Ep #65 | Team 1st

Ep #65 | Team 1st

Jenni Catron is a leadership coach, author and speaker. Her passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults organizations on leadership, team culture and organizational health. Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. She loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis and hiking with her husband.  Jenni can be found on social media at @jennicatron and at www.get4sight.com.

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Ep #64 | Ignite the Spark

Ep #64 | Ignite the Spark

See.Spark.Go co-founder and publicity maven, Brittany Thoms began her career in fast-paced agencies promoting national accounts through entertainment and sports-related events. With a desire to return to the city that captured their hearts— Athens, Georgia—Brittany and her husband Andy founded See.Spark.Go in 2007. Her strategic thinking and creative enthusiasm influence all of See.Spark.Go’s clients. She serves as a board member for Break Into Business and advises several other nonprofits on a regular basis. When she isn’t leading her team in winning PR strategy, she enjoys reading, playing football with her boys and enjoying life with friends and family. 

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Ep #63 | All In

Ep #63 | All In

Dan D'Aquisto (Duh-qwist-oh) is the Cofounder and Chief Revenue Officer of 2ULaundry. Dan grew up in a small hockey town outside of Minneapolis, MN called Red Wing, home of Red Wing Shoes. Dan grew up playing hockey before graduating and attending the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in Marketing. After school, Dan worked in sales for a fast growing startup in Minneapolis called Sports Engine which recently sold to NBC Sports. In late 2015, Dan quit his job, packed up his car, broke the lease on his house, broke up with his girlfriend, and moved to Charlotte, NC to go all in on starting 2ULaundry. To date, 2ULaundry has raised $3M in venture capital, is a Techstars alumn, has 75 employees, live in Charlotte and Atlanta, and just recently opened the first of its kind retail laundromat in Charlotte, NC in partnership with Electrolux. 2ULaundry is looking to raise its Series A within the next 6-8 months for expansion. 

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Ep #62 | Celebrate Life

Ep #62 | Celebrate Life

After losing her daughter to a terminal condition, Ashley developed a new perspective on success, life, and love. She's the founder and executive director of Love Not Lost, a nonprofit who photographs people facing a terminal diagnosis to celebrate life, preserve memories, and support people in grief. In addition to the free portrait sessions they provide, Love Not Lost is on a mission to empower others to show up and love the people they care about who are hurting too. Everyone deserves to be loved and remembered. Ashley is passionate about growth, justice, and love. In fact, the driving question she asks daily is "How can we love people better?" She is constantly working on new initiatives and resources for Love Not Lost to answer that question as well as loving her self, husband, family, friends, and community better in her personal life. She loves speaking to companies, conferences, and groups about grief, love, and making the most of the time we have. You can learn more about Ashley's story at www.lovenotlost.org

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Ep #61 | The Domino Effect

Ep #61 | The Domino Effect

Elizabeth has a background in publishing from early roles with Seventeen and People StyleWatch and lifestyle PR where she worked on the accounts for brands ranging from Eileen Fisher to Nike to AVON. Upon moving to Atlanta from New York City in the Fall of 2014, Elizabeth launched a line of eponymous hair accessories that Spring that has largely serviced as a case study for her creative work as well as led her to be 2017 finalist in Forbes Magazine’ 30 under 30 list in retail & e-commerce. Carried in approx. 70 retail locations nationwide in its prime, the hair accessories, were also seen in publications from Bloomberg Businessweek to Teen Vogue as well as appeared on Good Morning America, HBO GIRLS, and The TODAY Show. With her businesses recently acquired, Elizabeth has refocused her time spent on growing her brand to helping others achieve similar results. Elizabeth leads the Domino team to ensure continuous development and growth of the company, which includes but is not limited to: securing new business, overseeing client related initiatives on a day-to-day basis, and developing strategic action plans for both Domino and clients.

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Ep #60 | Best Friends & Business Owners

Ep #60 | Best Friends & Business Owners

After a year of research and planning, Jeanne developed the concept of The Groomsman Suit. Day to day, she leads product design and development for TGS. Her focus on high-quality fabrics, construction and components, and meticulous attention to detail are evident in every TGS suit. Jeanne continuously advances the TGS product by leveraging her great relationships with key industry partners that she has cultivated throughout her career.

Being a passionate advocate for the TGS brand, Diana oversees marketing and branding efforts to bring maximum visibility and growth. She enjoys building relationships with engaged couples and industry partners and is committed to creating a fun, easy and thrilling purchasing experience for all TGS customers.

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Ep #59 | Appreciate The Journey

Ep #59 | Appreciate The Journey

Mr. Benton joined T. Dallas Smith & Company from its inception. He has successfully represented companies such as Gude Management, The Integral Group, E-Bay, AT&T, General Services Administration and A2D with their office space needs.  Leonte is a result and relationship-oriented, high-energy, commercial real estate broker who has participated in transactions that range from a corporate mailbox to 400,000 square feet. Leonte specializes in tenant representation leasing and acquisition services for local and national companies.

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Ep #58 | Fight For What You Believe In

Ep #58 | Fight For What You Believe In

Matt Thomas is a fundraiser, fitness coach and storyteller. He founded Brawl for a Cause, a non-profit organization dedicated to training, equipping and inspiring everyday people to literally fight for what they believe in. He plans and promotes charity-boxing events showcasing first-timers fighting to raise funds and awareness for causes close to their hearts. He has bounced on a treetop trampoline in the Costa Rican cloud forest, was out-boxed and out-drank by a world champion in Havana, Cuba, and raced Porters down to Machu Picchu base camp in Peru. He loves people, passion and a good story, and count on him asking you what you believe in enough to take a punch for.

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Ep #57 | Curating Company Culture

Ep #57 | Curating Company Culture

Josh Sweeney is the founder of EpicCulture, whose mission is to help businesses build an amazing company culture. He has a deep understanding and ability to utilize hiring process and behavior analytics to create business environments that people enjoy working in. Josh is a long-standing member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and served 5 years on the EO Atlanta Board before moving into a regional role. He has worked with and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs through the EO Accelerator and LaunchPad programs.

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Ep #56 | It's All About Connection

Ep #56 | It's All About Connection

Darrah Brustein is an author and two-time founder with a payment processing company spanning 38 states and a networking events company which serves 30,000+ people. She contributes to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global on networking, entrepreneurship and creating a life of your own design, and has been featured in over 300 press outlets including Time, CNN, Inc, Huffington Post, Fox, and Mashable (all built on the back of her network). She's on a mission to help others who are disenchanted with "sleep when you're dead" culture and chasing others people's definitions of success to build a life of their own design.

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Ep #55 | Unlocking Human Potential

Ep #55 | Unlocking Human Potential

Morgan Lopes is an entrepreneur who leads Polar Notion, a digital brand experience team. They design and develop web and mobile apps for information, education, and influence based businesses. While he reluctantly accepts the title CEO, his role is to identify and amplify the strengths of each person who chooses to join their team.

As of 2016, Morgan has also been serving as CTO for New Story, a startup-minded nonprofit that is moving the needle on the global homelessness crisis. In just over 2 years, they've grown from one home in Haiti to over 800 homes around the world and have built the first 3D home printer in the US.

Along with his work at Polar Notion and New Story, he sites his greatest adventure as fathering two daughters and working to improve the world they’ll eventually inherit.

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Ep #54 | Consistency Is Key

Ep #54 | Consistency Is Key

Juan Pablo is a dynamic speaker and coach who quit his day job at the age of 30 on the back of utilizing creative financing in real estate as well as having a burning desire to “Make That Wake Up Whenever You Feel Like It Money.” Now, a financially free real estate investor of 63 rental units with a rental revenue of $20,000 per month, Juan has helped many real estate investors obtain over $5.5 million in business funding for their real estate investments as well as improved their FICO scores to a 720 or higher. Juan is an active blogger for 100percentfinanced.com and blogger for the 100 Percent Financed Youtube Channel, helping to provide those who are frustrated with the 9 to 5 with the tools they need to succeed financially.

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Ep #53 | Make an Impact

Ep #53 | Make an Impact

Andrew McConnell is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rented.com, the world's largest marketplace turning vacant rental weeks into guaranteed income for homeowners. Andrew holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University, and has worked with some of the world's largest public and private entities as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., and as a Director, Solutions Design at Axiom Global, Inc. In addition to speaking and writing about vacation rentals and the sharing economy, Andrew also contributes more general business insights and advice to publications like Inc.comForbes, and Huffington Post.

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Ep #52 | The Time Is Now

Ep #52 | The Time Is Now

Mike Popowski is the CEO of Dagger. Mike drives Dagger’s vision, culture and growth. He brings over 17 years of digital, social and brand-building experience. A proven client service and team leader, Mike has had success building campaigns for the world’s biggest brands across a variety of industries. Mike joined Dagger from TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, where he led the global repositioning for GSK’s global smoker’s health business, Nicoderm CQ (US).  Mike was previously SVP, Client Partner at Moxie (formerly Engauge), where he architected the agency’s first content marketing practices for Cisco Systems, UPS and Wells Fargo. He was an early pioneer of social marketing as a consultant for AARP from 2008 to 2011, and implemented early digital content practices for AARP’s renowned Travel Ambassador, Peter Greenberg, and Health Ambassador, Martina Navratilova. Mike’s previous stints include AOL and SureClick, an Inc. 5000 digital agency based in Washington, D.C. Mike’s a native Vermonter so he really enjoys winters in Atlanta.

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Ep #51 | Be Authentic

Ep #51 | Be Authentic

Molly Fienning is a Co-Founder of Babiators, one of Forbes' 100 Most Promising Companies and the leading sunglasses brand for babies & kids. Molly manages the e-commerce, marketing, p.r., social media and brand strategy for the company, which has sold over 2 million pairs of shades. Prior to Babiators, Molly has worked at IBM and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband Ted and sons, Sawyer and Fox.

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Ep #50 | Complementary Strengths

Ep #50 | Complementary Strengths

If there’s one thing Kate and Tallia know to be true, it’s that pursuing the work you want is always worth it. What started out as a blind dinner date in 2014 quickly turned into a lasting friendship rooted in their love for seeing women succeed. With Tallia’s expertise in mindset and career coaching, and Kate’s corporate branding and marketing experience - a dream team was born. After empowering women all across the country to define success on their own terms, they created Mavenly + Co. to help women go from where they are in their careers to where they truly want to be. 

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Ep #49 | Grow Intentionally

Ep #49 | Grow Intentionally

Lindsey has been in the luxury travel industry for over eight years, three of which as the owner of Epperly Travel, a boutique agency that specializes in customizing 4 & 5-star vacations across the globe. While she currently serves as the Wendy Perrin WOW List expert specifically for the Caribbean, she enjoys planning trips for clients across the globe - although she tends to prefer personally inspecting the beach destinations. She has been recognized nationally by Travel Agent Magazine as one of their top 30 Under 30 and locally in Atlanta as one of Jezebel Magazine's trailblazing 10. After launching Epperly Travel at the end of 2014, Lindsey has built a team of 13 independent contractors who represent the agency across the U.S. At the same time as she manages travel planning, she balances the growth of her company through a recently launched training program, aiming to educate new and existing agents on the core values of how Epperly Travel does business and what it takes to succeed in the travel industry.

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Ep #48 | The Five Promises

Ep #48 | The Five Promises

Ryan McCarty is an author, speaker and the co-founder of Culture of Good, Inc. Building upon the success of his award-winning program at TCC-Verizon, a Verizon retailer with over 800 stores, that inspires employees, ignites positive change in the world and impacts their bottom lines, Ryan and TCC-Verizon CEO Scott Moorehead created Culture of Good to teach for profit companies how to operate with the soul of a non-profit. Ryan helps other organizations engage the hearts of their employees, empowering them to make changes in their communities. His work has been featured in Inc., Forbes, People Magazine, Huffington Post and more.

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Ep #47 | Small Business, Big Impact

Ep #47 | Small Business, Big Impact

Brooke Beach is the Founder and CEO of Marketwake - a digital marketing agency that focuses on sharing stories and building brands. Most recently she was the CEO of a technology company called Kevy where she helped turn around the company after it's pivot into marketing automation in 2015. Brooke graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. After graduation, she became a spokesperson for Fortune 500 companies and helped lead nation-wide PR and marketing campaigns. A serial entrepreneur and sought-after leader in the industry, Brooke has a passion for helping businesses and leaders grow. 

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Ep #46 | Be Relentless

Ep #46 | Be Relentless

Chuck Blakeman is a Best-Selling Business Author and World-Renowned Business Advisor who has built ten businesses in seven industries on three continents, and now uses his leadership experience to advise others. His company, Crankset Group, provides outcome-based mentoring and peer advisory for business leaders worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. Chuck sold one of his businesses to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America and led three other $10-$100 million companies through repositioning in the Marketing Support Services industry. He presently leads the Crankset Group and a for-profit business based in Africa, focused on developing local economies to solve poverty.

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