One of the highlights of 2016 for me was being part of a new nationally syndicated podcast, The Shrimp Tank.
My co-host Brad Berger and I had a blast with seven fascinating guests starting in September. We begin 2017 with a switch in times – now 3 pm PST every other Wednesday. The next episode with stream live on January 11th with our guest Ryan Fournier of Fournier Insurance Solutions in University Place, WA.
Since the calendar is flipping into a new year, I thought it might be a great time to review our fantastic guests from last year! You’ll find each episode of our first seven guests on a daily blog post – both the audio podcast (45 minutes) and the video wrap-up (5-6 minutes). I encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter (on our website above) and to our show on iTunes.
Episode 1: Matthew “Griff” Griffin / CEO Combat Flip Flops: LINK to both audio and video
Matthew “Griff” Griffin is a 2001 United States Military Academy graduate commissioned into the Field Artillery. Between 2003-2005, Griff deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan with 2d Ranger Battalion as a Company Fire Support Officer. He planned and participated in over 100 special operations direct action missions. After departing the military in 2006 as a captain, Griff worked in the defense sector that eventually led him back to Afghanistan to assist with medical infrastructure development. After witnessing the positive effects of economic growth in conflict areas, Griff co-founded Combat Flip Flops with a fellow Ranger and began the mission to manufacture peace through trade. Griff serves as the Operations Officer for Team 5 as a means of continued global service.
Combat Flip Flops is a veteran-owned small business creating economic, educational and life-saving opportunities for those living in conflict areas. Working with self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict, Combat Flip Flops’ willingness to take bold risks, build community connections, and create distinct designs communicate, ‘Business, Not Bullets’—flipping the view on how wars are won. Through the brands’ Unarmed Forces (consumers and supporters) 134 Afghan girls are going to school in 2016 and over 5,000 square meters of land mines have been cleared in Laos, allowing children to safely walk to school and farmers to harvest their land.
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