Brought to you by Level 5 Mentors, the Black Diamond Podcast is a unique experience for both listeners and guests. We celebrate innovation and creative leadership by interviewing some of the world's best and brightest entrepreneurs, founders, and influencers. Your host, Eric Malzone, is a serial entrepreneur and podcast host with well over 500 interviews under his belt with the Future of Fitness podcast and Fitness Blitz Radio.
Ep. 63 The Business of Better Sleep with Kristen Rainey
Kristen Rainey is the Founder and CEO of Northstar Sleep School, offering online classes and in-person workshops to help people get better sleep. Using a data-driven approach, her clients learn what behavior changes they can make in their daily lives to yield the most impact. She is also the host of the Northstar Unplugged podcast, focused on rest, unplugging, transitions, and finding what fuels you.
Prior to launching Northstar Sleep School, Kristen led sustainability and procurement for Google’s 271 cafes across 54 countries. She is a graduate of Princeton University and received a MALD in International Affairs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an MBA at Cornell University. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach (CSSC) through the Spencer Institute.
She has lived, worked, and studied in Indonesia, France, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Spain, and Australia. After 33 zip codes and an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, she has landed in Bozeman, Montana.
Ep. 62 - Kari McDonald (Fix It. Build It. Grow It.)
Kari McDonald is using her experience and know-how from years in the fossil fuel industry to engineer a transition from traditional fossil fuels and fertilizers to sustainable and regenerative solutions. Kari’s company, Bio Energy Solutions Inc., acquired the Green Power House technology popularized in the movie “The Need to Grow.” Since then, she’s been bringing farmers and fossil fuel technicians and engineers together to make it an even safer and more efficient system. In fact, the rechristened Energy Junction comprises three integrated systems that are customizable and modular. Collectively, they are capable of generating electricity, as well as an assortment of other products including algae, biochar, bio-stimulants and wood vinegar, biogas and biodiesel.
Kari will share inspiration and we'll see that it’s actually possible to transition from fossil fuels to regenerative earth-and-people-friendly energy and agriculture.
Ep. 61 Tom Britz - Glacier Hops Ranch & The Business of Beer
Tom’s career background has spanned decades in both marketing and new business development, the latter of which led to him being the visionary behind what is now Glacier Hops Ranch.
In 2015, Tom was elected the first-ever National At-Large Director of the Hop Growers of America (HGA). He was subsequently appointed as National Chairman of the HGA’s Small Grower Council, which oversaw the development of Enterprise Cost Studies and Best Practices for small hop growers during his tenure.
An accomplished horseman, Tom and his wife Annie competed from Canada to Texas and were nationally ranked in the cow horse sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting. They qualified and competed for the National Championships in Texas three times, and once for the World Championships, but today most of Tom’s equine activity is an occasional trail ride in the forest surrounding his Whitefish property…the original Glacier Hops Ranch.
We'll chat about what Glacier Hops Ranch does, how Tom came up with the idea for his product and MUCH MORE!
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Ep. 60 - Alli Widman | Avant Ski & The Ski Industry Evolution
Alli has been an avid skier and traveler her entire life. Following years of frustration with a lack of comprehensive, reliable ski resources for recreational skiers, she launched Avant Ski in late 2018.
She spent nearly a decade on Wall Street, though her true passion has always been fitness and travel. When she is not skiing or writing about ski travel, you can find her running around NYC, either chasing her two small boys or training for her next marathon. Alli studied Biology and Economics at Stanford University and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Ep. 59 Kelsey Ramsden: Mindcure & The Future of Psychedelic
Kelsey Ramsden was Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur ranked #1 by Profit and Chatelaine Magazines in 2012 & 2013. She is also a bonafide business acrobat, internationally recognized speaker, Richard Branson Centre Mentor, Contributor to the Huffington Post & Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s is an innovator and implementer who acts on instincts and does so with integrity. She is currently the Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer Mind Cure Health. Mind Cure Health is a mental health and wellness company with a mission to identify, develop and commercialize products that enhance mental health and wellness, ease suffering and increase productivity. MINDCURE was formed as a response to a world suffering from a mental health crisis and in urgent need of effective treatments.
Ep. 58 Hollis Carter: The Baby Bathwater Institute
Hollis Carter is a serial entrepreneur and avid skier. He started his entrepreneurial journey in the early 2000’s, founding multiple companies, including a SAAS company he built into a 7-figure virtual business in less than a year. In 2013, he became a founding investor in Utah’s Powder Mountain Ski Resort, where he now develops real estate and hosts events.
His experiences (and observations) led him toward co-founding the Baby Bathwater Institute, a unique membership-based community comprised of some of the world’s leading minds and entrepreneurs, with a focus on cultivating natural, mutually beneficial relationships.
Great Tricks and Little Tips!
Love to listen to Black Diamond while I’m working to soak up little reminders for putting my best foot forward toward success. Thank you Eric!
Appreciate the Depth
Great podcast! I really appreciate the depth of each interview and the ability to draw the best out of each guest for relatable lessons for entrepreneurs.
Fantastic for Entrepreneurs
Eric’s got some really great interviews here with professionals who have “done it”.
Lots of actionable items, and great insights with ah-ha! Moments.
Highly recommended to any entrepreneur looking to take their business forward, and up a few levels.