Mar 11, 2015

Austin Thornton shares his MSU basketball experience


Austin Thornton played every role during his time at Michigan State.  He came in as a highly recruited walk-on, spent a year redshirted, became a contributing role player and ultimately he became a starter.  His Journey hasn't always been the easiest but Austin has faced every challenge head on with poise and maturity.  He shares some of the lessons he's learned along the way in this podcast.

NOTE:  This podcast was taped the week earlier

Mar 3, 2015

What Separates the Great from the Elite - A Conversation with Speaker, Author & Sports Agent Molly Fletcher


Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher spent nearly two decades as a female sports agent recruiting the top athletes, coaches and media personalities in the game. In 2010, she started her own company, The Molly Fletcher Company, which serves clients through a variety of services, including: keynote speaking, team building programs and online learning.

The Female Sports Agent

Molly made a name for herself as one of the only female sports agents in the industry. Her client list boasted some of the top names in sports, including Tom Izzo, Ernie Johnson, Jr., Matt Kuchar, Doc Rivers, John Smoltz, Joe Theismann and hundreds more. She represented Major League Baseball stars, PGA and LPGA golfers, college and world championship coaches, and media personalities during her career as an agent.

Motivational Speaker & Author

A popular keynote speaker, Molly applies lessons learned from her years of experience in the sports industry to the business world. She speaks to audiences around the country on topics related to:

               Transform Your Business Relationships (Sales & Business Development)

               Leading the Way (Leadership & Teams)

               How Conversation Gets Deals Done (Negotiation)

               Unleash Your Potential (Personal & Professional Development)

               Women Winning in Business… And Beyond 

She also travels the country as a team building facilitator, working with both Fortune 500 companies and sports teams to build winning cultures by enhancing trust, transparency and team dynamics.

Molly is the author of three books. Her most recent title, A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done,  is a tactical guide to effective negotiation. She is also the author of The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career, a tactical guide to becoming your own career agent, and The Business of Being the Best, in which she extracts the common traits found in top performers.

In addition, the Molly Fletcher Company provides a full range of services to clients. The Betterment Institute, an online learning platform, teaches relationship-based business development skills. Molly and her team also work with both corporate and sports teams to build healthy and productive cultures.

Awards & Honors

A trailblazer throughout her career, Molly has been honored with numerous awards, including Outstanding Alumni from Michigan State University, 2014 Inspiring Women by the Atlanta Dream, and the 2011 POW! Womenetics Award. Numerous media outlets have featured Molly, including CNN, ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes and Sports Illustrated.


Feb 25, 2015

Accessing your brain with floatation tanks - A Conversation with Wendy Johnson of Delta Floats


Floatation tanks are a special type Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), invented by John C Lilly in the 1960’s. From his experiments, Lilly determined that such external stimuli as gravity, light, sound and touch accounted for 90% of the central nervous system’s workload. He found that implementing Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy lowered stress levels.

Without environmental stimuli to process, the central nervous system’s level of activity drops dramatically, and provides an unparalleled level of relaxation. The elimination of the affects of gravity on the body allows the muscles and joints to release tension and heal more rapidly. Freed of the stimuli, the brain begins working more efficiently. This change provides the floater with an accelerated ability to learn, process information, and use his or her creative mind.

An added benefit of Floating stems from the use of Epsom Salts. (According to the Archangel Vitamin, Health, and Nutritional Center’s Health Newsletter, “Epsom Salt draws toxins from the body and sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles and is natural emollient (an exfoliate).”

With the reduction in stimuli, there is a transition to the theta brainwave, which typically occurs right before sleep. Says Wikipedia: “Many use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem -solving or for super learning. The more often the tank is used the longer the theta period becomes.”

Positive findings have been found from many studies and have led to floatation tanks being used all over the world. Not only in medical and health care programs, but in a wide range of fields. The Australian Sports Commission recommends Floating to their athletes to reduce stress and prevent burnout. For business people they use it as a tool for problem solving and goal setting.


Feb 18, 2015

Skylar Meade - Are Youth Athletes Over Coached?


Skylar Meade joined the Spartan baseball staff in the summer of 2014 as the team's pitching coach. Meade came to MSU from Middle Tennessee State where he served in the same role for two seasons (2013-14).

Under Meade's tutelage, the MTSU pitching staff lowered its team ERA in each of his two seasons at the school. In 2014, the Blue Raiders posted their lowest team ERA since 2001 (4.10) as they finished fourth in their inaugural season in Conference USA.

Meade mentored MTSU's Zac Curtis, who was selected in the sixth round of this year's MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Curtis, a first-team All-Conference USA selection, ended the regular season as the nation's leader in strikeouts with 136.

In 2013, Meade oversaw closer Daniel Palo post a 2.64 ERA with eight saves. Palo later went on to be drafted in the 27th round by the Colorado Rockies.

Prior to joining the staff at MTSU, Meade worked for five seasons at Eastern Illinois, first as a graduate assistant and then as assistant coach in 2009. EIU posted one of the Ohio Valley Conference's best rotations during his time at the school. The Panthers sported the best team ERA in the OVC in four of his five years - 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 - while finishing second in 2009.

Meade assisted in coaching the Panthers to the 2009 OVC regular-season title and a 31-19 record. The year prior, EIU captured the 2008 OVC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

During his tenure at EIU, Meade saw a number of his pitchers rack up Ohio Valley Conference accolades in addition to being selected in the MLB Draft.

In 2010, Josh Mueller was drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, while teammate Mike Recchia signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees.

Tyler Kehrer, who led the OVC in strikeouts and opponent batting average in 2009, became the highest drafted EIU player since 1988, as he was taken 48th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Compensation Round A.

Meade joined the coaching staff at EIU after his playing career at the University of Louisville. With the Cardinals, Meade anchored a pitching staff that helped lead Louisville to the 2007 College World Series. The left-handed pitcher recorded nine wins in 2007 and limited opposing batters to a .247 average. He concluded his career with a 16-7 record, including a 5-1 mark in conference action.

The native of Louisville, Kentucky, earned a bachelor's degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2007 and completed a master's degree in kinesiology and sports studies (sports management) in the summer of 2009 from EIU.

Feb 11, 2015

Justin Grinnell - A Conversation about health and fitness


Justin Grinnell is a personal trainer, strength coach and owner of State of Fitness.  Justin taken a different approach to fitness and has worked to make personal training affordable for more people.  He's trained just about everyone type of strength training and continues to push himself to learn about the industry.  

Justin is a constant contributor to several health and fitness publications as well as the author of an e-book titled 

Contact Justin at any of the below website

Feb 5, 2015

Leadership with Izzo - A Conversation with Tom Izzo


Eight-Time National Coach of the Year

One NCAA Championship

Seven Big Ten & Three Big Ten Tournament Championships

Six Final Four Appearances

16 Straight NCAA Tournaments

13 NBA Draft Picks, Including Six First-Rounders

Seven All-Americans, Two Academic All-Americans

Graduates 82% of Players that Complete Eligibility

Longest Serving Active Big Ten Men's Basketball Coach

One of Five Coaches All-Time with Seven Big Ten Titles

MSU's All-Time Winningest Coach

Enough Said!

Feb 4, 2015

ENGAGE, EDUCATE, EMPOWER - A Conversation with Kaleb Thornhill


"The more you go through, the more you learn"

Kaleb Thornhill enters his fifth season with the Dolphins as the organization’s director of player engagement. In his role, Kaleb engages, educates, and empowers individuals to reach their full potential both on and off the field. This includes helping players in the transition process in and out of the NFL through continuing education, financial education, and providing assistance in dealing with family matters.

Since joining the Dolphins, Kaleb has been selected to participate and completed the NFL Athlete Development Professional Certification Program conducted by the Wharton School Executive Education program at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2013, he has served as a member of the NFL’s Steering Committee for NFL Player Engagement, which provided advice and opinions in matters related to off-field support of players and their families.

Kaleb has fostered a holistic approach to the overall development of Dolphins players through Gratitude, Respect, Integrity, and Trust (G.R.I.T) and the creation of the Veteran Executive Education Program (VEEP), which aims to continue to develop the veterans and families in all areas of their lives.

 Kaleb joined the Dolphins from the Detroit Lions where he worked in the team's football operation and player development departments. Prior to his time in Detroit, Kaleb served as graduate assistant to the Athletics Director at Michigan State University while earning his master’s degree. During his time, he created player development/mentor presentations that were shown to the Athletics Director and Head Director of Student Athlete Support Services and helped to develop a transition program for student-athletes.

Serving as the Director, Kaleb was an instrumental part in bringing the 4th and 1 Football Camp to East Lansing, MI in 2011. 4th and 1 is a non-profit football, ACT prep, life skills, and character development camp that is 100% free to attend for student-athletes that show a strong desire to attend college.

4th and 1 East Lansing is transitioning to APEX Academy in 2015, a non-profit organization that Kaleb co-founded with his friend and former Spartan teammate Travis Key. APEX Academy’s purpose is to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, AND EMPOWER student-athletes from under-resourced backgrounds that lack the support and resources needed to properly prepare for and achieve their goals of attending and completing college. The mission of APEX Academy aims to provide under-resourced student-athletes with a wide range of tools necessary for college & career success, while closing the achievement gap. 




Intro - Shining Star Earth, Wind, Fire

outro - Happy Rock BenSound

Jan 28, 2015

D3 Basketball and How AAU Changed the Game - A Conversation with Kevin White Assistant Bball Coach Kalamazoo College


Kevin White returns to the Kalamazoo College coaching staff in 2014 after previously working under Joe Haklin and Rob Passage from 2000-2003.

White has also coached at Albion College, Glen Oaks Community College, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central and Kalamazoo Central, and was the co-founder of the Camp Darryl Basketball Academy. He also was a head coach for the Grand Rapids Storm summer travel program. 

Kevin graduated with an associate's degree from Glen Oaks in 1999. He currently works for Parchment Public Schools as a coursework and discipline advisor.

 Intro - The Truth Beanie Sigel

Outro - Happy Rock BenSound

Jan 21, 2015

The Power of Access and Changing a Mindset - A Conversation with Kurt Richardson


The Short:
Has been athlete. Professional Speaker. Life long learner. Obsessed with creating ACCESS for others. 

He will mention that "you cant stop a go-getter".

The Sweet:
Kurt Richardson is a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, FL by way of the Mid-West. 

After spending 10 years at Quicken Loans (A Fortune Magazine Top 5 Employer) where he was been a part of the Banking, Training, and Coaching teams, he decided to spread his passion for training and development to companies across the United States through his own private venture. In addition to his own entrepreneurial work, he is the Associate Camp Director for Apex Academy (Formerly 4th and 1 Football Camp) in East Lansing, MI, a collaborating partner with www.TribeRocket.Com , and is in his 5th season as a guest speaker for the National Football League’s “Rookie Success” Program. 

When asked what he does for a living, he always responds: “What I do for a living is make other people feel good about what they do for a living”. 

Kurt has a daughter named Ashley who is majoring in Pre- Medicine with a concentration in Chemistry at Central Michigan University.

Connect with Kurt on Twitter at
Intro - Jay-Z N***A in Paris
Outro - HappyRock BenSound

Jan 14, 2015

Impacting our homeless community with a haircut and a convesation - A Conversations with Jonathan Arias


Cuts and Convos was founded by Jonathan Arias, a student at the Michigan State University College of Law, in November 2014. God put the vision in Jonathan’s heart to serve people in Lansing, and share the love of Jesus Christ with them. He launched Cuts and Convos and began going to the Lansing City Rescue Mission twice a month to serve the men there and to share God’s love with them. Although Jonathan thought he was going to the mission to create change, the truth is that he was the one who was being changed. That is the case with anyone who helps serve with Cuts and Convos. Our vision is to provide our services and spread God’s love beyond the mission. Stay tuned, there will be more amazing things to come!

Jonathan is originally from Homestead, FL and is an avid of the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, and the Miami Marlins.  He is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and is currently a student at Michigan State University College of Law. He is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for two things, God and people. He has worked in youth ministry for 15 years.

Music Credit

Ever Felt pt 2 - Otis McDonald 

Happy Rock - BenSound

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