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"The American Businessperson" talk show host Rich Killian will interview guests within two formats. In "The American Dream Hour" the success stories of both business owners and the employed include: what shaped their dreams, how they got started, what steps most helped them succeed, the lessons mistakes taught, and keeping focused amid hard times. In "The Expert Hour", professionals present a business topic pertinent to business people.






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Special Encore Presentation: Guest Dr. Nido Qubein Says: Choices and Compan

At 17 Dr. Nido Qubein came to the US from the Mideast with $50, no English, and a huge belief in the American Dream. His alma mater High Point University hired him as President in 2005 given his success in business, speaking, consulting, and as an author-plus. He sits on the Boards of huge corporations like Great Harvest Bread (as Chairman) and Lazy Boy. How’d he do this? Nido knows: what you choose is what you get and hang out with others who are "more learned" than yourself. Via Nido's...

Duration: 00:56:13

Special Encore Presentation: Special Guests Josh Altman and Shea Vaughn

Josh Altman, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, is one of the most successful real estate agents in the Beverly Hills & Hollywood Hills luxury housing market. With his brother they also sold the 6th largest sale in LA County in 2010. He is also one of the nation’s most sought out business & motivational keynote speakers. Altman is also passionate about volunteering his time & money to support numerous charities. Next up, Shea Vaughn is a corporate trainer in wellness & fitness, an...

Duration: 00:58:47

Special Encore Presentation: John Tesh: Host, Musician and Now Life Coach T

Host Rich Killian welcomes multi-media entertainer and musician John Tesh, who now coaches others for personal and business growth. John! How’d you do that? As the professional development, personal growth and life fulfillment success model who walked away as top-notch TV anchor of Entertainment Tonight, and who has scored becoming a Grammy nominee, syndicated radio host, author and entrepreneur, and best-selling author… What gives John? Let’s hear your game plan! Don’t miss this one! Tune...

Duration: 00:52:58

Special Encore Presentation: Special guest Dave Leyrer and Chris Cornyn

Skeeter Snacks was born out of frustration that the snack market offered no well-priced, great tasting cookie for those kids who are nut allergic. Specialty stores offered them but apparently nut free was also gluten free, wheat free, taste free and the price point was unaffordable. Dave Leyrer and Pete Najarian wanted a snack that was affordable and tasted great. In just over a year, Skeeter Snacks are in stores nationwide from Walmart to Costco. Our next guest, Cornyn began his career at...

Duration: 00:58:51

Special guest Dave Leyrer and Chris Cornyn

Skeeter Snacks was born out of frustration that the snack market offered no well-priced, great tasting cookie for those kids who are nut allergic. Specialty stores offered them but apparently nut free was also gluten free, wheat free, taste free and the price point was unaffordable. Dave Leyrer and Pete Najarian wanted a snack that was affordable and tasted great. In just over a year, Skeeter Snacks are in stores nationwide from Walmart to Costco. Our next guest, Cornyn began his career at...

Duration: 00:58:51

Special Guest Tanay Jackson

Today on The American Business Person we will have Michael Jackson's niece, Tanay Jackson. Join Rich as they discuss her new ventures.

Duration: 00:51:22

Special Guests Barbara Pachter and Marjorie Brody

First up on today’s show is Barbara Pachter, an internationally-renowned business etiquette and communications speaker, coach and author. She has delivered more than 2100 seminars throughout the world including the first-ever seminar for businesswomen in Kuwait. Pachter is also adjunct faculty in the School of Business at Rutgers University. Pachter is the author of nine books with a tenth to be released in August 2013. Her client list boasts many of today’s most notable organizations,...

Duration: 00:56:36

Special Guests Barry Maher and Katie Snapp

It's not whether the glass is half empty or half full. It's what you do to fill it up. Barry Maher is fast becoming one of the nation’s most successful keynote speakers. And his book, Filling the Glass, has been honored as “[One of] The Seven Essential Popular Business Books,” along with books like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The One Minute Manager. You might have seen Barry on the Today Show, CNBC or NBC Nightly News and he’s frequently featured in publications that...

Duration: 00:57:52

Three Time UFC Middleweight Champion and Chicago's Best

Rich Franklin, a native of Ohio, is a three time UFC middleweight champion, with a masters degree in education, Rich has dedicated his life to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Franklin is dedicated to keeping his body in its prime state with the right mix of exercise and proper nutrition for a successful fight and a successful life. He was recently named ambassador for Mixed Martial Arts by UFC due to his education and articulate nature. Rich is also co-owner of the American...

Duration: 00:56:30

10 things you should know when starting a business and Kevin Sorbo

You asked, we’re answering. Over the duration of the show we have received numerous business questions from our listeners so today we compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions & created a list of ten questions…10 things you should know when starting a business. Up next, Kevin Sorbo is an actor, author & motivational speaker. He is best known for his leading roles in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. After the success of the initial five, two-hour movies the series exploded,...

Duration: 01:02:16

Floral and Organic Entrepreneurs, David Daneshgar co-founder of BloomNation

David Daneshgar is co-founder of the online floral marketplace, He leads the company's sales, marketing & strategic development. As a former World Series of Poker champion, David has since traded in his chips to bring his analytical & interpersonal skills to the competitive world of online flowers. David received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley & his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Karen Behnke has enjoyed a long &...

Duration: 00:57:25

Laura Schwartz, from the White House to Entrepreneur and Winston Breeden, S

Communications wunderkind Laura Schwartz networked her way from answering phones for President Clinton’s press office at age 19 to producing more than 1,000 events as the White House Director of Events. Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator & author of Eat, Drink & Succeed, Laura shares the networking secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stage along with personal anecdotes from her life & White House years as she empowers, motivates & inspires each...

Duration: 00:59:09

Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank and Destin Pfaff of Millionaire's Club, Th

Danielle Nierenberg is a co-founder of Food Tank & an expert on sustainable agriculture & food issues. She recently spent 2 years traveling to over 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, & Latin America meeting with scientists, researchers, & more. Her knowledge of agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today,The Washington Post, BBC, & other major publications. Destin Pfaff is COO of...

Duration: 00:55:40

Self made millionaires, President of Edible Arrangements and Jackie Warner,

Tariq Farid is the Co-Founder, President, & Chief Executive Officer of Edible Arrangements International, the pioneer & purveyor of high quality, artistically designed fresh fruit arrangements. He is responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction & for the licensing of new franchises across the United States as well as internationally. In 2009 Tariq was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association. A Mid-western girl turned self-made...

Duration: 00:56:23

Award Winning Entrepreneurs, Ted Dhanik of engage:BDR, Inc. and New York Ti

A co-founder of Engage:BDR, Ted Dhanik serves as President & CEO overseeing strategic marketing, sales & business development, client relationship management, & content acquisition. Engage:BDR is a top-tier online display, video & mobile advertising network & technology provider. They are also a private incubator of numerous companies having a direct synergy to their core business. Trevor Blake Three Simple Steps is a highly successful serial entrepreneur who started his 1st company with a...

Duration: 01:02:54

The American Businessperson: Dr. Joni Carley and Gerry Shaltz

Gerry Shaltz has 40 years experience, coaching, managing, & empowering thousands of people to improve their sales & interpersonal skills. A member of the National Speakers Association, Gerry speaks to audiences, business leaders & college students. He is author of "THE DNA OF SELLING, What You Won't Learn In Business School". Recently completed a second book, "I SWEAR ITS TRUE". He clearly states that the fear of rejection and failure are among the biggest impediments to success, in...

Duration: 01:00:47

CEO of Architectural Mailboxes, LLC, and Executive Director of LegalShield

Vanessa Troyer is the CEO and co-founder of Architectural Mailboxes, LLC, which she started with husband Chris Farentinos in 2001. Relying on nearly 30 years of experience in the postal products, commercial construction, and product management fields, she has built Architectural Mailboxes into a leading brand of premium mailboxes and parcel drops. Next guest, Timmer Halligan has a background as a professional athlete, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He currently serves as an Executive...

Duration: 00:58:05

Chicago's Serial Entrepreneurs

Mark Grazman is a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a track record of launching and leading companies with a positive social impact. In his career, he advised Soviet governments on privatizations, ran two venture capital funds, taught a class at Duke University, bought/restructured/sold several companies, held corporate leadership roles in large US companies, and is proud to now be a partner at the GH School for Healthy Living. GH Fitness Steve Kaplan is a serial...

Duration: 00:55:25

Impromptu Guru and The Traction Coach

Impromptu Guru is a consulting firm specializing in public speaking coaching and communication strategy. Owner Jill Schiefelbein is a communication expert and works with executives, athletes and organizations to help them gain confidence and improve their communication and delivery. Impromptu Guru was awarded Gilbert’s “Rookie of the Year” in June 2012, and launches a business communication radio show through VoiceAmerica this April. Gary Barnes is the Premier High-Performance Business and...

Duration: 00:53:28

Blonde Ambition

Leadership lessons from Winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Casey Reinhardt and Entrepreneurial Titan, Lea Black. Casey Reinhardt is the Owner, Chief Creative Officer, Cupcake Queen & the winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. She is passionate about creating delicious cupcakes using the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. The young entrepreneur is the owner of five Casey’s Cupcakes retail stores and is expanding throughout the U.S. and internationally. Each Casey’s...

Duration: 00:56:15

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