Tom is an 11-time IRONMAN finisher and 6-time Mountainman Winter Triathlon finisher.
On his birthday in 2015, Tom heard these dreaded words from his doctor, “you have cancer.” The diagnosis sent him into a tailspin. Having lost his best friend to prostate cancer the year before, he was ready to quit, to not even try to fight the disease. Why is that important? At that time, Tom had completed nine IRONMANs. He is not a quitter, yet this bad news overwhelmed him.
What changed? Loved ones and friends gave Tom ways and reasons to live. One reason was to be around to walk his daughter down the aisle. The first step in his battle was to hold on to his winning mindset, to decide to live and inspire others no matter what their life challenges. After his cancer surgery, he set goals; these included 2 IRONMANs, one of which was the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The IRONMAN is a 2.4. mile swim, followed by a 112 bike, followed by a 26.2 marathon – all in one day.
After completing his cancer recovery goals, Tom dedicated his life to helping others through philanthropy. He is a Board Member for Mary Crowley Cancer Research, Board Member for ZERO Cancer, Peer Reviewer & Mentor for the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and Patient & Caregiver Board Member at Cancer University. Tom use to volunteer at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center; leading fitness classes for cancer patients (“beacon of hope”).
Tom was the recipient of the 2019 Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award at the New York University School of Professional Studies and the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport for his “dedication and contributions toward philanthropic efforts that resulted in significant, positive effects on the world of sports and beyond.”
Tom recently authored The Winning Mindset that Saved My Life. It is a great story and inspirational book. Tom applies the skills and attitudes required to compete in an IRONMAN to life’s struggles. He tells a great story of going from a self-absorbed athlete absorbed and almost arrogant about his health, to a man devoted to helping and inspiring others. Best of all; 100% of the net proceeds are being donated to cancer research. The book is rated 5 out of 5 Stars on Amazon.
Tom lives in Dallas with his wife Lauren. They have 2 married children and 3 grandchildren.
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Peter Hart is the Co-founder and CEO of Austin Fraser, a technology staffing firm based in the UK, Germany, and the United States. On this episode, we discuss his keys to success in growing Austin Fraser to a $100 million dollar business.
- Doing work you love and having fun
- Overcoming fear and embracing uncertainty
- Maintaining culture while growing
- Hiring: characteristics that predict success
- Implementing continuous improvement
- The importance of values (and how to discover them)
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On this episode, Kristi and I discuss her entrepreneurial journey, lessons learned, and keys to success in business and life.
Kristi Berryhill is a Real Estate Professional with 10+ years of experience in apartment locating and residential housing. She’s helped over 30,000 clients find their home(s) in Texas and Colorado and mentored many aspiring realtors to be successful in their careers. Currently, she has a team that personalizes the real estate journey for each client and plans to scale her company to other domestic and international markets.
Having a passion for helping the real estate industry evolve, Kristi founded Lux Locators, an apartment locating company, which removes the stress and hassle in finding an apartment by personalizing and humanizing the journey. Kristi is truly an advocate for her clients. Whether they are buying, selling, or renting, she works tirelessly to promote their best interests. Her company provides state-of-the-art technology and team collaboration to assist her clients to be well-informed tenants or buyers.
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Tom Vincent is the Founder and Director of Education at Texas Coffee School in Dallas, Texas.
Tom has been in specialty coffee since 2006 when a chance encounter with a couple of coffee professionals on an elevator led him to set sail on a two-year apprenticeship with a prominent East Coast coffee roasting company.
With the help of some of the most knowledgeable and influential people in the coffee industry, Tom evolved from a student barista to a teaching assistant and he eventually learned the business of coffee from the inside out.
After some major life changing events from “the great recession,” Tom found himself without work in his full-time career as an advertising agency creative director. After an unyielding seven month struggle, through another chance encounter, Tom was presented with the opportunity to put his background in coffee to work in the form of a consultancy. This encounter became the genesis of Texas Coffee School.
Over the last decade, through his industry leading Coffeepreneur® course curriculum and success-proven teaching methodology, Tom and his team have created the most complete, approachable, and respected course for starting a coffee shop business.
Today, Tom and the team at Texas Coffee School have proudly helped hundreds and hundreds of normal everyday people open their own successful independent specialty coffee businesses all over the world.
• The entrepreneurial genesis story of Tom Vincent
• The approach (personal and professional) to starting a retail coffee business - most people do it in the wrong order and/or for the wrong reasons.
• You don’t need tons of money to start a business
- Conventional wisdom, vs unconventional wisdom
- Good. Cheap. Fast. – Pick two, build plan accordingly
- Do what the Marines do
• Entrepreneurship requires reprogramming your brain – The life transition in disconnecting from the rat race - the best advice I was ever given.
Texas Coffee School’s 3-Day Coffeepreneur® Class for Starting and Growing a Coffee Business - https://texascoffeeschool.com/coffee-classes/3-day-coffee-business-class/
Mai Lyn Ngo is a Dallas-based food & fitness influencer with a motto all of us can live by: “I workout to eat.” She founded Deep Fried Fit in order to share her unconditional love of food and fitness, while promoting a balanced lifestyle of green juice and fried chicken.
She is also the founder of Fitness Ambassadors, an influencer, marketing and events company that brings local fitness enthusiasts together through fun fitness activations all over the metroplex. She hopes to inspire Dallasites to step out of their comfort zones and try new things, whether it be a trendy restaurant or hot fitness craze.
Mai Lyn has also been featured as an "influencer to follow" in several leading publications in Dallas; including Modern Luxury, CW33, D Magazine and GuideLive.
David Garcia is the CEO & Founder of Boomerang Strategies, a Full Service Marketing Agency that believes, "the more you throw out, the more you get back."
What I thought was interesting about David's story was how he starting a marketing agency in the first place. Before Boomerang Strategies, he was in the moving business. He learned marketing skills to promote that business and eventually grew it exponentially. David learned that the strategies in marketing he used to grow the moving business could be applied to other businesses. Today, he has a flourishing agency and helps grow other businesses using out of the box marketing strategies, or what he calls, The Boomerang Marketing Effect!
On this episode, David and I discuss the importance of networking, serving others first, and his keys to success in business and in life.
Dr. Daren Martin is the CEO & Founder of the Global Company Culture Association, the author of multiple business books including the bestselling A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement. Dr. Martin’s thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title The Culture Architect.
Combining humor, thought provoking content, and a dynamic and engaging presentation style, his transformational speaking has inspired audiences to action all over the world.
Dr. Martin ran his own business for 20 years and for the last 11 years has consulted for Fortune 200 companies, organizations, and small business owners from a wide range of industries.
He has been in over 40 countries.You can hear his business musings on his podcast Company Culture With Daren Martin.
On this episode, we discuss:
- Building Company Culture
- Driving Employee Engagement
- Zombies at work
- The Global Culture Association
Hirbod Bigvand is a young CEO who translates vision into reality. He came to the United States at 16 years old, couldn't speak English, and only had 300 dollars in his pocket. Fast forward to present day, he runs a fast-growing software startup, Surfboard, and recently graduated from UTD with a B.S in finance.
Hirbod is one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs I've met in a long time and truly believe he has the potential to change the world.
On this episode, we discuss:
- Hirbod's keys to success in entrepreneurship
- Taking risks and chasing your dreams
- The life of immigrants and the, "advantage of adversity"
- Surfboard and its impact on the community
Lara Korba serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, Texas. Her drive to help others has led her to the nonprofit world in the past several years. Previously, she worked in corporate responsibility in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Canada with various various multi-national companies, NGOs, and governmental organizations, including BP, TD Canada Trust, the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
She holds an MBA from York University and an Honors BSc from the University of Toronto and has served on a number of boards in the Dallas area. She has been a guest lecturer for The Neeley School of Business and The Institute for Environmental Studies in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas Christian University, and for the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Her passion and deep understanding for the needs of grieving children began with her own significant loss at a young age.
Mark Burge is the Senior Vice President at CityCentral and has over 20 years of global sales leadership experience.
CityCentral is an innovative community and workspace designed to help members connect, collaborate, and thrive.
I've been a member of CityCentral since March 2019 and have grown tremendously as an entrepreneur. I'm a believer in collaboration and surrounding yourself with great people. This philosophy has served me well throughout my career and I hope it serves you too!
On this episode, Mark and I discuss:
- Evolution of the workplace
- Importance of servant leadership
- Networking to grow your business
- Keys to success in life and business
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LeRon L. Barton is a writer from Kansas City, MO currently living in San Francisco, Ca. A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine Arts, LeRon is the author of two books, “Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture” and “All We Really Need Is Love: Stories of Dating, Relationships, Heartbreak, and Marriage.” In addition to the books, LeRon is an essayist; whose topics cover racism, mass incarceration, politics, gender, and dating. These works have appeared in Black Enterprise, Salon, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Media Diversity, Raconteur, Elephant Journal, East Bay Times, and MoAD.
As a young man, LeRon has had to live with a stutter. At times it was debilitating and confidence hindering, but he has learned to manage the stutter and not let it stop him taking on another passion: public speaking. LeRon has also given talks and speeches at TEDx Wilson Park about overcoming the fear of stuttering, University of San Francisco on Black and Asian Solidarity, Glide Methodist Church on collective liberation, been a guest of Al Jazeera’s The Stream, Story Corp, Dr. Vibe’s Do You Know What Time It Is podcast, and has participated in panel discussions on race and prison recidivism. In his spare time LeRon mentors young men in San Francisco and loves to backpack around the world.
- Overcoming obstacles and personal struggles
- Writing and encouraging people to write
Alex Quian is the Executive Director of 30 Days of Service, a non-profit led by college students he helped create with his mentor, Greg Weatherford. Over the course of July 2019, Quian completed 30 different service projects in 30 days as part of the organization’s efforts to inspire other young people to give back to their community.
A senior at Cornell University studying Information Science graduating in Fall 2019, Quian is naturally drawn to servant leadership and is passionate about helping young people find ways to use their passions and skills to impact their community in positive, rewarding ways. He has a strong passion for entrepreneurship (specifically social entrepreneurship), which began when he was selected for an intensive but lifechanging entrepreneurial internship the summer before starting college, during which he gained a greater love for service and learned invaluable skills relating to communication, program and team development, project management, and more.
Since this transformative experience, Quian has gone on to oversee the development of a multitude of proposals, projects, programs, and businesses for Fortune 50 companies, national community organizations and non-profits, internationally leading educational institutions, and entrepreneurs.
Quian’s current projects include writing a book for children and young adults about his Summer 2019 service project experiences, creating a formal service program that will be shared with K – 12 schools, universities, companies, and other groups, and speaking about his 30 Days of Service experience.
Philip J. Romano is an investor, entrepreneur, artist and nationally-renowned restaurateur.
Involved in the restaurant business for over fifty years, he has created over twenty-five concepts with six of them national concepts: Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Spageddies, Cozymel’s, Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ and eatZi’s Market & Bakery.
Romano currently owns and operates eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill and Coal Vines Pizza. Romano’s creativity expands beyond restaurants to art. He began painting 30 years ago and never sold a piece of art until 2008. To date he has sold over $1 million of his own artwork. He partnered with Reflectionist Movement Artist, JD Miller of Dallas, opening Samuel Lynne Galleries. The Gallery features both Romano’s and Miller’s works and an ever expanding list of additional artists, focusing on art of the 21st Century.
He was principal in EGP, a partnership that held the licensing rights to the Palmaz-Schatz Stent, purchased by Johnson & Johnson, Inc. It is said to be one of the most successful medical devices of its time and is considered one of the patents that has changed the world. This was the original stent and has become a $6 billion a year industry.
Philip Romano and his family established a charitable foundation, The Food Foundation, which operates as Hunger Busters and has been in operation for 16 years. Hunger Busters provides food to the hungry and serves over 450,000 meals per year to school children in Dallas.
Romano’s latest venture is Trinity Groves, with approximately 90 acres at the foot of the Calatrava Bridge in Dallas. Fifteen of those acres are a restaurant concept incubator creating brands for the millennials and to induce entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs and tax revenue for the city of Dallas.
Philip Romano’s most recent concept is the Network Bar – a “first of its kind” members only establishment where people can network, connect, socialize, have dinner and do business all in the same place. The Network Bar opened in October 2017 in Trinity Groves.
Romano wrote his first book entitled Food for Thought in 2005 that made the CEO Best Sellers List. His latest book, The MAD Entrepreneur, was released in March 2019 and shares his secrets
to success, how he took ideas and turned them into nationally-recognized businesses, and insights into how he’s making a difference in business and in life. A native of New York State, Mr. Romano presently resides in Dallas, Texas.
An educator, communicator, and consultant, Stephen Harvill is the founder and president of Creative Ventures, a strategic consulting firm based in Dallas, TX. As a leading strategic thinker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Harvill has integrated a holistic approach to developing organizational principles.
A scientist by education, Stephen brings a unique perspective to both his research and his presentations.
Harvill is the author of "21 Secrets of Million Dollar Sellers", voted one of the top 100 sales books of all time by Book Authority, as well as numerous articles and publications dealing with effective management skills and the future of leadership in our chaotic world. He travels internationally, consulting with a diverse range of clients, including American Express, Wells Fargo, IBM, Microsoft, and Apple.
With more than $40MM in personal sales and leading high performance sales teams to over $600MM in revenue, Susan McVea is an award winning sales strategist, consultant and speaker who now helps ambitious entrepreneurs as the founder of Sales Mastery Society.
She is an expert in building personal relationships and using grassroot efforts to get big results in as little time as possible and has proven her strategies work time after time. That includes building a business to $15MM in just 18 months and after a life threatening health crisis changed her life which birthed the creation of her online international consulting business Susan went from 0 to 6 figures in less than 6 months.
She has been featured in a variety of media including Forbes, AllBusiness.com, Apartment Therapy and US News as well as podcasts, summits and hundreds of Fortune 500 stages. Susan is an international speaker who shares savvy strategies on sales, wealth and courage in leadership and her clients include INC Top 20 healthcare companies, world renowned luxury hotel chains, PhDs, authors and many more.
With over 20 years of experience, Susan is on a mission to help create more millionaire entrepreneurs and establish a mentality of wealth and abundance in the world.
With more than $40MM in personal sales and leading high performance sales teams to over $600MM in revenue, Susan McVea is an award winning sales strategist, consultant and speaker who now helps ambitious entrepreneurs as the founder of Sales Mastery Society. She’s on a mission to help create more millionaire entrepreneurs and establish a mentality of wealth and abundance in the world.
1- How it’s possible to recreate success after a breakdown or major pivot in life or business
2- being in full integrity in the sales process
3- differences in how women and men like to sell and buy
Larry Brantley is the president of Chaloner. Chaloner is a national executive search firm specializing in communications, public relations and marketing recruitment.
Larry has more than 30 years of experience in the communications, marketing and advertising fields. One of his first key jobs was as a packaging designer at Frito-Lay where he developed his networking and people skills. He eventually started the first creative staffing firm in the DFW area. Since then he has been involved in recruiting and placement of industry professionals both nationally and internationally.
Larry has worked with such firms as JCPenney, HP, EDS, Texas Instruments, Lord&Taylor, Sears, TracyLocke, Ryan Partnership, ConocoPhillips, Frito-Lay and Alcone Marketing. He has placed brand, creative, account service, interactive/web, public relations, marketing, media, traffic, production and other executive level talent.
Larry has been interviewed as a staffing industry expert by The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, PROMO Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, Dallas Men Magazine, The Dallas Business Journal and The Houston Business Journal. He is an award-winning designer through IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and is a long-term member of AAF where he serves as a part of the executive leadership for the 10th districts.
He currently splits his time between Dallas and NYC. He has 3 sons.
- Recruiting trends then and now
- How is Chaloner different?
- How to land the “right job” at the “right time” in your career
- Lead by example: Mentoring future industry talent
Dawn Shannon has the heart of an entrepreneur. But for years, she remained a “hidden entrepreneur”. Even though she knew she was meant for more, she wasn’t exactly sure what that meant until she heard about the professional coaching industry.
After more than 300 hours of training, she became a Certified Professional Coach and started her coaching business on the side. When her mother unexpectedly passed away in 2016 she realized that life is too short to continue to play small so she took a leap of faith and left her corporate job to pursue her dreams full time.
Now, she works with others who have taken the same leap of faith but are struggling to stay focused and find their rhythm in this new role. Her clients are high achieving visionaries, entrepreneurs and go-getters who are overwhelmed and frustrated by all of the things on their To-Do list that never seem to get done.
Dawn helps her clients get focused on their high priority goals, create doable action plans where they can get more done in 30 days than most people do in 90, and she walks alongside them in their journey providing support, encouragement, guidance and that "kick in the pants accountability" we all need to achieve our big dreams.
1. Clarifying your ideal vision to manifest your dreams
2. Creating a doable plan
3. Executing your plan through accountability
Alan Stein, Jr. is a keynote speaker and author who spent 15+ years as a performance coach working with the highest-performing basketball players on the planet. He now teaches audiences how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.
Ana Deteau is the Founder of The Social Butterfly — a premiere Digital Marketing Agency in Dallas, TX. She specializes in social media marketing as well as lead generation and funnels. She began working in the marketing in Industry several years ago with a recent focus on Small businesses. As a member of the Dallas NAHREP Board of Directors, a lot of her work goes to helping individuals grow their own Brands and businesses.
1. Social media marketing
2. Starting your own business
3. Finding your niche
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Courtney Peace is an Artist and Entrepreneur with an incredible story of adversity, transformation, and success.
At age 18, he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
After serving 12 years in prison, he was released on parole.
During his incarceration, he developed a love for fine arts and poetry.
Today, he’s a successful artist and inspires people with his art and story of transformation.
Adam Posner is the Founder and Managing Director at NHP Talent Group, a boutique NY-based staffing firm, specializing in talent acquisition for Senior-level roles within: Digital Marketing, Media, Product and Content Creation at Start-ups, Creative Agencies, and Brands.
Prior to pivoting into the world of recruiting, Adam spent 15 years working within the NYC advertising and marketing industry. He has lead account management and digital strategy at American Express, SIRIUS XM and digital ad agencies in NYC like VaynerMedia and EP+Co for major Clients like Verizon, Pepsi and British Airways.
This has instilled him with a unique perspective when working with candidates to truly understand their Career DNA and ensure a good fit on both sides of the recruiting equation. In addition, he brings expert advisory around the Talent Acquisition process, employer branding, and recruitment operations.
He has built a strong reputation by always putting relationships first, while balancing his clients business needs and candidates career goals. Adam is truly a power connector. He identifies opportunities, synergies, and connect the dots.
- Harnessing your strengths, while at your weakest point (getting fired and pivoting careers).
- Tenacity during the job search (3 P's - Patient, Polite, Persistence)
- Finding harmony in your life through your work
April Melton is a Client Manager for an IT Staffing Firm by day and a Personal Trainer by night, and a podcaster on the weekends. She is the co-host of Big Girl Pants Podcast aside her former boss, Kimberly Shapiro.
Fitness has been something that has fueled her since her days playing football in Duncanville, Texas. April has been lifting weights and training since the first time she stepped in the field-house in 7th grade. Empowering women to feel more confident in the gym is her motivation! April has lost over 60 lbs over the last four years and wants to help women do the same.
April is a single mother with a beautiful four year old daughter. When she's not working, training her clients, podcasting, or being a mother, she's passionate about personal development, reading, and listening to podcasts.
On this episode, we talk about her fitness journey, the carnivore diet, and how she empowers women in the gym.
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Matt Sandrini is a high-performance and business coach, helping 7-9 figure entrepreneurs take control of their day and focus on what brings real results, to reach the next level in life and business. Matt's journey started when working as a business consultant for an international firm, and started to question the value of his own time and actions. After launching his first business, he started sharing his principles online, which generated millions of views. Matt lives in London, and travels and works remotely for 3 months of the year, while growing his business and helping top performers take control of the only resource that is scarce—time.
Checkout Matt’s NEW Book, Invest Your Time: http://bit.ly/InvestYourTime-Book
- How to compress time: how I wrote a book in 3.5 months, and why I started using the 14 day week
- The importance of saying no to opportunities in business and life (and how to spot the right ones)
- The structure to be unstructured: why planning the week and having constraints is fundamental if you are a leader and the basis for true freedom
- Tools: Calendar, Task and Project Management
- Favorite daily habits and hacks
Motivational Speaker Shannon McKain is widely recognized as a leading authority in career development topics including: Emotional Intelligence, Generational Differences in the Workforce and Personal Branding for Employees. A former Executive Recruiter, Pryor Leadership Fellow, NFL Cheerleader and now Keynote Speaker for over a decade, Shannon has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. She had a regular segment on CBS KCTV5 Better Kansas City and has been featured on Nickelodeon.
Book Shannon to Speak! https://www.shannonmckain.com/contact/
- Building your Personal Brand
- Growing yourself as a Leader
- Emotional Intelligence
Bruce Waller is the Vice President of Corporate Relocation for Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas, Texas. Bruce has enjoyed many roles in relocation from operations to general management since 1995. Bruce is certified by WorldwideERC as a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and serves on the North Texas Relocation Professionals Board of Directors. In 2014, Bruce was the recipient of the Saul Gresky Award presented to NTRP’s Relocation Professional of the Year, and has received many awards including UniGroup Masters Club and Armstrong Relocation Presidents Club. Bruce is also certified by both HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) with a PHR, and SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) with a SHRM-CP and currently serves on DallasHR Board of Trustees as well as TexasSHRM as a District Director. Bruce graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration. Bruce and his wife of 33 years have 3 children and 1 grandson and live in Dallas, Texas.
In 2017, Bruce published a leadership book called “Find Your Lane” to inspire people with a “Career GPS” to help navigate for success in their career and in their personal life.
- Leadership (Getting better)
- Relocating Talent (Reducing stress)
- Networking (Expanding resources and learning from others)
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