[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.
Lawrence Chester has served as a CFO for 25 years for companies such as Colovos Company, Republic Windows and Doors, United Service Companies, and High Sierra Sport Company, helping them eliminate losses and improving financial operations and reporting. He is an intuitive businessman, able to grasp complex situations, driving to the heart of the matter while developing creative solutions to problems.
Realizing that he enjoyed the challenges of helping companies that were working their way through a crisis, Lawrence joined a bankruptcy trustee for several years, analyzing the financial condition of client companies and managing them through those difficult times. Soon after that, he struck out on his own, forming CFO Simplified’s team of CFOs.
CFO Simplified helps their clients get clarity on their business’ performance, and the core of CFO Simplified’s focus is working with small to mid-sized businesses in cash flow improvement, strengthening internal controls, improving profitability, and clarifying financial reporting. Since starting CFO Simplified, Lawrence has been involved in Business Turnaround, and Mergers and Acquisitions, in addition to Financial and Operations Management for his clients.
Working with Donald Trump and the Impact of Winning The Apprentice with Kelly Perdew of Moonshots Capital
Kelly Perdew is a Co-Founder and Managing General Partner at Moonshots Capital, a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in extraordinary leadership. Kelly has served in every capacity: Founder, Board Member, CEO, COO, CFO, Business Development, and Sales. He has raised institutional financing, grown businesses, down-sized businesses, and sold businesses for 8-figure exits.
Kelly was the winner of the second season of The Apprentice. This granted him access to work with the Trump brand across its different businesses. He holds an MBA and JD from The School of Law UCLA and graduated from West Point.
[Top Agency Series] Structuring Your Org Chart Properly And Growing Your Company from $10K with Jon Morris, CEO of Ramsay Innovations LLCrris, CEO of Ramsay Innovations LLC
Jon Morris is the CEO of Ramsay Innovations LLC, where he helps business leaders grow their companies faster. They provide companies a framework that Jon has fine tuned over the years that is focused on data-driven leadership, high performing culture, focus and alignment, and growth infrastructure.
Before Ramsay Innovations, Jon founded and bootstrapped Rise Interactive, a full-service internet marketing agency, with $10,000 and grew it into one of the largest independent digital agencies. Rise Interactive helps clients get new customers at the lowest acquisition cost.
Steve Fretzin is the President of Fretzin Inc., where he offers business development coaching and training, law practice advice, and interactive and impactful law firm retreats to his clients. Steve has been a business development coach with over 20 years of experience. He coaches and trains lawyers on the most modern-day business development skills, providing precise tips, fresh ideas, and actionable tasks that drive tangible results.
Steve is also a three-time author on legal business development and the host of BE THAT LAWYER podcast. He has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, and Entrepreneur.com and has appeared on NBC News and WGN Radio. He is a regular contributor to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and has published articles in Attorney at Law Magazine, the National Law Review, the American Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.
[Top Black Business Leaders Series] Dominating Your Industry Without Losing Your Mind with Ladi Goldwire of BrinMar Construction & Development Group
Ladi Goldwire is CEO and Owner of BrinMar Construction & Development Group Ltd, a design-build general contracting firm specializing in condo renovations and single-family residential home flips and rehabs. She is passionate about her business because it provides a means for women to be expressive and relevant in a space typically set aside for, and dominated by, men.
Ladi is also a big advocate for mental health and the hemp industry. She’s a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Christina Nicholson is the Founder of Media Maven and Podcast Clout. Media Maven is a full-service public relations agency that specializes in owned and earned media. At the same time, Podcast Clout is a service that makes it easy for you to find the right podcasts to be a guest and catapult your brand.
Christina is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience anchoring, reporting, writing, blogging, video production, editing, and excelling in social media, photography, and live TV.
She’s been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, the Huffington Post, Time, Yahoo!, PR Daily, All Business Experts, CNN, WTVJ in Miami, WPTV in West Palm Beach, News 12 in New York City, and many other media outlets. More importantly, she has gotten her clients on everywhere from Good Morning America and all over the media.
[Private Equity Series] Acquiring Bootstrapped SaaS Companies with Kevin McArdle of SureSwift Capital
Kevin McArdle is the Founder and CEO of SureSwift Capital, a private equity firm that buys and builds SaaS companies. SureSwift gives dream exits to SaaS Founders and through their uniquely entrepreneurial approach, they have acquired–and grown–over 30 companies in five and a half years. A few of their companies include ChargeStripe, Mailparser, MySiteAuditor, and many more.
Before founding SureSwift, Kevin worked at Cerner Corporation, a global healthcare IT firm. In his 15 year tenure at Cerner, Kevin held positions in sales, sales leadership, operations, general management, and client management, eventually becoming one of the youngest Vice Presidents in the company’s 35-year history.
Andrew Youderian is the Founder of eCommerceFuel, an amazing community where eCommerce store owners can help each other grow their stores and build deeper relationships. After a few years in the investment banking world, Andrew decided he’d had enough and decided to quit and start his first eCommerce business.
He has sold numerous eCommerce stores over the years, which have collectively generated millions of dollars, and he has experience bootstrapping stores, seven-figure business exits, and SEO community building.