Jeremy Straub

Andrea Lisbona, CEO and Founder of Touchland

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 spoke with Andrea Lisbona, CEO, and Founder of Touchland.  Andrea has seen great success and her accomplishments speak for themselves.  We learned more on how she accumulated 10 times her revenue year to date with 5 months left in the cycle, her growth due to her self learning and quick reaction to obstacles, and how growing a business with your spouse can be rewarding and challenging.

Millennial entrepreneur Andrea Lisbona is setting out to disrupt the stale hand sanitizer industry, which is projected to grow to $5.95B globally by the end of 2021 (more than a third of that industry is in the United States). Inspired by innovators such as Steve Jobs & Emily Weiss who married great function with great design, Andrea developed Touchland, a revolutionary brand of hand sanitizers that combine sleek, functional packaging with non-sticky, moisturizing and luxurious-feeling formulas that come in eight amazing scents. 

 Lisbona ran a Kickstarter campaign in July 2018, which resulted in the brand reaching 450% of its initial fundraising goal and more than 1,300 pre-orders for the product in just one month. By the time the brand officially launched in November 2018, that number had increased to more than 1,500 people on the waiting list. Since their launch, Touchland has enjoyed 20% MoM revenue increases (thanks to their successful social media and digital marketing strategies) and is gearing up for the next phase of their business: the launch of a B2B product for high-traffic locations, retail distribution and more. 

Andrea is originally from Barcelona and relocated to Miami in 2018 in order to oversee the growth of Touchland from the US. She holds an MBA from ESADE and was a featured expert speaker at the European Commission. 


Website
https://touchland.com/

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

Linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/company/touchland-/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/touchland

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

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Lil Roberts, Founder and CEO of Xendoo

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 Lil Roberts, CEO, and Founder of Xendoo, and talked about how communication is imperative right now, and that not only applies to internal customers, the staff, and the team but also the external customers and vendors. She also talked about her journey as an entrepreneur and provided some insight for young entrepreneurs who may need guidance. Lil touched on her unique ideas and concepts that she utilizes in order to continue the radical growth the company is experiencing.  

Lil Roberts is CEO and Founder of Xendoo, a South Florida-based fintech company offering innovative online accounting and bookkeeping solutions, along with data-driven insights to small business owners. A South Florida native, Lil prides herself on building customer-centric companies that are built on teamwork, technology and integrity. A serial entrepreneur with a passion for small business, she is known as an innovator with an enviable ability to foresee market trends. 


Website
https://www.xendoo.com/

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

Linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/company/xendoo-llc/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/Xendoo_

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Jennifer Yen, CEO of Purlisse and YENSA

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 Jennifer Yen, Founder of Purlisse and Yensa, and talked about how her acting career prepared her to become an entrepreneur, the dark side of entrepreneurship, and her digitalization and direct to consumer strategy. 

Founder of Purlisse Jennifer Yen, started her career on the hit TV Show POWER RANGERS and now she saves complexions with her award-winning beauty line Purlisse and her newest Superfood Cosmetic brand YENSA. 

Famous fans of the Purlisse and YENSA brands include Cardi B, Jamie Chung, Orlando Bloom, the Cast of Scandal, and more!

Jennifer Yen is a single mom who has a goal: to share the Asian Beauty Secrets that cleared up her skin while she was a Power Ranger; the show destroyed her skin! Now women can fall in love with their skin again from tried and true Asian remedies that date back 1000s of years. Going back to her roots and her Grandmother’s Asian beauty secrets, Jennifer was able to improve her skin and her confidence.


Website
https://purlisse.com/
https://yensa.com/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/purlisse
https://www.facebook.com/YENSAbeauty/

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/purlisse/
https://www.instagram.com/yensabeauty/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/purlisse
https://twitter.com/yensabeauty?lang=en

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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