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"Top 10 Podcasts for Entrepreneurs to Learn Personal Finance From" -- Inc. Magazine. "Top 100 Small Business Podcasts 2014" -- Small Biz Trends. Former Clinton White House Writer John Corcoran shows you how to build relationships intelligently to get more clients, grow your income and advance your…

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    Dr. Jeremy Weisz | Rise25 Acquisition Plans for the New Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 9:51


    Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for over 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews. He also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran sits down with Dr. Jeremy Weisz, his Co-founder at Rise25, to share their goals for the year 2023. They talk about their acquisition plans, company values, and criteria for investing in companies.

    Bobbie Bailey | Brand Storytelling and Servant Leadership Styles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 26:06


    Bobbie Bailey is the Owner and CEO of M Agency, a full-service creative marketing agency based out of the Pacific Northwest. The agency helps impactful brands with meaningful marketing through brand identity and advertising design, specializing in interactive, digital, and print media. They work with a wide variety of companies from dental offices to airlines, helping them become staples in their space. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Bobbie Bailey, the Owner and CEO of M Agency, about how she transitioned from the tech industry to build a marketing agency. They also discuss servant leadership styles, the process of creating a brand story, and the evolution of digital media.

    Jeanna Barrett | Inbound Marketing Best Practices and Tips for Building a Company in a New Country

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 26:26


    Jeanna Barrett is the Founder and Chief Remote Officer of First Page Strategy, an award-winning remote growth marketing agency. She has 18 years of inbound marketing experience at venture-backed startups, digital agencies, and Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on small businesses and technology. Jeanna has been named among the 'Top 40 Under 40' of brand marketers and 'Best in the West' for financial technology marketing. In 2016, she left the US to lay roots and build her business in Belize, Latin America, growing her business remotely for five years before moving to Roatan, Honduras in 2021. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jeanna Barrett, the Founder and Chief Remote Officer of First Page Strategy, about best practices for inbound marketing and building a company in a new country. Jeanna also shares tips for maintaining work-life harmony, building a remote team, and nourishing company culture.

    Mike Evans | Shifts in Consumer Behavior and Strategies To Mitigate Competition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 39:12


    Mike Evans founded GrubHub in his spare bedroom and grew it into a multibillion-dollar online food delivery business. He led the company through five financing rounds, a couple of acquisitions, a merger, and ultimately, an IPO. Mike exited GrubHub after its IPO and founded Fixer, a Chicago-based on-demand handyman service. He is also the author of Hangry: A Startup Journey.   In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, co-hosts John Corcoran and Roger Hurni interview Mike Evans, the Founder of Fixer and GrubHub, about how he started his companies. They also discuss shifts in consumer behavior, how to manage a company's changing culture, and tips for handling competition.

    Matt Sunshine | Sales Performance Strategies and Tips for Improving Employee Engagement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 43:06


    Matt Sunshine is the CEO and Managing Partner at The Center for Sales Strategy, a sales performance consulting company that helps sales organizations attract, retain, and develop the highest performing salespeople. His areas of expertise include growing sales organizations, finding and developing sales superstars, sales processes, lead generation, inbound marketing, and digital marketing. Matt developed and launched LeadG2, an inbound marketing company that helps businesses establish thought leadership and lower lead costs. He also oversaw the launch of Up Your Culture, the third division in the CSS family, which partners with businesses to improve company culture and employee engagement. He is the author of Getting Prospects To Raise Their Hands and was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the “20 Speakers You Shouldn't Miss The Opportunity To See.” In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Matt Sunshine, the CEO and Managing Partner at The Center for Sales Strategy, about tips for driving high sales performance. Matt also discusses strategies for maintaining long-term clients, improving employee engagement, and how he became the owner of The Center for Sales Strategy.

    David Barnett | Business Brokerage Best Practices and the Value of Content Creation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 41:17


    David Barnett is a business brokerage expert who works with entrepreneurs worldwide to help them buy, sell, and organize their small and medium-sized businesses. He is also a speaker and educator. David is the author of several books including Invest Local: A Guide to Superior Investment Returns in Your Own Community, Credit Card Advantage: Understand the Costs and Benefits to Your Business, Franchise Warnings: What You Really Need to Know Before You Buy, and How to Sell My Own Business.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by David Barnett, an author and speaker, to discuss best practices for buying and selling businesses. They talk about how David started his business brokerage company, tips to structure a win-win business sale, and how creating online content helps build trust.

    Rick Girard | Learning To Hire Better With Lessons From the Worlds of Beverly Hills, Used Car Sales, and Silicon Valley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 36:52


    Rick Girard is the Founder and CEO of Intertru, a platform that helps entrepreneurs and startup founders eliminate bad interviews by building a value-driven interview process that produces concrete evidence to support every hiring decision. He is also the Creator of HireOS, a hiring operating system, and the Founder and CEO of Stride Search, an engaged search firm. Rick has over 20 years of experience in the hiring and recruiting industry. He is the author of Healing Career Wounds: Your Start-up's Secret Weapon to Attract, Hire, and Retain Ridiculously Successful People, and the host of Hire Power Radio. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Rick Girard, the Founder and CEO of Intertru, to talk about value-based hiring. They discuss strategies for recruiting top performers, how to integrate core values in the hiring process, and how Rick's AI-powered hiring platform works. Stay tuned.

    Gabriel Levine | [Top Agency Series] From Cab Driver To Top Lawyer, Viral Videos, and Navigating Digital Agencies Through the Pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 39:22


    Gabriel Levine is an Attorney and Principal at Matchstick Legal, a firm that works with leading agencies, studios, and professionals across creative and technical disciplines looking to tackle business challenges, solve problems, and just get better. Gabriel has had a long career in the legal world. His practical approach to resolving difficult negotiations and disputes has brought consistent praise from both his clients and peers. Before Matchstick, Gabriel ran his own firm, Groundwork Legal, and was a partner and an associate at three different business-focused law firms in the Bay Area. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Gabriel Levine, an Attorney and Principal at Matchstick Legal, about his entry into the legal space and how he started his own business. They also discuss the evolution of the legal profession, the challenges of practicing law nationally and internationally, and Gabriel's experience as a cab driver.

    Shaheen Samavati | [Top Agency Series] From Wall Street Journalist to 200+ Person Agency Founder

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 32:46


    Shaheen Samavati is the Co-founder and CEO of VeraContent, an agency that manages global social media and content marketing channels for international brands. VeraContent works with over 200 freelance and full-time employees worldwide to generate content in multiple languages. Shaheen started her career as a journalist in the US before moving to Spain in 2010 where she completed an MBA at IE Business School, worked in corporate communication, and formed part of the founding team of a real estate startup before launching VeraContent in 2016. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Shaheen Samavati, the Co-founder and CEO of VeraContent, about how she became a writer and transitioned to entrepreneurship. Shaheen also talks about the lessons learned being part of the founding team at Spotahome and her strategies for hiring and managing over 200 employees.

    Michelle Mundy | [Top Agency Series] Standardizing Business Processes for the Creative Services Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 41:54


    Michelle Mundy is the Founder of Onpar, a startup agency focused on solving business operational challenges within the end-to-end creative and technical production process. Onpar helps standardize the way agencies operate through process implementation and delegation. Michelle is also the Founder of Solo Entrepreneur, an organization dedicated to helping business owners kickstart, grow, and operate their businesses through community. Michelle Mundy, the Founder of Onpar, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about standardizing business processes for the creative services industry. Michelle shares her experience being a wedding photographer's assistant, the lessons learned working at Intel Corporation and Left Field Labs, and why she started a community for solo entrepreneurs. Stay tuned.

    Rich Walker | Starting a Business With a Mentor and Transitioning From Financial Planning To Software Development

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 44:25


    Rich Walker is the Co-founder and CEO of Quik!, also known as Quik! Forms, which is a company that provides forms automation and management solutions for companies looking to maximize efficiency and productivity. Prior to starting Quik!, Rich was a financial advisor with a financial network and a business consultant with Arthur Andersen. He started Quik! in 2002 to help people spend less time on paperwork and more time on what they do best. Rich has started 10 different companies since the age of 12 and authored two books.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Rich Walker, the Co-founder and CEO of Quik!, about his entrepreneurial journey and the lessons learned from running a business with his mentor. Rich also talks about his experience working at Arthur Andersen and the challenges he faced building his software company.

    Avi Staiman | Transitioning From Teaching To Building an Academic Translation Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 42:05


    Avi Staiman is the Founder and CEO of Academic Language Experts (ALE), a company that assists academic scholars to prepare their research for publication. ALE works with top academic language and publication experts from around the world who help academics with their articles, lectures, and books. Avi is also the co-host of the New Books Network ‘Scholarly Communication' podcast and has been a guest lecturer at NYU's Master's Program in Translation and Interpreting, The University of Tokyo, and Bar-Ilan University. His essays have appeared in the Cambridge University Press blog, Scholarly Kitchen, Multilingual, and Times Higher Education. Avi is also a member of Entrepreneurs' Organization Israel chapter. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Avi Staiman, the Founder and CEO of Academic Language Experts (ALE), about his experience building an academic translation company. Avi talks about the challenges he faced early in his business, his diversification strategy, and how he has been growing his team.

    Matthew Willman | Nelson Mandela's Photographer on the Journey From Poverty To Ballet To Capturing World Leaders

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 49:23


    Matthew Willman is a South African-based photographer. He trained as a ballet dancer and later turned that career into photography. He is also the author of Tripping Over Presidents and Stepping Away. Matthew has worked with Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, US and African Presidents, and has been commissioned to work with various world leaders including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, and 12 Nobel Peace Prize laureates.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Matthew Willman, a South African-based photographer and author, about his experience meeting and working with Nelson Mandela. Matthew also shares his experience living on Robben Island, South Africa, his most memorable moments with world leaders, and his photography career highlights.

    Kevin Tacher | From NY Firefighter to Crime Fighter, FBI Stings, and Networking Strategies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 29:35


    Kevin Tacher is the Founder and CEO of Independence Title, a title insurance company. Also known as the “Title King,” Kevin has been featured in various media outlets including Fox News and NBC. He is a three-time best-selling author and national real estate speaker. He has shared the stage with some of the country's best real estate and motivational speakers and has worked closely with the FBI, Florida's Attorney General, and local, state, and federal agencies to uncover real estate fraud across Florida.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Kevin Tacher, the Founder and CEO of Independence Title, about his experience as a firefighter and his work uncovering real estate fraud. They also discuss Kevin's strategies for marketing his business and how he kept his company going during the 2008 economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Richard Carthon| [Digital Money Series] How To Adjust To a Crypto Bear Market

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 34:04


    Richard Carthon is the CEO and host of Crypto Current, an educational platform about cryptocurrency and blockchain. They create content that impacts thousands of people through its daily newsletter, podcast, blog, and social media. Richard is also a Managing Partner at Crescent City Capital and Acacia Digital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund and venture fund respectively.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Richard Carthon, the CEO and host of Crypto Current, about investing in a crypto bear market. They discuss how cryptocurrencies build generational wealth and promote transfer of wealth among countries, share tips on crypto market trading, and define non-fundable tokens (NFTs) and Web3s. Stay tuned.

    Cindy Norcott | Scaling a Multiple Award-Winning Recruitment Agency and Tips for Working With Mentors

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 35:40


    Cindy Norcott is the Owner of Pro Talent, a multiple award-winning recruitment agency. She started the business about 30 years ago in Durban, South Africa. Cindy is also the Founder of the Robin Hood Foundation, a motivational speaker, and the author of How To Be Unstoppable and Achieve More in Business and Life. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Cindy Norcott, the Owner of Pro Talent, about her entrepreneurial journey and the challenges she faced building her company. Cindy shares tips for preventing employee poaching, taking a work sabbatical, and thriving in spite of changes in legislation.

    Dave Selinger | Working With Jeff Bezos, Co-founding Billion-Dollar Redfin, and Leveraging AI To Fight Crime

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 53:19


    Dave Selinger is the Co-founder and CEO of Deep Sentinel, an AI-based home protection technology. He was an early employee at Amazon where he worked directly under Jeff Bezos before pursuing entrepreneurship. Dave co-invented Amazon Advertising, now a billion-dollar division within Amazon. He also co-founded and ran Redfin, now a multi-billion dollar real estate brokerage.  In addition, he revolutionized shopping experiences for Macy's and Office Depot with his company RichRelevance.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Dave Selinger, the Co-founder and CEO of Deep Sentinel, about his experience working with Jeff Bezos and the entrepreneurial lessons he has learned over the years. They also discuss the value of understanding customer behavior, the challenges Dave faced building his companies, and his tips for balancing family with work. Stay tuned for more.

    Saahil Mehta | Climbing Mountains, Trading Diamonds, and Uncluttering Yourself

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 34:11


    Saahil Mehta is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and mountaineer. He works as a leadership coach focused on guiding leaders to navigate their health, wealth, and relationships. He is the Co-founder of ResNet World and Managing Director of Saahil DMCC, a diamond trading company. Saahil has also climbed some of the world's tallest mountains. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Saahil Mehta, an entrepreneur and leadership coach. They discuss the challenges of working in a family business, how Saahil's business was impacted by the 2008 economic downturn, and how Saahil transformed his life.

    Rich O'Neill | Overcoming Adversities, Working in a Family Business, and Building a Real Estate Company

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 35:47


    Rich O'Neill is the Founder of Fleming Project Management, a real estate firm based in Philadelphia that serves the surrounding counties. He helps investors create wealth by managing their investment projects so they can focus on the most crucial activities in their business. Rich is also the Owner of Fleming Properties where he buys, renovates, and rents single-family and small multi-family properties. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Rich O'Neill, the Founder of Fleming Project Management, to talk about the lessons Rich learned from his father and his father-in-law. Rich also explains how he overcame various adversities, his gateway into the real estate industry, and how the 2008 economic crisis affected his father's business.

    Aaron Burnett | Democratizing Access To Space Investing through Crowdfunding

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 37:51


    Aaron Burnett is the Founder and CEO of Spaced Ventures, the world's largest community of space investors. Spaced Ventures provides early-stage, pre-seed, and seed capital for space companies. It also provides public access to curated private space investments for both accredited and non-accredited investors. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Aaron Burnett, the Founder and CEO of Spaced Ventures, to talk about investing in the space industry. They also discuss the cost of access to space, the benefits of space exploration, and how Spaced Ventures' business model works.

    Christy Pretzinger | From Freelancer To Agency Owner and Tips for Serving the Healthcare Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 33:12


    Christy Pretzinger is the Owner and CEO of WriterGirl, a company that creates content and strategy for hospitals and healthcare organizations across the United States. Christy went from freelancing to owning her own agency, uncovering a passion for creating an environment where people can thrive. She is a lifelong learner and believes personal growth leads to professional growth.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Christy Pretzinger, the Owner and CEO of WriterGirl, about her experience transitioning from freelancing to building an agency. Christy shares secrets to retaining long-term employees, finding big clients, and thriving during challenging economic times.

    Michèle Hecken | Scaling a Company and The Power of Offboarding Yourself

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 35:41


    Michèle Hecken is an executive coach, serial entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She has over 25 years of experience running Alpha Translations Canada Inc., a global translation company which she started when she was 23. Michèle has also been a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) for more than a decade. She successfully scaled her company before offboarding herself and selling it in 2019. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Michèle Hecken about how she started and scaled a global translation company. Michèle talks about her breaking point running a business and raising kids, selling her company, and her offboarding process. Stay tuned!

    Rob Castaneda | The Leadership Mindset and Building Software Ecosystems

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 5:50


    Rob Castaneda is the Founder and CEO of ServiceRocket, a firm that helps software companies build their support, training, and consulting ecosystems. He is also a member of the EO San Francisco chapter and a mentor at both Global Scaling Academy and Endeavor. Rob Castaneda, the Founder and CEO of ServiceRocket, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about building his software company. Rob also discusses the leadership mindset and moving his company from Australia to the US.

    Jenny Feterovich | TV/Film Production and Providing Humanitarian Aid

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 5:16


    Jenny Feterovich is the Executive Producer at Arcadius Productions Inc. and Managing Partner at Parliament Studios. She is a film/TV producer, humanitarian, and speaker. Her flagship show, the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated PBS series Start Up, showcases entrepreneurs that have followed their dream of creating a small business. Jenny is also the President of the EO Detroit chapter.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jenny Feterovich, the Executive Producer at Arcadius Productions Inc. They talk about Jenny's key projects, her inspiration for attending the Global Leadership Conference (GLC), and how she has been supporting war refugees from Ukraine.

    Dawid Adach | Supporting War Refugees and Providing Relief to Businesses

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 6:41


    Dawid Adach is the Co-founder of Material Design for Bootstrap (MDB), a free material design framework for web developers. He is an entrepreneur, a full-stack developer, and a member of the supervisory board at AI REV. Dawid was a founding member of the EO Poland chapter and served as President from 2021 to 2022. He has a master's degree in computer science from the Warsaw University of Technology.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Dawid Adach, the Co-founder of Material Design for Bootstrap, about his work supporting war refugees. Dawid explains how the EO Relief Fund in Poland was started, how EO members in Poland supported Ukrainian refugees, and his experience being an EO member.

    Winnie Hart | Branding and Repositioning Companies in the Market

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 7:29


    Winnie Hart is the Founder, President, and Chief Right Engine at TwinEngine, a brand growth agency fueled by purpose. She has built a reputation as an inspired, award-winning designer and savvy interpreter of business brands and personalities. Winnie has collaborated with the largest public and privately held corporations in the region, helping them define their position in the market through communications. She also serves as the Global Board Director for Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO). Winnie Hart, the Founder, President, and Chief Right Engine at TwinEngine, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about branding and repositioning companies. Winnie shares her experience joining EO, becoming an EO leader, and re-launching the EO brand during the pandemic. Stay tuned!

    Rodolfo Salazar | Helping Brands Grow and Scale To Over 70 Countries

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 7:12


    Rodolfo Salazar is the Founder and CEO of IdeaWorks International, Qudox, and iDigital Studios. IdeaWorks International is a 360-degree innovation and digital transformation agency that builds and generates competitive advantages and commercial opportunities from new technologies and digital media. Qudox is a disruptive company that focuses on performance marketing for businesses that need to aggressively scale customer acquisition using digital technologies and branding. iDigital Studios helps brands connect with Hispanic consumers through technology and creativity. Rodolfo has more than 20 years of experience working for global technology and telecommunications companies and has managed teams and initiatives in more than 19 countries in the Latin America region. He is also a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization in El Salvador. Rodolfo Salazar, the Founder and CEO of IdeaWorks International, Qudox, and iDigital Studios, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast. Rodolfo explains how he helps brands grow and scale, the lessons he learned from supermodel Tyra Banks, and the benefits of being an EO member.

    Patrick Bryant | How To Make Your Clients Successful

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 8:01


    Patrick Bryant is the Co-founder and CEO of Code/+/Trust, a software development firm with offices in Washington, DC, and Charleston, South Carolina. As a serial entrepreneur, Patrick invests in new startups including, Teamphoria, Event.Gives, ADesk, and Shine Rolling Papers. He is recognized as a Liberty Fellow by Wofford College, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a Riley Fellow granted by Furman University. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Patrick Bryant, the Co-founder and CEO of Code/+/Trust, about how to make your clients successful. Patrick talks about the problems he solves for his clients, the benefits of attending GLC events, and his growth session at the EO Global Leadership Conference.

    James Burchell | Real Estate Developments and Pivoting During the Pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 6:53


    James Burchell is a Partner and the Co-founder of Tellon Capital, a property investment and development firm based in the UK. Tellon Capital specializes in investing in UK real estate through partnerships with high-net-worth individuals and families as well as institutional investors. It provides tailored and precise investment, asset management, and development expertise across all aspects of real estate. James has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, previously serving as the CEO of Phoenix Real Estate and Arrowcroft. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews James Burchell, a Partner and Co-founder of Tellon Capital, about his firm's real estate developments. James explains how his company pivoted when the pandemic hit and shares his experience attending the EO Global Leadership Conference.

    Joe Rinaldi | [Top Agency Series] Servant Leadership and Rebounding from a Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 39:53


    Joe Rinaldi is the Principal at That Was Clutch, a consulting practice focused on growing successful client service organizations. He is a people connector, community builder, and sales strategist. Joe helps client service agencies, internal team consultants, and enterprise teams to level up their business development and client service practices. He has also built custom teams and engagements for enterprises that need trusted partners to create their next iOS app, build a large-scale website, or punch out priorities on their digital product roadmap. Joe is also a coach, consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Joe Rinaldi, the Principal at That Was Clutch, about the leadership strategies he used to save an agency going through a crisis. Joe also explains how he helps clients gain more control over their businesses and increase revenue, his process-oriented business approach, and his tips for overcoming tension and pushback when pivoting a business.

    Adi Klevit | Podcasting Strategies To Scale a Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 27:54


    Adi Klevit is the Founder of Business Success Consulting Group, an organization that provides businesses with the infrastructure, processes, and systems they need to thrive. Adi and her team help companies scale, transfer knowledge, and prepare for succession. By leveraging her ability to understand business processes — as well as people — and drawing on her high-caliber skills in vital areas of personnel management, finance, and operations, Adi can help virtually any business owner achieve their goals and bring order to their lives. She is also the Host of the Systems Simplified Podcast, which features top leaders sharing stories on how to successfully systematize a business. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Adi Klevit, the Founder of Business Success Consulting Group, about podcasting strategies to scale a business. Adi explains how she finds guests for her podcast, how podcasting helps gain new clients and grow the business, and why she works with Rise25.

    Katty Douraghy | Recruiting Digital, Creative, and Marketing Talent

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 5:12


    Katty Douraghy is the President of Artisan Creative, a staffing and recruiting agency focused on digital, creative, and marketing talent.   The company has been in business for more than 25 years. She is also the Founder of Inspiring Hiring, an online resume and job posting portal. Katty is an author, a member of EO San Francisco, and an EO Forum Facilitator. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Katty Douraghy, the President of Artisan Creative, about recruiting digital, creative, and marketing talent. They also talk about the great resignation, changes in the staffing industry, and the benefits of attending GLC events.

    Miranda Naiman | Interviewing Tyra Banks and the Benefits of Being an EO Leader

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 7:48


    Miranda Naiman is the Founder of Empower, a human capital consulting firm based in Tanzania that provides talent, advisory, and insight services across the African continent. They serve clients in the area of talent and executive search, advisory in learning and development strategy, team building, insight research, and market intelligence. They also offer corporate retreats. Miranda is the incoming Chair of the Entrepreneurs' Organization's Global Learning Committee. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Miranda Naiman, the Founder of Empower, to talk about Miranda's company and her experience interviewing Tyra Banks. They also discuss the benefits of learning from other entrepreneurs and being an EO leader.

    Jackie Carpenter | Managing Emergencies From Flooded Buildings to Hoarder Situations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 6:35


    Jackie Carpenter is the CEO and Owner of Ideal Restoration, an emergency service response company that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Jackie is an established expert in emergency restoration and environmental services, holding advanced certifications from the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) along with extensive training in hazardous materials handling.  Jackie Carpenter, the CEO and Owner of Ideal Restoration, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast. Jackie talks about the services her company provides, her experience attending a Global Leadership Conference (GLC) event, and how she has benefited from being an EO member.

    George Uribe | The Value of Understanding Your Clients' Needs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 9:10


    George Uribe is the President and CEO of GuestBooker, a media services company based out of Nashville that books people on TV and radio programs. George was a producer and booker at CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel before quitting to start his own company. GuestBooker has now been in operation for 16 years.  George has been a member of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) for 12 years and was a Co-chair for Learning, Chair of the Social Committee during the pandemic, and currently serves as the first Diversity Chair for the EO Chapter in Nashville.  George Uribe, the President and CEO of GuestBooker, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about his work and the value of understanding clients' needs. George also explains why he enjoys connecting people and how he has been serving other leaders at EO.

    Carrie Santos | Becoming a Better Leader by Influencing Others

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 6:57


    Carrie Santos is the CEO of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), a high-quality support network of over 16,000 like-minded leaders in over 62 countries. EO helps entrepreneurs achieve their full potential in their business and personal lives through the power of life-enhancing connections, shared experiences, and collaborative learning. Carrie has over 20 years of experience leading change management and strategic development of international organizations and programs. Prior to EO, she was the Policy Section Chief of Refugee Admissions at the US Department of State and the Executive Director of International Response and Programs at the American Red Cross.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Carrie Santos, the CEO of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), to talk about becoming a better leader by influencing others. Carrie also explains what EO is and how it supports leaders and communities.

    Brad Stevens | Providing Outsourced Virtual Assistant Services To Entrepreneurs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 8:29


    Brad Stevens is the Founder and CEO of Outsource Access, a virtual assistant company out of the Philippines that provides full-time virtual staff for small and medium-sized business owners doing operations, marketing, sales, finance, and custom business services. Serving various industries, the company has grown to 400 people in two and a half years and won the Inc. Best in Business Award. Brad is from Atlanta and is the former President of the EO Atlanta chapter. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Brad Stevens, the Founder and CEO of Outsource Access, about how he helps companies realize their full potential. Brad discusses the benefits of outsourcing, why he started his company, and the benefits of attending GLC events.

    Eric Dunn | Quicken CEO on Going from Intuit Employee #4 To Beating Microsoft and Building the #1 Personal Finance Software

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 32:30


    Eric Dunn is the CEO of Quicken, makers of the best-selling personal finance software in the US. Under his leadership, the company successfully spun off from Intuit, its original owner, and modernized its product suite — leading to significant growth. It also attracted a major investment from Aquiline Capital Partners in 2021. Today, Quicken provides more than 2 million active users the tools to lead healthier financial lives.  Prior to serving as Quicken's CEO, Eric spent more than 20 years at Intuit where he was employee number four. As the CFO, he took the company into its IPO in 1993. During his career, Eric has also pursued technology investing as an angel investor and Partner at Cardinal Ventures.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Eric Dunn, the CEO of Quicken, about his experience working at Intuit and transitioning to become the CEO of Quicken. Eric also talks about competing against Microsoft's personal finance product, how he differentiates Quicken from Intuit, and his strategy for handling customer complaints.

    Jamie Birch | [Top Agency Series] Building an Affiliate Program and Best Strategies for Affiliate Marketing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 41:01


    Jamie Birch is the Founder and CEO of JEBCommerce, a full-service, online marketing agency that specializes in performance marketing. His extensive internet marketing experience includes all facets of online marketing: email, paid search campaigns, customer retention programs, and much more. Jamie is also the Host of The Profitable Performance Marketing Podcast and a member of the Bureau of Digital. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jamie Birch, the Founder and CEO of JEBCommerce, about affiliate marketing and the best strategies for building an affiliate program. Jamie explains how affiliate marketing works, how it has evolved over the years, and how social media impacts affiliate programs.

    Rowena Scherer | Building a Cooking Kit Company, Exploring Different Cultures, and Mentorship

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 32:33


    Rowena Scherer is the Founder and CEO of eat2explore, an award-winning family cooking kit inspiring cultural exploration through diverse global cuisine. She is an experienced financial executive who followed her passion for food, travel, and children to start an experiential explorer box for the whole family. Rowena is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute and holds an Executive MBA from NYU Stern. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Rowena Scherer, the Founder and CEO of eat2explore, about her journey in building a subscription meal kit company. Rowena also talks about the importance of having a mentor, the challenges she faced building her company, and how eat2explore promotes diversity.

    Branden Lisi | From Hurricane Katrina To Surviving Cancer and Building Candy Stores

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 45:30


    Branden Lisi is the Co-founder of Object 9, a digital agency started in 1992 around the dawn of the internet. His team built a great reputation revitalizing brands starting with Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR), which led to many other assignments in the food and beverage space. Over the last 10 years, Object 9 has moved into helping equipment and machinery companies build a sustainable lead generation program. Branden is also a franchise owner and pastry inspector. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Branden Lisi, the Co-founder of Object 9, about how he built a digital agency and his experience working with CPG brands. Branden also discusses best practices for cold calling, how Hurricane Katrina impacted his business, and his tips for building a great company culture.

    Dr. Mark Stephany | [Digital Money Series] Alleviating Poverty and Improving the Environment With Bitcoin: Making the Progressive Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 44:19


    Dr. Mark Stephany is the Host of The Progressive Bitcoiner Podcast, which he created to give a voice to individuals and communities who have used Bitcoin to foster positive changes for personal, social, and environmental issues. He is also an entrepreneur and doctor. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Dr. Mark Stephany, the Host of The Progressive Bitcoiner Podcast, to talk about the use of Bitcoin to foster positive change. Dr. Stephany explains how it can be used to end poverty, enable better energy transmission, and discusses the volatile nature of Bitcoin.

    Will Gee | Breaking Into the Video Game Industry, Landing the NFL and PayPal as Clients, and Innovating in Virtual and Augmented Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 28:41


    Will Gee is the Co-founder and CEO of Balti Virtual, a full-service augmented and virtual reality studio. Will and his team have designed augmented reality and virtual reality experiences for clients like Under Armour, PayPal, Stanley Black & Decker, Sagamore Development, and NBC Universal. He has also been honored as one of Baltimore Business Journal's Tech 10. Prior to Balti Virtual, Will worked on a number of video game titles including “European Air War” and “Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes” for a variety of clients and companies.  Will Gee, the Co-founder and CEO of Balti Virtual, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about working in the virtual and augmented reality industry. Will also discusses how gaming software has evolved over the years, shares his experience working on a virtual reality project for the NFL, and talks about the future of the industry.

    Paige Velasquez Budde | Performing at Disney Events, Transitioning to Digital Marketing, and Building a Good Vibes Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 30:52


    Paige Velasquez Budde is a Partner and the CEO of Zilker Media, an Austin-based agency that builds people-driven brands. She has been a featured speaker on digital marketing strategy topics and has led workshops at national venues such as Harvard Medical School, Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, Zilker Park, and Hilton Hotel, as well as for organizations such as the Women Presidents Organization. Paige also has an amazing background as a musician and performer.  Paige Velasquez Budde, a Partner and CEO at Zilker Media, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about her experience being a music performer for Disney and how she moved to digital marketing. Paige also talks about her company's core values and advises new authors on publishing books and building a social media audience. Stay tuned.

    Rich Mulholland | From Rock and Roll Roadie to Top Speaker Presentation Trainer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 42:27


    Rich Mulholland is the Founder of Missing Link, a presentation powerhouse. He is a rock and roll roadie-turned-entrepreneur who knows firsthand the impact that memorable presentations can make. He now works with executives and speakers from around the world, helping them to deliver unforgettable presentations that activate audiences and generate income. Rich is also the Author of three books including Legacide, Boredom Slayer, and his latest, Here Be Dragons.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Rich Mulholland, the Founder of Missing Link, about his transition from being a rock and roll roadie to becoming an entrepreneur and speaker coach. Rich talks about his background doing sales and working as a roadie, the entrepreneurial lessons he has learned over the years, and how different coaches and peers have impacted his career.

    Jon Maddux | Songwriting, Helping Homeowners With Foreclosures, and Building a Subscription-Based Tequila Company

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 29:07


    Jon Maddux is the Co-founder and CEO of FundLoans, a wholesale mortgage lender that specializes in Jumbo Non-QM solutions. He was once an on-staff songwriter for Warner Brothers, writing music for bands like Smash Mouth and Plain White T's. He then transitioned to the real estate and mortgage finance industry where he has been working for more than 25 years. Jon also runs We Drink Tequila, a handcrafted tequila subscription business and is the CEO of Drop Mortgage. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jon Maddux, the Co-founder and CEO of FundLoans, about how he built a company to help homeowners deal with foreclosures. Jon also talks about songwriting, Non-QM lending, and starting a craft tequila subscription business. Stay tuned.

    Don Williams | The Sales Process for Top Performers and The Importance of Practicing Gratitude

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 44:41


    Don Williams is a keynote speaker and the CEO of Don Williams Global, where he helps businesses grow and multiply sales. Over the last 30 years, Don has worked with about half of the Fortune 500 companies in marketing, sales, and customer experience. He has written four best-selling books including Romancing Your Customer and D.I.Y. Outbound Contact Center Toolbox. His latest book, Gratitude: Stories From Our Hearts, shares inspiring stories of the power of gratitude in people's lives. Don is the Host of The Proven Entrepreneur Show and lives in Texas with his wife, Leta, and their two chocolate Labrador Retrievers, Maggie and Tess.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Don Williams, the CEO of Don Williams Global, about his sales process and entrepreneurship journey. Don also talks about the challenges he faced building his wholesale buying business, the importance of practicing gratitude, and why he started a contact center. Stay tuned.

    Richard Palarea | Building a Real Estate Appraisal Company and Transitioning to a Cost Reduction Company for Telecoms and the Healthcare Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 41:29


    Richard Palarea is the Co-founder and CEO of Kermit, a Baltimore-based healthcare cost reduction and spend management company that brings automation and insight to the high-spend category of implantable medical devices within hospitals and health systems. Since its founding in 2011, the company has saved hospitals more than $200 million. Prior to co-founding Kermit, Richard was the Co-founder and CEO of PA & Associates, the originator of the logistics 4PL category in parcel package cost reduction and spend management (acquired by Prostar Logistics).  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran sits down with Richard Palarea, the Co-founder and CEO of Kermit, to talk about how Richard started a real estate appraisal company after college and how he transitioned to building a cost reduction company. They also discuss how Richard managed his company remotely 20 years ago, how he has been helping companies reduce costs, and what he learned from working with his father. Stay tuned.

    Rich Russakoff | From Entrepreneurship to Business Brokerage and Why Some Inc. 500 Companies Go Out of Business in Two Years

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 38:32


    Rich Russakoff is a business coach, speaker, author, and serial entrepreneur. He brings more than 45 years of experience successfully starting and developing businesses, working with CEOs and other entrepreneurs, training, consulting, and business brokering. He is the Author of Make Banks Compete To Lend You Money: The Complete Guide to Business Loans, which is known as the Bible of bank financing. He also authored the chapter “Mastering the Art of Bank Financing” in the book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish. His newest book is The Art of Managing People Time & Money: Inspiration and Wisdom for Every Entrepreneur.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Rich Russakoff, a business coach, speaker, author, and serial entrepreneur, about his journey from entrepreneurship to business brokerage. Rich talks about selling his business, discusses some common barriers to success, and explains why some Inc. 500 companies go out of business in two years.

    Harold Tan | [Digital Money Series] An In-Depth Look at the Rapid Changes Across Digital Money, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, DeFi, and NFTs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 28:58


    Harold Tan is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in e-commerce and information systems. ​Harold has built and exited e-commerce companies and is currently a Co-founder at GigaWatt Inc, a solar company focused on distributing and installing residential and portable solar power. Harold first got involved in Bitcoin in 2012, making him one of the early adopters. Harold is also the Co-founder and CMO of Planet Plan Sets and an eCommerce Web Strategy and Business Consultant at H2W Ventures. He is a Board Member of Entrepreneurs' Organization, volunteers as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UCI's Applied Innovation Cove, and helps educate startups on marketing and finance.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Harold Tan, the Co-founder, COO, and CMO at GigaWatt Inc, about the rapid changes across digital money, cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, DeFi, and NFTs. Harold explains the relationship between Bitcoin and energy, the regulation of cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, and what Web3 and NFTs are.

    Dr. Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley | Top 25 Best-Selling Authors of All Time, The One Minute Manager, and Simple Truths of Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 24:00


    Dr. Ken Blanchard is one of the world's most influential leadership experts. He is the co-author of more than 65 books including The One Minute Manager with combined sales of over 23 million copies in 47 languages. In 2005, he was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. He is also the Co-founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international training and consulting firm. Randy Conley is the Vice President and Trust Practice Leader for The Ken Blanchard Companies. Trust Across America recognized him with the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Top Thought Leader in trustworthy business behavior and he is a founding member of the Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts. Inc.com named Randy a Top 100 Leadership Speaker & Thinker and American Management Association included him in their 2015 Leaders to Watch list. Randy and Dr. Blanchard's new book is Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Dr. Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley from The Ken Blanchard Companies, to talk about their new book, Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust. They share strategies for attracting and hiring good employees, building trust in a remote team, and discuss the upcoming movie, The Mulligan. Stay tuned.

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