Van Carlson has an extensive background in Risk Management with more than 24 years in the industry. Prior to founding Strategic Risk Alternatives, Van ran his own property and casualty firm for 15 years. With many commercial business owners as his clients, he saw the Great Recession of 2008 hit hard, and just like them, he was also affected by the sharp downturn in our economy. During this time, he realized there must be a better way to manage risk overall. From that desire to improve business operations for both himself and his clients, along with his extensive background in insurance, risk management, and finance, Strategic Risk Alternatives was formed. Since its start in 2008, several changes in US Government regulations have allowed the business to thrive - substantiating what Van already believed in: businesses needed a better solution to mitigate risk and create a war chest for the future. In 2013, increases in domiciles allowed the company’s success to skyrocket - with double digit growth year over year - and it’s only just begun. As CEO, Van is an innovator, developing SRA products for a variety of industries that can take advantage of adding additional revenues while mitigating risk at the same time. By delivering institutional-type ideas to small-and-mid sized business owners, SRA positions it’s clients at the forefront of their industry, offering robust marketing motivators and customer retention program.
“you will be successful first and foremost. That’s the mindset you have to have. But when you do become successful, I think what happens inevitably people stop doing what made them successful… If you are going to get into this have got to spend money to make money. And sometimes entrepreneurs will all get caught up in a lifestyle… As success comes revenues come up with it but you have got to be constantly adjusting that dollar what made you successful and what made you get there in the first place. And I think a lot of time business owners lose that or they don’t see it”…[Listen for More]
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Liz Ward is a passionate advocate for innovation. She breaks barriers to create new platforms that assist the tourism industry and establish travel destinations. Digital Transformation could be her middle name. Liz co-owns an award winning business called Tourism Tribe helping thousands of people to achieve their life dreams.
“Find your passion point. So, do what you love then it’s not work… This is the time to really self-assess and don’t even think about work think about your life. What do you get the most joy from? Think about what you like doing, how you entertain yourself as an 11-year-old child. What did you like playing?... And then go what does that tell me about my professional life so far or the businesses that I’ve owned so far? Where can I see the parallels in there so that I can make sure that I customise my work life as an entrepreneur to be able to find that joy”…[Listen for More]
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Karen Gwartzman and Neil Gwartzman are world renowned Private Label strategists co-founders of Private Label University & Best Selling Authors. Karen and Neil scaled their business by creating over 800 private label branded products that have been sold in over 600 stores globally, using their secret Private Label Blue Print. For the past 35 years we have been privately labeling products for the largest Chain Stores in the world: Michael's, Walmart, Martha Stewart and Hobby Lobby to name a few. We have trained thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses with whom we shared our proprietary process using our Private Label Blue Print and helped them implement their strategy in their business to scale. We have conducted businesses in over 23 countries and have trained all over the world.
“it’s passion. You really have to do follow your passion and most important is stay focused… If it comes down to creating a product you want to make sure that you have all of your passion in it, really something you are in love with… I think it’s important when you create a product you really have to be 100 percent involved with that product to make it work. And ask for help. I think it’s really important to ask for help, there is nothing wrong with asking for help … It’s nice to surround yourself with people who know more than you so that you can ask for help”…[Listen for More]
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Pam Thomas is a mindset coach and founder of What's Within U an international coaching practice that offers a variety of coaching services and programs to leaders, entrepreneurs and other coaches who want to make cool things happen by creating a mindset that supports them in believing in what's possible.
“the only thing that ever stands between you and what you really want are the things you tell yourself. So as mentioned earlier watch yourself talk because your mind believes everything that you tell it”…[Listen for More]
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Jeremy Ryan Slate is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast, which studies the highest performers in the world. He studied literature at Oxford University, Specializes in using podcasting and new media to create celebrity and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and #78 in the iTunes top 100. He was named the #1 Podcast to Listen to by INC Magazine in 2019, as well as being named a Top Influencer by Forbes. After his success in podcasting, Jeremy Slate and his wife, Brielle Slate, founded Command Your Brand to help entrepreneurs get their message out by appearing as guests on podcasts.
“don’t think you have to have everything figured out out of the gate. Just get started and start figuring things out as you go… Don’t give yourself reasons to not get started. Get started and start figuring out as you go. You don’t have to have everything figured out out of the gate”…[Listen for More]
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Jared James is licensed CPA with international business experience who honed his skills with a Big 4 public accounting firm and top financial banking institution doing mergers & acquisitions. More recently he has turned his sights on helping the millions of Americans that play the lottery each year.
“you really have to plan. Plan for how you are going to bring the traffic to your site… and really having a sustainable plan… Plan out what your full strategy looks like… As you are waiting for those customers really plan on a runway. I think a lot of people underestimate how quickly customers come in the door… Some businesses are lucky and they come right out of the gate, other ones it may take a month, two, three, six, whatever it is. If you are not prepared for that that’s when a lot of companies may fail”…[Listen for More]
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Jackie Lee is a knowledgeable and experienced entrepreneur. She is a Wedding Celebrant living on the island of Lanzarote with her husband for the last 15 years.She writes and takes personalised Wedding Blessing services and Renewal of Vows services on the island for groups of just two people or any size groups. She also works as a relocation specialist for people looking to buy property on the beautiful island of Lanzarote and is just about to launch a new online business helping age 50+ women turn retirement into their greatest adventure.
“definitely make a plan… Decide where you want to be”…[Listen for More]
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Robbie Kellman Baxter is the author of The Forever Transaction and The Membership Economy. She is a speaker, and consultant with more than twenty years of experience providing strategic business advice to major organizations including Netflix, Consumer Reports and LinkedIn. Her company Peninsula Strategies has advised over 100 organizations on subscription and growth strategy.
“do it. If you have an idea… Actually, I would even say if you don’t have an idea… If you want to build something from the ground up I think there are a lot of entrepreneurial people or people who wish that they were entrepreneurial but say I don’t have that great idea to start the business, there are plenty of ideas out and that aren’t always great entrepreneurs to help build those businesses. So I would say if you have the bug go and give it a try and I would say, don’t put it off“…[Listen for More]
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Victoria Lioznyansky teaches introverted entrepreneurs and business professionals how to overcome their fear of public speaking and become confident, compelling, captivating speakers. Taking her own experiences going from scared to sought-after speaker, Victoria founded Brilliant Speakers Academy®, an online public speaking coaching program for introverts. She also owns Nutty Scientists of Houston, a passion project about inspiring kids to fall in love with science.
“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” George Addair “we have to take risks; we have to get up in the morning and go and make those steps. Those steps that you are going to make they may be in the wrong direction; they may be completely wrong steps and it doesn’t matter. Because my personal belief is that we have to act. We cannot sit and wait to see what happens, we have to take action and every action will lead to another action and another action. And even if you make mistakes. Even if you have this massive detour you will end up where you are supposed to go and you are going to look back and you are going to say what I thought was a mistake was a gigantic learning opportunity and if I didn’t learn that back then I wouldn’t have been where I am now ”…[Listen for More]
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Katherine Skelly is the English language Mentor. She has been teaching in English for 12 years all over the world, but now mentors career passionate women who need to advance their English for international success with 1 to 1 mentoring online and her exclusive online group programme 'The English Language Mentorship'.
“don’t be afraid to screw up or make mistakes because we are not perfect and you are never going to do a perfect first time. So just get started and choose progress over perfection… So just do it imperfectly and then fix it later… If you just do it imperfectly at least you will get it out there and your clients will see the real you so they can connect to you better”…[Listen for More]
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Ceo, Growth Strategist and Speaker Ken Mosesian frees CEOs to focus on the future vision, growth, and profitability of their business by inspiring and motivating their teams to become leaders. By letting go of day-to-day operations, CEOs can navigate company transitions with clarity and purpose. With Ken’s guidance, your will discover what is keeping you stuck in an “operations mindset” and help you leverage and trust the teams you’ve built, so you can turn toward what you do best: CREATE.
“I think it’s a mistake to take a quality and declare that to be the cause of someone’s success. It could be a contributing factor; it could just be luck. And I would just encourage people to spend less time focused on what other people have done and more time learning about yourself, what makes you unique and what you’ve got to offer and where that best fits”…[Listen for More]
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Armando Cruz III is a connoisseur of experiences, husband, father, adventurer, bestselling author, ultra-marathoner, lifestyle physical therapist, and legacy coach. He's climbed mountains, run over 100 miles in a day in swamps filled with snakes and alligators, has lived out of his car, and has rollerbladed and surfed in hurricanes but his biggest adventure has been fatherhood.
“make sure you are in alignment with your values in the actions that you take and the way you operate your business. It’s very easy to chase the next shiny thing. It’s very easy when things seem like they are going to make you more money to skimp out and maybe let go of some of the values. But if you use your values as a compass you will never lose your way”…[Listen for More]
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Makayla Ervin is a Brand Activation Strategist, dedicated to helping service based females establish brand authority in their niche. After years of studying the psychology of marketing and branding online, Makayla has built her dream business teaching other women how to build theirs.
“decide what you want to be known for and start making decisions from that place. Not only will that give you consistent presence to outsiders looking in but it will also feel most authentic to you. And you can never go wrong if you are acting out of movements towards becoming your highest self and becoming that next level person that you want to be. So, decide what you want to be known for and start doing things that way”…[Listen for More]
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Rahul Narvekar founder CEO of The India Network and Founder Director of Scale Ventures - an early stage investment fund, Rahul is an entrepreneur who started his career at an early age, as a door to door salesman to support his education. After being expelled from his entrepreneurship programme for asking “too many questions” and “being a trouble maker” his maiden venture in cable advertising was in 1994. In 1999, he setup Asia’s first interactive music channel - Channel Oxygen in Bombay. It was love for C. Pallavi Rao that made him move to Delhi where he started from scratch in a completely new field of work: Mall Management. He rose from the level of a Senior Manager to becoming the VP of Ansal Plaza, the first mall of India. Moving with and ahead of times being his forte, in 2009 he set up Fashion and You which was one of the earliest e-commerce fashion portals and raised more than $ 58 million for the same. In 2013 he partnered with NDTV to set up Indian Roots for selling Designer and Ethnic wear to the Global Indian diaspora. Exiting this in 2016 he set up Scale Ventures group - an early stage angel fund as also The India Network, an on-ground community for start-ups focused on Tier 2, 3, 4 and beyond cities of India and students. His passion and intent to create value for start-ups and entrepreneurs from the smaller towns of India, led him to take a cohort of 15 promising start-up founders and some young student entrepreneurs to the United States for an intensive boot camp and pitch their ideas to investors from Silicon Valley in September 2017, helping 5 start-ups raise funds and with others getting mentored.
“be shameless. The day you stop giving an F about what anybody else thinks about you you will start doing more stuff, you will start taking more chances. And a lot of times it’s just that if you do it more number of times will get good at it and you will get better at it and you will have a better shot… Just keep doing, doing, doing. So, keep hustling ”…[Listen for More]
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Nathan Jamail has spent the last two decades coaching top executives and teaching thousands of leaders around the world on Leadership, employee coaching, selling skills and cultural development. Nathan's clients span across the globe and in all industries from financial services, technology, healthcare, military, manufacturing, hospitality, and many more. Nathan has written and published 4 best selling books- which are sold all over the world, and have become guiding principals for many organizations. Prior to becoming an author and working with organizations in a coaching capacity, Nathan spent over 20 years as an Executive Director in Corporate America, as well as, a small business over of over 4 companies himself. Nathan does not just teach leadership and selling skills - he lives it every day as a Sales professional and Leader himself. Nathan has a true passion for personal development and a genuine intent to serve those he has the privilege to coach and teach.
“you have got to be committed to it more than you are than the job or the money… Don’t stop short… If you are going to work to build someone’s business stay working to build yours and be willing to sacrifice everything… You have got to study now so you can reap the rewards later… As an entrepreneur we have got to continue to sacrifice maybe what we want or maybe what makes is uncomfortable, we have got to be willing to sacrifice that and get uncomfortable, not need the things we think we need but versus we want and stay committed to it and don’t stop”…[Listen for More]
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Zachary Beach is an Amazon Best Selling Author of The New Rules of Real Estate Investing and co-host of The Smart Real Estate Coach Podcast. He is a partner, COO at Smart Real Estate Coach. In September 2020, they'll be releasing the revised edition of Real Estate On Your Terms which Zach will be co-authoring.
“Just get real clear about what you want and then take action. I don’t think it’s more complicated than that. Just get extremely clear on what you want, take action and then don’t be afraid to fail”…[Listen for More]
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Bryan Kramer is a renowned business strategist, global keynote speaker, executive trainer and coach, two-time bestselling author and Forbes contributor.
“create the life you deserve. If you are not living the life you think you deserve and you know that you deserve better and you are not living in your joy if you can seriously put your hand over your heart… And say ‘am I living the most joy now?’… In your role and your job and your life are you really honouring your true joy? And if you are not then lean into that, listen to that, write down what those things are and then zeroing on the one thing that give you joy if you could do that one thing every day. How would you move towards that? What are the things that are going to hold you back from that? And really spend some time with that and think about that”…[Listen for More]
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Karen is a Master Financial Coach, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Author who has coached people with a variety of money issues: from just $500 in debt to $800,000 in debt. She has coached folks with up to 86 credit cards and taught them how to pay down and pay off those credit cards in record time. Karen’s mission is to inspire others to rid themselves of debt and build wealth. She encourages others to break the shackles of debt and gives valuable insight into building wealth so they can experience financial freedom! Karen Ford’s #1 Amazon Best Selling Book “Money Matters” is a discovery for many. This book is not only motivational, but practical. She is an avid real estate investor, who enjoys buying, selling, and flipping properties. She has even bought properties for as little as $10 and turned a few dollars into thousands! In “Money Matters” she provides keys to demolishing debt, shares how to budget correctly, and gives principles in wealth building.
“step out and find out and do it afraid”…[Listen for More]
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Jason Richmond is President, CEO and Chief Culture Officer at Ideal Outcomes, Inc. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker and widely recognized as a noted authority on helping companies build strong, sustained revenue growth by empowering their employees and developing energizing office cultures. During his career of more than twenty years, Jason has assisted companies of all sizes in a wide variety of industries. He has not only worked closely with established Fortune 100 companies to create Leadership Development Journeys, but also provided thought leadership and innovative consulting services to a range of mid-size firms. And he has guided numerous start-ups to build solid foundations that have enabled them to become industry leaders. Jason is the author of the book, Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth.
“I have three things that I would like to share. I think the first one is the hardest. It is my belief that every entrepreneur has to check their ego at the door. We all have egos, we are all driven, we are all motivated, we are already to run through a brick wall but at times in your career and in your business, you really have to check that ego at the door. Number two you have to be authentic. You can’t be somebody else. You have to go and run your business as authentic as possible and be authentic not only to yourself but to your team members, to your colleagues, to your clients, to your suppliers. And then the third thing, it has to do with communication”…[Listen for More]
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Jeffrey Hayzlett is the primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives LIVE on C-Suite TV and is the host of the award-winning All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on C-Suite Radio. Hayzlett is a global business celebrity, Hall of Fame speaker, Chairman and CEO of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders and best-selling author. His most recent book is The Hero Factor: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations and Create Winning Cultures.
“Just do it. Quit waiting, go. If you want to get to the dreams and hopes and aspirations and the things that you want to go. No one is stopping you. God”…[Listen for More]
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Melanie Parish is a public speaker, consultant, workshop leader, author, and Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, from whom she received the Prism Award. An expert in problem solving, constraints management, operations, strategic hiring, and brand development, Melanie has consulted and coached organizations ranging from a Fortune 50 company to IT start-ups. Her individual clients include those in FAANG and other top global IT companies. Melanie is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach and Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach, and a Theory of Constraints Certified Jonah. As an author, educator, and creator of the Experimental Leader program, Melanie shows people new ways of thinking about their leadership, informed by her understanding of the fast-paced ride of technology innovation. She is based in Dundas, Ontario and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“Run the numbers. Just because you want to do something doesn’t make it a business. Make sure you’ve got a business that makes sense before you quit your job and start being an entrepreneur. But if it makes business sense then run, run with joy to the new life”…[Listen for More]
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Kale Abrahamson co-founded Nine University, an online e-commerce training program that teaches other aspiring entrepreneurs how to start and grow profitable online businesses through Amazon FBA program. Since launching in April 2017, Nine University has generated tens of millions in revenue and has grown to 130 employees globally.
“get started now. Everyone is telling you play it safe, to see how it turns out, to sit back and relax, to kick back and to stop working so hard, stop stressing out, stop wasting your 20s, wasting your 30s, wasting your 40s. Quit listening to those people. Start now. The best time to start a business was yesterday. And I think in the long-term even if you failed, even if everything went to hell, you lost money, your family said you were an idiot, the experiences that you would get from trying to become an entrepreneur will make you into such a better person than if it pays off. So imagine if it actually works”…[Listen for More]
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Carlos Hidalgo is a 25-year business veteran. Hidalgo has held corporate roles, started his own entrepreneurial ventures and served in non-profits. Hidalgo co-founded his first company in 2005 leading it to two consecutive Inc. 5000 Awards before departing and launching two other companies.
“work hard at your business, give everything you’ve got in the timeframe you are going to a lot but don’t tie your identity and worth to success or failure of your business. Because it’s a rollercoaster that you don’t want to get on, it’s not a reflection of your true self”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn't Work. His blog is read by millions of people monthly and featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. He is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today and one of the most popular writers on Medium. He speaks and trains at a wide range of events. He is also currently training for his first Ironman. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando.
“really take the time to clarify your future self, who you genuinely plan to Be… People on their deathbed say they lacked the courage to be who they really wanted to be and instead they lived up to the expectations they thought other people had of them. Even if you are a successful entrepreneur it can be easy to get caught up into the persona or to the status that you’ve lived.. It takes giving yourself space and reflection to genuinely say is this what I really want? Even though this is great or this has been successful, is this what I truly want? I think giving yourself the honesty to clarify who you plan to be that allows you to clarify who you currently are. Because if you don’t know who you plan to be you can’t have any sense of who you are today. And then begin to tell everyone about that self, about the pivot that you’re making just the future you are striving to create, the person you are striving to become ”…[Listen for More]
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As Co-Founder and Chief Legal Officer of My Green Network (MyGN), James Shih plays a key role in developing the company’s direction and ensuring that every aspect of the business serves the needs of creative cannabis entrepreneurs. An experienced attorney specializing in investment, compliance, and business law, Shih has advised high-net-worth individuals, private equity firms, developers, and executives in investments valuing over $1 Billion. He has also served as a trusted legal expert for Fortune 500 and global companies, including OLAM, One World Properties, and Extell Capital Group. As a cannabis specialist, Shih has proudly helped countless start-ups understand how to run the business successfully from start to finish, assisting with licensing, acquisition, operations, and more. Sharing in the frustration of entrepreneurial clients and friends enduring the tedious, months-long process of taking a cannabis start-up from idea to successful enterprise, Shih co-founded MyGN as a visionary solution to make the process easier and open to everyone - not just the elite 1% who could afford it.
“to create your own luck. Every successful person that I have spoken to a tribute a lot of their success to luck. But luck is such an intangible concept and it really isn’t explained well I think in many ways… You can create your own luck by creating the environment that allows that luck to come forth. So you create that environment by talking to people, by changing the people that you want around you, by going to events, by building relationships, surrounding yourselves, being in the environments that you can actually have the opportunity for these lucky things to come by“…[Listen for More]
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