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2018 Principal Charity Classic June 8-10

Thanks to the Principal Charity Classic and the Wakonda Club for hosting Media Day, I had another opportunity to play golf at the Wakonda club this past week.  Not only did I get to play, I was able to play with a couple great friends: Mike Downer with Iowa Catholic Radio, and Joe Stasi with MediaUSA Skywalk Advertising and the voice of the Iowa Barnstormers.

I always look forward to the Principal Charity Classic every year. I know my golf game leaves a lot to be desired. Though I do not have a talent for the game, it does give me the opportunity to hang out with friends as well as make new friends. I always tell people if I could swap my bowling and golf scores, I would be a pro at both, just like my Uncle Jim.  

Not only am I able to meet people at the Classic, it is always fun to be part of a great event that helps the Des Moines economy, in addition to creating memories which will last a lifetime. I always have to remind myself to get out at mingle with people. For me, this is not an easy thing to do because: a.) I am not huge on crowds, and b.) I am an introvert. I tell people I meet this all the time, yet they do not believe me. They find it difficult to believe considering I have been in the entertainment business throughout most of my life in various forms or being in a position which requires me to be in front of people. It is the truth and a bit ironic, I know. However, I am sure if you were to ever observe me at an event, you would see the awkwardness.  I tend to hold back from the crowd until I find a way to sneak in or find someone to pull me in to a conversation.

That being said, every year it surprises me the number of people I run into while taking part in events at the Classic. These interactions just reinforce my firm belief with regards to networking and branding myself. I believe it is about relationships and building a trust between others to do business, along with a strong network I am able to reach out to for ideas, as well as receiving feedback on my ideas.

On June 8th through 10th, just a few weeks away from now, Des Moines will be invaded by golf pros and fans alike, all for the Principal Charity Classic. I hope you are able to enjoy the event, if you are not a fan of golf. There is a lot to enjoy and gives yet another great opportunity to hang out with family and friends in the community.

Click here for Principal Charity Classic information

Happy New Year

I know I am behind getting my letter out for the holiday’s. Last year was crazy for me with lots of changes. I finished my Associates in Leadership with William Penn in June and before that changes happened for me at Des Moines Radio Group. In the spring of 2015 I added the responsibility of daily shift on 93.3 KIOA. I am on Monday through Friday 7 to midnight and Saturday’s from 10 to 3.

The new responsibilities at KIOA was not the only change during the year. A few weeks before I finished my degree I was approached to work mornings on More 104.1. Who am I to say no :). That added more responsibilities to my plate at the radio group and have been the morning guy on 104.1 since mid May. As they say find something you love and get paid for it and you never work a day in your life. That is so true and I am blessed to have been in radio for as long as I have.

I still have my event company and had a handful of events throughout the year. 2016 is shaping up with a few events and I have also added a new opportunity with my company. The idea is drinks and terrariums… You are thinking what is that? Well it is a great night out with family and friends that feeds the crafty side of your mind. Much like drinks and painting, but rather than painting you are creating your own terrarium for your home, office, or as a gift. I am also talking with a few nonprofits to use the opportunity as a fundraiser.

I know I always seem to have something going on and I think God daily of the opportunities he makes available for me. I admit there are days I would rather just sit at home and not feel to be constantly on the go, but if I did that I would miss out on so many opportunities for myself and others.

I want to thank all of you who support me and those who send me the encouraging words through the year to build me up and help keep me going. I pray your holiday’s were wonderful and that 2016 will be your best year yet.

Mid-year reflection

Here we are almost November 2015 and it has been an interesting year. Overall mid year has been good with challenges, obstacles, and disappointments. I have been working on so many things and I also have been back on the weight loss journey. I am down almost thirty pounds and I hope to be that and more by the end of the year.

I have been doing a podcast for almost ten years and last year I was able to get my own iHeart radio channel. I have had the channel one year and one month and I am over 13,000 listens and downloads. The average is about 250 per week and that is more than most churches have in attendance on a weekly basis. To have that many listens and downloads it humbles me that people take time out for the podcast each week.

I have had friends ask me to start my own bible study for those that have been hurt by the church. I am not sure it is a good idea because of personal issues and how people are very judgmental rather than loving and supportive. I have know many pastors that have lost their position due to mistakes because the congregation or the board crucified the pastor for the stumble.

I enjoy the podcast and it helps me with my spiritual walk and growth. I believe we have a purpose to love each other and build up one another. I grew up in church and doubt my salvation daily because I believed that no matter what I did I would never make it to heaven because I was not good enough. We are great at tearing people down and we are supposed to be people builders. Personally and professionally we should be lifting up each other daily with either a good word or a smile.

I want to be known for loving people and being their cheerleader. I want everyone I come in contact with to succeed. I know that is unrealistic because unless a person wants to succeed they will not be able to. I do my best to encourage people to be better, but they have to take the action to become better.

I want to thank everyone that is listening to my podcast, following me on Facebook, and reading my blogs. I am still working on my devotionals that I want to publish. I have thought about a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to publish, but I am always afraid of rejection. In the past few weeks I have been told how I am different from others because I am willing to admit that I have faults and i have many faults. I am doing my best to repair my faults, but it is taking time. I know nothing happens overnight. I need patience and understanding of myself as well as others to grow myself and help others better themselves.

Drive Away Hunger Cool Car Show – June 6, 2015

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Beaverdale 5k – April 11th, 2015

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