Andrew Corkill, Vice President, Global Marketing and eCommerce at Targus

Rick talks about Targus with Andrew Corkill this week. Targus with a bunch of new products coming off CES.

Targus EcoSmart Backpacks and other sustainable products that travel well for the sports-minded consumer, and how Targus utilizes recycled plastic, some from the Oceans!

At this year’s show, the industry leader in laptop cases and mobile computing accessories, is celebrating their 40th anniversary with the launch of several new products, including those recognized as a CES 2023 Innovation Awards Honoree, designed to help empower a seamless life and a sustainable future.

Targus will unveil new products under the EcoSmart line, including:

· extended collection of EcoSmart tech accessories

includes three new EcoSmart keyboards)
· Backpack made from Ocean bound plastic

+new Zero Waste Backpacks
· Women’s Collection of laptop cases in various silhouettes

· Laptop bags made for Dell and Lenovo

including a lineup of gaming backpacks

· Plus, the Award-winning MiraLogic Workspace Intelligence System

Danny Bryant, Classic Center Arena General Manager

The Classic City will have a new entertainment venue come Summer of 2024.

Danny Bryant, Athens Arena General Manager, began his successful career at The Classic Center in 2010. Danny has served in multiple operational roles during his time at The Classic Center, but since 2015, he has primarily focused on the development of The Classic Center Arena, which is set to open in 2024. He joins Rick.

The Arena is slated to have 5,500 permanent seats with the capacity to hold up to 8,500 people along with the ability to transform for any occasion from concerts and sports tournaments to banquets and general sessions. Built into the fabric of downtown Athens, The Classic Center Arena will echo the energy of the college town with its rich music history, outstanding clubs, restaurants, and breweries, along with walkable access to hotels.

The arena will be home to The UGA Ice Dawgs, an ECHL team and used as a learning lab. The Georgia Music Hall will also open in The Classic Center, bringing the state’s collection of memorabilia to life in The Classic Center Arena through an interactive, museum-quality experience.

For the past 25 years, The Classic Center’s mission has been to enhance the quality of life in Athens-Clarke County by serving as the cultural, civic, and social center of the Southeast and by generating maximum economic impact. The new LEED-certified arena will continue The Classic Center’s mission along with generating more jobs for the Athens area while focusing on sustainability and green energy.

In 2015, Danny was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) 30|UNDER|30. He earned his Certified Venue Professional certification in 2019, received an IAVM Chair Citation in 2023, and now serves on the IAVM Foundation Board.

Danny is a graduate of Central Michigan University. He and his wife Beth proudly call Athens, Georgia, their home and enjoy spending time with their zoo of animals.

Emily Johnson, Miss Hooters International, 2024 Hooters Calendar Cover Girl

Rick is joined by the new Miss Hooters International, Emily Johnson, this week.

The 2024 Hooters Calendar has just been released.

To celebrate the 2024 Hooters Calendar, Hooters hosted calendar signings at some Metro Atlanta locations featuring:

Cover Girl: Emily Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Miss March: Sophia Zullo (Mason, Ohio)
Miss July: Cassidy Marginean (Grand Prairie, Texas)
Miss September: Sara Vratanina (Daytona, Fla.)
Miss November 2023: Ashleigh Meade (Chantilly, Va.)
Back Cover: Paloma Henderson (Charlotte, N.C.),
Calendar Girls from Hooters of Kennesaw: Gwyn Johnson (Kennesaw, Ga.), Caitlin Tabor (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Calendar Girls from Hooters Mall of Georgia: Abbey Upshaw (Buford, Ga.), Jasmin Duncan (Buford, Ga.), Cassidy Keene (Buford, Ga.)

For every calendar sold, Hooters will donate $1 toward its Give A Hoot fundraising effort benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research — one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations — and other local beneficiaries through the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund. To date, Hooters has raised over $8.7 million for this organization.

To find your nearest Hooters location, visit For more information about the Hooters Calendar, please visit, the 2022 Hooters Girl of the Year and four-time Hooters Calendar Girl, has worked at Hooters for six years and has used that time to build her professional portfolio. This includes pursuing her academic dream of a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. The goal to pursue this career started when therapists helped her brother recover from brain surgery when she was growing up.

David Marcus, EcoGrip

Rick is joined by David Marcus, the founder of EcoGrip this week.

Note: A biodegradable tennis / pickleball grip: a high performance grip for racket sports, which decomposes naturally within one year.

David had the idea for a biodegradable overgrip while traveling around eco-friendly Ireland in 2008. In 2010 I finally found a highly skilled industrial chemist in Australia and told him about my green idea. He joined our company. After several years of trial and error together our small team developed a great patent pending polymer for the overgrips. During the very hot summer of 2013 we play-tested EcoGRIP Smooth and Hi-Tac in 10 different countries with 30 excellent tennis coaches and players including a young teen player from California named Cici Bellis. No players were told the grips were eco-friendly. Every one of the players told us the grip played excellent, felt great and lasted longer than their current overgrips.* When we told them the grips would safely biodegrade in one year after changeout … they were blown away.

EcoGrip Hi–Tac overgrips use a slow-release formula and small perforations to offer much longer tack and superior sweat absorption.

Decomposes naturally in the environment within 1 year. Good for your game & great for the environment.

Makes a great holiday gift for a tennis/pickleball player.



Greg Wires, Golf Minnesota

As the 2023 golf season wraps up, Rick is joined this week, by Greg Wires, the owner and publisher of Golf Minnesota.

Golf Minnesota 2023 Digital lists all public golf courses in Minnesota, the Twin Cities and featured courses in western Wisconsin. It provides a wealth of golf resources. The handy directory contains maps and phone numbers to find your golf retreat and reserve your tee time.

This is our 28th Edition as they celebrate our partners through the years. Enjoy the reading.


Minnesota golf

Going digital


Golf community

Rivalry with Wisconsin

What’s to come?

See more at



Phil Southerland, Supersapiens Founder and CEO

Rick talks to Phil Southerland of Supersapiens, this week.

Supersapiens is a real-time energy management system for athletes powered by Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor, empowering you with live data and insights around the key variable for athletic performance: Glucose.

Supersapiens is the brainchild of Founder and CEO, Phil Southerland. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at seven months old, doctors told his mother he would either be blind or dead by the age of 25. Despite the grim diagnosis, Phil didn’t just overcome the odds – he reimagined what was possible with diabetes and went on to achieve incredible success as a professional cyclist.

While this system is used by athletes of all backgrounds, it is especially crucial for athletes competing with diabetes. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, I thought this would be the perfect time to share Phil’s story.

Phil Southerland is a global ambassador for diabetes and is committed to educating and empowering the 1.2 billion people across the globe associated with the condition. He is the CEO and co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk, the first all-diabetic cycling team and CEO and founder of Supersapiens, a groundbreaking continuous glucose monitoring ecosystem that allows athletes to gain insights into how glucose and fuel impact their bodies in real time.