Jim Stavis was diagnosed with Juvenile Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old. At that time, he was told that he would live a shortened life span with health side effects such as kidney and heart disease, blindness, and amputations. He could have become depressed and allow that diagnosis to impair his life ambitions, but instead, he used the diagnosis to motivate him to achieve even greater success. He started a business while in college that became successful called Pace Setter that manufactured automotive aftermarkets products for the new import cars that were flooding into the market. After 15 years, he started another business in steel distribution that is still operating today after 31 years. Unfortunately, as Jim grew older, many of the complications of diabetes that were forecasted to occur did in fact happen. As he approached his 50th birthday, Jim required a triple organ transplant of his heart, kidney, and pancreas in order to survive. The problem was such a transplant combination had never been performed. Jim would be the first. He has a great perspective on what's it like to experience great adversity and to not only survive but thrive.
Laura Briggs is a former inner-city teacher turned entrepreneur, freelance writer, and author. She's also a military wife, domestic violence advocate, and Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy writing my dissertation. Her first book is in the top ten in the Business Category for the "Author Academy Awards." She's also delivered two TEDx talks on the freelance economy.
Mr. Wasser graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Masters Degree in Marital & Family Therapy and a certificate in Sports & Fitness Psychology from California State University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), and Certified Hypnotherapist. Mr. Wasser is also a Certified Neuro- Emotional Technique (NET) practitioner, Certified Pre-Marital Counseling Provider for Dade and Broward counties and Florida Qualified Supervisor for Registered MFT and MHC Interns. As a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, he is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and has served as a past Board Member for the Broward Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Jason is also a Certified Business Finishing School Coach.
Mr. Wasser works with children, couples, individuals and families and is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Family Room Wellness Associates.
Ashley Sumner is the CEO & Co-founder of Quilt. She’s a community builder obsessed with designing unique ways to connect people in a more meaningful way. She started her career as a performer (tap dancing was her favorite), quickly learned about her fascination with connecting people, which led to a career in matchmaking, and ultimately realized that she wanted to build accessible, welcoming communities.
Gianna’s second start-up is Quilt, which formed in the effort to rebuild the feminine connection. She started her first company, One Roof, while living in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about connecting in safe spaces, like homes, through simple meaningful experiences, like conversation. She believes anything is possible and that we don't need to follow the current structures that have been built. There is always an opportunity to build something new and more human.
Maki Moussavi is a transformational success coach focused on helping people create lives defined by their desires rather than societal or familial constructs of success. Too many put up with a life spent surviving rather than thriving. Maki’s passion is helping people discover their personal programming and the patterns in which they operate in order to break through to a life where they unapologetically live according to their own expectations, not those of others. She specializes in providing a process around transformation to streamline the path to change. Maki has a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling and counseled patients before embarking on a 12-plus year corporate career prior to becoming a coach.
Her upcoming book, The High Achiever’s Guide: Transform Your Success Mindset and Begin the Quest to Fulfillment will release in October 2019.
Caroline helps everyday people fast track through the stress and confusion of creating an e-commerce business so they can make huge profits and have a business that runs on autopilot while they can live their life without financial stress. The founder of the #1 marketing service for newbie Shopify stores and the host of the Winning With Shopify podcast. She mentors merchants looking for that edge in business.
Holding Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic, Amir A. Rashidian is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center. Established in 2006 and serving over 18,000 patient visits annually, the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center focuses on high-tech diagnostics to detect and correct disturbances in the nervous system. The doctors at the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center, promoting drugless health solutions, work with patients to eliminate the causes of disease and not merely the suppression of symptoms.
As a consultant, Dr. Rashidian has worked with 18 chiropractic practices. 16 of which were startup businesses that all reached profitability within the first 3 months of business launch. Dr. Rashidian attributes his success in opening practices to an intensive systematized marketing plan implemented 3 months prior to business launch. He has personally opened two very successful chiropractic practices.
A very active speaker at corporate events, conventions, and churches, he is also frequently interviewed by the local TV, radio, and newspaper. Additionally, Dr. Rashidian serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and is a major financial supporter of their local building projects. Furthermore, Dr. Rashidian also serves as the chairman of the Elder Leadership Team at Grace Community Church. He has won multiple honors and awards including Business Leader of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year.
He is happily married to his wife of 14 years and together they have three sons.