[Top Agency Series] Podcasting & LinkedIn: Two Powerful Tools for Creating Content with John Corcoran and Dr. Jeremy Weisz of Rise25
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.
[Top Agency Series] How to Build a Better Agency with Drew McLellan of Agency Management Institute (AMI)
Drew McLellan is a marketing veteran. He has worked in advertising for over 25 years and started his agency, McLellan Marketing Group, in 1995. He also owns and runs the Agency Management Institute (AMI), a consultancy that’s been helping agency owners grow since the early ‘90s. Before Drew acquired AMI, his agency was a member of the organization for years.
Drew’s first book, 99.3 Random Acts of Marketing, was published in 2003, and his most recent book, Sell with Authority: Own and Monetize Your Agency’s Authority Position, came out in March of 2020. He has been interviewed and quoted by multiple news sources and magazines, including Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, and Businessweek. Drew is also the host of the Build a Better Agency podcast.
Victoria Song is a one-of-a-kind figure in the world of business. She currently works as an executive coach, leadership advisor, and public speaker. She got her start in venture capital, where her investment turned $1 million into a $40 million return. Her ongoing success earned her a place on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
Victoria’s passion is to see entrepreneurs’ personal and professional lives flourish with her singular approach to coaching. Her new book, Bending Reality: How to Make the Impossible Probable, details her advice and strategies for realizing your potential — it’s set to release on August 24th of 2021.
Dean Dutro is an email marketing expert and the Co-founder of Worth eCommerce. His business seeks to lower marketing costs by maximizing ROI from email and SMS outreach. He also founded Email Growth Training, which features his own curriculum on e-commerce growth through strategic email systems.
In addition, Dean serves as the host of the Relationship Commerce Podcast, where he interviews top e-commerce entrepreneurs to learn about their stories and strategies. His goal across all of his ventures is to see other e-commerce platforms grow and succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.
Reid Tracy is the President and CEO of Hay House, a self-help publishing company dedicated to supporting positive change through their books, events, online courses, and more. Starting as a CFO over 30 years ago, Reid joined Hay House and became instrumental in the careers of authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Esther and Jerry Hicks. As the company grew, he helped establish home offices in New York, London, Sydney, and New Delhi.
Under Reid’s time as CEO, Hay House has become one of the leading self-empowerment publishing companies with their books available in more than 35 countries. In addition to his work within publishing, Reid also serves as the President of the Hay Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower women, children, and animals.
Eric Turnnessen is the Founder and CEO of MemberMouse: a software company that pioneered a WordPress plugin for managing memberships. Previously, Eric had a longstanding career as a Strategic Applications Consultant for large brands, such as Walmart, British Airways, and Sony. In creating MemberMouse, he combined that experience with his software knowledge to help thousands of companies run better membership sites.
Outside of MemberMouse, Eric has a passion for tea and meditation that inspired him to start an online course called Learn Gong Fu Tea. In the course, Eric teaches the benefits of tea and the ceremony of properly brewing and serving tea in the gong fu style. Moreover, Eric is also a musical composer and the host of The MemberMouse Podcast.
Yoni Kozminski is the Founder and CEO of both MultiplyMii and Escala. MultiplyMii specializes in affordable offshore staffing solutions and HR outsourcing for e-commerce businesses. On the other hand, Escala offers consulting services for e-commerce companies and Amazon sellers who want to scale their businesses. Both companies provide different solutions aimed at taking e-commerce and Amazon businesses to the next level.
In addition to being a scaling expert and an entrepreneur, Yoni also hosts the podcast Successful Scales, where he interviews leaders on what it takes to build successful businesses. He has a background in digital marketing and advertising and has worked with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Mastercard, and Sony, to name a few. While born in Australia, Yoni currently resides in Tel Aviv.
Cameron Healy is the Founder of The Healy Foundation, an organization that awards grants and scholarships to support the community, environment, and youth in Oregon and Hawaii. He is also the Co-founder of Kona Brewing Company and the original visionary behind the KETTLE® Chips empire.
Cameron launched his first business when he was only 21 years old with a company rooted in the natural food movement. Since then, Cameron has built and scaled many successful businesses. He attributes much of his entrepreneurial success to the lessons he learned from his father and the strong communities around him.
[Top Agency Series] How to Make Your Book a Best-Seller with Jonathan Jacobs of Digital Natives Group
Jonathan Jacobs is a Founding Partner of Digital Natives Group, a digital marketing agency established in 2011. They help brands act like locals on mobile, social, and the web.
Jonathan and the team at Digital Natives Group have worked with many authors to help build their brand, grow their online presence, and transform their digital following into a movement. They’ve had clients like the NFL, Polaroid, Pinterest, Dr. David Perlmutter, and many more.
Jonathan has helped launch social media platforms for global sports brands, projects for Fortune 500 companies, and nearly one hundred book launches (many of them best-sellers). In creating Digital Natives Group, Jonathan managed to build a seven-figure social media practice from the ground up.
Bram Bourgeois and Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois are the Co-founders of Lekkco, a brand of all-natural chocolate spread created from a 50-year-old Belgian recipe. Lekkco’s dark chocolate spread is nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO. It’s also low in sugar and calories, making it a guilt-free treat that everyone can indulge in without worry.
Bram and Jennifer found inspiration for Lekkco during their family trips to Belgium and created their company in 2017. Since then, they have built brand awareness, expanded their market reach, and developed a product line available at several large retailers in 42 major cities throughout the United States.
[Top Black Business Leaders Series] Insource: How to Increase Efficiency with Existing Staff and Rapidly Onboard New Staff with Owen McGab Enaohwo of SweetProcess
Owen McGab Enaohwo is the CEO and Co-founder of SweetProcess, a company offering cloud-based software solutions for documenting processes, assigning tasks, and organizing workflows. Owen started SweetProcess back in 2013, and it has grown from there. Now, not only do universities, banks, hospitals, and software companies all use SweetProcess, but first responder government agencies use it in life or death situations to run their operations.
Before starting SweetProcess, Owen spent seven years as the CEO of H.Y.V.A., a company providing other businesses with virtual assistants. In addition to his computer science background and his many years of experience in the internet industry, Owen is also skilled in negotiation, business planning, operations management, and business development.
Pete Williams is a marketer, entrepreneur, advisor, and author who has several companies across different industries. Some of his current business ventures include Preneur Group, Simply Headsets, earHero, Infiniti Telecommunications, and SpringCom Telecommunications.
At age 21, Pete made a name for himself when he found a business opportunity in selling off pieces of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Australia’s version of Yankee Stadium) after a remodel. Since then, he has continued to receive recognition. Forbes has described him as the “entrepreneur today that every marketer should be modeling,” and Inc. called him a “savvy marketing strategist.” Pete was a Southern Region Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program and has won numerous awards in business.
In addition to his entrepreneurial work, Pete is a Professor of Practice at his alma mater, Deakin University, where he received his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management and Commercial Law. He is the author of several books, and his latest book, Cadence: A Tale of Fast Business Growth, uses a story-based approach to examine Pete’s seven levers of business framework.
Nicole Martin is the Founder of HR Boost, LLC., a shared services consulting firm based in Chicago’s north suburbs. She is a best-selling author who’s been featured in Forbes and Fast Company magazine. She’s become the ‘go-to’ source for companies looking for a full turnkey HR department at a fraction of the cost it would take them to do it on their own. Nicole’s redefined what ‘outsourced HR’ means.
In recognition of her professional excellence and community involvement, Nicole has been honored by multiple organizations. She was named a “2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Champion” by Enterprising Women Magazine and was afforded the “Influential Women in Business Award 2014” by The Daily Herald Business Ledger.
Selling a Company, Starting a New Venture, The Mets Game and the Lizard Story with Dave Will of PropFuel
Dave Will is CEO and Co-founder of PropFuel, a software platform that helps associations with valuable content, products, and services to offer but are struggling to connect the solutions with the right individuals at scale. They make it easy for associations to capture, analyze, and take action on member feedback to drive revenue and deeper member engagement.
Dave is also the host of the EO 360° Podcast, a podcast by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization that explores entrepreneurship. Dave started, scaled, and sold Peach New Media, a learning platform software company. Peach New Media was launched in 2001 and sold in 2015. The company at the time was at 40 employees when he received an offer from a private equity group.
Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25 Media, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service.
Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for early business podcasts. He helped put 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 through video interviews on Inspired Insider. He also continues to run his chiropractic and massage facility in downtown Chicago and is the founder of a nutritional supplement business.
Holly Lyman is the Founder of Wild Tonic, a brand of Good Omen Bottling. She is an encaustic artist from Alaska who has mastered the ancient art of Jun kombucha, among other ferments, and grows many of the ingredients on her ranch in Sedona, Arizona.
Wild Tonic is available in a variety of flavors which include Blueberry Basil, Mango Ginger, Blackberry Mint, and many more. Their products are available all over the country in Whole Foods, Wegmans, and many more retail locations.
[Venture Capital Series] Taking Early-stage Investing to the Next Level with Matt Bressler of TDF Ventures
Matt Bressler is a Principal at TDF Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Washington DC and Silicon Valley. They focus on startups that serve enterprise markets within infrastructure, software, and services. They invest from a $150M permanent pool of capital which gives them a long-term horizon to work with startups with big ideas. They also believe in technology’s power to improve lives and support development initiatives through the TDF Foundation which operates in parallel to their venture activity.
Before TDF Ventures, Matt worked with GE Ventures supporting investments and strategy in intelligent environments. He also served as the Director of Investments for the Wharton Social Venture Fund and as an Associate for FOUNDER.org.
Matt graduated with a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and he later earned his MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
[Live Episode] How to Build Thought Leadership Through Podcasts and Content Marketing with John Corcoran and Dr. Jeremy Weisz of Rise25
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 ran his own boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area catering to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
John is the host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast since 2012 where 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 generate ROI through their done-for-you podcast service.
How to Become The Execution Power House You’ve Always Wanted to Be with Peter Shallard of Commit Action
Peter Shallard is the Founder and CEO of Commit Action, a company that uses real science to help business owners achieve their goals faster, easier, and more often. He spent the last decade doing one-to-one therapy and consulting with some of the world’s highest achievers in his other business where he is better known as “The Shrink for Entrepreneurs.”
For years, he was dissatisfied with pseudoscience and the lies in the entrepreneur’s growth world. From pseudoscientific life coaching, hype-driven “secrets” based info-marketing, to false/artificial epiphany and snake-oil personal development, Peter saw how the personal development movement was failing business owners.
This led to the founding of Commit Action as a way to help business owners predictably bridge the gap between personal development and business growth through evidence-based methodology.
Combining Religion, Business, and Philanthropy with Steve Sarowitz, Founder of Paylocity and Blue Marble Payroll
Steve Sarowitz is the Founder and Chairman of Paylocity, a company that he started with just three people in a 600 square feet office which has since grown into a billion-dollar company and a leading US provider of payroll and HR solutions.
Steve also serves as CEO of Blue Marble Payroll, an international payroll provider, and the Director of Payescape, a UK payroll provider. He is also an international philanthropist who plans to give away over £1billion to charitable causes during his lifetime.
Steve and his wife have a family foundation that supports over 50 worthy causes worldwide, including programs helping orphans, foster children, refugees, and many other people in need. He has also helped produce several movies including The Gate, a ground-breaking film documentary about the Baháʼí faith which was named as the Best Religious Documentary of 2018.