Driving Force Podcast

Driving Force Podcast

Sometimes you need to take a step back in order to make one giant leap forward. Chase Rosa is a former private equity analyst who hit pause on the worlds of high finance and traditional corporate business to pursue podcasting, coaching, jiu-jitsu, and endurance athletics. After taking his own step back, Chase now invites you to join him on his journey of self-discovery through the Driving Force Podcast. In this podcast, he'll be unraveling the stories of high performers across sports, business, and wellness. By presenting their stories – uncensored and uncut – Chase hopes to inspire you to take a step back, look within, and evaluate your path and journey.

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April 4, 2021 105 min

Today’s guest is Jason Hardrath. Jason is an adventure athlete, speaker, and physical education specialist who’s made a lifestyle out of pursuing his passion for human performance. After running track & field in college, Jason eventually found himself competing in longer distance events like marathons and Ironmans. His work ethic soon paid off and he qualified for the Ironman 70.3 world championships in 2015. Training was going...

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Today’s guest is Jeff Harry. My conversation with Jeff will feel a bit different than most of the podcasts I’ve done. Instead of my traditional focus of unraveling the stories, takeaways, and lessons from my guest’s life (which we do get into a little), most of my discussion with Jeff centers around one topic – incorporating more play into one’s life and workplace. I know what you might be thinking, who has time for play? I’ve got ...

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Today’s guest is Jake Bullock. Jake is the founder and CEO of Ravn, a defense technology company building next generation technology for military personnel. Their platform, built from the ground up for use on the front lines, delivers mission-critical intelligence to service members when they need it most. The inspiration for Jake to start Ravn came from his experience as a Navy SEAL. On his first deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Today’s guest is Andy Ramage. Andy is a former professional soccer player, who following an injury which cut short his career, went on to co-create two multimillion-dollar city brokerages. But after achieving traditional “success” Andy was left feeling broken. He was unfit, unhealthy, overweight, stressed and unhappy. Andy believed there had to be another way to be successful while staying super fit, healthy, maintaining a happy ho...

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Today’s guest is Peter Chee. Peter loves tackling what he likes to call “peak experiences” and has often found these experiences through entrepreneurship and endurance sport. Currently, Peter is the founder and CEO of Thinkspace. Based in the Seattle area, Thinkspace provides workspace for a community of entrepreneurs, tech startups, non-profits, and small businesses with a common affinity for passion and inspiration. Prior to Thin...

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Today’s guest is Chris Thomson. Chris is the Co-owner and Head Coach of The Student Works Management Program; an entrepreneur training program for university students across Eastern Canada that helps them develop the necessary skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. The program allows these students the ability to start and run their own business for the summer, with some making over $100k of revenue their first year of business....

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Today’s guest is Dr. Gil Blander. Gil is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting and preventing age-related conditions. He leads a team of biology, nutrition & exercise physiology experts, and computer scientists at InsideTracker, and has been featured in CNN Money, The New York Times, Forbes, Financial times, and The Boston Globe ...

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Today’s guest is Roger Woodall. Roger is one of the leaders when it comes to events in the UK. Over the past 20+ years, he’s created and owned 1,500 Live Events, 12 Bournemouth 7s Festivals, sold over 1 Million tickets and built/sold an International sportswear brand. Entrepreneurship and bringing people together have always been a part of Roger’s life. He grew up in his parents’ busy pub on the River Thames, which also happene...

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Today’s guest is Sara Gross. Sara is the Founder and CEO of Live Feisty Media, a progressive media outlet aimed at empowering new perspectives in triathlon & beyond. The company empowers these new perspectives through the production of podcasts, written content, and videos. Prior to founding Live Feisty, Sara was a professional triathlete for 13 years, mainly focusing on long course triathlon and Ironman events. Her triathlon c...

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Today’s guest is Markeith Price. Markeith is a visually impaired track & field athlete from Baltimore, MD who competes in track & field, specializing in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints and long jump events. At the Rio 2016 Games, he achieved his best Paralympic result, a 5th place finish in the 400m. Markeith’s dream is to reach the medals podium at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics and of course, strive for the gold medal. At age...

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Today’s guest is Chase Damiano. Chase helps get entrepreneurs out of the weeds. He works as a business advisor, consultant, and coach to founders and CEOs and more specifically, helps them clarify their vision, building scalable operational strategies, and executing alongside their team. Few people truly understand the entrepreneurial mindset and journey, but Chase certainly does. Prior to his current consulting and coaching work, ...

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Today’s guest is fellow Bentley University alum, Mel Latham. Mel is an international poet, voice, creator and author of 'Brown Butter.' Born in Boston but now living in Brooklyn, Mel has been sharing spoken word poetry on stages across the U.S. and Europe, in major cities like Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, London, Berlin and more. In 2019, Mel released her debut book of poetry, Brown Butter, a collecti...

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Today’s guest is Rich Keller. Rich is a CATALYST. That’s his “one word” personal brand and he’s on a mission to transform one million lives, “one word” at a time. With over 20 years of experience as a brand marketing executive for some of the world’s most iconic consumer brands like Godiva Chocolate, Chips Ahoy! Cookies, and Planters Peanuts, Rich travels the country as a motivational speaker showing young entrepreneurs how craftin...

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Today’s guest is Mark Gainey. Mark is the co-founder and Chairman of Strava, the leading social platform for athletes. Mark grew up in Reno, Nevada and was slated to run cross country for Harvard. However, after being sidelined by an injury, he then got recruited to join the crew team where he would meet his Strava co-founder, Michael Horvath. It would be many years before they would start Strava, and Mark’s first job after graduat...

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Today’s guest is Brandon Green. Brandon is an award-winning entrepreneur with several businesses and is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on balancing success and purpose and leading with passion and practicality. Brandon grew up in Wyoming and Iowa as the eldest child in a Mormon household. A defining moment in his life came in his adolescence when, instead of going on a Mormon mission, he chose to join the global youth e...

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Today’s guest is Jeff Gothelf. Jeff works as a coach, speaker, author & consultant to help organizations build better products and executives build the cultures that build better products. After his rock band prospects and ambitions faded away, Jeff’s first job out of college was in the circus. That’s right, clowns, the human cannonball, trapeze artists, the whole bit. Jeff worked as an audio engineer for the circus but soon re...

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Today’s guest is Jeff Byers. Jeff is the co-founder and CEO of Amp Human, a Park City, Utah based company dedicated to creating a new and trusted category of products to help humans push their limits. Their flagship product PR Lotion gives the body more bicarbonate (a natural electrolyte) to neutralize acid in muscles which allows athletes to push harder, feel better, and go longer. And let me tell you, the stuff works. I put it on...

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Today’s guest is Christine McHugh. Christine first started working for Starbucks as a barista at 19 years old. Little did she know at that time that it would mark the beginning of her 27-year career at the company. Her first job for Starbucks as a barista was when the company had 37 stores. 25 years later, and she’s leading some of the most important strategic initiatives for Starbucks across over 13,000 stores in the US and Canada...

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Today’s guest is one of my jiu-jitsu teammates, Tony Negron. After a highly decorated 26-year career in the Air Force, Tony has dedicated his post-military career to aiding both active duty veterans as well as those who have separated from the military through business ventures and charitable organizations. While on active duty, Tony served as a Pararescueman and rose to the level of Pararescue Functional Manager of Air Combat Comm...

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Today’s guest is Christian Graugart. Christian is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, author, and founder of BJJ Globetrotters. BJJ Globetrotters is the world’s largest BJJ affiliation (of which I’m a member) with over 750 academies and over 21,000 members on the community’s Facebook page. The BJJ Globetrotters 5-7 day long training camps have become some of the most sought after fixtures on the jiu-jitsu calendar – they’re hosted ev...

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