Making Waves at C-Level

Check out episode 497. Thom sits down with Dennis Langlais to talk about his unique path from BMX stunt rider to successful entrepreneur.

Born and raised in New England, Dennis Langlais is a Patriots fan. He moved to California at the age 18 and landed in La Jolla. He came west to pursue a career in BMX Freestyle where he was lucky enough to travel the world competing at the highest levels in the BMX Stunt world.

With this sport he got a crash course in discipline, hard work and the ability to tap into “Peak Performance” mindset. After his career in BMX he turned his passion as a rider into a business doing BMX shows and it became one of the most successful school assembles of its kind nationwide.. The company performed at an average of 700 schools a years. Earning Dennis a comfortable 6 figure income doing something he loved.

Dennis currently has three up and coming ventures: RankingMastery provides users the ability to automate SEO webpages with content and disperse in with awesome relevance across 100's of pages in a way that's not available on any other platform. If you are looking to make your mark in a simple way on the search engines this is your ticket. is a school assembly program for schools using BMX stunt riders to educate & entertain students in a memorable way available nationwide to thousands of schools. is 380 episodes of impacting conversations with other entrepreneurs share life's meaning, major shifts in thinking that lead to highly effective execution. He digs deep to uncover the core roots of change where many enter a "Next Level Peak Performance" state that surges them through unsurmountable obstacles lined with fear, pain, or perceived danger.

Check out his answer to who he admires as an entrepreneur... some people might be triggered by the name, but his answer is not political and something to make you think.

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Listen to episode 486 for a discussion about sales, selling, and sales skills with leading selling consultant Jim Pancero.
If you are excited, motivated  and ready to improve your sales team’s success, then Jim Pancero has the leading-edge solutions  you need to increase your competitive advantage. A leading go-to sales and sales leadership strategist for 37 years, Jim has been influencing, guiding and inspiring sales teams in more than 80 different industries to increase their sales and market share. 
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…but that’s not entirely true. Even with over 37 years of experience, Jim is still learning and sharing new tools, new techniques and new tactics to connect you with today’s modern buyer. Even if your sales team thinks the status quo is good enough, Jim can still show them how they can take their sales to a whole new level.
Jim’s combination of humor, larger-than-life personality, outstanding research and real-world examples that hit home provide even experienced sales pros and their leaders who think they’ve heard it all with strategies and concepts that work! Your sales team will be charged up and ready to go......and your company and customers will reap the rewards. Time with Jim is time well spent--watch your productivity and profitability soar! To learn more about Jim check out his website, weekly LinkedIn postings as well as his over 50 videos on YouTube and Vimeo. We know you and your team are good, now are they ready to get even better?
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Jack Jostes is the President + CEO of Ramblin Jackson, a digital marketing agency based in Boulder, CO that helps landscaping companies throughout the country increase their lead generation through local SEO and digital branding. The author of the Amazon Best-Selling book, Get FOUND Online: The Local Business Owner’s Guide To Digital Marketing, Jack has been featured in Lawn and Landscape, Colorado Green Magazine, Turf Magazine, INC. Magazine, and other industry publications. He regularly speaks at regional, national, and international businesses conferences including the green industry events like the ProGreen EXPO, the Farwest Show, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), and the TNLA’s Nursery Landscape EXPO.


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This episode was recorded live at the New Media Summit in San Diego, California.  Davi Rhein is a Harvard educated economist who now helps professional athletes (and others) through body work.  In this episode Davi shares his journey. At 33 he sees the world in a unique way and is fully open to who he is in all aspects of his life.  He treats every interaction with any human as an opportunity to understand them and deliver value. 

Davi is living his dream and exploring life.  We also talk about ayahuasca and his experiences with this medicine.  He lives his life publicly and his authenticity makes this a must hear episode. 

Davi Rhein is a shamanic healer, speaker, and coach. He is empowering others by sharing conscious language, mindfulness, and healthy diet and movement practices, while also introducing new paradigms for relating with self and others, overcoming fear, and creating community. In his individual and small-group healing sessions, he utilizes a wide-ranging blend of Eastern and Western well-being strategies. He is a strong proponent of traditional plant medicines as a vehicle for spiritual evolution and physical and mental healing. He also teaches contact improvisation dance classes ( and performs a proprietary form of hands-on bodywork with his business partner Math Hunter. The two work together, in tandem with a single client, in sessions ranging from 4-10 hours; it is a full restructuring of the soft tissues and realignment of resting posture. The two work with both high performance athletes and with folks who are struggling with chronic discomfort and limitations in the body (

His mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet by challenging individuals to discover their power, take action, and explore new ways of healing and relating with others. He loves to reveal the unseen fabric of assumptions and expectations that has driven many to unhealthy lifestyle choices and self-defeating mental patterns.

Davi has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. He served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador and spent three years studying the healing arts and traveling throughout Southeast Asia. 

Davi came to his mission of healing through his own struggle with chronic pain as a competitive soccer player from age 8 until 23. Inspired by the healing treatments he received, he decided to dedicate his life to healing others.

Watch his TEDx talk here:

Learn more about Davi at


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Kevin Eikenberry is a recognized world expert on leadership development and learning and is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group ( He has spent more than 25 years helping organizations across North America, and leaders from around the world, on leadership, learning, teams and teamwork, communication and more.  Twice he has been named by as one of the top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and has been included in many other similar lists. He is the author, co-author or a contributing author to nearly 20 books, including Remarkable Leadership and bestseller From Bud to Boss – Secrets of the Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership (with Guy Harris), The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership (with Wayne Turmel).  His blog is consistently ranked among the world’s best, most read and most shared on leadership.  
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About Texas Mutual:

Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state's leading workers' compensation provider. The company insures 43% of the Texas workers' compensation market. More than 70,000 business owners rely on Texas Mutual to meet the needs of their 1.5 million workers every day. Texas Mutual answer the call by providing exceptional safety services, top-notch medical care if an accident occurs, claims handling processes designed to get employees well and back to work, and a zero-tolerance fraud policy.

Texas Mutual also has the financial strength to deliver on its promises. Last year alone, Texas Mutual wrote over $1 billion in premium. The company’s financial strength is underscored by an A.M. Best rating of "A” and its listed among the Ward’s 50 highest performing insurance carriers in the company. Texas Mutual has also been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas, as one of the Healthiest Employers in Austin, participates in the Austin Energy Green Business Leader program and recently won an Austin Gives Generous Business Award for community involvement.


About Jeremiah:


Jeremiah Bentley is the vice president of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company insurance. He oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, education, digital media and customer outreach efforts. He previously worked in corporate communications and government affairs over his 20 year career with the company.


Jeremiah is on the Board of Directors and executive committee for the United Way for Greater Austin, on the executive committee of the Greater of Austin Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves in a variety of other roles in community organizations throughout the Austin area. Jeremiah was a member of the McBee Fellow class of 2018 with the Austin Area Research Organization and is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Austin Essentials program. He was also a Volunteer of the Year for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2018.


Jeremiah lives in northwest Austin with his wife Brandy and two young boys. He’s active in the local elementary school, the Austin soccer community, Bethany United Methodist Church and on the board of his sons’ neighborhood swim team. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington with a BS in University Studies.

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Episode 491 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.
In this episode Thom Singer interviews Robert McKee and Dr. David Altounian about the new "Scaling Series" that will be hosted by the Austin Technology Council.
The 2019 Scaling Series is designed to equip your executives with the MBA-Level skills necessary to
transform your company into a $10M-$100M in revenue enterprise. Each of your executives will join
us for the evening session(s) that is(are) tailored to their area of discipline within your company during this 10-week seminar series. You will learn from MBA professors and expert practitioners who provide thought leadership around critical growth, operations, and governance issues to executives who are growing and scaling their business.
For more information or to register to participate, email Amber Gunst ( 
The 2019 Scaling Series is in partnership with Rice Alliance, St. Edward’s University, and Baker Botts L.L.P.
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Episode 490... only 10 more until the big 500.  In this episode Thom Singer talks about how to challenge yourself to think big.  He as interviewed today on the "Extra Mile" podcast (where he had to go running with the host while being interviewed).  Along the way, he was challenged to think bigger. While he did not have an answer on the spot (he was out of breath), the thought stuck with him all day.... like a angel or devil on his shoulder.
Charity Miles founder, Gene Gurkoff, asked Thom why not think bigger.  This is a question that lingered.  Why not.  How can we all think bigger. What are we doing in our careers to challenge ourselves to go all the way?
Thom has no answers in this podcast, but he does have questions for the listeners. He challenges the listeners to share what they do to go bigger.  If they do not know the answer, he invited them to have a conversation with him (maybe he and a listener can see blind-spots for each other?).
Thom will be inviting Gene Gurkoff from Charity Miles to be on the podcast very soon, as he really likes the cause and how Gene is growing his mission.
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