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Five Characteristics Every Entrepreneur Needs to Have, May McCarthy

Since 1982, May McCarthy has co-founded and helped to grow six successful companies as large as $100 million in annual revenues. She is an author, speaker, university lecturer and angel investor. She serves on business, philanthropic, arts and university boards. As an advisor, she serves graduate students through the Innovation and Entrepreneur Center at the Albers MBA program at Seattle University, as well as entrepreneurs through the WIN (Washington Innovation Network) Entrepreneur Mentoring Program. She has become successful by implementing spiritual principles into her ventures, and it is her passion to pass her knowledge on to others. May is the author of the best-selling books, The Path to Wealth and The Gratitude Formula.

The Affluenza Affair, Recreating the Spark in Your Business, Frank Fiume II

Frank Fiume II is a pioneer in the youth sports industry and the founder of i9 Sports—the nation’s first and leading franchisor of youth leagues and camps. Since 2003, i9 has generated over 300 million dollars—with more than two million participants in 900 communities across 30 states nationwide.

A baseball fanatic and native of Queens, New York, Frank graduated from St. John’s University and began a career as a medical equipment sales rep, though he was determined to pursue his life’s true purpose. So in l995, he created his own adult men’s softball league, ABA Sports. The start-up company quickly grew to over 900 teams in just six years, making it the largest adult sports organization on Long Island.

In 2003, Frank sold ABA in order to create i9 Sports, a business that catapulted him to national recognition and that Entrepreneur magazine ranked as the #1 children’s fitness franchise. Frank has been featured on Fox Business News, HBO Real Sports, and in dozens of publications and national news media outlets, including USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and The Wall Street Journal.

Frank sold i9 Sports in 2017 to a private equity firm, but remains a minority shareholder and member of the board of directors.

Importance of Building Relationships, Cathy Karabetsos

Cathy Karabetsos is the founder, and CEO of QCSS, the BEST Call Center on Earth since 1991.

She is also the host of ‘Go BIG or Go Broke' podcast where she interviews ordinary people who choose to play BIG.

Her mission is to inspire everyone to stop playing small, go BIG and become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams!

Cathy along with her business partner Karin Hall, founded QCSS (Quality Customer Service & Sales) in 1991. Since then Cathy has become a well respected leader among family, friends, employees, and the business community. Cathy prides herself on being a Christian leader. She partakes in Christian leadership groups and more importantly practices what she believes. God is very important to her along with her family. She spends most of her time with her husband Tom & their 7 children. She has spoken at many leadership events and is always networking with others. Cathy is best known for her big heart- she is full of compassion and always is thinking of the needs of others. This is a trait she instills in all who are employed at QCSS. and

Igniting Your Child's Inner Executive with True and Ken Tamplin

At age 13, True’s father Ken Tamplin was offered to be the lead singer for Journey.

Despite desperately needing the money, the 5-year touring contract was too great a sacrifice. He turned the offer down, and now True has checked every box an executive would want for his son: giving his grad speech, covering The Daily Pilot, garnering a full-ride to his school of choice, maintaining Suma Cum Laude 4.0 GPA, marrying the girl of his dreams, running a successful Analytics and Online Marketing company, and writing an Amazon #1 Bestseller, all by the age of 22. True is utterly convicted that none of his early successes would have come had his father accepted the Journey contract.

Now True’s story has become his plea to fight for executives to spend more time with their sons. True has gone on to become a CEO coach and has begun developing a mentor program for their sons to one day outdo their fathers.

If you feel True’s story ought to be heard by your organization, email his assistant:

Former Attorney Buildings a Thriving Broth Company, Eric Ersher of Zoup!

Eric Ersher is the founder and CEO of Zoup!, a Michigan-based, fast casual soup concept, formed in 1998. Zoup! fast-casual soup restaurants, a Michigan-based franchise with 100 locations across the Northern half of the U.S. and Ontario, has ventured into the retail CPG business with its launch of super-premium broth. After five (long, but full of lessons) years, the team has figured out how to compete on shelves with big-budget, Fortune 100 companies. Now in more than 4,500 stores across the country, including leading players like HEB, Kroger, Giant Eagle and Safeway, Zoup! Broth has doubled its sales over each previous year, with 2018 exceeding quarterly projections by 50%.

A former attorney and 20+ year soup industry veteran, Eric Ersher founded Zoup! in the early days of fast casual. He saw that people wanted more high-quality options than fast food and was passionate about the comfort and well-being that only really good soup could deliver. Ringing in its 20th year, Zoup! ladles in $645K average sales per location, per year, and prides itself on being all about the people and staying true to its “Zoupisms” (i.e. the foundation for its culture and operational standards).

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