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Episode 61: The Pumpkin Plan: How to Grow a Business in Any Field, with Mike Michalowicz

By his 35th birthday, Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor and proceeded to lose his entire fortune. Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the Profit First Formula, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward. Mike is now running his third...


Episode 60: Social Media Title: Whiteboard System: What is it & How it Can Organize Your Agency, with Kristin Marquet

Kristin is the founder and managing director of Creative Development Agency (formerly award-winning firm, Marquet Media). She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency as well as directs all client accounts and projects. With a strong eye for creating memorable brands and a diverse range of knowledge, Kristin provides strategic counsel to clients interested in developing successful internal and external communication programs across all media platforms. Kristin has forged...


Episode 59: Design Thinking: Everything You Need To Know, with Ken Baker

With experience in both office interiors and product design, Ken Baker understands the inside and out of the architecture and design field. Ken has been a Gensler Principal for 20-years and is currently serving as a member of the Gensler Management Committee. As a Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s Southeast Region and past Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s U.K., Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Gulf Regions, Ken is considered a global expert on workplace design and...


Episode 58: Manufacturing Sales: The Systems You Need to Implement Into Your Sales Process Now, with Ken Guest

Ken is the co-author of the recent manufacturing sales book, entitled “Selling in Manufacturing and Logistics.” Ken and his co-author are experienced Sandler trainers who play very important roles in the Sandler’s worldwide organization. They advise organizations and individuals on how to help discover their true potential and develop innovative solutions that create sustainable change. Ken is currently head of Sandler Training Consultancy in Akron, Ohio, and he and his co-author have...


Episode 57: How to Improve Your Sales Process with the 7 Figure Sales System, with Peter Strohkorb

Peter Strohkorb has over 15 years of corporate business experience in executive-level Sales and Marketing executive roles with some of the biggest brands on the planet. Today, he is a sought-after expert business advisor on how to achieve significant sales revenue and business growth through better managing the intersection between your Sales, your Marketing and your ideal Customers. Peter’s clients have experienced sales revenue growth of up to 433% (!) and won more repeat business from...


Episode 56: The 5 Steps of the Design Thinking Process & Its Impact on Your Business, with Edgar Papke

As a consultant, author, speaker and coach, Edgar Papke is dedicated to helping leaders build cultures of innovation and better align their organizations and teams to drive new ideas, produce change, and deliver meaningful solutions. He is the author of the books True Alignment and The Elephant In The Boardroom, and he is also the co-author of Innovation By Design. What you’ll learn about in this episode: Ways to contact Edgar: A transcript of this episode is available...


Episode 55: The 5-Step Systematic Marketing Process to Transform Your Brand, with Kelly Manderfield

Kelly Manderfield is the Chief Marketing Officer for Cleveland Metroparks and leads all marketing initiatives across its 18 park reservations, eight golf courses, dining, retail, and a nationally acclaimed zoo. Manderfield is a critical member of the team that earned Cleveland Metroparks Best in Nation Gold Medal Award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Under her leadership, Cleveland Metroparks has developed and executed several transformative brand campaigns, including...


Episode 54: Conversational Interface & Chatbot Technology: Everything You Need to Know, with Lauren Golembiewski

Lauren Golembiewski is the CEO and co-founder of Voxable, a conversational interface agency. She’s lucky enough to run Voxable with her partner in life, Matthew Buck. Lauren and Matthew founded Voxable to help clients more effectively communicate with their customers through conversational interface design and development. They were originally inspired to create Voxable when they connected their home to a voice-first device and felt like the wizards and space captains they saw on...


Episode 53: How to Develop Systems and Processes for Your Small Business, with Linda Phan

Linda Phan was born in LA, but she grew up in Massachusetts from eight years old onwards. She graduated from UMass Amherst with dual degrees in Accounting and Psychology and worked for two years as a corporate auditor at the 6th largest accounting firm in the US. Linda moved to Austin, TX a year ago and worked as Chief of Staff at Newchip, a financial technology company. She is currently on track of getting her MBA from Acton School of Business. What you’ll learn about in this...


Episode 52: How Knowledge-Based Systems Improve Your Company’s Credibility, with Curtis Watkins

Curtis Watkins is the CEO of BovaMetrics, an Augmented Intelligence company focused on boosting performance in long-term portfolios managed by wealth advisers. This is his third entrepreneurial endeavor after previously serving as the COO of a micro-hydro renewable energy firm and also as a co-founder of a mobile software solutions company. Additionally, Curtis is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Joules Startup Accelerator program located at the University of North Carolina at...


Episode 51: How to Launch a New Product in a Niche Industry, with Reece Norris

After graduating from UT Law in Austin, Reece began his career clerking for a federal judge in Dallas. From the courthouse, Reece headed to Thompson & Knight where he worked as an attorney in TK’s corporate section. After working at TK for a year, he decided to join his dad, Rob, and close college friend, Bryan Johnson, as they were blazing a trail in a unique healthcare delivery channel. Reece moved into the role of CEO at Innovative Infusions, helping to consolidate multiple Infusion...


Episode 50: What is Cryptocurrency and How Does it Work: Everything You Need to Know, with Andrei Popescu

Andrei Popescu is a vision-driven entrepreneur with a career-long record of business growth and innovation. His international business ventures experienced a verifiable history of growth and expansion during his tenure as managing director and he has raised significant funds from various institutions, banks and third parties to participate in joint ventures. He’s been engaged on helping organizations that evolve in challenging markets to break down the barriers that prevent them from...


Episode 49: IoT Technology: What it is & How it Can Impact Your Organization, with Jeff Smith

Jeff N. Smith is the Corporate IoT Business Development Manager at Parker-Hannifin. He is focused on delivering new offerings, building out new business models, and commercialization frameworks for Parker’s Voice of the Machine™ IoT connected products. His global focus areas are Industrial Mobile Systems and Factory Automation. Prior to joining Parker, Jeff was the co-founder of a smart building IoT technology start-up focused on the commercial built environment, taking this solution from...


Episode 48: How to Choose the Right Financial Adviser that Fits You, with Alex Klingensmith

Alex Klingensmith is an experienced Wealth Advisor and Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He is skilled in Fiduciary Independent Investment Management and Financial Planning. Alex has strong community involvement in the Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary Club and in North San Diego County. What you’ll learn about in this episode: Ways to contact Alex: A transcript of this podcast is...


Episode 47: The Business Leader’s Toolkit System for Exceptional Business Leadership, with Marc Butler

Marc Butler is the Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Director for Albridge, an affiliate of Pershing, a BNY Mellon company. Formerly, Marc managed the Business Development Group for iNautix USA, where he oversaw sales, client relationship management and overall Marketing activities. Prior to that, Marc was the general manager of Pershing’s NetExchange® suite of solutions. Marc joined Pershing in 1994 as a client service associate in PC Financial Network. He has previously served on...


Episode 46: 11 Key Ways to Improve the Patient Customer Experience in Healthcare, with Michael Pizzano

After graduating in 2003 from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Crime, Law, and Justice Business Emphasis and completing an internship with the United States Marshals Office, Michael switched gears and put his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification that he earned at Penn State University to use working at Atlantic Health System in New Jersey and becoming the Rescue Captain of the Rockaway Township Fire Department. After a year, he began to climb the ladder within...


Episode 45: Organization as a System: Why it’s Crucial to Business Success, with Alaia Williams

Alaia Williams is a business systems strategist and community cultivator based in Los Angeles, CA. Alaia works with entrepreneurs and small business owners around the globe, helping them build better businesses by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed. What you’ll learn about in this episode: Ways to contact Alaia: Williams A transcript of this episode is available here:...


Episode 44: How to Improve Your Customer Experience Process, with Courtney Babiak

Before entering the financial planning industry, Courtney worked in City government for the duration of her career in Human Resources. Courtney has been in the financial industry since 2012 and joined the Troxell Financial team in 2016 in which she creates, maintains and enhances the ongoing operations and project management within the firm as well as serving her individual clients. She is devoted to helping her clients and the Troxell Financial team, envision their goals and develop a plan...


Episode 43: How to Improve Your Hiring Process & Start Hiring the Right People, with Mike Bosco

Mike is currently the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for cyber security firm Ops Tech Alliance (OTA), a certified SBA 8a Small Business and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. OTA was founded by former National Security and Special Operations professionals with over fifty years of experience and was formed with a singular focus: to bridge the gap between operations and technology to enable mission success. In the rapidly shifting arena of cyber security, mission...


Episode 42: Why Networking is Crucial to Building a Successful Business, with Anthony Rivera

With over 15 years in the technology consulting business, over 8 years in the medical device industry, and over 4 years in the financial sector, Anthony Rivera is experienced with developing systems that make businesses run better. What pushed Anthony into the financial sector was seeing the opportunity to help the economy. He believes that if businesses obtain capital for strategic growth they will hire more people and consumer spending will increase, lifting the whole economy. This...