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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Ep #45 | Wake Up Every Day Curious

Ep #45 | Wake Up Every Day Curious

Danica Kombol is the CEO of the Everywhere Agency, a leading social media & content marketing firm that works with Fortune 500 companies crafting and executing successful campaigns. She founded the blogger network, Everywhere Society to power the agency’s many award-winning influencer campaigns for clients like Macy’s, Carter’s/OshKosh, Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, Moe’s and others. As a social media marketer, Danica draws on her extensive background as a television producer and PR executive. She began her career at Sesame Workshop and went on to become a successful television producer working on such legendary shows as Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall. She’s a frequent speaker at social media conferences and global forums. Danica serves on the board of WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association), and National Black Arts Festival. She’s a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and an alumna board member of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

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Ep #44 | Trust Your Instinct

Ep #44 | Trust Your Instinct

Andrew Lorimer is currently the director of marketing for Eagle Rock Distributing Company. ERDC is the top beverage distributor in Atlanta, where he gets to market the top breweries in the world. When Andrew joined ERDC he felt it was important to learn all aspects of the business, knowing this was a long-term career move. Andrew worked on everything from the logistics side of the business (merchandising and delivery)...to the sales side as an account manager….until the role he is in now. Marketing beer, wine, spirits and non-alcohol brands they sell is an honor. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Marketing. Andrew's been able to truly use his education and degree towards his career which is not something most people can say. On the personal side, Andrew and his wonderful and supportive wife have been married for 11 years. They have three kids under the age of 8. It’s total chaos and a lot of fun!

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Ep #43 | Be Intentional

Ep #43 | Be Intentional

Shannon Miles is the CEO of BELAY, Inc. an INC 500 Fastest Growing Company and winner of CultureIQ and Entrepreneur’s #1 Company Culture awards. Since 2010, the company has grown to nearly 700 team members and serves nearly 1,000 clients on a daily basis. Whether through team development or Balance Mentoring, Shannon is passionate about serving others and inspiring them to live life more fully, while firmly remaining her own worst critic. While on Necker Island with Richard Branson, she learned that if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. Shannon loves yoga and spending time with her family, whether that’s on the front porch of their home in Georgia, on the beach in the Panhandle of Florida, or snowboarding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Ep #42 | Nothing You've Learned Matters, Unless You Can Execute

Ep #42 | Nothing You've Learned Matters, Unless You Can Execute

Thor Conklin is an Entrepreneur, Profitability Consultant and host of his daily podcast, Peak Performers Podcast.  2018 marks his 18th year as an entrepreneur.  The first company Thor created was a global risk management consulting firm that served the private equity community.  His top 15 clients had a combined revenue of $12.7 billion USD and operated in over 100 countries worldwide. His background, in risk management, served him well when he lost 1/3 of his team, in the World Trade Center attacks, on 9/11.  Since that time, he has started, bought and sold several multi-million dollar businesses making him a sought after, cross-industrial resource for entrepreneurs and executives in all stages of business.

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Ep #41 | Do What You Love & It Doesn't Feel Like Work

Ep #41 | Do What You Love & It Doesn't Feel Like Work

Drew French currently serves as Founder and President at Your Pie. In this role, he leads a growing brand with its mission to be a globally admired brand by creating a culture that improves the Your Pie family. He is passionate about working as part of a team to improve the communities that Your Pie serves. In addition, he serves on the board of non-profits Athensmade and Extra Special People. Drew graduated from the Terry College of Business in 2005 with a degree in marketing and currently lives in Athens, GA with his wife Natalie, their two daughters Anna and Scarlett, and their 3 dogs.

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Ep #40 | Small Team, Big Growth

Ep #40 | Small Team, Big Growth

Jeff is the owner and managing principal at Pollock Commercial, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate services firm founded in 2009. Jeff has completed a wide variety of transactions including tenant representation, single user-building sales, landlord representation, purchaser representation and development consulting services.Jeff is also active within the commercial real estate community.  He serves on several boards and is the current President of the 350 member Georgia CCIM Chapter.  He has developed continuing education seminars for his peers on the topics of social media and productivity strategies and was recognized by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors with the President’s Award in 2011 for his contributions.

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Ep #39 | Three Friends & a Gelato Truck

Ep #39 | Three Friends & a Gelato Truck

In 2011, Wes co-founded Honeysuckle Gelato in Atlanta, Ga. As CEO of Honeysuckle Gelato, Wes manages the company’s day-to-day operations with a focus on marketing, strategic planning, retail expansion, business development and overall growth.Honeysuckle Gelato is a manufacturer and wholesaler of gelato and sorbet. As a wholesaler, Honeysuckle Gelato supplies caterers, restaurants, specialty food stores, big box retailers and select Delta Air Lines flights. In 2015, Honeysuckle Gelato opened its first retail location at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Ga. and is currently exploring opportunities in Savannah, Ga., Charlotte, NC and Nashville, TN to open additional retail locations.

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Ep #38 | Turning the Vision into an Executable Action

Ep #38 | Turning the Vision into an Executable Action

Andy is the founder of Accel Financial Services.  For the last 13 years, Accel Financial Services has helped small businesses and entrepreneurs discover their true direction, understand and take control of their financials, and leverage that financial knowledge to specifically command their own destiny.  Born and raised in Atlanta, Andy graduated from Georgia Tech, worked in the finance and M&A side of the collections industry, until realizing small businesses didn’t know what they were missing when it came to understanding their financials.  Andy and his wife of 13 years have two kids, live in Cumming Georgia, and spend much of the year thinking about their next Disney Cruise!

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Ep #37 | The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ep #37 | The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Darshana Patel is an Energy Intuitive, Medium, and Host of the show enLight’n Up on The Lighter Side Network. After 20 years in the corporate world, Darshana traded in her corporate armor for the tools of a spiritual warrior at her business, Unscripted Way. She has been shifting the paradigms of possibility for everyday people ever since. Gifted with the ability to see and feel subtle energy from birth, Darshana helps her clients to “see the unseen”, and to resolve and repattern energy distortions. Her own life experiences provide the perfect mix of intellect and compassion to help others blaze new pathways to unleash their full potential. Darshana possesses an undergrad in Information Systems, a Master’s in Transformative Conflict, and advanced certifications in organizational change and personal transformation. While working to complete her prefatory book, “A Field Guide for the New Awakening,” Darshana furthers her mission to create new realms of possibilities for all spiritual warriors in-the-making.

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Ep #36 | Self-Care in the Workplace

Ep #36 | Self-Care in the Workplace

Jamie Butler is a natural born Medium and media personality who has been working internationally for the past 25 years. She is the author of With Love and Light: A True Story About an Uncommon Gift as well as the founder of The Center for Love and Light in Atlanta, GA and co-founder of the nonprofit learning environment: The Love & Light Institute. Most recently, Jamie launched The Lighter Side Network, a TV platform devoted to wholeness living. With uplifting, educational, healing and topical content, the ad-free, member-supported network inspires viewers to unlock their fullest potential and lead their best lives. Jamie is deeply passionate about community and entrepreneurship and enjoys teaching people of all ages about the infinite possibilities for healing, joy, and success available to each of us when wholeness living is incorporated into our daily lives.

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