produced. One of the first manufacturers and operators in America was John D. Hertz of Hertz rental car fame. He had been operating busses in Chicago since 1916, and in 1923 started the Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of another popular name, the Yellow Cab Company. He went on to start other companies with visions of bringing busses and busing to all of America.In 1925 General Motors (GM) bought a controlling stake in Yellow Coach and changed the name to Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company.  Then, in 1926 Yellow Coach purchased the struggling New York Railways Corporation with the idea of converting it to a bus company. By 1930, the depression put added pressure on the competition for infrastructure funds. Financially struggling streetcars companies were often forced by local governments to lease street access and pay for rail maintenance and services (like snow removal). Companies were also sometimes forced to cap fare prices to protect lower income residents from getting priced out of public transportation by private firms. By the 1930s most streetcars were worn down and their companies bankrupt. It made them easy prey for companies like General Motors to buy them out.And so they did. GM started a subsidiary called United Cities Motor Transport (UCMT) with the sole purpose of buying out streetcar companies and converting them to bus lines in small cities. They succeeded in Saginaw, Michigan, and Springfield, Ohio and then tried Portland, Oregon. But the American Transit Association, a public transit advocacy group, stepped in and the UCMT was forced to dissolve in 1935. But it didn’t stop General Motors. That same year they converted a streetcar in New Jersey to a ‘trackless trolly’ – a bus attached to an electric wire that could detach to pick up passengers in lower populated areas. An idea that is alive to this day.The conversion from tracks to wheels was catching on. In 1936, two brothers in Minnesota who had been modestly busing school children and miners since 1920, either decided or were ‘encouraged’ to expand. They announced a reorganization of their company, National City Lines, "for the purpose of taking over the controlling interest in certain operating companies engaged in city bus transportation and overland bus transportation."  That same year, 1936, this tiny outfit bought 13 streetcar companies in three states in the Midwest. They pushed westward and south to three more states in 1937. They also formed a subsidiary in Oakland, California called Pacific City Lines (PCL) with the intention of converting streetcar operations on the west coast to bus lines. In 1938 they approached GM’s Yellow Coach company to help finance further expansion. By 1939 they had secured funding from not only GM, but  Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, Phillips Petroleum, and Mack Trucks. By the end of 1939, just three years after owning and operating a couple rural busses in Minnesota, National City Lines took control of 29 local streetcar and public transportation companies in 27 cities across 10 states. By 1947 that grew to 46 systems, 45 cities, and 16 states.That also marked the end of the buying spree. In 1947 they were indicted on these two counts of conspiracy by the Federal District Court of Southern California: 'Conspiring to acquire control of a number of transit companies, forming a transportation monopoly' and 'Conspiring to monopolize sales of buses and supplies to companies owned by National City Lines.' In 1948 the case was appealed by the U.S. Supreme Court and they ordered the case be moved to the Midwest in the Federal District Court in Northern Illinois.A year later, in 1949, General Motors, Standard Oil of California, Firestone and others were convicted of conspiring to monopolize the sale of buses and related products to local transit companies controlled by National City Lines and other companies. But they were acquitted on charges of conspiracy to monopolize the ownership of streetcar and other public transportation companies. GM was fined a paltry $5000 ($62,000 today) dollars for their involvement. Their treasurer, also the director of Pacific City Lines was fined $1. That almost seems like a wink and nod more than a punishment. That one man single-handedly dismantled a $100 million electric public transportation system up and down the west coast of the United States.In Los Angeles alone, 280 million passengers a year were using the electric streetcar system. They were forced into buses or cars – if they could afford them. By 1953, just four years after the great General Motors Streetcar Conspiracy people were already complaining of traffic in LA. Within a decade, nearly four million cars were crawling around the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. The era of automobile dependency in the United States was in full swing. And there’s no getting that genie back in the bottle.SAFETY FOR WHOM?The CEO of GM, Alfred P. Sloan, wasn’t just pooling money with his cronies to buy out electric streetcar companies. Back in 1932, the same time he was conspiring to monopolize, he also created the ‘National Highway Users Conference’. He filled it with automobile, oil, and highway construction executives as a non-profit lobbying group intent on bringing an end to the government funding of mass transportation. This resulted in the creation of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund which was then used to fund the creation of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. Between 1952 and 1970 the U.S. government spent nearly two billion dollars on highways. Rail systems got just one quarter of a million.1970 also marked the year the ‘National Highway Users Conference’, ‘Automotive Safety Foundation’, and the ‘Auto Industries Highway Safety Committee’ were merged to form the ‘Highway Users Federation’. In 1995 the name was changed to the 'American Highway Users Alliance’ which to this day is “dedicated to more successful and aggressive issue advocacy on behalf of the highway community.” They went on to lead a “successful national lobbying, media and grassroots advocacy campaign to enact legislation officially designating and funding the National Highway System.” A year later, in 1996, Al Gore, the Nobel prize winner for climate change advocacy, keynoted their 40th anniversary conference. An inconvenient truth.This organization was also the member of the Global Climate Coalition from 1989 to 2001. This was the largest climate policy group in the world. It was an international coalition that opposed actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and challenged the science behind climate change. They also played a significant role in the United States denying ratification of the 1992 Kyoto Protocol.In 2004 a former U.S. Federal Highway Administration staffer, Greg Cohen, became the CEO of the organization. He was behind the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, better known as SAFETE-LU. This George W. Bush administration bill included funding for the purchase of land in Illinois for freeway expansion. Bush worked directly with the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, on the bill. It turned out Hastert owned the very land slated for freeway expansion. The celebration of the passing of the bill was held at the headquarters of the road construction equipment maker, Caterpillar.Four months later Hastert enjoyed a 500% profit in the sale of his land and his net worth went from $300,000 to over $6 million. Hastert went on to be convicted on felony charges, but not for swindling taxpayers’ dollars. He was sent to prison for serial sexual molestation of young boys. He is the highest-ranking U.S. elected official to serve a prison sentence. Will Trump dethrone him? Just last April, the former Highway Alliance CEO, Greg Cohen, received an award by the ‘Road Gang’ (as those in the organization like to call themselves) for his “significant, exemplary contributions to the highway industry.”In 2009 the ‘Road Gang’ opposed the American Clean Energy and Security Act. This was the first U.S. bill passed by a branch of the U.S. Federal Government intent on curbing heat-trapping gases responsible for the climate crisis. The ‘Road Gang’ said the “bill will dramatically raise the price of highway fuel through a hidden tax” and that it may “raise the price of gasoline by 77 cents over the next decade.” Worse yet, they worried “none of the revenue raised will be spent on highways.”These caustic climate curmudgeons, car conspirators, tire tycoons, and oil and gas goons are the modern-day automobile enthusiast club. In sociological terms they are ideological activists who exploit financial and political opportunities to mobilize resources. For over a century their ideologically vacuous, homogenous, and one-sided promise of automobility is alive and well but it is also killing us – even as it perpetually promises to save us.Yet we still need demonstrations to convince us. Now safety and reliability are demonstrated by professional stunt drivers filmed on a smooth open road. Desirable luxury automobiles are filmed in a bucolic low-density suburban neighborhood void of cars and people. Ironically, our Kirkland neighborhood was planned and designed in the 1800s – complete with alleys designed to hide buggies, bikes, and carbon belching Buicks. Streets were public spaces where kids could play, and neighbors talked to one another. As car enthusiasts took over so did city planners and city councils hellbent on accommodating there promises. Now these enthusiasts are our elected officials, city planners, and civil engineers. In their mind, most of them anyway, the only meaningful, valid, and appropriate use of the street is for cars. A place where to be safe you need Hollywood production assistants on every corner and a cop in the intersection yelling, “SIR! PLEASE BACK OFF THE SIDEWALK!” It makes me want to yell back, “GET A HORSE!” This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit interplace.io

College Football Bros
G5 + Independents Burning Questions

College Football Bros

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 39:04


2022 Preview Season begins with the Group of Five Conferences + Independents. The Bros answer the following questions: Will Cincinnati three-peat as AAC champions? Will the 2022 Conference USA championship game be a rematch between UTSA and Western Kentucky? Which is more likely: Northern Illinois repeats as MAC West division champions or Kent State repeats as MAC East division champions? Will Boise State regain the top spot in the Mountain West in 2022? Who is more likely to win their division: Louisiana in the Sun Belt West or App State in the Sun Belt East? Is BYU a top 25 team?

Real Estate for Breakfast
Real Estate Development Strategy in a Changing Market and Avoiding “the Dumb Tax,” with Chris Coleman of Wingspan Development Group

Real Estate for Breakfast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022


Vice President of Development for Wingspan Development Group Chris Coleman says that the privately owned real estate company is more of a “developer with a general contractor in-house,” than a traditional developer. That vertical integration gives Wingspan a differentiator in the market. Currently focused on multifamily and mixed-use developments in Northern Illinois, Southeastern Wisconsin and Central Florida, Wingspan is now seeking to expand into the Greater Phoenix, Greater Denver, and Greater Atlanta markets. On this episode of Real Estate for Breakfast, host Phil Coover and Chris Coleman discuss Wingspan's real estate development strategy, how the company differs from other developers, and some of the group's most successful projects. Additionally, they discuss how Wingspan is navigating the current real estate climate and how Chris and other company leaders chose which new markets to target. Chris explains that the Phoenix, Denver, and Atlanta markets are all areas that he himself or the group's Director of Development, Jason Macklin, are personally familiar with, and that is what gives Wingspan comfort in moving forward in those regions. Chris refers to this concept as the group's way of avoiding “the dumb tax,” or losing money by naively developing in areas that the local operators have passed over due to local knowledge of a development challenge. Chris also discusses the group's formation, and how it grew out of its sister company, Nicholas & Associates. As a family-owned business, Chris points out that Wingspan can be selective about its deals, and that patience can sometimes give it an advantage over traditional development companies. Overall, Chris says, Wingspan's number one priority is to protect the family and execute good projects. As Wingspan's Vice President of Development, Chris is responsible for all of the company's lines of business, including development oversight, fostering new debt and equity relationships, and implementing Wingspan's overall strategic plan. Prior to joining Wingspan, Coleman served as Chicago Division President for William Ryan Homes, Inc. Chris first began his career in real estate in 1988 as a market analyst with The Zale Group. After spending time in Florida and Georgia, Coleman returned to Chicago in 1997 to launch his own firm specializing in in-fill redevelopment. He joined Wingspan Development Group in 2017. Learn more about Wingspan Development Group here: https://www.wingspandev.com/.

Speaking Your Brand
284: Connecting Your Ideas into One Message with Cindy Rowe

Speaking Your Brand

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 39:10


Have you ever felt like you have a bunch of ideas and you're not sure how they're connected and how to get them into one message? You are not alone! Most of us struggle with this because we're too close to our own ideas, expertise, and stories. Our guest, Cindy Rowe, owns a marketing agency that works with small businesses. Cindy also has a passion for speaking and for spreading her message around kindness. Cindy joined our Thought Leader Academy in March and worked with our lead speaking coach Diane Diaz in a VIP Day to create her signature talk. In this episode, Diane and Cindy talk about: What led Cindy to her thought leadership message and how it connects to her story The process that Diane and Cindy went through to incorporate Cindy's story into her keynote The types of speaking engagements Cindy most enjoys doing Why Cindy joined our Thought Leader Academy and what her experience has been About My Guest: Cindy Rowe is an Entrepreneur, Mom and Kindness Spreader. Enduring a series of challenges, she was determined to rise. Her transformation happened when she focused on practicing kindness. Not only did her personal life change, but her business grew with this pivotal shift towards kindness. Her passion is to inspire and empower others to discover how kindness can be the gamechanger; the key to success in life and in business. Cindy is the perfect example of how the power of kindness can pull you through dark and difficult situations including divorce, a brain injury and childhood traumas. She resides in Northern Illinois with new found love and soon-to-be husband, her children and blended family as well as two crazy, but sweet pups. She continues to build her marketing company that serves entrepreneurs and small business owners. About Us: The Speaking Your Brand podcast is hosted by Carol Cox. This episode is hosted by Diane Diaz, our lead speaking coach.  At Speaking Your Brand, we help women entrepreneurs and professionals clarify their brand message and story, create their signature talks, and develop their thought leadership platforms. Our mission is to get more women in positions of influence and power because it's through women's stories, voices, and visibility that we challenge the status quo and change existing systems. Check out our coaching programs at https://www.speakingyourbrand.com.  Links: Show notes at https://www.speakingyourbrand.com/284/  Cindy's website: http://thecindyrowe.com/ Apply for our Thought Leader Academy: https://www.speakingyourbrand.com/academy/  Connect on social: Diane on LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianediaz  Diane on Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/dianediaz  Cindy Rowe (guest) on LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindyrowe1/ Cindy Rowe (guest) on Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/cindyarowe/ Cindy's favorite book = “Chasing the Bright Side” by Jess Ekstrom: https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Bright-Side-Optimism-Activate/dp/0785229329/   Cindy's favorite TED talk = Brene Brown on vulnerability: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability?language=en   Cindy's favorite quote = “I've learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou   Related Podcast Episodes: Episode 259: Connecting Your Business and Your Thought Leadership with Carol Cox Episode 280: Making the Shift from Expert Presenter to Storyteller in Your Keynotes with Katie Anderson  

How to Scale Commercial Real Estate
How Managed Wi-Fi Puts the Smart in Smart Apartments

How to Scale Commercial Real Estate

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 22:22


Technology is transforming the future of real estate. Learn more about how managed Wi-Fi systems can provide added value and smart solutions to properties with our guest Todd Thorpe.   Todd is the VP of Sales of Dojo Networks, a leading provider of high-speed data services focused on working with multifamily communities. He breaks down what makes a managed Wi-Fi system a valuable amenity to multifamily properties. He also goes in-depth on the process of installation, including the costs involved as well as the ancillary revenue that can be generated.  [00:01 - 07:49] What is Managed Wi-Fi? Todd on his background and doing MDU sales The advantage of having a managed Wi-Fi system Designing a managed wi-fi for the best coverage and best experience   [07:50 - 21:25] Adding Value with Managed Wi-Fi Increasing NOI and revenue through managed Wi-Fi How it can benefit the owner and the resident Uses of managed Wi-Fi in maintenance and security Reducing trouble and service calls How to seamlessly integrate a managed Wi-Fi system into a property   [21:26 - 22:21] Closing Segment Reach out to Todd!  Links Below Final Words Tweetable Quotes   “Once you put in a managed Wi-Fi system within that property, then you can start layering in all this other really cool technology… which again, that's what residents are looking for.”  - Todd Thorpe   “Managed Wi-Fi needs to be like running water or a light switch. You flip it on and you expect it to work. You don't think about it, right?” - Todd Thorpe “You're creating an environment where the resident is happy, they're more apt to renew the lease…'cause you're offering these additional types of amenities.” - Todd Thorpe   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------   Connect with Todd! Shoot him an email at todd.thorpe@dojonetworks.com or contact him at 608-669-6514. Follow him on LinkedIn.   Connect with me:   I love helping others place money outside of traditional investments that both diversify a strategy and provide solid predictable returns.     Facebook   LinkedIn   Like, subscribe, and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or whatever platform you listen on.  Thank you for tuning in!   Email me → sam@brickeninvestmentgroup.com Want to read the full show notes of the episode? Check it out below:   [00:00:00] Todd Thorpe: You're gonna pay that 20 to $25 per unit, but then you're gonna turn around and charge your resident, maybe $50, $60 per unit, an amenity fee or a tech fee. And then you're going to keep that difference. And that's where you are increasing your NOI and you're generating this ancillary revenue and you're still way below what the retail rate would be for the resident to go out and get internet on their own from the local cable provider or the local phone provider. [00:00:48] Sam Wilson: Todd Thorpe is a well respected multifamily veteran with over 30 years of industry experience. Todd, welcome to the show.  [00:00:55] Todd Thorpe: Sam, thank you so much, man.  [00:00:57] Sam Wilson: Hey, man, the pleasure's mine. There's three questions I ask every guest who comes in the show: in 90 seconds or less, can you tell me where's to start? Where are you now? And how did you get there?  [00:01:05] Todd Thorpe: Okay, well those are pretty easy questions. So got my start in cable TV probably 30 years ago. So I'm kind of dating myself, right out of college. Started doing public access programming, kind of the, the Wayne's World thing and got into ad sales and then kind of got into sales, direct sales and have spent literally probably 20 years in MDU sales, multifamily sales from, from a telecom technology perspective. [00:01:34] Todd Thorpe: And I am in Greenville, South Carolina right now. So got out of the, the cold Northern Illinois, got sick of shoveling snow and move down here and love it. [00:01:46] Sam Wilson: And love it. Absolutely. Man, come on down the, the south. It's a good place to be so welcome. Question for you there, what, just for our listeners and for my own sake, I have no idea what MDU sales even means.  [00:01:59] Todd Thorpe: MDU. So multi-dwelling unit. So you have your, your SFUs, which is your single family homes. And then you have MDU, which is multi-dwelling unit or multi-family. Okay. Multifamily properties. So student housing, your traditional or conventional multifamily, senior properties, and then affordable housing is also really big right now. [00:02:25] Todd Thorpe: And all of those types of verticals are deploying managed Wi-Fi. They're putting in technology now as an amenity for their residents, and that's a way to generate ancillary revenue, increase NOI on the property, which as a, as an investor, you know how important that is, 'cause you wanna increase your NOI and make the property more valuable and creating a, a marketing tool that attracts residents to your property versus the property across the street. Why should I rent from ABC property? Well, because they have all these great amenities, and they also have managed Wi-Fi, kind of turnkey. [00:03:11] Sam Wilson: Now, so that's part of the MDU sales is what you were talking about there when you say MDU sales, correct. You're looking at all of this tech package as a whole. [00:03:19] Todd Thorpe: Yep. Like a prop tech is kind of the big buzzword right now. And that includes managed Wi-Fi. And then once you put in a, a managed Wi-Fi system within that property, then you can start layering in all this other really cool technology, like smart thermostats, smart locks, creating that smart home or that smart apartment environment, which again, that's what residents are looking for. [00:03:47] Todd Thorpe: They want these, these amenities, 'cause they don't wanna have to go out and get it on their own. It's like going to a, checking into a hotel. Imagine, imagine checking into the Holiday Inn or the Hyatt or a hotel that doesn't have Wi-Fi right today. You wouldn't even think about that. 20 years ago, 10 years ago. It was all brand new. [00:04:07] Sam Wilson: Tell me about, I mean, cause this is really fascinating, 'cause I've not heard a lot of people spending a lot of time even, you know, investing in this sort of technology. It's kind of, I mean, obviously it's been around for a while, but the, I guess, putting it all together into a seamless package, I would imagine is kind of, kind of a problem. [00:04:24] Sam Wilson: One, how do you guys solve that? And two, is there a certain class of property this works in? Is it all class A, is it class B? What are we talking about?  [00:04:33] Todd Thorpe: So, how we solve it is we take a real expert or consultative approach by guiding owners and developers, could be existing properties. [00:04:45] Todd Thorpe: It could be brand new developments, and we kind of guide them through that process. And just like an architect would kind of walk you through the best way to design your home or your new kitchen, we will walk them through how to design a managed Wi-Fi for the best coverage and the best experience for the resident. [00:05:10] Todd Thorpe: And as far as the class, it's class A, class C properties, it doesn't really matter so much, the class. Where it does start to make sense or maybe doesn't make sense are real small property. So if you get below 50 units, putting in a managed Wi-Fi system is probably not gonna be cost effective, but you get north of that, especially you get north of a hundred units. That's where it really starts to make sense. And we're, we're seeing a lot of success. That developers and, and owners are achieving, is value add properties where they're putting in, you know, in their underwriting and their proforma, they're making sure that there is capital funds not to just do landscaping and brand new fixtures, and paint, and kind of aesthetic things, but also, you know, and maybe putting in a new roof, they're also making sure that there's money set aside in that underwriting to install a managed Wi-Fi system, to start installing all that technology. So, Sam, it's all across the board, it's value add, and it's these real kind of sexy, resort style class A properties that are, you know, monster 10 story buildings and 500 units, right?  [00:06:39] Sam Wilson: Do you guys do the actual installation of this or are you just consultants on this?  [00:06:45] Todd Thorpe: Both. So we are a, a turnkey, soup to nuts provider. So we bring in fiber to the property and then we will either do all the low voltage running fiber and ethernet throughout the property, putting in access point in every unit and all the common spaces. [00:07:05] Todd Thorpe: And we also work with the owner and the developer, especially in new construction where they maybe already have a low voltage contractor and we will work with that contractor. They'll do all the wiring and then we just bring all the electronics, hook everything up, flip the switch on, and everything's working. [00:07:24] Todd Thorpe: And that's really what this is all about is managed Wi-Fi needs to just like running water or a light switch. You flip it on and you expect it to work. You don't think about it, right? We're talking, we got Wi-Fi going right now to, to keep this, this podcast going and you don't even think about it. You just start the Zoom, you start the podcast then going, just kind of rely on it.  [00:07:49] Sam Wilson: Yeah. That's absolutely, absolutely true. On the value add side of things, obviously, for those of us who are buying value add multifamily properties, the thing we want to do is to increase rent. I mean, we wanna drive revenue. [00:08:02] Sam Wilson: And so give me, I guess, a general, if you can, a general case there of, say, Hey man, here's a hundred units. Here is the range that, you know, you could expect to spend. Here's what we see on an average rent bump. I mean, I'm sure you guys have some of those kind of basic metrics. Can you help break some of that down for us? [00:08:19] Todd Thorpe: Yep. Yep. So every situation's gonna be a little different, garden style versus mid-rise or high rise. If it is an existing property versus new construction, but by and large, kind of back of the napkin figures, you're looking at maybe 800 to a thousand dollars, a unit in CapEx cost, one time, you know, upfront costs. [00:08:49] Todd Thorpe: And then you're looking at around $20 to $25 a unit. And you're operating costs, you're monthly. So that's what you would pay us, but here's, here's the kicker. Here's the beauty part. Then this is where, where the NOI comes in. And this is where you, you drive that ancillary revenue. So you're paying maybe 20 and we've even seen it in the, the high teens. [00:09:16] Todd Thorpe: It depends on what kind of cost you can get from that bandwidth, fiber circuit coming into the property. But you're gonna pay that $20 to $25 per unit, but then you're gonna turn around and charge your resident, maybe $50, $60 per unit, an amenity fee or a tech fee. And then you're going to keep that difference. [00:09:40] Todd Thorpe: And that's where you are increasing your NOI and you're generating this ancillary revenue and you're still way below what the retail rate would be for the resident to go out and get internet on their own from the local cable provider or the local phone provider, right? So it's a win-win for everybody, the owner or the developer gets this fantastic what we call frictionless Wi-Fi experience. The resident doesn't have to go out and get the service on their own. And you're creating an environment where the resident then is, is happy, they're more apt to renew the lease. And first of all, they're more apt to just rent from you versus the property down the street, 'cause you're offering these additional types of amenities, valet services and you know, waste haul and you know, you got a pool and that's what residents are looking for is, and that's, you know, value add properties. That's what you're trying to do is increase the rent, right? And in some cases you're able to even do that. You're, you're able to increase the rent. You're able to add that maybe that tech feed to the rent because now you are giving them more value than they would get before.  [00:10:57] Sam Wilson: Yeah. And so I guess that's the, you just have to include that, you know, the practically speaking, you have to include that in your lease upfront, you just say, Hey, all leases include a 50 buck tech fee, whatever it is. Of course. I know we're just talking back with the napkin numbers here, but every lease either you build it into the lease or you, you know, line item and out, and, but it's still a required, Hey, it's a $50 tech fee. What are things outside of smart locks and thermostats? I mean, I get it. People wanna pay for Wi-Fi. People may not care as much about smart locks or even smart thermostats. Obviously, as the building owner, we would care about things like that. And I guess as a tenant, you probably would too. If you could control your thermostat and have a lower utility bill. What are some things that are kind of on the horizon that you see where this could be the next level or the scalability of this PropTech platform? Like where, where do you want this to go outside of just maybe those three items?  [00:11:49] Todd Thorpe: Well, so besides the, the thermostats and the locks, you're right. Not all residents want or need that. And it really depends a little bit on the property type. There are student housing properties where internet is a must. [00:12:08] Todd Thorpe: And that's where managed Wi-Fi started really taking off was in student housing because they live and breathe by that internet connection. They have to take their tests and, you know, that's, that's how they watch everything. They watch it on their phone. My kids had TVs in, in their bedroom growing up in high school and they never watched them. [00:12:27] Todd Thorpe: They were constantly on their phone, but, you know, from a, from a maintenance and a property standpoint, When you turn that unit by being able to, so it's an advantage for the resident, but it's also an advantage for the maintenance staff and the property staff, because now they can lower that or raise that temperature, turn on the AC, turn on the heat, lower it when somebody moves out. [00:12:54] Todd Thorpe: So you can just do that remotely. The whole lock thing, you don't need physical keys anymore. So you're saving money. You're saving time, you're saving resources. So there's an advantage of the resident experience, but there's also an advantage for the property itself. So you want to kind of weigh those options. [00:13:17] Todd Thorpe: Maybe you don't think that the resident would necessarily benefit from it, but the property could. So when you're adding and thinking about these amenities, you wanna kind of look at both sides, but then in addition to that, you can do video surveillance. You can put up cameras and things and, you know, affordable housing. [00:13:37] Todd Thorpe: We're seeing that, especially very prevalent, putting in security systems and things like that. Water and leak detection, so you can add those devices as well. Running toilets, busted pipe, especially in, in the, the north where it's cold, those types of services you can easily add once you have that managed Wi-Fi. [00:14:04] Todd Thorpe: And then there's just all the things that haven't been invented yet, right? That are, that are going to be coming that we just don't know. But as technology advances typically costs come down, the cost of bandwidth should go down over time and how much bandwidth you can, you can purchase and get usually increases just like technology and hardware. The flat screen TV today, you can buy for $300 and, you know, seven years ago it was $3,000. But the one thing that we do, Sam, is we make sure that we stay up on technology. We're always in the lab, we're testing the latest and greatest technology. We are an elite Ruckus partner. [00:14:50] Todd Thorpe: Ruckus is in the managed Wi-Fi space, in the hardware space is the best of the best when it comes to hardware for access points and switches. We only use the best because by doing that upfront and by being extremely proactive on the front end, that reduces your, your trouble call and your service call. [00:15:16] Todd Thorpe: So here's a, here's a statistic. On average, less than half a percent of our customers submit a troubled call or a service ticket on an annual basis. So less than half a percent and the industry average is 8%. That's a testament to, we're able to achieve those statistics because we do it right upfront. We answer the phone, our customer care answers the phone in 15 seconds, you're gonna get a live technician when you call in if you do have a problem, and our average speed to resolve a trouble ticket is eight minutes.  [00:16:02] Sam Wilson: That's amazing. Tell me about this. You mentioned the word fiber. Is this available in areas where fiber hasn't yet made it? I mean, I know right now I'm in my own neighborhood and they're, they're, they're finally running fiber here and it's like, oh, that's cool. So is that, is that a prerequisite for you guys? Like, there has to be fiber in the area.  [00:16:20] Todd Thorpe: Yeah. I mean, you, we can look at other options and you can feed a property with coax. That doesn't mean that it can't be done. And you can achieve some pretty great speeds over coax. So we never, we never wanna just say absolutely no. And we walk away from that opportunity. But there are certainly with, with the $65 billion that the federal government is, is doling out in ISPs and cable companies deploying fiber. [00:16:51] Todd Thorpe: And there's a lot of resources out there. Yeah. There's gonna be pockets of real, you know, urban areas where it's gonna take a while to catch up. But we were a nationwide company. We service properties all over the country and we have yet to be able to find an area where, I mean, we just have to say, no, sorry. There's just no fiber available. Most of the developments are in, you know, and that we're seeing, especially are in areas that are serviced and there's a lot of fiber providers out there.  [00:17:26] Sam Wilson: Right. When does it make sense? I know you said class A, the class C, like, you can put it in any of it, but let's say we bought a property. And, you know, we've owned it for maybe a year or two. You've got people in the, you know, you've got a call, go back to the hundred units, 80 of those have their own internet connection. Everybody's got their own contracts that started at different times. How do you navigate that in the middle of an ownership, you know, period? Like, what do you guys say? Do you just go to all the residents and say, Hey guys, by the way, we're bringing in know, managed Wi-Fi, you know, cancel your contracts. I mean, what, what is, how does that process, that sounds like it could be a cumbersome integration. I'm sure you've got a solution to that. [00:18:09] Todd Thorpe: Yeah. And, and it's really not as complicated as you would like to think, but yes, we work through all of those logistics with the owner to make sure that we roll it out seamlessly to the resident. The key there is communication to the resident and there really are no contracts anymore. If a person goes out and they, they get their own internet service with the local cable company or the phone provider, you know, none of them really have contracts anymore. It's all pretty much once to month. So you don't have to worry about that. You know, you can cancel your internet, you know, pretty much at any time now. Your mobile bill, like your mobile phone, typically you have a contract there, but that's usually, you're just trying to pay off the phone too. But with the internet, you don't really have to worry about that. [00:18:58] Todd Thorpe: It's kind of a lease up and you're going to kind of ramp those people up. And we can certainly work with owners in some sort of ramp to kind of ease those residents in, especially if you know, you're talking literally, like you said, 80 out of a hundred units, probably 80 of those residents are gonna have internet. [00:19:21] Todd Thorpe: 'Cause when you think about it, That's the first thing, when you move into an apartment or a home, what do you have to do? I got to call the cable company. I got to get my internet set up. Even before you get there, you want to like it on and working. So, you know, it's just a, it's just a matter of kind of working through those logistics. [00:19:40] Todd Thorpe: We hand hold the, the owner, make sure there's no trip ups. The other key is, is to plan well in advance. So if you do have a contract, like you're the owner, and maybe you have a, a bulk agreement with the local cable company or the local phone provider, maybe you have bulk TV or something like that. You want to be well in advance of all of that. If you're building a property, you want to be at least 12 to 18 months out before your first certificate of occupancy. So just planning, and by planning ahead, you really minimize and reduce and kind of eliminate all of those, potholes that you might run into.  [00:20:22] Sam Wilson: And I would imagine that as soon as we get a property under contract, correct me if I'm wrong, but that would be when we'd also wanna be reaching out to you and saying, Hey, we're under contract. This is something we'd like to implement. What is, what is, is even possible? What's it look like? And, and you guys can probably help guide the process from there.  [00:20:39] Todd Thorpe: Yep. That's exactly it. Yeah and really like hold periods don't really affect it either. You know, a lot of people hold a property for five years. We've seen owners where they, they do that and they want to use this as a way to increase the value of the property. So when they do go to sell it, they can certainly increase the value.  [00:20:59] Sam Wilson: Right, right. Yeah. I mean, just simple back of the napkin math, I think where we're looking at there, you said, you know, basically a thousand bucks, a unit. And if we had a hundred units, that's a hundred thousand dollars and if you're charging 25 bucks, we pay you 25 bucks a month. That's 2,500 bucks a month. We're charging 5,000. That's, that's a spread of 2,500 a month. That's 30,000 a year. So you're getting a 30% annualized return. That smells very good on a six, seven cap deal. [00:21:25] Todd Thorpe: There you go.  [00:21:26] Sam Wilson: That's a win-win man. Todd, thank you for coming on today. I certainly appreciate it. If our listeners wanna get in touch with you, learn more about you, what is the best way to do that?  [00:21:34] Todd Thorpe: So I'm very active on LinkedIn, so you can look me up there. My email address is todd.thorpe@dojonetworks.com or cell phone (608) 669-6514.  [00:21:51] Sam Wilson: Todd. Thank you so much. Certainly appreciate it. Have a great rest of your day.  [00:21:54] Todd Thorpe: You too, Sam. Thanks. 

Bob Sirott
Booking a trip? Watch for these hidden fees

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about computer virus scam emails and how to negotiate certain prices to combat inflation. He also shared details about a new Facebook Marketplace scam and what hidden fees to look out for when booking a trip.

Bob Sirott
This is how to get your free, and legitimate, credit report

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about popular summer scams, like job opportunities for high schoolers and fake ticket sales. He also shared details about law enforcement scams and where to go for your free credit report.

Washed Up Walkons
Tim Semisch | WUW 325

Washed Up Walkons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 66:05


Tim grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and attended Millard North High School and is the 'baby' of a family of 3 brothers. While he stands at 6'8 275 present day, he graduated high school 100 lbs lighter at the same height which led to his recruitment for college football being delayed. He attended D2 Neb. Omaha before eventually ending up at Northern Illinois for 4 years, which later blossomed into a 5 year stint bouncing around the National Football League. He majored in organizational/corporate communication and later Kinesiology, and after retiring from football now has settled in as the Director of Strength & Performance at Nashville MMA East, which happens to be where Drake trains his Jiu jitsu.

Bob Sirott
Tips on how to repair your credit

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest scams, like fake calls from government agencies, fake dental work, and phishing scams. He also discussed tips on repairing your credit and debt relief.

Bob Sirott
Free roof inspection scams on the rise as spring continues

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest scams, including donation funds fraudulently presenting themselves as raising money for Uvalde, Texas or veterans. He also talked about keeping an eye out for fake free roof inspections and companies paying you to wrap your car.

Weather With Enthusiasm
May 24th Weather Synopsys

Weather With Enthusiasm

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 21:32


May 24th Weather Synopsys. Topics included are solar insolation, soil moisture and its impact on dew point, a formula to get the European model to fit with climatology when it is forecasting extremes, a discussion about the 100° heat that is being forecasted for early June in Massachusetts and nearby areas according to European model, developing extended heat spell for Midwest and East Coast, severe weather risk over Midwest, parts of Plains and South Central states, heat and humidity for India, the impact of the Bermuda High on the jetstream, the 1 day warm wave that will effect Idaho through the Western parts of Dekotas, landspouts over Northern Illinois and Indiana, snow for Wyoming, near record heat for Amarillo Texas, spike in heat on Thursday and Friday for Phoenix which then moves to Rio Grand Village over the weekend and the warm temperatures in International Falls Minnesota. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/weather-with-enthusiasm/support

Go Team!
Episode 54 Polo....Marcos!

Go Team!

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 44:33


There's a small town in Northern Illinois named after one of the world's greatest travelers... no, not Rick Steves, Marco Polo! The town of Polo, IL has and even better team name for their high school. You guessed it right, the Marcos! Join Kelly and Josh as they bring you a brief history of Marco Polo and the town that proudly bears his name. Website: www.goteamstories.com Fireside: https://firesidechat.com/kellyalbrecht https://firesidechat.com/joshalbrecht Patreon: www.patreon.com/goteamstories Email: goteamstories@gmail.com

Successful Farming Daily
3 Big Things Today, May 12, 2022

Successful Farming Daily

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 4:58


1. Soybean Futures Lower in Overnight Trading; 2. Ethanol Production Rises to Highest in a Month; 3. Heat Advisory Issued For Eastern Iowa, Northern Illinois

Bob Sirott
Moving season is here – Watch out for this scam

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022


Steve Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, joined Bob Sirott to share details about the latest scams. Some of these include moving companies, lawn and garden services, and mystery shoppers.

John Howell
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/10) - Ward Remap Deal Reactions & Don't Fire Amy Wax

John Howell

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 45:12


*Alex Nitkin of The Daily Line breaks down the ward remap deal, and Chaundra Van Dyk of CHANGE Illinois talks about her disappointment in the final map. *Joe Ferullo, former EVP of Programming for CBS tells John why CNN will struggle as it attempts to shift back into "real news." *Steve Bernas of the BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois informs you of the scams to be aware of surrounding moving and lawn care companies. *Professor Wilfred Reilly at Kentucky State University shares why people should debate Amy Wax rather than call for her firing. *Plus, John asks the crew how they are enjoying the warm weather before talking about the fallout from Richard Irvin's presser.

UMGoBlue.COM University of Michigan Football Commentary
2021 Football Season Spectacular - Episode 2 - Underdogs

UMGoBlue.COM University of Michigan Football Commentary

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 51:36


Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer review the 2021 Michigan Wolverine Football season from beginning to end. Episode 2 continues with huge victories over Washington (31-10) and Northern Illinois (63-10)followed by a hard fought win over Rutgers (20-13) in the Big Ten opener.

Bob Sirott
Watch out for these Mother's Day scams

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest scams, such as some florists affiliated with third parties and fake text messages about job interviews.

Chicago's Afternoon News with Steve Bertrand
BBB warns of ‘free gift for you' text message scam

Chicago's Afternoon News with Steve Bertrand

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022


Thomas Johnson, VP of Public Relations at the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, joins Lisa Dent on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about how to avoid a new text message scam that attempts to trick people with the promise of a free gift. Follow Your Favorite Chicago’s Afternoon News Personalities on Twitter:Follow […]

OAK PERFORMANCE RADIO
Episode #71 w/ Martin Hyatte - Blue Bear OL/DL Academy

OAK PERFORMANCE RADIO

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 44:11


Coach Adam sits down with Martin Hyatte from Blue Bear Offensive and Defensive Academy. Blue Bear OL/DL Academy is collegiate level Offensive and Defensive line instruction for ages 10 and up! They teach OL/DL fundamentals and help with collegiate recruiting. They are located in Northern Illinois. Martin is very passionate about training not only small things to help the athlete dominate on the field but also to help them play safe. The academy has been strength training with our coaches since January 2022. For more information about Blue Bear OL/DL Academy visit: https://www.facebook.com/OLvDLCamp/ Enjoy the show!

Bob Sirott
Don't answer the call for this smartphone scam

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about vacation deal scams, fake tickets, and smartphone scam calls.

Hurricanes Weekly
Xavier Restrepo with Joe Z 4-6-22

Hurricanes Weekly

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 5:22


Wide Reciever 2021 (True Freshman*): Saw action in all 12 games and ranked among team's top offensive performers…Totaled 24 catches for 373 yards with two touchdowns…Ranked fourth in receiving yards and fifth in receptions…Caught three passes for 55 yards, including first touchdown of career, in season opener against Alabama (Sept. 4)…First score came on 29-yard reception…Had 18-yard reception in win over Appalachian State (Sept. 11)…Caught one pass against Michigan State (Sept. 18)…Totaled 75 receiving yards on four receptions in win over Central Connecticut State (Sept. 25)…Had career-long 45-yard catch against Virginia (Sept. 30)…Saw action against North Carolina (Oct. 16)…Played in win over NC State (Oct. 23)…Had career-high seven receptions totaling career-best 89 yards in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 30)…Caught two passes totaling 11 yards in win over Georgia Tech (Nov. 6)…Recorded 7-yard reception at Florida State (Nov. 13)…Totaled 74 kickoff return yards, including long return of 50 yards, in win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 20)…Caught two passes totaling 30 yards, including 21-yard reception, in win over Duke in season finale (Nov. 27). 2020 (True Freshman): Saw action in nine games in debut season…Made career debut in season opener against UAB (Sept. 10)…Played in road win at Louisville (Sept. 19)…Had 8-yard punt return in win over Florida State (Sept. 26)…Saw action at top-ranked Clemson (Oct. 10)…Played in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Saw action in win at Viginia Tech (Nov. 14)…Caught first pass of career on 12-yard reception in win at Duke (Dec. 5)…Saw action in regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12)…Played in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State (Dec. 29). High School: Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN…Ranked the No. 49 athlete in the country by 247 Composite…Rated the No. 54 wide receiver and No. 54 player in Florida by Rivals…Listed as the No. 101 athlete nationally by ESPN…Helped lead Deerfield Beach to the semifinals in the Florida Class 8A state playoffs…Finished the 2019 season with 18 catches for 294 yards and six receiving touchdowns…A versatile player, he scored 48 touchdowns, had eight interceptions, over 200 tackles, over 500 passing yards, over 3,000 receiving yards and over 2,500 rushing yards in high school career…Chose Miami over offers from Georgia, Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Oregon, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Texas, Vanderbilt, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton, among others.

New Books in Religion
Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec, "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook" (Northern Illinois UP, 2020)

New Books in Religion

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 60:08


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine (Northern Illinois UP, 2020) weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. Editors Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec present new analyses of the workings and evolution of legal systems, the interplay and tensions between church and state, and the prosaic concerns of the women and men involved in witchcraft proceedings. The extended documentary commentaries also explore the shifting boundaries and fraught political relations between Russia and Ukraine. Valerie A. Kivelson teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History. Christine D. Worobec is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University. Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/religion

New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies
Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec, "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook" (Northern Illinois UP, 2020)

New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 60:08


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine (Northern Illinois UP, 2020) weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. Editors Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec present new analyses of the workings and evolution of legal systems, the interplay and tensions between church and state, and the prosaic concerns of the women and men involved in witchcraft proceedings. The extended documentary commentaries also explore the shifting boundaries and fraught political relations between Russia and Ukraine. Valerie A. Kivelson teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History. Christine D. Worobec is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University. Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/russian-studies

New Books in History
Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec, "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook" (Northern Illinois UP, 2020)

New Books in History

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 60:08


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine (Northern Illinois UP, 2020) weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. Editors Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec present new analyses of the workings and evolution of legal systems, the interplay and tensions between church and state, and the prosaic concerns of the women and men involved in witchcraft proceedings. The extended documentary commentaries also explore the shifting boundaries and fraught political relations between Russia and Ukraine. Valerie A. Kivelson teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History. Christine D. Worobec is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University. Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

New Books in Gender Studies
Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec, "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook" (Northern Illinois UP, 2020)

New Books in Gender Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 60:08


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine (Northern Illinois UP, 2020) weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. Editors Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec present new analyses of the workings and evolution of legal systems, the interplay and tensions between church and state, and the prosaic concerns of the women and men involved in witchcraft proceedings. The extended documentary commentaries also explore the shifting boundaries and fraught political relations between Russia and Ukraine. Valerie A. Kivelson teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History. Christine D. Worobec is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University. Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/gender-studies

New Books Network
Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec, "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook" (Northern Illinois UP, 2020)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 60:08


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine (Northern Illinois UP, 2020) weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. Editors Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec present new analyses of the workings and evolution of legal systems, the interplay and tensions between church and state, and the prosaic concerns of the women and men involved in witchcraft proceedings. The extended documentary commentaries also explore the shifting boundaries and fraught political relations between Russia and Ukraine. Valerie A. Kivelson teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History. Christine D. Worobec is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University. Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

New Books in Eastern European Studies
Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec, "Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook" (Northern Illinois UP, 2020)

New Books in Eastern European Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 60:08


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine (Northern Illinois UP, 2020) weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. Editors Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec present new analyses of the workings and evolution of legal systems, the interplay and tensions between church and state, and the prosaic concerns of the women and men involved in witchcraft proceedings. The extended documentary commentaries also explore the shifting boundaries and fraught political relations between Russia and Ukraine. Valerie A. Kivelson teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History. Christine D. Worobec is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University. Steven Seegel is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/eastern-european-studies

WGN - The After Hours with Rick Kogan Podcast
Got an unfamiliar text? It could be a scam

WGN - The After Hours with Rick Kogan Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Rick Kogan, who filled in for Bob Sirott, to talk about the latest texting scams, negatives about cryptocurrency, scam misconceptions, and the BBB’s available scholarships.

Bob Sirott
Got an unfamiliar text? It could be a scam

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Rick Kogan, who filled in for Bob Sirott, to talk about the latest texting scams, negatives about cryptocurrency, scam misconceptions, and the BBB’s available scholarships.

Chicago's Afternoon News with Steve Bertrand
BBB's Steve Bernas: Innocent ‘wrong number' text may not be so innocent

Chicago's Afternoon News with Steve Bertrand

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Lisa Dent on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about text message scams, how to depict them from a real text messages, and where to report them as well.

Inside the Headset with the AFCA
Newland Isaac, OC - Coastal Carolina

Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 26:31


This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Coastal Carolina's Co-Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs Coach, Newland Isaac. In this episode Coach Isaac takes us through his personal coaching journey, shares how to build team culture that goes beyond the field, and dives into his personal offensive philosophy. Newland Isaac recently completed his 13th year as a college coach with the last four coming at Coastal Carolina. Coach Isaac led the Chanticleers' to the No. 7 scoring (40.4 ppg), No. 6 rushing (231.3 ypg) and No. 6 total offense (493.1 ypg) in the country in 2021. The Chanticleers ended the 2021 season with a win over Northern Illinois in the Cure Bowl. This success help Isaac earn the AFCA 2021 FBS Assistant Coach of the Year award.  In 2020, Coach Isaac lead the Chanticleers to a Sun Belt Conference Title on the way to an 11-1 overall record. Prior to Coastal, Isaac spent the 2017 season as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Albany State where he helped the Golden Rams finish first in the SIAC in scoring, passing offense, and red-zone offense while ranking second in both rushing and total offense. Prior to his time at Albany, Isaac worked on coach Chadwell's staff at his alma mater Charleston Southern, serving as the running backs coach for four seasons. During his time there, Isaac helped the Buccaneers produce one of the nation's top rushing attacks in his final two seasons at CSU. The Bucs won Big South championships in 2015 and 2016 while also earning NCAA playoff berths each season. Off the field Coach Isaac is very involved in the community. Isaac leads a group of selected student-athletes who read, mentor, and discuss important life matters to children at a local elementary school, volunteers with FCA, Tim Tebow “Night to Shine” Prom, Caring for Kindergartners, Black History Month program, pumpkin drives, and Christmas events. Isaac was also selected the participate in the 2018 NCAA-NFL Coaches Academy. [0:27] Start of interview [2:13] Thought process when selecting a coaching job [4:29] Personal coaching journey [8:58] Building culture that goes beyond the field [13:42] Coaching in a “co-coordinator” position [17:40] Personal offensive philosophy [21:02] Winning the AFCA FBS assistant coach of the year

Bob Sirott
More entertainment events means more ticket scams

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about virtual kidnappings targeting families and what to look out for when buying tickets for entertainment events from resellers. He also discussed an increase in home improvement scams.

The Real Estate Sessions
Episode 313 – Madeline Hammer, Executive Director Strategic Alliances – RE/MAX LLC

The Real Estate Sessions

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 26:19


https://www.remax.com/ (RE/MAX LLC) is one of the top real estate firms in the United States, with thousands of franchises. With many partners across the country, RE/MAX has a diverse, talented group of people at the helm. Bill Risser interviews its Executive Director of Strategic Alliances, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mbranda/ (Madeline Hammer), about all things real estate. Madeline talks about her journey from writing to sales and real estate to venturing into data. Tune in for more real estate insights in this conversation. --- Madeline Hammer, Executive Director Strategic Alliances - RE/MAX LLC I am interviewing someone from Inman Connect Las Vegas, November 2021. I'm going to be talking to Madeline Hammer. She is Executive Director of Strategic Alliances with https://www.remax.com/ (RE/MAX). She has a varied background including sales and then pivoting into real estate by way of https://www.trulia.com/ (Trulia) and then into https://www.zillowgroup.com/ (Zillow Group). I'm excited to get her story so let's get this started. -- https://www.remax.com/ (Madeline), welcome to the show. Thank you, Bill. I'm excited to be here. I always start the show the same way. Some people like it but others go, “Change it up a little bit,” and I'm like, “No because I want to find out about you. I want to find out where you come from.” You live in Denver with https://www.remax.com/ (RE/MAX) and it makes perfect sense to be in Denver. Are you a native Coloradan? Is that where you grew up? No, I am a Midwestern girl. I grew up in Northern Illinois in Rockford, Illinois. I went to college in Iowa. You are in Denver, Colorado for a reason. How long have you been there? I moved in 2004. Tell me what I need to know about Denver that I don't know already. Denver has 300 days of sunshine a year. It's an amazing four-season city with sunshine all the time. As a Midwestern person, I always have multiple snow shovels and in Colorado, I use them literally once a year. There is always like one big snowstorm that comes through and dumps but for the most part, all sunshine, cold but sunny. We can get cold weather for sure. Have you adopted the Broncos and the Rockies? No. I am still a Minnesota Vikings fan. [caption id="attachment_4201" align="aligncenter" width="600"] RE/MAX LLC: It is important to buy and have enough insurance without overbuying it and understand how the policies work.[/caption]   The Vikings are moving along. They are doing okay. They have had some runs, though. They have had some awesome runs. Let's talk about growing up in the Midwest a little bit because you said you went to Iowa. I have driven across from Chicago to Dyersville, Iowa because that is where the Field of Dreams is. I have been there and that drive there is a lot of corn. When you grew up, you were in Rockford, probably a couple of hundred thousand people in Rockford. It is a nice big town. About 250,000 people. Tell me about growing up there a little bit. I grew up in an area that was called Churchill's Grove. It was where there was a civil war camp. The names of the streets around me were civil war generals. I grew up on Camp Avenue. It was a historical area. Rockford City is divided by a very wide river and we lived on the West side of town. There was always a thing about the East versus West side of town. Even the high school have different names East and West. It was a good place to grow up. A lot of family in Chicago and so I went back and forth into Chicago quite a bit to see cousins. You went to Iowa. You are a Hawkeye. Hayden Fry, am I right? He was the football coach. He was there for a long time so you still follow them. That is your Big Ten team. That would be my Big Ten team. I will get all sports for a second but this year, Iowa and Iowa State played each other and both were ranked in the top ten. It's cool to have both schools because they...

Bob Sirott
Banks not liable for money transferring scam

Bob Sirott

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022


President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Steve Bernas joined Bob Sirott to talk about recent fraudulent transaction scams involving a popular money transfer app and how online shopping is the most risky type of scam. Later on Steve also discussed how to better protect yourself against scams.