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March 19, 2021 55 min

Hey Scaling Up Nation! Fellow Mastermind member Conor Parrish is interviewing me in part one of a two-part series starting today. Conor Parrish is Director of Business Development at FCT Water Treatment. He attended Drake University, graduated with a degree in Environmental Science, and then moved to Colorado to take an opportunity with FCT Water. He has his CWT and has been in the industry for 6 years; it is a privilege to have him on the show.   

For those who have been longtime listeners, you’ll know that I was hoping that my staff would listen to it when I started the podcast. I never imagined that what began as a passion project would turn into something that thousands of water treaters listen to each week. 

I am humbled and honored to be the host of this podcast. It has allowed me to teach and give back to the professional water treatment industry I care about so much. 

I hope you enjoy today’s episode! 

Your roadside friend, as you travel from client to client, 

- Trace 


James’ Challenge: “Determine the volume of a cooling or closed loops system by calculation and tracer addition.” [5:25] 

Conor Parrish interviews Trace Blackmore [7:30] 

Why do you do the podcast each week? What is your motivation? [8:50] 

What was the most challenging podcast you’ve ever created? [11:14] 

How has the podcast evolved since 2017? [14:48]  

As the show evolved, what are some of the changes you’ve seen when asking guests to be on the show or what topics guests want to discuss? [19:00] 

What have listeners told you about the impact of this podcast? Anything new on the podcast that we can look forward to it? [21:20] 

How do you balance all of your commitments? [28:25] 

What advice would you give to a water treater feeling burnout in their job? [45:50] 

Trace’s Challenge: When was the last time you worked on your leadership style? [52:55] 


“I love this podcast because it allows me to teach others about water treatment.” - Trace Blackmore 

“The podcast and Mastermind allow me to help raise that bar in the water treatment industry.” -Trace Blackmore 

“The reason the Scaling UP! H2O podcast is a success is because I have such great guests!” - Trace Blackmore 

“One of the bad things about this podcast is that there is a lot of technology needed, and I am a technology junkie, so I’m always wanting to buy that next new gadget to make the show better.” - Trace Blackmore 

“I’m humbled and pleased that people enjoy the podcast.” - Trace Blackmore 

“Whenever someone asks me to do something, I always ask myself: If I say “Yes” to this, what am I inherently saying “No” to?” - Trace Blackmore 

“Have you ever been too busy driving to stop for gas?” - Stephen Covey  

“When you put a value on your time, you realize what the cost is when you’re doing something else.” - Trace Blackmore 

Links Mentioned: 

Conor Parrish, CWT 

World Water Day (3. 22) 

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven - Episode 166  

Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award Recipient   

Planning - Episode 178  


Rising Tide Mastermind   


2021 World Water Day (3.22) 

Business Owners Webinar (3.26) with Tim Fulton  

The Hang networking event (4.8.21 at 6PM EST) 

AWT Technical Training AWT (5.5)   

 Books Mentioned: 

Atomic Habits 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 


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