33 episodes

The Spirit of West Texas podcast is about stories - real, authentic conversations with some of our very best customers and friends. Each episode, we’ll explore the people, businesses and values that embody the never-say-never, get the-job-done spirit that shines through everywhere you look in West Texas. We share untold stories of big dreams and the many struggles and sacrifices that West Texans have gone through to achieve them.

Spirit of West Texas First United Bank

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

The Spirit of West Texas podcast is about stories - real, authentic conversations with some of our very best customers and friends. Each episode, we’ll explore the people, businesses and values that embody the never-say-never, get the-job-done spirit that shines through everywhere you look in West Texas. We share untold stories of big dreams and the many struggles and sacrifices that West Texans have gone through to achieve them.

    God Had a Different Plan

    God Had a Different Plan

    Growing up in Kentucky, Eveline Rivers wanted to be a designer, but her life journey took a different course. Given a servant’s heart from her grandmother, over the years Eveline has established many successful non-profits such as the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project and Eveline’s Sunshine Cottage which helps single mothers, and their families break the cycle of poverty through education.  

    In this episode, you’ll hear Eveline’s thoughts on leadership, her Olympic torch experience and the value of having strong and supportive cheerleaders in your life. IF you want to be inspired by an extraordinary woman who has managed many amazing achievements throughout her life, this is the episode for you.

    • 51 min
    What’s the Buzz All About?

    What’s the Buzz All About?

    When Paige and George Nester began a fun project growing pumpkins with their children they never dreamed of where the journey would lead them. What started as a couple of bee hives to pollinate the pumpkins soon grew into several highly successful businesses, Creek House Honey Farm and Honey Buzz Winery and Events Center. Although based in Canyon, Texas, now you can find their bee-centric lip balm and skincare products sold by retailers throughout the country.

    In this episode, you’ll hear the Nesters talk about the triumphs and failures of caring for one of the most important contributors to the world’s ecosystem as well as the definition of mead and the trials of the lowly male bee. Amy says this episode is “unBEElievable”! Bad puns aside (very bad) we think this inspiring interview about the hard work, vision and entrepreneurship of the Nesters is hard to BEEt.

    • 41 min
    The Beauty of West Texas

    The Beauty of West Texas

    Do you find charm on the Caprock…beauty in the Basin? Laura Lewis does! A one-time student of Glenna Goodacre, Laura left a career as a respiratory therapy nurse to paint. Drawing inspiration from her happy place, the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos, Laura has been finding and sharing the beauty of West Texas ever since. What once started out as a passion has led to Laura’s work being showcased in the offices of international companies and has even led to a book of her work being published.

    In this episode, you’ll hear Laura talk about the current state of the Lubbock arts scene, her multi-media projects and in finding inspiration in the beauty of creation, music, landscape, and people. You will not want to miss this one.

    • 30 min
    Brewing Success

    Brewing Success

    Do veterinarians and beer brewing go together? If you’re Eric Cunningham, the answer is a resounding, “yes”! Driven by the childhood memory of a dying family pet, Eric followed his dream of helping animals and built upon it to start a successful and growing veterinary clinic in Lubbock. Not one to sit still, Eric partnered with a cousin to then turn a hobby into the one of the first successful craft brewing operations in Lubbock.
    In this episode, you’ll hear Eric share thoughts on the values of collaborative work, his favorite beer, and the strangest animals that he’s worked on. If you pay attention, you may also hear Amy singing some David Allen Coe and that’s worth listening to this episode right there. 

    • 32 min
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Season 4 of the Spirit of West Texas podcast kicks off strong with Robert Taylor, former CEO of United Supermarkets. Growing up working at his father’s wholesale tobacco and candy business, Robert learned the values of entrepreneurship and opportunity. After taking over the family business, Robert grew it far beyond the original scope based off a business plan of fostering relationships, treating people right and the philosophy that everyone deserves respect.
    In this episode, you’ll learn the value of surrounding yourself with good role models as well as why you should never pass over a penny on the ground. You won’t want to miss this episode; Jared says it’s a “doozie”. We think you’ll agree.

    • 40 min
    It Comes From the Ground of West Texas

    It Comes From the Ground of West Texas

    In this episode, you’ll hear Dr. Wendler share stories about the importance of investing in the youth of West Texas as well as the ingredients to any healthy culture. You’ll also hear about the leadership style of former co-founder of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher is like as well as what is Dr. Wendler’s biggest dream. If you want some inspiration in your day, you won’t want to miss this episode.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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FUB - The Spirit of West Texas

Super excited to hear positive stories about our area and our people.

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