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.
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
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.
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
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.
How to Create Corporate Magic
Create an inclusive workplace
How to start each day
plus so much more!!
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
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
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.
joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss one of the most important agricultural issues facing our world “The protection of endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction”!
Many of America’s once-common farm animals face extinction if we do not take action now. Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity and offer an incredible variety that may be needed for future farms – robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate. These farm animals are a vital part of ensuring food security for our planet – now and for the future.
Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for the Conservancy. She came to the organization with 25 years’ experience working as an animal professional including veterinary and zoological institutions with a focus on Heritage breeds. She has been with The Conservancy since 2005 and uses her knowledge to plan and implement conservation programs, conduct field research, and advise farmers in their endeavors with rare breeds. She is a co-author of the best-selling book “An Introduction to Heritage Breeds.” At home, she maintains a Heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens & horses. In 2015 she was honored as one of the top “45 Amazing Country Women in America” by Country Woman magazine for her long-standing dedication to endangered breed conservation.
joins The Housing Hour to discuss the lasting legacy of one America’s most historic feats-“…one giant leap for mankind.” Dr. Simpson brings his vast scientific background to help us unwrap possibly one of the greatest accomplishments the world has ever seen.
Where were you?
Mission Facts (Oak Ridge Lab Involvement)
And so much more!
Dr. Simpson earned his B.S., M.S., and
Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee
in 1983, 1987, and 1991, respectively. His dissertation research
focused on charge trapping correction in high-purity germanium radiation
detectors. At the time he received his Ph.D. Simpson worked in R&D
at EG&G Ortec, and moved to the Scientific Staff of the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in 1992 where he initially worked on the design of
high-speed, custom, analog, integrated circuits for collider physics
experiments. Later Simpson’s research interest focused more on nanoscale
structures, and in particular, on the interface between nanoscale
devices and biological systems. Simpson is now a Distinguished Research
Staff Member and Theme Leader in the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials
Sciences. Dr. Simpson began a joint faculty appointment with the
University of Tennessee in 1993, first with the Electrical and Computer
Engineering Department, and now with the Materials Science and
Engineering Department, where he teaches nanobiosciences courses and
performs research at the physical-biological sciences boundary. Dr
Simpson has authored or co-authored 115 peer reviewed journal papers,
holds 24 U.S. Patents, and has presented numerous invited talks at
conferences, workshops, and symposia.
2007 Named a Battelle Memorial Institute Distinguished Inventor 1998 Kermit Fischer Environmental Award for the
Pioneering Development of an Integrated CMOS Photo-Spectrometer for Wide
Applications including Environmental Monitoring. 1998 Finalist for a Discover Magazine Technology
Innovation award for the development of the Bioluminescent Bioreporter
Integrated Circuit. 1998 Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research
Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement, for the
co-development of a deep submicron lithography method. 1998 Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research
Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement for the
co-development of an integrated circuit for a collider detector
application. 1997 Awarded Lockheed-Martin Energy Research
Corporation Medal for Excellence in Technical Achievement for the
development of a single-chip photo-spectrometer.
» Co-Chair and IEEE-EMBS representative for
the second Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conference sponsored
by the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, January 15-18,
» Co-Chair and IEEE-EMBS representative for
the first Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conference sponsored by
the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, July 7-10, 2003.
» Member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia Tech Conference on Nanosciene and Nanotechnology, 2001
» Member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia Tech First Conference on Nanosciene and Nanotechnology, October 2000
M. J. Doktycz and M. L. Simpson, “Nano-enabled synthetic biology,” Mol Syst Biol, vol. 3, 2007.
M. L. Simpson “Cell-free synthetic biology: a bottom-up approach to discovery by design,” Mol. Syst. Biol., vol. 2, 2006.
Austin, D. W., M. S. Allen, J. M. McCollum, R. D. Dar, J. R. Wilgus, G. S. Sayler, N. F. Samatova, C. D. Cox, & M. L. Simpson, “Gene Network Shaping of Inherent Noise Spectra”, Nature 439, Feb. 2, 2006, 608-611.
Melechko, A.V., V.I. Merkulov, T.E. McKnight, M.A. Guillorn, K.L. Klein, D.H. Lowndes, and M.L. Simpson. “Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers and related structures: Controlled synthesis and directed assembly.” J. Appl. Phy., 97(4), Feb. 15, 2005, 041301-39.
Fletcher, B. L., E. D. Hullander, A. V. Melechko, T. E. McKnight, K. L. Klein, D. K. Hensley, J. L. Morrell, M. L. Simpson, M. J. Doktycz. “Microarrays of biomimetic cells formed by the controlled synthesis of carbon nanofiber membranes.” Nano Letters 2004,4(10), October 2004, 1809-1814.
M. L. Simpson, C.D. Cox, and G.S. Sayler, “Frequency domain chemical Langevin analysis of stochasticity in gene transcriptional regulation”.J. Theo. Bio. 229(3), August 2004, 383-394.
McKnight, T. E., A. V. Melechko, G. D. Griffin, M. A. Guillorn, V. I.
Merkulov, F. Serna, D. K. Hensley, M. J. Doktycz, D. H. Lowndes, and M. L. Simpson. “Intracellular integration of synthetic nanostructures with viable cells for controlled biochemical manipulation.” Nano Letts. 4(7); July 7, 2004, 1213-1219.
M. L. Simpson, C. D. Cox,
G. D. Peterson, and G. S. Sayler. “Engineering in the Biological
Substrate: Information Processing in Genetic Circuits.” Proc. IEEE. Vol. 92(5), May 2004, 848-863.
This year Mortgage Investors Group is celebrating 30 years in the mortgage industry. A company that started with only a few has now grown to over 400 strong. This accomplishment would never have been possible without the sacrifices of our brave men and woman in uniform that fought for our freedom and continue to protect our freedoms to this day.
MIG is very proud to honor those within our company that has either served or has family members that have served. A few years back we took the time to interview a few of those individuals and share their stories. It was a defining moment for The Housing Hour and one that we will never forget. We have interviewed United States Senators, Congressman, professional athletes, authors and more, but nothing compared to this!
So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax and enjoy a stroll down memory lane!
joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the start of the 2017 college football season. Erik shares his views and expert analysis on UT’s Team 121 as they enter their first game of the season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Join Kevin and Mark as they pepper Erik with questions regarding the current roster and projected starters.
And don’t miss The Erik Ainge Show:
Former University of Tennessee and New York Jets quarterback Erik Ainge hosts The Erik Ainge Show with Brian Rice Monday – Friday from 9am to noon on Sports Radio WNML!
Ainge, an Oregon native, played for the University of Tennessee from 2004 – 2007, during which time he racked up numerous awards and honors from the SEC and across college football.
In the years since his professional football career, Erik established himself firmly in the Knoxville community and set roots that, along with his football connections, provide a listening experience that is exclusive and exciting for all college football fans.
joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss his inspirational book, ‘One Dog’s Faith.’ After financial hardship struck his business in 2012, Tom felt like his world was imploding. Desperately seeking peace and solace, he discovered his path back to God from the most unlikely source, his dog Mango. Tom shares how Mango lead him to Trust God and shed the destructive power of worry.
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, Discovery, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY, GAC and the Cooking Channel. He is Executive Producer/Owner of a TV production company (Cobblestone Entertainment, LLC) in Knoxville, TN.
Tom, age 57, 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 19 years and four children (Carolyn, Sophie, Chloe and Cristian) love animals, They have 4 rescue dogs (including Mango), a rescue cat and a fish. He and his family enjoy hiking in the Smoky Mountains, camping and playing tag and board games past bedtime.
joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss their new book, UnChosen: Surviving The Emotional Trauma Of Job Loss. Greg and Peter masterfully describe the emotional trauma inflicted on individuals and families from the sudden unexpected impact of job loss. While explaining the tough feeling of shame, pain, and worthlessness, they also give a message of comfort and hope.
Join Kevin and Mark as they unpack the daunting story of the “UnChosen”.
Job loss is a traumatic experience that can tear you apart. It is an emotional and traumatic experience that impacts your social, economic and psychological status quo. The workplace is not designed to help you recover from being UnChosen. Managers, recruiters, and friends don’t understand it and are unable to help you unless they have also been through the experience. This book is a guide through this journey from two authors who have experienced it several times and moved on to recovery. UnChosen discusses the impact through personal experience, chronicles the journey, and offers a path to recovery. It is a guide to surviving the new workplace where company loyalty is disappearing and career-minded workers need to become more self-reliant to survive. This book will help you understand what you are experiencing and how to emotionally prepare for moving your life forward from job loss. Greg and Peter have written their experiences to help you conquer those obstacles and become free again.