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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Jay Barnett is a former professional athlete, best-selling author, and high impact speaker whose generated countless success stories and has transformed hundreds of lives through his mentoring and leadership.
Jay was a standout performer and four year starter at Tarleton State University and ultimately went on to earn a spot with the Green Bay Packers in 2006. After his time with the Packers, he played 2 years in the Arena Football League with the Tulsa Talons and Tennessee Vipers.
Today, he runs his own mentoring company, JBarnett Enterprise, which trains young men to be both physically and mentally strong.
Jay’s also pursued a successful acting career making appearances in such films as Hyphen, and on the reality show, Wedding Wars.
Yoram Solomon is the founder of the Innovation Culture Institute. He published 8 books, 22 patents, more than 200 articles, and was one of the creators of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0.
Named one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and a columnist at Inc. Magazine and Innovation Excellence. Yoram is an adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship at the Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. He was the host of the first TEDXPlano in 2014, and a speaker at theTEDXOakLawn 2018.
Elected in 2015 to the Plano ISD Board. Yoram brings his experience as a shooter, serving in the IDF 35th Airborne Paratrooper brigade, and as a USAF CAP pilot. In 2015, he founded the Innovation Culture Institute, with a mission of helping companies build innovation culture and trust.
Checkout Yoram’s NEW online Innovation Culture & Trust Interactive Masterclass
Gus Kalathakis is a network marketing professional, weight loss specialist, lifestyle transformation coach, with an inspirational story of survival. He built a multiple six-figure bank account before the age of 30 as a restaurant owner, social media marketer, professional poker player, and real estate investor only to watch it all come crashing down after a devastating back injury that left him physically and spiritually hurt, depressed, 50 lbs overweight and 6-figures in debt. This was all just 7 short years ago. Since then, he’s had a complete transformation physically, spiritually, and financially.
He has overcome more than 6-figures of debt, created a residual online income, has beat the battle of depression and anxiety, and restored his physical health without need for back surgery. Gus credits his faith for his complete transformation and today helps free others from spiritual, mental, physical, and financial pain through his businesses.
On this episode, we discuss discuss how Gus completely transformed his life and how you
can do it too.
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Patti Geolat, founder & CEO of Geolat, is a widely known authority on appraisal, brokerage & sale of fine jewelry. Her clientele includes many of the top jewelry houses globally, as well as an extensive network of private & industry collectors. She has a reputation for excellence, confidentiality & ethics in the private world of jewelry and gemstones, giving her access at the highest levels.
In 2013 Patti established Something For Kelly to honor her niece who died from anorexia at the age of 26. The Mission of The Something for Kelly Foundation is to advocate, educate, empower, raise awareness, and support all individuals and their loved ones to take control of their predisposition to Eating Disorders with the central goal to aid all individuals on the ED spectrum with an emphasis on youths and vulnerable communities.
Patti has teamed up with Amanda Welch, who has struggled with eating disorders since she was child, to raise awareness about eating disorders and the mission behind Something For Kelly. On this episode, Amanda shares her personal story and the steps she's taken to get on the road to recovery.
What you will learn:
- How big of a problem are eating disorders in society?
- The misconceptions of eating disorders. Separating fact from fiction.
- Why some symptoms of eating disorders are not as easy to see as you think
- What you should do if you suspect someone of having an eating disorder
- If you are struggling with an eating disorder, the steps you should take to seek help
Marcus Aurelius Anderson is an Author, TEDx Speaker, Keynote Speaker, US Army Veteran, lifelong Martial Artist and High Performance Mindset Coach to entrepreneurs who are Leaders, CEO’s and coaches.
While preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army, Marcus suffered a severe spinal injury that left him paralyzed.
After dying on the operating table twice, the surgeons saved his life, but told him he'd never walk again.
Having no other option, Marcus started doing some brutally honest soul searching, looking for the lesson to be learned from his injury. Once he started seeing his Adversity as a gift instead of a curse, something miraculous began to happen...
Marcus now speaks, writes, inspires and coaches others to overcome their own Adversities to actualize their personal definition of success in every area of life.
His message teaches us how we can use our own Adversity to make us into better leaders, citizens and human beings to create a better world.
What you will learn:
- Why Adversity is a gift
- Parkinson’s Law
- The Adversity scale
Checkout Marcus's LIVE "DO THE WORK" Transformative Event
Cameron Gawley is CEO and co-founder of BuzzShift, a digital strategy agency for mid-sized and large brands. He’s most comfortable when challenging the status quo. A serial entrepreneur and growth hacker, he started his first IT service company at age 18. He went on to build an online data backup company that preceded Dropbox and Box.net, before co-founding BuzzShift in 2010.
Cameron’s true north is growth, and he works to help high-potential tech companies and mid-market brands with their go-to market and growth strategies. Besides leading BuzzShift, his side hustles include serving as an advisor and investor in numerous tech startups, teaching Digital Marketing Analytics at Southern Methodist University for SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) program, and designing his own line of messenger bags.
What you will learn:
- Digital go-to market strategy for Brands
- The Netflix approach to social media
- Becoming a T-shaped marketer
- Leadership, Culture, and Entrepreneurship
- Being un-acquired
Christina Rossini is a sales professional with 10 years of experience in telecom and IT consulting sales. She’s consulted with middle market companies throughout the country, enhancing their data & voice network infrastructure keeping cost containment and operational viability at the forefront.
Leveraging her sales and business experience from her telecom career—and following an origin trip to a coffee co-op in Chiapas, Mexico--Christina created the distribution firm, Innisor International, to mobilize the social impact co-op to go to market in the USA. She imports and distributes Arabica coffee, soap, honey, chocolate and hand-embroidered products across multiple sales channels nationwide. Christina works alongside indigenous smallholder farmers and producers to address their two biggest challenges: a just, sustainable income; and large market access. Christina leads Inissor International in collaboration with UN Sustainable Development Goals and Conscious Capitalism.
Christina is the founder of Lighthouse Partners, where she builds communities surrounding international, faith-based group spiritual tourism. She creates peak moments centered on spiritual and religious travel for pastors, choir groups, bible studies, and lay people throughout the world. She has escorted group sizes of 5-40 passengers to pilgrimage destinations including Mexico, Israel, France, and Italy.
Guided by her mission of living an intentional life, everything she does centers her core values of gratitude, community, and peak moments. These themes are also braided into her philanthropic work as chair of the Holy Trinity Catholic School board, board member of Conscious Capitalism Dallas chapter, keynote speaker and advocate for the National Kidney Foundation, and executive committee member of Heritage Oak Cliff. Christina reads non-fiction, enjoys sauvignon blanc, and resides in Oak Cliff, with her husband Mark and their blue heelers, Sadie and Brinkley.
1. Lessons learned from hiking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago
2. How Christina prepared her corporate exit to make her side hustle her full-time entrepreneurial career
3. The importance of seeking and creating communities in life
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Deya Smith-Taylor, whose byline is “Deya Direct" --- is the President and Creative Director of Deya Direct Enterprises.
She is a Certified Life Coach in Social & Emotional Intelligence, the author of nationally-published blogs and three published books: Amazon #1 Bestseller “Failure is Fuel,” “Touch Yourself, 30 Ways to Boldly Live, Love and Let Go,” and most recently “Soft is the New Power: Embracing Your Femininity to Win in Love & Life.”
For over 10-years, Deya served as the Lead Content and Senior Producer for the acclaimed, nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS), the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis. There, she was also featured on-the-air and as a multimedia talent where she hosted, created and produced several celebrity-driven shows including: Girlfriend FM and Beyond the Studio on Blackamericaweb.com.
Under her company, Deya recently launched the SuperpowHer Podcast,
(https://www.deyadirect.net/podcast) a Powerhouse “Testimonial Series” with real-life tools that women can use! It’s a lively, yet safe space where Deya Direct gets real with Celebrities, Power Players and her Super-friends about how they overcame the fire of life, and leveraged their Superpower to Learn, Live, Love and Laugh again! By the its first month, the show had already acquired 1,000 downloads and it’s first national sponsor.
As a former Miss Black USA, Deya has been empowering women to honor and value themselves from the inside out for over 15 years. She has spoken and written about the process of self-love internationally.
Deya has offered expert guest commentary on national television, spoken and moderated at international conferences, and has served as a spokesperson and advocate for multiple nonprofit organizations including: The American Red Cross and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
What you will learn in this episode:
- How to ask someone out without being weird
- The best and worst reasons to be in a relationship
- The biggest mistake in dating
- Understanding love languages
- No one is responsible for your happiness
- How to heal a broken heart
- Keys to meaningful and successful relationships
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Cheri Garcia is the Founder of Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency for second chances. Cheri is passionate about helping felons and people in recovery find transformation through employment and entrepreneurship. As someone who has re-invented her own life, Cheri wanted to create a company to help others do the same. Before starting Cornbread Hustle, Cheri found her own transformation and recovery through inventing a tanning bed and getting a career in the TV news industry. Cheri developed expert level skills for marketing and PR. She uses those talents to help individuals getting out of prison re-brand themselves to become the person they want to be and get noticed by the people they want to meet. Cheri also is a PR consultant for Mark Cuban companies, and provides strategy plans and media opportunities for a variety of the Shark Tank companies.
What you will learn:
1. Why companies should hire felons.
2. Prison stories - of teaching them inside the walls and outside the walls
3. How to build your personal brand
4. How to empower your employees to thrive in jobs they may not love
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Elizabeth Engen is an Online Business Strategist and Founder of Premier SEO Ninjas - a digital marketing agency that has helped Doctors and Lawyers grow their practices and create massive revenue since 2009. She provides innovative and results-driven internet marketing solutions so that business owners become even more successful in their chosen fields of endeavor. Over the past fifteen years this Premier Google Partner and Double Agency Owner has been building compelling campaigns that get traffic, get noticed, and generate more clients for their businesses in nineteen countries around the world.
What you will learn:
- Online Reputation Management
- How the Only Way To Live Is In a Beautiful State
- How To Instantly Identify a Limiting Belief and How To Eradicate It Forever
5 Ways to Fix Your Reputation Online & What You Can Do To Improve It ==> https://premierseoninjas.com/pathways-to-success
Scott has helped more than 23,000 organizations across the globe eliminate the stress and overwhelm of recruiting and hiring. He's shown them a method for creating an instantaneous job filling system that eliminates hiring delays.
Scott is the author of, “High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant” The book focuses on helping companies to stop participating in the old way of hiring (keeping a job open until the right person shows up), and instead, engage in the new way of hiring (cultivating top talent until the right job shows up).
What you will learn:
Claire is the Talent Acquisition Manager in the Buffalo, NY office of Remedy Intelligent Staffing. Remedy is a franchise division of EmployBridge, the largest industrial staffing firm in North America. She has built over six years of successively diverse HR management experience with privately-owned and publicly-traded global leaders that provide hospitality and food service management, medical devices development, and non-dairy frozen food production.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in HR from the University at Buffalo, an MBA from Niagara University and her PHR certification through HRCI. She is an active SHRM member and on the Board of Directors for her local SHRM chapter, Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA) as well as a contributing writer for Workology and the SHRM blog.
When not at work she is a professional development events facilitator at both of her alma maters, on the Disrupt HR Buffalo event planning committee and Co-leader of the Remedy Women in Leadership group.
On this episode, we discuss how to build an online presence for personal branding and career growth.
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