The Athlete Entrepreneur

Greg Spillane

The Athlete Entrepreneur podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in learning about the unique mindset, skills, and traits of successful athletes and entrepreneurs. Each episode features in-depth interviews with accomplished individuals, and experts in their field, many of whom are former athletes, who share their personal journeys, strategies, and the parallels between high achievement in sports and business. Listen to engaging conversations where the host and guests explore various topics, including the entrepreneurial journey, emerging technologies, personal motivation, work-life balance, business strategies, and more. Whether you're an athlete, entrepreneur, or simply someone interested in self-improvement and achieving success in your life and career, this show has something for you. With a focus on the “High-Achiever Mentality,” our podcast is designed to appeal to a mainstream audience, providing them with valuable insights and strategies that they can apply to their own lives and careers. So, if you're looking to gain a competitive edge, level up in your career, and improve your overall well-being, make sure to tune in to the Athlete Entrepreneur podcast. read less

Chris Manderino | Co-Founder and CEO of LYFE Fuel
Mar 28 2022
Chris Manderino | Co-Founder and CEO of LYFE Fuel
A lifelong athlete turned Nutrition Expert, Chris founded LyfeFuel as a way to share his passion for health and wellness.Upon learning that many of the nutrients we should be getting from food are non-existent in modern diets, and discovering that the supplement industry is saturated with petroleum-based synthetic ingredients and chemical extraction methods, I felt compelledto seek out a cleaner, more natural way to meet my daily nutritional demands without trading health for convenience.Borrowing from my experience as a professional athlete I immersed myself in the world of functional medicine to search for a competitive edge that could position LyfeFuel as uniquely different and more effective than anything else on the market. Years of research, personal experimentation, and cultural insights from living abroad ultimately led to a simple revelation... harnessing the power of plants to put back what’s missing from food.Taking a holistic approach to nutrition that uses real whole foods to deliver the essential nutrients missing from modern diets, our formulations are arguably the cleanest, most complete, and delicious on the market, each taking years to develop.Every aspect of LyfeFuel is backed by science, right down to the amounts of each ingredient. Instead of simply throwing healthy ingredients together, LyfeFuel’s products are engineered with the specific purpose of aiding absorption to make sure the body receives the full benefits of each and every life-sustaining nutrient.With a vision to become a leader in personalized wellness, LyfeFuel launched its first product, The Daily Essentials Shake, in September of 2016. The purpose of the flagship formula was to provide the core nutritional components that most Americans don’t get enough of, in a delicious and nutritious plant-based meal on the go. It’s nutrition, simplified.
Don Davey | NFL Veteran, Entrepreneur, Philanthropists and 11x IRONMAN
Jan 3 2022
Don Davey | NFL Veteran, Entrepreneur, Philanthropists and 11x IRONMAN
Don Davey was the first, and is still the only student in NCAA history to be named to GTE's prestigious First Team Academic All-American Team in four consecutive years.  After earning his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wisconsin, his unique combination of intelligence, talent, and unrivaled work ethic propelled him through nine successful seasons in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers (1991-1995) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-1999).  Since retiring from the NFL, Don has immersed himself in several entrepreneurial, charitable, and athletic endeavors: ·       He is the owner of Disciplined Equity Management, an institutional wealth management firm for professional athletes, business owners, executives, and other high net worth investors.·       He is the largest Firehouse Subs franchisee in the country, developing more than 30 Firehouse Subs locations in Florida and Wisconsin.·       He is the owner of Parrothead Property Investments, a real estate investment company with commercial and residential holdings in Florida and Wisconsin.·       He donates considerable time and resources to several non-profits including the University of Wisconsin, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, and the Ironman Foundation.·       He fuels his competitive drive by competing in Ironman Triathlons, having completed eleven full distance IRONMAN events around the world.  Don recently became only the second modern era NFL player to complete the grueling Ironman World Championship course in Kona, Hawaii.Don is married to his high school sweetheart and fellow Wisconsin Badger Kristen.  They have five beautiful daughters named Livy, Carly, Kuki, Chloe, and Kasey and reside in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Therese Gedda | High Achiever Mentality, Creating a Purpose Driven Culture, and the Future of Work.
Dec 6 2021
Therese Gedda | High Achiever Mentality, Creating a Purpose Driven Culture, and the Future of Work.
This episode of The Athlete Entrepreneur features Therese GeddaTherese Gedda is an award-winning entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Reimaginez. She brings nearly 20 years of entrepreneurial experience from running multiple companies including tech startups to her executive coaching and cultural consulting practice. She has developed proprietary frameworks proven to deliver transformative change in both fast-growing companies and large corporations. Therese has actively engaged with over 1,000 founders, CEOs and executives. Her company, Reimaginez, reimagines the workplace by supporting startups and scaleups in becoming more people and purpose-centric. She is also a sought-after Executive Coach for high-achieving founders, investors, and the C-suite.Therese has been an invited Keynote Speaker in over ten countries on topics such as Company Culture, the Future of Work, and the High Achiever Mindset where she has inspired more than 30,000 people. Therese has been featured at exclusive invitation-only events led by companies such as Apple and LVMH as well as international conferences such as Inbound in Boston alongside Michelle Obama, Adam Grant, and Brené Brown. Other notable conferences include Viva Tech in Paris, TEDx in Stockholm, and Web Summit in Dublin. Offstage, Therese has been featured in NBC News, Fortune, and VentureBeat, to name a few.As a result of her dedication to entrepreneurship and company culture, Therese has been recognized by Nordic 100 for her cultural and Future of Work efforts, naming her one of the most influential and impactful people in the Nordics. The list is equivalent to the ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ and ‘Forbes 40 under 40’ in the United States. She’s also been recognized by the SKAPA foundation via the Future Innovator Award given in memory of Alfred Nobel. This award is one of the most prestigious of its kind, and the recipients are considered to be “Swedish Champions of Innovation”.More about Therese Website: http://www.reimaginez.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/theresegeddaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theresegedda/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therese.geddaYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7n7W17UuaNf345yLa0o2tA
Lt. Col. Frank Savarese | Flying an F/A-18 Hornet, Playing Baseball at the Naval Academy, and how he Co-Founded Hero Barbell Co.
Dec 2 2021
Lt. Col. Frank Savarese | Flying an F/A-18 Hornet, Playing Baseball at the Naval Academy, and how he Co-Founded Hero Barbell Co.
This episode of The Athlete Entrepreneur features my good friend and co-founder of Hero Barbell Co.,  Lt. Col. Frank "Squiggy" Savarese. Lieutenant Colonel Savarese was born the son of a Marine attack pilot.  He graduated the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelors of Science in History and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2002.  In June 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Savarese finished his initial training at VMFAT-101, and reported to the Death Rattlers of VMFA-323 for follow on training.  He also deployed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (II) in 2007 and again in 2009 in support of theater security operations in the western pacific.  He was designated Air Combat Tactics Instructor in December 2008. Departing from the Snakes in July 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Savarese received orders to become a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor and reported to VMFAT-101.  While with the Sharpshooters, he was selected to attend the United States Navy’s Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and was designated a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor in June 2011. Lieutenant Colonel Savarese received orders in August 2012 to report to Marine Aviation Training Systems Site (MATSS) Iwakuni, and relocated his family to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.  While assigned to MATSS Iwakuni, he served as MATSS operations officer and as the MAG-12 standardization evaluator.  In July 2013, he received orders and reported to the Bats of VMFA(AW)-242 and serve as the pilot training officer.  He attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-14 was designated a WTI in October 2013.  For his efforts as training officer, he was recognized as the 2015 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviator of the Year. Subsequently, Lieutenant Colonel Savarese reported for duty as Air Officer, 11th Marine Regiment in April 2015.  Upon graduating Tactical Air Control Party School and being designated a Forward Air Controller (FAC), he attended WTI again as an air officer.  While at WTI, he received the India 14 award, distinguishing him as top FAC.  During his tour with 11th Marines, he was responsible for Joint Terminal Attack Controller training throughout 1st Marine Division.In October of 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Savarese reported to the Death Rattlers of VMFA-323 for his department head tour.  During this tour, he served as the maintenance officer in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, and deployed with Carrier Air Wing 11 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in June 2017.  He returned in December of 2017 and served as the executive officer until his departure in March of 2019. After departing the Death Rattlers for a second time, he reported to Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) to serve as the Tactical Aircraft Integration (TAI) officer.  For his continued efforts to integrate both the Navy and Marine Corps, he was recognized as the 2019 USMC Tailhooker of the Year.His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of third award), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award).  Throughout his flying career, he has accumulated over 2300 mishap free F/A-18 hours, over 150 combat hours, and 364 carrier-arrested landings.LtCol Savarese is happily married to the former Jamie Alameda of Yuma, Arizona.  They have four children, Charlotte (10), Reid (8), Frances (4), and Margot (1).
James Wu | Vice President at Sirius XM Radio Inc.
Nov 29 2021
James Wu | Vice President at Sirius XM Radio Inc.
This episode of The Athlete Entrepreneur feature James WuJames Wu is an executive at Sirius XM Radio. Raised in the suburbs of LA. After an elbow injury ended his baseball career prematurely, he jumped into football full time.  Although he was All-Conference, All Valley, All San Gabriel Valley Decades team, he received no scholarship offers out of high school. After a stint at the local Junior College, he received a number of non-scholarship offers from Ivy League schools but wanted to go somewhere where they paid his way. After his coach at Junior College made a call to the Defensive Coordinator at San Diego State University, he ended up enrolling as an undersized Defensive End where his dedication and work ethic made him a favorite amongst the coaches and earned the respect of his peers. After graduating with honors, he became a stockbroker and in a stroke of terrible timing, opened the doors to his financial services firm on Monday September 10, 2001.Several years later, he was brought on to run American Honda’s licensing portfolio.  He turned a $500K/yr business into a $10M/yr business.  He negotiated a $100M/yr guaranteed licensing deal for Honda but Honda Japan stepped in a killed it.  Frustrated with big company culture, he went to work at XM Radio pre-merger with Sirius but left to join a startup called Stitcher Radio. While running business development for Stitcher, he got Stitcher into 5M cars and is the reason why Stitcher is the native podcasting application for both AppleCarPlay and Android Automotive. He was recruited back to SXM in 2013 where he now serves as Vice President of Automotive Partnerships.