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Randi Boyette, Founder of Spark Medical Marketing Inc.

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 Randi Boyette about when starting a business, you need to zero in on what you are great at and then slowly build-out. It is not a sprint, but a marathon. You do not want to provide too much too fast, and not be able to scale. We also talked about working with a partner to enhance your business, finding the tasks that go along with your strengths, and having someone to give the final say on what needs to be done.

Randi Boyette is the founder of Spark Medical Marketing Inc., a digital marketing firm that helps take medical and aesthetics brands into the digital marketing space with a team of experts. Businesses have grown exponentially as a result of the Spark Marketing digital formula for success.  After many years in sales and marketing, Randi saw the industry taking a strong turn to digital marketing and decided to immerse herself in the opportunity and take the company in that direction.

Her experience includes:

-Sales and marketing director experience for leading brands such as Christian Dior, Chanel, MAC, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera

-Speaking engagements on the topic of digital marketing

-Mentoring new entrepreneurs and university students

Randi has built the Spark team to over 110 trained and certified digital experts over the last eight years. Together, they use their expertise to build a strategy that is customized for each client and monitor that program for optimal success.  Their approach to digital marketing has caused a stir in the industry which has raised the bar for expectations across the board.

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

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

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

Website
https://sparkmedicalmarketing.com/

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Fahed Essa, Co-Founder of Mayv

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 Fahed about his experience before Mayv, how you need to find a partner with a complementary skillset, and when you are starting out, you need to figure out who is going to pay for your product before you build your business.

Fahed Al-Essa is the co-founder of Mayv, a resilience-based holistic pain management solution designed for patients looking for a new approach to living and thriving in the face of chronic conditions. Launched in April 2021, it’s a program that combines evidence-based stress and pain management approaches with plant-based anti-inflammatory supplements that tackle major aggravators of chronic pain, stress, and inflammation. In this capacity, Al-Essa’s core responsibilities are maintaining company trajectory and vision, developing the internal and external values present and leading by example. He also oversees all financial and operational sustainability, sales & marketing initiatives, and customer outreach.

Prior to founding Mayv, Al-Essa held esteemed positions at major healthcare companies and launched numerous wellness-related start-ups. His extensive background in science and healthcare coupled with his firsthand experience living with chronic pain and working with patients and professionals who know the challenges of these debilitating conditions, helped him to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary medicine to build a solution that patients actually need.

In addition to personally suffering from chronic pain over the last two decades from a broken femur and three unsuccessful surgeries, Al-Essa’s mother (and mentor), was diagnosed with five consecutive and different cancers over the span of five years. He felt the medical treatment was superb, but the mental health care she received was not. Her emotional wellbeing was deteriorating, and it was disheartening for him to see how little her medical team focused on an integrative approach, where mental and emotional care are on equal footing with cellular and biological health. He knew something had to change, and that’s how Mayv was born.

“At Mayv we plan to be the patient’s companion in their medical journey, filling the gaps where the system falls short,” says Al-Essa. “We believe in a holistic perspective, and only when we address the patient’s mind, body, and spirit are we creating a space to heal. We plan to tackle chronic pain, piece by piece – first with joint pain, and then into other critical health verticals.”

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/mayv.co/

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/mayv.co/

Twitter
https://mayv.co/

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Alex Valencia, President of We Do Web Content

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 Alex Valencia, President of We Do Web Content, about how understanding business fundamentals is key to success, the value of digital content and how it can help you grow your business, and how knowing your numbers can be used as leverage when meeting clients.

Alex Valencia is the co-owner and president of We Do Web Content, a digital marketing agency that devises content and marketing strategies, producing online content for law firms, medical professionals, and businesses of all sizes nationwide. Alex counsels hundreds of clients with the broad knowledge gained from his direct experience in digital marketing, SEO, email marketing, marketing automation, content marketing, and social marketing. In the past couple of years, the firm has seen explosive growth, increasing its staff size five times over and yielding a three-year growth of 197%. This led We Do Web Content to became a proud member of the Inc. 5000 this past year.

Since its inception in 2008, We Do Web Content has led the industry with its content creation and a laser-focused commitment to every client’s individual needs. Combining years of experience and forward-thinking technology, they started developing internal proprietary software that would streamline the content creation process. The platform, named WeDo, streamlines the content creation process while closing the SEO gap on competitors, producing real-time reports, and scaling any business’s workload. There is currently a waitlist to join the beta and they plan to fully launch it later this year.

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

Linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/company/wedowebcontent/

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

Website
https://www.wedowebcontent.com

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Jon Jay, 10 Year Major League Baseball Veteran

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 Jon Jay 10 year Major League Baseball veteran.

A product of Columbus high school in Miami, Fl Jon played college baseball for his childhood dream The University of Miami where he was a 2nd round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 MLB first-year player draft. Jon made his Major league debut in 2010 and was a member of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Throughout his career he has also played for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and recently completed the 2020 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jon is just as impressive off the field using skills and lessons he has learned from his baseball journey to his everyday life. When he is not on the field, in the gym, or with his family Jon is meeting with business professionals throughout the US constantly trying to educate himself and has been involved in real estate, marketing, and other business ventures from investing to consulting. On top of that, he gives back to the community. Jon is so much more than just a baseball player, he is an outstanding member of society. He truly wants the world to be a better place, and he plans to make that happen.  He has hosted charity events in Miami and in cities that he has played in. He loves to mentor anyone from kids to his fellow MLB teammates.

In this episode, we spoke about how having the right kind of pressure can help you be successful and accomplish your goals. When playing the game of life, short term profits can make you miss out on long term opportunities. Trust the process, and continue to work on your craft. If you are an overall good person, that can translate into being a good friend, good employee, good dad, and so on.

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

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

Twitter
https://twitter.com/jonjayu

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Sarah Apgar, Founder of FitFighter

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 Sarah Apgar, Founder of FitFighter.  We spoke about how important it is to show, teach, and explain how your product works. You can’t assume your customer knows how to use your product, teach them. They will appreciate it more.  We also talked about how building a team of people who can complement your ideas will push you to go further.  Sarah shared that building an advisory board has been vital to her success. 

Sarah Apgar is the Founder of FitFighter, a complete strength training system that makes you ready for your everyday mission. She is an Iraq War Veteran, All-American Athlete, Fitness Professional, Volunteer Firefighter, and mom of 2 little girls. Sarah and FitFighter have been featured on ABC News, USA Sports Radio, Armed Forces Network, and Oxygen Magazine, and performed for clients the likes of ESPN, FDNY, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Sarah promotes and celebrates the power of teams, women leaders, and public service, contributing a portion of sales to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation. Sarah has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA from Princeton University, and is a graduate of the Princeton Army ROTC Program. She lives in Port Washington NY with her husband, Ben Smith, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and her two young daughters, Emory and Arlyn. 

FitFighter is a strength and conditioning system originally designed for the fire service, made with a real fire hose. Sarah is an Army veteran who after leaving the army joined her local volunteer fire department in Huntington, NY to recapture the sense of camaraderie she had experienced in the military, which helped inspire FitFighter’s creation. 

There is also a GREAT giveback side to this. A portion of sales sponsor the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation supporting Veterans, First Responders, frontline healthcare workers, and their families.    Additionally, Sarah is providing at-cost equipment to FDNY firefighters who need to train at home AND she is also working to keep high school and college athletes in tip top shape until sports can resume safely.

Website
https://www.fitfighter.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fitfighter/

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

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6DM-X5XwgnYrgsrYehftyA

Jordan Kavana, Founder & CEO of Transcendent Investment Management

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 Jordan Kavana, Founder & CEO of Transcendent Investment Management.  We spoke about how Jordan’s main goal when it comes to renting is to enhance people’s lives with experience, happiness, or a combination of both. Giving back to the community has been a fundamental value to Jordan and he is not fully fulfilled economically or with his time. 

Jordan established Transcendent Investment Management in 2008 to lay the foundation for his vision of a data-driven real estate investment platform in the single-family residential space to capitalize on what he saw as clear opportunities created by the distressed U.S. real estate market of the time. After further developing his proprietary ERP solution, TIAS ResiPro ™, Jordan formed the firm’s vertically-integrated Build U.S. Back® line of companies as its operating platform to research, select, acquire, renovate, rent, and, at the right time, resell properties in-house; becoming the subject of a 2014 Harvard Business School case study entitled, “Build U.S. Back: Opportunities in the U.S. housing market.”

Prior to launching Transcendent, Jordan successfully formed and grew an international high-tech toy company in Hong Kong and China, which he sold in 2003 to return to the U.S. and co-found JL Real Ventures. The private equity fund assembled a portfolio of multi-family properties in the Southeastern United States.

Jordan earned his B.A. in Hospitality Management and Finance from Florida International University, pursued graduate-level studies in real estate finance at Harvard University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s OPM program. He served as a trustee on the Florida State Pension Plan Board, which oversees $127.8 billion in total assets, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Aviator Capital Management, a full-service commercial passenger aircraft leasing and management firm based in Miami, Florida.

Website
https://www.timgmt.com/

Linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-kavana/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/transcendent-investments-management/

Rishi Kapoor, Founder & CEO of Location Ventures

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 Rishi Kapoor, Founder & CEO of Location Ventures, about how patience and tolerance is key in real estate. You want to surround yourself with a balanced team. Being an entrepreneur is about putting your everything into an idea you are passionate about. You have to ask yourself, do you want to continue your side projects as a hobby, or do you want to pursue your dreams and make it your profession? The decision relies on you. You have to work hard but be humble about your abilities. We are never a finished product, as humans, you can always improve.  See what others are doing, and figure out how you can do it better. 

Rishi has spent the last ten years focused on residential real estate, primarily in the luxury sector with a strong background in sales & marketing, prior to focusing on sponsoring development. Upon founding Location Ventures, he set out to create awesome living experiences in premium locations centered around nature and technology. To date, Rishi is responsible for leading the development of a $500M portfolio including: high-end, custom single-family homes; rehabilitation of multi-family properties; development of boutique condominiums; and is the Managing Partner of URBIN, a company dedicated to co-living, co-working and wellness and FORUM, an elevated co-working experience with high-touch business services

Rishi first and foremost takes great pride in fostering close relationships with the company’s partners & team. His day-to-day role centers around identifying unique opportunities, capital formation and setting the product vision for our projects while working closely with the development team on proper execution. He received business degrees in Finance, Marketing & Management from the University of Miami, and is also a non-practicing attorney, having graduated from UM Law. Rishi comes from a real estate family that has developed & invested in hotels, SFHs, and offices throughout the Southeast United States and New Delhi, India over the last 40 years.

Website
https://location.ventures/

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

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

Chris Gannon, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolay

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 Chris Gannon, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolay. We talked about how at a young age, Chris was able to receive experience in the food industry because his dad, Tim Gannon, owned Outback Steakhouse. He was able to use that experience to his benefit and create Bolay. To really make his business work, he took notes from each restaurant he visited and wrote down the concepts he enjoyed about them, the music from one, the service from another, etc. He believes the best feedback to making your business better comes from your team members on the frontline. They are the ones who know what obstacles customers face and what needs to be fixed for a better experience.

Chris Gannon, CEO and co-founder, along with his father, Tim Gannon, listened, researched, taste-tested, sought the right talent and experimented with the right ideas to bring about the boldest, freshest brand in the fast-casual dining market.

Through his years of experience traveling the world and tasting international cuisine from professional’s kitchens and friendly homes, Chris Gannon knows what makes great flavors. By listening to what people wanted and craved from their food, he came to understand what the restaurant scene urgently needed: a brand that believed in excellent food that fuels an amazing lifestyle. Therefore, Bolay was created as more than just another fast-casual restaurant. It was borne from the belief that the “fast” and the “casual” can be the extraordinary and nutritious. Bolay’s business model, vision and mission is rooted in the same dedication to excellence that motivated Chris as an entrepreneur, a student of business and cultures, and to become the second youngest person to win the US Polo Championship. It’s also paired with a spirit of fun that guests feel as soon as they walk in. The word Bolay itself combines the signature dish, the bol, with “olay” to evoke the excitement around the brand, good health and great living.

Today, the Gannon’s are elevating the business by embracing the wholeness of food well before the plate hits the table. “The Bolay Way” is one that is meant to invite and inspire. Quick and delicious is provided with consideration of everything that makes food great – community, health, passion, flavor and service.

Website
https://bolay.com/

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

Twitter
https://twitter.com/Bolay

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

Linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/company/bolayrestaurant/

Stacey Moore, Commissioner & Founder of the American Cornhole League

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 Stacey Moore, the commissioner and founder of the American Cornhole League. We talked about how his family had started a semi-pro basketball league that ended up failing. Stacey was able to take those learning on what had worked before and transferred it to the ACL. He started his research and development by going to college tailgates to see if there was proof of concept. Do you know what goes great with tailgates? Cornhole! He created a point system model that would allow any player to be eligible for the championships. Their matches are featured on ESPN 3 or EPSN 2.

Cornhole is not just your backyard or bar game anymore – this is the real thing! They have a 3 year deal on ESPN and are one of the most popular sports on the network. Even celebrities are interested. Take a look at what Country Music Superstar Jake Owen had to say about them. 

Despite COVID-19 going on, the ACL is growing FAST. We have been one of the ONLY LIVE sports taking place. ESPN committed 4 hours of LIVE programming to us each of the past 6 weeks and social media has been eating it up! 55,000 cornhole players in the country. ALL have unique stories. 

The ACL for the past two seasons has been focused on delivering an equal pay initiative. We created the Women’s Doubles Division in 2018 which was an additional division that women could compete in. Even though women are also allowed to compete in the Pro Division, offering a second women’s doubles division that matched the payout of the Pro Division gives women the best possible opportunity to earn equal or more money in comparison to their male competitors.  

Check out this sizzle reel for the league – https://vimeo.com/iplaycornhole/review/366333410/6969191cff

Check out this story on ForbesE News and Variety 


Website
http://www.iplaycornhole.com/

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

Twitter
https://twitter.com/iplaycornhole

Jessica Rolph, Co-founder, and CEO of Lovevery

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 Jessica Rolph, Co-founder, and CEO of Lovevery. We talked about how finding the right partner is important for success. You want to find someone who has a growth mindset and is also open to new ideas and communication.  She also mentioned that in order to scale your brand, you need to leverage your network and their network. This will help you find the right people to scale your business.

The creation of Lovevery began with Jessica, Rod and an idea.

Jessica- Passionate about giving babies the best and healthiest beginning in life. As founding partner, she helped to build Happy Family into a top organic baby food company. Confident that she was giving her babies the best nutrition, she started to become curious about what each of her three children’s brains were craving.

Rod- A builder of companies and movements with environmental and social impact. He was masterful at making things happen and generating results. Meanwhile, Rod was experiencing fatherhood times two, with his twins!

Jessica and Rod have known, trusted, and respected each other for many years. Rod is married to Andrea, Jessica’s life long best friend. The idea behind Lovevery began after Jessica read a doctoral dissertation titled Current Research Findings on the Neurological Development of Infants. Through reading the study Jessica learned that the human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells, all of which are present at birth but have few links between them. Babies brains develop by constructing an intricate communication network. The network’s structure is formed by experiences children have in the first 3 years of life. The research revealed the more you expose babies to how the world works, the richer the neural networks become. Jessica’s takeaway was that early development experiences wouldn’t just happen on their own, she had to create them. Jessica wanted to share what she had learned with other parents. This desire gave her the idea to create a second baby company, this time focused on brain development. The hard part would be bringing that idea to reality, she would need help. The moment that Rod said that he would co-found the company, it all became real!

Jessica and Rod created Lovevery, a company that offers products and information which help create developmental experiences in the lives of new babies and families. Lovevery helps parents feel confident that they are giving their little ones just what they want and need every step of the way.


Website
https://lovevery.com/

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/lovevery/?hl=en

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

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/company/lovevery/