Maturepreneurial Podcast: Interviews with Older Entrepreneurs | Online Business Tips | Learn From Those Who Have Succeeded

MaturePreneurial: This once a week podcast from host Elaine Benoit features successful entrepreneurs who started businesses after 40, their stories of success and failure and their advice to others on how best to start a new business. Elaine interviews entrepreneurs from different levels of success because at each level, there are always lessons to be learned. Elaine is dedicated to inspire, educate and help you take the plunge to start your own entrepreneurial endeavor.
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Aug 9, 2017

Business Productivity Coach Teresa McCloy partners with her clients to stop being busy and do what matters.

Teresa is a recovered workaholic who was addicted to all the latest apps, software, and best-selling books on productivity. She continually felt that if she could only find the right system, she’d be so much more productive. After years of this crazy cycle, she finally hit a wall and had to make a change. And her first step to being more productive was to stop worrying about getting everything done!

Today, Teresa is passionate about helping business leaders and entrepreneurs to assess their habits and execute a Personalized Program for doing more of what matters to their success. Teresa is trained to use tools such as the Enneagram, Life Maps, and the 12 Week Year system to serve her clients through one-on-one coaching, webinars, and training to discover their unique talents, values and life mission.

Teresa brings over 30 years of experience to coaching. She has been a solopreneur and a leader in both business and ministry giving her a wide range of experience leading teams, managing multiple projects and juggling systems at the same time. The coaching community is a great group and Teresa is a proud member of CCNI and the International Coaching Federation.

Teresa is on track to complete her coaching certification with both PCCI and the ICF by the end of 2017. Currently, Teresa serves as an Ambassador for her local 2017 CEO Entrepreneur program for high school seniors. Teresa's Certification as a Spiritual Director and Enneagram MOS Trainer serves her well as she works with her clients both personally and professionally to help them reboot their lives and reignite their businesses.

Teresa lives with her husband of 34 years on a 3rd generation family grain farm in Central Illinois. The couple has two adult children, one dog and one grand-dog. When she’s not working with clients, Teresa enjoys cooking, gardening, a great cup of coffee with a friend and traveling as much as possible!

Aug 2, 2017

Pauline Durban is the proud founder of Covered Perfectly, a company whose purpose is to provide flattering, comfortable clothing for women over 40.  Originally from England, Pauline moved to the United States in 1992.

The Challenge: What to Wear?

As a middle-aged woman, Pauline grew increasingly frustrated with the desperate and tiresome effort of combing through her closet for something to wear!  She wanted clothing that made her feel attractive and feel confident that she was showing the best parts of herself.  But finding the right tops was becoming a huge challenge.  Most of her tops did not play to her strengths and left her feeling exposed.

Pauline’s Solution

Instead of settling for the limited fashions available to women of a certain age, Pauline decided to take matters into her own hands.  In May of 2012, at the age of 56, Pauline invested her life savings into Covered Perfectly: an online clothing store, dedicated to fashion for women over 50, women over 60 and beyond.  She began designing women’s fashions with a focus on fabrics that feel great against the skin.  She started with tops and eventually branched out into dresses, skirts, and more.  She also chose to use age appropriate models, all of whom are over 40 and most of whom are over 50 and 60.

The MaturePreneurial Journey

Pauline experienced the typical stress and angst that all new entrepreneurs face. On her website, she writes, “Was it scary? You bet it was! As a single woman, I had no one to fall back on. I went through all the ‘what ifs.’ What if I’m wrong? What if no one likes them? What if no one buys them? They went on and on!”

However, Covered Perfectly was launched on May 5th 2013 and mature women of all shapes and sizes love the fashions and have welcomed the concept with open arms. Every week Pauline receives emails from customers who rave about their tops and the company’s excellent customer service, many of whom include photos of themselves in their new purchases.

Today, Pauline says, “Blessed doesn’t even come close to how I feel!”  She is a great role model for those of us starting new ventures after 40.

Jul 26, 2017

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 14. He sold Coca Cola when it was still only available in bottles and returned the bottles to the store to earn back the deposit.

An immigrant who arrived in the U.S. penniless in 2002 in a post 9-11 world, Nitin delivered pizza, slept in his car, and didn't have money for winter clothes. But he was always a hustler.

Eventually, Nitin became a licensed physical therapist, entrepreneur, and author. In 2007, he began public speaking. He now owns and runs several multi-million dollar companies with 30+ employees worldwide. Nitin is living the “American Dream."

As a licensed physical therapist, Nitin is co-owner of an industry-leading electronic medical records software, In Touch EMR, which offers scheduling, clinical documentation, billing, practice management and referral generation modules for physical therapists.

Nitin is also the author of Total Activation: The 5 Step Fitness Mantra (available on Amazon). It is a dynamic new approach to weight loss and personal wellness. It is a system modeled in three stages of change: Identity, Compare, and Integrate (ICI) which has 5 components: Emotional, Physical, Social, Spiritual and Intellectual (EPSSI).

In connection, Nitin has created a skincare and nutrition line - products that work in synergy to activate the best version of you. Since its launch in April 2014, the team has grown and the nutrition and skincare products have been purchased by thousands of customers. Having lived in the east and the west, Total Activation was created out of a need Nitin and his wife, Ritika, had in their own lives, to effectively merge skincare and nutrition for the 'best you'.

From being a penniless immigrant to a licensed physical therapist who earned his millions in just 15 years, mainly through entrepreneurship, Nitin has shown resilience and demonstrated that hard work pays off.

Jul 19, 2017

When Beca was young, her father wanted her to be an artist, just like his grandmother, whom he adored. And although Beca loved art, she also loved to dance. At sixteen years old, she started a dance school and spent the next 14 years teaching dance.

Later, at the age of twenty-eight with three kids in tow, Beca went off to UCLA to earn her masters degree in choreography. After she graduated, instead of returning to the dance world Beca decided to learn more about business. She worked at a variety of jobs, chosen primarily on the basis of what they could teach her about herself and how the world works, but sometimes she just took a job to make enough money to support herself and her children.

Eventually, Beca ended up working for 20 years within large financial firms as a Certified Financial Planner. Although she enjoyed the work, Beca became more and more driven by her desire to write and, in the process, shift lives.

So she did. Whether it's fiction or non-fiction, Beca writes with the intention of shifting people's perceptions of what's possible. She has authored several books; she has published perception-shifting Ezines every two weeks for almost 20 years; and she offers two free email series dedicated to perception shifting: The Daily Nudge and The Truth 4 Today. The Truth for Today combines words with art, honoring her grandmother's legacy and fulfilling her father's dream of her becoming an artist.

Beca hopes the stories she writes will help people to shift the stories they choose to live. Beca is also a coach who helps people shift the circumstances of their lives. In further support of her mission, she hosts a podcast called Shift The Story.

As a child, Beca tried to tell everyone about the power of shifting their perceptions. She learned that telling people things doesn't work. But sometimes showing them alternatives does. That is what Beca hopes to achieve, whether through her writing, her coaching, or by simply living.

Today, Beca is a mother, grandmother, and step-mother. When she isn't working, she is reading or working in the garden in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Delbert Piper Sr.

Jul 12, 2017

Mel Kobayashi is the Canadian author of style blog Bag and a Beret. Her brazen and comedic approach to her closet, and life, has attracted a dedicated online following inspired by her exploits and earned her a place on the world's top-style-bloggers-over-40 lists, as well as coverage in major fashion magazines and websites.

Mel has a BA in communications from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She also did time in art school. But her real education didn't kick in until she became an age-raged, middle-aged tween filming on-the-fly videos in dodgy alleys and trying not to squeak during auditions. More than anything, following her heart, coupled with risk-taking and grand surrenders to personal chaos, have fueled her mid-life social media success.

As a blogger, several years ago Mel launched fashion spoof e-zine VOGOFF, mainly for women over 40 who were tired of style rules and lack of representation in mainstream media. She also started the Traveling Yellow Skirt Freak Show project, which chronicles her skirt's adventures with women around the world in a celebration of diversity of life and style. So many women have worn and adorned the skirt that it now resembles a quilt.

Recently Mel has begun motivational speaking with an emphasis on unlearning rules as an attainable path to a more joyful, creative, and colorful life. She also has plans to take VOGOFF to the next level, not only for fellow stylists who push the envelope, but also for armchair fashionistas too.

"Be a rock star!" is her rallying cry - even if it's just in your rec room.

Mel currently resides in Vancouver.

Jul 5, 2017

Tony Loyd is the founder of Culture Shift Companies and the Chief Learning Officer at Culture Shift Learning Academy. He is also executive producer of Social Entrepreneur, a radio program and podcast that shares stories from change makers who are having a positive impact on the world.

For over 25 years, Tony has provided leadership to Fortune 500 companies and global brands such as John Deere, Medtronic, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience conducting strategic planning, creating talent management strategy and conducting leadership development workshops.

Tony created the learning strategy and led the start-up and operation of two world-class corporate universities. He has directed the development of up to 120,000 personnel in 60 countries. His breakthrough ideas enabled companies to increase worldwide training participation while reducing costs dramatically.

Prior to his work at John Deere, Tony was a Human Performance Improvement consultant, working with customers as varied as the US Department of Energy, AT&T, Alcoa and the State of Colorado.

Jun 28, 2017

Raj Daniels is an experienced business consultant.  He has been involved in business ventures across several verticals as either a consultant, owner, investor, or advisor. He has a personal passion for strategy and vision building that has allowed him to lead successful strategic initiatives for both profit and non-profit organizations.

Raj’s current role is CEO & VP of Enthusiasm of OpenTime, a company he founded whose mission is to create a more meaningful human experience by helping people spend more time with other people in person.  Raj is also an evangelist and community builder for the Dallas startup ecosystem.

Raj is a firm believer in contributing back to society.  He has given back by conducting personal growth seminars for teens, mentoring MBA students and participating in entrepreneur camps.  He has also served on the board of for profit and non-profit organizations.

Raj received a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business and International Studies from the University of North Texas.  He has an MBA in Global Leadership.  He is a husband and the father of three girls.

A story Raj loves

A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up.

After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation. The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up. After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.

The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well.

What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”

Jun 21, 2017

Joleene Moody is a former central New York television reporter and anchor turned freelance writer, ghostwriter, and playwright. When she’s not writing books or blog posts for other busy entrepreneurs, Joleene is working on her own original television and screenplay ideas. Her goal is to become a successful scriptwriter.

During the past 15 years, Joleene has penned three of her own books, hundreds of human interest stories and news articles, and various ghost books for entrepreneurs, self-help coaches, and those looking for a powerful memoir. Her own personal writing includes a screenplay, stage play, and two television pilot ideas. Because of her knowledge and experience in television writing, she has been contracted by clients to write scripts for video, too.

From her tiny little town in central New York, this 45-year-old mother and wife is defying the odds and showing the world that age, location, and late-life career changes mean nothing. Passion and perusing the hunger inside of us means everything.

Joleene is a published author, a nationally published journalist, and a produced playwright.

Jun 14, 2017

Dr. Anne Gatty is a career learning specialist. Dr. Gatty can talk academics very well and spout the names of famous learning theorists with ease. She can recite learning taxonomies. She can explain the nuances of how humans learn. She has written hundreds of lesson plans. She has taught in classrooms ranging from kindergarten through the university master’s level.

And yet, she decided to leave all this behind her.

While academia has its place in the world of education, Dr. Gatty found that it didn’t provide her with opportunities to help people achieve the real-life results they desired. Even her last position offer at a Pittsburgh university - as a professor in the master’s level leadership program with an applied component - struck her as artificial.

Dr. Gatty's teaching experience started with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. There she developed lessons that were taught in and among the buildings of a restored, historic eighteenth century town. She taught history completely without textbooks and found the results rewarding. For fourteen years Dr. Gatty developed museum education programs for historic sites. During that time she became convinced that experiential learning was the way to achieve the most lasting, transformational results.

After her tenure in the museum field, Dr. Gatty returned to the classroom with a freshly minted Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning. Her intention was to train future teachers and business leaders. But once back in the classroom, she realized that if she wanted to train people to be successful in real life jobs, she needed to be doing so in real life situations.

That's when she left academia. She's been working with business leaders, in their company environments, ever since.

Since re-entering the business world, Dr. Gatty has built and successfully sold companies with her husband and business partner, Dr. Gene Gatty. She knows what it takes to build a successful business.

Today, Dr. Gatty provides leadership coaching for managers to communicate effectively with staff; she delivers motivational employee training programs with Beretta, her Great Dane therapy dog; she creates work systems and strategic business plans; and she coaches women on work/life balance issues.

By blending both theoretical and practical expertise, Dr. Gatty created The Business Sphere of Excellence®, a strategic business planning tool that helps businesses run efficiently and profitably. The Sphere of Excellence® embraces organizational values, corporate culture and strategic implementation.

Jun 7, 2017

Soren Skovdahl Hansen is a native of Denmark. He is the father of two fantastic daughters, who are his greatest source of joy and happiness.

Before becoming a father in 2005, Soren worked in sales and marketing. He helped grow a wastewater recycling business when investing in the environment was still considered an unnecessary cost.

Soren liked working in the entrepreneurial atmosphere so well that he decided to get a Masters degree. He believed that, with a degree, he would be able to become an entrepreneur and be in charge of his own life. During the five years he spent in Boston, L.A. and College Station TX, Soren connected with many new international friends and cultures. But he still wasn't ready to be an entrepreneur, so he decided to take the classic route to management consulting.

The first few years were full of intense learning and fantastic new colleagues and projects. But eventually, the 70-hour work weeks and the constant traveling started to wear him down and he decided to take his future into his own hands.

Addressing his mindset

Soren’s first step was to overcome his limiting beliefs. He had always thought that any new venture he started had be something unique. When he got an idea and found that it had been done before, he became discouraged. He didn’t give up. He always went on to find another idea, but this pattern played out for 5-6 years.

Eventually Soren realized that the problem wasn’t that his ideas had already been tried. If someone had realized an idea before him that was more of a validation than a disqualification.

What was holding him back was his doubt in his own abilities.

First time entrepreneur

In 2010, Soren and a trusted friend brainstormed and came up with two business ideas to research and investigate. They discovered that one of them was viable and a month later, Soren and his partner had a contract to launch a online marketplace, allowing women to buy and sell their luxury brand fashions.

Second time entrepreneur

After finding success with the online business, Soren and his partner decided to create another business. They chose to sell beauty products for women as a subscription service. They soon discovered that the business wasn’t viable. They hadn’t taken into account how much money they would have to sink into inventory. They decided not to continue and closed the business down.

Tribe of Entrepreneurs

Soren's newest venture is a podcast called Tribe of Entrepreneurs. Soren wants to provide his listeners with inspiration and insights into how other entrepreneurs have overcome their challenges in starting a business, the details of how they finally managed to start and grow their businesses and the many different ways they generate income.

Tribe of Entrepreneurs will give its listeners detailed answers to how they can finally get their own businesses off the ground and overcome their fears and doubts about whether what they have to offer is good enough. Because it is good enough.

May 31, 2017

Known worldwide as The Millionaire Marketing Mentor®, Adam Urbanski is a marketing strategist to coaches, consultants and other service professionals. He is a small business change agent, marketing wiz, trainer, facilitator, speaker, and above all else, a passionate entrepreneur.

In 1989, Adam emigrated to the US from Poland with only $194 in his pocket and a very limited ability to speak English. Since then Adam has owned and co-owned several successful ventures.

Some of his businesses generated millions of dollars in sales. His first “claim to fame” was in a fast food/restaurant/coffee business. He also co-owned, owned and eventually sold a small chain of bagel/coffee shops in southern California.

Today, Adam runs a multi-million dollar business that includes consulting, coaching, training, and information publishing. He is a devoted student of money making strategies, he reads two to four new marketing books a month, and he attends several high-end marketing training programs every year.

Today, through his self-study courses and coaching programs, Adam works with Independent Service Professionals and Entrepreneurs from all over the world. He helps them turn their specific knowledge and expertise into profitable revenue centers. He frequently gives talks on marketing topics to professional groups and several times a year he teaches an in-depth marketing boot-camp.

Adam is a zealous believer in free enterprise, entrepreneurship and that only you determine the limits of your success! But when he says “success”, he doesn’t just mean money. While Adam believes that financial rewards from your business are essential, he also knows they’re not enough! Health, family and friends, spirituality, contribution to others – the combination of all of them together creates a balanced, fulfilled life.

And living such life makes you an irresistibly attractive “success magnet”.

May 24, 2017

Tom Schwab is a Navy veteran and a digital marketing engineer with a refreshingly different approach to helping solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and small business owners harness the power of the internet.

Back in 2009, the Michigan economy was in a deep recession. Initially, Tom’s business survived and thrived but it was clearly not in a healthy, long term way. Pay Per Click was providing over 90% of traffic and sales. To double his growth, Tom had only to double his adwords spend.

Yet it wasn’t that simple. Margins always fell while the Cost of Customer Acquisition always increased. Tom realized it was an unhealthy addiction, but feared that if he stopped, so would the business.

Then Tom found a way to stop chasing transactions and start building trusting relationships. His was one of the first eCommerce companies to embrace the strategy of inbound marketing. He focused on attracting visitors with great content shared on social media; engaging leads to build trust and add value; and delighting customers with personalized, automated nurturing.

In under three years, Tom’s business went from regional player to national leader.

Today, Tom serves by sharing what he’s learned through writing, speaking, coaching, consulting and leading mastermind groups. As the author of PODCAST GUEST PROFITS: Grow your business with a targeted interview strategy and founder of Interview Valet, the concierge level booking service, Tom helps business owners leverage the exposure and the platform that podcasts provide to connect with their ideal customers.

Podcast interviews begin the conversation so natural and necessary to marketing while increasing exponentially the number of prospects a small business owner can reach. Tom connects owners with the right podcasts for their audiences and then shares the steps it takes to turn listeners into raving fans. He believes that marketing is a core competency of every business and that, with proper guidance, every business owner is uniquely qualified to attract, engage and delight her own best customers.

May 17, 2017

What do you get when you transform a Buddhist monk into a heavy metal guitarist? You get someone who might have the presence of today's guest, Donna Barker. Not that she’s been either, but that’s exactly how she feels these days.

Donna is a 25-year career ghost-writer who, on turning 50, decided to step out of her ethereal form and give a voice to her own voice — which is much louder than she ever could have imagined!

She’s the founder of Write, Woman, Write, a web-based community that supports women “of a certain age” to rev up their confidence, courage and commitment and write the book that they’ve had in their hearts for too long.

Donna is also the co-creator of the online event, the Creative Women Summit: Passion to Profit.

In 2016, Donna published her first book, Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers, an award-winning, mash-up genre novel. She asserts that the timing of publishing her book was inevitable, predetermined by the fact that she was born in 1966. She couldn’t allow herself to say goodbye to her forties without achieving the one goal she’d set for that decade: which was to become a published author. Under her own name.

Reaching this milestone age, and the creative courage it provoked, made Donna realize that each and every one of her big creative projects had started on the precipice of a big life event.

Which is what she’s here to talk about today: How to use your life’s milestones to rev up your creative courage.

May 10, 2017

Mary Lunnen lives near the dramatic coast of North Cornwall, in the far south west of the United Kingdom. Her passion is helping people to find their way home to themselves; to rediscover their inner wisdom. She does this through the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Process using a simple pack of cards with a single word and a colour.

This powerful tool brings people back into conversation with their own truth.

As well as one-to-one coaching, Mary runs workshops and online courses. She draws inspiration from her love of the sea and the natural landscape around her home, which she explores in photography and art.

Mary began her own journey of coming home after a diagnosis of cancer in 1994. She has been daring herself to blossom ever since. The diagnosis sparked a practice of journalling that grew into four published books and many articles and blog posts.

Since 2003 Dare to Blossom Life Coaching has supported individuals and business people around the world. Mary runs inspirational workshops and on-line programmes using all the skills she has acquired and focusing around creative visualisation using the theme of a 'Magic Carpet Ride'.

Believing that work/life balance is too simplistic, Mary specialises in helping people achieve balance in all aspects of their lives. Through goal-setting and action-planning she helps them move forward at the right pace for them whilst making real progress.

“Mary has helped me so much, to the point where I feel like I can breathe so much easier,” says one of her clients.

Mary’s other loves are writing, art and photography, which in turn add depth and substance to her business.

For relaxation, she also walks the Cornish coast and spends time tending her garden with her husband and two cats.

May 3, 2017

Joseph Aquino has more than 30 years of New York City real estate experience. No one knows the city better than Joe, who has assisted all of the top property owners and retailers during his long, illustrious career.

Capitalizing on his many years of experience, Joe recently launched his own company and brand: Joseph Aquino Commercial Real Estate Services.

Joe's specialties include; hotel, retail, office, showroom and industrial development projects. He has placed top retailers along Madison Avenue, in Soho, in the Meat Packing and Flatiron districts and in Nolita. Some of the tenants he has represented are Buccellati, Paul Shark, John Fluevog and Ports 1961.

Career Highlights

In 1992, Joe consulted for The 42nd Street Development Project, when Times was changing from the red light district into the family center it is known as today. He helped the state of New York create a retail use plan which described in detail all the wonderful things that could be done on the one block of 42nd street between 7th and 8th Avenues. He predicted the securing of tenants such as Disney, Madame Trussaud, and Blue Café, which turned out to be BB Kings.

Joe also foresaw the corporate sponsorship of Broadway theaters that occurred when Ford Company stepped in to rebuild the Lyric Theater and American Airlines financed restoration of the Selwyn theater (American Airlines Theater).

After reclamation and redevelopment of target properties in Times Square, crime decreased by 72% in the first year alone.

Joe represented Amtrak for the retail level development at Penn Station. He also represented the financial district's business improvement association, The Downtown Alliance, where he assisted in the analysis for big box retail development. In addition, he has assisted in creating and designing retail use plans of numerous national brand hotels and casinos across the United States.

Cartier Lease Renewal

Joe was privileged to represent Cartier when the 75-year lease on its flagship mansion at Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street was up for renewal. When Joe arrived on the scene, landlord and tenant were not speaking because ten years earlier, Cartier had sued the property owner, The Onassis Foundation, in a dispute over building services.

His assignment from Cartier was simple: “Get us in the good graces of the property owner and have them renew us or find us another location.”

After six months of painstaking negotiations with the property owner in which Joe was instrumental, Cartier remained in its iconic location.

Home in Manhattan, Connected Abroad

Joe is a well know commodity in the New York City landscape, which he also calls home. With the creative energy and vision for which he is so well known, he brings a fresh approach to work and relationships in the city that never sleeps.

Joe also travels extensively to bring back to Manhattan the best of European, Asian, South American, Mexican and Canadian brands and businesses. In fact, he recently launched a travel blog in which he shares with his audience news, information and insights from the many places he visits.

Joe founded and leads the SBS Worldwide Group, a collaboration of top real estate professionals who live and work within their respective markets throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. There are over 35 active cities represented in this group.

The list of landlords Joe has worked with recounts the last 30 years of Manhattan real estate development history: Blackrock, Extell, Spitzer Enterprises, Hartz Mountain, Stahl Properties, Helmsley Organization, Coca Cola, Trump Organization, Tishman Speyer, Peninsula Hotels, Forest City Ratner, General Investment Development, CIM, Tahl Properties, Kensico Properties, Estate of Sol Goldman, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Taubman, Starwood Hotels, Westfield, Onassis Foundation and Minskoff.

Running on Lombardy Time

Joe often jokes that the day he arrives to a restaurant when it is packed, it will be time to quit the business. He runs on what he calls Lombardy Time, named for Coach Vince Lombardy of Green Bay Packers fame, who used to set his watch ten minutes fast so that he would be always arrive early to meetings.

Joe explains, "It is important to always be ahead of the pack and in leasing you want to be the first to get to the space. There are no second or third places in leasing. There is only one place, and that place must be first if you're going to secure the space for your tenant.”

Apr 26, 2017

Maggie Huffman is a career life coach, speaker and the author of three bestselling books.

Maggie spent 20 (mumble) years in the corporate world. Granted, it was in wine, but it wasn’t all sipping and spitting! She led large projects and cross-functional teams – many of them global. She had a unique career path, which was to fix a lot of broken systems, structures and processes. This gave her access to a wealth of tools and metaphors.

In her coaching practice today, Maggie will use anything at all that helps her clients to take inspired action and fulfill their true and full potential. These things can come from the world of science (neuroscience, quantum physics, nutrition), from the land of corporate (project and change management, executive coaching, process improvement), the world of woo (visualizations, thought work, metaphysics), the world of pop culture or from simply random, fun things (humor, jargon, sticky notes and Tombow markers.)

Maggie lives in a quirky, almost imaginary world that looks suspiciously like Stars Hollow (of Gilmore Girls fame), with a workspace straight from the set of The Good Witch, except that it is in Sonoma, California, where there really isn’t any snow. She thinks in a weird combination of metaphors, song lyrics and Excel.

Apr 19, 2017

Margaret Blood is Mil Milagros’ founder and serves as the organization’s Executive Director, responsible for working with the Board to shape the organization’s strategic goals and direction, for fund raising, building and managing partnerships with other organizations to help MM achieve its goals, and supporting the In-Country staff team in Guatemala.

Margaret is the founder, past President, and current Board member of Strategies for Children, an award-winning children’s policy and advocacy organization based in Boston.

Margaret holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and business from Skidmore College.

Apr 12, 2017

For more than 25 years Lise has been photographing people from all walks of life, all ages, all flavors. She’s produced photographs for national ad campaigns, magazines, and corporations, and she offers personal branding imagery for women entrepreneurs. Both her clients and her subjects appreciate the warm rapport she establishes and the relaxed and supportive shoot environment.

In recent years Lise’s work has incorporated her growing involvement in the sustainable food movement. Her ongoing personal project is Grounded Women: Stories of Women Who Farm (link below). In addition to her photography work, Lise hosts a year-round CSA delivery site, bringing farm-fresh organic food to her community. She also teaches workshops on healthy eating, canning and fermentation. When Lise is not shooting for clients, she can be found out on a farm or in the kitchen.

Lise’s clients include Hanes, Dupont, Target, Motrin, State Farm, Northern Trust, Disney, Taryn Rose (the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, UCLA, Cooking Light, and Yoga Journal.

Lise has received awards from Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, PDN, and The Art Director’s Club of NY, among others.

You can contact Lise at for photography assignments, speaking engagements about the Grounded Women project, or to nominate a farmer to be featured.

Apr 5, 2017

Paul D. Johnson is podcast host, writer, speaker, ministry leader, life coach and trainer.

In his 7th decade this past year, Paul launched The God Zone Show podcast - an interview-based show with guests who have useful resources to support family, business and community leadership, personal development, difficult people and predicaments, healing, miracles, science and faith.

Paul's past careers have included being a software engineer, a business consultant, a stock market day trader, real estate financier, property flipper and developer, radio and TV host, and college instructor.

Paul now uses the wisdom learned though the decades to develop resources and services that train others to receive amazing wisdom, live with inspired purpose, prosper through trouble, and help others do the same.

Paul speaks on:

Becoming a Rejection Specialist for Great Success, Marketplace God, Claim God Promises for a More Power, Authority, and Love Filled Life, How to Journey in the God Zone to Receive Amazing Wisdom, Live with Inspired Purpose, and Prosper through Trouble, 8 Ways to Success in Achieving Goals, and God, Is that You I Hear?

Mar 29, 2017

Calvin Correli is an artist, entrepreneur, and the CEO of a holistically focused, multi-million dollar software company called Simplero. Calvin is passionate about helping online business owners do exactly what makes them feel most alive and is currently branching out to bring all of his gifts, including his musical, spiritual and intuitive talents, into an exciting new service for entrepreneurs.

Calvin has been blogging since the late 1990s. A programmer by training and education, he founded his company Simplero after an epiphany he experience in February of 2008; namely, that we’re here to seek self-realization through entrepreneurship.

What started as software for his own online courses, quickly became a vehicle to empower other entrepreneurs who needed its support. Calvin believes that "entrepreneurship is about allowing the creative force of the universe to work through us and make manifest in the world whatever it is that we feel compelled to create, with that unique essence and vibration that only we can contribute. Entrepreneurship is not some mundane worldly pursuit separate from our spirituality. It is the ultimate expression of our spirituality."

In December of 2016, Calvin rebooted his blog as a vlog titled, The Calvin Show, wherein he shares his insights, advice, and personal experiences to support the success of others in finding who they are and loving themselves.

Mar 22, 2017

Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified nutrition specialist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating persistent pain and lifestyle-related musculoskeletal, metabolic and autoimmune health issues. His mission is to create a new paradigm around treating persistent pain and reverse our global pain epidemic.

Dr. Tatta's maturepreneurial endeavors include creating the Healing Pain Online Summit and hosting The Healing Pain Podcast, a podcast designed to broaden the conversation around discovering and using natural strategies for solving persistent pain. He is the author of the best selling book Heal Your Pain Now; A Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life by Da Capo Press.

Prior to starting his own businesses, Dr. Tatta was a physical therapist. In 2000, he cofounded Premier Physical Therapy & Wellness, which he helped to grow from one to fourteen successful practices throughout New York City, Westchester County, and Connecticut.

Dr. Tatta is currently in private practice where he styles himself Chief Healing Officer. He also provides online health consulting to help people achieve a pain-free life free from chronic disease.

Mar 15, 2017

Lyn Slater founded her website and blog Accidental Icon in September 2014 because she was could not find a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to people who live “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities; people like herself, who are not famous or celebrities but who are smart, creative, fit, thoughtful, engaged, socially responsible and most importantly, clear and comfortable with who they are and reflect this in how they dress.

Lyn believes that fashion has the power to communicate at the individual, group and societal level; that it has the capacity to hold both oppressive and productive practices. Dressing can be purposeful and powerful. That is why Accidental Icon wants readers to think intentionally about fashion and to occupy their cultural space with self-awareness and purpose. A huge fan of “accidental occurrences” and making the most of them, Lyn also believes in serendipity, the kind that might lead to a professor becoming a fashion icon, for example!

Lyn as Accidental Icon is featured on the cover of Grey Magazine. She has also been profiled for articles in Vogue, Mexico, Harper’s Bazaar Brazil and Netherlands, Le’ Officiel Italia and Manila, Milk, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire Espana and Brigitte.

Accidental Icon was identified as one of the Top 7 Blogs for Older Woman by Who, What, Wear and named as one of the Top Fifteen Senior Style Instagrammers to Follow by BuzzFeed.

Mar 8, 2017

Bill Belew has been an educator for most of his adult life. He founded a language school in Japan that grew to establish locations on two of Japan's main islands and eventually in Far East Russia (then part of the Soviet Union). He also taught university in Japan and he was invited to be a visiting scholar in Khabarovsk, Russia, which opened the door for his school in that country.

Bill has taught community college, college, graduate school. and marketing in an MBA program from Buffalo, NY to Silicon Valley here in the states. With his two degrees – a PhD in Education and an MFA in Creative Writing - if Bill knows anything, it’s that he can teach you!

Bill has written several books: Living English, Let’s Communicate, The Key, and Gee, I Wish I Had Been Drinking At The Time. Bill’s latest title, Marketing With Social Media, is currently being promoted by Kendall Hunt Publishing to ALL of the MBA marketing programs in the United States and was recently adopted by a school with over 17,000 students.

Bill began blogging in March of 2006. His sites garnered enough traffic over the years that eventually other major sites asked him to write for them ... then corporations from Shanghai to San Francisco to NYC started asking him, "How'd you do that?"

Bill has been pulled into consulting, another word for teaching, and now works with companies at all stages, from startups to major enterprises. Bill has created the largest private online forum devoted to content and inbound marketing - - where he says, "I can teach more people" and "Maybe I can answer the same questions less often."

This Bill Belew did NOT dress the king.

Mar 1, 2017

Douglas Burdett is the principal of Artillery, a business-to-business marketing agency he founded in 2001. He is also the author of two blogs: Fire Support and Forward Observer and the host of The Marketing Book Podcast.

Launched in January 2015, The Marketing Book Podcast was listed on iTunes as the #2 Business Podcast two months later. The podcast is a weekly show that interviews bestselling authors about their books to help listeners keep up with the smartest thinking in the quickly changing field of modern marketing.

Douglas began his career in the world of New York City advertising, where he spent ten years working for industry giants J. Walter Thompson and Grey Advertising. Douglas worked another four years at a Virginia Beach advertising agency before deciding to launch his own business.

Before his business career, Douglas graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. He served as a U.S. Army artillery officer in Germany for three years. When he got out of the army he went back to school to earn his MBA.

Douglas tells me that, in lieu of a mid-life crisis, he started performing standup comedy!

Feb 22, 2017

Dave Mancuso launched his business, Mancuso Communication Strategies, in 2012 to leverage 25+ years of experience in government advocacy, public affairs, public relations and media relations for Fortune 50 companies, start-ups and non-profit organizations. Dave develops and implements communication plans that influence public and political relationships in order to advance his clients’ mission-critical objectives. He personally delivers or oversees a variety of cross-discipline communications, advocacy and lobbying services tailored to the specific needs of his clients.

Although he enjoyed a successful career as a senior executive with broad responsibilities across many different geographies, Dave reached the point where he need to go out on his own to fulfill his dreams.

He founded his entrepreneurial venture upon the experience and acumen he cultivated in senior leadership positions with AT&T, VOX Global Mandate, Watercove Networks - a venture capital-backed wireless telecommunications infrastructure company acquired by Alcatel in 2004 - and Cunningham Communications, where Dave served as IBM account manager.

Dave has a successful track record of developing and implementing strategic outreach programs for individuals and enterprises in the fields of technology, government, energy, healthcare and education.

He graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications and he is an active member on several boards.

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