“Entrepreneur is someone who has a Vision and never gives up trying to create it”
All business starts with a Vision. A Vision that focuses all your actions towards your goal.
“Chase the Vision, not the money. The money will end up finding you”
“Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm, until you succeed”
“Mistakes can often be a better Teacher than success, if we learn from them”
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them & never give up.”
“Life’s too short to learn from your own mistakes. So learn from the mistakes of others”
“Always deliver more than expected, to make your Customers happy !!!
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‘Brave’ isn’t a word that many people think of when they think of entrepreneurs, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the case. The decision to take one’s financial future into their own hands – come what may – can’t be called anything other than brave.
Entrepreneurship is a varied path, and it’s becoming increasingly more common with each year that passes. But it’s a path that doesn’t have a clear way forward, and that means it’s easy to stumble and lose one’s way. For anyone who manages to follow that path to completion, it speaks highly to their resourcefulness, determination, & strength. Whether it’s networking, innovating new ideas, inspiring those around them, or any number of other tasks, the job of an entrepreneur is broad and seemingly endless. But for those who chose that path, it can be lucrative & satisfying. Some entrepreneurs are more successful than others, to the extent that they could be considered the top of their industry. Below are 20 of the top Entrepreneurs from 2020.
“Billionaire Barbie” CEO of Billionaire’s Hair
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla until she was 22, $B Barbie’s life wasn’t quite as cheerful & pleasant as her namesake’s. She’s been taking care of herself since she was only 14 years old and has been on her own ever since. After getting into some trouble in Atlanta, she spent time in Prison and used it as the wake-up call she needed to get her life on track.
Now, she’s the CEO of Billionaire’s Hair, bringing in huge numbers both on & offline + has grown her Startup to a $M company. She’s worked with celebrities like Summer Walker, Mulatto, Moniece Slaughter, Alexis Skyy & more. She’s also worked on some very popular reality TV shows including Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Hip Hop Squares, & appeared in a Cameo on 3 episodes of season 7 Basketball Wives LA.
She didn’t get there easily, though; her biggest achievement was also her toughest lesson. A 4th of July Pop-up sale brought in $250,000 in three days. It was the business’s biggest sale up to that point, and while she was rightly proud, she also learned soon after – that she, her business, & her suppliers were not ready for that sort of scale.
Good things come to those who work for them, tho’. Determined to stay on track and still making up for that fumble to this day, the next goal for Billionaire’s Hair is streamlining ordering & shipping, while keeping business booming.
Andrew Andrawes: founder Thundrr, Talent Mgt & Influencer Mktg.
Andrew Andrawes was born and raised in Kuwait, and had a very conservative childhood. This left him wanting to Travel the world and the ability to work from anywhere. He came to the USA and graduated from USC with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Years after graduating, he worked for a big Construction company; it took some time to realize the 9-5 office life was not for him. Andrew co-founded his first business at 25, which was a Tech startup that facilitated local Tech & Biz Meetups.
At 29, he hit rock bottom. He stepped down from th business he co-founded, and he felt lost. Ultimately, that feeling encouraged him to start Thundrr, now a leading talent management and influencer marketing agency. Andrew has also been dedicating part of his time to Forma, a CBD brand that pushes the Medicinal boundaries by helping customers find alternatives to harmful substances.
Alan Belcher: from Fighting to Fitness
Growing up on a farm in Arkansas, Alan appreciated riding horses & learning how to drive anything with a motor. Nevertheless, in a town so small that his class at school had less than 40 students, it felt like he had no room to grow. While he grew up playing basketball & baseball – in HS & College, he decided that being a UFC fighter was his true goal. A lifetime of sports, schoolyard fights, and childhood MMA matches meant he was well-suited for it. By 2010, he was a top contender. By 2013, his MMA career ended after his opponent illegally jabbed him in the eye during a fight.
Growing up doing all sorts of odd jobs meant he had a good head on his shoulders for business, and he had even opened a Gym and taught kids Martial Arts in the past. After his MMA career, it was only a few years before he owned 6 Gyms, and eventually, he partnered with Paul Halme to start Combat Business. Since then, he’s had irons in all sorts of fires, online & offline. Be it Gyms, Coaching, SaaS, or real estate, Alan shows no signs of slowing down.
Alfredo Delgado: Mr. Bitcoin
Alfredo Delgado, a seven-figure earner, and successful business owner, better known as “Mr. Bitcoin,” is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice. As a young kid growing up in Brooklyn, he was constantly shuffled from parent to parent, never knowing stability. Due to this, he joined a few gangs & eventually dropped out of HS. When he was 19, he was sick of life on the street and started his first business by selling brand name clothes on eBay. Since then, he has strived for success in everything. He started his first crypto business in 2016 which allowed him to share his successful strategies with others to create multiple 6 & 7-figure earners.
Mr. Bitcoin now speaks on stage in front of thousands, sharing motivation & strategies that can be implemented by anyone. He has won multiple awards for his performance. Most recently, in 2018, he won an award from MyEcon for becoming the highest-ranking affiliate in the shortest amount of time. Helping others achieve what others deem “impossible” is what drives him. Any set-back he encounters, is usually short-lived – as his wife, family, & his team (that he has built over the years), help him clear his path and stay on track. Alfredo has been called many things throughout his life, but to the successful 6&7-figure earners that he helped create, he will always be known as “Mr. Bitcoin.”
Rob Deutsch: founder F45 Training, Sydney, Aust
From a young age, Rob Deutsch had an appetite for sports. Playing Cricket & Rugby at the competitive level, he gained enormous insight into functional training techniques. Later, his 10 years of experience in Financial markets helped him master best practices in business and leadership. In 2012, Deutsch walked away from a successful Finance career after seeing a tremendous opportunity to bridge the gap between big commercial Gym memberships & expensive Personal Trainers. He wanted to help individuals better balance the demands of juggling work & life – while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In 2013, Deutsch launched F45 Training from his hometown of Sydney, Australia, and forever changed the Fitness landscape worldwide, offering a new, efficient approach to fitness.
Though Deutsch has since resigned, F45 Training was one of the fastest-growing functional Fitness concepts in the world. A state of the art training facility that produced motivating coaches, high success rates, & happy clientele, the fitness concept has over 1700 franchises around the world. Though those days are behind him, Deutsch was passionate about how F45 Training could change people’s lives, and now he is looking to what the future holds.
David Meltzer co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing . . .
formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire. Finally, David is considered one of the top eSports Entrepreneurs/Investors.
He is a 3x international best-selling author, a Top 100 Business Coach, and host of the top entrepreneur Podcast The Playbook. David is the executive producer of the Bloomberg Television Series & Amazon hit show 2-Minute Drill and also is the exec producer of Entrepreneur’s #1 digital business show, Elevator Pitch. David is featured in many books, movies, & TV shows, like Think & Grow Rich: The Legacy and Beyond the Secret, airing on Netflix.
David’s life’s Mission is to empower over 1 billion people to be happy, so for the past 20 years, he’s been providing free weekly Training to empower others to be happy. This simple yet powerful Mission has led him on an incredible journey to provide one thing: value.
Randall Emmett: co-chairman at Emmett Furla Films
Randall Emmett has been on his path of Film production practically his entire life. Even as a kid he was in a performing arts HS. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in NYC, where he raised money for his first feature film, which he sold the rights to before moving to California. Since then, he’s kept racing down that path without losing momentum.
Now, with his expertise in raising money for films being his primary route to success, Emmett has produced over 120 films, including Mark Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor. All told, they’ve grossed well over $1 billion. He is the co-chairman at Emmett Furla Films – which was started 22 years ago. While juggling sometimes dozens of projects at once can be challenging, Emmett approaches each one with the same passion, drive, & creative ingenuity.
His talents are nothing short of impressive. He certainly hasn’t produced over 120 films by accident and he’s been nominated for an Academy Award & a Golden Globe for his work on The Irishman. On his way to directing his second film, Wash Me in the River starring Robert De Niro, Emmett is sure to maintain his usual high levels of quality.
David Granados: founder of Billa Technologies
Born and raised in Camden Town in London, David Granados has lived a varied life, casting his net wide and taking in an assortment of experiences. Only 25 years old, he’s already spent time with the RAF Cadets and worked in retail, banking, real estate, & litigation. The first business that was truly his, though, was when he was only 18, working on an algorithm that scanned commodities markets and gave entry signals for trades.
Following that path further, Granados is now the founder of Billa Technologies, known for a Payment App that makes paying the bill or tab in a restaurant or a bar seamless & simple, as well as an AI that can recommend local restaurants or dishes to try. While deadlines can be a hassle, Granados is nevertheless proud of the team he has put together – many of whom he counts among his friends, and is proud of their dedication to Billa Technologies and of the work that they’re all doing.
Van Taylor: Entrepreneurial since 13 yo
Growing up in Sacramento, Van Taylor showed Entrepreneurial behaviur at a young age, selling anything he could think of from the time he was 13 years old – be it candy, clothing, music, cars, or anything else – always working to afford what his parents couldn’t buy him. By 15, he had his first car, which he kept hidden from his parents. By 16, he was a teen father, and wasn’t taking that role or of his Schooling particularly seriously. It was a near-death experience during a break-in that convinced him to step up and take his schooling & his responsibility to his child more seriously.
He started his first Marketing business in college, creating a Marketing campaign for newly launched Metro PCS, helping the brand grow rapidly. It earned him his first six-figures and cemented his love of entrepreneurship. Now 37 years old, he’s still married and a father of 7, but he hasn’t slowed down. He now mentors business coaches, & entrepreneurs passing along the years of experience from him building multiple businesses to success, he’s now passing on the knowledge to those he Mentors. He’s also thrown his hat into the philanthropic ring, helping feed thousands of families in West Africa in 2020, and building a coding school in Senegal West Africa to help eradicate poverty through technology – set to compete in 2021. Van is a true example of living his truth, he’s unlocked his passion, & purpose – now turning it into his legacy!
Los Silva: Ebay & beyond
As a child, Los Silva & his family lived all over the place, from Central America all the way to Atlanta, before finally settling down in Orlando. This scattered upbringing is reflected in his current work, but in the best way possible. At 20, he started selling Video projectors on eBay, and things have only escalated from there. EBay seems rather humble by comparison, as he now runs an eight-figure Agency and several seven-figure sister Companies – not content to simply pick one path & stay there. His biggest focus, though, is helping other businesses scale to seven or eight figures.
Silva – always humble & down to Earth – is unquestionably proud of his accomplishments in business, including scaling a business from $300,000 to eight figures in less than a year and winning an award for making $10 million in a year on one brand. Ultimately though, what he is most proud of is the family he’s built with his wife & children.
Cam Fordham, Alex Dermer & Ben Hiott: partners of Get Engaged Media . . .
a leading full-service Marketing agency. Founded in 2016, they specialize in influencer marketing, content creation, design, music marketing, brand management, digital strategy, & more. Get Engaged saw massive growth in 2020, growing their annual Revenue by 300%.
This growth is no mystery. It’s because of their expertise in streamlining all aspects of digital campaigns that has enabled them to create memorable viral moments. They connect products & services with celebrities and influencers to create buzz-worthy content for both social media & traditional advertising outlets. Because of this expertise, Get Engaged boasts a vast client list, including Raising Cane’s, LG, Spotify, Kendra Scott, ESPN, The PGA, Major League Soccer, Crocs, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group, & many more.
Katie Hamilton: Author, Podcaster, Investor + +
Bravery, courage, resiliency, & perseverance come to mind when one thinks of Katie Hamilton. After being married to ex-Major League baseball player Josh Hamilton – whose drug addiction and other woes have been highly publicized – Katie found a way to overcome tremendous adversity & continue to raise 4 daughters while starting a successful Podcast; authoring her first book (set to come out in August 2021) making investments in Real Estate, Bio-pharmaceutical & Therapeutics industries, + cutting edge advancements in technology – partnering with many successful companies; using her social influence & platform to help others attain success in their industries as well. She has also appeared on many TV shows of ESPN, HBO, TLC, & E! – and most notably Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County and Lifetime’s Marrying Millions.
Thru public speaking & various media outlets, Katie shares her inspiring experiences of forgiveness & resilience – to name a few – and how she discovered the secret to experiencing joy during seasons of deep pain – which is yet another way she is leaving her mark on the world. Beyond any financial goals, she knows sharing her personal journey will encourage others to discover their true identities and live a life without regret. Katie is determined to leave a lasting Legacy of hope as healing for her four daughters & women worldwide.
Jayson Waller: CEO of PowerHome Solar [PHS].
He founded it in 2014, he has overseen growth that has led PHS to employ more than 1,600 people and has reached more than $300 million in annual revenue. PHS is ranked number 255 on the 2020 INC 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, marking the third time in four years that the company has made the top 300.
Under Waller’s leadership, PHS has developed partnerships with the pro football franchises Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, & Pittsburgh Steelers; the pro baseball franchise Cleveland Indians. Waller is a champion for the community, guiding efforts to assist members of the military thru the company’s associations with the Lifetime TV series Military Makeover & Major League Baseball star Justin Verlander’s Wins for the Warriors Foundation. Waller has earned several awards and was most notably named a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2019 Southeast Award. Waller also hosts True Underdog, a Top 5 Entrepreneurship Podcast on Apple. His show has featured guests (ie, Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank fame, NFL legend Barry Sanders, & IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden).
Philip Scheinfeld: outstanding Real Estate agent & Mgt
NYC native Philip has always followed the motto ‘Persistence always beats Resistance,’ in both his personal & professional life. A top leader in the NYC luxury Real Estate market, Phil climbed to the upper echelons of luxury brokerage.
He went to Pace University, to develop an App for a Startup, but graduated with a degree in Business Mgt, instead. Shortly after when a friend appeared on a Real Estate reality series, he realized the Startup life was not for him. He then plunged into RE.
Now 30, Philip runs a top team at Compass where he has sold over $195M worth of RE in the last three years alone. With 2021 approaching, Scheinfeld plans to officially launch his team in Miami where he has already done a number of RE deals since the pandemic.
He isn’t a run-of-the-mill agent. The architects, attorneys, designers, & other brokers in his Rolodex contribute to keep his Clients happy. In a sea of nearly 10,000 listings, it’s difficult not to drown, but Philip knows how to stay afloat. Above all, he understands the dream he is bringing to Clients, as it’s been his own story from the start. He’s giving people an opportunity to live their best lives.
Ben Newman: is a highly regarded performance Coach, international Speaker, & best-selling Author . . .
whose Clients include Fortune 500 companies around the world, business Execs, Sales org’s, & pro Athletes in the NFL, PGA, NBA, MLB, & NCAA.
Ben serves as a mental conditioning Coach for the 17-time National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team and has worked with players from the last three Super Bowl Champion teams. He was recently selected by Influencive.com as one of the Top 10 Motivators in Sports & Real Leaders Magazine selected him as one of their 2019 & 2020 Top 50 Speakers in the World.
In 2021 Ben’s highly anticipated new book Uncommon Leadership will be released. Despite the Pandemic, the BNC Speakers group and BNC Coaching group have had a tremendous impact on organizations around the world finding alternative ways to drive growth.
Ben’s powerful storytelling is internationally recognized by his clients, which have included Microsoft, US Army, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Miami Dolphins, MARS Snackfoods, AFA Singapore, Wells Fargo, Great-West Life Canada, Boston Medical Center, St. Croix, New York Life, & The Minnesota Vikings, as well as thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, and others.
Eric Marcus – CEO, MajorLeagueTrading
Eric grew up in Virginia, just a few hours from Wash, DC. He became an Entrepreneur at a young age – constantly helping his parents in the numerous businesses they owned or helping with the many Real Estate flips. If he wasn’t in school or helping his parents, then he was looking for new opportunities. He got his start with electrical work – helping his dad with a rental property. It allowed him to start saving up money to later invest in the Stock Market. Eventually, it led to him becoming a full-time Trader.
Marcus owns and runs MajorLeagueTrading.com, a Trading Education website that helps struggling Traders turn a profit by providing members with up to $150,000 in capital to trade with. It solves the problem of raders lacking the capital and knowledge to effectively trade the markets. Early on, it seemed like there wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needed to be done, and Marcus regards automation with SW as one of the best things he did with the business – along with learning how to delegate to his specialized team members. In the crisis of 2020, multiple new students are up over six figures and climbing.
Jordan Montgomery: owner of Montgomery Co’s – Finan & Biz Consulting
Jordan grew up in the small town of Kalona, Iowa, raised in a hard-working family. He graduated from the Univ of Iowa in 2009, and he was active in one of the top Academic centers for Entrepreneurship in the country. Jordon was 22 when he first began to see success as a rising star in the Financial Services industry. He became the youngest Managing Director in the history of a 150 year old Fortune 100 financial firm. His early stage results allowed him to become a thought leader nationally for other Financial advisors. Today, Montgomery is the owner of Montgomery Companies- a full scale Coaching & consulting firm that specializes in developing teams & individuals in the performance business. Jordon is also a highly regarded performance Coach & keynote Speaker – speaking all across the country with Clients ranging from Biz Execs, Sales org’s, & Entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies & athletes.
Even so, his home and his family are his top responsibilities. His family & faith have been the guiding forces in his life – whenever times get difficult – but especially to his wife, Ashley. She is his Business Partner, Best Friend, & Advisor. She co-founded Montgomery Co’s with him, and as far as Jordan sees it, she’s the one who keeps the show running. Together, they are an unstoppable duo.
It’s plain to see that entrepreneurship can come in many forms and follow many paths that can all lead to success with the proper dedication & passion. The opportunities are as endless as the personalities involved, and the sky’s the limit. It’s true that 2020 was a unique year, because of the Pandemic, and many aspects of business that once seemed foundational have been shaken. Despite that, one thing is clear: the Entrepreneurs on this list, and anyone else inspired by the paths they’ve taken, are going to continue to impress, to break new ground, and to go beyond.
Additional Entrepreneurs (not edited)
Brady Bell: founder Pure Spectrum CBD
Brady Bell was raised in Ulysses, Kansas, and he had an Entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Now 42 and with a 12-year-old daughter, he founded Pure Spectrum CBD in 2015. Bell’s first real Business came into being his first year out of college in the Real Estate industry. After the RE crash, he shifted to the Corp world, but realized it wasn’t meant for him either. He moved to Colorado, switching to first the cannabis industry and then hemp, leaving a six-figure job to work as a trimmer for $10.00 an hour. He was going all-in to reach his goals.
While Pure Spectrum CBD began in Bell’s basement, now they ship to all 50 states and over 80 countries, with partnerships with CrossFit, OCR Stars, Team USA Triathlon, Team USA Weightlifting, and their affiliate team of many of the best athletes. Partnered with the NGB, they even overruled the DEA’s stance on the difference between hemp and marijuana to make distribution easier. Running a business always comes with chaos, but that’s where Bell thrives. He accepts failure, takes risks, and faces challenges. To help, Bell put together a team he swears he would be nothing without.
Tim Timberlake: Pastor, Author, Speaker
Tim Timberlake is the lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Fla Creedmoor, NC. He is a gifted communicator & teacher who has the ability to communicate to people from all walks of life. His sense of humor, combined with his in-depth Bible teaching, give the listener & reader the tools to transform their lives from the inside out.
Tim is the author of the popular book “Abandon” and the highly anticipated upcoming March 9th release of “The power of 1440” – which is being endorsed by some of the world’s best leaders – and has an incredible foreword from world-renowned leadership expert and NY Time’s bestselling author Dr. John C. Maxwell.
Along with Speaking at various conferences & churches around the globe, Tim is using many other tools to spread wisdom & knowledge to people. He uses Social Media to connect & engage with over 400,000 followers to feed them with inspiring & authentic content. His dedication & a deep sense of humor helps him connect with people with ease to transform their lives.
Adam Weitsman: founder Upstate Shredding
Adam Weitsman has faced his fair share of hardships in life, but he hasn’t let any of them hold him back. From deaths in the family to debt to even prison time in 2004, it seems as if Weitsman has been through it all. Despite that, he has come out the other side stronger.
With the support of his family and with all he had been through motivating him, he grew Upstate Shredding into one of the largest scrap metal companies on the West Coast, and one of the largest companies in the automotive shredding industry.
While he and Upstate Shredding have won various awards, including winning the AMM Scrap Company of the Year award two years running in 2015 and 2016, today Weitsman is known just as much for his philanthropy. An avid collector of antiques, he’s donated several stoneware pieces to the New York State Museum, and he has donated $175,000 between four Boys & Girls Clubs. When he decided to get his life back on track after his eight months in prison, he did nothing halfway. Now, he lives happily in Skaneateles with his wife and three children.
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