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The Pathways to Success with Julian Placino

Julian Placino is a professional recruiter, speaker, and entrepreneur. On the Pathways to Success Podcast, he conducts in-depth interviews with world-class performers to discover their mindsets, tactics, and behaviors. He has interviewed CEOs, New York Times bestselling authors, TEDx speakers, celebrity athletes, company founders, leading entrepreneurs, and prolific thought leaders.
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Jan 30, 2017

With more than two decades of facilitating, teaching, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, Tom Allen, President/CEO of Opango, is dedicated to helping business professionals and entrepreneurs understand how to create a well thought-out executable business plan, a roadmap, to take their ideas and businesses to the next level. 

Tom brings a passion and energy to his presentation that empowers his audiences to understand their potential and devise strategies to identify their toughest business challenges and implement critical action plans that accelerate their sales cycles and maximize profits to greater levels.

He has advised tech startups and established telecom business owners and executives to succeed where others have failed. Comfortable in the boardroom and also on the factory floor, he has led teams at all organizational levels and across many industries. He takes great joy in their successes.

Tom’s specialty is collaborating with his clients to install business infrastructure, leadership methods, and management processes to achieve self‐sustaining businesses that function smoothly, consistently, and profitably. 

Tom holds an Executive MBA from University of Florida and is an avid pilot. In his spare time Tom serves as a judge for Texas A&M, University of Texas at Dallas, and Lamar University Business Plan Competitions. 

Besides flying, his wife and children, one of Tom’s greatest passions is encouraging young entrepreneurs letting them know…“You can do it, you’re going to be okay!”

What you will learn: 

  • Step by Step: Turning an idea into a profitable business 
  • Tom’s “controversial” idea about business relationships 
  • Idea, entrepreneur, execution…what’s most important? 
  • Business plans: Do you even need one? 
  • When you should and shouldn’t listen to your customer
  • The kind of relationships every entrepreneur needs
  • Distinguishing good business ideas from bad ones  
  • Why you must take criticism well and use it
  • Why it’s ok for your business to change 
  • The commonalities of successful business ideas 
  • To scale or not to scale? 
  • 3 Company Types: Product Leader, Customer Intimacy, Economic Efficiency 
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