Alysson has sold over 10,000 copies and frequently visits school libraries for speaking events to help inspire children to make reading fun! She’s won the NY Big Book Award, she’s a 4 time Mom’s Choice Award winner and she’s also won the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award! Her entire Alycat series was featured in the 2020 Oscars Celebrity Gift Bags!
Learn more: https://alycatseries.com
This episode is packed with great insight from Dr. Marnie Lavigne, President & CEO of Launch NY as she shares the opportunities in WNY to invest in high-growth, high-impact companies as well as the support available for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Launch NY is a venture development organization that operates in 27 counties in Upstate New York. LNY Portfolio: 1,071 Companies Served 3,785 Jobs Created $694MM Funds Raised 10,000 Hours of Pro Bono Mentoring
Learn more: https://launchny.org
Cary Mullen is an internationally recognized sports personality, keynote speaker and business leader. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2002 and is the Founder of Vivo Resorts in Puerto Escondido.
World Cup Downhill Champion World Downhill Speed Record Holder – 97 mph
Member of the Olympic Hall of Fame
Two-Time Olympian Two-Time U.S. Champion
Four-Time North American Champion
Leader of the National Ski Team for over a decade
Evelyn’s story is heavy, it’s full of inspiration and also pain, of adversity, perseverance and of success.
Evelyn, who was featured in Success Magazine, is the Founder and President of International Child Advancement, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to empower orphans and underprivileged children worldwide through education, vocational training, livelihood provision and mentoring.
Check ICA out here: https://www.childadvancement.org
In 2017, Jerry became affiliated with a company launching a new CBD brand. Within only 1 year, he became a top earner in the company. He’s now approaching his 2nd anniversary of being full time in Network Marketing and he’s achieved 6 figure years back to back years. He’s earned the opportunity to speak on stage at two conventions…and released a personal development book to help out his fellow Network Marketers, titled 52 Lessons from Network Marketing.
Olivia's life changed after learning about poverty in her Spanish class sophomore year of high school. She went home and did research, where she found out the childhood poverty rate in Buffalo in 2016 was 44 percent. After learning this statistic, a fire was lit in Olivia, the desire to make a change.
In 2018, sixteen year-old Olivia founded For Every Little Handprint, a nonprofit that gives children living in poverty in Buffalo, NY a chance!
Learn More: https://www.foreverylittlehandprint.org
Jonathan Masiulionis helps creatives, entrepreneurs and entertainers across the country promote their talents and expand their audiences. His ability to highlight the best of what an artist brings to the table is uniquely exceptional. With the power of enthusiasm and determination,
Jonathan is following his heart in moving to San Diego next year to begin his next steps, which includes opening a children’s hospice for terminally-ill children.
Paul is currently the Voice of the UB Bulls; in his 20th year calling Bulls football and basketball games on TV & Radio. He and partner Kevin Sylvester launched Buffalo Sports Page in 2017. Previously, Paul served as anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB-TV for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Daytona 500. Peck also served as sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills.
Check out: http://buffalosportspage.com
Matthew Keeler is the Owner and Founder of hockey streetwear brand Just Dishin. He graduated from St. John Fisher College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in business management. Currently residing in Buffalo, Keeler’s interests include fashion design, all forms of artwork and any music that’s played by Benyhana.
Check out: http://justdishin.com
Christina has entertained sold out venues such as Hard Rock Café, Thursday at the Harbour in Buffalo, KROCK “Rock Is Alive” series, “The Next Big Thing” TV Pilot, Life in the DIY Series co-produced by Red Bull and Heineken…to name a few. Most recently, Christina and BREAKERBOX teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project to produce a music video tribute to Military families, featuring their song “Miss You” which earned national recognition.
Now based in Nashville, Christina works as a songwriter, session vocalist and is working on top secret new material with BREAKERBOX in 2020. Christina is a professional artist on many fronts, she is also the owner of Big Head Cartoon, a caricature art company that launched in 2008 and now serves both Western NY and Nashville.
A couple years in, Big Head Cartoon was appearing 4-5 nights a week at both corporate & privately owned restaurants. In late 2018, she developed a unique program called "Big Heads & Beats" to service Middle Tennessee's booming Event Industry. Bringing a Live Caricature Artist alongside a Volume Controlled Drumming DJ playing all the hits! They turn a typically boring wait in line into a party in itself.
Check out: http://breakerbox.tv/
Gary serves as the President and CEO of the SPCA Serving Erie County, leading a team of nearly 120 employees and 1,900 volunteers. Gary joined the SPCA in 2016 after leading animal welfare organizations previously in Toledo, Ohio and Aiken, SC and volunteering and serving as a board member for animal welfare organizations in Florida. He had the privilege to play a role in capital campaigns leading to either new facilities, renovation of existing facilities or facility expansions in New York State, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida, as well as in construction projects in Florida in the mass transit and senior services field.
Gary was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, but lived in Florida for most of his life. His undergrad degree was in journalism and communications from the University of Mobile in Alabama. He earned a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, another in non-profit management from the Harvard Business School of Buffalo, as well as a graduate certificate in Gerontology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a member of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and is a board member for the New York Animal Protection Federation. Gary previously was a Rotarian in Toledo, Ohio and Aiken, SC and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Since 8 years old, cameras, photography and aesthetics have interested Robert. Fast forward 23 years later, he now runs a successful media production company; Syslo Ventures, LLC, specializing in media production, digital video, web design, and graphic design. Robert has worked with Grant Cardone recently and now has hundreds of clients across the world, helping them develop their stories and share that story online.
Kate Glaser is member of the 2015 Buffalo Business First "30 Under 30" class and she is the founder of Hope Rises News, an initiative that promotes stories of hope and love with a 50,000+ fan base. Together, with her community, she has raised more than $50,000 for nonprofits and families in need. She is a proud wife and mother of twin toddlers. Her life motto is "lead with your heart and do the work that sets your soul on fire".
Check out: https://www.HopeRisesNews.com
Del Reid became a Bills fan shortly after coming into this world, having been raised in a home that actually had a framed picture of OJ Simpson on the wall in the living room (until it came down in 1994). Del has always had a passion for bringing people together to celebrate things they share in common. As a result, he (quite accidentally) ended up co-founding the #BillsMafia movement among Bills fans in social media -- which to this point is the coolest thing that has ever happened to him aside from his relationship with God, his wife, and his two awesome kids. He also is the founder of 26 Shirts, a website that sells limited edition tees to benefit local charities and families in need. To date, 26shirts.com has managed to raise and donate over $665,000 thanks to everyone who has believed in its mission, and loved its products.
Shop 26Shirts: https://www.26Shirts.com
Lavender Morantz has been serial entrepreneur with an obsession for personal freedom for more than 12 years. Beginning with interior design, then getting into home building, to online wellness, writing, speaking internationally and also coaching fellow entrepreneurs, Lavender inspires others to intentionally create a life they love.
Jacki Roach is a process improvement strategist from South Buffalo, NY. Her past career in news media production combined with an MBA in Global Supply Chain Management have inspired a unique awareness of our labor environments. Jacki is a futurist, quantum science enthusiast, and lifelong learner.
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