By Angel Jones, CEO of Homecoming Revolution and a member of EO Johannesburg
In the late 1990s, with a post-graduate degree and a year of backpacking under my belt, I landed in London. Miraculously, I found a job with the Saatchi brothers. They’d just left Saatchi & Saatchi and started a rival agency, M&C Saatchi. I got in as a runner. Running to get Charles’s dry-cleaning, running to fetch Maurice’s cappuccino, running to welcome our clients.
By Aaron Lee, president and creative director of Illuminati Studios and a member of EO South Florida
I’ve been a business owner for 10 years, but I feel like I’ve been an entrepreneur all of my life. Several months ago, like many of my fellow small business owners, I was just trying to understand how to survive from one payroll period to the next. Surviving is not a way to run a business and I sat back and really considered pulling the plug because I just wasn’t having fun anymore. Soon after, I decided that I didn’t know how to not be an entrepreneur anymore and chose to succeed, not just survive. As the saying goes, I threw my hat over the wall with no idea how to get it.
By Brian Hansell, an EO Toronto member and president of Hansell Consulting Group Inc.
I’ve met two kinds of people in the 18 years I’ve been an EO member. Those making a mark and leaving a legacy, and those who seem to think they have to be Bill or Melinda Gates to make a lasting impact. This is not true. In my experience, establishing a foundation is a great way to give back!
Like Peter Thomas, EO’s Chairman Emeritus, I suffered a personal tragedy in the death of my son, Paul. Peter shared with me his own personal journey and the establishment of the Todd Thomas Foundation, an educational foundation to raise awareness about the magnitude of mental illness. And this inspired me to establish the Paul Hansell Foundation, to promote programs supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of youths.
By Judy Gatena, an EO Los Angeles member and president and COO of REP Interactive
I was the first person in my family to drop out of high school and start a company, one that I owned and operated for nearly 30 years. So when it comes to watching a business go from birth to brick-and-mortar, I have plenty of experience in that space. When it’s your own son that’s doing all of the business building, however … well, that’s a little different. That’s when a mother’s patience is really put to the test. Read more
By Steve Gatena, an EO Los Angeles member and founder and CEO of REP Interactive
When most people think of a “family business,” they likely think of a company that’s been handed down the family chain from generation to generation. I took a different approach. When I was 22, I launched REP Interactive, a global video and broadcast media production company. Bucking the trend, I chose to hire friends and family to help me realize my vision, knowing full well that running and maintaining a business was going to be a challenge. Read more