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.

Heritage farm animals

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Jeanette Beranger

Senior Program Manager –The Livestock Conservancy

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.

The Legacy of Apollo 11

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Dr. Michael L. Simpson

The University of Tennessee

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.

Topic Includes:

Where were you?

Mission Facts (Oak Ridge Lab Involvement)

Technology spinoffs

Mars next?

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. Research Areas

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» Molecular-Scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies

» Nanophase Materials Sciences Selected Awards and Honors

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. Professional Activities

» 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, 2006.

» 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 Selected Publications

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.

The heroes within

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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!

Erik Ainge -Team 121

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Erik Ainge

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.

 

The Erik Ainge Show can be heard on Sports Radio WNML  M-F 9 am to Noon.

One Dog’s Faith: Tom Baker

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Tom Baker

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.

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One Dog’s Faith: Tom Baker

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.

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UnChosen: Surviving Job Loss

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Greg Chambers and Peter Jones

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”.

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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.

 

 

Murder Will Out

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Copyright 2015

In 1921, it was considered the most horrifying, gruesome murder in East Tennessee history.

Starting in Knoxville, with a sickening murder in Robertsville, Tennessee (pre-Oak Ridge), to an attempted bank robbery in Oakdale-this story has it all- ending with four men executed in Tennessee’s electric chair on the same day (a dark state record).

Murder Will Out

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Co-Host Mark W. Griffith

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From Mark:

It seems like every 100 years, or so a sensational trial occurs in communities across the country. Most of them maintain only a local level of interest but occasionally some reach the attention of the national media. The story of George Lewis and Andrew Crumley reached a national audience; its horrific tale of a brutally cruel murder and attempted murder caught the ire and sympathy of the nation. After the sensational trial, verdict and death sentence, the country seemed to wait in anticipation for the execution. On March 1, 1922, Tennessee executed four men; national news headlines exploded with the news.
In the trials closing augments, prosecuting attorney W. H. Buttram predicted the trial would be, ‘….remembered a hundred years hence.’ But in reality, with justice being served quickly and inexorably, memories of the horror soon faded.
Murder Will Out rekindles some of the emotions undoubtedly felt at the time and attempts to honor the memories of two innocent lives that fell victim to such a despicable plot.housinghour_bookcover_700x900-01

Murder Will Out

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Mark W. Griffith
Co-host: The Housing Hour

 

 

Housing and the Presidential Election

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Housing and the Presidential Election

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Steve Kleber

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The housing crisis is an issue that needs to be faced and tackled by the next administration. Both presidential candidates have contrasting stances on the issue along with different backgrounds. Trump, a real estate mogul, should be better for housing, but his history in the industry is questionable. Eighteen months before the housing crash, Trump started a mortgage company that would go on to fail. The company offered residential mortgages with quick approval, and aggressive salesmen; the same kind of mortgages that led to the housing crisis in the first place. After it failed, Trump distanced himself from the company and claimed he wasn’t involved with it, blaming the people he hired to run the business. The failed business left behind unpaid employees as well as unpaid taxes. Today, he claims that he predicted the housing crisis, but the facts tell a different story.

On the other hand, Clinton has no background in real estate but experts believe that she would be better for the housing industry. Her biggest challenge is getting voters to trust her.

The question then becomes: with a unique track record for Trump, and a general sense of mistrust surrounding Clinton, who would be better for the housing industry and why?

 

Housing Crisis
Background: The current housing crisis, while not as bad as the one from last decade, is still an issue. One of the biggest issues is the lack of affordable housing. The current housing market isn’t in bad shape, but there is a problem with inventory.

What are the challenges facing the next administration when it comes to housing?

  • 11 million households spend more than half of their income on rent
  • There is a shortage of affordable rental homes
  • The available houses are being rented by higher-income households making it so only 3 in 10 extremely low income renters have access to affordable housing
  • Millennials aren’t buying homes
  • More people are remodeling than buying

Which candidate do voters believe will be best for the housing crisis?

  • 33% of current homeowners believe Trump would be better, while 31% believe Clinton would be better
  • 35% of perspective homeowners believe Clinton would be better, while 27% believe Trump would be better
  • According to a survey conducted by Berkshire Hathaway in June, 66% of existing homeowners see the current market as favorable, which is up 5% from the spring

Housing Plan Comparison
Background: the next president has to deal with the current housing issues. Clinton has laid out a specific plan, and Trump has mentioned what he would but has no released a plan.

 Trump:

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  • In an address to the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors, he said he plans to slash regulations to give the housing industry a boost by:
  • Getting rid of any regulations that kill jobs
  • Reducing income taxes on businesses up to 15%
  • Removing bureaucrats who have implemented regulations that hurt job growth
  • Appointing Supreme Court Justices who would have a positive impact on the industry

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  • Help responsible homeowners save for a down payment by providing funding initiatives in underserved communities to match up $10,000 in savings for “responsible homeowners who earn less than the area median income to put towards a down payment on a first home”
  • Increase funding and broaden credit terms for housing counseling programs shown to help borrowers become sustainable homeowners
  • Update underwriting tools to reflect today’s job market by pushing congress to government agencies to use a new generation of credit testing tools
  • Clarify the rules to expand access by giving every government agency that supports mortgage lending 90 days to present a plan to clarify their lending terms
  • For renters, she plans to reduce the cost by defending the current supply of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and providing additional credits to communities where demand for the credits exceeds the supplies

Construction
Background: one of the issues facing the housing industry is a problem with inventory. Because construction relies heavily on foreign born workers, the candidates’ policies on immigration is very important.

What does the construction industry currently look like?

  • The business is four years into a shortage of framers, roofers, dry-wallers, and painters
  • This has rained the cost of construction, as well as slowed it down
  • This was caused by the decrease of illegal immigration vs a few years ago
  • Mexicans are returning home in huge numbers; more Mexicans have returned home since 2009 than there were when migration peaked in 2006 (Pew Research)
  • 14% of construction jobs go to undocumented workers
  • As of August, there are 454,000 unemployed construction workers in the US
  • This is the lowest number for the month of August in more than 16 years

Which candidate is better for construction?

  • Clinton because Trump’s plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants would have a huge, negative impact of the construction industry
  • According to Mark Boud, the Chief Economist at Hanely Wood, deporting the millions of undocumented immigrants who stayed would result in “fewer homes built in an industry already short in terms of housing supply”
  • The National Association of Home Builders has even been lobbying for a new guest worker program where foreign nationals would be allowed into the US for temporary stretches for jobs, including construction
  • David Weekely, of David Weekely Homes, claims that reporting all of the laborers would put various different industries in bad shape
  • The Fr*ee Architecture Firm has proposed that instead of building a wall, build a border city to accommodate the 100 million people living there
  • Overall, most housing professionals agree that Trump’s stance on immigration is problematic for housing and will have negative long term effects

Solar Energy
Background: Solar energy is and housing are intertwined and a hot-button issue with long-term repercussions. The GOP and the Democratic Parties have always have very different views on this issue, and it has become increasingly important in the past few years.

Where does the solar power industry fit into the election?

  • Democrats back government incentives and funding, which is opposed by Republicans who believe in market-based mechanisms
  • Currently at the federal level, there is a 30% solar investment tax credit which is the most important policy mechanism for supporting the solar energy sector
  • There are also state-level regulations like net metering and renewable portfolio standards which require/encourage utility companies to derive a certain minimum of their electricity supply from renewable sources
  • The federal government plays a role by incentivizing renewables by lowering emissions for conventional fossil fuel sources

What is the future of solar energy?

  • Solar is becoming increasingly economically feasible, reaching grid parity in many southwestern US states

Where does each candidate stand in terms of solar energy?

  • Clinton
  • Plans to install 500 million solar panels during the first time
  • Intends to defend, implement, and extend pollution and efficiency standards, including the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan
  • Part of her plan requires congress approval but would be very good for solar demand and boosting near-term pricing
  • Trump
  • Has not outlined specific agenda or target for renewables, and has expressed skepticism about man-made climate change
  • Intends to rescind the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan and potentially cancel the Paris climate agreement that world powers signed in December 2015
  • This would be beneficial for the oil and coal industries

Which candidate is better for solar energy?

  • Clinton has better solar power policies that if implement could provide long-term effects and essentially lead the path for other countries to follow suit
  • Trump would have no negative sort-term implications but would have negative long-term implications because the US is a world leader – if the US is against solar energy, other countries are likely to follow our lead

Overall, who would be better for the housing industry?

  • Trump has not released a plan for dealing with housing
  • While Trump has a background in real estate, Clinton’s proposed housing policies would be more beneficial for dealing with the housing crisis

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Wildlife Solutions

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Wildlife Solutions

Special Guest

Michael Harris

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ws1Wildlife Solutions specializes in keeping your home, yard, or property free of outside wildlife. Located in Knoxville, TN they provide all of Knox County and surrounding areas with friendly, professional and humane wildlife removal services. Their licensed and experienced professionals are available, at your convenience, to evaluate and take care of any problem that you have whether it is bats or squirrels in your attic, raccoons getting into your garbage, or mice getting into your living area.

Co-Host Mark Griffith noticed an adolescent ground hog last year near his home. At the time, it was cute and not an issue. This year, however, things had changed. The ground hog had tripled in size and was starting to cause damage with its burrowing. Mark called Michal Harris with Wild Life Solutions.

Caught!

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