Making Waves at C-Level
Episode 558 is a great chat with Moneeka Sawyer about how to follow your dreams.  She never wanted to be trapped in a job, so early on she started real estate investing.  Her dad had told her "everyone has money issues, do you want rich people money issues or poor people money issues?".  But she did not want any money issues, she wanted it to be fun.  Thus she designed her life so she could enjoy it. 
 
Moneeka Sawyer is the blissful millionaire. She reached her financial freedom by turning $10,000 to over $2,000,000 working only 5-10 hours per MONTH with very little stress. She is now on a mission to help as many other women as she can to do the same. Moneeka hosts the the top rated podcast and radio show Real Estate Investing for Women and has interviewed prestigious guests such as Leeza Gibbons, Dr. Joe Vitale, and Hal Elrod.  Moneeka has also been featured on stages with Suzanne Sommers, Martha Stewart, and Ice T & Coco at places like the Nasdaq Marketplace, Harvard, and Carnegie Hall, and on TV on NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox reaching over 150 million people. 
 
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There are a lot of similarities between elite athletes and entrepreneurs. This episode will show how success in any field is about planning, preparation, practice and hard work. 
 
Thom Singer interviews professional basketball player, Winston Shepard.  Winston played for San Diego State University (where Thom went to college).  They met via a mentor of Winston's who is also a life-long friend of Thom's (Yes, at one point in the interview they digress into the Dave Morris fan club....lol).
 
 
As a professional basketball player over the past 4 years, Winston Shepard has learned the importance of communications in team building as well as strategic (game) planning. Playing and traveling in Hungary, New Zealand, Montenegro, Israel and Malaysia has provided him with an amazing understanding of different cultures and business practices which I plan to utilize in his transition into business from Professional Basketball. 
 
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Thom Singer was excited when he met George Bryant.  He felt he met someone who is really serious about helping others succeed.  In a world of self appointed "GURU's" who work to separate people from money before they know if they can really help, George had a different outlook.
 
Check out his interview as George Bryant shares his journey from a tough childhood, to a military career, to being a leading online marketing expert and coach.  This episode is fun, personal, and inspiring.
 
About George Bryant
 
George Bryant is a New York Times Best Selling Author & the highest paid digital marketing consultant in the world by teaching his Relationships Beat Algorithms™ approach to business.
 
He has helped hundreds of the largest companies in the world ethically scale their businesses by deepening their relationships with their customers… and creating transformational breakthroughs that help them accomplish their goals.
 
He believes a company’s financial success is directly dependent on the amount of value they share before AND after a purchase. Business is about relationships & touchpoints. The companies who put relationships before transactions will win. That’s the Relationships Beat Algorithms approach.
 
 
 
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If you are from Austin, Texas you are most likely familiar with the radio commercials of Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning.  Brad and Sarah Casebier have used fun and goofy stories to stand out in a crowded field of plumbing and AC home services.  
 
Brad Casebier joins the conversation on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and talks about the growth of his company, working with his wife, how to treat employees, and navigating a crisis like COVID19.
 
About Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning 
 
Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning is a home-service company offering premier home service to the greater Austin area. Brad started the company in 1999 operating under the super creative name “Brad Casebier Plumbing LLC”. His primary focus was superior craftsmanship, and customer service for high-end new construction homes.
In 2006 his wife, Sarah Casebier, partnered up full-time to launch the service side of the business. The name was changed to Radiant. Eventually Radiant became exclusively a home service company that now provides air conditioning, heating, and drain cleaning services along with the plumbing home service.
Radiant’s core purpose is to provide the highest-possible quality customer experience. Provide Radiant employees the absolute best jobs in Austin. Be an example of a well run business. Radiant also believes in giving back to the community through various charitable opportunities.
 
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Find out what people want and give it to them, says Matt Brauning.  Matt shares his life journey in a conversation with Thom Singer about how to navigate a career and a life.  Matt has done many tings in his life, including writing "The Firebox Principle".  Check out his back story and how he helps other find success. 
 
About Matt Brauning
 
Matt Brauning is a writer for FORBES, a 2-time best selling author, and host of the top charting podcast “The Driven Entrepreneur” on iTunes, and syndicated on 16 AM/FM stations coast to coast.
 
He filmed in the movie “The Journey” with Brian Tracy and Bob Proctor, and you’ve seen him on Television on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
 
Matt has shared his message at places like The Harvard Club, McAfee, New York Life, NASDAQ, and the United States Air Force Academy.
 
He is an avid motorcycle rider, church leader, and rock climber, climbing technical roped ascents of mountains like Mt. Whitney and Halfdome in Yosemite.
 
He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his amazing wife Lola and awesome son Valiant.
 
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Episode 553 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is a conversation about hiring during the COVID Crisis.  Companies are laying people off, but other businesses still need to continue with strategic hires. Wade Allen shares his points of view about staying in business, and looking to thrive in the crazy situations around having much of the world under "stay at home" orders.  
 
About Wade Allen
 
Wade Allen is a results-oriented Start-up, Turn-around and High-growth Executive with 30+ years of experience of starting and driving companies to success. Knows how to design, market and manage best-in-class business strategies through the experience gained and relationships fostered throughout his career.

Keen ability to envision beyond the needs of a position and bring in Impact Leaders who help take an opportunity to the next level.
 
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This episode (#552) is an deep dive with leadership expert Meridith Elliott Powell
 
Motivational business speaker Meridith Elliott Powell has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is passionate about helping her clients and audiences turn uncertainty to competitive advantage. You laugh and learn as she walks you through the business growthsales and leadership strategies you need to succeed no matter what this marketplace does.
 
Everything about today’s marketplace is different – your customers, competition, technology and employees. In a world that has changed so drastically, doesn’t it make sense you need a new approach to how you sell, how you lead, how you grow your organization?
 
Sales strategist, leadership expert, and award-winning author, Meridith Elliott Powell, speaks and writes on the strategies it takes to grow an organization in today’s uncertain marketplace. A new approach for sales, leadership and employee engagement. Innovative ideas that will leave your competition in the dust.
 
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to Watch by Currency Fairsales and leadership expert Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including bankinghealthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table.
 
Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional ©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. She is passionate about helping her clients learn the sales and leadership strategies they need to succeed no matter what this marketplace does.
 
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The speaker for the April 8th Association for Corporate Growth luncheon in Austin was to be Alan Knitowski, CEO and co-founder of Phunware.  Because of the COVID-19 situation, ACG Austin/San Antonio had to cancel their live events for the short term, but they wanted to ensure they could still provide quality local content to their members and extended community.
 
This interview with Alan is an hour long masterclass in success. In this conversation he talks about his career path, the building of Phunware and taking the company public, plus he shares his advice for business leaders on how to handle crisis and uncertainty. 
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ACG Austin/San Antonio is grateful to Alan for taking the time to do this interview. His support of the business community in Austin, Texas, the US, and the world is clearly evident in the message he shares.  ACG ASA looks forward to having Alan speak in-person at a future event, but in the meantime, please enjoy this podcast interview.
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***Disclosure:  Thom Singer, host of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is the husband of Sara Singer, the Chapter Executive of the ACG Austin/San Antonio Chapter.
 
About Alan Knitowski, CEO & Co-Founder, of Phunware
 
Alan is a successful serial entrepreneur with multiple exits over a 15 year period to companies including Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT) and Internet Security Systems (now NYSE: IBM). He is a 2014 Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Central Texas and has been a Founder, Executive, Angel Investor and Fund Manager throughout his career in the private sector after serving in the United States Army as an Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger qualified Captain in the Corps of Engineers.
 
Alan has also built and managed companies that have won both regional and national awards for growth, including # 4 on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for North America, # 82 on the 2014 Inc. list of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States (and # 40 on the 2013 list), # 36 on the 2014 Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies, # 1 on the 2013 ABJ Fast50 list of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central Texas and # 2 on the 2008 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for Orange County.
 
As a mobile and multiscreen industry expert, Alan is frequently quoted in trade publications, serves as a panelist at industry events and writes for the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerators Blog.
 
Previously, Alan was President of Alternative Investments for Curo Capital LLC and Managing Director for Trymetris Capital Management LLC. In the past, he was a Co-Founder and Director of Telverse Communications, a next-generation advanced services ASP focused on wholesale communications services for carriers and service providers, which was acquired in July 2003 by Level 3 Communications.
 
Before this time, Alan was Director of Marketing for the Voice Technology Group at Cisco Systems and was responsible for business, market and community development, including business planning and strategy for Cisco’s global packet communications initiatives. In November 2000, Alan joined Cisco as part of the Vovida Networks acquisition, where he served as Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and led the company from idea conception through its eventual acquisition by Cisco.
 
Alan holds an MSIE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a BSIE degree from The U. He lives in Austin, Texas, and serves on the President’s Council at the University of Miami (FL).
 
About ACG
 
Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has chapters worldwide representing 15,000+ members. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG’s Mission is to drive Middle Market growth with content, access to capital, & connections in the Middle Market.
 
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Episode 550 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members through insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with Amber Gunst, CEO of the Austin Technology Council.  In this episode she talks about the state of Austin's technology community in the face of the global Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
 
 
About Amber Gunst
 
Amber Gunst first joined ATC as Head of Sales and Membership Services with 20 years of experience in business development and member association sales, including four years at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She was the top sales and retention leader of all Chambers of Commerce in the state of Texas, ranking in the top ten nationally in sales for Chambers with revenue over $1.5MM. She also worked for a global staffing firm where she was responsible for client development and consulting staff management.
 
Since her time working at ATC, she has more than doubled membership and increased retention by over 18 percent.
 
About Austin Technology Coucil
 
Austin Technology Council is the leading unifying voice of technology in Central Texas. Since 1992, ATC has been the informed opinion leader, providing their member companies with the insights, resources and connections they need to grow and thrive.
 
For 28 years ATC has led Austin and Central Texas in the journey to become one of the most important and relevant tech and innovation regions in the world. ATC connects their members to the people and knowledge critical for success.
 
 
As the oldest and largest tech industry organization in Central Texas, with a history of tech community leadership, knowledge and connectivity, Austin Technology Council is part of Austin Technology’s DNA and links their heritage to our future.
 
 
ATC supports the growth goals of their member businesses by providing knowledge and access in the areas of capital, talent, business mentoring and networking. They advocate for a robust and supportive environment for the success of tech companies through public policy, education and thought leadership. ATC leads and engages collaboratively with their partners in the community to ensure that Austin remains a great place for innovation.
 
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Thom Singer was recently introduced to the books by Gino Wickman and became a big fan.  Traction and The Entrepreneurial Leap both got him fired up about his business.  So he had to reach out and get Gino on the podcast.  
 
In this crazy time with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic they talked a lot about business and growth and how to shift. Gino is on a crusade to help entrepreneurs, and just after recording this episode he began a free 16 day challenge (that Thom has joined in on).  
 
Gino Wickman shares a lot of wisdom in this conversation, so you may want to listen twice.
 
Learn more at https://e-leap.com
 
About Gino Wickman
 
An entrepreneur since the age of 21, Gino has had an obsession for learning what makes businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. At 25 he took over the family business, which was deeply in debt and in need of help.
 
After turning the company around and running it for seven years, he and his partners successfully sold the company. Gino then set out to help entrepreneurs and leaders get what they want from their businesses. Based on his years of real-world experience, he created the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), a practical method for helping companies achieve greatness. He has personally delivered more than 1,900 full-day sessions for more than 135 companies, helping them implement EOS.
 
He is also the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, as well as Get a Grip, Rocket Fuel, How to Be a Great Boss and What the Heck is EOS?, which have sold more than one million copies. Gino is the founder of EOS Worldwide, an organization that helps tens of thousands of businesses implement EOS with the aid of an international team of over 350 professional and certified EOS Implementers and online support. There are almost 100,000 companies using the EOS tools worldwide.
 
Gino is now devoting time and energy toward helping entrepreneurs-in-the-making get a huge jump-start on taking their entrepreneurial leap, which is why he created Entrepreneurial Leap. The mission of Entrepreneurial Leap is to find all of the entrepreneurs-in-the-making, at any age, wherever they are—to help them realize their purpose and live the life they were born to live. 
 
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