Rees Vinsen - Friends as Family

Rees Vinsen is the CEO/Founder of Adduco, a customer data platform and COO of SportsCafe, a sports media network. He also consults to select brands across NZ and USA.

From 2012-17 Rees ran Adduco Media, a social agency that delivered entertainment, news and sponsored campaigns to Generation Z audiences. Rees founded the company when he was fifteen, growing and leading his 12-person team to partner with more than 130 brands and Fortune 500's across NZ, Asia and USA.

He also served a Partner in First Cut, a venture investment fund based in Auckland that invested in high-impact kiwi startups such as Sharesies, Halter and Spalk.

Rees is passionate about building winning teams, products that delight and all things social. He currently works between New Zealand and San Jose, California.

Check out what Rees is up to at: https://www.reesvinsen.com/

Jessica Brondo Davidoff - Motherly Love

Jessica Brondo Davidoff is the CEO of STATE Bags, a one-for-one, Brooklyn-born brand whose mission goes beyond selling cool and classic bags. She is also the Founder and CEO of New York City-based Admittedly, an education technology startup that provides free online tools to help students find their ideal colleges, perfect their applications and understand their chances in the process. In 2005, she founded the Edge in College Prep, a test prep, and admissions counseling company.

Check out what Jessica is up to at: https://www.statebags.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessbrondo

Bess Chapman - Influence of Early Mentorship

Bess Chapman is the Operating Principal at JetBlue Technology Ventures, based in New York. She works with portfolio companies to create compelling value propositions for JetBlue, source new technology and identify emerging trends.

Prior to joining JTV, Bess worked in Product Development at JetBlue Airways, where she led the content, partnerships and entertainment technology team. In this role, she drove the product and monetization strategy for JetBlue’s high-speed Wi-Fi and seat-back technologies onboard.

Before joining JetBlue, Bess worked at several media organizations, for IBM’s business analytics consulting division and for a boutique media and entertainment consulting firm. Bess received her BA from Georgetown University.

Check out what Bess is up to at:

https://www.jetblueventures.com/people/team/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-bess-chapman-50487120/

Andres Angelani - Against All Odds

As the CEO of Cognizant Softvision, Andres is responsible for both the day-to-day operations and the strategic vision of the firm. He most recently served as CEO of Softvision, prior to its acquisition by Cognizant in November, 2018.

Prior to Softvision, he served as the Chief Solutions Officer at Globant, responsible for the design and development of digital solutions while leading strategic customer engagements globally. His areas of expertise include product development, agile transformation, and gaming. Before becoming Chief Solutions Officer, Andres founded and served as the EVP and GM of Globant’s gaming studio, leading business on the West Coast, as well as VP of Engineering and Director of Global Presales Consulting from the U.K.

Andres has spoken at many leadership, strategy, and tech conferences and co-authored the book The Never-Ending Digital Journey: Creating New Consumer Experiences Through Technology. His most recent book, Transforming While Performing: How To Create A Culture Of Innovation With Partners, will be published in September, 2019.

Originally from Argentina, he speaks English, Spanish and Italian. Andres holds a Bachelors of Science in Business from University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, and enjoys cross-fit training, skiing with his four kids, running and playing classical piano.

Check out what Andres is up to at:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andresangelani/

https://www.cognizantsoftvision.com/news-posts/c-suite-career-advice-andres-angelani-softvision/

Matt Fiedler - A Fathers Love of Music

Since 2013, Matt Fiedler has been co-founder and CEO of Vinyl Me, Please, an e-commerce site that, for $29 a month, sends curated records to subscribers, from the vintage The Voice Of Frank Sinatra to the obscure (Watch Out! by 1970s Zimbabwean band Wells Fargo).

Vinyl Me, Please sells $10.4 million worth of records a year and has found itself with a 1,400% 3-year growth rate, landing them at #342 on the Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in the country.

Just in time for Father’s day, enjoy a wonderful conversation as Matt gives credit and thanks to the man who inspired his love of music.

Ron Carson - Learning From Failure

Ron Carson is Founder and CEO of Carson Group, which serves financial advisors and investors through its businesses including Carson Wealth, Carson Coaching, and Carson Partners. Founded in 1983, Carson Wealth has grown to become one of the largest wealth management firms in the country offering portfolio management and wealth planning services to high net-worth clients. Established in 1993, Carson Coaching has grown to become one of the leading advisor coaching programs in the country empowering advisors to overcome key business challenges through personalized coaching, proven strategies, marketing services, and a passionate community of thousands of advisors. Carson Partners empowers advisors to improve client service, efficiently run their practice, grow their business, and build a legacy through a turnkey integrated partnership. All three organizations are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska but serve a broad base of advisors and investors across the U.S. and Canada.

Ron first began honing his core principles while working from his dorm room at the University of Nebraska in 1983: a tenacious focus on serving clients’ best interests; a relentless pursuit of excellence across every activity; and a burning desire to learn, grow intellectually, and innovate. These driving principles enabled Carson Group to grow to over $15 billion in assets under advisement, which includes assets under management,* and have led Ron to receive many accolades. He is continually ranked among the top advisors by Barron’s magazine and was one of only two independent advisors inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame.* Ron has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors for several years*, included in Investopedia’s list of the Top 100 Financial Advisors (#4), recognized as an InvestmentNews Innovator, and acknowledged as an Inc. 5000 CEO of Carson Group, a two-time participant in the annual list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. He also appears regularly on broadcast media for FOXBusiness and Bloomberg as a leading expert advisor and commentator.

Find more about Ron at: https://www.carsonwealth.com/team-members/ron-carson/

Kimberly Snyder - A Mothers Spiritual Guide

Kimberly Snyder is the founder of Solluna and the #FeelGoodMovement, and the multi-time New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox book series and Radical Beauty, co-written with Deepak Chopra. She is also a nutritionist, renowned speaker, meditation teacher, certified yoga instructor, and holistic wellness expert.

An in-demand worldwide speaker, Kimberly also hosts the top-rated Feel Good with Kimberly Snyder podcast which airs on the Podcast One network. The Solluna by Kimberly Snyder organic juice and smoothie bar is located at the iconic Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

A certified nutritionist, Kimberly has worked with the entertainment industries’ top celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Channing Tatum, among many others. A highly sought-after lifestyle and wellness expert, Kimberly has been featured in media outlets including Ellen, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, and InStyle. She is a member of the Wellness Council for Well + Good and was named one of the top “results-oriented nutritionists” by Vogue.

Check out what Kimberly is up to at: https://shop.mysolluna.com/

Jeffrey Perlman - Inspiration Through Family

Jeffrey Perlman is the President & Founder of Bright Power. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst, and solar-energy-system designer, Jeff is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as he is in a corporate boardroom. He has built Bright Power from a single rented desk in a shared office to the substantial enterprise that it is today. Jeff was named to Crain's New York 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

Check out what Jeffrey is up to at: https://www.brightpower.com/

Conor Delaney - Success and Connection Through Tragedy

Mr. Delaney has built a career as a business and community leader for the last decade by his belief in bringing his "blue-collar work ethic" to his daily duties leading various corporate entities and community organizations. Delaney believes in "servant leadership" which means that he does not expect more of any person on his team than he would expect of himself. He believes in working in and among the departments at Good Life and working side by side with the rest of his leadership team. His transparent nature, positive attitude and creative leadership has led to great success in each of the various Good Life Companies.

"I was taught at an early age that the best business relationships happen when both sides win. This win/win philosophy incorporated with surrounding myself with intelligent 'advisers' to me has been the main ingredient to launching community-impacting businesses in more than 25 states around the country."

Mr. Delaney married his college sweetheart, Liz, in 2008. They have three children, Blake Seraphina, Rhys Brian and Elena Rae.

Check out what Conor is up to at: https://goodlifeco.com/

Dominic Tancredi - Do Good. Be Good.

Dom is CEO of Dom & Tom, a digital product agency in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles with his co-founder and twin brother Tom.

With over 18 years of digital product experience, Dom has consulted with enterprise companies including Hearst Communications, Turner Broadcasting, Priceline.com, Coca-Cola, The Children's Place, and Bloomberg L.P. He speaks on emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Voice and more. He guides the agency's standards in digital product methodologies and services with the company's core values, "Do Good. Be Good."

He received the 2017 Owler Top-Rated CEO award and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago. He enjoys mentoring developers on Blockchain systems, presenting Lunch & Learns on emerging technologies, and jumping in the ocean with his son Maddox in Asbury Park.

Check out what Dominic is up to at: https://domandtom.com/

Alexander Schwarzkopf - Be in the Fire

Alex Schwarzkopf is the CEO and co-founder of Pillar Technologies. Pillar was recently part of the first Techstars IoT program, won the Forbes Change the World competition and was named best Insurtech startup at Plug and Play. Prior to launching his startup, Alex worked at Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley, and he spent time designing scalable wireless technologies for sub-Saharan Africa.

During this interview, Mr. Schwarzkopf discusses the impact his parents had on him and what it means to "be in the fire." Through tragedy and perseverance, he has developed patience and fortitude and credits much of his success to his mother's guidance.

Check out what Alex is up to at: https://pillar.tech/

Greg Harmeyer - A Fatherly Boost

During this interview, Mr. Harmeyer speaks upon the influence his dad had on him. He credits his parents capacity for love and caring to his success today.

Before co-founding TiER1 in 2002, Greg spent several years managing large global information technology initiatives for Accenture in the US and in Europe. After Accenture, he was an early leader in a startup consultancy called AFKelly. As a co-founder of TiER1, Greg carried over everything he had learned from both firms about consulting, entrepreneurship, people, and culture in helping create the foundation of TiER1.

In addition to his consulting experience, Greg received an MBA with distinction in finance and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in management information systems and economics from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the Board of Directors for both the American Red Cross (Cincinnati Area chapter) and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and has served in similar roles for the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics, Elder High School, and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School.

Check out what Greg is up to at: https://tier1performance.com/

Dick Hyatt - A Letter to his Children

During this interview, Mr. Hyatt discusses the impact his children have made on his life. With so much already accomplished, Mr. Hyatt stresses the importance of keeping an open mind and continuing to learn no matter how high up you are. He credits his children for continuing to teach him new skills and life lessons every day.

Dick Hyatt is the President and CEO of Decisiv. He has more than 25 years of experience building, managing and growing early stage technology companies, including SAGE Systems, Automation Partners, Hayes-Ligon (sold to ADP Dealer Services), and Amteva Technology (sold to Cisco Systems). Prior to his tenure at Decisiv, Mr. Hyatt was a Director of Marketing in Cisco’s Unified Communications business. Mr. Hyatt is responsible for all aspects of building a world-class team of industry and technology experts, and delivering high-quality, profit-improving products and services leading to long-term customer satisfaction.

Check out what Dick is up to at: https://www.decisiv.com/

Babak Hedayati - A Poem of Hope

Babak Hedayati is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tapclicks.

During this interview, Mr. Hedayati goes in depth on how poetry influenced his leadership and parenting style. He specifically recites "On Children" a poem from Kahlil Gibran and compares it to his own life and children. Mr. Hedayati acknowledges the success he has endured but, explains how he wants his children to be even better. He is the CEO of one of the fastest growing marketing companies in the world but is also just a regular father who wants the best for his children.

He has over 20 years high-tech experience in semiconductor, internet, media platforms, video solutions, social networking and software. Before TapClicks, he served as the CEO of DemosOnDemand. Prior to that he was SVP of worldwide marketing, applications and business development at Cypress Semiconductor, was an executive at Xilinx and served in various business and technical positions at Altera, 3DO, Zycad, and National.

Babak has helped grow businesses from $200M to more than $2B.

He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and holds a BSEE from San Jose State University.

Check out what Babak is up to at: https://www.tapclicks.com/

Check out the Kahlil Gibran Poem "On Children" at: http://www.katsandogz.com/onchildren.html

Zvi Band - Success Is In Your Sphere

Zvi Band founded Contactually back in 2011. An engineer and a CEO, he has taken Contactually from idea to a fast-moving startup that now powers over 208million relationships. The company has over 60 employees, millions in revenue, 12M+ in venture backing, numerous awards, and thousands of customers. As of Monday, February 25, 2019, Contactually entered into an agreement to be acquired by Compass.

Beyond Contactually, Zvi has served as a proponent of entrepreneurship in the DC region, founding DC Tech Meetup and ProudlyMadeInDC and serving as a mentor and advisor to numerous early-stage startups. Prior to launching Contactually, Zvi was the CTO of Workstreamer, acquired in 2009, and founded skeevisArts, a web development and design agency. Recently named to the 2019 Swanapoel Power 200, Zvi is three times named a Washingtonian Tech Titan and member of MindShare, the DC community’s exclusive forum for CEOs of emerging tech companies. Zvi is an active public speaker, participating in thought leadership panels at TechCocktail, WordPressDC, DC PHP, and DC RUG events, to name a few. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washington City Paper. His first book, Success is in Your Sphere was released on May 21, 2019. He received his B.S. in Computer Sciences and Economics from the University of Maryland, and lives in DC with his wife and daughter.

Check out what Zvi is up to at: https://www.contactually.com/

Check out and buy his book at: http://www.successisinyoursphere.com/

Ben Wright - Differences Connect Us

Ben Wright is Founder and CEO of Velocity Global, the leading provider of global business expansion solutions. The company is the first in the industry to provide end-to-end services that help companies expand globally using just one partner. Today, Velocity Global has over 120 employees with 10 international offices and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In 2018, Wright was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Mountain Desert Region by EY and his company ranked number 4 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Check out what Ben is up to at: https://velocityglobal.com/

Tony Safoian - The Quest for Passion

As CEO and President of SADA Systems, Tony Safoian firmly believes that technology can empower people to transform their world. To this end, he places innovation at the core of the business model, coupled with exceptional customer support and managed services. Under Safoian’s guidance, SADA has differentiated itself by proactively addressing a rapidly evolving market across Enterprise, SMB, Government and Education sectors, while anticipating the needs of its customers—often even before they do.

Safoian has transformed SADA into one of the world’s top business and technology consultancy and cloud services brokerage firms. As a Google Cloud launch partner and an award-winning Google Cloud Premier Partner, SADA enhanced its suite of product offerings, solutions and services providing consultative, cloud migration, deployment, change management and cloud managed services. Safoian’s continuous drive for innovation and growth has led SADA to develop cutting-edge applications and award-winning solutions for global brands.

Named a Finalist for Ernst and Young 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award, Safoian has established himself as a visionary entrepreneur addressing the needs of the business, partners and customers.

Check out what Tony is up to at: https://sadasystems.com/

Here is the link to his Professor: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=2806

Nis Frome - Adventures in Product Management

Nis Frome is the co-founder of Alpha, the product management platform that powers thousands of experiments for the world’s leading brands. He is the editor of Product Management Insider and the co-producer of This is Product Management, a podcast with 1M+ downloads. His articles have been published in Forbes, The Next Web, and UX Magazine.

In this conversation, we take a look back to his high school job in a pizza shop. While the position was under appreciated by many, the lessons learned in this pivotal time have affected his leadership style to this day.

Check out what is Nis is up to at: nisfro.me and alphahq.com

Henry Schuck - Belief Comes From All Around

Henry Schuck is the CEO and Co-Founder of DiscoverOrg and CEO of ZoomInfo. Under Henry’s leadership, DiscoverOrg has delivered unprecedented growth and innovation – landing on the Inc. 5000 list over the past 8 years and earning multiple awards as the top sales and marketing intelligence tool in the industry. Leading a talented team, he is focused on constantly enhancing DiscoverOrg’s proven ability to accelerate pipeline and revenue growth for its customers.

Henry is a cum laude graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he was selected in 2013 as the Honors College Alumni of the Year. He also holds a juris doctorate degree cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and has studied comparative law at Oxford University.

Check out what Henry is up to at: https://discoverorg.com/ and https://www.zoominfo.com/

Pat Swisher - Be the Guide, Not the Hero

Pat Swisher founded Swisher Hygiene in 1983. In 1994, he went on to become Forbes Up and Coming Entrepreneur, as well as becoming a top Semi-Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and given The Distinguished Alumni Award Appalachian State. In 1995 he was awarded Top Entrepreneur by Success Magazine. As the CEO of Swisher Hygiene, he was voted as one of the Top 100 Franchises in the world by Entrepreneur Magazine for 5 consecutive years. He is now the CEO and founder of Enviro-Master Services, which has acquired ownership of Swisher Hygiene. He graduated with a BS from Appalachian State.

Check Enviro-Master out at: www.enviro-master.info/