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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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Sep30

Joelle Jay
Joelle K. Jay, Ph. D
The Leadership Research Institute
Principal & Author

Joelle Jay is a principal with the global leadership development firm, Leadership Research Institute (LRI), which specializes in leadership and organizational development. They partner with leaders across a wide variety of industries, helping them to guide and transform their organizations. As an executive coach, author and speaker, Joelle helps leaders leverage their talents to achieve top performance and business results. As a result, leaders are able to sustain the effectiveness and sense of professional well-being that keep them at their best.

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BusinessInterviews.com: Why do you believe that leaders never have to choose between success and happiness?

Dr. Jay: If you want to be truly successful, part of your success depends on being happy. The goal is to find personal success that also leads to business or financial success. For example, you may be someone who has been successful but hasn’t taken the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. In that case, tapping into one of the practices of personal leadership I recommend, Feel Fulfillment, is a way to help you feel that what you’re doing matters, and give you the perspective you need to realign with your goals. You become more successful when you embrace that success and let yourself feel it. By doing so, connect to an internal source of vitality that leaders need in order to strive.

BusinessInterviews.com: How can leaders utilize personal leadership practices to prioritize work and life and maintain a healthy work-life balance?

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Jun24

Dr. Mary M. Gillam
Dr. Mary M. Gillam
M2G Dynamic Leadership Solutions, LLC
President & CEO

Imagine being married at age 14, giving birth to 17 children, and widowed at 48, with five teenage children still at home to raise. If that is not enough, you are now given sole responsibility for four of your little grandchildren – all under the age of six. That is the story of the paternal grandmother of Dr. Mary M. Gillam because that is exactly what happened to her. Dr. Gillam was one of those little grandchildren.

Despite growing up in very humbling conditions, Dr. Gillam was determined to succeed. With God as her guide and her grandmother as a role model, Dr. Gillam triumphed against the odds. After achieving the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force, she was later selected to the Senior Executive Service Corps in the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. Destined to follow her dream of business ownership, in 2013, Dr. Gillam established M2G Dynamic Leadership Solutions, LLC. The company is a woman-owned, service-disabled veteran, small business specializing in information systems technology management and leadership development consulting services located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

BusinessInterviews.com: Do you think that with the right training that most people possess the potential to be good leaders?

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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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Jul30

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Redickaa Subramanian
Interakt
Founder

Redicka Subrammanian and Dakshen R co-founded Interakt Digital Communications Group in January 2004 with just $6,000 in their pockets. Their dream was to be pioneers in the digital space – and they have never lost sight of that.

Today, Interakt is a full-service digital communications firm that delivers creative solutions at the intersection of business, marketing and technology. With its signature approach of “Communications inside out”, Interakt helps leading brands, such as Citibank, The Estée Lauder Companies, Levi’s and Lenovo deliver their brand promise through:

• Internal communications that connect employees with the brand and help them protect and enhance its meaning and value

• External communications that engage audiences, inspire them to action and sustain long-term relationships

MO: Can you talk about the early days of Interakt, the challenges that you faced and how you overcame them?

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Jul9

Donnie-Cooper
Donnie Cooper

Donnie Cooper spent years studying the crap out of every SEO blog he could find on Google. He used all that learning to help a select few clients’ rank, get traffic & get rich by implementing as many tactics as they would let him.

The problem came when he realized he was spending too much time studying and not enough time executing. It’s the classic SEO trap that too many people fall into. Donnie is now spending his time executing all that stuff he learned, while waging war on procrastination & buck passing. He advocates for mastering the basics before even thinking about reading advanced theories on SEO blogs. He also advocates for learning to do web marketing in house instead of falling into the forever outsourcing trap.

MO: What was the hardest part about launching your own business?

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Jun26

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PDR Web Solutions is a website design and online marketing company located in Baltimore, Maryland. They work with their clients as strategic partners to generate leads and improve their online presence.

Jonathan Passley founded PDR Web Solutions when he was just 22. After five years of service, the company has helped more than 100 business owners from various industries take their business online and was listed in the Top 50 Minority-owned Businesses in the Baltimore area by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2011 and 2012.

MO: Where does your passion for website design and online marketing come from?

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Jun25

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Craig Vodnik’s professional experience began in 1995 as the Webmaster of the Chicago Tribune, where he was instrumental in launching the newspaper onto the internet. He has worked in the financial services, advertising and e-commerce industries as well as several internet start-ups during his career. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and is a founding member of cleverbridge AG.

cleverbridge is a full-service e-commerce provider for companies that sell software and SaaS. Its flexible cloud platform and client-focused service drive the performance of B2C and B2B businesses around the world, enabling the implementation, management and optimization of clients’ global online sales and marketing initiatives. cleverbridge provides a customized, multi-channel e-business solution for more than 300 international corporations like Acronis, Avira, Dell, Malwarebytes and Parallels who count on cleverbridge to support their traditional, SaaS and subscription-based e-commerce needs.

MO: What issue does your core product help solve and how so?

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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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Jun21

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Isha Edwards
EPiC MEASURES
Founder

Company Overview: EPiC MEASURES (EM) is a brand-driven, consultancy, which provides a “next practices” approach to establishing, operating, and growing a business; launching products; and implementing programs and initiatives. Extending beyond the ordinary in purpose, promise, and presentation, EM seeks to increase the profitability of individuals and organizations and empower the same to excel through four business services:

• Marketing Strategy

• Brand Management

• Marketing & Business Communications

• Leadership Training (Seminars & Workshops)

Contact service (at) epicmeasures.com to determine next practice solutions for a product, for an individual or an organization.

MO: What are some ways that you help your clients “extend beyond the ordinary?”

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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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