Category Archives: CEO Mojo Interview

Laura Webb: Being Genuine

 

Laura Webb is the President of Webb Insurance Group: an independent insurance agency providing home, auto, general liability, and worker’s comp insurance. Laura is the President of EO in Tampa Bay and is the Board Member, 2nd Vice President, and Fund Development Chair for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. She received both her B.S. and M.S. in Special Education at Florida State University.

In this episode Laura discusses how to be candid and sincere.

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Listen to the full interview with Laura Webb and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I think a lot of the time entrepreneurs take for granted our risk tolerance … I’ll start talking about the amount of money that I have to invest … I can see those who (are) across the table from me (are) vividly uncomfortable because it’s not ever a conversation they’ve had with themselves, or even at all.”

  • Laura Webb, https://www.webbinsgroup.com/

Bob Tassone: Getting Over HeadTrash

Bob is a serial entrepreneur he is currently the co-founder of TAGX Brands, Reman Intl., RestaurantEquipment.bid, and The Depot. For two decades, his passion has been focused on relieving headaches for the food service industry, with a worldwide focus. Client’s range from businesses on “Main Street” to global firms traded on “Wall Street”. Other successful ventures include Consulting, Real Estate, Insurance and Tourism.

For the past five years Bob has held various leadership roles in EO: Finance Chair, President, two terms as Area Director, and currently the Regional Director for US- East.

Bob is a native of the Upstate NY and he is married to his wife Samantha and has a son Nicholas (13).

In this episode, Bob Tassone talks about getting over headtrash.

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Listen to the full interview with Bob Tassone and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I made a total screw-up that cost the company over a million dollars … ‘I think it’s time I gotta exit; I’m not right for this company anymore.’ He started laughing … and said ‘I just paid for the most expensive education I’ve ever paid for. Go fix the problem!’”

  • Bob Tassone, https://www.tagexbrands.com/

 

John Bly: Pushing Past “Good Enough”

John Bly is a powerful international business consulting speaker. His in the trenches entrepreneurial experience, coupled with his global business acumen, make for a compelling presentation.

Fusing real-life examples with practical knowledge and exciting ideas, John’s dynamic presentations provide thought-provoking insights and practical ideas filtered through his significant international business consulting experience.

“Cracking The Code To M&A Growth” serves as a guide to effectively find good deals for entrepreneurial businesses in the $1 to $30 million range. John provides a blueprint for how to tackle such issues as: determining whether the deal is a good fit, due diligence, structuring the deal, tax issues, and how to land the perfect catch.

John will show you ways to find potential spots for rapid growth and accomplish, on a smaller level, what the larger companies do. By breaking down the M&A process into approachable elements, you will find that your entire outlook on the topic will be transformed!

In this episode John talks about pushing past “good enough”.

 

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Listen to the full interview with John Bly and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“It put me on a path that helped me build leadership skills that I wouldn’t have built had I not failed…I would have thought that it was good enough…”

  • John Bly, www.lbahs.com

Allan Rooney: Why Am I Doing This?

Allan Rooney is a graduate of the Edinburgh University Law School in Scotland, where he graduated with honors. He also studied at the University of Texas Law School in Austin through a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University of Texas in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh.

Upon relocating to New York, Allan worked as a commodities trader before beginning his legal career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte, his practice concentrated on international tax and compensation issues and securities-related matters, advising several Fortune 50 companies. He later worked at a boutique, commercial litigation and corporate firm representing corporate clients. With the backing of his clients, Allan founded Rooney Nimmo in 2007 and attributes its growth to its commitment to providing the highest possible level of client service coupled with sophisticated business-focused legal advice.

Allan is admitted as an attorney in New York.

In this episode, Allan talks about his experience as an entrepreneur.

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Listen to the full interview with Allan Rooney and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“There were some dark moments in that project … There was a time that I just remember being like, ‘What am I doing? Why don’t I just stick to my day job? Why am I doing this stupid real estate project in the first place?’ I can’t help myself!”

  • Allan Rooney, www.rooneynimmo.com

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”. www.SSVAinc.org

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.

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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, www.ssvainc.org

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.

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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,www.rpck.com

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 www.jamesashcroft.com/blog

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

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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, www.JamesAshcroft.com

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.

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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.

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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’”

 

Alana Winter: Getting Over Imposter Syndrome

Alana Winter is the CEO of Stiletto Spy School and MI 6 Academy which has been featured on the Wall St. Journal. Alana is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Economics. She currently lives in New York City and enjoys traveling and going on adventures. She is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization.

In this episode of CEO Mojo Alana Winter talks to us about overcoming Imposter Syndrome.

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Listen to the full interview with Alana Winter and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I enter relationships really think about the other person … it means always being willing to give more”