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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May3

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Clara Lippert Glenn
The Oxford Princeton Programme
President and CEO

Clara Lippert Glenn is the President and CEO of The Oxford Princeton Programme, created Princeton Energy Programme in 1992 and PrincetonLive.com in 1999. In 2000, she engineered the merger with The College of Petroleum and Energy Studies, forming The Oxford Princeton Programme, of which she became President and CEO. She has provided the vision and leadership behind The Oxford Princeton Programme’s innovative and successful approach to interactive professional education, building it into the global leading provider of energy education.

The Oxford Princeton Programme provides the most effective and flexible approach to educating professionals worldwide on the business and trading of energy. With customizable programmes for on-site team training, more than 200 public courses in 23 energy hubs globally, and the most extensive library of web-based courses available 24/7 on www.princetonlive.com, The Oxford Princeton Programme is responsible for training a literal who’s who in oil, gas, power and much more. Courses are taught by renowned experts offering dynamic and interactive instruction. With more focus, experience, and depth of industry knowledge, The Oxford Princeton Programme provides today’s professionals with the tools and know-how for optimal performance. For more information, log onto www.oxfordprinceton.com.

MO: How did you come up with the concept for the Princeton Energy Programme?

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May2

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Bruce Hodes
CMI
CEO & President

CMI and Bruce Hodes are the Chicago land experts in corporate team building education and strategic business planning. CMI successfully develops performance oriented work cultures in small companies to mid-sized companies. CMI is dedicated to creating a work environment where vision, planning and commitment dictate implementation.

Around Bruce companies grow and prosper. The focus of his work is developing organizations, work teams, business leaders and executives into powerful performers. He has an MBA from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. As a business strategy consultant and a recovering psychotherapist, Bruce brings a diverse blend of skills and education to his work with teams, business leaders and executives.

MO: Can you tell us a little about yourself and what CMI does?

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May2

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Zabi Kator
guardNOW
President & CEO

guardNOW provides skilled professional security guards who know what to do in the event of an unforeseen incident. Guards are able to come to a location in just two hours without the need of a long term contract. Clients include small businesses, residences where the owners may be out of town, neighborhood surveillance, construction sites or vacant building that needs to be supervised. guardNOW also caters to special events for weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinceaneras, and birthday parties. Specializing in nontraditional security guard services, guardNOW offers premium service for safety and security needs.

MO: How does guardNOW work?

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May1

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Bryce Maddock
TaskUs
CEO

Bryce Maddock is the CEO of TaskUs, a leading provider of outsourced customer support, photo editing, data entry and product description generation for rapidly growing internet companies.

Four years ago, Bryce started with a small team of five offshore agents. He and the TaskUs team have since scaled to one of the most talented workforces on the planet, over 450 strong. With headquarters in Santa Monica, California and a call center in Manila, Philippines, TaskUs continues to power the daily operations of the world’s fastest scaling internet businesses.

MO: Can you talk about launching your first business when you were just 19 and how you’ve managed to leverage your early success into other ventures?

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May1

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John Beidle
1040 Wealth Designs, LLC
Enrolled Agent

John Beidle offers a tax planning service focused on helping small business owners and real estate investors pay the least amount of tax as legally possible.

Gus: What are your top three tips for small businesses that are just starting to work on their income taxes?

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Apr30

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Cate Costa
Venture Catalyst Consulting
Founder

Cate Costa is the Founder of Venture Catalyst Consulting, a small consulting firm that specializes in helping startup company founders plan and expand their new businesses. She also operates the New Venture Mentor blog – a weekly dose of tips, tricks, and tutorials to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses – and the Startup Nomad blog – a discussion of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world – from her primary website at www.CateCosta.com.

Until recently, she also worked as a Business Consultant with the Minority Business Development Agency’s Business Center in Washington, DC helping the founders, CEOs, and executive management teams of minority-owned companies with contract procurement, financing assistance, business process improvement, marketing, and growth strategy development. Now she’s fully mobile and exploring startup ecosystems around the globe – beginning in Latin America – to see how entrepreneurs are making it happen at home, wherever home may be.

Prior to becoming a consultant she headed up the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Howard University School of Business and oversaw the operations of the school’s entrepreneur incubator, the Institute’s entrepreneurship education workshop series, special events that included a business pitch competition and the Google Digital Empowerment Event, the Institute’s one-on-one startup counseling sessions, and the Annual Faculty Conference on Entrepreneurship.

Her other experience includes work at a small venture capital firm, at a startup internet advertising company, and as a sole-proprietor with a contract running one of the largest revenue departments on a cruise ship. She’s had the opportunity to do business in over a dozen countries and to help numerous entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses across industries ranging from retail to artificial intelligence robotics and everything in between.

She is also a lifetime member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the National Society of Hispanic Professionals, and Beta Gamma Sigma and serves as the Small Business Chair on the Executive Board of the DC Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and previously served on the Membership Committee for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the Education and Training Committee for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

MO: Can you talk about your approach when working with entrepreneurs without any business background?

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Apr29

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Jessica Weatherford
Marble Arch
President & CEO

Marble Arch is a performance acceleration consultancy helping leaders take their business to the next level, finding long-term sustainable success.

Whether it’s a company with a 40-year history or a startup ready for growth, they bring evidence-based tools and external expertise for focused company change.

MO: Can you talk about your journey from being a CFO of a mid-sized construction company to launching Marble Arch? What did your turning point look like?

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Apr22

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Gail Doby
Design Success University
Founder

Design Success University provides 100% virtual continuing education for entrepreneurs – marketing and business. DSU offers books, classes, coaching and consulting to small businesses that are ready to go to the next level.

Design Success University currently serves over 11,000 interior designers in 51 countries.

MO: How did you come up with the concept for Design Success University?

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Apr12

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Troy Hazard
Troy Hazard International

Troy Hazard is an internationally renowned conference presenter who has literally ‘been there, done that’. Through the 20 years of private enterprise Troy has experienced and the 11 companies he has owned, he has amassed a great depth of knowledge, with literally hundreds of case studies and stories to tell on a range of topics.

In addition, his core business for the last 20 years has been as a business consultant to some of the world’s leading brands including Goodyear, Coles Myer, Flight Centre, Baskin Robbins, Subway and many more.

MO: Can you talk a bit about your journey from having no idea what you wanted to be when you grew up to becoming a successful serial entrepreneur? What did your turning point look like?

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Mar14

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Vanessa Van Edwards
Science of People

The Science of People is curated by Vanessa Van Edwards who travels around the country sharing the latest research with audiences.

As an acclaimed writer and behavioral investigator, Vanessa is a professional people watcher—speaking, writing and cracking the code of interesting human behavior for audiences around the world.

Vanessa is a published Penguin author and a Huffington Post columnist. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research.

The Science of People works with companies, brands and individuals on how to use body language, nonverbal communication and human lie detection in the business environment.

MO: Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to become a professional people watcher?

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Mar11

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Kevin Cook
Dialogic
President & CEO

Kevin Cook is Dialogic’s President and CEO. Kevin stepped into this leadership role in August 2012 and has been with Dialogic since late 2008, serving in various executive management positions, including chief operating officer and executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations. Before Dialogic, Kevin served as Vice President, North America at Avaya Inc., where he directed a 1700-person organization that spanned sales, services, and field marketing functions.

Kevin is steering Dialogic (Nasdaq:DLGC), known as the Network Fuel™ company, to inspire the world’s leading service providers and application developers to elevate the performance of media-rich communications across the most advanced networks. They boost the reliability of any-to-any network connections, supercharge the impact of applications and amplify the capacity of congested networks. Forty-eight of the world’s top 50 mobile operators and nearly 3,000 application developers rely on Dialogic to redefine the possible and exceed user expectations.

MO: What are some ways that Dialogic works to redefine the possible and exceed user expectations?

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