29 Founders Share How To Continue Growing After A Year Of Growth

Yitzi Weiner
Mar 21, 2018 · 43 min read

Growth. We all want to grow. Every company wants to grow. But how does one keep growing. How does one continue growing after they have had a year of growth?

I reached out to 29 Founders and CEOs to share their strategies on they plan to continue growing after a year a growth.

The answers were profound. Enjoy!

Darrah Brustein, Chief Curiosity Officer, darrah.co

My Background

Darrah Brustein is an author and two-time founder with a payment processing company spanning 38 states and a networking events company which serves 30,000+ people. She contributes to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global on networking, entrepreneurship and creating a life of your own design, and has been featured in over 300 press outlets including Time, CNN, Inc, Huffington Post, Fox, and Mashable (all built on the back of her network). She’s on a mission to help others who are disenchanted with sleep when you’re dead culture and chasing others people’s definitions of success to build a life of their own design.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

I’ve spent the last 10 years learning and practicing every goal setting principle, personal development method, and mindset shift I could find. In 2018, I’m simplifying and focusing on one primary goal: presence. Being present to the current moment is not only the one thing we have for certain, but it cuts out stress and anxiety, helps make decision-making easier, super-charges your productivity, and deepens your relationships. It isn’t easy to stay present, especially while being highly driven, but I’m finding the two not only can co-exist, but compliment each other.

Kage Spatz, CEO at Spacetwin

My Background

Kage Spatz is an experienced Strategist, featured personal branding expert, and serial entrepreneur. As a former Pro Educator for at-risk Youth, Kage went from changing some of the most difficult lives in the world to negotiating deals with multi-Billion dollar companies, as well as building 6-figure online courses and membership sites. Kage is currently CEO of Spacetwin, a millennial mentor and proud member of the Forbes Young Entrepreneur Council. You can find out more about Kage by connecting with him on on your favorite social media platform. You can also apply to obtain more exposure for your Personal Brand by applying to learn from Kage directly at KageSpatz.com

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

To grow in 2018, I will take on more projects outside of my comfort zone. What does this mean for me? I’m most comfortable working alone so I’ve already started the new year by collaborating with other talented entrepreneurs. This will obviously add more value to anyone we team up to provide services for but this will also allow me to learn from working with others who also run companies like myself. That’s only the tip of the iceberg.

I’ve become very good at growing a valuable network by helping others behind the scenes. Personal branding has provided so many opportunities that I have yet to fully take advantage of. I haven’t pulled back the curtain to show the public the skills I’ve acquired and how I can personally help them too. This year there will be no holding myself back. If an interview on a very popular podcast or TV show sounds scary then the word no is no longer an option for me in 2018.

Scary is exactly what I need to grow more, both personally and professionally. Scary will also lead me to new ways I can provide value to a much larger audience who can all benefit so much from what I’ve learned and who I’m connected with. It’s time to find and help more talents obtain the opportunities and skills I’m so blessed to have. Excited to give more than ever in 2018.

Lexie Broytman, CEO, EvaDane

My Background

EvaDane is a mindfully made jewelry line, founded in 2015 by entrepreneur, Lexie Broytman. At the time, she was finishing her masters degree in public relations, while modeling and living in New York City. I’ve always had an appreciation for gemstones and jewelry especially being exposed to the fashion industry. So I just decided to start pursing those interests , said Broytman. My schedule allowed me flexibility and it was very constructive for me to be able to put energy into something I built myself. EvaDane offers customers handcrafted pieces made from high grade, natural stones and wood. They are continuing to expand their extensive line of beaded bracelets to offer handsmithed pieces including silver and gold rings and pendants.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

In terms of improvement for 2018, we’re looking to expand in a multitude of ways, noted Broytman. We plan to move into precious metals by totally custom smithing select pieces. Additionally, we’d like to continuing passing along good energy and give back to various causes including wildlife preservation. EvaDane has supported an assortment of causes in the past. Most recently, they created The Betty Bracelet — inspired by Broytman’s late grandmother, Eva, who passed in 2017. Proceeds from this specific product went to fund pancreatic cancer research. I really believe the energy you put out there comes back to you, stated Broytman. We’re definitely going to focus on passing it forward in 2018 .

Ronn Torossian, President & Ceo, 5WPR

My Background

With 20-plus years of experience creating powerful narratives, Torossian is one of the most well respected Public Relations professionals in America. Under his leadership, 5WPR, which he founded in 2003, has grown into one of the top 15 independent PR firms in the nation with more than 150 professionals in the company’s headquarters in the iconic Helmsley Building in Manhattan.

Torossian has been recognized with many industry and business awards; he has been named PR Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semifinalist, and has led 5WPR to being named an American Business Awards PR agency of the year 3 years in a row as well as securing numerous awards for campaigns across the consumer, corporate and digital space. He is considered a thought leader on Public Relations and communications, including crisis management, public affairs and social media, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and religious leaders both at home and internationally. Torossian’s diverse roster of client experience includes work for Sparkling ICE, KRUPS, L’Oréal, Unilever, Walgreens, Medifast, SAP NS2, Zeta Global, Wendy Williams, Camp Bow Wow and other publicly traded companies, brands and organizations. He has represented top global brands including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Microsoft. Torossian regularly provides expert commentary for CNBC, Entertainment Tonight (ET) and Fox News, has been profiled in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine and is a contributing columnist for Forbes and The New York Observer. Torossian’s book, For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations, is a PR best-seller. A native of New York City, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

With a 24-hour news cycle and the ability to type an email from anywhere, it’s hard to shut off at the end of the day, and I want to continue to grow. Concretely, I am going to continue to be religious about leaving my iphone and other electronic devices outside of my bedroom from bedtime till wakeup. No distractions and it helps on all fronts. I am devoted to reading multiple books a week, and have just gotten my new library card and plan to spend an hour a week in the library. Vacations in Europe allows me a half day (until late afternoon) before real work starts, and that’s a real relied and must continue. I know from experience burning both ends of the candle doesn’t mean you’re doing the best work you can be doing, rather, you’re more likely to a mistake.

Dawn Britt, founder and CEO, one7 communications

My Background

A prominent name in Las Vegas for more than a decade, Dawn Britt is a leading, influential figure in the world of public relations and marketing. She is the Founder and CEO of one7 communications agency with a strong client portfolio including Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants, STK, Chef John Tesar and Knife Dallas, Yamashiro Hollywood, Sugar Factory, Alex and Ani, Pandora Jewelry, Givenchy, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Viceroy L’ermitage, Trump International Hotel, Michael Boychuck Color Salon and many more.

Through her years, she has created strong personal relationships and strategic alliances, working with major charities and renowned brands including March of Dimes, James Beard Foundation, Lili Claire Foundation, Global Green USA, Bon Appetit, The Hollywood Style Awards, the USO and Armed Forces Foundation, Simon G Jewelry, TAO Asian Bistro, Phantom of The Opera, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sephora and Barneys New York.

Britt oversees new business development, media planning and buying, crisis communications, celebrity relations and serves as a hands-on pragmatic advisor for the entire client portfolio, while building her company’s network through media and digital influencer relations and strategic partnerships. Her refreshingly sincere, straightforward and from-the-heart approach has earned respect from top-tier media, community partners and colleagues, resulting in solid relationships.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

I’m looking to improve in both arenas. If I improve professionally, then I also improve personally because my company crosses over into my personal life. My career is my passion. I plan on getting up an hour earlier every day to do something for me, get my mind right for the day and start with a meditation of what I’m grateful for. I’m going to make time to become involved in more philanthropic organizations as a board member or committee head where my company, team and I can truly make a difference. When you give back, you also build a network, make new relationships and become more educated.

Andrew Paradise, CEO and Founder of Skillz

My Background

Andrew Paradise is the CEO and founder of Skillz. Skillz is the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, and was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. Andrew is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record. Prior to Skillz, Andrew founded AisleBuyer, which was sold to Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) in April 2012 as well as Double Picture, which was sold in 2009 to MPA Inc. He has also worked in venture capital and private equity investing for Fort Washington Capital Partners and The Watermill Group. Andrew learned to program at age seven by hacking a video game with a hex editor and later wrote his first game in Pascal. Andrew founded Skillz because he believes in making mobile games more fun for players while making game creation more lucrative for developers.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

As a successful founder and CEO, Andrew lives by the seven core values implemented by the Skillz staff. Entering 2018, the world of mobile gaming and eSports continues to grow astronomically, along with the number and diversity of people that it impacts. Today, more than 50% of the 12 million Skillz players are female — but unfortunately that number is not reflected across the entire industry.

Skillz has been ranked the #1 fastest-growing company in the United States based on revenue growth. It has also doubled its staff in the last year, and is planning to double its 100-person headcount again by the end of 2018 as it continues to scale rapidly to meet the growing demand amongst consumers. With that in mind, Andrew understands the importance of how the company approaches its hiring process in the coming year — namely in terms of diversity.

Currently, Skillz boasts a 31% female technical engineering team, which is higher than the gaming industry average of 23%. However, Andrew knows that’s still not enough. He has a sincere goal to build a diverse, balanced team representative of an industry-leading workforce. He knows that fostering a company culture that is supportive, encouraging, and inspiring to women is vitally important — and hopes this will help the larger gaming and technology industries also become more inclusive environments. Andrew is looking forward to many milestones in 2018, but one of the initiatives at the forefront of his mind is fostering and hiring more female leaders in 2018 than ever before.

Glen Shelton, Founder & President of Lead Heroes

My Background

After years of working in the retail sales sector, Glen Shelton decided to leave the corporate grind and build a sales-focused business of his own. He became an independent insurance agent, initially selling mortgage protection life insurance before he found his niche selling Final Expense life insurance to seniors.

As an independent insurance agent, Glen noticed a lack of quality and service among telemarketed lead providers in the industry — and saw an opportunity. He launched Lead Heroes in 2015 to provide agents with quality leads and attentive service, specializing in telemarketed Final Expense life insurance and Medicare Supplement leads.

In his role as president of Lead Heroes, Glen actively manages a call center with real people generating quality telemarketed leads at affordable prices. By streamlining his processes to improve efficiency, Glen lowers lead costs for agents while maintaining service and quality, which helps agents maximize their ROI.

Glen is a distinguished Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Outside of work, he’s either exploring the coast of Oregon with his wife Jessica, son Remington, and daughter Lucille, or relaxing at home in Portland.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

Time is our most valuable asset.

I have preached this for years to clients, friends and family. This year though I have decided it is time to double down on my beliefs and rigorously guard both my professional and personal time.

Here are some of my actionable items/goals for 2018:

- No more phone tag. I can’t do it, I wasted so much time last year trying to chase people down which would lead to lost time and distracting me from the big picture items. I now have a calendar system (Acuity) that allows my Executive Assistant, Answering Serivce and clients all schedule in the same place. 10/10 would recommend this, it’s been less than a week and I have already seen an improvement in my time management.

- Staying focused on big picture items. For me, this means putting my Podcast first and strive to hit my goal of publishing 50 episodes this year (roughly 1 per week). A lack of focus and additional distractions in Q4 of 2017 led me to putting this on the back burner which is disappointing. This is now a daily priority in 2018.

-Collaboration! This is one of my favorite goals for 2018, I love to collaborate with other professionals on various projects both in and outside my niche (Senior Insurance Market). When I published my book in 2016, it was a very rewarding expierencing surveying hundreds of agents and including the top 35 responses in my book How to Qualify, Present, & Sell Final Expense and Medicare Supplements to Seniors . I don’t have enough time in a day to do everything myself so it makes sense to find others with synergy in what you are doing and collaborate! (Win -Win)

Chase Dimond, Co-Founder, Idea Shop

My Background

Chase is a Founder, Marketer and Growth Hacker who has acquired millions of users and email subscribers for businesses he’s cofounded as well venture-backed businesses he’s worked for. Earlier this year he sold an Instagram Growth business to the largest player in the space.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

I really want to continue having healthy and happy relationships with friends and family. I’ve noticed in myself and others, that we are too often distracted by technology that we sometimes aren’t as present in the moment as we could be. Realizing that relationships and experiences in-person are so much more important than responding to emails that will still be there tomorrow, has made me really want to prioritize being there and making memories with those who mean the most to me. Plus, taking a break and unwinding is crucial to not getting burnt out.

Eric Niu, Cofounder & CEO, Swaggle

My Background

Eric Niu is the cofounder and CEO of Swaggle, a peer-to-peer closet sharing app for men that helps men to sell their closets and shop for quality menswear at discounted price. Eric graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2012 with a double major in International Business and Economics. He was elected as the President and CEO for the Associated Students Incorporated, CSUF, where he managed a $7 million-dollar non-profit organization.

After college, Eric moved to Washington DC and worked in President Obama’s Administration at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. That’s when Eric had a problem that he couldn’t find a solution to when he first entered the workforce. As a young professional who recently graduated from college, he couldn’t afford the designer look that he wanted. Many men are interested in high-end fashion, but can’t afford the retail price. Consignment shopping is fun, but most men don’t know where to start. At the same time, the majority of brick-and-mortar consignment shops don’t have an online presence because the cost of establishing and maintaining an online store is costly and time consuming.

Swaggle is a mobile marketplace connecting high-end men’s fashion resellers with interested buyers for a curated and personalized shopping experience. It helps consumers easily find quality menswear at discounted prices while helping fashion resale sellers reach more customers.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

My top plans to improve in 2018 are to reinvent myself constantly and to lead Swaggle and make fashion resale more available to men.

As a founder, I’m making countless decisions each day and some of them are based on minimal information. The most difficult thing is to manage my own emotions and make the best judgement that I can in the moment. That takes experience, courage, intelligence and sometimes simply luck. I plan to read at least 2 books a month in a variety of subjects and practice meditation on a daily basis.

2018 will be the year that we introduce Swaggle to America. After countless usability testing and market validation, we have finally developed a platform that is reliable, fast and easy to use. The mobile app will be launched in the Apple store in Spring 2018 and our customers will finally be able to buy and sell on the marketplace. I’m grateful for all the hard work and lessons learned in 2017, and I can’t wait to see more actions happening on Swaggle in 2018.

Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group

My Background

Adam Mendler is the Chief Executive Officer of The Veloz Group, where he co-founded and oversees ventures across a wide variety of industries: Beverly Hills Chairs, a leading office furniture e-tailer; Custom Tobacco, a one-of-a-kind cigar customization e-commerce platform; Brand Engagement Partners, an agency that specializes in national media placements; and Veloz Solutions, a technology consulting and software development practice. Adam is also a contributor to Forbes, Inc. and The Huffington Post, and provides business thought leadership to a variety of national media outlets.

Adam graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, earning a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science, and earned an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received the UCLA Anderson Fellowship Award. Adam serves on the advisory boards of the USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Network Leadership Council, the USC Marshall Innovations Conference and the USC Casden Institute, and is a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. A Los Angeles native and lifelong Angels fan, Adam loves sports, classic movies and tv shows, politics and physical fitness, and is an avid backgammon player.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

I was talking to a friend of my parents’ recently and slipped in a quote I have come to appreciate: the older you are, the smarter your parents get. The older, more experienced and more mature you get, the more you come to realize just how helpful others can be to you. To improve both personally and professionally, I plan on seeking the continued input of many people I trust who bring knowledge and wisdom I admire and respect.

I am in a group of fellow entrepreneurs who also earned MBAs from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. While we meet every month to discuss issues facing our businesses, I have engaged the group more actively to help advise on one of my companies, with the goal of gaining better insight into how I can better elevate this business. On a personal level, I plan on pursuing avenues that will me to develop further, as regardless of how old you are or where you are in your life, there is much to learn and a lot of room to grow.

Kean Graham, CEO, MonetizeMore

My Background

Kean is the CEO of MonetizeMore, an 8-figure ad tech company that is a Google Certified Partner with 90+ full-time team members remotely based across the planet. MonetizeMore was conceived in the mountains of Machu Picchu and has grown to $17M in revenues. Kean has traveled to over 70 countries during the 8 years that he has been growing MonetizeMore.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

One of my main focuses for 2018 is self-development. Below are the three ways I plan to accelerate my personal development:

Travel: I plan to travel the world while growing my business for all 12 months this year. Traveling is a very enlightening practice that allows one to get out of their comfort zone and learn a lot about themselves. I will get rare opportunities during my travels that will make me a better person.

Content: I have a long list of self-development books to read and podcasts to listen to. Each one is related to attaining or growing a skill or gaining greater self awareness.

Conferences: I plan to attend several conferences this year related to self development. Some of these conferences will be hosted by DynamiteCircle.com or DNXGlobal.com but there will be other new conferences that I will uncover and participate in.

Kira Ming, Author of Small Business, Big Success

My Background

Kira Ming is a professional writer, editor, and author with over ten years of publishing and content marketing background. After serving as Features Editor for a publication circulated to over 10,000 readers, Kira decided to create her own publication and as a result has achieved a great deal of success. In addition to developing tools and resources for small businesses she has been busier than ever promoting her recently published book, Small Business, Big Success.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

From my experience, improving and growing is truly the key to success. It isn’t something I focus on once a year or even once a month because improving in every area is my daily focus. I’m always learning, always adding value to what I do, and I’m always trying to be better than I was the day before. Every day I evaluate the progress I’ve made and I aim to outdo myself the next day because I believe you are your only competition. My goal is to hold myself accountable for becoming the best version of myself, and to constantly develop the things that will result in my ultimate success and happiness. Mindset is everything and my mindset is to always win.

Steven Benson, CEO of Badger Maps

My Background

Steven Benson is the Founder and CEO of Badger Maps (www.badgermapping.com), the #1 route planner for field salespeople. After receiving his MBA from Stanford, Steve’s career has been in field sales with companies like IBM, Autonomy, and Google — becoming Google Enterprise’s Top Performing Salesperson in the World in 2009.

Steve’s sales training began at IBM’s Global Sales School, it continues with the thousands of talented reps using Badger Maps daily. By sharing his experience, Steve’s goal is to help today’s outside sales reps reach peak performance.

Steve is also a passionate life and career coach and believes his main job leading a company is to empower the people on his team to find their best career path and thrive in their role.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

One way that I’m planning to grow personally and professionally is by being better at expressing gratitude towards my friends, family, and team members who are constantly supporting me and making a positive impact on my life.

In the past, I’ve often noticed myself feeling gratitude for these key people, but I didn’t always express it. I believe that letting people know they’re appreciated is the best way to deepen your relationship with them.

In a work environment, expressing gratitude makes your teammates feel more relaxed and creative when they know their accomplishments are appreciated. I think it’s important to consider how your actions affect people who work at your company. Showing gratitude for your coworkers is one of the best actions you can take to make people feel more satisfied and happy at work.

Although this is my focus for 2018, it’s been important to me for a long time. We’ve done things as a company to incorporate gratitude and recognition into our culture.

One of my favorite parts of our company culture is to show thanks to employees on a weekly basis. We have an all hands meeting once a week, and we finish the meeting by ‘giving props’, basically recognizing each other for accomplishments during the week.

Anyone on the team can give props to anyone else on the team, which fosters an atmosphere of appreciation and teamwork. For example, someone who noticed another employee doing a great job with a particularly difficult customer might ‘give props’ to that person and recognize them in front of the group for doing something great.

It’s a great way to be thankful and show appreciation as a group for all the accomplishments of the week, and make sure everyone gets recognized for their contributions.

Gene Caballero, Co-Founder of GreenPal, Inc

My Background

Gene Caballero is co founder of GreenPal which has been described as Uber for lawn care. He is has been an avid writer since 2014 and earned his MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Economics. He enjoys playing piano, being outdoors, and anything food related. Originally from South America, he grew up in middle Tennessee and calls Nashville home.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

My goal for 2018 is to dig deeper into our numbers and find where we are leaking customers. Whether its our landing pages, our copy, our on-boarding process, etc, being able to understand and identify these choke points will increase our user experience. In addition to that, with the understanding of these data points, we will be able to improve our conversions and increase our revenue.

Laura Orrico, President of Laura Orrico Public Relations, LLC

My Background

Laura Orrico, President of Laura Orrico Public Relations, LLC., was born with impeccable communication skills and a natural ability for connecting people. Her expertise in media relations, social media, creative writing, strategic PR planning and management, image maintenance, consulting and development, media preparation, interview coaching and networking for clients are what have launched her business into a sought-after boutique PR firm for high-profile clients.

Born and raised in Chicago, Laura made a name for herself as an actress in television and film. She is a Columbia College Chicago graduate. Laura moved to Los Angeles where she would reside for 12 years and quickly found success with a variety of roles in films and on television shows: The King of Queens, That ’70s Show, CSI: Miami, a series regular role on TBS’s Frank TV with Frank Caliendo and a recent network TV episode soon to be released. She also found fame on the Internet, as her self-produced videos went viral and Airplane! director, David Zucker cast Laura to star in Call Me Senator to play the role of Barbara Boxer (aged 40 years). Gracing headlines and talk shows, you’ll recognize her from being featured on Hollywood.com, Hollywood In Toto, American Express Open Magazine, Vanity Fair, Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld and on multiple radio shows nationwide to name a few.

Laura shifted focus from actress to caregiver after her husband, Ryan Cosgrove, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After losing Ryan in 2015, she decided to utilize her knowledge and experiences; including successfully executing PR for herself and colleagues which eventually led to her launching her own firm. Whether a business, organization, entertainer, celebrity, musician, artist, politician, or author, Laura and her staff customize their work and connect clients with the proper outlets to get them the notoriety and (media) attention that they deserve.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

This year at Laura Orrico Public Relations, LLC., we plan to simplify everything that we do in order to continue to create quality work while saving time. As a result we will maintain the skill that we pride ourselves on, which is to give individual, one-on-one attention to each of our clients. We are incorporating a new in-house accounting system that is being implemented by a few expert business accountants that we know and trust. I truly believe it is crucial to find ways to save time by evaluating how we can cut out unnecessary and tedious steps to get the same successful results. For example, we have increased utilizing shared documents so that my staff and I are constantly up-to-date and all on the same page. Communication is key, therefore we also use templates that we have created when sending clients and media contacts confirmations and reminders for interviews. All of this makes our work fast, efficient and effective. As far as personal improvement this year, I plan to make more time for family and friends and take a much needed relaxing vacation. When you own a company and wear most of the hats, doing things for yourself can be a challenge. However, it is a great necessity to relax and rest on occasion to be the best that you can for your clients and employees.

David Lloyd, CEO and Founder, The Intern Group

My Background

David Lloyd is the CEO and Founder of The Intern Group (www.theinterngroup.com), an award-winning social enterprise that offers international internship programs year-round to students and graduates of all ages and in all career fields throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. David left his job at a London investment bank to start The Intern Group, and in less than two years, the company generated a few million in revenue. Today, the company has helped more than 5,000 students from 125 countries find internships abroad at leading companies, NGOs, and National Governments.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

In 2018 my plan is to live a more simple life.

I will simplify all areas of my life.

I will delegate more and empower others more at work. I spend too much time involving myself in, and worrying over, decisions which my team are both better-placed and better-qualified to make! By simplifying my work-life, I can and will spend more time and mental space on where I add value which is plotting out our big picture goals, and reading, meeting and learning from peers, mentors and experts who have achieved the success that our business wants to, and can, achieve.

I will finally break free of the ‘ownership mentality’, associated with my and elder generations. I find it inspiring how the youngest adult generations prioritize experiences, well-being and living light, over the traditional halos of success like owning cars, properties, endless items etc. Not only is it quite absurd to try and accumulate as much as possible in one’s short life, it also causes a lot of time spent on administration and unnecessary stress!

My plan, ultimately, is for a more simple life to free me up and allow me to focus on what is important to me: continuously learning at work and outside, and on the people closest to me. I hope my business and life will benefit in 2018 as a result.

Marci Nault, CEO, DreamsCo

My Background

Marci Nault is the founder and CEO of DreamsCo and the Dare to Dream Festival. Ms. Nault is the author of The Lake House (Simon & Schuster), partner in Elegant Bridal Designs and as of January 2018 will have completed an entire list of 101 dreams she wanted to accomplish in life. She now teaches and guides others to live their bucket-list lifestyle.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

The one thing I refuse to do this year is to make plans to change something I dislike about myself.

I’ve tried to say, This year I won’t get overwhelmed with the to-do list.

Or . . . I’m going to set a timer and nothing is going to distract me while I complete this project within this timeframe.

Can someone please tell me how that last one works, because the minute I have to deal with any technology it means my morning and all my plans disappear as I pound my head on the desk.

Yep, both of these need to go, because they just make me feel like I’m failing when I’m not.

Instead I’m going to focus on my big goals for 2018.

Hire someone else to pound their head against the desk with technology. First I have to figure out how to delegate, but that leads to number 2.

Learn to delegate and trust others. I might need some hand holding on this one.

I’m going to stop working for free. Seriously! As a Founder and CEO I’m offered many great opportunities that are hard to turn down, but in the long term they don’t bring in revenue. This year is all about scaling my business. (I have to be able to hire the person to deal with my technology and my crazy to-do list) So here’s to more wealth and more success while I create more jobs.

Launch the Dare to Dream Festival in Boston, MA September 2018 with over 50 different bucket-list activities and 2000 attendees. Woo Hoo!

Help 1000’s of people achieve their dreams through my Desire Effect™ Live Your Bucket-List Life course.

Sign a killer contract for my next novel.

Wow, that’s a lot!

I’m also going after some big dreams that will soar my confidence. Life is meant to be fun not all work.

Perform with my company salsa dance team. (Which means I have to do some serious fast tricks while in heels. Who came up with the idea of wearing high heels while you dance?)

Compete at the Adult National Figure Skating competition. (Okay obviously I like donning strange items on my feet while doing sports. I need to find a sport where I can wear sneakers.)

Travel to Africa, Egypt, Singapore, and Bali

Get better at surfing. (Hah, no shoes involved.)

Laugh as much as possible.

What are your personal and professional goals that are positive and life affirming for 2018. I’d love to learn more.

Allen and Diana Arseneau, CEO +COO, Jamber

My Background

Husband-and-wife duo, Allen and Diana Arseneau, started Jamber to make the world a better place. When not running the company, they are busy raising their two children (11 years and 5 months) and believe in discovering the magic of life — generally through camping, cooking, and nerf wars.

Allen Arseneau , originally from Boston, has a degree in bio-chemical engineering and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Allen has worked as a process engineer in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

Diana Arseneau, raised in Milford, CT, has a degree in chemistry from Harvard University. She worked in clinical and business development in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and loves talking to young girls about science.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

The Mug That Says I Care

Jamber is a start-up that spent 2.5 years designing what is arguably the most innovative and comfortable coffee mug ever. Jamber mugs have been endorsed by Federal Agencies and thought-leaders alike, and customers all over the world are raving about how their lives have been enhanced by Jamber.

The spark for Jamber began with a desire to help Allen’s grandfather drink coffee without pain. Jamber has grown to be so much more since Jamber mugs are now enhancing people’s lives in all 50 states, and across the world. We’ve come to think of Jamber as the mug that says I care . I care about your health, I care about your happiness, I care about your life.

Like many startups, we spent 2017 building the business of Jamber (product design, manufacturing, patents, sales, etc). But, the course of our company changed 6 weeks ago when we got an order for 2 coffee mugs.

We started chatting with a customer named Scott over email, and learned that his oldest child, Vivian, is a 5-year old little girl battling Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma. It’s a battle that no child should ever have to fight.

We were so moved by Vivian’s story — by Scott’s positivity and faith, and Vivian’s strength, that we wanted to do what we could to help. And, like other innovators before us, including Gary Erickson of Clif Bar, and Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, we realized that with Jamber, we can do so much more than what we can do as individuals.

Our goal for 2018 is not to have a better IRR or NPV, or a better rate of return. Instead, our corporate goal for 2018 is to sell 50,000 Vivian Mugs, allowing us to donate $100,000 to help 5-year old Vivian beat cancer. Anyone can purchase a Vivian Mug — and they will feel good with every morning’s cup of coffee, knowing the product that makes their hand feel so good will also warm their heart.

Karl Monger, Founder and Executive Director, GallantFew, Inc.

My Background

Karl Monger is a retired US Army Major who served in infantry and Ranger assignments. He is an author, award winning video producer, podcast host, founder and Executive Director of GallantFew, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit formed in 2010 dedicated to helping veterans transition to civilian lives full of purpose and hope. He also owns Transitur, LLC, providing personal growth coaching and veteran issues consulting.

He has received awards from the Small Business Administration and several veteran organizations for his leadership in veteran issues, but the title he treasures the most is Ranger Shepherd , bestowed by a former CIA operative and Ranger veteran.

He is a graduate of Wichita State University as well as many of the toughest courses the US Army has to offer: Ranger, Jumpmaster, Airborne and Air Assault Schools, the Command and General Staff Officers Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Armor Officer Basic Course, and the US Air Force Air Ground Operations School. His awards and decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze campaign star, Korea Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist and Air Assault Wings.

He is married to the amazing former Sara Callender, has two daughters, two grandsons, and two dogs. He is an active Rotarian and also volunteers on his town’s Crime Control and Prevention District board. His book Common Sense Transition was published in 2017 and is available on Amazon.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

GallantFew has been serving veterans since 2010 with a unique blend of situational triage and one-on-one mentoring. The anecdotal results are inspiring, but we have not been able to point to outcomes based measurements to prove what we do works.

Starting January 1, 2018, we’ve put in place the GallantFew Azimuth Check survey. Most military veterans have experienced navigating a forest or jungle at night with map and compass, and it’s critical to stay on azimuth to reach one’s objective. This survey allows us to identify in which areas the veteran might be off azimuth and design a plan to help him or her make a course correction.

There are five main areas in our approach, each one an area of Functional Fitness . They are Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Social and Professional. Measuring each of these areas helps us identify where the veteran is, right now and enables an intentional plan to increase the level of functional fitness in each one.

As we move through the year we will have veterans take another Azimuth Check so we can see if what we are doing is effective, and we will continue to make course corrections as a result. This outcomes-based measurement will help us share our story with foundations and corporations who want to ensure their support is meaningful and effective.

GallantFew may be the smallest biggest nonprofit you’ve never heard of! Small in terms of size, big in terms of impact! We are a global organization, helping over 500 veterans in meaningful ways on a budget of about a half million dollars. That’s a thousand dollars per veteran, and that’s a bargain. Our Run Ranger Run campaign in February is poised to help more and more people learn about our revolutionary approach to veteran services — and this will enable us to help more and more veterans!

Personally, I plan to live more intentionally this year. I tend to take each day as it comes, responding to the situations that arise with veterans and I find at the end of the day not many things on my task list are complete. In my own personal life, applying the azimuth and functional fitness approach will provide me the tools to be and stay intentional in my approach to excellence.

Andrew Machota, CEO, New Town Connections

My Background

Andrew Machota is the CEO and Founder of New Town Connections, which is the largest social club for young professionals in the Tampa Bay area. Previously he was a CPA and recruiter working in the finance and accounting field.

After attending countless networking events as a recruiter from 2013 to 2014, he continued to hear the same story from people he met: It’s hard to make friends as an adult. He got to thinking about how he could address this challenge — one that he had faced as well — and the idea for New Town Connections came to him. He quit his job in 2015 to start the business and has never looked back.

In 2017 he published the book titled Friend Request Accepted — Connecting in a Disconnected World which is an 18-step guide on how to make friends as an adult and to truly connect with people. In this book, Andrew shares his strategies for building long-term friendships and relationships that will change how you approach talking to people.

The youngest of two children, Andrew was born to an entrepreneurial family. His father, Gene, ran his own sewer and septic business while his mother was the president of the local teachers’ union during the 1980’s and 90’s. From a very young age, Andrew worked for his dad, learning the ins and outs of running a business. When his father passed away in 2008, Andrew knew that he had to do something with his life to leave a legacy and to make his father proud which helped lead him to launching his own business.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

The time for change is now and I’ve decided this year to make some big changes both professionally and personally. First and foremost, I opted to raise the stakes with my girlfriend and take our relationship to the next level. As such I recently proposed to her while on vacation and now we’re planning a fall 2018 wedding which is exciting. If you’re not moving forward in life then what are you really doing? And no, that’s not a quote from my fiancé.

Professionally I realized that as an entrepreneur I cannot continue to wear 500 hats and expect my company to grow even bigger. Unfortunately there are only 24 hours in a day and I do need to sleep sometime. As such, I swallowed my pride and put a call out for help wanted which has gone over quite well with a number of qualified people who are interested in being a part of the team.

Overall, I plan this year to meditate more, focus on my health and well-being and to celebrate the wins, whether big or small. Work will always be work but the sacrifices we make as entrepreneurs can only take us so far. Friends and family are important and I will continue to remember that and not get lost in the mix of the grind. I will dream even bigger and aim for the moon because if your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.

Amber Anderson, Co-Founder MORE, Founder of Kayson

My Background

Amber Anderson is a thirty four year old wife, mother, business strategist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Kayson, a business strategy, marketing and management agency, and MORE, a community concept where working parents, mostly women, go to grow their business or advance in their careers — without having to leave their families which she operates in Mesa, Ariz.

She specializes in helping people create and manage things their businesses can sell. Over the last ten years, she has created tangible and intangible products that save or make her clients more than $1 billion per day.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

Be fully present. My goal for 2018 is to embrace is to live life fully present. That means stricter work hours, more family time, engaging projects and lots of free space, quiet time, silence. My goal is to learn how to LOVE living in the moment.

Krish Chopra, Founder, Nurse Practitioner Clinical Rotations

My Background

Krish Chopra is the founder of NPCR, Nurse Practitioner Clinical Rotations. He believes in two fundamental truths: the first is everything is a learn-able skill and the second is real leadership involves caring for others. Krish’s mission is to better support underserved communities and with his second start-up, he and his team are serving Nurse Practitioners so they can graduate on time and empowering universities to take additional accountability with their students. You can find Krish roaming the streets in Atlanta or on social media — @krishchopra27

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

While 2017 was an incredible year, in 2018 I plan to bring more urgency to execution. I believe a lot of start-up founders can sometimes get sidetracked in planning, speculating, or managing relationships. I’m no exception. In Q4 of 2017, I found myself planning more for where my company was heading as opposed to executing to get my company to the future. For me, additional urgency requires that I do less and focus more on what’s important. I started by jotting down the top 25 initiatives for my business, and then narrowed it down to the top 5. This is what is most important and now I’m off to the races.

Angel Radcliffe — Business & Financial Strategist, Founder — CAS Consultants

My Background

Angel Radcliffe, MBA is a Financial Educator, Speaker, Author, Motivator & Entrepreneur. She holds an MBA in finance from Strayer University & has 10+ years in Corporate America in the areas of; Finance, Accounting & Technology and has a track record of executing projects across Global & Domestic teams. She is the owner of CAS Consultants, a boutique consulting firm in Dallas, TX focusing on ‘Empowering Entrepreneurs Through Financial Management’. A continued advocate of philanthropy, Ms. Radcliffe is always finding a way to give back to the community; as a community leader, she has served 8 years on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit as Finance Chair, in addition to taking on leadership roles within non-profit organizations, leading diversity & inclusion / enrichment initiatives. Ms. Radcliffe is a recipient of the National Financial Educators Award and has been featured in various media outlets. She is dedicated to educating the community on Financial Literacy — Credit & Budget Management for Consumers & Small Businesses.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

My personal and professional goals for 2018 to be better than last year include ‘learning to let go’. As an entrepreneur, especially when you are the founder of a company, there’s always a struggle to let go of your ‘baby’ and place your dreams and vision into the hands of someone else. I have successfully operated my company with less than 5 employees and hiring consultants as needed, as my company and brand grows, there is only so much work you can take on in addition to running a business. My company has launched and monetized 3 brands (Ballin’ On A Budget, MSuite, and MissRMBA ) in the last 3 years and will continue to grow. I plan on hiring a larger staff so I can focus on my public speaking as well as automating additional processes. In entrepreneurship, you should never stop learning, which is why I will be taking additional classes and obtaining certifications for my financial workshops.

Bryce Smith, CEO and Founder, LevelTen Energy

My Background

An industry professional with nearly 20 years’ experience evaluating renewable energy trends, technologies, and projects, Bryce has demonstrated success designing and leading new ventures. In 2009, Bryce co-founded OneEnergy Renewables, a leading national developer of utility-scale solar projects, raising seed, Series A, and Series B rounds, and guiding the company to profitability. Prior to founding OneEnergy, Bryce led the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s nationwide investment in clean power projects, developing more than 160 solar projects in 16 states and establishing the highly acclaimed Solar 4R Schools program.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

Big companies are increasingly seeking out renewable energy to cope with carbon emissions caps and keep their budgets more stable, but those big transactions can be complicated and lengthy. How Bryce envisions making 2018 better than last year is by making the process of buying or selling clean energy easy and transparent. LevelTen makes it easy for producers and buyers of wholesale green power to research, execute, and manage these complex transactions, and our transparent, streamlined transaction process allows less experienced buyers to participate for the first time. In 2017, LevelTen graduated from TechStars Seattle and secured a Series A round of funding. But in 2018, LevelTen wants to improve our corporate carbon footprint. When describing LevelTen, he says, Imagine if Match.com and Vanguard had a baby that really cared about clean energy.

Scott Litman, Founder & Managing Partner, Equals 3

My Background

Scott Litman is an entrepreneur in search of new ways technology can advance the mission of chief marketing officers, advertising, and media agencies. From the early days of the Internet and the first websites, to business portals of the dot com era to the latest generation of 1:1 marketing — integrating sales, service, and marketing — Litman and his business partner Dan Mallin have a broad history of building businesses that help clients, including Fortune 1000 marketers and large ad agencies, take advantage of cutting-edge digital transformation.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

On a professional level, 2018 is going to be a critical year for the evolution of Lucy, the AI solution that we developed two years ago for marketers to manage and maximize data more effectively. She has won several industry awards and accolades already, but we are doubling down on the things she can do to simplify work for marketers this year. This is a very exciting time for us and our clients with the launch of Lucy 2.0.

On a personal level, I’ve officially reached that point where my kids are grown enough to be in a travel soccer league. So, in addition to no longer coaching 40+ youth sports teams, I will spend a lot more time traveling to my kids’ sporting events. I’ll have to learn how to enjoy the game from a different perspective: in the stands. I ultimately see this as an opportunity for personal growth — it is a big change of pace for someone who’s used to being in control.

Ray Chan, CEO & Co-Founder, 9GAG

My Background

Ray Chan is the CEO and co-founder of online platform for humor 9GAG. Along with his team of four, he started the website as a side project. Chan’s first job upon graduation from the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong was in the legal department of a bank.Following that, he became an anchor as well as a reporter working for Now TV. Soon after, he worked at an information technology company as a project manager. In 2007, he realized the scope of the internet for development and joined aNobii as product manager. It was an online platform for book lovers acquired by a new venture backed by HMV Group, Harper Collins, Penguin Books and Random House.While working for this firm he launched 9GAG as a side project and four years later in 2011 he quit his job in order to focus on it. 9GAG was Chan’s first of three successful websites. Prior to 9GAG, he established a website to share cosmetics and a website for information on electrical appliances.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

A lot of companies focus on the next big thing or follow the latest trends and technology. They pay attention to things that are constantly changing instead of the things that last.

At 9GAG, we’ve built our business around things that won’t change, things that people want today and will still want in 10 years. We cater to global citizens who will neither be defined nor confined by country.

We don’t talk about VR, AR, AI, or the latest newfangled technology just because it’s today’s hot fad or trend. We choose to focus on community, speed, and ease of use, all around shared fun. A lot of technology has made it easy for us to provide all three of those things. And our Gen Z-dominated audience has grown up expecting it.

That’s exactly what 9GAG will focus on in 2018. The only thing we expect to really change with us is continued growth beyond our current global audience of 150 million. We’d like to think we’re turning into the United Nations of virality. After all, who doesn’t want to have some fun and share it?

Tom Szaky, Founder/CEO TerraCycle

My Background

Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with the world’s largest brands and companies to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering new waste management processes to create circular solutions for materials such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, coffee capsules, personal and oral care waste and even food packaging that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.

TerraCycle and Procter & Gamble produced the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from plastic pulled from beaches and waterways. The first bottles went on shelves in France and Germany in 2017. Dish soap bottles made with beach plastic will go on shelves in the UK in mid-2018.

Also in 2017, TerraCycle acquired Air Cycle Corporation, giving TerraCycle its first foray into waste disposal mandated by federal regulations.

Tom is the author of three books, Revolution in a Bottle (2009, Portfolio) and Outsmart Waste (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and Make Garbage Great (2015, HarperCollins). A fourth is expected in Fall 2018. Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, Human Resources which aired on Pivot from 2014–2016.

Tom and TerraCycle have received numerous social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

For TerraCycle, 2017 was the company’s most successful period in its 15 year history and we anticipate 2018 to be even more so. In 2017 we significantly expanded our staff with the hiring of 70 people globally across our 21 offices and acquired a universal waste recycling company which bolstered our repertoire of collected waste streams from solely voluntary programs to now include those that are federally mandated.

TerraCycle was recently qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a $25 million capital raise. Through this bi-partisan initiative of the Obama-era JOBS Act, Regulation A was designed to greatly expand an entrepreneurs’ access to capital by allowing them to crowdfund their capital raises. By utilizing the proceeds of the capital raise, TerraCycle aims to grow the company in earnings, staff and business by acquire additional companies that we believe will thrive within our broad array of recycling and consumer engagement services.

Separately, TerraCycle will use 2018 to develop and refine an innovative program that brings together the world’s largest consumer good companies, transportation companies, retailers and NGOs to provide a revolutionary consumer service that will redefine the way the world thinks of durable/refillable packaging. Further, building on TerraCycle’s 2017 success of working with Procter & Gamble to develop the world’s first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic, the companies will expand the innovative process in 2018.

TerraCycle is a one-of-a-kind company that was founded through will and determination and grown through innovation on a grand scale. Building on our history of success, this year could be our best year yet.

Brian Wright, Publisher, Success Profiles Magazine and Host of Success Profiles Radio

My Background

Brian K Wright is the host of Success Profiles Radio, where he interviews world-class achievers and learn how they succeeded, what they overcame, and how we can apply those lessons to our lives. He is also the Publisher of Success Profiles Magazine, which gathers the wisdom of top producers and achievers in an effort to inspire, motivate and educate. He also ghostwrites books for clients to help them get their message out to the world in a bigger way.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

This year will be all about having a bigger impact in the world. To do that, I have to be bigger and better version of myself. This involves believing in myself even more (we all have self-doubts, right?), joint venturing with more highly connected people, going to more live events, and boldly reaching out to new contacts regardless of whether they work with me or not. Some of them may surprise me by saying YES. I also want to obtain 10,000 subscribers to my magazine and host my first live event in 2018.

Drew Gurley, Partner, Policy Zip

My Background

Drew Gurley is an avid entreneur focused on high potential markets in financial services and insurance industry. Drew Co-founded Redbird Advisors, one of the fastest growing online communities for independent insurance agencies and acquired PolicyZip, a national digital insurance agency in 2017. If it involves tevhnology and insurance, Drew is all in.

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year

Much of the insurance Industry continues to ignore the trend of technology and social media. We are aggressively attacking our ability to impact change in the independent insurance and financial services market through SEO and content marketing. Through enhancements on Redbirdagents and PolicyZip, we are going to change the way insurance agents consume content and distribute leads to their sales force. The most important goal is addressing the dwindling and aging population of the average licensed producer. Aggresively pursuing technology will allow us to attract and retain younger candidates entering the financial services industry.

Moshe Reuven Sheradsky, CEO, WeeDu Inc.

My Background

Founder & CEO of WeeDu Inc., Productivity Tech Firm,Huffington Post contributor, Young Entrepreneurs Council Member, Invite only elite international entrepreneur council, USF Business School Advisory Board Member, Influencer @ Obviously, CMO of Kriddr, Former CMO of Tech Construction Firm, Co Founder of Real Estate Investment Firm, Chassidic Jew, Chossid of the Rebbe, working to utilize his abilities to make the world a better place

My Strategy to Achieve Sequential Growth This Year


1) Focus

2) Help others

3) Deal with quality professionals

1) I find I work best when I have multiple things I’m working on. It brings a daily excitement to everything I do. Yet, I know and always keep it as my goal to stay focused on growing WeeDu, my main business. Which means long hours, hard work, and attention to the details of each days growth. I systemize all my other involvement in order to free up my focus to

be in WeeDu as those others things grow along side. My writings all go in hand with my journey with WeeDu and help me to succeed in that endeavor, so I don’t see it as a separate activity, I see it almost as a planning, analyzing, mentoring, study, and/or review session of my work.

2) Help others. I learn very well through helping others achieve their goals. It also is very reassuring to see others progress along with me, to see my success, also translating into my helping others succeed at a worthy cause. I think it’s important to bring people along with me. To pay it forward. To make a good, healthy professional atmosphere through my own actions.

3) deal with quality professionals. I’ve felt the ramifications one too many times dealing with business people that weren’t honest, weren’t reliable, didn’t care about anyone other than themselves. I think when you deal with quality you get quality in return. Furthermore, it’s hard to feel good day to day about your work when you involve yourself with people that don’t have your best interests in mind. Having given too much leeway for people that I shouldn’t have, has caused others to be upset with me for things another party was doing. Deal with people that you would be happy to so to speak see as an extension of yourself, because it’s going to reflect back at you at the end of things.

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