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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS In this episode of The Growing Our Future podcast, host Aaron Alejandro interviews Andrew Christensen, Senior Managing Director at Ascendion. Andrew shares his journey, starting from his passion for veterinary science in high school to his current leadership role. He emphasizes the importance of trying out different activities, networking, and building relationships. Despite growing up in a city, Andrew found his path through FFA, which offered him unique opportunities and a diverse network. He encourages listeners to embrace opportunities, be prepared, and prioritize relationships to achieve success. Watch Full Interview: https://youtu.be/ydC-XNvnICk Story…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Hosted by Aaron Alejandro, this episode features a captivating conversation with Roger Rickard, the Founder & President of Voices in Advocacy®, and author of “7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates.” Roger shares his journey from humble beginnings in a blue-collar town to becoming a renowned advocate and leader in advocacy efforts. In this episode, Aaron and Roger delve into Roger’s early experiences in political campaigns, highlighting the importance of grassroots efforts and personal connections in advocacy work. Roger emphasizes the significance of believing in the impact of one’s actions and staying informed…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Welcome to another episode of the Growing Our Future Podcast with host Aaron Alejandro, featuring Joanna Pineda,Founder, CEO and Chief Troublemaker at Matrix Group International, and host of the “Associations Thrive” podcast. Joanna shares her journey from the Philippines to Silicon Valley, her pivotal role in the development of the online bidding system for FCC spectrum licenses, and the founding of Matrix Group in 1999. Key traits in her journey include resilience, risk-taking, and tenacity, with an emphasis on being well-read and curious in spotting trends. The concept of becoming “centaurs”—partnering with…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Welcome to another episode of Growing Our Future! Host Aaron Alejandro expresses gratitude for the audience’s continuous support and the opportunity to learn from inspiring guests. This week’s special guest is Terren Moore, the dynamic Agency Owner of Moore Farms & Insurance. Aaron expresses excitement about having Terren on the podcast and looks forward to delving into his experiences and insights. The episode begins with a focus on planting the right seeds for a prosperous future and nurturing them to fruition. Terren recounts his unexpected journey, starting at the age of 15…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS In this episode of the Growing Our Future podcast, host Aaron Alejandro welcomes Bruce Cobb, Executive VP at Certified Angus Beef. The episode explores Bruce’s journey in agriculture, emphasizing the role of mentors and ethical leadership. Bruce shares insights on the positive aspects of competition and the importance of aligning values in leadership. The discussion highlights the virtues of ethical leadership and the opportunities for young professionals in the evolving field of agriculture. Both Aaron and Bruce stress the critical role agriculture plays in addressing global food challenges. The episode leaves listeners…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Welcome to another insightful episode of the Growing Our Future podcast hosted by the visionary Aaron Alejandro. This week, we are privileged to have a distinguished guest, Mitchell Dale, Chairman of the Texas FFA Foundation Board of Directors and President of McRee Ford. The conversation highlights the importance of gratitude, family, and faith in shaping Mitchell’s life. Mitchell shares insights into the success and values of McRee Ford, a family-owned dealership in Texas. The episode also delves into Mitchell’s involvement with the Texas FFA Foundation and the impactful Ford Leadership Scholars Program,…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Welcome to another inspiring episode of the Growing Our Future podcast. Host Aaron Alejandro brings you another insightful conversation with a special guest who has sown seeds of greatness throughout his life. Today’s guest is none other than Congressman Bill Sarpalius, the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Let’s dive into his incredible journey and the lessons he shares. Congressman Hon. Bill Sarpalius’ life epitomizes the American Dream. Abandoned by his father, he faced homelessness with his brothers and a struggling mother. Despite early hardships, he found refuge in Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch at…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS In this episode of the Growing Our Future Podcast, host Aaron Alejandro interviews Lieutenant Colonel Don “Doc” Ballard, a Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam War hero. Doc shares his upbringing surrounded by military veterans, emphasizing the values of caregiving, community support, and gratitude. Despite humble beginnings, Doc started his own business at 14, teaching him the importance of hard work and entrepreneurship. Doc joined the Navy to fund his education and found himself in Vietnam as a corpsman, where he displayed unwavering dedication, compassion, and bravery in treating wounded Marines. The…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Aaron welcomes the listeners to another exciting episode of the Growing Our Future podcast. He emphasizes the importance of guests who share their insights and experiences, highlighting the significance of planting the right seeds in agriculture for a prosperous future. James Huang, President of eXp Commercial, a publicly traded company. James shares his journey, from his childhood in New York City to his role as a commercial real estate leader. He emphasizes the importance of leadership, volunteer work, and building meaningful relationships in his career. James emphasizes that opportunities are boundless for…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS Welcome back to another captivating episode of the Growing Our Future podcast, hosted by the insightful Aaron Alejandro. Today, Aaron sits down with a true luminary in the field of agricultural education, Dr. Gary Moore, a passionate historian and educator whose impact has been felt across generations. In this episode, Aaron and Dr. Moore delve deep into the roots of agricultural education, exploring the very essence of what makes this field unique. Dr. Moore, a distinguished figure in the agricultural education landscape, sheds light on the core principles that set this discipline…

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Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS In this episode of the “Growing Our Future” podcast, host Aaron Alejandro welcomes Tucker Brown as their special guest. The podcast aims to explore insights, expertise, and experiences from individuals who are actively shaping the future. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next,” emphasizing the importance of what we sow today for a better tomorrow. Tucker Brown, the 6th generation of the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas, shares his journey and passion for ranching, cattle,…

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https://open.spotify.com/episode/2NYFAifDYsyrKxhbjPwydg?si=tRQvTPmYTYaDcVQDHeWHZg Subscribe: iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / RSS In this week’s episode of the “Growing Our Future” podcast, host Aaron Alejandro is joined by the esteemed CEO of the National FFA, Scott Stump. Together, they embark on a captivating journey through Scott’s life and career, exploring the transformative power of FFA, the importance of saying “yes,” and the pivotal role agriculture education plays in shaping the future. Aaron delves into Scott’s unique journey and career path, highlighting his background in agriculture education and biochemical engineering. Scott shares his early experiences in the FFA, including serving as a state officer,…

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