Episode #17, Segment #4 - Stress on the Job

Money, work, and the economy are significant causes of stress for residents of the Denver metropolitan area, and stress in Denver is still higher than considered healthy, according to a recent survey released by the American Psychological Association.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Smith joins Business Unconventional co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss the implications of the survey for business owners and employees. Dr. Smith is the co-owner of Front Range Psychological Associates in Erie, Colorado.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

Also during this segment, B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., phones in from his headquarters in Abilene, Texas, to discuss entrepreneurial stress and how he manages it.  On a scale of one-to-ten, how stressful do you find your job?  Hillis tells us his answer.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: Dr. Stephanie Smith, Front Range Psychological Associates

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Workplace -- posted at: 7:59am MST

Episode #17, Segment #3 - DaVita's (Unconventional) Way of Giving

Headquartered in Denver, DaVita Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that provides kidney care, but shows a big heart when it comes to its philanthropy.

The DaVita Way of Giving is a locally-focused charitable giving initative that has provided more than $1.1 million in donations to non-profit organizations across the country.

On this edition of B. Unconventional, DaVita executive Dave Maughan, a Group Vice President, explains how his company's culture and mission fit with its unique style of charible giving.  He is joined by Mindy Davidson, Director of Development with Project Angel Heart, one of the organizations receiving funds as a result of the DaVita Way of Giving.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

Also during this segment:

Money, work, and the economy are significant causes of stress for residents of the Denver metropolitan area, and stress in Denver is still higher than considered healthy, according to a recent survey released by the American Psychological Association.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Smith joins Business Unconventional co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss the implications of the survey for business owners and employees. Dr. Smith is the co-owner of Front Range Psychological Associates in Erie, Colorado.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: Dean RotbartCo-Host

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 7:52am MST

Episode #17, Segment #2 - DaVita's (Unconventional) Way of Giving

Headquartered in Denver, DaVita Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that provides kidney care, but shows a big heart when it comes to its philanthropy.

The DaVita Way of Giving is a locally-focused charitable giving initative that has provided more than $1.1 million in donations to non-profit organizations across the country.

On this edition of B. Unconventional, DaVita executive Dave Maughan, a Group Vice President, explains how his company's culture and mission fit with its unique style of charible giving.  He is joined by Mindy Davidson, Director of Development with Project Angel Heart, one of the organizations receiving funds as a result of the DaVita Way of Giving.

Business Unconventional is co-hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  The program airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

This is part one of a two-part interview.

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: DaVita's Dave Maughan and Project Angel Heart's Mindy Davidson 

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 7:45am MST

Episode #17, Segment #1 - Progress Report

Co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart recap the progress they've made since launching Business Unconventional in October 2011.  

In addition to the growing live listening audience the show attracts each Sunday morning on 710 KNUS AM in Denver, Biondo and Rotbart note that the program has picked up loyal listeners around the country and around the world via free downloads from Apple's iTunes Store.

B. Unconventional also offers a growing list of videos pertaining to the program on its new YouTube channel.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: David Biondo, Co-Host

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Program Notes -- posted at: 7:40am MST

Episode #16, Segment #3 - U.S. Wellness Meats and the itsPaleo Lifestyle Design

Fifth-generation farmer John Wood, founder of U.S. Wellness Meats, and Rich Carr, founder of itsPaleo.com, discuss the popularity and health benefits of grass fed meats.

Wood started out raising animals as his family and neighbors had for many decades.  Eventually, however, he came to understand the special health benefits of the CLA and omega-3s found in free-range meat.  He launched U.S. Wellness Meats to serve consumers who appreciate the higher quality and health benefits of grass fed animals.  His Monticello, Missouri company is now the "Omaha Steaks" of the industry - shipping grass fed beef to satisfied consumers and restaurants throughout the country.

Carr's itsPaleo.com is a booming Internet portal offering a vast array of information, recipes and forums to consumers who've embraced the Paleo Lifestyle Design and those who are interested in learning more about it.  Carr, the founder of interactive marketing and advertising firm, Carr Knowledge, is a regular contributor to Business Unconventional.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Direct download: 021212_BUconventional_Segment-3dr_10min.mp3
Category:Agriculture -- posted at: 6:28pm MST

Episode #16, Segment #2 - Friends, Partners, Entrepreneurs

Devon Read, Ryan Jordan and Amy Oliveira are the founders of Happy Owl Studio, an innovative maker of stylish and useful accessories for the Apple iPad and iPod.  The threesome not only work together at the office, they're long-time friends.  Reed and Oliveira are engaged.

As Read and Jordan explain on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, very little in their background would forecast the success they've had with their company.  In fact, it was not very long ago that Read, the CEO, was an infantry reservist assigned to the front lines in Iraq.

The path that Read, Jordan and Oliveira have traveled has been neither easy nor conventional. However, their story is a great example of how anyone who dreams big, works smart and commits to success can beat the odds.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Photo: Devon Read, CEO, Happy Owl Studio

Direct download: 021212_BUnconventional_Segment-2dbdr_14min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:47pm MST

Episode #16, Segment #1 - Friends, Partners, Entrepreneurs

Devon Read, Ryan Jordan and Amy Oliveira are the founders of Happy Owl Studio, an innovative maker of stylish and useful accessories for the Apple iPad and iPod.  The threesome not only work together at the office, they're long-time friends.  Reed and Oliveira are engaged.

As Read and Jordan explain on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, very little in their background would forecast the success they've had with their company.  In fact, it was not very long ago that Read, the CEO, was an infantry reservist assigned to the front lines in Iraq.

The path that Read, Jordan and Oliveira have traveled has been neither easy nor conventional. However, their story is a great example of how anyone who dreams big, works smart and commits to success can beat the odds.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Photo: Ryan Jordan (l) and Devon Read

Direct download: 021212_BUnconventional_Segment-1db_9min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:27pm MST

Episode #16, Segment #4 - Physician Entrepreneurs

Physician entrepreneurs and the role they can play in speeding new health-related treaments and devices to market are the subject of this segment. Our guest is Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, a noted Colorado physician and president of the Society of Physician Entrepeneurs, SoPE.

Co-Host Dean Rotbart recently conducted a field interview with Dr. Meyers at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Denver.

Dr. Meyer explain the rapid growth of SoPE, which he founded in 2008, and the type of education, services and networking that it provides to doctors and other healthcare providers.  SoPE now has more than 2,100 members in 16 worldwide chapters.

The interview with Dr. Meyers is presented in connection with Medical BackBone and Medical BackBone Radio. Medical BackBone is a new initiative aimed at highlighting and honoring the institutions and people who comprise our nation's vital medical infrastructure. Medical BackBone is headed by Dr. Ben Guiot, himself a noted neurosurgeon, who serves as chairman of the Medical BackBone Board of Advisors.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Photo: Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, president and CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

Direct download: 021212_BUnconventional_Segment-4dr_13_50min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 12:30pm MST

Episode #15, Segment #4 - Florist Julia Park and Diz's Daisys - Pre-Valentines Day Edition

Diz's Daisys is a flower shop that serves the greater Denver area from one location in North Denver. It relies on high-touch customer service and word-of-mouth testimonials to rebut the conventional thought that the keys to successful retailing are "location, location, location."

Owner and master florist, Julia Park, filled the 710 KNUS AM studios with floral arrangments from Diz's Daisys as she was interviewed for the special pre-Valentine's Day edition of Business Unconventional. Another common myth that Park dispelled: "A Rose is a Rose."  In fact, Park notes that many roses and other flowers wilt within days of purchase.  She only sells fresh flowers, many of them grown in Colorado, to be certain that her stems last a long, long time.

Also weighing in on Valentine's Day in Segment Four of this week's program is regular contributor Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., reporting from Abilene, Texas.  Valentine's Day is big business, with many retailers enjoying their best sales of the year. 

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo andDeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Julia Park, Diz's Daisys

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 12:51pm MST

Episode #15, Segment #3 - Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry - Pre-Valentines Day Edition

Wendy Brandes designs and sells fine jewelry that aims to surprise and delight her clients with designs that incorporate an eye for detail, sensuality, whimsy and couture craftsmanship.  In January 2012, she was honored by Fashion Group International with its prestigious Rising Star Award.

Brandes, based in New York, joins Business Unconventional by phone to offer advice for business executives on how to purchase quality Valentine's Day gifts.  She also discusses the importance of the annual romance holiday to her bottom line.

The Brandes portion of Segment Three begins at 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  First, the program completes its 'Fine Lingerie on the Radio' fashion show with Alicia Vargo, owner, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie. An extended interview with Vargo, as well as additional footage of her lingerie models, can be found here on YouTube.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Designs by Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment3_10min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 11:55am MST

Episode #15, Segment #2 - 'Fine Lingerie on the Radio' Fashion Show - Pre-Valentines Day Edition

Three lingerie models from Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie are in-studio wearing popular 2012 Valentine's Day outfits. This unique radio fashion show is also available as a video, here.

Valentine's Day is big business, with many retailers enjoying their best sales of the year. This segment explores the business aspects of fine lingerie sales.  On the program's third and fourth segments, Business Unconventional examines the fine jewelry and floral businesses.

Segment Two features Alicia Vargo, owner and CEO of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Centennial, Colorado, describing the fashions her models are wearing.  

This is part two of a three-part interview.  

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie Models - Alicia, Sherri and Stephanie (l-r)

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment2_14min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 11:38am MST

Episode #15, Segment #1 - 'Fine Lingerie on the Radio' Fashion Show - Pre-Valentine's Day Edition

Valentine's Day is big business, with many retailers enjoying their best sales of the year. On this special pre-Valentine's Day edition, Business Unconventional features the owners of three businesses: a fine lingerie retailer; a fine jewelry designer; and a florist.

Segment One features Alicia Vargo, owner and CEO of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Centennial, Colorado.  In addition to her bricks-and-mortar store, Vargo does a brisk online business.

Video of this interview is also available here.  

This is part one of a three-part interview.  Parts two and three feature an in-studio lingerie fashion show.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Alicia Vargo, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment1_9min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 11:17am MST