Spotlight Interview: Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson - Sandler Systems, Inc

Dave talks about innovation, learning from customers, and success in sales.

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Spotlight Interview: David Allen

David Allen - Getting Things Done

David talks about GTD and how it can help you, your business, and your success.

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Spotlight Interview: Gordon Logan

Gordon Logan - Sport Clips

Gordon talks about Sport Clips and the success of the franchise model he built.

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Jun9

Steve Goedeker
Steve Goedeker
Goedeker's
President

Goedeker’s has been a trusted name in St. Louis for major appliances, home lighting, plumbing, and furniture for over 60 years.
From Ben Goedeker’s home repair shop to the huge warehouse and showroom overseen by his son, Steve, Goedeker’s has been providing name brand washers and dryers, kitchen appliances, mattresses, and home furnishings to St. Louis residents for generations.

BusinessInterviews.com: You’ve been a brick and mortar store since 1951. What influenced your decision to start having an online presence in 2009? What did you find most surprising or interesting about the process?

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Jun6

Itai
Itai Sadan
Duda
Co-Founder & CEO

Itai Sadan founded Duda to help small businesses connect with potential customers anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Itai started the company from his garage in Mountain View, CA, with his high school friend, Amir Glatt, who is now CTO. In 2008 they both noticed how the Internet was shifting towards mobile and the need for small businesses to create mobile optimized sites to attract customers on the go.

Duda provides small businesses with a simple and affordable way to create a website that works on desktop, tablet and mobile. With its award-winning one-­click conversion technology, Duda makes it easy to convert any desktop website into one that’s optimized for all devices in mere minutes.

BusinessInterviews.com: How are you helping improve the websites of small businesses around the world?

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Jun5

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan
Plan 2 Profit
President

Paul Morgan is a serial entrepreneur, author, teacher, coach and guest speaker. Having helped launch hundreds of start-ups, Paul has experienced everything there is to experience when it comes to business ownership.

Paul is using his vast experience to help small and medium sized business start up properly through proper business planning and setting up businesses to operate efficiently and effectively in all aspects of business operations. He works with a group of strategic partners to offer a “one stop shop” for small business owners.

BusinessInterviews.com: What are some of the most common mistakes you see clients make when it comes to writing up their business plan?

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Jun4

Rick Julian
Rick Julian
The QUO VADIS Agency
Chief Creative Officer

Rick Julian is the Chief Creative Officer at The QUO VADIS Agency. QUO VADIS develops sophisticated brand strategies and award winning creative assets: names, logos, websites, films, trade show displays, marketing collateral, and radio and television commercials that have helped its national and global clientele grow over $2 billion in new revenue.

BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to write a book highlighting the usefulness of Taoism in modern life?

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Jun3

Hal Brown
Hal Brown
Pacific Continental Bank
Chief Executive Officer

Hal Brown is a banking professional with more than three decades of industry experience, who began his career with Pacific Continental Bank in 1985. During his tenure with PCB, Hal has served in several executive leadership positions including president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

In 2012, the Portland Business Journal named Hal as the ‘2012 CEO of the Year’ in the financial services category. In 2013, Hal was inducted into the Oregon Banker’s Association Hall of Fame.

Pacific Continental Bank, the operating subsidiary of Pacific Continental Corporation, delivers highly personalized services through 14 banking offices in Oregon and Washington.

Pacific Continental targets the banking needs of community-based businesses, professional service providers, including health care and veterinary professionals, and nonprofit organizations.

BusinessInterviews.com: What are some of the unique services you offer that help your clients build a stronger and more profitable business?

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May28

Kosta Gara
Kosta Gara

Kosta Gara has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up. His latest entrepreneurial venture is Vionic – a Facebook deal and promotion platform.
Vionic’s signature product “Deal Maker” enables brands to generate real-time revenue and increase ‘likes’ on Facebook through fan-exclusive deals, coupons and more.

BusinessInterviews.com: Why do you think that the daily deals model is broken? How have you been using this problem to your advantage?

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May27

Ravi Nanjangud
Ravi Nanjangud
iQuest LLC
Co-Founder

Ravi Nanjangud, is a cofounder of iQuest LLC, a Quadra-linguist, pragmatic Information management leader helping Fortune 100 and growth oriented companies, achieve operational excellence by executing strategies for business growth leveraging technology. He has held leadership positions within Fortune 100 companies and led cross-functional teams within fast paced matrix organizations across Information Management, Product Development, Solution design and delivery of Enterprise Systems including Big 4 Management consulting. He is extremely passionate and widely recognized as an expert in aligning business processes and integrating regulated validated systems, bringing in operational efficiencies to the organization to achieve maximum cost savings.

iQuest LLC, a Santa Rosa, CA based company, is an advisory and software technology company helping organizations achieve operational excellence by aligning people, process and technology.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you expand on how developing integrated systems can help contribute to the success of a business?

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May25

Jeff Morin
Jeff Morin
Coins For Anything, Inc.
CEO

Jeff Morin started Coins For Anything in 2002 at age nineteen while serving in the Marine Corps. The original model was reselling challenge coins to the military through eBay.

Since first starting out, Jeff has diversified his product offering to include—lapel pins, lanyards, shirts, signs, promos, and websites—thus, the brand For Anything, Inc. was created. Coins For Anything continues to remain the most successful and predominant of the For Anything companies.

ForAnything.com is a one-stop-shop for all things customizable. The For Anything network is comprised of several sister companies – Coins For Anything, Awards For Anything, Lanyards For Anything, Pins For Anything, Signs For Anything, Shirts For Anything, Website For Anything, Signs For Anything and Promos For Anything. They will deliver any customized product their customers need—even if it’s not a part of our standard offering—and it will be finished quickly, accurately, and with the best quality and service possible.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your “Mother of Marine” coin and how that served as the turning point for your business?

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May23

Stephen Robert Morse
Stephen Robert Morse
SkillBridge
Co-Founder and Head of Marketing

Stephen Robert Morse is the Co-Founder and Head of Marketing at SkillBridge. SkillBridge was founded with the belief that talented independent consulting professionals who are passionate about the work they do, should be able to easily connect with high impact organizations that need expert help. Companies and organizations want more affordable, unbundled alternatives to the ‘bells and whistles’ solutions offered by traditional professional services and consulting firms.

SkillBridge is built to give talented business professionals an alternative to full time work: Increasingly, the new knowledge workforce want options that allow them to raise a family, pursue adult education, or explore different career paths.

The SkillBridge platform directly connects both sides of this market while minimizing search and discovery costs. By cutting out big firm or staffing agency middlemen, we pass additional cost savings directly to our customers and consultants.
Our data and technology make the right match as quickly as possible and our project management tools ensure every project ends in success.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you expand on how SkillBridge has been built to give talented business professionals an alternative to full time work?

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May16

Journyx - Curt Finch_0
Curt Finch
Journeyx
CEO

Journyx is not your average software company. They strive to be relentlessly creative and to build tools that help you spend your time on things that matter. After all, time is all we have.

Founded in 1996 by Curt Finch, Journyx offers customers two solutions to reach the highest levels of profitability: Journyx – project, time and expense tracking software – and Journyx PX – resource management software that provides work and financial forecasting for a complete picture of project and budget status, employee time and availability. Journyx has thousands of customers worldwide, including Crate&Barrel, Schlumberger, BP, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Callaway Golf, Honeywell and many others. For more information, visit www.Journyx.com.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you elaborate on how time-tracking data can facilitate greater profitability throughout an organization?

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May13

David Jackson
David Jackson
Clicktools
CEO

David Jackson is one of the original founders and CEO of Clicktools, the world’s leader in the field of customer feedback integrated with CRM. His passion is customer experience and he is widely recognized as an expert in the area of customer focused organizations. Much of his time is spent with clients, working with senior managers to design and implement effective feedback measurement and management strategies to build organizations that can continually adapt to meet changing customer needs.

Clicktools provides software and expertise to enable companies to collect, centralize, and act on customer interactions, leveraging the power of CRM. The quality of its software and supporting services has helped Clicktools win the coveted Salesforce AppExchange Customer Choice award in each of the five years it has run.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you share some examples of how you help companies better understand and serve their customer base?

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