Colleen Lopez of Colleen Lopez Events sits down with Cole and shows why she is the premier event planner in the Inland Northwest.She has some incredible insights on life, and comes with a deep history of working in the restaurant and hospitality industry. She was once the fine dining manager at Beverly’s, but followed her heart and quit to go on a 2 month honeymoon excursion with her husband. In fact they both quit their jobs with no idea what her next endeavor would be until one of her childhood friends called her in a panic about her wedding day. That’s when she stepped up to the plate and offered to be her point of person the day of her wedding. It was the response from her friend when she exclaimed “you know people will actually pay you to do that” when she had the AHA moment and started her business the next day.
“NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN” is the war cry from today’s guest who spent eleven years working in the energy drink business where he learned a lot about building a business. He was part of the explosive growth and very in tune with how the owner of Rockstar Energy Drinks created one of the largest privately owned companies in the US. He was a part of that. From sales and marketing, to working with distributors and accounts, to sponsoring events and handing out free samples but he knew this wasn’t the long term answer for living a long and healthy life.
He saw that people were beginning to search for healthier options as our countries health is worse than it ever has been and decided to stop pushing and promoting energy drinks and it was time to take his knowledge to create his own form of “Energy Drink”.
With the goal in mind to feel better the older you get, not worse Ronnie Watson and his good friend Jeremy Deming developed a coffee with Hydrolyzed collagen and medicinal mushroom extract and formed Defiant Coffee Co.
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In this episode, Brad Peugh, founder of B.O.H.I.C.A. Smoke sit down with Cole and talks about how he followed his passion to get into the BBQ catering business. In what started as BBQ’n for buddies on Sundays today Brad and his team are the go to when it comes to catering BBQ in North Idaho.
Find out the story behind the name of B.O.H.I.C.A. Smoke, some tips and tricks to help navigate your smoker, and why you need to call B.O.H.I.C.A. Smoke when planning your next event.
In episode 47 Tom Morgan, founder of the Lake City Bicycle Collective sits down with Cole to talk about how he came to starting the non-profit which provides 300 bikes and counting at no cost to kids in the community. In what started as noticing bikes in disrepair at clients homes, Tom found a need in the community that falls right in line with his passion of bicycles. There are hundreds if not thousands of kids in our community that don’t have bikes, who are left out when it comes times to jump on their bike with their friends. “Not only that a bike is a great form of transportation without having to deal with the burden of a car.” Says Tom. That and much more in the interview.
Tabitha comes with a deep history of working with Boys & Girls Clubs all around the Northwest. She was once the director of Operations with The Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, and recently started following her greater life’s passion in helping nonprofits and businesses with fundraising, PR, and marketing all while maintaining a balance in life that keeps a smile on her face. Apart from her business she runs marathons, volunteers all over the place, teaches fitness classes, and still finds time to play on the lake..
In a years time she has grown her business by 500% and is making a huge impact in our community.
That and much more inside.
In this episode Cole sits down with Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters very own Rick Evans on location at Evans Brothers Coffee in Downtown Coeur d’Alene.
Rick, who comes from a long line of military officers, could be referred to as an “Air Force Brat” and has lived all over the country. After finding himself virtually unemployed in 2008 he and his brother came up with an idea while spending their days skiing at Schweitzer. On that chairlift Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters was born. Ever since they have inspired communities and have begun creating a lasting legacy that makes each of our local communities a better place to live. Today, they are considered among the top roasting companies in the country by their approach to quality, connection to producers, and strength of team values.
“No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!” This up and coming nationwide charity has really been picking up steam with their mission to get kids from sleeping on the floor. They provide bunk beds to those kids in need. This episode is eye opening in that there are kids in every town around our country including ours that sleep on the floor every night.
Enjoy this episode: In Episode 40, Coeur d’Alene’s gut health expert Llolyn Pobran of the Wellness Center of Coeur d’Alene sat down with Cole to discuss gut health, some signs to look for in your digestion and everyday life that could potentially save you from the silent killer, leaky gut. Llolyn has some incredible insights from life changing experiences related to gut health, and shares how you can learn a lot about your body from your poop. Enjoy!
Enjoy this episode: Theresa Wild, Co-Founder of Matt’s Place Foundation sits down with Coeur d’Alene Advice Givers in Episode 38 and discusses the love of her life, Matt Wild’s diagnosis of ALS. The challenges of battling ALS, and creating positive within the ALS community by starting Matt’s Place Foundation, which helps those and their families who are battling ALS in which can cost up to $300,000 per year.