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The Grind is Real
39 minutes | May 5, 2020
Wing Lam: How Wahoo's Built a Fish Taco Empire in the Barrel of So Cal Culture
Wing takes a pause from his teams community outreach efforts to sit down with The Grind is Real Podcast. He explains how supporting hospitals and essential workers is an extension of his history of charitable acts in the community. Wing explains how his restaurants embodied the so cal culture and gives listeners an understanding of how stickers, surfboards and skateboards landed all over the walls. He walks us through his first gig with Billabong during an industry trade show. By serving as a platform for surf & skate brands to display their stickers and banners Wahoo's Fish Tacos Restaurants earned free decoration through the competitive nature of companies that did not want to be left out. Wing recollects the sticker wars between competing brands, such as Surfer & Surfing Magazine. Wing dives into the importance of connecting with the culture of your clientele and how that bond builds loyalty. He explains the exclusive nature of the action sports industry and draws parallels to being accepted at a local surf spot. He explains the value of paying your dues to gain respect. We learn about the challenges of expanding from a single store into a large chain and the need to mind the details. The importance of addressing the various responsibilities to "keep the house in order". Wing connects his upbringing in a family that had restaurants in China & Brazil to his early education on the fundamentals of food service. He learned about sourcing and preparing ingredients. He describes how growing-up as a minority in Orange County taught him to be fearless and accept being different, a virtue that has paid dividends in his industry. wahoos.com
54 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
The Grind is Real Estate
Tim walks us through the Real Estate market activity from the agent's perspective. He explains how to navigate through transactions using non-traditional methods such as virtual showings. He explains the mindset that buyers of sellers of homes should have in the current marketplace. Al Sed takes us through the pitfalls of loan forbearance. He uncovers a huge flaw and oversight in the forbearance enrollment process and cautions people about the fine print. Al explains how the loan forbearance program, if over utilized, can cause a ripple effect in the economy. He also touches on refinance and general issues caused by the current backlog in big banks. The Grind is Real Episode 8, "The Grind is Real Estate", is truly educational programming. Our guests have different styles and approaches to their craft but are both seasoned pros with a wealth of knowledge. If you are considering buying/selling your home or have general interest in the state of the Real Estate market this is a must listen. Links to Guest Websites for more information:Contact Tim Morissette:https://timmorissette.com/Contact Al Sed:https://crosscountrymortgage.com/San-Juan-Capistrano-CA-4080/Al-Sed/
68 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Justin Burden: Who is the Unorthodox Genius?
Justin & Ham Zand discuss the struggle of daily life during during COVID-19. We learn about how Justin "backed-in" to law school after he took the LSAT last minute. We inquire about how Justin fit in at Columbia Law and how he decided to get into corporate law. Justin takes us into life at high end corporate Law firm Gibsun Dunn. He the gives us insight from his work at NBC Universal and then walks us through his role at Pabst Brewing Company. Justin shares valuable lessons learned from his work in the field of Law. We discuss executing under high expectations and facing the pressure of an environment where there is no room for error. Justin tells the story of his stint on Jeopardy and how qualified for the show. He walks us through the preparations necessary to make sure you don't look like a fool on national television. Finally, we dive into the current state of affairs of COVID-19 and discuss next steps for society. Into the mind of the Burdman, episode 7 is a fun all-around show laced with great insight in discussions with an unorthodox genius.
33 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
COVID-19: THE TESTING CONUNDRUM
It has become evident that widespread testing for COVID-19 is a key factor that can equate to successful management of the COVID-19 Pandemic. China & South Korea have provided examples of how widespread testing can be used to reduce spread and improve containment of the disease. In order for the United States of America to achieve success and take steps towards regaining economic and social functionality testing must get done at a much higher rate. The FDA is rapidly providing Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for tests. The week of 3/30/20 the FDA approved 8 more tests under EUA, bringing the current total up to 28 tests. Although approved, the testing apparatus is coming to market too slowly and physicians are being forced to be very restrictive with testing, which is in direct contrast to the aforementioned plan of widespread testing.However, imported serology tests are available now. There are well over 50 different versions of serology tests from different foreign manufacturers currently in circulation. These tests are Lateral Flow Immunoassays that can be used to detect antibodies to COVID-19. This screen can be used as an important tool to help detect patients with COVID-19 infections or those that were previously infected. These tests are receiving a lot of criticism because they have not been validated through traditional FDA approval standards. The FDA has provided guidance expanding the opportunity to use these tests and healthcare providers are faced with the conundrum of whether or not to use these tests to help patients. In this episode we discuss the tests with Dr. Marco Zahedi, a community physician in Orange County, California, who is using the test to help screen patients at his practice. Dr. Zahedi discusses his thoughts about the value and limitations of the test. Link to Dr Zahedi's practice: https://marcozahedimd.com/Here is the specific language from Section IV.D of the FDA's Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease - 2019:D. Commercial Manufacturer Development and Distribution and Laboratory Development and Use of Serology Tests Without an EUA The policy described in this subsection applies to developers of serology tests that identify antibodies (e.g., IgM, IgG) to SARS-CoV-2 from clinical specimens. This policy is limited to such testing in laboratories or by healthcare workers at the point-of-care. This policy does not apply to at home testing. Considering that serology tests are less complex than molecular tests and are solely used to identify antibodies to the virus, FDA does not intend to object to the development and distribution by commercial manufacturers or development and use by laboratories of serology tests to identify antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, where the test has been validated, notification is provided to FDA, and information along the lines of the following is included in the test reports: · This test has not been reviewed by the FDA. · Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. · Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status. · Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. FDA recommends that developers planning to submit an EUA for serological testing as the sole basis to diagnose or inform infection status, include information along the lines of the statements above in their test reports until data is submitted and an EUA is authorized for additional uses.
45 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Sean Guerrero: Digital Golf Collective
Sean & host Ham Zand discuss the role of a positive outlook in business and life. We learn about how golfballed.com was started and how Sean parlayed golf reviews into relationships with top manufacturers. Sean describes how to earn your stripes in business by making a strong impression early in relationships through visibility and consistency. He explains how he approached the golf industry with a plan to expand the game by engaging low-handicap players and other amateurs. He discusses how he approaches his workload and stays creative by setting aside focused time for himself. Sean walks us through some of his creative platforms to help integrate lifestyle brands into the golf industry. He describes how his passion and experience sets him up to perform for his clients. He takes us through is experience at the 2019 Masters and his first encounter at Augusta. We discuss how COVID-19 has effected the PGA tour and businesses that depend on the golf industry. Sean takes us into the live golf events that he promotes in collaboration with other social media influencers. Links to Sean's projects:https://www.instagram.com/golfballedhttps://digitalgolfcollective.com/https://www.vitamobilesystems.com/
28 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
COVID-19: THE TIME IS NOW
As a Director of Pharmacy Operations of Oso Specialty Infusion your host, Ham Zand, is in the unique position of having transparency regarding medication, protective equipment and laboratory channels in the healthcare industry. He interfaces with Medical Doctors & Nurses on the front line of the COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) battle. In this special episode he makes a public service announcement to encourage social distancing, use of personal protective equipment and proper hand hygiene. He discusses the mindset one should take when shopping for essential items and how to stay COVID-FREE. He explains why we are yet to have accurate data on the number of COVID cases in California and what to expect in the upcoming weeks. Stay safe, stay at home,stay COVID-Free.Credits:Media Director: Art OkounOriginal Music: Ben Fink
49 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Naushad Huda: I Like This Grape
Naushad discusses his beginnings in the strategy industry and how he started Textopoly while he was still in law school. We learn how an unexpected opportunity from a large media outlet sparked his drive to enter uncharted territory. Naushad gives a history of how the mobile marketing industry grew with the release of the iphone. He talks about taking a chance on a novel idea and setting his career in law to the side.Naushad talks about the concept of I Like This Grape. He gives credit to his wife, Kathy, for her branding skills and challenges misconceptions about husband and wife teams in his industry. He explains the disconnect in the wine industry between brand and consumer and describes his one of a kind live wine tasting event SommX. We discuss the short comings of current wine tasting events and how his event broke down various walls in the realm of wine tasting.Naushad discusses the concept of his book series and how it serves to make wine more relatable. We learn how a master creator connects the dots to produce a product that is thoughtful on several levels. He touches on importance of delivering quality when putting your name on a project.Links to Naushad Huda's current projects:https://ilikethisgrape.com/https://www.drivethroughnapa.com/ Credits:Media Director: Art OkounOriginal Music: Ben Fink
52 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Dr. Sean Kelishadi: SSK Plastic Surgery
Dr. Sean discusses why Kobe Bryant's passing affected him so much. He re-caps his career in reflection of Kobe's. He compares and contrasts sports vs surgery. We learn how he deals with the pressure of surgery through hard work, preparation and great mentors. Dr. Sean provides a history of how he got into track racing and discusses his passion for plastic surgery. He relives the trials and tribulations of the medical school, residency & fellowship grind. He gives a graphic experience of delivering babies. Dr. Sean shares his touching appreciation of the power and role of death.The episode is concluded with a discussion about "buying confidence" and the impact of confidence on everyday life. Dr. Sean leaves us with thoughtful departing words. Link to SSK Plastic Surgery:https://sskplasticsurgery.com/Credits:Media Director: Art OkounOriginal Music: Ben Fink
12 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
To understand the source for this passion project listeners dive straight into a dramatic untold story from Ham Zand's past. The path to the present is priceless, the rest is yet to be written. The Grind is Real...Success is imminent.
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