Allen Adamson is a noted industry expert in all disciplines of branding. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Metaforce.co and the author of BrandSimple, BrandDigital, The Edge: 50 Tips from Brands That Lead, and Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast Changing World. Prior to Metaforce, Allen was Chairman, North America of Landor Associates, a global branding firm.
Berkley Egenes is the Vice President of Marketing for MERIDIUN. A results-driven strategic marketing leader solving business challenges at the intersection of consumers and technology, Egenes is committed to building brands, launching products and producing returns for his partners.
With a strong entrepreneurial spirit for creating insights-based understanding using a data-first brand strategy and development process, he has delivered measurable cross-channel platforms and technologies in the global economy with brands like Kellogg’s, AB InBev, Alcatel, VIZIO, Walmart, Seiyu, ASDA, Sam’s Club, CVS Pharmacy, Ahold USA, A&P, Spartan Stores, Hy-Vee, Inc., Big Y and Weis Markets.
Always focused on the impact of technology in the global consumer ecosystem, he has an extensive background in augmented and virtual reality, retail, IoT, consumer electronics and mobility, consumer packaged goods and shopper marketing experiences working on the brand side at NextVR, NASCAR, and creative agency and services with CSE, Envoy and IBM.
A graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and certificate in international business, Egenes also earned his master in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Peter Lovenheim is an author and journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Parade, Moment Magazine, The Washington Post, and other publications.
His five previous books include In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, winner of a Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the First Annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize, and Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf, a first-hand attempt to understand the food chain.
Lovenheim holds a degree in journalism from Boston University and in law from Cornell Law School. He teaches narrative non-fiction at The Writers Center in Bethesda, MD and splits his time between his hometown of Rochester, NY, and Washington, DC.
Rami Jebara is the Co-Founder & CTO of Tuangru, a software provider of next generation data center infrastructure management (DCIM), designed for today’s hybrid IT environments. Whether a users application workloads reside on-premises, in edge data centers or in the cloud, Tuangru provides users with a holistic view of their entire infrastructure for management and optimization. The company was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte Technology Fast 500™.
David Thomas, CEO at Evident, is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has a history of introducing innovative technologies, establishing them in the market, and driving growth with each early-stage company emerging as the market leader. Today, as CEO of Evident, he helps provide innovative business solutions to simplify interactions with personal data assets.
By his 35th birthday, Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.
Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the Profit First Formula, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.
Mike is now running his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business makeover expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed the entrepreneurs cult classic.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/the-pumpkin-plan/
Kristin is the founder and managing director of Creative Development Agency (formerly award-winning firm, Marquet Media). She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency as well as directs all client accounts and projects. With a strong eye for creating memorable brands and a diverse range of knowledge, Kristin provides strategic counsel to clients interested in developing successful internal and external communication programs across all media platforms.
Kristin has forged successful partnerships with celebrity fashion designer and correspondent NV Nick Verreos; prestige hair care brand Briogeo; luxury skincare brand BubblePopBeauty.com; and many more. She has generated media placements in Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, Seventeen, Glamour, and ELLE magazines, Refinery29.com, and countless other outlets.
Passionate about learning, Kristin has attended MIT, Boston University, and New York University, and holds degrees in Literature and Marketing/PR. In 2015, she authored of the book, Squash the competition and Dominate your marketplace: 55 Easy Tips to Generate Big Publicity for Your Startup or Small Business.
Most recently, she joined the Young Entrepreneur Council, and is also a contributor to Forbes.com, Inc.com, HuffingtonPost.com, Entrepreneur.com, and NYDailyNews.com
As someone who loves everything about the startup world, Kristin launched the design studio FemFounder.co to help emerging entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
With experience in both office interiors and product design, Ken Baker understands the inside and out of the architecture and design field. Ken has been a Gensler Principal for 20-years and is currently serving as a member of the Gensler Management Committee.
As a Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s Southeast Region and past Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s U.K., Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Gulf Regions, Ken is considered a global expert on workplace design and planning, particularly for law firms. He has designed over 10 million square feet of corporate headquarters and offices for law firms and financial institutions, and is one of Gensler’s major Global Account holders, managing relationships with clients such as Sidley Austin, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; JP Morgan Chase, and Barclays Capital worldwide.
Ken is also a leader in Gensler’s furniture and product development practice and frequently speaks about the power of design at industry events around the world. A fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Building Museum, Ken is passionate about producing design solutions that optimize trends that align with clients core objectives.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/design-thinking/
Ken is the co-author of the recent manufacturing sales book, entitled “Selling in Manufacturing and Logistics.” Ken and his co-author are experienced Sandler trainers who play very important roles in the Sandler’s worldwide organization. They advise organizations and individuals on how to help discover their true potential and develop innovative solutions that create sustainable change. Ken is currently head of Sandler Training Consultancy in Akron, Ohio, and he and his co-author have really focused in on selling in manufacturing and logistics.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/manufacturing-sales/
Peter Strohkorb has over 15 years of corporate business experience in executive-level Sales and Marketing executive roles with some of the biggest brands on the planet.
Today, he is a sought-after expert business advisor on how to achieve significant sales revenue and business growth through better managing the intersection between your Sales, your Marketing and your ideal Customers. Peter’s clients have experienced sales revenue growth of up to 433% (!) and won more repeat business from existing clients.
He is a published author of the Amazon 5-Star rated book The OneTEAM Method, which describes his holistic Sales and Marketing collaboration framework to lift sales results, enhance customer experience and boost staff engagement. Peter holds qualifications in Marketing and Management from the prestigious Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) in Sydney, Australia.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/how-to-improve-your-sales-process/
As a consultant, author, speaker and coach, Edgar Papke is dedicated to helping leaders build cultures of innovation and better align their organizations and teams to drive new ideas, produce change, and deliver meaningful solutions. He is the author of the books True Alignment and The Elephant In The Boardroom, and he is also the co-author of Innovation By Design.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/5-steps-design-thinking-process/
Kelly Manderfield is the Chief Marketing Officer for Cleveland Metroparks and leads all marketing initiatives across its 18 park reservations, eight golf courses, dining, retail, and a nationally acclaimed zoo. Manderfield is a critical member of the team that earned Cleveland Metroparks Best in Nation Gold Medal Award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
Under her leadership, Cleveland Metroparks has developed and executed several transformative brand campaigns, including Cleveland Metroparks Come Out and Play and 100 Year centennial campaigns as well as the rebrand of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo bringing wildlife conservation to the forefront.
As CMO, Manderfield has created a culture of strategic data-driven decision making to support the agency’s goals and initiatives as well as drive revenue. She manages overall marketing from end-to-end, including: communications, advertising, research, special events, event rentals, corporate partnerships, retail and visual communications.
Manderfield has developed and fostered strong, mutually beneficial hometown partnerships, including KeyBanks revival of ZooKeys and sponsorship of the Centennial Fireworks Celebration that attracted more than 30,000 people to Edgewater Beach. Additionally, she helped secure Cuyahoga Community Colleges sponsorship and involvement with the popular Edgewater LIVE concert series.
Prior to her joining Cleveland Metroparks, Manderfield was most recently Vice President, Senior Marketing and Strategist at KeyCorp where she oversaw national marketing programs, advertising and public relations campaigns.
Manderfield received a Masters of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Bowling Green State University. She currently sits on the board of Burning River Foundation, which is dedicated to improving, maintaining and celebrating the vitality of our regional freshwater resources.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/5-step-systematic-marketing-process/
Lauren Golembiewski is the CEO and co-founder of Voxable, a conversational interface agency. She’s lucky enough to run Voxable with her partner in life, Matthew Buck. Lauren and Matthew founded Voxable to help clients more effectively communicate with their customers through conversational interface design and development. They were originally inspired to create Voxable when they connected their home to a voice-first device and felt like the wizards and space captains they saw on TV.
Lauren’s background is in product design and user experience which is driven by her fascination with the way things work, especially the human mind. Her experience working with startups and leading design strategy for tech companies enables her to dive into design problems and help clients understand the best path forward. She regularly speaks about conversational design and advocates for a greater creative effort to be invested in this new technology.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/conversational-interface-chatbot-technology/
Linda Phan was born in LA, but she grew up in Massachusetts from eight years old onwards. She graduated from UMass Amherst with dual degrees in Accounting and Psychology and worked for two years as a corporate auditor at the 6th largest accounting firm in the US. Linda moved to Austin, TX a year ago and worked as Chief of Staff at Newchip, a financial technology company. She is currently on track of getting her MBA from Acton School of Business.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/systems-and-processes-for-small-business/
Curtis Watkins is the CEO of BovaMetrics, an Augmented Intelligence company focused on boosting performance in long-term portfolios managed by wealth advisers. This is his third entrepreneurial endeavor after previously serving as the COO of a micro-hydro renewable energy firm and also as a co-founder of a mobile software solutions company.
Additionally, Curtis is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Joules Startup Accelerator program located at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a regular television contributor to news programs and shows focused on current events, and he also serves as the Chairman for a political software company he founded called CampaignKit.
He is a 2013 recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award and a graduate of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/how-knowledge-based-systems-improve-company-credibility/
After graduating from UT Law in Austin, Reece began his career clerking for a federal judge in Dallas. From the courthouse, Reece headed to Thompson & Knight where he worked as an attorney in TK’s corporate section. After working at TK for a year, he decided to join his dad, Rob, and close college friend, Bryan Johnson, as they were blazing a trail in a unique healthcare delivery channel.
Reece moved into the role of CEO at Innovative Infusions, helping to consolidate multiple Infusion Centers into one centralized operation. Working alongside Bryan and Rob, he helped create one of the most cutting-edge infusion delivery models in the country. Reece is passionate about creating solutions to relieve the complexity associated with managing an Infusion Center.
In addition to his role as Co-Founder and COO of WeInfuse, Reece is the co-founder of and director at the National Infusion Center Association (NICA).
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/how-to-launch-new-product-niche-industry/
Andrei Popescu is a vision-driven entrepreneur with a career-long record of business growth and innovation.
His international business ventures experienced a verifiable history of growth and expansion during his tenure as managing director and he has raised significant funds from various institutions, banks and third parties to participate in joint ventures.
He’s been engaged on helping organizations that evolve in challenging markets to break down the barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential, which operate in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, China and Asia-Pacific.
Andrei’s focus and interests are blockchain tech, DLT, SaaS for payments, finance, and investments.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/what-is-cryptocurrency-how-it-works/
Jeff N. Smith is the Corporate IoT Business Development Manager at Parker-Hannifin. He is focused on delivering new offerings, building out new business models, and commercialization frameworks for Parker’s Voice of the Machine™ IoT connected products. His global focus areas are Industrial Mobile Systems and Factory Automation. Prior to joining Parker, Jeff was the co-founder of a smart building IoT technology start-up focused on the commercial built environment, taking this solution from inception to thousands of controllable endpoints globally for Fortune 100 customers.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/iot-technology-impact-your-organization/
Alex Klingensmith is an experienced Wealth Advisor and Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He is skilled in Fiduciary Independent Investment Management and Financial Planning. Alex has strong community involvement in the Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary Club and in North San Diego County.
A transcript of this podcast is available here: http://systemexecution.com/how-to-choose-the-right-financial-adviser/
Marc Butler is the Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Director for Albridge, an affiliate of Pershing, a BNY Mellon company. Formerly, Marc managed the Business Development Group for iNautix USA, where he oversaw sales, client relationship management and overall Marketing activities. Prior to that, Marc was the general manager of Pershing’s NetExchange® suite of solutions. Marc joined Pershing in 1994 as a client service associate in PC Financial Network. He has previously served on the firm’s Conversion Task Force and the Bank Market Segment team. Marc has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years and was formerly a member of both the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Internet Roundtable and SIFMA Investor Education Advisory Committee. He was previously the featured technology columnist in Boomer Market Advisor, a monthly magazine targeted at investment professionals.
Marc frequently speaks at industry conferences including the Financial Services Institute and BISA annual conferences. Marc earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Syracuse University and has also completed the Securities Industry Institute® program, sponsored by SIFMA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taken graduate classes in the School of Education at Syracuse University and continuing education coursework in Technology and Financial Planning.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/business-leaders-toolkit-system-business-leadership/
After graduating in 2003 from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Crime, Law, and Justice Business Emphasis and completing an internship with the United States Marshals Office, Michael switched gears and put his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification that he earned at Penn State University to use working at Atlantic Health System in New Jersey and becoming the Rescue Captain of the Rockaway Township Fire Department.
After a year, he began to climb the ladder within Atlantic Health System becoming the Administrative Manager of Atlantic Ambulance Corporation Air and Ground Transportation, overseeing over 250 medical professionals. He spent over 11 years growing the company from $2 million dollars and leaving valued at $44 million. During his tenure, Michael was seen as a mentor for new managers, won the Corporate Employee of the Year in 2008, Six Sigma President's Award in 2012 and was a five-time finalist for New Jersey EMS Manager of the Year.
Through his operations and growth background, Michael became a Director for Kindred Hospitals of NJ overseeing the Business Development of three hospitals in New Jersey in 2013. Michael ranked tops in the country in year over year growth for Kindred. Michael was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Hospital of New Jersey in 2014, a position he holds today.
This past year Michael was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce, Leader in Business Award for 2016 his hospital had one of the best years in its existence for quality, finance, efficiency, and growth. Michael has a Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Graduate Certificates from The University of Florida, Boston University, The University of Notre Dame, and Cornell University. Outside of his CEO job Michael is the Chairman of the Board of the American Lung Association and a Professor of Business and Healthcare Administration for both the College of St. Elizabeths and Centenary University in New Jersey.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/improving-patient-customer-experience/
Alaia Williams is a business systems strategist and community cultivator based in Los Angeles, CA. Alaia works with entrepreneurs and small business owners around the globe, helping them build better businesses by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/organization-as-a-system-crucial-business-success/
Before entering the financial planning industry, Courtney worked in City government for the duration of her career in Human Resources. Courtney has been in the financial industry since 2012 and joined the Troxell Financial team in 2016 in which she creates, maintains and enhances the ongoing operations and project management within the firm as well as serving her individual clients. She is devoted to helping her clients and the Troxell Financial team, envision their goals and develop a plan and process to pursue them. Courtney specializes in financial planning for women and special needs planning.
Courtney is married and lives in Springfield, IL with her husband Mike and two children Lillian and Bennett. While Courtney is not working with clients and spending time with her family, she enjoys exercising, reading, volunteering with United Cerebral Palsy and most of all, the outdoors, especially by the water.
A transcript of this episode is available here: systemexecution.com/how-to-improve-customer-experience-process
Mike is currently the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for cyber security firm Ops Tech Alliance (OTA), a certified SBA 8a Small Business and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. OTA was founded by former National Security and Special Operations professionals with over fifty years of experience and was formed with a singular focus: to bridge the gap between operations and technology to enable mission success. In the rapidly shifting arena of cyber security, mission success depends upon maintaining a technological advantage. OTA provides that advantage. Their culture begins with their commitment to their people, who share a passion for our business and a commitment to serving customers. Their approach is strongly based on understanding the ever-changing threat environment and the core theories behind applied technologies. Then as a trusted partner, they advise their clients on theory and technical solutions, coupled with associated tradecraft with the intention of discovering new applications and exploiting existing weaknesses.
Before joining the private sector, Mike retired from the U.S. Army in 2012 as a Sergeant Major with over 20 years of experience leading US military and inter-agency personnel. Mike has extensive operational experience within the US Special Operations Command. He served with multiple Intelligence Community (IC) agencies, deploying as the sole Department of Defense representative to forward intelligence operations and special activities focused on Foreign Intelligence Services collaboration. He has received numerous military and IC awards for leadership and performance, to include the Director of National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. Mike graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. and M.S. in Information Technology Management from Touro College, as well as a Masters Certificate in IT Project Management from Villanova University. Mike is currently attending the Yale School of Management in their Global Executive Leadership Program.
A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/how-to-improve-your-hiring-process/
With over 15 years in the technology consulting business, over 8 years in the medical device industry, and over 4 years in the financial sector, Anthony Rivera is experienced with developing systems that make businesses run better. What pushed Anthony into the financial sector was seeing the opportunity to help the economy. He believes that if businesses obtain capital for strategic growth they will hire more people and consumer spending will increase, lifting the whole economy. This personal cause set in motion a new business, where Anthony partnered up with over 5k lenders and developed a new software platform that allows business owners and investors to work with lenders directly.
A transcript of this episode is available here: systemexecution.com/why-networking-crucial-to-building-successful-platform