Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Sonny Melendrez is in the business of inspiration! Inspiring others has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television
personality, author and motivational speaker. Twice named Billboard Magazine's "National Radio Personality of the Year," his enthusiasm for life
is evident as host of local and national radio and television programs. He was presented the National Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year Award by Ricardo Montalban, then president of the National Nosotros Organization. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame and is included
in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time.

Melendrez has entertained morning drive audiences at some of America’s greatest radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG, and KRLA in Los Angeles and KTSA, KTFM, KSMG, KLUP and KAHL in San Antonio.

Sonny is equally comfortable behind a microphone and in front of a camera, serving as media spokesperson for companies like Disney, McDonald’s and Sprint.

As a motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, he has presented at such prestigious events as the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards; the National "Just Say No to Drugs" Rally at the Washington Monument; and the USO 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ambassador's Palace in Paris, France with guest of honor, the late Princess Grace of Monaco.

As star of the award-winning children’s television series, ‘You and Me, Kid!”
on the Disney Channel, Sonny enjoyed one of the longest runs in the
network’s history.

Sonny's ability and willingness to rally people behind a cause is one reason he
is involved in so many charities, both locally and nationally. In 1992, he was
named Inc. Magazine's "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year”
and awarded the “2000 Marketing Philanthropist Lifetime Achievement
Award” by the Sales and Marketing Executives of San Antonio.

In 1979, as the Los Angeles commissioner of the United Nation’s Year of the Child, Melendrez was invited to Washington, D.C. to present his idea for a national children’s holiday. Sunshine Day was officially proclaimed and celebrated in all 50 states on August 19th of that year, encouraging parents to
spend the day with their children, giving them what they most want and need: time and love.

President Ronald Reagan commended Sonny for his efforts in the war on drugs and he received the National Director’s Community Leadership Award by FBI Director, William S. Sessions. The Department of Justice lauded Melendrez with the prestigious “Modern Hero Award” for his efforts to
inspire the nation’s youth to “Soar In School”. In 1990, in recognition of raising tens of thousands of dollars for youth scholarships, he was named "El Rey Feo" (The People's King) and presided over San Antonio's annual weeklong Fiesta celebration. 

The City of San Antonio named the Sonny Melendrez Community Center located on the city's West Side in his honor as way to say “thank you” for his community involvement, benefitting disadvantaged youth and families,
including over 1400 motivational school presentations. Programs that benefit children have always been a priority for Sonny Melendrez. One of the
projects of which he is most proud is The Children of the World Project, giving talented youth and countless volunteers a way to give back by recording the children's version of "We Are The World," which he created in Los Angeles in
1985. Over 1500 children participated in the recording and video with proceeds from record sales benefitting USA for Africa. Sonny received a Grammy nomination for "Best Children's Recording."

There is hardly a charity or cause in San Antonio and many nationally, that has not received a helping hand from Sonny Melendrez. It is estimated that he has been responsible for raising over 100 million dollars in cash, goods and services for local and national non-profits during his career!.

A man of a thousand voices, he provided the voices of several characters in Hanna-Barbera's "Jetsons" cartoon series; created many of the sounds heard in the Gremlins Movie; played opposite Walter Mathau as the voice of Bob
Cratchet in the animated TV classic, "The Stingiest Man in Town"; and was even the voice of the infamous Fred the Cockatoo in the 70”s NBC TV series, Baretta. He was chosen from a field of over 140,000 as the new voice of the
Parkay Margarine Talking Tub, and after a nationwide search, Sonny was picked as voice of Jerry Seinfeld for a campaign promoting the Bee Movie Game for ActiVision. 

Conferences, universities, school districts and corporate groups of all types have been inspired by Sonny’s captivating motivational presentations. His topics are designed to fire up audiences to reach their full potential through the power of enthusiasm! In his book, “The Art of Living with Enthusiasm!” Sonny shares the secret benefits to be found in positive living through his personal and powerful stories of encouragement and perseverance. 

Official website: SonnyMelendrez.com

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Kim Sutton is visibly changing and growing as an entrepreneur and as a person.  Hear her story on this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do”
 
Although she started her career as an interior architect working in large firms in Chicago, New York City, Connecticut and Ohio, the downturn of the economy in 2008 allowed Kim to find herself and discover her true life passions and purpose.
 
She is the host of the Positive Productivity podcast, and the author of Chronic Idea Disorder: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Overcoming Idea Overwhelm. In addition, Kim is the owner of Sutton Strategic Solutions, a digital marketing agency which helps coaches share their products and services with the people who need them most.
 
Kim lives outside of Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Dave, and her five children, multiple cats and dog.
 
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Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. Twice cited as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire. Dov Baron is a master storyteller, who has had the honour of presenting for The World Business Conference in Tehran as well as speaking for the State Department, and The United Nations on Leadership. He is considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.

Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He is the host of the national (US) TV show “Pursuing Deep Greatness with Dov Baron” on ROKU TV, and the host of the Number One Podcast for Fortune 500 Listeners (globally) “Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Show” on iTunes. He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more

http://FullMontyLeadership.com

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Stephen Warley teaches people the life skills that matter for business.

His mission is to relieve people of their work anxieties by empowering them to design their own work.

He used to be chronically anxious and stressed out about work because it wasn’t satisfying, it wasn’t meaningful, it wasn’t making him financially independent, it controlled too much of his time and it prevented him from living the lifestyle he wanted to live. Sound familiar? 

Then he designed his lifestyle to work on his own terms. Today Stephen is happily unemployable. He has come to realize there are two paths in life:

1) The one you really want to do (the one your inner voice is begging you to do).

2) The one you think you are supposed to do (the one your family, peers or society expect you to do).

Unfortunately, most of us take the path we think we are “supposed to do”. Why? 

Because the evolutionary fear of losing the acceptance of others is often more powerful than the desire to strike out on our own.

Stephen wants to empower you to stop living up to the ideals of others and to start living up to your own ideals. 

Once your work is in alignment with your needs, motivations, abilities and values your chronic stress will melt away because you will finally be working in harmony with yourself. 

He believes that is possible intentionally designing your own work.

Your life is the sum of your habits. You are what you do. Transforming your lifestyle begins and ends with transforming your habits around your purpose. 

To begin changing your habits, you need self-knowledge. You need to learn about yourself by identifying your patterns through a process of self-experimentation. Each week I send out self-improvement challenges to help you begin your journey of lifestyle transformation. 

Learn more at http://www.LifeSkillsThatMatter.com/getstarted or email him at itspossible@lifeskillsthatmatter.com

Stephen Warley wants to make your work, work for you. Remember, it's possible.

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Tyler Basu is a professional Content Marketer, Author and Podcast Host. Like many others before him, Tyler’s interest in business was sparked by the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Driven mostly by ambition (and lots of trial and error!), he spent his early twenties working in several different industries including financial planning, promoting seminars, direct sales, and selling real estate.

Tyler launched his first podcast, Chatting With Champions, while working as a real estate agent in 2013. In the process of interviewing over 100 successful entrepreneurs for his show, he developed a fascination for content marketing and online entrepreneurship.

By 2015, Tyler had written and published several books on Amazon, including the Amazon bestseller Lifestyle Business Blueprint. He left the real estate industry that same year to focus exclusively working with other entrepreneurs to create content and help build their brands online. This led to becoming the Content Marketing Manager for Thinkific, the most trusted platform for creating and selling online courses, in 2016.

In addition to creating content for Thinkific to help people and companies create and sell online courses successfully, Tyler is also is Publisher & Editor of Lifestyle Business Magazine, a digital magazine for lifestyle entrepreneurs, and the host of the Lifestyle Business Magazine Podcast.

http://www.tylerbasu.com

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As a successful direct sales leader for over 6 years, Jennie Bellinger realized her calling to help others succeed and advance their business and personal lives through coaching. She has coached many direct sales representatives to promote and create further success within their organizations. Jennie pursued certification as a professional coach with the Center for Coaching Certification and is listed on www.findacertifiedcoach.com.
 
As a Certified Professional Coach, Jennie is now working with mid-level leaders in direct sales, multi-level marketing and network marketing companies as well as solo entrepreneurs in need of focus, motivation and accountability. Trained in Neurolinguistic Programming, Jennie will partner with the client to adjust their thought process and language into positive, forward moving thoughts, beliefs and verbiage to advance their goals.
 
Married and a mother to two girls, Jennie lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Her services are available via phone or online conferences.
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Adam Schaeuble and his transformation team specialize in helping people that are interested in transforming their bodies, habits, and lifestyles. Adam helps his clients rehabilitate their lifestyles through specific strategic thinking concepts so that they can shorten their learning curve and experience greater results from any exercise or nutrition regimen.

Adam is passionate about doing this because of his own experience with losing over 100lbs. He had a rock bottom moment in his mid twenties as he weighed 327lbs and was unhappy with where he was heading in life. He made a decision to start thinking strategically about his own health and this had such a profound impact on him that he became motivated to create specific systems to teach others what he had learned.

Adam created the Meltdown Fat Loss Bootcamp in 2009 and over the next six years he was able to impact over 1,000 clients with over 35,000 LBS of weight loss results…..just in his home town of Bloomington, Indiana. In 2016 Adam launched his new website http://www.TransformationCoach.Me in order to expand his ability to make a positive impact. He is also the author of the book The Third Component.

Adam obsessively pursues solutions to his client’s danger zones so that they can reach new levels of personal achievement with their health and fitness.

http://www.TransformationCoach.me

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Evan Money is a Happily Married, #1 Bestselling Author, Ph.D. & Global Entrepreneur. Evan and his bride remarry in a different state or country every year and are celebrating wedding #23. They home school their two amazing children and live in majestic Rancho Palos Verdes, a quiet enclave in Los Angeles. Evan has been interviewed by and featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS & Fast Company magazine.
 
Evan also co-wrote and produced the ground-breaking documentary "Words of Art" starring Joel Osteen, Darren Hardy, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Dennis Waitley and more, available on Amazon Prime. Evan is the #1 source for faith based personal growth for entrepreneurs.
 
Evan and his bride both came from normal dysfunctional families, raise your hand if you can relate?  
When they first got married their starry-eyed quest was to live happily ever after and bring each other’s dreams to life. The challenge was, they had no money. His bride had a low paying high stress job and he had a struggling business.  They drove junky cars and lived in a postage stamp sized rental house. On top of that, he had major sexual baggage from a dark past that he is unpacking today.
 
In-spite of all this they decided to dream big, they set a goal to get remarried in a different state or country every year.  With lots of prayer, action and creativity, they have been married 23 times, and yes they have had 23 honeymoons!  Their story has been featured in media outlets around the world, but this is just the beginning of their story…
 
Along their journey as husband and wife and now mom and dad, they realized that in order for things to get better, they had to get better and in order for things to grow (like the marriage and their finances) they had to grow. This meant they had to stop blaming everyone else, like the government, the traffic & the economy and start taking full responsibility for their lives.
 
So they began their journey of spiritual and personal growth that continues to this day. Their mission is to bring your dreams to life, because the world needs more people living their dreams.
 
If you have a film that needs financing we can help, along with P&A money.
 
Need cash for your new business or a growth loan? - they have your back.
 
Looking for a one of a kind speaker that will re-kindle your audiences’ dreams and spur massive growth? - Evan Money is at your service.
 
It’s time to re-kindle your own God given dreams.
 
Take Action and the world is yours.
 
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RELATABLE. - ENERGIZING. - AUTHENTIC.

Those are the words repeated time and again by people who’ve experienced an inspiring program led by motivational speaker, Shannon McKain. Her powerful and uplifting messages have audiences nodding and cheering—and driven to get out there and achieve their dreams.

For nearly a decade, this Kansas City native has shared her charm, enthusiasm and inspiring words with young adults, employees and organizations, presenting each audience member with an important “gift”—the tools and motivation to harness their potential.

Using her own life experiences and encounters with adversity as a backdrop, Shannon shows audiences the way to the “Happiness Path,” providing easy‐to‐follow nuggets of inspiration participants of all ages can use in their daily lives. Shannon has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. She has worked with TV personalities all across the country and was even featured on Nickelodeon in 2017.

A former professional NFL cheerleader, Shannon draws on that “go team” attitude to show her audiences how to gain yardage in the game of life. Her magnetic energy and enthusiasm will continue to inspire hearts and minds, long after the lights go down on your event!

In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Shannon shares her story of starting over. In the last month she has re-branded, changed her name back to her maiden name, and moved to a new city. Entrepreneurs always face change, but she has had more in one month than most will have in a year. 

Changing your name and moving to a new city is not uncommon, but when you are your brand, this can be a big thing. Hear her upbeat and powerful message about managing these changes in this raw and personal interview.

http://www.shannonmckain.com

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Susan Fowler is founder of Fowler Studios and co-creator and host of Full Time Hustle Podcast. She lives in Virginia with her husband Josh, and their two kids Hazel & Zane. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, she learned the value of hard work as she watched her dad build his business. She also swore she’d never become an entrepreneur because she saw exactly what it took to succeed.

Fast forward to 2010, she started photography so she could volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and figured she would do a few photo sessions to make money while she was at it. When they moved to a new state, Josh told their new friends that Susan was a photographer, and before they knew it business was booming. In 2015 Josh quit his job to join the family business as a videographer.

Full Time Hustle Podcast began as an idea to help entrepreneurs take their side hustle to a full time hustle. Susan watched over the years as creative entrepreneurs struggled with the business side of things, and never quite managed to take the leap to full time with their passion. Full Time Hustle fills that void with free education for business owners to grow and thrive in their industry. Susan and Josh share what has worked for them over the years, as well as interview incredible entrepreneurs who have started from the bottom and built successful, ever-growing businesses.

www.fulltimehustle.net

instagram.com/fulltimehustlepodcast

www.fowlerstudios.net

instagram.com/fowlerstudios

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