Julie Strong is the CEO of C1S Group, a leading construction and engineering firm based in Dallas, Texas. Julie has more than 19 years of experience in the mechanical design and the construction industry. She is responsible for finance, business administration, and human resources, and she has managed construction projects across a wide variety of market segments, demonstrating success on over $25M of projects from initial estimate, through design, construction and commissioning. Under Julie's leadership, C1S has been named in the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies for four consecutive years, and has been named in the Dallas 100 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies. The company has also been named among the 50 Best Places to Work by Inc. Magazine, and has been part of Outside Magazine's list of Best Places to Work since 2013. Julie is a graduate of The University of Texas in Austin and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.
“Find a way to enjoy it, if it was easy everybody would do it, it’s going to be hard but you got to find a way to enjoy it, sometimes you have to be real intentional about what you’re feeling good about because some days you’re not feeling very good about some stuff and other days you’re just on top of the world, but between those peaks and valleys you’ve got to find a way to enjoy what you’re doing because that will translate to the people that you work with, it’ll translate to your clients, nobody likes to work with some grumpy stressed out leader, it’s not very inspiring” …[Listen for More]
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Andrea Rozman has been working in the virtual world for the past years ten helping entrepreneurs and small business owners. She and her team of virtual assistants help relieve the stress of business ownership by doing all the odds and ends tasks needed so owners can focus on growing their businesses.
“Define your own success, success isn’t about making money, anyone can make money, I can go to the store right now and buy a lottery ticket and win millions and did that make me successful, no, I was lucky and maybe I was successful at picking the right numbers but winning the lottery doesn’t make me a success, I think success is about what will make you happy, do you want to be debt free, do you only want to work part time, do you only want to work from home so you can participate in your family’s life more, your success is going to be different from mine, define what your success is first and then you can achieve it”…[Listen for More]
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Benjamin Brown is a father of two young children and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He has over 23 years of experience in the sales field from multiple positions from sale reps to sales management. A Best Selling Author, Ben’s book, Master the Art of Closing the Sale: The Game-Changing 10-Step Sales Process for Getting More Clients and Referrals. His popular sales blog 360 Sales Consulting, focuses on giving great tips and advice for sales people world wide.
“Once you can afford it, invest in yourself, whether that is reading new books, whether that is getting new courses, whether that is mentorship, whether that is going networking. Always invest in yourself because it moves so fast out there. Your business plan will change every 6 months, easily. Are you willing to invest in yourself to move to the next level?”…[Listen for More]
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Jenny Harkins is an ACE certified trainer and owner of Treadfit, a rapidly growing fitness brand in the Chicagoland area. Treadfit's locations in Beverly and Western Springs provide fifty minute classes using interval training on the treadmill, coupled with full-body strength training. As an avid runner, Jenny has over twenty-five years of experience in running and coaching.
“Take the leap; push yourself past that fear of failure. Believe in yourself and the idea that you have and most importantly work your tail off to get it” …[Listen for More]
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Sachit Gupta is the founder of SG Media Labs, where he works with some of the biggest podcasters, authors and influencers to help them grow their audience and get paid.
“Stop thinking and start taking action and just do it, I know it sounds cheesy but I think so many of us just get caught up in action, we all know what to do we just don’t do it and I think inaction is probably the biggest enemy”…[Listen for More]
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With more than 30 years of experience, Keith Alper is a serial entrepreneur and champion for free enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. He founded several St. Louis-based businesses and organizations, including Nitrous Effect, Eventiv, UPBrand Collaborative, Vidzu.tv and the Creative Producers Group. He is also the founder of the St. Louis Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and serves on several boards across the area. He brings extensive marketing, branding, business strategy and event production experience to Geniecast, and has produced special events, meetings, video/film, broadcast and major entertainment projects around the world. Keith has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and has received numerous awards, including the Inc. 500 “Top 100 Multimedia Producers” award and the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award.
“Keep learning, the world is changing every day, the more we talk to other entrepreneurs the more we realise that we’re not alone, being in peer networks with other entrepreneurs who’ve gone through this, it’s like saying I’ve never played football before but if I did play professional football I could share those stories or ask other people how did you do this or what did you do so being able to be around other entrepreneurs”…[Listen for More]
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Berry Handcraft Provisions. Anne-Marie Faiola’s most recent book, Live Your Best Day Ever, takes the reader on a journey, through stories and insights from personal experiences, on how to choose to live your best day ever, every day. This goes along with her all-inclusive lifestyle brand, Best Day Ever, which helps women find their best life through classes, merchandise and other resources for daily inspiration.
“It doesn’t matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you could just be thinking about it, you, could be doing something right now but they say that the best time to have started something was 20 years ago but the next best time is to start tomorrow and I really think that is true for every single entrepreneur no matter where you are in your life, whether you have a side hustle or a passion project…[Listen for More]
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Gabe Arnold is a serial entrepreneur and chief pencil sharpener and founder at Copywriter Today. Over three years ago when he heard a podcast from the founder of WP Curve he decided to create an unlimited subscription based content creation service that now services hundreds of businesses around the world.
“It’s really important to learn and use your own mindset for good instead of just reacting to the motions you have and the feedback you get , be really strategic and intentional and channelling those things into a successful output as a simple example what I mean is, today I had a team member that I really like, got a great job offer and is moving on and, I actually want that, I always want people to grow and succeed and I’m always happy for them when they move on but in the moment today I feel like man I’m really disappointed that I have to find somebody else to fill their role, in the moment it can feel like very defeating”…[Listen for More]
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Joe Pippins is a father of 3 and is native to Kansas, KC USA. He invented a new way to enjoy fishing without family and friends. Joe and his product, The Fishing Caddy was featured on Steve Harvey's Fundedome on ABC.
“Stay connected with other entrepreneurs, this way of life that we have and the way our brains think is sometimes a very rare thing. If you have, your friends who you grew up with, your friends who are not entrepreneurs, they don’t really understand why we like staying up until 3 O’clock in the morning doing what we do or why we would invest so much time and energy into something without seeing immediate results, not to knock those friends who are not entrepreneurs but they’re more comfortable with the 9-5, they’re more comfortable with knowing they’re going to make X number of dollars whereas us entrepreneurs we’re quite bold, we’re very courageous but sometimes if you’re not around other entrepreneurs you’ll start to believe that what you’re doing and the process of entrepreneurship is not fruitful but if you’re around other entrepreneurs that’s the exact opposite” …[Listen for More]
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Peter Reitano is a marketer, entrepreneur, investor and advisor. He's passionate about helping companies accelerate growth. Over the last decade he's worked directly with some of the world's largest blue-chip / Fortune 500 brands and award winning agencies in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US. An active participant and early adopter in the digital space, he has strong insight into online behavior / tech trends, and is a regular speaker at conferences and industry panels around the world. His previous company, Spark, was recently acquired, and he's now Co-Founder and CEO at Abacus; a VC-backed specialized Facebook advertising agency. Abacus helps brands grow and acquire customers with advanced data-driven performance marketing. Peter is also an instructor at Bitmaker, where he teaches digital marketing, and co-founder of Bellwether, a not-for-profit which brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in Toronto's startup, tech, media, and advertising space for collaboration and innovation.
“Get used to rejection, especially if you’re a founder, not everyone is going to see your vision and if you’re raising money it’s a pretty gruelling process so you need to be able to eat those for breakfast like I was saying when we were first raising money we got told all the time why are you focussing why are you just doing facebook, we got a lot of pushback with things” …[Listen for More]
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Jen Hall is a Transformational Business Clarity Coach for online entrepreneurs who want to make EPIC IMPACT, PLAY BIG & earn the amazing income that comes with owning your greatness! She helps you feel ‘on fire’ and in pure alignment with your purpose & up-level in confidence to become the high-profile Leader in your field. Jen is on a fierce mission to remove the wall between you & the wildly successful because she believes we ALL have the ability to reach those heights! Jen Hall has been featured on Thrive Global & YFS, and won Speaker of the Year 2016 and Nominated again for 2017!
“You can create your own success, failure is not an option when you commit to your success and you can absolutely do it all you need to do is get support in the areas that you lack”…[Listen for More]
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Robert Thomas Bethel is the orchestrator of seventy-seven business turnarounds over the past fifty years. Early successes and troubles in his own professional career inspired his passion for taking over struggling businesses and guiding them towards the road of profitability. Bob has turned around companies in various industries—from restaurant chains to engineering firms—and has helped save over ten thousand jobs as a result of his strategic business counsel. A graduate of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Bob owns several companies across the southern United States and has operated businesses both nationwide and internationally. He is an Eagle Scout and, in addition to counseling, also spends times teaching three-day seminars on best business practices throughout the United States. He currently resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with his wife, Reese.
“So many entrepreneurs come up with an idea, they bounce it off of a friend or a co-worker, they go to a bank and they talk about it with the banker and whether or not they can get the capital to start, the first step in buying or starting a business or if you’ve been in business for a year or 2 and you want to improve your business, what I would recommend Neil to everyone is to get online, take your industry trade publications, identify the top 5 successful people in your industry and go see them and I know the first time I did it I did not expect to get a return phone call when I made a call to an industry leader to an industry I had just gone into, I did get that call returned, I did go see that person and the time I spent with that person was unbelievable valuable in real world hard truth experience that have already occurred. And because I got so much information with that first one I continued it, and in 52 years, in all of the calls that I had made for advice every single one of them had been returned Neil and during that call I asked that person every single time may I come see you for a few minutes when I have time, every single time I’ve been told yes, and the value of those meetings with industry leaders over 52 years, there is no way to express the information value to the companies that I’ve been involved in” …[Listen for More]
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Greg Centineo ): has a creative and transforming presence that inspires and draws people to want to engage in projects. Over the last three decades of his life, he has followed the path of entrepreneurism, that has led him to a variety of industries and profound business start-ups. Through his ability to connect people, as well as to reframe goals and story of a business or idea, he can redirect a company or project struggling to meet its objectives. Greg is a subject matter expert on raising private equity and securing project capital, he has raised in excess of 125 million dollars during the worst economic years (2008-2015).
“Stay as grounded as you can, surround yourself with a really good inner team, inner core of people who are loyal, who love you, who believe in you, who are honest enough to tell you you’re false and I believe you’ll achieve what you gotta achieve whilst being balanced”…[Listen for More]
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Donald Grothoff is an author, speaker, EFT practitioner, podcaster and the owner of Family OCD in Charlotte, NC USA. The focus of his practice is helping families whose children are afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety via a modality called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”. With over thirteen years of training and experience in EFT, Don assesses the whole child, family, and environment, providing a variety of alternative treatments that address the child's particular needs. Don has helped local schools develop their own tapping programs. He has worked with traditional and alternative practitioners such as a pediatric neurologist, integrative pediatric and naturopathic doctors, psychiatrists, chiropractors, therapist and social workers. Don is the author of the E-book “A Trip to the Non-Sensical: A Dad's Journey Through His Daughter's OCD”, in which he shares his personal experience guiding his family through a traumatic diagnosis. Don is available for private sessions, speaking and workshops worldwide via Skype and other online methods.
“Going up and putting your business on the cloud, I did that about 2 years ago, decided I got tired of having everything on my PC or on my laptop and it crashing and I’d lose everything so I started building my business on the cloud in a lot of different ways, from storage to communications, phone systems, all of that is now pretty much on the cloud because it makes it nice and become very mobile then”…[Listen for More]
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Linda Adams with over 40 years of experience in Human Resources working for such marquee companies as Ford Motor Company, PepsiCo and Level 3 Communications, founded the Trispective Group in 2008. With her three partners their focus is on creating capability in leaders, teams, and organization. As a coach she has worked with every type of organization at every stage of development, across multiple industry and geographical borders. They wrote their book, The Loyalist Team, to share broadly their knowledge and experience about the universal truths of what works and what does not with teams and to support everyone who works on a team in creating their best team experience ever because they believe everyone deserves a great team.
“Go for it, life is just too short to have a dream and put it in a box”…[Listen for More]
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Randi Brill is a Creative Director/President/Motivational Speaker/Author. She is pleased to be launching an inspirational quick-read book, 99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business that is ideal for those ready and eager to succeed NOW. With a background in creative design, the book offers great advice in the form of a beautiful package. Targeting recent graduates, young professionals, newly-minted entrepreneurs, business owners and creative thinkers, Randi offers succinct and memorable sound bites based on her personal, business and creative life as an entrepreneur. In addition to launching this book, she is also simultaneously running her ecommerce site, Teacher Peach and also her creative solutions firm QuaraCORE Design.
“Just start, if you are ten steps ahead of the people around you that gives you a running start, the other thing that I would also say to you is stop asking for advice, if you need the advice of so many people, check your gut, sometimes I have to really remind myself to check out, in my own business decision making I will listen to my gut”…[Listen for More]
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Jeremy Blake is the sales and training director of Reality Training, a business that designs and delivers sales and management models to large and ambitious businesses which has included Thomas Cook, The AA, AUDI and UBM. He studied at the Oxford School of Drama, then qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language, and worked at St Clare's College, Oxford. Jeremy then went on to become a salesperson for a theatre programme publisher. He moved on to Yellow Pages, winning national sales awards and became one of their top salespeople in the UK. His first business was a design agency, then he devised and sold marketing plans to small businesses. 15 years ago he founded Reality Training with Bob Morrell an old actor pal from drama school days. They are have worked across Europe, The US and India.
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Karen D Walker is the president and principle consultant at Oneteam, Inc., where she helps senior leaders create internal strategies that support their external growth. Decades ago, Karen helped create the (then) fastest growing company in American history: Compaq Computer. She now serves as an executive advisor and consultant to the CEOs and senior organization leaders of organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 firms — with outcomes including IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases, and dramatic leadership development.
“Be clear about your purpose, be clear about the value of that purpose and go for it, we only get this one shot at life so to appreciate the opportunity to unfold in a way that allows you to explore your purpose and explore your value”…[Listen for More]
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Shirish Phatak is the Founder and CEO of Talon and has over 15 years’ experience building scalable, high performance systems that solve mission critical information technology challenges. Shirish was Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Velocius Networks and also co-founded Tacit Networks, a pioneer in Wide Area File Services. Shirish earned an M.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and an M.Phil in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
“Perseverance is key, you have to be able to get through the hard times the tough times the outright ugly times, if you can’t do that, those times will happen I don’t care how successful you are there are going to be some bumps, they may be smaller or larger but you have to be able to handle them. You should do what you like, it’s your vision, it’s your heart, it’s your baby if you will and that’s important, that sense of ownership for me is super important”…[Listen for More]
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Linda Binns Linda Binns is an accomplished energy coach and author of seven self-help books, and numerous published articles. She has appeared on television, including her multiple encore guest appearances on Portland, Oregon's AM Northwest News Show, as well as, on the radio, podcasts, and on-line summits. Being raised not to succeed, Linda discovered early on ‘you are rarely ready for what life brings.' Where most people let life's obstacles stop them, Linda seized this re-occurring ‘lesson' and transformed it into her life's work and passion including playing competitive tennis.
“Know what you really want for yourself in your life then design your business so that it will give you the life that you want and trust yourself and your instincts, don’t let others tell you what you should and shouldn’t do”…[Listen for More]
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What would you do if your parents were ripped off for $1.5 million by their caregiver? Barbara Wogh, registered nurse and senior advocate, started a company called Keeping Your Parents Safe to help people with their parents' aging and healthcare needs to ensure they get the best care possible.
“Close your eyes and do it, just do it, just move forward and don’t over think”…[Listen for More]
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Kevin Smullin helps real estate agents become top producers by teaching them a world-class marketing and lead generation system that will double their business.
“Done is better than perfect, I find too many people that want things to be perfect, they want the perfect website, the perfect business card, the perfect business plan, they want to have something to be perfect and that is their major issue and so if people can focus on done is better than perfect they’ll make further progress in their business”…[Listen for More]
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Nancy Friedman, is one of the country’s most well-known experts on communications and customer service. President of Telephone Doctor Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri, MO, USA, she helps companies communicate better with their customers. A popular speaker at franchise and corporate meetings, Nancy says, “More business is lost due to poor service and poor treatment than poor product.”
“Go for it, don’t let anybody talk you in or out of it, if you’ve got something that you want to do, research it to the point that you can say this is a good idea, sometimes people over think things and they talk themselves into it or out of it and it’s not that that’s a good idea or bad idea but the over thinkers personally drive me crazy”…[Listen for More]
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Kris Reid started out as a software engineer and worked for several big name companies before the Global Financial Crisis hit and he lost his contract. He ended up developing a game and was looking for ways to promote it, which led him to learn about SEO. He started creating tools that increase website ranking, which is now the basis of his company, Ardor SEO. Ardor SEO is the ultimate multi-national backlink building company that helps businesses achieve utmost success in their respective niches by using the most innovative methods of marketing online, including search engine optimization, reputation management, search engine ranking and link building.
“Selling is the number one thing that you need to do in making a business; if you can sell you’ll never go hungry, focus on becoming a good salesman”…[Listen for More]
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After spending 17 years in an international accounting firm and an international law firm, Jack Wong was determined to leave the corporate world in Singapore as his career was at a dead end. Although he was surrounded by negative people, using the power of positive thoughts and vibrations, together with some tested tools given by his mentors and coaches, Jack managed to build a successful training and consulting business. As a result, he managed to increase his annual business revenue to six figures in his third year as a serial entrepreneur. Jack now provides consulting, training, and coaching services to his clients. His background in business, accounting, and the law has given him a solid foundation to approach a variety of business topics. He is an accredited tax advisor and has more than 23 years of international tax experience. Jack is also an experienced speaker and workshop facilitator since 2000.
“Stay humble, be vulnerable, remove the ego and follow your purpose. Entrepreneurs have to learn their lessons every single day because there’s so much to learn, follow purpose not passion”…[Listen for More]
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