Jason Swenk runs a unique consultancy helping marketing agency owners grow their agencies faster. He is the resource he wish he had when he started his agency. Jason currently hosts two podcasts: The Smart Agency Master Class Podcast sharing strategies and stories from real agency owners and SwenkToday which is a weekly show that documents how you can grow your digital agency. Early on Jason decided to quit his day job and launch a digital marketing agency that grew to a multi-million dollar operation, 100 staff, and they worked with brands from AT&T, Hitachi, and Lotus Cars. After 12 years of growth, he sold the agency in 2012.
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Gene Mealhow is the owner of Tiny But Mighty Foods and has been producing Tiny But Mighty Popcorn® since the late 1990s. A third-generation family farmer and soil consultant by profession, Gene continues to build his company and consult with farmers regarding organic certification.
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Jason Katzenback is the co-founder of Amazing. Jason always knew he was going to be a leader when he marched into the break room at one of his jobs at age 23 and told his fellow employees that he would be their boss within 5 years…which he did in 3 years. Jason ended up quitting his job after realizing that being with the company was not as secure as he had thought and did $3.5 million the following year. He eventually met Matt Clark and the rest was history and Amazing.com has taught over 30,000 students how to build a successful Amazon business. Amazing has their flagship course, Amazing Selling Machine, Seller Pro their monthly membership, Amazing Accelerators for existing sellers looking to scale their business, and their annual conference Seller Con not to be missed with past speakers like Richard Branson, Sara Blakely the founder of Spanx, and many more.
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Aaron Goldstein is a Director at Lincoln International – a multinational independent investment bank and financial services company specializing in advisory services and financings on middle-market transactions. The firm works with publicly traded and privately-owned companies, financial sponsors, and lenders.
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Justin Gold is the founder of Justin’s, a natural foods company that produces organic and all-natural nut butters and peanut butter cups.
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Hassan Alireza is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Crave – a snack food business that strives to make delicious, better-for-you snacks. Their Quinoa Chips, Lentil Chips, Veggie Chips and Veggie Sticks are non-GMO and contain no MSG, no hydrogenated fats, no trans fats, no artificial colors, flavors, or ingredients. Their snacks are gluten-free and kosher!
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Jennifer Martin is a co-founder of Pip Snacks. She and her older brother Jeff started Pipsnacks in 2012 with $3,000 in the bank, first handing out their product in hand-stamped brown bags. Along the way, the pair received funding on an episode of Shark Tank from Barbara Corcoran. Their better-for-you popcorn brand, which comes in flavors like rosemary, truffle, and sea salt, now sells in Whole Foods, Target and more.
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Wanda James is the founder and CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary. Along with her husband Scott Durrah, they became the first African Americans, legally licensed in America, to own a dispensary, a cultivation facility and an edible company. As a leading advocate in the cannabis industry, Wanda’s political and entrepreneurial work on cannabis reform has led to her being named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis by High Times magazine in 2018, one of the 2016 Cannabis Business Executive (CBE) 50 Most Important Women in the Cannabis Industry, and has been featured in numerous shows including The BBC, Democracy Now,The Atlantic, MIC.com, MSNBC, Smile Jamaica, ViceLand, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning Holiday Special, “Eat, Drink and be Merry” and CNBC’s Marijuana USA.
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Joy Thompkins and Carol Podolak are the founders of Bnutty – a gourmet peanut butter company. With 10 exciting flavors such as Irresistible Pretzel, Blissful Blueberry, Salted Caramel and S’mores – Bnutty has a unique and exciting take on peanut butter. Starting with a honey roasted nut, this crunchy peanut butter snack has a satisfying texture and delicious flavor. All flavors are available in 2 sizes; 12 oz jars and a 2 oz individual serving. All products are gluten free.
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Stormy Simon is the former president of Overstock.com. She joined in 2001 during the formative years of e-commerce and at the time revenue was less than $20M and with a staff of under 100. In her career, she has gone from executive assistant to VP of Branding to VP of customer care to CMO to eventually becoming President. During her tenure, Overstock became a top 25 e-tailer by traffic and grew to nearly $2B in revenue and had approximately 1600 employees.
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