The Backpocket Podcast

The Backpocket Podcast

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We are 2 Wildly Average guys who have conversations with people from all walks of life who are finding success and happiness doing what they love. With each conversation and story, we hope you grab one piece of information to keep in your Backpocket to use in your own life. Episodes every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.


Back End Show #26 - A Couple of Salty Dogs
Aug 22 • 57 min
We return from our Hilton Head vacation full of energy, stories, and inside jokes. We built our future BP HQ’s out of sand in hopes of dominating the sandbox with a little more clarity. We are proud to announce our future HQ will have a strong cash cow…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #49 - Jordan Roberts
Aug 20 • 86 min
Jordan is a former All-American running back and D-III Offensive Player of the Year for the University of St. Thomas. As the Gatorade Player of the Year in his home state of Wyoming, Jordan received a scholarship to play football at the University of…
S3 E27 - Radical Transparency (feat. Angie Okon)
Aug 19 • 71 min
Angie is the co-founder of Okon Fitness, an online fitness company that seeks to empower others to take control of their bodies and be the best versions on themselves. Angie has her own transformation story detailing her unfulfilling experiences with…
Back End Show #25 - Our First 4 Way
Aug 15 • 51 min
Ty is becoming far too good as a producer which is causing concern that he could leave and make more money elsewhere. We walk through the potential of someone calling us as a reference to what it’s like to work with Ty. Other topics include Jack Burke…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #48 - Brooke Nickelatti
Aug 13 • 67 min
Brooklyn is a dear friend, passionate foodie, and founder of Brooklyn’s Bite’s, a passion project she started over a year ago influencing and educating people all about food and nutrition. When she first started her instagram page, she was very timid…
S3 E26 - The Adventure Lifestyle (feat. Steve Weigel)
Aug 12 • 94 min
Steve is the founder of the Ivy Brand, an adventure/lifestyle brands that provides handcrafted longboards, apparel, and adventure excursions to incredible destinations like Thailand, Colorado and the British Virgin Islands. Some perceive Steve’s life as…
Back End Show #24 - Andy’s Ankle Injury Report
Aug 8 • 65 min
The status of Andrew’s ankle sprain has been in flux amongst the Marketing Interns that have him in their Podcast Fantasy starting lineup. We clear the air on the injury and Dec and Ty also give their ankle updates (spoiler: they’re healthy).…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #47 - Cavy Brennan
Aug 6 • 76 min
Cavy is a PhD student studying Biochemistry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Post graduation from the University of St. Thomas, Cavy took on a full time High School teaching job in Chicago teaching science classes. Cavy was able to put his thoughts to…
S3 E25 - Recycling Empathy (feat. Josh Shefner)
Aug 5 • 70 min
Josh Shefner is the founder and CEO of Agricycle, a company housing food products created from over-farmed waste in Africa. Agricycle is in the inaugural cohort of the Target Incubator and currently has three brands: Blue Mangoes, Dough Good Bakery, and…
Back End Show #23 - The Michael Jordan of Back End Shows
Aug 1 • 65 min
Not entirely sure if we mention MJ at all in this episode. However, we do talk about our incredible time with Carly Zucker, how Dec talks over Andy way too much, and Ty teaches us about the Irish goodbye. SPONSORS: - Visionary Manufacturing - a one stop…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #46 - Clara Cott
Jul 30 • 75 min
Clara Cott is the founder of Scribble, a company dedicated to empowering a generation of young adults through graphic design and business. On today’s episode, we unpack how Clara was the face of Boatchella and didn’t come, why being a social media…
S3 E24 - A Little Bit of Everything (feat. Carly Zucker)
Jul 29 • 91 min
Carly Zucker is a kick-ass mom of 3, host of “Overtime with Carly Zucker” on KFAN 100.3 in the Twin Cities, and MN Wild player Jason Zucker’s first wife. We touch on ALL things being a mom, a wife to a hockey player, her journey into broadcasting and much…
Back End Show #22 - We Missed the Face App Trend
Jul 25 • 62 min
We get deep on this weeks show with talking about Russia’s Face App that everyone fell into, the implications of artificial intelligence knowing us better than we know ourselves (Dec’s been reading up on this not to brag), and Ty learned how to change a…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #45 - Craig Lynes
Jul 23 • 63 min
Canadian Craig Lynes is an aspiring Chiropractor at Northwestern Health Sciences. Craig is from Camrose, Alberta and loves the mountains of the north. He doesn’t quite understand why we call washrooms bathrooms when they rarely have baths in them. His…
S3 E23 - Welcome to the Jungle (feat. Rain Forest Cafe Founder Steve Schussler)
Jul 22 • 58 min
Steve Schussler is the founder of Rain Forest Cafe, a global restaurant franchise that has been serving families for over 23 years. We’ve all been inside a Rain Forest Cafe (if you haven’t, please see here), but today we had the opportunity to enter…
Back End Show #21 - We Are NOT a “How’s the Weather today?” Small Talk Podcast
Jul 18 • 44 min
We bought a fourth mic and Intern Ty not only has mic but now bought his own camera too. The content quality is taking massive leaps here in Back End Show #21 as we scold Ty for talking about the weather to pass time, Andy has issues with always filling…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #44 - John Inserra
Jul 16 • 80 min
John Inserra is the President at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, and he is Andrew’s father. This is John’s fourth time on the podcast. If you are curious on how he was able to score the most caring, beautiful, and supportive women out there check…
S3 E22 - Duck, Duck, Gray Duck (feat. Chad Greenway former MN Vikings LB)
Jul 15 • 82 min
Chad Greenway is a former Minnesota Vikings Linebacker and current owner of Gray Duck Vodka, a locally grown vodka in Minnesota. Coming from a small town of 300 people in South Dakota, to becoming an All-American linebacker for the University of Iowa, to…
Back End Show #20 - We are Officially a “4th of July in MN” Podcast
Jul 11 • 58 min
The Sunday Scaries after this past weekend hit very hard. However, that didn’t stop us from pushing out some great content talking 4th of July Weekend, the 5 Great Lakes, and our average quality of carpentry. SPONSORS: - Visionary Manufacturing - a one…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #43 - Ian Deloney
Jul 9 • 69 min
Ian Deloney is the lead designer at Social Butterfly. He’s crafted his art through his love for philosophy, which was his childhood dream profession. Ian challenges himself to live a fulfilled life because it’s not just about doing what’s fun. He…
S3 E21 - The Gen Z Guru (feat. 20 yr old Author/Keynote Speaker Jonah Stillman)
Jul 8 • 80 min
Jonah is a 20 year old Author and Keynote Speaker from Minnetonka, Minnesota. During his junior year of High School him and his father, David Stillman, wrote a New York Best Time Selling book, Gen Z @ Work, unpacking how to work with, utilize, and…
Back End Show #19 - Boatchella Recap
Jul 4 • 49 min
Boatchella was an absolute hit and we couldn’t be happier to announce the corp came out on top making $50 on the entire event. LOTS of great stories from the event, lessons learned, and we announce the next date for Boatchella 2020. SPONSORS: - Visionary…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #42 - Eli Ruffer
Jul 2 • 66 min
Eli Ruffer is a comedian, writer, and musician. He decided to quit his job as a chemist to pursue his passions. Eli recently moved back to his hometown of Chicago to take on the comedy scene. Eli has a newsletter, I Am Eli’s Comedy, which is packed with…
S3 E20 - The Beacon of Positivity (feat. Alexis Walsko founder of Lola Red PR)
Jul 1 • 92 min
We celebrate 100 weeks of podcasting in 2 and 1/2 years with no guest better than Alexis Walsko. She is the founder and visionary of Lola Red PR, an agency based in the Twin Cities that she founded when she was 22. We have an incredible conversation about…
Back End Show #18
Jun 27 • 50 min
The boys introduce a new room in the house coined “The War Room”, Tyler has issues with “Future Tyler” problems, and with Boatchella being less than 48 hours away we unpack what the hell to expect from it all. SPONSORS: - Visionary Manufacturing - a one…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #41 - Mary LeVoir
Jun 25 • 67 min
Mary LeVoir owns Move Dance Training. She’s competed on So You Think You Can Dance and for a National Championship at the University of Minnesota. Mary’s talent is inspired by her determination towards creating moves that makes you have goosebumps all…
S3 E19 - The Consistent Flip (feat. Sports Card Mogul Dan Noethe)
Jun 24 • 78 min
Dan is a sports card mogul (i.e. he buys/sells sports cards for a living). What started as a simple project with moving his junk out of his parents basement after college turned into him finding tons of NBA trading cards. None more important than the…
Back End Show #17
Jun 20 • 56 min
People are starting to realize our studio is just a room in our house, we witnessed the Bachelor for the first time, Dec realizes he doesn’t have his love language dialed in, and Intern Ty finishes the pod off with an incredible feel good story. SPONSORS:…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #40 - Coach Wallie Kuchinski
Jun 18 • 70 min
Coach Wallie Kuchinski (most commonly known as Coach K) is the Defensive Coordinator for the University of St. Thomas. One phrase that commonly describes Coach K’s defense is TOTAL MAYHEM. We unpack Coach’s journey arriving to where he is today, how he’s…
S3 E18 - The Wild Ride of Entrepreneurship (feat. Brett Brohl with TechStars)
Jun 17 • 86 min
Brett Brohl is an entrepreneur, investor, Managing Director at TechStars, and founder of the Syndicate Fund. Brett highlights the REAL story of entrepreneurship through his experiences starting his own companies and now investing/mentoring others.…
Back End Show #16
Jun 13 • 57 min
Intern Ty joins the show for his inaugural Back End Show producer role as we discuss at what point it’s acceptable to miss Boatchella, the top grossing Backpocket navigation apps, and our collective average qualities of adulting. SPONSORS: - Visionary…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #39 - Jordan Lundell
Jun 11 • 63 min
Jordan recently started working as a Video Content Creator with VSM Real Estate. He was working as a Financial Advisor out of college because he had two summer internships with the company and they offered him a job after graduation. He was extremely…
S3 E17 - The MOST Famous Dave (feat. Dave Anderson founder of Famous Dave’s BBQ)
Jun 10 • 78 min
Dave is the founder of Famous Dave’s, a nationwide chain restaurant serving the full BBQ experience. Dave is a Choctaw and Ojibwe Indian and was born and raised in Chicago. He found the passion to BBQ at an early age and eventually opened his first BBQ…
Back End Show #15
Jun 6 • 53 min
Mark Amick returns to the show to fulfill his duties as 2nd string producer once more. Declan realizes he says “Dude”, “Dude, Wow”, “That’s Crazy”, “Dude, that’s crazy”, and “Wow Dude, That’s Crazy” way too much. The boys discuss how their should be a…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #38 - Alex Coursol
Jun 4 • 72 min
Almost Dr. Alex Coursol is a soon to be Psychologist. She’s heading out to Denver to continue her passion of help adolescent kids. From being a towel queen at the front desk of Altr Fitness to keeping the TV on a loop of Life of Pets for Harvey, she wears…
S3 E16 - State Capitol Takeover (feat. MN State Senator Karin Housley)
Jun 3 • 69 min
Karin is a mom of 4, wife to Hall of Fame Hockey player Phil Housley, an author, and a MN State Senator currently representing District 39. Karin met Phil in junior high, started dating senior year of high school, and after that they never looked back.…
Back End Show #14
May 30 • 57 min
We award the MIAC conference with a participation trophy and take call ins to get real-time reactions to the recent news of UST getting kicked out of the MIAC. Other topics include Dec’s lion shirt (and how he’s still a beta), our roommate Matty C joins…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #37 - Joey Puk
May 28 • 71 min
Joey is a Territory Development Representative for Medtronic, but more importantly he’s a guy simply trying to provide value to people around him everyday. He brought the value with the conversation we had with him unpacking his passion for sales,…
S3 E15 - Saving the Bees (feat. Cole Ehresmann Founder of Hive Apparel)
May 27 • 76 min
Cole is the founder of Hive Apparel, a non-profit company donating all it’s profits to the bees. In 2014, Cole opened a newspaper and saw a headline about bees going extinct. Already owning Hive apparel at the time, Cole put 2 and 2 together and…
Dominate the Sandbox Podcast Special (feat. Stationary Astronaut)
May 23 • 137 min
Stationary Astronaut joins us in the studio this week as we talk story (an old Hawaiian tradition commonly known as “catching up”), unpack some of our own trials and tribulations the past 8 months, and finish with a very special segment where we call our…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #36 - Jesse Addo
May 21 • 72 min
Jesse Addo is an Advisory Consultant at Deloitte and the founder of PLEASE SHUT UP, an original platform for exploring the interchange of the worlds of sports, hip hop, and media. We played football with Jesse at the University of St. Thomas where he…
S3 E14 - Thrift-Fil-A (feat. Zach Fisk)
May 20 • 51 min
Zach Fisk is the founder of Thrift-Fil-A, a thirfting platform selling vintage clothes and other items. At the young age of 20, Zach has managed to sell over 3,000 items and grow an instagram page to over 27,000 followers. Enjoy Zach’s journey from…
Back End Show #13
May 16 • 53 min
1st Quarter results ARE IN and we reflect on the incredibly fun first 3 months of SZN 3 on our quest to Dominate the Sandbox. We find out the truth behind American Cheese and how that effects the potentially fraudulent state of Wisconsin, we unpack…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #35 - Nolan Rockers
May 14 • 55 min
Nolan Rockers is the founder of o·pin·ion clothing located in the Twin Cities. The message is simple, “Don’t live your life making decisions based on how people are going to look at you. You know how you want to live your life, and what you want to do…
S3 E13 - That was UNRL (feat. Michael E. Jordan)
May 13 • 75 min
Michael E. Jordan (not to be confused with Michael Jordan) is the founder of UNRL, an apparel brand all about the underdog story working with various professional athletes. From failing at his first company he dropped out of college for to selling out the…
Back End Show #12
May 9 • 48 min
BP corp got richer this past week as Dec won $650 betting $10 on Country House to win the Kentucky Derby. We forgot release our annual Kentucky Derby picks last episode (average), so we put it on this episode for you to enjoy. Other topics include Sam…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #34 - Duncan Dahl
May 7 • 66 min
Duncan Dahl is a local Twin Cities cyclist, environmentalist, writer, and music playlist curator. This is Duncan’s second time on the Backpocket, link to his first appearance HERE. His average quality the first time around was his knowledge of music, now…
S3 E12 - Reciprocal Altruism (feat. Caleb VanDeman)
May 6 • 80 min
Caleb is a free lance marketer and entrepreneur in the Twin Cities and has managed over 3,500 digital marketing campaigns and consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies in social media strategy and paid social. We discuss his journey from growing up…
Back End Show #11
May 2 • 55 min
The sun is shining, the beer is flowing, and the boys from the Backpocket are still recording. This week we discuss Andrew’s new job with future podcast guest Caleb Van Deman, we take a stand against people who hate on bandwagon fans, and Sam got kicked…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #33 - Josiah Bardwell
Apr 30 • 61 min
Josiah is an aspiring doctor, and he will be attending med school this July. Josiah graduated with us at the University of St. Thomas. As we became good friends, we quickly learned how Josiah is an all-around, self-aware man who’s dedicating his passion…
S3 E11 - What Even is an “Influencer”? (feat. Gabby Thomas)
Apr 29 • 60 min
Gabby Thomas is a model, an actress, and an influencer currently living in the Twin Cities. As 2 Wildly Average guys, we unpack how the modelling industry works (especially in today’s age with Instagram) and her journey through the industry so far. Gabby…
Back End Show #10
Apr 25 • 49 min
Episode Dix is here (Dix is French for 10) and we’re talking how Easter weekend is really the first Mother’s Day prep (disclaimer: everyday is mothers day #promompodcast), Sam’s Twitter game is raising some concerns, and we threw an art party in our house…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #32 - Ayo Okesanya
Apr 23 • 56 min
Ayo picked up long distant running one year ago. Through mental fortitude and a desire to improve his overall health, he signed up for a marathon on zero training. Once he started preparing, fitness went from a form of punishment to now it’s a form of…
S3 E10 - Be Bigger than Life (feat. Alex Rollins)
Apr 22 • 65 min
Alex Rollins is the lead singer of Denny, a Minneapolis band rectifying the 80s vibe through their upbeat, indy rock music. After 2 cease and desists on previous bands, Alex started Denny with the origin of the name being his father Dennis who represents…
Back End Show #9
Apr 18 • 54 min
Matt Harein joins the show this week and asserts his alpha status immediately as he dethrones Decky Spineless from his floral chair. We discuss Matt’s Cool Guys in Uptown Podcast, The Blue Cheese Podcast in Uptown, and how Declan bought life insurance and…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #31 feat. Sam Herriges
Apr 16 • 66 min
Sam Herriges broke on to the seen with his now famous video “Elevator Pitch.” A classic narrative detailing the dedication of finding an internship during the summer before your senior year of college. It’s a struggle we all went through, and Sam’s…
S3 E9 - The Walking Challenge (feat. Ross Hamann)
Apr 15 • 71 min
Ross is a former Pro Golfer and current Director of Sales at Aon in Minneapolis. We got to know him because he’s Jack Burke’s boss and has a keen interest in starting his own podcast. Ross is 35 years old and in a position that is uncommon and unique. In…
Back End Show #8
Apr 11 • 51 min
A full week of stories including Jack Burke using his entire free week at ALTR Fitness, sending a pizza to Pardon My Take for the Final Four weekend (and it actually working…sorta), and unpacking the possibility that UST could get kicked out of the MIAC.…
Golden Nuggets of Ben VandenWymelenberg, Nasser Lubega, and Back End Show #7
Apr 10 • 7 min
As shocking as this may seem, no we did not pull any April Fools jokes this week. However, we did have great guests like Ben VW, chairman and president of Woodchuck USA, Nasser Lubega, a friend from Kenya studying to be a doctor, and Back End Show #7 with…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #30 - Andrea Toppin
Apr 9 • 65 min
Andrea is an aspiring chiropractor at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She also ran cross-country and track and field at Iowa State. Andrea continued to passionately run after undergrad because it’s what she loves to do. Eventually, her good…
S3 E8 - Sotahboy (feat. Oscar Salinas)
Apr 8 • 77 min
Oscar Salinas, popularly known as @sotahboy on instagram, is a portrait photographer and videographer in the Twin Cities. Oscar picked up a camera less than 3 years ago and has grown his brand to over 130K followers on instagram. People think Oscar is a…
Back End Show #7
Apr 4 • 56 min
We hash-out why Declan continues to dress like he does and how Sam is developing into quite the savvy entrepreneur. Don’t sleep on going to the dentist because you may end up like Andrew (spoiler: it’s not good). Also, Jordan Peterson, Gronk, and Conor…
Golden Nuggets of Minneninja, Tommy Laken, and Back End Show #6
Apr 3 • 7 min
Already 6 weeks into this thing and the boys are running at high velocity with average qualities and incredible conversations delivering like Muhammad Ali (allegedly). This week’s guests include Jennifer Tavernier, a former American Ninja Warrior and…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #29 - Nasser Lubega
Apr 2 • 63 min
Nasser is an aspiring surgeon who will be attending med school this summer (he’ll be deciding in the next few weeks). He’s been a marketing intern since Day One as he’s tracked our progress as much as we’ve tracked his. He was born in Uganda, and moved to…
S3 E7 - Pursuing Your Ideas (feat. Ben VandenWymelenberg)
Apr 1 • 78 min
Ben is the Founder and Chairman of Woodchuck USA and author of “T#e World Needs Your F*cking Ideas”. We talk to Ben about building the mindset to pursuing your ideas, and his journey about how he’s built his own company based on this very mindset. Ben has…
Back End Show #6
Mar 28 • 38 min
We address the rumblings circling about the feedback we’ve been hearing about the Back End Show, we hear some average qualities from some fellow Marketing Interns Annie Vitale, Mark Amick and Mark Dowdle, and officially identify ourselves as a Fairlife…
Golden Nuggets of Josh Neumann, Josh Parks, and Back End Show #6
Mar 27 • 4 min
We made a rookie podcast mistake putting Josh’s in 3 of the last 4 podcasts (Josh Rosenthal, Josh Neumann, and Josh Parks). No one is going to call us out for it so we’ll take care of it ourselves. This weeks features include Josh Neumann, founder of Kind…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #28 - Tommy Laken
Mar 26 • 44 min
Tommy Laken is an avid listener of The Backpocket ever since Sam Schuneman, lead intern, was brought on to the team. Tommy is a current student at Minnesota State University, Mankato with an average quality of goaltending. Following the sports trend, as…
S3 E6 - Minneninja (feat. Jennifer Tavernier)
Mar 25 • 72 min
This woman is a bad ass. Plain and simple. Jennifer Tavernier is a former American Ninja Warrior competitor and current fitness influencer living in the Twin Cities. From being a tennis player at Bethel, to getting into stroller fitness (this is wild), to…
Back End Show #5
Mar 21 • 47 min
We are really starting to do as those do within the sandbox. In this episode, expect to hear a full announcement of the Backpocket Boys committing to Greenway hockey for the 2020 season. Sam claims to be the worlds greats Big Buck Hunter player, so we’re…
Golden Nuggets of Chelsey Larson, Coach Josh Rosenthal, and Back End Show #4
Mar 20 • 5 min
1 month into Season 3 and the boys are starting to click. This week features a kidney donor and avid golfer, Chelsey Larson, Andrew and Declan’s former UST coach Josh Rosenthal, and a killer Back End Show featuring the a NEW segment Average Quality…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #27 - Josh Parks
Mar 19 • 45 min
Josh Parks is the founder of Ghost Fit apparel with the mission statement of, “Raise Your Standards”. Josh played Division 1 football at the University of Minnesota and through a serious tough patch he decided to hang up the cleats. He later found the…
S3 E5 - Amplifying Kindness (feat. Josh Neumann)
Mar 18 • 72 min
Josh Neumann is the founder of Kind Lips, a company amplifying kindness in the world using lip balm as the vehicle for change. What started as a project making lip balm in his kitchen to now selling in major stores is one hell of a journey we’re excited…
Back End Show #4
Mar 14 • 47 min
We introduce a new segment: Average Quality Consultants where listeners submit videos of themselves describing their Average Qualities and we provide feedback and commentary. Sam informs the listeners about the shocking news regarding penguins and the…
Golden Nuggets of Alex French, Piff Peterson, and Back End Show #3
Mar 13 • 20 min
Week 3 (also referred to as #GasWeek) got off to a very hot start with Alex French, cofounder of Bizzy Coffee and Ironman athlete, then followed strong with once Backpocket filmer now TikTok Star Piff Peterson, and finished the week as we always do with…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #26 - Coach Josh Rosenthal
Mar 12 • 43 min
Coach Rosie is currently the Director of Football Operations & Wide Receivers Coach at Concordia University, St. Paul. He was our coach at UST, and we became great friends as we watched each other grow in our respective fields. Coach Rosie and his wife…
S3 E4 - From The Heart (feat. Chelsey Larson)
Mar 11 • 82 min
Chelsey Larson is a kidney donor and avid golfer. On May 29th, 2015, Chelsey made the leap to donate her kidney to Ellen, a college roommate of hers 2 years prior at the University of Minnesota struggling to live an honorable life with being on dialysis.…
Back End Show #3
Mar 7 • 38 min
Guest producer and roommate Jack Burke joins the show as the boys talk about Gas week, their lease getting renewed in Uptown, a new BP goal to buy a billboard this year & much more. SPONSORS: - Link n Drink - a networking event for like-minded hustlers,…
Golden Nuggets of JC Lippold, Lisa Evanson, and Back End Show #2
Mar 6 • 18 min
This weeks Golden Nuggets features J.C. Lippold, a fitness coach and marathon runner, Lisa Evanson, a Twin Cities comic who absolutely crushed at our 2 year Anniversary Party, and our second Back End Show. The biggest improvement is from Week 1 to 2 so…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #25 - Piff Peterson
Mar 5 • 41 min
Piff Peterson is a talented content creator in the Twin Cities who recently started going viral on Tik Tok which funnels right into growth on YouTube and Instagram. He’s an entertain by heart, and follows his passion to provide genuine content. We…
S3 E3 - Let’s Get Bizzy (feat. Alex French)
Mar 4 • 66 min
Alex French is the co-founder of Bizzy Coffee, a top-selling cold brew coffee sold most popularly on Amazon. He discusses his journey full of failed start-ups, running in insane endurance races, and how that all lead to the creation of Bizzy Coffee.…
Back End Show #2
Feb 28 • 37 min
We talk about the dangers of caffeine, the wonders of George Foreman, Andrew’s fuel source, and has Declan become more self-centered since the BP has been blowing up (allegedly)? SPONSORS: - Link n Drink - a networking event for like-minded hustlers,…
Golden Nuggets of TJ Lavin, Austin Jochum, and Back End Show #1 - Pilot
Feb 27 • 16 min
Latest episode of The Backpocket PodcastThe first week of Season 3 was a smashing hit. We got off to a hot start with T.J. Lavin, host of MTV’s the Challenge, then got after an insanely motivating story in Austin Jochum, and finished the week with our…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #24 - Lisa Evanson
Feb 26 • 53 min
Lisa Evanson is a local twin cities comedian by night and an Account Manager at Carmichael Lynch by day (which we decided wasn’t what we wanted to talk about). Lisa opened for our 2 year anniversary party, and she crushed! During this conversation, we…
S3 E2 - The Sweaty Nomad (feat. JC Lippold)
Feb 25 • 65 min
J.C. Lippold is a fitness coach, a marathon runner and yoga instructor creating awesome spaces for people to sweat, learn, and collaborate. We unpack his journey of getting into the fitness industry after he seriously injured his back moving his piano (by…
Back End Show #1 - Pilot
Feb 21 • 36 min
Since the creation of this podcast we’ve always had a conversation on the BACK END of our Monday episodes discussing our Average Quality, a “What Did You Learn Today?”, and a Feel Good Story (the BP CORE segments). We’ve always held the BACK END in high…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #23 - Austin Jochum
Feb 19 • 50 min
Offering your hand in service without an expectation of anything in return is a magical thingšŸ”® Austin Jochum is pushing the fitness world through building a culture of VALUE! He’s selfless. He’s genuine. He’s transparent. He’s out there transforming…
S3 E1 - Challenge Accepted (feat. TJ Lavin)
Feb 18 • 64 min
T.J. Lavin is a BMX legend and host of MTVs The Challenge. We discuss his journey in BMX and how he became one of the greatest BMX riders of all time, his gnarly crash(es), getting involved in MTVs The Challenge, and we play a new GAME Mustache or Trash.…
SZN 2 Recap
Jan 13 • 10 min
We put together a VERY special bonus episode for all the Marketing Interns (aka the listeners and supporters of this podcast) reviewing our Season 2 experience. Season 2 will forever be remembered as the year we started taking this podcast seriously,…
Andrew & Declan’s SZN 2 Finale
Dec 20, 2018 • 52 min
That’s a WRAP! Our finale hits home a light-hearted reflection on our overall average quality of season two, we run through serious milestones, and keep it super casual for all of you marketing interns. Season two started on February 6th and ends on…
Golden Nuggets of The Guiding Light (feat. Giselle Ugarte)
Dec 19, 2018 • 16 min
(00:12) Youtube University… Admitting you don’t know something, then figuring out to learn it (06:25) When you’re unsure of yourself that’s most likely when you’re at your worst… Self-awareness is key (11:10) The GRIND… Detailing evolution of all the…
Golden Nuggets of A Selfless Story (feat. Jay Louricas)
Dec 18, 2018 • 16 min
(00:12) Addition U = Serving and Supporting children who are impacted by substance abuse of a family member through storytelling. (07:45) The snowball effect of winning the Fowler award is a story in itself. Success continues to leave clues. (11:25)…
S2 E45 - The Guiding Light (feat. Giselle Ugarte)
Dec 17, 2018 • 104 min
Giselle is a entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, and confidence curator in the Twin Cities. She is the Director of Marketing at Media Bridge Advertising and she hired Andrew on about a month ago. We talk about her big transition from radio to media…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #22 - Coach Chris Husby
Dec 13, 2018 • 38 min
Coach Husby was our kicking and specialists Coach at UST our senior year and also is a co-host of 4th Down Experience podcast where he has had on guests such as Pat McAfee. Coach has listen to every single one of our podcasts making him far greater than a…
Golden Nuggets of Patience with your Passion (feat. Vinny Amendola)
Dec 12, 2018 • 19 min
(00:12) Boutique Fitness = a community-like group exercise focusing on specific workouts. Vinny worked at Core Power at the Director of Operation for 8 years and become passion about what fitness does to an individual, so he decided to start up something…
S2 E44 - A Selfless Story (feat. Jay Louricas)
Dec 10, 2018 • 84 min
Jay’s story starts when he was 12 years old and had his family torn apart by substance abuse. Going through the D.A.R.E program in High School, he felt that the messages were skewed and irrelevant. To fix this issue, he took matters into his own hands and…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #21 - Mark Amick
Dec 6, 2018 • 41 min
Mark “the Shark” Amick is currently enrolled in graduate school at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is studying up on how to be the best Backpocket Chiro… in addition to being our 2nd string producer. We played football with Mark at the…
Golden Nuggets of Without Fail, Elevate (feat. Mark Metry)
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
(00:12) Mark Metry detailed how there is a serious integration of technology we are not even aware of. If you don’t have a plan for tomorrow. There’s an increased chance of feeling hopeless. Virtual reality has become the forefront of helping solve this…
S2 E43 - Patience with your Passion (feat. Vinny Amendola)
Dec 3, 2018 • 79 min
Vinny Amendola is the co-founder of ALTR Fitness, a local HIT fitness gym in the North Loop (Minneapolis). Vinny was head of business operations for CORE POWER before he left to start ALTR with Kari Ament (COO of CORE POWER). They launched ALTR back in…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #20 - Greg Ebacher
Nov 29, 2018 • 42 min
We were football teammates with Greg for 4 years. He was Andrew’s college roommate for 4 years. But more importantly, he was our 3rd string producer producing a total of 1 podcast with us. We talk about Greg’s trials and tribulations and how he’s attacked…
Golden Nuggets of Cyber Insecurity (feat. Keith Daniels)
Nov 28, 2018 • 14 min
(00:12) As a society, we’ve given our privacy up to the government, Facebook, Google, etc… because it’s convenient. (05:19) One of the biggest concern’s Keith has with cyber security is outsiders comprehending who is breaking into company’s to steal their…
S2 E42 - Without Fail, Elevate (feat. Mark Metry)
Nov 26, 2018 • 75 min
Mark Metry is a 21 year old entrepreneur who founded Vu Dream and runs a top 100 podcast called the Humans 2.0 podcast. Mark by the numbers : 12 years old: at this age Mark was running a Youtube Channel showcasing him playing Call of Duty and had 35,000…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #19 - Gabe Malinski
Nov 21, 2018 • 36 min
He was featured on TFM , he is the founder of Never Peak Products ( https://neverpeakproducts.com/ ), and he is the youngest looking 23 year old to ever come on the show. Gabe graduated from University of St. Thomas with us back in May and came on the…
Golden Nuggets of Getting Twisted (feat. Dot’s Pretzels)
Nov 20, 2018 • 15 min
(00:12) Dot’s Average Quality: Trying New Recipes… Sometimes great, other times YUCK. (04:50) Entrepreneurship is ageless. (08:35) The untapped power of a mustache. Listen to the full version here.
S2 E41 - Cyber Insecurity (feat. Keith Daniels)
Nov 19, 2018 • 86 min
Keith Daniels is a lawyer and an entrepreneur working in Cyber Security. We unpack how Instagram, Facebook, Google and companies alike are using OUR data. Find out the progression of cyber security and what’s in store for the future. Making it to the…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #18 - Sam Schuneman
Nov 15, 2018 • 33 min
We hired an intern. A real one. A full blown producer, Senior Marketing Intern. Get to know Sam’s story and his struggle with saying the word “like” every other word. ——————————- Every listener is a marketing intern. The Marketing Intern Spotlight (MIS)…
Golden Nuggets of Finding What You Love (feat. Gino Giovannelli)
Nov 14, 2018 • 17 min
(00:12) Gino taught english in an Austrian High School during his final year of college. As a consultant in marketing, he taught hotels how to optimize digital platforms. He wrote a book called Winning on the Web. During all of these experiences, he…
S2 E40 - Getting Twisted (feat. Dot’s Pretzels)
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
After all the Dot’s Pretzels we consumed, we decided to get the story behind these magical twisted sticks. We had a conversation with Dot and her husband Randy unpacking their journey to creating Dot’s Pretzels. Dot had a 30 year career in finance and was…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #17 - Annie Vitale
Nov 8, 2018 • 35 min
Senior Marketing Intern, Head of BP Marketing, Annie Vitale. She is the reason we have brand awareness. Annie turned our logo from below average to above average about a year ago. She provided an unbelievable amount of value to us and we are forever…
Golden Nuggets of Life’s A Beach (feat Josh Leddy)
Nov 7, 2018 • 11 min
(00:12) Lake weed removal cleanses the body. For Josh, Life’s A Beach is a liberating experience. Through injury, Josh has played more of a management role the past few years. Transitions are hard. Staying true to the simple things is what motivates the…
S2 E39 - Finding What You Love (feat. Gino Giovannelli)
Nov 5, 2018 • 90 min
Gino Giovanelli is a digital marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas. We discuss his journey from being an engineering student at Bucknell, to becoming a professor in marketing. We also discuss the concepts he teaches in his class and how you…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #16 - Jeremy Molina
Nov 1, 2018 • 40 min
The grittiest position in football is featured on this MIS episode. Jeremy Molina was a fullback for the University of St. Thomas for 4 years, and a damn good one too. Hear his story with battling through injuries, his mindset he’s developed through…
Golden Nuggets of Brewing Practicality (feat. Mike Schwandt)
Oct 31, 2018 • 11 min
(00:12) Everything revolves around practicality. Bauhaus is loosely translated with the core concept of practicality. Mike and his family have cultivated this belief into their daily lifestyle. Bauhaus principles and Mike’s personal values have become one…
S2 E38 - Life’s A Beach (feat Josh Leddy)
Oct 29, 2018 • 84 min
Josh Leddy is the founder of Life’s a Beach Shoreline Services. He may be one of the few people that actually loves cleaning lakes, and that made for a fantastic interview. To properly quote him, he once said “There is nothing better than starting your…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #15 - Austin Dummer
Oct 25, 2018 • 40 min
Austin was our first ever Marketing Intern Spotlight and couldn’t get enough of us the first time so he’s back again. ——- The scrappy Instagram outdoorsman is coming off the 1 year anniversary of MB Outdoors, the apparel company he co-founded that donates…
Golden Nuggets of The Energized Butterfly (feat. Brandon Poliszuk)
Oct 24, 2018 • 12 min
(00:10) What is a Marketing Intern? A listener. It is that simple. Every listener of The Backpocket Podcast is a marketing intern. Put it on your resume, and witness the waterfall effect before your eyes! From now until the end of time, be a marketing…
S2 E37 - Brewing Practicality (feat. Mike Schwandt of Bauhaus Brew Labs)
Oct 22, 2018 • 80 min
Mike Schwandt is one of the founding members of the Bauhaus Brew Lab family. They have the goal of making German Style Beer practical and fun. At the end of the day, it’s beer and they want to enjoy one with you. We talk about the creation of BauHaus Brew…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #14 - Austin Harrington
Oct 18, 2018 • 39 min
Austin Harrington is a Level 2 Golf Professional and recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas. We talk about his journey to becoming a golf professional and his dream to owning a golf course. Hear how he’s grown in his golf career and how he has…
Golden Nuggets of Collaboration Nation (feat. Yam Haus)
Oct 17, 2018 • 20 min
(00:12) Album sales are dead. What now? (02:35) Comparing musicians and podcasters through artistic journalism (05:43) Unity through comedy. The Backpocket Podcast plays a game unraveling doppelgängers of each member of Yam Haus Listen to the full version…
S2 E36 - The Energized Butterfly (feat. Brandon Poliszuk)
Oct 15, 2018 • 77 min
Brandon Poliszuk is the founder of The Social Butterfly Company. What started as a college class requirement at Mankato has turned into a full on passion driven media company. Brandon discusses his brick by brick mindset, his competitiveness, and dealing…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #13 - Tyler Schmitt
Oct 11, 2018 • 30 min
Tyler tells his story through music. He started by putting together playlists on CDs for his dad every year for his birthday. Now he’s making music for other people he loves through DJ’ing. Hear how Tyler contextualizes his own story for the first time.…
Golden Nuggets of Sober October (feat. Dr. Matt Wiest)
Oct 10, 2018 • 11 min
(00:12) Sober October is committing to a challenge (03:45) Access & desire to find the truth is strong in our culture today (05:45) “I don’t want to have people see me as a manual solution I want them to see me a solution for educating them on what they…
S2 E35 - Collaboration Nation (feat. Yam Haus)
Oct 8, 2018 • 93 min
Yam Haus is a local Minneapolis band. By the name, you may think they’re a German EDM band, but what you will find is they’ve been put on this earth to bring Rock n Roll back to the forefront. Entire podcast is unpacking Yam Haus and their story. Check…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #12 - Patrick Inserra
Oct 4, 2018 • 40 min
Patrick is Andrew’s older brother and current student at Augsburg University. This is a special marketing intern spotlight for Sober October, and we were fortuned to listen to Patrick discuss topics including the struggle, finding intention, and…
Golden Nuggets of Shark Talk (feat. Walter Bond)
Oct 3, 2018 • 10 min
(00:12) Backpocket content is like a hippopotamus (04:40) There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance (07:05) People Spend their money incorrectly a lot of the time Listen to the full version here.
S2 E34 - Sober October (feat. Dr. Matt Wiest)
Oct 1, 2018 • 79 min
The boys are sober for the entire month and we have one hell of a podcast to start off the month with Chiropractor and founder of The Center of Movement Matt Wiest. Matt may be the first and only guest we’ve had who could run through a brick wall. We talk…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #11 - Steve Harrell
Sep 27, 2018 • 33 min
Steve is our first string producer. His impact on The Backpocket Podcast is indescribable, and welcoming him back on to the show was a rewarding experience. His growth 2 months into his full-time job is a story worth listening to. Enjoy! Learn more about…
Golden Nuggets of #grassroots (feat. Phil Xiao)
Sep 26, 2018 • 7 min
(00:12) Changed Perspective on Networking (02:04) Learning from Everyone (04:03) Why Homi? Listen to the full version here.
S2 E33 - Shark Talk (feat. Walter Bond)
Sep 24, 2018 • 71 min
Walter Bond is a Minnesota Gopher basketball legend. He played in the NBA for multiple teams as an absolute work horse. Now he is a top motivational speaker in the world. Hear his story about his journey through athletics, to finding a passion for…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #10 - Charley Forey
Sep 20, 2018 • 29 min
Charley Forey originally graduated with an Industrial Engineer degree from Iowa State and later turned into a Social Media Marketing guru starting Uptown Creation (https://uptowncreation.club/home). Listen to his transition to this career and his advice…
Golden Nuggets of You Got This (feat. Stationary Astronaut)
Sep 19, 2018 • 16 min
(00:11) Different level of anxiety are inside all of us, and every single person will handle it differently (05:10) Provide people with unique opportunities (10:30) People are becoming more in tune with themselves Listen to the full version here.
S2 E32 - You Got This (feat. Stationary Astronaut)
Sep 17, 2018 • 110 min
Nick is the president and visionary of Stationary Astronaut. He is a glue guy that brings together amazing people and runs philanthropic, life changing events. Hear how he’s grown his brand from an idea to a powerful brand with a message. Strap up for…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #9 - Meghan Hawkins
Sep 13, 2018 • 32 min
Meghan Hawkins graduated from Notre Dame as an undergraduate, and later went to Duke for grad school. Simply put, she is a wicked smart. Meghan is also Andrew’s cousin and god mother. As a history teacher, she instills confidence, value, and context into…
S2 E31 - #grassroots (feat. Phil Xiao)
Sep 10, 2018 • 108 min
Phil Xiao is the CEO and founder of Homi.io, a start up tech company that aims to connect students and alumni of the same college institution. Homi is changing the game with how college kids find jobs. We dive deep into the creation, purpose, process, and…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #8 - Jack Burke
Sep 6, 2018 • 33 min
Jack Burke is much more than our roommate, he is our energy guy. He has a deep passion for GOOD MUSIC, GOOD BEER, and GOOD LIVING. At the end of the day, he is your wildly average guy. Every listener is a marketing intern. The Marketing Intern Spotlight…
S2 E30 - In the Moment (feat. Coach Glenn Caruso)
Sep 3, 2018 • 69 min
Coach Caruso was our head football coach for 4 years at the University of St. Thomas. He has helped shape our mindset we’ve depicted through out our career as Backpocket. A tremendous coach, mentor, and friend. Follow UST Football here. (06:00) Average…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #7 - Mohamed Malim
Aug 30, 2018 • 32 min
Mohamed Malim is the founder of Epimonia (https://www.epimonia.com/) which means perseverance in Greek. He is making an enormous impact on humanity by selling 100% recycled orange bracelets and donating 50% of his earnings to refugees in America. These…
S2 E29 - Purposeful Action (feat. Michelle Weinstein)
Aug 27, 2018 • 78 min
Commonly known as the Pitch Queen, we talk to her about her journey from starting a company and pitching on Shark Tank and starting https://www.thepitchqueen.com We unpack the reality of her failures and how they have shaped who she is. She also gives the…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #6 - Ryan Downing
Aug 23, 2018 • 34 min
Ryan (DJ Spex) is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an Associate Business Analyst. He also has an incredibly impressive side-hustle as a DJ. Tune in to MIS #6 to hear how one of our first marketing interns is paving his path in the world of disc jockeys.…
S2 E28 - Process vs Results (feat. Matt Harein)
Aug 20, 2018 • 72 min
Process Orientation versus Results Orientation, is there a better methodology? Do you Love the Process or are you driven by the Results? Matt Harein joins Backpocket for a great debate on this weeks curveball of a podcast. Enjoy! (05:25) Average Quality…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #5 - Scott Ballard
Aug 16, 2018 • 31 min
Scott is the founder of Skyline Specs and a big time marketing intern/mentor/friend/etc… Skyline Specs ( www.skylinespecs.com ) started as a college class project and has grown into a top grossing wooden engraved sunglasses company. Scott gives insight on…
S2 E27 - More Than Just Stories (feat. Gordy Thomas)
Aug 13, 2018 • 151 min
Gordy is an accomplished man with a desire to revolutionize youth sports with a new teaching platform. Moti Sports is a product for young athletes to properly learn sports and youth coaches to properly teach sports. Gordy describes his journey to becoming…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #4 - Sunandini Verma
Aug 9, 2018 • 34 min
Sunandini is the founder of Amrev Media ( www.amrevmedia.com ). She has dedicated her professional career to marketing. She has fallen in love with helping her clients grow their businesses, reach their higher potential and create brand impact. Hear how…
S2 E26 - Habit Reflection (feat. Keyen Lage)
Aug 6, 2018 • 100 min
Keyen is a former professional athlete and now a performance coach in Miami, Florida. He is the founder of The Undefined Diet where he is changing the mindset of his clients by start off with the smallest of details. At the end of the day, he is a habit…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #3 - Duncan Dahl
Aug 2, 2018 • 29 min
Duncan Dahl is naturally polychronic in a United States monochronic driven culture. A little over a year ago, Duncan studied in New Zealand where we found true meaning in his life. There he found interruption in daily routines are encouraged and…
S2 E25 - Willingness to Learn (feat. Brennen Bliss)
Jul 30, 2018 • 95 min
Brennen Bliss is the CEO of PixelCutLabs, a nationally recognized marketing agency. He is a keynote speaker and an advocate against bullying. Let’s not forget, he is only 19-years-old and a millionaire. It was an amazing hour sitting down and…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #2 - McQuaid Boo
Jul 26, 2018 • 32 min
McQuaid Boo is a good friend and host of The Understandable podcast ( https://www.theunderstandablepodcast.com/ ). A podcast with two gentleman exploring the depths of what makes life understandable! Hear the trials and tribulations of starting a podcast…
S2 E24 - Leveraging Positivity (feat. Beaver Fleming)
Jul 22, 2018 • 91 min
Our third #SENDITSUNDAY is Beaver Fleming. Beaver joined Nitro Circus as a skateboarder at the age of 18 years old. His ability to control his fear by turning into useful focus always him to optimize his performance. When adversity hits, he is the first…
Marketing Intern Spotlight #1 - Austin Dummer
Jul 19, 2018 • 50 min
Austin Dummer is the co-founder of MB Outdoors ( www.mboutdoors.com ), a clothing company that donates a portion of their revenue to support American Veterans. We talk about the true meaning of a side-hustle and how you can balance your time to make…
S2 E23 - Changing Perspective
Jul 16, 2018 • 25 min
The best part of experiencing a new guest each week is the unexpected, and we endured a major challenge this week. This podcast is a symbol of changing perspective. Opportunity for growth is happening before your eyes. We challenge our marketing interns…
S2 E22 - Humility Engine (feat. David Meltzer)
Jul 9, 2018 • 69 min
Dave Meltzer is the CEO/Co-founder of Sports1Marketing and host of Entrepreneur: The Playbook which features sports/entertainment icons who are using their post-athletic careers to enter the world of entrepreneurship. He details his journey through law…
S2 E21 - Boxes of Life (feat. Giselle Ugarte)
Jul 2, 2018 • 98 min
Society unintentionally has barriers and formalities that can be constricting. Giselle Ugarte enlightens our marketing interns on how realizing these constraints is an all the time things. Be aware of how society frames you. Be proactive. (02:30) Average…
S2 E20 - Taking Ownership (feat. Dean Kilby)
Jun 25, 2018 • 106 min
Dean Kilby is a biologist from Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia. He has made a promise to empower health consumers with his companies, teachings, and methodologies. Dean is on the forefront of stem cell research. He is making a difference. (01:30)…
S2 E19 - Trusting Yourself (feat. Rick Martinez)
Jun 18, 2018 • 79 min
Rick Martinez has dedicated his life to the health and wellness of others. He has served our country as a registered nurse. His life as an entrepreneur has played a role in every aspect imagined. He is a family man who has recently begun a journey of…
S2 E18 - On the Road (feat. Jonny Stofko)
Jun 11, 2018 • 89 min
Jonny Stofko is a fitness guru, veteran podcaster, and a man with a powerful story. He wanted to make a change in his life, so he moved to Australia and built a name for himself! This podcast was recording on the road in Hilton Head, SC with a surprising…
S2 E17 - Pillow Talk (feat. Matt Berg)
Jun 4, 2018 • 80 min
Matt Berg is the founder of Pure Somni, a sleep research and help company. The golden nuggets are full force this week! Listen to learn cutting edge facts on sleep, dream, CTE, and other hot topics regarding the brain. Matt Berg is here to motivate and…
S2 E16 - Bachelor SZN (feat. Greg Wood)
May 28, 2018 • 76 min
The final recording session at the OG WashingDen Capital has occurred. As post graduates times are changing, and we will be the first to say for the better. As bachelors, we found the king of bachelor parties in Greg Wood. His entrepreneurial stories is…
S2 E15 - Full Time Podcasters (feat. Josh Perry)
May 20, 2018 • 76 min
The hosts have graduated college and are ready to take the podcast full-time. Love the process, and the process will love you back. Today’s episode is a back to back #SendItSunday because our guest, Josh Perry, is a class act who sent it for a living.…
S2 E14 - #SendItSunday (feat. Scot Chrisman)
May 13, 2018 • 89 min
For the first time ever, we are dropping the podcast on Sunday because today’s guest absolutely sends it, so we wanted to show him the love and support he deserves! Scot Chrisman was a professional skier and now entrepreneur who helps athletes brand…
S2 E13 - Pivotal Moments (feat. President Sullivan)
May 7, 2018 • 72 min
Third time is the charm! President Julie Sullivan visits the Den (aka our podcast studio) for an excellent interview. We also discuss a week full of pivotal moments in our lives, and how we’ve been pegged for something we did not do, darwinism at its…
S2 E12 - Collectivism (feat. Moise Igeno)
Apr 30, 2018 • 67 min
Collectivism is an inclusion mentality, and active involvement with sensory acuity is a formula for success. Today’s podcast features Moise Igeno, an old football teammate of ours, and an up and coming artist from St. Paul. Find him on Spotify, you won’t…
S2 E11 - Minnesotan Icon (feat. Tony Capra)
Apr 23, 2018 • 79 min
Tony Capra is a Minnesotan Entrepreneur who founded Shore Lunch, AquaVu, Capra Sporting Goods, and many other fishing and hunting companies. Tony Capra’s accomplishments did not come easy but it was all worth it looking back on it. We discuss the long,…
S2 E10 - LIVE PERFORMANCE (feat. Phil Xiao)
Apr 16, 2018 • 63 min
A live performance detailing the origin stories of the Backpocket, Phil Xiao’s creation story of Homi, and a little Q&A with the Marketing Interns in the crowd. This is our first of hopefully many live shows. A stepping stone for the long journey ahead.…
S2 E9 - Patron Perspective from the Masters
Apr 10, 2018 • 60 min
The Backpocket funded a trip for Andrew to witness a tradition unlike any other, The Masters at Augusta National. Hear all about his experience with his father and two brothers. (03:00) Average Quality - Outsourcing (07:00) A Patron from the Masters…
S2 E8 - Recognizing Failure (feat. Aidan Brown)
Apr 3, 2018 • 65 min
Aidan Brown is Declan’s younger brother who is an aspiring actor and movie fanatic. We talk to him about his journey as an actor and what it’s like growing up with Declan. We are back from Spring Break 2k18, and ended up taking a few L’s along the way.…
S2 E7 - Heating Up (feat. Matt Wagner)
Mar 27, 2018 • 67 min
Matt Wagner is a UST alumni grinding in the world of investment banking. Hear his journey and how he balances work, social, and family life. Consistency is the name of the game; however, we are a day late on publishing this pod. We recognize this gutter…
S2 E6 - I’m Possible (feat. Shad Ireland)
Mar 19, 2018 • 60 min
Shad Ireland was the first ever Ironman professional Athlete to ever complete a triathlon on dialysis. He is from St. Paul, MN and is a great inspiration to many. He could barely walk for more than 30 seconds on the treadmill and ran 26.2 miles. He never…
S2 E5 - Pay with Brio (feat. Clay Burdelik)
Mar 12, 2018 • 61 min
Clay Burdelik is the founder of Brio (formerly known as YoEats). They are a growing start up out of Madison Wisconsin that have developed an app that allows you to pay for food and drink at bars and restaurants. We talk to Clay about his journey so far…
S2 E4 - After-Party (feat. Teresa Collett)
Mar 5, 2018 • 71 min
Teresa Collet is a professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas. She discusses her journey as a lawyer representing Congressman Ron Paul. She details what it is like being a Catholic, Republican woman who practices law. She is an incredible woman. We…
S2 E3 - Finding a Niche (feat. Father Jim Baron)
Feb 26, 2018 • 56 min
Father Jim Baron is a Catholic Priest currently in Colorado Springs, CO. He went to the minor seminary at the University of St. Thomas. We talk about what it takes to be a priest and how he found the passion to become one. (00:30) KOOZIES (01:45) Average…
S2 E2 - Pyeongchang (feat. Cole Kelly)
Feb 19, 2018 • 61 min
Cole Kelly was our UST football teammate for 2 years. He played tight end and was one of the most thoughtful players to ever roll through the program. Hear about his post grad life so far and what it’s like to get engaged. (02:00) Average Quality (05:00)…
S2 E1 - Talking Story (feat. John Inserra)
Feb 12, 2018 • 71 min
John Inserra is back on the podcast to officially kick off Season 2. We talk about this perceived “Real World” that we are about to embark on after we graduate college. John talks about his journey about entering the real world and what he did to come out…
S2 E0 - SZN Two
Feb 4, 2018 • 42 min
WE ARE BACK for SZN 2 and the boy are STOKED. This episode features stories from both Andrew and Declan talking about their experiences abroad. Andrew talks about his experience studying abroad in Hawaii and Declan and 2nd string producer Mark Amick…
S1 E34 - Season 1 Finale (feat. Corrine Carvalho and Mike Best)
Dec 18, 2017 • 76 min
Dr. Corrine Carvalho is a University of St. Thomas theology professor who studies theological concepts in video games. We talk to her and her graduate student, Mike Best, about the various games they play and their unique findings. On the back end of this…
S1 E33 - Entrepreneurs (feat. Greg Kriege)
Dec 11, 2017 • 66 min
Greg Kriege was a former University of St. Thomas Football teammate of ours and started a new company called Fitbox LLC. We talk to him about his journey post football and how he is growing his new side hustle. (00:30) Average Quality (03:30) A Week…
S1 E32 - The Journey (feat. Jill Manske)
Nov 27, 2017 • 86 min
Jill Manske is a professor of immunology at the University of St. Thomas. She discusses her journey and her focus on pedagogy (we had to look this term up, it is the study of teaching). She talks about her annual trip she takes by herself where she takes…
S1 E31 - The Girlfriends (feat. Faith Neppl & Ciara Capra)
Nov 20, 2017 • 74 min
Faith Neppl and Ciara Capra join the show with their knucklehead podcaster boyfriends. They talk about the growth of the Backpocket from their perspective as well as some of the “frustrations” that come along with dating a podcaster. The boys are also…
S1 E30 - Ordinary Average Guys
Nov 13, 2017 • 42 min
Your Hosts Declan Brown and Andrew Inserra take part in podcast 30 with segments including (00:30) Ordinary Average Guys, (05:20) PR Week, (12:00) Good Line/Bad Line, (22:30) Golden Nugget, (30:45) This One Is for Us, (33:00) W.D.W.L., (38:15) Feel Good…
S1 E29 - Analytics (feat. Dr. Dean Don Weinkauf)
Nov 6, 2017 • 64 min
Dr. Dean Don Weinkauf is the Dean of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. We talk to him about his journey to becoming an engineer, 2 roses and a thorn of engineers, and the value of a liberal arts education. (00:30) Average Quality – Squarespace…
S1 E28 - Time Management (feat. John Abraham)
Oct 30, 2017 • 90 min
Dr. John Abraham is a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas and a writer for The Guardian. We discuss John’s path into becoming a heat transfer professor, running with the bulls in Pamplona, debunking climate change deniers (which…
S1 27 - Awareness & Mindfulness (feat. Dr. William Brendel)
Oct 23, 2017 • 76 min
Dr. William Brendel is a the CEO of the Transformative Learning Institute and assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas teaching about mindfulness and meditation. We were connected with him through the UST football team where he would lead…
S1 E26 - The President Emeritus (feat. Father Dennis Dease)
Oct 16, 2017 • 75 min
Fr. Dennis Dease is the President Emeritus of the University of St. Thomas and former president of the university as well. We discuss his journey into priesthood as well as his time as president of St. Thomas. We challenged him with our core Backpocket…
S1 E25 - Controversy is the Air We Breath (feat. Shea Gerrety)
Oct 9, 2017 • 57 min
Shea Gerrety is a Linebacker for the University of St. Thomas. We played with him for a short one year and had the opportunity to show him the ropes as a freshman. Hear.about his love for the game and what his goals and aspirations are for his college…
S1 E24 - The Sequel (feat. President Sullivan)
Oct 2, 2017 • 59 min
Dr. Julie Sullivan is the president of the University of St. Thomas and she is back on once again to kick off the Fall Semester of our senior year. We talk about the behind the scenes of ToJo 2017 at Target Field. We discuss our senior class and take her…
S1 E23 - ToJo 20-17 (feat. Our Younger Siblings Rory & Matthew)
Sep 25, 2017 • 57 min
Final Score: UST 20 SJU 17. ToJo 2017 at Target Field was a memory that will never be forgotten. We unpack our experience of the game and detail what it felt like to play the game we love in front of a record breaking 37,355 fans. We also interview our…
S1 E22 - We Just Don’t Get It (feat. Dance Team)
Sep 17, 2017 • 58 min
We interviewed the 2017 UST Dance Team on this podcast discussing topics such as how to dance, why we aren’t good at dancing, how to choreograph a routine, and the ladies give us some great girl advice. We also set the record for “Most Dance Team Members…
S1 E21 - Back to School (feat. CEO of Homi Phil Xiao)
Sep 11, 2017 • 59 min
Phil Xiao is the CEO of Homi.io, a start up tech company that aims to connect students and alumni of the same college institution. Homi is changing the game with how college kids find jobs. We talk to Phil about the growth of his company since it’s birth.…
S1 E20 - Camp Diaries (feat. Jack Dummer, Matt Mitchell, Jaxon Lind, and Gavin Dauwalter)
Sep 4, 2017 • 69 min
FOOTBALL IS BACK. We wrap up UST Football camp 2017 and unpack the stories, hardship, and expectations for the 2017 Football Season. This podcast is a collection of individual interviews with our teammates Jack Dummer (Senior Safety, Mechanical…
S1 E19 - Ten Mondays Consecutively (feat. John Jensvold)
Aug 14, 2017 • 79 min
John Jensvold is the Director of Project Development for PCL Construction. We discuss his journey to his current role with PCL, the world of construction, being the only guy in a family with 3 daughters, and how Declan did with his summer internship with…
S1 E18 - Long Awaited Guest (feat. Jace Amaro)
Aug 7, 2017 • 73 min
Jace Amaro was an All-American Tight End for Texas Tech University and played on multiple NFL teams including the NY Jets, Tennessee Titans, and the Kansas City Chiefs. We discuss his football journey from high school to college and eventually to the NFL.…
S1 E17 - F.A.M.I.L.Y. (feat. Mr. & Mrs. Inserra)
Jul 30, 2017 • 73 min
John and Carol Inserra are Andrew’s very loving parents. We discuss how they met, what Andrew was like as a child, working at the Ritz Carlton together, and much more. We also discuss the importance of F.A.M.I.L.Y. F.A.M.I.L.Y. = Forget About Me I Love…
S1 E16 - Our Purpose (feat. BYOB Sports)
Jul 23, 2017 • 66 min
BYOB Sports (Bring Your Own Beliefs) is a sports blog website discussing various opinions on sports topics founded by Gamiel Hall II. We discuss their creation story as well as our purpose for why we created The Backpocket Podcast. Disclaimer: BYOB Sports…
S1 E15 - A Longer Than Normal Podcast (feat. Coach Marcus Jones)
Jul 17, 2017 • 74 min
Marcus Jones is a former University of Minnesota football player and current athletic training coach. We discuss his football career and how he’s using the lessons learned from his playing days in his coaching life. He also drops some knowledge bombs with…
S1 E14 - Best of the First 13 Podcasts
Jul 9, 2017 • 52 min
We take a step back this week and reflect on the first 13 episodes of podcasting. (00:30) Best Segments of the First Thirteen Podcasts (01:44) UST’s Dome (06:08) Bryan’s Song of the Summer in the Southern Hemisphere (08:10) A Game w/ the Amick’s (10:42)…
S1 E13 - Fourth of July (feat. the Marketing Interns)
Jul 2, 2017 • 50 min
We participate in a insta live stream and accept call-ins from the Marketing Interns this week. A Marketing Intern is a listener and a learner of the Backpocket Podcast. They listen to our podcast, they love it (allegedly), and tell their friends & family…
S1 E12 - Are we improving? (feat. Dane Mosher)
Jun 26, 2017 • 64 min
NBA Outsider Dane Mosher joins the Backpocket once more to catch up and talk NBA. Conversations also range to Snapchat introducing the Snap Map and we explain what “Trap the Puck” means. (00:30) Average Quality or Plugging Our Barbers (04:55) Simply Stevo…
S1 E11 - Father’s Day (feat. The Backpocket Fathers)
Jun 18, 2017 • 56 min
What better 2 people to have on the show for Father’s Day than our own 2 dads. We call them both into the show and catch up with them. Other segments include us talking about things we need to improve on before we come fathers and our in-house research…
S1 E10 - Fiduciary Duty (feat. Nach)
Jun 12, 2017 • 63 min
Nach is one of the leaders of the MN Dark Clouds, the MN United support group. We talk A LOT of soccer this week and his journey to becoming passionate about the new MLS team in MN. (00:31) First Podcast of June (01:46) Average Quality (04:03) PTP…
S1 E9 - Memorial Day (feat. Situational Podcast #2)
May 29, 2017 • 44 min
We are LIVE from the sandy beaches of Aruba, ocean side for our second situational podcast feature. Other segments include another very special Let’s Talk Business with a recent photo that surfaced with Adam Kraft and Bailey Cook as well as a killer Feel…
S1 E8 - Finals Week (feat. Charlie Dowdle)
May 15, 2017 • 54 min
Charlie Dowdle was an All-American Tight End for the University of St. Thomas. We were fortunate enough to have him as a teammate for 2 years. We talk to Charlie right before he left for training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars. We call in some of his…
S1 E7 - Free Spirit (feat. Joey Tatz)
May 1, 2017 • 61 min
Joseph Dressler aka Joey Tatz was a man we met on the beaches of Aruba during our SB 2K17 trip. Joey is an ex marine, punk rock enthusiast from Long Island, NY. Him and his girlfriend are bartenders by trade “working to live” and travel the world seeing…
S1 E6 - The President (feat. President Julie Sullivan)
Apr 24, 2017 • 64 min
President Julie Sullivan is the President of the University of St. Thomas. We begin by asking her if UST will be getting a dome on campus as an addition to the football stadium. She talks to us about her journey to becoming the president and also explains…
S1 E5 - Aruba Bound (feat. Roxanne Prichard)
Mar 20, 2017 • 58 min
Roxanne Prichard is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She studies sleep in college students and student athletes. Her findings and her journey to studying sleep are discussed on this weeks podcast. We also discuss…
S1 E4 - Lorch (feat. Mr. & Mrs. Amick)
Mar 13, 2017 • 55 min
Mr. and Mrs. Amick are the parents of 2nd string producer, Mark Amick. We talk to them about how they met, advice for young college kids, their experience as empty nesters, and what they love about the Backpocket. This episode also features a FAN FAVORITE…
S1 E3 - How’s Chuck? (feat. Dane Mosher)
Mar 6, 2017 • 43 min
Dane Mosher is an ex University of St. Thomas football player and the official NBA Outsider for the Backpocket. We talk to Dane about the NBA stories, March Madness, and about the time he met THE Jimmy John (owner of Jimmy Johns). You will be shocked with…
S1 E2 - The Backpocket Returns (feat. Bryan Steinsapir)
Feb 27, 2017 • 57 min
Bryan Steinsapir was the kicker for the University of St. Thomas. He is originally from Chile and traveled long and far north to the St. Paul to play football and get a business degree. We talk to Bryan about his journey, his passion for sports, the song…
S1 E1 - Valentine’s Day Special (feat. Mallory Jensvold)
Feb 20, 2017 • 53 min
Mallory Jensvold is a dear friend of the Backpocket who is a business student at the University of St. Thomas. We discuss her thoughts on Valentine’s Day, what the Backpocket means to her, and much more. We also introduce segments such as the Average…