Welcome to OWNER

ownerme OWNER is a digital magazine dedicated to covering the business curriculum for your future. You might be the owner of a business, or just the owner of your cubicle with a lot of goals and intentions. We are for you. Our goal is to help you with insight, instruction, interviews, innovation, and interesting perspectives that will be helpful for your intentions. This isn’t small biz versus big. This is old perspectives versus new. This is a gathering point for all those reinvented wheels, those people who were called crazy. This is the carnival of freaks and those who don’t quite fit in.

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Who is An Owner?

You. If you choose to be. More about that here.

What Is An Owner?

An Owner works constantly on the following(what we call the Owner’s Mind):

Commit – Commit to whatever actions you choose to take. Commit to the people you choose to serve. Commitment is a daily action.
Invest – Invest in yourself. Invest in your choices. Do the work that’s required to grow. Nothing worth having comes free (and not everything that’s free is really free).
Act – Action trumps ideas. Once you have a great idea, it’s nothing until you nurture that seed into a thriving plant that yields its bounty.
Communicate – We believe that building your voice and also your ears helps any business (any OWNER) thrive.
Connect – There are no solo acts. We all have a team, a community, a family (biological and chosen). Nourish these connections.
Serve – Helping others helps you. The more you can serve the people you surround yourself with, the better it all becomes.

And that’s what we’re here to accomplish: create a digital magazine (and newsletter and podcast and events) that help you work on the above-mentioned and grow your capabilities.


2013-07-11 13.50.00Chris Brogan is CEO, publisher and acting executive editor, as well as a reporting voice at Owner. He has worked with companies like GM, Coke, Pepsico, Sony, Microsoft, Google, Motorola, and more, as well as worked with several owners of businesses of varying size. This project is the most important that Chris has worked on in his many years of business, and closest to his heart.

Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Impact Equation, Trust Agents, Google+ for Business, It’s Not About the Tights, and more. Visit his author page. He is an established keynote speaker with several hundred speeches delivered to audiences with as many as 3600 in attendance. He has also appeared all over, including The Dr Phil Show and more.

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rob headshotbwRob Hatch is the President of Owner Media Group Inc and the co-founder and Managing Director of Owner Magazine. He is the author of two courses, Work Like You’re On Vacation and Put Success In Your Way.

He is also an executive coach and speaker. As a regular contributor to Owner, Rob writes on the topics of productivity, personal management and success.

Rob has over twenty years of experience leading organizations and businesses; working in large corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, and directing a non-profit organization serving children with special needs.

He lives in Maine where he trains for triathlons and enjoys life with his wife and four children.

anthonyS. Anthony Iannarino is an author, an international speaker, and entrepreneur.

Anthony is the Managing Director of B2B Sales Coach & Consultancy, and the President and Chief Sales Officer of Solutions Staffing.

He also teaches Professional Selling, Persuasive Marketing, and Social Media Marketing at Capital University’s School of Management and Leadership.

Anthony is internationally recognized as a thought leader in sales, with his award winning The Sales Blog being read by 45,000 people each month.

Anthony was named one the 50 most influential people in sales by Top Sales World and one of the 25 most influential people in sales by Open View Partners.

In addition to writing daily at The Sales Blog, Anthony is also a contributing editor at SUCCESS Magazine and ThinkSales Magazine. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Salesforce.com.

Jacqueline CarlyJacqueline Carly, aka Jacq, is co-founder and editor-in chief of BossFit Magazine. She is a MindBody Medicine Scientist, entrepreneur, and athlete. A self-proclaimed bibliophile, nerd & research addict, she’s spent her life-time studying the inner and outer workings of the body & mind. Her work as a mentor, coach and health advocate through her popular site and TV show, Fitarella, on the Pulse Network, inspired thousands to rekindle their inner fire through whole foods, conscious movement, and holistic living.

Originally from NYC, Jacqueline is now based out of Boston. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Leadership, a Masters in Nutrition, and is currently completing a PhD in Psychoneuroimmunology. She holds multiple certifications in fitness, personal training, yoga, and crossfit endurance, because she’s a certification junky. She speaks spanish and portuguese, sings Sanskrit chants & opera, and was once a flight attendant. Connect with Jacq on twitter @Fitarella or her latest addiction, instagram @Fitarella.

Marsha CollierMarsha Collier is a best-selling author, speaker and radio host in the areas at ecommerce, eBay, customer service and social media. Since her first book, eBay For Dummies, she has published over 42 titles in hardcover and in the Wiley “For Dummies” series. In 2007 she passed one million books sold, establishing herself as one of the foremost eBay and online educators worldwide.

Her advice has appeared in almost every top publication including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal – and don’t be surprised if you’ve seen her on television – as a guest on CNN, The View or the Today Show and in her own PBS special, Making Your Fortune Online.

She is a popular keynote speaker, inspiring business to online success, at conferences worldwide, and runs a successful online business. She’s on a mission to educate current and future online entrepreneurs.

In social media, website and blog, Marsha uses her years of experience to instruct online citizens on selling and marketing. @MarshaCollier was named one of the Top 10 Women Influencers by Forbes, and the 25 Most Influential in Customer Service.

dmwithiconBWlowresDonna Maria Coles Johnson is an attorney, award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, a nationwide trade organization for artists and creative entrepreneurs — particularly in the beauty industry.

She is the author of “Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions,” the host of the #IndieCruise MasterMind, an annual Caribbean retreat where she personally coaches and mentors women entrepreneurs from around the nation, and the host and producer of #IndieBusiness Podcast.

Donna Maria has been hailed by Black Enterprise.com as a “Haven for small business owners.” Her expertise and/or story have been featured in dozens of media outlets including Working Mother Magazine, Ebony Magazine, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and more.

She was named by Forbes.com as one of the top 20 women in the country Tweeting about small business and entrepreneurship. She is the winner of the United States Small Business Administration Home-Based Business of the Year Award.

She is a guest writer for Small Biz Trends and American Express Open. Her mission, both personally and professionally, is, “To empower women and their families to maximize their potential through small business ownership.”

Her slogan is: Break all the rules, Build your own corporate ladder, and Create the life you love!

A native of Washington, DC, Donna Maria lives in her adopted hometown  of Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their children. Follow Donna Maria on Twitter and Facebook.

Tom Terwilliger - Headshot2 smallTom Terwilliger is known as “The Achievement Mentor,” a leading authority on the Science of Achievement, international speaker and empowerment trainer and the author of the acclaimed #1 bestsellers, 7 Rules of Achievement and Why Smart Goals May Be Dumb. He has been speaking for the better part of 30 years in the areas of achieving greatness, mindset and health & fitness.

Tom’s unique background as a former Mr. America, longtime Fox Sports Net TV show host and Clear Channel radio show host has allowed him the opportunity to reach and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His authentic love of people and my strong belief in their ability to achieve far more than they believe possible has fueled his passion over the years.

Tom’s inspiring story of pulling himself from the world of drug and alcohol abusing outlaw biker to National Bodybuilding Champion (Mr. America) and high achiever has inspired countless others to reach for their own limitless potential.

Dorie ClarkDorie Clark is the author of “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is also a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank.

She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has guest lectured at the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and more. She frequently appears in worldwide media including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. Learn more at dorieclark.com or follow her on Twitter @dorieclark.

View More: http://jessrobertson.pass.us/born-fitness Adam Bornstein is a New York Times bestselling author, writer, editor, speaker, and consultant. He is the CEO of Born Fitness, LLC, a company that specializes in viral content creation, publishing, online coaching, and branding. Bornstein is an award-winning fitness and nutrition writer and editor, and writes for some of the largest publications in the world. Named “one of the most influential people in health,” Bornstein was previously the editorial director for LIVESTRONG.COM and before that the fitness editor for Men’s Health. He currently is a columnist for Men’s Fitness, and a contributing editor for SHAPE Magazine, STACK Magazine, and an editorial advisor for Greatist.com, Schwarzenegger.com, and Examine.com. Bornstein is also the author of six health and fitness books.

To learn more about Adam, visit Born Fitness. You can also follow him on Twitter, FacebookGoogle+, or connect with him on LinkedIn.

jmmJohn Michael Morgan is known as the Chuck Norris of success. He’s spent the last 12 years helping businesses and entrepreneurs achieve success. His book Brand Against The Machine spent 8 months at the top of Amazon.com’s Top-Rated Marketing books. John is an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant who has worked with some of the world’s largest brands.

John has been compared to the popular TV character “House” for his ability to get to the root of the problem without any fluff. His passion is helping entrepreneurs overcome their struggles and teaching them how to achieve and sustain the success they deserve. John began studying success principles when he was a teenager which did not make him popular with the ladies.

You can find out more about John on his blog or by stalking him at Twitter.

goins bwJeff Goins is a full-time author, speaker, and consultant. A former nonprofit marketing director, he now helps communicators and artists find the audience their messages deserve. Jeff is the author of three books: The In-BetweenWrecked, and You Are a Writer.

Originally from Chicago, Goins graduated from Illinois College and spent a year on the road with a band. He speaks Spanish, plays guitar, and makes homemade guacamole every week.

Jeff regularly writes about creativity, the spread of ideas, and making a difference in the world. His work has been featured on Copyblogger, ZenHabits.net, and the Huffington Post. His award-winning website is one of the fast-growing blogs on the web and a well-respected resource for writers.

Goins lives just outside of Nashville, TN with his family. You can find out more about him at goinswriter.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffGoins.

Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 8.54.24 AMCharles H. Green is an author, speaker, and world expert on trust-based relationships in sales and complex businesses. Charlie is the author or co-author of The Trusted Advisor, the Trusted Advisor Fieldbook, and Trust-based Selling. He founded Trusted Advisor Associates in 1997, after a 20-year career in general management consulting and an MBA from Harvard. He also drove a taxi in New York while in college.

A prolific writer, Charlie has written his blog Trust Matters since 2007. He has been published in Harvard Business Review, Directorship Magazine, Management Consulting News, CPA Journal, Huffington Post, American Lawyer, BusinessWeek, Forbes.com, Investments and Wealth Monitor, and Commercial Lending Review, and is a contributing editor at RainToday.com.

Originally from the midwest, Charlie makes his home these days in West Orange, New Jersey. Find out more about him at TrustedAdvisor.com, read the blog Trust Matters, or follow him on twitter at @charleshgreen and Google+ at +CharlesHGreen.

Bob Burg Bob Burg is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, bestselling author and popular blogger.

Although for years he was best known for his book Endless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.

The Go-Giver shot to #6 on The Wall Street Journal’s Business Bestsellers list just three weeks after its release and reached #9 on BusinessWeek. It’s been translated into 21 languages. It is his fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies.

Bob’s newest book, Adversaries Into Allies will be released October 31st. Drawing on his own experiences and the stories of other influential people, Burg offers five simple principles of what he calls Ultimate Influence™ — the ability to move people to your side in a way that leaves everyone feeling great about the outcome… and about themselves!

Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.

He is also a lover of animals. Okay, more like a fanatic.

To learn more about Bob visit www.burg.com. You can read his blog, connect with him on twitter at @BobBurg and Google+ at +BobBurg.

JamesJames Altucher has started over 20 businesses, failed at most of them but succeeded at a few. Has been an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, a hedge fund manager, and author of 11 books including his latest, “Choose Yourself”. His motto is, “I save lives, including my own.” He just made that motto up.

Every Thursday he does a Q&A on twitter @jaltucher, where he answers questions about every aspect of “ownership” including taking responsibility for your own dreams and how to make them manifest.

Alan WeinkrantzAlan Weinkrantz is a technology public relations advisor serving startups, funded companies, VCs and accelerators.

His “Above The Code” method of approaching PR as being in a rock and roll band, is based on his following and playing music for half a century, which started with watching American Bandstand and seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Alan will cover his insights and experiences when he had to re-start his business, start over much of his life, and began to discover the rise of The StartOver Economy, a term inspired by Owner Magazine’s own Chris Brogan (thank you Chris!)

Connect with Alan on Twitter, Facebook, G+, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, and LinkedIn.

Becky McCrayBecky McCray is a small town business owner; she and her husband Joe co-own a retail liquor store and a cattle ranch. She uses her real-world owner experience to be a better speaker and writer about small town business. Becky and Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz are the authors of the award-winning book Small Town Rules, based on the wisdom of small town business people. Her site on rural business, Small Biz Survival, ranks in the top 20 small business blogs worldwide.

Becky believes we learn from both our successes and our failures, even when those failures are printed in the local newspaper. Between her international travels, she makes her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of 30 people. If you won’t be in Hopeton any time soon, you can find her on Twitter @BeckyMcCray and see glimpses of her small town life and travels on Flickr.

Raul Colon Avatar Raúl Colón is a technologist at heart, entrepreneur, and proud dad. After working for consulting firms such as KPMG LLP as an IT security consultant he decided to shift his energy into helping small business owners build their businesses online.

He is also CEO and founder of Limonade Inc., his latest venture helping other entrepreneurs and executives turning sour situations into sweet opportunities. He also works as a Strategic Partner of Human Business Works on specific projects.

Raúl has over 15 years of experience working in different leadership positions environments including web development, instructor (U.S. Army), project management, business consulting, and business process improvement.

He writes periodically at Raulcolon.net and Papaheroes.

He lives in Puerto Rico near the beach where he eats organic vegan fare and enjoys life with his life and business partner  and their daughter.

Need to contact Raúl?

Sophie LizardSophie Lizard is the editor of Owner, wrangling words and exterminating typos with glee. A freelance writer passionate about neuroscience, anthropology, hot chocolate and getting shit done, she’s the final destination for Owners who want to revive limp copywriting or snap an ebook into shape.

Sophie’s written for more than 150 publications on topics as varied—yet secretly related—as sex, marketing, productivity and LARPing. Through her site Be a Freelance Blogger and her mentoring and training programs, she teaches writers to boost their income and find their freedom by blogging for hire. Talk to her on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

DSC_5027CHOSENB+WBrigitta black and whiteBrigitta Toruño’s love of her native Spanish fueled her desire to work with languages and launch UNO Translations and Communications, LLC (UNO). Her personal experience seeing her parents struggle in learning another language and culture gives Brigitta a true passion for her work and has formed the basis for her company’s philosophy and mission.

Brigitta is a much sought-after speaker, sharing her expertise in Hispanic culture, the importance of language translation, cross-cultural competence, cultural awareness and international business etiquette. She writes for Modern DC Business magazine on these subjects.

Brigitta is a lifelong Washingtonian, where the heart of the city is made up of every country in the world. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Averett College and successfully completed the Minority Business Executive Program from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She currently serves on the board of directors for Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Mobile Hope, and Devotion to Children. Brigitta also is on a meditation and yoga journey that is a lifetime quest that brings her much joy.

You can connect with Brigitta on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @unotranslations.

Tania Dakka | Owner MagTania Dakka’s chief copywriter and troublemaker at TaniaDakka.com, slinging web ink for hip sites who know how important confidence and personality are for their businesses. Her blog content has donned sites like Problogger, Make A Living Writing and The Renegade Writer just to name a few. She also co-authored a little book inspired by Chris Brogan entitled “What We Know About Bravery: A Lesson Book from the Front Lines”, for people who need help getting their CAPE on.

Tania’s written copy and strategies that helped small businesses step up to the next rung on their success ladder, actually watching as sales for her clients roll in on their Facebook page once they implemented her ideas. She’s also had the pleasure of working with amazing authors like Chris Brogan, Sean Platt, and Patti Larsen on various projects.

When she’s not splaying words that make businesses’ readers fall madly in love with them, you’ll find her saddled up on her Sportster, rolling through the flatlands of NW Ohio.

Stop by and say hi on Facebook, Twitter, G+, or LinkedIn.

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The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, is a franchise ownership advisor. He personally guides people through the process of choosing, researching and buying a franchise that makes sense for them.

He’s the author of Become a Franchise Owner! The Start-Up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money, And Owning What You Do.

Joel started The Franchise King Blog, the first-ever blog solely focused on franchising in 2006 and was one of the first people in his industry to be on Twitter. (2007) He’s constantly online and constantly Tweeting.

He writes a monthly column on franchising for the Small Business Administration’s blog, and for Small Business Trends. Joel’s been featured in Entrepreneur® magazine and is frequently called on by the media for his insights and opinions.

Joel is known for his gentle, always politically correct style and for his complete lack of sarcasm.

Huge influences on Joel’s life include:

Jerry Libava, George Carlin, Stephen King, Johnny Carson, Led Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren, Chinese food, Las Vegas, The 3 Stooges, and The United States Secret Service.

Joel gently suggests following him on Twitter @FranchiseKing, would appreciate a Like on his Facebook Page, and thinks you should connect with him on LinkedIn and Google+.

keynote_jimkukral6Jim Kukral is a 17-year Internet marketing professional who was recently named by Dun & Bradstreet as one of “The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter.” Jim also serves as a Program Faculty Member for the University of San Francisco’s Internet Marketing Program where he teaches classes to students around the globe on the topics of Internet marketing, entrepreneurship and social media. In addition, SmallBizTrends.com chose Jim as one of 100 top small business influencers online.

You can find out more about Jim, or pick up a copy of one of his books here http://www.jimkukral.com.

Renee Fishman photo Renée Fishman is a creative spirit, intellectual and student of life in NYC who believes that all business is personal and relationships are the foundation of success. She is an attorney, award-winning residential real estate broker, educator, and consultant who uses a holistic approach to helps leaders and owners live in a better place physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Renée is passionate about raising the standard of how we engage and communicate as we advance into the digital age. She is a frequent speaker to real estate agents and other business owners on topics including social media, branding, marketing, sales and relationship-building in the digital age. She is fiercely curious about the world and possesses an insatiable hunger for adventure and learning. She seeks to engage at a deep level with purpose, intelligence and passion, and strives to add value by helping leaders get clear on how to find fulfillment through their achievements.

Renée received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a native of New York City and can often be found testing the limits of gravity through swimming, flying trapeze and trampoline.

She welcomes interaction and can be found @reneefishman on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram or wherever else you like to engage.

terryletureDr. Terry Simpson is a weight loss surgeon, cook, author, and a pioneer of culinary medicine. Known to many as the television doctor from Tampa’s Daytime TV show, Dr. Simpson is a frequent contributor to Phoenix area media outlets, discussing health trends, diet and nutrition, and weight loss.

Much more than a surgeon, Dr. Simpson is focused on educating people before they need weight loss surgery, teaching them to make better food choices, and to learn to cook. “To take care of your business, you have to take care of yourself, and I think the best place to start is in the kitchen.”

A proud Alaska Native (of Athabascan descent) he serves on several boards, transforming the health of Alaska Natives. His work with SouthCentral Foundation paved the way for SouthCentral to earn the Malcolm Baldridge award for health. In 2013, Dr. Simpson was honored with the National Indian Health Board 2013 Impact Award.

His blog, www.YourDoctorsOrders.com, is focused on healthy living, debunking myths about fads, and encouraging intelligent debate on timely health issues. Active on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, Dr. Simpson hosts several websites and offers online courses for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. Feel free to connect with him on social media, or via email.

Dr. Simpson enjoys staying active with his wife April, and their 3 year old son, skiing, golfing, and traveling the globe.

derek close up b-wDerek Coburn is a financial advisor, entrepreneur and soon-to-be author, who believes the traditional approach to networking is a sacred cow in need of slaughtering.

His wealth management practice really took off when he began focusing on being a go-to resource for his clients. This made it imperative for him to have a diverse network of remarkable professionals to call on whenever a client had a need outside of what he could directly provide.

His passion for connecting people led him to start an un-networking community in Washington, DC called cadre, which currently supports over 100 remarkable CEOs and business leaders.

Derek and his wife Melanie created cadre as a way for top-notch professionals to connect and develop meaningful relationships — efficiently and effectively — with the ultimate goal of working together to promote each other while adding value for their existing clients and network.

Derek is also the author of Networking Is Not Working, which will be released in the coming months.

Derek lives in Washington, DC with his wife, two sons and pit bull. You can learn more about cadre at www.cadredc.com and say hello to him on Twitter @cadredc.

sm1Susan Murphy has been working in media and communications for 25 years. She produced television shows for a number of years and has hundreds of shows to her credit. These days, she’s co-owner and digital storyteller at Jester Creative Inc., where she helps people find compelling ways to connect with their audience through video, web design, social media, and training.

You can find Suze around the web at her blog Suzemuse.com , and on Twitter and Facebook too. She’s also Director and Head of Social Media for the Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for mental health in the Ottawa community. When she’s not doing all that, Suze sings in a rock and roll band, is a pet mom to a dog and three cats, and she travels and makes movies with her extremely patient husband.

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Carey Lohrenz is a highly sought after leadership expert, motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur. Carey is the United States Navy’s first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, having flown missions world wide as a combat-mission-ready fighter pilot. Carey is used to working in volatile, fast-moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the Pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is the mother of four kids, and is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Carey’s book Fearless Leadership: High Performance Lessons From The Flight Deck comes out Oct 7, 2014 and is available for pre-order now!

You can connect with Carey on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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