120 – Frank Gustafson: Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Host of “Lead Like a Marine” Podcast

Frank GustafsonFrank Gustafson is a start-up entrepreneur & business fanatic on a mission to educate the public about the power of Marine Corps Leadership.

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He is the Founder OneBoldMove; a project that serves current and prospective small business leaders.

The goal is to add value by sharing insight from entrepreneurs who have “been there and done that”. His ultimate vision is to be a “go to” resource for answers and advice from folks who have the entrepreneurial spirit and have successfully navigated the narrow path to business ownership.

Frank is also the creator & host of the Lead Like a Marine Podcast; a podcast in support of Marines with a two fold purpose:

  1.  To help Marines prepare as they transition off of active duty by helping them translate their unique, world-class leadership skills and abilities into something that the civilian market can easily understand and embrace. He does this thru conversations with Marines who have successfully made the transition into the civilian marketplace. He talks to Marines in leadership positions and to Marines who have become business owners.
  2. To help HR professionals, hiring managers and business owners who have leadership positions to fill… REALLY understand the value of Marine Corps leadership training… and exactly what a Marine leader will bring to the table for their organization.

119 – Don Hutson: Selling & Entrepreneurship Expert, Best Selling Author

don3-thumb225x325Don Hutson’s careers in speaking, management and sales have brought him many honors. He successfully worked his way through the University of Memphis, graduating with a degree in Sales. After becoming the #1salesperson in a national training organization, he established his own training firm and was soon in demand as a professional speaker.

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Don’s client list includes over two-thirds of the Fortune 500, and he is featured in over 100 training films. He is CEO of U.S. Learning, Chairman of Executive Books, and makes some 75 speaking appearances per year. Perhaps you have seen him on national television where he has been featured on both PBS and Fox News.

Our speaker is the author or co-author of twelve books, including The Sale, and his two Wall Street Journal and New York Times International best sellers, The One Minute Entrepreneur and The One Minute Negotiator.

Don is a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable. He was elected by his peers to the presidency of the National Speakers Association, and has received its coveted “Cavett Award,” as member of the year. He has also been inducted into NSA’s Speakers Hall of Fame.

In preparation for each presentation, Don does extensive research into the needs and opportunities for your company or association. He requests teleconferences with key executives and even customers to discuss the objectives and the current state of your industry.  Don has also been known to ride along on sales calls prior to the speech or seminar, if applicable. Don and his staff will work closely with your technical, audio and video personnel to make sure all the details are covered. With over 5,000 speeches and seminars to date, you can rest assured he will be professional in every way.

Don Hutson is the recipient of the following awards and honors:

  • Past President, National Speakers Association
  • Cavett Award (NSA Member of the Year)
  • 1999 Consummate Speaker of the Year Award
  • SMEI’s International Speaker Hall of Fame
  • St. Jude Hospital Humanitarian Award
  • Member, Speakers Roundtable
  • CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

118 – Guy C. Hachey: President & Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace

Guy HacheyGuy C. Hachey was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer on April 18, 2008.

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Mr. Hachey heads the leadership team responsible for Bombardier Aerospace, a world-leading manufacturer of innovative products and services for the business, commercial, specialized and amphibious aircraft markets.

He started his career 30 years ago in the automotive industry with General Motors (GM) where he held positions of increasing authority and complexity, first in Canada, then in the United States. In 1998, Delphi Automotive Systems spun off from GM and he joined the Delphi Corporation as President of its Chassis Systems Division. Before joining Bombardier, he held the combined positions of Vice-President, Delphi Corporation; President, Delphi Powertrain Systems – a $5.5 billion U.S. business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and over 30,000 employees; President, Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Executive Champion for Delphi Corporation’s global manufacturing operations. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of lean enterprise processes and common systems across more than 150 plants worldwide for all Delphi products.

He acts as member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the premier trade association representing major aerospace and defense manufacturers in the United States, and a member of the Desautels Faculty Advisory Board at McGill University.

A native of Charlemagne, Québec, Canada, Mr. Hachey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (B. Comm.) from McGill University (Montréal) and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Concordia University (Montréal). He also completed the Tuck Executive Development Program at Dartmouth (New Hampshire).

117 – Allen West: Retired Army Officer, Former US Congressman, Conservative Political Activist

meet-allen-westAllen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family.

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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.

After his retirement from the Army in 2004, Allen taught high school for a year before returning to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.

In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

He is a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and regularly writes for numerous media outlets including Communities at the Washington Times and PJ Media.

About the Allen West Foundation

The primary mission of the Allen West Foundation is to educate and inspire the next generation of conservative leaders among the minority and veteran communities. In addition, the Foundation actively supports organizations such as JROTC, Young Marines and NROTC.

About the Allen West Guardian Fund

The Allen West Guardian Fund was established as a PAC to support conservative military veteran and minority Republicans running for state and federal office, in the same vein as Allen West.

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116 – Dave Kerpen: Speaker, CEO of Likeable Local, Chairman of Likeable Media, & New York Times Best-Selling Author

dave-kerpen-headshotDave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software startup for small businesses, as well as the chairman and former CEO of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm with triple digit revenue growth for 4 consecutive years.

 Likeable Media was named to both the 2011 and 2012 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. In 2012 Likeable Media was named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City.

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Following a sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, Dave and his wife Carrie started and transformed theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable Media, 1 of Facebook’s Top 65 Preferred Developer Consultants as well as the only 3-time WOMMY Award winner for excellence from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine for both 2011 and 2012.

Dave is now part of LinkedIn’s new Thought Leader Program and has been featured on CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. Dave has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe and webinars for organizations such as WOMMA, TEDx, SXSW, and the American Marketing Association. Dave is backed by a team of 60 social media thought leaders who collectively have managed over 250 accounts on Facebook and other social networks, for brands such as Verizon, 1-800 Flowers.com, Neutrogena, Logitech, The Pampered Chef, G.E, Medtronic, Restaurant.com, and Heineken.

Dave is also a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners an early-stage venture firm, which is leveraging Gen Y to support Gen Y.

 Dave’s 1st book was a NY Times bestseller – Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and other social networks. His 2nd book, Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver, debuted November 2, 2012.  His latest book Likeable Leadership was released October 2013.

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115 – Tim Elmore: Founder & President of Growing Leaders

Tim ElmoreDr. Tim Elmore is a leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow’s leaders today. He is a best-selling author, international speaker, and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities.

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Tim and his team provide public schools, universities, civic organizations, and corporations with resources that foster the growth of young leaders who can transform society. For over 30 years, he has taught leadership through the power of images and stories that enables young adults to influence others in a positive way. Tim is dedicated to helping:

  • Create students who take initiative to improve their school’s culture.
  • Enable teachers and parents to understand why today’s teens act
    the way they do.
  • Correct crippling parenting styles and disengaging teaching styles.
  • Gain the attention of a younger generation so that they listen.
  • Equip students to think and act like authentic leaders.
  • Guide unprepared adolescents toward productive adulthood.

Tim believes that “every kid can be a leader, because leadership is about influence.” He trains high school and college students with skills to serve at school, work, home, and the community. Since founding Growing Leaders, he has spoken to more than 350,000 students and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country, including Stanford University, Duke University, Purdue, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Baylor University. Tim has also taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools across the U.S. and provided leadership training and resources for the National FFA Organization and major athletic programs, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Texas, Virginia Tech and the San Francisco Giants.

Tim’s Teaching

  • Every student can be a leader, because the true definition of leadership is the ability to influence.
  • The point of leadership is to equip our young people to do things without help.
  • Leadership can be spotted and cultivated in students as early as elementary school.
  • Good parenting and teaching is a balancing act between being responsive
    and demanding.
  • Over-parenting can do more damage than under-parenting.
  • Talent and giftedness do not equal success for today’s students.
  • Today’s culture devalues masculinity, which can stifle a young man’s
    maturation process.
  • You can motivate the younger generation by equipping them more than entertaining them.

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today means equipping young people to do things without help, which translates into well-balanced adults and successful professionals at work. In this vein, Tim has taught leadership courses at corporations, such as Cox Communications, The Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Chick-fil-A, and the Atlanta Braves. He is committed to developing young leaders on every continent and spoken in over 40 countries, including India, Russia, China, and India.

Tim has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling,  Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes®Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their FutureLife Giving Mentors, and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child. His sought-after parenting expertise includes insightful blog articles, such as “3 Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids and How to Correct Them,” which went viral on Facebook and received over 600,000 shares.

Tim’s expertise on emerging generations and generational diversity in the workplace has led to media coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, MSNBC.com, The Washington Post, WorkingMother.com, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and Portfolio.com. Tim has appeared on CNN’s Headline News and FOX & Friends discussing parenting trends and advice. Most recently, Tim has become a regular contributor on Huffington Post.

114 – Scott Gerber: Serial Entrepreneur, Author of “Never Get a Real Job”

Scott-Gerber-PhotoScott Gerber is a self taught serial entrepreneur, sought-after public speaker, internationally syndicated business columnist, television commentator, and author of the book ”Never Get a “Real” Job”. He is the producer and host of “Founders Forum with Scott Gerber” on Inc.com.

He’s been widely recognized as the world’s most-syndicated columnist on the subject of entrepreneurship. His columns appear regularly on TIME, Inc., MSN, CNBC, CNN, Mashable, The Next Web, and The Huffington Post. Scott is also a regular contributor on MSNBC, Fox Business and CNN.

Scott is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of many of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. He has been a featured speaker at the White House and has rung the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell. In 2011, he was named one of Mashable’s “4 Young Social Good Entrepreneurs to Watch. In 2012, he was named a “generation Y employment champion” by Fortune Magazine. In 2013, Fast Company named him a “superconnector” and the “Pandora of Gen Y networking”.

He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, US News & World Report, Fox News, Inc. and Entrepreneur.

The Young Entrepreneur Council

Described as “America’s most elite entrepreneur organization” by Forbes,  The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), founded by Gerber in 2010, has several hundred members, all successful entrepreneurs and business owners, ages 21-40 – a group that includes the founders and leaders of Hootsuite, Chegg, Indiegogo, Rent The Runway, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Modcloth, Meet.me, Thrillist, Yodle, iContact, 2U (formerly 2tor), Threadless, Grasshopper, Likeable, Kissmetrics and Blip.tv. The YEC provides its members with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business’s development and growth.