Humans have told stories since the beginning of time as a medium to connect and pass knowledge from one generation to the next. Robert and Michael aim to explore these stories with today’s leaders with real and raw conversation - getting rid of all the noise in today’s data driven, twitter-fed society. The art of storytelling has taken a back seat to 24 hour news, politicking and diminished attention spans. As we began to contemplate this shift, we developed The Climb – Cross Roads and Defining Moments – to capture the stories of today’s leaders. Each of our esteemed guests will bring their own unique set of circumstances they faced in their life to our podcast so that our listeners can hear the raw and unfiltered truth. The climb is never easy – the cross roads and defining moments shape us.
#11 Eric Hyman: Former Athletic Director at TCU, USC and Texas A&M - It's not how much you know, it's how much you care
Eric Hyman is the former Athletic Director at powerhouse universities such as Texas Christian University, University of South Carolina and Texas A&M. On this episode, we talk about Eric’s experiences growing up all over the world, his early days in college athletics, Hiring Gary Patterson, Disciplining Jadaveon Clowney, being around Johnny Manziel, where college athletics is today, empowering student-athletes, dealing with fans & the media and so much more. Enjoy the Climb!
#10 Keaton Turner: President & Founder of Turner Mining Group - Life is Short, Live it.
Keaton Turner joins us on this episode to talk about his incredible company and passion for living life. We get into pissing off all the right people in mining, the challenges of building a company around young people, the importance of transparency in the mining industry through social media, learning how to say no to things, the hardship of having to hire & fire your friends and much more. Enjoy The Climb!
#9 Chris Lee: Co-Founder at RTC Partners - Diversity, Travel and the Boots on the Ground Mentality
Chris Lee is the Co-Founder of Round Table Capital Partners, who acquire strong businesses with committed management teams and provide them with the capital and collaborative partnership needed to develop into lower middle market industry leaders. Chris joins us to talk about the influence of travel in his career, the value that diversity has brought to RTC and their portfolio, how we can overcome the division we find ourselves in as well as some of Chris' own experiences. Chris holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Harvard College. Enjoy The Climb!
#8 David Crombie: Chief Operating Officer of Nine Energy Services - The Titan of Jacksboro
David Crombie joins us today to talk about the world of oil over his 20+ year career, growing up in Texas, and celebrating David’s wedding anniversary. David also talks about the importance of having a great wife by your side, how to manage incredible stress, private equity in the industry and more. Enjoy the Climb!
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#7 Greg Gordon & Richie Greth: Gordon Highlander - The Greatest Regiment There Ever Was
Y'all are in for a treat, you get two for the price of one! We talk with two of Michael's oldest friends in Richie Greth and Greg Gordon. Greg is the founder of Gordon Highlander, a commercial construction company in DFW & Richie is the VP of Business Development. We talk about how years of friendship led to Greg and Richie finally working together, taking other people's visions and making them come to life, coming face to face with our own biases in this era of social unrest & more. This one has lots of laughs, deep reflections, and great stories. Enjoy The Climb!
#6 - Tim Swindle: Serial Entrepreneur/Investor - Live a Life That Makes a Story Worth Telling
Tim Swindle is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Chicago. He joins us on the pod to talk about the importance that travel has played in his career, we swap travel stories, some of Tim's experiences building and selling companies, his investing experience & finally they close on Tim's success in adult party games and his latest endeavor: Pornaments. Enjoy the climb!
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Interesting and inspiring stories!
Really interesting and informative stories of the adventure different leaders have taken to get where they are today. Michael and Bob have chosen fantastic contacts to interview and ask thought provoking questions to tell the story of their guests.
Absolutely fantastic...great content from successful and motivating business leaders...great cohosts to keep the conversation flowing! Past this is on to all young business people..