Sarah Panus is a brand storytelling strategist, podcast host of Marketing With Empathy®, and owner of Kindred Speak® consulting.
Pulling from 20 years of experience helping billion-dollar brands drive leading ROI through editorial brand storytelling, she helps content marketers & brands more confidently navigate the world of brand storytelling. Previous clients include Sleep Number, Christos Bridal, Nestle Waters, Starbucks, PetSafe, and the American Heart Association. Sarah works with clients by either doing the work for them through her agency services; OR, coaching them to think like Editorial Directors in one of her online courses. Visit www.kindredspeak.com to learn more.
Episode 239 features Nick Crabbs, a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, and web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value.
Nick is a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, and web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value.
Prior to his work with Vynyl, Nick spent nearly a decade working for some of the nation’s largest banking institutions, local municipalities, and large enterprise environments as an IT specialist and manager. Embracing his more entrepreneurial endeavors, community engagement, and tech evangelism Nick has worked with several start-ups, local community organizations, and leadership with large-scale events to leverage his knowledge and expertise in technology, management, and recruiting to judge events, offer mentorship, speak on panels, and contribute to a growing tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Jeremie Kubicek is a powerful communicator, serial entrepreneur, and content builder. He creates content used by some of the largest companies around the globe found in the books he has authored: The 100X Leader, 5 Voices, 5 Gears, and the National Bestseller, Making Your Leadership Come Alive.
Jeremie is the Executive Chairman of GiANT, a company that certifies coaches and consultants that serve companies and their employees. Jeremie has started over 20 companies while living in Oklahoma City, Moscow, Atlanta, and London.
EPISODE 180: Founder & Host, Entrepreneurs On Fire
Episode 180 features John Lee Dumas (JLD), the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews inspiring entrepreneurs to help YOU along your entrepreneurial journey!
John Lee Dumas is the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews inspiring entrepreneurs to help YOU along your entrepreneurial journey!
He’s also the author of The Common Path to Uncommon Success, your 17-step roadmap to financial freedom and fulfillment!
If you’re tired of spending 90% of your day doing things you don’t enjoy and only 10% doing things you love, then you’re in the right place. His goal with Entrepreneurs On Fire is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey and create the life you’ve always dreamed of.
He’s interviewed over 3,000 incredible entrepreneurs, including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more.
Bryan Clayton is CEO and Co-founder of GreenPal, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals. GreenPal has been called the “Uber for lawn care” by Entrepreneur magazine and has over 200,000 active users completing thousands of transactions per day.
Before starting GreenPal Bryan Clayton founded Peachtree Inc. one of the largest landscaping companies in the state of Tennessee growing it to over $10 million a year in annual revenue before it was acquired by Lusa holdings in 2013.
Bryan‘s interest and expertise are related to entrepreneurialism, small business growth, marketing, and bootstrapping businesses from zero revenue to profitability and exit.
Antonio is the author of four books including, Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You (Rodale Books). On his podcast The Best Thing, Antonio talks with leaders about the “best thing” to happen to them that would never appear on a resume. Antonio’s speaking audiences over the years have included: Google, Amazon, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Booking.com, Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Stanford University, and scores more. For over 10 years, Antonio worked as a correspondent in New York City with top television networks including NBC, PBS, and BET Networks. Antonio is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University.
Amanda Kelly Espiritu is an Artist, Executive Producer, and Community Builder. The Founder of Creative Surrender Studios, Amanda is a Dreamer who sparks people’s curiosity and passion to create, collaborate, and celebrate together. Amanda designs and produces bespoke immersive events, workshops, retreats, global festivals, and short films that showcase supernova human beings all over the world stepping into their own power and kickstarting themselves out of whatever rut they might be in. She believes that through art, adventure, and advocacy people can make the world a more joyful and extraordinary place. You’re invited to dive in with her debut book Creative Surrender: Embracing Artivism, Global Collaboration, & Celebration.
Matt Johnson is a marketing agency founder, podcaster, and musician. Matt runs a podcast launch & production agency based in San Diego, an international team that helps business coaches, consultants and thought leaders use done-for-you podcasting to attract an audience, build influence & become MicroFamous.
Matt is the author of MicroFamous and currently hosts the MicroFamous podcast. He is a frequent podcast guest and event speaker to audiences around the US, Canada, and Australia.
Coop is the Founder and CEO of Fixt, a venture capital-backed technology startup (acquired in 2020 by Assurant, AIZ:NYSE) focused on providing on-demand smartphone repair services to large enterprises. As Founder of Fixt, Cooper guided the company to 400% year-over-year growth, raised a $7 million Series A, earned enterprise clients such as Home Depot, New York Police Department, The Carlyle Group, and IBM. In 2020, the Company was purchased for 11X revenue by Assurant, a $10B Fortune 500 leader in mobility protection.
Before moving into entrepreneurship, Cooper started his career as an attorney at DLA Piper and then as In-House Counsel at State Farm. His first entrepreneurial experience was joining CTS, a cybersecurity software startup, as employee No. 1. On a single round of funding of $180,000, Cooper guided CTS to a $60 million exit to CACI within two years.
His diverse trench experience as both a leader and entrepreneur has earned him a place on the TEDCO board of directors and as a trustee of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). In addition to a JD from Syracuse University, he holds an MBA from Babson College and was a scholarship basketball player at Adelphi University.
Episode 128 features one of my lifelong friends, Ryan McGuire. Ryan is a talented graphic designer (creator of the Just Get Started Podcast graphics!), world traveler, and host of the new Podcast, The Pursuit of Happiness. Ryan has been a tremendous positive in my life and I am proud to see him continue to tackle new challenges and press the status quo on where he wants to take this life.
I’m a graphic designer, own my own business with design and I am the host of the Podcast, The Pursuit of Happiness. podcast host. I love to experience new things like to travel the world and go to fun and interesting places like Iceland, Alaska, and Banff.
Ben Bradbury is obsessed with empowering Founders to connect with their customers through empathetic communication. He’s worked with public company CEOs, venture-backed startups, and Amazon-bestselling book launch to create astute messages that connect with the audience’s hearts and heads. Ben was previously Head of Operations at Glisser, leading the team’s New York Office to their first-ever profitable quarter. He’s currently based in the UK after living in Bali for most of 2019 and has a degree in History from the University of Sheffield.
EPISODE 126: Chief Experience Officer, Tisha Marie Enterprises, LLC
Episode 126 features Tisha Marie Pelletier who is the Chief Experience Officer of Tisha Marie Enterprises inspiring entrepreneurs to get out of their own headspace and make their vision happen through business mentoring, professional speaking, personal brand building, her online course the Startup Entrepreneur Academy, a Startup Business Grant, and her live events.
Tisha Marie Pelletier is best known as the authentic girl with a touch of badass by her peers. She is the chief experience officer of Tisha Marie Enterprises inspiring entrepreneurs to get out of their own headspace and make their vision happen through business mentoring, professional speaking, personal brand building, her online course the Startup Entrepreneur Academy, a Startup Business Grant, and her live events. Tisha is also the host of The Success over Struggle Podcast and an author. Her latest book What Are the Odds? A mom shares her good, bad, and what the f*ck moments can be found on Amazon and Audible. Meet Tisha at tishamarie.com to learn more, catch up on her weekly rule of life lessons on her blog, and to schedule a virtual latte.
Adam Mendler is the CEO of The Veloz Group, where he co-founded and oversees ventures across a wide variety of industries: Beverly Hills Chairs, the leading seller of refurbished Herman Miller Aeron chairs in the country; Custom Tobacco, a one-of-a-kind e-commerce platform where customers can create fully customized, private-label cigars in real-time; and Veloz Solutions, a technology consulting and software development practice. Adam is also a nationally acclaimed thought leader, writer and speaker on topics including leadership, entrepreneurship and management. Adam is the creator and host of the podcast Thirty Minute Mentors, where each week he goes one on one with one of the most successful people in the country on how they got to the top and how listeners can too.
Episode 123 features Advisor, Investor, & Speaker, Brandon Green. Brandon is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the Keller Williams Capital Properties real estate organization in 2006 and together with his partners built it into a regional network of several offices and $2 billion in annual sales.
Brandon is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the Keller Williams Capital Properties real estate organization in 2006 and together with his partners built it into a regional network of several offices and $2 billion in annual sales.
Brandon is now focused on rebuilding small businesses in America by investing in and advising entrepreneurs. He believes by embracing the challenges that have been accelerated as a result of the pandemic we can create a productive and prosperous path forward.
Brandon is a member of YPO.org, a global leadership organization where he is the Learning Officer in the US Capital region for 2020/2021. He serves on several non-profit boards including the Washington Master Chorale, Washington’s premier classical chorale arts organization. Brandon lives in Washington, DC with his husband who is also a business owner.
Born and raised in small-town Mansfield, Connecticut, Alexa Curtis knew she was different. She didn’t fit into the “normal social mold.” When she entered middle school, all the bullying she endured led her to need an outlet to escape. In 2011, at just 12 years old, she started a fashion blog; A Life in the Fashion Lane. It became a platform for her to express her feelings around everything relating to teens, body image, and mental health.
As Curtis evolved as a person, her blog naturally shifted from fashion to discussing sensitive topics that teens and young adults face every day. A Life in the Fashion Lane was changed to Life Unfiltered with Alexa Curtis and became a lifestyle website and podcast for teens & parents discussing topics such as social media and mental health. Not only did Curtis turn her little fashion blog into a full-time lifestyle platform for teens, through cold-pitching, but she also managed to get sponsored by brands like British Airways, T-Mobile, Lands’ End, and more.
In 2018, Alexa founded the Be Fearless Summit, which is a pop-up summit that appeared at Drexel University on March 15th, 2020. The next summit was slated for April 1, 2020, at UC Berkeley. Sponsors include Headspace, Shake Shack, and Morphe.
Curtis has spoken at numerous colleges; Northeastern, UConn, Eastern Connecticut, Rutgers along with high schools – discussing how to be fearless as well as mental health and social media. In October 2018, Curtis spoke alongside Amal Clooney and Serena Williams at Penn Women and in Sept 2018, Curtis added ‘host’ to her arsenal as she launched her own radio show on Radio Disney called “Fearless Every Day” with Alexa Curtis. “Fearless Every Day” was the first of its kind and broke new ground for the Radio Disney brand. Alexa interviewed various guests who shared their journey of overcoming obstacles/challenges and chasing after their dreams.
When Curtis is not hard at work, she meditates frequently and makes time for hobbies like cooking and exercising to keep herself grounded. Although she is based in Los Angeles, she spends part of her time on the east coast.
Episode 121 features Founder & CEO of Ignite 360, Rob Volpe, who shares his winding journey from wanting to be an Executive in Television to Founding a company built around Empathy and helping organizations around their consumer strategy.
Rob founded Ignite 360 to deliver actionable strategy, grounded in meaningful consumer insights, presented through story and creative ways that drive results. As CEO, he leads a team of insights, strategy, and creative professionals serving the world’s leading brands across a range of industries.
Rob is recognized as a thought leader in the role of empathy in marketing and the workplace. He frequently talks on the topic, is cited in media, and writes about building and applying empathy. He’s finishing his first book, everyday Americans, which explores his own journey to an empathetic understanding of Americans through his ethnographic work. Rob lives in San Francisco with his husband and 3 cats.
Episode 120 features John Colaneri, a Designer, Developer, Children’s Book Author, and One of the Cousins on HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover as well as becoming regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show.
In addition to being one of The Cousins on HGTV, John Colaneri stands out as a dynamic business maven in his own right. You’ve already seen the New Jersey native beef up and bolster homes across the U.S. with his cousin and best bud Anthony Carrino on their multiple hit shows on HGTV. Now their latest endeavors are with the Ellen DeGeneres Digital team in launching original shows. John’s journey has seen him build an extraordinary professional acumen along the way.
Graduating from Penn State in 2003, he immediately entered the corporate world at Fortune 500 company Fisher Scientific. Within a year, he joined international entity Faital S.P.A. as the United States Operation Manager. From spearheading organization to accounting, he proved instrumental to this OEM speaker manufacturer. John worked for his family construction business starting in 2007 as a senior project manager managing projects that would range from $2 million-$7 million.
HGTV came calling in 2011 and offered The Cousins their first show. Over the course of Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover, this powerful and precise pair saved countless homes with John remaining instrumental to the vision. They moved into the online realm with the funny and fiery cooking show Chill & Grill and a guide to being a guy—MANuscript. In 2015 the duo debuted their much-anticipated show, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens. Along the way, they became regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show. This led to their first original project with the Ellen Digital team, Grand Design where they surprised viewers by re-creating a room for 1,000 dollars! With the success of their first show the Ellen digital team came calling again and this time it was for an even larger show called The Build Up! The first season debut was in Jan 2019 and the show was a success from the start and has currently over 35 million views across the Ellen digital platforms to become one of their most successful shows of 2019!
In 2019 John launched is own development company Lilyshea Development LLC that will focus on high-end residential design and custom spec homes that he is developing and designing in the New Jersey area.
The Cousins launched their first children’s book What Can You Do With A Toolbox in September 2018 and from the start it was a #1 seller for Amazon! The book is published by Simon and Schuster and illustrated by Maple Lam. The Cousins are depicted as themselves in the book and hope this will be the first of the series to follow.
Beyond these endeavors, John is a highly devoted family man. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters and live in North Jersey. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he also hosts his own exercise and wellness channel on YouTube, Colaneri Extreme Fitness.
Peter Kozodoy is an Inc. 5000 serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and business coach who works with organizations and their leaders to help them overcome self-limiting bullsh*t and use honesty to achieve greatness. His articles on leadership and entrepreneurship have appeared in Forbes, Inc., HuffPost, PR Daily, and more. He holds a BA in economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia Business School and lives outside New York City with his wife and their spoiled dog. To strike up an honest conversation, visit PeterKozodoy.com.
Episode 117 features Co-Founder and CEO of SweatPack, Umama Kibria. I came across Umama on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and I was excited to have her come on the Podcast to share her journey in both fitness and entrepreneurship, two of my favorite things to speak about!
Umama Kibria is passionate about connecting people through fitness. After working out at 400+ gyms and connecting with 100k+ people on social media, she founded SweatPack. SweatPack is a marketplace that connects people to group workouts and sports leagues. As a proud Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, she’s building brand loyalty, traction, and impact.