• Aging and Health with Peggy Pico and Dr. John Bellettiere

    August 12, 2019

    Joe Vecchio filled in for Richard this week and interviewed Peggy Pico and Dr. John Bellettiere about aging and health. Both are working on initiatives and research on our growing older population.

    Age-Freindly Inititives: If it’s great for an 80-year-old it’s great for an eight-year-old.

    San Diego Foundation logoPeggy Pico leads development and implementation of The San Diego Foundation Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) program, a World Health Organization initiative. She works with AARP, local businesses, donors, nonprofits and government partners for municipal adoption of an Age-Friendly Action Plan for all cities in our region.

    Previously, Peggy worked as an Emmy Award-winning journalist – most recently at KPBS and NBC San Diego. Her first career as a Registered Nurse continues to inspire and enhance her work with local nonprofits, government leaders and community influencers. Peggy is a recipient of the USC Health Journalism Fellowship and the Loyola Law School Journalist Fellowship and holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Biola University.

    Does sitting for long periods of time have an impact on cardiometabolic health?

    Dr. John Bellettiere from UCSDJohn Bellettiere is a postdoctoral research fellow at UC San Diego in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. With advanced training in economics, behavioral science, and epidemiology, he researches healthy aging, with a particular focus on the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the preservation of mobility and functional independence. Dr. Bellettiere specializes in the measurement of physical behavior, which includes physical activity, exercise, sitting, and sleep, and is studying the minimum and the optimal amount of daily movement needed to prolong and enhance the healthspan.

    John is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Health Mentoring and Travel Grant, the Susan and Stephen Weber Endowed Scholarship, the John and Mary Anderson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Public Health, and the Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Scholarship.

    KFMB recording studio with Peggy Pico, Joe Vecchio and Dr. John Bellettiere

    To learn more about aging and health listen to the show (below).


  • Brad Ross and Jonathan Rosenberg Co-Writers of 33 1/3 House of Dreams

    August 5, 2019

    House of Dreams Repertory logoFilling in for Richard, Joe Vecchio interviews Brad Ross and Jonathan Rosenberg, co-writers of 33 1/3 – House of Dreams playing at the San Diego Repertory Theater’s Lyceum Stage from August 1 through the 25th. They reveal the interesting of details of the studio’s operation when some of the most influential artists of the era created their new and innovative sounds, as well as the work, require to bring such a complex production to the stage.

    The creation of 33 1/3 – House of Dreams is the culmination of efforts to share the story of what happened within the walls of Gold Star Recording Studios

    Brad Ross’s father, Stan Ross, was lead engineer and co-founder of the legendary Gold Star Recording Studios. In Hollywood for 33 1/3 years, Gold Star was the birthplace of some of the greatest pop and rock hits of all time. Phil Spector and his Wall of Sound, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Ritchie Valens, Herb Alpert, Joan Jett, The Ramones — and many more — recorded at Gold Star.

    33 1/3 – House of Dreams will run August 1 – 25, 2019, at the San Diego Repertory Theater’s Lyceum Stage and tells the story of the legendary Gold Star Recording Studios. Written by local San Diegans Jonathan Rosenberg and Brad Ross, with additional contributions by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco, the debut production chronicles the success of Gold Star Recording Studios through the history of rock ‘n’ roll. You won’t believe the 30-song playlist, which includes rock n’ roll classics such as “Summertime Blues,” “La Bamba,” “Good Vibrations,” “Be My Baby,” “Unchained Melody,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and, yes, even “In A Gadda Da Vida.” It was difficult to limit the show to only 30 songs given that Gold Star Studios recorded 120 top 40 hits.

    Jonathan Rosenburg, Brad Ross and Joe Vecchio in the KFMB studios

    Jonathan Rosenberg, Brad Ross and Joe Vecchio


    To learn more about The Gold Star Studio listen to the show (below) and be sure to attend the production at the San Diego REP for a rockin’ good time.



  • Cost Segregation and the New Tax Code With Joel Grushkin and Curt Gautreau

    July 29, 2019

    Richard is joined by show sponsors Joel Gruskin and Curt Gautreau of Cost Segregation Initiatives (CSI) to discuss what cost segregation is and how new changes in the tax code have made it beneficial to real estate investors, especially investors in used properties.

    Joel Grushkin, the San Diego Regional Director of Cost Segregation Initiatives (CSI), and Company President, Curt Gautreau. Cost segregation is an IRS sanctioned procedure of re-classifying the improvements and components of commercial buildings in order to increase cash flow and reduce income tax liability. Put simply cost segregation breaks down the groups of elements in a building to depreciate them at an accelerated to rate to increase the cash flow for property owners and maximize cash from real estate investments. CSI performs this service for owners of several different types of commercial properties such as, but not limited to, medical facilities, shopping centers, hotels, and automotive dealerships.

    New changes in the tax code have changed the rules to the benefit of real estate investors. CSI can help real estate investors take advantage of these new changes in the code which their CPAs may not be aware of.

    Curt Gautreau, as Chair of the Technical Standards Committee of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals, works with the IRS to ensure that their recommendation falls into the IRS rules.



  • Andrew Lee, Head of UBS Global Wealth Management Americas Sustainable and Impact Investing

    July 22, 2019

    UBS logoAndrew Lee joined Richard to discuss sustainable impact investing. As Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at USB, Lee supports clients with investment advice, strategy and thought leadership in these areas. Sustainable investing, which uses environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in securities analysis may be “the future of investing,” but even Lee admits the industry has its work cut out if it intends to go mainstream. Adoption is slow, with just 12% of U.S. investors owning sustainable investments. But the good news is a sharp growth may lie ahead. UBS expects adoption to increase by 58% within five years.
    The Food Revolution: The future of food and the challenges we face
    Richard and Andrew discuss what sustainable investing is and how it differs from exclusionary investing. They also discuss the changing demographics of the ESG investor and how ESG investing relates to the concept of a continuing family legacy.

    A recent report from UBS on the Food Revolution outlines the challenges we face in the coming years and how sustainable impact investing can affect those goals.


    Sustainability GoalsUBS has joined forces with BOTTLETOP on the #TOGETHERBAND campaign. At the heart of the campaign are 17 different colored bands made from Ocean Plastic, each of which represents a different Global Goal.You can take an interactive quiz to see which one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals you identify with.



  • Money Coaching with Joe Driscoll

    July 15, 2019

    Joseph ‘Joe’ Driscoll has been leading people from all walks of life (including military and civilian) toward achieving financial independence. He is not an investment manager, but helps people with debt management, budgeting and getting a plan for life and achieve financial freedom. Joe is a family man, so he understands the responsibilities and pressures that can bring. He and his wife have walked in your shoes! The Driscolls were able to pay off $52,000 dollars of debt in two years and have been living a debt-free life since 2015.

    Dave Ramsey Financial Coach in San DiegoJoe’s company, Average Joe’s Financial Independence, can help you with things like budgeting, snowballing debt, setting up your emergency fund, and much more. You can contact Joe through his website or by phone at 805-419-9777 and take your first steps toward financial independence.



  • Demi Muscio Master Reiki Healer

    July 8, 2019

    Demi Muscio joins Richard to talk about Reiki healing. Reiki is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. This healing art is an effective delivery system. The Reiki practitioner serves as a vessel that supplies healing energies where they are most needed by the recipient. Reiki’s ki-energies flow out of the practitioner’s body through the palms of the hands while they are touching the recipient’s body.

    Demi’s experience with Reiki healing started at an early age. She was first certified as a Reiki healer at 16 by Marisa Moris, a previous guest on iybusiness. Since then she has achieved a degree in Behavioral Sciences from San Jose State University where she used her Reiki skill to help alleviate the stress college from her fellow students. She is now a Reiki Master Healer practicing helping people achieve balance and healing at Intuition in Encinitas.



  • Dev Purkayastha Founder and CEO of Indevia Accounting

    July 1, 2019

    Richard discusses outsourcing of accounting services with Dev Purkayastha.

    Dev Purkayastha, founded Indevia Accounting after he had difficulty finding a reliable, high-quality accounting firm to handle his family entities. Indevia™ Accounting provides bookkeeping services for franchisees and also offers preferred vendor programs for franchisors specific to the restaurant industry. Indevia serves hundreds of clients including QSR, fast-casual, unique concepts, and emerging chains. Some of Indevia’s clients include Subway, Jersey Mike’s, Jamba Juice, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Marco’s Pizza, Which Wich, and Ben’s Pretzels.

    Indevia uses “Lean” principles to improve productivity and boost quality. The goal of “Lean” is to simplify processes in order to focus on the activities that best serve the client and eliminate wasteful activities.

    Dev is a Chartered Accountant trained at Price Waterhouse, a successful venture capital investor, and a former member of a retail store franchisor’s Board of Directors. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School.



  • Sean Puckett Senior VP with Mechanics Bank

    June 25, 2019

    Sean Puckett is a Vice President with Mechanics Bank. Mechanics Bank’s strategic merger with California Republic Bank produced California’s preeminent community bank. Mechanics Bank provides personal banking, business banking, trust, and estate services, brokerage and wealth management services through thirty-three offices across Northern California.

    San Diego Community Banking LogoRichard and Sean discuss banking concerns of medium-sized businesses and how smaller community banks offer advantages over large corporate banks by saving the business time and money. They also discuss the effects of the tax cuts on businesses and the current business sentiment.

    San Diego charity mentoring program for boys' youthIn addition to his banking duties, Sean is heavily involved in the Boys to Men Mentoring program. Sunday, September 21, 2019, will be the tenth anniversary of the 100 Wave Challenge to raise funds in support of the Boys to Men Mentoring program. Hundreds of surfers will hit the water at Mission Beach in San Diego, CA. The goal is for each surfer to attempt to catch 100 waves in one day and raise $1,000 for Boys to Men Mentoring.



  • Scott Pelley, Veteran CBS Newsman, and Dr. Gordon Saxe, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

    June 17, 2019

    In a two-pronged show, Joe Vecchio filled in for a vacationing Richard Muscio to interview CBS news veteran Scott Pelley and Dr. Gordon Saxe, founding member and Director of Research at the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Scott Pelley

    Scott Pelley has been a reporter and photographer for more than 45 years. He is best known for his work on 60 Minutes and as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Pelley’s work has been recognized with 3 DuPont-Columbia Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 37 Emmy Awards. Pelley is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes. He talks with Joe about some of the stories from his engaging new memoir, Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Time, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed our world. In moving, detailed prose, he stands with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advances with American troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reveals private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he’s known for decades. Pelley also offers a resounding defense of free speech and a free press as the rights that guarantee all others.

    Dr. Gordon Saxe

    Joe discusses with Dr. Gordon Saxe about his journey to become the Director of Research and founding member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, and co-developer of the UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking Program. Dr. Saxe is a national expert in cancer and complementary and alternative medicine, and most well-known for his pioneering work in the combined use of a plant-based diet and body-mind stress reduction to control the progression of advanced prostate cancer. As a founding member of UCSD’s Centers for Integrative Health, Dr. Saxe’s research has encompassed everything from the bacteria of the gut microbiome to complementary and alternative forms of medicine. He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking research relating the beneficial effects on recurrent prostate cancer patients of interventions centered on body-mind stress reduction and a plant-based diet.

    Complete show

    Scott Pelley

    Dr. Gordon Saxe

  • Carl Vonderau Author of the Thriller “Murderabilia”

    June 11, 2019

    Author Carl VonderauWith his diverse background, people might wonder how Carl became the mystery thriller writer of Murderabilia. (Yes, “murderabilia” is a real term.) Richard and Carl discuss this and his strong philanthropic interests as well as what it takes to write an novel and get it published.

    Muderabilia Book Cover ArtCarl Vonderau is the author of Murderabilia, a thriller that takes place in the upper crust world of private banking. Like the protagonist William McNary, Carl has been a private banker and was raised in a Christian Science family. On the other hand, his father was never a serial killer whose photos launched the “murderabilia” market. Nor did Carl’s family use Christian Science to heal his childhood illnesses—well, not most of them, anyway. Actually, Carl grew up boringly normal with two caring parents and his sister in a suburb of Cleveland. Then he went off to college in California, and things started to get more interesting. He ended up studying economics at Stanford and music at San Jose State University before he embarked on a career in banking. His career enabled him to live and work in Latin America, Canada, and North Africa and to do business in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

    Carl’s love of books started in elementary school. Forbidden to watch TV after dinner, he had his head in a book almost every night. That led to ghost stories that scared the bejesus out of the other kids in his elementary school. Carl always loved to write but never had the time or money to do it full-time until recently. Carl says that fiction allows him to synthesize the seemingly contradictory parts of his life. Murderabilia combines private banking, serial murderers, and Christian Science.

    San Diego Social Venture Partners logo Nonprofit work also inspires Carl. He is a partner at San Diego Social Venture Partners, an organization that mentors other nonprofits to reach the next level and strongly supports Traveling Stories which encourages reading, something he holds dear.