Jeff Hoffman Co-Founder Priceline dot com is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Before founding the Name Your Price travel website valued at over $50Billion Jeff sold his first startup company to American Express, powering the walk-up kiosk systems printing boarding passes at airports. With Priceline, Jeff said he planned to do nothing different than creating a reverse auction site for travel. He explained to David that the goal originally was to be the all source reverse auction for anything, however they were so successful they decided to stick with the formula. Jeff is an active mentor, and is ont he boards of several startups. He also is a trusted advisor to presidents of the United States on internet technology and emerging concepts. His newest venture, Color Jar provides strategy, consulting, workshops and coaching to entrepreneurs. "Encourage children to try things and explore."
Grayson Harelson, Kirill Bor, and Jack Healy of Solar Mower are interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Solar Mower is a Phoenix-based startup by three teens from Sunnyslope and Basis High Schools. They collaborated on a project through the Rising Tycoons young entrepreneur program founded by Olenka Cullinan. For winning pitch night, the boys received mentoring from Caliber Corporation, Inc. and a scholarship to Grand Canyon University. "Don't be afraid to do what you want to do and write down all your ideas."
Dr. John DenBoer of Smart Brain Aging is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Dr. DenBoer is a clinical psychologist who works with clients to stave off early onset of dementia and alzheimer's. His SmartBrain U is a medicare reimbursable online application for introducing new and novel learning. Dr. DenBoer speaks about the fact that 90% of people over the age of 90 have some form of dementia. He says that if someone lives long enough, they will experience it. "Invest in education for your success."
Liliana Lovell Creator of Coyote Ugly Saloon is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Liliana is the founder and owner of the original cowboy bar. She talks with David about her post-collegiate job on Wall Street doing investment banking and found her part time job of tending bar more lucrative in her early career. Liliana was in talks to start a fast casual health food restaurant when Hollywood came calling about the "Coyote Ugly" movie she inspired. "Passion is great, but it takes a lot of research and knowledge to make it successful."
Amy Mancuso owner Amy Mancuso Events is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Amy and David talk about the showstopping events Amy creates for her high-profile clients like preferred hotels and resorts in Arizona. Named Wedding Consultant of the Year, Mancuso talks about the best way to keep everything under control when planning an event. She likens her event management to a conductor of an orchestra who is the glue that holds the symphony together and helps everyone perform at their best.
Candice Galek founder of Bikini Luxe is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Candice founder her swim and resort wear company after a successful modeling career. She infamously took on the establishment of LinkedIn pushing the limits of perceived appropriateness with her posts of bikini clad models and attracting tons of attention from opinionated LinkedIn users. Candice and David discuss her business and partnerships with stars like Marc Anthony, his model wife, and others.
Don Brown inventor of the Ab Roller is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. The Ab Roller was one of the most successful infomercial of the 90s; sold millions of units across the world. The As-Seen-On-TV campaign exceeded $100Million in sales. Brown also created a chain of fitness centers in New Jersey called XERCISE. He also is the Author of "Invent Yourself Rich" and regularly does speaking engagements and programs to help others be successful. His newest product completed one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns and is the #1 core fitness trainers with 2000 pre-orders of the product. "The difference between success and failure is never quitting."
Jerry Harrison co-founder Red Crow is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Harrison is formerly of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Talking Heads. He also produces for some of the top names in music like the Violent Femmes, LIVE, Crash Test Dummies, The BoDeans, The Verve Pipe, and No Doubt. Harrison has been on the forefront of the net neutrality debate for years and pioneered many of the standards for music distribution online in use today. Learn what he wishes he had known years ago, and his advice for students. "We're helping advance those technologies that create positive social impact."
Judge Michael Newman National President Federal Bar Association (FBA) is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Judge Newman oversees more than 18,000 federal lawyers including 1,200 federal judges who work together to promote the sound administration of justice, equality, and independence of the judiciary. The FBA outreach is focused on teaching civics to middle and high school students through a nationwide essay contest and other programs). "Look for open doors and don't be afraid of taking on challenges and working hard."
Travis Ogden President and COO of Isagenix is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. As president of this billion dollar company, he takes health and wellness seriously as an avid fitness cyclist, runner and participant in an array of adrenaline-charged sports. Ogden got his start with his father's trucking company while working as a CPA and moved into running his father's business when illness struck the family. He and David talk about what it takes to create success. "Learn through struggles and take on risk and challenges. Search and find opportunities to learn and grow."
Tanya Bakalov founder Better Skills is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and Tanya discuss the modern ideal of focusing on employees for building great companies. Better Skills provides ways for companies to train and engage employees so they have clear career paths creating a stronger work environment and companies. Bakalov talks about what she did when she found out she won the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year honor. "You have to believe in yourself, and keep moving your goals to find success."
Chris Faddis creator of Beneplates is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Faddis experienced tragic loss when his wife was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer at the age of 31 and later died. Through extensive research and care, he learned nutrition to help his wife live longer than expected. Beneplates began as a promise to his former wife to help others facing illness, and those wanting to improve general health. Clean eating is key learn how in this interview with David Cogan.
Alex Quilici founder of YouMail is interviewed by David Cogan of Elainces Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Quilici previously co-founded and was CEO of Quack, a consumer voice portal service (SIRI over a 1-800 number before smartphones), company he sold to AOL for $200Million. Alex and David discuss YouMail and its application WhoAreYou which is a caller ID and call blocking service on Android. The service publishes robocall activity to an index that tracks volume and extent of robocalls in the United States. "Problems need to be solved; do what you love, be excited and happy about it."
David Ciccarelli CEO Voices dot com is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and David talk about the massive voice over talent industry. Voices dot com provides a match making service for companies and projects looking for their own unique voice for radio, TV, movies, and more. Anyone can upload their voice to the immense database. Ciccarelli also tells Cogan about the most unique project he saw on the platform, a project requesting a voice for a rock. And listen to find out what the future of the industry holds along with the most requested type of voice today. "Consider and pursue a career of passion, be a problem solver, a doer."
Cristi McMurdie Why mediation lawyer of McMurdie Law is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart. Cristi is a Why consultant who uses the methodology to facilitate quick mediation in her legal practice at McMurdie Law. An expert in conflict resolution, mediation and limited scope representation in family law cases, knowing the Why (what drives you at your core, limbic brain) drives the discussion in a productive way. She tells David roughly 25 percent of the population is focused on contributing to a greater cause than their own self. "Children are separate from you, the goal should be to help them uncover their individual gifts and help them grow."
Dan Schweiker founder of China Mist is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Dan talks about how China Mist was born in the wake of a failed wholesale coffee business he and his partner endured. He tells David his favorite China Mist flavor. Dan and David also discuss the perfect color of iced tea inspired by liquor and the goal of providing a consistent product for the restaurant business. Dan also tells a secret about his education that is surprising. "I came from a family of lawyers, but found an idea and couldn't let it go."
Scott McLaine creator of Money Camp Rocks is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Scott directs participants in his program through talking about one of the biggest topics people like to avoid: Money! He shows David how "business gets better when the people in the business get better." Giving secret tips to maximize wealth includes spending less than you make and saving at least 30% of income. "Live your life in the making not just making a living."
Steve Smith Founder CEO of Shark Reach is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Steve and David talk about the meteoric rise of influencer marketing and the increasing push for social and millennial marketing to promote products. Kevin Harrington of Shark Tank fame and 'as-seen-on-TV' is a venture partner in Shark Reach. Steve explains that millennial marketing is a bridge between traditional media and the new social platforms were consumers are found. Facebook, Snapchat and others set the pace for advertising through the use of talent and gaming. "We focus on the high-growth areas of social media and digital marketing."
Kevin Harrington original Shark on TVs Shark Tank is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Kevin talks about how he launched over 20 businesses that he grew to over $100Million in sales each. Mark Burnett, creator for Shark Tank hand picked Harrington for the original Shark Tank show. "You've got to go for the gleam in the eyes and be a leg up on your competition."
Vishu Jhaveri CEO Trinnovate Ventures (investment subsidiary BCBS of AZ) is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Vishu and David talk about the future of healthcare, and changing times in the business of healthcare. The job of healthcare is to be a solver of problems and to share happiness. "We must use our experience as guidance."
Gary Shapiro President of the association that puts on the Consumer Electronic Show annually is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes. The Consumer Technology Association is the organization that allows the masses to experience new and emerging technology first hand at it's annual event over the course of 4 days in Las Vegas. David and Gary talk about the day-to-day of running the organization, and while you might think he gets to play with cool tech all day, it's not exactly the job. They also discuss what's hot in tech such as Internet of Things, and more smartphone technology to come. "Children should be taught to be innovative."
Carrie Martz co-founder of Clean Light Labs is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Clean Light Labs is the creator of the first UV sanitizer for adult toys. Martz previously was in business with the founder of GoDaddy, and to whom she eventually sold the company. Carrie and David get down talking about the Uvee cleaner, and how it works. "It's good clean fun!"
Rachelle Pierce founder of Trius Creative is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. David and Rachelle discuss the challenges facing companies wanting to compete on a global scale, and those that need to grow globally to remain competitive in the marketplace. Rachelle also talks about the opportunities afforded everyone who remains open to cultural diversity in their business, and the value in finding community around us. Specializing in Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Indian dialects among thirteen languages.
John Montford Texas State Senator and Chancellor Texas Tech University is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. John in his tenure at TTU helped elevate the university's standing and raised funds and facilitated $1Billion in new construction and campus upgrades, guiding overall growth. As a State Senator for 14 years, he sponsored over 500 bills including groundbreaking work in civil justice. He talks with David about his consulting company in which he has served on over 20 boards. In his book, "Board Games Book" he helps inspire effective leadership and teaches about getting on a board when you're not a household name and more.
Gary Cohen CEO of EZLinks is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes show amfm, iHeart radio. Gary is the founder of MusicNow which was sold to AOL and Circuit City. He continued in the music business as a pioneer of the digitization of music sales until joining EZLinks. EZLinks has an application TeeOff.com partnered by the Professional Golf Association. Gary and David talk about the business of music and golf, and Gary shares the secret to finding the perfect niche for growth. "Fun is a core value. We make sure to infuse fun in everything we do."