The Athletics Of Business podcast

The Athletics Of Business

Ed Molitor

This podcast is all about exploring the leadership lessons, mental fortitude, and sustained success that truly great athletes and successful business professionals share. We will dig into the skills, traits, and behaviors that empower them to unleash their greatness. What drives the best of the best? Why are these men and women able to think, act, and execute at a higher level than anyone else? This podcast is for People of action, people looking to level up their leadership and performance. People who want sustained success and have the competitive mindset needed to go the distance.

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    Episode 133: Commitment to Excellence with Peter Farmakis


    On Sept 7, 2018, Dr. John Alverdy and The University of Chicago founded Covira Surgical – a biotech company focused on novel therapeutic alternatives to prevent postoperative (surgical) infections. In Feb of 2020, Peter Farmakis joined Covira as the Chief Executive Officer, during a time when our work to prevent infections has never been more important. Peter is an accomplished executive with diversified leadership experiences in the life science industry including; biotech/pharma, medical devices, and diagnostics/molecular diagnostics.Throughout his career Peter has held multiple commercial leadership positions with two large industry leading diversified life science organizations Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories, and five privately held early-stage/start-up companies including Covira Surgical, VitaHEAT Medical, OraPharma, Unimed Pharmaceuticals, and DynaSplint Systems.Peter completed the General Management Executive Development Program from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. Peter attained his MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his BA in Pre-Physical Therapy and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.Peter's board experience includes Co-Chairman of the Board for Covira Surgical, CEO Leadership on the Ops Team for Smart Health Catalyst, and multiple Boards of Director roles including VitaHEAT Medical, Three Squared, and Health Industry Supply Chain Institute. What you’ll learn in this episode: How Peter learned vicariously through others success and failures What the best piece of advice was he received from one of his mentors How Peter has gone about creating a comfortable environment for his teams Why having the ability to admit what you don’t know is so important Why a turnaround job was more pressure at times than a startup How Peter learned the hard way that when you experience a high level of success people will begin to take shots at you How Peter stays grounded by focusing on fitness, friends & family, and fun Additional resources: Peter Farmakis’- LinkedIn Covira Investment Opportunity Covira Surgical Peter Farmakis’- Facebook Peter Farmakis’- Twitter
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    Episode 132: Find a Way with Brian Barone


    Brian Barone is in his third season as the SIUE's men's basketball coach after taking over the position in March 2019. Barone had been an assistant coach for the Cougars the previous two seasons. The highlight of Barone's first season came with a historic 79-69 win on the road at Belmont. It was the program's first-ever win over Belmont and came among five Ohio Valley Conference victories. The Cougars also won road OVC games at Eastern Illinois and UT Martin during the season. SIUE also triumphed over Southeast Missouri and Eastern Kentucky at home.  Even before coming to SIUE, Barone boasted previous NCAA Division I experience as an assistant as well as stints as an assistant and head coach in the junior college ranks. Barone’s most recent Division I experience came at Green Bay under current Bradley head coach Brian Wardle. In five years on the Green Bay staff, Barone helped guide the Phoenix to a 95-65 overall record. In 2014-15, Green Bay posted a 24-7 record and claimed the Horizon League’s regular season championship. While at Green Bay, Barone was instrumental in the recruitment and development of two-time Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes and second round 2015 NBA Draft Pick Alec Brown. More than 10 Green Bay players from Barone’s tenure went on to play professionally. Prior to his time in Green Bay, Barone was on staff at Indiana University as the Hoosiers' director of basketball operations/video coordinator where he worked under his college head coach Tom Crean. He began at IU in 2008 after serving the 2007-08 campaign as the coordinator of basketball operations and video coordinator at Marquette. Barone's first Division I coaching experience came at Illinois State. He spent four seasons (from 2003-04 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach for the Redbirds where he helped resurrect a program that had just eight wins the year prior to his arrival. As a player, Barone played his first two seasons at Texas A&M, playing for his father Tony Barone, Sr. He earned honorable mention all-Big XII accolades as a sophomore following the 1997-98 season when he finished among the league's top five in assists and steals. He also received GTE Big XII Academic All-Conference accolades as well. He transferred to Marquette. Barone made his debut in 1999-00 after sitting out one season as a transfer. He served as team captain during his tenure and was also named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. Barone earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Marquette in 2000 and completed his master's in communications at MU in 2002. Barone and his wife, Mimi, have a son, Carson, and three daughters, Ava, Gianna and Cecilia. What you’ll learn in this episode: What ‘Find a Way’ means to Brian and the SIUE Basketball program  Why it was so important to add ‘Family’ to the end of ‘Find a Way’ What locking into the beliefs that everything is better together and to never do it alone helped SIUE Basketball grow through all the adversity they faced How Brian leans into each players’ story to put them into the best position to be successful on and off the court What it was like to play 19 games in 43 days, have a 33 day break in mid-season without a game and to only have five team practices after December 21st during the 2020-21 season What it is so important to know your role, embrace your role, and be a star in your role How his players protect the locker room Additional resources: Brian Barone’s- LinkedIn Brian Barone’s- Twitter Brian Barone’s- Website Brian Barone’s- Facebook
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    Episode 131: True Grit with Dr. John Byrne


    Dr. John Byrne has been delivering high quality, engaging speeches to audiences for more than 15 years across the globe on principles essential to achieving professional and personal success.  In addition, John has been a Business Professor for 30 years at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He currently teaches courses in Marketing & Sales and previously served as the Dean of the College of Business. Dr. Byrne’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA in Marketing from Loyola University, and a doctoral degree in Education from the University of Iowa.  John has experienced tremendous success in his life professionally, academically, and personally. Known as a person who possesses the drive to set and achieve daunting goals, he inspires others to improve their performance and effectiveness. John has worked with hundreds of organizations, including prestigious icons such as the United States Army, Deere & Company, and Caterpillar, Inc. on the important topics of leadership, goal setting, decision-making, and team building.  John’s dedication and success have carried over into his personal life as an extreme athlete, successfully conquering the Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run in Colorado, the Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon, and summiting Mt. Rainier in Washington. John has raised more than $40,000 for charities through his athletic endeavors and speeches. Heroic acts like these make John a sought after motivational speaker and genuine inspiration to all.  What you’ll learn about in this episode: What were the three thing of importance that John leaned during the struggles of his most recent Leadville 100 How John came to realize that the satisfaction of perseverance was the true gift of the Leadville 100 and not his finishing time How John has programmed himself to never quit with failure never being an option Why it meant so much for John to raise over $7,000 for the charity Autism Speaks through his Leadville 100 race Why is so significant and such a gift to know what your purpose in life is What it takes for normal people to do extraordinary things Additional resources: Autism speaks  John Byrne’s LinkedIn John Byrne’s Facebook
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    Episode 130: Finding Your Summit with Mark Pattison


    In every facet of his life, Mark Pattison scales personal and professional summits. Mark is a former NFL Player, philanthropist, podcaster and successful entrepreneur & currently an executive at Sports Illustrated and now has climbed all Seven Summits having completed this feat by scaling the death-defying Mt. Everest in the spring of 2021. Mark dedicated his climb to his daughter Emilia who is overcoming her own Everest by defeating epilepsy. Mark has raised over $56,000 with generous donations from both the NFL and Las Vegas Raiders. All proceeds go to Higher Ground. In the Fall of 2021, the NFL is debuting a documentary about Mark’s journey he experienced on Mt Everest. This film will be shown on NFL 360. Mark's podcast, Finding Your Summit has over 120,000 downloads after 200 episodes which provides powerful conversations with celebrities, sports legends and others about overcoming their adversity and finding their way. Mark is a father and caring human being who continually looks for opportunities to give back to others. He helps people get off the sidelines and back into the lane of life by unleashing their potential & realizing what they are capable of in their lives.   What you’ll learn about in this episode: What drove Mark to set a goal to become the first former NFL player to scale the Seven Summits How Mark reset his mind when his original date to scale his final summit, Mt. Everest, was canceled in March of 2020 Why it is so important to step into fear when you are scaling your own summit How Mark and his fellow climbers survived two cyclones and a number of avalanches while they were climbing Mt. Everest Why it takes a commitment to daily discipline to make your dreams come true What got Mark through the descent of Everest after he ran out of oxygen and was left behind by his Sherpa How John Wooden’s famous quote, “Be your best when your best is required” truly describes the way Mark was able to rise to the occasion despite all of his physical and mental challenges on Everest How Mark’s daughter Emilia has so bravely worked toward conquering her own Summit of Epilepsy Additional resources: NFL 360 Presents– Searching for the Summit Documentary  Mark Pattison’s-  Website Mark Pattison’s - Facebook Mark Pattison’s- LinkedIn Mark Pattison’s- Twitter Mark Pattison’s- Instagram
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    Episode 129: Figuring Out Your Time & Margin with Gabe Bock


    Gabe Bock has worked in media and has covered the Aggies for nearly 2 decades and has been with TexAgs full-time since August 2008. After spending 10 years as lead host of TexAgs Radio, Gabe decided to step down in the Summer of '21 and has taken on a new content creator role within the organization while also diving into the Real Estate world in partnership with his wife, Megan Bock. The couple has three children: Ella, Easton and Everley. What you’ll learn in this episode: How TexAgs evolved and the significant role that multiple streams of revenue played in it’s growth What the brilliance was behind how Billy Liucci handled Gabe’s decision to put his family and home life before the success of TexAgs Why was the relationship that Billy and Gabe have had over the years so powerful and how that played into their collaboration on the next step for TexAgs and Gabe What was the question that Gabe asked himself that helped him decide it was time to walk away from his role as the host of TexAgs Radio show Why time and margin is so important to Gabe and how those two pieces of the puzzle guided his decision What the four gears are of a healthy lifestyle How much work went into the naming of Alex Caruso court behind the scenes Why it is so important to ask yourself what the next 20 years will look like Additional resources: Megan Bock Real Estate Megan Bock Real Estate LinkedIn Gabe Bock- Facebook Gabe Bock- Twitter
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    Episode 128: Partnerships are About the People with Mike Rabil


    Mike Rabil is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). Founded in October 2018, PLL is now wrapping up its third season, with the semifinals in Philadelphia on September 5th and the Championship in D.C. on September 19th. The PLL was named Sports Breakthrough of the Year in 2020 by the Sports Business Journal. In December 2020, the PLL and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced a merger with subsequent season operations and activities to formally exist under the PLL. The league’s exclusive media rights agreement with NBC Universal is a first for the sport, bringing lacrosse closer to millions of fans across the country. In his role, Mike is responsible for the long-term vision of the company as well as oversee all day-to-day operations of the league. This past year, Mike has successfully used his lengthy entrepreneur background in Silicon Valley with his keen sports knowledge to spearhead the launch of PLL. Previously, as the VP of Sales and Partnerships, Mike led revenue and built Funding Circle’s US sales and BD teams from scratch. Mike was on the founding team at Endurance Lending Network, which was acquired by Funding Circle in 2013. In 2012, Mike co-founded Endurance Companies, an investment holding company based in San Francisco, and served as CEO and co-founder of Turnstyle Cycle, now Boston’s largest boutique indoor cycling company. Mike first dipped his toes in entrepreneurial waters in 2010 when he co-founded Endurance Fitness 247, which he manages with David to this day. Mike began his career in consulting at Jones Lang LaSalle, the world’s largest real estate services company. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government, where he was captain of the football team. What you’ll learn in this episode: How defining your values can help set your direction How Mike and Paul dealt with the resistance they faced  The advantages of the tour based model and how they are using it to expand the game and attract new people to the sport as fans How being naive can play a role in developing confidence and success as a business owner What they did to earn trust during their first year as a new league and how they strengthened that trust and established credibility during the second year through the pandemic. The key role that partners play in the success of a business and what they are doing to create partnerships that align with their organization’s values How they emerged as one of the first organizations to go back to live events in the midst of the COVID pandemic What’s ahead for the Premier Lacrosse League for the rest of the season and in 2022 Additional resources: Premier Lacrosse League Premier Lacrosse League on Instagram Mike Rabil’s LinkedIn Mike Rabil’s Twitter
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    Episode 127: Forged in the Fires with Rob Verhelst


    Rob Verhelst, otherwise known as Fireman Rob, has established himself as an inspiring voice for following and defining your passion, then putting it to action. He lives and speaks on the principle of Action Based Living through Engaged Passion. His life experiences range from performing 8 days of search and recovery after the September 11th attacks to being a 15 year career firefighter in Madison, Wisconsin to having served in the United States Air Force.  In 2015, Fireman Rob became the Guinness World Record Holder for the Most Ironman 70.3 Triathlons in one year, while inspiring tens of thousands by doing each run portion in his full fire gear.  Since 2011, Fireman Rob has solidified himself as a key motivational influencer worldwide through doing over 18 Ironman, 28 Half Ironman, and numerous endurance races in his 50 lbs of firefighter gear for all of the running portions of each race. Along with motivating others along the way, his passion is about his children and others.  In 2013, the Fireman Rob Foundation was created to help children in hospitals throughout the world with a SMILE by delivering Gund Teddy Bears.  Fireman Rob understood the simple act of putting a SMILE on a child’s face dealing with illness or depression is medically proven to strengthen their immune system & create a positive effect on their minds… if even for a moment.  He has created a movement in which people from all walks of life are finding their passion and paying it forward through their own positive actions. The mission of Fireman Rob is clearly defined by his speaking, his actions, and his drive: "Your strength is in your passion, now go and make your life ABLE.”  Selected member of The National Society of Leadership and Success In Business Magazine, 2014 Top 25 Most Influential People in Dane County Jefferson Award Winner, April 2015 WKOW Ironman, 2012 Performance of the Year Guinness World Record, Most Ironman 70.3 triathlons in one year 2015 Globe Turnout Feets of Strength (Athleticism category)  World Record for Most Ironman triathlons in Full Firefighter gear   What you’ll learn in this episode: Why purpose and passion is such an important catalyst when forming an Elite Mentally Tough Leadership Mindset Why ownership is just as much about what you don’t do as it is what you do How Fireman Rob’s Foundation brings to life the acronym SMILE-Simple Moments Impact Lives Everyday-with the best stuffed bear for disadvantaged kids throughout the world How to develop faith in yourself over the fears in front of you What Tolerance Training is and why it is so significant How Rob has navigated the waters of sever PTSD and high-anxiety that are a result of numerous events in his life including his search and recover work on 9/11 What drove Rob to wear his full firefighter gear (50 lbs.) while running 1,022 miles in dozens of Full Ironmans and 70.3’s   Additional resources: Rob Verhelst’s book- Forged In The Fires: The Seven Catalysts to Ignite your Possible, Accelerate your Potential & Extricate your Best Life Quell Foundation and Ride of Hope Rob Verhelst’s podcast- Forged In The Fires Podcast with Fireman Rob To learn more, visit
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    Episode 126: How to Be Where Your Feet Are with Scott O'Neil


    Scott O’Neil is the formerChief Executive Officer of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, an organization with the mission of building passionate, high-performing teams that inspire people to enhance the communities where its teams live, work, play and win. With more than 20 years of experience in the NBA, NHL and NFL, O’Neil has earned a reputation as a leader of leaders and is one of the most connected, dynamic and driven executives in the industry today. Previous executives whom he has mentored and managed run many of the top organizations in sports and entertainment today; those he currently manages are poised to lead the industry into the next generation. O’Neil’s reputation for authentic leadership, unparalleled drive to innovate and emphasis on the importance of corporate culture has placed him at the forefront of the industry vanguard. In merely six years overseeing operations for the properties in HBSE’s portfolio, O’Neil led the Philadelphia 76ers to sign the first jersey patch sponsorship in “Big Four” sports history; construct the most technically advanced training complex in professional sports, the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex; establish an industry-leading Innovation Lab, and become the first U.S. professional sports franchise to acquire a world-renowned esports team. In that same period, under O’Neil’s ambitious and aggressive leadership, Prudential Center has become a top seven and top five most-played venues in the U.S. and the world by Billboard and Pollstar, respectively, and welcomes over 1.75 million fans and event attendees through its doors annually. As former President of Madison Square Garden Sports, O’Neil was the key architect in some of the largest venue sponsorship deals in history while overseeing iconic sports properties including the New York Knicks (NBA) and New York Rangers (NHL). O’Neil spent seven years as the Senior Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations group, where he advised NBA, WNBA, and NBA Gatorade League teams on all business operations, CRM Department and NBA Canada business. Earlier in his career, O’Neil served as the President of and held positions with the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and New Jersey Nets (NBA). For almost a decade, O’Neil has served as an Alternate Governor for the NBA and NHL. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 the Philadelphia Business Journal named O’Neil to their “Power 100” list of the “most influential people” in the greater Philadelphia region; he additionally received Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” honor in 2018. In 2019, The Hockey News named O’Neil No. 37 on their list of “100 People of Power and Influence.” In 2019, Hashtag Sports honored O’Neil with an award for “Leadership in Supporting Diversity in Sports.” Sports and technology outlet, SportTechie, named O’Neil as 2017’s “Most Innovative Executive”; in 2016, Philadelphia Magazine declared him one of the “Most Innovative Leaders” in Philadelphia. He has been twice named to The NJBiz “Power 100” list. As a young executive, O’Neil was thrice recognized at Sports Business Journal’s acclaimed “Forty Under 40” Awards; launching him into the publication’s renowned “Hall of Fame.” He additionally received “Forty Under 40” honors from Adweek and Sporting News in 2006 and 2005 respectively. O’Neil’s influence and experience have earned him a place at the podium at some of the largest industry conferences in the world, delivering keynotes at events such as: Leaders in Sport, Beyond Sport, Sports Business Journal’s World Congress of Sport, the IEG Pivot Conference, the Ivy Sports Symposium, Sports Marketing Association’s Conference and more. O’Neil’s leadership practices have been chronicled and applauded in The Outward Mindset by the Arbinger Institute, publishers of The New York Times Best Seller, Leadership and Self Deception, The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and Potato Chip Ticket Sales by Kathy Burrows. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, CNBC, FOX Business Network, and has twice co-hosted Bloomberg television’s Bloomberg. He also interacts daily with his nearly 20,000 Twitter and 35,000 LinkedIN followers. He serves on the boards for the March of Dimes, Zoomi Inc., the Sixers Youth Foundation and the Sixers Innovation Lab. O’Neil earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Villanova University and his master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Lisa, and three daughters. What you’ll learn about in this episode: What went into Scott’s decision to step down as CEO at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment What the event was that drove Scott to start writing and how that eventually turned into his incredible book ‘Be Where Your Feet Are’ How Scott came to embrace being a builder and a change agent  What holds the most meaning for Scott from his time at HBSE How you can accomplish anything in your organization when you have incredible people and an extraordinary culture Why the trip Scott took to Mozambique with his daughter to help build schools was so powerful Why it is powerful to recognize when the people you have hired have developed greater expectations of the culture than you have for it and to step back and let them take things to the next level Additional resources: Scott O’Neil’s book- Be Where Your Feet Are Scott O'Neil's LinkedIn Scott O'Neil's Twitter  
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    Episode 125: Managing the Worry Circle, with Ted Simendinger


    Ted Simendinger, President and CEO of Ocean Palmer and Associates is a globally experienced leadership coach with expertise in behavior-based talent development, executive and Millennial coaching, change management, sales problem-solving, and sales excellence. He has extensive global experience solving complex organizational and performance challenges that enable quick, relevant repositioning for greater success. Ted utilizes strategic planning, private coaching, and classroom facilitation at multiple levels to explain, teach, and develop high-performance diversity talent and inclusionary cultures. Ted is also the founder of the No Bats Baseball Club which is a baseball-related charity organization that has raised over $2Million with an incredible group of good men, doing good things, for the right reasons. A former #1 salesman with Xerox and top senior instructor at the Xerox International Training Center for Management Development, Ted has extensive experience in designing and updating curriculum. An accomplished and respected award-winning author and speaker, Ted has guested on network TV talk shows coast-to-coast and has been featured on over 3,500 global radio stations. Considered one of the world's foremost teachers on the subject of "Worry," Ted's popular life skills book "Managing the Worry Circle: How to Improve Your Life by Worrying Less" -- written under his pen name "Ocean Palmer" -- is utilized around the world. He is also an expert on The Impact of Technology on Behavior & Happiness. What you’ll learn about in this episode: What exactly is the 'No Bats Club'. How he built a baseball-related charity organization that has raised over $2Million with an incredible group of good men, doing good things, for the right reasons. What surrounding himself with the best during his time at Xerox did for him professionally. How identifying his true north drove Ted to teach vital business concepts in a life skills format. How he became a worry expert. What are the three types of things we worry about. Who is Ocean Palmer. What type of learning resonates with adults and how do you make the teaching help them do a deep dive into their heart. How he helps others get to a good place between their head and heart. Additional resources: LinkedIn:
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    Episode 124: VICTORY Defined, with Ed Molitor


    In the last 26 years, Ed Molitor has developed his leadership skills in both athletics and business. From working as an NCAA Basketball coach at Texas A&M to becoming the Vice President of a national recruiting firm, Ed has taught countless athletes, coaches, and business leaders how to THINK, ACT, and EXECUTE at an elite level. Ed has a unique set of skills to deliver leaders across the country a purposeful, positive, energetic, and refreshing experience to unlock their true potential. In 2016, Ed launched his company, The Molitor Group, in order to reach and add value to a larger sphere of ambitious individuals and help them achieve their goals every day. Through The Molitor Group, Ed has guided all types of leaders to achieve success. From entrepreneurs and executives to teams and companies, The Molitor Group specializes in empowering individuals and groups to achieve at the next level. Through Leadership Performance training, coaching, and speaking, Ed’s goal is to supply people and organizations with the necessary tools to move forward from where they are now to where they want to be. What you’ll learn about in this episode: What Giannis Antetokounmpo’s perfect answer was to a question about how he keeps his ego in check What lesson you can learn from Bryson DeChambeau’s response to his struggles off the tee during The Open What we can learn from the current state of college athletics as it pertains to success being measured differently by individuals in the same organization Why it is so important for you to clearly define what VICTORY means to you What the seven pillars of VICTORY are and what each one means What the five fundamentals of a high-impact coaching are and how they go hand-in-hand with VICTORY Why VICTORY undefined is VICTORY unfulfilled Additional resources: Email: Website: Instagram: @edmolitor Download a FREE copy of my new eBook, ‘Growing Through Crisis’ and learn why vulnerability can be a powerful leadership asset.

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