Andrea Heuston | [Pivot Series] Surviving, Thriving and Pivoting Businesses After 5+ Near Death Experiences

Andrea Heuston is the CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, an award-winning creative agency. She has over 20 years experience in the design industry and has won several awards including Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, the annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for Enterprising Women Magazine, Cambridge Who’s Who for Women Achieve Award and many more.

Andrea has a degree in Communications and Design from the University of Washington. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she’s also a speaker, author and a volunteer with a number of local community nonprofits. She’s also the host of the Lead Like a Woman Show, where she features top women leaders who share their inspirational stories on life and leadership.

John Corcoran, host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, is joined by Andrea Heuston, CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, on this episode to talk about surviving, thriving, and pivoting your business during difficult times. They also discuss how the current health pandemic has impacted women in leadership and entrepreneurship, and Andrea also shares her best practices for virtual events.

Chris Brogan | [Pivot Series] How to Tell Your Company Story to Build Culture

Chris Brogan is the President of Chris Brogan Media, where he offers business storytelling and marketing advisory help for mid to larger-sized companies. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and is a New York Times bestselling author of nine books and counting.

Chris has spoken for or consulted with some big brands including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more. He has also appeared on the Dr. Phil Show and interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success Magazine. He was even interviewed by Tony Robbins on his Internet Money Mastery series. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must-Follow Marketing Minds of 2014 and listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, Statsocial rated Chris as the #3 power influencer online.

In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Chris Brogan, President of Chris Brogan Media, about podcasting and how company leaders can tell their company’s stories. They also talk about doing Facebook Live shows, Chris’ StoryLeader system, and building a company’s culture.

Mark P. Fisher | [Pivot Series] What You Can Learn About Pivoting & Scrappiness from Camps and Retreat Centers’ Pivots During the Pandemic

Mark P. Fisher is the Chief Encourager of Inspiring Growth, a company that helps businesses with everything from sales and marketing to fundraising with a specialization in hospitality businesses. He also has many years of experience working with camps, retreats, and conference leaders, and recently provided a webinar to help the industry which has had to pivot and find ways to survive because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark has consulted with 146 different for profit and nonprofit organizations with outstanding customer satisfaction. He has also worked with AT&T, Nissan, Red Lobster, and many more.

John Corcoran, host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, is joined by Mark P. Fisher, the Chief Encourager at Inspiring Growth, to talk about pivoting and helping camps innovate during these trying times. Mark also shares how a health issue and undergoing surgery changed the course of his life, what drew him into the hospitality industry, and what his organizational growth strategies are.

Vadim Polikov | From Immigrant to Founding and Exiting Multiple Businesses

Vadim Polikov is a serial entrepreneur with several companies that he has founded, grown, and sold. His first company was American Journal Experts. They edit research papers and international research so they can publish them in top tier academic journals. The company still exists today but Vadim has exited the company in 2008.He also started a venture-backed company in the residential solar installer space called Astrum Solar and sold it for 54 million to Direct Energy.

Vadim’s current business is Legends of Learning, which believes that by working with our human nature to learn through experience and play, we can accelerate the pace of learning for humanity. It has over a million monthly active users.

Vadim Polikov, the CEO of Legends of Learning, joins John Corcoran in this episode of Smart Business Revolution to talk about his entrepreneurial journey of founding and exiting successful businesses. Vadim shares how he started from founding his first company that does academic research and review, to creating and selling his first foray into solar installation, and how he built his current academic learning company.

Justin Breen | Building Connections and Networks to Fuel a Business and Land Media Coverage

Justin Breen is the CEO of the public relations firm, BrEpic Communications. He is also the author of the best selling book Epic Business: 30 Secrets to Build Your Business Exponentially and Give You the Freedom to Live the Life You Want.

Justin is hardwired to seek out and create viral thought-provoking stories that the media craves. He is an amazing consummate networker who believes in the power of introductions. He has a degree in News – Editorial Journalism from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran talks with Justin Breen, CEO of BrEpic Communications, about the value of building business connections and networks. They discuss Justin’s background in journalism, his reason for writing his best selling book, and why it’s beneficial for entrepreneurs to be a part of business networking groups.

Bob Loback | Working for George Lucas and Buying a $5 Million Business in a New Industry as a First-Time Entrepreneur

Bob Loback is the President and CEO of two companies: Darcoid and Crest Technology, also known as CrestTec. He is an expert in supply chain management and value-added distribution services, and he has acquired four different companies and merged them to create one larger company in the critical seal business. He has also acquired the operating assets of a semiconductor, fab sourcing, and distribution company.

Prior to going into entrepreneurship, Bob worked for DHL for 14 years in various divisions. He holds a business degree from the California State University.

John Corcoran, host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, is joined by Bob Loback, President and CEO of Darcoid and CrestTec, to talk about what it takes and what it’s like to invest in a $5 million business. Bob also shares his experience working for George Lucas at Lucasfilm Ltd, how he merged four companies into one, and how working for DHL prepared him for entrepreneurship.

Uri Adoni | How to Launch an Unstoppable Startup in the Post-COVID Era: Tips from a Top VC in Israel

Uri Adoni is the author of the book, The Unstoppable Startup: Mastering Israel’s Secret Rules of Chutzpah. He has over 20 years of experience in high-tech and over 12 years of being a partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) Media Labs, one of Israel’s leading venture capital firms with an impressive track record of IPOs on the NASDAQ and M&As to large leading multinational firms. 

Prior to joining JVP, Uri was the CEO of MSN Israel (Microsoft Networks) and was one of Israel’s new media pioneers. In his military service at the IDF (regular and reserve), he was an officer (major) and served as commander of a combat unit. He has also served on the board of several high-tech companies and in early and late stage companies. 

In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Uri Adoni, an author and venture capitalist, to talk about how businesses could start and grow in a post-crisis era. Uri also talks about the reason why he decided to write his book, Israel’s unique history and why it has an amazing start-up culture, and he also gives his top advice to companies on how to build unstoppable teams.

John Lie-Nielsen | Jumping into Business in the Midst of Chaos

John Lie-Nielsen is the Founder and CEO of One Park Financial. The company’s mission is to help small to mid-sized businesses get access to working capital, both quickly and efficiently. They help customers for the long haul, growing business with customer-centric services to make it all happen. It is a business dedicated to helping other businesses gain access to working capital just like the big guys. They help get time, credit and paperwork all on your side.

John is an entrepreneur specializing in launching and developing financial service firms. In 1999, he founded ACA financial LLC and in 2010, he founded his current company, One Park Financial. Hisbusiness has since been named as one of the best entrepreneurial companies in America and have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur 360 list more than once.

In this episode of Smart Business Revolution, Julie Musgrave interviews John Lie-Nielsen, Founder and CEO of One Park Financial, about providing financing and support to small businesses during and after a crisis. John also talks about why he founded his company, the government’s relief programs for businesses, and his advice to fellow business owners on starting and growing a business and how they can best manage their employees.

Ed Robinson | How to Thrive as a CEO During Chaotic Times

Ed Robinson is the Founder and President of Capacity Building Solutions Inc., a consulting firm he started in June 2002 which focuses on business management and organizational development for small and medium sized businesses and community-based nonprofits. He is also a Master Chair, which means he is one of the top performing Chairs in the Vistage International Organization, an invitation-only CEO/business owner peer leadership development organization.

Ed is also an executive coach, management consultant, speaker, trainer, and author who strives to change the world for the better – one leader at a time. He holds an MBA from Penn State University and BA in Politics from The Catholic University of America.

In this week’s episode of Smart Business Revolution, John Corcoran interviews Ed Robinson, Founder and President of Capacity Building Solutions, about thriving as a CEO during tough economic times. Ed talks about his own experience of starting and building a business during an economic downturn, the benefits of peer to peer CEO groups, and how he has been helping fellow CEOs deal with the current health crisis affecting their businesses.

Kellianne Fedio | From Recovering Lawyer to Exiting an Ecommerce Business for 7 Figures

Kellianne Fedio is a Founder, Chief Amazon Strategist, and Exit Planning Advisor. She is a recovering attorney who went from practicing law to founding and scaling up her own multi-million dollar e-commerce brand. She then had a successful 7-figure exit from the business and now helps other brands to identify and maximize profit opportunities using Amazon businesses.

Kellianne is also the co-host of the Amazing Exits Podcast where she and her business partner, Paul Miller, share insights and feature top experts and brands to talk about their journeys in e-commerce.

Kellianne Fedio, Founder, Chief Amazon Strategist, and Exit Planning Advisor, joins John Corcoran in this week’s episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast. She talks to John about her transition from practicing law to becoming an e-commerce and Amazon expert, and how she moved from there to coaching and consultancy.

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