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Inspire Possibility Show, July 8, 2018

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​Welcome to Putingrad with author Franz J Sedelmayer

Inspire Possibility Show with Mark Susnow

​Welcome to Putingrad with author Franz J Sedelmayer

Franz J. Sedelmayer is the author of “Welcome to Putingrad” , a memoir of his time in Russia and his precedent-shattering case against President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation.  He is the CEO of MARC LLC, which specializes in international dispute and crisis management, and world-wide claim recovery services.  He also owns US-based WTP LLC, a book publishing company.

At the age of 26, Franz went to St. Petersburg, Russia where he built a successful police supply and training company. St Petersburg's young deputy mayor, a former KGB lieutenant colonel was Vladimir Putin, whom he bonded with. Putin became one of his biggest supporters.  In return, at Putin's request, Franz created and trained the KGB's first western style Swat team.


However Franz's company was soon taken over by Yeltsin's government and Putin, his friend, let it happen.  Franz sought arbitration and won—but Russia refused to pay damages.  Undeterred, Franz waged a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and its current president, his former friend. As Franz put it recently: “There’s a Russian saying attributed to Putin that’s been making the rounds lately.  It defines the current situation in Russia succinctly: ‘For my enemies, the law, for my friends, everything!’ 

Franz’s unique story provides a portrait of Putin that only someone who spent dozens of hours of eye-to-eye conversations with Putin could write.  Franz’s fly-on-the-wall perspective also details how Putin‘s Russia became the authoritarian, corrupt kleptocracy it is today.

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Inspire Possibility Show with Mark Susnow
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Mark Susnow


I am naturally curious—curious about how i can make my experience of life more fulfilling and more interesting which has led me down many roads. New destinations, new realities, some amazing people—masters of their game—all preparing me for this moment.

We’ve heard the adage that we teach what we want to learn. I wondered if there were possibilities in my life that I wasn’t yet exploring. With that in mind at the turn of the new millennium I made a leap of faith…from successful trial lawyer to life coach and strategist and was created. That was 19 years ago.

The Inspire Possibility Show was the next step. Each week I have conversations with various cutting-edge thought leaders who inspire, enlighten and entertain us. They inspire us to get out of our comfort zones and to explore possibilities that are out there waiting for us. I invite you to join in.

A Few More Things More About Me.

Being a musician has been and still is a lifelong exploration. Being the author of Dancing on the River: Navigating Life’s Changes and the Soul of Uncertainty, A Fable for our Times, has inspired me to look deeper. Playing sports, since I’ve been a kid has been a mainstay of my life. Through it all being a dad has been most fulfilling.

"Mark's coaching, presence and spirit, helps him give others a gentle nudge (and sometimes hard push) toward whatever their future path may hold. As a friend, mentor and spiritual guide, Mark has helped me, quite simply, start to do something that resonates with my soul and spirit."

Warren J. Strudwick, Jr. M.D., - Team Physician, Oakland Raiders

"Intuitive and insightful, Mark worked with me to discover sustainable strategies in overcoming self-limiting behaviors that had become a norm in both my business and personal life."

Danika Davis, PHR, - CEO - Northern California HR Association

"Success doesn't have to be a struggle. Mark knows how to bring out superior performance in his clients. He is masterful."

Raz Ingrasci, - President of the Hoffman Institute

"Mark's recent presentation to the Commonwealth Club inspired our members to see the changes in their lives as opportunities and possibilities rather than as something to avoid."

George Hammond, Chair — Humanities Forum, Commonwealth Club of California

"Mark's recent communication program to our Peernet Organization of all CEO’s taught us the power of communication and how it can positively transform the dynamics of our organizations."

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