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Welcome to The Cyber Business Podcast where we feature top founders and entrepreneurs and share their inspiring stories.



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Leveraging Acquisitions for Business Freedom: Strategies From Reid Tileston

Reid Tileston is a seasoned entrepreneur, author, and investor with a 16-year track record of business success. As an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University and the Co-creator of the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition curriculum at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Reid imparts invaluable knowledge honed through hands-on entrepreneurial experience. He has acquired, grown, and sold four companies, achieving a remarkable return multiple of invested capital (MOIC) of over 10x on his most recent acquisition. Reid’s entrepreneurial acumen has garnered accolades, including top-performing Anytime Fitness franchisee. In addition to empowering aspiring entrepreneurs through his book Grit It Done, his insights have graced the pages of prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Crain’s Chicago Business. In this episode… Have you ever considered the freedom that comes with business ownership but are uncertain about the risks involved? Ownership through acquisition is a low-risk entry point into the entrepreneurial world that can offer significant returns. How can you tap into the benefits of existing businesses backed by a proven model of success? Reid Tileston, an esteemed business professor and entrepreneur, reveals the secrets of stepping into the entrepreneurial space through business acquisition rather than starting from scratch. Through his book Grid It Done, Reid demystifies the process of buying and running a successful business, stressing the significance of personal fulfillment alongside financial success. He explores the diverse forms of business ownership, emphasizing the importance of identifying which type aligns with your interests. Reid also highlights the intricacies of preparing a business for sale and underscores the importance of establishing trust with potential buyers through financial transparency. Join us on this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast as Matthew Connor interviews Reid Tileston, author of Grit It Done, about achieving business freedom through acquisition. Backed by his own acquisition and exit story, Reid provides critical steps in preparing and positioning your business for a prosperous sale, key investment criteria, and how to leverage SBA loans for business growth.


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Manifesting Success Through Morning Routines and Goal-Setting With Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez is a multifaceted entrepreneur, life coach, and author. A telecommunications engineer with an extensive business background, Adrian seamlessly blends his expertise in marketing consulting with his passion for personal development as a life coach. Having founded three thriving businesses, his entrepreneurial spirit is evident in his book, Morning Zen, a transformative concept poised to reshape lives. Drawing from his corporate experience at Dell, where he ascended the corporate ladder, Adrian offers invaluable insights into navigating the global business landscape. In this episode… Do you ever wonder how high performers consistently achieve their goals? In this era of 24/7 internet access, where digital burnout has left many stressed and without focus, daily affirmations and actions can empower you to pursue your goals and confront daily battles. Life coach Adrian Gonzalez offers a transformative approach to productivity and mental well-being, propelling business leaders and executives toward their goals with clarity and purpose. Adrian’s concept in his book Morning Zen unveils the transformative power of morning routines, highlighting the value of setting clear intentions and consistently reviewing and updating goals to reflect progress. This approach hinges on nurturing positive habits that breed mental resilience and pave the path toward personal fulfillment. With an unwavering commitment to intentionality and harnessing the innate potential of the universe, people can embark on a journey of self-discovery and goal manifestation. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor welcomes Adrian Gonzalez, author of Morning Zen, to discuss the power of creating and maintaining a morning routine. Adrian discusses the connection between mindset and goal-setting, strategies for optimizing daily routines and improving sleep habits, the value of self-care, and how to manifest goals through visualization and action.


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The Journey of Max Lewis: From Humble Beginnings to Entrepreneurial Success

Max Lewis is a renowned entrepreneur and investor, boasting an illustrious career spanning over 20 years and a portfolio exceeding $100 million. His entrepreneurial journey began in 2002 when he founded his propane exchange business. Through sheer determination and strategic vision, Max transformed the company into the largest independent propane cylinder exchange business in Florida, setting a new standard of excellence in the industry. In 2017, he sold the business for $37 million, marking one of the most significant transactions of its kind in the state. His acclaimed book Who is Max Lewis? chronicles his remarkable rise from selling mangoes during childhood to building a multimillion-dollar propane empire. In this episode… At the heart of every entrepreneurial endeavor lies the potent trio of spirit, resilience, and unwavering dedication to excellence. These attributes serve as the cornerstone of success, guiding business innovators as they challenge conventions, pioneer new ideas, and revolutionize industries. How can you shape a legacy that transcends mere financial success, leaving an indelible mark on the business landscape? Legendary propane king Max Lewis recounts his entrepreneurial journey. From his modest upbringing, Max's path to success was paved by lessons from his father, who taught him the value of money through simple yet impactful experiences like selling mangoes as a child. Despite never intending to write a book, Max's pandemic-induced downtime led him to document his remarkable journey of building a multimillion-dollar propane business, chronicling the challenges and triumphs he encountered. Reflecting on the importance of seeking advice from qualified sources and maintaining a resilient mindset, he emphasizes the significance of persistence and self-belief in overcoming obstacles. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor hosts Max Lewis, a celebrated entrepreneur and investor, to discuss Max’s journey to business fortune and insights from his book Who is Max Lewis? Max shares how he grew a propane business from zero to $37 million, the importance of overcoming challenges with a focus on finding positive outcomes, and how parenting can impact a child’s financial future.


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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs: A Transformative Quest To Unlock Your True Potential

Rick Torrison is a success coach, author, and speaker with over 25 years of experience as a transformational growth catalyst. From Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, Rick has helped leaders and organizations expand their vision, maximize their growth, and leverage their resources for greater impact, influence, and significance. As the Executive Director of The John C. Maxwell Team, he brings the resources, wisdom, experience, and training of one of the world’s most extraordinary leadership gurus. He is also a certified DiSC® trainer and facilitator, specializing in team development, effective communication, and conflict management. Rick is the author of The Roadmap to Significance, which explores the difference between momentary and long-term success, and the upcoming book Born Limitless. In this episode… In the journey of personal and professional growth, overcoming limiting beliefs is crucial to unlocking your potential and breaking boundaries. These beliefs build walls around us, constraining our actions and confining us to a limited existence. How can you break free from the shackles of self-imposed limitations and embark on a journey of empowerment, resilience, and unstoppable growth? Renowned leadership coach Rick Torrison delves into the criticality of acknowledging and confronting the limiting beliefs obstructing our success. Sharing his triumph over childhood-derived limitations, Rick underscores the transformative impact of challenging such convictions for personal development. As the narrative unfolds, he highlights strategies for pinpointing and surmounting self-limitations, often entrenched within organizational cultures and leadership dynamics. By grasping the influence of these beliefs on workplace dynamics, people can unleash their full potential and attain their goals. He also explores the multifaceted nature of success, stressing its foundation in mindset and values rather than mere material wealth or happiness. Rick’s story emphasizes the pivotal roles of coaching, faith, and collaborative effort in achieving success. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor interviews Rick Torrison, a success coach, author, and speaker, about overcoming limiting beliefs. Together, they delve into the often-overlooked origins of these self-limitations within company culture and leadership dynamics, highlighting the indispensable impact of coaching, faith, and collaborative effort in realizing goals.


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Stress: It's Not All Bad With Dr. Torkil Færø

Dr. Torkil Færø is the author of The Pulse Cure, which provides insights on balancing stress and optimizing health. He is also a general practitioner, emergency physician, and documentary filmmaker. With over 25 years as a doctor focused on regaining control of physical health, Dr. Torkil has worked all over Norway and has provided tens of thousands of consultations. In this episode… According to a McKinsey report, 40% of working professionals are on the verge of burnout. This significantly impacts health and impedes the ability to manage a business effectively. How can you change your perspective on stress to regain control of your health? Revolutionary physician Dr. Torkil Færø maintains that stress manifests both mentally and physiologically. However, not all stress is damaging as it allows the heart to pump more blood throughout your body. Too much stress can cause inflammation and make you more vulnerable to diseases. By learning to control stress and not allowing it to intimidate you, you can avoid burnout and make more informed decisions. This involves taking care of your autonomic nervous system by recovering from stress through healthy, restorative sleep and proper nutrition. Join Matthew Connor in today’s episode of The Cyber Business Podcast as he interviews Dr. Torkil Færø, the author of The Pulse Cure, about living a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Torkil describes the advantages of a cool body temperature, the most effective devices for monitoring health, and how to utilize and conserve energy.


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Developing a Relentless Sales Mindset

Jon Alwinson is a Senior Regional Sales Manager at Boston Scientific, which transforms lives through innovative medical technologies. For the past seven years, Jon has led his team in serving the health industry with high-in-class service. A consumer-focused leader in medical device sales, his extensive career includes experience in capital equipment, computer-assisted surgical equipment, endoscopes, pathology, and single-use medical devices. Jon credits his drive for success to impactful mentorship from entrepreneurs in his dad’s circle during his early years. In his book Relentless Sales, he combines over 15 years of industry knowledge, offering valuable insights to the next generation of sales professionals. In this episode… Have you ever wondered why not all salespeople are successful in building relationships with their prospects? In the challenging world of sales, selling a product takes more than reading scripted lines. Can a relentless mindset be the game changer? According to sales veteran Jon Alwinson, developing a relentless mentality can make a difference in reaching the highest levels of sales in your industry. He stresses the power of elite planning in navigating through the most complex sales conversations, aligning your product with customers’ goals. This entails pre-call planning that includes researching, identifying pain points, and demonstrating value. Building rapport and showing genuine curiosity helps you understand your prospects and tailor your approach accordingly. Reflecting on the impact of mentors in shaping his outlook on business and life, Jon emphasizes the role of mentorship in strengthening confidence and discovering opportunities. Cultivating a group of mentors can help aspiring sales professionals understand their identity and develop confidence, building their careers on resilience, optimism, empathy, and an unwavering drive to learn. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor hosts Jon Alwinson, author and Regional Sales Manager at Boston Scientific, to discuss the relentless sales mindset. Jon shares insights from his book Relentless Sales, drawing on lessons from his past while offering actionable insights. He discusses the role of mentors, his journey into medical device sales, the importance of entrepreneurship education in colleges, and the lessons learned from his failed footwear venture.


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Achieving Balance in Life and Interior Design

Jeanne Collins is the Founder of JerMar Designs, a full-service luxury interior design studio specializing in living spaces of sophistication, comfort, and style. Combining New England architecture with transitional styles, Jeanne creates designs that represent individuals and their lifestyles. With over 22 years of experience in sales, she incorporates her management and finance expertise into taking a unique approach to each project. Having transitioned to design at 50, Jeanne inspires others to find purpose and passion in their work through her book Two Feet In: Lessons From an All-In Life. In this episode… Are you trying to create new, healthier habits for a balanced life? Then your environment should inspire you to set yourself up for success. Many studies have established the intrinsic connection between environment and mental health. What better way to enhance your well–being than by surrounding yourself with calmness, beauty, and positive energy? Having achieved a balanced life through drastic changes in her lifestyle, Jeanne Collins stresses wellness design as a powerful tool in promoting mental and physical well-being. A well-designed space not only inspires positive emotions but can also provide a place of refuge. After two decades in sales, Jeanne found purpose and passion through interior design, helping others create uplifting and supportive spaces that go beyond aesthetics. By prioritizing the occupants’ needs and desires, designers can make an environment comfortable, calming, and conducive to positive interactions. This holistic approach to design mirrors the evolution of modern design, which balances aesthetics and functionality. From colors to the strategic arrangement of living spaces, Jeanne encourages thinking beyond trends while prioritizing the occupant’s individuality. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor hosts Jeanne Collins, the Founder of JerMar Designs, to discuss the intersection of design and well-being. Jeanne shares strategies for maintaining a balanced lifestyle, her experiences as a luxury interior designer, and how to create spaces that foster calmness and wellness. She also discusses her entrepreneurship journey and the inspiration behind her book Two Feet In: Lessons From an All-In Life.


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Insights Into Strategic Investments and Collaborative Growth With Peter Kirsch

Peter Kirsch is the Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Marlin Partners, an investment platform for family offices and high-net-worth individuals representing a variety of industry sectors. His extensive experience includes a decade-long tenure as the Chief of Staff for the Founder of America Online. Prior to his role at America Online, Peter held executive positions such as the CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the President of Platformix. With a foundation built in PR and Marketing, Peter's career trajectory has been marked by a commitment to excellence and innovation. He is a proud graduate of Marquette University, where he laid the groundwork for his remarkable journey in finance, investment, and strategic leadership. In this episode… Investing is a dynamic journey filled with both opportunities and challenges, where inherent risks balance the potential for financial growth. A reliable investment partner can significantly mitigate these risks while maximizing potential rewards. How might aligning with a strong investment partner enhance your own investment strategies and outcomes? Investment specialist Peter Kirsch explains that investing is more than just gaining access to opportunities. You must become an integral part of the investment process. Blue Marlin Partners demonstrates this by having each investor own a stake in the company. A diverse portfolio reflects the varied interests of their investors, from cold storage facilities in Korea to iconic American franchises like Dunkin Donuts and Jersey Mike's. The success stories shared among investors highlight the value of collaborative decision-making and leveraging individual strengths for collective growth. To navigate the investment landscape effectively, shape your own investment journey while tapping into the collective wisdom of an experienced community. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor hosts Peter Kirsch, the Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Marlin Partners, to discuss strategic investments and collaborative growth. Peter talks about Blue Marlin’s ideal investors, how they assess deals, and how he established the business.


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Unlocking the Power of Storytelling in Marketing With Steve Multer

Steve Multer is the Chief Storytelling Officer for Steve Multer. Corporate Storytelling., where he is a renowned keynote speaker, executive presence trainer, and presentation coach with a global footprint spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. With a passion for corporate storytelling, Steve empowers executives, thought leaders, and sales teams to enhance their spoken content to communicate successfully. For over two decades, he has collaborated with some of the world's most influential brands, including Cisco, Bayer, Siemens, Volvo, Sony, and Xerox, guiding them to convey their value propositions to the marketplace effectively. Steve's dynamic speaking style has captivated audiences at over 800 events, totaling more than 20,000 talks and reaching over 2 million customers, partners, and industry analysts. He is also the author of Nothing Gets Sold Until the Story Gets Told, which showcases his expertise in using storytelling to achieve professional success by developing effective marketing strategies. In this episode… Have you considered using storytelling in your marketing strategy rather than bombarding consumers with sales pitches? In his book Nothing Gets Sold Until the Story Gets Told, acclaimed keynote speaker and marketing expert Steve Multer offers a roadmap for harnessing the power of storytelling. He emphasizes the importance of putting people first, treating them as consumers and valued participants in a shared narrative. Through real-life examples and practical insights, Steve demonstrates how storytelling can breathe life into marketing campaigns and resonate with audiences on a deeper level. By weaving stories that evoke emotion, convey value, and foster connection, marketers can forge authentic relationships with their target demographic, driving engagement and loyalty. In this episode of The Cyber Business podcast, Matthew Connor converses with Steve Multer, Chief Storytelling Officer for Steve Multer. Corporate Storytelling. Steve discusses his book, Nothing Gets Sold Until the Story Gets Told, a must-read for marketers, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking to elevate their communication strategies. Steve highlights the inspiration for writing his book, the art of personalizing marketing through storytelling, and he unveils the three pillars of communication.


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Entrepreneurship as an Endurance Sport With Steven Pivnik

Steven Pivnik is the Founder and CEO of AIP Advisory, a diverse network of professional advisors dedicated to client-centered planning principles and practices. He brings a wealth of experience garnered over 27 years as the Founder and CEO and, subsequently, Executive Chairman of The Binary Tree, an international technology company. Under his leadership, the company flourished to encompass 200 employees before achieving a successful exit. With AIP Advisory, Acresis, and the Inc. CEO Project, Steven leverages his global enterprise experience and past ventures to guide founders and leaders to success. In his recent book, Built to Finish, Steven shares insights from his experiences in triathlons, mountaineering, and ultramarathons, offering valuable lessons for long-term personal and professional success. In this episode… In entrepreneurship, the journey from ideation to success is often likened to an endurance sport — a grueling yet rewarding endeavor that demands perseverance, resilience, and unwavering determination. How can you adopt and apply an endurance mindset to navigate a journey toward success? The endurance mindset extends beyond physical challenges to encompass personal and career experiences. Veteran businessman Steven Pivnik's entrepreneurial journey exemplifies the necessity of perseverance, adaptability, and mental fortitude in overcoming business challenges. Self-doubt, a common adversary in sports and entrepreneurship, can be conquered by seeking guidance from mentors and peers. Just as athletes rely on coaches and fellow competitors for support, entrepreneurs can benefit from advisory groups and coaching services, which offer invaluable insights, mentorship, and networking opportunities crucial for growth. In this engaging episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor sits down with Steven Pivnik, Founder and CEO of AIP Advisory, to explore the parallels between entrepreneurship and endurance sports. Steven shares insights from his book, Built to Finish, revealing his inspiration behind participating in endurance sports and his remarkable journey from migrating from Ukraine to embracing entrepreneurship. Additionally, he offers valuable advice on overcoming self-doubt and achieving success in both personal and professional endeavors.


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Mastering Client Relationships: The Power of Empathetic Communication With Richard Weylman

Richard Weylman is a distinguished keynote speaker, Customer Experience Hall of Fame inductee, and an internationally acclaimed best-selling author. With nearly three decades of experience, he’s guided business owners and professionals worldwide on the path to proven business growth and success. Known for his unique ability to understand clients' needs and perspectives, Richard creates tailored strategies and tactics to enhance business performance in today's competitive marketplace. As a researcher, author, consultant, and serial entrepreneur, he delivers personalized and dynamic presentations that yield tangible outcomes and measurable results. Richard's upcoming book, 100 Proven Ways to Acquire and Keep Clients for Life: The Path to Permanent Business Success, exemplifies his commitment to sharing actionable insights for sustained business excellence. In this episode… People today are not just buying the product or service you're selling — people are buying the experience they have with you and the relationship and emotional bond it fosters. In business, acquiring and retaining clients for life is the ultimate goal. What are effective strategies to achieve this feat? One key aspect veteran businessman Richard Weylman emphasizes is the power of empathetic communication in elevating the client experience. To facilitate meaningful connections, Richard outlines four essential steps to create emotional bonds with clients. These steps include understanding clients' perspectives, demonstrating empathy, communicating effectively, and delivering personalized solutions tailored to their needs. By implementing these strategies, businesses can cultivate lifelong partnerships founded on trust and mutual understanding while acquiring new clients. In the newest episode of The Cyber Business Podcast with Matthew Connor, Richard Weylman, keynote speaker, Hall of Fame inductee, and author, discusses effective strategies for acquiring and retaining clients for life. Richard dives into insights from his book, 100 Proven Ways to Acquire and Keep Clients for Life, outlines the four steps to foster emotional connections, and provides valuable sales and active listening techniques.
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From Entrepreneurship to Medical Student With Shiv Gaglani

Shiv Gaglani is the Co-founder and CEO of Osmosis, a leading medical education platform acquired by Elsevier. With a background in medicine and technology, Shiv has been at the forefront of revolutionizing medical education. He co-founded Osmosis to make learning more efficient and effective for healthcare professionals worldwide. Under his leadership, Osmosis has become a trusted resource for medical students, residents, and clinicians, offering comprehensive study tools, video lectures, and interactive content. Shiv is dedicated to leveraging technology to improve healthcare education and enhance patient care. Additionally, he's a prolific writer who has authored two educational books and contributed to renowned publications such as Forbes, Quartz, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. In this episode… Osmosis, a leading medical education platform, emerged from a vision to revolutionize how students learn and retain information. From its inception to its growth into a prominent player in medical education, Osmosis has been a testament to one person’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to improving medical training. Where entrepreneurship meets medical education, few individuals exemplify the fusion of these disciplines as Shiv Gaglani. His story embodies ambition, innovation, and a deep commitment to transforming medical learning. As Shiv navigates his dual roles as a company leader and a full-time medical student, he brings a unique perspective to both worlds. His daily experiences provide a firsthand understanding of the challenges faced by medical students and practitioners, informing Osmosis' ongoing efforts to innovate and improve medical education. Join Matthew Connor on The Cyber Business Podcast as he hosts Shiv Gaglani, Co-founder and CEO of Osmosis from Elsevier, to discuss his entrepreneurial journey and commitment to medical education. Shiv shares insights into Osmosis' mission and founding story, explores alternative paths to traditional incubators, and offers his vision for the future of the medical field.


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MSPs in Action: Addressing Small Company Cyber Threats With Alan Schwartz

Alan Schwartz is the President of iVenture Solutions, a leading provider of comprehensive IT services and solutions. With a deep-rooted passion for technology and innovation, Alan has played a pivotal role in driving iVenture Solutions' growth and success. Under his leadership, the company has established itself as a trusted partner for businesses seeking cutting-edge IT support and strategic guidance. Alan brings extensive experience and expertise in the IT industry, coupled with a relentless commitment to delivering exceptional service and value to clients. With a keen focus on driving organizational excellence and fostering client success, Alan continues to lead iVenture Solutions toward new heights of achievement and distinction in the ever-evolving technology landscape. In this episode… As cyber threats continue to evolve, smaller companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. How can micro enterprises lacking in resources combat sophisticated attacks? Cybersecurity professional Alan Schwartz suggests these types of companies utilize the help of MSPs, which provide comprehensive cybersecurity services tailored to their needs. Companies like iVenture Solutions begin with a meticulous process of recruiting top-tier talent. By handpicking professionals with expertise in the latest security protocols and technologies, they ensure their clients receive the highest level of protection against cyber threats. In conjunction with innovative solutions, a client-centric approach, and transparent practices, iVenture commits to safeguarding its clients' digital assets and helping them thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. In the latest episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor sits down with Alan Schwartz, President of iVenture Solutions, to explore how MSP services can benefit smaller companies. Alan delves into iVenture Solutions’ inception, highlights cybersecurity trends, and underscores the significance of nurturing client relationships.


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Unleashing Business Potential: The Transformative Power of Publishing With Everett O’Keefe

Everett O’Keefe is an international best-selling author and the Founder and CEO of Ignite Press, a leading hybrid publishing company helping entrepreneurs, business professionals, speakers, and medical professionals become best-selling authors. With a proven track record of success, Everett has penned six Amazon #1 best-selling books and helped launch over 45 best-selling books for clients. He speaks nationally on the power of publishing and is recognized with awards such as the Publish and Profit Award for Excellence in Publishing and the Make Market & Launch It Award for Product Creation. In this episode… Crafting a book is a significant accomplishment, yet publishing it holds even greater potential for business success. How might professionals harness their published works as marketing tools to distinguish themselves from competitors? Business leader and author Everett O’Keefe asserts that the power of publishing a book lies in its ability to propel business growth, establish authority, and foster meaningful connections with clients and prospects. By authoring a book, entrepreneurs and professionals can establish themselves as credible authorities in their respective fields, enhancing their reputation and influence within their industries. Moreover, a published book serves as a powerful marketing tool, allowing businesses to reach new audiences and expand their market reach. By utilizing the influence of books, businesses can effectively differentiate themselves from competitors, solidify their brand identity, and cultivate stronger relationships with their target audience. In the latest episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor chats with Everett O’Keefe, author, Founder, and CEO of Ignite Press, about the power of publishing books to leverage business growth. Everett discusses the services Ignite Press provides, the benefits of publishing a book, and how to approach launching books on Amazon.


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Optimizing Business Operations Using Centralized Processes and Platforms With Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is the CEO of AMD Enterprises, a multi-brand conglomerate that’s amassed over 30 businesses serving the real estate, title, and mortgage industry. Influenced by his mother's small business, Aaron's entrepreneurial spirit guided him to create a thriving enterprise. With a focus on real estate, he has supported numerous companies, spanning tech services, digital closing, centralized operations, commercial real estate, and full-service title agencies. Beyond his professional endeavors, Aaron actively engages in philanthropy and is a dedicated member of YPO, a global network fostering learning and support among chief executives. In this episode… Adopting centralized processes and platforms has emerged as a transformative strategy in the business realm, revolutionizing how organizations operate. This approach consolidates critical elements encompassing operations, management, and information into a unified system. How can centralizing essential functions elevate business efficiency? With a background as the CEO of 17 companies, Aaron Davis explains the primary goal of implementing centralized processes and platforms is to transform business operations holistically. Consolidating various aspects into a cohesive system promises improved coordination, reduced redundancies, and a marked enhancement in overall business performance. As companies chart their course through the intricate terrain of contemporary business, integrating centralized processes becomes a beacon for those seeking to optimize workflow, promote collaboration, and stay ahead in today's competitive environment. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor chats with Aaron Davis, CEO of AMD Enterprises, about centralized processes for businesses. Aaron shares the cornerstone of his success, explains the Harvard OPM program and how it influenced his business acumen, and how leveraging technology can streamline operations and maximize ROI.


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A Guide to Retirement Planning With Eric Brotman

Eric Brotman is the CEO of BFG Financial Advisors and brings three decades of expertise in multigenerational financial planning to the fore. As a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor at Kestra Advisory Services, he further extends his portfolio management and financial planning proficiency. Committed to financial literacy, Eric serves on the Business Advisory Council for Comptroller Peter Franchot in Maryland and the Advisory Board for Females & Finance. His noteworthy achievements include the 2020 release of his award-winning third book, Don’t Retire... Graduate! and hosting a podcast by the same name. Sharing his insights and promoting financial awareness, Eric is a sought-after speaker for seminars, workshops, and industry events and a regular contributor to Forbes. In this episode… Retirement planning is not merely a financial endeavor but a holistic journey encompassing various aspects of life. What essential elements should you consider when planning for retirement? Seasoned financial advisor Eric Brotman discloses myths that retirees often encounter surrounding financial planning. In essence, retirement planning involves finding purpose, fostering professional connections, and understanding industry dynamics. Eric advises people to discover the value of building a network of professionals while working in your field. Through collaboration, people can leverage connections to fuel business growth, even in retirement. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor welcomes Eric Brotman, CEO of BFG Financial Advisors, to discuss retirement planning. Eric shares his commitment to helping people with their financial endeavors, explores how to discover purpose post-work life, the advantages of building networks, and dispels myths surrounding financial planning.


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Leading With Inspiration, Gratitude, and Positive Thinking

Dr. David L. Schreiner, PhD, is the President and CEO of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, an 80-bed acute care community hospital in Illinois. Dr. Schreiner brings over 30 years of healthcare experience and has served on national boards focusing on strengthening rural hospitals. In addition to his duties at KSB, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Francis and is the Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Schreiner’s first book, Be The Best Part of Their Day, was released On January 16, 2024, and shares valuable insights for communicating and leading with integrity, empathy, and purpose. In this episode… Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a positive approach to growing as a leader and developing positive organizational changes. It focuses on identifying and building on people's and organizations' strengths, assets, and possibilities. How can leaders use AI to create healthy work environments? With over three decades in the healthcare space, Dr. David L. Schreiner explains that the AI approach encourages leaders to focus on the positive, fostering a culture of appreciation and growth within a thriving workplace. A key aspect of this philosophy is leading with a “being” mindset to unravel strategies for personally engaging and connecting with employees. This method also emphasizes the impact of authentic leadership that transcends a mere “fixer” mentality. Dr. Schreiner also addresses the challenges of transitioning from a mission statement to actively embodying company values. AI outlines practical steps to bridge gaps, ensuring the values highlighted in the mission become integral to the organizational culture. Dr. Schreiner concludes the conversation by examining leading with gratitude. Understanding the power of appreciating and acknowledging the contributions of others can be a catalyst for positive change and organizational success. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor welcomes Dr. David L. Schreiner, PhD, President and CEO of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, to discuss his book, Be The Best Part of Their Day. Dr. Schreiner reflects on his inspiration for writing the book, defines “appreciative inquiry,” explains the importance of engaging and connecting with your employees, and shares his hiring best practices.


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Growing a Business Using Nontraditional Tactics and Marketing Strategies With Luke Komiskey

Luke Komiskey is the Founder and CEO of DataDrive, a consulting firm specializing in managed analytic services. With over a decade of experience, Luke has played a pivotal role in making data analytics more accessible to various businesses. Under his leadership, DataDrive has evolved into a global team of professionals, supporting over 150 organizations, including healthcare, public education, manufacturing, and software. Luke’s approach emphasizes transforming data into actionable insights, aiding organizations in making faster and more informed decisions. His passion for simplifying complex data challenges has been central to DataDrive’s mission of fostering a data-informed society. In this episode… Operating a service-based business can be stressful. If you are an emerging entrepreneur in this niche field, one of your concerns may be acquiring clients. So what are some helpful business growth strategies? Business owner Luke Komiskey discloses emerging business owners must proactively pursue clientele. Luke found that reaching out to his immediate network, who were familiar with his skills and abilities, using well-crafted emails was useful. His business has also benefited from nontraditional marketing, such as vendor partnerships, organic SEO searches, and LinkedIn posts. Vendor partnerships offer expertise and specializations, efficient productivity, and flexibility. Additionally, Luke explains that writing compelling articles, blogs, and LinkedIn posts articulates strengths and drives traffic to your website. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor talks to Luke Komiskey, Founder and CEO of DataDrive, about starting a new business. Luke shares his founder’s story, strategies for gaining new clients, and offers insights on marketing and growing a business.


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Leveraging Self-Care to Level Up Your Leadership With Brent Pohlman

Brent Pohlman is an author and the Owner and CEO of Midwest Laboratories, an innovative full-scale analytical laboratory providing analysis for an array of industries, including agriculture, environment, animal feed, food and beverage, and fuels. Brent’s leadership journey ignited his passion to teach others how to lead effectively. After discovering his path, working in education and the corporate world, Brent rejoined Midwest Laboratories, a company his father founded in 1975. He leads by faith to coach people and attributes his success to focusing on people, processes, and technology. In May 2023, Brent released his first book, Leaders Look Within, a memoir documenting his personal growth and the significance of self-reflection. In this episode… When confronted with a barrage of demands, deadlines, projects, and obligations, it is easy to neglect your personal needs. However, it is nearly impossible to be an effective leader if you’re constantly running on empty. How can you incorporate self-care into daily routines to elevate your leadership game? Business leader and leadership coach Brent Pohlman explains that healthier self-care can be achieved by focusing on personal care, a daily routine, and ideation. To create a personal care routine, measure and track your progress to set realistic goals and stay on track. This also allows you to be accountable for exercising, eating well, and forming healthy sleeping habits. A well-planned morning routine can mean the difference between a productive day and wasted time. When you take command of your schedule, you have more control over how you present yourself to your employees and clients, regardless of the obstacles that may come your way. It can be difficult to calm your mind and heart in a world of distractions, but it’s essential to be centered to maximize your leadership potential. Brent recommends meditation or prayer as a boost of empowerment to enhance your A game. Join Matthew Connor in this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, where he’s joined by Brent Pohlman, author and Owner and CEO of Midwest Laboratories. Together, the two discuss Brent’s book Leaders Look Within, how to lead effectively, and the mission of Midwest Laboratories.


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Unmanaged: How Overmanaging Impedes Productivity and Taints Morale With Jack Skeels

Jack Skeels is the Founder and CEO of AgencyAgile, an organization that assists clients in creating a more collaborative, empowered, and inclusive workplace culture that brings out the best in teams. He has over a decade of experience working with agencies, digital shops, consultancies, and other project-driven organizations, driving them to achieve higher profits through productivity. Leveraging his background in finance, entrepreneurship, industrial engineering, and computer science, he delivers customized solutions that address the most endemic problems in the business world. As the author of Unmanaged: Master the Magic of Creating Empowered and Happy Organizations, he synthesizes 50-plus years of behavioral and cognitive research insights with AgencyAgile's work with over 200 clients. In addition, Jack is a two-time Inc. 500 award winner. In this episode… In today's complex work environment, effective management plays a crucial role in facilitating team productivity. However, managers may sometimes inadvertently become an impediment to team performance. Leaders can help achieve the organization's goals and objectives by cultivating a high-performance team culture. So how can managers become positive forces within their businesses? As a former executive, award-winning entrepreneur, and think-tank management scientist, Jack Skeels understands effective management techniques. Today, the way leaders manage is outdated and often carries negative connotations. In addition to finding excessive meetings and communications impede productivity, Jack notes that managers often burden themselves unnecessarily. To address this, he recommends giving workers more autonomy and utilizing their skills and talents to perform their daily tasks. Managers should only intervene when unsolvable problems arise, allowing employees to work more independently and effectively. In this episode of The Cyber Business Podcast, Matthew Connor chats with Jack Skeels, Founder and CEO of AgencyAgile, about his book Unmanaged: Master the Magic of Creating Empowered and Happy Organizations. Jack reveals more of his research findings to explain the manager tax and how it impedes productivity, discusses how project management is misunderstood, and the inspiration behind founding AgencyAgile.