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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Dec9

Heather Vermeer
Heather Vermeer
Bliss, Inc.
Founder

Bliss is a truly a ma and pa store, started from scratch by Heather and Kyle Vermeer. They created the store from the ground up nearly 7 years ago from designing the space to carefully choosing each and every item in the shop. They pride themselves on selecting items that are unique and beautiful but remaining conscious of pricing.

Bliss is a unique and timeless boutique that offers an imaginative medley of home accents, accessories, and greeting cards. From modern vases to vintage hooks this locally owned shop is the destination for the perfect gift.

MO: Where did you come up with the idea for Bliss?

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Dec9

Chris Rickborn
Chris Rickborn
Unrabble
Co-Founder & COO

Chris Rickborn has spent over 20 years in various operating roles for growing technology businesses focusing on business strategy, new product development, business development, marketing and operations management. Chris co-founded Unrabble, a cloud-computing software service for recruiting and evaluating talent, and Verid, a SaaS-based identity verification company (acquired by EMC in 2007).

Founded in 2009, Unrabble helps businesses make their next great hire. The software saves companies time and money by automating core hiring tasks, automatically ranking top candidates based on skills, verifying claims made through social networks, and providing mission-critical features that help SMBs make sound hiring decisions.

MO: What was the inspiration for Unrabble? Did you have any personal experiences or frustrations that made you feel that there was a gap in the market?

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Dec9

Chad Hill
Chad Hill
HubShout LLC
CEO & Founder

Chad Hill is a Georgetown graduate with over 10 years of experience in online marketing and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hubshout. Hubshout is a SEO (search engine optimization) firm. SEO is the art and science of improving a website’s visibility and placement in the search engines.

HubShout is on page 1 in Google for SEO Reseller and boasts of superior technology that will get clients impressive results.

MO: Why did you initially create HubShout? What did you feel that you could bring to the table that was different?

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Dec8

Louis Silberman
Louis Silberman
National Laser Institute
President & Co-Founder

Louis J. Silberman, President and Co-Founder of National Laser Institute, is an entrepreneur known for starting Health4her.com, a women’s health and beauty retailer. Louis launched Health4her out of his garage in 1998, and it quickly became a profitable online retail health company. It was actually the sixth most visited pharmacy site in the world with 500,000 visitors per month, beating out both Walgreens.com and CVS.com. Louis is also the author of “Make it Happen…Online” sold at amazon.com and “Make It Happen” (Motivational DVD helping individuals turn their passions into a business).

National Laser Institute operates the most comprehensive medical aesthetic and cosmetic laser training program in the country; providing accredited courses for physicians, nurses and other health professionals, as well as offering courses for aesthetic professionals and individuals seeking a new career path.

MO: As a serial entrepreneur why did you choose the National Laser Institute as your next venture?

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Dec8

The Ashtons
Chris & Natasha Ashton
Petplan
Co-Founders & Co-CEO's

Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Petplan is America’s No. 1-rated pet health insurance provider, and the sister company of Petplan UK, the world’s oldest and largest pet health insurer. Driven by their own personal experience of going into debt to care for their cat, Bodey, Petplan Co-Founders Chris and Natasha Ashton have built an organization with an unwavering dedication to pet health and exceptional customer care.

Petplan was the first pet insurance company in the United States to offer full coverage for congenital and hereditary conditions as standard, and it is the only pet insurance provider to offer a Covered for LifeTM guarantee.

MO: How you manage your work and life balance when you’re together at the office and at home? Do you have any advice for other couples who run a business together?

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Dec8

Charles Van Kessler, Founder - Passion 4 Life Liquid Vitamins
Charles Van Kessler
Passion 4 Life Vitamins & Minerals
Founder & Creator of Product

Charles Van Kessler - Founder & Creator of Product
Linda Van Kessler - CEO, Media, PR

Charles Van Kessler is the Founder and Creator of Passion 4 Life Liquid Vitamins and Minerals. He was raised in a state run orphanage in Amsterdam, Holland during World War II, suffered abuse of every kind and survived on a diet of flower bulbs.

In 1964, he came to America suffering the effects of a malnourished mind and body. Charles began studying nutrition and vitamins in the quest to enhance his own body and mind, but became totally disillusioned after spending hundreds of dollars a month on hard vitamin pills with very little health improvement to show for it – and only to find that 10-20% of most vitamin pills are absorbed by the body. He vowed to one day make a liquid vitamin product that would change his own life and subsequently the lives of others.

After working on the product for 10 years, Passion 4 Life was finally born in 2005. Because of its liquid delivery, they have scientific proof that up to 98% of their product is absorbed directly into the bloodstream within 3 minutes after ingestion, revitalizing our hundred-trillion cells in the body.

MO: You personify The American Dream of coming to a new country with nothing, only to follow your passion and create not only a successful international business but an incredible charity as well. What lesson has been most important during your amazing journey?

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Dec8

Mike Mann
Mike Mann
MikeMann.com
Founder

Mike Mann is a successful entrepreneur with several businesses under his belt. He’s well known for his success in the domain industry, stemming back to the early 90’s. Mike has captured some of those experiences which have made him successful in his book, Make Millions and Make Change!: Secrets to Business and Personal Success. The book is available on Amazon but also on Mike’s website where you can read it for free.

I had an opportunity to catch up with Mike on the phone recently and asked him about his book, his career and what he’s got coming up.

Mike: You’re a serial entrepreneur, a social activist and also an author, so what prompted you to write Make Millions and Make Change?

Mike Mann: Well, I started out just by writing down my business philosophy for the people on my own team. I started just documenting a volume of best practices and I realized it wasn’t so proprietary that I couldn’t share it so I decided to turn it into a book essentially.

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Dec7

Tony Wilkins
Tony Wilkins
Nine Twenty Productions
Owner

Tony Wilkins is the owner of TCS/BDS Intl. and author of Telemarketing Success for Small and Mid-sized Firms and The Single Person’s Cookbook. He is also the Exec. Producer of such films as The Mo Diaries,Zelma’s Spirit and Lonesome Town and is the screenwriter for the upcoming film Couples in Bolinas. Mr. Wilkins has been in the business development and telemarketing industry for over 30 years and is well known in the sales community for his “no nonsense” approach to generating sales and setting quality appointments.

MO: What would you say the secret is to setting quality appointments?

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Dec7

Eric Harr
Eric Harr
Resonate Social Media
Founder & President

Eric Harr is widely regarded as one of the leading social strategists in the world. He is the CBS News Social Media Expert, the author of the best-selling book “The Real Truth About Social Media”—and the Founder & President of Resonate Social Media, a boutique agency in San Francisco representing small businesses to multinational corporations. While social media is their core competency, they integrate it into a broader marketing strategy that includes website optimization, SEO, PPC, email, brand monitoring, influencer engagement and traditional media.

He is also the Founding Editorial Director of VIV Magazine, the world’s first mass-market digital magazine — and one of five international Ambassadors for CARE, a leading global humanitarian organization. Eric also happens to be an ironman triathlete in his spare time (and ranked 6th in the world his first year and, in October, he finished 40th overall at the 2011 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in a time of 9:01:34. To learn more, visit www.ericharr.com.

MO: You seemed to have your plate full before starting Resonate Social Media. Why did you feel the need to start your own business?

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Dec7

Emory Mulling
Emory Mulling
Mulling Corporation
Chairman & Owner

Emory Mulling is Chairman of Mulling Corporation, a Lincolnshire International/ Arbora Global Partner with over 172 talent management offices worldwide. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Mulling Corporation provides services that include Executive Coaching, Career Transition/Outplacement, Team Integration, Cultural Change and Conflict Resolution. A former Vice President of Human Resources, Emory has 25+ years of talent management experience with Fortune 500 companies which he draws on to help individuals take control of their career and find the best fit for their working styles.

Emory wrote the nationally syndicated management advice column “People Smarts” for the American City Business Journals for five years. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, Entrepreneur, Newsweek and The New York Times. He has also appeared on radio, television and online and is a noted lecturer on workplace issues.

MO: With over 25 years of experience in your industry, what advice would you give to a new start up entering your field?

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Dec7

Brian Reich
Brian Reich
SHIFT & RESET
Author

Brian Reich, NYC-based author of SHIFT & RESET: STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING SERIOUS ISSUES IN A CONNECTED SOCIETY, offers an innovative, yet realistic approach to facing today’s challenges in both the nonprofit and corporate world. Brian also devotes a portion of this book to the importance of hiring returning veterans and the specific, much-needed skill sets they can offer for different positions in the public and private sectors.

Brian Reich is also the author of Media Rules!: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience, he teaches at the Graduate School of Communications at Columbia University, contributes as a Fast Company expert, and is the former briefing director for Vice President Al Gore.

MO: Why is it importance to force change?

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