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How (The Hell) Did I Get Here?

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This show is all about the journey and a pivotal moment in a person's life or career where they stopped and said "How did I get here?" either at the start or end of a significant transitional period.


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This show is all about the journey and a pivotal moment in a person's life or career where they stopped and said "How did I get here?" either at the start or end of a significant transitional period.






How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Lanissa Fortner

In 2004, as a freshman in college, Lanissa used Christmas break as an opportunity to obtain her real estate license. What began as a part-time endeavor quickly evolved into a passion that has since become second nature - guiding clients towards the best purchase for them and their financial future. In 2008 Lanissa joined REMAX, the experienced franchise cultivated her knowledge and led her to become one of the top agents in the area. Her passion for Real Estate prompted Lanissa to invest in...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Aaron Flint

Aaron Flint is the host of Montana's leading statewide radio talk show "Montana Talks." Aside from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with the military, he also spent over two decades working in Montana politics and broadcasting. This included a stint as the State Director for Ryan Zinke’s Congressional offices in Montana, and as communications director for the gubernatorial campaign of now-Congressman Greg Gianforte. Prior to that, he grew a statewide radio show in Montana from 10 signals to...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Dr. Jeri V. Kurtz

Dr. Jeri V. Kurtz finished her career as the Director of Budget and Institutional Research at South Dakota State University. Born and raised in Sacramento, California, she moved to a farm in rural South Dakota after marrying her sweetheart (crazy husband of 52 years). She has degrees in Home Economics, Mathematics, and Education Administration with a Finance emphasis. She now focuses on supporting her four amazing children (Rachel is her favorite), nine adorable and brilliant grandkids, and...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Mitch Nachtigall

Mitch Nachtigall (Night-en-gale) lives in Rapid City with his wife, Tracy, and two daughters, Sadie and Molly. Mitch is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Elevate Rapid City and Director of the Elevate Rapid City technology start-up incubator. He currently serves as a traditional South Dakota National Guard Soldier in the role of Battalion Executive Officer for the 109th Engineer Battalion and is the Community Ambassador for Bunker Labs Rapid City. Mitch also dabbles in...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Lee DeLange

Lee DeLange is the Chief Operating Officer for GenPro Energy Solutions, a Black Hills based energy service organization with a global depth of experience in solar and energy efficiency technologies. Prior to coming to GenPro Energy, Mr. DeLange spent 23 years with Rapid City-based Black Hills Energy. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Technical Sciences degree from Black Hills State University, and a computer-aided drafting degree from Western Dakota Technical Institute. His proven track record...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Chief Master Sergeant Rochelle Hemingway

Chief Master Sergeant Rochelle M. Hemingway is the Command Chief, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. Chief Hemingway leads the wing’s enlisted force and serves as the primary advisor to the commander on all matters concerning the morale, welfare, warfighting effectiveness, operational utilization and professional development of nearly 3,200 enlisted Airmen who support the largest B-1 combat wing in the U.S. Air Force. Born at RAF Lakenheath, England, and raised in...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Cassa Grant

What you believe affects your actions and, ultimately, your outcome. And because your beliefs are shaped by the narratives you tell yourself, they must be genuine, regardless of how offbeat they seem. But even the most experienced leaders need help finding their true personal brand story. When they do, they become more influential, generate more buy-in, and become the best version of themselves. Seasoned brand and leadership coach and consultant Cassa Grant shares how you can find your...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Erika Armstrong

From the front desk of an FBO in Minnesota, to the captain's seat of a commercial airliner, Erika Armstrong has experienced everything aviation has to offer. During her piloting career, she was a Red Cross, charter, corporate, cargo, hazmat and air ambulance pilot and captain, flying 28 different aircraft before going to the airlines. She is also an aviation professor at MSU Denver, VP of Business Development at Advanced Aircrew Academy and author of A Chick in the Cockpit. Erika has also...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Brian Lassiter

Brian Lassiter was elected president /CEO of the Performance Excellence Network (Minnesota Council for Quality) in the summer of 2001. Before his election, Brian held positions with the following organizations: Ian Alliott Consulting (Managing Director), Norstan Consulting (Principal Consultant), The St. Paul Companies (Corporate Quality Consultant), Price Waterhouse (Consultant), and Boatmen's National Bank (Quality Manager). In these roles, Brian has worked with hundreds of organizations...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Jesse Jurrens

Legend Suspensions began in 1998 when Jesse Jurrens introduced the first Air Suspension system for The Harley-Davidson Softail Chassis. Jesse invented the product and started the company in his parent’s basement in Watertown, SD. The company officially incorporated in 2000 and celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2020. Legend Suspensions now manufactures three lines of suspension for Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles: an air suspension line, Legend Air, a coil suspension line, Legend...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: David Richards

David K Richards is a dad-preneur, long time educator, change maker, and a movement builder. His life’s purpose is to be an ambassador to change systems of learning and human development. David is a leadership coach (, the founder of Growth Public Schools (, and most recently the Founder and CEO of Heart of the Matter, a movement to reform learning and human development ( David has seen schools and learning environments from multiple...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Jennifer Eggers

Jennifer is the Founder & President of LeaderShift Insights Inc., a firm known for helping leaders dealing with disruptive change who want to increase their organization’s capacity to adapt so they can emerge stronger and more effective faster. A consultant, coach, best-selling author and speaker, Jennifer has a passion for creating alignment and resilience so your team can do more with what you already have. She is a masterful facilitator known for creating shared agendas and unraveling...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Jennifer Flood

Jennifer helps businesses thrive by avoiding lawsuits, designing business models, developing marketing strategies and everything in between. She is the owner of National Compliance Group, Omni21 Digital Marketing, TombCodes, McPherson Buzz and Flood Ventures. She has managed and/or owned businesses in the digital marketing space for many years and has shared the conference stage with Forbes, Lending Tree, Google and a host of others. She is considered an expert in digital compliance and has...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Brian Gorman

Coming of age during the civil rights movement, then attending college as anti-Vietnam war protests grew from whispers to claim a national voice, it is not surprising that change took root in Brian Gorman early and has never let go. For five decades, he has been engaged with change at the individual, organizational, and social levels. Today, Brian works as a certified professional coach. Through his business TransformingLives.Coach, he serves clients who are facing major personal and...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Julie Anne Eason

Julie Anne Eason helps business people write and publish world-changing books that Inspire, Educate, and Sell. She is an author, speaker, and CEO of Thanet House Books—a boutique book production company that helps people through the entire process from early book development through writing, publishing, and distribution. She has ghostwritten multimillion-dollar books for senior leaders and founders in a wide variety of industries, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Jaime Wood

Jaime L. Wood joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in October 2014 and currently serves as the District Director for the South Dakota District Office. She is responsible for promoting small business resources across South Dakota including access to capital, counseling and training, government contracting, and disaster relief. Previous to her SD assignment, Ms. Wood served as the Deputy District Director in the SBA North Dakota District Office. She also previously served at...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Evan Helle

Evan Helle is a 4th generation sheep rancher from Dillon in Southwest Montana. The Helle’s are known for growing exceptionally high quality wool that’s used in their vertically integrated apparel company: Duckworth. Evan stays busy with the hustle of a startup company and gets hands on with every aspect of the business but when he gets a chance, he escapes the office to work out on the ranch. Listen to his entrepreneurial journey of manufacturing "sheep to shelf". Learn more about...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson is President and CEO of Elevate Rapid City. Previously, he was the Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development at Colorado State University (CSU) with community and economic development responsibilities for all of Colorado. At CSU, Johnson created several new initiatives and signature programs including The CSU Market Research Center, which specialized in helping decision-makers in industry, education, and government use data, including organizational network...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Scott Jacobs

Three years after receiving a set of paints from his wife, Sharon, for Christmas, Scott became the first officially licensed Harley-Davidson artist in 1993 after Harley representatives saw his work at an art expo in New York City. He still proudly holds his license as well as many others he's acquired along the way. Licenses including Chevrolet, Ford, Mattel, Marilyn Monroe Estates and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Although Jacobs drew pen and ink illustrations for his school newspaper, Scott...


How (The Hell) Did I Get Here? Guest: Michelle Kane

As director of South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), Michelle provides business counseling and resource guidance to aspiring and established entrepreneurs. She and the SD CEO team bring outstanding workshops, networking opportunities and conferences to professional women across the state while promoting entrepreneurship, leadership and thinking outside the box. Prior to joining SD CEO, Michelle owned Black Hills PR, a public relations firm she launched in 2011....