June 9, 2020
On this episode I sat with golfer Sam Humphreys. Sam has a pretty incredible story which if you google him you'll see that he had a life altering experience while playing college golf. Short story, he tried to pick up a club by standing on the face as most golfers do, it hit him in the privates and caused immense pain for a few days. Causing him to go to the ER and ultimately finding out that he had testicular cancer. We talk about that experience as well as him being at Tulsa university when the mens golf program was shutdown. Sam is currently playing professional golf on the APT, practicing daily out at Oak Tree and also diving into the broadcasting world follow his fathers footsteps ( Craig Humphreys ) starting his own podcast called "The Great Day Podcast" which you can find on Apple and Spotify.
Follow Sam on Instagram and check out his first episode with Skip Baylis.
June 8, 2020
On this episode I chatted with owner of HoldFast Gear. Matthew born and raised in Baton Rouge moved to Tulsa to study at ORU. Where he met his wife and now lives in Bigsby. Matthew was a graphic designer and became a photographer after college, specifically wedding photography. He noticed a gap in the market for high end leather camera straps that as well as being important for back support also had a fashion element to them. He'd show up to his weddings dressed like he was supposed to be there. Not like most photographers dressed in all black. Because he was dress appropriately he fit in and subsequently looked more professional doing his job. However, at that time he's still wearing a black camera strap and in his words " looked like a swat team member " So he created a leather camera strap named "The Money Maker" It took off and the business was born, now selling more and more products and branching out HoldFast Gear sells and makes all its products in the USA. Assembles all the camera straps at their shop in Bigsby and ships all over the world. With stores in Asia, Europe and Australia this little company has a huge footprint in the photography industry and continues to thrive. Check out their website www.holdfastgear.com and on Instagram @holdfastgear
Thank you Matt for your time.
June 5, 2020
On this episode I sat with friend Michael Weidemann. Fun fact about Michael, he designed the logo for This is Oklahoma a long time ago when this was just getting started. Michael started out as a photographer, his Dad was a photographer and as a kid they'd go on roadtrips all over the country. Stopping to take pictures a long the way, which at the time really annoyed a younger Michael. Until his father gave him a camera to take on one of his field trips with school. He was hooked. If you know Michael, you'll know that he's very good with a camera in his hand. As most people breaking into the profession of photography he took to shooting weddings. Michael decided to target everyone across the country for weddings, and not to compete with the saturated market in OKC. After his success using SEO and other marketing skills he decided to offer this help to other businesses. Helping them generate leads, get more clicks on their ads and bring more people to their websites. Michael started his new business called Tallgrass Supply Co to put his own methods into practice. What better way to show how good you are at what you do than to show them your own numbers and success. Michael's business is growing and so is his client list. Tallgrass Supply Co sells many things but the most interesting is candles. Scented by the memories Michael has as a kid traveling to far away places with his Dad. Check it out www.tallgrasssupplyco.com and on Instagram @tallgrasssupplyco
June 3, 2020
On this episode myself and cohost Eric Granado @eric.granado interviewed Josh and Jacy Lippoldt. Josh and Jacy along with their friends from college started a direct to consumer meat company in Jan 2020. While studying at OSU they came up with the idea and then once graduating decided to make it a reality. Josh and Jacy help run their side of the business in Okarche Oklahoma where their families have farmed for four generations. Josh literally drove a tractor from birth and has been in the agricultural industry his entire life. So this is not just a new job for them, this is a vision to bring quality meat to the consumer. Generations of farming technics, skills and knowledge put into everything they do. This was a great episode and I definitely want to live on a farm now.
Go follow them online www.nativeacresmeatco.com and on social media @nativeacresmeatco
This podcast was presented by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's Story Through It's People Since 1927. For more information go to www.oklahomahof.com and on social media @oklahomahof
June 1, 2020
On this episode I sat with Julie Ross-Martin to talk about her families business. Since 1918 Ross Seed Co has been in business. Started in Chickasha Oklahoma and now with a second store in El Reno. Ross Seed Co has served their community for generations and continue to do so as their younger generations join the business. Adapting to new times, selling more products for literally every occasion and truly making Ross Seed Co a one stop shop for anything and everything.
Follow them on social media @rossseedcompany and tell them This is Oklahoma sent you.
May 28, 2020
On this episode I chatted photography with Mike Mezeul II. Mike is an outstanding photographer, he's been feature in National Geographic, Today.com, Yahoo.com and NBC News. He went to school at OU for atmospheric Science after realizing he didn't love that route he returned to Texas and finally graduated from UNT. Now he spends storm season chasing clouds around the Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas borders and is currently in the thick is his storm season chasing almost daily. Mike picked up a camera for his 15th birthday and fell in love. As anyone who gets a new camera does, he started taking photos in his backyard and with a love of nature took to the road shooting anything he could outdoors. Mike is a Nikon ambassador and you'll see why if you head to his Instagram or website
This episode was presented by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.m Telling Oklahoma's Story Through Its People. Follow them on social media @oklahomahof and online www.oklahomahof.com
May 27, 2020
On this episode of our Golf series I chatted with Director of Instruction at Southern Hills Country Club Mr Ryan Rode. Ryan was born and raised in Oklahoma, grew up on the 11th hole out at Oak Tree East course so naturally golf was all he knew. He then played in college and decided to chase the golf profession shortly after graduating. Realizing a 9-5 job was not going to cut it. So Ryan went to work with and for some of the biggest names in the business all over the country, for legendary coaches like Hank Haney, Cameron McCormak and finally coming full circle back to Oklahoma to Gaillardia as Head Pro and then in the last year to Southern Hills CC in Tulsa. Ryan has an extremely impressive selection of young Oklahoma Amataur and professional golfers that he works with. No doubt you'll be seeing him walking the ranges on tour in the near future.
Follow Ryan on Instagram for all his tips and a look into Oklahoma's future golf stars. @rrodypga and follow us for all there is to talk about in Oklahoma Golf @thisisoklahomagolf.
May 22, 2020
On this episode I chatted with Korn Ferry Pro and OU grad Charlie Saxon. Charlie took a pretty unconventional route to the Korn Ferry Tour. Playing in China for a few years and winning the China tour money list giving him a full European Tour card as well as a Korn Ferry Tour card. Charlie chose to come home to the states and pave his way to the PGA Tour traveling around the states. He tells us some of his best stories from his time in China, being in the No Laying Up Young Hitters group and practicing during COVID19.
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May 20, 2020
On this episode I sat down with Danny Thomason the Athletic Director for Southern Nazarene University. Danny is in his first year of being AD, as you can imagine its been a bit of a world wind with this pandemic bringing schools to a halt. Danny was previously a medical sales representative for Merc Pharmaceuticals. Covering much of the Southwestern part of the state. He's worked and served with hundreds of small town doctors and tells some fantastic stories of his time with them.
This episode is presented by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's Story Through Its People Since 1927. Follow them online www.oklahomahof.com and on social media @oklahomahof
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