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059: How this company Saves Drivers $$$ at the Tollbooth (John Andrews of BestPass)

John Andrews is President & CEO of BestPass. John has more than 20 years of experience in technology implementation, senior management, and development/deployment of scalable services and solutions. John was selected to serve as President and CEO of Bestpass in the Fall of 2009 when the organization had four employees, processing $15 million in tolls annually. The company has since grown to more than 60 employees, processing more than $500 million in tolls annually. Outside of the office,...


058: Smart Luggage for Smart People - Alejo Verlini of BlueSmart

Alejo Verlini is the co-founder and CPO at Bluesmart, which is based in Hong Kong. He is an experienced Chief Product Officer with a strong history of working in the consumer electronics industry. He is very skilled in Innovation Management, User Experience, Branding & Identity, Design Management, and User Interface Design. He also speaks French, Spanish, and English. Before Bluesmart, Alejo was also a co-founder of NSNC, which is a boutique design consulting firm that specializes in...


057: This Angel Investor Specializes in Music + Startups = Ken Umezaki of Digital Daruma

Ken Umezaki, Founder and President of Digital Daruma, has been involved in the music business full time since 2009, when he retired from a successful 25 year career in financial services. He has substantial experience in starting new business lines for major investment banks, seeding and advising start ups, capital markets trading, managing large organizations, and asset management. Ken is an angel investor, through his company Digital Daruma, in digital music business start ups, with a...


056: Why this Company Pivoted from Apparel to Outoor Gear (via Cory Tholl of Klymit)...

Cory Tholl became CEO of Klymit in 2011 and quickly turned the company into a profitable and high growth outdoor brand. Cory is a family man who thrives on taking products from ideation to market. He is passionate about creating great jobs for good people and is focused on creating a stellar return for investors. The idea behind Klymit is to help adventurers fall asleep and wake up as comfortable as possible. Rain or shine. Hot or cold. They can provide the gear that will make people look...


055: What's Big Data & What Can it do for You? Find out with Thoran Rodrigues of Big Data Corp.

Thoran Rodrigues is the founder and CEO of BigData Corp which helps companies to automate the way they work with huge volumes of information. He has over a decade of experience in the Tech market in Brazil, having worked in places of all shapes and sizes, from university labs to consulting firms. In 2011, after almost a decade working for others, Thoran decided to open his first company. Today, he run BigData Corp., a four-year old startup which is one of the leaders in the Big Data market...


054: Lessons Learned from Growing a Door Company over 20 years (with Michael Otis of Double O)

Michael Otis is the President of Double O Inc., a commercial Glazing, Windows, & Doors company. Double O Inc. has steadily grown in skills, talent and experience to become known and recognized as “The Most Knowledgeable Company in the Industry.” In 2014 thru 2016, Double O receives recognition from Inc. Magazine being awarded the prestigious “Inc. 5000 Award – Fastest Growing Private companies in the United States." Mr. Otis is also the president of One Enterprise, LLC, which...


053: How this Ex-Rapper Ambitiously Grew his Marketing Company - Greg Rollett of Ambitious Media

Greg Rollett is the Founder of Ambitious Media Group, an Orlando based Media & Marketing Company. Greg is a Best-Selling Author and Marketing Expert who works with experts, authors and entrepreneurs all over the world. He utilizes the power of new media, direct response and personality-driven marketing to attract more clients and to create more freedom in the businesses and lives of his clients. After creating a successful string of his own educational products and businesses, Greg began...


052: How Al Roker helped this Lawyer kickstart his "Fashion" Company (Chris White of Shinesty)

Chris White is the Chief Executive Officer of Shinesty. At age 18, Chris was forced to become financially independent, plus pay for his tuition at DePauw University. He started working multiple commission-based sales jobs and it set his life on a different course. After graduating, with majors in Religious Studies and Communications, Chris moved to Colorado to pursue a JD/MBA at CU Boulder and became hooked on the Colorado Startup life. While in graduate school, Chris learned about the...


051: Looking to Hire? Look no further than Hireology (with Adam Robinson)...

Adam Robinson is the Co-founder and CEO of Hireology, where he's on a mission to assist business owners to make better hiring decisions by means of predictive data and innovative technology. He is a renowned recruiting industry expert, speaker, and author with 20 years of experience in the field of hiring and selection management. Under his leadership, Hireology has been recognized nationally by Entrepreneur magazine as a "Top Company Culture" and by Crain's Chicago Business as a "Best...


050: Winding Tree takes on Airline Travel via the Blockchain Space with Max Izmaylov & Pedro Anderson.

Max Izmaylov is the CEO of Winding Tree, which is a blockchain-based decentralized open-source travel distribution platform. Winding Tree makes travel cheaper for the end user and profitable for travel companies, like hotels, airlines, and travel agencies because it removes the middlemen from the equation. Max is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and previously founder of Roomstorm and Travel Tech Con. Max is also passionate about making travel a more enjoyable experience for...


049: Professional Snowboarder reflects on his Sold Clothing Business (Josh Sherman of Yea.Nice)

Josh Sherman was the co-founder and business owner of Yea.Nice. His clothing company was included in the Inc. Magazines 2016 top 1,000 fastest private growing companies in America. Josh is also a volunteer for the Beanies4Life, which is a program under the Yea.Nice brand. The program is all about helping the homeless individuals all across America in battling the winter cold elements through a high quality, fleece lined beanie. To date, this cause has donated over 100,000 polar fleece...


048: How Sheevaun Moran uses Energy to Transform Businesses into Powerhouses...

Shevaun Moran is an award-winning Small Business and Master Coach. She's the creator of Energetic Solutions. The company is devoted to teaching entrepreneur, CEOs, and leaders the needed skills to grow their business. While also maintaining authenticity and clarity of mission to purposeful profits. She has helped over 25,000 people to achieve their miracle. She(vaun) is also a talented and passionate speaker. Her conferences and events are customized for each audience and it leaves them...


047: WTF is a Float Tank? Learn to be Zen & Accelerate Your Biz Growth with Shane Stott.

Shane Stott is CEO of the Walker Tape Company, the leading brand in Hair Replacement Supplies. He is also the founder of the Zen Float Company, and co-creator of the Zen Float Tent, whose famous Kickstarter campaign raised $300,000 in its first month. He is a genuine inventor and has created some of the most cutting-edge products such as the Ultra Hold Tape Mini's, which revolutionized the Hair System Tape. He has been featured on ABC, MSN, and Yahoo with his amazing inventions. Since...


046: Multi-Family Investor finds Happiness matters MORE than Profit - Dave Childers of RIA

Dave Childers founded Residential Investment Advisors in 2011. During his years as a real estate agent he realized an opportunity in the industry to work with small, private investors in the purchase and sale (aka P&S) of multifamily properties in Middle Tennessee. Dave (aka David Childers) has significant experience in many areas of the commercial/residential real estate industry. Highlights of his experience includes facilitating financing for multifamily properties, commercial...


045: Tired of Being Hungover? This Pharmacist Created a Solution 4 You - John Mansour of Drink B4.

John Mansour is a pharmacist that dedicated his life to studying the human body and the vitamins and minerals that keep us ticking. Armed with this knowledge, John created something truly unique: a caffeine-free beverage that energizes for the night and fortifies for the morning known as Drink B4. Along with his business partner and spirits expert, Dave Larue, John is revolutionizing how we fight the aftereffects of drinking. John is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Healthcare Executive, and...


044: How Brady Lewis (of Allmoxy) transformed his Family's Cabinet Company.

Brady Lewis was running the family cabinet outsource shop and needed a software solution. Seeing an obvious lack of options for small business manufacturing software, work began building their own. As every day problems would arise, they would be solved, systematized, and written into the new software solution. After growing 120% during the recession on the new platform, and being constantly questioned if it was for sale, it was clear this new platform could be very valuable for others as...


043: Everything you Need to Know about Raising Funds with Robin Smith of WeGoLook.

Robin Smith founded WeGoLook in 2009 as a way to increase confidence in consumers purchasing online. It quickly became apparent that WeGoLook’s inspection and verification services were not only useful for consumers, but a revolutionary solution for various industries. The B2B world has been WeGoLook’s focus ever since. Robin has an extensive background in sales, e-commerce, and enterprise solutions that helped her develop WeGoLook. She is a thought leader in the gig economy, insurtech,...


042: How to Buy an Online Business (instead of Starting One from Scratch) - Justin Cooke of Empire Flippers

Justin Cooke (CMO/Founder) is the brand ambassador of Empire Flippers. From content to paid traffic, he keeps the sales staff busy and the lead funnels full. He’s also a digital nomad (aka homeless), but spends most of his time in Manila, Bangkok, and Saigon. When not geeking out on sales funnels and marketing automation, he loves fruity drinks by the beach and watches Game of Thrones as a guilty pleasure. *** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4...


041: The 1-3-5 Method that Brian Coester used to Grow CoesterVMS from Local to National

Brian Coester is CEO of the national appraisal firm - CoesterVMS. The son of one of the east coast’s most reputable appraisers, Brian literally grew up in the business. Since becoming CEO in 2005, Brian has grown CoesterVMS from a local appraisal company to a nationwide provider of appraisals and appraisal technology. He is the mastermind behind Cloud Control, the only appraisal process management software built on the award-winning Salesforce.com platform. Brian is a highly regarded...


040: How a Podcast (accidentally) Transformed his Marketing Company - James Carbary of Sweet Fish Media

James Carbary is the founder of Sweet Fish Media, a done-for-you service that guarantees new relationships between B2B companies and their ideal clients. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post & Business Insider, and he also co-hosts the B2B Growth Show: a podcast dedicated to helping B2B executives achieve explosive growth. When James isn’t interviewing the smartest minds in B2B marketing, he’s drinking Cherry Coke Zero, eating Swedish Fish, and hanging out with the most incredible...


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