How to Craft a Compensation Scheme that Attracts and Motivates the Right People For Your Company With Verne Harnish, Owner Scaling Up
Verne Harnish is the Founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), an establishment with over 16,000 members worldwide. Verne has been chairing EO’s premiere CEO program held at MIT for 15 years and counting.
He’s also the Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 200 partners in six continents. Verne has spent the past four decades helping companies scale.
He is the author of multiple books, including the best-seller, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, Scaling Up, and his latest book, Scaling Up Compensation: 5 Design Principles for Turning Your Largest Expense Into a Strategic Advantage.
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 P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more.
In addition to running Rise25, Dr. Weisz owns a nutritional supplement business and runs his chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage.
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.
Ronald (Ron) Diamond is the Founder and CEO of Diamond Wealth, a boutique financial services firm catering to 100 single-family offices’ unique needs ranging in size from $250 million to $30 billion.
At Diamond Wealth, Ron helps single-family offices navigate the entire spectrum of investments, including advice on investments in private equity, real estate, and venture capital. They have investment banking, private investment, environmental and social governance, and philanthropy divisions.
Ron is also the Chair of TIGER 21 in Chicago. TIGER 21 is the premier peer-to-peer learning network for high-net-worth individuals.
Ed O’Keefe is the Co-founder of Consulting For Equity, where he teaches Roland Frasier’s CFE™ method that generated 20,000 new customers through a 5 Day Challenge. Ed is also the Author of the book Time Collapsing! The New Art of Speed, Money, Power, and Meaning. He has used his time collapsing methods to leap to the top of industries. He has started multiple companies from scratch and built them up to seven and even eight figures.
In the dentistry field, Ed sold over $50,000,000 in marketing systems and seminars. He started Marine Essentials and has sold over $60,000,000 in health supplements. On top of having seven kids and running his businesses, Ed is a graduate of Kokoro 40, the 51-hour mini hell week challenge created by Commander Mark Divine.
[Top Agency Series] Expanding Your Brand Impact Through Social With Duncan Alney of Firebelly Marketing
Duncan Alney is the Founder and CEO of Firebelly Marketing, an award-winning Social Media Marketing firm that increases brand likability through social media marketing. Duncan has worked in marketing for 25 years and brings his expertise in engaging with clients and rebuilding brands to each project. He has worked with Netflix, Fiji Water, and so many more brands.
Duncan is also the Host of the Firebelly Social Show, a podcast that features top entrepreneurs in the food and beverage space on a mission to make the world better.
The Barefoot Wine Story: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand With Michael Houlihan, Founder of Barefoot Wines
Michael Houlihan is a highly sought-after business strategist, keynote speaker, consultant, and corporate trainer. He is the Founder of the iconic Barefoot Wine brand, which eventually was acquired by E & J Gallo.
After selling the company, Michael and his partner Bonnie Harvey co-authored The New York Times best-selling business book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. His latest venture is Business Audio Theater, which performs founder stories in audiobook format to improve employee acquisition, engagement, and tenure.
Joe Valley is a serial entrepreneur, M&A Advisor, podcaster, and Partner at Quiet Light, one of the top online business brokerage-advisory firms in the world. He is the author of The EXITPreneur’s Playbook: How to Sell Your Online Business for Top Dollar by Reverse Engineering Your Pathway to Success and host of the Quiet Light Podcast.
As a Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Professional and a frequent guest expert in mastermind groups, AMAs, podcasts, and speaker events for entrepreneurs worldwide, Joe has mentored thousands of entrepreneurs who want to manage their own exit.
[Top Women Leaders & Chicago Business Series] How Brands Connect to Their Biggest Advocates to Amplify Their Message With Peggy O’Flaherty of Mavely
Peggy O’Flaherty is the Chief Community Officer and Co-founder of Mavely along with Sean O’Brien and Evan Wray. Mavely is a company solving the issue of rising customer acquisition costs for direct-to-consumer brands while driving consumer product discovery and additional income for everyday families.
Mavely helps build growth opportunities for millions of retailers and entrepreneurs by fostering a relationship between brands and their advocates. They have a community of over 25,000 creators and entrepreneurs and service over 200 brands. Before Mavely, Peggy co-founded OneParish, an app designed to foster engagement within church communities.
Marty McDonald is the Co-founder and CEO of Bad Rhino, a full-service social media marketing agency based in Pennsylvania. The company services and specializes in e-commerce, community management, online branding, content creation, and more. Their clients include craft beer, golf, staffing and recruiting, and hospitality companies, among clients in many other industries. Marty has used social media strategies to actively recruit and build an online marketing business for over 18 years.
Marty also wrote the book Great Beer is Not Enough and hosts a podcast, Taps and Tees. At Bad Rhino, Marty has worked with the PGA of America, Laser Putt, indoor golf simulator companies, and he runs Golf Fanatics and Golf Cheapskate.
[Top Agency Series] How to Secure 20 Million Dollars in Sponsorship Deals And Negotiate the Naming Rights for a Stadium With Vicki Higgins
Vicki Higgins is a sponsorship and brand partnership expert. She is the Founder and CEO of the CXP Agency and host of the Sponsorship Mastery podcast. She negotiated the 2019 naming rights for Toyota Arena and landed over $20 million in sponsorship deals since 2018 with brands like Toyota, Coca-Cola, American Express, Lucas Oil, and more.
Before starting CXP Agency, Vicki worked with a major NBA sports franchise and an international airline. She was an executive with a few of the most prestigious tourist destinations in the US.
Andrew Warner is the Founder of Mixergy, where he has interviewed over 2,000 entrepreneurs. He’s the author of Stop Asking Questions, a guide for interviewers and anyone who wants to learn more from the people they admire. Andrew was a marathon runner who did a marathon in every continent in his 20s. He used credit cards to create a business with his younger brother that generated over 30 million dollars a year.
Tracy Deforge is the CEO and Co-founder of The Players’ Impact. The Players’ Impact is a platform that empowers athletes and businesses exclusively for current and former professional athletes looking to preserve and build wealth through their premier private market investment opportunities. Some of their community members include Tracy McGrady, Gabby Douglas, and many more. Their portfolio companies include Cameo, DraftKings, Robin Hood, and others.
Shawn Springs is the CEO of Windpact, a materials data and technology company located in Leesburg, Virginia. He is passionate about protecting the next generation of kids, and the inspiration behind founding Windpact stems from his 13 seasons playing in the NFL. In 1997, he was drafted third overall in the first round, spent time with three teams — the Seahawks, Washington Football Team, and New England Patriots — and was in the Pro Bowl.
Donte Whitner was an 11 year NFL veteran, three-time pro-bowler, eighth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, All-American at The Ohio State University, and NFL TV analyst with CBS Sports. He is a Partner and on the Athlete Advisory Board at Kirtland Hills Capital. Donte is also an accomplished real estate developer, NFLPA President of the Orange County Chapter, and sits on the advisory board of several organizations that help athletes understand the importance of financial literacy.
Todd Brown is the Founder of the E5 Method. He’s considered one of the top authorities on engineering profitable customer acquisition campaigns, and they have clients in over 64 countries operating in over 71 different markets.
Todd has helped his students engineer six and seven-figure marketing campaigns. His list of coaching students, consulting clients, and subscribers are some of the who’s who of A-list entrepreneurs.
[Venture Capital Series] Founding the Next Apple With Richard Melmon of Bullpen Capital and NSV Wolf Capital
Richard Melmon is a pioneer in the technology industry. He launched the first spreadsheet, VisiCalc, he was in charge of the early advertising for Apple, and he launched the first digital watch at Intel.
Richard is the Co-founder of Electronic Arts, a company with a $30 billion market cap. He also co-founded Melmon Tawa & Partners, a high-tech advertising agency acquired by Livingston and Co. in 1989. Richard built and sold Objective Software to Asymetrix in 1993. He has co-founded and built many businesses ever since.
More recently, Richard co-founded Bullpen Capital in 2010 with Paul Martino and Duncan Davidson and has led several of its key investments, including Braze and Homelight. Richard is also is Managing Partner at NSV Wolf Capital.
Rohan Sheth is the Co-founder and CEO of GrowRev, a digital agency that helps companies grow their businesses online. They’ve handled over $100 million in ad spend for 1000s of companies resulting in over $600 million in returns. Rohan founded GrowRev with Matt Farmer.
Rohan’s sales journey began in high school when he imported pocket bikes and sold them to his friends. He cut his teeth selling $13,000 education packages door to door, and in a few short months, was the “go-to” guy to close impossible leads. Since then, Rohan has worked with companies like Clickfunnels, Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, and many more.
Processing Recurring Payments Effortlessly And Raising Prices Guilt-Free with Dodd Caldwell of MoonClerk
Dodd Caldwell is the Co-founder and CEO of MoonClerk, a web-based software company that helps businesses accept one-time and recurring payments online without any coding.
Dodd is also the President of Rice Bowls, a creative nonprofit that partners with grassroots orphanages in eight countries to feed hungry children. Before that, Dodd founded an e-commerce company that he sold, and he led international chain sales efforts for his family’s manufacturing business
The Intersection Between Comedy and Business with Comedian Elon Gold and CEO of Get Visible, Jason Ciment
Elon Gold is a comedian and actor who has starred in FOX’s Stacked and NBC’s In-Laws. His one-hour stand-up special on Netflix, Elon Gold: Chosen & Taken, received wide acclaim from audiences and peers alike. It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
He has made ten appearances on The Tonight Show and had a recurring role on FOX’s hit show, Bones. Elon was a writer and performer on ABC’s The Dana Carvey Show and has guest-starred on Frasier, The Mentalist, and Chappelle’s Show, among others.
Elon made stellar appearances on The Late Late Show With James Corden and Comedy Central’s This Week At The Comedy Cellar. Millions around the globe have shared his routines. Elon is also currently featured in the Hulu movie The Binge and season 3 of HBO’s Crashing, playing his most challenging role yet…himself. Elon can be seen opposite Larry David in a recurring role in the upcoming 11th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Jason Ciment is the Founder and CEO of Get Visible, a digital marketing agency that helps companies with their website search engine rankings, online ad campaigns, and much more. Jason calls himself a “digital marketing assassin,” due to his reputation for growing traffic, leads, and revenue for his clients.
Jason has written several publications in regards to digital marketing strategies, SEO tactics, and winning online. He authored the book I Need More Clients: Digital Marketing Strategies That Grow Your Business, which serves as a step-by-step guide to utilizing web tools and digital strategies.
Before founding Get Visible, Jason worked in executive roles for MagMall.com, MagazineSubscription.com, Adrecom.net, and Playknits Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
[Venture Capital Series] Becoming a Serially Successful Entrepreneur with Paul Martino, Co-Founder of Bullpen Capital
Paul Martino is a Venture Capitalist and a Managing General Partner and Co-founder of Bullpen Capital. Before forming Bullpen in 2010, Paul was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA), TubeMogul (NASDAQ: TUBE), and uDemy. He sold a company to Millennial Media before its public offering (Condaptive) and to Marketo before its public offering (Crowd Factory).
He’s an eight-time company founder, movie producer, and now sports entertainment venue operator. Paul’s production company gave rise to the film Inside Game, a movie about the 2007 NBA betting scandal. Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from over 30 years ago are the inspiration for several modern social gaming offerings. He holds over a dozen patents on core social networking concepts, content targeting, and recommendation systems.
[Top Agency Series] Best Practices for Hiring Tech Talent with Matt DeCoursey, CEO and Co-Founder of Full Scale
Matt DeCoursey is a Kansas City-based Co-founder and CEO at Full Scale. Full Scale is a business that helps software companies recruit, assess, retain, and employ experts. They have a staff of over 225 people — and growing.
Matt is also the CEO and Founder of GigaBook, a provider of cloud-based business tools for small and medium-sized companies. He’s a Co-host of the Startup Hustle Podcast and the author of Million Dollar Bedroom, Balance Me, and a co-author of The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career.
[Venture Capital Series] Hands-On and Flying Under the Radar with Keith Bank, Founder and CEO of KB Partners
Keith Bank is the Founder and CEO of KB Partners, a leading early-stage sports and technology venture capital firm. KB Partners have recorded successes, with many of the companies they back either having been acquired or gone public.
Before founding KB Partners, Keith served as a Principal at Hiffman Shaffer Associates, Inc., a Chicago-based national real estate development, investment, management, and brokerage firm. He’s been a highly successful entrepreneur, real estate developer, and angel investor. Keith is one of the Founders of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and was the recipient of their highly coveted fellows medal for leadership.