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The podcast for everything MTB in the Canadian Atlantic provinces and beyond. For seasoned and new riders alike, trail builders, outdoors people, and anyone thinking of getting into the sport but don't know where to start. Think of this more like an open mic around a campfire where we discuss our interests, annoyances, and general love of everything mountain biking offers. Filled with humor, irreverence and things that are just plain weird but wonderful, we bring you The Mountain Bike Connec ...
 
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Quick get together of the troops discussing the cancellation of the MTB Atlantic summit, Vital MTB box, Chuck Norris jokes (completely lost on Becci) and some Fantasy DH. We do love Fantasy DH (Pinkbike). Two years later Darren's prize finally arrives!! Becci got some new bzz bzz stuff (AXS). Lori wants to hear from our listeners, she needs interac…
 
Matt Scherer retired from the Air Force after a career in public affairs. After completing his degree, he had a successful public relations career in the private sector. Today, Matt focuses his efforts on teaching LinkedIn profile creation and how to leverage your profile once it is created. He is the author of several books, including LinkedIn for…
 
Quincy Harper landed and quit 4 jobs before he found the right position after he retired from the United States Air Force. Now, as a Military Recruiting Talent Lead with Accenture Federal Services, he shares some job seeker best practices and advice. We talk about how it felt, as a veteran who is naturally loyal, to quit those jobs and whether or n…
 
This episode we have a catch up because it's been a whole MONTH since we last sat down!! We talk about all our adventures since August, new stuff happening at The Bec, new bikes, and we even creep a listener on Instagram.... 🤣 Sorry dude. Big shout out to @thehollerballer 🤘 Like/Follow/Subscribe @daz_bec_mtb @livin.life.outdoors…
 
Dr. Vincent Soto retired from the US Navy as a hospital corpsman. He knew his passion was teaching and training, but he took the safe path and took a well-paying job in the healthcare industry. Though he stuck it out for 7 months, he knew from his first day that this was not the right path for him. Vince talks about how he used networking to land a…
 
Retired US Marine Corps officer Beau Higgins is a senior manager on Amazon’s Military Affairs team. He oversees a team of recruiters dedicated to educating, recruiting, hiring and retaining veteran talent and currently manages 30K job openings. After retiring in 2014, Beau attributes landing both of his post-military jobs to networking and making c…
 
With the events that have been unfolding this week in Afghanistan, I made the decision to hit the pause button on new episodes regarding transition. I want you to take this as your opportunity to remember that it is okay to take a break and hit pause on your transition efforts to take care of yourself and your family. Please take a minute to hear m…
 
In this episode we discuss our recent Nova Scotia road trip. We visit Gore, McIntosh run, and of course Shubie pump track (great work Adam). Jase eats cheese and ham for lunch, we get a visit from the [trailer park boys] mother of the year 2021, and there was something else I'm forgetting..... Oh, LORI GOT A BIKE!!!!!! No more cooter bashing on the…
 
After a USAF career that started in IT and telecommunications, Ryan Thuyns retired as a Command Chief. Ryan leaned into mentorship and accepted Lori's challenge to grow his LinkedIn network from <100 to 500+ in 6 weeks. In the episode, he not only shares his strategies for doing this, he also talks about how he landed a leadership role at Amazon, w…
 
One of the benefits of doing a podcast is it gives me the opportunity to reach out to people whose work I’ve long admired and see if there’s any chance they’d like to talk to me. It’s always a joyful surprise when many of them say yes. That was the case when I heard from Kathleen Norris and when she agreed to this conversation. I was greatly formed…
 
After serving 4 years in the US Army and being recognized as the 2020 NCO of the Year, Peter Cline made the decision to separate from the military and pursue his education. Along the way, he co-founded Boots to Books, a non-profit that is making a huge impact to service members in all facets of their transition - including college admission, certif…
 
We're at the Sugarloaf Adrenaline festival this week, and we have Patrick Graves (SJ Trailminers, Be Rad) finally joining us for a chat! Greg Dionne gives us the low down on some new developments. We also sit down with JR Gauvin of Rebels Bike Shop in Campbellton and talk about the challenges of opening a shop during covid. Complete chaos ensues as…
 
Lisa Ceron asks some great questions as she prepares for her retirement from the US Navy. Listen in as we discuss the mental health stigma that veterans may face, whether or not you should reveal your true personality in the job search process and some of the "common denominators" that I have seen in the lessons other guests have shared with me abo…
 
You may remember USAF veteran Chris Dreisbach from Episode 25, who left his first post-military role within just 3 months. Chris is back to give us an update on what he did in the 4 months since he left that job and how he approached the next job search in a much more methodical way in order to ensure he was in control the second time around. He ch…
 
Fresh off a trip to Fundy National Park and high on pump track vibes, we discuss what's new at the Becaguimec, the Fundy pump track (of course) and world cup DH mishaps. A new crew member at the Bec is having a wobble on one of the newer, gnarlier trails, and Wessy and Derek (Wez and Darren) are taking orders from Evie. Cameos from Tank and Erin (t…
 
US Navy veteran Marina Rabinek had a smooth transition. She started networking early, built a strong network on LinkedIn, created her own support tribe and participated in a SkillBridge internship that turned into a full-time role when she retired. Unfortunately, within 3 months her position was eliminated. That is when Marina's hard work and stron…
 
Though his transition from the US Army was 20+ years ago, William "Bill" Kieffer was unprepared for his transition. He had to quickly learn how to network, write a resume and market himself. He went on to build a successful career in human resources and is now a coach and mentor for corporations, service members and others in career transition, lea…
 
This episode is pretty much a girls takeover as the East Coast Shred Sisters head over to Sugarloaf (sorry guys, this one's hard on the ears 🤣). Darren is on hand to provide daddy daycare to a bunch of groms, aka Ben (13), Erin (10), and Oli (8). Apparently kids get excited by microphones... Who knew?? The whole crew discuss their favourite trails,…
 
US Army veteran Clifton Clevenger served 10 years as a personnel administrative assistant and infantryman. When Cliff transitioned out of the military he planned to finish his education. However, he also met and married his wife, a US Army officer that year and soon became both a veteran and a military spouse. Cliff made some mistakes along the way…
 
Ray Jokie had great success in the United States Air Force and tied his identify and self-worth to his USAF career. Unfortunately, when he retired, he struggled so much that he was not sure if he would make it to the next day. Thankfully, he found several sources of support and refocused on his mental health in order to pull himself out of a rough …
 
This week we confuse Miss Lori with a couple of tools. No, not Darren and Wesley, real tools, from the tool box. Becci sounds like shit coz she's got the [ahem] "Allergies". Doesn't keep her quiet though. We also have Matt (kiwi) and Chris (Northshore Shredder) two Velo Bike Ski Trail ambassadors, trail builders, and good buddies on to discuss life…
 
My guest this week is Tyler Sit, the founding pastor of New City Church in Minneapolis, a community that describes itself as focuses on environmental justice and radical inclusion as a queer and people of color affirming place of worship. Tyler recently wrote a book called “Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers” which gives an overview of some…
 
USMC veteran Wayne Worthington went from his 5-year service into the executive recruiting career field. Wayne gives us his insider's perspective on the different types of recruiters, strategies to optimize your success working with recruiters and even shares a few names of veteran-focused recruiting agencies. Additionally, Wayne has a great strateg…
 
Wounded Warrior and US Marine Corps veteran Justin Constantine has a unique story to tell and valuable lessons learned to share. He was shot in the head by a sniper in Iraq and though he has had countless reconstructive surgeries, he has gone on to build his own business, enjoy a successful career with a workforce development company and launch a n…
 
Meet Peter, the man behind the Big Axe! We talk to Peter Cole of Big Axe brewery, and sample the Gnar She Gose collaboration brew. Robert, who is probably the foremost craft beer sampler (nerd) in all of Sussex, joins us to talk about the MTB Atlantic collaboration brews. This week we talk beer, poop, and bikes. Probably more beer and poop than bik…
 
Greg Fischer served 4 years and 3 combat tours in the US Marine Corps. When he separated from the military, he went to school to complete his degree and took a job in the insurance and finance industry. On the surface his transition looked seamless. However, he was not happy in this role. During the recent COVID-19 shutdown, Greg and his business p…
 
Dave Poole served 21 years in the US Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer. Though the extent of his computer experience in the USMC was sending emails, Dave landed a software development role that he will start in June 2020, a week after his military retirement. Dave participated in the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) SkillBridge program…
 
In this episode USMC veteran Mark Holman and US Navy veteran Marina Rabinek discuss the Resilience-Building Leader Program and the value of the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional certification. Listen in as Mark tells us how the certification program can improve your ability to communicate your value and Marina takes us through the program…
 
My guest for this episode is Dr. Wil Gafney. Dr. Gafney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of several books including Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne. She is also an Episcopal priest. We talked about a lot about biblical interpretation, including w…
 
Cindy Dorfner retired from the US Air Force in 2013 after a successful career in public affairs. She quickly landed a director-level role in the private sector and although she wasn't happy with the role herself, within 6 months she was fired from her first post-military job. Today, she holds a high-level leadership role in the federal government a…
 
Becci & Lori get technical (if you can call it that). Darren eats shit, and Wesley pilots his first drone flight with some epic slo-mo video. We also answer some questions from listeners, and talk about International women's mountain bike day.Check out the mountain bike connection page on Facebook for video evidence that your nan has more talent th…
 
In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we are hearing from Shelley-Rose Illig. Rose is the spouse of US Army active duty soldier and now US Army reservist. Rose has a great career of her own as a business analyst and project coordinator with a financial institution. However, the transition out of the military was neither planned nor a smooth…
 
After retiring from the Air Force, Chris McGhee made the decision to pursue his lifelong dream of going to law school. Listen in as Chris talks about how his maturity and his military career has helped him get through the challenges of law school. In addition, Chris shares the lessons he has learned about networking, navigating the online applicati…
 
A Navy veteran and a veteran of the gaming industry, Jerry Prochazka transitioned out of his military service as a nuclear engineer and eventually navigated to his current position as the CEO and co-founder of Ganymede Games, a start-up game design company that is launching its first game later this year. Jerry shares insight into the different str…
 
Retired USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Holman has been out of the military for more than 10 years. He shares not only the mistakes he made in his transition, but also shares some valuable insight for job seekers that he has gained as an executive leader for a Fortune 200 company and as the VP of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Resilience…
 
Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and United Methodist pastor and has traveled widely as a retreat leader and conference speaker. Jan has written many books, including her most recent one, Sparrow: A Book of Life and Death and Life in which she shares in vulnerable and beautiful ways about the ache of grief and loss after the sudden death of her…
 
Retired Army leader Justin Pearson has been a mentor and advocate in the military transition space since 2016. Justin has built an amazing post-military career for himself holding senior leadership roles with companies such as AAFMAA and Wells Fargo. In this episode he discusses how he navigated the transition landscape before there were so many re…
 
21-year USAF veteran Chris Dreisbach has a seemingly perfect transition - from service to SkillBridge to multiple job offers and a great job above his salary expectations. Within 3 months he found himself overworked and unhappy. He had the courage to leave his first post-military job that wasn't right for him. Listen in as he shares what he learned…
 
Ericka Kelly retired from the US Air Force Reserve where she was one of the top 3 Chief Enlisted Master Sergeants and from Federal Law Enforcement, working for the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. This episode is a bit different in that it starts with stories of her earlier life that shaped her resiliency and built…
 
In the 2nd part of the episode with US Navy veteran Alfredo Flores, he and host Lori Norris discuss the resume. They cover subjects such as should you pay for assistance with a resume and offer tips on what a good resume should include. To wrap up, Alfredo shares his lessons learned during his career as a veteran in transition, a veteran advocate a…
 
After suffering what he calls a "very painful transition," US Navy veteran Alfredo Torres has today settled into his role as the Virginia Transition Assistance Program Regional Coordinator. He dedicates his time and efforts to helping other veterans avoid the obstacles he faced. In part 1 of this two-part episode, Alfredo shares his thoughts on how…
 
Listen in as USMC veteran Derek Moore asks some great questions about the SkillBridge program, the best job search websites, the benefits of using a professional resume writer and my top 5 most important courses of action to prepare for the military transition. As a bonus, Derek, who is about to complete his Doctorate degree, talks about how to pur…
 
A bunch of mountain bikers shooting the sh*t... Join Andrew, Becci, Darren, Lori and Wesley as they discuss the world of MTB (also known as Atlantic Canada) and get to grips with everything the east coast has to offer. In this episode we chat about the Becaguimec Trails, Lori's trail snacks, and absoluteBLACK chocolate (it's not really chocolate). …
 
A bunch of mountain bikers shooting the sh*t... Join Andrew, Becci, Darren, Lori and Wesley as they discuss the world of MTB (also known as Atlantic Canada) and get to grips with everything the east coast has to offer. In this episode we chat about some cool new stuff happening in NB and NS. Also featuring peeing on your knees and Lori's new She-we…
 
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