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The Importance of an Exit Strategy for Business Owners (Ep. 33)

As a business owner, your company’s future depends on your actions today. And making the wrong action could end up costing your family, your employees, and your business more than you realize.

In this episode, Keith Beggs sits down with Nick Dupre, Board Certified Estate, Tax Planning Attorney and Managing Partner at Stanfield & Dupre, PLLC, to discuss the importance of trust planning, and why you need to have a plan in place should the unfortunate happen and you can no longer run your business. 

Keith and Nick discuss: 

  • The value of trusts specifically for business owners
  • How to ensure your business is synchronized and runs well without you
  • The importance of setting up a plan if you should become no longer able to take care of your business 
  • What the process of exit strategy planning looks like for a business owner 
  • An attorney’s perspective of areas of pitfalls and mistakes commonly made during the asset protection, and exit strategy planning processes 
  • And more! 


The Four Rs of a Business Owner: Recruit, Reward, Retain & Retire with John McDonough (Ep.30) 

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About our Guest: Nicholas A. Dupre is a native Houstonian and worked for more than 10 years for two premier boutique firms in the Houston and Woodlands area before becoming an owner and partner in 2017. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate and concentrates on probate, estate and gift tax planning, business planning and taxation, asset protection, estate administration, charitable organizations, real estate transactions, tax controversies, and intellectual property transactions.

In 2004, Nick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trinity University. In 2007, he earned his law degree (Juris Doctorate) from the Texas A&M School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Nick is a member of the Houston Business Estate Planning Council, the Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, and the Woodlands Kiwanis Club.

In addition to his career as an attorney, Nick, his wife, Adryan, and their four children attend Berachah and C3 Christ Community Church of Magnolia. Nick is an accomplished pianist and regularly competes in marathons and other endurance events, recently completing his third full distance Ironman Triathlon.


The Four Rs of a Business Owner: Recruit, Reward, Retain & Retire with John McDonough (Ep.30)

Retaining top talent has always been a concern for business owners in all types of industries and company sizes. But finding ways to do this without breaking the bank can be difficult. 

In this episode, Keith Beggs interviews John McDonough, senior managing director at Cool Springs Financial LLC, about how to retain top talent in your company, and rewarding these employees without impacting your own company growth or monetary growth. 

Keith and John discuss: 

  • How to set up retention programs for your C-suite level employees that aren’t bonuses 
  • How the non-qualified benefit can give the employers more control but still satisfy the needs of your employees
  • Pros and cons of a ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Program) 
  • Why having your loan on the books can make you unbankable for future endeavors
  • Protecting yourself from the sudden departure of a top talent employee  


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About our Guest: John is one of the original four Managing Directors to take Cool Springs Financial’s Prestige Strategy to market focusing on business, estate planning and retirement solutions that utilize specialty financing.

In his business planning practice, John helps business owners, executives, and key employees with strategies for executive compensation, employee retention, bonus structures, etc., all designed with little to no cost to the company and little to no tax to the employee.  John’s experience with Cool Springs and his ability to structure designs uniquely to fit the clients needs has made him a highly sought after resource for the rest of the industry.  

John has spoken at national meetings as a product matter expert, has served in an advisory role, and has served on the board of directors of several national organizations.

John married his high school sweetheart, and the two are proud parents of beautiful daughters.  He is passionate about his faith, family, and friends.  In his spare time, when John isn’t golfing, he is helping those in need through philanthropic initiatives he and his wife believe in deeply.



The Benefits of Business Coaching with Doug Thorpe, Part 1 of 5 (Ep. 28)

When you own your own business, you face unique challenges and hardships that can really put your entrepreneur skills to the test. 

But it can be difficult to be sure you are making the right decisions to benefit your company, your employees and yourself. 

In this episode, Keith Beggs sits down with Doug Thorpe, executive business coach, to kick off the series to discuss the importance of business coaching as a means to learn how to tackle the difficult situations all types of business owners face. 

Keith and Doug discuss: 

  • Some of the types of calls Doug experiences from small companies to Fortune 500 companies
  • How you can cut the emotional tie to your company to make sound decisions
  • How to overcome a fear of change in your company
  • The problem with hiring family members before qualified employees 
  • How business owners’ problems have changed over the past two years 
  • And more! 


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About our Guest: Doug Thorpe is a performance-driven Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, Board Member, Thought Leader, and Consultant with more than 40 years of success in the financial services, executive coaching, oil & gas, and healthcare industries. Leveraging extensive experience in guiding business transformation for growth-oriented organizations, he is a trusted guide for mid-cap companies to large global enterprises requiring expert assistance with leadership development, team performance, employee engagement, culture shifts, and change management. 


27. Understanding the Current Supply Chain World with guests Jay Calavan and Emily Andrews from Trucks for You

For the last few months, every time the news is turned on all anyone can hear about is the supply chain problems not only affecting the United States but also the rest of the world. 

In this episode, Keith Beggs sits down with Jay Calavan, owner of Trucks For You and Emily Andrew, senior director of sales and marketing and driver recruitment for Trucks For You to talk about supply chain issues and what their company is doing to stay on top of the game. 

Keith, Jay and Emily discuss: 

  • Current problems occurring in supply chains and how Trucks For You is handling it
  • The effect COVID has had on the shipping and receiving industry 
  • What changes could happen to help alleviate some of the bottleneck 
  • The staffing situation when looking for long haul and other truck drivers 
  • How Trucks For You recruits new drivers 
  • Trucks For You’s strategy to stay on top 
  • And more!

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Jay Calavan is the Owner of Trucks for You, starting there in 2005. Previously he was a Sales Manager for Cintas Corporation, and a Service Manager for Cintas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1997. 

Emily Andrew is the Director Of Sales & Marketing for Trucks for You, as well as the Driver Recruitment, with experience in the transportation, medical & hospitality industries. Starting with Trucks For You in 2018, Emily is skilled in Negotiation, Budgeting, Sales, Customer Satisfaction, and Sales Operations. She has a special interest in data mining to increase efficiency and improve outcomes.


26. The Facts About Indexing You Need to Know with Laurence Black

When dealing with finances and the markets, you want to be sure you know everything that can help you make money and stay on top of what is going on. 

In this episode, Keith Beggs talks to Laurence Black, founder of The Index Standard and Index Advisor to Professor Robert J Shiller. Laurence shares everything an advisor needs to know about indexing and recent changes with the S&P 500. 

Keith and Laurence discuss: 

  • Benefits for the client when it comes to indexing
  • Reasons for the recent shift towards favoring indexing
  • How carriers price indexes to get the capsule participation rates they have
  • Why volatility has such a major effect on pricing 
  • Expectations for bond portfolios in the next 10 years 
  • And more



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Laurence Black is the founder of The Index Standard and an index advisor to Professor Robert J Shiller. The Index Standard is an information portal providing ratings, forecasts and guides unmasking the mystique behind indices and making finance more approachable. Earlier in his career Laurence instigated the Shiller Barclays Index family with Barclays and Professor Shiller. He has appeared interviews with the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Structured Retail Products and is a frequent contributor on index thought leader pieces.

Prior to this, Laurence was a Managing Director at Barclays where he held the position of Global Head of QIS Origination & Development. He had responsibility for developing the QIS index range, for index partnerships and for working with clients to deliver multi asset solutions based on their needs. Laurence instigated and led Barclays’ index partnerships with Professor Shiller, Nouriel Roubini, Novus and GAM.

Laurence was the Head of Indexes at ABN AMRO before joining Barclays, where he built the index business over a seven year period. He has previously held trading and client account management roles at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. He holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


23. The Academic Honest Investing Vehicles Wall Street Won’t Tell You About

The world of investing is full of different strategies that different people will swear by. But it’s important to actually know which methods are academically founded and focused on making you money.

There may not be one single perfect investing method, but by looking at historical performance and financial science, there are certainly some investment vehicles that are more likely to help you achieve your desired outcome. 

In this episode, Keith Beggs discusses some common investment vehicles that have had proven success, and others that have not had the same type of outcomes. 

Keith discusses: 

  • Safe money investment options that are popular right now 
  • The changing history of Bank CDs and why they may or may not be helping
  • Why fixed index annuities have become one of the fastest growing investment vehicles
  • How fixed index annuities can eliminate some of the common risks of other investment vehicles 
  • And more


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22. Business Side of the Basketball Court with Anthony Tolliver of the NBA’s 76ers

When you think of basketball, often you don’t think of business. But in reality the business side of basketball is what makes the game happen.  

In this episode, Keith Beggs speaks with NBA player Anthony Tolliver, who most recently played for the Philadelphia 76ers, about the business side of the NBA, including contract negotiations and the different legal and business roles that take part in making games run. Anthony also shares his own experiences becoming an entrepreneur as he approaches the end of his career as a player. 

Keith and Anthony discuss: 

  • Anthony’s experience in the NBA and how he became involved in the business aspect
  • Anthony’s experience as vice president on the NBA’s executive board
  • A look into how the collective bargaining agreement works for players in the NBA 
  • Anthony’s investment process as an entrepreneur and his favorite industries to invest in 
  • And more


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About our Guest: Anthony Lamar Tolliver is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Creighton Bluejays.

Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Skilled in Entrepreneurship, Event Management, Team Building, Public Speaking, and Fundraising. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Finance, General from Creighton University.


21. How Well Do You Understand Your Medicare Coverage? With Sean Rose

Anyone who has ever looked into, or is currently receiving Medicare knows it can be very confusing to understand your coverage and what you’re entitled to. But understanding this and how to get those benefits can be the difference for what your retirement years will look like. 

In this episode, Keith Beggs talks with Sean Rose, unit supervisor at Bankers Life, about some of the big issues that individuals have faced with their Medicare in 2021 and what you can do to stay ahead of Medicare changes, and on top of your retirement planning. 

Sean discusses: 

  • The difference in part A and part B of Medicare and what each plan covers 
  • Changes to custodial care in Medicare 
  • How Social Security works with Medicare part B
  • Why going to different pharmacies might end up costing you more money with your drug plans 
  • What IRMAA is and what it has to do with your Medicare 
  • And more


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20. The Truths and Myths to Investing – Part Two

Knowing what investing strategies are based on academic research, and not theory, can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to preparing your portfolio. 

In part two of this series, Keith Beggs reveals three academic theories that are proven to have better rewards than other strategies you might read on the internet, or hear from your “stock-savvy” friends.  

Keith discusses: 

  • How modern portfolio theory, efficient market hypothesis, and the three factor model make up the “Matson Method”
  • Why free markets have real potential to work if you take the long-term approach
  • How to truly diversify your portfolio 
  • Why investing in smaller companies can actually give you higher returns than investments in larger companies
  • Three factors that can tell you if a company has the potential to obtain higher growth
  • And more


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19. The Truths and Myths of Investing – Part One

Not everything you read about investing on the internet is true… And some of these lies could cost you more money than you think.

In part one of this mini-series about truths and misconceptions about investing, Keith Beggs focuses on four common myths people believe about investing, and how they could be hurting your investments. 

Keith discusses: 

  • Why stock-picking is a nonsensical investing method
  • How the Law of Large numbers help massive investing companies keep making money
  • Realities behind market-timing, and the damage it could be causing your accounts
  • How rebalancing can help your portfolio grow 
  • And more



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