Where's Willie?

Where's Willie?

Willie is traveling the country — north, south, east, and west with Heartland RV! For those of you looking to dive in some amazing life journeys, I welcome you to the Wheres Willie Podcast, powered by Heartland RV, No matter how many miles you travel, we all have a story to share about our journey.

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May 6, 2021 26 min
On today’s episode of Where’ Willie we get together with talented musician, husband, and father John King. John’s journey has led him across the US performing in hundreds of venues and cities and now, for the first time in his adult life, he was able to take the summer off due to a COVID-enforced hiatus. John shares how he first realized he could sing, the many hours he spent with friends at band practice, and how their silly songs...
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In this episode of the Where’s Willie podcast, we are sitting down with Demian Ross, the publisher of Rootless Living Magazine. We talk about his foray into nomadic life, what it means to be rootless in today's globalized world and how he hopes that Rootless Living can foster empathy and excitement for those who have chosen or been forced by circumstances to live outside of their initial comfort zone and take to the road.  The ...
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Kennedy Leighton is a Central Michigan University student and self-published author from Schoolcraft Michigan whose vulnerable story has uplifted, supported, and encouraged many struggling with grief and loss.  In 2014, Kennedy and her family experienced the tragic loss of her mother. As her role model and the woman she admired most, Kennedy felt at a loss — confused and brokenhearted — as she prepared to start high school. For a b...
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A Professional Guide is a professional at all times — they are mentally alert and physically prepared for a strenuous day of guiding. Their self-confidence can be observed but not heard — they are totally prepared for the day and ready to accept its challenges, good or bad. Their appearance and dress show pride in themselves and the operation they represent. They immediately become a teacher to their clients and the client readily ...
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When the travel bug bit Chris and Molly, it bit hard! The COVID-19 pandemic led to a huge decline in income for them, but instead of giving up traveling with their family, which has always been a big part of their life, they decided to give up their house instead. For the past four months, Chris, Molly and their three children have been living in a 400 square foot RV, and they are loving it. Of course, there are challenges, which M...
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“Whenever there’s chaos, whenever there’s disruption, there are always opportunities for people to thrive.” This powerful takeaway comes from today’s conversation with global business celebrity, bestselling author, and C-Suite Network Co-Founder and Chairman Jeffrey Hayzlett. We open our discussion with Jeffrey by exploring the important role that content and branding play in modern businesses. With an especial focus on podcasts, J...
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Welcome to today’s episode of Where Willie Podcast! Willie’s virtual travels take him to Herriman, Utah, to talk to the legendary Jake Ricks, the Director of Marketing for the greatest company in the world, Bullfrog Spas. Jake has a background in digital marketing, as well as the marketing and operations of hospitality businesses, having overseen some of the most iconic boutique lodges in the Western United States. Jake is an avid ...
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Real-world problems are becoming increasingly complex, along with many of the technological solutions that we employ. Keeping up with this pace can be a struggle, but those who stay behind get left behind. Enter the America Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) — an organization devoted to advancing the future of both engineering and engineers. Today we speak with key ASME members Debbie Holton and Christine Reilley, the respectiv...
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Our personal development and the support we get can determine our potential success and overall happiness. Today, Willie’s virtual travels take him to Chelsea, Michigan where he talks to coach Trisha Terns. Just as you would upgrade your phone, Trisha believes that your true potential can be activated by upgrading your habits, mentality, and energy. She teaches people to step into their next level through the scientifically proven ...
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Sometimes you get an idea that seems so good you’re sure it exists already. Today’s guest is Chris Meade and when he got the idea for CROSSNET he had that same thought, except that after googling it, he found nothing! CROSSNET is the world’s first four-way volleyball game and since its conception in 2017 it has grown to become the fastest-selling consumer product in North America, partnering with giants like Walmart, Amazon, and Wi...
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Today our destination is Irving, Texas, as Willie chats to Alex Carroll from Stand Up Stations! Alex is the co-founder of the company along with his wife Kelsey, and he tells us about this new venture that was born as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After their previous business, Toss Up Events, came to grinding halt with the social restrictions, Alex began looking for other ways to stay afloat and came across the shortage of ...
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On the podcast today, Willie’s virtual travels take him to Chennai, India, to talk with Karthik Chidambaram. Karthik is the founder and CEO of DCKAP, a company that he bootstrapped in 2005 from his small apartment in Chicago, Illinois. DCKAP was started with two people, two computers, and two desks and is now a global team with headquarters in the Greater Austin area and operations in Chennai, India. He reckons industry setbacks an...
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On the podcast today, Willie’s virtual travels take him to Reno, Nevada, where he chats with Tatsuya Nakagawa. Tatsuya “Tats” Nakagawa co-founded Castagra and where he is currently the COO. He is also the host of Specified Growth Podcast and co-authored Overcoming Inventoritis: The Silent Killer of Innovation. Tats is passionate about innovation and loves the challenge of developing great ideas that can change the world! When he’s ...
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Today, Willie's virtual travels take him to Eden Prairie, MN, to talk to his good friend Dave Varner. Dave is a speaker, award-winning author, and the founder of The Millau Group Global; a sales training company focused on providing their clients with The Sales Checklist — a simple to use, easy to coach sales process, which produces immediate, and measurable results. Additionally, Millau's solutions are designed to compleme...
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Today, Willie’s virtual travels across the country take him to Orange County, California, to talk to – in the words of his 12-year old son – the coolest man in the world, Aaron Aders. Aaron is the founder of Summerboard, an electric snowboard designed so that he could snowboard anywhere. Summerboard is wildly popular among snowboarders, but it is also loved by surfers, rock climbers, musicians, and engineers who get lost in their o...
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Today on the Where's Willie podcast, Willie’s virtual travels take him to Dayton, OH, to talk with Ms. Teri Shaub. Teri has a background in the motion control industry with a strong foundation in industrial automation technologies — having previously worked for a leader in precision motion, Kollmorgen. She has experience evaluating technical and commercial application requirements in order to provide complete solutions to manuf...
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Today Willie's digital travels take him Nashville, Tennessee to chat with author, speaker, and co-founder of Metacake, Ken Ott! Metacake is an e-commerce growth team who have helped many influential brands all over the world to achieve healthy growth in online sales. The company provides coaching, one-on-one services, as well as guides and courses for businesses of all sizes. In addition to this, Ken is also the host of the Age...
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Stopping off in Mesa, Arizona for today's chat, Willie hosts Brian Nunes of APS Payments to talk about the amazing ways the company can save money for manufacturing companies! Brian has more than 20 years of e-commerce experience, and we get to hear all about how he brings that expertise into his work at APS. Our guest breaks down Level 3 rates and the issue of ignorance around them, explaining how they apply directly to the ma...
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Today, we’re talking with the veterans of VETtoCEO, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans and transitioning military members to succeed in business ownership. We meet the co-founders, Michael Horn and John Panaccione, the First Executive Director, Monty Heath, and current Executive Director, Rob Campbell. Michael served as an Airborne Ranger for 21 years in the US Army, and also owns Brothers Body and Equipment, a special...
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Willie touches down in Greenville, South Carolina today to chat to Mark McClure, Vice President of International Plastics! The company is a second-generation family business and Mark has an immense 36 years of experience in the flexible packaging industry with an extensive resume of knowledge in the field. We get to hear about the history of the company, how it was started by Mark's father, the way it grew, and its current resp...
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