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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.


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,

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,

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.


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”


Motivation With Joe: 3 Ways To Improve Your Company Culture, Zappos-style

This is the story of how having a strong company culture can motivate your employees and help your business see more growth!

About Joe: 

Joe Apfelbaum is the CEO and co-founder of digital marketing agency, Ajax Union. He is a public speaker, certified Google Trainer, and published business author. Joe enjoys speaking and writing about a broad range of business topics in his seminars, webinars and articles. Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of the Entrepreneurs Organization in NY, a group with over 10,000 CEO’s. Joe is proud of all his accomplishments but most of all he is proud of his successful foodie wife and beautiful four kids.

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I recently had the pleasure of going on the Zappos company tour in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zappos offers a tour of their company culture that shows off how they were able to create such great business growth and financial success. Zappos has proven that once you create a great company culture, sales will follow.

Starting off the tour, you’re taken into a theater to watch an introductory culture video. Tony Hsieh, the acting CEO, and Fred Mossler, the former Senior VP of Merchandising and currently “No Title” position holder (Because, as Zappos writes, “…we couldn’t think of a title for him and the ‘No Title’ position enables him to oversee a variety of departments within Zappos”) were the stars of the video.

The group was split into two and was assigned three tour guides to run the tour. We saw many unique company elements, including a shake weight dance at the HR department, the Zappos minibar, the napping station and the 80s room.

While taking the tour of the Zappos space and understanding how they provide service to their employees, I learned three things that I would love to share with you today.

1. Make employees feel special: Everything they do at Zappos makes the people that work there feel special. I believe that the culture tour is there to make the Zappos employees feel important. You can see the look in their eyes when you engage with them and they proudly show off their desks and personalized work spaces. Every team member is even given a license plate with their name and the year that they started working with Zappos. People understand that the company cares about them. I feel that it can make all the difference to a person just knowing that they have that support system from their employer.


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