Making Waves at C-Level
John Garrett launched the first edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with three full-time employees covering the Round Rock and Pflugerville edition in Central Texas.

By September 2018, Community Impact Newspaper will have more than 200 employees and 26 hyperlocal editions of the newspaper across Texas and Arizona delivered monthly to more than 2 million homes and businesses.
John has received many awards for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the nonprofit RecognizeGood in 2017 for ethics in business and community, the 2016 Media Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association, and the Best Small Business CEO award from the Austin Business Journal in 2013.
In 2010, John received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sam Houston State University. That same year, he was also the honoree for “Excellence in Leadership” at Concordia University Texas’ annual gala.
CI has ranked among Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing U.S. companies for seven straight years starting in 2010. The newspaper has also received awards for outstanding journalism, advertising design and digital innovation.
Before starting Community Impact Newspaper, John held advertising positions at the Houston Chronicle and the Austin Business Journal.
John grew up in north Austin and graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1993. John attended and graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of fine arts in radio and television. While at Sam Houston, he was awarded the Creager Award, given to the male student who contributes the most to overall student life.
John is married to Jennifer, and they have three daughters, Mollie, Ruby and Sophie, and live in Round Rock. They are active members of Cityview Bible Church. Over the years, John has served on many boards, including the Round Rock Area Serving Center and Round Rock Chamber, and continues to be actively involved in the community.  
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After graduating from Cornell University in Economics, Rockwell Shah spent 10 years working his way up from being a tech support agent to the President of a successful medical software company, 4PatientCare. 

In 2015 he founded Pzizz, where they design dynamic audio that helps people get great sleep, take refreshing naps, and stay deeply focused.
Pzizz is the app that puts people to sleep at the push of a button and it’s been downloaded by over 1 million people to date. But maybe cooler than any of that is the time Pzizz made The Queen of England laugh.

Last year, Pzizz reached the finals of an event called Pitch@Palace. It’s basically a start-up competition run by The Duke of York where the finalists got to meet The Queen at St. James’s Palace. That’s when Her Majesty asked Pzizz Founder, Rockwell Shah, “what do you do?”

“Well, Your Majesty,” he told her. “We put people to sleep at the push of a button.”

The Queen looked him right in the eye and said, “Yes… But do they wake up?”

To which he replied, “Only if they pay, Your Majesty.”

The truth is, insomnia affects over two billion people in the world and Pzizz has helped over a million people get the best sleep of their lives. Check out this interview where Rockwell Shah tells tell the listeners of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do his story. 
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Linda Smith returns to Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for another interview.
Linda is one of the few women to reach the summit of the legal profession. She has represented the world’s foremost companies in “bet-the-company” cases where everything is at stake.

Her successes have allowed her to do wondrous things: travel the world to meet with clients and foreign governments, appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, match wits with Michael Dell and Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, counsel boards of directors with tens of billions of dollars on the line, and walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes with George Clooney and Viola Davis.

On behalf of AMD, Linda led a team of 200+ lawyers to beat Intel in a multibillion-dollar antitrust case. She successfully defended Exxon in another giant case that falsely questioned the company’s cleanup efforts in Alaska. On behalf of the auditors of BCCI, then the fifth largest bank in the world, she defended a lawsuit brought by one million depositors for $30 billion. In industries ranging from accounting to show business, she’s taken on the toughest challenges and emerged victorious over and over again. She has also given back by handling pro bono cases all the way up to the Supreme Court, most recently when she represented immigrant mothers of U.S. citizen children facing deportation and the breakup of their families.

During her 40-year career at O'Melveny & Myers, Linda has often tangled with outsized male egos, from CBS head Les Moonves to Mick Jagger, without ever breaking stride. Her tenacity as a cross-examiner earned her the prodigious title of “The Meanest Woman Alive.” While she's definitely the “meanest” to hostile witnesses or opposing lawyers who try to pull a fast one, outside the courtroom Smith is known for her sense of humor, fierce loyalty, and deep commitment to collaboration.

After mentoring women for decades, Linda has taken on a broader mission to empower ambitious women in all fields to use their talent, smarts, and femininity to reach their own pinnacles of success. Whether the challenge is defeating gender stereotypes, conquering self-sabotaging behaviors, handling difficult men, or attaining leadership positions, Linda draws on her own experiences and those of other highly successful women to show women how to come out on top by embodying the best traits of women—while beating the men at their own game.
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do welcomes back Dr. Deborah Gilboa as a guest on the podcast.
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personalityauthor,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.
Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
She has received multiple awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award as a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s SOM and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively story-telling.
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate! (Demos Publishing) and parenting activity books focusing on building her 3R’s of Parenting: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Dr. and Dr. Gilboa have four boys together and are happy to call Pittsburgh, PA their home.
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This episode involves a mom, dad and teenage son who all work together.  This is the family behind the successful Scaly Adventures.  You gotta hear their story.
Pierce Curren is the young host of Scaly Adventures, an E/I broadcast television series with worldwide distribution.  In every episode, he leads viewers on fun, educational journeys sharing his immense passion for some of the most incredible and exotic animals in the world.
Pierce has always loved animals, and his compassion and care for different species shines through each Scaly Adventures educational video and television episode. He cares for a variety of species in his personal collection and has had numerous hands on experiences filming with experts in a wide variety of fields.  He is also a Second Degree Black Belt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do with Palmetto Martial Arts School.
Pierce is a founding member of Boundless Limits International and a home educated student.
At the start of Scaly Adventures in 2013, Pierce was the youngest person in the world hosting a show in the Animal & Adventure genre with worldwide distribution!
Rick Curren is Pierce’s dad - the Scaly Dad on TV!  He is the Creator and Executive Producer of the broadcast television series, Scaly Adventures, as well of the Co-Founder of the non-profit foundation, Boundless Limits International.  Rick is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.
Through videography and photography, he enjoys bringing images to life and taking the Scaly Adventures Crew on incredible journeys to show viewers places and animals they might not ever get to see.  Rick's favorite part of filming Scaly Adventures is using the latest technology to get Scaly fans as close to the animals and action as possible, so viewers feel like they are experiencing the adventure firsthand!
He is responsible for all of the filming, editing, engineering and production of Scaly Adventures’ educational material and programming.  A veteran of 16 years in the US Army, he is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.  Rick is a PADI Certified SCUBA Diver and has a Second Degree Blackbelt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do.
Tanya Curren is Pierce’s mom – the Scaly Mom on TV!  She is the Co-Creator and Director of Education for Scaly Adventures, a broadcast television action and adventure reality series that promotes conservation while featuring exotic animals, inspirational role models and positive organizations.
Tanya is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.  Tanya's favorite part about Scaly Adventures is showing how families can have an incredible time together doing something they love, and she ensures that every episode inspires others to overcome their fears, follow their dreams and pursue their passions.
Tanya is formerly a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with experience teaching and consulting in both public and private schools.  Her true passion has been raising and teaching Pierce as she home educates him throughout all of their travels together.  Tanya is the co-founder of Boundless Limits International, Inc. along with her husband and Pierce’s dad, Rick.  Tanya is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.
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It's said that "It's hard to see the label when you're inside the jar."  Jane Atkinson's specialty is to help speakers see and work on what they can't see.

Having worked with professional speakers for nearly three decades, she understands the common challenges that speakers face. Those that are just starting to seasoned pros often struggle with three main challenges: positioning; branding; and rolling out consistent messaging to their fan base. 

Jane helps speakers of all levels develop and launch their business, solidify their brand and message, and market and monetize their keynotes. 

She does this through three books that she has written: The Wealthy Speaker 2.0, The Epic Keynote, and The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, as well as through online courses, group coaching, and private coaching.
Listen to episode 371 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast as Thom Singer interviews Jane and gets her to share her ideas, advice and experience.
Are you a speaker looking for a seasoned business coach? Check out Jane Atkinson at 
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Neva Lee Recla is only eight years old, and she is on a mission to inspire other kids by sharing her experiences as a young entrepreneur. Neva joined her parents at her first CEO Space business conference at 2 years-old and she never looked back. She even got her first business card before age three.
One of her first businesses was a philanthropic venture called Spreading Light, Love and Pixie Dust™ . This venture continues today with Neva drawing pictures and creating poems for wounded warriors and veterans. Through her corporate sponsorship program, Neva has distributed  more than 2000 pictures to veterans around the nation.
In August 2015, she created her first business advisory board consisting of her attorney, a strategic planner, and a branding specialist. From that she created her own YouTube Channel doing clothing reviews for kids while delivering empowering messages to her audience. In July 2016, she started her fifth business recording video commercials for small businesses. She even recorded a video for Bob Proctor!
And now she is on a mission with her latest venture to help inspire kids by creating a bestselling book with YouSpeakIt Publishing.
Check out episode 370 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for this great interview with the youngest guest ever to be on the show. 
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Check out episode 369 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for a great interview with Arlene Battishill.  This episode will make you think...

Who is Arlene Battishill?

Start by losing a high paying corporate job, empty out your savings inventing a product, bring it to market at the height of the recession and grow that company for seven years without getting a paycheck before hitting “paydirt” and you have a very unusual entrepreneur in Arlene Battishill, Ph.D. who has appeared on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank” and written a best selling book (Retail Shock Therapy: A Prescription For What Ails Your Online Sales). She’s spent years advising companies and entrepreneurs on their digital marketing strategies and has an uncanny understanding of how to get people to buy. Now, spends her time in a “virtual dungeon” with entrepreneurs who are struggling to push past the issues that have continually held them hostage and enable them to break through into a place of harnessing their power and regaining control of their lives and their businesses. Her “take no prisoners”, no bullshit approach to excellence in business and life demand courage and bravery from those who choose to enlist her to confront and overcome their emotional bondage. Are YOU brave enough to enter the Business Dominatrix’ dungeon?

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 DEBBI DACHINGER is a Media Personality. She is known for being in the spotlight: as a syndicated, award-winning radio host, in front of the television camera, interviewing celebs on the red carpet, being a live stream event host, keynote and presentation speaker, as well as writing bestselling books. Debbi is a Visionary who is a Certified Dream Coach with clients worldwide who seek her inspired wisdom and technical expertise in success and radio/book media. Clients become bestselling authors, create dreams into reality, learn to properly message themselves out to the masses and become expert interview guests. Debbi offers a comprehensive tech, coaching, strategy complete up leveling, business changing experience for entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, healers and business people.

The industry’s leading lady, Debbi puts the ‘motivation’ back into broadcasting. With a fun, cutting-edge talk show, the multi-award winning “DARE TO DREAM” radio is syndicated on 66 stations. An upbeat, unique program ―DARE TO DREAM―enlightens and entertains listeners with Debbi’s lively personality and engaging experts.

A popular media guest and speaker, Debbi is a keynote at high level national events; a radio and TV personality; a three-time international best-selling author; and sought after media coach. She has been seen in the news, documentary films, on the cover of One Magazine, and is a regular featured contributor to PUBLISHED! Magazine.

Today, in addition to her ongoing radio program, Debbi runs the Bestseller Launch Program ensuring self-published authors reach bestselling book status. Debbi also runs Radio Mastery Training (Concierge level private Radio Coach and Package 1-Days and workshops) for those ready to accelerate their skills in messaging on the radio; her clients become savvy, successful and superb interviewed on air.

Debbi is a top-notch radio personality, a successful motivational speaker, was an award-winning actress and singer, and a professional voice over artist. A popular media guest and speaker, Debbi has been interviewed on more than 600 radio and TV shows. She was the keynote at the Women’s Calgary Red Carpet event; Global Influence Summit, the Business Success Summit, and was invited to present at the prestigious Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo as well as San Francisco’s New Living Expo in the Study of Achieving Dreams, along with distinguished speakers including Marianne Williamson. Debbi consults visionary leaders and senior executives in the world’s foremost companies to go beyond “obstacles” and limits of their thinking – accelerating results and catapulting spectacular successes. Clients have included corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, managers, students, celebrities and evolutionaries worldwide.

Awards and Accolades: Editor’s Pick: Featured Intriguing Creator, Broadcasting Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into the Who’s Who Hall of Fame for Entertainment. Winner of Successful Achievements from Voices of Women Worldwide, recipient of Heart and Spirit Award from the Evolutionary Business Council.

Author of the books: “WISDOM TO SUCCESS: The Surefire Secrets To Accomplish All Your Dreams” (rave review in Writer’s Digest) and the bestseller “DARE TO DREAM: This Life Counts!” (Motivation Book Award of the Year from the National Independent Excellence Awards, received the Missy Bystrom Sponsor NIEA book award, rave review in US Review of Books), and “PR Magnet” (co-authored with Viki Winterton). She has written featured chapters in over ten anthology books including “Fresh Starts Success,” “My Creative Thoughts Journal,” “Big Idea Book,” and “Cancer: from Tears to Triumph.” Debbi is an International speaker with an inspirational video channel at: + +

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