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Mark Borst, owner of Versatile Real Estate Solutions and Co-Founder of Impact Club and

Today’s Host of the Tri Town Advice Givers Podcast, interviews Barbara Muckel, the Executive Director of Xcel 2 Fitness – NWIndiana. Barbara discusses her passion for getting involved in X 2 Fitness, what the program entails, how it is beneficial to young boys, and what the surrounding community can do to get involved.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • 00:50 – Barbara is a native of northwest Indiana, she has been involved in Xcel 2 Fitness for two years, and prior to that: Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana where she coached and is now a board member.
  • 04:28 – Xcel 2 Fitness is a six-week program with 12 sessions that uses the fundamental skills of fitness: speed, agility, balance, and strength to build character using a curriculum that changes every season focusing on leadership, goal-setting, and teamwork
  • 06:20 – At the end of the 6-weeks, they host the Dream Chaser Challenge Obstacle Course Race that is the boys compete in as a team.
  • 15:35 – Xcel 2 Fitness boys have to do community involvement initiatives like cleaning their school or making cards for veterans to give back to their community.
  • 17:51 – Barbara physically goes to as many schools as she can during the off-season with packets of information.
  • 19:19 – There is a registration fee, but no boy will be turned away do to financial hardship and she goes to businesses for sponsorship.
  • 20:04 – Barbara has several people that assist on the board and volunteers.
  • 23:11 – Obstacles that Xcel 2 Fitness faces is finding sponsors and donors, and getting people to volunteer to be coaches.
  • 27:40 – “Prime to Perform” is a book about creating a culture for business that is one that Barbara read and she also enjoys Tim Ferriss’ podcast and books.
  • 29:42 – Barbara loves running outside and working out at Studio Bar, she loves spending time with her son, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
  • 31:49 – Barbara’s Muckel’s contact information:

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In this episode of Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst interviews Christian Jorgensen, who is currently the president of the St. John Town Council and a candidate for Lake County Council’s 7th District. Christian has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years in both Illinois and Indiana, representing businesses and financial institutions. Christian explains the political situation in his area, what his experience is for the position, and internal information about what needs to be done to help the community.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • ● 00:50 – Christian Jorgensen met Mark Borst in undergraduate level college and
    they were in the same fraternity Delta 6.
    ● 02:50 – Lake County Council can incur debt, that means float bonds. Therein lies
    the problem. As the debt rate goes up, so do taxes, so do all of our
    expenses.
    ● 03:36 – Lake County is approximately 660 square miles, Christian has about half of
    that: Hanover Township, part of St. John, Crown Point, Lake Dale, Cedar
    Lake, Lowell, Winfield, and all the way down to Shelby.
    ● 05:57 – Christian is planning to apply similar types of programs that he brought to
    St. John on a wider level to Lake County Council.
    ● 09:28 – Christian’s opponent has touting a hiring freeze that save the county a half
    a million dollars, which he states is untrue.
    ● 14:03 – The national politics stage can taint the way voters see Democrats and
    Republicans.
    ● 14:36 – The Times of Northwest Indiana editorial board endorses Christian
    Jorgensen.
    ● 16:07 – The primary election turn-outs are typically dismal.
    ● 18:42 – Lake County has been typically Democratic, but it is starting to turn
    Republican.
    ● 20:04 – Moms and Dads are sharing responsibilities beyond typical gender roles
    more frequently these days.
    ● 22:04 – The primary is Tuesday May 8th 2018, but there are early voting spots.
    ● 22:39 – If you don’t vote, you haven’t earned the right to criticize politicians.

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In this 37th episode of Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst interviews John Zaboyan of Americans Against All Distracted Driving. John is a passionate advocate for keeping drivers safe on the road and pushing for stricter penalties for intentionally distracted drivers. They discuss how AAADD.org came to be, what the goals are, and how they can be accomplished.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

● 00:48 – John Zaboyan introduces himself.

● 02:00 – He studied aviation and suffered from a dangerous collision in the air.

● 05:40 – Safety on the roads became a priority and he invested opportunities to promote the issue of distracted driving.

● 18:14 – The reminder decal for not being a distracted driver became a focal point.

● 23:01 – 32% people are dead a year because people didn’t pay attention to when they were driving.

● 26:47 – The right to drive has to be earned.

● 35:45 – What is the maximum punishment when some kills someone driving?

● 38:45 – Driving isn’t a right, it is a privilege.

● 42:37 – Texting while driving is self-serving; it isn’t helping anyone else.

● 44:15 – He walks around his car holding 15lbs weights every 100 miles during long drives to get energized.

● 47:17 – Insurance companies got involved in mandating that people where safety belts in cars, and John would like to see them get behind stiffer laws against distracted drivers.

● 58:20 – Distractions for driving include texting, putting on makeup, smoking, eating, drinking, and making phone calls.

● 1:07:50 – Digital billboards offer so much information, but are very distracting to drivers.

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In this 36th episode of Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst interviews Jay Weinberg, who is an Indiana artist, and the founder of Artunity, a company that he defines as “Instagram meets GoFundMe.” Jay enthusiastically shares how art became a big part of his life, he takes aim at the “starving artist” myth that makes artists fear being business-minded, and the future of Artunity.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • 00:48 – Jay Weinberg gives an introduction of himself.
  • 02:00 – He shares how Artunity began and how he became an artist.
  • 06:34 – Artunity is designed to end the starving artist myth.
  • 08:04 – The start of the “starving artist” myth and the “superstar” musicians get examined.
  • 13:51 – Creative means to be really open and tapping into your imagination.
  • 15:46 – Reality is actually fiction.
  • 16:52 – Whatever you have inside you that you need to express. you have to let it out.
  • 19:38 – Jay met Gary Vaynerchuk in his New York City office.
  • 21:00 – What ever happened to being social in real life offline? People hide behindsocial media.
  • 22:20 – Business doesn’t have to be a negative stigma for creatives.
  • 24:51 – If your brand is an honest extension and an amplification of who you are,then there should be no conflict in balancing your art with business.
  • 30:32 – Jay made a low budget music video for fun that went viral with over 250,000 views overnight.
  • 34:15 – We don’t have to pigeonhole our self with just one topic.
  • 37:09 – The Artunity app is like Instagram meets GoFundMe.
  • 44:39 – Artunity artists can post art, sculpture, hand bags, and various one-off pieces of art.
  • 46:10 – Jay is working all the time.

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Today on Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst is in the studio in St. John, Indiana with
guests Gloria Morris and Brenda Richter, members of the Service League Northwest Indiana.
They share the history of Service League, the productive impact that the group has made for
women’s and children’s charities, and the annual Taste of the Region funding raising event.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

00:55 – Brenda Richter introduces herself: been with Service League Northwest
Indiana for over 15 years, with experience in advertising/marketing.
● 01:23 – Gloria Morris has been at Service League Northwest Indiana for less than a
year. Her mother-in-law was involved there for many years and introduced Gloria
to it.
● 02:00 – Service League Northwest Indiana started in 1932 by women looking to
raise money for a local children’s organization and incorporated after
three years of success.
● 02:47 – They launched the successful Taste of the Region to raise money with
local restaurants and sponsors.
● 03:52 – They raise funds for over 30 charities annually, mostly focused on
helping women and children that need the financing, including Haven
House and Riley Kids Camp.
● 06:21 – Service League used to do multiple fundraising galas, but now focus on
one premier event to raise money.
● 07:08 – There are 20-30 active women that are members and there is the
Associates Group of alumni who have been involved for at least 10 years.
Members have to be committed and participate–according to the bylaws.
● 09:22 – Service Leagues determines how much they will allocate and to which
organizations will receive it.
● 11:22 – Attendance has averaged around between 250-450, which is looking to be
even higher in 2018 – with about 37 presenting restaurants.
● 14:13 – 2018 is the 5th year that Taste of the Region has run, and has expanded
from 3 vendors to almost 40.
● 14:43 – Service League has secured fantastic sponsors for Taste of the Region
such as: The Times Media Company and White Lodging,
● 16:09 – There is no extra expense so the majority of donations goes directly to the
charities. Tickets are $65 for all you can eat and drink.
● 17:23 – To register for the event by texting Taste18 to 52182.

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In this 34th episode of Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst interviews David Dowling, who
is running Lake County Sheriff. He has been a Schererville police officer since 1984, 10 of those
years as the chief of police. Mr. Dowling shares his expertise that he has developed over the 34
years of his career, the importance of gaining people’s trust to revamp the perception of law
enforcement in the public eye, and what he aims to accomplish upon winning.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

● 00:48 – For 34 years, David Dowling has been involved in law enforcement.
● 02:43 – David chose to run for sheriff back in 2016. He wants to correct the image
problem that he feels the position has.
● 04:33 – David is one of eight candidates for the sheriff position. Some of his
competitors don’t even have a law enforcement background.
● 05:17 – National accreditation since 2007 to access the Schererville police
department separates David from the other candidates as well.
● 07:50 – It is very important to David that in the first 90 days to have an assessment
of where they are at then develop a plan to achieve goals and revamp
their hiring.
● 08:29 – Leadership sets the culture tone, and then trickles down.
● 10:51 – Law enforcement has changed from a technology level and its relationship
with the community. It is vital to interact with the community.
● 13:48 – The Coffee with a Cop program that David is involved in isn’t about a huge
hall, he goes to an intimate diner to interact with people. He even had cops
interact at the drive-thru window of Dunkin Donuts.
● 16:33 –“Responsible Leadership Quality Policing” is important to David’s campaign.

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In this new episode of Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst interviews Mike Arnold, the owner and president of Creekside Landscaping in Northwest Indiana. Arnold is a firm Jesus Christ believer who does chaplain work touring with NASCA right along with his business ambitions. In addition to

Landscaping, Mike Arnold and Creekside also offer additional services such as Complete Turf Care and Commercial Snow Removal. Learn how Mike’s belief in empowering and assisting talented, trust-worthy people has expanded his company and his life. Mike talks about how you treat your employees shows up in the work they perform.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

● 00:45 – Mike Arnold introduces himself as a Jesus Christ follower and a business
owner.
● 01:33 – Creekside Landscaping is about to be turning 10 years old.
● 01:55 – Mike was less interested in college and shifted towards his love of working
outside with his hands and developing businesses.
● 03:00 – Creekside Landscaping’s business is divided into thirds: outdoor living
areas, turf care, and commercial snow removal.
● 04:42 – Design is the first step to the process with 3D renderings in 1-3 weeks and
6-8 weeks to start the project.
● 06:26 – Architecture Design in school, play with Legos, and his creative instincts
were all inspirations to Mike.
● 07:20 – Mike is not just the owner, but he is also active in the sales process and is
the first of contact. Many of his employees overlap tasks.
● 09:35 – Mike prefers to bring talent in through recommendations – that he can trust.
● 14:14 – They stay on top of repeat customers to avoid complaints.
● 16:55 – Without learning from failures, it is hard to grow.
● 18:26 – Unilock is a Creekside Landscaping partner that upholds strong quality
assurances, with a lifetime guarantee on their products.
● 20:14 – Duties with NASCAR that Mike Arnold is engaged in include: Motor Racing
Outreach and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
● 22:44 – The NASCAR Truck Series had a chaplain who got Mike Arnold involved
with working with NASCAR for going on four years.
● 24:00 – Mike’s NASCAR work goes from mid-May to late-September, mostly every
other weekend.

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After going to school for broadcast journalism and working in television sportscasting for ten years, Rick Peltier left the industry and went to work for a healthcare institution in Evansville before moving to the Region in August 2017 to work at Franciscan Health and oversee the Franciscan Health Foundation. As the nonprofit continues its mission, Peltier shares how it’s all about relationships.

Nobody is perfect, but Peltier believes that the Foundation does their fundraising the right way. “We build relationships first,” he says. “The money will come later, hopefully. But you have to know people first. You have to know what their philanthropic interests are, what their passions are.”

Time-Stamped Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction and background of Rick Peltier of the Franciscan Health Foundation.

[03:07] The Franciscan Health Foundation.

[04:12] Doing fundraising the right way.

[06:02] Where does the money go?

[08:44] Franciscan’s reach.

[09:51] Capital campaigns.

[12:17] Who do they serve?

[13:26] Never stop learning.

[15:43] Educating people on how to give.

[16:56] The typical donor.

[18:46] Education about the types of programs they have.

[20:07] What do the donors get out of it?

[22:39] Transferring journalism skills.

[27:32] The aha moment.

[30:14] Hobbies.

[32:59] Parting wisdom.

[34:01] Contact information.

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The long-term advantages of Buying with the flexibility with Renting is Provito Rent Equity.

Eric has taken his success in the CO-working space and added a twist to develop this concept of a shared responsibility concept to a person’s residence.

Eric Zosso spent five years in the military, so he knows a thing or two about moving. The options are to buy a house or rent an apartment, but neither is perfect. “Both have their flaws,” Zosso explains. “If you look at net worths of owners versus renters, owners tend to be around $145 thousand with their families’ net worth, whereas a renter family is typically around three thousand. A lot of things go into that. That’s not necessarily a causation, but there is a really strong correlation.”

Eric and I take a deep dive into his concept of helping renters gain equity while still having the mobility to move from location to location.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction and background of Eric Zosso of Provito Rental Equity.

[02:40] Provito.

[04:50] Community aspect.

[06:09] Cornerstone Equity.

[09:42] Zosso’s model.

[12:05] The end goal.

[13:35] How would it work?

[18:40] Tenants with equity moving out.

[21:12] The first unit.

[21:44] A different style of property development.

[25:43] Commercial and private space.

[26:28] Rehabilitating his first unit.

[27:28] Scaling.

[27:50] The holding company.

[28:35] Breaking even.

[29:28] Tenant movement and flexibility.

[29:55] Starting the life cycle.

[31:31] Tenant buy-ins.

[32:58] Problem tenants.

[34:55] Self-selecting tenants.

[35:47] Show me the money.

[41:29] Testing on a few units.

[43:55] Coworking and co-living.

[47:07] What you need to know.

[48:03] Contact information.

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