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Welcome to The Missoula Podcast, your ultimate guide to the vibrant city of Missoula! Join us as we delve into captivating stories, meet exceptional people, and explore thriving businesses that make this place truly special. Get ready for an exciting journey filled with passion and inspiration.

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Deep Thoughts with Brandon & Stephen

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The MP Team


Brandon Smith



Stephen Resset



Nick Balla


Brandon is an award-winning public speaker, entrepreneur, and author. He is the host of "The Missoula Podcast" and he and his wife co-authored the best-selling children's book "Happy as a Hippo." He is a sought-after speaker, known for his ability to motivate and inspire audiences to think differently and reach their full potential. He has 19 years of experience in the insurance industry and currently serves as the EVP of Development & Strategy for Glidewell, a Montana-based insurance and investment firm. He is also the founder of Producer Development Program, a marketing and development program for independent insurance agents, and co-founder of Insurance Agency Owners Alliance, an association of over 8,000 agency owners who innovate and collaborate through live events, webinars, and more. He attended Southwestern University on a basketball scholarship. He is a die-hard Red Sox fan, loves coffee and Wi-Fi, and was once a line leader in second grade. He resides in Missoula, Montana with his wife Joy and their three children Avery, Boston, and Harper.

Stephen is deeply passionate about making a positive impact on people's lives. In addition to hosting "The Missoula Podcast," he finds great fulfillment in activities such as Toastmasters and leading groups for men seeking freedom from addiction. Stephen naturally gravitates towards those who are in need of assistance, which stems from his own personal experiences of overcoming challenges with the help of remarkable individuals who guided him out of tough situations. Discovering the concept of financial freedom has been one of the most transformative gifts in Stephen's life. Since embarking on this journey towards financial health in 2017, he has immersed himself in continuous learning and eagerly shares his knowledge with others. Learning about budgeting, saving, and wealth-building has proven to be invaluable tools that have positively impacted Stephen's own life and the lives of his loved ones. In 2019, Stephen's newfound passion led him to join Glidewell, where he currently holds the position of EVP of Business Leadership. His role allows him to simplify the insurance process for individuals, ensuring they find precisely what they need. Stephen is immensely grateful for the opportunity to provide prayer and support to those navigating difficult circumstances. He believes that he has been entrusted with a ministry of compassion for the broken-hearted and downtrodden. While Stephen primarily serves as a personal lines advisor, specializing in home and auto insurance, he also takes joy in training and guiding his colleagues to help them achieve their goals.

Nick is a jack of all trades, the Balla of this town, the king without a crown. You could find him high in the mountains chasing wild game, on the golf course working on his short game, in the jiu jitsu gym getting his butt kicked or 50 feet underwater scuba diving, you just never know. Surprisingly, he has a Social Work degree but quickly found his skills are better suited in creative endeavors. Moving out to Missoula in 2015; he has planted roots here with his wife and daughter and is learning new things everyday.

Experience "The Missoula Podcast" for yourself. Prepare to be enthralled, enlightened, and inspired on this remarkable journey through Missoula's captivating stories. Don't miss out!

Stephen's Mom, Missoula

"The Missoula Podcast" is a must for anyone wanting to truly experience Missoula, whether you're a visitor or a local. It's educational, entertaining, and the ultimate resource."

Brandon's Mom, Missoula

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