Posted On March 24, 2023

I’ve been offered an invitation to go camping… —– Years ago, my wife and I got a deal on some camping equipment. We headed into the North Carolina mountains to a creek camp site and set up our fancy new tent and tried out our new gear. When night fell, we unpacked our fancy new sleeping bags that were rated to keep us warm well below that night’s low temperature, climbed in, and waited to get warm. And we waited. And we waited. Then we started shivering. Teeth began chattering. After an interminable amount of time, I asked my wife… Read More

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The Wild West of Check Fraud – A Conversation with Ingo Money’s Rusty Pickering

Posted On March 20, 2023

The sophistication of check fraud is something I knew nothing about until chatting with my old friend Rusty Pickering and then, only days later, hearing from two colleagues who had it happen to them. Rusty is President and COO of payment processing company Ingo Money in Alpharetta, Georgia. He and I chat about how check fraud happens, who’s at risk, who is at fault, and how to avoid having to constantly replace your credit card or debit card. Special bonus podcast version with extra content at the end – an off-script chat with Rusty and me. Show Sponsors: E3 Termite… Read More

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Too Much Bottom

Posted On March 17, 2023

What my wife and I saw on my recent business trip to a Bahamas resort was more than enough. —– My wife and I spent four nights at a Bahamas resort on a business trip and here are my observations. Here’s what I saw. First, I remember hearing that most traffic accidents happen within five miles of the driver’s home. Seems inverse of what you’d expect. The reason? When you’re driving through your home territory, you’re so familiar with the roads, the traffic, the scenery and such that you let your guard down. The familiarity and the routine make you… Read More

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Roast or Toast

Posted On March 10, 2023

My wife invited some friends to a birthday gathering and gave them two options… —— My birthday was last week. Right now, my wife is inviting friends to dinner and asking them to come and either roast me or toast me and if I were this invitation, I know what I’d do. I’m not sure if it’s me and my friends or just males or just certain types of males, but I’d roast me. My friends and I constantly work hard to roast each other whenever we can. It’s savage exchange whenever we’re together. For example: When I walk into… Read More

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Sad Anniversary

Posted On March 3, 2023

My mother died a year ago. Cleaning out her home office brought about some questions for my father and me as we gathered her things.  —— My mother died nearly one year ago today. It was March 5th, the day after my birthday. I think of her frequently. Last week, my wife, my daughter, and my son and I placed purple flowers on her headstone for her birthday. Purple was her favorite color. We bought a purple orchid on the way home to remind us of her and it’s now sitting in the kitchen window. Last week I said in… Read More

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Richard Jolly – Kellogg School of Business – and I Talk Workplace Culture

Posted On February 27, 2023

Richard Jolly believes that the only true differentiator between competitive businesses in the future will be their culture. Every other competitive advantage can be copied. And what is culture? It’s the way things get done. It’s the “smell of the place.” And so much more. We talk “hurry sickness”, “reciprocity”, manager’s new roles, why culture has become so important post-pandemic, etc. This one’s jam packed with content. Show Sponsers: Persons Service Corp E3 Termite & Pest Control Roy Lewis Construction Allison Horner – State Farm Agent Trey Langus – Transworld Business Advisors Angelo DePaola – The Coastal Connection Realty Check… Read More

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How to Embarrass Your Children

Posted On February 24, 2023

Embarrassing your children is a parent’s obligation. It happened to me. I’m doing it to my kids. It’s part of the contract. ——  Here’s a guaranteed way to embarrass your teenaged child. In a restaurant, say loudly where other diners are close enough to hear: “Your mother and I are going to a clothing optional resort in the Bahamas next week. It will be nice for us to get back in touch with each other.” My fifteen-year-old favorite youngest daughter flushed red, buried her face in her hands, and said over and over again “Please stop, Dad. Please stop.” Which… Read More

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“Keepin’ It Real” Interview with KXCR’s Larry Bloomfield

Posted On February 23, 2023

“Keepin’ It Real” is now broadcast on KXCR in Florence, Oregon. Larry Bloomfield invited me to be a guest on the station’s “KXCR Conversations” to talk about the commentaries.  Check out this episode!

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Megan Owens and Live Oak Bank – A Non-Traditional Approach to Dominating Niches

Posted On February 20, 2023

Live Oak Bank is a completely virtual bank. Megan Owens serves as one of the bank’s M&A experts and her expertise allows her to serve the bank anywhere in the nation where M&A expertise is needed. Need banking expertise for your veteranarian clinic, for example? Your Live Oak expert may as likely be local as from anywhere in the US but they will have deep, deep expertise in the veteranarian business. And that’s one example from the 30+ verticles where Live Oak aims to expertly serve clients. It’s a brilliant model.  Show Sponsors: Roy Lewis Construction E3 Termite & Pest… Read More

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The Arc of Beads

Posted On February 17, 2023

The value of Mardi Gras beads peak when they’re under no ownership. It’s part of the silliness of my favorite time of year. ——— If you’re not listening in the deep south, you may not know that it’s Mardi Gras time for us derelicts and mystics living here on the top lip of the Gulf Coast. Ships from all over the world back in the day delivered a menagerie of people here where they threw their customs and traditions into one big gurgling pot and one of the results is Mardi Gras. The story I tell is that Mardi Gras… Read More

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