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The Insiders Blog

Get connected! Our blog library is a storehouse of wisdom for entrepreneurs, C-suite execs, middle-management leaders, philanthropists, and anyone who is ambitious with a drive to change the world for the better. 


Your Story Blog

Your Story Blog

Your Story Blog

Get connected! Our blog library is a storehouse of wisdom for entrepreneurs, C-suite execs, middle-management leaders, p

hilanthropists, and anyone who is ambitious with a drive to change the world for the better. 

The Insiders Blog

Get connected! Our blog library is a storehouse of wisdom for entrepreneurs, C-suite execs, middle-management leaders, philanthropists, and anyone who is ambitious with a drive to change the world for the better. 

On The Blog

Sometimes, we experience so much in life that we just don’t know where to start. Man tells God his plans, and God laughs. Every messy challenge leads to a beautiful triumph. Enjoy these tools to help you grow your business, tap into your inner greatness, learn more about storytelling, and learn how to connect with those around you. Your next “hello” could be your biggest client.

Cheryl DeSantis- Author & Business Leader

In this video, Laurie Guzman interviews Cheryl DeSantis, Chief People & Diversity Officer at SmileDirectClub.

With more than 20 years of experience, Cheryl enables the growth of the business through its team members, striving to maintain SmileDirectClub’s strong company culture through values based leadership.

-Join us as we talk about: - Cheryl's Upcoming Book: Steel Backbone, Soft Heart

- How Your Emotional "Why?" Drives Front Line Workers to Higher Productivity.

-Your Origin Story is Your Leadership Story.

-The Great Reshuffle is Really about Culture and Purpose.


Six Lessons Learned in Turning Around an Iconic Company, Bridgestone Americas by Gary Garfield

Episode 31| May 27, 2022

In this video, Laurie Guzman interviews former CEO of Bridgestone Americas, Gary Garfield.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ How he transitioned to the position of CEO from being General Counsel 

✔️ How he lead the company to grow 500% year after year 

✔️ Changing culture and climate of a large organization

✔️ His brand new book: Driving Results

Special thanks to Southwestern Speakers for connecting Laurie and Gary.

Purchase his book here

Coaching You Into Successful and Healthy Relationships and Patterns

Episode 30| May 20, 2022

In this episode, Laurie Guzman interviews Jamie George, a personal coach and author who is changing the lives of so many people. And organizations. Jamie has dedicated his life to helping successful professionals get unstuck and clear-minded.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ Unhealthy vs healthy ways of relating to people

✔️ Conflict resolution tools

✔️ The difference between guilt and shame

✔️ The difference between counseling and coaching

✔️ Understanding what is true to be grounded and to remove overwhelm

✔️ His new book: Going Green: How to Avoid Toxic Relationships and     

      Thrive in Healthy Ones 

✔️ Future television shows and podcasts  

Special thanks to Southwestern Speakers for connecting Laurie and Jamie.

Connect with Jamie George

Jamie George

Jamie George's FB

The Bend in the Road: How to Help Aging Loved Ones with Dementia

Episode 29 | May 13, 2022

In this video, Laurie Guzman interviews Gail Pulliam who manages and serves people and their families who are (or considering to be in) in the assisted living, memory care, and independent living communities of  Redstone Village.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ How to access the necessary help for your loved ones

✔️ How do you know when the time is right to transition your loved ones

✔️ How to talk to your loved ones about moving 

✔️ What to look for and how to prepare for a bend in the roads

✔️ What a mini-mental is and how it can help your loved one

Building People, Careers, & Communities

Episode 28 | May 6, 2022

In this video, Laurie Guzman interviews, Michele Roberts-Bauer, President of ABC Heart of America Chapter. Michele is passionate about helping people and her community.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ How she started in this industry

✔️ How ABC empowers people and builds community

✔️ How their network battle solutions as a team 

✔️ The importance of building relationships

✔️ The construction industry is a powerful way to grow personally and make a good living

Gigi's Cupcakes: Turning Failure Into Greatness

Episode 27 | April 29, 2022

In this episode, Laurie interviews another amazing woman serial entrepreneur, Gina Butler otherwise known for her franchise bakery: Gigi’s Cupcakes.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ starting early in life as an entrepreneur

✔️ building a successful business and franchises

✔️ the importance of using failure and rejection 

✔️ why life balance is important

✔️ her soon coming ventures  

Connect with Gina

Retire vs Refire: Passing on the Mantle

Episode 26 | April 22, 2022

In this video, Andy Sneed, former President and CEO, now Chairman, of  Wasco Masonry, a multi-million dollar leading business out of Tennessee, shares insights from his experiences in the family business.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ growing a multi-generational business

✔️ his involvement in ministry and serving people

✔️ the importance of building people up and developing mentors

✔️ the wisdom in having multiple revenue streams and being good stewards while preparing for downturns

✔️ not being defined by your work

Overcoming Adversity as a Serial Entrepreneur Black Female

Episode 25 | April 15, 2022

In this episode, Kimberly Williams shares her struggles and how she has used adversity in her life as ammunition to propel her into success. Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people achieve personal and financial success.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ Using adversity to push you forward

✔️ Leaving Corporate America to leap into entrepreneurship

✔️ Her perspective as a female in a male-dominated world and also as a woman of color

✔️ Cutting losses and learning from the process

✔️ Achieving financial stability through investments, resources, and educational tools 

Kim Williams, Co-founder & CEO

Company: Brown Investors LLC

Nashville, TN


Converting to Judaism

Episode 24 | April 8, 2022

In this episode, Laurie interviews Chad Hill, President of Temple Beth Shalom. He shares his personal story of converting to Judaism.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ His history in Christianity 

✔️ His conversion journey to finding truth

✔️ How his faith shapes his personal and business life

✔️ His role on the board of Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom

What Can the Chamber of Commerce Do For You

Episode 23 | April 1, 2022

In this episode, Laurie interviews Ted Corcoran, President/CEO of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. Having had experience in hospitality, and customer service, and as a previously elected official, Ted has a unique perspective. He brings together local businesses and nonprofits in Fort Walton Beach, as he leads his team of staff and volunteers to make an incredible impact in the community. 


Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ What is the Chamber of Commerce

✔️ How the Chamber can assist anyone moving to a new town/city

✔️ The only chamber with a non-profit shelter for homeless individuals

✔️ The power of businesses and non-profits coming together to impact a community

Why is Life Insurance Important

Episode 22 | March 25 2022

In this episode, Mike Paulzak, Managing Partner at Term Provider, shares his personal story of getting into the family business. Mike sees himself as a life coach and he shares their strategy to “selling” insurance.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ The family business

✔️ The importance of life insurance and who needs it

✔️ The backstory of “Home of the Big Lou”

✔️ How they coach people and work alongside them to get them the right insurance for their needs

Call to speak to an agent 800.955.9211

Call to speak to Mike Paulzak 850.818.8809

Persevering Through Obstacles & Barriers to Effect Change

Episode 21 | March 18, 2022

In this episode, Laurie interviews Lynne Ingram, Judicial Candidate for Eighth Circuit Court of Davidson County, Adjunct Professor of Law.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ How Lynne has had  to rise above adversity, injustice, and difficulties in order to help others

✔️ The importance of Lady Justice

✔️ Her passion for childcare and serving in the community

✔️ Why she is running for Eighth Circuit Court Judge

Campaign Website:

Company: Robinson Reagan & Young, LLC
Website Address:
Linked In:

The Child Care Alliance of Middle Tennessee 

No Small Matter

Making an Impact With Top Notch Hospitality

Episode 20 | March 11, 2022

Join Laurie in this episode of the Inside Story Hunters podcast as she gets the Inside Story (and experience) of LexLive, located in Lexington, KY. This exciting venue is the perfect location as  Cameron Jones, the Sales & Marketing Director at LexLive, and also Lyle, the Customer Relations Manager share what their team is doing to make LexLive a phenomenal experience for everyone that visits. They are truly taking hospitality to the next level to impact their community and make a difference. 

What you will hear on the episode today:

  • Learn how LexLive has made their ‘sports bar’ a world-class experience for all ages to enjoy
  • Hear about the exceptional farm-to-table menu that includes many gourmet offerings and even fresh fish!
  • See how the excitement and commitment of the management and staff creates an experience you will never forget

George Krikorian, owner and founder of Lexlive, is a successful businessman has been in the equine and movie theater industry for many years. George had a vision for bringing LexLive to life and stayed committed to that mission through many obstacles including the pandemic. 

Lexlive is located in Lexington, KY, and is a 90,000 square foot family entertainment center. From the staff to the food to the facility and all that they have to offer, you are sure to be blown away. Lexlive features arcade games, a bowling alley, two restaurants with a made from scratch kitchen and an executive chef, three bars, and 10 movie theaters, one of which boasts the largest screen in the state of Kentucky.

Fun Fact: The architects that build movie theaters

301 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, (859) 286-6491

Volunteerism: Giving For Growth

Episode 19 | March 4, 2022

In this episode, Laurie interviews Jeremy Park, cityCURRENT CEO. Jeremy is highly motivated to help people achieve growth in their personal, business, and spiritual life by teaching the power of relationships and through volunteerism.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ The power in understanding right relationships

✔️ The importance of shifting to grow 

✔️ How volunteerism is the mechanism for growth

✔️ Why giving leads to growth

Jeremy C. Park is a corporate executive and philanthropist, an author of two books, a columnist and contributor to Forbes, producer, and host of television and radio shows and a podcast, and a sought-after speaker for transforming organizations and individuals into catalysts for their community. 

Park is the CEO and catalyst behind cityCURRENT, an organization with a mission to power the GOOD. cityCURRENT is a partnership of more than one hundred businesses, including some of the world’s largest employers, like FedEx, AutoZone, Verizon, Kroger, and Smith+Nephew that have joined forces and funds to make a difference. The organization has teams working in Memphis and Nashville, hosts more than 300 events each year for enrichment and community collaboration, produces an array of positive-oriented media, and financially and physically gives back to support nonprofits. 

Jeremy C. Park 

Visit to learn more. 

cityCurrent owned by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance 

Lipscomb & Pitts Bldg
2670 Union Ave, Extended #100 Memphis, TN 38112 

Giving for Growth book 

Paying it Forward

Episode 18 | February 25, 2022

In this episode, Laurie interviews Coach Jeff Darnell. His entire life is about paying it forward and impacting the lives of children and their families. 

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ How First Tee TN is building character in youth as they learn to play golf

✔️ Boys and Girls Club of Middle TN’s goal of meeting the needs of children  

✔️ The importance of training up the next generation to be productive and successful individuals

✔️ Circumstances in life builds character

Coach Jeff Darnell, a Nashville native, has been the Club Director of the Boys and Girls club for 28 years. He has also been an affiliate of First Tee TN for 20 years, where he has served as a Golf Coach for the program for the last 4 years. 

First Tee TN offers kids a place to build strength of character by integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum. Creating learning experiences for kids to build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience.

How We Can Be Safer Post Covid

Episode 17 | February 18, 2022

In this episode of Inside Story Hunters, Matt Martin, Founder, and President of BluCities Environmental and Health Services tells us about how he is keeping people safe. His company has cleaning solutions and products that are literally saving lives and changing how people are keeping healthy. 

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ cleaning vs sanitizing

✔️ revolutionary products such as e-water (HOCL)

✔️ the ability to sanitize stadiums, schools, medical facilities, businesses and residences in seconds

✔️ how corporations are saving up to 90% in cleaning supplies

✔️ how his products kill viruses, including covid, in 4 seconds!

BluCities is a healthy living and environmental protection service for residential, educational, and commercial properties. They specialize in proven, effective and "green" solutions for disinfecting, odor removal, mold remediation, air purification and building preservation products and services.

Contact The Russell

819 RUSSELL ST. NASHVILLE, TN 37206 615-861-9535

Contact Matt Martin, Founder & President 615-203-2975

Company: BluCities Environmental and Health Services 6900 Lenox Village Dr. STE 437 Nashville, TN 37212

Website Address:

A Pioneer Woman Who Helped Change Healthcare

Episode 16 | February 11, 2022

In this episode, I interviewed an incredible lady, Joan Jerome-Conne who is a true pioneer, a trailblazing woman, who helped set the foundation for healthcare today. She considers herself a change agent and boy is she! She has been a coach, a teacher, an entrepreneur, a nurse and so much more. 

She was instrumental in the 60’s to usher in the lamaze method of childbirth, not only helping birthing parents, but educating doctors and medical staff as well.  She is a true inspiration and she continues to be an agent of change everywhere she goes.

Join us as we talk about: 

✔️ her passion for helping people

✔️ the introduction to the lamaze method of childbirth

✔️ how she helped change the climate for the role of the healthcare consumer

✔️ how she met Julia Child

Dr. Fernand Lamaze introduced a method of childbirth in France by incorporating techniques he observed in Russia. Consisting of childbirth education classes, relaxation, breathing techniques and emotional support became known as “the Lamazemethod.”

Connect with LaMaze

Relationships: The Key to Growing Your Business

Episode 15 | February 4, 2022

In this episode of Inside Story Hunters Podcast Laurie Guzman interviews long-time friend and business partner, Michael Valletta of Quick Cuts Media, out of Nashville TN. Quick Cuts Media is one of ISHP Sponsors.

Michael has a vast knowledge in tv, radio, and video production that dates back to his younger years to build what is now a very large video production company along with his very knowledgeable partner and experienced team. He has had the opportunity to travel the world doing what he loves all while building amazing relationships. Michael has taken all of his experiences to help his clients achieve success in telling their own stories to grow their businesses and achieve their goals.

Connect with QCM

How I Started a Podcast

Episode 14 | January 28, 2022

In this episode, I am telling my own story of how I started this podcast. It was not easy and it still isn't easy! But I hope that in sharing my heart and my own story that you will be inspired to do what you have been putting off doing. I ask some really hard questions....questions that I hope you will ask yourself and answer. I also share a 90 day review of all that has happened since launching Inside Story Hunters Podcast.

What is SEO Anyway?

Episode 13 | January 21, 2022

In this video, Laurie interviews Scott Schaper, President of RSM Marketing located in Wichita, KS. Scott and his team are making a huge impact on so many companies by not only stewarding their marketing dollars well but also building long-lasting relationships with their clients. Scott has many nuggets to share in this podcast, including the importance of SEO.

Ketamine Treatments From a Nurse's Perspective

Episode 12 | January 14, 2022

In this video, Laurie interviews Scott Schaper, President of RSM Marketing located in Wichita, KS. Scott and his team are making a huge impact on so many companies by not only stewarding their marketing dollars well but also building long-lasting relationships with their clients. Scott has many nuggets to share in this podcast, including the importance of SEO.

How To Do It Scared

Episode 11 | January 7, 2022

In this episode, Laurie Guzman interviews an amazing entrepreneur who is impacting Nashville, TN, and beyond with her unique gallery.  FlashMe Xperience: Flash Me is a gallery designed to promote creative freedom that inspires, motivates, and depicts hope. This unique gallery provides venue rentals, expressive concept experiences, as well as provides space rental opportunities for videography/photography entrepreneurs.

How to Live in Peace Not Pieces

Episode 10 | December 31, 2021I

In this video, Laurie interviews her former boss and friend, Yolanda Harris -Jackson, to get the Inside Story on how her life was radically transformed, not only in her career path, but also her emotional and spiritual journey to living out the God plan for her and her families life. Their journey was not easy, but now Yolanda along with her husband, Billy, use their life experiences and dedicate themselves to helping others overcome obstacles and to grow stronger.

An Inside Look Into Judaism

Episode 9 | December 24, 2021

In this episode, Rabbi Delcau, of Temple Beth Shalom in Ft Walton Beach, Fl, shares his thoughts his passion in teaching Judaism to all ages. He focuses on engaging congregants in dialogue about classical Jewish text, modern Jewish thought, and meaningful prayer. Rabbi Delcau is an accomplished service leader and uses his love of music and guitar to foster a spiritual and energetic connection to the congregation. He believes deeply in providing spiritual sustenance for Jew and non-Jew alike.

Conquering Devastating Trauma and Depression with Ketamine - Debbie's Story

Episode 8 | December 17, 2021

In this episode, Debbie Tropauer bravely shares her story of dealing with the unthinkable loss of a child and how Dr. Malchow and the AMG Ketamine & Wellness Center has brought her back to life.

How to Create a Destination Venue by Deb Ward of Twin Oaks Ranch

Episode 7 | December 10, 2021

Laurie interviews Deborah Ward, founder and CEO of a successful telecommunications company and owner of Twin Oaks Ranch, a popular vacation spot just outside Nashville.

Finding The Right Real Estate Investor To Help You Acquire Great Financial Wealth

Episode 6 | December 1, 2021

Today’s episode will inspire many women to reach high up in the sky and rise like a phoenix. Eva Romero and Laurie uncover the truths behind Eva's past, talk about parenthood, real estate, and much more.

How A Blind Man Sees The World With Perfect Vision- With Ed Marquette

Episode 5 | November 23, 2021

Some genuinely remarkable people in the world have surmounted their handicaps to accomplish incredible achievements. This episode features Ed Marquette, an advocate, strategist, and lawyer who lost his sight age 17.

How Ketamine Combats Depression, Addiction and More by Dr. Malchow

Episode 4 | November 20, 2021

Laurie talks with Dr. Malchow, who uses his passion about reducing depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and suffering from long-term opioids to help patients to live an abundant life with renewed joy and hope.

How To Grow A Multi-Million Dollar Commercial Painting Company

Episode 3 | November 11, 2021

This episode is all about the importance of purpose, serving others, growing a business, and making things happen. I talk to serial entrepreneur, Tiffany Wondrow, President and owner of a large commercial painting services firm.

Growing Your Company with the Right Benefits Partner – With Will Brown

Episode 2 | November 1, 2021

In this episode, Will Brown talks about establishing trust, entrepreneurial connections, and the importance of benefits. We talk about everything from the importance of employee benefits to how he can help grow your business.

The Key Ingredient to Ensure Great Financial Success – With the Chronicle Partners

Episode 1 | November 1, 2021

We all know that the financial world is a complex and confusing industry. In this episode, we discuss it with Chris and Brian, who touch on helpful topics in the financial world.

Why am I am launching Inside Story Hunters?

Trailer | October 2021

Welcome! If you are like me and love a great story, you have landed in the right place. Find out why I started Laurie with a Story and what exciting things to expect.