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Joel Ward

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Bo Davis CEO at MarginEdge
10-01-2023
Bo Davis CEO at MarginEdge
Prior to founding MarginEdge, Bo was the founder of Wasabi. Wasabi is a group of conveyor belt sushi restaurants currently operating in DC and Boston. Prior to Wasabi, Bo was in the US Peace Corps serving in Macedonia, earned an MS in Finance from London Business School, and founded an educational software company, Prometheus, which he sold to Blackboard in 2002. MarginEdge backstory: Where hospitality met technology Our story began in a place where many restaurateurs have been themselves—stuck doing manual invoice data entry and inventory in a tiny closet in the back of a kitchen, wondering why the love of food and hospitality came with so many paper cuts. Bo and Roy, two of our founders, have more than 40 years of restaurant experience between them. They’ve built and operated over 25 restaurants around the nation. Even though the size of their back offices differed, the problems they faced as operators didn’t. With a background in successful tech entrepreneurship, Bo assembled Roy and two long-time friends, colleagues, and successful technologists, Mike and Sam. Together, they constructed a creative solution to make running a restaurant easier— and MarginEdge was born. From one picture to the big picture! It all starts with your closing manager snapping photos of invoices with their smartphones. We take it from there – every line item and every handwritten note is captured! We then integrate with your POS, so each day you know everything you bought and everything you sold! A rolling P&L with drill down capability and it flows effortlessly to your Accounting System of choice. In between, our tech: - does data entry of all of your invoices - updates pricing on your inventory sheets (food and beverage) - updates your ordering sheets - keeps your recipes – prep and plated – prices up to date with a real time kitchen recipe viewer - alerts you if the prices of key ingredients jump - determines theoretical food and beverage cost/usage vs actual We are currently working with 1,000+ restaurants in 35 states, from QSR to Fine Dining - Join Us!
Joel Green CEO at Pro Level Training, the National Director of Nike Sports Camps
09-01-2023
Joel Green CEO at Pro Level Training, the National Director of Nike Sports Camps
Joel Green is CEO of Pro Level Training, the National Director of Nike Sports Camps, a former professional basketball player, and a renowned motivational speaker. After retiring from his career in professional basketball, Joel Green founded Pro Level Training (PLT), which has become a 7-figure company. In addition to running PLT, Green is also the National Director for Nike Sports Camps as well as an accomplished speaker. He was honored to speak to thousands and deliver his own TED Talk.   Joel Green’s unique differentiator in business and as an individual is his ability to see life objectively from multiple vantage points. Unfortunate circumstances as a youth helped to groom and refine Joel into adulthood. Growing up in an abandoned home and seeing both sides of life has really helped him to connect with people over time.   A thought leader in the motivational category, Joel Green has a B.A. in Psychology from Rider University, which has helped to fuel his ambition to inspire others. He has developed a reputation for personal excellence and motivational talks that contribute tangible advice for attaining desired goals. Many of the messages he has delivered are conveyed in his first book, Filtering: The Way to Extract Strength from the Struggle, releasing early September.   In addition, Green is a professional sports and fitness model and actor, and he has been featured in commercials, ads, and on television. Most recently he was the face of the Cheez-It crackers Celebrity Crunch Classic campaign, in which he was solely featured on millions of snack boxes.   Green is known for setting very ambitious goals for himself, most recently his own challenge of reading 30 books in 30 weeks. He has unflinchingly put in 18-20-hour workdays with great joy to make his dreams a physical manifestation. He attributes his work ethic to his unwavering faith and his passionate desire for excellence – both of which have allowed him to overcome many difficulties and life challenges.
Dr Eric Cole Founder and CEO Secure Anchor Consulting
18-12-2022
Dr Eric Cole Founder and CEO Secure Anchor Consulting
Dr. Eric Cole, is a cyber James Bond (according to Fox News) who started off his career as a professional hacker trained by the CIA. He has the ability to make complex and dry topics exciting for his audience by drawing on his 30 years of experience helping entities understand and implement cost-effective security measures. His career has spanned industry and government roles including CTO at McAfee, Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin, and member of the Commission on Cyber Security for President Barack Obama. Dr. Eric Cole is the author of several books, including Online Danger: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Evil Side of the Internet. In 2014, he was inducted into the InfoSecurity Hall of Fame. Secure Anchor Consulting and I offer expertise across the whole spectrum of cyber security, including perimeter defense, secure network design, vulnerability discovery, penetration testing, and intrusion detection systems. Some of the current key focus areas include advanced threats, insider threat, CISO support and security coaching. Secure Anchor also works with startups and established enterprises bringing innovative products to market, and bridges the gap between executive and technical stakeholders. I bring additional experience in positioning technology for acquisition. I started in the cyber world as an analyst with the CIA, with computer security in its infancy, when most advanced threats manifested as physical instead of virtual. It became clear to me that this field requires constant, ongoing learning, or your knowledge and expertise will quickly expire. From the intelligence community, I landed at the SANS Institute and developed coursework that is now the foundation of SANS information security training and security certification, building out the Cyber Defense curriculum and authoring the top selling cyber security course. Now, my teaching, research, and the constant learning demanded by rapidly changing technology all merge to create a skill set and knowledge base that serve both individuals and corporations in their cyber security efforts. Sharing what I know, whether as a teacher or a speaker, fuels my desire to keep growing and giving each day. What can I help you understand?
Catherine Bell Founder Of The Awakened Company | Best Selling & Award Winning Author |
07-12-2022
Catherine Bell Founder Of The Awakened Company | Best Selling & Award Winning Author |
Catherine Bell is a successful entrepreneur, business leader and best-selling business author. Catherine founded BluEra, a Profit 500 executive search and team transformation company. As a top 200 growing company in Canada, top 10 in Alberta, and best workplace, BluEra was a shining example of the Awakened Company System in action. With the sale of BluEra to DHR, Catherine now focuses on awakening the fire within organizations through Strategy with Soul consulting as founder and CEO of The Awakened Company. In 2022, Catherine was identified as one of the top 10 innovative CEOs revamping the future by Inc. Magazine. Author of The Awakened Company, Catherine’s revolutionary business book was awarded the Nautilus Book Awards in Business & Leadership, was a best seller one week after its release, a best-seller on Amazon, chosen as “8 of The Best Leadership Books of 2015”, and recognized as a top book combining business and mindfulness. Catherine has been published in Fortune, HBR, Profit, Conscious Company Magazine, Women of Influence and has written for the UN. She has worked around the globe from the UK to Cuba and with Fortune 500 companies to serial entrepreneurs. Catherine has an MBA from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, a sociology degree from Western University, is certified in the Enneagram, and is a yoga instructor. She recently just stepped down from her role as a Jarislowsky Co-Fellow at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Catherine now consults all over the world on how to create Awakened Companies. The Awakened Company’s aim is to Awaken The Fire within Organizations with passion, purpose, and playfulness
Martin Salama The Architect of The Warrior's L.I.F.E. Code
07-12-2022
Martin Salama The Architect of The Warrior's L.I.F.E. Code
Martin Salama is known as the Architect of The Warriors L.I.F.E. Code.  He specializes in helping people frustrated in their life quickly shift their mindset to UNCOVER their greatness so they can live their true potential and enjoy LIFE! An example of what he’s achieved is a client like Roberta, who lost her 6-figure job due to COVID and came to Martin depressed and felt very lost. Within a short time, she had quoted: “direction, focus, and a renewed energy around all the possibilities I could pursue… and getting back on track to enjoy LIFE!” The key to his success is, he’s mastered the ability to Live Incredibly Full Everyday! He turned into the acronym L.I.F.E. and created the Warriors L.I.F.E. Code coaching program. I wanted to welcome you to The Warrior’s L.I.F.E. Code! L.I.F.E. stands for: Live Incredibly Full Everyday! I created the philosophy behind this approach after spending years in emotional pain and turmoil after my brother, Michael, died in an accident when we were children. This event in my life radically shaped how I viewed the world and drove me to become a people pleaser to make sure everyone around me didn’t experience the pain I had. The only problem was — this plan backfired. Everyone in my life (including me) was miserable. Soon after the financial crash in 2008, I lost everything I owned, and my wife of 24 years asked for a divorce. It was indeed a low point in my life. All of this pressure led me to the realization that circumstances go up and down, but my internal state doesn’t have to follow suit! During this journey, I decided to become a life coach. The training and experience I had when I graduated helped me further clarify what truly matters to me: relationships. I started rebuilding the relationships in my life and where I knew the changes would make the most powerful and long-lasting change; I started by improving my relationship with myself. Weight — literal and figurative — began to lift from me. Then one day, I decided to do something I don’t usually do: I meditated. As I sat still, listening to the 10-minute guided meditation, and making an effort to clear my mind, a sudden download occurred. Inspired, I grabbed a pencil and paper. After several hours I had in my hands the seed that would grow into The Warrior’s L.I.F.E. Code. The core of The Warrior’s L.I.F.E. Code is learning to accept who you are and learning to respond to the ups and downs of life, rather than reacting. I have made it my mission to help others achieve the same transformation I have, so they can become their 2.0 selves, learn to enjoy life, and Live Incredibly Full Everyday!
Amit Modi CTO / CIO at Movius
16-11-2022
Amit Modi CTO / CIO at Movius
Amit Modi is the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Movius – the world's leading provider of AI-powered secure mobile communications. Businesses worldwide use the company's patented mobility solution to serve their consumers better, staying away from crackdowns and keeping employees productive. T-Mobile, BlackBerry, BT, and Tier 1 banks are just a few giants with which Movius has established and growing partnerships. Since 2013 Amit’s responsibilities included managing the Product Strategy and Evangelization, Product Management, Engineering, Technology Partnerships, and Marketing functions. During his tenure, he has led Movius into the global marketplace by driving product vision, developing an expanding portfolio of enterprise-grade Omni-channel communication services, and delivering global service delivery infrastructure. Amit’s extensive telecommunications experience has been integral at Movius since its inception. He was instrumental in building the products from scratch and deploying them to customers globally. He has also held various sales leadership positions including heading International Sales (EMEA and APAC) and Global Channel Partners Business. In these roles, Amit exceeded goals and expanded Movius's business in international and emerging markets. Prior to Movius, he worked for Wipro Technologies in India. Amit holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in India, and has an International Executive MBA from IE Business School in Spain. He also holds Cyber Security Specialization from NYU Tandon and Business Strategy specialization from Wharton. Senior compliance executives, techno-business leaders as well as IT and data security decision-makers will find Amit's insights more than inspiring. He can't wait to go on your show and share top-class knowledge on SaaS innovation, solutions for highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare, omnichannel intelligent engagement, and next-gen mobile communications!
Pratik Thakker Founder of Testlify, INSIDEA, Webzoly
05-11-2022
Pratik Thakker Founder of Testlify, INSIDEA, Webzoly
From a young kid selling firecrackers to pickles, a teenage salesman to the stock analyst, sailing through storms, from India to Israel, this is an extraordinary success journey of a digital and tech entrepreneur. As a kid, I sold firecrackers and pickles, which enabled me to self-fund clothes and toys. I got into college but was only keen on learning new skills rather than formal education, which never excited me. As a hustler, I started working as a part-time salesman in the garments market as I wanted to master the art of selling. In the first year of college, at the inter-college fest, I met my life partner Nancy, a Jewish girl of Indian origin. Our love conquered all societal barriers, and we were united. Numbers excited me, and I moved to the most volatile stock market trade. Being sharp-minded and good with numbers, I learned and excelled at the trade. By the age of 21, I was making more money than I could have imagined. “Failures are part of the journey." The market crash got me back to square one. Money earned in years was lost in a few days. I didn’t give up. I bounced back stronger and was back on track. However, the stress of the job, overworking and erratic work hours started taking a toll on my health. Sometimes life takes unexpected turns in the right direction. Nancy inspired me to seek opportunities in #Israel. It was difficult to leave the homeland and family. But we went on to find new dreams in a new land. In a new country as a foreign national, beginnings were really challenging. I weathered the emotional storms of life, being away from family and friends. Depression sometimes pulls you down so much that it may leave you helpless. I appreciate my life partner who handled the situation perfectly and helped me recover. Then, when life gave me another shift and I saw digital and tech booming, I shifted my gears to the digital sector. As a successful professional in India, I willingly accepted a job in housekeeping and cleaning to start my work journey in Israel. Meanwhile, I used my digital and tech knowledge and started freelancing for free. The word spread and favorable testimonials got me actual business. Over the years I worked with multiple hi-tech companies in Israel. Now I help Israeli tech companies grow in India and Asia-Pacific (APAC) by providing the local team, and capital and driving the marketing, sales, and growth. Background about Pratik Thakker Pratik is an Indian-born digital and tech entrepreneur based in Israel, who is also known as Israel’s tech ambassador to India. Pratik has also an incredible following on LinkedIn and other social channels with over 250K followers and 200+ million views. As a Founder and CEO at Webzoly, he is helping global companies hire remote talent. He is also a founder at Testlify, a leading talent assessment platform helping companies hire the best talent with AI and deep analysis that’s accurate, automated, and unbiased.