Michael King: [00:00:00] Hey everybody, welcome back to in the trenches with Michael King where we talk with business owners, leaders, and executives about the lessons they've learned while fighting in the trenches of the business...
Ryan Narus is the Co-Founder of Archimedes Group and a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds undergraduate degrees in both Psychology & Statistics as well as an MBA.
He's a self made real estate entrepreneur who owns and operates 10 Mobile Home Parks spanning ~1,245 units.
But here's the thing: He started with nothing. No money. No experience. No network. He was a 20 something with way more student loan debt than actual capital to invest in deals. He's just a normal dude who refused to quit, and was willing to sacrifice while takin bold action. Ryan found creative ways to make money while he scaled his business up.
"I was stuck in Corporate America. I escaped. And I want to help others too."
Gabrielle Mills is the owner and co-founder of Sourced., a company providing a full-service back office solution to overwhelmed business owners and entrepreneurs. Specializing in bookkeeping, content marketing, office assistance, and placements services, Sourced. is an a la carte option for business owners to access critical resources without the burden of managing a full staff. Gabrielle began the business in 2016, and since it’s opening, Sourced. has won multiple awards and been recognized as a leader in the small business community. Sourced. gives back 10% of their monthly profits to foster care charities and other non-profit organizations, and looks to eventually expand into a national franchise.
Michael King: [00:00:00] Hey everybody. This is in the trenches with Michael King where we talk with...
Cliff Skelliter is the CEO and Creative Director of Launchpad Creative. Following graduation at Laurentian he achieved a certificate in Cambrian College’s inaugural program - Broadcast New Media. Through the program he was able to secure an internship with CTV which led to his first media job. Skelliter's career took approximately 3 years for it to run its course. It became time for entrepreneur Cliff to re-enter the picture.
Prior to completing his schooling Cliff worked as a salesperson at Future Shop. Most of his salesmanship and business acumen can be accredited to this position. He was taught a lot of lessons about measuring results and how to influence peoples purchasing decisions on intangible products, like warranties. His first year with the company was spectacular, ranking as one of the top associates in his division across the country.
He had a lot of mentors growing up. His mom and sisters were instrumental in his growth. He also admired icons such as...
Ashley Altum is the CEO of Profit Matters as well as a leader and serial entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to helping small business owners scale their companies through a financial lens centered around rules, processes, and automation. Her number one strength is discipline making her both routine and structured. Ashley holds a Master's Degree in Business and a Texas Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license. She has experienced two successful exits from manufacturing and construction businesses. From a small agricultural country town to the big Dallas city, Ashley is on a mission to scale Profit Matters to the largest bookkeeping firm in America by making accurate financial statements at an affordable cost accessible to every single business owner.
Mike and Ashley discuss how she went from a multi-million dollar exit to nearly bankrupt in only 18 months.
Ashley shares the story about her decision to get into an industry she knew nothing about and the lessons...
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