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HeadshotProfileThe idea for Inspire Eugene came to me when I was having a bad day at work. I needed some inspiration, and I had a thought. What if I could learn the success stories and setbacks from my peers in our local community. Its fun to listen to an interview from some super star who has made it too the big time, and his stories of struggle seem so menial now. But real stories from people close to home, that have similar circumstances is who I wanted to hear from. How about you?

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Brad McKinney

I’m Brad. I’m a 32 year old guy from Eugene Oregon who makes a living helping people figure out the ins and outs of their personal insurance.

I didn’t win the lottery, I don’t drive a fancy car, and I’m not a millionaire. What I do have is a beautiful wife, two amazing children, a loving family, awesome friends, and a line of work that allows me to meet interesting people in our community.

MY STORY

I used to have a 9 to 5 job, and now I work half days running my own business. I get to choose which 12 hours I want to work. I am an insurance agent and I represent the American National Insurance Group of Companies.I have had the pleasure of meeting really great people in our community, and I would like to highlight their very interesting stories.

I have a belief that we learn best from peoples stories. We only do business with those we come to trust, and three years ago I came up with the idea for Inspire Eugene. Fear held me back from launching this project, but fear will not dim my light any more.

SO WHY THE INSPIRE EUGENE PODCAST

With this podcast, I want to bring you an inspiring person or message each week to help you make the decision to do your best work. I believe we are all in this struggle of life together. We can learn from eachothers successes, failures, and resources. This is what I want to bring to you with Inspire Eugene. If you’re already performing at a high level, I hope the stories you hear– both the wins and the failures – can help you reach your goals.

If you’re struggling, you will be able to borrow inspiration from people in our community, and can get clear on what you want in life to start toward achieving your dreams.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the blog sometime soon!

Sincerely,

Brad McKinney

Scott Stewart

20140302_Scott Stewart_023-2-1Like a lot of others, Scott grew up in a home situation that was less then functional. By the age of sixteen, he had experienced enough verbal and emotional abuse to last many lifetimes. Despite the turbulence he faced in those formative teen and pre-teen years, he made a personal commitment to stop the pattern of abuse and become a better parent than the examples he’d known.

Living with a poor self image and virtually no self esteem were area’s of Scott’s life that suffered immensely.

At age 22, Scott experienced a tragic, life-altering event that forever changed his views and perspectives. He spent the next eight years dealing with, healing and growing from that experience. What he didn’t know then was that the tragedy he faced would prompt and mold him, eventually becoming the impetus to help him find his life’s purpose as an influential writer and speaker.

Robert Killen

Rally-PhotoRobert Killen is a renaissance man in modern times. He has created exceptional success in fields as diverse as fine art, finance and the military; and in roles covering the gamut including production, sales, management, training and entrepreneurship.

Robert is the founder of Apex Professional Development Network, a profound and unique referral networking organization that advances professional excellence through the power of stories.
As a presenter, Robert revels in topics related to personal. professional and organizational improvement. His themes include Organizational Storytelling, Inter-generational Conflict and Communication, Building Dialogue, Personal and Professional Success, and Business Networking.
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