Talk to people that Chris Krimitsos has spent any amount of time with and you’ll hear descriptions like “changemaker,” “motivator,” “catalyst for change,” and “inspiration.” Whether it’s a major corporation’s CEO or a solopreneur, Chris is passionate about being a difference maker. Unlike the featured guest who comes in and delivers a keynote and leaves, slipping out the back door like a national celebrity, Chris Krimitsos is the passionate professional who hangs around talking to anyone who wants his time – to listen, evaluate, and affect change. Cool. If this sounds good to you visit: http://chriskrimitsos.com/ For more episodes: https://www.podriver.com
Ryan Coon is a co-founder and the CEO of Avail, an all-in-one software solution designed for do-it-yourself landlords. Prior to Avail, Coon was an investment banking associate at BMO Capital Markets. Ryan has a hardworking spirit and together with his co-founder, Laurence Jankelow, they developed the idea for their company on a napkin that now solves the needs of thousands of landlords. His goal is to help the real estate market to become as transparent and as efficient as the stock market. Learn more: http://avail.co/covid19 @helloavail on all social media For more episodes: https://www.podriver.com
Kevin Zhang is a serial eCommerce entrepreneur and the CEO of Kreator eCommerce, a global eCommerce organization with over 60 team members and facilities spanning 3 countries. At age 23, Kevin achieved acclaim in the eCommerce and digital strategy community for generating $20M in sales during his first year as an entrepreneur. Kevin was subsequently proclaimed the "eCommerce Rookie of the Year" by Affiliate World and became the youngest member admitted to the Forbes Business Council. Learn more about Kevin: https://www.kevinzhang.com/hey For more episodes: https://www.podriver.com
John is the co-founder and CEO of Jiobit, the award winning location sharing platform for modern families. Prior to Jiobit, John's products have been recognized with Webby Awards, Best of CES, and even featured by technology legend Guy Kawasaki. John has held multiple product and technology leadership roles at Motorola Mobility where he was credited with building the first built-to-order D2C smartphone business, Moto Maker / Moto X. A self-taught software developer, John has an innate passion for technology that is built upon a foundation in marketing as an alumni of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Gies School of Business. Embracing the Techstars Accelerator's Give First mantra, John also spends his time guest lecturing, mentoring, and coaching Chicago-area entrepreneurs and students through local universities and start-up incubators.
After more than 19 years in the clothing business, Michael J. Coles founded the Great American Cookie Company in Atlanta in 1977 with his partner, Arthur Karp. They took an $8,000 investment and grew it into the largest cookie store franchise in the United States. In 2003, he took the helm at Caribou Coffee Company and more than doubled the size of the company, opened a commercial sales division and an international market, and took it public on NASDAQ under the symbol CBOU in 2005. Today, he serves as chairman of Brand Holding Company and Brand Bank. Check out his book: https://mcolesbook.com For more episodes: https://www.podriver.com
A popular keynote speaker, she shares the unconventional techniques that helped her thrive as one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. As president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. She was hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN as she recruited and represented hundreds of sport’s biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA TOUR golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and basketball championship coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. As she successfully negotiated over $500 million in contracts and built lasting relationships, she also observed and adopted the traits of those at the top of their game. Molly shares her proven approach to negotiating in her company’s Game Changer Negotiation Training workshops, teaching people how to close more deals faster, while strengthening the relationship. Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes and Sports Illustrated. A sought after motivational speaker, she delivers game changing messages to top companies, trade associations, and teams worldwide. Listen to Game Changers with Molly Fletcher anywhere podcasts are heard. Learn more about Molly: https://mollyfletcher.com/
In this episode, Steve Sims returns to the show to talk about the path back to work after the quarantine is lifted. What can we do now to prepare for the future? This is the first of a series covering getting back to work and recovering financially from the shutdown. "Steve Sims has transferred from banking to launch the worlds most recognized concierge firm - Bluefish Concierge. Steve also consults many high end and new luxury companies in branding and market approach. Steve Sims has appeared in the press and TV in many countries worldwide, been quoted from Wall St Journal to South China Morning Post and even received the honor of speaking at Harvard – twice!. Bluefish is not a gopher service, an old boy's network or a snobby bunch of party crashing showoffs. Please don't call us to pick up your dry cleaning; that is simply not what we do. Instead, we offer the highest level of personalized travel, transportation and entertainment-related services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest." More about Steve: https://www.stevedsims.com For more episodes: https://www.podriver.com
From the streets of metro-Atlanta as a police officer, to the mountains of Afghanistan as an Infantry leader, Zack has been tested on his crime and risk mitigation expertise as well as his leadership.. He has built this experience into Knight Protection Services, where he provides those techniques to a wide array of businesses. He also volunteers on the board of Vetlanta, the physical security council for ASIS, and as co-chair of Surviving To Thriving.
During this episode, Peter Piekarczyk, Co-founder of Draftbit, talks to your host, Miro Wcislo. Find out how Peter started-up Draftbit, and the challenges he went through before succeeding to where he is today. Highlights: Which does Peter prefer, IOS or Android? What is the new up and coming place for mobile app development? What is Draftbit? What does Draftbit do for mobile app development? What is YC? Why does Peter say that people are getting smarter? What do you need, expertise or people backing you up? What do you need to expect in building up your business? What made Peter get off of the 9-5 life? What did Peter think of having a computer science degree? Who is facing the toughest challenge in startups? Does Peter regret not going to college? What are Peter's favorites? Key Points Having an idea for a business isn’t enough. You should be able to think it through and define what you really want, where do you want to go, and what things are expected to go wrong, for they will. Expect that trials will be along the way when you’re starting up. It's up to you to pick up where you slipped, check yourself whether it's your fault or other factors, and address it. Tweetable Quotes: “Whatever it is you’re working on, you should have… experience - the edge.” “The success of building a business is already 1%.” “The thing that’s really great about startups is that you have to be good, and you have to be fast… and just a little bit of luck” Resources Mentioned: Check out Peter’s twitter account: https://twitter.com/peterpme Check out Peter's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/peterpme Check out Peter's website: https://peterp.me/
During this episode, Grant Cramer, actor and producer, talks to your host, Miro Wcislo. Find out how Grant decided to put his skills to good rather than continually elevating himself for others. Highlights: Why do people look to actors for answers? How do you control the artistic voice within? What is Lone Survivor about? What movie is Grant producing with Nicolas Cage? How did Grant transition from being an actor to a producer? How did Grant elevate his career? Why did Grant turn down several roles? How do you avoid going into the dark place in Hollywood? How did teaching acting change Grant’s life? How should you face disappointment? How do you find your drive? What kind of jobs did Grant take? How do you get confidence? How does Grant become energy efficient in his daily life? What kind of environment would Grant prefer to have? How do you get people with money to fall in love with your dream? What are Grant’s favorites? Key Points: Dig deep into your heart to reach your creative resources. Always fact check, not all statements are factual. “There is no other redemption for who you are in your life other than succeed.” “We constantly have to be our own advocate.” Tweetable Quotes: “Artists are the most visible social conscience of any sane society.” “A fascist society tries to kill and exile the intellectuals and artists because they’re the ones trying to reflect the truth back to society.” “Artists, directors, and writers are the bleeding hearts of societies.” “Take it all with a grain of salt.” Resources Mentioned: Check out Grant’s Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/grantmanc Check out Grant’s twitter account: https://twitter.com/grantmanc?lang=en