Josh Ziering, Founder of Kittyhawk.io



Let’s talk drones this week as Rick caught up with Josh Ziering, of Kittyhawk.io at the 2018 InterDrone show in Las Vegas.

Drones in the world of sports is just one of the topics they cover.

Josh is the Founder of Kittyhawk, a drone operations and management solution backed by Boeing. He is also a founding member of the FAA Unmanned Aviation Safety Team and an FAA Part 107 certificate holder.

As an accomplished UAV pilot, Josh has flown all manner of uncrewed aircraft for over 15 years and flown professionally for the NHL, ABC Television, and various manned-aviation airshows.

A recognized visionary leader, he regularly writes about drone-related topics where he eagerly shares his love of aviation and (often-polarizing) opinions on the future of the industry. Josh is oft quoted in news publications and frequently presents at conferences and participates in panel discussions. A self-taught software programmer and serial entrepreneur, Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in poetry from Arizona State University.

Drones in sports:

The Steelers just erected a Tarp to prevent people from flying drones and seeing their plays. This is the same football team that sells a branded drone.

Stadium and team owners have seen drones as a looming threat for a long time now.

Temporary Flight Restrictions only apply to stadiums when there are games scheduled. So, technically, its not out of the question to film some other teams practices by drones. 4K Video of every play they’re running wouldn’t be a trivial advantage.

-Drone incidents at stadiums.

From drone fleet asset management to realtime secure video streaming, Kittyhawk has all the functionality and integrations needed to tame the chaos of managing your drone fleet. It was great to talk with Josh about drones and at the end about a famous relative of his.

Josh Ziering


Julie Wu, RadRoller.com



Rick gets and education this week from Julie Wu, from RadRoller.com.

RAD mobility and massage tools are designed by experts and for everyone, so we’ve made it our business to make our products high quality, affordable and above all, awesomely effective.

You can even bundle the products and purchase in RAD Kits.

Julie is an instructor with RAD and an expert on each and every product. She explains and can demonstrate how it will help every inch of your body. She is also  a fountain of knowledge as she started her career in the health and sciences field, studying the molecular nature of diabetes in various labs across the US. Finding she wanted to work one-on-one with people (cells in cultures don’t communicate much!), she decided to pursue a 4 year masters degree in Five Element Acupuncture. She now resides in Denver, CO while traveling the world teaching RAD Education.

RAD mobility and massage tools are designed by experts and for everyone, so we’ve made it our business to make our products high quality, affordable and above all, awesomely effective.

So…

Welcome to RadRoller.com
HOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST advanced massage and release tools

Relief in motion is what we’re all about, which means tightness, tension and reduced movement don’t stand a chance against what we bring to the party. There really is something for everyone, so come and get it.

So from the RAD Point Release Kit to the RAD Helix and RAD Rod and more… there is a RAD product that will help you immediately.

RAD products start at just $16. Julie says that whatever RAD product you use, there will be a benefit.

See more at www.radroller.com and thanks to Julie for coming on “Tech of Sports.”

RAD Products

Julie Wu

Paul Albanese, Architect of Sage Run Golf Club



Had the fantastic opportunity to play the new Sage Run Golf Club in Harris, Mich. and hear from the architect of the course himself.

Golfers in the northwest corner of Michigan have a new course to play as Sage Run opened in the town of Harris. The course is designed by Paul Albanese, ASGCA (Albanese and Lutzke Golf Course Design).

The course compliments the existing Sweetgrass Golf Club course at the Island Resort and Casino – another Albanese & Lutzke design.
One interesting feature of the Sage Run site is a large drumlin – a long, sloping ridge. Albanese said that this was used within the design to allow golfers to experience the landform throughout the round.

“We wanted golfers to be able to interact with the drumlin in different directions, North, South, East and West; climbing up, cascading down, diagonally, across the top, and along the bottom,” he said. “At the end of the round, golfers should really feel they got the flavor of this drumlin.”

With preparations now being made ahead of the course’s opening in late summer, Albanese says that golfers can expect Sage Run to deliver a “diversity of experience”.

“Every hole has its own unique flavor and character,” he adds. “In addition to the drumlin, the holes route though a pine scrub area, an open area, and a wooded part too. And, as an experience overall, this course will feel and play much differently to Sweetgrass. Golfers should expect to want to stay for a long weekend of golfing fun with all the golf there now.”

Picking up the game of golf at age 5, Paul Albanese was a single digit handicapper by the time he was 13 and was fascinated by the great courses he was exposed to in Northern New Jersey, such as Somerset Hills, Baltusrol and Plainfield CC. Paul was recruited by Cornell University to play on the golf team, and he was captain of the team his senior year. Paul received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s engineering college, where he specified his studies in environmental and agricultural engineering. His golf team experience at Cornell allowed him to see many classic courses on the East Coast, including the famed Bethpage Black course, where the Ivy Leagues Championships are played every year. After Cornell, Paul went on to Harvard University where he received a Masters in Landscape Architecture.

Here’s a little overview from Albanese.

Sage Run Golf Club


Sharkie Zartman, Author and Certified Health Coach



Great to be joined by Sharkie Zartman this week to talk about her new book.

The book is #HeySportsParents: An Essential Guide for any Parent with a Child in Sports.

Sharkie Zartman is a USVBA five-time All-American volleyball athlete and champion competitor at UCLA where her jersey was retired. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and also competed in the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association for five years and is a member of the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. As a coach, Sharkie led El Camino College to nine league and two state titles, and with her husband, Pat, she helped the South Bay Spoilers junior club team win multiple national titles.

Sharkie holds degrees in kinesiology and instructional technology. She teaches health and fitness at the community college and hosts “Sharkie’s Pep Talk” on Healthy Life Radio. Sharkie is a certified health coach with the official sanction of the New York State Education Department and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also a dynamic speaker and is passionate about inspiring people to live their best lives at any age.

She is the author of ten books, including:
#HeySportsParents (co-author)
Have Fun Getting Fit; Simple Ways to Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body
Take on Aging as a Sport; The Athletic Approach to Aging
Shark Sense; Getting in Touch with Your Inner Shark
So You Think You Can Coach Kids?
Youth Volleyball; The Guide for Coaches and Parents
Empowered Aging; Expert Advice on Staying Healthy, Vital, and Active

If you have a child playing sports, this book is written for YOU! Sports parenting is easier said than done. It’s difficult to watch our kids play a sport and not have any control over the outcome. And it’s challenging to stay calm and supportive while helping our kids navigate the terrain of choices available to them.
However, if done properly, this experience can be very rewarding.

Website: www.sharkiezartman.com

Sharkie Zartman


Brent Huigens, CEO of PWCC Marketplace from The National



PWCC had a presence at the National in Cleveland. So it was great that Rick caught up to PWCC CEO, Brent Huigens.

Brent Huigens, CEO of PWCC. Since 1998, PWCC has provided buyers and sellers of investment-caliber trading cards with an efficient, honest, and predictable marketplace. Trading cards are an emerging real asset class poised for growth as the market better recognizes the inherent supply/demand mismatch inherent to the industry. Compared to traditional brick-and-mortar auction environments, PWCC offers buyers and sellers a superior marketplace, principled in reduced transaction costs, faster turn- times, increased liquidity, and greater transparency. This isn’t just a hobby. It’s an investment.

We hear what PWCC is doing at the National and what they have coming up on the horizon.

PWCC Marketplace is the largest seller of investment-caliber trading cards with thousands of available cards on auction.

Brent Huigens

 


Steven Walden, Sports Artist



Born and raised in Arkansas, but now living in St. Louis, Steven Walden had one of the most colorful booths at this year’s National (#2169). Bright and bold works of art that look remarkable by themselves, but get even better when Walden himself hands you a pair of 3-D glasses. The 3-D sports art immediately jumps off the canvas.

“I’m an accidental artist and I didn’t know that I could paint until four years ago. This is my second National and is what I now do full-time. I work coast-to-coast with a lot of teams, athletes and charities.”

Walden may have mentioned “charities” last, but don’t let that fool you. His artwork has raised over $200,000 for charitable efforts over the last four years.

“Right now, it’s a one-man operation, so I handle everything: designing the site, marketing, promotion, customer service, ordering and keeping stock of inventory, mailing out orders, and social media interactions.”

Rick talked with the very talented, Steven Walden, at The National on August 3. Enjoy this interview. See more of Steven’s art here.

Steven Walden at The National