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The world of finance is made complex by "experts" and big, intimidating buzzwords. Former investment banker Chris Coffman, author of the financial thriller "Crisis Deluxe" is here to simplify the world of international investment banking. If you want to know how the global economy really works behind the scenes, then this show is for you.
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Where the refined American Spirit meets the grit of American battlefields. We’ll review a Bourbon for a few minutes before launching into a battle. I am a Veteran and history nerd that picked up a love for Bourbon. And yes my wife is on to me. This is just an excuse to spend more time talking military history and drinking with friends. Artwork by Morgan Underwood, Email: joshuacoffman@bourbonandbattles.com
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The Burn

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The Burn takes a dive into the life safety and code requirements for compliance in modern construction. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to design, build or erect a super tall, or how manufacturers test their products to meet codes and standards... then you’ve come to the right place. We are going to be sitting down and picking the brains of thought leaders and subject matter experts at third-party testing agencies, building product manufacturers, architects, contractors, and of course ...
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A new century is here and things are changing in America. Immigrants pour in. Italian anarchists find themselves living in the same country as German Socialists. Catholics and Protestants work alongside each other in terrible conditions. Workers battle management. It will take a gifted leader to lead American into the 20th Century. But time marches…
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When is a bad idea a good idea? Why do Filipino children hate chocolate chip cookies and what does that have to do with making whiskey? This is the story of what happens when you can’t say no to Dad. Whiskey Review: Still Austin High Rye Bourbon Bottled in Bond. Fall 2023 release.By Joshua Coffman
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00:00 - Intro 00:50 - Revisiting Chris's 2021 prediction about bonds and inflation 02:34 - What is the Federal Reserve? 04:21 - What has happened to the US economy since COVID? 06:20 - The monetary base 07:12 - Three ways the Government can throw money around 09:02 - Interest rates and inflation 10:35 - The Fed has grown massively 12:03 - How the F…
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Key Takeaways Mike ’s Background Over 40 years of Fire Protection Consulting Experience Studied Fire Protection and Safety Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology Labs were at Underwriters Laboratories Received an MBA from University of Houston Working at Rolf Jensen and Associates and then Jensen Hughes Over 30 years Involved in the code w…
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Key Takeaways Rich ’s Background Valparaiso University Grad, ,multi-Fraternity member Always wanted to go into engineering Passion started in Junior High School when he modified a bike Originally wanted to be in mechanical engineering, pivoted to civil engineering. Working at UL Had a friend who introduced him to the company. Lab work/office work c…
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Today’s guest is Chris Brown, Chief Commercial Officer at Jensen Hughes. Key Takeaways Chris ’s Background Cornell University Board member of the Bucks County Children’s Museum BucksKids.Org Started in Software and Information Technology Career evolved through sales, product management and marketing. Exposed to Fire Protection Industry at Tyco. Wan…
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Key Takeaways Luke’s Background Attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute Time on the football team helped develop skills needed in the professional world. Studied mechanical engineering System design engineer at Kidde-Fenwal, assessing explosion risk Went to Tyco and worked on the suppression side of the business Introduced to the lab and fire test…
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00:32 - Elon Musk, like very few people in the world, has the personal capital to buy Twitter, a publicly-traded company, and take it private. He filed a Schedule 13D with the SEC and made moves. 04:10 - Musk bought 9.2% of the company and the board had to recognize him as the largest shareholder, and they offered him a seat on the board. Musk decl…
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Today’s guest is Tom Hardiman, the official spokesperson for the modular construction industry. Key Takeaways Tom ’s Background MBA from Marshall University Had a passion for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Director of the Associated Builders & Contractors Modular Construction Modular Construction is a process of constructing a building or…
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Today’s guest is STI’s Director of Strategic Accounts, Eric Lacroix Key Takeaways Eric’s Background Born in Massachusetts, grew up in the Carolina’s, went to college at Umass Dartmouth and then moved back south to work for STI in the Carolinas. Studied History at Umass Dartmouth, interested in going into Education Worked at a construction supply co…
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Key Takeaways Ruben’s Background Born and raised in Houston, Texas. Gained “Street Smarts” during his upbringing. Stumbled into Life Safety after getting a job with Johnson Control in the Fire Alarm industry. Learned code and developed his own Fire Alarm business. Came in as a maintenance technician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Developed a passion…
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00:23 - Our guest, Kimberly Spencer, is joining us from Australia 01:48 - Kimberly's background 07:13 - Chris gives an example of investment bankers taking advantage of companies and treasuries, and yet everyone (including the companies) were rewarded for it. 14:08 - Kimberly elaborates on her concept of "different levels, same devils". 17:34 - Mon…
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Today’s guest is Sharron Halpert, owner of Halpert Life Safety Consulting. Sharron has been involved in multiple aspects of the Passive Fire Protection industry for over 15 years. She is truly a pioneer in a traditionally male dominated industry. Key Takeaways Sharron’s Background A rich history of volunteer work. Santa’s Helper at Ranfurley Home f…
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00:45 - Today we're going to discuss corporatism vs. capitalism. 05:04 - Small businesses operate in a free market. That's real capitalism. But large corporations often do not, because they can bend rules and policy in their favor. 09:00 - 20% of the US economy no longer has a free market. It's healthcare. 14:02 - It used to be the majority of doct…
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Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an understanding of how our guests and their businesses and or…
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00:54 - We're going to dissect a NYT article: "Buy stocks to prosper - buy bonds to sleep at night." 04:16 - Instead of taking a loan from a bank, when you buy a bond, YOU are the lender to the government, or a corporation, or locality. A bond is a guarantee to get your money back plus an agreed-upon interest rate (usually a low interest rate). 10:…
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01:00 - A major foreign bank, TransPac, was dealing in bonds with smaller Asian countries, and they did not have enough cash to honor the debts if they were going to be called. 03:49 - The moment you mismatch your assets and liabilities, you are taking a risk. 05:23 - TransPac was buying bonds in smaller countries–in those smaller currencies–but th…
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Today’s guest is an innovative, collaborative, and forward-thinking industry leader with extensive experience building vision and driving financial results for growth-oriented organizations in Fire Protection & Life Safety, John Mackey. Key Takeaways John ’s Background Navy Veteran, served in the Gulf War Grandfathers were WWII vets, one a Navy Pil…
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The Burn: Beyond Firestop Hosted by John Zalepka Intro Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an unde…
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01:12 - Inflation is the sickness of money. Money is worth less over time, because there's more of it in the marketplace. 05:12 - World War 1 was funded by taxation, borrowing (war bonds), and the printing of new money. 09:12 - Money is no longer stable in the economy, and has not been since the creation of fiat currency. Fiat meaning the currency …
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The Burn: Beyond Firestop Hosted by John Zalepka Intro Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an unde…
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02:40 - Welcome to the show, Justin Simpson 04:34 - Retail investors may be exposed to an underwriting by buying shares through a broker. But most people get a piece of equities through funds... instead of putting money into shares, put money into a vehicle (fund), which owns a lot of various shares. 07:01 - What other types of funds are out there?…
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00:56 - The underwriting process is one of the core functions of an investment bank. 02:22 - Example of the Joe Rogan podcast, which sold to Spotify for about $100M 07:14 - Capital markets are like an ocean of money. They are renewed, just like the water cycle. Underwriting process is like the rain that falls in the mountains, trickles down into ri…
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00:25 - What does a traditional banker do? 02:13 - What does an investment banker do? They put risk on other people and create a monetization path for non-monetary forms of capital. 04:07 - The peruvian economist Hernando De Soto wrote The Other Path. Chris uses his examples of home titles as something to leverage for capital creation. Investment b…
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01:55 - Get out of the world of money, and get into the world of capital. Pay it forward: money, experience, skills, etc. 02:38 - He called Eric "Peter", and Eric chose not to be offended. And we also hear the cars in front of Chris's house. 04:08 - Capital (and money) is intangible, and it was entirely based on relationships and reputation to be a…
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The Burn: Beyond Firestop Hosted by John Zalepka Intro Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an unde…
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00:21 - What is the difference between money and capital? 01:22 - The time value of money 02:45 - Money enables instant action. It gives us the illusion of power. It is liquid and portable. 03:17 - Capital is what gives you power and freedom of more decisions. 09:32 - When living in the world of money, you're trapped on the treadmill of time. When …
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01:30 - A market is nothing more than an environment in which buyers and sellers can come together to buy whatever they please for whatever price they agree upon. 03:42 - Analogy of the farmer's market 06:37 - We are complex individuals with individual wants, needs and abilities. But the market allows us to make a free decision with another unique …
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Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an understanding of how our guests and their businesses and or…
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Curious about the secluded world of international investment banking? This podcast is an unscripted, unfiltered perspective from a real insider, Chris Coffman. Chris is a recovering international investment banker, and now an author (Crisis Deluxe). Eric knows almost nothing about the global financial system, so he gets to pick Chris's brain. And s…
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Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an understanding of how our guests and their businesses and or…
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The Burn: Beyond Firestop Hosted by John Zalepka Intro Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Fire Stop. Our show is dedicated to life safety and code compliance in the built environment, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away with an unde…
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The Burn: Beyond Firestop Hosted by John Zalepka Intro Welcome back to The Burn, Beyond Firestop. I'm your host. John's Zalepka. Our show, if you're not aware is focused on life safety, which puts me on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspective. Our hope is that our listening audience walks away wit…
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Welcome back to The Burn, Beyond Firestop. I'm still your host John Zalepka. If you don't know, this show is dedicated to life safety. So I'm on a mission to find the most interesting people in the space to get their unique perspectives. Now you can usually find me training people so that they understand where firestop falls in the whole life safet…
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Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Firestop. I'm your host, John Zalepka. Since this show is focused on life safety, I'm on a mission to find the most interesting people in this space to get their unique perspectives. As the training and development manager at STI, it's part of my job to help people understand how fire stop fits into life safety, but we w…
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The Burn: Beyond Firestop Hosted by John Zalepka Intro Welcome to The Burn, Beyond Firestop. This is a podcast where I will be interviewing interesting people involved in construction to get their unique perspectives. I'm going to be using my experience as the training and development manager, to help our audience walk away with an understanding of…
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The Burn takes a dive into the life safety and code requirements for compliance in modern construction. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to design, build or erect a super tall, or how manufacturers test their products to meet codes and standards... then you’ve come to the right place. We are going to be sitting down and picking the brains of t…
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Welcome to Bourbon and Battles! A place where that unique and refined American spirit meets the grit and gore of America’s battlefields. This episode serves as the introduction to who I am and what we’ll talk about. I’ll also touch on some bourbon basics. Contact: joshuacoffman@bourbonandbattles.com Artwork by Morgan Underwood…
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