New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year everyone! I’m finally getting caught up after the year-end rush, so my apologies for some of these interviews being a bit out of date. But, better late than never! All of these people are really amazing and offer inspirational stories to start the year.

Major General Donald Campbell is the Commanding Officer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. His department coordinates the Army All-American Bowl, a wonderful bowl game featuring top high school football players from around the country. This year’s team includes a player from Nashville’s own Ensworth High School. The players, along with their marching band mates, spend an entire week paired up with soldier heroes to play and learn. It’s a memorable and often life-changing experience for these students and culminates in the bowl game. Now this year’s game is history, but listen to Major General Campbell to learn about this terrific program and then, stay turned for next year’s game. Major General Donald Campbell

As you all know, Tennessee Performing Arts Center is one of my favorite places in Nashville. I talked to Kristin Horsley, Program Director for Education, to learn more about what’s in store this year. They’ve got some great educational programs. And, coming up soon, “Shrek: The Musical” opens in just a couple of weeks. Don’t miss out on this fun offering form TPAC’s Broadway Series. Kristin Horsley

Last week I interviewed a very remarkable young woman. Sarah Scarborough is the founder of Partners Tea Company, a company that sells fair trade teas. Sarah was born and raised right here in Nashville, but continues to travel the world in search of amazing teas. In the process, she has discovered villages in developing countries where the women tea growers are improving life for themselves and their children. Sarah “partners” in Partners Tea is a group of women investors who share her passion for helping impoverished women around the world. I was so inspired by her story and her passion for her work. Sarah is also an accomplished organic farmer. She spent time in New Zealand, starting a fair trade tea and chocolate company there, Scarborough Fair, that has become the largest of its kind in that country. Listen to Sarah and see if you’re not inspired to follow your dreams! Sarah Scarborough And for more on Sarah and Partners Tea, check out her website in the link on the right.

And finally, in the first of a two-part series, we take a look at how the economy is impacting the life insurance industry. Robert Kerzner, President and CEO of Limra, a professional insurance industry organization, says life insurance ownership is at a 50-year low. And in today’s world, this is leaving more people than ever vulnerable to financial ruin. He offers up some great tips on keeping life insurance affordable and answers tons of questions. Robert Kerzner And, next week, we’ll hear from someone who fell victim to this tragic problem.

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