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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Feb3

John Tabis
John Tabis
Bouqs Company
Founder & CEO

John Tabis is passionate about disruptive businesses, cool brands, and showing love to the important people in his life. The Bouqs Company is a combination of those things, and he is thrilled to bring it to you and yours.
The Bouqs Company (thebouqs.com) is fixing a broken industry by fundamentally disrupting the supply chain, and by building a flower brand and shopping experience that consumers can enjoy and trust. From Flat Pricing with no Hidden Fees and Free Shipping to a client-centric UX to a Killer Brand and Amazing Customer Service, The Bouqs Company is nothing like traditional online flower companies. Want farm-fresh, responsibly-sourced flowers sent straight from a volcano in South America to your loved one’s home for $40 flat?

BusinessInterviews.com: How did you come up with the concept behind The Bouqs Company?

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Feb3

K Hamm
Kathryn Hamm
GayWeddings.com
President

GayWeddings.com is the leading online boutique and resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples. Founded in 1999 by straight mom, Gretchen Hamm, GayWeddings is the first site of its kind and offers same-sex couples resources such as free Wed Pages, a community forum, a boutique, planning articles and an LGBTQ-friendly vendor directory featuring more than 60,000 wedding professionals.

Additionally, company president Kathryn Hamm shares her perspective on the same-sex wedding market and wedding trends with journalists and she writes and speaks about how same-sex weddings are meaningful and why marriage matters. She is the author of ‘The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography” (Amphoto, 2014) and is an Education Expert for WeddingWire, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $100+ billion wedding, corporate, and social events industry.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you share a bit about the story behind GayWeddings.com and how the site has evolved since first launching back in 2000?

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Feb3

Matt Garms
Matt Garms
ContextMedia, Inc.
Member Outreach Manager

Matthew Garms is the Member Outreach and Marketing Manager for ContextMedia, Inc., a mission-driven patient education company that partners with healthcare professionals to educate patients on how to manage their conditions through lifestyle changes. Matt is a huge Chicago sports fan and was constantly mistaken for Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” growing up. Connect with Matt on Twitter and Google +.

BusinessInterviews.com: Tell us more about ContextMedia.

Matt: ContextMedia (CMH), in my opinion, is a breath of fresh air in the medical space. We are a mission-focused company that’s determined to help patients better understand chronic conditions while enhancing physician waiting rooms to be more education-centric. Our co-founders, Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal, are two of the most intelligent, forward-thinking individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. This means that CMH is an ever-evolving company that has its sights set on changing the patient/physician/clinic relationship. Our company is built on hard work, determination, and genuine ingenuity.

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Jan31

Jeff Dossett
Jeff Dossett
Porch.com
Chief Operating Officer

Porch.com is the first and only free home improvement network that connects homeowners and renters with the right home service professionals based on who neighbors have used, project and cost history, and friend and neighbors’ endorsements. In addition, Porch helps home professionals get more business, better exposure, and higher revenue with free business profiles and paid marketing & analytics tools. Porch.com can be found online at http://porch.com.

BusinessInterviews.com:  Congratulations on your recent appointment to the Porch team.  After working at giants like Yahoo and Microsoft, what attracted you to working for a relatively smaller and less established company?

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Jan30

Ivan Rosenberg
Ivan Rosenberg
Frontier Associates, Inc.
President & CEO

Ivan Rosenberg is an experienced management consultant and change agent, who for more than 20 years has coached myriad organizations to breakthrough performance. His engagements include broad organizational culture changes in support of corporate restructuring, as well as individual executive coaching.

Frontier Associates is a management consulting and organizational coaching firm that works with clients to produce breakthroughs in performance.

BusinessInterviews.com: When it comes to facilitating change within organizations your approach is not based on providing extensive analysis or giving business advice. Can you explain why it’s important to implement processes that are supportive and leave organizational members with a sense of empowerment?

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Jan29

Dave Wakeman
Dave Wakeman
Wakeman Consulting Group
Principal

Dave Wakeman is a leader in the consulting field working with organizations to improve their performance and to stop wasting time and money on solutions that will never work.

He has worked with international leaders in their category like American Express, Madison Square Garden, and Marriott to improve their business offerings and to get better results from their time and money. Wakeman Consulting Group is a boutique management consulting firm that focuses on helping companies achieve better results in their investments of time and money.

BusinessInterviews.com: What the some of the common barriers you see your clients facing when it comes to running a company efficiently and effectively?

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Jan28

Gale Rosenberg
Gale Rosenberg

Rock ‘n Retail Marketing celebrated its 21st year anniversary in 2013, having marketed over 250 music releases, books, jewelry and other physical products at retail. Rock ‘n Retail provides clients with muscle by exploiting all opportunities in the retail market as well as methods to drive traffic to buy a given product.

Web ‘n Retail is the online music marketing division of Rock ‘n Retail. A pioneer in web marketing, in 1994 Web ‘n Retail (a.k.a. Web and Retail) launched the second CD store ever online, coupled with their music reality show “Rock the Strip”. The division’s services include: viral PR, viral marketing/blogging, mobile app marketing, social media management, online advertising, eblasts and SEO.

Gale Rosenberg has been the President of Rock ‘n Retail since 1991, and the online marketing division, Web ‘n Retail. Gale has over 30 years of Marketing experience including positions held at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, Orenstein/Savage Advertising, Billboard Magazine, Mix Magazine, ABC & MCA Records, PolyGram Distribution and Wherehouse Entertainment Corporation. She is an instructor at UCLA Extension on the subject of “Entrepreneurship of the Independent Musician” as well as a guest lecturer at UCLA & Loyola Marymount University on the subject of Online Marketing.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you share how being laid off provided the springboard of launching your own business? How has your background and experience in both advertising and journalism helped contribute to the success of your company?

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Jan27

Brian Braudis
Brian Braudis
The Braudis Group
Founder & President

Brian Braudis is the founder and president of The Braudis Group a boutique consultancy that collaborates with organizations, businesses, and individuals to create tangible results for clients in areas such as leadership development, change and talent management.

Brian is a human performance expert. As a consultant and executive coach, he is known for increasing the value people bring to an organization and dramatically increasing productivity.

Brian regularly collaborates with leaders, organizations and businesses developing cooperative insight that leads to workplace transformation such as connecting silos and transforming separation into solidarity, risk into reward and transforming merely satisfied employees into engaged employees.

BusinessInterviews.com: What are some ways that managers can help shift their employees from being satisfied to engaged?

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Jan24

marc heighway
Marc Heighway
Expert SEO Bournemouth
Founder

We are an SEO (search engine optimisation) company based on the south coast of England. We have clients in both the United States and the UK and try to differentiate ourselves from the competition by becoming an extension of our customer’s business. We are entirely transparent and pride ourselves on the fact that we talk in plain English. We only work on a results basis so if our clients don’t get results then they don’t pay us. This truly sets us apart from other SEO agencies.

BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to launch your business?

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Jan23

Travis Freeman
Travis Freeman
Four Seasons Financial Education
Founder

Travis Freeman is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and President of Four Seasons Financial Education. Travis is also the author of the book, Make Your Money Work, a member of the Board of Directors of the FPA of Greater St. Louis, and a regular guest on Fox 2 news.

Four Seasons Financial Education specializes in helping companies focus on profitability by addressing the #1 cause of stress in the workplace – personal finance. Between retirement planning, increasing healthcare costs, college planning, budgeting, coordinating benefits, and more, personal financial planning is a never-ending, and often overwhelming, job for employees. The team at Four Seasons have the systems, tools, and experience necessary to help curb this profitability issue for your company, just as they have done for over 200 other organizations across the country.

BusinessInterviews.com: Can you explain the meaning behind the term “financial wellness?” How does it differ from having financial security or wealth in general?

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Jan22

Michael Wehrell
Michael Wehrell
Vertimax
Founder

Since first launching in 2003, VertiMax has established itself as one of the premier innovators in the development of branded sports performance technology and equipment for professional athletes, aspiring athletes, and athletic trainers.
VertiMax has secured numerous patents regarding its proprietary training technology, which integrates a series of resistance bands into simple mechanical devices which in turn radically improve elastic training technology by removing the negative drawbacks of conventional elastic bands. The Company believes its proprietary solution to be an advanced methodology that represents a significant improvement upon currently available commodity product offerings predicated upon elastic bands.

BusinessInterviews.com: How did you come up with the concept behind Vertimax?

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