Artist Ivette Cabrera is Today’s Honoree

ivetteIvette Cabrera is a Nicaraguan born artist whose work is inspired by powerful women who have changed the course of history. She works in attempt to highlight and breakdown the barriers the society has presented upon women. Many of the subjects in her art include women wearing headdresses. Cabrera states on the subject: “I want women to question their own identity so the headdress art is abstract, showing that every woman wears a crown.”

Cabrera’s uses her background in studying architecture as a way to channel her creativity into art. She has also opted for public art along with her drawings. The artist has stated that she has been inspired by architect Zaha Hadid, along with Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright and many admirers of her work have testified to the voice the influence brings to her art.

Cabrera comments about her art: “The subjects for my work are women from various cultures. My research has led me to find important women who changed the course of history, sometimes by creating rituals to glorify certain women or by breaking all cultural barriers in a society that devalued their worth. As a woman, I feel that it is important to represent and tell their story. In visual art, it is both important to convey powerful messages to the viewer and to represent a beauty which entices the viewer to search deeper. The subjects of my work are beautiful women. But what makes them beautiful is how we see the power of their presence reflected back at us.”

About Ivette Cabrera:

Ivette Cabrera is a Nicaraguan born artist who currently resides in Wynwood. After studying Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University and Marketing at Columbia College in Chicago, she began an art collective and artist residency in Wynwood in 2012 called Viophilia as an artistic sanctuary for artists to work intensively on their craft. She has curated numerous art shows as well as worked on various projects, including site renderings, interior renovations, and public art murals, as well as designing and constructing a house in Nicaragua. Her work has been part of numerous exhibitions, displayed at the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida, and is part of numerous private collections.

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Author Pete Bissonette is Today’s Honoree

petebissonette“Breakfast Tea & Bourbon is a contemporary adventure novel, an intriguing puzzle, and even a bit of a guide for a more meaningful and joyous life,” says author Pete Bissonette, “Woven within its pages are clues leading to an actual treasure hidden in the United States worth $50,000. The reader who unravels the mystery and uncovers the physical treasure can turn it in for $50,000 in cash with an additional donation of $5,000 to their favorite charity.”

The hunt begins Thursday, February 9, 2017, 5:08 p.m. U.S. Central Time Zone!

Breakfast Tea & Bourbon has a fun and entertaining story, clues to an actual treasure worth $50,0000, and strategies for a life worth living.

It also includes:

· Encouragement for savoring the moment
· The value of helping friends and creating your own family from friends
· The Looking Meaningful rule of toasting with a drink
· The recipe for his famous Bourbagne created for the book
· Living the Law of Attraction
· Clues leading to an actual treasure hidden in the United States worth $50,000
· Embracing the energy of the environment
· And much, much more!

Pete Bissonette has been the president of Learning Strategies for over thirty years. The company develops, publishes, and supports programs to help people maximize their potential through personal learning courses and live events.

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The Brain Domain Founder Bonnie Treece is Today’s Honoree

bonnietreeceAlthough Bonnie Treece started tutoring well before the creation of her official company, she decided to become more serious about it after graduating from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in May of 2014 summa cum laude with a BA in psychology. She always enjoyed learning and helping others, so combining the two was ideal.

She decided to found The Brain Domain in September of 2014 after her sole proprietorship business tripled in one week’s time. Bonnie’s exuberance and humor captures her students’ attention and makes it easier for them to stay focused, including her students who have learning disabilities.

Bonnie has over 12 years of professional tutoring experience, including working with numerous students with special needs. Her professional experience includes doing neuropsychological research at Baylor College of Medicine, where she is still asked to participate, being an ABA therapist, and being Vice President of her chapter of Best Buddies.

Due to the high demand for quality tutors in the Houston area, Bonnie decided to start The Brain Domain LLC. All of the tutors who work for The Brain Domain are hand-selected and interviewed by Bonnie and undergo a mock tutoring session with her to ensure quality control.

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Serial Startups Podcast Team of Tom and Ariana Sylvester are Today’s Honoree

tomarianaTom, Serial Entrepreneur, Husband, Father and Avid Call of Duty Player

Most relationships have two types of people, one entrepreneur, and one rational person.  In this relationship, Tom is definitely the entrepreneur. Tom has a varied background, with formal education consisting of BA in Computer Science and a MS in Business Management, among a variety of certifications.  Tom has worked with a variety of organizations, from startups to Fortune 50 companies, focused on Product Development and Information Technology.  Basically, he is an expert at understanding how to design and create products, from information to software.  Additionally, he has deep knowledge and experience helping organizations and individuals become more productive by removing waste and finding where the remaining time should be focused to maximize value. As an entrepreneur, Tom has started a variety of companies.  Some were not successful, but several were, which are still running today.  It took several years of pleading and convincing, but eventually Tom was able to get Ariana to join him and they now work on their business together.

Ariana, Reality Checker, Wife, Mother and Chai Lover

If Tom is the entrepreneur, then Ariana is definitely the everything else in the businesses and their relationship. Ariana went to college for the most obvious degree that would help become an entrepreneur… Zoology.  Ok, so maybe not, but that $50,000 education did help when coming up with the name for one of the many failed businesses.  After realizing that a career in Zoology was not likely to happen, Ariana tried out several office jobs.  When she become a mother, she was able to stay home and get paid from the two successful businesses that they had started. As reluctant as she was at the beginning, these days you can find her balancing a baby on her hip, while making some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, all while managing and automating the existing businesses so that the focus can be on starting new ones.

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DreamBuilder Financial Founder Moshe Amsel is Today’s Honoree

mosheamselMoshe Amsel is the founder of DreamBuilder Financial, LLC and is well known among online entrepreneurs. Below is his story and how he came to create this business.

My entrepreneurial roots began when I was a young child. My dad was a serial solopreneur and every couple of years had another great business idea. His first employees were always his children. So it became that I worked in a flower business, gold refinery, repackaging closeout goods. As a matter of fact, funny story, one day he came home with cases and cases of a board game called Plutocrat. He got us together and said, we need to figure out why this game hasn’t sold. So we sat down to play. The instructions were horrible and the pieces were strewn all about when the box was first opened. We couldn’t figure out how to play. So we made up our own rules and my dad typed them up. We then had to open each box, organize the pieces into separate baggies, insert the instructions and shrink wrap the box. That is how we got to invent a new game!

As a teenager and young adult, I was disappointed with the lack of availability to good financial knowledge for inexperienced individuals. I was a subscriber to Money magazine but the articles always talked about people in the middle of their careers and people with young families. I realized that there was an area of the market that was not being addressed. This was when the first seeds were planted for the idea that would ultimately become DreamBuilder Financial.

I didn’t set out as an entrepreneur when I was 20. When I completed high school, I did not continue on to college. My mother thought that my hanging out with friends until 3 AM and then sleeping until 1 PM made me a bum, so she got me an internship at a local computer company. That internship set the ball in motion for a nearly 20 year career in the IT industry. I was really good at what I did and I soon filled multiple managerial positions.

I was always treating life as a race. I got married at 19 and had my first daughter that year. By 21 I owned my first home and by 23 had surpassed a 6 figure income but had also amassed tremendous responsibility with the arrival of my 3rd daughter. At this point, my burning desire to become an entrepreneur was squashed by the financial responsibility that I had for a family of 5.

After just 6 years of marriage and at the age of 25, my marriage went on the rocks and then shattered like a glass thrown out the window. I soon found myself to be a single dad, seeing my kids once a week and every other weekend and wondered what I was going to do with my life. The financial responsibility never left, as a matter of fact, it got even more difficult as my child support sapped my income and took away my ability to live on my own.

It is almost impossible to squeeze so many years and experiences into one small page on a website, so understand that this is shorter than the Cliff’s Notes version. I went through some serious soul searching and very low moments in my life during those years. I lost my job and was unsuccessful in finding a new one and I knew in my heart that the IT industry was not where I belonged. For the next 7 years, I worked as a Paramedic while I went back to school.

People don’t understand or maybe cannot comprehend what I did in the last 4 of those 7 years. I couldn’t survive on a Paramedic’s salary. I ultimately went through bankruptcy proceedings after I used credit card debt to pay my child support and couldn’t dig my way out of the hole. Then along came a job offer back in the IT industry and I was still 4 years from completing my schooling. I took the job, kept my Paramedic job and continued as a full-time student. Yes, I was working 2 full-time jobs and was a full-time student all at the same time – for 4 years!

I studied accounting and finance and graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a B.S. in Accounting and from Keller Graduate School of Management with a MBA.

I also met my lovely wife Jamie during this time and I could sense a new beginning was being born.

I founded DreamBuilder Financial in January 2015. My initial vision was to fill the void I felt as a teenager when it came to financial literacy and navigating the stock market, retirement planning and other major financial decisions. However, as I began building a community and getting to know people, I discovered that there was an even greater need. People with dreams and visions wanted to get their own business started and just simply didn’t know where to begin. Entrepreneurs in their 2nd and 3rd year of business couldn’t understand why they weren’t making money.

Having been a listener of business Podcasts such as those by Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Amy Porterfield, Michael Hyatt, Cliff Ravenscraft, Chris Ducker, Michale Stelzner and others; I understood that I needed to focus on a single audience so that I could provide the best and most stellar experience to them. Considering that my community was already online, my mentors were all online, understanding the online entrepreneur was a natural fit.

Today, I am in a much better and happier place. I live my wife, 3 daughters, brand new son and our 4 legged son. I am focusing my energy on you the online entrepreneur with the mission to make understanding your business finances something that becomes an effortless exercise for you.

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Author Anita Mishook is Today’s Honoree

anitamishookThe Book:

When Helen left New York on a train bound for California in 1936, she was looking for a change of scene, planning to stay with her sister in Glendale and babysit her niece and nephew. But when she arrived, she found herself steeped in a world of bookies, mobsters, and a Nazi underworld that she must infiltrate on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League.

Anita Mishook’s well-researched and brilliantly written debut novel transports you to 1936 and the under-told history of the American Bund, the pro-Nazi Silver Shirts, and their efforts to build a summer retreat for Hitler near the Los Angeles coast.

The Author:

Anita Mishook received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She continued as a psychologist, licensed in Illinois and then in California, for four decades, practicing under her professional name During this period, she headed the Child Adolescent Mental Health Program in San Bernardino, until going into private practice. Her debut novel Helentells the story of 1930’s California, where pro-Nazism took hold and led the Anti-Defamation League to spy on extremist individuals and organizations. Anita Mishook’s novel weaves this historical account into her own family’s history

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The Unapologetic Capitalist Alison Gerlach is Today’s Honoree

alisonThe Unapologetic Capitalist is a forum to cultivate and encourage the building of significant long-term value in any venture. This is a place for entrepreneurs, business executives, consultants, and anyone who is compelled by innovation and free enterprise. The Unapologetic Capitalist is a discussion to constructively explore and push the thinking on creating and building optimal business ventures.

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AB Gerlach is a seasoned, strategic management consultant, serial entrepreneur, investor, business executive, and lecturer with expertise in, and a passion for, building businesses. Ms. Gerlach has done extensive research in optimizing the business start-­‐up process and has founded and built businesses in industries that include consumer packaged goods, media, technology, and professional services. Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she was a strategic management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton working with Fortune 100 media and consumer companies.

Today, Ms. Gerlach continues to build and invest in companies in a variety of stages and industries. As a strategic management consultant, she continues to advise select companies, as well as work with multibillion-­‐dollar asset management and alternative investment funds on their investment allocation strategies. She has written various papers focused on entrepreneurship, business building and growth strategies, alternative investment funds, optimal investment allocation and a range of venture topics. She sits on the board of private equity funds as well as select early stage ventures.

Ms. Gerlach is also an active academic. For the past ten years, she has served on the advisory committee of Entrepreneurship @ Cornell and was the Entrepreneur in Residence for Cornell University during the 2011‐2012 academic year. In addition, she has taught courses in the Management department at San Diego State University and frequently guest lecturers at top universities.

Ms. Gerlach graduated at the top of her class from the MIT Sloan School of Management earning an MBA with focus on New Venture Development and Systems Optimization. She earned her BA in economics and mathematics from Cornell University.

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