About the gaming industry... "It's a huge gamble to stay competitive and remain competitive in the industry. It takes a great team concept, and it's just that which helped make me who I am today." Kenneth Manuel CEO Gila River Indian Community is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio.
Steve Chucri President of the Arizona Restaurant Association is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Steve and David talk where the best places to eat in the Phoenix Metro are, and trends in automated ordering with kiosks popping up all over. Steve tells David that it's not about restaurants, it's the restaurant business. Steve also talks about what he hopes to teach his children, and the impact customer service has on success. "Take a deep breath, throttle back and find a place to make a difference."
Wayde King and Brett Raymer of reality tv show TANKED on Animal Planet are interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Wayde was minding his own business when he did a project at the Raymer house and met his future wife and business partners in the client home. Brett is the outgoing sales person of the operation. Both believe if their clients "can dream it, they can build it." They have built dream aquariums for some pretty well-known clients including Jason Aldean, Steve Aoki, Prince Fielder, Shaq, Sherri Shephard, and Penn & Teller. "Whatever you dream, and what you love to do, build your life around it."
Thomas Dolby Musician and MTV Icon is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart. Thomas and David talk the early days of electronic music, and the benefit it afforded Thomas being able to meet and play with his most revered heroes in music like David Bowie and others. Thomas explained that tech in the late 70s was rarified; he found the system he used in a dumpster and worked to learn it. They also discuss Thomas's experience producing and acting as a studio and tour musician for some of the biggest acts in the industry. He also was the original Music Director for the TED Conference, and was at the first Digital Music Conference where the fate of music online was discussed. "Reflect your daily experience in your work; what is real to you is quite possibly real to others as well. It exhibits integrity and authenticity."
John Heffner CEO of Drybar is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Joh tells David about the services Drybar offers, what the most requested is, and the products they sell to clients. In a company 70 percent driven by women clientele, they have to know their hair and the most popular styles today. Drybar's focus is to do one thing really well, and David and John reveal the secret to getting repeat customers.
Nicole Polizzi aka Snooki of MTV reality TV show Jersey Shore and others is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Nicole and David talk about Nicole's growth from the Jersey Shore show that gained media and fan attention for crazy escapades in nightclubs and at "home" to Snooki and JWOW, then Nicole and Jionni. Nicole tells David about her memories(or lack of) of being a reality TV queen and the great opportunities it afforded her. Nicole is very much a "tell it like it is" person which makes her relatable. It makes viewer more comfortable in thinking, "OK, I'm not the only one." She shares her advice for her children and what she would tell her younger self.
Peter Engel Producer of Saved By the Bell and Last Comic Standing is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart. Peter and David discuss the success Engel experienced with Saved By The Bell and how it impacted him. Peter went on to produce other Saturday morning hits like California Dreams and more. Peter also produced the great "Last Comic Standing" show.
Psychic Medium John Edward is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. John and David discuss the ins and outs of doing a reading and what John says to those who do not believe in what he does. For those who inquire a reading or want to know if their relatives are at peace John recommends they pick up the book Hello From Heaven by Bill and Judy Guggenheim. John also explains why his daughter does not go on auditions, and why the world is in a deconstruction phase. "You can't spell humanity without unity."
Actor Michael Pare is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and Michael talk about their favorite role of being father to great kids, but in his career, Michael still credits his first leading role as the brooding lead singer of the fictitious band Eddie and the Cruisers as his favorite. Listen to find out why, and the impact Robert Kulp had on him in his first role on The Greatest American Hero TV show. Pare's new movie is American Violence, also starring Denise Richards, Bruce Dern,Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, and more. "It's common for actors to lose their way and forget to emote in their normal lives - it's important to stay in the real world outside of acting."
Damian Kulash of OkGo is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. The band is widely recognized and awarded Grammys, MTV awards and more not just for their music, but their colorful, intricate videos. David talks with Damian about the immense creative effort and process of trial and error it takes building the music, then setting them to film through the utilization of math, science, and split-second spectacular. The band really uses play and discovery to work their craft. Learn why you should be listening and watching OkGo. And follow their journey as they "Walk Her Walk" in their partnership with Morton Salt in support of non-profits benefitting art, music and education programs. "Write new rules. You can gain a better sense of what works and how to create art when you do."
Lisa Roth (sister of original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth) creator of Rockabye Baby Series CDs celebrating its 10th Anniversary is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and Lisa talk about her experience growing up with Van Halen in her garage and home, and how she's making her own mark in music with her Rockabye Baby series of CDs she created from CMH Label Group. She tells David about the shopping trip that inspired the idea for the series, being disappointed by music choices for parents of new babies. Lisa decided to design compilation cds music loving parents could enjoy while rocking their children to sleep or playing. The series features bands like Radiohead, Metallica, The Beatles, David Bowie and more. "Always lend your honest perspective and ask questions. Be willing to be an apprentice because that's how you learn."
Chris Gero founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Chris produces shows and music projects with big names like Colbie Calliat, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Earth Wind & Fire, Amy Grant, and more. He's been nominated for a Grammy and won an Emmy for "The Gift" composition. David and Chris discuss the different projects including the UNITE to Face Addiction concert, the Yamaha 125th NAMM concert and the project in which Chris created and filmed Prince's famous purple Yamaha piano for the "Piano and a Microphone" Tour.
Reeve Lindbergh daughter of Charles Lindbergh is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Reeve and David talk about the iconic flight of the Spirit of St. Louis in which her father Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris. Reeve and the Lindbergh Foundation are celebrating the 90th Anniversary of that flight, and looking to include the world in the celebration. They also discuss the "Project Air Shepard" in which the Lindbergh Foundation uses arial drones to watch elephants and rhinoceroses to guard against poaching. "We work with great organizations like the Guggenheim Foundation to work against the problem of aggression and violence."
Jack McCauley founder of Oculus VR is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and Jack talk about the tech industry and the growth of VR. Jack was the chief engineer behind creating some of the most-recognizable advancements in gaming like Guitar Hero, working for such well-known names as Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Atari, Microsoft, and Activision. And now he's blazing the trail in virtual reality. Oculus VR was sold to Facebook for $2Billion, and what does Jack do? Listen to find out what he's working on now.
Vicki Lawrence known for her roles on Mama's Family and the Carol Burnett show is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Vicki and David talk about cellphone usage, and the hive condition that caused Vicki to take on the role of advocate for CIU awareness. For years, Vicki was known as the tough lipped grandma Thelma Mae Harper on Mama's Family. She tells David the business about how to conduct yourself at her dinner table. "I learned from the best and enjoyed it all."
Karina Smirnoff Dancing with the Stars Champion is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Karina and David talk about dancing, and what it takes to dance through ones career. When she first started on Dancing with the Stars, Karina didn't realize the strategy to it, and since has reframed her technique for the stage to become a champion on the popular TV show. She also talks about the one star who got her giddy and star-struck. She has her own makeup line and talks about the great quality, and how satisfying it is to reach into her purse and pull out a lipstick wth her own name on it.
Dave Damiani an American Jazz Singer is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Dave and David talk the business of music, and how Damiani was plucked from the bar he was working in. He has worked with some of the big names in music, and tours with America's Got Talent Winner Eugene Landau Murphy and Post-Modern Jukebox singer Hailey Reinhart. Dave sings the old standards from Sinatra and more.
Chiquis Rivera #1 Latina Artist is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Chiquis debuted at #1 with her first CD. She talks with David about her mother's influence on her life, what it was like growing up in the public eye on her mother's reality TV show on Mtv, and what inspired her to make her own way in the music industry. Chiquis now teams up with Judi Castro on a skincare line that's getting noticed (nominated by Ken Collis, TLK Fusion).
GE Smith the longtime Saturday Night Live Music Director is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and GE talk about his stellar career working with such greats as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia. He talks with Cogan about his tour with Roger Waters, the founding member of Pink Floyd. Smith then talks with Glue about working with is wife and relays a story about a Bridge Fund concert happening with Neil Young in the late 80s. "I got my first guitar at the age of 4 and never looked back."
Taylor Barton Author and Musician is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. They discuss her book, Pedro N Pip which is an underwater odyssey featuring a rock n roll octopus inspired by Bob Dylan. Barton also talks about the fateful Saturday Night Live encounter between she and her now husband GE Smith the longtime Music Director for SNL.
Donny Most Ralph Malph from Happy Days is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Don talks about what it was like to work with such greats as Ron Howard, Gary Marshall, Henry Winkler and others on set. He since has continued to work in notable TV and film including most recently on the TV hit Glee. He has advice for not only children, but for his younger self that you have to hear. "We were there for each other...like a family. We travelled together often on publicity tours."
Pat Bondurant President of the Bondurant Performance Driving and Racing School is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes amfm, iHeart. Pat talks about her rich history in fast design for performance vehicles including Tomahawk fighter jets and now the cars at Bondurant Racing School. She met and married her adoring husband in a karmic love story that's rumored to be turned into a movie. Along with family, she runs the performance driving and racing school started by her husband. Bondurant is passionate about her drive to end child abuse with her involvement in ChildHelp. Thanks to a nomination from Stacey Weber, President of ChildHelp, visit childhelp.org to learn more and get involved.
Jimmy Osmond President of Osmond Entertainment is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes radio show. They discuss what it was like for Jimmy growing up the youngest Osmond in such a prominent family of world recognized entertainers. Osmond now manages the family business and also took over operations and performance at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center in Branson Missouri. The Osmond children were coached and mentored by Williams best known for classic music hits. Osmond also was the only one in his family to score a #1 hit overseas.
Anson Williams known for playing Potsie from Happy Days in interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes radio show amfm. They discuss life on the Happy Days set, working with icons from the TV and film industry like Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast. Williams continued to work in production and direction on many films and TV shows including current projects. He also talked about working to end drowsy driving with his uncle, Dr. Heimlich of the famed Heimlich Maneuver. They use the power of pepper and lemon to instantly wake up and avoid accidents when driving drowsy.