Boca Raton Episode 100 – Heather Monahan, Jan Bednar, & Scott Adams – Fireside Chat 3
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This week in Boca Raton, we present to you the third episode of their Fireside Chat series, as well as their 100th episode overall! Joined by the owners of Boss in Heels, Strax Intelligence Group, and Shipmonk, this is a series where business owners discuss strategies of how to survive and perhaps even thrive in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. No matter what kind of business you own, we have the tips and tricks you need to make it through this.

 

 

Heather Monahan / Boss in Heels

Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker with the Harry Walker Agency, entrepreneur and founder of Boss In Heels.  Having successfully climbed the corporate ladder for nearly 20 years, Heather Monahan is one of the few women to break the glass ceiling and claim her spot in the C-suite.  As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, Heather Monahan is a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018.  Heather’s new book Confidence Creator shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon.  Heather is a confidence expert and is currently working with Fortune 500 companies and professional sports to develop confidence in the workplace and on the court. She’s also a member of Florida International University’s Advisory Council to further serve as a mentor and leader in the South Florida Community.  Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami.   

 

 


 

 

Jan Bednar / Shipmonk

From humble beginnings growing up in the Czech Republic to inclusion in Forbes’ vaunted 30 Under 30 list, Jan Bednar’s entrepreneurial journey has been a dynamic one.

The journey began when, at the tender age of thirteen, Jan began working as a DJ. By the age of seventeen, he moved to the United States to learn English and go to school in pursuit of the American dream. Shortly after moving to the States, Jan became everybody’s new best friend back home because he had access to American brands and products that didn’t ship internationally.

The demand for American brands was so high that Jan turned these favors into a profitable business, ultimately winning a pair of business plan awards while attending Florida Atlantic University. Following his graduation in 2014, Jan propelled his package forwarding business even further by going through Tech Runway’s accelerator program.

While attending Tech Runway and learning more about the antiquated shipping industry, Jan identified an opportunity to work directly with eCommerce companies and launched ShipMonk to focus on revolutionizing the order fulfillment industry.

Jan’s multichannel approach has taken hold well: ShipMonk has hit major revenue milestones, growing over 8,000% in the past three years, from $130,000 in 2014 to $10,900,000 in sales in 2017. This trajectory was achieved despite being entirely bootstrapped.

ShipMonk operates with one clear principle: leveraging technology to provide a one-stop-shop service for eCommerce companies. From inventory management to supply chain optimization, the end result of this tech revolution in order fulfillment is a cloud-controlled global supply chain for eCommerce businesses of all sizes.

ShipMonk currently employs over 90 people between its Prague development office, Florida and California warehouses. Jan continues to work relentlessly on further enhancing its technology platform, integrating automation, and releasing ShipMonk’s first SaaS product for eCommerce businesses who want to handle their fulfillment in-house.

 

Accomplishments:

 

Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017)

#29 on Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies

Sun Sentinel’s Best Place to work (2017)

Small Business Award by Governor Scott (2016)

1st place > Florida Collegiate Business Plan Competition (2014)

1st place > FAU Business Plan Competition (2014)

 


 

 

Scott Adams / Strax Intelligence Group

Scott is the CEO & Co-Founder of STRAX Intelligence Group where they develop software solutions that enable Public Safety Agencies and Commercial Organizations to improve response and safety by providing a common operating platform focused on real-time response. The STRAX Platform delivers situational awareness, intelligence, collaboration tools, information dissemination, and data analysis. 

Previously, Scott served as the Chairman of MobileHelp, a pioneer in the personal emergency systems (PERS) industry. MobileHelp developed the first ever Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) for seniors and was acquired by Abry Partners in February of 2017. A successful, serial entrepreneur, Scott was Co-Founder and President of Hiway Technologies, which inside of three years grew to be the world’s largest web hosting company by 1998. Hiway was acquired by Verio in 1999 and subsequently acquired by NTT Communications in 2000. A firm believer that success starts with education, Scott launched the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and helped create Tech Runway — both at Florida Atlantic University. Scott is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and holds a BBA. 

 

 

Jason Hill / Client Focused Advisors
(Host)

Kevin Cox / Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU
(Co-Host)

Roland Kidwell / Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU
(Co-Host)

Heather Monahan / Boss In Heels
(Guest)

Jan Bednar / Shipmonk
(Guest)

Scott Adams / Strax Intelligence Group
(Guest)