ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Here's more details on the speakers that will help you grow personally and professionally at The Pasadena Small Business Success Summit.

Craig Valine

"How to Grow Your Business Exponentially"

Craig Valine, known for his straightforward style of communicating effective and powerful marketing advice, is a Marketing Performance Strategist, Lead Generation Expert and Direct Marketing Strategist who specializes in helping entrepreneurial businesses and professional practices attract only high-quality, qualified prospects who want to do business with you. Through proper positioning strategy, and through the power of choosing the right target market, the right marketing message, and by using the right marketing media (both online and offline), Craig’s clients and members enjoy highly profitable results. 

Michael Levine

"The 3 O's of Super-Successful People"

Michael Levine has been widely regarded as one of the world's premier branding and media experts for the last thirty years. He has represented a record-breaking 58 Academy Award winners, 34 Grammy Award winners, 43 New York Times best-sellers. He has authored 19 books, including 5 best-sellers, "Broken Windows, Broken Business" (Warner Books) and "Guerrilla P.R." (HarperCollins Publisher). He has appeared on countless TV shows as a media expert including regular slots on "Good Morning America" and the "Today" show for the last 20 years. Born with dyslexia, Levine is currently the only person without a college degree to lecture at both Harvard and Oxford University.

Joanna Vargas

"How to Build Your Tribe...in 3 Easy Steps!"

Joanna Vargas is a dynamic entrepreneur full of both life and passion, as is demonstrated by her vast array of businesses. She is the CEO of The Fit Factor Studio in Downtown Alhambra, CA. The Fit Factor Studio has grown to more than 200 fit fanatics and over 1,500 clients have trained with her and her team in Alhambra. 

After teaching for more than 20 years, Joanna noticed that many women were struggling with unconditional self love, unconditional confidence and consistent energy. She created her brand new coaching program and is writing her new book to be released this summer titled Bad Ass Chicks Rock (BACR). BACR is an amazing lifestyle program that  coaches women how to live consistently with unconditional love, philosophy and lifestyle.

In 2016, Joanna created the first annual music festival in Downtown Alhambra - MainFest. The festival will brings over 5,000 festival goers with great vibes and smiles ready to dance and create memories for the city. 

Claudia Sheridan

"Kill It On Facebook For A Dollar A Day"

Claudia Sheridan is the founder of Small Business Breakthrough, a digital marketing and social media consulting firm. She is a Certified Facebook Ads Expert and the author of "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with Social Media: What every small business owner should know." Ms. Sheridan helps companies amplify their social media reach by using a proven system that gets results.

Rick Sessinghaus

"Stress vs. Performance: Being your Best when the Pressure is On"

As a former professional golfer, Rick has now found more satisfaction helping others achieve their dreams than he did in his own competitive career. Long intrigued by the fact that physical skills were rarely the determining factor in athletic success, he studied the mental and emotional skills that make or break a performance. As a sought after speaker and trainer to those companies looking to improve the key skills of motivation, focus, confidence, and execution, Rick’s PERFORM system for mastering the mental game skills has been used in his unique business training format. Rick has also provided seminars and consulting to business teams to incorporate wellness and performance programs to improve the companies’ bottom line. Rick’s system steams from earning his Doctorate in Applied Sports Psychology and taking those tools to the business professional.

Carmen Torres

"Employee vs Independent Contractor; Cover Your Assets!"

Carmen Torres brings over twenty years of experience creating equitable, safe, and collaborative workplace environments for both, employers and employees. As a trusted adviser to many organizations, she has successfully helped countless small to midsize businesses and non-profit organizations establish reliable, stable human resources departments. Her approach includes a 360° analysis of the human resources function that results in building job descriptions, policy and procedures manuals, conflict resolution, employee retention and terminations structures, compliance/audits standards, and employee communications. 

Rob Kosberg

"How to Use Your Own Best Selling Book to Create Authority and Grow Your Business"

Rob Kosberg is a #1 best selling author, founder of www.BestSellerPublishing.org and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the Wall Street Journal. Rob has spoken to and taught thousands of entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants how to stop hunting for clients and instead position themselves as the hunted. Through his trademarked Publish. Promote. Profit. (TM) program

Rob helps his clients to create their own professional, best selling book (guaranteed) and then teaches them how to use that book to grow their income via speaking engagements, free publicity and lead generation strategies.

Richelle Shaw

"How to Add an Additional 100k to $1M to Your Business Instantly"

They call her the $100 million dollar woman. She is the leading expert and authority in building successful million dollar businesses. Richelle’s experience comes from building her first business from $300,000 to $36 million, generating more than $100 million in sales in less than 3 years, then losing it all after the 9/11 World Trade Center Tragedies.

Richelle successfully rebuilt her million dollar company in approximately 5 months as reported in USA Today, Smart Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, Black Enterprise and many others.

As the only female African American public utility owner in the nation, Richelle has won local and national awards including: Top Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2010; Woman Marketer of the Year 2010 from Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle of 20,000 members; Unstoppable Woman from the Women’s Leadership Counsel; Top 25 People to Follow on Twitter from Become Your Own Boss Network; Top 10 African Americans to Follow on Twitter 2011 from Black Enterprise Magazine: Nominated for the GreenLeaf Award; Top 40 Under 40 when she was just 27 years old.
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