MM40 - Jon Kaplan : Founder at Burnbud

MM40 - Jon Kaplan : Founder at Burnbud

Jon is an architect turned entrepreneur. In 2017, he took a leap of faith and started his own company: Burnbud. The Burnbud is an all-in-one smoking accessory that was designed to be sleek, compact, and convenient. What’s fascinating about Jon’s story is that he has always been involved in every aspect of his business. He worked on everything from the original product design to the current sales strategy.

Jon now spends most his time on growing the Burnbud brand through marketing. His unique approach to branding has peaked the interest of many companies that are hoping to hire him as a consultant. Using the Burnbud as his first success story, he is now working on establishing himself as a reputable brand strategist.

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MM39 - Kathleen Elie : Founder at ConsciousNChic

MM39 - Kathleen Elie : Founder at ConsciousNChic

Kathleen has always been passionate about clothing. After working in fashion for many years, she began to notice that many injustices had become common place in the industry. Instead of turning a blind eye, she decided to seek and embrace brands that implemented both ethical and sustainable practices. She decided to document her journey by starting her own blog: ConsciousNChic.

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MM37 - Andrew Nguyen: Founder at The O Agency & BYOB live

MM37 - Andrew Nguyen: Founder at The O Agency & BYOB live

Andrew’s story serves as a reminder that the American Dream is still alive and well. Born into an immigrant family, he has always been expected to achieve great things while having minimal access to resources. At age 17, he had a major disagreement with his parents and was left homeless. Instead of giving up, Andrew decided to take full control of his destiny so that he could reach his goal of being a successful businessman.

At under 30, Andrew has already built a 7 figure agency called “The O Agency”. The agency helps athletes, celebrities, and entrepreneurs stand-out through personal branding. He also co-authored a book and is currently working on a new project called BYOBlive.

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MM36 - Steve Daniel: Social Media Consultant & Professional Chiller

MM36 - Steve Daniel: Social Media Consultant & Professional Chiller

Steve Daniel is the brains behind the popular MTLPromos Instagram account. We were amazed when we found out that the brand started as a client acquisition strategy. When Steve decided to quit his 9 to 5 job to become a social media consultant, he didn’t have any clients to establish his credibility. He had the brilliant idea of creating and curating his own “fake” client. The account now has over 15K followers and has played a pivotal role in growing Steve’s consulting business.

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MM35 - Anthony Imperioli: Storytelling With Nonna Maria

MM35 - Anthony Imperioli: Storytelling With Nonna Maria

It all started 20+ years ago, growing up in Saint-Leonard with his two brothers. The influence of his Italian culture, especially his grandparents, aided in creating the persona we know today as “Nonna Maria”. This project led him to collaborate with various stand up comedians, one of them being Joe Avati.

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