Episode 41 – Keep Them SAFE

“Unprepared good guys finish last.”

Did you know:

  • 2 Million Americans each year are victims of workplace violence of some sort
  • 1,000 Americans are killed in the workplace each year
  • Over 2,000 child abductions are reported each year and abductions by strangers are a minority of these abductions.

Unfortunately the statistics are only getting worse.

I had the good fortune to meet Nick Spencer through Noah’s Ride. It was the outing to Frontier Justice with the car group and time in the simulator experiencing school and workplace violence situations that prompted this interview.

Nick is the founder and president of Keep Them S.A.F.E., an anti-abduction course for children. Nick is also a lead instructor and project manager for Strategos International, a global training, security and protection firm.

After spending 20 years in the military, police and security industry, Nick knows what it takes to protect and secure the things you treasure most. In this episode, he shares his entrepreneurial journey along with insights and tips everyone can apply to stay SAFE.

Listen to the interview here. (direct download)

One of my biggest ah ha’s (and there were many) was Nick sharing the power of ‘if then’ thinking. You don’t have to be a superhero to make a difference in your own life or those around you. You do not choose to be a victim, but you DO choose NOT to be a helpless victim. This is a must listen to interview!

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Keep Them S.A.F.E.: Since our inception, Keep Them S.A.F.E. has focused on providing children with the highest quality training. The first children we trained were our own. We wanted to give our children the knowledge and tools that would protect them from the predators of this world. Keep Them S.A.F.E. has redefined ‘stranger danger’. Durning our 4 hour (average) block training, students will learn to: S.can – A.void – F.ight – E.scape would be abductors. Visit: to learn more.

Strategos International: Strategos has trained and consulted with over 100,000 law enforcement, military, church, school, security, government, and business professionals since 2002. Our instructors possess many different types expertise along a wide array of tactical, live-fire, corporate/church security and organizational development topics. Strategos primarily conducts courses within the United States but we have conducted training and demos in 15 countries all around the world as well. To learn more about intruder and active shooter response training visit:

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Stay tuned for episode 42 with Ben Rao at E2 Hustle!

Episode 40 – Lotuspool Records

You typically don’t use the terms American psychedelic rock and roll musician and corporate suit in the same sentence unless you’re referring to Chris Garibaldi. Lotuspool Records is an American independent record label formed in 1992 in Lawrence, Kansas by musicians Chris Garibaldi and Matt Hyde. Being an entrepreneur and innovator, Chris chose not to play by the typical music industry ‘rules’.

Lotuspool Records was pursued for acquisition by three major labels and they said no. In 2011, Chris and his business partner made an aggressive move to change the music industry paradigm by posting all of its albums for free download and streaming. Lotuspool became one of the first 10 labels on the internet as they joined the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA).

I’ve been fortunate to interview entrepreneurs and leaders in a variety of industries and my conversation with Chris Garibaldi is no exception. Along with his passion for music, and entrepreneurial drive, Chris is also a principal in one of the largest professional services companies in the world. He is known across industries as an innovator and thought leader in portfolio management strategy.

In this interview, Chris shares insights on the music industry along with keys to capitalizing entrepreneurial skill sets in a corporate world. You’ll also get the inside scoop on Lotuspool Records and what’s in store for their 25th-anniversary celebration.

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(Sound engineering for this episode is courtesy of Matt Allen)

Be sure to check out all of the artists Lotuspool represents including Chris’s band the Suneaters and Heidi Lynn Gluck. Lotuspool Records website. Chris mentions them all in the interview and you can listen to their music for free. Lotuspool Records is also on Facebook and Twitter too so be sure to follow them for the latest updates.

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Stay tuned for episode 41!

Episode 36 – FacePrint

“You’re running into problems almost daily, so it’s just kind of changing your mindset from, ‘It’s going to be perfect,’ to, ‘I’m going to do this repeatedly… and the short-term details are going to be flexible and change.’” ~Erin Smith

Why most high school students are taking time off this summer, Erin Smith is attending the Research Summer Institute at MIT where she will be continuing her explorations into algorithms for the FacePrint app she developed.

As a perpetually curious seventeen year old, Erin spent hours experimenting with her mom in their makeshift kitchen laboratory. As she aged, her ideas and research have moved out of her kitchen and into the real world and she’s making her mark in the STEM community.

FacePrint is a novel, telemedicine diagnostic tool for Parkinson’s disease utilizing early stage Parkinson’s disease facial biomarkers that she discovered and quantified. FacePrint has received national attention including winning the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge at Twitter Headquarters along with being recognized by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

In this interview, Erin shares the science, struggles, and successes of her research, finding resources and starting a business as a high school student. If you think you’re busy, she also has productivity insights to offer.

Erin’s work has been featured in several articles both locally and nationally:

  • Affectiva SDK on the Spot: FacePrint Emotion Recognition Programs Detects Early Parkison’s Disease Symptoms
  • AOL blog – #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge: 21 Girls Have Officially Taken Over Silicon Valley
  • Shawnee Mission Post – Shawnee Mission biotech student’s Parkinson’s research earns her invitation to elite summer program at MIT
  • The Kansas City Star – Lenexa Student Catches Attention of Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • The Voyager – FacePrint

If you are interested in participating in upcoming research, please email For any other requests, feel free to reach out to Erin at and be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn.

Along with developing FacePrint, participating in science competitions and going to high school, Erin is also an activist and the founder of KC Steminists, an AspireIT program that started this year that is a partnership with the National Center for Women in Technology and United Nation’s Foundation Girl Up Program. KC Steminists is a program for middle and high school students that focuses on greater exposure to opportunities in science and technology, with a focus on entrepreneurship and creating sustainable community solutions.

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Stay tuned for episode 37!

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