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2009 Angel Capital Summit with Chuck Blakeman

November 10th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Chuck Blakeman of TeamNimbusWest about the Angel Capital Summit, which is taking place in Denver on November 17th at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Chuck Blakeman’s Bio

Charles BlakemanChuck Blakeman has experience with companies as small as $100,000 and as large at $120 million. He re-positioned, started and sold businesses, and obtained multi-million dollar contracts with Fortune 100s. He has extensive experience leading companies, and in business development, operations, marketing, and major account management.

Mr. Blakeman is a lifetime business practitioner who now uses his experience to help other companies create success. His company, TeamNimbusWest, provides outcome-based mentoring, peer advisory, and consulting for Business Owners, CEOs, and their growing businesses. He is a regular convention speaker, trade journal contributor, and non-profit board member.

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The Federal Reserve with Stick it to the Man Author Ronald Lewis

October 8th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Ronald Lewis about his new book, Stick it to the Man, and the problems with the Federal Reserve system.

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Ronald Lewis’ Bio

Ronald LewisRonald Lewis, author of Stick it to the Man,  is a Denver-based activist, speaker, entrepreneur, and technologist.  An early adopter of emerging technologies, Lewis became the first Denver-based lifecaster to broadcast his life 24/7 in May 2006, to a global audience of more than 600,000 to date. Lewis’ engaging personality has secured not only a devoted following, but also an increasing number of opportunities to produce engaging content including conversations with prominent executives and corporations.

Lewis’ vast background spans the spectrum from entrepreneurship to software development. He has worked with most of the world’s largest corporations including Microsoft, IBM and Unisys. He has been featured or quoted by an impressive array of media outlets including ABC News, the Associated Press, CNN, Businessweek, FastCompany, TechCrunch, NewTeeVee, Cisco and others.

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Surviving Debt with Mitchell Allen

September 19th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy offers a timely interview with Mitchell Allen, author of A Survival Guide to Debt: How to Overcome Tough Times & Restore Your Financial Health.

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Mitchell Allen’s Bio

Mitchell AllenMitchell L. Allen is the founder, president, and chairman of Debt Education and Certification Foundation, a leading provider of personal debt management courses. Courses he helped develop have been used in over 200,000 counseling sessions, and he has personally conducted more than 1,000 interviews with individuals in financial crisis.

Mitchell previously worked for Citigroup and The Associates Financial Corporation as senior director of modeling, where he led a team of economists and statisticians in developing statistical models to predict response, risk, and fraud within various private label credit card portfolios.

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Cirque du Soleil Kooza Adds Shows in Denver

September 14th, 2009

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA has just announced that due to popular demand, they’ve added an additional block of shows in Denver, from September 30th through October 4th!  The show is truly fantastic, and I’d highly recommend it to all of you if you have the opportunity to see it.

In This Podcast

Rob McNealy interviews Vitali Charsunou, a flyer in the Teeterboard Act in Cirque du Soleil KOOZA.

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Vitali Charsunou’s Bio

Vitali CharsunousBorn in 1971, Vitali started doing acrobatics at the age of 7. This led him to compete in the sport in worldwide competitions as well as performing different acrobatic numbers in circuses around the world.

Vitali participated in the general formation* of Cirque du Soleil in 2006 and was called back later that year to join the cast of KOOZA as a flyer in the Teeterboard Act.

Vitali enjoys everything that can connect him to technology and engineering.

* Formation is a six-month process of training athletes how to act, dance, and interact with each other so they can become artists.

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Networking and Mentoring with Carol Quinn of 3Lunches

September 7th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Carol Quinn co-founder of 3Lunches about the importance of networking and one-on-one mentoring in business.

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Carol Quinn’s Bio

Carol Quinn

Entrepreneur, writer and advertising creative, Carol Quinn is the co-creator and author of the upcoming nonfiction book: “3Lunches: How to Change Your Life with Friend-to-Friend Coaching and a Sandwich,” and the blog: 3Lunches.com.

With a degree in Drama from Arts Educational Schools London, and a B.FA. in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Carol began her career as the co-founder of Angel Entertainment, an independent media development group—producers of educational interactive computer software, computer animation, children’s books, and television projects. Carol held the position of Executive Vice President and led the in-house creative team. She conceived, wrote and produced book manuscripts, teleplays, interactive computer game scripts, and screenplays as well as managing the editorial, design and production staffs. While at Angel Entertainment, she created and sold a series pilot to NBC, and Lifetime Television, followed by several Movies of the Week for CBS and ABC. She represented the company to underwriters and investment groups; together with her partner, took the company public in 1987.

Turning to advertising and marketing, Carol became a Senior Vice President/Creative Director with entertainment advertising company, Air Creative Group (formerly Jacobs and Gerber). She wrote and produced television, radio, print and online campaigns for clients including CBS Television, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Online, Radio Disney, Disney Channel and DIRECTV before founding her own advertising agency, Benedict Partners, Inc. Carol has also written for film and television, and is the co-creator/author of the first American mass-market graphic novel for girls, Pink Flamingos (Simon & Schuster), and created the Young Adult book series “Palm Beach Prep” (Lynx Books).

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Green Business Opportunities with Teddi Davis and TiE Rockies

August 4th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Teddi Davis about green business opportunities and the TiE Rockies event Stimulus Funding for Energy, taking place this Thursday, August 6, 2009 in Broomfield, Colorado.

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Teddi Davis’ Bio

Teddi DavisTeddi is Vice President of Strategic Marketing for EcoAlign, a strategic marketing agency focused on energy and headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The near future will be full of fundamental changes for businesses, customers and regulators as we confront carbon legislation, smart and green homes, interactive technologies, clean tech products, re-engineering of value chains, changing customer preferences and values. There is a gap, however, between what customers say they want around energy and what they actually do.  Ecoalign was formed to help fill this gap and help align corporate and consumer behavior with the future of energy and environment

Before joining Ecoalign, Davis was Director of Customer Choice and Renewables Marketing at Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s most progressive and largest investor owned utilities serving customers in eight states. In her position she contributed to the company’s environmental leadership aspirations through the development and management of customer choice options for residential, commercial and industrial customers, such as payment and billing programs, optional rate programs, self service strategies, information programs that helped customers better understand their energy usage, and choice renewables programs such as Windsource–the #1 green pricing program–and Solar*Rewards–the #4 solar rebate program in the nation. She also helped develop marketing strategies for the company’s SmartGridCity program in Boulder, Colorado, and was also responsible for the company’s demand response programs including Saver’s Switch. During her tenure at Xcel Energy, Davis was responsible for Product Development for all conservation and energy efficiency programs, and managed residential DSM programs as Director of Consumer Product Marketing for the company.

Teddi is also co-chair of the TiE-Rockies Sustainable Energy Initiative, with the missing of supporting entrepreneurism in the clean energy space, including energy efficiency.

You can register or find out more about the TiE Rockies presentation: Stimulus Funding for Energy at their website.

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Strategic Entrepreneurism with Jon Fisher

August 3rd, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Jon Fisher, author of Strategic Entrepreneurism: Shattering the Start-Up Entrepreneurial Myths about entrepreneurship.

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Jon Fisher’s Bio

Jon FisherJon Fisher is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, adjunct professor and analyst. Fisher co-founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Bharosa, an Oracle Corporation company, which produced the Oracle Adaptive Access Manager. Fisher served as an Oracle VP until December 2007. In April 2008, Fisher predicted U.S. unemployment would rise to 9% by April 2009.

An entrepreneurship aficionado, Fisher is a media commentator and lectures frequently at university business schools. Fisher was named Ernst & Young’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the year in California and has served as CEO of three technology companies in the Silicon Valley over the past 17 years.

Strategic Entrepreneurism BookFisher writes for Sandhill.com and the Belvedere Tiburon Chamber Of Commerce and is a trustee of the Nueva School, Buck Institute For Age Research, the Foundation For Accelerated Vascular Research and the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society (Emeritus).

You can connect with Jon Fisher on Twitter.

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Cirque du Soleil is Not Your Average Circus with Luc Tremblay of KOOZA

July 31st, 2009

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In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Luc Tremblay, the Senior Artistic Director of KOOZA, a Cirque du Soleil production which will be opening in Denver on August 20th, 2009.

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About KOOZA

KOOZA LogoKOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.

KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

Tickets for KOOZA are available online.  The Denver performances run from August 20th through September 27th on the grounds of the Pepsi Center.  If you’re not in Denver, KOOZA is currently performing in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and will also be traveling to Santa Monica and Irvine, California.

Luc Tremblay’s Bio

Since 1980, Luc Tremblay has produced over 40 choreographic works for professional dance, theater and circus companies.  His choreographies for Danse Partout and his theatrical and choreographic direction for the circus company les gens d’R have helped establish his reputation with international audiences and critics.

Also a respected educator, Luc Tremblay has taught at many Canadian and internationally renowned institutions.  Since 1999, Luc Tremblay has worked with Cirque du Soleil as an artisitic coach, artsitic training supervisor and artistic director for the shows La Nouba, DELIRIUM and KOOZA.

For Luc, working at Cirque du Soleil is stimulating  because “excellence is a daily afair.  You have to know how to keep your work fresh, stay creative; you have to be able to work in a team.”

KOOZA Act 1 Charivari
Picture Credit: OSA Images
Costume Credit: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt © 2007 Cirque du Soleil

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Digital Out of Home Advertising with Rob Gorrie of Adcentricity

July 17th, 2009

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In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Rob Gorrie, founder of ADCENTRICITY, about digital out of home advertising.

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Rob Gorrie’s Bio

Rob GorrieAn interactive advertising industry veteran, Rob Gorrie is the President and Founder of ADCENTRICITY, a Digital Out of Home video advertising network that effectively delivers a cohesive “1 Plan, 1 Buy, 1 Bill” solution to brands that wish to engage with target audiences as they navigate between their homes and offices on a daily basis.

Under Gorrie’s leadership the year old company, ADCENTRICITY, has grown from a humble start-up to a leading provider of Digital Out of Home advertising solutions with offices in Toronto and New York City. Gorrie has overseen the Company’s deployment of world-class video advertising products and impressive growth of the ADCENTRICITY network. Gorrie continues to put his leadership and vision to work as a strong advocate for open and competitive business practices and is furthering his commitment to enabling media agencies and brands to reach consumers effectively and efficiently via digital out of home.

ADCENTRICITY is Rob’s third successful start-up venture to which he applies his more than 12 years of sales, marketing, advertising, retail and technology experience.  Prior to founding ADCENTRICITY, Rob held the position of head of Interactive and Interactive Point of Purchase at Gorrie Marketing Services, a true pioneer in retail & merchandising marketing that has serviced Fortune 500 organizations and was founded by Rob’s family in 1882. Previously, he served as President of TheCiti.com, an online advertising, marketing and software development company. Rob attended the University of Western Ontario and currently resides in New York City.

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Promoting Wellness and Save Money with Brad Cooper of US Corporate Wellness

July 14th, 2009

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In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Brad Cooper, CEO of US Corporate Wellness about how corporations can save money and attract great talent by offering wellness programs.

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Brad Cooper’s Bio

Brad Cooper
Brad Cooper is CEO of US Corporate Wellness, the premier national provider 0f personalized employee wellness programs. Now in it’s third year of existence, US Corporate Wellness has demonstrated consistent growth in providing services for companies ranging from 50 to 3,200 employees. As a former corporate healthcare executive and Physical Therapist, Brad does his best to walk the talk of wellness.  At age 43, he is a 5 time All-American Triathlete and veteran of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship and finished just ahead of Lance Armstrong at last year’s Boston Marathon.

Personally, he’s the Dad to three rapidly growing kids and is crazy in love  with Suzanna, his bride of 17 years.

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