Tim and John share their eight state, 2,000 plus mile journey in the all new VW Golf Alltrack making their way from Seattle to Denver. Hear and see what attractions they loved, places they would skip, and what hotel had the best water pressure—hint not the Kimpton! The VW Golf Alltrack became part of the Focus Group Family as it guided us over the beautiful but gut wrenching Beartooth Pass in Wyoming. Come along for the ride!
Jen Rubio, Co-Founder of Away Travel, joins the Tim and John for a lively business conversation. Prior to co-founding Away, Jen was the Head of Social Media at Warby Parker, spearheading content and sponsorships. In 2015, Jen was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising. But first, Japan invents a translating megaphone for the 2020 Olympic Games and the Hoover Damn was dedicated 81 years ago this month.
This week on The Focus Group Tim and John discuss whether the 4 P’s of Marketing are being replaced, or updated to, the 4 M’s. Our next President will be the highest paid Leader in the World, what does the WD mean in WD-40, and Happy Business Birthday to John W. Marriott. The show ends with what retirees site as their biggest financial regrets.
The business of selling feminine protection products in China, it’s TV Dinner Day as Swanson celebrates 63 years of selling the iconic meals, be careful of what you say in Canada, and an interactive world map that ranks manhood by country. (Put Congo on your holiday bucket list…if that sort of thing matters!) We’re all business. Except when we’re not.
Summer is winding down, kids are headed back to class, and the Presidential election is off the rails. It’s been a hot summer and Dumpster Pools in Philadelphia Caught Tim’s eye. John wonders during Shop Talk what doing the laundry and shopping means regarding his role in his marriage. Finally, Tim and John share their “must have” items that they headed off to college with along with new music they discovered on campus. Enjoy some friend and family time this weekend. We’re all business. Except when we’re not.
Damian Pelliccione, CEO of REVRY, the new groundbreaking LGBTQ digital content streaming serverice for Apple TV, Chromecast, ROKU, and mobile devices joins Tim and John to talk about this exciting new media property. The Focus Group is proud to be part of REVRY and our shows will be available on REVRY soon. A study that says people who read books live longer Caught John’s eye. In Business Birthdays Tim extends wishes to Charles Dawes, VP under Coolidge, Nobel Prize recipient, and captain of finance…oh and he went to Tim’s alma mater…Marietta College.
Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE—Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders—joins The Focus Group to bring to the forefront some of the unique issues confronting the aging LGBT population. John considers being a volunteer and Tim harkens back to an old Seinfeld episode. Stay tuned. It’s National Lemonade Day! Support the Lemonade stands in your travels this summer. Jeff Stryker has a birthday and Shop Talk explores getting things done in August.
In this Focus Group Special, Tim and John share the top items that they specifically head for when shopping at Trader Joe’s and ALDI. While vastly different shopping experiences, the quality and price of the food and items can’t be beat. Did you know that the Albrecht Family trust of Germany controls both Trader Joe’s and ALDI? While they are run as separate units, you can sometimes recognize the same items just packaged differently.
Andrew Bolton, VP of Brand Partnerships at Knotch, joins Tim and John to talk about life as a world class rower, the Rio Olympic Games, and starting his career during one of the worst recessions in US history. Texts not intended for Mom, but sent to her by accident, caught John’s eye while Tim discusses the latest dust-up about “racist” images on the new Lay’s international flavor chip bags.
Doug Kalish of DougsGuides joins The Focus Group to share several useful tips for people entering the job market, changing careers, and the importance of networking. Lucille Ball is one of the Business Birthday honorees and Tim and John both share five companies that they would like to work for during Shop Talk. But first, John is troubled by Tim having too much space on his computer dedicated to music.