A Taste of Success: A conversation about growing a thriving restaurant in Reno with Kasey Christensen - Ep37

On today’s episode my guest is Kasey Christensen.  Kasey and her husband Christian are the owner operators of the restaurant Sup located in the heart of Midtown which opened its doors in August of 2007 and has had a line down the street during lunchtime ever since.

But Kasey story and her road to success has taken a lot of crazy turns. Back in 2007 Kasey and her husband Christian decided to take a leap of faith and buy property in the fledgling MidTown District in Reno during our country's worst recession in over 100 years.

As a lifelong entrepreneur Kasey was ready to take on the challenge of starting a new restaurant in Reno but the difficulty it presented her and her husband in the first few years almost ended their dream before it could get started.  

Kasey shares the story of bootstrapping their business to make it what it is today. As you can image success doesn't happen overnight and Kasey and her husband shared many evenings not knowing if they would be able to keep the doors opened to their beloved restaurant.

From not knowing if they can make payroll to having a thriving restaurant in the hippest part of Reno, Kasey and her husband never gave up on their dream and found a perfect recipe for success that includes making GREAT food, sticking to what they do best and taking care of their employees.

Kasey’s determination and desire to keep her business alive and to make Sup successful is truly inspiring.

If you want to hear the story of an amazingly courageous entrepreneur then this episode is for you!

Thank you as always for listening and please be sure to go see Kasey and her husband Christian at Sup located at 669 S. Virginia St., Midtown Reno.

Finally, don't forget to drop us a comment and let Kasey know how much you loved her episode!

We look forward to seeing you next time for our 38th episode of the Just Hertz So Good Show!

Making People Laugh for a Living: A Candid Conversation with Radio Hall of Famer Arnie States--Epd 36

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WOW!! What a fun and entertaining episode!

From start to finish, my guest today had me laughing and wanting to hear more.  

On today’s show my guest is Arnie States.  

Arnie is the host of the Arnie States show but you might remember him as the former host of the Rob Arnie and Dawn Show which at its height, was rated the number one morning radio show in northern California and northern Nevada for over 10 years!

Today we talk about so many different things and if you know Arnie, you know he’s not afraid to cover taboo topics…

We loved Arnie’s candid conversation about depression and even his attempt at suicide back in 2012. Not surprisingly, Arnie manages to make us laugh while at the same time discussing heavy topics.

But today's episode is about much much more than just mental health as Arnie and I discuss his career in radio and his new found passion for performing stand up comedy.

We also cover Arnie’ journey as a lowly intern in Reno all the way to being inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Arnie’s got stories for day’s (including one about Arnold Schwarzenegger) and we promise you will leave this episode with a big fat smile on your face!

As Arnie tells us, his main goal in life is to make people laugh and he certainly doesn't disappoint in today's episode.

You can find Arnie every weekday from 7-11 on his live podcast called the Arnie States Show or you can check him out on his website at arnieradio.com

We are super proud of this episode and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!

See you next time for our 37th episode of the Just Hertz So Good Podcast!

A Master of Media: A Conversation with Bob Conrad from This Is Reno and the Solutions Podcast - Ep35

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On today’s show my guest is Bob Conrad.  

Bob is a true master of media and our conversation today covers everything from Bob’s humble beginnings as a journalism student to his career as a media manager and creator of the This is Reno website.

Bobs path to success is a windy one that includes a PHD, years of public relations work and almost two decades of professional writing.

If you want to know what it takes to be successful in the world of media and advertising, Bob’s story is sure to give you some insight. Hint: it takes hard work and the ability to wear a lot of different hats.

Finally, if you love stories and you like a good murder mystery then this is the podcast for you because Bob gives us a behind the scenes look at his self-produced Podcast called Solutions which is currently in its second season.

Season two of the Solutions Podcast follows the mysterious murder of an undercover Reno Police Officer named James Hoff back in 1979. Officer Hoff was stabbed to death by four young men in Reno but new evidence suggest that some of these men might have been over-sentenced.

Whats amazing about this part of our conversation with Bob is to hear how he produces these episodes himself and how the story continues to evolve as he continues to investigate. As Bob puts it, “I don’t know where this story is gong to end”

So sit back, pop in your headphones, and enjoy listening to our episode #35 of the Just Hertz So Good Podcast!

See you next time for Episode #36!

Meteorologist Mike Alger and His 30-Year Career - Ep34

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What a cool and exciting guest we have for you today!

On our 34th episode of the Just Hertz So Good Show we are thrilled to bring you Chief Meteorologist from KTVN Channel 2, Mike Alger!  

We are so pleased with how this episode turned out because Mike Alger is a man of many talents and our conversation spans a wide variety of topics including some that we are sure you would’ve never expected!

Mike is much more than a weather man and in today’s show he shares the story of his long journey to a news room that includes a game show, a previous career as a petroleum geologist and of course, a long time love of science.

Later, Mike and Justin discuss what it’s like to do the weather and how Mike prepares to go live each night. Mike is a pro at his job and you’ll definitely hear that when he talks about his processes for reporting the weather and his thoughts on what it takes to be a great weatherman.

Last but certainly not least, Justin and Mike wrap up today’s show by discussing Mike’s obscure fantasy/autobiographical novel titled Snow Storm which eventually lead to his new-found hobby of recording audiobooks….

What a cool guy!

Enjoy the show and of course, please be sure to leave us a comment and let Mike know if you loved the episode as much as we did.

See ya next time for our 35th episode of the Just Hertz So Good Show.

P.S. If you’re ever in a bind and need someone to sing the national anthem, Mike is your guy! He’s got pipes!!!

Bringing Yoga & Mindfulness to a Community Near You: A conversation with Good Elephant Founder, Allie Reitz-Ep 33

Today, we welcome to the show Allison Reitz.

 Allie was born in the mid-west (Illinois) where she later studied Sound Design and Fine Arts at the Institute of Savanah College of Art Design before moving to the biggest little city back in 2016.  

Upon arriving in Reno, Allie was quick to make her mark and build a network of strong, like-minded woman entrepreneurs as she immediately got involved in our community by joining the board for The Midtown District where she acts as an advisor to business and the community of Midtown Reno.

Since then, and perhaps more impressively, Allies’ incredible drive and passion led her to start a business in Reno Called The Good Elephant Company which fosters a community of yoga instructors, local businesses, spaces and studios who believe in making yoga and meditation classes affordable and accessible for everyone.

In our show today, you will hear how Allie has navigated between the challenges of running a startup in Reno as well as her goals to help people by making yoga and mindfulness cheap and ubiquitous. 

The Good Elephant Company is just starting to make it mark in Reno and Allie cant wait to share some of the amazing things that are happening with her company and in the community.

Although this is just the beginning for Allie and The Good Elephant Company, Allie has high aspiration and hopes to one day make the world a better place by making mindfulness and healthy practices like Yoga available in awesome and unique locations for everyone—no matter what your skill level might be. 

Allie is a passionate and vibrate person who loves to help and inspire others and I can promise you, you will see that after listening to this episode.

Thank you as always for listening to the Just Hertz So Good Podcast!

We’d Love to hear what you think about today’s show so PLEASE feel free to drop a comment and let us know what you think!

See you next time for our 34th episode!





The University of Nevada College of Business Alumni Association -A conversation about giving back to the community with Megan Lowe-Lynch Ep32


WOW! We have a great episode for you today!

For our 32nd episode of the Just Hertz So Good Podcast, I bring on Megan Lowe-Lynch who is the President of the College of Business Alumni Association (COBAA) for the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

Megan is a Truckee native who graduated from UNR back in 2010.

Since then, Megan has gone on to grow a successful Realestate business but her passion for the University never left her!

4 years ago Megan decided to joined the College of Business Alumni Association and now, she’s the president.

For Megan, COBAA’s mission going forward is all about driving value!

Whether the value is derived from scholarships awarded to business student, or holding charity golf tournaments to give back money to the college, one things for sure, COBAA wants to serve our community!

Learn more about the College of Business Alumni Association by visiting their website and become a member for just $30 a YEAR!

With an annual membership you can attend all of the amazing COBAA sponsored events like the community tour hosted by COBAA this last spring at the Tesla Gigafactory, or the upcoming community tour on October 18th from 3pm to 5pm of the new University of Nevada Altheltic Facilities.

Thank you for listening to todays episode and be sure check out all the amazing work Megan and COBAA are doing in the community by visiting their website or finding them on social medial!

See you next time, for our 33rd episode of the Just Hertz So Good Podcast

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Coffee With An Indian : A Conversation with Brian Melendez - Ep 31


How is it possible that two communities of people can live amongst each other and yet have no idea how the other side lives?!? 

Today we bring on a dynamic and incredible guest, Brian Melendez.

Brian is a proud North Nevadan who comes from the Northern-Southern Paiute Tribe originating from the Great Basin.

Brain is a really dynamic dude who owns and operates Lucentree (a company promoting tribal health & wellness practices) and runs his own podcast called “Coffee with an Indian.”

In our show today, Brian really opens up about his life growing up as an Indian in Northern Nevada. He also tells us some compelling stories about his personal life—specifically, the challenges he faced during his childhood that made him into the person he is today.

Brian has lived an incredible life to say the least and both his story and message are ones we really hope you enjoy—because we sure did!

We’d love to hear what you think about episode 31.

Do you think Brian brought the fire like we did?

Were you inspired by Brian’s story and ability to triumph given such shitty circumstances?

Are you interested in learning more about tribal meditation techniques that can help you reduce stress?

We can’t wait to hear from you so be sure to drop us a line and tune in next time for the 32nd episode of the Just Hertz so Good Podcast.

Finally, don’t forget to check out Brian on his podcast at Coffee with an Indian or through his work at Lucentree!

The Reverse Pod: A conversation with our host, Justin Hertz - Episode 30

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This week's podcast is a special one for me in that it's lucky episode number 30. 

Why do I say lucky number 30?

Well, when I started out on this podcasting journey 8 months ago I was told by other podcasters that there a thing called  "Pod-Fade"

Basically, a "Pod-Fade" is when someone has a great idea for a podcast and throws everything they have at it until.... about 3 or 4 episodes in and they get discouraged and quit. 

Determined not to be a victim of the "Pod-Fade" I made a goal to publish at least 30 episode before I could admit to myself that this podcast was a real thing and not just a passing hobby.

Well, here we are, on episode number 30 and I can tell you this... This podcast IS A THING and I CANT WAIT TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL!!!

Thats what todays episode is all about. 

I am lucky enough to have my friend JC Conway back in studio with me for our very first REVERSE PODCAST!

Today, JC is hosting the show and asking ME all the juicy question. 

Listent to learn more about where I came from, who I am, why I do the podcast and what my plans are for taking it to the next stratosphere in the near future!

We hope you enjoy the show and please be sure to sign up for our mailing list or subscribe to the show on iTunes or any of the platforms you use to listen to podcasts!


Battle with Bulimia - A candid conversation with Chante Conway - Episode 29


On this episode I sit down with Chante Conway.  We talk in depth about her battle with bulimia, her road to recovery and every step of the way in between.  We peel back the layers of what led to her addiction and how she suffered silently for six years, not even truly knowing herself that she had a problem.  She sheds light on how she eventually came to the realization that she had a problem and what she has done since to address it. Including turning to journaling, practicing mindful meditation and even becoming a personal trainer.  


To book a personal training session - visit Chante at the South Renos 24 Hour Fitness.  

Checkout Chante on her instagram @chanteconway


From Vegan to Vegetarian: A conversation with Shauna Ganes - Episode 028


On today’s episode my guest is Shauna Ganes.  

Shauna is a former culinary school grad who has always been conscious about what she eats.

In today's high paces society, its all to easy for us to forget about the food we put in out mouths and Shauna is here to help you think differently about the food you buy!

In todays show we discuss Shauna’s experience with a now mostly plant based lifestyle.  Shauna tells us about her decision seven year ago to become vegan and about how she temporary slipped up during pregnancy.

Finally, stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode as Shauna gives us a little insight into her experience with Kaia Fit--from taking classes to even teaching one!

Listen now to find out what Shauna is eating today and hear her story! You might be somewhat supervised by what she has to say! 

We hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to check out all past episodes on our website or where ever you consume your podcasts! 

See you next time for The Just Hertz So Good Show, Episode #29. 

Big Magic in a Little Package: A conversation with Phoenix Phenomenal - Episode 27



On today’s episode I welcome my youngest guest to date with probably the coolest name - Phoenix Phenomenal.  Phoenix - at the young age of 12 is already an accomplished magician having performed for corporations, service organizations, and regularly does shows for his clients which include Renown Children’s Hospital, The Special Olympics and Northern Nevada Children’s Museum just to name a few.  

He performs a monthly full-length show at Impossibles Magic Shop & Theatre which is owned and operated by his mentor Justin Impossible who also joins us today. Welcome to show Phoenix and Justin!


To get in touch with Phoenix and book him for your next event head on over to:




JC Conway Returns: A Conversation about failure - Episode 026

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Episode 26 welcomes back JC Conway to the pod.  In it, we come full circle as our first ever guest is back for more!

In todays episode JC tells us about the biggest failure of his life and as he puts it, "the dumbest things I've ever done"

Really, todays episode is about failure and how to deal with falling short in life. 

Luckily for us, JC is a meditation ninja and he teaches us how to approach our failures more mindfully and with less anxiety.

Today, we also we get a glimpse at what JC has been up to for the past six months including some mind blowing updates and revelations.  

We are honored to bring you episode # 26, so enjoy!!

Finally, to learn more about what JC is pursuing with passion. check him out at:

Justin Impossible - Part Deux - Episode 025

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Get ready to be entertained because today’s episode is the much anticipated Part Deux with Magician Entertainer and Entrepreneur Justin Impossible.  

Justin is an incredible magician with a magical way with words. Find out what Justin is up to these days and be sure to listen to P

Lastly, if you want to reach Justin Impossible or book him for a show, make sure to reach out to him on his website at http://www.justinimpossible.com/home

Have a magical week! See you next time for episode # 26 of the Just Hertz So Good Show!

An Educators Journey: A conversation with Chief Student Services Officer for Washoe County School District, Byron Green - Episode 024

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On today’s episode we continue our series of talks about local education and my guest is Byron Green.  Byron is the Chief Student Services Officer for the Washoe County School district. Byron has been involved with education for nearly twenty five years and has served in his current capacity since 2015, where he is responsible for outcome and support district-wide for departments including Special Education, Health and Psychological Services just to name a few.  

Music for Your Ears: A studio session with percussionist Cody Remaklus, Part 2 - Episode 023



On today’s episode I welcome back percussionist Cody Remaklus for the much anticipated part 2 and today it’s all about the music!  

Were in the big studio today...Studio A, which means we are in for a real treat!

Cody, once again delivers amazing sound and music but also teaches us a thing or two about drums and other instruments while in the studio here at the Reno Collective.  

We promise if you take about 45-minutes to listen to our 23rd episode, you won't be disappointed! 

Lastly, if you like what you hear in todays episode, be sure to check out Cody's fist appearance on the show here.


The Sherlock Holmes of Death: A conversation with medicolegal death investigator Kelli Oxborrow - Episode 022

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On today’s show my guest is Kelli Oxborrow. Kelli is a Medicolegal death investigator with the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, where their mission is to investigate unexpected and unexplained deaths in order to report on the cause and manner of death.  She has served in this role for over six years and was recently awarded the Heroes with Heart award for her duty and dedication towards her work - doing so day in and day out with compassion and integrity.

What it Will Take to Graduate 99% of Our Kids By 2020: A conversation with Washoe County schools superintendent Traci Davis - Episode 021

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On today’s episode I’m honored to welcome as my guest the Superintendent of the Washoe County School District - Traci Davis.  Ms. Davis has worked in education in one way, shape or form for more than 20 years. Previously spending 16 years in Clark County in a variety of roles ranging from teacher to Title I Interventionist, Assistant Principal, Principal and Area Superintendent.  

In 2012 she made her way to the Washoe County School District serving as Deputy Superintendent until 2015 when she was named Superintendent, where amidst her accomplishments she led the way to passing historic legislation in support of schools during the 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions, and she’s just getting started.  

Listen today to find out how our schools are doing today. Will we get to 99% graduation rate in Washoe County by 2020?

After listening to this podcast, I think you might agree, if theres superintendent that can do it, it's Traci Davis. 

An Alternative to Traditional Education at enCompass Academy: A conversation with Toby Wiedenmayer - Episode 020

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On today’s show I’m excited to welcome as my guest Toby Wiedenmayer. Toby has been an educator for the past 16 years.  She started at a fledgling charter school which was an interdisciplinary project-based school serving a predominantly at-risk population in the downtown Reno corridor.  Two years ago that school was transformed into what is now enCompass Academy where the mission is to “guide students to bright futures through academic, social/emotional, enriching, and personalized pathways.”  Since its rebranding, Toby has proudly served as the Principal of enCompass Academy.

To learn more about enCompass Academy please visit: https://www.encompassacademy.org/

Jimmy Beans Wool Founder Laura Zander - Episode 019

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This is the Just Hertz So Good Show and I am your host Justin Hertz and this is episode number 19!  On today’s show I’m excited to welcome as my guest Laura Zander. Laura and her husband Doug are software engineers who ditched the industry when it busted in 2000.  They traded-in their San Francisco city lives and moved to Truckee to get into the yarn business and open a small shop there. Flash forward 16 years later they now have a 30,000 square foot warehouse in Reno and are running a very successful multi-million dollar online retail business.  

To get in touch and learn more about Jimmy Beans Wool head on over to:  




Candidate Clint Koble - Episode 018

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This is the Just Hertz So Good Show and I am your host Justin Hertz and this is episode number 18!  On today’s show my guest is Clint Koble. Clint is running for Congress in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District.  The grandson of immigrants who homesteaded in North Dakota, Clint learned the value of hard work, integrity and family values.  Clint served 8 years as an Obama appointee to the USDA Farm Service Agency, helping farms, ranches and rural communities during tough times. During his tenure, Clint aided many farmers and ranchers survive the drought and remain on their family operations. Through aggressive outreach, Clint increased Native American participation in USDA programs.

He has a tough mountain to climb as there has never been a Democrat that has won in the  37 year history of the 2nd Congressional District. But that could all be about to change.  

To learn more about Clint and his campaign head on over to his website: https://clintkoble.nationbuilder.com/