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Episode 57 – The Art of Facilitation with Frances VanHouten

In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Frances VanHouten. Fran is a consultant, facilitator and a prolific reader. Fran made her way out to Jackson from New Hampshire in 1997 after her husband at the time landed a job as the town administrator on a fishing trip. 

In this episode, Stephan and Fran talk about emotional intelligence, mediation, the importance of listening and the power of a deep breath.

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This week’s sponsor is Buddy Pegs Media! 

About Buddy Pegs

If you’re a parent today, you’re familiar with the struggle with navigating the modern, digitally fueled childhood.  What you may not be familiar with is the year over year rise in childhood depression, anxiety, obesity, and suicide. Well, our guest today believes that bicycle riding is a wonderful way to build confident kids and connected families.

 Scott Fitzgerald is the Founder and CEO of Buddy Pegs Media – a Family Adventure Media company that celebrates cycling through children’s books and podcasts and classes that teach bicycle riding to children between 2 and 7 years old.

After selling the popular local bike shop Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Scott and his wife Jannine built Buddy Pegs Media and Buddy Pegs Learn To Ride to keep fueling their mission to create happier, more successful children, a healthier lifestyle for families, and social impact.

Thinking “lifestyle business”? Think again. The US Children’s Publishing Industry generates $3.5B annually, The Kids’ Sports Industry generates $15B annually, and children under 12 influence $500B in annual purchasing in the US.

This September (2019), the Buddy Pegs team relocated temporarily to Bentonville, AR to launch a full model of classes, camps, and events across North West Arkansas before scaling nationwide.

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Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. The Jackson Hole Connection is edited by Michael Moeri. Website and social media support by Tana Hoffman.


About the author, Stephan C

Hello podcast world. I am Stephan Abrams the host and creator of The Jackson Hole Connection. I’ve been living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since the summer of 1999, when I moved here to visit with my brother. I immediately fell in love with this place and knew I would call Jackson Hole my home...

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