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Successful Entrepreneurs You Should Be Following

Successful Entrepreneurs You Should Be Following
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By Tyler Penske

Have you ever wondered what it takes to reach the level of success you have dreamed of? There is no better resource than studying the success of those who have done it themselves! Below is a list of successful entrepreneurs you should learn from.

Kharen Minasian, serial entrepreneur, coach, author, speaker and strategy consultant to a long list of companies. Kharen Minasian is a co-founder of S.T.O.R.M. an education company that is on track to directly impact over 1,000,000 children this year with a community of 1000's of coaches. His other passion is business and marketing, and he fulfills his calling by operating a marketing agency SOCIALBUZ. Specializing is business strategy, user experience, data tracking, sales funnels, and marketing campaigns. His genuine, focused, and determined personality pushes his students and clients to be their best. Kharen hosts private mastermind retreats several times per year, and even though they carry a hefty price tag, the investment is well worth it. With several big projects on the horizon, including augmented reality in education, city marketing projects, and powerful lead generation websites, Kharen is definitely making an impact. @succeeddaily

Mark Russell, Dugan Schwalm, and George Korsnick, the visionaries of CatalystXL, have opened a new door to information that enables sales pros to close more deals. The company’s mobile Sales Enablement Platform provides access to critical information more effectively and efficiently than any other Sales Enablement Platform or tool. Their innovative flip-card system, which uses micro content and artificial intelligence, are a proven and powerful way for users to receive, consume and learn, from real-time information. Sales pros are empowered with up-to-date knowledge they need to close the deal. Gone are the days of long, boring print catalogs, 3-ring binders, PDFs, and stand-alone videos no-one ever reads or watches. CatalystXL makes any sales team a force to be reckoned with – the right information at the point of purchase makes sales calls more productive, helps close more deals, and results in better informed and more satisfied buyers. CatalystXL is Sales Enablement – more enabled than ever. Contact Mark.

Gaurav Khanna is more than just your run-of-the-mill tech investor. While he started his first profitable venture in high school when most of his peers were playing with Pokemon Cards, Gaurav’s passion for technology led him to later work with Google, and then with Silicon Valley legal-giant Atrium. Forever looking for ways to solve real-life problems using innovative technology, Gaurav saw immense opportunity in the FinTech sector. Realizing that one of life’s biggest headaches for millions of Americans is taxes, led Gaurav to found RefundNote, one of the fastest growing Tax Preparation Marketplace startups in the US. In addition to being the CEO of RefundNote, an Investment Partner in Khanna Investment Properties Group, Gaurav is also a seasoned tech investor with early/late stage investments such as Tesla, Rent the Runway, and others.

TK Kubvoruno CEO & Founder and Matt Carroll COO & Co-Founder of University Viral. According to Statista.com, “in 2020, the entertainment/event and media market in the United States is expected to be worth over 720.38 billion U.S. dollars.” This amount may be a surprise to you, but to Takudzwa Kubvoruno (TK) and Matt Carroll, this projected valuation came as no shock. In fact, the two take this number as a challenge to raise the bar. TK is a 25 year old originated from Zimbabwe who made his way to the United States at age 7 with a dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. He played football his freshman year at Michigan State University before trailblazing into his first  self-owned business. Matt is a 23 year old Michigan State University alum with a degree in Supply Chain Management. He possesses all the necessary qualities required to be a multifaceted leader. Matt created his first app/start up while finishing his degree at MSU. The two met at MSU and instantly connected due to the intense passion for entrepreneurship they share. It didn’t take long for TK and Matt to partner up and successfully start a business. University Viral, founded only 11 short months ago, is already thriving. UV is the complete college experience. The company has already traveled over 100,000 students in just under a year. The company started as a Spring Break package traveling students to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and rapidly blossomed into something much bigger. University Viral has expanded to a plethora of locations including, but not limited to, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Cabo. It is truly a one stop shop for everything events, travel, and entertainment related for college students. TK and Matt have their sights set high with every intention to completely change the events, travel, and entertainment industry. These guys are most definitely people you want to keep an eye on, as they create a Viral movement!

Brosnan C. Hoban is a social media influencer with over 150,000 followers across all social media platforms and co-owner of Protos Development, A commercial real estate company started by his father in 2004, located in Pittsburgh, PA. Together they manage and own a real estate portfolio in excess of $20 million dollars to date. Currently specializing in strip mall development in the greater Pittsburgh area. Along with his knowledge and experience in commercial real estate, his strong presence on social media has helped him to be able to grow his personal brand and leverage his social media assets into other online business ventures. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on heading into 2019. If you’d like to learn more about personal branding and marketing, you can follow his Instagram page @BrosnanConnor.

Mario Peshev, CEO of DevriX, a next gen distributed team of 40 building high-scale WordPress applications and magazines serving hundreds of millions of views. Peshev has led training courses in CERN, VMware, SAP and other MNCs across the world. His work has been published on dozens of journals and known digital magazines, and he's a prominent LinkedIn influencer, a Top Writer on Quora for 2018, and recently started producing educational YouTube videos for consultants and digital businesses. Peshev is a known entrepreneur across Europe and North America, a contributor to the WordPress project, and a consultant for SMEs and $5M - $100M businesses scaling digital platforms and business processes. He's disrupting the recruitment space with a no-BS attitude and a leadership approach worth following closely.

Jay Halliburton, Co-Founder and CEO of JayBuysDetroit. Jay discovered his passion for real estate after his grandmother’s home of 30 years was foreclosed in 2013, due to delinquent property taxes. This unfortunate situation brought light to a bigger issue in Detroit known as the foreclosure crisis. Earlier this year, with his fraternity brother Kyle Kirkland, Jay founded the real estate solutions company, Jay Buys Detroit. JDB was created to help Detroit’s residents recover from the financial stress of the economic downturn. JBD’s ultimate goal is to rebuild Detroit’s inner cities through residential and commercial development. This year, Jay has sold over ten properties and plans to continue that trend with a goal of twenty-five for 2019. Jay graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a degree in Engineering. He later obtained his real estate sales license and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Oakland University. He is working tirelessly to rebuild Detroit and is focused on saving communities, one house at a time. Website: www.JayBuysDetroit.com Instagram: @Jay__Halliburton

Kyle Kirkland, Co-Founder and Acquisitions Executive. Kyle, 24, broke into real estate at the age of 16 managing his father’s investment properties. He quickly fell in love with real estate’s demand for innovative thinking. “Real estate is really the ultimate chess game,” he remarks. “You have to be able to identify the patterns in markets, understand when to use certain tactics and strategies while continuously keeping your end goal in mind in order to be successful.” He recently created the realty solutions company, Jay Buys Detroit, with his close friend and fellow Michigan State University alum, Jay Halliburton. They’re aiming to be a driving force in redeveloping the residential neighborhoods in Detroit, through providing its residents an opportunity for both community and economic development. Kyle understands that rebuilding a community involves more than just houses. His team is currently establishing an annual scholarship in the memory of Jay’s mother, Tjuanna, to assist incoming Spartans with expenses. Website: www.JayBuysDetroit.com Instagram/Twitter: @KyleKirkland_

Ezekiel Chew is a recognised mentor, speaker, entrepreneur in Singapore. He made his first million-dollar through forex trading in his early twenties. Ever since, he has been been a mentor and trading consultant to banks, trading institutions and retail traders. In 2010, he founded a forex training company, AsiaForexMentor.com and subsequently founded Singapore's largest forex trading academy - SingaporeForexAcademy.com Singapore Forex Academy is the world's leader in professional forex training. They are famous for their live market world class forex trading program (2 years duration) for adults and for children age 6-16. Apart from forex, Ezekiel is a seasoned entrepreneur who has vested in various businesses. Including a financial news publishing company, a business advisory company, a public speaking and leadership school Young Leaders School for kids amongst others. Ezekiel is a sought after keynote speaker, business coach and consultant. His expertise in sales, leadership & marketing are his core arsenal in producing explosive results.He spends his free time with his wife and kids in universal studios.

Danny Blade, Co-Founder of QuickTutor Danny discovered his love for technology at the age of 13 when he met his mentor Kevin Schnieders. “Kevin took a chance on me and opened the door for opportunities I could have never imagined. Pushing me every single day to be the best version of myself that I could be.” At 15 years old, Danny was recruited by EDSI, a national customized training, business development, and talent solutions company headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. His teenage summers were spent working with top officers, government officials, and employers from all across the country. Danny is the Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of QuickTutor. The first mobile application that connects anyone who wants to learn, to the person who can teach them, in real time. QuickTutor offers over 9,000 subjects. From social studies to skydiving – you can connect with an expert in real time through video call or in-person meet with the tap of a button or make money on your time teaching the thing you are great at.

David Salazar is the sole founding member of The Salazar Law Firm. His practice focuses primarily on catastrophic personal injury matters. David is a fifth-generation Texan who was born and raised in San Marcos, Texas. David obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a double minor in History and Religion from Texas State University. While attending law school, David worked as an insurance adjuster for a large insurance company as well as a private investigator; both granting him valuable insight and laying the foundation for his successful career. After graduating from The Thurgood Marshall School of Law, David opened his practice in Houston and quickly gained recognition as a formidable Plaintiff’s attorney. The Salazar Law Firm is located in the historical Heights area of Houston, Texas. David has successfully represented thousands of individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Bobby Dillard is Founder Principal and Managing Partner of Austin-based Cielo Property Group, which is a privately-owned commercial real estate investment and development company that specializes in redeveloping and repositioning underutilized properties with strong potential for value enhancement.Founded in 2010, Cielo has acquired or developed more than 1.3 million square feet of commercial real estate assets in Texas. The firm’s assets under ownership and development have a combined value of approximately $600 million today. Cielo’s principals have a diverse background in the development, capitalization, leasing and management of multiple asset classes ranging from large-scale Class A retail and office projects to historic renovations and asset repositioning. Collectively, the Cielo leadership team has acquired and operated over 10.7 million square feet of commercial real estate, with a total project value of over $1.5 billion.

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