Category "Podcast"

Episode #24: Entrepreneur Paul Swartz

January 18, 2018
Ben’s dad and entrepreneur Paul Swartz join Ben, Jordan and Isaiah on the twenty fourth episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Paul shares his story of becoming a business owner, raising a young family and some of his secrets to success!

History of Swartz Contracting

1987 – Swartz Contracting was founded in 1987 by Paul Swartz, who began his business in a small farm house
1988 – Our first employee was hired
1991 – We built our first spec house
1995 – First fire restoration project completed in Middlepoint, Ohio for a regional insurance carrier
1997 – Became an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau
2000 – Moved into our first permanent office building
2006 – Began Water Mitigation Division
2009 – Nominated for small business of the year
2012 – Bethany Swartz joins company as operations assistant
2013 – Ben Swartz joins company as water division manager
2015 – Our new facility was constructed

Episode #23: Ohio State Running Back Master Teague III

January 3, 2018
Ohio State Running Back Master Teague III joins Ben, Jordan and Isaiah on the twenty third episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, In this episode Mater shares his story as well as the process of becoming a 4 star running back commit and being recruited by some of the biggest college football programs

When Master Teague III committed to Ohio State in June, it came as a slight surprise to some, as Teague joined a class that already featured a pair of talented running backs in Jaelen Gill and Brian Snead.

However, Teague’s downhill running ability and leadership on and off the field caught the eye of Ohio State’s coaching staff, which led to an offer on June 9. Two days later, Teague was a Buckeye.

Teague’s commitment was Ohio State’s 13th in the 2018 class, and the Tennessee native told Eleven Warriors’ Andrew Lind following his commitment that he chose to become a Buckeye because of the close relationships he had built with Ohio State’s coaching staff.

“The Ohio State University coaching staff and I have been able to build a close relationship over the past several months,” Teague said. “I have really enjoyed getting to know them all. I would like to thank all the people now and in the past that have helped bring me up to were I am today.”

At the time of his commitment, Teague was just a three-star prospect. However, following his commitment to Ohio State and subsequent games during his senior season, the Blackman High School running back earned a fourth star in the 247sports composite and jumped up to the No. 11 running back in the country.

Teague’s senior season didn’t exactly go as planned however, as the star running back suffered a season-ending ankle injury in late September. He underwent surgery on Sept. 27 to repair a peroneal tendon subluxation, a condition in which the tendon snapped out of place in his left ankle.

Despite the injury ending his season, Teague remained consistent in his comeback routine, and had the protective boot was off by November. Teague was also back running by late November and his father told Lind that the younger Teague was ahead of schedule in his rehab as of Nov. 22.

In just more than four games this season, Teague rushed for 711 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is expected to enroll early at Ohio State and arrive on campus in January for classes and be close to 100 percent.

Episode #22: Author Brian Williams

December 29, 2017
Our friend and author Brian Williams join Ben, Jordan and Isaiah on the twenty second episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Brian shares his story of becoming a blogger and ‘accidentally’ becoming an author. Having faith is just plain tough sometimes, and Brian has realized that over the course of his life. There were many times that he thought God had no plan for him, but praise God, he was wrong! Growing up in a world that has pushed God to the back burner is rough for any teenager or young adult, but Brian is proof that living a life for God can be done. From making decisions on what to do after high school, about college, dating, and dealing with family problems, Brian has personally dealt with them all. He openly shares his experiences with the world in this inspirational and powerful story. For any Christian that is struggling with friends, prayer, doubt, abstinence, insecurities or just trying to find your purpose in life, this detailed journey of a single man’s story is proof that God can handle it all if we just ask. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

More About Brian

Purchase Brian’s New Book ‘Safe Thus Far’ Facebook Brian’s Blog

Episode #21: Author Ben Budde

December 20, 2017
Our friend and author Ben Budde join Ben and Jordan on the twenty first episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Ben shares his testimony of losing his mother, overcoming drug and alcohol addiction and becoming an author. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

More About Ben

Purchase Ben’s New Book Facebook

Episode #20: MMA Fighter Justin Wren Podcast

December 15, 2017
MMA Fighter Justin Wren joins Ben, Jordan and Isaiah on the twentieth episode of the Dream On Podcast. You can listen below or the Justin Wren Podcast is also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

Justin Wren has spent much of his life fighting – from a stellar early wrestling career as National Champion to becoming a star UFC fighter. In his book, “Fight for the Forgotten,” Wren shares how God shifted his focus from fighting against opponents in the cage to fighting for the “most bullied people in the world,” the Mbuti Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Justin is known for his successful mixed martial arts career in the UFC. Early in his career, he appeared on the Spike reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” cementing his reputation as a dominating force in the heavyweight division. His current record of 14-2 remains an impressive testament to his skill.

But many are surprised to find this 6-foot-3-inch, 265-pound fighter has an even bigger heart.

After discovering his faith following a six-year struggle with addiction and depression in his early career, Wren stepped away from MMA to find God’s purpose for his life.

He soon felt called to serve the Mbuti Pygmy people deep in the jungles of the Congo. While Wren knew they were an incredibly impoverished people group, he did not know the depths of their pain until he spent time living among them and shared in their suffering. They are enslaved by rivaling people groups, are even cannibalized, and refer to themselves as The Forgotten People. A turning point in Wren’s life was holding a young boy, Andibo, as he died of a water-related parasite after being refused care by local doctors.

“They were turned away from the hospital not once, but twice,” says Justin. “The first time his mother was told by the nurses, ‘You’re too dirty to come in here.’ The second time Andibo’s mother, the Chief, and the village were rejected treatment by the doctor who said, ‘We won’t waste our medicine on a Pygmy animal.’ I couldn’t believe that this little boy had just died of something so easily preventable by clean drinking water. I knew I could never turn my back on my Pygmy family and that I would spend my life fighting for them.”

Over the next four years, Wren made several trips to the Congo, with one lasting a full year for Wren to stay with the Pygmy people. He lived in the same twig-and-leaf huts they did, slept on the jungle floor and immersed himself in their culture. The Pygmies gave him the name Eféosa, which means “The Man Who Loves Us.”

“I knew for the Pygmies to be free they needed to own their own land, have access to clean water, and develop sustainable agriculture – all for the first time,” says Wren. “I founded the Fight for the Forgotten initiative to work to provide those things to them. With these three simple things, we can begin to break the chain of poverty, suffering, and even modern day slavery.”

Since 2011, Justin and Fight for the Forgotten have provided nearly 3,000 acres of land and 25 water wells to the Pygmies. They have fulltime staff of 18 Congolese nationals who specialize in community development who are working to drill new wells and teach the Pygmies farming practices.

In 2015, after a full five year hiatus from professional sports, Wren returned to his winning ways in MMA fighting, but this time he is fighting for someone besides himself.

“I still love MMA, and my work in the Congo didn’t change that,” he says. “But it did change me. I’m not fighting for myself anymore. I’m fighting to bring attention and change to my Pygmy family who don’t have voice.”

Through his book, “Fight for the Forgotten,” Wren is encouraging everyone to stand up for those who are bullied and persecuted and do not have a voice. He regularly speaks to raise awareness for the plight of the Pygmies and the hope that is available through the simple and affordable gift of clean water, and is currently working with a crew to film a documentary about his personal journey and story. Thirty-three percent of the book’s author proceeds go directly to land, water and food initiatives in the Congo.

More About Justin Wren & Fight For The Forgotten

https://www.water4.org/fightfortheforgotten/

https://twitter.com/TheBigPygmy

https://www.facebook.com/justinthevikingwren

https://instagram.com/thebigpygmy

Episode #19: Ashley Stuart & Jeremiah Wright of TV 44

December 6, 2017
TV 44’s Ashley Stuart & Jeremiah Wright join Jordan and Ben on the nineteenth episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Ashley and Jeremiah both share their unconventional path of becoming TV personalities. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

More About TV 44

http://wtlw.com/ https://www.facebook.com/wtlwtv44/ https://twitter.com/WTLW44

Episode #18: Tom Burden from Shark Tank

November 30, 2017
Entrepreneur Tom Burden joins Jordan on the eighteenth episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Tom shares his journey of becoming and inventor and entrepreneur and his most recent experience being on Shark Tank. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

More About Tom Burden’s Grypmat

https://www.grypmat.com/ http://twitter.com/grypmat  

Episode #17: Pop Artists City of Bright

November 15, 2017
Sibling Pop Artists City of Bright joins Ben and Jordan on the seventeenth episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Jeshuah, Salah and Shekinah share their story of becoming musicians. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

More About City of Bright

http://www.cityofbright.com/ http://www.facebook.com/cobofficialmusic http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiz-7Sggdm25ubKcBtCVxTA

Episode #15: Clinical Psychologist Doctor Michael D. Griffith

October 25, 2017
Clinical Psychologist Doctor Michael D. Griffith joins Ben and Jordan on the fifteenth episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Doc gives Ben and Jordan some insight into the the importance of dreams from a clinical standpoint as well as the spiritual. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store