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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Digitech Systems
Sean Morris
Digitech Systems
Director of Sales

Digitech Systems offers a comprehensive Enterprise Content Management (ECM) product suite that enables businesses to more effectively manage information of any kind—from paper documents and electronic files to print streams, forms and even email. Choose an on premise system or move your ECM to the cloud and get access to any document, anywhere, anytime on virtually any device. How can ECM help a business that is overwhelmed by their current information management system?



Kristel Thomas
Brain Balance Achievement Centers
Franchise Owner

Momtrepreneur Kristel Thomas is the owner of Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Canton, Ohio. The experience of seeking a drug-free solution for her son’s developmental delay, language and communication disorder led her to a whole new career path. She bought her franchise in 2011 and has joined the revolution of Brain Balance franchise owners who have helped thousands of children between the ages of 4 and 17 reach their academic, social and behavioral potential through a drug free approach. The individualized and customized program utilizes sensory motor exercises, cognitive work and nutritional guidance to address the root cause of many neurobehavioral issues. Today, there are over 50 Brain Balance Achievement Centers nationwide.

MO: What influenced your decision to open a Brain Balance Achievement Center of your own?



Chris Catalano
School of Rock
CEO & Chairman

Chris Catalano has established himself as a leading advisor in the music industry, serving as CEO of School of Rock since July 2010 and Chairman of the Board since June 2009. His passion and commitment to inspire musicians around the nation has helped to establish the franchise as the most prolific educator of young aspiring musicians and the national leader in performance-based music education. School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out and performing with their peers. With more than 100 locations in seven countries, the franchise proves that Rock & Roll is alive and kickin’.

Additionally, Catalano has recently been elected to join the Board of Governors for the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy. In Catalano’s new role, he will support and work with the Chicago music community to help raise awareness about the importance of music education in the development of the next generation of artists and leaders.

MO: Can you share the story behind the School of Rock?



Gerald Vinci
Vinci Designs & Publishing

Vinci-Designs & Publishing is a full-service design and marketing agency. Established on the Northwest Florida Emerald Coast, Vinci-Designs is now currently serving over eighty active clients on a regular basis.

Their primary offerings are web-based services such as website design, development, search engine optimization, hosting, mobile website design, and online advertising such as Pay-Per-Click services through Google AdWords. They are also well versed in the world of print and provide print design and print fulfillment services for many of their customers.

Vinci-Design’s focus is helping client’s develop a common sense approach to marketing.

MO: Can you share how your father’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired you to follow your own path?



Laura Pavlou
Founder &CEO

Laura Pavlou is the founder and CEO of Women’s Wellness and Integrated Social Health, WWISH (pronounced wish). WWISH helps women through crisis, adversity and transition. By creating philanthropic products, WWISH provides innovative services that promote social and individual change. She founded WWISH because of her vision that every woman knows her value.

Laura was inspired to create services for women based on her own experience with crisis, adversity and transition. At 36 she left her very last abusive relationship and went out on her own. She was a single mother, uneducated, living below the poverty level and suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. Through resources and support she was able to move out of every issue that held her back. Now she is giving back and helping other women uncover the power they have to create lives they can thrive in.

MO: What inspired you to create WWISH? Did you have an “aha moment” or was more of a gradual realization of a long-term goal?



Jenée Dana
My Focus Book
President and Chief Focusing Officer

Jenée Dana graduated UCLA in 3 years and still had a blast, in spite of struggling with ADHD and undiagnosed reading disabilities! How did she freakin’ do that?

Jenée completed the final two years of the UCLA academic requirements in one year, all while working to help cover her living expenses. As a single parent, her mom was grateful to save a year of tuition. Those condensed two years of upper division courses were supposed to be the most difficult, however, by combining the best productivity tools she could find, her grades went up, and so did her social life!

Since then she became the President and Chief Focusing Officer of Her book, Have Fun & Get It Done, debuted on Amazon as a #1 Best-Seller and received the Gold Medal for Non-Fiction Education from the Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Jenée lives in Hawaii with her husband.

MO: Can you elaborate on creating the first system that teaches students and entrepreneurs that time management does not exist?



Dr. Kathy Gruver
Alternative Medicine Cabinet

Dr. Kathy Gruver is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet.

She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has just authored her second book entitled Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker. Her third book, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Therapies will be released shortly.

Kathy has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. She has been featured as an expert in countless publications including, Ladies Home Journal, Massage and Bodyworks Magazine and Massage Magazine.

MO: What initially attracted you to mind/body medicine?



Dr. Geoffrey Thor Desmoulin
GTD Engineering
Principal and Senior Engineer

GTD Engineering provides world-class forensic services internationally. We specialize in injury biomechanics, event reconstruction and product safety to determine injury cause and prevention. Typical investigations include: collision and non-collision incidents, terminal ballistics, sporting equipment failures, recreational accidents, and violent encounters. During these investigations we build, test, bend, break, crash, shoot, deconstruct and reconstruct while measuring objective data to extract all critical information. With Federal Court qualifications and experience involving high profile clients such as the National Basketball Association, Cornell University, and TASER International, GTD Engineering brings all necessary knowledge and skill to provide the highest quality forensic engineering.

MO: What motivated you to launch GTD Engineering? What were some early challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them?



Dr. Nancy Irwin
Sole Proprietor

Dr. Nancy Irwin holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a certification as a clinical hypnotist. She offers counseling, therapeutic hypnosis, and life coaching for a variety of issues: smoking cessation, addictions, weight loss, fears/phobias, panic attacks/anxiety, insomnia, sexual dysfunctions, writer’s block, test anxiety, fear of public speaking, sports enhancement, procrastination & motivation, confidence, life purpose/reinvention, and more, but it is her mission to heal the sexually abused. A pre-licensed psychologist, she also is a treatment professional of sex offenders, for it is her belief that “The best way to prevent victims is to help the perpetrators.”

She has been a frequent media expert on Anderson, CNBC, CNN, CBS, Bravo, Fox and more.

MO: Can you talk about what inspired your decision to incorporate clinical hypnotism at your practice? What advice would give to someone contemplating visiting a hypnotist but feels uncertain?



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Alan Landever
Fort Leavenworth School District USD 207
Director of Technology Services

Alan Landever is the Director of Technology at USD 207 in Fort Leavenworth Kansas, a four-school district inside the US Army facility. In 2010, he helped develop the CYBER-TEAMS concept and successfully applied for a $2.5M grant to fund the three-year project. He serves as the day-to-day leader of the initiative, now in its second year. CYBER-TEAMS is built on recurring professional development of TEAMS thinking (STEM + Arts Integration) for teachers, plus significant technology upgrades across the district.

The CYBER-TEAMS program has received several awards, including the 2012-2013 Distinguished Program Award from Apple. Alan and his team frequently share their research and experiences at local and national educational technology conferences. Based in part on the success of CYBER-TEAMS, the KU school of Education has placed a cohort of its student teachers with the Fort Leavenworth Schools in order to learn from their technology integration model. Prior to USD 207, Alan worked at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. One of his first jobs was as a classroom science teacher.

MO: Do you think that the prevalence of social media and our dependence on the internet has should change how and what we teach to students?



Len Saunders
Author & Motivational Speaker

Len Saunders graduated from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, majoring in Physical Education. He later went on to receive a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Len is an award winning / best-selling author, motivational speaker in the fight against childhood obesity, and nationally recognized for his innovative wellness events. Recently, you may have seen Len on such media giants as CNN, Good Morning America, CNBC, The Today Show, ESPN, Nickelodeon, MSNBC, The Fox Channel, as well as the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

MO: Where does your passion for eliminating childhood obesity come from?

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