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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