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[Top Agency Series] Why the Growth of Your Agency Depends on Evolutionary Psychology with Tim Ash, Author of Unleash Your Primal Brain

[Top Agency Series] Why the Growth of Your Agency Depends on Evolutionary Psychology with Tim Ash, Author of Unleash Your Primal Brain

Tim Ash is an authority on evolutionary psychology and digital marketing. He is a sought-after international keynote speaker and the best-selling author of Unleash Your Primal Brain and Landing Page Optimization.

Tim has been recognized by Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine because of his online marketing success. He has worked with companies like Nestle, Google, American Express, Verizon, and many more.

Tim was the Co-founder and CEO of SiteTuners, a strategic digital optimization agency, for nineteen years. He developed deep expertise in user-centered design, persuasion, understanding consumer behavior, neuromarketing, and landing page testing. In the mid-1990s, he became one of the early pioneers in the discipline of website conversion rate optimization (CRO).

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[Venture Capital Series] The Making of a Multimillion-Dollar Founder with Randall Kaplan of JUMP Investors

[Venture Capital Series] The Making of a Multimillion-Dollar Founder with Randall Kaplan of JUMP Investors

Randall Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of JUMP Investors, a venture capital firm. Since its formation in 1999, JUMP has invested in more than 60 early-to-late-stage technology companies, including Google, Seagate, Lyft, and Chime. They also invest in real estate and private equity.

Randall is also a Co-founder of Akamai Technologies. Akamai Technologies is a content delivery and security software company. They serve nearly 30% of the world’s web traffic, are a member of the S&P 500, employ almost 8,000 people with 64 offices in 28 countries, and have $3.2 billion in 2020 revenues.

Randall has several other ventures like Sandee, Thrive Properties, CollarCard, and hosts the podcast In Search of Excellence. He is also an accomplished drone photographer. His coffee table book, Bliss: Beaches, features his beach photos from around the world and will be released in June 2021. When he’s not working, Randall loves to wakeboard, toss the football, play the drums, fly his drones, and most importantly, spend time with family.

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[Top Agency Series] Branding and Storytelling Strategies and the PESO model with Kellee Johnson of The Ballast Group

[Top Agency Series] Branding and Storytelling Strategies and the PESO model with Kellee Johnson of The Ballast Group

Kellee Johnson is the Principal of The Ballast Group, an award-winning, integrated communications strategy firm. The Ballast Group helps leaders shape and articulate stories while reaching audiences and channels that matter. They have helped well-known companies such as Hyatt, Kaiser Permanente, Stericycle, Safeway, Target, and Cisco in all aspects of marketing, consumer products, healthcare, and high tech. Kellee founded The Ballast Group after serving as Director of Corporate Marketing for Abbott Laboratories and managing corporate communications for Tropicana, a multi-billion dollar division of PepsiCo.

Kellee’s company also excels at positioning these organizations and others as thought leaders, featuring them on the US News, News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and other traditional media. In addition to her work at The Ballast Group, Kellee is a mentor for DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and 1871 Chicago, a board member of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation, and a former member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees.

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[Top Agency Series] The Inner Workings of a High Growth Agency with Wesley Mathews of High Level Marketing

[Top Agency Series] The Inner Workings of a High Growth Agency with Wesley Mathews of High Level Marketing

Wesley Mathews is the Chief Revenue Officer of High Level Marketing, which he co-founded in 2009. It has quickly become one of the fastest-growing web marketing firms in Michigan, with revenues over $6.5 million. High Level Marketing provides website development, SEO, PPC, email marketing, social media, and more.

Wesley likes to describe himself as a “scrappy entrepreneur.” Still, he is a strong leader who cares about helping small businesses grow. He is also on the board for EO Detroit. When he’s not working, he takes part in golfing, fishing, and playing hockey with his four boys.

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Top Tools and Software Recommendations for Creating Podcasts

Top Tools and Software Recommendations for Creating Podcasts

John Corcoran is a recovering attorney, an author, and was a former White House writer and speechwriter to the Governor of California. Throughout his career, John has worked in Hollywood, the heart of Silicon Valley, and has run his boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area catering to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

John has been the host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast since 2012. He has interviewed hundreds of CEOs, founders, authors, and entrepreneurs, from Peter Diamandis and Adam Grant to Gary Vaynerchuk and Marie Forleo.

John is also the Co-founder of Rise25 Media, a company that connects B2B businesses with their ideal clients, referral partners, and strategic partners and generates ROI through their done-for-you podcast service.

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25. He has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a Senior Producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders.

Dr. Weisz has also been running his podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more.

In addition to running Rise25, Dr. Weisz owns a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage.

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[Top Agency Series] Niching and Growing Your Agency by Cash Flow with Rod Holmes, Managing Partner at Pilot Digital Marketing

[Top Agency Series] Niching and Growing Your Agency by Cash Flow with Rod Holmes, Managing Partner at Pilot Digital Marketing

Rod Holmes is the Managing Partner at Pilot Digital Marketing, a business that helps other companies with SEO, PPC, and strategic web development services. Rod has been working with the web since its inception in the mid-90s and has been focused on digital marketing for more than 10 years. During that time, he has seen many clients’ businesses grow and transform.

He has a bizarrely wide range of experience: he has a background in manufacturing, he rode a bicycle around the world for 2 years, lived in Tokyo for 10 years, and started two businesses — and sold them. Rod returned to the States and ended up starting Pilot Digital Marketing with a partner, which he’s been working at for 12 years.

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[Top Agency Series] Building an Unlimited Brand with Johnathan Grzybowski, Co-founder of Penji

[Top Agency Series] Building an Unlimited Brand with Johnathan Grzybowski, Co-founder of Penji

Johnathan Grzybowski is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder of Penji. Penji is an on-demand graphic design service that simplifies the creative process by offering unlimited and real-time access to vetted designers that will deliver a project in under 48 hours.

Penji obtained an Inc. 5000 in under three years and was nominated as a “top startup to watch” according to Philadelphia Magazine. Johnathan is also the host of The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast, which has been mentioned as a “top business podcast” on Apple Podcasts and downloaded over 100,000 times.

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Top Tools and Software Recommendations for Creating Podcasts

5 Types of Content You Should Be Creating Now (But Probably Aren’t)

John Corcoran is a recovering attorney, an author, and was a former White House writer and speechwriter to the Governor of California. Throughout his career, John has worked in Hollywood, the heart of Silicon Valley, and has run his boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area catering to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

John has been the host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast since 2012. He has interviewed hundreds of CEOs, founders, authors, and entrepreneurs, from Peter Diamandis and Adam Grant to Gary Vaynerchuk and Marie Forleo.

John is also the co-founder of Rise25 Media, a company that connects B2B businesses with their ideal clients, referral partners, and strategic partners and generates ROI through their done-for-you podcast service.

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25. He has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a Senior Producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders.

Dr. Weisz has also been running his podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more.

In addition to running Rise25, Dr. Weisz owns a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage.

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How is Value Defined? with Dave Ulrich, Principal at The RBL Group

How is Value Defined? with Dave Ulrich, Principal at The RBL Group

Dave Ulrich is Co-founder and Principal at The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. Dave has been named the “#1 Management Guru” by BusinessWeek, and Fast Company has profiled him as one of the world’s “Top 10 Creative People in Business.” He is also recognized as a “Top 5 Coach” in Forbes.

Dave has been a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for over 38 years. He has published over 200 articles and over 30 books. Dave is most proud of his three children and ten grandchildren. He and his wife Wendy love connecting with family. Dave also loves sharing ideas with impact and enjoys helping others improve.

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[Top Agency Series] Branding and Storytelling Strategies and the PESO model with Kellee Johnson of The Ballast Group

[Top Agency & Women Leader Series] Driving Growth Through Paid, Earned, Shared, and Owned Media with Kellee Johnson of The Ballast Group

Kellee Johnson is the Principal of The Ballast Group, an award-winning, integrated communications strategy firm. The Ballast Group helps leaders shape and articulate stories while reaching audiences and channels that matter. They have helped well-known companies such as Hyatt, Kaiser Permanente, Stericycle, Safeway, Target, and Cisco in all aspects of marketing, consumer products, healthcare, and high tech. Kellee founded The Ballast Group after serving as Director of Corporate Marketing for Abbott Laboratories and managing corporate communications for Tropicana, a multi-billion dollar division of PepsiCo.

Kellee’s company also excels at positioning these organizations and others as thought leaders, featuring them on the US News, News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and other traditional media. In addition to her work at The Ballast Group, Kellee is a mentor for DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and 1871 Chicago, a board member of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation, and a former member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees.

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