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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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Kevin Cook
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?



Wayne Berry
Wayne Berry
Aquarius International

Wayne Berry, as President of Aquarius International and Certified Board Facilitator, brings a very unique combination of experience, talent, and knowledge to the issues and concerns of senior management.

Another unique feature Wayne brings to the table is that he is the ONLY Certified Management Consultant in Central Missouri. (Source: Institute of Management Consultants, Washington DC — He specializes in consulting on the development, integration, and implementation of strategies impacting human resources, strategic planning, cost controls, management development, team building, sales & marketing, and exit strategies. His input and counsel is so valued that he has served some clients continuously for over twenty years. .

Founded in 1984, company specializes in providing custom workshops, advisory board formulation & facilitation, and strategic planning. Recognizing the needs, wants, pain and stresses of entrepreneurs building their businesses, company has successfully advised and assisted over 350 organizations to achieve their personal and professional goals.

MO: Where does your passion for entrepreneurship come from?



Ini Augustine
Ini Augustine
SocialWise Media Group

Ini Augustine is CEO of SocialWise Media Group. In 2006 she was named Business Woman of the Year for her work on the Business Advisory Council. Ini Augustine is also a professional writer for nationally syndicated news sites and

SocialWise Media Group is an online marketing firm with offices in Eagan, MN, and Des Moines, Iowa. We help you take control of your online destiny using social media marketing and online advertising. Social Media Training, Management, and Marketing.

MO: What inspired you to launch your company instead of working for an established marketing firm?



Stephen Goldberg
Stephen Goldberg
Sun Mergers & Acquisitions

Stephen Goldberg brings over 25 years of merger and acquisition experience to the helm of Sun Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC.

In 1985 he was an original member of a NJ based acquisitions firm and subsequently founded Sun M&A to more narrowly focus on the exit strategy goals of family and entrepreneurially owned middle market clients. Since then, Sun has emerged as one of the leading regional players in the field. In addition to his work as a Certified Business Intermediary, Stephen is a frequent lecturer on business sale, business valuation and value enhancement topics.

Sun Mergers & Acquisitions is also affiliated with Sun Business Valuations, LLC, which provides business valuation services used in shareholder buyouts and litigation support, gifting and estate planning and other purposes for Attorneys, CPAs, Investment Advisors, Consultants, and Business Owners.

MO: What tips would you give to an entrepreneur considering selling their business?



Sanjay Sathe
Sanjay Sathe

Sanjay Sathe founded RiseSmart in 2006 to make finding a new job and hiring new employees more efficient. To achieve this, he conceived a proprietary technology and service platform specifically designed to match jobseekers with opportunities and to help companies fill open positions.

RiseSmart provides next-generation outplacement solutions by leveraging a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies, and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategies and displaced employees with their career strategies. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing and reducing severance costs and unemployment taxes for outplacement services. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with a wholly owned subsidiary in Pune, India, RiseSmart is the fastest-growing outplacement solutions provider in the United States.

MO: Can you talk a bit about the process behind the development of a platform designed to match jobseekers with opportunities and some of the challenges you encountered along the way?



Jason Kos
Jason Kos

Founders Jason Kos and David Novit combined 25 years of experience in the fitness industry when they established FITCO in 2001. They recognized the need in the market to be more than just an equipment provider; they became fitness advisors and built relationships by understanding customer objectives. The FITCO team’s clear expertise led clients to request a wider range of consulting offerings in site design and planning, equipment specification, and finish out. With its base in Texas and other regional offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Utah; FITCO has developed relationships with partners and vendors alike that have helped the company satisfy a wide array of customers across the country.

FITCO, voted in 2012 as one of “Dallas’ Best Places to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal, specializes in providing a superior fitness experience for customers by delivering premium commercial fitness equipment. The company also provides full solutions including site design, equipment selection and installation of equipment. Partners include multi-family units, hotels, country clubs, municipalities and corporate fitness centers across the country. FITCO is headquartered in Dallas. For more information about FITCO, visit

MO: Can you talk about how you recognized the need to be more than just an equipment provider? Did you have a specific turning point or was it more of a gradual realization?



John Clouse
John H. Clouse
The Joseph Group

John H. Clouse is completing his third decade of military service to our nation where he is a medical operations, plans, and intelligence officer. His deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, New Horizons (South America) and at the Joint Task Force (JTF) level in Operation Enduring Freedom (03, 04) Operation Iraqi Freedom (06), and JTF Katrina (Forward).

Coming together from diverse backgrounds members of The Joseph Group have successfully woven together technical and tactical experience, education, and innovation to form a team that is second to none. Their depth and breadth of professional knowledge and skills combined with a solid dose of creativity allows them to help you find solutions in even the most difficult of situations.

A veteran-owned small business, the team at The Joseph Group has earned their reputation through true and practical emergency preparedness and public safety solutions. Their clients include city, county, and state agencies; schools, hospitals, public organizations and private enterprises.

MO: How has your extensive background in the military helped contribute to the success of The Joseph Group?



Kathy Martin
Kathy Martin
KTS1 Inc

KTS1 Inc is a product and development company in the textile assembly industry. People, entities, government and the military come to KTS1 with an idea, need or design and they put this into an actual product. When economies suffer a down turn, lack of income and jobs, there are more small businesses started. With a background of working with the military, KTS1 has access and knowledge of several performance fabrics and new assembling techniques which are not common in the industry. Products developed with these new fabrics and manufacturing techniques, this gives them an edge in many markets. Once developed, we also assist our clients in penetrating their markets and assists with actual development of their business.

If you mention fabric and new products to the average person, they think immediately of the fashion world, most don’t realize how much textiles touch their lives everyday. Most of the performance fabrics are developed for specific needs and markets. When researching new fabrics, KTS1 looks outside of these original needs and markets, create new products, penetrating additional markets, and increasing fabric production. We have worked with a large variety of industries, from the pet industry, which represents $52 billion annually, home décor which does $270 billion annually and more. While there are several industries we design product for, these new items are still part of the textile world.

Gus: What inspired you to launch KTS1?



Richard Lorenzen
Richard Lorenzen
Fifth Avenue Brands

Richard Lorenzen is the CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands, a business consulting firm specializing in brand management.

As an active media personality in issues on business, economics and politics, Richard has been seen in Forbes, Fox Business, Inc. Magazine, CBS and more. He is also a regular contributor to one of New York’s leading online real estate magazines, As a speaker, Richard speaks on business, leadership, economics and politics. He has published articles in numerous publications, including his latest article in Forbes, The Art of Leadership (August, 2012).

Fifth Avenue Brands is a public relations and digital media firm based in New York City. Their specialty is working with entrepreneurs and small business owners to equip them with the resources and support to take a small or upstart brand and take it to the next level. Their passion is teaching entrepreneurs how to leverage all of the branding tools that are at our disposal to truly launch their brand into a new level of success.

MO: Where does your passion for helping entrepreneurs come from?



Karen Port
Mirage Spa & Recreation

For Spas and Hot tubs in St Louis, visit Mirage Spa & Recreation, Inc. an exclusive dealer of Sundance Spas, the Best Built Hot Tubs in the World.

Family owned and operated since 1988, Mirage Spa & Recreation offers high quality Sundance Spa sales and exceptional service operations to thousands of satisfied St. Louis customers.

Gus: What insights did you gain while watching your husband start the company back 1988 at just 21 that you were able to later apply when coming on board in 1996?

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