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Brendan McCarthy, KemperSports, National Director of Marketing and Sales

As we approach the PGA Golf Show in Orlando, Rick is joined by Brendan McCarthy of KemperSports. Brendan is the National Director of Marketing and Sales and there is no better person to talk the business of golf as we look ahead to 2019.

Brendan McCarthy joined KemperSports in 2009 as a Regional Sales and Marketing Director and was promoted to serve as the National Director of Marketing and Sales. Mr. McCarthy has over 20 years of hospitality industry experience driving revenue and brand engagement results for resorts, private clubs and daily-fee operations. Brendan specializes in using data analysis to drive marketing and sales improvement. Previously, Brendan was a Director of Marketing for Vail Resorts and he earned both his MBA and BSBA from the University of Denver. Brendan is married with two young children living in the greater Chicago area where he volunteers as a youth sports coach and has served on the Youth Advisory Board for the First Tee of Greater Chicago and as a Commissioner for the Village of Wilmette Transportation Commission.

Founded in 1978, KemperSports has a rich history as a family-owned business with more than 7,000 staff members. From our first development project at Kemper Lakes Golf Course to our award-winning portfolio of over 130 facilities, including many nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues, our clients are at the core of the KemperSports family.

With a longstanding history of innovation and superior client solutions, KemperSports takes a unique, customized approach to each client. We employ the best people in the industry and provide ongoing education and continual review of processes to provide our clients with operational excellence and exceptional customer experience.

Mr. McCarthy is based in the KemperSports Northbrook, IL office.

He and Rick talk about the state of golf, what KemperSports is looking to do in the future and getting the word out about being a lifetime and family sport.

Mareya Ibrahim, Founder of eatCleaner

Everyone is trying to eat cleaner and more healthy, but Rick’s guest this week has a product that helps everyone “eatCleaner.”

Mareya Ibrahim is an award-winning entrepreneur, chef, author and inventor. She is the founder and CEO of Grow Green Industries, Inc. (www.growgreenindustries.com) creators of patented, plant-based organic and Kosher solutions formulated to enhance food safety practices and extend produce shelf life under the brands eatCleaner®, eatSafe™ and eatFresh™.

As a nationally recognized expert on food safety and eating clean, she has been a featured speaker for the Network for a Healthy California, the Los Angeles Green Festival, the California School Nutrition Association and the California Fit Expo. She has also been featured in top media outlets, including oprah.com, The Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The New York Times, Epoch Times, INC Magazine, NBC’s Today in LA and The Daily Buzz and is a regular guest on several news shows, KTLA, Fox 5 and San Diego 6.

Her goal is to help families come to the table to enjoy cleaner, safer meals. She is one of the signature ‘Daniel Plan’ Chefs and created the meal plans for the NY Times bestseller written by Dr. Rick Warren, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Daniel Amen. She is a featured chef on the Emmy-nominated cooking show “Recipe Rehab’ and is a fit lifestyle expert for eHow.com, Livestrong.comand San Diego Channel 6 News. Her book “The Clean Eating Handbook” was released in May 2013 and is being touted as the ‘go-to’ guide for anyone looking to eat cleaner and get leaner. Her column, “The Fit Foodie”, appears in Edible Orange County Magazine.

Mareya was a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Newpreneur of the Year 2010 and is the winner of the Disney iParenting Award and the World’s Best Technology Gold Prize. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Women Making a Difference Award for demonstrating extraordinary dedication and contributions to health and well-being, a designation awarded by California Senator Lou Correa.

Great information from Mareya this week and you can see all the products at www.EatCleaner.com.

Randy Donley, Co-Owner of Donley Auctions

A pleasure to be joined by Randy Donley of Donley Auctions on “Tech of Sports.”

Donley Auctions is one of the largest and most unique auction retailers in the industry. In fact, they procure everything from Elvis Pinball Machines, to Sports Items, to Military Land Rovers, to Space Patrol Rides, to museum relics, and even Meteorites (yes from space).

Randy is a wealth of information on the auction process, auction items and the entire industry.

Check out Donley Auctions for their latest auctions.

Randy Donley

Owner/Auctioneer/Antique Appraiser

• Co-owner of Donley Auctions and liaison between consignors and buyers
• 40+ years experience as a collector and dealer of antique phonographs and music boxes.
• Co-owner of the Wild West Town, a family owned attraction with one of the best
phonograph collections in the nation (certified by the Thomas Edison Institute).
• Charter member of Early Talking Machine of America
• Founder of world’s largest antique phonograph event held annually since 1975 in Union,
IL (Antique Phonograph & Music Box Show).

Randy offers tips to help consumers find unique gifts that are sometimes off the beaten path!

Have a listen to Rick and Randy!

Randy Donley

Warren Modlin for EYEKING, Under Armour Eyewear

Rick talks to the “Good eye doctor” this week on “Tech of Sports”

Warren Modlin joins Rick to talk sports eyewear.

Warren is a trained optometrist with 25 years of optical industry experience. He started his career as an optometrist in South Africa before moving to Canada in ’93 where he joined CIBA VISION (Now Alcon). He held various positions in technical consulting, sales support, product management and marketing over a successful 13-year corporate career, before leaving to start his own independent marketing and strategy consulting company focused on innovations within the Medical Device Industry and Optometric practice management. Warren joined Oakley in 2010 and worked for 8 years in eyewear product development, leaving as VP of Eyewear product development and strategy to Work with EYEKING (Under Armour licensee for eyewear) as EVP Product and Marketing Strategy.

Under Armour eyewear is setting the standard. It’s a favorite of elite athletes and those want to look and perform their best!

Under Armour Tuned Recovery Model:

First ever sunglass developed to deal with outdoor blue light
Blocks harmful blue light
Filters in helpful blue light
Positive effects on health and well being (chromotherapy)
Reduces heart rate and blood pressure
Returns eyes to natural circadian rhythm
Positive effect on mood (delivers positive and calm thoughts)
Recommend to be worn right after outdoor / athletic performance
Perfect complement to Under Armour’s Tuned Sport line of lenses (golf, baseball, run and fishing)
Price range: $110 – $125

Makes a great holiday gift for yourself or someone demanding the best! Have a listen to Rick and Warren.

Stephen Steinberg, Vapor Fresh Laundry Detergent Pods

Rick talks with Raw Athletics founder, a former University of Maryland club hockey player, Stephen Steinberg this week on Tech of Sports. You might be asking what laundry detergent pods have to so with sports, well keep reading.

Raw Athletics launches and scales brands that help people lead healthier lives, “because we believe a healthy athlete is a better athlete.”

One of Raw Athletics’ brands is Vapor Fresh. Vapor Fresh® is the line of green cleaning products specifically for the sports and fitness industry. Used by many professional and collegiate sports programs, fitness centers, spin studio and everyday athletes trying to lead a healthier life. If it’s good enough to clean the jerseys of professional sports teams, it has to be good enough for your laundry room at home.

Stephen who mixing batches of cleaning spray in his dorm room in 2008, has evolved a single product into a line of eco-friendly products for the sports industry — from professional and college teams to gyms and fitness studios.

Now they have a product for consumers.

Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Pods are free of additives such as fragrances, dyes, brighteners and softeners that can irritate skin. These additives can also alter the surface of your activewear, causing them to lose their wicking capabilities, hold onto lingering odors and become uncomfortable. So we avoid them all.

Instead, Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Pods utilize advanced cold-water enzymes and cleaning agents designed to eliminate even your toughest stains and odors in a cold water wash, which can save you up to 90% in energy costs.

You used to have to choose between a powerful detergent and a safe detergent. Now you have Vapor Fresh®.

Advanced Cold Water Enzymes & Cleaning Agents. By using cutting-edge enzymes and cleaning agents, we can deliver a complete clean in cold water without the need for irritating additives.

Hypoallergenic & Safe For Sensitive Skin. Free & clear of fragrances, dyes, brightener and softeners that can irritate sensitive skin.

Designed For Gym Clothes, Perfect For All Laundry. Powerful for your nastiest, smelliest gym clothes, but gentle enough for all laundry.

Ecofriendly & Biodegradable. Formulated with biodegradable surfactants, free of environmental toxins like dioxanes and phosphates, and formulated for cold water, which can save you up to $0.60/load in energy costs.

30 Concentrated Loads There are 30 pods per package, and the pods are safe for regular and HE washers.
Proudly Made In The USA. Proudly made in Wisconsin and distributed out of our Pennsylvania warehouse

Great to talk with Stephen, he has an interesting story to tell and our laundry will surely be more clean and fresh. You can order Vapor Fresh pods on Amazon.

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