Making Waves at C-Level

Collectively, Ryan Jeffery and Arman Ghosh have started a dozen companies and advise hundreds of entrepreneurs. They build businesses that solve real world problems, and equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge and guidance to succeed. Ryan has worked in both venture capital and as an operator, and Arman has built and led some of fastest growing sales and ops teams. They've been working together for the last 5 years behind the scenes of major companies, helping to launch Belly and, more recently founding 11 Roniin.

At 11 Roniin, they set out to create a better ecosystem to build companies. Together, they have built a platform that can efficiently bring ideas to market in volume and provide the best entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful. 11 Roniin supports these companies through a detailed, execution-focused strategy that allows their companies to leverage the best engineering, sales, marketing and ops resources to grow.

Through 11 Roniin, Ryan and Arman built a growth agency called RocketLaunch to support the startup community, which helps world changing companies grow through a comprehensive growth strategy that integrates sales, marketing, and product. Additionally, they also founded and support a philanthropic focused agency called GrowthPanda that looks to connect NPO’s to corporations to create a mutually beneficial partnership to better the world.

Ryan and Arman are a passionate duo that is changing the world for the better, one company at a time.

Connect with Ryan:

Twitter: @RyanCJeffery

Connect with Arman:

Twitter: @armanghosh

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Steve Hughes is the President of Hit Your Stride, LLC, a communications company that helps people look and sound smart when they talk. He’s the author of the book Captivate: Presentations That Engage and Win Over Today’s Audiences and his speaking programs have been featured on NPR, BBC Radio, and CBS.

A former owner of a 40-person ad agency, today Steve works with leading associations, Fortune 500 companies, and top universities with 85% of his annual revenue coming from repeat clients. He holds a BA in French Literature and European History from the University of Kansas and an MBA in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis where he won the prestigious Olin Cup.

This episode is a great example of how and why people matter if you want to build a business.

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  1. FSpeaker, author, entrepreneur and recovering academic Jill Schiefelbein is The Dynamic Communicator™. From analyzing classified documents obtained from military raids of terrorist camps to assess jihad messaging strategies, to starting and managing an online education office serving 60,000+ students, to her own entrepreneurial ventures, Jill successfully creates and executes communication strategies that help organizations acquire and retain clients.

    Jill is uniquely positioned to help you and your business utilize dynamic communication to accelerate results. She is co-author of Business and Professional Communication in the Global Workplace, is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur, and her first company, Impromptu Guru, is an official video partner with Entrepreneur Network. Learn more at and follow Jill on Twitter @dynamicjill.

    Listen as Thom and Jill chat about her journey as an entrepreneur and hear her sage advice for all who want to venture out on their own.
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On this short episode Thom Singer recaps his excitement about hosting the show and celebrates 150 episodes.

He also talks about the meaning of Compounded Generosity and shares the details of the 9th annual fundraiser for the "Kate Singer Endowment for Cranio-Facial Research""

If you have ideas on how to make the next 150 shows even better, please reach out to Thom and share your thoughts.

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Customer Experience: Networking is not about collecting business cards or trying to use people. It is about creating long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.

Often fail in business when it comes to their strategy about how to engage with others as they have a flawed idea of what it means to really be committed to relationships.

How do people "feel" when they encounter you in a personal or professional setting. Too many people see life and business as a competition where they must "win". But if time after time you leave people feeling worse after spending time with you.... you will be the one who loses out.

You cannot plan or map a relationship, so you will be judged on the little actions you take consistently. Your personal brand is a promise you have made via the actions you have taken up to this point.

Make others experience a priority and ask yourself after each interaction "how did they feel after being in this conversation with me?" If the answer is unknown or negative you will not achieve your full potential over the long run.

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Michelle Sahr grew up in a family that owned local retail stores, including a toy store. Today she and her husband own and operate two shops in historic downtown Kent, Ohio.... one is a toy store and the other is a cheese shop.

Who didn't dream of owning a toy store as a kid? And Michelle gets to live this life every single day.

Join in and listen to this interview as she shares her entrepreneurial journey and delivers excellent advice for entrepreneurs on running their own business.

And is networking important for retail entrepreneurs? Yep. Michelle was not sure that being involved in the local community and "networking" would impact her stores, but her efforts to know others in her town has lead her to increased visibility, referrals and more business.

She also is active in the trade associations around the cheese and toy industries. By being active in these groups she gains knowledge, spots business trends, and gets real ideas she can implement in her stores.

Off The Wagon Toys -

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Tah and Kole are a husband and wife team who are doing amazing things in the world of fitness and beyond.

Kole Hansen was just named the top Beach Body instructor. With over 20,000 people leading Beach Body fitness, she is the first person to receive this prestigious designation. She has lived an eclectic life and has experienced careers in sales, communications, training, full time singer/songwriter, and as a fitness coach.

Tah Whitey is a licensed healthcare professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of Emergency Medicine, which helps to fortify and expand upon his knowledge and expertise as a Certified Fitness Trainer with International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He is also a rapper and Beach Body trainer.

In this episode they share their life and entrepreneurial journeys. They have both experienced ups and downs along the way, and together have found success for themselves and helping others. Beyond the body work they are helping people have breakthroughs and life changing realizations.

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Mary Baird-Wilcock is an experienced entrepreneur in the meetings industry. She has lead a successful events company, The Simplifiers, and has now taken her years of experience to start the Apprentice Program. She knows how to make internships successful for the intern and the hiring company, and is launching an amazing new offering.

In this episode Mary talks about her company and shares her passion for interns managed the "right" way. We also hear her best advice for those wanting to start their own business.

The Apprentice Program is a crowdsourced social network that helps small business entrepreneurs all over the globe better train their interns by giving them access to tap into a global network of mentors, training videos, eLearning tools and resources and more to simplify new hire training.

They are the UBER of intern training in the events industry and beyond.

Her company is running a Kickstarter right now to fund the next phase of the software build-out. They have raised $6569, 65% funded towards our 10k USD goal, 69 backers and only 8 days left to go.

Link to Kickstarter campaign:

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Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP - Linkedin:

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