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The Business of Health Podcast examines how group health insurance brokers and agents grow profitable businesses. We focus on issues like ACA compliance, ERISA, and other issues that cost companies thousands. Host Mike Martens brings over a decade of experience in group health compliance. His company First Staff Benefits has saved clients millions of dollars and countless hours through Affordable Care Act compliance services. The Business of Health is here to save your group health business ...
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Between Two Beers Podcast

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Between Two Beers Podcast

Steven Holloway, Seamus Marten & The Alternative Commentary Collective

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Good questions. Great guests. Few beers... Steve and Seamus like asking good questions. And they love good answers. After over 20 years of friendship, they bought a microphone and started a podcast, allowing them to sit with, and learn from, the most interesting people they can access. From Olympic rowing legend Eric Murray, to media personality Mike Lane, and events creator David Higgins, Between Two Beers has produced countless hours of incredible stories, career highs, lows and moments of ...
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MLF No Limits

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MLF No Limits

Major League Fishing

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Major League Fishing presents a new podcast: MLF No Limits. In each episode of No Limits, MLF Editor-In-Chief Joel Shangle connects with anglers from the Bass Pro Tour to chat about fishing tactics/techniques, outdoors lifestyle and the unique behind-the-scenes realities of life as a professional bass angler.
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Nancy Giacolone is a seasoned insurance broker with over 30 years of experience in the industry. As the President of Olympic Crest Insurance, she specializes in providing health insurance solutions for small businesses. As a certified Health Rosetta Benefits Associate Advisor, Nancy is committed to providing her clients with exceptional service and…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we’re rewinding the clock back a year to when we sat down with Blair Tuke. Tuke is one of New Zealand’s most successful and best sportsmen. He’s won an Olympic gold medal and two silvers, two America’s Cups, six 49er World Championships and with teammate Peter Burling, was named NZ sports team of the year in 201…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Cori Gonzalez-Macuer. Cori is a Kiwi comedian who has been performing his unique brand of self-deprecating, observational and deadpan humour since 2003. He was one of the stars of Taika Waititi’s breakout comedy What We Do In The Shadows, a writer for Jono and Ben and Wellington Paranormal and a regul…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Jono Riddler. Jono is the general manager of a Truck Transportation business in Auckland – and on the side does marathon swimming. Last week he set a new record for NZ’s longest swim, after making it to Campbell’s Bay on Auckland’s North Shore on Wednesday night after he set off from Aotea Great Barri…
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Al Kushner is a recognized Financial Educator, Author, Speaker, Retirement Specialist, and the Founder of Superior Mutual Inc. He specializes in Medicare plans and represents national and regional carriers. Today, he joins Mike today to talk about Medicare. They highlight the most common mistakes made by individuals during the Medicare sign-up proc…
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Fletch and Vaughan sit atop of the pyramid of radio personalities in New Zealand and are considered radio royalty in the country having worked together for 19 years across two major stations. Together with comedian Hayley Sproull, they currently host one of the country’s most popular radio shows on ZM, which is also repurposed as a podcast and down…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Morgan Penn. Morgan is a somatic sexologist and was the star of the wildly popular podcast ‘The Trainee Sexologist’, and has just released her chart-topping new one called Sex.Life. After a 15-year career in radio, Morgan made the transition into sexology in 2019, and it’s been a pretty interesting ri…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Mea Motu. Mea is a boxer with a 15-0 professional record and has accumulated New Zealand titles in lightweight, super-lightweight, featherweight and super-featherweight. She’s conquered NZ boxing and is now ready to take on the world. In this episode we talk about being the first woman to headline a F…
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Todd Archer is the President of Concierge Third Party Administrator, a company recognized as one of the nation’s premier industry leaders in third-party administration of self-funded health benefit plans for employer groups of all sizes. With over 35 years of experience, Todd has a proven track record in the field of health benefits third-party adm…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Detective Inspector Scott Beard. Scott is one of New Zealand’s best-known investigators and is still at the top of his game after 42 years on the force. He has worked on a number of high-profile cases throughout his career but is best known for leading the investigation into Grace Millane’s murder. Th…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Elliot Gleave. Elliot is best known as his stage name, Example, and is a musical artist, producer, writer and rapper, who has been leading the way in the music industry for the last 16 years. Example is a genuine worldwide superstar and has been the frontman of multiple generations, bridging the gaps …
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Stacy Barrow is a Partner at Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP, and one of the nation’s leading experts on the Affordable Care Act. He uses a practical, business-focused approach to counsel his clients on all matters related to employee benefit plans. Today, Stacy and Mike discuss the complexities of mergers and acquisitions, particularly how two groups …
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to David Galbraith. David is a world renowned mind coach, who specialises in performance psychology in sport and business. A former clinical psychologist for over 20 years DG is a mind coach to Lisa Carrington, Sarah Walker and Laura Langman, the performance psychologist for the Japanese Rugby team, the …
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we’re rewinding the clock back to October of 2021 when we sat down with Laura McGoldrick. Laura is a broadcaster, presenter, radio host, MC and part time actress and one of the most popular faces on television in New Zealand. She has been a host of the Cricket Show, Holden Golf World, NZ Herald Focus as well as …
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Dr. Josh Umbehr is a board-certified family practice physician and the Founder and Owner of Atlas MD, a membership-based direct primary care practice company providing family healthcare that is immediate, thorough, comprehensive, specific, easily affordable, and personal. Today, Dr. Josh and Mike discuss how the U.S. healthcare system is broken and…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Awen Gutenbeil. You may know Awen as one of New Zealand’s greatest rugby league players, with 170 caps for the Warriors over a professional career that spanned 15 years. What you might not know, is that in the first five years of his career he spent more time under general anesthetic then he did on th…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Guyon Espiner. Guyon is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected journalists and has worked in print, radio and television for more than 20 years, as a reporter, political editor and anchor. He has reported on trade from China, on war from Afghanistan, on politics from Washington, and on climate cha…
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Kyle Estep is the Vice President of Growth at Take Command Health, a company offering an end-to-end Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) platform solution for employers adopting the new individual coverage reimbursement model of employee benefits. In this episode, Mike and Kyle discuss the health care policy landscape, the i…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Guy Williams. Guy is one of New Zealand’s best-known comedians who has worked on many of New Zealand’s biggest TV shows. He was a co-host on Jono and Ben, a radio DJ at The Edge, featured on shows like Come Dine With Me, The Extra Factor and Taskmaster and for the last four years has been working on h…
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On this episode of Between two Beers we talk to Dame Lisa Carrington. Lisa is New Zealand’s most successful Olympian of all time with five Olympic gold medals in the sprint Kayak, one bronze and 12 World Championship titles. For over a decade, Lisa has been the best in the world at her sport and after listening to this conversation it will become c…
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Mike Martens explains voluntary disruption today. This important concept is about enabling employees to pick the health insurance they prefer with payroll deduction benefits. Between 2020 and 2022, businesses offering ICHRA escalated by three and a half times. In order to take full advantage of ICHRA (Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrang…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we’re rewinding the clock back to September of 2021 when we sat down with Paddy Gower. Paddy is one of New Zealand’s most senior journalists with over 22 years in all forms of journalism. He’s been newshub’s political editor, an award-winning investigative journalist in print and broadcasting – has covered warzo…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers, we talk to Marc Ellis. Marc has done enough in his life to have an episode dedicated to each chapter. He played rugby for Otago, North Harbour, Blues, Highlanders and All Blacks and League for the Warriors and Kiwis, founded Charlie’s juice company – which after 10 years he sold to Asahi for $129 million, and w…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Dave Wood. Dave is a human performance specialist who works with some of the world’s most elite athletes to make them better at their job. He is currently Israel Adesanya’s breathing and mindset coach, and in a recent interview Adesanya said Wood ‘opened his eyes’ to the power of breathwork. Wood is n…
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Janet Trautwein is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals and President of the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals Foundation in Washington, D.C. Janet is a highly saught-after speaker who focuses on health insurance markets, the uninsured, risk pooling, and tax issue…
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Melodie is a Kiwi trailblazer, with a CV as good as any that have come across the BTB desk. She’s won two rugby World Cups with the Black Ferns, worked at parliament as a journalist, was the first female rugby commentator in the world, perfected her craft across 15 years at SKY before becoming a communications executive – and she is now TVNZ’s Gene…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Mike Minogue. Mike is a talented man. He’s a creator, writer, producer and actor, a star of the Big Show on Radio Hauraki, and a member of The Alternative Commentary Collective. You also might have seen him in What We Do in The Shadows, or as the lead character Officer Minogue in the spinoff TV show W…
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Paul Henry was one of New Zealand’s last great broadcasting celebrities. He was a radio broadcaster through the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2004 that he became a household name. His seven-year tenure on Breakfast saw ratings soar and he boasted the type of star power at his peak that just doesn’t exist in broadcasting anymore. But alongside the fame…
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In this episode we’re rewinding the clock back to September 2021 when we sat down with Eugene Bareman. Eugene is New Zealand’s MMA mastermind. He’s a fighter - a multiple NZ champion in kickboxing, Jui Jitsu and MMA, A business owner - his Auckland gym City Kickboxing is widely regarded as one of the best MMA gyms in the world and a coach who has p…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Luke Kemeys. Luke is a chartered accountant, a business advisor, and the driving force behind one of New Zealand’s most engaged Facebook Groups, Boys Get Paid. BGP is New Zealand’s biggest punters club and while this episode does have some interesting chat about the horses, it also transcends racing, …
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In this 'best of entertainment 2022' compilation, we pick out a bunch of our favourite snippets from our favourite episodes with non-sporting guests across the year. Included are Jack Tame, Jason Hoyte, Hayley Sproull, Chris Parker, PJ Harding, Mikey Havoc, Dom Harvey, Brodie Kane, Mitch James, Petra Bagust, Lucy Blakiston and Jono and Ben. Show no…
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In this 'Best of sport 2022' compilation, we pick out a bunch of our favourite snippets from our favourite sport episodes across the year. Included are Dion Nash, Kendra Cocksedge, Ryan Fox, Shane Cameron, Ric Salizzo, Brad Smeele, Eliza McCartney, Ross Taylor, Daniel Kereopa, Lance Cairns, Grant Fox and Ruth Croft. Show notes | Episode 108 | Best …
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Danny Creed is a certified business executive, sales coach, and bestselling author. He is the seven-time winner of the Brian Tracy Award for Sales Excellence. Danny is also a celebrity coach and the founder of the Danny Creed Group. This episode is about The benefits of using the DISC system in various areas of life. Danny Creed learned about The b…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Butch Miller. Butch is best known for being one-half of the WWE Hall of Fame tag-team, the Bushwhackers. Butch is 78-years old and lives a fairly simple life in Wellington these days. But he’s still firing on all cylinders – and some of the yarns shared across this one were quite breathtaking. Like ho…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Ruth Croft. Ruth is New Zealand’s trail running queen. In 2021 she made headlines winning the 102km Tarawera Ultra outright – the top man or woman – and then finished second at Western States in her first attempt at running 100 miles. She returned this year, to win the race (referred to as one of the …
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David Smith is the president and chief revenue officer of Ilumivu. Ilumivu is a company that was founded in 2009 that provides technology and research for wearable devices. These devices are used to help people with things such as mindfulness, meditation, and behavioral and mental health. David Smith has led sales at Fortune 5 companies (Optum/Unit…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Marcus Daniell. Marcus is one of New Zealand’s best tennis players. He’s an Olympic bronze medallist, who's won 5 ATP titles, made quarterfinal appearances at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open and has won over $1 million in prizemoney across his career. This episode is kind of split into two part…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Lucy Blakiston. Lucy’s story is quite incredible. In 2018, she was sitting in a uni lecture, getting increasingly frustrated with how disconnected she felt from the information she was being delivered. So, along with her two hometown best friends, she started a blog called Shit You Should Care About. …
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It seems impossible that it's been a year since Aaron Martens passed away, but here we are, a couple of weeks after the anniversary of his passing. In the days and weeks immediately after we lost Aaron to cancer in November of 2021, I had planned to publish this piece of audio from an interview that I did with him a handful of years prior - it was …
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When you work with an employer or group that has 50 or more employees, at some point, you will need to understand the process of responding to IRS notifications - a process that Elizabeth Raggio walks us through in this episode. In this episode you will learn: Elizabeth Raggio is a compliance attorney with the ETC company. She has been with ETC sin…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we’re rewinding the clock back to August of 2021 when we talked to Sarah Hirini. Sarah was one of the most impressive guests we’ve had on the podcast and after watching her epic display helping the Black Ferns win the World Cup final – figured it was a pretty good time to re-share her message. Sarah is an Olympi…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Mitch James. Mitch is one of New Zealand’s most popular artists and has attracted over 200 million global streams of his music, over six million TikTok views and over three million video views. He’s toured the world alongside Six60, supported Ed Sheeran and just returned home after touring with Calum …
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In this episode, Mike Martens welcomes Eric Silverman, one of the most innovative and influential brokers in the industry today. Eric explains the right terms applicable to enhanced benefits, which are usually provided for by the company to their employers. As an expert on employer-funded benefits, Eric shares his insights on the difference between…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Chris Parker. Chris is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer who's been on shows like Golden Boy, Funny Girls, Jono and Ben, 7 Days and the hit stage show Hudson and Halls. He’s also got one of NZ’s most entertaining Instagram pages and won the 2021 edition of Celebrity Treasure Island. In this …
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Carlos Spencer. Carlos is widely regarded as one of the best rugby players of his generation. He played 44 times for the All Blacks, 89 for Auckland, 99 for the Blues where he won two Super Rugby championships, then enjoyed professional stints playing and coaching in England, South Africa and Japan. i…
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Stephen Dean co-founded Keona Health to simplify the tedious process that providers have to go through with healthcare technology. With his background in information technology, Stephen and his co-founders came up with a systematic customer relationship software built for healthcare. In this episode, Mike and Stephen discuss the major disconnect in…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers Seamus and Steve are toasting a double celebration. It’s both our third birthday and our 100th episode, so we figured it was a good time to reflect on our podcasting journey, talk about some of the best, worst and cringiest moments along the way and play a few of our favourite clips. Bringing up the ton is somet…
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Mikey Havoc was one of the biggest stars in New Zealand entertainment for nearly two decades across music, radio and television. He started out as a singer in the rock band Push Push – a band named Group of the Year at the 1992 New Zealand Music Awards following their smash hit Trippin’ – before going on to pump up the volume as a dance DJ and the …
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Janet Trautwein is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Also serving as the president of the NAHU Education Fund in Washington DC, she oversees the activities affiliated with employee benefits programs in the design, implementation and management of health plans. Janet shares details about the NAHU’…
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On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Petra Bagust. Petra was one of the biggest stars of New Zealand television for 18 years. She burst onto the scene as a 22-year-old co-host of cult classic Ice TV, and walked away as host of NZ’s biggest gig on Breakfast, aged 40. Since then she’s started her own popular podcast called Grey Areas, and …
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