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A show about industry leaders and the stories behind how faith plays into life at work Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/faithcollides/support

Faith Collide‪s‬ Lux Mundi

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A show about industry leaders and the stories behind how faith plays into life at work Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/faithcollides/support

    Peter Demos - Restaurateur

    Peter Demos - Restaurateur

    Peter Demos is a restaurateur and the CEO of Demos Brands, a family business that his father started. He successfully owns and runs multiple restaurants, but his career has had plenty of failure, too.

    Peter started working in his dad’s restaurant before he was even a teenager. He loved the community of “restaurant people,” but was also interested in becoming a lawyer after he saw the proceedings of a court case. During his undergrad years in college, Peter got in over his head with thousands of dollars in credit card debt… until he discovered some practical money management principles that he’s carried with him to this day.

    After law school, Peter started working for a firm in Tennessee, but realized it wasn’t something he wanted to do long-term. And so, things came full circle when he rejoined his dad’s business, taking over the management of the restaurant and eventually buying it from his father.

    All this time, the Christian faith wasn’t a huge part of Peter’s life. He’d gone to a Christian school as a kid, but had terrible memories of being bullied there by his classmates. His wife often asked him to go to church, but Peter’s focus was on making the restaurants successful – and he did that. And then one day, everything changed when Peter made the decision to become a Christian

    Instead of his business increasing in size and scope, a new high end restaurant concept he’d been working on began to fail miserably. Peter questioned why God would allow that to happen, but looking back, he sees how God was teaching him valuable lessons about facing fear, trusting Jesus, and handling failures… all of which have been vitally important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Peter’s life is proof that God’s plans for us are much greater than commercial or career success. If you’d like to hear more of his story, you can check out his new book, Afraid to Trust: One Man’s Journey Into the Love of God.

    Special thanks for this episode: Peter and Kristin Demos, Kristin Nill, Josh Batson, Jenn Lazala

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    • 31 min
    Emma Anderson - Card Payments

    Emma Anderson - Card Payments

    Emma Anderson is Head of Solutions Delivery at Planet, a payments company based in Ireland, that provides services to companies like Starbucks, Adidas and Kate Spade. It’s an industry we don’t often talk about - yet it’s played a vital role in enabling our ability to make online payments and digital transactions.

    Emma had several stops along the way to get to this point, but her original career goal had nothing to do with the payments industry. Her parents were missionaries, and that inspired Emma to pursue being a medical missionary. But Emma struggled to make it through the rigorous and demanding coursework of medical school at the University of Birmingham in the UK. So, she dropped out and started working as a sales and operations coordinator for a heavy machinery company.

    In 2007, Emma was introduced to the endless possibilities in the world of digital payments when she accepted a position at Barclays. And then pivoted to a Senior Marketing Manager role at Visa to promote digital payment products and services to greater Europe.  And eventually took a position with Elavon that involved less travel when she needed to think seriously about starting a family.

    Emma absolutely loved working at Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, until some changes shook up the company’s focus on ethical business practices. Knowing the importance of transparency in the financial world, Emma spoke up as a whistleblower at the risk of more losses to the company and ruining her relationship with her boss.

    Honesty is a big part of Emma’s story, so when she was later offered a new job in the UAE around the same time she finally got pregnant, she knew she had to turn it down. After the birth of their first child, Emma then took a position with Planet where she works today.

    Emma’s story is all about the importance of honesty and trusting God when the outcome looks different than what we imagined.



    Special thanks for this episode: Emma and Robin Anderson, Amy Maxson, Jenn Lazala and Josh Batson

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    • 38 min
    BONUS: Trae Stephens- Venture Capital

    BONUS: Trae Stephens- Venture Capital

    Trae Stephens is a partner at Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with a portfolio that includes Airbnb, SpaceX, and Palantir. Trae is also the chairman and co-founder of Anduril Industries, a rapidly growing US defense technology company with over 350 employees, and a valuation of $1.9 billion.

    In this bonus content, Trae opens up on how he met his wife Michelle, how he learnt about stock options when he moved to big data start-up Palantir after working for the US intelligence, how he had to solidify his faith at Georgetown and how faith continues to impact the way he believes we should be working to make this world a better place.

    Full transcript on the interview story on www.faithcollides.com/traestephens_bonus




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    • 21 min
    Trae Stephens - Venture Capital

    Trae Stephens - Venture Capital

    Trae Stephens is a partner at Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with a portfolio that includes Airbnb, SpaceX, and Palantir. Trae is also a co-founder of Anduril Industries, a rapidly growing US defense technology company with over 350 employees, and a valuation of $1.9 billion.

    Trae opens up on growing up in rural Ohio with a grandfather who was the pastor of his church. He shares how he had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East on an overseas mission trip, what it was like to be the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, and how the events of 9/11 prompted him to pursue a different career path— one that may not have panned out without bold steps and prayerful intervention of getting on the waitlist at Georgetown University.

    Upon graduating in 2005, Trae secured a data analytics role in the US Intelligence community, working on identifying and tracing intelligence to terrorists’ activities. But despite getting into what he wanted to do after high school, Trae could not bear the bureaucracy within government, and in 2008, started working at a big data start-up Palantir Technologies as one of its early employees. Palantir (NYSE: PLTR) now valued at more than $45 billion was co-founded by Peter Thiel.

    While Trae was at Palantir, he came to know Peter Thiel, who was known to be the first investor in Facebook and one of the co-founders of PayPal. And through this connection, Trae was able to pivot into venture capital in 2014, and also merge his expertise of defense technology with investments. At Founders Fund, Trae saw the opportunity to start the next big unicorn in defense technology. In 2017, Trae partnered with Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, to start Anduril Industries, a company building advanced technologies to solve some of the most important and complex national security challenges.

    Read more on Trae's perspective on ethical warfare: The Ethics of Defense Technology Development: An Investor’s Perspective 

    While Trae has done exceptionally well in his career, he continues to share how his faith has shaped the way he thinks about his work and his successes so far. Listen to Trae’s incredible story on this podcast.



    Special thanks for this episode: Trae and Michelle Stephens, Elena Cladianos, Jennifer Lazala


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    • 37 min
    Brad Kellogg – Healthcare Management

    Brad Kellogg – Healthcare Management

    Today Brad Kellogg is the Director of Consulting Services at Houston Methodist Global Healthcare, and he opens up on how his career journey has involved plenty of risks, a lot of change, and a humble reliance on God.

    Early in life, Brad learned about the ups and downs that can come with working. His family ran a car rental franchise, but the business went bankrupt in the 1980s. And as a kid, Brad started a successful lawn care company with a friend, and also experienced some challenging issues at church that made him come to his own faith.

    As Brad entered university, he had a desire to work as an engineer internationally after an internship in East Africa. When Brad graduated, he found a full-time engineering position with Schlumberger, a publicly traded oilfield services company. But entered the workforce when oil prices dropped to historical lows, so he experienced job uncertainty during his first months relocating to Texas. While Brad was able to keep his job and move up the corporate ladder, he and his wife Amy would have to transfer to Abu Dhabi and then to Venezuela. That’s when Brad felt like he was a cog in a big machine, and eventually took a large pay cut to shift industries from oil to healthcare. He started as a biomedical engineer and worked his way up to COO of a well-known hospital, Oasis Hospital now Kanad Hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

    Brad’s learned to hold things loosely and trust that whatever’s next is ultimately part of God’s plan for his life. You’ll hear more about it on this episode of Faith Collides.



    Special thanks for this episode: Brad and Amy Kellogg, Shaina Lee, Jennifer Lazala and Josh Batson

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    • 31 min
    Jon Chiu - Corporate Strategy

    Jon Chiu - Corporate Strategy

    Jon Chiu did everything right to ensure a successful career by excelling in school, getting an engineering degree from UCLA, and landing a full-time job with an investment management firm right out of college. It looked like things had lined up quite nicely for Jon. But the year was 2008, and a financial crisis was about to crash the economy and change the world. Jon lost his job after only a few months. He reluctantly decided to work as a cashier at his sister’s frozen yogurt shop. All his hard work and his expensive degree felt pretty meaningless at that point.

    But Jon Chiu didn’t give up. He went back to school, earning a master’s from Stanford. Then he was hired as a management consultant for the prestigious McKinsey and Company. He thrived there, using his problem-solving skills to help the company’s clients make informed, data-driven decisions. Jon also worked at Google for a few years, and then came back to McKinsey as an Engagement Manager. Jon was good at what he did – but the long hours and high stress environment made him realize his faith and family were being put on the back burner.

    As Jon considered making a career change, his wife was given a job transfer from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles. Jon sent out his resume, hoping to find a new company in LA to work for that would give him a better work-life balance. Jon ended up as the Director of Strategy and Finance at Blizzard Entertainment, a video game company well-known for titles like World of Warcraft and Overwatch.

    For the past few years, especially during the COVID pandemic, Jon has enjoyed working in the video game industry. He’s achieved a better work-life balance and is happy to know that his company has helped people stay connected virtually during times when physical connection wasn’t possible. Jon’s story is all about overcoming obstacles by never giving up, always being ready to move on to the next thing when it’s time and trusting in God to help you make the right decisions. He shares more on this episode of Faith Collides.

    Special thanks for this episode: Jon and Karen Chiu, Jennifer Lazala, Josh Batson and Martin Garcia

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Interesting, diverse guests and great message

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Interesting, wide-ranging, up-lifting

Thank you, Faith Collides Team!

These stories are so interesting. I’m loving learning more about various industries, while hearing how the twists and turns in business add up to something deep and lasting.

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