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This is Ben Holmes second appearance on the podcast. Ben’s been working below the streets of San Francisco for a few months now doing maintenance on their aging underground power system. We highlight underground work and dive right into discussing social media and the powerline industry. We get very real on this episode about what it means to be a true tradesman and how to represent our industry the right way.
Jimmy Marinus has been in the trade for more than 20 years. He’s worked in a few different countries and runs the popular Facebook / Instagram pages @new_zealand_linemen. It always amazes me that no matter where you’re from in the world, linemen are always the same. Find this episode of Powerline Podcast on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcast and Spotify.  
If you are a Lineman and you are passionate about this trade, then I’m sure you enjoy learning about our history. Alan Drew is the author of an amazing book about the origins of our trade called The American Lineman. I interviewed Alan on episode 64 of Powerline Podcast if you’re interested in his story. Brady Hansen and I have teamed up and over the course of the next few months we’ll be brining you a chapter by chapter reading of The American Lineman so you can come to understand more about where we began and where we are today. You can find the Powerline Podcast on all major podcast platforms.
David Ball has a contagious passion for linework. He is a US Army combat veteran, family man and Director of Quanta Services, LazyQ Line School. In this episode we talk about his service, the line trade and line school.  Find this episode of Powerline Podcast on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcast and Spotify.
If you are a Lineman and you are passionate about this trade, then I’m sure you enjoy learning about our history. Alan Drew is the author of an amazing book about the origins of our trade called The American Lineman. I interviewed Alan on episode 64 of Powerline Podcast if you’re interested in his story. Brady Hansen and I have teamed up and over the course of the next few months we’ll be brining you a chapter by chapter reading of The American Lineman so you can come to understand more about where we began and where we are today.
Dave is returning for the 4th time to Powerline Podcast. This time we’re hitting a topic that needs constant attention, grounding and bonding. I hope this episode gets you questioning more and thinking differently about your approach to the subject.
David Mendonca is a former Navy combat medic turned Lineman and now runs a successful nonprofit and podcast called The Show Up Dad. We talk a ton about how to raise kids being a father in the trades.
Janene Naugle has been in the financial industry for most of her life and works for Utilities Employees Credit Union @uecuhappy . We talk about the topic that most don’t want to talk about, money. She discusses planning for your future, retirement, life insurance, and what makes UECU different than most banks. It was a truly great conversation with tons of value.
Mitch Cheek is a photographer and videographer that comes from the world of action sports. He’s filmed and photographed some of the world’s greatest riders in downhill mountain biking, snowboarding, and surfing. I’ve worked with Mitch over the last 10 years to film linemen and our industry. This is a conversation about how to showcase and progress our industry using modern marketing.
Dylon is a long time athlete and member of the Working Athlete family. In this episode we hammer down on health and fitness in the blue collar world with a huge focus on the line industry.
Nick Meyer has an amazing story of perseverance and strength. Shortly after line school ended Nick was back on the job and up a pole when in an instant his life changed forever. Nick was electrocuted and as a result of the incident he lost his hand. I hope you learn some valuable lessons from his story.
Alan Drew is a Lineman and author of The American Lineman, the most detailed book ever written on the history or our trade. His passion for linework and the Lineman stems all of the way back to when he first learned to climb poles at 6 years old. He has dedicated his life to this trade, and I was so grateful to have him share his story on this podcast. Please enjoy!
Eugene is a former police officer turned Journeyman Lineman. Growing up in a very large family on the rough side of town taught him about the value of work ethic. We discus topics ranging from mental health to work ethic and everything in between. Eugene is also the founder of @line11clothing
Ben Williams is Journeyman Lineman with a reputation for saying it how it is. I enjoyed every minute of this unfiltered conversation about linework and leadership.
David grew up in California and did what he had to do to get into the trade. He left home and moved to Alaska for a shot at an apprenticeship. Fast forward years later and linework has taken him all over North America and beyond. David has also been fortunate enough to check off a few of the bucket list items like becoming a helicopter Lineman and receiving a barehand certification with Quanta Services.
Josh is an electrician that’s been in the industry for 20 years. In his career he’s gone from apprentice to general superintendent. I get a ton of questions from electricians, so it was great to have Josh on the show to help answer and bring clarity to those questions. We also talk about surrounding yourself with good people and leadership in today’s industry.
Mark Paulsen founded Wilderness Athlete and Working Athlete® based on one simple question, “Why hasn’t the science of mainstream sports nutrition been applied to the specific needs of the outdoor/industrial athlete?” Mr. Paulsen answered his own question by launching Wilderness Athlete® and Working Athlete® for those who wear camo, hard hats and steel-toed boots. He did so to address their unique physical demands because there are no commercial timeouts for the wilderness and working athletes. Mark or ” Coach P ” as he’s often referred has spent a lifetime in athletics. He played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, spent many years coaching strength and conditioning and holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science as well as pursued his Masters degree in Nutrition.
Former military to safety professional, Alex Lacey is one of the most dedicated and discipline guys I know. Join us in this episode packed with thought provoking conversation about safety and leadership in the industry today.
Brian Muka, aka Fear Sherpa is a former US Navy EOD bomb tech and best selling author of “Your Secret Superpower, Tame Fear To Thrive”. Fear is your ally. In this episode we talk about how to harness fear and use it instead of letting it consume and control you.
Caleb’s love for electricity started at the age of 8. He became an electrician, a lineman and has cofounded a company that has created 100% safe system for training on primary voltage equipment. Caleb is a fascinating guy with a great story. Enjoy!
After taking over the entire investment department of a bank by the age of 19, Caleb saw firsthand how 98% of Americans were financially failing despite “professional” financial advising. After 3 years of traveling the country being mentored by the most successful financial minds, Caleb discovered a better way to build wealth. Leaving his prestigious position at the bank, Caleb founded the company BetterWealth, authored the best-selling book “The AND Asset”, hosts the Better Wealth Podcast, and speaks to thousands around the world. One of the youngest leaders in the industry, Caleb is quickly becoming The New Face of Finance. Caleb and his team have created a special offer for listeners of Powerline Podcast. He is giving away a free digital download of his book “The And Asset”. The link will be in my Bio as well you can find it at www.betterwealth.com/powerline
Alex has been practicing the art of Jiu Jitsu for more than 27 years and owned his own gym for 8 years. Needless to say, Alex is a coach. He has recently stepped away from owning a Jiu Jitsu gym to lead/coach men in ending burnout and enjoying holistic health. In this episode we dive into how lineworkers or any blue-collar worker can apply these techniques to change their health in a positive way.
Mike Bledsoe has a passion for coaching. He’s been in the fitness industry since he was a teenager. Mike served in the Navy, became an entrepreneur and cofounded the very popular podcast Barbell Shrugged. This podcast spent many years amongst iTunes top 10 podcasts in health and fitness. He now hosts his own podcast called The Bledsoe Show and is CEO of The Strong Coach. Mike is a coach, leader and mentor. There is a ton of value in this episode so please enjoy! Feel free to share this episode with anyone you feel would value its content.
Jason is a union Lineman that has been in the trade for years now. He took a chance early in his career and left his stable lineman position in search of adventure and a deeper understanding of the trade. He’s worked for both contractor and utility in various forms of leadership and gives back to the trade every chance he can. I enjoy every conversation I have with Jason, and I hope you enjoy this one!
In this episode I sat down with Jacques Lacasse from Milwaukee Tool to talk about everything Milwaukee. We talked a little bit about the history of Milwaukee and then dove deep on their great line of tools for Linemen.
Cameron Alley is a husband, father, Lineman, and survivor. While working on a transmission structure during storm restoration in Puerto Rico Cameron fell more than 100 feet landing on the mountainside below. Through the grace of God, the amazing work of his crew to rescue him and deep love and endless support from his wife Cam is here with us today. This is his story.
Junior Hammon is a third generation Lineman with two decades in the trade. As if that’s not enough he is also an artist, life coach and now entrepreneur. He and his wife Erica along with an amazing team have started Highline Tattoo and Fab shop. A true artist through and through Junior now combines all of his passion for powerline, art and life coaching into his business and most recently his podcast called “LET’S GO w/ Junior Hammon”. You can find it on most major podcast platforms including YouTube so show him some Lineman love and subscribe to his show. I hope you enjoy episode 49 as much as I did recording it.
Cody is a United States Army veteran with deployment experience in Afghanistan. He returned to the US and began a career in the fire service before taking a chance on line work and enrolling in Lineman collage. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and is now well into a line apprenticeship in Texas. Please enjoy episode 48 with Cody Skrabo!
Benjoy is a former actor and now head coach for a program called The Strong Coach. In this show we talk about how you can use principles from the fitness and coaching industry and apply them to your life in the line trade. I promise that if you add these practices to your life, it will forever change you in a positive way.
Ben is a Journeyman Lineman with an awesome story. In this episode Ben opens up about concurring addiction his journey to sobriety. We also talk a lot about union issues and how to we all need to get more involved. Enjoy!