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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May14

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Avi Shenkar
BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar
Founder & CEO

The Philadelphia area’s first and best Blow Dry Bar as designated by Philadelphia Style Magazine in July of 2012.

BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar has taken the Philadelphia area’s media by storm with a 2 page spread in Philadelphia Style Magazine as well as coverage by Philadelphia Weekly, CNN, The Philadelphia Inquirer many more.

Rapid social media growth and word of mouth that spread like wildfire have allowed BLO/OUT to expand to 2 locations in just 8 months with 4 more in the works including a partnership with PREIT bringing BLO/OUT to local area malls as well as Caesars Pier Shops in Atlantic City.

MO: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to launch BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar?

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May14

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Erica Duran
Erica Duran International
CEO

The team at Erica Duran International provides productivity and time management training to small businesses and entrepreneurs through virtual coaching and in-person workshops. They’ve recently added web design, SEO, social media training and marketing plans for their clients because they found those were the areas were most were holding back their success, procrastinating the most on, or getting taken advantage of from other companies. They are excited to soon re-launch a comprehensive planner system to support entrepreneurial women. Most clients sign up for coaching with Erica Duran International to “get more work done”, but actually they learn how to “get more of their life back”.

MO: What inspired you to launch your own company?

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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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May9

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Leslye Schumacher
TalentQ Consulting
Talent Analyst & Management Consultant

Leslye Schumacher launched TalentQ Consulting to help companies assess the talents and strengths of their employees (and potential employees) and to coach managers on how best to develop and retain those employees by utilizing strength management principles.

Leslye applies her “real life” experience as well to help her clients. She has been an advertising salesperson, a media director, and a marketing director for Fortune 500 companies as well as the owner of her own franchise business and now as the owner of TalentQ Consulting.

MO: What are some tips for getting real information from candidates references?

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May8

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Mark Hall
PinPoint Resources
Founder & CEO

Mark Hall is the Founder and CEO of Talent LogistiX, PinPoint Resources and Tech Trades since the firms’ creation in 1993. Drawing upon over 30 years of experience in the workforce solution, technology and recruitment sectors, Mark’s primary focus is developing the company’s business and service strategies, to maintain manageable growth and to ensure impeccable service delivery. He created these companies to provide the marketplace with a much needed workforce solutions partner that operates on the time-honored principles of honesty, community service, integrity, trust and accountability.

MO: Where does your strong entrepreneurial spirit come from?

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May6

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Adrian Wood
ShadowmatchUSA
VP Business Development

Adrian Wood has more than 20 years’ experience in business management and leadership. He has passion for making companies of all sizes, from start-ups to global, successful through team development and unique leadership and management strategies across functions and divisions. He is currently partnering with major clients including Bimbo Bakeries, Cisco, Citrix, Sprint and others to make them even more effective by focusing on workplace excellence through team behaviors, not personalities.

ShadowmatchUSA is based in Dallas, Texas, and is the exclusive provider and administrator of Shadowmatch in the U.S. The Shadowmatch Behavioral benchmarking system gives the ability to identify and predict the specific employee habits and behaviors that are responsible for a team’s success. Armed with these powerful insights, leaders can better build, manage, develop and deploy teams and individual employees. By gaining these insights, their mission is to see an increase in employee performance and retention, and a significantly lower onboarding cost and staff turnover.

MO: Can you elaborate on your unique three-step process that helps you identify and predict employee habits and behaviors that are responsible for a team’s success?

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May6

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Nick-Anthony Zamucen
President & CEO
Bio-One Inc.

“Nick-Anthony Zamucen” the President & CEO of Bio-One Inc.  The first and only successful franchised crime scene cleaning company. Nick-Anthony has done for the “crime & trauma scene cleaning industry” what Mark Zuckerberg has done for social media. He is also a published author, business strategist, and an award winning serial entrepreneur that has had tremendous success in various business ventures. He has recently been named to the list of “Top 40 Under 40 CEO’s” and has lead the Bio-One franchise organization to three national franchise awards in the last year.

Bio-One Inc. is the first and only successful crime and trauma scene clean-up franchise. Our franchises are in 10 different states and we are by far, the leader in bio-recovery worldwide. Bio-One’s marketing campaigns are industry specific, innovative and have proven successful year after year.

MO: How did you come up with the concept for Bio-One?

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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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