Jeremy Straub

Ian Bentley, Co-Founder & CEO of Parker Clay

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we sat down with Ian Bentley, Co-Founder & CEO of Parker Clay, and talked about how Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and this has allowed Ian to create jobs and opportunities to empower the people of Ethiopia. Parker Clay is deeply committed to producing every product ethically and sustainably without compromising on quality, while also transforming the community through trade.

In 2011 everything changed for Ian Bentley when he and his wife Brittany traveled to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter. Not only did they fall in love with the country, the culture, and the people they met, but they also saw first hand both a need and an opportunity to develop a company that could meet that need. Ian and his family moved to Ethiopia in 2012 to help support vulnerable women and children, and it was there they founded Parker Clay as a way to further transform the community through trade.

With a background in business development and a passion to enact change, Ian, along with his wife Brittany, laid the framework for Parker Clay while living in Ethiopia. Their desire was to create a company that showcased Ethiopian leather and premium craftsmanship, while also providing meaningful work and job training to underemployed and unemployed people in Ethiopia. Now Ian is co-founder and CEO of Parker Clay, a premium leather company making products in Ethiopia. Parker Clay is deeply committed to producing every product ethically and sustainably without compromising on quality, while also focused on creating job opportunities that empower vulnerable women to not just survive but thrive. 

After living in Ethiopia for three years, Ian, his wife Brittany, and their 5 children moved back to their hometown of Santa Barbara to open the flagship Parker Clay store and continue to grow the business in the United States.

Website
https://www.parkerclay.com/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/parkerclayintl/

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/parkerclayintl/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/parkerclayintl

Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/parkerclayintl/?autologin=true

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/parkerclay

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Paige Held, Founder & CEO of Yoga Joint

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we sat down with Paige Held, Founder & CEO of Yoga Joint, and talked about how she pivoted her business and started offering virtual online yoga classes. Paige talks about surrounding your self with the right people in order to follow your passion and how she built a culture and community around her business. 

Paige Held is the co-owner and founder of Yoga Joint and has been teaching yoga for 22 years. Paige embarked on her yoga journey at the young age of 16 in South Florida. Five years into her practice at 20 years old, she became certified to teach yoga and has spent numerous hours continuing her yoga education through attending workshops, intensives, retreats and other teacher trainings working with some of the most globally renowned yoga teachers.  

Ten years into her teaching career, Paige created Hot Fusion Flow,  her own unique and innovative style of yoga which was developed alongside her best friend Kelly Green. This style of yoga blends and gains inspiration from various styles of yoga such as Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Anusara, and Shiva Rea. 

Paige’s intention in her yoga classes is to utilize the physical exercise to bring mental awareness to a heightened state where her students are then able to realize where they are mentally, physically, and emotionally in their surroundings and to respond rather than to react. She is constantly encouraging her students to let go, have fun and find freedom in their bodies, minds and spirits.  She draws much of her inspiration as a yoga teacher from her most important role as a mother to her 2 children and 2 stepchildren. Her classes are physically challenging and mentally enlightening with the goal of enabling real people to better manage real life situations. In Paige’s classes, her students can expect a challenging vinyasa flow with a heartfelt message and energetic music.

Website
https://www.yogajoint.com/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/YogaJointCorporate/

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/yogajoint/

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Jeff Ransdell, Co-Founder of Rokk3r Fuel

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we sat down with Jeff Ransdell, Co-Founder of Rokk3r Fuel, and talked about how the world is changing rapidly and technology is at the forefront of this change, so everyone, including the government, small and large businesses must invest in technology. 

Jeff Ransdell is a venture capitalist building a portfolio of exponential technology companies at Wynwood Arts District-based venture capital firm Rokk3r Fuel, which he co-founded in 2017 following a departure from the world of private wealth management. Jeff approaches venture capital with a signature “founder focused, investor driven” mindset, shaped by two decades as a top executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a managing director and market executive of the financial powerhouse, he managed more than $130 billion of global private client investment assets, a P&L of $2 billion, and over 2,000 employees across the bank’s Southeast Wealth Management Division. His transition to venture capital was motivated by what he saw as mounting evidence that opportunities to shape the economy and capitalize on innovation were steadily shifting from the public markets to the private markets. In the face of much skepticism, Jeff chose Miami, Florida, as the home base for Rokk3r Fuel, armed with an unparalleled rolodex and emboldened to leverage the city’s untapped resources and advantages. Rokk3r Fuel currently manages a $200 million fund and has a portfolio of more than 20 tech companies, including PredaSAR, Soundtrack Your Brand, Taxfyle and Bolt Mobility.

[1:04] Jeff runs a large venture capital firm. 

[3:51] what this crisis has highlighted from the gap perspective is that there is a tremendous amount of need to get upgraded from a technology perspective. 

[9:45] if you are a C.E.O of a major cooperation, your Job is to maximize share hold stock price.

[10:17] when you think about venture capital, you are investing in a company that you believe as an investor is going to fill a gap in a major cooperation strategy. 

[21:37] you need to understand who your audiences are. 

[23:48] there are three things people hold close to their hearts, one is their family, one is their health, and one is their money. 

[23:57] when you are giving the opportunity to participate in one of does three things, you have to do it right. 

[24:14] our mantra is “Investor driven and founder focused” but it all starts with the investor, because without the investor none of these companies exist. 

[24:44] you need a mind of a capitalist but the heart of a social worker.

[36:58] if you are a successful person, you are successful for a reason and the enemy of great is good.

Website
https://rokk3rfuel.com/

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Carolyn Zaumeyer NP, Founder & Nurse Practitioner of LowTE Florida

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we sat down with Carolyn Zaumeyer NP, Founder & Nurse Practitioner of LowTE Florida, and talked about how she was able to overcome her fears and start her business, how she waited till she found the right person to help expand her business, and how she is able to find such a talented team.

Carolyn Zaumeyer Nurse Practitioner is the founder of LowTE Florida and #1 bioidentical hormone provider in the state and #2 in the country! She has been a specialist in women’s health for more than 28 years, authoring two books and more than 27 publications. Carolyn is an established public speaker, appearing nationally and internationally at over 80 conferences. A pioneer, she was the first nurse practitioner in Florida to open her own practice, to write on establishing an independent practice, and the first in Florida to open a BioTE practice. 

LowTE Florida utilizes the scientifically proven BioTE Medical hormone pellet system. Their pellets are made from the highest quality plant-based materials and are compressed at hundreds of pounds of pressure – enabling them to deliver constant levels of hormone replacement for months at a time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Women can start producing less hormones in their late 20’s and men in their early 30’s, and bio-identical hormones will allow those people to feel like they did 10-15 years ago. 

Carolyn Zaumeyer fosters a passion for helping her clients and community alike. She dedicates her time, talent, and resources to supporting several nonprofits including PACE Center for Girls, Debra Levy Neimark Scholarship Foundation, Women’s Executive Club and their Women Empowering Women Scholarship Program, Broward Coalition for the Homeless, Children’s Opportunity Group, The Pantry of Broward and Save the Chimps.

Website
https://lowteflorida.com/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/LowTEFlorida/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LowTEFlorida

Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynzaumeyer/

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nLjO3GrT-byuIX2WqfbtQ

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/lowte_florida/

Yelp
https://www.yelp.com/biz/lowte-florida-fort-lauderdale-3

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Jordan Lams, CEO of MOXIE™

In today’s episode, we sat down with Jordan Lams, CEO and Founder of Moixe, and talked about how he has been able to differentiate himself from his competitors by creating a lasting brand, and how time during the quarantine has allowed him to improve his business structure to be more efficient. 

Mr. Lams oversees market expansion, operations, compliance, and brand development. In under four years, Mr. Lams has expanded the Moxie brand from a self-financed startup to multiple domestic markets and product distribution in over 40 different countries. 

As one of the leading manufacturing advocates in the cannabis industry, he has advised California, Pennsylvania, and Michigan legislators and regulators to develop responsible regulations for the entire industry. 

Lams has been recognized by High Times as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis and recently received recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine as a leader in the cannabis space.
 

Website:
https://www.moxie710.com/ 

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/moxie710/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/moxie710Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/moxie710/

John Fieldly, CEO of CELSIUS Healthy Energy Drink

With an extensive consumer goods background, John Fieldly, is a results-driven executive with over 20 years of broad financial and operational experience. In April of 2018, Fieldly was named Celsius Holdings Inc.’s CEO. Prior to that, he served as the company’s CFO since 2012. Since beginning his accelerated career at (NASDAQ: CELH) in 2012, John has demonstrated a proven track record of driving robust business results and shareholder value. In his current role as CEO, Fieldly uses his strong background in financial leadership and operational expertise to focus on to maximize resources to drive revenue, corporate efficiencies, and shareholder value.

Fieldly began his career in retail within the food/drug/mass (FDM) channel through various leadership roles with the Eckerd Corporation. His work included sales training, merchandising, impulse sales strategy, and quality control. Fieldly supported the acquisition to CVS in 2004. At the time, Eckerd had more than 2,800 stores nationwide.

Between 2004 and 2012 – and prior to joining Celsius Holdings Inc. – Fieldly held a leadership role at Lebhar-Friedman, where he was responsible for business planning, financial reporting, and overseeing financial operations. He also worked for Oragenics, Inc. (OGEN), where he was responsible for all their finance functions, including financial planning, public reporting requirements, and optimizing operational efficiencies and implementing procurement strategies to maximize operations.

Mr. Fieldly is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and a graduate of University of South Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Married with two children, John and his family reside in Boca Raton, FL, where Celsius Holdings Inc. is headquartered.

Website:
www.celsius.com

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/CelsiusOfficial/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/celsiusofficial/

David Rosen, CEO of Kira Labs

David Rosen is the founder & CEO of Kira Labs Inc, a beauty innovator, and cosmetic manufacturer established in 2003. Clients include Walmart, Kroger, HEB, CVS, TJMaxx, and Amazon. Kira Labs is a lean vertical brand produces and has been named a South Florida Manufacturer of the Year 2019 and Florida Exporter of the Year 2017.

In search of higher quality products and providing more value to consumers, David began experimenting and formulating in his garage. By targeting highly effective anti-aging formulas, David launched his first line and from day one had a loyal customer following. David established Kira Labs manufacturing in 2003 and has since grown to vertically market & manufacture over 30 brands worldwide B2B & B2C. Kira Labs employs over 150 people and features products in multiple categories including Face, Hair, Body, Men’s, Natural, Home, and Pet.

David is a Lean practitioner and ever-learner, having most recently being named as Florida Exporter of the year and South Florida Manufacturer of the Year. Under David’s leadership, Kira Labs has also won the Presidents E Award for export, 2019 Runner Up for the Florida Sterling Quality Awards, 2019 CEO Apogee Award Winner, and 2019 GrowFL Company to Watch Winner.

David is a member of several boards, coaches kids basketball, and volunteers with several charities. David has presented and spoken at several conferences for the SBA, SBDC, and Amex.

Website:
https://www.kiralabs.com/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/kiralabsinc/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/kiralabs

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Todd Fleischman, President of Recon Truck Accessories

COVID​-19 for Business: Double Down or Play it Safe?

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we sat down with Todd Fleischman to get his insight on how he is operating his business and what he plans to do during these troubling times. 

Todd Fleischman is the President of Recon Truck Accessories and they were established in 2001. RECON Truck Accessories is a manufacturer of Premium Quality Aftermarket Vehicular & Powersports Lighting Accessories. From their website, you can select from a wide variety of RECON products, read detailed product information, see actual product photos & videos, and make your online purchase safely and securely!

Website: 
https://gorecon.com/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/GoRECON

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/RECONACCESSORIES

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/gorecon/

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Sifu Matthew, CEO of The Martial Arts of Wellness

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. On today’s episode, we sat down with Sifu Matthew to get his insight on how his love of martial arts inspired him to create a business, the Marital Arts of Wellness, how to align your mind and body to become self-aware, and, how being your authentic self is vital to your business.  

Sifu Matthew is a Kung Fu Master, world renowned healer, athletic performance expert and founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness (MAOW). He is a master of understanding the electromagnetic forces of the body in relation to strength, wellness, and performance.  He is known for his ability to regenerate body tissues, ligaments, and bones rapidly to activate the healing process.  He has worked with many thousands, including pro-athletes and Hollywood stars. Some of his groundbreaking work includes regenerating dogs’ hips, dissolving arthritis, and preventing numerous degenerative conditions from surgery. 

Sifu Matthew’s creation of the Martial Arts of Wellness came from his more than 41 years of experience in the martial arts, which inspired him to discover an intimate process of how electromagnetic forces interact within and without of the body. With this scientific knowledge, Sifu Matthew was able to heal his own body completely from several major chronic debilitating injuries from competitive sports. Some of those injuries included: an ankle with bone spurs and a severed nerve cut accidentally during surgery which left him with constant pain and irreparable structural damage, a finger that was shattered with no room for pins and was predicted to have arthritis and no movement, and a host of other conditions that had no response to traditional or alternative medicine.

Matthew was able to heal his injuries permanently through mastering an understanding of his own electromagnetic forces, precise elements and angles of motion needed to activate these forces for healing.  His understanding of these forces came from studying through interaction the precise trajectory of the creative force cycles that are responsible for our health or disease.

Website: https://themartialartsofwellness.com/

Instagram: @martialartsofwellness

Facebook: @MartialArtsofWellness

Twiiter: @MAofWellness

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiY7csGsQCBg9wqHzjkV2Nw?view_as=subscriber

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Gary Press, CEO of Lifestyle Media Group

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. On today’s episode, we sat down with Gary Press to get his insight on how he developed his businesses and mindset, tips for someone starting out in the media and marketing industry, and how he strayed away from his dad’s plan to follow his dream and create his own business. 

Gary directs the largest and fastest-growing magazine publishing business in South Florida with 13 monthly publications and a combined readership approaching 1 million. Gary launched South Florida Business & Wealth magazine in 2014, attracting over 117,000 C-Suite readers into LMG’s portfolio that extends into the tri-county region. In 2018, Lifestyle Media Group launched Tampa Bay Business & Wealth, as well as Good Press, which celebrates the philanthropic scene in south Palm Beach and Broward counties. In addition to publishing, Gary also owns Alternative Revenue Solutions, a company designed to increase market share for its clients.

Website: 

Instagram: 

@lifestylemagfl

@sfbwmag

Facebook:

@lifestylemagazine

@southfloridabusinesswealth

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