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232. Chess, A Unifying Language For All.  Evan Rabin

232. Chess, A Unifying Language For All. Evan Rabin

May 23, 2022

Love is in the air today on the Better Call Daddy Show!  I interview Evan Rabin days after he proposed to his fiancé!  Shout out to Stacey Ehr!  Mazal tov!  He’s a true New Yorker, a National chess master, podcaster, host of Premier Chess Podcast, and fabulous Shaily Hakimian connected us!  Developing a chess mindset can be a competitive sport!  Chess has been in my family for years and today Daddy’s giving some advice to the newly engaged couple!  Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy!

Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin fell in love with chess at a young age. When he was 7 his brother and father taught him how to play. Two months later he was playing in school. Two months after that, he went to his first tournament. One month later he went to Nationals. He never looked back.

After graduating from Brandeis University Evan started teaching chess full-time, but eventually decided to set his sights on the corporate world, working at Oracle and Rapid7 and briefly running his own sales company, Pillar Sales.
However, Evan became disillusioned with corporate life. Emphasis on golf and commission did not match the reward that he felt from making a difference in students’ lives. So one night, at the wedding of one of his old chess buddies, Evan had the realization that chess was where he wanted to be full-time.

Evan left Pillar Sales, in July of 2017 and founded Premier Chess. Utilizing the chess network that he had built throughout his life and his sales experience, Evan started programs in 14 schools within 2 months. From there he started offering corporate classes, working with clients like Kramer-Levin, a top New York City law firm, and Movable Inc.

Premier Chess became about creating access. Everyone has a lot to gain from chess and deserves the opportunity to give it a shot regardless of geography. So Evan started taking on students in remote areas through Skype, expanding to 5 states, and even teaching as far as Tanzania.

Now, partnering with vendors like the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, National Education Chess Association, and Top Level Chess, Premier Chess is expanding to Florida, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, while international efforts are continuing in Myanmar.
One day, Evan hopes that any student anywhere in the world who wants to play chess will be able to.

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231. To Love And Be Loved After Trafficking And Trauma. Lena Cebula

231. To Love And Be Loved After Trafficking And Trauma. Lena Cebula

May 20, 2022

Lena Cebula never would have imagined sharing her miraculous story.  She felt like there was no hope for someone like her growing up in Ukraine.  She was human trafficked to Israel, addicted to drugs, found God, and had her prayers answered.  Today she’s a Christian, an author, motivational speaker, podcaster, host of Love & Bloved, and social justice advocate. Her podcast was created to encourage, inspire and to give hope.  If you have pain, keep trying!  Have faith!

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Are you struggling to believe there is a purpose for your life, that you can make
sense of what seems like a mess? Struggling to believe that there is someone -anyone - who cares about you? Struggling to believe that after all you've been through, seen, or done that there is a chance you'll ever find peace and wholeness again? As a little girl growing up in a post-USSR Ukrainian iron mining town, Lena spent her life grappling with these same questions. This raw, transparent account of her life chronicles the years she spent running -
running from a broken family, broken country, and broken dreams - in pursuit of something or someone who could calm the hopeless nightmare that her life had become. Drug addicted, alcohol dependent, and twice trafficked to foreign countries, she still had glimpses of what her life could be and kept chasing the elusive peace she constantly craved. However, on the other side of each empty promise of fulfillment she only ever found more pain until one day, one promise checked out. Lena met someone who showed her she didn't have to run anymore. Miraculous is a story of the storm before the calm, a journey from pain to healing. It is Lena's story, but it could be yours, too.


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230. The Consequences Of Cyberbullying, A Response  From Rose And Rob Bronstein The Parents Of Nate Bronstein

230. The Consequences Of Cyberbullying, A Response From Rose And Rob Bronstein The Parents Of Nate Bronstein

May 16, 2022

What responsibility do parents have if Cyberbullying leads to suicide?  Today I’m talking to the parents of Nate Bronstein, Rose and Rob Bronstein.  On January 13, 2022 Nate Bronstein passed after being bullied at the Latin School of Chicago.  What does accountability look like?  Bullying is happening every day and it’s starting early.  After reading Nate Bronstein’s story online I was horrified as a mother and found it so hard to understand how this could happen!  What lessons can we all learn? Are other kids safe there?  Does social media need to be better controlled?  How about legislative change?  Tune in.  Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy.



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229. Understanding The Financial And The Human Side Of Healthcare. Thomas J. Macdonald

229. Understanding The Financial And The Human Side Of Healthcare. Thomas J. Macdonald

May 11, 2022

Which is a dirtier word financial services or senior care?  What are your goals in setting up a trust and long term care?  What is a trust?  Can the government come after assets?  How can you work well with your spouse?  How can the care industry be improved?  How do we pay for it?  What’s residents’ choice?  How do you feel about nursing homes if something happens?  How are you going to care for yourself when you are older?

Today we are talking to Thomas Macdonald about legacy planning and healthcare.  You better make sure things are clearly spelled out and everyone knows who’s getting what!  Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy.

Prior to the founding of Axis Healthcare Consulting, Tom was the Chief Operating Officer of a contract therapy company serving the skilled nursing industry. Tom led the efforts in becoming an early adopter of clinical protocols and programs to meet the goals and objectives of value based purchasing programs. Prior to healthcare, Tom spent 25 years in executive level positions in the investment and banking industry. Tom holds a masters in leadership and organizational change and has extensive experience in the delivery of leadership training, management development and team development.

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228. Manning Up Early And Leveling Up From Latvia! Edward Purmalis

228. Manning Up Early And Leveling Up From Latvia! Edward Purmalis

May 9, 2022

Whatever it takes, Edward Purmalis is going to do it and document the journey along the way.  Edward has seen both sides of having money the good and the bad. He went into the workforce at nineteen because he had to.  How does emotional growth come into play?  How do you treat someone like a sale?  How do you find sales opportunities?  How do you perform well on social media?  How do you grow a successful podcast?

What is it like being raised by a single mom?  He became a de facto chef for one and knows how to take care of and believe in himself two!

What does family mean to you?  Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy!

Edward Purmalis wants to raise a new generation of revenue generators and aspiring sales leaders reach out to him on Linkedin he’s building a community!

Check out Edward Purmalis on his Level Up Show to hear the stories of successful, driven individuals and their path to Level Up their personal and professional lives. Edward Purmalis, will be asking the easy and the difficult questions, taking a dive into both the journey of his guests, and the compressed value they can bring to your own growth. Hear their uncensored path to victory, struggles, defeats, and their up to date advice to help you Level Up!

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227. Caretaking, Advocating, and Dropping DEI GEMS Genesis Amaris Kemp

227. Caretaking, Advocating, and Dropping DEI GEMS Genesis Amaris Kemp

May 6, 2022

Genesis Amaris Kemp is the glue of her family, the baby of five siblings, she grew up in Houston, has lived there her whole life, and shines her light bright for so many!

Why do the good people have to die young?  How can we go to work when our loved ones are sick and need us?  How do we navigate home health and the vocabulary?  What are some mental health hacks we can use to be resilient?

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Genesis Amaris Kemp is the host of the Top Rated GEMS podcast, best selling author of “Chocolate Drop In Corporate America- From Pit to Palace,” a visionary life coach, and a motivational speaker.

A Firecracker and “Mindset Hacker” a force to be reckoned with.

Genesis is a woman that empower others to speak up for themselves. Yes, it may be challenging; yes, it may hurt. But in the long run, she desires to encourage others to help those who may not have a voice. She is a trailblazer who wants others to live out their dreams, goals, and visions. We all have been given an excellent purpose in life. It is up to us to walk it out and live victoriously!

She is multifaceted and multidimensional that cannot be contained in a box or compartmentalized.

During the pandemic she’s experienced job loss, the loss of her dad, two grandmas, and has worked on her relationship with Gd!  Her podcast discusses real topics with real people. She cuts through the fluff and showcases authenticity since we live in a world where everything needs to be prim and proper from filters to audio tune, etc. 

She’s on a mission to Educate, Inspire, and Motivate others since we ALL have powerful stories to share to continue to make an impact.

Today we are talking about the oil and gas industry, diversity and inclusion, and how to navigate healthcare.

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226. From Wall Street Banker To Bio-Health Hacker. Boomer Anderson Host of Decoding Superhuman

226. From Wall Street Banker To Bio-Health Hacker. Boomer Anderson Host of Decoding Superhuman

May 4, 2022

Boomer Anderson learned meditation from his mom, and derivatives from his dad.  He always liked learning complex subjects.  His parents fed his interests whether BBQ cookoffs, buying stocks, or health and fitness.  At thirty years old he discovered he had a cardiovascular condition even with twelve percent body fat, and running a seven-minute mile.  What do we have if we don’t have our health? His circadian rhythms needed repairing!  How many hours of sleep are you getting?  Are these lifestyle modifications available to me?  Can we prevent health problems?

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If curiosity killed the cat, Boomer’s 9 lives expired decades ago. Boomer is an entrepreneur, husband, podcast host, health optimization practitioner, investor, and retired BBQ champion. 


Boomer is the Deputy CEO of Smarter Not Harder, Inc. parent company of Troscriptions. He is also the CEO of Health Optimization Practice Europe, a non-profit. In his own health optimization practice, Boomer works with entrepreneurs leveraging large swaths of data and health technology. 


Prior to working on "projects that matter," Boomer was based in Singapore where he ran the South Asia Debt Capital Markets business for a bulge-bracket investment bank. 


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225. Masterful Made Up Stories and Trainwreck Transitions  Kerri Twigg

225. Masterful Made Up Stories and Trainwreck Transitions Kerri Twigg

April 25, 2022

Lead with what you are shy about!  Today we are talking about owning the specialness of your story, getting real in the business world, and what being a bully was like!  Kerri Twigg became a masterful storyteller and learned it from her daddy!  His wild storytelling abilities and talents helped him get back up and rise the ranks in the railroad industry after getting his foot run over by a train!  
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Kerri Twigg is an international career coach who uses storytelling, mindfulness, and meditation to help people achieve happiness and fulfillment in their job.

She trains people how to use stories and mindfulness to love their work more.

She worked as a Career Transition Consultant for years and became known for helping people land dream jobs using stories. She even wrote a book about it. She started to see a pattern in her clients and elsewhere. People were in their dream jobs, but they still didn’t feel good. So, if the external circumstances didn’t help, maybe career contentment is actually an inside job.

She’s spent the last three years fusing science-informed mindfulness training with career coaching.

A few highlights as Founder of Career Stories Consulting

Before she worked for herself she was a drama educator and playwright. More than any of the jobs listed below, this was her most important work.

She spent years teaching people how to feel comfortable being and expressing themselves and writing plays. So much of her coaching work comes from theatre and plays. This work didn’t always pay all her bills so she had these day jobs too:

  • the Career Development Project Manager for New Professionals Network with the Government of Manitoba (Gov’t Manitoba 2016 – 2018)
  • a Career Transition Consultant at an HR firm (specialist in resumes!) (People First, 2013 – 2016)
  • expanding a community arts program & expanding programs (Art City, 2011 – 2013)
  • helping to reduce GHG emissions and bring the community together (Sustainable South Osborne, 2010 – 2011)
  • doubling the revenue of art appreciation tours and classes (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2008 – 2009)

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224. Trust & Inspire, Once Again!  Stephen M.R. Covey

224. Trust & Inspire, Once Again! Stephen M.R. Covey

April 20, 2022

One of nine children, Stephen MR Covey, says each of them felt like they were the favorite in the family!  How do parents do that?  How do you recognize your kids’ strengths and affirm them?  Who has seen greatness in you?  Parenting doesn’t have to be my way or the highway command and control and neither does the workplace!  Stephen M.R. Covey says everyone can inspire and lead!  It takes courage!  Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy!

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and collaboration, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. The Speed of Trust has been translated into 22 languages and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Stephen is also the author of the forthcoming book, Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, which will be released on April 5, 2022. While the world has changed, our style of leadership has not. Most leaders and organizations—faced with ever new and disrupting challenges—continue to operate from a base model of “Command & Control;” they’ve just become more advanced and sophisticated at it, what Stephen calls “Enlightened Command & Control.”
In contrast to Command & Control, Trust & Inspire is all about unleashing greatness in others. Leading in a way that both inspires and empowers people to become the best version of themselves—tapping into a sense of purpose, meaning, contribution and inclusion. The result is a level of belonging, collaboration, and ultimately innovation that Command & Control is simply not capable of producing.
Stephen asserts that trust has become the new currency of our world, and that having the ability to develop, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the number one competency of leadership needed today. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his tangible, practical approach to trust.
Stephen is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his direction, became the largest leadership development company in the world. He personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, Stephen joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer, became National Sales Manager, and then President & CEO. Under Stephen’s leadership, the company achieved Inc. 500 status, nearly doubled revenues while increasing profits by 12 times, and expanded into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. Within three years of being named CEO, Stephen had increased shareholder value by 67 times in a merger with then FranklinQuest to form FranklinCovey.
Over the years, Stephen has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.
Stephen serves on numerous boards, including the Government Leadership Advisory Council, and he has been recognized with the lifetime Achievement Award for “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” from the advocacy group, Trust Across America/Trust Around the World.
Stephen resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

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223. The Stringer Interviews The Host: Judge Alex Ferrer

223. The Stringer Interviews The Host: Judge Alex Ferrer

April 18, 2022

All rise!  On today’s Better Call Daddy Show you’ll hear from a tv judge one who developed a second show called Whistleblower! There are a lot of nuances based on state law!  From police officer to lawyer to judge to tv judge, Judge Alex Ferrer has done it all!  What makes a network show work?  What was it like to move the show from Houston to LA?  What are the union rules like in television?  Are the cases real on court television?  What has Judge Alex learned about Hollywood?  Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy!

Alex Ferrer’s family fled communist Cuba to the United States when he was just a baby. Starting a new life in America, his parents exchanged well-paying careers with an American company in Havana for minimum wage jobs in Miami in order to live in freedom. Watching his parents work several jobs a day to make ends meet, Alex was raised with a strong work ethic. It is that perspective and an appreciation for the opportunities America provides that make his success story a true “American Dream.”

Alex began working full time at the age of fifteen, pumping gas at a full-service station, performing oil changes and minor vehicle repairs. He worked six to seven days a week while attending high school during the day. By the time he was seventeen Alex was managing the gas station, closing it down at night on his own and taking the day’s receipts to the owner’s home.

When he was 18, Alex obtained his pilot’s license but quickly realized that, while flying was a great hobby, the thought of constantly leaving his family to travel across the country did not appeal to him as a career. Changing gears, he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. After much resistance because of his young age, Alex finally succeeded in getting a police department to send him to the academy, where officers challenged him every day for being “too young.” Proving them wrong, Alex graduated with the highest award in the police academy, the “Most Outstanding Recruit,” becoming one of the youngest police officers in the State of Florida at the age of 19.

Honoring a promise to his parents to keep taking advantage of the educational opportunities America provided, Alex worked full-time as a cop while attending college and eventually law school full-time as well. In law school, this meant attending class daily from 8 to 4 and then donning a uniform and patrolling from 4:30 to 12:30. A late arrest would result in his not returning home until 2 or 3 in the morning but the next day’s class would still start at 8am. Despite this rigorous work schedule, Alex was able to become a published member of the University of Miami Law Review, an accomplishment that led to many career opportunities upon graduation.

As an attorney, Alex worked as a civil litigator at some of the better law firms in Miami. Despite being very successful in his new career, the personal gratification he had felt as a police officer was noticeably lacking. Anticipating that being a judge would renew the sense of satisfaction he had felt as an officer, Alex ran for a seat on the Circuit Court bench, the highest trial court in the state. Despite being the youngest candidate at 34, he beat out his two opponents, a sitting judge and an attorney 20 years his senior, by a landslide; becoming the youngest judge on Miami’s Circuit Court and the first Cuban-American lawyer ever elected to the Circuit Court bench.

During his years on the bench, Judge Ferrer tried some of Miami’s worst criminals. Serial killers, murderers, rapists, armed robbers and kidnappers all passed through his courtroom. Many trials were covered nationally and several have been the subject of books, documentaries and at least one upcoming movie. He taught and continues to teach judges annually at judicial conferences throughout Florida.

After 10 years on the bench, Judge Ferrer was being considered for a vacancy on Miami’s prestigious Third District Court of Appeals. Out of 60 well-respected judges and lawyers, he was the only applicant to have been unanimously recommended to Florida’s Governor by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Choosing instead to pursue a television opportunity, Judge Ferrer withdrew his name from the Governor’s consideration and began resolving disputes in 2005 on his nationally syndicated, televised courtroom show: “Judge Alex,” which has aired in 96% of the U.S for 9 seasons. In 2008 he was named the “Most Trustworthy Daytime Television Host,” beating out such household names as Oprah, Ellen, Regis and Dr. Phil, and was included in People Magazine’s Sexiest Man edition.

Alex’s story starts with him as the child of parents who gave up everything they had so that their family could live in freedom. Working hard through high school, college and law school, his accomplishments included several individual careers on his way to becoming a nationally recognized celebrity and well-respected legal analyst.

Whatever opportunities the future holds, there is no doubt that Alex’s story is truly the American Dream.




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