Rudy Simondi – Founder of FLIPS

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What helps me have a productive day is keeping myself incredibly organized and staying positive throughout the day. As a business owner, I’m always on my toes (in my flip flops, of course). With four decades in retail, FLIPS founder Rudy Simondi has consistently executed business strategies to launch startups and improve longstanding retail operations. […]

Clarence Bethea – Founder of Upsie

Clarence Bethea - Founder of Upsie

Defining a problem is the first step to bringing a new idea to life. I look for problems that may be getting overlooked, and then consider the solutions available. Clarence Bethea is a business entrepreneur, consumer advocate, community leader, coach, mentor and father. Over the years, Clarence has worked with businesses from startup to Fortune […]

Steve Blumkin – President and Co-founder of Outrageous Rugs

[quote style=”boxed”]As simple as this may sound, when possible I take a 15 to 20 minute cat nap, which makes the remainder of the day much more productive.[/quote] Steve Blumkin is the owner, president and founder of Outrageous Rugs, the premier decorative area rug store in San Diego, with multiple locations in that city and […]

Natalie Bauss – Founder of Keeki Pure and Simple

[quote style=”boxed”]Make decisions quickly and adjust as you go. Even mistakes should be made quickly.[/quote] Keeki Pure & Simple is the creation of Natalie Bauss, a mom of two, who lives on an organic farm in West Michigan. Bauss, a California native with 20 years of experience as an esthetician and a background in sales […]

DuAnne Redus – Owner of Maui Wowi Hawaiian

[quote style=”boxed”]Never be afraid to go after wild dreams, you can achieve so much more than you ever imagined.[/quote] After losing her husband suddenly and arriving home on a flight from a business trip just hours before the 9/11 attacks, DuAnne Redus decided it was time to stop putting off her entrepreneurial dreams. She opened […]

Hamilton Powell – Founder of Crown & Caliber

[quote style=”boxed”]Get out of the office. Read, meet with people smarter than you, engage with other entrepreneurs. Your job as an entrepreneur isn’t to get caught in the weeds. You are tasked with steering the ship – so avoid the temptation to become a silo.[/quote] Crown & Caliber is the first exclusive buyer and consigner […]

Matthew Gordon – President and CEO of The Gordon Group

[quote style=”boxed”]”By letting yourself be vulnerable, you invite failure, but success trails closely behind.”[/quote] As president and CEO of The Gordon Group, a holding company that primarily manages GraduationSource and Avanti Systems USA, Matthew Gordon strives to foster positive corporate culture. Additionally, his passion for empowering young minds carries over into all aspects of the […]

Ziver Birg – Founder and CEO of ZIVELO

[quote style=”boxed”]My goal is to squeeze a 25-hour day out of 12 hours of work, six days a week.[/quote] Ziver Birg, also known as ‘”Mr. Kiosk,” according to Inc. Magazine, is a self-taught serial entrepreneur who has dedicated 12+ years to founding companies within the self-service technology industry. Ziver is well-known as the founder and […]