Social Capital Expert Hosted By Sarah Frances McDaniel
LAUREN KARSH - HOCKEY MOM AND COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST

LAUREN KARSH - HOCKEY MOM AND COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST

May 23, 2020

LAUREN KARSH

Lauren, a Maryland native, grew up in a small town just outside of Baltimore where she excelled academically and often found herself as the youngest one in the room. She attended Colorado State University before receiving a Graphic Design degree from The Art Institute  in Denver. She is currently working on her Masters Degree from CSU while owning her own business and being a mom of two. She knows the importance of hard work and believes we must be willing to do what it takes to follow our dreams. Just before the recession, Lauren became the Marketing Coordinator for Oakwood Homes in Denver. During the recession, the marketing department was dramatically impacted and only Lauren and her colleague remained. They learned how to do a lot with a little and became focused on building great relationships with a small budget. After a successful decade with Oakwood Homes, Lauren worked with a large publicly traded builder as well as with a large, nationally recognized marketing firm.Then Lauren experienced what she calls her “mid-life crisis” and realized the need to reprioritize the things that meant the most to her. She quit the dream job she had just been hired for and for the first time since she was thirteen, she found herself unemployed! She encourages us to listen to our inner voice (our gut) and take actionable steps to do what we hear it saying. She left this job and before she made it to her house that afternoon, she had her first four clients and started her own marketing company, Colorado Modern Communication. Lauren believes keeping your relationships with those who are most important to you, your spouse, children, family and friends is essential to having success in life. Finding our purpose and knowing what we are good at is important to living a successful life and HUMOR is a key ingredient for Lauren. If you have a dream and you want to go after it, Lauren encourages us to start talking to our network, get connected and build strategic relationships by giving to those around you. It takes time, but as you invest in your industry, community and network, they become a powerful resource for you. Lauren encourages us to take the meeting, go get coffee with people and be willing to build your network. She reminds us to be authentic in all we do. 

 

Name: Lauren Karsh

Company: Colorado Modern Communication

Email: lauren@coloradomoderncommunication.com

Instagram: @laurenkarsh

Company Website: https://coloradomoderncommunication.com/

 

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BRUCE LUND - LEADER OF THE “SOLOPRENEUR MOVEMENT” & HIGH ENERGY BUSINESS COACH

BRUCE LUND - LEADER OF THE “SOLOPRENEUR MOVEMENT” & HIGH ENERGY BUSINESS COACH

May 16, 2020

Bruce, a Michigan native, moved to Denver from Nashville a few years ago after his father passed away, and launched his own business beginning with the “90 Day Sales Manager” business coaching platform. Bruce’s father's passing became the catalyst for him to unleash his entrepreneurial spirit. Bruce has his PhD in Behavioral Science and has used his experience to create his successful business platform. Bruce believes having our belief system defined and understanding it is the first step to success. What do you believe, why do you believe it and now what do you do with it? He suggests we figure out the story behind our why and be willing to share it as that is our unique value proposition. Do you have a personal “tagline”? Bruce reminds us that having something to say is as important as having someone to say it to. Bruce builds Social Capital daily through consistent activities focused on deepening relationships with those around him. When he moved to Colorado, he knew no one and he became focused on meeting new people, facilitating trust and helping others reach their goals. In just three short years, he has built a 10,000+ person mailing list for his business utilizing the relationship building activities he teaches in his program. Bruce believes in creating a memorable customer experience and he is passionate about helping people discover their unique way of delivering them. People, especially Millennials, are all about the experience, so a focus on defining the customer experience and a mindset of being transformational in a transactional world is essential. Coaches, teachers and mentors were instrumental in Bruce’s development, personally and professionally, and he encourages us to surround ourselves with people who are in alignment with who we are and where we want to go. He believes we all have a message and even says we all have a book inside us - a story that only we can tell that can help those around us. It is worth the time and effort it takes to turn our mess into our message. In his daily routine, Bruce embraces Stephen Covey’s Whole Person Theory by spending time on his personal development (learning/awareness), his physical development (fitness), his heart/mind and his spirit (legacy). He encourages us to stay consistent in the small daily decisions, being confident that eventually it will produce BIG results. Listen to Bruce's episode to hear many more useful tips for building your own Social Capital.

 
 

Name: Bruce Lund

Company: 90 Day Sales Manager

Email: bruce@90daysales.com

Phone: 615-410-6509

 

Company Website: www.90daysales.com

 

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ANDREA SCHUMACHER - DESIGNER, INNOVATOR AND CREATOR

ANDREA SCHUMACHER - DESIGNER, INNOVATOR AND CREATOR

May 9, 2020

ANDREA SCHUMACHER

Andrea, a self-proclaimed Colorado native and world traveler, moved a lot as a child, living places like Atlanta, Long Island, Boston and Nigeria! After high school, Andrea got her degree in Interior Design in California where she worked for a time drafting sets for Days Of Our Lives soap opera and Sony Pictures (Columbia Pictures).  Andrea later moved back to Colorado, where she received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees at Colorado Universities. While attending a March of Dimes event, she met an architect who was looking for an interior designer. One thing led to another and quickly she found herself running her own company. Fast forward to today - Andrea has a beautiful showroom in Denver, Colorado and recently opened her second Interior Design studio in Santa Barbara, California. 

The Road to Hope is a non-profit that is close to Andrea and her family’s heart. She actively serves on the board and participates in changing the lives of children in Haiti through her involvement. She welcomes others who are interested in learning more to reach out through their website. 

Andrea believes in Karma - treat people the way you want to be treated - do the right thing and it comes back to you. She encourages us to find your passion and go after it! Her passion for design is contagious and she continues to push the envelope to tell the stories of her clients through design. Watch for Andrea’s new wallpaper line: coming soon! 

 

Name: Andrea Schumacher

Company: Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Email: andrea@andreaschumacherinteriors.com

Instagram: @andreaschumacherinteriors

Company Website: https://www.andreaschumacherinteriors.com/

Nonprofit Website: https://www.theroadtohope.org/

 

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HEIDI BENDIKSEN NAPLES - ENTREPRENEUR AND FRANCHISE FOUNDER

HEIDI BENDIKSEN NAPLES - ENTREPRENEUR AND FRANCHISE FOUNDER

May 3, 2020

HEIDI BENDIKSEN

A Brooklyn native, Heidi move to Colorado in 1994 with her husband to raise their children. Together, Heidi and her husband founded, Heidi Brooklyn's Deli not long after their arrival to Denver. In their Deli, every ingredient is important and most are homemade. When they were first getting started, their bank told them that no one would like this type of food. They believed differently so they figured out a way to make it happen. They opened their first location (Denver Highlands) using a home equity line of credit and their credit cards. They now have franchises in Maine, California and Arizona and are still growing. For the last eight years they have been known for their (CLEAN) hormone, antibiotic and nitrate free foods in many of their locations. In 2018, Heidi bought her husband out of the business and currently her oldest daughter is the president of the company. As the leadership, Heidi and her daughter are always asking, “Where are they in their business today? Where do they want to go from here?”. They believe it is about honoring and connecting with the franchise owners - truly caring about them. Even with the demands of leading the organization, Heidi’s daughter has taken the time to visit with each franchise owner personally. Heidi is very involved in chambers and other community organizations. She considers her network to be invaluable and believes success is really about loving people and sharing what we have learned (sometimes the hard way) to help those around us. Heidi says, “it’s not about me - relationships are very much about them and their success”. Business is personal, we all have our own perspectives on being right, and she encourages us to learn from the different perspectives around us.  ALWAYS and NEVER are words that box us in, Heidi encourages us to be nimble and flexible in our personal and professional relationships. She also encourages us to make an effort to connect with people in authentic and honest ways allowing the relationship to blossom. She reminds us that life is full of wonderful people who are worth making an effort for. Heidi’s Deli celebrated its 25th anniversary in business on September 9, 2019! They continue to expand the franchise by sharing their mission, identifying their values and making sure the partners meet their goals. As Heidi’s daughter continues to take the reins of Heidi’s Deli, Heidi is able to help other business owners discover their passion, plan and strategize for their business’ success through her recently launched consulting practice. For fun and because of their love of shoes, Heidi and her friend decided to host a “Shoe Happy Hour” and invite fabulous women, wearing their prettiest shoes to meet at a dive bar and show them off! Heidi, who loves to entertain, also hosts a plate breaking party every year on the Winter Soltis! The plate breaking symbolizes change, growth and joy. Guests write a message on the plate - on the front of the plate a special memory or positive experience and on the back of the plate is something to let go of, release or change. At the end of the party, guests set their intentions and then throw their plate at the wall and watch it shatter! Heidi has seen individuals expand in business and personally from these events and opportunities to connect with themselves and those around them. Heidi’s advice for us is to ask for help when we need it, manage expectations the best we can in all areas of relationships and to own our stuff and be willing to take responsibility for our choices and actions. 

Name: Heidi Bendiksen Naples

Company: Heidi's Brooklyn Deli

Email: heidinaples@heidisbrooklyndeli.com  

Company Website: https://heidisbrooklyndeli.com/about

 

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CAROLYN MORRISON - SALES AND MARKETING EXPERT

CAROLYN MORRISON - SALES AND MARKETING EXPERT

April 26, 2020

CAROLYN MORRISON

Carolyn, who has spent most of her life in Arizona, began her career in the home building industry in 1987. With the encouragement of her mentor, she went in new home sales and worked her way up to Division President of a large production builder in Arizona.  This opportunity gave her experience in all facets of home building including land purchases, product development and day to day operations of the company. Carolyn believes mentorship is key in personal and professional development and she encourages people to find a mentor as well as become a mentor to others. She loves to see people have “ahh ha!!” moments as they learn from other people’s experiences and implement the lessons in their own lives. Carolyn encourages listeners to be open to being mentored/”coached” and to be authentic in their experiences. Relationships have played a critical role in Carolyn’s life and she encourages us to be open to feedback, willing to take constructive criticism and learn from others’ mistakes. People are there to help you. She enjoys being a part of other people's success by giving back. Her advice is to “get involved”, “get out of your comfort zone” and let people help you reach your goals. Fearlessness is a quality Carolyn exudes and she encourages listens to be willing to take a risk, spend quality time with people and to build rapport.  Carolyn is excited to make Colorado her home in 2020 and continue to grow with her community in Denver. 

 

Name: Carolyn Morrison 

Email: carolynmorrison@mac.com

 

 

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NICK MAY - ENTREPRENEUR AND WORLD WIDE PODCASTER

NICK MAY - ENTREPRENEUR AND WORLD WIDE PODCASTER

April 19, 2020

NICK MAY

Nick, owner of Walls By Design and host of the podcasts “Small Business Naked” and “The Chaise Lounge”, lives in Denver, Colorado and travels the country (and the world) talking to people and sharing their stories. In an effort to begin marketing his business in a different way, Nick began hosting unique events to engage with his current and desired clientele. He soon wondered if there was a way to marry the idea of the events with a podcast  and The Chaise Lounge, a podcast for interior designers, was born! Not long after launching this podcast, Nick began receiving invitations to host interviews of well-known people at major industry conferences. These relationships became game changers for him and took his podcast to the next level. Nick credits his success to the people he meets along the way. He is always asking the question, “Who do I need to connect his person with?” and believes the “secret sauce” is being willing to give unconditionally into other people's success. Nick’s key ingredient to building Social Capital is consistency - your brand, personally and professionally. He encourages us to be our same, authentic self everytime we show up. Today, Nick and his team are excited about the launch of several new podcasts including a student focused design podcast called “The Student Lounge” from the student perspective, a paint contractor focused podcast called “The Business Brush” and the “Coast to Coast Design” podcast hosted by two designers, one on each coast, who share their perspectives on design topics. Nick is hosting a meet-up group in Denver to help others launch their own podcasts. He appreciates podcasting for giving him a platform to teach, inspire and help others on their journey. Nick encourages us to listen to other people’s needs and see how we can be part of connecting them with a solution. 

 

 

Name: Nick May

Company: Walls By Design and iMayMedia

Email: nick@imaymedia.com

Company Website: https://www.imaymedia.com/

Chaise Lounge Podcast: https://lnns.co/tICQ2a7vBK4

 

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DARREN MOYER -  HUMAN CONNECTION STRATEGIST

DARREN MOYER - HUMAN CONNECTION STRATEGIST

April 12, 2020

DARREN MOYER

Darren, a California native, has been in Colorado for over a decade and though he didn't receive a formal education, he has vast experience in human capital. Out of High School Darren started what became a 15 year career in Recruiting & Staffing which began by cold calling through the phone book, A to Z, asking companies if they were looking to add staff and then cold calling people to ask if they were looking for a job. What a way to learn! Darren believes just taking action is a big part of finding success. Darren became a master at seeing the needs of people and connecting them with others who can help/support them during his time as a recruiter. He realized the power of connecting people and the benefits for others and himself. After 15 years in recruiting, the last 5 of which he owned his own Executive Search Firm, Darren found himself asking, “Is this it?... - There must be something more to life than this” so he closed his company and began an adventure of self-exploration to discover what really matters to him in life. In this time, he realized that instead of pursuing success that significance was far more important. He believes authenticity, vulnerability, and trust are keys to developing social capital. Trust is the foundation of social capital and from trust, success is inevitable. When there is no trust or trust is lost, we become fragmented and isolated from those around us. Darren promotes effective communication and reminds us that much of what we say is nonverbal and is said by our body language and our willingness to listen. He encourages us to ask better questions, go deeper and get beyond the surface in our relationships. He sees every situation as an opportunity to serve and add value to those we encounter. Darren’s passion comes from his faith and his spirituality - he often asks “What is your Truth?” and encourages us to dive deep into that question for ourselves. Darren is currently involved in “a whole lot of giving” and emphasizes the importance of giving more than we take in life. Darren is involved in a number of companies including Apeiron, a Social Capital Firm, Core Ventures, a business consulting firm focused on leadership/strategy/culture consulting and recruiting/staffing solutions, and is a Spiritual Director for the Way, a community of men that desire spiritual development and to find clarity and purpose in all areas of life.

 

Name: Darren Moyer

Company: Core Ventures

Email: darren@coreventures.co

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenmoyer/

Company Website: www.coreventures.co

Nonprofit Website: www.theway2life.org

 

 

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AUDREE GRUBESIC - TRAILBLAZER AND OFF-SITE CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

AUDREE GRUBESIC - TRAILBLAZER AND OFF-SITE CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

April 5, 2020

Audree, a Chicago native who has been in Colorado now for 18 years, began her career as a television engineer and experienced many facets of media and marketing. She launched a pet expo company and a pet magazine before making a transition into the construction industry. Audree now owns a company called Module Sure Site and focuses primarily on off site construction. She is passionate about creating a better building process and better product for people to live in. Audree believes relationships and strong connections is essential to living a fulfilling life both professionally and personally. It is all about sharing love and asking “How can I help?” those around us. Our lives are enriched when we spend time collaborating together and looking for opportunities to elevate those around us through support and partnership. Audree believes happiness is a choice and positivity is contagious and we can have an impact on the world around us through spreading love and positive energy. We don't have to know all the answers. Listen to the people around us and we can learn from them and grow better together. Audree stays grounded by spending time in meditation and taking time to quiet herself. She believes an important ingredient to building Social Capital is taking time to listen - listen to your inner self, listen to the people around you and listen to the collective wisdom. She also encourages us to be open minded and stay away from judgemental mindsets. Audree looks forward to connecting with you!   

Name: Audree Grubesic

Company: Modular Sure Site

Email: audree@modularsuresite.com

Phone: 303-472-6419

LinkedIn: @audreegrubesic

Company Website: https://www.modularsuresite.com/

 

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CHRIS LONIGRO - VANGUARD AND CEO OF GENERATION DEVELOPMENT

CHRIS LONIGRO - VANGUARD AND CEO OF GENERATION DEVELOPMENT

March 29, 2020

CHRIS LONIGRO

Chris, a Chicago native and long-time Denver resident, grew up at his dad’s side, working with his hands building and repairing things. After college, he started his career in construction at a large national builder where he spent time in the field and at their corporate office. As a Project Superintendent, Chris gained experience in building homes from the ground up. He became passionate about making special places by having thoughtful design. In the recession, Chris found himself in need of a job, so he launched his own company. In 2010, Chris built his first project, a 9 unit condo building in LoHi, Denver. Denver’s condo market was very challenging for developers/builders as a result of construction defect litigation and very few were taking the risk to build condos. Chris credits relationships for his ability to successfully start and grow his company during this time. Fast forward 10 years to today, Chris is doing what was said could not be done and he is successfully building condos (and now office buildings) in the Colorado market. Chris has been a trail-blazer and believes there is opportunity to be found in challenging situations. He encourages us to “Treat people how you want to be treated”, view this (life) as a long-term play and own your mistakes. Chris’ goal at the end of the day is to help those around him reach their goals and he is passionate about helping those around him find their place.

 

Name: Chris Lonigro

Company: Generation Development

Website: http://generationdev.com/

 

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TERI KARJALA - LIFE TRANSFORMATION STRATEGIST

TERI KARJALA - LIFE TRANSFORMATION STRATEGIST

March 22, 2020

TERI KARJALA

Teri, a Kansas native, got her first taste of entrepreneurship when she was 7 years old, she would take her mom’s makeup and repurpose it and sell it back to her mom. These kind of experiences have paved the way for where Teri is today. In high school, Teri became a Care Counselor and later received her Masters Degree in Counseling. Teri created a very large counseling practice that now successfully runs without her daily attention. She has launched a new business called Talking with Teri, where she provides entrepreneurs training and coaching them how to get out of their own way and living the life they were meant to live. Teri is an expert at muscle testing and is passionate about helping people create mindsets that empower them to live their dreams. Teri believes Social Capital is essential to building a successful business. She sees two ways to build your business 1. the marathon: building long-term, committed relationships that take time to develop 2. the sprint: speaking engagements, connection with an audience in a short period of time. Utilizing both of these can help fill and keep the pipeline full.  Collaborations and connections are key to building social capital. Teri loves to give gifts and showing gratitude; she does this alot by sending handwritten Thank You notes to people she meets. She encourages us to have a mindset of “adding value” to those you around you. Check out the book, The Go-Giver, for great lessons in finding success through giving. The current marketing trend right now is all about experiences and connection with other humans. Teri gives us a fun tool to work with to create more positivity and possibility in our daily life. “How much better can it get!?” - try it! Teri is excited about her upcoming workshops and events and welcomes you to join her!

 

Name: Teri Karjala

Company: Talking With Teri

Email: teri@talkingwithteri.com

 

Company Website: www.talkingwithteri.com

 

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