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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Dec16

Dr. Marlene Caroselli
Dr. Marlene Caroselli
Center for Professional Development
Founder

After earning her doctorate in education at the University of Rochester, Marlene Caroselli left the public classroom and her native New York State in 1980 and headed to the West Coast. She soon began working as a manager for Trizec Properties, Inc. and as an adjunct professor for UCLA, Clemson University, Michigan State University, and National University. Her university work led to training contracts with the Department of Defense and with such Fortune 100 firms as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Allied-Signal.

In 1984, she founded the Center for Professional Development and began adding books to her list of professional achievements. Her first book, The Language of Leadership, was chosen a main selection by Newbridge’s Executive Development Book Club. Since that publication, she has written 44 additional books, including Quality Care, being offered as a three-day workshop by the American Society for Quality. Her latest book, Principled Persuasion: Influence with Integrity, Sell with Standards, was recently named a Director’s Choice by Doubleday Book Club.

MO: You started the Center for Professional Development in 1984 and written countless books, articles and blogs since. How would you say that the message for professional development has changed and evolved since you initially started?

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Dec15

Ash Kumra
Ash Kumra
DesiYou
Business Coach-Speaker-Entrepreneur

Ash Kumra is a business coach, speaker and entrepreneur. Ash was honored by the White House in November 2011 as a Empact 100 recipient; a list recognizing the top 100 companies run by young entrepreneurs who positively impact the economy and inspire others to join the movement. Ash was invited in December 2011 to join the Young Entrepreneur’s Council; an invite-only community of the world’s top, young entrepreneurs.

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Dec15

Pavel Mamaev
Pavel Mamaev
Elka Palka Production LLC
President

Pavel Mamaev is the creator of Elka Palka Production. He was born in Russia and moved to Southern California when he was fifteen. He has a degree in Computer Science and over ten years of experience in software engineering, project management and data mining. His passions are his family, investments, computer games, and inventing something cool and unusual.

Elka Palka Production is a company that creates a place where art, magic, and technology are combined together to create visually stunning interactive stories and games. All of their original narratives revolve around Elfishkis, little fairy tale creatures, who live on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the middle of the Sparkling Sea, and who can fly like butterflies or swim like mermaids.

MO: Where did the inspiration for Elfishkis come from?

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Dec15

Jim Thibodeau
Jim Thibodeau
StaffScapes
President & Founder

Jim Thibodeau founded StaffScapes in 1996 with 20 years of business experience and brought a complete understanding of the needs facing small businesses. He oversees the daily operations, sales, marketing, Workers’ Compensation Administration and Risk Management for the company. Located in Westminster, CO, StaffScapes is a Human Resources Outsourcing firm that specializes in “the business of employment.” They assist small business owners with human resource tasks such as benefits, workers’ compensation, unemployment, payroll, risk management, legislation, taxes and more.

MO: What are the advantages of outsourcing?

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Dec15

Heddi Cundle
Heddi Cundle
MyTab.co
Founder

Heddi has 18 years of PR & Marketing experience – from travel & hospitality to TV, consumer retail, technology and music. Her credentials include co-launching the global phenomenon London Roadhouse Flair Bartending competitions (now in its 10th year); one of the youngest Conference Managers at Marriott Hotels; PR & Marketing Manager with Ronald Lauder’s CME (Nasdaq: CETV) in the embryonic years, a leading vertically integrated media company in Central and Eastern Europe; Consort Partners boutique PR & Creative Agency; single handedly managed the full PR & Marketing mix for 13 individually branded restaurants & bars whilst creating a successful tourism sales division for Maxwell’s Group (the UK’s largest independent restaurant group) which included a UK’wide exclusive Virgin Atlantic Vacation deal. She’s lived and worked in London, New York, Los Angeles & San Francisco. Her coverage includes MTV, VH1, USA Today, New York Times, BBC, LA Times, CNN, Maxim, Cosmopolitan and a ton of other major names.

Heddi created myTab’s concept in 2005 yet had to wait for PayPal & Facebook to become household names before she could launch! Her vision for myTab is to ensure travel dreams come true through inspiration & make environmental donations a mainstream objective. myTab.co - a social travel gift card where you can gift, save, plan, share and book all your travels. Guaranteed to keep your wallet fat and your travel plans stress free!

MO: Where did your passion come from to start your own company? Did you have any experience in or links to the travel industry before starting myTab.co?

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Dec14

Sandy Fetch
Sandy Lowell
Fetch!Pet Care
Owner

Fetch! Pet Care is the nation’s largest and most trusted provider of professional pet sitting and dog walking services, serving thousands of pets and pet parents from coast to coast. We take the stress out of finding a sitter and add convenience to your life by doing all of the legwork for you. We match you and your pets with the most qualified, experienced pet professional possible. Our reliable, courteous pet sitters ensure your scheduling needs and any special requirements are met with consistent, responsive care.

Sandy Lowell recognized the fantastic opportunity to grow the existing Fetch! in the Boulder Valley and is enthusiastically working toward expanding the business through additional advertising, promotions and community events.

MO: How did you learn about Fetch! Pet Care?

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Dec14

Erin Blaskie
Erin Blaskie
BSETC
Founder & President

Erin Blaskie, also known as the Bizinatrix, is in a hot, passionate love affair with the Internet. Whether she is leading her team of creative, outsourcing professionals or sharing information via the web, Erin brings to the table her enormous passion for tech, geek and the Internet.

Erin is the brainpower behind BSETC, a creative, professional outsourcing firm, which supports entrepreneurs from around the globe with their Internet marketing and social media endeavors. Erin also recently launched Entrepreneur DIY which provides do-it-yourself tutorials for business owners on a wide range of topics. Lastly, Erin provides on-going coaching, support and mentorship to other virtual assistants via The VA Coach.

BSETC (acronym for Business Services, ETC) is a virtual assistance and creative, professional outsourcing firm. They help entrepreneurs alleviate their to-do lists, systemize their business processes and create more free time in their daily lives. BSETC supports their clients with everything from Internet marketing to social media to web / blog design to graphic design. They have set up their company to be a one-stop shop for online entrepreneurs who need support.

MO: Can you tell us more about your background and how it led you to creating BSETC?

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Dec14

Jamey Long
Jamey M. Long
A Possum's Company
Owner

Author Jamey Long is author of A Possum’s Holiday and History series. He is a dedicated, industrious individual who is currently employed at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. He was nominated for the 2008-2009 NVCC Alumni Federation Faculty of the Year Award.

Jamey is very active within the educational community. He remains busy as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and other activities with local schools and churches in the Northern Virginia area. He has also worked as a teacher at Holy Cross Academy, teaching children in grades K-8, and taught first grade Bible school at Grace Baptist Church. He has a passion to support, volunteer, and help children learn so their dreams can be made possible.

MO: What was your inspiration for using a possum as your main character?

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Dec14

David Nayor
David Nayor
BoeFly
Co-President and COO

David Nayor, Co-President and COO, is a co-founder of BoeFly and manages all production of BoeFly’s marketplace, tools, and network from conception to implementation. In addition, David oversees the company operations and personnel.

BoeFly is a web based platform that connects small-business borrowers with over 1500 participating lenders. BoeFly’s proprietary compatibility matching technology significantly streamlines the execution of small business and commercial loan transactions, including all origination and sales. Comprehensive information from a business borrower is captured on BoeFly’s SmartForm loan request and then compared in real-time with the specific preferences from thousands of business lenders. The result is that business borrowers are matched with compatible lenders.

MO: What attracted you to the loan market?

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Dec13

David Nilssen
David Nilssen
Guidant Financial
Co-Founder

When it comes to owning and operating a business, finding the right form of financing can be an arduous task. Where do you find the necessary funding to seed a business, buy a new one or raise additional working capital? Traditionally, business owners have used bank loans, SBA loans, personal loans, credit cards or home equity to satisfy their funding needs. The biggest downside to these sources of financing is the debt load and corresponding payments. Additional debt can impair one’s ability to access money in the event that “life happens.” That is why the idea of using retirement funds to inject cash into a business has been gaining popularity. Although relatively few know about this concept, it has been growing in popularity, especially among those purchasing small businesses and franchises. When structured by experienced retirement account specialists, this strategy allows for an individual’s retirement account to invest directly into their business venture… without taking a distribution and paying taxes and penalties.

The Background

The IRA and 401(k) were created in 1974 when Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to address concerns that private pension funds were being mismanaged by employers. At that time, the IRA and 401(k) transferred the responsibility of retirement investing from the employer to the employee. There are only two types of investments into which employees can’t invest retirement-account monies: life insurance and collectibles. Consequently, retirement accounts are far more flexible and practical than most people realize. And there are many more investments that can be made with them –- like buying a personal business — than the greater population realizes.

New Trend in Financing

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Dec13

Clay Loges
Clay Loges
Yodio
CEO & Co-Founder

Clay Loges, chief executive of the Web-based service Yodio, founded numerous start-up companies, and built and sold numerous multimillion-dollar businesses, including the chain Speedi-Lube, which pioneered quick-oil service in the Puget Sound region. The chain was sold and now operates as Jiffy Lube. Loges’ latest venture, Yodio, allows people to record and match voice commentary to digital photos.

YodioTours is building the world’s largest collection of self-guided tours for iPhones and Android smartphones. YodioTours is a brand new, energetic, nimble, mobile approach to memorable travel experiences for smart-phone carrying travelers. Combining the technologies of smart phones and the internet, these tours are the affordable alternative to having your own personal guide when sightseeing. Travelers benefit from local experts sharing their insider knowledge about their community’s attractions and destinations, and the info is available anytime and anywhere.

MO: Where did the inspiration for Yodio come from?

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