Monthly Archives: December 2016

Chip Dodd: Work On, Not In

Philip “Chip” Dodd is the President and CEO of Support Services of Virginia, Inc. headquartered in Virginia Beach. Since 1994, SSVA has provided person centered supports to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Coastal Virginia, Eastern Shore, Central and Southside Virginia areas. Services include residential, foster care, day support, therapeutic / behavioral consultation, training, transportation, payee services and accessible housing.

Since taking over the family business in 2005, Mr. Dodd has tripled the size of the company by both organic growth and acquisition. At this time, SSVA is proud to have over 275 employees and contractors supporting over 175 persons with disabilities live a “life like yours” in the local community.

SSVA has a unique company culture that is focused on positive practices in all interactions and celebrates the diversity of its team members as well as the customers they support. To further these objectives, Chip and his business partner Andie Plumley changed the mission statement to reflect both the service to their customers as well as those who join the team. “Realize success by helping others realize theirs”.

Chip grew up in Yorktown Virginia and graduated with a BS in Psychology from Christopher Newport University. When not working, Chip can be found chasing adrenaline by adventure racing, mountain biking, rock climbing, boating, hiking, van camping, scuba diving, and skateboarding.

In this episode Chip Dodd talks about working on, not in, your business.


Listen to the full interview with Chip Dodd and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“Get off the treadmill, work on your business, not in your business.”

  • Chip Dodd,

Chintan Panchal: Trust and Relationship

Chintan is a founder of RPCK. He counsels private equity, foundation, family office and growth company clients on a wide variety of corporate, M&A, finance, and dispute resolution matters. Chintan is also head of the firm’s Impact Investing practice.

In this episode Chintan Panchal talks about the importance of trust and relationship.


Listen to the full interview with Chintan Panchal and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“For us, and for our business, it’s trust and relationship”

  • Chintan Panchal,

James Ashcroft: Guiding Purpose

James Ashcroft is co-owner of LifeSafety Management, Inc. and the Chair of EO Accelerator South Florida. He writes a free weekly newsletter called the “Friday Four” that compiles that week’s resources that impact entrepreneurs positively. Sign up for the free newsletter at

In this episode, James Ashcroft talks about the importance of a guiding purpose.


Listen to the full interview with James Ashcroft and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“A lot of people are doing things and having careers that they shouldn’t be doing … If I want to do something new ask that question ‘Am I not doing this because of what my friends might think?’ … Where’s your fear coming from?”

  • James Ashcroft,

Aaron Lee: Getting Outside Perspective

Aaron Lee has over 27 years of marketing, creative and web technology experience producing a wide range of successful marketing programs and projects for some the world’s top brands. In 2001 he founded his own creative and marketing agency Illuminati Studios, and has steadily overseen its growth into one of the country’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies. In 2015, and again in 2016, Illuminati Studios was named as an Inc5000 Honoree and a Best Places to Work by the South Florida Business Journal.

In this episode, Aaron talks about the importance of getting outside perspective.


Listen to the full interview with Aaron Lee and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“It’s really really hard to have the perspective to coach yourself…Just getting some outside perspective… and giving them permission to challenge you and coach you…makes a huge difference … ‘”



Guillaume Gauthereau: Focusing on Focus

Guillaume Gauthereau is a successful international business strategist, coach and motivational speaker. For the past two decades, Guillaume has built a successful track record in the corporate world as a CEO and entrepreneur, and, through working with a variety of socially conscious and sustainable brands and causes. As a life and business strategist, Guillaume has been called upon to consult and coach some of the world’s finest brands and leaders. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, people around the world have been touched by Guillaume’s down to earth personality, warmth, humility and personal heartfelt commitment to helping others live their best life.

In this episode, Guillaume talks about focusing on focus.


Listen to the full interview with Guillaume Gauthereau and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“My first mentor he said ‘Guillaume, you’re never going to fail by being too focused’”