BIO

KURT'S  STRENGTHS

Under the experience of host Kurt Schemers, Traders Nation(tm) has achieved phenomenal success over the last 12 years. Schemers, a seasoned and professional interviewer who's tackled nationally-recognized guests like country-icon Willie Nelson, billionaire Steve Forbes, Ken Fisher, Larry Winget, Senator Martin, Congressman Mickey Edwards, and Former Iraqi Minister of Defense and Finance Ali A. Allawi, excels at developing a friendly rapport with his guests. Kurt's own brand of interview style is so unique and quick witted, it leaves many guests with a memorable experience and wanting to come back again.

 

Book authors, economists, and financial editors frequent the program, in part, because of Schemers strong reputation for delivering some of the best independent interview content available today.

 

Schemers has over 17 years experience in the US financial markets, has completed over 1,000 interviews, and is an avid and insightful purveyor of current events.

 

Kurt started his on-air career in Phoenix, Arizona on 1190 AM, a NBC affiliate station and then moved onto the national arena with his syndicated radio show in other states from California, Oregon, New York to Florida and many in between.

 

Terrestrial Radio

NBC 1190 AM, Phoenix, AZ, KBNP 1410AM, "The Money Station", Portland, OR, KSBN 1230AM, "Money Talk 1230", Spokane, WA, KITZ 1400AM, “MegaTalk 1400”, Port Orchard, WA, KGTK 920AM, “MegaTalk 920”, Olympia, WA, WLLA 1680AM, Long Lake, MN, KBNN 750AM, Lebanon, MO, WTAN 1400AM Tampa, Florida, WZHR 1340AM Tampa, Florida, WTMY 1230AM in Sarasota, Florida, and KWAI 1080AM in Hawaii.

 

Cable Television Clearances

WBII 47 Memphis TN, KGMC 55 Fresno-Visalia CA, KKYK 56 Little Rock AR, WRCX 62 Dayton OH, WOBZ 64 Lexington KY, WDRL 67 Roanoke VA, KCTU 69 Witchita KS, KQUP(TV) 75 Spokane WA, KIDQ-LP(LP) 75 Spokane WA, WNDR 81 Syracuse NY, KWWF(TV) 88 Cedar Rapids-Wtrlo-IWC&Dub IA, WBTR 94, Baton Rouge LA, KTVC 119 Eugene OR, KTVC(TV) 120 Eugene OR, KTVCDT(DT1) 120 Eugene OR, WGFL 162 Gainesville FL, KXVA 164 Abilene-Sweetwater TX, WISF 169 Utica NY, Twin Falls 193 KIDA ID, KQCK Repeater 198 Cheyenne WY, KXTS(TV) 205 Victoria TX, KHPK DT 3.2 5 Dallas TX, KJJM TV 34 5 Dallas TX, CAUTV 8 Atlanta GA, WJAL 9 Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) DC, WLPC 11 Detroit MI, KKAX 12 Phoenix (Prescott) AZ, WHRT 13 Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) FL, KHCV 14 Seattle-Tacoma WA, KSTC 15 Minneapolis-St. Paul MN, WEYW 16 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale FL, WIVM/WIVN 17 Cleveland-Akron (Canton) OH, KQCK 18 Denver CO, WSCF 19 Orlando-Daytona Bch-Melbrn FL, KROL 21 St. Louis MI, WBGN 22 Pittsburgh PA, KORS 23 Portland OR, WAUG 28 Raleigh-Durham (Fayetvlle) NC, KCBU 33 Salt Lake City UT, KPVT-LPTV(LP) 43 Las Vegas NV, KEGS 43 Las Vegas NV, and WGSR 46 Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem NC.

 

Film: "Pineapple Express" (2008), Columbia Pictures; Himself

 

Personal Vignette

•   Well established billion dollar rolodex.

• Served as highly successful company spokesperson, generated positive media relations, identified as an Industry expert, and garnered coverage in business/ industry publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, and cover of Penny Cents Magazine twice, and quoted in published books.

• Schemers, the youngest of seven brothers and sisters was born in Detroit, Michigan. In 1971, at the age of 6, his family moved to Arizona. He married his wife MaryBeth in 1985 and has two sons.

Many years of research conducted by The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.

 

A review of the knowledge and skills you have acquired can provide a basic sense of your abilities, but an awareness and understanding of your natural talents will provide true insight into the core reasons behind your consistent successes.

 

Your Signature Themes report presents your five most dominant themes of talent, in the rank order revealed by your responses to StrengthsFinder. Of the 34 themes measured, these are your "top five."

 

Your Signature Themes are very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes. By focusing on your Signature Themes, separately and in combination, you can identify your talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.

 

Strategic

The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.

 

Achiever

Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day—workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.

 

Competition

Competition is rooted in comparison. When you look at the world, you are

instinctively aware of other people’s performance. Their performance is the ultimate yardstick. No matter how hard you tried, no matter how worthy your intentions, if you reached your goal but did not outperform your peers, the achievement feels hollow. Like all competitors, you need other people. You need to compare. If you can compare, you can compete, and if you can compete, you can win. And when you win, there is no feeling quite like it. You like measurement because it facilitates comparisons. You like other competitors because they invigorate you. You like contests because they must produce a winner. You particularly like contests where you know you have the inside track to be the winner. Although you are gracious to your fellow competitors and even stoic in defeat, you don’t compete for the fun of competing. You compete to win. Over time you will come to avoid contests where winning seems unlikely.

 

Focus

“Where am I headed?” you ask yourself. You ask this question every day. Guided by this theme of Focus, you need a clear destination. Lacking one, your life and your work can quickly become frustrating. And so each year, each month, and even each week you set goals. These goals then serve as your compass, helping you determine priorities and make the necessary corrections to get back on course. Your Focus is powerful because it forces you to filter; you instinctively evaluate whether or not a particular action will help you move toward your goal. Those that don’t are ignored. In the end, then, your Focus forces you to be efficient. Naturally, the flip side of this is that it causes you to become impatient with delays, obstacles, and even tangents, no matter how intriguing they appear to be. This makes you an extremely valuable team member. When others start to wander down other avenues, you bring them back to the main road. Your Focus reminds everyone that if something is not helping you move toward your destination, then it is not important. And if it is not important,

then it is not worth your time. You keep everyone on point.

 

Individualization

Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of a-kind stories in each person’s life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown an  another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.” Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.

 

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