Episode 22

Janis Burke on Houston as a Sports Capital

Janis Burke, CEO of HCHSA, sits down with Alex Gras to tell stories of her favorite moments that exemplify community in sports. Janis has been the CEO of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority since 2006.

Episode 21

Mike Chabala of Sphere Combines Community, Fitness, and Soccer

Mike Chabala, former MLS player and founder of Sphere, sits down with Alex Gras to talk about how Sphere is bringing a locker room aspect to fitness. Sphere is a soccer-inspired fitness concept.

Episode 20

Jonathan Wells Is Tackling The Football vs. Football Debate

Jonathan Wells, former Texans RB, joins the podcast to talk to Alex about J. Wells Media Group and how he’s educating people on the similarities between football and soccer.

Episode 19

Lori Burgess On Why Esports Athletes Are The New Celebrities

Lori Burgess, COO of Beasley Esports, sits down with Alex Gras to talk about how the landscape of sports is changing rapidly. Beasley Esports owns several esports teams, including the Houston Outlaws for Overwatch and Team AXLE-R8 for Rocket League.

Episode 18

Dinn Mann On Creating The Greatest Network of All Time

Dinn Mann, former VP of MLB Advanced Media and current CEO of Goatnet, sits down with Alex Gras to tell the story of his being born on third base, and his effort to hit his own triple since then.

Episode 17

Michael Heckman and the Stickiness of Houston

Michael Heckman of Houston First sits down with Alex Gras to talk about what makes Houston a great city, and what it can do to more earn that reputation.

Episode 16

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 4: RE Cooling Tech

Brittany Soeder and Robert Maher of RE Cooling Tech sit down with Alex Gras to discuss how they’re keeping athletes cool during the hot summer months. RE Cooling Tech has created a collar to be worn around the athlete’s neck that sends cold fluid to create rapid cooling.

Episode 15

Zuca Palladino and The Sport of Footvolley

Zuca Palladino of TexasFootvolley sits down with Alex Gras to tell of a sport you probably have never heard of, footvolley. Zuca fell in love with Footvolley while recovering from an ACL injury, and he knew that footvolley could be a breakthrough sport in Texas, as warm weather and sand volleyball courts are abundant in the lone star state.

Episode 14

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 4: Monarc

Bhargav Maganti and Igor Karlicic of Monarc sit down with Alex Gras to discuss how they’re innovating the way athletes practice football. The Monarc Seeker is the world’s first ever robotic quarterback, kicker, and punter, and professional NFL players are taking note.

Episode 13

Aaron Knape Of sEATz Puts The Stadium At Fans’ Fingertips

Aaron Knape of sEATz sits down with Alex Gras to talk about how he’s bringing the next level of convenience to stadium events, hospitals, and more. sEATz is developed for sports and entertainment venues and has been a proven partner at stadiums and venues across the USA.

Episode 12

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 3: Perch

Nate Rodman and Nika Oullette of Perch sit down with Alex Gras to discuss what their product is and how it’s innovating weight room training. Perch is a camera system that helps quantify weight room performance without detracting from it.