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.
Anne Janzer is an award-winning author, nonfiction writing coach and marketing practitioner on a mission to help people make a positive impact with their writing.
She supports and encourages writers, authors and marketers through her books, blog posts, online courses, webinars, and teaching.
Bonnie Budzowski, principal of Gravitas Press, works entrepreneurs, consultants, business owners, and executives who want to write a book to establish themselves as thought leaders.
As a coach, Bonnie helps clients create a strategy to develop a book that will serve as a powerful marketing tool.
As a project manager and publisher, she leads a team to manage the details of getting the book completed and out into the world, enabling the author to focus on serving his or her clients.
For well over a decade, Bonnie has partnered with diverse clients to achieve their dreams of becoming an author. Some of their success stories are detailed in Bonnie’s book, Does Your Business Need a Book: Six Reasons the Answer Is a Resounding, Yes.
Captain Jim Palmer
Captain Jim Palmer is a marketing and business building expert and in-demand coach. He is the founder of the Dream Business Mastermind and Coaching Program.
He is the host of Dream Business Radio, the hit weekly podcast based on Jim's unique brand of Smart Marketing and Business Building Strategies. Jim is best known internationally as 'The Dream Business Coach' and creator of No Hassle Newsletters, the ultimate 'done-for-you' newsletter marketing program used by hundreds of clients in nine countries.
If you’re curious about Jim and Stephanie’s adventurous "floating" lifestyle, check them out on YouTube.
Jim is the acclaimed author of a dozen books including, DECIDE – The Ultimate Success Trigger.
Carolyn Strauss has studied and worked with some of the foremost experts in the world on gender communication, transacting in the marketplace, and voice dialogue.
Through years of continuous practice, study, and learning, Carolyn brings unmatched expertise to serve her clients.
Her passion to create workplaces that support team members, the executive suite and the goals of the business is evident, and she communicates her hard earned knowledge to each of her clients with a keen sense of humor and an engaging delivery.
Chad Barr is an Internet marketing strategist with over 25 years of experience transforming businesses through technology innovation.
Born and raised in Israel, Chad arrived in the United States at age 22, determined to capture the American dream. He founded his own technology company, CB Software Systems, in 1987, and quickly became a globally sought-after software developer, mentor, and strategist.
Today, Chad’s work as president of the Chad Barr Group spans multiple continents, with clients in the UK, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and across the United States. Chad helps his clients leverage the web to dramatically transform their businesses and establish a powerful web presence. His firm, the Chad Barr Group, is recognized as one of the leading strategic Internet development organizations in the world.
Chad devotes his time to writing, coaching, consulting, speaking, and leading the Chad Barr Group. A prolific writer about web, marketing, and business strategy, he has published hundreds of articles and several books, which teach how to leverage the web to build your brand and transform your business.
When he is not working with his clients, Chad revels in his latest role as grandfather to three wonderful (and, of course, brilliant) grandchildren. A former professional guitarist, Chad especially enjoys playing guitar for his grandchildren, who think he is the coolest guitarist in the world.
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.
Claudia Gere, author of Name Your Book: 94 Nonfiction Title Tips, speaker, author consultant, book coach, and literary agent, helps business leaders, consultants, speakers, and other entrepreneurs develop their best writing and publishing strategies to realize their aspirations of becoming an author.
Through speaking, webinars, workshops, and individual coaching, she has launched many first-time authors on a path to writing and publishing success.
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. Gail Hayes
When looking for an internationally recognized Executive Leadership Coach, communicator, and award-winning author who ignites the atmosphere with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for purpose, you have but to look directly at Dr. Gail Hayes.
She has unique ability to help her clients “untangle” challenging communication lines and see solutions.
Although she has lived and spoken on three continents, she is quick to let others know that her favorite place on earth is wherever she and her children (who are also her business partners) can laugh, love, and serve others.
Dr. Karen Wilson-Starks
Dr. Karen Y. Wilson-Starks is President of TRANSLEADERSHIP, INC.®, she has more than 30 years of experience as a trusted advisor for executives in corporations, the US Military and Federal Government, and non-profit leaders in faith based organizations and Foundations.
Dr. Karen Y. Wilson-Starks is the host of the twice weekly podcast, The Voice of Leadership, author of Lead Yourself First: The Senior Leader’s Guide to Engaging Your People for Greater Performance and Impact; and creator of the online course: Teams Empowered for Dynamic Organizational Results. Her upcoming TV show, Dr. Karen Speaks Leadership on Raven International Network will air on Roku and Amazon Fire.
Educated as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Wilson-Starks’ previous positions include serving as an active duty Army Psychologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; operating private practices in a variety of locations; functioning as the Chief of the Psychology Service for the Exceptional Family Member Program in Frankfurt, Germany; and working as the Chief Assessor and a Senior Program Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Colorado Springs.
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).
Erik Pelton has been in the field of trademarks for more than 20 years, worked as an Examiner at the USPTO, registered more than 2,500 trademarks, and has been actively involved in a variety of intellectual property organizations.
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.
Jamie Crump has focused her career in strategic sourcing and supplier diversity across a variety of industries including: banking, catastrophic insurance, heavy equipment rental, IT, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and welding and medical supply.
A frequent speaker at sourcing and supplier diversity events across the U.S. and Canada, Jamie has also been responsible for strategic sourcing, business services and operations, software development, capacity provisioning, and supplier diversity over the course of her career.
She has also served on a number of boards and in industry/trade associations. Currently, she is an advisory board member to Diversity Professional, ProcureCon and Spend Matters. She is a member of Association for Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD), Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and National Small Business Association (NSBA).
Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals.
She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed...Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. Her latest book, Profit of Kindness, went #1 in four categories.
Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace. She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 25 years of experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media.
Jill teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and live webinars and consults and speaks all over the world. She also helps authors to create book deals with major publishers and agents, and well as obtain foreign rights deals.
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
Her book, “A Guide to Positive Disruption,” focuses on her experiences working though the ups and downs of the corporate world to make positive changes at the companies for which she has worked. It provides readers with a framework to become change makers themselves.
She has spent her career creating innovative ways for companies to reduce costs or grow their bottom-lines. Joanna led transformation initiatives for businesses in different sectors: among them Johnson & Johnson, Diageo, AllianceBernstein LP, and Cushman & Wakefield. Her clients today range from technology startups and professional organizations to Fortune 50 companies. She has also held client-facing roles, effectively giving her the opportunity to “sit on both sides of the table”.
She was named a Distinguished Alumna by Rutgers College of Engineering and now sits on their Industry Advisory Board. Joanna has been recognized for innovation or customer excellence by Determine, American Express, Egencia, and Heublein. She was named to the list of Top 20 Global Procurement Influencers and Top 50 Culture Thought Leaders by Thinkers360.
Joel Comm is an entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author, and new media innovator.
An expert on harnessing the power of social media and mobile applications to expand your brand's reach and engage in active relationship marketing, Joel is a sought-after public speaker who leaves his audience inspired, entertained, and armed with strategic tools to create a new media campaign that will explode their business.
John DeSimone is a professional memoir ghostwriter, editor, and novelist.
He began working as a freelance editor for A-1 Editorial where he performed developmental and copy editing for both novelists and non-fiction writers. He guided authors through the developmental process of refining their voice and subject matter for publication.
During that time he edited over a hundred books, both fiction and nonfiction.
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.
Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff was elected to the Thinkers50 RADAR list as one the 30 management thinkers to look out for in the coming and shortlists as one the 8 most influential innovation experts in the world.
He is a top business strategy, growth and transformation keynote speaker that has helped inspire, motivate, and arm hundreds of thousands of people with the tools and mindset needed to win the future.
Having begun his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, Dr. Krippendorff is now the founder of the growth strategy firm Outthinker and The Outthinker Strategy Network, a global community of heads of strategy of large corporations including Pfizer, CVS, QVC, Macmillan, BNY Mellon, and Viacom.
His work has generated over $2.5B in new annual revenue for his clients.
For over 20 years, top global philanthropies have requested Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s help to transform their giving and catapult their impact.
As a philanthropy expert, advisor, and award-winning author, she’s helped over 90 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over $500 million in grants and gifts.
Kris’s clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, J.M. Smucker Company, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Heising Simons-Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Walton Family Foundations, Avery Dennison, and Fujitsu, among dozens of others.
Kris Ward is the leading authority in building your business by building your team. Kris is the founder of the Win The Hour, Win the Day philosophy. She helps entrepreneurs easily double their income and triple their time off.
After the loss of her husband, Kris returned full-time to her work as a marketing strategist. She was thrilled to see that her business had not only survived her absence but was thriving.
Now, Kris has completely changed the landscape for entrepreneurs by sharing the successful practices that allowed her absence.
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.
“She kicks your butt and then gives you cookies,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, a long-time friend and client says of Leslie Ungar. As a coach Leslie’s style is direct in order to accelerate your success. You might call it the carrot and stick approach using Oreos instead of carrots!
As president of Electric Impulse Communications, Inc., Leslie Ungar helps individuals and corporations supercharge their leadership. Benefit from Leslie as Coach, Speaker, and Speechwriter.
As you listen to and study with Leslie you will hear about how excelling in the horse show ring is similar to excelling in your own area of expertise: first place is always first place. She was a nationally ranked equestrian in the Top Three in her field.
Lin Eleoff is an Internet business lawyer, coach, and author.
Lin has written two books: The Dignity Diet: How to End the Cycle of Cry-Eat-Repeat and Gutsy Glorious Life Coach: How to Turn Your Life Coaching Business Into a Soulful Money-Making Business.
The books highlight the two areas of Lin’s expertise: BODY and BUSINESS.
What do they have in common? Whether your goal is to get in the best shape of your life or build your own business, you'll be required to become the woman of YOUR dreams, first, meaning: Neither your best body nor your best business will ever make you happy, but becoming happy first will always lead you to getting everything you want.
Lin's superpower is her ability to quickly get to the heart of what's holding a woman back. She developed what she calls The Woman UP Protocol using brain science, transformational psychology, and years of experience coaching hundreds of women how to go after everything they want. Everything!
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.
Lisa Levy is the Founder and CEO of Lcubed Consulting.
Lcubed elevates organizations in adapting and transforming quickly for achieving their strategic goals. Lcubed clients include American Express, Honor Health, Freedom Financial Network and The Salt River Project and range from enterprise-level to medium sized organizations.
A nationally recognized authority on organizational change management, Lisa has contributed as a guest expert on numerous media outlets including NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX. Lisa is the soon-to-be author of the upcoming book, "Future-Proofing Cubed: The Definitive Guide to Improving Productivity, Refining Process and Bolstering Profitability in Today's Disruptive Business Environment" and a frequent speaker at conferences for business executives across the country.
A resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Lisa is an avid technology enthusiast and Porsche performance sports car driver who sits on the NAU College of Business Information Systems Advisory Council and enjoys spending time with her family and hound dogs - Danny and Ottoman.
Mark Amtower is a consultant, speaker, business best-selling author, columnist and radio host. He is among the most recognized and quoted professionals in the government market.
Guy Timberlake dubbed him “the Godfather of government marketing” and the industry veteran Bob Gosselin called him the “best of the best of government marketing gurus.”
Mark was selected by BtoB magazine as one of the Top 100 Business Marketers in the United States 2008 and his LinkedIn profile was selected as one of the seven best (out of 50 million) in the 2009 contest, Rock the World with Your Online Presence.
In 2018, he was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Government Marketing.
Mark advises small, medium and large companies on all facets of marketing to the government. He specializes in helping companies develop thought leadership positions in a defined niche and leveraging social media to gain targeted visibility in the government contracting market.
His expertise in both marketing to the government and LinkedIn makes him a sought after consultant, keynote, luncheon and workshop speaker.
Mark David Gibson
Retired U.S. Air Force Captain Mark David Gibson, like many other young people lost and searching, joined the military as a “ticket out” to find himself and see the world. The strict structure of the military was the perfect solution for harnessing this young person’s scattered energy, poor life choices, and dangerous decisions. Despite a life foundation built on shifting sands of denial, secrecy, shame, and guilt, Mark found a place to call home in the Air Force. Long before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy it was an unwritten rule invented and perfected as the accepted way of life for young Mark.
Gibson, a 20-year, highly decorated, war veteran, served 10 years enlisted, took an educational break in service, and then served 10 more years as a Public Affairs Officer. He deployed multiple times to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.
Gibson re-entered the workforce, applying authenticity strategies and techniques to every facet of his new life. Landing a job familiar to his expertise in Public Relations, Mark moved back to the United States and took a job with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. Before long, Mark was tapped by SBA Headquarters to co-author and lead a National LGBT Outreach initiative, along with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. “LGBT Business Builder” would be recognized by the White House and become the gold standard for LGBT inclusion in the federal government. LGBT Business Builder received recognition from Harvard University and became the recipient of the "Bright Idea – Innovation in American Government Award."
Since Echelon Management’s inception in 1990, Mark Faust has conducted hundreds of sessions for clients from companies such as Apple, IBM, Monsanto, Cable & Wireless, John Deere, P&G, Syngenta, Bayer, government agencies, nonprofits, and a host of small to mid-sized companies including many multi-generational family owned companies.
Faust has been an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University and he has held the roles of adjunct COO and VP as well as being an active member on several board of directors. His book Growth or Bust! has been a #1 best seller in the business section of one region of Barnes & Noble.
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.
Melissa Davies, an internationally respected coach, trainer, and project facilitator, consistently delivers a deep level of cultural team training, leadership skills and professional development to all her clients.
She believes in a hands-on approach guided by principals in effective communication and personal development, to build a level of trust and understanding for diverse communication styles and leadership needs.
Ms. Davies has traveled extensively with clients throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East while her personal travels have taken her to other unique locations such as South Africa, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malta, and Nepal.
Through her international leadership consulting and training, Ms. Davies has developed innovative professional development and training programs. Her key emphasis in leadership skills and effective communication successfully align management teams and company sectors to generate collaborative systemic solutions.
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.
Milo Shapiro has been coaching and running corporate classes in public speaking skills since 2004. He meets San Diego clients both in person and remotely (ie: Zoom).
His interactive programs use improvisation games, story sharing, and even “Simon Says” to wake up the house and make an impact through his uplifting blend of play and information.
Milo's program on improving our personal relationship with risk and failure has been called “a wake-up call for America” that leads us in seeing and changing how we limit ourselves when we attempt to be perfect.
Attendees recall lessons better when learned through fun like this; they’ll leave eager to return for more.
Since 2009, Bye-Bye Boring Bio Workbook Author and Get Known Get Paid Mentor Nancy Juetten has upgraded bios for speakers, experts, and authors who once struggled to spell out their greatness and broadcast their brilliance on paper or online.
With her workbook as the foundation, she created the Podcast Dream Guest Mastery™ course, Broadcast Your Brilliance Boot Camp and Get Known Get Paid Private Mentoring Program to serve clients around the world, while building a business that allows her to enjoy a great quality of life from a comfortable home office with her dog at her feet.
Clients value her “all of the help and none of the hype” advice. Nancy says a brilliant bio opens the door to something more … instead of a snore.
Given the impact of podcasts and virtual speaking in the COVID-19 era, Nancy says the time to make your message memorable is right now.
For more than 20 years, Nina Durfee has assisted lawyers and judges with her instinctive editorial eye, drafting, editing, and proofreading legal documents and correspondence, knowing full well that a misplaced comma can change the meaning from innocence to guilt.
She has authored multiple books, and her work has been showcased in a variety of publications, including Writers’ Journal.
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.
Patricia Fripp simplifies and demystifies the process of preparing and presenting powerful, persuasive presentations. She delivers her message through keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and in-depth customized training and coaching. Patricia is now virtually everywhere with FrippVT, her interactive, learn-at-your-own-pace, virtual presentation skills training.
When your message must be memorable, your presentation powerful, and your sale successful call Patricia Fripp. One of the few professional speakers who can transform the presentation skills of others, she is an executive speech coach and sales presentation skills trainer. Kiplinger's Personal Finance wrote that one of the best investments you can make in your career is Patricia Fripp’s presentation skills training.
Per Sjorfors is the Founder of Atenga Insights. Pricing has always been an interest area for Per.
He appears regularly on business radio shows and gets quoted regularly in the financial press, including Forbes, Fortune Magazine, Inc., Industry Week, Business Insider, and the Financial Times.
Prior to Atenga, Per had more than 25 years of executive management experience where he gained an appreciation for the importance of optimal pricing.
He used pricing as the leaver to turn around several European and US companies, and while setting up a number of Joint Venture companies in Asia he gained additional insight into pricing practices from a global perceptive.
Peter Montoya’s business acumen, inspirational journey, human behavioral insight, and decades of real-life experience have helped him to become one of the most sought-after speakers and coaches in the United States.
He speaks thoughtfully and passionately about the need for transformational leadership development in today’s world, and truly believes that all people and organizations have a special role in perpetuating the survival of our species, our civilization, and our planet.
Phil Symchych is focused and driven to help owners of privately held companies improve their business operations and financial results, increase their value delivered to their customers, and build their shareholders’ business wealth.
His results-oriented business growth services are tailored to each client’s specific business, operational issues, and financial needs.
Richard Citrin and Michael A. Couch
Richard Citrin, Ph.D., MBA brings more than 25 years of business leadership and consulting experience to his clients and their organizations. He is one of those rare individuals who bridges strategy, keen insight and a tell it like it is attitude with practical suggestions that can be immediately put into play.
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Michael A. Couch’s unique background in organization effectiveness, business management, and operations allows him to partner with senior leadership, wear many hats, and collaborate with people throughout an organization, building work cultures that have a positive impact on the bottom line.
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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.
Robbie Kellman Baxter
Robbie Kellman Baxter is the founder of Peninsula Strategies LLC, a management consulting firm, as well as the author of the bestselling The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue.
Her new book The Forever Transaction: How to Build a Subscription Model So Compelling, Your Customers Will Never Want to Leave was released in April of this year.
Her clients have included large organizations like Netflix, the Wall Street Journal, and Microsoft, as well as dozens of smaller venture-backed companies.
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!
S. Paul Moehring
S. Paul Moehring is a Certified Business Coach, Speaker, and Author.
His knowledge, expertise, and coaching abilities aid to the success of small business owners; from personal achievements to their professional development.
His experience covers over two decades of guiding and coaching new business owners. His services provide support every step of the way; from business plan development to advanced-level coaching, he is committed to helping you develop strategies to achieve your goals.
Bestselling business author Sam Richter, CSP, is considered one of the world's foremost experts on Sales Intelligence prospecting and sales meeting preparation.
Through his in-person motivational keynote presentations and sales workshops to his online sales training and sales search resources, Sam works with leading organizations around the globe and the results are phenomenal - not only his program reviews but also the millions of dollars of new business companies have generated directly because of the strategies and techniques that Sam shares.
There's a reason Sam is in the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame. There's a reason that Sam was multiple times named one of the World's Top 25 Most Influential Sales Leaders. And there's a reason Sam was named one of the world's Top 50 Sales Keynote Speakers. Because Sam delivers exceptional keynote presentations and workshop programs, every time, guaranteed.
Sam was just named one of the “15 Highest Rated Speakers for Virtual Events.”
Scott Plum is the President of the Minnesota Sales Institute and facilitates most of the classes taught.
He started his selling career in 1987 and since then he has been sharing the skills and techniques he learned.
His goal for students is to “inspire growth and change in your presence and have it last and continue in his absence.”
Shawn Casemore is an entrepreneur, an owner of multiple businesses, and known internationally for growing small businesses.
As Founder of the Unstoppable Entrepreneur Network, he has coached hundreds, if not thousands, of small business owners and entrepreneurs, helping them to design and structure their business for rapid growth, while reducing the headaches that often come with managing people and dealing with customers.
He has worked with small business owners with only one or two employees, all the way up to multinational organizations with thousands of employees.
Speaker Paul Ross
Speaker Paul Ross is an author, speaker, trainer, Master Hypnotist, and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. For the past 30 years, he’s taught tens of thousands of people the power of language to persuade, sell, heal, turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones, and pain into passion.
Paul’s speeches and trainings have motivated audiences around the world to discover their power to design their own results.
If you can already begin to see yourself getting your prospects to convince themselves to buy, adding top dollars to your bottom line, and doing this without resorting to sleazy sales tricks, you will enjoy his acclaimed, industry-shifting book, Subtle Words that Sell.
“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!
Tamara S. Raymond
Tamara S. Raymond is a certified leadership development and career coach/strategist committed to professional, career and leadership development for adults and emerging leaders; as well as guidance for teens in determining their career paths.
Tamara’s 15-year professional tenure has featured leadership, career and executive coaching; corporate management consulting; serving as an HR subject-matter-expert and organizational change leader; educational speaking; and authoring Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career (Morgan James Publishing, New York, NY, November 2017).
Todd Cherches is the CEO and co-founder of BigBlueGumball LLC, an innovative New York City-based management and leadership consulting, training, and executive coaching firm. BigBlueGumball’s patented VisuaLeadership® methodology leverages the power of visual thinking and visual communication to equip, enable, and empower business professionals of all levels—from individual contributors to senior executives—to maximize their performance, their productivity, and their potential.
Drawing on his unique and diverse background (which features many years of experience in the media and entertainment industries with such leading companies as Ogilvy & Mather, Disney, and CBS), Todd is known for his innovative approach to management training, leadership development, presentation skills, and executive coaching which leverages the power of visual thinking and visual communication.
Todd is a three-time award winning Adjunct Professor of leadership at NYU, a Lecturer on leadership at Columbia University, a TEDx speaker, and the author of VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life (Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster, May 2020).
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.