Campfire Hour

Campfire Crew

30ish hot minutes of life and leadership lessons from entrepreneurs.

Sharing their own experiences and growth and interviewing bold business owners, this is Campfire Hour.

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This is it. The last episode of Campfire Hour. The end of an era. We are incredibly thankful to all our guests, listeners and our sponsors over the last three years. Jeramie Meadows and Alaskan Seafood Guys, we thank you more than you can say. We'll be back. It'll be different. It'll be better. But for now, we're signing off. 

Nov 5

7 min 4 sec

Tech Founder, Speaker, Author, Podcaster and more! He's sharing the juicy details of his tech start up, Blooprinted and a peek inside his new book, Rocket Fuel. We also come up with a new nickname for Matt! Don't miss this inspiring episode. Sponsored by Alaskan Seafood Guys, get $25 off any order nationwide with code CAMPFIREHOUR here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

Oct 29

25 min 39 sec

Ian Ullman joins us in the studio this week to talk about, well, everything. Discussing juggling parenting, going from working two jobs to navigating an industry boom during covid, he's got great insight into all areas of life as a husband, father and mortgage lender. He's even got his own podcast show, The Ullmanac, to launch! This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows at Northwestern Mutual. Click the link to schedule a free consultation with him to discuss your financial future and protecting your own family! https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Oct 22

38 min 57 sec

Brother/Sister Real Estate Moguls Levi and Cozi Wanner join us in the studio for this hilarious episode. They're buying, selling and building homes in Billings and we talk about how easy building a custom home actually is. If you've been thinking about buying, selling, or building, this episode is for you! This episode is sponsored by Alaskan Seafood Guys, get $25 off any order when you use code CAMPFIREHOUR here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

Oct 15

24 min 19 sec

Marine mammal trainer turned elephant expert, Chrissy Pratt joins us this week to share about her profession training elephants all over the world! Chrissy has been an animal trainer and behaviorist for 20 years and she founded Elephation, using positive reinforcement to train elephants so they can receive medical care effectively and safely for everyone involved. She's also a headliner at the upcoming TEDxBillings event in March, 2022. She's joining us all the way from Nepal in this fascinating episode! 

Oct 8

18 min 39 sec

Talk Radio host Aaron Flint joins us in the studio! He hosts Montana Talks Radio, covering the whole state and engaging with the fans and listeners. He loves getting feedback and calls from his listeners. Hear it first hand in this episode and tune into his show at https://montanatalks.com/This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows. He loves to talk about finances so make sure you reach out to him and set up a time to get yours in order! https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Oct 1

23 min 31 sec

Libby Kahnke, Intuitive Counselor is joining us this morning to break the stereotypes about psychics What we perceive as something super natural or "psychic" is actually science. Libby explains why and how she uses her gifts to grow her own businesses and her client's. This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows. While he can't see the future, he can help you prepare for it. Click the link to schedule your call with him! https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Sep 24

32 min 10 sec

Photographers and DJ Niko and Kayla Cordero are joining us in the studio! Niko shares how he and his family got here from Ecuador, how he and Kayla met and the path to owning his own business here in Montana.  He and Kayla are a husband and wife team offering wedding photography and dj services. They also have their own podcast, Wed Talk MT, that highlights other industry services and experts and offers tips and advice for planning your own wedding. Kayla also specializes in boudoir photography. This episode is sponsored by Alaskan Seafood Guys, get $25 off any order when you use code CAMPFIREHOUR online here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

Sep 17

48 min 55 sec

This week Clementine Lindley joins us in the studio to talk about why she and the group she organized support the local mandate in schools. Sign the petition to show your support for Superintendent Upham and School District 2:https://www.change.org/p/support-the-mask-mandate-and-follow-science?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_30483294_en-US%3A3&recruiter=175260019&recruited_by_id=f7561f30-63be-11e4-b226-c5267bbb2c1c&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&fbclid=IwAR0WEK-_jsKRQ7-NU8F4dFrUFb11-D1Q4nr-OQ9ZvUwd3hQsSLftTRqI8e0

Sep 10

38 min 33 sec

Luke Hudson, organizer of the group Make Masks Optional in Billings Schools joins us in the studio! The School District 2 Mask Mandate has our city divided so we had Luke join us to share how he and others are leading the fight to keep masks optional in our schools. Click the link to sign the petition to keep masks optional for the kids: https://www.change.org/p/governor-greg-gianforte-enforce-optional-masking-for-montana-public-schools?fbclid=IwAR31oLiJiWUqy9UT5GE_VEAEEEfW1-kJ82v-HSFUpqUB0itvsNw8hZ03cFY

Sep 3

36 min 37 sec

This week on Campfire Hour, Matt's brother Andrew is joining us to talk all about the world of crypto currency mining. Don't have a clue what that is? We don't either. If you're thinking about learning more and getting into the business of mining bitcoins, give this episode a listen! Andrew also shares the pitfalls and shady side of the business and what to avoid when getting started. This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows with Northwestern Mutual. Schedule your free consultation with him and start investing yourself! https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Aug 27

28 min 52 sec

Architect Nick Pancheau joins us on the show this week to talk all things buildings!A beautiful blend of art, math and science, architecture is so much more than pretty buildings. Learn about all the moving parts that go into each project from the Principal in Charge himself in this episode!  

Aug 20

55 min 20 sec

What is light painting? Photographer Daniel Kessel joins us on the show to share all about his craft... painting with light in a photograph. As impressive as it sounds, his work is even more impressive to see. 

Aug 13

24 min 43 sec

Massage Therapist Theresa Vondra joins us in the studio this week! She founded The Massage Company and shares how she grew her business to two locations over the last year despite getting shut down during quarantine. Theresa also provides us insight to the new city ordinance that was passed in an effort to fight human trafficking and how it affected her and other massage professionals businesses. If you're in the Billings area, we highly recommend you schedule a massage with her company! http://billingsmassagetherapists.com/This episode is sponsored by Alaskan Seafood Guys, get $25 off any order with code CAMPFIREHOUR here https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

Aug 6

48 min 6 sec

Todd knows road construction. He also knows how much he messes up everyone's commute and sometimes their livelihoods.So we got him on the show to hear from his side how much coordination, education, press releases and logistics go into his job. Next time you see some cones, think twice before calling him to cuss him out! 

Jul 30

37 min

In this week's episode of Campfire Hour,  we're going on tour with Isiac Hammer! He toured with Tech N9ne and shares the inside scoop to life on the road chasing concerts. Now he's back in Billings kicking off a successful career and is the Sponsorship Director of TEDxBillings.We also learn about Matt's secret vacation swimsuit and a special offer from Alaskan Seafood Guys. Get $25 off any order when you use code CAMPFIREHOUR at alaskanseafoodguys.com

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Jul 23

44 min 57 sec

Michael Peters, the Founder of Southern Tab Cigars joins us in the studio and he brought along his delicious American Grown cigars! Michael is from Georgia and shares some history on the tobacco industry and how he got into the game.  His journey is fascinating as is all the knowledge he's sharing about his craft. If you like things like good whiskey and good cigars, this episode is for you! Sponsored by Jeramie Meadows with Northwestern Mutual, reach out to our financial advisor so you too can afford things like good whiskey and cigars! Click the link here to set up a time with him: https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Jul 16

46 min 34 sec

Trevor Daer, the Founder of Granite Peak Analytics joins us in the studio! A fellow bourbon lover, he's also bridging the gap between big pharma, small rural pharmacies and employers. We talk about everything from good bourbon to parenting to Trevor's background and how he started his company. This episode is sponsored by Alaskan Seafood Guys, get 50% off your first subscription with code CAMPFIREHOUR here:  https://app.bitly.com/Bj7qmz3csRA/bitlinks/3r7xmhZ

Jul 9

36 min 11 sec

Ryan Miller, the host of the Authentic Conversations Podcast, joins us in this episode! Ryan is as authentic as it gets. Living through a horrific tragedy really brought things into perspective for him and now he is fearlessly and boldly speaking up for what he believes in and stands for. Hear more in this inspiring episode! This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows, our Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. 

Jul 2

32 min 43 sec

The show is going through some changes and with it comes a new co-host! You might remember Matt Weber, CEO of Alpha Overhead Door; he was on the show earlier this season. He's joining Kelli as the new co-host of Campfire Hour! Catch up with them and all the changes in this episode. This episode is sponsored by Wild Alaskan Seafood Box! Take 50% off your first subscription when you use code CAMPFIREHOUR here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

Jun 25

8 min 11 sec

Today on Campfire Hour, we’re sitting down with the Epoxy King Johnny Angel and Metal Artist Rick Baker! These two need their own show but in the meantime you get to hear them together in this entertaining and informative episode. Both are Masters of their craft and they’ve teamed up to offer custom and unique products and have a blast doing it. This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows, who can help you get more of those precious metals into your portfolio, or help it grow. Schedule a meeting with him here: https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Jun 17

39 min 27 sec

We have the pleasure of sitting down with Zabuni Coffee CEO Laban Njuguna to learn all about the incredible work he is doing to connect producers to roasters and make sure they get a fair wage. Zabuni Coffee is headquartered in Nebraska, but with ties to African countries, they are creating relationships and distribution lines that improve the lives and pay of the farmers. Learn more in the episode about how you can get involved and support fair trade and fair wages for producers. This episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows, who also cares about fair trade coffee! Click the link to schedule a free consultation with him: https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

Jun 10

34 min 19 sec

Dan joins us in the studio this morning to talk all things art. He’s a watercolor artist, doodler and teacher.  He's inspired and inspiring the rest of us in this episode! This episode is sponsored by Wild Alaskan Seafood Box and you can get 50% off your first subscription with code CAMPFIREHOUR here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ 🦀 

Jun 3

34 min 17 sec

This morning on Campfire Hour, Jess Allestad Music joins us in the studio! She plays some original songs and shares her story and her journey to becoming a singer and songwriter. Hear this incredibly talented guest and enjoy this private concert. The secret to her singing? All those omega threes she’s getting from her Wild Alaskan Seafood! Get 50% off your own subscription box with code CAMPFIREHOUR https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

May 28

19 min 29 sec

Development Director of the Downtown Billings Association, Mehmet Casey, is in the studio this week! We’re talking all things downtown Billings and the HUGE role they play in cleaning up our downtown streets. Mehmet, or Mo as the community calls him, is from Iraq. He came here to teach Arabic at Rocky Mountain College and Billings is now his home! He shares his background and journey to the US with us in this insightful episode. This week’s episode is sponsored by Jeramie Meadows who also has an office in Downtown Billings!  Schedule a time with him to see how he can help you get your finances in order, just like he did in ours: https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

May 21

34 min 8 sec

What do two MMA fighters; an ex-addict and an islander, have in common? They’re both founders of Billings first kava bar. What is Kava?It’s a root from the pacific islands full of health benefits that will have you feeling relaxed, calm, and happy. Learn more in this episode of Campfire Hour with founders Shane Fichter and Koby Jeffers. Fun Fact! Did you know that our sponsor used to sponsor Shane when he was a fighter? Look, we even found proof! Eat wild, train wild. Get 50% off your first wild caught Alaskan seafood box subscription here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ

May 14

25 min 3 sec

This week on Campfire Hour, Scott Sery joins us in the studio for some tall tales. As tall as the highest peak in Montana actually. Moonlighting as a mountaineer, Scott shares how his entrepreneur lifestyle as a writer enables him to spend his summers scaling mountains. If that wasn’t cool enough for you, he also used to work for Northwestern Mutual and his old office is OUR SPONSOR JERAMIE MEADOWS’ OFFICEThis week’s episode is obviously sponsored by J Meadows and you can get an exclusive consultation with him by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T

May 7

21 min 43 sec

If it’s up for more than four hours, you need to give them a call. Your garage door, that is. Good leadership and good systems are good business. Matt Weber & Jonathan Mauger share their knowledge of both and how they’re building their team and scaling like they never have before. They know a lot about garage doors, but even more about people. Enjoy this episode and then take advantage of this offer from our sponsor Wild Alaskan Seafood Box and get 50% off your first subscription with code CAMPFIREHOUR at https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ. Matt admitted on the show that he loves salmon. Be like Matt. 

Apr 29

28 min 29 sec

CEO of Red Oxx Manufacturing Jim Markel and Corporate Sales Manager Christian Hafer join us in the studio for this episode! If you’re in the Billings area, you probably already know that Red Oxx is a staple in our downtown neighborhood. If you aren’t in Billings, you might know them as a one of the highest quality travel bag manufacturers in the entire world. With hundreds of thousands of customers world wide, they specialize in creating the world’s finest nylon luggage and sporting gear, all made by hand right here in America. They’re also creating an event center unlike anything Billings has seen. Learn more about Jim’s vision for the community as well as their plans for continued growth in this episode. Listen online at campfirehour.com or anywhere you get your podcasts. Know who else likes fine quality for his travel? This episode’s sponsor Jeramie Meadows with Northwestern Mutual. Schedule a time to meet with him here https://bit.ly/3uE0I9T so you have more dollar bills to do what you love. 

Apr 23

40 min 32 sec

Move over Shaun T, this week on Campfire Hour, Avanti Founder Chris Varkpeh is joining us to talk all things fitness. Avanti is his lifestyle brand offering everything from customized fitness and nutrition plans to apparel and supplements. He crushed it during covid by building an entire online database to bring his programming directly into his clients homes on his online workout platform https://www.beavanti.com/fitness. SPOILER ALERT: Chris told us he is a pescatarian which works out perfectly because this episode’s sponsor is Wild Alaskan Seafood Box. We already hooked Chris up, but you can also get 50% off your first subscription to wild caught Alaskan seafood here: https://bit.ly/3r7xmhZ  with code CAMPFIREHOUR.

Apr 16

19 min 32 sec

This week Mitch Asbeck, the Honest Coffee Guy, joins the crew in the studio! Mitch is a marine turned coffee expert. He fixes and sells all the equipment, at a fair price, and offers consulting and barista training. He shares how his training as a Marine still serves him today in business with a solid foundation of honesty and integrity. Semper Fi!  

Apr 9

16 min 39 sec

Montana's most eligible bachelor joins us on the show! Andy Rahn is the Founder of Montana Land Source- the only place you can find all of Montana's large listings and sold properties mapped out. He's also co host of the podcast show Ranch Investor, the number one source for anyone interested in buying and running their own operation. Hear Kelli's shameless plug about our sponsor, Wild Alaskan Seafood Box, backfire. Apparently Andy also has past seafood trauma. Hear it all and more in this episode of Campfire Hour. 

Apr 2

32 min 54 sec

The Big Fat Lunchbox Crew is joining us in the studio! Not only do they serve up the best breakfast burritos in the region, they're also now serving whiskey coffee in their Columbus location! We talk about how they grew so big, so fast (the secret is putting out great content) and their plans for future growth. 

Mar 26

34 min 17 sec

You might remember our favorite seafood guy from last season, Jon Wanderaas, founder of Billings Seafood Guys and Wild Alaskan Seafood Box. He 's back, this time with a sponsorship! We're talking all things Alaskan Seafood and fishing and why he wants to pay us to talk. 

Mar 19

21 min 51 sec

J MF, the MF stands for Money Finance, Meadows is back for another season of sponsorship! Catch up with him on this episode of Campfire Hour 

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Mar 11

26 min 50 sec

Kyle and Kelli are back for a third season! Catch up with the crew on what went down in the off season, what's coming up this year and how whiskey coffee sales are going. We've got exciting news about our Season Three sponsors and more in this first episode of our third year! 

Mar 5

12 min 2 sec

It's the last episode of Season Two and our Sponsor Jeramie Meadows is joining us for a double! We're summarizing the season, talking about our future plans and of course making some jokes. Thank you for listening, we'll catch you after the new year in Season Three! 

Nov 2020

13 min 26 sec

Polish Author, TEDx Speaker, Tech Mogul, Entrepreneur, Investor and Philanthropist Marek Zmysłowski joins us for this episode. He shares his story of how he ended up on Interpol's most wanted list, his journey as a tech start up entrepreneur and some great business and life advice. 

Oct 2020

24 min 32 sec

Roman Roberts, host of Real Talk with Roman joins us for this episode. Roman has been helping us develop our whiskey coffee meat rub all the way down in Texas. He shares a little bit about his background growing up in foster care, becoming an Army Interrogator and why he started his podcast. 

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Oct 2020

33 min 49 sec

Jon, Founder of Billings Seafood Guys and Wild Alaskan Seafood Box, joins us in the studio for this wild episode. He shares about growing up in St. Petersburg Alaska as a commercial fisherman, working everywhere from on the boats to the processing plants. Landing in Billings, MT, Jon started Billings Seafood Guys, the local's direct connection to high quality, wild caught Alaskan seafood. Now expanding to his own warehouse, state wide delivery and the launch of his national brand Wild Alaskan Seafood Box, Jon is an inspiring entrepreneur who is getting good seafood in homes across the country. 

Oct 2020

38 min 18 sec

We've got the Digital Marketing Director of Ducks Unlimited, Anthony Jones, joining us for this episode just in time for hunting season. He's been at the organization for 18 years and shares their mission with us. We talk about digital and social media marketing, his football and a few hilarious stories he's shared on LinkedIn. He also wins the award for "most southern accent we've ever had on the show." 

Oct 2020

25 min 28 sec

Sarah Kennedy joins us in the studio and shares her journey of living in Costa Rica, which inspired her brand new fitness studio. Back in Billings, MT Sarah is prepping for the launch of Pura Vida studios... drawing inspiration from island life and taking the leap into entrepreneurship, listen to this inspiring story. 

Oct 2020

19 min 59 sec

Fellow podcaster Sandra Gebhardt joins us in the studio this week to talk all things marketing! Team roping announcer turned insurance expert turned stay at home mom, Sandra is an inspiring entrepreneur who is the definition of pivot. After navigating a tragic life change, she had to close her insurance agency and take her business online. She is now host of her podcast called Binding Authority and runs a digital marketing agency and facebook group called Mothers of Marketing, all with her adorable two year old assistant. 

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Sep 2020

31 min 46 sec

This week we're getting gritty with Grit Montana coaches Thomas and Jonna! Certified Spartan OCR outfitters, Thomas and Jonna have come a long way since they were last in the studio. They've started their own business, received their certifications and since have been coaching and leading people to their first obstacle course races. Hear how in just a year they've built an incredible brand and community and the things they did to overcome all of the races being cancelled this year. 

Sep 2020

34 min 37 sec

Entrepreneur Connor Lorenz joins the crew in this inspiring episode! He's built several businesses, including a dispensary, and has a ton of great advice to share about confidence, business and collaboration. And you won't believe his age. 

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Sep 2020

32 min 42 sec

Jayde and Celine join us in the studio to talk about their life as instagram influencers. They are always hungry and on their page, alwayshungrymontana, they travel the state and share their adventures and especially their food. Hear the story of how they met, how the page got started and their plans to monetize in the near future! 

Sep 2020

25 min 58 sec

Sip and Paint Studio owner Chareese joins us in our studio for this episode! The entertainment industry has been hit hard by Covid and Chareese shares what she had to do to stay in business, completely overhaul her business model and the creative ways they came up with to continue to operate despite being shut down. This is an inspiring story with an incredible artist. 

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Aug 2020

23 min 23 sec

The three of us sit down and get you up to date on what's been going on with the coffee company and with our lives.  See whats coming up on the show as the ending of our second season approaches.  

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Aug 2020

18 min 53 sec

PJ Eldridge took home brewing to a whole new level in this episode. The first of it's kind in Montana, PJ has founded Brewhalla, a home brewing supply store/make your own beer brewery. He has all the supplies and equipment you need and he cleans up the mess! PJ joins us in the studio to talk about his unique business and how he made the transition from owning the local Texas Roadhouse Franchise to following this dream. Crack a cold one and have a listen. 

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Aug 2020

34 min 15 sec

A glimpse into the world of high dollar ranch listings, Colter DeVries shares his experience as a land broker.  A rancher turned banker, turned ranch broker and founder of the world's first Waygu beef stick company, Colter shares his failures and successes as a young entrepreneur. Check out his new podcast show, Ranch Investor to learn everything you need to know about investing in land and the ranching industry.  

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Aug 2020

40 min 13 sec