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For four seasons The RAG Podcast has told the stories of how recruitment agency owners grow their businesses. As we enter our fifth season, we’re taking a closer look at the daily habits of successful recruitment entrepreneurs. Each week we’ll explore how they manage work, relationships, their physical and mental health, and both personal and financial growth.
 
Let’s talk SPACE, and let’s keep it casual. Nothing too technical. Stories that inspire. As a former NASA Public Affairs Officer, let be serve as your guide. I’ll provide conversations that are both interesting and fun. Each weekly episode brings a new, fresh discussion on a variety of space topics & stories. The universe is pretty big, so there’s always something new to discover! Join me and find YOUR inner space geek on Casual Space!
 
Christopher and Maggie are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. Check out their ministries: Christopher: SteppingStonesLife.com and Maggie: RavachMinistries.org.
 
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Erin grew up in Florida watching shuttles launch and shake the windows of her house on reentry. She has always had a passion for making things, leading to her degree in mechanical engineering. Erin works at NASA's Johnson Space Center as a science communication specialist for the International Space Station at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She share…
 
Hannah was a guest on The RAG in June 2021 and she told the story of growing Meet, an international talent provider to the life sciences sector. At this point the business was 12 years old, 135 staff and multiple offices globally. She ended the episode by telling me that they had significant and strategic growth plans. I wasn’t entirely sure what t…
 
Space is hard and complicated. Space norms are even harder and even more complicated. SO, in order to develop successful space norms, we will need creativity, perseverance, and a large and inclusive range of participants in the process. On today’s episode, Robin Dickey discusses an approach towards space exploration that examines what’s responsible…
 
Lloyd is BACK! This is episode 3 with Lloyd, as he came onto the show twice in 2019. In part 1, he was leading a small agency of 15 staff and spoke mainly about his career as a £1.6m biller and how/why he launched his original agency known as Focus Cloud. In late 2019, he talked about the growth of his agency to over 30 people and how his dream was…
 
Impulse Space is partnering with Relativity Space to perform the first ever commercial landing on the red planet! Places in space, like Mars, are being viewed as potential destinations that can support the expansion of human presence in the inner solar system. Impulse Space and Relativity Space’s mission to Mars is a step forward for the entire com…
 
On this week’s episode, I was delighted to be joined by Alex Odwell, Founder of fintech specialist recruitment agency Referment and most recently of tech business - Radar. Alex has been in the recruitment industry for 14 years. Previously a member of the founding team at Harrington Starr group, he left to launch his own agency in 2016. Referment wa…
 
Robert Feierbach returns as our special guest this week on the podcast and announces his new endeavors as President of Maritime Launch USA, Inc., the US affiliate of the Canadian commercial spaceport based in Nova Scotia, and, Robert unveils his new business, 0-G Launch, a Washington-DC based company deploying a fleet of specially-modified commerci…
 
We are back with season 6 and WHAT a guest to kick this season off! In this season, we will be continually digging into the stories of amazing recruitment founders but also talking about the reality of today’s economy. If any changes are happening in our sector then I want to find out and bring it to you first. On this week’s episode I was delighte…
 
“We are in a space renaissance right now, but with that comes new challenges. This is especially true for spacesuits.” Will Green is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Dakota. He is collaborating on research with NASA that is centered on applying breakthrough technologies to push the boundaries of what is possible with spacesuits. Will has …
 
On this week’s episode we wrap up Season 5 of the show in spectacular style! I was honoured to be joined by Ben and Dan, Co-Founders of Edison Search a specialist IoT recruitment firm headquartered in Basingstoke UK with 20 staff within 14 months since inception. Ben and Dan worked together for a long time in their previous company, Ben was head of…
 
Martynas Fedotovas and Nika Chinchaladze are space entrepreneurs and CEOs of Altair Enterprises LLC - a space education & research organization that enables people to pursue careers in the space industry - and the organizers of the International Space Convention 2022 - the biggest space industry business event in the Caucasus region. They also Co-a…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Rogier, the CEO of PCN Recruitment, a payments sector specialist recruitment agency with 30+ staff across offices in Amsterdam, Berlin and the USA. Rogier joined the business as an entry-level recruiter 9 years ago. He knew he wanted to work in sales and was keen on the payments sector - bu…
 
Do you have a story? A story about space that you’ve been thinking about for some time? Your story has the potential to change the way we explore space, but opportunities to share your story have been limited, challenging, and undiscovered. Until today. Today, a simple story will fly to space, changing how we explore it. Your story. Right here, rig…
 
On this week’s episode, I was joined by Chris O’Connell, a Leadership Coach, NED 🚀 and the host of The Purpose-Led Leadership Podcast. A top billing recruiter at S3, in his early 20s Chris co-founded Timothy James Recruitment, which he and his business partner grew to £25 million in turnover within 9 years. Chris had a life where he focused on the …
 
This week, NASA has announced that they are moving towards the first launch attempt for the Artemis I mission with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft currently in the Vehicle Assembly Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA is currently targeting launch for no earlier than Monday, Aug. 29, at 8:33 a.m. …
 
Big dreams start at Space Camp. The kids and family recipients from the Cosmic Odyssey scholarship program are joined by Inspiration4 astronaut Chris Sembroski in this creative conversation. Together, we discuss how our experiences can be put into the next Space Camp movie! From who’s in mission control and on the rocket to where we’re going to exp…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Toni, the Managing Director of Digital Gurus, a specialist Tech & Digital recruiter with 66 staff across offices in Manchester, London, Bristol and Birmingham. Toni joined the business as a Senior Consultant 11 years ago. She’d had a successful career in recruitment in Leeds and fancied a c…
 
Author and astronomer John Read is back with a BEAUTIFUL new book, Learn to Stargaze for Kids https://www.learntostargaze.com/books, and we’re talking about what’s within the James Webb images, and comparing some of them against Hubble. As always, there’s a lot to learn (so much fun)! During the second half of our conversation, John helps walk us t…
 
On this week’s episode, I was joined by Kyle Winterbottom, the Founder of Orbition Group, a specialist Data & Analytics recruitment agency with 10 staff based in Manchester. Kyle first came on The RAG Podcast in November 2020 when his agency was less than 3 months old. Kyle was a member of the Hoxo Academy back then and was beginning to win busines…
 
Brad West will have to eat the same food, do the same exercise, contain and restrict his social circles, conduct similar experiments, tasks, and basically copy everything his twin brother Brent will do…while in space…for more than 500 days… simulating the same amount of time it will take for humans to get to Mars- and helping to prepare humans to e…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Lawrence & Elliot, the founders of Arto Recruitment, a specialist life science recruitment agency. The business is headquartered in Canterbury, Kent and expanded to more than 23 staff in just over 2 years of existence during the pandemic! Lawrence and Elliot have been best mates since they …
 
In just DAYS (July 12, 2022), NASA will release the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope for the WORLD to enjoy …and Dean and Beth are on the edge of their seats (making bets on what we’re about to see) and what it will mean for space exploration when we look further into the universe than ever before. The world’s largest and most compl…
 
On this week’s episode, I was joined by Matthew Baird, the Founder of Baird & Co Recruitment, which is part of District4. Matt has been in recruitment since 2012 and has worked for a number of agencies recruiting into the social housing sector. During the pandemic, he became disillusioned with working for other people, and at a time of real uncerta…
 
Starting a non-profit, serving on a board of directors, conducting medical research, and speaking at space exploration conference has been some of the activities for Gitika Gorthi. Oh, and recently graduating from HIGH SCHOOL! Gitika is busy working toward a career in aerospace medicine, and she knows exactly where she wants to be, what she wants t…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Jamie & Tony, the founders of The Just Group, a specialist group of construction recruitment brands headquartered in Bromley, Kent with 24 staff which launched in 2012. Jamie & Tony launched the business with a 3rd partner Alan, and up until the pandemic things were going great! However, Co…
 
This weekend, Beth’s heading down to Huntsville, Alabama to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Space Camp! Space Camp has been inspiring trainees since 1982, and has been a gateway for the future's astronauts, scientists, and engineers. On this episode, Beth shares her personal story of her very first time attending Space Camp (there would be s…
 
On this week’s episode, I was joined by Anthony Webster, the MD of DVF recruitment and Board Member of Career Legal Group - which has several recruitment entities in London with a collective staff of 50 people. Anthony was my colleague for almost 5 years and is also a true friend. Anthony, alongside Amar and I, was originally going to be a founder …
 
In this episode, Christopher and Maggie have a conversation with Maureen O'Connell, Associate Professor at LaSalle University. We discuss her book Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness. We discuss how the white church, not just the Catholic Church, has been complicit in propogating anti-blackness and what we can do…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Jez Heard, the founder of Scale-Genesis, a specialist Blockchain & Crypto recruitment agency launched in November 2021 Jez is a 24 -year old lad from South Wales who is direct and honest! He only started in Recruitment in 2020 during the pandemic, and within less than 1 year decided to set …
 
On today’s episode I was joined by Nader Beshara, the CoFounder and Director of Ingham Jones a start up financial services, risk, technology and compliance global recruitment search firm with 10 people headquartered in Brighton UK. Nader has been an avid listener of The RAG and I was delighted to hear that listening to the show has helped him a lot…
 
On Tuesday, May 17, A House Intelligence subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than 50 years to focus on military reports of unexplained aerial phenomena (UFOs and UAPs)! This rare event included documents, discussions, videos and testimonies from Pentagon officials, pilots and others- along with the formation of a new organizat…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast I was joined by Harry Bigwood and Rex Rusling. Along with Ben Leeson, these guys founded The Rec Hub at the end of 2018 originally as a contingent agency. Soon they decided to flip the model to become an “Embedded Talent Partner” to Tech start & scale ups and have since grown to 50 people! In this episode w…
 
Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, and now author of her first book Back to Earth ~ What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet - And Our Mission To Protect It. She creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone's appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Ea…
 
On today’s episode I was joined by Matthew Eames, the Founder and CEO of Eames Group, a global insurance and financial services recruitment agency with circa 140 people across UK, EU, Asia and now the USA Matthew was a guest on The RAG in Feb 2019 and whilst the business was a similar size back then, things were very different. Most notably: - Matt…
 
In this episode, Christopher and Maggie talk to Brian McLaren about his new book Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned. This book is a resource for anyone who is unsure of if they even want to remain Christian after they've been hurt and have doubted many of the claims of Christianity. The book provi…
 
On this week's episode of The RAG Podcast I was joined by Jake, my little brother. One of the most charismatic and successful guys I know (and annoyingly good-looking!) We got into recruitment in Melbourne together in 2011. Later in Sydney, Jake became a recruitment owner in his mid 20's, but in 2016 he sold his shares in TheDriveGroup. He was buil…
 
In this episode, Christopher and Maggie talk to Dr. Obery M. Hendricks about his book Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith. This conversation was wide-ranging. We talked about everything from what Jesus said is the root of the gospel, abortion, gun rights, and Donald Trump and the Janu…
 
Chad and Chris are back and reminisce about their journey into the universe (Chicago) for the official Star Trek convention! Together, Chris and Chad share the highlights from this fan experience that includes everything from the big celebrity stars to the panel discussions, memorabilia, and the tattoos? Beth jumps in at the end for the lightning r…
 
On this episode of The RAG Podcast I was joined by Joshua Rayner, the Founder & CEO of Rayner Personnel, a specialist in UK Property Recruitment. I originally interviewed Josh in February of 2019 in my first Hoxo office in London. At the time, Josh had a team of 13 who were all operating as franchisees. This involved buying into the business and sc…
 
In this episode, Christopher and Maggie talk with Victoria Loorz about the Wild Church movement and her new book Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites us Into the Sacred. We talk about how in the Bible, whenever God wanted to speak to people, he often called them out into the wilderness. We also discuss what a wild church is like and how you can g…
 
On this week's episode, I was joined by Dan Taylor, MD of Morgan Hunt, a UK Public Sector specialist agency with 150 staff. Dan started at Hays in 1996 and has worked his way through many positions in his 26-year career. In 2018 he became MD of Morgan Hunt and has been on a journey to change the business for the better. Dan shares his unique insigh…
 
Beth sits down with three members of Vaya Space, a hybrid rocket engine and small satellite launcher company! Mickael Buswell, Brian Ha, and Grant Begley explain how they’re working to offer frequent, reliable, economical, and environmentally-friendly small satellite launch opportunities in precise orbital placement…by using hybrid rockets that are…
 
On this episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Emrah Baykal, the Founder & CEO of RO, a specialist energy-focused recruitment agency. The agency is based in London & Houston with 10 staff, and is part of the Tempting Ventures Group of over 80 recruiters. Emrah is the first to admit that in the early days of his recruitment career, he loved a b…
 
Happy Earth Day! Satellites improve our life on Earth by providing valuable data about our incredible planet. How exactly do satellites work? What kind of data do we need to improve, save, and protect our Earth? Here’s your 1-0-1 on satellites! From how they work, how they acquire power, how they navigate in orbit, and how they help us all benefit …
 
How will Humanity Return to the Moon by the Mid-2020s and Go to Mars by the Mid-2030s? How Can Innovations that Enable Human Missions to the Moon and Mars Benefit Humanity? If we find life on Mars, what happens next? These are just a few of the fascinating topics that will be explored at the 2022 Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) that is taking place on …
 
On this week's episode I was joined by Chris Sheard, the founder of SR2 Recruitment, a 54 person agency with offices in Bristol, London and soon to be opening in Austin TX. Launched in the middle of 2017, the business is almost 4.5 yrs old and has grown extremely well in that period. In this episode Chris shares the story of why he decided to build…
 
Try to keep up with Laura Forczyk! At the time of this conversation, Laura has a new NEW baby, a new business and just a few new multiple things that she’s working on. All at the same time. You may want to sit down and buckle in- because Laura and Beth have a LOT to discuss together in this episode, including space camp, working for NASA, writing b…
 
On this episode of The RAG Podcast, I was joined by Ed Stevens, the Founder of 94 Group, a specialist group of recruitment agencies in London with 50 staff. This isn’t the first time Ed has built up a successful recruitment business. He launched, grew, and sold his shares in Eximius Group over 8 years between 2008 and 2016. Ed is honestly one of th…
 
In this episode, Maggie has a conversation with Rick Wilkerson and Desi Raines of the Agreed Podcast. Maggie, Rick, and Desi cover tons of ground in this episode, hence the name: Every possible topic ever! We hope you enjoy this conversation. Christopher and Maggie are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual directio…
 
Last March, family and friends learned of Dr. Sian Proctor’s selection for the SpaceX Inspiration 4 mission and were able to join her along many parts of her incredible journey to space. On this episode, Chris and Brian join Beth to reminisce-and share wonderful moments from this recent adventure- from hearing the exciting news to watching the laun…
 
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