Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technologies. After graduating from University of Guelph with a Molecular Biology degree, Alan realized technology and music were his passions. He pursued a career in the DJ industry which developed into an AV Production & DJ Company, Star Productions Inc; leading to the creation of the EMULATOR, the world’s first touchscreen DJ System. His latest endeavor as Co-Founder & CEO of MetaVRse has entered him into the world of virtual and augmented reality experiences, becoming a leader in business applications for AR/VR and providing insight into this exploding field of technologies. Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer, and was recently mentioned in an article on “10 Virtual Reality Leaders you should follow in 2016”. Equally comfortable behind a turntable or a group of Fortune 500 executives, Alan continues to evolve MetaVRse and its innovations, and is working on his third book, “Immersive Technology for Business”.
Hamilton is the founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, an e-commerce retailer, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, and Money Magazine. Hamilton Perkins Collection has hosted trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s and was the winner of the 2016 Virginia Velocity Tour business pitch competition hosted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Prior to starting Hamilton Perkins Collection, Hamilton was an Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch and, earlier, worked as an Analyst at Bank of America.
He has also served in a leadership capacity with various non-profit organizations and has been recognized for his volunteer work and service hours assisting low-income populations.
Hamilton is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration and he earned his M.B.A. from William and Mary.
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Sometimes you interview someone, and their story just clicks. Talking with Michael de Groot about sharing your story to sell more was one of those times. In this all too brief conversation with Michael.
About Michael de Groot, as told by Michael de Groot:
It took me a while to discover what I truly enjoy. And when I realised that I have always been interested in computers and more laterally the internet plus assisting people, I can truly say I am now experiencing my dream job. Working for myself of course is the first priority, assisting others to grow is the second priority, everything else just follows.
Staying Alive UK is about just 1 key objective delivered across 2 disciplines. My key objective is coaching businesses and business professionals to become better storytellers.
My business tool of choice is of course LinkedIn and it is the best place to share your personal and/or business story. So this is one half of my business and a major part of my coaching.
The other half is assisting businesses and specifically creative agencies to enhance their storytelling techniques through Whiteboard Animation. An almost childlike medium allowing stories to come alive through hand drawing illustrations and unfolding stories frame by frame. Time to ‘Share Your Story’.
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Phil Gerbyshak is the Chief Digital Officer of Vengreso and is a co-founder. He’s an award-winning speaker, an author and a technology geek who has been using digital to build business for nearly 20 years when he hand coded his first website dedicated to his favorite decade, the 80s.
Since the early days of the Internet, Phil has built websites, communities and bank accounts using the latest tools integrated into the classic needs of sales and marketing. A teacher at heart, Phil has delivered programs for audiences of 5 to 500, for the Fortune 50 to the smallest businesses and he’s been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Daily Globe and Mail, Inc.com and Entrepreneur.com to name just a few places.
When Phil isn’t teaching digital sales transformation, creating content, or reading the latest business book, you can find him playing pinball, walking on Florida’s beaches or enjoying one of 50 craft breweries in the Tampa Bay area.
Rebecca is driven by the challenge of making positive change happen in technology and digital business via effective communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement.
With more than 20 years' experience across a range of marketing, strategic planning, communications, sales acceleration and enablement disciplines, she excels in building teams and strategies that accelerate business success and create advocacy.
Her focus is on getting things right in 3 areas:
1. The right comms or marketing strategy
2. Communications, content and messaging which delivers impact
3. Creating strong engagement with your audiences
Karen has worked in corporate America, owned small businesses, and been an entrepreneur and a solo-preneur. She built her multiple 6-figure business by learning how to blend high-touch relationship based marketing with practical business online savvy. She is known as the ‘LinkedIn Queen’, and is an expert in online marketing.
Karen’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build highly profitable businesses doing what they love, all while making an impact.
- As an entrepreneur she helps business owners develop and maintain a cohesive, authentic and professional brand presence online to increase their profits.
- Karen has found her sweet spot combining her business experience and talents and she loves helping her clients find theirs.
And here is the link of the Ted Talk we mentioned in the podcast.
Casey Brown: Know your worth, and then ask for it.
AJ loves the concept of being present when customers are at the bottom of the funnel, and who are ready to make a purchase.
He has been an online marketer since 2007 and he’s managed hundreds of Google AdWords campaigns. He’s always been fascinated by the lead quality from intent-based targeting.
He was introduced to advertising on LinkedIn in 2014. He figured that it likely wasn’t a good platform because he hadn’t heard of it before then. As he continued to dive deeper into LinkedIn, he began to see the value that he felt the industry had not picked up on. He then founded B2Linked in an effort to spread the success he was experiencing through LinkedIn advertising to other companies.
He’s extremely active in the online marketing community. He’s a LinkedIn Certified Ads Partner, he manages the official LinkedIn Ads group forum, and he’s a board member of SLC | SEM among other things. He’s an exotic car nut and a triathlete. I lives in Utah with his wife and 4 kids.
Vicky has been playing sport and riding horses since she could walk.
To reach her goal of treating Horses and Riders, she had to start with the Human Bowen. Bardley Bowen is a small private clinic offering horses, riders and humans Bowen Therapy
Bowen is a very gentle complimentary therapy that works on a whole range of conditions including muscular skeletal, emotional and visceral dysfunctions.
It is believed to work by stimulating the nervous system, and by acting as a ‘factory re-set’ for the body it helps the body to restore optimum structure, functionality and health.
Bowen is good for both acute and chronic issues. It treats the whole person and because it is so gentle, it is effective for animals and humans of all age ranges.