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The Tomasz Show
66 minutes | 7 months ago
Philip Farmer - On Coaching Bryan Brothers & Life On and Off the Tennis Court | Tennis Coach | Former D1 Athlete | Keynote Speaker
Philip Farmer is a dear family friend of many years. I love his energy and light-hearted spirit. He played Division 1 tennis at Oklahoma University and after graduation, quickly identified his gift for coaching. Under his leadership, former #1 World Ranked Bryan Brothers (2003-2005, 2017) won 4 Grand Slam titles and advanced to 4 Grand Slam Finals. In addition, he trained former #1 Corina Morariu (2002) to reach 2 Grand Slam Titles. Today, he is a public speaker promoting mental toughness and strategy. Connect with Phil HERE.
49 minutes | 8 months ago
Ineyes Wright - An Artistic Look Into Self-Care | Author | Photographer | Fashionista
Ineyes Wright got her BFA education from the Art Institute of Dallas. 2 years after she landed her 1st corporate job as a Junior CAD artist, she was laid off along with many others wondering what to do next. Soon after, was introduced to a Steve Harvey's challenge to write down 500 things that she would like to accomplish in life. In addition to crossing things off her list, she decided to create her own fashion line, become a photographer & write a book - Take It Off: An Artistic Look Into Self-Care! Connect with Ineyes HERE.
54 minutes | 8 months ago
Bryan Griffin - The Tennis Player Turned Social Media Marketer and Fashion Insider | Former Professional Tennis Player | GQ Insider | Social Media Influencer
Bryan Griffin is originally from Columbus, OH and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2011. Yes, he is yet another fellow Mustang! Bryan is an expert in digital content creation, personal branding, fashion, and lifestyle content production. Featured in multiple leading US and British fashion publications, he has been commissioned by brands such as GQ, Mr. Porter, Christian Louboutin, Macy’s, Samsung, Swatch, Pernod Ricard Spirits, and VF Corporation. I am excited to share his story with you all! Connect with Bryan HERE.
59 minutes | 9 months ago
Robert Nyakundi - The Life After Basketball | Former Professional Basketball Player | SMU Alum | Physical Therapist
Robert and I go back to 2007. We were basketball teammates at SMU in Dallas, TX. He is like a brother from another mother to me. He has been to my home country of Poland, we traveled to Africa together. We were fortunate to create countless memories and have stories to share for a lifetime. In this episode, Robert provides a lot of insights from his basketball career in Europe and his goal to become a licensed physical therapist in the nearest future. I am super pumped to share this with you. Cheers.
45 minutes | a year ago
Kelvin Beachum - It's Bigger than Football | NFL Professional Football Player | Philanthropist | Investor
Kelvin Beachum, a Mexia Texas native, graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2010 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Sports Management. In 2012, he completed a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Dynamics and delivered the commencement address for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Beachum was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 where he served as the starting left tackle until suffering a torn ACL during the 2016 season. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2016 and started at left tackle during the 2016 season. Beachum signed with the New York Jets in 2017 and just completed his third season as the starting left tackle for the team. In addition to his commitments with the NFL, Beachum is known for his dedication to ending hunger by working directly with hunger advocacy groups like Bread for the World and World Vision, and supporting community food banks across America. He also sits on the Entertainment Council for Feeding America. Beachum sits on the Executive Board for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. He is an alternate union rep for the NFLPA and a member of the NFLPA Brand Ambassador Program. In December 2016, it was announced that Beachum was a member of the advisory board for the OneTeam Collective, a groundbreaking, athlete-driven business accelerator for innovative companies seeking to incorporate sports strategies to drive growth. He is also a founding member of the NFL Players Coalition. Beachum sits on the Brookings Council and joined the Donors Choose Advisory Board in December 2019. Beachum is committed to helping young people, especially minority and disadvantaged youth, develop the habits and skills for success. He has a special focus on encouraging minority youth to engage in STEM-centric disciplines and STEM careers, especially in robotics, computer programming, and coding. In addition, Beachum is a professional speaker in both the university and corporate markets. With outstanding interactive programs in Effective Leadership and Diversity/Inclusion, Beachum does both training programs and keynotes that powerfully engage audiences. Beachum is an active investor, focusing mainly on the technology ecosystem. A man of strong faith, Beachum is devoted to glorifying God in everything he does and uses his time and influence to encourage others, especially young people, by advocating education, faithful devotion, and being of service to others. Beachum resides in Arizona with his wife, Jessica, and their three children. Connect with Kelvin HERE.
54 minutes | a year ago
Byron Sanders - Facilitating a Creative Path for Kids | CEO, Big Thought | Community Advocate | Presidential Scholar
Byron Sanders is a committed advocate for education, economic development, and creating equitable communities throughout Dallas, Texas. As the President and CEO of Big Thought, he works each day to explore innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap for children. Big Thought connects people and organizations to prepare youth and children in under-resourced communities for tomorrow’s creative economy through quality in-school, after- school and community-partnership experiences. Byron has worked with Big Thought in various capacities since 2008, as a supporter, volunteer, advisor, partner, and most recently, board member. Byron is a recipient of 2014 Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders and it's 2012 40 Under 40 awards. He has also been recognized as a Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau BIG Influencer, in Who’s Who in Black Dallas, Dallas Foundation Good Works Under 40, and as a TEDx speaker. In 2017, he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the program led by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Most recently he received the Parkland Foundation's Community First Award. Byron’s professional expertise spans the fields of banking, education, philanthropy, and entrepreneurism. Prior to Big Thought, Byron served as Vice President for U.S. Trust, the private bank of Bank of America, where he connected high net worth individuals and institutions to solutions that accomplish their financial goals. He is the former Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation, where he built and cultivated philanthropic, corporate, and community relationships to support initiatives benefitting the students of Dallas Independent School District. He also served as Vice President of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization serving at-risk K-12 public school students. During his tenure, Group Excellence was named the country’s fifth fastest growing education company in Inc. Magazine's 2011 Inc. 500 list. Byron believes that one’s purpose and mission cannot be fulfilled without being actively engaged in the community. He is a member of many high-impact boards, such as United Way’s Community Impact Council, Social Venture Partners Dallas, CitySquare, ChildCareGroup, KIPP DFW, and the Mayor’s Star Council. He is also a member of Dallas Assembly, Leadership Dallas ’13, Leadership ISD ‘12, Latino Center for Leadership Development Fellows, and several other service engagements. A graduate of the University of Tulsa with a BSBA in Marketing, Byron’s first love is spending time with his wife Celeste and his two young children.
48 minutes | a year ago
Sadaf Haq - Making an Impact from Bronx, N.Y. to Frisco, TX | Public Health Expert | Community Advocate | Fashionista
Sadaf Haq is a Public Health professional by trade who currently works for Pain Management of North Dallas. She’s an avid business developer and marketer for the practice and in her spare time, manages 3 determined daughters 13 and under. However, her true passion is community service, building bridges and fashion! She and her friend debuted a clothing line last year called Arzu. She is heavily involved in the social services of her city if Frisco, TX and has aspirations to serve in a bigger capacity! Connect with Sadaf HERE.
49 minutes | a year ago
April Melton - How to Navigate the Single Mom Life | Single Mother | Staffing Sales Expert | Personal Trainer
In this episode, I visited with a good friend, April Melton, Staffing Sales professional at Peyton Resource Group. We touch on many challenges associated with her being a single mom of a 5-year old daughter. What does April do on a daily basis to get it all done? How does she manage her busy schedule? Plus the latest on coronavirus, April's impressive fitness journey since she played Football in Duncanville, TX, her podcasting gig with Kimberly Shapiro and more - you do not want to miss this conversation! Connect with April HERE.
56 minutes | a year ago
Hersh Gosar - Creating Content Online to Help Others | Content Creator | Youtube Influencer | Software Developer
Hersh Gosar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a software developer by day. By night, he creates content online to help thousands of students to apply and get admitted to universities, how to network and get their jobs. Hersh loves to help other people. His level of energy and passion make him a joy to be around. In this episode, we jump into many topics and some of them include his meeting with Gary Vee, his YouTube channel, the importance of LinkedIn and what's next for Hersh! Connect with Hersh HERE.
36 minutes | a year ago
Arianna Akinwunmi - The life after graduating from the Boys & Girls Clubs | Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County Alum | UTSA student
Arianna Akinwunmi joined the Frisco Boys & Girls Club when she was 5 years old. The journey helped her instill a mindset to dream big. She was selected as the 2018 BGCCC Youth of the Year & Charles Schwab National Brand Ambassador - an example of the life-changing effect of BGCCC programs. She is now studying Finance at the University of Texas in San Antonio. After graduation, she wants to start her business with a focus on community service and help young people reach financial freedom. Connect with Arianna HERE. More about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County HERE.
32 minutes | a year ago
Zahra Jahanyfard - Connecting to the Community through Art | Artist | Freelancer | Art Teacher
I had a big pleasure to visit Zahra Jahanyfard's studio in Frisco, TX to record this episode of the podcast. She was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. in 2007, when her husband got a job in Lexington, Mo. She could not speak English however, she was able to connect to the local community through painting and her art work. Her goal is to establish an art residency program between Iran and the U.S., allowing artists from both countries to travel and make connections with people, countries, culture and art. Connect with Zahra HERE. More about Zahra's studio and work HERE.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
Mark Metry - Impacting & Influencing others through Self-Evolvement | Host @ Humans 2.0 Podcast| Entrepreneur
Mark Metry is originally from Egypt. He is a Forbes featured speaker and host of Humans 2.0 Top 100 podcast, interviewing entrepreneurs, NY Times bestselling authors and world-class human beings. Once upon a time, he couldn't make direct eye contact with anyone and suffered from social anxiety from health issues & not living life he was strategically designed to live. Outside of his podcast, he speaks and consults start-ups, individuals, and businesses to help them scale in the competitive marketing world. Connect with Mark HERE. More about Mark HERE.
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Aaron Zack - Helping Professional Athletes Build Their Personal Brands | Co-Founder @ Revolving Mind Media| NFL Marketing Agent
Aaron Zack's has built his professional career in marketing and sales. He became the youngest NFL agent in the business in 2015 and soon after, launched a Marketing and PR firm, Revolving Mind Media. His business focuses on helping brands scale in addition to representing a wide range of NFL athletes such as Jaylon Smith from Dallas Cowboys from the marketing perspective. "What better way to market your clients’ needs than in a world aimed at spreading information at an exceedingly high rate?" - He says. Connect with Aaron HERE. More about Revolving Mind Media HERE.
68 minutes | 2 years ago
Bashar Alhuneidi - What Does it Mean to be a Gentleman Today? | Founder @ Adam Aleksander| Retail Executive | Leader
In this episode, I had a pleasure to visit with Bashar Alhuneidi, Founder and Creative Director of Adam Aleksander, a luxury men’s fashion brand that recently opened at The Star in Frisco, TX. Bashar is a 20-year veteran of the fashion industry. He has worked for some of the biggest brands in the world such as Louis Vuitton or Bloomingdale's. He played basketball in college and came to the U.S. as a 1st generation immigrant. We dive into his humbling story and what has inspired him to launch his own brand. Connect with Bashar HERE. More about Adam Aleksander HERE.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Mike Simpson - Enabling All Young People to Reach Their Full Potential | CEO @ Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County | Activist | Leader
In this episode, I had a privilege to interview Mike Simpson, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County (BGCCC). He served on the Frisco City Council from 2000-2008 and is a former Mayor of Frisco, TX from 2002-2008. Mike and his wife Sandy moved to this area in 1997 and both have been actively involved in the community ever since. Under his leadership, BGCCC currently serves over 10,100 children each year through its after-school, summer and outreach programs with branches in Frisco, McKinney, and Plano. Connect with Mike HERE. More about BGCCC HERE.
78 minutes | 2 years ago
Dr. Ger Graus OBE - Developing Cities Where Children are in Charge | Global Director of Education @ Kidzania | Educationalist | Leader
Dr. Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education, where, since March 2017, he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania. The organization, where children aged 4 to 14 can experience the world of work through role-play, is designed to inspire and empower: “from inspiration to aspiration”. Since its inception in 1999 in Mexico City, KidZania now has a presence in 27 cities in 21 countries on 5 continents, with 1st U.S. location coming to Frisco, TX in Fall 2019.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Chelsea Cunningham - Transforming Vehicle Title Services | Owner @ The Title Girl | Entrepreneur | Leader
Chelsea Cunningham of The Title Girl entered the auto world at the age of 21. She jumped in with both feet and began buying cars from auctions then retailing and wholesaling them. Once she relocated to Texas, the dream of The Title Girl began to form. The business provides vehicle title concierge services and prides itself in reducing time dealers spend on managing cars already sold and enabling them to focus on new sales. In this episode, Chelsea shares many valuable insights into her inspiring journey! Connect with Chelsea HERE.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Jake Melton - Driving Awareness to Tourette Syndrome and Mental Health | Consultant | Minimalist | Speaker
"A Regular Guy Trying to Make Good Things Happen in the World". - Jake Melton, Owner at The JB Melton Group. While maintaining a huge level of humility, Jake helps organizations create sought-after workplace environments. He possesses a very diversified set of skills and experiences in the areas of consulting, coaching, speaking, minimalism. In this interview, we dive in-depth to his journey with Tourette Syndrome, LinkedIn and how he built a large following of over 30K, overcoming adversity, and more! Connect with Jake HERE.
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Divy Shrivastava - Deploying Drones to 911 Calls to Help First Responders | Entrepreneur | Innovator | Leader
I had a blast interviewing Divy Shrivastava, CEO & Co-Founder of Paladin Drones. Divy is a 1st generation immigrant, originally from India. After almost 2 years studying engineering at UC Berkeley, he dropped out and launched the firm with his friend Trevor Pennypacker. They use autonomous drones to give first responders a live overhead view of an emergency before they arrive, allowing them to respond to emergencies quickly and safely. After raising $1,3MM in the seed round, they are off to the races! Connect with Divy HERE.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Peter Burns - Paying it Forward to Transform Our Youth | Community Servant | US Army Veteran | PMP Certified Leader
I had a privilege to interview Peter Burns, PMP Certified Executive at Nokia. Peter was born and raised in Jamaica. At the age of 12, he and his family moved to New York to begin the second chapter of their lives. 6 years later, he joined the US Army and after two decades of service all over the world, he moved to Frisco, TX in 1999. Through his selfless actions, he quickly became a well-respected local leader, mentoring and advising many students, and children. "I am just paying it forward", he says. Connect with Peter HERE.
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