Today’s bonus episode is my sit-down conversation with Georgia State Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson. Bruce has been a long-time, successful businessman and entrepreneur who decided to get into local politics years ago. As a state senator for Georgia during the Covid outbreak, he found many of his constituents were reaching out to address problems and concerns with the DOL. After working to look for a possible candidate, it seemed he was ignoring his own calling to run for that office. Having knowledge of both private industry and the public sector, made him a unique candidate for the position.
It was a pleasure to spend time with Bruce as he recounts his past experiences, his current challenges and his future goals. He truly wants to transform the department to make it more efficient, more secure and more customer-focus driven. He is creating a culture of openness and cooperation, where value is placed on the individual and on the mission of the Department of Labor.
Thompson shares a few stories from his first days in the role to where he is now at the midway point of his first 100 days in office. He plans to check back with us and the people of Georgia soon after for a status check. He knows he has multiple priorities, each equal to the other, which provides it’s own challenges. Ideally, if he can successfully change the culture within the DOL, he believes they will become one of the most efficient and production Department’s of Labor in the nation.
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Actor - Writer - Director - Radio - Veteran | I like ‘guy’ things: women, sports, video games, dogs, drinking, football, shooting guns, war movies, action movies, sci-fi movies and playing the hero. I am a red-blooded, American male through-and-through. But, I have another side as well, a deep and entrenched creative side, which started with writing and evolved to include acting and radio. As a result, I have appeared in nearly 100 stage shows and been involved in dozens of motion pictures, including two independent features available on Amazon Prime.
I have also been in broadcast radio for over 20 years. Thus far, I have been honored to receive five GAB Awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters: Two for Best On-Air Personality and three for Best Talk Show.
It was only natural with these pursuits, podcasting would eventually be added to my plate. In late 2017, I decided to start a show with my buddy and co-host, Walt Murray, called, The Wilder Ride. We examine the films of Gene Wilder in the movies by minutes format. This has opened the door to meeting so many new and amazing podcasters from around the world and led to some amazing friendships! As Shakespeare puts it, “I am amazed and know not what to say!” Afterwards, my wife and I started a show called, 'The Marriage Fit Podcast" where we talk about our lives as a blended family. Our tag line is it's a show about trying to make things fit, staying fit, and not throwing a fit.
Of all the roles I play, though, I want to point out that there are two I consider more important than any I have ever played (or will ever play) and that is being a DAD and HUSBAND. I have four girls, ages, 26, 24, 23, and 21 and there is nothing I won't do for them. And, none of life's ambitions would be possible without the strength and support of my best friend in the entire world, my wife, Susan. Regardless of anything else, nothing will ever outshine them.
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