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A Podcast created to make you smarter about the world of Parks and Recreation

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About the Show

RecLess is a podcast making people smarter and more knowledgeable about parks and recreation. Your hosts are Shane Mize, Jay Tryon, and Tom Venniro; three career-long friends from around the country bringing their own unique and sometimes entertaining perspectives with a surprise guest each episode. One of your hosts secures the surprise guest (or guests) each time, who is unknown by the other two hosts until the time of their announcement during the show. The outcome is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and knowledge to feed the RecLess mind.

Find our guest list, seasons, and episodes on your favorite streaming service above! For updates and episode release announcements, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn.

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Your Hosts

Shane Mize

Shane Mize is the Director of Parks and Recreation in the city of Pflugerville, Texas, where he resides with his wife and children.

For every agency he has served, he has excelled in innovation. Most recently, he has led the charge in facilitating Pflugerville’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan process which included a “think tank” component, considering not only local trends and data, but information from state and nation-wide leaders and agencies.

In addition to a number of volunteer and leadership service, Shane is one of the originators and second-ever Chair of the NRPA's Young Professional Network and past recipient of the NRPA Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award,

Shane is a man of few words on paper but many by mouth. This is all Shane would like to share about himself.

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Jay Tryon

Jay Tryon is a 17 year park and recreation professional who loves to improve communities and their quality of life.

Professional development and mentorship are at the core of Jay’s professional values as he strives to increase productivity levels and the satisfaction of both residents and colleagues.

With a results-oriented mindset, he comes with a wide variety of experience including administration, events, programming, and athletics.

He has served on numerous committees and in leadership roles including the NRPA Awards Committee, YPN Chair, the CAPRA Commission, and the NRPA Conference Program Committee. Jay is also a regular presenter at a variety of state and national conferences.

He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and children.

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Tom Venniro

Tom is a recognized speaker, writer, podcast host, mentor, and adjunct lecturer in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure studies. He has presented at national, state, and regional conferences, workshops, and webinars, and has published several articles in industry magazines and newsletters. He is a past recipient of the NRPA Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award and a past president of the NY Recreation and Park Society.

Tom's mission is to enhance the quality of life for his community and the profession and to champion a culture of excellence, service, and brand identity.

As a Director of Parks and Recreation since 2014, Tom is passionate and experienced. He oversees the operations, budget, and programming of a department that serves thousands of residents and visitors annually.

He resides in Hilton, NY with his wife and children.

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RecLess Podcast, Est. 2023

Email Us At: reclesspod@gmail.com