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My guest today has been providing your virtual game drive experience during Lockdown, all around the globe. Graham Wallington first started providing online LIVE safaris more than two decades ago. The technology today has made the job a little easier for the team at WildEarth, but the lessons learned over 20+ years of production, has made all the d…
 
Gary Kirsten is one of the greatest batsmen South Africa has ever produced. He was the first cricketer to play 100 tests and scored 21 test centuries, with a high score of 275. He played 185 ODI, achieved 13 centuries and held the record for highest ODI score of 188 not out. As a batsman he had the ability to concentrate for long periods. He was on…
 
My guest today has a distinguished aviation career. He was an operational RAF Harrier pilot in Afghanistan. He joined the Red Arrows in 2006 and later became the Red 1, the Leader and one of the most prestigious flying positions in the world. After his RAF career, Ben joined The Blades aerobatic team, and later became the leader of the 4 ship team …
 
Jasmine Wilson moved to Memphis about eight years ago and knew she would have many opportunities in the city, but had no idea she would fall in love with both its soul and the people. She is currently a business coach, healthcare/non profit expert, and recently elected as West Tennessee Vice Chair for the Tennessee Democratic Party. Jasmine comes f…
 
My guest has a great story to tell. He set himself a goal of flying in the Red Bull Air Race series. Then he threw himself headfirst and worked until he got there. Dario Costa know how to set a goal and work like crazy until you reach it. He also knows that in flying, as in life, things don’t just come easy. He is a part of the Flying Bulls and is …
 
Charl Schwartzel is the 2011 US Masters Champion. He is also a fixed wing and helicopter pilot, licensed both in South Africa and in the United States. Our conversation will be about the discipline and preparation required to maintain focus, not only on the golf course, but in the cockpit. Are there commonalities with handling a Bell 407 or Cessna …
 
In this episode, I have the privilege of chatting with the most famous and accomplished pilot in South Africa, Captain Scully Levin. Scully has been the Leader of his aerobatic team for more than 3 decades, he has had an airline career of more than 4 decades and has been flying for more than 5 decades! He was recently awarded Master Air Pilot, only…
 
Henry Reaves III roots reach back to Benton County, MS and White Haven, TN. He is the owner of one of the largest African American law firms in the country, Reaves Law Firm, PLLC. Henry was raised in a middle class military family living in various time zones including California and Japan. Life was good until the crack epidemic infiltrated his wor…
 
Latrivia Welch is the President and CEO of RiverHouse Publishing, LLC, an indie publishing house for self-published authors spending her time helping people realize their artistic dreams through literature. She currently represents over 75 authors nationally. Welch is the founder of the Russian Romance genre which includes a black heroine lead. If …
 
John Vlismas is one of South Africa’s most prolific international comics. He recently retired as a professional comedian after a successful 25 year career. He now uses his creativity at Henley Business School in marketing designing course work and lecturing to innovative leaders. John won SA Stand Up comedian of the year in 2007 and was a finalist …
 
Annabel Vundla was President Nelson Mandela’s pilot. She was also the first black female pilot and flying instructor in the Air Force. But more than that, she is a good friend of mine. We learned to fly together, she earned her wings before she could drive a car. After a distinguished career flying for the 21 Squadron, the VIP Transport squadron of…
 
On this episode I am joined by Springbok number 636, the formidable Centre - André Snyman. André played 38 tests for the Springboks and scored 10 tries. He has a very high win percentage throughout his Bok career, averaging 68%. He was a Springbok during that record equally run of 17 unbeaten tests in a row. During his first three years with the Bo…
 
My guest grew up on an Air Force Base, his father was the Officer Commanding of a Supersonic Jet Squadron. He started his flying training in the Royal Air Force, transitioned to the University Air Squadron then left to pursue other interests. He settled down again in his late twenties and qualified as a flying instructor. His love for aerobatics co…
 
I’m joined by Kevin Ellis, a current freelance helicopter pilot flying Medevac operations in Kenya. In August 2014 while on a Medevac contract in Somalia, he went swimming at the beach in Mogadishu. After body surfing he made his way in and was bashed around by the incoming wave. He felt his leg bump a rock with a sharp pain on his right calf. Kevi…
 
Captain Brad Bennetts is a specialist instructor at South African Airways. With his aerobatics and airshow experience, Brad was selected to head up the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training program nearly a decade ago. He attended Advanced training in Arizona, with Aviation Performance Solutions, together with 2 other South African Airways pilots.…
 
From corporate employee to full-time entrepreneur, Dana James Mwangi's journey began within Parkway Village community in southeast Memphis, Tennessee. Dana describes herself as that "art kid" during her formative years. After graduating college, Dana jumped right into the world of digital design working a few corporate gigs learning the tricks of t…
 
Have you ever wondered how Air Traffic Control works in a busy European airspace? My conversation with Tobias Arndt, an approach controller with Deutsche Flugsicherung, based in Munich, covered flying, sky diving, airspace control and mandatory stress leave. Upper airspace control feeds into the approach sector where he is positioned, to line the a…
 
My guest has achieved great success in aviation. He is a hard working, well respected individual that has managed to reach the top position in a few different organisations. Captain Colin Jordaan (FRAeS), a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, currently sits on the Board of Comair Pty (Ltd). Previously he was the Director of the SA Civil Aviat…
 
Growing up in South Memphis at College and McClemore, James Alexander was a music legend in the making. Just a stone's throw away from Stax Records, James played football and was a part of a band while attending Booker T. Washington High School. Immediately after graduating high school, he was on a plane with his bandmates headed to New York City t…
 
In this episode I'm joined by André Coetzee, Chief Executive of Henley Air. He is not only a grade 1 Helicopter Instructor, with nearly 15000 hours on helicopters, André is also a Professional Mechanical Engineer and holds a PhD in Aviation Management. He is a reservist Lieutenant Colonel in SA Police Services Flying Squadron. André is also a membe…
 
Meet Orange Mound native and certified dietitian/nutritionist Ryan Zuber. Take a listen as "Your Favorite Nutritionist" shares his remarkable journey of how he entered the nutrition field on EP 152. Many don't know that it was because of his wife's illness that he challenged himself to learn and do everything he could to save her life. And he did j…
 
Huntsville, AL native, Ali Manning, moved to Memphis about eleven years ago and hasn't looked back. She made that move must three weeks after graduating from Alabama A&M landing her dream job as a food scientist. She later started Umami Food Consulting and created Food Science 4 Kids. Take a listen as Ali breaks down her expertise as a food scienti…
 
I’m joined by Terry Pappas, Managing Director at Bat Hawk aircraft. He is a very interesting and well travelled gentleman. Bat Hawk have developed their own Light Sport Aircraft which has proved highly successful. They are sold all over the world and are particularly able as visual reconnaissance and game viewing aircraft. Bat Hawk and South Africa…
 
You have seen his work. He brought you this great image. Now meet him in person. Today my guest is Justin De Reuck, one of the top air photographers in South Africa. He has been involved in photography since he was 12. For the past decade, Justin has been the go-to guy for all aerial photo shoots. We are going to discuss what it takes to create tha…
 
In this episode I’m joined by the Leader of the Silver Falcons, Major Sivu Tangana. Sivu was trained as a helicopter pilot, flying Agusta A109 and Denel Oryx helicopters before becoming a flying instructor. Sivu, originally from Grahamstown, has been stationed at many places, usually involving the ocean nearby. He has operated as the spare pilot, n…
 
So many times we continue to fight the current of our passions. That's exactly what my guest for episode 150 did until he broke free. David Quarles, IV is one of the most sought after interior designers and jewelry artists in the mid south and beyond. Being of African/Afro-Caribbean, European, and Indigenous-American descent, he allows appreciation…
 
North Memphis native, Michalyn Easter-Thomas, was elected to the Memphis City Council District 7 seat in November 2019. She speaks of fond memories growing up in the Vollintine-Evergreen community as she matriculated through the Memphis City school system. Michalyn took her educational quest to a new level graduating from Christian Brothers Univers…
 
Jeremy Pierre comes to the Bluff City from the Crescent City, where he was prepped at the storied St. Augustine High School. Continuing his education in the city of New Orleans, he graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, broadcast concentration.Jeremy launched his reporting career as an in…
 
On this podcast I’m very excited to be interviewing someone I respect a great deal. My sister, Nicola, has accomplished some amazing feats. She is hard working, diligent, intelligent and easy to get along with. After earning her Honours in Business Science she embarked on a journey to Scotland working as an investment banker. She moved to London an…
 
I’m joined by Senior Training Captain Nigel Hopkins. Nigel is a World Champion in precision flying. He's is also National Champion 13 times over. He was Head of Training Airbus A320 at South African Airways. He was instrumental in forming Team Xtreme, the 4-ship formation aerobatic team that operates globally. Our conversation will cover topics inc…
 
In this episode my guest is Red Bull Air Race pilot, Patrick Davidson. Patrick grew up in Port Elizabeth in and around flying. His father Stewart is also a world-class pilot, and exposed Patrick to flying from a very young age. At 12 years old, Patrick won his first contest, flying with a safety pilot. He later competed solo on his 17th birthday. P…
 
Known by her stage name, DJ Alpha Whiskey, Ashley Wimbush is an experienced entertainment specialist offering a unique and unmatched disc jockey skill set. Ashley entered the professional entertainment scene in 2017, though her passion for mixing music and making people fall in love with music started at a young age. Self-taught, Ashley possesses a…
 
The Patrouille de France is the oldest formation aerobatic team in the world! Today I am joined by Athos 1, the Leader of the Patrouille de France, Major Samuel Lanos. The Patrouille de France has a mesmerising show with 9 Alpha jets and coloured smoke, representing the National Flag. They are made up of highly experienced Fast Jet pilots, who have…
 
I am super excited to have my great friend and ‘big brother” on the show. Gideon Langeveld is one of those gems, who has impacted so many lives, through giving of himself. As a leader, an instructor, a colleague and a friend. He is a talented pilot, with a wealth of knowledge in Military, civilian, airline, instruction, airshow, filming and amphibi…
 
I have a wonderful gentleman on the show, Colonel (Ret) Cobus Toerien, a man who has recently retired from South African Airways after an illustrious 44 years in aviation. Cobus qualified as a fighter pilot on Aermacchi MB326 and served on the front lines. He later qualified as a Mirage F1 pilot and continued to serve his country. With more than 16…
 
On Ep 146, Ena talks with Tennessee State Representative District 98 Antonio Parkinson. Originally from Oakland, CA, the Marine Corps brought him to the Memphis area as an air traffic controller in Millington. He speaks of his formative years dealing with homelessness, neglect and behavioral issues. Prior to his political career, Antonio was involv…
 
Richard Browning is the Founder and Chief Test Pilot at Gravity Industries Ltd. If you have ever wondered what it must be like to simply, jump up and fly, Richard is the man to talk to. Richard continually asks the question, “what if?” The team at Gravity Industries challenge assumptions. They have demonstrated human flight at more than 100 events …
 
In this episode I am joined by Lt Marko Novkovic, number 6 in the Croatian Krila Oluje - ‘Wings of Storm’. The Krila Oluje is the Croatian National Aerobatic Display Team. Formed in July 2004 used the Pilatus PC9 aircraft, the team are based at 93rd Military base, near Zadar. In 2009 they increased the team to a 6-ship display team, thus adding mor…
 
Chelsea Chandler is the Morning Meteorologist and Time Saver Traffic reporter on Local 24 News Good Day Memphis weekdays 5-7am and Middays 11-12p as well as co-anchoring Memphis This Morning 9-10a. She has been recognized as the Commercial Appeals Memphis Most as Best TV Weatherperson 3 times and by the Memphis Flyer as Best of Memphis twice for he…
 
In this episode I had a fascinating conversation with Francois Allison. We spoke about the discipline required in Air Force training, basic military training and flying training. How Air Forces around the world train their pilots in a similar fashion. We talked about the techniques of being a flying instructor and the relationships that build and g…
 
How do High Performance Teams maintain optimal wellness, which results in peak performance? Dr Anton Janse van Rensburg is the Chief Medical Officer at Exec Care, an executive wellness facility in Johannesburg. We had a conversation about his team of medical professionals, whose job it is to look after the captains of industry across South Africa. …
 
In this episode I am joined by Pierre-Henri Chuet, callsign "Ate". He served on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, operating the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft. Ate has an interesting story, both operating in the US Air Force and the French Navy. He is also a stroke survivor at a young age and has managed to regain his flying medical. Ate no…
 
In this episode I am talking with Thomas Wilhelm, the Chief Test Pilot of Airbus Toulouse. Thomas is a former German Air Force Test Pilot and was involved in the Airbus A400M project for 10 years. On completion of high school Thomas initially spent his compulsory military service in the parachute division of the German military. After a distinguish…
 
This was a fascinating conversation with the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Snowbirds, Canadian Forces aerobatic display team, Lt Col Denis Bandet. The 9-ship aerobatic team are flown by Royal Canadian Air Force pilots while the ground and support staff come from all arms of service. Denis has recently stepped down as leader, after spending sever…
 
Hi and welcome to this brand new podcast, High Performance Teams, a show where we interview world-class guests from across the globe. High Performance Teams consistently deliver in the greatest arenas using the principle called "Incremental gains." Subscribe to this podcast and listen to the new episodes to find out how the following individuals al…
 
Originally from Indianola Mississippi, Marcus T. Turner is the agency owner of Marcus T. Turner and Associates. He attended Alabama A&M for a short period until he got the itch for the insurance game. In 2011, he founded Marcus T. Turner and Associates, a firm that specializes in financial services as well as personal lines of property, casualty an…
 
The name Crumpy’s has been synonymous with hot wings for the last 30 years. Miss Crumpy’s is a second-generation company that promotes healthy eating, cooking, community development, and family togetherness. Miss Crumpy’s is led by founder Freda Crump. Freda has more than 25 years of cooking experience and it all started at home. Freda’s father ope…
 
Making the leap from a very rewarding corporate job to becoming an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. However, our guest for episode 142 did just that. Memphis native Diamond S. Taylor is a creative entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and philanthropist. She is the founder and creative director of Friends + Co., a strategic marketing firm …
 
Singer, songwriter and producer Porcelan joins us for Ep. 141. Her Westwood roots shined bright as she conquered choir, theatre and even volleyball at Sheffield High School. But Porcelan knew music was her first love as she pursued her dreams after her having her child at 18. Porcelan shares with us how she started in the music business with a grou…
 
Making the case for causes he believes in and collaborating with other people fuels Marvin Stockwell's passion for his hometown of Memphis. He’s at his best when he’s developing creative solutions and shaping public opinion using the full suite of modern tools – media relations, marketing, public speaking, branding, event development, social media …
 
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