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Ryan France, Host of the Voices of Impact Podcast, a business owner himself, had an interest in meeting other smart, savvy and local business owners. Entrepreneurs and community leaders. He started to reach out to these people, started having great conversations and quickly realized that others needed to hear their stories too. These were experts in their respective fields. Passionate and intelligent. Dedicated to making impact in the lives of their clients, customers, patients and patrons. So he asked, “Why not create a podcast and interview these people? Why not build a platform meant to turn a spotlight onto these local stories?” With that, the concept for Voices of Impact was born. For more, visit: www.VoicesOfImpact.com

Voices of Impact with Ryan France Ryan France Interviews Austin's Brightest Business Owners, Entrepreneurs & Community Leaders

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Ryan France, Host of the Voices of Impact Podcast, a business owner himself, had an interest in meeting other smart, savvy and local business owners. Entrepreneurs and community leaders. He started to reach out to these people, started having great conversations and quickly realized that others needed to hear their stories too. These were experts in their respective fields. Passionate and intelligent. Dedicated to making impact in the lives of their clients, customers, patients and patrons. So he asked, “Why not create a podcast and interview these people? Why not build a platform meant to turn a spotlight onto these local stories?” With that, the concept for Voices of Impact was born. For more, visit: www.VoicesOfImpact.com

    Ryan France - The Final Episode of Voices of Impact

    Ryan France - The Final Episode of Voices of Impact

    After nearly six months of radio silence, host, Ryan France, answers the question, "What happened to the Voices of Impact Podcast?" 
    Catch the previous 52 episodes and interviews at VoicesOfImpact.com
    Keep in touch with Ryan at RyanFrance.com

    • 5 min
    Nancy Krenek - Ride On Center For Kids

    Nancy Krenek - Ride On Center For Kids

    The Real Story Behind The Healing Power Of Equine Therapy
    Nancy Krenek's career as a physical therapist had come to a crossroads. She'd spent more than a decade working with clients suffering from mobility issues. She saw firsthand the positive change that occurred when they received power wheelchairs. According to Nancy, "it woke them up to another level of potential."
    She was certain she'd devote her life to helping others regain their mobility and free choice. And yet, she couldn't shake the dream of spearheading horse-assisted therapy sessions. So, before she could talk herself out of it, she quit her job with a mission to make that happen.
    “I went to my boss and resigned. She said, ‘Do you have training?’ I said, ‘No ma’am.’ She said, ‘Do you have a horse?’ I said, ‘No ma’am.’ She said, ‘Do you have land?’ I said, ‘No ma’am. But someday you’ll bring a school bus out to our program and make it work.’ That’s true now. She still shows up every week to bring children from our school district to this facility.”
    Twenty years later, the Ride On Center For Kids (ROCK) has exceeded even Nancy’s wildest dreams. The sprawling Georgetown ranch is now home to 29 horses. It's powered by 400 volunteers and a passionate staff that serves 350-400 families each year.
    But even that isn't enough to meet the local demand for equine-assisted therapy. Krenek and her team at ROCK are in the midst of capital campaign to add an second arena and increase its staff size. Her efforts don’t stop there. Nancy says she's driven to create an organization that can thrive with or without her at the helm.
    "Our vision, is to be the trusted leader in this industry, through service, research and education." True to her word, she's partnered with several local universities and contributed to 20+ research projects, all with the purpose of helping deliver more equine-assisted miracles.
    In this episode of Voices of Impact, Nancy talks about the story behind the healing power of equine therapy. We discuss the shift from reactive business to strategic business, how vision and practice change over 20+ years of service, and the true miracles she’s seen on the ROCK ranch.

    • 29 min
    Ellie Falcao - YMCA Camp Moody

    Ellie Falcao - YMCA Camp Moody

    A Quest to Raise $18MM to Fund Austin’s New ‘Camp For All’
     
    With twin nine year olds of her own, Ellie Falcao understands the struggle of getting kids out from behind their screens and into nature. Inspired by a tour of YMCA Camp Moody, Ellie recalled her own favorite times as a child in the wilderness of Colorado, and vowed to transform her family to outdoor enthusiasts.
    Since experiencing Camp Moody, Ellie and her family have since ventured through 44% of our country’s National Parks and goal to hit all 58 before the kids leave for college. Ellie felt a call to join the larger mission of setting up YMCA Camp Moody for success. She was asked to join the board, and has helped spearhead the high-end $18M fundraising initiative ever since.
    Her favorite part? Seeing the tangible effect of her volunteer efforts. “I didnt want to be on a board in name only. I wanted to get my hands dirty and affect the organization in a better way. The great thing about the ‘Y’ is that they ask you to participate in making a bigger difference.”  
    YMCA Camp Moody’s “Camp For All” concept, Ellie says, will deeply resonate with the Austin community. Not only will it be a facility accommodated to all levels of social and physical ability, it will also never reject any camper for their ability to pay.
    Fighting the not-so-shocking metric that children are spending 50% less time in nature than they did 20 years ago, YMCA Camp Moody will seek to bring alive the natural wonders in the Austin area and inspire our younger generation to explore the outdoors.
    In this episode of Voices of Impact, Ellie talks about what it’s like to lead the charge in funding the $18MM project. We discuss the importance of the outdoors, creating an oasis in Austin, and providing an inclusive experience. Ellie also shares her personal connection to the cause.

    • 25 min
    Adam Orman - L'Oca d'Oro

    Adam Orman - L'Oca d'Oro

    A Fine Dining Frontrunner In The Fair Wage Fight
     
    In the rich tapestry of the well-known restaurants in New York and San Francisco, Adam Orman discovered his hunger for two things. First, his love of locally-sourced food came from his experience working under Chef Peter Hoffman at “Savoy.” Second, he dove headfirst into the fight for ethical labor and employee rights.
    With those two passions in mind, Adam made his way to Austin. In 2016 he partnered with Chef Fiore Tedesco to open L’Oca d’Oro. The pair spent their first two years educating their staff of the full vision.
    “We’ve spent a lot of time with the servers taking them out to our farms so they can see some of the places where we source our food from. It helps them tell our story.”
    L’Oca d’Oro has become known for much more than their curated menu of Italian cuisine. Adam and Fiore’s ideas on ethical employment and fair wage programs have permeated the four walls of the restaurant. The pair represent L’Oca d’Oro in “GoodWork Austin,” a consortium of local leaders fighting the notion that businesses should give the modern employee as little as possible in return for their work and loyalty.
    In this episode of Voices of Impact, Adam talks about ethical employee treatment. We discuss the history of the ‘tipped wage,’ the dilemma of small business versus big business, and what L’Oca d’Oro is doing to change the community landscape. Adam also shares the special relationship L’Oca d’Oro has with the locally sourced food they have the privilege of using.

    • 27 min
    Carlos Crespo - Motoza

    Carlos Crespo - Motoza

    Proving Digital Marketing Isn’t Just an Industry of Snake Oil Salesmen
    Carlos Crespo grew up with a fascination for storytelling and the marketing behind a “Hollywood Blockbuster.” His early years took him across the globe to places like Venezuela, England, Spain and Texas. He studied public relations, film, marketing and brand management. Following a brief stint in the gaming industry, Carlos, by his own admission, “stumbled into digital marketing.”
    After a year and a half as an account manager, Carlos says he’d seen enough of the “murky” nature of the industry. He wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem. In 2011, Crespo teamed up with Andrew Cao to start his own digital agency — Motoza Marketing.
    “It was a pretty big lunge,” Carlos shared. “We didn’t have any funding. We didn’t have any experience running our own businesses. Neither one of us had ever sold a thing. The first 12–18 months were pretty rough but we kept looking at the baby steps. We knew there were so many businesses out there who could use our services.”
    Eight years later, as team of eleven, Motoza continues to persist on the back of its commitment to honesty and transparency. More and more businesses these days are struggling to decide where to direct their marketing dollars. Carlos and his team seek to guide misdirected clients onto solid ground. A true win in Motoza’s book is creating a lasting relationship with those who share similar values.
    In this episode of Voices of Impact, Carlos talks about defying the ‘Snake Oil Salesman’ trope. We discuss keeping a communicative work environment, the merit of creating a process, and learning before doing. Carlos also shares how Motoza was able to sustain so many long term clients in an industry with high client turnover.

    • 31 min
    Thanh Pham - Asian Efficiency

    Thanh Pham - Asian Efficiency

    Meet The Man Behind The #1 Productivity Website In The World
    Thanh Pham was at a crossroads. Raised in a blue collar environment, young Thanh was taught to play it safe. And yet, the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” told him a different story. Even as a 14 year old, Thanh realized the path to controlling his destiny lay in starting a business. So at 14, he built a web development agency. By 15, he’d hired his first employee. Soon after, it became clear that his true point of aim was in entrepreneurship.
    Along that path of discovery, Thanh was often queried by his friends on how he was able to do so much work in so little time. Thanh founded Asian Efficiency to give people the productivity answers they were clamoring for.
    “Friends were asking me all the time for productivity advice. I said ‘hey, I’m going to start a blog and share what I know.’ They were already successful, had their own businesses and were doing amazing things in the world. I figured if I could help them do more of that, I'd be making a significant impact."
    That “blog” is now the #1 productivity website in the world and Thanh is one of the top thought leaders in the productivity industry. He’s been featured in the likes of Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc.com. Thanh is passionate about helping people complete their to-do list by lunch, giving them time to reach their fullest potential. He believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health and your personal life to get things done.
    In this episode of Voices of Impact, Thanh talks about creating the #1 personal efficiency and productivity platform. We discuss who the “right hires” are, a key morale booster for leading a team, and starting a business as a teenager. Thanh also shares his advice for completing the hardest tasks of the day.

    • 41 min

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