Thomas Cox & the Mealfit Story: Leading & Motivating Thru Food & Lifestyle

September 8, 2017

This week Chester picks the brain of Mealfit entrepreneur Thomas Cox.  They talk business and bartering, leadership, lifestyle, priorities, and more. Thomas tells his story in his own unique direct way and he doesn't mince words. He spares nothing with his frank advice for leaders or anyone ready to take their passion to the next level. And while he believes owning your destiny whether it's in business or in wellness is not for the lazy, Thomas is clear that anybody willing to put in the time, can do it. Lots more tips, insight, and tough love from Thomas Cox on this episode of The Leaderbyte. Don't let the tough love fool you, Thomas Cox cares about people, and wants them to be successful, healthy, and happy. It's true or Mealfit wouldn't be nearly as successful! Oh, and Thomas was into Crossfit before Crossfit was cool. For tough tips to success and motivation to start pursuing your passion today--- click play, then share with a friend. 

Thomas Cox bio:

Thomas Cox is a former college football coach turned nutrition entrepreneur. He is a husband, father, mentor and life changer.

He began his business mealfit in 2013 from his kitchen table. A friend came to him with a dilemma of how to eat healthy and Thomas used his expertise in meal planning to help this friend. This quickly turned into hundreds.

Mealfit is founded on making eating easier and healthier. He feels motivating people through food and lifestyle is the way he can truly impact this world.

As an entrepreneur, Thomas has grown a very successful online, retail and catering business through his holistic grassroots approach. He has seen profits double in every year of business through his knowledge of marketing and customer service. 

Check out Mealfit here! 

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Subscribe to the Mealfit Youtube Channel (Hint cooking tips, inspiring stories here)



Writer Carole Sparks: Insights and Leadership Tips for Creatives

August 9, 2017

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad, talks with emerging, faithbased writer Carole Sparks who offers insight into her own creative process, advice on being a better leader, and the ultimate influence and inspiration for her writing. This was a deep and intriguing leadership conversation worth having--and one you don't want to miss.  


Who is Carole Sparks?

Carole took a round-about path to writing after graduating from both architecture school (BArch 1996) and seminary (MATh 2003) with top honors. Having journaled for years, she began sharing weekly “God thoughts” with a small circle of fellow Christ-followers. More than three years ago, the “God thoughts” morphed into a blog where Carole expounds on the Word of God as it applies to everyday life (and occasionally other relevant topics). In 2014, God called Carole to share the things He had taught her by writing Bible studies. These flow out of the blog posts as the Holy Spirit connects various Scriptures to each other and to the present day.

Having travelled far and read widely, Carole approaches life with the attitude that our experiences are our classroom and that there is something to be learned from every person. She asks, “What does God want to teach me here?” and “What is God saying through this person?” Quotes like, “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates) linger in her mind. Some call it “navel-gazing,” but the time spent in reflection provides her with fodder for writing. More importantly, however, it reveals God’s glory like a silver thread woven through every moment of life—the good and the bad. The tone of her writing reflects that teachability and the idea of working through things together.

Connect with Carole Sparks on Twitter:  @Carole_Sparks 

Check out her website here at 

Read her latest blog posts on NotAboutMe

Like Her Facebook Page


Connect with Leadebyte Host Chester Goad on Twitter: @chesterwgoad 


Faith, Family, Friendship & Fury: A Fun Leadership Convo

August 8, 2017

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad interviews Scott Kimsey, Director of Basketball Operations for the Tennessee Fury. Scott talks about how leadership, sports, mission and purpose have impacted his life and gives us insight into staying motivated and grounded.  Chester and Scott reminisce about growing up, college, and old friends and laugh a lot.  Treat yourself to this very authentic conversation that only has a couple of hiccups!  This was definitely a leadership conversation worth having. We're proud of Scott's commitment to sports, youth, faith, and community, and we're also impressed that he can tackle himself. 

Who is Scott?  Scott Kimsey is Director of Operations for the Tennessee Fury and Knoxville Youth Sports.  In the past, he administered a large Upward Basketball program and he developed a similar middle school league.  Scott has contributed to long-term basketball development in two African nations, working overseas for eight years and traveling to various countries for basketball camps etc.  He has played and coached recreationally, mentored college athletes, and raised funds for athletic organizations. Having experienced the positive impact of team sports on young people, Scott believes basketball builds core values of integrity, team work, community, and perseverance. Combined with a strong faith, these values develop leaders both on and off the court.  


Learn more about Knox Youth Sports and Tennessee Fury  


**This episode is dedicated to our late friend, Andy Botkin who always made us laugh.  






Leadership, Influence & Leaving People Better Than You Found Them

August 2, 2017

Nancy Hamilton, seasoned speaker and leader and small business owner shares leadership wisdom and encouragement to leave people better than we found them. Nancy's background includes service with churches, non-profits, higher education, counseling, and business. Nancy also shares how to deal with leadership disallusionment and disappointment.  Don't miss this episode of The Leaderbyte, you'll want to share it with friends and family.  

Be sure to Follow Nancy on Twitter @NANCYLHAMILTON. 

As always, you can follow your Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad @CHESTERWGOAD 

Keep leading, learning, and living!





Adam Meyer & the Intentional Life (The Bucket Episode)

August 1, 2017

I recently met up with my friend Adam Meyer to pick his brain on his thoughts on the benefits of intentional living. In this episode, Adam, a higher ed professional and fellow leadership and disability advocate, share his own story about intentional living, leadership, and priorities especially as they relate to family and faith. Check out these tips for living a happier, more efficient and fulfilling life all from simply living intentionally. 

Note from your Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad:  Dear Leaderbyte Listeners and Friends, so I was down in Florida and realized I didn't have all of my recoridng equipment, specifically an extra mic. I decided to use the internal microphones from my recording device, but didn't account for location, etc.  Unfortunately it sounds somewhat like we're in a bucket even after editing. The content is excellent though, so I hope you'll give this unintended bucket episode a listen, and check out Adam Meyer's tips for living intentionally. You'll be glad you did!

All my best, Chester 


Summer Solo: Authenticity & the “Perception is Reality” Lie

July 3, 2017

Is authenticity overrated? Is perception important?  And how does Sir Winston Churchill factor in? In this summer solo episode, Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad shares thoughts on authenticity, and the "Perception is Reality" lie. Tweet Chester and let him know what you think @chesterwgoad.   


Alan Graham’s Welcome Homeless: Leadership & Social Outreach

May 12, 2017

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad talks about leadership related to social outreach and specifically homelessness with Alan Graham is the president, CEO, and founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. Mobiles Loaves & Fishes, is a social profit enterprise that delivers meals and provides homes to homeless people on the streets of Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Nashville, Minneapolis, Providence, and New Bedford. 

Alan co-founded the Lynxs Group, which built the air cargo facility at Austin’s new airport in 1997, and went on to build similar facilities at airports around the country. 

Alan left the Lynxs Group in 1997 and managed Austin’s cargo port as the new airport was opening. At the same time, Alan had the seed of the idea for Mobile Loaves & Fishes. He and the other founders started by making sack lunches and serving them from the back of a green minivan. His focus now is the development and building of the Community First! Village, a 27-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled and chronically homeless in Austin.

Show Note Links: 

Visit Mobile Loaves and Fishes Website

Learn about Community First!

Learn about the Truck Ministry

    Watch the Community First! Video

    Purchase Welcome Homeless


Amy Roloff’’s Second Act: An Authentic Conversation on Family, Life, & Future

April 5, 2017

Amy Roloff joins Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad to discuss her Second Act, life changes, and how leaders move forward.  From faith and family, to leadership, and work, Amy gives us some authentic insight into her life, and lends the listeners some wisdom gained in her journey. Amy is a reality star, enterpreneur, advocate for women, a cook, an author, philanthropist, speaker, and more importantly a mom, and everyday awesome person.  You don’t want to miss this episode! It's a fun, genuine, raw, leadership conversation worth having. Be sure to visit the websites listed in the show notes, and connect with Amy Roloff and Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad on your favorite social media. 

Amy J. Roloff website 

Amy Roloff Charitable Foundation

Roloff Farms Salsa

Beating 50% Learn more about Jeremy and Audrey's Beating 50% Project, and keep up with their journey. 

TLC's Little People Big World: Visit the show's website and watch episodes. 

Connect with Amy on Twitter @amyroloffCF

Connect with Amy on Instragram: @amyjroloff

Connect with Chester Goad on Twitter: @chesterwgoad

Connect with Chester Goad on Instagram: @cgoad09


Faith, Life & Leadership with Blogger, Author, Speaker Paul Sohn

February 28, 2017

Ever figure out what you thought was your dream may not be your calling, and that maybe God wanted more for you? Are you young and searching for direction or next steps? (or maybe just young at heart)?  Paul Sohn is an award winning blogger, author, coach and speaker. His blog has been listed in the Top 15 of Leadership Blogs to Follow worldwide. Christianity Today named him as one of 33 under 33 to watch, and he's a John Maxwell, Top 100 speaker. More importantly, Paul is a great person of purpose living intentionally to reach those in their twenties and thirties and helping them and others find their purpose.  In this discussion, we talk about what it's like to realize your calling and change professions and essentially walking away from a seemingly safe dream job and then out on faith to live the life God wants for you! Paul talks about his own journey, and shares some insight and relevant points for all of us to consider. Paul has a new book "Quarter-Life Calling" releasing on April 4, 2017, and has recently founded a new online community for 20-Somethings called QARA (Pronounced CAR-A).  Links are in the notes below!  Follow Paul on Twitter and elsewhere. This was definitely a conversation worth having, and Paul is definitely a leader worth getting to know. 


Paul Sohn's Website

The New Qara Community 

Paul Sohn on Twitter 

Get Paul's book, Quarter-Life Calling 


Human Dignity, Fertility & Leading In Your Field with Dr. Scott Sills

February 27, 2017

Leaders often never really set out to be leaders. They just are.  The journey to becoming a leader in your field can take you places you never expected and sometimes it's amazing to look back at how it all came about.  In this episode, Dr. Sills a leading expert in reproductive endocrinology talks about his journey and what he's learned along the way.  He gives insight into how he's serving countless couples and families and particularly how he's helping military families. He'll discuss human dignity, and lend some insight into what you need to do to be a leader in your field too.  Dr. Sills has appeared on CBS The Doctors, and other media outlets. He's an author, and an all-around great guy. 

Dr. Scott Sills bio: 

Scott resides in Orange County, California and is a 7th-generation Tennessean. He has edited or written five books with publishers in Europe and USA, and has a further two medical reference books now under contract. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and holds a PhD (molecular biology) from London's University of Westminster. Dr. Sills was awarded the MD degree from University of Tennessee in 1992. After gynecology training at NYU Downtown Hospital, Dr. Sills completed his sub-specialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Cornell University. From 2008-2011, he served on the New York State Board for Medicine. Dr. Sills is Board Certified both by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the National Board of Physicians & Surgeons; he holds elected Fellowships with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Physicians (Ireland). Dr. Sills is registered and/or licensed for medicine in California, New York and the United Kingdom. He presently serves as Medical Director for the Center for Advanced Genetics, based in Carlsbad, California. 


Center for Advanced Genetics 


Fighting at the Fertility Front: A Navigational Guide to Infertility for US Military, Veterans, & Their Partners


Books by Dr. Scott Sills on Amazon