096: Jonathan Bates | Executive Operation Designs

Jonathan Bates, founder and CEO of Executive Operation Designs, provides the tools, motivation, and accountability that afford business owners the opportunity for clarity, sleep, health, and ultimately, happy families.

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Jonathan Bates has spent the last 21 years mastering entrepreneurship and systematizing processes. He has served military heroes and continues to serve by bringing his expertise to the backbone of America; his hometown heroes, the small business owner. Jonathan is an expert at diffusing business bombs; bringing owners new levels of success and more importantly, profitability. Nothing is more satisfying than providing the tools, motivation, and accountability that afford business owners the opportunity for clarity, sleep, health, a happy family, all adding up to living a life of significance.

Jonathan is married to his best friend and has four awesome kids. Three days after he was married, he deployed for 13 months. For the rest of his Navy career, he traveled for no less than 180 days per year and averaged over 280 days a year away from his family. Putting his work first afforded him a great military career and experience all over the world, but limited his family time. Sleepless nights, multiple surgeries, concern for his growing family, and arguments with his wife are why he empathizes with the overworked small business owner. Now that Jonathan is back in the states and able to spend time with his family, he has focused his efforts on helping small business owners grow both in business and, more importantly, with their families.

As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer (Bomb Squad) for the United States Navy, he worked his way through the ranks. First, he learned to utilize systems and execute processes as a junior enlisted sailor. He quickly rose through the ranks and mastered the identification of needs and creation of new ways to handle unique situations that demanded reliable outcomes. After 17 years of successful program development and deployments to remote and less-than-desirable locations, he was eventually commissioned as a Naval Limited Duty Officer. His technical expertise, leadership skills, and ability to get the job done right made him an excellent candidate for this leadership position.

The Navy Bomb Squad is the entrepreneurial segment of the military. Jonathan was able to sell his systems and processes to anyone, in any situation, and deliver the desired outcome every time. The secret is the ability to provide choices. To complete any mission, decision makers need the critical ability to produce reliable results. Whether the mission is to disarm an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED), onboard a client for a law firm, bake a cake for a restaurant, recover a lost body underwater, or make the next sale for your company, the results need to be repeatable by anyone on the team.

Jonathan teaches that when a business is systematized, the business owner has choices that include the following:

  1. Expand the current business – take advantage of created efficiencies to produce/sell more
  2. Franchise – sell the right to use your systems and processes
  3. Sell – when the owner is not the business, the repeatable results are valuable
  4. Buy bolt-on businesses – exponentially increase the value of a business with established systems to consolidate the businesses, take advantage of new efficiencies, and create a larger customer base, increasing profit immediately
  5. Pass the business to their family

Who doesn’t like choices?

Let’s systematize!

Jonathan Bates Show Notes

Contact:

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Questions:

What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
Do you still do it?
What is the most dangerous thing that you’ve done?
Have you had any close calls?
What did you go to school for?
Did you go full time or part time?
What are you doing now?
When you found Scott Beebe and the mastermind group, did you already have it written out or did he help you with that?
Do you have any plans on retiring from the military and doing what you are doing full time?
Once you started your business, what was one of the most successful ideas you implemented for it?
What was your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
What did you do to fix it?
Was it a big learning experience for you, did you come out of it with a lesson?
Is there anything that you did that catapulted you to the next level in your business?
Is there anything you wish you had known before you started your entrepreneurial venture?
When you started your venture, did you come up against any resistance from family and friends and what did you do to overcome it?
How did you come upon that learning, where do you think you got that from?
What do you see is the biggest problem in the entrepreneurial space at the moment?
What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered once you started your endeavor?

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095: Matt Miller | School Spirit Vending

Matt Miller is the founder and President of School Spirit Vending, a franchise fundraising program that helps schools across the country raise money, while providing profitable business opportunities for those seeking personal freedom and additional financial security.

Matt Miller | School Spirit Vending

Matt Miller spent the first nine years of his career as an Air Force pilot before entering the private sector to work in both the medical device and advertising industries. Although he was a top performer in the corporate world, his long-term desire was to be his own boss.  A good friend one day mentioned the gumball machines he and his young daughters owned and that conversation began a 10-year business quest that has brought Matt’s company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries.

Today, School Spirit Vending’s franchising program provides a proven and profitable business system for busy professionals and their families looking to develop secondary income streams, while raising millions of dollars for education at the same time.

In addition to running School Spirit Vending, Matt is devoted to sharing his expertise with others. Through many different venues, including podcasts and public speaking, Matt seeks to enable other entrepreneurs to chase their dreams as well.

Matt Miller Show Notes

Contact:

School Spirit Vending
Sowing Seed

Books:
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Free Book from Matt Miller
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

Questions:

What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
When you went into the air force, did you go right out of high school or out of college?
When I think of people being in the air force, especially being a pilot, do you wait around all day until you get orders to fly someplace, how does it work?
What are you doing now?
Where is it usually located?
You talked about something not being good for your family, was it a layoff or what happened?
Once you started your business, what was one of the most successful ideas you implemented for it?
What was your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
What is the best advice that someone has given you?
Is there anything you had wished you had known when you started your entrepreneurial venture?
Is there any advice you could give to someone starting their own entrepreneurial venture?
Did you come up against any resistance from family or friends and what did you do to overcome it?
What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered since you started your endeavor?
What do you see is the biggest problem in the entrepreneurial space at the moment?
Can you talk a little about your podcast?

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094: Anna Celestino | The Shift System

Anna Celestino is an author and a professional coach, specializing in personal and social change.

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Anna literally wrote the book on change. She is the author of Igniting Change: From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Her life has been a series of fascinating leaps off the proverbial cliff.

Anna grew up in the Midwest, left college and moved to California to work in the entertainment industry. Several years later, she left her job at The Walt Disney Company – where she coordinated a year-long, international promotion celebrating Mickey Mouse’s birthday – to go in search of meaning.

What Anna thought would be a three-month adventure, turned into 11 years of living in-residence studying and eventually teaching consciousness. Anna has combined all or her experience to create a 90-day group coaching program called The Shift System that provides structure, guidance, shortcuts and support for transformational change.

Anna Celestino Show Notes

Contact:

Contact Anna
The Shift System
Free gift from Anna – Clarity and Movement

Book:

Igniting Change: From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be – Anna Celestino

Questions:

What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
Did you enjoy that?
Is that how you felt when you discovered you weren’t bad in front of people?
I’d like for you to talk about Disney’s 60th birthday, what did you do for it?
You say it was a year-long thing, how did that work?
What did you go to school for?
Tell me what you mean about staying “awake”?
There is a whole community about this?
How did that work?
How long do you think it took you to get used to that?
Were you in the same room for those eleven years?
Did you have to pay for any of this, other than your lodging?
Once you started your business, what was one of the most successful ideas that you implemented for it?
What made you think of that?
What was your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
Do you think that webinars are what they were years ago?
When you left your Disney corporate job, what gave you the courage to do so?
Was it scary at all?
After you began, is there anything that you did that catapulted you to the next level of your business?
What do you wish you had known before starting your endeavor?
What is the most important advice you’ve gotten from somebody?
Were you able to use the information you had on the webinar on something else?
Did you come up against any resistance from family and friends, and what did you do to overcome it?
What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered once you started your endeavor?
Why do you hate to say it?
What do you see as the biggest problem in the entrepreneurial space at the moment?

 

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093: Michele Williams | BVU Mastermind

Michele Williams is a serial entrepreneur, proud boy-mom and founder of the BVU Mastermind for women.

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Michele Williams began her entrepreneurial journey in sixth grade, hawking fireballs in the back of the school bus. Over the last 20 years that journey has included a bed and breakfast in Charleston, SC and a high-tech executive recruitment firm.

Although wildly different, each of Michele’s ventures and ‘big ideas’ has been unified by a single passion: to facilitate meaningful transformations through innovation, curiosity, connections, encouragement and mindset….. not to mention a truckload of grit and humor!

Today, Michele continues as a strategic growth consultant to small-midsize organizations and professionals under her boutique, executive recruiting firm, Ellington Growth Partners; she co-launched a local networking community for female entrepreneurs; and she is the founder of the BVU Mastermind for women.

Michele has guided hundreds of women, professionals and small organizations through meaningful transformations to become the best versions of themselves for those they employ, serve and love. You can reach Michele at Mojowilliams16@gmail.com or www.bvumastermind.com.

Michele Williams Show Notes

Contact:

Trevally Group
BVU Mastermind

Mentions:

Scott Beebe

Questions:

What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
What do you do for people, do you recruit their workers?
So do you screen them before you give them to your companies?
What did you do when you were 27 and started your first venture?
What did you go to school for?
Did you do sociology at all?
Did you sell that business?
Did you live there?
What are you doing now?
Since you started, what was one of the most successful ideas you implemented for your business?
What is your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
Is there anything you wish you had known before you started your entrepreneurial ventures?
Was it surprising that they were so willing to give their time and energy?
After you began is there anything that catapulted you to the next level of your business?
Was there a mindset that you had that you were able to shift into a different thinking pattern?
What is the most important advice that someone has given you?
When you started your venture, did you come up against any resistance from family and friends and what did you do to overcome it?
After you started, what was the most surprising thing that you discovered?
What gave you the courage of starting your own tourism business?
You have a skateboard in your photo, can you explain that to me?
Do you have any advice for someone starting out their endeavor now?
What do you think is the biggest problem in the entrepreneurial space at the moment?
Can you talk about your mastermind group?

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092: Judi Schindler | Judi Schindler dot com

Judi Schindler is an author, actress, public relations consultant, and inspirational speaker who draws on more than 50 years of marriage to reveal the secrets behind selecting a husband and maintaining him in good working order.

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In her corporate career, Judi Schindler was a marketing executive. She is a founding member and past president of the Chicago Area Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a member of the Leadership Team of Engaging Speakers and the Advisory Board of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She’s listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in American Women” and “Who’s Who in the Midwest.”

Her book Husbands: An Owner’s Manual offers witty, candid advice for women who want to stay married for the rest of their lives. Judi claims, “The secret to my marriage is that in all these years my husband and I have never had a single meaningful conversation.”

Judi is also an actor, who has been entertaining women’s groups with her multi-media show on marriage for the past five years. She wrote her book in direct response to the many requests she’s had over the years for a printed version of the program.

“While the book is meant to be entertaining,” says Schindler, “I hope readers also learn some useful strategies on how to stay married for life. Slammed doors aside, there’s enormous gratification that comes with creating a family and growing old with the same person.”

The book is suitable for new brides, husband-seekers of any age and anyone who understands that a sense of humor is essential to a long-term marriage.

Judi Schindler Fun Facts

  • She became a skier at 50, an actor at 64 and an author at 75.
  • She has one child, a son, who has produced six children of his own, which, she says, is “a pretty good return on investment.”
  • Her parents, both entrepreneurs, sold their businesses in the 60s, bought a Volkswagen camper and went on the road with no destination in mind.
  • She used to create hand-sewn quilts.
  • She majored in journalism because she wanted to be a police reporter, “like my two role models, Brenda Starr and Lois Lane.”
  • She can do a two-minute plank.
  • She was in the same high school class as Ann-Margaret.
  • She has been a member of Weight Watchers since 2001 and still goes to weekly meetings.
  • She collects birdhouses.
  • She survived a heart attack at 39, breast cancer, bladder cancer and two bouts of lung cancer. (Not fun, but worth noting.)

Judi Schindler Show Notes

Contact:

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Books:
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Husbands: An Owner’s Manual – Judi Schindler

Questions:

What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
Who would hire you?
How long did you do that for?
So you started doing that when you were 11?
You had a marketing firm?
Did you go to school for this?
Did you end up working as a journalist at some point?
What do you do now?
Can you talk about all the things you did later in life?
How did you come up with the idea of doing this one-woman show?
What is the most successful ideas you implemented for the business?
Do you feel like there is a big learning curve for the technologies?
What was your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
Are you talking to anybody to help you with the social media aspect of it?
After you began is there anything that you did that catapulted you to the next level of your business?
Is there anything that you wish you had known before you started this endeavor?
You say that you have it on Amazon, but you are in charge of shipping it?
What is the most important advice that you have gotten from somebody?
When you started your business, did you come up against any resistance from family or friends and what did you do to overcome it?
And your friends were okay with you doing this?
What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered once you started your endeavor?
Have you always been the type of entertainer or person who everyone listens to at a party?
Was it scary at all knowing that you were going to get up and do this show for them?
What would you say is the biggest problem in the entrepreneurial space at the moment?
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start their own entrepreneurial venture?

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