We had the good fortune of connecting with Ed Cunningham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ed, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Around 2005, Cancer took over as the number one cause of Line of Duty deaths for Firefighters worldwide. I began creating a toxic mitigation program for my department to do our best to minimize the exposures we face in toxic environments that we respond to. The difficulty was that the normal cleaning products barely removed surface contaminates and did nothing to render them inert. Through exhausting research and work, we discovered a compound that had been invented for Military use that not only removed more toxins than any other cleaner on the market, but did so to a depth that none can compete with. I created a kit to deploy the compound and began making and donating them out of the restaurant that I currently own. The demand was overwhelming and so we decided to create a small LLC to meet the demand for this break through system.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Even though there are a lot of companies out there trying to make money off of the plague of cancer in the fire service, we are a company of First Responders serving other First Responders. Because we were on the job, we have first hand knowledge and experience in not only the needs of our Fir, Police, and EMS, but we understand the importance of the logistics for adding a new system to a department’s SOPS. We live our business and still serve those who continue to serve us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To get the full Arizona experience, I have an amazing itinerary I created for friends who have never visited our state.
Day 1: Early rise and drive to Williams where we check in to the Grand Canyon Railroad hotel. https://www.thetrain.com/
-We then walk to the platform and board the Grand Canyon Railroad for a first class dome-car experience heading to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
-After several hours of hiking, photos and a lunch at the GC hotel,
-We will take a leisurely ride back to Williams where we enjoy the amazingly renovated and historic route66 Williams downtown nightlife.
Day2: Wake up and breakfast a the GCRR hotel.
-Head out for a scenic and relaxed drive through Oak Creek Canyon and into the city of Sedona to see the beautiful red rocks that AZ is so famous for.
-After some sightseeing, it is a short drive through Cottonwood and up the mountain for a beautiful scenic view in the old mining town turned artsy enclave of Jerome.
-Heading further up the mountain we cross over the top and drop through the pines into Prescott Valley and then into Prescott proper where we will visit the historic Whiskey Row.
-We will finish the evening at the Prescott Pines Inn BnB https://www.prescottpinesinn.com/
Day3: Breakfast at our quaintly white picketed fenced BnB and off we go.
-Less than an hour trip to Yarnell where we will pay honor to the 19 hotshots who gave their lives defending the town.
-Lunch at Gilligans surrounded by such a unique and eclectic style of outbuildings, antiques and whimsical art pieces. Top it off with amazing food and staff and it is the perfect hangout for bikers and tourists alike. http://gilliganspizza.com/
-Scenic drive into the historic cowboy town of Wickenburg. So few towns have managed to keep their true western feel the way that this town has and is worth the drive through.
-Dinner, live music, dancing and great food at Dillon’s Western Trails BBQ bar and grill.
Day4: Best tacos in Arizona!!!! La Bamba Tacos in El Mirage!! https://la-bamba-mexican-grill-restaurant.negocio.site/
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Four Agreements and Don Miguel Ruiz. Hands down the book that changed my life. I was homeless living in a car in Utah when a billionaire took an interest in me and began mentoring me. He handed me a list of books to read to begin filling my mind with the seeds of success and this was at the top of the list. These are the principles that I teach when hired as a mentor for other businesses and what I speak on at conventions and podcasts.
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