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Based on a powerful book written by successful entrepreneur Holt Condren, Surf the Woods helps people and organizations navigate goals more effectively. 

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Holt Condren, Jacob Schimmel, and Lee Tuxhorn write about men's issues

 

Finding Noah in stores March 1

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Preorder Finding Noah  - Winner Best Documentary at 2015 Sun & Sand Film Festival

Preorder Finding Noah - Winner Best Documentary at 2015 Sun & Sand Film Festival

For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat. Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or “The Painful Mountain” is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot. With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.

Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat’s desolate summit. There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question: did Noah and his Ark actually exist?

Shot in never-before filmed locations and in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.

Mountaineer Holt Condren exploring Mount Ararat with fellow explorer Kevin DeVries

Mountaineer Holt Condren exploring Mount Ararat with fellow explorer Kevin DeVries

Run for Cover

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              Does your life feel like this?

             Does your life feel like this?

Does life feel like a battle with failure?  I have experienced many low points in my life.  Five years after starting my business, the IRS put tax liens on my house and my business. Being several months behind on sales tax payments to the State of Arkansas, I was under threat of being shut down. I was continually fighting overdrafts with the bank on my business checking account, and the bank was discussing foreclosure. I bounced paychecks, vendor checks, and tax checks. I had extended all my personal credit cards to their limits to the point that I had no reserve. People were encouraging me to cut my losses and go bankrupt.

In the middle of this crisis, my assistant walked into my office just before closing time and told me that she had made a mistake in the check register; we had a negative balance of $23,000. The fact that we had no cash was not surprising, but to be $23,000 in the hole was a little much to stomach. To make matters worse, I had a $20,000 payroll to meet the very next day. I left the office ready to call it quits. As I looked at my wife and two young kids that evening, I wrestled inside with feelings of letting everyone down.  I prayed for a miracle.  As I slept that night, it came in the form of a dream.

In my dream, the scene was like something out of an apocalyptic film. The earth appeared to be destroyed. All the buildings had collapsed to the ground, victims of a nuclear disaster. Smoke was rising from the earth and hidden among the devastation were hideous creatures ready to kill.

On a hill away from this devastation was a secure, white castle surrounded by a moat. I was inside the castle along with the other warriors resting up for battle. Each day the drawbridge would lower, and I, along with the other warriors, would spill out into this hostile landscape and battle with the creatures until nightfall. That’s when the drawbridge would lower, and we would run back to the castle to get bandaged up for the battles we would face again the next day. My life was this dream. But at that moment, I could not get back to the castle. I was stranded among the devastation and alone.  When I awoke I walked to the kitchen table and wrote these words I titled Running Home.

I hear the sounds of distant wars. The cries draw ever near.

As darkness sets around my path, my mind is filled with fear.

I shelter from the evening mist by crouching to the ground.

The cold sinks deep inside my skin. Again I hear the sound.

Screams of pain, a battle cry; they paralyze my soul.

I turn to face the righteous camp, for now I'm running home.

Bombs, they blast around my path as Satan's troops close in.

I fall down to the battlefield. My strength is growing thin.

The enemy moves in to kill. I call out to the Lord.

With one last desperation cry, I brace to feel the sword.

I close my eyes. The moments pass. A silence fills my ears.

And rising up to look around, my eyes are filled with tears.                                            

For on each side surrounding me, angelic forces stand.

And from their midst my Lord appears, and reaches out his hand.

I sat at the kitchen table after writing those words and said to myself, I am not alone. I can’t quit. No matter what anyone says, no matter the hardships, I am going to be an example of determination.

Emboldened to press forward in my journey, I walked into work a new man the following day. No miracle check arrived in the mail to bail me out of my problems, but I managed through that financial difficulty.  The ups and downs of my life have all been a part of living my dream, and they have only helped to strengthen my resolve.  

If you're experiencing a low point, stop fighting the battle alone and run home to the Lord; Psalm 33:16-19.

Undiscovered Masterpiece?

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For 27 years, I’ve been hiring people for my company.  You may have hired people as well.  You start by determining what roles you’ll need in your organization.  Then you determine what skills you’ll need in those roles.  Then you begin interviewing people for those roles until you find the best fit.  After the person has worked for me a while, I always wish there were a few things I could change in that person; a few qualities I wish were different. 

It sure would be nice to determine what roles I needed in my organization.  Then determine the skills I needed in those roles.  Once that's clear, how cool would it be to have the ability to create those individuals to fill those roles?  If we had this ability, we would be unstoppable.

I want to remind you that God has this ability, and that’s just what He’s done with you.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are God’s masterpiece.  He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we could do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  When you were created, God got involved.  You're not random.  He gave you specific skills, abilities, and desires so that you could execute effectively on the plans He created you for. 

Do you see yourself as a masterpiece?  Are you approaching life with the confidence, ambition, and humility that comes with being a planned creation of God; sculpted for a purpose?   Whether you do or don’t changes everything about the way you approach life.  Don't let your life collect dust like a forgotten masterpiece hidden away in a dusty attic.  God has ambitious plans for you.  Are you living them?