Chairman and CEO, Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises; star of the CNBC television show The Profit
On CNBC’s television show The Profit, Marcus Lemonis lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country. As a result of successful partnerships forged on the show, Lemonis has acquired a number of companies, including 1-800-Car-Cash, and developed AutoMatch USA. Lemonis has also added a variety of product lines and services to his holding company, Marcus Lemonis LLC. His biggest success is as chairman and CEO of Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam Enterprises, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization. After combining Camping World with Good Sam Enterprises in 2010, Lemonis now leads nearly 6,000 employees in over 100 U.S. cities, and recorded close to $3 billion in sales in 2013.
Founder, The Honest Company
Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe–nominated actress who is actively involved with such charities as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity, and Project HOME. But there is one role the California native enjoys playing above all others: mom to young daughters Honor and Haven. Alba created the Honest Company to “help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”
founder and CEO, FUBU; star of ABC television show, Shark Tank
Damon John started a clothing company in his mother’s basement, in Queens, NY, and in 10 year’s time transformed it into a global fashion empire. John is a star of ABC’s hit reality business show “Shark Tank” and the Founder and CEO of FUBU, a company he steered to annual sales in excess of 350 million dollars at its peak. He’s the author of two books: ‘Display of Power’, which was voted “One of the Best Business Books of 2007”, by the Library Journal and ‘The Brand Within’ which has been called “An Essential Blueprint for Brand-Building”.
John is a consultant and public speaker, and shares his expertise with everyone from students and aspiring entrepreneurs to small business owners and CEOs of major corporations. He has been featured on Bloomberg News, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, as well as in Forbes.com, the Wall Street Journal.com, CNNMoney, Success Magazine and many other prominent media outlets.
CPO and co-founder, Airbnb
Joe Gebbia is the co-founder and CPO of Airbnb. He leads the product team in creating meaningful experiences through intuitive design, and oversees Airbnb’s brand and product development. Gebbia draws on his previous experience as a designer at Chronicle Books and developer of a green design site and several consumer products. He earned dual degrees in graphic design and industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky.
David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Sydney, and Toronto, as well as a best-selling cookbook and a print journal called Lucky Peach. Momofuku originated in New York City, now home to Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Milk Bar, Momofuku Má Pêche, and Booker and Dax at Ssäm. Chang opened Momofuku Seiōbo, his first restaurant outside of New York City, at the Star in Sydney in October 2011. In 2012, Chang opened Momofuku Toronto, located in a three-story glass cube in the heart of downtown Toronto. The building is home to five concepts: Noodle Bar Toronto, Nikai, Milk Bar Toronto, Daishō, and Shōtō. Since opening Noodle Bar in 2004, Chang has been awarded 25 James Beard Awards, counted among the Time 100 and Fortune’s “40 Under 40,” profiled in The New Yorker and Vogue, and featured on the cover of ForbesLife Magazine. He has been called one of “the most influential people of the 21st century” by Esquire and, in 2014, was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000.”
Founder and CEO, Johnny Cupcakes
Out of the trunk of his beat-up ’89 Camry, Johnny Earle turned a simple idea into a multimillion-dollar business using nontraditional methods. Starting in 2001, at the age of 19, Earle developed his company without a business plan, start-up loans, investors, wholesaling, or even conventional advertising. Johnny Cupcakes does not sell cupcakes, however; instead, it is one of the most recognized independent T-shirt brands in the U.S. and Europe, with retail locations in Boston, Los Angeles, and London. Designed as vintage bakeries, Johnny Cupcakes’ frosting-scented stores display limited-edition T-shirts inside refrigerators and confection cases.
Co-founder and CEO, MakerBot
Bre Pettis has led MakerBot, a global leader in 3-D-printing technology, as CEO since its beginning in 2009, but he has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co-founding MakerBot, Pettis co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes of MakerBot’s 3-D printers, and has become known worldwide as a leading evangelist for personal manufacturing. Pettis was honored with the Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, for “creating an entire ecosystem for desktop 3-D printing.”
Bre Pettis photograph © 2010 Joi Ito.
Founder and managing director, Ideal Properties Group
Aleksandra Scepanovic is co-founder and managing director of Ideal Properties Group, a leading real-estate firm in Brooklyn, New York. She founded the company in 2007 with Erik Serras and has grown it to four offices with 150 brokers. Scepanovic is responsible for business development, company operations, and creating a supportive corporate culture. Previously, she worked as a journalist and media analyst in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. She came to NYC to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology before transitioning to real estate.
managing partner, dpict
Mike Fleisch is an award-winning designer, filmmaker, and writer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a managing partner of dpict and a member of The Value Web, he provides graphic facilitation and collaboration design services to clients all over the world. In 2010, he founded Chase Public, a nonprofit space for art and assembly. Fleisch has designed and facilitated hundreds of large-group collaborative sessions for multiple Fortune 50 corporations and non-profit organizations.
co-founder and managing partner, Evolution Capital Partners
Brendan Anderson’s passion for helping small companies emerged out of his own experience growing up in an entrepreneurial family. Since 2005, Evolution Capital Partners has had five growth companies named to the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 list, three of which have been honored multiple years. Evolution Capital Partners ranked No. 197 on 2013 the Inc. 500 list. Anderson is the former president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in Cleveland. He was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 finalist.
Vice president, The Great Game of Business Inc.
Steve Baker is the vice president of the Great Game of Business Inc., a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation. He also co-wrote the 20th anniversary edition of the best-selling book The Great Game of Business. Baker spent two decades struggling to help small-business owners reach their goals without access to key business metrics. Learning to play the Great Game of Business at SRC changed his life. He also serves on the board of the National Center for Employee Ownership and on the steering committee of SRC’s Ownership Culture Initiative. Baker is a career marketing and branding professional and an award-winning designer. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his family.
Kelvy Bird has been working as a graphic facilitator in the field of organizational learning since 1995, maintaining a focus on cultural development within multi-stakeholder environments. Her drawings support reflection and sense-making processes by translating content into visual, tangible formats. She describes her particular approach as “the fine art of listening,” a way that honors both the implicit and explicit aspects of conversations.
Senior editor, Inc.
In her role as an Inc. senior editor, Lindsay Blakely oversees the website’s and the magazine’s tech coverage from Los Angeles. Previously she was a senior editor at CBS Interactive and before that she was a reporter for Business 2.0 magazine.
Honorary chairman, Inc. Business Owners Council; founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; co-author, Street Smarts
Inc. columnist and senior contributing editor Norm Brodsky is a veteran entrepreneur who has founded and grown six businesses. In 2007 he sold CitiStorage, a document-archive business based in Brooklyn, New York, for $110 million. His most recent venture is Black Gold Suites, an extended-stay hotel in Tioga, North Dakota. Brodsky chronicles his entrepreneurial journey in his Inc. “Street Smarts” column and in the book The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up, both co-authored with Inc. editor-at-large Bo Burlingham.
editor-at-large, Inc.; author, Small Giants; co-author, The Knack
Besides serving as editor-at-large for Inc. and authoring Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, Bo Burlingham has written two books with acclaimed businessman Jack Stack. With Norm Brodsky, Burlingham also co-authors the popular monthly column in Inc. called “Street Smarts” and co-wrote the book The Knack, also known as Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs.
inventor, Hanukkah Tree Topper; head of new business development, Shark Branding
Morri Chowaiki is an entrepreneur with roots in sales, business management, technology, consumer-packaged goods, and e-commerce. An early adopter in e-commerce, Chowaiki has worked in manufacturing and software organizations servicing some of the world’s largest retailers. His own business venture was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, and he made a lucrative deal with serial entrepreneur and investor Daymond John. Chowaiki is a married father of three and lives in San Diego, California. In his spare time, he is a cartoon voice actor.
Founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing for Dummies; columnist, Inc.com
As the author of five books, including the Amazon No. 1 best sellers ROAR! Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle and Video Marketing for Dummies, Kevin Daum helps companies communicate in strategic, compelling, and often humorous ways. Daum is an Inc. 500 entrepreneur and Inc.com columnist whose track record includes more than $1 billion in sales and marketing.
founder and CEO, The Content Shop; author, Launch!: The Critical 90 Days from Idea to Market
Scott Duffy began his career working for best-selling author and speaker Tony Robbins. He went on to work for several media brands such as CBS Sportsline, NBC Digital, and FOXSports.com. Next, Duffy founded Smart Charter, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. He has provided commentary on CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio. He is the best-selling author of Launch! and a contributor to Inc.
Deputy editor of business development, Inc.com
Allison Fass is deputy editor, strategy and business development, for Inc.com. She has been with the media company since 2011. A longtime business journalist at Forbes and The New York Times, Fass has also worked in venture capital and innovation at Hearst Interactive Media and digital strategy at a start-up consultancy. A graduate of Duke, Fass earned an MBA from Columbia, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot fellow.
Author, Upstarts! and Alpha Dogs
Donna Fenn is the author of two books, Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack. Fenn is also a contributing editor at Inc., a blogger on BNET/CBSi and Inc.com, and an experienced international keynote speaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Working Woman, Parents, Reader’s Digest, and The Washington Monthly, among other publications.
executive editor, Inc.
Besides working for Inc., Jon Fine is the co-founder of Biltboard, an online visual diary for makers. He has also been an adviser to several early-stage startups, including the Techstars company Wander, which created the acclaimed Days app and sold to Yahoo! in early 2014. From 2005 to 2009, Fine wrote the widely cited BusinessWeek column “Media Centric,” which covered media, technology, and marketing, and for which he won American Society of Business Publication Editors and National Headliner awards. He also won a James Beard Award in 2010 for Best Wine Writing. In a long-running alternate life as a musician, Fine has played guitar in a series of American independent rock bands. His upcoming book based on those experiences, Your Band Sucks, will be published by Penguin later this year.
Co-founder, Strategic Hospitality
Benjamin Goldberg is the founder and co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, parent company to Nashville-based Paradise Park, Aerial, Merchants, the Patterson House, the Catbird Seat, and Pinewood Social. In 2006, Goldberg created Strategic Hospitality as a modest company of just him and his brother Max, which has since grown to become a thriving hospitality group employing more than 300 people. A believer in and supporter of the city of Nashville, Goldberg sits on the boards of both the Rochelle Center and the University School of Nashville. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Leadership Nashville for the class of 2014-2015.
Co-founder, Strategic Hospitality
With his brother Benjamin, Max Goldberg is a co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, parent company to Nashville-based Paradise Park, Aerial, Merchants, the Patterson House, the Catbird Seat, and Pinewood Social. Strategic Hospitality was created in 2006 as a modest company that included just the two brothers; it has since grown to employ more than 300 people. Goldberg is active in the Nashville community, sitting on the board of the Grace Eaton Center and serving as sponsor and coach of the Kipp Academy basketball team. He is also a member of Rotary Nashville and an active University of Denver alumnus.
founder and CEO, Hint Water
San Francisco-based Hint produces all-natural essence waters, with zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero sugar, and zero preservatives. Since its official launch in 2005, Hint has received numerous accolades including “Best Flavored Water” (in Health, Men’s Health, and SELF). With an extraordinary track record of business success, Kara Goldin was formerly the vice president of shopping and e-commerce partnerships at AOL, where she grew AOL’s shopping business from startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than 7 years. In 2012, she was named as one of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women.”
COO, Hint Water
San Francisco-based Hint produces all natural essence waters, with no sweeteners and nothing artificial. As COO, Theo Goldin brings operational and legal expertise to the day-to-day business management of Hint, which he runs with his wife, Kara Goldin, founder and CEO. Theo Goldin started his career in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a technical consultant. A graduate of New York University School of Law, Goldin has worked with both startups and established technology leaders as a business and technology attorney. He eventually redirected his energies to entrepreneurial opportunities, consulting for a number of privately-owned businesses.
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
executive educator, coach, and author
Recently recognized as one the Top 10 business thinkers in the world, a most influential leadership thinker, and the most respected executive coach, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is an authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His 34 books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, have sold more than two million copies worldwide. Goldsmith is one of a select few executive advisers who have worked with more than 150 CEOs throughout his career.
principal and founder, The Benefit Advantage
The Benefit Advantage is a national third-party administrator (TPA) providing best in class specialized benefit administration services to companies. Kim Hansz built the Benefit Advantage and her other businesses from the ground up without outside capital. Hansz is a NASCAR fanatic and owns a vertical farm in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
senior contributing writer, Inc.
Prior to becoming a contributing writer, Burt was a senior writer for Inc., a position he held from February 2011. He writes features about entrepreneurs and the inevitable drama of starting a company. His feature story “Betrayed in China: One Entrepreneur’s Hard Journey East” won a 2013 Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Best in Business Award for International Feature. In 2012 his cover story, “Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?” as well as feature “After the Squeeze” were also recognized by SABEW as among the best magazine feature stories.
president, Spark City
Lisa Hendrickson sold her first idea for a company to her father when she was five years old for 25 cents. Today she is a serial entrepreneur who has lived an immersive life around start-up ventures. Her newest company, Spark City, was founded to provide essential start-up training and back-office solutions to entrepreneurs with a focus on effectiveness and profitability. Prior to that, she was the COO of HCC, an award-winning values-driven luxury interiors company that became one of the fastest growing inner-city companies in America, garnering a coveted slot in the ICIC 100 in 2009.
Shama Kabani Hyder
founder and CEO, The Marketing Zen Group; author, The Zen of Social Media Marketing
As the CEO of the award-winning Marketing Zen Group (MZG), a full-service Web marketing and digital PR firm, Shama Kabani Hyder has led the organization through explosive growth, averaging 400 percent annually since MZG’s start in 2009. Hyder has shared the stage with the world’s top leaders, including President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.
founder and CEO, Global Efficient Energy
Abe Issa founded Global Efficient Energy (GEE) in 2011 with a strong vision in renewable energy and sustainability. Abe is a Fort Worth, Texas resident and Texas Christian University (TCU) alumnus and active in the TCU Neeley School of Business. Abe has earned top awards, including Inc.’s 35 Under 35, CEO World Awards’ CEO of the Year Gold Award from the and Tech Republic’s 40 under 40. Abe has been quoted in articles including Forbes and Huffington Post.
Editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence
Before joining Inc., James Ledbetter was the opinion editor of Reuters. He was the founding editor of Slate’s financial site The Big Money and deputy managing editor of CNN Money. Ledbetter has published five books, including Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex.
Brian S. Lee
CEO and co-founder, The Honest Company; co-founder, LegalZoom; co-founder, ShoeDazzle
Brian Lee has unparalleled expertise in launching successful e-commerce brands that leverage technology and social media to provide consumers with a highly customized, entertaining, and informational internet experience. Formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and a manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Lee co-founded LegalZoom in 2001; it has since become the nationwide leader in online legal services. On the heels of LegalZoom’s success, Lee launched ShoeDazzle in 2008, an innovative subscription business model with more than three million highly engaged members and two million Facebook fans. Forbes magazine ranked ShoeDazzle number 21 on its Most Promising Companies 2011 list. Currently, Lee is the CEO of the Honest Company, which he co-founded with Jessica Alba in 2012. Responding to parents who demand eco-friendly, nontoxic products for their families, the Honest Company presently boasts over 200 employees and is touted as one of the most promising e-commerce companies in California. Lee was recognized as one of the 25 Most Notable Korean-American Entrepreneurs by Forbes in 2009.
Co-founder and CEO, Evernote
Evernote is a Redwood City, California–based, independent, privately held software company that builds apps and products that are defining the way individuals and teams work today. Founded in 2007, Evernote products reach more than 100 million users worldwide. The organization boasts nearly 400 employees and is growing. In 2011, Evernote was Inc.’s Company of the Year.
COO and senior consultant, Predictable Success
Dave McKeown is the chief operating officer and senior consultant at Predictable Success, an organizational growth consultancy that helps senior leaders overcome the obstacles to growth in their organization. McKeown oversees the day-to-day operations of the business and is responsible for the training and development of all new consultants. Over the past decade, he has worked with Pella Windows and Doors, T-Mobile, and numerous family- and founder-owned companies.
career consultant; and author, 10Ks of Personal Branding
With more than 15 years of experience as a corporate executive, Kaplan Mobray offers an insightful and practical approach to personal branding and leadership development. His latest venture is online learning via the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute.
founder and CEO, Minted
Mariam Naficy is a pioneer of consumer Internet businesses since co-founding her first company, Eve.com, in 1998. Naficy invented Minted’s crowdsourced and curated marketplace model with the mission of building an e-commerce platform that continuously offers fresh goods across limitless categories. Minted’s design marketplace has reached 40 million households globally and has designers contributing from 43 different countries around the world. Naficy sits on the boards of Yelp and Every Mother Counts.
Co-founder, IdeaPaint; co-founder, MixedMade
Morgan Newman is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of IdeaPaint and, most recently, MixedMade. After launching IdeaPaint in the U.S., in less than four years Morgen built the company’s international business, which now accounts for 30 percent of its total sales from more than 40 countries. MixedMade, launched in just 30 days, inspires and provides guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs.
M&A adviser, CEO, Strategic Exits Corp.; author, Early Exits; and columnist, Inc.com
Basil Peters is the author of Early Exits, which Inc. named as one of the “Best Books for Business Owners.” He writes a blog about exits at Exits.com/Blog. Peters is the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada Awards Silver Medal in Entrepreneurship, BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal and Business Leader of the Year Award.
Srikumar S. Rao
Former Columbia Business School professor; creator of MBA Creativity and Personal Mastery (CPM) course; author,Happiness at Work
Srikumar Rao is the author of Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful – No Matter What and Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life. He is also creator of the popular course Creativity and Personal Mastery. He helps entrepreneurs cope with internal struggles to lead them to external success. A former professor at Columbia Business School, Rao has been a consultant to RCA, Reuters, and Citigroup.
co-founder, VEEV Spirits; co-founder, Millennial Hub
Courtney Reum is an innovative eco-entrepreneur with a background in building consumer products brands. Prior to starting VEEV Spirits with his brother Carter, Reum began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Today, VEEV is one of the pioneering artisanal brands in the spirits industry. The Reum brothers have been honored by several entrepreneurial groups including Inc. (“500 fastest-growing private companies in America”) and, most recently, the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators 100 (“Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs”). Reum is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and a periodic contributor to the Huffington Post and CNBC.
co-founder, VEEV Spirits; co-founder, Millennial Hub
Prior to starting VEEV Spirits with his brother Courtney, Carter Reum began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Today, VEEV is one of the pioneering artisanal brands in the spirits industry. The Reum brothers have been honored by several entrepreneurial groups including Inc. (“500 fastest-growing private companies in America”) and, most recently, the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators 100 (“Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs”). Reum is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and a periodic contributor to the Huffington Post and CNBC.
John “Jay” Rogers, Jr.
Co-founder and CEO, Local Motors
Local Motors is a next-generation, U.S.-based company that is changing the way cars are designed, built, and owned. Local Motors is home to more than 60,000 car-design concepts, 45,000 community members, over 90 full-time employees across four locations in the U.S. and Europe, four production vehicle models, and hundreds of smaller vehicle innovations sold in its shop. Most recently, Local Motors unveiled the Strati, the world’s first 3-D-printed vehicle. John “Jay” Rogers was elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. His career has taken him from a startup in China to Ewing & Partners to McKinsey & Co. and the U.S. Marine Corps, in which he served for six years as an infantry company commander.
Co-founder and CEO, International Cosmetics & Perfumes
Still a privately held company, International Cosmetics & Perfumes (ICP) continues to make an indelible mark on a marketplace typically fueled by multibillion-dollar beauty companies. Emmanuel Saujet heads business development in the Americas for the company’s four prestigious brands and the exploration of dynamic brand partnerships that fuel the vitality and energy of the firm.
president and editor-in-chief, Inc.
In three years at Inc., Eric Schurenberg has presided over the magazine’s 24 percent increase in ad pages, numerous journalism awards, and a National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence. His résumé also includes leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal-wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, he is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and the Today show.
Gary Solomon, Jr.
Co-founder and president, Solomon Group
Gary Solomon Jr. is the co-founder and president of Solomon Group. In just five years, the New Orleans–based firm has become one of the nation’s top entertainment production resources, creating award-winning projects for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, CBS’s Emmy-nominated coverage of Super Bowl XLVII, the ESSENCE Festival, and the National WWII Museum. Solomon has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, and Success Magazine and was one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30” in 2013.
principal, Cypress Growth Capital
Vik Thapar has 16 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, and information technology consulting. As a principal with Cypress Growth Capital, his responsibilities span all aspects of the investment lifecycle, including identifying promising potential companies, conducting due diligence, and providing ongoing support to portfolio companies. Cypress Growth Capital is the largest and most active royalty-based growth capital firm in the U.S., with more than $80 million of committed capital across two funds.
senior vice president and director of corporate healthcare banking, Avenue Bank
Carol Titus has more than 20 years of experience and serves as the director of corporate healthcare banking at Avenue Bank. Prior to joining the company in 2008, Titus was a senior vice president with Regions Bank and has served in executive roles with First Union and Bank One. She is active in Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Middle Tennessee, and the St. Thomas Foundation.
middle brother, co-founder and Head of Business Development, Tessemae’s All Natural
Brian Vetter, 29, is in charge of all business development and retail relationships for Tessemae’s All Natural. Recruited by his older brother to join the company 5 years ago, it was on his shoulders that the product has gone from a local success story to a national sensation. As a former professional lacrosse player, he prides himself on the fact that if he can’t talk you into something then he’ll just run right by you.
oldest brother, co-founder and CEO, Tessemae’s All Natural
Greg Vetter, 31, is the founder and CEO of Tessemae’s All Natural. It was five years ago that he took a Tupperware container filled with greens, his mom’s homemade salad dressing, and limitless optimism into a local Whole Foods and talked his way onto that first shelf. As a former lacrosse All-American Vetter prides himself on his work ethic, determination, and a get-it-done mentality.
youngest brother and Head of Product Life Cycle, Tessemae’s All Natural
It’s his quiet confidence, creative mentality, and enduring toughness that have allowed Tessemae’s to continually break all of the accepted rules in food manufacturing. As the youngest of three brothers, Matt understands the importance of fighting for what you want and then protecting it all costs.
Kimberly Weisul is an award-winning writer, editor, content developer, and all-around media pro. In her role at Inc., she coaches and edits columnists, handles some special projects, mentors reporters, and writes the occasional opinion piece. She is also a co-founder of One Thing New, a digital media startup that is rebooting so-called women’s content. Weisul is a regular guest on MSNBC’s Your Business. She has also appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNNfn, Dow Jones News Radio, and AP News Radio.
founder, Magic Cook
Sharon Yu started her first business with just $400 in 1999. The company continues to supply Fortune 500 companies with promotional products. Her recent appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank led to landing a deal with serial entrepreneur and investor Daymond John. She’s also the founder of Dynamic Solutions Group, Minime 3D, and China Sourcing Company, which imports approximately 600 containers annually to the United States.