The Sports Doctor, October 4, 2023
The Sports Doctor with Dr. Robert Weil
Guests, Joel Franco and Tosha Hayes
Joel Franco, Co- Founder Chesapeake Films & Creator, Producer of upcoming documentary “Where our Children Play- the Challenge of Youth Sports” returns along with Tosha Hayes, Textile Technologist, Fabric Specialist, Inventor & Co-Founder of Hurdle Apparel Socks. Then, it’s 'The Sports Doctor Is In' with some “Bob Gajda Wisdom” & your emails!
Joel Franco tells compelling stories with an elegant voice, a crisp Italian sensibility and beautiful pictures. Franco’s experience, vision and intensity bring leadership, heart, and an eye for detail to his films. His understanding of the human condition and his passion for authenticity combine to create artistic, highly commercial works that draw the audience in and make them feel. Franco’s genuine desire to protect the integrity of each story and to bring out the best in the actors and crew have made him a trusted source for getting the job done. Colleagues trust his refreshing character and understand that he is a man of commitment and does what he says he will do, when he says he will do it.
Joel Franco was born in Italy and came to the United States in his late teens where he quickly immersed himself in American culture and film. According to Franco, “I have always admired American films. The American school of acting has a long history of producing great actors and I wanted to be a part of the world of film–a place where captivating stories are unveiled. The creation of film plays into my strengths: I love that magic is the result of the creative process. There must be passion to nurture the momentum of the story. And one must have intense focus to get the job done.”
Influenced by American filmmaker Sidney Lumet for his vigorous storytelling and Italian director Robert Rossellini for his social realism, Franco is dedicated to staying true to the story in a fast paced, realistic and refined style.
In 2006, Franco partnered with Solidaris LLC to found Chesapeake Films, LLC. Chesapeake Films has option agreements to produce several feature films and plans to produce two features per year in-house and to collaborate with established film companies for additional opportunities.
Joel Franco is a graduate of University of Maryland/Baltimore, a graduate of the USC-Universal Producing and Directing Program, and holds an M.F.A. in film production from the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Tosha is a designer, inventor, textile technologist, serial entrepreneur, and writer specializing in the development of innovative, commercial products in the fiber, textile, soft goods, and digitally connected wearables industries. Tosha has invented and designed iconic products for SPANX, brrrº, and the world’s first digital to physical backpack with JanSport. Tosha won Women Wear Daily’s Fresh Face Award for design, holds 12 patents, and was named one of The University of Georgia’s 40 under 40 for professional achievement in 2013.
Developing innovative, commercial ideas in a variety of consumer product categories with a specialty in fiber, textile, soft goods, and digitally connected wearables is Tosha’s sweet spot. Tosha co-founded three startups, building them from zero to exponential growth, and has been hired into start-up teams of numerous others. She understands the business of innovative consumer products and holds advisory roles within multiple organizations. She has deep expertise in product areas where hard and soft component integration and electronic system integration requirements are necessary and need software communication.
Tosha has held design, leadership, and executive positions with SPANX, Tommy Hilfiger, Bella Freud, brrrº, Tosha Hays Children’s Collection and Couture, and university institutes like MIT’s AFFOA striving for groundbreaking technology in fabrics. Currently, Tosha is Co-Founder of Hurdle Apparel.
Her professional side is a devotion, passion, and speed for product making and know-how. Her personal side is one of constant learning, traveling, running, writing, and spending time with her partner and three sons.
The Sports Doctor is in! Dr. Robert A Weil, Sports Podiatrist, specializes in orthotics that improve alignment, stability, balance & performance. He has practiced podiatry & sports medicine for over 30 years in the Aurora- Naperville area and was recently inducted into the prestigious 2019 National Fitness Hall Of Fame. Dr. Bob has treated many of the world’s premier athletes from all types of sports. He is the host of “The Sports Doctor™” Radio Show. The show is now featured on BBS Radio Network, UK Health Radio Network & Sports 4 Fanz Radio. Dr. Bob was formerly on HealthyLife Radio and was also on WDCB public radio in Chicago for over 20 years. He has written articles for many newspapers & magazines and is a frequent guest on other networks. And his new book, co-written with Sharkie Zartman, titled '#Hey Sports Parents! An Essential Guide for Any Parent with a Child in Sports' - is now available on Amazon!
Join the Sports Doctor and his great guests for important topical information for injury free exercise, wellness and sports performance for both adults and kids. Frequent topics include, the role of the foot in sports, all aspects of sports medicine including, proper sports shoes, youth safety, health, wellness, and sports performance for both adults and children.