TBLP097 | Jon Vroman: Front Row Leader

You have to be a family man with business and never a businessman with a family. It is one guiding principle that Jon Vroman, the Founding Owner of Front Row Foundation imbibes in his personal as well as business life.

In his former life, he used to be living a life of anyone’s dream – earning big and lots of money, trips everywhere, good company, cool boss and fancy dinners. But along the way, it dawned on him that his life has more to it than what he is already enjoying.

Now, Jon is a father and a husband. His primary objective is to serve his wife Tatiana and his two boys Tiger and Ocean. They live in Austin, Texas. Jon also runs a dad’s group called Front Row Dads for high performing entrepreneurial type of guys that are family men.

Listen to Von as he shares many life-lessons on his way to founding the Front Row Foundation.

Look forward to hearing how he survived insurmountable odds and overcame it.

Be transported back to that very core of yourself and learn to appreciate what Von says about it.

You will be amazed at how he successfully looked inward to find that meaning in life and eventually went outward to share his blessings to the world.

Don’t miss a bit of what he says because every bit of word is fully packed with wisdom and a deep sense of understanding of his own life and others as well.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Jon sharing what Front Row Foundation is all about and its mission
  • What led him to start the Front Row Foundation
  • The unique ways of contributing goodness to charities and to the whole world
  • How he overcomes the unthinkable challenges he went through
  • The many life-lessons he’s had pursuing his dream
  • Why do you need affirmation, good friends, mentors, therapists and coaches
  • The value of gratitude and its rewards
  • One unique actionable step to make a difference in your 8 most important people in life

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP096 | Nicole Verkindt: Procurement Leader

Nicole is the founder and CEO of OMX, a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, and a thought leader in the procurement industry.

Today, she sat down with Edwin and shared her inspiring stories on how she focuses on her goals.

Also, she talked about how she grow and expand her business.

Nicole always finds industry gaps and built innovative platforms and technology to fill them.

Listen now to learn more about how she has turned the challenges to build OMX, the only online platform of its kind that serves users from the world’s top defence, aerospace, shipbuilding sectors, and tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Nicole explains how travelling and being location independent gives her the benefits and freedom to accomplish more
  • Recalling interesting experiences that made her become the business leader today
  • Learn the importance of ASKING, addressing the problem right away, proper expectations and setting deadlines as the key to moving forward a business
  • How having different kind of entrepreneurs in a team contribute to their growth
  • Nicole explains why high-level creativity, having good judgment and emotional intelligence is the next big thing for this era
  • Learn the skills that will be suitable for this new economy for young professionals and entrepreneurs
  • The impact of technology in shaping the lives of people
  • Qualities that one must possess when starting a leadership role

Links

Reading List

  • Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison by Howard Green

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP095 | Laurie Campbell: Fitness Bootcamp Leader

You need to surround yourself with people who bring up your weaknesses and know your strengths. This is one of the important lesson Barry’s Bootcamp Regional Vice President, Laurie Campbell learned as a woman in business.

Being a female entrepreneur, Laurie went through challenges that she was able to overcome with help from family and peers. In today’s episode, she offered tips and tricks on how to survive the demand in a male-dominated industry. She also gave advice on taking the plunge and setting up a business, to moving ahead when the odds are against you.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Laurie’s transition from being a yoga studio owner to being Barry’s Bootcamp VP
  • What are difficult decisions that allowed her to grow as a business leader
  • Laurie realization that a previous venture is no longer for her
  • The importance of being with like-minded people
  • Laurie’s thoughts as a woman in business
  • What’s the best leadership quality that Laurie has

Links

Reading List

  • American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP094 | Eli Fathi: AI Technology Leader

Should we be afraid of Artificial Intelligence?

Edwin sat down with Eli Fathi, Co-founder & CEO MindBridge Analytics Inc., a company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to uncover errors in financial data.

Today, they talked about the singularity, AI, and leadership. If you do not have an idea what is the singularity, listen to this episode.

You will hear from Eli, singularity’s impact on the livelihood of the people with the use of artificial intelligence.

Also, you will find out what you have to grow as a business leader especially if you are part of a  highly skilled work environment.

Enjoy! 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is financial data and how they use artificial intelligence to uncover anomalies in it
  • Hear the lessons that Eli learned in making a difficult decision that allowed him to grow as a business leader and entrepreneur
  • How to continue to be on top of the game
  • Lessons Learned in scaling your business successfully
  • Discover the Do’s and Don’t of building credibility for individual level
  • Four simple steps of building credibility for company level

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Resources

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP093 | Braulio Lam: Payments Platform Leader

What is the hardest thing that you have to do as a business leader?

This is one big question Braulio Lam answered in today’s episode.

Braulio Lam is co-founder and CTO of Pungle Inc. Braulio oversees all technology and development of the Pungle Payments Platform. His teams are responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Pungle’s innovative products and services.

Edwin and Braulio sat down and talked about the future plans of Pungle and what problem does it solve. They also discussed the actionable steps that you can do as an emerging leader. Lastly, Braulio shared his thoughts on the fast-growing technology such as AI and how it will affect businesses of today.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What are the problems solved by Pungle
  • Two challenges Pungle has overcome since they started
  • One of the hardest decision Braulio has to make during the early years of him as a business leader
  • As a brand-new business leader joining a new team, what steps you have to take for your growth
  • What does leading upwards mean for Braulio

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP090 | Alexander Lvovich: Auto Industry Leader

With the growing popularity of other car brands, how does Volvo remains on top of the game? Automotive is one of the most competitive industry in the world, yet Volvo finds its success secret sauce.

Today on the show, Edwin sat down with Alexander Lvovich, Managing Director of Volvo Canada, to get a peek into the future of Volvo, take a piece of his brain to see what lies ahead of the famous car brand and get nuggets of wisdom that you can practice while growing as a business leader.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Volvo is still the leading European car brand in the world
  • Over the years, it has been known to be the safest car in the world. Listen to Alex as he tells us the latest technology of Volvo
  • With the automotive industry so competitive, how does Volvo stayed innovative and ahead of other brands
  • The three difficult things that Alex learned to help him grow as a strong business leader
  • Alex recounting experiences that he made a bad decision and affected the business operations

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP089 | Andrew Witkin: Leading with Labels

Andrew Witkin is an experienced entrepreneur, marketer and the founder and president of StickerYou, a successful e-commerce startup that was named the fastest-growing promotional products company in Canada in 2017 by SGR magazine.

Over the past decade, Andrew has built StickerYou into an influential e-commerce trendsetter that produces customized die-cut sticky products, including stickers, decals, iron-ons, badges, patches, labels and magnets.

In today’s episode, Edwin and Andrew sat down to discuss important topics for business leaders. One is the rise of artificial intelligence, hear it straight from Andrew, what are the two sides of AI. Also, you will hear them discussing the challenges of becoming a business leader. Finally, listen to Andrew as he shared StickerYou’s plans for next year. Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is StickerYou and hear their plans for the next months
  • How to find out your starting point in an organization
  • Discover the one challenge that Andrew has to do to has as a leader
  • Andrew’s thoughts on honest transparency and respectful dialogue
  • Hear what Andrew continue to do to improve his leadership
  • As a leader, find out how Andrew is going to lead his organization despite the rise of Artificial Intelligence

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP088 | Bob Moore: Leading with Empathy

Is it possible to lead with empathy?

For Bob Moore, Axis Country Manager, it is.

In today’s episode, Edwin and Bob dive deep on the topic of leading with empathy. Bob shared his early days when he was proud and resisting help from others. He eventually realizes that he cannot do everything on his own.

You must be asking, how he turned everything around? With the help of books about famous leaders’ autobiographies. He discovers their hardships before reaching their status. Through this reading, realized that life is a continuous improvement.

There is a lot of nuggets of wisdom from this episode so be sure not to miss this one!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What lessons Bob learned from making a hard decision
  • Why is it important to listen to your inner voice when you are an emerging leader
  • How Bob overcome his flaws as a leader
  • Hear what Bob has to say about the future with Artificial Intelligence
  • What one characteristic you must have as a business leader
  • For people starting a career, find out what is the number one criteria when you join an organization

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.