Get to know the Top Business Leaders and published authors who share their experiences and expertise with you!
Below, you will find each guest’s biography, links to their website and social media so you can connect with them directly, and a link to their appearance(s) on our show.
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As Founder and Creator of The Business Creators’ Institute™, for the past 15 years Adam Hommey has worked with scores of small businesses and entrepreneurs, like you, to unearth the “little things” in your business and unleash your power of influence, productivity, and profits.
He is the host of the wildly popular Business Creators’ Radio Show, one of the longest continuously running podcasts of all time, with nearly 300 episodes (and counting) covering a breadth and depth of topics in all areas of the environment of business.
In addition to appearing on numerous popular webcasts and livestreams, Adam speaks around the country at events including the Smart Marketing Summit for Accountants, the Mind Capture Bootcamp, Advanced Marketing Minds, and every installment of Dream Business Academy.
On February 2, 2018, he launched Groundhog Day is an Event, Not a Business Strategy which quickly became an international Amazon best-seller; and was honored to be invited as a featured contributor to the international Amazon bestseller, Journeys to Success, The Millennial Edition.
In early 2019, Adam became Executive Director of In-Demand Expert, which connects business leaders, like you, with podcast and livestream hosts who want to interview you.
Brand name expert Alexandra Watkins is a leading and outspoken authority on brand names with buzz. She is author of “Hello, My Name is Awesome… How to Create Brand Names That Stick” (an Inc. Magazine Top 10 Marketing Book). She is also founder of naming firm Eat My Words.
For more than a decade she and her firm have created love-at-first sight brand names for clients including Amazon, Google, Frito-Lay, and Disney.
Frequently quoted in the press, she has been featured in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Entrepreneur.
She is a popular guest speaker at entrepreneur events and speaks regularly to MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, USF School of Management, and other MBA programs.
Chris Mullins is a sales and marketing expert and the founder of Law Firm Conversions™, The Intake Acaemy™, and Mullins Media Group™.
For more than 30 years, through her proprietaty and guided training and programs, Chris, along with her team, have helped hundreds of law firms around the country convert more prospects into profitable clients.
In Law Firm Conversions, she covers every aspect of what any lawyer needs to do to ensure that phone calls - the first touchpoint with clients - convert to become profitable clients. Chris delivers the information with energy and passion... along with a "no holds barred" approach.
Dan Janal is one of the Founding Fathers of Internet Marketing and Publicity, having written one of the first books on this subject back in 1994. In addition to being an internationally-recognized speaker, Internet marketing consultant, and best-selling author, he is also an in-demand book coach, editor, and ghostwriter.
Discover more here: Dan Janal: Author, Speaker, and Book Coach
David A. Fields
David A. Fields works with small consulting firms across the globe that are eager to accelerate growth, increase profit and create lifestyle-friendly practices. He and his team have guided consultancies ranging from one-person startups to independent, boutique firms to the consulting divisions of some of the world’s largest companies.
David’s books include Amazon’s highest-rated book on the business of consulting: The Irresistible Consultant’s Guide to Winning Client, and also wrote The Executive’s Guide to Consultants.
David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon. He is a hockey fanatic and eats egregious amounts of chocolate.
David A. Fields Twitter: @_davidafields
Dr. David DeLong is an author, speaker and president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations find solutions to critical skill shortages and risks of knowledge loss.
He is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab, an adjunct professor at Babson College teaching MBAs "Leading & Managing Change", and an acclaimed keynote speaker and co-author of the The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill.
David Newman is the author of the Amazon #1 best seller Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits and Crush Your Competition (AMACOM).
David works with executives and entrepreneurs who want to position themselves as thought-leaders and generate MORE leads, BETTER prospects and BIGGER sales.
David's background overlaps three key areas. First, David has worked inside organizations as the client; he has also worked as a speaker and consultant himself for Fortune 500 companies; and finally, he's helped over 500 speakers, authors, consultants and experts raise their game and deliver their highest value.
Sitting on all three sides of the table, you learn a thing or two!
Diana Jones brings over 30 years of experience in leadership development, working alongside public and private sector companies, professionals and managers, as they manage change and develop relationships to achieve exceptional business results.
Her professional identity is as one of the few Sociometrists in the world.
Her focus is on achieving results through better relationships. Diana assists leaders make sense of feedback they have received so they learn how they are perceived and understand their impact on others. Using interactive methods Diana assists leaders expand their behaviours to ensure mutually beneficial relationships. She uses representational methods to make invisible dynamics visible, and therefore discussable.
The focus of Diana’s work is in assisting leaders achieve better results through better relationships with those around them.
Dr. Roger Firestien
Dr. Roger Firestien has trained more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world.
He is the Senior Faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, and President of Innovation Resources, Inc.
Dr. Tasha Eurich
Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to professional development. Over her 15-plus-year career, she’s helped thousands of leaders become more self-aware and successful.
With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Tasha is the principal of The Eurich Group, a boutique executive development firm that helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders and teams.
Her primary areas of expertise are executive coaching, executive team development, and leadership and high potential development programs. Her diverse client list includes organizations like T-Mobile, KPMG, Walmart, IBM, Royal Bank of Canada, Vail Resorts, and the Miami Heat.
Thinkers50 has named her one of the top 30 emerging management thinkers in the world. Tasha was also chosen from more than 16,000 candidates as one of Marshall Goldsmith’s “100 Coaches” to advance the practice of leadership with Dr. Goldsmith (recognized as the world’s most influential leadership thinker).
Henry DeVries is the CEO (chief encouragement officer) of Indie Books International, a company he cofounded in 2014.
He works with independent consultants who want to attract more high-paying clients by marketing with a book and speech.
In the last ten years, he has helped ghostwrite, edit, and coauthor more than 300 business books, including his McGraw-Hill bestseller, How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett—now in five languages, including Chinese. He has a weekly column with Forbes.com. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego, his MBA from San Diego State University, and has completed certificate programs at the Harvard Business School.
As a result of his work, consultants and business owners get the four Bs: more bookings, more blogs, more buzz, and a path and plan to more business.
Jim Kukral is recognized as an expert in online marketing and branding. He delivers insightful and entertaining keynotes to growth-oriented organizations on attention-getting marketing, creative branding and understanding how customers think, react, and most importantly, buy.
* One of the top experts (24+ years) in creative marketing and Web business building
* A ten-time author of books on marketing, entrepreneurship, motivation and publishing
* An adjunct professor (10+ years) for The University of San Francisco’s Internet Marketing Online Program
* An award winning blogger and producer of popular content that has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Brandweek, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur.com, Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc. and more
John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, The Referral Engine, and SEO for Growth.
He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world.
Justin Brady works with the most forward-thinking brands on earth to increase their exposure and engage their employees. His hands-on sessions, podcast, weekly radio show, and writing have helped millions of managers, CEOs, directors, and executives cultivate amazing ideas and develop cult-like followings. His clients are in healthcare, tech, biosciences, advanced manufacturing, and health.
His media work has earned top marks and appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, 99U, Quartz, iHeart Radio.
Lee Ellis is President and founder of Leading with Honor®, a leadership and team development consulting and coaching company, and FreedomStar Media®, a publishing company that provides leadership resources and training.
A prolific writer, blogger and thought leader, Lee’s latest award-winning book is entitled Engage with Honor™: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability. His last award-winning book, Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive, and return with honor. His previous book, Leading Talents, Leading Teams, was published by Northfield Publishing and shares in-depth team concepts on how to lead and manage based on individual, innate gifts and talents.
Some of his appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.
He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Prisoner of War Medal for his service in Vietnam.
Dr. Linda Henman, known as the Decision Catalyst®, is the founder of Henman Performance Group, a leadership consulting firm. Linda helps C-suite leaders make decisions that they must get right and can’t afford to get wrong.
In fact, in more than 35 years, none of her projects has failed. Some of her clients include leaders in organizations like Avon, Emerson, Estee Lauder, Kraft, and Tyson.
Linda first studied decision-making while working on her PhD in 1994. She conducted long-term original research on 138 American POWs (including John McCain) who had survived five or more years of brutal imprisonment. The study, under the direction of the U. S. Navy, uncovered the pivotal decisions the POWs made to stay resilient—decisions about their beliefs, identity, and life’s purpose. These research findings have guided Linda’s work with executives ever since.
Today, Linda works predominately with those in the c-suite to help them make decisions on issues like business growth, CEO selection, mergers & acquisitions, and succession planning. (In fact, Linda was one of eight succession planning experts who worked with John Tyson after his company’s acquisition of International Beef Products—one of the most successful acquisitions of the 21st Century.)
Named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence and a member of Alan Weiss’s Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame, Linda J. Popky has extensive experience in marketing – in industry, agencies, and consulting.
Linda is the founder and president of Leverage2Market® Associates, Inc., a strategic marketing company that helps organizations get heard above the noise in the marketplace. She is the author of the book Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters (Bibliomotion, March 2015), and the Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting.
If it relates to marketing, Linda has done it. Her expertise includes corporate marketing, communications and messaging, marketing team development, facilitation, sales training and support, partner and channel programs, market sizing and intelligence, field marketing, marketing operations, industry/market development, and product marketing. She also edits and ghostwrites business and nonfiction books for other authors.
Ranked Number 16 in SAP’s Supply Chain Influencers and recognized as one of the top 1% of consultants worldwide, Lisa Anderson has deep experience partnering with manufacturers and distributors to maximize value.
Lisa Anderson is the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in manufacturing strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation that maximizes the customer experience and enables profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth.
Known for creating bold customer promises and profits, she is experienced in working with closely-held, private-equity backed and large, complex organizations in industries ranging from aerospace and defense, building and industrial products to food and beverage.
Lisa Earle McLeod
Sales Leadership expert Lisa Earle McLeod created the Noble Purpose Methodology after her research revealed that organizations driven by a Noble Purpose outperformed the market by over 350%. Her bestselling book, Selling with Noble Purpose, has been a game changer at global firms like Flight Centre, Hootsuite, and Roche.
McLeod is the Sales Leadership expert for Forbes.com. She has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, Oprah.com and Good Morning America.
A sought after keynote speaker who has rocked the house everywhere from Apple to Peterbilt Trucking, McLeod is known for her cutting edge ideas, practical techniques, and inspirational humor. She is the author of 4 bestselling books, in 4 genres: leadership, sales, personal development and a collection of humor essays.
Mark Hunter aka “The Sales Hunter” delivers highly sought-after training seminars and keynote addresses to companies like Salesforce, Novartis, Mattel, Lenovo, and others. He is the author of High-Profit Selling.
Mark lives and breathes sales, and it comes through in each keynote. His energy and personal approach will engage and inspire to create lasting change.
The audiences he’s presented to range from Fortune 100 companies to startups and associations. He’s shared the stage with Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, “Magic” Johnson and numerous others. He’s also one of the founders of the OutBound Conference, the largest prospecting-focused sales event held annually.
Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation LLC, a positioning and branding firm that helps consultants and other thought leaders increase their fees by up to 2,000%.
His clients include:
* a former department head in the White House
* a speaker to the United Nations
* CEOs of major organizations
* New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling authors
* TED and TEDx speakers
Before devoting his work fulltime to Levy Innovation, Mark served as Chief Marketing Officer at an Inc. 5,000 experiential branding organization whose clients include Bank of America, Gap, Samsung, Time Warner, Tivo, and Harvard and Stanford Universities.
Mark has written for the New York Times, and has written or co-created five books. His latest book, “Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content,” has been published in ten languages. Mark has also taught research writing at Rutgers University.
Mary C. Kelly
Dr. Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned author and keynote speaker on leadership, productivity, and business growth. In 21 years as a Navy intelligence and logistics officer, Mary trained more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel.
She has spent 25 years on active in the Navy leading multi-national teams throughout Asia. She was an intelligence officer specializing in Asia and Russia, an HR director, a chief of police, and a professor at the Naval Academy. Her Ph.D. is in economics, and she specializes in development. Mary is the author of 11 books on business growth and leadership.
Meridith Elliott Powell
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to Watch by Currency Fair, business growth expert Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and business strategist.
With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table.
Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. She is also a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.
Noah St. John
Noah St. John helps people make money: Since 1997, he’s helped his coaching clients add more than $2 BILLION dollars in sales.
Noah is the only author in history to have works published by Hay House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Mindvalley, Nightingale-Conant, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher. His 14 books have been published in 18 languages.
A highly in-demand keynote speaker, Noah is famous for inventing AFFORMATIONS® - a new technology of the mind – and helping busy entrepreneurs and executives get rid of their head trash so they make more money.
Pamela S. Harper
Pamela S. Harper is the Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc. (BAI), a strategic growth advisory firm based in Glen Rock, NJ. Throughout her life, Pam has established a track record of finding the hidden opportunities in every situation, and taking bold action to turn them into game-changing success.
For more than 20 years, she has used these talents to enable visionary leaders to take advantage of every opportunity along their journey, and get big results faster. This has led to hundreds of millions of dollars of value in both top and bottom line growth. Clients have included CEOs, boards, and senior executives in entrepreneurial, mid-market and Fortune 500 companies across more than 30 industries.
Pam regularly shares her insights as co-host of the weekly professionally produced audio podcast series Growth Igniters Radio with Pam Harper and Scott Harper®. Guests have included award-winning CEOs and authors of best-selling business books.
Pam has been quoted in and/or featured in prominent business media including Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and major newspapers around the world. Her articles have been featured in media including CEO.com, Chief Executive Magazine, and CEO World. She has also been featured as a regular guest on business radio and podcast programs including The Small Business Advocate Show with Jim Blasingame.
Among Pam’s off-hour claims: Singing and performing in Comic Opera (where she met Scott), becoming a yellow belt in Aiki Jiu-Jitsu, and having a great sense of direction − which has been enormously helpful when traveling to cities in 5 continents. She also enjoys sharing stories, games, and great meals with family and friends.
Rita Gunther McGrath
Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned thought leader and a professor at Columbia Business School, where she directs the popular Leading Strategic Growth and Change program.
She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty.
In her speeches and consulting, Rita works with Fortune 1,000 companies, helping boards, CEOs, and senior executives act strategically in rapidly changing and volatile environments.
She has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s top ten management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.
The Boston Globe calls Robin Ryan "America's top Job Search Expert". A popular trainer and speaker, Robin has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and regional conferences and is also a weekly columnist for Forbes.com.
The Boston Globe calls Robin Ryan America’s top Job Search Expert. If you are looking for help with you career, call on Robin Ryan. The media frequently calls on Robin to offer her expertise. She’s appeared on over 2000 TV and Radio shows including Oprah, Dr Phil, NBC Nightly News, CNN and NPR. Her advice has been seen on the pages of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Forbes, Money just to name a few.
ABC NEWS SAYS, Robin Ryan has the inside track on how to get hired. Robin spends many of her days working in her busy career counseling practice where she offers career and job search services to clients nationwide including resume writing and interview coaching. Robin has had over 30 years of direct hiring experience and has an extensive HR background.
A popular trainer and speaker, Robin’s high-energy style, coupled with her informative and engaging message has had her in front of over 1200 audiences. She’s been a keynote speaker at numerous national and regional conferences, and is often in front of association members, employee groups, or seen on college campuses talking to alumni and student groups. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences teaching HR professionals and recruiters how to advance their own careers, along with other trending topics.
Robin Ryan holds a master’s degree in counseling and education from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Boston College. She is the former Director of Counseling Services at the University of Washington.
Robin loves helping people find jobs and improve their lives. Making a difference in this way is what she's dedicated her life to. She can help you!
“Small Business Stacey” is a marketing expert on a mission to “Save Small Business One Marketing Plan At A Time”.
No small feat for sure!
Stacey knows that one thing – and one thing only – will accomplish that mission: MARKETING PUT INTO ACTION
That’s why she wrote the book “Small Business Marketing Made EZ” to share her simple 6-step system any small business owner can put into ACTION – literally and figuratively.
Stacey knows first hand what great marketing can accomplish. She has won numerous awards through her career for her marketing efforts. But not all days in her marketing world were bright, sunny and profitable. In her coffee and smoothie business, which she still runs today, at one point she was $500K in debt and about to lose it all – her house, her family, her sanity. She harnessed her marketing prowess to tap into the power of using daily deal sites like Groupon, which was a key strategy that took her business from $500K in debt to a 7-figure profitable business.
She created the Daily Deals for Massive Profits Training Program to teach small and local business owners how they can skyrocket their business growth and get massive profits from using daily deal sites like Groupon. Small business owners cheered at their transformations but wanted more marketing support. So Stacey introduced Silver Platter Marketing where small business owners can get a done-for-you marketing system. No more excuses of “no time”, “no expertise”, “no budget”. Now small business owners can say MARKETING DONE! Stacey also helps independent coffee, smoothie, juice bar, ice cream, dessert and snack shop owners learn how to stop selling by the cup and start selling by the gallon with lucrative catering market through her numerous Cups to Gallons programs.
When Stacey’s not busy saving the small business world with marketing, she loves spending time with her family, eating chocolate (who doesn’t!) and sipping red wine.
Stephanie Chandler is the author of several books including The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan: The Professional Guide to Profitable Self-Publishing and The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books.
Stephanie is also founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, a vibrant community for writers, and the Nonfiction Writers Conference, a traditional writers’ conference experience conducted entirely online.
A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and Wired magazine.
Named by Forbes.com as one of the networking gurus, Susan RoAne is an in-demand international keynote speaker who has shared her message of connection and communication with audiences worldwide.
She has been featured in New York Times, The Guardian, on CNN, The BBC, Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal to name a few. Susan was quoted by Sir Richard Branson in his "10 Quotes to Mark Things Happen" as his #6!
Her clients include Coca Cola, The US Air Force, UnitedHealth Group, Yale University, Apple Computer, Intel, Stanford University, LinkedIN, The National Football League, — and, her personal favorite . . . Hershey Chocolate!
Tom Corson-Knowles is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and international bestselling author. He started his first business at age 13, manufacturing SAD lamps out of his father’s garage. By the time he graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business at age 22, he was earning a full-time income from his first successful business which he started in his dorm room.
Tom then decided to share the keys to success that he had learned along his journey to becoming a financially independent entrepreneur through his books, videos, and seminars. Today, he teaches new and established authors how to achieve incredible success by mastering the fundamentals of writing, publishing, and marketing great books.
Tom’s bestselling books include Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, The Kindle Publishing Bible, Rules of the Rich, and The Kindle Writing Bible, among others.