The Entrepreneurial Spirit with Kiersten Hathcock on The Nancy Ferrari Show

Happy New Year!  Nancy Ferrari looks forward to another year of sharing exceptional guests on The Nancy Ferrari Show airing live on Monday, 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 pm ET, the first of which is Kiersten Hathcock, an ex-marketing executive turned self-taught furniture designer/builder. After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, she spent the first ten years in training/instructional design and marketing roles for technology, healthcare, and entertainment corporations. Kiersten Hathcock left a marketing career with A&E and The History Channel in 2003 to spend more time with her kids. While home, she spent time doing freelance marketing as well as nanny work to help make ends meet. After doing research and discovering only two companies sold modern style toy boxes, she set out fill a marketplace void. Kiersten created the brand elements and marketing strategy while teaching herself to build furniture. For three and a half years, she built everything in her four hundred square foot garage until December of 2010 when she partnered with eco-friendly, made-in-the-US manufacturers.

Over the years, Mod Mom Furniture has not only been featured in magazines, TV shows, and modern design books but is being purchased by families, celebrities, and interior designers from around the globe. In 2011, Kiersten survived the Sharks on national television on the popular ABC TV show, “Shark Tank.”

Kiersten Hathcock is busy growing the business internationally, designing new lines, and speaking throughout the US on building businesses in this economy, utilizing social media to build a brand, and changing career paths.
  Hathcock also volunteers her time helping highly intuitive/sensitive kids and grieving parents as the founder of a not-for-profit called The Little Light Project.  Visit her site www.TheLittleLightProject.org.

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January Jones sharing The Leader of OZ, Kevin Gazarra

Meet Kevin Gazarra

The Leader of OZ

The Leader of OZ

Unknownauthor, The Leader of OZ 

 

101 Secrets to become a Marvelous Leader!

 

Dr. Kevin D. Gazzara

Experience – 25 years of management and leadership in industries

Intel Corporation from 1989 to 2007

  • Managed, Intel’s first-line Managing Through People (MTP) and the Mid-level manager Leading Through People (LTP) programs.
  • Previous positions included managing – Intel University for the US, the HR graduate rotation program, the worldwide HR mentoring program, and marketing/ product development organizations for the i960 and i750 Intel chips.
  • Transamerica Corporation – positions for 10 years in Engineering, Technical Marketing, Advertising, Business Development and General Management for a division of Transamerica Corporation.

University of Phoenix

  • University Research Chair for Organizational Behavior
  • Master faculty member at the University of Phoenix teaching in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.
  • Teaching – Marketing, Management, Leadership, and Organization Development at the University of Phoenix on-ground and on-line classes since 1996. 

Awards and Expertise

  • Task Quotient (TQTM) Assessment Tool for determining employee motivation, satisfaction, and retention was announced by Target Training International (TTI) in August of 2004.TQTM is based on his doctoral dissertation
  • Recipient of the Future HR Leader award from Human Capital magazine.
  • Member of the National Speakers Association (Arizona Chapter)
  • CoAuthor – The Leader of OZ : Revealing the 101 Secrets of Marvelous Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Writer – Contributing writer to Warren Bennis’ “Leadership Excellence” Magazine 

Recognition

Education

  • Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix
  • MBA in Marketing & Management from Philadelphia University
  • BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University 

Speaker Profiles

January Jones – A Coach & A Miracle – J-Mac!

 

 

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Jason McElwain & Coach Johnson Jason McElwain & Coach Johnson

 

A Coach & A Miracle

A Coach & A Miracle

January Jones sharing

 A Coach & A Miracle! 

The J-Mac Miracle!

The Jason McElwain Story 

Coach Jim Johnson’s Story

By Mike Latona

Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public-speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that got Hollywood calling. He also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, delivering his talks with a heartfelt style that has brought audiences to their feet.

Coach Johnson has developed winning high-school basketball teams for 27 years, taking over three losing varsity programs and turning them into winners in short periods of time. Of his 362 career victories, one in particular will surely never be duplicated.

On Feb. 15, 2006, Coach Johnson made the kindhearted gesture of inserting his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac into Greece Athena High School’s final home game, which the Trojans won 79-43. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. Coach Johnson, also, was featured in major news outlets around the country.

To make the Hollywood ending complete, Greece Athena captured the first Section V title of Coach Johnson’s career a few weeks later. A second sectional crown followed in 2007, and Coach Johnson then coached the Trojans to their third straight league title in 2008 by posting a perfect 12-0 record in league play, netting Coach of the Year honors. His success continued in 2009 with a league co-championship (34-2 league record over a three-season stretch) and third sectional title in four years, with an overall record of 20-5, his first-ever trip to the state quarterfinals and more Coach of the Year accolades. In the reccently concluded 2012-2013 season, his Trojans won the sectional title for the fourth time in eight years.

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Coach Johnson has made a number of radio and television appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Romeshows. In 2006 he met President George W. BushGovernor George Pataki, and Senator Hillary Clinton, to name just a few luminaries. The Athena team was also paid a visit at school by NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. J-Mac’s magic moment won the ESPY for “Best Sports Moment” at the ESPN awards show later that year.

Coach Johnson was named Coach of the Year in 2006 by several Rochester-area organizations, and was also presented with a National Sportsmanship Award. These honors brought to light an impressive body of work over the past two decades. His career record is now 362-216, with divisional titles in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and again in 2013. He has had winning seasons in 19 of the last 20 years, finishing .500 the other year.

Magic was once again in the air this past season as Coach Johnson’s Greece Athena team rallied from 20 points down with a little more than a quarter to play to win its state-qualifier game. Perhaps not so coincidentally, J-Mac was on the bench for that monumental victory: he returned to the Trojans as a volunteer JV assistant coach, starting in 2008-2009. In 2012-2013 Jason moved from JV to Varsity and helped the Trojans win another Section V Championship. He and Coach Johnson were also featured in a lengthy CBS Sports feature that aired during the 2009 Final Four.

Coach Johnson has rolled his accomplishments and experiences into a presentation, “Dreams Really Do Come True,” which he gives to various business and civic organizations around the country. His one-hour talk also emphasizes “The Essence of Teamwork” and “The Ultimate Level of Sportsmanship.” For instance, he likes to point out that J-Mac’s big night was made possible by unselfish teammates who kept passing him the ball even though they hadn’t been instructed to do so. He also notes how the game video captures Athena bench players going as wild as the crowd with every J-Mac basket.

Coach Johnson, who is a graduate of both SUNY-Cortland and SUNY-Brockport, lives in Greece with his wife of 30 years, Pat, and their son Tyler, 22. He is a physical-education teacher at Athena and has served 17 seasons as the Trojans’ varsity coach.

A RECORD OF WINNING

  • Overall record at Varsity level 362-216
  • Record at Greece Athena 256-109

Team Accomplishments

  • NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-2009
  • Team QPA Highest in NY State 2007-08
  • 8 Division Titles (including 4 in a Row)
  • 2 #1 Seeds Section V Class AA
  • 2 Monroe County Championships
  • 10 Straight Final 4 Appearances

In the Section V Basketball Tournament

  • 4 Section V Championships
  • 1st or 2nd place in the division in 18 of the past 20 seasons
  • .500 or better record the last 20 years

Since 2006, Coach Johnson has taken his message of inspiration, teamwork and leadershp across the country telling audiences everywhere that “Dreams Really Do Come True”.