June 2015

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28422.mp3 Arnie Silverman - Owner of Silverman CPM and Construction Consultant  [caption id="attachment_13508" align="alignright" width="200"] Arnie Silverman[/caption] Annie Silverman runs a construction advisory firm that serves a diverse blend of non-profit, community-focused and institutional clients, plus private sector organizations and corporations. Silverman CPM’s hallmark is dedication to serving the client in an environment of trust, objectivity and open communication, free from conflicts of interest. Established in 1995, Silverman Construction Program Management, Inc. began as a one-person shop, focusing primarily on assisting non-profit and community organizations navigate the complexities of their construction programs. With more than 38 years of professional experience in planning and managing construction projects, Arnie Silverman built the company on a foundation of honest and straightforward relationships in a business environment grounded in respect for all parties. Annie won the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Small Busineesman of the Year in 2007 and just last month won their lifetime achievement award.   Roger Parker - Content Marketing at Published and Profitable  [caption id="attachment_13509" align="alignright" width="180"] Roger Parker[/caption] Roger Parker is a content marketer and author. His 38 books have sold 1.6 million copies throughout the world in over 30 languages, making him the $32 Million Dollar Author. These books include the NY-Times best-selling Looking Good in Print: A Guide to Basic Design for Desktop Publishing which has been in print for over 20 years. Other titles include The Streetwise Guide to Relationship Marketing on the Internet and Microsoft Office for Windows for Dummies, (original author). Roger's specialties are clear writing, clutter-free design, and mind mapping as a way to create and share information.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28421.mp3 Jeff Jahn - Founder & Chief Nerd at DynamiX [caption id="attachment_13502" align="alignright" width="216"] Jeff Jahn[/caption] Jeff Jahn is a seasoned entrepreneur, digital business leader and proven innovator. He has been recognized with the 2015 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from Berry College and was a Metro Atlanta Chamber Business Person of the Year finalist. Jeff was one of 20 Rising Stars Under 40 from Cobb Life Magazine. His work has been featured by national media outlets including Fast Company, Adweek, Fox News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, ABC News, Time Magazine, Comedy Central, Gawker, CBS' The Early Show, Reuters, Politico, and GQ. He founded DynamiX in 2005 as a college sophomore. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the most respected website development companies in the Southeast, with a client list that includes great national and local companies alongside personalities including Presidential Candidate Herman Cain and Clark Howard. In just the past 6 months, DynamiX has been awarded more than 140 trophies and over a dozen "Site of the Day" honors for our work, while serving over 45 million visitors.   Steven Roberts - Author, Speaker, and Educator at College Cash Champion  [caption id="attachment_13504" align="alignright" width="188"] Steven Roberts[/caption] Steven Roberts is a college scholarship expert. He believes almost anyone can go to college largely for free. And for entrepreneurs, this is so important. Finishing school with $100k in debt can be an entrepreneurial dream killer! When Steven went to college, his sister was involved in a car wreck and his parents had to cover her medical bills. They told him that he was on my own and he had to figure it out how to pay for college. Steven was blessed to finish college without student loans. He later wrote a book on paying for college entitled: "Winning the Money Game in College -- Any Major and Any GPA and Any Major Can Finish College Debt-Free or Better!" Steven helps college students save $10,000's on college expenses so that they can finish college debt-free or better!   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28413.mp3 Brenton Hayden - Founder of Renter's Warehouse and Investor at Leafline Labs   [caption id="attachment_13426" align="alignright" width="210"] Brenton Hayden[/caption] Brenton Hayden is a highly accomplished investor and entrepreneur, especially in the real estate industry. He is currently an investor in Leafline Labs. This company is a pharmaceutical grade laboratory that grows, researches, and retails high grade medical quality cannabis for the following qualifying conditions: Cancer with severe/chronic pain, with nausea or severe vomiting, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette’s Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Brenton is also the owner of Suits, LLC, specializing in rural development of small business and residential rental real estate. They also work with holdings in residential multi-family, laundromats, and commercial retail. Previously, Brenton was the CEO of Renter's Warehouse, and now is the chairman of their board. The company helps property owners  to rent and manage their residential real estate. As Chairman, he plans to establish a board to help the company expand nationally, and focus on projects that will directly benefit the business.   Anu Shukla - Founder & CEO at RewardsPay Inc. [caption id="attachment_13427" align="alignright" width="200"] Anu Shukla[/caption] Anu Shukla is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of high-tech industry experience. She is the Founder & CEO of RewardsPay Inc. RewardsPay lets you pay with your cash rewards, miles, or points from credit cards, hotels, airlines, and other rewards programs for goods and services at leading merchants. Formerly, she was the founder and CEO of Offerpal Media. She was the Founder and former CEO and Director of MyBuys Inc. a venture backed company she started in 2002. Prior to MyBuys, she was founder and CEO of Rubric, Inc, a Silicon Valley software company that pioneered the explosive new category of Enterprise Marketing Automation systems. Rubric eMA is used by F500 and e-commerce companies to drive revenues and build "sticky" customer relationships. Rubric, was acquired for $366 million in February 2000. She has also played a major role in Compuware's $433 million acquisition of Uniface. Ms. Shukla served on the Board of Directors of FWE&E (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives) , International Museum of Women ( IMOW.org) and the Advisory Board for the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She was named to the Computer Industry “Dream Team” by Business 2.0 magazine in 2004, awarded the YSU Distinguished Alumni award in 2005, and the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington D.C. based Dialogue on Diversity organization in 2005. Ms Shukla served as the commencement speaker and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater YSU in 2008.     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28412.mp3 Dr. Tina Seelig - Founder of BookBrowser, Professor at Stanford University, and Author of Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World Dr. Tina Seelig is a Professor at Stanford School of Engineering. Dr. Seelig earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in 1985 where she studied Neuroscience. She has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, as a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation, and was the founder of a multimedia company called BookBrowser. In 2009 she received the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering education, and in 2014, Dr. Seelig was honored with the SVForum Visionary Award. She also received the 2014 MS&E Award for Graduate Teaching, the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She has written 17 popular science books and educational games. Her books include The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, published by Scientific American, and a series of twelve games called Games for Your Brain, published by Chronicle Books. Her newest books, published by HarperCollins are What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009), inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity ( 2012), and Insight Out (2015).   Scott Soesbee - Founder of FlameOFF Coatings and SBA Business Person of the Year 2015 Scott Soesbee is Founder of FlameOFF Coatings, a leading developer of fire resistant technologies that protects lives and property. The company is the only provider of fully tested fire retardant and fire resistance intumescent paint products uniquely designed to provide a high-level of fire protection at a reasonable cost. FlameOFF Coatings, Inc. is a private company based in Georgia. Their intumescent paints have been tested at accredited third party International Accreditation Service (IAS) fire testing laboratories. FlameOFF Coatings is a member of NFPA and ICC. Scott won the SBDC Small Business Person of the Year for 2013.   Todd Anduze - Area Director of the SBDC Todd Anduze is the Area Director of the Atlanta SBDC. The SBDC's goal is to help improve the well-being of Georgians by providing education and one on one consulting for small businesses. They provide services like carrying out research and data collection to understand small businesses, conducting analysis, preparing business plans and financials/presentations, interviewing client's employees, management team and other stakeholders, running focus groups and facilitating workshops, identifying issues and forming hypotheses and solutions to help entrepreneurs successfully operate a business, presenting findings and recommendations to clients, implementing recommendations/solutions and ensuring the client receives the necessary assistance to carry it all out, managing projects and programs, leading and managing those within the team, including developing the team and culture, and finally conducting on-going interaction with the client to keep them informed of progress and to make relevant decisions.   Mark Gibson - Public Affairs Officer for the Small Business Administration   Mark Gibson has been a long time friend of the show. He joined the SBA in November 2012, and he quickly realized a lack of instruction in communications and communications planning in so many small businesses in the state. Mark worked to build a team of PR/Communication professionals to develop  a rock solid curriculum to help. Their first event attracted an amazing 158 people and was a huge success. Since then, Mark has driven many SBA projects and the PR campaigns that accompany them. There's a rumor that he recently became an entrepreneur himself, details to follow!   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28409.mp3 Lee Odden - CEO at TopRank Online Marketing and Author of Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing [caption id="attachment_13405" align="alignright" width="180"] Lee Odden[/caption] Lee Odden is a long time digital marketer who started working in web development and online marketing in the late 1990s. After working on engagements for companies like Toro, Supervalu and the U.S. Veteran's Administration, he shifted his focus to working with an upstart digital PR agency. After introducing a SEO service called TopRank to the PR agency offering, it became the company itself - TopRank Online Marketing. Since then, Lee has been the CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, a fast growing digital marketing agency based in Minnesota that consults for Fortune 1000 B2B and B2C companies like Dell, McKesson and LinkedIn as well as well-known marketing organizations like CMI, MarketingProfs and Copyblogger. Lee is also an active public speaker and has given presentations, keynotes, and workshops all over the world, including London, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Sydney to name a few, on integrated online marketing and public relations. He is active in the marketing and PR industries and has served as a board advisor for the DMA Social Media and Search Marketing Councils, Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, and for the SES and MarketingProfs B2B conferences. TopRank Online Marketing was awarded a Killer Content Award in the Influencer Campaign category from Demand Gen Report at the B2B Content2Conversion conference. Lee was named one of 25 Social Media Marketing Experts to watch by LinkedIn. His online marketing blog is ranked by the AdAge Power150 as a top marketing blog, ranked a top Small Biz blog on Technorati, ranked #2 Social Media Blog by Social Media Examiner, and is the only blog to rank #1 three times in the Junta42 list of top Content Marketing Blogs. TopRankMarketing.com was even included in Marketing Sherpa's Guide to SEO Firms 3 years in a row.   Robert Mallon - Co-Founder at Rusty Lion Academy  [caption id="attachment_13402" align="alignright" width="210"] Robert Mallon[/caption] Robert Mallon is a nationally recognized, professional speaker, business coach, mentor, and meeting facilitator. With over 35 years of business experience, he has worked for several nationally known corporations as a leader and manager. He has made it his mission to help people and companies grow and live up to their full potential. To fulfill this mission, he started the Rusty Lion Academy which helps mentor thirty- to forty-nine-year-old entrepreneurial men to develop and sustain thriving businesses and extraordinary lives. The Rusty Lion Academy is unique in how it offers personalized, comprehensive mentoring through a system of 1-on-1 and group mentoring. The Academy also allows its students to tap into a network of industry professionals, personalized mentor sessions, and a wealth of supporting content. In addition, it offers books, downloadable podcasts, blogs, social media accounts, and a strong web presence.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28407.mp3 John Rizzo - Digital Marketing Entrepreneur and Small Business Advocate [caption id="attachment_13337" align="alignright" width="177"] John Rizzo[/caption] John Rizzo is currently the co-founder of InVidz and a passionate digital marketing entrepreneur. He launched a local digital marketing firm as a college senior and hasn't slowed down since. From 2007-2010 he was a consultant for Amazon.com where he counseled hundreds of authors on book publishing & internet marketing strategy. He loves helping clients and customers increase their conversions through the use of Video and lead generation. He then developed a platform, InVidz, to help them do so. InVidz is the Entrepreneur's video marketing platform. Their smart video technology helps convert more viewers into customers during viewer engagement. They can turn any video into a powerful interactive smart video that can generate more leads and impulse buys. InVidz reduces the need to build a complex sales funnel with six fully integrated modules that operate with point-and-click simplicity right from the videos.   John Haber - Founder and CEO at Spend Management Experts [caption id="attachment_13375" align="alignright" width="180"] John Haber[/caption] John Haber is the Founder and CEO of Spend Management Experts, a leading transportation spend management consulting firm. With nearly two decades of transportation spend management experience, John has helped some of the world’s leading brands drive greater efficiencies through their supply chain operations while reducing transportation costs by 20 percent and more. John began his career at UPS where he held various executive level positions in corporate finance and was instrumental in developing profitability and costing models. He also managed the carrier’s National Accounts Profitability Group where he audited the pricing and profitability of UPS’ top customers. John’s finance background combined with decades of experience working with high volume shippers enables him to offer unique insights on strategic supply chain planning including distribution model optimization, transportation cost analysis, and carrier contract optimization and compliance. A repeat speaker at industry events including Parcel Forum and Internet Retailer, John is widely considered one of the logistics industry's foremost thought leaders on transportation spend management. He is frequently quoted and published in national business and trade media such as the Wall Street Journal, Inbound Logistics, and Parcel magazine. In 2014, John was named one of the top 100 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know for the third consecutive year.     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28405.mp3 [caption id="attachment_13376" align="alignright" width="189"] Sam Horn[/caption] Sam Horn - Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and Author of Got Your Attention?: How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone Sam Horn, the Intrigue Expert, is a positioning/messaging/branding expert whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Washington Post and on NPR and MSNCBC. Her speaking clients include KPMG, Cisco, ASAE, Boeing, Inc. 500, Intel, NASA, and Capital One, and she has served as the pitch coach for Springboard Enterprises, which has helped entrepreneurs receive $6.6 billion in funding. Her most recent book, Got Your Attention, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2015, was #1 in three categories on Amazon (Sales & Marketing, Business Management and Skills). Got Your Attention introduces Sam’s “secret sauce” for creating mutually intriguing conversations so you can turn frustrating, waste-of-time, one-way interactions into productive, mutually-rewarding, two-way connections that get results.     Bill Barnett - Author of  The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You [caption id="attachment_13377" align="alignright" width="158"] Bill Barnett[/caption] Bill Barnett is a business and career strategist and the author of The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You (Stanford University Press). He helps professionals, executives, and people seeking such careers discover their potential callings and develop plans to get there. During his 23 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Bill advised business clients on top strategy issues. As leader of the firm’s Strategy Practice, he pioneered new ways to develop business strategy. Another of his McKinsey roles was to coach partners on their own strategies to grow their impact in the firm. Later, while teaching business strategy at Yale, he found that students seeking his career advice got fresh insights when they deployed the business concepts from class on themselves. Bill researched and developed two fundamental insights: while the specifics are different, business and career strategy are conceptually identical, and using business strategy concepts can help people plot careers. He created a course to help MBA students at Yale and Rice develop their strategies. The Strategic Career pulls this experience together. It shows readers how to set long-term direction to a field or role that may become a calling, turn that aspiration into a long-term action plan, find opportunities to get started, determine which opportunity to accept, and stay on track over time as things change. Bill is a director on the Boards of Eagle Materials and The Bridge, an overseer of the International Rescue Committee, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has blogged on careers for Harvard Business Review. Earlier, Bill worked at the US Department of State and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was a member of the US delegation to NATO/Warsaw Pact negotiations, and was a Captain in the US Army in Vietnam. ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28400.mp3 Peter Boni - Author of All Hands On Deck: Navigating Your Team Through Crises, Getting Your Organization Unstuck, and Emerging Victorious, Speaker, Director, Investor,  and CEO at Kedgeway, Inc. [caption id="attachment_13298" align="alignright" width="192"] Peter Boni[/caption] Peter Boni formed Kedgeway Inc. as a platform to write, consult, speak, teach, invest, and direct his philanthropy. During his career, he added nearly $5 billion of value as a science and technology CEO, consultant, director, and private equity/venture capital investor. Over a decade apart, in different regions and in separate categories, he was twice cited in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition, most recently in 2011 as Master Entrepreneur in Philadelphia. He has occasionally commentated for varying programs featured on CNBC, Fox Business, and The Street.com. Over a 22-year period as CEO of several technology companies (public, private, IPO), his firms were listed among the Inc. 500 five times, the Software 100 three times, and the Fast 50 and the Fortune 1000 twice. Earlier, he held Fortune 500 executive assignments in sales, marketing, and general management. Peter has experienced dozens of mergers and acquisitions as both a buyer and a seller. He has presided over $1B of IPO, secondary or private financing; he has served on the boards of directors of two dozen public and private financial, healthcare and technology firms (ranging from $10 million to $1 billion) as chairman, independent director, committee head and/or CEO coach. A decorated military veteran, Peter spent 15 months in combat as a special operations infantry officer. Today, he is Vice Chairman and on the national board of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which has brought entrepreneurship training to over 500,000 poor, inner city youth in 21 U.S. states and nine countries. He is founding co-chairman of its Philadelphia branch.   Astrid Stromberg - Founder of Brilliant Essence and Author of What's Next?: Exploring the Journey of Souls in the Afterlife [caption id="attachment_13302" align="alignright" width="210"] Astrid Stromberg[/caption] Astrid Stromberg is celebrated as a gifted international inspirational and motivational speaker. She studied Economics and International Politics at the Université Paris Nord and later went on to be a personal and business advisor. She is a certified and experienced mediator, former President of the United Nations Association for Northern California, speaker, radio and film producer and host, and a clinical hypnotherapist. Born a psychic medium, her advice is sought by people from all walks of life seeking to channel messages from beyond for their personal and professional gain. Producer and host of Brilliant Essence radio, Astrid has been advising all kinds of people including royalty, top executives, film stars, and even politicians for over 35 years. Having French roots, Astrid grew up travelling the world  and delving into all types of religions and philosophies, adding to her business experience to deliver practical and empowering messages for success in all aspects of one's life. Speaker, teacher, artist, and astrologer, Astrid is available for one-on-one or group consultations.     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28395.mp3 Vera Watkins - CEO at Marena Group Inc [caption id="attachment_13238" align="alignright" width="142"] Vera Watkins[/caption] Vera Watkins is an inspiring example of the American Dream. Emigrating from Serbia via Switzerland, she has turned her passion for shapewear into a highly successful American corporation, The Marena Group. It has become the world’s largest manufacturer of compression garments. Founded in 1994 by Vera and Bill Watkins, the company was named after their children Mark and Lena. They began production out of the couple’s home garage in July 1995. By 2001 the company grew to win the ‘Small Business Exporter of the Year’ award from the state of Georgia. The company's continued growth resulted in accolades and awards from industry experts and agencies, such as being named apparel manufacturing ‘Grand All Star’ of 2006 by Apparel magazine. Today, Marena is widely recognized as the world’s leading compression garment manufacturer with a vast array of products and representation in 72 countries around the world. She was recently a finalist for the Metro Atlanta Chamber Business Person of the Year!   Nellie Akalp - CEO and Owner of CorpNet, Incorporated [caption id="attachment_10986" align="alignright" width="150"] Nellie Akalp[/caption] Nellie Akalp is the CEO and Owner of CorpNet, Incorporated, a legal document filing service company. Nellie uses her passion for entrepreneurship to help others start their own businesses. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of La Verne, College of Law with her Juris Doctorate Degree, and she has served on the school's Law Review for three consecutive years. Nellie has helped more than 100,000 corporations and LLCs start their ventures. Nellie is a contributor for Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, and other platforms, as well as a regular guest expert on the Fox Small Business Center where she shares tips and tricks to start a business. She  was named a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends in 2012, 2013, and 2014. ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28393.mp3   Tania Mulry - Start Up Consultant & Advisor [caption id="attachment_13284" align="alignright" width="200"] Tania Mulry[/caption] Tania Mulry is a marketing consultant, technology entrepreneur, award-winning mobile marketer, inspirational speaker, and author. She is also an USC Professor of mobile application design and mobile media. She is the VP of AdPros LA, a member of the American Advertising Federation. Tania is the founder of DDx Media, a women-owned LA County marketing agency, as well as the founder of edRover.com and the award winning edRover apps. Her bestselling book, "The Cause: The Power of Digital Storytelling for Social Good" helps non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs boost their organizations' visibility and helps them raise funds through digital marketing. She offers live and online marketing training to experts and entrepreneurs called "Build Your Own Buzz". She is known for developing cutting edge digital marketing, retail marketing, event marketing and experiential marketing campaigns for an impressive roster of retail companies, electronics companies, restaurants and consumer packaged goods companies in retail environments and professional sports teams. Some of her clients include AT&T, JCPenney, GameStop, Brinkers (Chili’s), Nintendo, Nokia, RIM, LG, State Farm, Huggies, Doritos, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and San Antonio Spurs. She was a founding member of MasterCard Worldwide’s Information Products and Services team and served on the Corporate Strategy team for the historic IPO of MasterCard.   Stacey Ellen - Success Coach, Speaker & Mentor [caption id="attachment_13288" align="alignright" width="180"] Stacey Ellen[/caption] Stacey Ellen is the CEO of Stacey Ellen Enterprises (S.E.E) and the creator of Joy to Success. As a certified Transformational Success Coach, Stacey helps people connect with their inner light and create their most fulfilling lives. Her inspirational speaking helps others leverage their joy and learn specific life changing skills to accomplish their biggest dreams. Stacey has 15 years of relationship building skills and business experiences. She now works with people all over the world to build and grow their business. She mentors others to enable them to create and accomplish their biggest dreams; specifically, people looking to live a more fulfilling life, make a career change, or working with business owners who want to increase their income and take their business to the next level. She is also a firm believer in being of service to others and works with the youth to provide support and skills to enable them to create a life they choose. By combining her business skills with her passion toward helping others rise to their greatness, Stacey has developed an in depth curriculum and an array of coaching techniques geared towards helping others live the life of their dreams.   ...