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Nik Wallenda: Living Life High on the Wire

12/5/2017
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Nik Wallenda is an acrobat, daredevil, high wire artist and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats but is probably best known for walking a tightrope stretched over Niagara Falls. He is the author of a book entitled: Balance: A Story of Faith, Family and Life on the Line. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:44:46


Lonnie Johnson: Serial Inventor: From Super Soakers to Solar Systems

11/14/2017
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Lonnie Johnson is a former Air Force and NASA engineer who invented the massively popular Super Soaker water gun. He currently oversees Johnson Research and Development, a company which commercializes technologies with a recent emphasis on alternative energy. He studied at Tuskegee University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in nuclear engineering. He lives in the Atlanta area. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:40:51


Scott Kelly: Astronaut Extraordinaire

11/7/2017
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Scott Kelly is a retired NASA astronaut and a veteran of four space flights. He is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station and the second most time in space of any American. He recently wrote a book now available about his space travels called Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. Some interesting insights from this episode: The Right Stuff

Duration: 00:33:06


Morten Andersen: Professional Football Hall of Fame Kicker

10/31/2017
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Morten Andersen is a former professional football kicker who spent most of his career with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. He played in a record 382 games during his 25 year career and is the all-time leading scorer in NFL history with 2,544 points. In 2017, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. These days Morten is a motivational speaker and also oversees his family foundation. He resides in Atlanta, GA. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:50:28


Alan Eustace: Record-Setting 26 Mile Free Fall Jump

10/23/2017
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Alan Eustace holds the record for highest altitude free fall jump. On October 24, 2016, he jumped from the stratosphere at an altitude of 136,000 feet or about 26 miles. Alan was a Vice President of Engineering and Knowledge for Google and held many other executive roles at other high tech companies prior to Google. He is currently retired and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:55:53


Anders Ericsson: The Expert on Experts

10/10/2017
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Duration: 00:46:25


Jeff Seder: The scout behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah

9/19/2017
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Jeff Seder is the founder and CEO of EQB, a consulting firm which advises thoroughbred racehorse owners. He utilizes proprietary big data analytics to predict the success of racehorses, most notably the 2015 triple crown winner American Pharoah. He has his undergraduate, law and business degrees all from Harvard and he currently resides on a farm in Pennsylvania. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:41:47


Jon Sebastiani: Krave Jerky Founder and serial food entrepreneur

8/29/2017
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Jon was the Founder and CEO of Krave Pure Foods, a gourmet jerky company. The company became one of the fastest growing food brands in the country and was acquired by The Hershey Company for around $220 million in 2015. Today he is the CEO of Sonoma Brands, an investor and incubator for new branded food startups. Jon lives in Sonoma, California. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:36:19


Seth Goldman: Co-Founder of Honest Tea

8/22/2017
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Seth Goldman is the Co-founder of Honest Tea, a company he started in 1998 and has grown to over $200 million in revenue. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea. The Honest Tea brands are available in over 130,000 outlets across the United States. The company was acquired by Coca Cola in 2011. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:39:11


Dave Perkins: Master Whiskey Entrepreneur

8/17/2017
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Dave Perkins is the Founder and former CEO of High West Distillery, a craft whiskey producer. He sold the company in 2016 after 12 years to Constellation Brands for $160 million. He had a successful career in biotech marketing prior to that. He lives in Park City, Utah. Some interesting insights from this episode:

Duration: 00:32:14


Rich Wilson: Record-Setting Solo Sailor

7/10/2017
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Rich Wilson is the fastest American skipper to race solo around the world. He completed the Vendee Globe 27,000 mile solo round-the-world yacht race this year in 107 days. At 66 years old, he was also the oldest skipper to complete the race. Rich is the founder of the SitesAlive Foundation, a non-profit platform to connect K12 classrooms to adventures and expeditions around the world. He has a degree in mathematics and an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in interdisciplinary science from...

Duration: 00:42:55


Morris Robinson: Opera Star

6/27/2017
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Morris Robinson is a world-renowned bass opera singer. He has regularly performed at the Metropolitan Opera as well as opera houses all over the world. He is also a highly regarded concert singer and has performed with many of the well-known symphony orchestras across the United States. He is a graduate of the Citadel and currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and son.

Duration: 00:56:05


Doug Ammons: Kayaking Pioneer

6/20/2017
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Doug Ammons is a scientific editor and researcher, a business owner, an accomplished author and filmmaker and a classical guitarist. But what he’s most known for is being an extreme kayaker. He's run several first descents in the US and overseas and soloed multiple challenging class v runs that most people would never touch, most famously the Grand Canyon of the Stikine. Because of his many incredible kayaking accomplishments, Outside Magazine has named him one of the ten greatest...

Duration: 00:50:36


Kevin Gillespie: Celebrity Chef

6/6/2017
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Kevin Gillespie is a chef, author and media celebrity. He owns two of Georgia’s hottest restaurants: Gunshow and Revival. Gunshow has been on GQ’s list of “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants”. In 2015 he was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast award. He was also a semi-finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award. He is the author of two cookbooks: Fire in my Belly and Pure Pork Awesomeness. He was a finalist on the sixth season of Bravo’s Top...

Duration: 01:08:49


Marquis Grissom: Baseball Legend

5/30/2017
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Marquis Grissom is a former professional baseball player. He led the National League in stolen bases in 1991 and ‘92, was a member of the National League All Star team in 1993 and ’94 and won four consecutive Golden Gloves. He joined the Atlanta Braves in 1995 where he helped them win their first and only World Series. In all, he played 17 years in the majors, hitting 227 homers, stealing 429 bases and finishing with a batting average of .272. Today he runs the Marquis Grissom Baseball...

Duration: 00:56:09


Jay Faison: Serial Entrepreneur and Visionary Philanthropist

5/23/2017
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Jay Faison is the Founder and Chairman of SnapAV, a high growth technology company that designs and distributes audio-video products. SnapAV has been on the Inc 500 List for several years and was acquired by General Atlantic in 2013 for around $200 million. He is also the Founder and CEO of ClearPath Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions. Jay has received many accolades including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast region...

Duration: 00:37:11


Steve Koonin: Atlanta Hawks CEO and Marketing Mastermind

5/16/2017
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Steve has been CEO of the Atlanta Hawks since 2014. After just his first year with the team, the Hawks led the league in annual attendance gains and set single-season franchise records for retail sales, sellouts and season ticket memberships. Prior to joining the Hawks, Steve was the President of Turner Entertainment Networks where he oversaw the programming, marketing and strategy for TBS, TNT and several other prominent networks. Prior to Turner, he was at Coke where he served in several...

Duration: 00:56:05


Mandy Rae Krack – Fearless, Freediving Phenom

5/8/2017
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Mandy-Rae is an accomplished freediver based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds 7 freediving world records and 13 national records. She owns Performance Freediving International where she teaches freediving courses to the general public.

Duration: 00:46:54


MIchael Coles: The Cookie King

5/1/2017
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Michael Coles is a successful entrepreneur, investor, advisor and community leader. He co-founded The Great American Cookie Company and grew it into the largest franchisor of cookie stores with 350 locations and sales of over $100 million when he sold the company. He was also the CEO of Caribou Coffee which became a publicly traded company. He is a big supporter of Kennesaw State University, whose business program is fittingly named the Michael J Coles College of Business.

Duration: 01:03:39


Sid Mashburn: Men's Fashion Aficionado with Southern Hospitality

4/25/2017
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Sid is the co-founder and owner of Sid Mashburn men’s clothing store. Both Esquire and GQ have named Sid Mashburn one of the best menswear shops in America. Today they have five stores in five cities and 135 employees and are continuing to add new stores every year.

Duration: 00:34:51

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