Tyler Sheldon-Movie Set Designer

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Tyler Sheldon

Movie Industry Set Designer

is an East Tennessee native who grew up in Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Tyler is the daughter of long-time Mortgage Investors Group Loan Officer Norma Sheldon. Norma works in the Oak Ridge Office with co-host Mark Griffith.

Tyler is an accomplished set designer with a vast movie credit past which includes her newest work ‘Patsy and Loretta’, a movie appearing on the Lifetime Channel Saturday, October 19th at 8 pm/7 pm central.

Tyler shares her story of how she realized her dream of working in the movie industry and gives words of encouragement to others seeking a similar dream.

Lifetime has given a green light for the new feature movie, “Patsy & Loretta,” set to star Megan Hilty (“Smash,” “The Good Wife”) as music legend Patsy Cline and Grammy winner Jessie Mueller (Broadway’s “Waitress,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) as country icon Loretta Lynn. The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Neil Meron, in his first solo project since the passing of longtime producing partner Craig Zadan. Debuting later this year, the movie will film on location this month in Nashville, helmed by award-winning director Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise,” “Nashville”) from a script by Angelina Burnett (“The Americans,” “Genius”) “Patsy & Loretta” also marks a reunion for Meron and Hilty who worked together on the musical series, “Smash.”

“Patsy & Loretta” is based on the untold true story of the friendship between two of country music’s greatest icons, Patsy Cline (Megan Hilty) and Loretta Lynn (Jessie Mueller). When they first met, Patsy was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville. Soon, they became close friends, touring together, bonding over their husband troubles and commiserating on being females in the male-dominated music business. Then in 1963, the country music community was struck with a tragedy when at just age 30, Patsy died in a plane crash. Despite the devastating loss of her friend, Loretta continued on in the industry and is today, known as the First Lady of Country Music. To this day, Loretta remains grateful to Patsy for her mentorship and above all, friendship, as the country music trailblazer that paved the way for Loretta.

Worry is stupid

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Tom Baker

author of “One Dog’s Faith,” and his newest companion book, “Worry is Stupid”, joins The Housing Hour this week to talk about the chronic problem that so many suffer from-Worry! Tom gives practical tips and examples of how to deal with this debilitating condition.

Topics Include:

Tom’s definition of Worry

Worry vs Concern

3 Big Tips on how to deal with Worry

Buy Worry Is Stupid

Also check out Tom’s Book:

One Dog’s Faith

For speaking engagements contact Tom: 865-250-0706

www.tombakerspeaker.com or tom@onedogsfaith.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Baker has worked in entertainment, radio and television for over 35 years. He graduated with a degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee and has been a TV and radio writer & producer since 1987.  Work history includes an ad agency writer/ producer, a radio & television commercial writer/producer/editor, senior video editor for a various production companies, producing music soundtracks and choreographing fireworks shows, cable series producer/editor – working on shows for A&E, Discovery, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Discovery Health, and more, manager of post-production for Scripps Networks and presently is Executive Producer/Owner of his 17 year-old TV production company (Cobblestone Entertainment, LLC) in Knoxville, TN. His company has produced original cable series, edited hundreds of episodes of TV shows and also has produced countless commercials, corporate videos, promotions and web content.

Tom, has been a musician since age 5, first playing piano and then switching to drums at age 8. He is also a published author and public speaker. Very active in his church, he plays drums in the contemporary worship band, teaches Sunday School to 8th and 9th graders and produces videos for the worship services and website. Tom and his wife, Michelle, of 22 years and four children (Carolyn, Sophie, Chloe and Cristian) love animals. They have 3 rescue dogs (including Mango), a rescue cat and a fish. He and his family enjoy hiking in the Smoky Mountains, camping and playing tag, “Uno” and “Parcheesi” past bedtime. 

For speaking engagements contact Tom at: 865-250-0706

www.tombakerspeaker.com

tom@onedogsfaith.com

The Arsonist in the Office

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Pete Havel

Author

of The Arsonist in the Office joins The Housing Hour this week to tell his incredible story of how a rogue employee sets out to hound and try to ruin his career. Pete writes about his journey and gives career changing tips on how to identify and deal with The Arsonist in the Office.

Topics Include:

How can leaders prevent fires from breaking out before their organization is at risk?

How can employees—whether facing a destructive coworker or a from breaking—protect themselves in an atmosphere that eats away at common sense, kindness, and careers?

Glass Door Website

Tools and Tactics

Pete Havel

The author of The Arsonist in the Office, is an experienced lobbyist, political consultant and crisis communications pro who has served numerous leading business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors.

With skills sharpened in the toughest, bare-knuckled environments, Havel is committed to helping leaders and organizations boldly face their challenges and provide tools that sharpen ‘smart skills’ that improve performance and protect careers and organizational cultures. He brings his skill in politics to helping organizations and individuals survive office politics.

Pete serves as a Sr. Counsel of Public Affairs for a leading communications firm. Pete grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home.  He’s a graduate of Baylor University and is a legendary BBQ smoker in his own mind.

Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training

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Daniel Park

Real Estate Agent

Bailey and Company

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his expert training methods for agents and customers: Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training Parts I & II.

Daniel taps his Psychology degree from Clemson University and his close work with Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud to formulate techniques that will help navigate the most complex human experiences during real estate transactions.

Topics Include:

  • Early Business Days in Prague
  • Commercial Real Estate in Texas
  • Emotional Intelligence and Real Estate Training
  • Self-Awareness -Self-Regulation-Motivation-Empathy-People Skills

Contact Daniel : djamespark@gmail.com

Daniel Park returned to his hometown of Knoxville, TN in 2014. He is an important part of Bailey and Co and brings a wide range of real estate experience with him. Daniel’s prior work included residential sales, commercial development, and property management.

Previously, Daniel contributed as a co-founder and manager of Mosaic House in Prague, Czech Republic. Mosaic House is a unique accommodation business specializing in hospitality and “green” technology. As a co-founder, his involvement ranged from design, assisting project management, development of operations, and profit and loss analysis. Following his time in Prague, Daniel served as the Ministry Development Coordinator for Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Daniel earned his B.A. in Psychology in 2006 from Clemson University and is currently working on a Master‘s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He and his wife Brook have three children.

Veritical Farming

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Mona Hitch

Owner of Tennessee Urban Farm

joins The Housing Hour this week to share her knowledge and passion about vertical farming. Mona explains the benefits of growing vegetables and other types of plants vertically to save space and increase yield.

Mona’s mission is to inspire healthy living around the world by growing fresh, clean food for the locavore market. Using the next generation of technology, we provide community education, life-changing distribution opportunities, and expansion of personal horizons. She wants to expand the food revolution offering better nutrition for all.

One Giant Leap: Space Programs Spin-Off Vertical Farming

First-time Homebuyer Program-THDA

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Ralph Perrey-

Executive Director Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)

and

Darrell Robertson-

Assistant Director of Industry and Governmental Affairs

joins The Housing Hour this week to give our listeners a unique view of one of our countries premier state housing programs. THDA’s passion is to expand safe, sound, affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income Tennesseans. They aspire to excel in the management and stewardship of our state resources and to produce strong earnings that allow creative reinvestment to meet the housing needs in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is Tennessee’s housing finance agency, created by the General Assembly in 1973. THDA was created to promote the production of more affordable new housing units for very low, low and moderate income individuals and families in the state, to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing units for such persons, and to bring greater stability to the residential construction industry and related industries so as to assure a steady flow of production of new housing units.

In addition to serving as the primary administrator for numerous federal and state housing programs, THDA is authorized to issue tax-exempt Mortgage Revenue Bonds to support financing opportunities for first-time homebuyers and veterans. THDA is not a direct lender. THDA purchases qualified home loans originated through its private-sector lending partners. All THDA loans have 30-year, fixed-rate terms and offer a maximum grant of 5% in down-payment assistance. All homebuyers receiving down-payment assistance must complete a homebuyer education course.

Residential Rental Investment Strategies

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Evonne Kautz and Roger Frantz

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss important tips and strategies when becoming a residential rental real estate investor. Roger has dozens of years of experience as a landlord and his suggestions and ideas will give our listeners valuable information. Evonne is an expert tax preparer and supplies our listeners with the proper tax strategies for real estate investments.

Topics:

Contract Review

Property Management Role

Lease Details

Repairs and Maintenance

Resolving Issues

Taxation and Record-keeping

Recording Income and Expenses

Depreciation

Books and Records

The Tax Cat: Evonne Kautz

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Evonne M. Kautz:

Evonne has been practicing in the tax field for 11 years in the Knoxville area, specializing in military and small business.  She holds the EA designation, an abbreviation for Enrolled Agent, earning the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards and authorizes unlimited practice rights in tax matters such as audit, appeals, and collections. 12568 Kingston Pike Knoxville, Tennessee Call (865) 392-1755

Educational Foundation

An additional part of 5-Star is its education program to teach taxpayers the basics of tax and the importance of tax planning.  Specifically for the military, Evonne travels to bases and units to teach these fundamentals with a focus on tax savings for service members. In the civilian community, she has shared tax tips for real estate agents and rental property owners, and even a class for college-bound students and parents about paying for/tax savings for the college years.

Aging In Place

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Steve Kleber

 Kleber & Associates (K&A)

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss ‘Aging in Place’. Steve will explore this growing trend and also share some of the latest products and solutions that can be implemented in homes to make a smooth transition for those who opt to ‘age in place’.

“Aging in Place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

Topics:

Aging in place trends

Construction ideas

Aging in place products and uses

Steve’s Recommendations:

LUXE Linear Drains

Amba Heated Towel Racks

Stream Lab- Smart Water Monitoring System

Tile Doctor

Steve’s Resources:

Living In Place Institute

National Institute on Aging

National Association of Home Builders also offers a comprehensive checklist

Creating Magic with Lee cockerell

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Lee Cockerell

Former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort

joins The Housing Hour this week to share his legacy of creating the famous Disney Leader Strategies which are used to train and develop thousands of leaders at Walt Disney World.

There is no ‘pixie dust’ involved, these are sound proven leadership techniques that brings the wonderful world of magic to businesses around the globe.

Topics Include

How to Create Corporate Magic

Create an inclusive workplace

How to start each day

plus so much more!!

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.”

One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of Florida United Way, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.

He is now dedicating his time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership, management and service excellence titled, Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney. which is now available in 13 languages and his latest book, The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Lee also performs leadership and service excellence workshops and consulting for organizations around the world as well as for the Disney Institute. Lee has received the following awards;

  • Golden Chain Award for Outstanding leadership and business performance from the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operations Association (MUFSO).
  • Silver Plate Award for Outstanding Operator in the foodservice industry from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).
  • Excellence In Production Operations Management and Leadership (POMS) from the Productions and Operations.
  • Grandfather of the year from his three grandchildren, Jullian, Margot and Tristan.

Lee and his wife Priscilla live in Orlando Florida.

Legacy of Woodstock

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Terry Adams

Adams Law Firm

joins The Housing Hour this week to reflect on one of our countries most iconic weekends ‘ Woodstock ’69’. Terry, Kevin, and Mark discuss the ‘Legacy of Woodstock’ and the impact of the countercultural movement.

Terry has a unique background, having grown up in the Nashville music scene. His mother, Shirley Wood, was a well known and respected country music songwriter. It was not unusual for Terry to find famous musicians in his home growing up.

The Housing Hour reached out to a festival goer and got their first-hand account:

Yes, I was at Woodstock that August in 1969. I was a college sophomore at the time. I remember our decision to go to Woodstock like it was yesterday. I was hanging out with a few of my friends at “The Coral”, a local watering hole on Philly’s Main Line on that Friday night of the concert weekend. I was freshly energized from my trip to the Atlantic City Pop Festival held less than 2 weeks prior. When Woodstock entered the conversation and the great groups that would be performing a snap decision was made. By early the next morning 4 of us were heading north on the PA Turnpike toward Bethel, NY. I recall that it was a warm, sunny day. The perfect day for a road trip – particularly in a GTO convertible with the top down. By the time we hit the NY Thruway it became apparent we were not alone. There was a steady stream of traffic and volume expanded with each mile. By the time we exited the Thruway and merged onto a 2 lane country road the traffic was slowed to a crawl, but honestly, no one seemed to mind. The parade in of itself was a sight to behold: Vans, Microbuses, campers, vehicles painted with all colors and patterns imaginable. American Flags that were in dayglow colors, repurposed school buses, motorcycles and pickup trucks – all loaded with concertgoers! It was when the traffic came to a complete halt, about 4 miles from the venue that we decided to bail on the car. We found a field where I could safely park my car away from the masses and joined in the march. The crowd was massive and like nothing I’d ever seen. No one seemed pushy or annoyed by the press of the people all around them. We all simply merged and moved  forward. By the time we arrived at the entrance the gates were non-existent. In fact there  were no fences or anyone to take tickets and all I could see was a sea of people. I could hear Carlos Santana in the distance. We continued walking toward the music for what may have been another mile before we actually reached our destination and heard that the concert was now “free”. The road was muddy and food vendors parked along the way had mostly closed, having sold out after the first day! I recall being thankful that we brought food & drink in our backpacks. I recall walking past a makeshift Red Cross field hospital that seemed well- organized & pretty low-key. I also recall somehow eventually ending up near the stage in amazement & seeing concertgoers that looked like they had been in a war zone – filthy, many covered in mud and still wet from Friday night’s rainstorm. I recall no one seemed to care & neither did I – we were all together there to enjoy this great music & have a great time!

I could not believe our luck at finding a spot at rear stage left – right under a catwalk where performers walked from the trailers across to the stage. We could both see the performers on stage & hear all of the music. Location, Location, Location & it was not long before we got to know everyone around us – Incredible experience. Canned Heat came on as the sun was setting. They were followed by Mountain, The Grateful Dead and CCR. Credence Clearwater Revival was one of my favorites so I was in my glory. Janis Joplin was followed by Sly & the Family Stone. By then I think it was after 4 am. I think I maybe got 2 hours sleep before The Jefferson Airplane came on & Gracie Slick woke us all up with, “Breakfast for 300,000!”.

During the music, everyone was engaged and euphoric (in more ways than one). It was only after Gracie & the group departed the stage across the catwalk that the massive reality of the event came into view. It would be several hours before the next group would come on – We decided to see if we could grab a spot at the top of the hill as a change of pace but realized pretty quickly this was a bad decision. By the time we did finally reach the top of the hill there was no place to sit. Even if a space could be found you couldn’t see the stage as it was literally standing room only.

So there we were. It was Sunday before noon. We were at the top of the hill and considered options. It was hot. It smelled. I don’t need to mention the thought of portable toilets that crews could not get near to service. No food – we had eaten all we had by Saturday night. And trash everywhere. We looked at each other and unanimously decided, “Time to go”. Well, not everyone. One of our group had run into friends who were staying – he opted to stay and ride home with them.

My car, alone in a field the day before, was now surrounded by a sea of vehicles. I was thankfully able to navigate it through the maze and back onto that country road that led to home. Exhausted with no regrets.

So much has been written about this event – my notes don’t include the kind of stories or insight that hasn’t been written before. Even though 50 years have passed I remain in awe and have to smile at the thought of it all. Nothing was like it ever before or ever since. Just think about it – over 400,000 people together for 3 days under conditions that most people today wouldn’t tolerate for an hour.

Woodstock’s theme was Love & Peace. There’s something to that.

David Crosby had it right: “Love is better than hatred, Peace is better than war”.

Thanks Mark, for asking me to share my Woodstock experience. It gave me an opportunity to put some thought into both my recollections and how much life has changed for us all.

All the best