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Girls on Fire: Lighting Up the HTM Industry with Bryant Hawkins Sr



When I received the invitation to join the "Girls on Fire" podcast, I was thrilled. Kristen Register and Megan Cabot have created a dynamic platform that sparks inspiring conversations with exceptional individuals, and I was honored to be a part of it. As someone who has spent over 30 years in the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) industry, I was excited to share my journey and insights with their audience.

 

An Engaging Start

The excitement was unmistakable from the moment the episode began. Megan kicked things off with her characteristic enthusiasm. I couldn’t help but laugh and sarcastically mention, "Thanks for finally having me. Better late than never, right?"

 

With HTM Week just around the corner, the timing couldn’t have been better. Megan added, "We’re so excited to have Bryant Hawkins with us, or as we like to call him, B-Hawk. This is extra special because next week is HTM week, so we’re talking all things HTM today."

 

A Journey Through HTM

Reflecting on my career, I shared, "I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years now, with my 31st anniversary coming up in June. I’m currently in New Orleans, Louisiana, working as a site manager with Trimedx at Children's Hospital New Orleans(CHNOLA). I also run a podcast called 'HTM On The Line' and create motivational videos and blogs. I have a newsletter called 'Tech In Touch (Humanizing Medical Technology)' as well."

 

Kristen’s admiration was evident as she mentioned, "You’re a busy man! I don’t think anyone works harder than Bryant Hawkins Sr. He’s also a DJ, photographer, husband, and father. The list is endless!"

 

Moments of Joy

One of the highlights of the episode was the "Moments of Joy" segment, where we shared something that brought us joy during the week. I started with a personal story. "I actually got some joy today. My mom had a simple procedure where she had to get a pacemaker replaced. Everything went fine, and she’s doing great. It’s a relief to know she’s okay and can now have an MRI if needed."

 

Kristen’s face lit up with genuine happiness, then she shared her moment of joy. "That’s wonderful news! I’m so happy to hear that. My moment of joy might seem small in comparison, but I finally got myself a Stanley Cup after our HTM mixer last week. It’s such a small thing, but it really made my day."

 

Megan shared her own recent joy, recounting a special family moment. "My moment of joy was seeing my goddaughter during her Holy Communion. It was such a meaningful event, and being able to be there for her was incredibly special."

 

The Evolution of HTM

We started a discussion about the evolution of the HTM industry. Technology has advanced so much since I started.  Back then, we had to do all our work by hand. I thought I’d reached

heaven when carbon copies came out. Now, with computers and software, things are so much more efficient.

 

I emphasized the importance of mentorship and networking. If I was a young person today, I’d take advantage of all the resources available. Back then, there were no 'HTM Jobs,' job boards, or LinkedIn you could sign up for. Now, you can connect with so many people and learn from their experiences.

 

Mentorship is something I’m passionate about. I wish I had someone like me when I started. That’s why I try to be a resource for young professionals. It’s important to share knowledge and help the next generation.

 

Social Media and HTM

 The conversation naturally turned to the role of social media in the HTM industry. Kristen noted, "I feel like people in your generation don’t always take well to social media, but you’re better at it than most of us. It’s really awesome that you’ve taken on podcasting and LinkedIn and are engaging with people of all ages."

 

I chuckled, admitting that adapting to new platforms was necessary. "I had to adapt. Everyone uses YouTube and LinkedIn now, so I figured I should too. It’s a great way to reach people and share information."

 

Megan’s curiosity about my different ventures led to an explanation of my podcast and motivational videos. When I first started doing my podcast 'HTM On The Line,' I used to talk about various topics, but I found it more engaging to highlight people in the industry. So basically now, my podcast is 'For HTM, By HTM.' I think it's important to give HTM professionals their moment in the spotlight. I also do motivational videos to inspire people and keep them informed. I'm just trying to do my part.

 

A Fun Finish

 As we neared the end of the episode, Megan and Kristen lightened the mood with a fun "This or That" game. My quick wit and humor came through as I answered each question with a smile.

 

"Early bird or night owl?" Kristen asked.

 

"Both," I replied with a laugh.

 

"Salty foods or sweet foods?" Megan continued.

 

"Both again. Can’t choose!" I joked.

 

The lighthearted laughs underscored the genuine friendship between us. It was clear that the bond we shared extended beyond professional interactions; it was rooted in mutual respect and admiration.

 

Acknowledging the Team

 Before wrapping up, we took a moment to acknowledge the incredible team behind "Girls on Fire," especially Kennedy Krieg. Kennedy is the unsung hero who edits the show and

ensures everything runs smoothly. Kristen and Megan were full of praise for her.

Kennedy Krieg - Digital Marketing Manager at MD Publising/MeDWrench

Kristen shared, "Kennedy edits our show for us and makes sure everything is polished and professional. She also adds those funny touches that make each episode unique."


Kristen added, "Kennedy is our office cheerleader. She brings so much joy and positivity to our team. Her creativity and dedication are unmatched."

 

I couldn't agree more. Kennedy does an amazing job. I always tell her she needs to come out from behind the scenes and get some of the recognition she deserves. She's a crucial part of making 'Girls On Fire' or for this episode we called it 'Hot Girls On Fire' podcast so special. Keep up the great work, and if you ever need a change of scenery, 'HTM On The Line' is a great place to visit. Just kidding, somewhat.

 

Final Thoughts

 As we wrapped up the episode, Kristen expressed her gratitude. "Bryant, thank you so much for joining us today. Your insights and experiences are invaluable, and we’re so lucky to have you as a mentor and friend."

 

Megan added, "We appreciate everything you do for the HTM industry and beyond. Keep being the amazing person you are."

 

Participating in "Girls on Fire" was an incredible experience. It was more than just a podcast recording; it was a celebration of the HTM community and the people who make it special. Kristen and Megan’s dedication to highlighting inspiring stories and creating a platform for meaningful conversations is truly commendable. I look forward to continuing to support their endeavors and to many more engaging episodes in the future.

 

If you would like to listen to this podcast in its entirety, please click on the link here.

 

Until then, "Girls On Fire," stay inspired and keep the fire burning!

 

Big Bro


Megan wears many hats at MD Publishing, and one she excels at is leading the Young Professionals of HTM with the "YP at MD" Movement.

Kristen and my other "Lil Sis," Sydney Krieg, are the driving force behind "HTM Jobs,." An industry career center that provide a simple, streamlined, and effective way to connect qualified candidates with open job positions.

Our heartfelt thanks to our partners: The College of Biomedical Equipment Technology, A.M. Bickford, PM Biomedical, and Talent Exclusive for their invaluable support. Their commitment to the HTM industry's progress is commendable. Visit their websites for more information:



For more podcast episodes, motivational videos, blogs, and newsletters, make sure to visit our website at HTM On The Line. We look forward to connecting with you".

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