Caren Merrick is the CEO and founder of Pocket Mentor – an iTunes app for anyone with goals for improvement in self-awareness, leadership, discovering your strengths, and much more. Caren, alongside her husband, is also the co-founder of webMethods. Just as the internet was becoming popular, they grabbed at the opportunity to utilize the internet as a platform to connect global corporations with each other. Caren has plenty of advice and experience with gaining investors and getting the best outcomes with your funding. Caren took webMethods (while having $33 in her bank account at one point) and scaled it to the $200+ million yearly revenue it receives.
Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands. Brian changed the way the world sees home service businesses. With 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, he built a unique and successful franchise model that revolves around turning an ordinary business into an extraordinary business by attracting the right people to own the franchises and establishing teams of passionate employees. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has 1000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Brian’s experience proves that building a successful company without much funding is possible – and even a necessary learning curve for entrepreneurs. He is also an advocate for self-education and has received awards and recognitions in the media and business community.
Paul Berberian is the CEO of Sphero, a robotic and digital technology company that has changed the way humans connect their digital and physical lives and changed the way the world thinks about play. Paul has a background in the US Air Force Academy, 18 years of experience from founding and running seven high-tech companies, and a major driving-force behind Sphero’s success and continued growth.
James Marks is the founder of screen printing maverick VGKids, whose clients include big names such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz, IBM, Converse, and Nike. James was fed up by inefficiencies of shipment fulfillment companies. He took those problems, developed solutions for them, and built a very successful company off it – Whiplash was born. Pinpointing all the inconsistencies and faults of other fulfillment centers, James and his team created their own solutions and technology to provide the same support, personalization, and reliability that they themselves had been unable to find previously. James and his team have scaled Whiplash into a 7-figure company.
Tony Horton is a name we all know as he is the best-selling fitness series: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, and Ten Minute Trainer®, and 22 Minute Hard Corps®. Tony is also a world-class motivational speaker and the author of “Bring It”, “Crush It!” and his latest motivational book, “The Big Picture”. He promotes healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition and believes that what you fuel your body with is as important as what goes on your body which is why he also teamed up with beauty experts at Ultimate Salon Professionals to create his new hair and skincare line, TH Care by Tony Horton. Tony is the guy to learn from when it comes to transitioning to a healthy and successful lifestyle and mindset. His professional success can be contributed to many factors including his ability to grow utilizing multiple verticals.
Among many of her titles and accomplishments, Sally Hogshead is a New York Times bestselling author of How the World Sees You and FASCINATE: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resist. She is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame®, the global speaking industry’s highest award for professional excellence. Sally is also the creator of the Fascination Personality test: the world’s first personality assessment that measures what makes someone fascinating. Unlike the Myers-Briggs type indicator or the StrengthsFinder™ test, this assessment is about how the world sees you – rather than how you see the world.
Wade Eyerly started off working fundraising for the US president, made his way into a US intelligence agency and after deployment, decided to change up his career path. Having a pilot for a younger brother, they came up with an innovative business idea for the airline industry that utilizes a monthly “All-You-Can-Fly” subscription-based model – Surf Air was born. Launching at approx. $15M/yr. in revenue with flights between 2-3 cities, they have now grown to about 15 cities in California, approx. $50M/yr. rev, and the company is currently valued at approximately $150M. With such explosive growth off the starting line, Wade took the challenge and ran with it.