Shelby Ring

Live as big and bold as you possibly can. Strike up conversations with strangers as much as possible, and if it scares you— definitely keep going. Take your time and don’t settle for anything.   Shelby Ring is the Chief Cat Herder and Storyteller at Ruby Riot Creatives; a digital…

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Sam Mustafa

Stick with one concept and build it the best it can be…You have to start somewhere- and it’s never too late to start!   Sam Mustafa was born in Kuwait, a Western Asia country sitting beside Iraq and Saudi Arabia. In 1987, Mustafa migrated to the United States. As a…

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Colby Lee Burke

Promote yourself. Don’t be shy. No one will notice your work if you don’t promote it. Colby Lee Burke is a professional travel writer who journeys around the world in search of the best stories to share with his readers. His work has been published in many national and regional…

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Randall Goldman

With dialogue comes an understanding and, with time, respect. Always try to listen more than you talk.   Randall Goldman is a problem solver, a successful businessman, community leader and mentor who continually strives to better the world around him. An expert in the art of hospitality, his knowledge crosses…

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Kathleen Wilson

Expand your skill set at every possible opportunity, even if not related to your business.   Kathleen Wilson is founder and owner of SwimCalm, an innovative program that teaches adults with fear of water how to swim. This life altering program combines the mental and physical, proving to the student…

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Rory Brown

Always take money off the table, there is always another opportunity.   Rory Brown is a Managing Partner of Nicklaus Brown & Co. and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ad Genius, Armada Cloud, Goods & Services, and Nearshore Technology Company. Brown works with the leader of each…

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Michael Daugherty

I never stop thinking about trying to improve a process, enhance a strategy, or challenging team members. The minute we get complacent, is the minute we start losing.   Michael Daugherty help build a company from the ground up with people at the center, and he’s proud to be the…

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Fred Stone

Go for what you believe in and you will succeed!   Fred Stone attended college at Wake Forest University and knew he wanted to pursue a business career after completion. He began working in the commercial banking sector at Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) and was selected to participate in…

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Nora Whalen – Vice President and Co-founder of W4C3

[quote style=”boxed”]At the end of your workday, make a list of all the good things that happened. Write down your new connections, new ideas, notes from a great conversations, money coming in, things that are working, etc. On the tougher days, it helps keep you positive and it will inspire…

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Dimitri Cherny – Founder and CEO of Highest Wind

[quote style=”boxed”]I would have immediately sold my house and paid off all my debts in order to reduce my personal burn rate to the absolute minimum.[/quote] By the time his mid-life crisis of conscience hit, Dimitri Cherny had brought to market 16 high-tech products for half a dozen companies over…

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