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Bright Lights by Lacy Johnson

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Lacy Johnson has been a resident of North Minneapolis for over 40 years. He believes the community and its people are among the best in Minnesota. Join him as he talks business, ideas, and family with some of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

Lacy Johnson has been a resident of North Minneapolis for over 40 years. He believes the community and its people are among the best in Minnesota. Join him as he talks business, ideas, and family with some of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.


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Lacy Johnson has been a resident of North Minneapolis for over 40 years. He believes the community and its people are among the best in Minnesota. Join him as he talks business, ideas, and family with some of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.




Bright Lights EP22: Tiffini Flynn Forslund

Tiffini Flynn Forslund is a cultural liaison and social justice activist. She is a board member for Kids At Risk Action which advocates for change within the child protection system that has a direct effect on families of racial and economic disparities. Tiffini is a board member for Gender Justice, a nonprofit that has landmark legislation and court cases eliminating bias, injustice, and inequities that exist due to lack of equality. She is a member of the Minneapolis and St. Paul chapter...


Bright Lights EP21: Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez is a City Council candidate and Pastor of New Generation Church, running against Jeremiah Ellison. He has an education from Bethel University where he received Ministry credentials with the Assemblies of God. He wants to improve the relationship between cops and the community, while also supporting early intervention systems to weed out poorly performing cops from the workforce.


Bright Lights EP20: Frank Torchia

Frank Torchia President at Torch Entertainment. Frank is a Hollywood producer and has produced such hits as Wishman as well as many TV shows Frank grew up in an Italian family in NY. A former a college football player Frank went on to work on Wall St. After leaving Wall St Frank started College Prospects a national organization helping high school athletes obtain athletic scholarships Frank has always had a passion for helping others Today Frank is still involved in high school sports when...


Bright Lights EP19: Ace Jiru

Ace is an expert political with a focus on the 3rd world. 21 years ago, Ace moved to the US from Oromia, a nation who is fighting for independence from Ethiopia


Bright Lights EP18: Douglas Wardlow

Douglas G. Wardlow (born July 3, 1978) is an American attorney and politician who served as a Minnesota state representative from District 38B. Wardlow ran for 2018 against Keith Ellison for Attorney General for Minnesota


Bright Lights EP17: Reverend McAfee

Father McAfee was born December 13, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan. He attended St. David Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School, both in Detroit. He graduated from Catholic University in Washington in 1966. He attended the Gregorian Institute of America in the summer of 1962 and Catholic University's graduate school from 1966-67. He earned a master's degree in Religious Studies from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome. He went on to attend the Theological College at Catholic...


Bright Lights EP16: Rudy Boschwitz

BOSCHWITZ, RUDOLPH ELI (RUDY), a Senator from Minnesota; born in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 1930; attended the public schools in New Rochelle, N.Y., and The Pennington School in Pennington, N.J.; attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1947-1949; graduated, New York University School of Commerce, New York City, 1950, and New York University Law School 1953; admitted to the New York bar in 1954 and the Wisconsin bar in 1959, and commenced practice in New York City in 1956; served...


Bright Lights EP15: Lynne Torgerson

Lynne Torgerson, Esq., has been practicing law in excess of 26 years. Ms. Torgerson has degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, with Honors. While at William Mitchell, she was a Member of Law Review and a participant of The Honorable Rosalie Wahl Moot Court. She was also a Judicial Intern for The Honorable Henry W. McCarr, of the Hennepin County District Court. After law school, Ms. Torgerson was a Law...


Bright Lights EP14: AMarie Castillo Part Time Bro

Sports comedian AMarie Castillo, the original Part Time Bro, is based out of New York City. For over ten years, AMarie has been crafting combining her love of sports and standup comedy by producing live standup comedy sports shows, sports roasts “Two Minute Warning”, "Asked and Answered Podcast" with hosts Erin Henderson and Jamarca Sanford, and her podcast “Never Met a Stranger”. She has worked with The Howard Stern show as an opening act on Ronnie’s Block Party on Howard TV. She has hosted...


Bright Lights EP13: Rich Stanek

Rich Stanek is a Minnesota Republican. He became the 27th Hennepin County Sheriff on January 1, 2007. Stanek served from 1986 to 2006 as a police officer in Minneapolis (became the 27th Hennepin County Sheriff on January 1, 2007), served from 1995 to 2003 in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and served from 2003 to 2004 as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety under Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. In 2018, he lost his bid for re-election as Hennepin County sheriff...


Bright Lights EP12: Karin Housely

Karin Housley is a Minnesota politician, businesswoman, and member of the Minnesota Senate. A Republican, she represents Forest Lake, Stillwater, and the surrounding St. Croix Valley.


Bright Lights EP11: Greg Urban

Greg Urban is a business owner and and city council member in Vadnais Heights. His restaurant, Wild Greg's, has locations in Minnesota, Florida, and Texas. He also owns and operates Urban Companies, which primarily operates in the Landscape Services business / industry within the Agricultural Services sector


Bright Lights EP10: Catrin Wigfall

Catrin Wigfall is a Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She is also the director of Educated Teachers MN and Employee Freedom MN. Catrin’s experience in education and policy research began during her time with the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Her interest in education policy led her to spend two years teaching 5th grade general education and 6th grade Latin in Arizona as a Teach for America corps member. She then used her classroom experience to...


Bright Lights EP9: Dean Nelson

Rev Dean Nelson is the founder of the Frederick Douglas foundation. The Frederick Douglass Foundation is a public policy and educational organization which brings the sanctity of free market and limited government ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing our nation. The organization is a collection of pro-active individuals committed to developing innovative and new approaches to today’s problems.


Bright Lights EP8: Ron Waliczek

Ron Waliczek is an experienced sales and marketing professional with a background in the financial services industry focused on FX, customer relationship management, derivative product education and business development. Skilled in market education, mentoring, closing deals and presenting on topics such as FX, interest rate risk management and global market trends.


Bright Lights EP7: Andy Noble

Andy Noble's experience is vast and diverse, with responsibilities ranging from CEO, Team Leader, Cultural Entrepreneur, Wealth Strategist & Professional Business Coach. He is currently the CEO / Team Leader of Fast-Growing Market Center at Keller Williams.


Bright Lights EP6: Felipe Illescas

Felipe is the Former Senior Legislative and Policy Director for the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, and is currently a Tax Policy Advisor. Felipe also obtained an MS in Business Management from the School for International Training.


Bright Lights EP5: Kendall Qualls

Kendall Qualls went from serving in as an Officer in the US Army during the Korean War, to now having over 25 years of health care experience. With an MBA from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in strategy, a MA in Communications from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA in Political Science from Cameron University. After a congress run in Minnesota, he now is the president of TakeCharge, which aims to inspire minority communities to take charge of their own lives, and reject the...


Bright Lights EP4: Tracy Schmidt

Tracy Schmidt is a professional clinical counselor, and owner of Southbridge Counseling Associates. Southbridge Counseling Associates is a certified Dialectic Behavioral Clinic in Savage MN.


Bright Lights EP3: James McDonald

Lacy sits down with James McDonald. James McDonald is the CEO of Hercules Investments. Hercules Investments is an alternative investment manager specializing in systemic investment strategies, and winner of the 2020 Alternative Manager of the Year award. The Hercules investment team features investment professionals averaging over 20+ years of experience.