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Ep. 7 - Podcast Notes

A Conversation with Jeremy Gardner


Jeremy Gardner, is the founder of Gardner Studio and Small Projects, LLC. He is interested in the renewal of spaces and places and is passionate about building a studio which brings together those that do, with those that draw.

Summary
A great conversation about architecture and building things with Jeremy Gardner, Principal Architect at Gardner Studio, an Oklahoma City based Architectural firm. Jeremy and Sam begin the conversation around their similar upbringing, each growing up in rural areas on working farms. The callback to the farm life and connecting form with function roots this conversation as Jeremy talks through his architectural and entrepreneurial journey.

Gardner Studio is a collection of architects, designers, planners, and makers. They understand the built environment, believe in the impossible and thrive on community.

Instagram: @gardner.studio
Web: gardner.studio


Architects cited:
Tadao Ando - Jeremy mentions Tadao's influence is one of stillness and simplicity.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn - Sam speaks about his visit to this Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in Mason City, IA as a young person.

Other Architecture Studios in Oklahoma City:
Studio Architecture
TAP Architects
BAU - Butzer Architects and Urbanism


Renewal - I wanted to post this award winning video from Gardner Studios by filmmaker Weston Waugh of Stout.Media. In it you can see the passion of building places and spaces that have the opportunity for renewal.

The EastPoint Project from stout.media on Vimeo.


Special Thanks
Woodshed Coffee & Tea
Vault 405 Podcasting!

Ep. 6 - Podcast Summary

Life is not a marathon...


Summary
For this new year, a time of new beginnings, Sam reads the first chapter of his work in progress -- Begin the work. This excerpt introduces the idea of work not as a performance or a race, but as training for a performance or race -- life is not a marathon, life is training for a marathon.

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Ep. 5

So, you want to build a brand?


In this conversation Sam and Evan delve into design and branding as it relates to constructing a brand framework, as opposed to just a logo. Evan expands on his philosophy of branding design, introduced in the last podcast conversation with Studio DeWalt, an Oklahoma City based design boutique.

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Ep. 4

A Conversation with Studio DeWalt


Studio DeWalt, an Oklahoma City based design boutique espouses thoughtful design and brand strategy as the main deliverables of their service. Married as well as business partners, Julie and Evan DeWalt have put Studio DeWalt on the side, as they each have joined other companies over the last year -- Julie as the Design Director at @madebyswitch, and Evan as the Creative Director for @rhumbix. As a married couple Julie and Evan are the most delightful parents to two beautiful kiddos, and as a creative duo, they are a tour de force of talent.

Summary
In this conversation, Sam, Evan, and Julie delve into design principles and practices, as more than any other profession it seems designers flow through the Begin; Begun; Begin, Again process on a daily basis iterating on design projects for businesses of varying sizes and within a multitude of industries. Summarizing their journey from graphic design students, to freelancers, apprentices, designers-for-hire and entrepreneurs, Julie and Evan talk through many of the challenges and successes they have had in their chosen vocation. Their respect for their craft, as well as each other gives them a unique perspective on how to best respond to failure, and maybe more importantly how they launched from their missteps into their next big gig.

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Ep. 3

A Conversation with Andy Braner


Andy currently resides in Washington D.C. and has spent the last few years focused on helping people come together in business, education, and social work to achieve a common understanding of the human condition. He has spent time representing the United States overseeing foreign elections and continues to consult on international affairs. He has served in the following positions:

  • - Senior Congressional Fellow at Transatlantic Leadership Network
  • - United States House of Representatives – Fellow International Affairs
  • - John’s Hopkins Center Fellow for Transatlantic Relations

Summary
Sam and Andy go back 14+ years, as Sam worked as the Waterfront Coordinator and Programs Director for Andy who was the Executive Director of Kanakuck Colorado (which became Camp Kivu), in 2005-2007. In this episode, Andy and Sam look back on their time in youth ministry and connect the dots from #camplife to #govlife, as they now both work for and in Government -- Andy in Washington D.C. acting as a Special Advisor for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska. Sam, as the State Purchasing Director for the State of Oklahoma.

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Ep. 3

A Conversation with Andy Braner


Andy currently resides in Washington D.C. and has spent the last few years focused on helping people come together in business, education, and social work to achieve a common understanding of the human condition. He has spent time representing the United States overseeing foreign elections and continues to consult on international affairs. He has served in the following positions:

  • - Senior Congressional Fellow at Transatlantic Leadership Network
  • - United States House of Representatives – Fellow International Affairs
  • - John’s Hopkins Center Fellow for Transatlantic Relations

Summary
Sam and Andy go back 14+ years, as Sam worked as the Waterfront Coordinator and Programs Director for Andy who was the Executive Director of Kanakuck Colorado (which became Camp Kivu), in 2005-2007. In this episode, Andy and Sam look back on their time in youth ministry and connect the dots from #camplife to #govlife, as they now both work for and in Government -- Andy in Washington D.C. acting as a Special Advisor for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska. Sam, as the State Purchasing Director for the State of Oklahoma.

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Ep. 2

A Conversation with Todd Smith


Todd Smith, formerly the President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of SONIC Drive-in, currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and five kids. Todd is the Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Cafe Rio and franchisee of 4 CoreLife Eateries across the Salt Lake Valley. Todd has over 13 years of restaurant experience, with executive experience at Yum! Brands, Wendy’s and Sonic Drive-in. Todd graduated from BYU and got his masters from Northwestern.


Summary
In this episode, Todd and I look back on our time at SONIC Drive-In, where Todd led the digital innovation vision as CMO and later President of SONIC. The focus in the first portion of the conversation is how as an executive Todd began the process of preparing room for digital innovation and then the conversation moves to when I joined the team and the work began in earnest to change, from the inside out, a legacy brand with digital aspirations. Pulling out lessons learned in the process of taking a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) from little to no digital footprint to an industry leader in digital experience with an omni-channel personalized order ahead experience (web, mobile, kiosks) across 80,000 POPS kiosks in 3,600 stores throughout the US.

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Ep. 1

A Conversation with Ben Nockels


Ben Nockels, is the founder of Commonplace Books, Kitchen at Commonplace, and the Market at Commonplace. He is a father of three and dedicated to one-on-one conversations about life, art, books and food!


Summary
In our inaugural interview Sam sits down with Ben Nockels of Commonplace Books to discuss Commonplace's origin story and what's next for the brand in a fully packed 90 minute conversation.
Sam and Ben's friendship goes back 11 years, but this is actually one of the first times they have sat down to chat in a formal one-on-one conversation... which is astonishing fact given their long history. Many of their best conversations have come in snippets, hallway conversations and group meetings -- as they have had many intersecting projects and pursuits over the last decade.

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Intro - Podcast Notes

An introduction to BEGIN the Podcast


Yes, I seriously did record this three times... I'm a writer, not a talker.
The best place to find my writings in an organized fashion is on Medium, I mainly publish essays or prose covering: digital innovation, creativity, culture, and theology.

Sam DuRegger: Website | Bio | Blog | Quotes

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