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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Mar19

Brent Warrington
Brent Warrington

With over 18 years of experience in advancing commerce in the payments industry, Brent Warrington delivers skilled leadership for SecureNet’s growth initiatives and market expansion strategy as Chief Executive Officer.

SecureNet is streamlining the way thousands of businesses accept payments. Their integrated suite of payment tools is the simplest and most advanced way for merchants – from small businesses to enterprises – to manage commerce in any environment: in-store, online and via mobile devices. The platform is backed by detailed business analytics that help merchants make informed decisions to grow their business. SecureNet has a direct connection to card networks, which allows them to offer the most transparent and straightforward pricing in the industry.

BusinessInterviews.com: What are some ways that you help pass on significant cost savings to merchants?

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Jan23

Travis Freeman
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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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Jul11

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Brandon Bauer
National Factoring Group
Founder

Brandon Bauer and his wife Brandi started their company to be an advocate that would look out for the best interest of companies looking for factoring and also for the factoring companies. National Factoring Group allows customers looking for factoring to compare the differences between the funders, not just their marketing material, and select the best options for their needs.

MO: What exactly is Factoring? Who is your target market?

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Jun27

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Nick Braun is the founder and CEO of PetInsuranceQuotes.com, which is the premier shopping and comparison website for pet health insurance. Braun started his career at Huntington Bank as a senior analyst in the commercial banking division. In 2006, he joined NCT Ventures as a general partner where he oversaw investments in insurance, media and logistics. Braun holds a degree from Miami University and obtained his MBA from The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business in 2007. Braun’s experience and business background have helped him gain the experience necessary to consult entrepreneurs and small business owners. He lives in Columbus with his wife Melissa.

PetInsuranceQuotes.com is the quickest and easiest way for pet owners to get quotes and compare plans from all of the leading pet insurance companies.

In addition to providing free quotes they also offer tools and resources to help educate pet owners about pet health insurance and help them choose the right plan and company for their dogs and cats.

MO: Can you talk a bit about your journey from working in venture capital to becoming an entrepreneur? What did your turning point look like and what did your friends and family say about your decision?

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Jun24

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Wayne Gathright
Tenant File
President

W G Software, Inc. is the parent company of the Tenant File Property Management Software, one of the leading rental property software products for landlords and owners of rental property. It was established in 1992, and incorporated in 1998.

The software line includes rental accounting software, work order software, tax software, word processing software, lease designing software, ACH software, and rental syndication software. They have expanded into other areas and host websites for rental property (www.RentalHomesAvailable.com) and home sales (www.RealEstateAvailable.com).

MO: How did you come up with the idea for Tenant File Property Management Software?

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Jun24

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Steven Bristol
Less Everything, Inc.
Founder

Steven Bristol’s programming adventure started as a 9 year old writing BASIC. In the past 28 years he’s written many languages, become a Ruby on Rails core contributor, 2007 Google Summer of Code Mentor and has never ever written a bug.

Less Everything, Inc. is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The company has been a successful web firm for several years and began pursuing Ruby on Rails product development in 2007. In the beginning, they struggled with accounting, because accounting is scary, accounting is boring and quite simply, no one likes accounting.

So, they created LessAccounting to help. Over time they expanded the app to include online invoicing, client proposals, mileage tracking, bank integration, payables and more. They hope it brings clarity to your small business accounting needs.

MO: Can you talk a about the creative process behind building a bookkeeping system for entrepreneurs? What kind of challenges did you face in the early stages and how did overcome them?

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Jun14

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Rob Ripp
Founder & President
Fintelligent

Rob Ripp is the founder and President of Fintelligent, a company’s on-demand financial department. He has over 25 years operating and financial experience serving emerging companies as a C-level executive as well as stints at Fortune 500 companies. For the past 134years Rob has been a CFO to entrepreneurial companies in the IT, defense and healthcare fields. In that role he grown companies by securing customer contracts, raising capital, improving operations and negotiating exits.

Fintelligent was created to provide growing companies a professionally managed financial department at less cost and greater effectiveness. Utilizing the latest cloud technology, proven processes and trained experts, clients improve their financial performance with services that provide them accurate, real-time financial information any time on any device.

MO: How has your experience working at Fortune 500 companies helped shape the vision and direction of Fintelligent?

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Jun5

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Kate Ross
Ross Business Management
Principal

As a small business owner, Kate Ross knows first-hand the value of streamlined operations and smart bookkeeping to achieve financial and career goals.

Through strategic growth planning, risk assessment, and cash flow management, Kate helps small businesses exceed their goals. To her clients, Kate is more than just a consultant: she’s an advisor, a mentor, and a friend.

The team at Ross Business Management is committed to making the highest level of financial and operational integrity available to creative, passionate small-business owners. They are experts at streamlining operations and offer financial solutions (accounting, strategic planning, financial management, operations and HR) for small businesses so that entrepreneurs, artists, and business owners can focus on what they really love to do, and not worry about back of house management.

MO: Have you always had an entrepreneurial spirit?

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May23

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Trevion Blanding
Small Business Owners of America
COO & Partner

Small Business Owners of America is a full scale business development organization that specializes in assisting individuals with starting companies as well as helping them obtain funding.

Mr. Blanding has 10 years of experience directly working with entrepreneurs and business professionals in the networking and financial industries as well as the faith-based community. Mr. Blanding has assisted in funding close to $2 million in loans for small business owners across the U.S. in his role as Chief Operating Officer/Partner at Small Business Owners of America. His current role as COO at SBOOA allows him to lead this organization with his innovative leadership and high level of enthusiasm. He currently advises clients across the U.S. in the areas of lending options for business owners, providing small business development help, customer acquisition strategies, and sales strategies. He is also a public speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, goal setting, and relationship building.

For those that don’t qualify for traditional bank financing, they have options available with faster approvals, less restrictions, and without risking personal assets. They can offer a variety of consulting services that are geared to create funding options. They can also provide a variety of products for entrepreneurs seeking investment capital as well as full scale nonprofit business development.

MO: What inspired you to launch Small Business Owners of America?

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May21

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David Ott
Acropolis Investment Management, LLC
Chief Investment Officer

Slightly more than ten years ago, Chris Lissner, David Ott and Dannelle Ward left the banking industry to for Acropolis Investment Management, LLC., a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) based in St. Louis.

Acropolis manages investment portfolios for high net worth individuals, institutions and corporate retirement plans. They have a well-seasoned and tenured team, a large and stable client base and serve clients in a fiduciary capacity.

MO: What inspired you to launch your own company instead of working for a more established firm?

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May10

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Gordon Logan
Sport Clips
Founder

Prior to opening the prototype Sport Clips in 1993, Gordon Logan owned and operated salons throughout Texas. He served as President of the International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN, the trade association for multi-unit operators representing over 20,000 salons and spas in the US and Canada) from 2008 to 2012 and remains on the Board of Directors.

Gordon serves on the VFW Foundation Board, which directs the charitable efforts of the VFW for active duty service men and women and veterans. He was recently elected to the Board of the International Franchise Association (IFA), is a member of the IFA VetFran Committee, and is Chairman of the VetFran Mentor Program for veterans.

MO: How did you get started in the salon business?

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