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#56 Jeffrey Biegel musical artist as pianist, composer,arranger and musical teacher interviewed (Featured)

#56 Jeffrey Biegel musical artist as pianist, composer,arranger and musical teacher interviewed (Featured)

Jeffrey Biegel is 49 years old and has a long career behind his back. Using the revolution of the internet to even teach music to people from the other side of the world, assembled the ...

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#10 Matthew 16 year old forum user and staff on Forum Promotion interviewed

#10 Matthew 16 year old forum user and staff on Forum Promotion interviewed

Interviewed community team member on FP: Matthew. He goos into detail what his job is. How he got to become global moderator on quite a big webmaster forum in just 2 weeks! He tells us ...

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#36 GJ Productions CEO and Founder Glen Jackman Interviewed

#36 GJ Productions CEO and Founder Glen Jackman Interviewed

Glen Jackman a 20 year old student from the Suffolk University runs his own marketing business online. He offers solutions, advice-help to small businesses and more ..

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#133 Interview with Zezima the owner and founder of the Sonic Community

#133 Interview with Zezima the owner and founder of the Sonic Community

A interview with Zezima the owner and founder of the Sonic Community. A forum amongst the top 10 of biggest Sonic forums on the net!

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#88 Srdjan Solkotovic 18 male UK, webmaster and in real life going to a cooking school while being a pro basketball player (featured)

#88 Srdjan Solkotovic 18 male UK, webmaster and in real life going to a cooking school while being a pro basketball player (featured)

A interview with Shole, real name Srdjan Solkotovic, someone who has roots from the Balkan countries. He talks about his webmaster life and real life in which he might end up as a cook or ...

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#87 Shahaab MyBB Passionate Plugin Developer and owner of the mybb fan site MyBBz interviewed (featured)

#87 Shahaab MyBB Passionate Plugin Developer and owner of the mybb fan site MyBBz interviewed (featured)

Shahaab is a guy who choose mybb to devote his time in with making plugins for it,tutorials, and other things... He tells us more what his favorite mods are he made and also why he ...

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#43 Ultimate Shinobi a RPG 1 year old on a second version going strong, founder Adam tells us more … (Featured)

#43 Ultimate Shinobi a RPG 1 year old on a second version going strong, founder Adam tells us more ... (Featured)

A boy of 17 who lives in Australia owns a large RPG site on a free host. With dedication, hard work and creativity: they have build a good going RPG that is based on the ...

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#54 Third Dawn now named The Menagerie Sellswords action RPG owner Graihl interviewed (Featured)

#54 Third Dawn now named The Menagerie Sellswords action RPG owner Graihl interviewed (Featured)

Shane a 34 year old male from America tells more about his action RPG and what it is all about + his history with other RPG's and maybe even more interesting he...

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#26 Johnathan owner of a music site (IAAM) and happens to also be a USA Major, part 1 (featured)

#26 Johnathan owner of a music site (IAAM) and happens to also be a USA Major, part 1 (featured)

A interview with the founder behind (IAAM) It's All About Music. We go into detail of why Johnathan started it, how deep music goes for him,what the boad has been through, and more for you ...

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#32 SAW obsessed fan Craig Maslin video producer on youtube and co-admin on SAW fan board (Featured)

#32 SAW obsessed fan Craig Maslin video producer on youtube and co-admin on SAW fan board (Featured)

Craig Maslin is a male from the Uk, who is a big fan of the SAW horror movies. He owns a well going youtube channel with having 200+ subscribers and also being co-owner of a ...

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#13 Ghosts,creepy stuff, Most Haunted show, Kayls tell us more … (Featured)

#13 Ghosts,creepy stuff, Most Haunted show, Kayls tell us more ... (Featured)

Kayls is a board owner and active user on freeforums.org boards. She goes into detail about Most Haunted Investigations. She tell us more about her fan board of that show. And more is featured in ...

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#136 Interview with Felicia/LunarScorpio CT member on FP and owner of Familial Ramblings

A interview with Felicia/LunarScorpio a 24 year old female from the USA and the owner of the blog Familial Ramblings and works on FP as mod.

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#130 Interview with Christian Bullock full time freelance phpBB style designer

#130 Interview with Christian Bullock full time freelance phpBB style designer

A interview with Christian Bullock a 21 year old guy from the UK. Full time freelance phpBB style designer.

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#22 An up-coming NEW social network site, to have the features of twitter,facebook and youtube combined?

#22 An up-coming NEW social network site, to have the features of twitter,facebook and youtube combined?

Dan a UK webmaster has finally some time to work on his project yet to be released. Around January we will know the name of his new social network and maybe see already a glimps ...

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#66 Active RPG player “Saint”, 18 male from America interviewed about the subject Rping (featured)

#66 Active RPG player Saint, 18 male from America interviewed about the subject Rping (featured)

Saint is a guy who lives in America and loves playing RPG games on boards not really online RPG's like Runescape. He tells you more about his expierience playing now for 3 years RPG's and ...

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#82 John Cable ex. biker, currently Paintball Marshall, also FFO support staff member and owner of Xbox Natter (featured)

#82 John Cable ex. biker, currently Paintball Marshall, also FFO support staff member and owner of Xbox Natter (featured)

An interview with John Cable, a guy who used to bike alot, even do competitions of biking until he got a major incident. He then went into foruming and ended up being a support staff ...

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#18 Owner of a very large space, ghost, mystery, alien discussion forum goes into detail on several subjects

#18 Owner of a very large space, ghost, mystery, alien discussion forum goes into detail on several subjects

I asked the owner of a large paranormal, science and technology forum for a interview. Theboss is the owner of http://parascientifica.com/forums/ A forum on what you can discuss all types of tech, space, alien, technology, ...

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#138 Interview with Adam Rady co-creator of Walking In Circles

A interview with Adam Rady co-creator of Walking In Circles. He is a 27 year old male from the USA who likes to entertain people, watch movies and more!

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James J. Wilk – CEO of Benefit Together, Inc.

Written on:October 10, 2014
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Jim Wilk, CEO of Benefit Together

Jim Wilk, CEO of Benefit Together

James J. Wilk – CEO and Founder of Benefit Together

Prior to founding Benefit Together in 2010, Jim was Senior Partner and Chief Administrative Officer at J.D. Power and Associates. He served as the chief executive leading the company’s Healthcare, Hotel, and Travel practices, while managing and transforming all support functions to prepare J.D. Power for
successful acquisition by McGraw-Hill in 2005.

From 1990 to 1998, Jim was Health Net’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administrative Services. During this span, he provided senior management leadership through substantial organizational reconfiguration and evolution, including conversion to for-profit status and two mergers that resulted in his designation as the chief transition executive for the 1995 Blue Cross $6 billion mega-merger.

Jim’s strong passion for customer satisfaction and loyalty has driven organizational growth and excellence throughout his career, and resulted in Jim becoming Health Net’s Chief Loyalty Officer. In this role, he created and led the firm’s WellRewards program for 2 million healthcare members.

These healthcare related corporate roles were preceded by senior executive positions in Fortune 500 companies including: CitiCorp, Bell Atlantic, Johnson & Johnson, and Allied Chemical, now Honeywell. Jim lives by his strong principles of hard work, integrity, and making an impact, stemming from his Midwestern roots. He and his wife of 32 years, Barbara, have three sons and reside in Indian Wells, California with their two teacup poodles.

Why did you decide to build a business/blog within your industry?

To educate and help other on how to save money on health care and other services.

What is one productivity life hack that you use all the time? 

“Live in the present moment.”

Walk us through a day in the life of James Wilk.

There is no typical day to describe. You have to be flexible and be able to do it all. An analogy in the airline business would be….”I sell the tickets, collect the bags, load the plane, fly the plane, serve the drinks, land the plane and thank you all for flying Benefit Together.”

However, if the airport is closed because of bad weather, I would have to say the following:

6:30am : Awake, have coffee, read overnight emails/reply to them. Prioritize daily activities.

8:00am – 9:00am : Initiate follow-up calls to prospective clients.

9:00am – 10:00am : Handling paperwork and creating content for new business ventures.

10:00am – 11:00am : Team meeting to discuss roles, responsibilities and deliverables.

11:00am – 12:30pm : Solve issues and problems identified earlier.

12:30pm – 1:00pm : Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm : Proposals, presentations and content development for business development.

3:00pm – 4:00pm : New client prospecting.

5:00pm – 6:00pm : Plan next day’s activities.

6:00pm : Cocktail time!

How do you organize your day? Lists? Post its? Schedule book?

The old fashion way…through a daily planner with priority lists.

What are your 3 favorite online tools and why?

1) Google – Because it sources “everything”.

2) LinkedIn – Is a most excellent networking business platform to locate new business.

3) Skype – A cost effective business communication bridge.

How do you monetize?

Strictly through subscriptions and memberships.

How do you market your site?

Through affiliate marketing, directing correspondences, personal relationships and relying on team members to pitch new business opportunities to customers.

What is your favorite business book and why?

Leadership Is An Art, by Max De Pree

The book serves as a model for future generations of leaders by showing how to build a company on trust and integrity through enlightened employees.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

My wife and partner for 35 years…Barbara.

She taught me how to be more aware, caring and compassionate. Barbara is a strong person to have your back in times of crises and as fun and loving of a person, in good times.

What is one book you recommend everyone to read and why?

The New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

In this world of distractions and electronics is to become more focused and real. “Your primary purpose” is to be here fully and to be total in whatever you do know.

How has your life been different than you would have imagined as a child?

Mostly realizing how quickly the life cycle churns and fast you go from 0 to 60!

How would you like to be remembered? 

As a genuine person who:

1) Displayed “integrity”

2) Made an “impact”

3) Was “innovative”

Connect with James Wilk:

Facebook | Linkedin

 

Nasir Shakouri – CEO and Founder of Encore Cardservice -

Written on:July 12, 2014
Nasir Shakouri

Nasir Shakouri – CEO and Founder of Encore Cardservice Nasir Shakouri is the CEO and founder of Encore Cardservice, located in Calabasas, Ca. Nasir is a veteran of the payment processing world with experience in merchant portfolio acquisitions and has a broad knowledge of merchant service transactions. With a degree in Accounting and Finance from the California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, Nasir gained 10 years worth of experience…

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