Making Waves at C-Level
Their story begins with two strangers in the sun, at The Amazing Race starting line, emerged Team Fun! Despite their differences they made their big debut and raced around the world. They maneuvered through the obstacles, discovered what is possible experienced phenomenal, now they’re Funstoppable!
Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce are very different people with different backgrounds and different interests. By dissecting the success of their team dynamic they unveiled their FUNdamentals. Their story is unique and so is yours! How are you applying living F.U.N. to your life?
Becca and Floyd's story and message about teamwork is one you won't forget. Team Fun is ready to share their important messages as they are now professional speakers talking to schools, youth groups, offices, corporate conferences, etc... When you hire Team Fun, you can expect an engaging story, juggling, rapping, beatboxing, emotion, participation and practical tools you can apply to find more connection in your relationships at work, at home and at play!
Check out this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear their lessons of teamwork and leadership from being on two seasons of the Amazing Race. 
About Becca Droz
Becca Droz was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA in a lively Jewish family. She graduated from Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC with a B.A. in Outdoor Leadership and now resides in Boulder, CO. She spends most of her time outside rock climbing. Becca is an athlete with Outdoor Research and coaches and guides rock climbing in the gym and at Women’s Wilderness, a local non-profit. Becca values creative expression, which she explores through making music with beatboxing and rap, and going after big goals. Becca’s childhood dream came true, twice, when she was a contestant on the season 29 and 31 of The Amazing Race as part of “Team Fun.”
About Floyd Pierce
Floyd Pierce was a contestant on the 29th and 31st seasons of The Amazing Race as a member of "Team Fun."  Born and raised in Highlands Ranch, CO, Floyd graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.  He currently works as a Trader and Analyst at Colorado Financial Management. Floyd balances his analytical mindset with his creativity, as one of Floyd's greatest passions is music. He plays the saxophone, piano, and was the drum major of CU's "Golden Buffalo" marching band for three years.  He also enjoys giving back to his community, as he sits on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Northern Colorado.  Floyd currently resides in Broomfield, CO.
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Episode 514 features and interview with Alex Martin, founder and CEO of  If you are not familiar with the the world of esports, you want to listen to this podcast. Inc. is a data company focused on esports athletes with the goal of creating tools to streamline and facilitate connections between fans, athletes, and teams/sponsors/organizations. The company has a mobile app available on the Google Play and Apple App store that is a one-stop-shop for all esports news and information on athletes, events, and games. has also worked with large tournaments like Detroit-based The Big House 9 to provide ESPN-like data and player cards to their broadcast production.
The next step for the company is developing an innovative recruitment tool for varsity college programs to find up and coming athletes to join their programs. The software will focus on smart recommendation tools to help guide organizations, recruiters, and aspiring gamers to foster the next generation of esports athletes.
About Alex Martin
Alexander Martin, founder and CEO of, is a Philippine-born immigrant that came to the US with his parents in 1994. Alex, a pre-med dropout and unapologetically Taylor Swift’s #1 fan, has spent his entire career in the start-up scene. Alex got an early start in technology when he learned to program games in BASIC at only 8 years old. He is an active gamer that goes by the gamer tag of “SuitUpAlex,” and has an in-depth understanding of gaming culture and how fans are consuming the content created by the top athletes in esports.
Before founding, Alex managed the Integration and Professional Services teams for Andreessen Horowitz backed start-up, Tenfold - an innovator in the CTI space. Alex was also a founding member of, a tech company pushing fresh ideas in customer success and support.
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Episode 513 focuses on the Association Business.  Thom Singer interviews Scott Grayson, Executive Director and CEO for both the American Public Works Association and the Canadian Public Works Association.  Thom has known Scott for several years, as he has worked as a speaker and master of ceremonies for the association's PWX Expo for the past three years. They often talk about how the most successful association executives have the entrepreneurial spirit, and how associations that are growing take risks, get out of comfort zones, and empower employees and members.  
This episode is a "must hear" conversation for everyone who works in and around the world of associations.  
About Scott Grayson
Scott Grayson serves as Executive Director/CEO for both the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). In this role, he leads the organizations’ operations to provide strategic leadership and ensure that the vision and core values of APWA and CPWA are communicated and implemented at all levels of the organization. Grayson serves as the spokesperson, along with the APWA and CPWA Presidents, on behalf of APWA’s 30,000 members. He collaborates with key stakeholders in the public works sector including: the U.S. Congress, Canadian Parliament, federal, and provincial/state branches of government and agencies.
Before joining APWA as Executive Director, Scott served as the Associate Managing Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) located in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for programs related to employment, career and professional development, licensure and registration, and provided support for the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. Grayson worked in the areas of communications, public relations, chapter relations, membership development, strategic planning, conference management, fundraising, research, and most recently worked with student and young professional member engagement. He was with IEEE-USA since 1990 and had been responsible for grassroots, state and federal legislative programs including being a staff liaison to numerous scientific engineering and legal organizations to build coalitions.
Grayson also served on the Golden Valley, Minn. City Council and was Chair of the Golden Valley Housing Redevelopment Authority  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from New York University, specializing in international relations and economic development. He is also an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), from which he holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).
About APWA
The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works—a fact that sets it apart from other organizations and makes it an effective voice of public works throughout North America. With a worldwide membership more than 30,000 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals.
Membership in APWA is open to any individual, agency, or corporation with an interest in public works and infrastructure issues. Titles common to the membership include public works directors; city engineers; city managers; fleet managers; property and equipment superintendents; utilities managers; community development directors; transportation managers; park directors; county officials; and representatives from engineering and other consulting firms, manufacturers, construction companies, and a multitude of other service providers. 
Although originally chartered in the United States in 1937, APWA has roots in two predecessor groups that reach back to 1894, and has 63 chapters in North America, which includes eight chapters in Canada. A 17-member Board of Directors, all of whom are elected by Association members, governs APWA as a whole.
CPWA logoThe Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of APWA to the Canadian public works community. All members of a CPWA chapter are members of APWA.
As a comprehensive public works resource, APWA continues in its rich tradition of making a difference both on an individual and professional level. APWA is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that prides itself on its ability to provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel to grow in their professionalism and directly impact the quality of life in all the communities they serve.
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Episode 512 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" features Will Young from Sana Benefits.  Will chats with host, Thom Singer, about how he started the company and the changes he wants to make in the world of benefits (a topic that is important to all entrepreneurs).
About Will Young
Will is the co-founder and CEO of Sana Benefits, an innovative health benefits serving small and medium employers in Texas. Sana is on a mission to create best in class health plans that are more affordable than traditional options for its employer clients. Prior to Sana, Will was on the leadership team at Justworks, a venture-backed payroll, and benefits startup in New York, where he led operations and then ran a product team. Will’s experience also includes a couple of years working in business development at Google in Los Angeles. Will has a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
About Sana Benefits
Sana Benefits knows dealing with insurance carriers can be frustrating. Long hold-times on the phone for support, confusing benefits that leave you uncertain about your coverage and paperwork that would stump anyone. From providing simplified plans, to ensuring you pay an honest price, to prioritizing personalized customer service, Sana is on a mission to create a more human health plan that has your back every step of the way.
Sana is hiring in Operations, Product, Engineering, Sales and more - APPLY TODAY!
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Episode 511 -  Thom Singer sits down with Morgan Oaks to talk about business and the spiritual journey. They talk about how Morgan Oaks went from small town, to college, to business, to becoming a chiropractor, to being a shamanic practitioner.  You gotta hear his story. 
Host of the "Intuitive Wisdom for Modern Transformation Podcast", Dr. Morgan Oaks shared the best of what he’s learned as a doctor, transformational speaker, high performance coach, shamanic practitioner, and voracious student of life! A gifted visionary with a holistic view, Dr. Morgan inspires audiences and clients to develop and trust their intuition, integrate their life wisdom, and to cultivate the courage to live a life of inspired action. His goal is to take people from where they are, to where their body, mind, and soul are calling them to be!
Dr. Morgan Oaks is an international teacher, author and speaker who is also a practicing chiropractor in Seattle, WA. His passion is empowering people in every facet of their life. While guiding people in identifying their pain, power, passion and personal role models, he helps them to begin living their most brilliant life. The winding life path of this mechanical engineering, fire fighting, standup comedian doctor will entertain and enlighten you in a way that invites you to get clear about what you love and start living it today.
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Episode 510- Thom Singer sits down with Heather Hansen and talks about her entrepreneurial journey from laywer, to TV personality, to speaker, to engaging entrepreneur.  
Heather Hansen knows how to communicate to win. She’s communicated her way to success as a lawyer, an advocate, a counselor, a mediator, and a TV host. Heather draws upon her personal experiences in the courtroom and in life, as well as her psychology degree, her training as a mediator, and the most current research, to lead participants to their best communication practices. Her communication assessment allows individuals and businesses to capitalize on their communication strengths and address the weaknesses. Heather’s presentations are interactive, unforgettable experiences that leave participants better able to communicate credibly, build trust and lead themselves and their teams with confidence.

You want to advocate–for yourself, your ideas, your colleagues, your clients, and your customers. After over 20 years as a trial lawyer, Heather Hansen has the tools to help you become a credible advocate. Heather knows how to ask better questions, master objections, use credible evidence and capitalize on differences, and she knows these skills are transferable. Heather has consistently been named one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania. She’s a trained mediator with a psychology degree, and she knows how to use words to advocate and achieve victory.  Her vast experience and her enthusiasm have led her to appear on CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, CBS and Sirius Radio, and she’s served as an anchor at Law and Crime. Heather has written a book “The Elegant Warrior–How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself” and she is the host of The Elegant Warrior Podcast. She is a Advocacy and Credibility Consultant, an international keynote speaker, and has lectured at Stanford Law School and Villanova School of Law.

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Episode 509 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. This conversation is with ATC member Jason Ragolli – People Analytics Consultant with Your6.

In this episode Jason talks to Cool Things host, Thom Singer, about business, the Austin Tech scene, and the importance of working for a company that matters to the world. He shares his story and that of the company where he is proud to work.

Founded on the goal of helping Veterans, YOUR6 has built a cloud-based system to enhance Talent Management performance and Organizational Effectiveness. The YOUR6 system is named Lillian, after Lillian Gilbreth, the mother of industrial/ organizational psychology. Lillian is a dual-purpose system designed to support both the Military and Non-Military Talent infrastructures.
Lillian provides the user with ground-breaking insights into the Competency, Character and Chemistry of people by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, Psychometric Assessments, and Machine Learning.

The current version of Lillian contains a Hiring module and a Team Analysis module with other modules coming online over the coming months.
Lillian is being used for the US Air Force to support career progression and to enhance training and development. Lillian’s Hiring module is being used with Veterans to provide the user with ground-breaking insights into the Competency, Character and Chemistry of Veterans by analyzing their DD-214s, resumes, and job requirements.

Lillian is being used with several Non-Military entities to increase hiring accuracy, decrease hiring time, increase team performance, and to enhance 1-on-1 coaching (to name a few).

About Jason Rigolli

During his time as a People Analytics expert, Jason partners with organizations to align their Human Capital with their business priorities, fueled by business intelligence. Jason leverages data and analytics to drive value, improve performance, and increase competitive advantage.

Throughout his career, Jason has leveraged his ability to navigate fast-paced, ambiguous environments, and focus on solutions. He has been accountable and results-focused with the ability to plan at the executive level and ensure precise execution.

Jason is a dynamic leader who is excited to build not only the organization but also a team around him. He understands what it takes to attract, nurture and retain top talent.

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On episode 508 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", Thom Singer sits down with lawyer Jeffrey (JP) McAvoy to discuss his interesting journey as an attorney and an entrepreneur.  JP has worked with many high level business professionals and has some unique perspectives on what it takes to be successful.  
JP McAvoy practices corporate and commercial law. He assists his clients with a wide range of transactions including financings and acquisitions, re-organizations, and corporate entity structuring matters. He acts for clients buying and selling businesses and represents a diverse range of corporations in Canada, the United States, and Eastern Asia.
JP also teaches Corporate Law at Algonquin College and works with financial, insurance, and accounting advisers to provide tax, trust and estate planning advice to entrepreneurial clients and professionals. Prior to commencing private practice, JP was a founding employee of Silicon Valley start-up Zip2, which was sold to Compaq and later merged with Alta Vista. He is a Contributing writer for the New Economy Watch, founding member of the Ottawa Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a Business Legal Consultant with CPLS.PA (
Over the last five years, JP has led over sixty five significant corporate and commercial transactions totalling more than $80 million including:
  • Gazit America Inc. purchase of the 49,000 square-foot Nepean Medical Centre through its subsidiary, ProMed Properties Inc. in a transaction valued at $12.3 million.
  • Multi-million dollar share sale of Arnone Paving and Concrete Ltd. and A & A Cutting and Coring to a large regional construction company.
  • Combusco Inc. sale of assets to Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership by its general partner GP Waterheater Trust.
In 2011, JP’s accomplishments earned him a Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under Forty Award.

Contact JP McAvoy at his Email:
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